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I’ll refrain from talking about brand names and such as I think we all have our opinions on those and many times price is a factor.
I’m also not posting this list to preach about the benefits of supplements. The post title is “What Supplements Should I Take” and I’m merely answering.
This isn’t my schedule but rather a framework. And please keep in mind.. these are supplements meant to supplement an outstanding nutritional program. I do not use this list to fill in gaps or substitute or my lack of proper eating. It’s in addition to … not in place of.
So let’s begin…
My Foundational Supplements:
These are supplements I take daily with meals (not all meals), regardless of training.
* Essential Fatty Acid complex (EPA/DHA)
* Joint Matrix
* Digestive Enzymes
* Udo’s Oil 3-6-9 Omegas (plant sourced)
My Picks for Performance/Muscle Building Supplements:
My selection at this time for pre-workout and post-workout recovery. I’ve tried drinking various energy combinations during a workout (Waxy Maize, Vitargo, water beyond a sip at the drinking fountain, etc) and found it to be bothersome. My workouts don’t last long enough that I need energy during the workout itself. I’ve got reserves for 60 minutes of high intensity training.
This section is the most critical for me. If I can have enough energy to do a very high intensity workout AND I can recovery quickly, my gains will be staggering.
When I do not have a session that involved weight training, this list shrinks a lot.
-Some things are bulk, raw materials that aren’t available for end line consumers. –
* Whey protein
* Vitargo S2
* Muscle Milk
* Monster Milk/Mass
* Monster Amino
* Monster Pump
* Provon 290 whey protein isolate
My Optional Supplements:
Things I’ve found beneficial and I take at irregular times. I am a coffee drinker and I switch to green tea. Not for the metabolic effects but for the pick me up of caffeine and the other associated benefits with green tea.
* Green tea
Cytomax is something I found useful in 2 specific categories:
a) when attempting to do a high volume, high intensity leg workouts. It’s the only solution I will consider drinking during the actual workout besides sipping water. Anything that is “endurance” related which can be some weight training workouts believe it or not.
b) taken long after workouts but before bed on high intensity days to eliminate cramps. Leg cramps plague me. This is the only solution I’ve found that eliminates it almost immediately.
And that concludes this lengthy list on what supplements I currently take.
I’d like to know what supplements you take if any. Please post your comments below.
Disclaimer: I reserve the right to update this post when things change or I go home and swallow a pill and realize I didn’t post it here.
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
You said you don’t need to take supplements to build muscle? At least that is what your book claims along with everybody else in this industry. Are you contradicting yourself?
You do not. I was asked what I personally took, and I responded when most other professionals will not. I’m not a supplement pusher but I’m not a supplement hater. You only need handwork, consistency and adequate food intake coupled with recovery to build muscle and burn fat. I said that, others say it and I stand by it.
What supplements should I take?
I’ve got no idea what you should take given your personal financial situation, your work ethic, your age, any medications or other complications and/or needs. Recommending supplements to people isn’t something I do for a variety of reasons. One being, I might be fine taking Product A when you have an allergic reaction. I think sticking to the basics is the best idea. Beyond that, if your diet is nearly perfect, that’s the time you can put forth some honest effort into making a plan for yourself. Cookie cutter list of supplements to take is like giving cookie cutter financial advice. Most people LOSE. It may or may not pertain to them. They end up frustrated and upset. Hence, I make these recommendations for ME and me only. Not you. Re-read that this is for informational purposes only.
How come other fitness guys don’t post this?
I don’t know. I’d guess the same reason they don’t post a lot of things. They create images and often live different lives. What you see in this blog, my personality, my preferences for a training style, my opinions.. is how I live. All the time (except when I’m sleeping). I take supplements personally and therefore, I don’t create some illusion I don’t. But I don’t run around pushing them on people and I don’t give out recommendations as I don’t know your history among other things. It’s a question I get all the time and it’s always the one I can’t answer perfectly.
Where can I buy… How come you don’t post links?
Because I’m not making recommendations. This is a list post. For informational purposes. Disclosure. For curious minds. Not me trying to encourage you or direct you anywhere. People asked, I responded. That’s it.
Where can I learn more about the science behind supplements IF I choose to take this path?
I wrote a very lengthy post about How to Evaluate a Supplement. I suggest you read it and do your research before just buying the latest and greatest or what Joe/Sally said on some forum. You’ll end up with more money in your pocket and feeling smarter.