What is it? Dymatize Creatine Monohydrate formulated to increase Creatine Phosphate levels in muscle, thereby improving strength and athletic performance. Creatine Monohydrate is the most highly researched form of creatine shown to maximize levels of muscle creatine phosphate, a critical energy resource during high intensity muscle actions like weight training and sprinting.
Who Should take it? Ideal for people wanting to increase strength, muscle mass or performance. The percentage of Non-responders (those who obtain no benefit from a particular supplement or medicine) is very low with creatine. Up to 90 % of those who supplement with creatine will notice improvements in strength and performance in as little as a week.
Creatine has been shown to improve strength in women and men alike. Creatine supplementation has been very popular in sports such as weight lifting, football, basketball, athletics and rowing.
What does it do? Dymatize Creatine Monohydrate will assist with ATP production. As ATP is your bodies primary energy source, creatine helps insure you have readily available. Creatine also has the added side effect of drawing extra water into the muscle which in turn indirectly assists with strength as well. Remember, water in the muscle is a positive thing and is NOT the same as water retention under the skin. Creatine in sensible doses will not give you water retention. Creatine is beneficial for any activity that is explosive, ie lifting weights, sprinting, jumping, team sports, etc.
How do I take it? The simplest way to take creatine is 1 teaspoon every day whether you are exercising that day or not. Most people take their creatine just before exercise although this is not really necessary. Loading phases are very popular on the internet forums though they can be problematic. If you are going to do a week long loading phase keep the dosage sensible (2 teaspoons daily). Larger dosages may upset your stomach or give your kidneys unnecessary work.
Taking creatine with simple carbohydrates approx. 20-30 minutes before exercise can improve creatine absorption as well as pump and performance. 5 grams of Dymatize creatine with 20-50grams of carb powder is the standard dose.