Positive Responders

  1. Positive Responders
  2. Renal Complications
  3. Increased Urination
  4. Nausea, Diarrhea & Gastrointestinal Distress
  5. Mood Swings, Anxiety & Insomnia
  6. Acne
  7. Hair Loss
  8. Strange Experiences

Sprinting

“In April 1999 I was weight training and performing sprint intervals on the track, but unable to bring my 400m time below 54.4 seconds. I was not taking creatine. Within 2 weeks of starting creatine, I noticed an improvement in the quality of my sprint sessions: speed was higher, and I was also able to perform more repetitions with the same rest period. During weight training I could manage 3 sets of 8RMs rather than just two. By July (3 months later) I had set new bests of 52.2 for the 400 m and improved my 200 m best from 24.9 to 23.9, and my 300m best from 39.5 to 37.7″

Mark Perry,
UK

 

Weight Lifting

“I have had a difficult time gaining muscular bulk all of my life, mostly due to my metabolism. I have been exercising and using creatine for only a month, and I see enormous differences already over just working out without. It is nearly a miracle for me.”

Anthony Surrendi

Weight Lifting

“My name is Craig Ruhl and this is my experience with using creatine. The first time I used creatine was in 1997. I started taking Phosphagen HP. I think it worked very well for me. I combined it with a good healthy diet and a rigorous weight training schedule. When I started taking creatine I weighed 146 lbs. Within 3 weeks I was weighing 155. This was of course the effect I was going for. I also became quite a bit stronger. Within those 3 weeks I went from a 250lb bench-press to 285, a 365lb squat to a 390 and a 375lb deadlift to 425lbs. The rapid gains of course tapered off after 3-4 weeks of use. I pretty much peaked out with a 310lb bench, 470lb squat and a 450lb deadlift. I never gained any more weight after I hit 155lbs. For me creatine worked very well. Like everything else I think my body just got used to it. The only side effects from using the product that I could tell was that I used the rest room a lot more. Most of which I attribute to the fact that I was consuming quite a bit more water than I normally would.”

Craig Ruhl,
USA

Wrestling

“As I looked over the possible side affects of creatine use, I observed that most of the problems come from not drinking enough water while taking creatine. I make sure to dissolve the creatine in about 20 ounces of juice or water. I did put on weight during the first couple of weeks, about 6 or 7 pounds. I wrestle so I know about making weight before a match. A solution to this was just going up a weight class so I didn’t have to worry about losing water weight before a match. Creatine works great at helping my muscles recover after workouts and improves performance in weight training. So far, I have not been affected by any other side affects of creatine.”

Ray Boone,
USA

Weight Lifting

“I am 21 years old and I have recently got into weigh lifting pretty regularly in the past year. My previous experiences with weight lifting haven’t been so great but now with creatine I can definitely see results.”

Anonymous,
USA

Free Mass Report

Weight Lifting

“I’ve been taking creatine for about 2 months now and am amazed at the results I have seen. I am a physical therapy student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. I have been active in weight lifting for many years and have invested literally thousands of dollars into various supplements promising massive gains in strength and power. Now that I’ve become more educated in the field of physical fitness I know now how worthless protein powders and so forth are. Anyway, I wanted to share my success with you. I have gained 30 lbs. of muscle mass over the course of 2 months. I have literally added inches to my arms, chest, and legs. My bench press max has soared from 225 to 315 lbs”

Curt Sohm
University of Nebraska Medical Center
USA

Weight Lifting

“I did use creatine and the results were absolutely fantastic. What happened was that I was doing super sets and blew out my elbow. Took so long to heal….getting back there now and will push pipe to the limit. Creatine has a definite benefit for me and will continue to use.”

Mike Kuzma ,
USA

Weight Lifting

“I’ve have been using creatine now for about 4 weeks and can’t believe the difference in strength and definition, but only decided to use it after reading this website so many thanks for the info.”

Chris Goldsbrough,
UK

Weight Lifting

“I took creatine monohydrate, specifically, Phosphagen HP by EAS, in conjunction with daily weight training for a few months and I was very pleased with my results. I discontinued it’s use, only because my expenses did not allow me to continually buy the product. During and after use, I did not have any side effects to note. The only effects I had were; fast muscle development and increased energy to complete my workouts. All positive experience for myself.”

Rudy Rodriguez,
USA

Weight Lifting

“…since i have been using it (creatine) I have gained 7 pounds and I have increased 25 pounds in my bench press. I went from 205 to 230 in 3 weeks.”

Mario Gross,
High School Athlete,
USA

Fit Senior Citizen

“I found your recent newsletter most interesting. However, before I comment on that I wanted to share my experiences with creatine, both positive and possibly negative. I participated in the “Body for Life” body building contest from March 2000 to May 2000 (12 weeks). During that time, I took creatine for the last 8 weeks of the routine. Not only did I feel stronger after a short period on creatine, but I began to gain lean muscle mass as well. The two attached photos show me before and after. However, after the contest (that resulted in a body fat reduction from 23 to 16% and a weight gain of 6 lbs) I took a blood test that showed my bad cholesterol going up 15% and my good cholesterol going down by 10%. In addition, my liver enzymes were elevated for the first time in my life. Could the creatine have caused the poor blood indicators?”

BeforeAfter

“Now for this report. Given my success with creatine, and the photographic evidence of what I accomplished in just 12 weeks, how can you explain those accomplishments given my regular consumption of 6-7 light beers a day? In my case, there didn’t seem to be much interference with protein metabolism.”

“Regards.”

Dennis Durost,
Dallas, Texas


Response to Dennis Durost:
“Thanks for the story; very impressive.”

“There isn’t enough information to actually say whether (or not) alcohol had any influence. The gains you made may have been even greater if you would have abstained from alcohol intake. I scientific terms an important control scenario is missing. In any case congratulations on the great progress.’

“As far as creatine and cholesterol, a few studies have shown that good cholesterol actually increases with creatine. The effects you observed in blood enzymes may, paradoxically, be due to your alcohol intake. Some liver enzymes have been shown to modestly increase with creatine ingestion.”

Response to Response: “Thanks for the response. I don’t really think the alcohol contributed to the elevated liver enzymes because my drinking habits have not changed in 30 years and my annual physical has never identified the problem. In fact, the blood test that picked up the elevated liver enzymes and cholesterol was in early April 2001 and I took my physical in January 2001. Creatine was started in early January 2001 and ended in March 2001.”

“Regards.”

Dennis Durost,
Dallas, Texas

 

No Adverse Side Effects

“I do not agree with any of these ‘symptoms’ or ‘problems that everyone is saying is caused by creatine. I have been taking creatine for eight (8) years now and have never experienced hair loss, GI or other stomach issues, insomnia, or facial acne that everyone says is caused by creatine. I am not a doctor and these teenagers that are saying that creatine is causing their acne are extremely confused or misinformed. I have never had a bad experience with creatine, except for the so-called “flavorless” creatine.”

Ryan Whitt,
USA

Fit Senior Citizen

“It is, by far, the best report I have read, and, believe me, I have read not only numerous articles but several books on the subject. I’m a stickler for clear and concise writing, and your writing style fits the bill. The instructions on creatine use are exact, and the adjustments concerning body size was a most pleasant surprize….no other write-up took that into consideration. You answered every question I had except those concerning possible variations on use by elderly subjects, which, of course, you cannot do yet because the research hasn’t been done.”

“As it turns out, I had been using creatine, in much the same manner as you prescribe, with some variations. I started approximately six months ago following my reading on the subject and putting together a procedure largely by guess considering the difficulty in separating fact from sales hype. Since I always try to avoid excess in supplementation, I did not use a loading phase. My recipe consisted of 8 ounces of grape juice, 5 grams of creatine, and 15 grams of whey protein. About midway through my 6 months’ usage, a replaced the grape juice with 8 ounces of warm H2O and followed the drink immediately with an intake of moderately high glycemic carbohydates. I seemed to be getting the creatine into solution better this way. I did not experience a sudden increase in body weight during this period. My weight stayed at 150 pounds through the whole period; what did occur was an equal loss of fat and gain of muscle. The gains in stamina and strength however were incredible and were noticeable within 2 weeks after beginning use, i.e. my poundage on the one-arm curl increased from 25 pounds to 40. I’m able to increase poundages, numbers of reps, or both on every exercise of every workout…something I had rarely experienced before.”

“Since receiving your report, I altered my creatine recipe to match your recommendation, and it is with a huge sense of relief that I’m no longer basing my usage on guesswork. Incidentally, I started all of this health kick at about the age of 18 as a result of being only 5′ 5″ in height, weighing a massive 125 pounds. I’m certainly not of contest quality, but I require no prescription drugs, and my health is excellent….the shawl and rocking chair are still a long way off, and I do boast a 16 1/2″ upper arm based on a small bone structure….I’m shooting for 18″, and at the rate creatine is performing, I think I’ll make it, possibly next year by my 80th birthday. Most importantly, I feel great all the time and am very rarely ill….I see my doctor for an annual physical; he’s fully aware of my life style. Oh…I had been cycling my creatine every 6 weeks and will now try your recommended 4 weeks minimum range….going by a calendar month will be easier to keep track.”

“Respectfully,”
William Hudgins,
USA

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Important Information: The persons whose names appear on this page have all given permission for their experiences to be posted – in their own words. This information is intended for illustrative purposes only, without scientific validation and should not be construed as medical advise. The side effects described here may be the result of additives in certain creatine products or arise from contaminants sometimes present in cheaper brands of creatine and therefore, may not be attributed to the ingestion of creatine monohydrate per se.

Avoiding Side Effects:
It’s very important that you understand how creatine works and is produced commercially in order to use it most effectively with a minimum of side effects. First, purchase your creatine from a reputable vendor of high quality creatine products. Next, follow the guidelines and precautions set forth in our creatine guide; learn the inner secrets of creatine and most importantly, how to make these work in your favor to accentuate muscle growth, improve recovery from strenuous exercise and promote overall health.