MuscleTech sponsors professional competitive bodybuilders Santi Aragon and Marc Megna, both of whom incorporate this product into their workout routines. Santi Aragon is an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness professional bodybuilder who has won a number of top-level NPC shows in recent years including the Nationals, Southern States, USA Championships and Teen Nationals. Marc Megna is a personal trainer and coach who formerly played professional football in both the CFL and the NFL and is a regular columnist in major men’s fitness magazines.
A thermogenic is a broad term for any supplement that the manufacturer claims will cause thermogenesis , resulting in increased body temperature, increased metabolic rate, and consequently an increased rate in the burning of body fat and weight loss. Until 2004 almost every product found in this supplement category comprised the " ECA stack ": ephedrine , caffeine and aspirin . However, on February 6, 2004 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the sale of ephedra and its alkaloid , ephedrine, for use in weight loss formulas. Several manufacturers replaced the ephedra component of the "ECA" stack with bitter orange or citrus aurantium (containing synephrine ) instead of the ephedrine.
After cutting out all the junk and getting rid of products that might make users a little too jittery, we were finally able to arrive at our top picks. Of the remaining contenders, we favored those with the highest quantity of effective ingredients and the lowest quantity of superfluous nonsense. If there’s one word to describe our top picks, it’s “well-rounded.” These supplements don’t just rely on one ingredient to get the job done; they pull in everything from creatine to citrulline and round out the package with a nice kick of caffeine (or a milder stimulant like yerba mate).