The Best Supplements to Use on a Budget

Brandon Hahn May 11, 2012 Supplement Articles

Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t build more muscle, burn more fat, and boost performance in the gym.  In fact, it’s quite easy to make huge strides towards your goal.

No matter how tight your money is, we’ll show you how to get the biggest bang for your buck by following this one simple rule. Stick to the Basics

It’s easy to think that the basics are for beginners, and that “hardcore” results come from new, fancy formulas.  But when’s the last time the “latest and greatest” arrived onto the market with over 200 clinical trials proving it works?

Your basic supplements, just like your basic compound movements, are tried, tested and proven to work. They’ll also give you the most bang for your buck, so let’s take a look at what they are.

Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine monohydrate is king, and probably the best sports supplement ever created.

Numerous clinical studies support its safety and ability to improve strength, athletic performance, and increases in lean muscle mass.

For a little over $10, you can get 300g, which can last up to 2 months. Make sure you get Creapure® creatine, which is the purest form available.

Whey Protein Powder

If you’re looking to build muscle and lose fat, whey protein will help you transform your body faster.

Whey protein is a complete protein, and one of the fastest absorbing proteins available. This makes whey protein perfect for counteracting muscle breakdown after a workout, and will help you build muscle faster.

On a budget, skip doubling up on the scoops. Instead, combine one scoop with one cup of reduced fat milk to help meet your protein needs.

Multivitamin & Mineral

Remove a spark plug from your engine and what happens? It runs like crap.

A multivitamin may not seem exciting, but it’s arguably the most important supplement any athlete or bodybuilder can take.

The micronutrients that multivitamins provide are critical, as they initiate all the necessary chemical reactions which make training and building muscle possible.

Run low on those micronutrients and those reactions won’t occur, which means your body won’t be able to function at it’s peak.

Fish Oil

Fish oil is derived from the fat of fish such as salmon and krill. They are a rich source of essential fatty acids, including Omega-3 fatty acids.

Fish oil provides a wide array of health benefits. What you’ll probably care about most is their ability to help lubricate joints, increase nitric oxide, promote healthy testosterone levels, and improve cognitive functioning.

Fish oil can even help burn fat by turning on fat burning genes and turning off fat storing genes.

Joint Support Formula

All too often we focus on building muscle and strength, and overlook the very structure that holds it all together.

Training hard and heavy can subject your joints, ligaments, and connective tissues to a tremendous amount of stress. Overtime, this can cause wear and tear on your joints and lead to injury.

And when you’re injured, you can’t train.

Regardless of being on a budget or not, make sure you’re using a quality joint formula to help protect your foundation and prevent injury.

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About The Author

Brandon has been in the fitness industry for over seven years and has trained over 1,000 clients. He has competed in several bodybuilding competitions and continues to improve his physique with hardwork and dedication. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, Brandon has the knowledge and skills to get you on the fast track to fitness.