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Gain Weight with Maximuscle Progain Extreme

Maximuscle have been around for several years now and probably the most prominent in the UK marketplace at the moment.  Progain Extreme from Maximuscle is their answer to gaining solid muscle mass weight and is ideal for those that are hard gainers or who find it difficult to add mass and weight.  Maximuscle Progain Extreme consists primarily of carbohydrates but is closely followed by protein as well, in approximately a 52 to 33 ratio.  Further to the carbohydrate/protein content, Maximuscle Progain Extreme also contains added creatine, albeit a small amount in relation to the serving size at 3 grams per 125 gram serving. Similarly, added HMB and glutamine peptides to help with muscle recovery and repair.

Right now at the Monster Muscle sports supplement store they are offering Maximuscle Progain Extreme at an incredibly low price and they are throwing in some extra goodies too such as some free USN Creatine X4 capsules and a free shaker.  The shaker is ideal for mixing and can be used to carry around the Progain Extreme powder and when needed just add some water and shake.  And, to supplement the minimal amount of creatine in Maximuscle Progain Extreme, Monster Muscle is giving away free USN Creatine X4 capsules which will boost your daily creatine intake.  Not only do the creatine X4 capsules contain creatine, they also have taurine and beta-alanine for improving your focus and muscle pumps in the gym.


Build Muscles with the Help of USN Hyperbolic Mass

These days there are many supplements out there to help athletes, bodybuilders and the every other day gym goer.  Why not take sports supplements if it will give extra strength, energy and endurance that will ultimately improve your time spent training and physique.  Most of the bodybuilding supplements contain essential nutrients that your body requires when exerted.  USN Hyperbolic Mass contains added creatine, a host of vitamins, glutamine and whey protein along side the mass carbohydrates.

USN are one of the world’s most trusted sports nutrition brands, known in many countries, and have a large chunk of the market share here in the UK.  USN Supplements can be found at Monster Muscle, one of the best online sports supplement retailers today.  Apart from USN, Monster Muscle also offers great prices on other brands like Maximuscle, USP Labs, BSN, Gaspari, the list continues.  They have a wide range of fat burners, muscle and size supplements, creatine and protein supplements.  All of these products can help in some form, whether it be to build muscle, lose weight or fat.

For me, a hard gainer, I wanted a fast muscle and mass builder and Monster Muscle provides several choices when it comes to this department.  They recommended usn hyperbolic mass.  One, it is from a reliable and well known company and two, the price Monster Muscle had it at was excellent.  With the added whey protein, it is known to help repair damaged muscle tissue and reduce muscle fatigue.  Hyperbolic Mass, with all the added carbs, this is ideal when it comes to weight gain.  Most of the supplements at Monster Muscle are priced affordably; furthermore, this is topped off by the efficient delivery service.


What is ZMA?

ZMA is short for Zinc monomethionine aspartate and Magnesium Aspartate which is typically used as a supplement in bodybuilding and other athletic sports.

Zinc – is a vital mineral that is used during protein synthesis and cell growth (including muscle cell growth).  It is also synthesised during testosterone production

Magnesium – is essential for bone strength, maintaining your immune system, used during muscle contractions and in the nervous system.

Aspartate – a precursor to several amino acids including four essential amino acids.

The current formula of ZMA found in today’s supplements contain zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6.  The name “ZMA” is trademarked to SNAC Systems Inc.  ZMA is designed to increase strength levels, particularly useful for those in bodybuilding.

B6 – is an important vitamin for a healthy lifestyle.  It also optimises ZMA absorption.

Today’s supplements like USN ZMA contains around 30mg of zinc, 450mg of magnesium and approximately 10.5mg of vitamin B6 per serving.  USN ZMA should be taken before bed and ideally on an empty stomach due to possible food/drug interactions like with calcium (milk/cheese) and other supplements, i.e no protein shakes with the ZMA capsules.  This is due to absorption of the zinc being reduced, if not blocked entirely.

Research that has been carried out by several supplement producing companies have varied reports about ZMA, more so to do with the potential anabolic effects of this supplements, such as the same ingredients found in USN ZMA.  Two studies that I have looked at concluded that the effect of ZMA levels in the body had increased, but there was no effect on the level of testosterone in the body.  However, there was another study, but this was supposedly funded by SNAC Systems (who hold the patent), where a control group claimed that the ZMA tablets gave them better increases in muscle strength. Therefore, it is always wise to look at who wrote the article and the reference sources that were used.

ZMA has been used in the bodybuilding sport for several years now.  Even if the supplement doesn’t have a direct effect of increase muscle strength, it does however have additional benefits like helping to sleep better.  Therefore, it can be argued that if you get a better night’s sleep due to the ZMA capsules, then this will help with muscle recovery and growth.

Why not kick start your exercise routine and add in USN Whey Protein – taken three times daily, combined with the ZMA for additional benefits.


USN Pure Protein IGF 1 Review

USN have firmly established a reputation for formulating quality, great tasting protein products in the market with their trademark's such as Muscle Fuel Anabolic and Hyperbolic Mass. However, now the spotlight shifts to their blend, can Pure Protein IGF-1 live up to expectations?

One thing we notice instantly is that Sci-MX and USN's formula's are almost identical – especially for protein – which would explain the apparent separation of the companies a while back which led to the creation of Sci-MX. We're pleased to report that USN Pure Protein IGF 1 has upheld its reputation as a quality product in the market, by predominantly including the most bioavailable form of protein, whey isolate. This follows with whey concentrate which again is great, calcium caseinate which follows the superior slow release micellar casein, and soy protein isolate, which may compliment the overall amino acid content nicely – with of course, the regular inclusion of egg albumin form bioavailability. With quite a bit over 70 grams of protein per 100grams of product, this is a very good blend compared to the rest on the market and one which is also fortified with additional glutamine for recovery and repair.

In fact, Pure Protein IGF 1 is so similar to Sci-Mx GRS-5 Protein that we're finding it difficult to differentiate between the two. USN's product is marginally lower in carbohydrates, whilst Sci-MX seems to have fortified with some extra BCAA's, but apart from that, with almost identical vitamin blends too, we see no reason but to give USN's Pure Protein IGF the exact same praise!

In summary, USN Pure Protein IGF 1 is a very good blend, which can be used nicely to compliment your daily protein intake and build lean muscle mass, also, potentially as a diet tool to lose fat for some individuals and aid performance. Don’t miss this supplement, try it, we don’t think you will be disappointed.


Supplement sales soar in the UK

The supplements industry in the United Kingdom has come a long way over the past decade or two.  There has been a massive growth in the number of monster supplements and users of these supplements to help them achieve their fitness goals.  Monster supplements were mainly viewed and thought of in the past to be used solely by bodybuilders, however, now, it is quite the opposite, I know of friends and family members that use supplements.  Now, that may be down to the prominent and wide array of marketing that supplement brands have carried out over the years, to bring the attention to the masses, or it could be that they have read about the health benefits of taking such supplements, or a bit of both.

Some of the main brands in my opinion in the UK, would be Maximuscle (everyone knows about them), PhD Nutrition, Ultimate Sports Nutrition (USN), Sci-Mx, CNP, Gaspari (an American brand, but now becoming more and more popular in the UK), Optimum Nutrition…the list goes on, these are a select few.  Maximuscle appeared in the news recently, regarding the sale of the parent company, Maxinutrition to Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), a major worldwide pharmaceutical company.  They don’t get much bigger than GSK, a FTSE 100 company, and are the third biggest pharmaceutical company in the world by a revenue measurement.  They mainly specialize in pharmaceutical products and vaccines, along with a whole host of preventative medicines.  More recently, in late 2010, GSK announced the acquisition of the UK’s biggest monster supplements company, Maxinutrition, in the region of 162 million GBP. From a company that was relatively new ten years ago, to 162m is a reasonable achievement! Maxinutrition is a perfect example to illustrate just how the market has grown over such a small time period. Monster Muscle are retailers of the UK’s leading brand, Maximuscle but also stock many other monster supplements.


Two-Arm Kettlebell Jerk

Clean two kettlebells to your shoulders. Clean the kettlebells to your shoulders by extending through the legs and hips as you swing the kettlebells towards your shoulders. Rotate your wrists as you do so, so that the palms face forward. Squat down a few inches and reverse the motion rapidly driving both kettlebells overhead. Immediately after the initial push, squat down again and get under the kettlebells. Once the kettlebells are locked out, stand upright to complete the exercise.

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Smith Machine Upright Row

  1. To begin, set the bar on the smith machine to a height that is around the middle of your thighs. Once the correct height is chosen and the bar is loaded, grasp the bar using a pronated (palms forward) grip that is shoulder width apart. You may need some wrist wraps if using a significant amount of weight.
  2. Lift the barbell up and fully extend your arms with your back straight. There should be a slight bend at the elbows. This is the starting position.
  3. Use your side shoulders to lift the bar as you exhale. The bar should be close to the body as you move it up. Continue to lift it until it nearly touches your chin. Tip: Your elbows should drive the motion. As you lift the bar, your elbows should always be higher than your forearms. Also, keep your torso stationary and pause for a second at the top of the movement.
  4. Lower the bar back down slowly to the starting position. Inhale as you perform this portion of the movement.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Caution: Be very careful with how much weight you use in this exercise. Too much weight leads to bad form, which in turn can cause shoulder injury. I've seen this too many times so please no jerking, swinging and cheating. Also, if you suffer from shoulder problems, you may want to stay away from upright rows and substitute by some form of lateral raises.

Variations: This exercise can also be performed using a barbell, E-Z bar, straight bar attached to a low pulley and it can also be performed using dumbbells, though this later exercise should be reserved by the most advanced people that are well familiarized with correct execution.

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Isometric Neck Exercise – Sides

  1. With your head and neck in a neutral position (normal position with head erect facing forward), place your left hand on the left side of your head.
  2. Now gently push towards the left as you contract the left neck muscles but resisting any movement of your head. Start with slow tension and increase slowly. Keep breathing normally as you execute this contraction.
  3. Hold for the recommended number of seconds.
  4. Now release the tension slowly.
  5. Rest for the recommended amount of time and repeat with your right hand placed on the right side of your head.

Variations: You can also do this exercise by placing your hands to the front and then to the back of your head. First do one side and then the next.

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Wide-Grip Pulldown Behind The Neck

  1. Sit down on a pull-down machine with a wide bar attached to the top pulley. Make sure that you adjust the knee pad of the machine to fit your height. These pads will prevent your body from being raised by the resistance attached to the bar.
  2. Grab the bar with the palms facing forward using the prescribed grip. Note on grips: For a wide grip, your hands need to be spaced out at a distance wider than your shoulder width. For a medium grip, your hands need to be spaced out at a distance equal to your shoulder width and for a close grip at a distance smaller than your shoulder width.
  3. As you have both arms extended in front of you holding the bar at the chosen grip width, bring your torso and head forward. Think of an imaginary line from the center of the bar down to the back of your neck. This is your starting position.
  4. As you breathe out, bring the bar down until it touches the back of your neck by drawing the shoulders and the upper arms down and back. Tip: Concentrate on squeezing the back muscles once you reach the full contracted position. The upper torso should remain stationary and only the arms should move. The forearms should do no other work except for holding the bar; therefore do not try to pull down the bar using the forearms.
  5. After a second on the contracted position squeezing your shoulder blades together, slowly raise the bar back to the starting position when your arms are fully extended and the lats are fully stretched. Inhale during this portion of the movement.
  6. Repeat this motion for the prescribed amount of repetitions.

Caution: Performing this exercise can be hard on the rotator cuffs and if not properly executed can cause an injury to occur. Also, if you already have rotator cuff issues, I advise you to stick to the front pull-down version.

Variations: You can also performing this exercise by bring the bar down and touching your chest. This variation is safer and not as hard on the rotator cuffs.

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Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise

  1. Stand with your torso upright holding two dumbbells in your hands by your sides. Place the ball of the foot on a sturdy and stable wooden board (that is around 2-3 inches tall) while your heels extend off and touch the floor. This will be your starting position.
  2. With the toes pointing either straight (to hit all parts equally), inwards (for emphasis on the outer head) or outwards (for emphasis on the inner head), raise the heels off the floor as you exhale by contracting the calves. Hold the top contraction for a second.
  3. As you inhale, go back to the starting position by slowly lowering the heels.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of times.

Note: As you become stronger you may need to use wrist wraps to avoid having the dumbbells slip out of your hands.

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