The Importance of Supplementation

The supplements I use.

The supplements I use.

In this podcast, help I talk about the importance of dietary supplementation.  Taking supplements will speed your recovery and muscle soreness will decrease faster than normal.  I have found these all to be a huge benefit for multi-day climbing trips and training for climbing.  The convenience of using these supplements versus eating real food is worth it to me.


The protein powder I use is Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey

The carb/protein powder I use for post workout is Dymatize Elite Mass

The branch chain amino acids I use to reduce muscle soreness is USP Labs Modern BCAA

Do any of you use supplements?  Have you found that they help you?  

  • Michael Day

    Hey Gif!

    I’ve been drinking protein shakes simply because I have a small appetite and I am unable to consume as much as I need daily. But I’m looking for supplements and or vitamins to add to my diet because my joints crack and pop on a regular basis. What is your take on preventing excessive wear and tear on joints and tendons – or anything else climbers generally wear down quickly? Do you take vitamins or rely on your diet?

    In my limited research I’ve come to understand Glucosamine, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Vitamin C are great for promoting healthy joints, tendons, and connective tissues. As a person that avoids taking pills, I would like to develop a meal plan that will account for these valuable acids and vitamins. I know that Omega-3 can be found in fish and hempseed oils. Vitamin C is easy since it’s in plenty of fruits and veggies such as oranges, peppers, and the “super food” Kale. But here is my problem; according to the supplement store the daily recommendation for Glucosamine is 1500mg but very few foods actually contain it (primarily found in the exoskeleton of crustaceans which the supplement is made from). I’m concerned about supplementing it because of possible negative side effects I have read about and the limited research done on long term side effects. Although I’m skeptical, the advantages almost seem like a “silver bullet” supplement for degenerative cartilage and joints.
    Do you have any suggestions or opinions on this topic?

    • Gif

      Hey Michael, did you get a chance to listen to the podcast yet? I talk about joint health a little bit. I’m a huge fan of Fish Oil. I take the GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil pill because the daily dose is 1 pill versus several pills with other manufacturers. Fish oil is all natural so don’t be too skeptical about it! I breifly tried a joint complex (glucosamine, chondroitin, msm) and I found it didn’t work for me. I did more research and found it only works for about 50% of people. You also have to take it for several months to start to notice any effect. Personally I would pass on that one but definitely take fish oil! There will be much more negative effects of pounding fish to get the oils than there will to pop 1 pill.

      I also take a multi-vitamin for men that is labeled as “Sport”. I’ve tried the Optimum Nutrition and GNC Men Sport vitamin. Both are fine.

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