Creatine for Weight Lifting – My Personal Thoughts


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When I was bodybuilding back in my mid to late 30’s, I decided to use creatine as a way to increase my strength for my weight workouts. Back then when dinosaurs roamed the earth, 😉 ,  the only available form was creatine monohydrate. It actually caused water retention in me and it bloated me BUT I did use it & it did help with strength!









The NEWER forms of creatine like HCL and Kre-Alkalyn do NOT cause water retention or bloating for me personally. This is one of the few supplements I still use after my bodybuilding days. I am going to link you to a few articles at the end of this post so you can read about creatine from reputable sources and make your own informed decision on whether you want to try it our not. Some of these say that even the new forms may cause water retention & bloating in some people. For me – not. The creatine monohydrate does cause this in me though.

So what does this OVER THE COUNTER product do – for me personally AND many others – it increases your exercise performance, increases your weight lifting strength which leads to increases in muscle. I have had nothing but great experiences with both the products above – pictures at the beginning of the post.

There are many other manufacturers of this product. In fact, I may try the Met-Rx HCL creatine next since I love their Protein Plus powder and have been using it for years. Prior to that, I used their original meal replacement packets in my younger days before I stopped bodybuilding (I started using Met-Rx in the early 1990’s). After my hormones came into play at perimenopause, I had to change up my food program. I LOVE THE Protein Plus powder! Tastes great, bakes & mixes great AND does not bother my stomach. It is 97% lactose free. I use the vanilla so I can mix it in anything!

There is a whole host of other things creatine MAY help outlined in this very extensive post about creatine. The quote below is from that source.

“In addition to improving athletic performance, creatine is used for congestive heart failure (CHF), depression, bipolar disorder, Parkinson’s disease, diseases of the muscles and nerves, an eye disease called gyrate atrophy, and high cholesterol. It is also used to slow the worsening of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), rheumatoid arthritis, McArdle’s disease, and for various muscular dystrophies.”

Here are a couple other articles for you to read:

Mayo Clinic


University of Maryland Medical Center



1. I really feel STRONG on it! You have to pace yourself & not try to do too much or lift too much more than you already do at first. Creatine makes me feel invincible so I had to learn to pace myself & not get ahead of myself & risk injury. I know people that have not done this & ended up with overuse issues or injury.

2. Experiment with them & see what works for you. When you purchase it, make sure & ask about the return policy just in case you don’t like it, it does not settle with your body or you just don’t feel it.

3. I tend to cycle it. Do what works for you. I also do NOT take the recommended dosage. I take it before a workout & that is all. I don’t take after or any other time of day.

4. Certain people should NOT take this & also if you are on certain medications – please read the links to the articles!


Has anyone else used creatine?

If you are up there in age, did you have the same experience as me with the older forms of it?

If you have used HCL and kre-alkalyn, which do you prefer?



  1. I’ve never really taken any supplements largely because I’ve never thought that I needed it for the workouts that I do but also because I don’t know enough about it and never took the time to research – which is so important. Thank you for your post and sharing your experience.


    1. Thx Christine. I took more when I was competing but so few now! 🙂


  2. ahhhh I remember my husband took creatine in the 90s 🙂
    I never did only because I was too damn lazy–
    but he swore it worked wonders for him!


    1. I love the newer forms of it Carla!


  3. I’ve heard of it but never really knew what it did. I’m going to read those article links you posted 🙂


    1. Thx for reading Jennifer!


  4. I’ve never heard of this before. I am glad that you have a lot more choices for creatine than when you first started doing weight training.


  5. The Caveman uses Creatine, I do not, except in the sports drink MeStrength has a little. I think this is one of those supps that is often misunderstood. Confused with anabolic steroids. Glad it works for you!


    1. I agree Marcia – very misunderstood!


  6. Hi Jody!

    No, I have never used creatine or any other supplement. I want to save my calories for foods that taste good 🙂

    Two questions from the doctor:

    Did you used to use diuretics for the bloat?

    Have you had your creatinine, BUN, and creatinine clearance done?


    1. Dr. J – no calories so no worries there! 🙂

      No, I have never used diuretics even when bodybuilding. That is why I stopped – it was getting too hard to compete back them with others using stuff.

      I have my creatinine, BUN & all that done with blood work & my most recent one – I am healthy! I only had that issue with my Vitamin D which is fine now. 🙂


  7. Thanks for this post!
    The mr uses MaxOut and just gives me that vibe that it’s a guy thing. Or maybe because I haven’t been able to hit the gym as consistently, it’s not going to be as beneficial for me. Either way, I love your perspective of figuring out what works best for YOU.
    It’s definitely something I’ll be looking into!


    1. Melissa – I do love the MaxOut! Not a guy thing! 🙂 I do not use as much – just before a workout – not after. 🙂


  8. I’ve stayed away from supplements to keep life simpler and try to get my nutrients from actual food, but you’ve given us some great resources!


    1. I eat whole foods Axel. This is basically one of 2 I use – a lot less than most! 🙂 I cycle it too & use less than the recommended dosage.


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