As they say, it's the little things that make life worthwhile. This has never been more true. We're finding that during a mellower summer, the joy that a great supplement or a new favorite tee brings to our lives is magnified. Have a little fun with our new warm-weather delights.
Bodybuilding.com Training Camp Collection Baseball Shirt
Recommended by Nick Collias, executive editor
Understated T-shirt designs are the overwhelming trend in fitness right now. And as someone who grew up in the time when so-called adults wore brightly patterned Zubaz pants with Big Johnson tees to my local rec center gym, I welcome the change.
Bodybuilding.com's Training Camp shirts are all eye-catching in a subtle, "that looks good on you" kind of way. Just as important, they're also unbelievably light and comfortable. Of all the pieces in the collection, I favor this one. I love a good baseball tee (that definitely hasn't changed since childhood), and the minimal, mysterious logo looks cool. This is not your older brother's Bodybuilding.com shirt.
Pro-Tec Athletics Ice Up Ice Massager
Recommended by Heather Eastman, senior content editor
Summer is here and for a lot of us that means longer days, more activities, and greater risk of reactivating old injuries. If you've got a knee that acts up or a shoulder that won't stop hurting, you know that the best relief on hot, hazy days is a refreshing ice massage. The Pro-Tec Athletics Ice Up Ice Massager is the perfect way to freeze pain in its tracks and help reduce exercise-related inflammation. Simply fill with water and freeze.
The frozen carrying cooler keeps your ice massager frozen for up to 12 hours, perfect for a day trip up to the lake for wakeboarding or relaxing at home after a grueling mountain hike. Just remove the cap from the ice massager and press the plunger to push up as much ice as you need for a relaxing ice massage.
Recommended by Frieda Johnson, copy editor
While trying new flavors and formulas of things like protein powder, pre-workout, and BCAAs keeps things interesting, some supplements become a permanent fixture in your stack. One of these for me is Signature L-Carnitine.
If you're not familiar with L-carnitine, it's a supplement that supports energy metabolism by transporting long-chain fatty acids into mitochondria to be oxidized for energy production. This helps your body burn fats as fuel, making L-carnitine a great product for any athlete looking to maximize their metabolic potential. Bonus: It's only 12 cents a serving, so you get a great-quality product at a great value.
Olympus Lyfestyle EAA Drip EAAs & BCAAs
Recommended by Shoshanna Cohen, senior content editor
You can get all the amino acids you need from a plant-based diet if you include a broad mix of whole-plant foods, but for some of us that's a big if. While I do try to vary my diet, I don't track my nutrient intake, so I like to take an EAA or BCAA supplement to make sure I'm covered. This is one of the few I've found that is vegan and tastes awesome.
EAA Drip is quickly becoming my go-to summer supplement. The extra-juicy Green Apple Candy flavor makes it easier and more fun to stay hydrated—I could chug this all day long. And as a design enthusiast, I love the cute, cartoony packaging. Maybe that's not as important as what's in it, but smiling is good for you, according to science.
- Abel, E. L., & Kruger, M. L. (2010). Smile intensity in photographs predicts longevity. Psychological Science, 21(4), 542-544.