It had been awhile since we tried a pure creatine supplement, so we decided to do a review on AlphaCre HD. Usually, we don’t do reviews on creatine supplements. Most of the time we get enough creatine from eating all the red meat we do, plus whatever else is thrown in the pre-workout we are currently using. However, we recently noticed that the sports supplement market, on a whole, has been getting away from using creatine monohydrate, or any other type of creatine in their formulas.
It makes sense since most pre-workout formulas you find now are loaded with grams of L-Citrulline. It’s hard to throw in L-Citrulline, creatine, glycerol, and any other ingredient where you need grams to be effective. So, we thought that it was the perfect time to try a stand-alone creatine supplement. And why not go with one of the more popular creatine supplements like AlphaCre HD by 1st Phorm.
For the review, I called up the trifecta of Joel, Alan, and our resident meathead bro, Ben. Honestly, Ben had been missing some love, and felt like we hadn’t included him much in our recent product reviews. So, we brought him in on AlphaCre HD, so he could still feel like he was part of the Build3r family. On to our results.
For this trial, we went with Fruit Punch and Orange (sorry grape). We all took one scoop about thirty minutes before we hit the gym. We have all used micronized creatine monohydrate before, but it’s been awhile since we took it with Beta-Alanine. And to make things more interesting, 1st Phorm threw in 4 grams of sugar and electrolytes.
AlphaCre HD worked. We all got some good pumps, which surprised us, and we all felt like our endurance was up throughout our workouts. By the way, the Orange was good, but the Fruit Punch was awesome. Probably because of the sugar.
Before we go any further, let me tell you about creatine monohydrate and sugar. Back in the late 1990s, creatine was always taken with grape juice or another type of sugar. Sugar is supposed to help increase the effectiveness, and absorption of creatine. It’s not the sugar, but the insulin response from the sugar that helps to drive creatine into the muscles faster.
Anyways, we thought that AlphaCre HD was a legit creatine product. The addition of a small amount of sugar, along with beta-alanine, worked for us. However, we didn’t get the pump effect from AlphaCre HD that we get from other nitric oxide (NO) booster. For this reason, we don’t recommend AlphaCre HD as a non-stimulant pre-workout supplement. But, we think that it is a great product to stack with your standard pre-workout, or any other NO boosting pump product.