During The Spartacus Challenge
When I do things in my life, I go big or I stay home!! If I am not going to give 159% and go all out, I typically don't do it. I don't volunteer for a whole bunch of things and then do an okay mediocre job on everything. I focus on a few things, and do them well. That is how I live and that is what has gotten me to where I am today. I am not going to say that I am very smart, but dammit I always try really hard & heart (effort) dominates brains alone about 95% of the time.
When I decided that I was going to win (not just participate in) the Spartacus Challenge
, I also decided that I was going to go all out and give everything I had. That's why I even bought a gladiator Halloween costume, tanned, splashed on some baby oil, rented a really nice camera, & did many other things for my final photos. I pretty much had figured out my diet & exercise programs, so I just had to figure out the supplements that I wanted to take. After a lot of research and help from my buddy Dan Graham
, I figured out what all I was going to take. Some things were a little more expensive and some things were cheaper, but I knew I would never get a 2nd chance to do it over again!! Here is a list of what I took, & If you don't know what something is or what its for, click on it to find out:
♦ Whey Protein- Quickly absorbed protein for after workouts
♦ Casein Protein- Slowly absorbed protein for after workouts
♦ Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)- Fatty acid for weightloss
♦ Fish Oil- Fatty acids great for cholesterol and heart
♦ Green Tea- Stimulates fat-burning, metabolism, & energy
♦ L-Arginine- Helps blood flow & delivering nutrients to cells
♦ Multivitamin (For Men)- Over 32 vitamins & minerals!!
♦ L-Carnitine- Great for heart, cholesterol, and testosterone
♦ Coleus Forskohlii- Great for testosterone & fat-burning
♦ Glucosamine & Chondroitin- Helps lubricate healthy joints
♦ Ginkgo Biloba- Helps blood flow and brain functioning
♦ Flaxseed Oil- Fatty acid great for heart & digestion
♦ Melatonin- natural hormone that helps aid proper sleep
♦ Hydroxycut- Fat-burner for weight loss & energy increase
Please note that these are just the supplements that I took while on my diet for the contest. These are definitely not the only things that I have ever taken. Dieting to lose weight and dieting to gain weight (muscle) are two totally different worlds, and it takes A LOT of strict dedication to do both at the same time. I definitely recommend that you try to either do one or the other, and not both. When dieting hard to lose a substantial amount of weight, you are not eating nearly as much as you were before. Therefore, you are not getting all of the vitamins, minerals, & nutrients that you were before, so it helps to supplement some of them. A lot of the things that you see above have nothing to do really with muscle other than the proteins.
The whey & casein proteins helped add protein to my diet for my muscles. Everything else mostly helped to make sure that my body was running at peak performance, even with the significant reduction in calories. If your body is lacking a vital nutrient, it will compensate for that, and therefore you will not be at peak performance levels, thus slowing down your metabolism. Plus, when your calories are lower, you typically don't have as much energy, so some of the supplements above helped to keep my body energized, especially with all the exercising that I was doing every single day.
On my diet, I was getting a lot less fats, so I supplemented my healthy fats with Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), Fish Oil, and Flaxseed Oil. These fats helped my cardiovascular system along with many other body processes. The green tea contained caffeine and other things to help speed up my system & metabolism to provide more energy. The L-Arginine & Ginkgo Biloba helped increase my body's rate of bloodflow which helped to deliver the nutrients throughout my body and to my muscles. The multivitamin was simply to make sure that I was getting all the vitamins and minerals that I needed daily for my body. The L-Carnitine and Coleus Forskohlii naturally helped my testosterone levels which helped fat-burning, muscle development & recovery, & my metabolism which was vital.
Glucosamine & Chondroitin helped my knees, hips, and all my other joints to stay healthy & lubricated during all the exercising that I was doing. Melatonin is a naturally produced hormone that helped to make sure that I slept properly during the night so that my body was able to rest, recover, & restore itself. Finally, during the last 3 weeks, I took Hydroxycut
which is a fat-burner. I figured that I had been on a hard diet for 5 weeks, and I did not want my body to "plateau
" with only 3 weeks left. Therefore, I took Hydroxycut
for the rest of the diet. Do fat-burners really work? I don't really know. Taking it definitely helped me to feel better & more confident about my diet though, so I guess that was worth it for that reason alone. The one thing that I do know though is that by the end of the diet, I was really tired of taking pills!! But I guess I did something right ;)