What is the Best Supplement Stack
Best Supplement Stacks for Muscle Gain
In very basic workout supplement stacks, we would include some of the basic essentials such as a whey protein supplement, some type of creatine, and perhaps some glutamine and some multi-vitamins for good measure. We have a basic guide to stacking supplements here. For beginners, a very basic supplement stack is sufficient, but what about for more advanced athletes? What types of supplements out there could you add to your supplement stack that would help take your performance to the next level, or help you blast through that annoying plateau? There are all types of supplements on the market in numerous different categories. In our guide here, we'll cover some of these additional categories of supplements that you can combine to make a good stack for mass building.
As already mentioned, the basic categories we had were 1) proteins, 2) creatine, 3) glutamine. So let's add a few more in there, and then you can pick and choose to see what meets your needs the best for making your own stack. So we'll list a few different types of supplements here, in no particular order:
- pre-workout / recovery supplement
- testosterone enhancers
- energy drinks / supplements
- meal replacements
- weight gainer
- multi vitamin
We're going to continue from our basic supplements guide, which has already covered whey protein and creatine supplements for making a stack. This way, we don't have to go over all that again here. We'll just add on to it from the different categories listed above.
Adding on to Your Workout Supplement Stack
Let's say that you want more power and endurance for your workouts, then you would turn to pre-workout / recovery supplements, and there are dozens and dozens of these out there. These supplements typically contain a mix of various ingredients such as creatine, beta alanine, citrulline malate, AAKG, and some also contain stimulants such as caffeine. If you picked a pre-workout supplement that contained enough creatine, you would not need to take extra creatine by itself. See our ranking list of top 10 workout supplements here. The two top choices for this category are:
Energy Supplements for Your Stack
Even with pre-workout supplements added to your stack, you might want to add some type of energy drink to further enhance your workouts. Obviously, you want to be careful to not combine an energy drink that contains overlapping ingredients with your pre-workout supplement - so with this in mind, we go with rather simple, basic, but very effective energy drinks of mainly two types: 1) amino drinks, 2) carbohydrate drinks. There are plenty of research which have found consuming BCAA during workout helps to reduce muscle soreness and muscle damage, and also reduces fatigue. As for carbohydrate / protein drinks, studies have found it to increase insulin response and increases muscle glycogen. The two top choices for this category are:
Some individuals, late 20's or early 30's or older, might choose to add a testosterone enhancer to their lean muscle supplement stack. Younger individuals would not benefit as much from these, as testosterone production peaks around late 20's to early 30's in men. We're not referring to prohormones or anabolics, but these testosterone enhancers contains ingredients to help enhance your body's natural testosterone production. Typical ingredients you see might include tribulus, horny goat weed, nettle root, tongkat ali, and ZMA among others. Our top 2 picks here are:
As for meal replacements and weight gainers, you can follow those two links to see our lists ranking a few of what we think are good quality products in those two categories. I also highly recommend taking a good multi vitamin that is designed for the serious athlete, and our top 2 choices here are:
When you're choosing and combining all these different products to make the best supplement stack for yourself, you need to be clear on what ingredients are contained, and that you're not getting an overlap on ingredients that might cause you to take too much of something - just as we highlighted in our selection of energy drinks above. You need to also read the suggested use labels carefully, and follow the recommended use and dosage. With the categories and products we listed here, it gives you a good starting point for making your own stack. Start with our basic supplement stack, which includes a creatine, whey protein, and glutamine, and then add on to it from the categories listed above. With the pre-workout supplements, you need to double check for creatine content contained and make adjustments accordingly. If you want more energy, add one of the energy drinks; if you want a bit more support for your testosterone production, then pick one of the test boosters from above; and I highly recommend getting a multi vitamin as well.