Scrolling through the online store or browsing the supplement aisle, the options of products seem endless. If you are a research nerd like me, it takes forever to choose as I don’t want to make the wrong one. Or maybe you are whimsical and grab the first thing that has some flashy packaging. Either way I want to simplify this process for you, especially for picking the right pre-workout.
What if I told you there’s a supplement that has been studied hundreds of times? One that has been proven effective for building muscle, improving performance, speeding muscle growth, and even helping your brain? Sounds too good to be true, I know. But yet, it does exist!
I think we all have a pair of jeans hanging in our closets that we don’t wear but can’t part with. Maybe it’s because you’ve gained some unwanted weight and dream of fitting back into them. Maybe you’ve lost some weight and keep them as a reminder that you never want to fit into them again. Maybe you’ve been naturally thin all your life but have dreamed of having more curves and fitting into a larger size of jeans. Whatever the reason, the common goal is to work towards our goal physique in a healthy and sustainable way.
There is not an easy way around fat burning. What is even more problematic is for those that have busy lifestyles that don’t allow for as much gym time as others. We all can get frustrated when we are lowering food intake and exercising more but then weight loss seems to slow down.
While I can’t tell you when it was that I first heard it or who told me but there have been several times in my life that I have been told that it’s not entirely what you say that counts, but HOW you say it. I would certainly agree but I would also add that WHEN is just as important as how. Some would even go far as to say that timing is everything.
First and foremost, I’m a lifelong fan of lifting weights, so I’ve had an interest in every endeavor that is intrinsically tied to that. Olympic weightlifting, strongman, powerlifting, arm-wrestling, bodybuilding, etc. My competitive career has been predominantly in powerlifting, but I have also done two strongman competitions (in 2014) and have always wanted to try my hand at bodybuilding. After I was injured in November 2021 while preparing for a powerlifting competition, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do any heavy squatting for a while, so I figured going the bodybuilding route would be a way to feed my competitive drive and take on a new challenge that involved a different style of training and dieting. Just to be clear, I am not done powerlifting.
Creatine is such an old supplement it can get glazed over and forgotten about. Personally, I took creatine for the first time in 6th grade. The joke was “look at John’s biceps, it's only a big ball of creatine and water”. At the time it pissed me off like I wasn’t working hard and was cheating, but looking back now it’s pretty darn funny.
In recent years I’ve noticed more and more women interested in gaining muscle. Some with the intention to compete in physique sports and others because they feel a sense of empowerment or want to improve the way they feel in their bodies. Whatever your reason for gaining muscle, I think it’s awesome. No matter your reasoning, you’re here because you’re most likely looking for information to help you build muscle. In this article, I outline my most important top five muscle gain tips for women. So hop on board the gain train to learn more!