May #123 : Trainer’s Bench-May 2006 - by Jeffrey Gross

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues

Table of Contents
One Tough Pirate

Seeing the Future

Mentors-May 2006

Medicine Men

Custom Care

Early Birds

Simply Irresistible

The Topic of Cancer

Sow Your Oats

Trainer’s Bench-May 2006

Hustle and Flow

Animal Attraction

Purrrfect Health

Women on Top

PEP Rally

POZ Personals Catch of the Month-May 2006

First Aid for Your Medicaid

Shall We Dance?

A Will & Grace-full Exit?

Ratings for a Serial Virus

Squeaky Clean?

Prescription For Change

Bono’s Red Alert

One Hot ASO

Banned Aid

It’s Not You; It’s Me

Near Dead Again

Editor's Letter-May 2006

Mailbox-May 2006

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

email print

May 2006

Trainer’s Bench-May 2006

by Jeffrey Gross

Lift yourself

I want more strength and faster results from my workouts. Will the popular bulk-building supplements creatine and HMB interfere with my HIV meds?     
—Bulk Mailer

Dear Bulk,
There’s no evidence that amino acid workout enhancers creatine and HMB (beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate) interact with HIV meds. But I wouldn’t rush to use them—especially creatine.

Creatine can turbocharge your workout and shorten recovery time. But according to a 2005 study in the journal Antiviral Therapy, it does this by moving water from your bones and other tissues to your muscles. This can potentially worsen dehydration and the pain of peripheral neuropathy (PN), a condition common among positive people.

Our kidneys and liver (which process HIV meds) already make and store a natural form of creatine. Taking extra creatine, in pills or powder, can stress both organs. The Antiviral Therapy study said that because of how creatine works, it may cause kidney damage, plus stomach and muscle cramps. As with any other supplement, talk to your doctor before taking creatine, especially if you have kidney problems.

I speak from sad experience. I once took the bodybuilding dose of creatine: 20 grams the first week, ten the next two, none for five to eight weeks, then start over. But after week three, I had intense stomach cramps and an excruciating distended abdomen. It was not a performance I’d ever repeat.

HMB seems less dangerous. It doesn’t use your own body fluid to achieve its effect (which is preventing muscle breakdown, allowing you to work out longer without fatigue). There’s some evidence that HMB can add weight if you’re too skinny, correct HIV-related muscle wasting and lower blood pressure and cholesterol, but much of this information comes from HMB’s manufacturer, so be sure to ask your doctor for a second opinion. It’s of particular concern that little is known of HMB’s long-term side effects.

My prescription: Instead of using workout enhancers, you need to do the bodybuilding work yourself. With a combo of commitment, consistency, dedication and good nutrition, you will achieve results without side effects.

+Jeffrey Gross Is A Certified Fitness Trainer Based in Chicago
Got A Question For Our Trainer?  E-mail It To

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Did you participate in an event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.