Supplementation is defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary as "something that is added to something else in order to make it complete."
Supplementation is ranked as third to both nutrition and training. Of the three core fundamentals found on marriedmuscle.com, supplementation is the perhaps the only one that is optional, but this is not always the case and as such is an excellent back pocket item.
Supplementation can be applied to both the diet as well as the exercise routine to offset something missing. For instance, an athlete may use protein powder as a way to supplement macro nutritional needs when they find enough has not been consumed by means of whole foods. Additionally athletes may be unable to engage in certain exercise due to an unforeseen situation and thereby temporarily supplement another near equal exercise. This can occur while on travel where a full gymnasium is not available. (Example: The use of resistance bands can temporarily supplement a weight training routine.)
Know & Go (Top Supplements):
- Multivitamins and minerals
- Fish oil, Omega-3 (ALA/DHA)
Tried & True (What Works!):
It is often asked what actually works? This is a short list of products you can trust.
- Creatine Monohydrate
- Whey Isolate
- Casein (Shane's favorite)