Imagine the following scenario; you are near completion in your workout, with only the last few reps to go. However, these last few reps are looking almost impossible to perform, as your muscle energy stores are all but depleted, and you are practically running on fumes.
Now imagine if your muscle energy stores could increase in size, allowing for more vital fuel to be stored so that you can push your workout to completion, or even beyond. This function is performed by a substance known as Creatine, which naturally occurs in mammals, but in limited amounts.
What is Creatine?
Creatine is a naturally occurring substance in the body, which works to provide energy to the muscles during strenuous activity, and provides hydration to prevent the fibers from drying out. This function accelerates the regeneration of the muscles, as well as sustains the tissue during periods of stress, enabling longer workout sessions and therefore building more muscle.
When it is taken in supplement forms, it fills up the muscles with Creatine phosphate, a compound that provides instant energy to the muscle during exercise. The ability to power through the last few reps is provided by this very compound.
Types of Creatine
Following are the most commonly found and utilized forms of Creatine, both naturally occurring and supplemental.
This is the naturally occurring form that carries the bulk of the known benefits of the substance. It is the form that is taken via supplement, to complement the other forms of protein that are consumed by the bodybuilder.
This form of Creatine absorbs faster into the muscles, allowing for much quicker synthesis and faster results than its monohydrate counterpart.
This form has a balanced PH level for better absorption into the muscle, negating the need for a loading phase.
Micronized Creatine Monohydrate
The micronized form of Creatine monohydrate has much smaller particles, allowing it to mix with other liquids better. This allows the stomach to process and absorb the substance in a more efficient manner.
Benefits of Creatine
Following are some of the benefits of Creatine that can be availed with regular intake.
- Improved muscle endurance and performance
- Decreased onset of fatigue
- Better muscular hydration, allowing for bigger appearing muscles
- Increase in muscular strength output