USPlabs Jack3d Review

May 10, 2012

USP Labs Jack3d (Jacked) is one of, if not the best selling pre-workout powder of all time. There is a reason – it’s powerful!

Ingredient Highlights With only six active ingredients, the small serving size of 5.5g delivers quite a punch. AAKG is included for NO production, creatine for strength and cell volumising effects, beta-alanine for increased muscle performance and recovery, caffeine and DMAA for an energy stimulation, and schizandrol for its mood enhancing effects.

Taste & Mixability Jack3d keeps coming out in new flavours, it’s tough to keep track! Grape bubblegum tastes great, as does lemon lime, and the tiny scoop dissolves in 300ml of water with no issues.

Strength This stuff is powerful! The combination of caffeine, DMAA and schizandrol makes each dose a very strong one. Most people can use one scoop for a while until they build up a tolerance. The warning to never take more than 3 scoops in a 24 hour period should be followed!

Value One of the cheapest pre-workouts available on the market, Jacked provides 45 potent scoops per tub, which is enough for 45 workouts for most people. That works out to be less than $1/scoop at Protein King’s price!

Final Word A powerful, well-priced and simple product, USPlabs Jack3d will help you power through your workouts.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.

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Muscletech Hydroxystim Review

May 8, 2012

Muscletech Hydroxystim is a super-concentrated thermogenic product, utilising just a few key ingredients to assist your weight-loss and energy boosting needs.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Caffeine – a staple of all fat burners and pre workouts, caffeine is one of the most clinically-supported ingredients on the market. Muscletech Hydroxystim contains 100mg of caffeine per capsule, approximately equivalent to a cup of coffee.
  • Bacopa – a fairly rare ingredient in fat burning and energy products, this ingredient has several studies backing its’ ability to improve cognitive function, memory retention and focus.

Strength With 100mg of caffeine and 176mg of geranium per capsule, Muscletech Hydroxystim is an extremely potent product. It can be taken pre-workout for an energy boost, or anytime before cardio for increased fat-loss. The full serving size is 3 capsules, which should give anyone a big kick.

Value Available in 18, 110 and 200 capsules per bottle, there is a size that suits anyone’s budget. At the recommended dosage of one pill per day, the larger size will last longer than six months. Protein King heavily discounts their Muscletech Hydroxystim!

Final Word A no-nonsense fat burner and energy booster, with minimal ingredients providing maximal strength, Muscletech Hydroxystim is a good addition to anyone’s supplement arsenal.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


Musclepharm Assault Review

May 3, 2012

Quickly becoming one of the most sought after brands in the supplement world, MusclePharm has stuck with the ‘full dosage’ pre-workout powder, with their best selling Assault.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Anti-Fatigue Blend – with beta-alanine and citrulline malate
  • Strength Domination & Recovery Matrix – containing creatine monohydrate and Con-Cret
  • High Performance & Energy Blend – containing taurine, caffeine, l-tyrosine and white tea leaf powder

Taste & Mixability Musclepharm Assault is available in five fruit-based flavours. All are quite sweet (depending on how much water is used), and mix really well. Orange mango is really tasty!

Strength At the serving size of 23g, you should definitely feel MP Assault working. With so many ingredients though, you are probably better off going for the full serve of 46g to get the maximum benefit from the range of ingredients.

Value There are 32 x 23g servings in each tub of Muscle Pharm Assault, which is enough for more than a month. Even at double the serving size, it should last a few weeks, and at just $49.95 at Protein King, MusclePharm Assault delivers a host of benefits at a great price.

Final Word One of the better ingredient lists of any pre workout on the market is contained in MusclePharm Assault. Being ‘banned substance free’, it is safe for all competing athletes to use, and is sure to boost energy levels, enhance recovery, delay fatigue and assist lean muscle growth.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


Advanced Fat Loss Techniques

May 2, 2012

Advanced Fat Loss Techniques

Struggling to lose that last bit of bodyfat, or looking to drop as much fat as possible in a short amount of time? Check out the tips below!

Calorie Cycling

By constantly changing the intake of your nutrients, your body is forced to adapt to the changes by keeping metabolism high and burning optimal levels of bodyfat. For a weekly cycle, try increasing your calorie intake on your major workout days (such as legs and back days), and decrease it on cardio-only days. This will signal your body to build more muscle and burn more fat, as it can’t get used to and adapt to a constant stream of nutrients. Start with a 10% increase/decrease, and adjust the frequency of your low calorie days depending on your results.

Workout Intensity

To keep the metabolism ramped up during weight training, try some intensity techniques. Decrease your rest periods between sets, superset two or three exercises (done back-to-back without rest), or throw in a short, high intensity cardio session (5-10 minutes) between exercises. These will all ensure your heart rate is kept up during the workout, and that your body is burning as much bodyfat as possible.

HIIT Training

High intensity interval training (HIIT) utilises different fuel/power mechanisms within your body, forcing it to adapt to different stresses. Studies have shown that HIIT burns more calories, and more calories from fat than the same length of training at a medium intensity. To incorporate HIIT training, start with work:rest periods of 30:60 seconds, and perform 15-20 minutes per workout. As you get fitter, adjust the ratio of work:rest, and aim for 2:1.

Macronutrient Separation

Many researchers believe that there is a greater tendency for the body to store fat if carbohydrates and fats are consumed at the same time. To combat this, make sure you eat either Protein + Carb meals (best consumed in the morning or around workouts), or Protein + Fat meals (at other times). This will ensure the carbs are used as energy and will not promote further bodyfat gain.

High Protein

Don’t forget to eat a diet high in protein. This will help keep hunger at bay, feeding your muscles and stopping them from deteriorating whilst you are dieting. There are a number of great protein powders available to buy. If you would like more information and a brief review on a new protein powder supplement, created by Mr Gaspari – Myofusion Probiotic Series, click here.

Yours in health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken instead of advice from a qualified healthcare professional.


Muscletech Neurocore Review

May 1, 2012

Muscletech Neurocore Review

Muscletech’s launch into the world of concentrated pre-workout powders comes in the form of Neurocore – a ‘Super-Concentrated Pre-Workout Stimulant’. It certainly is concentrated, at only 3.9g per serve – and none of it is wasted on fillers or sugars. It’s all active ingredients.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Creatine HCl – a concentrated form of creatine found in Con-Cret, a much lower dose is needed to achieve the same results as creatine monohydrate
  • Beta-Alanine – Muscletech Neurocore provides 3.2g of beta-alanine at the full serving size of three scoops, the clinically proven dose
  • Citrulline – increases recovery and ATP production in muscles

Taste and Mixability Available in Grape or Fruit Punch flavour, Muscletech Neurocore tastes good without being amazing. The tiny serving size mixes easily into any amount of water.

Strength With 110mg of caffeine and 177mg of geranium extract per scoop, Muscletech Neurocore is one of the more powerful pre-workout powders. At the full serving size of three scoops, you are getting 3.2g beta-alanine, 3g l-citrulline, 3g of creatine hcl, which are extremely potent doses. You will definitely feel the stimulants working at the full three scoops.

Value At less than $1/scoop, Muscletech Neurocore is great value for those looking to kickstart their workouts. Protein King has everyday low prices on all Muscletech products!

Final Word For less than $1 a serve, you wont find a more potent pre-workout. While it doesn’t contain all the beneficial ingredients of Superpump MAX or Assault, Muscletech Neurocore can hold it’s own as one of the better concentrated pre-workout products.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


Ladybird Carb Starve Snack Bars

April 30, 2012

Ladybird Carb Starve Snack Bars Review

Ladybird’s Carb Starve Snack Bars are a delicious and healthy alternative to tempting junk food. With Choc Nut and Choc Crunch flavours, and a 30g serve size, Lady Bird Carbstarves are a guilt free snack not just for the ladies.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Slow-digesting protein blend of whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, milk protein concentrate and soy protein isolate
  • Only 3.5g of fat and 1.5g of carbohydrates per bar
  • Added vitamins and minerals

Taste In one word: WOW! Ladybird Carbstarve Snack Bars don’t have the usual dry, bland flavour of most protein bars. Both the Choc Crunch and Choc Nut flavours are great, and they definitely taste like they are bad for you.

Strength Over 10g of protein and only 120 calories per bar makes for a great snack food!

Value Since Ladybird Carbstarve Snack Bars are only 30g each, a box of 15 will set you back less than $30. Protein King’s prices are always lowest!

Final Word The best tasting nutritional bar we’ve ever had, and has serious nutritional benefits! Ladybird Carbstarve Snack Bars are here to stay.

 

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


How to Get Lean!

April 19, 2012

Whether it’s for an upcoming special event, to make a change in your life or if you just want to look and feel healthy, most of us want to have low bodyfat levels and good muscle size and tone. Follow these tips below to kickstart your way to that lean, athletic physique you’re looking for!

Diet
Without a doubt, this is the most important piece of the puzzle. Without a great diet, the hours of training and hundreds of hard earned dollars spent on supplements will be wasted. A healthy diet is key to ensure so many of the body’s functions are supported, especially during periods of strenuous exercise. A good diet will result in better athletic performance; better moods; improved sleep quality; enhanced body composition, as well as joint, heart, skin and overall bodily health.

Carbohydrates

These are not the enemy! Carbohydrates are vital for many bodily functions, and are the body’s preferred energy source. The key to carbohydrate consumption during diet periods is to use it as close as possible to when the body needs it. The best times to consume carbohydrates are first thing in the morning, as well as before, during and immediately after your workouts. This will ensure the carbs are used to fuel/replenish the body’s energy stores rather than being stored as fat. The body’s preferred carbohydrates are complex carbohydrates, which are slower digesting and give the body a steady release of energy. Go for brown rice, oats, quinoa, green vegetables, sweet potatoes, berries and a little fruit. Aim for approximately 2.5 grams of carbs per kg of bodyweight per day.

Protein

Important for rebuilding muscles damaged during exercise, preventing muscle breakdown, increasing strength, helping burn body fat, and a host of other reasons, adequate protein consumption is vital. Good sources of protein are lean animal meats such as chicken breast, rump steak, as well as fish, eggs, beans, lentils and protein powder. Aim for 2.5 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight per day.

Fats

A common mistake people make is thinking that dietary fat and body fat are the same thing. This is not true at all, as fats consumed in food must undergo a number of processes in the body before it is stored as body fat. There are a number of fats that are very beneficial, especially for joint, heart and brain health. Go for fats from olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds as well as a little from animal meat (such as those in lean cuts of red meat). Aim for 0.5 grams of fats per kg of bodyweight per day.

Training
The next key to achieving a lean physique is training. Another mistake many people make when dieting is to do huge amounts of cardio without any weight training. The result is that the body stops burning bodyfat and starts burning muscle for fuel, resulting in a ‘skinny fat’ look. Resistance training is extremely important when dieting, as it promotes an increased metabolic rate and allows more food to be used for energy than storage. Cardio is definitely important, though, and should be used in conjunction with weight training to achieve a lean, muscular look. As a guide, shoot for 3-5 days of heavy weight training sessions of no more than an hour, utilising compound moves such as squats, deadlifts and presses which stimulate more muscle growth than smaller, isolated exercises. Start with 3-4 days of cardio – 20 minutes at a moderate/high intensity should be enough to start, and adjust the frequency/duration depending on how much fat you are losing. Where possible, try to do cardio away from your weight training – later/earlier in the day, or on a separate day altogether if possible.

Supplements
The final piece to the fat loss puzzle lies with supplements. On their own, supplements might not make much difference to your body composition, your energy levels, your strength levels etc. But combined with the correct diet and training principles, they can have a great effect. Here are some key supplements for someone who is looking to get lean:

Protein Powder

It’s extremely difficult to achieve your daily protein needs from food intake. For the average 90kg man, we recommend 200-300 grams of protein per day. Protein powders make reaching these numbers much easier. Opt for a lean protein powder, with as little sugar/carbohydrates as possible (carbs are much better consumed in food form), and use first thing in the morning and around workouts. For an extra fat burning kick, go for a protein with added fat burners. There are so many choices for where to buy protein – whether it is the local supermarket, chemist, supplement store or online. It can be daunting for a first time trying to find a good product. If you would like more information about where to buy protein, simply click the link and you will be taken to a comprehensive guide to supplements, and where to buy them.

Multivitamin

These are the ‘gap fillers’ for the nutrients we don’t get from our foods. It’s extremely difficult to eat enough fruits and vegetables to get all the vitamins and minerals into our bodies. This is where a good multivitamin can really help.

Creatine

A supplement supported by plenty of research, creatine is proven to help increase strength levels, speed recovery, build muscle, as well as many other functions. Contrary to what many people think, creatine will not make you bloated, and it might just do the opposite – pulling the water from under your skin and into your muscles for a ‘tighter’ look. Best of all, a good creatine supplement does not have to be expensive.

Fat Burners / Thermogenics

These can really help those looking to burn as much fat as possible, especially that ‘last bit’ of fat. A good thermogenic will provide a number of benefits, including an energy boost, appetite suppression, an increase in metabolic rate, and fat oxidisation (using fat as fuel). There are countless fat burners on the market, so be careful if you are sensitive to caffeine or other stimulants – you might want to go for one without many stimulants.

Here is a sample stack for Protein King’s Get Lean plan:

Protein – Bodyscience Hydroxyburn Pro Clinical

Multivitamin – Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men (for men) or Opti-Women (for women)

Creatine – MusclePharm Creatine

Fat Burner – Xenadrine Ripped or Redbak Hydroxyvenom (low stimulants)

Incorporate these tips and you’re on the road to getting that lean, defined and athletic physique!

Be sure to check back for our Advanced Fat Loss tips, and if you have any questions at all, email me at james@proteinking.com.au

Yours in health,

James

Manager
Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given here is to substitute that of a medically trained professional.