Yourwellness Magazine Investigates Benefits of Workout Supplements

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With the Cronulla Sharks fined $1m and their coach suspended over their 2011 supplements programme, Yourwellness Magazine investigated which supplements, if any, benefit athletic performance.

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The Cronulla Sharks have landed a proposed $1m fine and their coach Shane Flanagan has been provisionally suspended following the NRL's investigation into the club’s 2011 supplements programme, The Guardian reported December 17th. According to the article, “Cronulla Sharks fined $1m and coach suspended over supplements program,” the findings are provisional and the Sharks and Flanagan will be able to respond before punishments are confirmed. The NRL commented that Flanagan had ‘failed to take appropriate action when he became aware that unsafe practices had been employed in the administration of supplements to players’. (

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine investigated which supplements, if any, benefit athletic performance. Yourwellness Magazine noted, ‘As an athlete or fitness fan, you’ve probably spent some time looking into both pre- and post-workout supplements. While the results with these products tend to vary by the individual taking them, the actual truth is that neither is absolutely crucial. That is not to say that supplements can’t help you, but no one is urging you to stock up on pills and powders here.’ (

Yourwellness Magazine explained that, with pre-workout supplements, manufacturers tend to use a lot of stimulants in their products in order to give a little extra pump before the gym. Yourwellness Magazine pointed out that different ingredients will work better for different people, but the most universally effective and safe performance-enhancing ingredients to consume are caffeine and beta alanine. Yourwellness Magazine advised readers to read reviews, try sample sizes and pick a supplement that will provide long-term benefits. Yourwellness Magazine added that post-workout supplements work differently to the pre-workout varieties, in that they are used to help exercisers recover from hard workouts. Yourwellness Magazine concluded that a good-quality whey protein is the most advisable option.

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