Today I wanted to discuss my opinion on supplements and what I take to compete naturally (In a non-tested association). The association I compete in is the Alberta Body Building Association. I chose this association because it is my dream, and, the end goal to compete nationally and internationally (CBBF, and IFBB).
Like it or not, none of these associations test athletes for steroid use or other banned substances. I get ALOT of questions on what my opinion is on the topic and, to be completely honest, I have no problems with what other people choose to put in their own bodies and the idea of competing against "super humans" excites me and pushes me to work a hundred times hard. My self-worth has deeper roots than a competition. The only thing that I personally care about is, giving it my all against the best. I choose to compete only against myself.
Why I choose to compete naturally: The dangers of human growth hormones, anabolic steroids, and other synthetic designer drugs will ALWAYS AND FOREVER out weight the possible positives of using the substance. Today there are hundreds of different drugs that you can take. I am here to tell you that even though taking these substances might seem like an "easier" way of achieving your end goal... IT IS NOT.
The Mayo Clinic lists possible side effects women may develop:
A deeper voice
An enlarged clitoris
Increased body hair
Infrequent or absent periods
Both men and women might experience:
Increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture
Liver abnormalities and tumors
Increased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol)
Decreased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol)
High blood pressure (hypertension)
Heart and circulatory problems
Aggressive behaviors, rage or violence
Psychiatric disorders, such as depression
Infections or diseases such as HIV or hepatitis if you're injecting the drugs
Inhibited growth and development, and risk of future health problems in teens
Knowing the side effects and the horrible damage, anabolic steroids can cause your body, I can't ever justify taking them.
Note: If you are interested in competing against NATURAL athletes there are associations for YOU! NPAA and IDFA are examples of two associations
ON TO THE FUN STUFF
This is a list of supplements I use to help keep my body as HEALTHY as possible while training so intensely and help prime my body for optimal fat loss. I highly recommend you do your research and seek the advice from your doctor (Not Google) before starting any daily supplement regime. #1-3 can be found at any health food store and #4-5 Platinum Supplements Calgary (Mention Boss Babes and get a discount!).
NOTE: I did not include my protein powders and BCAAs as I do not use them during my last few weeks of prep- More to come on the supplements I take on my off-season
1. Vitamin B12 + B6
2. Green Tea Extract
3. A daily Probiotic
4. ThermOnxy - thermogenic fat burner
5. Cyto Greens