The sport of MMA is filled with high-impact moves and sophisticated submission holds. It demands tremendous skill, speed, raw power and endurance to succeed at the top in this competitive profession. Sports supplements can play a very important part in an MMA fighters success by helping them recover faster between training, as well as enhancing a fighter’s energy and boosting their endurance and explosive power.
Below is a list of the 5 best sports supplements from ICON Nutrition’s range that MMA fighters should consider taking to give them that ICON edge over their opponents.
#1 Lean Whey Protein
ICON Nutrition’s Protein Evolution is one of the leanest whey blends on the current supplement market. It is excellent for supporting recovery post training and preserving and building lean muscle. Per serving of Protein Evolution shuttles 24g of protein to the muscles and provides just 1.6g of carbs and 1.5g of fat. It also provides 5g of Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) ensuring optimal muscle repair and less risk of sustaining an injury. Immediately post training is when your muscles are like dried out sponges waiting to soak up some protein goodness. This then is ideally the best time to take a serving of Protein Evolution with water for rapid absorption.
#2 Recovery Drink
Upon completion of a training session a fighter’s body will be depleted of glycogen and he/she will likely feel completely fatigued. A quality recovery formula such as ICON Nutrition’s ISO-Drive is the ideal supplement to deliver fast acting carbs to replenish empty glycogen stores. Usually if your workout is longer than 60 minutes fatigue can kick in and prevent maximum performance. To avoid becoming prematurely fatigued, ISO-Drive can be consumed whilst you train to help prevent this from happening. What makes ICON Nutrition’s ISO-Drive such a great sports supplement is its flexibility to be used at 3 different workout stages to provide 3 different, yet equally important benefits:
Pre Workout Phase: Used before to give the body a carb load for sustained energy levels.
Intra Workout Phase: Used during a workout to increase energy and replace important electrolytes lost through sweat.
Post Workout Phase: Used after a workout to replenish glycogen stores and to take your body into its recovery phase.
The fast acting carbs in ISO-Drive are to ensure instant energy before and during a workout. When consumed post workout the dextrose monohydrate ensures immediate and effective glycogen replenishment, instantly elevating blood sugar for maximum recovery. ISO-Drive has been fortified with an electrolyte complex name “ISO-Replenish” which ensures the proper functioning of the digestive, cardiac, nervous and muscular systems. ISO-Drive is also fortified with Vitamin C & E to help fight off infections, strengthen your immune system and destroy free radicals.
#3 BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acids)
BCAA’s form the building blocks of protein and are an essential supplement for helping with muscular endurance and repair. They are also great for MMA fighters that are in their cutting phase as they ensure the body’s muscle tissue is fully supported - akin to what Protein Evolution would do - but with less calories than a protein shake. On training days it is recommended BCAA’s should be taken before, during and after a workout to help with muscular endurance, strength and sufficient recovery.
#4 Fat Burners
Fat burners can be a great addition to a fighters diet plan especially if they are looking to lose a few pounds in time for their next fight. How fat burners work is very simple: they speed up the bodies metabolism and create a thermogenic effect (essentially heating up the body’s core a couple of degrees) which forces the body to burn a greater number of calories and therefore enhancing the fat loss process.
For best results it is recommended to take two of ICON’s Lean Fix tablets daily, one first thing in a morning and one 4-5 hours later, and cycle on these for 6 weeks and then cycle off them for 4 weeks to ensure the body doesn’t create an intolerance to the ICON fat fighting support complex. Also, you can take two of ICON’s Lean Fix fat burner tablets 20 minutes prior to a workout to boost energy, focus and performance and further encourage calorie expenditure and increase the likelihood of fat loss.
#5 Creatine Monohydrate
Creatine monohydrate is a heavily research driven supplement that is essential in providing the energy for muscle contraction. MMA fighters can benefit from taking creatine as it is shown to improve the performance in repeated short bursts (30-60 seconds) of very high intensity exercise by increasing the re-synthesis rate of Adenosine Tri-Phospahate (ATP) - the molecule that is essential in providing energy for muscle contraction. In laymen terms it allows you to train harder and faster for a longer period of time. By supplementing creatine in with your existing diet and training plan you should notice improved gains in raw strength and explosive power.
There you have it. That is a pick of the five best sports supplements for MMA fighters. For more information about ICON Nutrition’s unique range of sports supplements, please visit www.iconnutrition.co.uk/