Many of you have been asking me what kind of supplements I used to get the results I have, and now I am going to share it with you! I will also explain when to take these supplements.
Whey protein has always been a part of my diet because of how necessary it is to build muscle. When I first started the program, the nutrition book called for a high amount of protein, and whey protein and fish were the two main things that helped me reach that daily mark. When should you take it? I take it 2-3 times a day: once in the morning, once after I workout, and once before bed. The two most essential times are in the morning and after the workout, but before bed is a great time to feed the muscles and help them heal while you sleep. I used to take Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein, but have made the switch to the Beachbody brand, and I like it much better.
Creatine is something that I used to take every day for about 2 years while playing baseball. It helped me gain muscle mass and increased my athletic performance. I was able to train longer and harder while on it. I took Creatine Monohydrate at the time, but they have since come out with Creatine Ethyl Ester, which pretty much eliminates the water weight gain associated with monohydrate. Take 1 teaspoon about 30-45 minutes before your workout. Even though I am not currently taking it, it is a supplement that I highly recommend.
BSN’s NO-Explode is an EXCELLENT pre-workout supplement that boosts energy and the ability to get those extra “pumps” while lifting. The main ingredients are caffeine (I explained the benefits in the last entry), creatine, arginine, and glutamine. Take this about 30-45 minutes before you workout, and if you are going to eat anything with it, make sure it is a SMALL carbohydrate. I HIGHLY recommend some sort of pre-workout supplement!
Protein Bars are a great snack to satisfy hunger cravings throughout the day. I have tried just about every bar out there, but have found that the P90X Bars are the best. Most of the other brands contain very high sugar or carbs, so you should ALWAYS check that before buying! I am currently using the Mocha flavor, and really can’t get enough of them!
Glutamine is another supplement that I believe is necessary! Glutamine helps with muscle recovery, and should be taken with your protein shakes. I mix water, whey protein, and a teaspoon of glutamine for every shake.
Beachbody Recovery Formula is the last supplement that I am going to talk about, and again, this is 100% NECESSARY! After you workout, your muscles need nutrients, and the Recovery Formula feeds the muscles the nutrients necessary for recovery and building! Great supplement!
If you have any further questions about the supplements I use or any other supplements, email me and I will go into more detail.