Guys have asked me to write about supplements. Your calls have been answered. I’m going to break it down into three parts. This first part will discuss workout supplementation. The second part will discussion nootropics – or cognitive enhancement. The final part will discuss general health and life-extending supplements.
Guys are always looking for an edge in the gym. As someone who has spent years in gyms across the country, I have a few things to say about supplements.
First, the difference between supplements and steroids is the difference between lighting and a lighting bug. Even an extremely low dose of testosterone will blow away any testosterone booster you can buy on the market. Nothing comes close to comparing to steroids, and any supplement advertisement claiming otherwise is a scam.
Some guys have asked me if I use steroids, and the answer is no. I am seeing how far I can take my shitty genetics. Nevertheless, steroids are extremely safe and there are excellent Internet resources and communities discussing them. But that’s not my thing.
Second, supplements won’t make you swole per se. Supplements will help you have more intense workouts and will speed recovery. Gains from supplements come indirectly. If you’re not training hard and frequently, you’re wasting your money.
Third, my rule about everything that appears on this blog applies to supplements. Namely, I only write about what I do or have done. Your experiences, needs, or wants may differ from mine. What works for me may not work for you.
For example, I lay on body fat easily. I thus avoid high carbohydrate beverages. If you’re a skinny guy, you may want to throw some waxy maize into your pre-workout drink.
Finally, I don’t care to debate supplements in the comments. Any nerd can go on PubMed and debate confounding factors. Go into a jacked guy’s house and you’ll see jugs of protein powders and dozens of pill bottles. Maybe all of those guys are wrong. Regardless, I don’t care what virgins have to say about game and I don’t care what geeks have to say about supplements.
With that said, what are some supplements that will actually improve your workouts?
For lifting: The best pre-workout supplement by far is VPX NO Shotgun. It’s has stimulants to give you a buzz. It has arginine to boost nitric oxide levels. Arginine stimulates blood flow to the muscles and was originally developed to treat erectile dysfunction. So NO Shotgun gives you good boners in addition to good workouts.
NO Shotgun also has fatigue-fighting beta-alanine, creatine, and protein and BCAAs to aid in recovery. If you’re trying to gain weight, mix in a little waxy maize. (How much? Who knows. Add it to taste; experiment; and after a few sessions you’ll be able to answer the question for the only person it will be true for – yourself.)
The taste isn’t great. It tastes artificial.
Also, if you’re sensitive to caffeine or other stimulates, get NO Synthesize. It has all the benefits of Shotgun without the buzz.
All of the muscle magazines say that you need a post-workout shake containing carbs and protein at a 3:1 ratio and no fat. It’s supposed to spike insulin.
I’ve had NO SyntheSize post-workout. I’ve taken waxy maize and other exotic supplements. I’ve also eaten solid meals.
In my experience, if you nail pre-workout nutrition, what you do post-workout doesn’t matter all that much. NO Shotgun and SyntheSize are loaded with easily digestible proteins (casein and whey casein hydrolysates) and brain chain amino acids. Amino acids are already circulating in your bloodstream, aiding in recovery.
I usually order a shake from the juice bar and then eat a solid meal. Muscle Milk is also a mainstay. A large hamburger and a beer works, as does a huge plate of nachos. Whatever I do, I don’t sweat it.
For cardio: If you’re doing cardio, you’ll probably want to take a thermogenic (commonly called “fat burner) 20-30 minutes before your session. There are dozens of thermogenics on the market. The best one in my experience is VPX Meltdown.
It raises core body temperature. It also releases catecholamines, which are mood elevating. (Thermogenics may present an issue for guys on MAOIs. Always check the warning label.)
Even though there are hundreds of supplements that are supposed to improve your workouts, in my experience, the ones listed above work the best. They are also the most economical.Save up to $10 on your first order at iHerb (free shipping for most orders, too!) with coupon code: EKO606. Shop at iHerb.