Supplements play a critical role in your diet regardless of the goal. But when dieting to get lean, supplements are even more important because as calories and macronutrients drop, it becomes that much harder to build muscle and strength and maintain energy and endurance. Getting in the right amounts of certain nutrients in concentrated form through supplements can help you do all these things despite the drop in food intake. For the 2013 Rock Hard Challenge, we recommend you add the following supplements from the MuscleTech Performance Series.
Phase 8 is MuscleTech’s brand-new sustained release protein powder. It contains six different proteins, which all digest at varying rates from very fast to very slow. In order of fastest digesting to slowest, this includes: hydrolyzed whey protein isolate, whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, and micellar casein. This is perfect to take before bed but also at any time of day, as you get the benefits of all these protein powders. Around workouts you can also combine Phase 8 with Nitro-Tech (see next slide) for a big shot of whey to spike muscle protein synthesis, but the longer lasting milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, and micellar casein will keep protein synthesis turned up for longer. And as an added bonus it tastes rich and creamy.
Members of the monthly sampling program, Jacked-in-a-Box sampled Phase 8 and here are some of their reviews:
I don't usually give out a '5 star' rating, but this could be my new all-time favorite multi-purpose protein supplement. The taste is awesome, it mixes well, and it makes for a rich, satisfying drink. It’s become my new just-before-bed protein supplement, to feed my muscles through the wee hours of the night.-Jim from Texas
This is the best tasting chocolate mix I've had. It’s a great all in one protein and eliminates the need to buy more than one type.-Joe from New Jersey
First off tastes great. Mixes well. This was a great protein to sample, especially used in between meals (when the second meal was going to be hours later). It took my hunger away and I was ensured that I was getting the proper nutrition without having to worry about eating. Needless to say Phase 8 held me over until it was time to eat and then some. Great flavor. Great product.-Drew from Indiana
Find Phase 8 in the Muscle & Fitness Store.