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June 2015 IFBB Pros & Tips

HGH.com Presents Tips from IFBB Pros: June 2015 Edition

Want in on the workout secrets from the professionals? In this month's edition of HGH.com’s Tips from IFBB Pros, we've gathered together a few videos that reveal some of the exercises IFBB Pros are doing to get into shape for competition. In the first video we take a look at Sadik Hadzovic the winner of the inaugural Arnold Sports Festival Pro Men’s Physique competition, followed by Yarishna Ayala a top competitor in the bikini category. To round out the set, we take a look at some of the exercises Steve Cook's workout entails. Plus, we've made some updates to the Pinterest board dedicated to IFBB Pros & Tips.

Training with IFBB Pro Sadik Hadzovics

Hailing from the former Republic of Yugoslavia and the United States, fitness model and three-year IFBB pro Sadik Hadzovic is the first-ever winner of the inaugural Arnold Sports Festival Pro Men’s Physique contest. Sadik the Physique has taken part in 12 competitions since turning pro in 2012 and has consistently finished in the top five (actually never lower than fourth place).

Escaping a war torn Yugoslavia with his family, Sadik has the inspiration, drive, determination and confidence to be successful as a top model in the fitness industry, as well as an IFBB Pro. From being the star of international jean and underwear advertising campaigns to competing against the most incredible men's physiques in the world, Sadik has accomplished so much. Take a look at this video to get a glimpse at Sadik working on building a stronger back, chest and arms

IFBB Bikini Pro Yarishna Ayala's Workout

Once a professional salsa dancer with her twin sister, and part of the reality show that featured Jennifer Lopez and Marc Antony, Yarishna Ayala moved into the world of competition. During 2013, she became the first bikini Puerto Rican to obtain a Pro Card in less than one year of competing. She continues to work hard to be ready for her next competition with a goal of competing in Olympia. Yarishna has placed in the top 10 many times over the past few years, including, but not limited to.

9th ‒ 2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Puerto Rico Pro 7th ‒ 2014 IFBB Irongames Pro Bikini 7th ‒ 2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro 8th ‒ 2014 IFBB Patriots Pro Bikini 8th ‒ 2014 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow 6th ‒ 2014 IFBB Europa Show of Champions Orlando 8th ‒ 2013 IFBB PBW Tampa Pro 4th ‒ 2013 NPC Bev Francis Atlantic States 7th ‒ 2013 IFBB Valenti Gold Cup 1st ‒ 2013 NPC Junior National Championships 1st ‒ 2012 Unique Fitness Classic: Bikini and Overall 1st ‒ 2012 Mrs. Puerto Rico Bikini 1st ‒ Tony Roman Fitness: Bikini Class A and Overall 2nd ‒ 2012 Centroamericanos y del Caribe: Bikini 3rd ‒ NPC New York State Grand Prix

Get Motivated with IFBB Pro Steve Cook

International fitness model and IFBB Pro Men's Physique competitor Steve Cook has a passion for health and fitness. He has placed in the top five for several competitions over the last few years, with many of those being first place. Although this list may not be comprehensive, it gives you an idea of some of Steve's rankings:

5th ‒ 2014 IFBB Olympia Weekend 1st ‒ 2014 IFBB Dallas Pro 1st ‒ 2012 IFBB Houston Pro 1st ‒ 2011 NPC Junior National Championships 3rd ‒ 2011 NPC Junior USA Championships 1st ‒ 2011 NPC Iron Man Magazine Naturally Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships 1st ‒ 2010 Bodybuilding.com Fit Body Competition 1st ‒ 2010 ABFF 5th Annual Golds Classic Treasure Valley Natural Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, and Bikini Championships

Additional IFBB Pros & Tips on Pinterest

HGH.com is a leading manufacturer of natural human growth hormones (HGH), fitness, health and bodybuilding supplements. We've made some updates to the IFBB Pros & Tips Pinterest board, so be sure to check it out. You'll find plenty of inspirational and motivational pins from IFBB Pros. Follow this board, as we update it frequently.

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Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of Human Growth Hormone, or HGH, Supplements

Human growth hormone (HGH)—also known as somatotropin or simply as growth hormone (GH)—is a polypeptide hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland. It promotes growth in children and adolescents, and plays a role in body composition, metabolism, muscle growth and tissue repair in adults. Beyond the human growth hormones naturally produced by the body, synthetic HGH—or recombinant HGH—is manufactured in laboratories and may be obtained with a doctor’s prescription. Select health and bodybuilding supplements may also help boost human growth hormone levels with natural ingredients known as HGH releasers or HGH secretagogues. Many of these ingredients can be found in products such as HGH 30,000 Nanograms, Somatropinne HGH, Ana-GH, DBol-GH and Growth Factor Plus, among others.

Functions of Human Growth Hormone

HGH is required to support proper growth and development in children and adolescents, and it also plays a role in adult metabolism. Human growth hormone can help increase muscle mass, bone density, exercise capacity and protein synthesis, and may decrease body fat. It also helps maintain healthy tissues and organs. Since human growth hormone production naturally declines with age, many believe that HGH supplementation can help improve athletic performance and provide anti-aging benefits in adults.

Sources of HGH

As previously noted, the primary source of human growth hormone is the pituitary gland. HGH production peaks during childhood and adolescence, and substantially declines once full adult height is attained. Laboratory-manufactured synthetic HGH—also known as recombinant HGH, somatropin or somatrem—is another source of growth hormone available to some individuals. This injectable form of HGH may be prescribed to children and some adults that have been diagnosed with human growth hormone deficiency or specific medical conditions. Synthetic HGH is a regulated substance and may only legally be prescribed for FDA-approved uses. These include Turner’s syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, chronic renal insufficiency and idiopathic short stature in children, as well as HGH deficiency and AIDS-related wasting in adults.

Since recombinant HGH is not legally available to healthy adults, many individuals rely on natural HGH supplements that are formulated to increase their body’s own production of human growth hormone. A number of amino acids are recognized as natural HGH releasers. These include L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine, L-tyrosine and GABA.

Human Growth Hormone Benefits and Uses

The main purpose of HGH is to support human growth and development during childhood and adolescence, and this is the most common reason synthetic HGH is prescribed to young patients. However, human growth hormone continues to play a role throughout adulthood; it helps to regulate metabolism and protein synthesis and supports bone, tissue and organ health. Recombinant HGH may be legally prescribed to adults who have severe HGH deficiency, which typically results from a pituitary adenoma (tumor) or treatment of an adenoma with surgery or radiotherapy. Synthetic growth hormone is also sometimes prescribed to treat the wasting syndrome that can occur in individuals with AIDS.

Human growth hormone injections can increase muscle mass, bone density and exercise capacity in adults with HGH deficiency, and it can produce similar effects in healthy adults. For this reason, some athletes and bodybuilders take recombinant HGH to improve their physique and athletic performance, even though it cannot legally be prescribed for such purposes and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), International Olympic Committee and numerous sports organizations.

In light of the controversy and legal restrictions surrounding injectable HGH, a growing number of athletes, bodybuilders and aging adults have turned to natural HGH supplements to help boost the pituitary gland’s secretion of human growth hormone. Many report that L-group amino acids and other natural HGH releasers have helped them build lean muscle, enhance bodily strength, increase athletic endurance, tone their physique, recover faster from intense workouts and injuries, and minimize or reverse the visible signs of aging.

HGH Side Effects

Synthetic human growth hormone injections are associated with a number of side effects that can range widely in severity. Among the more serious HGH side effects some patients have experienced are atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), hypertension (high blood pressure), and abnormal growth of bones and internal organs such as the heart, kidneys, and liver. HGH may also increase the risk of developing diabetes and can cause cancerous tumors to grow in size. Other human growth hormone side effects include: edema (swelling caused by excess fluid in tissues); carpal tunnel syndrome; joint, muscle or nerve pain; numbness or tingling sensations in the skin; headaches; dizziness; blurred vision; chest pain; irregular heartbeat; and a rash or itching near the injection site.

Natural HGH supplements tend to have fewer and less severe side effects than synthetic growth hormone injections; however, the side effects and interactions will vary depending on the ingredients.

More detailed safety information on synthetic HGH side effects can be found on the Mayo Clinic website under the “Growth Hormone (Parenteral Route)” entry. For natural HGH supplements, refer to the relevant supplement ingredient articles on HGH.com to learn about potential side effects and interactions. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before using synthetic human growth hormone injections or HGH supplements.

HGH Research and Studies

A wide body of research exists on human growth hormones, including naturally produced HGH, recombinant HGH and ingredients that function as HGH releasers. Refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for an overview of the latest HGH research or to search for articles highlighting the results of human growth hormone studies. For research on specific ingredients that function as HGH releasers, refer to the relevant ingredient articles on the HGH.com blog.

HGH.com Supplements With Natural HGH Releasers

Many of the health and bodybuilding supplements available from HGH.com are formulated to naturally increase HGH levels. These products include:

HGH Pills and HGH Spray – Available as HGH pills or an oral spray, Purity Select’s 30,000 Nanogram products are designed to promote human growth hormone production, muscle growth, increased energy and other health benefits. They contain a powerful combination of L-group amino acids—including L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine, L-tyrosine and L-valine—and other natural ingredients, such as colostrum, cowhage (mucuna pruriens), deer antler velvet, GABA and long jack.

Growth Factor Plus – As its name implies, Growth Factor Plus is intended to promote height growth while also supporting bone and joint health. Its proprietary blend of ingredients features L-group amino acids such as L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine and L-tyrosine.

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

HGF MAX – Purity Select HGF MAX is intended to boost HGH production, improve muscle tone, build muscle, promote fat loss, boost energy and increase metabolism. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes GABA, L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine, L-tyrosine and deer antler velvet.

Ana-GH – Each serving of Ana-GH contains L-group amino acids such as L-leucine and L-valine as well as other natural ingredients, including maca and horny goat weed. This supplement is intended to jumpstart bulking cycles by promoting muscle mass and weight gains, improving protein synthesis, and contributing to joint and muscle repair.

Anapolan-MAX 50 (A-MAX 50) – Anapolan MAX is formulated to support lean muscle gain while boosting HGH production and testosterone levels. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes L-tyrosine, shilajit, Tribulus terrestris, cowhage (mucuna pruriens) and dehydroepiandrosterone.

ClenXDV – Featuring a proprietary blend of Tribulus terrestris, wild yam, deer antler velvet, DHEA and other natural ingredients, ClenXDV is intended to help athletes and bodybuilders build muscle, lose weight and burn fat.

DBol-GH – This anabolic lean muscle gainer is designed to promote lean mass and muscle growth, support muscle recovery and naturally boost HGH levels with a proprietary blend of ingredients that include beta-ecdysterone, L-leucine, L-valine and bovine colostrum.

Dekka – With a blend of wild yam root, yucca bark, Korean ginseng root and dehydroepiandrosterone, these capsules are formulated to help bodybuilders achieve weight gain, lean mass, bulking and muscle building.

Testosterone Plus – HGH Testosterone Plus features a proprietary blend of maca, long jack, ginkgo biloba, Tribulus terrestris and other natural ingredients that are intended to help build muscle, aid in muscle recovery and boost energy while offering sexual health benefits such as improved libido and stamina.

RoidX Juice – The ingredients in RoidX Juice are designed to help bodybuilders quickly gain muscle and weight while supporting muscle recovery. RoidX Juice capsules contain a proprietary blend of shilajit, Tribulus terrestris, Vitamin E and dehydroepiandrosterone.

Winstrol Max – Optimized for cutting cycles, Winstrol Max is formulated to promote lean mass gain and help athletes achieve ripped abs. Its powerful blend of ingredients includes L-group amino acids such as L-arginine, L-leucine and L-valine as well as saw palmetto and oat straw (Avena sativa) extract.

References:

Drug Enforcement Administration. “Human Growth Hormone”; DEA fact sheet; August 2013. <http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/hgh.pdf>

Dunkin, Mary Anne. “Human Growth Hormone (HGH)”; WebMD; December 30, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/human-growth-hormone-hgh>

Fordyce, Tom. “Human Growth Hormone Explained”; BBC Sport; July 27, 2003. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/front_page/3101343.stm>

Jackson, Joe. “Unlock Your Potential: How to Boost Your HGH Levels”; Men’s Fitness; accessed June 5, 2015. <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/unlock-your-potential-how-to-boost-your-hgh-levels>

Mayo Clinic. “Drugs and Supplements: Growth Hormone (Parenteral Route)”; May Clinic website; last updated April, 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/growth-hormone-parenteral-route/description/drg-20069416>

Mayo Clinic Staff. “Human Growth Hormone: Does It Slow Aging?”; Mayo Clinic website; February 1, 2014. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/growth-hormone/art-20045735>

Mayo Clinic Staff. “Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Know the Risks”; Mayo Clinic website; December 12, 2012. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/performance-enhancing-drugs/art-20046134>




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

Absolutely Awesome Ab Info and Tips on Pinterest

Get inspired to achieve rock solid abdominal muscles with a special selection of pins on the HGH.com Abdominal Workouts and Tips Pinterest Board.

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2015 NPC Midwest Championships Winners

Midwest Championships
April 4  
St. Charles Convention Center,
St. Charles, MO United States
Organizer: Ann & Jack Titone
Phone: 314-686-3828
Website: www.npcmidwest.com
Event: NPC

The NPC Midwest Championship 2015 event started off with an amazing guest posing from Phil Heath!

Midwest Championships
April 4  
St. Charles Convention Center,
St. Charles, MO United States
Organizer: Ann & Jack Titone
Phone: 314-686-3828
Website: www.npcmidwest.com
Event: NPC - See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/2015-bodybuilding-events#sthash.JARq2U1L.dpuf

MEN'S BODYBUILDING
Overall Winner
Kevin Ford


Super Heavyweight
1. Jason VanSchoyck
2. Nic Wittu
3. Jose Riveria Morales
4. David Small

Heavyweight
1. Greg Goldkuhl
2. John Howard
3. Dane McGinthy
3. Joshua Buchanan
4. Wesley Boyd
5. Mandela Johnson

Light Heavyweight
1. Kevin Ford
2. Jason Green
3. Rob Hooper
4. Scott Holliday
5. Reagan King

Middleweight
1. Ray Barnett
2. Matt Delarber
3. Ben Helfin
4. Ron Horne
5. Sean Buch

Lightweight
1. Benny Persons
2. Taylor Pope
3. Mark Malanga

Novice Light Heavyweight
1. Rob Hooper
2. Scott Holliday
3. Reagan King
4. Jake Obert
5. Justin Hess

Novice Lightweight
1. Christpher Luechtefeld
2. Taylor Pope
3. Ken Farley

Novice Masters Over 35
1. Kyle Stipp

Novice Masters Over 40
1. Eric Eisenberg
2. David Small

Novice Middleweight
1. Ron Horne
2. Brad Laser
3. Joseph Keppler
4. Keith Massey
5. Miquon Denny

Novice Super Heavyweight
1. Cody Courter
2. Jose Riveria Morales
3. David Small

Masters Over 35
1. Ray Barnett
2. Kyle Stipp
3. Jose Riveria Morales

Masters Over 40
1. Robert Smith
2. Alexander Hines
3. Eric Eisenberg
4. Ken Farley
5. David Small

Masters Over 50
1. Mark Malanga
2. Robin Cabell

Masters Over 60
1. Edwin Smith
   
FIGURE
Overall Winner
Monique Terry

Class A
1. Muriel Nutt
2. Judith Patino
3. Christine Lazo
4. Justine Carlson
5. Whitney Williams

Class B
1. Mary Patino
2. Kaitlyn Eagami
3. Ashley Robel
4. Sarah Beil
5. Nicole Pearson
Anita Phillips
Robyn Kiser
Vallie Eden

Class C
1. Monique Terry
2. Idalia Molina
3. Catherine Dunn
4. Diane Chipman
5. Erin Luers

Class D
1. Jessica Kowalsky
2. Sarah Johnson
3. Morgan Coggins
4. Annika Holliday
5. Alexa Bates

Novice Class A
1. Justine Carlson
2. Judith Patino
3. Alexis Milford
4. Kristen White
5. Ariana Zeh

Novice Class B
1. Ashley Robel
2. Kaitlyn Zagami
3. Sarah Beil
4. Robyn Kiser
5. Dena Marshall

Novice Class C
1. Catherine Dunn
2. Farrah Faulkner
3. Erin Luers
4. Christy Blankenship
5. Diane Chipman

Novice Class D
1. Breanna Pashman
2. Sarah Johnson
3. Annika Holliday
4. Erika Laux
5. Paula Clarnello

Masters Over 35
1. Catherine Dunn
2. Morgan Coggins
3. Farrah Faulkner
4. Jennifer Randen

Masters Over 40
1. Idalia Molina
2. Judith Patino
3. Amy Baker
4. Cynthia Mantia
5. Anna Altman
   
BIKINI
Overall Winner
Madeline Mason

Class A
1. Madeline Mason
2. Casie Belfort
3. Alexxa Condon
4. Lindsey Helbert
5. Danielle Peterson

Class B
1. Danielle Zimmer
2. Ashley Blair
3. Shelby Snodgrass
4. Misti Weatherford
5. Jodi Akins

Class C
1. Alexandrea Horton
2. Katherine Young
3. Ashley Mosier
4. Meagan Masters

Class D
1. Jordan James
2. Sara Richter
3. Jessica Calovich
4. Alexandra McVicker
5. Randi Holloway

Class E
1. Kendra Newlon
2. Christina Fulk
3. Emily Migneron
4. Dallas Nator
5. Sara Hoffman

Novice Class A
1. Casie Belfort
2. Lindsey Helbert
3. Danielle Peterson
4. Rebecca Baker
5. Trudie PonceDeLeon

Novice Class B
1. Danielle Zimmer
2. Shelby Snodgrass
3. Ashley Blair
4. Jessica Cameron
5. Heather Steinback

Novice Class C
1. Meagan Masters
2. Alexandrea Horton
3. Nadja Kantarevil
4. Melissa Herres
5. Malarie Blackwell

Novice Class D
1. Jessica Calovich
2. Alexandra McVicker
3. Frances Rico
4. Kenzie Evans
5. Sara Richter

Novice Class E
1. Rachel Mintuopp
2. Sara Hoffman
3. Dallas Nator
4. Emily Migneron
5. Anna Eberle

Novice Masters Over 40
1. Michelle Booth

Masters Over 35
1. Jacqui Dierking
2. Debbie White
3. Ashley Mosier
4. Misti Weatherford
5. Rebecca Baker

Masters Over 40
1. Jessica Cameron
2. Tina Strickers
3. Sandy Lyles
4. Carly Rathmann
5. Julie Terrell

MEN'S PHYSIQUE
Overall Winner
John Alex Currie

Class A
1. Benny Persons
2. Luis Andrade
3. Wilber Mejia
4. Skyler Olsen

Class B
1. John Alex Currie
2. Ben Helfin
3. Mishal Alhassan
4. Douglas Stapleton
5. Caly Yaney

Class C
1. Dylan Horsch
2. Kevin Ford
3. Anthony Fleischhauer
4. Franklin Walburn
5. Colin Barker

Class D
1. Tyler Woosley
2. Scott Pearson
3. Kevin Frederick
4. Caleb Sprinkle
5. Robert Krysl

Novice Class A
1. Luis Andrade

Novice Class B
1. Ben Helfin
2. Mishal Alhassan
3. Kyle Reinneck
4. Weston Heinze
5. Westley Reckamp

Novice Class C
1. Stefen Todorovic
2. Sam Schneider
3. Jerry Layton
4. David Painter
5. Devin Kelley

Novice Class D
1. Josh Dowdy
2. Charles Rathman
3. Joseph Larson
4. Robert Krysl
5. Eric Eisenberg

Masters Over 35
1. Hallart Keaton
2. Terrell Maxwell
3. Benny Persons
4. Corey Williams

Masters Over 40
1. Ryan Henderson
2. Charles Rathman
3. Ryan Sandvoss
4. Jerry Layton
5. Eric Eisenberg
David Thacker
Eugene Devore
Sean Stevenson
Stoney Hudson

Masters Over 50
1. Stoney Hudson
2. William Stunkard

   
WOMEN'S BODYBUILDING
1. Anita Ullsperger

FITNESS
1. Monique Terry
2. Lauren Songer

   
WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE
Overall Winner
Lauren Dougall

Class A
1. Mindy Sepac
2. Angela Henpich
3. Kimberly Harris
4. Andrea Jordon
5. Antoinette Lane
Meleena Littlejohn
Tasila Ramirez

Class B
1. Lauren Dougall
2. Farrah Faulkner
3. Stephanie Ryan
4. Stacy Rio
5. Shawn Collins
Kim Hyman

Novice Class A
1. Kimberly Harris
2. Antoinette Lane
3. Meleena Littlejohn

Novice Class B
1. Lauren Dougall
2. Farrah Faulkner
3. Stephanie Ryan
4. Stacy Rio
5. Shawn Collins
Kim Hyman

Masters
1. Farrah Faulkner
2. Stacy Rio

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Midwest Championships contest. For the the full NPC results/scores visit: http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_midwest_championships/ Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

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NPC MuscleContest.com Championships Overall Winners

2015 NPC MuscleContest.com Championships

MuscleContest.com Championships
March 14            
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com
Event: NPC

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

Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall
1. David Ekpe
2. Wesley Boxley
3. Kim Minuk
4. Surge Edwards

         

David Ekpe
Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall (1st)
Branch Warren - USA
Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall (2nd)

 

Novice Bodybuilding Overall
1. Robert Allen
2. Carlos Guerrero

Unlimited Bikini Overall
1. Christina Sanchez
2. Devan Statle
3. Khricell Justiniano
4. Jessi Vegan
5. Alexa Ashton
6. Lisa Simmons

           

Christina Sanchez
Unlimited Bikini Overall (1st)
Devan Statle
Unlimited Bikini Overall (2nd)

 

Masters Bikini 35+ Overall
1. Jennifer Hennessey
2. Karla Trevino
3. Shriley Rubin

Masters Bikini 45+ Overall
1. Lucy Huang
2. Jennifer Capitano

Novice Bikini Overall
1. Twamy Macias
2. Heather Glovak
3. Lisa Simmons

Unlimited Figure Overall
1. Elena Chernousenko
2. Melanie Trimble
3. Jackie Baker-Arriaga
4. Starr Barragan

          

Elena Chernousenko
Unlimited Figure Overall (1st)
Melanie Trimble
Unlimited Figure Overall (2nd)

 
Masters Figure 35+ Overall
1. Melanie Trimble
2. Samara Kasper

Unlimited Mens Physique Overall
1. Desmolg Gabriel
2. Ashley Kholghy
3. Chris Koll
4. Christopher Ausman
5. Chris Zadie
6. Shaun Baskerville

          

Desmolg Gabriel
Unlimited Physique Overall (1st)
Chris Koll
Unlimited Physique Overall (3rd)


Masters Mens Physique 35+ Overall
1. Daniel De la Torre
2. Tom Miller

Novice Mens Physique Overall
1. Alberto Montoya
2. Dale Laudencia III
3. Almon Huang

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC MuscleContest.com Championships. Official Final Results Scorecard - http://lindsayproductions.com/results. To see all results and photos visit - http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_musclecontest_championships/

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




Spring Break Beach Body Workouts

Spring Break Beach Body Workouts

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

Circuit Training Workout for a Beach Body

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

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

Total Body Workout to Sculpt a Bikini Body

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

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

Getting a Buff Beach Body with Group Fitness

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

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NPC Jon Lindsay's Fitness Challenge: Winners in Bodybuilding, Physique and Bikini Contests

2015 NPC Jon Lindsay's Fitness Challenge Results

NPC Jon Lindsay's Fitness Challenge
Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique,
and Bikini Championships
February 21, 2015
San Diego, California

Following are the top winners for each of the events:

MENS BODYBUILDING
Novice Mens Bodybuilding

1. Christian Correa
2. William Garcia
3. William Yates

Unlimited Bodybuilding Lightweight up to 165.25
1. Ryan Freger
2. Christian Correa
3. Brayden Keawe

Unlimited Bodybuilding Heavyweight up to 187.25
1. Hasani Gomez

Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall
1. Hasani Gomez
2. Ryan Freger

    

Hasani Gomez
Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall (1st)
Christian Correa
Novice Mens Bodybuilding (1st)


WOMENS BIKINI
Masters Bikini 40+ A up to 5'4"

1. Martha Moreno
2. Kristine Majewski

Masters Bikini 40+ B over 5'4"
1. Jennifer Whelan
2. Zaira Young
3. Monica Botello
4. Jennifer Capitano
5. Antoinette Bejarano

Masters Bikini 40+ Overall
1. Jennifer Whelan
2. Martha Moreno

Masters Bikini 35+ A up to 5'4"
1. Shari Shaffer
2. Monika Kalenski
3. Rebecca Barlow
4. Katrina Julia

Masters Bikini 35+ B over 5'4" to 5'6"
1. Zaira Young

Masters Bikini 35+ C Over 5'6"
1. Jamessa Jones
2. Erin Zong
3. Courtney Pease

Masters Bikini 35+ Overall
1. Shari Shaffer
2. Zaira Young
3. Jamessa Jones

Novice Bikini A up to 5'4"
1. Steffy Kieu
2. Perla Galomo
3. Tamar Atamian
4. Arlette Kelley
5. Chau Nguyens

Novice Bikini B over 5'4" to 5'6"
1. Edith Jennison
2. Ashley Stamatis
3. Nancy Castro
4. Sam Magdaleno
5. Danielle Van Horn

Novice Bikini C over 5'6"
1. Natalie Moultrie
2. Jamessa Jones
3. Erin Zong
4. Jennifer Capitano
5. Chelsea Uyeno

Novice Bikini Overall
1. Steffy Kieu
2. Natalie Moultrie
3. Edith Jennison

      

Steffy Kieu
Novice Bikini Overall (1st)
Natalie Moultrie
Novice Bikini Overall (2nd)

 

Open Bikini A up to 5'1"
1. Shari Shaffer
2. Anastasia Prophete
3. Jessica Rios
4. Sarah Drake
5. Michelle Perez

Open Bikini B over 5'1" to 5'2.5"
1. Shannon Johnson
2. Christina Torres

Open Bikini C over 5'2.5" to 5'4"
1. Steffy Kieu
2. Irina Goryacheva
3. Makenna Kepple
4. Tamar Atamian
5. Arlette Kelley

Open Bikini D over 5'4" to 5'5.5"
1. Sonja Lark
2. Falan Marks
3. Holly Talcott
4. Edith Jennison
5. Ashley Stamatis

Open Bikini E over 5'5.5" to 5'7"
1. Sarah Maduck
2. Kristin Radlinski
3. Jennifer Whelan
4. Courtney Day

Open Bikini F over 5'7"
1. Natalie Moultrie
2. Kaylaa Smith
3. Jamessa Jones
4. Erin Zong
5. Chelsea Uyeno

Unlimited Bikini Overall
1. Sonja Lark
2. Sarah Maduck
3. Steffy Kieu
4. Natalie Moultrie
5. Shari Shaffer
6. Shannon Johnson

     

Sonja Lark
Unlimited Bikini Overall (1st)
Sarah Maduck
Unlimited Bikini Overall (2nd)



WOMENS FIGURE
Masters Figure 40+
1. Azi Farsoudi
2. Victoria Bartelt

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

Masters Figure 35+ B over 5'4"
1. Jessica Smith
2. Victoria Bartelt

Unlimited Figure A up to 5'2"
1. Layla Vossoughi
2. Michelle Floresca

Figure B over 5'2" to 5'4"
1. Sherry Darrell
2. Jackie Lanway
3. Sanoe Aina

Unlimited Figure C over 5'4" to 5'6"
1. Jessica Jamous
2. Kelly Grossman

Unlimited Figure D over 5'6"
1. Jessica Smith
2. Sherry Tang
3. Annette Garcia
4. Kate Hayes
5. Brooke Jordan

Unlimited Figure Overall
1. Layla Vossoughi
2. Jessica Jemous
3. Sherry Darell
4. Jessica Smith

      

Layla Vossoughi
Unlimited Figure Overall (1st)
Jessica Jemous
Unlimited Figure Overall (2nd)



Womans Physique A up to 5'6"
1. Irma Pritchard

Masters Mens Physique 40
1. Jamey Cohen

Masters Mens Physique 35+ B over 5'8
1. Chezz Bruce
2. Virgil Apar
3. Jamey Cohen

Novice Mens Physique A up to 5'7"
1. Justin Garza
2. Khunthoeun Lay
3. Jey Ron
4. Harry Chu
5. Ararat Mirzakhani

Novice Mens Physique B over 5'7" to 5'10"
1. Dominique Butts
2. Charles Giron
3. Jonathan De Leos
4. Jimmy Lopez
5. Jamil Sabbagh

Novice Mens Physique C over 5'10"
1. Montrel Miller
2. Benyamin Jahromi
3. Mark Black
4. Alexander Brown
5. Brian Moultrie

Novice Mens Physique Overall
1. Montrel Miller
2. Dominique Butts
3. Justin Garza

Unlimited Mens Physique Overall
1. Darkel Johnson
2. Anthony Tassin
3. Desmol Gabriel
4. Montrel Miller
5. Mark Black
6. Adrian Rios

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Jon Lindsay's Fitness Challenge. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view photos visit http://contest.gom-jabbar.org/contests/2015/jon_lindsays_npc_fitness_challenge.

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




Bodyweight Training Videos & Tips

Building a Buff Body with Bodyweight Training

Bodyweight training is oftentimes overlooked and underrated. What's amazing is the body transforming results that bodyweight exercises can help you achieve. It's not like your body can distinguish between a barbell, dumbbell, kettlebell or your own bodyweight. All it really knows is how hard it needs to work to move the resistance. For example, if you're bench pressing, you use your pectorals, deltoids and triceps, but don't really work any other muscle groups, unless you make a conscious effort to do so. By performing bodyweight exercises, like one-arm push-ups, you're not only working your pecs, delts and triceps, but you're also incidentally working your lats, abs, glutes, quads and hamstrings. Another great thing about bodyweight training is that you can workout anytime wherever you are. You don't need any extra equipment and you don't even have to go to the gym.

We found a few videos that show numerous bodyweight exercises, including five of Coach Kozak's favorites, 44 of the best bodyweight exercises from Tee Major Fitness and a 30-minute bodyweight boot camp. Plus, we've added a special Pinterest board filled with bodyweight training tips, exercises and workouts.

Bodyweight Training with Coach Kozak

As a constant fixture in the health and fitness world for more than 15 years, Coach Kozak shares his innovative scientific method to training and nutrition. From professional athletes to soccer moms and even a Heisman trophy winner, Coach Kozak has brought extraordinary results to thousands of clients.

In this video, Coach Kozak with HASfit provides step-by-step video instruction for a full-body workout using bodyweight exercises alone. Take a glimpse at the training regimen he has in store for you:

  • Pistol Squat
  • Downward Dog to Chaturanga Push-up to a High Plank
  • Negative Manual Glute-Ham Raise
  • Sit up to a Russian Twist
  • Negative Negative Pull ups

Try the Best Bodyweight Exercises Ever

When it comes to using bodyweight training to build strength and muscle, there are three fundamental movements: push-ups, pull ups and squats. We've discovered that there are numerous variations of these essentials, as well as a variety of other bodyweight exercises you can incorporate into your workout schedule. Tee Major Fitness presents the 44 Best Bodyweight Exercises Ever:

1. Mountain Climbers
2. Dragon Walks
3. Jumping Lunges
4. Pike Roll out
5. Burpees
6. Hanging Knee to Elbow
7. Frozen V-Sit
8. Spiderman Push-up
9. Single Leg Burpee
10. Hindu Push-ups
11. Diamond Push-ups
12. Lawnmower Extension
13. Archer Push-up
14. Fingertip Push-up
15. Hanging Leg Raise
16. Clapping Push-up
17. Single Leg Box Jump
18. Chest Tap Push-up
19. Archer Pull-up
20. Clapping Pull-ups
21. Crucifix Push-ups
22. Hanging Wipers
23. Hanging Leg Raise over Lever
24. One-Arm Hanging Leg Lifts
25. Pistol Squat
26. L Seat
27. Muay Thai Push-ups
28. Dragon Flags
29. Ab Crunch Shredder Dips
30. Triple Clap Push-ups
31. Lalanne Push-ups
32. Muscle Ups
33. Standing Ab Wheel Roll outs
34. Bodyweight Tricep Extension
35. One-Arm Push-ups
36. One-Arm, One-Leg Push-ups
37. Thigh Slap Push-ups
38. Aztec Push-ups
39. Superman Push-ups
40. Hannibal for King Leg Flutters for Men
41. One-Handed Clap Push-ups
42. Back Flip Burpees
43. 360 Push-ups

Boot Camp-Style Bodyweight Workout

If you’re ready to intensify your bodyweight training, then you’ll love this 30-Minute Bodyweight Boot Camp Workout You Can Do Anywhere video. Adam Rosante, a celebrity trainer based out of New York City, leads the way in this half-hour of muscle pumping, sweat dripping full-body workout. He makes a wonderful point with this no excuses workout, “You’re going to use the body you have to create the body you want.”

This video includes a warm up, full workout and cool down, as well as lots of motivation from Adam along the way. Another nice thing about this workout is that if you don’t have enough time, the warm up nicely gets your blood flowing and is better than not working out at all.

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February 2015 Tips from IFBB Pros Presented by HGH.com

HGH.com Presents IFBB Pros & Tips: February 2015 Edition

Who better to get bodybuilding tips and tricks from than the IFBB Pros? For this month’s edition of HGH.com’s Tips from IFBB Pros, we’ve gathered a few video clips and added more to the corresponding Pinterest board. We begin with training exercises from Alice Matos, move onto an amazing back and chest workout with Brandon Curry, then round it out with the top three winners of the 2015 IFBB Pro Western Cup.

Training with IFBB Bikini Pro Alice Matos

Get an inside look at some of the exercises IFBB Bikini Pro Alice Matos does. This Brazilian bombshell demonstrates some unique training methods and even has her workout partners help her out.

We found some other interesting tidbits from an interview Alice did for SimplyShredded.com. When asked if she could only pick three exercises what would the would be and why, she chose

  • Barbell Squats
  • Bench Press
  • Back Row

Her reasoning is that they're all compound movements, so they use multiple major muscle groups simultaneously. She finds these types of exercises are ideal when building muscle mass.

Brandon Curry Gets Ready for the 2015 Arnold Classic

With only three-and-a-half weeks left until the Arnold Classic, IFBB Pro Brandon Curry hits the Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym. He's been training his heart out while focusing on quality mass gains and improvements. In this video, we take a look at his back and chest workout as he trains both areas at the same time. His workout includes:

  • Pull Ups
  • Low Row Machine
  • Close Grip Pull Downs
  • Kroc Row
  • Dumbbell Pullover
  • Decline
  • Dips
  • Pec Deck Machine
  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes

The Best of the 2015 IFBB Pro Western Cup

In Jon Lindsay's Muscle Contest, the 2015 IFBB Pro Western Cup, these three buff gentlemen placed for the men's physique competition:

  • Frank Ortega
  • Joseph Lee
  • Patrick Fulgham

After the show, they were interviewed by Tamer El Guindy, VP of Operations for Muscle Contest. When asked how long it took him to prepare for this competition, Patrick Fulgham says he did a 12-week prep. What's next for Joseph Lee? He will be back for the Muscle Grand Prix in April and is working toward going to the men's physique Olympia competition.

Last, but not least, we hear from, first place winner, Frank Ortega who had to make some sacrifices during the holiday and completed a 15 to 16-week prep for this competition. After recently suffering an injury, he just focused on making his pro debut and wants 2015 to be the year he brings his best.

Get Even More Pumped with IFBB Pros & Tips on Pinterest

Make sure to check out our dedicated IFBB Pros & Tips Pinterest board for even more motivation and helpful tidbits from the IFBB Pros. Whether you're looking for inspiration, workout tips or nutrition-related pins, this Pinterest board has it all from IFBB pros. Follow us on Pinterest for all sorts of bodybuilding boards. We'll continue to update this board and we frequently create new bodybuilding-related boards as well:

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Overall Winners of the 2015 Gold Coast Muscle Classic

2015 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic held on February 14       
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Website: www.musclecontest.com   

Unlimited Men's Bodybuilding Winners

1. Siavash Fashi - 1st Unlimited Bodybuilding Middleweight (1st Overall)
2. Jai Johnson -1st Unlimited Bodybuilding Heavyweight (2nd Overall)
3. Nate Liebermann -1st Place Unlimited Bodybuilding Lightweight (3rd Overall)

Masters Bikini 35+ Overall Winners

1. Janelle Farnsworth - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ B (1st Overall)
2. Heather Mcallister - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ C (2nd Overall)
3. Jackie Peacock - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ A (3rd Overall)

Novice Bikini Overall Winners

1. Savannah Crayon - 1st Novice Bikini B over 5'4" to 5'6" (1st Overall)
2. Alex Frias - 1st Novice Bikini A up to 5'4" (2nd Overall)
3. Joy Snider - 1st Novice Bikini C over 5'6" (3rd Overall)

Open Bikini Overall Winners

 1. Alexandria Babbitt - 1st Open Bikini C over 5'2.5" to 5'4 (1st Overall Bikini Winner)
 - Adrienne Ochoa - 1st Open Bikini A up to 5'1"
 - Alexis Frias - 1st Open Bikini B over 5'1" to 5'2.5"
 - Savannah Crayon - 1st Open Bikini D over 5'4" to 5'5.5
 - Heather Mcallister - 1st Open Bikini E over 5'5.5" to 5'7"
 - Alice Carter - 1st Open Bikini F over 5'7"

Woman's Physique Overall Winners

1. Tanya Mah - 1st Womans Physique A (1st Overall Winner)
2. Katie Foster - 1st Womans Physique B (2nd Overall Winner)

Novice Men's Physique Overall Winners

1. Roman Miranda - 1st Novice Mens Physique B (1st Overall)
2. Jacob Kamine - 1st Novice Mens Physique A (2nd Overall)
3. Michael Bruggink - 1st Novice Mens Physique C (3rd Overall

Unlimited Men's Physique Overall Winners

1. Jason Churan - 1st Mens Physique E (1st Overall Winner)
2. Ronald Thoompson - 1st Mens Physique F (2nd Overall Winner)
3. Gilberto Ramirez - 1st Mens Physique D (3rd Overall Winner)
4. Levi Wohl - 1st Mens Physique B (4th Overall Winner)
5. Charles Giron - 1st Mens Physique C (5th Overall Winner)
6. Jacob Kamine - 1st Mens Physique A (6th Overall Winner)

Unlimited Figure Overall Winners

1. Betzy Baldger - 1st Unlimited Figure B (1st Overall Winner)
2. Christine Ajisafe - 1st Unlimited Figure D (2nd Overall Winner)
3. Jessica Piraro - 1st Unlimited Figure A (3rd Overall Winner)
4. Dakeisha Glenn - 1st Unlimited Figure C (4th Overall Winner)

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.
- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/.

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

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

- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/#sthash.WmsnoBjV.dpuf

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

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

- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/#sthash.WmsnoBjV.dpuf

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

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

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