Supplement Combos & Timing For Greater Mass!

Supplements for mass - Optimal ideas for supplement choice and timing. This guideline will help you understand the importance of what you take and when in your efforts to build more muscle!

Our market is flooded with bodybuilding supplements leaving many of you with a huge question mark over your head. What to take and when to take it? Can you mix certain things and how about those which say you can take them at various times, do we double and triple up or choose a best time to take it?

This article outlines a few optimal ideas for supplement choice and timing. Now these are not the end-all-be-all rules of supplement intake, nothing is ever that black and white. This is more of a general and simple read to help on a basic level.

A lot of this is personal preferences based on your fitness level and goals. However, bodybuilding is the main goal for this article so let's focus on the aspect of gaining lean muscle mass and the art of seducing hypertrophy to your advantage in the places we desire utilizing the tools in our arsenal.

Bodybuilding is about sculpting the new mass to our advantage and bending it to our will, the supplement just makes it a "less painful" process; excuse the pun!

You can build muscle on simple foods, but will that be as optimal for you and how long will this take without the help of some supplementation? The purpose of these items is to boost endurance, strength, recover, and repair. Think "bigger, stronger, faster, and longer." Training is so much more intense and hardcore so our nutrient intake has to keep up with the demand of your body.

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    Are you really getting everything you need from your foods even if you buy all organic? Think of the denaturing that occurs with foods from travel once they are picked or boxed. It's not like you are going to the neighbor or local farm market to get chickens which were live this morning or broccoli just harvested from farmers who use no chemicals.

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Are You Really Getting Everything You Need From Your Foods?

    Well, maybe some of you have that availability but in reality most of us are accessing foods with decreased nutrients, and then depending on how they are cooked we denature them even more.

    Tuna, a mainstay for bodybuilding is easy, fast and has great nutritional readings, BUT is so overcooked and has lost so much of its value by the time your body get to process it. Of course some of you have limited choices so it is better than not but these are all reasons supplementation is so much more needed today for everyone, especially for those seeking natural muscle growth.

    Alternately I am not saying that your diet should consist mainly of supplementation, definitely not. You want tons of fresh produce and lean protein with clean carb choices in order to really maximize your muscle growth potential.

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"For Sure" Items
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Your product selection or cocktail, if you will, should consist of a few "FOR SURE" items. Things like glutamine and EFAs. I put these 2 first because they count for a lot.

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    EFAs are taken by competitive bodybuilders both natural and non, right up to contest day.

    This product (EFAs) can come from a few different sources such as seeds, nuts, and fish. Remember the old "cod liver oil" jokes and fears? I guess it depends on how old you are but it seems there was something to this whole deal! But if you cannot handle the fish pills or oil which can be taken at meals, I suggest using seed oils within your protein shake.

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Essential fats must be consumed through ones diet because the body cannot synthesize them.

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    Many times for muscle growth, if you are not already holding too much body fat, you will want to take a protein blend before and or after your training unless you eat a meal after the workout instead. For larger calorie intakes you would do both!

    Hemp oil is a bit stronger so I like to use PVL MCT oil in my shake. It's very light in taste so you don't even taste or feel it. It's mild enough to take with a spoon if you prefer and can be used over your lean proteins once they are cooked.

      *Important: you do not cook with these oils.

    EFAs will not only help you with muscle growth but also with fat burning. These are the good calories you need because you are limiting empty calories. So while you are muscle-building you still need an uptake of 2000+ calories per day for muscle growth and to be exact you can use a calculator. Your protein shake can be a main way to get some of the powders out of the way.

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    Glutamine being a recovery supplement works wonders to limit muscle pains. It is its own joint supplement and promotes synovial fluid in the joints which is basically our natural joint lubrication.

    Glutamine will speed up the muscle growth through recovery and quick recovery also means efficacy in training frequency. 5-20gm per day is the average but again is very particular to your fitness, weight, sex etc.

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Glutamine is highly in demand throughout the body.

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    I can use up to 20 gm per day when on-season for Fitness and Figure competing. I tend to lean toward GLT3 and prefer it in my shakes although it can be downed with water or juice. I get some of these in other PVL products mentioned below so I don't have to take repeat doses here when it is in the other items in the daily intake.

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If You Are Not Worried About Fat Loss You Can Add Some Carbs.

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    I like to add creatine and prefer monohydrate although there are many other choices. I find monohydrate best for me but many do get cramps or irritated tummies, so test it out and when any product causes discomfort try another type or brand as this can make all the difference in the world.

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Simply put, creatine monohydrate is the most popular and effective bodybuilding supplement on the market.

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    I like to add my creatine before and after my workouts with about 5-10 gm per day as a good avg. to take. I find this really helps get me through and seems to delay lactic acid. I reiterate that if I am taking some other recovery or booster drinks that some have creatine in them leaving no need to re dose.

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Pre/Post Workout Shakes
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If you are a hardgainer you can match the pre- and post-workout shakes to be the same in content, but the best idea is to figure out when you feel lightest.

Do you get a down during training or feel it more after? If you get a low in training then you should add some carb to your pre-workout shake. This shake can be your meal or taken with a meal but to do a meal on its own you would want to wait after the meal then have the shake pre workout.

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Do You Get A Down During Training Or Feel It More After?

If you have a pre- and post-workout shake and still find yourself getting low in energy during your training you can try Vextrago. No added crap, no weight gain, just some help to get you through.

For those who do not want or cannot have a full shake pre workout because of their stomach, or maybe after a workout you need time before eating and cannot take in a shake, you have the option of carb-free pre- and post-workout products like Extendavol.

You use lots of water for these powders which is perfect since you want to take in lots of water for optimal muscle growth and the product adds some flavor with the right blend of nutrients including BCAAS and glutamine.

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Among the most beneficial and effective supplements in any sports nutrition program are BCAAs.

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Now if you are like me you would prefer something like NOX Stac which has the creatine and Vextrago included for better uptake. You are better able in training and get a nice amazing pump! How could this NOT promote lean mass gains when you feel invincible and can just lift like no tomorrow?

You can take both Nox Stac and Vextrago since the Nox Stac is taken 15 minutes pre-workout while Vextrago is taken during the workout. If you go hard then make use of these items to max out your gains and training time! Why waste sweat right?

CLA is fat burning oil which you take with your meals. This one is now very popular among the competitor industry.

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CLA is a naturally occurring free fatty acid found mainly in meat and dairy products, in small amounts.

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For the boys looking to boost energy levels and support a healthy hormone level, you may want to look into tribulus. This is also normally taken with meals or first thing in the morning.

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People from around the world have used the Tribulus Terrestris plant to promote overall health.

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Conclusion
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Nothing is set in stone and there are always exceptions, but this is a general guideline to help you organize your supplement intake. You can choose 3 main ones you like best or try to use a selection of the listed items to find the right combo for your situation and budget.

Many times you will take certain items during a phase of training then switch it up for other stages. Muscle-building is only one phase of training, there is cutting and conditioning as well so as you move through these phases keep the supplement intake along the needs of training being applied. Test items out so you can narrow it down to your key product combo.

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If you can train for size and avoid injury while keeping healthy then you should definitely take advantage of that ability and these supplements will help get you there!