All to often, people start a gym program and automatically start thinking about supplements, protein powders, shakes, fat burners, strippers, bulking powders and pre-workouts. Thinking these powders, pills and potions will help them achieve their goals faster and with less effort… WRONG!
The truth is, these products are the cherry on top of your ice cream Sundae. Without the ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate topping and nuts, the cherry is pointless. You can fill your body with as many supplements and kproteins as you like, but if your not willing to put in he hard work they can actually have the opposite effect.
So what do I take and why:
I suggest reading my blog on Protein powder for this one, as it goes into more detail about why people take it. But for me, I train with weights 5 days a week and I aim to build muscle and strength. For me, protein powder is a good thing, it gives my body the nutrients it needs to build muscle and keeps me feeling full. That being said, I don’t take it everyday, mainly when I have had a big session or if I’m on a ‘heavy lifting’ program. Your average gym goer probably doesn’t need protein powder, they should be getting enough protein from food.
This product is for the ladies. Alpha Venus is an estrogen stripper, is reduces the excess estrogen some women suffer from. Alpha venus can help alleviate some of the symptoms experienced during periods and improve your mood. I find I hold some excess weight in the hips and butt (like so many women), some of which is the result of excess estrogen. When I take this, my periods are far less painful, shorter and it helps to thin out my thighs and butt. (In conjunction with a healthy, balanced diet and weight training)
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) are 3 amino acids that benefit muscle growth, they are include leucine, isoleucine and valine. I take BCAA’s during a workout to allow me to train at a higher intensity for longer, as it can assist in keeping serotonin levels low, which, if they increase, can cause fatigue. BCAA’s can also help to reduce protein breakdown, allowing the muscles to grow or at least maintain size.
If you have read my other blogs, you will know I suffer from arthritis and I often get asked what I take for it. Nothing… I used to take anti-inflammatory tablets and pain medication, but after about a year of weight lifting I stopped all medication. It was a bit painful at first, but I didn’t want to be on medication my whole life. My body adapted and now I live with minimal pain. Of course that’s not the case for everybody with arthritis, but that’s what worked for me. I also don’t take any supplements for my arthritis.
So that’s what I take, some people take a lot more supplements and some take none. The important thing is to do your research before you spend your hard earned money on supplements. Look at why you want to take something and exactly what you want to achieve by taking it. If your confused, always consult a professional, such as a dietician, doctor or nutritionist.