What a drag it is getting old.
Not only do you have to work, take care of your dwelling, kids, pets, bills, hygiene… But you have to forcibly make time for things you enjoy, meaning, sometimes your ass is going to drag.
If you’ve taken away one thing from my blog in the past, I hope it is the fact that I love to train more than just about anything in the world. Some days, it’s the only thing I really look forward to.
Those days are namely the 18+ hour workdays where I don’t have time to sit on the toilet let alone have a coherent thought. Those days are when I lift on my late night “lunch break” and then go back to work for another 5 hours or so.
To be honest, lifting on “those days” can be less than a cake walk. I have been dabbling with preworkout supplements for awhile now – I started on Amino 3. While I really enjoyed it as a good way to ease into using creatine, it kind of lacked the kick I was looking for.
Being a person who is concerned about what goes into their body, I’ve always been a little iffy about supplements. I try not to eat processed food all the time, so wrapping my brain around dumping something processed into a shake every day was off putting – it seemed to contradict the pillars of nutrition I try to build for myself.
Something in my ISSA studies really stood out to me though, the statement that (I’m loosely quoting, my book isn’t handy) – if you aren’t using every resource legally available to you be it massage therapy, supplements, meditation etc… In your own training, you are selling yourself short. What I took from that was clinically proven supplements that are aimed at directly improving your training are like the icing on your workout cake. Do your research, find out what will work for you, and get them in your body. The end. Maximize your efforts to the fullest potential.
This lead me to my newest preworkout breakthrough – Jack3d Micro.
While there has always been a lot of hype around jack3d products, it’s within good reason. I can honestly say that my workouts in the past week have been some of the best ever.
Jack3d gave me that extra little kick in the butt that I needed because work had sucked the life out of me that day. Yes, I still had to put in the work. Yes, the weights still felt heavy, and shit was hard. However, I had a nice “pump” and an all encompassing yet calm energy about me that got me through.
I had the strength to superset my assistance work instead of going fetal (except during high rep squats. F me, those do not get easier over time.) When my lifting was done, I had energy to do my cardio, instead of trying to squeeze it in earlier in the day. I actually felt excited about attempting those last few reps that I usually try and talk myself out of. Basically, it made my workout as efficient and productive as I always wished it had been, and when I was done instead of feeling like I got ran over by a truck, I felt revitalized and ready to get back to work.
Even better – I have yet to “crash.” I haven’t noticed a specific point in time that it “wears off” – but I also haven’t had trouble sleeping at night. I’d say she’s a keeper.
I also did 2 unassisted chin ups one day this week. 3 if you count the one more I eeked out eventually.
Anyway – my opinion about using supplements has definitely changed.
I will say one thing though, and this is crucial in my opinion…
Even if a supplement seems to be conducive to your goals, you have to, have to 100% be willing to put in the work to take advantage if its benefits.
For example, I would be doing the same lifting program with or without the Jack3d. The fact that it has helped my training sessions by giving me some extra energy is nice – and I take full advantage of that extra burst.
I will even drop something controversial on you now. I know there are supplements out there for everything you can imagine, including fat burning. If you feel like a “fat burner” would be something you want to use, do your research, because they can wreak havoc on your metabolism, and if you have existing health problems bad things can happen, but if that is the route you go — don’t think you can sit on your butt and eat garbage all the time and get optimal results. If you want to use them, they aren’t an excuse to be lazy or unhealthy – they are there to AID your efforts. I don’t advise anyone to run out and grab “diet pills,” but I can see circumstances in which they are beneficial if they are used to SUPPLEMENT a healthy diet and exercise, not IN PLACE OF.
If you are looking to start adding some supplements into your life, make sure you research, make sure they are right for you, and make sure that you understand they aren’t miracle workers, but instead “helpers.” Don’t be afraid to maximize your potential with the gifts of modern science, and take advantage of what it has to offer you. And know that if something sounds too good to be true – it most likely is.
What do you guys think? Supplements, yay or nay?