Reviewed: 10/14/2010 by Penny Branly
Off the top
When you arrive on Bodybuilding.com, it is a bit like entering a super gym. From the homepage, there are four options: store, super site, bodyspace, and forums. To buy their supplements, you must proceed to the store. The Super Site section hosts over 25,000 pages of nutrition and fitness information, while the BodySpace section acts as a support system, allowing you access to 450,000 member profiles from which you can make friends, track your progress and start a BodyBlog. Right off the bat, this seems like more than just a store that sells vitamins and supplements.
This site is free to join, so we will focus more on the store aspect. After all, this is where you'll be spending your money. You can search by brand, category, goal, and ingredient, which is pretty helpful. The products they carry are aimed more toward fitness-oriented people and bodybuilders, so if you're just looking for plain, old minerals or vitamins, you might consider looking elsewhere.
The site has weekly specials and they have made specific pages for the newest products and clearance items. For a site this large, it really is organized well. Customers can order online or by phone or fax, and they accept credit cards, PayPal, BillMeLater, check, and money order. You can also send payment through Western Union. If you have any questions about placing an order, they have an extensive FAQ section and you're able to chat live with a representative or call a toll-free number.
Is the price right?
After a little research on some of the products on other websites, it seems that you will get a discount here. The shipping rates are also reasonable and you can choose between USPS Priority Mail and Fedex Ground. At most, it seems to take five days for your order to get to you. You are able to track your package as well.
What else will I find?
Although we are focusing on the actual store, the Super Site and BodySpace sections aren't to be ignored, because they bring a lot to this site. Their article index seems endless and you can view pieces written by only women, only men, sports experts, diet experts and more. There are also videos, a contest, and a newsletter.
The site also sells clothing, which from the looks of it, seems appropriate for working out. There are also BodyGroups that you can join to communicate with people who have similar fitness issues or goals.
The bottom line
Even if you aren't interested in purchasing the supplements here, there is still a lot of value that can be gained from joining this site. The Better Business Bureau has given the website an A+ and after checking out all they have to offer, I'm inclined to do the same.
|Available products||Nutritional Health, Herbal and Vitamin Supplements|
|Support Telephone Number||(877) 991-3411|
|Online Live Support||Yes|
|Accepted Credit Cards|
|Return Policy||Unopened items can be returned. Refund will be processed within 24 hours of receipt of item and the company emails you to let you know when they have received your item.
If the item was ordered more than 90 days ago, but is unopened and in saleable condition, product can be returned for a refund. Buyer will be charged a 25% re-stocking fee. If your order was placed over six months prior, returns are not accepted.
|Shipping Costs||USPS: Starts at $3.99, but depends on weight of shipment.
Fedex: flat rate of $5.99, some heavier options may cost $9.99. Canada Post: rates start at $6.99 Fedex Canada: rates start at $9.99 (they pay for duties/taxes at the border!) Fedex Global (international): not listed DHL Global: not listed
|Delivery Time||USPS Priority Mail: 2-3 days, includes Saturday.
Fedex Ground: 2-5 days, includes Saturday. This is the best option for heavier items.
Canada Post: 4-9 business days
Fedex Canada: 2-3 business days
Fedex Global (international): 3-7 business days
DHL Global Post: 7-14 business days.