There’s no doubt that creatine has taken the market by storm since it’s introduction in 1993. It has become a staple in most lifter’s supplement programs and with good reason. Creatine works! There are currently quite a few versions of creatine out there. Of course, each one trying to outdo the original.
This is a version of creatine designed to be easier to use. There’s no loading and it’s easier on the system. Also, there’s no bloating or gas as reported by some users of creatine monohydrate. It’s usable in smaller amounts: 2 grams per serving on average compared to 5 grams of regular monohydrate.
Creatine ethyl ester is actually creatine monohydrate with an ester attached. What does that mean? Esters are organic compounds that are formed by a process known as esterification. This is when an alcohol and a carboxylic acid react together to form an ester. The ester is attached to creatine monohydrate. This allows more creatine to be absorbed. This means you then need less creatine per serving to get the same effect. Also, the potential for side effects goes way down. Does all of this sound complicated? It doesn’t need to be. It’s simply a process that allows better absorption of creatine monohydrate. This makes it more effective and easier on your system.
- Gains in lean muscle mass
- Strength gains
- Improved endurance
- No bloating, gas, excess water retention
- Easier to use, quick absorption.
Ethyl ester has all the benefits of regular creatine. Additional benefits are the ease of use, superior absorption and elimination of side effects. The benefits of creatine are well documented in this supplement guide series but bears review nonetheless. Creatine is one of the most effective natural supplements available. It has been time tested and time proven, and has become a cornerstone product.
Some people do not understand the benefit of forcing water into the muscles causing them to swell in size. This has developed into a theory of muscle growth referred to as sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. This is not simply water retention, you are actually causing the muscle to grow.
It does need to be understood, there are other theories of muscle growth as well. One does not operate at the exclusion of the others. That means if you are doing everything right, your body is utilizing all workable theories of muscle growth. However, to get the most benefit from sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, there is a training/nutrition and supplement protocol that is suggested. Note that this aspect of training is not going to result in big strength gains. Nonetheless, you can certainly train for strength and still employ an approach designed to promote the “swelling” that can come with creatine. In fact I believe you should always have a core of strength exercises that you use in your routine.
One question that often comes up in regards to creatine is whether or not you should cycle it. Really, the main reason to cycle it is that your body can build up a tolerance. This means results will slow. A break of 4-6 weeks allows you to go back on it and see fresh results.
Another somewhat overlooked aspect to products primarily designed to promote muscle mass is, simply, your nutrition! I’ve talked a lot about the specialized uses of supplements. It should be noted that proper calorie intake and macro-nutrient profile is essential for getting the best results. This is true for both your supplement program and your training program.
Finally, a topic that comes up with creatine is, what you can stack it with it. Well, first of all, creatine is a cornerstone product along with protein powder and multi-vitamins. If you can’t afford anything else, buy those three! From there, you can use any of the specialized formulas that contain creatine. These include pre and post workouts. Both are ideal additions to a mass gaining program. In addition, you can add individual products as opposed to going with a formula product. For example, adding nitric oxide to creatine makes a great combination.
There are many current versions of creatine, but ethyl ester is a good choice. However, it is not as popular as it once was. Despite that. it’s available as a stand-alone product or in formula products. It’s available on IPYU as a powder.
Timing is usually twice a day on an empty stomach. These doses are separated by 6-8 hours with the dose being only 2 to 3 grams. As far as a formula, timing and dose is dependent on the product. As usual, read the label completely before purchasing and using.