[i]Originally posted by 400Stud[/i]
OK, so I've obviously not used creatine in the past, but if I AM a responder to it, hypothetically speaking, then I could expect to see some gains in (water) weight (Basically – bad idea to take it then)?
Not necessarily. I seem to respond but don't gain water weight. Other responders gain weight. I'm not sure what the mechanism for the difference is. Also, weight gain doesn't have to be terrible as long as you manipulate it so that you are at your ideal body weight when you need to be and not worry too much about it at less important parts of a training cycle. To do this, you could take creatine during the early parts of the season and cycle off of it during the more important parts of the season. In this way you could reap the benefits of creatine in your training and recovery from training but still have time to lose weight by getting off creatine just prior to your focal meets.