A. Follow proper nutrition for your goals! If you are taking a product for size & strength gains and trying to gain muscle, consume adequate protein (aim for 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day). Obviously, if you are taking a product to help with fat and weight loss, you must decrease your daily calories. There is no magic pill to reach your goals without the effort!
B. Since many of the hormone manipulators (androstenedione, tribulus, 19-norandrostenedione, androstenediol, etc.) rely on enzyme conversions, and many vitamins minerals function as co-enzymes....proper nutrition is essential. You may want to consider a good multipl-vitamin-mineral supplement to insure that you are not deficient (for example - zinc is necessary for the enzyme conversion of androstenedione to testosterone).
C. Train with your goals in mind (set realistic goals) and avoid overtraining at all costs.
D. Try to get adequate sleep/rest (shoot for 8 hours).
E. Try to control outside sources of stress as much as possible.
2. Know about the product you are taking!
Dosages - (from my own
experience and opinion) - ocassionally the dosage listed on the product
is not best for results. Many supplement companies are notorious for
recommending dosages toward the high end (perhaps so you will run out
faster and buy more product). Do a little research on preferred dosages
- sometimes less is better & sometimes more is needed - find the dosage
range that most people see results. Usually (for the majority of
products) I recommend starting with the lowest possible dose and if the
desired result is not seen - to increase the dosage slowly to the higher
B. Know about any special recommendations while taking the product. Such as, whether to take in divided doses, take with food, take on an empty stomach, special diet, water intake, etc. (take for example vandyl sulfate - to get the best results it is recommended to consume a diet high in complex carbohydrates and drink at least 1 to 1.5 gallons of water per day)
C. Route of adminstration - I hesitate to mention this because of the extremes people will go to for results and World Class Nutrition FITNESS PRODUCTS DOES NOT RECOMMEND ALTERNATIVE ROUTES OF ADMINSTRATION , But I have talked to other people who have experimented and received excellent results. (Many of you have probably seen some of the discussions on the internet or in magazines, especially discussions with Dan Duchaine about alternative routes of adminstration). I personally know of people who say that stomach acid can interfere with the absorption of prohormones and tried different methods to bypass this problem. Some have recommended taking an antacid (like 1 tablespoon of baking soda or Rolaids, Tums, etc.) right before their dose of prohormones while others rave about intrasnasal adminstration (I have heard this with pure (single) prohormones only - not the combination products. I have also heard that only 1/10th of the dosage is needed with intranasal adminstration (10mg intranasally is equivelent to 100mg orally) but most say they use a half capsule at a time for best results right before working out.