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Jake Anderson

Jake Anderson is a Personal Trainer and Prep Coach from California USA. He gives easy to understand advice on Bodybuilding and fitness.

The Best Creatine Supplements of 2021

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Creatine has become a must for lifters and a wide range of other athletes to improve muscle gains, performance, and recovery. It's one of the most researched supplements out there and has a long list of accolades worthy of making it a mainstay in your stack. Some experts like Krissy Kendall, Ph.D., go so far as recommending that nearly everyone—regardless of their athletic goals—should take creatine.

Because it's such an important supplement, we thought it was a good idea to pull together our best creatine products for 2021. So, the next time you're in our store, you'll know exactly which creatine will best match what you need.

How We Choose the Best Creatine Supplements
We've been selling creatine for over 20 years—heck, the original name of was! So we know King Cre ins..

4 Keys to Supporting Gut Health

People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of gut health and how such common problems as leaky gut and food intolerances can cause symptoms throughout the body. These are just a few of the symptoms that originate in the gut:

Foggy brain
Difficulty focusing
Skin rashes
Difficulty losing weight

To understand how leaky gut occurs and what you can do to heal your gut naturally, it helps to get to know your gut wall.

What Makes Up the Gut Lining?
The gut lining has four main layers:

Muscularis propria

These layers are key to keeping the “outside” environment, meaning gut contents such as bacteria and food particles, separate from the “inside” environment of the bloodstream to avoid immune reactions or overreactions. Overstimulated immune responses play a role in the development of food intolerances, allergies, and autoimmune conditions.

Each of these layers has a slightly different structure and function.

The muco..

MuscleTech: An Industry Leader Reinvents Itself

For many lifters and other athletes, the name MuscleTech is practically synonymous with sports nutrition. MuscleTech products have been mainstays in our top 50 most popular products for most of the 21-year history of, and countless of our community members have grown, cut, and powered their hardest workouts over the years with the likes of Nitro-Tech, Hydroxycut, and Cell-Tech.

But MuscleTech isn't just one of the most popular global supplement brands, though. It's also one with instantly recognizable packaging, designs, and fonts. So the company's recent “rebrand” was hard to miss when it arrived on this website and elsewhere.

Curious about the backstory behind this ambitious reimagining of an iconic supplement brand, I spoke with Raza Bashir, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Innovation & Procurement of Iovate Health Sciences International Inc., the parent company of MuscleTech.

What prompted this major rebranding—and is “rebranding” even the righ..

Remix Nutrition Reinvents the Classics

Brand-new supplement brand Remix Nutrition™ launched in July as a special partnership between and Hostess Brands, LLC, with protein powder flavors like Hostess® Twinkies® and Hostess® Chocolate CupCakes. Where Remix really shines is in making fitness and supplementation more fun. Some people enjoy nerding out on the finer points of nutrition science. Others just want a supplement they know will work well and that they can enjoy taking day in and day out. Remix makes premium-quality products that are easy to take, easy to understand, and really, really easy to love.

I interviewed John Stump, senior manager of private brands at, to get the lowdown on how the brand came to be and what's next for Remix.

Why did decide to partner with Hostess Brands?

When got the opportunity to work with Hostess Brands to develop a new protein powder, it was an obvious YES. Protein powder has long had a stigma of tasting bad or bein..

PB&J Cookie Butter Protein Cereal Treats

These PB&J Cookie Butter Protein Cereal Treats are a perfect pre-workout hit of carbs for energy and protein for building muscle. The possibilities for variation are endless. Try them with Reese's Puffs, Rice Krispies, Cocoa Puffs, or any of your childhood favorites.

View Recipe Here

Xtend Pro
Features 25g of pure whey protein isolate per serving to support muscle growth & recovery


The Best Protein Powders of 2021

Best Proteins | Best Mass Gainers

High-quality protein powders are more popular than ever, but they're also being used by a broader range of people than ever. A post-workout shake definitely isn't just for athletes training for a competition or bodybuilders trying to build muscle anymore! Everyone on a fitness journey—whether you're a beginner or you've been at it for years—can benefit from adequate protein.

The only problem? There are also more choices than ever! To help you narrow down your options and match you up with the best protein powder for your needs and goals, we've created this list of our most popular proteins. Each one has been reviewed hundreds or even thousands of times by customers and purchased again and again. And we can stand behind them, too, because at, we drink protein shakes like it's our job.

Meet the best protein powders of 2021, learn what makes them great, and see how much you should take to ..

4 Big Benefits of BCAAs

If you're a fan of lifting heavy things over and over, chances are you've heard of BCAAs. Branched-chain amino acids are among the most prevalent sports performance products on the market. Studies show that BCAAs benefit athletic performance by reducing muscle breakdown, improving recovery times, and stimulating muscle protein synthesis to help you stack on more gains.*

BCAA Basics
Energy is derived from the foods you eat. As you digest macronutrients, they are broken down into their simplest form. In the case of protein, it's amino acids. Three essential amino acids—leucine, isoleucine, and valine—make up the branched-chain aminos. They are often called the building blocks of protein. The branched-chain amino acids are essential because your body does not produce them naturally, so it is essential to get them from the foods you eat or from supplements.

Research suggests that BCAAs can have a positive impact on muscle protein synthesis, which is the muscle-building pro..

5 Ways to Up Your Fat-Loss Supplement Game

A diet consisting of clean, unprocessed foods is always the best place to start your fat-loss journey; supplementing a crappy diet with a fat burner won't cut it! Sound nutrition ensures you'll get the crucial macronutrients and micronutrients your body demands for optimal performance and recovery. So yeah, eat your vegetables and proteins, because they haven't invented a substitute for them yet.

However, there's no doubt that it can be especially hard to recover adequately, meet your macros, and train hard when cutting. If a shake or a scoop a day could make a difference between an epic struggle and feeling surprisingly all right, why not let it?

Ditch the ordinary shred—the one where you're miserable, grumpy, sore, and under-recovered between workouts—and aim for an extraordinary experience. Here's how to use a few key supps to make it happen.

Lean Out with Whey
Protein is your friend while shredding down! Don't let that outdated societal cliché ..

Who Should Take Amino Acid Supplements?

Amino acid supplements are a common sight in gyms—particularly in weight rooms. You can spot them from across the gym, usually in the form of a brightly-colored liquid inside a gallon-sized water bottle. In many cases, they're being carried around by someone who is easily identifiable as a “serious lifter.”

But are amino acids really the best fit for the proverbial “biggest dude in the gym,” or could they benefit other athletes, as well? Here's what the science says—and what it might not be telling you.

What are Amino Acid Supplements?
Amino acids are often referred to as the “building blocks of protein.” They are organic compounds that your body needs to grow and function properly. There are 20 amino acids overall, and nine that your body can't produce on its own. These are known as the “essential” amino acids.

When people talk about amino acid supplements, though, they're usually talking about three specific essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valin..

The Best Mass Gainers of 2021

Best Proteins | Best Mass Gainers

When you're on a mission to put on weight, you need a one-two punch of calories and protein. If you're someone who struggles to put on weight, or who needs to gain it for a sport or a weight-classed competition, then you need both even more!

That's when a mass gainer can be your best friend. Like the best protein shakes, mass gainers (also known as weight gainers or gainer shakes) are full of muscle-building amino acids and protein, but they also add carbs and other nutrients to maximize your calorie and macro intake.

Adding a high-quality mass-gainer powder can make a huge difference in your bulking regimen. Here are 10 of the best, according to our experts and community members.

How We Choose the Best Mass Gainers
Our picks are informed by our team of fitness pros—athletes, nutrition professionals, and editors—and backed up by reviews from the people who know gainer shakes the best: you!

There are a few things that matter when you..