In what is an already saturated market, each and every week a new and ‘better’ bodybuilding supplement appears on the market available for your immediate use.
These bodybuilding style supplements have become increasingly popular with the resurgence of the exercise and gym based culture.
Often suggested to increase the result of your training, these supplements are often suggested to increase your ability to build muscle and burn fat, while increasing energy levels.
One supplement in particular that has gained quite a bit of attention recently is Ripped Muscle X.
While these claims are quite large, they are certainly not uncommon in in this market.
But, whether these claims are met or not is a different story.
To get an understanding of how Ripped Muscle X actually works (if it does work…) we will need to take a good look at the ingredients within the supplement, and how those ingredients interact within the body.
There are 4 key ingredients appearing in Ripped Muscle X
Green tea is the first key ingredient listed in Ripped Muscle X, and it is quite a good inclusion to a supplement of this nature.
Green tea has shown to cause an increase in the rate at which fat is broken down and used for energy, with a simultaneous increase in the resting metabolic rate of the body. An increase in these two factors creates a good environment for fat loss, where fat becomes the key source of fuel for the body, and we require more of it maintain normal bodily function .
Over time this increase in fat metabolism and metabolic rate can contribute to a substantial amount of fat loss.
As an added bonus, green tea has also been linked to improvements in immune system function, while also being suggested to improve markers of cardiovascular and metabolic health.
The role that green tea does play in fat metabolism does suggest that Ripped Muscle X may promote additional fat loss, irrespective of any other ingredients included within the supplement.
Ripped Muscle X also contains a healthy dose of creatine. Creatine is arguably the most important (and well researched) ingredient appearing in this supplement.
Creatine is a substance that is found naturally occurring in our muscle cells, and is one of the key substrates that the body breaks down to create energy for exercise. The more creatine we have available our muscle tissue, the more energy we can produce.
Having creatine readily available in the tissue leads to an increase in acute performance (think one or two more reps in the gym) which can lead to significant increases in strength and muscle mass over time.
It is important to note that the storage capacity of our muscle tissue for creatine are not infinite, and as such creatine supplementation will not increase our performance indefinably, but by guaranteeing that the creatine stores within our muscle tissue are at maximum capacity, we can maximise our individual performance in the gym.
Research has suggested that creatine does cause a significant increase in performance acutely. As a result, this acute increase in performance also leads to long term increases in both strength and muscle mass.
In fact, training cycles while using creatine supplementation have shown to increase strength gains from training to a much greater degree than training without creatine supplementation .
Interestingly, those groups that do receiving creatine supplementation, also tend to see a significant increase in testosterone levels as well.
Furthermore, creatine supplementation has also shown to be extremely effective at improving both short and long term gains in muscle tissue, with training and creatine supplementation demonstrating increases in muscle growth up to two times greater than just training alone (without creatine supplementation) .
Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid, obtained from food we consume.
Beta Alanine differs significantly from other amino acids in that it is not used to synthesise protein, but Carnosine.
Carnosine reduces lactic acid accumulation in the muscle tissue, which leads to an improvement in short term athletic performance .
Beta Alanine Supplementation has shown to increase the amount of work we can do in a single session, which in turn can lead to accumulated increases in strength and muscle mass over time.
Interestingly, supplementing with beta alanine regularly has also shown to reduce body fat, while causing subsequent increase in muscle mass, irrespective of exercise amount . This suggests its potential use in this type of supplement as beneficial, as it has demonstrated to aid in body composition improvement.
It is thought that these improvements in body composition are a result of an increased training volume, in response to the ability to do more exercise at a higher intensity associated with beta alanine supplementation.
Both L-Arginine and L-Citrulline act as precursors to nitric oxide, as such their supplementation leads to an increase in nitric oxide production, resulting in increased levels of blood nitric oxide .
This increase of nitric oxide in the blood causes the blood vessels within the body to dilate (a process known as vasodilation), which improves blood flow throughout the entire body. This enhanced blood flow can have two key benefits within the body.
Firstly, enhance blood flow means an increase in oxygen reaching the active muscle tissue during exercise. This increases our work capacity, which in turn increases total training volume. This increase in total training volume has been suggested to increase gains in both strength and muscle mass over time.
Secondly, this increased blood flow has been suggested to improve erection strength, and has even been said to aid with the signs and symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
Interestingly, an increase in nitric oxide production has also been associated with increased weight reduction (and fat loss). As such, supplementing with both L-Arginine and L-Citrulline may influence fat loss through a number of mechanisms .
Magnesium is the final key ingredient appearing in Ripped Muscle X.
Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals found within the body that plays a number of different roles in maintaining the health of both neural and physiological systems.
Magnesium supplementation has shown to also play an important role in exercise performance by aiding the movement of energy into the muscle tissue, while also promoting the removal of lactic acid from that same tissue. This can boost exercise endurance, and increase improvements in exercise performance over time .
Furthermore, magnesium has also shown to lower inflammation throughout the body, which can reduce our risk of obesity, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease.
By increasing our magnesium intake through supplementation, we can improve performance, reduce disease and illness, and decrease systemic inflammation.
Ripped Muscle X contains a number of ingredients that have actually shown to improve exercise performance, improve our ability to increase muscle mass and strength, while also increasing fat loss.
BUT (there is always a but…)
These ingredients IMPORVE the results of exercise. This means that while they have shown to maximise the results of your training by causing greater increases in strength and muscle mass, they will not do anything without exercise.
While some of the substances may promote small increases in fat metabolism, and subsequently weight loss, these effects will be minimal without exercise.
Additionally, each of these ingredients can be sourced at a much lower price point (and in much greater quantity) individually than what you pay for Ripped Muscle X, which makes me wonder if it is worth the price.
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John has been a fitness enthusiast for over 10 years, starting out while struggling with obesity as a teenager. Over the years he has advised numerous clients on how to transform their physiques and their lives. As a writer on Nutrition Inspector he aims to help others achieve real results by staying clear of the common hype and false claims in the supplement industry! You can contact him via the "About Us" page.
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