When to take Creatine

If your seeking the best results of Creatine, it is best to take one teaspoon of creatine at least one hour before workout, it will stay in your system for roughly one hour and a half, so take it two hours after your workout and then one more teaspoon before you go to sleep.

If your not training that day, take it two teaspoons throughout the day.

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15 Responses to “When to take Creatine”

  1. VISHAL says:

    Previous 1 year i have takilng creatine it work me i used creatine for 3 months but after that i feel brething problem its normal after few days it pains me on my left side of between kidney i thought so i stop 2 taking creat..

  2. kevin chilao says:

    is it good to use creatine especialy that your muscles dont get rock hard

  3. JASON F. says:

    You should take creatine right after a workout! It is the best way to re energize your muscle’s.

  4. Jason F> says:

    Immediately before your workout?

    Immediately before your workout is not the best time to take creatine.

    First, large shifts in body fluid during exercise should be avoided at all cost. They could severely compromise exercise performance and even prove hazardous.

    Secondly, less glycemic foods are a preferable food source prior to exercise because they provide cellular energy more steadily. On the other hand, highly glycemic sugars (like those taken with creatine) should be avoided prior to exercise because of the sudden crash in energy levels they cause.

    Lastly, creatine needn’t be “fresh” to work. Once the muscle stores are full, creatine is stable until degraded. Therefore, the stores don’t need to be replenished immediately before exercising.

    During your workout?

    One study showed that taking creatine during your workout hampers exercise performance. This is probably due to the effect of dehydration on exercise performance.

    Before and after your workout?

    Don’t supplement to frequently. Supplementing both before and after exercise may be counterproductive because of the inhibition of creatine transporter activity that may still persist from the previous feeding.
    The short answer:

    The best time to take creatine is immediately after your workout when the metabolic state of skeletal muscle is most receptive to insulin-mediated uptake of creatine. Further capitalize on this situation by taking creatine with fruit juices (at least 16 ounces) that contain simple sugars such as glucose or dextrose.

  5. when to take creatine says:

    Good article. Was this based on much testing from personal experience? What other times/tests did you try, and what were the results there?

    I recently added an article to my website in which I talk about when to take creatine and the loading phases and maintenance phases. I know some don’t bother with this, but, I know many do.

  6. Andres says:

    I take pills
    how many pills should i take the days i do and dont workout

  7. johnnathan says:

    well i just turned 16 and i weight 187 and i max at 300 lbs. and my squat at 495lbs. i have been working out since i have been 14 and i have been taking no exploide and now im takinc creatine monohydrate. adn im not sure if you should be taking it before or after you workout?? i have been taking it for awhile but after i work out. but im still not sure if i should be taking it after or before!! help????

  8. Aayush Saxena says:

    The best time to take creatine is 1 hour before work out. It boosts your performance & kills the fatiuge to a good extent.
    It worked wonders for me, from being 50 kgs to 70kgs with 12″ biceps & 40″ chest.
    Always take creatine before workout!!!!

  9. Pat says:

    My suggestion is, when loading, to take half before and half after. It will improve strength during your workout and afterwards, blood is driven into the muscles so the creatine will be rushed to the muscle.

  10. Logan says:

    I just started taking creatine and i want to know the best ways to take it when i workout and the days im not working out. help?

  11. ricardo lopez castillo says:

    tengo 60 años no hago mucho ejercicio solo camino una hora cada tercer dia pero tomo por dia 2 grs de creatina como suplemento alimenticio mi presion es alta pero no e tenido problemas porque la controlo co n lazartancho mal mi pregunta he hed¡ho mal o dejo de tomarla a mi me da ene3rgia sexual deseo sus sabios consejos a mi mail gracias mil si algo debiera por su consulta hacermelo saber atentamente ing lopez castillo

  12. ricardo lopez castillo says:

    tengo 60 años no hago mucho ejercicio solo camino una hora cada tercer dia pero tomo por dia 2 grs de creatina como suplemento alimenticio mi presion es alta pero no e tenido problemas porque la controlo co n lazartancho mal mi pregunta he hed¡ho mal o dejo de tomarla a mi me da ene3rgia sexual deseo sus sabios consejos a mi mail gracias mil si algo debiera por su consulta hacermelo saber atentamente ing lopez castillo

  13. Russell says:

    Just a quick note about taking creatine with fruit juice. According to Phyllis Balch cnc in her book on supplementation…

    “Creatine should be used in combination with a balanced nutritionally comlete diet. You should NOT take it with fruit juices as this combination results in the production of creatinine, which is difficult for the kidneys to process. Never exceed the recommended dose.”

    Wonder if some of the guys who mentioned side effects have mixed the two? Would really like to know..

  14. tom says:

    CREATINE WIILL MAKE YOU SKIMP AS FUCK

  15. mike says:

    i’m asprinter and i don’t use any supplement. They say creatine is best for us. I want 2 know when 2 take it as a sprinter not as a bodybuilder.

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