The use of sports supplements is continually growing, yet many people are still questioning the use of these and the importance to athletic performance or helping an individual to achieve specific training goals. It can also be confusing and misleading on which products are best suited for your specific needs. With this in mind, it should be noted that before choosing the supplements you buy it is very important to look at your training goals in order to assess which products you will get the greatest benefits from.
Protein is fundamental for every function in our body and when engaging in physical exercise it is important to take on board adequate protein (20-30g) in order to help with the growth and repair of your muscles. Whey protein (e.g. Impact Whey Protein or Impact Whey Isolate) is widely used by many sports athletes, mainly due to it being fast absorbing and rich in branch chain amino acids (in particular leucine), providing an instant recovery for the muscles.
Protein can also come from a number of other sources which have different amino acid profiles and release rates into the muscle. These include, but are not limited to:
All-in-one supplements (usually containing an array of constituents such as protein, carbohydrates, fats and amino acids) hit the market in the past decade or so and have now excelled into the industry as being really convenient and effective. Hurricane XS is Myprotein’s most popular all-in-one supplement and the reasons behind this are clear. The blend of whey protein and Dextrose will provide a rapid glycogen resynthesis and enhanced muscle protein synthesis, both being essential for recovery. The added Creatine Monohydrate (Creapure®) will also improve energy availability for successive bouts of high-intensity exercise, and the added HMB (a metabolite of L-Leucine) will help to reduce muscle protein breakdown after training. Other all-in-one supplements such as Hard Gainer Extreme and Impact Diet Whey will fall into other categories depending on the type of constituents found within (e.g. weight gain, fat loss etc).