Supplementation! I feel like it’s very polarizing. I thought I’d take some time today to share what I’m using and why so that you can see what a pretty chill wannabe athlete takes on the daily. This is not necessarily a suggestion that you take them (obviously, use at your own risk) but a couple of these have so much science behind them, I’d suggest them to almost anyone looking to take things to the next level.
A lot of people, especially women, worry that with creatine, they’ll hold weight and prefer to use beta-alanine. I personally can’t take beta-alanine because I get the tingles too badly so I go with creatine. I found this fantastic article on one of my favorite sites, Girls Gone Strong, all about why and whether women should take creatine and so if it’s something you’re interested in, I’d say head over there and check it out!
BCAAs really help me recover from my DOMS much faster so I gotta have those when I’m training six days a week! As with creatine, Girls Gone Strong has an article about whether BCAAs are for you, so if you’re interested, head over there and check it out! I take mine in pill form since I haven’t found a drinkable version yet that I like the flavor of. I’m sure it’s less efficient to take it in pill form, I’m just kinda OK with that so I can continue to be stubborn and not drink something I don’t like.
Next up is my protein shakes! Why not just mix one from a powder you ask? Why get these pricey pre-made ones? Well, the answer is simple and two-fold:
- I can never get the same result from a Blender Bottle as I can my blender. However, Ruby, my youngest pupper, is terrified of blenders which causes her to scream her head off. All around bad.
- In the mornings, I like to keep things chill so just having one of these in the fridge helps me with that.
I grab these ones in big packs off Amazon and while I’ll definitely be weaning myself off them as I go more and more paleo, for now, especially on days I know will be low protein, I add one to my water/coffee morning routine.
Next up are these two supplements from Old School which I’m trying out right now. Old School isn’t a new company to me. I really liked to use their Vintage Bliss back when I was having more trouble sleeping so I figured why not try a couple of their other options?
First up is Vintage Bend, which is a joint support supplement. As some of you might guess or know, I have Celiac Disease and it went untreated pretty far into my life. Because of that, I used to blow out my knees pretty frequently. They’re getting better as I’m getting older but I figure things like vitamin D, glucosamine, tumeric and others can’t really hurt me so why not give it a shot?
The other one is Vintage Burn, which I’m not totally won over on yet. I figured I’d try out one of these newer fat burning supplements since the last time I tried one, I was about 19-20 years old and it had ephedrine in it! Why yes, I am old as dirt 😂 I’m not totally won over on it because there’s so much shifting right now with my new workout schedule, a new diet, and, heck, just beginner’s gains that I don’t think I could tell if it was really working or not. Because of this, I’m thinking about tabling it until I get more stable and then seeing if there are any benefits.
So yeah, that’s where I’m at! Do you use any supplements? Let me know on my Instagram or Facebook post or feel free to leave a comment here! Until next time!