Supplement “Stacking” 101
What is Supplement “Stacking”?
Stacking supplements essentially means putting two or more products together to help enhance results. Certain supplements feed off of one another or have synergistic effects aiding in lean muscle growth, fat burning and enhanced recovery.
What are some good beginner supplement stacks with benefits?
- Muscle Building – Whey Protein, L-Glutamine & Creatine Monohydrate: These 3 supplements are the most popular which are stacked together to promote better recovery & gains in lean muscle due to the amino acid profile and digestibility of whey, creatine giving better production of ATP and better recovery between sets.
- Metabolism Boosting – Green Tea Extract, Chromium Picolinate & CLA: This non-stimulant healthy approach to fat loss is great for a steady drop in body fat %, green tea boosts metabolism and is also a potent anti-oxidant. CLA aids the body in processing stored fat but is slower acting and can take a month or two before noticing results, chromium aids in regulating sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.
- Natural Testosterone & Libido – Tribulus Terrestris, ZMA & L-Arginine: Tribulus has been shown to raise natural testosterone by 30%, stacked along side ZMA which also aids in natural testosterone production this will help building lean mass, overall energy levels, increase in sex drive& firmer erections. L-Arginine helps with blood flow; lack of blood flow is a major cause of erectile dysfunction.
What should I know about supplement stacking?
Try not to get carried away trying to stack too many supplements. It’s very hard to burn fat and build muscle at the same time, so buying fat burners and weight gainers or creatines can defeat the purpose and you’ll be wasting your money. I find choosing 2-3 supplements which don’t counteract each other on a given goal is the best way to start. Talking to the person who works at your local supplement shop is a good way to find out what works best together or even better email me your questions and I’ll help you out. Doing your own research is key, the more you know the more comfortable you’ll be with your supplement regime. Just remember get your nutrition down first, then add weights and supplements.
Keep eating, keep lifting!