Bodybuilding Supplements may not be Necessary.
To supplement or not to supplement – that is the question on more bodybuilder’s lips than ever before.
Are they safe? What works and what doesn't? Let’s have a look at the basics. There are various reasons
why athletes may be interested in supplementation & Concern about getting adequate nutrients from
our food supply & Suspicion of pharmaceuticals.
Belief that diet alone will not achieve optimal nutrition Supplements include the following: Vitamins &
Minerals Amino Acids, Herbs The concerning thing about supplements is that anything classified as a
dietary supplement is not required to meet any FDA or other standards! Think about that! There are no
regulations in place that guarantee the safety or purity of something sold as a supplement. They are
also not made to meet the similar safety requirements as prescription drugs or any other manufacturing
standards. They are not required to meet product potency or purity ratings and are not required to
prove the effectiveness of any health claim that is made. Studies suggest that a number of supplements
may deliver on advertising claims. However, trainees are spending large sums of money on products
that have little or no proven usefulness. Personally I find the use of supplements over rated and as with
strength training, supplementation asks the same question “if a little is good then maybe more has to be
better” Supplementation and steroids started to proliferate when volume strength training became the
training system of the day. Young strength trainees slaving in the gym for five to six days a week was
seen as normal. All this without making any progress or putting on any size whatsoever.
The latest Bodybuilding Supplements or steroid thinking that this is the magic bullet to put on that
added muscle when all the time they were just plain "overtraining” The cold hard facts is that the
majority of the regular trainees in your gym are overtraining. The sad reality is that the types of training
that you find in bodybuilding books and magazines (and used by the stars) are irrelevant to the majority
of the population and has a high failure rate. If more bodybuilders started using more infrequent, short,
high intensity weight training sessions, followed by the required amount of time to recover and become
stronger… MOST OF THE WEIGHT GAIN SUPPLEMENTS AND STERIODS AVAILABLE TODAY WOULD NOT
BE NEEDED. The bottom line on weight gain supplements & before taking a supplement try to make
modifications to your diet that might achieve the same goals. Only choose products that show the
amount of active ingredients on the label that are required. & be aware that “natural” does not mean
‘safe’ some herbal supplements may have unpleasant side effects. Listed below are some popular
bodybuilding supplements available on the market today Creatine monohydrate Creatine was first
introduced to the market place some eight years ago and has since become the most popular
bodybuilding supplement of all time. Creatine is said to significantly increase lean muscle mass, improve
performance, increase energy levels and speed up recovery rates. Creatine also stimulates the uptake
of amino acids in the proteins, which means that the more that it's used the more muscle that may be
grown. Dosage: A loading phase of 20grams a day for the first five days then a maintenance phase of
5grams a day from then on. Whey Protein isolates the highest yield of protein currently available and is
extracted from milk.
This is another popular Bodybuilder Supplements for athletes and bodybuilders because of its high
proportion of amino acids. It is supposed to be high in potassium, which is essential for muscle growth
and is an antioxidant and a good immune system builder. Dosage: 20gms - 100gms a day. Tibullus
Terrestris Tribulus terrestris is a plant that grows in many tropical and moderate areas of the world and
is very rich in chemical compounds such as saponins, flavonoids and alkaloids. Tribulus terrestris is
supposedly a testosterone enhancer. And increases sex drives in both men and women. Dosage as per
bottle. Glutamine Is a non-essential amino acid, which makes up to 60% of the amino acids in the bodies
muscles. Glutamine containing products are protein shakes and good quality protein powders; it can
also be added to protein shakes for added potency. Dosage: 5grams to 15 grams per day. So please
remember a supplement is something added to the diet to make up for a nutritional deficiency or
imbalance they are not intended to substitute for eating a balanced diet. If they are to be taken at all
they should only be used to supplement the diet and not replace it.