Want to build muscle? Then lift weights and do push-ups. You’ll have many people tell you this.
With passion and dedication to your physique goals along with the right nutrition you can build and sculpt your body in almost anyway you desire like Sergi Constance (pictured above) focused and pumped in the gym.
Exercise is without doubt the safest way to pump those muscles. But the desire to attain a muscular physique fast can easily tempt you to reach out for muscle building supplements. There are plenty available on the market as over-the-counter and prescription pills, powders and drinks. They maximize workout results helping you gain muscle mass fast.
We’ve dug out the common ingredients used in most muscle growth supplements with a breakdown of how each of them works.
When talking about gaining muscle mass, we cannot skip protein. They are the building blocks for your muscles. No protein = no muscle, it’s as simple as that! Eggs, dairy products, meat, fish and poultry are abundant protein sources. However, food does not always meet the required intake, hence, the need for supplementation. The amino acids present in protein helps build and maintain healthy muscles.
You can use whey protein, casein protein, soy protein and protein blends. While whey protein is known for its easy assimilation and digestion, casein protein takes longer to digest. Have your protein shake before or immediately after your training as nutrient absorption is best at this time. Not only this, team it with a high-carb diet for the best muscle gains.
Referred to as creatine, creatine monohydrate is the most popular substance used by athletes to gain muscle mass. Creatine is a naturally occurring compound in the body. It is made up of three vital amino acids in the body namely – L-Arginine, L-Glycine and L-Methionine.
Creatine provides strength and builds endurance needed for high-intensity exercise, it does this by increasing the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate. It fuels muscle with energy allowing you to extend your training output. It also delays muscle fatigue and reduces recovery time needed after a workout. Muscle growth supplements containing creatine tend to be on the pricier side.
L-glutamine is an essential amino acid. It is present in muscle tissue as well as blood and supplies the muscle cells with nitrogen. The levels of glutamine decrease during intensive exercise, as a result, there is a drop in strength and stamina, to add, the muscles tire out easily. L-Glutamine supplementation enhances protein metabolism and prevents loss of muscle mass. It protects the muscles from trauma caused by intense bursts of activity thereby promoting faster recovery.
Finally, the last of the muscle growth supplement ingredients are substances that boost testosterone levels. The hormone testosterone enhances protein synthesis, that is, it improves how the muscles breakdown and utilize protein thus promoting muscle growth.
Two of the most common testosterone enhancing hormones are Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Androstenedione. Athletes in US are not allowed to use testosterone boosters because along with adding muscle mass, it also increases energy which may give an unfair competitive advantage.
So, to sum up, muscle growth supplements are a great way to gain muscle mass fast. However, they must be used as supplements and additions to your daily diet and are not substitutes for well-balanced meals.
Are you interested to see what you can do to build your physique; to look and feel strong, empowered and confident? Then maybe it’s time to get a little more serious!