Many people look to take supplements to aid their health and hotness goals. But are supplements really necessary to get your Broadway body?
Supplements are just that: a SUPPLEMENT to your existing nutritional intake. And there’s not much evidence that most supplements work. While most are unlikely to be dangerous to your health, they may be dangerous to your wallet. Since we know performers need to be mindful with their hard earned money, below are our recommendations in regards to supplements.
Supplements We Recommend:
You can take it as a pill or take it as liquid. You can feel free to go up to four pills a day instead of the bottle’s recommended two. And if you eat fatty fish that day, you can probably skip it. Fish oil is one of the only supplements that virtually everyone can benefit from.
(At Mark Fisher Fitness and MyBroadwayBody.com, we use and recommend Athletic Greens for fish oil, vitamin D, and greens formula. It’s available by ordering online at this link here, and for your convenience you can order all three together.)
Most people seem to be low in Vitamin D (particularly during the winter months) but have a doctor test you to know for sure. If you’re going to supplement, get Vitamin D3. There is a lot of debate about the optimal dose, but unless you’ve had a doctor do blood work, stick to the lower end and take 1000-2000 IU per day.
For many people, protein powder provides a convenient and affordable option to increase their protein intake. Ideally, choose a whey protein based powder like our recommendation, ProGrade ADD LINK.
Folks looking to maintain or build muscle can find value in a quality workout recovery drink that will also provide carbs. For those looking for vegan or vegetarian options, Vega and Sun Warrior are two well-known brands.
Although pricier than multivitamins, this is a great way to insure you’re getting enough quality nutrients. Particularly for those of you that struggle to get in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables! Athletic Greens is our preferred brand.
Anyone looking to increase muscle and strength should consider creatine. It’s been shown over and over to be safe and effective.
We recommend straight up creatine monohydrate powder and take five grams a day. Any brand that uses Creapure (it will say on the bottle) is fine. More exotic concoctions and variations of creatine are unsubstantiated in the scientific literature and more expensive. Because part of the volumizing effect relies on pulling more water into the muscle cell, make sure your water intake is on point if you go on this journey.
NOTE: If you go into GNC, their adorable sales reps will try to sell you more expensive shit. You do not need it, and generally, they have literally no idea what they’re talking about. 🙂
For more information about what the research says about supplements, we recommend searching the amazing database at www.examine.com.
In closing, you can’t supplement poor nutrition and expect results. Supplements can only ever give you another 2-3% of health and hotness ON TOP OF a great diet. But for those looking to cover all of their bases, the supplements listed above are worth looking into to get and keep that Broadway body!
As always, if you have supplement questions, we’ve got your back. Come post them on the Community Forum!