Why do we lift? Health? Fitness? Sure, that comes along the way but why did we lift in the first place? To look hot naked that’s why.
In order to look our hottest, we needed to eat plenty of food to get the most out of our workouts as possible and sometimes that isn’t enough and you know it, bro.
We need supplements like creatine for maximum gains and Six Star’s CREATINE X3 seems to be reading our minds. With promises of more strength and more muscle, we can’t help but feel excited in reviewing a supplement that knows what we want.
Let’s bust this can of gains wide open!
Creatine X3 touts itself as capable of building over 4x the muscle. Now isn’t that a pretty tagline! The website shows us plenty of clinical studies showcasing the effects of what their brand of creatine is capable of. Formula notes:
- Huge Scoop: One scoop is a heaping 33g. That’s a lot of powder and as with creatine powders, miscibility is always an issue specially with that much serving.
- Fast Carbs: Two words: Glycogen power.
- Prop blend X3: We assume they call it X3 because it uses three prop blends. And no, we don’t like it either.
SIX STAR CreatineX3 Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 1 Scoop (33 g)|
Servings Per Container: Approx. 35
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Total Carbohydrate||19 g (6% DV)|
|Sugar||5 g †|
|Sodium||70 mg (3% DV)|
|Potassium (as dipotassium phosphate)||40 mg (1% DV)|
|Muscle Building Creatine Blend||8,000 mg †|
|BCAA-Amino Blend||2,500 mg †|
|Creatine Synthesis Amino Matrix||1,000 mg †|
|Other Ingredients: Maltodextrin, dextrose, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, salt, calcium silicate, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, FD&C Red No. 40. Processed in a facility that also processes milk, soy, wheat, egg, and peanut ingredients.|
|Directions: Take 1 serving (1 scoop) immediately after you work out with 8 oz. of cold water. If you are not working out that day, have your serving in the morning when you wake up. As with all creatine products, maintain an adequate state of hydration during use. Read the entire label before use and follow directions provided.|
Plenty of muscle building goodness in one big scoop.
We want muscle and to have muscle we need proper nutrition and it looks like SIX STAR is on the right track with their simple yet functional formula that’s meant to not only get you all the gains you need but also help boost muscle recovery and performance
Let’s break down the ingredients in this formula:
Potassium and Sodium are thoughtful additions to keep your muscles hydrated.
Carbs, 19 g
Carbs are one of the most underrated nutrients and often vilified by the weight loss market. While it’s true carbs, in general, contribute to weight gain, the right type of carb can be beneficial to weight loss and in this case, muscle growth. The science behind carbs and muscle growth is really simple:
Muscles need ATP for energy. ATP is produced by glycogen. Glycogen is stored in the muscles or liver. Glycogen comes from carbs.
Six Star sports a whopping 19 g of carbs but not just any carbs, short chain carbs. Short chain carbs replenish depleted muscles faster which is important when it comes to post-workout recovery. It also helps prevent catabolism aka your body won’t chew on your muscles for energy.
Based on their ingredients, the short chain carb seems to be a combination of Maltodextrin and Dextrose. The dosage isn’t enough for overall replenishment as studies recommend a 1 g x kg-1 bodyweight formula when it comes to maximizing glycogen resynthesis after exercise e.g. A man weighing 80 kg will need at least 79 g of carbs post-workout.
Muscle Building Creatine Blend, 8,000 mg
This blend consists of two well-known creatine forms. Creatine monohydrate is regarded as the preferred form of creatine when it comes to purity while Creatine HCl is what many call “water-soluble creatine.” Given the dosage at 8 g, the inclusion of Creatine HCl is definitely for making the supplement more mixable.
BCAA-Amino Blend, 2,500 mg
Taurine helps draw water into the muscles mainly for hydration. Hydrated muscles are capable of better performance and recovery. As a bonus, taurine also gives you pumps for more satisfying lifts.
BCAA is made up of three amino acids: leucine, valine, and isoleucine. They are the major amino acids oxidized or broken down in skeletal tissue during ATP production and as we explained earlier, muscles require ATP to work. BCAAs are known to promote muscle growth which leads to a significant increase in muscle mass.
BCAAs improve protein synthesis, and thereby improve the extent of secondary muscle damage associated with strenuous resistance exercise. This explains how BCAAs not only reduce muscle damage during training but also hasten muscle recovery.
Creatine Synthesis Amino Matrix, 1,000 mg
This blend is all about creating more creatine in your body. While the three ingredients have their own merits, their main purpose is to synthesize creatine in the body naturally.
We have a love for simple yet effective formulas and Creatine X3 looks like one of them. Keeping it simple can always make a supplement stand out among producs that try too hard at being “innovative” only to end up being barely functional yet overpriced.
The ingredients are of good quality and actually work together like pieces to a puzzle. The blends also have decent dosages for a more than satisfactory workout each time you hit the gym so don’t worry about running out of juice mid-lift or having bouts of soreness post-workout. The amount of carbs is definitely not that much but it certainly helps when it comes to fast-acting glycogen replacement.
Creatine X3’s concept is simple: Lift better, longer, and improve muscle mass. We like to think they did well in their formulation.
Creatine X3 will definitely enhance performance and build lean muscles especially if taken for long term. It’s pretty reliable because it’s bringing you all the benefits of creatine, which is one of the most time-tested and evidence-backed PWO’s out there.
Who Takes It?
Creatine-freaks, typical bodybuilders, and caffeine-sensitive folks who need solid gains in a single scoop. Bros who know what they are doing are always pounding that creatine in conjunction with their training. You’ll find a lot of newbs taking Creatine X3 too, mainly because it’s available in some big-chain drug stores for cheap. Impulse buys, bro.
Any Side Effects?
Creatine is quite known for its stomach issues particularly nausea, bloating, water retention, and muscle cramps. It might also induce dehydration as creatine is notorious for drawing water from the rest of your body.
- Good gains. More muscle = more reps
- Solid formula. Each ingredient works for the other.
- Big scoop. 33g of whoop ass!
- Carbs. Thoughtful addition for any bodybuilder.
- Awesome value. Cheap for what it can do.
- Prop blend. We can’t see shit if you hide ‘em.
- No energy. Good thing caffeine pills are cheap.
- Too affordable. Makes you wonder where they source their ingredients.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (35 servings): $31.79
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on CreatineX3
Creatine X3 is not your typical creatine supplement. It has a well-designed formula with ingredient choices backed by peer-reviewed articles so you know what you’re getting yourself into. Its price can be a turn on or a turn off, depending on how you define the word “value” but at just a bit more than $30 for 35 servings, and a great formula, it’s a bargain. Should you try it, you practically have nothing to lose.