J is very well-informed and knowledgeable about supplements, and has tried most of the free samples we get at shows. (Check out his supplement reviews!) When I started training with him, the first thing he did was to inform me that my favorite gummy vitamins did not, in fact, contain the necessary nutrients I needed, and furthermore, they contained enough sugar to keep my body out of fully shifting into ketosis. D'oh! After the switch to quality vitamins, he then had me try a few basic supplements.
Below is a list of the supplements I currently use, or have used within the past year. I switch some out periodically and substitute others. Some are rather similar with slight differences and flavors.
|Supplements I use|
Vitamin D3: This is a great supplement for bone growth and health. I firmly believe all women should take this vitamin daily.
EVP by Evogen: Endorsed and used by several IFBB Pro bodybuilders, this pre-workout supplement helps with muscle growth and helps prevent fatigue. Although it's more expensive than other pre-workout supplements, it's high quality and actually works well.
HumaPro by ALR Industries: This is an amino acid blend designed specifically for humans. It promotes muscle growth. I've used this in my intra-workout drink to help maximize my workouts.
Biotin: This is a water-soluble b-complex vitamin that helps with nail and hair growth and strength. During prep, sometimes nutrients are missing from our restricted diets, so this vitamin is important to keep our nails and hair beautiful.
Xtend by Scivation: This supplement consists mostly of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's). It helps with training intensity and muscle growth and repair. I occasionally use this in my water bottle throughout the day, or in my intra-workout drink.
Micronized Glutamine: Glutamine is an amino acid that helps maintain muscle. This is a good supplement to add to your water bottle throughout the day or add to your pre- and intra-workout drinks. I believe every serious athlete should supplement with glutamine.
Multi-vitamin by Optimum Nutrition: Multi-vitamins are important for everyone, not just athletes.
Myofusion by Gaspari Nutrition: Not only does this protein taste good, it's good quality too! It's a complex protein formula that consists of whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, egg albumen (egg whites), and milk protein isolate. I either drink this mixed with some water, or I blend it into egg whites and make a protein pancake with it.
Pure Liquid Amino by All-American EFX: Also known as liquid beef aminos, this blend is a liquid that tastes like Hershey's Syrup. Srsly. It's good! Essentially, it helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the muscles for increased stamina, faster recovery, and muscle growth. I mix a couple tablespoons with water and drink it immediately after any workout, including cardio sessions. I also periodically mix small amounts in my water bottle throughout the day.
So there's a sneak peak into my supplement cabinet! I do, however, use the term "cabinet" loosely. Since there are two of us competitors in the house, we have supplements stashed on top of the fridge, in a cupboard, and on free-standing shelves in the kitchen. If J had his way, we'd have all the cans and bottles lined up on the counters for easy access. But I informed him that since we're not in college anymore, we should try to have a somewhat "grown-up" looking kitchen. We ended up compromising.
|Supplements on top of the fridge doesn't look very "grown up" but it certainly is convenient.|