Re: FITNESS: Creatine monohydrate for lean mass gain?

Natasha V. More (
Sun, 18 Aug 1996 22:29:27 -0700 (MST)

At 03:26 PM 8/16/96 -0700, Russell Whitaker wrote:

>On Aug 15, 10:55pm, Natasha V. More(f/k/a/Nancie Clark) wrote this (quoted with
>> Subject: Re: FITNESS: Creatine monohydrate for lean mass gain?
>> At 02:23 PM 8/15/96 -0700, Russell Whitaker wrote:
>> (snip)
>> > have recently heard from a number
>> >of people I respect, some trainers, of creatine monohydrate.
>> >Has anyone here in the extropian bodysculpting community
>> >heard of this? If so, have you any opinions?
>> I have been taking it for about 1.5 months and have put on four pounds of
>> body mass. I have noticed that my muscle growth is continuing, and
>> apparently the four pounds is muscle - as I have not put on any fat. (I'm
>> cautious about this.)
>If you don't mind my asking, what is your present weight? Was
>your pre-creatine weight a recent plateau, or had you been gaining
>weight steadily?

Present weight is at 114. My weight was at a stand-still of 102 for several
years. Then, when I started adding more muscle, it went to 108 - 111 and
has remained between these few pound fluctuation (pending on female cycle,
etc.). After starting to take the creatine, I put on the four pounds and it
has remained fairly constant (per female cycle plus or minus ounces). I
have had a very difficult time putting on weight, regardless of my physical
excercise type. Because I am an athlete, I have needed to keep a solid
weight (without fat.)

>> The downside, for me as an example, is that I get a stomach ache after
>> taking the creatine. This could be because I usually take it on an empty
>> stomach, and because I don't like the taste of it, I mix it with cranberry
>> juice.
>Another friend of mine uses white grape juice. Isn't cranberry juice
>rather acid?

Yes, and certainly adds to the tummy ache. I plan to be more careful in the
future about putting something in my stomach to absorb the acid. I might
try your friend's grape juice.