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.

14: Yohimbine

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.

13: Creatine

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.

12: Beta-Alanine

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.

11: HMB

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.

10: Glutamine

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.

9: L-Carnitine

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.

8: Magnesium

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?

7: BCAAs

BCAAs are Branch-Chained Amino Acids. They’re a one-stop shop for everything muscle: stamina, recovery, growth, the whole thing.

6: Caffeine

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.

5: Teacrine

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.

It’s getting colder outside, which means it’s getting colder inside, too. Even if you happen to enjoy the colder weather, chances are at some point you’ll finally decide that the sweatshirt is a little too bulky and the socks are getting too damp, and it’s time to get the furnace going.

Guess What? Air Conditioners Don’t Heat Your House. Technically, They Don’t Cool It, Either. Technically.

If you’ve thought about air conditioning units as “essentially refrigerators, but they’ve got tubes in the walls that push the coldness into different rooms of the house,” then you’ve been hoodwinked and bamboozled. It turns out that air conditioners don’t create cold. Instead, they take away heat.

What does that mean, exactly? Heat rises, and in an enclosed space, that means heat gathers around the ceiling, then extends down the more heat there is. But in an air-conditioned room, there’ll be a grate attached to the ceiling, and heat flows up into that. Inside that vent is a cold coil that sucks the heat out of the air, pushes that heat into the A/C unit outside the house, and then that unit vents that heat into the open air.

Kind of cool, right? Here’s the thing, though: With air conditioners, this only works one way. The heat from inside the house goes outside, but not the other way around. So the air conditioner can only make a place colder. This is why, for homes with an A/C unit, usually you’ll also find a furnace, some other external source of heating like a radiator, or even consumer-grade heat fans.

This might confuse you if you aren’t the one who installed such a thing into your house or otherwise aren’t familiar with any of this. You’re confused because you’re pretty sure your A/C unit can also heat your house. You’ve seen it happen before.

You’ve been hoodwinked once again: You don’t have an A/C unit. Instead, you have a heat pump.

The All-In-One Package

What if an A/C unit could just switch where the heat went? What if it could take the heat from outside and pump it into the house? That’s what a heat pump is!

This sounds like a pretty good deal, right? That’s because it is. Granted, the upfront cost of installing a heat pump versus an A/C unit might be a bit of a barrier for the more frugal-minded, but the cost balances out in the long run.

Both heat pumps and A/C units have relatively the same rating on the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) scale, which means they expend about as much energy as each other. Obviously, this point goes to heat pumps, as the multi-purpose nature of its design has little to no impact on your energy bill. So here, you get more for less.

Now, one could make the argument that, technically, the A/C would use less energy because, during the winter months, it won’t be in use. But consider this: How much energy do the other heating appliances use? And if it’s not a furnace, how many of those appliances are you running at any one time? More often than not, heat pumps are the safer bet if we’re talking about energy consumption.

Another obvious benefit is coverage. Since it’s the same system keeping everything cool during summer days, it does essentially the same thing for heat, in the same places, and with the same efficiency. If you know what A/C feels like, then you know what you’re getting with heat from a heat pump, making the decision that much easier.

In conclusion, you should probably get a heat pump. If you already have one (or just discovered that’s what you have,) congratulations! Take some time to cherish it, it’s doing a lot of work for you.