You’ve probably seen me share a few supplements that I’ve been taking from my Facebook posts. But it’s been a while since I’ve post my full supplement stack. So here we go!
This is what I consider my performance and recovery supplement stack. I call it that because I want to be specific to the purpose of supplements. They’re to enhance your performance so that you can have the focus and energy needed to workout harder (and longer, if you prefer). And they’re also to give your body and muscles adequate recovery for repair and growth.
My current stack is fairly basic, and it stays that way for the most part. I have four core supplement types. The only thing that changes is the brand on some of them as I like to test new things.
Beyond the basics, I may throw in a fat burner or test booster. I typically take TestoFuel and Instant Knockout a few times throughout the year. I have a write up on stacking these here: Jason’s Muscle Building-Fat Burning Stack.
My Basic Supplement Types
- Aminos (specifically BCAAs – branched chain amino acids)
- Vitamins and minerals (I also take fish oil)
Amino acids and protein powders are used for recovery. I take BCAAs during my workouts as they enhance protein synthesis (non-muscle wasting effect). I also notice sustainable energy with these, and the specific brand I take contains electrolytes, which I’ll get to below. I also consider vitamins to be for recovery.
I take a preworkout supplement prior to going to the gym (4:30AM). This is where the enhanced focus and energy comes in. I’ll admit, I’m addicted to these things. And I tend to switch them up once I run out. Your body may get used to the exact same formula over time.
Performance and Recovery Supplement Stack
These are the individual supplements and brands that I’ve been taking for the past month or so. Again, you’ve probably seen me post a few of these on my Facebook.
- Scivation Xtend: This is my go-to BCAA formula. It has the adequate BCAA profile and some other goodies, including electrolytes and glutamine. I’m a huge fan of glutamine for the recovery and immune boosting properties. And the electrolytes keep me hydrated better than water alone. Bottom line, I love this stuff and always get the 90 servings (cheaper in the long run). I take 2 servings during my workouts.
- Dymatize Elite Whey Protein: This has been my core protein powder for many years. The number one reason is it doesn’t upset my stomach like some others do. Lately I’ve been buying the vanilla flavor as it tastes better when you’re mixing with fruits (especially berries). I normally drink two protein shakes per day. Post workout and another between lunch and dinner.
- Animal Pak: Well, this one needs no introduction. Animal Pak has been around since the 70’s. I’m sure it has some stuff I don’t need but I DO feel a difference when I’m not taking it. I’ll switch now and then to something else just to try it, but usually revert back to Animal Pak.
- Cellucor C4: I made the mistake of getting the two-package of C4. I know some people that swear by it but it doesn’t do much for me. It did the first time I took it years ago. Perhaps I got a bad batch. I’m almost out and will be switching to something else soon.
I used to think supplements were just for weightlifters and bodybuilders. That’s just because I was locked into my mentality and didn’t venture far from the weights. These days, I’m doing more stretching, cardio and have also included martial arts training. And I’m seeing that I benefit even more from supplements in pursuing these other types of workouts.
I even find myself downing a serving of branched chain amino acids before mowing the lawn or going to do a non-gym workout, like kayaking or walking the dogs. Of course I take vitamins and fish oil daily (which I’m actually considering dropping my multi-vitamins and replacing those with a ZMA supplement; more to come on that). I tend to give myself a break from preworkout supplements on the weekends.
Train with Passion,