Are Supplements Necessary For BodyBuilding?


A hammer isn’t necessary for driving in a nail, but it helps and is convenient.

You could use a wrench, a nearby rock or mum’s prized rainbow begonia to do the job…with various utility outcomes.

But you know, a hammer sure does work a treat when it comes to a pesky tenpenny nail needing to be planted solidly into that piece of 2-by-4. It’s actually what it was designed for.

So, if you intend to ask broad, general questions like yours, you’re going to have to be satisfied with broad and general answers like mine. Read on.

You will have more than a few know-it-alls telling you that “supplements don’t work”. It’s a bit like saying that cars don’t work. Well, they don’t work if you expect to use them as submarines to go off and explore the polar icecap.

What are supplements really? Basically, they are the tools, not the finished job.

And like all tools, they can be handled with or without the tacit knowledge required to safely make them work to their full potential for a given task…or you can manage to waste your money and hurt yourself in a variety of ways, if you use them improperly.

Part of the problem in getting to grips with the question of supplementation seems to be ignorance. Just good, old fashioned ignorance & greed. Greedy vendors selling otherwise useful supplements in dishonest and bogus ways to a naive and gullible consumer base who won’t take the time or make the effort necessary to educate themselves, to try to match expectations to goals and learn how to choose or use the right tools properly.

This consumer base tends to get upset when they’ve spent their $5 and don’t magically transform into Arnold overnight as promised by the guy with a fake tan and bleached white teeth. They start to feel that somebody’s lying to them and just wants their money.

The general public becomes disillusioned & cynical. This is understandable, but avoidable, as long as they don’t expect the hammer that they buy to fly them VIP down to Disneyland.  That is, as long as they keep expectations realistic.

So, to take the analogy a little further, although the right tools for a particular job don’t, in themselves, ensure a predictable outcome (experience, knowledge, skill and luck also have something to to with successful results), they increase the opportunities & chances for success.

In short, for the average Joe (or Jane) who is lucky enough to be under 30, doesn’t really push it in the gym or on the track, is not particularly interested in excelling in a chosen sport or activity and possesses reasonably gifted genetics along with rather random expectations…a well thought out diet should suffice.

For the rest of us, the ruthlessly-optimistic-steely-eyed-overachiever types who only occasionally have time to shop and meal prep? Those OCD individuals, who want more than anything, to climb up on stage in their bathing suits and hold the rapt attention of thousands of people for more than 5 seconds?

Generally, supplements can be handy little things to increase the chances of success.

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