View Full Version : Let's Talk Supplements

04-18-2012, 09:15 AM
What do you use, Why do you use it and do you actually notice any positive effects or do you just take it because all the magazines/websites say you should take it?

Here's my list

Multivitamins - I've been taking these since my Flintstones gummies @ age 3. I've heard teachers say that everyone should be required to take a daily vitamin. More recently I've heard that super potent multi's could be crushing your renal system, which sort of makes sense when your getting 8333% of something. Personally I take 2-3 per week on days when I feel like I haven't gotten adequate nutrition from the fruits/vegetables in my diet and I always buy the no frills multi's with 100% or less DV of each nutrient.

Green Tea - Been taking Green Tea Extract for about 6-7 years now. Mostly because all the rage was it does everything from preventing cancer to helping support a healthy heart and aiding in weight loss. Only real noticeable physical benefit is slight amounts of energy increase. I'll probably keep taking these forever just because I'm programmed into them by now. I stopped taking those super high EGCG count one though since I've heard those could wreak havoc on your kidneys as well.

Fish Oil - Take this because I've always been a freak about heart health and additionally now I've had several joint injuries and have heard it aids in joint lubrication. Another supposed benefit is mood elevation. Does it work? Lots of Dr.'s say so, but who knows. I've been taking this about as long as Green Tea and will be for the foreseeable future.

Milk Thistle - With all the pills/powders I'm punishing my Renal system with, I figured it only made sense to take a supplement specifically targeted at improving renal system function. I have no idea if it works but I'll probably keep taking it.

Whey Protein - More specifically, I've recently switched to ON's Oat's & Whey which is super delicious. I think everyone can agree that supplementing protein into your diet is alway going to have a positive effect if your goal is mass/muscle gain. Also it's very easy to notice the difference in muscle soreness/recovery if you have ever tried to lift without supplementing with protein, for most people.

Creatine - I always take Creatine in mono-hydrate form. I definitely notice my strength numbers are slightly up while I'm supplementing with Creatine as opposed to when I'm not. I can also say I notice the water weight effect in my muscles as well. I usually stop taking Creatine right before the summer as I finish up the cut cycle to eliminate its water holding effects.

BCAA's - Magazines tell me I should supplement with BCAA's. I can't tell if they're having any effect, but amino acids can't really hurt your body either.

CLA - This might come as a shock, but I really feel like this is the "X" Factor in my supplement arsenal. I've always noticed significant strength gains and leaner mass during the times I've been stacking CLA as part of my supplement regimen. In the past year I have gotten significantly stronger than I have ever been, while not putting on any additional unnecessary mass. The only difference from any other year is that I have been taking CLA for over a year straight now. I give up a thumbs up to this one until I'm proven otherwise.

Pre-Workout N.O. Energy - Currently taking White Flood, which has always been the top performer in my books. This seems to be one supplement category, where a different brand seems to work better or worse depending on the person....for whatever reason. I notice what most people notice, the first 2-3 weeks of lifting with an NO supplement are great, I get amazing energy and the desire to keep lifting.....but after the 3rd week or so, the results DRASTICALLY fall off. For this reason, I take the practical approach and cycle no longer than a month or two before taking a 1-2 month break into between using NO supps.

Well that's it.....feel free to add yours, I'd love to see what other people actually think of the supplements they use regularly.

04-18-2012, 11:26 AM
Not much at the moment. I've been missing a lot of gym days since I've returned from vacation so it's just been a whey shake post workout. Hoping to get back into it tomorrow or the next day when I move to Kabul.

Normally take:
NO-xplode(pre workout)

I've got some fish oil and green tea extract as well but I usually forget to take them lol.

Bob E
04-20-2012, 02:33 PM
I've been working out pretty steadily over the past 3 years taking 1 week breaks every 6 months or so

Protein-ON Whey gold standard, Dymatize Gourmet, Muscle farm Combat - Usually take a scoop in the morning and a scoop after working out. I don't notice a huge difference in each one, the muscle farm has different types of proteins in it and feel wise has a little edge over the other two.

Multivitamin- Megaman multi from GNC, I feel more focused at work when I take it but it could be mental.

Energy- Superpump 250 has been my go to but as PSPEC said after the 3rd or 4th week I'm ready for a change. Right now I'm using scivation Xtend which I'm drinking during my workout and it works pretty well for endurance and decent for energy. If I'm really beat after work (maybe once-twice a week) I'll take the SP250 and it works great. Might continue to rotate these.

I try to base my diet around supplementing needs also, I feel this is really the key element. Store bought supplements are great but with a shit diet, don't kid yourself.

04-25-2012, 07:11 PM
Protein: Muscle Pharm Combat Powder vanilla (tastes like an 18 year old virgin that just got out of an all women's school) - twice a day
Cellucor Super HD - yummy pills - 2/day
Cellucor C4 pre workout
multi - megaman overpriced shit from gnc until the bottle is empty

I'll make my own progress thread later.. too lazy right now

04-30-2012, 03:19 PM
Protein: Muscle Pharm Combat Powder vanilla (tastes like an 18 year old virgin that just got out of an all women's school) - twice a day
Cellucor Super HD - yummy pills - 2/day
Cellucor C4 pre workout
multi - megaman overpriced shit from gnc until the bottle is empty

I'll make my own progress thread later.. too lazy right now

Someone went to GNC.

05-01-2012, 02:35 PM
Whey Protein
One A Day Multi
Allmax Creatine
Vitamin World Fish Oil

05-02-2012, 10:18 PM
I keep it simple.

Caffeine or some other pre workout supp for energy

The vast majority of all supplements, especially the performance enhancing ones, are complete marketing bullshit.

05-23-2012, 05:39 PM
Someone went to GNC.

actually, I had the trial of Super HD and buy it at GNC when the BOGO is going on. Everything else I buy from BB.com. I actually ordered another 4lb container of the Combat Powder, only this time its in Chocolate Peanut Butter. (mixes great with oatmeal)

I quit taking that megaman shit... went to Muscle Pharm Armor-V multi's, and take NO3 before weight days. I stopped taking creatine for the time being.