So you’ve found yourself sticking to your new workout programme but there is still one daunting aspect – are supplements necessary? With a growing fitness industry with Instagram celebs promoting protein shakes left, right and centre, where is the best place to look for advice?! Here’s the most straight forward answer to your question. No. You do not have to take supplements to become fitter/healthier.
However, there are some staple supplements that Team Flexifit use simply to enhance our training performance. The first one is BCAAS (branched chain amino acids). This is a powder you can buy to mix in with some water whilst training. They help with muscle recovery and growth which is why we drink them during our workout. Be careful where you buy them from though as many products contain lots of additives and look like highlighters in colour! Recently, we bought some BCAAs from a different supplied as we ran out of our Arbonne supply and WOW what a difference! Boy could we taste the sugar so it is amazing how your body gets used to using botanical products.
The second supplement we use on most days is whey protein. We mix this powder with milk and enjoy it after a workout. The purpose of protein is to promote muscle gain and a shake after your workout can aid muscle growth. Whey is a complete, high-quality protein, containing all of the essential amino acids. In addition, it is very digestible, absorbed from the gut quickly compared to other types of protein. We sometimes have a whey protein shake as a meal replacement if time is limited but we are a bit peckish. Of course, we wouldn’t suggest substituting multiple meals for a shake but it is a speedy alternative when needed. Why not put some oats into the shaker so you have a breakfast drink for on the go. Whey protein also tastes great when mixed into a smoothie but make sure you don’t go over your daily protein intake by having too much!
Similarly, Sam has been using a different protein powder to help with his bulk. Although it has worked and served its purpose, he is looking forward to getting back on the Arbonne protein powder. Don’t be put off by it only being available in two flavours – using different milk sources can bring a variety of tastes to the shake (we alternate between almond, coconut and cow’s milk). Find a list of all of the nutrition supplements we use here: http://www.arbonne.com/Pws/AliceWilliams/store/AMUK/catalog/Nutrition,486.aspx
What’s great is that you get at least 20% off the retail price if you would like to purchase anything from our business.
The only other supplements we would suggest you use are vitamin tablets to help boost your immune system and dietary fibre to help with your digestion. However, these are only if you feel that your body needs a healthy boost.
Top Flexifit Tip: only take a supplement if you know why. Do not feel pressurised to knock back a protein shake in the gym just because somebody who is not qualified in fitness or nutrition tells you to (e.g. the latest celebrity diet).