Creatine is a popular weightlifting supplement used to provide short-term increases in energy, strength and muscle building. NO-Xplode by BSN is a pre-workout supplement designed to improve physical and mental energy, as well as increased muscle pumps. Since NO-Xplode already contains a proprietary blend with creatine, cycling these two products together can improve training intensity and muscle building. Creatine is often taken in five week cycles with loading, maintenance and non-use phases, while NO-Xplode can be used every day for 12 weeks, as long as you do not exceed 3 scoops per day.
Things You'll Need
Training Days During Creatine Loading Phase
Mix 1 scoop of NO-Xplode with 5 to 6 oz of cold water and drink 30 to 45 minutes before your workout. Add more scoops (and water) as your tolerance increases. Use approximately 5 to 6 oz of water per 1 scoop of powder.
Mix 5 grams of creatine monohydrate with the NO-Xplode. Creatine monohydrate does not dissolve, so stir it before every sip so it does not settle at the bottom.
Following your workout, mix 10 grams of creatine in a protein shake.
Mix 10 grams of creatine in juice or a sports beverage at night. During the loading phase, you should be taking between 20 to 30 grams of creatine for 4 to 7 days in order to saturate your muscles.
Non-Training Days During Maintenance Phase
Mix 1 scoop of NO-Xplode with 5 to 6 oz cold water and 5 grams of creatine monohydrate during non-training days. Drink on an empty stomach. Consume 5 to 10 grams of creatine per day for three weeks during the maintenance phase.
Following your workout, mix 5 grams of creatine monohydrate in a protein shake.
Stop taking creatine for one week after the three week maintenance phase is complete, but continue to use NO-Xplode on training and non-training days, as desired.