Ready to Ramp up Your Workout?
Ready to Ramp up Your Workout?
So you've fallen off the wagon a little bit or are finding you have become a little complacent with your current routine?
You decide to start working out again or step it up, but in order to motivate yourself you feel like you need to go ALL OUT, right?
The simple solution is to go and buy all the protein powders, supplements and pre workouts you can find and top it off with a new outfit and then you feel like you're ready - sound familiar?
I’m totally guilty of this, and honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with wanting to step things up to get the most from your workout regime. If you’re going to start, you may as well do it the right way!
What’s helpful though is knowing what you can add to your fitness regimen that will actually be HEALTHY and have a positive impact on the outcomes of your workouts.
I will put my hand up and say that I have tried my fair share of different pre workouts and supplements over the years and BELIEVE ME, I have learnt from that experience.
There was a time when I tried a particular pre workout that was SO INTENSE that it was uncomfortable. The concerning part is that it said on the bottle to only have half so I would split it with a friend and we would seriously put the stair master through it's paces.
Admittedly, it probably wasn't the healthiest thing to do. I often felt like I was on the verge of having a heart attack but I continue to take it because that’s what other girls at the gym were having and I feared that I wasn’t working out as hard as them if I wasn’t sweating as much. If only I knew then what I know now!
I found myself going to the suppement store every other week and buying whatever the new products were in an attempt to maximise my workouts, they started to know me by name!
I started to become obsessed with the term “fat burner” that I literally had a medicine cabinet more stocked than my Dad’s.
At the end of the day, I never finished a bottle, I never felt good, I didn't see results. What I did see was a waste of money and a big damper on the way I wanted to and knew I could work out.
Fast forward 7 years and I’m a whole new person.
I’ve moved from eating animal meat everyday to NO meat other than fish! I’ve been on a plant based diet for about 4 years now and it’s the best thing I think I’ve ever done for myself.
Going plant based though ALSO meant having to change my protein powder from WHEY to plant based.
Having to make this transition got me researching companies that were plant based in the supplement world which was an entirely new thing to me compared to where I had been. To be honest, I didn't even know if there were plant based options.
Luckily I found a brand that I LOVE and I’ve been using all of their products for the last 3 years to help me get the most from my workouts. MRM-USA offers whey products but they also have a huge line of plant based items including proteins and superfoods.
As this 'healthier' approach to supplements was completely foreign to me, I started talking to one of the team there who helped me to establish what products were going to give me the help and results that I was after.
You should be able to find the products below at your local health food store or online!
Let’s get into it:
When chatting to the team at my local health food store, i mentioned that I was interested in a natural fat burning aid but I was pretty specific in that I DIDN’T want any kind of pill that was going to make me go crazy again.
They L-carnitine. Interestingly enough, L-Carnitine is an amino acid which is a building block for protein and it is already NATURALLY produced by the body.
In short terms, it basically squeezes the fat out of your fat cells and transfers it to the mitochondria of your cells so that you begin to use your FAT as energy! Therefore you’re burning more fat!
I like to take one cap full 30 minutes before working out but only AFTER I have eaten something. It doesn’t have to be anything too big either, for example I find having 1/2 of a banana will do the trick. I’ve just noticed that it can have the tendency to make my stomach feel a little funny later in the day if I don’t eat anything with it.
So next, I wanted something that would help me out during cardio training. I grew up playing soccer so my endurance used to be pretty impressive, if i say so myself! But no surprises, ever since I quit, I’ve found it a lot harder to run for long periods of time without just wanting to give up and call it a day.
I learned that ATP is another thing that our body creates naturally. It’s actually super important as it is the source of energy within us that keeps us moving.
Put simply, ATP basically moves more oxygen into our muscles which allows us to workout for longer periods of time.
I just started working out at a high intensity gym and I thought it would be interesting to test it out. On the days that I don’t take it I definitely do feel fatigued faster compared to the days that I do take it.
Definitely an essential for me when it comes to those cardio days to ensure I give it 110%
3. PLANT BASED PROTEIN POWDER
I could go on and on about the benefits of eating plant based > animal meat but that’s another post!
Protein in general is SO important for anyone to consume whether you’re working out or not.
But the reason that I love this plant based cinnabun one the most is because is tastes amazing first of all, and it doesn’t make my stomach hurt they way that Whey protein used to.
Protein is what builds lean muscles and helps to keep us full - pretty big deal.
When we eat protein it sends a signal to our brain that we are full. This is why you can sit and eat an entire bag of chips without blinking an eye or getting full but if you replaced every chip with an egg white, you’d be stuffed!!
I aim to have 2 protein shakes a day, maybe even 3 if I can remember but right now sticking with 2 seems to be helping me A LOT with my appetite and recovery periods.