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Lose Fat, Build Muscle, Fight Cortisol

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Articles, Men's Health, Supplements, Women's Health

Can leading your daily life effect your workouts? Some people do not notice results when working out even when they have a good diet and a proper workout plan. So why is it easier for people to put on muscle than others? Some of you may have heard of different body types – Mesomorph, Ectomorph and Endomorph, but sometimes there is more to it than just simple body structure knowledge. Most people should be able to put on muscle even if their body is a skinnier frame, and those who have a heavier frame should be able to burn fat. Today we will look at the stress hormone called cortisol, which can impact any body type from achieving their goals.


Cortisol has been shown to have a catabolic effect on the body, which in turn begins to deteriorate muscle. Cortisol has also been correlated to adding fat to the body. When the body is under stress it will begin to release cortisol to protect itself. The body knows that fat is needed to survive so it will begin to store higher amounts of fat by increasing the amount of cortisol. To reiterate, if cortisol levels are higher they will also begin to shut down protein synthesis and create a catabolic state in the body. As you can see, if you are someone who is trying to lose weight or build muscle you need to have your cortisol in check.

Something to keep in mind is that cortisol functions as a steroid in the body. Cortisol can be called a catabolic steroid which makes it the opposite of what men want in anabolic hormones/steroids. The stress that the body goes through comes from food, and daily stresses of life, so diet can play a role in the regulation of cortisol in the body. Also know that working out with heavy weight and explosive lifts can help increase the anabolic hormones in the body, which can lead to a decrease in cortisol.

A study was done that showed that consuming carbohydrates with essential amino acids, before a workout, may decrease cortisol. If you are someone who doesn’t eat bread, you may want to try eating some fruit with EAA pills. For those of you who embrace the idea of consuming carbohydrates you can try Karbolic before a workout. It is loaded with amino acids, B vitamins and uses Karbolyn as a carbohydrate source. If you are less than 200lbs you can use a ½ scoop to a ¾ scoop. If you are over 200lbs then a scoop to a scoop ½ will be enough.

If you are looking to build muscle and you feel that cortisol is the reason why you are struggling then you can stack C-Bolic and Triazole to help regulate hormones by raising free testosterone and lowering cortisol production. This will help increase strength and muscle mass, while leaning out the abdomen area.

If you want to cut weight and feel that cortisol is a struggle for you then you can stack Lean FX with Stimulant X. This combination will give you long lasting energy that will last you all day and put you in a good mood.

Remember that working out may help with lowering cortisol, but after workouts, cortisol levels may raise. This is why working out for 45 minutes to an hour is optimal. If you like working out for longer than this than it is important to supplement with fruit in-between sets, or sipping on carbohydrates. Also know that after a workout cortisol levels may raise due to the stress that has just been raised on the body, this stresses the point of keeping your body fueled with EAA’s and carbohydrates immediately after a workout.

Day 1 -How to Gain 5 Pounds Of Muscle

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

Putting on mass is hard for some and comes a little easier for others. This week I will be working through how to put on mass for the hard gainers who want to look bigger and feel stronger. This workout will also help those who tend to put on muscle a little easier than others. The main goal with putting on five solid pounds of muscle is to increase size, without putting on fat. I know a lot of people think that they put on muscle when they are actually just increasing in fat. Each day we will talk about the workout and then the supplementation that goes along with it.


So here we go! First day to 5 lbs of muscle.

Warm up – 10 Minutes

This could be on a treadmill or an elliptical. Make sure to drink whatever sports performance drink you prefer before warming up. Consuming a pre workout before warm up will help increase the feed of nutrients to muscles before a workout.

Decline Bench – 12, 12, 8, 6

The first set is a warm up set, second set do a weight that is difficult and continue with this through the last set. The goal is to really attack the pectoral muscle right off the bat. Decline bench hits the entire pec, with less tension on the shoulders.

Incline Dumbbells – 12, 10, 8, 6

Use a weight so  that each set  is a difficult amount of weight. It is important to use a spot with each set to make sure you get the most of each set. Make sure to rest roughly 60 seconds between each set. Studies have shown that resting 60 seconds is the most effective amount of time, especially when trying to build muscle.

Flys – 12, 12, 12

With these sets of fly’s it is used to burn out the rest of the chest. You can either do cable fly’s or dumbbell fly’s. Make sure to keep your elbows at a slight bend and use a slower movement.

Wide Grip Barbell Curl – 12, 12, 12, 12

Keep your elbows tight and have your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Keep your back straight and allow your biceps to stretch as you are fully extended. When your hands are fully up keep your biceps squeezed to help improve the tearing of the muscle.

Neutral Grip Barbell Curl – 12, 12, 12, 12

Very similar to the wide grip curls, but you want to have your hands directly in line with your shoulders. Using a tighter grip can improve the peak of the bicep.


Quick Notes

-          Warm up Rotator Cuff before working out

-          With each set make sure to rest 1 minute

-          Go heavy with all major working sets



We will go over two major supplements that you need to be taking while on this workout with each series for the next four day. These supplements help to improve the body mass and to retain the muscle that you have put on. Continuing these supplements after is very important, even when you are done with the workout.

Fish Oil – Fatty Acids are very important to building muscle and tearing down bad fat. Supplementing with fish oils that have a high dose of EPA and DHA can increase fat metabolism as well as muscle recovery.

Multivitamin – There are a wide range of multivitamins to be taking, but you want to take one that helps improve muscle performance. The two that really stand out above the rest are Anavite and Animal Pak.

Bodybuilding for the Newbies

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Articles

We have had a tech guy for a few years and he decided to start training. When I say training he wanted to lose weight and get better muscle tone. He asked me if he could work out with me to get in shape, I didn’t mind and so we started about a month and a half ago.


Here are the facts. He is about 6’3” and started out being around 205lb – 24% Body Fat (mostly belly weight) male that is 36 years old. He is labeled as an ectomorph, so low muscle mass and skinny arms and legs. After a month and a half he is 195lbs, 18% body fat (so he got some muscle!).


There are a few things that I took into consideration when training our tech guy, he eats maybe one to two times a day and hasn’t exercised for a few months. I made sure to start with low weight and build up over time. I decided to do a 10 x 10 plan – that is 10 sets of 10 in all major workouts. For example of chest day you do 10 x 10 of flat bench, back day 10 x 10 bent over rows, and legs 10 x 10 leg press. Then we would do two other exercise of 4 x 20 of that specific muscle group.


I also needed to take in consideration age and health while training. I made sure for him to supplement with a Men’s Multi Vitamin, and Omega Fish Oil Supplement, Testosterone Booster, and BCAA’s.


Men’s Multi Vitamin- If you are a beginner in supplementation a Multi Vitamin is crucial for health. I recommend one of the following for men, AnaVite by Gaspari, Opti-Men from Optimum Nutrition, or Armor-V by MusclePharm. Supplementing with a multi that is specific towards men can help increase male libido, muscle tone, and metabolism. Supplementing with multivitamins can help with:


  • Fast metabolism for anyone trying to lose fat*
  • Health immune system function*
  • Strong bones and tissue*
  • Efficient muscle building and repair*
  • Daily body maintenance*


Omega Fish Oils – When starting out on a new path of fitness, fish oils are the second most important thing to supplement with. The reason why Fish Oils are good is because they help with a variety of functions, like – heart, nervous system, joint, brain, and skin. But I recommend Fish oils because of EFA’s or Essential Fatty Acids. I recommend one of the following Fish Oils products to people – Omega 3 Fish Oils by Champion, Ultimate Omega Sport by Nordic Naturals, and Animal Omega by Universal. Getting a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats is an important way to promote overall health and well-being. Taking an EFA supplement may help you with:


  • Healthy cardiovascular system, immune system and brain function*
  • Joint support and healthy hormone production*
  • Encourage an active metabolism*
  • Fast muscle recovery from high intensity exercise*


Testosterone Booster – I recommend testosterone boosters to anyone who is 25 and older and basing off of their previous diet and routine. Knowing our tech guy, he needed a natural testosterone booster to help with achieving results. I recommend one of these three testosterone boosters – Advanced PCT by Athletic Xtreme, Animal Stack by Universal, or Anatropin by Gaspari. Reasons why I recommend these products are:


  • Increase energy levels*
  • Promote healthier testosterone levels*
  • Encourage muscle tone*
  • Support speed and agility*


BCAA’s – If you are under the age of 25 or if you are just getting started and you don’t want to take a test booster BCAA’s are great! BCAA’s or Branched Chain Amino Acids can be taken with test boosters but they are considered to be anabolic amino acids. When I say anabolic I mean that it helps increase protein synthesis and induces muscle growth. My top three BCAA mixes are – Modern BCAA by USP Labs, BCAA 6000 by Gaspari, or Endurance by Fahrenheit Nutrition.


You may be wondering, ‘how do you know which one is doing what?’ I have specifically chosen these products because of the science and the trust that I have in these companies. If you are a male that is over the age of 25 give this workout and these supplements a shot and see what happens. Also when we are done with working out we do 10 to 15 min of light cardio. We walk at a fast pace at a incline, this helps keep the body to preserve muscle while still burning excess fat.

Discount Syntha 6

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Reviews

Ultra-Premium Protein Powder

  • Multi Functional Protein Matrix
  • Ultra-Premium Protein Source
  • Ridiculously Delicious Milkshake Flavors


Syntha-6 Review:


The idea behind Syntha-6 is that different proteins are released into the bloodstream at different rates. If you need to build up muscle tissue (or, if you’re striving for weight loss, to keep up your nutrient levels without taking in extra calories), you need a steady stream of protein reaching your cells. The different types of protein used to formulate Syntha-6 release their nutrients and amino acids into the bloodstream at different rates, so that even when you’re asleep, your body still has a steady supply of the vital amino acids needed for tissue healing and muscle growth. And as every serious bodybuilder knows, it’s during the rest periods that muscle mass is laid down.


Syntha-6 is a great dietary supplement for bodybuilding, weightlifting and those who want improved muscle tone and mass. But it is also excellent as a meal replacement for those wanting to lose weight. As protein releases energy slowly for not too many calories (weight for weight), it makes you feel satisfied for longer, curbing your cravings. And that’s not the only advantage that Syntha-6 offers if you want to lose weight. By providing your body with the nutrients it needs to increase lean muscle mass, Syntha-6 helps your workouts become more effective, because the more muscle mass you have, the more fat you will burn.


Syntha-6 Proprietary Protein Matrix:

  1. Ultra-filtered Whey Protein Concentrate rich in alpha-lactalbumin
  2. Micellar alpha and beta caseins and caseinates
  3. Microfiltered whey protein isolate rich in whey isolate peptide fractions
  4. Egg albumen
  5. Calcium Caseinate.
  6. Milk Protein Concentrate.


Pre Workout | Post Workout | Meal Replacement

  • Muscle Growth and Enhancement
  • Muscle Protein Synthesis
  • Recovery
  • Weight Management
  • Nutrition


So Why Should You Buy Syntha-6?


SYNTHA-6 is an ultra-premium lean muscle protein powder, BSN’s best-tasting protein supplement on the market. Its formula features multiple quality proteins resulting in a nutritious and multi-functional protein supplement that ensures an athlete’s muscles a quality supply of protein building blocks. As any athlete knows, high-quality protein is essential for building and maintaining lean muscle mass. SYNTHA-6 is the ideal solution to any active individual’s protein needs, designed to perfectly suit a variety of diets and lifestyles. And with SYNTHA-6, that high standard of quality comes with taste to match, thanks to BSN’s exclusive flavor technology.


SYNTHA-6 is a valuable addition to any athlete’s diet and exercise regimen, and is also perfect to use as a high-protein source as part of a balanced weight management plan. Nutritious and delicious, SYNTHA-6 is the right choice among protein supplements.


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Tips For Beginner Body Builders

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Workout Plans

Today’s topic is motivation it can be one of the hardest things to especially being a weightlifter or a bodybuilder. Not everyone is born big so in order to get big you have to start from scratch. So imagine being a beginner at lifting or a lil small runt it can be very intimidating going to the gym. Your surrounded by huge ripped guys and beautiful women and when your small it feels like they’re watching you the whole time. So let’s say you wanna try working out from home, won’t be as good, I mean of course your exercising but still to get real workouts in you need that real gym atmosphere and a spotter. That’s one of the worst things you can do is workout without a spotter or a partner you either not getting enough reps in or your gonna kill yourself by dropping some weights on yourself. The last thing you want is to be stuck in your basement with the weight bar stuck on your throat, trust me I’ve been there lol. Now before I talk about my motivation process, know that I was once a skinny lil runt that had no Buisness in the gym, now I’m a legit bodybuilder who could possibly go pro someday.

So before I head to the gym I think about it hours before so by the time I head there that’s all that’s in my mind. I like to watch videos or look at pics of the people I wanna be like or look like my fav is Arnold, I’ve watched his movie Pumping Iron over a thousand times probably real talk. I never get tired of it cause he’s my motivation and role model. It’s good to have someone to look up to when your lifting cause you can follow there guidelines. So while I’m watching my videos before my workout I take my pre workout drink people really don’t understand how much you need it. It’s probably the most important supplement you can take besides protein it’s just getting you pumped and in the mood especially while you watch a video before your workout I would suggest noxipro, shotgun, or neurocore. Next is your music you need to have whatever tunes get you in the mood bumping in your ear, I’m not saying it has to be crazy music, I listen to everything house, electro, rap, rock, trance and even piano music it’s all about feeling it. Once your in the gym do the same put your music on and try to start with one of your favorite songs to get you going. Once you’ve started focus on every single set you do think about your role model the whole time the one you look up to and what you wanna look like in the future. If you use these tips and stay focused everyday theres no reason you can’t reach your goals. So go out there and kill it!!


Beginner Workout Routine:


Exercise Sets Reps
Squat 3 10-15
Stiff Leg Deadlift 3 10-15
Seated Calf Raise 2 15-20
Barbell Bench Press 3 10-15
Barbell Rows 3 10-15
Shoulder Press 2 8-12
Standing Alternating Dumbbell Curl 2 8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Using EZ or cambered bar) 3 8-12

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