Training Tips: Creatine Cycling for Better Results!

Author: Nicole Adler   Date Posted: 27 July 2016 

Athletes who take creatine supplements already know how effective these supplements can be. If you want to get the most out of your creatine supplement, it can be a good idea to use cycling. Curious what cycling is and how it can help you to obtain better results from your creatine supplement? Read on to find out!

What Is Creatine Cycling?

Creatine cycling is a process where the athlete is going to stop the use of the supplement after using it for a couple of weeks, months or years. According to studies, cycling makes the creatine supplement a lot more effective, especially where long-term results are concerned.

How Do I Implement Creatine (Cr) Cycling?

Cr cycling starts with taking a creatine supplement over a period of two to three months. Once this cycle has passed, the athlete should stop taking the Cr supplement for at least one month, although this rest period can go all the way up to three months.

Creatine Cycling

Athletes who have been taking creatine supplements for longer than a year will find it more difficult to implement these rest cycles. When you stop taking Cr supplements after a long period of use, you may encounter problems such as fatigue. However, there is a way around it. Instead of coming off cold turkey, simply stop the use of Cr supplements for a week. Then use the Cr supplement for another week. After this week has been completed, stop using the supplement for two weeks. Repeat this process until you have reached a rest cycle of one month.

Why Should I Use Cycling?

The main reason why many athletes use cycling on their Cr supplements is the fact that they will be able to return to the loading phase. During the loading phase, athletes can benefit from additional water in their muscles and the strength that accompanies it. The loading phase also provides a good anaerobic environment for muscle growth.

Is Supplement Cycling Suitable for Everyone?

Generally speaking, supplement cycling can be used by everyone. That being said, athletes who do not take advantage of the loading phase will find no benefit in the cycling method mentioned above.

A small percentage of athletes will not use the loading phase because of digestive distress. During the loading phase, athletes will use an increased dose of a supplement. Some supplements can cause side-effects such as digestive distress if the athlete is prone to such problems. That being said, cases of digestive distress during the loading phase are rare.

What Other Supplements Provide Additional Benefits with Cycling?

The Cr supplement is not the only supplement that can provide extra benefits during cycling phases. Experienced athletes will often cycle a variety of supplements to get better results. Below, you will find the most common supplements that can be cycled.

Pre-workout supplements will have more effect when they are used in cycles. Most pre-workout supplements will provide the athlete with energy and often contain ingredients such as caffeine, green tea extract and yohimbine. Even though pre-workout supplements are very effective, when used over a long period of time, the effects of the pre-workout supplements may be less noticeable.

Creatine Cycling

The reason why pre-workout supplements become less effective over a long period of time is tolerance. When athletes consume a large amount of a certain substance, their body can become use to it, hence why pre-workout supplements seem to work less effectively after a long period of use.

Research has shown that pre-workout supplements should be cycled every eight weeks. During the rest period, the body of the athlete will reset and get more benefit from the pre-workout supplement afterwards.

The thermogenic fat burner is another supplement that could benefit greatly from cycling, since it is quite similar to those pre-workout supplements we described earlier. As you may know already, thermogenic fat burners will contain stimulants to boost the metabolism and this often includes ingredients such as caffeine.

To increase the effectiveness of thermogenic fat burners, it is recommended to use fat burners for two to three weeks and then stopping the use of these supplements for another two to three weeks. By doing so, athletes can keep their cortisol levels low.

Some athletes find that cycling off thermogenic fat burners is not option. For those athletes, it can be a good idea to switch to stimulant-free fat burners. Stimulant-free fat burners are often used by people who are very sensitive to stimulants such as caffeine. Stimulant-free fat burners are less effective than the thermogenic fat burners, but they still deliver the desired results. By using fat burners without ingredients such as caffeine, the athlete will be less likely to become tolerant.

Cycling does not only apply to sports supplements though, since there are various herbal remedies that could benefit from cycling. If you use any form of sleeping aid, it is better to cycle them as well. Over the course of time, the sleeping aid will become less effective, so only use it when you really need it.


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