Picking Supplement

  • kpoplover1

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    Sep 11, 2014 8:02 AM GMT
    recently joined a gym... just curious which supplement better for bodybuilding and affordable too? does it really matter that much on those brand or whatever?
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 11, 2014 4:05 PM GMT
    I use a pre-workout mix that has creatine and a caffeine based stimulant. Millions of brands. Just buy from a specialty store and talk to the clerk. He will advise you. Some cause you to bulk up (retain water) and some do not. Depends on what you're looking for. And then after workout, within a half hour, mix a protein powder that also has glutamine with water or milk. Make sure each serving is 40 grams of Whey protein isolate and keep the calories low. Some say you need carbs and fat right after workout but I prefer to chug down the protein and get that from real food. But I also eat soon after workout. (The supplements they sell at the Gold's gym are over-priced. Try GNC or Medicine shop or better, a specialty store like Max Muscle or something similar.)
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    Sep 11, 2014 4:33 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI use a pre-workout mix that has creatine and a caffeine based stimulant. Millions of brands. Just buy from a specialty store and talk to the clerk. He will advise you. Some cause you to bulk up (retain water) and some do not. Depends on what you're looking for. And then after workout, within a half hour, mix a protein powder that also has glutamine with water or milk. Make sure each serving is 40 grams of Whey protein isolate and keep the calories low. Some say you need carbs and fat right after workout but I prefer to chug down the protein and get that from real food. But I also eat soon after workout. (The supplements they sell at the Gold's gym are over-priced. Try GNC or Medicine shop or better, a specialty store like Max Muscle or something similar.)


    He's correct. You could also go to the forums at bodybuilding.com.
  • mybud

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    Sep 11, 2014 4:53 PM GMT
    you recently joined a gym and you now want to jump on the supplement train? Start lifting, slow and controlled. Eat a diet high in protein, and drink lots of water...There's no magic supplement better than lifting heavily and properly...BUD
  • davfit

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    Sep 11, 2014 8:03 PM GMT
    Number One Pick ... N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine or L-Carnosine take one.. 20-30 min before workout..both around 16 bucks for 50-100 caps..
  • kpoplover1

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    Sep 11, 2014 8:28 PM GMT
    ty guys for reply.
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    Sep 11, 2014 8:34 PM GMT
    mybud saidyou recently joined a gym and you now want to jump on the supplement train? Start lifting, slow and controlled. Eat a diet high in protein, and drink lots of water...There's no magic supplement better than lifting heavily and properly...BUD


    I completely agree with this. You really have to make it a lifestyle for it to work. Lifting will break down the muscles but the nutrition is the most important. Supplements are largely crap and only out to take your money. The basics (whey, cassein, creatine are good) but eating clean otherwise.

    Plan that major changes are going to take years and years. Not just a couple months in the gym.
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    Sep 11, 2014 11:25 PM GMT
    Your one go-to supplement at this stage will be a protein powder. Costco sells 4.5 lbs of 100% whey protein isolate for $50 or less - a good price. It's no substitute for a healthy meal plan, just an easier way to refeed yourself protein when it's awkward (like on a train). Why use other supplements now? That's like using up all your ammo when you don't need it.
  • kpoplover1

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    Sep 12, 2014 6:40 AM GMT
    ah ok ty for info!
  • mybud

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    Feb 21, 2015 2:52 AM GMT
    If you recently joined a gym, the only supplement you should be concerned about is food and water. There isn't a magic pill to aid in building mass..You eat well, drink a of of water, and bust your ass at the gym...Period.
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    Feb 21, 2015 3:20 AM GMT
    Go for the most expensive you can find. When throwing your money away that's always the winning strategy.
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    Mar 28, 2015 2:25 AM GMT
    If you're seeing progression and results from your training, and you are on a good meal plan, then you probably don't need to supplement your diet. The emphasis was added because supplements are used to fill in what is lacking in the diet, or enhance training.

    Before going off and buying something you don't need, first sit down and figure out if your dietary requirements are being met by food. And if not, then you'll know what will fill in the blanks.