Creatine and women

I have read so many great things about how creatine monohydrate can help you during your workouts. From what I understand, it’s supposed to help give you more strength so you can lift heavier and build muscle, which will in turn help you burn more fat and become more lean. But I’ve also read there can be some side effects such as weight gain and and it can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.

I have been considering trying this but of course I’m afraid of the extra weight gain and the majority of people I hear that use it are males. Do you recommend creatine for women?

Short answer, YES! Even though I wrote research articles on Creatine during my Master’s program, I never really used it in my own programs. I think a lot of the side affects that were previously discussed aren’t that common anymore. There are many new types of Creatine and manufacturers have improved on the quality and types. I have not experienced any weight gaine o bloating and I’ve tried a few different ones. It is also much easier to use now. There are lines specifically ‘for women’ and there are also types which do not require a ‘loading phase’. This was great for me, because honestly, I just can’t keep track of all of it with my crazy schedule. There are some that come in a pe-workout(I like that, ‘all-in-one’), or you can get flavorless one to add to your favorite drink. I have definitely seen improvement. Search the store for tips and reviews, and also the articles here on M&F. It’s always good to start with something that has been rated high, among a large amount of users. Hope that helps, and happy training! ;)