I just completed the first week of the challenge and workouts and nutrition went well. I was going into the challenge with the goal to get lean and strong and I purchased a starter supplement kit which includes RELOAD & CLA. What I was surprised to find was that it is recommended you take three packets of RELOAD a day making the 21 serving package I purchased only last for 7 days. A new pack of RELOAD costs $30 which when added to the weekly cost of Myoplex is financially daunting. I would like to supplement my workouts and believe in the BFL plan but also need to be financially responsible. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to stay on plan with BFL goals but also afford supplements?
I buy my supplements from dpsnutrition.com. The Reload is $18 there. Also, although good, you can just get creatine in a tub. Supplements enhance, but don't feel you need them for a great transformation. It can be done without. You'll do great.
while this is my opinion, supplements are a waste of money, unless it's something like whey after a workout or a meal replacement shake because you had no time to prepare real food.
you can transform your body without any supplements.
Check out walmart (both the store and online) has EAS products for significantly cheaper than I've seen elsewhere.
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I use Kre Alklayn (around $10 for a 30 day supply of excellent creatine etc)... Myoplex original costs in NY city anywhere from $8 on special to $15 for a 4 pack, EAS Whey Protein costs me around $13, and a 1 month supply of N.O. Explode (Pre workout fuel, creatine etc) is around $33 (on sale, normally $55)... I have NEVER used supplements before this even when I did triathlon training, endurance, long distance cross country and when I was in the military but I really like the ones I use now... I now get discounts at GNC and/or the Vitamin Store.
Try www.bodybuilder.com for specials at various stores and also their recommended supplements. I also use their site for additional exercise ideas
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I'm so picky and the supplement I think actually tastes good is the meal replacement shake that costs $10 for a 4 pack. Ugh! I also buy the huge protein powder tub and they're generally $23. I really need to check out Walmart.
The supplement craze started from pro athletes trying to get an edge over each other and improve their millisecond time or performance. I agree with previous posters that you can transform your body without them. In fact, I find them a waste of money, unless we're competing for a world title or trying to build to a Schwarzeneggerian size. I use vitamins regularly as I doubt the quality of local produce in England. I use whey protein when I am not able to get my home-made meals with me somewhere. Other than that, I find natural food to be the best.
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I wouldn't consider them a waste of money, if you use what you need. An expensive magic pill that will make you buff by next week is a waste. Creatine, by most standards, is not a waste. I use Myoplex Strength shakes and believe they've been invaluable to my transformation. Creatine does allow you to repair your muscles more easily, therefore giving you the opportunity to life heavier, which matters.
It depends on your goals. If you are good with a slower methodical approach then you might take one approach versus if you want an awesome 12 week contest.
Fish oil should be taken by everyone who is not on a blood thinner.
Creatine is available in meats. Extra creatine, needed by athletes is available in supplements. On a side note, creatine (from supplements) is linked to cramps and palpitations. From food nobody can over-dose on creatine though.
supps like multi vitamins and fish oil yes are good, but im talkin about the no explode and muscletechs outrageous claims and overpriced garbage. So much sugar in there, no wonder you get a rush. i thnk most people load up on supps cause they think u need them to build a great body and you don't. the suuplements that really work are called anabolic steroids.
The creatine in meat is negligible for what we're talking about here. It is linked to cramps, but that means that person is getting too much and therefore can easily adjust amounts so the link doesn't mean much.
I've bought my EAS SUpplements on line from that E-site(especially the creatine in bulk and I have enough for the entire challenge for about $25 from a nutrition shop in Vegas), the rest I buy in local discount stores and use coupons that I have also gotten on line to drop the costs. CLA is actually not available locally here in Otown(I haven't found it here lately) so I use another brand and that seems to work for me as well. PUSH is also difficult to locate as well for some reason, ordering that by mail is not an option for me because it will sit outside in the Florida heat all day and will be subject to pilfrage or theft until I get home in the evening(I go right from work to the local gym. not good in either circumstance there. Why has EAS been more or less deleated from GNC???
GNC has gotten rid of many major brands recently. I can't speak to specifically why about the EAS, but know they are pushing out other things to instead make room for their own product, which I don't particularly like in most cases.
kre alkalyn is garbage, if you want something that works use deca.
I only use EAS whey, but I'm cheap! LOL
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