By Brian Kernan
by Rahul Alvares
is the first time I am trying a supplement book
review, but I actually don't feel lost at all. I
spent the first two years of my bodybuilding career
like most other novice trainees - blowing all my
money on supplements! I spent at least ten thousand
rupees in those two years, and in India that is
approximately the salary amount earned in four months.
This may not sound like a lot to some, but consider
I was in college at that time and the only money
I got at that time was from old aunties whom I'd
write long letters to, and of course the occasional
snake I caught!
Yes I know
this article isn't about my money making adventures, so
I apologize for the digression and am getting straight
back on to the review of Bodybuilding Supplements Secrets
Kernan starts the book discussing the supplement industry
- basically talking about it being a billion dollar industry
and how it advertises and uses clever marketing strategies
to sell its products. He claims that the supplement industry
has only one goal in mind - to make money.
BSSR is basically
a book on how to use supplements for getting the best
results out of them. A general review is first given of
all the supplements Bryan combines later for different
supplement 'stacks'. The supplement review includes prohormones
(such as DHEA), many different herbs with strange names
(Yohimbine, Guggulipid, and Saw Palmetto!) along with
regular nutritional supplements such as BCAA, L-Tyrosine
of Whey, Creatine, Glutamine and other supplement containers
in the review section reminded me of the days I spent
so much on supplements. I would in those days surf the
net or sort through bodybuilding magazines making a study
of which supplements would produce the results I wanted.
Though, with the exception of Creatine, I never made gains
with any of them, I always imagined at the time that the
supplement I was taking was going straight to my muscles
making them big and strong! It was a good feeling and
the memories I have from looking at the pictures of these
containers now again is therefore pleasurable.
But here I
go rambling on my own again when I should be talking about
The book actually
teaches more about 'how' and in 'what combinations' supplements
must be used, and places less stress on the 'which supplements'
part of it.
of supplements are used to effectively to manipulate hormones
(testosterone, growth hormone, and IGF - 1) in the body.
And using supplements to manipulate hormones is actually
what this book is about.
first 'Formula' - The Three Big Hormonal Stack - which
I have discussed above, there are five others with the
2 Anti Catabolic
3 Anabolic Bedtime Formula
4 Hyper Fat Loss Compound
5 Pre-workout Anti Catabolic Pill
6 Extreme Testosterone Stack
All this is
covered in the first fifty four pages of the book. The
forty remaining pages include bonus 'Extreme Cuts Fat
Loss Secrets', 'Daily Supplement Journal', etc.
For a drawback
I'd like to mention Kernan's atrocious English! I normally
don't bother when an author makes small grammatical mistakes,
spelling mistakes etc. These are after all science books
and I don't expect any of them to have the quality or
correctness of a complex English novel. Kernan, however,
crosses the line. His carelessness affects even the meaning
and sense of some of the sentences in BSSR. I do hope
he will edit the book.
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