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3 supplements you should be taking in the gym

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Pre-Workouts, Supplements

Before hitting the gym there are three supplements that every athlete needs to take. Whether you are trying to build muscle or increase strength, there are three simple types of products you should target. These products can typically be found in a good preworkout formula.

3 Things To Look For In Your Pre Workout

Creatine – ATP is very important when it comes to workouts. Creatine helps with the production of this muscle energy, called ATP. Creatine helps to fuel the muscle by saturation of creatine phosphates. These phosphates rapidly break down and absorb and are used as energy during exercise. This can help with endurance as well as heavy lifting. Creatine has also been correlated to hydrating the muscles, which may cause a slight bloat if taken in excessive amounts.

Beta-Alanine – For cellular energy, Beta-Alanine is by far the best thing. For high intensity workouts it is important to have the right supplements to fuel your muscles and few supplements are better than Beta-Alaine. Beta-Alanine helps with the production of carnosine, which has been shown to help delay the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles during a workout. So when using beta-Alanine you are able to perform more reps without having the burning feeling after a set.  Where creatine is very quick to show results, Beta-Alanine may take a week or two to really show. Also, some people who use Beta-Alaine notice a flush or tingling feeling, so make sure to follow the directions on the label and allow your body to gradually become acclimated.

Waxy Maize – It is important to load the ingredients into your muscles. If you want to optimize your workouts by increasing muscle pumps and endurance, using waxy maize is a great option. Waxy Maize is a carbohydrate that has been shown to help with the uptake of nutrients when taken. Taking Waxy Maize with Creatine and Beta-Alanine can really help improve your results and the effectiveness of those ingredients. Each serving of Waxy Maize will differ for the individual but don’t underestimate its value to your pre supplement workout supply.

All these products can be found in a good preworkout powder. Though many concentrate preworkout formulas will skimp on these ingredients so it is important to either add them in or to by a non concentrated formula. Many preworkout concentrates are designed to help with focus and intensity, but do very little when it comes to building strength and size. Other products like SuperPump Max, NO Xplode or White Flood are very helpful in building muscle and strength but may lack in energy. Some people will combine the two, by using a half scoop of a concentrate in addition to another formula.

There is a reason it’s called a Pre Workout - So before you hit the gym, give your body the fuel it needs to perform at it’s peak and enjoy those hard earned results that you deserve.

Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre Supplement Review

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Articles, Pre-Workouts, Supplements, Videos

There are few companies that make a name for themselves like Optimum Nutrition has. Most companies look up to Optimum Nutrition for what they have accomplished over the years. Established in 1986, Optimum Nutrition has had one goal in mind – Quality Supplements at the right price. Optimum Nutrition does not skimp on the right ingredients. They understand that giving the consumer what works makes the customer happy and they achieve the results they desire. Optimum Nutrition is probably most known for their protein blends. Their Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein truly set the standard of protein by combining all the right ingredients to make the best protein around.

One of the newest additions is Optimum Nutrition  Platinum Pre. Today we will be looking deeper into what is in this product and what you can expect when you take it.


Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre is based on science-backed ingredients. Optimum was tired of overwhelming formulations with unsatisfying results. They decided to give people what worked, and cut the fluffy stuff out of their preworkout formula.

Micronized Citrulline & PepForm Citrulline Peptides

For those of you who do not already know, L-citrulline is more effective at increasing nitric oxide than L-arginine. Citrulline is a precursor to nitric oxide, and has been shown to gradually release NO into the blood stream allowing the body to stay pumped longer. One scoop of platinum Pre has 2g of L-citrulline and Citrulline Peptides. The peptides help increase absorption and the effectiveness of L-citrulline. If you have taken L-citrulline in the past, but haven’t used it with Citrulline Peptides you may have been missing out on the full potential of L-citrulline. The Citrulline Peptide has a patent-pending on it, which guarantees its quality.

CarnoSyn Beta-Alanine

There are few supplements have been shown to be more effective than Beta-alanine. Beta-alanine helps with nitric oxide production, endurance, and fighting soreness. If you notice that your recovery time in-between sets and or between workouts is getting worse you may benefit from using beta-alanine. Beta-alanine is the main precursor for carnosine. Carnosine helps to regulate acidic byproducts that are released during strenuous exercise. You may not want to leave the gym after a week of using this!


Caffeine may have received a bad rap over the years because of energy drinks, but it is still thought of an essential supplement for serious athletes. Research proves that caffeine helps to increase energy output when lifting and while performing endurance exercise. Using 200mg if you are less than 200lbs is the right dosage, use 300mg if you are 200-220lbs and 400mg if you are 220lbs+. Along with focus and endurance Caffeine can also help increase nutrition uptake.

Capsicum Fruit Extract

Who doesn’t like breaking a good sweat while workingout? The Capsicum fruit extract is a chili pepper extract that helps support healthy blood flow increasing thermogenics. This doesn’t mean it will make you lose weight, but it will help with increase sweating. If you have a proper diet with Platinum Pre it can help aid in water loss, but this is not the main function behind it. Increasing blood flow can also help aid in the PUMP feeling.

PhytoBlend + 200 mg Vitamin C

The PhytoBlend is a combination of four ingredients. 1) Beet juice extract has nitrogen’s in it to help increase nitrogen retention giving a long lasting pump. 2) Grape seed extract is used as a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals and can help with reducing soreness. 3) Red Wine Extract may contain resveratrol, which is thought of a super anti-oxidant. 4) Citrus Bioflavonoids are a great absorption product that helps to increase absorption of all ingredients. In addition Platinum Pre also has a efficacious amount of vitamin C to helps with proper oxygen uptake and recovery..

Here is what Optimum Nutrition has to say about Platinum Pre

Pre-workout supplementation isn’t new. What’s exciting about new PLATINUM PRE- is ON’s commitment to using safe, effective ingredients in amounts that are clearly listed on the Facts Panel for all to see. There’s no marketing hype in this product. This pre-workout formula is 100% business, just like you’ve come to expect from ON.” – Optimum Nutrition

Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre

Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre

One way that Optimum assures quality in their products is by using the right facilities. They use 3 registered manufacturing plants under NSF. Quality looks like many things; it means that the product works, mixes well, says what it truly is, and taste great. Optimum Nutrition understands that you work hard and so they put in the extra effort to make sure you achieve the results you are looking for.

One thing Optimum Nutrition is good at is getting back to the basics and using what works. If you are tired of the fancy labeling and words and want to get something that will work, it is time to get your hands on Platinum Pre.


Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Articles, Pre-Workouts, Reviews, Supplements

The battle between the two most potent preworkouts on the market, 1MR vs. GO. BPI 1MR has been around longer and has been reformulated a few times to the perfection that it is at now, and EXT GO has just hit the market but is picking up steam. Both product are not for the faint of heart, and give a wicked amount of energy.


Let us take a look first at the new 1MR by BPI

1MR super concentrate blend has a 3,500mg proprietary blend that uses Arginine AKG as their first ingredient. Arginine is the main pump ingredient used in 1.M.R along with Taurine to help expand muscle volume. Beta-Alanine with Creatine has been shown to help increase muscle endurance and strength. As many of you already know, one scoop of 1.M.R is enough to get you through your entire workout.


So what is different about EXT GO?

EXT GO is a very potent stimulant pre workout formula, but uses some different ingredients to help improve muscle performance. EXT Go has a 3,635mg proprietary blend that has creatine has its first main ingredient. Creatine is one of the most proven muscle performance supplements on the market. Ext Go also uses Citrulline Malate instead of Arginine for nitric oxide production. Though Arginine AKG is great for immediate pump effect, Citrulline Malate has been shown to help increase nitric oxide production for an extended period of time. Go also has Beta-Alanine but adds Trans-Alanyl-L-Glutamine to help improve mTOR. mTOR is a process where yrou body finds energy to fuel muscle. Improving mTOR can help improve muscle endurance along with fat metabolism.


BPI 1.M.R. vs. EXT GO


Many of you may have already tried 1MR but do you know how it compares? There is only one way to find out, try EXT GO and see what works best for you. Both products are highly potent and only need a scoop to produce the energy to get through a workout. From personal use EXT GO does not have a weird after taste and their flavoring is better than BPI, but this is my opinion and could be argued.

Day 3 – How to Gain 5 Lbs of Muscle

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Articles, Bodybuilding, Workout Plans

The second to last day of our bulking program, this workout focuses on the back. As you may have noticed, the workouts follow a very similar theme. Back day will not be very different. Back day, much like leg day is a great way to put on a lot of muscle in a short amount of time. Make sure to warm up properly if you have lower back issues and get ready to get big!


Back Day! How to Build the V-Shape Back…

Warm Up – 10 Minutes

If you haven’t caught on I am a big fan of getting the blood moving and priming the body beforehand. If you need to learn more about the warm ups, you can read the other workouts, by clicking workout 1 or workout 2.

Dead Lifts – 10, 5, 2, 2, 2

Keep the butt back and have your shoulders over your ankles at all times. This will force the back to work more and use less legs. Your legs may be a little tired from yesterday but push past it, remember it is designed to be a back workout.

Bent Over Rows – 10, 5, 5

This can be performed on the T-Bar or using a barbell, either way you want to be slightly bent at the knees and have your torso facing the ground. If you are able to look at yourself in the mirror you are too high, you want to keep your spine straight and look at the ground.

Lat Pull Downs – 12, 10, 8, 8

You can change these out for weighted pull ups if you so desire. When you pull towards your chest make sure to hit right above your nipples, having a slight arch in the back causing a tight squeeze in the lats. At this point your back should be exhausted and using higher reps will allow you to really breakdown the back and develop the V Shape, make sure to stay controlled during your sets.

Incline Weighted Crunches – 12, 12, 12, 12, 12

Abs and lower back are very much intertwined and it is important to work core to improve the majority of the other workouts. Grab a weight and hold it above your face and as you move up keep the weight above you, so when you are at the top the weight will be above your head.


Quick Notes:

-          Make sure to warm up your back

-          Slower movement to concentrate the muscle group

-          Rest up to 90 seconds between sets



So far we have really covered the basics when it comes to putting on size. Today we will look at some supplements that really help to put on muscle. These products are very important to recovery and fueling muscle growth. These products you can buy in bulk if so desired, which makes it easy to get the appropriate amount for the person.

Leucine: Leucine has been researched and proven to be an anabolic muscle trigger. Leucine is a essential amino acid that increases other amino acids absorption into muscle. Taking 3 grams with a high protein breakfast, lunch and dinner, allows the body to be more anabolic. Studies have shown that it is best to spike Leucine in the blood and not sip on it throughout the day. You can also take Leucine in its metabolite form of HMB and/or HICA.

Beta Alanine: Collegiate research has shown the Beta-Alanine is one of the most effect muscle building products. Beta Alanine replenishes carnosine in the body, which is a energy source for muscles. Taking Beta Alanine before and after a workout may improve recovery tremendously! Some people notice a skin tingling sensation when they take Beta-Alanine.

Benefits Of Hyper FX

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Articles, Muscle Builders, Pre-Workouts, Reviews, Supplements

Pre workouts are one of the most essential pieces to a workout for many people. It’s hard to think that people had to work out with a nitric oxide product before the mid 90’s. There are many options that people can choose from when it comes to getting the best workout possible. Some people swear by Jack3d and others love using the New SuperPump Max formula. One of the most popular brands on the market is BSN, BSN has two kinds of pre workouts. The first one most people have tried at some point, NO Xplode is very popular and is a good nitric oxide product. The other pre workout that BSN has is Hyper Fx. Hyper FX is more of a leaning / muscle builder. Hyper Fx will help you sweat and all the while help with the release of hormones to increase muscle production. Let us take a deeper look into what the benefits of Hyper FX are.


Beta Alanine

There are few products that have as much research done on the ingredient Beta Alanine. You will notice that this product is in most pre workouts, and to be noted should also be in your post workout as well. The reason why Beta Alanine is so popular is because of its ability to help produce carnosine for optimal muscle production. When you have carnosine you are able to push the weights and increase power output. You want to be supplementing with Beta Alanine throughout the day, so also using Cellmass after a workout can help with faster recovery.


Peak ATP

ATP is what helps the body to keep moving. You can usually tell that your body is done when you are not being as explosive as you would want to be. Supplementing with Peak ATP before a workout will help increase the amount of power you can have for each set. Not using Peak ATP during a workout can reduce the amount of strength you could have when working out.



The Red Pepper has been used to help with increasing metabolism because it increases the body temperature. Capsimax is a potent trademarked product that is used for helping with increasing body temperature to give people a good sweat while working out. If you like to break a good sweat or enjoy doing cardio, you will enjoy the effects of Hyper FX.


There are benefits to taking Hyper FX. If you are looking to increase endurance and want to break a good sweat, you will enjoy  Hyper FX. There are other ingredients in Hyper FX that help with increasing proper hormones to help optimal muscle development. A few of these ingredients are Calcium D-Gluconate, and D-Aspartic Acid. These ingredients are reported to help with increasing hormones for muscle growth.

So, if you are in a rut and are looking for a new pre-workout supplement…. You may want to give Hyper FX a try. If you do, let us know what you think!


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