Many gym goers take creatine to help improve their muscle size and strength.
In my opinion, it’s an excellent supplement as it’s safe, cheap and effective.
But can you take creatine in natural bodybuilding competitions, and is it classed as natty?
Is Creatine Natty?
Yes, creatine is considered a natural supplement. It’s an approved PED by the 3 large sport’s governing bodies – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the NCAA.
In this post, we will define what natty means, whether creatine is a steroid, whether creatine is banned, and much more.
What Does Natty Mean?
‘Natty’ is a slang term used by bodybuilders to describe something/someone as natural.
But depending on which bodybuilder you speak to, natty can mean different things.
Some people think that no supplements are considered natty.
But to me, this makes no sense.
Well, many supplements like amino acids and caffeine are natural found in food and drink.
So you can’t really call something unnatty if it’s part of what humans consume on a daily basis.
On the other hand, most people agree that to be natty, you don’t take any banned PEDs (Performance-Enhancing Drugs).
I.e., your physique is achieved solely by diet, resistance training and supplements that are approved by the world anti-doping agency.
Is Creatine A PED?
Yes, creatine IS a PED.
That isn’t to say natural bodybuilders can’t take it though.
Because creatine is an approved PED by the 3 big governing bodies – the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the NCAA.
Is Creatine A Steroid?
When discussing steroids in the weightlifting community, people are usually referring to anabolic steroids, like Deca, Dianabol and Anadrol.
These are synthetic versions of male testosterone, which help increase size and strength.
Whereas creatine is a natural substance that’s found in food like fish and red meat.
So no – creatine isn’t a steroid.
Is Creatine A Drug?
Well, it depends on how you define the word drug.
According to Dictionary.com:
A drug is a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.
So by their definition, you could argue that creatine is a drug since it enhances physical well-being.
Whereas Yourdictionary.com define a drug as:
A chemical substance, such as a narcotic or hallucinogen, that affects the central nervous system, causing changes in behaviour and often addiction.
By this definition, creatine is not a drug as it doesn’t affect the central nervous system.
Is Creatine A Banned Substance?
Creatine isn’t banned by the 3 large sport’s governing bodies – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), or the NCAA.
But according to Bodybuilding.com, the NCAA are considering banning the use of creatine.
They believe this is due to the misinformation regarding the safety of creatine.
Do Natural Bodybuilders Use Creatine?
Absolutely – since creatine isn’t banned by the governing bodies, many natural bodybuilders take it to improve their physiques.
For example, Boris from Boris Aesthetics swears by Staunch Nation Creatine.
Another example is Mika Soltau who is a huge lover of Prozis Creatine.
3 Examples of Unnatty Bodybuilding Substances
Ok Robb… So if Creatine is considered natty, then what’s unnatty?
I’m glad you asked!
Here are 3 substances that are most certainly not natty.
The WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation) has banned hormone precursors like DHEA, which converts into testosterone in the body.
Growth hormones include Insulin, HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor-1).
These are also banned by the WNBF.
There are many different varieties of anabolic steroids, including:
They are all banned from natural bodybuilding competitions as they help spike your T levels.
Interestingly, Testosterone itself is banned in most forms.
(It’s often sold as gels, cream and patches.)
Wrapping up, most people would class creatine as natty.
It’s a safe, natural and effective supplement that just about every natty bodybuilder should be supplementing with.
Well, that’s all for today folks!
Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this article.
I really hope I’ve answered your query as clearly as possible, but if you have any additional questions regarding creatine use, I’ll get back to you in the comments below.