Creatine is supplemented through one of two ways. The first way is called ‘loading.’ The loading phase requires taking 20g in split doses for 5-7 days. Following the loading phase, 3-5 g of it is supplemented daily. This is called the maintenance phase. The idea of loading is to saturate the muscle cells resulting in faster results. Supplementing with 3-5 g, without the loading phase, is the other method. Choosing this route will get you the same results as loading, but it will take you longer to experience the full benefits of creatine.
There are two general recommendations when it comes to supplementing with creatine. The first is to take it before your workout because it increases your strength. The second is to take it during or after your workout because it absorbs better.