Hey Dylan, this is just a general question about supplements: When did you start taking them and why did you do it then? I'm not talking about whey or creatine, but the other stuff-- the abbreviated ones. Vague, I know. I've seen guys about my size (which is not very large) talk large quantities of supplements but always doubt their effectiveness as I persist to believe that they are for those who reached their natural limits. Thoughts?
I originally started with soy protein shakes. I didn’t start taking whey until a year after I started weight training. A little later I added creatine.
Then I discovered Animal Pak multivitamins. Back then, Animal Pak contained 4-androstenediol (4-AD), a pro-hormone that the liver converted into testosterone.
In 2004, pro-hormones became scheduled drugs, like steroids, and Animal Pak had to remove the pro-hormone from its formula to remain legal. The fella at my local Max Muscle store explained all this to me, you can about it here. I had no idea. But, he suggested some natural alternatives that weren’t banned.
As per his advice, I started taking the typical testosterone boosters to try and combat the effects of going off Animal Pak with pro-hormones. Tribulus, Epimedium, ZMA, etc…I didn’t notice anything, so I tried other testosterone boosters, NO boosters, estrogen blockers, everything.
I went through this phase of trying all the supplements. I would literally go on payday to the nearest GNC or Max Muscle and whatever I hadn’t tried yet I bought. I would run the supplement for a few bottles, check my progress, and if I had results would either keep taking it or try something new. Most supplements I tried did return statistically significant results and weren’t continued.
From my exhaustive personal testing, here are the supplements that have worked for me:
I got pretty burnt-out on blindly buying supplements and testing them on myself. It was expensive and my success rate was horrible. I changed tactics and subscribed to PubMed. Whenever a new medical study is released that has something to do with “Muscle Growth,” I get an email alert. I buy the research paper, read it, determine if its useful for my goals, and go out to try them.
This is how I developed my Testosterone Boosting Stack. I compiled every study on natural supplements that increased testosterone and culled a list of potential supplements. Through personal testing, I found the four that worked best, and viola! A supplement stack that works better than those expensive test boosters I used to get. Awesome.
I believe in continuous testing. I’m always trying new workouts, supplements, routines, trying to find the best combination to help me get bigger.
I’m currently testing a HMB + ATP combo as a new study shows taking them together added 20lbs of muscle in a 3 month period over placebo. So far, my weight hasn’t changed at all…but I’m only on my second month. Hmmm.