When taking creatine, how much to take and when varies with personal preference. Staying with the recommended dosage, some take it before a workout, some after, and some have creatine before and after training, according to BodyBuilding.com. The preference is based on the benefits creatine offers pre and post workout.
Athletes choose either gaining energy and priming muscles with creatine before a hard workout, flooding the muscle with nutrients after muscles have been worked, or a combination approach. The combination of taking part of the daily recommended creatine dosage before training, in a pre-workout drink, and part after the workout, in a recovery drink, gives the athlete complete benefits.