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Because of my reputation in the fitness industry as a watchdog, dozens of companies have sought my seal of approval over the years. These supplements and nutrition resources are the few to meet my high standards.



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vitamin D3 at MyProteinVitamin D3

One or two capsules to improve immune health, bone health, and mood.


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Creatine Monohydrate

One heaping teaspoon (~5g) to increase ATP/energy during workouts.


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whey protein powder at MyProtein

Whey Protein

One level scoop to help you hit your daily protein intake.


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I recommend that you make your own pre-workout blend from bulk ingredients to save money and avoid filler. Consume the following supplements 30 minutes before your workout. Anything else is either useless at improving weight lifting performance or too potent to be legal in the US for long.

bulk caffeine capsules


One capsule (200mg) to increase focus and alertness.


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bulk citrulline malate

Citrulline Malate

One scoop (8g) to reduce fatigue and soreness as well as improve muscular pumps.


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My supplement recommendations are based on the independent research compiled by the folks at Examine. There is no better internet resource for unbiased and accurate supplement information. Pick up one of Examine's guides based on your goals.


Examine Stack Guides

Stack Guides

These give step-by-step instructions for combining supplements to achieve various health and fitness goals, from increased muscle to reduced body fat.


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Examine Supplement Goals Reference Guide

Supplement Goals Reference Guide

This explains which supplements are worthless, which are unsupported but harmless, and which are must-haves.


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