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Mark Atwood
Gym. Legs.
Lousy morning. I slept in, missed my regular breakfast, rushed to work, spent some time shoving 10lb of shit into 5lb bags, was late dosing myself with creatine, and rushed to the gym.

Gym was a decent respite from it all. Legs. Cybex machine reclined leg press. Seated calves cycled with High heavy stepup. Cybex machine leg curl cycled with ball curl. Machine leg extention cycled with unloaded lunges. Abductors cycled with Adductors (new weight record!). Standing calves.

I was burning pretty bad at the start, I could pretty much tell the moment that the creatine *finally* got to my small intestine and into my bloodstream, and the fire went out. But by the end, I was again pretty lightheaded and woozy. But I didn't actually get sick this time, and pushed each last set, doing 12 instead of 10s.

Now I'm back at work. Yuck. Hopefully to sneak out in a little bit, run home to shower, and then head down to NorWesCon for the weekend.
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tonyawinter From: tonyawinter Date: April 9th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


What is creatine?
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: April 10th, 2004 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: um,

It's a short protein that has some integral and poorly understood part of anaerobic muscle activity. If you have a surfet of it, muscles fibers take a different metabolic route that doesnt create as many fatigue poisons, and also does or does not do some other poorly understood stuff in the context of poorly understood muscle metabolism.

The more direct answer is, if you take a heaping tablespoon in a glass of sugary juice or water an hour before you lift weights, your muscles don't "burn". It doesn't make you "stronger", per se, but it's a LOT easier to lift very heavy weights for an hour if your muscles don't feel like they're on fire.

You can buy it at GNC or any other sports nutrition store.

It's one of my "secret weapons" that has enabled a wimp like me to go to the gym for weight training 3 times a week for over a year.
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