Top 3 Gym Supplements You should Use

Shoaib Siddiq May 17 2016

You give your best at the gym. You eat the right amount of calories and the right kind of food. But the fact remains that nutrition is where most people lag behind. To really push your body you need all the help you can get. That’s where supplements come into play. If you are willing to invest in supplements, here is my list of top 3 supplements you should go for:

1. Multivitamins

Although very basic, but vitamins are crucial. Not just for getting your desirable body, but for overall health. We do consume a considerable amount of vitamins in our diet, but still unable to fulfill the daily nutrition requirement. Vitamins function in thousands of metabolic activities in our body that bring about increased immunity, metabolism, digestion, strength and cognitive functions. Therefore, it is essentially important for almost every function in the body. When you workout, you are growing, and you are draining away you vitamins and minerals. This is why you need increased vitamin intake to keep growing and stay healthy.

2. Protein

As expected, protein comes at #2 on the list. As most of you might already know, we need 1g of protein per pound of the body weight. This amount of protein is almost impossible to consume in our daily diet alone. Hence, there is a need for protein powder or protein bars that give an instant protein in large amount which are quick to prepare and not heavy to consume. Whey is protein type that is absorbed quickly, hence proves to be beneficial after a workout. Casein is the type of protein which digests very slowly, hence provides a constant supply of protein while you sleep. Apart from this, most protein powders contain BCAAs (branched chain amino acids), along with glutamine, which are proved to be useful in muscle recovery and growth.

3. Creatine

Creatine is a must have gym supplement if you want to lift more weight, increase muscle mass and break through plateaus. It absorbs quickly, and is quickly transported to the muscles. Because it has a high oncotic pressure, it draws water along with it, hence, increasing muscle size (pretty useful if you want emergency bulk before your next beach trip). Once inside the muscles, it combines with phosphate to produce creatine-phosphate, which is a very high energy molecule, giving muscles extra energy and strength. If you ever feel like you can’t lift more weight than what you already are lifting, creatine is your supplement of choice. And best of all, it is completely safe and natural.

While most of the supplements mentioned above are completely safe to use, remember not to overdo as overdoing anything is harmful. These supplements will be heavy on your wallet, but they are totally worth your investment. So, next time you’ve got extra money, make sure to add these supplements in your cart.

Shoaib Siddiq

Shoaib Siddiq:

Shoaib is currently a 3rd year MBBS student. Apart from studying, you can often find him in gym either resistance training or practising mixed martial arts. With his love for fitness training and knowledge that comes along with it, he writes various fitness related articles for HTV.