The supplement business is booming these days, raking in over 30 billion in 2014. There is literally a pill for everything, and in my experience, the majority are over hyped & over priced, but you might have guessed that already. It’s easy to believe there is a short cut to being ripped or dropping 20lbs in 1 month, but there is no real short cut. It takes time, sweat, dedication and willpower to achieve your goals. If a pill makes wild promises or states guarantees such as the promise to drop weight without exercise, then run the other direction. Any nutritional supplement whether it is a fad or established product, is only going to give you that extra edge AFTER you have done your part in the gym.
So what’s good and what’s not? Well, aside from trying out individual products, it’s pretty damn hard to tell. But what you can do is add in a solid base of supplements to keep you injury free and then build on that foundation.
Workout Supplements – The Basic Stack
Just like in any other industry, there are many “experts”. I don’t claim to be one, but I don’t any expert would disagree that with this basic supplement stack I’m using at this time. No matter if you’re lifting heavy, running long distance or training MMA, you have to stay healthy. Injuries happen and in my experience, they can take you out of the game for days or weeks at time, depending on the severity. So maintaining your joint health, energy levels and muscle recovery is important. After injuring my shoulder twice and my knee once, I finally got with the program and started using this list of supplements. All of these products are OTC with no real negative side effects and best of all, they retail for a decent price. Here’s the breakdown:
2. Elastamine: Intense exercises like heavy compound lifts or running can be hell on your joints overtime. The two main ingredients, Glucosamine & Chondroitin help maintain
healthy joints and cartilage.
Read more: http://reviews.bodybuilding.com/PrimaForce/Elastamine/
3. Cellucor: Some days at the gym can be exhausting. Cellucor gives you that extra boost to go hard with no post workout crash. Even better, there is no jitters with this preworkout supplement, just intense energy and focus.
Read more: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/store/reviews/brands/cellucor/super-hd.html
4. Creatine: This supplement helps with fatigue by supplying your muscle fibers with immediate energy. I take it for that reason and also to aid in muscle recovery post workout, eliminating the usual deep tissues soreness associated with a hard heavy workout
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5. Scivation Xtend: Tasty intra-workout drink mix that combines 7g of BCAA’s with a variety of flavors (grape, watermelon, etc). Aids with endurance and recovery.
Read more: http://reviews.bodybuilding.com/SciVation/Xtend/
Let’s be honest, you can run out right now, get that entire supplement stack and it will do you no good if you don’t train. So training is #1 along with good diet and proper rest. After you got that squared away, look at your supplementation. Take into account your age and the amount you train. For a guy like myself, in my late 30’s, protecting my joints is a big deal. I can’t just run into the gym anymore, deadlift 400lbs and not feel it the next day. So joint help and recovery is important to me. And I’m not going to lie, having a pre workout supplement like Cellucor is awesome, it’s a great energy rush that gets me focused and pumped at the same time.
Let me know what you guys are using for supplements, this just my basic stack, depending on the training regime, I might add more to this or subtract. Exercise is like any other type of training, you’re not going to get better if you don’t try new things and keep it fresh.
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