The Pros and Cons of Sports Supplements

Have you ever walked into your local supplement store and been overwhelmed? This can happen online just as easily. You may even know what you are looking for and still get overwhelmed by all of the different companies, blends, and variations. At CrossFit HSE we have a nutrition coach that knows all the ins and outs of supplements.

Here’s 2 pros of sports supplements:

  1. They work and the science backs it up. Sports supplement wise we typicall recommend 2 things to our athletes. Creatine and a protein shake post workout. These 2 work well and they are both typically tolerated without any issues. A few others I like and others do as well is pre-workout and branch chained amino acids. Pre-workout is nice to have to give you a little extra pep pre workout.
  2. They enhance recovery. You might not notice a drastic change, but you should recover better than if you took nothing. Creatine, protein, and some extra branch-chained amino acids should be in your arsenal.

2 Cons of sports supplements:

  1. There is a lot of junk out there. It’s best to stick to the staples listed above. There are some other supplments that are beneficial to sport, but I’ve found that the above listed is sufficient for most people. A lot of companies have proprietary blends and we have no idea how much is in the bottle. Look for a companie that has the listed ingredients on the side and read a lot of reviews on different sites. Some of these companies pay people to do reviews on their behalf, especially on their companies website.
  2. Some are contaminated with other substances. Look for a company that tests their product for banned substances.

The pros can without a doubt outweigh the cons if you stick to the basics.

Need help with choosing a good supplement brand or a customized plan? Reach out by booking a free no sweat intro at to chat.

-Coach Bryan

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