The supplement industry isn’t very well regulated. A product can be on the shelves for months, promising ridiculous benefits to the customer before it is pulled, often without explanation, for reasons we can only hope are some infringement of copyright law and not the countless others we dread.
That’s an extreme example but the more mild one is not much more comforting. Many supplements remain on shelves with nothing but pseudo science and high price tags making them look officious.
Coupled with the naivety of many customers, the lack of regulation equates to a huge profit-driven industry.
If you are confused by the sheer quantity of products and the mind-boggling list of ingredients out there then you are not alone. However, you still want to experience the benefits that can absolutely come with quality supplements, you just don’t know where to start. Read on, we have a way forward for you.
It was difficult to decide which one out of BLACKWOLF and 4 GAUGE should get the first spot because they equally good at what they do for you but they have different effects.
So depending on what you need out of your pre-workout supplement, we recommend you go for one of those if you want the best results.
BLACKWOLF – Massive Doses of Muscle Fuel
BLACKWOLF Workout Supplements have thrown out the rule book and dropped a huge formula on us. Each scoop serving gives you 30 GRAMS of active ingredients.
How many companies can say that about their pre-workout!?
They also make a specific pre-workout for HIM and one for HER, called TRACK and TRAIL respectively.
Blackwolf also make intra-workout and post-workout supplements, all with 30 gram servings for a monster shake packed full of some of the most well documented and proven ingredients in the business.
If you’re sick of seeing under-dosed, hyped up nonsense on the shelves at premium prices, then do your body a favour and get it some BLACKWOLF.
4 GAUGE – Huge Muscle Pumps and Focus
4 GAUGE is designed for you if you like getting jacked / pumped / swole in the gym. As in, you’ll look at your arms, legs, shoulders, pecs…whatever in the mirror, and say “HOLY SH*T”
Not only that but 4 GAUGE has an excellent nootropic in it, to help your mind get laser-beam focused on each repetition.
On top of that, it’s got an excellent mini blend of stimulants and theanine to give you a long energy release and lovely alpha-waves washing through your mind to make you feel awesome.
4 Gauge comes in shotgun shell style packaging and kicks as hard as it looks!
OR Start Simple and Go From There
It’s easy to get wrapped up in shiny packaging and big scientific words but breaking it all down to the all-time classics is sometimes the best pace to start.
We’re going to introduce a company that we think achieves this by producing supplements for everyone from the beginner gym member to the seasoned weight lifter.
Oddly, the seasoned weight-lifter is more likely to keep his or her supplement strategy quite simple. This is because they know what works and what doesn’t and they have been around long enough to have tried all the hyped-up rip-off nonsense in between.
So, what better advice for the beginners, than to start simple and go from there.
The BAUER Nutrition Advantage
Bauer is a company that fits with our template of a proper supplement manufacturer and retailer. They have every base covered from the single-ingredient products to the blended formulae.
Using simple, easy-to-swallow science (and not too much of that) they have every category of interest – build muscle, boost testosterone etc. – broken down so you can choose the right product for you.
We were initially attracted by the purity and simplicity of their line. Bauer Nutrition have researched what works and have stuck to it, leaving out a lot of the proprietary blended confusion that riddles the supplement industry as a whole.
The big mega companies would have you believe there are new ingredients being discovered each day, but the truth is, there are fewer effective substances out there that have been proven in both the lab and in human trials than most people think. Here’s a look at some of them.
If you’re going for high-intensity workouts for maximum muscle and strength gains, it can be very advantageous to take a supplement before we hit the gym to get the most out of our hard work.
Pre-workout supps are mainly of the energy-boosting persuasion but they use several different mechanisms between them to achieve this.
We’ll get the ball rolling with one of the most successful strength-enhancing supplements ever. Creatine Monohydrate.
Body Fuel – Creatine Powder – by Bauer Nutrition
Creatine is a derivative of different amino acids and is synthesized naturally within our bodies. Nearly all of it is stored in muscle tissue to be used for production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the main source of fuel for muscular energy.
Supplementing with Creatine provides strength and endurance enhancements during high intensity exercise such as lifting weights. This leads to larger lean muscle gains.
Many forms of creatine supplements have emerged from the industry, including monohydrate, ethyl ester, citrate, pyruvate and more. The thing to remember is that no matter how quickly they are absorbed, all of them are subject to the same saturation limits in the human body.
Companies will sell their proprietary blend, promising benefits greater than simple Creatine Monohydrate, but really, it is difficult to improve on monohydrate considering it is so close to 100% absorbed from our intestines, that any improvement is pointless.
The most famous study on Creatine Monohydrate looked at experienced weight-lifting men. During 12 weeks of supplementation, the men exhibited a lean body mass percentage increase which was more than double that of the placebo group.
Bauer Nutrition have produced an incredibly pure Creatine Monohydrate product in the Body Fuel range.
just look for the Body Fuel line
Body Fuel – Amino Blast – by Bauer Nutrition
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are of particular importance to athletes during and after exercise. Therefore if they are taking just prior to an intense workout, they can significantly increase your energy levels.
Not only that, but supplementing with BCAAs during a lengthy workout can increase your endurance. Even triathletes and long distance runners use them to keep them going and they are especially valuable when dropping sets in the gym.
BCAAs are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. They are amongst the group of essential amino acids, so called because we have to source them from food or supplements. Other amino acids (non-essential) are still required but our bodies can synthesize them from other substances.
The 3 BCAAs are even more special because they can be metabolized directly inside our muscle tissue and utilized immediately for energy. This gives us more endurance and strength during intense exercise.
After our workouts, another dose of Amino Blast will help prevent catabolism (muscle breakdown) and will promote Anabolic activity (muscle growth). All in all, Amino Blast is a valuable addition to any athlete and will give excellent gains in strength, power and muscle growth.
Simply navigate to the Amino Blast page
Body Fuel – Max Performance Fuel – by Bauer Nutrition
Perhaps the most appropriate supplement to fit under the Body Fuel category is the Max Performance Fuel. A full kilogram of this stuff could be one of the best and simplest additions to your arsenal.
Not just a pre-gym energizer, you can sip this mix throughout a long workout whether it’s weights or intense cardio. You can even use it in recovery when you are a while away from a meal.
Max Performance Fuel is a blend of carbohydrates, proteins and creatine. Together, these ingredients provide you with the two essential macro-nutrients you need to sustain a heavy session of exercise.
Carbohydrates sounds simple but glycogen replenishment is literally the thing that keeps you from falling to your knees like a wet sack after half an hour of gut busting sets. There’s no doubt, none, that the right ratio of carbohydrates and protein is the best thing to sustain your muscle mass gains and keep you coming back for more.
A great stack with anything, this is a pre-workout supplement, a sports drink and an all time energy source whether you’re on the bench or on the run. Grab the link below and get some on the way.
Just look for Max Performance Fuel