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Creatine Monohydrate Use Among Elite Australian Power Lifters.

STANTON, ROBERT; ABT, GRANT A.
Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: August 2000
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A self-administered questionnaire examining creatine monohydrate (Cr[middle dot]H2O) use was sent to 82 elite Australian power lifters, of which 61% (n = 50) questionnaires were returned. Ninety-six percent of respondents (n = 48) were aware of Cr[middle dot]H2Q. Seventy-four percent (n = 37) identified themselves as current or former users, and 26% (n = 13) as nonusers. Power lifters agreed that Cr[middle dot]H2O improved the quality of their training and competitive performance. An increase in body mass was the most common side effect. Seventy percent of users (n = 26) reported a cyclic method of intake, 14% (n = 5) reported a regular intake, and 16% (n = 6) reported an intermittent intake. Cyclic users displayed a median of 5.8 and 38.5 days for the loading and maintenance phases, respectively. During the loading phase, cyclic users reported a median loading dose of 5 g. During the maintenance phase, cyclic users reported a mean of 6.0 +/- 2.4 g per dose. This study has found that awareness and use of Cr[middle dot]H2O is widespread among elite Australian power lifters and that most use a cyclic method of Cr[middle dot]H2O administration.

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