Fitness & Wellness Articles

By On June 04 In Know Your Supplements

"I'm just getting started with lifting. What should I take?"

This is probably the most frequent question that any supplement retailer is asked. The first thing to consider is your age.

If you are 18 or younger you probably don’t need anything other than hard work and a lot of food. You need to consume quality calories and make sure that you get enough protein to feed your muscles. You will want to take in about 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day. This is not talking just about supplements. This is total protein intake per day. You need to know how much protein you are getting from your meals.

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By Andrew McInroy, B. Sc. Nutrition

After you have a great nutrition and training program, it is time to start thinking about investing in supplements. Indeed, the right supplements can take you further than you can achieve with just a good diet. However, some supplements are garbage and overpriced. This will be an article on some of the best supplements out there to spend your money on and you can bet that Fitness First USA has the best products!

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By On September 24 In Building Muscle Know Your Supplements

By Andrew McInroy, B. Sc. Nutrition

MMA, Cross-fit and other strength-endurance sports are much different than bodybuilding and power lifting. In strength-endurance sports you burn a ton of calories, lose electrolytes, work all muscle groups, and the joints take a beating. If you want to perform at your best for these sports you will need proper nutrition and proper supplementation.

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By On September 24 In Building Muscle Know Your Supplements

You dont have to take supplements - you can build muscle without them. What supplements can do, however, is make your results come faster which can keep you motivated. Supplements should not be relied on for making gains but they can give you a mental and physical edge.

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Over the last decade of examining and researching sports supplements, there have been very few compounds that have passed my stringent criteria for gaining access to supplement stardom. Creatine, of course, is the most popular and most effective. It easily hurdled the challenges of requiring a physiologic basis for success, of providing solid research backing, and of proving itself with athletes and fitness professionals. Almost every day, there are new compounds that challenge this criteria, but few pass the test. One that just might is an amino acid called Beta-Alanine.

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Protein, together with carbohydrates and fat, is one of the three macronutrients that provide the vast majority of energy to the body. As the major structural component of all tissues there are approximately 50,000 different types of protein containing compounds in the human body-65% of which are found in skeletal muscle. The main purpose of dietary protein is to supply raw materials for the construction and maintenance of bodily tissues, especially muscle. In addition, proteins play a vital role in human health including hormone regulation, immunity defense and oxygen delivery to tissues and organs.

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By On November 15 In Know Your Supplements

So you decide to lose some weight. Or you decide to get into shape and build some muscle. Or you have started a new sport and want to get an edge by increasing your endurance or your muscle recovery time. You walk in the local nutrition shop and … WOW! The choices are almost endless. All make incredible claims and most have an incredible price tag. The good news is that if you are an educated consumer you can get products that will help you reach your goals and you can do it relatively inexpensively. Following are the major categories of supplements and a very brief, basic explanation.

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By On November 14 In Know Your Supplements

1. High Potency, Complete Multi-Vitamin Formula 
Vitamins and minerals are hardly a supplement fad - in fact, they're supplements everyone, especially bodybuilders, should use every day. You want to burn muscle and fat, right? Well, then you'd better make sure your body is in top working order. Intense weight-training & aerobic exercise takes its toll on your body, and a complete multi-vitamin/mineral formula or training pack can improve your recovery time, reduce muscle soreness, postpone fatigue, strengthen the immune system, and over the long term, can help you get better results faster from the time you spend exercising.

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For years Creatine has been considered the big daddy of safe, legal and non-hormonal performance enhancers.And rightfully so. Throughout its existence the sports nutrition world has been subjected to many products hyped by marketers and manufacturers as "the next big thing" in legal ergogenic aids. In my time alone I have seen the likes of Boron, Sasparilla Root, Pyruvate, Ribose, Methoxyisoflavone, and too many other items to list, talking the talk.claiming to be "the next big thing" in performance enhancement, but to no avail! Creatine came on the scene, talking the talk, saying it would take the sports nutrition world by storm and that's exactly what it did!

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