This is my first time doing this, but this year I want to start a trend and be able to provide all of our members and future members at thestudentdietdb.com access to resources which can assist you in excelling at making a healthier and happier  you.  Since we have never reviewed or asked our members to purchase outside products, I must make informed decisions on what I believe will assist you in reaching the peak of your health and fitness goals.  Read on, make your own decisions and build a better life.  Feel free to share the list and comment below if you would like to add your own opinion.

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Essential Supplements

I have been involved in sports since I was a child, and weight training since I was 15.  I have tried numerous supplements and brands and the ones below are my essentials.  Any time I try something new, I return to the ones listed.  If you want to try others, try them, but these are tried and tested by numerous people and that is why they have positive reviews with them.

Optimum nutrition whey protein, gold standard

  1. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein
  2. Quest Protein Bars
  3. Muscletech Platinum Creatine
  4. Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men Multivitamin
  5. JYM Omega Jym Omega 3’s
  6. JYM Preworkout
  7. Evlution Nutrition Z-Matrix Nightime Recovery
  8. Nuts ‘N More Nut Butter Spread
  9. Scivation Xtend Intra-Workout Powder
  10. Optimum Nutrition Casein Protein

Essential Workout Equipment

If you are an at home gym type of person, these are my essentials to start your program.  Obviously you can expand and add weight equipment and weights, but on a budget these are perfect.

  1. Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones – Blue
  2. Natural Fitness Pro Burst Resistant Exercise Ball
  3. BalanceFrom GoYoga Yoga Mat
  4. Perfect Pushup Elite
  5. RUNFast Pro Weighted Vest
  6. ProSource Multi-Grip Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar
  7. Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells
  8. TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
  9. Harbinger 155 Power StretchBack Glove
  10. Valeo Dual Ab Wheel

Popular Fitness Trackers

Garmin and Fitbit have been the front runners of fitness trackers for a few years now, but after reviewing some of the others, I may be interested in trading mine in for a new one….

  1. Garmin vívofit 2 Activity Tracker
  2. Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband
  3. Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band
  4. Fitkat Ultimo Fitness Tracker
  5. Garmin Vivoactive
  6. PLAY X STORE Smart Watch Sports
  7. Goldwheat Smart Bracelet Fitness Tracker
  8. Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch
  9. LifeTrak Core Fitness Tracker
  10. Nike+ Fuelband SE

Popular Fitness Books

Fitness and training books are essential to continuing to complete your fitness goals for now and the future.  Below are guides only and some may or may not suit your goals.  Read over the reviews and find one or two which will assist you after our 12 week program.

  1. Bodybuilding.Com Fitness Log
  2. 5/3/1 (2nd Edition)
  3. The Cube Method
  4. The Juggernaut Method 2.0 – Strength, Speed, and Power
  5. Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition
  6. Bigger Leaner Stronger
  7. Thinner Leaner Stronger
  8. The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises
  9. The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises
  10. Strong: Nine Workout Programs for Women

Popular Paleo Cookbooks

I always feel cookbooks are a great thing to have around the house.  Paleo has become such a popular diet trend, I couldn’t list a group of cookbooks without having Paleo in its own category.  These are great to learn the lifestyle and find foods which still taste good.  If Paleo isn’t your style, check the list below them to find more mainstream cookbooks.

  1. Practical Paleo
  2. Against All Grain
  3. Well Fed: Paleo Recipes
  4. The Paleo Cupboard Cookbook
  5. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans
  6. The Frugal Paleo Cookbook
  7. The Performance Paleo Cookbook
  8. The Paleo Kitchen
  9. Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook: Real Food for Real Life
  10. Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen

Popular Diet and Health Cookbooks

  1. The Whole30
  2. The Skinnytaste Cookbook
  3. Thug Kitchen
  4. Giada’s Feel Good Food
  5. Clean Food Diet
  6. Eat to Live Cookbook
  7. The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook
  8. Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook
  9. Weeknight Fresh & Fast
  10. The Shredded Chef

Popular Water and Shaker Bottles

A water bottle and shaker bottle are essentials for workouts.  I would suggest having multiples of each if you are like me and don’t like to clean them after every use.  There are multiple choices for water bottles and some cheaper and easier to access like at a local store.  My shaker bottle will always be a blender bottle due to no leaks, and BPA free.

blender bottle classic

  1. Blender Bottle Classic
  2. KOR ONE BPA Free 750ml Water Bottle
  3. Fit & Fresh Jaxx Shaker Bottle
  4. CamelBak Eddy Water Bottle, Rain, .75-Liter
  5. Nalgene BPA Free Tritan Wide Mouth Water Bottle
  6. Futurepace Tech Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle
  7. BlenderBottle ProStak System
  8. BlenderBottle 3-Pack Water Bottle
  9. Blue Crossactiv Premium 3 in 1 32oz Hydrasystem Infuser Water Bottle
  10. VALI Stainless Steel Shaker