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!
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 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!