It seems that you can’t read a paper or turn on the radio without hearing something about the current worldwide economic crisis. While the effects of this crisis are widespread, for those of us interested in muscle growth and getting stronger it is even more pronounced. I doubt many will argue that the pursuit of more muscle mass and strength is a journey of excess.
To accomplish your goals you need more weight, more sleep, and of course, more food. But with everyone tightening-up their pocketbooks and with food prices already soaring well in advance of this latest economic crisis, we need to see what we can do to make our goals compatible with our paychecks.
First and foremost is to cut-out the unnecessary. Here are three places where you can trim some costs without sacrificing your gains.
Sure, you may like that NO supplement or the high priced energy drinks, but wouldn’t a cup of coffee give you at least 90% of the benefit at a fraction of the cost? Or how about choosing regular old creatine monohydrate instead of creatine ethyl ester? In fact, you could probably get rid of pretty much every supplement you’re using, except for maybe a good protein powder and multi-vitamin, and not notice any measurable change in your progress.
I know that eating organic is popular among those looking to gain muscle and be healthy, but you should be aware of what is important to buy organic and what is not. To make it simple, I would advise that most of your fruits and vegetables be organic, but things like grains and animal products are less important to buy organic. For animal products it is much more important to look for grass-fed sources of beef and dairy products then it is to look for organic sources. It is also a good idea to look for cheaper sources of protein since these are typically the most expensive items. Use the links below to find an article on this topic.
I am always amazed to find how many people have multiple gym memberships. In most cases this is completely unnecessary. In fact, if you have some basic equipment in your basement you might not need a gym membership at all! If you do need to keep your gym membership, consider opting for a longer contract that will give you a lower monthly rate or volunteering some of your time working at the front desk or cleaning the equipment in order to save on your membership costs. Not only will this help you save money, but it will force you to get to the gym more often!
Whatever you do, don’t let the current economic situation change your goals. If you are serious about building muscle then you will simply have to make a few more sacrifices to get there. Most importantly you need to re-evaluate what you are doing and stick with the basics, as this is what works time and time again. Figure out a budget and spend it on the things you know will make a difference: a scientific training program and high-quality food, not hype-laden supplements.
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