Getting fit happens at the gym, there’s no doubt about it. But without a little extra kick in the rear end, maintaining that fitness level can be an around-the-clock task. With supplements, building muscle has never been more of an efficient process.
What Are Muscle Building Supplements?
Muscle is created by an increase in the size or number of muscle fibers. This growth happens in response to overloading and subsequently tearing and rebuilding a specific muscle. Most muscle building supplements are designed to either:
- Increase the ability of the muscle to produce force, allowing a much higher-level load to be placed upon the muscle.
- Increase the muscle’s capability to recover, rebuild and reform new and improved fibers.
Muscle building supplements and fat loss supplements are not one-in-the-same. Fat loss supplements are manufactured to increase metabolism or decrease food cravings. Muscle building supplements provide fuel to the muscles which gives you renewed energy. Through the right supplement intake, you’ll make huge strides in advancing your workout intensity and effectiveness, and develop more strength in general. Here are some supplements that both fitness-freaks and casual exercisers can include as a part of their all-around diet.
If you hit the gym often, you’re probably no stranger to creatine. It’s one of the most popular strength supplements of all time; the scientific explanation says that it’s a compound formed in protein metabolism, present in much living tissue, and is involved in the supply of energy for muscular contraction. In layman’s terms, it’s used to fuel energy in the muscles, primarily for high-intensity, short-duration exercise like sprint intervals or free weight lifting.
Benefits of supplementing with creatine:
- Increases muscle strength and size
- Enhances recovery
- Improves sprint performance
- Enhances brain function
Summed up, creatine is a highly-recommended strength supplement that can benefit anyone from bodybuilders looking to beef up for their next competition, to the senior citizen looking to gain more day-to-day strength. While muscle cramping and stress injuries are commonly reported side effects, creatine has shown positive results across a number of applications.
Right behind creatine as the most popular supplement is protein powder. An easy and quick way to ingest the muscle-building compound, protein powders come in various forms. The three common ones are whey, soy, and casein protein. “Whey is the most commonly used, because it’s a water-soluble milk protein,” says Peter Horvath, PhD, associate professor in the department of exercise and nutrition sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Now to get that extra boost of protein your body is needing, all you need to do is scoop some protein powder into a milk or smoothie, and gulp it down.
Benefits of supplementing with protein powder:
- Decreases recovery time
- Prevents injury
- Less digestion time than food
- Repairs micro-tears quickly
Protein powder and strength supplements are very useful to adding healthy protein into an already healthy diet. If you’re looking for a practical supplement to add muscle mass and reduce recovery time, try it out.
Elk Velvet Antler
Elk Velvet Antler has surged in popularity in recent years because extensive research has proven the remarkable beneﬁts daily supplementation has on strength. In a study of EVA, “significant increases (five to six times) were found in blood plasma testosterone levels in the elk velvet antler supplemented group (p<0.01) when compared to the placebo supplement group”(Hill, 1997.) For more than 2,000 years, Eastern cultures have faithfully included Elk Velvet Antler in their daily diets and as a natural remedy for countless ailments.
In traditional medicine in Korea, China and Japan red deer antler has had long usage to:
- Treat impotence in men
- Modulate the immune system
- Increase blood production in anemia
- Improve blood circulation
- Improve muscle strength and mental alertness
- Treat infertility in women
These all natural, pure formulas have become the supplement of choice for alternative medicine practitioners across the country to aid those suﬀering from weakness due to osteoarthritis, arthritis, joint pain, surgery recovery, lack of energy and so much more.
Benefits of EVA:
- Promotes Endurance
- Enhances Strength and Muscle Development
- Promotes Healthy Stress Level in Body
- Promotes Muscle Recovery
If you’re ready to try a revolutionary new strength supplement to improve your workouts or just make your life easier, try Wapiti Labs’ Elk Velvet Antler. Our products are derived from the velvet antler of our own ranch-raised, MN Board of Health Certiﬁed Elk herd. Want to hear more about the benefits of EVA? Check out our Why Elk page for the (seemingly endless) list in its entirety!