Every year, many studies show that various supplements improve athletic performance. However, few of these supplements ever become staples of many athletes' training regimes. Creatine is probably the most studied supplement in history, and the overwhelming research shows it improves strength performance. So, it's important to learn as much as possible about supplement use by athletes in the field.
Robert Stanton and Grant Abt from Central Queensland University, in Australia, studied creatine use among elite power lifters in Australia. Seventy-four percent of the athletes were current or former users and 70 percent of users cycled on and off the supplement. The lifters consumed an average of six grams per day during a maintenance phase (lasting about 38 days) and an average of 20 grams per day during a five-day loading phase (lasting about 6 days).
The majority of the power lifters agreed that creatine increased muscle mass and strength, and they listed increased body mass as the most common benefit for taking creatine.