Creatine is one of the favorite and most trusted supplements of all, and the question “Should you take creatine on off days?” is one of the most common ones people ask. In this article, we will give you our opinion about that particular question, but we will also share some information about creatine, explaining why you should consider including it in your supplementation. Stay tuned.
Now let’s get to the most crucial question: What is the proper way to supplement with creatine? There are two “schools”:
Both of these methods work, the one you choose is up to you. They both have benefits and flaws: loading phase will help you top up quicker, which will show faster results but might cause more bloating due to increased water retention. The “no-loading” approach will have no boating, but you will have to be more patient to see the way.
Although creatine cycling is popular, since people believe you can become tolerant to its effects, research does not say the same. However, like with any supplements, cycling is a good idea, and if you want to get the creatine completely out of your system (before scooping it back in), cycle 8-12 weeks on with 8-12 weeks off creatine.
It is a good idea to take your creatine with simple carbs such as grape or apple juice (try to avoid acidic carbs, like orange juice), to trigger the insulin spike which will result in better creatine absorption. You can take your creatine shortly before/after exercising, or you can split your dosage through the whole day. The goal is to have enough creatine levels in your body to make you last longer in the gym.
In short - creatine is a good idea. If you want to supplement your nutrition and boost your workouts, you will hardly find a better option than creatine. It is always to go with the crowd, taking what everybody else is taking for years - experimenting with new supplements is not exactly the best idea, especially if you are not exactly sure what is in the pills/powder. With creatine, you do not have those concerns. It is safe, effective and affordable, and testing it and seeing how it works for you will not drain your wallet. Stay strong!