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Best Muscle Building Supplements 2016

Updated on November 13, 2015

In best muscle building supplements 2016 we will discuss the what they put into muscle supplements and why it works. Then we will review some of the top muscle building supplements. We picked supplements that have delivered consistently for many people rather than the ones that are untried and frankly dodgy.

Weight Gainers
If you are skinny you should take some kind of weight gainer and if you are over weight you shouldn't. Weight gainers are frequently added to muscle building supplements. You can tell whether this is the case by looking at the calories in the supplement. High calorie supplements will help you gain size quickly.

Energy boosters
Taking an energy booster before every workout can push you to get the most out of that workout. Some of the ingredients in energy boosters can be hard on your liver. If you have liver problems consult with your doctor before using these. When it comes to energy boosters never take more than the manufacturers recommend.

Your muscles need a lot of protein to grow, you can get enough from pork or beef, but the meal timing can be an issue. Fish and milk contain protein but are less effective for building muscle. You need to take in about 1 to 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day.

Creatine works by increasing ATP(a source of energy for your muscles). That means you can do more reps at a higher weight resulting in more muscle building up.

All of the supplements we review here are intended to be used in addition to, not instead of, a muscle building workout.

The combination of pure Creatine powder and Whey protein is nice safe supplement combo for beginners and it will help you get better results.

Optimum Nutrition Creatine Powder

This product is advertised to be odorless and tasteless. I would describe the taste as slightly weird. If however you mix it with your protein shake or Gatorade it tastes OK.

Compared to other Creatine powders this one is cheaper.

The bottom line is that this is the Creatine supplement I would recommend to a friend.

Whey, Double Rich Chocolate

Compared with similar products this one is lower in fat and carbs and higher in protein. Whey has pushed ahead of other protein supplements because it uses egg white protein, which has a higher and faster absorption rate.

There are better protein supplements available, but they are ridiculously expensive. Whey gives you the best bang for your buck.

This product tastes a little strange, I recommend mixing it with a glass of enriched soymilk before you drink it.

Energy boosting supplement - best muscle building supplement 2016
Energy boosting supplement - best muscle building supplement 2016

BSN NO-XPLODE-Nitric Oxide Creatine

This is a Creatine and strong energy booster mix. It is for bodybuilders who want to work out but frequently feel to tired to give it everything they have. You would use this with Whey protein powder replacing the Creatine powder we reviewed above.

You should take NO-XPLODE right before your workout, for the best results.

The energy booster in this product is strong and if your don't drink enough water while taking it you could get headaches. Also stick to the recommended dose on the back of the container.

Bulk up with muscle milk
Bulk up with muscle milk

CytoSport Muscle Milk

This is a weight gainer and protein supplement mix. This product is very high in fat. If you take the producer recommended amount, 4 times a day, you might want to reduce the amount of fat in your diet.

What many of the professionals do is to take Muscle milk in the morning and before bed. Then they take Whey before their workout. This reduces their fat intake to more normal levels.

BlenderBottle 28-Ounce with BlenderBall

You frequently get free mixers from supplement orders. Don't use them, they leak and they don't mix the ingredients well.

This shaker bottle has a securely closing pop-open top and tight fitting screw-on lid that never leaks.

The stainless steel blender ball seems like a gimmick but it really does work. Even hard to mix supplements mixes easily with this bottle. Just make sure you add some liquid on the bottom before adding powder and you are ready to go.

Protein bars

These Builder's Bars are the best tasting protein bars available. They are both chewy and crispy at the same time also they aren't as sweet as a candy bar. At 2.4 ounces these bars are large enough to be a good meal replacement.

I like that these bars use all natural ingredients.

Out of the four flavors (Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint, Cookies and Cream, Chocolate) I found them all to be really tasty, but I prefer the Chocolate Mint and Peanut Butter.

Remember to keep your supplements and workout as natural as possible. That way you will stay fit and healthy.

If you enjoyed best muscle building supplements 2016, you should also read best home gym 2016 and top rated treadmills 2016.


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    • wpexplorer profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      nice hub man, I love muscle milk - (gets you fat if your not working out hard - happens to lots of people) - but the dark chocolate muscle milk is the best tasting protein ever!

    • Entourage_007 profile image


      8 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Great article, Im definitely a fan of N.O Xplod.

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      Xtreme NO 

      8 years ago

      I think supplements are great but you have to put the initial effort in at the gym (at least 3 times a week) and have a complementary muscle gain diet. I hate supplements that claim you need to do neither of these and that by just taking a pill you can get the body of a bodybuilder! They aim their products at the lazy and gullible people out there!

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      8 years ago

      The best product to buy cannot be bought. It's called determined perseverance. If you can eat consistently well balanced meals and train the whole body properly 3-4 times a week for 30-60 minutes at a time, you'll look obviously more muscular in a few months. If you eat 3 meals a day then add 1 more meal of about 400-500 calories for an hour before you go to bed that's maybe 30-50 grams of protein.

      Work out hard, but use moderate weights that limit you to about 8-15 reps per set for the upper body and 15-25 reps per set for the legs. For the upper body use bench press, bent over rows and upright rows and military presses. For the legs use squats and leg presses along with dead lifts and leg curls. Calf raises are optional as are arm curls and triceps presses. They needn't be performed with every workout, just once a week, since the calves, biceps and triceps get plenty of work during the other exercises. Use high reps(20-50) and lighter weights for these once a week exercises. One last thing. Rest only 1 minute or less between sets of the same exercise. Rest 2-3minutes between different exercises.

      Do as many sets as you can, but rest no more than 1 minute between sets. Get yourself a stopwatch.

    • jGaunt profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London

      Creatine and protein powder.

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      8 years ago

      i lift weights and i am 6ft 5,and i really just want to get extremeley muscley fast.what's the best product to buy?

    • Entourage_007 profile image


      8 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      I like Nitrix and NO XPLODE for Nitric Oxide supplements but then I started using NaNO Vapor as a nitric oxide supplement. NaNO seems to give me such an unmatched pump before I go to the gym, plus it does have some easily absorbed creatine in it too.

      Great Article jGuant. I just wrote an article on the best muscle building supplements as well - I'd appreciate any input that you have.

    • jGaunt profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London

      It doesn't have to be every day, but you do have to work out. Creatine is safe.

    • bfc08jack profile image


      8 years ago from England Lancashire

      if you take these supplements do you have to work out at the gym everyday? is creatine deffinately safe

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      Simon Baillargeon 

      8 years ago

      Great article.

      Sometimes when I'm not at home, I eat a protein bar or at work and I feel starving, I eat one of those.

      Someone told me that it has protein but not enough. The brand that I'm using is Nutrilatina, it's the same as yours.

      The one I buy has chocote chips cookies in it. It's great.

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      Free Muscle Building Secrets... 

      8 years ago

      Nice Man!!! Creatine is my favorite supplement. It provides me with a kick start of energy.


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