5 Things You Need in Your Gym Bag
Meal prepping, workout planning, and goal-setting should all be completed before you enter the gym. When you hit the gym, it’s about executing your plan to reach your goals. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t utilize supplements to help you. There are five crucial items you need in your gym bag to reap the benefits of your workout, and we have them all here at Supplement Superstore.
One of the supplements you should always have in your bag is your pre-workout supplement. Your pre-workout supplement can make your gym workouts more productive and increase your focus. If you often get your workout in after work, taking a pre-workout supplement can give you that extra boost you need to push through the sluggish post-work feeling. Sharpen your mind, warm up your muscles, and have a more effective workout. If you work out in the morning, you may take your pre-workout supplement before you head out the door to the gym, knowing it will be in full effect by the time you get there. However, that one time you forget to take it, you end up at the gym, feeling sleepier than ever and unmotivated. Always make sure to have some pre-workout supplement in your bag, so you never forget your most powerful supplement.
Stimulant vs. Non-Stimulant
Many athletes take a pre-workout supplement for the energizing stimulant ingredients. ANS Performance Prophecy contains caffeine and citrulline malate to boost energy and focus. This pre-workout supplement formula was designed to enhance mental and physical performance, as well as increase oxygen volume – all with a potent stimulant and without the dreaded “pre-workout crash.” We also know many athletes limit their caffeine and want a stimulant-free pre-workout supplement option. However, finding a pre-workout that still gives you the power to have a great workout without the stimulant can often be a challenge. At Supplement Superstore, we have a few options, including Allmax Impact Pump, which harnesses mighty nootropics like Lion’s Mane, taurine, and N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine to deliver a natural energy increase.
You should never go to the gym without your BCAAs! That’s your branched-chain amino acids, of course. When you take branched-chain amino acids during your workout, your body recognizes that there are amino acids available to replenish your muscles. It stops your body from breaking down existing muscle to replenish your exertion and instead relies on the branched-chain amino acids to repair and rebuild muscle after your workout.
Benefits of Amino Acids
By taking an amino acid supplement like Allmax Aminocore, you are reaping these benefits:
- Reduce muscle soreness
- Improve sleep
- Lose weight
- Less fatigue post-workout
- Provide energy
- Repair cells & produce new cells
You want to be sipping your amino acid mixture throughout your workout, so by the time you’re finished, your body will have amino acids to begin protein synthesis, even before you take your protein supplement!
The one thing every athlete should have in their gym bag, no matter the workout, no matter the time of day, is their protein supplement. The moment you take whey isolate protein, you are deciding whether your workout will be fully beneficial, or if it will compromise your body. By taking a protein supplement, you are giving your body exactly what it needs to replenish after a hard workout. If you don’t introduce high-quality protein to your body within 30 minutes post-workout, you are risking illness, injury, and muscle breakdown as your body tries to recover from the exertion.
Importance of Quality Protein
When choosing a protein supplement, you want to avoid ingredients of “whey concentrate.” You want a whole, whey isolate protein supplement, so you know at least 90% of your formula is protein, with no extra fillers or unwanted carbs. We recommend Perfect Sports Diesel for 27 grams of protein with zero carbs and zero sugar. With flavors like milk chocolate, French vanilla, and chocolate peanut butter, you know there’s a sweet treat at the end of your workout that delivers the protein your muscles need to recover and build.
Shake it Up
You can’t take your protein without your shaker! No one wants to drink a chunky, powdery protein shake after their workout. You need a shaker that is easy to open and, more importantly, easy to clean. You know that dirty protein shaker smell is not great! Become a real Supplement Superstore athlete with our very own shaker. If you want to let your geek flag fly at the gym, then grab a Star Wars or Superhero shaker. We recommend the Hulk to remind the gym goers always hogging the squat rack what you’re capable of! We also have metal shakers and Fill n’ go funnels for the perfect dose of protein powder on-the-go in your gym bag!
How to Clean Your Shaker
Now that you’ve purchased your new shaker, we’ll tell you the steps to keep it smelling fresh. Make sure you wash it out after every use, but if the protein stink does start to linger, complete the following steps:
- Fill your shaker with a teaspoon of baking powder and warm water
- Leave the lid open
- Leave out overnight or for a few hours
- Rinse with soap and water
Clean as a whistle! Your shaker is ready for your next protein supplement.
As an athlete, your gym bag – who are we kidding, NONE of your bags – are complete without SNACKS. You need to refuel all the calories you have been burning, but snacking doesn’t have to come with guilt. You can eat your salty and sweet cravings while trading in the bad stuff for good, solid, protein. For salty snackers, put the Cheetos down and try the Twin Peaks Protein Puffs instead. With 21 grams of protein per serving, one more handful isn’t the end of the world! For sweet treats, try anything from Quest Nutrition. Their protein cookies are just like grandma makes (if grandma was jacked from all the protein) and Quest protein bars come in flavors like s’mores, birthday cake, and chocolate sprinkled donut. They both deliver 15-21 grams of protein per serving, so there’s no shame if you lick the wrapper afterwards.
Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail, so pack up all of your supplement essentials into your gym bag and get to work. You have snacks to eat, protein to drink, and weights to lift!