In March of 2014, I had started getting ready for the 2014 NPC Junior National Bodybuilding Championships that would take place in Chicago in mid June. With more than 14 years of competition experience behind me, my contest preparation strategy for diet, training, and supplements was dialed in. I was optimistic about this competition year because just a year before I had edged out Danny Hester (the current Mr. Classic Physique Olympia champion) for first place at the 2013 NPC Los Angeles Bodybuilding Championships in the Middleweight division.
While checking my emails one morning in March of 2014, I saw an email from Max Muscle Nutrition about the MaxxTOR transformation challenge contest. MaxxTOR, which has phosphatidic acid (PA) as the main active ingredient, was one of the few supplements available on the market that had 750 mg of PA in it. At the time, a few peer-reviewed studies had reported positive performance enhancement effects on PA. In addition to PA, I knew MaxxTOR also contained other proven muscle-building ingredients such as leucine and HMB. Hence, I was eager to give MaxxTOR a try.
I purchased my first bottle of MaxxTOR and entered the MaxxTOR transformation challenge in April 2014. I submitted my “before” pictures and implemented nothing different in my contest prep in terms of cardio, diet, or supplements with the exception of MaxxTOR. I was getting leaner on a weekly basis, but this year I noticed something different: the scale was not dropping as drastically and I was maintaining my strength despite the caloric deficit and the increased cardio I was doing. I noted I was actually gaining muscle in the midst of an intense diet and training program.
Eight weeks after starting MaxxTOR, I had dropped from 195 pounds with 12 percent body fat down to 184 pounds with 4.5 percent body fat. This was measured hydrostatically at my work at the Human Performance Laboratory at Cal State University, San Bernardino. This equated to an increase of muscle of 5.1 pounds and a decrease in body fat of 15.1 pounds. Much to my surprise, my transformation results were enough to win the MaxxTOR transformation challenge contest where I had the opportunity to go to Max Muscle headquarters and meet Max Muscle’s President, Sean Greene, and Chief Science Officer, Dr. Phil Harvey.
During our meeting, we discussed the idea of performing a study using the MaxxTOR supplement. Although many testimonials from people all over the country showed MaxxTOR was effective, this is not considered a strong level of evidence in the scientific world. Max Muscle’s President and Chief Science Officer really wanted to test the product under a supervised environment with more subjects in a rigorous scientific study.
Shortly after the meeting, I proposed the MaxxTOR study to the Cal State University, San Bernardino Institutional Review Board and we conducted an 8-week training study on 19 men and 18 women between April of 2015 and June 2015. The effects were quite impressive and we presented different aspects of the results at the 2015 Southwest American College of Sports Medicine conference and the 2016 International Society of Sports Nutrition Conference. We also published some results on the males in the study in the prestigious Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition in an article titled, “The Effects of Phosphatidic Acid Supplementation on Strength, Body Composition, Muscular Endurance, Power, Agility, and Vertical Jump in Resistance Trained Men.” The summary of our findings can be found on the table below. For a detailed look at the results of the study, please refer to the study information published on the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition website here.
What is PA Exactly?
In order to understand how PA works, you must know what it is. PA is made up of two fatty acids bonded to a phosphate group; it is known as a phospholipid. It can be derived from various sources such as soy and eggs. However, a study showed that soy-derived PA (which is where MaxxTOR’s PA comes from) is the most effective at activating the pathway responsible to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. If muscle protein synthesis is stimulated, the body can then gain more muscle and get stronger.
If you are looking for a supplement to help increase your muscle mass and strength while helping reduce your body fat, give MaxxTOR a try. Make sure to follow the recommended dosage guidelines. A recent study showed that lower doses of phosphatidic acid may not yield the same results. Remember, this product works well for women as well as men. It also does not affect cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure, triglycerides, or cholesterol.
By Guillermo Escalante