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The biggest benefit of supplements during Kris Gethin's Muscle-Building Trainer can be summed up in a single word: recovery. The training journey you're about to take will be tough from day one, and it only gets tougher. Your recuperative abilities will be strained, even with an airtight diet and plenty of rest. Strategic supplementation is essential to restore your damaged muscle fibers and help you face the next day's challenges.
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Don't leave anything up to chance for the next 12 weeks. Suck every last ounce of transformative benefit out of your hard training with Gethin's hand-picked muscle-building supplements.
Hard training depletes your body of a wide range of nutrients, and if you don’t replace them, your energy level and results can suffer dramatically. Cover any micronutrient gaps in your diet and give your body what it needs by founding your supplement stack on a quality multivitamin.
Protein is essential for tissue growth and repair. You can go to war in the gym, but if you don't eat an adequate amount of protein daily, you simply won't grow or get stronger. Protein is your highest dietary priority over the weeks to come, and a post-workout shake is non-negotiable. It's your key to quick recovery and kick-starting the signals for more size.
OK, so supplementation isn’t all about recovery during this program. It’s also about making sure your intensity doesn’t flag during workout so that you can give your body the loudest possible message to grow. A good pre-workout achieves this by helping you experience benefits like:
- Sharp mental alertness and focus
- High energy levels
- Explosive muscular energy
- Better blood flow and pumps
Of the three branched-chain amino acids—leucine, isoleucine, and valine—leucine is the most effective at stimulating muscle protein synthesis, and subsequently, muscle growth. If BCAAs are the building blocks of muscle, it’s by far the biggest brick in the pile. You’re welcome to additionally supplement with BCAA drink mixes during the day, and to maximize recovery and growth between workouts, consider adding additional leucine to support your transformation.
To fuel your body with the right nutrients during the intense training sessions of this program, an intra-workout powder with branched chain amino acids and performance ingredients—like citrulline for a stronger pump, beta alanine for muscular endurance, caffeine for focus, and coconut water powder for hydration—is essential.
Kris has been a long-time believer in the restorative powers of glutamine. Why? Because he’s also believes in brutal workouts that test the body’s physical and mental limits. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, and the role it plays in recovery is undisputed. But here’s what you might not know: You can lose up to 50 percent of your glutamine levels during intense training. Don’t put yourself at risk of muscle loss; send in reinforcements!
Testosterone is your best ally against Kris Gethin’s cruelty, and you should do everything possible to naturally support your production. This means sleeping well, eating right, and avoiding sugar and alcohol. But for the next 12 weeks, you should also consider adding a testosterone booster to the mix. It’s an easy way of maximizing your body’s anabolic potential, leaving you feeling and looking strong even in the heat of battle.
Few if any of us get enough vitamin D, and even those of us who meet the arbitrary (and highly arguable) standards can usually benefit from more. If you've never tried supplementing with vitamin D before, you may be surprised what a dramatic effect it can have on things like energy level and mood—especially if you're starting the Muscle-Building Trainer in the dead of winter!
Here's how you'll time your supplementation on training days during the Muscle-Building Trainer:
- Kaged Muscle PRE-KAGED
Note: Many people prefer to drink their post-workout shake after lifting and doing cardio, but Kris prefers to drink his protein and extra amino acids after lifting, before cardio. You can utilize either approach, but if you want results like Gethin, hit your shake immediately after you lift, and then knock out your cardio session.
On your non-training days, follow Gethin's lead and skip your pre- and post-workout supplements. Instead of an all-in-one pre-workout product, Gethin often takes the following ingredients before his non-training day cardio sessions: green tea, caffeine, L-citrulline, BCAAs, and glutamine. He typically takes these with Hydra-Charge.
Just The Beginning
The information above will get you started on your mass-making journey, but it's just the beginning, not the end. Throughout the daily videos across this program, Kris Gethin will introduce you to a variety of his favorite ingredients and supplement strategies. You'll do more than just grow with Gethin; you'll learn from him, too. Keep your eyes open for additional tips as you go through the program!