Why bother making a "stack" of supplements? There are several compelling reasons. Two big ones are convenience and cost, of course. But here's another reason: Certain ingredients help each other be more effective. Creatine and beta-alanine, for instance, work together to help you add muscle mass and improve body fat.
Here's one more reason you may not have thought of, though. Have a lineup of proven performance boosters in your possession at the time when you're getting serious about training, and you'll be more likely to take them consistently enough to see their full benefit. (In case you didn't realize it, you have to take pretty much everything for more than just a day or two for it to do…you know… anything). People swear by stacks because along with hard training, they straight-up work.
Here's how the most popular stacks on our site, well, stack up!
There's nothing like opening a box and seeing a full slate of pre, post, and wellness-boosting bottles staring back at you. In this bomber blend, you get Bodybuilding.com's Signature multivitamin, fish oil, pre-workout, post-workout, glutamine, 2 pounds of 100% whey, and, as a nightcap, ZMA for a good night's sleep. Set aside some shelf space and get to growing.
This classic stack starts with a perfect foundation: 5 pounds of Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey. Add in 2 pounds of casein, the popular Opti-Men multivitamin, and some AmiN.O. Energy for pre-workout (or anytime), and you're ready for action.
This one's all about the workout. Start with our Site Award winner for best pre-workout, the mighty Pre-Kaged, then sip on some In-Kaged during those leg-destroying DTP sets. Take a scoop of Re-Kaged protein as you limp out of the gym, and come back and do it all again tomorrow.
Looking to maximize every brutal workout in Jim Stoppani's Shortcut to Size? This is what you need. The legendary Pre-Jym pre-workout starts you off, and Post-Jym finishes you off. Along with Pro-Jym protein and Post-Jym Carbs, what more do you need? Just an iron will and some heavy metal to move around.