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Steroids 101: Things Everyone Should Know About Anabolics

Steroids 101: Things Everyone Should Know About Anabolics

Today we have to sit down and have a serious discussion. Whether you are active in the fitness community or not, you’ve definitely heard about anabolic steroids and the benefits that you can get from taking them.

You see athletes using them to get an advantage in sports, and if you want to compete in the strongest bodybuilding tournaments, you are going to have to be taking some form of steroids.

The big issues I have with this however is simply that steroids are terrible for you and your body. Sure they are going to get you stronger in a short amount of time, but it is not worth the amount of stress and problems that you are putting on your body.

In today’s post, I’m going to be talking about what steroids can do for you as I do want to provide you with all the information, but I’m also going to spend a large chunk talking about the dangers of steroids.

I firmly believe that no one should ever use steroids and that hard work and determination can help you reach your goals, not a needle in your rear.

So why don’t we jump into things and first understand why people use steroids in the first place and how they work.

How Do Anabolic Steroids Work?

Explaining it in the simplest way, anabolic steroids work to imitate the properties of naturally occurring hormones that are in your body.

They are able to activate testosterone receptors which as a result causes metabolic reactions which leads to an increased production of muscle tissue. Steroids also bind with cells and tell them to produce far more testosterone than what is needed.

Why Do People Use Steroids

There are many reasons why people will look to use steroids, even if they understand the harmful effects that it can bring on the body.

Here are a few of the most common reasons:

Confidence

I’m all about getting bigger at the gym, crushing your previous personal bests, and finding ways to improve, but I’m not obsessed with it.

There are unfortunately some people at the gym whose whole identity is built around getting as large as they possibly can.

Realistically, you will reach a plateau if you are all natural with your lifting. The human body can only build so much muscle with what is available.

Confidence

Taking steroids however can give them that extra boost they need to build muscle and along with that, gain confidence.

I wish people didn’t have that mindset, but building confidence through muscles is one of the biggest reasons why people use steroids.

To Work Out More

One of the benefits to steroids is that your muscles recover much quicker than they normally do. As a result, you are able to pump out workouts on the same muscle group almost every day.

The more you are able to train something, the more it is going to grow, it’s as simple as that.

To Get a Performance Boost

Performance Boost

This alludes to what I was talking about earlier. There are plenty of sports where being strong is important to succeed.

Baseball is known for having one of the biggest issues with steroid abuse as hitters use it to get extra flight on the ball.

To these athletes, the stress they are putting on their bodies is well worth the amount of money that they can earn through increased performance.

t’s a sad reality, but a lot of times the performance boost is money driven.

Now, I’d be doing a disservice to myself if I ended this article right here when talking about steroids. I’m not going to lie, some of the advantages do sound pretty awesome. Being able to workout the same muscles almost everyday? 


That sounds awesome. Don’t let this fool you though. Steroids have a TON of negative aspects that will change your life forever.

If you read anything in this article, please read this next line:

I AM AGAINST THE USE OF STEROIDS AS THEY ARE HARMFUL FOR YOUR BODY

Don’t just take it from me though, let’s take a look at some of the medical side effects that are going to cause some issues for you and your body.

The Negative Side Effects of Steroids

There are a variety of undesirable side effects that you are going to be getting when you take steroids.

Some of these are going to have severe implications on the rest of your life, and some of them are going to affect your appearance or even your personality.

No matter what the effects are, you should look to stay away from anabolic steroids for these reasons.

Kidney Failure and Kidney Problems

I spoke with a certified medical professional and I was told that they can cause either future kidney problems or kidney failure.

Kidney failure can be fatal if you don’t receive a transplant and kidney problems can carry about a whole new set of side effects. Do you really want something like this affecting you for the rest of your life?

Liver Damage

Just like the kidneys, you are going to be putting a huge strain on your liver if you are taking anabolic steroids.

This damage is exponentially increased if you are abusing alcohol as well, as you are now using two substances which are harming the liver.

Just like with kidneys, if your liver fails, your life is going to be at risk.

Liver Damage

An Enlarged Heart

There are people who naturally have an enlarged heart, and then there are those who suffer from it because of steroid usage. An enlarged heart works harder than it should be and eventually burns itself out.

Our body’s organs do have expiration dates and will start slowing down as we get older. If you take steroids, you are going to find your heart failing and slowing down much sooner than normal.

These are some of the severe effects of steroids that you are going to see in both men and women. Now I’m going to mention some of the sex specific effects of steroids.

Side Effects For Men

  • Smaller testicles
  • Lower sperm count
  • Breasts
  • Baldness
  • Risk of Prostate Cancer

Anabolic steroids will start to kill your sex drive, especially when you start to stop using them. Your testicles are going to shrink and shrivel up and your sperm count is going to decrease heavily as well.

In some cases, a male has gone fully impotent as a result of steroid usage. The worst on this list however is prostate cancer, as that is something you never want to get.

Steroids

Side Effects For Females

  • Facial hair and excess body hair
  • Smaller breasts
  • Male-Pattern baldness
  • A deeper voice
  • A larger clitoris
  • Changes to your menstrual cycle

As anabolic steroids are used to increase testosterone production, you can see many male body traits start to form.

Things like facial hair and a deeper voice are all a result of a female taking anabolic steroids.

Your appearance will definitely be affected and is that something you really want to happen because of anabolic steroids?

Closing Thoughts

I have made it a point to keep saying this because I would hope that none of my readers use steroids. There are plenty of ways that you can get strong and get the body that you want without turning towards anabolic steroids.

Yes, it will take longer, and it will take more commitment, but you will be much healthier and happier as a result.

For me, it’s all about the grind, the motivation, and the passion. I don’t believe in shortcuts, especially if you are going to be damaging your body. I have plenty of articles on the website about how to get strong in a natural manner.

With the right mindset, you can overcome any obstacles, you don’t need steroids for that reason. I’ve seen lives changed because of steroid use, and I would never want to see that happen to anyone else.

Testogen Review

Testogen

It was just the other day when I talked about my experience with the Hunter Test testosterone booster and while I was happy with them, I wanted to branch out and try other boosters as well to give you guys out there some variety on what you can choose.

After doing a little bit of research, I stumbled across Testogen, and thought I’d give this one a shot and give it a comprehensive review.

Before I hop into this Testogen review, I do have to talk about the product a little and the target demographic and its main usage.

I’m a guy in my mid-twenties so I’ll tell you straight up, something like Testogen isn’t made for someone like me. My body is still in peak form because I am young.

Once you hit the good old age of 30 however, your body starts to slow down and things stop working as well as they once did.

Your hair begins to thin out, losing weight gets a little bit tougher and you start to slow down in general. While it is a standard thing that happens to many guys, does it really have to be?

The struggle to lose weight and gain muscle mass is often caused by a decrease in testosterone production.

To counteract that, there are testosterone boosters like Testogen that help to keep your body pumping up all the hormones that you need to stay strong.

What is Testogen?

As I mentioned above at the start of this Testogen review, Testogen is a testosterone booster made by MuscleClub Limited.

It features all natural ingredients meaning you aren’t pumping your body with chemicals.

Just a quick point to make here, Testogen is not a steroid or a miracle supplement. If you plan on taking Testogen and getting insane gains, you are going to be highly disappointed. Testogen is simply made to help conquer the problems that are caused by low testosterone production. 

In fact, MuscleClub Limited themselves says you should start to notice the effects about 2-6 weeks after taking them.

If I haven't made it clear already, this is not a miracle supplement people, it’s something that can help you out if you suffer from low testosterone.

What’s In Testogen?

In Testogen, you are going to find several all-natural ingredients mixed together. I’ll give you a quick preview of what you can expect to find inside:

  • D-Aspartic Acid
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D3
  • Nettle Leaf Extract
  • Korean Red Ginseng Extract
  • Vitamin K1
  • Zinc
  • Boron
  • Bioperine
  • Fenugreek Extract
  • Vitamin B6

These are the main 11 natural ingredients that you are going to be finding in your bottle of Testogen.

If you’ve ever shopped for supplements before, you might recognize some of these ingredients and you might have noticed that they have been sold on their own for increasing your energy. Imagine what it’s like if you combine all of these ingredients into one Testogen pill.

How Do You Know if You Need Testogen?

The first thing we have to figure out is if you really need to take Testogen.

I’ll be honest when I say in my Testogen review, it didn’t benefit me as much as it can benefit you.

If you’re under the age of 30, there is a good chance you don’t need to take it either as your body will still be doing its job. 

If you are over the age of 30 however, you should consider taking Testogen if you have noticed any of the following things starting to happen with your body:

  • Less gains
  • Weight Gain
  • You Get Tired More Often
  • Trouble Focusing
  • A Lower Sex Drive

All of these things are linked to low testosterone and while I’m not guaranteeing that it's the problem, taking something like Testogen is definitely worth a shot. Why do I not guarantee it?

It’s all about how you are treating your body. If you’re out there eating McDonalds every day and refusing to go to the gym, gaining weight shouldn’t be a surprise for you.

If you’re out late with friends at the bar and not getting sleep, you also shouldn’t be surprised when you find yourself tired throughout the day. If you can’t find an explanation for these issues, then yeah, you are probably looking at low testosterone.

Talk To Your Doctor

Whenever you are going to be taking new supplements like Testogen, I always suggest you talk to your doctor, especially if you are currently on any medication.

While Testogen will most likely cause zero issues, it’s best to get the all clear from a professional who knows you, your body, and your medications well.

My Experience With Testogen

It’s now time to jump into the exciting part where I directly review Testogen and how it worked for me.

The first thing I noticed is that I was required to take four pills a day.

I have no problem with that, but for some people who aren’t used to taking pills, it might come as a little shock.

Remember when I said Testogen takes about 2-6 weeks to show its effects? I took the pills and guess what, I felt nothing, as expected.

After the first week? More nothing. Second week? I thought maybe, but nope still nothing. Finally in the third week I started to notice a small difference.

The difference was subtle and at first I didn’t think anything was different, but I realized something definitely was. I was able to wake up a little easier, and I had a little bit more energy throughout the day because of Testogen.

Now I’m a perfectly healthy male in my 20s so it makes sense that there wasn’t a dramatic increase to my energy or any of that. I have no problems with my testosterone levels so there really isn’t too much room for improvement here.

I kept it going for a few more weeks to see if things would ramp up a little more and I was surprised when they did.

After about the eighth week I definitely had more energy and was able to move around much easier in the gym. This didn’t make me crush my PB’s by 50lbs, but Testogen did definitely help give me that push.

That’s all I really have to say in my own personal Testogen review, but I can bet that if you are in your thirties or later, you are definitely going to reap the benefits of this product.

If me, a guy in my 20s was able to gain some benefits off of Testogen, there’s no question you’re about to get all the energy you need to succeed. It’ll give you that kick you need to get up and take life by the horns once again.

Final Thoughts and Where to Buy

Like I said before in this Testogen review, if you are suffering from low testosterone levels, this is definitely something that you should consider taking.

The benefits of Testogen are great and the fact that Testogen uses all natural ingredients makes it even better. If after reading this Testogen review you think you have low testosterone, I would definitely recommend you trying it out.

I’ll end this Testogen review by talking about some of the most common questions I see and think of myself, so you can get a more complete picture of Testogen.


FAQs

Are There Any Side Effects?

For the most part there are no side effects to taking Testogen. You might notice a slight headache, but that’s nothing compared to the side effects of some of the chemical testosterone boosters that are prescribed.

What If I’m Not Satisfied?

If you aren’t satisfied in Testogen, the company has a 100 day money-back guarantee. I love this guarantee as it gives you time to actually give the product a try and wait for the results to hit. MuscleClub knows it takes 2-6 weeks to show effects so they want to ensure you have a nice period without feeling rushed to make a decision.

Will It Ship To Me?

Testogen will ship to anyone in the world. They offer free shipping which is great, but only if you buy more than the one-month order. If you only want a month’s worth of Testogen, you are going to have to fork over $7.95. I understand this is their way of encouraging you to buy bulk, but I’m not the biggest fan of it.

What Do Others Think of Testogen?

Sometimes you might now want to just take my Testogen review as the only source of information surrounding the product. Feel free to look it up yourself, but reviews I read were fairly positive as well for Testogen. Most people who had low testosterone were reporting having much more energy and sex drive after taking Testogen.

4 Gauge Review: Powerful Pre-Workout Or Worthless Powder?

4 Gauge Review

Today we are talking about pre-workout supplements and the benefits they have towards you and your fitness.

More specifically, we are going to be talking about 4 Gauge pre-workout and seeing how it stacks up in comparison to others that are on the market.

Before we get into the review, you might not know exactly what pre-workout does. I’ll use this time to mention that 4 Gauge pre-workout is not some miracle supplement that is going to turn you into the most buff person in the world.

It can be used in tandem with hard work to achieve your goals. Without strong workouts, you aren’t going to see any results, no matter how much pre-workout.

Pre-workout is used to give you an energy boost that you take, guess when, before your workout. It contains a ton of different ingredients that are there to help increase your endurance, energy, and focus during a workout.

Therefore, it can give you that kick of energy that you need to push yourself to the next level.

A note of caution when it comes to taking pre-workout however. As pre-workouts are generally loaded with caffeine and other stimulants, they can be detrimental to those who have any underlying heart conditions.

I strongly recommend that before you take any pre-workout supplement that you consult your doctor.

If after taking 4 Gauge you start noticing strange side effects or adverse effects, you should stop taking it immediately and once again go to the doctor.

It means your body is not reacting in the way it should which can generally be a sign of underlying issues.

While the chances of anything happening are slim to none, you just want to make sure that everything in your body is working the way it should.

In fact, whether or not you plan on taking pre-workout, you should get a physical done, especially if you are working out. A doctor will be able to spot anything and work on fixing it immediately.

Now that I’ve covered that, it’s time to talk about 4 Gauge pre-workout in more detail. From what is in it, to what you can expect when you take it at the gym. The main point here is, you should always know what you are putting in your body. 

As someone who takes good care of their body, I am always reading ingredients and making sure what I am taking is going to help my workouts.

4 Gauge pre-workout does not get any passes and I am going to heavily scrutinize it to make sure it does what it says. Let’s first talk about the ingredients.

What’s In 4 Gauge Pre-Workout

There are plenty of ingredients in 4 Gauge pre-workout and you’ll be able to see them all in the main picture.

All of that is great, but once again, it means nothing if you don’t know what those ingredients are and what they do.

I’m going to be talking about some of the most active ingredients in 4 Gauge pre-workout and what they can do for you.

L-Citrulline DL-Malate

It’s a big word and can be a lot to take in, but to sum up quickly, it is extracted from watermelons.

The ingredient is used as a vasodilator which helps to open up blood vessels. What does this mean for you? It means you are going to be getting some pretty awesome pumps if you are working hard at the gym.

When the Citrulline hits your kidneys, it’s converted into an amino acid which helps open up everything. While it isn’t giving you the energy that you are looking for in 4 gauge pre-workout, it is helping blood circulate and flow much better during your reps and sets.

Caffeine

Caffeine is one of the main suppliers of energy in 4 Gauge pre-workout and is also the one you should be most cautious with. Remember when I mentioned going to the doctors to make sure 4 Gauge is right for you?

This is the main reason. Caffeine can do some pretty nasty things to your heart if you have a condition.

When taking 4 Gauge, take a look at the caffeine levels and look at if you have had any sources of caffeine throughout the day.

Balance your day accordingly so you will be able to take 4 gauge pre-workout without any worries of overdosing on the caffeine.

Red Beet Root

Red beet root is fantastic for giving you that extra bit of performance that you are looking for. Athletes who take it notice that they are able to push themselves harder and even beat some of their previous bests when it comes to working out.

Taking this should give you a nice boost in performance which you can turn into heavier lifts at the gym.

Rhodiola Rosea

This is an herb that can help combat any ailments or problems that are going in your life. I’m not just talking physical either.

Taking rhodiola rosea can help fight things such as depression and fatigue and can give you a bit more motivation in the day. It can give you the mental power to overcome any hurdle that is thrown at you.

Creatine

If you’ve taken creatine before or been involved in gym culture, you’ve definitely heard of this ingredient. Creatine is supposed to help build muscle mass while also helping you recover.

It is great for high intensity workouts and it is also something that I recommend if you plan on working out every day. Creatine won’t get rid of the soreness entirely, but it can help lessen it and get your muscles back on track.

How to Take 4 Gauge

To best notice the effects of 4 Gauge pre-workout you are going to want to take it about 20 minutes before your workout.

Why this time in particular?

Your body does need some time to absorb everything you are throwing into it so normally it’s going to take this amount of time to start feeling it.

You can get away with taking 4 Gauge pre-workout right before you start working out, just don’t expect to feel that energy immediately.

They also recommend taking an extra serving if you feel you really need the energy.

 In a case like this I would err on the side of caution. Taking all of that caffeine can have some negative effects.

This is where, like I mentioned above, you need to take a look at how much caffeine you have consumed on the day.

To take 4 Gauge, just drop the recommended amount of powder into your shaker cup, give it a good shake and drink away. It’s flavor is called ‘Fruit Blast’ and I actually have to say it was quite tasty. Some of you might not like it, but personally I enjoyed it.

My Experience with 4 Gauge Pre-Workout

Well the first thing I did was mix it up in my shaker cup and then proceeded to drink it about twenty minutes before my workout. It went down easily as some pre-workouts can feel a little chunky if that makes sense.

Sure enough, when I was all ready to go and about twenty minutes had passed, I was starting to feel the effects kick in.

I was pleasantly surprised with the energy boost that 4 Gauge pre-workout provided. I found I was able to work myself much harder, for an extended period of time. This goes hand in hand with the increased energy and endurance 4 Gauge claims to have.

When it came to the improved focus, I didn’t notice much in that department. That may be because when I’m at the gym, I’m already dialed in and ready to go, however.

 If you are someone who gets easily distracted and wants to leave the gym as soon as you get there, you might notice 4 Gauge pre-workout helping you resist those urges.

Now I do have to talk about those pumps. The pumps are what I live for when working out and there is no greater feeling than watching your muscles explode as you are working them.

4 gauge pre-workout was able to take the standard pumps that I get when working out, and amplified them. 4 Gauge pre-workout really got the blood flowing in me and I was quite happy in that department.

Overall, I’d say my workout was pretty successful after using 4 Gauge. It did what it said it would do and that was quite nice. In terms of other pre-workouts, I’d say it’s above average. It gives you a nice boost that you are going to enjoy and help you get through your sets.

Where Can You Get 4 Gauge?

Right now, the only place you’ll be able to buy 4 gauge is through their own official store. It does come in at a slightly higher price at $45 a bottle.

It is important to note here as well that 4 gauge contains 20 servings per bottle.

If you do want to save yourself some money, you can pick up two bottles and they will chop off the shipping for you.

If you elect to buy the package of three, not only will they ship it for free, but they’ll throw in a fourth bottle absolutely free as well.

Use all that information as you well when you are looking through their website.

Side Effects

Like most pre-workouts, you shouldn’t expect any noticeable side effects after taking 4 gauge pre-workout.

You will notice a large amount of energy that you are not used to, but that is the product doing what it’s supposed to do. 4 Gauge also boasts no energy crashes which is quite nice.

In some pre-workouts, after your body has processed everything, you lose all of that energy and just want to hit the bed. While I definitely was tired after my workout, I’d say it was because of how hard I worked and not because of the energy crash.

Whenever you are shopping for a pre-workout, I’d recommend finding one that avoids any side effects.

I’ll touch on caffeine again because I think it’s important that you understand the risks of overdosing on caffeine, especially if you have heart issues. If you notice anything feeling off or weird, please go to the doctor and stop using the product.

Pros and Cons

Before I give my final thoughts on 4 Gauge, I’m going to list some of the things I liked best about the product and some of the things I thought they could improve on.

Pros

  • Good Taste and Easy to Drink - I had no problems throwing this pre-workout down and found myself wanting more because of how much I liked it
  • Exact Ingredients and Dosages - With some pre-workouts, they hide their dosages and how much of each ingredient they use. With 4 gauge pre-workout, they list everything, allowing you to know exactly what you are putting into your body.
  • Muscle Pumps - As I mentioned earlier, I loved the pump that I got with 4 gauge.

Cons

  • Expensive - For a pre-workout it is a little pricey, but you are getting a good product in 4 gauge.
  • Focus - I didn’t notice the increased focus when working out. Like I touched on, this might be because I generally am giving it my all at the gym everyday

Final Thoughts and Where to Buy

I have to say I enjoyed my experience with 4 Gauge and was happy with the product as a whole. The fact that it lists their ingredients and exact dosages gives me peace of mind when taking it.

Adding in the fact that they use good ingredients sweetens the deal even further. It is definitely a pre-workout I’d consider getting if you are looking to take supplements before your workout to increase performance.

As for where to buy it, it was mentioned that you can find 4 Gauge from their official store or by clicking on any of the buttons on our site.

Overall, 4 Gauge pre-workout gets a solid grade from me.

TestoFuel Review

TestoFuel Review

Another day, another review of a testosterone booster. I’ve really been working hard to try all kinds of these products out for all of you to give an idea of how well they work and how long they need to start showing some results.

Today, I’m going to be looking at a TestoFuel, another testosterone booster for those whose body isn’t producing enough.

Like most test boosters out there, TestoFuel is not some miracle substance that is going to get you ripped and jacked as soon as you start taking it.

TestoFuel boosts all natural ingredients that can help your body produce testosterone in a more controlled manner.

In case you still are confused, TestoFuel is not a steroid by any means and that is one of the reasons why people are so attracted to these testosterone supplements.

Who Needs TestoFuel?

TestoFuel and other testosterone boosters are best for those who are actually lacking proper testosterone.

How can you tell if you fit into this category?

The most accurate way to check is simply by going to your doctor and getting them to look at your body and analyze hormone production.

Is there another method for someone who doesn’t have the time or doesn’t want to go to the doctors?

The other thing you can do is look at your age.  For most men, they start to show signs of slowing down when they hit 30 years old.

It’s at that age when your body starts to lower the amount of testosterone that it makes.

Just because you are getting on in age however does not necessarily mean your testosterone production is taking a nosedive.

There are some side effects that you can take note of and they are usually telltale signs that your testosterone production is low and a supplement like TestoFuel could help you out. Here is a list of some of the most common side effects out there

  • Weight Gain
  • Fatigue
  • Less Gains
  • Hard to Pay Attention
  • A Lower Sex Drive

If you have low testosterone, there is a good chance that you are experiencing these side effects.

Before you convince yourself that you have low testosterone however, you should take a look at your lifestyle.

Things like fatigue and low weight gain aren’t always because of low testosterone and if you have a poor diet, it is going to reflect in the way your body reacts.

Try a healthy diet out for a week to see if some of these symptoms get better in any way.

If they don’t you can now be pretty sure you have low testosterone and something like TestoFuel would greatly help you.

Remember when I mentioned that TestoFuel is not a miracle supplement but instead a testosterone booster?

It’s important that I remind you as if you have regular testosterone levels, you are not going to get much of a boost using these supplements.

For example, I’m a healthy guy in my mid 20s and my testosterone levels are still where they should be.

I am going to be taking TestoFuel to give you an idea of how they work, but my experience with them is only going to be a fraction of what you can achieve with TestoFuel. 

Provided you have low testosterone, you are going to see a result with TestoFuel.

I also need to mention that TestoFuel is a testosterone supplement that is made solely for men. TestoFuel and other test boosters can have hormonal effects in a woman’s body, therefore it is not recommended that they take a product like this.


What’s In TestoFuel

One of my favourite things about TestoFuel, is that it uses all natural ingredients to help achieve what you are looking for.

Whenever it comes to supplements, I’m always a little wary or cautious about what goes into them.

I want to know exactly what I am throwing into my body and if it is going to have any side effects.

You can bet I was happy to hear that it contained all natural ingredients.

There are several major ingredients in TestoFuel that help it boost testosterone in your body and these are:

  • D-Aspartic Acid
  • Vitamin D
  • Oyster Extract

TestoFuel states that these are the most important ingredients in their test booster but they aren’t the only ones. Along with these three you can also find:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin K2
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Ginseng
  • Fenugreek

Now this is great and all, but at the end of the day, all of this is confusing gibberish if you don’t know what each of these nutrients can do for you and your body.

I’m going to give a rundown of each of them so you can better understand exactly what you are sticking into your body.

D-Aspartic Acid

D-Aspartic Acid or DAA is an amino acid that helps to manage production of HGH and testosterone in your body. When it comes to getting your gains back, DAA is going to benefit you the most.

There’s a reason why DAA appears in TestoFuel and other major test boosters out there.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. Stand outside in the sun and you’ll find your body getting it. You might think, why do I need Vitamin D from TestoFuel if I get it from the sun?

The reality is, most of us stay inside for most of the day and even if we were to be outside for a large portion of the day, we aren’t getting the amount that we need. 

Vitamin D helps reduce soreness after your workouts and can give you a bit more endurance during your sets as well.

Another positive you might notice is that Vitamin D will increase your male sex hormones, giving you more of a sex drive.

Oyster Extract

This is an ingredient I haven't seen too much in other test supplements so I had to do a little more research to see what it does.

Oyster extract naturally contains zinc which can help to give your testosterone levels a big boost. It’s also known to increase your libido so once again, more power for you in the bedroom.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is an important vitamin that helps with blood circulation around the body and can help out with your organs as well. The better your blood is circulating, the faster your muscles will recover and the more muscle mass you’ll grow.

Vitamin K2

K2 is another vitamin that is going to help with building up your muscles. Another benefit to it? More male sex hormones to give you more of that sex drive as well.

Magnesium

Magnesium is great for increasing your metabolic rate within your body. It also helps to give you a natural energy boost and increase your endurance. You can expect your body to work in a much smoother way if you are taking TestoFuel.

Zinc

I talked about zinc for a little bit under the oyster extract. Zinc is known to greatly help boost testosterone production so they’ve thrown a little bit more in there to help you get what you are looking for. 

The science behind it is that a zinc deficiency in the body leads to your androgen receptors working inefficiently which is connected to testosterone production.

Boost the zinc, and your testosterone will follow.

Ginseng

Ginseng is seen across many productions and not only can it help to give you an energy boost that you are looking for, it can also help boost testosterone production and your libido.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is an herb that is going to help increase your strength and also prevent things like the sex hormone-binding globuline from being produced.

That hormone is responsible for lower testosterone levels, so cut off the production and testosterone will naturally increase as a result.

These are all the major ingredients that you are going to find in TestoFuel. If the fact that it is all natural is not enough to entice you, I should also note that it is produced following strict FDA guidelines.

No corners are cut here and they work to make sure the product is going to be safe for you.


Contact Your Doctor Before Taking TestoFuel

TestoFuel Review

While the ingredients are all natural, I always recommend speaking to your doctor before taking a test supplement. They will just ensure that there is nothing going on in your body that is going to react negatively to what you are about to do.

While I can pretty much guarantee that TestoFuel is safe to use, I just want you to make sure the product is going to be right for you. A doctor will help confirm that and will help make sure everything in your body is working properly.

Now that I’ve covered all the bases about TestoFuel, it’s now time for me to tell you about my experiences with the product itself.

My Experience With TestoFuel

TestoFuel came in a bottle containing 120 capsules. The instructions state that I needed to take four pills a day to see effects so that is what I did. After the first week of taking TestoFuel?

I felt nothing. Second week? Still nothing. You might sound shocked when I say that, but this is completely standard for testosterone boosters like TestoFuel.

With any product like TestoFuel, it takes about 2-6 weeks of usage for you to start to notice the effects of the testosterone production.

I will say that near the end of the second week, leading into the start of the third week I was starting to feel the TestoFuel kick in.

Once more I want to remind you all that my testosterone levels are normal, therefore my results are not going to be as intense as yours if you have low testosterone.

The first thing I did notice was that I had more energy. It wasn’t like a chugged six espressos kind of energy, but a nice boost that gave me some mental alertness as well. It was small, but definitely noticeable.

This helped me simply get to the gym as when energy levels are low, it might be hard to motivate yourself.

When I was at the gym, I found myself pushing harder with every exercise I was doing. I wasn’t crushing personal bests out there, but I was able to lift slightly more and for a longer period of time.

As a person who loves pumping iron and tough workouts, it was definitely a welcome addition to my workout routine.

Finally, TestoFuel definitely did help out with my muscle recovery and soreness. I was worried after pushing myself so hard that I was going to feel it in the morning.

Don’t get me wrong there is still going to be some soreness, that’s a natural part of working out, however it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Overall, I have to say that I was impressed with TestoFuel and what it does and enjoyed that boost of energy and strength while I was using it.

Side Effects

Compared to other products out there on the market claiming to do the same thing, TestoFuel had almost no side effects. You might get the odd slight headache here and there, but they aren’t too bad.

You can thank the all natural ingredients for the lack of side effects when taking TestoFuel.

Would I Recommend TestoFuel?

If you are someone who is suffering from low testosterone, a supplement like TestoFuel is a great idea for you. If it did that for me, imagine what it would do for you.

The one thing I haven't mentioned yet with TestoFuel is that they offer a 90-day money-back guarantee. 

If you are taking it and after about 5 weeks you still aren’t feeling anything, it might be a sign the product isn’t for you. Simply package it back up, send it back and move on with your life. In that case, what do you have to lose?

If you are wanting an energy boost, give TestoFuel a shot.

What Supplements Should I Take? – 5 Supplements That Actually Work

What Supplements Should I Take? – 5 Supplements That Actually Work

Most lifters have asked the question, “what supplements should I take?” at some point. I mean, if you train, it’s hard to get away from talk about pills, powders and bars; the supplement industry is booming!

Booming with bullshit and products that do nothing but burn a hole in your pocket. With that said, there are a select few supplements that may be worth your while and can enhance your training.

The trouble is you must dig through mountains of absurd claims, marketing hype and poorly controlled, often biased studies if you want to find the supplements that work.

To help you find the best supplements from the get-go, I have done a bit of research and used my experience of taking various supplements (many an absolute waste of time) to come up with a list of my top 5 supplements that actually work.

Whey Protein

This is quite possibly the easiest to add to the list due to its’ popularity and the importance of protein for building muscle. However, you need to be aware that there is no special muscle-building secret in the whey protein; it is just a very good way of increasing your total protein intake.

If you are already getting enough high-quality protein from sources with a complete amino acid profile, you may not need to take a whey protein supplement.

On the other hand, whey is a quickly absorbed and highly bioavailable source of protein. A good whey supplement will also contain few calories from carbs or fat, so it can help to keep protein high without bumping total calorie intake up too much.

Benefits

Triggers muscle protein synthesis to repair and build muscle

Improved physical performance and body composition – Study and another one

Appetite suppression, leading to easier weight management. As shown by a study comparing four protein meals.

What is whey protein?

Whey is an animal source of protein and a by-product of the curd and cheese manufacturing process and was originally thought of as a simple waste product. Whey has a very high protein content and makes up around 20% of the protein found in milk, the other type of milk protein is casein, which I will touch upon later.

There are two common types of whey protein that are found in supplement form: whey concentrate and whey isolate.

Whey concentrate – this is the most widely available and economical way to consume whey protein. The protein is very pure but still contains a certain amount of carbohydrates and fat, which means the total protein content of whey concentrate is usually around 80%.

Whey isolate – isolate whey protein goes through further filtration processes, which means it is usually more expensive to produce and purchase. The benefits of isolate protein are that many of the carbohydrates, in the form of lactose, and fats have been removed. 

This leaves a powder with around a 90% protein content.

Whey protein concentrate vs isolate – which is best?

In all honesty, most people will do just fine with the cheaper concentrate version. 

Whey isolate may be a better option for individuals with an intolerance to lactose.

It may also suit those who need to be very careful with total calorie or carbohydrate intake. For example, later stage contest-prep bodybuilders.

Best time to take whey protein

Whey protein can be taken at any time to increase total daily protein intake. I look at it mainly as a quick and convenient way to ingest more protein.

It may be beneficial to take whey post-workout as opposed to slower digesting sources. Taking whey after a workout has been observed to have a positive effect on muscle protein synthesis.

However, you don’t need to rush to consume your protein as soon as you re-rack the bar for your last set. The old myth of an “anabolic window” of 60 minutes may not be as important as people once believed. This post from TheBalancedBodyNutrition.com does a good job of summarising some of the science. 

Whey vs Casein Protein

Whey and casein are different types of high-quality protein and the debate on which is better is ongoing. The difference between the two probably isn’t worth worrying about for most people.

There has been a couple of studies (effects of whey and casein after exercise and ingestion of whey and casein protein in a meal) that suggest combining whey protein and casein protein after a workout may be beneficial. The idea is that the faster-digesting whey helps to stimulate muscle protein synthesis, while the casein is digested more slowly and prevents the breakdown of muscle tissue.

Instead of buying both types, mixing whey protein with milk should be sufficient due to milk’s high casein protein content.

Recommended Whey Protein Supplement:

Vitamin D3

I could have selected a whole bunch of different vitamin and mineral supplements to be included here. Generally, vitamin and mineral supplements do work as intended but are only usually necessary where there is a deficiency.

This is the very reason that I chose to focus on vitamin D3; it has been observed that vitamin D deficiency is common, particularly in cooler, darker climates.

On top of that, increasing vitamin D3 intake has been linked to a whole range of benefits that could have some very positive effects on your health and performance.

Vitamin D3 Benefits

Stronger bones and teeth. Along with calcium, it is widely known that vitamin D is responsible for improving bone density and reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis.

Improved immune function and lower risk of developing a range of conditions from heart disease to multiple sclerosis. A study from 2010 even highlights how vitamin D can prevent you from getting the flu.

Weight loss. It is thought vitamin D can help with weight management; it may have some appetite suppressant and metabolic effects that could boost weight loss.

Which Type of Vitamin D is Best?

The are several types of vitamin D. The most important for your health and the types you will most likely come across are vitamin D3 and vitamin D2.

You can ingest vitamin D2 by eating plant and animal food sources since it is found naturally in plants.

Vitamin D3, on the other hand, is synthesised by your body after you have exposed yourself to ultraviolet rays, usually from the sun. Therefore, deficiency is prevalent in colder countries and civilisations where people spend large chunks of the day working inside.

It is generally accepted that vitamin D3 is likely the most important to supplement for the health benefits.

Recommended Vitamin D3 Supplement:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

There is a wealth of studies and information proving the benefits of increasing your omega-3 fatty acid intake. The types of omega-3 fats known as EPA and DHA are known to be especially beneficial to health.

Another type of omega-3 oil found in some supplements is ALA. However, this is usually less crucial since it is found in many plant sources. On the other hand, EPA and DHA are found primarily in marine animal, which we tend to eat less of.

Omega-3 Benefits

Lower risk factors associated with strokes and heart disease. Omega-3 fats have been observed to have numerous benefits for heart health, as shown by this study.

Decrease inflammation in the body. Studies like this have continuously linked omega-3 supplementation with lower levels of inflammation.

Stronger, healthier joints and bones. By increasing the amount of calcium available in the bones, omega-3s can lead to stronger bones and less risk of developing conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis.

Flaxseed Oil vs Fish Oil and Krill Oil

As two of the most common sources of omega-3 fatty acids, there is often much debate about which source is superior.

Of course, if you are vegan or have a seafood allergy, flaxseed oil wins right away. For everybody else, you may be wondering which is the best omega-3 source.

Both sources can increase your intake of the important EPA and DHA fats, but they do so in diverse ways.

Fish and krill oils contain EPA and DHA in relatively large quantities, so you get an instant boost from supplementing with them.

On the other hand, flaxseed oil contains the other type of omega-3 fat: ALA. By using ALA, your body is able to synthesise EPA and DHA but it only happens when your body already has enough ALA to fulfil its primary functions.

The bottom line is that you are going to need to consume more flaxseed oil than fish or krill oil if you want to boost your EPA and DHA intake. Therefore, I prefer to go with a marine source like fish oil or krill oil.

Recommended Omega-3 Supplement:

Creatine

A bodybuilding favourite and one of the most studied supplements around. Unlike most supplements that claim to boost muscle growth and performance, creatine does actually have the research to back it up.

By aiding in the regeneration of your muscles primary fuel source: adenosine triphosphate or “ATP”, creatine can help to boost power output as well as endurance in the muscles.

Benefits of Creatine

More energy during workouts. As well as helping with the chemical reactions involved in the synthesis of ATP, creatine itself can be used as an energy source. During fast, explosive movements like weightlifting, your body turns to its creatine phosphate stores for energy.

Hydrates the muscles and could lead to an increase in protein synthesis as a result. 

Bigger, fuller looking muscles. Another benefit of creatine effectively “pulling” water into the muscle cells is that they can appear fuller and look bigger.

Should you Cycle Creatine?

Creatine cycling is not necessary since your body will not build up a tolerance to it like it does with other substances like caffeine. There was also a study on the long-term creatine supplementation in 2003 that showed no adverse effects from 21 consecutive months of taking creatine.

Do you Need to Load Creatine?

A loading phase of around one week where you take a higher daily dose of around 20g per day of creatine to saturate the muscles cells more quickly is often suggested.

However, this protocol is not needed. While there may be a quicker response from the creatine thanks to the loading phase, the long-term results will be the same as taking 5g each day on a consistent basis. 

The possibility of stomach cramping, which some people complain of, is likely going to be higher if you go with the loading method.

Recommended Creatine Supplement:

Pre-Workout Supplements – Caffeine & Citrulline Malate

There are a ridiculous number of “specialised” pre-workout supplements available that contain all manner of different ingredients. The trouble with these type of supplements is they can include ingredients that are unnecessary hence, making them quite costly but ineffective.

I have taken pre-workout supplements before and I do like them since I certainly enjoy the extra energy. The likelihood is only a very small number of the ingredients in a pre-workout help you in the gym.

For this reason, I have picked the two ingredients that I feel really can benefit you when taken pre-workout: caffeine and citrulline malate.

Why Take Caffeine Before a Workout?

I feel like this question is self-explanatory; caffeine is one of the most commonly used drugs on earth and is well known for increasing energy levels.

It has also been shown to increase power output while suppressing pain and fatigue. A study of the effects of caffeine on rugby players so how it can improve performance, even in a sleep-deprived state.

Benefits of Caffeine

Increased power and total training volume output

Suppression of fatigue and pain, which allows longer and harder training sessions.

Burn more calories. It has been observed that caffeine can increase energy expenditure by around 100 calories when ingesting 600mg of caffeine. To note, 600mg is probably too much for most people so I would not suggest taking this much. However, you are still going to burn more calories than normal when taking less than 600mg.

Should you Cycle Caffeine?

Unlike creatine, your body will build up a tolerance to caffeine after a while. As a result, the effects will diminish and taking a larger dose is not recommended and it may not even work.

Therefore, going through periods without caffeine is a good idea to allow your body to become sensitive to it again. Taking a few days or even a week off after every couple of months of supplementing it should help.

How Much Caffeine Should You Take Before Training?

Most pre-made pre-workout supplements contain around 200mg of caffeine per serving. The amount you should take will depend on individual factors like body weight and your personal tolerance.

Between 200mg and 400mg is the general recommendation before a workout. I would certainly try to keep total intake below 500mg in a single day.

Recommended Caffeine Supplement:

Citrulline Malate as a Pre-Workout Supplement

Citrulline malate may be known as a “pump product” since it influences the blood vessels in a way that increases the tight, pumped feeling of your muscles when you train them.

When ingested, citrulline is converted into arginine and stimulates the production of nitric oxide, which acts as a vasodilator and relaxes the muscles of the blood vessels. This increases blood flow and gives that pumped feeling. 

Although the pump feels nice and could be a psychological factor in a training session, that by itself probably isn’t enough to make citrulline worthwhile.

Fortunately, citrulline malate has been shown to have some positive effects on athletic performance. Taking around 5-10 grams of citrulline malate 30-60 minutes before a workout should be sufficient.

Benefits of L-Citrulline

Improved blood flow and greater muscle pump.

Enhanced performance and increased training volume.

Better recovery and less muscle soreness post-workout.

Recommended Citrulline Malate Supplement:

Best Pre-Workout Supplement

If you do like to take an all-in-one pre-workout supplement or you don’t want to worry about dosing caffeine and citrulline separately, I have found a very good pre-workout that contains both.

Altius from JackedFactory is a solid pre-workout supplement that contains both caffeine and citrulline in good dosages. If you are set on taking an actual pre-workout supplement and have the budget, this would be my recommendation.

Conclusion

Adding supplements to an already healthy diet can be an effective way to improve health and performance. However, they should not be seen as a miracle cure or something to be relied upon.

For the most part, if you are able to reach your nutritional requirements from proper food, you should go down that route first.