*Before you ever use any supplements, it’s important that you check with your doctor first*

Q: What supplements do you take / recommend?

A: Supplements that I use and recommend are Shakeology, Recovery Formula, whey protein powder, and Omega 3 fish oil capsules. I use Shakeology as a meal replacement for lunch and I add a scoop of whey protein right into my Shakeology shake. I take the Recovery Formula immediately after my workout.

Q: What is Shakeology?

A: Shakeology is the most popular supplement that Beachbody has to offer, and it can act as a meal replacement if you are looking to cut body fat, or as a snack in addition to your normal meals if you are looking to gain mass.  Of all Beachbody supplements available, this is the only one I won’t do without, and I highly recommend this product to anyone who asks.  Since starting it during my third month of Round 1 of P90X, I haven’t gone a day without it!  You can learn more about Shakeology by clicking here.

Q: What is the Recovery Formula?

A: As you know, when you workout you are tearing your muscles. Immediately after you’re done with your training for the day, those muscles you used go into “recovery” mode and start rebuilding. In order to rebuild properly, they need protein and carbohydrates to carry that protein. They “feed” your muscles and allow them to make a better recovery and get stronger! It’s good to take this after both cardio and resistance workouts.  Remember, though, it’s 200 calories, so you’ll have to factor that into your totals for the day.

Q: Should I take the Recovery Formula after cardio workouts?

A: Yes, you should take the Recovery Formula after every intense workout! The only one I wouldn’t take it after is X Stretch.

Q: Should I take the Recovery Formula after I work out if it’s late at night?

A: Even if you work out late and go to bed shortly afterwards, you still need to take the Recovery Formula!

Q: Should I take creatine?

A: I personally don’t use it but it’s naturally occurring in our bodies, and facilitates muscle building and recovery.  There has been a significant amount of research on creatine, and I feel comfortable that it is a safe and effective supplement.  I encourage you to google it and study it for yourself before deciding to use it.

Q: Should I take a pre-workout supplement like 1MR or Jack3d before every workout, or just the resistance workouts?

A: If you decide a pre-workout supplement is something you want to use, it will help with both your endurance during cardio workouts, and help you maximize your pumps during the resistance workouts.  Since it has creatine in it, you have to cycle off of it (2 months on, 1 month off)

Q: Will Jacked or 1MR affect my sleep?

A: Whether or not it affects your sleep patterns depends on how your body reacts to the supplement. You need to assess your tolerance level.

Q: What supplements should I take to gain mass?

A: You can actually use all of the supplements that I listed above to gain mass. Remember, gaining mass has a lot to do with your diet and proper timing of supplements!

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