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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.

4 Weeks to a Bigger Back

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

The Back Muscle it the largest muscle in the upper body, when exercise correctly you can improve all other upper body muscles. For example if you have a strong back your chest will begin to increase in strength, because many of the secondary muscles, while benching, are in the upper back.

This workout routine is in collaboration with the Anti-Aging Stack by Applied Nutriceuticals. If you want to defy age then supplementing with HGH Up and Osteo Sport can help you achieve your goals. Muscle Soreness and Joint pain stop many people from training harder and getting better results, so supplementing with the Anti-Aging stack can help improve just about anyone’s results in and out of the gym.

This is a two week split. For the first two weeks you need to make sure to do the routine at least three times. The last two weeks you need to perform that routine at least four times. Remember this routine is for those looking to improve size, strength, and shape for the back – this is the main focus of the routine. This workout is designed for those who have hit a plateau in their back workouts and want to shock it, it is not for beginners.

First Routine  - Remember this Routine needs to be performed 3 times in a two week period.

Good Mornings – 10, 10, 10

Dead Lifts – 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Bent Over Rows – 5, 4, 3, 3, 3

Close Grip Lat Pull Downs – 12, 12, 10, 8

Dumbbell Pullovers – 20, 20, 20

Shrugs – 10, 8, 6, 6, 4

Roman Chair Back Extensions – 10, 10, 10

Osteo Sport – If you are trying to put on weight, hitting the back heavy is always a good idea. What’s not a good idea, is not taking a joint support pill when lifting heavy. Osteo Sport helps rebuild connective tissue and keeps joints lubricated. What is unique about Osteo-Sport is that is helps absorb nutrients, meaning when you are eating to get big, Osteo Sport can help you absorb more nutrients like protein and proper calories.

Second Routine – this will be the final stretch, it won’t be as much heavy lifting but more sculpting exercise to give you a more of the ‘V’ look. This routine should be performed 4 times in the two weeks given. Make sure to have equal amounts of rest time between each day.

Pull Ups – 10, 10, 10, 10

Cable Rows – 12, 10, 8, 8

Reverse Fly’s – 20, 20, 20

Lat Pull Downs – 10, 10, 10

Single Arm Pull Downs – 10, 10, 10

Dumbbell Pull Overs – 20, 15, 12

Pull Ups – 2 x Burnout

HGH UP – Once people have stopped growing it usually means that the pituitary gland is not functioning as much as it once was. The pituitary gland releases hormones that helps teenagers grow and improves muscle development. Supplementing with HGH UP can help improve muscle recovery, and make you feel more youthful again. Taking 3 capsules in the morning helps boost the body’s hormone sensory, and then taking 2 capsules before bed helps muscle repair faster, so you can get up and go.


After this routine you will hopefully have bigger lifts in other areas, it may not show the first week, but by the second week your bench and squat may improve in lifts. This routine is a great turn to if you ever hit a plateau and want to see changes in your back structure or if you want to get some more strength. Remember, supplementing with the Anti-Aging stack by Applied Nutriceuticals can help improve lifts as well as athletic performance.

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.


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