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Bodybuilding essential supplements: learn from the pros

With such a large variety of supplements available on the market, it is not always easy to know which ones are best to meet our goals or where we should or can begin.

To help you, some professional athletes who represent some top brands and with several years of experience have talked about the importance of supplementation, which supplements that cannot be missed in their daily routine and which supplements are essential for a beginner in bodybuilding.


  • Robin Balogh – IFBB Pro Athlete
  • Larissa Reis – Figure Pro
  • Anton Antipov – IFBB Men’s Physique Pro
  • Craig Capurso – Fitness Model and IFBB Men’s Physique Pro
  • Jen Jewell – Fitness Expert and Competitive Fitness Athlete

Learn from them and see their choices now!

The importance of supplements

Questioned some athletes about the importance of supplements in their diet, check the opinion of some of them.

Question: Do you consider supplements as the best complement to your usual diet? Why?

Larissa Reis

“Yes, just like it is called a supplement it is very important to add to your diet and give you the supplemental vitamins and minerals your body needs to grow and repair.”

Robin Balogh

“Yes, they are necessary in my diet, because without them I couldn’t take in enough proteins, vitamins and the most important amino acids, what natural foods don’t include.”

Anton Antipov

“I do. I want to make sure my body has all the right tools to use as fuel in the gym and as a recovery aid at home, I also believe in being internally healthy first and foremost, from that will stem a stellar physique to reflect how you feel.”

Essential Supplements in the daily routine

Some supplements are already part of the daily routine of some people, in athletes it is quite common the consumption of supplements, as you saw, is a way to complement the normal diet, help to get the nutrients needed for the body to have energy and recover and to ensure its development.

Check some of the supplements that are part of the daily routine of the athletes we talked to.

Question: Which are the supplements that you can’t miss in your daily routine?

Craig Capurso

Craig Capurso

Cellucor Super Hd is my most consistent supplement, because it replaces the common persons Coffee for the energy, focus, and taste. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t have Creatine Monohydrate in your stack for strength. Creatine is the most widely recognized and researched supplement with proven benefits. An Amino product like Alpha Amino would help round out what I would call the essentials to help you last and recover during your workouts.”

Robin Balogh

Robin Balogh

Iso Whey Zero protein and Glutamine Zero from BioTechUSA.”

Anton Antipov

Anton Antipov

Carnitine, Niox and Amino drive by Nutrex. Also, a lot of superfoods like spirullina & chlorella.”

Jen Jewell

Jen Jewell

“My favorites that I use in some way every single day:

COR whey protein powder

-BCAA (Alpha Aminos & Scivation are my favorites)

C4 Ripped (I take this each day about 15 minutes prior to my weight training)

C4 On the Go drinks are what I reach for when I’m doing a cardio only workout or want some extra -energy during a busy day

-Fish oil (from the Essentials line)

*Also, throughout the year I cycle in various Super HD products to help with fat loss. While I do not use them every day I will use them for a month or two, then take a month or so off, repeating that throughout the year or as needed.” 

Larissa Reis

Larissa Reis

“-Glutamine Drive Two times a day

LIPO 6 before cardio (fat burner) – morning 

Outlift before training (pre-workout) -later afternoon 

Postlift after training (post-workout)

Muscle Infusion whey protein as my last meal shake with water. 2 scoops-at night”

Tips for beginners

The previous supplements are the choices of the athletes we interviewed.

We asked them to recommend those considered essentials for a beginner in bodybuilding.

Stay tuned to their advice!

Question: Which supplements would you recommend to a bodybuilding beginner?

Larissa Reis

She told us that all those she mentioned as essential to her, are fundamental in bodybuilding, these being her recommendations.

Jen Jewell

“When you’re starting out, no matter whether your goal is to build lean muscle, weight loss, weight gain, athletic performance, etc., the two supplements that I think everyone should start out with are:

Cellucor COR whey (especially helpful for those that are not used to eating protein at every meal, this is such a simple, efficient way for them to supplement 1-2 servings of protein a day) and BCAAAlpha Aminos or Scivation Xtend.”

Robin Balogh

“Whey protein, BCAAs, glutamine, and gainer if you have lack of appetite.”

Anton Antipov

“BCAAs, Glutamine and a solid pre-workout.”

Craig Capurso

“Creatine Monohydrate, C4 Original, Cor-Whey Protein.  A good basic stack that gives them the supplemental aid to be successful without spending too much. Creatine for Strength, C4 for energy and motivation and Cor-Whey to help aid for recovery and meal replacements.”

What did you think of these advices? Have you tried some of these supplements? What are your choices? What about your doubts?

Share with us in the comments and, if you have doubts, we are always available to help you.


The information included in this article concerns the authors opinion only.

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