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Gym Gear: Gofit Extreme Sandbag

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The NEW GoFit Extreme Sand Bag builds functional strength and intense endurance. The weight is unstable and shifts constantly, engaging more muscle groups with every exercise. It makes your body adjust and develop like no other weight training can.

• Extreme Sand Bag integrates weight training with instability, to develop functional strength.
• The sand bag will mould itself to your body.

• Fully adjustable from 2lbs to 64lbs

• Use for throwing, passing, and catching drills.

• Builds grip strength and forearm conditioning.

• High-rep metabolic conditioning for muscular and aerobic endurance as well as agility.

• Take it anywhere—fill it when you get there.

Includes:
• Heavy-grade canvas bag with 4 handle positions and dual-secure closure

• 3 sizes of adjustable weight inserts:

– Small Bag: 5lbs

– Medium Bag: 22lbs

– Large Bag: 35lbs

Sand bag and inserts are made of heavy-grade canvas with reinforced stitching overall. Sand bag hand grips are made of heavy duty webbing. Inserts have Velcro closures for easy sand-filling.

*Sand NOT included.
-Gofit.net

Here’s little Johnny demonstrating a front power snatch with the extreme sandbag

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I purchased the Gofit extreme sandbag from Groupon and again Groupon fucked up! It specifically states in the Groupon that it comes with a DVD which was a big reason I purchased it, as I have no idea what to do with it (thank God for YouTube!) i contacted Gofit and they claim there is no dvd there was supposed to be a workout poster, but they don’t have that either and they offered to send me a free tshirt to make up for it. When I told them I was an XXL they said sorry we only have XL 😒😒😒😒

WTF!

That will not discourage me! I will still figure out how to add this to my Crossfit cardio circuit!


Attractions: Skyzone – indoor trampoline park

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WHAT IS SKY ZONE?
SKY ZONE PINE BROOK, NJ – CHANGE LOCATION
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.

We are dedicated to providing you with the pure joy that comes with flying. We are sky lovers, thrill seekers and people who believe that jumping is freedom. We believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. We are healthy and bursting with energy. We fly high and keep it safe. We are Sky Zone.

Sky Zone Pine Brook construction stage will be completed in June of 2014, and will offer open jump, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball (when available), birthday parties, private events, group outings, and the bungee trampoline. For just about any age, shape or size, Sky Zone Pine Brook is the ultimate 3-D play experience!

SKY ZONE PINE BROOK, NJ

60 Chapin Road
Pine Brook, NJ 07058
973-396-4001

HOURS & PRICING
SKY ZONE PINE BROOK, NJ – CHANGE LOCATION
Waivers and Sky Socks are required for ALL jumpers. Jumpers under the age of 18 must have the waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. Visit the Online Waiver to read our waiver policy and complete a waiver on line before arriving at Sky Zone. Please purchase tickets on line as we have a capacity limit and cannot guarantee your jump time for walk ins.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Presidents Day Holiday Hours:

Monday (2/16) Extended hours!- Jump with us-11am to 9pm

Sky Zone Pine Brook Hours:

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday – Friday 3:30 P.M – 9:00 P.M.

Saturday: 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Sunday- 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M

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Toddler Time Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday: 12:00 .P.M – 2:00 P.M.

Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Sky Robics Classes:

Tuesday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Thursday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Sunday 9am-10am

Sky Fit Classes:

Saturday 8:45am -9:45am

SAVE TIME! Fill out our waiver on line! Click the button in the upper right hand corner!

Waivers are required for all jumpers. Jumpers under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Walk-ins welcome but court capacities are limited; hours subject to change.
Open daily for special events! & group outings: Call for reservations!
SKY ZONE PINE BROOK PRICING:

30 minute jump: $10
60 minute jump: $20
90 minute jump: $25
120 minute jump: $30
Sky Socks are $2.00 and yours to keep. Our SkySocks are washable and reusable, if you already purchased SkySocks previously you may use them again.

Guarantee your jump time!

Click here to pre-purchase your jump tickets (groups of 10 or less)

SKY ZONE PINE BROOK, NJ

OPEN JUMP
Open jump lets you fly high! That means full access to all Sky Zone activities, including the Main Court (free jump), the Foam Zone (freestyle jumping into foam), Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam, and more! Open jump is available during normal operating hours. All ages are welcome, and a Sky Zone liability waiver is required for each jumper (those under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian). Weekends can get busy, so book your spot online and fill out a waiver in advance. Park offerings vary by location.
Walk-ins welcome!
Jump times start every 15 – 30 minutes
Limited capacity

ULTIMATE DODGEBALL
Combine regular dodgeball with Sky Zone’s patented wall-to-wall trampolines and get the world’s most awesome sport: Ultimate Dodgeball. You can only find Ultimate Dodgeball at Sky Zone, and pick-up games are held daily (when courts are available).

Think you’re good? Grab your friends, form a team and prove it at our Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament!

FOAM ZONE
Experience true freedom in our Foam Zone! Jump, fly and flip from a trampoline runway into a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. There’s no better way to experience the pure joy of weightlessness.

SKY SLAM
Dunk like a pro with trampoline launch pads that bounce you ten feet in the air. You don’t need to be in the NBA to love SkySlam. Work your dunk swag in front of all your friends.

SKYROBICS/SKYFIT
Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour on our wall-to-wall trampolines! SkyRobics is low-impact, healthy fun that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics. SkyRobics is one of the most dynamic, effective and active workouts you can get!

To AMP up your workout- try our SkyFIT class! SkyFIT combines an intense full body workout on our trampolines – with aerobics/Cross Fit/HITT/ and agility training! It’s the ultimate workout for any level of athlete!

$15 per 60 minute class!

10 class punch cards are now availabe

SKYROBICS CLASS TIMES

Tuesday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Thursday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Sunday 9am-10am

SKYFIT CLASS TIMES

Saturday 8:45am-9:45am
-Skyzone.com

What can I say? It was fun! I have a trampoline in my backyard, and a portable workout rebounder, but I don’t have over 30 connected together lol. I also don’t have a foam pit

I was disappointed about the way they controlled the foam pit like Nazi’s! There was 5 or so trampolines to jump into the pit and only 2 at a time were able to jump. That caused a huge lineup and literally wasted most of our time! Then they kept saying we need to take a 10 min break so they can re-puff up the foam blocks.

The dodgeball was a total disappointment as it is improperly managed! They make teams and that’s it! If you want to play you have to stand there and wait and lose your time!

What should happen is either they make teams and one person gets out another goes in, until everyone waiting is dead. Or make teams and take names for the next team and call the names for the new team over the loudspeaker and give them so much time to report!

It would be much smoother and much more fair! The referee knew a lot of the regulars names and gave them preferential treatment and let them go in the game ahead of others waiting. We all pay for time! If you get mistreated, you will be less likely to become a new regular!

One other thing I didn’t like was they had one court closed off for no reason! That made all the other areas more populated!

Back to the parts I enjoyed; the foam pit (once you actually got a chance to do it) was awesome! Once you launch yourself into it, it is so hard to get out! I (at 270lbs) was suspended in the air and trapped upside down!! I had to forcefully roll over to my stomach and stand up then get my legs over the top of the foam and try and crawl on my belly like my army training days. It takes a lot out of you to climb out of there! It’s a great workout! Especially; when you sink all the way to the bottom and your feet are on the trampoline beneath the foam blocks.

They also have a basketball area where you can do trick slam dunks, but I don’t care for that.

The actual jump arena is cool as they have slanted trampolines for walls and you can bounce off of those too! The best part is to jump off the wall and crash and burn! Which I was doing above! Jump off the wall and let it throw you wherever you go! Don’t try to land it! But remember how to fall properly if you do that! Don’t try to put your hand down to stop you, keep your hands and head tucked in! You can even tuck in your legs like a cannon ball!

Just hope you don’t land between the trampolines on a hard spot lol!

Speaking of; one of the problems I had was jumping between the trampolines. Getting the forward momentum was hard! I always landed on the hard part between the trampolines And it hurt my knees. That’s where running down the trampolines came from lol. Let me tell you running down them is also a killer workout! Just do sprints back and forth!

I was also running across all the trampolines however you have to rub kind of goofy like you are jumping over the hurdles on a track as you will see when you try to do it!

My wife was doing more advanced stuff like: backflips and back handsprings. I did a cartwheel in one picture lol. That’s as much as my gymnastics goes. I’m too big to flip now, unless I’m flipping into the foam pit! You can also do flying martial arts kicks into the foam pit lol as I did in the one picture.

Overall just have fun, be a kid and enjoy life! And get a workout in the process! If you are old or elderly, just jump. Jumping in one spot only will give you a great workout! And you can do something with your children/grandchildren. Rebounding is beneficial for people with all kinds of injuries! See my article on rebounding here on this site!

They even have a snackbar that wasn’t too shabby! If you are hungry or thirsty check it out! (If you will be there for a while remember to hydrate! You will need to drink a lot!

**Hint** I will give u a hint! They give you socks like they give in the hospital with the grips on the bottom. Do not take off your socks! Place those socks over your socks!

If you do what I did and replace your socks, you will lose their socks in the foam pit and you will be barefoot and have to walk around the dirty floors back to the front desk to get more socks! If you put them over your socks they will create friction and remain in place!

There you go a free tip! Lol


Product Review: Radiate Athletics – color changing fitness gear!

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Your body is amazing. As you work out in the gym or compete in your favorite sport, your body does incredible things to reach its maximum performance–veins expand, metabolism increases, muscles swell, and your body radiates warmth. You are an extraordinary machine. But all of this helpful information goes lost because we can only see what is happening on the outside of your body–until now. The Radiate shirt finally allows us to see calories as they burn, muscles as they reach their maximum output, vascular activation, and body temperature as it increases in key areas of your body.

Why wait and see if you will be sore the next day? You can now see the muscles you are targeting, the ones you may be neglecting, and their specific intensity level.

Why blindly work out? You can now see your body’s immediate response to your workout while you train, rather than guessing or hoping for results over time.

Any shirt you have ever worn to the gym has failed to offer you an interactive experience specific to your unique biochemistry. Until now.

Key Features:

1) Color Change Technology. Re-engineered NASA technology changes the way electrons reflect light in the presence of body warmth, so now you can see your body’s personal heat signature (even as it fluctuates). In other words, you have thermal-vision built into your shirt, allowing you to train more strategically and finally have a truly unique and interactive experience with your athletic apparel.

2) Heat Management. The Radiate shirt keeps you cool by moving your body warmth away from your body. while simultaneously translating your body’s heat into the color spectrum. Don’t just warm up, radiate.

3) Moisture Wicking. The next level of moisture wicking is here. An advanced, integrated channeling process is used to wick moisture from your body more than any other apparel on the market today.

4) Revolutionary Fabric. First there was cotton, then there was spandex, and now there is Radiate’s revolutionary new fabric. Our fabric feels like silk to the body, but has the support and durability that will carry you through the most extreme sports.

soil resistant, helping to ensure the longevity of the product through the most grueling activity.
anti-microbial, preventing odor-causing bacteria.
The Radiate shirt also incorporates a technology-driven sewing pattern. Developed as a result of research in body kinesthetics, the Radiate shirt is sewn to fit your body. No shoulder seams, no baggy mid-sections, no generic sleeve circumference. We like to think of the Radiate shirt as a space suit for athletes.

A recently sewn Radiate shirt.
A recently sewn Radiate shirt.
5) Eco-Friendly: Part of the bedrock mission statement that first shaped Radiate is to reduce our carbon footprint during production. All materials are sustainable, no harmful chemicals are used, and all of our dyes are green-friendly. We have kept our pledge to being eco-minded, and Mother Nature couldn’t be happier.

6) American for America: Radiate refuses to outsource any part of its printing, dying, or research–even though none of today’s leading companies manufacture their athletic apparel in America. Up until now, we have had to purchase the blank canvas fabric from abroad, but with the help of Kickstarter, we will be able to afford bringing even this component of our manufacturing home to America, where it belongs.

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radiateathletics.com


Product Review: Lebert Equalizer Bars

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Simple design, dramatic results. Thousands of personal trainers are loving it and you will too!

Simplify your exercise routine, and conquer your fitness goals with the LEBERT EQUALIZER Total Body Strengthener™. The Lebert Equalizer™ is a simple, portable, yet multi-purpose and versatile piece of strength training equipment that works arms, chest, back and core muscles like no other can, using your own body weight as resistance. Created by personal trainer and Taekwondo Black Belt, Marc Lebert, the Equalizer™ is now being used by athletes of all levels and ages, in bootcamps, group fitness, sports conditioning classes, martial arts clubs and home gyms everywhere.

Participants use their own body weight as resistance and decide what level is right for them by “self-spotting”. Self-spotting means the legs can be used to assist the user to perform exercises and/or when they cannot continue an exercise. A simple modification (usually leg placement) can allow for the set to be extended.

With the ability to easily add more repetitions (without having to stop and change a pin in a machine or have someone helping) this product becomes very versatile. This simple versatility allows the user full control over the amount of body-weight used for a given exercise. The result is greater muscle endurance and strength.

Fitness Applications

The Equalizer™ adds a new dimension to Group Fitness, Sport Conditioning, Personal Training and Home Gyms. The Equalizer™ is great for athletes, martial artists and anyone wanting a simple, yet versatile strength training tool. The Equalizer™is ideal for personal trainers who are always looking for new and innovative tools to keep their client motivated and challenged. The Equalizer™ fits easily into any home gym environment. It is safe, lightweight and easy to store.

Product Specifications

Each Equalizer bar weighs 8 pounds and comes in 3 colours – yellow, pink or lime. The dimensions are 28-1/2 inches high by 25 inches wide and it has been tested to support up to 400 pounds of body weight. The Equalizers can easily be stacked together, taking up little storage space.

Package includes 2 Equalizer Bars, Beginner/Intermediate Workout DVD with Marc Lebert and Laminated Poster.

Lebert Equalizer™
Includes 2 Lebert Equalizer™ bars, instructional DVD, Laminated Poster

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**Update** October 3rd 2014
I got the bars today and to my amazement they were much more sturdy then I anticipated! These things are heavy and built like a tank! So awesome! Can’t wait to use them! I did a leaning pushup and I thought it would be easy! But it was actually tough!

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Lime Green Lebert Equalizer with the Big Boy Legs! An additional 3″ height! And the Lebert Fitness poster in the background. I taped it to the front of my box jump box.

**Update** April 15th 2015 

Ok it’s finally starting to get warm out after this horrible winter and it’s time to get back in our gym. 

Here is my Wife Nicole using the Lebert Equilizer bars

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She said the Equilizer bars are much harder than Lebert makes them look! She has been trying for some time now to do a handstand and so far this is where she is at.   I am not going to break my neck, so I am happily using them for dips. I could use them for the underneath pull-ups, but I have a pull-up bar installed in the wall, a set of hoops and a TRX system. Too many options! I do however, love my dips and they are well worth it even if you just want them for dips or you can go crazy like her and try to do all kinds of moves she finds on Instagram lol. Any way you choose to use them just above all, have fun! 


Product Review: New Monster Ultra Black!

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Ultra Black is not even on Monster’s website!

Why they call it Ultra Black is a mystery! It’s pink colored liquid!

It tastes pretty good! I want to buy all the ultras and have a taste test as they are all very similar! Stay tuned for that if I remember lol!


Gym Gear: Air King Industrial Fan – what better way to cool off your home gym! *

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It was 89 degrees out and I felt the fan clear across my gym (a 2 car garage) I still sweat but between sets I had 15-30 seconds of getting blasted by the fan! This thing is awesome (however; it’s quite loud!) my girlfriend asked if I am getting one next to the bed next?) lol maybe I will lol the noise will definitely put my to sleep! I was born in Da Bronx, NY and as a city baby I need noise to sleep!

As a teenager I would sleep with my Heavy Metal blasting and the light on lol

Anyway; back to the fan! I have to look at the CFMs but it’s definitely stronger than any non commercial fan! It moves a lot of air! 3,670 cfm!

The Air King 9220 20-Inch Industrial Grade High Velocity Pivoting Floor Fan is ideal for use in offices, stores, garages, warehouses and any other industrial space that needs powerful air circulation. The 20-inch, 3-blade fan is constructed of powder-coated steel for long-lasting durability. The rotary switches located on the back allow you to turn the fan on or off and change between (3) speeds. The 1/6-horsepower, fully enclosed, permanently lubricated motor provides a quiet performance and produces a lot of air flow. Additionally, this fan is ETL and OSHA approved and a 10-foot, 3-conductor type SJT power cord is provided for long reach. The fan measure 25.75-inches long by 12.5-inches wide by 25-inches high and weighs 24-pounds. The Air King 9220 20-Inch Industrial Grade High Velocity Pivoting Floor Fan comes with a 1-year limited warranty. Air King offers a full line of industrial grade and commercial grade air circulating fan solutions to meet almost any need you might have. Whether your need is in industrial settings such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or more commercial setting such as offices, schools or hospitals – Air King has the perfect solution for you. Powerful motors that last for years and years are what Air King’s Air Circulators have come to been know as and we are not stopping now.
From the Manufacturer
Ideal for cooling offices, stores, garages, warehouses and any other space that needs powerful air circulation, Air King’s 20-inch floor fan pivots back and forth to keep the whole room cool. A 3-speed, 1/6-horsepower motor powers the steely, 20-inch fan blades to push cool air at low-, medium-, and high-speeds for optimal temperature control. The single-phase motor is totally enclosed for long-lasting, quiet performance. The fan also features permanent lubrication, and a permanent split capacitor. A rear-mounted, rotary control switch is easy to access and responsive. A 9-foot, 3-conductor, SJT-type power cord is built to reach, and to last. The blade, guard, and mounts are finished with powder-coated steel for optimal durability. And, the fan complies with all UL and OSHA regulations.

FEATURES
Totally enclosed motor for quieter operation and longer motor life
Permanently lubricated for maintenance-free operations
Rear-mounted rotary switch for quick and easy speed changes
9-foot, 3-conductor, SJT type cord for easy reach and superior safety
Powder coated steel blade, guard, and mounts for corrosion resistance
SPECIFICATIONS
CFMs on HIGH MED and LOW speeds: 3670 3330 2940
RPM on HIGH MED and LOW speeds: 1117 998 865
AMPS on HIGH MED and LOW speeds: 1.45 1.21 1.04
WATTS on HIGH MED and LOW speeds: 175 146 123
dBA on HIGH MED and LOW speeds: 62 55 48
Performance ratings are conducted in accordance with AMCA standard 230-99.
Blade Diameter: 20″
Shipping Weight: 24.0 lbs. Product Dimensions: 25-3/4″L x 12-1/2″W x 25″H
-amazon.com

Companies like Holmes don’t even list the cfm’s of their fans! How is someone supposed to buy a fan intelligently?
Here’s a letter from Holmes parent company:
“Dear Louis,

Thank you for contacting Bionaire, a brand of Jarden Consumer Solutions.

The initial email received was inquiring about the CFM rating on our blizzard fan, however, we do not rate this and as such have no CFM number to provide you. There is no industry standard on how to test CFM’s so this is not a rating we use on most of our fans.”

So what your telling me is there’s no way to rate the power of your fans and I should just purchase your fans because you call it a Blizzard? Why because it’s lower than most of the other fans on the market? I had their remote control blizzard and their desk fan is surprisingly stronger than the large floor mount blizzard! But neither are anywhere close to the Air King!

This fan is awesome! I bought it for my home gym and I can feel it from one side of my 2 car garage clear to the other side while standing in front of my dumbbell rack! It is however; quite loud! It also rattles! I have to see if the cage around the fan loosened during shipping.

Other than that it is what it is: a kickass industrial fan! If you have a home gym or work in your garage for extended times or maybe have a finished basement and want cooling, this is awesome!

**Update** October 13th 2014
I just moved my fan from the home gym to the basement storage and replaced it with a heater. Saturday it was really cold in the garage! Well; cold to be working out in shorts. The heater felt good!


Sore sore sore – my knee has been bothering me and I can’t do cardio! Ugh what will I do!

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My knee has been sore due to working in dress shoes and not having the right insoles. I purchased a rebounder and can’t do cardio until it arrives, but what shall I do in the meantime? I am going to try a 30 day challenge! Lets do this! My suits getting tight and I can’t afford to buy new ones while I am injured! Lets do this! 100 crunches today! I got this!

I picked a challenge I can do anywhere and anytime! No gym needed! Although; I will still be working out at the gym.

Stay tuned for results!
Yesterday I did 150 crunches
Today 100 pushups not bad!

**Update** October 13th 2014
Once I received my Rebounder i discontinued the challenge. I may start it back up in addition to the trampoline and use my perfect pushups for the pushup challenge portion.

I have been doing 300 crunches daily with my Rebounder and I am about to go to 500! So I guess I am kinda still doing the challenge…


Supplement Review: Muscletech Platinum Pure CLA Powder *

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ULTRA-PURE CLA POWDER
Platinum Pure CLA Powder is an advanced and completely tasteless powder that mixes instantly in any shake – you can even drink it on its own. Researchers believe CLA works by down-regulating the TNF-alpha catabolic signaling molecule in muscle, thereby preventing your body from destroying lean muscle mass.
CLA has been clinically studied and shown to support muscle growth. In one clinical study, subjects taking 5g of CLA per day built more muscle than those using a placebo (2.8 lbs. vs 0.4 lbs.) in just 7 weeks. In the same study, resistance-trained male subjects significantly increased their bench press.

1060MG PURE CLA
100 SERVINGS

THE PLATINUM PURE CLA POWDER ADVANTAGE
Our unique isolation process has created a completely tasteless, ultra-pure CLA powder that easily mixes in any shake – or drink it on its own for the CLA boost you need to build the body you want! Platinum Pure CLA Powder starts by using only the highest quality filtered conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). We then use a multi-phase process that concentrates the CLA molecules. Platinum Pure CLA Powder is completely free of stimulants, making it an excellent addition to your musclebuilding stack.
HOW TO TAKE PLATINUM PURE CLA POWDER
Mix 1 serving (1 scoop) with 4 to 6 oz.of water or your favorite sports drink or protein shake, and consume 1 to 5 times daily. Do not use for more than 12 consecutive months. Read the entire label before use and follow directions provided.

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-Muscletech.com

No taste, mixes easily, makes your drink cloudy when you mix it .

Undetectable CLA, no pills to swallow, sounds pretty good!

Buy it and take advantage! I haven’t tried it in plain water yet, I guess I am doing that today!

Stay tuned!


Supplement Review: Muscletech Platinum Pure CLA *

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ULTRA-PURE CLA
Platinum Pure CLA uses ultra-pure conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Research suggests that CLA helps to prevent your body from breaking down lean muscle mass.
800MG
CLA
90
SERVINGS
THE PLATINUM PURE CLA ADVANTAGE
Platinum Pure CLA is completely free of stimulants, making it an excellent addition to your supplement stack. It’s also perfect for gluten-free diets.

HOW TO TAKE PLATINUM PURE CLA
Take 1 serving (1 soft gel capsule) with a glass of water three times daily before meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Do not exceed 3 servings in a 24-hour period. Read the entire label before use and follow directions provided.

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-Muscletech.com

So far so good! Like any other CLA product. The gel caps are clear. I always like that best!

This is great on a low carb diet, as it has anti catabolic properties.

I like what I am seeing! I believe the CLA does contribute to a leaner harder look! Stay tuned for the CLA powder, not sure if the powder will give better results!


Product Review: Lock-Jaw Collars – the Kings of barbell collars! *

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Lock-Jaw Pro (# LJC-PRO)
2″ / 50mm Olympic Barbell Collar, Weight: 13 ounces / set

Available in colors Black, Red, or Blue. The Lock-Jaw Pro Barbell Collar is an ideal choice for all bumper plate workouts. An easy to use permanent snap-latch keeps the collar secure throughout your most brutal workouts. 10x stronger retention force than traditional spring collars, the Lock-Jaw Pro will help prolong the life of your bumper plates.

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Test one: Ease of use.. Wasn’t bad once you get the hang of it.

Test two: Barbell Grip:
Passed with flying colors! We put 315lbs on the bar and tilted it to the side! It didn’t even move!

Test two: Durability test:
People are always leaning plates on the clips causing them to (bend as below) making them unable to fit on the barbell

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Leaned a plate on the Lock-Jaw and it crushed! Not sure if it was defective and had a hairline crack or it just failed miserably…

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didn’t expect that outcome at all! The plate was always in contact with the ground and I let gravity take its course. I didn’t drop the plate, or throw the plate. The collars are heavy and feel tough, maybe adding fiberglass fibers to the mix would strengthen the collars more and not have this outcome especially after having it for only about 30min!

I was psyched when I received the package and then it quickly ruined my day and made me sad!

There’s no way I can present that to a commercial gym. It won’t hold up with all the idiots that go there. The idea is awesome and other than the material used it is designed well! And built sturdy!

I think maybe if they add fiberglass or carbon fiber fibers into the mix it would make it stronger and durable

They do have a hybrid steel & proprietary thermoset polymer resin model (the Elite) I am wondering about their durability? Will they hold up?

Again they really lock the plates down and don’t allow them to move! But for a commercial gym, I can’t recommend the pro model. If you buy them for your own personal use and keep them in your gym bag, then they rock! But I would spend the extra money for the Steel Polymer and hope they are stronger!

Honestly; that test above shocked me! These collars are thick and heavy! I didn’t in a million years it would crack in half on the first drop.

**Update**
Lock-Jaw is designing an all metal competition collar! That is awesome! Superior locking and superior durability = best collar ever invented!

I want a set of those! Nothing can touch the all metal competition model!

Now they said all metal… Is it steel, aluminum, titanium or a mixture? Hmmm stay tuned!


Product Review: CrossKix – Badass Crocs reinvented! *

Coming Soon!

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Company
CROSSKIX – A Superior Alternative in Foam Composite Footwear. Not just another EVA shoe to slip on and casually wear, Crosskix is pioneering functional footwear in mold injected shoes with striking, aggressive, sexy, and sporty designs for multi-purpose uses. Durable enough for rigorous work-outs including Crossfit and Tuff Mudder but oh so comfortable for marathon runs and everyday casual wear. And if you don’t do any of the above, join the growing trend of Crosskix lifestyle and culture.

Made of the highest grade of EVA content for a lightweight, soft and extremely comfortable for men, women, and children. Fully adjustable velcro attachable instep strap. Sleek and sexy body lines with strategically placed air/water vents allow your feet to breathe freely keeping your feet cool and anti-microbial. Use for wet or dry applications. Completely submerable in water with rear water drains to keep your shoes from becoming water logged. An excellent multi-purpose shoe!

Crosskix is an Oregon Footwear company with a primary focus on developing athletically functional shoes in the EVA (mold injected) category. Launched in just May 2013, Crosskix has made an immediate impact with its signature shoe (Crosskix 1.0) selling in several countries including Mexico, UK, Thailand, India, Dubai, Canada, and more! Poised to become a major company in mold injected shoes, stay tuned for the most technologically advanced EVA shoes from Crosskix!

Technical Specs:
Features & Benefits

CROSSKIX was designed and engineered to function to absorb impact, ventilation, and water use.

PHYLON OUTSOLE

*LITEKIX high grade EVA to absorb high impact activities. Offers increased flexibility to contour your foots every move.

AIR Vent | WATER Drainage

Rear vents allow AIR to flow through keeping your feet dry. These same vents allow WATER to flow through the shoe. Excellent for using IN or OUT of the water. You never have to remove your shoes!

ADJUSTABLE INSTEP STRAP

Every person is different in how they like to wear their shoes – some like it loose, while others like it tight. The instep strap allows you to adjust how you like to wear your CROSSKIX.

MAXIMUM GRIP & FLEXIBILITY

*LITEKIX EVA outsole grips concrete, hardwood, rubber, fiberglass, grass, and turf for any activity. Additional rubber inserts at the front and rear add additional grip. Non-marking outsole.

LIGHTWEIGHT

*LITEKIX EVA upper (7.5oz @ size 9). Anti-Microbial (prevents bacteria) and Odor-Resistant.

-CrossKix.com

I backed this company on kickstarter because I believe this is a good idea for lounging around the house! Wearing outside on the deck and just relaxing! Will I wear them out? No. Will I wear them to the gym? No. Do they make awesome slippers? Yes! I can’t wait to get them! It’s been about a year in the making! They experienced numerous problems in the design. One thing I didn’t like is they farmed it out to China I believe! They had problems with the mold and design tearing in the back and they redesigned and totally fixed different issues! It pushed the launch date back, but created a better product! I can’t wait it’s already shipped and on its way! They even included a free cinch bag as a thank you! They rock!

**Update** April 29th 2014
I received my CrossKix finally and they are much harder than and I thought. Not nearly as comfortable as crocs! Crocs are like walking on air! However; they are hard enough to wear out and to the gym. Will I do that? Probably not as I wear orthotics in my sneakers.

The sizing is true to size!

Stay tuned for practical review.


Product Review: Ab Carver Pro *

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Just got it and immediately banged out 10reps I really like it!! It’s sturdy and the angle and width of the handles elevates a lot of tension in your hands and wrists. Truly an ergonomic design!

The kneepads are cheap and crappy, but if they break or aren’t sufficient enough padding just fold a bath or beach towel and place under your knees.

I just used both the pads and the beach towel. I like the beach towel much better!

It’s new unofficial nickname is the roid wheel, because it’s an ab wheel on roids lol

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**Update**
I used it again today this time on a hardwood floor as opposed to carpet. I did 3 sets of 15 with random rolls to the sides and I truly love this wheel above all others I’ve used before it! The transitions were smooth and flawless!

I have still yet to feel it in my abs, I feel it in my shoulder and low back. I’m guessing once they build more strength I will feel it more in the abs. That’s not going to stop me from using it!

Let’s see if I am sore tomorrow!

Stay tuned!

**Update** April 26th 2014
I did 3 more sets today and my low abs were sooo sore!! Nice!!

**Update** May 1st 2014
A couple people have been asking what’s the difference between the Ab Carver sold at Walmart ($10 cheaper) and the Ab Carver Pro. I contacted my contact at the company and this is the response:

“The Ab Carver Pro has a softer, more comfortable grip and includes knee pads. The basic Ab Carver is more of a special purchase for Wal Mart and we really don’t promote this on our website since Wal Mart has exclusivity.”

My response to that is this:

Remember when I said the older models had straight handles and put extreme pressure on your hands which translates up your arms. The Ab Carver Pro feels great it elevates the pressure! If you are over 180lbs you should probably use the Pro! If you are over 220lbs you should definitely use the pro! If you are a female you may be able to get away with using the Walmart Version, but I am sure you would probably want the knee pads, so in that case get the Pro lol!

So, to sum it up, comfort rules! The more comfortable you are the more you are inclined to use it! The more you use it, the better results you will see!

**Update** May 6th 2014
My low abs continue to be sore!! I love this roller! I can also feel my shoulders tiring and they I blast my shoulders with the Dynamax after I roll and I have seen a huge difference in strength and stability of my rt shoulder. Last weekend I threw a football with my nephew over an hour and it didn’t hurt at all! That combination is excellent post surgery therapy! When you are almost back to form, but struggling to get where you were or beyond!


Product Review: Pro-Tech Athletics Gel Force Knee Support *

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Inside view:

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General Application: Great for alleviating knee pain and providing moderate knee joint stability.
Medical Applications: Patello-Femoral pain syndrome, Patellar tracking, chondromalacia, minor meniscus and ligament tears.
How It Works: Provides patellar (knee cap) stability with compression surrounding patella. Offers stability on medial and lateral sides of knee.
Design Theory: Breathable, soft fabric offers 4 way stretch applying even, comfortable compression throughout brace. Thick oval gel provides excellent comfort and support to patellar (knee cap) area. Medial (inside) and lateral (outside) spiral stays offer overall knee joint stability.

Sizing Chart:
Item 7200 Small (13” – 14”)
Item 7201 Medium (14” – 16″)
Item 7202 Large (16” – 18”)
Item 7203 Xlarge (18” – 20″)
(Circumference measured 1” above top of patella)

pro-tecathletics.com

I have been wearing these for a couple days now and my knee pain is gone!

They are a little awkward to put on, but they are easy to pull off. Just grab it from the top and pull off inside out.

I am hoping they will stretch out a little, I think they will.

They are really comfortable when they are on. However; I do sweat in them and it’s only April. Can’t wait to see how they are in the summer. Stay tuned for more!

Pro-Tec Athletics also offers a full array of support, wrap, strap and sleeves for almost every part of the body! Check them out for your individual needs! Most are also custom tailored for specific injuries!

They also offer body specific ice (cool) and heat packs!


Movie Review: Generation Iron – the Sequel to Arnold’s Pumping Iron *

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This Limited Edition Extended Director’s Cut* with over 10 minutes of new scenes, is not available in stores!

Exclusive Bonus Features Include:

Over 45 Minutes of Never Before Seen Footage
4 Deleted Scenes
The Making of Generation Iron Featurette
Feature Commentary with Phil Heath and Director Vlad Yudin
Uncut Interviews with Phil Heath, Kai Greene and Lou Ferrigno

ABOUT GI
It all started with a film. A film that sparked a revolution…

Generation Iron is now a true movement for all bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts. It is a movement for a new generation that believes in the concept of self-improvement, both physically and mentally. Our dedication to the sport and fitness has gained us fans from across the world. Now we have paired up with some of the biggest brands in the business to best suit our audiences in and out of the gym. Join the Movement.

VISION

We understand that fitness is about more than the reps and sets you do in the gym. Fitness is a lifestyle and Generation Iron has been built on this principle. Generation Iron preserves that most fundamental aspect of fitness – the desire for more. The desire to push yourself through your worst struggles, the desire to surpass your most ambitious goals, the desire to be the best possible you.

We are now proud to offer our new line of premier sports apparel designed for the gym and beyond it. Now is the time to become a full-fledged part of the movement and to become a member of the greatest generation in fitness history: Generation Iron.

Fitness. Attitude. Lifestyle.

-generationiron.com

Generation Iron is a 2013 documentary film which follows the world’s leading bodybuilders as they train and compete for the coveted Mr. Olympia title. The film gives front row access to the lives of the top seven bodybuilders in the sport, including Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Branch Warren and Dennis Wolf. Mickey Rourke narrates the film, with appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Jay Cutler.
-Wikipedia.com

This movie is extremely well done!
For the most part the guys kept their egos out of the film and you got to see the real them! It was really nice!

Phil’s shoulders were rounder than Kai’s it was pretty close! Phil one by one point and I think it was shoulders!

Phil’s front double biceps was crazy too!

Branch is still my Favorite and I like Hidetada also he has amazing symmetry and is probably the most cut, he just needs more size.

They all rock! Best of the Best!

I would have like to see more training and more diet.

But It was very well done! Mickey Rourke did a great job commentating.

The part with Vic and his daughter was priceless!

To Kai, if that’s the truth; life is to short to be a lone wolf, dark horse! Surround yourself with people you care about, if you don’t have any find some!

Kai’s secret sauce lol : it’s a muscle meds commercial… 😭

The deleted scenes were great and shouldn’t have been cut out!

They have a lady they call Grandma (Sibil Peeters) the trainer from Hell. I would have liked to see her training Roelly! At her worst lol

There’s a one on one interview with Phil where he sets his ego aside and just be’s himself. Watch it!

This movie rocks and I can’t wait to watch it again this weekend!

I like Jim Stoppani keeping it real!

I also like the theme song by Mind the gap: Never gonna stop


Product Review: DFX Ironpower Silver Steel Gyro Exerciser *

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Quick Overview
The Iron Power Force One Gyro utilizes German precision engineering to create up to 16,000 rpm and 50 pounds of silky-smooth dynamic resistance in the palm of your hand.

Features:

• Integrated High Tec Stainless Steel Rotor
• 100% Precision And Smoothness
• 2 Mm Thick Stainless Steel Axle Pegs
• Hard Coated Aluminum Housing
• Heavy Duty Bearings
• Replacement Guide Ring Included
• NOT Compatible with Speedmeter
• Metal Display Case

About:

The Iron Power Force One Gyro utilizes German precision engineering to create up to 16,000 rpm and 50 pounds of silky-smooth dynamic resistance in the palm of your hand. Describing the Iron Power experience is challenging at best, because you have never felt anything like it before. The faster the Iron Power Force One Gyro spins, the more resistance is automatically added. This product is perfect for the experienced Powerballer, Mixed Martial Artist or extreme athlete looking for a challenge or a way to get a competitive edge in their sport of choice. Metal display case included.
dynaflexpro.com

This gyro is cool! I like the extra weight, however; I don’t like how it doesn’t have the meter and it can’t be attached either.

I found that the lighted plastic Powerball spins better than the stainless steel, it’s more fluid and can achieve higher speeds. However; the weight of the steel version is much heavier and doesn’t have obnoxious blue lights. It also doesn’t hum as loud.

I am going to use the lighted Powerball after the gym and at home and I am going to use the stainless steel on the bus and subway during my commute home from work.

I used it today on base and the overall negative remarks, were masturbation based lol. Once, a few of the guys made their jokes and negative remarks, the other guys that tried it, (once they learned the motion again) liked it. They said that it really burned their grip and forearm. When I made them hold their arm over their head then you kick in your shoulder and it starts to burn also.

**Update** April 9th 2014
Nothing is making my forearms explode as much as this ball!! They are soooo swollen with blood! Does it build the forearm? I don’t know, don’t think so, I think the grips (Fat Gripz, TGrips) build them and the ball explodes them and in conjunction your arms get massive!

I am lying off the Grips for a while and seeing how the Powerball and Dynamax expand my arms. Does it just give them a pump or does it actually tear and expand the muscle?

**Update** April 21st 2014
I am still using my Dynamax and powerballs every other day as an addition to my workout. I use it at home while watching tv.


Product Review: DFX Split Core Dynamax Core Trainer *

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My buddy Morgan using the DFX Dynamax Core Trainer
Features:
•Complete Core Workout
• Weighs less than 4.5 lbs
• Precision balanced gyro spins at up to 9,000 RPM!
• Delivers up to 220 lbs of resistance
• Variable resistance automatically adjusts to the strength of the user
• Compact, lightweight design makes it perfect for travel
• Includes instructional DVD and Wall Chart

About:
The Split Core Dynamax has a German made stainless steel rotor and can produce up to 220 lbs of smooth low impact resistance. The Dynamax uses gyroscopic technology and the motion of inertia that defines its resistance. This one product will tone and strengthen your core muscles and upper body in just minutes a day. You won’t want to put it down! It’s the “hard core”, patented, hand-held fitness machine that’s been missing from your workout program. The Dynamax was originally designed for the US Military and Special Forces, and now it is available to you! Do away with those costly monthly gym member ships and expensive bulky home gym equipment, and get it all with the Dynamax Core Trainer.
dynaflexpro.com

Let me tell you about this little machine! This thing is going to make me a monster! I had a slap repair of my right shoulder 2 years ago and my shoulder has never been the same! It took over a 1.5 years for it to stop aching daily. Now; it’s still not where it was before the injury, because the little stabilizer muscles have not recovered. With weightlifting movements are slow and controlled and squeezing the muscle. With this you rotate as fast as you can.

I watched the video and some of the moves are overhead; normally with arms extended straight in front my shoulders are burning. Overhead they have gone from burning to on fire!!

This machine is going to rebuild my shoulder and then some! It’s going to strengthen my joint which will allow me to lift more weight and put my size back on!

My hands and forearms are on fire! With the powerball

My rear delts which is what I need to rehab!!! Is on fire with the Dynamax!

I was standing and my front delts were on fire and then I did it lying on my back in bed and that’s what burned my rear delts!

**Update** April 4th 2014
I used the Dynamax Split Core today and I was demonstrating it to a bunch of guys on base and getting them to try it. I got a bunch of split reviews. A couple were having trouble with the motion, once they learned it, they said it was cool and it burned. They others said the motion looked gay especially the golfing club motion. Lol they also made a comment of the powerballs check that review for their response.

Tomorrow I should be filming a few videos!

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**Update** April 9th 2014
The videos are being edited and will soon be posted on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

I love this machine I have been doing 2-3 sets of a couple minutes a day and burning my shoulder out! As well as my arms. The only drawback I see is the price tag! The spilt core unit has a hefty $500 price tag. I don’t see the average consumer spending that. However; I urge rehab centers (physical therapists) to purchase at least one of these for your facilities! This will make excellent strides in labrum and rotator cuff recovery.

The standard unit is still $299 which is also hefty, but worth it! Especially if you are recovering from either, shoulder or biceps surgery, even pectoral surgery.

There is a similar device called the Burn Machine that simulates speed bag training with slight resistance available. However; they declined to be reviewed, so I can’t say how good of a product it is. I haven’t touched it, not sure of its quality or if it has a similar effect. All I know is your hands also go in a circle. However their circles are much larger.

With the small tight circles of the Dynamax it forces your muscles to contract and if you mess up the motion the Dynamax jerks and makes you stabilize it. I can tell you when your shoulders are burning big time, you don’t want to have to stabilize it!! Ouch 😭 it burns so bad!

Does the Burn Machine do that? We will probably never know…

**Update** April 17th 2014
After continued use I figured my tolerance would get better… No! It still burns the hell out of my shoulders quickly! Probably because I can rev it faster!

**Update** April 21st 2014
I am still using my Dynamax and powerballs every other day as an addition to my workout. I use it at home while watching tv.

No this is not a shake weight and nothing like a shake weight! It produces torque making you contract your muscles to control it and the faster the speed the more torque, the more torque the more burn!


Product Review: DFX Powerball Sports Pro Gyro Exerciser with PowerDock and Training CD *

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Powerball Blue Gyro Exerciser with PowerDock and Training CD

Regular Price: $59.95
Special Price: $49.95

Quick Overview
The Powerball Blue Combo pack comes with a Blue Powerball Gyro Exerciser and a PowerDock. It increases endurance for all sports demanding control and grip strength with up to 45 pounds of resistance force.

Up to 40 pounds of torque
Reaches up to 14,000 RPMs
Improve coordination while building strength
Aids in relief from Carpal Tunnel and other RSI
Increase the range of motion of wrist flexors and extensors
PATENTED design
PowerDock (Included) Requires 2 AA batteries
Compatible with the Speedmeter
Training CD (Included)
LED lights glow blue as the progression of your workout improves

About:
The Powerball Blue Gyro Exerciser with PowerDock is a great workout tool for any age. This gyro has LED lights built into the rotor and once activated, it illuminates a blue colored light show. It’s perfect for rehab, toning, and strengthening. It includes a docking station to help activate your gyro and serve as a stand when not in use.

The Powerball uses resistance force to generate up to 40 pounds of torque and is the ideal product for anyone looking to improve dexterity, strength, coordination and accelerate healing time. The Powerball Blue will increase blood flow in the first three minutes and is the only product on the market where you can feel the effects in the first 30 seconds. It’s an excellent tool to aid in the relief and prevention of Carpal Tunnel, Tennis Elbow and other repetitive stress injuries. It allows you to use a wide variety of natural and fluid range of motions to simulate a particular sports motion or just your everyday range of movements. With just one product you are able to target every flexor, extensors, tendon and muscle from your fingers to your shoulders! We are proud to have our products PGA member tested and approved, UAL indorsed, CE and RoSh certified.

* Note: Speed and torque are estimates.

* DFX Sports & Fitness does not claim to cure and/or prevent any type of musculoskeletal injuries.
dynaflexpro.com

This ball is cool, it burns your forearms, wrist and grip! I think it’s a great tool to use on arm day after burning out your arms and grip with Fat Gripz, Grip4orce or Ironbull Strength TGrips (whichever your prefer) and totally torch your grip, forearms and wrist afterward!

I found that this one spins better than the stainless steel, it’s more fluid and can achieve higher speeds. However; the weight of the steel version is much heavier and doesn’t have obnoxious blue lights. It also doesn’t hum as loud.

I am going to use this one after the gym and at home and I am going to use the stainless steel on the bus and subway during my commute home from work.

I used it today on base and the overall negative remarks, were masturbation based lol. Once, a few of the guys made their jokes and negative remarks, the other guys that tried it, (once they learned the motion again) liked it. They said that it really burned their grip and forearm. When I made them hold their arm over their head then you kick in your shoulder and it starts to burn also.

**Update** April 29th 2014
I received the counter for the Powerball today and of course there were no installation directions, so I found a video on YouTube on how to clean it. Then it wasn’t to bad, trying to pop it apart was the hardest part!

Stay tuned for further review!

**Update** May 10th 2014

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Powerballin in traffic! Lol

**Update** May 28th 2014
The batteries are already dead on the Power Dock and I haven’t used it too much since May 10th maybe once or twice. I have been super busy!

**Update** February 12th 2014
Powerball is now in $5 below! Get one for $5!!

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Recipe: Mini Egg White Omelets

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This recipe is great and easy and the possibilities are limitless!

Use the Misto Oil Sprayer (See review on this site) to spay your non-stick pan with healthy Extra Virgin Olive Oil to get the Healthy Omegas, do not use sprays like Pam they contain no healthy fats and chemical propellants.

Then pour in egg whites up to 1/3 of the muffin tin high, then add your fillings

Today I used 1/8 of an Avocado in each cup (2 cups is one portion) for more healthy Omegas and 3 small cubes of a low sodium pre-cooked ham steak for extra protein and taste. Then I put in a dash of Cayenne pepper for Capsicum to speed the metabolism. I was going to put in a little Spinach in each, for healthy greens, but I ran out.

Get Creative! And feel free to share your combinations, and comments!

Send images to: louisjbianco@gmail.com

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Same recipe as before just a little crispier and I added a spinach leaf to each omelet

**Update** April 21st 2014
I used cupcake papers this time and it worked great they don’t stick anymore than they did in the pan and it makes cleanup a snap!

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Supplement Review: Jay Robb Egg & Whey Protein

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Whey:

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Jay Robb uses the highest grade of whey protein possible when creating the best-tasting whey protein powder. This unique process also yields a whey protein isolate that is much higher in protein than a whey protein concentrate and is also rich in immunoglobulins, alpha-lactalbumin, and beta-lactoalbumin and other immune boosting factors.

Jay Robb Non-GMO Tropical Dreamsicle Whey Protein Isolate powder is made from the finest natural ingredients available and delivers 25 grams of first class protein, 0-fat, 0-cholesterol, 0-sugars, and only 1 gram of carbohydrate per 30 gram serving. Only cold-processed cross-flow microfiltered whey protein isolate is used as the protein source and this material comes from farm-raised, pasture-grazed, grass-fed cows not treated with the synthetic bovine growth hormone rBGH.

One taste of our easy-to-mix delicious Jay Robb Non-GMO Tropical Dreamsicle Whey Protein Isolate powder, and you’ll be a fan for life!

Jay Robb is going green and is now selling re-sealable bags for all sizes of our whey protein powder. If you still prefer to store your protein powder in a canister then please purchase our empty 24 oz re-fill canister (see below). Thank you for supporting our steps towards improving our environment

Egg White:

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Jay Robb Non-GMO Egg White Protein powder is unique and famous for its natural flavor systems. The egg white protein raw material is derived from chickens not treated with growth hormones. The protein is flash pasteurized for safety, with no additional heating used during the final processing.

Made from the finest natural ingredients available, Jay Robb Non-GMO Chocolate Egg White Protein powder delivers 24 grams of first class protein, 0-fat, 0-cholesterol, 0-sugars, and only 4 grams of carbohydrate per 33 gram serving.

One taste of our easy-to-mix delicious Non-GMO Chocolate Egg White Protein powder, and you’ll be a fan for life!

Jay Robb is going green and is now selling re-sealable bags for all sizes of our whey protein powder. If you still prefer to store your protein powder in a canister then please purchase our empty 24 oz re-fill canister (see below). Thank you for supporting our steps towards improving our environment.
Jayrobb.com

What I like best about Jay Robb protein is they don’t use artificial colors! This is the Strawberry Egg Protein!

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Above dry and below mixed with oatmeal

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What I also like is the flavors are subtle, they have a strong scent of the flavor, but a light taste. It’s not sickening sweet!

Another benefit of Jay Robb is his packing choices! I like the individual serving packets. They are great for a lifestyle on the run! However; they do not have a rip start and must be cut open with a scissor or knife! Luckily; I always have a knife handy! Others won’t be so lucky!

The Mixability is 9/10
The taste is 7/10

Would I purchase regularly?
Remember I am 100% honest!
The verdict:
Whey protein: No!
Egg White Protein: Yes!

I am an advocate of varying your protein source!

Whey
Casein
Egg
Soy (if you must)
And as you will soon see (coming soon) vegetarian/vegan protein

I am also looking into different sources such as rice and hemp. So stay tuned!

If you are allergic to one source there are many others!

For Egg White Protein powder: Jay Robb Rules!


IFBB vs WBFF is there even a comparison? No! Sick of the NPC/IFBB MONOPOLY? WBFF Seriously?? Read inside!

The WBFF is claiming:
Sick of the NPC/IFBB MONOPOLY? YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE!

Ok… Just when I think MAYBE we can all just grow up and move on, something gets brought to my attention by SEVERAL sources. And, since I am known for always bringing out the TRUTH? Well there was no way I would not bring this to everyones attention. I have written COUNTLESS times that I am a fan of the sport. A fan of the industry. I do NOT care if you compete in the WBFF, NPC, IFBB, CBBF, UFE, WNSO, FAME, or any of the COUNTLESS other organizations! NOT ALL PEOPLE BELONG IN THE SAME ORGANIZATION! PERIOD! We all are at different levels, have different physiques, do different things to achieve those physiques, etc. For any one organization to tell people that if you compete elsewhere then you are banned from that organization? Is one that is hiding SOMETHING! Flat out! No doubt in my head they are afraid people will find out that things are run better elsewhere, and since they are so used to running things like tyrants, they don’t want to hear peoples suggestions based on what they experienced elsewhere.

When you have one organization that wants to control an entire market, that is called a monopoly and historically, a monopoly usually doesn’t last forever. Sooner or later people get sick of having no choice. Of having to bow down to the rules made by a few who are power hungry. People get sick and tired of the politics and games played and favoritism and not being able to do a single thing about it. Well, I have news for the NPC and IFBB… they are NO LONGER the ONLY option for competitors. Let there be no doubt in your head… the IFBB… International Federation of BODYBUILDERS? They own bodybuilding! Absolutely! No argument here. When die hard fans want to see the human body pushed WAY past what it could be naturally? ABSOLUTELY the place to watch is IFBB. Hell if there is ever a chance for me to catch a show? I will in a heartbeat. Because I love it! I have FRIENDS in the IFBB. I’ve competed against guys in the IFBB. BUT… unfortunately the truth is that bodybuilding is not as popular as it has been in the past and that is because the ORGANIZATION kept rewarding the freakier physiques. As a result? The bodybuilders have lost fans, have lost endorsements to UFC fighters and football players and fitness models, and the sport has been thrown right back to where it started… as a carnival side show attraction. Hell even the Mr. Olympia went from the Mandalay Bay to the most run down hotel on the strip.

Besides bodybuilding however, all of the other divisions? Are nothing more than FILLER for the shows. They do next to nothing for any of the women. Even the pros. I do not see much happening for the physique competitors. Figure standards are a travesty. And they KILLED womens bodybuilding which is now in it’s final couple years and has already been pulled from the Arnold. Once again, is it the fault of the athlete? Not at all! One hundred percent the organization that kept rewarding the physiques that were extreme. And do they FIX a division in trouble?Of course not! They simply let it die and start a new division to take it’s place… physique.

When the WBFF started, we were ridiculed for having “model categories”! Who would want to see men in swimwear? Who would want to see women in costumes and gowns. Well… they say imitation is the best form of flattery, because as the WBFF has done something that NO other organization has ever done… become a legitimate threat to the IFBB, all of a sudden new divisions pop up which mimic ours but with different names. HOWEVER we aren’t just popular because of our divisions. It is also how we run them. How we market them. What we do for the athletes, etc. The IFBB and NPC does not seem to understand this, and that is why, again… these divisions are just FILLER in their bodybuilding shows.

In the WBFF, women are celebrated. The women divisions are the most POPULAR divisions and the most glamorous in the industry. I will point out however that there are some smaller organizations that DO understand how to market and take care of these divisions and they are experiencing great success. SO where we at the WBFF was the NPC/IFBB ONLY concern, NOW all of a sudden there are OTHER organizations threatening them also. WHY? Because people realize they have a choice!

Both myself and owner Paul Dillett will tell people all day every day… if you want to compete elsewhere? DO it! Hell we invite you to! Because we WANT you to know what WE know! And that is there is NO other organization quite like us. Again… if you find a fit elsewhere and that is where you would like to compete, and represent as a professional? I wish you all the luck in the world. Hell I myself have clients in almost every organization that there is around the world! I AM A FAN OF THE ATHLETE! I personally love and believe in the WBFF. The WBFF has been a perfect fit for me. And DO NOT think it is because I PLACE better here, because I actually PLACED better back when I was in the NPC. But that is what makes us different. It doesn’t matter WHERE you place! There is opportunity for everyone! Since in the WBFF? I myself have a monthly magazine column, have written close to 200 articles online, have had SEVERAL magazine covers, was cast in a HBO cable series Pilot, have been featured in many different magazines, and I have had features written about me on bodybuilding.com TWICE! When I was in the NPC I got… well… nothing besides my trophies. Kind of a no brainer there!

As the WBFF has become recognized as a legitimate organization in the industry, having athletes grace the covers of almost every industry magazine, plus NON industry magazines such as Playboy, FHM, Maxim, etc, the NPC/IFBB has almost made it their mission to bash us. YET… the more they bash us, the more popular we become because people are not stupid! They know that when you have someone bashing another, usually it’s because they are threatened or jealous. People SEE how glamorous our shows are. They see how many opportunities come our way, and they want to be a part of it! Can you blame them? In the beginning, the NPC/IFBB would try showing their power by working deals with our top athletes and taking them. Promising them pro cards, and delivering. Then soon after, burying them. Well, not anymore. People are on to the game. They are no longer leaving the WBFF for the IFBB. Just the opposite! Now men and women from the IFBB are jumping to the WBFF! Such legends as Monica Brant knows the shady games and politics that a monopoly plays so she came to the WBFF. SO have many others. This year at the World Championships we have 4 bodybuilders who have left the IFBB, and will be joining the WBFF. They recognize that the IFBB does absolutely NOTHING for them, and if the want opportunities, the WBFF is the way to go!

My main reason for writing this article? On facebook, regardless of organization, we are all in the same industry. We all have similar goals. We all support eachother. Hell, that will be the day that ANYONE is going to EVER tell me that I can’t support a friend or client or just be a fan of someone in another organization. Well, from so many different sources it’s ridiculous, a letter made it into my e-mail, and it was written by JM Manion and written to all FMG athletes and personnel. You can read the letter for yourself below, but the purpose of the letter? To THREATEN people who are “LIKING” or “SHARING” pictures or posts of non NPC/IFBB athletes. He is saying that they are NOT ALLOWED to LIKE a picture! AND if they are caught DOING so, they will be in Breach of Contract. Ok… flat out? GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

He even goes on further and says he doesn’t care if you are doing it to support a friend, or photographer, etc. Are you kidding me? It wasn’t long ago that internet sites like Sioux Country were threatened to no longer feature any NPC/IFBB pictures, or material since now only OFFICIAL websites are allowed to do so. Well now a similar letter has come out threatening athletes not to like or support any athlete or photographer that is in or works with another organization? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not liking a picture of an athlete from another organization. It’s called mutual respect. Or if I see a photographers picture and it’s beautiful, I am going to like it! I don’t care WHERE the subject competes if at all!

Uh… Mr. Manion? We are not like the NPC/IFBB. We never have been. We do not GO AFTER athletes like you have done to us (pathetically). Over and over Paul Dillett has wondered WHY they just don’t leave us alone. We do our own thing! Well the answer to that question is because we are successful, and they are going in reverse. Period. We are leading the industry in digital media, and they are still printing magazines that drop in numbers every year substantially. Which is the cause for the NEW monopoly they are attempting ONLINE by telling other sites that have supported them for YEARS that they can NO LONGER feature NPC/IFBB material. Funny thing? Our magazine which reaches over 2 million people worldwide which is FAR greater than ANY print magazine… is FREE! And anyone who would like to feature us on their sites? Go right ahead. WE WANT people to see the difference in the WBFF and it’s athletes! We have nothing to hide. No dirty little secrets we are trying to cover up.

People are fed up with monopolies. Even TEAMS in the NPC/IFBB that “GUARANTEE” placings and pro cards. People are sick of it! SO last month a we had around 10 members from one team alone leave the NPC/IFBB and join the WBFF. Hey, if you want to compete for an organization that is going to threaten you like that? Hell… go right ahead. I will still like your pictures even if you cannot like mine back because you are not ALLOWED to! BUT if you are fed up, and realize that people in charge of that organization have just gotten ridiculous with the power? Then feel free to check out our list of shows and give them a try. Or hey, MAYBE the WBFF isn’t for you. Ok fine… the at least do your research and find one that IS FOR YOU! But remember… you DO have a choice!
-WBFFshows.com

This Is admirable at the least however, the standards are off. If you are going up against a giant, you have to have an equalizer! If they have a tank, you have a tank. If they have a Nuke, you have a Nuke! The way to separate yourself is have something they don’t! Oh, you have a Nuke! We have a disintegration ray! Oh we don’t have that exactly!

But, if they have a nuke and you have a tank and you rename your tank a nuke they will just laugh at you!

What am I talking about? I am specifically talking about Women’s Physique!

The WBFF has:
Pro Fitness Champion – which sets it self apart

However; Andreia Brazier Claims to be a Physique Athlete – now she is lining herself up with the IFBB categories! And not pro fitness Champion!

That brings comparison!

This is not anything against Andreia! She is gorgeous! And nearly perfect!

However; see below!

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-pic from shirocp on Pixsta

On the left is WBFF Andreia Brazier on the Right is IFBB Dana Linn Bailey
There is no comparison!

Dana is an Animal and rightfully deserves the Title of Physique! She is awesome! And gorgeous!!

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Would Andreia Brazier even place in the IFBB Physique…No!

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Now lets put her down a level in the IFBB Figure Category would she win?
That one you would have to call!

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I would say yes!
But definitely not Physique!

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The WBFF should have stepped in and said listen you can’t use the word physique! And this would have stopped the comparison!

Does it discredit the WBFF in this instance yes! It makes them look fools against the IFBB!

Does it take away the hard work and dedication their athletes have? Not at all! Does comparing themselves to the IFBB discredit them? YES ABSOLUTELY!!

WBFF JUST DO YOUR OWN THING!

Look at MMA! The UFC IS THE MONOPOLY!!

Does Bellator compare themselves with the UFC? NO! They just do their thing!!

Does the public compare? Yes they do! But they enjoy both!

If you are going to compete with the IFBB then you are going to have to match tank to tank and nuke to nuke not tank to nuke!

Or like I said above; make a disintegration ray and call it such! If the IFBB comes out with a laser gun don’t compare your ray to their gun! Stay apart! Do your thing!

This is actually a hidden article on business tips!

**Update** March 19th 2014

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I got a comment on Instagram from WBFF Pro Krystal K_Fitcoach

She agreed but added the WBFF stays more naturally with muscle on like a women should look.

My response to that is:
What “should a women look like” is a “butch lesbian” (I use this term not in a derogatory way just as a popular reference that the public knows) any less a women then a Victoria Secret model? Is Mama June less a women than Lolo Jones? If it’s by pure poundage then definitely no!

The beauty about this world is there are many different body types to suit your desire and please your self-image! I’m sure DLB looks in the mirror and sees parts of her body she thinks are too small. I’m sure Cory Everson, Lenda Murray and other thought they were too small and wanted to be bigger! So like I said, I challenge you to define what a women should look like! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

To All of you D&D nerds not this beholder! 👇

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LMFAO! I’m a D&D nerd too, so that’s a salute to us hehe 💪


IFBB vs WBFF is there even a comparison? No! Sick of the NPC/IFBB MONOPOLY? WBFF Seriously?? Read inside!

The WBFF is claiming:
Sick of the NPC/IFBB MONOPOLY? YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE!

Ok… Just when I think MAYBE we can all just grow up and move on, something gets brought to my attention by SEVERAL sources. And, since I am known for always bringing out the TRUTH? Well there was no way I would not bring this to everyones attention. I have written COUNTLESS times that I am a fan of the sport. A fan of the industry. I do NOT care if you compete in the WBFF, NPC, IFBB, CBBF, UFE, WNSO, FAME, or any of the COUNTLESS other organizations! NOT ALL PEOPLE BELONG IN THE SAME ORGANIZATION! PERIOD! We all are at different levels, have different physiques, do different things to achieve those physiques, etc. For any one organization to tell people that if you compete elsewhere then you are banned from that organization? Is one that is hiding SOMETHING! Flat out! No doubt in my head they are afraid people will find out that things are run better elsewhere, and since they are so used to running things like tyrants, they don’t want to hear peoples suggestions based on what they experienced elsewhere.

When you have one organization that wants to control an entire market, that is called a monopoly and historically, a monopoly usually doesn’t last forever. Sooner or later people get sick of having no choice. Of having to bow down to the rules made by a few who are power hungry. People get sick and tired of the politics and games played and favoritism and not being able to do a single thing about it. Well, I have news for the NPC and IFBB… they are NO LONGER the ONLY option for competitors. Let there be no doubt in your head… the IFBB… International Federation of BODYBUILDERS? They own bodybuilding! Absolutely! No argument here. When die hard fans want to see the human body pushed WAY past what it could be naturally? ABSOLUTELY the place to watch is IFBB. Hell if there is ever a chance for me to catch a show? I will in a heartbeat. Because I love it! I have FRIENDS in the IFBB. I’ve competed against guys in the IFBB. BUT… unfortunately the truth is that bodybuilding is not as popular as it has been in the past and that is because the ORGANIZATION kept rewarding the freakier physiques. As a result? The bodybuilders have lost fans, have lost endorsements to UFC fighters and football players and fitness models, and the sport has been thrown right back to where it started… as a carnival side show attraction. Hell even the Mr. Olympia went from the Mandalay Bay to the most run down hotel on the strip.

Besides bodybuilding however, all of the other divisions? Are nothing more than FILLER for the shows. They do next to nothing for any of the women. Even the pros. I do not see much happening for the physique competitors. Figure standards are a travesty. And they KILLED womens bodybuilding which is now in it’s final couple years and has already been pulled from the Arnold. Once again, is it the fault of the athlete? Not at all! One hundred percent the organization that kept rewarding the physiques that were extreme. And do they FIX a division in trouble?Of course not! They simply let it die and start a new division to take it’s place… physique.

When the WBFF started, we were ridiculed for having “model categories”! Who would want to see men in swimwear? Who would want to see women in costumes and gowns. Well… they say imitation is the best form of flattery, because as the WBFF has done something that NO other organization has ever done… become a legitimate threat to the IFBB, all of a sudden new divisions pop up which mimic ours but with different names. HOWEVER we aren’t just popular because of our divisions. It is also how we run them. How we market them. What we do for the athletes, etc. The IFBB and NPC does not seem to understand this, and that is why, again… these divisions are just FILLER in their bodybuilding shows.

In the WBFF, women are celebrated. The women divisions are the most POPULAR divisions and the most glamorous in the industry. I will point out however that there are some smaller organizations that DO understand how to market and take care of these divisions and they are experiencing great success. SO where we at the WBFF was the NPC/IFBB ONLY concern, NOW all of a sudden there are OTHER organizations threatening them also. WHY? Because people realize they have a choice!

Both myself and owner Paul Dillett will tell people all day every day… if you want to compete elsewhere? DO it! Hell we invite you to! Because we WANT you to know what WE know! And that is there is NO other organization quite like us. Again… if you find a fit elsewhere and that is where you would like to compete, and represent as a professional? I wish you all the luck in the world. Hell I myself have clients in almost every organization that there is around the world! I AM A FAN OF THE ATHLETE! I personally love and believe in the WBFF. The WBFF has been a perfect fit for me. And DO NOT think it is because I PLACE better here, because I actually PLACED better back when I was in the NPC. But that is what makes us different. It doesn’t matter WHERE you place! There is opportunity for everyone! Since in the WBFF? I myself have a monthly magazine column, have written close to 200 articles online, have had SEVERAL magazine covers, was cast in a HBO cable series Pilot, have been featured in many different magazines, and I have had features written about me on bodybuilding.com TWICE! When I was in the NPC I got… well… nothing besides my trophies. Kind of a no brainer there!

As the WBFF has become recognized as a legitimate organization in the industry, having athletes grace the covers of almost every industry magazine, plus NON industry magazines such as Playboy, FHM, Maxim, etc, the NPC/IFBB has almost made it their mission to bash us. YET… the more they bash us, the more popular we become because people are not stupid! They know that when you have someone bashing another, usually it’s because they are threatened or jealous. People SEE how glamorous our shows are. They see how many opportunities come our way, and they want to be a part of it! Can you blame them? In the beginning, the NPC/IFBB would try showing their power by working deals with our top athletes and taking them. Promising them pro cards, and delivering. Then soon after, burying them. Well, not anymore. People are on to the game. They are no longer leaving the WBFF for the IFBB. Just the opposite! Now men and women from the IFBB are jumping to the WBFF! Such legends as Monica Brant knows the shady games and politics that a monopoly plays so she came to the WBFF. SO have many others. This year at the World Championships we have 4 bodybuilders who have left the IFBB, and will be joining the WBFF. They recognize that the IFBB does absolutely NOTHING for them, and if the want opportunities, the WBFF is the way to go!

My main reason for writing this article? On facebook, regardless of organization, we are all in the same industry. We all have similar goals. We all support eachother. Hell, that will be the day that ANYONE is going to EVER tell me that I can’t support a friend or client or just be a fan of someone in another organization. Well, from so many different sources it’s ridiculous, a letter made it into my e-mail, and it was written by JM Manion and written to all FMG athletes and personnel. You can read the letter for yourself below, but the purpose of the letter? To THREATEN people who are “LIKING” or “SHARING” pictures or posts of non NPC/IFBB athletes. He is saying that they are NOT ALLOWED to LIKE a picture! AND if they are caught DOING so, they will be in Breach of Contract. Ok… flat out? GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

He even goes on further and says he doesn’t care if you are doing it to support a friend, or photographer, etc. Are you kidding me? It wasn’t long ago that internet sites like Sioux Country were threatened to no longer feature any NPC/IFBB pictures, or material since now only OFFICIAL websites are allowed to do so. Well now a similar letter has come out threatening athletes not to like or support any athlete or photographer that is in or works with another organization? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not liking a picture of an athlete from another organization. It’s called mutual respect. Or if I see a photographers picture and it’s beautiful, I am going to like it! I don’t care WHERE the subject competes if at all!

Uh… Mr. Manion? We are not like the NPC/IFBB. We never have been. We do not GO AFTER athletes like you have done to us (pathetically). Over and over Paul Dillett has wondered WHY they just don’t leave us alone. We do our own thing! Well the answer to that question is because we are successful, and they are going in reverse. Period. We are leading the industry in digital media, and they are still printing magazines that drop in numbers every year substantially. Which is the cause for the NEW monopoly they are attempting ONLINE by telling other sites that have supported them for YEARS that they can NO LONGER feature NPC/IFBB material. Funny thing? Our magazine which reaches over 2 million people worldwide which is FAR greater than ANY print magazine… is FREE! And anyone who would like to feature us on their sites? Go right ahead. WE WANT people to see the difference in the WBFF and it’s athletes! We have nothing to hide. No dirty little secrets we are trying to cover up.

People are fed up with monopolies. Even TEAMS in the NPC/IFBB that “GUARANTEE” placings and pro cards. People are sick of it! SO last month a we had around 10 members from one team alone leave the NPC/IFBB and join the WBFF. Hey, if you want to compete for an organization that is going to threaten you like that? Hell… go right ahead. I will still like your pictures even if you cannot like mine back because you are not ALLOWED to! BUT if you are fed up, and realize that people in charge of that organization have just gotten ridiculous with the power? Then feel free to check out our list of shows and give them a try. Or hey, MAYBE the WBFF isn’t for you. Ok fine… the at least do your research and find one that IS FOR YOU! But remember… you DO have a choice!
-WBFFshows.com

This Is admirable at the least however, the standards are off. If you are going up against a giant, you have to have an equalizer! If they have a tank, you have a tank. If they have a Nuke, you have a Nuke! The way to separate yourself is have something they don’t! Oh, you have a Nuke! We have a disintegration ray! Oh we don’t have that exactly!

But, if they have a nuke and you have a tank and you rename your tank a nuke they will just laugh at you!

What am I talking about? I am specifically talking about Women’s Physique!

The WBFF has:
Pro Fitness Champion – which sets it self apart

However; Andreia Brazier Claims to be a Physique Athlete – now she is lining herself up with the IFBB categories! And not pro fitness Champion!

That brings comparison!

This is not anything against Andreia! She is gorgeous! And nearly perfect!

However; see below!

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-pic from shirocp on Pixsta

On the left is WBFF Andreia Brazier on the Right is IFBB Dana Linn Bailey
There is no comparison!

Dana is an Animal and rightfully deserves the Title of Physique! She is awesome! And gorgeous!!

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20131228-094339.jpg

20131228-094346.jpg

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Would Andreia Brazier even place in the IFBB Physique…No!

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Now lets put her down a level in the IFBB Figure Category would she win?
That one you would have to call!

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I would say yes!
But definitely not Physique!

20131228-095137.jpg
The WBFF should have stepped in and said listen you can’t use the word physique! And this would have stopped the comparison!

Does it discredit the WBFF in this instance yes! It makes them look fools against the IFBB!

Does it take away the hard work and dedication their athletes have? Not at all! Does comparing themselves to the IFBB discredit them? YES ABSOLUTELY!!

WBFF JUST DO YOUR OWN THING!

Look at MMA! The UFC IS THE MONOPOLY!!

Does Bellator compare themselves with the UFC? NO! They just do their thing!!

Does the public compare? Yes they do! But they enjoy both!

If you are going to compete with the IFBB then you are going to have to match tank to tank and nuke to nuke not tank to nuke!

Or like I said above; make a disintegration ray and call it such! If the IFBB comes out with a laser gun don’t compare your ray to their gun! Stay apart! Do your thing!

This is actually a hidden article on business tips!

**Update** March 19th 2014

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I got a comment on Instagram from WBFF Pro Krystal K_Fitcoach

She agreed but added the WBFF stays more naturally with muscle on like a women should look.

My response to that is:
What “should a women look like” is a “butch lesbian” (I use this term not in a derogatory way just as a popular reference that the public knows) any less a women then a Victoria Secret model? Is Mama June less a women than Lolo Jones? If it’s by pure poundage then definitely no!

The beauty about this world is there are many different body types to suit your desire and please your self-image! I’m sure DLB looks in the mirror and sees parts of her body she thinks are too small. I’m sure Cory Everson, Lenda Murray and others thought they were too small and wanted to be bigger! So like I said, I challenge you to define what a women should look like! The one thing about the IFBB is they have a division for all female bodybuilding from Bikini to Ms Olympia Bodybuilding

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

To All of you D&D nerds not this beholder! 👇

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LMFAO! I’m a D&D nerd too, so that’s a salute to us hehe 💪


Product Review: Gym Gear – Cardillo Weight Belts

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This is my custom Cardillo belt from my Martial Arts Competition/powerlifting days when I was ripped with a 31-32″ waist and a 56″ chest with 21″ arms at about 235lbs

I no longer use a belt, I feel it weakens your back and people over-use and over-rely on them. I rather lift raw!

However; if weight belts are your thing, you must have a Cardillo! They are the Rolls Royce or Bugatti of belts! You can’t get any better!

The construction is second to none the weight and thickness of the leather and aluminum lock is ridiculous! Above all, it’s super comfortable!

The best part about them is you can customize it and put your nickname on it or whatever you want!


Fan Request: Why I blog?

Peter V Helton has requested: Tell them why you blog and share with them any information regarding you that is relative to the
blog theme itself. It just requires the dedication to writing one blog
post a day no matter what and keeping this routine up for months and
years to come. With the increase in only business and blogs amazing popularity it has allowed a union
where business blogs have been formed as a way to raise productivity online.

Well Peter here you go:

Why do I blog? I like to think I am helping people by bringing topics not everyone knows about or on the controversy side, topics they don’t want to talk about.

However, I wish more people would comment, so it becomes a discussion and not more of a lecture/presentation. Everyone feel free to comment about the topic at hand. Comments such as you are great and I love your blog find their way into the spam box and deleted. Comment about the topic tell me your thoughts and feelings, if you add in you are great and I love your blog…so be it lol Consequently if you say, hey you suck and have details why I suck that will also be posted lmao!

As for the themes I chose: Read the about me section to see how they pertain to me.

As for the Blog itself, I have posted comments to questions about it, I will reiterate that here: Yes it is currently a free wordpress hosted blog, I used a theme and altered it in photoshop where I created the buttons on the right side.

As for Content: Pick a topic/topics that you are passionate about and/or a subject matter expect about and research about it (don’t forget to footnote where you got the research) and just write about it!

If you build it others will come lol

Have fun! If you don’t have fun it won’t last and it will show in your writing…


Product Review: Elevation Training Mask 2.0 *

I have been trying to get in touch with the Makers of the Elevation Training Mask, but they suck at returning emails…

I am a Certified Master Fitness Instructor, former Army Pt Instructor and Current Air Force PTL – Physical Training Leader. I am also a 25yr Practioner of multiple forms of martial arts. I believe this product might be the missing link a lot of borderline failures of any Military PT test need to successfully pass the test. Furthermore, I believe it could help borderline passing troops to kick ass on the test.

I want to review this mask bad!

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** All Training Mask 2.0’s come with the head strap

Training Mask 2.0 has been a work in progress for over 2 years. We have asked our customers of Training Mask 1.0 to give us their feedback and what they would want to see in 2.0. With great feedback from test marketing and direct responses we have made Training Mask 2.0 smaller, lighter and more comfortable. Training Mask 2.0 gives the end user a redesigned look and feel along with the resistance levels that they desire

Elevation Training Mask mimics the effects of High Altitude Training. When elite athletes want to improve their performance they go to high altitude levels to train. When they come back to sea level they perform much stronger, faster, and have increased endurance.

Training Mask 2.0 makes your work out more efficient allowing you to take your work out from 60 minutes to 20 minutes. From the average daily walker to the marathon runner, Training Mask 2.0 appeals to every athlete who wants to improve their overall health and performance.

We have changed the look!

It started with the first version made from an Israeli civilian gas mask and has been completedly revamped and remolded into Training Mask 2.0. We have gotten away from the eye pieces, hardened straps, and overall gas mask look. With reconstruction of an entirely new mask mould, and neoprene that is stretched over the rubber resistance mask, and caps give Training Mask 2.0 a smooth, sleek look and comfortable feel.

Training Mask 2.0 is held on the face with a comfortable neoprene strap that over lays the air tight silicone piece that rests against the face. The neoprene strap is held onto the mask by 3 “Resistance caps”. The resistance caps make for a nice snug fit against the neoprene and hold the neoprene in place acting as a “post” against the silicone that rests on your face.

Training Mask 2.0 is a less aggressive looking approach to working out while still getting the aggressive workout that one desires. With Training Mask 2.0 you do not have claustrophobia like feeling nor will you have to worry about vision problems while training. Our snap and go resistance nose pieces are truely revolutionary as it makes the ease of use that much easier.

The science behind the mask!

After extensive research and clinical testing from the UNIVERSITY OF NAIT the Training Mask 2.0 has made remarkable advancement in the fitness and training industry. Training Mask 2.0 takes all the amazing “Diaphragm Resistance Technology” from Training Mask 1.0 and compiles it into a less obtrusive, amazingly comfortable silicone mask that fits over the nose and mouth.

The Elevation Training Mask 2.0 is the ultimate respiratory training device.

Our multi-level resistance system reduces air flow through our patent pending flux valve system. Training Mask 2.0 promotes increased lung capacity by forcing you to inhale fuller deeper breaths. When your body adapts to the resistance your lungs will be trained to take deeper breaths and use oxygen more efficiently. A short explanation of how this works is simple. When you breathe against resistance the lining in the lungs essentially stretches out allowing the alveoli’s surface area to become “stretched” thus in return allows for more blood flow to the alveoli for more (oxygen transportation). When you increase “surface area” you increase red blood cell count that will be able to carry more oxygen out to the extremities

While using Training Mask 2.0 the conditioning of your lungs significantly increases along with endurance and diaphragm strength. Training Mask 2.0 will benefit your respiratory system as your overall cardio and endurance will improve with continued use.

**There are many breathing devices and respiratory trainers used by hundreds of elite athletes for sports performance and by other users for health and fitness. Some of these devices are invented to increase strength of the respiratory muscles. Numerous clinical trials have found that these devices can increase endurance and VO2max (maximum oxygen absorption during most intensive exercise), improve lung function tests (VEF, PEF, FVC, and VEmax), lower heart rate for the same load, reduce medication (drugs) and symptoms, improve quality of life scores and lead to other beneficial health effects.

**Furthermore, with correct applications, breathing devices can increase body oxygen levels and produce profound effects on long term endurance, VO2max, duration of recovery from injuries and intensive training, together with life quality effects related to sleep, energy level and digestion. This review is focused on these oxygen-related effects of various breathing techniques.

Altitude resistance and Training Mask 2.0 ?

There are various “Resistance Breathing” elevations with Training Mask 2.0 “Breathing Resistances” are simulated

resistances that are “maching” how hard it would actually be to breath in (3,000 | 6,000ft | 9,000ft | 12,000 | 15,000ft | 18,000 Ft. in “ALTITUDE RESISTANCES”. Training Mask 2.0 does not “change on the o2 molecular level” however your bod y does make adaptations for this “Simulation” to be considered “Altitude Training” also known as the “BOHR EFFECT”

Training Mask 2.0 is completely washable!

We have constructed the Training Mask 2.0 out of high grade neoprene as well as high quality printing that is able to with stand outdoor training, rain or shine, or any other weather condition that may have been keeping you away from training at your peak performance. DO NOT MACHINE WASH!! Hand wash all materials of Training Mask 2.0

Why Choose Training Mask 2.0?

The Elevation Training Mask 2.0 is the ultimate respiratory training device for breathing and controlling the flow of air delivered in to your body. Our Multi level resistance system creates a Resisted air flow through flux valves into the Training Mask 2.0.When your body adapts to the resistance of Training Mask 2.0 your lungs will be trained to take deep beaths that use oxygen more efficiently.

While using Training Mask 2.0 breathing and conditioning of your lungs significantly increases and so will your endurance while strengthening your diaphragm. Training Mask 2.0 will help Your respiratory system as your overall cardio and endurance will improve with continued use.

What benefits does Training Mask 2.0 resistance breathing have?

Conditions the lungs by creating pulmonary resistance Strengthens the diaphragm Increases surface area and elasticity in alveoli Increases lung capacity Increase anaerobic thresholds Decrease workout time Includes three nose pieces for three levels of intensity: 1x, 3x, 6x and 9x restricted breathing

Elevation Training Mask 2.0 helps increase your performance in various sports!

Running Mixed Martial Arts Yoga Soccer Basketball Swimming Football Hockey Anyone looking to increase lung capacity resulting in better cardio and conditioning. What does the Training Mask 2.0 come with ?

(6 Air Resistance Caps) (3 Base pieces with flux valve plungers) (1 Silicone Training Mask) (1 Neoprene Sleeve) Brochures, Fitness Workout booklet / Instructional booklet Instructional DVD SIZING Diagram

**SITED SOURCES**

Dr. Artour Rakhimov – Moscow University PhD (Math/Physics), accepted in Canada and the UK * Winner of many regional competitions in mathematics, chess and sport orienteering (during teenage and University years) * Good classical piano-player: Chopin, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Strauss (up to now) * Joined Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 2001 * Former captain of the ski-O varsity team and member of the cross-country skiing varsity team of the Moscow State University, best student teams of the USSR * Former individual coach of world-elite athletes from Soviet (Russian) and Finnish national teams who took gold and silver medals during World Championships * Total distance covered by running, cross country skiing, and swimming: over 100,000 km or over 2.5 loops around the Earth * Author of the publication which won Russian National 1998 Contest of scientific and methodological sport papers * Author of the most comprehensive book in English (“Normal breathing: the key to vital health”) about the Buteyko breathing method and one of the largest world’s website devoted to breathing training (www.NormalBreathing.com) * Buteyko breathing teacher (since 2002 up to now) and trainer * Health writer and health educator
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Sean Sherk UFC Lightweight Champion wears it…

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Wanderlei Silva IVC Light heavyweight Champion, former PRIDE Middleweight Champion, and the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Winner wears it…

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Rashad Evans Ultimate Fighter Winner and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion wears it…

That’s 3 former champs…

They even have custom sleeves:
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Subzero!

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American Pride

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Even a couple sleeves for Badass girls! I bet crossfit girls would wear these! I Love crossfit girls!!!

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Spidey and more…..

The Elevation Training Mask 2.0 is an incredible invention. The original mask mimicked a gas mask, it had cool shock value, but an embarrassing stigma when working out in a conventional gym.
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The eye pieces also tended to fog…

The 2.0 however, removed the eye pieces, and with it the stigma, and made the outer cover removable neoprene instead of rubber, which allows for easy washing and drying, no fear of mold! Once removed the rubber mouthpiece can be easily cleaned! The amount of filters allows for better control and slower acclimation, which makes it easier to build up and adapt.
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I can’t wait to get my hands on the 2.0!

I hope they get back to me soon! Stay Tuned!

**Update**
Still no contact beside an auto response and sale emails about a limited edition hoodie (which is neon green with marine corps sergeant stripes on sleeves, why I don’t know) and a limited edition tshirt for $5… How bout a little customer service first…

**Update**
Tues Mar 5th still no contact from the company!
**Update**
Tues Mar 19th Contacted them again…Still no contact!

Finally a response (and a rude one at that!)

Sir this is not a customer service issue. We are currently not interested in having the product reviewed since we now have clinical studies that support our claims.

TRAINING MASK- “We bring the Elevation to you”

**Update**
The powers that be have reconsidered and are allowing me to review the mask! Like I stated earlier, I believe this mask can make the difference between many many Soldiers, Airmen, Seamen and Marines either failing or borderline passing and blowing the pt test out of the water!

**Update**
They promised to send me one, but still haven’t received it yet!!

**Update** January 13th 2014

The absolute worst customer service department! They promised to send me a unit for review and never did and have since ignored every email attempt sent since! Not even a response, but keep spamming my email with sales and new product updates! If I would have received the product review I probably would have purchased a few different cool looking skins and a few T-shirts that were cool! Instead they fill me with dislike for the company with their broken promise!

I believed their product could help struggling military troops pass their pt tests and ultimately save their careers; but they don’t care!