I’m always on the lookout for that magic supplement that is going to supersede sub-par genetics and dietary misdemeanours. I know I’m never gonna find it but the search is fun and measuring the impact of new additions to my supplement stack lets me continually monitor and improve performance and nutrition.
Supplement Wars is a monthly round-up of new additions that I’m enjoying at the moment and what isn’t cut out for a permanent space on the shelf!
PHD PRE-WKT PUMP
I was after a caffeine free pre-workout that would allow me to continue my indulgence in the black stuff (read more about the impact of caffeine here). This is the first PHD product I’ve tried and consists of a mix of protein, arginine, norvaline and much more.
I add around 8g of citrulline malate to this to form my pre-workout drink and consume 30 minutes before hitting the gym. Admittedly, it doesn’t offer the focus or energy boost that you expect from a caffeine-based supplement but you do get an excellent pump which generally sustains through the whole workout.
At around £15 for 20 servings, it is decent value for money and the raspberry lemonade flavour is a winner.
MAXIMUSCLE CYCLONE STRENGTH BAR
I’m a big fan of protein bars but will be the first to admit that the quality, taste and micronutrients content varies wildly across brands.
Avoiding the chalky, heavy nightmare of some ‘snacks’, the Cyclone bar in Chocolate Caramel flavour tastes (mostly) like a normal chocolate bar. Packing 20.3g of protein and an additional 3g of creatine helps push me towards my daily goals – the bars are filling enough to plug the gaps between meals and super convenient when out and about.
Coming in at 213 calories with 8.5g of sugar puts it around average in its class but, as with most protein bars, keep an eye on that sugar content to make sure it doesn’t push you over your daily target.
Have you tried any new supplements this month? What is your go to pre-workout??
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