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Building the image1

Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Featured Content, Supplement Articles
By Dwayne Jackson | Jun 1, 2012

Building the image Customized supplement stacks
maximize results for every body type

For some, getting large and lean is a difficult task, for others it is a breeze. Regardless, you should choose your supplements based on your bodybuilding goals and genetic body type. Over the past few years there have been numerous products developed to help you maximize your goals and with a little homework you can create a personalized supplement regimen to capitalize on your workouts.

In anthropometry (the science of body measurement) humans are sorted into three genetically determined body types (called somatotypes), the endomorph, mesomorph, and ectomorph. Endomorphs have the genetic predisposition to store fat easily, mesomorphs are those guys who stay relatively lean but maintain a muscular build no matter what they do, and ectomorphs are those who tend to be tall and skinny. Although somatotype labeling enables scientists to put people into one of the three body types, it is well established that we are generally a blend of two somatotypes. This blend tends to occur because of each persons' differing potential to gain muscle mass (i.e, hardgainers and easy gainers).

In the following article we propose some fundamental somatotype-specific supplement stacks designed to maximize muscularity whether you are a hardgainer or easygainer. Before reading on, make an honest assessment of your somatotype (you should have a good idea of what body type you are by now) and where you stand in muscle building potential.

Hardgainers are generally thought of as the tall skinny lean guys with fast metabolism. Although this is true for some, there are also a number of hardgainers that carry a lot of fat, where no matter how hard they train they cannot seem to get more muscular and/or lean.

You workout hard and regularly, but your fast metabolism and predisposition to being lean is holding back your muscular gains.  Fortunately there are a number of supplements designed to help you pack on lean mass and body weight.

The Stack: NytroPlex-GF, MyoZene, ProSource Creatine Monohydrate, Super AKG
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  • A high-quality overnight, slow-release protein is the backbone to this stack. As an ectomorph you need to pack in as many beneficial calories as possible and this is a good way to get plenty of  valuable calories of supplemental nutrition in one sitting. Make certain that the product you choose is mainly composed of high quality proteins like whey protein isolate and casein. ProSource's NytroPlex is a good choice here because it's formulated using the industry's highest grade of whey isolate, micellar casein, and egg albumin. In general,  avoid products with more than 50% of carbs derived from simple sugars (e.g., high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, etc) and more than 5g of saturated fat per serving. Some advanced products may have high fat contents (10-15g) because they include healthy fats in their formula (like flax oil, fish oil, medium chain triglycerides, etc.); this is a great way to boost calories and support anabolism.
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  • Hydrolyzed Protein
    Of course, you'll need a fast-acting protein source to shut down catabolism and support muscle growth after your workout. BioQuest's MyoZene is a good example of a product specifically designed to act with the two-hour window post-exercise to augment insulin secretion, promote rapid-action muscle protein synthesis, replenish muscle glycogen, and positively influence muscle gene expression.

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  • Creatine Monohydrate
    There is no single supplement that has received as much scientific support as creatine. In fact scientists are still publishing its benefits despite its being on the market for two decades. Creatine is a tried and true mass builder for all body types and scientific evidence has backed this repeatedly. Creatine is also, however, a supplement that varies wildly in quality from brand to brand, so a bit of buyer research is imperative. Creapure German Creatine Monohydrate, as found in ProSource brand Creatine offers 99.95% purity and delivers the phenomenal increases in size, strength and power that this super-supplement has become famous for.

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  • L-arginine
    L-arginine is a limiting amino acid precursor to nitric oxide production and several reports suggest that it can produce vasodilation and increase skeletal muscle blood flow to feed muscles and clear out metabolites. However, more intriguing is data that shows that arginine supplementation increases norepinephrine and epinephrine concentration, insulin release, and most importantly, plasma growth hormone levels. In addition, arginine has been implicated as a stimulator of muscle growth through direct anabolic signaling (via mTOR). A product like ProSource's Super AKG contains 3000 mg of pure Arginine-AKG, the precursor compound for supporting maximum production of nitric oxide (NO).

You have the ability to slim down but when you diet and workout you just get smaller (e.g., the skinny fat guy). Training doesn't seem to give you the muscularity that you see others gaining (who are working out half as hard as you).

The Stack: NytroWhey Ultra Elite, MyoZenePS Ultra GTX, Hydroxy-Beta-Methylbutyrate (HMB)
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  • Whey Protein Isolate (WPI)
    WPI is a superior form of whey protein that has unmatched muscle building, anti-catabolic, fat loss, and, immune system support. Science has shown that a high protein diet raises metabolism and maintains muscle mass. Moreover, whey protein has been shown to promote fat loss better than protein from other sources. NytroWhey Ultra Elite is a good way to go here, as it includes premium-grade whey isolate from America's premier provider, Glanbia, and a rapid action whey protein hydrolysate for ultra-fast and greater nutrient delivery to muscles. It also contains Leuvon 590, a leucine-bound leucine peptide (LBLP), which gives it up to 4 times the leucine content of other premium protein products. MyoZene, with its ultra-hydrolyzed WPI is another good choice here.

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  • Green Tea Extract
    Green tea extract is a remarkable substance as it is packed with catechins, the key player being epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Green tea extract acts as a powerful antioxidant which supports immune function and overall health. Most importantly EGCG is a powerful fat burner and because of its effects on fat mobilization it has been shown to increase aerobic endurance.  Just remember to take it on an empty stomach as protein can interfere with EGCG absorption and bioavailability.The standard bearer here is ProSource's Ultra GTX, which is specifically formulated to provide the maximum-strength dosage of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

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  • HydroxyBeta-Methylbutyrate (HMB)
    HMB is a metabolite of the amino acid leucine and works as an anticatabolic (prevents muscle breakdown), especially in those undergoing heavier training than they are used to. This is ideal for those who are just starting out or have decided to take their training to the next level. HMB has also been shown to increase fat loss. Its dual role as a mass and fat loss supplement can be exploited depending on timing of ingestion.

Easygainers are generally thought of as lean athletic types as depicted by the mesomorph body type. Although this is a common case, there are also those easygainers that carry substantial amounts of fat (endomorphs).  In both cohorts gaining muscle is a relatively easy task, but sooner or later they reach plateaus. In muscular endomorphs, overcoming a plateau in fat loss is a general issue, as for the stereotypical mesomorph, overcoming a plateau in muscular gains is a common problem. Currently there are a number of products that can help you to blast through plateaus.

MESOMORPH (the typical easygainer)
As described above, you are the naturally lean and muscular individual. But, this does not mean that you can slack in the diet, supplement, and workout department, it just means you can get to your potential a little "easier".

The Stack: NytroPlex-GF , MyoZene, AndroTest Extreme, ProSource Creatine Monohydrate

  • Weight-Gainer
    As is the case in the ectomorph (see above) you can benefit from extra high quality calories without worrying about gaining copious amounts of fat. For daytime and post-workout use, MyoZene would be the way to go.
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  • Tribulus Terrestris
    Tribulus is an interesting herb that contains saponins that tell the brain to produce leutinizing hormone, which ultimately signals for greater testosterone production in the testes. The saponin protodioscin has been scientifically proven as the key player in this hormone producing cascade. Thus, you must look for Tribulus products that have been standardized to contain at least 80% total saponins with 40% protodioscin.  ProSource's AndroTest Extreme delivers a standardized potency of protodioscin that is up to 40 times more potent than competing products, while also containing a fenugreek extract standardized for 50% fenusides and trade named Testofen which delivers steroidal saponins, sapogenins, and furostanol saponins. It's been the leader in the T-boosting category for quite some time.

  • L-carnitine L-tartrate (LCLT)
    LCLT is the stable form of L-carnitine and is thus more readily absorbed by the body. In the past science has shown a significant impact of L-carnitine on fat loss. However, more recent research shows that ingesting 2 grams of LCLT immediately after working out results in a greater amount of androgen receptors available for testosterone to bind to and thus greatly augmenting anabolic potential.BioQuest's AndroCept product utilizes the exact form and dosage of LCLT that has found effective in clinical studies.
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  • Creatine Monohydrate
    As described above (see ectomorph hardgainer), creatine is a tried and true muscle builder and that's why you see it repeated here in this stack. This is one supplement that has helped more bodybuilders overcome muscularity plateaus than any other.

You guys have the typical football linebacker or off-season powerlifter physique. That is to say, you can pack on muscle but it generally follows with substantial increases in fat. You rarely see your abs unless you diet like mad. As such you tend to get frustrated with fat loss plateaus when you are trying to gain mass.

The Stack: NytroWhey Ultra Elite, MyoZene , ProSource Omega 1250, ProSource Beta-Alanine
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  • Fish Oil
    Fish oils are healthy fats as they are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Scientifically these are known as docosahexaenoic acid or DHA and epicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. Fish oils act as excellent anticatabolic and fatloss agents especially used in conjunction with exercise and dieting. In addition they are beneficial to cardiovascular and overall health. ProSource Omega-1250 contains an abundant 750 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids per single softgel capsule, derived from the highest-quality deep sea cold water fish oil sources.

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  • Beta-Alanine
    Beta-alanine is a non-proteinogenic amino acid, meaning that it is "non-protein-building". In meat eaters its presence occurs from the hydrolysis of di-peptides in the diet. Beta-alanine, is one casnosine precursor (the other is histidine) and is rate limiting to carnosine synthesis. As such, beta-alanine supplementation elevates muscle carnosine levels, which has been shown to increase strength and power output from workout to workout. As a result, beta-alanine ingestion results in great increases in lean mass (mainly due to greater work capacity).

And there you have it, precision-targeted supplement stacks for every body type. Now go out and build yourself the perfect body!

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