Whilst protein and other supplements such as creatine and energy boosters seem to steal all of the limelight and attention when it comes to weight lifting, it’s important to remember other key supplements which are often overlooked and forgotten. This article does exactly that and introduces you to the potential benefits of both vitamins and minerals to your workout.

In order to prosper from weight training, it’s not just your training regime that has to be point perfect. Nutritional awareness is also just as, if not more, important than the actual exercises if you are ever want to realise your true health and fitness potential.

Vitamin & Mineral Supplementation

In an ideal world, the best way to ensure that you’re getting all of the recommended vitamins and minerals in the optimal dosages is to eat a well-balanced and stable diet, but here at FitnessBeans we realise that this is not always possible. When situations like this occur why not try purchasing and supplementing the following:

  • Vitamin B: This vitamin can be further broken down to understand its true relevance, but all are equally important when it comes to weight lifting. Energy productivity in your cells as they assist in breaking down various food groups into useable fuel to power your workouts comes from vitamins B1-6, whilst the development of new cells as your body repairs itself following a bout of intense exercise comes from B9 and B12. Vitamin B can be found readily in salads and other green vegetables as well as various meat products.
  • Vitamin D: Another essential vitamin required for individuals undertaking resistance training and similar. Vitamin D enhances proper cell functioning through the regulation of calcium and phosphorus in the bloodstream. It can be found within fish and their oils, eggs and various dairy products, including milk to name but a few. Exposure to sunlight has also been demonstrated to enhance the production of vitamin D at a cellular level, although for those of you that live in the UK, this isn’t particularly relevant!
  • Minerals: Key minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc are all essential to maintain proper muscular functioning during activities such as weight training. These can all be found in abundance in foods such as nuts, tuna and bread, although a single mineral supplement will also contain all three listed above and give you your daily recommended allowance.
Final Word

So there you have it, the importance of Vitamin B, Vitamin D and numerous minerals including calcium, magnesium and zinc to your weight lifting workout. As mentioned, if you regularly consume a healthy balanced diet, including the food groups highlighted above, then you should be receiving your regular daily allowances of all of these essential vitamins and minerals.

However, if this is not the case, or you’re suffering with a musculoskeletal related injury, then it might be worth keeping a spare supply of these in your bathroom cabinet!