Sometimes I feel like a walking pill bottle…

And it seems like steroids are the only things I haven’t tried at this point. I have no intentions to test them out either, in case you were wondering.

But back to the fact that I feel like an old man when I take my supplements. I mean, seriously. Look at this shit…

Nick Hagood's Supplement Regimen

I don’t take all of these on a daily basis, but here’s what’s in my supplement regimen. This isn’t even including my supply of protein.

It may seem excessive, but there’s a rationale behind each one. Below you will find a breakdown of my standard supplement regimen.

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Daily or Frequently:

  • Machine Greens + Multi.
    • This supplement from MTS Nutrition allows me to maintain overall health by ensuring I get my servings of vegetables each day, and also has a multivitamin thrown in for convenience.
  • Fish oil (3 g).
    • Adding omega-3 fatty acids can help promote healthy cholesterol levels and joints, and support bone density and serotonin levels.
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin with MSM (1.1 g, 1.2 g, 300 mg).
    • Supports healthy joint structure and function.
  • Vitamin D (5,000 IUs).
  • NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) (600 mg).
    • NAC offers free radical protection and immune support, and is one of my prioritized supplements. 
  • Biotin.
    • I take biotin for skin and teeth health.
  • BCAAs (9 g).
    • I supplement 3 grams of Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) pre, post, and intra-workout to improve performance and endurance, as well as reduce recovery time. I use a 2:1:1 ratio of valine, leucine, and isoleucine.
  • Creatine (5 g).
    • Creatine increases your levels of ATP, which helps you to lift more weight and increase strength over time.
  • Beta Alanine (4 g).
    • Beta alanine works by increasing your body’s levels of carnosine, which acts as a buffer against lactic acid buildup in your muscles. This allows you to lift heavier and for more reps. I recently began supplementing 1-2 grams of beta alanine with water about 15 minutes before lifting, and I am planning to add in an addition 1-2 grams throughout the day.
    • After about two weeks of supplementation, I was able to extend my volume by two or three sets, as well as reps, on some of my hardest and heaviest lifts. Also, the effects of creatine highly complement those of beta alanine.

On occasion… or when I’m feeling downright frisky:

  • Yohimbine (5 mg).
    • I will take yohimbine whenever I’m cutting to assist with weight reduction in areas that typically hold fat, like the love handles, lower abs, and lower lats. Yohimbine inhibits alpha receptors, which causes you to lose more fat. This isn’t a magic pill, but will offer results if coupled with proper training and diet.
  • Mass Gainer.
    • I absolutely love the taste of MTS Nutrition’s Caramel Machiatto Epic Gains Mass Gainer. This supplement is made from healthy macronutrient sources, and a great way to get in some extra calories.
  • Pre-Workout + Pump Enhancer.
    • I usually don’t spend money on pre-workout and have found that a cup of coffee works just as well in most cases. However, there are some formulas that are superior to others and offer more than just stimulants. Adding a pump enhancer can lead to some sick vascularity in the gym. I usually only take pre-workout if I plan on training heavy with a partner, or feeling low-energy.
  • Horny Goat Weed (1 g).
    • I love pleasing women in the bedroom more than anyone I know, but some days my energy levels are low and I just don’t feel like initiating. Taking one of these turns me into a ravenous animal within an hour, without increasing arousal until things get physical. It makes me more “hungry” and focused, without any side effects, and long-term partners can tell when I’ve taken it (and love it)!

Things I have used in the past, but don’t take regularly:

  • 5-HTP (1oo mg).
    • I used to supplement 5-HTP daily, about an hour before bedtime. I saw results immediately, the very first time I used it. In the past, I would wake up more the closer it was to bedtime, getting worked up and experiencing slight anxiety and racing thoughts that prevented me from relaxing and falling asleep quickly. 5-HTP cleared my mind and erased the constant thoughts from mulling over business, allowing me to prepare for the next day and fall asleep much quicker
    • I haven’t used it in a while because I was able to stabilize my sleeping patterns by using 5-HTP briefly and making adjustments to my sleeping environment.
  • Whey/Casein.
    • Whole foods provide most of my protein, which means I don’t have to wash as many shaker bottles.
  • Glutamine (5 g).
    • I supplement this less frequently of late considering I get plenty of glutamine from eggs.
  • Melatonin (9 mg).
    • During college I had terrible insomnia, and adding in melatonin would help me fall asleep quickly. However, take too much and it causes you to constantly wake and fall back asleep all night. I no longer use melatonin, and find that 5-HTP works much better, with other benefits as well.
  • Zinc (50 mg).
    • Zinc is a mineral that helps to increase natural testosterone production. I tested Zinc in the past and I believe it was helpful in raising my testosterone. Personally, if I didn’t eat before taking a dose, I would almost always throw up. Food for thought.