Creatine is probably the most talked about supplement there is, outside of protein of course. With heaps of scientific research backing it up as one of the most effective things you can take to improve your performance, there’s no wonder it’s so popular with so many people.
To prove its credentials, Matt Morsia (@mattdoesfitness) enlisted his wife, Sarah, to take creatine for a month. A complete newbie, she was the perfect candidate for the test. Here’s what happened when she took creatine every day for a month.
Alongside a muscle-building training plan put together by Matt, Sarah committed to taking 5g of creatine every day for 30 days to see the impact on her strength and her physique.
First up, the “before” session. Sarah completed her one-rep max — the heaviest weight she could lift for one complete rep — for squat, bench press and deadlift.
One problem Sarah encountered on the take-creatine-once-a-day challenge was remembering to take creatine once a day. Come on, Sarah, you had one job. Despite her forgetfulness, she was beginning to feel and see the effects after just one week.
Note: we don’t recommend dry scooping creatine. It’s much safer, and tastier, to mix creatine with water, or blend it into your favourite smoothie.
As the month went on, so did Sarah’s progress, which showed no sign of stalling. She was basically hitting a new one-rep max almost every training session. She had also gained body weight, something expected during initial creatine supplementation as it can make you hold water.
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A few days ahead of the final check-in, Sarah took some well-earned days off to allow her muscles time to rest.
I think we can all agree that the final results are pretty damn impressive. Overall, Sarah’s lifts increased by 57.5kg, which is a huge 31.5% increase.
Her weight change levelled out at a 1.5kg increase, thought to be evenly distributed water weight as her physique didn’t change too noticeably.
Take Home Message
And all of that in just 30 days. We can only imagine the possible gains over a longer time with the same level of consistency. Watch this space, Sarah will be overtaking Matt soon with her immense strength … as long as she remembers to take her creatine every day.
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