Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)

Every time you lift heavy at the gym, you are putting your body under stress. If your body is unable to recover properly post-session, you might notice a weak feeling or possible illness. Poor digestion, skipping meals or just not eating enough can all play a role in amino acid deficiency. And, since three amino acids cannot be produced by the body and must be taken in, taking an amino acid supplement will ensure your body never goes without.  

L-Glutamine

L-Glutamine plays a pretty big role in protein metabolism, as well as boosting your ability to produce Human Growth Hormone and blocking the breakdown of muscle tissue. Though it assists in building more muscle, what it's key in is maintaining your growth.  

Protein Powder

Aw, an oldie but will always be a goodie. It's not news that protein assists in muscle building and repair. And when you're lifting heavy, getting enough is essential. Adding a high-quality protein powder into your diet can help prevent muscle loss, increase post-workout recovery rate, support strong bones as well as give vegetarians or vegans an essential dietary boost.  

Vitamin/Mineral Supplement

Macronutrients may be king in dieting, but micronutrients ensure all the systems that work to break down those macros are running properly. Vitamin & mineral deficiency can slow down protein synthesis, which is something many lifter aren't aware of. Taking a good quality multi with your breakfast is a great buffer to ensure you're not wasting any of those essential macronutrients.

Probiotics

Another thing that's out of sight, out of mind for many of us is digestion. But, if you think about it, how well your digestive system works is imperative for proper recovery. If you're eating enough macros but your gut isn't functioning properly you'll end up with low absorption, which can affect your gains. Taking probiotics every evening to feed your gut with healthy bacteria sets your digestive system up for success.

Omega-3 Fish Oil

This one is a bit of a bonus supplement. Other than its mood supportive abilities and assistance in cholesterol management, Omega-3 Fatty Acids are important for bone and joint health. We're always so focused on muscle, we forget to think about the mechanical system that supports our masses of muscle. Making sure your joints are healthy will ensure you avoid injury, which means you'll never be forced to miss a workout.