Real, lasting fat-loss requires total commitment to getting every lifestyle factor from rest to hydration to nutrient timing in order. Nutrition and supplement expert Chad Kerksick, PhD shares his secrets for ripping up, round the clock!
Shoulder pain booted you off the bench press? Todd Bumgardner, MS, CSCS has some unique movements that will help you keep your upper-body mass and strength goals on track until you’re ready to shoulder the load again!
The arrival of a new ProSource Supplement Catalog is always cause for celebration among serious athletes. And rest assured, this winter’s catalog is packed with all the phenomenal savings and expert reviews of top-brand products you’ve come to expect from us.
An Inside Look at the Creation of the ProSource Bar
Until now, protein bars have always seemed like a good idea in theory, but not all that useful in practice. Some bars taste okay, but contain very little functional nutritional content. A few have better-quality proteins, but are a real chore to eat. And then, of course, you have plenty of bargain basement bars that aren’t good for you or your taste buds.
Here at ProSource, we have long regarded this regrettable status quo as unacceptable. In a perfect world, it should be possible for fitness-minded people who take their nutrition seriously to have real protein bar options that taste great and offer the highest-quality amino content for muscle support and physique enhancement. Proteins are our field ...
Your Guide to If And When You Should Be Taking BCAAs
They say that everything old will be new again, and lately this is certainly the case with BCAAs. If you came of age training in the 80s and early 90s, you remember when BCAAs were a cutting-edge muscle-building supplement. Those chunky brown TwinLab bottles of aminos! Of course, then came creatine and whey isolate and pump complexes and countless pre-workout variations. The humble BCAA found itself on the bottom shelf with fish oils and vitamins.
What happened? The prevailing wisdom held that although the BCAAs leucine, isoleucine, and valine were certainly important (they are after all, crucial factors in protein synthesis that can only be acquired through food sources), most people got more than enough of them fro...
4 Loading Strategies for Ramping Up Intensity and Gains
Oh, we’ve all been there. Call it “The 3 x 12 Blues.”
What’s up for today? Bi’s and tri’s. You load up the triceps pushdown with roughly 70% of your one-rep max and here we go. One, two, three, zoning out, zoning back in, eleven, twelve. You step back, waiting forty-five seconds, a minute, bouncing on your toes to look busy, and then go again. The magic twelve. Same as it ever was.
Maybe you can see yourself in one or more mirrored walls at the gym. How long has it been since you’ve looked any different? Why aren’t you growing?
Maybe it’s because muscles love routine. They love routine because it allows them to adapt to ...
Which Are Muscle-Building Gold? Which Are Useless? Here's Your Definitive Guide!
No matter where you are in your journey to a better physique, optimal intake and delivery of protein should take center stage. High-quality proteins fuel your muscles with a continual and healthy supply of key amino acids that help to maximize muscle protein synthesis, promote fat loss and improve your body composition.
Note that we said “high-quality” proteins, because you are kidding yourself if you think all proteins are the same. While other tissues can use a combination of 20 different amino acids to build protein, skeletal muscle relies heavily on nine of them. These are the essential amino acids, the ones we must consume in our diet.
Trim the Fat, Keep Your Hard-Earned Muscle In Time For Summer
Well, the fun part is over. If you followed the guidelines provided in our winter Bulking Up feature, you're looking at a different guy in the mirror today. You’ve been lifting and eating and eating and lifting all winter and into the spring, growing bigger and bulkier day after day. Are you big? Yes you are! Do you want to take your shirt off? No, not really.
Now comes the tricky part. The moment where you turn all of those squats and calories into a ripped, shredded and rock hard work of art. You’re ...
Harnessing Your Circadian Rhythms to Derive the Most Benefit From Your Workouts
In the world of day-to-day training, there are two types of people. There’s the person who arrives at the gym bright and early, before work, looking to get their metabolism churning and jump start their day with a high-intensity workout. This person might be fueled with just a cup of coffee and looking to turn an early-hour caloric deficit into some excess fat loss. If this person is male, they also might be looking to harness a morning peak in testosterone levels for added strength and aggression.
And then there’s your afternoon/early evening workout warri...
Avoid the Scams and Get Maximum Value From Every Gram of Protein You Consume
It’s not always fun being a protein manufacturer. Every day brings new challenges, whether they’re raw materials shortages, budget constraints, or the ever-increasing marketplace dominance of one particular gigantic online retailer. (Is that a smile on the box? Or a smirk? We never know.)
Always there’s the pressure of the bottom line. Can you get the protein into the jug and make enough of a sliver of profit to survive another day? There is one aspect of the marketing process that many protein manufacturers absolutely love, however. That’s designing a new label for a new or already existing product.
That’s where the fun is! Bring in some designers. Have them compete with each other to cr...
Tips For Increasing Your Protein Intake By Adding Natural-Flavored Whey Isolate to Your Meals
If you’re a fitness-conscious person, focused on maintaining peak physique and performance, you already know the importance of maximizing protein in your diet. Protein supports the repair, recovery and growth of healthy muscle tissue, which in turn facilitates enhanced training capacity while burning excess fat for fuel. Protein intake also generates thermogenic activity, as it requires more energy to digest and utilize than either carbs or fats. In short, protein is a nutritional “win-win” proposition.
You know this, and food manufacturers know it as well. That’s why ...
Get Big and Prioritize Muscle Mass Over Fat Gain With Targeted Nutrition
The most common error bodybuilders make when they’re trying to bulk up is they simply don’t eat enough. Even experienced bodybuilders often under-estimate the steep increases in caloric intake necessary to add significant mass. That’s a problem, because the most ambitious, aggressive workout regimen in the world won’t generate appreciable gains if your body is under-fueled. Under-eating is a recipe for failure.
Before we address guidelines for boosting your caloric intake into optimal range, let’s figure out how many calories we need to maintain your current mass. To do that, we’re going to need to figure out your Basal Metabolic Rate, or the number...
Going Beyond The Squat, Press, And Deadlift To Make Bigger Gains
Any lifter worth his salt spends the majority of his programming on improving strength with The Big 3: bench press, squat and deadlift. Each of these moves has tremendous value for anyone looking to get bigger, stronger, leaner or more athletic. But that doesn’t mean that the rest of your workout should be filled with less impactful movements. In fact, there exists a second trio of exercises that can greatly improve your ability to pack on lean muscle and hoist Herculean weight loads in the gym. Here’s why you should be spending more time on the pull-up, the dip and the Romanian deadlift.
Complete Supplementation and Training Plan for a Leaner, Harder, More Ripped Physique in 80 Days!
It’s January and for the vast majority of the population that means hibernation. But not for you. You know that the winter and early spring are the ideal time to refine and hone to perfection the lean and razor-sharp physique you’ll be unveiling in the summer of 2017.
To accomplish this task, you know you’ll have to restrict caloric intake, while pursuing fat loss and muscle mass maintenance via every pathway at your disposal, including high-intensity training, a clean and nutritious diet, and precision-targeted supplementation. This task can prove extraordinarily challenging. Many people, suffering from energy crashes and disappointing plateaus in...
Combining Thermogenic Protein With Other Weight-Loss Factors For Maximum Effect
Read enough mainstream journalism about the latest diet fads, and you might get the impression that real fat loss is some mysterious or downright impossible task. Should you starve yourself? Cut carbs? Go paleo? Eat exotic foods? Increase cardio? There’s no end of conflicting advice. In the bodybuilding ranks, however, fat loss isn’t mysterious and it certainly isn’t impossible. In fact, it’s a basic part of the job description.
Bodybuilders understand that real fat loss is inextricably intertwined with increasing and/or maintaining muscle mass. Fat doesn’t burn itself, after all. You need muscle for that. There are many reasons why you’ll never starve yourself thin, but the most important is that caloric restriction, applied ...
100% Natural, Non-GMO-Sourced Whey Protein Isolate
It’s an undeniable fact: sometimes simple is better.
If it takes you ten minutes to read the ingredients label on a whey protein supplement, it’s time to start asking yourself how many of those ingredients are in that jug for your benefit, and how many are in there for the manufacturer’s benefit. More specifically, how many of those ingredients are present solely to help the product last longer on the shelf or to make poor-quality proteins taste a little better?
Fortunately, not every protein manufacturer is putting their interests before yours. Take Doc’s Whey, the new 100% natural whey protein researched and formulated by sports nutrition expert and acclaimed trainer Dr. Carlo...
The Warriors’ Ultimate Weapon On His Gold Medal, Training, and His Quest for a Second NBA Title
A ProSource Exclusive Interview With NBA All-Star Draymond Green
Draymond Green will not take “no” for an answer.
He wouldn’t take “no” when he slipped to the second round in the 2012 NBA Draft (and yes, he does remember the names of every player drafted before him). He wouldn’t take “no” when he was a back-up for most of his first two seasons with the Golden State Warriors. And he certainly won’t take “no” for an answer as a reigning NBA All-Star, shutting down opponents who are ofte...
Lifestyle and Diet Guidelines, Plus a True Clinical-Grade T-Level Support Technology
Are you worried about your testosterone levels? If you’re not, recent research conducted on populations of normal healthy North American males suggests you should be. And if you are concerned about your levels of a man's most important hormone, you should know that there are practical, common-sense steps you can take to address the problem.
Before we get to both those alarming findings and some very promising solutions, let’s make sure we’ve defined the terms of the dilemma many men like yourself find themselves in.
ProSource Exclusive Interview: Mark Wahlberg Talks His New Film, Deepwater Horizon, New Supplement Line, His Training Regimen & More!
Is there a more versatile actor in Hollywood than Mark Wahlberg?
He can match comedic chops with Will Ferrell (The Other Guys, Daddy’s Home) and restore a blockbuster summer franchise to its former glory (Transformers: Age of Extinction and soon, Transformers: The Last Knight). He can bring passion and i...
And The One Brand They Trust To Attain Their Physique Goals
Everybody likes to read the latest news on the hottest supplement technologies for bodybuilders. Scientific breakthroughs! Amazing results! The advancement of sports science can be—and should be—very exciting. Sometimes, though, the most valuable piece of information contained in those articles isn’t in bold type at the top of the article, but in tiny type at the bottom.
“Consult your physician before beginning a new exercise or dietary program.”
There’s a reason this statement appears at the foot of every training and nutrition article you read, and it isn’t just because the legal department asks for it. The real reason is that no advanced nutritional technology or training regimen is going to make...
Let’s face it, few things feel as good as having a tremendous nitric-oxide-facilitated muscle pump peaking just as you step out onto that gym floor for your first set of reps. Your veins are bulging, vascularity is surging, muscle tissue is suffused with oxygen and fuel, waste is being shuttled away from muscle tissue efficiently, and you’re ready to embark on a truly productive workout. But how does nitric oxide (NO) work? How does the potentiation of nitric oxide translate into enhanced performance? Do pre-workout nitric oxide potentiators work? Do nitric oxide supplements have their drawbacks? Let’s take a closer look.
How Is Nitric Oxide Produced In The Body?
Joseph Priestly first identified nitric oxide as a gas in 1772, when it was described as a p...
The Latest Science Sheds New Light on the Nutritional Advantages of Beef Protein and Whey Protein
The more questions scientists ask, the more answers that are uncovered that emphasize the importance of protein in a person’s diet. It's no secret that protein, whether from beef or whey or other sources, will help you maximize muscle hypertrophy, maximize fat loss while cutting calories, minimize muscle loss while cutting calories to get shredded, and even curb appetite and increase calorie burning.
But which source of protein is the best, most effiicient source? Is it beef protein? Whey protein? You'll find plenty of strong opinions in favor of both beef and whey protein, and we're here to help you sort the fact from fiction.
The Celebrated Fitness and Bodybuilding Advocate Talks Training, Diet, and His New Protein Formula
In the bodybuilding world, you meet a lot of very, very serious people, obsessed with perfection and fanatically driven to succeed. Nothing wrong with that. Physique transformation is hard work, after all.
And then you meet Dr. Carlon Colker. Carlon has known more than his share of success. As a competitive bodybuilder. As a researcher and scientist. As a highly successful trainer and advisor to world-class athletes, entertainers, and celebrities. As a high-profile advocate for the fitness lifestyle on TV, on playing fields, and in classrooms.
But the thing you notice first about Carlon is the sheer joy he derives from his vocation. Yes, he might talk to ...
BioQuest’s AndroFury and MyoZene Combine To Maximize Performance and Muscle Growth
Most workouts are failures.
When you take into account everything that has to go exactly right – proper focus, momentum, form, and work output on the front end, then maximized and precision-targeted muscle support to repair damage and spur growth on the back end – it’s probably optimistic to expect that even one in ten workouts results in real physique-enhancing results.
If you’re stuck on a plateau, this is probably the reason why. One in ten, or even one in five, isn’t going to get the job done. Yes, you’re working hard, but you’re not fully leveraging all that effort into making real progress. You’re hitting the same marks, doing the same rep counts with t...
The World’s Finest Physiques Are Fueled By ProSource Brand Proteins
For two decades, ProSource has been the supplement brand serious bodybuilders have turned to when nothing less than the ultimate physique and maximized performance will do. ProSource led the way when our industry was in its infancy (pioneering many technological breakthroughs along the way) and it remains on the cutting edge of sports nutrition science today. And nowhere has this impact been more profound than in the field of protein product development, formulation, and manufacturing.
The Modern Evolution of Protein Science Begins with the Introduction of NytroWhey®
Comprehensive Multi-Pathway Stacks To Help You Bulk Up and Lean Out
There’s more than one nutritional pathway to the physique of your dreams. And while everyone has their favorite “go-to” foods and supplements for paving the way to success, the serious bodybuilder knows that a synergy of different transformational co-factors, working in tandem, is the way to go. In short, the more comprehensive your attack, the greater likelihood you have of attaining your goal.
Evidence continues to accumulate that a well-constructed nutritional program is the key to extreme physique transformation. Many people say you should also supplement big to help make sure your muscles are getting the key nutrients they need to
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Ideal Muscle Support for Every Level of Physique and Performance
Research over the past decade clearly shows that protein supplements are vital for anyone aiming to maximize muscularity and athletic performance. After all, protein makes up about 80% of the dry-weight of skeletal muscle, and muscle cells need an abundant and constant supply of amino acids to support muscle repair and growth.
The benefits of protein supplementation in bodybuilders have been known since the late 19th centu...
New Science Is Solving the Paradox Of Losing Fat While Gaining Muscle
From the dawn of bodybuilding’s “golden age” until today, physique transformation has been a two-stage process. Bulking and cutting. Eat big, train big, eat some more. Gain plenty of muscle and plenty of fat. Get as big as you can and then try to trim as much fat as possible, while also maintaining some of that hard-earned muscle.
This is the long and winding path to the ideal physique. Think of it as the scenic route. The express route would involve adding muscle while simultaneously burning fat. Sages of the ph...
Introducing An Advanced Whey Protein That’s Good For Your Muscles … And Good For You
You hear it all the time. It’s the athlete’s mantra.
“Eat clean, bro.”
The philosophy expressed here couldn’t be simpler or more vital. If you want to achieve your fitness and bodybuilding goals, you have to make the most of every calorie you consume. Every junk calorie takes the place of a healthy calorie that could be supporting bodily processes essential to maximizing performance, driving muscle mass increase, and enhancing overall wellness.
No junk foods. No poor-quality proteins. No artificial flavorings or preservatives. That’s your recipe for success. Unfortunately, it som...
Road Maps to Success for Endomorphs, Mesomorphs and Ectomorphs
You can sense it in the air. The days are a little longer; the sun’s a little higher in the sky. Spring is coming. And that can only mean one thing. The gyms are packed, and everyone has kicked it into high gear to get ready for summer.
Regardless of experience, body type, and fitness level, most people have common goals. They want to look and feel better for summer. Your goals, however, are a little more specific and challenging. You want to increase strength and muscularity and have single digit body fat levels by beach time. In an effort to achieve your goals as quickly as possible, your diet, training, and supplement strategy should be specifically designed to match your training experience, body type, and mass gaining potential.
Whey Protein Value and Quality, Redefined for a New Generation of Athletes
In a perfect world, we would all be pro bodybuilders (or high-profile physique competitors) and our trainers and advisors would administer our nutritional regimens. In the real world, however, aspiring bodybuilders have to be part athlete, part accountant, and part science researcher.
It’s a tough job and the stakes are high. Inadequate nutrition will undermine the most aggressive, high-intensity workouts, robbing your body of the fuel it needs to recover and grow. That’s why it’s so important to know EXACTLY what’s in your whey protein supplement, microgram for microgram. You may think that obtaining this information is as easy as reading the ingredient label...
Raise Your Workouts to the Next Level With These Dynamic Performance-Enhancing Factors
Growth. Strength increase. In the end, it all comes down to output over time.
To make gains in strength and size, you have to maximize work accomplished over a minimized interval (30 minutes to, at most, 60 minutes). What’s more, you can’t be hitting the same mark every day. You always have to be progressing. More work, shorter intervals. Stagnation is the enemy.
Easier said than done, right? Fortunately, sport nutrition is always progressing, too. So when you need the power of science to give you a little more push, an impetus to bang out a few more reps for overall greater training stimulus, you can be sure the top innovators in the supplement field have your back. That said, let’s tak...
Two Powerful Transformational Technologies Take Your Physique to the Next Level!
With the turning of the page to a new year, many bodybuilders begin the transition from a mass-gaining phase to a cutting phase. After all, what better time than the new calendar year to get a shredded new physique in preparation for the upcoming summer season? Of course, bodybuilders don’t approach a cutting phase the way a common dieter tries to “lose a few pounds.” Even when shedding fat, their primary fo...
Activating Nutritional Triggers of Protein Synthesis For Maximum Mass Gain
Hard work is essential for success in modern sport. Nutritional status determines whether you thrive or break down from intense training. Heavy exercise without nutritional support shuts down protein synthesis in the muscle cells and makes it impossible to make optimal training gains.
Cells use amino acids to make new proteins, but amino acids do a lot more than build proteins. Amino acids activate signaling proteins in muscles that turn on protein synthesis and increase muscle fiber size. Muscle tension, blood levels of amino acids (particularly leucine), and insulin are key factors for triggering muscle growth. They activate signaling pathways inside the cells that promote protein synthesis in the muscles and modify muscle prot...
New Research Suggests These Compounds May Decrease Muscle-Limiting Myostatin Levels
What is myostatin? Myostatin is a myokine (a substance released from muscle) that negatively regulates muscle mass by blunting protein synthesis (and cell differentiation) and stimulating catabolism---essentially halting muscle growth and promoting muscle loss. When we weight train, myostatin levels go down, which promotes increased protein synthesis and muscle building. In contrast, long bouts of inactivity lead to upregulation of myostatin, resulting in muscle loss.
Since the discovery of the myostatin gene in 1997, scientists have toiled to understand its regulation and have searched for safe and effective ways to silence myostatin’s catabolic influences. Several studies have shown that knocking out the ge...
Creatine Monohydrate is Essential For Increased Strength and Workout Productivity
If there was a supplement Hall of Fame, creatine would most likely have entered it on the first ballot of inductees, as creatine will likely go down in history as one of the most well-researched and demonstrably beneficial nutritional supplements ever to help athletes attain their physique and performance goals.
What was once thought of as a supplement strictly for elite athletes (and was priced accordingly) is now being recommended to active people of all types, from bodybuilders to fitness-conscious individuals to older people looking to maintain vitality in their later years. Creatine is even being recommended for various usages in clinical settings for those suffering from neuromuscular disorders or cognitive im...
During an intense training session, your body is put through the ringer in terms of the acute physiological responses that ensue from training, particularly high volume or hypertrophy training. This style of training will lead to exercise-induced muscle damage, in the form of small micro-tears within your muscle fibers that the body perceives as acute injury. Its response is to up-regulate various inflammatory markers and chemical messengers.
These chemical messengers signal the body to initiate the healing process, which coincidentally is also one of the triggers for muscle growth. Most people are usually made aware of this phenomenon by lingering soreness a few days after a workout. However, often times this may get in the way of future training and can ...
A Total Lifestyle Approach to Supporting Your Testosterone Levels
Do you think declining T-levels are something you don’t need to worry about? If you’re over 25 (yes, 25!) you might be in for a surprise.
Current research suggests that testosterone levels in North American men are declining. Even if you are in good shape, you are not immune from one or more environmental factors that lower bioavailable free-testosterone. In fit individuals, dieting, intense training, and age (especially if you are over 30) significantly impact free-testosterone levels. Because of the profound effects of T-levels on strength, protein synthesis, recovery, appetite,
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Premium Pre-Workout Formulas Maximize Work Output and Mass Gain
In the world of athletics, performance and productivity are the name of the game. In order to get bigger, stronger and faster, you need to progressively overload your system to elicit these musculoskeletal adaptations. This means hitting a few more reps each session, or increasing the weight being lifted or even adjusting rest intervals to make the workout more challenging.
To most of us, this can be a difficult task, especially when you are already training 5 to 7 days per week and busting your butt every time you step foot in the gym. Luckily the lifting gods have blessed us with the de...
Increase Work Output With the Ultimate Endurance-Support Amino!
Here they come, the dog days of the workout warrior’s year. Those winter and spring days of setting a new and challenging physique goal are long behind us now (or four months ahead of us). The glory days of summer, of turning heads and making a big impression with a dialed-in silhouette, have come and gone. All of the fair-weather fitness enthusiasts have departed the gym, leaving the floor to just a small coterie of iron fanatics. Autumn is here, and new inspiration is needed.
Serious bodybuilders know that the months between Labor Day and New Year’s Day present a golden opportunity to lay a solid foundation for new growth and loftie...
If shedding fat and getting lean were easy, there would be a lot of late-night infomercial directors looking for other lines of work. The truth about fat loss is that it requires consistency; you have to be in it for the long haul. Most importantly, you have to address fat loss in every facet of your life. You can’t just stop eating for a week. (This is even more self-evidently true if you’re a bodybuilder.)
At any rate, real fat loss requires a rigorous a 24-hour comm...
Using Post-Workout Glutamine To Support Strength and Reduce Soreness
Glutamine is a “non-essential” amino acid in the sense that our bodies are usually able to produce enough of it for modest purposes. Which is to say, if you’re a couch potato, you probably don’t need to supplement with glutamine on a daily basis. For workout warriors, however, the situation is radically different.
When you first hit the gym floor and start working at a high level, bloodstream glutamine will increase, usually within the first five minutes. This elevation will continue through your workout and into the post-exercise interval, resulting in severe glutamine depletion in muscle tissue. How severe? Well, depending on the amount of work output, glutamine levels can d...
Creating a Ripped Regimen For Multi-Pathway Fat Loss
There are few forces in nature more tenacious and unrelenting as the human body’s physiological programming to hang onto (or regain) fat. This capacity served us well when we were primitive hominids, living in caves, but isn’t nearly as desirable today. When you think of the vast majority of diets that end in failure or fat regain, you can get a fair idea of the challenge that awaits anyone seeking a classic “ripped” physique.
Fortunately, the goal is not unattainable in the least. The simple mantra (“Consume less calories than you use.”) hasn’t lost any of its wisdom over the years. Eat smarter, eat better, get more physical activity. There are also a wide variety of
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Maximizing the 5 Factors That Pave the Way for a Super-Productive Workout
Beyond amazing genetics, the top pro athletes and bodybuilders have one thing in common: the ability and fortitude to train at 100% day in and day out. So how is it that these athletes maintain their energy levels in the gym, even when they are stressed, tired, or sleep deprived? Here’s one answer: energy-maximizing supplements!
What is the link between optimizing energy and growth?
In order to make gains in the gym, you must consistently stress the body. As such, your resistance-training program should be progressive and intense. Most simply put, as training volume and intens...
A Triple-Threat Supplemental Strategy for Taking Your Physique to the Next Level!
Serious athletes and fitness-conscious people know that it’s a physique war out there. It’s not just the fashion models and bodybuilders, either. It seems like a bigger portion of the beach population is bringing its “A” game every year, and maybe you’re suddenly feeling a step behind. Later on, at the club, maybe you’re feeling just a little bit invisible. You’re not far from where you want to be, but you’re not THERE yet.
But you will be, and soon. At this point, all you need is a little supplemental push to vault you over the last obstacle that separates “fit” from “fantastic.” And today’s most powerful physique-enhancing supplements are more t...
New UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum Talks Training And His Long Road to Success
Fabricio Werdum is a man who won’t take “no” for an answer.
It seems every time Fabricio enters the Octagon, the doubters are out in force, saying “not this time.” The naysayers were present when Fabricio fought previously undefeated Fedor Emelianenko (34-4) and highly-touted Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (13-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC). And, of course, they were ...
Pre-Workout BCAAs for Optimizing Fat Burning, Muscle Building, and Gym Performance
Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) supplements are more popular (and essential) than ever, but their effects on your metabolism, fat burning, and muscle-building efforts are often misunderstood. In this article, I’m going to outline for you exactly what BCAAs are and how they can be used to maximize the results you are getting from your efforts in the weight room.
Exploring Alternative Technologies Of Natural Testosterone Support
The importance of testosterone in a strength training program cannot be emphasized enough. All the way from gains in lean muscle mass to reductions in body fat to enhanced strength, testosterone plays an essential role in facilitating training adaptations for athletes. There are several ways to support testosterone levels through nutrition, sleep and certain principles of training, but what happens when these things aren’t enough? Outside of injection of testosterone directly into the muscle (a uniquely poor cho...
Go back to the early days of your own training (this is something I’ve thought a lot about myself recently). Think about what worked. If you were like me, I’d just go in, add weight to the bar or machine whenever I could, and try to outdo my previous best efforts in a number of different rep ranges on the big exercises. And you know what? It worked. That is, it worked until I started complicating things needlessly with shiny new techniques that the “pros”, “bros” and “gurus” were advocating.
Sports Nutrition Round Table: Supplement Experts Select the Unrivaled Leaders in Key Bodybuilding Categories
Part Four: Testosterone Support
As we reach the fourth (and last) installment in our Expert Picks series, it’s time to salute the experts themselves, who worked long and hard evaluating the top contenders in the categories of greatest importance to bodybuilders, then ranking them in order of efficacy and value. If you’d like to see the complete results of their research, be sure and
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Key Supplemental Strategies For Maintaining Muscle Gains During Your Cutting Phase
Ah, Memorial Day! The end of spring and the official kick-off of summer. For most people, it’s a time to take the cover off the backyard grill, pop open a beverage, and salute the troops who defend our freedoms. For workout warriors, however, Memorial Day has an added import. It’s also the day the shirt comes off.
If you’ve been applying due diligence in your workout regimen (and eating to grow) since New Year’s Day, you should be seeing the fruits of all that labor today. If you’ve been following the detailed day-to-day regimen provided by ProSource bodybuilding experts Dwayne Jackson and Noah Bryant in
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ProSource Exclusive Interview With Rob Gronkowski, Football’s Ultimate Workout Warrior
In all of professional football, there is probably no athlete who has more of a “bodybuilder mentality” than Patriots’ all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski. Rob is all about team, and yet he brings a natural showmanship and joy to the world’s brightest sporting stage that has captured the imaginations of millions of fans. Also like the best bodybuilders, Rob Gronkowski doesn’t just beat his man, he inti...
Elevating Insulin Response to Create the Perfect Cellular Environment for Growth
When people think of anabolic hormones, most of the time their minds jump to the big dogs in the endocrinology world. Testosterone and growth hormone are often the hormones that get the most attention in the media. What most people don’t realize is that insulin is also classified as an anabolic hormone, as it promotes the uptake and building of larger molecules and tissues.
People outside the bodybuilding field sometimes associate insulin with weight gain and excess body fat accumulation. (In fact, for people who don’t engage in intense exercise, elevated insulin levels may hinder the utilization of fat as fuel at time...
ProSource Exclusive Interview with Jay Cutler, 4X Mr. Olympia and CEO of Cutler Nutrition
If the conversation we shared with 4-time Mr. Olympia and bodybuilding legend Jay Cutler were transcribed below with 100% accuracy, it would include a lot more exclamation marks. Double and triple exclamation marks, in fact, because that’s the way Jay is. He approaches every subject of importance to him with maximum enthusiasm and undivided attention.
When he ruled the bodybuilding world from 2006 through 2010 (with a brief detour in 2008), Jay’s enthusiasm manifested itself in unbridled generosity, not just with the f...
Sports Nutrition Round Table: Supplement Experts Select the Unrivaled Leaders in Key Bodybuilding Categories
Part Three: Fat-Loss Catalysts
Is there any supplement category more volatile and subject to change than the weight-loss category? The rate at which products (and manufacturers) come and go in this field seems to accelerate with each passing year.
There’s a simple reason for that, of course. Most of these short-lived products simply don’t work. They contain outdated, discredited agents or inadequate dosages of common compounds. In fact, a lot of them are mostly caffeine. And with fat-loss products, it doesn...
Every bodybuilder has fond memories of the time when they first took up the sport. Or the time when they first got really serious about it.
In the beginning, if you’re doing it right, every trip to the gym is the athletic equivalent of opening a Christmas present. Every workout brings new and compelling refinements to your physique. Your body, unaccustomed to the rigors and stresses of super-intense exercise, responds by going into hypertrophy mode. Particularly if you’re young, six or eight or ten weeks of a comprehensive workout regimen can make a real difference in how you look. You get big.
Supplement Experts Select the Unrivaled Leaders in Key Bodybuilding Categories
Part Two: Mass Builders
Those of you who have read Part One in this series know that we’ve brought together a panel of sports nutrition experts, each a well-credentialed and respected PhD in the field of sports supplement science, to participate in a round table discussion aimed at selecting the absolute BEST product available in four key supplement categories:
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New Research Spotlights Leucine’s Many Ergogenic Benefits for Bodybuilders
Every day, researchers are learning more about the unique capacity of leucine to function as a powerful catalyst for muscle support and growth, especially immediately post exercise. Its truly indispensable role in switching on anabolism makes it a supplemental must-have for bodybuilders looking to pack on lean mass. Let's take a closer look at the emergence of a super amino.
Amino acids are the major constituents of proteins and are generally described as the building blocks necessary for muscular...
Supplement Experts Select the Unrivaled Leaders in Key Bodybuilding Categories
Part One: Premium Proteins
When you go supplement shopping, do you find yourself asking, “What’s a fairly decent bodybuilding supplement that’s mostly interchangeable with other products of its kind?”
No? You’re looking for a clearly superior product? Us, too!
And yet, the vast majority of supplements within a particular category often contain the same ingredients (often formulated by the same anonymous commercial manufacturers) in roughly the same dosages and ratios. (We're talking about well-known ...
Glutamine: A Versatile and Valuable Amino for Highly Active Athletes
The process of improving your physique is not something where a shotgun approach is typically effective long-term. Building high-quality muscle takes time and a muscle-fueling diet along with a workout program that will stimulate strength and growth are necessary factors.
Within your diet, a daily and seemingly ongoing delivery of the essential amino acids has been shown from a number of research investigations to favorably impact stimulation of muscle protein synthesis. Our bodies use 20 different amino acids to build protein. Some of th...
Although fish oils may not be the first supplement that leaps to mind when you think of piling on muscle mass, experienced bodybuilders have long valued essential fatty acids (EFAs) for their unique combination of fitness-supporting benefits. The savvy athlete knows that true gains spring from a firm foundation of overall wellness, and in that area, the versatile EFA sure fills the bill. If we dive into the literature and look at the physiological mechanisms at play, it becomes more and more evident that fish oils should be a staple of your supplement stack.
Fish oils contain essential fatty acids; essential in that our bodies cannot produce them naturally and need to rely on outside sources to assimilate them. Unfort...
Is there anything more exciting than the first two or three weeks of a new diet and exercise regimen? We are filled with a new sense of purpose, as we lug our gym bags through the front doors of the gym each day. Those first pounds of body fat, acquired through the dark months of October, November, December, and January (or maybe longer) seem to melt off with ease.
Eventually February turns to March, however, and suddenly some of the novelty begins to wear off. The first easy pounds are gone; the next ones, the pounds that stand between you and your lean, rock-hard Summer 2015 physique, are more stubborn and difficult to lose. As your progress slows, your energy and motivation may begin to flag. Welcome, friends, to the danger zone where the largest percentage of people looking to make significant transformations lose their way and start to back-slide.
Will you become a member of this defeated cohort? No you will not. Because your time is now, and we'r...
For as long as sports nutrition has existed as an industry, the cornerstone of any company's product line has always been its protein powder. Protein is the yardstick by which the quality of all its other products has been measured, and the company's own integrity and ranking as a serious contender is judged.
However, the last few years have seen protein powder demoted to a convenience item in many quarters. Material costs artificially inflated by the developing functional food industry, a rapidly growing infant formula market and the big guns of the beverage industry entering the arena have meant that even long-established sports nutrition companies had to wait in line and eat humble pie served by the industry they built. Even the most ethical companies have begun to resent being forced to carry a product that now merely allowed them to get their foot in the door, as price fixing became the norm and the introduction of cheaper, poorer quality vegetable proteins, like pea...
Ah, January. The days are short and the nights are long. If you live anywhere above Southern California or Florida, they're probably cold, too. The days of bathing suits and snug summer polos, bikinis and tank tops, seem a long way away. For many people, January is a month of winter hibernation.
But it shouldn't be. Not for you. Instead, January should be the month for laying a firm foundation for the physique you want in the spring and summer months. These are the days of making -- and keeping -- a promise to yourself that this year you're going to build your greatest physique ever. Rock-hard and ripped for the guys, fit and firm for the ladies.
The road will be long and hard.But the rewards at the end will make ...
It has been well established that heavy resistance training is the best way to stimulate the protein synthesis that is the foundation of muscle growth (1). However, resistance training also ramps up the catabolism of skeletal muscle protein which can lead to muscle loss if you are in a continued state of protein breakdown, resulting in a never-ending state of "one step forward, one step back."
If you want to emerge from this growth stalemate and maximize your gains, you need to keep your muscular/cellular environment tilted towards a positive protein balance as much as possible. One of the best ways to achieve this positive protein balance following a bout of resistance training is through nutritional practices, specifically by introducing protein into the system as swiftly as possible to jump-start protein synthesis immediately, ultimately preventing your body from breaking down your hard-earned muscle.
Nutrient timing is an advanced nutritional strate...
You're making the rounds of the usual sites (or maybe even shopping in a mall!), but you know the usual gifts aren't going to cut it this year. For that guy who spends half his free time in the gym, or that woman who's laser-focused on her figure and fitness, a scarf or a crockpot is going to be met with a half-smile and an off-hand mention of the whereabouts of the gift receipt.
Fortunately, you know exactly what they want.
And you know where to get it.
Fitness enthusiasts know what they
want from life, and they're not afraid to share their joy in every
aspect of the athletic lifestyle.
When it's time to shop for the athlete on your list, ProSource is...
[Editor's Note: It's always a pleasure to welcome a new writer to the fold, and this week we'd like to introduce Lauren Jacobsen. A thought leader in the world of fitness and wellness, Lauren is a certified personal trainer with a degree in biochemistry, a former top figure competitor, a sports nutrition consultant, and proprietor of the very popular SexyStrongFit.com. Her motto is "Be Fierce!" She writes extensively on fitness and supplementation issues, and now she's writing here. Take it away, Lauren!]
Rest, recovery, and recuperation -- whatever way you look at it, the bottom line is everyone needs sleep to function. And that's doubly true for athletes. Most of us don't get enough sleep; on average most people get about 1 to 2 hours less sleep than they need to function optimally.
Lost sleep is not something you can catch up on either. Every hour of lost sleep is lost forever. Lost sleep is u...
[Editor's Note: It's always a pleasure to welcome a new nutrition and training expert to our ProSource family. This week, Andrew Jagim, PhD, CSCS, CISSN, steps into the spotlight with his first ProSource feature article. Andrew is Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, as well as a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. For his debut, Andrew will be talking the ABCs of protein supplementation. Take it away, Andrew!]
In bodybuilding and strength sports, training with 100% intensity day in and day out is what separates the amateurs from the pros. After all, the only way to see maximum gains is to workout with maximum intensity consistently. This requires your mind and body to be primed during each workout.
Based on the overload principle, in an effort to build muscle, you must increase the amount of work completed as you progress from workout to workout. In basic physics, the work equation states: work = force x distance, where force is determined by strength (or the amount of weight you push) and distance is determined by training volume (or the number of sets and reps completed). Fortunately, there are several compounds ideally suited to optimize your mind and body to carry you through heavy and high-volume workouts. In this article, we will introduce you to the top pre-workout ...
For many of us, diet support is easy. If you have what could be described as a "normal" tolerance to stimulants, you're good to go when it comes to most "buzz worthy" thermogenic diet-support supplements. In fact, one particular thermogenic weight-loss supplement that has long been acclaimed as the category leader for its advanced and super-comprehensive matrix of transformative mechanisms of action has just been newly amplified for even more weight-loss power. But BioQuest's new BetaStax Elite is a story for another day.
Diet Support Without the Buzz
Today, we're talking non-stim...
[Editor's Note: Welcome to the third and last entry in our three-part series on Bodybuilding by Body Type. Last time, in Fast Lane to Growth, we explored the ways in which people blessed with great genetics (or Mesomophs) can turn their great potential into inspiring growth. Before that, in Gains For Hard Gainers, we addressed the special physiological challenges faced by Ectomorphs when they try to add pounds of muscle to their lean frames. This week, we move on to Endomorphs (people who have difficulty ripping up and getting lean). What follows is a step-by-step lifestyle and supplementation guide for a bodybuilder's greatest challenge -- lo...
Building a lean muscular physique requires regular heavy training, well thought out diet and supplementation, and adequate sleep. In the most basic sense this formula aims to tip your metabolic balance toward anabolism (muscle building) and away from catabolism (muscle breakdown).
Repeated bouts of heavy weight training damage and break down muscle, which provides the stress that triggers the body into a "hyper-anabolic" state. When we rest, this hyper-anabolic state promotes "super compensation" through elevated protein synthesis where the body adapts by incrementally increasing muscularity and strength. Notably, super compensation can only occur if the body has the building blocks on hand and adequate rest to do so. If we don't sleep enough, over-train, or eat too little, then we shift toward a state...
[Editor's Note: Welcome back to our "Inside Look" series, in which we assess the present and future of the supplement industry by talking with CEOs, founders, and senior executives from some of the most respected and innovative companies in the sports nutrition field. GAT has been around for over fifteen years, but has made great strides recently, both in expanding its product line and greatly enhancing its visibility in the industry and among athletes. Team GAT athletes include IFBB Pros "Big Ramy" Mamdouh Elssbiay, Kevin Jordan and Dennis James, as well as Robert Oberst, a swiftly rising superstar on the Strongman circuit, who we'll be talking to in-depth very soon here at ProSource. In this installment, however, we're talking to Charles Moser, CEO of GAT. As always, his opinions are his own.]
[Editor's Note: Welcome to Part Two in our three-part series on Bodybuilding by Body Type. Last week, in Gains For Hard Gainers, we addressed the special physiological challenges faced by Ectomorphs when they try to add pounds of muscle to their lean frames. This week, we're taking a look at those who possess the "winning lottery ticket" when it comes to physique transformation. Mesomorphs (people blessed with peak metabolism and mass-gain potential) have a great head start in the mass-building game. What follows is a step-by-step roadmap to making the most of that potential. Next week, will move on to Endomorphs (people who have difficulty ripping up and getting lean). In the meantime, let's hand it off to Chad Kerksick, PhD.!]
[Editor's Note: Welcome to Part One in our three-part series on Bodybuilding by Body Type. Achieving and maintaining the ideal physique is extremely challenging for all athletes, but it poses special challenges for Ectomorphs (or Hard Gainers) and Endomorphs (people who have difficulty ripping up and getting lean). Of course, if you're a Mesomorph (which is to say, someone blessed with peak metabolism and mass gain potential), you've got a great head start toward achieving your physique goals. (Though we'll be dedicating an installment of this series to you, as well.) Today, however, we start with Bodybuilding for Ectomorphs, or Hard Gainers, as investigated by our resident supplementation expert, Chad Kerksick, PhD. Take it away, Chad!]
Okay, guys, this one's for you. Summer is the season when all your hard work in the gym culminates and can be appreciated. This is especially obvious for those of you who take the time and effort to plan a proper diet and supplement regimen in the weeks leading up to summer break. With the best season of the year just around the corner, now is the time to put the finishing touches on your male physique before hitting the beach.
For those of you who want to peak and stay this way for the entire summer, you must eat like a champ, train and sleep like a champ, and think carefully about what supplements to take. In this article we have put together 5 simple supplemental steps aimed at getting you into the best shape of your life and maintaining that condition for the entire summer.
Training for maximal performance in nearly every situation comes down to preventing fatigue and promoting the highest quality workouts you can complete. If you are a bodybuilder and want to get bigger and stronger this means knocking out a higher number of sets and repetitions during any given workout. For strength and power athletes, maximal overload may mean completing a few more rounds of explosive drills and doing so with less rest. And even endurance athletes have to be able to train harder and longer to get the most benefit from their performance. Because of the diversity seen within many different athletes, training programs should be different and needs related to nutrition and recovery are also different. This is where beta alanine is unique and exciting because it has the potential to help any of these...
You feel like you're doing everything right. You're getting to the gym; you're doing your workouts. You're trying to eat clean, taking your supplements, getting enough protein. You're getting your rest.
But the results aren't there. In fact, you could be getting a little softer. You're not bouncing back from workouts the way you once did. You go to bed tired, and wake up tired. So you vow to shake things up and restore your old vitality.
But maybe your malaise springs from something deeper, more hormonal in nature. And your answer might lie in a hardy legume of the tropics.
[Editor's Note: Welcome back to our "Inside Look" series, in which we assess the present and future of the supplement industry by talking with CEOs, founders, and senior executives from some of the most respected and innovative companies in the sports nutrition field. In this installment, we're talking to Gerard Dente, President of MuscleMeds, a company celebrated for its product development savvy and integrity. A former bodybuilding champion, Gerard has "walked the walk" on the pro circuit, and now he's here to "talk the talk" about our industry's future. He's one of the great pioneers in our field and, as always, his opinions are his own.]
Can you state the basic philosophy of your company and how it translates into the manufacturing and marketing of your products?
[Editor's Note: Serious bodybuilders have long known that dietary fat intake doesn't make you fat. In fact, healthy fats are an indispensable source of energy, and are much less likely to be stored away as excess body fat than carbs. Of course, there is a hierarchy of dietary value when it comes to fats, and polyunsaturated Omega-3 fatty acids reign supreme in their importance to fitness-minded people. Omega-3s have been associated with a wide variety of beneficial health effects, and a superior Omega-3 supplement like ProSource's Omega-1250, derived from the highest-quality deep-sea cold-water fish oil sources, is an essential tool in the bodybuilder's tool kit. While many athletes have a general sense of the advantages conferred by Omega-3's (including support of cardiovascular health a...
Have you heard of a concept known as Foundational Nutrition? Foundational Nutrition can be described as a philosophy of eating and utilizing foods and nutrient timing in order to promote your own vital health. Supplements are designed to help obtain specific goals and to support the eating plan that you follow.
The value of protein for maintaining a healthy immune system, maintaining muscle mass while also being able to positively impact muscle gains cannot be underestimated. There are many ways to get important macronutrients in your diet. The trick is knowing which ones to emphasize and what supportive agents you can use.
[Editor's Note: As part of our ongoing "Inside Look" series of interviews, we've been sitting down and discussing the current and future challenges facing the supplement industry with some of the industry's most influential leaders. This week, we're privileged to speak to Niko Contardi, a senior member of the management team at iForce. iForce is an excellent example of a company that entered the field with a focused emphasis on a particular niche (in their case, diet supplements) and expanded in a sensible, strategic manner as their fanbase grew. Today, they're one of the more prominent players in the industry. Of course, the claims and opinions expressed in this article are Niko's own.]
Can you state the basic philosophy of your company and how it translates into the manufacturing and marketing of your products?
[Editor's Note: As part of our ongoing "Inside Look" series of interviews, we've been sitting down and discussing the current and future challenges facing the supplement industry with some of the industry's most influential leaders. This week, we're privileged to speak to James Grage, Co-Founder and Vice President of BPI Sports. BPI Sports is a relatively recent addition to the sports supplement marketplace, and yet they have grown swiftly into one of the more prominent players in the field. Of course, the claims and opinions expressed in this article are James's own.]
ProSource: Can you state the basic philosophy of your company and how it translates into the manufacturing and marketing of your products?
[Editor's Note: Welcome to the latest installment in our celebrated Stacking for Success Series! This week, we're taking on the challenge of continuous and unchecked muscle growth with The 24-Hour Growth Stack. Are you sacrificing hard-won muscle gains overnight as your body slips into fasting mode and starts cannibalizing muscle tissue? Fast-acting whey proteins are only half the muscle growth story, with longer-release micellar casein performing an essential function in maintaining an anabolic environment for growth at night. Read on as Chad Kerksick, PhD, investigates the anabolic potential of supplying relentless amino flow to muscle tissue. Also, be sure to check out previous entries in the series, including the
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In an effort to maximize protein synthesis, bodybuilders require at least twice as much protein as the regular sedentary Joe. Thus, it is no mystery why protein supplementation is necessary to make significant lean mass gains. Over the past few decades, research investigating protein source and timing has exploded, leading to the development of an array of different products targeted at maximizing and maintaining an anabolic muscular environment, all the while keeping catabolism (muscle breakdown) to a minimum.
[Editor's Note: As part of our ongoing "Inside Look" series of interviews, we've been sitting down and discussing the current and future challenges facing the supplement industry with some of the industry's most influential leaders. This week, we're privileged to speak to Cory Gregory, MusclePharm Co-Founder and Executive Vice President. Cory's "Training Madness Series" was a huge hit with our readers last year, and he always has plenty to say about the state of supplement science and retailing. Cory's enormous following on social media (almost half a million people on Twitter alone) ensures that his opinions hold considerable sway in the field. Of course, the claims and opinions expressed in this article are Cory's own.]
ProSource: Welcome back to ProSource, Cory! Can you state the basic philosophy of your company and how...
If you're an athlete who takes his physique and performance goals seriously (and we know you are, or you wouldn't be here), you're probably familiar with the constant blur of activity surrounding some of the most-hyped brands in the thermogenic category. Some of these products seem to be "reformulated" every few months or so. You may find yourself wondering
why they need to be re-invented so often . . . and what, besides the package design, is really changing.
The research and development innovators at BioQuest do things differently. In 2008, they introduced their flagship weight-loss catalyst BetaStax, the product th...
As spring approaches and the temperatures rise, so too will your desire to shed a few pounds before you put back on the swimsuit. A long-term approach to weight loss typically involves a lifestyle change that means modifications to both your diet and exercise program. The overwhelming factor that controls your long-term ability to lose weight is the balance you maintain between the calories you consume and the calories you burn. Certainly, a number of other factors contribute to this outcome, but routinely studies come back to making sure you first have tilted the weight loss scales in your favor.
And before you say to yourself, "everyone knows that and I'm already doing that," consider that most people underestimate the amount of calories they consume by 25% to 30% (Lichtman 1992) and alternatively people overestimate how many calories they ar...
[Editor's Note: Welcome back to
Stacking for Success Month here at ProSource.net! The product development team at ProSource has assembled some of the most powerful and profoundly transformational stacks in the history of bodybuilding. Each week this month, we've been featuring one of those stacks, telling you how and why they work, and also
offering them to our loyal customers at a significant savings. (Be sure to check out the Hardcore Testosterone Boosting Stack and Ultra-Quick Build Power Stack.) This week, we're turning our attention to extreme fat loss with the Ultimate Transformatio...
[Editor's Note] Top competitive bodybuilders have long known the importance of supplement stacking when it comes to optimizing physique and performance. Protein and creatine. Pre-workouts and recovery agents. T-boosters and mass builders. Some combinations just work together in perfect synergy to generate greatly enhanced results. Here at ProSource, our product development team has assembled some of the most powerful and profoundly transformational stacks in the history of bodybuilding. Every week this month, we'll be featuring one of those stacks, telling you how and why they work, and also
offering them to our loyal customers at a significant savings. This week, we kick off
Stacking for Success Month with the Ultra-Quick Build Power Stack, with expert analysis from Chad Kerksick, PhD.
It's one of the great ironies of the bodybuilding life. Testosterone is the wellspring from which many positive outcomes for men (muscle growth, libido, youthful vitality) originate. Most athletes make an effort to support optimized production of testosterone for exactly this reason.
Testosterone also occupies a position at the beginning of a chain of events that culminates in male pattern baldness. Though testosterone itself does not cause hair loss, male pattern baldness is kick-started by the transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Testosterone converts into DHT due to the action of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. Hair follicles are especially sensitive to DHT, and actually ...
It's that time of the year again, when the cold, the reduced sunlight, and our once-again-packed work schedules conspire to undermine our dietary and training schedules. We all know that this is a recipe for some seriously unwanted fat gain, yet most of us inadvertently put on five to ten pounds over the winter.
Unfortunately there are no magic pills on the market that completely circumvent fat gain in the face of over-consumption and reduced exercise. However, there are some supplements and strategies that might help curb your indulgences, motivate you to get into the gym, and keep you looking svelte. So let's highlight some of the key supplements and show you how you can use them to keep your cravings low and your metabolism high over the winter -- all with the goal of making a fat loss resolution unnecess...
Why do you work out? If you're like most people your reason is likely to feel better, enhance your physique by building lean muscle and losing fat, and/or to improve your health. These processes require a number of factors to be in order and a primary component is your diet, which many people feel is by far the most important component.
To put it one way, having a "perfect" workout day is far easier as you can shown up to the gym and train your tail off, but a "perfect" nutrition day goes from sun up to sun down -- every day!
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If you want to pack pounds of lean muscle onto your frame, you'd better beef up! Without a doubt, beef has historically been the number one muscle building food. Bodybuilders, powerlifters and athletes everywhere, both past and present, have sworn by the muscle-building properties of beef and for good reason.
Beef is a high quality protein consisting of the nine essential amino acids that are vital for building muscle mass and gaining strength. While there are many factors involved with maintaining and building muscle tissue, red meat plays an important role in helping stimulate muscle protein synthesis. Not only does beef taste great and provide you with the crucial building blocks of muscle, but it also is loaded with many other beneficial vitamins and minerals that can help aid in maximizing your recovery and growth. These micronutrients include the growth-hormone-producing mineral potassium, anti-catabolic agent CLA, immune-boosting zinc and blood-building i...