Choosing supplements

Supplements are a great way to build on your workouts by feeding your muscles with the nutrients they need to grow and repair. After a hard workout, your muscles have been stressed beyond their normal operating limits. They need time to rest and repair the damaged fibres. This process makes the muscles stronger than before. To aid this process supplements boost the nutrients that your muscles require, helping to achieve better gains than training alone. There are a bewildering variation of supplements available online. Below we will outline probably the two most common and popular ones.

Whey Protein

Whey protein is a compound that is popular among people who train with weights. Protein is made up of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle. It has now become very mainstream and available in most chemists and shops such as Boots and Holland and Barrett. Whey protein is digested very quickly after consuming and is an excellent post-workout supplement, when the body needs protein the most. Usually taken 2-4 times a day, it helps keep the protein in your system at a high level, so muscles always have the food necessary to grow stronger.

Creatine

Creatine occurs naturally in the body and is another popular weight training supplement used to boost muscle growth safely. Creatine helps the body’s muscles absorb water, which enables them to work harder during high-intensity training. It is used to increase the energy you have for explosive lifting, allowing you to lift more weight, with more reps. This in turn allows your muscles to grow larger and more powerful. Creatine is usually cycled, e.g. 4 weeks of taking it followed by two weeks off.

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