Top Supplements for Muscle Building

To effectively build muscle, you should have a complete workout routine that trains all major muscle groups and follow a specific muscle-building diet. One aspect of diet that is often overlooked is the use of supplements. Selecting the right muscle-building supplements will ensure more intense workouts, greater recovery and greater results.

BCAAs

The amino acids of leucine, isoleucine and valine are the branch chained amino acids, or BCAAs, and are considered the building blocks of muscle. Using BCAAs before exercise will reduce excessive muscle breakdown from training and help to reduce muscle soreness following the workouts. Decreased soreness allows you to train harder and to improve the quality of your workouts.

Beta-Alanine

Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid. Beta-alanine as a muscle building supplement decreases the fatigue experienced during intense training by increasing the level of muscle carnosine. Decreased fatigue during your workout allows you to train harder and with greater intensity in the gym.

Creatine

Creatine is considered a non-essential amino acid derivative that is formed from the amino acids arginine, glycine and methionine. Using creatine increases the amount of energy available to be used by the muscle during your workout. Creatine allows for greater recovery between workout sets and exercises.

Protein Powder

Protein is an essential nutrient used by the body to build and repair muscle following a workout. Protein powders allow you to increase the amount of protein in your diet and assist in the recovery of muscle between workouts.

About this Author

Michael Hartman is a sport scientist, and recognized expert in training for performance. He earned his doctorate in exercise physiology and has previously worked as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach and sport scientist at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, where he was a member of the USA Weightlifting Performance Enhancement Team.