Anyone remember newbie gains? I do, fondly. That period of time when you first start strength training when gains seem to come quickly and easily as a result of simply turning up to the gym. But alas, the newbie gain train eventually comes to an end, and we are faced with putting hard and consistent work over a long period of time to add kilos to our lifts. I’m not even going to tell you the embarrassing amount of time it’s taken me to add a measly 2.5kg to my benchpress. (As a side note, have you ever noticed how many people quit strength sports when newbie gains end?) Other than smart programming, progressive overload, good nutrition and rest and recovery, there are three supplements that all serious strength athletes should be taking.