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I have been anxiously waiting to write this review for some time. About three months ago I began using a product called Foundation made by Brickhouse Nutrition.
There’s a good chance that haven’t heard of Brickhouse Nutrition as it is not yet a major name in the supplement industry. While I was looking for a Brickhouse Nutrition Foundation Review, I had a difficult time finding one aside from the company’s website.
I have experienced some truly amazing results since I began taking Foundation. While I noticed immediate results, I wanted to wait a bit to make sure that Foundation continued to work and lived up to the company’s claims before I wrote this review.
If you have browsed my blog at all you have likely seen several advertisements for Brickhouse Nutrition. There’s a reason for this. I do not and would not promote any supplement or supplement company that I haven’t used or tried personally. On top of that, I would never put up advertisements on my site for a company that I did not truly love and trust.
Brickhouse Nutrition is an awesome supplement company that encompasses everything I believe a supplement company should be. They formulate their products based off of the latest science and research to ensure that the product actually works.
They also have a team of doctors on their staff roster to help design and formulate their supplements so that they are not only effective but healthy as well. I can tell you that in my experience, that is rare for a supplement company. Most company’s couldn’t care less about their customers actual health as long as they buy their supplements.
Foundation is designed to reduce fatigue so you can workout longer and harder. I know many company’s make that claim for a supplement but this one is definitely based on solid research and science.
Foundation: the science
Foundation is a blend of creatine and something called PEAK ATP®. Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), is basically the energy currency of the body.
The breakdown of ATP releases energy which the body’s tissues, such as muscle, can use. ATP is extremely important for every movement our body makes however, it particularly important for high energy demands on the body such as strenuous exercise.
PEAK ATP® is a studied and patented form of ATP. PEAK ATP® has been found to reduce muscular fatigue, increase lean body mass by 100 %, improve blood flow by up to 54 % and increase total strength by 147 %.
Obviously those benefits are huge to anyone who lifts weights and works out. I mean who wouldn’t want to increase their lean body mass by 100 % and increase their total strength by 147 % ?
PEAK ATP® works in 3 major ways:
- Increases muscular excitability which results in significant gains in both strength and power.
- Increases blood flow which improves oxygen and nutrient delivery to the muscles.
- Assists with a process called anabolic signaling which causes an increase in muscle mass and muscle thickness.
Foundation is physician formulated to increase muscular excitability and reduce fatigue. In layman’s terms, muscle excitability refers to the ability of something to activate your muscles. Muscle fatigue is caused by decrease in muscle excitability.
Brickhouse Nutrition claims that Foundation will increase strength, assist with recovery, reduce fatigue and increase blood flow to your muscles.
I know that seems like a lot for one supplement to accomplish and to be honest, I was a bit skeptical that it would live up to the hype despite the excellent reviews it has on the company’s website.
If you look at the ingredients and scientific research behind PEAK ATP® and creatine, those claims are definitely supported, at least through studies. Scientific studies and research does not always translate into the real world sadly, particularly when it comes to supplements.
Creatine has been proven over and over to live up to many of the claims made about it however, I personally have always been disappointed with it. I always thought that everyone was exaggerating the benefits that they got from it.
What I usually experienced when I took creatine was a slight increase in strength however, the water retention caused by the creatine always made me look bloated and soft. I don’t know about you, but I do not take a supplement with the intention of looking that way.
How is it taken?
Foundation comes in capsule form and is very easy to take. You take 4 capsules 30-60 minutes before your workout and that’s it.
Per Brickhouse Foundation instructions, Foundation is also to be taken on non-training days as well. That’s pretty standard with creatine in order to maintain your bodies creatine levels.
How does it measure up to the claims?
I’m happy to say that in my experience, Foundation not only meets the above claims but exceeds them. I took Foundation after hearing about it on a podcast that I listen to. I was looking to increase my muscle mass at the time and felt like I just needed a little something extra to get me going in the gym.
They say that it takes around 7 days to visually notice the effects of Foundation however, I definitely noticed a few things very quickly. I continued to notice and feel the full effects the longer I used it.
I immediately noticed a much better pump when I started taking it. I can feel the pump in my muscles begin before I even touch a weight. Once I start lifting, the pump really kicks in however, it’s not to the uncomfortable level where it interferes with your workout. Just a solid pump that really makes your muscles feel good, full and strong.
30 minutes or so after taking Foundation, my muscles feel tighter and fuller. It reminds me a lot of the old school Nitrix by BSN. You would take it and feel super pumped up without even working out. It sounds ridiculous but it was awesome.
While Foundation is not marketed as a pre-workout supplement per se, it is as effective for me in terms of strength and energy as any other pre-workout supplement I tried. The best part about it is that it isn’t loaded with caffeine so you don’t feel like you just smoked a bunch of crack before your workout.
The energy I get from Foundation is subtle but constant. I would say that the fatigue I usually experience when lifting decreases by at least half when I take Foundation.
On top of a reduction in fatigue, my strength has skyrocketed through the roof. Now to be honest, I started a new training program around the time I began Foundation which definitely accounts for some strength gains however, I know that the vast majority of the strength gains I have made in the last three months can be heavily attributed to Foundation.
When I say skyrocketed, I mean it. I’ve added somewhere between 40-50 pounds onto my flat bench press max. For those who don’t know much about the bench press, going up that much in a year would be outstanding let alone in three months.
My numbers in the rest of my lifts are also through the roof as well. You know when you first begin lifting and you gain strength in certain exercises very quickly? It’s felt a lot like that.
With the reduction in the usual muscle fatigue, I can go longer and train with far more intensity than I was able to before. No matter how heavy I go, my muscles feel and stay pretty fresh. It feels like the first few sets of the day for the entire workout. I can just keeping going and going.
Mass and vascularity
On top of the strength and decrease in fatigue, I also notice a huge difference in my muscle thickness and vascularity. Even though I’ve gained around 10 pounds over the last two months, my vascularity is not only the same that it was at a lighter weight but better. I have veins popping out everywhere with this stuff that I didn’t even see when I weighed less. My muscles look noticeably thicker and fuller.
The ingredients in Foundation also meet my picky standards. Foundation only has 5 ingredients being : creatine monohydrate, PEAK ATP®, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide. That’s it. No garbage whatsoever.
Pricing and serving size
Foundation is currently priced at $44.95 on the Brickhouse Nutrition website. At the time of this article, it is not available through any other websites, including Amazon, that I am aware of.
Each container of Foundation contains 30 servings. Taking it consistently, that will last you a month. That’s less than $1.50 per serving. Pretty damn good for something that does what this stuff does.
The great thing about Brickhouse Nutrition however, is that there is typically a coupon code available to get at least 10 % off of your order. I have yet to pay full price the two times I have ordered Foundation.
In fact, I’m going to help you get 10 % off your first order if you decide to try Foundation. If you use the coupon code LAB at checkout, you are going to get 10 % off of your first order of Foundation !
Who is it for?
First and foremost it’s for bodybuilders and weight lifters looking to increase their size and strength. I definitely think that it would be effective however, for those in endurance sports due to its ability to decrease muscle fatigue. If you are doing something physical regardless of what it is, I think Foundation is going to benefit you.
Pros and Cons
While I love this supplement, I wouldn’t be providing an honest review if I didn’t discuss the pros and cons of it. Every supplement has pros and cons. There are not any major cons that I could think of however, the ones I did think of may be important for some.
- Actually does what it says it will and does it well.
- Fairly priced.
- High quality ingredients backed by science and research.
- Not available on Amazon– For those Prime addicts like me it’s a little annoying to have to wait a week or so to get a supplement. That being said, I have received Foundation within 3-5 days so it’s not too bad if you have some patience.
- Takes time to feel full effect– Again, going back to patience this can be difficult for some. While I experienced some benefits very quickly, creatine takes some time to get into your system and saturate your muscles. This is more of a con for creatine as a whole than Foundation specifically as all creatine takes some time to work. If you’re not willing to be patient and let it do it’s thing than creatine probably isn’t for you.
The pros far outweigh the cons in my opinion. One potential con that I did not list is the possibility of losing some size when you discontinue Foundation. Creatine give your muscles a fuller and thicker look while you are taking it so it makes sense that you will lose some of that when you discontinue it. It hasn’t happened to me since I haven’t stopped taking it since starting however, I am anticipating it should I decide to take a break. The good thing is that you should gain quality muscle and mass that will stay should you decide to stop using it or take a break.
Foundation has restored my faith in creatine. Up until I took Foundation, I didn’t have a huge love for creatine. I had taken it in the past but did not notice any major effects that made me want to keep taking it. That all changed when I started taking this stuff.
I think the results that I and many others have experienced with Foundation can be attributed to the quality of the product. A lot of creatine products are loaded with sugar and other garbage that does nothing but mess up your body. Foundation was clearly formulated by someone who knows what they’re doing. No bro science here.
With Foundation, I have experienced awesome results that have shocked me to be honest. That rarely happens with supplements anymore. I give Foundation 5 stars and without a doubt, recommend it to anyone interested in a creatine supplement.
If you are looking to decrease your fatigue while working out and drastically increase your muscle mass, strength and size, than I would definitely give Foundation a try. You will not be disappointed.
Have you tried Foundation or other creatine supplements before? I would love to hear your experience with it below.
Thanks for reading,