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.

Daily:

  • 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).
  • 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. Liver tabs can be a good substitute as well.
  • Creatine (5 g).
    • So far, the micronized creatine powder I have tried has fucked with my stomach each time, but there is no doubt that creatine works. I can lift heavier and I my muscles look fuller when I’m taking creatine. I’m currently testing creatine in capsule form, and haven’t experienced any negative side effects so far.
  • 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 powder 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.
    • Here’s my review on Amazon.

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

  • Mass Gainer.
  • 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.
  • 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. I tend to wake up more the closer it gets to bedtime, getting worked up and experiencing slight anxiety and racing thoughts that prevent me from relaxing and falling asleep quickly. 5-HTP clears my mind and erases that slight anxiety as I’m getting ready for bed, 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 and making adjustments to my sleeping environment.
  • Multivitamin.
    • I take a men’s daily multivitamin to ensure that I get my micronutrients since my diet can sometimes be so basic. Lately I haven’t needed to take this since there’s a multivitamin in my Machine Greens supplement.
  • 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.
  • B-Complex.
    • B-vitamins assist a wide variety of biological functions, and can help with maintaining energy levels. I used to take this supplement until I realized it made me nauseous, which is a side effect for some people.
  • Nitric Oxide.
    • Tried it briefly, and I believe it gave me a better pump. It definitely gave me an energy boost like a preworkout and made me more focused in the gym, but I haven’t used it long enough to give an honest opinion, however. I may test it out again in the future. It has great reviews on Amazon.
  • 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.