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Preparing for New Year’s Resolutions For Men

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Men's Health, Supplements, Weight Loss

Another year has gone by and another year has shown little to no results. The idea of starting over in the New Year is a nice concept but it is not something that usually plays out. Most men want to be like they were when they were in their early 20’s, that’s why they make a resolution. How is this year going to be any different than the rest? Well starting off, this year you are going to be more educated than the rest. This article is designed to help men who are between the ages 30 – 45. This article will cover what supplements that should be taken to help with weight loss and increase lean muscle mass. It will also discuss certain foods to be eaten throughout the year that can help with increasing proper hormones and boosting metabolism. If you want to learn more about exercises you can find a variety of workouts on our Blog.

Vitamins & Supplements

Supplementation is crucial to weight loss and health. Remember supplements do not replace actual nutrients from food, but they help to support and increase health with a proper diet. Here are five supplements that can be taken in conjunction throughout the day to help change your health for the better this upcoming year.


7-Keto is a non-hormonal metabolite of DHEA. DHEA is one of the most abundant hormones in the body and can help increase lean muscle mass. The body naturally produces 7-keto for energy. Taking this before a workout may help with an increase in lean muscle mass, shedding fat, and increasing metabolism. Taking 7-keto throughout the day can help retain muscle from a workout while dieting, and also help improve energy. 7-keto has also been correlated with increasing the metabolism by maintaining a healthy anabolic state. This product is a great supplement for beginner to advanced lifters. 7-keto has been shown to be helpful for cutting weight, whether it is just a few pounds or 20+ pounds. Using this while on a diet is most effective because it helps with energy, muscle mass, and fat burning. The optimal dose for weight loss is between 100 to 200mgs a day.


The amino acid L-carnitine can be found in red meats, dairy products and avocados. This amino acid is one of the most crucial amino acids for men because of its ability to build muscle, help produce healthy semen, and burn fat. There are few amino acids as important as carnitine, when it comes to men’s health. Carnitine has been shown to help preserve muscle while on a strict low calorie diet. It has also shown to be very effective at converting fat into energy while exercising. Taking this in conjunction with 7-keto before a workout will help with natural energy, building muscle, and fat burning. Carnitine has also been shown to help with producing healthy semen and erection strength or morning wood. This may be a sign that it helps with increasing testosterone naturally.


DIM or Diindolyl methane can be found in very green veggies. Its main claim to fame is that it helps with metabolizing estrogen. As men age estrogen conversion begins to raise, which leads to fat storage and extra emotions. Using a product like DIM on a daily basis can help with decreasing estrogen conversion, allowing the body to have a more healthy production of testosterone, which can lead to fat loss and more muscle. DIM has been shown to be highly effective for men over the age of 30.


You cannot find L-Dopa sold by itself because it is only found in extracts. The most popular extract is Mucuna Pruriens. The scientific name is L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine, and it is a non essential amino acid. When consuming L-Dopa it has been shown to release Dopamine into the brain which is an important neurotransmitter. Dopamine has been associated with cognition, libido and climax, and deep restful sleep. Many users correlate L-Dopa supplements with lean muscle mass.


ZMA stands for Zinc Monomethione Asparate. All ZMA products have an addition of Magnesium and B6 to maximize absorption of Zinc Monomethione Asparate. Zinc is crucial to any active individual and any male over the age of 25. Zinc has been shown to help with increasing the natural production of free testosterone, so as you can see this works in conjunction with DIM. Taking this before bed can help increase testosterone, improve recovery and stabilize healthy hormones. Using this before bed each night may also help improve libido.

Diet & Nutrition

Here are four nutrient packed foods that can help improve one’s health and fight off fat. If you are ready to make a change this upcoming year, add this to your arsenal while eating each day.

Yams / Sweet potatoes

Wild Yams and Sweet Potatoes have many health benefits for men. Just to name a few of these benefits: Heart health, digestion, blood sugar, weight loss, and hormone regulation. For the sake of this article we will talk about weight loss and hormone regulation. Wild Yams have been correlated to helping with natural production of hormones in men. This may be very beneficial as men age. Yams or sweet potatoes have also been shown to raise body temperature, which can help with burning more calories and cutting off some extra pounds.


Broccoli has been shown to have powerful anticancer properties, which should give enough reason to eat it. Here are a few more reason is you need them: a healthy amount of calcium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. For a healthy option when eating a snack or cutting weight, Broccoli is the way to go.


Mushrooms are also known to help fight cancer. They are very high in antioxidants, which help fight off cancer cells. Mushrooms add a unique flavor to many dishes and are easy to fix into just about any dish. You can cook them or eat them raw, whichever is more preferable for each person.


Artichokes are right up there with Broccoli. If you desire to live a long and healthy life, eating Artichokes on regular basis can really help your chances. Some report that Artichokes help with libido, but what we know is that it can help prevent strokes, it has a high dose of vitamin C and it loaded with flavonoids and polyphenols.

A Healthy New Year for Men

The New Year is almost here and this upcoming year is going to be different than the rest. If you are ready to build muscle and get rid of the belly fat, you are more educated to accomplish this goal. Men over the age of 30 begin to decrease in overall performance, deciding to grab a hold of your life now can help improve your quality of life.

What are the best supplements to take?

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Articles


Many people do not get the nutrients they need. Supplementing with a multivitamin can help boost metabolism, increase natural energy and improve health. Often times many people who eat healthy don’t need to multivitamin. So if you eat a fruit and a veggie with every meal, and have nuts with two other meals, then you should be fine. If you are not able to do this then you want to get a multi vitamin. Make sure that you take a multivitamin that doesn’t give you more than 100% in Vitamin A, E, and D. If you can find a multivitamin that contains amino acids, or plant sterols, that is all the better.


Fish Oils

Consuming high dosages of DHA and EPA has been shown to help boost brain, testicular, and joint health. Consuming a large portion of fish each day would be one way of getting the nutrients you need, or you can get Fish oil Gel Caps. Fish Oils are an easy way to get the nutrient that is needed and improve health. Supplementing with Fish Oils has also been liked to help maintain a healthy weight and metabolizing fat.



A Nonessential amino acid that has been shown to help improve heart health, semen production, brain functionality and fat metabolism. Consuming high dosages of L-Carnitine has been shown to a variety of benefits to help the human body function. Consuming 3 grams of carnitine a day can help maintain a health metabolism, mental clarity and fight aging.


Green Tea Extract

A High antioxidant that has been proven to help with weight loss. Maintaining a healthy body weight is important to any person health. As American we often live busy lifestyle that leads to eating unhealthy, and not getting enough exercise. Taking two servings of Green Tea Extract (morning and Lunch) can help boost metabolism, fight free radicals, and improve overall health.


If you are looking for the best supplements to take, these four products are the best to improve one’s health. We do ask that you talk to your doctor before you start any supplement routine.

Fierce Domination

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

I know there are a lot of different types of pre workouts on the market, but if you haven’t tried SAN Fierce Extreme – get yourself some. I know this seems a little dramatic so I will take some time breaking down this great product, to hopefully enlighten you all on why this product is so potent and a top preworkout.

Endurlac Intra-Cellular Plasma Matrix

This combination of ingredients will enhance the mind and focus. If you notice most products leave you zoned out and lacks of focus as you reach the peak of your workout, it is usually because they use quick stimulants that make you feel hyped for a short period of time. The Endurlac blend is a combination of ingredients that will help open up veins and enhance the mind. It contains Tyrosine, Caffeine and DMAE which all have been shown to increase mental focus and last, with little to no crash. Besides the brain stimulating aspect, it also contains Carnosyn and Taurine which have both been shown to help increase muscle endurance as you workout.

Tri Creatine ATP Fusion

Most preworkouts leave out the creatine and if they do add it is only a small amount that has hardly any effect. Fierce Domination contains 5 grams of creatine! This is a great amount to have before working out. Creatine has gotten a bad rap because people claim that it makes them hold too much water. Though some people are sensitive to creatine, the majority are not. Creatine helps the muscles push past their limits by creating more ATP. Fierce Domination uses a powerful blend of Creatine Monohydrate, Creatine HCl, Creatine Nitrate.

2g L-Citrulline L-Malate

Most people think that Arginine is the best way to get a pump, but studies have shown that Citrulline Malate is more effective at producing Nitric Oxide in the body. The reason why it works better is that the conversion last longer and produces more than basic arginine.

1g L-Carnitine L-Tartrate

Carnitnie has been known for its non stimulant fat burning property, but rest studies have shown that it helps with converting fat into energy and increase hormones for muscle growth. Carnitine Tartrate has been reported that it does increase brain function but this doesn’t happen for every user.

1g Glycerol Monostearate

Plasma has been stated that it is more effective at increasing strength than testosterone. Injecting pure plasma is very harmful and can cause some serious damage. This is why so many people are looking to find a product that thickens blood plasma without the harsh effects. Taking Glycerol Monostearate before workouts helps to boost plasma. Many users notice better muscle pumps and more vascularity while using Glycerol Monostearate.

500mg Agmatine Sulfate

The newest edition to the pump ingredient family, Agmatine has been shown to boost nitric oxide levels higher than arginine. Agmatine is a metabolite of arginine and has many benefits. For example Agamitne can help increase nutrient uptake far more than arginine, which once again shows you why taking the newer NO2 products is far better than the old school arginine.

Get Some!!!

I know the only way that you will be fully convinced that this stuff works is by you actually taking it. If you are running empty on one your current preworkout, order SAN Fierce Domination for your next month of workouts and see how much you will like it.

MusclePharm Amino Acid Formula

Written by bigredhulk. Posted in Muscle Builders, Reviews

Amino Acids are the building blocks to protein and protein is the fuel in which yours muscles need to grow. This is a simple truth that many young lifters often forget. Most people know that they need protein, but they are less educated when it comes to which amino acids to take when it comes to actual muscle growth. This is why many people supplement with pure amino acid drinks. Many of these mixes have essential amino acids or EAA’s which have been shown to be very effective at improving muscle development.

The newest product by MusclePharm is a great blend of key amino acids. MusclePharm’s Amino1 is a blend of BCAA’s, cellular rejuvenating aminos and hydration. Some people will use just straight BCAA’s and other will use the combination of all EAA’s. Before you shrug off Amino1 as another Amino Acid drink look at these great things it has to offer.

Pump: A basic EAA blend will offer mild pumps, if none at all, but with Amino1 you will get vascularity and pumps. Amino1 uses Citrulline Malate, which has been shown to be more potent than Arginine at increasing nitric oxide in the blood. Amino1 also has Beet Root Extract with nitrates to increase nitrogen retention, leaving your body feel pumped longer.

Muscle Growth: Branched Chain Amino Acids or BCAA’s are known to be anabolic in the body. When one consumes BCAA their body is more receptive to increasing muscle fier rebuilding which leads to bigger muscle growth. BCAA’s can also be taken during the day to help improve recovery after a strenuous workout session.

Endurance: Amino1 uses Carnitine-L-Tartrate to help improve fat metabolism and mental alertness. Thought this form of carnitine is not a stimulant it has been reported to help increase focus. Along with carnitine Amino1 also uses CoQ10 and Glycine to help improve performance while working out. Both of these are very helpful with cellular energy and allows people to feel less fatigued during and after a workout.

Hydration: water to the muscles is very important when it comes to recovery. No one likes getting cramps during a workout, or any other time in the day. Proper hydration is key to a faster recovery. The Amino1 formula uses Coconut water extract, and Taurine to help fuel the muscle with hydration.

Final Thoughts

Amino1 is a good formula for just about any athlete that is looking for a good workout recovery formula and pump matrix. If you like Optimum Amino Energy, I think that this would be a great combination with that product for a pre workout formula. As a standalone I think Amino1 works well at an intra workout mix to help people push their limits in the gym. I would also recommend this product to those looking for something to sip on to help fight fatigue towards the end of the day.


Muscle Pharm Amino 1


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