You get done with your lift for the day and are leaving the gym exhausted after you just tossed around some heavy weights and Joe Schmo walks up to you and congratulates you on your TYPICAL day in the gym. He doesn’t bother to ask what kind of training you do or what program you are on. The first thing he asks is “What supplements are you on?”
How many times have you heard this at the gym?
I know I have on MANY occasions.
To me it’s an insult!
A slap in the face!
To me you are discouraging everything I’ve worked for by assuming supplements are the reason I got there! What has this world come to?
Supplements aren’t the cure to your problems in the weight room! You can’t maintain a poor diet and try countering it by taking Whey Protein. It doesn’t work like that! I don’t think the freaks of the early 1900’s ever bought Whey Protein to get huge!
Companies will tell you anything to get you to buy their products! After all they are salesman, that’s what they do! They want to make as much money as they can so they put their product out to be the best in the business. I can guarantee the guys working at GNC didn’t get jacked off Wheyabolic Extreme 60, the supplement they always market whenever you step into the store after hearing that annoying scale that asks you “Did you check your weight today?”
So if supplements aren’t as magical as they appear what is the solution?
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet will give you everything you need and more!
If you eat a healthy diet I GUARANTEE you will spend less money then you would if you had a below average diet and relied on supplements. Supplements aren’t cheap! So why not eat clean and get most if not all your vitamins, proteins, fats, and carbs in the food you eat rather than spending hundreds of dollars on supplements!?
Supplements have their place and time. Don’t get me wrong some times you will be too busy to cook so you will need to rely on a protein shake or bar to get your source of protein. I use supplements but I don’t buy into the fad that they are why I have become what I have in the weight room!
I am having this rant because supplements aren’t magical.
People who get big will always credit their protein and pre-workout for their success. But you get the same amount of protein if not more in a chicken breast or lean ground beef than a scoop of protein! Why don’t we credit Tyson for the brand of chicken they produce? If you can credit GNC or CytoSport for their whey protein why can’t I credit food companies or farms for the food they produce?
The problem I have is people hand over their success to supplement companies when they should be congratulating themselves.
I was going to go more into this however the day I was working on this Mike Guadango came out with two GREAT articles about Supplements which are very straight forward!
Check them out:
Also a special shout out to Dylan Poesch who encouraged me to write this blog!