Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice put lots of supplements on the naughty list.
Preworkout supplements were, of course, the biggest culprits.
Specifically, they were singled out for being misleading on their product labels and containing illegal substances.
As a result, the guilty parties were promptly placed on USADA’s list of banned substances for athletes.
I’ve posted the list of supplements below for you to check out.
But instead of following suit with the rest of the fitness world being all negative about USADA suddenly intervening in “our world”, I encourage you all to pull up your big boy panties and just admit the truth – it’s about time this happened!
Because the supplement industry is a shady one.
It’s been allowed to rumble on ungoverned, for many years, with companies able to bring out terrible quality products laced with more hype than substance, and pass them off as cutting edge performance enhancers which you and I are instructed to shell out top dollar for.
Undoubtedly, you’re keen to see which ones were named and whether you’ve been using them, right?
Well, here you go!
For those who want a quick overview of the main products which have been named, here’s a glance:
- USP Labs Jack3d Micro
- Driven Sports Craze and Lean Xtreme
- BPI Anabolic Elite
- iSatori Bio Gro, PWR and ISA-Test
- Gaspari Nutrition Detonate
- Bro Science Labs GNAR PUMP
- Pro Supps Mr Hyde V2
- MuscleTech NeuroCore Super-Concentrated Series
- Scivation Psycho
- Nutrex Research Adipodex, Lipo 6 Black and Lipo 6 Hers
- GNC Beyond Raw Rebel
- All Max Nutrition Muscleprime
- Dedicated Nutrition Unstoppable
You can see the full list here. Get stuck in.
Silly supplement companies. We know what they need.
Why It’s Okay
When this list was published I saw lots of fitness pro’s expressing their dismay, that “damn! My favourite pre has been banned!”
It was banned for good reason.
Following my recent article on CSN 100 Pro Whey Standard, which was recently discovered to be lying about the protein and carbohydrate amounts in it’s product, a number of the Rmy – my website members – got in touch asking one question:
“How often do supplement companies get caught doing this?”
The truth is it was too rare. And the supplement industry suffered for it. But, thanks to this release, it went into overdrive.
These findings will be particularly useful to any competing athlete – you may want to begin wiping the products featured below from your supplement regime if you compete in a sporting event, as they can now cause red flags.
Following a lengthy investigation by USADA, over 100 supplement manufacturers now face legal action for misleading the public about the contents of one of their products.
In some cases, certain manufacturers face lawsuits for multiple products from the same line.
To be expected, the list largely focuses on supplements which fall under the banner of preworkout or fat burner.
While there are plenty of good supplements out there, it goes without saying that these categories are often the most susceptible when it comes to hidden formulas and unproven ingredients.
Looking at the report, the alarming thing which stands out like a sore thumb is the sheer number of supplements on the market containing methylhexaneamine (DMAA).
Despite being banned in the American military and being added to the prohibited list by the World Anti-Doping Agency back in 2010 – making it unusable for any athlete – and also being the subject of several high profile media publications where unfortunate users lost their life, it is still being added to several preworkout and fat burner products widely available on the marketplace.
Quite simply, it has zero place in any sports supplement because too little is known about it’s effectiveness and possible side effects.
So don’t get caught up in the “it’s not fair!” nonsense on social media – what USADA have done here is very good for the supplement industry.
The products which were highlighted, although some are very popular, were either lying on their labels or contained banned substances.
The fault lies with those guys.
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