updated 2/17/2011 7:16:25 AM ET 2011-02-17T12:16:25

DENVER, Feb. 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MusclePharm Corporation, a Nevada corporation ("MusclePharm" or the "Company") (OTCBB:MSLP), an expanding U.S. nutritional supplement company, is pleased to announce that James Sapirstein has joined the MusclePharm team as a strategic advisor in the HIV/AIDS market for its therapeutic nutritional products, MuscleGel and Re-con.

Mr. Sapirstein is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Tobira Therapeutics, Inc., a New Jersey-based biopharmaceutical company that develops novel compounds for HIV/AIDS ("Tobira"), and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to MusclePharm's advisory board. He has more than 27 years of pharmaceutical experience, 22 of which have a specialty focus in infectious diseases.

"James adds an impressive level of leadership on the business side and his track record speaks for itself," MusclePharm President Cory Gregory said. "From launching products to the infrastructure and intricacies of a successful pharmaceutical company, James has a tremendous amount of experience in this field and he is a terrific addition to the MusclePharm team."

Gregory added, "We are excited to have another talented person on our advisory board and it is another positive step towards helping two of our new products, Re-con and MuscleGel, to receive designation for public health program reimbursement."

Prior to his time at Tobira, Sapirstein served as the Executive Vice President of the metabolic and endocrinology business unit at Serono, Inc. ("Serono"), where he rebuilt a struggling HIV/AIDS franchise and boosted its pediatric growth hormone business.

In his position at Serono, Sapirstein, who holds a pharmacy degree from Rutgers University and Master's Degree from Farleigh Dickinson University, led a team of more than 100 people that commercialized Serostim®, Saizen® and Zorbtive® in the United States.

About MusclePharm Corporation

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, MusclePharm is a healthy life-style company that develops and manufactures a full line of National Science Foundation approved nutritional supplements that are 100% free of banned substances. Based on years of research, MusclePharm products are created through an advanced six-stage research protocol involving the expertise of top nutritional scientists and field tested by more than one hundred elite professional athletes from various professional sports leagues including the National Football League, Mixed Martial Arts, and Major League Baseball. The Company's products address all categories of an active lifestyle, including muscle building, weight loss, and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. MusclePharm is sold in over 120 countries and available in over 5,000 U.S. retail outlets, including GNC and Vitamin Shoppe. MusclePharm products are also sold in over 100 online stores, including bodybuilding.com, Amazon.com and Vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

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CONTACT: Investor Contact:
         Cory Gregory,
         President
         investors@musclepharm.com

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