i'm serious as a heart attack with my workouts; like, so serious that i've started taking supplements to up my game and push myself just a little bit harder.
the last time i took supplements was when i was in my teens and 20s and into heavy lifting. i took a lot of protein back then in various forms - bars and/or powder - and not only did they work, they really worked to a point that i used to get asked several times if i was a body builder (?!).
this time around, i'm not looking to bulk up; instead, i'm going for energy and focus to push me just a bit farther with my workouts (insanity and p90x). don't worry, i'm not going to go steriod crazy and get all jersey-shore-ronnie-rage-like but i just want a little boost to make me last longer during the really intense workouts.... sort of like viagra for my muscles.
however, i'm weary about these types of things; i remember taking ripped fuel (once) when i was in school (beacuse i was always falling asleep in class and needed to get through one day of tests) and that wasn't any fun. i was so jittery, my heart was racing and i could barely even write anything because my hands were shaking. mind you, this was before they banned ephedrine from all supplements within canada so you can imagine how hopped up i was.
enter vega sport.
hubs told me about it and what caught my eye was the fact that it's a natural and plant-based product, not to mention vegan. not that i'm a vegan but vegans avoid any processed/chemical substances so i knew this would be as pure as they come. my body is my temple so i refuse to pour chemicals into my system for an extra boost. this product line was created by brendan brazier, a professional ironman triathlete whose diet is all plant-based and he couldn't find any supplements on the market to suit is dietary (vegan) needs so he created the vega sport line. and because he's an ironman triathlete, you know this shit is for real.
i take the pre-energizer powder (lime flavor) which has a pleasant, limey/lemony taste with no weird after-taste. it does give you an extra energy boost but not that crazy jittery ephedrine-pumped kind of boost.. something that gives you just enough to push you a bit further and you can tell it totally burns off because you're dead tired a few hours after your workout.
instructs are to mix 1 scoop of powder with 1 cup of water (or non-dairy liquid) and drink 20mins before exercise.
i tested the intensity of this product by taking it right before the hardest insanity workout (max interval circuit) and it actually gave me the energy to push through, i didn't have to rest as much as i did and i actually completed the entire workout with only 2 rests outside of the designated rest times (instead of multiple rest times to call 911, vomit, restart my heart....you know how it goes).