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The Best Supplement for Men's Muscle Building (2018)

Updated on May 18, 2018
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James is a current freelance writer. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Southern New Hampshire University in English & Creative Writing.


What is so special about Optimum Nutrition's Serious Mass?

Athletes and other consumers will not find a better product that offers more bang for your buck than Serious Mass. I have taken creatine pills and powders, which can work if taken correctly when combined with a rigorous exercise program, but I have had the best results with this weight-gain supplement. I am 100% ectomorphic. I am tall, I have a small bone structure and possess a super fast metabolism. It has never had the same impact on my muscles consuming just whey protein powders and creatine supplements. Weight-gainers are the way to go and in my own personal opinion, Optimum Nutrition's Serious Mass is the best. In each serving of Serious Mass, which is two scoops of powder, there is 1,250 calories, 252 grams of total carbohydrates, 50 grams of protein, 20 grams of sugar, and a lot of vitamins and minerals. In each serving, there is also 500 milligrams of L-Glutamine and Glutamine peptides on top of 250 milligrams of both Choline and Inositol.

The amount of carbohydrates in each serving is more than enough to help provide additional calories for muscle gains. The only other weight-gainer product, which comes even close to Serious Mass in terms of effectiveness and overall quality, is Russian Bear 5000. However, Russian Bear 5000 only has 3 servings per a 4 lb. container priced at about $50.00 on multiple websites. Although this is another effective product, Serious Mass has 16 servings in the 12 lb. bag. Why would anyone spend more money on a muscle-building product, which only has 3 servings in the container? If you're on a tight budget, it is not worth it. I highly recommend Optimum Nutrition's Serious Mass instead. The 12 lb. bag will last a lot longer. If ectomorphic hardgainers are making huge muscle gains with this product, you know for sure that any individual can build muscle with it.


How do you take this supplement?

For weight-gainer products, such as Serious Mass, I prefer to take two full scoops of the vanilla powder mixed with three cups of milk and a cup of fresh strawberries immediately after lifting weights. The best way to mix all of these ingredients together is to use a blender, of course. You could even add in bananas and nuts for additional calories. On this one hot afternoon in July, I chose to add peanut butter to the vanilla flavor and surprisingly enough, this tasted great as well. I do not recommend trying to mix the powder in with milk with just a spoon. The powder is too thick of a substance for spoon stirring. Additionally, use milk instead of water. With water, it does not taste the same at all. In my own personal opinion, the vanilla flavor tastes the best hands down. The chocolate flavor is also a good one. When I use Serious Mass, I consume two servings a day for about five days a week. An individual does not even have to use the full two servings after working out to build muscle. In just one scoop or half a serving, there is 625 calories, 25 grams of protein, 126 carbohydrates and only 10 grams of sugar.

You might be thinking "There's only 50 grams of protein. How am I supposed to build muscle with only 50 grams of protein in this supplement?" Well, carbohydrates are more important for packing on muscle mass than protein. When your body prefers to use food for fuel rather than towards building muscle like my own, it can be extremely difficult if you're not consuming enough carbohydrates each day. Carbohydrates are your body's number one source of energy. They can provide additional calories for muscle growth at the end of the day if you have consumed enough with your overall daily diet. Consuming enough carbohydrates when combined with a weight-training regimen will create a protein-sparring effect for your body. In the end, the protein you consume with a high-carbohydrate diet will be sparred and used to repair and build muscle tissue. Not to mention, the individual is adding milk to the supplement already, which usually contains 8 grams of protein per a cup.

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What if the 12 lb. bag is still too expensive?

Then, I recommend the 6 lb. tub of Serious Mass. The nutritional facts are exactly the same, and the 6 lb. tub is still cheaper than the TrueMass, MassTech and NakedMass weight-gainer supplements. Three things to look for when searching for the best muscle building weight-gainer supplements - besides the price - are servings per container, total calories and total carbohydrates. An individual might be able to find a supplement with high calories, protein and carbohydrates, but the product might also offer fewer servings per container at a higher cost. In my experience, I have never had an issue with Optimum Nutrition's supplements. The Optimum Nutrition products delivered to my address and the supplements I purchase at nutrition stores are never damaged. To this very day in 2018, Serious Mass still helps me to build muscle in my many years of lifting weights. Like every other supplement product in existence, DO NOT abuse it.

I have seen some bodybuilders take as much as four scoops or two servings in a single day on top of their six meals a day diet. Although an individual can do this, try to keep track of your total macronutrients. It is important to know how many calories, carbohydrates, fat, protein, and what percentage of your daily value of vitamins and minerals you are consuming in a single day. This weight-gainer supplement is just that, a supplement. Always consult a physician prior to consuming creatine, weight-gainers, protein and other muscle building or weight-loss supplements. Gastritis is a serious health concern for any type of fitness supplement. Furthermore, if you are hypoglycemic or a diabetic, I highly recommend consulting a physician prior to use.



If you're serious about working out, train for at least three days a week for about one hour and eat healthy foods on a daily basis, give Serious Mass a try. It can be difficult to take in 3,000, 4,000 or even 5,000 total calories in a single day, if one of these numbers is your goal every week. At work, eating big lunches every day might not be enough. At high school or college, you will probably be spending more time reading books and studying for exams and less time consuming calories. For basketball, hokey and football players, this supplement is perfect. I know for sure that I burned over 5,000 calories playing in pick-up basketball games when I was younger. If you have a job that requires a lot of manual labor, taking weight-gainer supplements on top of a high carb and high protein diet works wonders for building muscle.

I personally enjoy mixing two scoops of Serious Mass together with strawberries and milk in a blender and then, storing the blender in my refrigerator to drink throughout the day. Instead of relying solely on breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, this weight-gainer supplement will offer the right push to help you to achieve your physical fitness goals. Along with taking this supplement, I certainly recommend individuals to eat six small meals per day. This is actually better on your stomach than just eating three large meals. Not to mention, I never feel starving on the days that I consume this supplement. With two scoops of the supplement added to the blender, it certainly makes sense to add at least two cups of milk to it. If you're serious about packing on additional muscle mass and can afford it, give this product a try.

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