As a personal trainer, I get lots of questions in regards to supplementation. One supplement that I’m asked about fairly frequently is creatine. Creatine is without a doubt one of the, if not the most effective natural supplement in supporting lean muscle mass gains, strength and power increases, and greater endurance in the gym or cardio activities. While there are various forms of creatine out there, the one that I’ve found to be effective without the side effects is creatine HCL.
Creatine HCL is superior to creatine monohydrate for multiple reasons including:
No bloating, no cramping, no excess water retention outside the muscle cells (subcutaneous water buildup making you look “soft”), no necessary loading phase, and no cycling necessary. Creatine HCL also allows for a much lower dose amount in addition to a 60% greater absorption rate than monohydrate.
Although Promera was the first to launch the HCL form, multiple other companies have released this variation of creatine as well.