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Pull-Ups Exercise Videos and Tips

Awesome Pull-Ups Exercise Videos and Tips

When it comes to upper body development, pull-ups can be very effective. However, pull-ups are oftentimes an overlooked exercise. As we mentioned in the Bodyweight Training Videos and Tips blog post, pull-ups are one of the three fundamental bodyweight training exercises that build muscle and strength. They are known to develop upper body muscles, including biceps, triceps, lats, traps and abs.

Whether you're a bodybuilder, fitness trainer or just want a great workout, pull-ups should be an integral part of your strength training regimen. They're ideal to warm up and cool down for upper-body sessions, and are a great way to add variety to your workout routine. In addition, you can easily increase the difficulty by performing weighted pull-ups by adding a weight belt around your waist, wearing a weight vest, or holding a dumbbell between your ankles or knees.

We've gathered a few videos about pull-ups for you, including one that shows the difference between chin-ups and pull-ups and another that shows common mistakes. Plus, we found a video that talks about the recent Guinness World Record holder for pull-ups. We've also created a dedicated Pinterest board with Pull-Ups Tips and Videos.

What’s the Difference Between Pull-Ups and Chin-Ups?

Get the lowdown on the major distinctions between a pull-up, chin-up and neutral-grip pull-up. They all concentrate on the biceps, lats, traps, brachialis and posterior delts. You’ll find that the pecs and traps are activated first, followed by the biceps and lats. However, it’s all in where the emphasis is. For example, when we look at the overhand pull-up, we notice that it is easier on the wrists and elbows, while focusing on the forearm flexors, brachialis, brachioradialis and lower traps. Now, when it comes to the neutral chin-up or neutral pull-up, the palms are facing each other, and there is more emphasis on the rhomboid and lats. Whereas the underhand grip chin-up focuses on the biceps and lats more than a neutral pull-up, while also targeting the teres major, posterior delt, rhomboids and lower traps. For more information, check out this video:

How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Doing Pull-ups

While pull-ups are an excellent indication of overall strength and a great exercise to build back muscles, there are five common mistakes people make when doing them. One of the Buff Dudes take us through the most frequent faux pas to help you avoid making them when performing this exercise. In the video, they discuss these five common pull-ups exercise mistakes:

1. Using Your Momentum
2. Elbows in Wrong Position
3. Not Pulling Your Shoulders Down and Back
4. Not Performing Full Range of Motion
5. Not Being Able to Complete a Pull-Up

Breaking the Guinness World Record for Pull-Ups

How many pull-ups can you do in a 24-hour period? When 54-year-old Mark Jordan from Corpus Christi, Texas answers this question, he breaks records. He spent a year preparing for this moment. Not only did he work out and practice, but he also focused on a solid strategy. In November of 2014, Mark was put to the test for a chance to break the Guinness World Record and succeeded by accomplishing a total of 4,321 pull-ups in 24 hours. In March of 2015, Guinness World Records confirmed that Mark Jordan holds the record for Most Pull-ups in 24 hours. Check out his achievement with this video report from USA Today.

Pinterest Board for Pull-ups!

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Spring Break Beach Body Workouts

Spring Break Beach Body Workouts

Can you believe it’s Spring Break already? It will be summer before you know it. If you’re looking for a workout to get you on your way to a beach-ready body that will look great in a bikini or super in swim trunks, then get ready for some fun Spring Break-inspired exercises. We’ve picked a few Spring Break workout videos to help you get your body in shape for the beach. We’ve also added some inspirational and motivational pins to our Beach Body Workout and Motivation Pinterest board.

Circuit Training Workout for a Beach Body

It's time to get your body ready for the beach. So, take on this Spring Break Body workout with Elektra Knight. In this video, she does a circuit workout with a timer that includes one minute interval training with a 30-second rest period. You can make the intensity high or low, depending upon your needs and you decide how many times you want to do this circuit. Elektra is ready to help you reach your Spring Break goals, just make sure to warm up before starting these exercises:

  • Dead Lift
  • Heisman
  • Squat Jumps
  • Standing Oblique Crunch

Total Body Workout to Sculpt a Bikini Body

The BeFit team has a second level to the Total Body Bikini Blast Workout we previously shared with you in the Beach Body Workouts to Help You Look Your Best All Summer blog. This supercharged fat-burning total body workout offers incredible exercises that focus on your core, abdominals and other problem areas, so you'll be ready to hit the beach. When you click play, you’ll get an explosive 40-minute cardio/strength training workout with an ideal combination of Yoga and Pilates-inspired moves, along with plyometric exercises, including:

• Air Squats
• Alternating Supermans
• Bridge Pose
• Bunny Hops
• Burpees
• Cat/Cow
• Cherry Pickers
• Child’s Pose
• Cobra Stretch
• Downward Dog
• Full Wheel Pose
• Lunge to Twist
• Monkey Squats
• Mountain Climber to Tuck Jump
• Plank Knee to Elbow
• Plank Thomas Touches
• Reverse Lunge Knee Up
• V-Ups

Getting a Buff Beach Body with Group Fitness

Whether you’re trying to get your beach body ready or are looking to achieve success in an upcoming bodybuilding competition, you have to do what it takes to reach your personal fitness goals. Pro bodybuilder John Puskarich shares some motivating clips of some of his group training sessions. He feels that, “Everyone can be fit, it just takes the right motivations.” Not only does this video give you an idea of the incredible workouts he does with his clients, but you’ll also get to see them achieve success during competition.

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NPC Legends Classic: Winners in Bodybuilding, Physique and Bikini Contests

2015 NPC Legends Classic Results

NPC Legends Classic
Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique, and Bikini Championships
January 31, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada

Following are the top winners for each of the events:

MEN'S BODYBUILDING
Men's Bodybuilding Heavyweight
1. Stephen Young
2. Jason Johnson
3. Royale Jones
4. Corey Lay

   

Stephen Young
Heavyweight Bodybuilding (1st)
Jason Johnson
Heavyweight Bodybuilding (2nd)


Men's Bodybuilding Middleweight
1. Pius Agyemang
2. Albert Castillo

    

Pius Agyemang
Middeweight Bodybuilding (1st)
Albert Castillo
Middleweight Bodybuilding (2nd)



Men's Bodybuilding Lightweight
1. Cesar Vazquez

Men's Novice Heavyweight
1. Francisco Roa
2. Brady Stevens

Men's Novice Lightweight
1. Bryon Gomez
2. Noah Sperling

Men's Masters Over 40
1. Jimmie Wilson
2. Bruce Hamption

    
FIGURE
Women's Figure Class A
1. Jessica Piraro
2. Jennifer Hennessey
3. Meagan Redlinger
4. Kimberly Miller
5. Cameshia Johnson

    

Jessica Piraro
Women's Figure Class A (1st)
Albert Castillo
Women's Figure Class A  (2nd)



Women's Figure Class B
1. Tracy Allen
2. Chris Price
3. Traci Saba
4. Niluofar Rafsanjani
5. Sara Lee

Women's Figure Class C
1. Jeanine Taddeo
2. Amy Blue
3. Elizabeth Potter
4. Carmen Bourseau
5. Jamie Whitmore

Women's Figure Class D
1. Christine Ajisafe
2. Christina Cardenas
3. Alissa Johnson
4. Kylie Smith

Women's Masters Figure Over 35 Class A
1. Tracy Allen
2. Jennifer Hennessey
3. Niluofar Rafsanjani
4. Tanisha Townsend

Women's Masters Figure Over 35 Class B
1. Jeanine Taddeo
2. Jamie Whitmore

Women's Masters Figure Over 45
1. Tracy Allen
2. Chris Price
3. Traci Saba
4. Sherry Turner

    
BIKINI
Women's Bikini Class A
1. Jennifer Caluya
2. Luna Beasley
3. Maggie Garcia
4. Rebeca Orozco
5. Jennifer Olarra

    

Jennifer Caluya
Women's Bikini Class A (1st)
Luna Beasley
Women's Bikini Class A  (2nd)



Women's Bikini Class B
1. Nicole Grant (1st Overall Bikini Winner)
2. Jean Ezell
3. Janine Curiel
4. Robie Ro
5. Christina Torres

Congratulations to Nicole Grant, NPC Legends Classic1st Overall Bikini Winner


Women's Bikini Class C
1. Anna Daltro
2. Samantha Villagomez
3. Alexandria Babbitt
4. Ellie Sadeghi
5. Liubov Bratunova

Women's Bikini Class D
1. Ashley Ladd
2. Danielle Eells
3. DeLani Williams
4. Natalie Pao
5. Marian King

Women's Bikini Class E
1. Alethea Inns
2. Darla Hoffman
3. Carissa Capeloto
4. Julie Johnson
5. Megan Granucci

Women's Bikini Class F
1. Angela Palumbo
2. Heidi Carlsen
3. Traisha Martin
4. Taylor Mortensen
5. Areania Hewing

Women's Bikini Novice Class A
1. Alexandria Babbitt
2. Ellie Sadeghi
3. Liubov Bratunova
4. Glenelle Stultz
5. Katelyn Strange

Women's Bikini Novice Class B
1. Ashley Ladd
2. Darla Hoffman
3. Danielle Eells
4. Krisztina Negyesi
5. Sara Zavala

Women's Bikini Novice Class C
1. Megan Granucci
2. Raygan Whallon
3. Nina Fox
4. Erin Glover
5. Maria Campos Durette

Women's Bikini Masters Over 35 Class A
1. Ellie Sadeghi
2. Maggie Garcia
3. Jennifer Olarra
4. Janine Curiel
5. Angie Sadeghi

Women's Bikini Masters Over 35 Class B
1. Alethea Inns
2. Darla Hoffman
3. Natalie Pao
4. Krisztina Negyesi
5. Dana Lyons

Women's Bikini Masters Over 35 Class C
1. Kimberlee Greenough
2. Ginger Graham
3. Carlie Young
4. Elaine Codilla
5. Amy Russ

Women's Bikini Masters Over 45 Class A
1. Sandy Roberts
2. Kimberly King

Women's Bikini Masters Over 45 Class B
1. Kimberlee Greenough
2. Roya Tehranchi


MEN'S PHYSIQUE
Men's Physique Class A
1. Clayton Dollente
2. Julius Acoba
3. Ian Omalza
4. Mitchell Irussi
5. Alex Verdugo

Men's Physique  Class B
1. Ryan Baranek
2. Ryan Bonzato
3. Dusty Anfuso
4. Julio Del Rio
5. Perry Crooks

Men's Physique  Class C
1. Dedric Moore
2. Fabio Toscano
3. Chezz Bruce
4. Richard Coronado
5. Daniel Bumagat

Men's Physique Class D
1. Anthony Kurup
2. C.Montrel Miller
3. Luis Francisco Toledo
4. Jared Goodrich
5. Brandon Ficklin

Men's Physique  Class E
1. Ari Rosenberg
2. Troy Scheiber

Men's Physique  Class F
1. Jasen Johnston
2. Larry Crawford
3. Daniel Minarsky

Men's Physique  Novice Class A
1. Julius Acoba
2. Josue Castro
3. Rodolfo Chavez
4. Joshua Villar
5. Marlon Malicdem

Men's Physique Novice Class B
1. Ryan Baranek
2. Kelly Myers
3. Nadim Ibrahim
4. Bryant Johnston
5. Dylan Harvey

Men's Physique  Novice Class C
1. Luis Francisco Toledo
2. Omar Foster
3. Richard Craven
4. Hayden Smith
5. Daniel Minarsky

Men's Physique Masters Over 35 Class A
1. Preston Allen
2. Justin Mcbride
3. John Vasquez

Men's Physique  Masters Over 35 Class B
1. Fabio Toscano
2. Chezz Bruce
3. Ramon Goudeau
4. Sean Stevenson
5. Darren Hemmen

Men's Physique Masters Over 45
1. Sean Stevenson
2. Darren Hemmen
3. Richard DiFilippo
4. Norbert Lukowski

    
WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE
Class A
1. Leslie Gurr
2. Minde Geiger
3. Sonja Johnson
 

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Legends Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view more photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_legends_classic.

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




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.




Top Winners of the 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships in Montreal

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

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

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

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Fitness Results

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

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

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

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Men’s Fitness Results

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

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Bikini Fitness Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Bodyfitness Results

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



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

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

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

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

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Physique Results

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

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

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

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Men’s Physique Results

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

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

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



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



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

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Mixed Pairs Results

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

2014 IFBB World Fitness Team Championships Results

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

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

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




Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter

Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter

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

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

Which Type of Lifter Squats Longest?

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

When Bodybuilders Meet Powerlifters

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

Deadlift Battle with a Bodybuilder, a Strongman and a Powerlifter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Overall winners were also announced for select Masters categories:

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


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

Men’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

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


Women’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

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


Men’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

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


Women’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

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


1st Place Figure Winners:

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


1st Place Fitness Winners:

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


1st Place Bikini Winners:

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


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

Men’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

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


Women’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:

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


Men’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

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


Women’s 1st Place Physique Winners:

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


1st Place Figure Winners:

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


1st Place Bikini Winners:

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


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

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




Whey Protein Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Whey Protein

Whey protein and casein are the two major types of proteins in milk. While casein is digested more slowly, whey is a quickly and easily digested source of protein. It contains essential amino acids, including branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), and its amino-acid profile is similar to that of human skeletal muscle. While whey protein is naturally found in dairy products, it is also available in a more concentrated form in dietary supplements. These include health and bodybuilding supplements such as CytoSport, IsoBolic, Multi-Pro and Elite whey protein powders.

Functions of Whey Protein

Protein contributes to the growth, development and repair of human tissue, so consuming whey protein can help to support these functions. The amino acids contained in whey protein play a critical role in regulating protein metabolism, and are believed to aid the body in transitioning from a catabolic state to an anabolic state following exercise. Furthermore, studies have suggested that whey protein may decrease fat stores in the body and increase feelings of satiety (fullness), thereby helping to regulate weight and body composition.

Sources of Whey Protein

Dairy products are a natural source of whey protein, which separates from milk during the cheese-making process. Among food sources, ricotta cheese contains the highest levels of whey protein; however, it can also be found in milk, yogurt and other cheeses. When whey protein is extracted and processed for use in natural dietary supplements, it can take one of several forms, including whey powder, whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Of these, whey protein isolate contains the highest protein content, followed by whey protein concentrate and then whey powder.

Whey Protein Benefits and Uses

Consuming whey protein elevates the body’s overall levels of protein and essential amino acids, which help to maintain human skeletal muscles. As a result, whey protein is a popular ingredient in health and bodybuilding supplements, where it is used to increase muscle mass and strength as well as improve athletic performance. Because whey protein appears to decrease fat stores and create feelings of fullness, it is also used as an appetite suppressant and may be included as an ingredient in weight-loss supplements.

Another benefit of whey protein is its ability to lower blood-sugar levels, which may be helpful for individuals with milder cases of diabetes that can be controlled with proper diet and exercise. Whey protein is also used as an ingredient in baby formulas because it is an easily digested form of protein and provides important nutrients needed for growth and development. There are many other purported uses of whey protein – ranging from acid reflux to chronic lung conditions to psoriasis – though evidence in these areas is currently inconclusive.

Side Effects of Whey Protein and Potential Interactions

Whey protein is generally considered safe for most adults; users should follow the recommended dosage and directions listed on dietary supplements. Those who are lactose intolerant or have a known sensitivity to milk may find that some whey protein formulas can cause similar symptoms, such as bloating, cramps, diarrhea or nausea. When taken in high doses, whey protein may cause headaches, fatigue or thirst in some people.

Individuals taking certain types of medication should be aware of potential interactions. Whey protein may decrease the absorption of levodopa, alendronate and some antibiotics (including quinolone, fluoroquinolone and tetracycline). Since whey protein has been shown to lower blood-glucose levels, it can cause hypoglycemia when it is taken in combination with diabetes medications. When whey protein is taken in combination with blood thinners, it may increase the risk of bleeding.

More detailed safety information on whey protein side effects and interactions can be found on the Mayo Clinic website. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing whey protein.

Whey Protein Research and Studies

Numerous studies have examined the effects of whey protein on muscle mass, muscle recovery, athletic performance and body composition. For example, recent animal studies published in the journals Nutrition and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that resistance exercise combined with whey protein led to significant muscle weight increases in rats and that whey protein supplementation improved exercise performance, body composition and biochemical assessments in mice.

Human trials also support the use of whey protein for post-exercise recovery and improved body composition. Research published in Amino Acids determined that whey protein may accelerate the muscle regeneration/remodeling process after high-intensity exercise, while the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism reported that whey protein supplements taken by runners facilitated their recovery from strenuous training. In the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, researchers analyzed 14 randomized, controlled trials on generally healthy adults and found that whey protein supplements – either combined with resistance exercise or as part of a weight-loss or weight-maintenance diet – improved body composition parameters.

In addition, research findings suggest that whey protein supplements are beneficial for overweight and diabetic individuals. In the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers studied overweight/obese adults who consumed whey protein supplements either with or without exercise and found that all of them lost body weight, fat mass and abdominal fat. Among those test subjects, the group that took whey protein supplements in combination with a multimode exercise training program lost significantly more body weight and gained a greater percentage of lean body mass. An article published in Diabetologia examined the impact of whey protein on diabetics, and determined that taking whey protein before breakfast helped to increase insulin levels and decrease glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes. For additional whey protein research reports, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

HGH.com Supplements With Whey Protein

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts rely on whey protein supplements to help build muscle, aid in post-exercise recovery and maintain a healthy weight. HGH.com offers a variety of natural health and bodybuilding supplements formulated with whey protein:

Elite Whey Protein Butter Toffee and Elite Whey Protein Chocolate Mint – Whey protein isolates, concentrate and peptides are combined with a proprietary digestive enzyme blend to enhance digestion and absorption of Elite Whey Protein supplements, which provide 23 grams of protein per serving. These delicious powdered-drink mixes help grow and strengthen muscle while aiding in muscle repair and recovery.

IsoBolic Cinnamon Oatmeal and IsoBolic Vanilla – The advanced protein matrix in IsoBolic supplements blends whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate with other active ingredients, packing in 45 grams of protein per serving. These delicious powdered mixes support intense workouts, offering sustained protein release to stimulate muscle growth and recovery.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – Featuring whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate and whey permeate, Multi-Pro Chocolate provides 24 grams of protein in each serving. This great-tasting, low-carb drink mix delivers vitamins and minerals in a complete protein supplement that helps users gain muscle while minimizing body fat.

CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein – Made with whey protein concentrate and whey protein hydrolysate, each serving of CytoSport Vanilla Whey contains 18 grams of protein and provides essential nutrients and amino acids. This low-fat, low-lactose powder mixes easily and is biologically complete, helping users build lean muscle mass and recover more quickly after intense workouts.

Mega Shake Strawberry – Formulated with a powerful blend of active ingredients – including whey protein concentrates, isolates and peptides – Mega Shake offers 32 grams of total protein per serving. Its high-quality proteins, vitamins and minerals help increase muscle tone, reduce body fat, provide energy and support muscle recovery.


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

Mayo Clinic and The National Standard Research Collaboration. “Drugs and Supplements: Whey Protein”; National Standard Patient Monograph information published on Mayo Clinic website; last updated November 1, 2013. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/whey-protein/background/hrb-20060532>

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

Bennett, Andrew. “Which Foods Contain Whey Protein?”; article published on Livestrong.com website; October 21, 2013. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/254097-which-foods-contain-whey-protein/>

Research Sources:

Arciero, Paul J.; Baur, Daniel; et al. “Timed-Daily Ingestion of Whey Protein and Exercise Training Reduces Visceral Adipose Tissue Mass and Improves Insulin Resistance: The PRISE Study”; Journal of Applied Physiology; July 1, 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24833780>

Chen, Wen-Chyuan; Huang, Wen-Ching; et al. “Whey Protein Improves Exercise Performance and Biochemical Profiles in Trained Mice”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; August 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24504433>

Farup, Jean; Rahbek, Stine Klejis; et al. “Whey Protein Supplementation Accelerates Satellite Cell Proliferation During Recovery From Eccentric Exercise”; Amino Acids; July 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25063205>

Hansen, Mette; Bangsbo, Jens; et al. “Effect of Whey Protein Hydrolysate on Performance and Recovery of Top-Class Orienteering Runners”; International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism; published online ahead of print July 14, 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25029703>

Haraguchi, Fabiano Kenji; de Brito Magalhães, Cintia Lopes; et al. “Whey Protein Modifies Gene Expression Related to Protein Metabolism Affecting Muscle Weight in Resistance-Exercised Rats”; Nutrition; July-August 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24985006>

Jakubowicz, Daniela; Froy, Oren; et al. “Incretin, Insulinotropic and Glucose-Lowering Effects of Whey Protein Pre-Load in Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomised Clinical Trial”; Diabetologia; September 2014; published online July 10, 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25005331>

Miller, Paige E.; Alexander, Dominik D.; and Perez, Vanessa. “Effects of Whey Protein and Resistance Exercise on Body Composition: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials”; Journal of the American College of Nutrition; published online April 14, 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24724774>




HGH.com Presents Popular 2014 Bodybuilding Competition Videos

Bodybuilding Competition Finalists Videos to Get You Pumped-Up and Motivated

Looking for some inspiration to give you the extra push you need to achieve your bodybuilding goals? Then, we have just the thing for you! We’ve gathered a few videos from some of 2014's hottest bodybuilding competitions to get you motivated for the upcoming competitions and tournaments.

2014 IFBB Arnold Classic

Get a glimpse inside the 2014 IFBB Arnold Classic Men’s Open as RXMuscle presents a side-by-side look at Dennis Wolf and Shawn Rhoden posing for the judges, fellow competitors, cameras and spectators during the professional division competition. This video also shows a variety of poses that all five competitors achieve as they show every muscle fiber they’ve got.

Featured Video: In case you didn’t already know, Dennis Wolf won his first Arnold Classic, becoming the 2014 Arnold Classic Champion. Shawn Rhoden came in second place. Want to be a part of next year’s competition? Here are the details, along with an overview of this year’s winners: http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/arnold-classic/

Top 5 Posedown at the 2014 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championship

Big Ramy, Juan Diesel Morel, Jonathan Delarosa, Lionel Beyeke and Max Charles are the top 5 competitors in the 2014 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championship. They are all together on stage showing off every ripped muscle they’ve got for the posedown portion of this bodybuilding championship

Finalist Showdown Pose: Not sure who won this competition? Well, we’re here to tell you that Big Ramy is the winner of the 2014 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championship.

2014 IFBB Europa Show of Bodybuilding Champions

Take a look at the top 5 IFBB Pro Bodybuilders at the 2014 IFBB/NPC Europa Show of Champions Finals held in Orlando, Florida as they give it all they’ve got. Plus, you’ll see the award ceremony at the end of this video

Top 10 results for the 2014 IFBB Europa Show of Champions for Men’s Bodybuilding are:

  1. Justin Compton
  2. Jonathan Delarosa
  3. Fred Smalls
  4. Daniel Toth
  5. Eddy Wilson
  6. Ben White
  7. An Nguyen
  8. Marius Dohne
  9. Clarence DeVis
  10. Keith Williams

Get the latest schedule for more upcoming IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Championships around the world at http://www.ifbbpro.com/wp-content/uploads/image/2014/calendar/2014calendar.pdf. Which competition are you working toward

2014 Bodybuilding Competition Finalists Pinterest Board

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Your exclusive "Health Club" supplement discounts and membership deals are heating up for the summer!

The "Health Club" plans give you the ability to get big discounts on your favorite fitness, HGH and bodybuilding supplements and products. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing you your monthly supplements package is paid through the nex 6 months. Furthermore, you get great supplement deals and choose which products you want shipped to you!

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