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Inventing a New and Better Kind of Protein Bar

Inventing a New and Better Kind of Protein Bar


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 ...

Is BCAA Supplementation Necessary?

Is BCAA Supplementation Necessary?
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...

Are You Training Hard Enough To Build Muscle Mass?

Are You Training Hard Enough To Build Muscle Mass?


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 ...

Proteins Ranked From Best to Worst

Proteins Ranked From Best to Worst

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.

What is the single ...

Supplementation Strategies for a Successful Cutting Phase

Supplementation Strategies for a Successful Cutting Phase



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 ...

What Time Of Day Is Best For Your Workout?

What Time Of Day Is Best For Your Workout?

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...

How To Read A Protein Label

How To Read A Protein Label

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...

All Day Whey

All Day Whey


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.
NW Recipe 1
You know this, and food manufacturers know it as well. That’s why ...

Supplementation Guidelines For Bulking Up

Supplementation Guidelines For Bulking Up


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...

The Next 3

The Next 3

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.

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Introducing the 80 Day Total Transformation System

Introducing the 80 Day Total Transformation System

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...

Multi-Pathway Approach For Eliminating Excess Fat

Multi-Pathway Approach For Eliminating Excess Fat

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 ...

Introducing Doc's Whey

Introducing Doc's Whey


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...

Draymond Green: A Warrior On A Mission

Draymond Green: A Warrior On A Mission

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...

Practical Testosterone Support Strategies That Work

Practical Testosterone Support Strategies That Work

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.

Testosterone: The Basics

Testosteron...

Mark Wahlberg Dives Deep

Mark Wahlberg Dives Deep

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...

5 Supplement Secrets of the Successful Bodybuilder

5 Supplement Secrets of the Successful Bodybuilder

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...

What Is Nitric Oxide And How Will It Improve My Workout?

What Is Nitric Oxide And How Will It Improve My Workout?

The Science of Perfect Pumps and Peak Performance

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...

Beef Protein Vs. Whey Protein: Which Is Better?

Beef Protein Vs. Whey Protein: Which Is Better?

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.

Protein Basics

Protein is required b...

A Conversation With Dr. Carlon Colker

A Conversation With Dr. Carlon Colker

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 ...

Pathways To The Perfect Workout

Pathways To The Perfect Workout

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...

Peerless Proteins

Peerless Proteins

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®

Believe it or not, there was a time not...

Stacking For Success

Stacking For Success


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 Read full article

Choosing The Perfect Protein

Choosing The Perfect Protein


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...

Large And Lean

Large And Lean

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...

How Clean Is Your Protein?

How Clean Is Your Protein?
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...

Supplement Strategies For Your Body Type

Supplement Strategies For Your Body Type
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 Optimized For Ultimate Value

Whey Protein Optimized For Ultimate Value


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...

Top 5 Supplements For Strength, Power and Endurance

Top 5 Supplements For Strength, Power and Endurance

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...

Cut The Fat, Keep The Muscle

Cut The Fat, Keep The Muscle
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...

Pathways To Growth

Pathways To Growth

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...

Muscle Growth Without Limits?

Muscle Growth Without Limits?


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...

Strength Through Creatine

Strength Through Creatine


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...

Good To Grow

Good To Grow

Post-Workout Strategies
For Recovery and Growth


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 ...

Max Your T-Levels All Day Long!

Max Your T-Levels All Day Long!

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, Read full article

Pave the Way for Peak Performance

Pave the Way for Peak Performance


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...

Maximize Endurance With Beta Alanine

Maximize Endurance With Beta Alanine

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...

24-Hour Fat Loss

24-Hour Fat Loss

Your Guide to the Perfect
Physique-Ripping Day

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...

The Road To Recovery

The Road To Recovery
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...

11 Fat-Loss Supplements And How To Stack Them

11 Fat-Loss Supplements And How To Stack Them

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 Read full article

Shifting Into Overdrive

Shifting Into Overdrive


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...

4 Weeks to Ripped!

4 Weeks to Ripped!

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...

Fabricio Werdum: Triumph of the Underdog

Fabricio Werdum: Triumph of the Underdog

A ProSource Exclusive Interview
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 ...

Reach Your Peak With BCAAs

Reach Your Peak With BCAAs
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.

What Are Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)?

Test Prep

Test Prep

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...

Ramp Up Your One-Rep Max

Ramp Up Your One-Rep Max
Leveraging Linear
Periodization to
Get Stronger

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.

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Supplement Picks of the Experts: Testosterone Support

Supplement Picks of the Experts: Testosterone Support
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 Read full article

Don't Starve The Beast!

Don't Starve The Beast!

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 Read full article

Gronk Time!

Gronk Time!

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...

Carb Up For Growth!

Carb Up For Growth!

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...

Jay's Way

Jay's Way

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.

Jay Cutler in the GymWhen 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...

Supplement Picks Of The Experts: Fat-Loss Catalysts

Supplement Picks Of The Experts: Fat-Loss Catalysts

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...

Supplements For Strength

Supplements For Strength

You Won’t Get Bigger
If You Don’t Get Stronger

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.

Alas, those golden days and weeks d...

Supplement Picks of the Experts: Mass Builders

Supplement Picks of the Experts: Mass Builders

Sports Nutrition Round Table: 


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: Read full article

Jump Start Growth With The Power of Leucine

Jump Start Growth With The Power of Leucine

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 Picks of the Experts: Premium Proteins

Supplement Picks of the Experts: Premium Proteins

Sports Nutrition Round Table:

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 ...

Secret Weapon For Recovery

Secret Weapon For Recovery

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...

Fishing For Gains

Fishing For Gains


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...

The Time Is Now

The Time Is Now

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...

Lay A Solid Foundation for Long-TermFitness With Strong, Healthy Joints

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Superior Raw Materials and Processing Pay Big Muscle-Growth Dividends

Superior Raw Materials and Processing Pay Big Muscle-Growth Dividends
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...

Top 10 Supplements to BuildYour Ultimate 2015 Physique!

Top 10 Supplements to BuildYour Ultimate 2015 Physique!

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 ...

Maximize Muscle Growth With Bodybuilding's Most Powerful Post-Workout Mass Builder

Maximize Muscle Growth With Bodybuilding's Most Powerful Post-Workout Mass Builder
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...

Tips and Guidelines to Help YouSurvive "Empty Calorie Season"

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This Year, Get The Workout WarriorsOn Your List What They Really Want!

This Year, Get The Workout WarriorsOn Your List What They Really Want!

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...

Size Matters! A Meal-By-Meal RegimenFor Adding Pounds of Muscle Mass!

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Lay a Groundwork for Growth With EssentialVitamins, Minerals, and Wellness Catalysts

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Exploring the Connections BetweenProper Rest, Fat Loss, and Muscle Building

Exploring the Connections BetweenProper Rest, Fat Loss, and Muscle Building

[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...

For Strength and Size Increase,One Creatine Rules Them All

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When Talking About TestosteroneIncrease, Bioavailability Is Key

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Chad Kerksick, PhD, ReportsFrom the 2014 NSCA Conference

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Diet and Supplementation Strategies forMaintaining Long-Term Weight Loss

Diet and Supplementation Strategies forMaintaining Long-Term Weight Loss

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Fast Recovery and Accelerated GrowthBegin With Choosing The Right Protein

Fast Recovery and Accelerated GrowthBegin With Choosing The Right Protein

[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!]

Power Your Way to Productive WorkoutsWith These Valuable Performance Optimizers

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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 ...

Non-Stimulant Diet-Support SolutionsFor the Stim-Sensitive Athlete

Non-Stimulant Diet-Support SolutionsFor the Stim-Sensitive Athlete

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.

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Chad Kerksick, PhD, ReportsFrom the 2014 ISSN Conference

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Separating the Facts From the MythsTo Achieve Real Fat-Loss Results

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Dietary and Supplement Guidelines forGetting Lean While Maintaining Muscle

Dietary and Supplement Guidelines forGetting Lean While Maintaining Muscle

[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...

David Brown Rises From His Wheelchair toBecome An Inspiring Weight-Loss Story

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Supplemental Solutions for Preventing YourBody From Cannibalizing Muscle Tissue

Supplemental Solutions for Preventing YourBody From Cannibalizing Muscle Tissue

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...

CEO Charles Moser Reflects on thePhilosophy Behind GAT's Success

CEO Charles Moser Reflects on thePhilosophy Behind GAT's Success

[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.]

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Where and how exactly does your body store all of the protein that you ingest throughout the day?

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Turn Great Potential Into Great ResultsWith These Diet and Exercise Strategies

Turn Great Potential Into Great ResultsWith These Diet and Exercise Strategies
[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.!]

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A New Look For The ProSource BrandStarts With Bodybuilding's Elite Creatine

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Exercise and Nutritional GuidelinesThat Will Help You Pack On Muscle

Exercise and Nutritional GuidelinesThat Will Help You Pack On Muscle

[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!]

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A Guy's Guide for Hitting YourPhysical Peak as Summer Begins

A Guy's Guide for Hitting YourPhysical Peak as Summer Begins

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.

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Prevent Fatigue and MaximizeWorkout Productivity With Beta Alanine

Prevent Fatigue and MaximizeWorkout Productivity With Beta Alanine

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...

Supporting Optimized Hormone Levels With a Powerful Neurotransmitter Catalyst

Supporting Optimized Hormone Levels With a Powerful Neurotransmitter Catalyst

Sometimes, it's just not happening.

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.

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Gerard Dente is Laser-Focused onThe Needs of MuscleMeds' Customers

Gerard Dente is Laser-Focused onThe Needs of MuscleMeds' Customers

[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.]

ProSource: Can you state the basic philosophy of your company and how it translates into the manufacturing and marketing of your products?

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Enhancing Performance at the CellularLevel with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Enhancing Performance at the CellularLevel with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

[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...

Using Foundational Nutritional StrategiesTo Achieve Your Ideal Physique

Using Foundational Nutritional StrategiesTo Achieve Your Ideal Physique

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.

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iForce Emphasizes Integrity DuringUncertain Times in the Industry

iForce Emphasizes Integrity DuringUncertain Times in the Industry
[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.]

ProSource: Can you state the basic philosophy of your company and how it translates into the manufacturing and marketing of your products?
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For Co-Founder / VP James Grage,The Future Is All About Growth

For Co-Founder / VP James Grage,The Future Is All About Growth

[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? 

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Maximize and Sustain Your GainsWith the 24-Hour Growth Stack

Maximize and Sustain Your GainsWith the 24-Hour Growth Stack
[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 Read full article

Support and Maximize Muscle GrowthAround the Clock With Ultimate Casein

Support and Maximize Muscle GrowthAround the Clock With Ultimate Casein

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.

Just about anyone who's ever walked out onto a gym floor knows they need to supplement with a fast-acting, highly anabolic protein source to spur growth post-workout and stave off counterproductive catabolism. However, once that growth window has closed, a continuous Read full article

Cory Gregory Reflects on Earning andRewarding the Loyalty of #MPNation

Cory Gregory Reflects on Earning andRewarding the Loyalty of #MPNation

[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...

The Most Powerful Matrix of Natural Weight-Loss Factors Ever Created?

The Most Powerful Matrix of Natural Weight-Loss Factors Ever Created?

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...

CLA Makes an Excellent Non-StimulantAlternative for Weight-Loss Support

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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. 

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Stack the Odds in Your Favor with theUltimate Transformation Mega Stack

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[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...

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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.

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A Targeted Supplemental ApproachTo Honing a Rock-Hard Physique in 2014

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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.

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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. 

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Amino-Rich Specialty Protein Delivers Results

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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.

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Introducing the AndroFury Workout Program:A Unique, Short-Duration, Super-Intense Regimen

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"In case of emergency, break glass and pull down handle." So commands the standard fire alarm box, which comes in mighty handy when you're facing a serious emergency situation.

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We're already deep into summer, once again. It's time to reveal more skin in the summer heat and show off how hard you've trained year-round. Your dedication and determination in the gym along with your diligent meal-planning are key to achieving a perfectly toned physique. Thanks to breakthrough science and research, however, there are dietary supplements that can help you achieve weight loss faster for summertime and continue to keep it off in the winter months. The following supplements made the list of essential ingredients and proprietary blends that will complement your summer workouts and weight-loss goals.


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Which Version of the Gold Standard ofPremium Proteins is Best for You?

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It's hard to remember now, but it wasn't all that long ago that protein supplementation meant consuming raw eggs and egg whites. (Think Rocky.) The first protein powders (greatly celebrated in their day) were little more than chalky, low-grade mass gainer powders consisting of inferior protein concentrates and base impurities. It really wasn't until the arrival of the original NytroWhey in 1997 that what we think of as the mod...

VPX's CEO Reflects on 20 Years of Successand Looks to the Future of Supplement Science

VPX's CEO Reflects on 20 Years of Successand Looks to the Future of Supplement Science

[Editor's Note: For almost 20 years, VPX has been a leading light in the supplement industry, researching, developing, and launching a series of celebrated products, particularly in the performance beverage category. Recently, we sat down with Jack Owoc, CEO, CSO of VPX and talked about a wide range of topics currently impacting the industry, about where he sees the science of supplementation going in the coming years, and about what keeps VPX growing and prospering. Very few people have Jack's longevity and track record of success in this business, and he's also a respected writer on per...

Carnitine Emerges as a Key Factor in Support of Test Support, Recovery, Fat Burning and More!

Carnitine Emerges as a Key Factor in Support of Test Support, Recovery, Fat Burning and More!
Let's face it. If a sturdy workout regimen and plenty of protein were all it took to build a stupendous physique, we'd be hip deep in supermen. The fact that we're not -- that, indeed, the vast majority of workout warriors pass the months and years investing maximum effort on the gym floor while deriving modest benefits -- suggests that something more is at work in the physiology of muscle growth and fat loss.

One of those factors that has been drawing increased attention in recent years is L-carnitine, a naturally occurring amino acid biosynthesized from lysine and methionine. New research suggests that carnitine may play a role in a great number of positive physical outc...

Beta Alanine and the Questfor High-Intensity Endurance

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Don't look now, but the popularity of beta-alanine continues to soar.  Riding the crest of a wave of support from some very interesting recent science and a swell of anecdotal reports from dedicated users of this super amino, beta-alanine is rapidly moving into the first rank of pre-workout-maximizing catalysts.

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If MuscleTech supplements work for Phil Heath and Branch Warren, that's good enough for the legions of aspiring bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts that purchase MuscleTech products every day. Recently, we sat down with representatives of MuscleTech and talked about a wide range of topics currently impacting the industry, and to see what keeps MuscleTech on top of its game.

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Get Started on the Path to GrowthWith a Stack That Offers Big Results

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In bodybuilding, achieving continuous improvements in your physique requires a serious commitment to proper diet and consistent intense training sessions. Beyond that, incorporating a strategic supplementation regimen will significantly maximize strength and muscular development.  Back in the day, bodybuilding supplementation consisted of little more than some protein powder and a blender.

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Have you ever felt like your pre-workout formula was doing just half the job?

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Founder and CEO Gerard Dente Keeps MHPA Few Steps Ahead of the Competition

Founder and CEO Gerard Dente Keeps MHPA Few Steps Ahead of the Competition
[Editor's Note: Welcome once again to our Industry Leaders Series, a recurring feature which will consist of conversations with CEOs, founders, and senior executives from some of the most respected and innovative companies in the sports supplement field. Our purpose is to provide our readers with unique insights into the most effective products and the philosophies behind their creation, as well as an overview of where the supplement science world stands today and where it's going to go in the near future. In this installment, we're talking to Gerard Dente, founder and CEO of MHP. A former bodybuilding champion, Gerard has lived the lifestyle for more than thirty years, and after retiring from competition in 1996, he founded Maximum Human Performance in 1997. His company swiftly established itself as one of the industry leaders in research, developm...

Extended-Release Casein is a PowerfulAnti-Catabolic Muscle-Support Solution

Extended-Release Casein is a PowerfulAnti-Catabolic Muscle-Support Solution
[Editor's Note: Whey is always the superstar when scientists talk about post-workout supplementation, and for good reason. But there's a lot more to the day than that short window of time in which you're feeling good about your workout, enjoying a frosty protein shake, and checking out the women doing their Zumba routine in your gym's floor exercise room. Specifically, there's that long overnight stretch haunted by starving muscle tissue and the onset of catabolic activity. Athletes who don't feed their muscles during this critical period risk losing all the gains they've worked so hard to accrue during the day.

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Optimal Protein Dosing Throughout the Day
If there is one supplement that should clutter every bodybuilders counter space, it should be a jug or two of high quality protein powder. This is based on the simple fact that protein supplements have been proven time and time again to boost muscle building, decrease fat, and increase strength when combined with heavy resistance training.

In the bodybuilding world, milk based (whey and casein) protein powders have received the greatest amount of research support, thus it stands to reason why they are the best selling protein supplements offered today. Although both whey and casein have many benefits, there are a few things that must be considered in order to get the best muscular gains for your buck. In the following article, we address five important areas for you to consider when choosing the "what" and "when" in milk based protein supplementation.

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MusclePharm CEO and FounderBrad Pyatt is a Man With a Mission

MusclePharm CEO and FounderBrad Pyatt is a Man With a Mission
[Editor's Note: This week, we're kicking off a recurring feature called the Industry Leaders Series, which will consist of conversations with CEOs, founders, and senior executives from some of the most respected and innovative companies in the sports supplement field. Our purpose is to provide our readers with unique insights into the most effective products and the philosophies behind their creation, as well as an overview of where the supplement science world stands today and where it's going to be in the near future. Helping us get this series off to a rousing start is Brad Pyatt, former NFL standout and founder and CEO of MusclePharm, Inc.]

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It's crunch time and just in time for you to avoid having to get another not-so-spectacular gift for the gym rat on your list (or a little something for yourself), we've got a few ideas for gifts they really want.  Gifts that make you bigger, leaner and better are the best kind ... and Spring Break and Summer will be here before you know it.

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Carnivor: The Power of Beef In a Delicious Shake!

Carnivor: The Power of Beef In a Delicious Shake!
It has long been known that bodybuilders and strength athletes consume high amounts of beef to help build muscle and increase strength. The muscle building power of beef cannot be disputed. Ask any bodybuilder and they will tell you that they make their biggest muscle gains and feel their strongest when they eat beef.

Beef is the king of muscle building because of its anabolic nutritional profile. For example, four ounces of lean roast beef yields about 22 grams of complete protein. In addition, beef contains high concentrations of creatine, which is a muscular fuel necessary for sustained contractions and growth. And when compared to chicken, beef has tremendously higher quantities of carnitine and BCAAs...

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If you are an athlete, whether you are a weekend warrior or professional caliber, there's a good chance you want to lose additional body fat.  I also bet that in the process of shedding a few inches off your waistline, you prefer to keep your hard-earned muscle and even add some.  Here's five tactics to make sure that happens.

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Change is Good--And Incorporating ItInto Your Regimen is a Key To Success

Change is Good--And Incorporating ItInto Your Regimen is a Key To Success
Forrest Gump is one of my favorite movies. Though I was only eight years old at its release, I've watched it countless times throughout my life. Every time I finish watching, I take something new from it. But most often I'm reminded of Mama's refrain, Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.

For a simple--and slightly ambiguous--statement, it carries a lot of weight. During each instant, life is changing--whether we notice it or not. Small, incremental changes over the course of time add up to life altering moments. Sometimes, though, increments are disregarded and huge change, packaged in uncertainty, arrives bewilderingly on the doorstep. Change is mandated--you've no choice but to open the package.  

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Learn the facts and get the most from every dollar you spend on protein

Learn the facts and get the most from every dollar you spend on protein
No nutrient has been utilized more for building lean muscle and transforming the physique than protein. In fact, it is the single most important nutritional component in the muscle-building equation. That is why it's vitally important for any bodybuilder or other athlete to know the facts regarding protein, and why certain types are better than others. That's also why the product development team at ProSource is providing this comprehensive overview of the latest scientific findings surrounding protein, important detailed information regarding different types of protein, how they are produced and which one is best suited for each objective. Several of the most relevant forms of protein will be defined and discussed relative to their respective advantages and disadvantages.

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BioQuest has a well-earned reputation for launching trends rather than following them, and their new premium-quality overnight, extended-release protein is just the latest example of that leadership.

In the recent past, overnight and extended-release proteins have been the "neglected stepchild" of the protein category. Many manufacturers save the spotlight for their fast-acting whey isolate and hydrolyzed whey products, while overnight formulas have been a repository for subpar protein content like whey concentrate, sodium caseinate or potassium caseinate. This refusal to bring their "A" game to the overnight protein category is a glaring omission on the part of manufacturers for a number of reasons, the most prominent of which has to do with nitrogen balance.

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In a supplement marketplace where trendy new manufacturers and retailers come and go on a monthly basis, there's always been one constant bastion of peerless quality. For over 16 years, athletes have known that ProSource is their one and only destination for ultimate premium-quality supplements. Born of cutting-edge research and development, infused with the purest and most potent ingredients, and priced affordably by virtue of a direct-to-consumer merchandising model, ProSource performance supplements are, quite, simply, the best our industry has to offer. As a result, ProSource has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, while accruing a large and loyal family of satisfied customers.

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Daniel "Boomsauce" Tyminski's introduction to CrossFit wasn't a matter of wandering into a gym to try this popular training regimen. Instead, the Long Island native first became interested in cross-training when he was stationed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. Like many soldiers, staying in tip-top shape was important not just for physical conditioning that could be a lifesaver out in the field, but also to help relieve stress during downtime back at base camp. He recalls that one of his buddies introduced him to this new high intensity, greatly varied training style and he was hooked instantly.

"The thing I loved about CrossFit right from the start was its wide open structure -- it's all about constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity," Boomsauce says. "Because we didn't have much in the way of traditional lifting equipment overseas, this type of workout -- which utilized bodyweight and whatever weighted implements we could get our ...

3 Support Factors That Are Crucialto Your Physique Development

3 Support Factors That Are Crucialto Your Physique Development
Developing your physique is a matter of consistent, intense, training with proper nutrition, right? It would seem like that is the answer, but often times hard training and eating right do not deliver the gains you might expect. That is because, unfortunately, you may be overlooking some important intangibles. Here are 3 factors that play a crucial role in your physique development and how you can optimize them.

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Your ability to build muscle and develop your physique directly relates to your body's ability to breakdown, digest, and process the foods that you eat. This makes optimizing digestion a vital piece of the puzzle. Many protein powders o...

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Important New UConn Study Validates Whey Proteinas the Ultimate Bodybuilding Superfood

Important New UConn Study Validates Whey Proteinas the Ultimate Bodybuilding Superfood
[Editor's Note: Here at ProSource, we virtually invented the modern era of whey protein supplementation with the introduction of our super-premium NytroWhey line of 100% whey protein isolate formulations over a decade ago. And, of course, we've been leading the way ever since, incorporating every new advance in protein science into a NytroWhey line that has always been the industry's gold standard. Today, the newest ultra-advanced super-protein in the line, NytroWhey Ultra Elite, is the most anabolically powerful NytroWhey yet. Unsurpassed in both its extreme muscle-mass-generating power and its smooth, luscious flavor, NytroWhey Ultra Elite contains an elite-quality, growth-factor...

Leucine, Essential Amino Acidsand the mTOR Muscle Growth Pathway

Leucine, Essential Amino Acidsand the mTOR Muscle Growth Pathway
Do you know what nutrients are best consumed in combination with your regular workouts?  A great many people consume increased amounts of protein because they know when combined with a consistent heavy resistance training program it can help facilitate greater adaptations to their training.  These desired adaptations are often increased strength and lean muscle tissue as well as improvements in body composition.  Another topic commonly discussed of late has been nutrient timing.  Do you know when you should be consuming these nutrients?  A number of published scientific articles and recent articles on the ProSource website have addressed this topic and this is an area that many sports nutrition researchers are working hard to better understand.

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Get Maximum Anabolic Benefit From Every Super-Productive Workout!

Get Maximum Anabolic Benefit From Every Super-Productive Workout!
When it comes to getting lean and muscular your dietary consistency and performance in the gym are the two factors that will define your success. Just as you work to be more adherent and compliant to your diet each and every day, you should also be striving to lift more weight, achieve a higher level of intensity, and blast through training plateaus with each trip to the gym. In this article I want to share with you six different things that you can do to enhance your performance at the gym TODAY.

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The Athletes' Guide To Sports Drinks

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Sales of sports drinks are in the hundreds of billions worldwide.  It's no surprise there are a lot of choices and a lot of new companies that want a piece of this growing market.   Sports drinks traditionally were designed to replace fluid and electrolyte losses during and after exercise.  But now they contain various other concoctions of nutrients and are used for more than just rehydration.  Here's a brief rundown of the established brands and a few new products to consider.

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First Class Fiber Can Be the Secret Ingredient to a Better Physique

As an athlete dedicated to your diet, physique and exercise regimen, you certainly have spent a great deal of time and energy counting carbohydrates and protein.  Amazing amounts of helpful information have come from science labs and athletes across the country telling us how much of these nutrients to eat.  Every bodybuilder or physique athlete knows that consuming a diet which facilitates fat burning and increasing levels of leanness requires more than just the right balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat.  One of these nutrients that can help you achieve those nutritional goals, while ripping up your physique, is dietary fiber.  While dietary fiber is best known for its health effects (which are too great to pass ...

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Optimizing Sleep for Better Gains

[Editor's Note: Today we're launching a new weekly column called "The Big Picture: Integrating Supplements, Lifestyle and Workouts." It will feature short takes on bodybuilding strategies, much like our weekly Muscle Mechanics Series, only it won't be focused purely on exercise routines. Instead, The Big Picture will offer advice on every aspect of living the bodybuilding life, with an emphasis on combining supplements, lifestyle choices, and exercise for maximum effect. This week's entry is written by a new contributing writer to ProSource, expert nutritionist Mike Roussell, PhD. Take it away, Mike!]

Optimizing total calories, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats has always been held up as the most ...

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Customized supplement stacks
maximize results for every body type



For some, getting large and lean is a difficult task, for others it is a breeze. Regardless, you should choose your supplements based on your bodybuilding goals and genetic body type. Over the past few years there have been numerous products developed to help you maximize your goals and with a little homework you can create a personalized supplement regimen to capitalize on your workouts.

In anthropometry (the science of body measurement) humans are sorted into three genetically determined body types (called somatotypes), the endomorph, mesomorph, and ectomorph. Endomorphs have the genetic predisposition to store fat easily, mesomorphs are those guys who stay relatively lean but maintain a muscular build no matter what they do, and ectomorphs are those who tend to be tall and skinny. Although somatotype ...

ProSource Brand ZMA T-Booster Contains 100% SNAC System ZMA, the World's Best

ProSource Brand ZMA T-Booster Contains 100% SNAC System ZMA, the World's Best

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in supplement science circles it's usually a sure sign of second-rate quality. When it comes to the ingredients that make up our bodybuilding supplements, you'll find that there's very often one manufacturer who leads the way ... and a bunch of followers trying to capitalize on the goodwill created by the pioneer in the category. Thus, when buying a creatine supplement, you should always look for the CreaPure trademark. Protein content? Glanbia Nutritionals is legendary for its quality control standards. GlycoCarn, Svetol, Ajinomoto Labs in Japan ... we could go on.

The point is, the gulf between best and second-best is sometimes enormous in terms of purity, potency, and power. Indeed, it's not uncommon to see copycat manufacturers who are literally guessing at the ratios of ingredients in proprietary formulations brought to market by ground-breaking companies. This is certainly the case with the in...

AndroTest: Advanced T-Boosting Technology for Extreme Results

AndroTest: Advanced T-Boosting Technology for Extreme Results
[Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce another supplement expert and writer to our readers here at ProSource.net, Travis Van Dyke. Travis will be weighing in semi-regularly on supplement and performance enhancement issues. Welcome aboard, Travis!]

You can't fool serious bodybuilders with hype and empty science. For far too long, supplement manufacturers offered the promise of naturally enhanced testosterone levels, but failed to back it up with any sort of brand-specific testing or physiologically active ingredients in clinically indicated dosages. Those days came to an end with the introduction of AndroTest and AndroTest Extreme, and bodybuilders bid good...

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New Zycor Torches the Competition, Emerges as #1 Selling Fat Burner
[Editor's Note: Although we were aware that the new weight-loss product from BioQuest was primed to make a huge impact in its category, nothing could have prepared us for the remarkable customer response we've seen for Zycor. From the very first day it was made available exclusively on the ProSource.net site, it has been our #1 seller among weight-loss products, by an enormous margin. Most significantly, we've seen an astounding percentage of re-orders, as the initial wave of first-time buyers have registered their overwhelming satisfaction by stocking up on Read full article

An Exciting New Era of Fat-Loss Power is at Hand!

An Exciting New Era of Fat-Loss Power is at Hand!
Zycor: An in-depth investigation

BioQuest is known for innovating some of the most efficacious and respected supplements in the fitness field. This is no surprise, since they have worked with some of the industry's best scientists from many disciplines to advise on the latest and most promising compounds to formulate their products. Zycor is the latest, and some would argue, the most impressive product from BioQuest and it serves as testament to the company's mission to provide the new and innovative products that have been substantiated by scientific evidence. In fact, Zycor takes on a completely...

All in Good Time

All in Good Time
Using Nutrient Timing To Fuel Your Training Goals

For many people, nutrient timing is popular because it puts you in the driver's seat for controlling all things good and bad with your diet.  For researchers, nutritionists and dietitians, nutrient timing is a critical nutritional element that plugs in key nutrients at times when it's needed most.  Although it appears that resistance training athletes utilize timing more often than endurance athletes, both types of athletes should use timing to fuel their bodies and facilitate recovery.  A number of nutrients could potentially employ timing, but no nutrient continues to receive more lip service than a high quality whey protein isolate (WPI).

Your Foundation for Growth and Recovery - High Quality Protein
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As Prices Soar at Retailers Nationwide, NytroWhey Remains Your #1 Protein Value

As Prices Soar at Retailers Nationwide, NytroWhey Remains Your #1 Protein Value

Hard times are getting harder. Budgets are tighter. And now, recession-weary athletes are experiencing Protein Sticker Shock.

Customers who visit some of ProSource.net's bigger retail competitors are reporting jaw-dropping price increases on powdered proteins, particularly products from high-profile manufacturers with high overhead and ancillary costs.

Here at ProSource, we know the market pressures our competitors are facing. Consumers are spending less in an effort to extract maximum bodybuilding value from every dollar spent. At the same time, all kinds of food prices are rising, and as is often the case, protein production has proved particularly vulnerable to market conditions consisting of increased grain costs, decreased supply, and increased overseas demand for protein.

It's a perfect storm of adverse retailing conditions that is bankrupting lesser manufacture...

Turn Up The Volume!

Turn Up The Volume!
Muscle Cell Super Saturation for the Ultimate Results

[Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce another well-credentialed supplement expert and writer to our readers here at ProSource.net, Andrew McInroy. Andrew will be weighing in semi-regularly on supplement and performance enhancement issues. Welcome aboard, Andrew!]

Think you have a great nutrition, training and supplement plan for your goal of maximum lean muscle gains? You might have to think again. If you want to get maximum growth then you need to have your nutrition, training and supplement protocols all focused o...

Bodybuilding on a budget

Bodybuilding on a budget
7 Must-Have Supplements That Deliver
Maximum Results from Minimum $$$


There are a lot of supplements marketed to bodybuilders, and you could spend a lot of money experimenting with different products in an effort to gain an edge. Fortunately, attaining your ideal physique does not have to cost you an arm and leg. There are high quality, effective, and reasonably priced products out there. Here are seven supplements every bodybuilder should consider and how to use them to get the most benefit while keeping costs low.

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Beat Fatigue with Beta Alanine

Beat Fatigue with Beta Alanine
Enhance muscle function and performance with this key amino

[Editor's Note: For bodybuilders, every rep they can conceivably press out before muscle failure is a victory. It's those last reps, the ultimate refusal to submit to fatigue, that result in the greatest percentage of muscle growth. Of course, for athletes in competitive sports, delay in the onset of fatigue is often the difference between winning and losing a contest. For years now, scientists have been drawing conclusive connections between enhancements in endurance and beta alanine supplementation.

Here at ProSource, we've long been adherents to the notion that beta alanine is an essential tool for maximizing workout performan...

Accept No Substitute

Accept No Substitute
One Form of Creatine Remains Bodybuilding's
Most Clinically Validated Super Supplement


When it comes to surviving and thriving amidst scientific scrutiny and the popular criticism of so-called "experts," creatine monohydrate is king. Indeed, no supplement has ever walked away with a reputation as sterling as that currently possessed by creatine monohydrate. No longer can people say it's too new or not enough research has been performed.  Hundreds of published studies are available which have examined creatine monohydrate's impact on performance or as an ergogenic.

One of the better referenced review paper...

Boost growth and recovery with the exclusive NytroWhey Ultra Elite Mass Workout Program

Boost growth and recovery with the exclusive NytroWhey Ultra Elite Mass Workout Program

For bodybuilders, catabolism is the ultimate enemy. This is the metabolic state in which the body is mercilessly breaking down complex tissue (like muscle) into simpler forms, often in a desperate quest for energy. In other words, when you're catabolic, the body is ripping apart your hard-earned muscle tissue. That's definitely not good.

Instead, your ever-present goal is anabolism, the opposite metabolic action where the body is hard at work assembling proteins into complex muscular formations, increasing the retention of protein in muscle and causing hypertrophy (a fancy word for growth).

To create an anabolic st...

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Fat-Oxidizing Agent L-Carnitine Linked to Enhanced Recovery and Growth

[ Editor's Note: In the supplement industry, new products usually appear months or even years after scientific breakthroughs, as manufacturers scurry to keep up with current science (or merely issue "copycat" formulations approximating new technologies already brought to market by the industry's few truly innovative companies. It's interesting to note, however, that BioQuest often inverts this process. A new BioQuest technology will appear, and then clinical studies will appear in great number, validating the research and development efforts of the BioQuest team. Such is the case with AndroCept, an androgen receptor growth catalyst first introd...

New Technologies Revolutionize the Science of Joint Support

New Technologies Revolutionize the Science of Joint Support

[ Editor's Note: Big muscles and weak joints are a recipe for disaster. One tear, one frayed joint, one hamstring pull can derail your productive exercise regimen for weeks or months at a time. That's why we at ProSource are always closely monitoring ongoing research in the science of joint support. In recent years, we've seen a number of exciting new technologies emerge, including three so promising, we knew it was time to introduce a new Extra Strength formulation of our best-selling, ultra-comprehensive Joint Command.

ProSource's R&D team has taken the next leap forward in this category by incorporating the newest, clinically tested technologies in the field of joint-support science into our Read full article

GROWTH while you SLEEP

GROWTH while you SLEEP
Deep Sleep Supplement Support
for Maximum Recovery and GH Release


Slow-wave (deep) sleep is necessary to balance hormones in the body that are essential to muscular recovery and growth. The largest contribution of deep sleep to recovery is the release of growth hormone from the anterior pituitary, which sets up the perfect environment for muscular growth. Did you know that you can maximize your recovery an...

Quality Before Quantity

Quality Before Quantity
Protein.  It is easily the most important ingredient to any athlete that continually stresses their body in the pursuit of more muscle.  What are the differences?  What should you look for?  This nutrient's popularity and the technology that has gone into its development have created a double-edged sword. Go back several years and weight gainers and proteins that were just as much sugar and fat as protein ruled the roost.  Now customers have multiple sources of protein (e.g. egg, soy, casein, whey) they can choose from and multiple levels of quality, particularly with whey protein.  

...

Protein Guidelines for the MMA Athlete

Protein Guidelines for the MMA Athlete
How Much? What Type? And When?
The Science Behind Success in the Octagon


Training for most mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes is physically and metabolically demanding, often involving multiple sessions per day dedicated to mastering numerous disciplines, strength and power training, and cardiovascular endurance. The overall high frequency of fighting-specific and strength/power training highlights the importance of rapid recovery for the MMA athlete

New Clinical Study Further Validates the Efficacy of a Key Ingredient in T-Boosting Powerhouse AndroTest Extreme

New Clinical Study Further Validates the Efficacy of a Key Ingredient in T-Boosting Powerhouse AndroTest Extreme
So many products in the sports supplement field have a short shelf life. They represent marginal advancements (or, more commonly, no advancement at all) on existing science in their category. Every once in a while, however, a product arrives that is so advanced it actually takes the rest of the scientific establishment a while to catch up to it. Such is the case with AndroTest Extreme which, three years after its introduction, is still earning praise industry-wide as new clinical evidence arrives to further underline its power and effectiveness.

Many of you remember that

Is Protein Thermogenic?

Is Protein Thermogenic?
Increase Calorie Burning Efficiency and Control
Appetite by Boosting Your Protein Intake


The balance between the amount of calories you are eating and the number of calories you are burning is a key factor which dictates your ability to lose weight, maintain optimum weight, and improve your body composition. While many people take this axiom to mean "a calorie is a calorie," there's really much more to the story. I once heard Jose Antonio, CEO of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

CREATINE SUPPLEMENTATION: BENEFITS EXTEND BEYOND EXERCISE PERFORMANCE

CREATINE SUPPLEMENTATION: BENEFITS EXTEND BEYOND EXERCISE PERFORMANCE
With nearly 2 decades of solid research, most athletes are well versed in the performance benefits of creatine supplementation.  But there is more to the story. Emerging research has revealed some new and exciting outcomes linked to creatine supplementation. Here’s a recap of novel findings from new studies showing benefits of creatine extend beyond muscle performance.

Better Glucose Control
An estimated 1 in 3 adults struggles to maintain a healthy level of blood glucose (blood sugar). The major problem is a defect in insulin action which normally facilitates uptake of sugar into muscle and other tissues. The impaired insulin action therefore results in high blood sugar levels.  A recent study...

Leucine and Nytro Whey Ultra Elite: Turning On The Light Switch to a Leaner, Bigger YOU

Leucine and Nytro Whey Ultra Elite: Turning On The Light Switch to a Leaner, Bigger YOU
The New Year is approaching and like most every other year, the most common resolutions will be those associated with something related to your body or exercise: lose weight, stop eating junk food, start exercising, etc.  For those wanting to pack on some muscle, lose fat and improve body composition, a few things are paramount for success to occur.  First, be positive and be consistent.  Life throws curve-balls at us all the time and it's perfectly normal if you miss a workout or blow a meal.  The biggest thing here is to not let one missed workout turn into two, then three, then four.  Another key factor is to be realistic.  Weight loss and changes to your body take time.  A consistent and committed ...

Healthy fats play a critical role in maintaining peak physique and performance

Healthy fats play a critical role in maintaining peak physique and performance
As bodybuilders we receive all kinds of dietary advice from others, some good and some not so good. One of the most common suggestions is to keep all fats to a minimum to avoid consuming too many calories. From a basic perspective this ideology makes sense since each gram of fat packs 9 calories, whereas one gram of protein or carbohydrates only has 4 calories. However, this thinking assumes that all fats are created equal and have no clear benefit beyond significantly boosting calories---this is not the case. In fact, essential fats are one of the most underestimated and overlooked macronutrients/supplements in bodybuilding and research has clearly shown that they are fundamentally important for bodybuilders and Read full article

Maximum Immune Support

Maximum Immune Support
Protect Yourself From The Winter Cold Season By Giving Your Immune System an Added Boost!

As fall turns into winter and the holiday season draws near, millions of people will begin to develop these all too familiar symptoms; nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, a runny nose, and a sore throat.  Hence, the cold season has begun!  A cold can typically last anywhere from a week to 10 days and it can consequently have a major impact on our everyday lives.  For avid fitness enthusiasts and bodybuilders, this means the possibility of disrupting their daily sports and/or workout routine.    

Fortunately however, there are at least 4 ways you can limit your chances of getting sick this cold season by giving your immune system a major boost!    

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Know Your BCAAs

Know Your BCAAs
Supplementation Tips for Getting Maximum
Anabolic Benefit From the Essential Aminos


Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are essential amino acids (must be taken in by the diet) and are among the first supplements used by bodybuilders. The BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine and valine, and their unique branched chain structure enables them to be transported and metabolized by common means. Of the nine essential amino acids, BCAAs are the key players in Read full article

The Beast Unleashed

The Beast Unleashed
Marine Corps Sergeant David Douglas
Takes Aim at the Power Lifting Elite


You'd never know it today, but the man they call The Beast was once turned away by his high school football team because he was too small to play any position on the field. He can laugh about it now, but that rejection lit a fire within Marine Corps Sergeant David L. Douglas that burns brightly to this day. He is, to put it simply, not a man who's willing to take "no" for an answer, especially in regard to any issue involving competition, performance, and his physique goals.

Now 6 feet tall and 274 pounds of sheer shock-and-awe brawn, Sergeant Douglas aspires to be one of the top power lifters in the world. His amazing accomplishments to this point--he has already lifted more than 600 lbs in bench and deadlift in compet...

ProSource.net Featured Athlete Profile - Monty Mabry

ProSource.net Featured Athlete Profile - Monty Mabry
It all starts with a dream. For Monty Mabry, it started with the superheroes in the comic books of his youth, continued on to winning the NPC Mr. Virginia Overall Championship in 2003, and on to the present day, where he is more determined than ever to win his IFBB Pro card and compete against the greatest physiques the bodybuilding world has to offer.

Monty's bodybuilding career is a testament to the fact that there are no overnight successes in his chosen sport. In recent years, he has experienced the highs (including several excellent finishes in NPC Nationals competitions) and the lows (crises in his personal and family life that have derailed his training). In 2006, his career reached a crossroads of sorts when he competed in the NPC USA Championship in Las Vegas and did not place in the Top 15.

A lesser man might have walked away at that point, but Monty used that finish as a learning experience. ...

The Ultimate Bodybuilding Protein for Your Extreme Transformation Solution

The Ultimate Bodybuilding Protein for Your Extreme Transformation Solution

If you're serious about getting big and lean, it's time you knew about a new protein powder called  Vectron. This powerful protein supplement is scientifically engineered to help men lose fat and muscle up.

 Losing body fat can be a very tricky endeavor. To achieve real fat loss, you need to burn more calories than you consume, a school of thought supported by the basic laws of thermodynamics. For the general public, that's not such a complicated equation, but for bodybuilders, the trick is to burn calories while holding onto muscle mass.

While a lot of people turn to weight loss supplements, the secret that has gradually come to ligh...

A STRONG FINISH

A STRONG FINISH
Postpone Fatigue and Enhance
Performance with Beta Alanine


Beta-alanine has quickly become a favorite performance supplement based on the simple fact that it works. This nonessential amino acid has proven itself time and again in studies for enhancing performance in trained athletes and regular joes alike.

The bulk of the recent research has focused more on how it works rather than if it works. The gist is this: beta-alanine increases muscle carnosine content, which helps stave off muscle fatigue. Of course, there's more to the story than that.

In the body, beta-alanine and another nonessential amino acid, L-histidine, are used together to synthesize carnosine. Beta-alanine is the rate-limitor of that reaction, though, which means that its availability determines how much car...

Derive Maximum Mass Gain Benefit from Every Workout with an Advanced Pump Complex

Derive Maximum Mass Gain Benefit from Every Workout with an Advanced Pump Complex
Breakthrough New Pump Catalyst Radically
Outperforms Standard Arginine-Based Agents

 
Has any area of bodybuilding science advanced and evolved as rapidly as the pre-workout category? Ten years ago, pre-workout supplementation meant slugging down a bottle of sugary Gatorade. Five years ago, the first arginine-based NO potentiators arrived to great fanfare. And now, it looks like the science of pre-workout supplementation may have a new springboard with an entirely new kind of bodybuilding performance maximization catalyst found in Alpha Fury by BioQuest.
 
Before we take a closer look ...

NytroWhey Ultra Elite: The Game-Changing Protein Powder Is Set To Debut

NytroWhey Ultra Elite: The Game-Changing Protein Powder Is Set To Debut
Elevate your bodybuilding ambitions and get ready for one of the most anticipated protein powder product releases in history. NytroWhey Ultra Elite is coming exclusively to ProSource.net!

Aminoacidemia. Now there's a word you don't hear every day. But before you dismiss it as some sort of random scientific jargon (or a school for amino acids), know this: aminoacidemia may be one of the most important keys in nutritional science to unlocking new muscle growth, one that you're probably not taking full advantage of.

In technical terms, aminoacidemia refers to the flooding of amino acids - the building blocks of protein and of muscle mass - into the bloodstream.  How quickly and efficiently this process can...

Drive Muscle Growth with a Perfect Ratio of Protein and Carbs

Drive Muscle Growth with a Perfect Ratio of Protein and Carbs
Support your bodybuilding regimen and rebalance your diet with a more precise intake of carbohydrates and protein.

When it comes to extreme muscle mass gain, some of the best advice I ever got probably came from my mom. "Everything in its proper place and time," she used to say. In dietary terms, what she meant by this is that every ingredient in a well-rounded diet plays an important role in achieving maximum well-being and performance. Take one out, and the other ingredients don't work as well. This is especially true of carbs and proteins, w...

Arizona Slugger Mark Reynolds Stays in the Zone

Arizona Slugger Mark Reynolds Stays in the Zone
It was a warm evening in Phoenix last August, and the Arizona Diamondbacks were getting ready for a three-game home stand against the New York Mets. As both teams loosened up before the game, Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds stepped into the batting cage to take his hacks at some BP fodder.

A sudden hush came over the early birds who were seated throughout Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks. Fans hurried from restrooms and vacated their spots in concession lines, scurrying back to their seats. This was not a moment to miss.

Reynolds, one of the most prominent home run hitters in Major League Baseball, was getting ready to launch some bombs into the bleachers. As Reynolds cranked the first pitch over the left field wall, a surge of excitement carried beyond the luxury boxes and into the outfield bleachers.

Reynolds was in the proverbial "zone." He was in the midst of...

60 Minutes to Maximum Anabolism: MyoZene Overview

60 Minutes to Maximum Anabolism: MyoZene Overview
Paramedics and other emergency personnel will attest to the fact that, in emergency scenarios, the sooner immediate care can be provided, the greater the chance a victim will survive.  Similar statements can be made regarding the timing of nutrients after an intense exercise bout. In this respect, evidence continues to accumulate which indicates that when you consume your nutrients may be equally as important as how much or what type [1-3].  In short, the sooner the better!
 
In all fairness, a convincing argument for nutrient timing could be applied using any form of food or supplementation. When time is taken, however, and a formulation is developed which combines several areas of supportive nutrients, the potential for excellence in that formulation goes up drastically. Case in point, MyoZene , a new formulation by the folks at ...

Follow a Vegan Diet Without Compromising Your Performance

Follow a Vegan Diet Without Compromising Your Performance

An Exclusive Interview with Professional Ironman Triathlete and World Renowned Fitness and Nutrition Expert Brendan Brazier

[Editor's Note: Though the great majority of bodybuilders could not imagine undertaking a rigorous workout regimen without the fuel provided by plenty of chicken breasts, egg whites, beef, and animal-protein-based supplements, there is a sizeable subgroup of high-performance athletes (primarily endurance athletes) that choose to pursue a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle to some degree. When it comes to supporting muscle growth and recovery, the efficacy and primacy of a high-protein diet derived from animal sources is, of course, scientifically well-documented. Having stated this, however, recent advances in plant-based food technologies (and in our understanding o...

Reflections on Mark McGwire and Baseball's Steroid Era

Reflections on Mark McGwire and Baseball's Steroid Era
This week, former Home Run king Mark McGwire finally came clean on his steroid use. But in this day and age of advanced legal supplementation, is "cheating" even necessary?
 
On January 11, 2010, 12 years after the then-magical, now asterisked baseball season in which he did battle with Sammy Sosa in a race to obliterate Roger Maris' hallowed home-run record, Mark McGwire finally admitted what many suspected all along. He had help -- and it was more than that infamous over-the-counter androstenedione supplement he had sitting in his locker.
 
In a tearful interview with the Associated Press, McGwire, still hedging, said he took steroids for much of his career for "health purposes," but it's undeniable they played a decided role in his 583 career home runs, placing him eighth on the all-time list. Indeed, it's the specter of su...

Peak Health For The Holidays

Peak Health For The Holidays
ProSource's Top Ways To Stay Dedicated and Fit Through the New Year's

It's that time of year again.  You're busy, you're stressed, it's freezing outside...Yes, the Holidays are here!  For most of us this means there are gifts to buy, parties to attend, family gatherings to go to, and loads of planning to do.  So it's no wonder that more than any other month out of the year, December can be the most difficult time to stay committed to a fitness routine-even for the most avid gym rat. 

To help guide you through this demanding time, ProSource has assembled a list of beneficial strategies and product recommendations to help you stay dedicated and fit through the Holiday season.   
 

Plan Ahead And Prioritize

It's always easy to find...

Where's the Beef? Kai Greene's Secret To Mass Gain

Where's the Beef? Kai Greene's Secret To Mass Gain

Ask any iron hurler in the gym which protein source he grows best on and the answer will be practically universal: "I eat chicken because it's lean, but I get biggest and strongest eating red meat." Back in the '70s, when Arnold and Franco were kings - and folks like Purdue didn't mass-produce chicken breasts yet - red meat was the supreme choice of musclemen worldwide.


This reliance is more than just myth, instinct or personal taste; beef's dominance for muscle-building is factual. For starters, beef is a potent source of high-quality protein. For example, four ounces of lean roast beef yield about 22 grams of complete protein. In addition, beef contains high concentrations of creatine, which is a muscular fuel necessary for sustained contractions and growth. And when compared to chicken, beef has tremendously higher quantities of carnitine and BCAAs.

Other nutrients found in high concentrati...

Power Up: ProSource Ranks the Top Energy Boosters

Power Up: ProSource Ranks the Top Energy Boosters
From ancient herbs and extracts to synthetic tablets and drink mixes, there have always been a host of products that promise to wipe out fatigue and deliver a prolonged period of peak abundant energy.  Some of these products have been straight forward like caffeine, but others are derived from ancient Oriental medicine or even appear to be a hocus-pocus act from some crazy scientist.

Everyone needs more energy!  Perhaps, right now, you've got an IV of caffeine going to straight into your blood.  Just kidding, but we all can use a pick-me-up and especially those who work full time (both at their job and on the social scene), chase around friends, family and kids, and who exercise regularly.  Which products can be counted on?  Which ones may let you down?  Increased energy is easy, but the crash from it is all too familiar...

New Super-Comprehensive MuscleMaize Will Take the Place of Up to a Dozen Individual Supplements

New Super-Comprehensive MuscleMaize Will Take the Place of Up to a Dozen Individual Supplements
"Hey, what are you running in here? A pharmacy?"

Back in my undergraduate college days, this was a not uncommon jest aimed at me by friends, upon entering my room to find multiple containers of powders and pills that were all supposed to synergistically work in magical fashion to transform my body. Those sports supplements weren't cheap (especially on my student budget), but I was committed to building a physique I could be proud of. In those days, I had enough time to train six days a week and sometimes two times per day. If achieving my goals meant juggling a dozen different supplements, with their varying dosages, timing, and interactions, then so be it.

Fast forward to the present day and the process of buying multiple supplements for various physiological benefits is exponentially more complicated as many more ...

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In case you haven't already heard, there's a potent South American super fruit that's taken the U.S. marketplace by storm and this little berry may offer some huge benefits. Grown in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, " Acai is loaded with health-promoting compounds that have appeal to just about everyone. Acai has been featured on talk shows like Oprah, Rachel Ray, and multiple news stations such as NBC, CBS, and ABC and has been touted as a " Super Food or "One of Five Good-For-You Foods You May Have Never Heard Of." On the Oprah show, renowned physician Dr. Perricone promoted acai berries as the number one super food with a variety of compelling arguments to back that assertion.

Is a...

Cheers To Your Health

Cheers To Your Health

A potent compound found in red wine, Resveratrol may offer some serious anti-aging benefits

Throughout the history of mankind, people have been searching for ways to slow and or even reverse the effects of the aging process. From the anti-aging secrets of the ancient Egyptians, to the legendary search for "the fountain of youth" by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, to growth hormone potentiation investigations of the present day, the pursuit of longevity has always been a popular obsession. However, with the technological advances we've made in recent times, science is now better able to shed light on how some healthy natural substances (fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.) support cellular repair, which is the essence o...

Choose Your High-Quality Protein Source Carefully

Choose Your High-Quality Protein Source Carefully
Wouldn't it be great if you could just cut your calories and this alone would help you lose fat, keep your muscle and get the tight stomach or glutes you hope for...? That's right, you starve yourself, the fat melts away and in record time the six-pack abs, ripped arms and shredded chest you dream of have arrived. While this would tickle all those people who take a second stroll past every mirror they see, this would likely excite physicians and public health officials to an even greater degree (is that possible?). Of course, we all know that's not what happens when we follow extreme dieting practices. Sure the lemonade diet, grapefruit diet, Hollywood diet, or the blank-blank-blank diet (you get the picture) will help you lose weight, but much of it will be water lost from your muscles as carbohydrat...

The constant evolution of Prosource products: Ultra PS Gold

The constant evolution of Prosource products: Ultra PS Gold

The constant evolution of Prosource products:

Ultra PS Gold

 

Whenever a new or an improved product is introduced in the sports supplement market it is subject to intense and detailed scrutiny. Let†™s face it, in this weakened economy with all the hype and inferior-grade supplements rushing into production for a quick buck, the old ad...

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7-KETO DHEA SHOWS STIMULATORY EFFECTS ON METABOLIC RATE DURING WEIGHT LOSS

7-KETO DHEA SHOWS STIMULATORY EFFECTS ON METABOLIC RATE DURING WEIGHT LOSS
Weight loss is often rapid during the early periods of dieting, but tends to slow down and eventually cease after several months for most people. One of the reasons for the reduced rate of weight loss is a sluggish metabolism. When dietary calories are reduced, the number of calories your body normally burns also decreases. Thus, you actually need less calories to maintain weight. This is why thermogenic weight loss supplements are so popular and effective; they function by stimulating resting metabolism and calorie burning. 7-Keto DHEA is a metabolite of dihydroepiandrosterone. Unlike DHEA, 7-Keto does not get converted into other steroids including estrogen and testosterone. Instead 7-Keto DHEA induces enzymes in the mitochondria of cells that increase thermogenesis. Two human studies showed promise for 7-Keto DHEA to augment weight loss. A recent study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry tested the effects of 7-Keto DHEA on resting metabolic rate in overweight subje...

Athletes Turn to the Remarkable Restorative Agent Cissus Quadrangularis to Strengthen Joints

Athletes Turn to the Remarkable Restorative Agent Cissus Quadrangularis to Strengthen Joints
Recent studies link this versatile herb to a surprising number of health benefits

Ultra CissusDedicated athletes and bodybuilders are very familiar with joint discomfort, delayed onset muscle soreness, and injury due to training. These aches and pains are an unavoidable part of the bodybuilding lifestyle and can make life miserable for a few days to a few weeks.

Most athletes and bodybuilders have learned to deal with these training related pains for the sake of making progress. Although taking time off to recover means gains come more slowly, i...

The Science behind GAKIC

The Science behind GAKIC

Over 8 years of science supports this groundbreaking new supplement. Find out how all this science can help you see bigger and better gains!

We're not going to lie to you. There are a ton of different workout supplements to choose from. Stop by any nutritional store, and you'll see what we're talking about. But just be careful. While some of these supplements are certainly worthy of your hard-earned dollar, others aren't even deserving of your garbage can. The reason is science -- or in most cases, lack o...

Weight Watchers and the Supreme Protein Bar - A Perfect Three-Point Match

Weight Watchers and the Supreme Protein Bar - A Perfect Three-Point Match
Buy Supreme Protein Bars - Low Weight Watchers Points!Flexibility. It's the one aspect of the highly popular Weight Watchers diet that many people like most. People can eat what they like, as long as it fits within their daily "Winning Points" total. Even better, some incredibly delicious snacks fit perfectly within the Weight Watchers program, including the luscious and healthy four-layer snack treat, Supreme Protein.

The 50-gram Supreme Protein bar features an outrageously delectable combination of creamy nougat, c...

Vitamin C: High-Powered Antioxidant Paves the Way for Vibrant Health and Muscle Growth

Vitamin C: High-Powered Antioxidant Paves the Way for Vibrant Health and Muscle Growth
In bodybuilding circles (or physical fitness circles, depending on your goals) everybody wants to talk about the hottest, newest classes of supplementation. Everybody's trying the new NO vasodilators, the breakthrough T-booster, the new creatine/amino matrix. And there's good reason for that. Many of these exciting new technologies are dramatically effective.

All too often, however, we here at ProSource HQ see athletes going to great lengths to add cutting-edge supplements to their regimen, while ignoring the basic building blocks of good health. So what happens? General health suffers, immune systems falter, free radicals compromise basic muscle function and repair, and all the money spent on advanced supplements is largely wasted.

This is where an essential nutrient like Vitamin C comes in. Everybody needs Read full article

Unique Qualities of Whey Protein for Sports Nutrition and Health

Unique Qualities of Whey Protein for Sports Nutrition and Health

Whey contains a unique collection of bioactive components ideal for elite and recreational athletes. Literally hundreds of scientific studies have been conducted on this perfect protein for active people. One of the positive outcomes of ingesting whey protein is improved body composition. Training-induced improvements in body composition are coordinated by a complex network of metabolic pathways, many of which are favorably influenced by the unique nutrient matrix in whey protein. Whey is naturally high in essential amino acids (EAA) for stimulating the protein synthetic machinery. Beyond the high EEA content, whey is also packaged with an assortment of distinctive nutrients to support recovery from exercise and adaptations to training. These benefi...

The Protein of the Future

The Protein of the Future
Whey protein is derived from milk sources. It is high in branched-chain amino acids, which makes protein an essential nutrient for maintaining muscle mass. Whey protein has a high biological value, and supplies more usable grams of protein to the body for muscle repair, as well as enhancing the immune system. Individuals with high protein needs, such as athletes, find whey protein as an excellent alternate or extra source of protein to compensate for the extreme demand that their bodies require to build and maintain muscle. These protein comprise nearly every tissue and organ...

The ProSource Weekend Warrior Workout

The ProSource Weekend Warrior Workout
Can't find any spare moments to train? Here's how to pack a week's worth of workouts into Saturday and Sunday, while still having time for rest and relaxation.

You've seen them before, the articles touting workouts that get you out of the gym in 45 minutes, sometimes even 30 minutes, so you can get fit and get on with the rest of your busy life. You see them, shake your head and say, "Yeah, I wish I had that much extra time on my hands."

Whether it's an 80-hour work week, a wife and kids pulling you in multiple directions, or '" gulp '" a combination of both, getting to the gym even once during the work week is about as possible as brokering lasting peace between PETA and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Does this scenario hit all-too-close to home? ...

The Healthy Prostate Diet

The Healthy Prostate Diet
Eat these foods and supplements to your diet to keep your "twigs and berries" working properly.

There's only one time when shrinkage down there is a good thing, and that's when your prostate is enlarged. As men age, their prostate (the gland that produces the fluid the carries the sperm) tends to grown bigger and as a result, it can cause urination and bladder problems. In fact, it may have you running to the bathroom as much as a woman who is pregnant. Luckily there are things that you can do to keep the prostate from growing and protect it from cancer. The first is to exercise on a regular basis since inactivity seems to worsen symptoms. The second is developing a good nutrition plan. Read on to find out the foods and supplements you should be ...

The Hard, Cold Facts About Nutrition and Proper Supplementation

The Hard, Cold Facts About Nutrition and Proper Supplementation
This is likely a story that you might be reluctant to read. However the bedside delivery must be straight to the point, factual and without sugar-coating.

Our notions of " diet" tend to be peculiar. We can sit and answer questions honestly and yet we look into the market place and we see some of the most ridiculous ideas getting the headlines. Unfortunately, telling people to eat, healthy, natural foods isn't quite as "sexy" as introducing a diet with a clever title and a peculiar "hook" based upon binging or deprivation. However, a radical shift is occuring, a shift far beyond the normal scope of the fitness-diet reader and one that will have an unmistakable impact.

Confined to the news ...

The Great Protein Supply Crunch of 2007

The Great Protein Supply Crunch of 2007
Late this past summer, you may have noticed the price of your favorite protein products increased - in some cases significantly. Unfortunately, manufacturers and retailers of protein supplements are caught up in a worst-case scenario in which greatly elevated production costs and decreased profit margins are wreaking havoc on the protein market. The reasons are many and somewhat complex, but here are some of the contributing factors.

Part of the price increase can be attributed to our nation's increasing demand for alternative energy sources. More corn, which was previously an inexpensive feed source for cattle, is beginning to be devoted to ethanol production...

Supplement Timing

Supplement Timing
It is common knowledge to the vast majority that the time we leave our home dictates the time we arrive at work, and the time we start heating food dictates the time it will be cooked. However, it is not common knowledge that the timing of nutrients entering the blood stream dictates a person's strength, energy and endurance.

As the world of technology advances around us, so do the scientific studies surrounding advanced nutrition and its after-effect. Just as countless tests are undertaken on car engines to increase their performance, the same can be said for today's research on nutrition supplements. Whether mechanical, medical, physical or whatever the subject may be, it is human nature to perfect the tools we work with. Read full article

Search for the Ultimate Post-Exercise Bodybuilding Supplements: the Anabolic Edge

Search for the Ultimate Post-Exercise Bodybuilding Supplements: the Anabolic Edge

Reproduced, with permission, from Muscular Development


"Performance enhancement is not against the spirit of sport; it is the spirit of sport. To choose to be better is to be human. Athletes should be given this choice."
--J Savulescu et al. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2004;38:666-670.

Bodybuilding Supplements, Insulin, Amino Acids & Protein Anabolism
Appropriate resistance exercise leads to significant increase in skeletal muscle mass (hypertrophy), which can occur through an increase in muscle protein synthesis, a decrease in muscle protein degradation, or bot...

Post-Exercise Supplementation Update

Post-Exercise Supplementation Update
Regular resistance exercise leads to significant skeletal muscle hypertrophy, which can occur through an increase in protein synthesis, a decrease in protein degradation, or both. While stimulus (i.e., exercise) is important for muscle hypertrophy, nutrient availability plays a critical factor regulating the degree of hypertrophy. Obviously, the muscle's hormonal milieu (insulin, cortisol, testosterone, GH, etc.) also has a major impact on protein synthesis.

It is now clear that protein balance over the muscle remains negative after resistance exercise when only carbs are ingested. In sharp contrast, amino acid ingestion alone significantly increases muscle protein anabolism after resistance exercise. However, consumption of both amino acids and carbs results in much greater effects on muscle protein synthesis...

Physician / Bodybuilder Discusses Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Physician / Bodybuilder Discusses Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Carlon Colker, MD, FACN, and a former champion bodybuilder, now co-stars in the new ABC-TV reality series, " Shaq's Big Challenge." He is also Shaquille O'Neal's personal physician and trainer, and has worked with Andre Agassi and many other world-class athletes as well professional and amateur bodybuilders from around the world. Dr. Colker, CEO and Medical Director of Peak Wellness, Inc. of Greenwich, Connecticut, would like to help sports fans and the public in general better understand the entire issue of performance-...

MYOZENE: Where Science Meets the Gym

MYOZENE: Where Science Meets the Gym
"Frankly, it's the most scientifically sound nutritional supplement formulation that I have seen in a long time."

Over the last 20 years, the nutritional supplement industry has evolved from marketing of products with little scientific evidence supporting the use to the development of high quality functional products based on solid scientific evidence. MyoZeneTM from Bioquest  is an example of a nutritional supplement that has been forged through years of scientific study that has identified specific nutrients that can optimize...

Celebrity Fitness Model Reveals HisSecret For Banishing Water Weight Bloat

Celebrity Fitness Model Reveals HisSecret For Banishing Water Weight Bloat

Everyone wants to look great. But for some people, looking absolutely lean, rock-hard, and highly vascular is essential; it's their livelihood. That's why, whenever top models, celebrities, or athletes gather, a favorite topic of conversation is water weight and how to safely and efficiently get rid of it. Water weight is Enemy #1 for anyone within range of a spotlight or camera lens.

Top fitness models and bodybuilders know that simply taking any off-the-shelf diuretic is not the answer. There are too many risks involved.

"People don't recognize how fine the line is when you're trying to control and reduce water weight," says Remy Feniello, a high-profile model who has appeared on the cover of ...

Fall Fat Inferno

Fall Fat Inferno

Summer is over and many of you may be feeling the effects of too many hot dogs and cold barley-based beverages. If you are part of the aesthetically conscious cohort, then you most likely came into the summer in phenomenal shape, and you may or may not have maintained this condition. Regardless of your current condition, the following information will come in handy for the months to come. The following article is intended to give you the basic science behind the newest key ingredients that should be included in a good fat burning/diet aid supplement.

Appetite Suppressants: Making dieting easy on the body and mind

  • Slimaluma Extract (Caralluma Fimbriata)
    Currently the most innovative appetite-suppressing compound is a propri...
· Diet & Energy · Post-Workout/Recovery
Over the last decade, thousands of articles have been written about creatine supplementation in scientific journals, magazines, newspapers, and on the Internet. The reason for this interest is that creatine supplementation has proven to be one of the most effective methods available to increase strength, power, and muscl...

Bodybuilding Food on the Go

Bodybuilding Food on the Go

Being a writer/photographer for several publications and websites, I find myself checking into so many hotels that I mix up my room numbers from one place to the next. As a competitive bodybuilder this not only puts stress onto the training regime but also onto the dietary needs of an athlete. Training all the body parts through a three days a split weight training cycle is attainable on most occasions, but eating six times a day can be a hard push. From years of trial, error, starvation and unforeseen fat gain from spending a lot of time on the road, I have come up with some handy ways to keep on my dietary track even if I am away from my home turf.

What not to take
A couple of days before you leave for the airport; you should have a list of foods that you regularly eat. Raw foods such as fruits are out of the question and will more than likely lead to confiscation at the airport security check-in...

Beta-Alanine: The Ultimate Protection and Performance Enhancer?

Beta-Alanine: The Ultimate Protection and Performance Enhancer?
This amino acid is classified as 'non-essential,' but once you are aware of the science, you'll realize that it is pretty important if your goal is to improve performance. So how does beta-alanine work? By buffering the build-up of what us science types call 'hydrogen ions' or H+. For instance, have you ever felt that nasty burn as you eek out the last few reps on the leg extension machine? Or have you ever tried a quarter-mile sprint? Or tried paddling in the open ocean for 2 hours? (Okay, yours truly did that and the Read full article

Alli (Xenical) is no ally to your health!

Alli (Xenical) is no ally to your health!

scale Alli (Xenical) is no ally to your health!On Wednesday February 7th 2007 the FDA approved the over-the-counter sale (OTC) of GlaxoSmithKline's diet drug Alli, the low dose brother to prescription strength Xenical. It is estimated that Alli will be available OTC by this summer. The pleasantly plump and uninformed general public will certainly be pleased; however, there is plenty to be worried about beyond greasy stools and soiled underwear. After all, medical pharmacology always works'"-have we found the incredibly sought after "MAGIC PILL"?

The active ingredient in OTC Alli is 60mg of Orlistat, a gast...

For the Ultimate Protein Value, Quality Beats Quantity

For the Ultimate Protein Value, Quality Beats Quantity
It's no secret that protein is the single most important macronutrient in the muscle-building equation. Therefore, the first and foremost product on any bodybuilders supplement list should be an ultra high quality protein formulation.

Even better, is a precise regimen of specialized proteins to address the specific and varying biological needs at different points of the day. The following article provides an effective strategy for Read full article

Inspirational Minister's Amazing Transformation Stands the Test of Time

Inspirational Minister's Amazing Transformation Stands the Test of Time

Lee Claypoole Shares the Secrets that Helped Him Shed 100 lbs--And Keep It Off for 3 Years and Counting!

With the hustle and bustle of daily life, many Americans have fallen victim to poor eating habits and overall unhealthy living. In fact, adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980, from 15% to 30%, and two-thirds of U.S. adults are now considered overweight.

Being able to lose weight is one thing, maintaining and keeping it off is totally another. Kentucky native and minister Lee Claypoole has been able to achieve both of these feats and then some. At age 40, Lee dropped over 100 pounds and went from a size 44 waist to a size 30. Featured in a profile for USA Today's Weight-Loss Challenge in the summer of 2007, Lee was...

Radically Transform Your Physique with the Most Powerful Fat-Burner Ever!

Radically Transform Your Physique with the Most Powerful Fat-Burner Ever!
Unleash the Extreme Fat-Loss Power of New BetaStax and Make Your 2009 New Year's Resolution a Reality!

A new year. A new resolution. A new and improved you.

If only it were that easy.

The truth, however, is that research indicates the long-term success rates of New Year's Resolutions are only about 15-20%. While nearly half of Americans make a New Year's resolution to lose weight, typically 20% break their resolution within a week. The vast majority of the remainder lose their way as January and February turn into March and April.

And yet, plent...

Make Your New Year's Resolution a Success with Vectron

Make Your New Year's Resolution a Success with Vectron

A New Bio-Active Fat-Burning Protein


Here we go again. Another year to dream big about your ideal physique. The question is, are you just going to dream again, only to endure disappointment as January turns into June and nothing much has changed?

Or is 2009 going to be the year that you turn your dreams into reality?

The start of a new year is the perfect time to set goals. If achieving new heights of muscularity and leanness has eluded you for more years than you care to remember, then here's some good news. New innovations in protein synthesis are emerging at an astounding rate, resulting in powerful new transformational technologies, i...

Major League Baseball's Next Super Stars

Major League Baseball's Next Super Stars

Phenoms Brett Wallace, Matt Wieters, and Tommy Hanson
polish their skills as they prepare for the spotlight

For the last 16 years, baseball fans have flocked to Arizona in October and November to experience the showcase of the world's premier fall baseball league. Just as the desert begins to cool down, baseball's hottest young players descend on the Phoenix area to display their skills for scouts, general managers, and farm directors from around the league.

Each Major League Baseball franchise sends their top prospects to gain valuable experience playing in this major league setting. Most of the league consists of Double-A and Triple-A players, although some have already seen major league action. Desc...

Star running back and Supreme Protein Spokesman Brian Westbrook is Primed for an Offensive Explosion as NFL Playoffs Approach

Star running back and Supreme Protein Spokesman Brian Westbrook is Primed for an Offensive Explosion as NFL Playoffs Approach
Running back Brian Westbrook is destroying opposing defenses once more and all is well in the City of Brotherly Love. It didn't take Westbrook long to put the rest of the NFL on notice that he's back and ready to wreak havoc as his Philadelphia Eagles begin their second-half push for the NFC East division crown.

In Lincoln Field on Sunday, Westbrook absolutely dismantled the Atlanta Falcons, rushing for a career-high 167 yards and 2 touchdowns, and adding six catches for another 42 yards. Next up for Westbrook, Donovan McNabb and the Eagles in a nationally televised game against the Seattle Seahawks on the road in Qwest ...

The 2009 Product of the Year!

The 2009 Product of the Year!

BetaStax Revolutionizes the Thermogenic Category with its Extreme Fat-Burning/Energy-Boosting Multi-Pathway Matrix


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PS for Athletes: Phosphatidylserine Emerges as a Wonder Nutrient for Protecting Mass Gains and Sharpening Focus

PS for Athletes: Phosphatidylserine Emerges as a Wonder Nutrient for Protecting Mass Gains and Sharpening Focus
Our supplementation needs are rather straightforward; to improve the quality of our lives by shoring-up weaknesses from diet and furthermore augmenting strategically important nutrients that might otherwise be difficult to obtain through normal diet. That, of course, is quite the "shopping list" of needs, yet I think it helps in deciding on goals of supplementation and leads you into understanding why phosphatidylserine is so important. As you consider two streams of interests, athletic and general overall health, you'll understand why PS reigns supreme in both categories.

From an athletic standpoint, much of the training talk...

Glutamine (L-Glutamine) The Supplement Superstar!

Glutamine (L-Glutamine) The Supplement Superstar!
Glutamine has been touted as an indispensible exercise recovery agent and immune support supplement since the early 90's and medical journals were raving about it years before that. Now days, just about every bodybuilder on the planet knows, uses and has seen the amazing results this amino acid champion can provide.

Although well established as an exercise recovery supplement, many bodybuilders are unaware of its truly profound benefit in assisting the immune system. Being the cold and flu season, you might want to take particular note of its well-documented immune system boosting and step up your use of this particularly diverse and effective amino acid, ultimately impor...

Together at Last: Simultaneous Muscle Support and Dramatic Fat-Loss

Together at Last: Simultaneous Muscle Support and Dramatic Fat-Loss
Vectron: The first and only protein source clinically proven
to target fat loss and preserve lean muscle mass


It's bodybuilding's ultimate paradox, the contradiction at the very foundation of every bodybuilder's efforts to attain perfection. You can't add muscle mass without adding some fat. And you can't lose fat without sacrificing muscle.

For bodybuilders, every physique improvement has always contained an element of "two steps forward, one step back." Bulk up and bulk up some more, adding muscle mass and body fat over a period of weeks until you're as big as you can be. Then strip out much of the added body fat-and unfortunately some muscle, too-via cardio, thermogenics and more cardio.

...

GLUTAMINE: Or should we call it GlutaGreat?

GLUTAMINE: Or should we call it GlutaGreat?

Have you ever had the experience of taking a dietary supplement, taking it consistently, making gains in the gym and not being able to connect the dots? I mean, you're training hard, your eating clean ninety-percent of the time, your using perhaps one new supplement and your strength and muscle fullness are remaining more than ever before. Can it be this mysterious white powder that you are taking a few times per day, especially on the hard training days, that is making the difference between the old you and new you? The amino acid that may just be your ergogenic king is known as glutamine. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid circulating in your blood and hanging out in your muscles. There must be a reason why we have so much of this one (of 20) amino acids. Let's examine why this amino acid is special.

It should not be conf...

The New GH Culture in Pro Sports and the Emergence of Advanced Technologies for Natural Stimulus of GH Production

The New GH Culture in Pro Sports and the Emergence of Advanced Technologies for Natural Stimulus of GH Production


It's the most prominent "open secret" in professional sports. Anyone who watches pro sports or participates in sports at the college or advanced prep-school level can see the signs everywhere. Certainly, it's no secret among the pro athletes themselves.
                                                                                                                       

Across the board, in every sport, athletes are bigger, faster, stronger than they were 20, even 10 years ago. They have greater endurance. Their careers last longer. Athletes who retired in the 1980's can only look on in bewilderment as the performance benchmarks they establi...

ProSource Searches the World for the Highest Grade, Purest Ingredients Available

ProSource Searches the World for the Highest Grade, Purest Ingredients Available
Whether it's the robust quality of a German beer or the dependability of a Swiss timepiece, finding the best sometimes requires a global perspective; and the same applies to supplements. Unquestionably, effective nutritional supplements need a high level of purity and potency, which requires an exhaustive worldwide search if you want the highest-grade ingredients available. You might be surprised to learn that in a day's intake of ProSource supplements you're using tribulus from Bulgaria (AndroTest), creatine from Germany ( Read full article

MyoZene User Testimonials

MyoZene User Testimonials
In 10 years in this industry, we've never seen a new product have such an immediate and significant impact among competitive bodybuilders. Literally every athlete we've interviewed reported truly extraordinary results.

"Damn I found a home run! MyoZene took me to a level that I never thought possible. The size kept coming and so did the power. One bottle, one month, and I'm a totally new bodybuilder!"
--Ryan Heise*
NPC competitive bodybuilder


"Adding five pounds of rock hard mass in the first 5 days made me a fan. MyoZene blaste...

MYOZENE: The Most Powerful Muscle-Building Agent Ever Created?

MYOZENE: The Most Powerful Muscle-Building Agent Ever Created?
Can a single drug-free product really produce the kind of extreme muscle growth you can visibly see week to week? Gains of up to 30lbs of rock hard muscle in a matter of just a few months? Along with dramatic increases in strength? Up until recently, we would have said these claims are absolute marketing hype but researchers (and even many competitive bodybuilders) are saying this innovative formula by BioQuest may do all of this and more. So to fully evaluate these bold statements, we've hired veteran sports supplement researcher and product expert, Anssi Manninen, who is the Senior Science Editor at Muscular Development magazine. Anssi has dug deep into the science behind MyoZene and reveals here, his in-depth findings.

As modern science delves deeper i...

Creatine: What Makes it the Best?

Creatine: What Makes it the Best?
Quality is a trait that cannot always be immediately observed. For instance, a glass of crystal-clear water at a restaurant that looks pure can have a number of impurities that may compromise your health if taken over an extended period of time. The same applies to creatine. Any " 100% creatine" on the market today may look as pure and clean as virgin snow, but unfortunately the harsh reality is that due to inferior raw materials and substandard processing methods some manufacturer's creatines have more than 5% chemical impurities including, in some, a carcinogenic known as DHT. That makes this highly prized supplement also one of the most highly suspect as regards quality level.

So who can you trust for a legitimate, pure source of creatine? Look to the one that uses the highest-grade raw materials and most effective testing methods for their product—Creapure® by Alz...

Significant Diet Support Results Without Stimulants

Significant Diet Support Results Without Stimulants
Innovative New Fat-Burning Agent Promotes Significant Weight-Loss WITHOUT STIMULANTS A specialized highly bioactive, yet decaffeinated, extract of green coffee extract called Svetol® was subjected to a rigorous double-blind clinical trial to assess its weight-loss efficacy and impact on lean body mass. The results were truly extraordinary and in fact even exceed those achieved with many high stimulant compounds.

Thirty patients were administered 200 mg capsules of Svetol® per day, while 20 others received a placebo. After 60 days of treatment, a mean reduction in weight loss of 5.7% was observed in the Svet...

Prolibra: Fat-Loss And Muscle Preservation

Prolibra: Fat-Loss And Muscle Preservation

http://www.prosource.net/vectron-vanilla/44334-1/54763/Clinical Tests Demonstrate Dramatic Fat-Loss and Muscle Preservation


Everyone knows that whey protein is essential for the support of muscle growth. But now comes word on the research front that there's a cutting-edge new bioactive protein that appears to take this efficacy much further.

In a brand new 12 week clinical trial, subjects using a specialized fractionated protein complex called ...

Amino Acids: Your Best Choice For Optimum Health, Growth, Energy And Focus.

Amino Acids: Your Best Choice For Optimum Health, Growth, Energy And Focus.

The biological keys to exercise performance and muscle synthesis

"I'm taking in enough whey protein that has the amino acids in it, and I'm eating right and taking a vitamin/mineral supplement, how important can it be to take in extra aminos? If you've avoided amino acid supplementation for the reason above, consider this: Virtually every single biological function in the human body requires amino acids and these requirements increase during higher activity levels such as exercise. In the scientific documentaries you'll hear them so...

Size Up Your Physique

Size Up Your Physique

Pack on Pounds of Solid Muscle with These 6 Quick Mass Gain Tips You Can Use Today

Have you been trying to add serious mass to your frame ... and failing miserably? You're not alone. Gaining size has been a common problem for guys since the days Charles Atlas promised relief to any 97-pound weakling who got sand kicked in his face at the beach. When struggling against a red-hot metabolism and a seeming inability to put on even an ounce of muscle, you need more than a mail-order program. You need to aim all of your efforts toward your goal, from morning until night (and even while you sleep, as you'll see in Tip #1). Keep reading for six actions you can take, starting today, to help you ...

Searching For The Perfect Supplement In An Ocean Of Glitter

Searching For The Perfect Supplement In An Ocean Of Glitter
In an ever-expanding sea of choices, what are the best products out there?

Thumbing through ads in bodybuilding magazines, it's hard not to notice that so many products have one thing in common - they're all "The Best" - which makes it virtually impossible to choose. The ads have certainly become entertaining though, comparing users of their product to wild animals or ancient warriors who always get the girl. But if you give in to the gloss, there's no doubt when you hand over your hard-earned cash for these proclaimed miracles you'll be paying a considerable amount for the glitter. And the results you get may be fair at...

Current Home Run Leader Dan Uggla Relies On Top Hitting Performance Of Supreme Protein® Bars

Current Home Run Leader Dan Uggla Relies On Top Hitting Performance Of Supreme Protein® Bars
When most of us reach for a performance bar, we're hoping it will help us get through the next part of the day or workout session. But if you're currently leading the major leagues in home runs, like premier second baseman Dan Uggla, you need the best nutrients possible to push you through the next crucial inning or game. That's why Dan depends on the delicious and nutrient-dense Supreme Protein® bars.

"I eat two Supreme Protein® bars a day," the consistent-hitting second baseman says. "The flavor is unbelievable and each one has all the ingredients to deliver the nutritional profile I need to perform at a high level."

The key to this superior nutritional profile is 30 grams of premium protein, powered by t...

Forslean -- A Powerful Nutrient Partitioning Agent

Forslean -- A Powerful Nutrient Partitioning Agent

Forslean by ProSource

Nutrient partitioning is the term used to describe how macronutrients are shuttled to the cells; your body will either send the nutrients to muscle cells or to fat cells. Certain drugs and supplements have favourable nutrient partitioning effects, ie., they promote fat loss while maintaining lean body mass. Among these is a supplement with proven nutrient partitioning effects, namely Read full article

The Next Generation Of Thermogenic Fat Burners

The Next Generation Of Thermogenic Fat Burners
Carving out a lean, hard body, with washboard abs is the ultimate goal for bodybuilders. It's what we all should strive for. In the last few years, however, it has been more and more difficult to find truly effective thermogenic supplements to help us get there. Fortunately, there are new thermogenic, fat-burning compounds hitting the market now that are backed by real clinical science and delivering truly outstanding results. Before we get to the good stuff, though, we need to dispel the hype about one particularly ineffective compound being touted in some products, even as we speak.

B-phenylethylamine (PEA) is a popular ingredient in many weight loss formulas that is aggressively marketed as a potent amphetamine-like substance. PEA is associated with stimulation of various neurotransmitters in the brain that influence emotions such as euphoria an...

Bodybuilding's Best Muscle-Building Supplements

Bodybuilding's Best Muscle-Building Supplements
Being a bodybuilder or strength athlete today puts you at an extreme advantage over those who were on an equal quest for size in days gone by. Instead of relying on crude protein concoctions and severe overeating to gain mass, like they did in the old days, we now have a remarkable array of mass building compounds to choose from. As good as this is, however, it also creates more possibilities to go in the wrong direction. We need to be smart about our choices, not fall for the hype, and look for science-based ingredients from reputable companies to be sure you are getting only the best. Some compounds are pure garbage, some show potential but are unproven, some are fairly effective, and a handful are enormously effective mass-building powerhouses. This article separates the meat from the potatoes, by highlighting in great detail what most experts consider to be the Read full article

Super Powder

Super Powder
Frank Edgar
Because you've picked up this year's Buyer's Guide, I already know two things about you. First, you're not some pencil-neck who goes to the gym decked out in spandex, wearing a watch that takes your heart rate as you "glisten" with moisture on a hamster wheel, all the while pretending not to be watching Oprah. No, you train with weights; you work your butt off for muscle mass and strength, and you know that pain often comes with the territory. Read full article

From Research To Results: Whey Protein Isolate Delivers Unsurpassed Muscle Growth

From Research To Results: Whey Protein Isolate Delivers Unsurpassed Muscle Growth
For years, researchers and bodybuilders alike have argued the relative merits of different kinds of protein. But now, for the first time, there's mounting scientific evidence that favors one type of protein over others. This distinction is of vital importance for athletes, because when it comes to resistance exercise (such as weight lifting), supplementing your diet with the highest-quality protein available is absolutely essential to reducing protein breakdown and ensuring...

Should You Sleep With The Fishes?

Should You Sleep With The Fishes?
Forget the concrete slippers, here's seven reasons why you should take fish oil before you go to bed.

To build muscle, you need a little bit of inflammation in the body. A hard workout can do that for you. However, diet can cause inflammation too—just not in a good way. One of the reasons that a typical western way of eating can contribute to high levels of inflammation in the body is that the amount of bad omega- 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids consumed is more than 20- to 25-times more than good omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids consumed. You can counterbalance this by taking Read full article

Keep Training

Keep Training

Never miss a workout by incorporating these ten antioxidants into your nutrition regimen

You're fit, but are you healthy? Most likely, you're not as healthy as you could be. That's because when you work out, you produce free radicals -- highly reactive molecules that are missing an electron that allows them to bond to other cells to reek havoc -- and put your health at risk. As result, you take more sick days, or worse, miss workouts than you should. But you can fight off free radicals with antioxidants and the ten below serve up not just benefits for your immune system but for your training too.

The Most Popular: Green Tea
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Creatine Ethyl Ester Inferior To Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine Ethyl Ester Inferior To Creatine Monohydrate
Creatine ethyl esters (CEE) are a popular form of creatine marketed to have several advantages over creatine monohydrate and other forms of creatine. Esters are compounds made from the combination of an alcohol and a carboxylic acid. The idea behind "esterifying" creatine is that it will change the physical properties of the compound making it more stable and bioavailable at the target tissue. The hope is that an ester bond may protect the compound from being digested in the gastrointestinal tract by typical enzymes or it may increase its solubility so that it is taken up by tissues. Despite heavy marketing, no studies have evaluated CEE compared to

Branched-Chain Amino Acids: A Blast From The Supplement Past

Branched-Chain Amino Acids: A Blast From The Supplement Past
With all the new supplements hitting the market on a near-daily basis, there are undoubtedly some hidden gems that get ignored. Not the new, fancy ones, mind you, but the timeless mainstays of bodybuilding's past, the supplements forever known for packing an extra inch of muscle on your arms, yet have somehow fallen in popularity. Branched-chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are precisely one of those supplements - not quite relegated to obscurity, but nevertheless overlooked.

Like so many new supplements hitting the market, new research studies are sparking a BCAA uprising. Taking amino acids may sound boring and outdated, but there are reasons why they were s...

Pre-Exercise Nutrition: The Blueprint For A Perfect Workout

Pre-Exercise Nutrition: The Blueprint For A Perfect Workout
Research on caffeine shows effective doses in the range of 1.8mg to 4mg per pound of bodyweight, taken about 30 minutes prior to exercise.

Is it possible to develop the perfect workout and bottle it? Could you gather up all the intensity, the unexpected strength, the supercharged endurance, the freaky pumps, and guarantee it every time you step in the gym?

Let's face it, not every workout is what you hope it will be. It's rarely as good as that nearly spiritual experience you have once in a blue moon. But maybe it can be. With the right pre-exercise nutrition and supplementation, every workout can be a masterpiece. A steady string of them, and you've got a new physique full of personal strength records and shirt-popping muscles. With the right pre-exercise nutrition, you can expect increased strength, energy, and mental focus and stimulat...

Taking A Bite Out Of Cortisol

Taking A Bite Out Of Cortisol
Major Key to Lowering Body Fat

In the ongoing search for answers to the mass-building/fat loss challenges, we've heard quite a bit of press lately regarding cortisol's role in this equation. As we continue to investigate and understand this debilitating hormone, here is what we do know: high cortisol levels are profoundly catabolic, in addition to causing other mayhem. Cortisol breaks down body proteins, opposes anabolism, raises blood glucose, contributes to insulin resistance, and generally screws everything up for the aspiring muscle-gainer. All that is in addition to promoting abdominal fat growth (no small matter, especially for those of us over about age 35). And to top it all off, excessive cortisol is also involved in the overtraining syndrome. For both bodybuilders and the general population, excess cortisol contributes to obesity, insul...

Health Benefits Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Something Fishy Going On?

Health Benefits Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Something Fishy Going On?
The human body needs fatty acids and it can make all but two of them: linoleic acid ( omega-6 fatty acid) and linolenic acid ( omega-3 fatty acid). Given linolenic acid, the body can make the 20- and 22-carbon members of the omega-3 series, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These omega-3 fatty acids are absolutely critical for normal growth and development and they play a very important role in the prevention and treatment of diseases. It should be noted, however, that only a small amount of linolenic acid is converted to DHA and linolenic acid does not raise blood DHA levels. One of the primary reasons linolenic acid is so poorly converted to EPA and DHA is that it is mostly used f...

Protein/Amino Acid Supplementation Program For A Serious Strength-Power Athlete

Protein/Amino Acid Supplementation Program For A Serious Strength-Power Athlete
The Underappreciated Role of Proteins in Human Health
Did you know that:
The anabolic effects of resistance exercise are amplified by amino acids or protein.

Higher protein/lower carbohydrate diet favorably affects body mass and composition independent of energy intake ("metabolic advantage").

High protein intake plays a key role in weight management, through (i) increased satiety, (ii) its effect on thermogenesis, (iii) body composition, and (iv) decreased energy efficiency.

Prospective epidemiologic observations indicate that higher protein intake is associated with increased bone mineral mass and reduced incidence of osteoporotic fractures.
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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
The understanding of the mind-body relationship has come a long way since the beginning of Cartesian dualism. In fact, we can all pretty much agree that, in order for optimal performance to occur, we must have both the mind and body ticking like a fine Swiss timepiece. Since you are reading this, one thing is most likely certain, you have already made an effort to get your body looking and working perfectly. However, very few active people ever wonder whether their mind is holding them back from achieving their potential. This article will discuss a number of supplements that act to optimize the mind-body relationship and enable you to reach holistic supremacy.

L-Tyrosine

Androtest In The Press

Androtest In The Press
ProSource's Androtest in Muscular Development "The folks at ProSource never cease to amaze us ... These guys are driven! Their AndroTest is a test booster that's ... maximizing protodioscin content to absolutely insane levels. How insane? Try 40 times more potent than competing products."

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Does PEA (Phenylethylamine) Really Work?

Does PEA (Phenylethylamine) Really Work?
PEA is an ingredient that is popping up in some purported "weight-loss" formulas, but does it stack up?

A critical analysis says not by a long shot.
PEA is a stimulant like substance naturally produced in the body. It is also found in small amounts in chocolate and other foods such as blue-green algae, salami, and bologna. The reason PEA is showing up in some weight-loss and whole health products is because it is a brain chemical that is associated with stimulation of various neurotransmitters in the brain that influence emotions such as euphoria, alertness, and feelings of attraction, as well as suppressing appetite. In fact, it is affectionately known as the "love chemical or love drug" since it mimics the brain chemistry of a person in love. The runne...

Get L-Arg And In Charge!

Get L-Arg And In Charge!
Most athletes realize the benefits of a high-quality L-arginine or arginine AKG supplement. Indeed it can claim relatively long-term success when taken on its own or in anabolic formulations. Being a conditionally essential amino acid L-arginine serves many important functions throughout the body and new research has found a multitude of reasons for including it in your supplement regime. The following article is a based on a recent publication presented by McConell (2007). The aim of the information contained herein is to provide current and comprehensive scientific support for the benefits of L-arginine supplementation.

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New Years Resolution Series: Article 3: Maximizing Hypertrophy And Strength

New Years Resolution Series: Article 3: Maximizing Hypertrophy And Strength
This is the third and final article in our New Year's Resolution Series. Assuming that you have taken the advice from the previous two articles ( #1. Take Control, #2. Maximize Anabolism), have been training hard and eating sensibly, then you should be seeing some pretty dramatic improvements in your overall condition.

Summer is just around the corner and it is time to take your newly formed physique to the next level. By following this series diligently, you wil...

New Years Resolution Series: Article 2: Maximize Anabolism

New Years Resolution Series: Article 2: Maximize Anabolism
If you are reading this article, then it is safe to assume that you have read part one of this series. We are also going to assume that you followed the recommendations for supplementation, have regained momentum in your workouts, and now have your diet back under control. If this is the case, congratulations on completing a busy and meaningful month!

By now your blood chemistry is back to "supreme" and if you have followed our advice, then you are ingesting a high-quality fat-burner with some appetite suppressing help (we suggested a stack of Read full article

New Years Resolution Series: Article 1: Take Control

New Years Resolution Series: Article 1: Take Control
Ok, so you didn't follow our article explaining how to stay fit over the holidays; as such, you have eaten one too many fruit cakes, drank way too much eggnog (with rum), and skipped the gym for a month. Amidst all of the festivities, overindulgences, and lack of training you have probably packed on a few pounds of fat. Well, have no fear as this series of articles will have you back in shape and feeling great in no time. There is no doubt that you have made the New Years resolution to get fit. GREAT, because admission of the problem is the first step in taking control.

One of the major contributors to fat gain during and after the holiday season is over consumption of saturated fats and high-glycemic carbohydr...

Protein Supplements And Fat-Loss

Protein Supplements And Fat-Loss
If I had to choose one supplement to have in my "bodybuilding toolbox" and nothing else, it would definitely be high quality protein. Let's face it, it is relatively affordable, it promotes anabolism, promotes fat-loss, it abolishes catabolism, and scientific research is finding more and more reasons to make it a staple in everyone's cupboard. Protein has stood the test of time and has acquired the status of "jack of all trades" based on one simple fact.... it works! A recent and eloquent paper published in the International Journal of Obesity (Nature Publishing...

Increasing The Muscle-To-Fat Ratio: The Whey To Go

Increasing The Muscle-To-Fat Ratio: The Whey To Go
The perennial problem for bodybuilders and other athletes is how to gain impressive lean mass, while holding the line on body-fat. For most of us, "weight gain" is a fairly simple matter of increasing calories. But what good does that do if you wind up looking big and fat? The name of the game, is repartitioning--that is, increasing the muscle-to-fat ratio, or increasing muscle at the expense of fat. It is a tough trick. But fortunately we have some advanced weapons in our arsenal, and the best one (outside of creatine) is whe...

Eggs, Meat, & Milk...Whey Too Many Proteins!

Eggs, Meat, & Milk...Whey Too Many Proteins!
Compared to the normal individual, athletes and weight-lifters (of all levels) have an increased need for protein. Unlike the average joe who spends gym-time looking at (or trying to find) his abs in the mirror, you are determined to add lean tissue, get stronger and build bigger muscles. However, without supplying your body with the right amount of amino acids, your muscles aren't going to become any bigger or stronger. In essence, consuming the right type of dietary protein can make the difference between making that muscle-tee fit a little tighter around your biceps and paying for a gym membership and having no...

Whey Protein Isolates: What's The Difference?

Whey Protein Isolates: What's The Difference?
  Dietary protein is the most important macronutrient in our diets, period.

That has been well established by scientific research. Dietary protein is essential for a wide variety of metabolic functions in our bodies, one of them being the repair and maintenance of muscle tissue. Every time we exercise, namely lift weights, muscle tissue is broken down and damaged. This muscle tissue needs to be repaired and built back up in a timely manner for proper recovery to take place.

In order for gains in size and strength to be made, there needs to be an adequate amount of protein (amino acids) present in the bloodstream, supplied by the diet, to feed the damaged muscles.

There are several foods and dietary supplements that provide Read full article

Tribulus: A Real Anabolic Alternative

Tribulus: A Real Anabolic Alternative
Tribulus terrestris has long been celebrated for its unique ability to assist in ramping up levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), which in turn spurs significant (and natural) increases in the production of testosterone. This physiological activity is of primary importance to athletes because higher "T" levels correlate directly to increased anabolism and greater strength. (It helps boosts sex drive, too.) Surprisingly, however, the exact mechanism of this physiological action has been something of a mystery. Until now. Recent research has revealed that the active ingredient most responsible for Tribulus's LH-boosting benefit is a potent steroidal saponin called protodioscin. This article is designed to investigate the real science behind Tribulus and protodioscin and its extraordinary testo...

Estrogenic Foods - Not For Real Men?

Estrogenic Foods - Not For Real Men?
Wow! I just returned from test-driving the Porshe Carerra GT (no, I don't make that kind of money) and the power is just unbelievable. I have to say that if a car had balls and the balls could talk, this car would be screaming; "I have testosterone". The car is sleek, has great take off power and no pulling on the turns, it is simply fantastic. This car certainly does not have any estrogenic compounds coursing through its engine. After scaring the bejesus out of my buddy (my dog, Stain) I decided I was famished and it was time to load up on Read full article

Tyramine: Questionable Trace Amine Supplement

Tyramine: Questionable Trace Amine Supplement
Tyramine is one of the so-called trace amines, naturally found in food and the human body. This group includes phenylethylamine (found in chocolate), octopamine, and synephrine, in addition to tyramine. The amino acid L-tyrosine is the precursor of most of the trace amines, including tyramine. Some of the benefits of supplemental L-tyrosine may be attributable to its conversion in the body (and especially in the brain) to these trace amines, which can function like neurotransmitters. Unlike the amines themselves, however, L-tyrosine can be absorbed and taken up across the blood-brain barrier.

Theoretical Benefits <...

B12: The Energy And Endurance Vitamin

B12: The Energy And Endurance Vitamin
If you've ever played team sports on the high school or college level, you know that the perfect remedy for the onset of fatigue is a quick visit to the trainer's room for a B12 injection. Indeed, players on the pro level have been beating the 4th-quarter/extra innings blues with B12 for generations. ( Vitamin B12 administration is also a highly popular "morning after" remedy on cruise and resort vacations where a physician is on call, but th...

Part 3: From Research To Results: Whey Protein Isolate Delivers Unsurpassed Muscle Growth

Part 3: From Research To Results: Whey Protein Isolate Delivers Unsurpassed Muscle Growth
Never before has a protein powder been such a hot topic in and around the gyms. Almost overnight, NytroWhey Extreme has created such a stir, that many top ranked IFBB bodybuilders are already using it to refine their physiques. (Several of them have to keep that secret to themselves so they don't blow their lucrative contracts with other supplement companies.) Check out what these other top pro and amateur bodybuilders below have to say about this amazing anabolic formula. If you want to maximize your gains, and have the physique of a champion, do what they do and use NytroWhey Extreme.


Going To The Top: MMA's Todd Going Talks Training & Nutrition

Going To The Top: MMA's Todd Going Talks Training & Nutrition

Mixed martial artist Todd Going reveals his training and dietary battle plan as he prepares for his first light-heavyweight title fight.

It's brutal, a vicious test of mettle, toughness and skill. By stepping into the ring, you're entering a world where only your instinct and power matter. And facing you down is a competitor who wants the exact same thing as badly as you do — victory.

In small venues around the country, far away from the bright lights and rolling pay-per-view cameras of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, hungry and largely unknown mixed-martial artists vie against each other to hone their skills as they try to claw their way to the big time. New Jersey native and former college wrestler T...

Part 2: From Research To Results: Whey Protein Isolate Delivers Unsurpassed Muscle Growth

Part 2: From Research To Results: Whey Protein Isolate Delivers Unsurpassed Muscle Growth
The Source of WPI's Ultra-Anabolic Power

Pure whey protein isolate contains the highest amounts of all the valuable micro-fractions in whey that grow more lean muscle mass faster than any other protein source. It has a higher concentration of beta-lacto-globulin, a rich source of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), l-isoleucine, l-leucine, and l-valine, which are readily absorbed by the muscle tissue to aid in building and repairing.

Whey protein isolate is also a rich source of cysteine, the rate-limiting amino acid necessary for synthesis of the antioxidant glutathione, which protects against oxidative damage during resistance exercise4.

This nutrient-rich protein source also contains high amounts of the powerful micro-fractions alpha-lactulbumin and glycomacropeptides, which are ess...

As a weight lifting enthusiast, it is quite evident that you are well aware that we slave to get at least one gram of protein per pound of body weight. For those of us who work a full time job, have a family and go to the gym four or five times per week. Fitting in enough time to eat and knowing when to get the right combinations of protein and carbohydrates is not always so easy. Remember that in addition to the one gram of protein per pound of body weight, we also strive to time the post-workout shake or meal to contain a ratio of two grams of carbohydrate for every one gram of protein. This times nutrient intake (which actu...

Minerals And Strength-Power Athletes

Minerals And Strength-Power Athletes
Phosphorous/ Phosphate
    Among the inorganic elements, phosphorous is second only to calcium in abundance in the human body. Phosphorous is of vital importance in metabolism of the energy nutrients, contributing to the metabolic potential in the form of high-energy phosphate bonds, such as ATP and creatine phosphate, and through phosphorylation (activation) of substrates. Phosphate also functions in acid-base balance. In fact, phosphate is the main intracellular buffer. Furthermore, phosphate is involved in oxygen delivery. In red blood cells, synthesis of diphosphoglycerate requires phosphorous. Decreased diphosphoglycerate diminishes release of oxygen to tissues. Phosphorous is widely distributed in foods. The best food sources are meat, poultry, fish, eggs and milk pr...

Mucuna Pruriens: Dopaminergic Dynamo

Mucuna Pruriens: Dopaminergic Dynamo
Mucuna Pruriens, aka velvet bean, is a traditional Indian herb with dynamic actions only recently appreciated. As an ancient Ayurvedic remedy, Mucuna was used in nervous and sexual diseases. But the key modern fact about Macuna is that it is an excellent -- truly outstanding -- source of L-DOPA (dihydroxy-phenylalanine, a derivative of phenylalanine). L-DOPA is the direct precursor in the brain of the key neurotransmitter dopamine. Because of this, L-DOPA is well-known as the drug of choice in Parkinson's Disease -- essentially a dopamine-deficiency disease. But, as you will see, Mucuna-source L-DOPA has a lot of value and action besides just for Parkinson's sufferers.
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What's So Good About Calories - Eating For Growth

What's So Good About Calories - Eating For Growth
Eating for GrowthFor many people, reducing caloric intake is a critical factor in their regimen. For most bodybuilders, however, consuming large quantities of calories on a daily basis is a key component to significant growth. But it is essential to know the good calories from the bad, especially when your intake is high. The wrong calories at the wrong time can make all the difference between optimum and awful results. Life itself is dependent upon eating, for that matter, growing is also dependent upon the intake of calories. A calorie is simply defined as a measure of energy. Specifically it is the amount of energy it takes to raise one gram of water by one degree Celsius. In essence, food is measured in "calories" because it is used as fuel for the body. For the hea...

Kicking Mass

Kicking Mass

From soccer player to competitive natural bodybuilder, Jude Achu muscled up with the help of AndroTest.

In Jude Achu's home country of Nigeria, there's one athletic activity that rises above all others. And although he had a big, bodybuilderesque frame even as a youngster, Achu heeded the call of the world's most popular sport long before he ever touched a weight.

"Soccer was our pastime in Nigeria," he says. "I always played soccer. However, after seeing movies like First Blood and Rambo, I became motivated to grow as much muscle as Sylvester Stallone."

Achu
began lifting at 14 and started filling out that aforementioned frame. Now a resident of Hamden, Connecticut -- his family moved to the U.S. when he was 18 -- the 29-year-old competes as an NPC amateur, and has a number of titles already to his credit. "My philosophy has always been to train hard and train smart," he explains. "I...

Brain Boosters : For The Winter Blues & Blahs

Brain Boosters : For The Winter Blues & Blahs
Your strongest muscle is, and has always been, between your ears.

Eons ago, pre-humans evolved big brains, which allowed us to avoid or beat-out predators, maximize our reproductive potential, and populate the whole planet at the expense of other species. And we've obviously done a great job at that! The brain is of course a tissue, and has nutritional needs like any other tissue. But it is also a special tissue with special influences, like determining your mood and level of motivation, the perceived difficulty of a workout, your level of concentration during a workout, and your willingness to train at all. Fortunately, the non-prescription world of nutrients and herbal extracts ...

Ultra-Gtx (Ephedrine-Free)

Ultra-Gtx (Ephedrine-Free)
THE THERMOGENIC POWERS OF GREEN TEA

For many individuals who prefer not to take ephedrine products whether by choice or by necessity, there is a wonderful alternative for those who are still seeking the thermogenic effect. ProSource has formulated a supplement consisting of the active thermogenic element derived from green tea called epigallocatechin, or more commonly referred as EGCG. For centuries, green tea has been acknowledged for its...

Fighting Nutrition: Winning By Smarts

Fighting Nutrition: Winning By Smarts
Fighting Nutrition"Thwap", yup that is how this all started. You see, one day I was invited to go to a mixed martial arts studio to watch a friend train and lo and behold, since I was a collegiate wrestler I jumped into the fray and mixed it up with a few of the other trainees. This head-banging experience got me thinking a little more about what goes into the training, nutrition and lifestyle of anyone seriously involved with fighting sports. I consider the fighting sports to include boxing, all of the different forms of martial arts, Pride, K1, wrestling (collegiate and Olympic), samba and some other types of the arts.

On the Read full article

Green Tea Weight Loss:The Ultimate Wonder Nutrient For Fat Loss, And Health Protection

Green Tea Weight Loss:The Ultimate Wonder Nutrient For Fat Loss, And Health Protection
Whether in a cup or capsule, few herbs rank higher in beneficial properties than green tea. In fact, Camellia sinensis, more commonly known as tea, ranks behind only water as the most popular beverage worldwide. Over three-fourths of tea produced is black, and the rest is green and oolong. Although each variation offers proven benefits, it is green tea that contains the most remarkable beneficial compounds, and that is due primarily to the fact that unlike black and oolong, green tea is not roasted, thus preserving more of the active constituents. In recent years there's been well-justified excitement over the potent...

Bcaas: Essential Building Blocks Of Muscle Growth

Bcaas: Essential Building Blocks Of Muscle Growth
With new and exciting supplement breakthroughs making their debut all the time, it's sometimes easy to forget the less glamorous nutritional stand-bys of muscle growth. Yes, the new norepinephrine-stimulating super-thermogenics and the muscle-gorging hemodilators (to pick two examples), show terrific anabolic potential. But real lean mass gains start with the basics. And the most basic and essential building block of all is the branched-chain amino acid. Amino acids facilitate the synthesis of structural proteins, enzymes, and some hormones and neurotransmitters. Amino acids are also involved in numerous metabolic pathways that affect exercise metabolism. For decades, medical researchers have known that athletes involved in intense training require additional protein in the diet and that they s...

The Top 10 Muscle Building Foods

The Top 10 Muscle Building Foods
Growing muscle begins by hitting it hard in the gym, while following a well-defined protocol of which muscle groups to work, and when. And that's just the beginning. How you work out plays a major role, along with proper supplementation. Think about it, muscle grows as a response to the stress of weight bearing exercise. That's right, your muscle may grow as a compensatory method for dealing with mechanical loads that are greater than what the muscles are generally able to push or pull. Sure, we have all read the "grow your arms" in one workout type articles, and perhaps even some of us have tried these extreme training regimens. However, what we sorely forget and underestimate is the anabolic power of food. Yup, you have to eat to grow and what and when you eat can make more of an impact on your body than perhaps even how you train. To give you an idea of what muscle-foo...

A Real Survivor

A Real Survivor

Reality television's fittest star reveals her secrets

A huge fan favorite on Survivor, Stephenie LaGrossa is now focused on turning her passion for fitness and ebullient personality into a career in entertainment. How does she keep fit in her busy life? Dedication to training, and a healthy diet augmented by Supreme Protein Bars. Forget what Hollywood has told you. Sometimes, the biggest breaks in your life come relatively easy, truth be told. For Stephenie LaGrossa, a simple de...

Chromadex Creatine Ethyl Ester Certificate Of Analysis Interview

Chromadex Creatine Ethyl Ester Certificate Of Analysis Interview
Interview with Frank Jaksch, President, CEO & cofounder of ChromaDex Research has always been the backbone of our philosophy. We're dedicated to developing the most effective supplements in the world. That's why we have always had a progressive product research and development philosophy. We stand behind our commitment to science. That's why each one of our supplements undergoes our quality-control process, which ensures that the product you buy is of the highest standard. It is important to trust only reputable manufacturers like MuscleTech to supply you with quality nutritional supplements. In manufacturing our products, we use only the highest quality ingredients and use independent laboratory analysis to confirm the potency of the ingredients listed on our labels. Read full article

Creatine Supplementation Strategies: Update

Creatine Supplementation Strategies: Update
Creatine is a nitrogenous amine. Normal daily dietary intake of creatine from an omnivorous diet is about 1 gram. Dietary sources of creatine include meat, fish, and other animal products, but it may also be formed endogenously in the liver, kidney, and pancreas from the amino acids glycine, arginine, and methionine. One-half kg of fresh, uncooked steak contains about 2 grams of creatine. Creatine has become an extremely popular nutritional ergogenic among athletes. In 1998, about $200 million was spent on creatine monohydrate (the most studied form of creatine). Of the approximately 300 studies that have evaluated the potentia...

Holiday Eating And Supplementing

Holiday Eating And Supplementing
Holiday Eating and SupplementingIf you have a hard time packing on muscle and consider yourself a member of the "Hardgainers Club," your favorite time of the year is among us...The Holidays! But if it is more difficult for you keep fat off and stay lean than it is to gain muscle, this is a very dreaded time of the year.

One of the best and most familiar ways for most of us to stay disciplined with our diets throughout the year is to simply stay away from unhealthy foods. Don't go down the junk food aisle at the grocery store, don't visit vending machines at work, don't opt for fast food, threaten your waiter's life if he brings out a dessert menu, normal things like that. So when we are constantly confronted with u...

Saw Palmetto: Key Herb For Prostate Health

Saw Palmetto: Key Herb For Prostate Health
ProSource Super Saw Palmetto Prostate/Hormone Physiology
The health of the prostate gland is a concern for every man over the age of 50. With passing years the prostate tends to become enlarged (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, or BPH), leading to serious discomfort and inconvenience. About 75% of men over the age of 60 experience distressing functional prostate problems, and a surprising number of younger men are developing BPH, as well. BPH symptoms include Read full article

Product Specific Clinical Study Reveals Test Boosting Power of AndroTest

Product Specific Clinical Study Reveals Test Boosting Power of AndroTest
Testosterone is the primary anabolic hormone in men that plays an essential role in controlling muscle growth. In addition, increased testosterone enhances sexual interest, erectile function, mood, and bone density. No wonder so many products are marketed to naturally enhance testosterone. Many companies claim to have the latest, greatest testosterone booster, but none have a shred of scientific evidence to support the inflated hype.

Conducted by a team of doctors, in a medical college and hospital, a randomized, place...

Part 2: Omega-3s: Heart-Healthy Super Nutrient Emerges As A Powerful Anti-Catabolic

Part 2: Omega-3s: Heart-Healthy Super Nutrient Emerges As A Powerful Anti-Catabolic
Highly versatile super-nutrient helps create a perfect bodily environment for muscle gain and peak performance

There is also significant evidence that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and flaxseed can slow auto-immune damage due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Following an intense training session, the muscles require the formation of eicosanoids before the healing process can commence. Eicosanoids are hormone-like substances derived only from essential fatty acids (arachidonic acid in Omega-3) in foods or supplements. These regulate immune and inflammatory responses.

There are many different types of eicosanoids, prostaglandins (PGs) being the most common. PGs are three families of short-lived, hormone-like substances that regulate blood pressure, platelet stickiness, and kidney function. A delicate balance between PGs with opposing functions, in part determined b...

Size Wise

Size Wise

Heavyweight bodybuilding contender Evan Centopani has seen his muscle mass skyrocket, thanks to a solid training program and ProSource's AndroTest.


Coming off the victory in the NPC Bev Francis Atlantic States Bodybuilding Championships this past June, Evan was all about "coasting" through the summer, taking it easy until he really jumped back into training full steam for his winter growth phase. But a new supplement he discovered ended up dramatically changing that plan.

"I started taking ProSource's AndroTest and it's been absolutely phenomenal," he says. "I've been shocked ...

Eurycoma Longifolia: The Longjack Herb -- Long On Benefits

Eurycoma Longifolia: The Longjack Herb -- Long On Benefits
Eurycoma longifolia is a Malaysian shrub, used in traditional medicine for male sexual enhancement and as a general tonic. It is reputed to be a great aid to male sexual stamina. It is referred to as Tongkat Ali or Longjack in Malaysia and elsewhere. Traditionally, the "Longjack" roots were brewed for long hours to get a bitter extract. Today, modern concentration methods allow us to obtain standardized concentrates in capsules.

Aphrodisia & Testosterone

The main traditional use of Eurycoma has been as an aphrodisiac and tonic, and for these purposes the herb has a long and vivid history. Used widely throughout the Pacific Rim and Indonesia, it is sometimes called "the plant that cures 101 diseases". Whatever its value as a general tonic in differen...

Omega-3s: Heart-Healthy Super Nutrient Emerges As A Powerful Anti-Catabolic

Omega-3s: Heart-Healthy Super Nutrient Emerges As A Powerful Anti-Catabolic
Buy ProSource Omega-1250Hardly a day goes by without another article appearing in a prestigious medical journal highlighting the physiological benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids. These key "essential fatty acids" have been linked to reduction of the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, and other disorders.

In fact, so much good news is appearing lately in the scientific and medical literature about the enormous health benefits of Read full article

Simplicity: Part 3

Simplicity: Part 3
In the first two parts of my "Simplicity" article series, I put forth what I believe is basic framework for a powerful diet and supplementation regime. Ultimately my goal, as with my training ideas, is to "add value to life". In this installment I wanted to address the role and needs of supplementation and firmly spell out what is needed for you to not only attain your strength and fitness goals but to live a healthy life. While it may appear on the surface that the average fitness enthusiast's goals have changed as body image has been morphed by the media over time, I tend to think that the greatest change isn't the objectives but the marketing approaches and the lack of true, unbiase...

Hitting The Big Time

Hitting The Big Time

Junior USA light-heavyweight champ Jason Wojciechowski has seen amazing results in the gym with AndroTest.

For Jason Wojciechowski, 2005 has been a breakthrough year. In April, he won the overall title in the North Carolina State Bodybuilding Championships, and followed that a week later by taking the light-heavyweight class of the Junior USAs. However, that may be just the start for this 5' 9", 32-year-old hardgainer, now that he has ProSource's amazing new testosterone-boosting product, AndroTest, in his corner. After the Junior USAs, Jason stepped back in the weight room with an eye on the NPC Nationals this November. For that, he knows he needed to add some quality muscle size. "I competed at 184 pounds; the light-heavy class goes up to...

Key Ingredients For Joint Longevity

Key Ingredients For Joint Longevity
If you think osteoarthritis is something that afflicts only ripening baby boomers and nursing-home residents, sit down and talk with former world-class gymnast Bart Conner someday, if the opportunity ever presents itself. Conner, who more than 20 years ago took home two Olympic gold medals and was considered one of America's top all-around athletes, today can hardly take out the garbage. He was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his mid-20s. Or talk with professional tennis phenom Martina Hingis, who, at 21, had to take a hiatus from the game due to severe pain in her left ankle, knee and hip. Her doctors say she already may be showing signs of osteoarthritis in her injured joints.

You can even talk to any bodybuilder who has been training hea...

WWE's Shawn Michaels : Back In The Saddle

WWE's Shawn Michaels : Back In The Saddle
The WWE's Shawn Michaels revamped his lifestyle and made an improbable and incredible return to the ring after a devastating back injury. Now, at 41, the native Texan is stronger than ever with a solid training program, a no-frills diet and ProSource's potent testosterone-booster, AndroTest. "As I look back on it now, that was the greatest thing that ever happened to me," says Shawn Michaels of the 1998 back injury that almost ended one of the most storied careers in pr...

Fats: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Fats: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
If you're seeking weight loss and improved health, it's easy to look at fats as the root cause of that extra weight gain or the latest uptick in your blood pressure. But that doesn't make all fats bad, and it certainly doesn't make fats something to avoid. In fact, the right sources of fat can actually improve health, improve brain and heart function, and even liberate existing stores of fat. It really is a matter of seeking out and understanding the different sources of fat, capitalizing on those that are healthful, and eliminating those that are, well, evil. It's time to reconcile with fat. Because if you don't, ...

Advanced Testosterone Science

Advanced Testosterone Science
The Latest Technologies for Boosting Your Testosterone Production

Test and LH Basics
Testosterone is the principal steroid hormone secreted from specialized cells in the testes (called Leydig cells) in men. Chemically, testosterone is made from cholesterol like all the other steroid hormones. Several hormones stimulate the body's own production of testosterone. The most important and potent stimulator of testosterone secretion is luteinizing hormone (LH), which is sec...

Get Optimum Benefits With Joint Command

Get Optimum Benefits With Joint Command
Bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts and other athletes primarily concentrate their efforts on maintaining a lean muscular physique. However, in order for muscles to contract and grow, they must operate in conjunction with the body's joints, like the knee or elbow joints, or even the spine, which represents a type of joint. Just as it's important to feed muscles with proper supplementation, it's equally, if not more important, to provide your joints with specific nutrients to keep them functioning optimally. Nagging pain and numerous injuries can occur to joints over time and through excessive use and can subsequently lead to osteoarthritis and spinal disk degeneration, among other concerns. Bottom line, whether you have joint pain or not, it is prudent to address the nutritional needs of these important structures.

Exercise places a lot of wear and tear on the cartilage and ligaments ...

Flaxseed Oil: Amazing Protective Fat-Burn Oil

Flaxseed Oil: Amazing Protective Fat-Burn Oil
Flaxseed oil is a vegetable oil uniquely rich in the omega-3 family of essential fatty acids, in particular alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). It is also rich in lignans, gamma-tocopherol (an especially beneficial form of vitamin E), and other protective factors. Omega-3 fatty acids have developed a well-deserved reputation as being essential for body protection and function in a hundred different ways. It is not going too far to describe them as a general tonic against the "diseases of civilization", and for protection from the daily onsla...

Simplicity: Part 1

Simplicity: Part 1
Simplicity is a peculiar road to wander down in todays fast-paced digitally connected every nano-second of every day world. Akin to the quiet old rural route that meanders slowly through every village, with its little riverbed diner's, the kinds of town where you still find roadside Charles Schultz inspired lemonade stand in the summer, the simple road is rarely traveled today. Our culture seems to have forgotten that along that old route lays hidden treasures, not one of glistening baubles and trinkets but treasures that provide you a deeper knowledge and appreciation of how and where you are precisely going. But that "simple road" seems to have been abandoned for so many generations now and much of the priceless knowledge has been lost to the present and future generations. Of the many paradox's of the all-too-often spineless health...

Don't Miss A Workout - Keep Your Immune System Strong

Don't Miss A Workout - Keep Your Immune System Strong
  Speaking as someone who just spent three weeks in bed with the flu - coughing, sneezing, throat on fire, aching muscles and just plain miserable - I can tell you that missing my workouts only added insult to injury. And I thought I was doing all the right things to stay healthy and fit.

HOW YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WORKS
When you are healthy, your body can serve as a fortress, protecting you from all manner of bacteria and viruses. Your thick skin produces a variety of substances that are harmful to invaders; almost every orifice (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth, etc.) produces fluids and/or sticky mucous that captures harmful attackers; the respiratory tract has cil...

Macronutrient Update

Macronutrient Update
"The soft minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea." Martin Luther King Jr

The validity of the low-fat/high-carb diet is challenged when those most knowledgeable in its application succumb to diseases it is meant to prevent. For example, Dr. Lynn Alan Smaha, a former president of the American Heart Association (AHA), died recently, felled by a heart attack after his daily run. He was only 63. Dr. Smaha almost certainly followed a diet very low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in carbs. Evidently, it didn't help him at all. Indeed, recent studies have clearly refuted the hypothesis that a low-fat/hi...

Most Effective Dietary Supplements For Strength-Power Athletes

Most Effective Dietary Supplements For Strength-Power Athletes
Ronnie Coleman's incredible physique is a product of superior genetics, long-term training, optimal nutrition and a committed attitude. Clearly, these factors cannot be replaced by the use of dietary supplements. However, scientific study has identified a number of products that offer true benefits to performance (e.g., creatine) or the achievement of nutritional goals (e.g., meal replacement products). This article examines some science behind the most effective supplements targeted to strength-power athletes.

What's In A Ratio?

What's In A Ratio?

By Douglas S. Kalman MS, RD

A few years back, the respected newsman Dan Rather was mugged while walking down a street in New York City. In a weird chain of events, after the mugger obtained Dan's wallet, he looked him straight in the eye and asked, "What's the frequency Kenneth?" The meaning of the question was never discovered, but it was made into a line of a hit song for the great rock band R.E.M. I ask you, the sports nutrition enthusiast, instead of getting mugged while shopping for the perfect post-workout drink, to stop and ask yourself, "What's t...

Micellar Casein: The Protein With Staying Power

Micellar Casein: The Protein With Staying Power
  Proteins, along with carbohydrate and fat, make up the main energy-providing nutrients of the diet. Proteins are unique for many reasons - they contain nitrogen, and they provide amino acids that serve as building blocks for the formation of new proteins. But not all dietary proteins are equal in their biological effects. An emerging concept in protein quality is that digestion rate has a major impact on protein effects in the body. This ...

A Warrior With A Secret Weapon

A Warrior With A Secret Weapon
After almost a decade away from the WWE, the Native American Tatanka has returned, stronger than ever, but now packs a supplement "secret weapon". Here's how he staged his incredible career comeback and amazing physique transformation. In the early 90s, Tatanka was an electrifying force in the wrestling ring, battling the likes of Rick Martel, Bam Bam Bigelow, Yokazuna and Lex Luger as he reached the upper echelons of the World Wrestling Federation. Turning his real-life, 100% Native American background -- he's a descendant of the Lumbee Nation in North Carolina, his home state -- into a memorable and resonant character, his trademark battle cry, Tomahawk Chop and Indian Death Drop earned him legions of fans worldwide. Then, in 1996, his promising career came to a sudden halt. At 36, he stepped away from the business...

(2004) America's Most Popular Diet Plans

(2004) America's Most Popular Diet Plans

A Comprehensive Overview of Today's Leading Weight Loss Programs

One of the more alarming health concerns we face as a nation is the shocking fact that approximately three of every four adult Americans are either overweight or obese. This startling admission may help to explain the bombardment of weight loss systems, diet plans and books that are currently flooding the marketplace. Since the diet and nutrition industry and related businesses bring in about 45 billion dollars per year, an evaluation of just what these popular diets are about and which ones should work for you appears in order. This article is designed to do just that--to provide you with a comprehensive breakdown of the most popular diets on the market to help you decide which one, if any, might work best for you. In addition, it will also offer suggested Read full article
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