Sooo what’s difference?
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It comes with a plastic 4 way divider in the middle cup for supplements but I throw it out and use the 3rd cup for a scoop and a half of Vitargo!
The aluminum carabiner clip is not dishwasher safe and will get nasty, so I throw that out also!
I had a moral dilemma picking which cup I was going to pick!
Red and black is my favorite colors and I like Ronnie better than Phil!
So which cup should I get? In the end red and black won out! Because; I just did not like the blue!
Q: What is the good part about the lack of change?
A: All the parts are interchange! And dishwasher safe!
Sooo what’s the difference?
Not a whole hell of a lot! There’s nothing notable different! Buy V1 or V2 depending on the deal you get!
ANABOLIC LEUCINE BLEND
1st Annual Sports Supplement Awards
Supplement of the Year
Preworkout of the Year
Fat Burner of the Year
Protein of the Year
BCAA of the Year
Stack of the Year
Best Tasting Supplement of the Year
Bonus Supplement of the Year
**Newly Added** Product of the Year
**Newly Added** Disappointment of the Year!
Bonus Supplement of the Year:
What is the bonus of the year? Well; it’s the supplement that makes a world of difference that doesn’t quite fit in any of the categories! And the award goes to:
Curamed (Curcumin) by Terry naturally
I can’t go over the entire benefits of Curcumin, because there’s an entire book about it! But here are some benefits:
Stabilizes blood sugar
Reduces plaque in arteries
Checkout the review here!
It’s the miracle of 2013!
Best Tasting Supplement of the Year:
And the award goes to:
Prosupps Liquid L-Carnitine 1500 Chocolate flavor!
Stack of the year:
And the award goes to the Cellucor Fat Burning Stack
Check out the review here!
BCAA of the Year:
And the award goes to:
Check out the review here!
Protein of the Year:
And the award goes to:
ETB – Eat the Bear! The cinnamon bun favor is the best! And the protein of choice for my homemade protein bars also! Cleanest most pure whey protein on the market!!
Fat Burner of the Year:
And the award goes to:
Super Slim 7 by VMI Sports
Preworkout of the Year:
That’s a hard one as I don’t often use it, so it will be broken down into 2 awards: Stimulant Preworkout of the year and Non-stimulant Preworkout of the Year
Non-stimulant Preworkout of the Year
And the award goes to:
Hemavol by IForce
Check out the review here!
Stimulant Preworkout of the Year:
2yrs ago would have been NO Shotgun, Last year would have been NO Explode this year:
And the award goes to:
MR Hyde by ProSupps
40 Servings Orange Guava
Servings Per Container:40
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value*
Strength Matrix 5000mg *
Beta Alanine 2500mg
Creatine Hydrochloride 1000mg
Agmatine Sulfate 500mg
L-Citrulline Malate 500mg
Caffeine Matrix 419mg *
Caffeine Anhydrous 300mg
Infinergy™ (Dicaffeine Malate) 69mg
Caffeine Citrate 50mg
Intensity Matrix 154mg *
Pikatropin™ (Pikamilon) 50mg
N-Methyl Tyramine 50mg
Yohimbe Bark Extract 2mg
Rauwolfia Vomitoria Root Extract (Std. Min. 90% Alpha-Yohimbine) 2mg
* Percent Daily Values not established
Agmatine Sulfate is technically the winner! It produces muscle splitting pumps! These are the 2 best formulas containing it!
Mr Hyde Not yet reviewed here! But coming!
Which brings us to The Supplement of the Year!
Supplement of the Year:
If you only can afford one supplement and it’s something you can’t live without! That would be protein! Especially at over 200-250 pounds!
In order to build muscle you need 1.5grams of protein per pound of body weight. For me at 260lbs that’s 390g of protein! Grilled Chicken thanks to our livestrong my plate app (reviewed here) is 22.4g of protein per cutlet we are going to round down to 22g that’s 17.7 rounded up: 18! I need to eat 18 chicken cutlets a day to build muscle!
1. I don’t want to eat 18 cutlets a day nor do I think I can!
2. I definitely can’t afford 18 cutlets a day! 12 cutlets at BJ’s is $20-24 and that’s only 12!
So you see protein supplementation is vital!
So the award goes to:
1 cup is equal to a dozen egg whites and the best part is: for an active lifestyle you just pour and drink, rinse cup and run! That’s it!
Congratulations to Muscle Egg Supplement of the Year!
Check out the review here!
Muscle Egg is also honorable mention for best tasting supplement of the year!
**Update** February 2nd 2014
Product of the Year
This was hard! I regained an inch in height with the Teter Hangups gravity boots, yet I wear the Oakley Stretch fit hat 4 times a week!
And the winner is: Teter Hangups gravity boots!
After all, everyone always wants and extra inch 😉
Disappointment of the Year
There is only one hands down winner here! And it will probably win D. Of the decade too!
And the loser is: Fit Body Wrap!
I did the opposite of what it claimed! I gained weight! Check out my review here on this site!
Ps: don’t hold that crap against Beach Bum Tanning they still Rock!! Just don’t waste your money on the Fit Body Wrap!!
Remember for all your Supplement needs call: Nutrition Zone Rockaway NJ and ask for Pete or Pauly and tell em Louisjbianco.wordpress.com sent you!
They can even ship you whatever you want! +1 (973) 664-9444
There’s a review for Nutrition Zone here also 😉
**Update** January 3rd 2014
It’s a new year and there’s a lot in the works! Many new supplement reviews from new supplement companies! New product reviews! More tips and recipes! And much more!
Teaser: Product Review: Zemgear Ninja Toe Running Shoes
AminoLinx™ BCAA/EAA Matrix We are all “elite” athletes aren’t we? Whether you are flipping tires and ropes, flipping other athletes, or moving heaps of steel, we all need a product that not only fuels our physical challenge of choice, but preserves the very muscle we look to develop.
AminoLinx™ BCAA/EAA Matrix was formulated as the answer to the calling for a product that not only powers you through exercise STIMULANT-FREE, but aids in muscle tissue preservation and hydration. Infused with electrolytes for essential hydration, Beta Alanine & Agmatine Sulfate for optimal performance, AminoLinx™ is a “one-stop shop” for “elite” athletes that expect nothing less from a ProSupps product.
Contains Electrolytes & B Vitamin complex for hydration
Contains Beta Alanine & Citrulline Malate for endurance and to combat muscle fatigue
Contains Agmatine Sulfate for increased blood flow & the rapid transport of nutrients into muscle cells
Contains Glutamine Peptides for Ultra Fast absorption & recovery
RECOMMENDED USE: As a dietary supplement mix 1 scoop (12.8g) of Aminolinx™ with 8-10 fluid oz. of cold water. Aminolinx™ can be consumed prior to training, during training and after training for maximum efficacy.
WARNING: Not for use by individuals under the age of 18 years. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Keep out of the reach of children. Do not consume this product if you have a medical condition and/or taking any prescription medication. Do not exceed recommended servings. Do not use this product if you are at risk or are being treated for high blood pressure, kidney, thyroid or psychiatric disease, anxiety, depression, seizure, enlarged prostate or stroke. Before beginning any supplement or training program always consult a physician first.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
I tried the so-called Lemonade flavor here is my breakdown:
Mixes with ease just shake it lightly.
Why a taste of 4? in no way shape or form does this taste like Lemonade! Its not bad as to throw out the bottle, but Its not good. However, They have fruit punch and Watermelon. I will try Watermelon, so check back!
The formula, I like the BCAA’s, Beta Alanine, Citrulline Malate and Glutamine Peptides. Agmatine Sulfate is new to me, so I like that too.
I supplement with Beta Alanine this allows me to cutback on a serving which saves my wallet.
BCAA’s are that witchdoctor product that science says there is no proof, but everyone buys it!
science says there is no proof that BCAA supplementation is necessary, scientists claim you get enough in the foods you eat. However, Americans are eating less and less red meat, so are we getting enough?
EAA – essential amino acids – are not produced by the body and must me consumed. (they are all found in eggs and soy)
This stuff tastes Nasty I want my Cellucor back!
Got the watermelon today and it is definitely better than the lemonade, it smells a little like a Jolly Rancher.
Not bad… But I still want my tropical Cellucor!
What does “X” Mean to You?
What it means to the select few that have been introduced to ProSupps™ newest and most potent addition, DNPX II, is complete and utter annihilation of fat and appetite. With thousands of fat burners on the shelves today, our founder, IFBB Pro, Art Atwood, knew he needed to formulate a product that combined the perfect balance of thermogenic, appetite suppressant and mental acuity. DNPX II was born, and until now, only a select number of people have ever tried this extremely potent and effective formula. Fat stores beware….the X is here.*
Increase Energy and Focus*
Cortisol and Insulin Regulation*
Increase Physical Endurance*
Just say the name a few times and you will get the hint!!
White Willow Bark
The White Willow Tree (salix alba), also known as European Willow, is native to central and southern Europe. For centuries the bark from this willow tree, and others such as the Purple Willow Tree (salix purpurea), have been used in traditional medicine for its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. The active ingredient in willow bark is salicin and when consumed our bodies convert this chemical into salicylic acid, similar in structure to modern day aspirin (acetlyl salicylic acid). Often you’ll hear willow bark referred to as “herbal aspirin” as it works in much the same way. The main difference between the two being willow bark will take longer than aspirin to act but its effects may last longer, though willow bark’s pain relieving properties will not be as pronounced as aspirin’s. There is little evidence that willow bark by itself promotes or enhances weight loss. However, when willow bark is combined with thermogenic ingredients such as Caffeine Anhydrous or Yohimbine HCL, it’s thought to extend or enhance their fat burning properties.
A yohimbine-isomer that works with far more potent MAOI-inhibiting properties (normally, yohimbine isn’t very strong in this regard). It basically works as an amphetamine-potentiator, because it prevents the neuro-breakdown of the brain’s ‘big three’– serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine. It also has similar alpha-2 antagonistic properties to yohimbine HCl, but is less vasoconstrictive in areas, making it less likely to induce large increases in BP. Alpha-yohimbine (Alpha-Y) is an analogue of yohimbine, but its potency at the subreceptors of alpha2 differ quite a bit–most notably at the alpha2b and alpha2c adrenergic subreceptors. It is 3 times more potent at alpha2b and 4 times more potent at alpha2c. It is equipotent at alpha2a. The differing ratios of activity is where it allows us to do good stuff with it that we could not do with yohimbine.*
Alpha2a mediates most the classic effects of alpha2 receptor agonists and antagonists. There is plenty of info on this in regard to the equipotent yohimbine, so I will not get into it, except to say its superior potency at the other receptors lets us use less to hit them, so we can minimize the negatives here – namely, an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety, and norepinephrine (NE) hyperactivity, centrally.*
The alpha2c receptor plays a minor role in the negative feedback signal on NE, but it plays a major role in certain brain areas where sympathetic innervation is low, and the dopamine system is prominent, which just happen to be the areas that are critical for reward, reinforcement, and metabolic control, such as the VTA and striatum. In these areas, dopamine–not NE–is the primary agonist at alpha 2 receptors, and alpha2c makes up the majority of these receptors. So, it will block dopamine’s negative feedback signal, thus increasing dopaminergic tone.*
If that were not handy enough, the only other place the alpha2c receptors are highly expressed is in the adrenal medulla, where it modulates negative feedback on epinephrine (E), much like alpha2a does on NE. In other words, alpha-y allows for a much greater increase in E levels, with its superior effect on thermogenesis, energy expenditure, and nutrient partitioning.*
The alpha2b receptor is prominent in development (it is the only adrenergic deletion that impacts survival), but in adults, it only affects blood pressure. Namely, it increases the hell out of it, especially in regard to salt loading. In the obese, and with overfeeding, receptor levels are upregulated. Not coincidentally, it also increases Arginine vasopressin activity. So, not only are we minimizing the increase in the alpha2b agonist NE, we are blocking the receptor more strongly than with yohimbine.*
Caffeine anhydrous is simply caffeine in dehydrated form, without the water. If one takes a pill containing caffeine anhydrous, one might as well drink a cup of coffee for the same effect, although the concentration of caffeine may differ between the two. Rather than paying much attention to words portraying caffeine anhydrous as some new miracle drug, simply think “caffeine”. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with caffeine anhydrous pills or supplements. They are known to have value in a weight reduction program as, like the caffeine in coffee, they speed up the metabolism causing calories to be burned at a morerapid rate. The pills can also be a powerful stimulant.*
Recent evidence suggests that 3,5-diiodo-L-thyronine (T2), a naturally occurring iodothyronine, stimulates metabolic rate via mechanisms involving the mitochondrial apparatus. In addition, T2 can induce metabolic inefficiency, possibly by stimulating energy loss via mechanisms involving mitochondrial proton leakage/redox slippage. Such inefficiency in energy transduction should result in reduced energy storage. In view of these metabolic effects of T2 and the very low affinity of T2 for nuclear T3 receptors, we thought it conceivable that in rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD), long-term treatment with T2 might result in a reduced adiposity and less body weight gain without inducing a clinical syndrome related to the thyrotoxic state. 3,5-diiodo-l-thyronine (T2) has been shown to exert marked effects on energy metabolism by acting mainly at the mitochondrial level. Here we investigated the capacity of T2 to affect both skeletal muscle mitochondrial substrate oxidation and thermogenesis within 1 hr after its injection into hypothyroid rats. Administration of T2 induced an increase in mitochondrial oxidation when palmitoyl-CoA (+104%), palmitoylcarnitine (+80%), or succinate (+30%) was used as substrate, but it had no effect when pyruvate was used. T2 was able to 1) activate the AMPK-ACC-malonyl-CoA metabolic signaling pathway known to direct lipid partitioning toward oxidation and 2) increase the importing of fatty acids into the mitochondrion. These results suggest that T2 stimulates mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation byactivating several metabolic pathways, such as the fatty acid import/β-oxidation cycle/FADH2-linked respiratory pathways, where fatty acids are imported. T2 also enhanced skeletal muscle mitochondrial thermogenesis by activating pathways involved in the dissipation of the proton-motive force not associated with ATP synthesis (“proton leak”), the effect being dependent on the presence of free fatty acids inside mitochondria. We conclude that skeletal muscle is a target for T2, and we propose that, by activating processes able to enhance mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and thermogenesis, T2 could play a role in protecting skeletal muscle against excessive intramyocellular lipid storage,possibly allowing it to avoid functional disorders. adenosine 5′-monophosphate, thyroid hormone, mitochondria among the endocrine factors able to regulate substrate metabolism and thermogenesis, thyroid hormones (THs) play important roles. 3,5,3′-Triiodothyronine (T3) exerts a plethora of effects, including upregulation of peripheral and hepatic glucose uptake, cholesterol reduction, loss of body weight and adiposity, cardiac acceleration, and increases in metabolic rate. In adults, T3 regulates energy metabolism by increasing respiration and energy expenditure and by lowering metabolic efficiency. Because of this, T3 was tested in the past as an antiobesity and hypolipidemic agent.*
O-methoxy phenyletylamine, Beta phenylethylamine, 4-hyroxyphenylethylamine, N-dimethyl-hydroxyphenletylamine(PEA)
Well, besides being terribly difficult to pronounce Phenylethylamine, or PEA is an ingredient that can be found in a few weight loss products. Phenylethylamine can be found in chocolate (as well as many illegal drugs like LSD). Phenylethylamine, or PEA, is a neuromodulator, which is responsible for the transmission of norepinephrine and dopamine. PEA is also known as the “love drug”, and is the primary reason why chocolate is considered an aphrodisiac. This is a much more efficient way to experience the mood enhancing properties of chocolate without the fat and extra calories. Phenylethylamine is a stimulant which some also believe has the ability to suppress the appetite and strongly enhance mood. Phenylethylamine also elevates mental alertness because it releases acetylcholine, which supports memory and cognitive skills, such as concentration.*
As a metabolic intermediate for the biosynthesis of Serotonin and Melatonin from Tryptophan, 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), a naturally occurring amino acid, is widely used as an OTC dietary supplement for the effective treatment of depression, chronic headaches, pre-menstrual syndrome, over eating and sleeplessness. Many people who experience depression seek to elevate their Tryptophan/Serotonin levels by consuming a diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates and processed foods; the higher the protein intake, in fact, the harder it is for them to establish normal Tryptophan levels in the brain. With the addition of 5-HTP, Serotonin levels can be boosted without the extreme practice of overeating. 5-HTP will also diminish one’s appetite to prevent them from gorging on the wrong foods. Therefore, weight loss and improved mental function are the major benefits of supplementing with 5-HTP.*
Tea is the most-consumed hot beverage all over the world. Tea is available in different forms like black tea, green tea and white tea, depending on its ingredients. Black tea is prepared from a plant called Camellia sinesis. The old leaves and the stem of the plant are used in the preparation of black tea. Black Tea improves the mental alertness of patients suffering from severe stress and depression and prevents aggravation of the condition. It improves the memory and learning skills of the person. Lack of these skills can lead to depression and stress in patients. Consuming black tea improves these skills and reduces stress. It enhances our information processing skills. It helps in rapid analysis by our brain and thus helps in avoiding stressful conditions. It helps in reducing repeated attacks of headache in patients suffering from stress and depression. Drinking black tea increases the basal metabolic rate of the body, which helps in increasing the energy consumption of our body. The food that is eaten is utilized by the body at a faster rate. Thus, black tea can help in reducing the calorie intake of our body. Also, black tea can burn fat at a higher rate and so helps obese people to get rid of excess fat in the body. The fat is mobilized from the fat deposits and converted into energy for its utilization at an increased rate. This helps patients who want to lose weight. Black tea contains several anti-oxidants that help in detoxifying our body to get rid of unwanted toxins. So, black tea assists in weight loss in a healthy manner unlike other methods used for weight loss. Hence, it can be concluded that there are several benefits of black tea for stress, diabetes, and weight loss in patients suffering from them. It should be noted that black tea may lose some of its beneficial properties if mixed with milk. Regular consumption of black tea can help patients to relieve their anxiety and live a stress-free life. It can benefit a lot of people as it helps in prevention of diabetes, which is the most common metabolic disease all over the world. It helps obese patients in their weight loss programs as it helps in reducing their weight in a harmless and healthy manner. Consuming black tea will help in weight loss when coupled with dietary restrictions and regular exercises.*
I am going to stack DNPX2 with Top Secret Nutrition Jitter Free Fat Burner stay tuned for the results!
The fact that I gained an inch on my waist during the fitwrap month tells me this product is useless!
Next month I will be using the oxyelite
Another Ultra Thermogenic one pill a day…
Not having positive expectations!
I can feel it thermogenically working! No jitters or crazy energy, is it burning fat? Time will tell!
I didn’t have enough samples to formula a complete opinion. However, when I did take it I felt a swampy clammy unclean feeling over my entire body, like I was in Florida with 80% humidity. I also felt an energy surge without jitters. However, only Cellucor stack somewhat controlled my appetite. It didn’t control my hunger at all!!!!! However, it controlled my salty and sweet cravings and allowed me to eat a controlled diet!!