It can be easy to become cynical about dietary supplements. Every other week there seems to be a story about a product that does not contain what the manufacturer claims on the label. Other products contain so little of an active ingredient you’d need four servings to get an effect. It can feel like supplements are created by number-crunching accountants or marketing hucksters rather than scientists or fellow bodybuilders.
So, who can you trust? We went to Dr. Victor Prisk, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and longtime consultant of GNC. A former All-American gymnast, Prisk became interested in bodybuilding during his surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He won his IFBB pro card as a welterweight bodybuilder and later competed as a pro in the Classic Physique division. As a clinician, pro athlete, and supplement industry expert, Prisk reviews new products from an incredibly well-informed perspective. His knowledge and experience allows him to recognize differences in quality and veracity between the various products vying for space and attention in the marketplace. Ultimately, Prisk is passionate about the role of high-quality supplements in the regimen of athletes and non-athletes alike, and is a tireless advocate for brands that have displayed diligence, integrity, and transparency.
“I lecture regularly to my peers in the area about the importance of sports nutrition and how it can apply to surgical nutrition,” Prisk says.