RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTS

Get that extra out of your training with some science backed supplements

SUPPLEMENTS I USE

I use supplements on a daily basis and I recommend anyone taking on the CE30 challenge who wants the best bang for their buck does so as well. Here is a guide of what supplements I personally use and recommend.

The brand I mostly use is MyProtein - I have used this brand for over 8 years. The two main reasons is that they have independent tests proving the ingredients and quality of their products. They are cheaper than any other high-quality brand out there.

(This doesn't mean to say that you have to buy from MyProtein, there are many other good brands. Whey is still Whey, Creatine is Creatine no matter where you buy it from. Just make sure the quality and ingredients are what it says it is)

 

Whey Protein - super useful for hitting daily protein goals. The convenience of mixing a whey protein shake compared to preparing cooking a high protein meal makes Whey Protein almost essential for anyone with a busy schedule trying to hit protein goals.

If you are lactose intolerant there are a variety of other protein powder alternatives such as rice, pea and even beef protein powders.

When to take: Drink whey protein shake pre and post-workout. When on the road and you don't have a high protein meal.

 

 

 

Creatine - One of the most researched supplements on the market, Creatine is important as it is the first energy source to be called on by the body. Sports scientist Colin Wilborn recently called creatine the “safest, most effective supplement that ever existed.”

  • Improves performance

  • Plays an essential role in energy metabolism.

  • One of the most researched and tested supplements available

When to take: Post-workout

 

 

 

Omega 3 Fish Oil - An excellent source of fat that can help increase brain activity. Can reduce muscle soreness (DOMS) and aid recovery. On the days that I don't eat fish, I take 5-10g of fish oil supplement for a source of omega-3 fats.

  • A convenient source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

  • Increase in brain activity

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory

  • Decreases cortisol (Stress hormone)

When to take: 5g in the morning and 5g at night

 

 

 

Vitamin D3 - Prevents Vitamin D3 deficiency. A fat-soluble nutrient and one of the 24 micro-nutrients critical for humans' survival. Although the Sun should be the primary source for Vitamin D, living in colder countries for the most part of the year it's not always possible. It is important for immune health and testosterone levels.

When: Take 5,000 IU daily anytime

 

 

 

ZMA  - ZMA is a patented formulation containing Zinc, Magnesium and vitamin B6. Prevents you being deficient in either Zinc or Magnesium. It can help you sleep better and aid recovery.

When to take: Before sleep.

 

 

 

Daily Multi-Vitamin - Useful as a "buffer" to ensure you are getting all of your micro-nutrients. As with all supplements, a multivitamin isn't to be used as a substitute but to supplement your 2-3 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

When to take: Morning and night

 

 

 

BCAA - Recommended during your workout to prevent your body from breaking down your hard-earned muscle for energy.

When to take: During your workout

 

 

 

Caffeine - to be used on the days that you need that extra bit of energy. Caffeine has been proven to improve performance and mental focus. I prefer to use caffeine over proprietary blend pre-workouts as I can control the dose and I don't have to consume all of the other ingredients.

When: Immediately before your workout

 

 

More on supplements

Most people assume supplements make a bigger difference to building muscle and/or losing fat than they actually do (mostly down to the mass marketing of the giant supplement companies).

For me, Supplements offer a few important benefits but they are a long way away from being as important as your diet and progressively increasing physical performance and workload:

  • Supplements are convenient & can save time

  • Supplements can save you money

  • Supplements can work as a "bumper"

Supplements are convenient and save you time - Time is very important to me. There are not enough hours in a day so if I am able to take a protein shake whilst traveling on the road then I will because that is so much more convenient than barbecuing 200g of chicken at the side of the road or prepping an extra meal a day.

Supplements can save you money - Food bills soon add up - as an example foods high in omega 3 such as Salmon are quite expensive. To cut back on costs and to avoid eating fish every day (and nobody wants to do that) a fish oil supplement is useful.

Supplements are convenient and work as a bumper -Supplements such as a multivitamin, vitamin D3, calcium, magnesium and zinc are all relatively cheap. Although my diet is very high in micronutrients I often take these as a "bumper" to ensure that I am not running the risk of being deficient in any.

© 2020 By CHRIS EVZ

DISCLAIMER
Results may vary from person to person and results are not guaranteed. As with any exercise program you get the rewards for the efforts you put in