I’m not huge into workout supplements by any means… but there was was a time (prior to my Muay Thai career) where I did my fair share of experimentation just because I wanted to look ripped and jacked as hell.
Needless to say, I made my fair share of mistakes trying some not-so-safe bodybuilding supplements that may have given me short-term results, but did more harm than good in the long term.
Now that I’m not worried about looking like a testosterone junkie, I’ve focused more on living a healthy life and putting natural, healthy things in my body. I’ve learned from my mistakes and made sure to study up and do some research before putting anything into my body. Below are some of the best supplements I found that have noticeably helped with my Muay Thai training, recovery, strength, endurance and overall health.
Note: Supplements should only be used in addition to eating a healthy, balanced diet. If you eat like shit and don’t get the proper nutrition from your daily meals, it won’t matter how many supplements you take on a day-to-day basis.
Also, I am sponsored by PNP Supplements but keep in mind that I was using their supplements before they decided to sponsor me. I would recommend their stuff regardless whether or not they choose to have me as a sponsored athlete.
So before you decide to go out and buy some N.O Xplode, Jack3d, or Muscle Milk, you might want to consider these alternatives which are not only healthier and more natural, but will also give you solid results that will improve your training.
The Supplements I Use For My Muay Thai Training in Thailand
Disclaimer: Before making any decision with what supplements you put into your body, make sure you do your own independent research. Although these are the my personal favorite supplements that I would recommend to anyone, it does not mean that they are the only supplements out there. Check out customer reviews, read up on ingredients and come up with your own decisions before taking my advice (or anyone else’s for that matter).
Scientific studies have proven over and over again that carbohydrates are the best source of energy for athletes. Making sure you supply your body with the right type of carbohydrates before your training session is key for long-lasting energy, and Glyco-Muscle Fueler does just that.
I used to use hyped bodybuilding supplements like N.O. Xplode and Jack3d, which gave me a pump, but ultimately led me to feeling like I was destroying my body due to all the chemicals, sugars and additives they had.
The Glyco Muscle Fueler gives me just as good of a pump (if not better and longer lasting) than any of the other pre-workout supplements I previously used. Not only that, but I don’t feel a crash afterwards, possibly because it’s sugar and gluten free.
Cardio Surge Energy
In addition to using the Glyco-Muscle Fueler before my workouts, I also use Cardio Surge Energy which has noticeably improved my cardio during longer training sessions. The great thing about Cardio Surge Energy is that it’s not full of caffeine or any other stimulants, so you don’t feel jittery during your workouts, or burnt out afterwards.
One of the main benefits of Cardio Surge Energy is the fact that it is constantly flushing out lactic acid from your muscles which allows you to keep pushing during intense rounds on the pads or long roadwork sessions out in the heat. Not only does it improve your endurance during your workouts, but since it also removes metabolic waste and cell pollutants, it aids in your recovery and soreness so you’re able to hit the gym hard again for your next session!
Almost everybody knows that protein is the most important nutrient when it comes to building and repairing muscle. Without having a sufficient amount of protein after your workouts your muscles won’t rebuild which in turn will leave to fatigue, atrophy, and burnout. There are a ton of post-workout protein supplements out there, but I use Whey Protein-5 for a few reasons:
Don’t just take my word on Whey Protein-5, click here to read more about how it can benefit your training.
Having a solid post-workout drink is essential to replenishing all the fluids and nutrients your body dispensed during an intense training session. If you neglect a post workout recovery drink, you won’t get the full benefit of the workout and you can expect to be sore and fatigued the following day. Now that I’m done lecturing you, let me tell you about Recover Surge.
Before I used Recover Surge, I used to make a post-workout smoothie after every training session. It had almost everything I needed to recover after a hard training session, but Recover Surge has even MORE. What I decided to do was to add Recover Surge to my smoothie so this way I get all the nutrition from my smoothie as well as all the benefits from Recover Surge which I don’t get from my healthy foods:
Flow is a supplement that helps you achieve that state of consciousness every time you enter the gym to train. If you’re like me, you can get easily distracted and just go through the motions of training without putting any thought into what you’re doing. Flow helps keep me focused during training and allows me to put all my energy into perfecting my technique and conditioning, rather than worrying about what I’m going to do after training.
The great thing about Flow is that it’s safe and made from natural ingredients. If you want to get in the zone every time you train and make every training session a quality one, click here to find out more about how Flow can improve your training.
Nature Made Multivitamin
In most cases no matter how healthy and how complete you eat, you still have some holes in your nutrition. Adding a multivitamin to your daily routine is essential if you want to a complete diet full of beneficial vitamins and minerals that will help you in more ways than one.
I obviously use the Nature Made Multivitamin For Him, but they make different variations depending on your age and gender. Regardless of which one you choose, it will supply you with additional vitamins and minerals which will support your immune system, bone health, digestive system and various other areas of your body.
Having a multivitamin is especially important if you are living and training in Thailand since you’ll most likely be training twice a day as well as eating mainly Thai food, which, in most cases, lack a good amount of the nutrients you’re used to having back home.
Bone Growth Factor and Raw Calcium
After suffering a broken arm in a fight, I’ve been a bit nervous about taking another kick in the same arm. Although the doctor said the bone should be stronger than it previously was, I decided not to take any second chances and buy some bone density supplements to give me some piece of mind.
Since I’m skeptical about supplements in general, I did a decent amount of research before deciding on these supplements. Although there are a handful of negative reviews (which every supplement has), I found overwhelming positive reviews and case studies that show improvement in bone density in health after taking Bone Growth Factor and Raw Calcium,
Now this might not be a supplement I’d recommend to every one, but it wouldn’t hurt to give a try if you wanted to ensure you have healthy and strong bones. Click here to read reviews on Amazon and find out more about the Bone Growth System.
Glucosamine and Chondroiton
I’ve been dealing with some knee pain the past few years and figured I’d try to do something about it besides trying to tough it out and ignore it. After searching the web, I came across Glucosamine and Chondroitin which seemed to get great reviews in reducing pain and aiding in joint mobility.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are natural supplements found in and around cell cartilage. Since they are natural products of the body, it made sense to me that I probably needed more of it in order to help with the joint pain I was suffering from. After reading case studies and scientific research that showed how taking these supplement pills significantly reduced the pain in around 79% of test subjects, I figured I’d give it a shot!
I’ve only been using this supplement for a few months now but have noticed some pain reduction in my right knee, which was previously giving me the most issues. If you have joint issues, click here to read more about Glucosamine and Chondroiton.
While training in Thailand it’s super important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water due to it being ridiculously hot year round. That being said, water doesn’t have things like sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium, which are all important in providing you with sufficient amounts of energy.
I tend to choose the ones I see first in Thai pharmacies which are Dechamp or Oredo. To be honest though, I haven’t done too much research behind which ones are the best and most beneficial for my training, so I encourage you to look into it if you decide to add electrolyte powders to your training mix.
Other Supplements To Consider
Since there are so many supplements to choose from it can be overwhelming figuring out which ones you should be using and which ones you should be staying away from. With that being said before you decide on any supplements make sure you look into them yourself before making a purchase. Here are a few other supplements to consider to add to your training:
Green Tea Extract – Green tea extract is proven to provide numerous benefits with the most important ones (in terms of training) being; reducing inflammation, improve brain function, improve immune system, and increases your metabolism which in turns helps burn fat.
Fish Oil – Chances are you don’t eat food that is high in omega-3 fatty acids everyday, so supplementing with fish oil pills is a great way to add more of this important nutrient to your diet. Fish oil improves your brain function, increases energy and benefits your health in a load of other ways.
Branched Chain Amino Acids – BCAA’s provide your body with 3 essential amino-acids that it doesn’t regularly produce; Isoleucine, leucine and valine. Adding these to your body will help in recovery after an intense session and prevent post-workout soreness.
I’m sure there are plenty more supplements out there that are beneficial, but I wanted to just mention the ones I’m familiar with.
Out of curiosity, what supplements do YOU use as part of your training routine? Do you have any experience or advice you could give me and others about certain supplements? Visit the Nak Muay Nation group on Facebook & join in on the conversation!
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