Five (5) Great Supplements for Bodybuilding!

Posted on June 18th, 2013 at 4:48 am by


As a regular gym-member, I like to keep myself in good shape in order to get the best results from my workout.  Although I am far from a bodybuilder, I still understand the value that supplements can introduce to my training and knowing what is best for me can be a huge benefit to the way I develop muscle and recover.  There are a plethora of supplements on the market today, but some of the best around include:
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1.       Creatine

One of the best supplements that is currently available on the market today is Creatine; the natural substance that occurs within our body and has been concentrated into a dietary supplement to give our body a boost during a workout.  Creatine can usually be found around the skeletal muscle tissue and this naturally occurring metabolite provides you with plenty of perks, which include:

  • Helps to promote lean muscle.
  • Reduces the body’s recovery time.
  • Boosts muscle cell volume.
  • Allows for high intensity muscle training.

2.       Beta Alanine

Beta Alanine is a naturally occurring amino acid that latches itself onto protein rich foods such as chicken and fish, which in turn helps to delay the fatigue of your muscles after a workout.  It is highly recommended that you consume a regular amount of protein and this supplement helps you to achieve that.  It helps to increase levels of carnosine in muscles and maintain those levels -enabling a bodybuilder to delay the accumulation of hydrogen into the body and reducing acidity.  Some additional benefits of Beta Alanine include:

  • Helps to improve the amount of time you can work out.
  • Reduces muscle fatigue.
  • Improves breathing capacity.

3.       Whey Protein

Whey is perhaps one of the most common sources of protein you can get from a supplement and they are proven to help your body regenerate more effectively.  The way it works is by supplying the body with a high amount of protein and other important minerals that help to develop muscles and reduce pain.  This supplement comes in an array of flavours for added taste and is commonly used before and after a workout.

4.       Branch-Chain Amino Acid (BCAA)

Branch-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) helps the body to recover at a quicker rate than it is used to by helping drive important nutrients to the damaged muscle tissue after an intense workout.  This helps weight trainers improve their recovery process as it reduces the amount of pain you would normally associate with tired muscles – something that is very useful when you are constantly straining them.

5.       Glutamine

Glutamine is one of the most effective and useful supplements currently on the market and is the perfect tool for any budding bodybuilder.  It works by slowing down the breakdown of muscle tissue during extensive workouts and allows for improved endurance and a better strength threshold.  Weight trainers will notice that they can lift for longer time periods and that they can perform more consistently, as the Glutamine helps you to push yourself to the limits and improve results.

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About the Author

Paul James is a personal trainer and freelance writer from the UK, he is currently working with OP Massive.

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