By Brandan Fokken
There are a lot of products on the market, and some great ones, but for myself I recommend BEAST Sports Nutrition supplements, their entire line is GREAT! They are also priced right and offer a lot of knowledge/science that backs up what they sell.
Without proper nutrition I wouldn't be where I am at today. Supplementing my diet is a must. When you break yourself down over and over you need that extra boost to help you heal, grow, accelerate in workouts, get strong, and keep your focus. Diet and supplementation is the foundation that everything else is laid upon for me. Depending how I want to look, or if I have a contest coming up, it’s through nutrition/supplementation that I make those changes.
Contrary to popular belief, you build your muscles outside of the gym. You break your muscles down in the gym through your training, so you need to have your nutrition right and get adequate rest and recovery for optimal growth. You have to treat your body like a business, to be successful in business you have to have everything working well together the same as your body. You need a mix of everything and when one fails, the rest can help absorb the impact and keep you going strong. Supplementation is meant to fill in the gaps where your diet lacks, so make this a staple in your everyday routine and your body will thank you for it.
I have been in the health industry for half of my life. Competing at a national level, I have to be in peak shape and know exactly what I am putting in my body or my entire prep can be derailed and it will show up on stage. I am extremely picky on what I put into my body, especially when it comes to supplementation. About 80% of the products that are on the market today make false label claims on what is supposed to be in the product or not. With BEAST I don’t have to worry about this. The products are banned substance free, are made with the highest quality ingredients, and they have the best in science supporting and developing the products for optimal results without all the BS.
I have tried just about every pre-workout there is. I am stimulant sensitive and have had reactions to many pre workouts. These reactions were not favorable during my workouts, which included shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, just to name a few. With BEAST MODE I have never had this issue and feel great through the entirety of my workout. Most concentrated pre-workouts overdo it and put substances in their products that don’t necessarily help you. Just because you tingle, or are sweating profusely doesn't mean that you are getting a better workout because of it. I feel with BEAST MODE my stamina, mental clarity, and my strength all increase. I also have noticed unlike other pre-workout drinks, there is no crash which is also very important for me. I have a very busy lifestyle and I most definitely don’t want a pre workout crash to bog me down and keep me from performing my daily tasks at an optimal level. I personally won’t use anything else.
Another one of my personal supplement staples is glutamine. A lot of people overlook the potential of this product, but for me this is something that I NEVER considers not taking. I can actually tell the difference in my recovery day to day if I am not taking this product, so for me it is a must. Glutamine is the most plentiful, naturally occurring amino acid found in the human body. The benefits of glutamine have long been known to bodybuilders wishing to improve their muscle growth. Because muscle breakdown is constantly occurring, new proteins are needed to help your body continue to synthesize new muscle tissue. By helping to reduce the speed of tissue breakdown, glutamine can help you to see significant gains in muscle growth, over time. BEAST has condensed the powerful amino acid to not only restore glycogen, but also to improve recovery time and help build new proteins which equates to more muscle. I definitely recommend this product- try some for yourself!
A supplement often overlooked by many is Fish Oils. BEAST offers a convenient and easy way to get the benefits of fish oils. Fish oils are derived from the fat of deep-sea, cold water fish and are a natural source of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Omega-3 is an important nutrient that protects you from heart attack and stroke, superior cardiovascular health, lower incidence of childhood disorders (ADD ADHD), decreased risk of dental disease, and supports joint flexibility as well as supporting brain, nerve, and visual function. Fish Oils themselves are said to contribute to healthy heart function and can help you lose belly fat by speeding your metabolism and increasing your ability to tolerate meals high in carbohydrates. Not many supplements can say they do all of that! Fish Oils are a must in my supplement regimen and a product I don’t go a day without taking.
3 tips for being the best YOU that you can be in and out of the gym:
You need to plan your nutrition around your goals. This is 80% of the equation, so if you don’t have the nutrition down you will never fully achieve what you want to achieve.
Set aside time to prep your meals and set your supplements aside so there is never and excuse to miss a meal or dose of product.
Set a budget. Eating a bodybuilder type diet and taking the supplements to catapult you to the next level can be costly, so find foods and supplements that you like that work within your budget and eating plan. This is where BEAST comes in.