What are the best supplement to take before a hard workout?
It’s a time duration thing. If you’re working out at an intense level for greater than 45 minutes, that’s a hard workout. You want to make sure you’re taking something with adaptogen which will allow your body to adapt to the stress that you’re going to put your body through. It is going to buffer lactic acid that is being produced. You want to take supplements with DMG. We recommend our athletes utilize a product called Elite Q 600 which has DMG, dimethylglycine which buffers lactic acid build-up and also has CoQ10 which is a direct antioxidant for your heart. This way your heart can function better and you can actually produce and push up more blood throughout the entire body.
Another recommendation for athletes to take before a hard workout is some type of sports beverage that doesn’t create energy from caffeine or from sugar but creates fuel from the cellular level. We recommend a product called Elite Fuel which provides all the substrate materials for the Krebs cycle or the production of ATP which is adenosine triphosphate, which will actually create cellular energy which will fuel your body for hours instead of just a couple minutes.
Also, another very important product to take is a good quality plant-based protein for the repair and recovery aspect of post-workout training. I recommend something with a plant protein such as pumpkin tea or rice protein. I would definitely stay away from soy proteins. Something like Elite Supershake has a plant-based protein which is alkaline which will buffer the lactic acid created during your workout and has really good fat for your body called MCT’s or medium chain triglycerides which have been found to actually create fuel and energy within the body as well.
Dr. Kasprowicz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Montclair State University and graduated from the New York Chiropractic College with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2001. He is certified in the Graston Technique, Kinesio Tape certified, and fully certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners as well as the New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic. Dr Jan Kasprowicz of New Jersey Chiropractic & Sports Recovery can be reached at (917) 748-2902 and is located at 611 U.S. 46 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604.