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Creatine For Bulking
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Stacking on size can be fairly straight-forward – up your calorie intake and increase your weight on the bar in the gym. A calorie surplus is vital, but your diet should still be clean and comprise of the three main macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and good fats. Your protein levels in particular, need to remain high, especially if you plan to take your fitness to the next level and build muscle mass.
Your body requires high levels of energy for optimum performance, however, energy depletes rapidly during exercise. Supplementing creatine into your routine can help to saturate your muscle creatine stores to support your exercise performance.
Although Creatine is naturally produced in the body by amino acids – it is only produced in small amounts, around 1-2g. Creatine supplements help to saturate creatine stores that deplete rapidly during repeated short bouts of intense exercise, like weightlifting. Here, we look at the potential benefits of supplementing creatine during your bulking phase.
To maximise your workout performance
Creatine is available in powder form, and can be mixed pre-workout with high-sugar sports drinks to top up your muscle creatine stores. When building muscle, the weight on the bar is the most important thing. You’ll want to lift a heavier weight with less reps than a lighter weight with more reps. Creatine has been shown to increases physical performance in successive bursts of short-term, high intensity exercise like weight lifting.
Weight lifting, especially powerlifting, is generally a high intensity exercise that is anaerobic, meaning your muscles rely on an alternative source of energy instead of oxygen. High intensity exercise requires high energy levels. This is where ATP comes into play. mostly in organs with a high-energy demand like skeletal muscles When bulking, the aim is to make every rep count without rapidly exhausting your muscles – and when resting, they recover quickly. Supplementing creatine post-workout can help to replenish the stores that have been used up during exercise.