What is it?
Creatine HCL (hydrochloride) is simply a creatine molecule bound with hydrochloric acid.
As a standalone supplement Creatine HCL has been shown to increase muscle cell volume,encouraging an anabolic environment for increase muscle size.
Creatine HCL has been shown to have several benefits compared to other forms of creatine such as Creatine Monohydrate, due to its superior solubility and pH alignment with the human digestive tract (no stomach issues / bloating)
What does it do?
Creatine HCL increases the synthesis of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which is our bodies primary source of energy when performing short, sharp muscle contractions involved with weight training.
Creatine HCL allows your muscles to contract with more power for an increased number of repetitions allowing you to train harder for longer thus increasing muscle strength and size.
For example, let's say you can bench press 60kg for just 8 reps. The primary source of fuel your body is using to perform that movement is ATP. With Creatine HCL in your body, you have more ATP or more fuel, allowing you to push out 9 reps, 10 reps and so on.
When do I take it?
Although not a major issue on when to take Creatine HCL, the most common and what Supps42 recommends is post-workout and/or first thing in the morning when you wake up.
Creatine HCL can be mixed and consumed with water or with any other of supplement such as your post-workout protein shake.
The clinical dose according to studies and what seems to be the most effective is 1 - 2 grams a day.
How much is it?
Creatine HCL supplements range anywhere from $0.60 to $1.00 a serve depending on the size and quality of the product.
Ghost Size is a high quality product Supps42 recommends if Creatine HCL is what you're after. You get a high 2.5g dose plus a few extra added ingredients to help with strength and power.
Do I need it?
Creatine HCL is ideal for anyone looking to increase strength and power but also who react poorly to Creatine Monohydrate (stomach issues etc.) and/or want to try something different.
It can definitely assist if you find yourself not being able to progress / hitting a plateua with your training.
Creatine in general is one of the most studied and cheapest products in the industry and something Supps42 highly suggests taking to take your workouts to the next level!