Yeah, I agree with what you've said. I'm wanting to add the mass over the next 18 months. At least that's my goal. While I'm not a beginner in the sense that I've never trained I did lay off for 8 years after college until about 16 months ago. Then I tore both the left and right rotator cuffs and the did something to the biceps tendon that connects to the shoulder (the chin up tendon-not the curl tendon).
On the plus side I was 240lbs. in shape in college, so I wonder whether I'll get any 'muscle memory' affect now that my goal is strength/power rather than weight loss?
Oh, and I was using Eas's Myoplex Sport post workout drink and while I agree that I didn't 'feel' anything in the sense that a drug causes an immediate physical response there was definitely a 'feeling' that just not present when not using a post workout drink. I'll definitely give Surge a shot.
Thanks for your responses. They pretty much backed up what I already know (which is kinda dissappointing, after all don't we all want a 'magic bullet')