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Pre-Workout/Post-Workout Supplements

Posted on 06. Feb, 2013 by .

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Supplements can be a great help to a healthier life and exercise. This is definitely true when you are strength training or dieting and exercising.

I have learned a great deal and am learning things everyday about supplements and how they help the body. The definition for Supplement is “Something that completes or enhances something else when added to it.” And as we diet and exercise our bodies need that extra help or boost to perform and work better. Because there are so many different type of supplements, I just want to talk about two type right now and that’s Pre and Post Workout supplements.

Basic and Situational Supplements

Supplements can be broken down into two types, basic and situational. The basic supplements would be the ones you take on a regular basis. The situational supplements are the ones taken in accordance to whatever you are doing.

Two of the most used supplements when exercising are creatine  and the 4 parts carbohydrate to one part protein recovery formulations. You would not use these on a daily basis, but when the situation arrives. Creatine Monohydrate is used when training hard and trying to build muscle and strength. If that is not your goal then you would be wasting your time and money along with it interfering with your diet because it encourages your body to retain water to increase cell growth. The recovery formulas are only for when your glycogen stores have been used up which takes hard exercise or starvation in order to do. No one eating a good diet and exercising 30 minutes or less a day would ever need a recovery formula. The truth of the matter is it would be a bad idea because of the added calories. But if you are training hard, eating a lean, low calorie diet, and using up the body’s glycogen stores the recovery formula is a life saver.

Your basics are the things you need everyday, like food. That’s why Shakeology is such a vital part of our everyday life. It is a no brainer when it comes to meal replacements and giving your body what it needs on a daily basis. Shakeology supplies your body with the proper nutrients,vitamins and superfoods that we could not get from just eating regular food. Even the best foods money could buy.

There are other types of situational supplements out there but I will only talk about the ones we use personally.

Results and Recovery Formula – Post-Workout SupplementResults and Recovery Post-Workout Supplements

When Beth and I where going through the Insanity workout we used the P90X Results and Recovery Formula. This is one of those situational supplements we used after each workout. Because of the intense nature of the Insanity workout our glycogen stores were thoroughly depleted after each workout. We could have done nothing and been ok, but by drinking the Results and Recovery Formula we were able to replenish our glycogen stores, ward of soreness, help to repair our muscles and feed the body what it needed at the right time. Plus it tastes good. So if you are doing P90X or P90X2, any of the Insanity workouts, TurboFire, Chalene Extreme, etc. I recommend the Beachbody Results and Recovery Formula.

Energy and Endurance  Formula – Pre-Workout Supplement

Energy and Endurance Pre-Workout SupplementsAnother situational supplement we used was E & E which is Beachbody’s Energy and Endurance Pre-Workout Formula. We didn’t use this while we were doing the Insanity workout but I wish we would have. We didn’t know about this until we started the P90X/Insanity Hybrid.  Well, I had the chance to try some and OH MY!! It is named appropriately. E & E is a natural caffeine based product that gives you the “Energy and Endurance” to get through programs like P90X, Insanity, TurboFire and the like. You take it 15-20 minutes before your workout and before you know it all rockets are fired and you are ready to go. If you find it hard to get started and maintain your stamina through a workout, give Energy and Endurance a try. A perfect addition to the Results and Recovery Formula.

Additional Supplements

There are tons of other supplements, basic and situational, out there and I will address some of them in later posts. Questions on what type of whey protein to use, the best creatine, nutritional supplements, herbal supplements. It is endless. Above all, besides using your supplements, the most important thing is that you “Show Up” and “Push Play”.

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