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I was going to put a witty joke here, but I forgot bama fans still use picture books. So I thought I'd expedite the process for you...
Malzahn approves of NOW Boot Camp! Well...not really...but he would if he knew about it :) www.nowbootcamp.com
Here is the guy I listen to. Muscle Fuel from Advocare as pre-workout, Mass Impact for building, and Post Workout Recovery for after the workout. There is also a BCAA product that is really good.
It is what I trust.
Advocare stuff is all overpriced. If you like it and don't mind spending 10x + what it would cost elsewhere, then go for it. However, I've talked a few friends out of Advocare and saved them a ton of money.
As far as the Muscle Fuel product...it isn't anything special. Advocare is great at marketing, and finding "experts" to promote their product...but if you look at what the key ingredients are, you can find them in almost any pre-workout supplement. Here is what is in muscle fuel: Creatine, D-ribose, calcium pyruvate, L-arginine, glycine, L-citrulline, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, folic acid, pantothenic acid (B-5), magnesium, zinc, chromium, sodium, potassium, green tea extract, caffeine.
In the video you reference, the PHD cites a study of improved performance and endurance taking muscle fuel. You can find 100's of studies that show similar results - i.e. increased performance and endurance with creatine alone. I could buy a 6 month supply of creatine for what it would cost for 10 pouches of muscle fuel.
All of this is just advice...go do whatever the heck you wanna do :)
This post was edited by wareagle28mg 16 months ago
I wanted to point something out that can get lost very quickly on guys who like to workout.
Supplements are probably the SMALLEST factor in successful body transformation. Your basic nutrition, exercise habits, and sleep/recovery habits are all more important than supplements.
So, if you think that you absolutely have to have a pre-workout to make big gains in the gym...you don't. However, if they give you some added motivation to get in the gym and start your workout...then great.
Most guys who lift weights want to build muscle...so here are the 2 best tips I can offer you.
1) Bring a notepad with you to the gym and write down what you do - weight, reps, sets. Next time you come in the gym, increase the load in some way, either by lifting more weight, doing more reps, or adding an extra set. Your goal is to hold yourself accountable for progressively increasing the load on your muscles.
2) Recovery is as important as your workout. Sleep...you need it to recover and you are absolutely short changing your progress if you aren't getting enough. In addition, to that you want at least 72 hours recovery time in between workouts of the same muscle group for full recovery. So if you do legs on Saturday, you want to wait until AT LEAST Tuesday before you work legs again.
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