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Supplementation For The Lifter Over 30.

I am focusing specifically on supplements to help lifters over 30. While all of these will work for every age, many are crucial if you lift heavy and are past the days of fast recovery. Below are my suggestions which were personally tested.

Article Summary:
  • All of the products I have listed were tested by me, my wife, and/or a good friend.
  • Getting some aminos in the body before early morning workouts helps with recovery.
  • Post workout recovery needs special attention if we want to keep up our intensity.

This time I am focusing specifically on supplements to help lifters over 30. While all of these will work for pretty much every age, many of these are crucial if you lift heavy and have passed the quick recovery years of your 20's. My main areas of focus will be as follows:

This article will only mention items I have tested recently and will probably not rehash many of the items mentioned in the previous articles, although they are all to be considered in their appropriate categories. I am also not biasing any reviews on price, but only on how well I feel they meet their claims. If they are mentioned here, I feel these supplements meet their claims.

The main groups of people I will focus on in this article are not only competitors, but also any lifter who really works hard to continually push himself to be bigger, stronger, leaner, or better. I am not talking about your morning "cardio hamsters" or the guy you see on the flat bench with his cell phone glued to his ear.

I am talking about people like me and my wife, who bust our @sses in the gym and need a little help to keep the intensity going. I can tell you that for me, this last year for me has been the year of feeling my age. My recovery has slowed.

All of the products I have listed were tested by me, my wife, a good friend, or all of us. A lot of these items were reviewed as I was trying to get back to it after being injured or sick these past 4-5 months, so they really received a serious test.

Pre-Workout Assistance

Energy Drinks:

Getting a little older aren't we? Not 25 anymore? We used to be able to hit the gym 7 days a week, stay up late, eat pretty much what we wanted, and still look pretty darn good.

Sometimes we need a little extra push to get us going in the gym. Sometimes that can take the form of a preworkout drink with some extra items to get us moving. I have recently tried several new ones as well as revisiting some old favorites.


Garbage by Garbage is a very good start. I was initially put off by the seemingly "hard-core hype" type advertising this product uses, but this stuff delivers. It wakes you up, supports focus, and has everything in it but the kitchen sink.

I really like the fact that it comes in little single serving packs so I can take it to work and use it for an afternoon pick me up as well.

Garbage Garbage Presents:

Garbage delivers a steady flow of energy through the water it's mixed with. Along with the increased energy you will feel mentally alert with a heightened sense of well-being.
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Shock Therapy:

Shock Therapy by Universal Nutrition is another mass concoction of a lot of items that really work well together. (Make sure you don't miss the fact that this one already has caffeine in it and take a thermogenic with it, unless you like having trouble catching your breath between sets.) By itself, it has powered me through some really good workouts on my road to recovery.

Shock Therapy Universal Presents:
Shock Therapy

If you are looking for a pre-workout shake that will help power you up for the gym and make you feel like hitting the plates, wait no longer.
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Smash Fully Loaded:

Smash by Axis Labs is the latest one I've tried. Very good taste, similar to the Garbage fruit punch, understated but good. It contains Creatine, NO Stimulators, and Caffeine. Goes down easy and no sudden jittery rush from the caffeine.

Smash Fully Loaded Axis Labs Presents:
Smash Fully Loaded

Smash Fully Loaded is one of the most complete pre-workout formula designed to help you experience the intense workouts through increased pump, strength, endurance, energy and hydration.
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Amino Drinks:

I fully believe that getting some aminos in the body before early morning workouts helps tremendously with recovery and energy levels.

GH Stack:

GH Stack by Universal Nutrition also delivers on its promise of enhanced recovery. I had tried GH Max with little results, then I tried the GH Stack with good results, and then combined them for VERY GOOD results.

GH Stack Universal Presents:
GH Stack

The GH Stack is a unique, "secretagogue" formula, which can work with your body to produce optimum levels of human growth hormone.
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Xtend by Scivation in a NEW LEMONADE flavor. As always, this stuff rocks! I have started to tire of the same grape and fruit punch flavors and this was a welcome addition to my cupboard.

Xtend SciVation Presents:

Xtend is a precise, scientific blend of Energy Aminos consisting of the proven 2:1:1 ratio of Branched Chain Amino Acids, Glutamine, Citrulline Malate, and Vitamin B6 that will give you the energy you need to maximize your training while enhancing recovery at the same time.
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Energy/Thermogenic Tabs:

If you're not a fan of guzzling energy drinks before you hit the iron, don't you worry. We've got plenty of products in pill or capsule form that give you the kick you need without undesired caffeine crashes.

I've had the privilege to try out some of the best products on the market. These are some of my top choices to get you jacked for the gym. Universal Animal Cuts, Mitotropin by Gaspari Nutrition, and MHP DREN, are all great energy enhancers without stimulant buzz drop-offs or typical afternoon crash scenarios.

DREN MHP Presents:

Researchers are calling the discovery of an exclusive new compound, Beta-Methoxy- Phenylethylamine, a bigger and more promising breakthrough than ephedra.
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BSN Cellmass:

Along with plain old creatine monohydrate I've also started taking Cellmass by BSN. Along with the rest of they're products from the BSN line, this one is another excellent product.

CellMass BSN Presents:

One of the sports nutrition industry's most popular products over the course of the last few years, CellMass is BSN's post-workout and nighttime mass, recovery and performance activator.
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Size On Maximum Performance:

Size ON Maximum Performance by Gaspari Nutrition is a new formulation of the traditional Size On. This product is a blend of creatine along with carbohydrates for maximum recovery and muscle growth.

SizeOn Maximum Performance Gaspari Nutrition Presents:
SizeOn Maximum Performance

As clinical research advances, so does Gaspari Nutrition which is why SizeOn has now evolved into the Ultimate Hybrid Intra-Workout Whey Hydosylate Creatine Formula.
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A new entry into my arsenal is Universal Storm. Not only does it have a potent creatine concoction blend but it tastes amazing and really helps my performance in the gym.

Storm Universal Presents:

If you want to enhance your performance in the gym and add serious size onto your frame, then look no further than Storm.
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NO Stimulators:

NOX Surge:

The NO tabs from the last two articles continue to be staples. NOX Surge by CEL is a great NO powder with a good hit of energy almost making it a stand-alone. The blue raspberry is tasty too.

NOX Surge CEL Presents:
NOX Surge

NOX Surge is unlike any other Nitric Oxide product on the market. This results-driven formulation delivers a powerful rush of performance enhancing ingredients designed to intensify your workouts.
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White Flood:

New stuff includes White Flood by Controlled Labs. (OK, by itself the taste leaves a bit to be desired, but this stuff works really well.) Blend it with a good creatine choice and you can't go wrong. It provides great pumps and it has beta-alanine in it (you already know I love that tingling feeling.)

White Flood Controlled Labs Presents:
White Flood

White Flood is a cutting edge preworkout formula that will rev you up for lifting and cardio like none other. Not only will you experience out of this world pumps, but tons of extra energy and true muscle building potential.
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Vasocharge from my friends at Scivation is another new entry. This stuff really tastes good and has just the right amount of product for a pronounced effect, and it's got my beta-alanine too.

I am using this with their new Lemonade flavored BCAA Xtend, thank you - no more grape for a month or so. This is the best citrus BCAA powder I have used. I love the way Xtend will almost completely dissolve after a few hours in the water bottle in the fridge.

Warning, Vasocharge and White Flood both contain caffeine, so do not double your intake by accidentally taking an additional thermogenic.

VasoCharge SciVation Presents:

Scivation has made pre-workout supplementation a thoughtless endeavor. Imagine if you could take the scientifically-proven, synergistic ingredients to guarantee you have all bases covered.
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Post-Workout Recovery

This is an aspect of hard exercise that many people overlook. As we get older, post workout recovery needs special attention if we want to keep up our intensity in the gym.


I feel strongly that this is an essential recovery component for any lifter, especially us 'experienced' ones. There's a reason it's one of the 'key three' components you must take for DC training.

L-Glutamine With MSM:

L-Glutamine with MSM by IDS is micronized, easy to mix and has an extra 500mg of MSM that I need in addition to the benefits of the glutamine. This will become a new staple in my cupboard.

L-Glutamine With MSM IDS Presents:
L-Glutamine With MSM

Total Recovery L-Glutamine by IDS is the ideal product for post workout rehabilitation for sore muscle fibers. Research suggests that supplementing 5-15 grams of L-Glutamine per day can decrease muscle soreness, decrease recovery time and boost the body's immune system.
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Micronized Glutamine:

Micronized Glutamine by AllMax is just that, very micronized and easy to mix. I must also mention the kilo size L-Glutamine by Higher Power too, as it's price and quality make it a good buy.

Micronized Glutamine AllMax Nutrition Presents:
Micronized Glutamine

AllMax Nutrition uses only the purest raw ingredients. Our Glutamine is not heat or chemically treated. Glutamine is highly in demand throughout the body.
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Post-Workout Drinks:

All of these noticeably supported my recovery and post workout energy levels.


Torrent by Universal - If you read my previous articles, then looked at the ingredients of this, you would swear they made it for me. Whey protein, Waxy Maize Starch, CEE, plus other stuff! Man is it tasty too.

Torrent Universal Presents:

Torrent sets a new standard for post-workout (PWO) nutrition. Though often overlooked, this part of the bodybuilding equation is the most critical aspect in the quest to foster new growth.
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ReFuel by CEL is a great post workout carb/electrolyte/BCAA drink, very tasty and it really does 'refuel' you after a hard workout.

Refuel CEL Presents:

Refuel is a premium exercise recovery formula combining electrolytes, Glutamine and Branch Chain Amino Acids to optimize muscle recovery.
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GlycerGrow by Controlled Labs is another excellent new supplement. I was not sure where this should go as it works well before and after workouts. When I combine this with ReFuel I get a great continued pump well after the workout is over.

GlycerGrow Controlled Labs Presents:

GlycerGrow combines a proprietary and synergistic blend of pharmaceutical grade ingredients to increase cell volume, aid the osmotic effects of creatine, and enhance the natural anabolic responses of weightlifting.
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This stuff tastes great and the 'fruit punch' flavor is not too strong, sort of a good mild strawberry. It is perfect to use with plain unflavored whey isolate with in a PWO shake. It's a new staple for my cupboard for sure.

Waximaize IDS Presents:

Waximaize is a modified starch, a very unique complex carbohydrate capable of changing your physique! Waximaize is absorbed lightning fast into the bloodstream by bypassing digestion in the stomach.
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Animal Pak:

Having tried quite a few multi-vitamin packs, I have only found two so far that I actually buy on a regular basis. Animal Pak by Universal and Vita Tech packs by Techline.

Both of these are full spectrum supplements and are designed for ATHLETES and HARD TRAINERS, not just a thrown together "batch of stuff". I am always looking for new ones though so any suggestions are welcome.

Animal Pak Universal Presents:
Animal Pak

The #1 selling training pak in the world for twenty three years straight. Since 1984, more competitive bodybuilders have cut their teeth on the Animal Pak than any other bodybuilding supplement in history.
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Wow, am I getting old or what? (don't answer that or I'll "accidentally" ban you) Talking about joints just makes me wonder. (Or was it those heavy SLDL's?)

I was able to review quite a few of these and most of them passed the test. This is one supplement area where my wife and I both can feel it if we stop taking them. We tend to lift very heavy at times and probably punish our joints and connective tissue more than most people.

Our basic standard stack usually consists of Glucosamine 1000 and MSM 1500 by NOW Foods, each of these at least twice per day. So when we reviewed the other offerings, it was sometimes difficult to get the same ratio of MSM to Glucosamine. I am guessing that both of us are more prone to feeling the effects from heavy training. So the extra MSM handles that for us.

My favorite new stack is AllFlex by Allmax Nutrition. I supplemented with the L-Glutamine with MSM from above for the extra needed MSM and this was a great stack.

My wife's favorite combination is still the Glucosamine 1000 and MSM 1500 by NOW Foods with the occasional use of Celadrin Cream by NOW, or the Joint Performance Roll On by MRM.

Excellent products that we feel anyone would benefit from using also include these: Joint Renew Formula by Ultimate Nutrition is excellent. Joint Performance by MRM is very good (and comes with that cool roll on). Animal Flex by Universal, taken twice a day, is fast becoming a new favorite.

Don't forget to add Super Cissus by USPLabs either. This product works very well in conjunction with the basic MSM/Glucosamine stack after heavy workouts.

All of these passed the test once we adjusted dosages to come close to our baseline targets. If you have a favorite brand in there, feel confident about that product working for you.

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Supplements Worthy Of Special Mention

These may fall into another category, but they worked so well I felt they deserved their own section and a little more explanation. V-50

Vita Tech:

Vita Tech packs by Techline - my wife told me she has not had a supplement that she noticed this much difference from since she tried CEE. She said after about one week she felt better, her skin was maintained, her recovery had improved, and she had more energy.

Now considering she rarely says anything like this, I figured I needed to set this apart. She has an allergic reaction to very much chromium picolinate, so this was one of the few she tried that did not give her a reaction and was obviously the best she's had, since I must now buy them with every order. Those looking for a great multivitamin training pack, here you go.

Vita Tech Techline Presents:
Vita Tech

Containing a broad spectrum of performance nutrients, VITA TECH provides vitamins, minerals, stress B complex, amino acids, antioxidants, fat burners, and digestive aids. All ingredients are of the highest quality pharmaceutical nutrients available.
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Celadrin Cream:

Celadrin Cream by NOW Foods - Here it is, enough said. I use it quite a bit after heavy leg days or when I push just a little too far.

Celadrin NOW Presents:

Celadrin is a proprietary, all-natural fatty acid complex that has been shown to provide support for healthy joints. Celadrin supports healthy joint mobility as well as overall joint function without dangerous side- effects.
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Anabolic Pump:

Anabolic Pump by USPLabs. This is another one of those products I was skeptical about but it lived up to its claims. Try this one if you have some extra cash. Keep a good diet and stay consistent and you should see good results.

Anabolic Pump USPlabs Presents:
Anabolic Pump

Anabolic-Pump makes food more anabolic by utilizing the natural power of the most anabolic hormone in the world - insulin.
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Now I would like to be clear that these supplements were tested over a 4-5 month time frame for accuracy in judging the effectiveness of each particular item. Although many were tested at the same time, there were no redundancies in the testing.

I cycled on and off of each supplement so I could make sure that each worked without carryover from the previous brand. This should help explain the long time frame of the testing.

Now, I am not saying that all of these are necessary for everyone all the time. Lord knows I do not take all of them at once or I would explode. But the ones I have listed have been tested by me, my wife, or close personal hard training friends and have proven themselves worthy of inclusion.

As always, these supplements do not take the place of proper nutrition and getting enough rest. But with everything else in place, these absolutely will help to make a difference.

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