I’ve tried just about every supplement brand over the past few years because alot of the companies send me their products to sample, since they know that
I sell supplements to my personal training clients.
And in all honesty, I’ve gotten the best results, by far, by using AST Sports Science products than any other brand I’ve ever tried.
In fact, I now use AST Sports Science exclusively, and pay for them out of my own pocket, because I believe in them so much.
It starts at the top of the company, Paul Delia, whom I have incredible trust in.
AST helped me transform my physique more than any other source, so I use their products solely.
I use their NytroPro-40 meal replacements, VP2 whey protein, their micronized creatine, and their glutamine.
AST has given me my best results, as far as muscle gains
and fat loss, than any other supplement company.
I have used Eclipse and I think they are a good company.
Twinlab is good, Weider is okay, so is Sportpharma, Lee
Labrada, Syntrax, and Optimum.
If you want the best results, I’d try AST for a while
and see what you think.
Any of the companies I’ve listed above are pretty good,
any company that’s been around for a while is going to
be pretty reputable or else they would be driven out of
business by angry consumers!
I get asked more about supplements by my training clients and web site visitors than any other topic, so I spent some time building a page that lists my top recommended supplements for people looking to build muscle and lose fat.
The days of liver tabs and raw eggs for protein are gone and luckily, with the advance in science has come the advance in supplements.
Now, there is one thing I can say for sure.
There are a lot of supplement choices on the market…
And MOST of them just don’t hold up to claims.
In fact, most DO NOT work and this is coming from someone who uses supplements and also sells supplements to his training clients.
So, I would start with making sure you consume enough protein in your diet. You want 1 and 1/2 to 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight. So, if you weigh 200 pounds, for example, you want to consume 300-400 grams of protein each day.
If you have trouble getting that from whole food sources like chicken, beef, fish, eggs, dairy, etc, than I would say the first supplement you should look into is a whey protein powder or meal replacement powder.
This will ensure enough protein in your diet.
Protein is the most important nutrient for body builders (other than water) since protein is responsible for muscle repair and growth.
You could also use meal replacements as well, which are formulated to take the place of whole food meals. They are different than whey protein powders in that
they also contain carbs and some fat, so they do replace meals.
Whey protein powders are more to supplement your meals.
So, my first supplement recommendation is whey protein or meal replacements for protein requirements.
Next, I would have to say creatine is the next best “proven” supplement for strength and muscle gains. Creatine is safe and its a natural amino acid found in
hamburg and other red meats.
What creatine does is attract more water into the muscle cells. When the muscle cells hold more water, they get bigger and so do muscles, as a result.
Creatine is one of the most researched sports supplements currently on the market and all studies have shown it to be safe and effective.
Those are my top 2 picks for supplements.
If you want to prevent overtraining from occurring, you could look into taking glutamine, which will assist in your recovery and recuperation.
Finally, if you’re interested in boosting your testosterone, I would have to say DHEA and andro are the 2 safest and most researched supplements that have shown to increase natural testosterone production.
There’s no doubt that as we age, we decrease our production of testosterone and testosterone is the primary hormone responsible for muscle growth.
I would only recommend DHEA or andro as safe and proven testosterone boosters.
DHEA is 2 conversion steps away from testosterone and andro is 1 step away.
DHEA has to be converted to androstendione, which is then converted to testosterone via an enzymatic reaction in the liver, whereas andro can be converted
right to testosterone when taken orally.
So, if you want to try something more likely to be converted to testosterone, I’d go with andro, but DHEA is cheaper and has also been shown to raise
Other than these, I would skip the rest. I just don’t think many others are worth the money.
You can also add a good multi vitamin and maybe some EFA’s (essential fatty acids) to this group, but those are things that you can get more from your whole foods.
So, to recap, I would say:
1. Protein (either through meal replacements or whey)
4. testosterone booster
5. Multi vitamin and essential fatty acids
The page I refer my personal training clients to that have the list of supplements I use and recommend is: