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Archive for April, 2013

Anyone had a go on a kenesis yet?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Hi All,

Anyone had a go on a Technogym Kenesis yet? IF so what did you think?

Review: Multipower BCAA Caps

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Hi All

BCAA

I was recently sent a load of stuff from Multipower Sportsfoods, one of the things they sent over is a bottle of Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) Capsules.  I have not used BCAAs for a while and decided to add them into my supplement routine over the next few weeks and see what happened.  I followed the suggested dosage of 3 pre workout and 3 post workout, this gave me a good boost of those much-needed amino acids!  The capsules themselves contain essential amino acids L-Leucine, L-Valine, and L-Isoleucine to support the preservation of muscle mass and additionally L-Alanine and potassium hydrogen carbonate that helps to support those intensive workout sessions. On top of all this the BCAAs are very clean and contain no nasties, making them a good choice for all those who are more health conscious with their supplement choices.

The science behind taking BCAA is that during exercise protein may be used as a fuel source, so when taking the supplement it means there should be a surplus of amino acids within the body.  This means that the body is less likely to eat into muscle tissue in order to create energy.  There have been a number of studies that support the use of BCAA in order to reduce muscle breakdown and promote faster recovery.

I found the Multipower capsules to be an awesome addition to my stack, allowing me to get some good gains and also helped me to preserve muscle mass, even through periods of more intense cardiovascular work.  I am going to add this product to my regular intake, another bottle that makes it to be a resident in my gym bag!

I would definitely recommend the Multipower BCAAs and at less than £20 for 102 capsules they will not break the bank!  In fact having used a number of the Multipower products I can highly recommend the brand.

Please do comment and share!

TOM

Press Ups

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

What is HMB (Beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate)?

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Hi All,

Following on from my last post on CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which proved to be a very popular one I thought I would look at HMB or to give it it’s full title…Beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate (wow, that is a mouth full)!

HMB is produced in the body from branch chain amino acids (more commonly known as BCAAs) and is believed to be involved in repair of the body at a cellular level.  HMB is marketed on the premise that it helps to increase muscle mass and strength in those that use it.  Common sources can be catfish, grapefruit or supplementation.

It has also been noted in a smaller number of studies that use of HMB can help to reduce muscle breakdown during a resistance training session and also accelerates repair post workout.

There are a lack of long terms studies into the use of HMB, this means that results are pretty likely in the first two months or training, after this period the effectiveness of HMB is less clear.

As usual any questions please post below.

TOM

Bosu training

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Deadlift

Monday, April 8th, 2013

What is CLA?

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Hi All,

I am increasingly getting asked about supplements, what they do, if they are effective, and 101 other questions.  So I thought that over the next few weeks I will have a look at some of the most common ones I get asked about.

This week I am going to start with CLA or conjugated linoleic acid to give it, its full name.  CLA is an unsaturated fatty acid that is found in meat, full fat milk and cheese.  This supplement is marketed as an aid to releasing fat from the fat cells (by stimulating the hormone lipase) or blocking the fat being stored in the adipose tissue (fat cells).  It is believed that it is more likely to be a fat storage blocker by stopping fat cells filling up.

It is important to note that this would mean that it would not be an effective way to lose body fat, but wold rather prevent an increase in the amount of body fat an individual has.  It is recommended that CLA is taken in quantities of between 2-5g per day split over 3 doses.

There has also been a small amount of evidence that supplementation with CLA can help to increase strength when taken while taking part in a well structured resistance training program.

If you have any questions do post below!

TOM

 

 

Medicine Ball Exercises

Monday, April 1st, 2013