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Consumer Review: I Got No Results From Creatine, But Some Weight Gainers Helped Me Gain Weight.

I'm your classic ectomorph type, tall and bony, and find it extremely difficult to add weight and muscle size. I eat pretty well and have been lifting for about 5 years now (I'm 32), and I've even made some progress. It has been minimal and extremely slowly. I have clearly progressed much more in strength than in muscle size. I'm certain that I am not overtraining and using good form. I usually lift 4 days a week (mon-tue, thr-fri) for about one hour. I try to avoid plateaus by changing my routine from time to time.

I've tried a lot of supplements with varying results. For instance, I am in the "exceptional" percentage of individuals who get no results with creatine... However, some weight gainers have helped me put on some pounds of "good" weight.

Response #1

Being a hard gainer like you, I also felt the need to train as much as I could during my early years of training. At 5' 9" tall and only 135 lbs I looked more like a twig than an oak tree. For years I slaved away 3 to 4 days per week using volume style training with nearly no results to show for it. I was also sucking down the protein powder like a starved wolf in winter.

I finally got my first glimmer of light when I decided to get Stuart McRobert's book, Brawn. This book was the best thing that ever happened to me. It clearly outlines the proper way to train for strength and size without using any harmful drugs. As time went on (and my body slowly got bigger), I eventually reached a body weight of 170 pounds! Due to the volume style of lifting I did, it took me 5 years to do what normally should have taken me 2 or 3 years to produce. Since then, I have been training on Mike Mentzer's Heavy Duty routines and making even more gains. It's absolutely, without a doubt, true when Mr. Mentzer says "you only need one set to failure to produce maximum results". Just stick with Heavy Duty, creatine, and a good source of protein at each meal and you will gain muscle mass.

Tim W.

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