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Top 3 Supplements for Gaining Muscle

Hey all, I decided to post this question in here to get the best responses. I’m about to head overseas for a quick minute and decided to pull a competition with my brother back home. We decided to see who would be in the best shape when I return. The goal is overall best body composition visually nothing special. The rules are only 3 supplements are allowed at anytime, you can change it up if you want but no more than three at a time.

A standard multi doesn’t count but everything else does. I was wondering what you all could suggest as good combos for this. I’m leaving at 168lbs, I’m 69in tall and 12% BF, I’m going to try a each body part 2X a week with one day off, 4 exercises for each body part, 16-20 sets and rotate between 4-6 reps and 8-12 every three weeks…I’ll be gone for six months…any advice from the vets would help…thanks all.

Protein, creatine, and fish oil?

In no particular order:

High Quality Multi
High Quality Fish Oil
High Quality WPI

Nothing will beat food though…again, HIGH QUALITY!

GJ

Fish oil is a great supplement for general health but its not going to provide calories or increase nitrogen retention.

If you want to use Biotest Supps then I’d pick

Alpha Male
Metabolic Drive complete
Surge Recovery

And pound lean beef, chicken, fish, potatoes, rice, and veggies.

Hard Boiled Eggs.

BONEZ…Amongst MANY benefits, Fish oil is GREAT for improving Insulin Sensitivity and hence MORE GROWTH and less bf.

GJ

I agree with Bonez, sans the Alpha Male. I would go with Flameout or some other fish oil instead, but I am no expert by any means.

We all know that the one that sticks to a decent diet and is consistent over the 6 months is going to win, regardless of supplements.

Depending on where you are, eating 6 decent meals a day will be an issue, which is why the Metabolic Drive complete would be an excelent choice, as Bonez suggested.

If you are going to the desert where you are surrounded by dudes, like I always was, you dont need to be boosting test, trust me. You also wont have any problem being motivated to lift, usually do to the fact that there is nothing else to do.

BTW, where are you going, or can you say? Will you be living out of tents or hard walled housing units?

Also, if you are eating MRE’s, be carefull. Each MRE by itself is designed to provide a full days worth of calories.

[quote]BONEZ217 wrote:
Fish oil is a great supplement for general health but its not going to provide calories or increase nitrogen retention.

If you want to use Biotest Supps then I’d pick

Alpha Male
Metabolic Drive complete
Surge Recovery

And pound lean beef, chicken, fish, potatoes, rice, and veggies. [/quote]

Not a bad list, but I’ve been having really good results with some of the newer products.

I’d choose Anaconda, FINiBAR, and probably Metabolic Drive, although Surge Recovery and/or workout Fuel could easily make the list.

Health supplements like Flameout are great, but they aren’t going to add muscle like some of the other products.

I have the ANACONDA protocol and have yet to break into it. It’s just not necessary till I start peaking.

The supps I’d recommend to you TS is

Surge Recovery
Metabolic Drive Complete
Flameout
Creatine
Leucine
Spike is an excellent friend of mine now also

I myself feel better about this combo of supps right now over MAG-10 and Anaconda. All cheap and highly effective.

Obviously creatine and Metabolic Drive will be of huge benefit, but aside from those, I figure periworkout supps will provide the biggest bang, whether we’re talking Anaconda, or simply sipping BCAAs.

S

Whoever works the hardest and eats the best will win. Supplements will make little difference.

[quote]TNfit wrote:
Whoever works the hardest and eats the best will win. Supplements will make little difference. [/quote]

Thanks for the commentary, but the OP asked for people’s opinions of the top 3 supps for gaining muscle, not whether supplements are more important than food or hard work.

[quote]Ocelot82 wrote:
I myself feel better about this combo of supps right now over MAG-10 and Anaconda. All cheap and highly effective.[/quote]

So, you’re judging Anaconda and MAG-10 without having used them?

That make a lot of sense.

Eat clean/balanced, work hard and take that multivitamin you say you are taking. On top of that, my favorite 3 are whey, glutamine and fish oil. I’ve tried lots of other stuff but these things helped with my muscle growth the best.

Creatine
beta-alanine
leucine

whey protein
maltodextrin or dextrose
creatine