Supplements - What Are They and Should I be Taking Them?

If you’re a regular gym goer then you’ve probably heard plenty of chit-chat about different types of supplements. Whilst they can be a great way to maximise the effects of your training, figuring out which supplements to take can be costly and confusing. So, we’ve put together this blog highlighting the key benefits of 3 popular supplements, in order to help you determine whether they are the right fit for you!


I’m going to start off by talking about protein, one of the most important and well known supp’s on the market. 

Protein

Protein is one of our three main food groups, and whilst it plays many important roles within our body, its main function is to promote muscular health and development. 


This supplement is most beneficial for men and women interested in weight lifting and strength training, as adequate protein consumption is crucial for building muscle and getting shredded!


Taking a protein supp is most rewarding when you are not getting enough protein from your natural food sources. It should also be taken after your training session, as it helps repair the muscle fibres and enhances recovery. 

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BCAA’s


BCAA stands for branched chain amino acids, and it is made up of 3 of the 9 essential amino acids. This supplement also assists with muscular health, as the amino acids found in BCAA’s help to prevent muscular catabolism (muscle breakdown) and stimulate muscle recovery. 


If you’re new to supplements this is a great place to start, as BCAA’s can be consumed before, during or after training. They are extremely effective for reducing muscle fatigue, so whether  you’re weight training, taking a HIIT class or enjoying some pilates, this supplement can help you train harder for longer!

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Creatine


Creatine is another supplement that promotes muscular health. Unlike the amino acids found in BCAA’s, creatine is naturally produced by the human body. Its function is to be converted into creatine phosphate, which is the main energy source for explosive movements, such as sprinting, jumping, or performing a one rep max. If your training mostly consists of short, powerful movements then you can definitely benefit from taking this supplement. 


Although it has similar properties to protein, for creatine to be most effective it should be taken during your workout. This is because it provides the extra energy you need to perform each explosive movement to the best of your ability. 

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If you’re interested in learning more about supplements, or if you’re ready to make a purchase, you can check WFA's supplements range here!


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