Most supplements are sold to guys who want to “try it out”. They aren't going to be repeat sales. The guy is going to half-ass it like he's supposed to, lose interest or motivation, and discontinue and never buy it again. He will then bitch about how he got nothing from it, and nothing works for him.
Who is to blame, the supplement or him? Well, maybe both!
I can say with 100% confidence that MOST supplements are a waste of money.
After being in the gym and around the industry for almost 20 years, supplements are sold on the basis of false hope. People wish so bad to be big and ripped they'd drink cat piss if you told them it worked.
Some supplements do work though, and the supplements I usually take are mostly “staple supplements”, things I stay on all the time for health reasons. I do not cycle things like fish oil, multivitamins, liver tabs, protein powder, or antioxidants. I do not cycle testosterone, HCG, or Arimadex.
All of these things are factored in as a normal monthly expense, and to do it right can be costly.
Health costs money, and looking real good is a luxury nowadays. I'm guessing $200 a month for myself in terms of my hormone replacement and some staple supplements, yeah 200$ easy. This is not adding anything special, or “cycling”. But slow and steady is what wins this race, my looks and performance will usually be better than some frat boy who wants to drop $80 on some prohormone and try it once.
This way of taking things is a big reason I won't try some expensive protein powder or hottest new product, I simply cannot afford repeat sales so its a waste. A $30 jug of whey isolate every 2 weeks, that I will do consistently over and over again. A $60 worth of Carnivore or Isopure? Nope! And truth be told I'd rather have it from food, but the powder makes for convenience and cost effective when compared to the price of meat.
Now, let me play devils advocate for a minute. NOT ALL supplements are a waste, I said MOST.
This is where the user is at fault here… if taking steroids takes several weeks to see results, what in the fuck makes you think drinking a powder will yield you results in 3 days? Absolutely not! So commitment to consistency and taking something long enough is a crucial factor here as well.
In my next post I'm going to provide a basic list of staple supplements for strength AND health, and break down the monthly cost to the user.
Train hard! -JD
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