Dear Jonny, Supplements…
After reading your Muscle Marinade review, I have a few questions. Will you list all the supplements you are currently taking? Which supplements should I make priority? Lastly, what do you think of weight gainer products?
Supplements I am currently taking, daily: 10,000 IU Vitamin D. 4 grams Vitamin C. 4 Centrum multi-vtiamins. 2 servings of MHP’s Up Your Mass. 20 capsules (16 grams) of Jarrow Formulas Creapure Creatine monohydrate. 1 serving of Purus Labs Muscle Marinade. 2 servings of Purus Labs Recycle.
There are three supplements that should take top priority.1) A quality protein powder. 2) A solid creatine product. 3) A good pre-workout formula. If said formula contains 5 or more grams of creatine, that’s enough to keep your muscles saturated (assuming you use it five or more days per week) once you’ve completed a week-long loading phase of 20-30 grams per day, or taken 10 or so grams per day, for a month. In other words, once you’ve loaded up on the creatine supplement of your choice, the pre-workout formula will keep your body sufficiently full of creatine, making an additional creatine supplement unnecessary; that will save you some cash. I take the extra creatine capsules only because I tend to swell up quite crazily on 20 or more total grams per day. I certainly don’t “need” it; nor do I use it so heavily for prolonged periods of time.
Ultimately, weight gainer products are designed for hard-gaining ectomorphs who need a vast surplus of calories to experience any real gains in size. Many formulas contain inferior forms of protein and are packed with hefty amounts of empty calories (shitty maltodextrin), which provide no real nutrition and lead to unwanted gains in fat. There are, however, some quality formulations which rely on such things as barley, oats, and oat fiber for the bulk of their caloric content + utilize efficient forms of protein, such as Up Your Mass by MHP, which I use in the morning as a meal on the go, and post-workout as a comprehensive, sugar-free replenishment tool. I’m the polar opposite of an ectomorph, but the product allows me to eat quickly, alleviate hunger, move on, and then focus my time and energy on lunch and dinner, at which points I eat high-quality whole food meals. Bottom line: The right weight gainer taken at the right times can be an effective tool; but don’t expect any magic.