Building muscle takes a lot of hard workouts, a great nutrition plan, and the patience to stick with a program. However, with the help of supplements we can help speed up the process by feeding your muscles all the nutrients that they need to grow and recover from stress quicker. Now, it is important to realize that supplements are just that something to supplement the work and a proper diet so if you’re not willing to put in the work in the gym and in the kitchen then it’s just a waste of money. Also, supplements can become very expensive so if you don’t have the money your muscular gains will take longer but they will come, plenty of people got along fine before there were supplements readily available.
Whey Protein– Packing on the muscle quickly requires that you follow a high protein diet and getting enough protein for maximum growth can be difficult to get through food alone. So using a whey protein powder will help you get the extra grams of protein and amino acids to keep your muscles fed.
I like to use Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard Whey Protein because it gives you 24 grams of protein per serving, is available for a good price, and is low in carbohydrates and sugars. As an added bonus there are a bunch of different flavors available and the ones I have tried all tasted good.
Multi-Vitamin- This is another staple supplement for building muscle fast. No it isn’t a flashy one that promises you pound of muscle but supplying your body with enough nutrients is key to getting growth. Universal’s Animal Pak is probably the best multi-vitamin on the market for anyone looking to build muscle but it is pretty damn expensive. If you can’t afford this or a similar bodybuilder’s multi-vitamin then at least get some kind in your price range at the local pharmacy. Vitamins are that important.
Using just those two supplements listed above along with diet and hard workouts will get you some nice gains but if you want to take it to the next level and build muscle fast we’re going to have to introduce some other players into the mix.
Casein Protein- This is another protein powder but what is important about Casein protein is that it is a slow release protein. This one should be taken before bed when your body is going to be without food while you sleep. Drinking a shake of this will take care of that problem and let your muscles get even more protein while you’re off and dreaming. Sleep is your body’s time to heal and rest, Casein is the perfect partner.
Pre-workout supplements- Now the following supplements are not for everyone and if you’re not 18 years old at least I wouldn’t recommend them. Jack3d from USPlabs among other things contains caffeine and creatine and will give you amazing energy and focus during your workout. This stuff is amazing it will get you through the days when you don’t want to work out and give you the endurance to crank out those extra sets. It is powerful stuff so if you’re sensitive to stimulants it might be best to avoid it. Starting off only use one scoop to see how your body reacts to it being in your system. The label says to work up to 2 or 3 but I think 3 scoops is just overkill. Listen to your own body I can’t tell you the right amount for you but honestly one scoop usually does the trick for me. Another, pre-workout supplement to try instead would be NO Xplode from BSN. Pick one of them.
Glutamine- Supplementing with glutamine can help you with your recovery. Shortening the time that you are sore can allow you to do hard workouts more often.
Like anything that you put in your body do your own research and learn more about it before you do so. You found this article so I assume you know how to find other information. There are other supplements out there but if you use these with the aforementioned exercise and diet you will see some nice gains in muscle mass and strength. These are the supplements I have personally used in the past or are currently to see great results in lean mass so take it how you will.