Most new bodybuilders, and some experienced ones, kid carried away with supplements. If you were to take a look at their kitchen counter, you would see it loaded with every supplement under the sun. Creatine, Amino Acids, Protein Powders, Etc. The truth is that many supplements are good but many more are useless. In fact, if your diet is right, you really should not need any supplements.
A proper diet will give you enough protein to build muscle, enough carbs to get you through your workout and enough fat to keep your hormone levels in check. That is right, you need fat. Among other things, it is necessary for the production of testosterone. You do want that right. Protein is something that is often over emphasized. The maximum you really need is 1 gram per pound of body weight. So, for the average bodybuilder you are looking at somewhere between 150 and 225 grams of protein a day.
What Supplements Are Needed
Getting the right amount of protein in can be challenging for some which is why protein powders are often a needed supplement. I prefer whey because it digests quickly, it is cheap and readily available. If you want to control your carbs, look for a whey isolate which will be almost pure whey protein. These tend to taste a little worse though because they are very dependent on sugar free artificial flavors.
Besides protein, the only other supplement you should consider is a good multi vitamin. Nothing fancy, even a simple “One a Day” will give you the extra vitamins that you need to supplement your diet. Unless a doctor has said you are deficient in a certain vitamin, a multi should do the trick.
This is one of those things that is different for every bodybuilder. Stimulants like NOX or just straight Caffeine might help you get a better workout if you need the extra energy or motivation. I personally will pop a caffein pill before a workout if I need an extra boost. This is about the caffeine in a standard cup of coffee. If you decide to use a stimulant and have never done so before, be careful. A little goes a long way. Start with half of the recommended dose and work your way up and never ever take more than is recommended.