Ah…supplements, supplements, supplements. In the world of “lifting” (weights) there are many things that people don’t always agree on. Whether or not you should take supplements is definitely one of them. Now, I am not an advocate of taking supplements and I’ll tell you why very shortly. But first, I just want to say that I believe arguing about this is similar to arguing about politics. You can argue with somebody until your red in the face, but you’re never going to convince them onto your side. So, if you’ve been lifting for a while and you take a lot of supplements and it’s been going well, then I am happy for you. (Not being sarcastic) But this post is for the noobies.
Now I definitely don’t consider myself an expert on this subject, in fact, I wouldn’t even go as far as considering myself as knowledgeable. However, lifting is one of my top hobbies and I have done some occasional reading about supplements over the years.
Let’s take a look at this from a strictly monetary viewpoint.
Supplements are not worth your money, especially if you’re new to lifting. If you started lifting seriously in the last six months to one year then there really isn’t any point for you to take supplements. You will make gains regardless. You’re still learning how to lift and your body is still adjusting. Also, there’s no way for you to tell if the supplements are even helping. If you’ve been lifting for a while and later decide to try supplements and notice a boost in performance, then you can assume the supplements are helping. But if you started both simultaneously, you don’t have anything to compare it to. I would compare taking supplements when you first start lifting to trying to learn sprinting techniques when you’re learning how to walk.
Supplements are not worth your money. Let’s say you want to see results NOW. So you buy your protein and you buy your creatine, and your post workout mixes, and then you get your pre-workout NO2 because “You get so tired when you lift” and you buy your glutamine for faster recovery at night. I estimate (conservatively) that this will probably run you about $120 a month. $120 a month for all this processed shit. Is it really worth it? One hundred and twenty dollars can also buy you approximately twenty healthy meals. Honestly who do you think is going to see more results? A skinny kid who takes a lot unneeded supplements? Or a skinny kid who eats an extra twenty meals every thirty days?
Supplements are not worth your money. Would you want to spend your money on a product that might or might not work? I wouldn’t. I’m not saying that all supplements don’t do what they’re advertised to do. I’m just saying almost all of them don’t. A well known trainer once bought four different types of name brand protein and brought it to a chemist to see what was actually in it. After the chemist analyzed the different proteins, he told the trainer “I wouldn’t feed this to my dog.” And each of those tubs cost around $50. WOW. Christopher Bell, director of “Bigger, Faster, Stronger”, actually walks us through how he was able to basically sell rice flour for sixty dollars a bottle, legally. Link here Hmm… would you buy his pills if he promised you fast results? Also, do you really think the models on the products got that big by taking those supplements? If so, let me ask you this. Do you think that dude on the male shake weight commercial got that buff by using the shakeweight?
Supplements are not worth your money. You don’t really know what you’re paying for since everything is hidden in their “proprietary blend”. You can’t even see the ingredients (assuming you could even understand them). You could be buying something that is harmful to your body which is actually the exact opposite of what you were going for. Bell’s documentary goes on to tell us that supplements do not need to be approved by the FDA to be put on the market. Instead, the FDA actually has to prove that the product is harmful in order to take it off the market. And in all honesty, if you’re a noob at lifting and you want to take supplements, who are you going to ask for advice? Probably your buff friends right? Do you really think they are the best people to be asking? (They’re not) Also I’m sure you probably seen some people at the gym who take a lot of supplements and have seen results quickly. Their muscles get swell and inflated from whatever they’re taking. It sounds really great, I know, but the only problem is now they’ve been hooked. They have to continuously spend money on supplements or else they’ll deflate and all that hard work would have been in vain.
I know this post is running a little longer than usual but bear with me here. Since I’m on the topic, I wanted to quickly talk about something I hope you all agree with. What is the deal with dudes taking topless pictures of themselves while flexing in their bathroom mirror and then putting it on Facebook? Seriously, what the hell? I mean yes I can understand you feel good because you started working out and now you can bench more than 155 lbs. and those bicep curls have been really paying off, but why would you take the time to take off your clothes, stand in front of a mirror and take a picture of yourself… and then show the world? I mean… I can see you holding the camera in the picture… seriously… am I the only one who thinks this is incredibly gay?
According to me, here are the only three reasons you should post a topless picture of yourself flexing on Facebook.
1. You are somewhere awesome (and there’s a cool background). Hey man, you happened to be flexing shirtless in front of the Great Wall of China and someone took a picture of you? That’s a great picture of you man, looks like you had a lot of fun.
2. You used to be really fat and now you’re thin. Man, you look great! Nice to see things are going well for you. It’s always entertaining to see an old classmate on Facebook who used to be a fatty and is now a skinny-y. (Actually seeing the opposite could be quite entertaining as well)
3. You’re a girl. Yeeeeup, thats fine.