Sorry I already posted this in response to a question in the High School section but I fell it is important to share in the Workouts section.
I’m unsure about taking creative for baseball. After I read the book 52-Week Baseball Training by Gene Coleman I have a different view on it. I’ve heard from some sources that Creatine improves muscle contraction and performance allowing it to be pushed to the limits. Creatine increases the capacity to train and is a very successful muscle builder. However, Gene strongly advised against Creatine during the season because of its increase in cramps, muscle pulls, and spasms. It can cause a 15 pound increase in body weight from water retention. Gene says this causes a “loss in step” and decrease in acceleration and quickness. He recommends using Creatine in the early off season and getting off of it before Christmas. He also states many college and professional teams recommend players to avoid Creatine. This is the opposite of what I have heard before. I was curious of your opinion on this topic? Is it true that Creatine have negative effects on your game? I trust this information because it’s in a published book by Gene Coleman who is the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros Strength coach for 22 years.
By the way the 52-Week Baseball Training book is great, it is packed with information, workouts for all positions with a yearlong program for Off Season, Pre Season, In Season, and Season. He includes exercises for core strength, foot speed, arm speed/ rotator cuff, forearm, and throwing programs for every position. He also includes interesting facts and background information about Major League and college training programs as well as extensive ways to improve overall strength and baseball specific weight training. He also gives tips and recommendations on supplements and diets for home and on the road. This was the best $20 I’ve ever spent.