How We Test & Score Supplements and Equipment

We prioritize thoughtful insights instead of chasing trends, providing our readers with honest reviews.

You’ve seen it all before — the endless parade of “revolutionary” this and “game-changing” that, each product promising to be the answer to all your fitness prayers.

That’s not us. We’ve built a system from the ground up with one goal in mind: to cut through the noise and spotlight the products that genuinely deliver.

We’re not swayed by enormous marketing budgets. Instead, we rely on scientific research, expert opinions, and real-world testing to evaluate every item that comes our way.

This means rolling up our sleeves, getting our hands dirty, and putting products through the wringer. And we do all this with a clear, non-biased lens.

Below, you’ll find a detailed breakdown of our review process. We’ll guide you through our step-by-step process, ensuring clarity and zero shortcuts.

Method Overview

This is our process to uncover the truth about the latest fitness supplements and equipment:

  • Product Selection: We zero in on supplements and training equipment that stand out because of the conversation they’re stirring up, their potential, or simply because they’re worth a closer look.
  • Ingredient Analysis: What’s in the bottle matters. We dissect each component, questioning its purpose, scrutinizing the science, and evaluating its benefits.
  • Equipment Attributes: We take a 360-degree look at all aspects of fitness equipment. Material used, comfort, durability, functionality, and more.
  • Detailed Testing: Beyond the lab, we test these products in real-life scenarios. And yes, we listen to our audience — your experiences fuel our reviews.
  • Claim Analysis: We verify every claim a company makes to ensure the product delivers on its promises.
  • Safety Checks: Your well-being isn’t negotiable. If there’s a red flag, we’ll find it and put it front and center.

What We Look For

This is how we evaluate products:

  • Concrete Proof: No evidence, no endorsement. We insist on solid proof behind every claim made, whether it’s for supplements or training equipment. 
  • Expert Insight: We consult health and fitness pros to get the complete picture of how products work (or don’t).
  • A Positive Experience: We share our perspective on what it was like to use the product (our team pulls no punches). We unveil the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Other Criteria We Consider

Beyond the basics, here are the additional factors we weigh:

  • The Fine Print: If a product is difficult to use or has the potential to cause harm, we make note of it. After all, unpleasant surprises are the last thing you need.
  • Value for Cost: We compare the product’s price to its competitors to determine if the juice is worth the squeeze.
  • Product ROI: We evaluate whether the product’s benefits make a material difference for the average consumer.

Scoring Factors

We don’t just skim the surface. Our scoring process digs deep, giving each aspect the attention it deserves. 

We take the below nine factors into account, where applicable:

  • Ingredient Quality (20%)
  • Clinical Efficacy (20%)
  • Safety Profile (15%)
  • Brand Transparency (10%)
  • Value for Money (10%)
  • Consumer Satisfaction (10%)
  • Packaging and Label Accuracy (5%)
  • Product Purity (5%)
  • Company Ethical Practices (5%)
Scoring Factors
Scoring Factors

Each factor is considered based on importance, and then all are combined to determine the total score.

Let’s walk through everything we look for and why it matters to you.

Ingredient Quality (20%)

  • Purity and Source: The best, responsibly sourced ingredients get the highest points.
  • Effectiveness: If it’s in there, it should be because it works, not just as a filler.
  • No Contaminants: We examine every aspect of manufacturing and production closely. What’s in the bottle should be clean.

Clinical Efficacy (20%)

  • Science-Backed: Claims on ingredients need to be backed by peer-reviewed studies.
  • Proven Dosages: The amounts matter as much as the ingredients themselves. We assess dosage recommendations closely. 
  • Real Results: We look for supplements that deliver on their promises. Our team’s experiences and anecdotal reports are incorporated into the review.

Safety Profile (15%)

  • Side Effects: We’re on the lookout for any potential downsides. Whether it be nausea, insomnia, irritability, or something else entirely, we never sweep side effects under the rug.
  • Regulatory Red Flags: If it’s banned or cautioned against, we’ll report on it. We take official guidelines seriously.
  • Long-Term Use: Safety over time is just as important as immediate effects.

Brand Transparency (10%)

  • Full Disclosure: Companies must be open about where and how their products are made. All statements must be honest, factual, and verifiable.
  • Transparent Practices: No hidden ingredients or misleading claims. We always call out false advertising in our reviews.
  • No Proprietary Blends: If a brand hides its ingredients or dosages behind a ‘proprietary blend’ label, we weight the overall score accordingly.
  • Consumer Education: Brands that provide clear directions and thorough instructions score higher. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to the products you’re using.

Value for Money (10%)

  • Cost/Benefit Breakdown: We weigh the price against the benefits. More expensive products have to thoroughly impress us to receive a high score.
  • Affordable Quality: High-grade ingredients shouldn’t burn a hole in your wallet. We believe effective supplements should be offered at a sensible price point.
  • Long-Term Investment: We look at how much value you stand to get from a product over time. A product can be expensive, but we’ll consider it favorably if it delivers long-term value.

Consumer Satisfaction (10%)

  • User Reviews: We comb through feedback on different platforms to arrive at a consensus. What people say online — and in our community — matters.
  • Repeat Buyers: If people return for more, it’s usually a good sign. If there are a lot of “one-and-done” purchases, on the other hand, it’s an indicator of a mediocre product.
  • Issue Resolution: How companies handle complaints tells a lot. How are they responding to reviews on their product pages and social media? We monitor it all.

Packaging and Label Accuracy (5%)

  • Advertising Truth: The label should tell it like it is. No exaggerations, no empty promises. We stack up what’s being said against what’s actually being done.
  • Quality Packaging: We value quality over quantity. We always look for sturdy, well-made packaging.
  • Label Clarity: Clear instructions — and details about what’s inside a product — go a long way. We assess how easy it is to read the label and know exactly what to do.

Product Purity (5%)

  • Filler-Free: We assess what’s in the product along with the main components. We are laser-focused on pure ingredients and high-quality materials.
  • Artificial Additives: The fewer artificial additives, the better. Consumers favor all-natural products, which we showcase in our reviews.
  • Allergen Awareness: Clear labeling of potential allergens is a must. We protect our readers in every way.

Ethical Practices (5%)

  • Sustainability: We look for sustainable manufacturing and packaging. That means products that are not just kind to your body but also to the planet. 
  • Labor Standards: Ethical treatment of workers is non-negotiable. The way a company treats its employees matters.
  • Community Impact: Companies that minimize harm to the environment score bonus points. We all breathe the same air and drink the same water, and we don’t want the products we consume to compromise that.

Testing Methodology

Our testing methodology is anything but static. It’s a blend of science, sweat, and real-world application.

Here’s how we make sure our reviews stay razor-sharp.

The Nuts and Bolts

  • Brainstorming: Our team works with industry experts to make sure all the bases are covered – effectiveness of a product, safety, value, and beyond.
  • Scientific Evidence: We base our approach on published research. We let the science guide our perspective, not the other way around.
  • Users-First: You, the everyday user, are at the heart of our process. We factor in all sorts of practicalities for supplements and training equipment.

How We Stay Ahead of the Curve

This is what makes us the most reliable destination for fitness product reviews:

  • Constantly Assessing: We frequently revisit and refine how we do things. We’re never afraid to say, “There might be a better way.”
  • Always Informed: We stay on top of the latest trends and breakthroughs. We have our finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the health and fitness industry and are ready to make adjustments as new peer-reviewed research rolls in.
  • Consistent Feedback: User feedback plays a major role in how we approach reviews. We ensure our content has a real-world impact and is steering our readers in the right direction. We take all comments to heart!

Expert Contributions

We give considerable weight to the words of certified, experienced health and fitness professionals.

Here’s how expert insights shape our process:

  • Nutritional Impact: Nutritionists and dieticians help us understand the science behind ingredients and their actual implications on health and performance, not just lofty claims.
  • Use and Practicality: We seek real-life insights from personal trainers and professional athletes on the effectiveness of products.
  • Medical Advice: Safety is priority number one. Medical experts inform us of potential side effects and the overall health profile of the products we review.

User Experience and Feedback

What truly sets us apart is the inclusion of honest user feedback and experiences.

Here’s how we integrate them into our reviews:

  • Gathering Insights: We collect a wide range of user experiences through comments and word-of-mouth. We take everything into account and never cherry-pick the most favorable user reviews.
  • Analyzing Trends: We look for patterns — what’s making a splash, what’s not, and why. This helps us identify standout products as well as potential issues that other reviewers haven’t uncovered.
  • Combining Stories with Evidence: User stories directly influence our scores and opinions. We find they provide an up-close perspective that complements our technical analysis aptly.

Why Trust Fitness Volt

As you probably know by now, we’re obsessed with fitness. We live it, we breathe it, and we can’t go without it.

Our team comprises personal trainers, nutrition experts, and athletes who’ve been at this for years.

We test supplements and equipment in labs, gyms, and fields, where it really counts. This, we believe, is the only way to truly measure performance.

We work hard to provide honest reviews and share our processes every step of the way. No empty promises, no slanted bias, just the facts and what we really think.

We’re so transparent because we’re in it for the same reasons as you: to find what works and what doesn’t. After all, your time and money are precious, and we never want to see them go to waste.

What to Expect Going Forward

We always keep you up-to-date on the latest fitness products.

We’re doubling down on analyzing the science, cutting through the noise, and really getting to the heart of what makes a product remarkable.

Also, we’re ramping up the features on our website — think more real-user reviews, expert Q&As, and maybe even some challenges to get our readers moving.

Let’s Start a Conversation

Still have a question? Want us to review something specific? We’re all ears.

Let us know what’s on your mind, and we’ll do our best to get back to you. We want to know everything — what you like about our reviews, what you don’t, and what you want to see more of.

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Send us the details and why you think the product needs a full rundown. Nothing makes us happier than reviewing new products that can help our fitness family.

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Whether you’re here to find the next supplement to achieve an edge, a piece of equipment to take your home workouts to the next level, or just some solid advice to get you through a muscle or strength plateau, we’ve got your back.

The best version of yourself starts right here.

Note: We are committed to keeping our community informed with the most current and relevant information. This ‘Review Process’ page is reviewed and updated quarterly to ensure that we are presenting the freshest insights into our team and our work.