Five Supplements to Boost Your Performance
Five Supplements to Boost Your Performance
These nutritional supplements will have you amped up and ready to go for your workout.
If you train hard, there’s no question you’re doing everything possible to maximize your athletic performance. That means making sure your training program is well structured, you’re getting the proper pre and post workout nutrition, and you’re getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night. But what dietary supplements could you be taking to push your training to the next level?
For even better results, you might need that extra boost before training sessions. The following nutritional supplements will increase your energy level, enhance your alertness and concentration, and help fight fatigue, allowing you to push harder for longer.
While downing a cup of coffee may not be realistic before hitting the gym, supplementing with 200 mg of caffeine in capsule form, or via a product like AmiNO Energy, is. Keep in mind that anything over 200 mg (about two cups of coffee) will jeopardize your eligibility, so be mindful of the dosage.
Caffeine will instantly increase your focus and intensity, as well as increase the rate of fatty acid oxidation. This is an added benefit for those looking to lose some body fat while they’re training.
Nitric oxide acts as a vasodilator in the body, helping to increase the amount of blood flow to your muscles, reducing the chances of fatigue onset. Fatigue from intense weight lifting is typically due to an increase in lactic acid, brought on by a lack of oxygen. Thankfully, nitric oxide can help to reduce these effects.
Additionally, most people notice nitric oxide brings far better muscle “pumps” while exercising. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that this is because nitric oxide allows more blood to move through your muscle tissues.
Finally, since nutrient delivery will also be enhanced when using nitric oxide, you’ll recover faster after each session is completed as the protein and carbs you take post workout will get to your muscle tissue more quickly.
L-Arginine is a precursor to nitric oxide. By definition it’s actually an amino acid used for all the regular functions of growth and repair, and helps to enhance blood flow while reducing the symptoms of fatigue. For those who find nitric oxide a bit too strong, this may be the perfect balance for you.
Creatine is another pre-workout product most often used by those on intense weight lifting programs.
But, as an athlete, make sure you don’t overlook this supplement either. With many sports having a stop-and-go nature requiring bursts of activity, the creatine phosphate stores in the body will be rapidly depleted.
When these stores are depleted, high levels of fatigue set in forcing you to potentially stop your workout entirely. By adding creatine before your workouts, you’ll ensure your stores are saturated, allowing you to train longer at a high intensity level. Even if your training session consists of just running drills (especially sprints), creatine will help.
The last supplement for athletes to consider is beta-alanine. This amino acid plays a key role in energy development, helps to enhance your overall level of muscle endurance, improves your workout performance by boosting concentration and increasing reaction times, and increases the conversion of fuel utilization by the muscles to keep your workouts as intense as possible. Long story short, Beta-A enables you to work out harder, longer. Not bad huh? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.
Any way you slice it, maximizing your results means giving some thought to supplementation. While having high levels of motivation is a prerequisite, the set of nutritional supplements recommended above can help push your performance to the next level. Choose wisely and get after it!
If you're interested in turning the volume up on your workouts, 1R would recommend the following supplements:
- Muscle Tech Cell-Tech - Promotes strength, power, and lean muscle mass and helps increase workout performance
- CytoSport Fast Twitch - Increases power and explosiveness in fast twitch muscle fibers and Nitric Oxide amplifiers increase workout pumps
- Power Bar High Intensity - Impoves workout capacity and reduces muscle fatigue
About the Author
Shannon Clark holds a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alberta, where she specialized in Sports Performance and Psychology. In addition to her degree, she is an AFLCA certified personal trainer and has been working in the field for over 8 years now. She currently works with a variety of different clients with various goal sets, helping them reach whatever physique goals they have set for themselves. Shannon is a regular contributor to Bodybuilding.com and has also been named ‘Writer Of The Year’ two times running. She has been featured in the Iron Man magazine and has contributed well over 400 articles to a variety of different websites dedicated towards muscle building and athletic performance.For more information on Shannon, please see her website, www.ShannonClarkFitness.com
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