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Supplements

*Before you ever use any supplements, it’s important that you check with your doctor first*

Q: What supplements do you take?

A: Supplements that I use and recommend are Shakeology, P90X Recovery Drink, E&E, Sunwarrior Vegan Protein, and Xtend (BCAA’s). I use Shakeology as a meal replacement for lunch and occasionally as a post workout recovery drink. Take the protein twice a day: once in the morning and as a snack. Take the Recovery Formula directly following the workout.

Q: What is Shakeology?

A: Shakeology is probably the most popular supplement that Beachbody has to offer, and it acts as a meal replacement.  This is by far the best tasting and best overall supplement I’ve ever used, and one I highly recommend! You can learn more about Shakeology and find out how to get a sample by clicking here.

Q: What is the Recovery Formula?

A: As you know, when you workout you are tearing your muscles. Immediately after you’re done with your training for the day, those muscles you used go into “recovery” mode and start rebuilding. In order to rebuild properly, they need protein and carbohydrates to carry that protein. They “feed” your muscles and allow them to make a better recovery and get stronger! It’s good to take this after both cardio and resistance workouts.

Q: Should I take the Recovery Formula after cardio workouts?

A: Yes, you should take the Recovery Formula after every intense workout! The only one I wouldn’t take it after is X Stretch.

Q: Should I take the Recovery Formula after I work out if it’s late at night?

A: Even if you work out late and go to bed shortly afterward, you still need to take the Recovery Formula!

Q: What is whey protein?

A: Click here for more information on whey protein.

Q: Should I take creatine?

A: I have created a few blog posts about creatine: http://www.iwanttogetripped.com/2009/creatine/ and http://www.iwanttogetripped.com/2009/creatine-part-ii/

Q: What do you think about the P90X Protein Bars?

A: The P90X Protein Bars are by far my favorite that I have tried! They contain a lot of protein (18 grams), which helps with your protein requirements, as well as a good amount of carbohydrates (37 grams), which help you keep your energy level up throughout the day.

Q: What supplements should I take to gain mass?

A: You can actually use all of the supplements that I listed above to gain mass. Remember, gaining mass has a lot to do with your diet and proper timing of supplements! You can learn more about the timing of supplements to gain mass by clicking here.