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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?

Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter Pinterest Board

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2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic was a Big Success and Entertaining

IFBB pro and HGH.com sponsored athlete Richard “Tricky” Jackson shared a few comments and personal photos from "NPC Weekend Classic in Lexington, Kentucky" held earlier this month.

Congratulations to the participants and winners! You can find a full list of the top contestants and winners of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championship at http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/winners-of-2014-npc-tricky-jackson-classic-championships.

“The 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic was a huge success,” reported Tricky. “Our guest poser, Jose Raymond, was very well-received by the fans in Kentucky; my sons and I had a blast during our dance battle/pose-down; and all of the athletes gave amazing performances. After 17 years, I’m proud to say the show continues to get better every year.”

 

 

Me and my sons posing down at the 2014 NPC TJC.

A photo posted by Tricky Jackson (@trickyifbbpro) on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:44am PDT

 

Tricky also expressed gratitude to the event’s sponsors: “We’re fortunate to have an outstanding group of sponsors, including Bell Plantation, Nebbia, TONIcise Inc. and Musclehead Graphics. And I’d like to give a special shout out to our feature sponsors – Liquid Sun Rayz, who provided oil for all of the competitors, and HGH.com, who provided samples of their health and bodybuilding supplements to all of the participating athletes. Their support helped make this year’s event our best one yet.”

 

 

Team tricky in the house.

A photo posted by Tricky Jackson (@trickyifbbpro) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:37am PDT

 

 




Hollywood Actors Bodybuilding Workout Videos and Tips

Hollywood Actors Bodybuilding Workout Videos and Tips

Ever wonder how actors attain their chiseled physiques for movie roles like Wolverine, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the warriors in 300? Well, so did we. We found some great videos that divulge their bodybuilding workouts, secrets and diets. Plus, we created a star-studded Pinterest board filled with even more Hollywood movie role workouts for you to get an inside look at how these actors transform their bodies to become your favorite big screen characters.

Getting in Shape for the Movie 300

While getting ready to be in the film 300: Rise of the Empire, many of the actors trained over the course of seven months. As they trained, these actor's bodies were put under a lot of muscular and metabolic stress. They never did the same workout twice.

Gerard Butler states, “I think cardio is always a killer. Cardio. Cardio. Cardio. I hate it, but it’s the one that makes the difference. I kind of love to just go in the gym and do weights, but unfortunately, you can’t always get away with that. So, when you combine weights with circuit training, it’s a great way of building muscle in a leaner way and also burning fat because you’re doing a lot of cardio as well.”

Mark Twight, the personal trainer responsible for coming up with the workouts to sculpt those infamous six-pack abs, shares some insight regarding what it takes to get the actors in shape for a film like 300.

Transforming from Jackman to Wolverine

Ever wonder what Hugh Jackman’s diet is like as he prepares to become the Wolverine character? In this video, Hugh Jackman shares his secret, along with what he had to do while filming Les Misérables, which he was working on right before his next Wolverine film. You’ll have to watch the entire video to get the low-down on what he consumes while getting ready to play Wolverine.

Affleck's Top 5 Exercises for The Town Role

Sports nutritionist Rehan Jalali shows us how to do five of the incredible exercises Ben Affleck did with personal trainer Walter Norton, Jr., while preparing for his role in the movie The Town. Affleck's philosophy as he trained for this part was, "Intensity builds immensity."

Jalali is at the Gold's Gym in LA to give us an up-close and personal look at the technique for each exercise:

  • Weighted Pull Ups (Back)
  • Dumbbell Bench Press (Chest)
  • Supinated Curls (Biceps)
  • Walking Lunges (Legs)
  • Hanging Leg Raises (Abs)

Plus, he shares the weight Affleck was using while doing these exercises. What a great way to get lean and tight for the part.

Pinterest Board for Star-Studded Movie Role Workouts

Discover more Hollywood star workouts for some of your favorite movie characters with HGH.com's Hollywood Actors Bodybuilding Workout Videos and Tips Pinterest board.

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Top Winners of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships

Meet the Top Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Contest Winners From the 17th Annual NPC Tricky Jackson Classic on October 11, 2014

IFBB pro and HGH.com sponsored athlete Richard “Tricky” Jackson recently hosted the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 11. Sanctioned by the NPC as a national qualifying event, the 17th annual Tricky Jackson Classic drew fitness enthusiasts of all levels and ages to compete in the full-day series of bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini competitions.

A total of 176 athletes engaged in 29 separate contests, including numerous crossovers who competed in multiple categories. In addition to the scheduled prejudging and final competitions, the event featured special performances by guest poser Jose Raymond and a Jackson family posing routine featuring Tricky and his three sons: Trey, 12; Reese, 10; and Rashawn, 3. Co-sponsors of the event included HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements, Liquid Sun Rayz, Bell Plantation, Nebbia, TONIcise Inc. and Musclehead Graphics.

Following are the top winners for each of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic contests:

2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Bodybuilding Competition Results

Men’s Lightweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Branden Knose
2. Jonathan Coker
3. Chaz Matthews
4. Timothy Hall
5. Mike Olsen

Men’s Welterweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Christopher Guelda
2. Marcus Booker
3. Gerald Padilla

Men’s Middleweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Jeremy Detty
2. Nathan Garland
3. Mark Wilson

Men’s Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Jeff Storch
2. Kevin Zulauf
3. Richard Zahneis
4. Todd Buchanan
5. Lee Earlywine

Men’s Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Brannon Bellar
2. Ian Baunach

Men’s Super Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Chris Hendrix
2. Dwayne Hampton
3. Chris Culler

Men’s 40+ Masters Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Jeff Storch
2. Dwayne Hampton
3. Mark Wilson
4. James Simmons

Men’s 50+ Masters Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Kevin Zulauf
2. Richard Zahneis
3. Todd Buchanan
4. Jonathan Coker
5. Mike Olsen

Men’s Novice Lightweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Christopher Guelda
2. Branden Knose
3. Gerald Padilla

Men’s Novice Middleweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Nathan Garland
2. Lee Earlywine
3. Mark Wilson
4. Michael Murphy

Men’s Novice Heavyweight Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Chris Hendrix
2. Cody Dickerson
3. Ian Baunach
4. Jacob Patterson
5. Adam Myers

Teen Bodybuilding Top Winner:
1. Justin McDaniel

2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Physique Competition Results

Men’s Physique – Short Winners:
1. Andy Yaryan
2. Joshua Holston
3. James Glenn
4. Austin Peckham
5. Michael Harris

Men’s Physique – Tall Winners:
1. Austin Brown
2. Corry Sand
3. Peter Yun
4. Joshua McCuddy
5. Jordon Adams

Men’s Physique Masters Winners:
1. Joshua Holston
2. Ron Zane

Women’s Physique Winners:
1. Barbara Erhart
2. Arlene Smith
3. Christie Palmann
4. Lindy Eime
5. Vanessa Parrish

2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Figure Competition Results

Figure Class A Winners:
1. Mikaela Strimpfel
2. Sarah Bowling
3. Mischell Nibert
4. Kaylynn Goeslin
5. Tammy Napier

Figure Class B Winners:
1. Monica Daugherty
2. Vanessa Parrish
3. Tambra Johnson
4. Cindy Turpin
5. Sharon Haun

Figure Class C Winners:
1. Elizabeth Knose
2. JoAnne Gerwe
3. Bethany Boils

Figure Class D Winners:
1. Stephanie Suttman
2. Mandi Vorhees
3. Lisa Slama
4. Jessica Phelps
5. Michelle McMillian

Masters Figure 35+ Winners:
1. Mischell Nibert
2. Jennifer Waldron
3. JoAnne Gerwe
4. Bethany Wise
5. Daphne Thompson

Masters Figure 45+ Winners:
1. Stephanie Suttman
2. Jody Martin
3. Lisa Slama
4. Michelle McMillian
5. Sharon Haun

2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Bikini Competition Results

Bikini Class A Winners:
1. Monica Miesling
2. Ericka Herd
3. Ashley Carter
4. Elspeth Dana
5. Mischell Nibert

Bikini Class B Winners:
1. Kelly Stanton
2. Laurel Mazzocca
3. Chelsea Christene
4. Cassandra Haynes
5. Erin Huml

Bikini Class C Winners:
1. Courtney McKenzie
2. Felicia Bedel
3. Kristen Bowen
4. Bess Wallingford
5. Lauren Goodwin

Masters Bikini 35+ Winners:
1. Ericka Herd
2. Mischell Nibert
3. Christi Hammers
4. Bess Wallingford
5. Sarah Freel

Masters Bikini 45+ Winners:
1. Bess Wallingford

Novice Bikini Class A Winners:
1. Monica Miesling
2. Ashley Carter
3. Mischell Nibert
4. Christi Hammers
5. Kathryn Fauver

Novice Bikini Class B Winners:
1. Courtney McKenzie
2. Laurel Mazzocca
3. Felicia Bedel
4. Cassandra Haynes
5. Erin Huml

Congratulations to all of the winners! You can find a complete list of rankings for all of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championship contests at http://www.getmyshowscores.com/files/2014_Tricky_Jackson_Web.pdf.

Check back soon for announcements regarding the winners of other upcoming competitions, including the 2014 Europa Games in Phoenix, which will feature IFBB pros and HGH.com sponsored athletes Tricky Jackson and Ben White. We wish the best of luck to all of you competing in these events!




2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships Takes Place This Weekend on October 11

2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships Will Bring Top Bodybuilders and Fitness Enthusiasts to Kentucky on October 11 for National Qualifier

Top athletes will converge on Lexington, Kentucky, this weekend to participate in the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships, which take place Saturday, October 11, at The Thoroughbred Center. The NPC-sanctioned national qualifying event will feature bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini contests. Prejudging kicks off at 11 a.m., while the finals will take place at 7 p.m.

The annual event was founded by award-winning IFBB pro Richard “Tricky” Jackson and is entering its 17th year. Tricky has long been an HGH.com-sponsored athlete and a champion of our natural HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements, which is why we were proud to sign on as a co-sponsor of these championships.

The NPC Tricky Jackson Classic event will feature “lots of athletes, lots of surprises and, most of all, lots of fun.” Renowned bodybuilder Jose Raymond – who recently took 3rd place in the 2014 Olympia 212 Showdown and 2nd place at the 2014 IFBB Korea Grand Prix – will take part as a headlining guest poser. Tricky plans to add to the fun by doing a special posing routine with his kids, Porsha, Trey, Reese and Rashawn.

In the run-up to the event, Tricky and Toni Wheeler of TONIcise hosted a posing and preparation clinic at The Factory in Louisville on September 27. For those who missed it, the duo will be running additional pose-down clinics in the near future.

Interested in attending the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships? Tickets are $20 per person for the prejudging events, while finals are $30 for general admission and $40 reserved. Competitors and fans are also invited to attend an after-party at the host hotel, the Ramada Inn, with food provided and an available cash bar. Registered athletes receive free admission to the after-party; all others pay just $10.

For more information on the upcoming championships, visit the Tricky Jackson Classic Facebook page and see our recent 2014 Tricky Jackson Classic press release. We wish the best of luck to all of the competing athletes – we hope to see you all at the event, whether on stage or in the audience. And be sure to check our blog next week for a recap of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships’ top bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini winners!

HGH.com is proud to support the event and will join sponsors Liquid Sun Rayz, Bell Plantation, Nebbia, TONIcise Inc. and Musclehead Graphics."

 



Elliptical Training Workout Videos and Tips

Elliptical Training to Energize Your Workouts

We’re pumped about elliptical training. Not only do you get an incredible workout, but you also get total body muscle toning too. By increasing your stride length on an elliptical, you can burn more calories without feeling like it's more work. Whether you want to improve your fitness or shed some fat, elliptical training can help you achieve your goals.

You’ll find that there are many benefits to working out on the elliptical, such as lower joint stress than other exercises (i.e. running), greater muscle activation, more core muscle focus, posture improvement and better balance. Best of all, elliptical training saves you loads of time, since you're working both upper and lower body endurance, improving your cardiovascular fitness and tightening your core all at the same time. To give your workout a boost, we've gathered together a few YouTube videos, along with an awesome workout and we created a Pinterest board specifically for elliptical workouts.

Interval Training on the Elliptical

Get on the elliptical with musculoskeletal expert Rowan Ellis for an intense 10-minute interval-training workout. Throughout the workout, Rowan shares vital exercise techniques to put the most impact on your quadriceps and glutes, while keeping the stress off of your lower back and neck.

The exercise intervals include working hard for 40 seconds and increasing the speed for each interval. There is also a 20-second recovery phase between the work hard phases. After that, there are four build-up phases, where the resistance is turned up each time and there’s a 20-second recovery phase between each here as well.

Getting the Most out of Elliptical Training

There are a few common mistakes people tend to make when working out on an elliptical trainer. WINK News fitness expert Mike Drumm explains what those tendencies are and how to achieve maximum results from your elliptical workout. Some of the major slip-ups that can have the most impact on your elliptical workout include:

  • Incorrect or no age/weight information put into the machine
  • Improper form
  • Zero resistance
  • Not changing directions
  • Fail to switch up your workout routine


Gain insight regarding these trouble areas, as well as what you can do to maximize your elliptical workout and achieve the best results:

The Best of Both Worlds

There are times when two worlds collide and incredibly wonderful things happen. This is one of those times. By combining an elliptical workout with circuit training, you get an amazing workout that adds some spice to your training routine. We found this 40-Minute Elliptical + Circuit Workout on The Running Doc and thought you might like to check it out. After every five minutes on the elliptical, jump off to do an exercise using your own body weight. You can increase the intensity to fit your needs. The elliptical and circuit workout goes like this:

  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 80 Jumping Jacks
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 30 Pushups
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 40 Mountain Climbers
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 1 Minute Plank
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 25 Squat Jumps
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 20 Lunges
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical

Elliptical Training and Workout Pinterest Board

Ready for more elliptical-themed workout tips and information? Then, you'll have to check out HGH.com's Pinterest board that is solely dedicated to elliptical workouts.

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L-Tyrosine Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient L-Tyrosine, or 2-Amino-3-(4-Hydroxyphenyl)-Propanoic acid

Tyrosine – also known as L-tyrosine and 2-amino-3-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-propanoic acid – is an amino acid that is found in certain foods and produced by the body. It serves as a building block of neurotransmitters and protein, and supports proper organ function. Individuals seeking to boost their levels of L-tyrosine can obtain it through food sources as well as in natural health and bodybuilding supplements such as HGH 30,000 Nanograms, HGF-MAX, A-Max 50 and whey protein mixes.

Functions of L-Tyrosine

As an amino acid, L-tyrosine plays a role in protein synthesis. It is also critical for the production of three key neurotransmitters – epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine – that support the nervous system and influence mood, and it is involved in the production of melanin (skin pigments). Finally, L-tyrosine helps to maintain proper function of the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing and regulating hormones.

Sources of L-Tyrosine

The body naturally manufactures tyrosine from another amino acid called phenylalanine. Dietary sources of tyrosine include soy, eggs, turkey, chicken, fish, dairy (cheese, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt), pork, beef, beans, peanuts, mustard greens, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and seaweed. L-tyrosine may also be consumed as an ingredient within natural dietary supplements.

L-Tyrosine Benefits and Uses

Since tyrosine is involved in producing epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine, it appears to help the body manage the effects of stress. Studies suggest that L-tyrosine may help to enhance memory and mental function under physical and psychological stress, including lack of sleep. It also has been shown to reduce fatigue and increase alertness in individuals who are sleep-deprived.

Numerous sources suggest that L-tyrosine functions as a natural human growth hormone (HGH) releaser, also known as an HGH secretagogue. For this reason, L-tyrosine is believed to have a beneficial effect on athletic performance, helping to build muscle and increase endurance.

Side Effects of L-Tyrosine and Potential Interactions

L-tyrosine supplements are generally considered safe for adults. Some people may experience minor side effects such as nausea, headaches and upset stomach, particularly at high dosages. However, individuals who have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) or Graves disease should avoid L-tyrosine supplements, as they can exacerbate these conditions due to increased production of thyroxine.

Interactions are possible with some medications. L-tyrosine has the potential to elevate thyroxine levels too high when taken in combination with synthetic thyroid hormones, and it may interfere with the absorption of levodopa (L-dopa) in patients with Parkinson’s disease. L-tyrosine supplements may also cause a severe increase in blood pressure when taken with a class of antidepressant medications known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). More detailed safety information on L-tyrosine side effects and interactions can be found on the University of Maryland Medical Center website. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing L-tyrosine.

L-Tyrosine Research and Studies

Numerous research studies have explored the impact of L-tyrosine supplements on mental function, memory and alertness, particularly in relation to physical and psychological stress such as sleep deprivation and cold exposure. One such study published in the Brain Research Bulletin examined the effects of L-tyrosine on cadets during a weeklong military combat training course, and found that supplementation improved cognitive performance while reducing systolic blood pressure. Another group of researchers reported in Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine that L-tyrosine supplements had the ability to counteract cognitive performance decreases in subjects required to perform continuous work after losing a night’s sleep. Similarly, an article in Physiology & Behavior stated that L-tyrosine supplements helped alleviate working memory decrements in subjects exposed to severe cold.

In Amino Acids and Proteins for the Athlete: The Anabolic Edge, author Mauro G. Di Pasquale asserted that amino acids such as tyrosine, arginine, leucine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) all may potentiate HGH secretion. Research into L-tyrosine’s effects on athletic performance, muscle growth and endurance remains ongoing; however, clinical evidence in support of these benefits has not yet been published.

For additional L-tyrosine research, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

HGH.com Supplements With L-Tyrosine

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts can harness the benefits of L-tyrosine with natural HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGH 30,000 Pills and HGH 30,000 Spray – Available in both capsule and spray forms, HGH 30,000 Nanograms promotes HGH production with a powerful combination of L-group amino acids, including L-tyrosine. These oral supplements support muscle growth, fat-burning, increased energy and other benefits.

HGF MAX – These bodybuilding supplements are formulated to naturally boost HGH production with ingredients such as L-tyrosine and other amino acids, which help to build muscle, enhance muscle tone, increase metabolism and improve stamina.

Anapolan Max 50 (A-Max 50) – Designed to help bodybuilders achieve rapid muscle mass increases, A-Max 50 features L-tyrosine and other active ingredients to promote lean muscle gain, stimulate HGH production and elevate testosterone levels.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – With nearly 500 milligrams of L-tyrosine and 24 grams of protein per serving, Multi-Pro is a complete protein supplement that is intended to help users build muscle, reduce body fat and improve the immune system.

CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein – One serving of low-fat, low-lactose, CytoSport whey protein contains 3 grams of L-tyrosine and a full 18 grams of protein. It is formulated to aid in developing lean muscle mass and recovering more quickly after intense training.

TakeOFF Maximum Catalyst – Tyrosine is intended to fulfill several functions in the TakeOFF fat-burner formula: raising norepinephrine levels to promote thermogenesis, restoring neurotransmitters to support mental focus and improving thyroid function to boost metabolism.

NxLabs Plasmavol and NxLabs Pump System – These NxLabs supplements contain amino acids such as L-tyrosine to help boost nitric oxide production, improve muscle pumps and vascularity, and increase strength.

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

NYU Langone Medical Center. “Tyrosine”; published under “Herbs & Supplements”; last reviewed September 2014. <http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21794>

University of Maryland Medical Center. “Tyrosine”; published under the “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide” on the website; last updated May 7, 2013. <http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/tyrosine>

Presser, Art. “Amino Acids”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2009. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/Amino%20Acids.pdf>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Tyrosine”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed September 29, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1037-tyrosine.aspx?activeingredientid=1037&activeingredientname=tyrosine>

Research Sources:

Colzato, Lorenza S.; de Haan, Annelies M.; and Hommel, Bernhard. “Food for Creativity: Tyrosine Promotes Deep Thinking”; Psychological Research; September 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25257259>

Deijen, Jan B.; Wientjes, Cornelis J.; et al. “Tyrosine Improves Cognitive Performance and Reduces Blood Pressure in Cadets After One Week of a Combat Training Course”; Brain Research Bulletin; January 1999. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10230711>

Di Pasquale, Mauro G. “Chapter 6: Physiological and Pharmacological Actions of Amino Acids”; Amino Acids and Proteins for the Athlete: The Anabolic Edge, Second Edition; Boca Raton, FL: 2008; pg. 200. <http://books.google.com/books?isbn=1420043811>

Mahoney, Caroline R.; Castellani, John.; et al. “Tyrosine Supplementation Mitigates Working Memory Decrements During Cold Exposure”; Physiology & Behavior; November 23, 2007. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17585971>

Neri, David F.; Wiegmann, Douglas A.; et al. “The Effects of Tyrosine on Cognitive Performance During Extended Wakefulness”; Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine; April 1995. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7794222>









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