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Powerlifting Inspiration and Motivation

HGH.com Presents Powerlifting Inspiration and Motivation

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

Don’t Let Anything Stop You

Where does your strength come from? How about your determination and drive? We know you can do it. Now, you just need to make sure YOU know you can do it. Simply believe in yourself, do your best and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

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

Feel the Power

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

What Does It Take to be a Champion?

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

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Whey Protein Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

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

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

Functions of Whey Protein

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

Sources of Whey Protein

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

Whey Protein Benefits and Uses

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

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

Side Effects of Whey Protein and Potential Interactions

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

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

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

Whey Protein Research and Studies

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

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

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

HGH.com Supplements With Whey Protein

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Research Sources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




HGH.com Presents Popular 2014 Bodybuilding Competition Videos

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

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

2014 IFBB Arnold Classic

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

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

Top 5 Posedown at the 2014 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championship

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

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

2014 IFBB Europa Show of Bodybuilding Champions

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

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

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

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

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Check out our latest Bodybuilding Pins and Tweets. Our new HGH.com "Bodybuilding and Fitness Tips" series serves as a centralized resource for relevant information. Our blog posts, articles and videos are designed to educate the public on a variety of topics, from workout routines and exercises, to building muscle and lean mass, to the proper uses of HGH supplements and how to achieve desired results.

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Muscle Recovery Tips to Help You Get the Most out of Your Workout

Maximize Your Workout by Letting Your Muscles Recover

Just because you want to see results faster, doesn't mean you have to workout every single day. It can actually be counterproductive when you don't give your muscles enough time to recover.

Resting between each set is as important as letting your muscles recover after a workout. The right muscle recovery supplements can help you recuperate more quickly, allowing you to increase your workout cycles.

How long should you rest between sets? Is there a certain amount of hours or days you have to wait before working out again? Whether you're a bodybuilder, weight trainer, fitness fanatic or athlete, you need to make sure you give your muscles time to rejuvenate. We've pulled together a few YouTube videos and created a Pinterest board with helpful tips and tricks for maximizing your workout by allowing your muscles to rest and recuperate.

Rest Periods Between Sets: One Size Does Not Fit All

The amount of rest you need between each set isn't necessarily going to be the same as the person next to you in the gym. Depending upon your fitness goals, you may need rest more or less between sets. For example, if you want to lose fat, your rest time will be much less than if you're looking for strength or muscle gain. In the video below, Brad Gouthro sheds some light on the ideal amount of time you need to rest based upon your specific needs. But don't think you just have to sit idly by when the rest period is longer, Brad shares how to get the most out of your workout recovery and rest time. He also shares his top 5 reasons why resting between sets is so incredibly important.

How to Encourage Muscle Recovery

Wondering what helps most with muscle recovery after weightlifting? Certified Personal Trainer, Natalie Jill, shares some useful tips of what you can do to help your muscles recuperate after weight training. She explains good pain versus bad pain, along with different types of muscle soreness, in this short video.

 

How Many Days Per Week Should You Rest Your Muscles?

No matter what type of workout or athleticism you prefer, you always need to give your muscles the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate for optimum results. Take the video below from freeverticaljumptraining.com, for example. Jacob explains why it's important to allow your muscles, tendons and nervous system time to recover.

Improve Muscle Recovery Time with Natural Supplements

Looking to speed up the muscle recovery time? Bodybuilders, weightlifters and fitness fanatics alike, can reap the benefits of muscle recovery supplements by Purity Select.

For rapid muscle recovery and gains, take a look at the natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements ideal for muscle recovery. These supplements can also provide you with increased energy, enhanced muscle tone, greater strength, better sleep and a stronger immune system.

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