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    Anybody Here Workout?

    For about the past 9 or so months, I've been going to the gym regularly. There, I would run a couple miles, do some ab workouts, and workout either my chest, arms, or back/shoulders depending on the day (I rotate). Over these 9 months, I've seen some results, but not much. I'm happy with my arms, but not so much my back/shoulders, and especially not my chest. I've only upped the weight 10-15 lbs for my chest, which I'm not exactly thrilled about.

    So, just recently, I've started to consider taking some muscle supplements to help boost my workouts. Now, what I should take, I really don't have a clue and was hoping you all could help me out on. Protein shakes? Creatine? Steriods? (just kidding) Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.
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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oxilon

    So, just recently, I've started to consider taking some muscle supplements to help boost my workouts. .
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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    creatin works try that no explode stuff i've had some friends that use it they say it works pretty good

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    Working out isn't gonna show you anything without a proper diet. I don't know your age or your family history, but you aren't gonna gain anything without a proper diet. Supplements should be just that. Expecting them to do miracle work won't happen either.

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    Use freeweights if you're not already. Machines don't do much. A diet high in protein is important along with potassium to combat soreness.

    How many sets and reps are you doing? Make sure you're doing enough weight to actually challenge you.

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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    As captain said, the No Explode stuff is very very popular. I have two friends who use it and swear by it.

    Other than that, I know nothing about lifting weights
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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    Quote Originally Posted by pahster
    Use freeweights if you're not already. Machines don't do much. A diet high in protein is important along with potassium to combat soreness.
    Yep, to really put on the muscle, it's recommended that you consume roughly 1 gram of protein for each pound of your body weight every day. It ain't easy but like others said, working out without the proper diet won't get it done.
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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed
    Yep, to really put on the muscle, it's recommended that you consume roughly 1 gram of protein for each pound of your body weight every day. It ain't easy but like others said, working out without the proper diet won't get it done.
    I've heard that, too. And if you're looking to add muscle mass, it's one gram for every pound of your desired final body weight. So if you want your final weight to be 200 lbs, you need 200 grams of protein every day.

    Whey protein supplements are usually pretty good. They're dairy-based, and some of them taste really good. I mix 1 scoop (12 g) of vanilla protein supplement in with my oatmeal in the morning (Quaker Cinnamon Roll oatmeal) and it's great. You can also mix it in with french toast, pancakes, or other semi-sweet, batter-based foods (like cake.)

    I also like Balance bars - the 40-30-30 Almond Brownie bar tastes great and gives you 14 grams of protein. You can find them for about $1 apiece, which is only about twice as much as a regular, sugar-filled candy bar.
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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
    I also like Balance bars - the 40-30-30 Almond Brownie bar tastes great and gives you 14 grams of protein. You can find them for about $1 apiece, which is only about twice as much as a regular, sugar-filled candy bar.
    One word of warning about some protein bars: a lot of them contain fractionated palm kernel oil which is VERY bad for you. I forget all the details but it's used to help keep the bars from melting and the fractionating process allows the manufacturers to still be able to print "0 grams of trans fat" on the wrapper, even though it's just as bad.

    Not sure if this applies to Balance Bars though.
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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    Whey protein is the whey to go (gosh, I'm a geek) if you need to add a lot of protein to your diet. It is true that you need to add a gram of protein corresponding to each pound of weight you want to accomplish in addition to proper dieting and exercise.

    If I may add a suggestion to the No Explode offering, Muscle Milk is an excellent drink and one of the few that actually TASTES GOOD. I'll guarantee it.

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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    I swear by protein shakes and Creatine, I work out religiously and eat well. I have tried a whole bunch of the "miracle" supplements that GNC offers, spending upwards of over $100 before on certain ones, and still always find myself going back to protein shakes and Creatine.

    Though I have heard some firsthand praise of the No Explode and Muscle Milk from a few friends.
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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed
    One word of warning about some protein bars: a lot of them contain fractionated palm kernel oil which is VERY bad for you. I forget all the details but it's used to help keep the bars from melting and the fractionating process allows the manufacturers to still be able to print "0 grams of trans fat" on the wrapper, even though it's just as bad.

    Not sure if this applies to Balance Bars though.
    Balance Bars do contain fractionated palm kernel oil. I don't know how bad it is for you -- I haven't found any conclusive research on it. Apparently, it shoots through your system so fast that you don't really fully digest it. But I will keep looking for some data. Thanks for the tip!
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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    For a beginner like others have said you should start out with increasing your protein intake to gram per pound of body weight. If you stick with it start to add in supplements and creatine. The protein used by most lifters is ON 100% Whey. The great thing about it is its also one of the cheapest about 50 cents per serving. The best place to order is online at bodybuilding.com. If your really serious start eating 6 meals of about 30 grams of protein each throughout the day instead of 3. Your body should never be hungry or full. Go to Muscle and fitness message board there is a lot of good info on there if you want to know more.

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    Re: Anybody Here Workout?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oxilon
    For about the past 9 or so months, I've been going to the gym regularly. There, I would run a couple miles, do some ab workouts, and workout either my chest, arms, or back/shoulders depending on the day (I rotate). Over these 9 months, I've seen some results, but not much. I'm happy with my arms, but not so much my back/shoulders, and especially not my chest. I've only upped the weight 10-15 lbs for my chest, which I'm not exactly thrilled about.
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    If you aren't working your legs, you are ignoring the largest muscle group on your body. Heavy squatting/deadlifting is the single fastest way to get bigger and stronger across the board. Yes, even your upper body (especially your back & shoulders) will benefit from the muscular stimulation provided by a hardcore leg workout. Drop the arm workout (which is redundant if you are already doing heavy benching/rowing) and add in a couple of leg days.

    So, just recently, I've started to consider taking some muscle supplements to help boost my workouts. Now, what I should take, I really don't have a clue and was hoping you all could help me out on. Protein shakes? Creatine? Steriods? (just kidding) Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.
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    Personally, I've found the vast majority of supplements to be a waste of time and money. Unless you are close to maxing out your physique and strengths gains, you can get plenty of mileage from eating a clean diet of healthy whole foods. Just make sure you are actually eating the right amount to meet your goals. If you are looking to gain weight, you need to create a caloric surplus. If you are looking to lose weight, you need to create a caloric deficit. If you are eating like a bird and expecting to get huge, you will be sorely disappointed.

    Here is a great article to get your diet started on the right path:
    http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=460331

    IMO, the only supplements that earn their keep are protein powder (because I have trouble choking down enough whole foods to meet my protein needs) and a multivitamin (because I don't always do the best job of hitting all of the food groups [especially fruits and vegys]).
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