Whether you have been taking them for a while or are thinking about whether or not to make them part of your training regime, we have compiled some information about the 3 most common types of supplements.
Of course protein can be found in food, but if you are training hard, it is recommended that you increase your protein intake. Many people can’t fit that much protein into their diets with food alone and often turn to a protein supplement to increase their intake. There are so many different types of protein – whey, casein, soy, egg and plant based protein.
So what does it do? Well, if we focus on the most popular type of protein – whey – this builds lean muscle and is a major recovery aid. It is easily digested and contains amino acids.
2. Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s)
These are made up of a number of components, the three main ones being Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. BCAA’s help to improve performance during exercise and also promote recovery afterwards. This means that you can train harder with less fatigue.
The most common form of this supplement is creatine monohydrate. It is a supplement used to boost strength and energy during exercise. This means that you can run for longer periods and lift heavier weights.
Creatine acts as a volumiser which can make muscles appear fuller. It can reduce lactic acid build up in the muscles. Creatine is found in some food sources such as red meat.
At Peak, we sell all of the above supplements. We stock a great range by Time 4 Nutrition. Our Whey Protein contains BCAA’s, meaning you can build lean muscle and promote recovery after exercise. We use them as part of our training regime as well, so we know they work well. If you have any questions about whether supplements are for you, pop in and see us.