Monday, August 15, 2011

What's in My Supplement Cabinet?

There are people on both sides of the supplement fence: people either think they're very beneficial or they think they're a waste of money. I used to sit directly in the middle of the fence because I didn't know very much about them.

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
Figure Fuel by MAN Sports: This is a pre- and intra-workout supplement. It's BY FAR the most effective workout supplement I've tried - it helps with focus, intensity, and fatigue without giving me any jitters. There are no stimulants in it, and it was designed BY women, FOR women. I discovered how effective it actually is when I ran out and tried a couple other formulas. I couldn't figure out why my workouts weren't as intense and I fatigued so quickly. When I went back to Figure Fuel, my workouts greatly improved. That's proof enough for me that it's a good quality supplement!

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.

7 comments:

  1. Haha! I am lucky in that Patrick lets me have a whole cart for all my protein powders, supplements, lunch bag, scale, & bottles. ;)

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  2. Its always nice to see what other competitors are taking and what they find works for them. thanks for sharing and I cant wait to read the reviews.

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  3. So glad I found your blog! I enjoy seeing what other competitors are taking. My trainer told me not to take women-specific multivitamins because they actually contain less nutrients, and usually cost more...

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  4. thanks Kari, i've been toying with the decision to take supps. this will help :)

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  5. I have a whole cupboard in my kitchen full of vitamins and supplements. Oddly enough Jon didn't like them on the counter. lol!

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  6. Holy Moly!!!!!

    I have fish oil, prenatals, and folic acid. CLEARLY I need to step my supplement game up, BIGTIME.

    Sheesh!!

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