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2015 NPC Midwest Championships Winners

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

The NPC Midwest Championship 2015 event started off with an amazing guest posing from Phil Heath!

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 - See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/2015-bodybuilding-events#sthash.JARq2U1L.dpuf

MEN'S BODYBUILDING
Overall Winner
Kevin Ford


Super Heavyweight
1. Jason VanSchoyck
2. Nic Wittu
3. Jose Riveria Morales
4. David Small

Heavyweight
1. Greg Goldkuhl
2. John Howard
3. Dane McGinthy
3. Joshua Buchanan
4. Wesley Boyd
5. Mandela Johnson

Light Heavyweight
1. Kevin Ford
2. Jason Green
3. Rob Hooper
4. Scott Holliday
5. Reagan King

Middleweight
1. Ray Barnett
2. Matt Delarber
3. Ben Helfin
4. Ron Horne
5. Sean Buch

Lightweight
1. Benny Persons
2. Taylor Pope
3. Mark Malanga

Novice Light Heavyweight
1. Rob Hooper
2. Scott Holliday
3. Reagan King
4. Jake Obert
5. Justin Hess

Novice Lightweight
1. Christpher Luechtefeld
2. Taylor Pope
3. Ken Farley

Novice Masters Over 35
1. Kyle Stipp

Novice Masters Over 40
1. Eric Eisenberg
2. David Small

Novice Middleweight
1. Ron Horne
2. Brad Laser
3. Joseph Keppler
4. Keith Massey
5. Miquon Denny

Novice Super Heavyweight
1. Cody Courter
2. Jose Riveria Morales
3. David Small

Masters Over 35
1. Ray Barnett
2. Kyle Stipp
3. Jose Riveria Morales

Masters Over 40
1. Robert Smith
2. Alexander Hines
3. Eric Eisenberg
4. Ken Farley
5. David Small

Masters Over 50
1. Mark Malanga
2. Robin Cabell

Masters Over 60
1. Edwin Smith
   
FIGURE
Overall Winner
Monique Terry

Class A
1. Muriel Nutt
2. Judith Patino
3. Christine Lazo
4. Justine Carlson
5. Whitney Williams

Class B
1. Mary Patino
2. Kaitlyn Eagami
3. Ashley Robel
4. Sarah Beil
5. Nicole Pearson
Anita Phillips
Robyn Kiser
Vallie Eden

Class C
1. Monique Terry
2. Idalia Molina
3. Catherine Dunn
4. Diane Chipman
5. Erin Luers

Class D
1. Jessica Kowalsky
2. Sarah Johnson
3. Morgan Coggins
4. Annika Holliday
5. Alexa Bates

Novice Class A
1. Justine Carlson
2. Judith Patino
3. Alexis Milford
4. Kristen White
5. Ariana Zeh

Novice Class B
1. Ashley Robel
2. Kaitlyn Zagami
3. Sarah Beil
4. Robyn Kiser
5. Dena Marshall

Novice Class C
1. Catherine Dunn
2. Farrah Faulkner
3. Erin Luers
4. Christy Blankenship
5. Diane Chipman

Novice Class D
1. Breanna Pashman
2. Sarah Johnson
3. Annika Holliday
4. Erika Laux
5. Paula Clarnello

Masters Over 35
1. Catherine Dunn
2. Morgan Coggins
3. Farrah Faulkner
4. Jennifer Randen

Masters Over 40
1. Idalia Molina
2. Judith Patino
3. Amy Baker
4. Cynthia Mantia
5. Anna Altman
   
BIKINI
Overall Winner
Madeline Mason

Class A
1. Madeline Mason
2. Casie Belfort
3. Alexxa Condon
4. Lindsey Helbert
5. Danielle Peterson

Class B
1. Danielle Zimmer
2. Ashley Blair
3. Shelby Snodgrass
4. Misti Weatherford
5. Jodi Akins

Class C
1. Alexandrea Horton
2. Katherine Young
3. Ashley Mosier
4. Meagan Masters

Class D
1. Jordan James
2. Sara Richter
3. Jessica Calovich
4. Alexandra McVicker
5. Randi Holloway

Class E
1. Kendra Newlon
2. Christina Fulk
3. Emily Migneron
4. Dallas Nator
5. Sara Hoffman

Novice Class A
1. Casie Belfort
2. Lindsey Helbert
3. Danielle Peterson
4. Rebecca Baker
5. Trudie PonceDeLeon

Novice Class B
1. Danielle Zimmer
2. Shelby Snodgrass
3. Ashley Blair
4. Jessica Cameron
5. Heather Steinback

Novice Class C
1. Meagan Masters
2. Alexandrea Horton
3. Nadja Kantarevil
4. Melissa Herres
5. Malarie Blackwell

Novice Class D
1. Jessica Calovich
2. Alexandra McVicker
3. Frances Rico
4. Kenzie Evans
5. Sara Richter

Novice Class E
1. Rachel Mintuopp
2. Sara Hoffman
3. Dallas Nator
4. Emily Migneron
5. Anna Eberle

Novice Masters Over 40
1. Michelle Booth

Masters Over 35
1. Jacqui Dierking
2. Debbie White
3. Ashley Mosier
4. Misti Weatherford
5. Rebecca Baker

Masters Over 40
1. Jessica Cameron
2. Tina Strickers
3. Sandy Lyles
4. Carly Rathmann
5. Julie Terrell

MEN'S PHYSIQUE
Overall Winner
John Alex Currie

Class A
1. Benny Persons
2. Luis Andrade
3. Wilber Mejia
4. Skyler Olsen

Class B
1. John Alex Currie
2. Ben Helfin
3. Mishal Alhassan
4. Douglas Stapleton
5. Caly Yaney

Class C
1. Dylan Horsch
2. Kevin Ford
3. Anthony Fleischhauer
4. Franklin Walburn
5. Colin Barker

Class D
1. Tyler Woosley
2. Scott Pearson
3. Kevin Frederick
4. Caleb Sprinkle
5. Robert Krysl

Novice Class A
1. Luis Andrade

Novice Class B
1. Ben Helfin
2. Mishal Alhassan
3. Kyle Reinneck
4. Weston Heinze
5. Westley Reckamp

Novice Class C
1. Stefen Todorovic
2. Sam Schneider
3. Jerry Layton
4. David Painter
5. Devin Kelley

Novice Class D
1. Josh Dowdy
2. Charles Rathman
3. Joseph Larson
4. Robert Krysl
5. Eric Eisenberg

Masters Over 35
1. Hallart Keaton
2. Terrell Maxwell
3. Benny Persons
4. Corey Williams

Masters Over 40
1. Ryan Henderson
2. Charles Rathman
3. Ryan Sandvoss
4. Jerry Layton
5. Eric Eisenberg
David Thacker
Eugene Devore
Sean Stevenson
Stoney Hudson

Masters Over 50
1. Stoney Hudson
2. William Stunkard

   
WOMEN'S BODYBUILDING
1. Anita Ullsperger

FITNESS
1. Monique Terry
2. Lauren Songer

   
WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE
Overall Winner
Lauren Dougall

Class A
1. Mindy Sepac
2. Angela Henpich
3. Kimberly Harris
4. Andrea Jordon
5. Antoinette Lane
Meleena Littlejohn
Tasila Ramirez

Class B
1. Lauren Dougall
2. Farrah Faulkner
3. Stephanie Ryan
4. Stacy Rio
5. Shawn Collins
Kim Hyman

Novice Class A
1. Kimberly Harris
2. Antoinette Lane
3. Meleena Littlejohn

Novice Class B
1. Lauren Dougall
2. Farrah Faulkner
3. Stephanie Ryan
4. Stacy Rio
5. Shawn Collins
Kim Hyman

Masters
1. Farrah Faulkner
2. Stacy Rio

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Midwest Championships contest. For the the full NPC results/scores visit: http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_midwest_championships/ Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

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2015 NPC Natural Ohio Results

2015 NPC Natural Ohio

NPC San Diego Championships
Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique,
and Bikini Championships
March 21, 2015
San Diego, California
Event: NPC

Following are the top overall winners for each of the events:

2015 NPC Natural Ohio Overall Winners

2015 NPC Natural Ohio Overall Winners

MEN'S BODYBUILDING
Masters Overall Winner
1. Jason Conners

Heavyweight
1. Ronnell Lee
2. Isi Enaiho
3. Leonard Patterson
4. Lonnie Wade
5. Craig Dewan
6. Marcus Moore Jr.

Light Heavyweight
1. Julian Smith
2. Bryan Raby
3. Daryl Spencer
4. Mark Church
5. Andre Khayenko
6. Ben Hartman

Middleweight
1. Jason Conners
2. Keith Auman
3. Rick Lindsey
4. Rocco Mitolo
5. Kirk Simmons
6. Charles Pratt

Junior
1. Matt Bulgrin
2. Keith Auman
3. Trey Bruffey
4. Brandon Lakomowski
5. Richard Popowski
6. Jonathan Jurisevic

Welterweight
1. Adam Malonjao
2. Zachary Thomas
3. Kenneth Rogers Jr.
4. Matt Bulgrin
5. Andrew Landis
6. Paul Satyanathan

Lightweight
1. Elias Ghazoul
2. Donquail Williamson
3. Charles Williams
4. Thomas Salvatore
5. Luke Leppla
6. Trey Bruffey

Masters Over 40
1. Andrew Landis
2. David Bitkowski
3. Vernon Appletion
4. Matthew Large
5. Craig Dewan

Masters Over 50
1. Edward Neff
2. Weldon Bigley
3. Leonard Patterson
4. Ron Gregory
5. Jay Hickman
6. Gary Smith

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Posted by NPC News Online on Thursday, April 2, 2015

FIGURE
Masters Overall Winner
1. Kelli Sanford-Burgoon
2. Kiah Douglas

Class A Figure
1. Sam Weigel
2. Sarah Weis
3. Rebecca Hall
4. Michele Nakonieczny
5. Vanessa Wick
6. Shawny Taysom

Class B Figure
1. Kiah Douglas
2. Serene Van Erten
3. Jay Leigh
4. Sarah Bruce
5. Nicole Tesar
6. Morgan Self

Class C Figure
1. Lindsay Perrigan
2. Kaitlynn Kollar
3. Tammy Wagner
4. Rachel Morrow
5. Andrea Williams
6. Julie Pugh

Class D Figure
1. Kathryn Zemke
2. Angelique McNeal
3. Amanda Wensel
4. Kelli Sanford-Burgoon
5. Shannon Hamilton
6. Michelle Thompson

Class E Figure
1. Rose Nelly
2. Samantha Kerbler
3. Nicole Sabuda
4. Kacie Evans
5. Gretchen Hartley
6. Kelly Owen
7. Lynette Will-Murphy

Masters Over 35 Figure
1. Kelli Sanford-Burgoon
2. Amanda Wensel
3. Rebecca Hammermeister
4. Lynette Will-Murphy
5. Vanessa Wick
6. Kelly Owen

Masters Over 40 Figure
1. Nicole Tesar
2. Tammy Wagner
3. Michele Nakonieczny
4. Renee Black
5. Mindy Bittner
6. Laura Best

Masters Over 50 Figure
1. Sandra Wilkerson
2. Claudia Berk
3. Doreen Lucas
4. Teresa Burkett
5. Patricia Dorton
6. Toni Goodrichaaaaa

BIKINI
Overall Winner
1. Riley James

Class A Bikini
1. Ciara Monnaie
2. Jessica Ayna
3. Amber Burgess
4. Maria Small
5. Michelle Gallagher
6. Dina Federico

Class B Bikini
1. Melissa Vara
2. Gina McEvoy
3. Laura Dennie
4. Megan McConnell
5. Adrienne Smith
6. Darlene Quellette

Class C Bikini
1. Rosana Giannone
2. Brittanie Fitch
3. Camille Felter
4. Karla Meisner
5. Danielle Kinn
6. Lindsey Wasniak

Class D Bikini
1. Alyssa Vance
2. Sarah Nespor
3. Anna Drouillard
4. Paige McCue
5. Amy Ertas
6. Amanda Creslik

Class E Bikini
1. Riley James
2. Dominique Simmons
3. Lianne Shipman
4. Shelby Nicholson
5. Regina Adams
6. Ashley Arnold

Class F Bikini
1. Brittany Brinkman
2. Heather Loliger
3. Megan Brasee
4. Lauren D'Nai
5. Lauren Henley
6. Shawna McClosky

Masters Bikini
1. Krishna McDonald
2. Gina McEvoy
3. Adrienne Smith
4. Anna Drouillard
5. April Covington
6. Jennifer Colvin

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Posted by NPC News Online on Friday, April 3, 2015

MEN'S PHYSIQUE
Overall Winner
1. Lorne Talley

Class A Physique
1. Samuel Spencer
2. Corwyn Collier
3. Jason Patterson
4. Corey Fischbach
5. Anthony Mascia
6. Wally Klinski

Class B Physique
1. Johnnie Doehr
2. Johnny Kmetz
3. Evan Wander
4. Eugenio Matta
5. Michael Jones
6. Alex Powers

Class C Physique
1. Lorne Talley
2. Gabriel Garcia
3. Brandon Miller
4. Vincent Dangerfield
5. Leonardo Camargo
6. James Bishop

Class D Physique
1. Patrick Jones
2. Leonard Patterson
3. Noah Rayne
4. Josh Smart
5. Jay Stazie
6. David Key

Class E Physique
1. Tyler Froehlich
2. Kyle Barnes
3. Tanner Newland
4. Christian Mitchell
5. Nathaniel Gerry
6. Ronnie Varckette

Class F Physique
1. Harry Cooke
2. Jacob Vance
3. Raymont Edmonds
4. Elisha Long
5. Matthew Gooch
6. Steven Harris

Masters Physique
1. Harry Cooke
2. David Key
3. Rick Lindsey
4. Vince Keiser
5. Theodore Dawson
6. Alfred Wilson
    
WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE
1. Guest Poser
2. Dana Linn Bailey

Class A
1. Allyson Johnson
2. Rebecca Powell
3. Katlin Weitzel
4. Elizabeth Pietras
5. Megan Costic
6. Lacey Pettibone

Class B
1. Joleen Keith
2. Kimberly Trout
3. Michelle Thompson
4. Kelly Carioto
5. Alisha Sturkie
6. Vette White

Masters
1. Rebecca Powell
2. Michelle Thompson
3. Allyson Johnson
4. Kimberly Trout
5. Vette White
6. Lorrie Loughridge

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Natural Ohio contest. For the NPC Natural Ohio official results/scores visit: http://www.getmyshowscores.com/files/2015_Natl_Ohio_Web_Summary.pdf. Photos can be found at http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_natural_ohio/.

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

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC MuscleContest.com Championships. Official Final Results Scorecard - http://lindsayproductions.com/results. To see all results and photos visit - http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_musclecontest_championships/

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Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter

Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter

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

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

Which Type of Lifter Squats Longest?

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

When Bodybuilders Meet Powerlifters

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

Deadlift Battle with a Bodybuilder, a Strongman and a Powerlifter

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

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Powerlifting Inspiration and Motivation

HGH.com Presents Powerlifting Inspiration and Motivation

Achieving your dreams can be a challenging journey and sometimes feels like an uphill battle. Whether you're just getting in to bodybuilding or you're a seasoned powerlifter, you sometimes need an extra boost to get you motivated to forge ahead. For you, we've put together some inspirational powerlifting videos and pins to give you the encouragement you need to dream bigger and achieve more.

Don’t Let Anything Stop You

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.

Get inspired by this motivational video from MuscleFactory Dark that shows powerlifters achieving greatness. Throughout the video you’ll see some amazing feats and you’ll hear words of encouragement.

Feel the Power

We looked high and we searched low for some great inspiration, and we stopped in our tracks when we found this truly inspirational documentary film from Iron Bug Productions, called Power Unlimited. You’ll want to set aside some time to watch this one. It takes you on a journey through the history and origins of powerlifting. Along the way, you’ll see many of the greats, including Ed Coan, Rickey Dale Crain, Garry Frank, Kirk Karwoski, Joe Ladnier, Scott Mendelsohn, Larry Pacifico and Dave Waddington, along with some of the most amazing powerlifting moments ever.

What Does It Take to be a Champion?

Dedication. Devotion. Passion. Super strength. These guys have what it takes. In this MuscleFactory Dark video titled, Nothing to Regret, you’ll see one amazing feat after another to give you that extra nudge you need to make it to the next level. Push the limits and fulfill your destiny. Do what it takes to be a champion.

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Tips from the Pros for Building Up Shoulders and Traps

Shoulder and Trap Workout Exercise Videos and Tips from the Pros

Trying to attain a symmetrically sculpted, truly impressive body? Then, you definitely don't want to forget about working out your shoulders and traps. Oftentimes, the shoulders and traps are stuck at the end of an arm workout, or forgotten altogether. To attain an ideal symmetry for your upper body, you want a broad back, wide shoulders and built traps, along with perfect pecs, full, round triceps, bulging biceps and a cut up stomach.

You have to give your shoulders and traps the attention they need to fully fill out that T-shirt or wow the crowd. We've gathered together some YouTube videos and created a Pinterest board specifically for exercises focusing on shoulders and traps to get you pumped up and help you along your way to building an optimal sculpted physique.

Super Shoulder and Trap Workout

Get a glimpse at one of the shoulder and trap workouts that Champion Bodybuilder, Charles Fuller did approximately two weeks before a competition. Feel the burn as he concentrates on building and rounding out his traps. Pay attention, because he also shares some helpful hints along the way. A few of the exercises he shows us are:

  • Dumbbell Military Press
  • Front Lateral Raises
  • Shoulder Shrugs
  • Upright Rows

Plus, Brad includes a great reminder, “It is easy to get injured if you are not alert of yourself and those around you. Most important of all, keep your lower back as straight as possible and pick up the weight using your legs.”

As Charles says, “Let’s get this!”

Top Exercise Techniques for Your Shoulder Workout

Victor Martinez shares his insights regarding proper form, essential techniques and how to perform each shoulder exercise better. He reminds us why form is important and discusses the right way to do each exercise. He also shares exercise-specific do’s and don’ts. For example, he tells us to make sure to keep our elbows up when focusing on the rear deltoids.

Exercises include:

  • Standing Side Laterals – focuses on the medial deltoid
  • One-Arm Side Laterals – concentrates on side deltoids
  • Two-Dumbbell Lateral Raise – works out the rear deltoids
  • One-Dumbbell Standing Lifts – focuses on interior deltoids
  • Two-Dumbbell Standing Lifts – works out interior deltoids
  • Dumbbell Press – great for mass, thickness and overall roundness
  • Upright Row – concentrates on deltoids (hold close to middle for traps or far apart to round out shoulders)

Learn about Victor’s techniques to build broad shoulders with this video.

Tom Hardy's Trap Training Secret

Is it better to use barbells or dumbbells for shoulder shrugs? How can you get true trap activation? Pro athlete trainer, Jeff Cavaliere, unveils the secret to Tom Hardy's towering traps with some super trap exercises. He also discloses the distinctive form you should use to build better trapezius muscles. You'll have to see it to believe it. Just watch this trap exercise demonstration video:

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L-Leucine Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient L-Leucine or 2-Amino-4-Methylpentanoic Acid

Leucine – also known as L-leucine and by its scientific name, 2-amino-4-methylpentanoic acid – is a branched-chain amino acid (BCAA). Because the human body cannot synthesize this essential amino acid, it must be obtained from food sources such as meat, dairy products and legumes. L-leucine is also available in natural dietary supplements, including health and bodybuilding supplements such as Ana-GH, DBol-GH, Cut and Ripped Plus, Amino Shooter and Chocolate Whey Protein.

Functions of L-Leucine

Branched-chain amino acids like L-leucine stimulate protein synthesis by triggering pancreatic islet cells to release insulin. This protein synthesis primarily takes place in skeletal muscle, but also occurs to a lesser extent in the liver and adipose (fat) tissue. It is believed that L-leucine may help prevent or reduce muscle damage, enhance anabolic muscle signaling, lower blood-glucose levels and avoid faulty message transmission in the brain cells of people with certain diseases. It may also decrease serotonin production by blocking tryptophan transport to the brain, thereby reducing feelings of drowsiness and fatigue.

Sources of L-Leucine

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), common dietary sources of L-leucine include beef, pork, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, cheese and milk. Legumes are another good source – particularly beans, soy and peanuts – as are nuts and seeds (such as almonds and sunflower seeds) and grains (like wheat germ, oats, corn and rice). L-leucine may also be consumed directly as part of a natural dietary supplement.

Leucine Benefits and Uses

Because of L-leucine’s role in protein synthesis, it is often used in health and bodybuilding supplements that are designed to build muscle strength, increase exercise endurance, reduce muscle breakdown and promote muscle recovery. Its ability to inhibit serotonin production means that L-leucine may help prevent or delay fatigue during exercise. L-leucine has also been shown to stimulate the appetite – making it useful for athletes looking to gain mass and weight.

In addition, L-leucine appears to benefit individuals with specific medical conditions. For example, it may help to lower blood-glucose levels in diabetics, and it can improve the health and nutrition of patients experiencing loss of appetite due to hemodialysis, cancer treatments or anorexia. L-leucine has also been shown to diminish symptoms in manic patients, reduce involuntary movements in individuals with tardive dyskinesia, and improve muscle control and brain function in patients with advanced liver disease, including various forms of hepatic encephalopathy.

Side Effects of L-Leucine and Potential Interactions

L-leucine is generally considered safe when taken in normal doses, such as those found in food and most dietary supplements. However, excessive amounts can result in hypoglycemia or vitamin B3 and B6 deficiencies. Users are advised to adhere to supplement dosing information and avoid consuming more than 39 grams of L-leucine per day.

Few L-leucine side effects have been recorded, though some users have reported experiencing fatigue or decreased motor coordination. Individuals with certain medical conditions – including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), isovaleric acidemia, branched-chain ketoaciduria (maple syrup urine disease) and chronic alcoholism – should avoid L-leucine, as it can pose health risks in these patients. In terms of L-leucine interactions, it appears to decrease the effectiveness of levodopa. Conversely, it can have an additive effect when taken with diabetes medication, potentially resulting in hypoglycemia. Other medications – such as Diazoxide and corticosteroids – can decrease the effects of L-leucine on protein, while thyroid hormone medication can cause the body to break down L-leucine more slowly.

More detailed safety information on L-leucine side effects and interactions can be found on WebMD. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing L-leucine.

L-Leucine Research and Studies

Scientists have researched L-leucine and other BCAAs to determine their benefits and practical uses, and numerous studies have indicated a positive effect on muscle strength, exercise endurance and muscle recovery. An article published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology reported that outrigger canoeists using leucine supplements displayed significantly improved endurance performance and upper-body power. In Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, researchers noted that well-trained male cyclists who took a leucine-protein supplement after intense training subsequently exhibited improved high-intensity endurance performance and lower perceived levels of tiredness. And according to the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, resistance-trained males who consumed an energy drink with leucine (and other key ingredients) prior to their workout demonstrated a significant increase in the number of repetitions successfully performed.

Other studies examined the impact of L-leucine on protein synthesis. Research findings published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that increasing the concentration of leucine in an essential amino acid supplement consumed during steady-state exercise resulted in a greater muscle protein synthesis response during recovery. And in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers determined that insulin and leucine work in synergy, allowing skeletal muscles to coordinate protein synthesis with physiological state and dietary intake.

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

HGH.com Supplements With L-Leucine
Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts who wish to leverage the positive effects of L-leucine can find this essential amino acid in a variety of natural health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

Ana-GH – Each serving of Ana-GH contains 1.5 grams of L-leucine, which is blended with other branched-chain amino acids and active ingredients. This supplement is designed to jumpstart bulking cycles by promoting weight and mass gains while improving protein synthesis and contributing to joint and muscle repair.

Cut and Ripped Plus – Created to support cutting cycles and contest prep, Cut and Ripped Plus combines L-leucine with other active ingredients to help build muscle, increase strength and burn fat for a competition-ready physique. The capsules also help to boost energy and stamina, minimize pain, promote faster recovery and raise human growth hormone (HGH) levels.

DBol-GH – The proprietary blend of ingredients in DBol-GH includes L-leucine, which helps users to achieve lean mass and muscle growth, and also aids in muscle recovery. DBol-GH’s active ingredients are designed to stack and work together, delivering visible results and increasing HGH production.

Amino Shooter and Creatine Energy – Formulated to mix easily with cold water, Amino Shooter is used during intense workouts to protect and grow muscle. A single serving contains 3 grams of L-leucine, which supports protein synthesis and reduces muscle degradation.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – Each scoop of Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey provides 24 grams of protein and includes 2.16 grams of L-leucine. Fortified with vitamins and minerals, it provides a complete protein supplement for those looking to gain muscle and lose body fat.


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ANA-GH Muscle Supplement Review - ANA-GH Will Make You Build Muscle

 
ANA-GH Muscle Gainer with 
HGH Releasing Properties

ANA-GH - A Proven Muscle Gainer With Something To Prove

ANA-GH is a relatively new formula created by HGH.com and Purity Select. Together with formulators in our labs, we created what we knew science could offer - an incredible stacked muscle gaining pill with HGH Releasing properties.

Some of the ingredients in ANA-GH are only effective in higher doses - that's why we stacked ANA-GH with over 4,000mg of ingredients per serving. We detailed how the ingredients in ANA-GH will help you build muscle here: http://www.hgh.com/Blogger/post/ana-gh-how-ingredients-in-hghcoms-ana.

ANA-GH is a proven muscle and mass gainer that will give you great results. If you're trying to build muscle, strength, or just looking to jump start your bulking cycle, try ANA-GH risk free from HGH.com.

Some benefits of ANA-GH that can be expected include:


  • Building Muscle
  • Preserving Lean Muscle
  • Increasing Endurance and Stamina
  • Increasing Growth Hormone
  • Improving Fat Metabolism
  • Building Protein
  • Increasing Blood Flow

Some important facts about ANA-GH:

  • You're getting 240 pills per bottle.
    • When we created this pill, we decided against creating a powder. Powders taste bad, they're a pain for customers to take, they cannot take powders easily, and carrying powders around are a pain. Having all of these ingredients in a pill is very convenient for our customers.
    • 240 pills means a higher servings size. You're getting a great value in this muscle building supplement. With all of the ingredients and the amount of ingredients, you'd be hard pressed to find these ingredients singularly for the same price in the quantities that you're getting with ANA-GH
  • Natural
    • The ingredients in all of our supplements are natural. ANA-GH is no different.
  • Risk Free
    • Try it. If you don't like it, just like any of our products, return it!
ANA-GH can be purchased from HGH.com here: http://www.hgh.com/ana-gh.aspx



Natural Growth Hormone Supplements That Simulate HGH Can Help You Build Muscle

Natural Growth Hormone Supplements like Somatropinne HGH and HGF Max, among others from HGH.com, can help you build muscle.

 
 

(Just ask our IFBB Pro Bodybuilders...)

Do you lift weights very often and still have trouble packing on pounds of lean muscle mass? Do you want to gain a ton more muscle? Are you tired of seeing guys go into the gym, not work as hard as you, and leave the place looking like they are going to build more muscle than a Greek God? If you are tired of putting in a lot of effort and not getting a lot in return, a natural growth hormone may be the key to helping you build muscle fast.

But wait, do genetics play a role in my inability to gain size?

Good question, so we will get to HGH Supplements in a second...

If you look back on your family history and see generations of small or nonathletic family members, you may not have the necessary tools to produce a massive amount of muscle gain through working out alone. While it is still possible for you to get into the best shape of your life and pack on the muscle, taking a supplement such as a natural growth hormone like Somatropinne HGH or HGF Max, or even a few other great HGH Supplements by HGH.com, you will expedite the process and give you the edge that some people just naturally have.

An important note - even the genetically strong need HGH Supplements -- As everyone ages, their HGH levels decline. It's simple and a fact. Your body just stops producing its natural HGH over time, and then "aging" kicks in. Thus, you've heard of HGH Supplements being called "Anti-Aging Supplements", because technically, that is one thing they can do. By giving your body certain ingredients, you are effectively reversing the aging process! Aging can mean a million things from wrinkly skin to muscle mass loss. With lesser amounts of HGH, it is more difficult to build muscles! So now we can get into HGH Supplementation and a few types of supplements!

Build muscle fast with HGH Supplements

The number one reason people get ripped in the gym is not because of a specific workout program; it is because of what they consume before and after their workout. If you do consume the proper vitamins (either by food or by supplement), you could be wasting all of the effort you put into your workout. Instead of wasting your workout, make sure to keep your body properly nourished with the right stuff.

Some key ingredients you need to know for how to get ripped:

  • After you workout, your muscles need certain proteins and other minerals. 
    • Muscle Building Supplements like ANA-GH are meant for muscle building.
  • Your muscles can benefit from constant nourishment.
    • Feed your muscles more consistently, take supplements throughout the day if necessary.
  • Using a thermogenic fat burner during your workouts can help you get ripped.
    • You can supplement your workouts and stack with a thermogenic fat burners like Hydrox Slim in order to get cut up lean.
  • HGH Supplements - The best hormone supplements
    • Take a supplement like HGF Max or Somatropinne HGH in order to give yourself a boost of natural hormones that your body may have already stopped producing.

Do you need to change your workout regimen?

Most people get stuck in a plateau and never see muscle gain after a couple of months of lifting weights. Here are some ways you can break that rut and build muscle fast: 

Increase your lifting regimen

  • Lift heavier weights for exercises such as the bench press, squats and dumbbell curls.
  • Make sure to work your core every time you work out because it connects your entire body.
  • Don't skip cardio because it can make your natural muscles appear larger while giving you a tremendous lower body workout.

Keep a consistent schedule

While taking supplements to increase muscle gain is a great strategy, the real secret is to keep your efforts consistent. By treating your body well for several months in a row, you will start to see results and get ripped fast. Supplements are only one ingredient in the cocktail of keeping your body a well-tuned, lean muscle machine. There simply isn't enough of these key ingredients in daily food intake to really get the body you want.

 




Gaining Muscle Mass Has Never Been Easier. You Don't Have To Work So Hard

 
Gaining muscle can be easier! 
With supplements from HGH.com, it's never been so easy!

Gaining Muscle Doesn't Have to be Difficult

It can be very hard to gain muscle if you do not know how to promote maximum muscle growth with the minimum amount of work. However, it does not have to be this way. The problem is that you may be making other choices that are causing you to do the exact opposite and to experience the minimum amount of growth with the maximum amount of effort. You may not even realize that you are doing this if you have not researched the process.

When you go to the gym and observe others lifting weights, it looks like all that you need to do is get on the weight machines and put in a moderate effort. But the reality is quite different because what you do outside of the gym is often just as important as what you do while you are there.

Work to Gain Muscle Throughout the Day

The truth is that you should always be doing things that will cause you to keep gaining muscle. You need to work at this from the moment that you wake up to the moment that you go to sleep. However, most of what you do will require very little physical effort. It is all about creating a lifestyle that caters to a healthy body with a lot of lean muscle. Once you have this lifestyle in place, you will be able to take great strides at the gym.

First of all, you cannot gain muscle if you are not eating the right foods. Your body requires things like protein and even carbohydrates to build up muscle mass. Protein is used in the creation of muscles and carbohydrates are your long term energy source. Carbs make it so that you can work out for extended periods of time without growing tired and fatigued. Too many carbohydrates should be avoided because they will be stored as fat cells. You need to have some, though, so that you do not wear out while you are using weight machines or free weights.

Add a Supplement to Really Gain Muscle

In order to make sure that you are gaining muscle more efficiently, a supplement can be used. Or even multiple supplements can be used depending on how your body responds and your exact goals. This can alter your diet significantly without any change in the way that you eat. You should still try to use healthy eating tactics, of course, but the supplement can give you things like:
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Horny Goat weed
  • Acetyle-L-Carnitine
  • L-Leucine
  • L-Valine
  • L-Isoleucine
All of these ingredients can be used in the construction of lean muscle. As you can see, it does not have to be hard to bulk up, to gain strength, and to achieve results that are going to last. Once your lifestyle change is in place, you will rarely even have to think about it. You will automatically eat the foods that you need and take the supplements before going to work out. Even if you spend less time in the gym, you will be able to gain muscle quickly.

Check out our Mass Gaining Supplements at http://www.hgh.com/hgh-mass-gainers.aspx.

Don't miss out on our newest muscle gaining formulas including DekkaWin Max, and ANA-GH!



ANA-GH Muscle Mass Builder Will Help You Build Muscle Fast

 

Build Muscle Strength and Mass Fast with ANA-GH Muscle Mass Builder

Without the right methods, it can be impossible to gain muscle. Think of it this way: If you never went to the gym, would you expect your muscles to automatically get larger on their own? It is highly unlikely. You cannot build muscle or even get the results you want without putting the effort in or doing the work first. In the same respect, many people go to the gym without utilizing methods that would help them build muscle and make their effort worth it. If this sounds familiar, one thing you may be ignoring (or not know of is ANA-GH.

Helping You Gain Muscle Mass

To start gaining muscle mass, you need to use the unique formula that only ANA-GH capsules can provide. This is a replacement for HGH.com's Anadral, and it builds on the success that Anadral had in the same department. This new supplement has a slightly different formula that has been optimized so that it gives you even better results in the same time frame  It is often used to jump-start the process of bulking up. It can get your new exercise plan off on the right foot, allowing you to gain mass, weight, and strength all at the same time. These results can come with dramatic speed if you take the capsules as directed.

When you use ANA-GH, you will see that it helps you gain muscle that has a hard, toned look. Other methods may cause you to bulk up and gain weight, but you will end up looking “soft” and bloated. This is not what you want, and the results could actually cause you to give up on weightlifting because it is turning your body into something that you don't desire. The real problem is not that you are lifting incorrectly, but that you are taking the wrong supplements. You need one that is designed to create hard muscles, giving you the look that you wanted when you first hit the gym.

Gain Muscle with ANA-GH

While there are many ingredients in ANA-GH that can help you with your quest to begin gaining muscle, one of the main ones that will have an impact is an amino acid that is known as L-Leucine. It can do the following:
  • Stimulate muscle synthesis
  • Stimulate protein synthesis
  • Slow muscle degradation
  • Protect muscle tissue size
  • Promote muscular building
If you do not use ANA-GH, you will miss out on these hugely important impacts that L-Leucine can have on your workout. Your muscles will not build up as quickly, and they will be more prone to deterioration. If you really want to gain muscle mass and strength quickly, you need this amino acid to be part of your workout. You will not get it at the levels that you require through diet alone. You need to take eight of the capsules per day to see these results, and you should not take them for any less than four weeks.

 







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