Building lean mass at the gym is one of the best ways to help improve your exercise performance and achieve your health goals, but of course your muscles do need to be put through their paces a little in order for this to happen. Muscles rip and tear during exercise as they grow and develop, so it’s important to take care of your body and ensure your muscles are ready and raring to go in time for your next workout session. How can you do this? Well, it’s much easier than you may think: supplements.
Muscles need to be very flexible to work properly. They need to be able to tear open, grow, and heal themselves without creating long lasting damage to the body. That’s why many athletes take collagen supplements and calcium tablets. Collagen helps to improve elasticity, while calcium helps to boost malleability and overall muscle function – and fend off disease, too. The NHS recommends adults should have 700mg of calcium per day, either through dietary intake or through calcium supplementation.
Muscle growth occurs naturally through regular exercise, but a little helping hand can often be beneficial. Calcium is known for helping to regulate contractility to boost muscle growth, but perhaps the most famous supplement for encouraging growth is vitamin D; most notably vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol). Research shows that athletes with greater vitamin D intake typically have larger thigh muscles, and generally have greater overall strength compared to their non-Vitamin D taking counterparts.
Of course, the best way to improve muscle strength is to build lean mass, but there are a few other ways, too. In fact, one of the most common ways amongst exercise lovers is to take harpagophytum, which is better known as ‘devil’s claw’. It is believed that not only can devil’s claw improve muscle strength, but it can also reduce pain, too, helping you to minimise the discomfort associated with muscle rips and tears. It’s so effective that it is often recommended as a management technique for osteoarthritis.