Are there other forms of creatine that work better than monohydrate?
While there are more expensive types of creatine on the market, no data convincingly shows that any form works better than the original creatine monohydrate in micronized form.
Micronized creatine has a particle size that's many times smaller than regular creatine, making it much faster and more completely absorbed. And micronized creatine mixes easily into liquids.
What's the Best Way to Use Creatine?
You can load creatine faster by taking 5 grams four times a day for 5 days. After loading, you only need to take 3 to 5 grams a day for maintenance. Alternately, you can skip the loading period and take 3 to 5 grams per day and be fully loaded in 28 days. Both methods work.
What's the Best Time to Take Creatine?
Creatine actually works through saturation and not timing. You don't have to take it immediately before or after your workout. As long as your muscles are filled with creatine, it'll be there to help with your workout regardless of when you take it.
What Do I Need to Do to Maximize Creatine's Effects?
Drink lots of water. The general rule is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water, so if you weigh 200 pounds, drink roughly 100 ounces of water a day.
How Fast Does It Work?
You should see or feel something in a few days. Most users will gain about 0.8 to 2.9 percent of bodyweight after the first few days of supplementation.