The use of supplements during training and racing in endurance events may not be as well known as for bodybuilding or physique events, but it is possible to get amazing benefit from it. There are supplements out available that can drastically improve the body’s performance and recovery when doing long distance cardio performance training. This is a brief review of the categories and some products that we have here at LIVE that can do the job.
Before a distance workout or event, supplements can be used to get the body in the best possible state to perform, as well as provide it fuel and nutrients to enhance it’s endurance as the workout progresses. Very popular right now are the Nitric Oxide producing supplements that open up the circulatory system and allow for maximum oxygen and nutrient delivery to the working muscle. Even though used in bodybuilding, this type of supplement is appropriate for distance training as it immediately puts the body more ready to exercise at a higher intensity. A great product in this category is L-Arginine by Scifit.
Getting some caffeine and other energy producing nutrients into the system can help with performance as well, making the body dip into its fat stores sooner to produce energy during aerobic exercise, as well as delaying fatigue during the workouts. Garbage Performance Drink Mix is perfect for this purpose.
During Workout Supplements:
As the workout goes on, it is vital to keep the fuel and elctrolytes coming into the system to avoid running out of gas the longer the body is asked to go. The longer the workout, the more important the refueling during the workout is. We have some very popular and effective supplements that supply energy and nutrition during the workout that delay fatigue. Accelerade by Pacific Health is well known and has the perfect combination of ingredients to keep you going on a long run or bike ride. Also, check out Endurathon by EAS.
Postworkout Recovery Supplements:
Following a workout, the primary need for supplementation is to get fuel back to the fatigued muscle as well as amino acids from protein to help the muscles and body recover and get ready for the next workout. This is where the use of supplementation can play one of its biggest roles, as the ability to recover from a workout is one of the best ways to get a body to improve its fitness. A great supplement for recovery is Mass Maker by Beverly International. Though also popular with the bodybuilding community, Mass Maker is a perfect meal replacement powder that provides perfect nutrition to the body following any strenuous workout, especially a distance workout.