These supplements have given me good results, but I have dropped a few of them because of the money factor. The above are all very worthy supplements, and with a good training schedule and proper diet, can yield very good results. Here are my opinions on these supplements:
AST VP2 Whey Isolate [ View Product ]
I use this along with Creatine HSC to "bracket" my workouts. I found this to mix much easier than all of the other proteins I've tried. At first I was thinking "Just another company trying to rip me off." I was wrong, completely wrong. This product, when used in the bracketing method with Creatine HSC, enhanced my recovery greatly, and added more lean muscle mass.
This is 100% hydrolyzed oligopeptide isolated whey peptide fractions, and is one of the purest protein powders on the market. If you have the cash to spend on this, it is a very worth product.
AST Creatine HSC
I use this along with VP2 to "bracket" my workouts. This creatine formula doesn't have the creatine sit at the bottom of the glass. It mixes in very easily, causing no stomach bloat like other creatine can do. This enhanced my recovery, and helped my strength soar to new heights, opposed to not using this product at all.
This product is great tasting, and has things incorporated in it like taurine, high-glycemic-index dextrorotatory glucose crystals, and micronized creatine. A little more expensive then AST's Micronized Creatine, but well worth it.
AST Micronized Creatine [ View Product ]
This is the same creatine used in Creatine HSC, but it doesn't have the DGC, or taurine or things like that in it. It's just plain old creatine. The particles in this creatine are smaller, and have more surface area, leaving less to no bloating, quicker uptake into the bloodstream, more results, and quick and easy mixing.
This increased my strength by a good amount. I just had to find another way to have post-workout glucose, which wasn't a task at all. Creatine HSC is the better of the creatines, but just find a glucose source for post-workout, and this will come not to far away from producing the same results as Creatine HSC.
AST Ny-Tro PRO-40 [ View Product ]
This is the best tasting, and best working Meal Replacement Powder I have used. It supplies you with 40 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar, 22 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of fat! This is the perfect meal minus the fat, sugar, etc.
This is a very convenient MRP, and a great product. These MRP's are not that expensive either, making them a good choice for people who are on a budget!
AST MultiPro 32X [ View Product ]
Once you look at the vitamin and mineral content of this multivitamin, nothing else will compare to it. It has all of the vitamins and minerals you will need for an intense days work. A multivitamin is a must have in a bodybuilding diet, and if I had to choose, it would be MultiPro 32X by far with no competition!
This multivitamin, if you take it twice a day, will last 50 days, and will only cost 16 dollars!
Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey [ View Product ]
This protein powder is much cheaper then VP2. It works great, but not as good as VP2. It mixes fairly easy, and the taste is better then VP2. The quality is great, especially for the price. Instead of VP2, I use this to bracket my workouts, to serve as the same purpose.
This is a quality protein supplement, and is very cheap, especially for the quality, so this is the optimal choice if you are on a budget.
NOW Foods Dextrose
For 2 bucks a bag with 200+ servings of 4 grams of dextrose, this is an absolute phenomenal deal! This is the dextrose/glucose source I bracket my workouts with, instead of using Creatine HSC. I just use this ON Whey, and Micronized Creatine, and it works almost as good. This stuff is great for post-workout/cardio because it spikes your blood sugar, making it great for after exercise. By taking in carbohydrates after working out, you elevate two out of the three main hormones needed for muscle growth, and prevent protein breakdown and excretion thus maintaining a more positive nitrogen balance.
Post workout is also when your body can best absorb and utilize nutrients you intake after your workout, because your body glycogen stores are already depleted, so your body does it's best to replete them.
A technique I like to use, is premix kool-aid in just water, without sugar, then when it's time for my dextrose, pour how ever much kool-aid I want, put in the desired amount of dextrose, and bam, I just kicked it up a notch.
The Bracketing Method
Here is how the "Bracketing Method" enhanced my recovery and helped my strength soar to new heights!
I performed an eight week test.
First Four Weeks:
The first four weeks, I didn't bracket my workouts with VP2 and Creatine HSC, and the last four I did. During the first four weeks, I was always feeling lackadaisical in school, volleyball, and not performing well in my weightlifting and cardio sessions. My strength and mass were both being stubborn, and I increased weight or reps in a few exercises.
Last Four Weeks:
The final four weeks, that all changed. I was mentally in school, and volleyball practice, and my workouts were much more productive. I always have the proper mental attitude when I workout, always thinking I'm going to lift more weight or do more reps then the previous set.
Those are the supplements I have used in the past. I currently use, because of my budget, ON Whey, Micronized Creatine, MultiPro 32X, Ny-Tro PRO-40, and Pure Dextrose. The price isn't too bad either, because I order all but one of the supplements in the Cyberstore right here. Now Foods Dextrose is the only product the Cyberstore doesn't carry, so I have to buy that elsewhere.
I hope this article will aid you in choosing your supplements. In the near future, I will be reviewing a few more supplements that I have recently purchased. All of these supplements are quality, so I would recommend these to anyone. Let me know what you think about this article at Auntnelly2002@aol.com. Be expecting of more articles from me in the near future!
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