Arnold Series by MusclePharm | Arnold Signs Deal with MusclePharm

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the few people that can go by one name and everyone knows immediately who you’re talking about. Arnold and supplement company MusclePharm announced his first line of nutritional supplements, The Arnold Series. The supplement line will be available in September and will launch with eight supplements. The line will focus on performance, power & strength, nutrient support and recovery.

PRESS RELEASE:
Arnold Schwarzenegger Teams Up With MusclePharm® to Develop the Arnold Series, His First Line of Nutritional Supplements

DENVER, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – MusclePharm Corporation (OTCQB: MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, has signed a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Mr. Universe, Mr. World and Mr. Olympia title holder, actor, entrepreneur and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger has won more world bodybuilding titles than anyone in history and has produced the popular Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio for 25 years. As part of the collaboration, MusclePharm will launch the Arnold Series, an exclusive line of new nutritional supplements developed by Schwarzenegger and MusclePharm’s world-renowned scientific team.

The Arnold Series product line will initially launch with eight supplements supporting the four fitness pillars: performance, power & strength, nutrient support and recovery. It will be available domestically and internationally at health and nutrition stores as well as online retailers in September 2013.

“I’ve been on a crusade to promote fitness for more than four decades,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger. “That has led to the largest health and fitness convention in the world, six books, seminars all over the globe, and visits to all 50 states as chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. This vitamin and supplement line is the next step. After meeting with the MusclePharm team, learning about the company, and spending time with the founders, I knew they were the perfect partners to start a line of nutritional supplements and continue promoting fitness around the world. Their passion for sports nutrition and science fits perfectly with my mission to help everyone discover the benefits of health and nutrition. I’m excited to partner with MusclePharm on the exclusive Arnold Series and develop this line of nutritional supplements that not only carry my name but also represent my lifelong commitment to fitness.”

“Arnold is a bodybuilding, fitness icon who is and has been a personal idol of mine since high school,” said Brad Pyatt, CEO and founder, MusclePharm. “His philosophy of ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ inspired me during my NFL career and while starting MusclePharm. Arnold embodies everything the MusclePharm brand stands for; it’s truly a dream come true and an honor to create the Arnold Series nutritional experience with him.”

MusclePharm was founded in 2008 by former NFL player Brad Pyatt and just four years later was named “Brand of the Year” by Bodybuilding.com. MusclePharm develops and manufactures daily supplement regimens to assist consumers and athletes with muscle building, weight loss and general fitness. All of the products, including the Arnold Series, are developed by leading nutritional scientists via a six-stage research process at the MusclePharm Sports Science Center & Research Center in Denver, Colorado.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION:
Founded in 2008, MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm’s products are sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets.

Source: MusclePharm Corporation

Meathead Mixology: Concocting Your Perfect Post Workout Shake

Notice, I say YOUR in the title. Everyone’s macro’s SHOULD be different, let’s avoid the cookie cutter plans for a moment. A 125 lb individual is obviously going to require a different amount of nutrients than that of a 300 lb bodybuilder, so why use the same label?

There may not be the need for you to get as in depth as I do when making my post workout shake by weighing out the grams of each ingredient but I would definitely recommend using the a similar formula. Listed below are the ingredients I use with the grams of each for myself, you may want to adjust them based on your goals and macronutrient intake. Click the ingredient to go right to great deals!

  • Waxy Maize: 25g
  • Whey Protein Isolate: 20-25g
  • Casein Protein: 10-15g
  • Creatine: 5g
  • Leucine: 3g

As you can see, there are two different types of protein listed, Whey Protein Isolate and Casein Protein. Why use both types of protein? Just as not all carbohydrates are created equal, the same goes for protein (and fat). Whey protein will be absorbed and utilized faster by your body, while casein is a slower release of amino acids into your system. Take a look at Rule 1 Protein to see the differences.

Your body reacts to, stores, and utilizes different types of each macronutrient in different ways. Some carbohydrates spike insulin short and fast, some will keep it elevated longer, some will not be stored easily in your muscle, and some will be more easily stored as fat. But that is another topic.

The carbohydrate I included is Waxy Maize. There are other options such as dextrose, maltodextrin, and other products formulated by different supplement brands. I prefer waxy-maize as it is digested very well due to its low osmolarity rate and you shouldn’t experience any bloating from it. Waxy-maize also contains 0 sugar.

I used to believe that you required a higher amount of carbohydrates post workout to help stimulate Muscle Protein Synthesis and begin the recovery process. Research has shown their to be no difference when supplementing protein post workout with a small amount (25g) or larger (75g) of carbohydrates on insulin release, which helps in muscle growth. I have a large appetite and would prefer the majority of my calories coming from whole foods which is why I only use 25g as it has the same effect. That being said, studies have also demonstrated there to be no statistically significant difference to MPS by adding carbohydrates post workout vs. protein alone, but there was clinical significance. Meaning it was trending toward a benefit but not statistically high enough to make the claim. As bodybuilders, we are looking for every advantage possible so even a small benefit (the clinical significance) is better than none.

As stated above protein synthesis can also be stimulated without carbohydrates. This is of great benefit if you are on a diet that is requiring you to stay low carb. This also means there is no need to freak out if you don’t get carbs in immediately following training, you have some time. Whey isolate as well as leucine stimulate this process via the mTOR pathway which is not dependent on insulin (released by your body when you ingest carbohydrates.)

Creatine, as you probably already know, is one of the most studied supplements EVER. Time and time again it has shown its worth in weight. Creatine has shown to aid in recovery, hypertrophy, strength and could potentially inhibit myostatin. Another benefit to creatine, it is CHEAP. I include 5g in my post workout shake and 5 grams with another meal containing carbohydrates as they aid in absorption. Avoid mixing caffeine and creatine, such as a pre-workout, as caffeine negates the ergogenic benefit of creatine. Basically, have caffeine prior to training and creatine after.

Leucine is added due to it being the limiting factor in stimulating Muscle Protein Synthesis. Leucine concentration, not overall protein content of a meal has shown to be the limiting factor of stimulating Muscle Protein Synthesis. Leucine, again, seems to be a direct activator of mTOR, which will stimulate MPS without insulin being present (hence avoiding the need for carbs and saving you calories if needed.) I add 3g to my shake and 3 grams to each meal post workout. This could be overkill, but I’m going for the most OPTIMAL situation and Leucine, like creatine, is cheap. At 500g for less than $30.00 on sites like www.supplementcentral.com, you can afford to use it with every meal to be sure you are maximally stimulating MPS.

So to recap, determine your macros and what you want to take in post workout, add your Creatine and Leucine for added benefits. Train your ass off and slam the shake!

Animal Rage Review and Bench + Delt Training!

Hey everyone! Here today to finally drop my thoughts on the pre-workout, RAGE, by Animal. I had used this before at an Animal Barbell Club event during the Arnold Classic and had a freakishly good leg session, but I wasn’t positive if it was from the Rage or simply from having the opportunity to train next to powerlifter and bodybuilders from the Animal and Universal teams that I have the utmost respect for. Moving on, below I am basically going to run through my day, the training we did, how I feel the product worked for me and my overall thoughts. To get right to the product review you can skip right to the bottom, but COME ON, I took the time to write this so read it and leave me some feedback.

Most, if not all, take the precious pre-workout for an extra boost of energy and intensity to blast through a grueling workout. Some people work long hours or demanding jobs but still have that motivation and inner desire to improve their overall health and physique in the gym at the end of the day and rely on this boost to get them there. Saturday was no different for my boy Chris and I. Chris was generous enough to assist me in moving my belonging to a new house which you know is never easy and always involves lifting heavy, awkward items up and down flights of steps. It was also about 90 degrees that day. I promised him we’d get a sick training session in at the famous Exercise Warehouse following the move. After everything was settled the first drink mixed at the sink was RAGE “Slaughtermelon,”(find the taste and mixability test here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJONyThmCng) I have used basically just pill pak’s from Animal and Universal so I wasn’t sure what to expect taste wise, but it was BOMB. Loved the watermelon flavor. No residue at the bottom of the shaker either, so you know you’re taking in all the contents. But, how did I feel throughout training?

Warehouse is your typical old school, bodybuilding and powerlifting gym. No AC, that’s not going to get you bigger or stronger, just all of the iron and equipment you need to become better than you were yesterday. Our workout went even longer than expected, finished up around the 2 hour mark and I felt like I could’ve went even longer. You can find the training below but it started out with Brandon Lilly’s Cube Method for Bench (Heavy Day) with some additional bodybuilding accessory work/modifications, followed by a full variance delt day and capped off with some abdominal work. Throughout the entire session I felt fully charged, which I would  have to give credit to Animal’s “Sustained Energy Complex” which is designed to give you the initial jolt you need to get started, as well as carry through and not fade out leaving you feeling fatigued at the midway point. I must say that I keep referring to getting “energy” for your workout but this is not the correct term. Your body get energy from calories and macronutrients, carbohydrates and fat, so without these your actually not getting energy moreso just drive, focus and the boost from caffeine. The pump I felt in my arms and chest was second to none, that skin splitting feeling that we all are looking for throughout every workout.

Truly, there was nothing I did not like about RAGE. I will say that I am not a fan of proprietary blends as you don’t know how much of each ingredient is included and if it is enough to give you the benefits of clinically studied doses, but being that Universal is a company I trust and they have been around since 1977, I don’t see them trying to pull the wool over our eyes. A huge benefit, as I mentioned in my first pre-workout article, is that it does NOT contain creatine. As we know, caffeine negates the positive effects of creatine so it is pointless to take simultaneously. There also is no shady mixtures or unknown fillers in Rage. Animal has an awesome testing program that they open up to their FORVM members and when they see an ingredient that isn’t worth the risk, they remove it. Which is why there was never any 1-3 dimethylamylamine in Rage. They initially tested two versions, one with and one without. The group taking it with saw no greater benefit and some negative side effects, so they cut it out before the study was finished.

All in all, I give RAGE a 8.5 out of 10. Reason being, rarely(never) do I give 10’s because nothing is perfect, and the proprietary blend’s drop it .5 points.

Final recommendation, supplement it with 2-3g pure Beta-Alanine in your post workout shake when you are consuming your creatine. Beta-Alanine has shown to work well with creatine and since it is part of a blend, you may not be getting the required 3.2g-6.4g as studied for the ergogenic benefit.

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Summer Time Grilling with Team Bpi Sports

This Summer healthy grilling recipe is brought to you by our friends at BPI Sports!

BPI Sports Meal Tip: Summer time Grilling!

DIRECTIONS for the INSIDE-OUT CHEESE BURGER:

1. Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat the broiler.

2. Combine Cheddar and Gruyère in a small bowl.

3. Gently mix beef, Worcestershire, paprika and pepper in a large bowl, preferably with your hands, without overworking. Shape into 8 thin, 4-inch-wide patties. Mound 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture on each of 4 patties, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Cover each with one of the remaining patties. Crimp and seal the edges closed.

4. To grill: Lightly oil the grill rack. Grill the stuffed patties over medium-high heat, about 4 minutes per side for medium-well. (Be sure not to press the burgers as they cook or they’ll split open and the cheese will ooze out.) To broil: Cover a broiler pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Broil the stuffed patties in the upper third of the oven, about 4 minutes per side for medium-well. In either case, let the burgers stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Staying Fit on the Fourth!

Today shall be a day filled with family, friends, fun, and of course, FOOD!

Food is culture; it brings people together. If you think about it, we revolve a lot of our lives around food! When you think of a typical first date, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Dinner and a movie. What about a birthday party? Cake and ice cream. Thanksgiving? Christmas? Easter? Dinner, of course! Events and holidays in the summer are mostly formed around drinks and cookouts. Although I do think its important to get a cheat or treat meal in every once in a while, sometimes you don’t want to fall completely off the wagon, because I do understand it can be difficult to jump back on.

Personally, I think we can all do something about this. Every day I see more and more people becoming interested in changing their lifestyles and wanting to live more healthfully. The problem is, we really don’t know where to start, and how in-depth to go. I think if more people start making little changes at events and holidays, we truly can start making a difference in living healthier lives.

The problem is, many people associate eating healthy with eating boring and less tasty food, and the only real “good” food is unhealthy food. This is completely false. Guess what? Most junk food that you find in a store, and even grandma’s cookies are a combination of ingredients. Surprisingly swiss cake rolls and nutty buddies do not come from the ground, or off a tree. The first snack cakes were MADE by people! Have you tried eating flour alone? Baking soda? Partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil? Yeah…they’re not very tasty. This doesn’t just go for sweets! Fried chicken, boxed macaroni and cheese, potato salad, etc. they are all combinations of foods, that were probably made through experimentation in a kitchen.

So what if we started to do the same things with healthier food? Experiment, make, and try new recipes with food that is more waistline friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. Offering more nutritionally dense foods at events and holidays (along with grandma’s cookies, of course!) to make America believe that healthy is not boring, and that it can in fact be right up there with some of your personal favorites. Try and tell me that a juicy steak cooked just the way you want it paired with a perfectly baked sweet potato isn’t delicious. (Hint: people may think eating steaks and other red meats is horrible for you…think again! Eating this will help your physique a lot more than fried chicken and potato salad!)

Tips for surviving events and holidays:

  • -Try to incorporate at least some protein in every meal. Eggs, egg whites, meats, tofu (if vegetarian), protein powder such as Rule One Protein, plain greek yogurt and smarter foods that may be high in another macronutrient such as nuts (good source of fat) and quinoa (a good source of carbohydrates) but also have a notable amount of protein hidden in them.
  • -Cook and bake with coconut oil. It is so much better for you than other oils, and is in fact 60% medium chain triglycerides, which actually helps BURN fat!
  • -Use vegetables as meal fillers! Instead of loading up on more pasta, try loading up on some broccoli or cauliflower. The fiber and water content will help keep you fuller.
  • -Sweeten baked goods with FRUIT! Dates and bananas are very common for this! For lower calorie sweetening, try some stevia- which is a zero calorie sweetener that is extracted from a plant.
  • -Eat fat. Yes. Eat fat!!! Avocados (hello, who doesn’t LOVE guacamole!), nuts and nut butters (from real nuts like almonds and cashews, not peanuts which are actually legumes!), coconut oil (which is a solid at room temperature so I use it as butter!), whole eggs, grassfed butter, and fats from meat! Steak, beef, uncured bacon, there are so many delicious options!
  • -Lose the bun, or replace it with something better. My family has been using Ezekiel english muffins when we grill burgers and honestly, it is easily one of the best ways to eat a burger! That extra crunch from toasting them is exactly what burgers needed to be even better.
  • -At cookouts and parties, offer fruit, nut, and vegetable platters.
  • -Water, water, water! You must stay hydrated, especially when consuming alcohol. Always keep a bottle of water by you to sip on while you’re having a drink.
  • -Use club soda and fruit to sweeten drinks rather than juices and tonic water.

 

For a low calorie and inexpensive treat to bring to parties today, try THIS:

What you’ll need:
-Box of graham crackers,
-Cool Whip Free
-Fun sprinkles!

All you need to do is freeze the cool whip, then add 2 tablespoons of it on to half of a graham cracker. Sandwich it with the other half, and dip the sides in festive sprinkles! Freeze for 10-20 more minutes and you now have under 100 calorie “ice cream sandwiches” 🙂