Nutrition

Think Outside The Gym | Supplements for Rugby

Think Outside The Gym | Supplements for Rugby

Rugby is an extremely demanding sport that requires a lot of physical strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. The best way to ensure you’re always quick off the mark, agile and ready to never miss a touch is through correct nutrition and supplementation. There are many products out there which claim to help with sports performance, which can sometimes be confusing. So, we’ve comprised a list of our Rugby specific supplements which increase performance, endurance and speed up recovery – we’ve even packaged them up into a handy bundle for you, to ensure you’ll always be rugby ready!

Here’s our favourite supplements for rugby:

Vegan Protein Blend

Vegan protein provides a gluten free, lactose free, vegan friendly source of branch chain amino acids. Branched chain amino acids are the building blocks of protein which are essential for muscle growth and repair following exercise. The myvitamins vegan protein formula contains a unique blend of Pea Protein Isolate, Brown Rice and Hemp protein, which provides you with all you need to reduce muscle tiredness to prevent premature fatigue. Adding a scoop of vegan protein blend is the easiest way to get a protein fix (22g per serving), without additional calories from other macronutrients such as carbohydrate and fat therefore helping to build lean muscle mass.

Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine Monohydrate (Creapure®) is a high power supplement proven to increase physical performance in successive bursts of short-term, high-intensity exercise. The mechanism behind its explosive nature is that it provides a phosphate molecule to resynthesize ATP during high-intensity activities – ensuring that working muscles are provided with a source of energy at a faster rate. Creapure® is the only Creatine to be consistently tested to be free from impurities and unnecessary by-products, making it the perfect supplement if you’re looking to improve sports performance using the purest ingredients.

Omega 369

The fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9 provide an essential source of Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EHA), Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), Linoleic Acid, Gamma Linoleic and Oleic Acid. The uses of these particular fatty acids have been extremely well researched and are renowned within the sporting world, particularly due to their ability to increase exercise capacity by improving cardiovascular and respiratory function. Alongside improving exercise function, upping your omega can help to speed up recovery following exercise and decrease muscle soreness, meaning you’ll be rugby ready at all times. If that wasn’t enough, omega 369 supplementation also helps to improve cognitive function (thanks to DHA) ensuring better sports concentration meaning you’ll always be on the ball.

Cacao Powder

Cacao is the purest, most natural, form of the cacao bean. Milled at low temperatures to preserve all its key nutrients, cacao powder is loaded with antioxidants, magnesium and iron. The powder is made my cold pressing the bean, this removes the fat but keeps all the enzymes in tact. The impressive nutrient content of cacao protects the body against oxidative stress and improves muscle contraction to increase powder, speed and endurance. The high levels of antioxdants within cacao increases levels on nitric oxide(NO) within the body, NO can be used an a source of oxygen for muscles when oxygen intake is low, meaning you’ll less likely to lag early. Cacao also tastes great, particularly when added to shakes and smoothies!

Convinced by all those products and want to get the most out of your performance? Try our complete rugby bundle for all these fantastic products…

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Charlotte Cliffe

Charlotte Cliffe

Resident Nutritionist