Even with all the useless junk in the sports supplement industry, there are a number of high quality supplements that should be part of your overall sports nutrition strategy.
Which bodybuilding supplement or nutritional supplement is right for you?
What supplements are going to help you reach your fitness goals – whether it’s to add pounds of muscle, strip away ugly body fat or help you become a better athlete or just a more energetic and healthy person.
If you’re reading this we have a lot in common. We both want to build muscle, burn body fat and develop a lean muscular physique, as quickly as possible.
If not, you wouldn’t be reading this. You’d probably be sitting on the couch with a bag of chips watching the tube, right?
But that’s not you. Nope, you’re dedicated to building your best body. You have drive, determination and discipline.
And you’re probably searching for supplements that actually work. You want that extra edge that proper body building, sports and fitness supplementation can add to your training and nutrition program.
There’s just one problem. You are completely overwhelmed by the insane number of products on the market with more and more being released every day.
The magazines are filled with ads for supplements that are better than drugs (so they say) with unbelievable before and after pictures and outrageous claims.
You could spend all your waking hours trying to figure out which supplements actually work and which one’s will never come close to their claims.
Who has the time and money to figure out which bodybuilding supplements will actually help them achieve their goals?
I’ve wasted thousands and thousands of dollars on bogus supplements. I keep detailed records of how they affect my body and my results.
In fact, the August 2003 issue of Ironman Magazine contains an article of mine on my experience with Muscle Link’s GH Stak.
I don’t want to see you make the same mistakes I have made and waste years and thousands of dollars on supplements that don’t work.
There are a few quality supplements in every category from muscle building to fat burning to energy boosters and overall health. I’ll help you tailor your supplement regime to your specific goals.
There is no doubt in my mind that the right bodybuilding supplements will give you that extra edge and help you reach your goals faster.
However, it’s important to know that probably 99% of the supplements on the market don’t do what they promise. A lot of them don’t even carry the ingredients stated on the label.
This is also why you should stick to quality companies like EAS, Muscle Link, Twinlab, Ergopharm, AST and a few others.
Keep in mind that you need to get your training and nutrition programs in line first, before you can truly see the benefit of this supplement guide.
Eating french fries all day won’t help you build muscle, even if you are taking supplements that actually work.
You are looking for the final piece of the puzzle, as it were, to vault your progress over the top and into the land of “Job well done. Goal accomplished.”
Yes, sports supplements do work and can be that key ingredient to get you where you want to go.
Keep in mind, however, that you need to get your training and nutrition programs in line first, before you can truly see the benefit of sports supplements.
Unfortunately, there are many companies out there that are taking your hard earned dollars and giving you nothing of value in return.
Hardly seems fair, does it?
I’ve been using body building and sports supplements for over 15 years. You could say I’ve been my own lab rat. I’ve tried almost everything.
We’ll explore core sports supplements that should be a part of all nutrition and training programs as well as body building supplements for specific goals, such as building muscle, burning fat or for a pre workout energy boost.
What are “core” supplements?
Core supplements are fitness supplements that I consider to be more an integrated part of a proper and healthy overall nutrition plan, rather than a supplement to good nutrition.
They make it easy for you to meet your nutritional requirements and become part of your overall supplement and nutrition strategy.
They are so much a part of your nutrition plan that you could call them nutritional supplements instead. I even refer to these supplements more as part of my nutritional plan as opposed to my supplement plan.
What are some of these indispensable core supplements?
1 – Multivitamins
2 – Multiminerals
3 – Essential Fatty Acids
4 – Antioxidants
The next step up in your supplementation program would include such things as the following:
1 – Meal Replacement and Protein Powders
2 – Creatine
3 – Glutamine
4 – A quality ZMA (specifically forumlated Zinc/Magnesium) product
Meal Replacement Powders and Protein Powders are really important enough to be considered core supplements.
They allow you to get the necessary nutrients you body needs, as well as meet your protein requirements in an easy and convenient (and nowadays, tasty) fashion.
In today’s fast paced world, I feel these supplements are essential to helping you stick to a proper nutrition plan.
It’s difficult enough trying to prepare and eat 6 meals a day, let alone plan out the proper food combinations to make sure you are feeding your body everything it needs to function at its best. Not to mention making sure that your meals contain high protein foods.
Supplements, like most things about fitness, have numerous opinions, and it’s tough to know who to trust. Most everyone offering an opinion is tied in some way to a supplement company.
Here’s one who isn’t. He’s Will Brink. You may have heard of Will. He’s a world famous fitness and supplement writer, authoring a great number of articles on sports supplements and nutrition. He’s a recognized expert who knows his stuff.
He’s written two new best selling ebooks, Muscle Building Nutrition and Diet Supplements Revealed . Both are must haves for anyone interested in muscle building nutrition or supplementation.
Remember, you have to get your core supplements in order before even experimenting with any of the latest greatest performance boosters and fat loss supplements.
You should never go without core supplements in order to purchase other supplements. If you have the finances to do so, you can add to the core but never sacrifice them for any other supplements.
But ignoring them to purchase the latest, greatest testosterone boosting, growth hormone shooting, fat melting, Z-100 gizmo subdural “injection” like supplement would be like buying all the latest workout fashions and never actually going to the gym.
Don’t make that mistake. Please. You’ll just be wasting your money and missing out on what a quality bodybuilding supplement has to offer.