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    I was curious if you should use supplements while training for the Army.
    IE Whey Protein, Creatine, or if it's better to go all natural?

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    You wont be able to take them in training. Everything you take will be inventoried, confescated or packed up depending on what it is. Everything you receive while in BT will be gone through.

    Dont chance it, you will get enough vitamins and protein while in training through your meals.
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    Thank you Dibblejr right now I'm taking whey to build muscle and some fat burners to drop weight, but I have 8 months assuming I pass through meps with out an issue, I wouldn't bend on the job I wanted so I ended up waiting a long time.

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    As long as you dont try to take them to BT, do what you legally want/ must do now and then about 30 days prior to BT wean off them. I would drop the creatine but thats just my opinion.

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    Yeah I don't use creatine personally so i just wont pick it up, my buddy recommended it. I'll continue reading through this forum to get more information I need for getting physically ready naturally.

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    Use supplements wisely. All my soldiers in my shop and myself take whey protein, muscle milk and creatine. But we drink water constantly. Also read the directions and take it properly. Too much protein and you just crap it out.

    But like the SFC said, when you get to basic; you cant take supplements. You will have to wait to AIT (depending) or until you get to your unit.
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    Should, I start? Cruit, when i graduated BCT, I swam in that stuff.Freak muscle and milk muscle with whey protein non stop..I've been doing it ever since. Shit can the Creatine,

    I put on 30lbs of muscle clanging and banging at the Armory gym for a year straight. My fat % is very low.I'm jacked..I hold the unit record for the military lift for Soldier's who try @240lbs and change. Always, remember, nothing works unless you're training. I'll post my workout routine this weekend. I'm a four time winner of our Army's (APFT) Award and counting.
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    My son went through all of the popular supplements before he enlisted including creatine. He was a wrestling & a Judo athlete. He found that creatine helped him immeasurably but it adds muscle weight real fast & you have to be prepared to compete at a higher weight class. It should NEVER be taken with coffee, soft drinks or fruit juices. As a matter of fact stay away from anything acidic. Drink lots & lots of water (which you should be doing anyhow). I will NOT recommend creatine. About all I can say for it'll allow you to do considerably more reps. You must be careful when using it if you must.

    About all he takes now is Muscle Milk & several vitamin supplements. Since he left active duty he attained 4 National Judo championships in 2organizations. He does Judo a minimum of 3 times a week & works out daily. His runs have been curtailed due to the weather but his cardio is still off the chart. We have a Nautilus Fitness center along with our Judo club & he's a trainer there as well as being a Judo instructor. The last 3 APFTs he's taken for his Reserve unit had him scoring a 300 twice & a 290 once. Unfortunately his unit expects it of him because he's a Ranger. He refuses to let them down.

    I never took any supps in my 27 years of military service & always maxed or nearly maxed the PT test in my age group & always made weight except once when I was on an iron lifting campaign but made the body fat requirements with flying colors.

    Most of the physical excercises I did were whatever is on the APFT-running, pushups, situps, with swimming, hiking, pullups, biking, & some weight lifting thrown in. I've found - for me- that that was the best way to increase my cardio, keep fat off, & remain strong enough to excell in PT & in my job as an Airborne Infantryman.

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    Night, what is wrong with creatine? My soldiers and I take it since we can keep a lock on the muscle and keep a pump for longer.

    I take one spoonful daily. That is a good amount.
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    Wow, I'm surprised to see negativity to Creatine! I've used it on and off for years now and have always kept the gains. As long as your water intake is under control I haven't seen any reason to dislike it? I mean, it helps you lift heavier/faster/longer. What's not to like?

    You do have to watch the acidic level when you take it, unless you use an enteric coated creatine pill like Millennium Sport Tech's CRE-02. Take CRE-02 along with your pre-training meal and you're rolling. Caffeine pre-workout is also a huge boost. My favorite non-product pre shake is black coffee + green tea.

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