I am often asked what is the best muscle building supplement out there, or do supplements really work? My initial response is that most of them are a complete waste of time and don’t bother wasting your money. If I am being honest though, I do belief that there is one worth giving a try, which I will talk about later in this post. With the strong marketing messages in magazines, on the internet, and even the packaging on the products themselves, it is hard to resist trying the latest gimmick even for me.
I was waiting to get a haircut last month and had a few minutes to kill so I went in to the local supplement store. I was amazed at the amount of products that are out there and some of the claims that are being made. If I didn’t already know better, I think I would of spent a couple hundred dollars so I could easily gain ten pounds of muscle within a few weeks while losing fat at the same time! It didn’t help that the guy behind the counter was amazingly huge, (chemically enhanced I’m sure), and came strutting over to teach me all I needed to know about the best muscle building supplements to buy. [Buying most of the new muscle building supplements is the equivalent to flushing your money down the toilet! You should save your money unless you really know that it works, which in most cases, it doesn't. Trust me, I spent way too much money through the years only to piss it away, literally!]
I was educated for the next ten minutes about all of the new must have supplements that if I don’t start taking immediately, I will be wasting my time in the gym at every rep of every workout.
So I listened to his sales pitch which went something like this:
(In a raspy, tough guy voice)
“Hey little man, if you want to be big like me, you need to take these three bottles of pills every day for the rest of your life. You obviously don’t know anything about lifting weights because you still fit in to jeans and dress pants and your head and jaw aren’t the size of a bowling ball! You need to man up punk and go heavy or go home! On your way home though, stop back here so you can buy some more crap that won’t work! Don’t worry about the best muscle building supplement, just buy them all!”
He probably didn’t say those words exactly, but that’s what I heard anyway. I told him that I was just looking to buy some creatine and that I think that most of this other stuff is a waste of money. He didn’t really like that, though. I could tell because his big head was getting redder by the second and I swear I could see his jaw growing bigger with cheetah-like quickness.
I wanted to tell him that I have been lifting weights for longer than he has been alive and I just choose to be drug free, instead of taking the “really good protein”! I was going to tell him that I have my own fitness blog, so I must know what I am doing, right?
Instead I just said that I had to get my hair did at the salon next door and I would have to wait until another time to get as big as he is. I said I would see him around at the gym and maybe we can work out together. I don’t think he heard me though, because he never replied. I did hear him mumble something about skinny, little, wimp, though.
In all seriousness, please don’t fall for these shiny objects. If they really worked enough to make them worth spending your hard earned money, it would spread across the internet like wildfire. You wouldn’t have to try and find out what worked and what didn’t. You would already know. Imagine how hard these companies would market something that actually worked, it would be relentless!
[Here is a tribute to one of my favorite old school bodybuilders, Frank Zane. This guy was amazing and I think had a way better physique than Arnold or some of the other bulkier guys. He is well in to his 60's and still looks amazing! He was the master of the stomach vacuum and had a waist as small as a wasp!]
The Best Muscle Building Supplement
That being said, if you are looking for the best muscle building supplement and something that has been proven to help build muscle and increase strength, you should try creatine monohydrate. It is the one supplement that I have tried that has really worked. I always feel stronger when taking creatine and can honestly recommend it as the best muscle building supplement that I know of. Of course, it is not going to grow your body to cartoon-like proportions like illegal steroids or growth hormone, but this isn’t the look that I am after anyways.
If you decide to try creatine, you should know that all of this talk about loading and taking it with the right amount of carbohydrates isn’t necessary. Brad Pilon, (who is a scientist that worked for years creating supplements, as well as the creator of Eat-Stop-Eat and Anabolic Again) stated in an interview that he doesn’t see any long term benefit to either. I put way more stock in to what Brad has to say than the local roid head trying to sell me something. Let me know of your experiences with creatine and if it has worked for you. I have met some people that did not see any results from creatine, so it may or may not work for you either. Personally, I think it helps, but let me know of your experiences with it and what you think the best muscle building supplement is.
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