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What side effects teens have experienced since taking pre-workout and creatine


Photo by Brooke Knight

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Story by Logan Diggs, managing editor

As summer approaches, teens all across the country have taken it upon themselves to consume pre-workout and creatine in hopes of molding their perfect idea of a “summer body.” Since the beginning of this annual trend, teenagers have already seen results in altering their appearance along with recognizing side effects due to use of these particular workout supplements.

“I started taking creatine a year ago due to the glycogen [energy] boost it gives and muscle development it aids. Regarding side effects, I have had no negative side effects other than gaining a couple of pounds due to water weight,” senior Nathan Morriss said. “Water consumption is essential while taking creatine; failure to drink enough can result in kidney damage.” 

The main difference between the two supplements is that pre-workout focuses on enhancing  performance and endurance during a workout, while creatine focuses on overall muscle development and growth.  

“I’ve taken pre-workout for a long time. I originally started taking it right before swim meets just so I could get that extra burst of energy before I had to swim. However, through my time using it I haven’t noticed any negative side effects,” senior John David Cass said. “I later started taking creatine as well, and since then I have noticed a drastic change within my physics. Since using these supplements I have highly improved my strength while toning my muscles.” 

All in all, people should do their own research over what they are consuming and why — which applies to all supplements, not only these two. 

“I started taking pre-workout and creatine because I did my own research over the two items and decided I could use the boost in energy and muscle growth. Personally, I haven’t experienced any side effects in general with either supplement,” senior Evan Crawford said. “I would definitely recommend both items to athletes trying to go down or up in weight, although they should do their own research on if it will affect their own health or not.”