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So, what are a young athlete and/or parent to do, knowing that all of outrageous claims by supplement companies are either false or grossly exaggerated?
Well, answer is quite simple. Focus on what is proven, safe, realistic, and effective. Improving athletic performance boils down to three components:
1)A sound nutrition program constructed from whole, nutrient dense, readily available, preferably organic foods. For your specific needs it is best to consult with a sports conditioning specialist or a sports nutrition consultant. 2)A carefully designed and administered athletic strength & conditioning program. Several key factors will determine what ideal training regimen for you should be. Again, it is best to consult with a sports conditioning specialist to determine your needs. 3)Adequate rest. Your body can only get stronger, faster, and better if you give it proper amount of rest. During rest time your body releases hormones and chemicals to help you rebuild and recharge. Some of these substances interact with certain components of healthy foods you eat to achieve this.
For record, I am not adverse to all nutritional supplements. There are some fantastic multi-vitamin & mineral products, nutritional shakes, nutrition bars and a few other basic products on market which can be helpful as supplements to a well rounded, whole food, nutrition program.
One website that can help you make better informed decisions about some of these helpful supplements is ConsumerLab.com.
Remember old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.”, when you see or hear these crazy advertisements because in reality, all you are seeing is a modern day snake oil presentation.
Joey Atlas, MS - Exercise Physiology, is considered one of the top personal trainers in the US. He is the author of the best selling audio CD "Controversial Secrets of a Personal Trainer", www.ControversialSecrets.com. Joey is a co-owner of GAC Personal Training, www.GACtraining.com, where he helps people break through psychological, emotional and physical barriers to achieve amazing levels of fitness and peformance.