💪 16 Best Creatine Supps on the Market

Happy Olympia Weekend, everyone! We have big plans for this year’s show, which we’ll talk about below. But, as always, we’re also bringing you plenty of fitness and nutrition tips to help you reach new heights in the gym. The gains train never stops, does it?

Here’s what we’re getting into today: 

  • Find out how to keep up with all the action at the 2023 Mr. Olympia. 

  • Learn why Nick Walker withdrew from the contest at the last minute. 

  • Get the 16 best creatine supplements of 2023 for building muscle. 

2023 OLYMPIA 

BarBend’s Live Coverage of the Show of Shows

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The most prestigious show in bodybuilding is here, as athletes across 11 divisions will compete at the 2023 Olympia on Friday and Saturday night in Orlando.

While the Bikini, Women’s Bodybuilding, and Classic Physique contests feature plenty of marquee names, the Mr. Olympia contest — comprised of the Men’s Open division — has the most history behind it. Past winners include legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman, and Phil Heath, and one competitor will notch their name among the best of the best on Saturday night.

This year's event is extra special, with last year’s Mr. Olympia, Hadi Choopan, set to battle it out against Derek Lunsford, Hunter Labrada, and the 2023 Arnold Classic champ, Samson Dauda. Stay tuned as BarBend keeps you in the loop throughout the contest as the action begins on Friday evening. Click on the article below for updated coverage throughout the weekend.

BODYBUILDING 

“The Mutant” Is Out 

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Regrettably, the Men's Open division just became thinner. On Tuesday afternoon, Nick Walker, who secured third place at the 2022 Mr. Olympia, announced that he won’t compete at the show this year due to a hamstring tear sustained during training.

Expressing his disappointment on social media, Walker said pushing through his injury wouldn’t serve a purpose as he believes this setback would prevent him from improving on last year’s top-three placement. 

With the absence of Walker, as well as former champion Mamdouh "Big Ramy" Elssbiay, the top five in the Men’s Open division just got a lot more interesting.

The question remains: who will step up and seize the opportunity? We’re so close, we can taste it. (We can do without the aftertaste of tanning oil, though.)

NUTRITION

The BEST Creatines

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The market is flooded with fitness supplements that promise incredible results while, in reality, providing very little benefit. However, a select few supplements have been extensively studied and proven to aid in achieving fitness goals. And creatine is at the top of that list. 

Creatine is a powerhouse amino acid that does worlds of good for muscle growth and strength. In its simplest terms, creatine, specifically creatine monohydrate, draws water into your muscles, boosting power output. This can potentially help you lift bigger weights and complete more repetitions, facilitating strength and muscle development. (Ya know, the good stuff.) 

While creatine occurs naturally in the body and can be found in small quantities in certain foods, supplementing with an additional five grams per day, whether in pill or powder form, can lead to unrivaled muscle growth. With thorough testing and evaluation, we have compiled a list of our top 16 creatine supplements for 2023 below.

THE DROPSET 

Olympia-Worthy Shoulders

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  • Two-time Classic Physique Olympia champ Breon Ansley looks to bring an additional seven pounds of muscle to the Olympia stage this weekend. See him showcase his new aesthetics from a recent posing session. 

  • Do you feel your grip slip while deadlifting even though your muscles possess the strength to pull more? Check out our Living.Fit Grip Strengthener review to get those hand and forearm muscles on par with your posterior chain. 

  • The posterior deltoids are often overlooked. Learn how to do the face pull to build unshakeable shoulders.

THE RESULTS ARE IN

Your 2023 Mr. Olympia Predictions

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In the October 31, 2023, edition of The Ripped Report, we asked for your final 2023 Mr. Olympia winner predictions.

Here’s how you voted:

  1. Derek Lunsford (37.25%)

  2. Hadi Choopan (27.45%)

  3. Hunter Labrada (11.86%)

  4. Nick Walker (9.80%)*

  5. Samson Dauda (5.80%)

  6. Andrew Jacked (4.90%)

  7. Brandon Curry (2.94%)

* Note: This poll was published before Nick Walker pulled out.