I have been lifting (without supplements) off and on since
high school, but I haven't consistently lifted since I was a sophomore
in college. Now that I've graduated, I noticed I was out of shape
and wanted to do something about it.
I started lifting and doing muay thai kickboxing as my cardio,
but since I now had more time, my new workouts are more intense
and much longer than any I had done before. After one week of
lifting I realized I couldn't get through the workouts with any
conceivable energy, and my muscles were exhausted for about a
week. So I decided to try creatine and protein as supplements.
I bought creatine monohydrate and 100% whey protein. I loaded
up as recommended by my brother, a college football player. During
the first week, I did not notice any difference. I was still tired
and couldn't complete the workout with any energy.
But during the second week, I noticed a dramatic increase in
my energy levels. I soared through my workouts with ease and at
the end I still could have done more. My brother noticed the difference
between the first and second week and asked me to max out on bench
on the third week. He added 20 more pounds than anything I had
previously done in my life and to my surprise I lifted it with
After 5 weeks of taking creatine I have added 40 pounds on my
bench and I am doing more weight in every exercise I am doing.
It's a significant increase. Not only that, but I have lost 8
pounds and all my old pants now sag. My friends are noticing a
big difference in my physique and even playfully make fun of me
by poking me in the pecs and calling me Arnold. The person I was
about 6 weeks ago looks very different from the person I now.
Now, I will say, I felt the difference in my energy levels and
recuperation speed but I am still hesitant in saying creatine
was responsible for the strength and overall physical improvement.
The best contributor to my new physical success I would say is
a complete workout (lifting and cardio) taken with the proper
supplements (I have always been a healthy eater). My new workouts
are no joke as I run in the morning, go to work, lift for about
an hour or an hour and a half after work, rest, and then do the
thai cardio routine for about an hour. On Saturday, I add a sprint
and agility routine.
The bottom line is I would recommend creatine as a supplement,
but don't expect amazing results unless you have a complete and
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