Now, as a bodybuilder and devoted fitness expert, for over 14 years, this is the way I take creatine, and this is what works best for my training.
Keep in mind, I focus a lot on leanness, but more importantly, muscularity, for the end result.
The creatine that I've stuck with, the most, is micronized creatine monohydrate. It's pretty cheap, mixes well, is flavorless, and just flat out gets the job done.
When taking creatine, for the first time, or getting back on it from cycling off, I take 4 tbsp a day, for the first 4 days, 2-3 hours apart. Can you remember that? 4/4/2-3.
Creatine instructions for mixing - Mix with juice, preferably something like apple or grape juice.
After the first 4 days, maintain a dosage of 1 tbsp per day, preferably 1-2 hours before workouts (if workouts are done in the day time).
Creatine - Things to not do!
Don't take it right before bed. Creatine is known to give you energy. The earlier you take it, the better.
Don't take more than 5 grams at any given moment. 5 grams is usually the equivalent of about 1 tablespoon. Be sure to read the label to make absolutely certain.
Creatine cycling -
I take creatine steadily for 1-2 months before cycling off.
And 2 weeks to around a month off (cycling off), works well.
Be sure to drink plenty of water when taking creatine. How much is enough? Definitely more than 8 glasses of water a day. Aim for at least 12.
I used to be about 180, but now, I'm currently 220-230 lbs, solid, and lean.
Taking creatine can actually help with this kind of size, in combination with this Maximum Muscle Gain 7 Day e-Course.