Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Better living through chemistry

On the one hand, I advocate for local, organic, and minimally processed foods. On the other hand, I've managed to incorporate quite a few chemicals into my workout routine. The bottles and canisters take up most of a shelf in my pantry. Here's the current list of what I use:

Pre-workout: Dymatize Enterprises Xpand Xtreme Pump Blue Raspberry. This name totally embarrasses me, but the trainer gave me some leftover of this that he didn't need to use and I have to admit I like the lift it gives me. It's got creatine and a mix of aminos and vitamins. Call it a placebo effect, but whatever.

Workout: water with Xtend BCAA. The flavored BCAA help me to drink more water if nothing else!

Post-workout: Scivation Whey + Carb Slam. I use this immediately post-workout to feed my tired muscles!

Bedtime: Vanilla Casein Protein + Tbsp natural peanut butter + water. This mixes up into a nice pudding like consistency and the protein and fat keep me from waking up in the middle of the night hungry.

Long runs/rides: Perpetuem + Whey Protein + BCAA. This was a recent discovery. I use orange and vanilla flavors and this mixes up into an almost milkshake consistency that does a great job of providing a continuous fuel source on a long ride or run. (It doesn't hurt that it tastes like an orange creamsicle!)

Misc: Calcium + Vitamin D + Fish Oil + MSM/Chondroiten