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Not All Muscle Building Pills Are Created Equal

Trying new muscle building pills is often a great experience. However, finding the perfect supplement can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. I get asked so many times what makes a supplement better than another that I came up with an idea. I wanted to personally put together the exact criteria that I look for whenever I am in need of a new supplement. I’ve learned to apply these upcoming items because I’ve been burned in the past by a bad supplement. Here are the four criteria I look at when selecting new muscle building pills.

My Four Criteria for Finding the Best Muscle Pills

  • Check Around for Reviews: Thanks to the wonderful internet, reviews are incredibly easy to find. However, you have to find reviews you can trust. Seeing pages and pages of five star reviews can be nice, you just have to make sure they aren’t hokey. One thing I’ve read that helps when looking at reviews is to look at the ones that are less than five stars. Finding middle of the line reviews usually provide the most accurate picture of muscle pills.
  • Check for Ingredients of Muscle Enhancers: If you are baffled by this entry, I understand. People who haven’t used supplements or never paid attention to labels will have no idea what to do in this situation. I suggest you start checking the labels of supplements you purchase. Many online websites have accurate listing of each ingredient, often placing a picture directly from the label. Certain ingredients are muscle enhancers and others are just garbage.
  • Ask People You Know: Talking to workout buddies about supplements they use is a great idea. You might find that your workout buddies are trying new supplements you’ve never heard of. You will also be sure to get a completely honest assessment of a product. If you don’t know anyone that lifts weight, I know how you feel. I wish that I could have that group of friends that encouraged me to start lifting. I’m thankful for it though because it allows me to workout the way I want without waiting on anybody.
  • Start with a Smaller Size, If Possible: I’m that person walking around the supermarket on sample day like a crazy person. Luckily, certain supplements are available in smaller sizes. Smaller sized supplements let you taste and test out what a supplement does by only getting a single serving size. Not all supplements work well in trial sizes. For example, a testosterone booster may need weeks to start working properly. Using sample sizes saves you money. I wished these fitness sample boxes were available when I started working out. I know I would have saved a lot of money and time tracking down the right muscle pills. I am not affiliated with any supplement company so I’m just gonna throw a link here to Jacked Pack, a supplement sample service I’ve heard of the most.

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Finding the right muscle building pills take time. Follow the tips you’ve just seen and I promise it will get easier. You will find a few supplements that don’t quite do it for you. Be patient and you will find muscle enhancers that suit your needs. I wish you luck in your journey! Finding the right supplements may take a little while but I promise it will be well worth it.

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The Inspiring Tale of Luca Thimm

In Germany, there is one weightlifter who is going above and beyond. His name is Luca Thimm and he was born with Down Syndrome. What makes Luca’s story so great is that he recently competed at a weightlifting meet. The even better news is Luca was able to complete all six of his lifts. Watching the joy on Luca’s face as he completes each lift is truly inspiring.

If you have had a bad day, it stands to reason you probably aren’t dealing with the challenges Luca faces. Below is a video where you watch Luca lift. If you aren’t motivated by the end of this video, I don’t know what to tell you. I love watching how happy Luca is when he completes a lift.

Watching Luca isn’t watching someone cope with the cards life dealt them. Instead, watching his video shows that life isn’t about what happens to you. Luca was given a tough hand yet he is still able to fully enjoy his life doing what he loves. Kudo to Luca for injecting a bit of life into the sport of weightlifting.

Perhaps it is because others take their strength for granted. It is common to see Luca perform a victory move after completing a lift. I am really pulling for Luca Thimm to take home competition medals. Perhaps this will bring about changes to which sports are allowed in the Special Olympics. The future ahead looks bright for Thimm. If you’ve watched the video above, you know that Luca is putting up lifts anyone could be proud of.

The next time you are struggling to start a workout, think about what Luca would tell you to do. Our bodies are capable of amazing things. Being able to watch the joy on Luca’s face after he lifts has helped to give me a new perspective on lifting.  If you think about it, most of us go to the gym because we have to. We have to finish that last rep or set. However, I love Luca’s point of view of looking at weightlifting as something you have the privilege of doing. If you treat something like a chore, it will feel like a chore.

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Can a Hula Hoop Have you in Better Shape?

It is likely that you have probably tried a Hula Hoop at one point in your life. This invention started out as a toy. However, it now seems that others are finding ways to add another benefit to this activity. One of the main reasons that people are now using these hula hoops are to burn off fat. I remember when I first tried out one of these inventions and I loved it. However, I am someone that does not have a lot of balance of flexibility. Seriously, I am not someone that you never want to see dancing around as it is not a pretty sight. It seems that now there are many people who are started to take classes themed around a hula hoop. There is a company that is now creating these classes known as Power Hoopz.

I love the fact that people are realizing that there ways to use a hula hoop for both fun and to help get in better shape. When someone completes exercises designed to lose fat, it won’t reduce it form only one spot. However, the continued effort of completing something like, let’s say a Power Hoopz class, will greatly help to lose more overall weight. There are increased innovations that add variety to the hula hoop that you likely grew up on. Those looking for an extra challenge could enjoy the weighted hula hoops that are currently being created. The addition of weight to a hula hoop can help to create more of a challenging exercise session. As with just about any form of exercise, you can build up quite the endurance level. Completing the same exercise over and over may often make it feel like said exercise is getting too easy. Weightlifters often experience lack of a workout which is why they have to add more weights over time. One thing that I really enjoy about a hula hoop themed exercise class is that you don’t need a lot of equipment. However, with as wide around as these hoops are, I can certainly see a bigger room needing to be in place.

There are a seemingly endless amount of hoops to choose from which is perfect for those wanting an extra degree of customization. I prefer the simple black hoop but I have certainly seen some wild designs. I try not to use any design that is too distracting and could cause headaches for those around me. There are these hula hoop fitness courses being implemented all over the world. However, Power Hoopz is an exclusive brand. If you want the cool items that they have for sale, you will have to go through one of their official websites. I really like how the Power Hoopz company has taken an invention that was on its way out and transformed it. If people are losing weight thanks to the help of a hula hoop than I am all for it. A big key factor in if someone will stick with exercise is if it is fun. We all know that exercise isn’t going to be the greatest feeling in the world. However, innovation like Power Hoopz has helped to ensure that exercising can be fun again. If you want to learn more about Power Hoopz, I know that I have also seen them regularly featured on the Home Shopping Network.

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Phony Radio Advertisement Shuts Down Supplement Company

It seems that companies will try just about anything these days. One supplement company is in hot water after they created deceptive marketing tactics. The makers of CogniPrin and FlexiPrin had come up with some very odd tactics to convince the public. This company had created a long radio advertisement that was disguised as a news report. The first problem was that this advertisement was a whopping thirty minutes long. Having a commercial that runs for thirty minutes is a very deceptive tactic to use. Also, there were medical experts that were used for these advertisements. However, the problem with the experts used by these companies was that they weren’t experts at all. I couldn’t believe that lengths that one company would go to in order to sell a product. I wonder which stations even allowed such a long commercial to be aired!

This case is part of a recent trend I’ve noticed of supplement advertisements appearing as news shows. You’ve likely flipped through the channels late at night and seen similar advertisements. Certain companies try very well to ensure that their ads are thought of as something else. You will see news anchors and an overall set that appears to be legit. I believe that the goal of these programs is to confuse viewers into thinking they are not watching an ad. If you think that what has been done so far is bad, you’ve not heard anything yet. The other problem that landed these supplements in hot water was flat out false claims. In these commercials, there were specific facts about the benefits of CogniPrin and FlexiPrin.

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As it turns out, the claims made by these companies didn’t turn out to be true, if you can believe that. Let’s see, this company made their commercials into fake news shows, they used fake experts, and their claims were complete lies! Wow, I am very glad that this company got the rug pulled out from under them. There could have been people that really could have ended up hurt from using bad supplements. One of the most shocking facts about this whole baffling incident was that CogniPrin was a supplement targeted to those with poor brain function. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that these people were most likely targeting the elderly. Perhaps this case will start to bring about the end of those cheesy fake news advertisements. I don’t think that anyone believes they aren’t watching a thirty minute commercials.

Maybe if those companies stepped up their production budget, most of them could become more convincing. If anyone has cable or satellite, you’ll find the titles on the guides for these advertisements can be hilarious. If it wasn’t bad enough that some companies are trying to be like news shows, it get worse. Apparently, someone told these companies about catchy titles. Now, all I see are paid programming titles that are made to look like those of other shows. For example, a recent show I saw was titled King of Greens, surely made to try and fool fans of the television King of Queens! I think that the creators of supplements will be looking at the way they market their products a bit differently from now on. Have you seen advertisements that are made to look like another kind of television program? Let us know about them on our social media pages!

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Three Signs to Toss Out A Supplement

I wanted to provide some information regarding when a supplement is ready to be tossed out. You should always check expiration dates, as they are the best indicator to judge when a product has expired. However, you could run into cases where a supplement’s expiration label isn’t there or is obscured.

Discoloration and Clumping
If anyone has ever opened an expired supplement, they will know the sight I am about to describe. Imagine that you are about to twist open the container of a supplement that you haven’t used in a while. You expect to see a bunch of powder that is all ready to be scooped up. Instead, you are treated to the horrifying sight of a bunch of dark colored clumps. Expired supplement powder actually resembles what would happen if someone was to pour water into your container and then close it off. This sight can be shocking to anyone but if you see it, you only need to do one simple thing: throw it away. I’ve been in desperate times and have tried to use a clumpy supplement, it didn’t work well. I was the person who tried to get those clumps broken up in any way possible. I had tried a sharp knife and an ice pick (almost stabbing my fingers in the process) and was finally able to break up a few chunks in a cup. As you have probably pictured, my mixing attempts were a workout in itself. First, I couldn’t get the giant clumps mixed ups so I had to start mashing my own cup. Many small waves of water cascaded over my kitchen as I was smashing a cup like a crazy person. After my efforts, I finally had a mixed up drink that probably never should have even been made. I was able to complete my workout with a bit more energy but it didn’t come close to that supplement in its prime.

Tastes Different
This is probably one of the easier signs to recognize, as it will only take one time. Supplements tastes vastly different and taste itself is subjective but we all know the difference between good and really bad. I remember having an energy supplement that was green apple that I loved. Apparently, I didn’t love it that much because I found a container of it in the back of my supplement closet. I was so excited to get some energy from this delicious green apple product that I didn’t see it has expired. When I took my first drink, all I could taste was water mixed with pepper. I’m not sure if there was actual pepper in that pre workout but it was not the green apple taste I had wanted!

Stops Being Effective
This is something you will have to assess with capsules, more than powders. If a supplement has stopped doing what it is supposed to, it could mean that it has expired. Sometimes, it can be impossible to find an accurate expiration date on your container, I’ve been there. I find that, if I can’t remember if a supplement is expired that means I won’t take it. With capsules, it is tougher to know if something has truly expired. If you try your old standby supplement and find it isn’t the amazing experience it once was, the potency of that supplement may not be there anymore.

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Amazon Elements Coming to a Home Near You

Considering that there are so many companies getting into the world of nutritional supplements, it seems like hardly anything surprises me anymore. However, seeing that such a giant brand like Amazon creating supplements has made me very happy. First, I like being able to have more information about the supplement that I am trying with the handy QR code scanning capabilities of the Elements line. In an unprecedented move, Amazon actually encourages the customer to find out more about where the supplement they ordered came form. Early reports suggest that this code will actually give you a printout regarding the ingredients in the product you bought so that you can know more about how your product was made.

Currently, you aren’t going to find the widest range of products in the world but give it time. The Elements line is still newer and I am sure that it will feature a ton of cool products to it very shortly. As of right now, there are currently four different vitamin products in the Element line, including: Turmeric Root, Calcium Complex, and Vitamins K and D.

If you visit the product listing page for any of the products in the Element line, you will be treated to more detailed information that is very scientific. For someone like me, whose life revolves around trying new supplements, Amazon’s desire to be transparent truly shows. We are seeing that the Element product line doesn’t want to leave anything from the customer, a decision that I’m sure will pay off in a big way. Right now, there are only four vitamins in this product line but I think that we will see more Elements supplements get added as time goes on.

Of course, these supplements are still in the early stages but the reviews seem to be largely positive. Since Amazon is a platformbalanced where customers can leave reviews of what they have tried, we should all be seeing a clear picture of how the world feels Amazon has done in the supplement world. However, if the early reviews are any indication of overall satisfaction, it looks like this mega brand has got another winner on their hands. I think that the labels for the Elements line look really great. The black label with white text really makes these products look professional, like they could compete with other brands right away.

Another important concern for anyone is going to be cost of these supplements. One school of thought could be that Amazon would want to have their prices low, since they are new supplement makers on the block. Another argument could be made that we could see higher prices, considering the quality of the manufacturer. However, I’m happy to say that the Amazon Elements supplements are really well-priced.

Overall, I am so excited to see the Amazon Elements line finally being released. I had heard that this company was going to create their own line of products, I just wasn’t sure when that would be. Now, it looks like some of these products are only available to get by invitation but I am sure that we will see that change very soon. I eagerly await the expansion of Amazon Elements to possibly include a protein powder or preworkout product. I suppose that we will have to wait and see when new innovations come our way.

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When You Eat is Nearly Important as What You Eat

If you’ve been worrying yourself sick over how many calories are in every food item you come across, I’ve got some good news for you. As it turns out, studies are showing that when you eat could be more important than what you’re eating. I remember working an odd job that presented long hours and not many opportunities for lunch. In hindsight, it was probably against employer rules to treat us how they did, but that’s besides the point. What this job left me with was an enormous appetite when I got off work. I started getting used to waking up at 8am, getting a small breakfast and working until 7:30pm, with no meals in between. Needless to say, I would be in such a hunger-induced frenzy that I would find the first drive-thru I could. This way of eating wasn’t just harmful to my body, it nearly drove me insane.

When I started that job, I probably weighed around 190lbs and by the time I left I was close to 220lbs and it wasn’t muscle I was gaining. What was happening was that, by having a large meal once per day, my body couldn’t naturally burn off the excess calories. We often think that, by eating less meals, we are doing ourselves a favor, which couldn’t be more from the truth. If you starve yourself throughout the day, the worst part is that this can become a hard to habit to break. It took me about three weeks, after leaving the previously mentioned job, to learn how to eat properly again. I know that may sound a bit over-dramatic but if you were in my shoes, you would realize how hard of a battle it was.

Now, I’m not saying that if you eat multiple times throughout the day, you can eat whatever you want, that’s not the case. However, if you eat smaller meals more frequently, you have a bit more wiggle room than someone who gorges themselves, all at once. When you eat smaller meals throughout the day, you are giving your body energy and most of it will have burned off. It’s almost as if the concern over what food we eat causes some to just throw their hands up and eat less. It’s easy to get burnt out on tracking your foods, it feels like someone is taking away your freedom. I’ve never been one to follow every rule and a diet is no exception. For most who are having difficulties with eating healthy, it’s likely that they haven’t found the right foods. I remember only knowing the fruits and vegetables that were forced upon me, when I was younger, so that I could get to the dessert already! Growing up, you have a lot more freedom and that certainly can play a big part in selecting new food. I know it may sound weird but the next time you go to the supermarket, have some fun! Try and pick out a new vegetable each time you visit the store, think of it as a treasure hunt for your new diet staple. At times, we must grow up from the old preconceived notions that we have about eating healthy. You don’t want to give up eating, instead of that choose healthier foods you like, have fun with it!

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VR Technology Mixing with Cardio

The great part about birthday parties was always going to the arcade, as far as my friends were concerned. Living in a rural area, we had two or three arcades that we would frequent, until they started closing down. I love being able to play video games at home, with one of my consoles, but I hate what has happened to the state of the arcade, currently. I mean, if you can find an arcade in America that is still existing, take a look inside. If you can walk into the arcade that you’ve found and not see a bunch of empty space or more than 5 machines, consider yourself lucky. I had often wished that some company would do what they could to repair the decaying state of the arcade in America and I may have gotten my wish answered, if the VirZOOM has anything to say about the matter. We’ve heard about how virtual technology is adding new elements of realness, immersing us in virtual worlds with no outside interference.

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I remember seeing the old E3 footage, when it was promised that virtual reality technology was going to foster in some amazing changes to how we live. Now, one of those changes is actually coming to the way that we exercise, truly making working out more fun. I know that nearly every new form of exercise is always touted as being fun but we are talking about video games here, I don’t think there is much that can compete with that, in terms of actual fun. The VirZOOM technology is taking what you would see from something like an Oculus Rift and mixing it with a stationary exercise bicycle. Currently, there are three different games that you can play, each one adding a new level of fun to biking in one spot. What I also like is that the headgear that you wear, while using the VirZOOM, isn’t clunky, it’s just a cool looking pair of glasses. The first game that I saw was somewhat traditional, having you race your bicycle in a virtual environment, against any other racer sitting next to you. The idea of biking along a virtual path might not excite those who have used the virtual world technology before but you likely haven’t tried it with the full immersion experience.

For the second game, this is where things went to a true game world, free from the realities of life, where you were on a giant horse, flying through the air to collect little orbs. I don’t know how they do it but, while playing the horse VirZOOM experience, I really felt like I was flying in the air! Unfortunately, I did not have time to play the third game, as I was only allowed a brief amount of time to test out the machine, the line was starting to really get backed up behind me. From what I saw, there were tons of people trying to test out the VirZOOM, making me feel like it is a great sign of things to come for how we exercise in this new era. Although they are only in a handful of states, expect to see these awesome virtual reality bicycles coming to a gym near you, in the future. I can’t wait until the day where there are actual tournaments that occur with the VirZOOM, now that would be an awesome competition to watch.

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The Many Benefits of Taking Folic Acid

Often looked past as an ingredient that most of us don’t think twice about, folic acid is vital for others. What can this special type of acid do for you and why is it so important for us to have? I plan on answering all of your questions and, hopefully, teaching you a thing or two that you might not have known about this ingredient! Looking closer to find the answers, we need look no further than our blood. A subject known to make me squeamish at times, having our blood in a good condition is crucial for staying on the good side of your health. One type of people that will benefit greatly from having folic acid in their system would be those who suffer from anemia, a disease that can cause all sorts of problems. You don’t have to be dealing with a disease to get the relief that you need from folic acid, as a matter of fact, you could use this to prevent further medical issues from developing, like cancer. The subtleties of cancer are those that have not yet been fully found by science, although we seem to be getting very close. Until the day that we can knock out this horrible disease, folic acid is a safe way to help reduce the chances of cancer forming.

It is always a good thing to check with your doctor, if never using folic acid in the past, as this will give you an educated opinion about this matter. Sometimes, there are side effects that can experienced with folic acid side effects, some of the most common include: changes in mood, dizziness, and lack of eating. Should you notice that the side effects are too much for you too handle, look into an alternative to folic acid, which is something that can be easier on you. Many hear the word acid and assume that the folic kind is going to be dangerous, which isn’t true, so long as you are not susceptible to side effects. If it makes you feel better, you can always say that folic acid is a B vitamin. Another awesome perk of using folic acid is that by using capsules, it will absorb faster than if you were to get this ingredient strictly from food.

With so much of the benefits having to do with blood, we can’t stop there with how well folic acid helps your body. Folic acid is known to help boost your cognitive properties, as it has been shown as a great supplement for increasing brain activity. We have all been in those meetings where we are asked a questions and we blank out. As I get older, I sadly find that those gray moments where I can’t recall show up more now, than they did in the last ten years. As we often dread when Spring rolls around, it becomes time to start doing some cleaning. Think of using folic acid regularly as that same kind of cleaning but this time it is for your organs. I don’t know how you feel, but I would much rather be worried about making sure my internal system is clean before I go worrying about some towels on the floor. I love using folic acid, it tends to help me become more leveled out. Life can get to all of us, if you find that you are having some symptoms that are mental, physical, or both, you could be in desperate need of folic acid.

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Gaining More with Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine

After the rushing of the holidays has now ended, I was looking forward to unboxing a gift that I had received. By doing this, I get to finally play around with a machine and I can see how well it would be suited for those looking to gain weight. Made by Cuisinart, one of the major houseware companies out there, they are going to deliver quality. After opening the product, there really isn’t that much to it, as far as assembly goes. The one thing that I recommend you follow, if you do decide to pick up one of the machines is to freeze the bucket right away. I had rushed to the supermarket earlier in the week, thinking that I could end up having frozen yogurt about twenty five minutes after getting home, I had missed a very important part of the directions. Freezing the bucket is crucial for having your Cuisinart machine working the way that you need it do. The purpose of me getting this ice cream and frozen yogurt maker was to gain some more weight and I find sweets to be easier to consume.

Pump your brakes when initially setting up this machine, as waiting 24 hours is super important. However, once the bucket is frozen (slosh it around to make sure the liquid is frozen) and it is smooth sailing from there. Not just content with the recipes within the book, I wanted to try my best to add some extra protein power to the already outstanding recipes. The first thing that came to my mind was to chop up some nuts in the mix, which works well for extra fats and protein. Not just for helping with muscle development, having mixed nuts with a frozen treat is a way to add some extra crunch and flavor. Another thought that I had, came from how I used to prepare some pancakes, cooking them with protein powder. I had put about half a scoop of protein powder into the frozen yogurt mixture, both of which were vanilla flavored.

I suppose that I could have went with a full size scoop of powder but I didn’t want the sweet dessert to be over powered by that protein taste. If you live in close quarters to others, the machine could have your roommates shutting their doors but the noise isn’t really that bad. What else I enjoyed about using this ice cream machine for gaining more weight is that it makes two quarts at a time, quite a lot when you prepare it for the freezer. The first time that you realize you’ll need to wait an extra day for ice cream or frozen yogurt, it can be sad but provided that you always leave the bucket in the freezer, you can rest assured that treats are always close by. In the recipe book that came with this machine, there are a ton of various recipes that you can try, ranging from simple to slightly lengthier processes. Overall, I have been amazed with how easy it is to make quality homemade frozen treats that are loaded with protein. In that recipe book, it will lay out the details of carbs/calories/fats and much else for each meal that you can make, for anyone out there who is all about tracking each individual snack.

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