Supplement smart with advice from your favorite athletes.
If you’ve always wanted to get a glimpse into your favorite fitness model’s supplement cupboards, here’s your chance! We’ve rounded up the athletes of Team Bodybuilding.com and asked them to share their favorite products. Fill your pantry with proven supplements recommended by the fit folk who use them every day!
“My favorite flavor to drink is Frosted Chocolate Cupcake, and I’ll often use the Snickerdoodle flavor to make cookies,” says Marie. “I love to drink it, stir it into oatmeal, blend it into smoothies, or add it to my baked goodies!” That’s right—Marie’s uses for protein extend beyond the shaker bottle. One thing’s for certain—she never grows bored.
When she’s looking for an energy boost, Marie turns to PEScience Prolific. “It’s a perfect all-in-one pre-workout supplement,” she says. “I take one scoop before I train. It gives me an amazing energy boost, laser focus, and insane muscle pumps.” Her favorite flavors are Sunrise, which she says taste just like tropical fruit punch, and Mango Splash.
Kicking off the day with smart supplementation sets Ricky on the path toward a healthy diet. In turn, he feels more energetic as his day unfolds. His multi of choice? Optimum Nutrition’s Opti-Men daily multivitamin. With 70 active ingredients, including 1500 IUs of vitamin D—essential for strong bones and healthy teeth—it gives him everything he needs for a good start and makes becoming a morning person that much easier.
Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard 100% Whey is another mainstay in Ricky’s nutrition plan. “I love using this as part of my post-workout shake,” he says. “It’s a quick and easy way to ensure I’m getting the necessary post-workout protein to assist with repairing and rebuilding muscle tissue.”
With 5.5 grams of BCAAs—which can help stimulate protein synthesis—and 4 grams of glutamine per serving, it’s sure to help you grow stronger.
So what pre-workout does Christie pair with High Volume? MuscleSport Black Rhino. “This is hands-down the best and most insane pre-workout I’ve ever tried,” she explains. “It honestly brings my workout into another dimension, and it’s great for days when you’re just not feeling it but still need to hit the gym.”
“Whenever I’m in competition prep or readying myself for the beach or a photo shoot, I like to use Isopro as my primary whey protein isolate,” he says. “I need a very lean source of protein that hits my blood stream quickly after my workouts. It fits the bill perfectly.”
To take his shred to the next level, Reuben adds Hypercut Thermo XTS, his favorite fat burner. “I’ll take one capsule 30 minutes before breakfast or a morning cardio workout,” he says. “It’s a great coffee substitute and an amazing source of energy that doesn’t leave me feeling jittery throughout the day.”
BCAAs also play a healthy role in crushing sugar cravings. “At the moment, my favorite is Optimum Nutrition’s Cotton Candy Aminos,” says Yami. “I usually have them during or post-workout to aid not only in muscle growth but overall recovery as well.”
He also loves Optimum’s Amino Energy, which helps start off his day. “It gives me plenty of energy between meals, and with the added caffeine, it provides the boost I’m looking for,” he says.
When a product comes in so many tasty flavors, it’s hard to choose just one. Nick’s favorites include Strawberry Lime, Concord Grape, and Orange Blast.
“This is my go-to protein powder, thanks to the fact it blends quality protein with caffeine, so it’s excellent when mixed into coffee,” he says. “Plus, it tastes amazing!”
If you’re not a coffee drinker, don’t worry. The Café series could be just what you need. Because the protein is naturally caffeinated, it only needs to be mixed with milk or water for a smooth energy jolt. Plus, muscle-building protein is always a plus.
“I’ve found this protein helps me hit my protein numbers for the day with an extra kick of caffeine,” Brian says. “As a full-time working professional, I find this product is essential to my mornings.”
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.