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The Mans Cave was a concept originated long before my time. The men in my family have always had their place of solitude where men could be men and there was no questioning. I now live the city life which means the man cave has been greatly reduced in size. That brought me to create an internet based man cave where all men can join in. Whether geek, gamer, jock, fitness, brewer, BBQ-er, or just looking for a place to read about manly news, you will find a home in the Man Cave

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Basic Essentials for your Workouts

I figured a good way to kickoff The Man Cave's first work out blog post would be to inform fellow Man Cave dwellers of the three basic supplements you should all take!  Before I start I just want to mention that I will refer specific products because I use them myself and have found them to be the best, but I in no way get kick-backs of any sort by you going out to get them.  I simply look for the best deals, and if you find better please comment with the link and price so everyone can save some cash!  Anyway the first supplement you all should be taking is the all mighty multivitamin!  Its extremely simple to take (just one pill in the morning with breakfast).  I personally have found that GNC's Mega Men vitamins provide you with everything you could possibly need for a cheap price!  the dosage on the bottle will tell you to take two pills per day, but I STRONGLY urge you to only take one, this is because you will likely get the renaming amount of vitamins in your food during the day.  This will also cut down on your chances of getting kidney stones and save more money!  The link will be in this post for the Amazon pricing.  Also if you wish to purchase from GNC here is that link: http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4033434 (their prices is $26.99 not including shipping). 

Second on our list of essentials is a protien shake (sometimes referreed to as meal replacement shake).  Again I have tried many different kinds and always find my self going back to my favorite brand (Met-Rx).  Here is where smart shopping comes into play... Many brands brag about the amount of grams of protien they have in their product, but did you know that the average male only sees a significant improvement in muscle regeneration with 20 grams of protien in one sitting... this means that anything over 20 grams doesn't help you heal faster at all, and the main purpose for the shake is to speed muscle recovery.  So save yourself some cash and put down that 48 grams of protien and spring for the 20 gram one!  Another good look is to try and make sure the product is a meal replacement instead of just raw protien, this is because the meal replacement has more vitamins and supporting ingredients that help with protien digestion and protien synthasis which is the process of converting that shake to real muscle.  Also for those of you that don't care for packing on muscle... just use the meal replacement just as it says "meal replacement" replace your after workout snack or meal with the shake itself!  for others that want mass still take the shake 30 minutes after your workout, but do not count it as a meal.  Again I have the Amazon link in this post... but another little secret is that about 99% of walmarts carry Met-Rx... so next time your over there saving money, cruise down the health and vitamins section to find this for cheap!

Third and last thing on our list here is really simple... WATER!!!  its extrememly simple, your body is mostly made of water so don't deny it from what it needs!   Also when working out only drink water or some sort of sports drink... do not bring soda in the weight room, they will laugh you out the door!  Finally this is the cheapest product because you can go to your sink and fill up your cup! 

This concludes our basic essential supplements for the everyday working out man.  We will cover a ton more for you hardcore people in the future.  Also look for us to post actual tips on workouts you can do at home, at the gym, or pretty much anywhere you have an hour of free time.

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