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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips and Motivation From the Pros.

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

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

Bodybuilding and Fitness Inspiration.

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

 




December 2014 Tips from IFBB Pros Presented by HGH.com

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

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

Powerful Chest Workout with IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Kai Greene

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

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

Intense Two-Hour Workout with IFBB Pro Dennis James

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

Training with IFBB Professional Bodybuilder Ben White

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

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

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

Additional IFBB Pros & Tips on Pinterest

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

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Holiday Workouts and Tips

Holiday Workouts and Tips

“Holiday workout” may seem like an oxymoron during this time of year when Halloween treats are still lurking around your house, you’re ready to gobble up some Thanksgiving turkey, and holiday parties and celebrations are right around the corner. If you don’t want to have a jiggly belly like jolly ol’ St. Nick, then we’ve got some holiday workout routines and tips to get you through. We’ve gathered together some rockin’ exercises and helpful hints for keeping your fitness goals on track throughout the holiday season. Plus, we’ve created a Pinterest board focusing on today's topic: Holiday Workouts and Tips.

The Secret to Sticking to Your Diet During the Holidays

How can you keep working toward your fitness goals throughout the holidays? Daniel and Kelly from Fitness Blender answer this question in a way that may surprise you. One of the major keys is to enjoy yourself, and stay away from the worry and guilt. The reality is that if you stick to your usual routine except for the few holidays, you should be fine to indulge on those days. It’s okay to splurge a little here and there, if you keep working out and eating clean the rest of the time. The real secret is to stay away from all of the treats coming into the workplace. If you do have some indulgences, don’t skip meals to try to counteract it. This won’t help at all in the long run. There’s a fun blooper section at the end of this video as well.

Helpful Holiday Hints and a Workout Too

Holiday parties and celebrations can wreak havoc on your healthful eating and workout habits. All of the sweet treats and indulgences that come with these events can be difficult to turn down, and being short on time can sabotage your workouts. Health and fitness consultant, Alycia Kluegl, provides some helpful holiday party tips and also shares a great workout. A few of her top tips are.

Don't got the party hungry. Limit alcoholic drinks. Socialize away from the food and bar.

Plus, the Power Three full-body workout she recommends, includes:

Jump Squats Push ups with Hip Extension Half Sit Ups

Pump up Your Holiday Workout

Vertical from Barstarzz leads us in a high intensity workout that's ideal for burning fat and building muscle. You can ban the bulge with this fast-paced workout that features:

High Knees Mountain Climbers Hardcore Burpees Pull ups Dips Push ups

The More the Merrier

We've put together a vast selection of exercises and tips to help you enjoy the holidays, while maintaining your fitness routine. Check out HGH.com's Holiday Workouts and Tips Pinterest board to stay motivated throughout the holiday season.

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Bovine Colostrum Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Bovine Colostrum

Bovine colostrum – also known as bovine immunoglobulin or simply as colostrum – is a milky fluid secreted by a cow’s mammary glands in the first few days after calving, prior to full lactation. Colostrum is also produced by humans and other mammals; however, the primary source of colostrum in dietary supplements is cattle. It contains a number of beneficial substances, including immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, proline-rich polypeptides, cytokines, growth factors, and other vitamins and minerals. Adults can obtain the benefits of colostrum through natural health and bodybuilding supplements such as HGH 30,000 Nanograms pills, DBol-GH, Growth Factor Plus and protein shake mixes.

Functions of Colostrum

The nutrients, antibodies and growth factors contained in colostrum contribute to the health and development of newborns. Similarly, these substances can have beneficial effects for adults when colostrum extract is consumed via dietary supplements. Immunoglobulin and lactoferrin have antiviral and antibacterial properties that support immune system function, while proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) and cytokines help regulate immune system activity. Furthermore, the cytokines and growth factors in colostrum appear to enhance the protective and repair capabilities of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Colostrum’s growth factors are also believed to improve athletic performance, increase lean body mass, and accelerate muscle recovery and repair.

Sources of Colostrum

Female mammals secrete colostrum from their mammary glands following the birth of a newborn, before full lactation occurs. Infants consume colostrum during their first few days of nursing. Adults generally obtain colostrum through health supplements that contain bovine colostrum – the extract of a cow’s first milk.

Bovine Colostrum Benefits and Uses

Evidence suggests that the health benefits of bovine colostrum include supporting and stimulating immune system function, preventing infections, providing GI protection, treating diarrhea and colitis, and accelerating healing. Bovine colostrum is also used as an ingredient in human growth hormone (HGH) releasers and bodybuilding supplements, as the naturally occurring growth hormones in colostrum are believed to enhance athletic performance, improve body composition, and promote faster recovery from injuries and intense workouts. These performance-related benefits derive from the growth hormones’ ability to help increase lean muscle mass, metabolize fat for fuel, improve stamina, and stimulate cell and tissue growth.

Side Effects of Bovine Colostrum and Potential Interactions

Dietary supplements containing bovine colostrum are generally considered safe for healthy adults, as few side effects have been reported. However, individuals who are allergic to cow’s milk may also have an allergic reaction to bovine colostrum. There have been rare reports of side effects in HIV-positive patients, such as nausea and vomiting. Colostrum may contain high levels of naturally occurring estrogen, so patients with hormone-sensitive cancer should avoid it. There are no known interactions of bovine colostrum with medications. Information on bovine colostrum contraindications is provided on the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center website, while details on colostrum side effects can be found on WebMD. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing bovine colostrum.

Colostrum Research and Studies

Considerable research has been conducted on the effects of bovine colostrum, particularly in relation to its health benefits and impact on athletic performance. Scholarly articles published in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, the Alternative Medicine Review and the British Journal of Nutrition explored the clinical uses of bovine colostrum and reported that hyperimmune bovine colostrum has been proven effective in treating diarrhea caused by rotavirus, E. Coli, cryptosporidium, shigellosis, C. difficile infection (CDI) and other GI infections.

In terms of athletic performance, body composition, and healing and recovery, numerous studies suggest that bovine colostrum can have positive effects. In the Journal of Applied Physiology, European researchers asserted that bovine colstrum has the ability to naturally increase levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which may promote protein synthesis. A review of studies published in Sports Medicine cited evidence suggesting that bovine colostrum supplementation is most effective during periods of high-intensity training and recovery from high-intensity training, producing improved intramuscular buffering capacity and increases in lean body mass. In the Australian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, researchers noted that bovine colostrum improves recovery time. Scientists reported in Nutrition that when bovine colostrum is combined with exercise, it may increase bone-free lean body mass in active men and women. And in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, researchers stated that colostrum supplementation helped improve leg-press and upper-body strength and generated increases in muscle thickness, lean tissue mass and cognitive function in older adults during resistance training.

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

HGH.com Supplements Containing Bovine Colostrum

Bodybuilders, athletes and fitness enthusiasts can reap the health benefits of bovine colostrum with these natural HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGH 30,000 Nanograms Pills – Bovine colostrum is featured in the proprietary blend of ingredients in HGH 30,000 Nanograms capsules. These oral supplements are formulated to naturally boost HGH production while supporting muscle growth and recovery, enhanced muscle conditioning, increased strength and stamina, anti-aging effects and other benefits.

DBol-GH – With a proprietary blend of bovine colostrum and other active ingredients, DBol-GH is designed to help users achieve lean mass and muscle growth as well as anabolic muscle building. It also aids in muscle recovery during intense bodybuilding training. The ingredients are designed to stack and work together, delivering visible results and boosting HGH levels.

Growth Factor Plus – The active ingredients in Growth Factor Plus include L-group amino acids, soy protein isolate and 50mg of colostrum. This powerful combination is intended to increase bone density, improve bone and joint strength, and contribute to a measurable growth in height.

CytoSport EvoPro Berry – Each scoop of EvoPro Berry shake mix contains purified bovine colostrum extract and 26 grams of protein. The formula is more complete than whey, yet has very little fat or carbohydrates. This product has the potential to increase lean muscle mass, stimulate growth receptors and sustain an anabolic state for enhanced protein synthesis.

Mega Shake Strawberry – Blending colostrum extract with other powerful active ingredients, Mega Shake provides 32 grams of total protein per serving. It is formulated to help increase muscle tone, reduce body fat, provide energy, and support muscle growth and repair.

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

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Bovine Colostrum”; published under “About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products” within Integrative Medicine area of website; last updated April 29, 2013; accessed November 5, 2014. <http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/bovine-colostrum>

Deuster, Patricia; Maier, Steven; et al. “Protein and Amino Acids Producers: Colostrum 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>

Bruno, Gene. “Colostrum”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2005. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/colostrum.pdf>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Colostrum”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed November 5, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-785-COLOSTRUM.aspx?activeIngredientId=785&activeIngredientName=COLOSTRUM&source=3>

Research Sources:

Antonio, Jose; Sanders, Michael S.; and Van Gammeren, Darin. “The Effects of Bovine Colostrum Supplementation on Body Composition and Exercise Performance in Active Men and Women”; Nutrition; March 2001. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11312068>

Buckley JD, Abbott MJ, Brinkworth GD, Whyte PB. “Bovine Colostrum Supplementation During
Endurance Running Training Improves Recovery, But Not Performance”; Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; June 2002. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12188088>

Duff, Whitney R.D.; Chilibeck, Philip D.; et al. “The Effect of Bovine Colostrum Supplementation in Older Adults During Resistance Training”; International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism; June 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24281841>

Kelly, Gregory S. “Bovine Colostrums: A Review of Clinical Uses”; Alternative Medicine Review; November 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14653766>

Korhonen, Hannu; Marnila, Pertti; and Gill, Harsharnjit S. “Bovine Milk Antibodies for Health”; British Journal of Nutrition; November 2000. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11242458>

Mero, Antti; Kähkönen, Jonne; et al. “IGF-I, IgA, and IgG Responses to Bovine Colostrum Supplementation During Training”; Journal of Applied Physiology; August 2002. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12133885>

Mitra, Amal K.; Mahalanabis, Dilip; et al. “Hyperimmune Cow Colostrum Reduces Diarrhoea Due to Rotavirus: A Double-Blind, Controlled Clinical Trial”; Acta Paediatrica; September 1995. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8652974>

Shing, Cecilia M.; Hunter, Denise C.; and Stevenson, Lesley M. “Bovine Colostrum Supplementation and Exercise Performance: Potential Mechanisms”; Sports Medicine; December 2009. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19902984>

Steele, Jennifer; Sponseller, Jerlyn; et al. “Hyperimmune Bovine Colostrum for Treatment of GI Infections: A Review and Update on Clostridium Difficile”; Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics; July 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23435084>





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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Hollywood Actors Bodybuilding Workout Videos and Tips

Hollywood Actors Bodybuilding Workout Videos and Tips

Ever wonder how actors attain their chiseled physiques for movie roles like Wolverine, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the warriors in 300? Well, so did we. We found some great videos that divulge their bodybuilding workouts, secrets and diets. Plus, we created a star-studded Pinterest board filled with even more Hollywood movie role workouts for you to get an inside look at how these actors transform their bodies to become your favorite big screen characters.

Getting in Shape for the Movie 300

While getting ready to be in the film 300: Rise of the Empire, many of the actors trained over the course of seven months. As they trained, these actor's bodies were put under a lot of muscular and metabolic stress. They never did the same workout twice.

Gerard Butler states, “I think cardio is always a killer. Cardio. Cardio. Cardio. I hate it, but it’s the one that makes the difference. I kind of love to just go in the gym and do weights, but unfortunately, you can’t always get away with that. So, when you combine weights with circuit training, it’s a great way of building muscle in a leaner way and also burning fat because you’re doing a lot of cardio as well.”

Mark Twight, the personal trainer responsible for coming up with the workouts to sculpt those infamous six-pack abs, shares some insight regarding what it takes to get the actors in shape for a film like 300.

Transforming from Jackman to Wolverine

Ever wonder what Hugh Jackman’s diet is like as he prepares to become the Wolverine character? In this video, Hugh Jackman shares his secret, along with what he had to do while filming Les Misérables, which he was working on right before his next Wolverine film. You’ll have to watch the entire video to get the low-down on what he consumes while getting ready to play Wolverine.

Affleck's Top 5 Exercises for The Town Role

Sports nutritionist Rehan Jalali shows us how to do five of the incredible exercises Ben Affleck did with personal trainer Walter Norton, Jr., while preparing for his role in the movie The Town. Affleck's philosophy as he trained for this part was, "Intensity builds immensity."

Jalali is at the Gold's Gym in LA to give us an up-close and personal look at the technique for each exercise:

  • Weighted Pull Ups (Back)
  • Dumbbell Bench Press (Chest)
  • Supinated Curls (Biceps)
  • Walking Lunges (Legs)
  • Hanging Leg Raises (Abs)

Plus, he shares the weight Affleck was using while doing these exercises. What a great way to get lean and tight for the part.

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Elliptical Training Workout Videos and Tips

Elliptical Training to Energize Your Workouts

We’re pumped about elliptical training. Not only do you get an incredible workout, but you also get total body muscle toning too. By increasing your stride length on an elliptical, you can burn more calories without feeling like it's more work. Whether you want to improve your fitness or shed some fat, elliptical training can help you achieve your goals.

You’ll find that there are many benefits to working out on the elliptical, such as lower joint stress than other exercises (i.e. running), greater muscle activation, more core muscle focus, posture improvement and better balance. Best of all, elliptical training saves you loads of time, since you're working both upper and lower body endurance, improving your cardiovascular fitness and tightening your core all at the same time. To give your workout a boost, we've gathered together a few YouTube videos, along with an awesome workout and we created a Pinterest board specifically for elliptical workouts.

Interval Training on the Elliptical

Get on the elliptical with musculoskeletal expert Rowan Ellis for an intense 10-minute interval-training workout. Throughout the workout, Rowan shares vital exercise techniques to put the most impact on your quadriceps and glutes, while keeping the stress off of your lower back and neck.

The exercise intervals include working hard for 40 seconds and increasing the speed for each interval. There is also a 20-second recovery phase between the work hard phases. After that, there are four build-up phases, where the resistance is turned up each time and there’s a 20-second recovery phase between each here as well.

Getting the Most out of Elliptical Training

There are a few common mistakes people tend to make when working out on an elliptical trainer. WINK News fitness expert Mike Drumm explains what those tendencies are and how to achieve maximum results from your elliptical workout. Some of the major slip-ups that can have the most impact on your elliptical workout include:

  • Incorrect or no age/weight information put into the machine
  • Improper form
  • Zero resistance
  • Not changing directions
  • Fail to switch up your workout routine


Gain insight regarding these trouble areas, as well as what you can do to maximize your elliptical workout and achieve the best results:

The Best of Both Worlds

There are times when two worlds collide and incredibly wonderful things happen. This is one of those times. By combining an elliptical workout with circuit training, you get an amazing workout that adds some spice to your training routine. We found this 40-Minute Elliptical + Circuit Workout on The Running Doc and thought you might like to check it out. After every five minutes on the elliptical, jump off to do an exercise using your own body weight. You can increase the intensity to fit your needs. The elliptical and circuit workout goes like this:

  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 80 Jumping Jacks
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 30 Pushups
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 40 Mountain Climbers
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 1 Minute Plank
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 25 Squat Jumps
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical
  • 20 Lunges
  • 5 Minutes Elliptical

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Bodybuilding Fitness and Tips Blog Success Stories

HGH.com's Bodybuilding and Fitness Tips Blog Receiving Great Reviews

We launched our Bodybuilding Fitness and Tips blog segment around five months ago, and really appreciate all of the great feedback and social shares we've received. But, we know we haven’t heard from everyone yet. We wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to comment on your favorite HGH.com blog post, send us your suggestions and share our articles with your friends.

At HGH.com, we are committed to sharing and providing tips from athletes, bodybuilders and fitness trainers to help you achieve your personal fitness goals. Feel free to tell us about your training and bodybuilding achievements. We would also like you to share your HGH.com supplement success stories with us. Take a look back at the blog posts from the first several months and let us know what you think. Which ones helped you most?

We hope you’ve enjoyed these articles, videos and Pinterest boards filled with bodybuilding and fitness tips, and would love to know what you think. Please add your comments, experiences and suggestions with us in the comments section at the end of each article. Do you have a recommendation for an article you’d like to see in the future? Don’t be shy. Go ahead and include this in the comments section as well. Stay tuned and maybe you'll see your suggestions come to life on our blog in the months to come.




September 2014 Tips from IFBB Pros

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

What do you need to do to train like the professional body builders do? How do IFBB Pros get to be the best in the business? There's nothing like getting the secrets to bodybuilding success straight from the pros. We've compiled a few must-know golden nuggets of bodybuilding knowledge, along with an inspirational video and Pinterest board, to give you the additional motivation you need to go the extra mile and know that your goal is within reach.

Answers from IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski

IFBB Pro, Ben Pakulski, answers 50 Ask-a-Bodybuilder questions in less than 15 minutes. From losing fat quickly to high-volume bodybuilding to training variables, B-Pak answers a wide variety of questions that every bodybuilder wants to know the answers to, including:

  • Do you feel the big three – bench, squat and dead lift – are important for a beginning bodybuilder?
  • Is it beneficial to do a 20-set leg marathon a few times a year in order to shock the muscle?
  • What’s the best way to add thickness to your back?
  • Is caffeine bad for a muscle pump?
  • Someone said that arms and calves should be within one inch from one another as far as target size for symmetry. Is that a good rule of thumb?

He also shares some insight regarding doing the least amount of work to get the most potential growth and other helpful suggestions. Take a look

Super Workout Secrets from an IFBB Legend

Whether you're looking to increase your chest sizethe size of your chest, looking searching for some effective workout tips or just want to know about developing lean muscle fast your muscle fibers, gaining insight from the pros is always a great way to learn what works best. IFBB Olympia bodybuilding legend Kai Greene reveals several secrets to his bodybuilding success in this short video. How does Kai stay in good condition all year 'round? What helps most with keeping his body fat low, as well as his recovery times short? Let's hear what Kai has to share with us in this short video.

Backstage with the Muscle Angels

Step backstage with the Muscle Angels who are getting ready for the IFBB Tampa Pro. Let these ladies inspire you to pump up your bodybuilding workout routine as they prepare for competition.

IFBB Pros & Tips on Pinterest

We’ve dedicated an entire Pinterest board to IFBB Pros & Tips. Check out the current compilation of inspiration, perspiration and nutrition-related pins from IFBB pros. Make sure to follow this board, as we will be updating it regularly.

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Beach Body Workouts to Help You Look Your Best All Summer

Summer Time Workout Motivation and Videos

The heat is on, and we've compiled some great beach body workouts to help you be on your way to feeling great and looking incredible. Get pumped up with these high-energy workout videos and be sure to check out our HGH.com Pinterest board to get you extra motivated.

Get Ripped with This Beach Body Workout

Mike and Wes from Six Pack Shortcuts are at Venice Beach, Florida, giving you some quick tips for getting ripped with this beach body workout. Venice Beach is a great place to be outdoors and have some fun in the sun while getting a great workout. These guys show you how to get ripped with five rounds of 10 Burpee Jumping Knee Tucks, followed by 10 pull ups.

Become Beach Ready with This Bikini Blast Workout

Summertime is heating up, and having a sexy and tone beach body is the theme of the season. It's the time of year when we bare our bodies in teeny bikinis and super sexy swim trunks, so we want to look our fittest and our best.

The BeFit team has done it again with a great workout to help you build the beautiful bikini body you've always wanted. This 30-minute Total Body Bikini Blast Workout - Level 1 video combines some of the best fat-burning workout moves to help give your metabolism a boost as you sculpt lean muscle and activate your core. This workout includes a mix of Yoga and Pilates-inspired exercises, as well as plyometric moves. It's a total-body workout that blasts calories and targets all of the major muscle groups. You'll be amazed at the body-transforming results from this extreme workout program that includes:

  • Burpees
  • Cat/Cow
  • Crunch to Kick Out
  • Frog Squat Jump
  • Lunge to Twist
  • Monkey Squats
  • Mountain Climbers to Tuck Jump
  • Pigeon Stretch
  • Plank Cross 60
  • Plyo Pushups
  • Reverse Lunge Knee Up
  • Russian Twist Kick Outs
  • Side Plank Hip Dip
  • Single Leg Hops
  • Single Leg Romanian Deadlift
  • Standing Long Jump

Boost Your Beach Body with the Body Beast Workout

JDesigned especially for building muscle mass and bulk, the Body Beast Workout is a proven workout program that guarantees results in 90 days. This extreme workout is the newest in the Beachbody Workout program catalog and is created by Sagi Kaleve, a former Israeli army veteran and bodybuilder. Check out this video preview to get an idea about what the Body Beast Workout is all about.

HGH.com Pinterest Pins

Ready for more? Check out the HGH.com Pinterest board, where we've pinned lots of beach body workouts and photos to get you motivated.

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