Weight training attracts a wide and diverse range of enthusiasts and it is not just all about achieving huge muscle definition.
On a physical level, lifting weights, along with other forms of resistance training, can help to build up endurance, strength, balance and even bone density.
What’s not to like?! So if you fancy giving weight training a go, what kind of nutritional support can you take on board to make the most of your next session at home or down the gym?
It can help to think of nutritional support for weight training as fitting into one of the following three phases:
- Pre workout
- Intra workout
- Post workout
Your everyday diet has a direct impact on the progress you make when you lift weights. After all, we are what we eat.
So it makes great nutritional sense to follow a balanced and healthy diet, with freshly prepared food including fish, meat and lots of vegetables, in place of ready meals and takeaways.
If you want to supplement your diet to make the most of your training, there are a number of different options available.
Popular natural pre workout ingredients include vitamins and minerals, caffeine, creatine monohydrate powder, amino acids and BCAA.
Using a creatine supplement can help to enhance your body’s own supplies and give you a real lift during your workout.
Try Optimum Nutrition Creatine Monohydrate which has no flavour and has been proven to increase physical performance during high interval training.
Alternatively, you might prefer PE Nutrition Simply Creatine Powder, which contains 5g of vegetarian-quality-assured creatine per serving, aimed at increasing physical performance for successive bursts of short-term, high intensity exercise. Ideal for getting you through those deadlift reps.
Intra workout amino acids are a good way to support your fitness goals - BCAA intra workout supplements get straight to work in your muscles, to help maintain and build muscle.
Branch Chained Amino Acids (BCAAs) make up around a third of the protein in your muscles. They are not produced by the body and therefore need to be consumed via your diet.
PE Nutrition Performance BCAA Powder Strawberry & Watermelon is an essential amino acid complex, providing 5g of BCAAs in every 6g serving, with an industry standard ratio of 2:1:1. It comes complete with amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine.
The body needs protein after a workout in order to maintain and grow muscle. And whey protein powders can be easily dissolved into milk or water, to make a post workout shake.
You can also experiment with adding protein powders to your favourite baking recipes or mixing them with fruit, for a post workout smoothie.
If it is weight loss that you are after, then try USN Diet Fuel Meal Replacement Shake Vanilla.
And alternatively, if you are looking for a good mass gainer, to build serious mass fast or to subtly gain muscle to look your best, you might also like to try a mass gainer supplement such as USN Muscle Fuel Anabolic All-In-One Shake Strawberry.
This “all-in-one muscle mass catalyst” contains a whopping 53g of protein per serving, alongside key vitamins and creatine. It also comes in several great flavours, including chocolate, vanilla and cookies and cream.