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What Supplements Should I Buy?

Welcome to part two of this article series looking at ‘What Supplements You Should Buy’ in order to achieve your goals. Previously, we discussed supplement categories and specific supplement suggestions to help you build muscle, build lean muscle, build mass or bulk as well as get cut, ripped or defined. If you haven’t already read Part 1 of this series, why not catch up by clicking the link below:

Read Part 1 – What Supplements Should I Take

Part 2 will examine the supplements you should or could be taking to really help assist with your aim to lose weight, support optimal hormone levels, improve joint pain or simply the right products to help you during your workouts. So read on and find out the perfect supplement stack for your needs.

What Supplements Should I Take to Lose Weight, For Fat Loss or Weight Loss?

Losing weight and losing fat are two of the most common and popular goals for new and old trainers alike. The two goals are usually considered synonymous with each other in that most people who want to lose weight actually want to lose fat. Maintaining muscle mass during the weight loss process is crucial as it is metabolically active tissue; that is, the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism and the more energy or calories you’ll be burning throughout the day. A good multi purpose fat burner as well as single fat metabolising ingredients round out the top 3 supplements to support your weight loss effort. It should also be noted that a multivitamin is a must to ensure you get enough essential vitamins and minerals during a calorie restricted diet.

Supplements

Suggestions

1. Blended Protein

2. Fat Burners

3. Fat Metabolisers

 

What Supplements Should I Take to Increase Testosterone or Support Testosterone?

Supporting optimal testosterone levels are important, especially for ageing trainers as levels of testosterone tend to decline steadily as we age. This decrease comes with it common issues such as slower results, loss of muscle mass and lowered libido to name a few. Most testosterone support supplements feature a variety of ingredients, however single ingredient supplements such as D-Aspartic Acid are also great by itself to help with the process. An ‘Anti-Estrogen’ supplement rounds out the top 3 supplements to support testosterone levels as a way of slowing or inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to estradiol.

Supplements

Suggestions

1. All Round Testosterone Booster

2. D-Aspartic Acid

3. Anti-Estrogen

 

What Supplements Should I Take to Increase Growth Hormone or Support Growth Hormone?

As with testosterone levels, growth hormone levels tend to decline as we age and can reduce by up to 50% by the time we’re in our 40s and 50s. This decline results in a variety of issues such as loss of muscle mass, increased fat mass and reduced energy levels. Most of the supplements for growth hormone support will usually be a mixture of amino acids and sleep enhancing ingredients as deep sleep is often correlated with large releases of growth hormone. As such, supplements to support healthier sleep can also be considered a growth hormone support supplement.

Supplements

Suggestions

1. HGH Boosters

2. Sleep Supplements

 

What Supplements Should I Take Before My Workouts?

Supplementation prior to workouts may not seem as important, but the right supplements used prior to a workout can help you recover better and sustain top quality workout performance for better results in the long term. A protein and carbohydrate supplement can offer you the fuel you need to prevent catabolism (muscle protein breakdown) and power you through the workouts, while a good pre-workout will help improve energy levels, mental focus and attention and delay fatigue.

Supplements

Suggestions

1. Blended Protein

2. Pre-Workout

3. Pre-Workout Caffeine Free

 

What Supplements Should I Take During My Workouts?

Taking supplements during your workouts can really assist with sustaining performance with longer duration training sessions as well as preventing or limiting muscle breakdown processes. If your training sessions are under an hour and you’ve already had a pre-workout supplement or a protein shake, then during or intra workout supplements aren’t a high priority. However, if you’re sessions are slightly longer, more intense or you haven’t had anything prior to your workout, branched chain amino acid supplements and carbohydrate supplements are useful. Electrolyte and rehydration drinks are also ideal to ensure optimal performance and avoidance of muscle cramps.

Supplements

Suggestions

1. Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) Supplements

2. Carbohydrates

3. Electrolytes

 

What Supplements Should I Take for Joint Pain or Health?

Joint health is vital for any trainer as joint issues such as osteoarthritis and general joint pain can not only impede exercise performance but can really affect quality of life in the long term. High impact exercises and frequent daily exercise can compound the wear and tear affecting the joints. Joint Support supplements can help slow down and prevent degradation of the joints, while essential fatty acid supplement such as fish oil and krill oil can assist with alleviating inflammation and helping with joint pain management.

Supplements

Suggestions

1. Joint Support

2. Essential Fatty Acids

 

The Right Supplement

Whether you want to lose weight or fat, improve your performance before or during your workouts and want to support optimal anabolic hormones in your body, the right supplement can mean the difference between getting close to your goals, actually meeting those goals and smashing through them. Stick around for Part 3 of this ‘Which Supplements to Buy’ Series which will look at the right supplements to take for CrossFit, Running, Swimming, Bodybuilding and general Working Out.

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