When it comes to workout supplements and vitamins, we all know there are thousands of choices. In this video, I cover the exact choices I make when it comes to the supplements I use to help me build muscle and stay lean year round. From the vitamins and minerals I take to the workout protein powders and formulas, everything I take in a day is covered and explained.
For me, my morning starts with my essential fatty acids. I take both an omega-6 fatty acid in the form of evening primrose oil, as well as a high grade pharmaceutical omega-3 fish oil. The primrose is something I take because I tend to eat a very clean diet almost devoid of the highly processed foods that commonly are in abundance in the average diet. That combined with the fact that I carry a low body fat percentage year round, tends to make my essential omega-6’s that much more essential. I also have Reynaud’s, which is a form of impaired circulation to the hands and feet, that primrose oil has been shown to be helpful in treating.
The omega-3’s are taken once in the morning, and again at lunch and at dinner. The grade of the oils is of prime importance when choosing an omega-3. Like prescription grade lovaza, Dr. C’s Omega-3’s are an incredibly potent form of essential fatty acids that have been shown to not only promote overall health and well being but also speed up muscle recovery by helping you recover from muscle inflammation. There is an entire blog devoted to this topic that you can read over at http://athleanx.com/articles/supplements-articles/build-muscle-with-omega-3s
Next, I turn my attention to my antioxidants. I take 1500mg of vitamin C, 1000 iu of vitamin E, CoQ10 and green tea extract to meet these needs here. As I point out in the video, I do get adequate levels of both C and E in y diet, however I still take these as an insurance policy and investment in my own health. Just be sure that you don’t take too much vitamin E as it is a fat soluble vitamin that can be taken in excess and not easily removed from the body.
Green tea extract provides additional blood sugar stabilizing effects via it’s impact on insulin sensitivity and therefore finds it’s way into my daily supplement regime every morning. Each of the above vitamins are taken once with breakfast as described in the video.
Next I take the ultimate insurance policy, a multivitamin. I believe again that while we tend to get the majority of our major vitamins from food, we do not necessarily address all of our micronutrient needs (especially if we tend to follow somewhat restrictive eating plans or styles) so I feel more comfortable taking a multi as a backup.
One of the most important areas of late for me has been joint recovery supplementation. Having dealt with a bad right shoulder from a torn labrum, as well as two bad knees, I not only felt the need to take but actually set out and developed what I feel is the absolute most comprehensive joint recovery formula available. ATHLEAN-Rx MECHAN-X is a must take supplement for anyone training in pain or discomfort. You won’t believe how much you can compromise your gains in the gym by trying to train around pain. If you address the pain at it’s source, which is what MECHAN-X does, you can get back to seeing uncompromised gains in both strength and muscle.
Finally, all of my workout supplementation needs are addressed in my ATHLEAN-Rx 1,2,3 bundle. From pre workout to post workout to nighttime muscle repair, everything I need is in those 3 bottles. Unlike vitamins, I don’t believe that all of your workout ergogenic needs can be met through food, at least without any consistency needed to see steady results. Each of my supplements contains everything your body needs exactly when it needs it surrounding your workout. These are all available at http:/athleanx.com