Sure, once again something sparked an attack on my keyboard — actually, there were a few things that occurred around the same time, that had me thinking long and hard — and considering hockey supplements.
— Dennis Chighisola
Considering Hockey Supplements
The couple of articles I recently ran across about “supplements” eventually seemed rather self-serving. Oh, I found them on a fairly respectable hockey site — or on a site where I trusted the authors’ opinions on Hockey Training, but…
To be honest, those who hype brand name products seem to be wearing blinders — as if the product they’re pushing is all alone in the marketplace. And that’s exactly what the Hockey Training group was doing — with a number of products.
Before going any further here, I have a personal story to share with members…
I think I was about 19-ish when I got into a truly serious strength training program. I’m talking about training 6-days per week — with no more guidance than what I could muster out of various muscle magazines, and I’m talking about going from about 140-pounds to over 180 in just 3-months.
Man, I was jacked, too, having loaded up on all the latest supplements that could be found in the mid-1960’s.
I tell this story — not so much to credit those supplements, but to tell anyone who is reading this that I experienced some mental problems that could only be attributed to the powders and pills I was gulping by the truckloads each day. Ya, for quite a stretch, I was acting up in ways that weren’t unlike the stories we hear today in reference to steroid use. I mean, I was worse than hard to get along with, I alienated a lot of long time friends, and I just wasn’t right for a good year or so. (Truly, anyone who knew me previously would have told you I was as soft-spoken as they come; but, during that stretch, it seemed I wanted to fight anyone in my path.)
“Sure… You mean like,’Nobody needs supplements if they are eating right’?”
🙂 Again, both Mike and Scott came close to saying the same thing, and they also pretty much suggested that we could do without supplements, if we were “eating right”. Here’s an interesting thing, though…
As Scott began with a little tongue and cheek — about the billion dollar porn industry having more ethics than the billion dollar supplement industry, I’m going to suggest that the same can be said about the lack of oversight when it comes to many foods available in the United States.
Enter my wife, Brenda — of “Better Health and Wealth“, who has spent the past year or so trying to get chemicals out of our home. And, while that sounds easy enough to do, it’s far from easy when toxins are found in nearly every food and cleaning product available in the US (some countries are fortunate in having their products more carefully screened). That said, Brenda and I now avoid many traditional household cleaning products, while we join in on a few of Scott’s recommendations: with a morning shake containing a probiotic and more, plus a number of vitamins that have lately had us feeling pretty dawgone good. I also get my fish oil daily, while Brenda takes a few vitamins that are geared more towards her personal needs.
Then, ending much like I began, I’m going to suggest that members explore beyond what we’ve said here. As you do listen to what others say, however, try to avoid being swayed into accepting a given brand name product.