Common Bodybuilding Supplement Mistakes That Limit Mass Building

ommon Bodybuilding Supplement Mistakes That Limit Mass Building

Using bodybuilding supplements properly seems to be a big mystery for many people that are working toward a mass building goal, even for those bodybuilders that are very experienced. With all the hype that surrounds bodybuilding supplements, its very easy to become confused about which ones actually work, which supplements to buy, and what products are scams.  Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of using supplementation is that many trainers don’t understand how to time the intake of supplements in order to get the best mass building results.

Timing Bodybuilding Supplements to Maximize Mass Building

The fact is that the timing of when you take your supplements is just about as important as what supplements you take.   You are going to waste your money and get very frustrated with your lack of results if you’re not taking the right supplements at the right time. There are four common mistakes that bodybuilders make in regards to designing a supplement program for mass building and when to take these supplements.

4 Supplement Timing Mistakes That Hold Back Muscle Building

1. Failure To Combine Foods With Or Without Food

There are some supplements that should be taken on an empty stomach so they can be absorbed by the body, with nothing in the way, competing for absorption.  However, there are other bodybuilding supplements that should be taken with other nutrients, food, or sometimes other supplements in order to be properly absorbed by the body.  In order to maximize the absorption of supplements, you need to understand which supplements should be taken on an empty stomach and which ones should be taken with meals.

2. Not Using Supplements Correctly Around Workouts

Your body’s needs will be different during your workout than after a workout.  For example, you might benefit from taking a specific supplement prior to your workout that will help you during training, keeping your energy and intensity levels high throughout your workout.  After your workout, using the right supplements will give your body the recovery materials it needs in order to recover, making you leaner, stronger, and more muscular.

3. Not Dividing Up Supplement Dosage Correctly

Some supplements can be taken successfully all at once.  These bodybuilding supplements are either event-​​oriented, like right before working out or the dosage is small enough that they can be taken at one time.  On the other hand, some supplements must be taken in larger dosages and might need to be split up so they can be properly absorbed by the body.  Additionally, some might be better absorbed with a slow feed approach throughout the day.

4. Improper Supplement Timing At Night

No matter how hard you train in the gym, your body recovers at night while you’re sleeping.  This is when your body does its best work, recovering, rebuilding, and returning your efforts with lean muscle.  For instance, your body has the highest output of anabolic hormones when you sleep, compared to the output during the rest of the day.  This includes growth hormone and testosterone, both of which help with mass building and burning unwanted body fat.

Therefore, the bodybuilding supplements you take before retiring at night can make a big difference in the results you see when mass building.  Some supplements will support muscle recovery and maintenance, and other supplements will naturally enhance the secretion of anabolic hormones when you’re asleep. By supporting both of these processes during the body’s optimum recovery zone, you will literally wake up with a better body than you went to bed with.



  1. Justin says:

    The author raised several points that I had never considered, but failed to instruct how to accomplish said tasks or which supplements are best, which are junk, and when to take what. I\‘m not experienced at all in any of this and was looking for some direction.

    • Mel G says:

      Justin I agree with you.. The author just gave very basic Info but failed to talk about which, what and all that other stuff . It\‘s a very broad topic. It really depends what it is that your are trying to do.. Put on size, lean , drop weight and so on. I\‘m a National figure competitor and can tell you that there are lots of good stuff Along with bad .. What works for might not work for all.. What exactly are you wanting out of this? What are you taking at this moment?Mel

      • jeff_anderson says:

        Mel is right… it really is individualized as to what you should take and base it on your goals. I just replied to your comment with a link where you can get a step-​​by-​​step process for creating your own supplement program based on your goals.

        • Milind says:

          Hi Jeff,
          I am 51 and do weight training regularly. But do not take any nutrition suppliments. I need advice on what kind of suppliments should I take. I am also intolerant to gluten. Will you please suggest some website to get authentic information on this?
          Thanks .

          • franklin says:

            gluten free whey protein is always an option : I recommend 20–50 grams 15–30 minutes after training, Your body absorbs this readily so I recommend taking it on an empty stomach.

            I recommend Casein Protein before sleeping. It takes your body longer to absorb and provides adequate protein delivery to your muscles through the night..(milk is a good example of this)

            and of course a good diet eating five-​​six times a day with adequate intake of lean proteins and vegetables is a solid plan as well and plenty of water.

  2. Jason says:

    Because that knowledge will cost you money, my friends.

  3. edward says:

    Most of online nutrition advice is not coming from trained & credentialed professionals.
    Anyone can call there self’s a nutritionist.
    If you wont good nutrition information check out (Google her)
    1– Dr Leslie Bonci > RD — MPH — CSSD — LND — UMP this lady has the training & credentials to give professional advice regarding nutrition/​sports performance.
    She is nutritionist for numerous professional sports teams & professional athletes.
    She is a keynote speaker at Army war college on nutrition & performance.

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