Hard time spent going hard at the gym is critical to growing muscle. But those couple of hours a day are surrounded by non-gym time, much of which is also essential to maximizing your mass. How you handle the period after you leave the gym, for example, can affect how well the body recovers from the workout … and how ready it is for the next one. These supplements are vital parts of any sound postworkout plan.
* Creatine Monohydrate Creatine is one of the most researched supplements out there, and that research confirms that it works to increase muscle growth and strength and even offers numerous health benefits. One of the best times to take creatine is immediately after workouts when the muscles are better at taking it up.
* Branched-Chain Amino Acids The BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine and valine. These aminos have been shown to directly turn on muscle protein synthesis, which results in muscle growth. So taking BCAAs right after workouts can dramatically boost muscle growth, as research has confirmed.
* Alpha-Lipoic Acid This antioxidant not only scavenges free radicals, which can help muscle recovery after workouts, but also enhances insulin’s actions at the muscle cells. This results in greater muscle growth after workouts, not to mention better uptake of creatine.
(All-in-One: Find all three ingredients together in optimal doses in MuscleTech Anabolic Halo Hardcore Pro Series.)