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October 31, 2013 9:40 AM
'Ello, everyone!

My friend & I just started working out together this past week. He's been doing this for a while (aaaaand you can tell) & the reason why I asked him to come with me is because I wanted to learn proper form and exercises for free weights, Smith machines, & the cable machines.

Anyway, everything is going great & it is challenging my body waaaaaaaaay more than my cookie-cutter routine was. He started talking about preworkout supplements and the benefits it gives him. So, naturally, now I'm interested. ^___^

Is there any preworkout powders/supplements you would recommend for women? I'm not big on the creatine (sp?) idea, so maybe something without that?

Whatcha think? Thanks in advance!
  4764227
October 31, 2013 9:45 AM
I found a website that may help you find what you are looking for. I was checking it out to get tips about supplements for my training.
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/girls-guide-to-supplements.html
Hope that helps a bit!
October 31, 2013 9:46 AM
Same thing here. I started using weights with my husband; I switched from purely cardio to weights and machines. What I noticed is that he got way too excited when I started using weights. He was a little pushy with the supplements. I tried creatine, and it made me constipated, so I stopped after 3 weeks. Obviously, I didn't see any results from it.

One thing I have done, per his suggestion, is that I do have a protein shake after I work out. I figure that can't hurt, and I need to eat something before I get home anyway. I don't do anything preworkout other than b'fast and then a warm-up on the treadmill. I have seen some slow, but good results in the last few months.
October 31, 2013 9:49 AM
First, supplements are not gender specific.

You don't need any supplements, but I believe they do help if you put the work in with them. I personally take Creatine & Beta Alanine preworkout, and always eat something with a good amount of protein & carb about 1.5-2 hours before I workout.

Also, curious to hear why you're not big on Creatine.
Edited by Leadfoot_Lewis On October 31, 2013 9:49 AM
October 31, 2013 9:55 AM
Thanks for your input so far, guys! I really appreciate it!

QUOTE:

Also, curious to hear why you're not big on Creatine.


I've heard mixed reviews, but most people tell me about being bloated, retaining water or constantly peeing (getting in my water is a little bit of a challenge for me right now, so if the 2nd of the two happened, I'm afraid of possible dehydration), constipation too... It just sounds unpleasant. I'm not unwilling to try it, but like I said, most people (women) I've talked to don't fancy it.
  4764227
October 31, 2013 9:58 AM
QUOTE:

First, supplements are not gender specific.

You don't need any supplements, but I believe they do help if you put the work in with them. I personally take Creatine & Beta Alanine preworkout, and always eat something with a good amount of protein & carb about 1.5-2 hours before I workout.

Also, curious to hear why you're not big on Creatine.


I second that, you don't need any suppliments. They cost a lot and you cna get similar if not the same benefits from a proper diet and eating some dirty carbs prior to working out.

Otherwise I figure you don't like creatine because it will make you look bigger at first. It does this by causing your muscles to retain more water. The net effect is some new hypertrophy (ableit due to water retention) and some performace gains, which lead to more strength, which leads to more hypertrophy.

The fluid retention (I believe) doesn't have anything to do with more water retention in fat, so you probably won't feel too bloated except for how it feels in your gut while you're digesting it. I wouldn't shy away from it, not for those reasons anyway.But seriously, you're a beautiful girl, what are you really worried about anyway?

But like I said before, you definitely don't need suppliments, at all.
Edited by FrnkLft On October 31, 2013 10:05 AM
October 31, 2013 10:21 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

First, supplements are not gender specific.

You don't need any supplements, but I believe they do help if you put the work in with them. I personally take Creatine & Beta Alanine preworkout, and always eat something with a good amount of protein & carb about 1.5-2 hours before I workout.

Also, curious to hear why you're not big on Creatine.


I second that, you don't need any suppliments. They cost a lot and you cna get similar if not the same benefits from a proper diet and eating some dirty carbs prior to working out.

Otherwise I figure you don't like creatine because it will make you look bigger at first. It does this by causing your muscles to retain more water. The net effect is some new hypertrophy (ableit due to water retention) and some performace gains, which lead to more strength, which leads to more hypertrophy.

The fluid retention (I believe) doesn't have anything to do with more water retention in fat, so you probably won't feel too bloated except for how it feels in your gut while you're digesting it. I wouldn't shy away from it, not for those reasons anyway.But seriously, you're a beautiful girl, what are you really worried about anyway?

But like I said before, you definitely don't need suppliments, at all.


Thanks to both of you for your input! It's really nice to be able to see both sides of the spectrum (especially to a fitness-noob like me).

@Leadfoot: What do you do/consume post-workout? Is there like a 'certain window' that's the best for intake after a hard workout? We are usually at the gym for 1.5-2 hours.

@FrnkLft: Thank you for the complement! (And thanks for the previous help with the lifiting programs!) I guess I'm not so much worried about it, just opinions are nice to get from outside sources that don't really know me personally. No matter what, I'm in this for the long-haul, just wondered if the supplements would help power through when I feel like 'quitting' a workout early for the day or something.
  4764227
October 31, 2013 10:23 AM
Fix the diet- work harder.

90% of the people who take supplements don't need them they need a big dose of "work harder."

I'd skip it and put the work in first and see where it gets you.
October 31, 2013 10:47 AM
LOVE my C4 powder for lifting sessions!!! Gives me nice clean energy and it doesn't taste horrible. My second fave would be a sugar free Red Bull...can't beat that energy either. Supps can get pricey but to me its worth it since I always snag deals anyway.
  34568501
October 31, 2013 10:49 AM
QUOTE:

Fix the diet- work harder.

90% of the people who take supplements don't need them they need a big dose of "work harder."

I'd skip it and put the work in first and see where it gets you.


(Edit: So where I wrote a paragraph, you managed to say it perfectly in 3 lines lol Not going to think too hard about that... wink)

I just deleted the rest of my post, what's the use lol drinker
Edited by FrnkLft On October 31, 2013 10:57 AM
October 31, 2013 10:49 AM
QUOTE:


I've heard mixed reviews, but most people tell me about being bloated, retaining water or constantly peeing (getting in my water is a little bit of a challenge for me right now, so if the 2nd of the two happened, I'm afraid of possible dehydration), constipation too... It just sounds unpleasant. I'm not unwilling to try it, but like I said, most people (women) I've talked to don't fancy it.


Of all the supplements, it's the most studied with the most science to back it's effectiveness.

It's dirt cheap so I'd get some & try it and see how it effects you. Get a good Creapure Creatine Monohydrate & drink A LOT of water with it (2-3 liters a day). I've never had bloating or any of the issues you've mentioned. I think women shy away from it because your muscles will retain water at the cellular level, so you'll gain weight because of that. Personally, I like the "pumped" look it gives. One side effect I do have is I do pee a lot blushing but that's because I drink so much water.
October 31, 2013 10:51 AM
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@Leadfoot: What do you do/consume post-workout? Is there like a 'certain window' that's the best for intake after a hard workout? We are usually at the gym for 1.5-2 hours.


You actually don't have to take it preworkout, just daily to keep your creatine levels up. I just take it out of habit preworkout so I'll remember to do it. I take it about 30-45 minutes before I workout, and just whenever I remember on non-workout days.
October 31, 2013 11:14 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Fix the diet- work harder.

90% of the people who take supplements don't need them they need a big dose of "work harder."

I'd skip it and put the work in first and see where it gets you.


(Edit: So where I wrote a paragraph, you managed to say it perfectly in 3 lines lol Not going to think too hard about that... wink)

I just deleted the rest of my post, what's the use lol drinker


LOL I say it a lot when people ask me at the gym what to take. it's pretty amusing actually.

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