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The Best Supplements for Fitness Competitors

Fitness expert Shannon Dey shares which supplements are best to help you reach your competitive goals

The Best Supplements for Fitness Competitors

Which supplements can help me get ready for my first fitness competition? — Lisa Ritchie, via Twitter

"In addition to training hard and eating right, certain supplements can help boost your results and get you into stage-ready shape. I recommend a few different types of supplements to my clients when they are prepping for a show," says Shannon Dey, CEO and founder of Bombshell Fitness and head of professional competitive fitness Team Bombshell. Below, her fave picks.

Before first cardio:

A fat-burning supp (two days on, one day off) for energy and fat loss

Morning:

Vitamin B6 (for brain development and function), vitamin E (antioxidant), multivitamin (overall health), collagen (to help boost skin elasticity), slow-releasing iron (red-blood-cell function), glucosamine/chondroitin (joint health), and a fiber supplement (for gastrointestinal health)

Post-workout:

BCAAs and glutamine (amino acids that assist in building muscles and repairing tissue as well as recovery)

With two to three meals per day:

Digestive enzymes (to help with digestion)

Evening:

Vitamin C (antioxidant) as well as calcium, magnesium, and zinc (key minerals for a variety of bodily functions)

Protein powders:

These may replace other protein sources but preferably only for one or two meals per day, maximum.

Before bed:

Glutamine (for additional recovery) 

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