Supplements are exactly what the name conveys: supplemental. No, you absolutely do not need to take supplements in order to see results from weight lifting, but if you want to hurry up the process and see results more quickly or simply recover faster, then there are a few supplements I would consider adding!
- Protein. Protein is technically not a supplement, but a food group; however, protein is instrumental to building muscle, and many people do not include enough protein-based foods in their diet. Protein shakes serve as great post-workout snacks or meals, and I particularly love the chocolate one from OhYeah! because it is high in protein and low in carbs. I am also a huge fan of Quest bars, but I would definitely order these in bulk because they can be more on the expensive side if bought individually.
- BCAAs. Branched-Chain Amino Acids are a supplement I did not start taking until recently because I doubted whether they really did anything, but I started to drink these BCAAs a few months ago and I love them! (Both because I feel they help and they taste amazing). The purpose of BCAAs is to help support muscle recovery after high intensity workouts, but there are also a few which give a little boost to your energy levels during workouts as well.
- Pre-workout. I do not take a pre-workout, but many people do in order to increase energy levels, burn fat faster, and build more muscle. The danger with pre-workout is that there are many kinds which contain dubious ingredients. However, if you are interested, watch this video from one of my favorite fitness inspirations and she may give you a better idea of what pre-workouts work for her.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to workout supplements, but the most important thing to remember is that you can achieve great results without any special additions if you work out consistently, allow your body to rest, and eat a balance diet.