October 13, 2012
Con-Crete is a popular variation of creatine monohydrate. I’ve had it as an ingredient in a few pre workouts and I wanted to try it as a change up from regular CreaPure for my DTP routine.
CreaPure works the best for me, and you can’t beat the value. But I honestly don’t know how to feel about the Con-Crete because even though I did see some positives, it’s crazy expensive for very few servings.
The only ingredient in Con-Crete is Creatine HCl in a dose of 750 mg per scoop. The hydrochloride molecule that is bonded to the creatine is supposed to enhance absorbtion, increase ATP production, and allow you to avoid a lot of common side effects that come with creatine supplementation like water weight gain and cramps (even though I’ve never experienced any side effects from any creatine before).
Since the creatine is “concentrated”, less of it is needed to be effective. Promera advertises that “1/4 teaspoons is equivalent to 5-10 grams of regular creatine”. I don’t know how I could verify this or not but I really like the premise of micro-dosing. It makes this creatine versatile and convenient to take. Just two tiny scoops preworkout and you’re good to go, no loading necessary and no large amount of powder to have to gulp down.
Con-Crete loses major points here. I spent $29 for a 48 serving tub on NutraPlanet and that’s the standard price on the web and in stores. Since I used 2 scoops a day, it only lasted 24 days. I like that you don’t need to do major doses for a loading phase because that always kills the value of a creatine supplement, but c’mon man! $1.21 a day for creatine! SIKE, THAT’S THE WRONG NUMBER! It better lift the weights FOR ME if you expect me to shell out that much every 3 weeks.
CreaPure gave me the same (probably better) results for a fraction of the price. At NutraPlanet I came across a 60 serving tub of Optimum CreaPure for $9. Even if you double up the dose to make it 10 grams, that’s still a full month’s worth for $.30 a day. Unreal…
A lot of people complain about the tartness of how the unflavored version tastes, but I found no problems with it. It's a little bitter, but I think creatine ethyl ester tasted way more bitter than this. I’d mix it by itself, with my Alphamine dose in the morning, or with my Condense preworkout and you couldn't taste it much at all, and it just had a dull, sour taste that was a little chemical-y. If you don’t like sour tasting things, I understand, but this is nothing to worry about. I’m sure the flavored versions taste better but I wanted to avoid the fillers and flavoring.
The only thing I noticed about the mixability was that the taste got stronger near the bottom of the drink, so the creatine was settling right away. But as long as you can get over the little shock from that concentrated tartness at the bottom of your shaker cup, you’re good to go. Mixes clear and leaves no particles or floaties in the cup even if you use a spoon to mix it.
Here’s where I’m kind of fuzzy on Con-Crete. For the price I paid, I was expecting it to exceed the effects of a normal creatine. That might’ve skewed my perception of how this worked.
Since I was running the DTP program, I was really relying on my stamina and endurance to get through the workouts. I did manage to add weight to every exercise in the program over the course of 4 weeks, so Con-Crete did contribute to a little more strength over those long 40 and 50 rep sets.
I don’t think this contributed to any kind of pump I had while working out, but since creatine draws water into your cells my muscles did look a little fuller while on Con-Crete. I never experienced any bloating, cramps, or excessive water retention while using this, but like I said I never have with other creatines either.
I did notice I recovered really well day to day while taking this, but I think the cardio/rest day in between each workout helped with that, as well as the other supplements I was stacking with this. But Promera does say that Con-Crete helps with recovery, and I never felt any DOMs or muscle soreness the day after a workout.
But for the people who’ve reviewed this before me saying the pros are “steroid-like results” and “feeling unbreakable”, you might want to check if you were actually taking this and not something else… this is just a creatine supplement, let’s calm down.
I feel bad giving this such an average rating because it’s a quality product that has its fair share of positive effects. 100% purity, enhanced potency at low doses, increased creatine uptake because of its bond to the hydrochloride molecule…
I think all of Promera’s claims of how much better this works than regular creatine are based off of comparisons to regular creatine monohydrate, not CreaPure. I recently switched back over to a CreaPure based creatine supplement and I see no noticeable differences in terms of strength or endurance while lifting. You can get the same results from a creatine that’s ¼ the price of Con-Crete, so I don’t care if Con-Crete is ¼ the dose of regular creatine. That’s cute and all, but doesn’t really matter.
If you need a little changeup and want to see if Con-Crete works better for you, I’d say go for it. A lot of people who make the jump over from monohydrate to Con-Crete never go back, so this might work well if you don’t respond to mono. But since I know the CreaPure form of monohydrate works really well for me, I wouldn’t get this again, and I wouldn’t waste your money if you’re in the same boat as me.
Next creatine to try for me is Green Magnitude, but I’ll be sticking with CreaPure for now and won’t be going back to Con-Crete.
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