MuscleTech Clear Muscle Review


MuscleTech has been silent concerning their upcoming product Clear Muscle. They announced it late February, but no ingredients, prices, or options have been released. The only information we have is a picture of the bottle’s label on the official MuscleTech website.

The label says Clear Muscle is “The Clear Pill That Builds 16 lbs. of Lean Muscle.” It goes on to say subjects in a 12-week clinical study gained 16 pounds of muscle in a 12-week training period. [1]

Honestly, I initially thought this was a ridiculous claim. 16 pounds is a huge amount of muscle to gain in 12 weeks, and since MuscleTech doesn’t say what the study was or what’s in Clear Muscle, I figured it was just more advertising hyperbole.

The Clinical Study

However, while looking through the journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, I found a recent study that matches up with MuscleTech’s claims. 20 men were given 3 grams of HMB free acid while training over a period of 12 weeks. By the end, they had gained 16 pounds of muscle, nearly 4 times that of the placebo group. [2]

Needless to say, I was happily surprised and looked into the study more. Here’s what I found:

The subjects were had all been weight training for at least 3 years. Their 1-rep maximum for squat and deadlift was 1.7 times bodyweight and 1.8 times bodyweight, respectively. That translates to a 170-pound man who can squat 290 pounds and deadlift 300 pounds. That isn’t a large amount of weight by any means, especially for someone who has been lifting for 3 years. It looks like these men were pretty average lifters as far as strength goes.

For 12 weeks, they trained normally and ate a diet of 25% protein, 50% carbs, and 25% fat. Once again, this isn’t a crazy diet plan. For a 2500-calories-a-day diet, that means 300 grams of carbs, 150 grams of protein, and 70 grams of fat, easily attainable for the average lifter. [3]

In addition to this diet, they also took 3 grams of HMB free acid, a metabolite of the BCAA leucine. [4] Another group took a placebo.

After 12 weeks, the men had increased their strength by an average of 18%, compared to 6% by the placebo group. They decreased body fat by 7%, compared to the 1.5% by the placebo group. Finally, men taking HMB free acid gained 16 pounds of muscle, while the placebo group gained 4 pounds of muscle. [3]

The Predictions and Verdict

Quite frankly, those clinical results are amazing. I expect more studies examining HMB free acid coming soon.

Based on this information, I believe Clear Muscle will be an HMB free acid supplement. It will probably be a 1-gram capsule, with a serving size of 3 capsules per day, to match the amounts used in the study. If this is true, it will be a very effective muscle-building supplement.

Check back after MuscleTech releases Clear Muscle. I’ll do an in-depth review on the ingredients, and we’ll see if my predictions turned out to be correct.

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