There are a lot of supplements out there and starting out on the supplement train can be quite daunting. Even the seasoned pros can’t possibly know everything about every supplement. There are a lot of people out there who would be more than willing to give you expert advice, but they could just be representing a supplement company themselves.
The straight dope about dietary supplements is that they’re not for everybody, and it is just as possible to meet your fitness goals without them, but it can take a lot longer and your recovery times are going to be prolonged as well without proper dietary supplementation.
By using them correctly, and not expecting the instant results that the hype would have you believe, supplements can be an essential addition to any healthy routine.
The first rule of supplements:
The first rule of supplements is that they aren’t going to get you the amazing results that they advertise. Claims associated with each product are there more as catchy advertisements rather than actual facts. Not to say that supplements don’t do anything; you just have to be able to dig through the hype first.
The second rule of supplements:
The second rule of supplements is that they’re not cheap. In order to be able to get the results that you want, with the proper supplement stack, you’re going to have to part with some cash. Most supps come in monthly serving sizes, which means that you’re going to have to order your stack again each month, and that could put a pretty good sized hole in any budget. Be prepared to spend money in order to invest in the body that you want.
The muscle-building and fat-burning STACK!
White Flood by Controlled Labs, 20 servings ($16.83)
(Take one serving with water 30 minutes before your workout)
Xtend by SciVation 30 servings, for $22.99
(Drink one serving mixed with water during your workouts)
Dark Matter by MHP 2.6 lbs. with 20 servings for $34.99
(Take one to two scoops within a half hour after your workout)
Optimum 100% Whey Protein, 2 lbs. with 31 servings for $25.98
(Take 2 hours before your workout and one serving a day on off days)
Liquid Multi Gels by NOW, 90 servings for $22.04
(Take one serving each morning, or with your post-workout after your morning workout)
How much the stack costs:
The stack costs $122.83 up front and about $115.49 per month after that (since you only have to buy the multi every three months), on average, not including shipping. As per rule number two of supplements, this stack is going to cost you $1,200 a year.
How the stack works:
This stack is custom tailored to help you pack on extra lean muscle mass while keeping your essential nutrients high and your calories and carbs low. The Pre-Workout is essential to getting you in gear for your workout.
White Flood by Controlled Labs is a staple for many pro fitness competitors and bodybuilders alike. It has a great “energy boost” compound, which is mostly fueled by natural caffeine and tyrosine which work in together in order to boost focus and energy levels. It is chock full of natural nitric oxide ingredients that will drive oxygenated blood to your skeletal muscles, which will provide you with exceptional muscle pump and endurance.
Xtend by Dymatize is an elegant solution to the hydration question. It is basically a super-charged Gatorade, but without the carbs, calories, or sugar. Clocking in at zero calories and zero carbs, Xtend provides your body with 1,117mg of electrolytes per serving, while also giving your muscles the added boost of a blend of BCAA’s, or branched chain amino acids. BCAA’s provide your body with the muscle building amino acids that it needs in order to repair your damaged muscle fibers during and after a workout.
The Dark Matter post-workout provides you with much needed recovery after a hard workout. Many people don’t believe in the power of a good post-workout, but once you’ve taken Dark Matter a few times after your workout, you’ll be singing its praises from the rooftops. A post-workout basically makes it so you recover from your punishing workouts in a fraction of the time. It is not uncommon for someone who has a hard workout in the morning who then takes Dark Matter, to then be ready for an equally brutal workout in the evening. You will feel less sore the next day, you will have higher energy levels after you work out, and it will help you work out more often as well.
Protein and multi:
The protein and the multivitamin are pretty self-explanatory, but they are also essential to your supplement stack. Taken daily they can give you the building blocks needed to keep your body up and running during the weekly punishment sessions at the gym. The important thing about getting the right supplement mix is making sure that your body is able to be properly fed in order to not only take what you’re throwing at it, but grow continually stronger. For men wanting to put on large amounts of muscle mass, then the protein servings should be increased to 1 gram of protein per day per pound of bodyweight. For most everybody else who just wants to get some lean muscle and lose weight, then one scoop a day is ideal.
This is the foundation stack for anybody who not only is serious about achieving their goals in the gym, but who also wants to pack on a lot of muscle. The pre and post workout supplements really go a long way to help supercharge your muscles and help them recover at lightning speed, not to mention all of the extra protein you’ll be mainlining into your muscles thanks to the protein powder.
If you’re mostly interested in just slimming down for the holidays, then this stack may not be for you. Otherwise, pick this stack up and treat yourself to an intense month in the gym. You will definitely notice an increase in intensity and a decrease in recovery time with this stack. Feel free to add to it as you see fit in order to tailor fit it to your experience level and your goals. Lift hard and lift often, my friends.