Beta-7: I think it is the best thing ever and when I stacked it with Carbolin 19, it worked better than creatine, with no bloating. When I was doing OL, the Beta-7 helped me to get out those extra reps without dying on the floor. The stack worked really well for about 3 months. Then It started to make me hold water, so I cut it out. I think this is a great stack for bulking, particularly if you don’t have female hormones getting in the way.
Fish Oil: I rotate the brand every time I need a new bottle, and found that my nails are way stronger and it helps with redness/inflammation of the skin a lot. I’ve had a few injuries in the past year (torn ligaments in elbow, torn rotator cuff) but have no evidence that fish oil helped with either one, since I’ve taken it consistently for 2 years, before during and after the injuries.
BCAAs: The brand I buy (OAC) has 2500 mg L-Leucine, 1250 mg L-Isoleucine and 1250mg L-Valine (5g scoop). It’s a powder and it’s nasty but I have found that 20g during training and 10g after in my shake has helped me to get through the last 12 weeks of a pretty grueling Sheiko program, recovery wise. It also helped to make lean gains, I ate like a pig for 12 weeks and now one week out from my meet, I have only 2lbs to cut to make weight I’ve put on a good amount of mass on my legs and back. This is the one supplement I won’t train without.
Protein Powder: meh. If Surge was available in stores, I’d buy it but I can live without. I get a regular whey isolate and have a shake PWO with a banana. People say not to do this but I didn’t find any difference between doing this and taking Surge. The shipping and brokerage fees are too expensive to Canada for Biotest to order the stuff on a regular basis.
Next time a bunch of cash falls into my lap, I’m getting some waxy maize to try for PWO and I’ll order some more Beta-7.