What supplements are going to help you reach your fitness
goals? Whether it’s to add pounds of muscle, strip away
ugly body fat or help you become a better athlete or just
a more energetic and healthy person, there are supplements
that can make it much easier to reach your goals. But you have
to know what works and which supplements are just a waste
You want that extra edge that proper body building,
sports and fitness supplementation can add to your training
and nutrition program.
There’s just one problem. You are completely overwhelmed
by the insane number of products on the market with more
and more being released every day.
The magazines are filled with ads for supplements that are
better than drugs (so they say) with unbelievable before
and after pictures and outrageous claims.
You could spend all your waking hours trying to figure out
which supplements actually work and which one’s will never
come close to their claims.
Who has the time and money to figure out which bodybuilding
supplements will actually help them achieve their goals?
I’ve wasted thousands and thousands of dollars on bogus
supplements. I keep detailed records of how they affect
my body and my results.
In fact, the August 2003 issue of Ironman Magazine
contains an article of mine on my experience with Muscle Link’s GH Stak.
I don’t want to see you make the same mistakes I have made
and waste years and thousands of dollars on supplements that
There are a few quality supplements in every category from
muscle building to fat burning to energy boosters and overall
health. I’ll help you tailor your supplement regime to your
There is no doubt in my mind that the right bodybuilding
supplements will give you that extra edge and help you
reach your goals faster.
However, it’s important to know that probably 99% of the
supplements on the market don’t do what they promise. A
lot of them don’t even carry the ingredients stated on the label.
This is also why you should stick to quality companies like
Optimum Nutrition, Labrada, Gaspari Nutrition,
EAS, Muscle Link, Twinlab, Ergopharm, AST and a few others.
Keep in mind that you need to get your training and nutrition
programs in line first, berfore you can truly see the benefit
of this supplement guide.
Eating french fries all day won’t help you build muscle, even
if you are taking supplements that actually work.
Before getting any benefits from supplements you need to get
your training and nutrition program in place. After that, you
can focus on what I call “core” supplements.
What are “core” supplements?
Core supplements are fitness supplements that I consider to be
more an integrated part of a proper and healthy overall nutrition
They make it easy for you to meet your nutritional requirements
and become part of your overall sports supplement and nutrition
They are so much a part of your nutrition plan that you could
call them nutritional supplements instead. I even refer to
these supplements more as part of my nutritional plan as opposed
to my supplement plan.
What are some of these indispensable core supplements?
1 – Multivitamins
2 – Multiminerals
3 – Essential Fatty Acids
4 – Antioxidants
You should never go without core supplements in order to purchase
other supplements. If you have the finances to do so, you can add to
the core but never sacrifice them for any other supplements.
But ignoring them to purchase the latest, greatest testosterone
boosting, growth hormone shooting, fat melting, Z-100 gizmo subdural
“injection” like supplement would be like buying all the latest
workout fashions and never actually going to the gym.
Don’t make that mistake. Please. You’ll just be wasting your
money and missing out on what effective supplements have to offer.
The next step up in your supplementation program would include
such things as the following:
1 – Meal Replacement and Protein Powders
2 – Creatine
3 – Glutamine
4 – A quality ZMA (specifically forumlates Zinc/Magnesium) product
Meal Replacement Powders and Protein Powders are really important
enough to be considered core sports supplements.
They allow you to get proper the necesssary nutrients you body
needs, as well as meet your protein requirements in an easy and convenient
(and nowadays, tasty) fashion.
In today’s fast paced world, I feel these supplements are essential
to helping you stick to a proper nutrition plan.
It’s difficult enough trying to prepare and eat 6 meals a day,
let alone plan out the proper food combinations to make sure you are
feeding your body everything it needs to function at its best. Not
to mention making sure that your meals contain high protein foods.
Get your nutrition and training program in place. Then, stock up
on core supplements. You’ll that this combination will go a long
way toward taking you to your fitness goals, whether it’s building
twenty pounds of muscle or losing fifty pounds of fat.
Gregg Gillies is the founder of Build Lean Muscle.com [http://www.buildleanmuscle.com] His articles have appeared in Ironman Magazine. He has written two books and is a regular contributor to Body Talk Magazine. He publishes a free fitness newsletter available at his site that includes lots of weight training tips, fat loss, nutrition and exercise program information to help you build your best body as quickly as possible. check it out at Build Muscle and Lose Fat [http://www.buildleanmuscle.com/ezine.html] and see how you can get a customized nutrition plan at http://www.mynutritionjournal.com