What Are Supplements?
If you’ve ever entered the world of fitness supplements have probably been presented to you. A common misconception is that supplements are steroids and give the user an unfair advantage. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Supplements have their up sides and down sides, like anything else. Supplements usually help you heal a little bit faster, gain weight a little faster, and build more muscle, but usually a price. Supplements sometimes cost more than regular food. Also, whenever taking supplements make sure you drink over a gallon of water a day.
I’m going to break down the basic supplements commonly used in weight lifting.
Protein: Protein is essential to building muscles. It is recommended to build muscle that you get at least 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound that you weigh. It would be fairly difficult, but not impossible, to get all of that protein from regular food, so supplementation of protein helps many people achieve their goals.
Creatine: Many people regard creatine as a bad thing, but the fact is they are simple uniformed. Creatine has helped many people build quality muscle mass, and increased strength gains. Creatine is a natural substance found in meat, the problem it is scarce, so supplementation (like with protein) helps people get the desired quantities.
Preworkout: Preworkout gives people a slight edge by mixing caffeine and other stimulants which help improve performance in the gym. The caffeine also helps burn more calories by increasing your metabolic rate. You’ll also find that you’re able to lift a tiny bit more, due to the increased energy levels.
Amino Acids: Amino Acids, usually found in protein supplements, but also sold individually, are helpful to building muscle as well. I take them to preserve muscle mass when I’m trying to burn fat. They are great for building and keeping muscle. You’ll notice healing occurs quicker as well when taking Amino Acids.