Boys To Men - Four Supplements Every Man Needs In His Repertoire

Boys use supplements as motivation to step up to the plate and buy a gym membership. Men use supplements to forge their already powerful bodies into a fortress of impenetrable iron.

As a youngster, you heard that food—and more food—was all a "growing boy" needs. As a man, you know that nutrition and training are the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle. But what if you want to keep growing?

If you're not quite "there" yet, maybe it's time to add the types of nutrients that can't be provided by food alone. You need supplements that incorporate quickly into the body tissues, prime you for intensity, and repair your torn muscle tissue.

Finding the confidence to step into the gym and lift with the veterans is no stroll through the park. The intimidation factor is real. It's probably the reason thousands steer clear of the gym, afraid to look weak and unseasoned. How do you combat the shrinking feeling and show the goliaths you're here to stay? Easy: with supplements that turn boys into men.

Supplement 1//
 

Boys can make it through the day on candy and caffeine. Men need a high-quality isolate protein powder stacked with rapid-digesting carbohydrates and amino acids.

Isolate protein powder delivers amino acids to working muscle tissues immediately. The fast-acting carbohydrates spike insulin levels, which pushes protein into cells and refills spent muscle glycogen. Some people prepare their own protein/carbohydrate post-workout shake, but if you purchase a protein powder that already has carbohydrates, or a carbohydrate supplement, it does a lot of the work for you.

Men often have higher carbohydrate requirements than women after workouts, because they have more muscle mass to support. Taking in these carbohydrates around a workout program speeds recovery, keeps you lean, and effectively builds muscle.

A man knows to use the right tool for the job. Creatine is the primary component of the molecule that fuels exercise. Ensuring the body is saturated with creatine helps you across all training spectrums, and especially for athletics that require high-intensity bursts.

Pair creatine with nitric oxide and you'll stay strong through more reps and in endurance training. Oxygen efficiency is a primary determinant for exercise longevity, and nitric oxide dilates blood vessels so oxygen can flow throughout the tissues and into the muscle cells. Increased oxygen delivery enhances creatine delivery, too.

This 2-headed beast helps prevent fatigue and keeps working well into recovery, so you'll be ready to man up long after the boys head home.

Pre-Workout Supplement Recommendations

Supplement 3//
 

Boys play. Men approach their workouts seriously and prefer to lift heavy. But over time, the intensity associated with heavy lifting can wear on the nervous and immune systems. This can make you nauseated and affect your post-workout recovery.

Foods like beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, dairy products, wheat, cabbage, and beans all contain glutamine, but not enough to overcome the amount of strain put on muscles by lifting. Glutamine supplementation is vital for weightlifters, but not because of what it does during the workout. Think of it this way: You can't become stronger if you don't recover!

Adding 5-10 grams of glutamine to your post-workout shake, and another 5-10 before bed will have significant impacts on your results. It's one of the most effective supplements for men who train intensely.

Supplement 4//
 

One of the hard truths about being a man is that almost as soon as you become one, your testosterone levels start dropping. Exercise and lifting deplete your levels of zinc and magnesium, which can cause your levels to take another hit. What's a guy to do?

Maximizing testosterone levels in the body promotes faster muscle growth and recovery. Testosterone boosters help speed that process. The two most common ingredients in testosterone boosters are ZMA and tribulus. Taking these individually or as part of a supplement stack can boost natural processes in the body and increase results.

Then there's growth hormone, which kicks in at the onset of sleep. Test boosters, and specifically ZMA, which is often taken before bed, promotes increased testosterone levels and the production of growth hormone.

Aside from supplements, be mindful of natural ways to maintain high testosterone levels in the body. Get at least eight hours of sleep, take in healthy proteins and good fats, and rest appropriately between heavy sets. But if you've got the basics down, then it may be time to integrate a test booster into your supplement stack.

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blancoro

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Awesome guideline. I just bought some of the stuff.

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Basketball22

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Alot Scientific studies show glutamine does not work and is probably pointless to take. If someone wants to take it that's fine i just have read enough stuff that i don't think it's worth paying for.

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ramyhilal

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totally agree
i think u'd better take amino fuel or any amino supp. and u'll also get some glutamine out of it, but i don't prefer getting glutamine alone.

Aug 10, 2012 8:28pm | report
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amir_clk500

i agree to. i tried glutamine several times but it didnt work always! no results came to my eye

Aug 12, 2012 11:26pm | report
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You have a good amount already present in whey. Also, it works directly in other areas of health, rather than people thinking it builds repair muscles. Studies do show tissue wise it helps endurance athletes, such as long distance runners.

Aug 13, 2012 9:52am | report
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Ive tried both BCAA's and glutamine in addition to my whey and there certainly was no difference. If you use a good whey isolate you dont need those extras if you ask me.

Aug 13, 2012 3:43pm | report
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I agree with you on Glutamine, All you need is Maybe a preworkout or Espresso lol. Whey Protein and maye some creatine everything else its all waste of money oh maybe vitamins also thats all!

Aug 15, 2012 4:40pm | report
scubasqueekers

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Your 100% right! Here is a new study showing side effects of supplementing with too much glutamine.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22990615

Jan 13, 2013 5:53pm | report
daviebutts

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Right so i was about to buy a **** load of supplements till i noticed this post..
so glutamine and l-carnitine are off the list... any feed back on green tea or BCAA's?.

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heha

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heha

totally agree...instead of glutamine and the test boosters it would be better to add multivitamins and fishoils

Feb 6, 2013 11:58pm | report
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i like the article minus the test boosters part

Aug 10, 2012 5:11pm | report
 
plentz

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totally agree. mainly when she say that tribulus - which there's no study proving that it increases the libido(which I saw it by myself while taking ON Tribulus). but test levels, definitely not.

zma could help, but only if you don't have a good diet.

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Agreed. Say no to test boosters...

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Agreed. Say no to test boosters...

Dec 22, 2012 1:36pm | report
Archinfinite

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I have not tried tribulus and dont think it would be worth my money. I have tried ZMA though and I believe it helped. My diet was good but I was training pretty hard

The poin I want to make though is I wouldn't spend my money on it unless you are feeling like you are a bit run down from intense training or need a boost.

To each their own

Dec 30, 2012 10:36am | report
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How about creatine?

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nichole0077

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Creatine in in your pre-workout supplement. (Supplement 2 listed here)

Aug 13, 2012 10:21am | report
darksniper87

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darksniper87

Most of these are worthless.

Protein: You can get as much as you want from food. Of course you can save some money from protein supplements but definitely not necessary.

PreWorkout: OK if you feel that it gives you energy and focus on the gym then it works.

Glutamine: C'mon a few gramms of extra glutamine won't do any difference. Protein from food has enough of it.

Nat Test Booster: Do you still believe in fairies?

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I would take the Glutamine and ZMA out and add in L-Arginine as well as a good old creatine mono. I dont take Glutamine or a test booster and i've been getting great results!

Aug 11, 2012 7:32am | report
 
MyZ318

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There's a ton of research on L-Arginine since it's explosion into the supplement world and all the research (not conducted by supplement companies) say the same thing....it's worthless

L-Arginine/N.O. has been listed as one of the biggest hoax supps in the industry.

Aug 13, 2012 3:17am | report
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instead drink red beet juice or aged garlic

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I been taking glutamine everyday for a week now and it hasnt done sh*t!! maybe its the brand I bought. I have the store brand from vitamin shop.. fml

Aug 11, 2012 8:34am | report
 
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its not the store brand that you are taking .Thats pretty much what Glutamine does. you wont see any difference or any results that you expect to see. just keep doing what you are doing and still see the best results without it.

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Inject it!!!!!

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Always study b4 u buy a product and use it. Educate yourself, it's paramount for body building.. Consistancy is the key.!

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