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4Mar/120

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.

23Dec/11Off

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.

8Oct/11Off

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.

30May/11Off

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.

1Mar/11Off

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.