Forrest is a smart fighter, and he takes steps to ensure that his body is maintained at the highest level. A dedicated supplementation regimen built around
BSN's FIGHT STACK NT has become a key component of his program, helping to support his elite levels of stamina, power, and muscular endurance. It would be extremely difficult to make it through the gauntlet of Forrest's training routine day after day, especially while dealing with a restricted pre-fight diet, if it weren't for his trusted pre-training igniter,
N.O.-XPLODE NT. The blend of methylxanthines,
creatine and Peak ATP provides powerful energy and blood flow support as well as valuable energy substrates to keep working muscles at their peak.
Branched-chain amino acids help protect against muscle wasting that can result from intense physical activity, and beta-alanine serves to guard against hydrogen ion proliferation and lactic acid buildup in the muscles. Remember, the greatest enemy of endurance is the accumulation of lactic acid (this is what causes the "burning" sensation when muscles are taxed to their limit). Mixed martial artists must condition their bodies to buffer the hydrogen ions that accumulate and rapidly convert lactic acid back to pyruvate, and beta-alanine plays a crucial role in this process. Not only does beta-alanine supplementation help keep the performance-halting effects of lactic acid at bay, it also helps with energy production over longer periods of time.
Recovery is also obviously essential to any fighter. Forrest breaks his body down every day, and without proper recovery this process would not be able to continue for very long. After every training session, Forrest relies on CELLMASS NT to kick-start his body's recovery process. "I double up on the serving sizes, cause I'm big,"
Forrest says. "It really works great for me." A blend of multiple creatine analogs, glutamine, beta-alanine, BCAAs and electrolytes, CELLMASS NT works to limit muscle degradation and support the processes of muscle growth and recovery so Forrest can get back in the gym and begin the cycle all over again.
EPOZINE-O2 NT and AXIS-HT are two more supplements included in Forrest's stack. EPOZINE-O2 NT works to promote blood flow and cardiovascular performance through the support of healthy erythropoietin and red blood cell production levels, helping ensure delivery of valuable nutrients and oxygen-rich blood to working muscle tissue so the body can achieve and sustain peak performance even under extreme stress. Meanwhile, AXIS-HT offers natural testosterone support to protect against overtraining and the resulting catabolism while also supporting muscle growth, power and recovery.
The four components of the FIGHT STACK NT work synergistically to power Forrest to achieve maximum output and reap maximum results from the full-on assault of his interdisciplinary training. "Supplementation is important," Forrest explains. "It's a good way to make sure you're getting all that good stuff your body needs."
Speaking of good stuff, another component of Forrest's plan is protein supplementation, and there's only one protein supplement he uses. SYNTHA-6 offers a multi-functional blend of premium protein sources to keep active muscles fed with a healthy supply of the building blocks necessary for muscle growth and recovery. But the real hook is the taste - and in this respect, Forrest needed little convincing that SYNTHA-6 was the protein for him. "Right now either the Caramel Latte or the Chocolate Peanut Butter SYNTHA-6 is my favorite, which is ironic because I don't really like peanut butter," says Forrest. "I was on the Chocolate Mint before. I also really like the Vanilla one."
When you watch Forrest throw himself into his training, or listen to him speak about how he takes care of his body, it becomes clear that there's so much that goes into a successful mixed martial arts career that can go unnoticed when these larger-than-life gladiators step into the spotlight of the Octagon. UFC glory is a hard-won prize, and the physical and mental toll it takes is a heavy one. Preparation in all areas must be a priority of the highest order to ensure the body is ready for the ultimate physical test.
Forrest Griffin is a man who is clearly up to the task.