It's no secret that the fitness industry has became crowded with supplement sales of all kinds. From what started as the generic "eat to grow mentality" has transformed into a supplemental game of needing an advantage. Everyone is looking for an easier way to achieve their goals and guess what? Companies are promising these results! What happens when there is a big demand for something? More companies compete on who can make their products become the most known and sold. This can turn into intense marketing and even false advertisement. When beginners get into this thing we call "fitness", their first exposure to any sort of fitness related sales deals with supplements. How? Well between seeing the strong lifters in their gym drinking a gallon of "that blue stuff" (amino acids), hearing their friends discuss what they take, and the entire online fitness community being affiliated with a supplement brand, supplement use it continuously beat into their head. What happens when someone feels the need to buy supplements? The reality of misinformation, buying something you do not need, and even spending hundreds of dollars on something that does not even benefit you. In this article, I will be discussing the RIGHT WAY to buy supplements.
Fitness Is Free To Play
The biggest mistake people make is thinking about supplementation just to start their fitness routine. This somehow mentality of "this will get me started" really takes away the entire motive for getting started with a fitness journey. Fitness should be self driven and FREE TO PLAY. There is no need for a gym nor need for supplements when you FIRST start (health conditions and nutrition deficiencies are exceptions). By focusing on your diet and your exercise routine, you will not only save money, but you will also be less frustrated and overwhelmed.
I've been a supplement sales associate and I know the biggest reason men and women both go to those who sell in order to get information.... They just flat out don't want to do the research! One of the biggest mistake men and women make when wanting to buy supplements is not wanting to spend an hour of research. They rather spend 50 extra dollars than to spend an hour extra on just searching the product they want. For example I have seen creatine sold at both $50 per 30 servings and I have seen creatine sold for $10 per 120 servings. BOTH have had good quality. I fell into the price to quality trap in the past as well ( the "if it cost more it must be better" trap). Looking at online reviews and price matching are great ways to compare products and find the best deals. Do your research and learn to save money if you fully decide to get products.
Cost To Benefit Ratio
Some supplements are for health, some for slightly better progress, and some are just for fun (in my opinion). I have taken some of each. I have taken anywhere from health supplements such as Tumeric for reducing inflammation, creatine monohydrate for performance, and even vasodilators such as agmatine just for fun (getting a better pump). When buying supplements, it is really important to figure out if what you are buying is worth the price. Even not buying a $10 product could save you $10 a month if you come to the conclusion that it is not needed. I am not stating do not buy supplements, rather look at their cost to benefit ratio to see if the product you are wanting is worth the buy.
When it comes to anything in life (even supplement buying) it's best to keep it stupid simple. You don't need 30 different pills for progress. If you feel the need to "make sure you're taken care of", buying the basics are best. Simply getting a protein powder, multi-vitamin, and probiotics (protein intake, vitamins/mineral, and digestive health) is more than enough when determining supplementation.
Supplementation is just that, SUPPLEMENTAL! In an industry full of competition with supplement sales, it can get confusing (even overwhelming) when looking at supplementation. In order to buy supplements the right way, it's best to start you fitness journey just working on just your fitness and diet, eventually do you research, weigh out the cost to benefit ration, and if you decide to buy.....KEEP IT STUPID SIMPLE. Supplementation should never take much thought. If you do not feel a dificiency or need, why try to persuade yourself there is one? Fitness is a journey and supplementation won't turn it into a lifetime sprint. Supplements are helpful, but should never take the place of proper nutrition and a solid work out routine.