Since I began weightlifting, 7 years ago I have tried countless supplements all reported to stimulate muscle growth. I must have spent thousands of pounds on experimenting with what works and what doesn’t. The list spans from creatine (CEE, monohydrate), protein powders (whey, casein, egg), BCAAs, testosterone boosters, NO2’s and growth hormone boosters.
Some of these have helped me build muscle. Most of them have done so marginally and some have been a complete waste of money. Here are my views on the supplements I have tried.
Creatine monohydrate is a solid supplement. I always looked forward to adding half an inch on my arms when I started a creatine cycle (albeit water). The only downside is that creatine causes the body to retain a significant amount of water, hence the enhance muscle size. When the body holds extra water, blood pressure shoots up. If you’d like to learn more about this read my post: The dark truth about bodybuilding and high blood pressure.
For this reason I no longer supplement with creatine monohydrate as I find the blood pressure spike from it is just too high to remain healthy and anxious-free over my health. C.E.E (Creatine Ethyl Ester) didn’t give me the fullness I experienced in my muscles from creatine and in general was an ineffective supplement for me.
Protein powders are deemed to be an absolute must if you are to pack on muscle. I have tried whey, casein and egg protein. One day I thought to myself, if gymnasts (who are jacked) don’t take protein powder, the huge gorilla guys in prison don’t take protein and some of the best bodybuilders of the past didn’t take protein powders; then I’m going to experiment without it.
Funnily enough my gains have stayed and I continue to make the same gains without whey/casein/egg protein powders. Real food protein sources are a better option with some choices being: eggs, beef, chicken, tuna, cottage cheese and beans. Save your money.
In short, BCAAs are just a waste of money. They supposedly “keep you in a positive nitrogen balance” and “increase protein synthesis” but my real life results suggest that the only minimal advantage is that they improve recovery (slightly).
Nitric oxide boosters give you good pumps, and that’s about it. From a motivational perspective this is quite cool. But from a muscle building point of view, these are pretty much pointless. With l-arginine being the main ingredient in NO2’s, it is important to note that it has been linked with high blood pressure and even causing heart attacks in a 2006 study(1). This was surprising as arginine was initially thought to lower blood pressure.
TestoFuel: the Best Muscle Building Supplement?
After trying ZMA, tribulus terrestris and ashwagandha; my views on testosterone boosters in general wasn’t a positive one. Then I tried TestoFuel’s much talked about testosterone booster, which is the closest supplement to steroids I’ve ever taken. My test levels must have been off the charts come the 2nd and 3rd months of supplementing with TestoFuel because my muscle gains and fat loss during those months were crazy.
I Added 1.5 Inches to my Arms – After 3 Boxes of TestoFuel
I also lost 8% body fat, enhancing my six pack definition
Until today, out of the hundreds of supplements I have taken, TestoFuel wins the top spot simply because of the results I had during this 3 month period. I ordered the Ultimate Muscle Gainer’s Package directly from the TestoFuel website.
I was advised to get a few boxes worth because I was informed in the latter months I would experience the most gains, which was correct. This is because with TestoFuel you have to give it time to really spike your T levels, as it contains all natural ingredients, meaning this increase won’t happen overnight like steroids will.