Have you been thinking about working out for a while now and have decided, enough is enough? Are your friends working out and now you want to hop on board the gym wagon and start building an awesome, new body? Whatever the reason is for you starting out, I want to give you some great advice that can help you achieve the body of your dreams. My advice I give you will be efficient, effective and most of all safe. It can be quite daunting when you start out with there being so many different supplements, food options, training methods and so on. I know this first hand as I started out weighing a miserable 9 stone and literally had no clue with what I was doing. Luckily for you guys, the team here at Discount Supplements is 100% behind you and we will do everything we can to help you so that you stay on track and make the right choices. Sound good?
So why supplements? This is NOT a sales pitch. This isn't me getting extra points from my boss because I am suggesting to you to use supplements. No, as most of you may know by now I am very passionate about helping others ( you only have to check my twitter to see that one) and I want what is best for YOU! With that said, certain supplements play a massive role in building the body you desire. Supplements aren't a magic formula that will give you super powers, sorry about crushing that dream if you thought they did. However, they are something that can be used if you lead a busy lifestyle and if you need something for ease. They can be carried on your person and used at your convenience without the hassle of finding a supermarket or eating lots of food per day. A supplement is exactly what the word is, it will supplement your diet. Your diet is really important too, and I will touch on this in another blog so stay tuned for that one. So lets start with my first supplement...
Whey Protein - Possibly my favourite and the best supplement out there. Whey Protein is derived from milk and contains amino acids. Whey protein is biologically available to your body and when consumed it is easily recognised. This means it is absorbed quickly and processed efficiently. This is great news because when you need to consume whey protein it will normally be in times when your body needs it quickly. The main reason why it is so readily absorbed without any fuss is because it is acid soluble and the stomach is a very acidic environment. Yes, there are many different types of whey protein and my advice to you would be to stick to one that is low carb and solely focuses on its whey protein count. The perfect times to have whey protein are when you wake up and immediately after your training session. During your training session you have broken down the muscle fibers so much that when they re build you need protein in order to build bigger, leaner and stronger muscle tissue.
Creatine - Second on the list is creatine. Naturally you create creatine during training when your body goes into its ATP phase. It is made in the liver and around 95% of it is then stored in the muscles which we can use when we need it. The other 5% will be stored in the brain and heart. This is again another source that is readily available to our body and is something which is recognised easily. However taking a creatine in a supplement form is also a good way to improve muscle endurance and strength. Creatine is best taken in doses whereby you will go through a loading phase and a maintenance phase. Once you have used creatine for a certain amount of weeks it is then advisable to come off it so that you give your body a rest from it. For more information on this check out our blog.
Branched Chain Amino Acids - Or BCAA as they are commonly known as are building blocks of protein for your muscles. They are an essential addition to your whey protein. Like I said earlier, whey protein has essential amino acids in it but not enough to give your muscles what they need. There are many different amino acids that all have different roles and it is estimated there are 20 of them. 9 essential amino acids make up nearly half the amount and these are the ones to look out for. In particular you need to be consuming Leucine, IsoLecuine and Valine so that your muscles get stronger and grow. These three essential amino acids cannot be synthesised within the body and therefore we have to get it through a supplement. Make sure you look out for these when you decide to add BCAA to your diet.
Glutamine - Over 60% over skeletal muscle is glutamine and it is the most common amino acid. During training your muscles breakdown and this is called catabolism. Glutamine helps prevent further breakdown of the muscles and it will also help with recovery. You can even use glutamine whilst your train to increase energy and keep your stamina levels high. Approximately 10-15 grams per day is optimum amounts and you should supplement 5 grams 2 - 3 times per day.
Finally, what you'll read now isn't a supplement, but a key ingredient to any supplement regime... Attitude. But Scott, this isn't a supplement and you said you were going to put 5 of them in? Yes, and I could have added another supplement, however I feel as though without having the appropriate attitude then the chances of you progressing is slim. So please take on board my final piece of advice which is this, employ the right attitude and push yourself in and out of your training and you will grow and develop. Stay positive and keep telling yourself you can do it and I assure you, you will achieve your goals!! I hope this has been informative and you have learnt something. Please leave a comment below and stay tuned for my next blog on diet and how you need to be on point with this.