Just type ‘Beginner Supplement Stack’ on Google search, and it opens up over 4 million pages. Of course, no one goes to that extreme, so taking first few of the pages of the search, I found a list of supplements which according to these websites, is not just needed, but is must for a beginner. I also searched the same on YouTube, and the names were virtually similar.
Here are a few names, after which I got pissed off and stopped searching:
- Whey Protein
- Casein protein
- Fish oil
- Fibre supplement
- Mass gainers
Before we discuss the above list, let’s understand the meaning of a beginner. I have been asked a lot of times, as to how do we define a beginner. Now, this is another topic of discussion, but generally, when we compare with time, then someone who has been lifting for less than 6 months consistently, can be termed as a beginner. So, someone, who lifted years back, but was quite inconsistent, and then starts again after a long gap, is also a beginner. The keyword is ‘consistency’.
But even the beginner lifters can’t be categorised purely on this basis. For e.g. an absolute beginner, someone who has just spent his first few weeks in the weight room, would be quite different from a person lifting from last 3-6 months.
Now, let me ask one question to these supplement companies and their salesmen bodybuilders or trainers, recommending & selling unnecessary bullshit supplement stacks to beginners or whatever level.
Who gave you the license to define a beginner in your terms. So, where over 99% of the people in the world are not sportsmen, out of which less than 0.00001% may be bodybuilders, who told you that a beginner is a person who has less than 6 months of experience in lifting?
What if his aim is not pure lifting and hypertrophy?
What if they are from various other sports like, basketballer, swimmer, track & field athlete, soccer player, badminton/tennis/squash player etc.
The aim of such sportsmen is not hypertrophy and weight training forms a base of their overall training. They don’t spend majority of their days in the gym, as they have many other components of fitness to be taken care of, along with their sports specific training.
Now, what about the other >99% people who are not sportsmen? Who may not be able to progress as fast as a person who is a regular lifter, and for whom hypertrophy is not the main aim. For them its targeting various components of fitness which include strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination, balance etc. is more important.
So, now tell me which beginner you are talking about when you recommend or sell beginner supplement stacks. Ok, let me make things easy for you. Let me take all conditions under one umbrella. A sigh of relief for the salesmen, isn’t it? Not so early, hold on.
So, let’s consider a person, who is new to exercising as such, not just strength training. It’s been couple of weeks, and he is now getting a hang of things like developing basic muscular and cardiovascular endurance, his flexibility and mobility is improving, and he is getting stronger in the gym, and able to lift progressively heavier tonnage in the gym. I guess, this type of beginner is someone we can consider as an example. So, now we have our beginner.
Now, let’s move on to the next set of doubts before I actually recommend you the world’s best supplement stack for beginners:
- Is a supplement recommended to an individual on the basis of level of needs?
- Can you name one supplement which any person, including competitive sportsmen, bodybuilders, normal individuals, pregnant women, elderly, children etc. need on the basis of level?
- A supplement doesn’t come cheap. And many do work with proven research too, though most are absolutely worthless for any level. So, if over half of the Indian population, cannot afford a supplement or a supplement stack, then they simply can’t progress in the gym or can get fit?
- A large number of individuals in various sports, both competitive or recreational, still don’t use a supplement, and have one of the fittest and strongest physiques out there. How come that’s possible, when the title of your blog/article says ‘Must Have Supplements for Beginners’.
- Oh, forgot to ask you the fundamental question, what do you really mean by the term supplement.
This was important to expose the companies selling you bullshit supplements or their salesmen, for whom the world simply doesn’t exist without supplement. And a human being, if alive, should be on a stack of supplements.
Now, read the above list of supplements recommended by various blogs/videos in the name of beginner supplement stack, and tell me whether this lie of theirs really need to be exposed, or is it already exposed.
Let me clarify all this point wise, and then it’s your duty to counter question these supplement companies and their salesmen, about the meaning of supplement stack:
- There is nothing called a ‘supplement stack’ for any level. Supplements are given on the basis of requirement of an individual. There is no one supplement which is common for all, or is to be recommended to all.
- There is no ‘beginner/intermediate/advance supplement stack’. Supplement is given on need basis even in different sports.
- Over 90% of the supplements have been proven to be absolutely worthless and useless for the purpose they are being sold in the market. The research is clearly out, and these supplement companies now have no place to run, as their billion dollar scam is being exposed.
Supplements like BCAA, glutamine, mass gainers, different types of protein supplements, CLA, L-carnitine, HMB etc. either are absolutely worthless, or don’t work for the purpose they are being sold. I have made separate videos on all these supplements, with clear research studies.
- Supplements work only on one single basis, i.e. research. There is nothing else which can prove the efficacy of supplements. If research proves it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. What most people get is simply placebo effect.
- Out of the entire list above, most supplements are absolutely useless and money waste. The ones which work, are not needed by everyone. The ones which are needed are based on case to case basis.
- The word ‘supplement’ means additional to diet. That’s why for a so called beginner, whichever way you define them, there is no stack. For them the first aim is optimization of diet and their other lifestyle issues. They need consistency and motivation, more than they do supplements.
- Over half of Indian population cannot afford supplements. So, they can’t build a fit and strong body, because they don’t have stack? Please, if anyone has to guts to prove me wrong. Your body and muscles are blind, and it doesn’t matter whether you take supplements or whole foods. The body needs optimal nutrition, the means doesn’t matter.
- This country is full of examples of millions of people building great strong and fit bodies without ever touching a supplement. The world’s longest and healthiest living people, don’t use a supplement, and there is simply no proof that a supplement will help you do so.
Now, if you have really been watching my videos, reading my blogs and ebooks, you would come to know that, I have been very clear on what supplements work by research and what don’t and I don’t care who is selling or promoting what.
There are many supplements which really work and are quite helpful in lot of cases, for e.g. whey, citrulline, ALA, shilajit, ashwagandha etc. But that doesn’t mean that to earn profits, I recommend all of them to virtually everyone consulting me.
For e.g. I have the most extensive and one of the top online coaching business in India, under the name GENESIS . I have thousands of clients from over 25 countries around the world consulting me, from every possible walk of life imaginable. All have different needs and wants. Now, if I have a product which I know it works, or I have a brand I endorse or own, for e.g. Shilajit Pro , does that mean, that I recommend shilajit to everyone? Not at all. Every supplement I recommend is purely on the basis of needs of the person, their affordability, and various other factors.
That’s why there is no stack for any level. Supplements are based on individual needs. You have all the right to doubt the person who recommends you stacks, even before you really know how to stack up plates in a gym.