I still can’t believe that I am in peak week!!! Gah, the excitement!!!
I get asked a ton of questions about my contest prep. I do not divulge my training or my nutrition plan, out of respect for my coach. That is how she makes her living and sharing the details with you all would just be wrong. Not to mention, everyone is different, so what may work for me training and diet wise, may not work for you. If you make healthy choices, eat in moderation, and train hard, you will get results!
What I will share is my awesome contest prep supplement stack! As you know, Saturn Supplement’s products are what I have used exclusively for over 4 years. I stand by their products, because they are top quality, their customer service is unparalleled, and most importantly THEY WORK! Saturn is a small company that has been working in the industry and providing elite athletes with phenomenal products for over 25 years. They have a huge list of supplements and I trust them. There is not one product that I wouldn’t take, period. I actually give quite a few of their products to my daughter as well.
During contest prep, there are many things that are important to me. One is my overall health and wellness. With the additional training that I do, how strenuous it can be, and the added factor of being in a calorie deficit, it is easy for a competitor’s health to decline. We become susceptible to illness and injury. I try to protect myself as best I can. I do so partially with stretching and rest, but also with supplements. Another important key for me is protecting the hard earned muscle I have while losing fat.
Vitamin C is top of the list. Many know it’s antioxidant properties help protect you from the common cold, but it goes deeper than that. Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties protect cells and their DNA from damage and mutation. Vitamin C is also an important factor in collagen production. This basically means it helps your body heal from injury, be it cuts, bone breaks, muscle tears, etc. It also helps regulate your blood sugar levels. I take Saturn’s C-1000 Complex 3 times a day. It provides a Time-Release formula of super antioxidant Vitamin C with a unique host of supporting nutrients including Citrus Bioflavonoids, Rose Hips, Orange Peel, Lime Oil, Acerola and Quercetin-Truly one of the most unique Vitamin C complexes available!
The Vitamin B Complex is composed of eight B vitamins — B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 — They all play an important role in keeping our bodies running like well-oiled machines. B1 helps the body make healthy new cells. Considered an anti-stress vitamin because of its ability to protect the immune system. An another added benefit is it help break down those simple carbohydrates. B2 works as an antioxidant to help fight free radicals and is also important for red blood cell production, which is necessary for transporting oxygen throughout the body. B3 boosts your HDL cholesterol and reduces acne. B5 down fats and carbs for energy, it’s responsible for the production of sex and stress-related hormones and also promotes healthy skin with the ability to reduce signs of skin aging such as redness and skin spots. B6 helps the body produce serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine, a stress hormone. B7 promotes healthy hair, skin and nails as well as control high blood glucose levels. B9 keep depression at bay. B12 This B vitamin is a team player working with all the other B vitamins to boost their benefits! I take Saturn’s B-100 Complex three times a day.
Flaxseed is up next. It is rich in omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. It has many benefits such as lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, reducing bone loss, promoting weight loss, and increasing immunity. I take these pills 4 times a day.
CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid CLA amazing omega-6 fatty acid. Certain fats are vital to numerous functions in the body, including metabolism. CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a natural free fatty acid that has an impact on body weight loss and muscle tone. Basically, it reduces body fat while preserving muscle tissue, may also increase your metabolic rate, and increase lean muscle tissue. I also take these 4 times a day.
Multi-Vitamins of choice for me are Saturn’s One Source. I have been taking them for years now and I see the best results with them. I typically take a packet before bed. It’s the absolute strongest Vitamin & Mineral Pack on the market. You cannot always be sure of getting all the nutrients you need from food, and Saturn’s One-Source Pack is designed to enrich your body with a complete dietary supplement-perfect for everyday taking. Each Freshness-Assured packet provides the best that natural vitamins and minerals have to offer.
Fat burning Thermogenic. I love my Lipo-EX. Hands down the best energy giving supplement and appetite suppressant I have found. Each serving provides your body with a premium blend of the most advanced power-charged ingredients which take on an immediate effect. I take these once to twice a day, before cardio. Depends on my energy levels.
Saturn’s Outer Limits (One of my favorite supplements) providesessential key nutrients that are not only vital to good health, but are required for strength training and growth. Outer Limits provides a precision blend of natural muscle-building ingredients offered in optimum proportions. Saturn’s Outer Limits Hardcore Blast + PUMP Stack Pack has been one of their best-selling mass-enhancing formulas for over 19 years. Packed full of pre-digested Amino Acids, BCAAs, Digestive Enzymes, Omega EFA’s, Sports Enhancers, Caffeine and other highly supporting muscle actives, Outer Limits delivers what it takes to build solid muscle. I take one packet twice a day.
BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acids) Have a ton of benefits such as recovery, weight loss, muscle growth and retention, immune support, and a long list of many others. I take them all day. Typically the further into prep, the more I consume. I like to add them to crushed ice to stave off hunger pangs. Plus they are delicious!!! I take Saturn’s Aminos Pump 50000. It’s an easy-to-digest soluble concentrated amino-protein formula enriched with a powerful ratio of BCAA’s, Nitric Oxide and a full spectrum of Pharma-Engineered predigested amino acids that can be quickly and efficiently utilized by the body. The ultimate way to build solid muscle is to have a constant intake of powerful, pumping amino acids, and that’s exactly what Amino Pump 50000 does for you. Each serving provides your body with an impressive nitrogen retention source of amino acid protein which helps you to achieve maximum muscle growth/ maintenance and protein synthesis while improving the time of muscle tissue recuperation.
Creatine Silk is last but certainly not least on the list. Like aminos, creatine has a huge list of benefits. The most notable are increase in muscle strength, increase in muscle pump and force of contraction, It provides energy to the muscle cells, and increases endurance. I take Creatine Silk when I first wake up and post weight training.
A huge thank you to each and everyone at Saturn Supplements for your continued belief in me, your love and support, and for helping me grow in the sport physically and mentally. You guys have been awesome and I really just can’t thank you all enough for your support!!!
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