The “Topical” Topic: Reviewing MuscleGelz

By Louis Daniel Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to trying new supplements.  The marketing game has gotten so crazy that it’s sometimes hard to see beyond the bullsh*t.  So when a friend of mine suggested I try out a product by a new company called MuscleGelz I was on the skeptical side. The product is called AndroHard … Read More

Interview: A Conversation with Mike Arnold

By Matt Samansky Supplement Editor DigitalMuscle.com As part of DigitalMuscle.com’s ongoing coverage of the ever-changing sports supplement industry, our Supplement Editor Matt Samansky caught up with long time sports nutrition insider Mike Arnold to discuss a variety of topics, including the highly anticipated launch of his new supplement line. Matt Samansky also serves as editor at the Project Bodybuilding website. Question:   First of … Read More

A Movie with Muscle: Reviewing “100% Nasty”

By Matt Samansky What does it mean to be a professional bodybuilder in the U.K.? If you think it’s all about big money sponsorships, large mansions and a pimped out Jeep, you would be sorely mistaken. From acclaimed director James Grealish who brought “Under Construction” and “Prep: The Series” to our screens, comes “100% Nasty”, a hard hitting story chronicling … Read More

Supplement Review: The “Execute” Pre-Workout

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor  How can new supplement companies diversify their product line when it’s part of a market flooded by thousands? Rise Performance is one of these young companies that hopes to deliver a new concoction to the pre-workout genre. I was lucky enough to acquire a sample of their debut offering, a pre-workout called  “Execute”. Let’s … Read More

Guru School: My Day with Dave Palumbo

By Matt Samansky My initial attempts at breaking into the bodybuilding and fitness industry were met mostly with confusion from family and friends. “What was my goal?” they would ask. “Are you trying to become a professional bodybuilder?”  “How do you expect to become successful by lifting weights?”.  I suppose I can’t blame them for their questions. Although I didn’t have … Read More

Supplement Review: Ultra Male Rx

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor I recently reviewed IronMag Labs’ leading muscle building supplement Super DMZ 5.0. Much like other steroidal compounds, Super DMZ supplementation may cause suppression, or failure to naturally achieve adequate testosterone production. Super DMZ is so strong that it requires post-cycle therapy to combat any possible chance of suppression. Enter Ultra Male. Ultra Male Rx … Read More

Product Review: Mama T’s Protein Cookies

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor In recent years, we have seen the advent of healthful, creative and guilt-free protein packed snacks for the health conscious individual. Meal replacement bars, sugar-free puddings, and quite possibly most intriguing, the diet-friendly cookie! The newest fit-food company to try their hand in the protein cookie market comes all the way from Nova Scotia. … Read More

Product Review: Protein Pudding by Musclelicious

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor Are you tired of mixing up chalky protein powders into tasteless shakes and homemade sludge? Yeah, I am too! Today I’m providing the results from my review of the Musclelicious Foods’ Protein Puddings and Peanut Butter Balls! Musclelicious Foods vast menu of rich protein puddings and decadent peanut butter balls will satisfy your sweet … Read More

Supplement Review: D-HD Revitalize Max

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor Testosterone is arguably the most important hormone produced by the body. It’s responsible for the proper function of so many organs and its decline has detrimental effects on muscle gain and fat loss. The questions behind testosterone production have puzzled healthcare professionals and fitness enthusiasts for decades, but a group of German scientists might … Read More

Supplement Review: Super DMZ 5.0

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor Welcome back to Supps with Samansky on DigitalMuscle.com!  Where have I been? Long story short, I’ve been around. I completed my studies at Indiana University in May and I’m continuing to harness my passion for supplementation and nutrition.  I’m proud to report that I’m a college graduate……but my appetite for learning will never end! My … Read More

Controversial Ingredient: 1,3-Dimethylamylamine (A Closer Look)

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor In 2006, USP Labs unleashed Jack3D, a product now revered among the best of supplement lore. Why was this pre-workout so popular and what made it so effective? Its success was attributed to its incorporation of an ingredient known as 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine. Put simply, 1, 3DMAA is an extremely strong stimulant with a molecular … Read More

Supplement Review: Xtend by SciVation

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor In an industry where copycat products flood the market, how many can say they were the first of its category to hit your shelf? Xtend by SciVation holds that distinction as the first branched-chain amino acid supplement to market. If you missed my introduction to branched-chain amino acids where I provide a scientific, unbiased … Read More

Understanding Branched Chain Amino Acids

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor BCAA’s have been a staple of the supplement industry since the turn of the century! For the sake of getting scientific, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. As you chew on your chicken breast, not only are you ingesting dozens of grams of proteins, but thousands of amino acids bonded together. Specifically, … Read More

Supplement Review: Bucked Up (A Deer Antler Pre-Workout)

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor Deer antler spray received its fair share of media attention. Ever since retired football star Ray Lewis tested positive for the stuff in 2013, the once popular supplement has lost some of its luster. That is, until I came across Bucked Up, a pre-workout powder by DAS Labs. SO what exactly is deer antler … Read More

Anti-Fungal Creams: Combating a Common Gym Hazard

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor Every once in a while, an athlete will experience the discomfort of a fungal infection. It’s not always pleasant to talk about, but it’s often a reality of life in the gym. Whether it be athlete’s foot, jock itch, or ringworm, fungal infections are seemingly inevitable no matter how many showers you take each … Read More

Supplement Review: Artisan Protein Snacks by Chronic Strength

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor Spring has sprung…and so has the elastic on my jeans.  It’s finally time to shed the puffy jackets along with the excess fat from those long winter months. Diet programs commence and, let’s be honest, they usually fail. According to a study conducted by Bodybuilding.com, 73% of people ditch their fitness aspirations before reaching … Read More

Supplement Review: Vaso-Factor by GiaLabs

By Matt Samansky GIA-Labs was founded in 2014 under the determined leadership of CEO Jason Giardino. Having sampled more pre-workouts than I can count, I am always searching for new ones to try. The new-kid-on-the-block mystique of GIA-Labs intrigued me to try Vaso-Factor. Let’s take a look at the ingredient profile that piqued my interest and see if it has … Read More

Supplement Review: Yohimbine HCI by PrimaForce

Have you ever wondered what’s in your fat burner? What exactly are the magical ingredients that make those tiny capsules so powerful? Yohimbine is one of the most popular thermogenic supplements on the market. Today, we will be evaluating this compound individually. Yohimbine works by increasing adrenaline levels, thus kicking into gear the process of fat oxidation. Pretty simple, right? … Read More

Supplement Review:  Primeval Labs Intra-Cell 7

  Buckle up, boys and girls. This week’s supplement review is the first of it’s kind. I have searched the wide world of the Internet for a review of this product to no avail, so I present to you, IntraCell 7: Primeval Labs’ newest supplement. Following with my pattern of reviewing intra-workout supplements, IntraCell 7 is a product to be … Read More

Supplement Review: Carb-Free Intra-MD EAA+

How many times have you heard that carbohydrates are essential to optimal high intensity training and muscle growth? It’s a common misconception and one of the industry’s greatest myths. Luckily, we live in a world full of intelligent people to disprove these misunderstood theories. John Meadows is one of these highly qualified individuals. His resume is bolstered by a degree … Read More

Supplement Review:  Intra-MD

BREAKING NEWS: the importance of postworkout nutrition is fading! Okay, okay, that isn’t exactly breaking news—I am no visionary, and the theory is really nothing new. Nonetheless, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts are placing a greater emphasis on supplementation inside the gym and finding that they get greater benefits than they get with postworkout carb loading. Studies show that intraworkout nutrition … Read More

Supplement Review: 3 Protein Bars Rated & Reviewed

By Matt Samansky, Supplement Review Editor Hundreds of protein bar variations have hit the market over the years. Mainstream snacks from companies like Nature Valley, Pure Protein, Power Bar, and Cliff are, to some degree, just glorified candy bars, containing a meager 8-10 grams of protein and loaded with hidden sugars. Let’s take a look at the three of my … Read More

Supplement Review: Colostrum-Based Bio-Gro

Matt Samansky, Supplement Review Editor Bio-Gro, the flagship product by iSatori, has been under fire since hitting the shelves in early 2013. The controversy surrounding the colostrum-based supplement rivals that of creatine in its heyday. While I will touch on the growing celebrity of the product, this review will mainly analyze what Bio-Gro does and my experience supplementing with it. … Read More

Supplement Review: 5% Nutrition’s “Kill It”

By Matt Samansky, Supplement Review Editor Rich Piana has been the victim of internet trolls since the minute he entered the YouTube fitness community almost four years ago, but his pre-workout “Kill It,” is no joke.  Whether you know him as a bodybuilder, real estate mogul, or owner of 5% Nutrition, you know Rich as an “all or nothing” kind … Read More

Supplement Review: Machine Whey

By Matt Samansky, Supplement Review Editor Looking at my slate of supplement reviews, it’s no secret that I spend a good deal of time browsing the various bodybuilding forums and YouTube fitness channels. This review will add to that list. Machine Whey is the crown jewel of MTS Nutrition, the supplement company owned by YouTube personality, Marc Lobliner.  The man … Read More

Supplement Review: Hydroxycut Hardcore

By Matt Samansky, Supplement Review Editor January.  It’s one of my least favorite months of the year.  Cold, windy, and thanks to daylight savings, it’s dark.  Above all, January is the month of repentance for all of my binging throughout the holidays!  It’s usually sometime during the first week of this melancholy month that I, like many of you, supplement … Read More

Let’s Talk Supplements!!

Matt Samansky, Supplement Review Editor Welcome to Supps with Samansky, Digital Muscle’s weekly supplement review series! Before I begin breaking down products, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself beyond what my short biography reads above.  You’ll be hearing a lot from me in the future, so we might as well get to know each other. I love … Read More