Home / Supplements / Bodybuilding Supplement Guide

The Bodybuilding
Supplement Guide

Below, the bodybuilding supplement guide table gives you a listing of all the dietary and muscle building supplements reviewed and recommended on this site.

This IS NOT a complete listing of all supplements marketed to increase muscle and weight gain, but rather a listing of the proven effective supplements (the ones that actually work). Find out more about how this guide was compiled here.

Dietary Supplements
For Weight and Muscle Gain

5 Star Rating
Vitamins and Minerals

Supplement Reviews,
Info on Vitamins and Minerals

Opti-Men MultivitaminsOptimum Nutrition's
Opti-Men's Multivitamins

Good cost-effective multi-vitamin for the intense trainer. 3 tablets a day with meals.

For 180 Tablets (60 days) pay less than $22

Opti-Men's Multivitamins at Amazon

Opti-Women's Multivitamins at Amazon

TwinLab's Daily One CapsTwinlab's Daily One Caps
With iron for men, w/o for women. Basic multivitamin, decent economic option for those who only want to pill-pop once-a-day.

For 180 Capsules (180 days) pay less than $32

Daily One Caps (w/ iron) at Amazon

Daily One Caps (w/o iron) at Amazon

Universal Nutrition's Animal PakUniversal Nutrition's Animal Pak
Lots of swallowing - 11 tablets a day. Popular among bodybuilders. They recommend 2 paks a day for "intense training," but one should be fine.

For 44 Packs (44 days) pay less than $27

Animal Pak at Amazon

Back To Listings

5 Star Rating
Whey Protein

Supplement Reviews,
Info on Whey Protein

Optimum Nutrition's Gold Standard 100% Whey ProteinOptimum Nutrition's
Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein

This is the top-selling powder for good reasons - good price and reasonable quality. High percentage of whey isolate for a concentrate.

For 5 lb. Container pay less than $58

Gold Standard 100% Whey at Amazon

Now Foods Whey Protein IsolateNow Foods Whey Protein Isolate
Quality Isolate. No lactose and good reputation for being easy on the lactose-intolerant. Very easily mixed.

For 5 lb. Container pay less than $64

Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate at Amazon

Optimum Nutrition's Pro Complex Whey ProteinOptimum Nutrition's Pro Complex
Very good and popular protein blend. High percentage of whey isolate. Whey, Egg and Casein protein. I've only tried the vanilla and banana cream - vanilla was very good, banana cream was disgusting. But then I'm not really a banana fan.

For 4.6 lb. Container pay less than $69

Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate at Amazon

Back To Listings

4 Star Rating
Meal Replacements
(Meals and Bars)

Supplement Reviews,
Info on Meal Replacements (MRPs)

EAS MyoplexEAS's Myoplex
Good nutritional content - very little sugar and saturated fat. Mixes fairly thick. All 3 base flavors (Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry) are decent.

For 20 Packs pay less than $45

Myoplex at Amazon

Met-Rx Meal ReplacementsMet-RX MRP
Also mixes thick. Little bit less in terms of taste as compared to Myoplex in my opinion, but equally good nutritional profile.

For 18 Packs pay less than $41

Met-RX MRPs at Amazon

Met-Rx Big 100 BarsMet-RX Big 100 Colossal Bars
32 grams protein and 420 calories. "Super Cookie Crunch" is good, much improved taste over bars 5 years ago, but you'll still want a liquid nearby when eating (still a dry meal).

For 12 Bars pay less than $26

Big 100 Colossal Bars at Amazon

Back To Listings

4 Star Rating
Weight Gainers

Supplement Reviews,
Info on Weight Gainers

ProLabs N-Large 3 Weight GainerProLabs N-Large 3
Probably the most popular weight gainer. Reasonable quality and good value.

For 10 lb. container pay less than $64

Pro Complex Gainer at Amazon

Optimum Nutrition's Serious MassOptimum Nutrition's Serious Mass
More of an old-style weight gainer with a high carb-to-protein ratio. This makes it less expensive. Cutting recommended serving size (which calls for 1250 calories) in half will work best for most people.

For 12 lb. container pay less than $49

Serious Mass at Amazon

Optimum Nutrition's Pro Complex GainerOptimum Nutrition's
Pro Complex Gainer

The same quality protein blend as you find in ON's Pro Complex with and added array of quality carbs. This makes for a very impressive (but expensive) weight gainer.

For 5 lb. container pay less than $45

Pro Complex Gainer at Amazon

Back To Listings

4 Star Rating
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

Supplement Reviews,
Info on Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

Udo's Oil Blend 3-6-9Flora's Udo's Choice Oil Blend
An excellent, quality blend of oils and my personal favorite. Is a bit expensive though.

For a 32 oz. bottle pay less than $41

Flora's Uodo's Choice Oil Blend at Amazon

Jarrow Formula's Flaxseed OilJarrow Formula's Flaxseed Oil
Another quality blend of oils and a much more economical choice as compared to Udo's.

For a 32 oz. bottle pay less than $24

Jarrow's Flaxseed Oil at Amazon

Back To Listings

3 Star Rating
Post-Workout Drinks

Supplement Reviews,
Info on Pre and Post-Workout Nutrition

Note: Getting a supplement specifically made for post-workout nutrition isn't necessary. MRPs and weight gainers make decent post-workout drinks. A sports drink combined with some whey protein is also good. And, chocolate milk is a decent alternative.

But you do want to get good carbs and protein to your muscles as soon as possible which is best accomplished by a liquid source.

Optimum Nutrition's After MaxOptimum Nutrition's After Max
Solid post-workout formula. Does contain 5G of quality creatine - so you would use this as your creatine serving on workout days (and use ONs Creatine Powder -see below - on non-workout days).

For a 4.3 lb. container pay less than $43

After Max at Amazon

Twinlabs Ultra FuelTwinLab's Ultra Fuel
I use this in combination with a protein powder drink for post-workout. More calorie-intense than most sport's drinks, this one is good for those who have trouble gaining/maintaining weight.

For a 3.3 lb. container pay less than $14

Ultra Fuel at Amazon

Back To Listings

3 Star Rating

Supplement Reviews,
Info on Fiber (Carbohydrates)

Garden Of Life Super SeedGarden Of Life's Super Seed
I've tried many products to keep "soft" on a high-protein diet and had the most success with this one.

For 600 Grams pay less than $16

Super Seed at Amazon


Muscle Building

5 Star Rating

Supplement Reviews,
Info on Creatine

Optimum Nutrition's Creatine PowderOptimum Nutrition's
Micronized Creatine Powder

Great economical creatine monohydrate choice. Nothing fancy but it is the best quality creatine out there (Creapure) and can be just as effective as the more expensive products (if you learn to take creatine effectively). Micronized and mixes well.

For 600 Grams pay less than $20

Micronized Creatine Powder at Amazon

Muscle Tech Cell-Tech Hardcore CreatineMuscleTech Cell-Tech Hardcore
Creatine-plus product, providing you with a drink that maximizes absorption. I’ve used it, it can be effective, but if you take the time to learn about taking creatine you can get the same effect with a simple creatine monohydrate product and save some bucks.

For a 6 lb. container pay less than $53

Cell-Tech Hardcore at Amazon

Back To Listings

4 Star Rating

Supplement Reviews,
Info on Glutamine

Optimum Nutrition's Glutamine PowderOptimum Nutrition's
Glutamine Powder

A good, basic, quality powder.

For 1,000 grams pay less than $44

ON's Glutamine Powder at Amazon

ProLabs Glutamine PowderProLab's Glutamine Powder
Another good, basic, quality powder. Probably the exact same thing as Optimum Nutrition's glutamine powder. Get the cheaper of the two.

For 1,000 grams pay less than $47

ProLab's Glutamine Powder at Amazon

Back To Listings

3 Star Rating

Supplement Reviews,
Info on ZMA

Optimum Nutrition's ZMAOptimum Nutrition's ZMA
No need to look further for a quality ZMA product.

For 180 capsules pay less than $27

Optimum Nutrition's ZMA at Amazon


Looking for supplements you don't see listed here?
Check the
Bodybuilding Supplement Reviews

Find out more about how this list was compiled
and get more info on supplement buying here.

More Articles You May Like: View all the
Supplement Articles
Bodybuilding Specialty Reviews Creatine FAQ Muscle Supplements
The Bodybuilding Specialty Program Reviews The Creatine FAQ: Creatine Facts Through Q&A How To Best Use Weight Gain And Muscle Supplements
comments powered by Disqus

The Get Big Ezine

Site updates, tips, exclusive articles and more direct to your in-box, all designed to help you gain muscle and gain it faster.

Related Articles
Homemade Supplement Secrets Review My Review of "Homemade Supplement Secrets"
Bodybuilding Supplement Marketing Bodybuilding Nutrition: Avoiding Supplement Hype
Healthy Weight Gain Diet Tips For Making The Healthy Weight Gain Diet Stick
View all the
Supplement Articles
Newest Content
Body Transformation Blueprint Review My Review of the "Body Transformation Blueprint"
Did Delmonte Gain 41 Pounds? Did Vince Delmonte Really Gain 41 Pounds of Muscle in 6 Months?
Deep Squats Deep Squats: Exercise Form and Techniques
Most Popular Pages
21 Bodybuilding Tips The Bodybuilding Tips Checklist: 21 Tips For Bigger Results
Creatine Maximum Effect How To Take Creatine For Maximum Effect
Building Muscles Building Muscles... How Training Stimulates Muscle Growth