If you’re anything like me, you find the endless supplies of powders, tablets and lotions on the fitness market completely and utterly overwhelming.
This can be the hardest part of figuring out what exactly you need to ensure that you are training to the best of your ability and, although it can seem daunting and a rather masculine pastime to browse the aisles of creatine and protein at your local GNC…
It should definitely be public knowledge that these products can make an absolutely huge difference alongside a steady training plan and clean (minus the occasional Krispy Kreme) diet…
Also, its probably worth noting that no, these products will not make you ‘bulky’, ‘masculine’ or grow a beard or anything weird like that. The women you see that compete that take on a more masculine appearance have been training for years and years and probably have either a different chromosome structure or they have some help from a less natural source.
So, without further adieu, we present essential items to store alongside your protein source:
BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids)
Think of these as a helping hand for those training hard. BCAAs will both help with building muscle, whilst also making sure you don’t lose that hard earned muscle when you are dieting.
If tablets, take one before, and two after working out. The powder can be used in the same way, however mixed with your beverage of choice – no wine doesn’t count.
Though we wish that was an option…
Take one twice a day, before and after workouts.
Throw a scoop of powder into water or your shake.
This pre-workout for women will make training a whole lot easier. Creatine will give you more power for each set and will also help towards recovery- so, walking is less of a problem after leg day. Once or twice a day is recommended (before and after working out is best).
Omega 3/Fish Oil
Adding 3-6 grams of fish oil a day can help to promote healthy cholesterol, as well as healthy bones and skin.
Take every other day, or before heavy workouts.
An absolute lifesaver for those that are prone to cramps, this is great for recovery and building lean muscle.
Take during workouts and after any high-intensity sessions.
This amino acid will help reduce breakdown of muscle and improve protein metabolism.
Have you noticed that you are getting more coughs and colds than usual? Your study immune system seems to be lagging and as a result you feel run down which can have a knock on effect on training.
Maybe you haven’t realised but this is usually a result of intense training, throw in a couple of. We all know how difficult it is to get enough vitamin C – the whole ‘five a day’ thing is pretty much an endurance task for the average person. So, take advantage of the advances in modern science and stock up on a decent Vitamin C supplement.
Add these bodybuilding supplements to your training routine and see the results within weeks!