In a world where most creatine brands are proud to call themselves "calorie-free", Cell tech bucks the trend with its calorie-heavy formula which has been specially formulated for hardgainers.
The standard dose alone boasts 38g of fast-acting carbs and 5g of creatine. Already, you can see how jam-packed the formula is (more on that later), and we're not even halfway down the ingredient label.
Read our MuscleTech Cell Tech review and give it a try if you are interested in taking a heavyweight kind of creatine formula.
Nutrition facts And Ingredients
Unlike other creatines, Cell Tech has more to offer than just your basic 5g of monohydrate. In each serving, there are 2 types of creatine (monohydrate and citrate) that form the “Muscle Growth and Strength Matrix”.
These two ingredients are the foundation of Cell Tech and are what will add the most bulk to your body. However, on inspection of the ingredient label we can see there's more to Cell tech than just creatine.
Monohydrate & Citrate
Cell-Volumizing Amino Acid Matrix
Volumizing is definitely something we want to do to our muscle, so let's see what these two ingredients have to offer.
First up is taurine, which is dosed at 1g. This amino acid is an excellent addition to a creatine formula, not least because of the health benefits, but because it can help reduce oxidative stress.
This helps you recover quicker and reduces the chance that you will overtrain or burnout. As a hardgainer, lifting weights can be extremely taxing on your body, so don't overlook ingredients like taurine.
Also included is 500mg of alanine. In the general ingredients section, there's a clear emphasis on health, with both B6 and B12 in addition to vitamin C being featured in the formula.
As for minerals, they're included too, but not in any kind of dose that will benefit you, so let's skip over those and look at the more beneficial ingredients.
While Cell Tech has always been about strength and size, recovery is an integral part of the puzzle. For your power to increase, you need amino acids, otherwise known as the building blocks of protein.
The BCAAs are dosed at 1g per scoop which is a little low for my liking. However, the fact that cell tech is such a powerful creatine formula makes up for it a bit.
They're also in the 2:1:1 ratio which is the best ratio for building muscle as it's the one that has been tested scientifically.
Multi-Stage Carb Blend
Aside from the creatine, this carbohydrate blend is what makes Cell Tech one of the top supplements for hardgainers. Having been fed up of low-calorie creatine powders, it was my initial reason for buying first tub a few years back.
It totals 38g of carbs from 4 primary sources (more on this in a bit) which is very respectable from a supplement category which usually boasts about being calorie free.
The first carbohydrate is dextrose which is known for its very fast absorption. But what does this do for you?
Well, after training, the goal is to shuttle creatine into your muscle as quickly as possible, which is what dextrose does. Similarly, glucose polymers help to bulk up the carb number while ensuring speedy delivery of creatine to your tired muscles.
Completing the lineup is a Modcarb™ blend consisting of 3 different carbs; oat bran, quinoa, and Buckwheat Millet. Also, there's waxy maize which is a favorite carb powder that is commonly used in post-workout shakes.
Benefits And Expectations
As a hardgainer creatine, the benefits of Cell Tech are most noticeable for those with a skinnier starting point. That said, high-level lifters and athletes can still gain a competitive advantage.
Faster Weight Gain
If you decide to go all in and take the loading dose of Cell Tech, then you can expect some pretty significant weight gain. The full loading dose comes out at approximately 600 calories per day which is a good start to putting yourself in a calorie surplus.
Much of the initial weight gain will be water weight which occurs from the creatine being saturated in the muscles. This gives your muscle bellies more of a pop to them which is a really nice confidence booster.
Of course, not all the weight gain will be from water retention. With hard training and a solid diet, expect to gain muscle in every area that you're training.
More Muscle Growth & Size
As a former hardgainer, mass and size have always been my goal, and it was my motivation for giving a Cell Tech a try many years ago.
Many creatines on the market pride themselves in being calorie free. That's great and all if you're on a weight loss diet, but for bulking up, it's not the biggest benefit.
We know that to grow new muscle tissue, you're best off being in a calorie surplus. And with between 150-300 calories per serving, drinking Cell Tech reduces the risk of your body burning muscle for fuel.
And as for the creatine itself, there are many research studies which have seen great results time and time again. As far as muscle-building supplements go, you don't get much more reliable than creatine.
So Are There Any Side Effects?
Cell tech is by no means your average creatine powder, so using it warrants extra care. Here a few potential side effects to taking into account when deciding whether it's a good fit for you.
Potential fat Gain
While a calorie surplus is excellent for building muscle, it's also a state in which your body can add fat tissue. For a hardgainer, this isn't the end of the world because a little bit of fat gain is well worth the trade-off for getting big.
However, if you're not particularly lean, then taking a loading dose of Cell Tech could easily make your body spillover into fat gaining territory.
How to avoid: if you're concerned about fat gain from Cell Tech, monitor your calorie intake and reduce your surplus.
Even if you take the smallest serving if this product, you'll still retain water. And if you're trying to lose weight, this is quite bothersome because you may think you're gaining fat.
As a lifetime skinny guy growing up, water retention was something I relished because of the increased muscle fullness (95% of creatine is stored in muscle tissue).
That said, I realize that carrying extra water weight isn't everyone's cup of tea.
It boils down to this:
Do you want to lose weight or gain it?
Those who are seeking to gain weight in the right areas, are those who will enjoy the water retention the most.
How To Take
You have 3 choices for taking Cell Tech:
- Standard Dose: 1 scoop with 6 oz water, which gets you 5g of creatine
- Mid-range dosage: 2 scoops with 12 oz of water for 300 calories & 10g of creatine
- Loading Dose: 2 scoops twice a day. Take one serving in the morning & the other after training. This is a true creatine loading regime and checks in at 600 daily calories and 20g of creatine.
Whichever dosage you go for do not use milk (obvious I known). Stick with water and don't mix it with your protein shake either. It wouldn't be harmful, but since Cell tech is fruit flavored, it doesn't go with protein powders at all, believe me, I've tried.
Before Or After A Workout?
As the directions say, take it after your workout. But how about if you're not training?
If you're not working out, take it in the morning.
Sizes And Servings
Cell Tech is available in two sizes which are as follows:
- 3 lb tub (28 servings)
- 6 lb tub (56 servings)
For reference, the scoop size is around 48g. That's very large for creatine, but with 38g of carbs, I'm not surprised.
If you've never used CellTech and want to give it a try, go with the smaller tub and see how you like it.
If you know Cell tech is the creatine for you or you plan on loading with it, then the 6lb container is probably the better investment (don't want to run out before you've finished creatine loading!).
What's The Best Cell Tech Flavor?
Currently, MuscleTech's creatine is available in 3 flavors.
- Fruit Punch
I've personally tried Fruit Punch and Orange and definitely preferred the fruit punch. I haven't tried grape, but one thing I can say for the fruit punch is that it's certainly on the sweet side. That's not a surprise given the artificial sweeteners (acesulfame potassium and sucralose).
When I was taking the loading dose, which is now many years ago ( I use different creatine, currently), I found it to get quite sickly especially when drank it on top of my protein shake.
It’s not as bad when you go back to taking the maintenance dose through, but like I say, it can get very sickly towards the end of the loading phase.
Were The Results Worth It?
Yes, I was noticeably heavier after the loading week and my core lift strength also went up significantly.
Although Cell Tech certainly helped me gain weight, I can’t give it 100% of the credit because I was training really hard and also eating a lot of food too, which could have done just as much for my results.
Why am I not taking it now?
I've been in the gym for quite a few years and don't’t really have the struggles of a hardgainer anymore. It did the job well, but nowadays my appetite is much stronger, and I rely a little less on liquid calories.
How Does It Compare?
With Cell tech Being a unique product in the creatine category, you might be interested to see how it fares against some of the frontrunners.
You can check out our other reviews of the highest ranking creatines to see which we found to be the best product in very different categories.
Best For Weight Gain
Monohydrate & Citrate
Easiest To Mix
Good value but we prefer the others
Is It Good For Bulking?
Bulking diets require a calorie surplus to be effective. Standard creatine has 0 calories per 5g whereas MuscleTech's formula has 150 calories. This is definitely a thumbs up for bulking.
Would You Recommend Taking It While Cutting?
You can take it while cutting, yes. But would I recommend it?
When you're leaning down, every calorie starts to count more, and you certainly don't want to be getting your calories from creatine.
What Happens If I Stop Taking It?
You can initially expect to gain a considerable amount of water weight on Cell Tech. If you stop taking it 2 things could happen:
If you stop taking creatine all together, your body weight will decrease, but you won't lose muscle.
If you switch creatines, then your body weight will stay the same, but only if your calories are also the same as when you were taking Cell tech.
Thanks for the question, I hope that helps!
Overall, I was delighted with MuscleTech Cell Tech, and it's a powerful creatine formula. It offers an all-in-one hardagainer solution and compared with other creatine supplements is much more fit for weight gain.
It's one of the highest rated creatines on our list, try it to see for yourself how useful it can be for adding size and strength.
I hope you enjoyed our MuscleTech Cell Tech creatine review, and that it helped you make a decision on the product, one way or the other.