Fitness supplements have become commonplace in the world of fitness. It is stranger to hear that someone isn’t using a supplement than it is to hear they are using several. With the thousands of options out there, it’s understandable that most people wind up scratching their heads for hours as they search through their local supplement shops.
If your fitness goals include muscle building, fat loss, or performance enhancement, here are 4 classic supplements that can support these goals.
The most abundant amino acid that is found within the body is also one of the most useful. Glutamine kicks off our list as a safe bet to pick when it comes to supplement buying. Glutamine stores in the body are one thing you don’t want to let decrease as this amino acid supports so many processes. Glutamine has been the subject of a number of studies, all of which proved it to be extremely useful for the following:
It’s also an ideal stack for the number two ingredient on our list.
Caffeine is the only reason that people drink coffee. It’s also one of the most reliable and versatile supplements that you can invest in to achieve your fitness goals. You already know all about caffeine’s primary benefit which is that it boosts your energy levels through the roof. What you may not know is that caffeine supports fat metabolism, helping you to achieve your weight loss goals.
Used by bodybuilders decades ago, creatine finally caught on as a mainstream supplement when scientific studies started to reveal its benefits. Creatine is created within the body but only at one gram per day. Studies agree that the ideal dose is five grams per day to support the following benefits:
Our number one supplement choice should be no surprise as it can be found in most homes across the country. Whey protein is the ultimate supplement choice as it supports goals of muscle building, fat burning, and performance boosting. The amino acids found within whey protein have been shown to promote the following benefits:
It’s important to remember that all four of these supplements can be used together or separately. Combining caffeine with glutamine and creatine, for example, could be a very effective stack before a workout while whey protein could be the perfect thing after a workout.
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