What supplements should a beginner take?
A question I often get asked as soon as I take on a new client is “what supplements should I be taking?” When you are a beginner the two things that you want to be worrying about first are:
- Your nutrition
- Your training
You need to get those two things completely on point before you want to even look into supplementation. Because supplementation is really only the last 10% of the progress you are going to be making and that is after you have very good nutrition and after you are being very consistent with a good training program. If your nutrition and your training are not on point you are wasting your money on those supplements, they are not doing anything for you.
Let’s assume that your nutrition and your training are on point. What supplements should you be thinking about? The first thing you should be thinking about is protein powder. If you are starting to find it difficult to get enough protein in your diet during the day then consider getting protein powder. It does not matter what kind of protein powder. I use a plant based protein powder only because I can not have dairy products and whey protein powder would make me feel sick! If you do not have that sensitivity go for whey protein powder it is usually cheaper and there are a lot more flavor choices. However, if you are not having any trouble getting protein in your diet then protein powder is not really a must. You do not need to be eating protein powder to make the muscle gains you want or to lose the fat that you want to lose. It is a matter of convenience, that is it.
The second supplement that you might want to think about using is creatine monohydrate. Basically what creatine monohydrate does is it helps you get that extra rep or two during your sets. To get any benefit out of creatine monohydrate you have to be taking it consistently every single day (about 5g, depending on what your body weight is). When you are looking for a creatine supplement just get the cheapest creatine monohydrate that you can find. You can get a tub of creatine monohydrate powder and it will last you forever! If you want the added convenience of getting it in a capsule you can do that. You will be paying for that convenience of course, but for some people it is worth it. I just take my spoon full of creatine, put it in my mouth and quickly drink some water. It is like pounding a mouth full of sand.
I am sure what a lot of you guys are asking now is what about vitamins, why is she not mentioning vitamins? Well, if your nutrition is on point you should not need them. Unless you go to your doctor and your doctor tells you that you are deficient in this vitamin or that mineral there is no need to be taking a vitamin.
Just remember when you are researching supplements to take no supplement is going to replace hard work and good nutrition. If you are deciding between buying these supplements or spending that money on good quality food. Get the food instead of the supplements it will do you more good in the long run.