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#1 10 years ago

I've been weightlifting religiously for quite some time now, all natural. No supplements, protein shakes, or anything like that. My friend, best wrestler in the county, was telling me that i should start a protein supplement. He recommended something called Shaklee protein shakes. Does anyone know about this Shaklee stuff? It's kinda expensive :uhoh: so i haven't tried it yet Aside from Shaklee, does anyone have a protein supplement that they use that they've been really happy with?




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#2 10 years ago

Well you're missing out on at LEAST 20% performance gains by not using supplements, especially creatine.

You say you're all natural, that's great. What are your pre and post-workout meals?




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#3 10 years ago

Or you could eat some lean steak. Twice the taste with twice the consistency! I recommend sirloin.

I've never used a protein supplement either, I'm not aiming to look huge, but I don't want to especially lean either. Somewhere between Bruce Lee and a bodybuilder. That of course, requires cardio.




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#4 10 years ago

Steaks, chicken and fish are your best natural sources of protein, but a supplement like micronized creatine monohydrate, or some protein powder would be your best way to get big.

Like Ihaterednecks posted, it comes down to what you want. There are different supplements for cutting, bulking or maintaining, pick the kind you are most trying to achieve.




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#5 10 years ago

Cardio..... meh.... smoking does take its toll >.>




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#6 10 years ago
n88tr;4086683Steaks, chicken and fish are your best natural sources of protein, but a supplement like micronized creatine monohydrate, or some protein powder would be your best way to get big.

Meh. As you said, I have different goals, I don't need a lot of protein. I'm not planning to get to big.

I eat a lot of lean meat and poultry, that's where most of my protein is coming from . .




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#7 10 years ago

n88tr;4086582Well you're missing out on at LEAST 20% performance gains by not using supplements, especially creatine.

You say you're all natural, that's great. What are your pre and post-workout meals?

Exactly, that's why i wanna start on a supplement =p

I don't really have a set in stone meal plan revolving around my workouts.

I workout monday, wednesday, friday right after school, so i don't really eat before i workout, last time i eat is lunch 2 hours before which i usually have a roast beef or turkey sandwich, water, and a clementine.

Post workout i go home and grab a banana, cheese, chips, whatever tickles my fancy at the time.

I'm a huge fan of steak though, hehe. I'm a sort of steak conoussieur myself, been to a handful of top-of-the-line steakhouses :cool: At my house we don't eat steak a lot though, to my dismay, but hell i love it when we do




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#8 10 years ago

What's your plan, anyway? What kind of exercises do you do?




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#9 10 years ago

Tank!;4086694Exactly, that's why i wanna start on a supplement I don't really have a set in stone meal plan revolving around my workouts. [/quote]

If you're serious about bulking or cutting, you'll do yourself a lot of favors in the short AND long run by having a plan, and sticking to it.

Tank!;4086694 I workout monday, wednesday, friday right after school, so i don't really eat before i workout, last time i eat is lunch 2 hours before which i usually have a roast beef or turkey sandwich, water, and a clementine.[/quote]

The roast beef is the best thing you have listed there, then comes the water. I'd try to have a chicken sandwich in there, and add in some multivitamins like a "once a day," and two others, a "omega 3" and a "flaxseed oils," all of those are easy to find and should be taken 3x daily, once at breakfast, once at lunch, and once at dinner. The multivitamin, I take the TwinLab brand, helps to get you all the daily vitamins and minerals that your body really needs to function properly. The Flaxseed and Omega3 are for you heart, keeping it healthy and improving blood flow, both very important both for cardio [hard on the heart and lungs], and for weight training [keep the blood flowing to the muscles]. You could take a N02 pill as well, but I think that'd be overkill, but a lot of heavy lifters take those.

[quote=Tank!;4086694] Post workout i go home and grab a banana, cheese, chips, whatever tickles my fancy at the time.

Well, honestly, that's bad. I'm assuming you want to bulk, eating all that protein and asking about shakes. Banana is fruit, simple carbs and sugars, no good really. Cheese is dairy which is ok, but in moderation. Chips are ok but they should be taken spareingly, esp if you're trying to cut weight.

Post workout is the most important time to eat the foods [or supplements, or in combination, which is the best way to do it] that will aid you muscles when they are CRAVING protein. That should be the time for your 6-10 ounces of steak or chicken.

[quote=Tank!;4086694] I'm a huge fan of steak though, hehe. I'm a sort of steak conoussieur myself, been to a handful of top-of-the-line steakhouses :cool: At my house we don't eat steak a lot though, to my dismay, but hell i love it when we do

Like Xzibit says, "eat some steaks, push some weights," steaks are good sources of protein, but if you want to see faster results, I recommend getting your hands on a creatine source, GNC has some great plain powders or capsules for this, and it's cheap. I just ordered 4 jars of pills for only $80, I get 120 capsules in each jar.

I got to go to the gym now though, lol, speak of the devil. It's lower body day, my favorite work out. Cya.




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#10 10 years ago
Ihaterednecks;4086703What's your plan, anyway? What kind of exercises do you do?

Hmm, my plan. Our school weightroom isn't terribly diverse in the equipment, lol, so i do a lot of stuff with free weights. It's good though because you are kinda forced to go slower with free weights, and thus you work the muscles more than with a machine, although free weights are technically more dangerous :rolleyes:

My lower body is....too strong, lol, so i rarely work that out just because it'd be redundant. Plus i don't like working out my legs. Squats are a pain in the ass because any more than 4 45's on each side, my shoulders can't take the pain. And the leg press is a pain in the ass too because it takes so damn long just loading the weights on and off (usually do around 800-1000 lbs) So the majority of my workouts are upper body stuff. Bench pressing, shoulder shrugs, curls - the classics...'cause we have classic equipment, lol.

And @ n88tr, that was a very informative post, thank you. That's interesting about my post-workout, but yeah, you're totally right. Never really thought about it that much. I've heard about creatine a lot, never tried it, but if it's that cheap, I'll definitely look into it. I used to take a daily multivitamin, but for some reason i stopped. Moreover my parents just stopped buying it, so i'll get on their asses.




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