Creatine is not just for weightlifters and bodybuilders. It’s good for all types of athletes. In fact, a very strong argument can be made that everyone should be taking creatine for its wide array of health benefits in addition to performance enhancement. Creatine’s function is to form creatine-phosphate, which can then be used to quickly replenish ATP within muscle, and other, cells. By replenishing ATP, muscles are able to push harder and longer. Creatine also helps many other areas, including:
Increases Muscle Hydration
Accelerates Glycogen Resynthesis
Protects the Brain from Acute Trauma
Reduces Muscle Damage
Builds Stronger Bones
Most importantly, creatine improves fatigue resistance, muscular endurance, maximal oxygen consumption, and anaerobic power output, contrary to popular belief. This is why the high-level endurance athletes are all using creatine while remaining strategically quiet about it – they’re gaining a competitive edge! Now you can too, with Creatine Elite X!
For best results take mix 1 scoop (1.5 grams) of Creatine Elite X in RecoverElite or your beverage of choice immediately post-workout.
I thought Creatine was bad for endurance because it causes weight gain?
Creatine does retain water within the muscle cell. This is not necessarily a problem for 2 reasons. First, better hydration has known benefits for endurance athletes, and more fluid at the beginning of an event widens the margin for error for hydration during a race. In other words, we know all-too-well that rehydrating during races is a pain! Creatine can reduce the total volume of fluid that needs to be ingested. Second, water weight can be mitigated by using smaller doses of creatine of 2.5-3 grams.
Why isn’t Creatine a featured ingredient in PerformElite? Shouldn’t creatine be taken pre workout?
PerformElite does not contain any creatine chiefly because research shows better results when creatine is supplemented post workout. Secondary to that reason, EndurElite firmly believes in efficacious dosing. Creatine can be efficacious at a wide range of doses, each with varying degrees of “costs” and benefits. We believe that decision is best made by the athlete, which is also why you won’t find Creatine in RecoverElite.
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Creatine is one of the most tested supplements and is found to be effective for both strength and endurance athletes. So if you're going to take it, why not take the most effective you can find. Look no further.