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2015 Bodybuilding, Fitness, Bikini Contests & Events

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Jan - Mar 2015

Muscle Evolution Championships
January 24           
Santa Clara Convention Center ,
2690 Ryan Road Concord
                
Legends Classic - See Results
January 31     
Riviera Hotel & Casino,
South Las Vegas, NV United States
                
Dre Dillard Classic
January 31           
Ridglea Theater

February 2015

Ironman Magazine Naturally Championships
February 7          
Los Angeles Convention Center ,
1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA United States
                
Gold Coast Muscle Classic
February 14        
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com    
Event: NPC - See Results
                
Jon Lindsay’s California Night of Champions
February 21       
Scottish Rite Event Center,
San Diego, CA United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com
Event: NPC - See Results
                
March 2015

Arnold Classic Australia
March 13 - 15    
Unnamed Venue,
Memphis, 38138
ORGANIZER: Tony Doherty
PHONE: 613-9388-0866
Event: IFBB - See Results
                
Muscle Contest.com Championships
March 14            
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com
Event: NPC
                
Buffalo Championship
March 14
Website: www.mrmsbuffalocontest.com            

Complete Nutrition Championships
March 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm     
Cottonwood High School
Organizer: Steve Schmall
Phone: 801-687-6409
Website: http://www.npcutah.com
Event: NPC

Natural Western USA Championship
March 20 @ 8:00 am - March 21 @ 5:00 pm               
Mesa Center for the Arts,
Mesa, AZ United States
Organizer: Miles Nuessle
Phone: 602-326-3473
Website: www.npcmilesproductions.com
Event: NPC
                
San Diego Championships - See Results
March 21            
Scottish Rite Event Center,
San Diego, CA United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com   
Event: NPC
                
Wheelchair National
March 21  
Organizer: Frank Dalto
Phone: 561-627-9638
Website: wheelchairbodybuilding.com
Event: NPC           

Atlantic USA Championship
March 21 
Organizer: Frank Dalto
Phone: 561-627-9638
Website: georgiabodybuilding.com
Event: NPC  
                
Baltimore Gladiator Classic
March 21            
France-Merrick Hippodrome Theatre,
Baltimore, MD United States
Organizer: Richard Siegelman
Phone: 410-241-5841
Website: https://kutzpromotions.com
Event: NPC

Denver Open Championship
March 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm     
Infinity Park Event Center
Organizer: Jeff Taylor
Phone: 303-282-9999
Website: www.coloradonpc.com
Event: NPC

Southern Indiana Muscle Championships
March 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm     
Bosse High School,
Evansville, IN United States
Organizer: Eric Schmidt
Phone: 812-402-9900
Website: www.npcindiana.org
          
Natural Outlaw Championships
Organizer: Dave Liberman & Todd Pember
Phone: 440-942-5634
Website: www.daveliberman.com
Event: NPC
                
Upper Midwest Championship
March 28            
Festival Concert Hall,
Fargo, ND United States
Organizer: Thomas Kemper
Phone: 701-367-7597
Website: www.npcuppermidwest.com
Event: NPC 
                
Natural Ohio Championships
March 28            
Lakewood Civic Auditorium,
Lakewood, OH
Organizer: Dave Liberman & Todd Pember
Phone: 440-942-5634
Website: www.daveliberman.com
Event: NPCs
                
Phil Heath Classic
March 28            
Bayou Music Center,
Houston, TX United States
Organizer: Lee Thompson
Phone: 281-435-8804
Website: www.npctexas.org
Event: NPC

 

April 2015

Metropolitan Championship
April 4
Organizer: Steve Weinberger
Phone: 516-933-1111
Website: www.BevFrancis.com
Event: NPC   

Jay Cutler Desert Classic - See Results
April 4  
Palms Hotel & Casino,
Las Vegas, NV United States
Organizer: Dana Ross, Rami Bruyninga & Jay Cutler
Phone: 702-285-1921
Website: www.jaycutlerdesertclassic.com
Event: NPC
                
Mid Illinois Championship
April 4   
Ottawa Township High School,
Ottawa, IL United States
Website: http://flexgymonline.com  
Event: NPC
                
Midwest Championships
April 4  
St. Charles Convention Center,
St. Charles, MO United States
Organizer: Ann & Jack Titone
Phone: 314-686-3828
Website: www.npcmidwest.com
Event: NPC
                
Cincinnati Natural Championship
April 4  
Harrison High School Performing Arts Center,
Harrison, OH United States
Organizer: Rick Ruether
Phone: 513-825-3604
Event: NPC
                
Jon Lindsay Grand Prix
April 11
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com
Event: NPC
                
Northern Colorado Championship
April 11
CO School of Mines/Green Hall Bunker Auditorium
Organizer: Jeff Taylor
Phone: 303-282-9999
Website: www.coloradonpc.com
Event: NPC

Fox Cities Showdown
April 11
Alberta Kimball Auditorium,
OshKosh, WI United States
Organizer: Demetrius Alecos
Phone: 920-203-4275
Website: www.foxcitiesshowdown.com
Event: NPC
                
Natural Indiana Championship
April 11
Beech Grove High School,
Beech Grove, IN United States
Organizer: Jesse Dale
Phone: 317-538-9662
Website: www.npcindiana.org
                
Vancouver USA Natural Championship
April 11
Skyview High School,
Vancourver, WA, United States
Organizer: Wade Lowery
Website: npcvancouverusa.com

                
The 2015 2OHN KEMPER CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Website: http://bevfrancis.com/npcnortheast/npc-john-kemper-classic             

Philadelphia/Tracey Greenwood Classic
April 12
Gershman Hall,
Philadelphia, PA United States
Organizer: Todd How/Tracey Greenwood
Phone: 215-680-2894
Website: http://www.traceygreenwood.com
Event: NPC
                
Thunderdome Championships
April 17 - 18        
Mesa Center for the Arts,
Mesa, AZ United State
Website: http://npcnewsonline.com
Event: NPC
                
Bayou Muscle Championship
April 18
Recurring Event (See all)
Best Western Landmark,
Metairie, LA United States
Organizer: Luke Tesvich
Phone: 504-439-6224
Website: http://www.bayoumuscle.com
Event: NPC

Gopher State Classic
Gopher State Classic
April 18
Minneapolis Convention Center,
Minneapolis, MN United States
Organizer: Christine Bongiovanni
Phone: 952-945-9090
Event: NPC
                
Miami Muscle Beach Championship
April 18
the Loews Hotel,
Miami Beach, FL, United States
Organizer: Fit Line Productions
Website: http://npcnewsonline.com
Event: NPC
                
Big Sky
April 18
Dennison Theatre,
Missoula, MT, United States
Organizer: Ivan Ribic
Phone: 509-990-3771
Organizer: NPC
                
Edmonton Pro
April 18
Organizer: Rick Knight
Website: www.edmontonproshow.com

Fresno Classic
April 25
Fresno Convention Center,
Fresno, CA United States
Organizer: Steve O’Brien & George Jackson
Phone: 408-384-9039
Website: www.musclesportproductions.com
Event: NPC
                
Better Bodies Championship
April 25
Irving Convention Center,
Irving, TX, United States
Organizer: Lee Thompson
Phone: 281-435-8804
Website: www.npctexas.org
Event: NPC
                
Kentucky Derby Festival
April 25
Kentucky Derby Festival
Kentucky International Convention Center,
Louisville, KY United States
Organizer: L. Brent Jones
Website: www.KentuckyMuscle.com
Organization: NPC

May 2015

Pittsburgh Championship
May 1 - 2             
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall ,
Pittsburgh, PA United States
Organizer: Jim Manion
Phone: 412-276-5027
Website: www.garyudit.com
Organization: NPC
                
Empire Classic Championship
May 1 - 2             
Northern Quest Resort & Casion,
Airway Heights, WA, United States
Organizer: Ivan Ribic
Phone: 509-990-3771
Event: NPC
                
EUROPA ORLANDO
May 1 - 2
Organizer: Betty & Ed Pariso
Phone: 817-498-3631
Website: http://www.europaexpo.com
Event: NPC             

Europa Championship
May 1 - 2             
Orange County Convention Center,
Orlando, FL United States
Organizer: Betty & Ed Pariso
Phone: 817-498-3631
Website: http://www.europaexpo.com
Event: NPC
                
Spartan Championship
May 2   
Scottish Rite Event Center,
San Diego, CA United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com   
Event: NPC
                
Emerald Cup Championship
May 8 - 9             
Meydenbauer Center,
Bellevue, WA United States
Organizer: Brad & Elaine Craig
Phone: 425-949-7320
Website: www.craigproductions.com
Event: NPC
                
Atlantis Championships
May 9   
Riviera Hotel & Casino,
South Las Vegas, NV United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com  
Event: NPC

Battle of the Bodies
May 9   
Thoreau Demonstration Academy,
Tulsa, OK United States
Organizer: Michael Elias
Phone: 918-691-2766
Website: http://npcoklahoma.com
Event: NPC
                
Atlantis Championship
May 9   
Riviera Hotel & Casino,
South Las Vegas, NV United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com   
Event: NPC
                
Contra Costa Championship
May 9   
Chabot College Performing Arts Center,
Hayward, CA United States
Organizer: Steve O’Brien & George Jackson
Phone: 408-384-9039
Website: www.musclesportproductions.com
Event: NPC
                
Optimum Classic Championship
May 9   
Shreveport Convention Center,
Shreveport, LA United States
Organizer: Robert Blount
Phone: 318-347-2208
Website: www.optimumclassic.com
Event: NPC 

Iron Viking Championship
May 9   
DECC,
Duluth, MN United States   
Organizer: Sherri Irving
Phone: 218-591-6407
Website: http://ironvikingofthenorth.com
Event: NPC
                
Mike Francois Classic
May 9   
Westerville Central High School,
Westerville, OH United States
Organizer: Mike Francois
Phone: 614-806-3834
Website: www.mikefrancois.com
Event: NPC
                
NEW YORK PRO
May 10

BODYPOWER PRO WHEELCHAIR
May 15 - 16         
Unnamed Venue,
Brimingham, United Kingdom
                
Southern Colorado Natural /Armed Forces Championship
May 10
Organizer: Jeff Taylor
Phone: 303-282-9999
Website: www.coloradonpc.com
Event: NPC
                
Naples Classic
May 16
Seminole Casino Immokalee,
Immokalee, FL United States
Organizer: Golden Lion Productions
Phone: 925-548-1882
Website: www.npcnaplesbonitaclassic.com
Event: NPC
                
Grand Prix Natural Championship
May 16
Organizer: Kevin Noble
Phone: 815-670-8008
Website: www.kevinnoble.com
Event: NPC
                
Pinebelt Showdown
Organizer: Amanda Micka
Phone: 601-255-7581
Website: www.revfit247.com
Event: NPC
                
California State Championship
May 23
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com
Event: NPC
                
Dennis James Classic
May 23
Mesa Center for the Arts,
Mesa, AZ United States
Organizer: Dennis James
Phone: 602-363-0149
Website: http://npcdennisjamesclassic.com
Event: NPC

Milwaukee Muscle Mayhem Championship
May 23
West Bend High School,
West Bent, WI United States
Organizer: Kevin & Stacey Tomasini
Phone: 262-707-5618
Website: www.npcbadgerstate.com
Event: NPC
                
Red Stick Classic
May 23
Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Baton Rouge, LA United States
Organizer: John Lupo
Website: http://redstickclassic.com/home
Event: NPC

Cascadian Classic Championship
May 23
Mountain View High School,
Bend, OR, United States
                
North Coast Championship
May 23
Kent State University Mac Center,
Kent, OH United States
Organizer: Dean Caputo & Gregg Krause
Phone: 330-697-5678
Website: www.northcoastchampionships.com
Event: NPC
                
Rock Solid Championships
May 23
West High School,
Sioux City, IA United States
                
Progress & Pride Classic
May 23

Lehigh Valley Championships
May 23
Scottish Rite Cathedral,
Allentown, PA United States
Organizer: Craig Johnson
Phone: 484-239-4117
Website: http://www.npceasternpa.com
Event: NPC
                
ARNOLD CLASSIC BRASIL
May 29 - 31
Website: http://www.arnoldclassicbrasil.com.br/pt/
Website: http://www.arnoldconference.com.br/2015/      

Mile High Natural Championships
May 30
Colorado School of Mines,
Golden, CO United States
Organizer: Jeff Taylor
Phone: 303-282-9999
Website: www.coloradonpc.com
Event: NPC
                
Northern California Championships
May 30
Sheraton Grand Sacramento,
Sacramento, CA United State
Organizer: Ted Williamson, Hany Rambod & John Tuman
Phone: 209-480-1798
Website: http://musclemania.com/northerncalifornia
Event: NPC
                
Indianapolis Championship
May 30
Warren Performing Arts,
Indianapolis, IN United States
Organizer: Tim Mobley
Phone: 317-867-4993
Website: http://www.npcindianapolis.com
Event: NPC
                
Duel of Champions
May 30
Century Link Convention Center,
Omaha, NE United States
Organizer: Ann & Jack Titone
Phone: 314-686-3828
Website: www.npcmidwest.com
Event: NPC 

June- July 2015

Titan Open Championships
June 6   
Rita Tallene Community Arts Building ,
Kenosha, WI United States
                
32nd NPC Southern Classic
June 6   
Thalia Maria Hall,
Jackson, MS United States
                
TORONTO PRO SUPERSHOW
June 6 - 7             
Unnamed Venue,
Toronto, Canada
                
Oklahoma State Championship
June 6   
Union High School,
Tulsa, OK United States
                
Idaho Muscle Classic
June 6   
Boise State University Velma Morrison Performing Arts Center,
Boise, ID United States

Bev Francis Atlantic States Championship
June 6   
Unnamed Venue,
Pittsburgh, PA United States
                
Julie Palmer’s Ultimate Championship
June 6   
Dayton Convention Center,
Dayton, OH United States
                
Southern California Championships
June 13
Scottish Rite Event Center,
San Diego, CA United States
                
Nevada State Championship
June 13
Silver Legacy Resort & Casino

EUROPA DALLAS
June 19 - 20        
Unnamed Venue,
Dallas, TX United States
                
Greater Gulf States Championships
June 19 - 20        
Best Western Landmark,
Metairie, LA United States
                
Minnesota State Championship
June 20

Zogo Sports Championship
June 20
UCCU,
Orem, UT United States
                
San Jose Championship
June 27
Santa Clara Convention Center ,
2690 Ryan Road Concord
                
West Coast Classic
June 27
East Los Angeles College - Ingalls Auditorium,
Montery Park, CA United States
                

Northern Indiana Bodybuiling Championship
June 27
Century Center,
South Bend, IN United States
                
Brew City Championships
June 27
West Allis Central High School,
West Allis, WI United States
                
July 2015

WINGS OF STRENGTH IFBB CHICAGO PRO
July 2 - 4               
Unnamed Venue,
Chicago, IL United States
                
Independence Day Battle of Champions
July 4     
Irving Convention Center,
Irving, TX, United States
                
Patriots Championship
July 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm             
Riviera Hotel & Casino,
South Las Vegas, NV United States
                
Southern States Championships
July 10 - 11          
War Memorial Auditorium,
Fort Lauderdale, FL United States
                
Southern States Championship
July 10 - 11          
War Memorial Auditorium,
Fort Lauderdale, FL United States
                
Terminator Championships
July 11   
Fox Theater,
Tucson, AZ United States
                
Louisana State Championship
July 11   
Heyman Performing Arts Center

Ultimate Physique/PA Championships
July 11   
Scottish Rite Cathedral,
Allentown, PA United States
                
Arizona Open Championships
July 17 - 18          

Los Angeles Championship
July 18   
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
                
Mississippi State Championship
July 18   
Madison Central Performing Arts Center,
Madison, MS United States
                
VANCOUVER PRO
July 25   
Unnamed Venue,
Vancouver, BC Canada
                
Sooner Classic Championship
July 25   
University of Central Oklahoma

Aug - Sep 2015

WINGS OF STRENGTH PBW TAMPA PRO
August 6 - 8        
Unnamed Venue,
Tampa, FL United States
                
Cajun Showdown
August 8              
Hilton Lafayette,
Lafayette, LA United States
                
Golden State
August 8              
Memorial Auditorium         

Delaware State/Delmarva Classic
August 8              
Delaware Theatre Company,
Wilmington, DE United States
                
GOLDEN STATE GRAND PRIX
August 15            
Unnamed Venue,
Sacramento, CA United States
                
Orange County Muscle Classic
August 15            
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
                
Pacific USA Championship
August 15            
Scottish Rite Event Center,
San Diego, CA United States
                
Golden State Championship
August 15            
Memorial Auditorium         

Texas State Championship
August 15            
Irving Convention Center,
Irving, TX, United States
                
Warrior Fuel Classic
August 15            
Granger High School,
West Valley City, UT United States
                
Total Body Championship
August 15            
Tupelo Performing Arts Center,
Tupelo, MS United States
                
WINGS OF STRENGTH HOUSTON PRO
August 20 - 22    
Unnamed Venue,
                
Camellia Championship
August 22            
Slidell Municipal Center

Showdown of Champions
August 22            
TBA,
Oklahoma City, OK, United States
                
Warrior Classic
August 28 - 29    
Embassy Suites,
Loveland, CO United States

Europa Games Atlantic City Championship
August 28 - 29    
Atlantic City Convention Center,
Atlantic City, NJ United States
                
Southwest Muscle Classic
August 29            
Riviera Hotel & Casino,
South Las Vegas, NV United States
                
EUROPA ATLANTIC CITY MEN’S BODYBUILDING
August 29 - 30    
Unnamed Venue,
Atlantic City, NJ United States
                
Greater Naples Championship
August 29            
Ritz Carlton Golf Resort,
Naples, FL, United States
                
September 2015

PITTSBURGH MASTERS PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
September 3      
Unnamed Venue,
Pittsburgh, PA United States
                
Fit World Championship
September 5      
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
                
Fort Wayne Flex Championship
September 12   
Rhinehart Music Center,
Fort Wayne, IN United States
                
MR. OLYMPIA
September 17 - 20                
Unnamed Venue,
Las Vegas, NV United States
                
Central California Championship
September 19   
William Saroyan Theater,
Fresno, CA United States
                
ARNOLD CLASSIC EUROPE
September 25 - 26                
Unnamed Venue,
Madrid, Spain
                
JTF True Strength Games Championship
September 25   
Irving Convention Center,
Irving, TX, United States
                
Ohio State Championships
September 26   
Aladdin Shrine Temple,
Columbus, OH United States
                
Northern USA Championships
September 26   
Harrisburg Capitol Forum,
Harrisburg, PA United States

Oct - Dec 2015

Border States Classic
October 3            
Scottish Rite Event Center,
San Diego, CA United States
                
Washington Ironman Championship
October 3            
Gold Creek Community Church,
Bothell, WA United States
                
Big Cat Classic
October 3            
Scottish Rite Cathedral,
Allentown, PA United States

MN North Star Championship
October 10          
Ames Center,
Burnsville, MN United States
                
Natural Northern USA Championships
October 10          
Lakewood Civic Auditorium,
Lakewood, OH United States
                
San Francisco Championship
October 10          
Chabot College Performing Arts Center,
Hayward, CA United States

Colorado Natural Championship
October 10          
Colorado Heights University Theater,
Denver, CO United States
                
NORDIC PRO
October 10          
Unnamed Venue,
Lahti, Finland
                
EUROPA PHOENIX PRO
October 10 - 11
Unnamed Venue,
Phoenix, AZ United States
                
Northern Classic
October 10          
Broadway Center for the Arts,
Tacoma, WA United States
                
Formulation One Classic Championship
October 17          
Stafford Centre,
Stafford, TX United States
                
Tricky Jackson Classic
October 17          
Thoroughbred Center,
Lexington , KY United States
                
Branch Warren Classic
October 17          
Century Link Convention Center,
Omaha, NE United States

Night of Champions
October 24          
Northern Quest Resort & Casion,
Airway Heights, WA, United States
                
Monster Mash Championship
October 24          
Harrison High School Performing Arts Center,
Harrison, OH United States
                
November 2015

Sacramento Championship
November 6 - 7
Sheraton Grand Sacramento,
Sacramento, CA United States
                
Eastern USA Championship
November 7       

Southern Muscle Contest
November 7       
Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Baton Rouge, LA United States

Oklahoma Grand Prix Championship
November 7       
TBA,
Oklahoma City, OK, United States
                
Texas Fall Classic Championship
November 7       
Irving Convention Center,
Irving, TX, United States
                
Pride of the Midwest Iron Championships
November 13    
Reuther Auditorium

Rocky Mountain Championship
November 14    
Green Center Bunker Auditorium,
Golden, CO, United States

Eastern USA Championship
November 14    
Unnamed Venue,
Orlando, FL United States
                
West Virginia State/Mid Atlantic Grand Prix
November 14    
Wheeling Island Casino & Racetrack,
Wheeling, NV United States
                
December 2015

World Class Physique
December 5       
Scottish Rite Event Center,
San Diego, CA United States
                
Tournament of Champions
December 5       
Scottish Rite Event Center,
San Diego, CA United States

     



New Year’s Fitness and Workout Resolutions: 10 Tips for Setting and Achieving Your Goals

Get on Track to a Healthy New You in 2015 With HGH.com’s Top 10 Tips for New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

While many regard December as a period of indulgence, year-end also marks the starting point for New Year’s resolutions. It’s a time to take stock of your personal goals, assess your progress and analyze prior pitfalls as you plan for the year ahead. If you’ve fulfilled your 2014 resolutions, how can you take them to the next level in 2015? If you’ve fallen short, what caused you to falter, and how can you achieve success in the coming year?

To help you get your New Year’s fitness resolutions off to promising start, we’ve solicited ideas from the HGH.com team and our sponsored athletes. Following are the top 10 tips from our resident fitness experts and IFBB pros:

1. Set SMART goals. In the business world, “SMART” stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. But SMART objectives apply equally well to fitness goals. Rather than making vague resolutions like “lose weight,” “bulk up” or “get fit,” take the time to identify and define exactly what you’re hoping to achieve. Then write down those objectives to hold yourself accountable, and set a series of incremental milestones throughout the year.

2. Do a reality check. When making New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to ensure your goals are realistic. People who set unreasonably high expectations for themselves – such as severe caloric restrictions or prolonged, intense daily workouts – may be more likely to give up if they backslide. By lowering the bar a bit at the outset and aiming for progressively higher goals over time, you can position yourself for success. Check out the video below and click here to watch a female personal trainer talking more about weight/endurance goals.

3. Choose your workout wisely. It’s not enough to make “get to the gym” your New Year’s resolution; you need to have a plan of action once you get there. A bodybuilder looking to increase upper body strength will follow a very different exercise program than a runner seeking to improve endurance or an overweight person aiming to reduce belly fat. If you’re a new gym member, request an equipment demonstration so you’ll know which exercises to incorporate into your routine. If you’re a gym regular interested in taking your workout to the next level, schedule a session or two with a personal trainer for professional advice on how to achieve your fitness goals.

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4. Tap into tips from bodybuilding and fitness pros. While personal trainers are a great resource for gym-goers, individuals who prefer a do-it-yourself approach will find a wealth of information just a click away. Many trainers and pro bodybuilders share their expert advice via blogs, YouTube videos, podcasts and other social media channels. Look up athletes whose physique you admire, and see what they share online. For example, IFBB pro Tricky Jackson airs a weekly Pro Muscle Radio broadcast that’s popular among bodybuilders. And be sure to check the HGH.com blog regularly for curated posts featuring videos, tips and advice from some of the country’s top bodybuilders, athletes and trainers. Check out the Tricky Jackson video below.

5. Change the scene. While some people perform best by following a regular routine, others get bored quickly and are more apt to give up their resolutions when they lose interest. If daily visits to the same gym seem like a tedious prospect, try varying your routine. Alternate gym days with home workouts or team sports; or visit a local park with fitness stations in lieu of exercising indoors.

6. Raise your nutrition IQ. Many people equate the word “diet” with counting calories or restricting carb or fat intake; but the reality is that proper diet and nutrition are as much about consuming the right foods, vitamins and minerals as avoiding the wrong ones. Consider making an appointment with a nutritionist or checking out a few books to learn how specific foods and dietary supplements can help you achieve your fitness goals, from building muscle or burning fat to increasing stamina or minimizing recovery time. And explore the HGH.com blog to discover the functions, benefits and evidence behind some of the key ingredients in popular health and bodybuilding supplements.

7. Track your progress. Hopping on the scale each morning or measuring your biceps every evening can create disappointment, as you’ll rarely see immediate results. It’s better to track your progress over time, with a weigh-in or measurement every week or on alternating weeks. Since fitness and bodybuilding goals tend to involve a gradual progression, you’re not likely to notice changes in yourself from day to day. But if you take weekly or semi-weekly photos of yourself, the results will be clearly visible as you work toward your goals.

8. Find your motivation. Whether it’s a mantra or a mentor, find what (or who) inspires you and keep that front and center as you focus on fitness resolutions. Motivating messages and visual cues can have a powerful impact. Follow Twitter or Facebook pages that post inspirational quotes and practical advice, or create a Pinterest board with aspirational images that propel you to strive harder. To see what inspires us, click over to the HGH.com Pinterest boards.

Tips and Motivation From the Pros.

9. Register for an event. Even if you’re a long way from achieving your fitness goals, committing to a specific event will give you something tangible to work toward. If your objective is to run the Boston Marathon, sign up for a local half marathon a few months out. If you dream of competing in pro bodybuilding championships, register for some regional novice-level contests as you work your way toward a pro card.

10. Never give up! When all is said and done, succeeding at your New Year’s fitness resolutions doesn’t mean having a perfect track record every single day of the entire year. It’s only human to have an occasional lapse or to get sidetracked when work or personal obligations take precedence; the key is to look at these events as momentary hurdles rather than insurmountable obstacles. Remember that success is an ongoing journey, and you’re in it for the long haul!

Bodybuilding and Fitness Inspiration.

By following these 10 tips, you’ll be on your way to successfully achieving your New Year’s fitness resolutions. For information and inspiration to keep you going throughout 2015 (and beyond), visit the HGH.com blog and our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Do you have any advice or success stories of your own to share? We’d love to hear from you! Post your comments below or connect with other bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts in our online community.

 




December 2014 Tips from IFBB Pros Presented by HGH.com

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

Ready to workout like the IFBB Pros? In this month’s edition of HGH.com’s Tips from IFBB Pros, we’ve got quite the video lineup ready for you and we’ve added more to the dedicated Pinterest board. We start out with an extreme chest workout with Kai Greene, move onto an incredible feature-length video with a full-body workout from Dennis James and round it out with top-notch training with our friend, Ben White.

Powerful Chest Workout with IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Kai Greene

Workout your chest like the pros. IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Kai Greene pumps iron with IFBB Pro Men's Physique competitors, Jeff Seid and Alon Gabbay. Not only do you get an incredible half-hour chest workout with these pros, but they also share some significant insight along the way. Watch their technique and form as they do these exercises

  • Dumbbell Pullovers
  • Incline Barbell Press
  • Bench Press
  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes

Intense Two-Hour Workout with IFBB Pro Dennis James

Prior to entering the Mr. Olympia contest in 2003, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Dennis James filmed this total body workout. This is the first feature-length, two-hour movie in the Titans bodybuilding series. Go through this vein-popping, muscle-rippling workout with Dennis that includes shoulders, triceps, chest, biceps, legs and back, along with posing.

Training with IFBB Professional Bodybuilder Ben White

What makes Ben White one of the world's strongest IFBB Pro Bodybuilders? From eating the right foods to doing different types of muscle-building exercises to taking the right supplements, Ben puts his everything into preparing for competition. In this video, Ben shows us what it takes for an incredible workout. As you’ll see in the video below, Ben insists on using heavy weights even when he has to pause mid-range for pictures to be taken.

We're proud to say that Ben is also one of HGH.com's sponsors. After taking HGH.com supplements, Ben stated, "While taking HGH.com products, I have been consumed with complements on the way my physique has changed in the past few months." Get to know Ben better:

Check out this tweet from HGH.com regarding Ben White:

Additional IFBB Pros & Tips on Pinterest

We’ve added even more tips and tricks from the IFBB Pros on Pinterest. From inspiration to perspiration to nutrition-related pins, this Pinterest board has it all from IFBB pros. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest as we'll continue to update this board and we'll be creating other bodybuilding-related boards just for you as well.

Follow Bodybuilding's IFBB Pros & Tips Pinterest board.

 




2014 Ferrigno Legacy Results: Top 5 Winners in IFBB Pro Bodybuilding, Physique and Bikini Contests

Meet the Winners of the 2014 Ferrigno Legacy, Held in Santa Barbara, California, November 28-29, 2014

While most of America was recovering from Thanksgiving indulgences over the past weekend, dozens of bodybuilding and fitness pros – and many more amateur bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts – showed off their impressive physiques at the first annual Ferrigno Legacy in Santa Barbara, California.

The 2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro event was held on Friday, November 28, and featured four competitions: bodybuilding, men’s physique, women’s physique and bikini. The 2014 NPC Ferrigno Legacy amateur competitions took place on Saturday, November 29, and consisted of more than 40 contests, including bodybuilding, figure, physique and bikini events in multiple classes and levels.

Reporter Tracy Lehr spotlights the inaugural Ferrigno Legacy event and interviews founder Lou Ferrigno for local news stations KEYT, KCOY and KKFX.

In addition to the physique, bikini and bodybuilding competitions, the 2014 Ferrigno Legacy featured a red-carpet event on Friday evening and a “Meet the Legends Q&A” on Saturday afternoon. Both were headlined by founder Lou Ferrigno and included numerous celebrities and bodybuilding legends.

Following are the top 5 winners for each of the 2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro events:

2014 Ferrigno Legacy IFBB Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Champions
1. Ronny Rockel, Germany
2. Brad Rowe, Los Angeles, CA
3. Robert Piotrkowicz, Poland
4. Marius Dohne, South Africa
5. Omar Deckard, Los Angeles, CA

Ronny Rockel
Bodybuilding (1st)
Robert Piotrkowicz
Bodybuilding (3rd)

 

2014 Ferrigno Legacy IFBB Pro Men’s Physique Champions
1. Andre Adams, Kenosha, WI
2. John Nguyen, San Jose, CA
3. James Hurst, San Jose, CA
4. Frank Griffin, Philadelphia, PA
5. Damir Delic, Boise, ID

Andre Adams
Physique (1st)
John Nguyen
Physique (2rd)

 

2014 Ferrigno Legacy IFBB Pro Women’s Physique Champions
1. Jamie Postill, Alberta, Canada
2. Candrea Judd Adams, Jonesboro, GA
3. Leona Paula Muttoni, Brazil
4. Jane Santos, Harrison, NY
5. Marlene Koekemoer, South Africa

Jamie Postill
Physique (1st)
Candrea Judd-Adams
Physique (2nd)

 

2014 Ferrigno Legacy IFBB Pro Bikini Champions
1. Sarah LeBlanc, Houma, LA
2. Jade Carroll, Destin, FL
3. Lindsey Waters, Miami Beach, FL
4. Tatiana Koshman, Spring, TX
5. Breena Martinez, Concord, CA

Sarah LeBlanc
Bikini (1st)
Jade Carroll
Bikini (2nd)

See all photos here, taken by Ron Avidan

For the complete list of 2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro rankings, visit http://contest.bodybuilding.com/results/28841. The 2014 NPC Ferrigno Legacy amateur rankings have not yet been posted online, but stay tuned and we’ll add a link here when those results are published.

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2014 IFBB/NPC Ferrigno Legacy – your dedication and impressive form over the holiday weekend are certainly an inspiration to others!

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.




L-Glycine Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient L-Glycine, or Aminoacetic Acid

Glycine – also known as L-glycine, aminoacetic acid or aminoethanoic acid – is the smallest of the 20 amino acids in the human body. It is considered a nonessential or conditionally essential amino acid, which means that it is normally produced by the body in sufficient amounts; however, dietary supplementation may be beneficial in times of illness or stress, or for the treatment of certain diseases. L-glycine is found in some food sources as well as in health and bodybuilding supplements such as HGF-MAX, HGH 30,000 Nanograms pills and spray, and whey protein mixes.

Functions of L-Glycine

As an amino acid, glycine is involved in protein synthesis. It appears to work in concert with L-glutamine to improve brain function, and it is one of three amino acids – along with proline and hydroxyproline – that make up the triple-helical structure of collagen. Evidence also suggests that L-glycine may stimulate human growth hormone (HGH) production, acting as a natural HGH releaser.

Sources of L-Glycine

The body manufactures glycine using another amino acid called serine. Dietary sources of l-glycine include protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, dairy and legumes. L-glycine may also be consumed as an ingredient within natural dietary supplements.

L-Glycine Benefits and Uses

Therapeutic uses of L-glycine include the treatment of schizophrenia, stroke and leg ulcers. It also appears to enhance wound healing, and may help protect the liver and kidneys from the harmful effects of certain chemicals. Evidence suggests that L-glycine functions a natural HGH releaser, or HGH secretagogue; as a result, it may have a beneficial effect on athletic performance, such as helping to build muscle and increase endurance.

Side Effects of L-Glycine and Potential Interactions

L-glycine supplements are generally considered safe for adults; no serious side effects have been reported, even at doses as high as 60 grams per day. A small number of people have experienced stomach upset, nausea or vomiting, which ceased as soon as L-glycine supplementation was discontinued.

While L-glycine appears to enhance the beneficial effects of most drugs used to treat schizophrenia, it has been shown to decrease the effectiveness of one particular antipsychotic drug known as clozapine (Clozaril). Patients taking clozapine should avoid L-glycine supplementation.

More detailed safety information on L-glycine side effects and interactions can be found on the NYU Langone Medical Center website. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing L-glycine.

L-Glycine Research and Studies

In addition to research on the use of glycine to treat medical conditions such as schizophrenia and strokes, a number of studies have explored the impact of L-glycine on HGH secretion. One such study published in Acta Endocrinologica found that intravenous glycine infusions produced a significant increase in serum HGH levels. Another study cited in Nutritional Neuroscience indicated that an oral supplement containing glycine, glutamine and niacin increased HGH secretion in healthy middle-aged and elderly subjects. In Nutrients as Ergogenic Aids for Sports and Exercise, the author conducted a research review and summarized his findings; he noted that a number of studies concur that glycine appears to stimulate HGH release and promote creatine synthesis, which can be beneficial for athletes undergoing progressive weight training.

Several other studies have examined the effects of L-glycine supplementation in relation to athletic performance and recovery. In Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that an oral treatment of glycine and L-arginine salt of alpha-ketoisocaproic acid calcium (GAKIC) increased muscle torque and work sustained during intense acute anaerobic dynamic exercise, and enhanced overall muscle performance by delaying muscle fatigue during the early phases of anaerobic dynamic exercise. A recent animal study featured in Connective Tissue Research explored the effects of green tea and glycine on tendinitis, which commonly afflicts athletes, and determined that a green tea and glycine diet has beneficial effects that aid in the recovery process of the tendon after tendinitis.

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

HGH.com Supplements With L-Glycine

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts can experience the beneficial effects of L-glycine for themselves with natural HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGH Pills and HGH Spray – Whether you prefer HGH pills or an oral spray, Purity Select’s 30,000 Nanogram products promote growth hormone production with a powerful combination of L-group amino acids, including L-glycine. They are designed to support muscle growth, fat-burning, increased energy and other health benefits.

HGF MAX – Scientifically formulated to naturally boost HGH production, these Purity Select capsules contain a proprietary blend of ingredients including L-glycine and other amino acids, which can help build muscle, improve muscle tone, increase stamina and boost metabolism.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – With over 450 milligrams of L-glycine 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 support immune system health.

CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein – A single serving of low-lactose, low-fat, CytoSport whey protein contains 2 grams of L-glycine and 18 grams of protein. This delicious drink mix is formulated to help athletes increase lean muscle mass and accelerate recovery from intense training.

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

NYU Langone Medical Center. “Glycine”; published under “Herbs & Supplements”; last reviewed September 2014. <http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21751>

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health. “Amino Acids”; published in the “Medical Reference Guide” section; last updated April 23, 2014. <http://umm.edu/system-hospital-sites/shore-health/health/medical/ency/articles/amino-acids>

Lodish, Harvey; Berk, Arnold; et al. “Collagen: The Fibrous Proteins of the Matrix”; Molecular Cell Biology, 4th Edition; New York: W.H. Freeman; 2000; section 22.3. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21582/>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Glycine”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed November 21, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1072-glycine.aspx?activeingredientid=1072&activeingredientname=glycine>

Research Sources:

Arwert, Lucia I.; Deijen, Jan Berend; and Drent, Madeleine L. “Effects of An Oral Mixture Containing Glycine, Glutamine and Niacin on Memory, GH and IGF-I Secretion in Middle-aged and Elderly Subjects”; Nutritional Neuroscience; October 1, 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14609312>

Bucci, Luke R. “Micronutrient Supplementation and Ergogenesis — Amino Acids: Glycine”; Nutrients as Ergogenic Aids for Sports and Exercise; Boca Raton: CRC Press; 1993; chapter 6, section VI, pages 73-74. <http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9780849342233>

Dannhardt, Gerd and Kohl, Beate K. “The Glycine Site on the NMDA Receptor: Structure-Activity Relationships and Possible Therapeutic Applications”; Current Medicinal Chemistry; August 1998. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9668194>

Kasai, K.; Suzuki, H.; et al. “Glycine Stimulated Growth Hormone Release in Man”; Acta Endocrinologica; March 1980. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7376793>

Stevens, Bruce R.; Godfrey, Michael D.; et al. “High-Intensity Dynamic Human Muscle Performance Enhanced by a Metabolic Intervention”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; December 2000. <>

Vieira, Cristiano P.; Da Ré Guerra, Flavia.; et al. “Green Tea and Glycine Aid in the Recovery of Tendinitis of the Achilles Tendon of Rats”; Connective Tissue Research; November 21, 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25360832>




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!

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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.

Follow Bodybuilding's Military Bodybuilding Pinterest board.

 







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