Nowadays, it would be impossible to teach somebody how to build muscle more effectively without touching upon the subject of supplements. Learning how to decipher which supplements to take to suit your goals can be a valuable asset in helping you to achieve your fitness goals.
In the fitness industry, your worst enemy isn’t something physical. It’s information. With all of the various products being released and studies being performed each day, it is hard to find a piece of information which isn’t contradicted elsewhere. This leads many people into the bizarre situation of having more information available to them than any previous generation, yet being unable to achieve their fitness goals because they simply don’t know who to believe or where to get started.
One of the most common reasons people quit on themselves when they are trying to lose weight or build a more muscular physique is contradicting information. You’ve probably known somebody in your life who tends to turn something like fitness into rocket science, over complicating it to a point where you don’t know where to even begin. The wealth of information we have at our fingertips in today’s society is meant to be an advantage, but it often becomes a disadvantage to many people.
It doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, it’s not supposed to be like that.
The world of supplementation is often quite misleading and confusing because, like all areas of business, it has a lot of companies competing with each other for your cash. In their attempts to persuade you to choose their brand over a rival they need to come up with flashy, over the top statements and promise superior results.
While you could spend hours comparing the statements on different tubs of protein or creatine, the truth is you can learn how to pick the best product for you by simply teaching yourself what to look for, rather than which one claims to be the best.
* Whey Protein
* Creatine monohydrate
* Casein Protein
* Glutamine for recovery
The six products listed above are by far the most important when it comes to achieving more muscular development in a short space of time. They’re listed in order of importance, too, making it easier to prioritize them to suit your goals. We’ll now run through a brief explanation of what you can expect from each one.
Most people today have had a brief look into whey protein shakes and what they are designed to do. However, quite a lot of people are falsely advised that whey is designed to help you gain weight. This isn’t true, it can be and should used by those looking to get leaner, too. Of the three main types of whey available, hydrolized formulas will hit your muscles faster and this is why they tend to cost more. Isolate and concentrate are slightly slower.
Each type is highly effective and the difference between the digestion speeds doesn’t warrant the often huge differences in price, so although you would get better results with a hydrolized product you don’t need to go down that route if you cannot afford to.
Creatine is a great strength building product which has been on the market for two decades already. It is designed to increase your ability to perform short bursts of explosive action, which is why it’s popular among 100 meter sprinters and power athletes. By using creatine you’ll increase your performance in the gym, which in turn will help you reap more rewards from your hard efforts.
With countless different formulas and blends of creatine, it seems every trainer and gym user has a different opinion on which one you should use. However, if you want to base your decision on scientific evidence then you won’t have too much difficulty finding the solution. Creatine monohydate is light years ahead of any other formula on the market, despite being the oldest and most easily available of all.
The process of protein synthesis can be manipulated further if you make use of a casein product, too. This has been available for many years now but, until recently, had no concrete evidence to back up it’s effectiveness and survived purely because the theory behind it made sense. It now does have evidence, and is a great addition to a nutrition plan which includes products like whey and creatine. This slow digesting protein source is great for pre-bedtime consumption as it allows your body to continue building lean tissue while you sleep, feeding your muscles with a slow release of protein over an eight hour period.
Studies recently reveals that individuals who combined they regular whey product with casein were able to experience greater hypertrophy, due to the ability of casein to keep protein synthesis going overnight.
Over the last ten years or so, carbohydrates have got a bad rap from those in the fitness industry. This is mainly due to the celebrity diet trends which tell people to cut carbs from their diets if they want to lose weight. That approach is, of course, nonsense and results in the individual piling all of their weight back on and more when they finish their diet. Carbohydrates are very, very useful even if your goal is losing weight.
While the majority of your daily carb intake should arrive from complex sources, the post-workout period is very important and you should look to hit your body with some fast absorbing carbs here. While not strictly a supplement, carbohydrates can be easily obtained from food and there is no need to buy a pill or powder to perform this task.
BCAA supplements are growing in reputation as one of the key choices for size and strength. There are over 20 amino acids, some essential and others non-essential. While you will get a good spread of these from any whey protein product, you can enhance your results even further by supplementing it with an all-out BCAA product as well.
Glutamine rounds out the list today. Designed primarily for muscle recovery, glutamine is also great for improving your body’s immune system and encouraging the release of more natural growth hormone, too. This all adds up to a supplement which will allow you to get more out of your gym sessions, so it is a useful addition to a diet.
Learning how to build muscle can become an experience which is thoroughly enjoyable if you are able to see past the huge amount of nonsense and sales pitches which populate many of the products you will see on store shelves. Rather than having to use an expensive trial and error approach, you now have the knowledge to determine which supplements to take to achieve a leaner, muscular body this year.
Next move: Learn which supplements to take to build a ripped physique with the UK’s most followed personal trainer, Russ Howe PTI. Discovering how to build muscle doesn’t need to be rocket science, as you have seen today.
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