What do supplements do for us? They do exactly what the word means, they SUPPLEMENT or enhance our workouts. In this section, I will talk about my experiences with certain supplements that I’ve used (and trust me I’ve used A LOT) and whether they, personally, worked for me or not. I emphasize PERSONALLY because everybody’s body is different, so different people will react to certain products differently than I do. For some, they will work. For others, they will not. However, most supplements will have a pretty similar effect on everyone, so try out different brands and once you find a brand that works best for you stick with it! Supplements make working out a FUN experience because you get to try out different products and see how they will aid you in transforming your body. It’s an extremely gratifying experience when you find a product that makes you feel like the Hulk in the gym! Here is a great, simple supplement guide that explains what certain supplements are/do so you can see if they’re right for you!
BSN Cell Mass (Creatine)
Out of all the creatine products I have ever tried or used, BSN’s Cell Mass has worked best for me, as for muscle and strength gains. Before we delve into why I liked the product, lets first answer this question: what is Creatine and what does it do? Creatine is a nutrient naturally found in all our bodies. It is a combination of 3 amino acids; arginine, glycine and methionine. Creatine phosphate gives up its phosphate molecule to ADP (adenosine-diphosphate), thus recreating ATP. Increasing the muscle’s supply of creatine phosphate helps increase the rate in which the body can supply ATP. This increases the muscles capacity to do work and improves the energy efficiency of the muscle. That was a quick synopsis of what creatine is/does. For more information, please click the hyperlink that’ll direct you to all the information about Creatine you could possibly ask for.
Okay, now lets get into the product. First off, when buying or looking at any product, one always looks at the label first. Sadly, the labels on the supplements are not approved by the FDA, so, technically, these companies can put anything they want on them. This is what draws so much criticism to the use of supplements. They are believed to be risky and, personally, I honestly don’t know the long-term effects they have on individuals. So, what I’m trying to get at is don’t look at the label too much. It’s basically there for marketing purposes only. However, DO look at reviews and companies because this is what’s going to be the deciding factor for the products you do choose to try. For me, Cell Mass has been a PHENOMENAL product. I attribute most of my success and gains to this product specifically. The first time I tried it was during my sophomore year of high school. I took it with it’s complement protein supplement “True Mass” because, at that time, I was really trying to put on a lot of weight and muscle for football yet remain relatively lean. These two products helped me go from 160 pounds to about 175 pounds in about 2 months. This is not to say that this was the only thing I attribute my success to, of course there were several other factors involved such as my workout intensity and nutrition; however, it did play a big part in me being able to put on an adequate amount of size and strength. There was only one con to this supplement. The one drawback to using any creatine supplement is that once you cycle that supplement and then stop using it, you tend to lose a lot of size and strength. The only way to maintain it is to workout at the same intensity and use the same weights you lifted when you were using the product. However, obviously, without the same production of ATP, your body will physically feel like it’s not able to perform at the same level. Nevertheless, I was still able to gain a solid 7-10 pounds of muscle and add on 10-20 pounds to my main compound lifts (the big three), regardless. It is the only product in which I saw BOTH size and strength increase AND, at the same time, be a very affordable product (can be found here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/bsn/cellmass-2.html). So, give it a try and see if you love it as much as I do!