My previous post had to do with how important digestive enzymes are in building muscle mass and how you need to take supplements because the body doesn’t produce enough to break down the high-protein diet of a bodybuilder. I recently saw this new protein by BPI Sports called “Super-Pro” and what makes this protein different is that in the powder it has 25 digestive enzymes. So if you don’t want to take pills taking this protein is a great way to get  protein as well as getting the essential digestive enzymes  your body needs.

Below is a good website where I get my supplements from Mass Nutrition:

http://www.massnutrition.com/products.cfm?cur_man=BPISPORTS&item=BP011

Aren’t you tired of paying for proteins that don’t get absorbed or assimilated by your body? Not anymore! Finally, a protein that will give you the lean muscle results you are looking for in every nutrient rich serving! Inside each delicious, mouthwatering serving of SUPER PRO™ is the most complete digestive aid ever included in a protein supplement.

Our Ultra Concentrated Enzyme blend combines 25 unique enzymes that allow for maximum stomach comfort while also insuring the highest bio-availability of nutrients for your body. This unique combination optimizes the breakdown of protein segments for the fastest absorption possible! This means higher amino acid concentrations, greater strength, leaner muscle and ultra comfort!

SUPER PRO™ Product Highlights:

  • SUPER PRO™ Bio-Available Multi-Blend Protein Matrix
  • The Ultimate 3 POUND SIZE
  • The Ultra Concentrated 25 Digestive Enzyme Matrix
  • Superior Digestive Comfort!
  • BCAA’s and other Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids
  • Aspartame Free
  • Healthy Fats, EFA’s and a Good Source of Fiber

About BPI Sports

From the very beginning, we have painstakingly set out to create a line of sports nutrition supplements that separates BPI from every other nutritional line. Our goal from the beginning and our ongoing commitment is to bring you products that not only make a difference in your body but also your life! We’ve done so by providing you with high quality formulas and ingredients that without argument are head and shoulders above everyone else. BPI has carved out a strong, clean and growing reputation as the BEST of the BEST and you can count on getting the best when you buy any BPI product.

When opening and reading a muscle magazine you hear them talk a lot about supplementation, but you rarely hear about digestive enzymes and the important role it lays in building muscle. There are 3 important enzymes that aid in the break down of the food we eat: amylase, protease and lipase each of these enzymes have its own role on helping the body during bodybuilding. Cellulose is one of the most important ones because it breaks down fiber, no other enzyme is capable of this. One thing to note also is that it is not produced but the body naturally so supplementation is required.

As bodybuilders, our protein intake is very high compared to the average person. The foods that we eat such as beef, steak, chicken and fish are high in protein and very difficult to break down and unless you take supplementation your body won’t get the nutrients from the food you eat. Since enzymes aren’t found in the body at high rates, at least high enough to break down a high-protein diet, it is essential that to take enzymes to have the most nutrients absorbed and to build muscle. I recommend, instead of looking for individual enzymes to take a supplement that has many digestive enzymes in one.  A good one is super enzyme caps by Twin Lab pictured below:

http://www.massnutrition.com/products.cfm?cur_man=TWINLAB&item=TL268

Super Enzyme Caps

A complete, well balanced and high potency digestive enzyme formula offering the greatest possible digestive activity available in one dose.

Supplement Facts:

Serving Size: 2 Capsules – Servings Per Container: 100

Pancreatin 4x (quadruple strength) (equivalent to 2000 mg of pancreatin USP) 500 mg
Supplying: Amylase 50000 USP units Protease (trypsin & chymotrypsin) 50000 USP units Lipase 8500 USP units
Betaine HCI (betaine hydrochloride) 324 mg (5 grains)
Pepsin NF (1:10000) 130 mg (2 grains)
Bromelain (pineapple) 250 mg
Papain (papaya) 250 mg

Directions: As a digestive supplement for adults, take one or two capsules after each meal. Do not take on empty stomach.

Twinlab Super Enzyme Caps : Digestive Enzymes

 

Before I began training I hurt my back at work. To be honest I didn’t put any attention to my back. I had back problems where my lower back would always bother me. But ever since I’ve been training with Sam my back pain has disappeared, miracle? I think not, it’s because I now put proper attention to my lower back and train it at least once a weak. I also do a lot of squats on the smith machine and that has done wonders for my lower back. Now my lower back is strong and I don’t have to worry about getting injured again. Most people don’t pay any attention to the lower back until they get injured like what happened to me. Here is a great article about having the proper position when performing a squat. Something that apparently only guys have a problem with. Enjoy =)

article Source: http://www.t-nation.com/readArticle.do?id=4321850

“Many trainees don’t pay much attention to their lower back, except for when they happen to injure it deadlifting or moving a sofa on the weekend and they’re forced to shuffle in Monday morning like the office Quasimodo.”

“But according to Coach Rip, your efficiency in every major lift is determined by the development of your lower back musculature – and the degree of control you have over it.”

“Your lower back may be doing absolutely nothing that you tell it to do, but learning how to control the muscles that set the curve of your lumbar spine could be the most important thing you learn this year.”

“I can’t think of a more important piece of your body to have under control, as more than any other piece of the support structure, the lower back muscles directly determine your lifting efficiency.”

“We teach a lot of people to do the basic barbell exercises in our weekend seminars. We’ve spent the last four years showing thousands of people from every demographic how to squat, bench press, deadlift, overhead press, and power clean. All of these movements demand the use of an extended – or “arched” lower back – for efficiency of force transfer and production, along with safety.”

“That’s right, I said safety. I’ll admit to being guilty of having said, “Safety is for pussies,” which some have taken as simple barbell-bravado. On the contrary, this is my particular way of saying that safety is a byproduct of efficiency, which you’re expected to use anyway.”

The Power Transmission

“This arched low-back position is key to the effective use of the spine as the transmission of power produced in the hips and legs and applied at the shoulders, upper back, and hands, but in every group we teach, there are always at least a couple of people that can’t either produce or maintain a lumbar extension.”

“In other words, when I ask them to “arch your lower back,” or do an “anterior pelvic tilt,” or to “stick out your butt,” or to “make your tailbone touch your mid-back,” or any number of other artful commands designed to stimulate the attendee to produce the desired low-back position, a number of people just can’t do it.”

The Ladies Get it

“Interestingly, all the women can do it perfectly. I don’t even ask to see them demonstrate this position – not because I’m leery of an inappropriate-behavior accusation (although this has happened, funny story, I’ll tell you sometime). I don’t ask because I’ve never met a female who couldn’t immediately, and with pride, produce a voluntary lumbar extension.”

“It’s a normal posture for any woman not swaddled in a burqa, a display position learned when they’re young. The biggest problem with many women is an exaggeration of the arch into overextension, which is probably a worse position than flexion under load.”

“So I just save time and only check the guys. Many tall, skinny kids (maybe most of them) can’t even bend over without rounding the low back into complete flexion, as if reluctant to bend the knees but quite happy to round the spine.”

“Many of these kids grow up to be relatively normal-looking adult males without ever learning to use the low back correctly. There are always a couple that have no idea of this position, and once they’re shown how to do it, will tell me that this is the first time they’ve ever voluntarily assumed this position.”

“It’s been well documented why the low back needs to be in the normal lordotic – the extended, or “arched” – position to bear a load. The thing you need to know is why so many people aren’t able to voluntarily assume this position and whether you might be one of them.”

“It’s also, of course, important to know how to fix it if you are.

No Low Back Awareness

The reason that many lifters can’t arch their low back and hold it there in a squat or deadlift is because they actually don’t know what position their back is in. Their kinesthetic sense for the position of their spine is undeveloped, and they may think it’s arched when it’s really in flexion.”

“An awareness of back position is necessary for the control of that position. Until you can identify lumbar extension – what it feels like to have your lower back in a position where the erector muscles are in contraction – you won’t be able to assume this position when you want to, or when you have to, like in a squat or at the start of a deadlift.”

“What is more important for lifting heavy weights is that unless you can produce a voluntary concentric contraction of the lumbar muscles to set your lumbar spine into hard extension, you won’t be able to reliably control those muscles isometrically under a load.”

“If you can’t arch your back when you want to while standing up without any weight on your back, how in the hell will you be able to control it when controlling it gets hard?”

The Typical Scenario

“Here’s what typically happens: After I identify the guys who have a “quiet” lower back, I’ll stand beside the worst one and place my thumb and fingers on the muscle bellies of his erectors at the level of about T8, and then trace the muscles down to the sacrum. This tactile cue is sometimes sufficient to trigger a contraction of the lower back muscles.”

“I’ll say, “Arch this part of your back,” then watch carefully to see what he moves. Most guys that don’t get it right will lift the chest instead of arching the low back, or lean forward by slightly flexing the hips without changing the position of the spinal components.”

“Take note, the problem isn’t that the muscles won’t contract – it’s that the lifter’s never tried to make them contract before now, and he doesn’t know how.”

“There’s no connection between his brain and his neuromuscular system that involves these muscles. It’s like asking me to play Amaj7 on my guitar (I never learned that chord); I’d have to think very hard about where to place my fingers, watch them with my eyes, and practice doing it several hundred times before a “motor pathway” was established that allowed me to play the chord in a useful, non-nauseating way.”

“Fortunately, the motor pathway to the lower back is much easier to establish because the motor units involved aren’t as small – it doesn’t take fine motor control to arch your lower back, so there are fewer nervous components involved in the movement.”

“It can be taught quickly, provided you can figure out how to get the guy to do it right just a few times so he can feel what he’s supposed to do.”

Tricks of the Trade

“When this doesn’t work, I’ve got several tricks I use to produce the position. The cues continue. “Lift your sacrum (I then touch it) up here to your mid-back (I touch his spine at T8). Make these two spots come together.”

“I could also turn around and have him lay the palm of his hand flat across my low back and produce the contraction as an example of what I want him to do. This works surprisingly well; some people can learn from watching the lower back of another lifter go into contraction and then copying the motion. Feeling it with the hand reinforces what their eyes see.”

“For those wordy, non-visual types, I might also explain the concept of the pelvic tilt. The pelvis is hooked up pretty thoroughly to your low back, and if you tilt the top of your pelvis forward, the bottom tilts backwards and the low back goes into extension. With a combination of demonstration and manual assistance I can produce the anterior pelvic tilt that arches the low back. A helpful cue for males is, “I want you to drop your dick down between your knees.”

“Grandiosity being common, this usually works better than any other cue.

Plan B

If all these things fail, Plan B goes hot. I lay the guy down on the floor on his belly with his hands behind the head. I have him relax his chest into the floor and then I say, “Lift your chest and elbows up off the floor.” This produces an extension in the thoracic area of the back, well above where I want it. I have him do this a couple of times, and then explain that this is lifting the chest.”

“Next I say, “Lift your knees and feet clear of the floor. Keep your knees straight.” I have him hold this contraction for a few seconds, and then I touch the lumbar muscles, which are now in contraction.”

“Do you feel the difference between this and raising your chest up?” He can now feel my hand on the muscles, like before when he was standing, unable to make them contract, but now they’re tight – he has produced a voluntary contraction in the muscles that before were unresponsive to the command.”

“I let him relax a second, and then he does a set of 10 reps, holding each arch for a couple of seconds. At the end of 10 reps the previously lazy muscle bellies have accumulated some lactate, and the burn is an identifiable product of the contraction.”

“Then I stand the guy up and tell him to make the same motion he did on the floor. The muscles are still burning, and he remembers exactly what action made this happen. A combination of these cues and this position on the floor works every time.”

Back to the Point

Why is this the most important thing you will ever learn about lifting weights?

Christmas Tree Back

“A lifter who can’t control his lumbar spine isn’t as good a lifter as he can be. The rigidity of the spine is so important a component of the force-transfer mechanism between the floor and the bar that your pulling and squatting efficiency is severely compromised until you learn this.”

“Many people get away without knowing about this control deficiency for years because their abs and related muscles are strong enough to compensate for this missing component. This is why some guys just lean forward into hip flexion when I try to cue the low back – ab contraction has been the default mechanism for spinal stability because that’s all that was available.”

“It also explains how I’ve been able to discover experienced lifters that lacked the ability to concentrically control the lumbar muscles. These guys immediately improved their pulling and squatting upon being shown how to produce the contraction. And when I say immediately, I mean the next set.”

“Olympic lifters with this hole in their preparation will exhibit bar path problems that don’t respond to the usual cues. If a slightly different amount of pull gets transferred to the bar on every rep, a slightly different bar path will result, due to the difference in force transferred to the load.”

“If you’re coaching a lifter, don’t forget to check the low back for tightness since it has such a bearing on performance. And, just for the hell of it, ask your lifter to demonstrate his low back arch for you. You may be surprised.”

“So now that you’re through reading this amazing article, stand up and see if you’re one of the guys whose lifting can immediately benefit from learning how to control your low back muscles.

If you are, you’re welcome.”

Posted: February 23, 2011 in Bodybuilding

The King of Proteins

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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NitroPro by Muscleology is by far the best tasting protein I’ve tried and has worked to sculpt my body. Because my diet is so strict, I need a protein that doesn’t have that many calories, low fat content and with the most grams of protein per scoop. NitroPro is all of this and more. My diet now consists of five solid meals with an equal balance of protein and carbohydrates and 3 protein shakes. My diet has to be really low in sodium so the fact that this has only 10mg per scoop is a god-send! I recommend this protein for all the competitors out there to pack on muscle while on a sodium restricted diet. http://www.massnutrition.com/index.cfm

Nitro-Pro is a sensational new 100% whey isolate protein powder, available in both vanilla and chocolate flavor. This unique formulation combines 30 grams of protein, sweeten with stevia and low sodium (10m) along with superb taste in each serving (1 scoop).

Whey isolate is one of the purest proteins available and contains the essential amino acids required to build healthy muscles and tissues. Nitro Pro contains L-arginine, which according to recent research increases blood circulation, muscle mass, reduces the healing time of injuries and improves the body’s immune system.

Although there are many protein powders on the market today, the ingredients of Nitro-Pro provides you with all the essential ingredients to build muscle.

Nitro-Pro Benefits:

Optimizes muscle nitrogen retention levels
Fast absorption
30 grams of the strongest protein
Easy to mix

Increase BCAA Absorption by 250%.
Increase Amino Acid Plasma Levels by 110%.
Increase Nitrogen Retention by 32%.


Supplement Facts: Serving Size: 1 Scoop (70 cc) – Servings Per Container: 25

Total Calories139
Calories From Fat 4.5
Total Fat .5g
Saturated Fat .5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 6mg
Sodium10mg
Potassium 40mg
Total Carbohydrates 4g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 30g

Nitropro-BX7 (Nitrogen Retention Accelerators):
L-Glutamine
Glutamine Peptides
L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine
Glycyl-L-Gluamine
L-Cysteine
L-Glutamine
L-Tyrosine
Prorzyme BP3

Nitrogrowth x14 (microsorb Amino Acid Matrix):
Prozyme BP3
L-Isoleucine
L-Leucine
L-Lysine
L-Glutamic Acid
L-Glycine
L-Histidine
L-Methionine
L-Phenylalanine
L-Proline
L-Serine
L-Threonine
L-Tryptophan
L-Valine

AHA (Anabolic Hormone Activators):
L-Arginine
L-Alanine
(2S)-2-Aminopentanedioic Acid
(2S)-2-Aminobutanedioc Acid

Ingredients: NITRO-PRO™ Proprietary Matrix (100% Patented Cold Filtered Whey Isolate, Ion Exchanged Whey, Natural Plant Enzyme, Nitropro-BX7, Nitrogrowth X14, AHA, Prozyme BP3: (Bromelain, Papain, Protease, Peptizyme), Natural Flavors, Natural Sweeteners, (Cocoa Flavoring), Stevia.

Allergens: This Product May Contain Very Small Amounts Of Milk.


Directions: Mix 1 to 3 scoops with 8-16oz of milk or water for desired thickness. Drink 1-6 servings per day as needed for your protein requirements. Take Nitro-Pro before or after training, for breakfast, before bed or between meals.

Recently I sat down and watched the movie classic, “Pumping Iron” featuring a 28 year old bodybuilder by the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger at the peak of his career training to compete in his last Mr. Olympia competition in Pretoria,  South Africa.  I had never seen this movie before but one of the things that struck me about Arnold is his supreme confidence. He had won the Mr. Olympia title 6 times in a row so I guess he had the right to be kind of cocky.

The movie featured young bodybuilders Lou Ferringo and Franco Columbu battling to take the title from Arnold.  But they are portrayed as cubs trying to take the food from the “Lion” (Arnold). In one quote Arnold says, “Franco is pretty smart, but Franco’s a child, and when it comes to the day of the contest, I am his father. He comes to me for advices. So it’s not that hard for me to give him the wrong advices.” But the one thing that made Arnold stand out as the number one body builder is his supreme dedication to his training. He ate, lived and breathed it. When he was prepping for a competition he wouldn’t let anything stand in his way. So much so that he mentioned in the movie that he received a phone call from his mom saying that his father had passed away. Being that he was a few weeks out from a competition he said that he couldn’t make it to the funeral. That is dedication. The intensity of his training also caught my eye. He gave it his all even till the last few reps and he has a quote about this:

“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.”

This is what makes Champions, its at the gym during you training when you are performing those last few reps where you feel like you cannot do one more rep when you feel that muscle burning cramping when  you say fuck it I’m gonna finish it that’s what makes a Champion. That is the difference between coming in 1st place or 2nd place. Ive never trained this hard in my whole for anything but Arnold is my inspiration. Whenever I feel like I can I think of that quote. Like my trainer says, “It’s how bad you want it”.

I found out I screwed up my wrist moving boxes @ work, feels better hopefully it’s good by Mon…I start my cutting diet on Monday

Posted: February 19, 2011 in Bodybuilding

I am trying out a new pre-workout supplement recommended by my trainer, “HEMO-Rage” by Nutrex. My first experience with it I have to say was pretty intense. I got a really nice pump and it helped me push hard through my sets. Like most of these energy boosting pre-workout drinks, the effectiveness wears off over time. Let’s see how long this one lasts…

“Your full-spectrum beyond extreme UNDERGROUND pre-workout formula. With 56 different ingredients for comprehensive activation of all physical pre- workout mechanisms. Induces raging energy, expands blood volume, increases strength, hyper-activates pump effect, detonates fat and provides serious muscle-building compounds all in one. Contains 45 regular servings or 22 beyond extreme underground servings.”

Supplement Facts:

Serving Size: 1 Scoop (20g) – Servings Per Container: Approx 45

Amount Per Serving:

Calories 42 Total Carbohydrates 10.5g 4% Sugars 3g Magnesium 17mg 4% Potassium 60mg 2% Phosphorus 50mg 5% Sodium 150mg 6% Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) 6mcg 100%

HEMO-RAGE BLACK PROPRIETARY BLEND 20,000mg

ANABOLIC ENERGY
Beta-Phenylethylamine HCL, 1-Methyl Caffeine, R-Beta-Methylphenylethylamine HCL, N-Methyl-Beta-Phenylethylamine HCL, 1,3-N-Dipropyl-7-Propargylxanthine, & Methylphenylethylamine.

CELL VOLUME/MUSCLE BUILDING COMPLEX
Dextrose Polymer Blend,Dextrose Monohydrate, Research Grade L-Glutamine, Waxy Maize Starch, D-Mannitol, Cluster Dextrin L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, Creatinol-O-Phosphate, Creatine Ethyl Ester Dichloride Guanidinopropionic Acid (GPA), Creatine Gluconate, & Creatine-Glycerol-Ester.

FAT DETONATOR
Caffeine Anhydrous, 1,3 Dimethylamylamine HCL , Yohimbine HCL, & Theobromine Anhydrous

CELL VOLUME/MUSCLE BUILDING COMPLEX
Dextrose Polymer Blend,Dextrose Monohydrate, Research Grade L-Glutamine, Waxy Maize Starch, D-Mannitol, Cluster Dextrin L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, Creatinol-O-Phosphate, Creatine Ethyl Ester Dichloride Guanidinopropionic Acid (GPA), Creatine Gluconate, & Creatine-Glycerol-Ester.

FAT DETONATOR
Caffeine Anhydrous, 1,3 Dimethylamylamine HCL , Yohimbine HCL, & Theobromine Anhydrous

POWERPLEX [Strength Signal Complex]
Sodium Bicarbonate, Betaine HCL, TMG (Trimethylglycine), Powergrape (Vitis Vinifera L.), Micronized Beta Alanine,Glycocyamine & Coenzyme Q10

HEAT SHOCK PRO
Creatine Monohydrate, Prickly Pear Extract, & L-Arginine Ethyl Ester Dichloride

BLOOD BOIL [Nitric Oxide Complex]
Glycerol Monostearate, L-Arginine AKG (2:1), 2-(Nitrooxy) Ethyl 2-Amino-3Methylbutanoate, Glycocarn (Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine), L-Citrulline AKG, Rutacarpine, & L-Norvaline

EPO UNDERGROUND [Blood Doping Matrix]
Blood Building Vitamin & Minerals Albumin (From Egg Whites), Nickel, Echinacea, Portulaca Oleracea, Cobalt, Arachidonic Acid & Nattokinase

PSYCHO [Neuro Complex]
Micronized Taurine, L-Tyrosine, Choline Bitartrate, Ginkgo Biloba, Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)(Leaf) [Standardized 20% Bacosides] Vinpocetine, & Huperzine A

Other Ingredients: Natural & Artificial Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Magnesium Phosphate, Monobasic Potassium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Acesulfame-K, Sucralose, FD&C Blue.


Directions:
NORMAL DOSING: HEMO-RAGE one of the strongest pre-workout supplements ever formulated so all label guidelines must be followed. To assess your tolerance, begin by mixing just ONE serving (1 scoop) into 6 to 8 oz. of cold water before hitting the dungeon. If you can tolerate the potency, move to the UNDERGROUND Dosing protocol below. DO NOT TAKE MORE THAN 2 SERVINGS EVERY 24 HOURS. Do not consume within 6 hours of sleep.

UNDERGROUND DOSING: Due to the concentration of underground stimulants and anabolic agents, NEVER exceed this dosage under any circumstances. Begin your trip to the UNDERGROUND by mixing TWO servings (2 scoops) into 12 to 16 oz. of cold water. Take 2 servings before doing battle. DO NOT TAKE MORE THAN 2 SERVINGS EVERY 24 HOURS. Do not consume within 6 hours of sleep.

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Supplements
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