The Gear is a testosterone supplement manufactured in Australia by Max’s and is part of the Max’s Lab Series line of products.
It is a capsule supplement, unlike Massive Muscle Fuel (which you can read about here), and contains a formula consisting of two primary blends.
There is the Testosterone Boosting Blend.
And the Estrogen Suppression Blend.
The ingredients used are not your run-of-the-mill testosterone boosters and the formula is indeed a departure from the usual template of thoughtless-profit-oriented-hyped-up crapola that we see pervading the supplement business.
“The Gear” is a good name. It’s ‘street’ for steroids and illicit drugs, the ones that can give you muscles (plus acne, hair loss, moobs, a dodgy ticker, shrunken testicles and a limp soldier…but who’s taking notes, right!), but The Gear is not those things. It is legal, and it is a supplement.
It also won’t give you the muscles that ‘roids would, but we were at least hoping that with its name it might bring some potency.
We weren’t wholly disappointed either. There is some cause for praise here, as well as words of caution.
Confused yet? – Read on, and help us help you!
What is The Gear?
Marketed directly to the bodybuilding, gym-frequenting community, this is not a testosterone supplement for men in their twilight years who’re trying to get the little general to take one last tour of duty.
This is a testosterone supplement with some well known libido/testosterone enhancers and some kind of unknown, experimental inclusions.
Saying that, we don’t mean that Max’s is using the general public as lab rats…more like lab humans. Again, kidding. Well, sort of.
The point is, some of these ingredients haven’t been extensively tested on humans in clinical trials yet. Rats can give us half decent safety data, so we aren’t too concerned about that. We even derive dosages from rat studies as well.
However, some compounds that have a beneficial effect on a rat’s testosterone levels might not confer the same benefits to humans. In other words, using these supplements sometimes takes a mini leap of faith. Not one with potentially deleterious results, but perhaps wasted time and money.
Therefore, the Gear’s benefits might be:
- Increased Free Testosterone Levels
- Improved Strength Gains
- Reduced Estrogen Levels
- Increased Libido
Can the formula deliver these results though? That’s the key question.
Ingredients in The Gear
There are two blends in The Gear, one for increasing testosterone and one for suppressing estrogen.
A serving size is 3 capsules, which is what the dosages below represent. Max’s recommends that you take 1 or 2 servings per day with separate meals.
Testosterone Boosting Blend
- 900mg – Tribulus Terrestris
- 250mg – Bulbine Natalensis
- 250mg – Fadogia Agrestis powder
- 250mg – Epimedium (icariin / horny goat weed)
Estrogen Suppression Blend
- 150mg – Diindolylmethane
- 150mg – Maca Root
- 150mg – White Mushroom extract
- 150mg – Trans Resveratrol
NOTE: Max’s also recommend cycling The Gear on a (max) 6 week on – 2 weeks off basis.
Tribulus Terrestris, Epimedium and Maca have been in testosterone boosters for as long as testosterone boosters have been around. They are, however, libido boosters more than anything else.
Bulbine Natalensis and Fadogia Agrestis show good potential for T boosting but they have only really been tested on rats so far. Dosage is a matter of educated guesswork.
Diindolylmethane is an effective estrogen blocker. It may even rival some prescription estrogen blockers.
White Mushroom extract is a source of ecdysteroids which were once over-hyped as being the legal and safe androgenic anabolic steroid. They do increase protein synthesis though and that’s what we’re most interested in anyway, because increased protein synthesis leads to more muscle.
Resveratrol is not the ultimate youth potion it has been hawked as in the past, but it can help sensitize insulin, which is a big help to anyone looking to get in shape and increase the conversion ratio of food to energy rather than fat.
Side Effects and Standard Precautions
Adult men should be the only people using a supplement like this. Women, children and elderly people need to avoid it.
Men with medical issues and those taking prescription medication should also give it a miss.
We recommend that you start by taking less than the full dose, which is possible due to a serving being 3 capsules. Take one cap and see how that feels. Once confident of your tolerance, increase it to two and repeat.
As for negative side effects, it should be fine if you adopt the slow strategy and begin with a single pill to assess tolerance.
Conclusion and Recommendations
If you are low on testosterone then you will likely feel the most benefit to your health and training results.
The ingredients are hit and miss but there is definitely at least 2 there in good dosages that will help you with your muscle gains.
We liked The Gear but it doesn’t quite make the best-of list because of the unknowns.
Find out which testosterone boosters is the absolute must-have by following the link below.