Have you seen other members in the gym downing a shake at the end of a workout and wondered what exactly is in it?
Fitness supplements have grown in popularity as more is know about the mechanics of the body and you’ve bound to have seen adverts on the TV, and in magazines, promoting their benefits. However it can be a bit daunting so we thought we would help shed some light on the whole area.
Two of the most popular supplements are Whey Protein and Creatine.
Now not to get too technical but protein is part of the structure of every cell in your body and is around 20 per cent of your weight. It’s needed to form new tissue along with body enzymes and various hormones.
Proteins are often called the building blocks of the body. They consist of a combination of structures called amino acids that combine in various ways to make muscles, bone, tendons, skin, hair, and other tissues. They serve other functions as well including nutrient transportation and enzyme production.
Whenever you workout you need protein primarily to repair and rebuild muscle broken down during exercise and to help optimize carbohydrate storage in the form of glycogen.
Whey Protein comes from cow's milk during the cheese making process. The curds from cheese are processed into whey. Although it was overlooked for years, scientific tests have showed Whey Protein to be six times more effective than other types of protein sources such as casein. It is also more readily processed by the body to be fed into the muscles.
And what’s better, whey protein powder comes in numerous flavours such as chocolate, strawberry and vanilla and can be mixed with water or milk to make a shake.
Creatine is naturally produced in the human body from amino acids primarily in the kidney and liver and is transported in the blood for use by muscles. Approximately 95% of the human body's total creatine is located in skeletal muscle (mostly attached to the bone).
Creatine is possibly the most researched sports nutrition ingredient. It occurs naturally within the body but can also be found in foods such as red meat and fish. Creatine has been shown to support the exerciser's ability to perform high-intensity exercise such as weight training, repeated sprints and speed training for endurance sports. Basically, using creatine enables your body to adapt faster bringing quicker results when combined with the correct exercise programmes.
And again, creatine comes in either a powder form that can be mixed with water or other drinks, or capsules.
This is just a quick breakdown of some of the most popular supplements. There are of course many others. If you want to find out more just pop into your local Glasgow Club
and have a chat with your instructor.