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Supplements In Your Muscle Building Plan

With the barrage of fitness and nutrition supplements on the market today, it can often be hard to tell what is needed for your success inside and outside the gym.

Supplements range from vitamins, herbs, weight gainers, protein, pre workout aids, post workout aids, recovery formulas, weight loss pills, and many more.

But how many of these do you actually need for effective muscle building?

This article will discuss some of the most important supplements for muscle building and outline some of the things you should look for when buying supplements.

First, it should be noted that supplements are just that - a supplement. You should not rely on supplements for achieving your goals. Hard work, consistency, and a good nutrition/training plan are the main things that you should focus on.

With that being said, supplements can and do have their place within a muscle building plan. Once your training and diet are perfect, considering supplements seems like the next step to help you reach your goals faster and more efficiently than before.

It is important that while shopping for supplements you identify your goals and areas that you need help with. Because these are so personal and individual, it is impossible for me to tell you exactly which ones you should buy. However, there are a few supplements that I think every lifter - new and advanced should incorporate into their nutrition plan.

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The first supplement that you should consider is a multivitamin. Because you will be taxing your central nervous system several days a week, it is important to provide your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to recover. A good multivitamin will include all the essential vitamins and minerals and will also provide you with the best form of that vitamin.

The second supplement that all lifters should consider is fish oil. A fish oil supplement is a great investment for bodybuilders. With all the recent studies about the benefits of using a fish oil, it should definitely be a component of a bodybuilder’s nutrition.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids help promote cardiovascular health and brain function, which in turn improves your performance and overall health. Fish oil will certainly help you on your journey to increase muscle mass. 

Finally, the last supplement that should be in any man’s program is creatine. Creatine is probably one of the most well-researched and studied supplements on the market today. Unlike other supplements, creatine has been proven time and time again to increase power, strength and energy.

Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that helps supply energy to the cells of your body. This is accomplished by increasing adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the muscles. If you have ever taken a biology course, you may remember ATP as the molecule responsible for energy transfer within the cells - an essential component in locomotion and respiration.

Studies have shown that an increase in creatine in the system leads to a greater tolerance to endurance training and more power/strength production.

These three main supplements are great additions to any muscle building program. If you feel you require other supplements to meet your goals, I would recommend doing some intensive research before purchasing anything.

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