DON’T TAKE CREATINE!!!!!

Supplements might be the most controversial topic in the athletic field. Of all the supplements I’m going after the mack daddy, creatine. With all of my expereince, my recommendation is. . . Don’t take it.

Now if you’re an adult, you need to make decisions for yourself, nobody knows your body as well as you. Creatine definatly works to build muscle fast, but thats exactly the issue.

When you are young your body is constantly changing every day. If you speed up the process unnaturaly, there could be complications later on in life. The side affects of creatine include stomach pain, nasua, diahreea, and cramping. On top of this, creatine is very highly reseached, but there are virtually studies done with people under 18.

If you start taking cratine you will start gaining muscle faster than your body is used to. eventualy you might get too big for your sport. this could cause you to get slow and you might move to a position you don’t want.Creatine_healthvist

If you are over 18 then you need to make the call. Nobody knows your body better than you and if you think the benefits out-weigh the risk, then by all means take it. Be sure to do your reseach on every brand. This is something you will put in your body that will drasticaly change it, it is no time to go cheap. I don’t use creatine so I can’t recommend anything but there are countless other people who can.

BUT, not all supplements are evil, here are some I recommend.

Protein Shake- I use Muscle Milk, but you can use whatever you want. It is important you get enough calories and protein in your diet to build muscle.

Pre Workout- I don’t use a pre workout, but if you need an extra boost, this is the way to go.

MultiVitamin- Before you put anything in your body you need to be sure you are getting the basics. A multivitamin is the best way to get there.

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The bottom line is, if your going to takea supplement be sure you know what your putting in your body.

 

5 Lifts that EVERY Linebacker Needs to do

As a linebacker, I can tell that the biggest difference maker in level of play is not size or strength, but ferocity. The ability to intimidate your opponent is one of the most important jobs of a linebacker. While being big helps to be intimidating, these lifts will set your game to the next level.

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You obviously still need to do bench press and squat but i’m going to assume you already knew that.

1. Dumbbell Flyes- Building a monster chest is the most intimidating thing that any human can do. But a chest will help with much more than just that. Strong pectoral muscles will help you to plug holes at the line of scrimmage and get off of blocks. It will also help you to force more fumbles because you are able to generate more pushing power.

2. Hang snatch/clean- This exercise might be the best thing to build explosion. This will help you to improve your coordination, grip-strength, and hard-hitting ability. Be sure that you come of the ground to work the most explosion possible.

3. Medicine Ball Workouts- I am going to be very broad with this one, but that is only because every medicine ball exercise works exactly what a vicious linebacker needs. It will train your ferocity by throwing it around, but also train explosion.

4. Rowing Machine- The rowing machine is a total body cardio exercise that will also train explosion. The cardio is very important to stay in shape and to maintain speed, and also to train your endurance for late game clutch moments.

5. Farm and Swing- This exercise will help to teach your body to sink your hips when you tackle. You should use a heavy kettle ball to simulate lifting a ball carrier off the ground, but be sure you can get in at least 8 reps.

If you implement these exercises into your workout then you are going to strike fear into the hearts of ball carriers everywhere.