Muscle Building Stacks
Let's face it, since the pro-hormone and steroid ban, companies have been marketing the whole "steroid alternatives" like crazy. For those looking for a little boost it can be pretty overwhelming. Your progress has stalled and all you read online is that naturals are limited by their genetics. You search and search online trying to find something to bust through that plateau, trying to find a nice "stack". With all the ingredients out on the web, it can become overwhelming and you could end up spending hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars before finding something that actually works. In this article I explain the best muscle building stack for natural lifters, so that you can save more money and build more muscle!
The first thing you need to take care of when planning on packing on slabs of muscle is what you are deficient in. Building muscle takes the body's full effort in preparing, performing, and recovering. Deficiencies can range from vitamins and minerals, amino acids, and even testosterone support. An example could be a male needing to build muscle, but may have lowered testosterone. Multiple factors could come into play. Poor diet, lack of sleep, age, lack of exercise, etc. Possible ways to combat this are testosterone supporting ingredients like DAA (d-aspartic acid), vitamins and minerals (most men are deficient in zinc and magnesium, which can lower testosterone), or sleep aids such as melatonin (lack of sleep can effect testosterone levels). If your testosterone levels are fine, then improving your recovery could be the solution. Finding higher caloric diets (or using a mass gainer), adding protein to your diet, getting more sleep, or even stretching could all help improve your recovery. There are countless variables and ways to solving any issue. The key is finding what your are deficient in and bringing it back up to par.
2. Pre-Work Out & Intra-Work Out Nutrition
When it comes to optimizing your natural potential, it comes down to optimizing your ability to perform. The number one factor for muscle growth for natural athletes is progressive overload (continuously doing more to provide a greater stimulus in order for adaptation to occur). How do you optimize your ability to perform? By increasing the intensity of your work outs and the amount of volume (work) you are able to do. My recommendations to increasing intensity are (and will always be) a pre-work out, branched chained aminos, and a carbohydrate source. This keeps your intensity high and your stamina even higher, allowing you to perform more repetitions that are more efficient (resulting in building more muscle).
3. A Plan
NOPE! This is not a supplement, nor something you have to buy (there are plenty offree work out plans on this website). Having a plan can increase your success rate, decrease doubt, and clear your focus. Using a work out plan as your "plan of attack" can give you the guidelines needed to provide enough stimulus, and using a diet plan as your recipe for success can give you the recovery needed to adapt and grow from that stimulus.
Face it, being a natural lifter is a time investment. No matter how much you cry "no such thing as overtraining" and work out for hours everyday, it will still take ample amounts of time. It is called a fitness JOURNEY for a reason. Journeys don't happen over night, and neither does adding slabs of muscle to your body. Time is the most overlooked component to a muscle building stack. Combining that plan listed above, and finding something you can do for a lifetime will provide the best results possible.
5. The Want
Everything listed above are absolutely irrelevant and will do nothing for your muscle building progress without "the want". You will not diet if you do not want to be healthy. You will not go to the gym if you do not want to get in shape. You will absolutely not build muscle if you do not want to take the steps needed to do so. Adding "the want" to your muscle building stack is the most potent and most important component to your entire stack.
Not everything in your muscle building stack has to be a supplement, nor does it even need to be bought. The best muscle building stack for natural lifters involves bringing up your deficiencies, optimizing your performance, having a plan of attack, investing your time, and actually wanting this s***. Adding these to your next month's stack will ensure to add slabs of muscle to your body