Shane's Supplement Review!

In this article, I will try to keep most of the science of the products out of the article. I feel that supplement reviews should mostly contain how the person liked the product and how effective the product was.
As a writer for www.teenbodybuilding.com, I am constantly looking for new ideas for future articles. Lately, there have been a few articles on supplement reviews. After reading them, I thought I could add a few to the list by reviewing products that I have used in the past.

In this article, I will try to keep most of the science of the products out of the article. I feel that supplement reviews should mostly contain how the person liked the product, how effective the product was, in what circumstances the person would use the product, if they would use the product again, and/or if they would recommend it to others.

"If everything worked like 'textbook', then EVERYONE would be miles ahead of the game - not just a select few." I especially like this quote by Chad Nicholls. Just because science (or in this case a company's product) says something should work, doesn't mean it is going to. With that being said, lets get on to the supplement review!


Shane's Supplement Review

GNC's Pro Performance 100% Whey Protein

This was the first supplement that I have ever tried in my life (not including vitamins). My diet wasn't too great at the time and I didn't take the product regularly, so I can't give an honest evaluation of its effectiveness.

I can say that it is probably like most other whey proteins, but was much more expensive. It was over 35 dollars for a 5-pound tub, which can compare to around 26 dollars for a better whey protein product from another company. I never even got to finish the product because the taste was TERRIBLE!! I had a hard time chugging it down no matter what I tried. I would definitely not recommend this to anyone.

Optimum Nutrition's 100% Whey

This is the best whey protein supplement that I have ever used. It's priced cheap, tastes great, and is top of the line for whey protein concentrate products. I use this product first thing in the morning, before my workout, and after my workout. It mixes easily with a spoon and the chocolate flavor is delicious. I would recommend this to everyone that wants a cheap, good tasting, and dependable whey protein powder.

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Phosphagen HP by EAS

This was the first creatine product that I have ever used. Let me tell you, the pumps were UNBELIEVABLE! I took this product after one of my workouts. The next day was leg day and my legs got pumped up so hard that I could literally feel my skin stretching. It was the greatest feeling in the world. I couldn't even finish my workout because I was pumped up so much.

My calves were so painful and pumped up that I thought the skin would literally tear. My strength increased on all of my exercises during my six-week cycle of Phosphagen HP. My second cycle wasn't as intense, but it still worked wonders. I got the same affects but on a smaller scale. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a quality, pre-made creatine transport system.

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Prolab Creatine Monohydrate

I noticed increased strength gains and more endurance while on this product. It is high quality, dependable, and very predictable. It is basically what everyone looks for in a pure creatine product. It's brand is CreaPURE, so you can expect this product to be high quality. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a dependable CreaPURE product.

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DGC by AST

DGC is basically pure dextrose. I use it in my pre-workout and post-workout shakes. I wasn't expecting to notice any big difference after starting the product, but I immediately noticed a better pump when I took it before leg day. The pump compared to the type of pump that you get when you are on creatine. I can't tell you if I would still be getting those pumps continuously because I started using creatine right after I started the product.

I don't think I would recommend this product to anyone because you can get it for much cheaper. This product was $9.99 for 2.2 lbs (1000 grams). You can get other dextrose products for around one dollar a pound.

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Creatine HSC by AST

I noticed increased strength and endurance while on this product. It basically has the same ingredients as Phosphagen HP, and I noticed similar results from the product as I would with Phosphagen HP.

I think that AST makes dependable products, but I also feel that AST's products are over hyped in a similar way that MuscleTech's products are. They simply have too many ads and their prices aren't the best. But if you are worrying about quality and want a company that you know will deliver what you say, go with AST.

I would recommend this product for someone who is willing to spend a few extra bucks to get a product from a dependable company.

Zenotrope by ISS - Now Discontinued.
* This has been discontinued by ISS

Similar Product: Thermo Hydroxadrine

Zenotrope is a thermogenic that contains ephedrine. I can't really tell you in terms of fat loss how effective the product was because my diet was not constant when taking the product, but I can tell you how it compares to the other thermogenics that I have tried (Hydroxycut and Xenadrine RFA-1).

Zenotrope gave me less jitters as the other products. It didn't suppress my appetite or increase my strength as much as the other products either. And out of the three thermogenics that I tried, Zenotrope was the only one to cause shortness of breath. I would not recommend this product to anyone and it was by far the worst thermogenic out of the three.

Xenadrine RFA-1 by Cytodyne Technologies - Now Discontinued.
* This has been discontinued by Cytodyne Technologies

Similar Product: Cytodyne Xenadrine EFX

Out of the three thermogenics that I tried (Zenotrope, Xenadrine RFA-1, and Hydroxycut), this one was my second favorite. While on the product, I didn't notice anymore fat loss compared to when I didn't take this product during my pre-contest diet. I did, however, notice increased strength, endurance, and energy. I liked this product a lot, but it doesn't compare to Hydroxycut.

Hydroxycut by MuscleTech

This is by far the best thermogenic that I have used. Even though I didn't take the highest dosages (I took 6 pills a day instead of the maximum of 9), it still worked much better than the thermogenics that I took the maximum dosages of. While on this product, my strength increased dramatically. Most of my major lifts increased 5-20 pounds.

I was much more energized throughout the day. The downside of the product would have to be the gitters. It was also hard to fall asleep some night because I felt wide-awake. I would recommend this product to anyone who wants an effective thermogenic.


Summary

I have learned many things through supplementation. With thermogenics, I noticed a big difference of quality between different products. With creatine and protein powder, I noticed that the results are almost all the same. If you are going to buy creatine or a protein powder, I would recommend a cheap, dependable company to buy from. You can view all whey protein products sorted by price here.

If you are going to buy a thermogenic, I would recommend paying a little more to buy a quality product. I have also learned that the "latest and greatest" company out there might only be as effective as the cheaper, less popular brand. When looking for a product, talk with other people and read scientific studies. Try to stay away from product labels.

Also, check out Derek's Supplement Review!

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