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2004/03/23 00:02:18 (permalink)
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Strength trainers and supplements?

A recent post made me think, about supplements in strength training.

I know strength trainers/powerlifters e.t.c place a lot less emphasis on there supplement regimes so a couple of questions are...

1. Do u think strength athletes could benefit from improveing there supplement regime?

2. What supplements do u as a strength trainer take and feel is important (if any)?

3. Do u think supplements are much overhyped and as long as u have reasonably healthy diet and are consuming plenty of calories ull make equally good gains?
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    Scourge_of_God
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    RE: Strength trainers and supplements? 2004/03/23 01:04:21 (permalink)
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    I think it's fair to say that strength athletes are less worried about their diet in general than bodybuilders, except for those guys competing obviously, because of the emphasis bbers put on having a low bf%, among other things. My usual advice to newbies is "You want to know about training, ask a strength athlete. You want to know about diet, ask a bber."

    1. I can't think why not. The benefits of using sups might be less for a strength athlete than a bber, but they still exist - Things like improved strength/endurance (creatine) and improved recovery time (glutamine) are still really useful for strength athletes. Some of the weight-loss supplements that bbers use can also be useful for competing lightweight lifters and guys who want to be strong but would prefer not to look like Andy Bolton.

    2. Whey protein, creatine, glutamine, and a vitamin supplements (C and E especially) are what I use. Whey for obvious reasons, creatine and glutamine for the reasons described above and vitamins for general health and reduced recovery times (C and E).

    3. Yes and no. I believe it is perfectly possible to get enormously strong without any kind of supplementation whatsoever - Look at the old-school lifters (Arthur Saxon, anyone?) for example: These guys were absolute monsters, lifting at a time when nutritional science was extremely basic, nevermind the non-existence of supplements and AAS. Alright, these guys would have almost certainly had great genetics, but the point still stands. However, I believe that supplements can play a role in getting you stronger faster if used properly, assuming ceterus parabus.
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    RE: Strength trainers and supplements? 2004/03/23 10:31:20 (permalink)
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    1. I suppose so - BBrs and srength trainers have our differences AND similarities

    2. Whey - for extra protein although i dont go over the top, Vits - especially vit c at about 1g a day

    3. I think most supps are over hyped. I dont mind creatine though, it hasnt worked for me but has done for others
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    RE: Strength trainers and supplements? 2004/03/24 00:49:33 (permalink)
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    By supps I take it we're talking about over-the-counter stuff mate?

    1 - Doubt it.

    2 - Whey protein and multivits.

    3 - Yes, very much so IMO. I've tried nearly everything out there, and it's all rubbish for me personally. I must have wasted hundreds of pounds finding that out for myself. Some supps seem to work for some people, but not me.
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    RE: Strength trainers and supplements? 2004/03/24 00:51:47 (permalink)
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    The newer "prohormones" are supplements too I guess, they should work as they are simply orally available androgenic steroids.
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    RE: Strength trainers and supplements? 2004/03/24 14:09:35 (permalink)
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    Yeh i was talking only legal, i would probably exclude pro-hormones too.

    Seems most people are of the same opinion as me. When i started i first learnt about nutrition before training so i was totally obsessed by my diet, if i couldnt have a post w/o shake i wouldnt train e.t.c just silly things like that.

    But after trying many different things im finding that really the most important things is training and as long as u eat a reasonably wholesome diet ull be fine. In fact im gaining better than ever and feel a lot less stressed without having to think about supplementing all the time!

    Also the new gym i joined is an oly lifters club and there diet is awfull, i mean really awfull, even bad for an average member of non-training public, yet there all built like tanks with think dense muscle and a lot of them even have bb like definition.

    So from now on i think i might just supplement with a little protein now and then, and im gonna give creatine one last try in monohydrate form. Apart from that its just a healthy diet from here on!
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