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The sad state of the supplement industry.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

April
16
2008

You know, most of the major players in the supplement industry irritate the living crap out of me. Yesterday there was a thread on the forum asking about MuscleTech’s “Anabolic Halo” product. As most people who get into weight training quickly learn, MuscleTech is one of the worst offenders when it comes to overblown claims, high prices and marketing that would make the most audacious used car salesman turn bright red with embarrassment. Unfortunately many people who are new to training and don’t know better get sucked in by the multi-page glossy ads that dominate most muscle mags. These new trainees spend small fortunes on worthless, over-hyped products offered by companies like MuscleTech. The claims and the hyperbole spewed forth by these unscrupulous companies are so over-the-top that their marketing material reads like a parody of the supplement industry. I wish these ads were a send-up, but they are not. Go read the thread. It’s impossible not to cringe. These guys don’t care about you and your goals; they’ll happily take your money and laugh all the way to the bank.

I don’t believe that all supplement companies are bad, but you have to be very careful to separate the wheat from the chaff. I’ve been approached by quite a few supplement manufactures who wanted to advertise on this site, and with the exception of AtLarge Nutrition (who offers a small line of solid products that do what they claim to do), I’ve turned them all down.

If you want to lose fat or gain muscle, what you really need to do is have your diet and training in order, and work your butt off. Some supplements are helpful (I personally find protein powder, EFAs, BCAAs, a multi-vitamin and joint support supplements to be useful), but the vast majority of them are garbage. Be careful what you spend your money on and – most importantly – what you put in your body.

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