7 Must-Have Supplements That Deliver
Maximum Results from Minimum $$$
There are a lot of supplements marketed to bodybuilders, and you could spend a lot of money experimenting with different products in an effort to gain an edge. Fortunately, attaining your
does not have to cost you an arm and leg. There are high quality, effective, and reasonably priced products out there. Here are seven supplements every bodybuilder should consider and how to use them to get the most benefit while keeping costs low.
The research is irrefutable, what more is there to say. This is a definite supplement you should have to ensure maximum intensity workouts and optimal gains in muscle size and strength. A bodybuilder's muscles should always be packed with maximal levels of creatine. You don't need to take a lot, 5 grams per day is plenty for a maintenance dose. A 1000 gram tub of ProSource's ultra-pure Creatine Monohydrate
will last 200 days.
*At a price of $17.95 that equals just 9 cents per day or $2.69 per month.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Unless you consume fish from cold water (salmon, tuna, sardines, and herring) which are the richest source of the main omega 3 fats EPA (20:5) and DHA (22:6) at least 3 times per day, there's a good chance you do not have optimal levels of these essential fatty acids in your cell membranes. Increasing EPA and DHA content of membranes is likely to reduce inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity, enhance fat utilization, and promote a more favorable protein balance. I prefer Omega-1250 from ProSource
containing 450 mg EPA and 300 mg DHA per softgel. Assuming you are eating fish one time per week, one softgel per day should be adequate.
*A bottle of 200 gel caps sells for $16.95 which translates to a little more than 8 cents per day or $2.54 per month.
Protein is critical after a workout and research continues to support whey as being a high quality, rapidly absorbed protein that stimulates muscle anabolism faster and to a greater extent than other protein sources. The best whey product on the market for the money is NytroWhey Ultra Elite
which will run you about $1 per serving. The price is more than creatine and fish oil, but well worth it. If you are on a really tight budget, consider only taking on your most intense workout days.
*If you use 3 times per week, this comes out to about $12 per month.
The branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) are used as fuel during exercise. Their depletion is associated with a catabolic state. The amino acid leucine is key to stimulating protein synthesis, so before and after a workout consider taking 4 grams Mega BCAA from ProSource
. You can save money by purchasing powder versus capsules. At $22.95 for 500 grams, each teaspoon serving (4 grams) containing 2000 mg leucine, 1000 isoleucine, and 1000 valine will cost you 18 cents. If you use NytroWhey Ultra Elite after your workouts there is no need to add additional leucine, so you can reserve the BCAA for pre-workout.
*If you consume 4 servings per week before your workouts, that's $2.94 per month.
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For bodybuilders exercising intensely, it's nearly impossible to ensure optimal vitamin and mineral balance from food alone. Taking a high quality full spectrum vitamin and mineral formula is therefore prudent. Super Mega Max from ProSource
is geared for the bodybuilder. You get 168 tabs for $24.50. You can be confident your needs will be met by taking 2 tabs per day.
*That's just 29 cents per day or $8.75 per month.
New research shows athletes undergoing intense, anaerobic exercise can blunt the effects of acid buildup in the muscles by supplementing with beta-alanine which causes muscles to accumulate carnosine. Higher muscle carnosine decreases fatigue and increases the total work output of your muscles. Research indicates the largest increases in muscle carnosine have been observed with a dose of 6.4 grams per day, but increases can also be achieved with amounts as low as 3.2 grams per day. ProSource Beta Alanine powder
costs $12.95 for 200 grams.
*That's 21 cents per day or $6.22 per month.
When maximum definition is a priority, use of a high quality thermogenic in combination with diet can produce incredible results. Tetrazene Extreme
contains an innovative formula of botanicals (green coffee extract, green tea extract, oolong tea extract, razberi-k, huperzine-1 and vinpocetine) designed to promote fat loss and enhance energy levels. Four capsules per day will cost 83 cents per day. This is clearly more expensive than the other six supplements mentioned above, but unlike those which should be used year around, a thermogenic can be reserved for those specific time periods when you are cutting.
*Assuming that might be a maximum of 50% of the time, that equals $12.48 per month.
The total cost of these seven supplements spread out over the year and used judiciously totals
under $50 per month
. That is amazingly cost effective considering the quality of these supplements, the science supporting their effectiveness, and the potential for return on investment by way of better health and performance in the gym. You should always look for sales and consider buying in bulk to reduce costs further.
*Prices may vary during sale events and promotions. Shipping not included.