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Overall, MuscleTech Clear Muscle appears to be a decent muscle-improving supplement. It may not work for everyone, however. If you do decide to supplement your workouts and exercise with Clear Muscle, I suggest supplementing with it for about the same time as indicated in the clinical study, which is 12 weeks.

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Clear Muscle is a muscle-building supplement by MuscleTech, and it has been causing a lot of discussion in weight-lifting communities.

The label says Clear Muscle is the clear pill that builds 16 pounds of lean muscle. It states users in a clinical study gained 16 pounds of muscle over a 12-week period. [1] I decided to take a closer look at everything there is to know about Clear Muscle.

What’s The Study They’re Citing?

A few months ago, there was a study published by the International Society of Sports Nutrition on the effects of HMB free acid on muscle growth. Researchers found subjects taking HMB free acid gained 16 pounds of muscle in a 12-week period. Sound familiar? It’s the only study I could find that matches MucleTech’s claims.

Researchers used two groups of 20 men, 1 group to take 3 grams of HMB free acid daily and the other to take a placebo. All the men had at least 3 years of lifting experience and a reasonable 1-rep maximum for squat and deadlift. Each was able to lift 1.7 times his bodyweight in squat and 1.8 times bodyweight in deadlift. [1]

This means a 235-pound squat and a 250-pound deadlift for a 140-pound man. You can calculate for more or less weight. The men didn’t all weight 140 pounds, but I used that as an example.

Following a 12-week training period, men taking HMB free acid gained 16 pound of lean muscle, and the placebo group gained 4. In addition, the HMB free acid group increased overall strength by 18%, compared to the placebo group’s 6%, and decreased body fat by 7%, compared to the placebo group’s 1.5%.

These are remarkable results, and the men used weren’t competitive bodybuilders or elite athletes. They had body fat percentages of 21%, and their max deadlifts and squats weren’t out of the ordinary. Their diet, 50% carbs, 25% protein, and 25% fat, wasn’t outlandish either. The average lifter could easily fit these categories. [2]

Whats Inside MuscleTech Clear Muscle?

Clear Muscle features a key compound called BetaTOR. The company claims this ingredient delivers “ultra-concentrated anabolic power”in 2 pills. They compare the power of BetaTOR to 200 g of whey protein, stating you would need that much whey protein to get the 1 g dose of BetaTor in Clear Muscle.

BetaTor is a compound that offers free acid beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, the ingredient cited in the study above. Clear Muscle contains this single ingredient. MuscleTech didn’t throw in any unnecessary fillers or additives which is nice.

How Much Does It Cost?

Clear Muscle is available in several bottle sizes from a variety of retailers. Here are the best deals I could find, for the 84-capsule bottle. Prices are similarly competitive for larger bottles:

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esupplements.com$27.95FreeBuy Now
NutraHealth$27.99$6 Flat RateBuy Now
BodyBuilding$29.99$5 Flat RateBuy Now

The Verdict

Overall, MuscleTech Clear Muscle appears to be a decent muscle-improving supplement. It may not work for everyone, however. If you do decide to supplement your workouts and exercise with Clear Muscle, I suggest supplementing with it for about the same time as indicated in the clinical study, which is 12 weeks.

References

[1]Dunsmore KA, et al. “Effects of 12 weeks of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate free acid gel supplementation on muscle mass, strength, and power in resistance trained individuals.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2012; 9(Suppl 1): P5. Available from: http://www.jissn.com/content/9/S1/P5

[2] 2013 ISSN Conference Part II: Research Presentation. Case Performance. Available from: http://www.caseperformance.com/197/2013-issn-conference-part-ii-research-presentations