Best 5 Supplements For Strength Training
Out of all the weight training related avenues, strength training is probably the most unloved. Traditionally, strength athletes are massive guys with big beards, big bellies and big moobs and to put it bluntly it doesn’t really have the sex appeal as bodybuilding or the exposure of CrossFit.
However, on the opposite end of the spectrum it can mean you possess a body that is under the radar whilst having huge strength, there’s fewer better feelings that dead lifting twice as much as the aesthetic crew training for the pouting competition at Coachella…
So, if you’re one of the few and brave that is just getting into strength training, you’re probably spending quite a bit of time researching supplements. Now, some may argue that supplements aren’t necessary. This is true if you’re tracking your macro’s like crazy and know for sure that you’re getting enough protein, vitamin D, fish oil, etc. in your diet. But, for many people just starting out and with busy schedules and you know…a life, that’s not the case.
Now as much as supplements are widely regarded to help with packing on muscle and strength, they do not do the hard part for you, they provide an additional edge, they will not alone ensure that you can now lift that 200lbs barbell. You have to put the hard work in and progressively increase that weight.
However, lets take a look at the basics that can assist with your hunt for glory in the gym.
There are studies out there to suggest that we already get enough protein in our Western diet, however, if you are really looking to increase your strength (and size to go with it) it is advisable to increase your protein accordingly. Try to get a mix of proteins in your diet, if you eat lots of meat and dairy try and opt for a plant protein shake. Try and consume it soon after your workout.
Now, I live on coffee, too much is bad for you but actually in moderation or prior to a workout caffeine will give you a surge of energy and block fatigue by blocking specific receptors located throughout the body. Sometimes an espresso isn’t enough or not ideal before a workout and henceforth the rise of pre-workout supplements. I love taking one before a rugby game to ensure I am fully charged.
One of the most effective (legal) supplements out there, solid proven gains in strength and size.
Creatine supplementation works by increasing the availability of creatine and phosphocreatine (PCr) within the muscle, helping to maintain energy during high-intensity exercise, like strength training. Increasing the availability of phosphocreatine may help speed up recovery between sets.
Branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) are essential for easing muscle soreness and speeding up the recovery process for the muscles that are damaged during resistance training.
BCAAs (typically a combination of L-Leucine, L-IsoLeucine and L-Valine) play a critical role in muscle development because they are metabolized in the muscle rather than the liver. Because BCAAs are metabolized in the muscle, they can be used for building new proteins or for energy.
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