The 4 BEST Supplements To Build Muscle Faster (And How Much They Help) ft. Dr. Brad Schoenfeld

One of the most common questions I get is, ‘What are the best supplements to build muscle? There's a ton of misinformation out there when it comes to the best supplements for muscle building and strength. In this video I'll share the 4 best supplements that are worth considering to build muscle faster.

There are 3 main reasons why whey protein powder can be considered one of the most effective muscle building supplements available. First off, it’s typically very low in fat and carbs and instead very high in protein content, which makes it very calorie and macro friendly when compared to other protein sources. Second, it’s convenient and can be used in many different ways to both save you time and add some more life into your diet. And lastly, it’s actually quite affordable when viewed at a price per gram basis, with the average cost of whey protein being comparable to that of chicken breast. This all just makes it easier for you to consistently reach the optimal daily protein intake that otherwise can be a struggle to hit, which is exactly how protein powder can indirectly speed up your growth.

Next is creatine, which, of all the supplements for muscle growth available, is probably the most well researched and science-backed one. Whenever we lift weights we use something called ATP, the main energy source for our muscles. As we lift, we deplete these ATP stores to the point where we can no longer perform anymore reps. This is where creatine comes in. It improves our strength and muscle endurance by facilitating a faster regeneration of ATP and enabling us to perform that extra rep or two or lift slightly more weight during our workouts. There does seem to be quite a bit of variation with regards to the response to creatine, though. Also, note that creatine doesn’t simply do the work for you. The benefits you get from supplementing with it only apply if you’re actually pushing yourself harder in your workouts as a result.

Next is caffeine (pre workout), arguably one of the best muscle building supplements. Caffeine ingestion prior to our workouts not only enhances our muscle contractions, but can also enable us to perform more reps by altering our pain thresholds and our perception of how hard we’re working. That said, those who consume caffeine on a regular basis tend to see somewhat of a blunted response to its ergogenic effects. So, what I’d recommend to avoid developing a caffeine tolerance too quickly. Reserve its use for workouts where you’ll reap the most benefit from it. For example, lower body workouts, early morning workouts, or days where you just need that extra kick.

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For the final of the top supplements for building muscle, internationally renowned fitness expert and researcher Dr. Brad Schoenfeld adds beta-alanine to the list. When supplemented, beta-alanine facilitates increases in muscle carnosine levels. Carnosine acts as a hydrogen ion buffer. This is important for activities such as resistance training, sprinting, and other anaerobic forms of exercise, as there is a substantial buildup of lactic acid that occurs, which ultimately impairs performance. The buffering action of carnosine can help to delay fatigue from the associated hydrogen ion accumulation (acidosis) and thus enable performance of additional work (e.g. reps during lifting). It can, therefore, ultimately enhance muscle-building capacity. However, there is a fairly large degree of inter-individual variability.

So, hopefully you now know the answer to ‘What are the best supplements to build muscle?’ and you were able to see that supplements are not magic. You still need to put in the work and even then, they aren’t extremely effective. But, the little boosts you do get from each of these supplements can add up to a meaningful difference overtime, especially when you then pair this with the right training and nutrition program. And for a step-by-step program that uses science to guide you week after week with your training, your nutrition, and even your supplementation, so that you can truly maximize your results, then simply take the analysis quiz to discover which science-based program would be best for you and where your body is currently at below:

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47 thoughts on “The 4 BEST Supplements To Build Muscle Faster (And How Much They Help) ft. Dr. Brad Schoenfeld

    • Северин Романець says:

      Jeremy what do you think about additional sources of vitamins microelements and fats l Omega 3 l ?

    • Ondra Klekner says:

      Jeremy, I love your work. But right now, I discovered I’m dealing with overactive front deltoid. Could you please make a video about how to adress it?

    • no one says:

      Hi , went to your website for program but the female results are not very tempting to me , yeah I want flat abs but I also want biceps triceps with serious definition… to give you idea of what I am looking for id say Michele Rodriguez’s body in F&F series … sooo should I pick the male program ? Or what ? .. please help me out ..

      P.s I am a complete beginner

  1. Mitchell Almond says:

    I like the way you explain things, it really gives me a nice feeling to listen, learn and apply to my lifestyle. Thanks for this video,i have been watching you for a long time now and learned so much from you, there are a lot of channels that do the same but i choose yours over them. ❤

  2. GAME ON says:

    I agree with all of them but beta alanine which never helped me neither strength nor muscle mass besides makes me itch like crazy.

  3. DDS11 says:

    There’s a lot of talk out there about creatine and it’s relationship with hairloss… How true is this?… As someone who loves their hair that kinda scared me off cause even if it’s just the slightest chance I’d prefer to not take it

    • CherryBlossomn1 says:

      If you are taking small doses, it wont affect you much. But if you’re family is genetically predisposed to it, it may speed it up. If they are not genetically predispised youll be completely fine. So the look at the hairloss in your family and / or take minimal quantity and you should be fine!

    • Lavdim Haliti says:

      @tonimolisanti it doesn’t mean creatine caused it. It could’ve be other factors like genetics, stress, vitamin B deficiency etc.

    • Nirupam Pratapgiri says:

      If you’re worried about your hair, don’t take creatine. I took creatine for 3 months and had significant shedding and so I stopped immediately and my hair grew back.

    • DVID says:

      you really dont need creatine bro.
      eat some high carb meal 1 hour before exercise. eat one or two bananas half hour before exercising and trust me you will have energy. Yeah maybe you will have more if you take creatine but doesn’t worth risking it

    • za21 says:

      @Insignia ._. Are you really arguing that improving flexibility and mobility doesn’t do anything? He wasn’t talking about before a workout, he meant overall.

    • Insignia ._. says:

      @za21 never said flexibility/mobility doesnt matter, rather stretching doesnt do anything/is a waste of time. That being said, the importance of mobility is grossly exaggerated at times

    • Serkan Y says:

      Static stretching on its own is a big no. Some have there place but most don’t. Any static stretching should only be incorporated with specific strengthening to improve mobility. Mobility drills is the way to go.

    • Delta Homicide says:

      My sister in law is always looking for the next miracle pill. How about not ordering food every night at 10?

    • DHatedOne 1 says:

      @Delta Homicide she can order whatever she wants at 10 as long as she’s burning calories she’ll lose weight. All these videos are a joke. You need 1g of protein per lb of body weight a day like 30 to 40g at a time and then burn more calories than you eat. You will still gain muscle if you lift weights while you lose weight in fat from being in a calorie deficit. These people prey on idiots so they watch more videos.

    • Delta Homicide says:

      @DHatedOne 1 Well that’s her problem. She’s constantly at a caloric surplus since she doesn’t work out and eats too much. Jeremy is a real one though. Have you seen his video that basically breaks down what IF, keto, OMAD etc is all about? It’s mostly about being at a caloric deficit so pick whatever suits you to achieve that. I personally eat whatever and whenever I want within reason since I walk or lift at least 3x a week

  4. Toxort says:

    If creatine gives more energy to the muscles, doesn’t that mean it is enhancement for most sports competition? Aka cheating?

  5. Romeo Urias says:

    In summary…more reps -> growth.
    -Whey: extra building blocks into diet
    -Creatine: for faster recovery and more reps
    -Caffeine: for alertness and more reps
    -beta-A: reduce soreness and more reps

  6. Lil Lui says:

    Hey I’m about to get on Acutane and my derm told me I can’t take whey protein anymore and to stick to a soy based protein, and recommendations??

  7. snappycattimesten says:

    Reading the comments reminds me if I ever completely lose my faith in humanity and want to profit off of ignorance, supplement selling will always be there.

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