All young and beginning rookie bodybuilders look at the Muscle and Fitness, Flex and Men's Health magazines and see all those big, tough muscular guys advertising bodybuilding supplements to reduce fat, make you stronger and to make you BIGGER.
This is all-good and gives you great motivation but young teens like myself once did think that the supplements make you big. Little do we know that those professional bodybuilders do a hell of a lot of hard work in the gym and most properly take a few things that they do not advertise.
You must realize that to get big and look good you must do the hard work- you must pay your dues first! Then you will reap the rewards so to speak.
What I am trying to say is if you're under 19 and haven't been serious about lifting weights before, but you are now, start weight training first for about 2 - 3 months before buying supplements.
People will say I am crazy--that's fair enough--but hear me out. If you have never lifted seriously before you will make gains, you will make gains in your size, fat loss and muscularity in the first 2- 3 months that even without supplements you will notice and so will all your peers. After the first 2 - 3 months you will steady out and struggle to put on the same gains as the first 3 months.
After paying your dues for the first 3 months, lifting heavy and safe doing all the compound exercises to put on the mass and lose the required fat, you should consider your basic supplements.
Although you can get some supplements, do not buy 3-4 supplements at once. You should start with the most used supplement PROTEIN POWDER. Buy some protein powder first and start using it. Take it 2 - 3 times a day. This will help rebuild the muscle and promote muscle growth, as well as help meet your daily protein requirements.
Then, after about 2 weeks to a month get some CREATINE. Creatine is produced naturally in the body, although in minimal amounts so taking creatine will give you greater energy in your workouts and your muscles will grow. Creatine has been researched and has shown the best results. The number of compliments it has received has won the world over. It is the most popular supplement going. Creatine does have a couple of drawbacks; however, creatine maximizes water intake by the muscles, thus meaning you have to drink more water (1-2 gallons per day (4-6 liters)). Also, you must load with Creatine. I have found you can load 2 ways with Creatine: 1. the way on the back of the pack (the directions) or 2. take 20 grams (week 1), 5 grams (week 2), 10 grams (week 3), and then 5 grams (week 4). After the forth week have a rest for a minimum of 1 week, but no more than 2 weeks and then start over.
Also buy some MULTIVITAMINS. These are crucial for bodybuilders and especially for teens. We are still growing and we need more to help us recover from activity. Get a good multivitamin from the Bodybuilding.com online store. They have some good ones.
Those are the 3 main supplements for us teens to try and get our hands on. Remember, taking supplements aids weight training, weight training does not aid supplement intake. This means that supplements don't make muscles grow. The time and intensity in the gym does, along with proper food at home or school.
Hope this helped.
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