I started my journey in weight training back in the '70s and, except for short periods of time when schedules have made it impossible or injuries have prevented me from doing so, I’ve been pretty consistent. Along the way, IÃ¢??ve gone through a number of supplement phases, trying different things recommended in magazines of the day (Muscle and Fitness, IronMan, etc.), with little to no effect except on my wallet.
I’m approaching 50, and haven’t lost the desire to train one bit. Aside from a quirky left knee and Achilles tendon, I’m still very active. However, my methods and goals have changed. Years ago I was just interested in getting big and strong. Now IÃ¢??m interested in being strong, but donÃ¢??t necessarily want to lug around a lot of extra mass.
My training now incorporates a lot of kickboxing/boxing, and interval training; hill sprints, strongman type medleys. My weight training has included 5/3/1 (love it!) and I’m looking closely at CT’s “Built for Bad” plan. IÃ¢??ve done it before and this type of circuit training is very appealing for a busy, single-father of a demanding nine-year old daughter.
Recently I’ve incorporated training paradigms from Chad Waterbury’s book “Huge in a Hurry”. The “Get Lean” plan laid out in that book seems to be a good way to lose some fat prior to an obstacle race I"m competing in this May. I havenÃ¢??t started doing a lot of cardio yet, but plan to do so as soon as the snow melts here in Connecticut.
So…to the point…
The amount of supplement information out there is insane. I’m like a deer in headlights when I read that stuff. For that reason, I’ve tended to settle into just using a protein powder for peri-workout supplementation, and rely on eating correctly as best I can. However, I don’t think this is going to serve me well once I start to do the cardio portion of my training, which will include long and short distance running, sprint intervals, boxing/kickboxing, and various bodyweight, or functional strength medleys. I’ve read with great interest about Plazma, Mag10, and Indigo3G, and was hoping to get advice on how to incorporate these supplements (or others?) into my training.
Your advice is greatly appreciated.