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Boost Your Workout With Caffeine

Nothing delivers a bigger kick in the pants before a workout than caffeine. It's no wonder that caffeinated pills and drinks are the most common supplement category among bodybuilders, athletes, and gym-goers. Study after study has shown that caffeine can increase alertness, sharpen focus, improve mood, improve tolerance for pain caused by exercise, help burn fat, and help athletes do more work for longer periods in the gym and in sport.

In fact, caffeine works so well that, up until 2004, its use was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. I know what you're thinking: “Ban caffeine? Yeah right. Everybody uses it!” And that was basically the line of thinking that ended the ban, since a “threshold level” between social use and abuse couldn't effectively be established. Since then, urine samples have shown that more than 75 percent of elite athletes routinely use caffeine during competition.

That says nothing of its use among non-athletes at home, at work, or, in some ca..

Start Here: The Most Important Supplements for Every Body

Supplements for Every Body | Signs of Deficiency | Get Micronutrients from Food Scraps | How Micros Impact Performance | Greens Supplements | Immune-Boosting Supplements

If you are in the health and fitness industry, or just look like you're relatively healthy and fit, you've probably been asked “What supplement should I take to [fill in the goal]?” at some point. There are just too many confused people, wanting to believe the answer lies just one pill or powder away. And there are just as many bad shepherds feeding that misbelief, too. Let's fix that!

In one way or another, I've walked countless thousands of people through what you're about to read. This is my “keep it simple and smart” approach to effective supplementation. I'll give you six steps to help you get the most out of whatever supplements you do choose to take, and then my six recommendations for a supplement starter set.

Supplement Basics

The Benefits of Multivitamins: Why and How Much

Ask The Supplement Guru: Omega 3 Vs. Omega 3-6-9

Q. I'm convinced that omega-3 supplements are legit. But, is it best to take omega-3 on its own, or as part of an omega 3-6-9 supplement?

I've been getting this question a lot lately. After all, it seems to make sense that getting a variety of healthful and essential fats in one supplement is better than a supplement that is limited to just one type of fat. Nevertheless, my quick answer is to stick with just an omega-3 supplement. The reason isn't a problem with 3-6-9 supplements themselves, but rather with the way most of us eat.

The Alpha Omega
I'm all about matching up the right supplement precisely to the right athlete and his or her goals. However, if there's one supplement that I recommend for anyone and everyone, it's fish oil, or more specifically, the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). And I mean everyone: your grandmother, your father, your sister, your nephew, and even your kids.

Omega-3 supplement..

The Best Multivitamins of 2021

Best Proteins | Best Mass Gainers | Best Pre-Workouts | Best Test Boosters | Best Fat Burners | Best Multivitamins | Best Weight-Loss Supplements

Multivitamins are one of the most basic and familiar supplements. Plenty of us have been taking them since childhood, after all. And choosing one as an adult seems simple enough—until you actually start shopping and comparing products. With the countless different kinds available online and at the supermarket, it's hard to know which one is going to be worth your money.

That's why we've done the hard work for you, harvesting info from our in-house experts and thousands of online reviewers. Meet the best multivitamins of 2021!

How We Chose the Best Multivitamins
We've been in the business of selling supplements—and taking them—for over 20 years. This means we know the best multis because our team members and athletes have tried them and put them to the test. Here's how we chose the top products for 2021:

Customer R..

The Best Weight-Loss Supplements of 2021

Best Proteins | Best Mass Gainers | Best Pre-Workouts | Best Fat Burners | Best Multivitamins | Best Test Boosters | Best Weight-Loss Supplements

When many people think of weight-loss supplements, they think of fat burners. And while fat burners can play a crucial role in leaning out, they're not the only tool you need in your toolbox! Other supplements, ranging from CLA to protein to L-carnitine, can all help you break through the barriers and finally achieve lasting, sustainable weight loss.

Read our fat-burners guide to learn about the best fat burners of 2021. These are the best “other” weight-loss supplements that are worth your money. Just remember: Every single one of them works best as part of a comprehensive nutritional and training plan built around losing weight.

How We Chose the Best Weight-Loss Supplements
Weight loss is complicated, and there are many factors that go into getting the results you want. But with over 20 years in the game, we know weight-loss supplem..

The Best Creatine Supplements of 2021

Best Proteins | Best Mass Gainers | Best Pre-Workouts | Best Creatine | Best Fat Burners | Best

Multivitamins | Best Test Boosters | Best Weight-Loss

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