The Power Within: Why No Supplement Can Replace The Drive To Succeed!

There are many factors that lead to impressive gains in the bodybuilding world but the most important is your drive to succeed! Learn more.

Article Summary:
  • Ian can only laugh at his fellow gym goer's absolute faith in supplements.
  • Supplements are not a safety net for a poor training routine or laziness.
  • Determination and hard work are the only supplements you will need.

  • The Power Within:
    Why No Supplement Can Replace The Drive To Succeed!

    At a recent visit to my local gym, I overheard a very interesting comment. As I tightened my weight belt for my last set of heavy squats, a fellow gym rat sighed heavily and remarked, "I don't get it! My new protein powder and Creakic aren't doing a thing for me!" I pondered as to why he was experiencing such setbacks, so I decided to address him.

    After inquiring about his routine, he said, "Well, I train five days a week - Monday, Wednesday, Friday with weights - and cardio on the weekends."

    I Train Five Days A Week And Cardio On The Weekends.
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    I Train Five Days A Week
    And Cardio On The Weekends.

    To me, this seemed like a pretty solid routine and I, for the life of me, could not glean a solution to his problem. However, he then added, "I train until I just don't feel up to it anymore, and then I take my supplements to make up for the gaps in my training. That should do it, right? Supplements are there for that kinda thing, right? It's like having a secretary at work who does work for you while you're on break, it's great!"

    I chuckled and returned to the squat rack, a little frustrated at his comments and beliefs.


    No Magic Pill

      Supplements are just that: a supplement to a solid training program.

      Does anyone else see a problem with his logic, or his judgment on the use of supplements in a training program? The mindset of "the supplements will do the work for me" is a common belief of many young (and some old as well) people out in the vortex of confusion that is the world of supplements.

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      The reality is that no supplement on the market today can replace good old-fashioned hard work and dedication in your training. As I said before, many believe that supplements are like little miracles in a bottle; they believe that supplements can decrease their workload while simultaneously increase their gains.

      Sorry folks, but the sad truth is that there is no magic pill or powder that will give desired results without the necessary effort on your part.

      Your best gains come from the effort you put into your training.

      There are many factors that lead to impressive and satisfying gains in the bodybuilding world: drive, planning, nutrition, effort, and a will to succeed are just a few. As you can see, all of these factors derive from a common source: you.

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      Complete dependency on supplements is not included. Of course, supplements are indeed a very helpful resource and have catapulted bodybuilders across the globe through their plateaus and have helped them achieve the physique they have always dreamed of (you may be one of those very happy people!).

      I myself am a satisfied user of many supplements, among them being protein powder, multivitamins, branched-chain amino acids (BCAA'S), and fat burners. These supplements have undoubtedly helped me morph my physique, but not without the help of a well-rounded foundation composed of hard work and will power.

    Author Ian Estabrook Before He Discovered Bodybuilding. Author Ian Estabrook After He Discovered Bodybuilding.
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    Author Ian Estabrook Before And
    After He Discovered Bodybuilding.

      That's me, before I found bodybuilding and after. Through a lot of hard work and proper supplementation, I earned the body I always wanted!


    Conclusion

    Remember that no supplement can replace the hard work required to make significant strides towards improving your overall health and your physique as well.

    While supplements are very beneficial in your training, they are not necessary and most certainly cannot be completely depended on to make progress. In a sense, you are the greatest "supplement" in your training.

    Your own physical and psychological dedication to physical betterment can help you make gains no supplement ever could. As the great Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." Use your willpower, not just supplements, to better yourself folks.

    I see myself as an example of the rewards that can be reaped from staying dedicated to your goals. If I can do it, you can to!