note: This long ramble is just to find what T-Nation is all about.
Back in the early 90s, I was hardcore into nutrition/diet and training in the gym. Recreational Bodybuilding was a blast. Muscle Media 2000 was a GREAT mag back then. They didn’t shy from steroids but still had more USEFULL info, for a natural bodybuilder, than any other mag. They even tested ALL supplements advertised to ensure they contained the listed amounts of the ingredients. Eventually, they even started their own line of supplements, EAS. I had hardcore info for real workouts and a source of info about quality supplements. In `94 I was even one of the Met-RX/Muscle Media Best Shape of your life finalists and was in the oct/nov '94 issue of Muscle Media 2000. I put on 8lbs of muscle and took off 8 lbs of fat in 8weeks. Not astounding compared to the rest of the world… but damned good for a paraplegic. I even trained with free weights without a training partner. Those gains ALL came from the upper row of abs up. I still don’t know how I didn’t win the bodybuilder cruise but some chic in a wheelchair was a BSOYL champ about a year later. I kicked her ass… sigh
Anyway, ever since, BB has been on again, off again. From '94-97 chronic shoulder problems reared their ugly heads. Then… well, let’s just say life has been FULL of surprises that knocked me out of the gym many times. Plus, my ass was lazy many times too.
That way of living was put to rest about 2 weeks ago. I’m back in the gym (again). I have restructured my sleep and recreational schedules to accommodate the BB lifestyle that I WILL get back. Also, certain types of food have now been banned and others brought back.
This where T-Nation enters the story. I’m looking for a source of info comparable to the glory days of MM2K. Also, I’m looking for some good supplements. TONS of ppl sell supplements and many of them are junk. That is why I’m apprehensive of T-Nation and Biotest. I want to believe its all legit. However, I read about Carbolin and it’s like sections of the original Met-Rx write-ups have been copy and pasted. References to proprietary formulas that can’t be copied sound just like Met-RX ads. Maybe it’s because it’s true. Maybe it’s fancy marketing. Plus, medical studies are mentioned to draw comparisons to Anavar. However, the studies were done completely separate. There is no info to tell if the conditions of the studies were the same. Unless the conditions of the two studies are identical, a comparison means nothing. To be fair, I may have missed the answer to the above. Twenty-four pages of replies is a lot to sift through. The info about Grow! and its comparisons/superiority to Met-Rx also concern me. Met-Rx is also supposedly a formula that can’t be copied. The Grow! info mentions Met-Rx has changed. Admittedly, I never kept up with what happened to Met-Rx or why Met-Rx and MM2K had such a HUGE falling out. MM2K would not even print the name “Met-Rx” after that. I’m totally ignorant to what became of Met-Rx since '94 but I know back then, it was FANTASTIC.
Bottom line - I want to believe. I want T-Nation and Biotest to be just what I’m trying to find. However, some reassurance about the validity of both would be great. Who backs you? What is your history? What is Biotest’s assurance of quality…etc.
I apologize if this seems like some sort of attack. Money and time are 2 things that nobody wants to throw away.
Thanks in advance.