You’ve got the touch and the power, you’re the best around, no one’s yet successfully brought you down, you’ve got the eye of the tiger, and you’re trying desperately to think of other 80’s jams to reference. But is it enough? Is it ever enough?
Yes, because overworking yourself isn’t healthy and is, in fact, counterproductive. But even so, it could be better. Sure, you’ve got two tickets to the gun show. But having the right supplements will maximize your ability to get and keep those guns. The point is, you should use dietary supplements to boost your workout routines and maximize their effects! So with that in mind, here are the top 14 workout supplements we found for 2021.
Are you feeling like your blood isn’t pumping hard enough? Get yourself some yohimbine. It increases circulation in your body, gives you more energy, and can temporarily halt the production of fat. A pretty good start if we say so.
If it’s all about the muscles for you, then you’re going to want some Creatine in your system. It’s particularly useful for when you’re doing high-intensity strength training, giving you that extra little push needed to get just a few more reps in.
Do you struggle with fatigue when you’re working out? More importantly, do you not want to struggle with fatigue when you’re working out, at least until you’ve got it all done for the day? Then look for supplements with beta-alanine in it. It’s an amino acid that, if you’re regularly working out, not only reduces exhaustion but increases performance. In addition, it can potentially increase muscle mass, but science is still being decided on that one.
We have a quick disclaimer about this one: It seems like this supplement is best suited for people who are just starting their exercise routines, as in just starting to work out in any long-term way at all. In people who are already in the shoes, the effect is somewhat lessened. But if you fall into that first category, there’s good news. HMB is a molecule that helps promote the positive effects of protein (more on that good stuff later) and reduces muscle deterioration over time.
Another disclaimer: This is most effective in the elderly, not so much for people in their 20’s to 50’s. Don’t let that prefix scare you. Glutamine is a protein that can help boost muscle mass and stamina.
This one is, as they say, an overachiever. L-Carnitine does many things, but the biggest thing — its specialty — is transporting fatty acids and converting them into energy. But as mentioned, that’s not all it does. Some sources say it can improve other areas of body function such as brain processing power, blood pressure reduction, and more.
Ah, perhaps you’ve heard of this one before? Maybe you’re somewhat confused by its addition to this list, as Magnesium is not exactly known for making people more energetic. But that’s thinking in the short game. The whole point of a holistic workout regimen is balance and having fuel to burn. So what better fuel is there than a good night’s sleep?
BCAAs are Branch-Chained Amino Acids. They’re a one-stop shop for everything muscle: stamina, recovery, growth, the whole thing.
Now hold your horses, wait just a minute. Just hear us out before you jump to conclusions. We aren’t saying that you should guzzle a gallon of coffee grounds before doing your situps, and we aren’t saying this should be a big part of your workout diet. But, you know, a little kick might help start the blood pumping right.
You know a healthy mind is a healthy body, and vice versa. So why not put some good moods and good vibes into the mix? Teacrine not only boosts your energy but it’s been known to make you feel pretty good, too!
4: Stimulant-Free Protein Powder
Let’s say number 6 just really does not do it for you. Caffeine does not sit well with you, and you don’t like the jitters, none of it. Well, good news. You can have that bump in protein and power without the jitters!
3: Plant-Based Protein Powder
A large selection of protein powders is always a good thing. This one is vegan but no less effective. It has what other protein powders have, just without whey or other animal proteins.
2: Whey Protein Powder
If your stomach can handle a little bit of dairy, then whey protein powder is one of the top choices. It is your standard choice for a powder to help you gain muscle mass.
1: Vitamin D
Okay, we’re not exactly ending this list on a bang, but let’s be real. If we don’t have our fundamentals covered, nothing else is as effective if we don’t have that firm foundation to stand on and build off. Vitamin D supports a plethora of other vitamins and proteins in helping them to be their most effective. Thankfully, most powders (and most nutritious things in general) have plenty of the stuff.
Post workout routines are also an important part of any physical fitness regimen. This could be a s simple as plenty of extra water after a sweat, stretching or other supplements such as CBD gels and rollers to ease the aches of a demanding workout. In any case, it’s important to take care of your body before, during and after your exercise routine.
Now enjoy your workout routine.