Supplements work. Plain and simple. The best bodybuilding supplements are those which not only cost reasonably but also work without giving you any reason to doubt their effectiveness. We bring you the best of the best top 5 bodybuilding supplements.
Before we start with the list, you should understand that muscle building supplements that work; will help you, not do the work for you. Meaning, if supplement were symbolized, they’d be the wheels of a car. They’ll help you get to your journey but you’ll have to do the driving. Many people mistake supplements for some magical powder or pills that make you instantly ripped and muscular. If that were the case, people would not be dying from obesity. Out of a 100%, supplements can give you that extra 3-5% boost to fulfill your goals. Another thing to note is the difference between Bodybuilding and Weight loss supplements. Because these goals are so different, the supplements tailored for these goals are specific in nature. This article talks about the supplements that are best suited for bodybuilding purposes. The important thing to note while buying bodybuilding supplements online or elsewhere, is that the product should be genuine. Fake supplements have steroids and/or other harmful ingredients that cause some serious side effects to the body. Also before we get all hung and dry about supplements, just know that natural bodybuilding supplements are perfectly safe. They are usually derivatives of compounds that are naturally occurring in the body and/or in our foods. Onto the list then!
A good pre workout is like a good cup of coffee. You don’t need it, but it’ll help you immensely. A pre workout is usually of two kinds. A complete pre workout which gives you constant amount of energy during the workout, allowing you to lift more weight and thus build more muscle due to the added resistance. The other side of pre workouts are the concentrated stimulants. These bad boys are going to not only hit your head with a bat, because of the added caffeine, but will also make you crash pretty badly. Whilst these kind of supplements might not be the top muscle building supplements they are definitely going to help you keep your intensity up.
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BCAA’s or Branch Chain Amino Acids are the founding blocs of muscle growth and recovery. They contain three essential amino acids, Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine. Again with BCAA’s there are two types of BCAA’s that are catered to bodybuilders or aspiring gym goers. The all-day amino’s with high leucine ratio (8-1-1 or above), and intra-workout BCAA. Intra-workout, meaning between workouts, have an optimal ratio of 2:1:1 and are in fact going to preserve your muscle and help in recovering faster. This allows your body to stay anabolic during workouts which helps you build more muscle.
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This is a classic staple. It is a compound that is found in the muscle and the skeletal muscle is mostly comprised of Glutamine. What does glutamine do? Well it repairs the muscle tissue for one, so it’s a fantastic recovery agent for the muscles post-workout. Any workout injuries which you might have sustained; Glutamine will help. The ideal dosage of Glutamine for any supplement is 5grams post workout. Do remember that some whey proteins have added glutamine so keep that in mind when supplementing with Glutamine.
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A classic example. Creatine is hands down one of the most researched sports supplements that is officially allowed in sports. You can read our guide to creatine to further understand it’s uses and applications but just remember that creatine makes you stronger because it pulls in water into the muscles thus causing them to look fuller. ATP synthesis is the name of the game here and I promise you this will work. Take 5g post workout with simple sugars for maximum effect. Advanced bodybuilders can have 2-3g pre-workout with 5g post workout. There are no side effects of creatine unless you don’t have a medical condition for your kidneys and/or you don’t stay hydrated.
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No surprises here! Though this is known as the necessary bodybuilding supplement, in my opinion, it isn’t. Whey, is a derivative of cheese and diary, thus it is a food source and a vegetarian food source. Not only does this supplement lead to better muscle mass, definition and thus better protein allocation, it also is the most bioavailable source of protein there is. Not even the legendary egg whites come close. There are many variations of whey including isolate, concentrate and blend protein. It is best, however, to stick to Whey Concentrate and/or a lean protein. The ideal dosage here is 1 scoop in the morning and another one post-workout.