The sports nutrition industry these days is simply huge with hundreds if not thousands of products promising to improve athletic performance and give the edge in competitive fitness. In such a saturated market filled with pseudo-science and questionable claims, it’s no wonder consumers find themselves overwhelmed by choice, confused by what’s on offer, and even duped into believing they need to spend money on unnecessary supplements.
Of all the nutrition supplements to choose from, here are three that are proven to in their effectiveness in improving fitness.
Although it’s readily available in whole foods, protein powder is an effective supplement if you’re looking for a convenient way to meet your requirement without having another full meal. Known as one of the building blocks of body tissue, it is an essential nutrient for the body, and also serves as a fuel source. When you’re done training, consuming a quality source of protein, should be a priority. It’ll help you feel fresh and ready for your next training session.
This non-essential amino acid is shown to improve exercise capacity, decrease muscle fatigue, and therefore positively impact athletic performance. Beta-alanine can be consumed via
foods like fish and poultry that contain carnosine, but it can also be taken as a supplement. When you’re pushing yourself through a tough workout, and that burning sensation in your muscles hits, a beta-alanine supplement can improve work capacity by helping rid the muscles of the hydrogen ions that lead to that burn.
3. Creatine Monohydrate
Probably the most effective, and certainly the most tested, creatine monohydrate usage is supported by some 700 studies. It’s been shown to not only improve athletic performance, but also enhance recovery after exercise, prevent injury, and aid in rehab. As with most supplements, it can be found in foods (most prevalent in meat and fish), however creatine can be supplemented. It rapidly produces energy to increase power output and therefore build muscle – those with a high muscle mass are likely to benefit most from taking a creatine monohydrate supplement.
Effective sports nutrition supplements
Developed to give athletes everything they need to push hard in their functional fitness training and perform at their best, Kratos Nutrition is the brainchild of our head programmer, Mike Katris. Mike comes from a rich sporting background to include experience in boxing and athletics. He also played representative rugby from the age of 11 with a stint in the Welsh Premiership. He is renowned for his presence in the CrossFit community, working with successful TAP athletes as well as competing himself.