Shot Budget! What to Keep? Supplements or Gym?
by Christian Duque
The name of the game here is ‘necessity.’ There is a huge difference between ‘needing’ something & ‘enjoying’ something. You can’t get big, strong, & ripped without food. Food is a must-have. Water is another must have. Fortunately, unless you live in Flint, MI, you can probably drink water out our tap. In order to build superior muscle mass and/or preserve existing muscle mass, chances are you need certain supplements. You need creatine for that extra 10-15% strength, you need glutamine for expedited recovery, & need whey protein to put you in optimal fat loss mode & for immediate protein synthesis following a workout. Training is also a necessity, but where you train isn’t.
The whole concept of going to the gym is resistance. You may not like working against your own bodyweight or playing an outdoor park your gym of choice, but you can push, pull, run & walk. You have all the elements necessary for hardcore training at no cost. You can do push-ups, chin-ups, and various other excercises that will challenge your strength, flexibility, & longevity.
The reason this post is so key, is because more often than not, inexperienced lifters on a tight budget (e.g. college students running out of financial aid or adults who just got hit with a big ticket expense) often sacrifice food or supplements just to not lose the gym membership. That answer spells DISASTER!!
Always make sure you budget enough money for quality meals & quality supplements (in that order). Remember that my friends. The last thing I want to hear about, is you losing your hard-earned gains. If you mess up that diet or mess up your supplements regimen “just for a month,” you’ll crying a river a tears b/c you’ll have done yourself a HUGE disservice.