In our often "superficial" business, it's easy to forget that what goes in the body is as important as what goes on it. Sure, quality creams and lotions can make a man’s pelt look presentable, but it’s a good diet and exercise regimen that can put handsomeness and health over the top. Oh yeah… some science can help too.

Quality supplements are such a science, providing the active nutrients a body needs to attain maximum fitness results (or just a little healthy boost) that might be lacking. Supplements can be found in many forms and with so many out there, it can be tough to find the right mix. Here’s a quick primer on what different supplements are, what they do and how you can incorporate some into a healthy routine.


There’s a reason Flintstones Chewables are so popular -- everyone needs a full complement of vitamins and minerals to grow up healthy and strong. Vitamins are crucial for metabolism, cell regrowth and lots of other important functions that a little research on Wikipedia could explain much better than we can. These essential nutrients are just that, essential, and are often lacking in a modern diet.


Proteins are one of the main building blocks of body tissue and are critical to building strength and mass. The huge jug of protein powder you see in all those meat heads' houses is one of the classic components of a body builder’s arsenal for just this reason.

Of course, to get ripped, you’ll want to burn fat -- but not all fat is bad. Fish Oil (Omega 3 Fatty Acids) is a very popular supplement for reducing cholesterol, but is also great for lubricating joints and keeping skin supple. Conjugated Lineolic Acid (CLA) supplements are a must for muscles as well, helping the body to burn fat for energy instead of taking your hard-earned muscle tissue.


Anabolic (muscle-building) activators accelerate the creation of new muscle mass through a combo of hormones (for dudes, testosterone) and amino acids. Of course, steroids are what most people think of, but there are now plenty of safe options too. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) supplements -- yes, just like those used by athletes -- are now available in a safe capsule form with no risks and for a fraction of the cost too.

On the other side of the scale (literally) are fat burners. No longer the exclusive property of crash dieters, Thermogenic compounds use natural formulations to help burn fat and increase definition without jitters or other side effects. Other products like can stop fat from accumulating before it starts by reducing stress hormones; others tighten up abs by reducing external fat deposits.


The important thing to remember is that these are supplements -- not miracle pills. You’ll only see results when they’re used in conjunction with proper nutrition and a solid exercise plan. Here are some loose roadmaps for a regimen to follow to get the best results. Of course, please check with your doctor before starting any new, zany exercise or supplemental routine.