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At the age of 15, I found my love for the gym. I started off slow, going 3 days a week and by the next year I was training one hour every day, 7 days a week.
When I started the gym, I didn’t know much about exercises. I’d get on a treadmill and run, which obviously got boring after a while. I reached out to one of the trainers in the gym. They asked me, “Where do you see your fitness level in the next year?” My reply was, “Stronger, healthier and happier”.
They recommended that I start to train with weights. As a woman, this was something I found intimidating, but regardless I decided to give it a shot. The reason why ating, but regardless I said I’d give it a shot. The reason why I found this scary was because, I originally thought that by lifting weights I’d gain mass.
I did my research, and found that women can’t gain that much mass, unless they take certain supplements. At that time, because I was relatively new to the gym, and to weight training, I didn’t know what supplements were. But, I did a little research and found that supplements, before or after the gym can:
While these sort of supplements were taken after the gym, I found that there are also supplements for before going to the gym. These are known as pre-workouts and they help to:
But it’s hard to know where to start unless you know what results you want to achieve. These all come in a range of different types of supplements and brands, for example:
I have taken all of the above to gain different results. For me it was a process of elimination to see what worked best. For the results I wanted – strength and mass – I found myself constantly going back to using whey protein that was high in protein and high in carbohydrates. I also took muscle glycogen which is a form of carbohydrate which is stored in the muscles and liver. This helped with sourcing fuel to improve my performance.
I have been using the above supplements for the last 6 years, and I’ve always been willing to try new types of supplements, once I was given the go ahead by my doctor.
My trainer had informed me that there was a new supplement called CBD that was gaining a lot of popularity, not only in the fitness industry but in the beauty and medical industry too. While they had only heard about it, they didn’t know very much, so I decided to look into it myself.
Through a bit of research I found that CBD (cannabidiol) is derived from the cannabis plant or the hemp plant. I also found through various fitness websites and clinical studies that CBD can be used for any sort of workout, whether it’s for a run, weights, or yoga.
Through reading preclinical and clinical trials, CBD sounded promising. CBD is known by experts to contain anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant properties. Once I heard that it had medicinal properties, I decided to try some.
I started taking CBD oil in tincture form before my workouts, and I have to say, I didn’t feel any different at all. Usually, when I take a preworkout, it’s like taking a very strong shot of espresso which would give me tons of energy to increase my gym performance, however this was not the case with CBD.
I read that you could take CBD oil mid-gym session, so I took CBD oil, again in tincture form during my workouts for 2 weeks, and I found that I could get one or two more reps in my sets, depending on the weight that I was lifting.
While it did very little for me during my workouts, I found a considerable difference after my workouts. I wasn’t experience that much muscle pain afterwards, so I do believe that it helps with muscle recovery.
However, I would suggest to take CBD as well as your other supplements (once you ask your doctor beforehand).
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