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Extreme Sport Super Feature (part 1) – Supplements

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As part of our ‘extreme sports super feature’ I am going to outline which supplements I believe to be the most beneficial to any extreme athlete. In the introduction to this series I touched on the stresses athletes like motocross riders endure, and why I believe if the followed a rigid eating, training and supplement plan their health and performance on and off the track would improve. Here are 4 must have supplements for any extreme athlete in my opinion!

 

Glucosamine & Chondrotine

It is no secret that a whopping percentage of athletes will suffer from some degree of arthritis, and a much larger percentage of extreme athletes will suffer from this! It is no wonder why when you consider their knee joints are constantly absorbing huge amounts of movement as the riders jump over table top jumps! Glucosamine is a must supplement for any athlete in my opinion simply because it is able to really help with joint health. Glucosamine is able to promote healthy joints because it is has shown itself to help with the production of cartilage proteins! As a result damaged cartilage in your joints should repair quicker, potentially prolonging or even preventing the development of arthritis! Chondrotine is known for its ability to help fight cartilage damaging enzymes whilst also potentially acting as an anti-inflammatory!

L-Glutamine

This amino acid has gained itself a reputation as a stable in almost any athlete’s supplementation plan! L-Glutamine has shown itself to support muscle recovery and immune healthy, particularly after exercise. For an extreme athlete racing laps and laps of a demanding off road circuit, this is very important because their muscles will be sore!!! As you exercise your natural L-Glutamine levels will decrease, which is why you need to supplement on L-Glutamine to kick-start the recovery process post-race!

Waxy Maize Starch

Energy is something which you need in abundance to race to your maximum capacity! People often think the machine does the work for you, but as the rider you are pushed to your fitness limits! Taking waxy maize starch about 20 minutes before a race will help ensure that your muscle glycogen levels are full, meaning your energy levels should be maxed out!

Protein

Protein supplements are not just for those of you who want to ‘build muscle mass’ in the context of a bodybuilder or fitness model! Protein plays a huge role in the recovery process, and if you are racing a lot then you can be sure your muscles will be in need of plenty of protein! Any athlete should get in 1g of protein per pound of body weight, even the ones who don’t want to get ‘muscley’ because you need that amount in order to recover adequately after exercise! That includes motocross racing, downhill biking, surfing and other similar sports!

So if you are an extremist you have no excuses not to get your supplement game together! There are 4 supplements which I would highly recommend for anybody who participates in extreme sports!

 

I was always the small kid since I can remember and it was always the same when I started football when I was just 8 years old. This didnt change until I was 16, where for all of my sporting life until that point I hadn't had the luxury of being strong on the field or powerful. I remember I always wanted to have a '6 pack' so I would do around 2,000 sit ups a night (no that is not a typo) but apart from being seriously fit I didn't get many gains in the form of aesthetics. So in the summer of 2006 when I was 16 I bought a 50kg weight set from Argos where I trained my heart out in my bedroom 3 times a week completing a full body circuit and yes, I did grow! As soon I lifted my first weight my arms always seemed to grow well and my chest didn't and that is the same today! Then at the start of 2007 I was fortunate enough to meet for the first time I guy some of you may of heard of, Kris Gethin. It is by no coincidence we share the same sir name, he is my bigger cousin (older as well :)). Kris took me under his wing, gave me a training programme and a diet and said follow this, so I did. Kris probably got 10-20 emails a DAY asking questions because I wanted to learn and wanted to know everything right away! Over the years since then Kris always guided me and put me in touch with Neil Hill who I am blessed enough to call a very close friend today. Neil now guides me with my nutrition and training and that basically explains my background to date. In the last year I have also written masses of articles for various companies and magazines in the industry and I am also the editor in chief of my own magazine which came out January of 2011, Elite Physique Magazine! My future aspirations as an athlete is to achieve a very aesthetic 'beach body', my ideal would be a mini version of Arnie, that classic shape is unbeatable in my opinion. As an individual I strive to always better myself and my knowledge and to help others who are starting out like I was 5 years ago! Above all else, it is an absolutely huge honour to be the online editor of MonsterSupplements.com!

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