It would all depend on what you are wanting.
For example, I am currently working on gaining weight and bulk due to my weight dropping to 10st 8lb. I am in the gym three nights a week now and riding the bike on a Wednesday night and Sunday. I used some online calorie calculators and soon realised that I was burning more calories than I was taking in just sat at the desk at work, add to this the cycling and I was seriously under nourished.
In order to help me gain weight and muscle mass during the initial stages of my new regime I have been using this, bought from Argos for £43.00:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Muscle-Anabolic ... B001FFL17K
In addition to this I have had to more than double my daily food and calorie intake.
In four weeks I have shot up from 10st 8lb to 11st 5lb.
So, in my experience, yes, it is worth while.
When my tub of 'Muscle Fuel Anabolic' runs out I will be following the advice passed to me via the UK based forum below: http://www.uk-muscle.co.uk/forum.php
My initial question post is here: http://www.uk-muscle.co.uk/gaining-weig ... hakes.html
I'll be buying a 5 Kilo bag of this: http://www.myprotein.com/sports-nutr.../10530943.html
And a 500gm bag of this: http://www.myprotein.com/sports-nutr.../10530050.html
I've used myprotein's Impact whey for some time - can't fault it, nor the price.
As to creatine - well I've never been able to get along with it - always ended up with headaches - maybe that's a not-too-subtle hint I perhaps should make more of an effort to drink plenty of water, but all the same I've tried it several times over the decades, and never been able to get along with it for more than a couple of days.
At the end of the day, decent nutrition, and consistency are key - nothing wrong with using things like whey for additional protein intake. Just make sure the basics are well covered, a decent multi-vitamin can help ensure you're not missing out on anything essential, and watch the scales and your waist measurement (a good rough-and-ready guide as anything else.
I use creatine ethyl ester, L glutamine, taurine and another who's name eludes me for the moment. We're talking fractions here, the edge they give is a small percentage, if that. I've had a bad year, done a lot of work to get up to 260 then broke my ribs quite badly, so I'm running an odd split routine while I recover.
Truth be told, there's always some variance and flavour-of-the-month about certain supplements. Outside of PEDs, though, nothing is probably going to rock your world (and I'm not an advocate, never have, never will - I'm just making the point that the vast majority of supplements are way beyond over-hyped) - decent consistent quality nutrition, with typically commensurate protein intake to go with the demands. That and ensuring the need / desire to increase bodymass, is, ultimately, done in as lean a way as possible.
If you're wanting to bulk concentrate on compound exercises, presses, deadlifts, etc. Isolation work on your limbs is a lot less effective for packing on mass.
Not that I don't get your point - good compounds are good for an overall impact and strength. But the Friday-night-specials, in their vest tops, and baggy trackies (legs like pipe cleaners) - well for those that want big arms, focusing on training arms does that.
I've always tended to include the big compound movements - well mainly squats and some form of deads - not that bothered about bench, I was reasonably good at it in my younger years, but shoulders that need careful attention, means that there's a point at which ego stroking can be a negative thing. Even now, I'll alternate between SLP and squats - and over the decades, I've always been a huge advocate of squats maketh man - for leg strenght / power, and crossover to other activities, something like SLP can be a better choice.
The big compounds can be high risk, require a good deal of practice, possibly coaching to pursue safely. If you're serious about lifting - sure they make sense - but being pragmatic, and experienced, what really matters, is decent choice of exercise that works all the major muscle groups, without over-emphasis, or creating imbalances - as an example many shoulder amd back issues can be cause because many focus on things like benching and the frontal, visual physique they can see, and pay little if any attention to their rear shoulders and back. Sometimes evident in people in how they train legs, too - much emphasis on the big power movements, with inadequate hamstring stimulus and demands, can often mean when they do play sports or do other activities, although they may not realise, their ego-led focus, has created a situation where they may be more prone to minor injury and strains.
If you are talking about stimulants which "gives you a mental energy boost" Craze most defenitely works, i would'nt recommend it though...
The only thing actually mentioned here, that could potentially fall into "stimulant" territory is taurine as mentioned by chops. And that isn't exactly straightforward in quite the same way as something like caffeine, is. The energy drinks that contain it, are more likely to have a stimulant effect because of their caffeine content.
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