So one day, your father needs to borrow your tennis racket while you are gone (probably training) and there he goes on a mission across your messy room. Next thing you know, what does he see? Yep, your nice big container of creatine powder that sticks out like a sore thumb (also among your impressive collection of other supplements). See taking Creatine with caffeine.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t have presbyopia yet and he clearly reads : ” Creatine Monohydrate”. Oh crap.
Ok, now if your father is a 100% open-minded person who follows trends in the youth culture you can probably stop reading here, which would be highly unlikely…
Your father’s opinion on Creatine
– Baseball players during the steroid era
During the 90’s – early 2000’s steroid era, a lot of MLB players used creatine as an excuse for their sudden change in size. That was very well covered by the media, and often times the question ”how come have you gained so much muscular mass this year?” was often dodged with something along the lines of ”I’ve been taking creatine supplements lately and it has helped me a lot in the gym”. Also see does creatine make you stronger ?
Yea right buddy, creatine gave you these huge forearms and made you drop 500 ft bombs consistently! Fact of the matter is these guys were on massive doses of steroids, hgh and other stuff that’s not even close to being in the same ballpark (no pun intended) as creatine. Read creatine supplementation affects levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Anyway point is, it kind of got into the minds of the masses at that time that creatine was somehow related to big muscles in pro ball.
– Creatine causes injuries – and other b.s. stories
Last year he heard that some high-school football player from the team he’s following ruined his entire season because of creatine. Apparently he had been advised to take the supplement during the off-season and arrived in incredible shape at the football camp. First day of camp, tore his achilles tendon and was out for the season.
The cause ? : muscle dehydration cause by creatine.
Wow, what a load of crap. Actually creatine hydrates you, by making you retain more water in the muscles. But that’s another topic in and of itself (which we’ll discuss later on). See does creatine make your muscles less defined?
– When you stop taking creatine, the muscle turns into fat and you have floppy skin
Apparently, is it widely accepted in mainstream thinking that once a steroid (or other performance enhancing drug) user discontinues the use of such drugs, he gets FAT…magically. Somehow the muscles just transform into fat.
This may sometimes happen because a bodybuilder messed up his body hormones with steroids. But CREATINE, really? What’s the right creatine dosage.
It can certainly be an uphill battle to destroy the preconceived (and wrong) ideas that your parents have about this supplement. I myself have gotten my father’s guard down but showing him some long term studies regarding the effects of creatine on liver values and so on. But he still thinks that I should not take the creatine supplement and ”train more” to compensate instead. /facepalm