SuperPump 250 With DMAA by Gaspari Nutrition

Ever since Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals acquired co-ownership of Gaspari Nutrition, they have been re-launching a slew of old products that were very popular a few years back, one of them being SuperPump 250 with DMAA.  Though the formula has changed a bit, it has been selling quite well so we decided to crack one open to see what the fuss was about.

To start off SuperPump 250 contains DMAA or 1,3 Demthylamylamine HCl which is a central nervous system stimulant that provides great focus and energy without the jitters. Combining this with Caffeine makes for a great pre-workout in itself.  It isn’t overly stimmy like other pre-workouts that are on the market and it packs enough punch for a great training session.gaspari-nutrition-super-pump-250-supplement-central

In addition SuperPump contains two main pump ingredients, L-Citrulline Silicate and Agmatine Silicate with Red Wine Extract thrown in there too. The pump you get from this product is ridiculous and long lasting.  That’s one thing that’s very hard to find, most nitric oxide boosting supplements only give you a pump that lasts maybe 20 minutes after your workout.  The pump you get from this product lasts hours after your workout which is amazing!

To give even more mental concentration Bacopa is added along with L-Taurine.  These ingredients help improve your ability to focus and reduce anxiety.  Taking this supplements with caffeine reduces the feeling of nervousness which could be detrimental to an intense training session.

Gaspari also didn’t skimp with the creatine.  Typically most pre’s have only creatine monohydrate added which isn’t bad, but its the cheapest form of creatine that’s available. SuperPump 250 contains 1.5 grams of Creatine Hydrochloride otherwise know as Creatine HCl.  Not only is this an effective dose of creatine, this is one of the most expensive creatines on the market and one of the most effective.  The water retention is minimal as only the internal muscle tissue holds the excess water and nothing is held on the outside of the cell.  This prevents that puffy look creatine monohydrate typically gives you.

Now adding all these effective ingredients gives you one hell of a pre-workout so how is the taste? Well it’s not the greatest honestly and it’s a bit chalky.  Most of these compounds taste awful by themselves and to completely mask that would be just about impossible.  But, who takes a pre-workout for taste?  If you are looking for incredible focus and long lasting pumps give this a shot you won’t be disappointed!

 

Fat Loss Tips for the Ultimate Beach Body

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As summer is fast approaching it is important to find and cultivate sustainable ways to keep fat off and remain as healthy as you can. Staying in shape may be a challenge especially with a hectic lifestyle. Also many are confused and tricked into believing myths such as ‘crunches get you a lean stomach’ or spot fat burning. That’s why we offer some reliable tips on how to stay lean and fit especially in the summer!

Increase Your Protein Intake

Many people, especially women can be skeptical about this one because of a common misconception that protein makes you fat or you should only eat a lot of it when you work out. There’s nothing more misinformed! Protein is the most filling of macronutrients and it speeds up your metabolism. It will also protect your muscle for the optimal fat burning effect. Aim for at least a gram per pound of bodyweight.

Stay Hydrated

Most of our bodies is actually made up of water. It is absolutely essential for the functioning of all systems in our bodies including the digestive system and metabolism. 3 litres per day is a goal you should keep in mind. Drinking will flush and cleanse your body and keep you full so you can avoid food cravings.

Your Diet Should Be 90% Whole Foods

This tip, as opposed to many complex diets and restrictions thrown at us daily is simple. Stick to whole, natural and unprocessed foods most of the time. They have all you need to stay healthy and lean, including vitamins, minerals and fiber. Fill your menu with veggies, fruit, whole grains and lean meat, poultry and fish.

Bring Intensity Up To A New Level

To get leaner keep your workouts intense and avoid long breaks between sets. Continuously look for new stimuli for your body so it gets tired every time. You can take it up a notch from your usual 8-12 rep range to exhaust your muscles and keep your heart rate up for maximum fat loss.

Use Cardio Wisely

Don’t be one of the people who spend their lives on the treadmill with little or no result. Be smart – do good cardio (with the right heart rate for fat loss) or high intensity intervals a few times a week. Variety and consistency will bring more effect than doing it all the time – for hours every day.

 

Take Rest Seriously

Your body works and develops when you rest. Sleep maximizes that potential as during sleep you produce more growth hormone which helps your body heal, regenerate and develop. To see best results commit to 8 hours of sleep every night. When you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body can go into a stressed state, which can lead to elevated cortisol levels and other hormonal imbalances. Try to make your bedroom a stress free environment and avoid watching TV directly before bed. Take a relaxing bath or drink some herbal tea to help you unwind.

 

 

The Benefits of Foam Rolling

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What is foam rolling and why is it so popular in the fitness world lately? You may think rollers are just another gimmick or a useless gadget but actually they have many health benefits if used properly.

The Concept

Foam rollers are effective tools for physique-building, recovery and injury prevention. The mechanism behind the health benefits is called self-myofacial release, or SMR. SMR is an alternative medicine method which treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in the muscles. It is actually nothing new since therapists have been using this technique for years. To achieve the release, a therapist applies a low load, long duration dragging force across layers of soft-tissue in the body. After a period of time, the tissue becomes more mobile. Using a roller to perform this is a great alternative to a therapist.

The Benefits of SMR

Increased blood flow throughout, better movement and increased range of motion are all befefits of SMR that will protect you from injury and improve recovery times. They are an excellent addition to anyone’s workouts regardless of age and ability. Rolling can also increase your performance during training by improving your range of motion and circulation.

Where to Start

Start gently. For example you could begin by foam rolling your calves. Our lifestyles are ususally quite bad for the calves, we sit all the time and wear uncomfortable shoues with little support and women wear high heels. This means the calf is rarely stretched properly and its natural range of motion is limited.

Simply place one leg on the roller and the other leg on top of it. Raise the hips and slowly begin to roll to the knee. If you find an extra tender spot, stop and hold. After about 20 seconds continue to roll through the area four times. Then set the hips on the ground and rotate the leg four times side to side.

Other great ways to use the foam roller include rolling the quads and the upper back. Just remember do it slowly and carefully.

 

When Should You Roll?

You have probably already figured out that SMR should ideally be done before and after a workout. Roll before you even begin your warm-up or cardio for optimal results and preparation for physical effort. You will improve blood circulation and reduce any tensions. Rolling improves flexibility and range of motion which will make your workout more effective. Also, use rolling as a part of your cool down or stretching routine, post workout. It will enable the muscles to relax and recover quicker. Additionally, it will help replace the oxygen depleted blood with fresh, nutrient packed blood and facilitate growth.

You can roll for as little as five minutes and still you will notice improvement in your flexibility and range of motion. Rolling will help you with stress and tension accumulated throughout the day.

 

Fat Burning Myths: Don’t be Fooled

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Even fitness experts believe certain things about burning fat that have existed forever but there is little or no scientific backing for those claims. Take a look at this short review of the most popular and wide – spread fat burning myths.

Myth # 1: Cardio Is Best for Fat Loss

Most people believe that performing cardio for long periods of time is the best way to lose stubborn fat.

In reality cardio will help you lose weight, but a significant amount of that weight will potentially be muscle tissue. Losing muscle will slow down your metabolism and as a result you will burn even less fat! Build more muscle and become a fat burning machine! Burn the muscle by performing too much cardio and become skinny fat.

Myth # 2: Spot Reduction

Corporations, fitness gurus and exercise regimes offer ideas of quick fat loss in specific areas such as the thighs or stomach. In reality the spot reduction theory is an absolute myth. Fat loss occurs throughout the body depending upon genetics, sex (hormones), and age. Overall body fat must be reduced to observe loss in any particular area. Although fat is lost or gained throughout the body, it seems the first area to get fat, or the last area to become lean, is usually the midsection, hips and thighs. Don’t waste your time doing thousands of crunches to slim down your waist. Instead, invest your effort into a healthy diet and reasonable exercise.

Myth # 3: You Shouldn’t Eat After 6PM

In reality the amount of calories consumed will determine whether you will lose or gain fat. Secondly you should worry about the macro and micronutrients necessary to keep your body running smoothly. Timing is of secondary importance.

A recent study by Italian researches compared eating in the morning to eating in the evening. The result showed no difference in weight loss between the two groups, but fat burning was actually higher in people who ate their meals after 6pm.

 Myth # 4: Eating Every 2-3 Hours Will Speed Up Your Metabolism

Many people preach that small, frequent meals increase your metabolic rate, which is true. But that does not necessarily promote fat loss.

In recent studies it was discovered that groups of people eating the same amount of calories divided into 5 small, or 3 larger meals didn’t show differences in fat burning.

Myth # 5: Fasted Cardio is Necessary to Lose Fat

Training fasted puts you at risk of losing lean muscle mass and we have already discussed why you wouldn’t want to do that. Training in the morning is not really special. What really matters is that you train regularly, intensely and consistently. People like believing in ‘secret’ ways to lose fat that are super-efficient and superior to others. Sorry, I have to disappoint – you will have to work hard for a lean body – day or night!

 

 

 

A look inside HydroxyElite

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What a supplement really contains can be mysterious for some people. Unsure of what the ingredients really are and what effects they will have on your body is something you should know before diving in.  In this article you will learn a little more about whats inside  a capsule of HydroxyElite and investigate its great and unique ingredients. We will talk about 6 ingredients that affect the main function of our supplement.

  • Garcinia Cambogia Extract:

Garcinia cambogia plant is one of the main ingredients. It can be found in India, Malaysia and other countries as well. Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) is the effective ingredient inside this plant that is extracted through the plant’s peel. It is said to help with bowel issues and  and types of rheumatism especially rheumatoid arthritis. In general, it helps you to be in good health.

  • Caffeine:

Caffeine is something most of us are familiar with. It is used in most of the drinks nowadays. This is because it is considered  a central nervous stimulant. In other words, it can charge people up with energy and make you feel concentrated and focused. On the other hand, caffeine should be used with caution because you can become addicted to it easily.

  • Bauhinia Purpurea Extract:

Bauhinia purpurea plant can be found in South China, India and Malaysia.   Some people used the Bauhinia Purpurea to treat wounds and also as an anti-inflammatory treatment.   In addition, its peel is said to be antimalarial and antifungal.

  • Bacopa Extract:

Bacopa plant grows in India. It is said to be used for things such as irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and various allergic reactions.  It is also used for help with sexual problems, joint pain, backache and mental illness.

  • 1,3-Dimethylamylamine:

This ingredient is chemically synthesized and not a natural ingredient.  Nowadays, it is a main component in most supplements. This is because it can help in body building and weight loss.

  • Rauwolscine Extract:

Rauwolscine or Yohimbine is an extract that comes from a plant called Yohimbe plant. This plant grows in Cameroon, Gabon and Zaire. It is extracted from the plant’s peel and is used in the treatment of sexual problems. This is because it can increase both nerve impulses and blood flow to the sexual organs. In addition, the extract can help with  problems such as exhaustion, chest pain, sexual problems in men and women, nerve pain associated with diabetes and high blood pressure.

To sum up, HydroxyElite offers a range of powerful natural ingredients that each one has its unique benefits. These ingredients work together to create this great integration that results in our powerful effective supplement. We cannot ignore one of the ingredients because each one has a different effect from the other.  They will help you in improving your body, health and overall mood.