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vitacost creapure creatine

There comes a time in your life of running and cycling when you wonder, “what’s it like to have upper body muscle?”

At least, that’s what happened to me. During some time spent away from cycling, I decided I’d like to do some more upper body workouts and add some muscle mass. This turned into the perfect time to test out some creatine – VitaCost CreaPure Creatine to be exact.

So I picked up a 2.2 lb canister of this creatine monohydrate powder for $18.99 (retail of $35.99) from VitaCost.com. That’s a screaming bargain, considering the 200 servings will probably last me a year or two!

But before I talk about this specific product, let’s talk about the concept of creatine use…

Why Take Creatine

The number one reason to take creatine is to build huge muscles. There are other uses, but unless you want huge muscles, it’s not the most important supplement for you.

In a nutshell, creatine works by providing you with extra energy for short, intense workouts, such as weight lifting. When using creatine, you can grind out a few more repetitions of a given exercise. This extra training volume in turn builds your muscles.

Creatine also holds more water volume in your muscles, supposedly causing you to appear bigger even without the added workout volume. (Some people report a 5-8lb weight gain just by starting creatine.)

How I Used VitaCost CreaPure Creatine

Typically, creatine use includes a loading phase followed by a maintenance phase. The instructions on the label give you a pretty good idea of what that entails:

As a dietary supplement, take 1 scoop daily or as directed by a physician.

For loading: take 1 serving (5 grams), 4 times per day (20 grams), for 5 days with 16 oz. water or non-acidic juice (e.g. apple or grape).

For maintenance: take 1 serving (5 grams) daily with 16 oz. water or non-acidic juice. 6-8 glasses of water should be consumed daily with creatine supplementation.

That schedule would be fine, but I used it a bit differently. According to some reputable sources, you don’t really need this much creatine to hit the maximum amount of creatine that your body can hold, so it’s just a waste of money to take that much.

So I went with this strategy: 5g per day for 7 days, then 3g per day for maintenance. I took the creatine powder with about 12-16oz of juice (alternated between apple and grape,) post-workout.

(A note about the scoop… There is a line on the scoop about 3/4 up. I wasn’t sure if I should use the line or the very top of the scoop for 5g. So I weighed it. Just to be clear, you have to fill the scoop to the very top to get your 5g creatine.)

VitaCost CreaPure Creatine Testing

Before we get to the results, let’s talk about what it was like to use the CreaPure creatine.

First, a price comparison. Most brands of creatine I see run about $30 per canister. It varies, but that seems like a common price point. Getting this stuff for $19 seems like a heck of a deal by comparison!

Is the quality still up there?

I think so! CreaPure is supposed to be the most pure creatine out there. That’s a good thing, especially if you’ve ever read “What’s in Your Creatine” by Will Brink.

After doing some reading, I’m pretty sure CreaPure is the only type of creatine I’ll use.

When it came to mixing it up, that was very easy. You just give it a quick stir with a spoon and the powder disperses. It’s nothing like whey protein powder!

The only catch is that you should leave the spoon in the cup so you can stir it as you drink, because the powder will settle back to the bottom of the cup fairly quickly. Or you could gulp the whole thing down right after you first stir it. That’s up to you.

As far as taste, there was none at all. While I preferred mixing it in juice (apple, grape, berry, etc.,) you could easily consume the creatine in water without any taste issues. Water plus a scoop of this creatine tastes like water.

Lastly, side effects. I had absolutely no side effects while using this creatine. I’ve heard of cramping and gastric distress issues, but I didn’t have a problem. That could be thanks to the purity of the CreaPure creatine.

I also had no issues with dehydration. I figure any endurance athlete is used to consuming lots of water, so the whole “make sure to have 6-8 glasses of water per day while on creatine” is a nonissue.

VitaCost CreaPure Creatine Results

I used this creatine during February and into March 2010. It was for about 4-6 weeks.

I’m pretty sure I felt it working. By that I mean, I noticed I could do more reps of certain exercises after starting the creatine. It was nothing drastic, but it was something. (It also could have been the placebo affect.)

As for results, I don’t have any to report. During the 4-6 weeks I used creatine, I fluctuated between 181-183 lb the whole time. There was no weight gain at all! There were no noticeable size gains either.

It’s possible I didn’t take enough creatine or take it for a long enough time period, or maybe my workout program sucked. It’s also possible that I am one of the few “non responders” to creatine supplementation.

Your results may vary.

My final verdict is…

While I didn’t see any serious results from using creatine, I still believe that this is a quality creatine. If you want creatine, I highly suggest something based on CreaPure. Vitacost-owned NSI is a good company and this can be found cheap as well, so it’s perfect. Get some if you want creatine.

I will use this creatine again in the future and see if I can get results on a different training program and with a greater creatine intake.

Official website: www.GoNSI.com

Buy online: www.VitaCost.com

Product Review Details
Company: VitaCost
Product: VitaCost CreaPure Creatine
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-10-06
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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  1. What’s up with “non-acidic juice”? Mine has the same instruction and I’ve always wondered why.

  2. @Tom

    I’ve read that there was a study showing that acidic juices or some sort of acid can convert creatine into creatinine, rendering it ineffective. So all the manufacturers probably decided to add “non-acidic” to their labels, just to be safe.

    I doubt that the creatine would be rendered completely useless if you mixed it with OJ, but I don’t have any interest in drinking orange or lemon juice post-workout, so I just follow their advice. Most of the time I mix it with water anyway.

  3. Note: This creatine has been re-branded from NSI to Vitacost. It’s still the same thing. I’m not exactly sure if Vitacost always owned the NSI brand or what, but however it was set up, I trust both brands.

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