By Jasmine Perez |Staff Writer|
Supplements are a critical component to anyone’s fitness journey and might just be what you need to see desired results.
Many people may be unsure as to what supplements to take and why they should take them.
“It is important that when one takes a certain supplement, they know why they are taking it and take it at the right time,” said personal trainer, Jose Perez.
The majority of supplements, if not all, are very high in price. People who buy them don’t want to feel like they are wasting their money.
The three most popular supplements that people take while trying to maintain a fit lifestyle are Whey protein, Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) and Pre-workout.
“It is very important to me that I drink a protein shake every day that I workout right after my workout,” stated Rec Center (RC) staff member, Kyle Backer.
When you have an intense workout your muscles tear. Taking protein after a workout heals those muscles that have been torn and allows them to redevelop.
Although protein is essential after a workout, a protein shake for breakfast can be an easy alternative to cooking when you are on the go.
“I make sure that I take enough protein because I feel that most people don’t get enough in their daily diet,” said RC personal trainer, Victoria Padua.
“But just make sure you have enough physical activity while taking protein or else it might cause you to gain weight,” added Padua.
Ernesto Saucedo, an RC staff member, takes BCAA’s because it enhances his muscle recovery relative to how intense his workout may be.
“It has about 50 mg of caffeine that helps me stay active throughout the day and it tastes delicious,” stated Saucedo.
BCAA’s can also be added to protein shakes to give your muscles more fuel during workouts.
Pre-workout is a supplement that people take in order to give them energy for their workout.
RC regular, Zach Holbert, takes C4 30 minutes before his workouts giving him more endurance and a higher paced workout.
“I am taking pre-workout right now and I feel determined, I feel motivated and ready to go…it gets me mentally and physically prepared” commented Holbert before beginning his workout.
Although pre-workout is often times a critical supplement to one’s workout, one must know how to properly take it or it can cause you serious heart problems.
“You have to make sure to take your pre-workout strictly before your workout and have a workout long enough to get it out of your system because you don’t want to go to bed with pre-workout still in your body,” said Perez.
“I had to go to the hospital a couple years ago because I drank too much pre-workout too late at night. I felt that my heart was going to jump right out of my chest,” continued Perez.
Supplements have different pros and cons, but one can definitely make them work if they are determined.
“I believe that people who take supplements have a better persona about them and better physique,” said Holbert.
“People that take supplements, to me, they look more cut, have more bulk and have a better body,” commented Holbert.
Padua was able to gain about 25 pounds of added muscle mass with the help of her supplements.
“It was hard for me to gain muscle and without the supplements I take I would probably still be at a leaner body type,” commented Padua.
With a good diet and physical activity, supplements can actually make a difference in your fitness aspirations.