Recommended Products
Check out some of the few products that I incorporate into my diet, workouts, and daily routines! Also some extra details, why I like them, and some helpful tips. Boom!
    

Vega Sport - Performance Protein

  • Plant based protein powder which doesn’t have any of the toxins or hormonal by-products usually associated with animal based protein.
  • Free of arachidonic acid and other pro-inflammatory compounds which are found in meat derived products. When you workout and break down your muscles, you need anti-inflammatory foods to rebuild and heal!
  • Free of heavy metals and other toxins which many other brands contain.
  • A very short ingredient list and anyone can read and understand
  • Over 5 grams of BCAAs (branched chain amino acids), which are the muscle building superstars of the amino acids
  • All-natural, no artificial anything!
  • Tastes amazing!!
  • TOMKO TIP: I switched from whey/casein dairy-based powders to plant-based protein in 2014, and I have never been happier. Although the dairy-based protein promotes higher bioavailability in the body, I am not willing to ingest the harmful animal byproducts and toxins that come with it. Do NOT sacrifice your long-term heath for short-term looks. It is possible to look great, maintain a large amount of muscle, and stay super healthy by sticking to plant-based proteins.

Thera Cane Massager

  • Releases knots and tension in your back and shoulders in seconds!
  • Works by targeting trigger points in the hard-to-reach areas that normally you can’t self-release
  • Breaks down scar tissue and muscle adhesions to improve muscle function and range of motion
  • Increase blood flow to a particular area to promote rapid healing
  • Saves time and money when you don’t have time to schedule a massage therapy appointment.
  • TOMKO TIP: I use my Thera Cane daily. There are other trigger point release devices out there, but I found the handles on Thera Cane really improve the leverage I can apply to a trigger point. Another tool I use is a lacrosse ball. You can buy a lacrosse ball and roll around on it on a hard floor. Once you find a tight spot, stay in that spot for 30-45 secs, or until you feel the stop of tension release.

Core Nutritionals ABC

  • BCAAs to stimulate muscle growth and prevent muscle breakdown
  • Beta-Alanine to increase muscle endurance and work capacity.
  • Citrulline Malate for increase work capacity and increased blood flow to the muscles,(greater pump) which increases strength and decreases fatigue while working out
  • No fillers, sugar, caffeine, or artificial flavors!
  • You guessed it...tastes amazing!!
  • TOMKO TIP: BCAAs are “best” taken when your muscles are most at risk at being broken down. This means:
    1. Before, during, and after your workouts
    2. OR
    3. If you are in a cutting phase where you are in a calories deficit with the goal to lose body fat. As you lose body fat and get leaner, will body will turn towards breaking down your muscle for extra energy. BCAAs will stop that process and protect your hard earned gains in the gym.

NatureWise Vitamin D3 5000 IU in Organic Olive Oil

  • Naturally increases your testosterone levels for increased muscle growth
  • Naturally increase your strength
  • “Sunshine supplement” which improves your mood by providing the same biologically active form of vitamin D produced by the body as a result of sun exposure, without any of the health risks associated with being in the sun like skin cancer or premature aging
  • Supports healthy and bones and teeth
  • Boost your immunity so you do not feel run-down or get sick as often
  • NSF certified natural supplement, gluten-free and non-GMO

NatureWise Krill Oil

  • Provides omega-3 EPA and DHA essential fatty acids
  • Packaged as phospholipids, which allows for immediate absorption and utilization
  • Contains astaxanthin, one of the most powerful antioxidants!
  • Supports cardiovascular health, lowers your LDL “bad” cholesterol
  • Eases joint pain and function
  • Supports brain and eye health and function
  • NSF certified natural supplement, gluten-free and non-GMO
  • TOMKO TIP: Krill Oil is very similar in healthy function as fish oil. The main difference is increased bioavailability with krill oil (packaged as simple phospholipids instead of more complex triglycerides), and also it contains the legendary antioxidant astaxanthin! The most important thing is that you are supplementing with some sort of clean/pure Omega-3 source containing both EPAs and DHAs.

Dr. Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills

  • Provides high quality Omega-3 essential fatty acids
  • Supports healthy hormone production
  • Improves hair quality and skin health
  • Aids in regulation of blood pressure and liver function
  • Improves immune function so you don’t get sick as often
  • Reduces joint pain by improving inflammatory responses in the body
  • Aids in the breakdown and transport of cholesterol
  • Enteric coating helps increase absorption and prevent fishy aftertaste
  • Molecularly distilled to remove mercury and other heavy metals and toxins

Kirkland Ito En Matcha Blend Japanese Green Tea

  • Powerful antioxidant properties to help prevent aging and stresses on the body
  • Contains Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been linked to reduced rates of cancer and disease
  • Improves energy production in the body to give yourself a natural boost
  • Lower caffeine levels than other energy drinks and coffee. Get the energy boost without the crash and headaches!
  • Decreases bodyfat levels by increasing you body’s ability to breakdown fatty acids
  • Boosts your metabolism so that you naturally burn more calories throughout the day
  • High quality matcha blend, pure Sencha green tea (your tea is actually green, not brown like many other lower quality “green” teas)
  • TOMKO TIP: Don’t forget to dump the pure Matcha powder in the bottom of your packet into your tea!
  • TOMKO TIP: Add freshly squeeze lemon to your green tea for a super-charge on antioxidants and alkalizing, anti-aging, and anti-cancer benefits!

Versa Gripps® PRO Glove Weight Lifting Straps Hooks

  • Increases muscle growth and stimulation by eliminating a weak grip and transferring the stress of an particular exercise directly to the targeting muscle
  • Uses an wide wrist strap that is ergonomically design to place the weight stress on your strong wrist bone, NOT on your weaker and more vulnerable wrist ligaments. this helps improve blood circulation to the hands and offers carpal tunnel protection
  • Advance wrist support for pressing movements
  • Saves your hands from unnecessary wear and tear calluses
  • Uses advanced “No-Slip” grip material for maximum hold
  • Does not lock you into the bar, allows you to quick release if you need to. Safety first!
  • TOMKO TIP: It is also important to develop your own natural grip strength. I only use my Versa Gripps on my heavier lifts on leg and back training days.
  • TOMKO TIP: To clean my Versa Gripps and get rid of any built up sweat odor, I will sometimes throw my Versa Gripps in a washing machine on “gentle” and then let them dry in the sun

GSC Gym Chalk

  • Increases muscle growth and stimulation by eliminating a weak grip and transferring the stress of an particular exercise directly to the targeting muscle
  • Improves grip strength and eliminates hand perspiration
  • TOMKO TIP: Combine Gym Chalk with Versa Gripps for an unstoppable grip combination
  • TOMKO TIP: Store your Gym Chalk in a small tupperware container and carry it with you in your gym bag!

ZeroWater Water Dispenser and Filtration System

  • Purifies your water through a 5-stage dual-ion exchange filtration system
  • Not only removes particulates, but also courted to remove lead, chromium and mercury
  • Create great tasting pure water at a much cheaper price than bottled water
  • Filters many dissolved solutes and particulates that Brita and other filters do not filter
  • TOMKO TIP: Your filter will not last as long if your live in a large metropolitan area where your TDS (total dissolved solute) levels are higher
  • TOMKO TIP: Measure your water TDS, change your filter when levels get above 6 (typically every 3 weeks for me)