The following is just a quick and dirty on 5 basic supplements you should be taking. Mass, cut, maintenance, it really doesn’t make much of a difference.
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Creatine is simply a compound formed during protein metabolism which helps with the supply of energy to skeletal muscle. The source of energy that creatine helps supply to your body is called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. The mitochondria in your cells produce ATP and use this as fuel. You are basically just feeding yourself the fuel that your body already produces.
The idea is that your body ultimately has a higher abundance of ATP, which allows you to work harder.
If you’ve ever taken creatine, you know it works well. Creatine monohydrate, the form most familiar to us, doesn’t need to be loaded, so don’t bother wasting your money. Micronized, however, has been found to require loading, so you may need to get a loading phase going if you go with this version.
Our suggestion, unless you are having stomach issues, go with the monohydrate. It’s cheaper, and pretty much just a less filtered version of the micronized.
If you have a sensitive gut, go for the micronized. For the most part, it is monohydrate which is processed further into smaller molecules, and easier to digest. Again, you will have to load this one.
We suggest both. And not only both but both separately. Whey for your pre-, intra- and
post workout, casein for pre- (or intra-) bedtime recovery, as well as throughout the day.
Whey will process through your body much quicker (in about 3 to 4 hours on average) than casein (about 7 to 8 hours). For sustained protein synthesis, go with the casein, for a much needed quick shot of protein post workout, whey.
Whey also has a stronger amino acid profile than casein, so keep this in mind if you’re only using casein.
The drug we all love. We all know it has been used for thousands of years, and we all understand its benefits.
Between the mental clarity, physical performance, and metabolic implications, caffeine is a no-brainer. Coffee works best for me.
What you need to know: We’re not talking about a double frappa, crappa choco latte from Starbucks. Unless you’re trying to blow money and get fat. If you can’t do black coffee, try a good, low-dose caffeine pill.
Just remember, fat dumb and stupid is no way to live your life.
There have been many studies that have shown that yohimbine-HCL as an effective aid to fat loss. If you aren’t sensitive to stimulants or have a strong history of anxiety, try it! For this quick review, I am not going to go into the sexual benefits of yohimbine, but I will say that you may feel funny after taking it… Like sliding down the rope in gym class.
For fat loss, what yohimbine has shown to attack are your alpha-2 fat receptors around your problem areas. What the hell does that mean?
Look at a woman closest to you. Actually STARE at her awkwardly.
Keep looking… Okay, look away!
Did you notice that she may be carrying a little more fat around her hips, buttock, and thighs than you? And regardless of how thin she was, she still has fat in those areas? There is an obvious, evolutionary reason for this – childbearing!
Now give the same awkward stare to a male nearest to you… That fat is around his abdomen, back and love handles.
If you have ever achieved a 10% to 15% body fat percentage, you know where your hard to reach fat areas are. And likely they are within these areas. Yohimbine-HCL has been shown to reduce fat in these areas in particular.
What you need to know: This is not conclusive. So try it, see if it works for you. With the best effects, subjects were in a fasted state, and caffeine was also introduced.
So with Yohimbine HCL, grab a cup of black coffee, and try it in a fasted state.
Ever visit a third-world country? I would suggest you do it, just once. Just to say you did, and learn how about 80% of the rest of the human population lives day-to-day.
I would also suggest you research and try ONE cycle of prohormones. They’re legal, you won’t die, and you may see some good results. Both girls and guys can typically take them, and you
There is a YYYUGE stigma against prohormones, and often they’re confused with hardcore steroids. We’re not talking about steroids, we’re talking about your body’s natural tendency to reduce growth hormone output after around the age of 30… Actually, it begins to reduce in your late teens/early 20’s.
Just be sure that you are paying attention to your supplementation. Be sure that you can dedicate yourself to the cycle properly, and you are cycling a good post-cycle therapy (PCT) product afterward.
As with everything, this is just my opinion on the matter… Some people have a really strong opinion on prohormones, yet will guzzle coffee (drug), sugar (drug), and booze (drug) daily or weekly. But I’m just here sipping on my tea not saying anything about that…