Supplements... Yes or no?

  • A friend of mine started using a pre-workout supplement, SuperPump Max. I've tried to research on the net whether this kind of stuff is good for you, bad for you, or what and not finding much outside of some reviews by serious gym junkies.

    What's everyones thoughts? Personally, I try to avoid anything that smacks of 'self-medicating', but I'm having energy issues on my runs.

    YankDownUnder   by: YankDownUnder
  • 3 votes
    awesen  about 2 years ago by: awesen

    At one point I was a firm believer of pre-workout supplements. Over time, and for my needs, I've greatly reduced my consumption of pre-workout supplements (PWS). The challenge with most PWS's is they don't subscribe to the less is more philosophy . In other words, most PWS's formulate with way too much unnecessary ingredients (usually large amounts of Caff) when in reality a good formulation should only have a few key ingredients to improve endurance.

    My partner and I have owned an online nutrition e-storefront for over 8 years ( and over the past 18 months have made the faithful decision to transition away from the majority of supplements to a handful of quality products.

    If you are having energy issues its probably due to a combination of several variables... some may include not getting enough sleep, not drinking enough H2O, eating after 8pm at night, an over abundance of simple carbs(bad) and not enough complex carbs & lean protein.

    If you want to improve energy levels, my suggestion is take an inventory of the above activities (journal) and make sure your getting enough sleep, drinking 8-10 cups of water daily, reduce bad fats (increase good fat) and make sure each meal has a balance of quality protein and good carb. Oh... and don't forget... DailyBurn at least 4-5x's per week.

    Hope this helps!


    • YankDownUnder
      YankDownUnder about 2 years ago

      Thank you very much for that, that's exactly the kind of info I was looking for :)

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    Anthony  about 2 years ago by: Anthony

    Hey Ken, check your email.

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    seeEricaRun  about 2 years ago by: seeEricaRun

    How long are your runs?

    There are lots of products made for this purpose - check out Gu, Sport Beans , Honey Stingers, and Carb-BOOM. Clif and Luna make products as well. All you really need is straight sugar, (though i like the added caffeine) so I use whatever I have in my house of those type of products (lots of races yields lots of samples), otherwise I'll just pick up some Swedish Fish, Gummi Bears, Peeps or whatever at the corner store. I know people who bring tubes of honey. I've even brought a PB&J.

    • YankDownUnder
      YankDownUnder about 2 years ago

      Thanks Erica.

      Not running far, just 4-5km. My problem could be psychological as well, just talking myself out of it :) Or it could be that I'm about to turn 50 and am not 21 any more *lol* (I could RUN when I was in my early twenties)

      I'll give straight energy stuff like sugar and carbs the go. One of the things Anthony suggested to me was green tea (iced or hot)

      It's great to have this community to go to and ask questions!

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    YankDownUnder  almost 2 years ago by: YankDownUnder

    Now banned in Australia.

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    antidiva  almost 2 years ago by: antidiva

    Personally, I keep it natural pre-workout with regular foods rather than supplements. I used to use Vega's lemon-lime pre-workout energizer with a little coconut water, which I like, but honestly, I find bananas and dates just as effective and WAY cheaper. Bananas are good for long-term energy, so I'll have one if I'm working out harder or longer, like 45 minutes or more (or if I'm rushing and didn't get much to eat before a workout.) Dates are for quick energy, so they're especially great for short work-outs, or for a quick bit of energy later on during a longer workout. Dates are also very portable for running :o)

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