Serious weight trainers who have dedicated themselves to building muscle and reaching optimal physical condition will tell you that they go to the gym armed for battle. In order to do serious damage in “The Ultimate Back and Biceps Workout,” you have to come prepared with the right equipment, or fuel, to get the job done. While much of the preparation is mental— being in beast mode when you set foot in the gym— the key to serious gains is nutrition and supplementation. What are the best supplements to ignite growth? Here is a course we’re calling “Supplementation 101” for maximal hypertrophy and performance.
Supplements to Consider
Beta-alanine is a precursor to carnosine, clinically shown to increase muscle pH-buffering carnosine levels— a key muscle fatigue-controlling factor.
Recommendation: Mix 1 scoop into 8 ounces of water, fruit juice or sports drink. Or mix 1 scoop into pre-workout and/or branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) 30 minutes before the gym to boost muscle carnosine levels — a key fatigue-controlling factor.
L-citrulline is a nutritional compound derived from the amino acid citrulline. L-citrulline can be recycled to arginine in the citrulline-NO cycle, in turn contributing to nitric oxide production.
Recommendation: Mix 1 scoop into 8 ounces of water, fruit juice or sports drink. Or mix 1 scoop into your favorite pre-workout or BCAA and consume 1 hour before the gym. Combine with arginine for the optimal nitric oxide boost during your workout.
Betaine anhydrous is a nutritional compound commonly found in beets. It has been clinically shown to enhance athletic performance, and is designed to support strength and power. Dietary betaine provides important molecules that support normal cell growth, a healthy cardiovascular system and liver health.
Recommendation: Mix 1 scoop into 8 ounces of water, fruit juice or sports drink. For optimal results, split into two equal doses and take half before and half after working out. Works well in pre-workouts, BCAAs and/or proteins.
L-glutamine is an amino acid that plays important roles in the nitrogen balance in the body and muscle function during and after exercise, and is a preferential amino acid for use in skeletal muscle. Intense exercise can contribute to the depletion of muscle glutamine stores by increasing the release of glutamine from muscle cells.
Recommendation: Mix 1 scoop into 8 ounces of water, fruit juice or sports drink. Take 5 grams before and after your workout to fuel muscles and support protein synthesis. Mixes well into pre-workout, BCAA or protein supplements.
Creatine HCL is a nutritional compound derived from the amino acid creatine. Creatine HCL provides support for immediate energy production during exercise, and plays an important role in muscle protein synthesis. It also helps muscles make and circulate ATP, the energy fuel for quick, intense activity of short duration such as weightlifting or sprinting.
Recommendation: Mix 1 scoop into 8 ounces of water, fruit juice or sports drink. Or mix 1 scoop into your favorite pre-workout, BCAA or protein supplement to fuel muscles during intense workouts.
MCT oil is a type of fatty acid, a medium-chain-triglyceride (MCT), which is quickly absorbed by the body and used for energy. MCTs are less likely to be deposited as fat compared to long-chain fatty acids.
Recommendation: Consume 1 tablespoon of MCT oil directly, or mix into water, fruit juice or sports drink. Try using MCT oil as a substitute for conventional oils in salad dressings, sauces and cooking.
Carnitine is a nutritional compound derived from amino acids, and facilitates the metabolism of long-chain fatty acids. It may support nitric oxide, circulation and blood flow. It also fuels exercise and supports recovery. Carnitine is found abundantly in red meat, and is stored in skeletal muscles where it is needed to transform fatty acids into energy.
Recommendation: Mix 1 scoop into 8 ounces of water, fruit juice or sports drink. For optimal fat-burning potential, consume with a carb-containing meal, post-workout.
Leucine is an essential amino acid that cannot be manufactured in the body, and the key branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) regulating muscle protein synthesis. Research indicates that leucine is the key BCAA involved in regulating the genetic-signaling pathways involved in muscle protein synthesis.
Recommendation: Mix 1 scoop into 8 ounces of water, fruit juice or sports drink. Take before, during or after workout. Mix one scoop into your pre-workout, BCAA or protein supplement to fuel muscles and support protein synthesis.
Arginine is an essential precursor of nitric oxide, which helps maintain blood vessel tone and plays a role in protein synthesis. Arginine is involved in creatine formation, and it can have an influence on the cardiovascular system through nitric oxide production (which helps maintain blood vessel tone) and helps fuel muscle cells.
Recommendation: Mix 1 scoop into 8 ounces of water, fruit juice or sports drink. Or mix 1 scoop into pre-workout and/or BCAAs 30 minutes before the gym. For the optimal nitric oxide boost during your workout, combine arginine with citrulline.
Forget the ‘Fluff’ – You Have to Go Raw
There are many supplement companies and products to choose from, but your best bet is to look for products that contain lab-grade ingredients that are fully dosed and are of clinical quality. Equally important is to find a product line that is fully customizable. Serious and experienced trainers have their supplementation down to a science, and they know the exact ingredients that their body will respond to best. There are no “cookie cutter” programs that will work for everyone. For the best end results, it’s important to precisely tailor your supplementation in the most efficient manner. And you have to go raw— not choose products with “fluff” ingredients or meaningless sprinkles of obscure substances.
The CHEMISTRY LABS™ line from BEYOND RAW® is fully customizable, so you can add a serving to your favorite beverage or meal to maximize your training and nutritional regimen. Supplementing with CHEMISTRY LABS™ is convenient— one ingredient makes it easy to use and easy to measure. The products are unflavored, so they make a perfect addition to any beverage.
The CHEMISTRY LABS™ line from BEYOND RAW® is just what the doctored ordered to maximize your results in the gym, with every product packing a powerful lab-grade dose: Beta-Alanine Powder (3.2 grams), Creatine HCl Powder (4.0 grams), Betaine Anhydrous Powder (2.5 grams), L-Carnitine Powder (2.0 grams), L-Citrulline Powder (3.0 grams), L-Glutamine Powder (5.0 grams), L-Leucine Powder (3.0 grams), L-Arginine Powder (3.0 grams) and MCT Oil (14.0 grams).
With CHEMISTRY LABS™, your road to newfound growth and health is paved with the fuel that you need most.
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