Always Check the Supplements You Are Getting

This is not going to be made to be some crazy scare tactic, this is made to inform you. With all of the bans that you have heard of by now, a select few have been trying to capitalize on those still upset that some of their favorite compounds were removed from being able to be sold. I have been seeing all kinds of crazy things about companies trying to skirt this ban by putting false labels or promises on the stickers of their products. This not only leads to growing confusion among consumers, but also creates a bad reputation for the entire supplementation industry. After that, many people just wanting to get better results become so confused that they feel like the person in the picture below.

didntgettherightsteroids93Even going to my local supplement shop, you would think that there was nothing done to get the more dangerous stuff out of there. This is not due to any wrongdoing on the part of the shop owner, it is certain companies that are trying to trick people into getting something that is not what it says it is. To help not become a victim of this kind of trickery, read up on anything before you go to get it, this is especially true with anything you take before, during, or after a workout. When discussing workout products, there is no real regulation (although that is starting to change) in place right now, which kind of gives the shadier companies free reign to say whatever they want to, within reason. It is amazing just how sneaky some of those products can be, regarding the promises that they make or what this product will do for you. I recommend seeing a number of different reviews before you even think about getting your hands on the latest and greatest weightlifting nutritional product.

There are many different places that are still reviewing prohormones, even though they are not readily available anymore. Some of these will be reviews of products that they have had before the ban ever occurred. Although, sometimes you won’t be able to actually have a way of getting the product, seeing how it was rated is still interesting to read about. One site has been reviewing different steroids and, I have to say, they do a great job of it. There was stuff that I had never even heard about before checking out their site, I was amazed. There is another side to this ongoing struggle and that would be the alternative supplements. Did you know that there is actually something out there that is widely available that is a legal version of steroids?

That sounded so odd to me that I had to read more of their review and check out the company, just to make sure that I had the information processed correctly. I didn’t want to do something wrong and end up like this guy. Sure enough, somehow these products can be called what they are and they don’t get into any trouble. I have been fighting with myself, over the past couple of days, as to whether I wanted to actually grab a bottle. I am just not sure enough yet and will have to wait until I hear some more information about the supplements themselves. Still, you can check it out above, if you want to head over there. Apparently, the products do work well, but I still have to take it all with a grain of salt, until I can try it myself to see how it works on me. Anyways, I hope that this will help you, as we all need some guidance with everything that is going on right now and more things are coming under fire for containing things that they shouldn’t.

Information about Methylstenbolone: My Personal Take

I wanted to go over another type of prohormone, in order to better educate my valued readers. Methylstenbolone was, at first, disguised as a safer way to use prohormones. What made this kind of prohormone different from the other formations was that it knocked out any kind of estrogen builders. Not touching the receptor responsible for increased production of estrogen, anything with methylstenbolone in it was seen as a smarter choice. One big negative about using this type of supplement was that it was very tough on your organs. Namely known for its destruction of the liver, it was almost mandatory that you take another product with this, in order to lessen the bad side effects.

There were just way too many bad effects, associated with this prohormone, that had to have a safety measure put in place for it. Those of us who didn’t like maintaining longer cycles found a friend with methylstenbolone, however there would be negative repercussions from such a short cycle life. Only lasting about a month, the cycles that were ran of this supplement were shorter in length, only because the potency of this prohormone made it unsafe to use for a longer period of time. Before it was removed worldwide, I would run about five milligrams of methylstenbolone, at around two to three servings per day.

There is room for changing your required amount of methylstenbolone, I would just always take it at a lower dosage. I do not recommend that anyone try to do this for themselves, remember that I was taking this before all of the information about how dangerous this stuff was had been made public. Now that I know all of the hidden dangers, I wouldn’t touch a supplement like this one with a ten-foot stick! I would advise anyone taking methylstenbolone to watch out for any signs that you are experiencing side effects. The most common one is going to be changes in the way that you feel, with most of those changes being mental ones. You could feel like your mood is swinging, in many different directions.

Physical symptoms will vary but there is one that you should take immediate care of. Namely, pain in your sides, of which can occur at any time. If you are feeling this pain, grab up water and drink up! I would usually take an old milk carton (washed out, of course) and fill it up with ice cold water, keeping it in the fridge. I would go through a full two-gallon size container of water in about two days. I know that if you don’t like water, there are ways that you can add some flavor into this drink. If you decide to add a sweetener or one of those flavor packet things, will be up to you and how you feel about additional chemicals in your drink.

I, myself, love using the flavor packets, as it is the only way I will ingest water, most of the time. I have always had a tough time with drinking all of the water, in one day, that is recommended to drink. As with any prohormones, the usual side effect suspects can occur with methylstenbolone, even though it was originally thought to be so much safer than anything else. Even though molecules were moved around to change the formation of this supplement from a known danger to a questionable safer choice, methylstenbolone is not very well-known today.

My Personal Workout to Raise Your Endurance

Do you have an event that is around the corner that you are needing to prepare for? Lifting weights is great for looks but if you are needing some functional endurance, I’ve got just the program to try. Being strong is all well and good but not everyone requires solely strength. I don’t want it to seem like I am leaving out all of endurance athletes out there, with that in mind, I present to you all my own personal endurance workout. Of course, this is just a template that you can feel free to play around with and make your own. I always encourage you to change a workout to meet your specific needs, just don’t make too many changes, otherwise you might not get the desired results that you are wanting to obtain. For starters, you can’t have a really good endurance workout without some running. I know that, as you are starting this workout, you are doing it because you need more endurance. Therefore, you probably won’t be able to sprint for a long time. Take this workout as something that you will enjoy natural progression with over time. There is no shame in only being able to sprint for under thirty seconds. It is with the continual improvements that you keep making that will make you faster. For beginners, just start out running in place for one minute, this won’t be a full speed run, so take it easy. As a side note, always be sure to keep a good amount of water with you while you finish this workout. Being hydrated is a big key in completing an endurance workout, if you aren’t keeping enough fluids in your body, you will tire out at a much faster rate.

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For the second part of this test of endurance, we have got to be doing burpees. Although it isn’t everybody’s favorite exercise (I personally hate them) but who said anything worth having would be easy? You are going to want to keep up with rest periods, as well. Even though the main aim of this workout is to keep you from gassing out, you have to the approaches one step at a time. Also, don’t expect instant increases in your endurance right away. I recommend that you finish up the workout with your standard push-ups and some light jogging. The main goal of this entire workout program is to begin at full speed and with each remaining exercise, you slow down the rate and speed that you are pushing yourself. Finally, walk it off, you have done enough if you have finished the workout methods entailed here. Even though the exercises that you have been seeing might not look like they are super impressive, the key isn’t wearing yourself out on the first go. If this set of exercises was a massive challenge the first time you did it, you would likely not be back to try them again the second time. After the first week or two, you should notice that you are able to have more breath in your body because of the way that you are training.

You always want to push yourself a bit harder, just not so hard that you can’t finish all of the exercises. Aim for a 30 second sprint, 5-10 sets of burpees, 3 minutes of jogging, and a nice ten-minute walk. As I previously mentioned, you are more than welcome to tailor this entire exercise routine to better suit your needs.

Is Non-Methylated Any Less Risky?

After the ban on most of the prohormones that were so regularly used, we found out that many of the capsules we were using were methylated. I didn’t even know what that meant for a while, until I began hearing others talk about them. When methylation occurs in the body, it is a big word for a very simple process. Having a methylated supplement, means that it will change over to methanol, once in your system. To the untrained, that last sentence doesn’t really raise a lot of eyebrows, one cause of how prohormone companies could get away with selling these supplements, for a short time. What methylation did, when used in a prohormone, was damaging to the body and it wreaked havoc on the liver. The methylation process was a big factor in many hospitalizations, requiring that an unlucky few having to get a whole new liver.  There is even a train of thought that suggest anything that cause methylation to be re-considered as a steroid, something far stronger than your average prohormone. No one ever said that the world of prohormones wouldn’t be a confusing one sometimes.

As time went on, non-methylated prohormones were still being sold, although they were better at misleading the public, than anything else. The more informed among us knew that even though they might have prohormones on the label, we were getting kind of tricked. There were some cases where some prohormones were being really crafty with how they worded what their products contained and what those ingredients could do for you. What was happening was some manufacturers were throwing different ingredients and packing them into a capsule, hoping to swindle a few people. Currently, there are a handful of supplements out there that, I think, are able to be closer to an actual prohormone. However, the few that can really get you nice and built up are few and far between right now.

Don’t believe every little thing that you hear, as far as I am concerned the non-methylated prohormones that might be lurking around are ones that you really need to fact check. Take close looks at the label and mull over all of the details and ingredients, it will only take a couple of minutes. Best of all, you will be saving yourself the hassle of any potential health problems. I hate taking home a supplement that I get from the store, only to find out weeks late that it has done nothing to help me, in my quest to grow! I feel furious, but know that I will only have myself to thank for the bad buying decision.

You should pat yourself on the back for avoid taking anything that is methylated, I feel that is a fast road to causing your body some serious pain. Nearly all workout supplements on the market are non-methylated, as this basically became a commandment. You need not worry that you are going to have any methylation occur in your body. If you are taking anything at the moment that has the word methylated on the label, I would suggest that you get rid of it. I hope that this helped to lessen the confusion between non-methylated and methylated prohormones. Choosing a supplement of the non-methylated variety will always be the smarter choice, just make sure that you getting the ingredients that you need.

The Half-Truths of Myths from Your Gym Buddies

Just as urban legends spread around the world, working out isn’t a topic that is safe from those same crazy half-truths, or total lies. I wanted to help you sift through all of the useless information that isn’t true. One of the first myths that I hear is how you should do squats before a workout, to help increase testosterone. Now, the science behind this tale is quite gross, so I will spare you the details. I have to say that this first myth wasn’t what I thought to be true for a long time. As it turns out, there is some truth to squatting before a workout and how it can help you add some strength to the rest of said workout. Where the falseness of this myth creeps in, is when you hear someone tell you that it will change your life forever or something exaggerated like that. You will indeed notice that you will be able to lift a little harder but it won’t be anything so drastic that it has a huge effect on your total workout, sorry to burst your bubble.

Also, if you are working out many times a week, squatting before every single workout day is going to mess you up aaaasflkjwhen you actually have squats to do on leg day! The second myth that I usually hear about is how you need to do (insert name of workout here) or you aren’t going to have much, in the way of results. First off, there are many different exercises that you can do and most of them will be beneficial to you. Don’t ever let someone get in your head about exactly how to train, unless you know that they know what they are talking about. Just because your buddy Jeff heard that you should only do ten sets of bench pressing to get a big chest, don’t listen to him. Read up on what exercises are going to be the best for what your training goals are and work from there. This next one is weird but I had to mention it, just in case I wasn’t alone in seeing this in gyms. Picture this: you are lifting some weight and drinking water, or whatever sports drink you have on hand, when you see someone drinking soda during a workout. As odd as it is to think of this, I had many instances where I would see someone downing a cola in the middle of their big lifting day, why? I will probably never end up cutting my sodas out of my diet, I am too far gone, at this point. That being said, I couldn’t even imagine trying to down a sugar-filled cola drink while I was working out.

Who Drinks Soda While They Workout?

The thought of the syrup and sugar in my system while I am needing water is enough to make me feel a little sick to my stomach. Besides being really bad for your endurance, as these drinks will slow you down, rushing that much sugar into your bloodstream when you don’t need it, is never a good idea. If you drink pop that is perfectly fine, you should just wait until after a workout to enjoy an ice cold soda, your muscle will thank you in the long run. Also, don’t even think about reaching for a soda pop when you are jogging or running, it is easy for that carbonation to jostle up your stomach and you end up throwing up, not a good way to spend a day on the track.

Supplements Work With You, Not For You

You know that from reading this website, we often mention the big prohormone ban that occurred in 2014. However, if you have searched around, you will see that store still offer prohormones, how can they do that? It isn’t what you think, they aren’t quite prohormones but rather the closest thing to them, now that fewer options are available. With looking at these products, you are going to need to mix it up and some will be hit or miss. Supplements are a growing industry, that has been reported by many big news sources. The secret is out, more people are believing in the supplements they take, but how much will they believe. If you saw the supplement featured in the video down there, would you get it?

Where Do I Stand on Supplements?

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I find myself on the fence, I think that some replacements are good, I think of it as getting the generic brand of groceries. I admit that I am a cheap person who will often fill my cart with the generic items that cost less, there really isn’t much of a difference that I noticed. With supplements, you have to be careful of how generic you are going. Using them daily and under not as much scrutiny, you have to play it safe. Hoping to outshine the others, you can also get more supplements at a cheaper rate, if you buy more. Be careful that you check what companies will do this, you don’t want to assume that you are getting a bulk discount, only to be fooled once you hit that checkout button.

Many will waste both their time and money getting supplements and just thinking that they can do nothing and expect a change in their structure. Sadly, this will never happen because to have to put in work to see these supplements really start to pay off. Think of it as getting prize money for winning a race but you would never see a dime of that money if you didn’t start the race, eventually getting to the finish line. Supplements help you close the gap and get to that checkered flag much sooner!

What You Should Know About Epicat Max

You won’t need to think about needing any kind of supplements when you get done using Epicat Max. That was a big relief and a weight off of my shoulders, not needing to buy another product for any safety reasons. The makeup of this supplement is completely natural, without the addition of man-made ingredients, it really does give you peace of mind. Not having to obsess over Epicat Max appearing on some list, placing in a class with a bad name is a welcome feeling that put me at ease.

If you are wanting to gain a ton of mass, you might not find that here. Being that this supplement is all-natural isn’t a bad thing but this supplement wasn’t as strong as I had hoped. When you eat, you know that you get energy from what you consume. There is an old saying that talks about you getting out, what you put in. The previous saying can hold true for supplements as well. With Epicat Max, it helps to load up the food that you eat the right way.

With so much being said about what is safe and what isn’t, you can breathe a sigh of relief if you are using Epicat Max. I have to applaud the maker of this supplement for going through the motions to get such awesome ingredients put into this product. Arimistane is in this supplement, which is a must-have if you are concerned about not having an estrogen buildup once you finishing running something as powerful as this prohormone.

This supplement retails for about fifty dollars, which I believe is a fair price for the safety, alone. In the current time that we are in, it is getting tougher to find something that can really replace prohormones. The more that I think about how well Epicat Max adds to your endurance and power, the more that I am convinced this could be the future of prohormone supplementation. With Epicat, I noticed that you get the good muscle strengthening components, without having to have all of the negatives that old prohormones would give you.

Can Taking the Wrong Compound Feel Like the Flu?

You could be feeling tired if you are taking your supplements at the wrong time of day. We all have certain times of the day where we are more productive than others, this is why some people are morning people and others are night people. If you’re taking your prohormones at a time that does not coincide with your natural rhythm, you might end up feeling a little sleepy. There are also various prohormone’s that can make anyone feel tired. That sleepy feeling is due to certain hormones that bind with others in your body. When these bindings occur, some are responsible for more strength but the effects are always a positive. M1T, to be specific, is a type of pro hormone that is most commonly associated with feelings of tiredness. Sometimes having flulike symptoms, M1T is not a great prohormone for beginners to use.

Going From Bad to Worse in a Day

I have even used it years ago and was not happy with how I felt while taking it. I was told that there were other programs that I could use while I took the M1T but that created more of a problem. I didn’t want to shell out more money to buy another expensive pro hormone and was too worried about possible additional side effects that I could experience. Feeling like I was suffering from a cold, I ended all use of the M1T supplement as soon as I could. I started to wonder if maybe I was actually sick during that time, or if others have felt the same way that I did while using this kind of prohormone. One of the remedies that I kept hearing about was to add testosterone to my supplementation regimen.

For me, the added aggression and short temper were not worthy of getting to feel better. Luckily, now I see that I’m not the only one who had such a problem with trying to use M1T. Looking back on my crazy decision, I wonder why any kind of supplement that had M1T was ever so popular. It was almost as if I was taking a supplement that was supposed to make me sick, that’s how bad I felt why using it. I don’t understand how someone could not only function by using this but also exert the amount of effort that is needed to work out constantly. Perhaps I am just one in a group of others who have probably had success with using and M1T, just not me. I felt like such garbage while I was on the supplement that when it came time to stop, I quit cold turkey.

This is something that is akin to supplement blasphemy but, at that point, I just wanted to be done with the way that I felt. Somehow, I was able to end all use of the M1T abruptly, without any side effects, I was very lucky there. In the past, people were using pro hormones for big-time gains but it wasn’t always that easy. Back then, people could easily run into using something to give them more energy and power that ended up having them bedridden feeling nauseous and sick. Perhaps that should’ve been a warning sign or an omen that these things were not safe for human consumption, looking back now I find that I have learned another important lesson in life.

Andro the Giant Overview and Details

Throughout my sorted history with prohormones, I used quite a few different compounds. Some of these supplements were bad and harmful, while others I still miss a lot. Andro the Giant would fall into the latter category, truly a great product for bulking up. The main ingredient that was responsible for the gains that you could have with this prohormone was 4-Androsterone, a known bulking agent. Although this compound is found naturally in humans, some manufacturers were able to make it into a different form, adding extra muscle to the body of almost anyone who took it. What seemed to propel this ingredient into the mainstream was, ironically, the same popularity that would seal its fate.

A Supplement that Was Great, In Small Amounts

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Getting back to Andro the Giant, I remember trying this during the summer months and I got a lot of attention after using it. Of course, it is now long gone from being able to have but I will always have those memories. A reader had told me that they have seen this supplement still being available but after finding out the details behind what a prohormone really does to you, I think I’ll pass. If you had used this supplement in the past, you know that the dosing directions are to be followed very closely. Due to its high potency, there is a high volume of this 4-Androsterone. While this sound all well and good for gaining, the fat could be what you get the most of, if you are not careful. When you have such a large amount of powerful building blocks for your muscles. It is said to use three capsules of Andro the Giant daily. You will want to not take all of the capsules in one sitting, I suggest spacing them out to one every 4-6 hours. You are going to need to take food with these capsules, in order to protect your stomach lining, nothing an easy on-the-go snack can’t fix.

This was one of the superior prohormones that was available, not so long ago. I have to say that I enjoyed the gains that I got from this supplement, as they were much better than others I have tried in the past. Although it is possible to stack this supplement with other ones, I would not do it myself. In my opinion, when having more power comes down to possibly jeopardizing my well-being, I don’t want to mess with it. You could end up making some quicker progress but your body will be under additional stress, which is an easy way to end up with some not so fun side effects. One problem with some of these potent ingredients was that they would get broken down into weaker dosages before they would get to your muscles. Andro the Giant was actually formulated in a way where it stood less of a risk of being broken down but how good can that be on your liver? I wish I had looked back on that information before I tried this supplement but hindsight will get you every time. As far as side effects go, there are some major ones with taking Andro the Giant, so be on the lookout. You may also bloat while using this product, due to its powerful ability to make you retain extra water. All in all, if you had ever wanted to get gigantic, Andro the Giant was a great prohormone to take.

Remembering Mutated Muscle: A Forgotten Powerhouse

Definitely one of the grossed named products that I had tried in my past, Mutated Muscle by Anabolic Androgenic Research, does stand out. Now banned, there was a brief time where some thought that this one supplement would take over the prohormone world. If you look at the ingredient label, it is easy to see why. I remember that there sixty capsules in a bottle of this product, which had a serving size of one capsule and it was packed with all kinds of muscle builders. Many of these ingredients made to be build muscle would what be what did Mutated Muscle in, as it was one thing that popped for having banned substances.

  • Mentabolan – Animal testing, which I am mega against, had this compound ready to be put in the hands of avid bodybuilders. Seen as more of a designer prohormone, it was recommended that no more of 30 mg was used, throughout the course of a single day.
  • Cynostane – This was first created, as an alteration to a bigger steroid. This seemingly new prohormone did have lower instances of side effects, which made it super popular. However, being that it was usually jammed into a supplement with other, more dangerous ingredients, didn’t really help to make this one stick around for long.
  • Trenavar – I am pretty sure that I found what could have ended up getting this one banned. While being great for building larger muscles, there were so many bad aspects of what could happen to you by using anything with Trenavar in it, it was never really worth the risk.

This supplement even had what was known as a complex, set out to control estrogen levels. Usually, this is a benefit that is exclusive to supplements that you take AFTER something like this, cool to see it being used early on. I have always felt that the earlier you battle estrogen spikes, the better! There are much better alternatives to be used, when your primary goal is to lower estrogen levels. One positive about much of these supplements getting banned, is that we can have safer options for estrogen control. Even better, there isn’t so much out there right now that will even mess with your estrogen levels, which is great!

The Weak Need Not Apply

One thing that had always stood out about this prohormone, over some of the others, was that it was never seen as a supplement that just anyone could try. I had even heard from most who had used it to at least have used prohormones a few times before even starting to use Mutated Muscle. I remember one big plus of this product was how effectively it reduced my waiting time, for my muscles to actually feel healed up and ready to rock again. I’m not saying that I would use it again, knowing what I do now, but that was a fond memory of never really getting that sore. However, I would trade those tiresome bouts of aching and keep my health, thank you very much!

As hindsight would have it, I don’t know how I didn’t see how hard this supplement would be pushing my body. I don’t miss using prohormones like this after putting all of the pieces together and seeing how much harm I was doing to myself. All we can do is learn from out past, no matter how hard that lesson might be to take.

What A Bad Experience with Prohormones Can Do

not feeling wellIf you have an adverse reaction, you could end up feeling like you got sick. I had actually confused what a prohormone had caused, when I noticed that I was not feeling right. I had to get up about four times in one night because I could not stop vomiting. I had cold chills and swore that I felt like I had a temperature, however, a thermometer proved to me that I did not. Along with those horrible feelings, came a loss of appetite. All of these crummy things were taking place all at once, leading me to be sure that I was sick. I was beginning to go from eating nearly everything in sight to barely being able to finish some scraps on a plate. I was mad that what I had used to rule the weights was causing me to not even get out of bed! It was when I thought that I might need to get some medicine, the symptoms began to finally go away.

I had thought that no one else had experienced this before and that I was some kind of rarity. I should have known better as I hunted down different stories describing what I had just gone through. From what I had gathered, there were two main causes for why this random sickness took me down for the count. One option, that I fear to consider, is that I had been duped into getting a counterfeit supplement. The thought of someone being able to do this to another human being turns my stomach. After I recovered from being so ill, I discarded the rest of that supplement (that isn’t around anymore), so I will never know if it was fake or not, I just wanted it gone.

The second option could have been that I just had a bad reaction to what I was using. I am sure that almost all of you have taken a product that everyone else swears by, only to find you have a bad reaction to it. The more potent that a supplement is, usually means that the side effects are going to be more serious. If I had a bad experience with a fish oil supplement, I wouldn’t have had such a bad reaction but since we are talking about the power of a prohormone, I got stronger side effects. I was fortunate enough to have only had anything like this occur in my life once. I will never forget feeling as ill as I did and if I never saw that particular prohormone again, it would be too soon. No one should have to experience such a bad illness for just trying to stay strong.

That whole painful learning experience reminds me of when prohormones were first gaining their popularity. The first ways that folks were getting this kind of supplement was through, what seemed to be, capsules that had a homemade quality to them. I was not into that scene in those early stages and I am thankful for that after hearing how bad it used to be. The first capsules that were used were not properly measured out, meaning that you wouldn’t really know how much of said prohormone you were getting in each serving! It is a miracle that more people didn’t end up dropping like flies but thankfully, most of them made it out of this unscathed.