No matter how hard we train, how well we eat, how blessed we may have been in the muscularity gene pool…we can only do so much with what were we have on our own through nutrition alone.
Supplements are an amazing way to add valuable nutrients that help us build muscle, recover faster or train harder.
They boost the results and push our limits, allowing us to make significant progress with each training.
Despite the fact that we all have unique bodies and react differently to some supplements, there are 5 essential supplements that every bodybuilder needs.
Whey protein helps deliver essential amino acids to the skeletal muscle. It’s a foundation for muscle gains; and the most frequently used supplement.
Whey is quickly shuttled into the muscles where it exerts its strong anabolic effects. Because of this it’s often used as a pre-workout and post-workout meal to increase protein synthesis and improve muscle restoration and recovery.
Whether your goal is to drop body fat or build lean mass, adding a whey protein can speed both the loss and the gain process.
It can help with recovery. After an intense workout your body desperately looks for protein to repair itself. If taken immediately after the workout, whey helps trigger rapid muscle recovery and builds strong and lean muscles.
As an appetite suppressant a whey protein shake can be used as a meal replacement or a healthy snack that will increase body’s protein levels and reduce daily calorie intake.
Creatine is the second most used supplement, as it is a naturally occurring substance that promotes increased muscle cell volume, lean body mass, post-workout recovery and increased muscle performance.
Creatine is naturally produced in the liver, pancreas and kidneys. It is primarily found around skeletal muscle tissue (95%), where it’s transformed into creatine phosphate from which the energy molecule ATP is produced.
Creatine increases energy and strength, allowing harder workouts and better performance, which cause muscles to become bigger and stronger.
The creatine level naturally found in our body is sufficient for ongoing cellular function, but is definitely not enough to cause massive muscle growth. So people opt for creatine supplementation to reap its full benefits.
Branched Amino Acid (BCAA)
Branched-Chain Amino Acid, also known as BCAA, is another amazing supplement that bodybuilders use to improve their workout results.
Protein consists of 20 amino acids, but only 3 of them are referred to as BCAAs: valine, isoleucine and leucine. They help regulate protein metabolism and stimulate protein synthesis.
BCAAs have a similar function as protein – they drive nutrients into the muscle tissue and help muscles recover faster.
They also serve as an energy source during workouts, so taking BCAAs as a supplement can replace the nutrients lost during intense exercises.
BCAAs improve metabolic recovery and reduce pain caused by muscle fatigue.
There is a dosing schedule that requires constant replenishing: upon waking, pre workout, as well as post workout dosing for optimal results.
Glutamine is the number one supplement for a speedy recovery. It slows down muscle-tissue breakdown during intensive workouts which elevates endurance and improves strength.
It allows bodybuilders to lift heavier weights for a longer period of time and train harder, which causes the production of greater lean muscles.
Glutamine also helps preserve the muscle tissue, which helps burn additional fat, while slowing down the muscle loss.
It also improves the immune system by placing stress on the entire body instead of just the muscle, quickly restoring the health of the muscle tissue, which ensures rapid recovery of the whole body.
Beta-Alanine (BA) is a naturally occurring amino acid that increases intramuscular levels of Carnosine by 60% in less than a month.
During high-intensity workouts the body accumulates large amounts of hydrogen, which causes our pH to drop and we become more acidic. This lactic acid can decrease muscle performance, cause severe fatigue and shut down the nerve drive (causing muscle failure).
By taking Beta-Alanine supplements, bodybuilders avoid having lactic acid build up.
BA also elevates endurance, delays fatigue, improves forced output and repeated sprint ability and works great with creatine.
So, there are 5 supplements that serious bodybuilders should have in their arsenal to cover all of their bases.
From the building of the muscles to the recovery, each one of these supplements plays a specific, very instrumental role in the making of the beautifully sculpted bodybuilder’s physique…whey protein, creatine, glutamine, BCAAs, beta-alanine.
When all 5 workout supplements, the meal plan and the workout plan ALL come together…LOOK OUT WORLD!!!!!
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