If you’ve been a fitness nerd for a while, then chances are you’ve heard of MuscleTech. They’re a huge supplement manufacturer that publishes big claims on their own line of products.
Now, I’m pretty skeptical when I see big claims made by supplement companies. I have spent a lot of money on supplements that simply don’t work.
With that being said, the following claim was so huge I decided that I had to give it a try for myself and see what all the hype was about:
…subjects using the precise Clear Muscle® formula gained 16.3 lbs. of muscle in 12 weeks. The placebo group gained 4.6 lbs. These results are more profound than any results from research conducted on protein, creatine, BCAAs, or any other performance-enhancing compound.
16.3lbs in 12 weeks? That’s insane. That’s steroid-like results.
This is exactly what MuscleTech is claiming with their new product “Clear Muscle”. Over the last 12 weeks, I decided to give the product a shot and see how it works. This is my clear muscle review.
Clear Muscle Ingredient
To start my clear muscle review, I want to talk about the ingredients first. Actually, clear muscle only contains one ingredient, named BetaTOR.
BetaTOR is free acid beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (also known as HMB)
HMB has been around for a long time and was thought to increase muscle growth through the mTOR pathway.
Unfortunately, normal HMB is not absorbed by the body very well. Results for normal HMB have been lackluster at best.
Enter Clear Muscle…
Clear muscle uses a new type of HMB called Free Acid HMB. Muscletech claims that this makes all the difference in how it is absorbed by the body.
Here’s a video showing how Clear Muscle works in the body. Just a heads up, this video is directly from MuscleTech:
Sounds good, right? But does it work?
Clear Muscle Review: Our 12 Week Log
To find out if clear muscle works, I decided to buy a three month supply from BodyBuilding.com. They were having a pretty decent sale, so I was able to grab 3 bottles for around $75.
I’ve tried a lot of supplements that are much more expensive, so this wasn’t too bad in my opinion. I’ve spent more on product reviews, so this clear muscle review was no different.
The study that claims over 16lbs+ of muscle gain used a high volume training routine. I decided for my clear muscle log, I was going to follow suit and try something similar. This way, I would know that I was following the same process as MuscleTech when they did their study.
Here is my clear muscle log, broken up by each month:
Month 1: First Impressions
After my package arrived, I got my very first impressions of Clear Muscle. First of all, the pills are pretty cool. Just like the package says, they are clear and filled with liquid free acid HMB. Pretty neat.
I followed the directions on the bottle which calls for 3 servings a day: 2 pills in each serving. Not terribly convenient, but I can manage.
After about a week of dosing during this schedule, I started noticing that I felt nauseous. Each time that I took Clear Muscle, my stomach would start feeling queezy. I googled it, and it looks like a lot of people had the same response:
I began taking it with food and it went away.
Over the next 3 weeks, I felt that my recovery time was lower than normal. Endurance felt a little higher.
At the end of month 1, I finished at 2lbs higher than when I started. Not a significant gain. I typically fluctuate around 3lbs depending on how much I eat during a day, so this was disappointing.
Month 2: Something starts to happen
During the second month, something changed. I felt like my vascularity was more intense, along with my pump. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, I thought.
I kept taking clear muscle and the results stayed. Definitely not a placebo effect. My veins popped more and more and by the end of month two I felt like I looked a little better.
When I jumped on the scale, I was up another 2lbs. Total gain so far: 4lbs.
Not huge, but arguably the clear muscle was showing results.
Month 3: Go big or go home
By this time, I made a decision to up my calories a little more and try to crank up my intensity in the gym. I tried to go to failure more during my workouts, and I started adding super sets.
I shoveled down as much protein as I could, as also kept my carb intake pretty high.
My workouts felt pretty good, and I was hoping for the best by the end of month three. However, when I checked the scale, I was actually down 1lb.
Total gain over 3 months: 3lbs.
The Final Verdict: Is Clear Muscle Legit?
Unfortunately, I can’t in good conscious recommend clear muscle to my readers. It just didn’t give me the results that MuscleTech promised.
It would be one thing if I gained 8-10lbs like I did with other products I tried. But nope. I basically stayed the same the entire time.
I will say that vascularity increased, but not as much so as with other products.
I factored in a lot of things during my clear muscle review, and I think overall I’ve given it a fair shake. I kept my diet on point, I lifted hard, and I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the results that I wanted with this product.
Trust me, I wish I could give it a better score! I feel like I wasted $75.
My Recommendation and Conclusion
In conclusion, there are a lot of other products out there that I like better. These clear muscle alternatives provide better results and actually work (unlike this product).
One of the product lines that I really enjoy is Marine Muscle. I tried their bulking stack and actually put on around 10lbs while actually losing a little body fat. Compared to clear muscle, it worked a lot better. You can read my complete review on their products here.
I hope you found my clear muscle review helpful! If you have comments or questions, make sure you leave them in the comments section below. I do my best to answer everyone within a few hours when I can.
Lackluster results with nothing much to show for after 3 months. Slight increase in vascularity, but it ends there. There are much better products on the market and for now, free acid HMB is not the magic ticket that muscletech says it is!