Creatine Gives Different Results For Women
Creatine has long been linked to male athletes and muscle heads trying to bulk up, but what about for women? Is taking this supplement going to give you sheman-like muscles?
Recent research shows that creatine reacts differently for most women then for men. First off, it's important to know how it works... creatine isn't a muscle builder. It is a natural occurring energy source for your muscles. When you perform a rep this is the energy your muscles work to get quick energy to complete it.
So by adding more creatine to your body, the idea is that your muscles get more and will have more energy so you can workout harder and longer to get results. Maybe you will be able to complete one more rep, or lift a few pounds heavier than you thought. With men, it means they can lift more intensely and help to build more muscles.
For women though... it works a bit differently.
It appears that women naturally have a higher concentration of creatine in their muscles than men. And we get more perks because of it. Creatine is linked to not just helping women to tone up but also has endurance affects. Women that take creatine can perform better in endurance situations like running, or high-rep workouts than those not taking the supplement.
It is also linked to help with fat loss, and overall improved athleticism. Sure, it helps you to lift more weight because you have more energy, but the chances of bulking up are slim to done due to natural hormones (estrogen and lack of testosterone)... but many women do see better results such as lean, toned muscles.
The next part to figure out is whether or not you should consider creatine. It's completely harmless on your overall health, and if you've heard that it can cause increase in water weight, you are right. But the good news on this front is that for women the water gain isn't much if any since we have a good amount in our bodies already. Men are the ones that have to battle more of the water retention issues of creatine.
Other than that, there are no other known reasons for not taking creatine, and it's been available for decades. I take it when I am in serious training and get great results. I also take it before running 5 Ks and have gotten great times!
My personal favorite creatine: NO Explode by BSN, in the berry flavor or punch.