Which supplements are best to take to Gain Mass?
As well as getting your training and nutrition spot on, adding the use of bodybuilding supplements will take your training to a new level! Supplements are concentrated nutrition and a definite weapon to be used in amplifying your whole development!!!
1) Weight Gainers
As mentioned in our ‘Nutrition – How to Gain Mass 101’ post, you need to be taking in more calories than you burn. Weight Gainer shakes are high in calories, carbs, and protein. Just what you need when trying to pack on slabs of T-shirt busting muscle! Take 1 hour pre-workout, immediately post-workout, and any other time of day as a meal replacement.
2) Testosterone Boosters
Does what is says on the tin, ‘boosts testosterone’. Containing natural ingredients such as Zinc, Magnesium, and Tribulus Terrestris they help elevate your natural testosterone levels (by up to 6 times!) while suppressing Estrogen. This leads to more growth hormone release, faster recovery times, reduction in body fat, increased sex drive, and BIGGER MUSCLES…… Rrrrawww! (Please note testosterone boosters aren’t recommended for women). We recommend Protalean ZMA, BSN Axis HT, or Animal Stak.
Pre-workout formulas are amazing! If you’ve had one before you’ll know what I’m on about. Typical ingredients are creatine, nitric oxide, and caffeine. They bring insane focus, pump, and intensity to your workouts giving you a real boost! Creatine increase ATP production, nitric oxide is a vasodilator increasing blood flow to the muscles giving greater pumps, and the caffeine acts as the stimulant. Top sellers are BSN NO-Xplode, Gaspari Superpump, or USP Jack3d.
This is the most important time to intake in nutrients. Post-workout shakes are specifically designed to provide everything the body need after training. Including carbs, proteins, and fats. Try PhD Recovery 2-1 or CNP Pro Recover
Branched chain amino acids (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine) these 3 aminos are the most powerful for stimulating growth. Using BCAAs delivers these 3 aminos in a lot larger amounts than you could ingest from diet alone. This higher dose promotes protein synthesis, aids growth hormone release, increases muscle hypertrophy, prevents muscle cannibalisation, can help fat loss, and reduce stress hormone levels. We recommend Reflex BCAA, Optimum Nutrition BCAA 1000, or Gaspari BCAA 6000.
Above is what we recommend you have covered as part of your mass gaining supplement program but we’d also recommend the use of Creatine, Casein Protein, and Multi Vitamins.