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Winners and Photos of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championship

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

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

Winners of the 2014 NPC Eastern USA Championships

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 




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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How to Increase HGH Levels Naturally

Top 7 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Body’s Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Levels

By Dan Smith of HGH.com

In recent years, I’ve seen a growing level of interest in how to increase HGH levels naturally, particularly among bodybuilders and athletes. Given the controversy and issues associated with synthetic HGH injections, many people are seeking out natural ways to increase their body’s own production of HGH. This is something that I do myself, and it’s a topic I’ve often discussed with our HGH.com-sponsored athletes – IFBB pros Tricky Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer. So I decided to compile our top tips in one blog post, which highlights seven effective ways to naturally boost HGH levels.

HGH Basics and Functions

Before I get into our recommendations, let’s start with a quick review of the basics. Human growth hormone, also known as HGH, is a type of polypeptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. As the name implies, HGH triggers growth and repair of bone, cartilage, tissue and muscle. It also helps to improve body composition by increasing muscle mass and metabolizing fat. The pituitary gland produces its highest quantities of HGH during childhood and puberty to support the body’s growth and development. Once a child has reached full adult height, HGH production decreases substantially. In adulthood, HGH tends to be secreted in smaller bursts at specific times – during sleep, after exercise and in response to bodily stress or trauma.

Top 7 Ways to Naturally Increase HGH Levels

While the body generally follows its own set patterns for HGH secretion after puberty, there are a number of proven methods for boosting production on an ongoing basis:

1. Seek alternatives to synthetic HGH injections. While injectable growth hormones have been shown to increase HGH levels, there are a number of issues associated with this practice – including the high cost of injections as well as the fact that they are illegal without a prescription. Another lesser-known caveat is that pumping the body with high levels of artificial growth hormones may actually cause the body to decrease production of its own natural HGH. So, in the long run, it’s better to find natural ways to stimulate increased HGH secretion.

2. Get enough sleep. Since the majority of HGH production in adults occurs overnight during slow-wave sleep (or “deep” sleep), it is essential to get sufficient high-quality sleep – ideally, 7 to 8 hours per night. To help elevate HGH levels, try to adhere to a regular sleep routine: go to bed at the same time every evening and wake up at the same time each morning. It’s also important to have uninterrupted sleep, so avoid consuming alcohol or caffeine before bedtime, as they can interfere with normal sleep patterns. Try to minimize light and noise to avoid interruptions to your sleep schedule, and keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature so that you don’t awake in the middle of the night shivering or sweating.

3. Adhere to a healthy diet. There is an inverse relationship between insulin and HGH – higher levels of insulin suppress HGH production. Therefore, it is critical to consume the right foods at the right time to regulate insulin levels and promote HGH release. Many experts recommend eating multiple small meals over the course of the day, and the majority agree that it is best to limit your intake of highly processed, complex carbohydrates (like white bread and white rice) as well as sugary food and beverages (including soda and sports drinks made with high-fructose corn syrup), as these can trigger a spike in insulin.

Your best bet is to build your diet around high-fiber, protein-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans/legumes. Opt for low-glycemic, slow-digesting carbohydrates like oatmeal, pears, apples, sweet potatoes and brown rice. To help minimize insulin secretion, try eating a low-carb, high-protein snack a few hours before bedtime – think nuts like almonds, pistachios and walnuts; pumpkin or sunflower seeds; edamame; hummus; yogurt; or cottage cheese.

4. Engage in high-intensity interval training. While proper sleep and nutrition are both effective ways to support a natural increase in HGH levels, exercise also plays a critical role. Many different types of exercise can help maintain a healthy body and regulate insulin levels, but high-intensity interval training in particular has the potential to naturally boost HGH levels. This occurs in direct response to the stress on your muscles, signaling the pituitary gland to secrete more HGH to repair the tissue. Several studies have examined the effects of this exercise-induced growth hormone response (EIGR) and determined the associated benefits.

5. Consume whey protein before and after exercise. Research has shown that consuming a rapidly absorbed protein, such as whey protein, may help promote optimal muscle building after resistance exercise. Another study found that consuming whey protein half an hour before resistance training can accelerate metabolism not only during exercise, but up to 24 hours after a workout. HGH.com offers several high-quality whey protein mixes designed to enhance muscularity and stimulate HGH production, including CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein, Elite Chocolate Mint Whey Protein, Elite Butter Toffee Whey Protein, IsoBolic Vanilla Whey Protein and Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein.

6. Practice occasional fasting. A healthy diet is vital to provide the energy you need to complete intense workouts. However, some studies have suggested that intermittent fasting may be an effective way to balance blood-sugar levels and trigger HGH release. If your workout schedule allows for it, you might want to try periodic fasting on any off days in your training.

7. Add natural HGH releasers to your dietary supplements. Unlike injectable HGH, which introduces synthetic chemicals into your system, natural HGH releasers stimulate your body to produce more of its own HGH. Look for HGH supplements that contain proven natural ingredients, such as L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-leucine, L-tyrosine, bovine colostrum and others. You’ll find many of these naturally derived ingredients in Purity Select health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com, including HGH 30,000 Pills, HGH 30,000 Spray, Somatropinne HGH, DBol-GH, Ana-GH and HGH Testosterone Plus.

Following these recommendations will help you increase HGH levels naturally and in a healthy way while also enabling you to attain peak physical condition. Are there any other tips and best practices you implement to boost your HGH production? We invite you to join the conversation and post your comments below!

References:

Besedovsky, Luciana; Lange, Tanja; and Born, Jan. “Sleep and Immune Function”; Pflugers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology; January 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22071480>

Churchward-Venne, Tyler A.; Burd, Nicholas A; and Phillips, Stuart M. “Nutritional Regulation of Muscle Protein Synthesis With Resistance Exercise: Strategies to Enhance Anabolism”; Nutrition & Metabolism; May 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594765>

Godfrey, Richard J.; Madgwick, Zahra; and Whyte, Gregory P. “The Exercise-Induced Growth Hormone Response in Athletes”; Sports Medicine; July 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12797841>

Hackney, Kyle J.; Bruenger, Adam J.; Lemmer, Jeffrey T. “Timing Protein Intake Increases Energy Expenditure 24 H After Resistance Training”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; May 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19997003>

Harvard Medical School. “Growth Hormone, Athletic Performance, and Aging”; Harvard Men’s Health Watch; May 2010; accessed November 9, 2014. <http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2010/May/growth-hormone-athletic-performance-and-aging>

Ho, Kian Y.; Veldhuis, Johannes D.; et al. “Fasting Enhances Growth Hormone Secretion and Amplifies the Complex Rhythms of Growth Hormone Secretion in Man”; The Journal of Clinical Investigation; April 1988. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3127426>

Jackson, Joe. “Unlock Your Potential: How to Boost Your HGH Levels”; Men’s Fitness; accessed November 9, 2014. <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/unlock-your-potential-how-to-boost-your-hgh-levels>

Nindl, Bradley C.; Pierce, Joseph R.; et al. “Twenty-Hour Growth Hormone Secretory Profiles after Aerobic and Resistance Exercise”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; October 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24576855>





HGH.com Appreciates U.S. Military Veterans

In Celebration of All Military Veterans

For all of you who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, we thank you. We appreciate everything you do to defend this great nation and our freedoms throughout your service. We've compiled a few inspirational military workout videos and photos for you, as well as a special tribute to all U.S. military veterans.

Workout Like the U.S. Navy SEALs

Navy SEALs train to fight and win, and firmly believe that, "Failure is not an option." They are amazing individuals who give their all every day. Today, we get a glimpse at the type of workouts Navy SEALs endure. Navy SEAL Instructor, Lt. Dana DeCoster, introduces us to some intense Navy SEAL workouts.

The first Navy SEAL workout we see consists of as many sets as you can do in 20 minutes of the following exercises as well as substitutions for those who don’t have the specialized equipment needed:

  • 5 Overhead Squats
  • 10 Glute/Ham Situps
  • 10 Glute/Ham Back Extensions

This video also covers a basic Navy SEAL workout where you do five rounds of each of the following exercises as quickly as you can:

  • Rope Climb (or 15 Pull Ups)
  • 30 Pushups
  • 50 Air Squats

There is one more workout in this video that covers three simple lifts, including:

  • Squat
  • Shoulder Press
  • Dead Lift

The workout consists of five sets of five repetitions for each exercise, increasing the weight for each set.

What It's Like to be Military Strong

Be inspired by this motivational Military Muscle video. Take a look at these service men and women who take their bodies to the limit. All of the individuals in this video are active duty, reserve or former military from the United States Marine Corp, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Seabees. And, they are all incredibly amazing too.

Thank You for Your Service

The HGH.com family appreciates all of the service men and women who have served our great nation in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your dedication, sacrifice and all that you do to serve, protect and defend our freedom. We found this Veterans Day video tribute we dedicate to you.

Military Bodybuilding Pinterest Board Update

We've added some more inspirational and motivational pins to HGH.com's Military BodybuildingPinterest board for you to enjoy.

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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>





November 2014 Tips from IFBB Pros Presented by HGH.com

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

Get some quick tips and sage advice from some of the most incredible IFBB professionals. For the October 2014 edition of HGH.com’s Tips from IFBB Pros, we bring out the big guns with a quick tip from Steve Kuclo, as well as interviews with the world’s top IFBB bikini and fitness models. Plus, we get to see what life is like for IFBB Pro Karina Nascimento and we’ve added some awesome pins to our dedicated IFBB Pros & Tips Pinterest board to inspire and motivate you.

IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo’s Quick Tip

What’s the correct technique for doing a seated rear delt lateral raise? IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo provides demonstration for completing this bodybuilding rear delt exercise. As one of the main muscle groups that really pops when you’re on stage at a bodybuilding competition, the rear delts can also be well built by doing rear delt lateral raise. All you need is a couple of dumbbells, a flat bench and Steve Kuclo's know-how. Steve also shares whether you should use low, medium or high weight for the best results.

Advice from the World’s Top IFBB Bikini and Fitness Models

Let’s hear the top tips from the world’s best bikini and fitness models. They claim that, "anyone can do it!" When it comes to training, nutrition, taking the proper supplements, and having a personal trainer that cares about your health, consistency is key to get the most incredible results. Remember, it's not just a physical challenge, but it's a mental challenge as well. These IFBB leading ladies also share insight regarding setting goals, staying healthy and fit, and how to prepare for competition.

What's Life Like for IFBB Pro Karina Nascimento

Spend the day with IFBB Pro Karina Nascimento. From a radio show to working out to a photo shoot and more, we get to see how Karina spends her time two days before the New York Pro. Plus, check out what she’s eating and take a look at Karina on stage for the competition. Will she cave for what she craves?

More IFBB Pros & Tips on Pinterest

We’ve added more tips and tricks from the IFBB Pros on Pinterest. Make sure to take a look at this totally awesome Pinterest board filled with inspiration, perspiration and nutrition-related pins from IFBB pros. Stop back by often as we'll continue to update this board.

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2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Results: Top 5 Winners in Bodybuilding, Physique, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Contests

HGH.com Athletes Ben White and Tricky Jackson Place in Top 5 of Men’s Bodybuilding and 212 Contests at the 2014 Europa Games in Phoenix

International bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts recently converged in Phoenix, Arizona, to compete in the 2014 IFBB Europa Games, also known as the 2014 Europa Phoenix Pro. The event, which was held October 25-26, featured a series of IFBB pro contests and NPC amateur competitions as well as the Europa Games Get Fit & Sports Expo. Following Saturday pre-judging and Sunday finals, official rankings determined the winners of the bodybuilding, 212, physique, fitness, figure and bikini contests.

When the results were revealed, HGH.com-sponsored athletes Ben White and Richard “Tricky” Jackson were honored among the top five bodybuilders in their respective categories. Ben placed 4th in the IFBB Pro Men’s Bodybuilding category, while Tricky ranked 4th in the IFBB Pro Men’s 212 and Under category.

Following are the top 5 winners in each of the seven 2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro events:

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Champions:
1. Mohamed Ali Bannout, Lebanon
2. Johnnie Jackson, Hurst, TX
3. Brad Rowe, Los Angeles, CA
4. Ben White, Glen Falls, NY
5. Fred Smalls, Townsend, DE

Left to right - Grigori Atoyan, Mohamed Bannout, Johnnie Jackson, Brad Rowe, Fred Smalls, Ben White

                 

                1st Place - Mohamed Ali Bannout, Lebanon                                4th Place - Ben White, HGH.com Sponsored Athlete

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Men’s 212 and Under Champions:
1. Jose Raymond, North Reading, MA
2. Mark Dugdale, Bothell, WA
3. Ahmad Ahmad, Sweden
4. Tricky Jackson, Louisville, KY
5. Marvin Ward, Trenton, NJ

Left to right - Ahmad Ahmad, Marvin Ward, Jose Raymond, Tricky Jackson, Mark Dugdale

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Men’s Physique Champions:
1. Jason Poston, Dallas, TX
2. Michael Ferguson, Memphis, TN
3. Xavisus Gayden, San Clemente, CA
4. Ryan Hinton, Baton Rouge, LA
5. David Gonzalez, Arlington Heights, IL

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Women’s Physique Champions:
1. Teresita Morales, Middle Village, NY
2. Heather Grace, Denver, CO
3. Tamee Marie, Boystown, NE
4. Jamie Postill, Alberta, Canada
5. La’Drissa Bonivel, Chicago, IL

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Fitness Champions:
1. Sara Kovach, Carnegie, PA
2. Whitney Jones, Chandler, AZ
3. Ryall Graber, Canada
4. Chika Aluka, Dallas, TX
5. Kelcie Gahley, Jacksonville, FL

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Figure Champions:
1. Vera Mallett, Memphis, TN
2. Ivana Ivusic, Urbandale, IA
3. Josie Zamora, El Paso, TX
4. Brittany Campbell, Killeen, TX
5. Tamara Sedlack, Corona, CA

2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix Pro Bikini Champions:
1. Sarah LeBlanc, Houma, LA
2. Francesca Lauren, Lake Oswego, OR
3. Lindsey Waters, Miami Beach, FL
4. Bianca Berry, New York, NY
5. Tatiana Koshman, Spring, TX

All of us at HGH.com would like to extend our congratulations to the 2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro winners with a special shout out to Tricky and Ben, who have once again done our brand proud. Both of these IFBB pros are perfect examples of how dedicated training, proper nutrition, and natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements can help athletes perform at the top of their game.

For the complete list of 2014 IFBB Europa Games Phoenix rankings, visit http://npcnewsonline.com/2014-ifbb-europa-phoenix-official-scorecards/.

Stay tuned to HGH.com for announcements regarding the results of other upcoming fitness, physique and bodybuilding competitions.

 




Top Winners of the 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships in Montreal

Meet the Top Physique, Fitness, Bikini Fitness and Bodyfitness Winners of the IFBB World Fitness Championships Held in October 2014

Canada recently hosted an international assembly of fitness enthusiasts during the 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships, which were held October 17-20 in Montreal. Over 230 athletes competed in the events, which included Women’s Fitness, Bikini Fitness, Bodyfitness and Physique; Men’s Fitness and Physique; and Mixed Pairs. The results were also tallied to determine the winners of the Team Championships by country.

Following are the top winners for each of the 2014 IFBB World Fitness contests:

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Fitness Results

Women’s Fitness Up to 163cm Winners:
1. Dominika Multanova, Slovakia
2. Kristina Koroljak, Estonia
3. Emma Paveley, United Kingdom
4. Georgiana Padure, Romania
5. Laura Cupsa, Romania

Women’s Fitness Over 163cm Winners:
1. Liudmila Nikitina, Russia
2. Oksana Orobets, Ukraine
3. Barbora Seckarova-Buncakova, Slovakia
4. Endla Vaher, Estonia
5. Tatiana Dvortsova, Russia

Women’s Fitness Overall Winners:
1. Liudmila Nikitina, Russia
2. Dominika Multanova, Slovakia

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Men’s Fitness Results

Men’s Fitness Open Winners:
1. Fedir Khashalov, Ukraine
2. Nazar Kharkhun, Ukraine
3. Konstantin Nekrasov, Russia
4. Mihai Moruz, Romania
5. Anton Mushtanov, Russia

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Bikini Fitness Results

Women’s Bikini Fitness Up to 160cm Winners:
1. Sandra Jokic, Norway
2. Amanda Lima, Brazil
3. Maria Aranguren, Spain
4. Svitlana Sydorenko, Ukraine
5. Jaana Malytcheva, Finland

Women’s Bikini Fitness Up to 163cm Winners:
1. Hanna Garbos, Poland
2. Jeanette Elstad, Norway
3. Michaela Brutenic, Slovakia
4. Rodika Bodrug, Sweden
5. Sayuri Torres, Brazil

Women’s Bikini Fitness Up to 166cm Winners:
1. Juliana Dantas, Brazil
2. Denisa Hargasova, Slovakia
3. Sarah Allen, Australia
4. Frida Sjöström, Sweden
5. Karina Skowronska, United Kingdom

Women’s Bikini Fitness Up to 169cm Winners:
1. Olga Viazmetinova, Ukraine
2. Sarah Reis, Brazil
3. Camilla Back, Finland
4. Shannon Atkinson, South Africa
5. Jana Milova, Slovakia

Women’s Bikini Fitness Up to 172cm Winners:
1. Alla Semenova, Ukraine
2. Kristina Nuut, Estonia
3. Brigitta Békefi, Hungary
4. Kathrin Weishaupt, Germany
5. Reet Reimets, Estonia

Women’s Bikini Fitness Over 172cm Winners:
1. Olga Putrova, Russia
2. Olivia Pohankova, Slovakia
3. Paula Banot, Poland
4. Jaclyn Phillips, Canada
5. Kathrin Hollmann, Germany

Women’s Bikini Fitness Overall Winners:
1. Olga Viazmetinova, Ukraine
2. Alla Semenova, Ukraine
3. Olga Putrova, Russia
4. Juliana Dantas, Brazil
5. Hanna Garbos, Poland

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Bodyfitness Results

Women’s Bodyfitness Up to 158cm Winners:
1. Veronica Gallego, Spain
2. Valentina Mazzola, Italy
3. Angela Derzapf, Germany
4. Inna Trofymenkova, Ukraine
5. Roberta Visintainer, Italy



Women’s Bodyfitness Up to 163cm Winners:
1. Gabriella Szabó, Hungary
2. Aurelie Sefi, Canada
3. Margita Zámolová, Czech Republic
4. Zrinka Fiser, Croatia
5. Julie Oftedal, Norway

Women’s Bodyfitness Up to 168cm Winners:
1. Adela Ondrejovicova, Slovakia
2. Kristina Skjelberg, Norway
3. Federica Ghezzi, Italy
4. Hanna Saario, Finland
5. Michaela Růžičková, Czech Republic

Women’s Bodyfitness Over 168cm Winners:
1. Maria Hasselmark, Sweden
2. Kinga Szweda, Poland
3. Barbara Molyneaux, Canada
4. Caroline Caine, United Kingdom
5. Therese Swedbom, Sweden

Women’s Bodyfitness Overall Winners:
1. Gabriella Szabó, Hungary
2. Adela Ondrejovicova, Slovakia
3. Veronica Gallego, Spain
4. Maria Hasselmark, Sweden

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Women’s Physique Results

Women’s Physique Up to 163cm Winners:
1. Jana Purdjakova, Slovakia
2. Olga Chernous, Ukraine
3. Alina Cepurniene, Lithuania
4. Priscila Castilha Cavina, Brazil
5. Fernanda Gutilla Sierra, Brazil

Women’s Physique Over 163cm Winners:
1. Silvia Fraga, Brazil
2. Cristina Arellano, Spain
3. Giuditta Magazzino, Italy
4. Rachel Foster, Canada
5. Lucy Cerantola, Canada

Women’s Physique Overall Winners:
1. Jana Purdjakova, Slovakia
2. Silvia Fraga, Brazil

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Men’s Physique Results

Men’s Physique Up to 170cm Winners:
1. Carlos Nuñez, Spain
2. Trevor Ryan, Canada
3. Boás Oliveira, Brazil
4. Paulius Ratkevicius, Lithuania
5. Pontus Koskelainen, Sweden

Men’s Physique Up to 174cm Winners:
1. Alexander Myrvold, Norway
2. Henrique De Carvalho, France
3. Luiz Kokufu, Brazil
4. Stephanus Fick, South Africa
5. Yasin Şahin, Turkey

Men’s Physique Up to 178cm Winners:
1. Marco Gandolfi Vannini, Italy
2. Grzegorz Placzkowski, Poland
3. Petter Orvik Grønningsæter, Norway
4. Marco Nascimento, Brazil
5. Jean Noel Gamer, France



Men’s Physique Over 178cm Winners:
1. Eren Legend, Canada
2. Lucas Ferrara, Brazil
3. Eduardo Monteiro, Brazil
4. Jaani Inkinen, Finland
5. Johannes Leivo, Finland



Men’s Physique Overall Winners:
1. Eren Legend, Canada
2. Carlos Nuñez, Spain
3. Alexander Myrvold, Norway
4. Marco Gandolfi Vannini, Italy

2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships Mixed Pairs Results

Mixed Pairs Winners:
1. Blanche Coppola and Ralph Decelis, Malta
2. Inna Trofymenkova and Fedir Khashalov, Ukraine
3. Angela Derzapf and Antonio Murania, Germany
4. Tiffany Hodsman and Ali Najafian, Canada
5. Maria Mikola and Bernie Mockler, Canada

2014 IFBB World Fitness Team Championships Results

Team Championships Winners:
1. Ukraine
2. Slovakia
3. Brazil
4. Norway
5. Canada

Kudos to all who competed in this international event, and congratulations to the winners! You can find a complete list of rankings for all of the 2014 IFBB World Fitness Championship contests at http://www.ifbb.com/wp-content/uploads/2014-IFBB-Montreal-Results.pdf.

Check back for announcements regarding the results of other upcoming competitions. Next week we’ll post the winners of the 2014 Europa Games in Phoenix. Among the competitors participating in that event are IFBB pros Tricky Jackson and Ben White, both of whom are sponsored by HGH.com fitness and bodybuilding supplements. We wish the best of luck to our sponsored athletes Tricky and Ben, and to all of you competing in Phoenix!




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?

Bodybuilder vs. Weightlifter vs. Powerlifter Pinterest Board

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2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic was a Big Success and Entertaining

IFBB pro and HGH.com sponsored athlete Richard “Tricky” Jackson shared a few comments and personal photos from "NPC Weekend Classic in Lexington, Kentucky" held earlier this month.

Congratulations to the participants and winners! You can find a full list of the top contestants and winners of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championship at http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/winners-of-2014-npc-tricky-jackson-classic-championships.

“The 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic was a huge success,” reported Tricky. “Our guest poser, Jose Raymond, was very well-received by the fans in Kentucky; my sons and I had a blast during our dance battle/pose-down; and all of the athletes gave amazing performances. After 17 years, I’m proud to say the show continues to get better every year.”

 

 

Me and my sons posing down at the 2014 NPC TJC.

A photo posted by Tricky Jackson (@trickyifbbpro) on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:44am PDT

 

Tricky also expressed gratitude to the event’s sponsors: “We’re fortunate to have an outstanding group of sponsors, including Bell Plantation, Nebbia, TONIcise Inc. and Musclehead Graphics. And I’d like to give a special shout out to our feature sponsors – Liquid Sun Rayz, who provided oil for all of the competitors, and HGH.com, who provided samples of their health and bodybuilding supplements to all of the participating athletes. Their support helped make this year’s event our best one yet.”

 

 

Team tricky in the house.

A photo posted by Tricky Jackson (@trickyifbbpro) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:37am PDT

 

 







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2015 IFBB Europa Dallas Overall Winners

IFBB Europa Dallas
June 20            
Dallas Convention Center,
650 S Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75202 United States
Organizer: Ed & Betty Pariso / Scott Templeton
Phone: 214-939-2750
Website: http://www.europaexpo.com/dallas-2015
Event: IFBB Europa Dallas

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

Men's Bodybuilding Overall
1. Fred Smalls
2. Renaldo Gairy
3. Akim Williams
4. Jojo Ntiforo
5. Brad Rowe

 

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          renaldo gairy bodybuilding overall second place europa dallas 2015

Fred Smalls
Men's Bodybuilding Overall (1st)
Renaldo Gairy
Men's Bodybuilding Overall (2nd)

 

Figure Overall
1. Andrea Calhoun
2. Tina Nguyen
3. Chaya Boone
4. Rachelle Carter
5. Nadia Wyatt

andrea calhoun figure winner overall europa dallas 2015

            tina nguyen figure second place europa dallas 2015

Andrea Calhoun
Figure Overall (1st)
Tina Nguyen
Figure Overall (2nd)

 

Men's Physique Overall
1. Michael Ferguson
2. Jorge Gonzalez
3. Jordan Fields
4. Aarin Moore
5. Antione Williams

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Michael Ferguson
Men's Physique Overall (1st)
Jorge Gonzalez
Men's Physique Overall (2nd)

 

Women's Physique Overall
1. Yasha
2. Nathalie Foreau
3. Melissa Pearo
4. Kristina Dybdahl-Farnsworth
5. La'Drissa Bonivel 

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Yasha
Women's Physique Overall (1st)
Nathalie Foreau
Women's Physique Overall (3rd)

 

212 and Under Overall
1. Kyung Won Kang
2. Sami Alhaddad
3. Craig Richardson
4. Tricky Jackson
5. Derik Farnsworth

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 Europa Dallas Expo Games. You can take a look at the Official Final Results Scorecard - <http://www.ifbbpro.com/results/2015-europa-dallas-scorecards/>. To see all results and more photos visit - <http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/ifbb_europa_dallas/>

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

 




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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HGH Information and Resources

Excerpts and Links to HGH Information and Resources

At HGH.com, we are proud to be recognized as the leading manufacturer and producer of natural natural bodybuilding, fitness, health and HGH supplements. Below you will find a collection of informative and educational HGH related articles to help our customers, patrons and end-users have a place to learn all about HGH.

HGH, Human Growth Hormone (Somatropinne) - How it works

"HGH" stands for "Human Growth Hormone". Growth Hormones are produced naturally by the body's pituitary gland at the base of the human brain. However, the body sometimes does not produce enough of the hormone, which can stunt growth. Further, the amount of growth hormone decreases exponetially (naturally) as you get older. This "aging" can take a toll on your body, which can be even more affected with unsteady or unhealthy diets or lack of exercise. Read the full article on How HGH Works at http://www.hgh.com/how-hgh-works.aspx.

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

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. - Read the full article at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/human-growth-hormone-hgh-benefits-uses-side-effects-and-functions

Somatotropin/Somatropin Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

The pituitary gland’s secretion of somatotropin supports bodily growth and development throughout childhood and adolescence, so the most common reason for prescribing somatropin is to treat children and teens with HGH deficiency or specific medical conditions. Although HGH levels naturally decline with age, somatotropin continues to play a role throughout adulthood—helping to regulate metabolism and protein synthesis and promoting organ, tissue and bone health - Read the full article at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/somatotropin-somatropin-bnefits-uses-side-effects-and-functions

Human Growth Hormones - A Quick Primer

Human Growth Hormones are substances in our bodies that we should all value, greatly, but we probably never even think about them or hear about all the wonderful things they can do for us. As adults in crisis, either through an AIDS related disease, cancer, surgery, or the effects of too much radiation, these hormones can help us recover. As elder citizens, HGH can help fight muscle loss and other signs of aging. Read the full article at http://www.hgh.com/articles/human-growth-hormones/index.aspx

HGH Benefits and Tips for Losing Weight and Improving Health

Summertime is right around the corner and if you are looking to lose weight naturally, HGH.com provides a wealth of online HGH and bodybuilding resources and has written many informational articles and posts on natural HGH benefits and tips for losing weight and improving health. - Read the full article at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/hgh-benefit-and-tips-for-losing-weight-and-improving-health.

HGH Reduces Body Fat - Benefits of HGH

Upon turning 40, some people experience what is commonly called “middle-age spread.” Regardless of diet or exercise, it becomes harder and harder to keep the stomach area from storing up fatty deposits.HGH supplements are used to stave off the accumulation of fat around the stomach and vital organs, thus helping to avoid a potential heart attack or a worse health condition down the road. To Burn Fat - See Somatropinne HGH, HGF Max, Clen XDV. - Read the full article at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/benefits-of-hgh-human-growth-hormone

HGH.com customers and patrons are confident in the quality of products we provide, as our lab that produces Purity Select/HGH.com bodybuilding nutraceuticals is designated as a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility. The natural HGH and dietary supplements are endorsed by many professional athletes, including International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) pros Richard "Tricky" Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer.

How to Increase HGH Levels Naturally

In recent years, I’ve seen a growing level of interest in how to increase HGH levels naturally, particularly among bodybuilders and athletes. Given the controversy and issues associated with synthetic HGH injections, many people are seeking out natural ways to increase their body’s own production of HGH. This is something that I do myself, and it’s a topic I’ve often discussed with our HGH.com-sponsored athletes – IFBB pros Tricky Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer. So I decided to compile our top tips in one blog post, which highlights seven effective ways to naturally boost HGH levels - Read the full article at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/how-to-increase-hgh-levels-naturally

 




Somatotropin/Somatropin Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of Somatotropin Supplements and Somatropin Injections

Somatotropin—also known as human growth hormone (HGH) or simply as growth hormone (GH)—is a polypeptide produced by somatotrope cells in the pituitary gland. It supports skeletal growth in children and adolescents, and plays a role in metabolism, body composition, muscle growth and tissue repair in adults. In addition to the somatotropin naturally produced by the body, a synthetic form of HGH called somatropin is available with a doctor’s prescription. Certain health and bodybuilding supplements may also help increase somatotropin production through natural ingredients known as HGH releasers. Many of these ingredients can be found in the proprietary-blend formulas of Somatropinne HGH, Growth Factor Plus, HGH 30,000 Nanograms, A-MAX 50, and HGF MAX, among others.

Functions of Somatotropin

Children and adolescents require somatotropin for proper growth and development; those with an HGH deficiency may require somatropin injections to achieve normal height. In adults, somatotropin helps maintain healthy tissues and organs. It can also increase bone density, muscle mass, and protein synthesis as well as decrease body fat and improve exercise capacity. Because HGH production naturally declines with age, some adults take somatotropin-boosting supplements to enhance their athletic performance and combat the physical signs of aging.

Sources of Somatotropin/Somatropin

For most individuals, the primary source of somatotropin is the body’s endogenous production by the somatotropic cells of the pituitary gland. The body produces its highest levels of somatotropin during childhood and adolescence; these levels significantly decline when the individual reaches full adult height. Scientists have also developed a synthetic form of somatotropin known as somatropin or somatrem, using E. coli or mammalian cells to create therapeutic proteins in a laboratory setting. Somatropin is chemically identical to the somatotropin that is produced by the pituitary gland and administered by subcutaneous injection. It is a regulated substance, which means it can only be legally prescribed for FDA-approved uses.

Since somatropin injections are not legally available to healthy adults, those seeking the benefits of somatotropin may opt to take natural supplements that are designed to boost the body’s own HGH production. Certain amino acids are recognized as natural HGH releasers—including GABA, arginine, ornithine, glutamine, lysine, tyrosine and glycine—so dietary supplements containing these ingredients may help increase somatotropin levels.

Somatropin Benefits and Uses

The pituitary gland’s secretion of somatotropin supports bodily growth and development throughout childhood and adolescence, so the most common reason for prescribing somatropin is to treat children and teens with HGH deficiency or specific medical conditions. FDA-approved pediatric uses of somatropin include idiopathic growth hormone deficiency, Noonan syndrome, Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, chronic renal insufficiency, short stature homeobox-containing gene (SHOX) deficiency, and idiopathic short stature.

Although HGH levels naturally decline with age, somatotropin continues to play a role throughout adulthood—helping to regulate metabolism and protein synthesis and promoting organ, tissue and bone health. Somatropin may be legally prescribed to adults who have severe HGH deficiency, which normally occurs due to a pituitary adenoma (tumor) or adenoma-related surgery or radiation treatments. It is also sometimes prescribed to prevent or minimize wasting in AIDS patients.

Somatropin injections can improve bone density, muscle mass and exercise capacity in adults with HGH deficiency, and they can produce similar outcomes in healthy adults. As a result, some bodybuilders and athletes take somatropin to enhance their athletic performance and physique. However, it should be noted that somatropin cannot legally be prescribed for such purposes. Furthermore, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), International Olympic Committee and numerous sports organizations have banned the use of HGH injections among athletes.

Given the potential repercussions associated with illegal somatropin injections, many bodybuilders, athletes and aging adults have starting taking natural HGH supplements to help the body increase its own somatotropin production. Proponents of somatotropin-boosting supplements report that these natural HGH releasers have helped them develop lean muscle, improve their strength and endurance, and recover from intense workouts and injuries more quickly. They also credit HGH supplements with enhancing their body composition and slowing the visible signs of aging.

Somatropin Side Effects

Individuals considering HGH injections should be aware of somatropin side effects and interactions. Some users have experienced an allergic reaction, with symptoms such as itching or rashes, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat. Other possible side effects include headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, fluid retention, swelling of the hands or feet, muscle stiffness or pain, and burning, tingling or numbness in the skin. Somatropin may increase the risk of developing diabetes, cancer or pancreatitis, and it can cause dislocation of the hipbone that results in limping or knee/hip pain. Interactions have been recorded when somatropin is used with estrogen hormone replacement or glucocorticoids (such as prednisone or hydrocortisone), and somatropin can cause adverse effects in patients with diabetes, scoliosis, kidney disease and certain other medical conditions.

Somatotropin-boosting HGH supplements tend to have fewer and less severe side effects than somatropin injections; however, the side effects and interactions will vary depending on the supplement’s ingredients.

More detailed safety information on somatropin side effects, interactions and precautions can be found on the Mayo Clinic website. For natural somatotropin-boosting supplements, refer to the relevant 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 somatropin injections or natural HGH supplements.

Somatotropin/Somatropin Research and Studies

Researchers have conducted numerous studies on both the natural and synthetic forms of somatotropin. Visit the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore the latest somatotropin research and somatropin studies. For research on specific ingredients that have been shown to boost somatotropin levels, refer to the corresponding ingredient articles on the HGH.com blog.

You will discover there is a wealth of information on at HGH.com. We recently posted this related blog post on HGH/somatotropin: Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions.

HGH.com Supplements With Natural Somatotropin/HGH Releasers

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

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

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

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

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

Ana-GH – These capsules contain a blend of L-group amino acids such as L-leucine and L-valine as well as plant-based ingredients such as horny goat weed and maca. Ana-GH 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 somatotropin production and testosterone levels. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes L-tyrosine, Tribulus terrestris, cowhage (mucuna pruriens), shilajit and dehydroepiandrosterone.

ClenXDV – Featuring a proprietary blend of DHEA, deer antler velvet, wild yam, Tribulus terrestris 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 bovine colostrum, beta-ecdysterone, L-valine and L-leucine.

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

Testosterone Plus – HGH Testosterone Plus features a proprietary blend of long jack, maca, Tribulus terrestris, ginkgo biloba 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 develop muscle and gain weight in addition to supporting muscle recovery. RoidX Juice capsules contain a proprietary blend of Vitamin E, Tribulus terrestris, shilajit 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 leucine, arginine and valine as well as oat straw (Avena sativa) extract and saw palmetto.

References:

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

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Somatropin Information”; published under “Drug Safety and Availability”; August 4, 2011. <http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm237839.htm>

Kamionka, Mariusz. “Engineering of Therapeutic Proteins Production in Escherichia Coli”; Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology; February 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3179032>

Mayo Clinic. “Somatropin, E-Coli Derived (Subcutaneous Route, Injection Route)”; Mayo Clinic website; last updated April 1, 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/somatropin-e-coli-derived-subcutaneous-route-injection-route/description/drg-20071575>

Mayo Clinic. “Somatropin, Mammalian Derived (Injection Route, Subcutaneous Route)”; Mayo Clinic website; last updated April 1, 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/somatropin-mammalian-derived-injection-route-subcutaneous-route/description/drg-20071668>

WebMD. “Somatropin Injection”; accessed June 9, 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6259/somatropin-injection/details>





Glute Workouts Videos and Tips

Glute Workout Routines to Sculpt a Better Butt

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

Glute Training with a IFBB Fitness Pro Lindsey Waters

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

Training Glutes with IFBB Pro Sarah LeBlanc

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

IFBB Bikini Pro Glutes and Legs Workout

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

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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 may 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 may 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 may 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 may occur in individuals with AIDS.

Human growth hormone injections may increase muscle mass, bone density and exercise capacity in adults with HGH deficiency, and it may 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 that may 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 may 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 may 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, in general, 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 maybe found on the Mayo Clinic website under the “Growth Hormone (Parenteral Route)” entry. 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. 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 may minimize the signs of aging.

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>




Beach Body Workouts Summer 2015

Shaping up Your Summer Beach Body

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

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

Beachbody Live with Tony Horton

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

Get a Core Workout with Autumn Fitness

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

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

Beach Body Workout for Buns and Legs

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

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

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Bodybuilding Motivation and Inspiration

Inspiration and Motivation for Bodybuilders

There are times when we all need that extra push, a reason to keep going or a kick-start as we begin our journey to achieve a new goal. We've been on the prowl for some great bodybuilding motivation to keep you going or to help you begin anew. What we found was some video encouragement. We discovered the best bodybuilders of 2015, one of the most talked about bodybuilding rivalries around, and six secrets to success for both bodybuilding and life. We also put together a special Bodybuilding Motivation Pinterest board with loads of pins to get you pumped.

The Best Bodybuilding Performers in 2015

Let's take a look at a few of the top contenders for 2015. You can see how they workout with such determination and dedicate their lives to be the best bodybuilders in the world. They do whatever it takes to be at the top and lead the way in the world of bodybuilding. Who motivates you to try harder and dig deep, so that you will join the incredible bodybuilders on this list?

Branch Warren "Quadrasaurus" Roelly Winklaar "The Beast" Kai Greene "The Predator" Hidetada Yamagishi "The Dragon" Victor Martinez "The Dominican Dominator" Dennis Wolf "The Big Bad Wolf" Phil Heath "The Gift"

Arnold Schwarzeneggar’s Six Rules of Success

How can you achieve more? What are the secrets to success? From his bodybuilding career to his stint with establishing an income with real estate to his success as a Hollywood actor to his time as a politician, Arnold Schwarzeneggar has had many notable successes in life. Schwarzeneggar shares his rules to success in life during his 2009 USC commencement speech. These six rules can be applied to your gym training, your bodybuilding efforts, at your job, with your family, for your favorite hobby or just in your everyday life.

Trust Yourself Break the Rules Don’t be Afraid to Fail Don’t Listen to the Naysayers Work Your Butt off Give Back

Motivated by Rivalry

Over the past few years a rivalry has brewed between Phil Heath and Kai Greene. The Predator and The Gift go muscle to muscle in many competitions. Year after year, they've battled for the prestigious bodybuilding title of Mr. Olympia. And year after year, Phil Heath has won the title. Kai Greene has continued to get bigger and better. He doesn't give up and works harder to give it another try. Their special rivalry really came to a head during a rather intense Mr. Olympia 2014 press conference with some serious smack talk. Again, Phil Heath took home the title. Now, we just have to wait with anticipation until the Mr. Olympia 2015 competition to find out who will be the victor.

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Maca Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Maca, or Lepidium Meyenii

Maca – also known as Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum – is a plant that is native to Peru and found in the high Andes. While it is sometimes called “Peruvian ginseng,” maca is not related to the ginseng plant; rather, it is a cruciferous root vegetable in the same family as mustard, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Maca extract or powder is often used as an ingredient in select health and bodybuilding supplements, such as Somatropinne HGH, Ana-GH and Testosterone Plus.

Functions of Maca

The nutritional value of maca has long been recognized in both traditional and modern cultures, and these nutritional properties underlie maca’s reputation for enhancing energy, strength and endurance. Powdered maca is estimated to contain 59% carbohydrates, 8.5% fiber and more than 10% protein. It is also a good source of vitamins and essential amino acids, and is particularly high in iron and Vitamin C. Maca has been shown to improve sexual performance and fertility in both animals and humans. Its fertility-enhancing effects are believed to result from aromatic isothiocyanates hydrolyzed from glucosinolates, while its libido-boosting properties are attributed to the prostaglandins, sterols and amides of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Maca also supports the immune system and overall health through its antiviral and antioxidant properties.

Sources of Maca

Maca is grown and harvested in the Peruvian Andes, which is generally the only place where fresh maca is consumed. In Peru, the root may be roasted or boiled; it is often made into a porridge (mazamorra) and its flour is used for bread, cakes and pancakes. Maca root is also used in a fermented beverage known as macha chicha, and its leaves may be eaten either raw or cooked. Outside of its immediate growing region, maca root is typically sold dried, in powder/flour form or as gelatinized maca. Supplements may contain extracts made from dried roots, maca flour or gelatinized maca.

Maca Benefits and Uses

As a food source or dietary supplement, maca has excellent nutritional value that may help increase energy, strength and endurance. It also promotes overall health and wellbeing through its antiviral and antioxidant activity. One of the most common uses of maca is to support sexual health; it has been documented to have aphrodisiacal and fertility-enhancing properties, including increased sperm count and motility in males. Some studies have indicated maca can improve menopausal symptoms, and reduce blood pressure and depression in postmenopausal women.

Side Effects of Maca and Potential Interactions

Maca supplements are generally considered safe for healthy adults; no side effects or interactions have been reported at dosages of up to 3 grams per day. However, some medical professionals advise women with hormone-sensitive conditions to avoid using maca, since it can potentially worsen breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, uterine fibroids or endometriosis.

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

Maca Research and Studies

Numerous studies have examined maca’s effects on various medical conditions as well as its impact on overall health and athletic performance. While further clinical research is needed to evaluate its effectiveness for many of these uses, animal and human studies have strongly supported maca’s aphrodisiacal and fertility-enhancing effects.

Two separate animal studies published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology explored maca’s impact on the sexual health of rats; their findings revealed that maca improved several measures of sexual behavior while black maca increased daily sperm counts and sperm motility. Other research has shown that maca has similar effects on humans. An article in the Asian Journal of Andrology reported that maca increased seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculum, motile sperm count and sperm motility in adult men. BioMed Central (BMC) Complementary & Alternative Medicine published a systematic review of random clinical trials; the authors found that maca improved sexual performance in patients with erectile dysfunction and had a significant positive effect on sexual dysfunction or sexual desire in healthy menopausal women or healthy adult men.

Beyond its abilities to increase sexual desire and performance, maca has been shown to benefit women in several ways. A systematic review published in Maturitas reported that maca demonstrated favorable effects on menopausal symptoms, while a study featured in Climacteric noted significant decreases in blood pressure and depression in postmenopausal women. Furthermore, maca was also found to have an antidepressant effect on mice exposed to chronic unpredictable mild stress, according to research featured in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

Many believe that maca has positive effects on athletic performance, metabolism and post-workout recovery, though further clinical trials are needed to conclusively support these benefits. One study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology investigated maca’s effect on the sexual desire and athletic performance of trained male cyclists, and determined that maca supplementation improved both sexual desire and cycling time trial performance. An animal study published in Plant Foods for Human Nutrition stated that maca polysaccharides had a positive effect on lipid and glucose metabolism in rats – significantly decreasing the levels of very low density lipoproteins (VLDL), low density lipoproteins (LDL) and total cholesterol; lowering the level of triacylglycerols in the plasma, VLDL and liver; and reducing glucose levels in blood.

Finally, several studies have shown that maca supports the immune system and overall health through its antiviral and antioxidant properties. The Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine reported that maca exhibits antiviral activity against human influenza type A and B viruses (Flu-A and Flu-B), “providing remarkable therapeutic benefits.” Maca’s antioxidant activity has been recorded in numerous publications, including Carbohydrate Polymers and Food Chemistry.

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

HGH.com Supplements With Maca

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of maca’s nutritional and health benefits through natural fitness and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

Somatropinne HGH – Purity Select’s natural Somatropinne HGH capsules contain a proprietary blend of plant extracts. As an over-the-counter HGH releaser, this supplement is formulated to help athletes build lean muscle and gain increased energy. It is also designed to provide weight-loss and anti-aging benefits.

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

Testosterone Plus – Purity Select’s HGH Testosterone Plus features a proprietary blend of maca, long jack, ginkgo biloba and other natural ingredients. These capsules are formulated to help build muscle, aid in muscle recovery and boost energy while delivering sexual health benefits such as improved libido and stamina.

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

Balick, Michael J. and Roberta Lee. “Maca: From Traditional Food Crop to Energy and Libido Stimulant”; Alternative Therapies; March/April 2002. <http://sciweb.nybg.org/science2/pdfs/mb/Maca_Mar_Apr_2002.pdf>

Bruno, Gene. “Maca”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2000. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/Maca.pdf>

Examine.com. “Maca”; published under “Supplements”; accessed May 26, 2015. <http://examine.com/supplements/Maca>

Johannes, Laura. “Maca: Can a Root Boost Energy and Sex Drive?”; The Wall Street Journal; December 22, 2014. <http://www.wsj.com/articles/maca-can-a-root-boost-energy-and-sex-drive-1419275240>

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Maca”; published under “About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products” within Integrative Medicine area of website; last updated April 20, 2013; accessed May 26, 2015. <https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/maca>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Maca”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed May 26, 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-555-maca.aspx?activeIngredientId=555&activeIngredientName=maca&source=1>

Research Sources:

Ai, Zhong; Ai-Fang Cheng; et al. “Antidepressant-Like Behavioral, Anatomical, and Biochemical Effects of Petroleum Ether Extract from Maca (Lepidium Meyenii) in Mice Exposed to Chronic Unpredictable Mild Stress”; Journal of Medicinal Food; May 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24730393>

Cicero, A.F.G.; E. Bandieri; and R. Arletti. “Lepidium Meyenii Walp. Improves Sexual Behaviour in Male Rats Independently From Its Action on Spontaneous Locomotor Activity”; Journal of Ethnopharmacology; May 2001. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11297856>

del Valle Mendoza, Juana; Tomàs Pumarolab; et al. “Antiviral Activity of Maca (Lepidium Meyenii) Against Human Influenza Virus”; Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine; September 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25312160>

Gonzales, Carla; Julio Rubio; et al. “Effect of Short-Term and Long-Term Treatments With Three Ecotypes of Lepidium Meyenii (MACA) on Spermatogenesis in Rats”; Journal of Ethnopharmacology; February 20, 2006. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16174556>

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Abdominal Workout Videos and Tips

Intense Six-Pack Ab Workout and Exercise Videos

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

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

12 Killer Ab Exercises for Six-Pack Abs

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

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

Workout Your Abs While Standing

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

Five-Minute Bodyweight Ab Workout

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

  • Scissor Kick
  • Toe-Touch Crunch
  • Spinal Crunch

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.

Follow HGH.com's Bodybuilding Abdominal Workouts and Tips board on Pinterest.

 







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