As an international Jiu-Jitsu and Judo competitor, my trainings are very important to me and I am always looking for something that will give me an extra edge among my competition. My fitness journey added a total different level to my game play. And I am surprised to see how few martial artists / fighters take any kind of supplements and missing out on their potential.

One of the misconceptions is that people tend to believe they are taking enough nutrition via meals. That's almost absolutely wrong! Unless you are extremely picky about the quality of your food and/or cooking at home. In today's world, and especially in U.S., all the food we eat out there are processed, with so many additives and chemicals in them, with virtually no nutritional value. Add on top of that hours of hardcore physical and mental training you go through; which will leave both the mind and body weak without enough quality nutrients.

Secondly, remember, these are dietary supplements; things to add onto your diet to make you perform at your peak. They are not meal replacements, and will not work without proper food.

Thirdly, Whether you are Boxing, fighting in MMA or Jiu-Jitsu, they are all physically hard on the body. The amount of vitamins and minerals lost through sweating and the general pressure on our joints and ligaments means that we need much more nutrition than the average individual to renew our reserves and repair and growth of our muscle tissues.

Below are 4 most important supplements that should be in every MMA fighter's, Boxer's, Jiu-Jitsuka's, Judoka's, Wrestler's bag.

Whey Protein - First comes first. When you are in your hour or more long intense training session, your glucose levels are depleted far before your training is finished. Once the glucose is finished, your body will turn to stored muscle (along with fat) and convert them into energy. Not what you want! The advantage of whey protein is that it's the fastest absorbable source of protein your body can get. It's like calling 911 for an ambulance. You would want to consume a scoop of whey protein before and another scoop after your workout to make sure your hard earned muscles are not burnt out and there is enough available amino acids in bloodstream that might be used for energy instead for muscle tissue should the body needs that, so it's also like getting an insurance on your muscle tissues!

BCAA's - So if whey protein provide amino acids, why do you need BCAA's (Branched Chained Amino Acids) ?
A complete protein consists of 20 different amino acids and some of these can not be produced by human bodies while they may be produced by animals. Out of the 8 amino acids that our bodies can not produce itself; 3 are particularly important to us becuse they play key roles in building the actual protein blocks from the amino acids. Isoleucine, Leucine and Valine. Althgouh most whey protein powders contain Isoleucine, Leucine and Valine; it would not have the most efficient amount of BCAA's due to their higher costs to make. And since our bodies can not produce them on its own; it is important to take them in ample quantities thru our supplement stack.

Pre-workout - Another thing to add to your scoop of whey protein before your workout is your pre-workout. A pre-workout would generally contain some simple carbs and/or it may include some creatine and or other nutrients. Simple carbs would provide your body with quick glucose so that your body will not turn to muscle cells for energy. Creatine is important in making your body generate more energy more quicker which you want during your exercise. It occurs naturally in the body and is found naturally in meat like beef, chicken, and fish but most people don't receive optimal levels of creatine so it is good to get it with your pre-workout.

Glucosamine & Chondroitin - Now this last one is very important for us martial artists. The martial arts affects on your joints can be very heavy. Throwing your oppenonets or getting thrown, executing thousands of punches and kicks, sparring sessions, running all cause wear and tear on your joints. Glucosamine stimulates cartilage production in the joints and chondroitin is found inside the cartilage tissue. It's pulls water into the tissue, which makes the cartilage more elastic, and it also blocks the enzymes from breaking down cartilage tissue.

Some of my personal favorite products are from Beast Sports Nutrition, Nutrakey and ProSupps. Check them out below.