If you’ve been to a gym before, the chances are high that you might have overheard the word “Supplements”. Quite often that word comes up at the gym, maybe a little too often.
What exactly are supplements? Just as it sounds, products to SUPPLEMENT, your diet. They are products to give you an advantage in allowing your body to adapt. Proper Nutrition is the primary factor when it comes to this but when supplemented with products like these the results are much greater.
What kind of supplements are there?
There are new supplements made almost daily, some which help you lose weight, some which help you gain, others that relieve pain in joints and the list goes on and on. From experience, the most popular ones would have to be, Protein, Pre-Workout, Creatine, and BCAAs.
Protein supplements come in a few different forms, Whey, Casein, Soy, and include Concentrate, Isolate, Hydrolyzed, Micronized, and Blends. All in which aid the body in recovering from the strenuous exercises you just completed. Protein powders are much easier absorbed, thus allowing greater recovery to the muscles.
Pre-Workout can sometimes be the difference between a good day at the gym, and a GREAT day, at least for me it can. These contain certain ingredients such as Caffeine, Beta Alanine, Nitric Oxide, Green Tea Extract, and much more. The ingredients produce an ability to focus at the gym, provide an exhilarating pump, and give you a unique buzz that carries you through the workout.
Creatine is complicated to explain and very worthy of a write-up of its own. In layman’s terms, it provides a little more endurance to the muscle by storing chemicals and water in the muscle itself.
BCAAs, almost always referred to the building blocks of protein. Branched Chain Amino Acids can be almost related to “Food” for the muscle. BCAAs aids the body when it is in a calorie deficit in avoiding muscle loss, and also helps in repairing muscle tissue breakdown when taken throughout the day.
Like I mentioned before you cannot expect results with only supplements, a proper diet and nutrition must be incorporated to achieve great results.
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