2012 was an interesting year for the nutritional, bodybuilding and sporting supplement industry. Perhaps the biggest game changer for the industry was the controversy surrounding the popular ingredient DMAA, also known as 1,3 Dimeth, an organic compound with stimulating properties. Bans and pending bans of the ingredient have popped up all over the world including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and some European countries, while retailers in America, where the ingredient hangs in a balance have slowly shied away from products containing the controversial ingredient. Regardless, there’s an ominous feeling that the end is nigh for DMAA, which means they’ll be a need for greater innovation in the pre-workout and fat loss supplement categories.
The past year has also seen some big releases from the top companies with a range of new players also coming onto the market. 2012 has been a big year for BSN with the release of several supplements including a pre-workout, two hormonal support supplements, a new protein and a post-workout recovery product. MuscleTech has also been busy reformulating and releasing their “Concentrated Series” of supplements. Gaspari Nutrition has had a steady run in 2012 with a strong push towards the end of the year with the release of 2 new products. Meanwhile, smaller companies such as Cellucor, MusclePharm, BPI and Australia’s Swisse have slowly established themselves into prominent players. Whilst 2012 was a year about pre-workouts and fat loss supplements, 2013 will further that with a focus on amino acids, endurance performance and hormonal support. In saying that, here are the 13 top supplements to look out for in 2013.
1. Optimum Nutrition – Platinum Pre-
Optimum Nutrition has always been a big player in the industry. After all, one doesn’t win 7 Bodybuilding.com awards in 2012 without making relatively good products. 2012 has been a bit of a slow one for Optimum Nutrition in terms of new products, but the latest and first pre-workout formulation from Optimum looks to be a real winner. A great blend of ingredients to help improve vasodilation and blood supply as well as endurance performance, fat burning, focus and attention, the blend is mostly unfaultable. In the wake of the great pre-workout overhaul of 2012, Optimum Nutrition’s Platinum PRE- provides a genuinely solid solution.
2. Dymatize Nutrition – Xpand 2x
A quiet achiever, Dymatize Nutrition’s products have a dedicated following, which will most likely increase with the popularity of their latest product. Another pre-workout formulation, Xpand 2x builds upon their original Xpand and contains a collection of strong, well researched ingredients which is again hard to fault. If you’re one who values evidence based supplementation, then Xpand 2x is right up your alley and is tipped to be one of the better ones of 2013.
3. Infinite Labs – Dagger
Not just a strong name, Infinite Labs Dagger packs a punch with its blend of creatine and hormonal support matrix including testosterone boosting ingredients and anti-estrogen ingredients. Dagger also contains a decent looking stamina support matrix to help keep you motivated to work out even after a long day at work. Whilst not the most well known company, there’s no doubt that with Dagger, Infinite Labs is set to really make a mark on the market.
4. BPI – Keto XT & Stim Elite
BPI has been around for awhile and is well known for their anti-estrogen product AHD and their pre-workout 1MR. Recently, they’ve released Keto XT which capitalises on the trending fat loss ingredients of Raspeberry Ketones and White Kidney Bean Extract whilst also containing well researched ingredients such as L-carnitine and conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs). Stim Elite, a yet to be released product from BPI should also be an interesting product if it follows in the path of Keto-XT
5. Gaspari Nutrition – GlycoFuse
GlycoFuse is one of the two latest releases from Gaspari Nutrition, along with their fat loss product “Detonate”, which also appears to be quite a good product. GlycoFuse is a simple product consisting of a couple of minerals and a small hit of carbs. What’s great about the carbohydrate they use however, is that it passes through the stomach quickly but doesn’t spike insulin levels. In layman’s terms, it is the perfect carbohydrate for the endurance trainer with studies supporting this. With a trend towards more metabolically demanding activities and events such as Crossfit and obstacle courses (Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, etc), GlycoFuse is the perfect supplement to help you perform at your best for a longer period of time.
6. Elemental Nutrition – Anabolic Mass
If innovation is the key to success, then Elemental Nutrition has a winning formula with their mass gainer; Anabolic Mass. One of the first protein powders to include testosterone boosting ingredients, Anabolic Mass has really raised the bar on the mass gaining protein category. With studies showing that weight gain is correlated with lower testosterone levels, the inclusion of the testosterone boosting ingredients in Anabolic Mass is a perfect formula. If there was one revolutionary mass gainer you’re after in 2013, this one is it.
7. Nutrabolics – Swollen
Nutrabolics is a bit of a dark horse in the supplement world, which goes well with the distinctive matt black packaging of their products. Two new releases from Nutrabolics late 2012 have created waves of excitement. One of those new releases is their “Swollen” powder, their pre-workout formulation which was originally released as capsules. With a similar formula, this great tasting product has already proven to be a hit with those looking at achieving great vascularity and pumps with a strong kick of endurance energy. No doubt that Nutrabolics will be charging into 2013 with a few more dedicated followers.
8. MuscleTech – Push 10 & Anabolic Halo
MuscleTech makes an appearance again in 2013’s list with two exciting new products. MuscleTech has always been a company with a very mixed reception, but one can’t deny that the company constantly pushes boundaries with never before seen products; think Gakic and Leukic. The new Push 10, a stim-free pre-workout formulation touted to be the replacement for Gakic is a hotly anticipated product and in a market saturated with concentrated, stimulated pre-workouts, Push 10 should be a breath of fresh air in 2013. The new Anabolic Halo (not to be confused with the “Hardcore Series”) will be a new addition into their “Performance Series”, which hopefully means no more proprietary blends and increased dose of key ingredients. MuscleTech are hot after the recent win of Phil Heath in Olympia 2012 and will no doubt be capitalising on that with some excellent new releases.
9. Dorian Yates – Black Bombs
Dorian Yates. Now there’s a name we haven’t heard in awhile. Dorian Yates Nutrition has come up with some very powerful formulas in the past, especially their HGH/Sleep formula GH Blast, which I’m pretty sure could knock out a small elephant. Their latest addition to their range is Black Bombs, an intense fat burner which looks to be just as strong as GH Blast. Not for the faint hearted, if you’re after a strong fat loss product for 2013, then Black Bombs is definitely one to look out for.
10. MRI – EO2 Edge
MRI have been around for awhile with varying degrees of success. In the supplement world, they’re probably considered Mr Reliable. They’ve collected a good following for their “Black Powder” and “War” and recently released their follow up pre-workout formula “Black Powder Ultra” at the Mr Olympia 2012 Expo. What is more exciting is their EO2 Edge, a stimulant free pre-workout aimed at endurance trainers. For those who tend to train for longer or multiple times through the day, MRI’s EO2 Edge is a supplement which can help you work at your peak for longer without the intense kick of stimulants.
11. BSN – Syntha-6 Isolate
BSN have released quite a few products in 2012, one of the most recent ones being the Syntha-6 Isolate, a revamp of their popular Syntha-6 protein powder. The formula isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it’s a solid protein powder which will help give you some good gains. Add to that a well respected brand name and an extremely great tasting formula and you have a winning combination. If BSN were able to blend this with some protein hydrolysates, then 2013 will definitely be the year for BSN to make a move onto Optimum Nutrition’s protein reign.
12. Cellucor – Super Sport Protein
Cellucor has been a bit of a powerhouse in the supplement industry in the last 2 years. Great looking packaging, a unique line of supplements and word of mouth has really helped the company spawn a strong following. One of their latest releases is their Super Sport Protein which is simple and will definitely get the job done. A mix of whey protein isolates, hydrolysates, amino acids and little else, Cellucor have created an ultra clean blended protein which will prove to be a hit for those looking for a fast-acting, cutting protein in 2013.