If you were to flip through a fitness magazine in the checkout aisle of your local grocer, you'd run across a veritable library of supplement ads, but you might not find anything for endurance athletes. The ripped bodies on those glossy pages could easily fool you into thinking that every supplement on the market is geared toward getting you jacked, but—thankfully—you couldn't be more wrong.
Endurance athletes typically spend hours on end doing continuous activity, whether it's tracking 50-60 miles per week of running, putting over 200 miles a week on their road bikes, or swimming hundreds of laps in the pool. This sheer volume of training, added to a couple of resistance-training sessions a week, means that endurance athletes should be paying extremely close attention to their diet and supplementation.
Endurance training puts extreme demands on athletes' bodies from a physical, mental, and energy standpoint. As if the time required to train for endurance activities wasn't enough, throw in the time required to prep and eat nutrient-dense foods to replenish energy and you quickly run out of hours in the day.
Thankfully, with the right supplement stack, you can shave some time off your prep time, boost your performance and recovery, and get on your way to crushing a new PR. Here's our list of the top seven supplements endurance athletes should consider!