What is the Best Creatine?

Written by thebigphil. Posted in Articles, Men's Workouts, Muscle Builders, Women's Workouts

Creatine is by far the most popular workout product on the market. Creatine Monohydrate is one of the most researched products with proven results. Creatine Monohydrate at one point was very grainy and didn’t mix very well, but now it comes in a very fine powder and works! You can find creatine in many different forms; some popular ones are Creatine Magna Power, Creatine Ethyl Ester, Creatine Citrate, and Creatine AKG. With so many options of creatine how do you know which one is best for you? Listed below are our top three creatine products. We chose these off of effectiveness and price.

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Con Cret

Creatine HCl has become more and more popular because of its effectiveness. Con Cret is Creatine Monohydrate that is bonded to Hydrochloride (HCl). The reason why this is so effective is because the body breaks down HCl very easily and when it is bonded to creatine it leads to a faster more effective absorption rate.

 

Creatine RT

Not many people knew what Russian Tarragon was until Athletic Edge came out with it. Russian Tarragon is as effective as consuming 50 grams of carbohydrates without the negative side effects. Taking creatine with Russian Tarragon helps increase abosroption and makes create more effective. Creatine RT also use Taurine to help open up blood to make it more receptive to nitric oxide based products.

 

CarnoCre

One of the most effective creatine supplements on the market. CarnoCre can be used when cutting and bulking. CarnoCre is often looked at as being a Beta Alanine product, but combining Beta Alanine with creatine helps produce a better creatine supplement. CarnoCre is not loaded with creatine but it does have a precise amount of creatine in it to help boost muscle performance.

 

These are our top three best creatine supplements. If you are interested in developing muscle and are tired of using Creatine Monohydrate, give one of these three a try.

The Best Post Workout Supplements

Written by thebigphil. Posted in Articles, Men's Workouts, Muscle Builders, Reviews, Women's Workouts

Post workout drinks are used to help with recovery and maintain muscle fullness, allowing the anabolic window to last longer and feed the muscles more nutrition. Many post workouts vary on what they do and in ingredients, so we will be looking at the top three post workouts and explain why we think they are the best on the market.

Re-Con by Muscle Pharm

Muscle Pharm Re-Con

Our number one post workout is Re-Con. This product goes over and above with ingredients to assure maximum recovery. The idea behind Muscle Pharm Re-Con is to make sure that it loads you with enough carbohydrates and proper amino acids to help muscles recover faster. It also contains antioxidants to help repair muscles as well as restore blood. Along with maximum recovery it helps keep veins open so that the body is able to absorb more nutrients.

Benefits of Recon

 

  • Maximizes Post-Workout Growth and Repair
  • Optimizes the Post-Workout “Anabolic Window
  • Refuels Muscle Energy stores
  • Rebuilds Muscle Tissue
  • Replenishes Vital Nutrients
  • Boosts Immune and Recovery Mechanisms

 

Dark Matter by MHP

Buy Dark Matter

MHP Dark Matter is Loaded with 12 grams of protein and waximaize. 12 grams of protein may not seem like much but after a workout you want to make sure that you body absorbs all of the protein that you consume. Many times people will consume more protein than their body can process and this will lead to bloating and gas. Taking protein with waximaize helps with the absorption of amino acids and improves recovery time.

Benefits of Dark Matter by MHP

 

  • Dramatically Spikes Insulin with WaxiMAX-C3G
  • Multi-Phase HydroSIZE Creatine Transport
  • Replenishes Glycogen and Increases Cell Volume
  • Absorbs Faster Than Whey Isolate
  • 600% Increase in Protein Synthesis-Equal to 40 Grams of Protein

 

Size On by Gaspari

Best Post Workout

Gaspari Size On

Last but not least, Size On by Gaspari is one of the better Post workouts because it has protein, carbohydrates, and some creatine. Creatine isn’t bad when supplemented correctly and it gives good gains while improving recovery. Gaspari Size On also has 5 grams of leucine which is the most anabolic amino acid. Supplementing Leucine with other aminos helps increase amino acid absorption and promotes muscle growth.

Benefits of Gaspari Size On

 

  • Accelerate Protein Synthesis & Muscle Force Recovery
  • Increase Muscle Volume, Muscle Fiber Size, Cell Volume & Plasma Amino Acid Levels
  • Amplify S6K1 and 4E-BP1 Signaling and Hypertrophic mTOR Pathway Conduction
  • Initiate & Sustain Myogenesis and Muscle Recovery While You Are Still Training
  • Deliver Vital Nutrients, Essential Minerals, and Growth
  • Cofactors To Skeletal Muscle Tissue
  • Harnesses the Insulinotropic Power of Pterostilbene
  • Includes the never before seen LOLA™, our cutting-edge, amino acid salt L-Ornithine-L-Aspartate

 

These are our top rated post workouts. If you would like to learn more you can go to their pages and read up or you can try them yourself. Incorporating a post workout into your supplement regiment can help improve size and strength while increasing your ability to recover. If you want the best out of your workouts then you need the best post workout supplements.

The 6 Best Exercises – How To Lean Out

Written by thebigphil. Posted in Articles, Men's Health, Men's Workouts, Women's Health, Women's Workouts, Workout Plans

There are thousands of different workouts available to us and for the most part they all technically help you lose weight. When you exercise, the body will begin to burn calories and working muscles can help burn calories even long after workouts. Here are six different exercises that can help burn calories by activating more than one muscle group. The first three exercises can be performed without weight and the last three are with weights.

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How To Lean Out

Burpee – This full body exercise is probably one of most popularly used by Trainers in gyms. The reason for this is because it helps the heart rate quickly jump up while activating just about every body part.

Start by standing straight, then drop to a plank position, perform a push up, bring your legs to your chest, then jump up and repeat. Performing ten in a row should be one set and depending on your physical ability, you should try to perform three or four sets.

Mountain Climbers – This exercise still activates many muscle groups and depending how fatigued you are from other exercises it can still be very challenging.

Start in a plank position, thrust one knee to your chest and as that leg moves back down, quickly transition the other leg back up to your chest. Go until you feel as though you cannot do anymore.

Box Jumps – this exercise can vary in its degree of difficulty. You can make it more challenging by using a bigger box to jump on or you can make it more of a cardiovascular exercise by using a shorter box and jumping on it for a certain amount of time. Either way this explosive exercise is really good for exercise and burning calories.

Exercises with Weights

We will now transfer into weights. These exercises are meant to be performed by more experienced lifters, and if you are unsure about the exercise or how you are performing them, always check with someone who is well experienced, or a personal trainer. Weight exercises tend to burn more calories than body weight. This is why we have included three exercises that can be added to body weight exercises if so desired.

Hang Cleans – This is a powerful workout that will boost the heart rate while activating long and short muscles. Many people who I see perform hang cleans make the mistake of not being violent enough with the weight. This is an aggressive exercise that needs a lot of explosion. Start with the weight around knee level and then explode it up using the hips and legs to really accelerate the weight up and then catch it with your shoulders.

Front Squats – This workout is probably the least liked out of all of the exercise presented. Front Squats activate more of the core than regular squats and forces people to balance more. It is also thought that it hits more of the tear drop muscle in the quad. Make sure to rest the weight on the shoulders and not on the wrist as this just cause’s unnecessary strain on the wrist. Perform the normal squat motion and focus on your form while maintaining balance.

Dead Lifts – Dead lifts activate the back, legs, shoulders and core. Make sure to use proper form on all of these exercises and especially with dead lifts. It is ok to start out light and move your way up. With dead lifts you should be able to move up in weight fairly quickly compared to other exercises. This exercise can be performed with heavy weight and less reps, or with light weight and lots of reps, either one can be beneficial towards a workout. If you are new to deadlifts please start very light until you figure out the proper form. This is a back killer if done wrong. Ask a trainer at your gym or a regular and they will usually be happy to give you advice.

These have been six exercises that help with increasing metabolism and to shred the fat. These exercises can be performed by both men and women. Remember to use proper form especially when using weight and have a professional or someone you trust to help you teach these proper movements to make the most of your workouts.

5 of the Most Bizarre Exercises That Really Work

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Articles, Men's Workouts, Women's Workouts, Workout Plans

Some people are always looking for the next best workout to perform that will help them get ripped and achieve the best results. Though these workouts that are listed below may not be the most bizarre lifts ever performed they certainly are unique and really help with changing the physique. If you want to change up some of your routine and are looking for something that will give you the extra edge then give these 5 bizarre workouts a try.

Kettle Bell Swings

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Not all gyms will have kettle bells so you may need to use a dumbbell instead. This workout has been shown to burn more calories than cardio alone. It functions as a full body cardio workout that helps cut you up. This exercise activates the legs, abdomen, shoulders, and back. If you are not impressed yet, then I don’t know what will. Adding the Kettle Bell Swing to your routine can help add some extra cardio while still preserving muscle and leaning you out.

Bulgarian Squats

split squat

This workout is probably one of the most underrated workouts for legs. If you are looking to add size and definition to your legs without the extra stress of heavy weight, then look no further than the Bulgarian Split Squat. This exercise can help with increasing your main lifts like squatting and dead lifts, while preserving your knee. Some people will add some extra weight but not a large load. This exercise can be performed with no weight, dumbbells and/or barbell.

Australian Pull Ups

australian pull up

This awkward lateral pulling motion can actually help improve regular pull ups as well as strengthen the smaller muscles in the back. The Australian Pull Up has a few different variables to it but overall it helps to activate the upper back muscles and abdomen. The Australian Pull Up can also help improve many of the pushing exercises, like bench press because of its impact on strengthening the shoulder muscles.

Clean and Press

clean and jerk

This full body exercise is one of the more hardcore exercises and original Olympic lifts. It is important that before you start performing the clean and press that you learn how to clean and push press. These two motions together are what create the clean and press. Many people can clean more than they press, so make sure you don’t use too much weight, or this could lead to shoulder problems. This exercise can help aid in other lifts because of its ability to activate so many other muscles. Adding this to your routine can really help improve your workouts.

Row Machine

row machine

I know this is not a lift, but it really is a great exercise. The row Machine is a low impact cardio workout that uses the back, legs and abdomen. There are different variables to how to use the Row Machine which leaves the user to trying different routines and allows more freedom in their cardio routine.

5 bizarre workouts that work

5 bizarre workouts

Though many of you may have already heard of these workouts it is important to actually try them. When was the last time you left the gym feeling pumped all over? Many of these workouts help to do that, giving you the full body workout benefit while helping you transform you physique.

Getting back to the basics and improving strength

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Bodybuilding, Men's Health, Men's Workouts

There are many different exercises that people are coming up with, especially with CrossFit but it is sometimes best getting back to the basics and lifting properly to get past plateaus. If you are a natural lifter who has been lifting for more than 3 years, you have probably had a few plateaus. You may have resorted to negatives, taking a break or loading up on more supplements – whatever you may have tried, try getting back to the basics with your lifts.

Proper Form is what matters

Many athletes will sacrifice form for results. Though this is not always a bad idea, it is only for those who are truly maximizing muscle and used for a short period of time. Improper form for a long period of time can lead to poor joint health, little results in strength, and no visual results. It is OK to ‘cheat’ sometimes when performing and exercise to push through some reps, but this is after a few reps of proper form. Usually what happens when people use poor lifting form, other muscles have to compensate and the muscle that is supposed to be worked out is hardly doing anything.

For example: bad form on bench usually means that the triceps, shoulders, and upper back are being over compensating and the chest muscles are hardly doing anything. This will cause shoulder problems and you will gain little improvement in that actual lift. Now if a lifter has performed a few sets and the muscle it exhausted then a little help from other muscle groups is OK.

A quick and easy way to learn about lifting form is by watching youtube. Yes, there are a lot of people who do not perform good form on youtube, but there are also many intelligent lifters that can help show how to properly lift. Using proper form may seem like taking a step backwards for some of you but strength gains and results happen much faster once you get that fixed.

How many sets and reps?

Getting back to the basics is also about focusing on what is important, and not being so concerned about fancy rep schemes and crazy workouts. Depending on the body type the reps can range from 10 to 5 reps, and each workout will consist of only 3 to 4 exercises. Though this may seem like not enough, if you are performing the reps properly and using the right amount of reps your body should notice results within 2 to 3 weeks. This routine should only be performed for 5 weeks at the most. Remember this routine is designed so that you can push past plateaus and move on to the next level of your training.

Perform workouts that have a low impact on joints. This means that you are not doing a bunch of jungle gym type of exercise, but getting under some iron and pushing out the reps. First exercise of each workout should be hitting the main muscle group that you are working out. The second exercise of the next workout will be hitting the same muscle group or the supporting muscle group while using lighter weight and increasing the amount of reps. Third exercise will be burnout sets, which will completely exhaust the muscle group in which you are training. Below is an example of how this should look. You can use this routine or modify it to what works best for you.

Back to Basic Workout

Leg Day

Squat – 10, 8, 8, 5, 5
Straight Leg Dead Ligt – 10, 10, 10, 10
Split Squats – 12, 12, 12
Calf Raises – 20, 20, 20, 20

Chest Day

Decline Bench – 10, 8, 8, 5, 5
Dumbbell Incline Bench – 10, 10, 10, 10
Cable Flies – 12, 12, 12
Dips – 20, 20, 20

Day Off

Back Day

Dead Lifts – 10, 8, 8, 5, 5
Pull Ups – 10, 10, 10, 10
Dumbbell Rows – 12, 12, 12
Cable Face Pull – 20, 20, 20

Shoulder Day

Dumbbell Military Press – 10, 8, 8, 5, 5
Machine Reverse Flies – 10, 10, 10, 10
Laying Front Raises – 12, 12, 12
Shrugs – 20, 20, 20, 20

Arm Day

Wide Barbell Curl – 10, 8, 5, 5
Hanging Focus Curl – 12, 12, 12, 12
Canadian Skull Crushers – 10, 8, 5, 5
Dumbbell Kickbacks – 12, 12, 12, 12

Day Off

Repeat Routine for 5 Weeks

What Supplements should I be taking?

Now that we you have an example of what the workout routine let us take a look into the basic supplements that should be taken during this time. It may be good to take a break from the usually supplements that you take and allow yourself to get back to the basics with supplements. There are three supplements that people should try while using this routine. If you already have a good supplements program in place then don’t change it, but if you are trying to determine what works here are a few suggestions.

Multi Vitamin

Every person should be using some kind of multi-vitamin, especially when you are over active and lifting weights. Try to find a multivitamin that has all the essential vitamin and minerals, but in addition has fish oils. Having this combination can help with the absorption of the vitamin and minerals, as well as preserve joints and aid in weight loss.

Carbohydrates

Loading up on clean carbohydrates can help improve metabolism, increase nitrogen retention and give you a lean hard muscle looks. Using products like Waxy Maize and Dextrin can also help with recovery from workouts and rehydrate the muscles. This is a basic supplement, but very essential to lifting and improving strength. It is best to use these carbohydrates before and during a workout. You will notice that you are able to push more weight as well as increase in performance. Make sure to be drinking plenty of water while using this supplement.

Preworkout

Though pre-workouts have only been out since the early 90’s they have quickly become a basic supplements to use. There are a variety of supplements to take, but it may be good to take a break from geranium based supplements, and get something that has more than six ingredients. Many products out on the market use a variety of ingredients to make sure that you are able to obtain true strength gains.

Are you basic enough?

Getting back to the basics can help push past plateaus and increase strength in later lifts. If you are tired of not getting stronger and not seeing results, give this routine a try for 5 weeks and see what happens. Take note of what supplements are helpful for your body, and focus on form. If you want to learn more about products or get more tips you can like us on FACEBOOK.com.

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