Supplement Time: Timing Is Everything


No doubt about it, supplements are a critical component to achieving your physique and performance goals. And, for most of you, that means gaining more strength and endurance while building lean muscle and shedding as much fat as possible. But even if you know the right supplements to take, if you don’t take them at…

Benefits of Caffeine Supplements


Whether in food, a drink, or supplements, caffeine (aka, 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine) acts as a central nervous system stimulant. According to leading research, it helps to promote focus and energy. This is beneficial in itself right before training because every hard trainer wants to seriously enhance energy levels during workouts. Overall, caffeine is a must-have supplement staple in…

ADVANCED STRENGTH N.O.-XPLODE™ 2.0


Whether it’s greater size and strength that you’re after or improved speed and endurance, BSN® knows you’re out there, day after day, pushing yourself to the edge in order to get one step closer to your goal. Whatever your endgame, you deserve a complete pre-workout igniter that can keep pace. BSN® has answered the call…

Calcium & Vitamin D Versus Belly Fat


Abdominal fat is said to be more dangerous than fat in other parts of your body. It’s also the fat most likely to motivate us to diet. Thousands of sit ups and crunches isn’t the best way to attack belly fat, but fortified orange juice can provide some assistance. That’s what a study published in…

STRENGTHENING WITH STRETCHING


Over the last few years, there’s been a lot of debate about how to stretch and when. Do you go with old school against the joint effort or more of a dynamic stretching technique where you gradually expand your arm and leg range of motion along with the velocity of movement? Do you stretch out…

TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING CAFFEINE PERFORMANCE


Caffeine is the world’s most popular stimulant, which is a big part of the reason it’s considered an essential component of many athletes’ pre-training and competition preparation routine. Observations from an international group of scientists published in the Journal of Caffeine Research offer some interesting tips on making the most of caffeine’s potential. According to researchers, caffeine…

COMPETITION MAKES YOU WORK HARDER


Some people thrive on it while others dread competition. Whether you like to dislike one-on-one athletic challenges, a study published in the journalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise examined the effect head to head competition had on the performance of recreational cyclists. Researchers had 14 subjects complete a 2000 meter time trial before racing against…

IF ONE REP IS GOOD, 1½ MIGHT BE BETTER


More isn’t necessarily always good. Realistically, you can only perform so many reps and sets. But keeping your muscles under continuous tension for a longer period of time can lead to greater gains in the weight room. That’s the idea behind a concept known as 1½ Reps.

The Importance of Jumps and Sprints


Track and field athletes looking for a competitive edge might want to experiment with 20-yard sprints or a short set of countermovement jumps before tossing the iron ball for distance. According to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, both strategies can produce results when performed after a basic warm up. Scientists…

Vitamins For Repair and Recovery


Recovery and repair of tissues require a host of vitamins and minerals that participate in synthesis of new cells and tissue. For example, certain vitamins and minerals are required to facilitate the formation of endogenous anti-inflammatory compounds, including: Vitamin B6 Vitamin E Vitamin C Niacin Zinc Selenium Magnesium Many vitamins and minerals also serve as antioxidants and help protect cells against…

Finding Your Rage


Rage. This is not a casual term. There is nothing passive or half-hearted about such an intense emotion. Suppressing or bottling up passions so strong and forceful can be hazardous to your health and detrimental to the safety of those you come in contact with. Rage explodes violently, it lashes out with blind fury, it…

Casein For Night Time Recovery


If you work out in the evening, a study published in the journalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise shows the recovery support casein protein can provide when enjoyed right before going to sleep. Researchers had 16 healthy young men weight train at 8PM. They all got a recovery supplement providing 20 grams of protein and…

Mass Building Supplements from MuscleTech


It’s tough to improve your physique and put on new muscle if you’re following a super-clean, calorie-restricted diet all year long. There should come a phase in your program where you trade the baked white fish for a grilled sirloin steak, the brown rice for a loaded baked potato, and add a heaping scoop of…

12 WEEKS OF NO EXERCISE


There are times when you just need to take a break from your training routine. How long you can go without losing the benefits is a matter of debate. According to a new study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, study subjects who stopped their endurance program for 12 weeks lost the capacity for…

GAINING WITH HIGH VELOCITY


Weight room regulars often hit a sticking point that’s really difficult to push past. Adding reps and resistance isn’t always the answer, because you can only lift so much weight. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine shows what experienced lifters accomplished with 3 weeks of high-velocity training.

HAVING CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR BREAKFAST?


It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That first meal provides energy and kick-starts your metabolism, which is important for weight loss and maintenance. Because calories consumed early in the day can more easily be burned off through activity, breakfast is probably the best time to consume extra calories….

How Much Do You Bench Press?


In any gym, there’s always that guy who claims to have lifted mountains of plates for reps. You aren’t the only one wondering if there’s a little exaggeration involved. Consider the findings of a study published in the journal Ethnicity & Disease that suggests survey-taking Americans like to shave a couple of pounds off their true weight…

Unparalleled Gains in Dense Muscle with Nitro-Tech


Have you ever wondered what athletes and bodybuilders use as a primary source of protein? I think most of us have. There are several reasons why international athletes and bodybuilders search for the best products, here is what Jay Cutler and Team MuscleTech use:

Decadent High-Protein Meal Replacement, SYNTHA-6™ DECADENCE Now Available


NOW AVAILABLE IN OUR STORES BSN® introduced the latest extension of the SYNTHA-6™ product line with its first entry into the meal replacement bar category, SYNTHA-6™ DECADENCE. A rich, decadent high-protein meal replacement, SYNTHA-6™ DECADENCE is designed to support: Muscle Growth and Enhancement Muscle Protein Synthesis Recovery Nutrition   SYNTHA-6™ DECADENCE is an ultra-premium meal…

Extreme Pre-Training Energy & Performance Igniter!


Whether it’s greater size and strength that you’re after or improved speed and endurance, BSN® knows you’re out there, day after day, pushing yourself to the edge in order to get one step closer to your goal. Whatever your endgame, you deserve a complete pre-workout igniter that can keep pace.* BSN® has answered the call…

One Scoop, One Shot, One Kill: Animal Rage


Often in life, when you get it right the first time, it only takes one shot. In the many months of formulating and testing Animal Rage, this became abundantly clear. Take your time, do your homework, keep your eye locked in on the target, account for all of the variables and take the mark down……

The Multiple Effects Of Multi-Vitamins


There are many benefits of multivitamins, and in any good multi is a combination of beneficial vitamins and minerals. A few of the most well-known vitamins that should be included in a multivitamin are vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, and E. Some of the minerals to look for in a good multivitamin include calcium,…

GETTING 3% MORE OUT OF EXERCISE


Anyone who’s a regular at the gym is looking to improve. If you measure your improvements in terms of physical performance, a study published in the journal Amino Acids suggests beta-Alanine might offer you a 3% boost. In a review of 15 research papers that took into account 57 measures and 23 exercise tests involving 360 subjects,…

Tips to Fuels Muscle Rebuilding


Whether your goal at the gym is to improve muscle tone, increase cardio ability, get in shape or just to pursue a healthy lifestyle, you will need to improve both strength and stamina. To achieve a conditioning goal like this and keep building on your accomplishments, it’s advisable to plan out a clean eating diet…

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5 “Keys” to Supplementing With Success


     We all know nothing beats an old school workout. You let it all hang out and you punish the iron. You feel like you’ve accomplished a lot, right? You have. But when do you actually grow? Well, we don’t grow in the gym.In the gym, we destroy. We tear down the body. We only…