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Lift big weights. Eat protein. Get muscles. Simple, eh? Unfortunately, no. It's all too easy to hit a muscle-building plateau, and supplements can seem like the answer. But, before you blow your hard-earned cash on whatever supps your local gym has in stock, you should learn how your muscles work.

Your body has two forms of muscle fibers: type-I fibers (aka slow-twitch) help you perform endurance exercise, and type-II fibers (aka fast-twitch) are the large fibers responsible for strength and size when weight training. To damage these type-II fibers enough to cause growth, you have to lift weights and keep your muscles under enough tension to recruit satellite cells.

These cells sit on the top of muscles and help grow, maintain and repair your muscles. They often lie dormant until you do heavy lifting. The heavy lifting causes tiny micro-tears in the muscle fibers, which trigger your satellite cells to multiply and move toward the areas you damage. They use the proteins from food to thicken and strengthen your muscles and you end up with tighter sleeves.

Fortunately, scientists have developed supplements that can help these efforts by influencing your nutritional, hormonal, and energy systems. Learn which are the best and how to use them to your advantage.


Valid Notes:
  • Pricey products are not necessarily more effective.
  • Clinically tested products are not necessarily more effective.
Five Muscle Builders Brands CrossTested
Position Packaging Product Name Cost How Long
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1 VPX Shotgun 5X $27.95 5-15 Minutes 48 Hour Lasting SHOTGUN 5X is the first VPX® muscle building supplement to use a superior synergistic blend of effective compounds. Yes 96.7% 99.4%
2 Cellucor C4 Extreme Cellucor C4 Extreme $38.98 20 Minutes Up to 3 days C4 Extreme is a more advanced than any pre-workout supplement in its class, possessing the power to ignite your mind, muscles and workout regimen. No 82.4% 92.2%
3 Gaspari Nutrition SuperPump Max Gaspari Nutrition SuperPump Max $31.95 Within 30 Minutes Up to 72 Hours The Ultimate Pre-Workout Supplement! Do you want to become STRONGER and throw MORE WEIGHT around in the gym? No 62.1% 71.4%
4 MuscleTech Anarchy MuscleTech Anarchy $21.95 In Days At most24 Hours While some products claim to give you incredible pumps, you’ll never feel a pump like the muscle-swelling super-pump delivered by MuscleTech® Anarchy™ No 53.6% 69.8%
5 hiet Pro Supps Mr. Hyde $25.95 120 Seconds 12 Hour Effect MR HYDE is formulated to be the most extreme and effective pre-workout on the market. MR HYDE will shatter weight-training plateaus. No 59.2% 94.3%
Lesser Second Tier Muscle Builders Compared Below
Position Packaging Product Name Cost How Long
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BPI Sports 1.M.R 'The Original' BPI Sports 1.M.R "The Original" $25.95 Within 120 Seconds 4 Hour Lasting feeling 1.M.R™ now contains a New Powerful mind bending ingredient. It is now even stronger than ever! No 68.5% 77.7%
Gaspari Nutrition MyoFusion Advanced Gaspari Nutrition MyoFusion Advanced $42.95 15 Minutes Almost 12 Hours The ADVANCED formula is the ultimate time-released blend featuring fast acting whey hydrolysate, ultra pure whey isolate and complete milk protein. No 72.5% 82.7%
MusclePharm Assault MusclePharm Assault $19.95 20 Minutes At Least 1 Hour Fuel your body with the most advanced ingredients so you dominate every workout and achieve maximum results. No 66.6% 71.3%