6 Exercise Supplements That Actually Work

Esquire's in-house personal trainer on the diet and fitness aids that will give you results 

Impact Whey Protein, creatine monohydrate, L-glutamic acid, Thermobol – the world of exercise supplements is full to bursting with complex and confusing scientific lingo that can make products seem more effective than they often are.

Here, to help you sift the good stuff from the rubbish, (and there’s a lot of that) I’ve compiled a list of six high-quality supplements that actually do what they say on the tin, bottle or bag.

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All of these supplements must be taken as part of a healthy, balanced diet and structured training programme in order for them to be effective. If you have any questions, tweet me @harryjamesonPT


1 | For Mass Gain

Struggling to gain weight could be a lack of calories. Follow a focused resistance training programme, and try this mass gainer with extra natural oats.

Kinetica Oat Gain, £100 for 4.8kg kineticasports.com 

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2 | For Muscle Gain

All weight trainers should take a good post-workout whey protein recovery drink. This one has all you need plus green tea extract, and it also tastes great.

PhD diet whey, £33 for 1kg hollandandbarrett.com 

3 | For BCAAs

Branch chain amino acids help build lean muscle. As a training supplement, they fuel longer exercising. And post-workout, they will aid muscle growth and repair.

BCAA Berry Blast flavour, £13, myprotein.com 

4 | To Improve Strength 

The consensus on the effects of creatine is that it improves strength, size and performance and is 100 per cent safe in controlled doses.

Creatine Monohydrate, £7 for 250 tablets myprotein.com

5 | To Burn Fat 

The best way to lose fat is diet adjustment and more training. Avoid “fat strippers” but green tea extract has evidence supporting it as a natural fat burner.

Green tea extract, £5 for 120 tablets myprotein.com 

6 | For Multivitamins

Everyone should take a quality multivitamin. You get what you pay for so shell out a little more, after all, your good health is worth the investment.

Wild Nutrition Man Daily Multi Nutrient, £30 for 60 capsules uk.spacenk.com 


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