This area of supplementation is too easily overlooked and really should be the very first place we start before we venture into all the other performance enhancing options.
It is sometimes easy to forget that the cells in our bodies, particularly muscle cells, rely on certain biochemical reactions for proper metabolism, growth and maintenance. These reactions, in turn, depend upon specific vitamins to help catalyse, or facilitate, their actions. Without these vitamins, nothing happens. Even if only one of these critical substances is deficient, a bodybuilder's progress can be stifled without warning.
Virtually every energy production or muscle growth process we rely on so heavily (and that we sometimes take for granted) is dependent upon, in one way or another, a vitamin. Making matters more critical is the fact that bodybuilders are notorious for overlooking vitamins because these nutrients don't supply energy like carbohydrates, proteins and fats do. But that doesn't mean they aren't important. Without vitamins, muscle mass would decay, bone density would deteriorate and all systems of the body would begin to fail.
Many of us, not just bodybuilders are deficient in these areas due to poor diet, lack of exercise and general lack of well being. If your noticing your overly tired, have dry, dull and lacklustre hair and nails, your skin is breaking out and you just generally feel run down then its more than likely you are lacking in your Vitamins and Minerals!
The range of pre-workout supplements on the market today is growing by the second so many of you can be left wondering what is best for you? We at Victorious Fitness Supplements have tried and tested every product we can get our hands on and have picked the following 5 products as our top picks.
For a highly explosive energy hit and insane pump we can’t go past Cellucor C4. With 60 serving in a tub and a wide range of flavours to choose from its great value and will please the pickiest tastebuds.
If you were a fan of the old Mesomorph then Mesomorph 2.0 by APS labs won’t disappoint. In its new potent concentrated formula it delivers everything the old mesomorph did and more without the nasty DMAA.
Not for the faint hearted our next product Grenade .50 Calibre must be handled with care! The label states pre-workout devastation and this product certainly lives up to that. If you find it hard to get that energy hit you’ve been searching for then look no further than this product.
All time favourite product of our store manager Chelsea has to go to Body Effects by Power Performance Products. This all in one product is a fat burner, energy booster, appetite suppressant and mood enhancer. With so many amazing flavours and the breakthrough combination of ingredients combined within, this product is not to be overlooked by those of you who want that energy hit and to loose body fat at the same time.
Our final pick is Dorian Yates Black Bombs “the pre-workout detonator”. This product like Body Effects is a thermogenic pre-workout formula and will assist in fat loss whilst giving you energy. Black bombs is a competition strength supplement and is very strong. This product was designed for those of us who have become stim desensitised or for those of you who want the strongest most effective fat blasting energy hit on the market.
5 of the best Creatine supplements for gaining muscle mass (in addition to a serious weightlifting regime!)
If you are serious about putting on muscle mass, optimizing your training sessions, recovering faster and adding to your strength then Creatine is a supplement you should consider investing in. Here's our top 5 picks.
VFS Creatine Monohydrate - Creatine is used by every cell in the body to catalyse functional energy*. Without sufficient Creatine, the body functions, but all cellular metabolism and repair happens at a diminished rate*. Our bodies produce about half of the Creatine it needs and therefore supplementation of Creatine is advised for optimized body functions*. Creatine is CRITICAL for everyone and is especially key for muscle strength, overall endurance, and recovery Benefits include - Enhanced muscle mass/strength, Increased muscle energy availability, Increased power output (more sets/reps), Weight gain, Enhanced recovery after exercise;
Concrete - There are many synthesized Creatines' but most have negative side effects (cramping, water retention, bloating, diarrhoea) Con-cret has no side effects with all of the benefits of Creatine monohydrate, no bloating, no cramping, no need to cycle on and off;
APS Creatine Nitrate - Improved power, energy, recovery and strength, has been proven to be more soluble therefore absorbs faster;
Kre-Alkalyn - the only Creatine product in the world with PH above 12. As a result it remains completely stable and reaches muscle cells at full strength, no need to load and no side effects;
Anabolic Switch- first and only anabolic Creatine. Keeps your body in power anabolism in addition to ramping up strength all day long. Also contains 8 essential aminos necessary for complete anabolism.
|The staff at Victorious Fitness Supplements swear by our Amino Acids during training. If you are looking to optimize your training results you need to invest in some of these and here's why! Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are categorised into two groups, essential and non-essential. The term “branched chain” simply refers to the molecular structure. So what's the difference? While all amino acids are important for the metabolism of nutrients some are more so than others. Let’s start off with our Essential Amino Acids. Essential Amino Acids (specifically, Valine, Leucine and Isoleucine) cannot be produced by the body so therefore must be ingested as part of the diet. Without these three essential amino acids our body would not be able to survive or function.
Non-Essential Amino Acids by comparison can be made by your body from vitamins and other amino acids. The non-essential amino acids are alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cysteine, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, hydroxyproline, proline, serine and tyrosine.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein (think: meat, dairy and legumes) and are responsible for a variety of functions from building tissues, energy production during and after exercise, reducing fatigue, improving concentration and enabling our brains to function. They are absorbed into our bloodstream for transportation around the body when protein rich foods get broken down in the digestive system into individual amino acids and short chains of amino acids.
Comprising of substantial 30% worth of your total muscle protein pool, and acting as the primary nitrogen source for glutamine and alanine synthesis in the muscle, BCAAs are amongst the most beneficial and important of any supplement in any sports nutrition program.
Why do amino acids work?
When exercising our serotonin levels are increased, which is believed to cause fatigue. BCAAs reduce serotonin levels therefore cancelling out fatigue and enhancing exercise performance. Primarily metabolized in the skeletal muscles rather than the liver BCAAs are linked to repairing muscle damage, decreasing muscle soreness and increasing muscle function. Supplementation during exercise has beneficial effects for decreasing exercise-induced muscle damage and promoting muscle-protein synthesis (growth) while further causing muscle repair after workouts. While supplementing with BCAAs one can expect faster muscle growth when combined with an intense training regime and less muscle loss during weight loss.
For maximum results we recommend using BCAAs powders such as Xtend, Chained Out, Glutatren, Amino Energy, Amino Recovery (just to name a few) as your intra workout drink, followed by your post workout shake of choice
Have A Plan
Having a plan about what you want to achieve with your gym routine will keep you motivated and on track. Having realistic expectations about what you can achieve and how the time frame is going to look will save you from unnecessary worry. Read up on it and plan ahead. If you are going to be attending a pie eating contest at some point, then factor that into your plans and adjust your workout accordingly.
Setting goals will ensure that you stay on track and have goal posts to look forward to. Knowing where you are going and the steps you are going to take to get there will assist you with staying motivated and excited about your journey.
Get A Trainer
Having a personal trainer will help you to stay motivated and on track. Use their knowledge to assist you in working towards your goals. Those days when you might feel like slacking off they will be the one to drive you forward, and force you to get up and go.
Reward yourself with non-food-related rewards. As the weight starts to drop away, go shopping and get yourself new clothes to show off how great you are looking. Do all those interesting things that you always wanted to do. Plan a beach holiday to show off your gorgeous new body!
Get Off The Scales
Get off the scales! Instead of judging your progress on your weight, look at it from the aspect of how big your clothes are getting, how amazing you feel, or how much attention you are getting from your new look!
Take before and after photos of yourself. Because you are with you all the time, you may not notice exactly how much you have achieved as you progress on your journey. Having photos to compare will assist you in staying motivated and feeling good about the small gains that you are achieving every day.
Get A Gym Partner
Having someone to work out with is one of the best ways of staying motivated. You can drive each other on to achieve your goals together. Car-pooling will mean that you have to go to the gym even if you feel like slacking off. Your gym partner could become the best friend you ever had as you will have someone to answer to, other than yourself.
Prepare Meals In Advance
Preparing meals in advance will mean that you are less likely to go for those quick fix fast food options. Often the only reason we end up eating junk is because we can’t be bothered preparing the healthy alternative when we are hungry, even though we would often prefer to be eating something that is delicious and good for us.
Get A Food Diary
Start keeping a food diary to keep track of everything you eat. This will give you a better idea about your food routines and will assist you in making healthy choices. If you notice that you seem to have an energy slump around 3 in the afternoon then prepare some carrot sticks to have with you so you don’t go for the quick fix muffin or sweet treat.
Change The Way You Think
Change the way you think about working out. Instead of dreading your gym time, start thinking of it as your time to relax. Make your gym your sanctuary, a place where you can listen to your favourite tunes on your ipod and have an hour or two that is your time, just for you.
The legend that is OxyElite Powder has finally returned and what a highly anticipated return it has been...but does it live up to the hype? Here's Aspley Store Manager Chelsea's thoughts...
Being a Thermogenic lover I am super critical when it comes to the effects of the latest fat burning products that come through the store and I insist on trying them all. I can happily say that this product does not disappoint! As I’m sure many of you who have every tried a thermogenic powder before know, they usually taste disgusting!! To say that this product tastes amazing would be an understatement, it is simply delicious!!
The little micro-scoop of active ingredients (1g serve) is also a big plus in my books – it means you’re getting only a concentrated hit of the most crucial fat burning ingredients with none of those nasty fillers that can hinder our fat loss goals instead of accelerating them.
From the very first dose I could feel the active ingredients kicking in, my metabolism revving up a gear and the undeniable urge to get up and move. If you are one of those people that dread your morning cardio then this is the product for you! This product will help you kick your butt into gear and get down to the gym and make every workout the best most intense workout of your life.
But what about the fat loss effects you ask? Simply…INCREDIBLE! Like all fat burners you must combine this with a healthy and sensible dieting and training regime specifically tailored to fat loss if you’re looking to see any kind of serious results. I found that this product significantly increased my rate of fat loss and as the label states really targeted that stubborn stomach fat! The reason this product works so well to obliterate those stubborn fat cells is therapeutic ingredients (Glucuronolactone, L-Carnitine – l-tartrate, Norcoclaurine HCE, Aefeline, Choline bitartrate, Oleoyl enthanolamide, Eriobtrya japonica extract, Boerhaviea diffusa extract, Caffeine) at scientific doses to amplify that calorie burning furnace of a metabolism, crush appetite cravings and give you that jolting energy so you simply MOVE MORE!
Recommended dosage for this product is one scoop in the morning with water and one in the afternoon with water. Do not exceed two full scoops daily.
Available at www.vfsupplements.com.au or in store at Aspley, Meadowbrook, Hervey Bay.
Dorian Yates Black Bombs Review By Chelsea
Hi everyone, Chelsea here :)
As a Thermogenic (fat burner) lover and self-confessed addict I am always keen to try out the newest fat burners that come through the shop!
Last week I started taking Dorian Yates Black Bombs and I LOVE IT! As I have been on high stimulant products for the better part of a year now I was finding it hard to find a product that gave me that energy hit I used to get and was searching for. This product certainly delivers that and more!!
The name “Black Bombs” comes from the 1960s party cocktail that caused euphoria, hyperactivity, increased awareness of surroundings, increased interest in repetitive activities, decreased appetite and a dramatic increase in whole body metabolism.
Dorian Yates Nutrition along with the top experts in the supplement engineering industry have unleashed this badass competition strength fat burner for those of you who put the blood sweat and tears into reducing your body fat percentage whilst maintaining your hard earned muscle.
The powerful amphetamine-like compounds found in Black Bombs are proven to annihilate fat by a whopping 15% and obliterate abdominal fat by 2500% more than those who are not taking it! If your current fat burner has stopped working due to receptor downgrade like mine did its time to switch to BLACK BOMBS!
What does Black Bombs do?
Dorian Yates BLACK BOMBS maximises fat burning by amplifying your metabolic rate while decreasing appetite and food cravings making you a 24/7 fat burning machine. By increasing the fat that your body oxidizes and decreasing the fat absorbed by sugars and starches that slow your fat burning switches and turn on storage mode BLACK BOMBS has all your fat burning bases covered. BLACK BOMBS will help you to:
• Lose weight quickly
• Increase energy
• Increase fat burning
• Decrease abdominal fat
• Increase mental focus
• Decrease cravings and appetite
DON’T BURN FAT…..BOMB FAT! BURN FAT! FAT LOSS!
Who should use it?
Dorian yates BLACK BOMBS is specifically designed for hard core exercisers and competitive athletes who need the strongest possible fat-loss and appetite controlling support. Tried and tested by the most hypercritical professional physique athletes the world over you know this product is the real deal and for those of you who eat conventional fat burners like lollies.
Chelsea’s Review on Beauty Bum – Advanced Toning Cream
I have always been one who is sceptical of “toning creams” in the past but after trying Beauty Bum I am pleased to say I am converted. My legs have always been the one part of my body that have never been up to the standard I want them too and with a clean diet and training I was getting great results but there was still that little tiny area at the back of my thighs that just wouldn’t co-operate.
After using beauty bum for only a week I noticed that my legs were firmer and the soft part is there no more, I was very pleased with the results I experienced from this product. The only negative comment I have about the cream is that when I first started to use it I was not prepared for the amount of “HEAT” you experience after rubbing it on….the first few days I used it my skin went bright red and the sensation was quite intense (if you have ever used deep heat it was a similar sensation to this) but now that I have used for almost 2 weeks the burning sensation is no where near as bad and while the skin still does go red where the cream has been applied it fades faster.
So how does it work? Like many other anti-cellulite creams, Beauty Bum is filled with stimulants like green tea, yerba mate leaf, guarana extract and caffeine which work like diuretics on your body and force it to dispel liquids from the cells that this cream comes in contact with. This has been found to give some temporary respite from unsightly cellulite because it dries out the skin enough that it is stretched tight over the fatty tissues that appear in the form of cellulite. Because the appearance of cellulite doesn’t necessarily correspond with how much fat you have, this can be one of the only ways people see a reduction in cellulite. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be fat to get cellulite.
I would definitely recommend this product especially if you are leading up to a competition or important event and need that extra bit of help to get you over the line.
Available online or in store at VfSupplements: Aspley, Meadowbrook, Hervey Bay http://www.vfsupplements.com.au/products/view/beautyfit-beautybum-6-5oz