I am now entering the third week of my muscle hypertrophy phase, fifth week of my Maximuscle Protein Project . The last couple of weeks have been a little tougher as the excitement dwindles and the 5.40am starts become slower. Nevertheless I’ve kept going and feel much more confident in the gym, seeing great progress in terms of the weight I can lift.
The results I am seeing can be attributed, in part, to my work in the gym but that work would count for very little without the changes to my diet. I have done training plans in the past but never paid such close attention to my diet and I have never taken protein supplements to support my training. The difference is remarkable.
In a recent article in The Sun George North, British & Irish Lions’ star, discussed the importance of protein within his training and recovery. North is quick to point out that supplements are not specifically for elite athletes, they can benefit any person with any level of exercise providing you understand when and what to take. I have certainly felt the benefits of the supplements I am taking. In comparison to previous gym efforts I’ve gained more muscle, I am recovering more quickly from each session and my strength is improving week-on-week. It’s fantastically rewarding seeing continued developments so quickly.
The world of supplementation, however, can be incredibly daunting. What products do I need? When should I be taking them? Do they actually work? Luckily for me I’ve had the experts at Maximuscle, our client, to call upon. My problem from the off is that I am allergic to whey, the fundamental ingredient in all protein supplements. You’d think that was game over. Speaking to the team at Maximuscle, however, I’ve been able to re-work my plan.
I am now taking MaxiRaw Casein as my main protein shake. This is then supported by a MaxiRaw Primary BCAAs drink during my workout. These two supplements support my muscle repair and growth in the same way a Maximuscle Promax shake would. On top of that I am also adding a serving of MaxiRaw Creatine Charge to one of my protein shakes. Creatine, in layman’s terms, supports the growth of muscle mass and can be found in the Maximuscle Cyclone range.
My advice to you, when it comes to buying supplements, is to have a clear goal in mind. The aim for the first six weeks of my Protein Project is to gain size and strength hence I have introduced creatine and I am taking two shakes a day. Following the six weeks growth I will do four weeks in which I try to strip fat at which point I’ll stop using creatine and take one casein shake a day. Different whey protein supplements will support different training goals, make sure you match them up.
Also, there is no need to go mad with buying loads of different supplements. If there is another supplement that supports your goal then include it, for instance Maximuscle Promax Lean can be supported by using Thermobol in a fat loss training plan but it is not essential.
Finally, protein supplements are exactly what they say they are – supplements. They are not meal replacements. Be sure to get your diet right first and then support that with the protein supplements. They are a brilliantly convenient way to ensure you are taking on the right amount of protein at the right time. Mine also taste great and provide me with a daily treat. You can use the protein powder to create a whole host of awesome snacks, I attempted Protein Pancakes this weekend, you can find more recipes here: http://www.maximuscle.com/nutrition/high-protein-recipes