Muscle Building and Supplementation?!

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    Aug 31, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    Okay, so i am currently at a weight of 146lbs, but I would like to be at 160. Now upon trying to figure out how to put on quality weight with the help of a good diet and supplements. The following supplements I've been told to look into, but there are so many I thought id ask to see which you guys think are probably the best bet to invest in.
    Heres the list recommended to me:

    1) Size-On
    2) N.O. Explode
    3) Syntha 6 Protein Powder
    4) Super Pump 250
    5) XPI's Myotein
    6) CLA
    7) HGH
    icon_cool.gif BCAAs
    9) Tribulus Terrestris
    10) C9-T11



    Any ideas on those listed??
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    Aug 31, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    Hoodiestud saidOkay, so i am currently at a weight of 146lbs, but I would like to be at 160. Now upon trying to figure out how to put on quality weight with the help of a good diet and supplements. The following supplements I've been told to look into, but there are so many I thought id ask to see which you guys think are probably the best bet to invest in.
    Heres the list recommended to me:

    1) Size-On
    2) N.O. Explode
    3) Syntha 6 Protein Powder
    4) Super Pump 250
    5) XPI's Myotein
    6) CLA
    7) HGH
    8 )BCAAs
    9) Tribulus Terrestris
    10) C9-T11
    11) Food

    Any ideas on those listed??

    Protein powder and actual food are the only two things you really need right now. Maybe when you get into more advanced training and nutrition, you can start looking into more supplements. But for now, keep it simple and save your money.
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    Aug 31, 2010 9:37 PM GMT
    alright, cuz i already have a protein powder and i eat a very stable, healthy diet, Im just seeing what else i could add to maximize my results
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    Aug 31, 2010 9:46 PM GMT
    It's up to you. When I first started working out, I tried all sorts of supplements. Total waste of money. Over time, I've narrowed down my supplement list to:

    - meal replacement powders
    - plain protein powders
    - vitamin C, potassium, and calcium pills
    - N.O. supplement

    The rest is food. If you're not making any gains, then you probably need to eat more. Learn some basics about nutrition, and you'll definitely see some progress.
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    Sep 01, 2010 12:49 AM GMT
    That's a pretty wide range of products and chemicals, all of them for different purposes.

    The categories that will make a differerence are:

    - anabolic steroids. Only once you're completely maxed out and doing everything else right. The "testosterone boosters" are legal but don't work.

    - hgh (human growth hormone). Of dubious value to someone your age.

    - protein. When you tear up muscle by heavy exercise you want a constant supply of protein available to them to heal. Others may disagree but I don't think you need anything other than the cheapest whey powder.

    - creatine and NO2. Of some possible value but a waste of money for most people.

    - speed (in many forms). So that you don't tire out as fast and get better workouts. NOXplode falls into that category. The best, I think, while it's still legal, is Jack3d.

    - carb drinks. Eating a good meal of complex carbs an hour before you work out will give you as much energy as you need. If you need a boost I favor Clif bars. All natural and tasty.

    And sleep.

    I like to keep protein in my system every couple of hours, so for between meals I use protein powder. Otherwise I just eat a diet of meat, veges, and low carbs.
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    Sep 01, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    Wow, this is all helpful info, thank you guys so much
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    Sep 01, 2010 6:38 AM GMT
    Spend most of your money and put most of your hopes in sorting out your normal food diet. Protein supplements can make this easier. The rest is fluff.
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    Sep 01, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    I like what xrichx has said, particularly on the calcium and potassium (Don't take the calcium tablet with or just after anything with caffeine in it)

    But above all the most important thing is good food, a varied diet of everything processed as little as possible, so eat lean red meats, vegetables, fiberous foods, beans, lentils, pasta (although its of dubious quality) and lots of other good things, stick with a good solid higher protein diet and your body will grow and develop.

    Many of those supplements are of dubious quality and usefulness, these "companies" are allowed to slap a label on anything without any real scientific backing.

    Plus train hard *nods*
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    Sep 02, 2010 8:16 AM GMT
    Thanx lilTanker, you always seem to have good advice whenever i need it
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    Sep 02, 2010 8:29 AM GMT
    Apart from what has been said about food, in terms of supplements I'd only recommend a decent protein powder and creatine, anything else is not worth it.

    I personally use an all-in-one mix that has protein, some carbs, creatine, HMB and glutamine, but that's mainly for convenience, I'm sure I would be fine without the other ingredients!
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    Sep 02, 2010 9:25 AM GMT
    EAT MORE

    Eat plenty of clean carbs after you work out.
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    Sep 02, 2010 9:42 AM GMT


    Yeah I'd echo what the guys have said here, you seem to have a good diet so up your intensity and let you body react.

    I have to say I have a couple of tubs of NO Explode and it does have it's uses if you want a really intesnive session, but I always feel like it's 'false' energy and you do need the 'real' food to back it up.
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    Sep 02, 2010 9:51 AM GMT
    myjeep saidEAT MORE

    Eat plenty of clean carbs after you work out.


    Isn't it that you want to make sure you get a good amount of protein with a small amount of simple carbs after you work out?
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    Sep 02, 2010 6:17 PM GMT
    And what would you describe as "clean" carbs??