Thanks to CubsFan815 and Performax Labs for having so many unique and entertaining giveaways! As a Red Sox fan, coming up with ways to make fun of the Cubs was satisfying enough in its own right, but getting a product freebie out of it? Fantastic! Now it’s time to review CreMax and live up to my end...
Thanks to CubsFan815 and Performax Labs for having so many unique and entertaining giveaways! As a Red Sox fan, coming up with ways to make fun of the Cubs was satisfying enough in its own right, but getting a product freebie out of it? Fantastic! Now it’s time to review CreMax and live up to my end of the bargain.
Serving Size: 2 heaping scoops (8.2g)
Servings Per Container: 30
"Strength and Size"
Micronized Creatine Monohydrate 5,000mg
"Power and Recovery"
L-Taurine, Betaine Anhydrous, Creatinol-O-Phosphate 3,000mg
"Hydration and Electrolytes"
Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride 225mg
There’s nothing very new and exciting here, but everything has been shown to help training (to a degree). The ingredients seem to be chosen with purpose and synergism in mind. I like a supplement with clear goals, and contents that match those goals. My only gripe here (and it is minor) is the prop-blend conundrum, specifically as it pertains to the “Power and Recovery” portion of the mix. Taurine alone is often recommended at 3,000mg/day, which begs the question – is there enough to make a difference? Granted, this supplement is suggested in combination with a pre-, intra-, or post-workout drink, but it’d be nice if it had enough goodies to stand up on its own. I mean, there is a healthy dose of creatine… why not fully dose everything else as well?
I also think the “2 heaping scoops” serving is a bit odd… heaping is subjective. Why not just make the scoop exactly the right size? I know I’m nitpicking here, but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.
Like most high-quality creatine supplements, this bad boy is extremely versatile. No blender bottle on hand? A spoon will work just fine. Mix it in juice, Gatorade, milk, an energy drink… the list goes on and on. Even with the additional ingredients (electrolytes specifically), there’s no discernible taste to “weird” things up. This really can go in just about anything.
I typically mixed the full dose in with a serving of my BCAA’s, which I began sipping pre-workout and finished intra-workout. This seemed to work very well.
As mentioned above, I took CreMax in combination with my BCAA supp, and I found that my performance hinged more on the specific dosing of aminos, and my diet, than it did on CreMax. I can’t deny, however, that I rarely had a “bad” training day the whole time I was using CreMax. The ingredients are tried and true, and backed by science, even if they might be a tad under-dosed.
The effectiveness of a supplement like this is a lot harder to quantify than with other product categories, and probably even harder when you don’t think to eliminate variables (like the fool, yours truly). In this case, I choose to trust the research that’s available, and assume (as research indicates) that the impact is largely dose-dependent, and a bit heftier blend in the “Power and Recovery” realm would bolster effectiveness a bit more.
A quick Google search yields stock with Nutraplanet at $17.99 and a BOGO deal for Hypermax and Cremax at $29.99 with a vendor called Nutri-Verse (?). Creatine monohydrate alone is usually very cheap, but the added ingredients in CreMax make this price seem a bit more reasonable. The question is, do you really need the added ingredients?
Many pre- and intra-workout supplements already contain the secondary stuff that makes CreMax more than just a creatine supplement. If you already use one such supplement, I would imagine you also already have creatine mono in bulk and you just dose when it’s convenient. If that’s the case, CreMax would be a redundant purchase. CreMax can, however, elongate the life span of your usual creatine supplementation (and, effectively, its own life span) if you decide to use it on training days, and then standard creatine on non-training days (which worked well enough for me). If you also find yourself with a pre-workout that is stim-heavy but lacks ingredients for endurance/power output, CreMax would make a fine addition to your pre-workout regimen.
The bottom line is, the intelligent specificity of the ingredients in CreMax would make it unnecessary for most with well-rounded diet and supplementation. It does, however, cover a good bit of ground, and would be an excellent purchase for someone needing to round out their pre- or intra-workout nutrition. Ultimately, any supplement that can be had for less than $20 is worth a shot in my book.
Cremax, just like any other supplement, has strengths and weaknesses. It isn’t one of those staple, must-have sort of things, but it could be very helpful for some people with specific gaps in their supplementation. It also strikes me as a product that took a lot of thought, as its ingredients work synergistically both with each other and with common ingredients in other peri-workout formulas.
I guess, in a nutshell, I’d call it the 12th man of your stack. Can it make a difference in a big game? Sure. Will it make a difference if, say, your quarterback is wearing a blindfold? Not really. It’s helpful, but by no means the most important thing, and next to unnecessary if everything else is how it should be.
Thanks for reading everybody, and have a lovely day!
- Intelligent Profile
- Secondary Ingredients May Be Underdosed
- Possibly Redundant For Many Lifters