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Lindsay Pietroluongo – Give Your Workout a Boost With Supplements

May 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Why do you workout? To increase fitness, hit certain training goals, get faster or stronger, improve your stamina or to get a more toned, defined body? Bodybuilders exercise for a number of reasons, but they almost always need supplements to help them along the way. Whatever your goals, it’s important to get the right nutrients into your body before you start a workout session. Post-workout supplements are excellent for recovery, but pre-workout supplements are ideal for protecting your body from damage.

Pre-Workout Essentials

Before working out, you need to be focused, motivated and completely ready for the upcoming session. It can be really hard to focus if you’re hungry, but eating too much will slow you down during your workout. It’s a mistake to eat a big meal, assuming you’re going to quickly burn the calories and use them to fuel your workout. Instead, you need to get the fuel you need without ruining your training session. Some people rely on food while other people turn to supplements. For many, supplements are easier and fast to digest, giving a needed boost quickly.

Protein shakes provide a pre-workout boost and help you to sustain your energy throughout the entire workout. Fast-absorbing whey protein is best for these purposes. Plus, protein shakes will also increase your calorie intake, which is important when trying to build muscle. Some bodybuilders have to consume up to 4,000 calories a day! Ideally, you’ll want to find a protein shake that doesn’t taste terrible. Otherwise, you could end up feeling sick during your workout, which means you won’t get the most out of the session.

Types of Whey Protein

There are three different kinds of whey protein and each type has its own purpose. The main difference between the three types is how long your body takes to digest the supplement. Some whey protein is best for quick absorption while others is better for meal replacement because it takes longer to digest.

1. Isolate: This is the fastest-digesting type of whey protein, which makes it ideal for both a pre- and post-workout supplement. Drink it within a half hour before you exercise and, if you want, again when your workout is over.

2. Concentrate: This type of whey protein takes longer to digest than isolate, which doesn’t make it a good option for a pre-workout supplement. Instead, concentrated whey protein is best to use as a meal replacement or for a snack.

3. Caseinate: This whey protein takes the longest to digest, sometimes up to eight hours. It’s best to take as a replacement for the last meal of the day.

Deer Antler Velvet

Deer antler velvet is a popular supplement taken by health-conscious people as well as body builders. Deer antler velvet is the cartilaginous tissue that’s found in early-growth antlers, before they become very hard. Rich in insulin growth factor 1, deer antler velvet is thought to improve energy, vitality and stamina. While increasing muscle mass, strength, endurance and circulation, it decreases body fat, recovery time, joint pain and inflammation

What to Look For

When on the hunt for the perfect pre-workout supplement, keep an out out for one with essential amino acids. This ingredient helps your body to recover from the muscles strain and stress it undergoes during a workout. Beware of supplements that only have the nutrients for every day life – there aren’t enough nutrients to power you through a workout. Any pre-workout protein shake should be low in both sugar and GI.


Lindsay Pietroluongo is a full-time freelance writer in the Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal and Chronogram magazine. Lindsay also writes business content and marketing materials for professionals. Visit Lindsay on the Rocks and Poison Apple Ink to learn more. Lindsay can be seen on Hudson Valley Insider each Thursday under the Lifestyle section.


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