5 Supplement Secrets of the Successful Bodybuilder
By Harry Fessel, ProSource Website Editor / Senior Writer | Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:52:00 PM America/New_York
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Everybody likes to read the latest news on the hottest supplement technologies for bodybuilders. Scientific breakthroughs! Amazing results! The advancement of sports science can be—and should be—very exciting. Sometimes, though, the most valuable piece of information contained in those articles isn’t in bold type at the top of the article, but in tiny type at the bottom.
“Consult your physician before beginning a new exercise or dietary program.”
There’s a reason this statement appears at the foot of every training and nutrition article you read, and it isn’t just because the legal department asks for it. The real reason is that no advanced nutritional technology or training regimen is going to make any measurable difference to your physique or performance if your basic health is compromised.
Think of your body as if it were a computer on your desk. On its screen is the program (or movie or videogame) you’re enjoying, the existence of which is supported by billions of individual microscopic transactions running in the background. Sever or corrupt enough of those tiny transactions, and the screen winks out. Muscle growth (and fat loss) may be the feature attraction, but it’s utterly dependent on the countless processes (protein synthesis, lactic acid removal, lipid utilization, neurotransmitter potentiation, hormone secretion, connective tissue regeneration) always running in the background.
Successful bodybuilders understand this. That’s why they build their mass gain/fat loss programs from the ground up, starting with comprehensive and high-quality nutrition that addresses ALL the aspects of health and wellness. Their strategy is as simple as it is sound: Build a sturdy foundation of overall health, THEN invest in the advanced technologies (cutting-edge, sophisticated pre-workouts and mass builders) that will take your physique and performance to the next level.
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Once you understand the pathway to an awe-inspiring physique begins from a cornerstone of peak wellness, it’s time to take nutrition sourcing into consideration. First and foremost, it is vitally important that you eat clean. Bodybuilders have much higher caloric requirements than normal people and every junk calorie you consume takes the place of a quality calorie that could be fueling peak performance. Bodybuilding is a three-legged stool (training, rest, nutrition) and proper diet is most often the area where unsuccessful athletes short-change themselves.
Speaking of short-changing, it’s not just novice bodybuilders who get fixated on a select few super-sophisticated and well-hyped supplement technologies. Many manufacturers do this as well, lavishing all their time, effort and resources on the (often lucrative) mass builders and pre-workouts at the top of their product line, while their basic building-block supplements (BCAAs, vitamins, creatine, etc) are poorly sourced, under-dosed, and generally of poor quality. The reasoning of these companies is both obvious and cynical. If there’s only so much research and development money to go around, they figure, why not spend it on the products that are getting all the hype? Even worse, they figure most consumers won’t know the difference anyway, when it comes to the basics of their lines.
ProSource is one company that his bucked this unfortunate trend for many years. First of all, we understand that science is advancing just as dramatically in the fields of vitamin and mineral formulation, fish oil sourcing, and joint-support technology as it is in such arcane fields of study as, say, myostatin inhibition. Indeed, technological improvements in core supplement categories like multi-vitamins have provided far more tangible benefits for athletes in recent years than the endless number of “next generation” buffered creatines ever will.
Science never sleeps. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at most of our competitors’ offerings. Some of their fish oils, BCAAs and joint compounds haven’t changed one iota since they were introduced many years ago. And they were sourced from low-quality ingredients in pixie-dusted dosages to start with! The effectiveness of a truly comprehensive, multi-pathway joint compound, sourced from the best ingredients and dosed according to the latest clinical testing guidelines, is dynamic and game-changing when compared to some dusty glucosamine product that’s been sitting on a shelf in a warehouse since 2012. Science doesn’t rest, and neither does ProSource, as we continue to monitor the latest breakthroughs in every field of sports science and incorporate those advances into our award-winning and revered line of super-premium sports nutrition supplements.
Now let’s get to the 5 supplement secrets of the successful bodybuilder.
ProSource Extra-Strength Joint Command
Tendons, ligaments, and cartilage consist of dense fibrous tissue that can tear in a second and yet heal with agonizing slowness. The reason for this is that they get only a fraction of the blood flow that muscle tissue receives. When you squat or bench or curl enormous amounts of weight, you’re putting these narrow filaments of tissue under tremendous strain. One tear or strain can suspend your training regimen for months.
Successful bodybuilders know that big muscles and weak connective tissue are a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, ProSource has been leading the way in investigating promising new joint-support technologies and incorporating them into what is now the most comprehensive and wide-spectrum connective-tissue nutritional complex known to science.
Unlike one-dimensional generic joint-support products, Extra Strength Joint Command is always evolving as new science becomes available. The result is a multi-pathway approach to total connective tissue nutrition second to none. Recent additions to the Joint Command formula include ultra-potent HyaMax™, a natural, standardized hyaluronic acid that possesses a unique water retaining action to help highly active joints stay healthy. Additionally, Meriva® is an advanced phytosome technology that enhances the bioavailability and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin. Rounding out the new additions, 5-LOXIN® contains the most active of the 6 boswellic acids, AKBA, which helps inhibit 5-lipoxygenase, the compound responsible for the conversion of arachidonic acid into pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Of course, Extra Strength Joint Command also contains the more common ingredients associated with joint support, but in purer, more potent dosages than you’ll find anywhere else. Joint Command provides pure, stabilized, 98% absorbable glucosamine sulfate (at the clinically researched potency), paired in precise ratio with chondroitin sulfate, plus MSM and UC Type II collagen, compounds linked to anti-inflammatory action, flexibility support, and overall joint health. These compounds combine with the earlier-cited co-factors to create a massively synergistic powerhouse of connective tissue nutrition and support that will allow you to pursue your training goals with the utmost confidence.
Omega-3 Fish Oils:
All hail the super-versatile, ultra-essential Omega-3! Omega-3 fish oils have been associated with a wide variety of beneficial health effects, and a superior Omega-3 supplement like ProSource’s Omega-1250 is an essential tool in the bodybuilder’s tool kit. While many athletes have a general sense of the advantages conferred by Omega-3’s (including support of cardiovascular health and antioxidant activity), successful bodybuilders know that Omega-3’s are highly active at the cellular level, facilitating the physiological processes that make enhanced performance and physique possible.
Where to start with Omega-3’s? The Omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) have been associated in ongoing study with cardiovascular health, joint mobility and even healthy cholesterol levels. Bodybuilders have used Omega-3’s to help reduce post-workout muscle soreness and as an energy source (important for athletes on a low-carb regimen).
Omega-3 supplementation is the gift that keeps giving, but quality is of the essence. Many low-grade versions from unscrupulous manufacturers can contain alarming levels of contamination. ProSource’s Omega-1250 is derived from pure deep-sea, cold-water sources that are molecularly distilled and highly purified. Each softgel capsule contains an ultra-potent 750 mg of the highest quality Omega-3 fatty acids, including high amounts of EPA (450 mg) and DHA (300 mg).
ProSource has long recognized the critical health and exercise advantages provided by Omega-3’s, and our super-premium fish oil supplement is the culmination of that due diligence. Pave the way to improved performance with pure, premium-grade Omega-1250.
ProSource Super MegaMax
If you think taking a daily multivitamin is strictly for your Average Joe, then you’re not maximizing your opportunities for growth and superior performance. The truth is, no matter how varied and calorie-dense your six or seven daily small meals are, there’s simply no way you’re getting a bodybuilder’s necessary portion of all the valuable vitamins and minerals through whole foods alone.
Vitamins and minerals are responsible for thousands of critical biochemical reactions in the body, including converting food to energy, production of hormones, strengthening of the immune system and so much more. An ultra-premium daily multiple like ProSource's Super MegaMax addresses all these factors with a full and complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants. Better yet, it provides these vital nutrients in dosages specifically intended to support and fuel the intense workouts that serious athletes engage in.
Super MegaMax is formulated with a blend of B-Power Energy Factors that, among other B vitamins, contains an ultra-high amount of B12 -- 100 times the potency compared to generic brands, as well as a highly bioactive form of Vitamin C, 400 IUs of Vitamin D (crucial for bone strength and inflammation protection), and an isomer blend of natural Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.
How about minerals? Super MegaMax’s clinically indicated dosages of zinc, magnesium, chromium and iron help facilitate key functions of repair, growth, hormone levels, and recovery. Super MegaMax also provides superior antioxidant protection via lycopene, quercetin, alpha lipoic acid, boron, calcium and CoQ10, compounds that have a synergistic cellular energy and free-radical protective effect that are normally not found in standard-issue multiples. Its ultra-comprehensive capacity is further manifested in a remarkable 20,000 IUs of beta carotene, 200 mcg of chromium, and a full spectrum of minerals for hydration and muscle contraction support.
You can’t make big gains on tiny fuel. When you’re ready to lay the foundation for a truly awesome physique, step up to the ultimate bodybuilder’s multi, ProSource’s Super MegaMax.
ProSource Creatine Monohydrate
It’s a rare bodybuilder, in this day and age, who doesn’t top off his daily supplementation with a good 5-gram dose of high-quality creatine monohydrate. The reasons for doing so are well-documented. Creatine monohydrate has an overwhelming amount of evidence from hundreds of clinical trials showing its ability to increase phosphocreatine content, improve performance and enhance training adaptations.
It is in the matter of sourcing that successful bodybuilders gain an advantage over their novice counterparts. The marketplace has always been awash in inferior creatines from China and Russia, degraded by low-quality processing methods and chock-full of impurities. At the opposite end of the spectrum, manufacturers looking to pump up profits are always touting supposedly advanced buffered or bonded creatines purported to be more water-soluble and bioavailable. Studies conducted on these alternative formulations, however, show very little or no capacity to maximize creatine stores within muscle when compared to creatine monohydrate. Informed athletes know to steer clear of both these boondoggles.
If you’re not supplementing with creatine monohydrate, you should be. And if you are, you need to seek out the ultimate combination of low pricing and highest quality. That’s ProSource Creatine Monohydrate, 100% sourced from AlzChem Creapure®, the world’s leading manufacturer when it comes to producing creatine of the highest standard, guaranteed through advanced quality control practices. Speaking of guarantees, ProSource’s high-volume ingredient purchasing and direct-to-consumer marketing model ensures that you’ll always find your lowest prices on the best creatine at ProSource.
The successful bodybuilder knows that maximized levels of testosterone, the most important male hormone, are essential to wellness and performance. If your testosterone levels are bottoming out, key markers of stamina, endurance, and strength will deteriorate, and you’re going to feel sluggish, unfocused, and uninspired. That’s no roadmap to bodybuilding success.
Studies have shown that low zinc levels correspond to low T levels. Zinc is needed for the synthesis of testosterone, and zinc is the most important co-factor in ZMA. ZMA (the popular and much-studied combination of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B-6) has also been associated with support of IGF-1, an important hormone needed for anabolic growth. In addition, taking ZMA before bedtime can support sleep efficiency and help muscle recovery overnight. In terms of your bodybuilding day, ZMA addresses your last and most important interval for muscle growth.
Once again, ProSource has you covered when it comes to ingredient sourcing. ProSource ZMA is 100% sourced by SNAC Systems, the pioneer and innovator in this field of sports nutrition. SNAC Systems uses only the best zinc, magnesium aspartate and vitamin B6 in the exact ratios shown to be effective in clinical trials. Our long-established relationship with this premier supplier of quality ZMA ensures that ProSource ZMA is one of bodybuilding’s unrivaled supplement values.
Your Supplement Pathway to Success Begins
At the Crossroads of Peak Health and Wellness
Sometimes the deepest secrets are hiding in plain sight. If you’re just beginning your journey to the ultimate physique, or if you find yourself stuck on a stubborn plateau along the way, perhaps it’s time to address the basics in your diet and supplementation regimen.
ProSource has always kept a sharp eye on the fundamental basics, and providing the best quality of these key supplements at the lowest prices anywhere is our top priority. That’s our mission and our promise to you, a member of our ProSource family of athletes.
Read more about Extra-Strength Joint Command.
Read more about Omega-1250.
Read more about Super MegaMax.
Read more about ProSource Creatine Monohydrate.
Read more about ProSource ZMA.
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