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Your Supplement Staples?


#1

Whether you're a starving college student or a family man on a tight budget... we all have supplements we can't do without. What supps do you guys GOTTA have? I recently cleaned out the change drawer in my apartment and scoured the floorboards of my car to come up with enough $ to buy some creatine.

The ONLY supps i would feel naked without are protein and a multi-vitamin. Everything else, in my opinion, is a luxury.

Imagine having an unlimited supplement budget?!?! =)


#2

Creatine is so cheap, it's hard to imagine doing without it.

Essential for me:

Protein powder (really like whey isolate during workout)
Creatine - cheap
Ground Flax meal (fiber, Omega 3) - cheap
Fish Oil (seems to help with mood and recovery)
Vitamin C - cheap

If everything went to hell financially, I would be okay with those supplements.

Truth is, you can make a lot of progress without any supplements, just with food.


#3

I would not workout if I didn't have some kind of peri workout drink.


#4

zma and fish oil if i had to choose two.


#5

Flameout and Low-Carb Metabolic Drive.


#6

fish oil and creatine would be my first 2 if my budget was that small.

I dont think a cheap Protein powder is a wise choice. Frozen chicken or ground beef on sale would be cheaper.

Vit-D3 would probably be my 3rd, then a multi, then Vit-C, then ZMA....


#7

Fish oil and vitamin D3. Protein powder if your short on time, if not..and your under 200lbs i wouldn't bother with it. Whole foods do the the body good.


#8

Fish oil first.
Protein second.
Other stuff third.


#9

protein powder


#10

All I see is sexy avvie.

Call me sometime :wink:

Oh, as for the topic;
Fish oil and a multi are essentials for me.
As for my protein, creatine, stuff like that... I consider them more essential than luxuries, but not everyone feels that way.


#11

This reminded me of this throw back...lol :slight_smile:

Anyways carry on with the supplements, friends.


#12

Liver, amino acids, bourbon.

No shit.

Austin-great progress you're making; always makes me wonder where those haters back in the day ended up.


#13

Thanks bro, I don't think my arms have grown at all regarding the tape measure since a year and a half ago lol, but they definitely have more muscle and less fat. Haters going to hate, if you have a clear cut plan, let them talk shit, this sin't a sprint it's a long journey and I love proving people wrong.


#14

can we get an "austin: how do you train?" thread soon?

as for supplements:

protein powder
creatine
leucine
Superfood (not a veggie fan)

as for peri-workout supps.: combine protein, creatine, leucine, and dextrose based gatorade and you're good to go.


#15

Fish Oil, Multi Vitamin, Protein and Creatine. All inexpensive and I can let the diet do the rest.


#16

I like to think in terms of "what can I easily get from diet" and "what is more difficult to get from diet". The difficult ones will be the ones I supplement. And the ones I would supplement are the exact same ones beaul mentioned:

-fish oil
-creatine
-Vit D3


#17

that's a joke right? k good. i'd have to say nothing. i don't notice any difference anyway, i just buy supps out of faith lol.


#18

-multi
-fish oil
-vit d
-calcium
-super enzyme blend

That's it, that's all.


#19

Fish Oil
Multi Vitamin
Zinc and Magnesium
Betaine HCl
Fibre drink

Optional
Beta Alanine with Creatine
BCAA
Whey after workout


#20

Gerananium oil, Siberian Ginseng, Yohimbine. Not the regular stuff but when you learn how to use them, they really improve performance.

Otherwise multi vitamins, milk, eggs and SQUATS!!