The Best Supplements for Old-School Gains
Pushing yourself to the absolute limit six days a week isn't for everyone! If you're brave enough to do it, you need to prioritize supps that focus on performance in the gym and recovery outside of it.
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The best supplements for any muscle-building program are ones that boost the quality of your workouts while enhancing muscle growth and recovery in your downtime. Since the workouts in The Blueprint to Mass are next-level intense, these supplements are perfect to help you get the most out of your limited timeline.
But remember, all the supps in the world won't help you if you're not training hard enough to earn them! Follow the full Blueprint to Mass program in BodyFit Elite. Along with top-notch workout tracking, you'll earn discounts in the Bodybuilding.com store and free shipping on supps to help you power through the brutal Blueprint workouts.
The Blueprint to Mass: The Best Supplements for Old-School Gains
Protein Powder: A protein shake is a no-brainer during an intense training program. Not only does it help you hit your ambitious target protein intake for each day, it provides a solid blast of nutrients post-workout when your muscles are depleted—or anytime that the alternative is either not eating or eating something without much protein. Whey protein is one of the most widely available and popular options, but you can also use a casein or vegetable-based protein depending on your dietary preferences and lifestyle.
Creatine: If you're not already taking creatine, consider this program your push to do it. Time and time again, it has been shown in studies to lead to greater muscle size and strength results along with weight training. It can help you get a few more reps in a hard set, but also recover better after a hard workout.
Pre-workout: When you're staring down the barrel of the workouts in Weeks 7 and 8, a solid pre can be your best gym buddy. The best blends are packed with fatigue-fighting, workout-enhancing, pump-skyrocketing ingredients—the exact things that will help you get the most out of these workouts and stay strong as the sets go on.
BCAAs: As one of the most widely-researched supplements on the market, BCAAs have been shown to help increase protein synthesis and reduce protein breakdown, as well as limit workout fatigue—which will be a battle in this program.
Test Booster: Testosterone boosters include ingredients that help naturally optimize your body's testosterone levels, the hormone that is most responsible for increasing muscle mass and strength. They often include vitamins or minerals that lifters are deficient in, such as zinc, or adaptogens like ashwagandha to help athletes deal with the physical and mental stress that accompanies an ambitious training program.
Now that you have all the components of your nutrition and supplementation plan in place, you're ready to begin. Dive in and start the toughest eight weeks of training you've ever endured.