Creatine is used in bodybuilding to improve recovery, weight gain and physical performance. But you can also use it in other sports. And besides, icing on the cake, it will improve your cognitive functions!
For bodybuilding, the effects of creatine are many and interesting, and as you will see, this dietary supplement is not of interest only for athletes.
To summarize :
– It significantly improves recovery which allows you to train harder and more often, which, in the medium term, accelerates muscle growth;
– It improves your energy during the workout which will allow you to make more effective weight training sessions: again in the medium term the progression in muscle mass will be faster;
– It allows a slight “quick” mass gain (explanation at the bottom of the article);
– It allows an improvement in strength and endurance;
– It is the most effective supplement to improve physical performance on short and intense efforts like bodybuilding.
For simplicity, we can train a little harder, a little more intensely, and a little more often, while recovering a little better.
Just for that, the effects of creatine are very interesting. But that’s not all, because it can also be useful in other settings than bodybuilding. What does it mean ? Simply that his interest is not limited to sports, and therefore that you can eat even if you are on a break (in case of injury for example), or even if you do not practice bodybuilding.
Other effects of creatine:
– For example, creatine can be interesting for health. Indeed, it is an excellent dietary supplement to allow optimal functioning of the brain or for the preservation of muscle mass. But it’s also an excellent antioxidant, and it can help improve concentration. Overall, it has an interesting impact on the entire cognitive process. It can either help you to have a better concentration to push your series further during your bodybuilding sessions, but also simply to optimize your concentration in school or at work.
– For other sports, creatine is rarely used (except for some sports requiring a muscle mass like rugby) while it can improve endurance for example, Even if it is not its effect the more blatant. In addition, for all sports needing “split” efforts, creatine could also be interesting (as with bodybuilding, because it will be the same type of effort): it is therefore valid for all sports by force, but also for most collective sports.
Finally, it is good to remember that creatine does not cause water retention, contrary to what can be heard in many gyms. Indeed, when we talk about water retention, we are talking about subcutaneous water, so between the skin and the muscles. This type of water retention significantly decreases muscle definition, which fear
some bodybuilding practitioners.
However, creatine does not have this effect at all because it is captured by the muscles. So if there is water retention, it is intramuscular. We will rather talk about cellular volumization. As a result, creatine has no negative impact on muscle definition. So you can use it very well in mass as well as in dry season.
Finally, those who have not read the rest of this file, it will also be recalled that creatine is not a doping product or a dangerous product. It is a dietary supplement for legal sport and safe for health.