|Why Everyone Needs to Be Taking Creatine|
I’m not a bodybuilder! I don’t need Creatine!… Do I? While it goes without saying that in almost every single gym rats go to supplement regimen is Creatine Monohydrate, I can’t even begin to count on all my fingers, toes and chest striations the amount of times I’ve heard someone try to justify their non-use of this miracle supplement. I’ve heard everything form “It’s just water weight anyway,” to “I’m not trying to gain weight so its pointless,” to my all-time favorite “Oh no I don’t take that stuff… I’m all natural…” While that last one means you’ll need to delve deeply into other avenues of fitness to have them begin to understand the bro-ness they just unleashed, the others need only look at few pieces of scientific data to see maybe a good creatine supplement is right from them, no matter what sport or activity they are training for.
Let’s take a look a one of the most momentarily explosive… then monumentally slow paced games in professional sports today. Golf has been at the forefront of every retiree’s dream for the last century and is slowly becoming the businessman’s go to leisure activities when conversing with clientele or the big boss man. No way this bodybuilders dream concoction would have any bearing on old Maxamillion and his boss Mr. Wizzlewick, right? WRONG! A recent double blind study by The Center for Applied Health Sciences in conjunction with Kent State tested the theory that a supplementation regimen of creatine, calcium and vitamin D in a load phase for 14 days and then a normal intake dosage for an additional 14 days and the results speak for themselves
|By the end of the study, those in the placebo or controlled “no substance” groups found no correlation to increases in golf swing or the pre-measurement gym trials the doctors used to track athletic milestones. The supplementation group, however, noted significant changes in upper body strength, 1RM increases on bench press, and both personal best and average drive distances. The kicker? Not one adverse effect for a single participant in avenues of digestive issues, joint or muscle pain, or organ/motor function. While the study is admittedly short to really track damage on organs or the effects of long term use, the fact that with almost zero intrusion to their daily lives or comfort, an entire group of leisure athletes saw massive changes in their field of activity in just 30 days.|
So is Creatine really for everyone? None of these execs or firm partners turned into Tiger Woods in the 30 days, but maybe looking back at the boss when you out drive him by 40 extra yards may just give you the incentive you need to add this powder to your shaker cup… and maybe get that promotion you’ve been working for?
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