After months of gruelling training, Nutrabolics athlete Bree Lind placed 1st in the Inside Fitness Cover Model Search Competition, which took place in Vancouver, BC on March 24th. Nutrabolics would like to congratulate Bree on her victory in achieving this prestigious fitness industry title.
April 03, 2013 17:56
ANABOLIC STATE IN INSIDE FITNESS MAGAZINE
ANABOLIC STATE™ is featured in the latest issue of Inside Fitness Magazine.
Nutrabolics has invented a state-of-the-art BCAA formulation. ANABOLIC STATE™ contains the highest quality BCAA’s, Lysine, Glutamine, and a key ingredient – HICA, or DL-alpha-hydroxy-isocaproic acid.
HICA is a metabolite of the branched chain amino acid L-Leucine, and a newer ingredient to hit the supplement market. This high-tech ingredient has been shown to reduce the symptoms of DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness), and assist in increasing lean body mass. In one study several professional athletes supplemented their training with daily doses of either 1.5g of HICA or a placebo. After 1 month the group receiving HICA experienced triple the gains in size and lean body mass compared to the control.
As a leader in the supplement industry, Nutrabolics knows the advantages of HICA. As incorporated into ANABOLIC STATE™, HICA is designed to accelerate muscle recovery, stimulate muscle growth, and ensure bodybuilders stay anabolic longer.
April 03, 2013 17:48
THERMAL XTC POWDER HAS ARRIVED
THERMAL XTC™ powder has arrived just in time to help you kick start your summer shred.
Thats right, our revolutionary fat burner is now available in a delicious powder form.
We've added green coffee bean extract AND L-carnitine to the already potent thermogenic matrix to take the fat burning properties to the max.
April 01, 2013 14:22
BREE LIND INSIDE FITNESS MODEL SEARCH RECAP
Competing in the Inside Fitness Model Search was an unreal experience, and winning it was one of the greatest feelings I've ever had. After 3 months of contest prep coming in first place made it all worth while. It had been close to 2 years since I last stepped on stage, so I wanted to make sure I took my physique to the absolute best of my ability. I made the decision to cross over from fitness to bikini, and my biggest struggles was maintaining my muscle mass. With the help of my coach Chris Campbell I was able to dial in perfectly for the show. Taking home the win made me incredibly motivated to continue with my prep for the ABBA provincials in mid June, held in Edmonton Alberta. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Nutrabolics for keeping my shelves stocked with amazing products; products that helped me in so many ways with my prep. There were many workouts during the final cutting phase that I managed to get through with the help of Swollen. I can't wait to step on stage again thanks to my great experience working with the team at Inside Fitness!
Nutrabolics Athlete & IFM Bikini Model Champion
March 26, 2013 16:48
Athlete of the Month
Nutrabolics March Athlete of the Month is Fitness Model Caitlyn Bellamy.
Caitlyn is a full time personal trainer who lives, eats and breathes the Nutrabolics lifestyle. From Fort St. John, BC, she is currently prepping for the BCABBA Western Canadian All Natural Competition in May.
A common term used in weight training is the “pump”: a collection of blood in the muscle as a product of intense exercise, such as heavy lifting. The pump can be esthetically pleasing, but is there any anabolic benefit? Research seems to suggest so.
The scientific term for a pump is “hyperemia” – or an excess of blood in the vessels supplying an organ or other part of the body. It is thought that putting the muscle in this state promotes muscle growth or “hypertrophy.” This is achieved from stretching of the facial layer that occurs from the muscle expanding larger than its regular size, which in turn allows for more muscle growth to occur.
The process involves oxygenated blood increasing and rushing to the muscle, expanding it, and causing micro tears which promote muscle growth. During training a muscle can receive up to 4 times the amount of blood it would under normal circumstances. Lactic acid is produced when the muscle is under strenuous work, causing a release nitric oxide (NO) in response to the high acidity. This allows for local capillaries to dilate, thus promoting increased blood flow. This excess blood flow also helps remove the lactic acid.
There is also believed to be a euphoric feeling associated with a muscle pump. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former professional body builder and ambassador to the sport claims, “The greatest feeling you can get in the gym is the pump.”
So how does one attain the pump?
The first step in achieving a pump and overall quality training is to be sure to breathe properly with each rep and attain a full range of motion. Without proper oxygen intake the muscle cannot receive the oxygenated blood it needs. Exhale on the extension of your rep while inhaling on the negative. Be sure to put your “mind in the muscle,” focusing on a full squeeze at the peak of your rep. Some training techniques to acquire a great pump include drop sets, partials, negatives, extended sets and forced reps. Consult a qualified personal trainer to learn more about these techniques.
A full muscle is a pumped muscle. Having adequate glycogen through a proper carbohydrate intake will promote a greater muscle pump. Electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and sodium will also support the nervous system’s functions required to attain a pump. It’s beneficial to consult a qualified nutrition coach to ensure you’re timing your nutrients properly for your training goals.
There are a few “tried and tested” supplement ingredients that assist in achieving the best pump possible. Citrulline Malate is sometimes referred to as the “creatine of cardio” due to its adverse effects on increased oxygenation to the muscles, assisting in stamina and endurance. With increased oxygen comes a better pump. Arginine is an amino acid that assists in the production of nitric oxide (NO). NO relaxes the tissue walls of blood vessels, allowing for more blood flow and increased blood circulation. This also gives greater, longer lasting pumps. Arginine is arguably the best substance for attaining great pumps. Creatine helps our muscles absorb water better which is used in the formation of glycogen. Glycogen is composed of one part carbohydrates to three parts water. Greater absorption of water helps the formation of glycogen and in turn creates a fuller muscle. Nutrient Transporters such as R-ALA and AstraGin™ assist in delivering glucose, creatine and other important nutrients to the muscles. A supplement that contains the above ingredients will assist in better nutrient uptake and absorption - ultimately a better pump.
NUTRABOLICS® SWOLLEN™: The Muscle Busting, Pre Workout Intensifier
Be it during an intense workout, a professional photo shoot or simply for esthetic purposes, an effective pump supplement should contain some of the above ingredients, and NUTRABOLICS® SWOLLEN™ has just that. With a powerful mixture of Arginine Ethyl Ester, Arginine AKG and L-Citrulline Malate, you’re sure to have vein popping, sleeve stretching pumps shortly after consumption. To top it off they’ve added the effective nutrient transporter AstraGin™ to further increase absorption as well as an Extreme Energy Matrix of B vitamin, Niacin, L-Tyrosine, Guarana and L-Carnitine precursor Gamma-Butyrobetaine. Enjoy this pre-workout formula in drinkable powder or even pill form and combine it with NUTRABOLICS® other anabolic power punchers; CREATINE 2XC™ and CARNIBOLIC™ for a workout you won’t soon forget.
Article by Nutrabolics Ricky Goodall
March 20, 2013 16:49
Its Friday night, you're bowling with friends. You go to grab that big bad 16oz marble bowling ball. As it leaves your hand, you notice its lovely round shape, and you think to yourself... "Why can't I have delts like that?" Truth is, it's likely you aren't training your delts properly. Many tend to focus on pressing movements, when in reality these primarily activate your front delts. Don't get me wrong, presses are great, but you should also put attention on movements that stimulate all 3 delt heads. You need to focus on the pirate commander movements; cannonball lateral raises (and lots of them - 8 to 12 reps for 6 sets.) Maybe even do a quad drop until failure on your 6th set. Everyone wants to be a wide-load. These widen your taper and give your waste a smaller appearance! Force so much blood in there that you need to install custom wide door frames! You simply won't fit through standard openings anymore. Begin your delt day with high volume lateral raises - make those bowling balls wish they had size and shape like YOUR shoulders! Only when they burn.. Will your brain learn!
Nutrabolics Physique Athlete
March 20, 2013 16:37
We were recently asked by a fan "why is beta-alanine not in SWOLLEN™?"
SWOLLEN™ is a Nitric Oxide pre-workout. NO supplements are meant for greater recovery, pump and vasodilation, while beta-alanine is used for muscular endurance and strength. SWOLLEN™ contains our patented AE2™ Nitric Oxide technology - NO affects the release of hormones and adrenaline, speeding growth and recovery time as well as increasing blood flow (thus delivering more nutrients to the muscles.) Athletes take NO supplements because they believe they help them workout harder and longer. With the added stimulant/non stimulant and added circulatory enhancing ingredients, SWOLLEN™ far exceeds any NO product on the market.