Every guy at the gym knows “That” guy. You’re either friends with him, work with him, or hear him talking in the gym locker room. It’s the guy who’s taking every supplement imaginable… at the same damn time. Either that or he’s been on the same supplement for way too long. He’s taking a weight gainer and a fat burner at the same time. He’s on creatine, NO explode and diet pills. He’s on some testosterone booster and steroids. My workout partners coworker has been taking creatine for the past 8 months…. IN A ROW!
Listen we here at NLU are all about supplements we have a great section made out just for them over here. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with using legal supplements to help you achieve your fitness goals. But for the love of God do it right! Know what you’re fitness goal is and if the actual supplement you’re taking will help you achieve that goal and what happens if you stack that supplement with another. For those that don’t know “stacking” a supplement is when you take two or more supplements at the same time. If your goal is to lose weight then you shouldn’t be taking any mass/ weight gainer. If you’re trying to bulk up you shouldn’t be taking any “fat burners” or hyrdoxycut. Again identify your goal and then find out which one supplement will help you get there.
A common mistake a lot of people who get into fitness make is that they believe the more supplements they take the faster they’ll reach their fitness goal. I like to advise guys just starting to lift weights and train not to take anything and I mean ANYTHING for the first three to five months. Not even simple whey protein. The reason is your body needs to adjust to lifting without any supplements first. It needs to function and stabilize naturally at this higher fitness level. To breakdown and rebuild on it’s own. The best way to stabilize with it is through nutrition and diet. Eventually once you do stabilize and you can’t take in anymore protein through food, then you get on the whey. At first get on one type of protein, we have a whole section over here.
Again the main purpose of any supplement is to help you get past a sticking point in your fitness goal. So that means you can’t supplement forever and not to use it as a crutch. I workout with another guy who doesn’t put in 100% if he’s not on NO explode or some type of pre workout supplement. As soon as he’s off when he has a bad workout he blames it on not being on NO anymore. But even worse than that are the guys who stay on the same supplement for months because they’re afraid of losing gains once they go off the supplement. A general rule of thumb is that you should take any supplement (other than protein) for more than six to eight weeks. Some supplements take an extra toll on your kidney’s to be broken down such as testosterone boosters and the longer you’re on them you risk your kidneys being damaged. Other supplements the longer you’re on them the more your body will get used to them so the only way to get effective results would be to increase you’re dosage and again go back to kidney/ liver functions and breakdown. Even with something as simple as whey protein I take three to six weeks off now and then just to let my body return back to a normal state and not be used to being on whey protein.
There’s a way to think about properly using supplements. Think of your body functioning at a baseline of 4 without taking any supplement. You’ve been at 4 for some time now so then you decide to take whey protein. Now you’re base level moves up to 5. You’re on that for about six more months. So you try something else pick whatever you want NO explode, mass tech, creatine, BCAA whatever. While you’re on it your baseline jumps from 5 to 7. You work out and you push yourself hard for five to six to eight weeks then when you get off whatever supplement you’re on baseline is now 6. That’s how the supplement is supposed to work, expect some drop off but if you push yourself as hard as you can you’re baseline will improve that one level. Then you wait a few months working out at baseline of 6 and then either do the same supplement or try something new. The point being is you should have the patience and the will power to max out and stabilize at one basel level before jumping to another one. Some people make the jump from 5 to 7 then attempt to go to 8 or 9. It doesn’t work like that. I started at 18 weighing 145lbs at level 1 and twelve years later my baseline is maybe 8 or 9. So to all the newbies who think it’s all about supplements keep that in mind.