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What is a Creatine Non Responder?
A creatine "non responder" is an individual who correctly
supplements with creatine and experiences no noticeable
improvements in strength, muscle mass or endurance. However, no
studies have been yet reported on this concept, and as a result, it
is highly possible that individuals who do not respond well to
creatine are lacking in other areas, ie, training, nutrition or
overall water intake. Otherwise, a lack of response to creatine
supplementation is likely due to genetics if all factors of proper
supplementation are adhered to, in which case, alternative
supplements should be experiemented with to see if they get
There is no way to test before-hand to see if you will or will not
respond to creatine. The only way to find out is to try it and see.
Some tips are listed below so you can determine whether or not you
are a creatine non-responder:
Purchase some creatine and follow the recommended intake. From
there, be sure to train intensely and focus on proper nutrition. As
an additional tip, focus on water intake. Try to drink 1-1.5
gallons of water per day. Try to avoid drinks like coffee, tea, hot
chocolate and alcohol as they will drain water from your body
causing dehydration and with this reduced body fluid level, it will
be harder to maximize gains from creatine. Water is essential. With
creatine, results are pretty fast and good. Many people use it and
gain as much as 7-11 lbs within one month. If you are working out
properly as well as eating a sufficient amount of calories and
protein, and drinking enough water, you should expect results
within your first month of supplementing with creatine. If at the
end of the first month you have seen no results, then it is a
possibility that your body is not responding to the
supplementation. Just remember, gains made while using creatine can
come either in the form of gains in strength or gains in muscle
mass, or gains in both. If you are not experiencing improvements in
muscle mass quantity but are getting considerably stronger, than it
is likely that your body is, in fact, responding to the creatine,
just not in terms of developing muscle mass. Those gains should
come in time through use of the supplement, as strength and muscle
mass go hand in hand.
If creatine does not work for you, it is still wise to invest in a
protein powder. Protein offers many benefits. For one, the
biological value of the protein found in protein powders is higher
than even the best natural source, which are whole eggs. The
quality protein is designed in a lab and has the correct amino acid
combination required for perfect usability for your body, and
specifically, for muscle gaining ability! Everyone can digest
protein, so even if your body is not responding to creatine,
protein is a wise investment because additional protein will help
anyone to gain muscle mass.
Glutamine is another great supplement, used primarily to speed
recovery. Glutamine is also known to help the immune system, and as
a result, people supplement with glutamine who don't even work out!
It is a great supplement if you are working out with intensity in
the gym several days a week and are looking for an edge to help you
speed up recovery between workouts. Based on the increased recovery
time, Glutamine is a great supplement to take if your goal is to
speed up your gains. It will allow you to work a little bit harder
and a bit more often towards your muscle mass goals. Fewer
individuals using glutamine report a lack of response compared to
So, everything considered, the best thing to do would be to give
creatine a try. It is more likely than not that it will help you
make gains in muscle mass and strength. If not, giving creatine a
try will help you determine if it is right for you. If it isn't,
there are many other supplements available which can help you with
As always, email me if you have any questions or concerns
regarding this article.
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