5 Supplements For Getting Back In Shape

So you’re ready to dust off the bench press in the basement and get your college body back? Wonderful. Getting in shape again an excellent decision for your health. Before you do, check out these 5 supplements that will help you rediscover those building biceps and 6-pack abs even faster.

Whey Protein

It may not be the “sexiest” supplement on the market today, but by God, it works! Whey protein will help your weak muscles recover and repair faster than they would on their own. Not only will whey boost your strength, but may actually prevent injuries like muscle tears.

It’s important to take whey within 20-30 minutes after your lifting session. Studies show that this “window” is best for stimulating muscle growth.

Glucosamine

All those nights spent on the couch watching Seinfeld reruns didn’t prepare your joints for the onslaught their about to receive in the form of squats, bench presses, and sprints. Luckily glucosamine is a clinically supported supplement for strengthening joints and reducing damage to supportive tissue.

Take 1,500mg per day of a glucosamine supplement with chondroitin.

Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds will help craft your new body in two ways: giving you antioxidants you now need more of and omega-3s to reduce newfound inflammation. Ideally, take 2-4 tbsp per day mixed into oatmeal, cereal, or your protein shake.

It’s best to take the flaxseed itself and not just the oil. The seed is where many of its beneficial compounds are found.

L-Glutamine

Glutamine is an amino acid that’s a mainstay for most weight lifters. That’s because glutamine is a scientifically supported way to promote new muscle growth. Glutamine is a great way to get your stagnant muscles to start growing again!

Along with your post-workout whey, take 5g of glutamine.

Caffeine

Caffeine is perfect for gym-going newbie’s because it can help burn fat, and when taken before a lifting session, build more muscle.

If it’s been a while since you’ve hit the gym, that killer instinct may be lacking. Caffeine will give you intensity and an increase in performance that you would otherwise lack. Take approximately 250mg of caffeine within 30 minutes of your workout to take it to the next level.

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