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Ben White Having Fun at the 2014 Mr. Olympia Weekend

IFBB Pro and HGH sponsored athlete, Ben White, had a blast at the 2014 Mr. Olympia Weekend with the 5%ers clothing line, and he signed autographs, participated in a video shoot and posted a series of photo updates via Instagram.

If you would like to see the winners of 2014 Mr. Olympia Weekend contests at Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend in Las Vegas - visit our recent post at http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/winners-of-2014-mr-olympia-weekend-contests.

 




Top Winners of 2014 Mr. Olympia Contests at Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend in Las Vegas

Meet the Top 5 Winners From Each Contest at the 2014 Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend, Including Mr. Olympia, Ms. Olympia and 212 Showdown

Bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts from around the world recently gathered in Las Vegas for Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend 2014, which was held September 18-21. The main events included eight International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) competitions: the 2014 Mr. Olympia, Ms. Olympia, 212 Showdown, Men’s Physique, Women’s Physique, Fitness Olympia, Figure Olympia and Bikini Olympia.

Additional events were held as part of the Olympia Expo, including Boxing, Karate, Olympic Weightlifting, Pro Powerlifting, Strongman Challenge, Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling and more.

Following are the top five winners in each of the eight main event categories:

Phillip Heath - Winner of 2014 Mr. OlympiaMr. Olympia 2014 Phil Heath

2014 Mr. Olympia – IFBB Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Phillip Heath, USA
2. Kai Greene, USA
3. Shawn Rhoden, USA
4. Dennis Wolf, Germany
5. Dexter Jackson, USA

2014 Ms. Olympia – IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Winners:
1. Iris Kyle, USA
2. Alina Popa, Romania
3. Debi Laszewski, USA
4. Alana Shipp, USA
5. Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, Venezuela

2014 Olympia 212 Showdown – IFBB Pro 212 Winners:
1. Flex Lewis, UK
2. Eduardo Correa da Silva, Brazil
3. Jose Raymond, USA
4. Hidetada Yamagishi, Japan
5. Baito Abbaspour, Iran

2014 Men’s Physique Olympia – IFBB Pro Men’s Physique Winners:
1. Jeremy Buendia, USA
2. Sadik Hadzovic, USA
3. Jason Poston, USA
4. Matthew Acton, USA
5. Steve Cook, USA

2014 Women’s Physique Olympia – IFBB Pro Women’s Physique Winners:
1. Juliana Malacarne, Brazil
2. Dana Linn Bailey, USA
3. Tycie Coppett, USA
4. Karina Nascimento, USA
5. Sabrina Taylor, USA

2014 Fitness Olympia – IFBB Pro Fitness Winners:
1. Oksana Grishina, Russia
2. Regiane da Silva, Germany
3. Tanji Johnson, USA
4. Bethany Cisternino, USA
5. Myriam Capes, Canada

2014 Figure Olympia – IFBB Pro Figure Winners:
1. Nicole Wilkins, USA
2. Candice Keene, USA
3. Candice Lewis, USA
4. Ann Titone, USA
5. Latorya Watts, USA

2014 Bikini Olympia – IFBB Pro Bikini Winners:
1. Ashley Kaltwasser, USA
2. Janet Layug, USA
3. Stacey Alexander, USA
4. Yeshaira Robles, USA
5. Amanda Latona, USA

Ms. Olympia 2014 Iris Kyle strikes a pose alongside fellow women’s bodybuilding competitors.

Congratulations to all of the winners! You can find a complete list of rankings for all of the main events during the 2014 Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend at http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/ifbb_mr_olympia/.

Check back soon for announcements regarding the winners of other upcoming competitions, including the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships, which are co-sponsored by HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements, as well as the 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships in Montreal and the 2014 Europa Games in Phoenix. We wish our HGH.com-sponsored pros – Richard “Tricky” Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer – success in their respective events, and best of luck to all of the bodybuilders and athletes competing in these contests!

 




Circuit Training Workouts

Get the Most out of Circuit-Training Workouts

Have you hit a plateau or just want to switch up your workout routine a bit? Then, you're probably going to enjoy circuit training workouts as much as we do. You'll find they provide the ideal combination of strength exercises and aerobic exercises. There are many benefits to circuit training as well:

  • Easily modifiable for all fitness levels
  • Builds total body strength
  • Increases endurance
  • Stimulates weight loss
  • Breaks plateaus
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Bans workout boredom

In general, circuit training workouts include six to 10 exercises completed consecutively with little to no rest between each. To get the optimal benefits from circuit training, you should not rest for any more than 30 seconds between exercises. For timed circuit training workouts, beginners may want to start with 30 seconds per exercise and increase the amount of time as you advance. You can also shorten the rest time between exercises.

To get you moving, we’ve compiled a few circuit training videos and created a Pinterest board totally dedicated to Circuit Training Workouts.

Cutting-Edge Circuit Training Workout

Let's start out with a maximum results kind of circuit training workout. This routine is designed to define your chest, arms and abs, blast belly fat, and significantly improve your fitness level. Trainers David Jack and Jen Widerstrom take you through the routine during this Men’s Health Circuit Workout – Part 1 video that includes these exercises:

  • Dumbbell Hybrid
  • Dumbbell Swing
  • Goblet Squat
  • Glute Bridge
  • High Knee Run
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Lateral Hops
  • Mountain Climber
  • Skips
  • Split-Stance Single-Arm Rows
  • T-Push-Up
  • Three-Way Lunge

Boot Camp-Style Circuit Training Workout

Turn up the intensity with a boot camp-style workout routine. BeFit GO's expert trainers, Courtney Prather, William Copsey and Jessica Blythe, give us a kick butt cross training workout that is designed to build strength, improve agility, increase endurance and burn fat. The 30-Minute Boot Camp Body Circuit Training Workout video is a unique blend of cardio, strength and plyometric exercises.

Before you begin this super-charged 30-minute workout, you'll need to gather these items:

  • Bottle of Water
  • Medicine Ball
  • Towel
  • Yoga Mat


Make sure to focus on proper form and stay hydrated during this workout, where you'll be focusing on your arms, chest, shoulders, back, abs, glutes and legs. Keep in mind, you can modify this circuit training workout to your specific skill level by adjusting weight, repetitions and rest periods. Don’t forget to have a bottle of water and a towel nearby while completing this routine, which includes the following exercises:

  • Air Squats
  • Broad Jumps
  • Butt Bridge
  • Butt Kicks
  • High Knees
  • Karaokes
  • Lying Quad Stretch (each leg)
  • Lower Back Stretch (each side)
  • Pigeon Stretch (each leg)
  • Plank
  • Push Ups
  • Russian Twists (alternate sides)
  • Samson Stretch
  • Single-Leg Squat (alternate legs)
  • Standing Hamstring Stretch (each leg)
  • Toe Touches
  • Walk Outs

 

Advanced Circuit Training

As you can see, circuit training workouts can vary in the types of exercises, as well as the amount of rest between sets. Keep your circuit training workout moving at warp speed by going from one exercise to the next with no rest in between. One of the nicest things about circuit training is that you can switch up your routine. Whether you choose to add different exercises, vary the amount of time for each exercise, increase or decrease rest times, or change your exercise intensity, you can create a circuit to help you reach your goals.

The following video gives us a glimpse at an advanced level of circuit training to promote fitness and strength. They introduce several exercises with no break in between, such as:

  • Burpees
  • Dumbbell Rows
  • High-Knee Push-ups
  • Spiderman Crawl

Additional Circuit Training Workouts on Pinterest

Take a look at the collection of pins for circuit training workouts on HGH.com's Pinterest board.

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Winners of 2014 IFBB North American Championships and IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters

HGH.com-Sponsored Athlete Tara Silzer Named Overall Women’s Bodybuilding Winner at 2014 IFBB North American Championships in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania recently hosted two major International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) competitions – the 2014 IFBB North American Championships and 2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters Championships. Hundreds of athletes competed in a series of events on August 28, 29 and 30, including men’s and women’s bodybuilding and physique as well as fitness, figure and bikini. Officials ranked the contestants in numerous sub-category contests and named overall winners in each of the major areas, and nearly 100 athletes were designated 2014 IFBB North American Championships Pro Card Winners.

HGH.com-sponsored athlete Tara Silzer participated in the 2014 IFBB North American Championships in Pittsburgh and proved herself as a top competitor. Not only did she win first place in women’s heavyweight bodybuilding, she was deemed the overall winner in women’s bodybuilding. She also earned her IFBB pro card as a result of her performance. We congratulate Tara on her impressive achievements, and we couldn’t be more proud to have her representing HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements.

Tara Silzer strikes a pose during the women’s bodybuilding competition at the 2014 IFBB North American Championships.
Photo courtesy of NPCNewsOnline.com

Here is the complete list of 2014 IFBB North American Championship overall winners in each of the seven general categories:

  • Men’s Bodybuilding Overall Winner: Erik Ramirez
  • Women’s Bodybuilding Overall Winner: Tara Silzer
  • Men’s Physique Overall Winner: Arash Rahbar
  • Women’s Physique Overall Winner: Kellyn Huehn-Peterson
  • Figure Overall Winner: Lauren Michelle Valentino
  • Fitness Overall Winner: Nicolette Spencer
  • Bikini Overall Winner: Shandy Ortiz


Overall winners were also announced for select Masters categories:

  • Women’s Bodybuilding Masters Over 35 Overall Winner: Amanda Aivaliotis
  • Men’s Physique Masters Over 35 Overall Winner: Chris Griffin
  • Men’s Physique Masters Over 40 Overall Winner: Lorenzo Orozco
  • Women’s Physique Masters Over 35 Overall Winner: Dany Garcia
  • Women’s Physique Masters Over 45 Overall Winner: Amy Bowen
  • Figure Masters Over 35 Overall Winner: Christina Watson
  • Figure Masters Over 45 Overall Winner: Laura Donegan
  • Figure Masters Over 55 Overall Winner: Abby Kranitz
  • Bikini Masters Over 35 Overall Winner: Magdalena Coffman
  • Bikini Masters Over 45 Overall Winner: Theresa Orsini


In addition to the overall winners, following are the top-ranked competitors for each of the main contest categories at the 2014 IFBB North American Championships in Pittsburgh (for winners of each Masters age group, refer to the NPC News Online rankings):

Men’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

  • Super Heavyweight: Dusty Hanshaw
  • Heavyweight: Erik Ramirez
  • Light Heavyweight: Tristen Escolastico
  • Middleweight: Robert Zavala
  • Welterweight: Mauricio Velazquez Mondragon
  • Lightweight: Eduardo Corona
  • Bantamweight: Paul Teixeira


Women’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

  • Heavyweight: Tara Silzer
  • Light Heavyweight: Kate Cooper
  • Middleweight: Carrie Woolridge
  • Lightweight: Patty Beard


Men’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

  • Class A: Pradeep (Freddy) Naidu
  • Class B: Patrick Fulgham
  • Class C: Austin Current
  • Class D: Arash Rahbar
  • Class E: David Kampfe
  • Class F: Michael Hughes-Lewis


Women’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

  • Class A: Laura Foster
  • Class B: Gillian Ward
  • Class C: Star Blaylock
  • Class D: Kellyn Huehn-Peterson


1st Place Figure Winners:

  • Class A: Nicole Phinney
  • Class B: Alina McCabe
  • Class C: Sara Fennell
  • Class D: Lauren Michelle Valentino
  • Class E: Andrea Paynter
  • Class F: Yashika Brooks


1st Place Fitness Winners:

  • Class A: Nicolette Spencer
  • Class B: Debbie Clark


1st Place Bikini Winners:

  • Class A: Annie Parker
  • Class B: Susan Waters
  • Class C: Cat Textoris
  • Class D: Shandy Ortiz
  • Class E: Casey Samsel
  • Class F: Nicole Markovic


We also have the results for the 2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters Championships. Following are the first-place winners in each category:

Men’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

  • Masters Over 40: Brad Davis
  • Masters Over 50: Rusty Jeffers
  • Masters Over 60: Gregg Krause
  • Masters Over 70: Bud Woodruff


Women’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

  • Masters Over 35: Kim Buck
  • Masters Over 45: Kim Buck
  • Masters Over 55: Pamela Franklin


Men’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

  • Masters Over 35: Michael Anderson
  • Masters Over 40: Michael Anderson


Women’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

  • Masters Over 35: Teresita Morales
  • Masters Over 40: Rocio Guillen


1st Place Figure Winners:

  • Masters Over 35: Cinderella Richardson
  • Masters Over 45: Cinderella Richardson
  • Masters Over 55: Bren Lauver


1st Place Bikini Winners:

  • Masters Over 35: Michelle Mein
  • Masters Over 45: Kristen Moffett


Congratulations to all of the winners! You can find a complete list of rankings for both of the IFBB Pittsburgh championships at NPC News Online. For 2014 IFBB North American Championships rankings, including Masters by age group, visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/ifbb_north_american_championships/. For 2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters Championships rankings, see http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/ifbb_pittsburgh_pro_masters_championships/.

Check back soon for announcements regarding the winners of other upcoming competitions, starting with the 2014 Mr. Olympia/Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend in Las Vegas, which takes place later this week. We’ll also have coverage of several key events in October, including the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, which is co-sponsored HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements; the 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships in Montreal, Canada; and the 2014 Europa Games in Phoenix, Arizona. We wish the best of luck to our HGH.com-sponsored pros – Tara Silzer, Richard “Tricky” Jackson and Ben White – and to all of the bodybuilders and athletes competing in these events!




Bodybuilding Fitness and Tips Blog Success Stories

HGH.com's Bodybuilding and Fitness Tips Blog Receiving Great Reviews

We launched our Bodybuilding Fitness and Tips blog segment around five months ago, and really appreciate all of the great feedback and social shares we've received. But, we know we haven’t heard from everyone yet. We wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to comment on your favorite HGH.com blog post, send us your suggestions and share our articles with your friends.

At HGH.com, we are committed to sharing and providing tips from athletes, bodybuilders and fitness trainers to help you achieve your personal fitness goals. Feel free to tell us about your training and bodybuilding achievements. We would also like you to share your HGH.com supplement success stories with us. Take a look back at the blog posts from the first several months and let us know what you think. Which ones helped you most?

We hope you’ve enjoyed these articles, videos and Pinterest boards filled with bodybuilding and fitness tips, and would love to know what you think. Please add your comments, experiences and suggestions with us in the comments section at the end of each article. Do you have a recommendation for an article you’d like to see in the future? Don’t be shy. Go ahead and include this in the comments section as well. Stay tuned and maybe you'll see your suggestions come to life on our blog in the months to come.




Winners of the 2014 NPC Infinity Fit Championships in Detroit

Meet the Winners of the 2014 Detroit NPC Bodybuilding, Physique, Bikini and Figure Contests

Bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts recently gathered in Detroit, Michigan to compete in the 2014 National Physique Committee (NPC) Infinity Fit Championships on September 6. The event featured a number of bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini competitions as well as performances by special guest posers, including HGH.com-sponsored athlete Richard “Tricky” Jackson and several of his fellow IFBB pros: Justin Compton, Ken Jackson and Gloria Tarpley.

Participants competed in more than two dozen contests during the 2014 NPC Infinity Fit Championships, and overall winners were announced in eight key competitions:

Bodybuilding Overall Winner: Seth Shaw
Open Physique Overall Winner: Chris Hosinski
Novice Bodybuilding Overall Winner: Jeremiah Williams
Novice Physique Overall Winner: Dave Sagaert
Novice Bikini Overall Winner: Lauren Bower
Open Bikini Overall Winner: Lauren Bower
Novice Figure Overall Winner: Mariel Hernandez
Open Figure Overall Winner: Mariel Hernandez

In addition to the overall winners, following are the top-ranked competitors for each of the contests held during the 2014 Michigan NPC Championships in Detroit:

Men’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:
Novice: Jeremiah Williams
Masters: Todd Marra
Teen: Matthew LaBarji-Arnold
Lightweight: Todd Marra
Light Heavy: Jeremiah Williams
Heavyweight: Seth Shaw

Men’s 1st Place Physique Winners:
Grand Masters: Dave Sagaert
Masters: Christopher Nortley
Teen: Keith Bucholtz
Novice – Short: Adam McHale
Novice – Tall: Dave Sagaert
Open – Short: Chris Hosinski
Open – Tall: Christopher Nortley

Women’s 1st Place Physique Winners:
Novice: Audra Davidoski-Swelling
Open: Audra Davidoski-Swelling

Bikini 1st Place Winners:
Masters: Nicole McEwen
Novice – Short: Lauren Bower
Novice – Tall: Jessica Bell
Open – Tall: Jessica Bell
Open – Short: Lauren Bower

 

 

Figure 1st Place Winners:
Masters: Lucia Perez
Grand Masters: Nadine Bye
Novice – Short: Mariel Hernandez
Novice – Tall: Lisa Sanders
Open – Short: Mariel Hernandez
Open – Tall: Nadine Bye

A complete list of rankings for all 2014 NPC Infinity Fit Detroit Championship categories can be downloaded from Michigan NPC News online.

Check back soon for announcements regarding the winners of other upcoming competitions, including several events featuring HGH.com sponsored athletes Tricky Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer:
•    2014 Mr. Olympia/Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend – September 18-21 in Las Vegas, NV
•    2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships – October 11 in Lexington, KY
•    2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships – October 17-20 in Montreal, Canada
•    2014 Europa Games – October 25-26 in Phoenix, AZ

 




Capros® Indian Gooseberry Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Capros® Amla Fruit Extract

Capros® is a multi-patented, standardized extract of the Emblica officinalis (Phyllanthus emblica) plant, which is more commonly known as Indian gooseberry or amla. Indian gooseberry extract is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and is associated with numerous benefits, from supporting cardiovascular health to treating diseases. It is also believed to have anti-aging properties, which is why Capros amla extract is used in health, beauty and skincare supplements such as Skin Perfect Anti-Aging With Collagen and Skin Perfect Hair, Skin and Nails.

Functions of Indian Gooseberry

The chemical constituents of amla fruit extract include several vitamins (ascorbic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin), tannins (Emblican A and Emblican B), gallic acid, diterpenes, triterpene lupeol, flavonoids and polyphenols. These active constituents appear to contribute to the antioxidant activity, antidiabetic and antitumor properties, and cardioprotective effects of Indian gooseberry extract.

Sources of Indian Gooseberry Extract

Amla extract is derived from the Emblica officinalis (or Phyllanthus emblica) plant, which is native to India and neighboring areas within Asia. While all parts of the plant may be used in traditional medicine, the Indian gooseberry extract found in dietary supplements is often derived from amla fruit.

Indian Gooseberry Benefits and Uses

The primary uses of Indian gooseberry are related to its antioxidant properties, meaning that it has the ability to protect cells from oxidation damage. This antioxidant effect contributes to other amla benefits, including Capros’ substantiated anti-aging, athletic performance and cardiovascular health claims. By inhibiting the oxidation reaction and preserving healthy cell function, Capros standardized amla extract has the potential to protect against the visible signs of aging, neutralize sweat-induced oxidative effects caused by the release of copper and iron, and maintain normal cardiovascular function.

Studies have also suggested that Indian gooseberry benefits may apply to the treatment of various medical conditions, such as diabetes, jaundice, headaches, inflammation, chronic ulcers and hyperlipidemia.

Side Effects of Indian Gooseberry and Potential Interactions

Supplements containing Indian gooseberry appear to be safe for most adults, and there are currently no known side effects of amla extract. NutraGenesis notes that Capros Indian gooseberry extract is GRAS-affirmed, which means it is “generally recognized as safe” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

No interactions have been reported between amla extract and other medications; however, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center cautions that the strong antioxidant effects of Indian gooseberry extract may interfere with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Visit WebMD for the latest findings concerning amla extract side effects and interactions. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking supplements containing Capros or Indian gooseberry extract.

Amla Extract Research and Studies

A number of studies have been conducted concerning Indian gooseberry extract and its antioxidant effects. In the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers reported that Phyllanthus emblica extracts “have manifested protective effects on organs/tissues from damages induced by chemicals, stresses and aging in animal models” and “have potential in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and reducing DNA damage induced by chemicals and radiation.”

An article in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine highlighted the anti-aging and skin-enhancing properties of amla extract. These claims have been corroborated by other research, including a study reported in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, which found that amla fruit extract “effectively inhibits UVB-induced photo-aging in human skin fibroblast.” A recent article published in Pharmacognosy Research highlighted the beneficial effects of Indian gooseberry extract in relation to cardiovascular health, while studies cited in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine and Phytotherapy Research demonstrated its effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory agent. For additional amla extract research findings, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

HGH.com and Skin Perfect Supplements With Capros Indian Gooseberry Extract

Consumers seeking anti-aging supplements with beneficial antioxidant effects may wish to consider products featuring Indian gooseberry extract. Capros standardized amla extract is featured in several health, beauty and skincare supplements from HGH.com’s sister company, Skin Perfect:

Skin Perfect Anti-Aging With Collagen – Capros amla fruit extract is featured among the proprietary blend of ingredients in Skin Perfect’s signature anti-aging supplement. Anti-Aging With Collagen harnesses the antioxidant properties of Indian gooseberry to help combat the visible signs of aging and strengthen the body’s resistance to negative stress.

Skin Perfect Hair, Skin and Nails – Featuring 30 active ingredients, this Skin Perfect supplement is formulated to improve the condition and appearance of hair, skin and nails. By leveraging the antioxidant activity of Capros amla extract, these powerful capsules are intended protect against cell and tissue damage caused by the sun’s rays, environmental factors and free radicals.

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

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Emblica Officinalis”; published under “About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products” within Integrative Medicine area of website; last updated October 25, 2013. <http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/emblica-officinalis>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Indian Gooseberry”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed July 28, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-784-gooseberry.aspx?activeIngredientId=784&activeIngredientName=gooseberry>

Research Sources:

Adil, Mushtaq D.; Kaiser, Peerzada; et al. “Effect of Emblica Officinalis (Fruit) Against UVB-Induced Photo-Aging in Human Skin Fibroblasts”; Journal of Ethnopharmacology; October 28, 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20688142>

Dang, G.K.; Parekar, R.R.; et al. “Antiinflammatory Activity of Phyllanthus Emblica, Plumbago Zeylanica and Cyperus Rotundus in Acute Models of Inflammation”; Phytotherapy Research; June 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21132843>

Datta, Hema Sharma and Paramesh, Rangesh. “Trends in Aging and Skin Care: Ayurvedic Concepts”; Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine; April 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21836797>

Fatima, Nishat; Pingali, Usharani; and Pilli, Raveendranadh. “Evaluation of Phyllanthus Emblica Extract on Cold Pressor Induced Cardiovascular Changes in Healthy Human Subjects”; Pharmacognosy Research; January 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24497739>

Tsai, Wen-Hsin; Yang, Chih-Ching; et al. “Therapeutic Potential of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Inflammatory Diseases”; Traditional and Complementary Medicine; July 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24716170>

Yang, Baoru and Liu, Pengzhan. “Composition and Biological Activities of Hydrolyzable Tannins of Fruits of Phyllanthus Emblica”; Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry; January 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24369850>




September 2014 Tips from IFBB Pros

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

What do you need to do to train like the professional body builders do? How do IFBB Pros get to be the best in the business? There's nothing like getting the secrets to bodybuilding success straight from the pros. We've compiled a few must-know golden nuggets of bodybuilding knowledge, along with an inspirational video and Pinterest board, to give you the additional motivation you need to go the extra mile and know that your goal is within reach.

Answers from IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski

IFBB Pro, Ben Pakulski, answers 50 Ask-a-Bodybuilder questions in less than 15 minutes. From losing fat quickly to high-volume bodybuilding to training variables, B-Pak answers a wide variety of questions that every bodybuilder wants to know the answers to, including:

  • Do you feel the big three – bench, squat and dead lift – are important for a beginning bodybuilder?
  • Is it beneficial to do a 20-set leg marathon a few times a year in order to shock the muscle?
  • What’s the best way to add thickness to your back?
  • Is caffeine bad for a muscle pump?
  • Someone said that arms and calves should be within one inch from one another as far as target size for symmetry. Is that a good rule of thumb?

He also shares some insight regarding doing the least amount of work to get the most potential growth and other helpful suggestions. Take a look

Super Workout Secrets from an IFBB Legend

Whether you're looking to increase your chest sizethe size of your chest, looking searching for some effective workout tips or just want to know about developing lean muscle fast your muscle fibers, gaining insight from the pros is always a great way to learn what works best. IFBB Olympia bodybuilding legend Kai Greene reveals several secrets to his bodybuilding success in this short video. How does Kai stay in good condition all year 'round? What helps most with keeping his body fat low, as well as his recovery times short? Let's hear what Kai has to share with us in this short video.

Backstage with the Muscle Angels

Step backstage with the Muscle Angels who are getting ready for the IFBB Tampa Pro. Let these ladies inspire you to pump up your bodybuilding workout routine as they prepare for competition.

IFBB Pros & Tips on Pinterest

We’ve dedicated an entire Pinterest board to IFBB Pros & Tips. Check out the current compilation of inspiration, perspiration and nutrition-related pins from IFBB pros. Make sure to follow this board, as we will be updating it regularly.

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Endurance Workout Training Videos and Tips

Endurance Workouts to Increase Your Energy and Stamina

Do you participate in an endurance sport or just want to improve your staying power? By adding high-intensity interval training, such as endurance workouts, to your routine, you can increase stamina, build muscle and burn fat. As you use all of your body's major muscles simultaneously, you boost your metabolism, which fuels weight loss. To reach your optimal level of performance, you need to make sure to maintain proper hydration, keep up your protein intake, improve your warm ups, increase strength training and get the right supplementation.

We want to see you go the distance, so we explored all of the incredible information out there to find some great ways to help you improve your aerobic and anaerobic endurance. While aerobic exercises improve your body's oxygen consumption and enlist slow-twitch muscles to be active for sustained periods of time, anaerobic exercises do not require oxygen to generate force and use fast-twitch muscles for short periods of time. Ideally every athlete wants a good balance of aerobic and anaerobic endurance. To give you the motivation you need to go faster and farther than ever before, we put together a few videos along with a Pinterest board dedicated to endurance workouts

Elevating Your Endurance

Where does your strength come from? How about your determination and drive? We know you can do it. Now, you just need to make sure YOU know you can do it. Simply believe in yourself, do your best and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

The finale of BeFit's Max Strength Series is this 40-minute total-body endurance-training workout that is a unique combination of interval training, weight training and plyometric moves, along with some Yoga- and Pilates-inspired body weight exercises.

To get started, you’ll need some equipment:

  • Bench
  • Medicine Ball
  • Set of Dumbbells
  • Yoga Mat


Don’t forget to have a bottle of water and a towel nearby to stay hydrated while completing this routine, which includes the following exercises:

  • Air Ball
  • Bear Crawl
  • Bulgarian Split Squat
  • Burpee Broad Jumps
  • Butt Kicks
  • Dumbbell Push Press
  • Dumbbell Snatch
  • Dumbbell Sumo Dead Lift
  • High Knees
  • Hollow Hold
  • Jumping Goblet Squat
  • Lunge to Twist
  • Medicine Ball Flutter Kicks
  • Medicine Ball Mountain Climbers
  • Medicine Ball Sit Ups
  • Medicine Ball Slam
  • Medicine Ball Wood Chop
  • Tricep Dips

This endurance workout ends with some much needed stretching. Do you feel the burn?

Improve Your Endurance and Agility

Ready to take your endurance farther than ever before? Fitness Blender’s Sport Endurance and Agility Workout video will help you get there. They've created an excellent workout for increasing stamina, improving speed and enhancing agility. This workout includes two rounds of eight different exercises with 16 repetitions of each exercise.

Before you do this workout video, be sure to warm up, and when the video is over cool down.

  1. Lateral Hops
  2. Squat Jumps
  3. Ventral Hops
  4. Burpees
  5. Lateral Jumps
  6. Jumping Lunges
  7. Agility Dots
  8. Mountain Climbers

Taking Endurance to the Extreme

Watch D.O.C. (Team Wingate) do some extreme endurance training with this exceptionally challenging 120-repetition superset. From holding his 195-pound friend to multiple sets of dips on the parallel bars to behind-the-head pull-ups with a wide grip, D.O.C. really runs the gamut with this endurance workout.

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Do HGH Releasers Really Work for Bodybuilders and Athletes?

A Candid Conversation About HGH Releasers and Other Natural Bodybuilding Supplements

By Dan Smith of HGH.com

HGH Releaser Benefits - Healthy You!!

Growth hormones have always been a hot – and often controversial – topic in the bodybuilding and sports worlds. As the public voice of HGH.com and Purity Select, I’ve frequently addressed the benefits of HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements through our blog posts, HGH community, social media platforms, sponsored events and news releases. But there’s nothing quite as inspiring as discussing the subject face-to-face with fellow bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, as I was reminded during a recent visit to my local gym.

A few days ago, while I was in the middle of my leg workout routine, a guy at the weight machine next to me struck up a conversation. He told me that he used to lift in high school, and was slowly getting back into it again after a lengthy hiatus – and was finding it much more challenging than he remembered. When he noticed my HGH.com shirt, he asked, “Do you use HGH? Does it really work?”

I told him that I’ve been using natural HGH supplements for years; and in a nod to an old TV commercial, I said, “Not only do I run HGH.com, I’m also a client.” He got the reference, and we both laughed. Then I asked him, “You know that HGH and testosterone levels naturally decrease over time, right?” He replied, “Sure, that’s common knowledge. But…isn’t HGH illegal without a prescription?”

This is a question I’ve often been asked by those who are new to HGH; it seems that despite the steadily growing popularity of HGH supplements, many myths and misconceptions still remain. So I went on to explain the differences between prescription-only synthetic HGH injections and over-the-counter natural health supplements that contain HGH releasers. As I saw the awareness and interest dawn in my fellow weightlifter’s eyes, it occurred to me that many others have the same questions – and that I could play a role in educating the public on this topic.

In light of that goal, HGH.com recently issued a news release to the national media spotlighting how legal, non-synthetic growth hormone supplements provide an over-the-counter alternative to HGH injections. And I decided to write this blog post to address the questions I was asked by my new gym friend and by numerous bodybuilders, athletes and fitness enthusiasts before him. Without further ado, here are my answers to the most commonly asked questions about HGH releasers and HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements:

Why is HGH so popular among bodybuilders and athletes?

Human growth hormone – better known as HGH – is a polypeptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. It is essential for growth and development, which is why the highest naturally occurring HGH levels are found in children and teens; and it is also involved in regulating body composition, metabolizing sugar and fat, and building skeletal muscle. After adolescence, HGH levels gradually decrease over time – and that’s where HGH supplementation comes in. Because HGH plays a role in growing and repairing muscle, many athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts rely on HGH supplements to help them build muscle and recover from intense training.

How are HGH releasers different from HGH injections?

HGH injections generally involve a synthetic form of growth hormones; each dose introduces HGH directly to the bloodstream through subcutaneous or intramuscular injection. By contrast, most HGH releasers – also known as HGH secretagogues – primarily feature natural ingredients that are consumed orally in capsule, liquid or powder form. Rather than elevating HGH levels with externally manufactured growth hormones, the HGH releasers in natural dietary supplements are intended to stimulate the body to produce more of its own HGH.

Why use natural HGH releasers versus synthetic HGH injections?

I personally prefer natural HGH supplements because I believe they are safer and easier to use than injections, as well as more affordable; and I know a lot of athletes and bodybuilders who feel the same way. Synthetic HGH can be very expensive, and it requires a prescription from a supervising physician. It has also been associated with a number of reported side effects, including joint pain, muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema, and numbness and tingling of the skin. And let’s face it – a lot of people simply hate needles, and would rather take supplements orally.

But perhaps the biggest argument in favor of over-the-counter natural HGH supplementation is that the FDA has only approved the use of injectable synthetic HGH for the treatment of specific diseases and medical conditions. Using HGH injections for “off-label” purposes – such as bodybuilding, weight-loss and anti-aging benefits – is considered “illicit”, and is therefore illegal if the synthetic growth hormone was not prescribed by a supervising physician. (The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has published a helpful HGH fact sheet with more details on the use and abuse of synthetic HGH.)

Since the majority of herbal dietary supplements are not FDA-regulated, consumers can legally purchase and use non-synthetic HGH releasers for muscle building, weight loss and recovery from intense workouts. And because HGH.com sells natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements rather than injectables, our over-the-counter products can be legally purchased and shipped anywhere in the United States – and in most other countries around the world.

Which HGH releasers are the best for bodybuilders?

HGH.com sells a variety of natural HGH releasers, including many “stackable” bodybuilding supplements that are designed to work together to produce visible results. But if I were asked to suggest just one product for someone who is getting started with HGH supplements, I would recommend our Purity Select HGF MAX supplements. These capsules contain a potent combination of natural ingredients that are formulated to naturally stimulate HGH production. Our proprietary HGF MAX blend includes L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-lysine, L-tyrosine, L-ornithine, glycine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), phosphatidyl choline, astragalus extract and deer antler velvet. Not only is HGF MAX designed to build lean muscle and aid in muscle recovery, but it has the potential to deliver a host of other benefits: enhanced metabolism and fat-burning capabilities; immune system support; increased stamina; anti-aging effects; more restful sleep; and improved skin, hair and nails. Other popular Purity Select HGH releasers include Somatropinne HGH, DBol-GH, Ana-GH, HGH Testosterone Plus, HGH 30,000 Nanograms Pills and 30,000 HGH Nanograms Spray.

Which HGH releasers are the best for recovery?

Most of the products we feature on HGH.com help support muscle recovery following intense training. If I were to narrow it down to my top three choices for hardcore bodybuilders, I would suggest Purity Select Somatropinne HGH, HGF MAX, and/or Cut and Ripped Plus. However, if anyone has questions about specific supplements or ingredients, we’re happy to provide answers. We have customer services representatives available via phone (888-399-5993), email (support@hgh.com) and live chat. Or you can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and other online channels.

Any other advice?

Sure; there are a few parting points I would like to share:

  • First, always follow the usage and dosing instructions listed on the HGH supplement packaging. Our Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) labs carefully formulate the proper dosages of each supplement and explain how and when to take them for optimal benefits.
  • Second, be aware that heat can decrease the potency of certain supplement ingredients. So, be sure to store your HGH releasers in a cool, dry place. And whether you’re using capsules or powdered drink mixes, always take your supplements with cold (or room-temperature) liquids – save the hot beverages for well before or after your supplements.
  • Third, don’t hesitate to reach out to others for help and recommendations. We’re always here to answer your questions, and you’ll likely find that fellow weightlifters at your local gym are happy to share workout and supplement suggestions. Also, you can connect with bodybuilders you admire online. Our HGH.com-sponsored athletes – award-winning IFBB pros Richard “Tricky” Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer – regularly provide guidance and advice to their fans and followers. And finally, visit our HGH.com blog frequently; we often publish workout videos, articles and links to helpful resources.


Have another question for us? Want to join in the debate regarding synthetic HGH injections versus natural HGH releasers? Join the conversation via our HGH.com Facebook page and HGH.com Twitter profile!







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