If you are a new to the bodybuilding world, you may not realize how many vultures are waiting on the sidelines ready to steal your money. We all at one time (and some of us still are) hoping for that magic muscle building supplement that no one knows about yet. It’s in our nature to want something that causes big muscle gains, but without any side effects. I come across many small websites on the net all the time, advertising supplements that promise steroid like gains and claim to be side effect free. The sites usually use studies and testimonials to back up their product. The problem is the studies they use for these products are usually very weak and often not done on humans.
Another common trick many of these supplement sites use, is they repackage a worthless supplement under another name. In this way, they can continue to try to push a supplement with the same old argument and research at a much higher price, even though it is the same junk supplement that bodybuilders discounted years ago.
Then of course, there is the “legal steroid” websites, which try to market steroids to the gullible. They use fancy names closely resembling actual illegal steroids. The active ingredients in these rip-offs are really nothing more then common pro-hormones found on the market, but at 2 or 3 times the price. Even well known bodybuilding supplement brands, make outrageous claims that become the butt of jokes by veteran bodybuilders.
You are probably wondering why everyone is able to get away with all of this? Well, it is hard for a supplement to be proven beyond a doubt to not work. Secondly, they use very weak science or far reaching studies and they use that as justification for their claims. If you can’t prove beyond a doubt it doesn’t work and the company basis their claims on actual science or research, there is little that can be done.
At the moment, the only way to get a true consensus on what bodybuilding supplements may actually work, is to find out what other bodybuilders say in the forums. You can’t listen to supplement companies or those bought off by them because they have a biased agenda driven by money. When listening to other bodybuilder’s anecdotal experiences on supplements, you have to also remember the placebo factor too. If the overwhelming majority see results, then it probably works. Placebo strongly influences strength gains, so when deciding if a supplement works, I would pay more attention to those claiming muscle mass gains or losing fat.