Supplements are exactly what the name suggests, they're a supplement to our diet. However, even if you eat a perfect diet, you may be missing out on key nutrition when your body needs it. We recommend during the Challenge you supplement your Nutrition Plan, it is not compulsory to use supplements during your Challenge but we do recommend to help speed up your results you use a good quality Protein powder to assist your Nutrition and some performance supps to help with your training. What you take depends on your budget and commitment to a supplement program. The MAX and MAXINE brands can be taken by both Male and Females. This is our recommendation: Level 1 (Beginner) Suitable for: A Challenger who is brand new to Supplements, Dieting and Exercise or a Challenger who has a low budget for Supplements Protein Powder Max's Shred System Max's Clean Mass Max's Absolute Mass Maxine's Plant Protein What is protein? Protein is a macronutrient made up of different types of amino acids. Our bodies use amino acids in a variety of ways, such as: Building and repairing of our bodily tissues such as bone, muscle, cartilage and skin Create blood, enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals Maintain brain, immune and heart function Creatine Max's Creatine Monohydrate Max's Creabol POWER-UP Max's ATP LOAD'D What is Creatine? Creatine is a compound made up of the amino acids Arginine and Glycine. Creatine is the most researched supplement on the market and can be found in small amounts in animal products such as Beef, Chicken and Seafoods. Think of Creatine as the "currency" of our bodies. Each movement requires a certain amount of currency to create energy. When supplementing with creatine, you're giving your body more currency to "buy" energy. This energy comes in the form of more power and strength when you're training and even improved cognition. Level 2 (Intermediate) Suitable for: A Challenger who is has some Supplements, Dieting and Exercise experience or a Challenger who has a medium budget for SupplementsLevel 2 consists of Level 1 supplements plus Level 2 supplements. Casein Protein Max's Anabolic Night Maxine's Custard What is Casein? Casein is a protein that has been filtered in a different way to whey protein. Casein protein is essentially the same as any other protein, however, it takes your body longer to digest and is slowly released into your body. Pre-workout stimulants Max's BetaPump Compound X What are Pre-workout stimulants? A pre-workout, as the name suggests, is something that you take prior to your workout. The compounds in a pre-workout are designed to stimulate, energise and pump you up for your workout. Level 3 (Advanced) Suitable for: A Challenger who is has some Supplements, Dieting and Exercise experience or a Challenger who has a high budget for Supplements. Challengers looking for the extra 1%-ersLevel 3 consists of Level 1 supplements, Level 2 supplements plus Level 3 supplements. BCAA Intraboost Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are the amino acids L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine. BCAAs are primarily involved in Muscle Protein Synthesis (MPS). Your body cannot create BCAAs and you need to ingest them from food products. Along with growing and repairing muscle, BCAAs can act as a fuel source in hypocaloric states. Glutamine Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid and can benefit the body when deficient (e.g. plant based diets with low dairy intake) or during prolonged endurance exercise. Glutamine can promote intestinal and immune system health because these cells use glutamine as the preferred fuel source rather than glucose. Additionally, glutamine can aid muscle building in those who suffer from physical trauma or disease states. Anecdotally, glutamine is reported to reduce sugar cravings and improve overall gut health. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is the most common omega-6 fatty acid - primarily found in Beef and Dairy products, particularly in grass-fed animals. CLA is often referred to as the most researched weight loss supplement in the world. The mechanism of action is complicated, but some CLA binds to compounds that burn fat in the liver and others bind to compounds that make you feel full. Acetyl-L Carnitine (ALCAR) ACLAR is, once again, an amino acid (lego piece) that promotes the transportation of fatty acids into the muscle cell mitochondria allowing it to be burned as energy. It has a similar effect to creatine being that it can give you more energy - more specifically from fatty acids. ACLAR is popular in the "bio-hacking" and "nootropics" world. Hormone Support Max's MYO-T Can support hormone production for those who may be in a deficient state due to sleep, stress and training factors.