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2014 NPC National Championships Results: Top 5 Winners in Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Contests

Meet the Top Winners of the 2014 NPC National Championships, Held in Miami November 21-22

Sunny Miami recently hosted hundreds of the nation’s top bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, who traveled to South Florida to compete in the 2014 NPC National Championships. Held November 21-22, the competition marked the last NPC pro-qualifying event of the season. The 2014 NPC National Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Championships comprised more than 30 contests, with overall winners announced for each of the six major categories.

2014 NPC National Championships Winners

The following listings feature the top 5 winners and overall winners for each of the 2014 NPC National Championship events:

2014 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships:

Men’s Bodybuilding Champions

Men’s Super Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Alexis Rivera-Rolon
2. Michael Lockett
3. Blair Mone
4. Russ Allen
5. Audrius Jegelevicius

Men’s Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Dominick Cardone
2. Allen Kuhl
3. Jermaine Bell
4. David Rienzi
5. Shawn Lindo

Men’s Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Arthur Reed
2. Freddie McCray III
3. Joseph Hubbard
4. Bobby Church
5. Cane Bishop

Alexis Rivera-Rolon

Dominick Cardone

Arthur Reed

Alexis Rivera-Rolon
Men's Super Heavyweight (1st)
Dominick Cardone
Men's Heavyweight (1st)
Arthur Reed
Men's Light Heavyweight (1st)


Men’s Middleweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. David Paterik
2. Tank Moore
3. Robert Zavala
4. Fraijan Texidor
5. Lloyd Herford III

Men’s Welterweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Santiago Aragon
2. Denver Smith
3. Armando Aman
4. Larry Williams Jr.
5. Rafael Gonzalez

Men’s Lightweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Terrance Ruffin
2. Jon Marc Frazssier
3. Eric Hernandez
4. Kelly Bautista
5. Jeramy Buchanan

Men’s Bantamweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. James Shumpert
2. Robert Freeman Jr.
3. Jayson Rivera Perez
4. Adam George
5. Rafael Campuzano

Overall Men’s Bodybuilding Winner:
Alexis Rivera-Rolon

Women’s Bodybuilding Champions

Women’s Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Susan Marie Smith
2. Anne Sheehan
3. Wendy Watson
4. Melissa Fanning
5. Jennifer Gutierrez

Women’s Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Miava Nelson
2. Kristina Mele
3. Nancy Porter
4. Yahaira Agosto Vives
5. Kristi McGrael

Susan Marie Smith

Miava Nelson

Susan Marie Smith
Women's Heavyweight (1st)
Miava Nelson
Women's Light Heavyweight (1st)


Women’s Middleweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Tomefafa Ameka
2. Cassie Bates
3. Heather Osborne
4. Erin Duggan
5. Sophia Seals

Women’s Lightweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Linda Smith
2. Vanessa Adams
3. Frauke Diaz

Overall Women’s Bodybuilding Winner:
Susan Marie Smith

2014 NPC National Physique Championships:

Men’s Physique Champions

Men’s Physique Class A Winners:
1. Jeremy Potvin
2. Yi Peng
3. Joshua Howard
4. Shaun Gaiser
5. Tony Duong

Men’s Physique Class B Winners:
1. Andre Ferguson
2. Isaac Miranda
3. Marco Rodriguez
4. Jorge Bianchi
5. Juliano Quimson

Men’s Physique Class C Winners:
1. Chase Savoie
2. Sly Hardy
3. Jeph Gabriel
4. Jarad Thompson
5. Michael Parker

Jeremy Potvin

Chase Savoie

Jeremy Potvin
Men's Physique Class A (1st)
Chase Savoie
Men's Physique Class C (1st)



Men’s Physique Class D Winners:
1. Logan Franklin
2. Kenneth Jones
3. David Bess
4. Cameron James
5. Rashaud Watson

Men’s Physique Class E Winners:
1. Aarin Moore
2. Justin Hassan
3. Evan Shy
4. Rahkil Edwards
5. Sheriff Taiwo

Men’s Physique Class F Winners:
1. Darnell Ferguson
2. Joseph Gass
3. Javon Walker
4. Khalfani Quartey
5. Bronson Colbert

Overall Men’s Physique Winner:
Logan Franklin

Women’s Physique Champions

Women’s Physique Class A Winners:
1. Dianne Brown
2. Stacey Norris
3. Kimberly Anthony
4. Laveka Smith
5. Tonya Griffin

Women’s Physique Class B Winners:
1. Jaquita Person-Taylor
2. Karen Yoakum
3. Katie Chin
4. Jodi Lyons
5. Lori Coppola

Women’s Physique Class C Winners:
1. Marcie Simmons
2. Valerie Giovanoli
3. Sydni Wisniewski
4. Jennifer Underwood-Kallas
5. Alicia King

Women’s Physique Class D Winners:
1. Erin Knecht
2. April Cosimano
3. Stephanie Sumiel
4. Zandra Starr Thomas
5. Jacqueline Garcia

Overall Women’s Physique Winner:
Marcie Simmons

2014 NPC National Figure Championships:

Figure Champions

Figure Class A Winners:
1. Nadia Wyatt
2. Rachelle Carter
3. Christine Camacho
4. Barbie Titus
5. Rosa Alanis

Figure Class B Winners:
1. Samantha Smitchko
2. Marlissa Jordan
3. Amy Phillips
4. Thona Gonzalez
5. Carie Bradshaw-Malone

Figure Class C Winners:
1. Tina Nguyen
2. Patricia Babineaux
3. Marianne Tomita
4. Tiffany Garrett
5. Kendyl Seawright

Figure Class D Winners:
1. Kassie Kemmis
2. Kelly Dominick
3. Kialeen Hay
4. Kristy Cisneroz
5. Leah Frye

Figure Class E Winners:
1. Jessica Ann Vetter
2. Shanique Grant
3. Kaylee Rae Flanagan
4. Holly Nelson
5. Andrea Pollard

Figure Class F Winners:
1. Paulina Mora
2. Sarah Sweeney
3. Allison Cote
4. Bryana Turner
5. Jaslyn Antonini

Overall Fitness Winner:
Samantha Smitchko

2014 NPC National Bikini Championships:

Bikini Champions

Bikini Class A Winners:
1. Brynn Gonzales
2. Andreanna Calhoun
3. Karene Gonzalez
4. Heather Jimeniz
5. Katherine Alcantara

Bikini Class B Winners:
1. Chrisstina Ortiz
2. Kate Abate
3. Arianna Gonzales
4. Erin DeBlois
5. Karie Kellogg

Bikini Class C Winners:
1. Jennifer Ronzitti
2. Kristina Olson
3. Angie Majeed
4. Kris Michelle
5. Michelle Sroda

Laurin Conlin

Brynn Gonzales

Laurin Conlin
Bikini Class E (1st)
Brynn Gonzales
Bikini Class A (1st)

 

Bikini Class D Winners:
1. Jaclyn Strell
2. Chassidy Smothers
3. Amber Callahan
4. Tana Walker
5. Tifanny Urrea

Bikini Class E Winners:
1. Laurin Conlin
2. Angela Okon
3. Vanessa Porter
4. Trina Simone
5. Jaclyn Polimeni

Bikini Class F Winners:
1. Lea Beaumont
2. Brianna Krause
3. Lisa Smiling
4. Meredith Freeman
5. Cassandra Marshall

Overall Bikini Winner:
Laurin Conlin

Kudos to all of the competitors who participated in the 2014 NPC National Championships. All of us at HGH.com send our hearty congratulations to the winners – your hard work certainly paid off! For the complete list of 2014 NPC National Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini contest rankings, visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/npc_national_championships/.

Stay tuned to HGH.com for announcements regarding the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

 




Winners and Photos of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championship

HgH.com congratulates all the amazing bodybuilders and fitness athletes who participated in the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships in New York earlier this month.

This year’s national qualifying event took place the weekend of November 8 and featured many top bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini, women’s physique and men’s physique professionals and athletes.

Winners of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships

Below are a few individual posing photos of some of the winners of the competition. For a complete list of winners and photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/npc_eastern_usa_championships

 

Dominick Cardone -Overall Winner
2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships Men's Heavyweight (1st)
Tifanny Urrea - Overall Winner
2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships Bikini Class D (1st)

 

 

Maya Kekahuna - Master's Overall Bikini Winner
2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships Bikini Masters Over 35 Class A (1st)
Michael Lynn -Men's Masters Over 40 (1st) Winner of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships and Men's Heavyweight (3rd)

 

 

 

 




Holiday Workouts and Tips

Holiday Workouts and Tips

“Holiday workout” may seem like an oxymoron during this time of year when Halloween treats are still lurking around your house, you’re ready to gobble up some Thanksgiving turkey, and holiday parties and celebrations are right around the corner. If you don’t want to have a jiggly belly like jolly ol’ St. Nick, then we’ve got some holiday workout routines and tips to get you through. We’ve gathered together some rockin’ exercises and helpful hints for keeping your fitness goals on track throughout the holiday season. Plus, we’ve created a Pinterest board focusing on today's topic: Holiday Workouts and Tips.

The Secret to Sticking to Your Diet During the Holidays

How can you keep working toward your fitness goals throughout the holidays? Daniel and Kelly from Fitness Blender answer this question in a way that may surprise you. One of the major keys is to enjoy yourself, and stay away from the worry and guilt. The reality is that if you stick to your usual routine except for the few holidays, you should be fine to indulge on those days. It’s okay to splurge a little here and there, if you keep working out and eating clean the rest of the time. The real secret is to stay away from all of the treats coming into the workplace. If you do have some indulgences, don’t skip meals to try to counteract it. This won’t help at all in the long run. There’s a fun blooper section at the end of this video as well.

Helpful Holiday Hints and a Workout Too

Holiday parties and celebrations can wreak havoc on your healthful eating and workout habits. All of the sweet treats and indulgences that come with these events can be difficult to turn down, and being short on time can sabotage your workouts. Health and fitness consultant, Alycia Kluegl, provides some helpful holiday party tips and also shares a great workout. A few of her top tips are.

Don't got the party hungry. Limit alcoholic drinks. Socialize away from the food and bar.

Plus, the Power Three full-body workout she recommends, includes:

Jump Squats Push ups with Hip Extension Half Sit Ups

Pump up Your Holiday Workout

Vertical from Barstarzz leads us in a high intensity workout that's ideal for burning fat and building muscle. You can ban the bulge with this fast-paced workout that features:

High Knees Mountain Climbers Hardcore Burpees Pull ups Dips Push ups

The More the Merrier

We've put together a vast selection of exercises and tips to help you enjoy the holidays, while maintaining your fitness routine. Check out HGH.com's Holiday Workouts and Tips Pinterest board to stay motivated throughout the holiday season.

Follow our Holiday Workout Pinterest board.

 




How to Increase HGH Levels Naturally

Top 7 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Body’s Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Levels

By Dan Smith of HGH.com

In recent years, I’ve seen a growing level of interest in how to increase HGH levels naturally, particularly among bodybuilders and athletes. Given the controversy and issues associated with synthetic HGH injections, many people are seeking out natural ways to increase their body’s own production of HGH. This is something that I do myself, and it’s a topic I’ve often discussed with our HGH.com-sponsored athletes – IFBB pros Tricky Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer. So I decided to compile our top tips in one blog post, which highlights seven effective ways to naturally boost HGH levels.

HGH Basics and Functions

Before I get into our recommendations, let’s start with a quick review of the basics. Human growth hormone, also known as HGH, is a type of polypeptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. As the name implies, HGH triggers growth and repair of bone, cartilage, tissue and muscle. It also helps to improve body composition by increasing muscle mass and metabolizing fat. The pituitary gland produces its highest quantities of HGH during childhood and puberty to support the body’s growth and development. Once a child has reached full adult height, HGH production decreases substantially. In adulthood, HGH tends to be secreted in smaller bursts at specific times – during sleep, after exercise and in response to bodily stress or trauma.

Top 7 Ways to Naturally Increase HGH Levels

While the body generally follows its own set patterns for HGH secretion after puberty, there are a number of proven methods for boosting production on an ongoing basis:

1. Seek alternatives to synthetic HGH injections. While injectable growth hormones have been shown to increase HGH levels, there are a number of issues associated with this practice – including the high cost of injections as well as the fact that they are illegal without a prescription. Another lesser-known caveat is that pumping the body with high levels of artificial growth hormones may actually cause the body to decrease production of its own natural HGH. So, in the long run, it’s better to find natural ways to stimulate increased HGH secretion.

2. Get enough sleep. Since the majority of HGH production in adults occurs overnight during slow-wave sleep (or “deep” sleep), it is essential to get sufficient high-quality sleep – ideally, 7 to 8 hours per night. To help elevate HGH levels, try to adhere to a regular sleep routine: go to bed at the same time every evening and wake up at the same time each morning. It’s also important to have uninterrupted sleep, so avoid consuming alcohol or caffeine before bedtime, as they can interfere with normal sleep patterns. Try to minimize light and noise to avoid interruptions to your sleep schedule, and keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature so that you don’t awake in the middle of the night shivering or sweating.

3. Adhere to a healthy diet. There is an inverse relationship between insulin and HGH – higher levels of insulin suppress HGH production. Therefore, it is critical to consume the right foods at the right time to regulate insulin levels and promote HGH release. Many experts recommend eating multiple small meals over the course of the day, and the majority agree that it is best to limit your intake of highly processed, complex carbohydrates (like white bread and white rice) as well as sugary food and beverages (including soda and sports drinks made with high-fructose corn syrup), as these can trigger a spike in insulin.

Your best bet is to build your diet around high-fiber, protein-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans/legumes. Opt for low-glycemic, slow-digesting carbohydrates like oatmeal, pears, apples, sweet potatoes and brown rice. To help minimize insulin secretion, try eating a low-carb, high-protein snack a few hours before bedtime – think nuts like almonds, pistachios and walnuts; pumpkin or sunflower seeds; edamame; hummus; yogurt; or cottage cheese.

4. Engage in high-intensity interval training. While proper sleep and nutrition are both effective ways to support a natural increase in HGH levels, exercise also plays a critical role. Many different types of exercise can help maintain a healthy body and regulate insulin levels, but high-intensity interval training in particular has the potential to naturally boost HGH levels. This occurs in direct response to the stress on your muscles, signaling the pituitary gland to secrete more HGH to repair the tissue. Several studies have examined the effects of this exercise-induced growth hormone response (EIGR) and determined the associated benefits.

5. Consume whey protein before and after exercise. Research has shown that consuming a rapidly absorbed protein, such as whey protein, may help promote optimal muscle building after resistance exercise. Another study found that consuming whey protein half an hour before resistance training can accelerate metabolism not only during exercise, but up to 24 hours after a workout. HGH.com offers several high-quality whey protein mixes designed to enhance muscularity and stimulate HGH production, including CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein, Elite Chocolate Mint Whey Protein, Elite Butter Toffee Whey Protein, IsoBolic Vanilla Whey Protein and Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein.

6. Practice occasional fasting. A healthy diet is vital to provide the energy you need to complete intense workouts. However, some studies have suggested that intermittent fasting may be an effective way to balance blood-sugar levels and trigger HGH release. If your workout schedule allows for it, you might want to try periodic fasting on any off days in your training.

7. Add natural HGH releasers to your dietary supplements. Unlike injectable HGH, which introduces synthetic chemicals into your system, natural HGH releasers stimulate your body to produce more of its own HGH. Look for HGH supplements that contain proven natural ingredients, such as L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-leucine, L-tyrosine, bovine colostrum and others. You’ll find many of these naturally derived ingredients in Purity Select health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com, including HGH 30,000 Pills, HGH 30,000 Spray, Somatropinne HGH, DBol-GH, Ana-GH and HGH Testosterone Plus.

Following these recommendations will help you increase HGH levels naturally and in a healthy way while also enabling you to attain peak physical condition. Are there any other tips and best practices you implement to boost your HGH production? We invite you to join the conversation and post your comments below!

References:

Besedovsky, Luciana; Lange, Tanja; and Born, Jan. “Sleep and Immune Function”; Pflugers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology; January 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22071480>

Churchward-Venne, Tyler A.; Burd, Nicholas A; and Phillips, Stuart M. “Nutritional Regulation of Muscle Protein Synthesis With Resistance Exercise: Strategies to Enhance Anabolism”; Nutrition & Metabolism; May 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594765>

Godfrey, Richard J.; Madgwick, Zahra; and Whyte, Gregory P. “The Exercise-Induced Growth Hormone Response in Athletes”; Sports Medicine; July 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12797841>

Hackney, Kyle J.; Bruenger, Adam J.; Lemmer, Jeffrey T. “Timing Protein Intake Increases Energy Expenditure 24 H After Resistance Training”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; May 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19997003>

Harvard Medical School. “Growth Hormone, Athletic Performance, and Aging”; Harvard Men’s Health Watch; May 2010; accessed November 9, 2014. <http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2010/May/growth-hormone-athletic-performance-and-aging>

Ho, Kian Y.; Veldhuis, Johannes D.; et al. “Fasting Enhances Growth Hormone Secretion and Amplifies the Complex Rhythms of Growth Hormone Secretion in Man”; The Journal of Clinical Investigation; April 1988. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3127426>

Jackson, Joe. “Unlock Your Potential: How to Boost Your HGH Levels”; Men’s Fitness; accessed November 9, 2014. <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/unlock-your-potential-how-to-boost-your-hgh-levels>

Nindl, Bradley C.; Pierce, Joseph R.; et al. “Twenty-Hour Growth Hormone Secretory Profiles after Aerobic and Resistance Exercise”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; October 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24576855>





HGH.com Appreciates U.S. Military Veterans

In Celebration of All Military Veterans

For all of you who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, we thank you. We appreciate everything you do to defend this great nation and our freedoms throughout your service. We've compiled a few inspirational military workout videos and photos for you, as well as a special tribute to all U.S. military veterans.

Workout Like the U.S. Navy SEALs

Navy SEALs train to fight and win, and firmly believe that, "Failure is not an option." They are amazing individuals who give their all every day. Today, we get a glimpse at the type of workouts Navy SEALs endure. Navy SEAL Instructor, Lt. Dana DeCoster, introduces us to some intense Navy SEAL workouts.

The first Navy SEAL workout we see consists of as many sets as you can do in 20 minutes of the following exercises as well as substitutions for those who don’t have the specialized equipment needed:

  • 5 Overhead Squats
  • 10 Glute/Ham Situps
  • 10 Glute/Ham Back Extensions

This video also covers a basic Navy SEAL workout where you do five rounds of each of the following exercises as quickly as you can:

  • Rope Climb (or 15 Pull Ups)
  • 30 Pushups
  • 50 Air Squats

There is one more workout in this video that covers three simple lifts, including:

  • Squat
  • Shoulder Press
  • Dead Lift

The workout consists of five sets of five repetitions for each exercise, increasing the weight for each set.

What It's Like to be Military Strong

Be inspired by this motivational Military Muscle video. Take a look at these service men and women who take their bodies to the limit. All of the individuals in this video are active duty, reserve or former military from the United States Marine Corp, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Seabees. And, they are all incredibly amazing too.

Thank You for Your Service

The HGH.com family appreciates all of the service men and women who have served our great nation in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your dedication, sacrifice and all that you do to serve, protect and defend our freedom. We found this Veterans Day video tribute we dedicate to you.

Military Bodybuilding Pinterest Board Update

We've added some more inspirational and motivational pins to HGH.com's Military BodybuildingPinterest board for you to enjoy.

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Bovine Colostrum Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Bovine Colostrum

Bovine colostrum – also known as bovine immunoglobulin or simply as colostrum – is a milky fluid secreted by a cow’s mammary glands in the first few days after calving, prior to full lactation. Colostrum is also produced by humans and other mammals; however, the primary source of colostrum in dietary supplements is cattle. It contains a number of beneficial substances, including immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, proline-rich polypeptides, cytokines, growth factors, and other vitamins and minerals. Adults can obtain the benefits of colostrum through natural health and bodybuilding supplements such as HGH 30,000 Nanograms pills, DBol-GH, Growth Factor Plus and protein shake mixes.

Functions of Colostrum

The nutrients, antibodies and growth factors contained in colostrum contribute to the health and development of newborns. Similarly, these substances can have beneficial effects for adults when colostrum extract is consumed via dietary supplements. Immunoglobulin and lactoferrin have antiviral and antibacterial properties that support immune system function, while proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) and cytokines help regulate immune system activity. Furthermore, the cytokines and growth factors in colostrum appear to enhance the protective and repair capabilities of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Colostrum’s growth factors are also believed to improve athletic performance, increase lean body mass, and accelerate muscle recovery and repair.

Sources of Colostrum

Female mammals secrete colostrum from their mammary glands following the birth of a newborn, before full lactation occurs. Infants consume colostrum during their first few days of nursing. Adults generally obtain colostrum through health supplements that contain bovine colostrum – the extract of a cow’s first milk.

Bovine Colostrum Benefits and Uses

Evidence suggests that the health benefits of bovine colostrum include supporting and stimulating immune system function, preventing infections, providing GI protection, treating diarrhea and colitis, and accelerating healing. Bovine colostrum is also used as an ingredient in human growth hormone (HGH) releasers and bodybuilding supplements, as the naturally occurring growth hormones in colostrum are believed to enhance athletic performance, improve body composition, and promote faster recovery from injuries and intense workouts. These performance-related benefits derive from the growth hormones’ ability to help increase lean muscle mass, metabolize fat for fuel, improve stamina, and stimulate cell and tissue growth.

Side Effects of Bovine Colostrum and Potential Interactions

Dietary supplements containing bovine colostrum are generally considered safe for healthy adults, as few side effects have been reported. However, individuals who are allergic to cow’s milk may also have an allergic reaction to bovine colostrum. There have been rare reports of side effects in HIV-positive patients, such as nausea and vomiting. Colostrum may contain high levels of naturally occurring estrogen, so patients with hormone-sensitive cancer should avoid it. There are no known interactions of bovine colostrum with medications. Information on bovine colostrum contraindications is provided on the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center website, while details on colostrum side effects can be found on WebMD. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing bovine colostrum.

Colostrum Research and Studies

Considerable research has been conducted on the effects of bovine colostrum, particularly in relation to its health benefits and impact on athletic performance. Scholarly articles published in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, the Alternative Medicine Review and the British Journal of Nutrition explored the clinical uses of bovine colostrum and reported that hyperimmune bovine colostrum has been proven effective in treating diarrhea caused by rotavirus, E. Coli, cryptosporidium, shigellosis, C. difficile infection (CDI) and other GI infections.

In terms of athletic performance, body composition, and healing and recovery, numerous studies suggest that bovine colostrum can have positive effects. In the Journal of Applied Physiology, European researchers asserted that bovine colstrum has the ability to naturally increase levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which may promote protein synthesis. A review of studies published in Sports Medicine cited evidence suggesting that bovine colostrum supplementation is most effective during periods of high-intensity training and recovery from high-intensity training, producing improved intramuscular buffering capacity and increases in lean body mass. In the Australian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, researchers noted that bovine colostrum improves recovery time. Scientists reported in Nutrition that when bovine colostrum is combined with exercise, it may increase bone-free lean body mass in active men and women. And in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, researchers stated that colostrum supplementation helped improve leg-press and upper-body strength and generated increases in muscle thickness, lean tissue mass and cognitive function in older adults during resistance training.

For additional bovine colostrum research, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

HGH.com Supplements Containing Bovine Colostrum

Bodybuilders, athletes and fitness enthusiasts can reap the health benefits of bovine colostrum with these natural HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGH 30,000 Nanograms Pills – Bovine colostrum is featured in the proprietary blend of ingredients in HGH 30,000 Nanograms capsules. These oral supplements are formulated to naturally boost HGH production while supporting muscle growth and recovery, enhanced muscle conditioning, increased strength and stamina, anti-aging effects and other benefits.

DBol-GH – With a proprietary blend of bovine colostrum and other active ingredients, DBol-GH is designed to help users achieve lean mass and muscle growth as well as anabolic muscle building. It also aids in muscle recovery during intense bodybuilding training. The ingredients are designed to stack and work together, delivering visible results and boosting HGH levels.

Growth Factor Plus – The active ingredients in Growth Factor Plus include L-group amino acids, soy protein isolate and 50mg of colostrum. This powerful combination is intended to increase bone density, improve bone and joint strength, and contribute to a measurable growth in height.

CytoSport EvoPro Berry – Each scoop of EvoPro Berry shake mix contains purified bovine colostrum extract and 26 grams of protein. The formula is more complete than whey, yet has very little fat or carbohydrates. This product has the potential to increase lean muscle mass, stimulate growth receptors and sustain an anabolic state for enhanced protein synthesis.

Mega Shake Strawberry – Blending colostrum extract with other powerful active ingredients, Mega Shake provides 32 grams of total protein per serving. It is formulated to help increase muscle tone, reduce body fat, provide energy, and support muscle growth and repair.

References (Function, Sources, Benefits/Uses and Side Effects/Interactions):

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Bovine Colostrum”; published under “About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products” within Integrative Medicine area of website; last updated April 29, 2013; accessed November 5, 2014. <http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/bovine-colostrum>

Deuster, Patricia; Maier, Steven; et al. “Protein and Amino Acids Producers: Colostrum Protein”; Dietary Supplements and Military Divers: A Synopsis for Undersea Medical Officers, published by Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; January 2004. <http://hprc-online.org/dietary-supplements/files/DietarySupplementUMO.pdf>

Bruno, Gene. “Colostrum”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2005. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/colostrum.pdf>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Colostrum”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed November 5, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-785-COLOSTRUM.aspx?activeIngredientId=785&activeIngredientName=COLOSTRUM&source=3>

Research Sources:

Antonio, Jose; Sanders, Michael S.; and Van Gammeren, Darin. “The Effects of Bovine Colostrum Supplementation on Body Composition and Exercise Performance in Active Men and Women”; Nutrition; March 2001. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11312068>

Buckley JD, Abbott MJ, Brinkworth GD, Whyte PB. “Bovine Colostrum Supplementation During
Endurance Running Training Improves Recovery, But Not Performance”; Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; June 2002. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12188088>

Duff, Whitney R.D.; Chilibeck, Philip D.; et al. “The Effect of Bovine Colostrum Supplementation in Older Adults During Resistance Training”; International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism; June 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24281841>

Kelly, Gregory S. “Bovine Colostrums: A Review of Clinical Uses”; Alternative Medicine Review; November 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14653766>

Korhonen, Hannu; Marnila, Pertti; and Gill, Harsharnjit S. “Bovine Milk Antibodies for Health”; British Journal of Nutrition; November 2000. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11242458>

Mero, Antti; Kähkönen, Jonne; et al. “IGF-I, IgA, and IgG Responses to Bovine Colostrum Supplementation During Training”; Journal of Applied Physiology; August 2002. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12133885>

Mitra, Amal K.; Mahalanabis, Dilip; et al. “Hyperimmune Cow Colostrum Reduces Diarrhoea Due to Rotavirus: A Double-Blind, Controlled Clinical Trial”; Acta Paediatrica; September 1995. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8652974>

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November 2014 Tips from IFBB Pros Presented by HGH.com

HGH.com Presents IFBB Pros & Tips: November 2014 Edition

Get some quick tips and sage advice from some of the most incredible IFBB professionals. For the October 2014 edition of HGH.com’s Tips from IFBB Pros, we bring out the big guns with a quick tip from Steve Kuclo, as well as interviews with the world’s top IFBB bikini and fitness models. Plus, we get to see what life is like for IFBB Pro Karina Nascimento and we’ve added some awesome pins to our dedicated IFBB Pros & Tips Pinterest board to inspire and motivate you.

IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo’s Quick Tip

What’s the correct technique for doing a seated rear delt lateral raise? IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo provides demonstration for completing this bodybuilding rear delt exercise. As one of the main muscle groups that really pops when you’re on stage at a bodybuilding competition, the rear delts can also be well built by doing rear delt lateral raise. All you need is a couple of dumbbells, a flat bench and Steve Kuclo's know-how. Steve also shares whether you should use low, medium or high weight for the best results.

Advice from the World’s Top IFBB Bikini and Fitness Models

Let’s hear the top tips from the world’s best bikini and fitness models. They claim that, "anyone can do it!" When it comes to training, nutrition, taking the proper supplements, and having a personal trainer that cares about your health, consistency is key to get the most incredible results. Remember, it's not just a physical challenge, but it's a mental challenge as well. These IFBB leading ladies also share insight regarding setting goals, staying healthy and fit, and how to prepare for competition.

What's Life Like for IFBB Pro Karina Nascimento

Spend the day with IFBB Pro Karina Nascimento. From a radio show to working out to a photo shoot and more, we get to see how Karina spends her time two days before the New York Pro. Plus, check out what she’s eating and take a look at Karina on stage for the competition. Will she cave for what she craves?

More IFBB Pros & Tips on Pinterest

We’ve added more tips and tricks from the IFBB Pros on Pinterest. Make sure to take a look at this totally awesome Pinterest board filled with inspiration, perspiration and nutrition-related pins from IFBB pros. Stop back by often as we'll continue to update this board.

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2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Results: Top 5 Winners in Bodybuilding, Physique, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Contests

HGH.com Athletes Ben White and Tricky Jackson Place in Top 5 of Men’s Bodybuilding and 212 Contests at the 2014 Europa Games in Phoenix

International bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts recently converged in Phoenix, Arizona, to compete in the 2014 IFBB Europa Games, also known as the 2014 Europa Phoenix Pro. The event, which was held October 25-26, featured a series of IFBB pro contests and NPC amateur competitions as well as the Europa Games Get Fit & Sports Expo. Following Saturday pre-judging and Sunday finals, official rankings determined the winners of the bodybuilding, 212, physique, fitness, figure and bikini contests.

When the results were revealed, HGH.com-sponsored athletes Ben White and Richard “Tricky” Jackson were honored among the top five bodybuilders in their respective categories. Ben placed 4th in the IFBB Pro Men’s Bodybuilding category, while Tricky ranked 4th in the IFBB Pro Men’s 212 and Under category.

Following are the top 5 winners in each of the seven 2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro events:

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Champions:
1. Mohamed Ali Bannout, Lebanon
2. Johnnie Jackson, Hurst, TX
3. Brad Rowe, Los Angeles, CA
4. Ben White, Glen Falls, NY
5. Fred Smalls, Townsend, DE

Left to right - Grigori Atoyan, Mohamed Bannout, Johnnie Jackson, Brad Rowe, Fred Smalls, Ben White

                 

                1st Place - Mohamed Ali Bannout, Lebanon                                4th Place - Ben White, HGH.com Sponsored Athlete

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Men’s 212 and Under Champions:
1. Jose Raymond, North Reading, MA
2. Mark Dugdale, Bothell, WA
3. Ahmad Ahmad, Sweden
4. Tricky Jackson, Louisville, KY
5. Marvin Ward, Trenton, NJ

Left to right - Ahmad Ahmad, Marvin Ward, Jose Raymond, Tricky Jackson, Mark Dugdale

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Men’s Physique Champions:
1. Jason Poston, Dallas, TX
2. Michael Ferguson, Memphis, TN
3. Xavisus Gayden, San Clemente, CA
4. Ryan Hinton, Baton Rouge, LA
5. David Gonzalez, Arlington Heights, IL

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Women’s Physique Champions:
1. Teresita Morales, Middle Village, NY
2. Heather Grace, Denver, CO
3. Tamee Marie, Boystown, NE
4. Jamie Postill, Alberta, Canada
5. La’Drissa Bonivel, Chicago, IL

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Fitness Champions:
1. Sara Kovach, Carnegie, PA
2. Whitney Jones, Chandler, AZ
3. Ryall Graber, Canada
4. Chika Aluka, Dallas, TX
5. Kelcie Gahley, Jacksonville, FL

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Figure Champions:
1. Vera Mallett, Memphis, TN
2. Ivana Ivusic, Urbandale, IA
3. Josie Zamora, El Paso, TX
4. Brittany Campbell, Killeen, TX
5. Tamara Sedlack, Corona, CA

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Bikini Champions:
1. Sarah LeBlanc, Houma, LA
2. Francesca Lauren, Lake Oswego, OR
3. Lindsey Waters, Miami Beach, FL
4. Bianca Berry, New York, NY
5. Tatiana Koshman, Spring, TX

All of us at HGH.com would like to extend our congratulations to the 2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro winners with a special shout out to Tricky and Ben, who have once again done our brand proud. Both of these IFBB pros are perfect examples of how dedicated training, proper nutrition, and natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements can help athletes perform at the top of their game.

For the complete list of 2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix rankings, visit http://npcnewsonline.com/2014-ifbb-europa-phoenix-official-scorecards/.

Stay tuned to HGH.com for announcements regarding the results of other upcoming fitness, physique and bodybuilding competitions.

 




Top Winners of the 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships in Montreal

Meet the Top Physique, Fitness, Bikini Fitness and Bodyfitness Winners of the IFBB World Fitness Championships Held in October 2014

Canada recently hosted an international assembly of fitness enthusiasts during the 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships, which were held October 17-20 in Montreal. Over 230 athletes competed in the events, which included Women’s Fitness, Bikini Fitness, Bodyfitness and Physique; Men’s Fitness and Physique; and Mixed Pairs. The results were also tallied to determine the winners of the Team Championships by country.

Following are the top winners for each of the 2014 IFBB World Fitness contests:

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Fitness Results

Women’s Fitness Up to 163cm Winners:
1. Dominika Multanova, Slovakia
2. Kristina Koroljak, Estonia
3. Emma Paveley, United Kingdom
4. Georgiana Padure, Romania
5. Laura Cupsa, Romania

Women’s Fitness Over 163cm Winners:
1. Liudmila Nikitina, Russia
2. Oksana Orobets, Ukraine
3. Barbora Seckarova-Buncakova, Slovakia
4. Endla Vaher, Estonia
5. Tatiana Dvortsova, Russia

Women’s Fitness Overall Winners:
1. Liudmila Nikitina, Russia
2. Dominika Multanova, Slovakia

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Men’s Fitness Results

Men’s Fitness Open Winners:
1. Fedir Khashalov, Ukraine
2. Nazar Kharkhun, Ukraine
3. Konstantin Nekrasov, Russia
4. Mihai Moruz, Romania
5. Anton Mushtanov, Russia

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Bikini Fitness Results

Women’s Bikini Fitness Up to 160cm Winners:
1. Sandra Jokic, Norway
2. Amanda Lima, Brazil
3. Maria Aranguren, Spain
4. Svitlana Sydorenko, Ukraine
5. Jaana Malytcheva, Finland

Women’s Bikini Fitness Up to 163cm Winners:
1. Hanna Garbos, Poland
2. Jeanette Elstad, Norway
3. Michaela Brutenic, Slovakia
4. Rodika Bodrug, Sweden
5. Sayuri Torres, Brazil

Women’s Bikini Fitness Up to 166cm Winners:
1. Juliana Dantas, Brazil
2. Denisa Hargasova, Slovakia
3. Sarah Allen, Australia
4. Frida Sjöström, Sweden
5. Karina Skowronska, United Kingdom

Women’s Bikini Fitness Up to 169cm Winners:
1. Olga Viazmetinova, Ukraine
2. Sarah Reis, Brazil
3. Camilla Back, Finland
4. Shannon Atkinson, South Africa
5. Jana Milova, Slovakia

Women’s Bikini Fitness Up to 172cm Winners:
1. Alla Semenova, Ukraine
2. Kristina Nuut, Estonia
3. Brigitta Békefi, Hungary
4. Kathrin Weishaupt, Germany
5. Reet Reimets, Estonia

Women’s Bikini Fitness Over 172cm Winners:
1. Olga Putrova, Russia
2. Olivia Pohankova, Slovakia
3. Paula Banot, Poland
4. Jaclyn Phillips, Canada
5. Kathrin Hollmann, Germany

Women’s Bikini Fitness Overall Winners:
1. Olga Viazmetinova, Ukraine
2. Alla Semenova, Ukraine
3. Olga Putrova, Russia
4. Juliana Dantas, Brazil
5. Hanna Garbos, Poland

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Bodyfitness Results

Women’s Bodyfitness Up to 158cm Winners:
1. Veronica Gallego, Spain
2. Valentina Mazzola, Italy
3. Angela Derzapf, Germany
4. Inna Trofymenkova, Ukraine
5. Roberta Visintainer, Italy



Women’s Bodyfitness Up to 163cm Winners:
1. Gabriella Szabó, Hungary
2. Aurelie Sefi, Canada
3. Margita Zámolová, Czech Republic
4. Zrinka Fiser, Croatia
5. Julie Oftedal, Norway

Women’s Bodyfitness Up to 168cm Winners:
1. Adela Ondrejovicova, Slovakia
2. Kristina Skjelberg, Norway
3. Federica Ghezzi, Italy
4. Hanna Saario, Finland
5. Michaela Růžičková, Czech Republic

Women’s Bodyfitness Over 168cm Winners:
1. Maria Hasselmark, Sweden
2. Kinga Szweda, Poland
3. Barbara Molyneaux, Canada
4. Caroline Caine, United Kingdom
5. Therese Swedbom, Sweden

Women’s Bodyfitness Overall Winners:
1. Gabriella Szabó, Hungary
2. Adela Ondrejovicova, Slovakia
3. Veronica Gallego, Spain
4. Maria Hasselmark, Sweden

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Physique Results

Women’s Physique Up to 163cm Winners:
1. Jana Purdjakova, Slovakia
2. Olga Chernous, Ukraine
3. Alina Cepurniene, Lithuania
4. Priscila Castilha Cavina, Brazil
5. Fernanda Gutilla Sierra, Brazil

Women’s Physique Over 163cm Winners:
1. Silvia Fraga, Brazil
2. Cristina Arellano, Spain
3. Giuditta Magazzino, Italy
4. Rachel Foster, Canada
5. Lucy Cerantola, Canada

Women’s Physique Overall Winners:
1. Jana Purdjakova, Slovakia
2. Silvia Fraga, Brazil

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Men’s Physique Results

Men’s Physique Up to 170cm Winners:
1. Carlos Nuñez, Spain
2. Trevor Ryan, Canada
3. Boás Oliveira, Brazil
4. Paulius Ratkevicius, Lithuania
5. Pontus Koskelainen, Sweden

Men’s Physique Up to 174cm Winners:
1. Alexander Myrvold, Norway
2. Henrique De Carvalho, France
3. Luiz Kokufu, Brazil
4. Stephanus Fick, South Africa
5. Yasin Şahin, Turkey

Men’s Physique Up to 178cm Winners:
1. Marco Gandolfi Vannini, Italy
2. Grzegorz Placzkowski, Poland
3. Petter Orvik Grønningsæter, Norway
4. Marco Nascimento, Brazil
5. Jean Noel Gamer, France



Men’s Physique Over 178cm Winners:
1. Eren Legend, Canada
2. Lucas Ferrara, Brazil
3. Eduardo Monteiro, Brazil
4. Jaani Inkinen, Finland
5. Johannes Leivo, Finland



Men’s Physique Overall Winners:
1. Eren Legend, Canada
2. Carlos Nuñez, Spain
3. Alexander Myrvold, Norway
4. Marco Gandolfi Vannini, Italy

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Mixed Pairs Results

Mixed Pairs Winners:
1. Blanche Coppola and Ralph Decelis, Malta
2. Inna Trofymenkova and Fedir Khashalov, Ukraine
3. Angela Derzapf and Antonio Murania, Germany
4. Tiffany Hodsman and Ali Najafian, Canada
5. Maria Mikola and Bernie Mockler, Canada

2014 IFBB World Fitness Team Championships Results

Team Championships Winners:
1. Ukraine
2. Slovakia
3. Brazil
4. Norway
5. Canada

Kudos to all who competed in this international event, and congratulations to the winners! You can find a complete list of rankings for all of the 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championship contests at http://www.ifbb.com/wp-content/uploads/2014-IFBB-Montreal-Results.pdf.

Check back for announcements regarding the results of other upcoming competitions. Next week we’ll post the winners of the 2014 Europa Games in Phoenix. Among the competitors participating in that event are IFBB pros Tricky Jackson and Ben White, both of whom are sponsored by HGH.com fitness and bodybuilding supplements. We wish the best of luck to our sponsored athletes Tricky and Ben, and to all of you competing in Phoenix!




Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter

Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter

When thinking about the different type of lifters and training – bodybuilders, weightlifters and powerlifters – we think it's much like a battle of the buffest. Each type of lifting program improves strength and size in its own way.

Which one is right for you? That's something you'll need to decide. Who knows, you may like to do some training from each of these areas to get the results you desire. Check out these videos to get a better idea of some of the different techniques and build each of these athletes have. We've also created a Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter Pinterest board

Which Type of Lifter Squats Longest?

As we mention above, there are differences between bodybuilders, weightlifters and powerlifters. Berlin Strength in Germany thought it would be fun to find out which type of lifter would last the longest in a squat session. Keep in mind, they are speaking German, but the subtitles are in English, when you press the Closed Captioning (CC) button. Let’s see who the winner is in this friendly squat session competition: one of the two powerlifters, the weight lifter or the bodybuilder. Who do you think it will be.

When Bodybuilders Meet Powerlifters

Join us with the crew from Berlin Strength Gym in Germany as bodybuilders train with powerlifters. The Bodybuilder Meets Powerlifter video below shows bodybuilders Harry Irorutola and Felix Valentino do a basic power lifting workout with powerlifters Thomas Faber and Romano Rengal. As bodybuilders, Harry and Felix workout to make their bodies look awesome, while powerlifting is more about extreme strength and power. In this video, they focus on powerlifting basics, including squats, deadlifts and benchpresses. Thomas and Romano also share several tips on proper powerlifting technique. Much like the video above, this one is spoken in German, but the subtitles are in English when you click on the CC button.

Deadlift Battle with a Bodybuilder, a Strongman and a Powerlifter

See how the deadlift is done with this friendly backyard battle between a bodybuilder, a powerlifter and a strongman. You'll see slightly different techniques as each competitor basically does the deadlift as they do in their training. Who will come out as the deadlift champion?

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