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Mass gaining wisely – the supplements

In the 1st part of our series we explained the basic equation of mass gaining and the most important aspects of macronutrient intake. If the adequate protein- and calorie-intake is solved you can think over with what other ingredients you would like to (or could) support the muscle growth. The complex muscle gainers (like Jumbo Hardcore and the MyoMax Hardcore) contain other ingredients beside macronutrients. The complexity (and effectiveness) of a muscle gainer can be enhanced by adding the following compounds: Creatine, HMB, Beta-Alanine, L-Glutamine, Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA), L-Arginine (NO-booster. At intermediate level it is advised to use these complex muscle gainers or take the listed ingredients separately – in addition to the weight gainer. Though the mentioned compounds cannot really be „overdosed”, you’d better be aware of the overalapping amounts – if cost efficiency counts.

It is worth to tell a few words about Creatine which is the most studies and best tried non-doping performance enhancing compound. Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that occurs in vertebrates. Approximately 95% of the Creatine in the body is located in skeletal muscle cells. Creatine helps to supply energy to all cells, primarily muscle, by increasing the formation of Adenosine TriPhosphate (ATP) acting as cell energy reserve also for muscle contractions. By supplementing your diet with Creatine, your muscles will retain more Creatine. Creatine in a minimum of 3 g daily dose is scientifi cally proven to increase performance in successive burst of short-term, high intensity exercise like weight training and intensive interval cardio.

Though the chance of not consuming enough vitamins, minerals or essential fatty acids is much lower during mass-building than during cutting, it is advised to use a multivitamin/mineral/essential fatty acid (EFA) formula in your mass-building program.

So for mass-building at basic level we recommend the multivitamin/mineral /EFA + mass gainer combination which can be complemented by a whey protein formula if you can’t or don’t want to consume all your proteins in the form of solid food and mass gainers. According to your budget constraints you can choose simple or more complex weight gainer. If you choose a simple one, it is worth considering buying Creatine (and the other mentioned compounds).

At intermediate or more advanced level you may consider using pre-workout or energizer formulas. These products are very popular because their effect can be felt immediately during training. The central component of these formulas is L-Arginine as Nitric Oxide (NO) precursor. Beside Arginine, some products contain Caffeine, Creatine, Beta-Alanine, Glutamine, BCAAs, Carnitine, Tyrosine and other ingredients. You can decide wether you want to boost your training intensity with stimulants or not. Our most complex, stimulant pre-workout formula is Big Bang. Most of the ingredients of complex pre-workout formulas can be obtained separately as well.