Friday, September 21, 2007

Top Muscle Building Supplements

You wouldn't ordinarily expect to look to Forbes for good supplement advice, but here it is:

Forbes on Muscle Building Supplements

Kudos to Forbes for not taking the easy route and just going with the "all supplements suck and no one needs them" like a lot of their mainstream counterparts. Looking a little deeper, they found a professor of kinesiology and someone from the Council For Responsible Nutrition who had a little more knowlegeable, rational views.

Truth is, the right muscle building supplements can give trainers a boost. They aren't going to do the work for you, but they can give you a little boost.

Good advice throughout this article. I'd disagree that it is a good idea to get creatine with carbs added (the money the supplement companies charge to add those carbs is ridiculous, you can get the base creatine monohydrate powder and add carbs yourself much, much cheaper) - How To Take Creatine For Maximum Effect.

I also disagree with taking creatine pre-workout, I think it makes more since post-workout - Dr. Franco-Obregón on When To Take Creatine.

But, a good article.

What are the right supplements for muscle building? Check my Effective Bodybuilding Supplement Guide

JP Clifford

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Blogger William said...

JP, this is good post. I would have never thought to look toward forbes to get info on muscle building supplements. I like the link you gave to the supplement guide at Very informative.

I am presently trying to build some muscle myself. I've created a blog so that people can easily follow my progress. You can check it out at


8:35 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Great Sport. Supplements slowly becoming of interest to the mainstream press.

5:42 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

I'm kind of lost...
The Forbes article was very interesting, and that made me buy my first Muscle Building Supplement.
In Europe - I come from France- Creatine is considered as dangerous, and I bought Halo Cryo Anabolic...
Now I have the feeling I bought something very dangerous... Any thoughts?

6:20 PM  
Blogger JP Clifford said...

Yes, I've read about France's demonization of creatine. I can't eplain it except to note that France seems to like to go against the grain sometimes.

If they are steering you away from creatine and having you instead opt for the mess of crap out there, they are doing you a disservice.

I don't think your product is dangerous, I'd just say it is overpriced fluff with a bunch of over the top marketing (like all Muscletech products).

7:32 PM  
Blogger C.L. Carter said...

Nice blog, very dignified. I have taken a recent interest in the subject matter, due to some troubling medical test results. I am 38 years old, and am having symptoms associated with low testosterone. I am very familier with steroids, having belonged to gyms (my family even owned one at one time) and worked out for years. I am not, and have never been a "bodybuilder" but I have always been the big guy in the room. My Doctor had me do blood testing and found my testosterone level below normal for my age. I have since received two injections, each at the begining of the month. I just re-tested at a point that the Doc thought I should have shown peak levels, and am now at 90 points, where as normal is said to be 200 or better. She says I am now to use Androgel daily, and receive the testosterone injections every month. That test was performed at two to three weeks after the day of injection. Have you ever heard of this? I was just given the results today, and have to go in to see the Doctor. I am afraid of what could be causing my natural levels to dip so low. The only major change in my life is that I recently lost around thirty five pounds, and got my cholesterol down from a whopping 427 to 166 with no drugs. Only fish oil, b12, and lots of walking. I also backed off of carbs and sugar. 15 years ago, I would have thought I hit a jackpot by being prescribed testosterone, but now, im just scared to find out why.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Aymen said...

great post thanks. I agree with you JP, cell tech is really overpriced for a creatine supplement.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Nikolaj @ kreatin said...

Cell tech is overpriced, especially when looking at the ingredients, where sugar is widely used

10:28 AM  
Blogger cocoloco said...

I can't stomach most of the creatine formulas out there. They are too sickiningly sweet. I have had terrific luck stacking BP labs "A-50" and "A-HD". I am 54, 5'9" and when I started working out I was tipping the scales at over 200 lbs. and more than 29% body fat. I now weigh 160 lbs. and have roughly 9% body fat. I am ripped and the stacking gives me vascularity that I never had. The only problems I have are maintaining my weight since I don't want to lose any more. So I take about 200 grams of protein a day. Also, due to my ageI have a little bit of loose skin where I now have a six-pack. I also do not sleep very well. Am I doing anything wrong?

1:10 AM  
Blogger sabin lohala said...

those thing written in the blogs are true but while building your muscles we should eat foods which have low fats and do some mind and body exercises daily in the morning and finally satisfaction is also one of the most helpful thing which help you to grow physically and mentally

9:49 PM  

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