Supplements can help you meet your health and fitness goals, and Hy-Vee carries a wide range of safe and effective supplements from pre workout to whey protein, creatine, and everything in between. Get to know these supplements and see if you should incorporate one of them into your fitness routine.
For more information about sports nutrition and supplements, view the Sports Nutrition Guide.
What it Does: May improve energy levels, muscle endurance, and mental focus during workouts. Most pre-workout formulas contain caffeine, and some have more than others. Those sensitive to caffeine should read the label to see how much is in the supplement.
How to Take: Right before a workout. Aim for 15 to 30 minutes before exercise.
Look for Performance Inspired Pre Workout in the HealthMarket at your local Hy-Vee, or order on Aisles Online.
What it Does: Aids in building, maintaining, and repairing muscle fibers. Whey and casein are two popular forms of protein. Whey digests quickly while casein digests slowly and feeds muscles over a longer period of time. Both are derived from dairy.
How to Take: For best results, mix in a liquid and drink within 45 minutes to an hour after a workout. Consuming protein after exercise may reduce muscle soreness.
Interested in GNC Pro Performance 100% Whey prtoein? It contains 24 grams of whey protein with 9 essential amino acids to help muscles recover and grow! You can find it at your local Hy-Vee in the HealthMarket, or you can order on Aisles Online.
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What it Does: Same as whey protein, but if you're vegetarian or vegan, this is a great way to meet your protein goals. Other vegetarian and vegan protein powders can utilize pea, brown rice, hemp, and other plant-based protein alternatives.
When to Take: Mix into your favorite liquid (water, milk, alternative milk), and drink within 45 minutes to 1 hour of a workout. Consuming protein after exercise may reduce muscle soreness.
Performance Inspired Plant-Based Protein contains 20 grams of protein from plant sources, such as brown rice, alfalfa, and peas. Look for it in your local Hy-Vee's HealthMarket, or order on Aisles Online.
What it Does: Essential amino acids leucine, isolucine, and valine provide energy during exercise and may stimulate protein synthesis in working muscles, which promotes growth. Taking BCAAs after exercise may reduce muscle soreness in the following days.
How to Take: Consume anytime—before, during, or after a workout. When taken during a workout, BCAAs may maintain mental focus and help delay feelings of fatigue.
Performance Inspired Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) is composed of three essential amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) plus nutrients that support a healthy metabolism. Look for this product and other Performance Inspired products in your local Hy-Vee's HealthMarket, or order on Aisles Online.
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What it Does: Already a naturally produced substance by the body, additional intake may increase energy during a workout and can lead to increased strength, muscle size, and reduced soreness. Those with a history of kidney issues should consult their doctor before taking creatine supplements.
How to Take: Experienced creatine users follow a "loading" phase in which they consume higher amounts for 3 to 5 days before tapering off to 1 tablespoon. However, new users can take 1 tablespoon before or after exercise for potential benefits.
Interested in Performance Inspired Creatine? It's made with 100% creatine monohydrate to promote muscle growth, strength, and recovery. Look for it in your local Hy-Vee's HealthMarket, or order on Aisles Online.