AST readers who have followed my work over the years know the amount of studies my research team, and I have completed on VP2 Whey Isolate and Micronized Creatine – both are amazingly effective supplements for building strength and lean muscle mass.
One of the reasons why my research receives so much attention from academics and the mainstream press is due to the practicality of the findings. Whereas most studies on supplements examine the effects in lab dish scenarios, I use living, breathing bodybuilders undergoing rigorous training programs designed to build muscle – tightly controlled research in a real-world setting. Very few supplements and even fewer supplement stacks have been examined this way. So, when I read a recent study that investigated the effectiveness of a supplement stack, I was very interested.
Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), designed a study to measure the effects of three supplements when given in a triple stack. Almost 70 weight-trained male and female participants were split into three different groups: one group received 6 grams of CLA, 9 grams of creatine monohydrate and 36 grams of whey protein per day; another group received the same dose of creatine and whey protein without the CLA, and the third group received 45 grams of whey protein only.
Subjects participated in a five-week weight training program that involved a three-day training split performed twice per week for a total of six workouts per week.
Results showed all three groups gained muscle mass and strength over the five-week training period, but the group receiving the triple stack of (creatine, whey and CLA) showed the best overall results. For example, lean muscle mass increased almost double that observed in the other groups. Additionally, both bench press and leg press strength improved significantly more in the group taking this triple stack.
How to apply the research . . .
Performance lipids such as CLA 1000 are best absorbed with food. Frequency of dose is also important; performance lipids need time to become built into cells to enhance metabolism.
Based on this recent study, I recommend adding one serving of CLA 1000 to a meal, three times per day. CLA’s ability to decrease muscle breakdown and promote fat loss combined with the research-proven anabolic effects of VP2 Whey Isolate and Micronized Creatine could well be THE stack to maximize your efforts in the gym.
Source: International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.