Finding the Right Alternate for What you Want

I wanted to clear the air, because it seems that many people don’t know what a proper prohormone is. Often times, you will see wars of words with people who don’t even know the facts. Technically, prohormones, on their own, are not steroids, although they do share similar genetic makeups. If you can picture getting food and there are two different brands, one is the name brand and the other is generic. While it is true that prohormones are made from partial elements of steroids, they are not the same thing. As we get to the more ridiculous things I’ve heard, that should go without saying, but protein is not a type of prohormone. If someone is hassling you and making false accusations that you’re taking prohormones, based off of what get at a supplement store, you’re definitely not getting a prohormone. Due to rulings that were made years ago, actual prohormones do not exist and are not available for purchase. When discussing ingredients, what makes a real prohormone will have vastly different ingredients than other supplements you’re used to. There usually isn’t a long ingredient list when looking at a prohormone because it is only made out of one or two specific compounds. If we were to look at the compounds in a more molecular level, we could really start slicing hairs in this situation but most elements that make up prohormones compounds are not readily revealed on any labels. I hate being the one to tell you this but if you’ve recently purchased what you think is a prohormone, chances are, you’ve been duped.

Think of being duped as a blessing in disguise because after heating about what was in the prohormones, it left most users distancing themselves as far away from the substances as possible. With all of the dangers that are associated with prohormones, why did so many people use them in the past, you may find yourself asking. The reasoning for this that there was a lot of miscommunications made between companies and people trying to user these prohormones. No one had realized how out of control the prohormone epidemic had gotten until there were many people who were reporting getting sick from using the supplements. I remember trying a prohormone, back in the day and not knowing what it would eventually do, I felt like I couldn’t trust any other creators of prohormones to try them again. When you reach a point where you find that what is supposed to help you ends up harming you, you have no choice but to find what is more suitable to you.

You should never feel like you are going to run out of options, when choosing a supplement to more accurately give you that muscle building edge, without making you feel like you are going to need to go to bed. Provided that you are checking ingredients closely, you need not have any fears that you are going to be accidentally taking a prohormone. Looking towards the future, it is unlikely that any sort of prohormone will ever enter our shelves, it’s just too dangerous for the human body. Put aside that feeling of seeming like you’ve missed out on some craze, for it never to be seen again. It seems weird to truly hold dear to your heart but you do really have more power within you, than any junky prohormone could provide.

The Rebirth of Ergogenix’s Preworkout

Known as Ergopre, this is a supplement that you take before you go and exercise. I have used supplements from Ergogenix in the past, actually it was one of the first ones I’ve ever tried. Having a good history with this company, I was a little more than excited when I found out they were going to release ErgoPre. Made with three different flavors, including: Apple Berry, Pineapple Mango, and Glacier, you’ll have a tough choice ahead of you. Citrulline malate is great for transferring nutrients into the blood, allowing them to be more fully absorbed. If you want that full look, malate is a great part of the Ergopre. Caffeine is a given with most pre workouts and it is utilized well, clocking in at 300 mg per serving. The flavor that I would have to hand pick as my favorite one was the glacier.

Reminding me of a clear sports drink beverage, I found that drinking this down to the last drop was easy to do. I felt the caffeine start to hit, within the first fifteen minutes. The label said that it could take anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes to kick in fully but I did down the glass quickly, I told you I loved the glacier flavor. Not just made to energize you, I did feel that I could lift heavy. My workout journal didn’t have me setting any personal records but sometimes preworkout products need to be used for days to weeks, before you see the full effects. Ergopre is one of the finest value preworkouts that I’ve used in years. Don’t let the value label make you think you are getting something cheap, it’s just that Ergogenix is cool like that and can offer their supplement at a lower price point, better for the lifters of the world! I felt like I was more connected to my workout, as the focus was off the charts. Being someone who has an overactive mind, it can be tough to reel me in to get focused. I’m the guy who you can sometimes see staring off into space because I’ve had the same webpage up on my computer for the past ten minutes. Instead of zoning out into my workout journal, I found that Ergopre kept me focused on the tasks that lied ahead of me. I loved seeing that black pepper extract was being brought back, as it’s been hard to find a preworkout that uses that ingredient anymore. The extract of pepper is known for helping to promote fat reduction, it also adds a little spiciness to the preworkout.

Like adding a little salt to your chocolate milk, having a little pepper in the ErgoPre sounds weird but adds to the overall taste. Also loaded with zinc, vitamins, and calcium, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting what every weightlifter needs to keep up the pace. I found that apple berry was the odd flavor of the bunch, it didn’t taste particularly bad, just different than what I was expecting. I’ve never been one to have normal tastebuds, often disagreeing with flavors that readers like. I’m one of the few left that actually enjoy eating black licorice, I’ll put it that way. Pineapple mango was like a tropical vacation in a glass, one that I will most likely be getting again. Also, this preworkout pairs great with a nice protein powder, just a heads up!


Should You Lose Fat Before Starting a Training Program?

If you’re like me, you love to prepare, even to the annoyance of those around you. If there is somewhere to be, you can safely rest assured that I will show up fifteen minutes early. I wasn’t always so punctual, it just came to me with time. I’m speaking those of you who are only starting out lifting weights. Those who are slightly larger than most are going to naturally wonder if all of that fat is going to help or hinder their muscle gaining ability. When I began working out, I had a belly that stuck out and a very round face. What I did enjoy about training with extra fat was that it really inflated me. As the new layers of muscle that I was creating would hide under the fat, it didn’t make me look any slimmer but I wasn’t about to complain. If you want to look big and aren’t worried about how big your biceps measures, you’ll do well with getting to lifting immediately.

On the contrary, if you want to be that person, whose muscles are popping out like an old school 3D poster, I’d get on a good aerobic program. By reducing body fat, before ever lifting a weight, you will be able to see muscles come through mega easy. No longer will you have to be stuck in that awkward mixture of chunky and strong. Each style of composition will have it’s own advantages. What makes you feel the most at ease, regarding your self-image, is what matters that most. After I got married, I lost about 40 pounds, quite the opposite from what most experience, am I right?

When I got back into weightlifting, I had thought that I was really speeding up the time it took me to show newfound muscle. As it turns out, it was only the lack of fat that gave me the illusion that I was some sort of super weightlifter. I wished that I wouldn’t always be such an over thinker, as this momentum pushed me to some of the best workouts I’ve ever had. A big piece of advice is to get used to the diet, before you get accustomed to weightlifting. By having a foundation of healthy meals, that you can get used to, the hardest work is already over. Lastly, if you want some extra motivation to bulk up without turning into someone fat, check the video out that is above. I found that whoever this is really puts the effort in to show you ways that I hadn’t thought of to make bulking fun!


Critical Reasons to Stop Missing Leg Day

There is an epidemic going on, where no one feels like they need to train their legs anymore. I used to be someone that would never spend any time on developing my leg muscles. When I learned the error of my ways, was when I started to feel like I had become one of the guys that you just know takes care of himself. Here are four very important reasons why a leg day shouldn’t be a stress-inducing day, but rather one where you know you’re continuing your quest to get all muscled up!

1. It looks bad
I’m not going to pull any punches here so believe it when I say that your skinny legs, attached to a massive upper half are being noticed. I thought that I could hide the fact that I never used to effectively train my legs but it’s tough to keep hidden forever. Mark my words, a day will come in which you have no choice but to wear a pair of shorts and the truth will be revealed! Wouldn’t it be so much better to not fear that day, but welcome it with two chiseled legs of stone, I know that’s what I would want.

2. You’re putting too much weight on your upper half
Like seeing a Jenga tower that has too much going on at the top of it, loaded down with those little pesky blocks, a buckle is going to happen. When you focus all attention on your upper half, you leave yourself with legs that are yearning to be trained the same way. We know that muscle weighs more than fat, why would you want all of that weight bearing down on two legs that aren’t fully equipped to bear that weight? Building muscle onto your legs will help even out the weight distribution issue, making the weight imbalance less noticeable.

3. Missing out on new growth pathways
If you’re skipping out on leg day, you probably aren’t aware of the lifts that you’re missing out on! Let me be the first to tell you, many different training exercises that mainly strengthen the legs, doesn’t just mean that’s where the strength stops! Why the biggest of the big use full body exercise routines is because they know that lifting with your legs adds muscle in other places. When I began weightlifting, I wondered how lifting was going to help me get abs that I obsessed with having. It didn’t take long reading up about full body routines, until I read about how squats were connected to showing abs, better than most other techniques. As you know, the squat is an exercise commonly associated with leg day.

4. Less potential for injury
If you had a car, one that had everything well maintained and regularly brought to a mechanic, you would have a car in great condition, with no risk for any serious problems. The people that are the equivalent of this car are the ones who regularly train their legs. If we had a car that had everything maintained but the wheels, that vehicle will always be at risk to end up getting damaged. Think of your legs as the wheels of your car, if you keep putting stress under scrawny legs, an injury could be in your near future.

Skinny Bugs: Why You Need Probiotics

I had the chance to visit one of my female friends, who has having really serious indigestion problems. Without giving too much detail that, trust me, you don’t want to hear about, she was really starting to be in constant pain. What was happening was that she was not being able to digest her food properly. Not only causing painful symptoms, she was starting to slowly balloon up and I felt terrible for her. I racked my brain for an hour, trying to look up what could help take away the painful bloating that she was feeling. It was during my search, that I came across something known as Skinny Bugs. I had heard that you can get probiotics from certain yogurts, none of which she had in her refrigerator. I had come to realize that, perhaps, the digestive pains she was facing could be due to not eating right.
To take this supplement the correct way, take one chewable tablet with a meal. To pick which meal will be your decision but I would recommend using it with the bigger meal of your day. The Skinny Bug probiotics are strawberry flavored. Even though, due to my gender, I wasn’t supposed to try one, I had to anyway. Even though you may not suffer from ailments related to indigestion, you could still find benefit in ingesting probiotics. I had told this lady who was laying down, due to how bad the stomach pain had gotten, that she had to try one of these tablets. For some quick background on this woman, she never uses supplements. I have tried, to no avail, to try and get her to start taking better care of herself, always finding myself at the bottom of an uphill battle. We all have that one stubborn friend that is set in their ways and wants no convincing, if they didn’t come up with the idea.

The bacteria that is in the Skinny Bugs supplement is sort of part of the name. When I came across something with such an interesting title, I had to ensure that I wasn’t accidentally getting food for bugs. The probiotics that make up this supplement are bacteria that go to work, after ingested, to help maintain healthier weight management. You only need to use one tablet, per day, so don’t think that you will be running through bottles weekly, the amount of probiotics in each serving are more than enough to only be taken once per day.

bioticsSometimes, when we look for solutions to lose weight, a goal that almost everyone has, it’s easy to get discouraged. With so many different schemes aiming to shred you, all while leaving you feeling like you’ve barely lost a pound, it’s no fun. If you’ve had enough of feeling discouraged from trying to shed fat tissue with supplements, look to finding Skinny Bugs. An important note here is that the Skinny Bugs product is mainly made for women, I do not advise men to try this. I had only chewed up one tablet, to help encourage my friend that nothing was going to happen to me if I did. Jamie Eason, one of the most successful fitness models is on the cover of this bottle, as the line has had her input. For those not in the know, Eason has been a superstar and with her being in such great shape, you know you can trust anything with her name on it.

Trying for Strength Records with Testavar HD

Being often compared to each other, there are a vast number of differences between a prohormone and what is known as a testosterone booster. Give me the worst of the worst, when it comes to boosting testosterone and most likely it’s going to be a safer choice than the greatest prohormone. Going back into time, we’ve all learned that a prohormone was basically an altered steroid, with the pieces that weren’t wanted elsewhere, gross. Testavar HD is a supplement made to increase free testosterone levels. What can be misconstrued is how testosterone makes it pathway into your muscles. Why I feel safer using free testosterone raisers is because it isn’t adding any compounds for me, just what I already had floating around.

Do you hate when the shadier companies try to hide their ingredient list? I hate it but it didn’t take long to find the proudly displayed ingredient list for Testavar HD and it looks great. The first three ingredients in Testavar are zinc, magnesium, and vitamin b6 complex. Right away, we have three exceptional vitamins to use, in conjunction with raising testosterone. Why testosterone is important is because it is thought of as the strength hormone, naturally occurring in higher numbers in males. I have seen those ZMA products become a stand-alone product, we’re only getting started with Testvar HD. Maca and fenugreek help to round out this massively powerful list of ingredients that are well known to get your hormones back to where they should be. I would almost classify this supplement as a preworkout because that is how long-lasting the energy factor was for Testavar.

How I No Longer Hated Mornings!

I wake up early in the morning and I usually have to hit the door running, not easy to do five days a week. By mid-week, I used to feel work down and ready to crawl back into bed. With Testavar, I sleep like I never have before, leaving me ready to start my morning jumping out of that bed. I saw that stacking the Testavar with something called Betalean is better if you have extra pounds you want gone. I will try the Betalean later, as my supplement budget was close to being drained from last month, I’ve got to control myself. The only nitpick I have Testvar is that you are going to need to take six tablets a day, which can make a bottle feel empty quickly. On the contrary, I’d rather have to take a lot of tablets and get a supplement that is this strong, than taking one tablet and feeling nothing. If there was ever a sort of greatest hits compilation, for drawing in higher testosterone numbers, all ingredients in Testavar would make that list and that’s a big compliment.

What the average consumer doesn’t realize is just one bad ingredient can completely wreck an otherwise solid foundation. Itestavar second look was one of the first, of my circle, to every try fenugreek and people thought I was a nutcase. Namely, my close relative could barely hold back his lunch when he would watch me take the extract, to the point where I would make a game out of his weak stomach. Lastly, I had to throw a nod to the ingredient called Chrysin, which is getting mixed opinions over its effectiveness. ANSI knows this too, and even state that it might help your testosterone, don’t you love when a supplement maker is honest and upfront?

Stack Protein by EVL: Flavor Test

I’m back again, after running out and stocking up on an awesome protein sale. I now have each of the flavors from the stacked line of protein powders from EVL. There are five different flavors total, all of which smell great while sitting on my counter. As I’ve learned from past mistakes, smell and taste are not always directly related! Up first is the vanilla flavor, I believe that they officially call it vanilla ice cream. Am I a nutcase or is it tough to tell the difference between a vanilla and an ice cream variation? I don’t know what makes vanilla from ice cream that special but it does taste creamier. I really enjoyed what EVL did with their vanilla flavor. With each serving of this powder totaling up to twenty-five grams of protein, the sweet vanilla bean taste made this one that I gulped down.

Next, the chocolate decadence flavor was the next option that I would taste test. You’d be surprised but chocolate is a flavor that isn’t always done well by protein companies. I’ve had the good ones and others that made me want to spit it out in the sink. Think of your preferred type of hot chocolate, I swear I was able to taste a light marshmallow hint, that went well with the chocolate. It wasn’t a bitter kind of darker chocolate but a lighter variety that made this milky concoction have a lighter brown shade. The third flavor that is up in the line is their birthday cake, which was my favorite out of the entire line up. When I have tasted other cake combos, it’s rare that I taste anything but a fake sweet breading flavor.

Swirling together the subtle flavors that form a cake, this blend took away my worries that I wouldn’t find a comparable birthday cake protein to enjoy. Finally, we have cookies and cream, a flavor that I see in almost every protein powder out there, or is that just me? I liked the cookies and cream flavor, it wasn’t my favorite, but I’ve never preferred that dessert so I could have a bias against it. If you have ever eaten those black and white Hershey bars that are cookie flavored, that is what the EVL protein reminded me of. I know that cookies and cream is a dessert that will make anyone start drooling but I’m weird when it comes to flavors. Last up on the roster is chocolate peanut butter, not an original option but one that is very popular, I almost chose it as my favorite but the birthday cake won out, only by a small margin. Releasing in a five stage situation, think of the EVL protein as an extended release selection, good for those who need their powder lasting longer before needing to be ingested again. Adding in glutamine to the blend of ingredients adds a layer of post-workout security, helping to ease those torn up joints and muscles. If you are in need of calcium, you will be getting, an average of 16% of your required daily amount per serving of the protein that EVL has created. A little low in fiber, however, not enough is always highly preferred, next to too much of it. EVL does offer a variety pack, that I’ve seen here and there, which could be what you want, if you don’t want to commit too much to one flavor.

Essentrics is a New Exercise to Age Backwards

Time and time again, there comes along a routine that is so good, I have to talk about it. I promise that I will only do this, in instances where I feel that the hype behind the routine is actually legitimate. Essentrics is an exercise program that can be done by most ages, although it is most often aimed at helping senior citizens. I am nowhere near as old, as to qualify for being a senior citizen. Not everyone likes getting fit, through the use of weightlifting. You can place strain on your body and not all see gains, instead looking into what can go wrong. You won’t be busting out the tanktops and start pumping an insane amount of weight. Also, you don’t need to think about trying to pedal your way into a sweat, this program is different. What Essentrics wants to do is provide the person visiting the class a rare opportunity, to reverse how old they feel.

I’m a big believer that age is only in how you feel. I have known men that were well into their 60’s, who could out pace me any day of the week. On the other hand, I’ve seen far too many twenty-somethings who are so out of shape and in poor health that it looks like they could drop any day. What Essentrics will do is help to turn back the process of aging, no this isn’t some kind of makeup, rather exercises that will give you the mobility that you used to have. If you have had any nagging pains, these programs are great because more mobility means that you will feel younger. My stepparent had been in a really bad motorcycle accident years ago, that he somehow was able to walk away from. After being setup in a hospital room for months, once he was out, he really could have used a program like Essentrics.

The go as you choose pace, combined with a routine that is made for function, not looks, you don’t have anything to lose to try this a class, or more if you end up enjoying it. If there are no signups available in your area, you can find a vast collection of workout DVD’s to add to your library. I have ordered a few to try out, once the weather cools down, and they look awesome. The instructors offer a nice blend of humor, with the seriousness that is needed to get you standing up and walking in place. Don’t take it from me, there are a ton of people that have been talking about how these classes have really helped to rebuild them, from the ground up.


Not just some boot camp like experience with someone commanding you to move, you are really offered a total package, knowing that you are going to be strengthening those important mental muscles, not just the physical ones. Another reason that I get the heaps of praise from the senior citizen community, they require work to be done to sharpen their thinking skills. As the older citizens move out of the workforce, lose much of the daily mental sharpness that would be needed of them, for past work positions. If you want to try something new this weekend, see if there are any Essentrics lessons being given where you are located. You won’t transform the way you look but you could live with much more mobility.

Tokkyo Nutrition’s New Stack is Officially Here!

I’m excited, that is an understatement, I am ready to begin jumping up and down. I’m containing my thrills as much as possible, in order to give a good background over a stack made by Tokkyo Nutrition, a manufacturer that is vastly underrated. The stack that I just got in the mail has five separate ingredients within, to be taken in a 24-hour timeframe. A nice touch, to what was already a stellar package, was the liver support supplement being included within this stack. I’ve gone on past rants about how companies need to start disclosing what is needed for safely lowering prohormone numbers. Anidrol-X had surpassed any expectations that I had, when I was doing some preacher curls, my forearms were about to burst at the seams, I mean that in a better way than it sounds. If you are consistently lifting increased weights, a spike is estrogen can occur. At first, in the barely noticeable stages, you will not have a clue that excess estrogen is in your system. When it becomes easier to tell, will already be too late for any immediate removal of extra mass to just disappear.

Like a multivitamin helps with preventing sickness, any supplement that inhibits estrogen is one you will want when you don’t have it in the pantry. Bloating can ruin the run of one who is serious about wanting to get make drastic changes to his definition. I wasn’t always able to have a semi-nice chiseled stomach, I used to have a belly that would hang out over beltline. I can see why heavyset persons can forget how they appear on the outside. I’m sorry to sound insensitive but I have lived it, watching my belly slowly start to shrink down is a badge of honor to me and one that I proudly wear. Reducing that bloated feeling makes going through a month of this stack a breeze, it really flew by. I had seen different numbers floating around, when it came down to what to expect by taking this stack.

I don’t know exactly where I lie, within the crowd that Tokkyo Nutrition has built but I loved every minute of these supplements. Not feeling like I was walking around with a big protruding stomach was a nice perk to training days, when this stack was most often used to the fullest. Speaking of that, when I would go and train, I didn’t have any feelings of nauseas or dizziness, which can start when combining fast moves with a supplement. Knowing that I was also ridding my insides of the free radicals that can accumulate left me with a sense that I was being protected.

All five of the supplements that lie within this stack are full-sized, no skimping on quantity, you won’t find a sample-size stinking up the bunch. If you head to the site of Tokkyo Nutrition, they have a neat little mini-game where you spin a wheel, applying a discount to your order. I haven’t run out of this stack so I haven’t needed to make a re-order, I do hope that the wheel is there when I return to the website, it’s a really cool way to drive further business growth. By their side, there are other stacks that Tokkyo does have to offer, not content with being a one-trick pony. I didn’t want to be too confused, so I have only decided on the current stack.

Getting Old School: What is a Medicine Ball?

If you are an avid fan of this website, you know that I am always looking for safer ways, than prohormones, to pack on muscle. I want to shed light on what has, almost, become an extinct piece of workout equipment but it wasn’t always that way. In the early days of weightlifting, where you see those goofy looking pictures of the strongmen, medicine balls were one of the most underrated ways to gain strength out there. As technology took over, we began to see massive sized machines and new types of easier methods to exercise that would soon sweep away the legacy of the medicine ball. If you have heard a thing or two about the medicine ball, chances are that you don’t know how to start putting it to good use. The main purpose of using a medicine ball while you train, is used to enhance your pushing motions.

By throwing around a ball that has a decent weight to it, you are pulling more force from your body to effectively throw the ball. There are many different sizes of medicine balls, varying in weight ranges. If you have the opportunity, test out which ball you will select by tossing it around for a bit. Have an ideal range in mind because tossing too many medicine balls around could likely wear you out.

What I like most about using a medicine ball is how many different exercises you can use it for. From push ups to sit ups, and just about every other exercise in between, you will never be at a loss for when to use your medicine ball. To do your best to keep safety at the forefront of your training, practice throwing this ball around before you ever get too serious. It is advised that you have someone around you, in order to have another person to throw the ball to. Someone that I used to know thought that he didn’t need a workout partner to medicine ball train with, so he used a wall. What my friend neglected to think about was how big of a guy he was, someone who needed to use a twenty pound ball. Without having a nice set of sturdy steel walls, the medicine ball that this guy had thought would bounce crashed right through his wall.

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I know that he spent hundreds to get his wall fixed back, after thinking that it would be a good idea to toss twenty extra pounds at it. The explosive pushing momentum that is gained from effective use of a medicine ball will be a form of strength that translates to many other lifting movements. Namely, the numbers you put up during a bench press would benefit heavily from medicine ball training. Pushing motions are ones that will primarily be done on days where you are working out your chest and leg groups. Don’t be that guy who tries to get his buddies to toss a medicine ball at his stomach, to show how strong his abs are. What will most likely happen is that you will feel like you got punched in the stomach and you will hit the ground hard and that is if you are lucky. Follow a good form of medicine ball training to get you started and see how you like it. It isn’t the most updated form of exercise, however, it is one that has been around for ages with plenty of strength training geniuses singing the praises of the medicine ball.