After spring, we look forward to being outside – at least on our balconies, and if we're lucky, further away. No matter where you are, additional sunshine brings additional energy. Channel it into your workout and the results speak for themselves. Here are the tools and additions we use to start headlong towards brighter days.
Alpha Lion SUPERHUMAN Pre-Workout V2
Recommended by Tyler McGlasson, MK, CISSN, Senior Specialist, Regulatory Compliance and Science
When spring comes to an end and summer is approaching , it is time to think about how to get these workouts into top gear. There's no better way to push yourself to the limit than with an energy-focused pre-workout.
SUPERHUMAN V2 by Alpha Lion brings the warmth with a high dose of caffeine plus caffeine malate to almost a dozen other performance-enhancing ingredients. Strategically consuming caffeine can help burn more calories during exercise by either increasing your cardio time or increasing your weight reps. * Both will be necessary to demonstrate the great physique you built in a heavy lifting winter.  SUPERHUMAN comes in a variety of flavors, but skipping hulk juice (acid gummy bears) or unicorn juice (rainbow sorbet) would be a big mistake. Let's go outside, work hard and look great for a summer in the sun!
Recommended by Shoshanna Cohen, Senior Content Editor
A side effect when writing about supplements is you end up taking a lot of them. And while they help me feel better, I sometimes have trouble keeping them all straight: what to take in the morning, what to take in the evening, what to order, what to cancel, how to cancel lots of everyone, etc.
That's why Persona Nutrition is so cool. They take part in an online assessment and they send you vitamin packs twice a day based on your results. I still drink a protein shake with creatine every day, but the packs cover everything else.
I've been taking persona packs for two months. My customized line of pills seems pretty solid. It contains better versions of what I've already taken (digestive enzymes, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and a good multivitamin) as well as some new ones (quercetin to support the immune system, peppermint and ginger to aid digestion). I have to say I feel good, especially my digestion, which always grieves me. To be honest, the best thing is never to think about vitamins. Unless I'm writing about it.
Yoga Direct Antimicrobial Yoga Mat
Recommended by Frieda Johnson, Editor
A yoga mat is always on my selection list of the necessary training accessories, but when the weather gets warmer, it becomes even more necessary. Why? Because I love moving my yoga and body weight training outside to take advantage of the sunshine and fresh air.
When I exercise in the sun, I feel energized, but I am also calming and meditative, which makes it my ideal start to the day. Without a good yoga mat, training on my cement terrace is much less fun. Fortunately, my Yoga Direct yoga mat is durable enough to bear the additional wear and tear when used outdoors and thick enough to make lying on concrete bearable.
This mat also has the additional advantage that it can be treated with ionic silver. It is resistant to bacteria, odors and germs. In this time of increased hygiene awareness, it is a nice additional protective layer against the coarse factor of something on which you have stood with your bare feet.
Bodybuilding.com Signature 100% Whey Isolate
Recommended by Nick Collias, Executive Editor
I don't ask much about my protein. I don't need it to pretend to be superfood or to convince myself that I ate when I didn't. It just doesn't have to be too sweet, not too filling, and not full of non-protein extras in no particular order.
Bodybuilding.com Signature 100% Whey Isolate is just the ticket. A scoop delivers a solid explosion of 25 grams of isolate and hydrolyzate protein that mixes instantly and falls off easily after a hard workout. But it is still easy enough that I can have a hearty meal in the not too distant future – because I want to make it clear. A ball here or there is an easy way to get from "Do I eat enough protein to support my workout?" to the daily goal of 0.8-1 grams per pound of body weight that sports nutrition experts recommend. Slug it and forget about it.
* These statements were not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.