Originally Posted by under200
Yep, I use Muscle Milk and ON Nutrition's liquid amino 2222. The liquid stuff I use when I am in a hurry and don't have time to make a shake. 3 table spoons has a shit load of amino's and 22 gr of protein. Good stuff when you just want to slam something real quick. The muscle milk does have some fat and real sugar in it but as far as shakes go it's the only one I like the taste of enough to take it religiously.
Were is Biggy for his 2 cents when to take protein and creatine?
hehe, I didn't realize that anyone still took the ON Amino drink. Though one slight clarification. You said '3 table spoons has a shit load of amino's and 22 gr of protein'. In reality...there's 22grams of aminos in there since aminos are what make up protein (basically the same thing when mixed together).
Yea like a few others said. Creatine is all the same. Here's a comparison for you. Let's assume for a split second that one creatine really is better than another one. Now let's take a nice shiny new gsxr1000 and a gsxr750. You do a few laps around a track on each one. In reality the 1000 is a bit faster...but your times and results will pretty much be the same on both of them. Creatine used to come from like 2 or 3 main distributors in the world. That means that you taking the cheapo stuff (so long as it's actual creatine monohydrate and not phosphate) has a good chance of being the exact same thing as the most expensive crap out there.
In the end there's only a couple things I can say. If something works for you...then take it. Why? Because the mentality that you're taking a better product, works. Don't take something because of the name, because of the following general statement: "All of the nutritional supplements out there are identical." Now yes, something you buy at Walgreens is most likely going to be crap, but if we're not talking cheap generic shit then they are all the same. And I mean all of them. NOW, ON, Twin Labs, EAS. From the cheap to the expensive, they are virtually identical. The products may vary by an ingredient or two but that's it. Oh and the products that put in a ton of extra stuff where you read "OUR PRODUCT IS STUPID FLY CRAZY LOADED WITH SO MUCH TESTOSTERONE BOOSTING THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE A FRIGGEN HORSE DUDE!!!" Well, those products usually put in so little of yohimbe or whatever other crap they are claiming that it is 99.99% useless to you...in fact there's probably more of the ingredient on the label than in the bottle.
The reason you're taking the MM is a good one...because it tastes good. Take them whenever you want. The creatine can be mixed with the protein, so long as you're not just dumping it right into the shake, but taking it straight from a spoon or dropper if liquid. The creatine you take today, your muscles will only be using much much later. So taking it in the morning or in the afternoon is meaningless to your evening workout.