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Winners and Photos of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championship

HgH.com congratulates all the amazing bodybuilders and fitness athletes who participated in the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships in New York earlier this month.

This year’s national qualifying event took place the weekend of November 8 and featured many top bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini, women’s physique and men’s physique professionals and athletes.

Winners of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships

Below are a few individual posing photos of some of the winners of the competition. For a complete list of winners and photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2014/npc_eastern_usa_championships

 

Dominick Cardone -Overall Winner
2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships Men's Heavyweight (1st)
Tifanny Urrea - Overall Winner
2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships Bikini Class D (1st)

 

 

Maya Kekahuna - Master's Overall Bikini Winner
2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships Bikini Masters Over 35 Class A (1st)
Michael Lynn -Men's Masters Over 40 (1st) Winner of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships and Men's Heavyweight (3rd)

 

 

 

 




Ben White Having Fun at the 2014 Mr. Olympia Weekend

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

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

 




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:

Pinterest Board for Building Bigger Shoulders and Traps

Explore the photos and videos posted at our HGH.com Pinterest board dedicated to Shoulder and Trap Exercises.

Follow Bodybuilding's Shoulder and Trap Exercises board on Pinterest.

 




Sensoril® Ashwagandha Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Sensoril® Optimized Ashwagandha Extract

Sensoril® is a standardized extract of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng. According to its manufacturer, NutraGenesis, multi-patented Sensoril ashwagandha extract is clinically proven and contains the highest, most potent levels of ashwagandha bioactive constituents in the industry. Ashwagandha is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and is believed to possess a wide range of health benefits, from stress-relief to cancer-fighting properties. Sensoril ashwagandha extract is used in health, beauty and skin care supplements, such as Female Hormone Balancer and Skin Perfect Hair, Skin and Nails.

Functions of Ashwagandha

The chemical constituents of ashwagandha include steroidal lactones called withanolides (12-deoxywithastramonolide, withanolide-A and withaferin-A), along with alkanoids (anaferine and isopelletierine), saponins (sitoindoside VII and VIII) and iron. These active constituents appear to have beneficial effects in relation to physical, mental and emotional health, including adaptogenic properties that aid the body in handling daily stress.

Sources of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha extract is derived from the Withania somnifera plant, which is more commonly known as ashwagandha. It is sometimes called winter cherry (one of several plants known by that name) or Indian ginseng, although it is not related to the ginseng plant. The roots and leaves of Withania somnifera are most commonly used in ashwagandha extract, though the plant’s berries, seeds and shoots may also be used for medicinal purposes.

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

As a dietary supplement ingredient, ashwagandha is usually taken orally to help reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy, enhance concentration and mental acuity, promote restful sleep, reduce swelling and inflammation, support the immune system and cardiovascular health, assist in weight management and protect against the visible signs of aging. Ashwagandha is sometimes applied to the skin as an analgesic (pain reliever) and to treat wounds.

Research also suggests that ashwagandha may be useful in treating a variety of medical conditions. There is some evidence that it may reduce blood-sugar levels in diabetics, lower cholesterol in patients with high cholesterol, and improve attention and impulse control in children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It has been credited with treating the symptoms of arthritis and Parkinson’s disease, and it may be useful in treating infertility. Notably, ashwagandha shows promise as a cancer treatment. Studies have indicated that it contributes to reduced growth of cancer cells in the breast, central nervous system, colon and lungs while enhancing radiosensitivity during radiation therapy and increasing white blood cell counts during radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Side Effects of Ashwagandha and Potential Interactions

Supplements containing ashwagandha are generally considered safe for most adults, though women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should avoid ashwagandha as it may induce a miscarriage. Users with sensitivity to ashwagandha might experience an upset stomach or nausea. Since ashwagandha can irritate the gastrointestinal tract, individuals with stomach ulcers should avoid it.

Ashwagandha’s beneficial effects may be amplified when taken in combination with certain medications, which can have adverse results for some patients. For example, because ashwagandha can lower blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, it may interfere with blood-pressure and diabetes medications, causing blood pressure or blood-sugar levels to drop too low. Since it has been shown to trigger increased activity in the immune system, ashwagandha may exacerbate symptoms in people with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) or lupus, and it may decrease the effectiveness of immunosuppressant medications. Ashwagandha can increase thyroid hormone levels and interact with thyroid medication, so individuals with thyroid disorders should exercise caution when taking supplements with ashwagandha extract. And while ashwagandha promotes restful sleep, it can cause heavy drowsiness when taken in combination with sedative medications such as benzodiazepines and central nervous system (CNS) depressants.

More detailed safety information on ashwagandha 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 supplements containing Sensoril or ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha Research and Studies

A number of studies have been conducted concerning ashwagandha and its impact on emotional well-being and cognitive function. A group of researchers tested the impact of naturopathic care – including ashwagandha extract – on individuals with moderate to severe anxiety. The results of the study, which appeared in PLOS ONE, indicated that the subjects who took ashwagandha had significantly lower levels of anxiety and demonstrated improvements in mental health, concentration, fatigue, social functioning, vitality and overall quality of life. An article published in Pharmacognosy Research examined the effects of Withania somnifera extract on cognitive and psychomotor performance in humans, and determined that study participants taking Sensoril capsules exhibited significant improvements in both cognitive and psychomotor performance.

Another major area of study has been the use of ashwagandha in cancer research. Studies published in Life Sciences and Clinical Cancer Research found that ashwagandha leaf extract may prevent or decrease the growth of several types of tumors – including cancer cells in the breast, central nervous system, colon and lungs – without impacting normal cells. A 2011 article in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines summarized a number of medical studies featuring ashwagandha, from its anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties to its neuroregenerative and anxiolytic potential. For additional research related to ashwagandha, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

HGH.com and Skin Perfect Supplements With Sensoril Ashwagandha

Individuals seeking to leverage the beneficial effects of Sensoril optimized ashwagandha extract can find this natural ingredient in health, beauty and skin care supplements from HGH.com and Skin Perfect:

Purity Select Female Hormone Balancer – Sensoril ashwagandha extract is one of the 25 active ingredients in Female Hormone Balancer. Ashwagandha supports emotional well-being, stress-relief and mood-enhancement, while other ingredients in the supplement help to balance estrogen levels, reduce hot flashes and PMS symptoms, and stimulate metabolism and weight loss.

Skin Perfect Hair, Skin and Nails – With 30 active ingredients, this Skin Perfect supplement is designed to improve the condition and appearance of hair, skin and nails. The inclusion of Sensoril ashwagandha extract means that beyond these beauty and skin care benefits, the supplement also promotes mental clarity, concentration and alertness as well as emotional well-being.

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

Bruno, Gene. “Ashwaganha”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2009. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/Ashwaganda.pdf>

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Ashwagandha”; published under “About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products” within Integrative Medicine area of website; last updated December 21, 2011. <http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/ashwagandha>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Ashwagandha”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed July 28, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-953-ASHWAGANDHA.aspx?activeIngredientId=953&activeIngredientName=ASHWAGANDHA>

Research Sources:

Cooley, Kieran; Szczurko, Orest; et al. “Naturopathic Care for Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial”; PLOS ONE: A Peer-Reviewed, Open Access Journal; August 31, 2009. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2729375/>

Jayaprakasam, Bolleddula; Zhang, Yanjun; et al. “Growth Inhibition of Human Tumor Cell Lines by Withanolides From Withania Somnifera Leaves”; Life Sciences; November 21, 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14575818>

Pingali, Usharani; Pilli, Raveendranadh; and Fatima, Nishat. “Effect of Standardized Aqueous Extract of Withania Somnifera on Tests of Cognitive and Psychomotor Performance in Healthy Human Participants”; Pharmacognosy Research; January–March 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3897003/>

Singh, Narendra; Bhalla, Mohit; et al. “An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda”; African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines; July 3, 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/>

Widodo, Nashi; Kaur, Kamaljit; et al. “Selective Killing of Cancer Cells by Leaf Extract of Ashwagandha: Identification of a Tumor-Inhibitory Factor and the First Molecular Insights to Its Effect”; Clinical Cancer Research; April 1, 2007. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17404115>




Natural Growth Hormone Supplements from HGH (HGH.com) Can Help You Build Muscle

 
HGH supplements
Helping you build muscle

Natural growth hormone supplements and HGH supplements from HGH.com can help you build muscle; Plus - sneak peak - Personal Trainers available on HGH.com

Trouble packing on the pounds? After endlessly trying to put on lean muscle after exercising, working out, and lifting weights, many people turn to our HGH Supplements on HGH.com to build more muscle. If you are tired of putting in a lot of effort with little to no return, our natural growth hormone supplement may be the key to helping you build muscle fast!

Do genetics play a role in my inability to gain size and muscle?

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. Some people simply have a different genetic makeup, which is why we all look different to begin with. While it is still possible for you to get into the best shape of your life, taking a natural growth hormone supplement will expedite the process and give you the edge that some people just naturally have.

Some people may be lucky enough to keep natural HGH production up throughout their entire lives. However, as most people get older, they stop producing natural HGH. It's proven that HGH levels decrease with age, and with smaller amounts of HGH it is more difficult to build muscle. Instead of just giving up, you can increase muscle gain with anatural HGH supplement.

Build muscle fast with a change in your dietary lifestyle

The secret to getting ripped - The main reason people are able to get ripped in the gym is not because of a specific workout program; it is because of what they consume after their workout and tear up their muscles. If you do not feed your muscles and body enough of the right ingredients after a great gym session, you are wasting all of the effort you put into your workout. Furthermore, it's almost impossible to achieve the proper supplements through food alone, your stomach simply isn't big enough. However that being said, food is still important. Follow some of these simple steps: 

The key food ingredients you need to get ripped

  • Consume lean animal, muscle supplements, and/or whey proteins immediately after your workout.
  • Switch your daily meal intake to several small meals throughout the day in order to feed your muscles more consistently.
  • Drink lot's of water throughout the day - this will also help curb your appetite and water is hugely important for all of your organs.
  • Supplement your workouts with thermogenic fat burners in order to get ripped fast and cut the fat.
  • Take an supplement like Somatropinne HGH in order to give yourself a boost of natural hormones that your body may stop producing as you grow older, no matter your age (over 18 required).

Do you need to change your workout regimen?

Now that you know about the benefits that a proper diet and supplements like Human Growth Hormone supplements can bring to your workout, it's time to look at your actual weight-lifting routine. 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! In fact, supplementing a cardio in between lifting sessions works your body out and cuts fat nicely. In a typical one hour weight lifting routine, spend 20 minutes on cardio in between lifting cycles.

Keep a consistent schedule

Supplements are not magic alone - they do work magic in conjunction with working out - but there's no such thing as a magic pill that will shape your body while you sit and watch TV. So do yourself and your body a favor - while taking supplements to increase muscle gain, the real secret is to keep your efforts consistent. After taking our supplements while working out, I guarantee after 3-6 months of a consistent workout, you will be in the best shape of your life.

NOTE! Coming soon on HGH.com will be personal workout sessions with IFBB bodybuilders. To get started with a personal trainer today - email "support [at] hgh.com" and ask that Dan puts you in touch with a personal IFBB champion to start a personal session.



How to Gain Muscle Fast using Natural Bodybuilding Supplements

 
 
You can use Natural Bodybuilding Supplements 
legally and safely to Gain Muscle Fast

How to use natural bodybuilding supplements to gain muscle fast

For most individuals who use bodybuilding supplements, the goal is not only to make gains in muscular mass, density and strength, but to make these gains as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, some individuals believe that the only way to make the fastest possible gains is by using steroids or artificial bodybuilding supplements. Although these types of supplements can yield fast, noticeable gains, they can also lead to dangerous side effects and severe health problems, now and in the future. No amount of expedited bodybuilding progress is worth ruining your health, even if a competition is quickly approaching. The answer is to make wise use of natural bodybuilding supplements, which leads to safer, more maintainable gains without the unnecessary health risks.

For a list of our (safe and legal) bodybuilding supplements, visit http://www.hgh.com

Natural Bodybuilding Supplements for Quick, Effective Bodybuilding Gains

When choosing natural bodybuilding supplements to make the fastest possible gains, the most important thing you can do is research the individual supplements you're considering to determine how they can be strategically implemented into your bodybuilding routine. Certain supplements are intended to be used during the bodybuilding off-season, when your main goal is to make major gains in muscular bulk, strength and density. Other supplements are better suited for competition season, when your goal is to cut into the fat you build up during the off-season and increase muscle definition and toning, revealing the muscles you've worked so hard to achieve.

Without this understanding, you could very easily use high-quality natural bodybuilding supplements at the wrong time, and assume that they don't work properly when the real problem is user error. This is why it's so important to read the literature included with the supplement by the manufacturer rather than assuming that all natural bodybuilding supplements serve the same purpose.

Combining Diet and Exercise with Natural Bodybuilding Supplements

Even the best and most effective natural bodybuilding supplements won't turn a couch potato into Mr. Olympia unless they're combined with proper exercise and dietary habits. In other words, if you take a bodybuilding supplement and think this means you can start ignoring your strength training routine, you'll quickly realize that you have no gain in muscular mass, definition, strength or density.

For example, many natural bodybuilding supplements are designed to speed the rate at which your muscles recover from exercise, allowing you to work out more frequently with a lower risk of injury and ultimately enjoy faster gains as a result. However, if you don't have the motivation to increase your workout frequency, it will make little difference in the pace of your bodybuilding progress.

Your diet is also crucial. Many bodybuilding supplements are designed to increase your appetite, or allow your muscles to utilize the protein you feed them faster and more effectively. However, the supplement itself may not include protein of its own, so unless you're eating protein-rich foods such as lean cuts of meat, beans and peanut butter (or natural whey protein supplements) with regularity, there will be no protein for your muscles to utilize, much less utilize more efficiently.

Specific Bodybuilding Pills To Look At:


  1. ANA-GH

    This is a great Mass Building supplement. Doesn't taste bad (because it's a pill and not a powder). Won't cause stomach issues. Great Mass Gain, No Side Effects. http://www.hgh.com/ana-gh.aspx
  2. CLEN-XDV

    Great Fat Burner and Muscle Builder. This pill has tremendous fat building properties as well as muscle building properties. http://www.hgh.com/clen-xdv.aspx

 







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