Also do you need to take Spike even on days when you are not working out? I think the site suggests that, but I am inclined to only take stimulants before working out.[/quote]
I don’t remember seeing the recommendation to specifically take it when you’re not training. But it’s a potent energy formula. Some guys take it before training, some take it instead of morning coffee at their office, somebody might even have been known to take one Spike tab before going to church in expectation of a drawn-out sermon (ahem).
So, yeah, take it whenever you feel it’s appropriate. Just taking it before training is a solid and common approach.
Taking a fat burner and eating more would be counterproductive. Like JFG said, I (and many others) noticed a significantly reduced appetite from Hot-Rox, so trying to eat more would’ve been an even bigger pain.
Some guys may use low-dose fat burners in the off-season as a kind of “damage control” when pushing up their calories, but again, it’s really just counterproductive.
It is. Lots of people have been happy with their results over the years. If I remember correctly, Hot-Rox is one of the longest-running supplements that Biotest makes. The formula’s been tweaked here and there, but it’s been around for a long time. Though, I forget if I mentioned this to you before, but check with your federation because a few bodybuilding feds have yohimbine (an ingredient in Hot-Rox) on their banned substance list.