It’s almost the New Year, and you know what that means… Time for all of the “New Year, New You” resolutions. Whether you’re already a regular at the gym, new to it, or just trying to be more consistent, it never hurts to add a little boost.
Here are 5 of our favourite supplements that you can use to maximize your workout.
1. Cellucor C4 Extreme Pre-Workout
If you need a boost to get you going, this pre-workout supplement will do the trick. With Beta-Alanine, Creatine Nitrate, N-acetyl L-Tyrosine, and of course caffeine, Cellucor C4 contains the perfect combination of active ingredients to promote energy and performance. With flavours like pink lemonade, icy blue razz, and watermelon, you’ll be craving this for more than just a workout. All you have to do is mix 1 scoop with 4-6 ounces of water 20-30 minutes before your workout to get that extra buzz.
2. Vega Electrolyte Hydrator
Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to get the most out of your workout. The Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator will replenish your electrolytes and minerals, provide antioxidants, and boost your metabolism. Add 1 scoop to 1 cup of water and drink throughout your workout, or any time throughout the day. For anyone who’s normally not hydrated enough, it’s crazy the difference you’ll feel while you exercise!
3. Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy
What is all the buzz about amino acids? Well, they are extremely important as they are essential for the synthesis of protein. Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy makes it easy to get your amino acids by mixing 1 scoop with 1 cup of water. Not only will it boost your energy, it will increase your alertness and strength, and contribute to a greater overall workout. When the tough part is done, the amino acids help repair your muscles and increase the recovery time so you can do it all over again! On top of the amino blend, Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy has caffeine from green coffee and green tea extracts to increase energy levels even more. 4. Iron Vegan Protein It can be hard to find a vegan protein that actually tastes good. Finally, we’ve found one that we would definitely call our favourite. Iron Vegan Protein comes in chocolate, vanilla, or naturally unflavoured. There’s none of that gritty texture here, it's unexpectedly smooth and creamy. On top of the flavour, Iron Vegan has all of the benefits that you want with your protein. Made from whole grain brown rice, this sprouted protein is organic, raw, and NON-gmo. Each scoop contains 17 g of protein, all 9 of the essential and non-essential amino acids, and 5 types of sprouted grains and seeds. Blend up a scoop with some non-dairy milk or water and some bananas after a workout, and you’ve got a perfect recovery shake!
5. PVL Essentials Pure Glutamine
Just like amino acids, glutamine is an important function that helps improve muscle repair. It also boosts immunity and improves digestive health. Although glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid, exercise can deplete your glutamine levels by up to 50%. The more you exercise, the more important it is to include glutamine in your diet as your body’s demand for it will increase. PVL Essentials Pure Glutamine makes it easy to do so by adding 1 scoop to 1 cup of water after your workout to speed up muscle repair and recovery. So don't worry if you over-indulged this holiday season, going back to the gym doesn't have to be something to dread. Use any of these supplements and you'll be back at it and on top of your game in no time.
Written by: Simone Blois