Turn to the back pages of any health and fitness mag and out screams ‘The Magic Pill’ ad demanding that you part with your hard earned cash to receive the latest in elite performance research, endorsed by all top professionals, JUST 3 times a day and become shredded in seconds…
However, despite all of these claims, there is no such pill that can produce these results. But, with the perfect concoction of hard work in the gym, a well maintained diet, and a supplement programme that supports your strength and size goals you could be Schwarzenegger’s body double in no time!
Pre Workout Supplements
A pre session double espresso shot with extra espresso. These drinks are filled with creatine, beta-alanine and BCAA’s, but the main active ingredient here is caffeine. Designed to give you a pre session pump, these drinks allow you to train harder for longer and help give your training that extra boost. Stick to guidelines with these as they can really get you wired before you train, but they are most definitely worth it.
This has been thrown around in gyms for years and it’s no surprise really. The benefits of creatine are huge and have been discussed in training circles since its arrival.
Creatine is naturally found in muscle tissue where it absorbs ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) which is also known as energy. Theory proves that by storing more creatine, you can in turn absorb more ATP (energy) which allows you to better perform explosive movements in short bursts which is why this is a favourite with anyone looking to gain size and strength.
There are a number of different forms of creatine, whether it be monohydrate or in tablet form this is a certainly a supplement that you want to be stacking.
Branched Chain Amino Acids aka BCAAs are commonly comprised of three essential amino acids; leucine, isoleucine and valine.
These three amino acids are a super-fast absorbing protein supplement that helps to aid the recovery process after training. During exercise you are continually breaking down muscle fibres and BCAAs step in to reduce the damage that each muscle sustains. Post workout they can help you to absorb a higher protein intake = faster recovering muscles.
Slightly different from the rest of the pack, Vitamin D, is the only vitamin supplement.
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to untold amounts of health issues, the list could drag on longer than the War & Peace. Whilst taking this supplement will not directly help you to lift more, train more intensely or shred your gut of fat; what it will do is support your immune system and ensure that your body is in the best condition to build muscle. Unfortunately living in the climate that we do we are not always blessed with exposure to the sun and therefore can see Vit D lacking a little. Try the liquid capsule version to allow your body to absorb it quickly and give you the best results.
So, there we have it, the ultimate break down of supplements to support your growth and below the GymKing range to supplement your style.
Gym King Black Core Logo Joggers – £44.95
These Core Logo Joggers are offered by Gym King. These joggers come with an elasticised and ribbed waistband, elasticated cuffs and twin slide-in pockets at the sides. With the brand logo on the left thigh, it comes in Black colour.
Gym King Sand Cap Sleeve Curved Hem Logo T-Shirt – £34.95
Featuring rolled sleeves, the Cap Sleeve Curved Hem Logo T-Shirt from Gym King comes in regular fit. Coming in Sand colour, it has a brand logo on the left chest. This tee for men also features in plain pattern and crew neck.
Gym King Black/Black Contrast Logo Raglan T-Shirt – £39.95
Designed by Gym King, the Contrast Logo Raglan T-Shirt features a regular fit. With a logo on the chest, this plain pattern short sleeved t-shirt sports a curved hem and a crew neck. It comes in Black/Black colour.