WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?
Each one who trains wants good results, better said best possible results. Having a training schedule which works for you and a good established nutrition plan are first two steps in success in your bodybuilding journey. However there is more for those who have higher goals. If you want to get closer to your goal and achieve this as soon as possible you will want to take bodybuilding supplements. Please understand me correct, supplements are not some magic pills which you just take and get bigger or leaner. However for some they might seem as something magic and let me tell you that supplements are magic in the matter of importance.
After training session muscle fibers are damaged and needs to be repaired, that is the moment where nutrition matters, as if we eat good food this process will occur normally and in timely manner. If we do not eat enough we will stop our progress.
Another important moment is the amount of protein, carbohydrates and vitamins we need to have our body function properly. Let’s take as an example protein; in order to grow we need 2,5 grams per 1Kg of body weight. If you weigh 100kg you will need 250grams of protein per day. Now imagine how many eggs and meat you will need to eat and this is daily! It will be hard to support same food daily in large quantities plus it is hard for stomach and here comes supplements with different forms of protein (Whey protein,Casein,Egg protein) or BCAA supplements (branched chain amino acids) amino acids which are ready to be “absorbed” by your muscles.
By the way, regarding amino acids, did you know that there are Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids? Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body and must get them from foods or supplements. There are 9 essential amino acids: histidine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and valine. Your body can make non-essential amino acids by itself from vitamins and other amino acids. The 13 non-essential amino acids are alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cysteine, cystine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, hydroxyproline, proline, serine and tyrosine.
Now you understand the importance of BCAA.
Did you ever missed your lunch or dinner? Me too and many times this happens because we are in hurry to job or other important things. So what to do? Buy a supplement and take it in shaker with yourself. Sometimes in the morning you dont have any food ready so you just take milk and a few cups of your gainer mix it and here you have a decent amount of carbs to make your body work and in the same time keep it from taking energy from your hard grown muscles. Here I will mention such important supplement as Glutamine. We will talk more about it in other article but for now I will say that it will keep anabolic processes in your body and in the same time will block cortisol which reduces protein synthesis.
Another important supplements at this point are Creatine and Tribulus. Both will help you gain more muscles, have more energy on training sessions plus tribulus will increase your sex-drive and testosterone levels. But this is subject of another article.
As a conclusion I can say that you need supplements, whether these are vitamins, BCAA’s casein protein or Glutamine. Each one of us has different goals and supplements will help us achieving them thus making our lives happier.
Good luck to you!
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