What Are Prohormones and Are They Still Around?

If you hadn’t heard of them yet, Prohormones were once seen as the future of supplements. However, if you were to ask around about them now, you would hear more about the drawbacks of using a prohormone than the benefits. Why did everyone’s attitude towards these once highly sought after items change? It seems like such a great idea, to use parts of steroids that were scrapped to create new Frankenstein-like supplements, right? Wait, yes you read that right, I did just write out scrapped parts because, essentially, that’s what prohormones are. Without knowing this, most everyone was under the impression that these were a safer choice, when compared to using steroids.

What is the Future of Prohormones?

In 2014, the majority did not feel that way, as these products were considered far too dangerous for human use, scary, right? There was a large report that documented just how risky these little capsules were to use. If you missed out on the window in which prohormones were available, consider yourself lucky. I remember trying one of these, at the request of my older brother and I so regret it. Within a couple of days, I had pain that would shoot up my sides and I stopped taking it immediately. I came up with a lie, telling him my wife freaked out when she saw them but the truth was that I didn’t want to put myself through the physical pain anymore. I thought that I pulled a side muscle, that’s how bad the pain was. It wasn’t until I looked around online that I found that this condition was normal, at least as normal as that kind of pain can be, I suppose.

If you were to look around now, you won’t find any actual prohormones (or at least, you shouldn’t) but companies have found ways to make alternatives. With these alternate products, most are hit and miss. It’s an odd thing to use a supplement that aims to do what they big name prohormones did, without them ever being allowed to have the same ingredients. As for what the future holds, the outlook for prohormones doesn’t appear to be a good one. I don’t honestly believe that were going to see some rebirth of these supplements, like some do. After dealing with five days of pain, where I could barely sleep, I would have to say good riddance to the old days where prohormones were thought to be the new king of the supplement world.

Are Weightlifting Belts for Me?

Understanding the protection that you will receive from a great weightlifting belt can never be fully understood, until you get hurt because you weren’t wearing one! Not just for show, a belt is made to help support your balance. When carrying out lifting motions, it’s hard to sense if you are in the right alignment. Although it could look simple in books and videos, when it comes time for you to lift, balancing yourself is often the last thing you think about. I’ve always used a weightlifting belt, it takes seconds to put on and it saves me, in the event that I am not using correct form. If you are a fan of the military press, this is the lift that I most utilize my belt for.

The awkward part of a military press is the fact that, to do them properly, you have to slightly bend your back to get the barbell under your shoulders. I prefer using the Harbinger line, as the belt that I’ve been using for about ten years, has only just now started to show any signs of wear. A good weightlifting belt will be durable and able to lock in whichever waist size it needs to. The last thing that you want to have happen when lifting, is your belt suddenly unbuckles, leaving your back wide open to pull a muscle in. To further understand why a weightlifting belt should be on your workout list has to do with how we all breathe. Have you ever ran or exerted yourself so hard that you became out of breath? Most likely, you will try and pull the breath from your stomach, expanding it out fully.

While breathing through your stomach, instead of your chest, works wonders for getting your breath back, it does also cause you to become off-balance. If you can have an image in your head of someone breathing in fully through their stomach, it will appear to be pooched out, which leaves you lurching forward, unknowingly. When we are trying to lift, it’s easy to naturally want to draw big breaths through your stomach. If you’ve paid attention so far, you can now realize why compound lifting and stomach breathing are a no-go. I used to think a weightlifter’s belt was made to force the spine into alignment, it is actually made to help restrict your breathing, which isn’t as bad as it sounds. If you were to attempt many of the hard-hitting lifts without a belt, stomach breathing would cause you to tip forward. When wearing a weightlifting belt you want to have it tight, but not on there so tightly that it impairs your ability to breathe.

I recommend thinking of a belt that is made for lifting weights, like you would any belt that you would wear in public. Most likely, you’ll have a notch that is met that allows you to breathe and ensuring that you keep your back properly aligned with the rest of your body. I’ve seen people wear their belts higher up, closer to their chest but I always like to have mine resting on my stomach. It will take some trial and error but eventually you will find the optimal spot for your belt to rest, it’s just a matter of personal preference. What shouldn’t be a matter of preference is deciding if you should ever use one of these belts or not. No question you should be protecting your back, when doing the more dangerous lifts.

Are We About to Get Exercise in a Capsule?

Sounding more like some kind of gimmick than an actual finding, researchers are developing a pill that could take away exercises woes for many. Sure, there are endless fat burners available that can help you to trim down. What those who exercise regularly know is that there are not a lot of effective shortcuts to being skinny. Few and far between, finding a fat burner that helps you trim up is becoming harder to find. In most cases, the burners that I have tried either only eliminated water weight or caused me to put on more pounds, how does that happen? Where advancements have now led us to is a supplement that is said to be made with hormones that are only released while we exercise. Irisin the name of that special hormone, although there is a debate going on that concerns what an irisin supplement can really do. As with any new release, worries about potential side effects and bad reactions will be many, at least in these early stages.

To me, the science behind irisin does look sound but I will be waiting to see what other’s reactions are before I get anywhere near trying it. Made to change fat cells into other ones, the implications over how we look at losing weight could be forever altered, if this supplement becomes a success. I would be at a loss for words if irisin does become a new fad, namely because of how jealous I would be that some didn’t have to work for what took me years to achieve. Over the years, I’ve seen many different products that were going to change the world, rarely does this actually occur. I have a good feeling about the research over irisin. It appears that there is actually sound science that is behind the thought process of getting an irisin product released, not just some cool sounding name that a company came up with. I hate seeing mystery formulations that are all filler ingredients, leaving me feeling hollow. I highly anticipate future findings about irisin and how it could potentially be used to fight fat in a much harsher way. In the past, it was often though that fat cells could never really disappear, just shrink to a microscopic size.

newfindings With the advent of irisin coming into play, if we see fat cells being removed, consider the implications that could have over how we view losing weight. Call me crazy but hearing about how easy it could become to shed fat has me hoping that they find a version of this, made for building faster muscle. It will take some time before we see an actual release of irisin being ready to actually purchase, due to needing to have any kinks worked out. There has been no official release date given out to this ingredient, as for when it could start being used in supplements, as of yet. If you’re wanting to lose weight, start out by not waiting for a magic supplement to do it all for you. Choose to spend your time waiting for irisin to start a foundation of a good belief system, made for beginners to start becoming more trim. Try this out, eliminate one junk food item and replace it with a healthy one, keep it up every other day. As you get more acclimated to switching foods in your diet, you can set out to make bigger changes, leading to quicker weight that is lost.

Nabbing the Perfect Shaker Cup

Are you getting sick of what you use to lug around your post-workout drink? Being someone who will wear their shoes until they are literally falling apart, I recently had to get rid of an old shaker. I had been taking the same cup to the gym with me for so long that, with one careless drop, it shattered all over the floor. After cleaning up the mess that I had left, without alerting the staff (too embarrassing), I got prepared to get myself a new shaker cup. Not knowing the vast amount of options that were around currently, I figured I would fill you in so that you’re aware of some cool cup designs that slipped right under my radar, let’s get to it! When selecting the shaker cup that you need, it’s all about how you’re going to use it. If your supplements are ones that can mix fairly well, you won’t need to put too much thought into the decision. It is only when we start discussing think protein powders and chunky intra-workout supplements that we need to look at some specialized cups.

One invention that I found was the cup that actually blends the ingredients together automatically. Not needing to slosh liquid all over the room, which I think is a spot that we’ve all been in, the automatic shaker is the easiest route to take. Be warned, mixing a drink itself will have that model of cup likely carrying a higher price tag. If you enjoy the process of shaking your drink up on your own, you can get a cup that has a ball inside of it. Not one that would have any risk of swallowing, this special metal ball is made to float around in the cup, blending those big chunks up into fine bits. A little on the noisy side, a whisk ball (love that terminology) is made to be your best friend, when it comes to making that shaker cup mix properly.

When checking out what cups are being offered, if you have a chance to test the cap, I always advise you do that. Have you gotten your milk and protein powder all ready to drink, only to find that shaking it up leaves half of the drink on the counter, while the other half stayed in the container? I have, it is frustrating and that is how you will get ants in your kitchen, which is no fun! Whichever cup that you end up deciding on, choose to add the whisk ball, if you can, as it will cut way down on the extra time you waste mixing. Also, an added advantage of the newer shakers available is that there is no more half-chewing up your protein drink, yucky.

I was even able to see various cups that were glow in the dark, what an awesome idea for those who need to get their work in at night. If you are needing more storage space, than just your pockets, hidden compartments have been built into the cutting edge shakers. I ended up snagging a cup with the compartments and it makes it easy to store extra capsules. As someone who is more than a little bit absent minded, not having another reminder setup to take a vitamin is a huge weight off of my shoulders.

Knowing Your Limits with Vitamin C

Did you slip, forgetting when the last time you just took that orange vitamin C chewable? You’re not alone, especially when I start feeling the slightest hint of sickness, I will use that wonderful vitamin from oranges like candy, which is wrong. If you haven’t kept up on our daily recommendations for nutrients, like Vitamin C, you’ll need to learn the guidelines. Around 120 mg is the upper limit of what adults really need to consume, in the way of vitamin C consumption. If you have grown up, yet still indulge on snack foods made for children, you’ll know that many of these pouches contain 100% of the daily vitamin C value, per pouch! Have you ever gotten on the big box of fruit snacks, ripped open a new bag, and stopped at just one?

If you are watching the fruits and vegetables you eat, that could easily add a notch or two on your intake of the orangessubject vitamin. As they often will, rumors that started will grow out of control fast, if not distinguished. Saying that too much vitamin C can start to deplete other vitamins and minerals, with mixed opinions on any real findings. A lighter hearted instance of this rumor (and one with science behind it) says that your body can only process so much vitamin C at once, meaning that if you were to get crazy and take a lot of this vitamin, most would end up expelled. As you begin to hear about the side effects of overdoing the eating of vitamin C, it isn’t all something that you can wish away.

Painful stomach cramps that can become debilitating can happen if you aren’t watching your intake. While not everyone fully believes that vitamin C will be able to stop any and all sicknesses (I’m still not so sure but want to think it’s true), you can reverse those benefits, by taking an overabundance of vitamin C. It doesn’t just stop with high doses of vitamin c adding new health problems, it can also counter effects whatever medicines you’re required to take. As someone who can’t survive his morning, without a big glass of orange juice, I have to take it easy with my supplements. With the fruit I eat, combined with my morning orange juice, I’m one wrong meal away from being above the upper limit of safe vitamin c intake, I’ll just leave it at that. This is all, in no way, me trying to demonize any vitamin, as long as readers are well-informed and safe, I’m a happy man.

There are rare situations, in which an abnormal quantity of daily vitamin C usage would be appropriate but would be ineffective to others. At the far end of the spectrum, those who are well beyond any upper limit (think in the thousands of milligrams) would face serious medical consequences. Not just ending at mildly discomforting stomach cramps, you’ll see a serious risk of developing kidney stones. As someone who drank too much soda throughout his life, without not enough water to flush it out, I have sad experience with the occasional kidney stone. I won’t go into detail that no one wants but passing one of those is painful but one of the most euphoric feelings when it has been passed. The vitamin that is found in citrus fruits is amazing for daily maintaining of your skin, hair, and overall well-being.

Are BPI Protein Snacks Worthy of a Best Moniker?

I’m back again, just fresh from receiving some awesome samples of the new BPI protein bars, thank you very much for sending those over! There are three flavors that I will be taste testing for you today: cookies and cream, apple crumb cake, and smores. BPI has been in business for quite a while, mainly due to the awesome supplements that release. From protein to energy, and everything in between, chances are, if you want more from your hard work, BPI probably has something in store that will meet your goals. Not one to miss out on a common supplement type, they do have a set of protein bars. I began my taste tasting journey with the Apple Crumb Cake flavor. The bar had an odd brown texture, for each flavor I tried, while that color looked good for the apple flavor, it doesn’t make a cookies and cream bar look enticing. Minor nitpick aside, there were actually chunks of apple pie pieces within this bar, helping to add authenticity to the product.

I did notice that I tasted that initial protein bar taste but I’ve had far worst snacks. I would say that this first flavor had notes of apple but it was overwhelmed by the remainder of the bar, it gets a 7/10 from me. Next, the smores flavor was going to be the next one that I would taste. I still noticed that odd brown hue to the entire bar, I would have thought that black would be the best color choice here. With chunks of chocolate and marshmallow within this bar, it really helped to add a sweeter taste. I thought that I detected graham cracker chunks in this product, as well. While slowly narrowing out the lead that the Apple Crumb Cake had, I have to give a slight boost to the rating of the smores flavor, totaling it up to a 7.5/10 rating. Cookies and cream may be one of the most common flavor of protein bar that I always seek out. Since I can remember, I have always loved anything that is flavored to taste like cookies and cream. This final protein bar that I would test did not knock it out of the park, for me. I didn’t find that I needed to go puke or toss this bar in the nearest trashcan but I didn’t really enjoy it.

Which Flavor Should You Be Choosing?

I would call it a flavor that I would choose if I had to, however, if other options were available I would go with either the apple or smores option. BPI is going to continue to bring supplements backed with science, not hype, of that I am completely positive. While I wasn’t head over heels about every flavor of their protein bars that I tried, it doesn’t mean they might not be perfect for you. If you are going to just choose one flavor, I highly advise that you try out the cookies and cream, even the weakest stomachs should be able to find enjoyment there. Again, thank you BPI for sending those bars over, I know this wasn’t based on doing a review but I wanted to write about them, anyways. Have you tried out any of the BPI bars yet? If so, head over to our Facebook to let me know if you liked them or thought they left more to be desired, I’ll be waiting!

New BCAA Called Off the Chain Reviewed

Every now and then, a supplement comes along and has me wondering why did I think of that? I’m speaking about Off the Chain, a new branched chain amino acid product that has a kick! What is this kick that I speak of? With an added boost of caffeine, you can now get a BCAA that actually wakes you up. I’ve seen endless numbers of BCAA’s that have the words more energy, all over their labels. I would say that, 95% of the time, energy from aminos is often underwhelming. Off the Chain wants to correct those weaker amino acid supplements and I think that they’ve come up with a nice innovation. The flavors for this supplement are: pink lemonade, blue raspberry, strawberry kiwi, and rocket pop. If the last flavor that spoke of in the last sentence caught your eye, it could be because it sounded similar to a popsicle that has been around for years.

The red, white, and blue, colored frozen treat has been brought into a supplement! I could only find that two flavors were available for me to try, this stuff must have a big following because it always seems to be sold out. Anyways, the strawberry kiwi and rocket pop were the two taste selections that I was able to get my hands on. Right away, I had to open up the rocket pop container, to assess how close it was to the actual popsicle. To my astonishment, I found that they really went out of their way to replicate the awesome taste that I have grown up with. I can’t believe that it took so long for a BCAA to be mixed with caffeine, this will get a bunch of extra men to try get the amino acids that they need. These acids help to get you in an anabolic state, which is great for your muscles. In the other state, of being catabolic, you will start breaking down any extra meat, including muscle.

After looking around the website of the makers of this product, they also talk about how BCAA’s have been outdated for a while now, a statement that I wholeheartedly agree with. When making my big monthly orders, thinking back, I used to barely spend any time at all in the amino acid section, I never saw the purpose for it, as they all started to run together. Being aware that there is, at least, one company adding some good old caffeine in to the fray and they have my attention. Packed to the brim with almost 1,400 mg of L-Glutamine, you shouldn’t take too long to heal up after your training. Off the Chain is going to be a tough one to categorize but that isn’t a bad thing, props to this company for bringing the world an innovation, not the same repeat just dressed in a different label. I wish that more fitness freaks would get on the wagon of the BCAA supplement.

I’ve seen more scoff at me, when I mix up my intraworkout drink, assured that I’m just wasting my time. My plan is to keep doing what I do, not caring about half-hearted insults and we will see who has more muscle in a couple of months! Here is a bonus afterthought, don’t you find that those who speak the loudest, have the least to say? Off the Chain could be the one amino acid item that could persuade even the most loyal hater!

Helping Someone Open Their Own Nutrition Shop

Wow, I’ve had a busy week and it isn’t Friday yet! Currently, I have been helping my brother-in-law open up his new supplement store. He had known a bit about working out but my phone rang, late Monday night, and I was asked a favor. The owner of this new store was going to need product and had no clue what to get. Putting my mind to the test, I offered to help him out and my brain has been going non-stop. One funny thing that I’ve learned from all of this is how all of the different supplements start to run together. I’ve been putting in more hours at that store, than I have at home, so I had to start dialing it down a little bit. Even when you think that you have seen every single supplement around, you would be surprised, when flipping through catalogs to order from.

There are so many small pieces that go into setting up a business, I had no idea. I had to let the owner handle the number side of things, he has always been smarter with that. I really hope that my brother-in-law’s business venture will go well for him. Another tidbit of knowledge that I learned was how many supplement stores can be in one small area of town. I can’t complain though, I’ve had a great time learning about how a shop really works, behind the scenes. I have added a couple of new gray hairs to my head, of that I am almost positive, but I wouldn’t have traded the experience for the world.

new storefront helpingI didn’t realize the sheer amount of inventory that would be needed to fill such a small store area. The guy I know got a good deal on his lease of the storefront space, I just didn’t know how much it would take to fill those lonely walls. Cleaning up the shop wasn’t the most fun and I even had a couple of spider scares but everything looks super clean now. It wasn’t easy to find the right profit margins, when considering how much some of the supplements costs, even on a wholesaler level. I just hope that he has enough clientele to keep his business running well.

There were some bumps in the road that it took to get this store ready to open but we handled them together and got through all of the hassle. I look forward to his shop being around for a long time, namely because I need to get a family discount on those supplements, ha! In all seriousness, it was a great learning experience to see all of the processes that go into a hopping little supplement shop. The next time that you go and pay a visit to your favorite store, take a second to think of how that store came to be, most likely, it was a wild and stressful journey for the owners and staff.

If I don’t flip through another catalog for the next year, it will be too soon but knowing that I handpicked every single product that was going to show up was a great feeling. Being able to make the final order for this business gave me a sense of being proud, knowing that someone would bestow such an important series of decisions on a chump like me. Thank you sir, for putting faith in me and allowing me to help you start, what is sure to be, an awesome endeavor.


Vitamin D Shown to Lessen the Inhaler Need

Having a partner who has asthma, you will never know when a stressful situation will be waiting, just around the corner. Having to deal with attacks and watching the one I love’s lip turn into a sickly white color makes me queasy. At time, the attacks have gotten so severe that I feared I would have to take her to an emergency room. Thankfully, we have had a safe relationship but always having to remember to keep the inhalers full can be burdensome. Science is showing some new findings that are showing vitamin D to really be helping in treating asthmatics. By no means, am I suggesting that you toss out your inhalers, always keep those handy. In a pinch, or when you are facing dire choices and do not have your inhaler handy, vitamin D could be a great supplement to have. Millions of people live with asthma and living with those who have it purpose many challenges, if a successful relationship is to be had. What I recommend is that you always carry an extra inhaler, or vitamin D while you are with the one that you love, if they are someone that has asthma. This vitamin isn’t a product to use if you think that it will make asthma go away forever, it could end an attack though. Not just for asthma, having more vitamin D will be able to give a pump up to your immune system. Do you know what is even more devastating than having an asthma attack would be to have occur while you are already sick with another illness. Vitamin D can work wonders, if you include enough of it into your daily plan. Why this supplement does so well in studies with asthmatics is because it will actually help to reduce the flare-ups, or attacks that can quite literally stop regular breathing. Even changing the timing of how you breath, by a small percentage, can send your head into a panic. With so many news pieces trashing vitamins as nothing more than snake oil, hearing how the lives of asthma sufferers can be improved is an oil that I want to have on hand, at all times.

What Can I Ingest as a Swimmer?

To tackle this question that seems to be following me around, it all depends at which level you are competing. Since there have been more guidelines raised, as to what is acceptable for athletes to use. If you are in any kind of professional league, check acceptable lists that are relative to the organization that you belong to. As far as I know, different sporting authorities will have differing regulations, concerning what they will or will not let into their sport, regarding supplements. Now, if you a swimmer that is merely doing this as a hobby, this is where it gets super juicy! First and foremost, oxygen is, quite literally, your driving force once you hit the water. If I was in a boat and had to get back to land, would I want a flimsy set of oars or thick and sturdy ones, made from a thick tree? I don’t know about you but I would want to get the strongest set of oars, to get me to shore quickly.

For the past reason, I would get a nitric oxide booster, which will help immensely for enhancing the push factor, getting you across the water like a skipping stone. Call me a weirdo but I seem to always suffer from a flu-type of illness when I keep hitting the swimming pool. Chalk it up to a change in my internal temperature but the fluctuation of hot and cold always seem to flare up my sinuses. If others notice that they are reaching for tissues after drying off, a multivitamin couldn’t hurt to help keep those germs away from you. Steer clear of any meal replacement products or worse, mass gainers. While not bad for general use, swimmers who down a mass shake before swimming are going to feel like they just ate an anchor, heavy and weighted down. Going back and forth, continuing to do laps will definitely burn off the food rapidly, so having big meals will be essential. Unless you’ve missed it, it is a well-known that swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises you can accomplish. Due to the entire body workout you get from swimming in the water, it isn’t a big secret that swimmers are in near-flawless condition.

For those not used to the concept of eating more than they are burning off, speeding through the pool like a racer, it can sneak up on you. If you need to keep at a certain weight, especially useful for class divisions, grabbing a milk thistle supplement is great for boosting natural hunger. I’ve had mixed results with it, however, I had not been remembering to use it consistently. Lastly, energy is going to be very important and needed to clear your personal best lap times, just don’t overdo it.

Too much caffeine can lead to dehydration, weakening your entire body. Painfully, lack of water can lead to muscle spasms, which could be extremely dangerous, when adding water into the equation. I am beginning to sound like my mother, with rules to abide by before enter a swimming pool! I would go against needing to pick up a fat burner, you will naturally shed a ton of fat, solely through swimming on a regular schedule. As I have learned, from a few times of embarrassment, always have swim gear that fits you well, attire that is too loose could easily come off, leaving you filled with embarrassment.

Breathing Better with Cordygen NanO2

They have officially thought of everything, now. We have for you today a little bit about a supplement that can help you to breathe better, which can carry into you not being as tired when completing strenuous matters. Called Cordygen NanO2, Cordyceps is the big ingredient that you will see on this product. I had known about cordyceps from seeing images of what it does to animals, needless to say, I was hesitant before using this, After talking to a rep and being calmed down, she pointed out that this wasn’t going to do what had be done by nature to those animals. I toughened up and downed my first mixture, awaiting to see what would happen. I hate to admit, but for the first day, I was underwhelmed. I know that, with certain ingredients, they have to be taken into the system multiple times. You will see testosterone supplements being ones that sometimes can take weeks to fully activate it’s power within you. To put it simply, if you know you have a big event that is upcoming, try to start getting these drinks made for five days prior, if possible. 

This offering is a powder, the easiest option for those who have time to find a glass, get some water, and start mixing. I found it incredibly easy to just take the drink container that I needed, before I left the house to go run errands. Being that there are no artificial coloring or flavorings, the Cordygen mixes up to make a nice, clear, and refreshing drink (goes great on ice). After the third day, I began to feel like I was getting more out of the Cordygen NanO2, due to the simple fact that I felt like I had an abundance of energy. Even the expensive energy drinks that I had been sneaking could not touch how wide awake and boundless I felt.

For anyone with a sensitivity to gluten, you will be pleased to know that this supplement has been verified as being cordyceps powdergluten-free. I certainly wish that other companies would take a stand and provide more gluten-free supplements for the public. I personally do not suffer from any gluten allergy but having friends that do, it’s frustrating to see them have to take much longer to find a supplement that can meet their criteria.

As we sometimes touch upon, with regards to the bad substances that you want to watch out for in any supplement, you shouldn’t be finding any of them with Millennium Sports. The Cordygen NanO2 has been certified to be free of any substances that are harmful to you. Before I forget, I have to tell you how delicious the mixed up drink tasted, it long got me over my fears of drinking in cordyceps. Known as Kona Colada, the only flavor that I have seen this supplement being offered to have is a smart pick that goes down easy and smooth. I could really taste notes of pineapple and coconut that had me wishing it was safe to drink another glass of this stuff. As with most powder mixes, larger individuals may need an additional serving, spaced out from the first drink. It can be difficult to find the exact percentage of Cordygen NanO2 to get increased oxygen. For anyone who is an endurance athlete, instead of a being a pure sprinter, Millennium Sport’s oxygen enhancer is a great choice.