Trust me, we’ve all been there! We start going to the gym, have no freaking idea on what we’re doing, and struggle just to push the bar off the bench while others are warming up with what we max out. That is until a good Samaritan from the gym shows us what to do, than we think we are going to be the next Arnold or Jillian Michaels.
But in reality what we become is a target market to the supplement companies around the world and we are also known as: “the gym newbies”.
It is very important to understand that at this point you are the perfect target market for 80 to 90% of supplement companies that would like nothing more than to take your hard earned money.
You and your scrawny noodle arms, sunk in chest(guys), flabby butt, hanging triceps (lady’s) are exactly the reason that words like “hardcore”, “loose fat”, “buns of steel”
glorified packaging of supplement product advertising to make it seem like the next best thing to slice bread, when in reality it’s just sugar caffeinated substance.
So if you’re a gym rookie, take a look at this quick guide to the supplements you’ll be exposed to first.
All our claims are backed by science (probably) and the most important evidence of all: years of actual lifting. Some people may tell you that you don’t need supplements and actual food is enough, but that is your choice to decide, we are here to give you just the facts ma’am.
We’ll start with the basic: Whey Protein.
Whey Protein is a mixture of globular proteins isolated from whey, the liquid material created as a by-product of cheese production. Whey protein is commonly marketed and ingested as a dietary supplement, and various health claims have been attributed to it in the alternative medicine community
Whey protein is the cornerstone of any good diet.
Whether your routine is lifting heavy weights, cross training or endurance on a treadmill, whey protein is great go-to recovery supplement.
Try to ignore the noise. Whey protein isn’t some kind of magical potion that only gym gurus take to make them immediately grow.
No, it is simply FOOD. That’s right, it’s just a bloody macronutrient, and the most important one at that. So start with something basic – probably a product containing isolate, and go from there. Don’t forget, whey protein will reward you, but it’s no substitute for hard work.
So train your ass off too, get your whey protein online like everyone, better price.
CREATINE: a compound formed in protein metabolism and present in much living tissue. It is involved in the supply of energy for muscular contraction.
Everyone’s heard all about this stuff – it gives you great gains and can get you bigger and stronger or ripped. Again, creatine is another main offender when it comes to glorify covered packaging and crazy claims.
Remember, this is not a revolutionary drug, but It does, however, work.
Creatine is one of the most studied supplements of all time and is proven to work:
Your body produces it naturally and supplementing with it only makes you have more available for energy production.
Watch out for crazy marketing brands trying to sell you sugar-infused creatine mixes, just go with a good, solid creatine monohydrate product.
It will 100% aid your gains. (I use it as a recovery drink once in a while, alternative coconut water)
BCAAs: A branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) is an amino acid having aliphatic side-chains with a branch (a central carbon atom bound to three or more carbon atoms). Among the proteinogenic amino acids, there are three BCAAs: leucine, isoleucine and valine.
BCAAs has to be a supplement that newbies get roped into taking pretty easily – probably due to the claims of building lean muscle that most supplement companies always use. While it is true that BCAAs will aid in building muscle, you do not need to take BCAAs when starting out.
Protein digests and breaks down into amino acids, so if you’re getting in enough protein you will effectively be wasting away money taking BCAAs.
They are a good supplement, or peanut butter snacks. Wait until you are more advance and metabolic training is no longer a mysterious phrase.
Understand what you are taking and when, then maybe BCAAs will have their place.
And that about wraps us up.
There are a ton of supplements that you’ll probably get confused by at first but these are the main offenders.
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As for me personally i try to stay away from most supplements, and specially from energy drinks.
Originally posted 2015-07-16 18:20:14.