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2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone Results & Winners

2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone

June 27            
Santa Clara Convention Center,
5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95110 United States
Organizer: Steve O'Brien & George Jackson
Phone: 408-384-9039
Website: www.musclesportproductions.com
Event: NPC

Congratulations to all participants of the 2015 NPC San Jose Championships held in Santa Clara, California. The championships were hosted by Muscle Sport Productions and included events such as bodybuilding, physique, bikini, and figure. This national qualifier show hosted many great looking competitors from many places. HGH.com, leading manufacturer of natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements, is proud to present the winners from each event. 

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Congratulations to all participants of the 2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone. The Clash at the Capstone bodybuilding, figure, bikini, and physique competitions were held the weekend of July 11, 2015 ‚Äčat he the historic Bama Theatre, 600 Greensboro Avenue Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. HGH.com, leading manufacturer of natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements, is proud to present the winners from each event.

Overall Winner
Kevin Rainey

Super Heavyweight
1. John VanBruggen
2. Cheslyn Story Wilson
3. Torrie Kervin
4. Lyndon Johnson

Heavyweight
1. Kevin Rainey
2. Edward Bester

Kevin Rainey   Heavyweight Bodybuilding (1st) Overall (1st) - 2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone

          Brandon Mims Lightweight Bodybuilding (1st) - 2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone

Kevin Rainey
  Heavyweight Bodybuilding (1st) Overall (1st)
Brandon Mims
Lightweight Bodybuilding (1st)

Light Heavyweight
1. Brandon Mims
2. Kyle Hawkins
3. Ridge Wilcutt
4. Geoff Bell
5. Carl Hill
6. MIchael Graves

Middleweight
1. David Flippo

Welterweight
1. Dustin Moore
2. Tyler Harris

Lightweight
1. Colton Godwin

True Novice Heavyweight
1. Ridge Wilcutt

True Novice Lightweight
1. Nick Kilgore

True Novice Middleweight
1. Josh Burk

Masters Over 40
1. Carl Hill
2. Torrie Kervin
3. Lyndon Johnson

Masters Over 60
1. Edward Bester

   
FIGURE

Overall Winner
Robin Edwards

Class A
1. Candace Medlock

Robin Edwards Figure Class B (1st) & Overall (1st) - 2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone

            Alana Fox Figure Class C Winner (1st) - 2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone

Robin Edwards
Figure Class B (1st) & Overall (1st)
Alana Fox
Figure Class C Winner (1st)

Class B
1. Robin Edwards
2. Scout McIntyre

Class C
1. Alana Fox
2. Amanda Arnold
3. Elizabeth Smith
4. Brandy Fokken

Class D
1. Jordan Jansen
2. Jilly Hawkins
3. Wendy Kinard
4. Melissa Prince

Collegiate
1. Candace Medlock

Novice
1. Jilly Hawkins
2. Stephanie Horton

Uniform
1. Elizabeth Smith

Masters Over 35
1. Amanda Arnold
2. Brandy Fokken

Masters Over 40
1. Wendy Kinard
2. Melissa Prince

   
BIKINI

Overall Winner

Natesha Speight

Class A
1. Stephanie Morring
2. Kimberly Predmore
3. Lana Jones
4. Amanda Blevins
5. Denise Milton-Runnels
6. Kendal Barnes

Class B
1. Natesha Speight
2. Jessica Duncan
3. Tara Spencer
4. Deanna Goff
5. Dana Wilkerson

Natesha Speight Bikini Class B (1st) Overall (1st) - 2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone

           Stephanie Morring Bikini Class A Winner (2nd) - 2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone

Natesha Speight
Bikini Class B (1st) Overall (1st)
Stephanie Morring
Bikini Class A Winner (2nd)

Class C
1. Erin Logston
2. Megan Phillips
3. Tiffany Bullock
4. Crystal Nicholson

Class D
1. Brittany Mack
2. Breggin Eddy
3. Wilder Roberts
4. Carolyn Sparks
5. Hermaine Williamson

Collegiate
1. Hannah Patterson
2. Kendal Barnes

Novice
1. Hannah Patterson
2. Breggin Eddy
3. Amanda Blevins
4. Rachel Calfee

Uniform
1. Denise Milton-Runnels

Masters Over 35
1. Erin Logston
2. Jessica Duncan

Masters Over 40
1. Wilder Roberts
2. Kimberly Predmore
3. Denise Milton-Runnels
4. Christina Marie Hunter
5. Dana Wilkerson

MEN'S PHYSIQUE

Overall Winner
Andre Smith


Class A
1. Andre Smith
2. Steven Watson
3. Paul O'Donnell

Physique Class A (1st) Overall Winner (1st) - 2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone

           Chris Mayo Physique Class B Winner (1st) - 2015 NPC Clash at the Capstone

Andre Smith
Physique Class A (1st) Overall Winner (1st)
Chris Mayo
Physique Class B Winner (1st)

Class B
1. Chris Mayo
2. Robert Gerrity
3. Dylan Murray
4. Colby Dansby
5. Devrick Mostello
6. Tommy Nguyen
7. Justin Chism
8. Adam Wells
9. Kevin Bullock
10. Brandon Murray
11. Kenneth Thomas

Collegiate
1. Colby Dansby

Novice
1. Steven Watson
2. Dylan Murray
3. Carson Jowers
4. Brandon Murray
5. Chris Moreno
6. Kenneth Thomas

Uniform
1. Adam Wells

Masters Over 35
1. Steven Watson

Masters Over 40
1. Chris Moreno

Official Final Results Scorecard - <http://npcnewsonline.com/2015-ifbb-battle-on-the-beach-official-scores/183307/>. To see all results and photos visit - <http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_battle_on_the_gulf_coast/>

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

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To see all results and photos visit - <http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_clash_at_the_capstone/>

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




Cowhage Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Cowhage, or Mucuna Pruriens

Mucuna pruriens – also known as cowhage, cowitch or velvet bean – is a plant that grows in tropic and sub-tropic regions. It is classified as a legume and has seed-producing pods. If the hairy outer covering of the pods touches human skin, it can cause contact dermatitis and severe itching; however, extracts from the plant have long been used in traditional medicine. Today, Mucuna pruriens is often used as an ingredient in health and bodybuilding supplements, such as HGH 30,000 Spray, Somatropinne HGH and Anapolan-MAX 50.

Functions of Cowhage

While Mucuna pruriens is technically classified as a vegetable, its extract is more commonly consumed in the form of medicine or supplements. Cowhage is a good natural source of levodopa, or L-dopa, which in the human body serves as a precursor for the neurotransmitter dopamine. Since L-dopa is used in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, cowhage has been widely studied for its potential in this area. In addition, cowhage extract is noted for its anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and antioxidant properties, which are also believed to be due to the presence of L-dopa. And because L-dopa has been shown to stimulate human growth hormone (HGH) secretion and synthesis, some experts believe that the L-dopa in cowhage may act as an HGH releaser.

Sources of Cowhage

Indigenous to southern China and eastern India, Mucuna pruriens is cultivated in Asia, Africa, and parts of North and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. The plant is rich in protein and minerals; and in some cultures, cowhage pods and beans are prepared as food. In Mexico and Guatemala, the seeds are roasted and used as a coffee substitute known as “Nescafe” (though there is no relation to the trademarked coffee brand of the same name). However, in the United States, cowhage is most commonly used in extract form as an ingredient in medicines and dietary supplements.

Cowhage Benefits and Uses

As a natural source of L-dopa, cowhage has been most widely studied and used as a treatment for Parkinsonism and Parkinson’s disease. Evidence suggests it may also benefit other dopamine-related conditions, such as tardive dyskinesia. The plant’s L-dopa content has been shown to increase dopamine and testosterone levels in adult males while suppressing prolactin levels, which supports cowhage’s traditional use as an aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer. Studies have also shown it can reduce cortisol levels, which in turn may lower perceived stress levels and contribute to a sense of well-being. Because L-dopa has been shown to stimulate HGH levels, cowhage extract is frequently used as an ingredient in health and bodybuilding supplements, in which it is believed to promote muscle growth and act as a fat-burner.

Numerous other positive effects have been attributed to cowhage extract, including anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties. Various studies have explored its potential for treating diabetes, skin diseases and other pathologies. Cowhage has also been successfully used as an anti-venom that counters the toxic effects of some snake bites, such as from cobras and other vipers.

Side Effects of Cowhage and Potential Interactions

Supplements containing Mucuna pruriens extract are generally considered safe for healthy adults. Some minor side effects have been reported, such as nausea and a bloated feeling in the abdomen; less common side effects include vomiting, headaches, jitteriness and insomnia. However, individuals with certain medical conditions or anyone taking medications contraindicated for L-dopa should exercise caution when taking supplements containing cowhage extract. L-dopa can cause low blood pressure, lightheadedness and fainting in patients with cardiovascular disease, and it may cause blood sugar levels to drop too low in people with diabetes or hypoglycemia. The L-dopa in cowhage may also worsen some conditions, such as liver disease, melanoma, gastrointestinal ulcers or mental illness. Cowhage supplements should not be taken in conjunction with monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants or when taking methyldopa for hypertension. Moderate interactions may occur with other antihypertensive drugs (guanethidine), insulin, diabetes medications, antipsychotic drugs, tricyclic antidepressants or anesthesia.

More detailed safety information on cowhage side effects and interactions can be found on healthcare websites such as WebMD. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing cowhage extract.

Cowhage Research and Studies

Numerous studies have examined the pharmacological effects of Mucuna pruriens extract, primarily in relation to its L-dopa content. A 2012 review published in Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine highlights the plant’s medicinal properties and related research findings, many of which are summarized above in the “Cowhage Benefits and Uses” section of this article. Research published in Clinical Neuropharmacology, Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, and the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry have demonstrated the value of cowhage extract in treating the symptoms of Parkinsonism and Parkinson’s disease. In fact, some studies suggest that cowhage extract may have advantages over conventional L-dopa preparations, such as reducing the risk of drug-induced dyskinesia (DID).

Research dating from the early 1970s to present has established that L-dopa has the potential to stimulate HGH secretion and synthesis, as documented in Clinical Interventions in Aging and in several studies published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. One study featured in Nutrition and Metabolic Insights specifically investigated the effects of a Mucuna pruriens (velvet bean) and Chlorophytum borivilianum blend supplement on serum growth hormone levels in exercise-trained men, and found that it produced an increase in circulating HGH levels.

Other studies have indicated that cowhage supplements may contribute to a wide range of health benefits, from treating male infertility to improving sleep quality. Animal studies also suggest that cowhage extract may help reduce blood glucose levels and lower cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids. However, further clinical studies are needed to definitively support these findings and their potential applications in humans.

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

HGH.com Supplements With Cowhage

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts can harness the health benefits of cowhage through natural fitness and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGH 30,000 Nanograms Spray – This convenient HGH spray features a proprietary blend of ingredients designed to stimulate HGH release. In addition to L-dopa from cowhage seed extract, other natural ingredients include GABA, deer antler velvet, long jack and L-group amino acids. HGH 30,000 Spray is formulated to support muscle growth, mass gain, fat burning and other health benefits.

Somatropinne HGH – Purity Select’s natural Somatropinne HGH capsules contain a proprietary blend of plant extracts, including cowhage seeds, maca, hawthorn berry and horny goat weed. As an over-the-counter HGH releaser, this supplement is intended to help athletes build lean muscle and gain increased energy, while also providing weight-loss and anti-aging benefits.

A-MAX 50 – Anapolan-MAX is formulated to support lean muscle gain while increasing HGH production and testosterone levels. In addition to cowhage extract, the proprietary blend of ingredients in A-MAX 50 includes Tribulus terrestris, shilajit, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and L-tyrosine.

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

Examine.com. “Mucuna Pruriens”; published under “Supplements”; accessed June 16, 2015.

Gonzalez, Adam. “Supplement Spotlight: Get Shredded With Fat Burners”; Muscle & Fitness; accessed June 16, 2015.

Men’s Fitness Editors. “Fat Burner Buyer’s Guide Q&A”; Men’s Fitness; accessed June 16, 2015.

University of Maryland Medical Center. “Mucuna Pruriens”; published under “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide”; last reviewed April 8, 2014; accessed June 16, 2015, 2015.

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Cowhage”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed June 16, 2015.

Research Sources:

Alleman, Rick J., Jr.; Robert E. Canale; et al. “A Blend of Chlorophytum Borivilianum and Velvet Bean Increases Serum Growth Hormone in Exercise-Trained Men”; Nutrition and Metabolic Insights; October 2, 2011.

Chihara, Kazuo; Yoichi Kashio; et al. “L-Dopa Stimulates Release of Hypothalamic Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone in Humans”; The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; March 1986.

Dharmarajan, Satheesh Kumar and Kottai Muthu Arumugam. “Comparative Evaluation of Flavone From Mucuna Pruriens and Coumarin From Ionidium Suffruticosum for Hypolipidemic Activity in Rats Fed With High Fat Diet”; Lipids in Health and Disease; October 2012.

Kansal, Prakash C.; John Buse; et al. “The Effect of L-Dopa on Plasma Growth Hormone, Insulin, and Thyroxine”; The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; January 1972.

Katzenschlager, Regina; Alan C. Evans; et al. “Mucuna Pruriens in Parkinson's Disease: A Double Blind Clinical and Pharmacological Study”; Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry; December 2004.

Lampariello, Lucia Raffaella; Alessio Cortelazzo; et al. “The Magic Velvet Bean of Mucuna Pruriens”; Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine; October-December 2012.

Lieu, Christopher A.; Allen R. Kunselman; et al. “A Water extract of Mucuna Pruriens Provides Long-Term Amelioration of Parkinsonism With Reduced Risk for Dyskinesias”; Parkinsonism & Related Disorders; August 2010.
<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2909380/>

Majekodunmi, Stephen O. Ademola A Oyagbemi; et al. “Evaluation of the Anti-Diabetic Properties of Mucuna Pruriens Seed Extract”; Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine; August 2011.

McCarthy, Cameron G.; Rick J. Alleman; et al. “A Dietary Supplement Containing Chlorophytum Borivilianum and Velvet Bean Improves Sleep Quality in Men and Women”; Integrative Medicine Insights; 2012.

Müller, Thomas; Reiner Hellwig; and Siegfried Muhlack. “Levodopa Induces Synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor and Growth Hormone in Patients With Parkinson Disease”; Clinical Neuropharmacology; May-June 2011.

Shukla, Kamla Kant; Abbas Ali Mahdi; et al. “Mucuna Pruriens Reduces Stress and Improves the Quality of Semen in Infertile Men”; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; March 2010.

Tan, Nget Hong; Shin Yee Fung; et al. “The Protective Effect of Mucuna Pruriens Seeds Against Snake Venom Poisoning”; Journal of Ethnopharmacology; June 22, 2009.

Walker, Richard F. “Primary Locus Intervention: A Novel Approach to Treating Age-Associated Hormone Insufficiency”; Clinical Interventions in Aging; December 2007.






2015 NPC Battle on the Gulf Coast Championships Results and Winners

Battle on the Gulf Coast Championships
June 27            
IP Casino,
850 Bayview Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530 United States
Organizer: Ironworks Gym
Phone: 228-456-9496
Website: www.battleonthegulfcoast.com
Event: NPC

On June 27, 2015 at the IP Casino in Biloxi, MS the annual NPC Battle of the Gulf Coast Championships were hosted by Ironworks Gym. Many great contestants came out to join the biggest NPC event of the year. The events featured were bodybuilding, physique, bikini, and figure. HGH and bodybuilding supplement HGH.com is proud to present the winners from each event. Congratulations to all!

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

Heavyweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Johnathon Johnson
2. Jameson Max Jones
3. Austin Connely
4. Tommie Landrum
5. Joey Williams
 

johnathon johnson heavyweight overall 2015 battle on the gulf

          jameson max jones heavyweight second 2015 battle on the gulf

Johnathon Johnson
Heavyweight Bodybuilding Overall (1st)
Jameson Max Jones
Heavyweight Bodybuilding Overall (2nd)

 

Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Jason Hebert
2. Tim Norsworthy
3. Rob Winter

Middleweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Kendall Guice
2. Cesar Diaz
3. Brady Cobb
4. Mark Vinluan

Junior Heavyweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Gavin Havard
2. Walter Harris

Junior Lightweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Kendrick McCarty
2. Phillip Defrances
3. Pedro Arce
4. Takeo Wadriski

Junior Middleweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Denny Dismuke
2. Conner Masters
3. Jesse Johnson
4. Joe Fuselli

Lightweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Paul Redmer
2. Steven Burkett

True Novice Heavyweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Charles Davison
2. Gavin Havard
3. Michael Yarbrough

True Novice Lightweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Pedro Arce
2. Conner Masters

Uniform Heavyweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Tim Norsworthy
2. Daryl Lavigne

Uniform Lightweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Takeo Wadriski

Masters Over 40 Heavyweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Tommie Landrum
2. Daryl Lavigne

Masters Over 50 Heavyweight Bodybuilding Overall
1. Lincoln Campbell
2. Cesar Diaz
3. Charles Davison
4. Paul Redmer

Masters Figure Class A Overall
1. Natalia Trotter
2. Amy Anding
3. Sarah Johnson
4. Kaitlyn Jackson
5. Kimberly Lenoir

natalia trotter figure class a overall 2015 battle on the gulf

            amy anding figure class a second 2015 battle on the gulf

Natalia Trotter
Figure Class A Overall (1st)
Amy Anding
Figure Class A Overall (2nd)

 

Figure Class B Overall
1. Jennifer Skinner
2. Jessica Young
3. Erica Ward
4. Terri Jennings

Figure Class C Overall
1. Qiana McClenty

Figure True Novice Overalll
1. Andrea Montana
2. Erica Ward
3. Kaitlyn Jackson
4. Tanya Santos
5. Kimberly Lenoir

Figure Masters Over 35 Overall
1. Andrea Montana
2. Jennifer Skinner
3. Terri Jennings

Bikini Class A Overall
1. Bethany Deese
2. Rachel Henderson
3. Lila Cedotal
4. Autumn Holliman
5. Erica Timmons

bethany deese bikini class a overall 2015 battle on the gulf

           rachel henderson bikini class a second 2015 battle on the gulf

Bethany Deese
Bikini Class A Overall (1st)
Rachel Henderson
Bikini Class A Overall (2nd)

 
Bikini Class B Overall
1. Amber Fremin
2. Tara Adas
3. Miracle Hebert
4. Kristi Claunch
5. Christa Kleem

Bikini Class C Overall
1. Amanda Howell
2. Amber Peed
3. Nicole Zulli
4. Danielle King
5. Colleen Hadley

Bikini Class C Overall
1. Laura Beth Wright
2. Katie Nelson
3. Angela Crane

Bikini True Novice Overall
1. Amber Peed
2. Amber Fremin
3. Autumn Holliman
4. Ashley Francis
5. Diana Smith

Bikini Masters Over 35 Overall
1. Amanda Howell
2. Tara Adas
3. Colleen Hadley
4. Kristi Claunch
5. Desirie Crowe

Mens Physique Class A Overall
1. Michael Humphrey
2. John Dang
3. Blaine Stiger
4. Stephen Stiglets
5. Jessie Gros

michael humphrey physique class a overall 2015 battle on the gulf

           john dang physique class a second 2015 battle on the gulf

Michael Humphrey
Physique Class A Overall (1st)
John Dang
Physique Class A Overall (3rd)


Mens Physique Class B Overall
1. Travis Berkesch
2. Randy Hout
3. Jermaine Hines
4. Brett Griffin
5. Larry Jones

Mens Physique Class C Overall
1. Christopher Prevost
2. Ryan Kavanaugh
3. Patrick Bobinger
4. Ira Herrington
5. Angelo Norman

Mens Physique True Novice Overall
1. Stephen Stiglets
2. Brett Griffin
3. Christopher Bradford
4. Patrick Bobinger
5. Gage Patrick

Mens Physique Masters Over 35 Overall
1. John Dang
2. Christopher Bradford
3. Angelo Norman

Womens Physique Class A Overall
1. Betty Jo Bryan

Womens Physique Class B Overall
1. Jen Milburn

Womens Physique Masters Over 35 Overall
1. Jen Milburn

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Battle on the Gulf Coast Championships. Official Final Results Scorecard - <http://npcnewsonline.com/2015-ifbb-battle-on-the-beach-official-scores/183307/>. To see all results and photos visit - <http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_battle_on_the_gulf_coast/>

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

 




Happy 4th of July 2015 from HGH.com

Celebrating Independence with our HGH.com Family

Thanks to America's forefathers, and the numerous men and women who have fought for our independence over the last 239 years, we get to enjoy many freedoms in the United States. People from all over the country will celebrate these freedoms during the Fourth of July weekend, including the many that will be at IFBB and NPC competitions throughout the nation. We also have a special Independence Day sale everyone can enjoy, with 20% savings on orders over $100 on HGH.com.

Independence Day Bodybuilding, Physique, Bikini & Figure Competitions

IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH CHICAGO PRO
NPC TIM GARDNER CHICAGO EXTRAVAGANZA

When:
July 3-4

Where:
Tinley Park Convention Center & Tinley Park Holiday Inn
Tinley Park, IL United States

Highlights:
July 2
•    IFBB athlete check-in
•    "Meet the Pros" media press conference

July 3
•    IFBB Pro Day I
•    MD Windy City International Model Search
•    Bench Press Seminar UPA Powerlifting
•    Deadlift Seminar UPA Powerlifting
•    Tinley Park Bulldogs Wrestling Competition

July 4
•    NPC Athlete Mandatory Meeting
•    NPC Competitions
•    IFBB Pro Day II
•    Parade of Fitness
•    National Anthem performed by Legacy, accompanied by Brett Gardner
•    Wings of Strength IFBB WPD Best Poser Award
•    NAS Illinois Strongest Man Competition

2015 NPC Universe Championships
BODYBUILDING · FIGURE · BIKINI · MEN'S & WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE CHAMPIONSHIPS & FITNESS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
JULY 3-4, 2015
IFBB PRO QUALIFIER · TEANECK, NJ
http://bevfrancis.com/npcnortheast/npc-universe

TEAM UNIVERSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
When:
July 3-4

Where:
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
Teaneck, NJ

Highlights:
There will be more than 80 IFBB Pro Cards awarding during this IFBB Pro Qualifier competition.
July 3
Women's Pre-Judging
•    Fitness Routines
•    Women's Physique
•    Figure
•    Fitness – Two-Piece

July 4
Men's Pre-Judging
•    Bodybuilding
•    Men's Physique

Championship Finals
•    Fitness Routines
•    Women's Physique
•    Bodybuilding
•    Fitness – Two-Piece
•    Figure
•    Men's Physique
•    Bikini


INDEPENDENCE DAY BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS
When:
July 4

Where:
Irving Convention Center
Irving, TX, United States

Highlights:
Thompson Muscle Contest presents the NPC Independence Day Classic, feature national qualifier competitions for:
•    Bodybuilding
•    Fitness
•    Figure
•    Bikini
•    Physique


MIAMI CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIP
When:
July 4

Where:
James L. Knight Center
Miami, FL United States

Highlights:
Presented by George Prince & Pacheco's Physique Gym, the Miami Classic is a Figure, Physique and Bikini Championship.


2015 NPC PATRIOTS CHALLENGE
When:
July 4

Where:
The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Highlights:
This is a national qualifier competition for:
•    Men's Bodybuilding
•    Women's Physique
•    Men's Physique
•    Bikini
•    Figure

Make sure to stop back by the HGH.com blog next week to check out the results from these competitions. Now, go forth and celebrate your independence, as well as you unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness!

 




Glute Workouts Videos and Tips

Glute Workout Routines to Sculpt a Better Butt

Do you ever wish you had buns of steel or at least a pleasantly plump derriere? Whether you're an aspiring IFBB bikini amateur or you long to look perfect in your yoga pants, you're probably seeking out glute workouts to tone your tush. We've turned to IFBB Bikini and Fitness Pros so you can see how they tone and shape their glutes as they prepare for competition. How do they get those rad rumps? Take a look at these three glute workout videos to discover some great techniques and get inspired. Don't forget to check out the Glute Workouts Pinterest board as well.

Glute Training with a IFBB Fitness Pro Lindsey Waters

IFBB Fitness Pro, Lindsey Waters, demonstrates a few glute exercises to get your butt ready for the stage, the beach or anywhere life takes you. Check out how she trains at the East Coast Mecca: Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym. Lindsey also shares some insight as to why she finds some of the glute exercises she selects so beneficial. She also shares some of her favorite "Butt Sculpting" training techniques. Plus, you'll even find out what she does to bar boredom at the gym.

Training Glutes with IFBB Pro Sarah LeBlanc

Last year with only six weeks to go until the 2014 Olympia competition, IFBB Pro Sarah LeBlanc shared some of her rigorous glute/hamstring training. In this video she gives a glimpse at the type of glute muscle targeting exercises she does for round, full glutes that all bikini girls want to have.

IFBB Bikini Pro Glutes and Legs Workout

Tone your butt/glutes and legs like IFBB Bikini Pro Yarishna Ayala. In this video, you can see some of the exercises Yarishna does to tone her glutes and legs. She definitely mixes up her glutes and legs workout routines with a variety of different methods. Sometimes she uses nautilus equipment, for other exercises she uses free weights, on occasion dumbbells are in the mix, and there are also times when she just uses her body-weight for glutes and legs exercises. We're pretty sure we even saw some leg weights as well as a step and medicine ball in there. Take a look for yourself. Which of these exercises will you add to your glute workout routines?

Get More Glute Workouts on HGH.com's Pinterest Board

We've put together an array of even more bootylicious exercises and other glute-related photos and videos on our HGH.com Glutes Workout Pinterest board.

Follow Bodybuilding's board Six Pack Abs on Pinterest.

 




Beach Body Workouts Summer 2015

Shaping up Your Summer Beach Body

Are you ready to reveal your body at the beach this summer? You may answer, "yes" if you've continued to do the Spring Break Beach Body Workouts, Core Workouts or any variation of the workouts you find in the HGH blog posts. Who knows? Maybe you're already ripped and raring to go because you've faithfully done the Beach Body Workouts we posted last summer. If you're not ready, then there's still time to get into show-off shape and hit the beach this summer.

Whether you're looking to sport a buff beach body or just want to switch up your workout routine a bit, we've found even more beach body workouts for you. We also have some of the hottest bodybuilding supplements to help you achieve the most incredible beach body you've ever had. Check out these YouTube videos we found from Tony Horton and Autumn Calabres. Plus, take a look at the updated Beach Body Workout and Motivation Pinterest board.

Beachbody Live with Tony Horton

Have some fun with Tony Horton and a few of his friends for a fat-blasting workout. To start out the video, Tony and his exercise companions show us how to do several important workout moves. During this workout video you’ll learn about the bottom, middle and top floors, as well as the hook, elbow, sprawl and up. Then, he mixes it up with a little yoga mix for downward dog crunches. He also shows a few of his favorite moves. After that, he’ll take you through a full-body workout using the moves you’ve just experienced and some new ones you’ll learn along the way.

Get a Core Workout with Autumn Fitness

Looking to get some hard core abs? Fitness Trainer Autumn Calabres takes you through some exercises to help you achieve a fit core. As you workout your core muscles, you'll also be strengthening and flattening your abs, while stabilizing your lower back, and improving your balance and coordination. Workout alongside Autumn for 10 reps for each of these five moves.

  • Spiderman
  • 2Knee Drivers
  • Dolphin
  • Single-Leg Teaser
  • Single-Leg Stretch

Beach Body Workout for Buns and Legs

Fitness Trainer Autumn Calabres shares another great beach body workout focusing on the lower body. In this video, she spotlights exercises for your glutes and legs with a fun workout that's even better when you exercise at the beach. By taking on this workout on the beach sand, it'll give you a more stimulating workout that also allows you to easily switch up the intensity level. For a lower impact workout, you can do these exercises in the wet sand. If you want a more intense workout, go into the softer sand. The beach sand also challenges your balance to strengthen your core even more. Autumn will walk you through each of the seven exercises for this beach body workout.

  • Lateral Squats
  • Walking Lunges
  • Side Shuffles
  • Bridges
  • Suicides
  • Line Jumps
  • Side Lunge and Drag

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Abdominal Workout Videos and Tips

Intense Six-Pack Ab Workout and Exercise Videos

Turn that muffin top into chiseled abs by trying some new ab workout moves. When your goal is to flatten your belly and you strive for six-pack abs (or maybe even an eight-pack), you look high and low for the right abdominal workout regimen. There's no one right answer or a single exercise that can get you to where you want to go, but we've found a series of ab exercises to get you on your way to a washboard stomach.

Whether you choose to focus on core training or want to single out the abs workouts, we've got you covered. You can start with the Strength, Cardio and Ab Workout featuring Jillian Michaels, try the six-pack challenge or you can give some of these other ab workouts we've found. Not only have we gathered together a few abs workout videos to help you along the way, but we've also created a Pinterest board specifically for abs workout videos, exercises and tips. Get ready for some ab-crushing exercises.

12 Killer Ab Exercises for Six-Pack Abs

Are you looking for new ways to attain six-pack or even 8-pack abs? Certified personal trainer, and nutrition and wellness specialist Brad Gaines, takes you through 12 ab-focused exercises to help you get the chiseled midsection you desire.

  • Cross Bench Crunches
  • Decline Sit-ups
  • High Cable Crunches
  • Swiss Ball Crunches
  • Decline Cable Crunches
  • Swiss Ball Leg Raise
  • Ab-Focused Chin-up Towards Belly
  • Decline Leg Raise with Hip Thrust
  • Hanging Leg Raises with Ab Straps
  • Resting Forearm Side-to-Side Cable Crunches
  • Seated Russian Twist with Medicine Ball
  • Glute-Ham Machine Russian Twist

Workout Your Abs While Standing

No need to get down on the floor anymore for an intense ab workout. Bodynomics shows us how to get in a great ab workout while standing. A dumbbell is all you need to get through this 15-minute standing ab workout. This is a great way to break out of your regular ab workout routine and switch up the intensity as you see fit.

Five-Minute Bodyweight Ab Workout

Mike with Sixpack Shortcuts shares a short, but sweet ab workout that you can do anywhere. With the help of his friends, Hunter and Nina, Mike takes you through five (or maybe six) minutes of awesome ab exercises.

  • Scissor Kick
  • Toe-Touch Crunch
  • Spinal Crunch

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Exercise Videos and Tips for Arthritis & Aging

Exercise Videos and Tips for Arthritis & Aging

Whether you're trying to control pain or weight, need to lower your blood pressure or just want to feel better, exercise is known to provide these and numerous other health benefits. If you have arthritis or other aches and pains associated with aging, exercise can be instrumental in decreasing joint paint, reducing joint stiffness, improving flexibility, increasing mobility and enhancing overall wellness.

When you have arthritis or other aches and pains that tend to happen as you age, the thought of exercising can be very intimidating. However, the rewards and benefits by doing certain exercises can pay off with huge benefits to your body and quality of life. To give you the encouragement you may need, we have gathered together some great exercise videos and tips to get you started. We've also created a Pinterest board with plenty more tips for exercising as you age or if you have arthritis.

Exercises for People with Hip and Knee Arthritis

A professional physical therapist gives us some non-weight-bearing exercises that can be beneficial for someone who has arthritis in the hip or knee areas. The first exercise is a straight-leg raise, which uses the quadricep muscles and hip flexors. Increasing the intensity is as easy as adding an ankle weight to this exercise. The second exercise we learn about is a bridge, where the gluteus maximus is lifted and works the quadriceps and hamstrings, as well as hip and back extensors. The last exercise demonstrated is a side leg raise, which strengthens the hip abductor. These three exercises target the hip and knee areas, while focusing on strengthening the muscles around the joint, reducing the shock absorption and taking stress off of the joints. Check out this Exercise for Arthritis & Aging: Hip & Knee Arthritis Exercises video for the full presentation of each exercise.

Top 10 Exercises for Osteoarthritis of the Knee&lt

Have osteoarthritis of the knee? The team at the Good Exercise Guide, a group of medical professionals who focus on providing treatment and advice for individuals who need exercise as part of their recovery, created this video. It contains 10 of the best exercises to help individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee. There isn’t any audio, but the visual really says it all as the demonstrator does each exercise. You can follow along in real time for each of these exercises:

  • Long Sitting Calf Stretch
  • Towel Assisted Knee Mobility
  • Short-Arc Quadriceps Exercise
  • Bridging Exercise: Stage 1
  • Prone Knee Bends
  • Sitting Hamstring Stretch
  • Medial Quadriceps Mini Lunge
  • Best Inner-Range Quads Exercise
  • Safe Squats
  • 1Double Heel Raise

Tips for Protecting Your Joints

As you do everyday things like bending or picking up a box, you want to ensure that you are protecting your joints, especially when you have arthritis. This video shows how you can avoid lingering pain by protecting your joints during upper and lower body exercises when you have arthritis. The professional physical therapist and his client demonstrate positioning your body properly, along with the body mechanics of joints, muscles and ligaments to squat or bend to pick up something off of the floor.

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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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