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MusclePump- This is creatine Ethyl Ester. The thousand magazine adds in every bodybuilding mag claim this is the hot new supplement and is far superior to regular creatine. Studies have yet to prove its effectiveness so its possible it might not work at all. Good old creatine monohydrate works great, studies back this up and I can confirm from personal experience. I would suggest sticking with what is proven.

Nitro2 and the other Nitro- These are nitric oxide inhibitors. I dont think there is a proper study to prove its effectiveness. It does keep your muscles pumped for a much longer period. To me this seems like a good thing as blood stays in the muscles and shuttles lots of nutrients to them over a longer period of time. Just the psychological effect from looking pumped all day is probably beneficial as well. Unfortunetly the same reaction that causes your muscles to stay pumped also creates a potentially dangerous reaction with blood vessels in the brain (potentially deadly). I would suggest staying away from any nitric oxide supplement as its not worth risking your safety.

Good old creatine monohydrate would be my suggestion, but if you try the creatine EE let us know how it works out.
 

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My warning on creatine and such products. If you do use it make sure you keep up with the full workouts during and especially after you achieve your desired look. Taking creatine becomes a major problem if you stop working out and your muscle mass quickly changes to fatty mass even after you also stop taking creatine.

This has been a major concern for U.S. troops who want to build muscle mass but don't keep up the workouts afterwards.

Best bet is do it all natural and if you quit working out your more prone to lose that mass completely then have the muscle mass drop and fat mass increase.
 

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Creatine supplements do the usual short-term gain, long-term pain treatment on you. You'll have some extra energy and cellular water retention will give your physique a slightly larger semblance.

The downside is that if you do start to take Creatine you may want to consider for just how long you want to stay on it. Seeing how medical researchers are increasingly discovering that these supplements have a serious negative long-term impact on your health, you may want to ask yourself "Why bother?"

But if you do decide to spend some dough on Creatine, you should be warned that if you decide to one day quit, you'll have to gradually reduce your Creatine intake and NOT go off cold turkey. Once you introduce your body to excessive amount of Creatine (a la supplement) it stops producing it ... so once you go off Creatine, your entire supply will be depleted rapidly.

Personally, I agree with Syanis. Do it the natural way. Observe healthy nutrition, exercise regularly and be mindful of proper technique.

The one thing Creatine is great for is its placebo effect. "Oh ya...take this stuff. You'll get HUGE!"
 

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Syanis said:
Taking creatine becomes a major problem if you stop working out and your muscle mass quickly changes to fatty mass even after you also stop taking creatine.
This is just wrong. Muscle cannot turn into fat and fat cannot turn into muscle. If you stop taking creatine and stop working out then you will lose the water retention from the creatine and you will begin to atrophy from not working out. The only way to gain fat is to consume more calories then you burn. Stoping creatine will not turn muscle into fat. It would defy science.

As for your body not producing creatine. This is a more reasonable concern. You can still get plenty of creatine from food sources with a proper diet. But no one really knows the effects on your body's ability to produce creatine in the long term.
 
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