At a distant glance, the average range of weightlifting supplements can all look very much alike. At Myprotein, we like to think (we know) that our comprehensive range can cover all your needs, no matter what point you’re at in your training.
While you know already that a high protein intake and avoiding a caloric deficit is essential for gaining muscle mass as well as recovery and the energy to go the extra mile, you also know that supplementing is the best way to see that your body is getting what it doesn’t from your diet.
Here we’ve put together a rundown of our most popular products so that you can better navigate what’s missing from your arsenal. Will the standard (but effective) whey proteins do the job you’re looking for? Here is a rundown of the most popular, which may be used by everyone from hard gainers and pro lifters to lean muscle builders:
Whey Protein Isolate
This is one of the best ways to get your protein in its purest form. Isolates are quickly-absorbed, making them perfect for when you need your protein fast before, during or after a workout. Given the high protein, low carb content, isolates are geared towards anyone looking to lose weight or achieve lean muscle.
Whey Protein Concentrate
Similar to isolates, whey concentrate contains low levels of fat and carbs and significant amounts of lactose. How much protein you can expect in a concentrate depends on how concentrated it is. Whey concentrate is a more basic form of protein, which you may use for building muscle mass, lowering blood pressure, speeding up your recovery times and boosting your immune system.
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein
Hydrolyzed protein is the highest quality of protein available, providing highly absorbable peptides that can have a strong anabolic effect. Hydrolyzed whey contains less fat and sugar than isolates which are heavily processed and so take out a step in your digestion’s process where your body would usually hydrolyze a protein to digest them.
Casein protein is best for using at night time before a long sleep when your body will essentially fast for eight hours. You could also think of it as slow-burning protein fuel in your tank that will last you for a long day when you won’t have the opportunity to snack. Casein is also high in glutamine, which helps boost the immune system and speeds up recovery after a gruelling workout.
So which isolated supplements could you add on top of your protein and carb requirements? The following are a few of the ingredients that you will probably come across in many of the most effective bodybuilding blends.
Myprotein’s BCAA Plus includes three essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, which make up the structure of new muscle tissue. This is so important for any fitness goal, whatever your aim, but it is particularly valuable for anyone looking to build muscle and lift heavy weights. An added bonus with BCAA Plus is the additional vitamin B6, which contributes to your immune system, normal glycogen metabolism and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Creatine supplementation boosts the natural creatine stores in your body. Creatine pulls water into your muscle cells, increasing protein synthesis. Creatine can be utilised by your body as a quick form of energy during high intensity, short-burst activities such as lifting a heavyweight or breaking into a sprint.
Myprotein’s Creatine Monohydrate supplement is designed to enhance power and performance. Think of it as a way of building on the size of your reserve tank.
Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid and is the only naturally occurring beta-amino acid. It promotes endurance, which you will benefit you no matter what sport you do. For weightlifters, it means you won’t feel the fatigue the same after an extra set.
Impact Weight Gainer
Want it all in one blend? Myprotein’s Impact Weight Gainer is a perfectly tailored supplement for anyone striving or struggling to increase size and mass. Alternatively, this product is ideal for post-recovery as it contains protein for the repair and maintenance of lean muscle mass.
Here’s what’s inside our Impact Weight Gainer:
- Protein– 33g of high-quality protein per serving (100g – 3 1/3 large scoops) will contribute to the growth, repair and maintenance of lean muscle mass.
- Carbohydrates–the oat flour blend will help provide the body with a remarkable nutritional profile, targeting your daily carbohydrate requirements.
- Calories– an astounding 388 calories per serving will help you achieve a calorie surplus each day which is the first essential step to gaining mass and size.