As a Fitness Instructor one of the most popular questions I am asked is about the effects of creatine when using the gym. Over the last 20 years or so, it has become the most researched and purchased bodybuilding supplement of all time. But not so many people actually know what it is supposed to do.
Most of the supplement industry is built around hype. Each product will tell you that you ‘need’ it to get a good workout and try to make you believe it’s the best thing since sliced bread. That’s just life. But usually this also leads to companies trying to over complicate matters by simply confusing people with science. Most people never get past the beginner stages of supplement knowledge because they’re led to believe that you need to be a rocket scientist to build muscle.
This supplement is no exception. How can a product with so much scientific fact behind it be so unclear to people? Because when money is involved things become unclear. Companies want you to buy their latest products after all. But when you get down to it, this supplement is really simple to understand. [youtube:IREvnYmnq-8;Enjoy today\’s video, in which Fitness Instructor Russ Howe PTI gives a complete jargon free walkthrough on how [link:creatine] works.;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IREvnYmnq-8&feature=related]
First thing first, it’s a perfectly safe supplement to use. In fact your body creates this product by itself already, it’s the substance it calls upon when you perform an explosive strength movement of any kind. So feel free to rid yourself of any worries you might have held about it being steroid-like or illegal, it’s perfectly safe and used by all top athletes.
So what does it actually do?
This is the point where most people get completely lost, with supplement companies trying to out science each other to make you think you need to buy their product over the others on offer. None of that right here.
Think about when you sprint outside. For the first fifteen seconds you practically fly at full speed, but then what happens? Usually you’ll be forced to slow down by you body as a burning sensation fills your legs. This sensation is known as lactic acid and is your body’s way of telling you it can’t keep exercising at the same level of intensity.
Your body has ran out of this natural explosive strength resource. You can still run, just nowhere near the same high intensity you could before. If you were to carry on jogging you’d notice after a few minutes you had built up sufficient strength to sprint briefly again.
Using this supplement allows you to briefly increase that small period of explosive strength.
Watch any Rocky movie and you’ll notice just when a fighter appears to be completely done they manage to draw strength from somewhere within for another short blast. This also happens in real boxing and is down to the exact same thing discussed above.
Now you know what’s going on underneath the surface it’s time to take that example and put it into a gym setting. By having more of this product inside your body than the base levels provided by your muscles, you’ll notice that you can push slightly harder for slightly longer.
Whether it’s a heavier bench press or forcing out another rep on your weakest exercise, you will notice great gains here. Once you cut out all of the hype and sales talk, that’s as simple as creatine is.