Should I be using supplements?

We have all seen workout supplements and most of us have probably tried them, but if you haven't and are considering trying them here's some pros and cons.

Things You Should be Taking Anyway
I don't consider protein a supplement, most people who are working out don't get enough protein in their diet and it is an absolute must for building your body up in a healthy way. Even if your mainly doing a cardio workout, protein is a must. 

I currently drink a muscle milk for breakfast, because of the convenience of the premade bottles that I can buy at Wal-Mart. If you're going for bulk powder, my personal favorite is Dymatize  but Syntha-6 from BSN is also very good and is a lot cheaper.

On to the Cons
Lets start with the cons of supplements. First, they are pricey, a full regiment of supplements will easily run $100 a month or more depending on what you are doing and how often you are taking them. 

A full regiment generally includes
Pre Workout
Post Workout

Along with the monetary price, supplements can have a negative impact on your body, and aren't always up to FDA standards for purity and other things. 

Especially when first starting to workout, supplements can work wonders, you can progress a lot faster than you would other wise and they can greatly reduce the soreness that you feel. Longer term they can help you progress and get definition or bulk or cut, depending on what you want them to do and what you buy.

I am currently supplement free but if you are interesting in seeing what my old routine was, here is what I did 

Pre Workout
Post Workout - I rarely did a post workout