I freaking love supplements! Coming home to a big brown box at my doorstep is so exciting. Getting those fancy shmancy labeled supplements makes me want to drop everything I have planned and do 3x the serving size and go lift! This was me when I first started, but after years of training I have noticed that they don’t do all that much. They say this and that on the labels, but really the difference in my body has come from training consistency, intensity, and adjusting my macros.
By all means try the supplements. Most of you will need to go through this period in your weightlifting journey to understand your body and what does and does not work. Supplementation kept me excited and motivated to keep up my daily gym habit…especially Thursdays and Fridays when I wanted to start my weekend early. Ultimately I have come to the conclusion that 99% of supplements are garbage with pretty labels. I have read it from many blogs online, but I had to try them before listening to it. The top 3 supplements I recommend are some kind of pre-workout, protein, and a muli-vitamin. By saying “pre-workout” I don’t mean like Jacked or NO-Xplode, but like a shot of espresso or regular ole’ cup o’ Joe. Coffee has anti-oxidants in it and is a thermogenic (fat burner). Some of the pre’s from GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, or online retailers have banned chemicals/substances they don’t even label. I personally do not like taking anything that doesn’t list all of its ingredients or put the cross symbol and call it their “proprietary blend”. What the hell is that nonsense? Give me the full amount and everything that you put in it. You get the point. I think protein should be mandatory just because most of you will not get enough through your meals if you are trying to add muscle. The general consensus on protein intake is 1 – 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight if you are trying to gain muscle. I have tried many, many protein supplements over the years and my favorite is ON’s Gold Standard. Tastes ok, better than most and mixes ok. Lastly, a good multi-vitamin is a great thing. Most people do not get a full balanced diet and so the multi should be standard for these people. Remember though…a supplement is exactly that, a supplement. It should not replace anything. You need to work on achieving balance. Test your vitamins by putting them in warm water to see how long it takes them to dissolve. A decent vitamin should take about 30 minutes or less to dissolve with continuous stirring. This doesn’t ensure the best bioavailability of the chemicals, but it’s a good home method to weed out the complete crap products.
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