Some claim “you don’t need any supplements” to make progress in the gym, or when trying to lose fat, or improve performance. Some claim they “need” a long list of supplements to succeed. What’s the truth? I cover the facts in this vid!
What is “protein spiking” and how common is it? Is it dangerous? I answer those Q and more in this vid!
Class Action Suit mentioned in this vid can found HERE if interested
The Ultimate Program For The Ultimate Whole Body Strength & Conditioning Tool
NOTE: Purchase of the BrinkZone Avenger Sled – the ultimate push sled that allows easy transport and storage – includes a free copy of this program. See the Avenger sled in action HERE
If you’ve been following my stuff for a while via vids, articles, and blog posts, you know I have been working with push sleds for years now with people from all walks of life. SWAT teams, fitness models, strong man competitors, body builders, IFBB pro Figure competitors, to Joe/Jane every day fitness enthusiast, and those looking to shed some weight, to name just a few. The longer I use the sled with an ever wider variety of people with varying goals, the more convinced I became that the push sled is the single most effective strength and conditioning tool known to mankind. Push sleds from various manufacturers have become very popular as of late, and for damn good reason; or as creator of the highly popular 5/3/1 program, elite ranked power lifter, and strength coach Dave Wendler says of sled work:
“I am thoroughly convinced that the Prowler is the answer to most of our world’s problems: debt, overpopulation, drugs, obesity, etc. “
Ok, a slight exaggeration, but only slight! The fact is, a good quality push sled used correctly – in my view – one of the single most effective strength and conditioning tools ever invented. It’s whole body kick ass training nothing I’m aware of can match, and when combined as a cohesive program, impressive gains in strength, conditioning, and body composition are the result. I also find sled work allows people with various preexisting injuries and tendinopathies to make continued progress. If you already have a push sled, and have been working with it for some time, then you already know that. If not, well, find a push sled, or purchase one, and discover that for yourself. Enter, the BrinkZone Sled-Centric Program (BSCP) which is the Ultimate Program For The Ultimate Whole Body Strength & Conditioning Tool.å
Origins of the The Sled-Centric Program
In this vid, I discuss the importance of grip strength in various sports, such as MMA, Power lifting, Strong Man, etc, and cover T Grips & FatGripz as tools for increasing grip and arm strength and other benefits, as well as mention a grip I find particularly effective for reducing tendonitis (Globe Gripz) which I did a vid on HERE. For training vids, more info on the benefits of thick bar training, click HERE
Check out this fun grip challenge I put together I call The Grip Gauntlet using Globe Grips, T Grips, and Fat Gripz Extreme HERE
What are the facts on this “new” supplement, HMB, or beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate ? In this vid, you’ll learn the facts on this supplement and know the reality from marketing BS.
NOTE: Study mentioned in this vid (Eur J Appl Physiol. 2014 Mar 6. The effects of 12 weeks of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate free acid supplementation on muscle mass, strength, and power in resistance-trained individuals: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study) used 3g of of HMB in a free acid form (HMB-FA) — the free form of HMB which may have a superior bioavailability over calcium bound HMB. However, vast majority of studies used calcium bound HMB and it’s unclear if the form used in this study was an essential factor to the results. To date, no studies have compared the two forms head to head in terms of effects on body comp, strength, etc.
If you have ever wondered what the private forums are like that come with the Bodybuilding Revealed and Fat Loss Revealed programs, here’s a private tour of them both I put together for those who want to see first hand what they get when they purchase these programs.
I’m always in need of good topics to cover in my vids, but please use the search function to see if the topic has been covered here on BrinkZone first!
“You are what you eat” is an old expression your grandmother’s grandmother probably used, but it’s not actually correct technically speaking. Putting on my nerd hat to be a stickler for the details, it’s more accurate to say “you are what you absorb.” Grandma’s sage advice does a good job of illustrating that what we ingest is obviously essential to our health, but what we ingest that actually gets absorbed and utilized by the body is the crux of the issue truth be told.
The piles of studies that have been growing in recent years showing all manner of potential benefits of various nutrients has been very encouraging. We are experiencing an exciting time in nutritional science where new compounds are being discovered – and tested for their potential benefits – almost daily. Compounds that may help prevent cancer, improve immunity, improve weight loss, improve brain function, or improve athletic performance, to name just the tip of the iceberg of where science is currently looking to isolate and test various nutrients for their bio active properties.
How the process works:
Once a compound is discovered, it tends to get isolated, and then tested in either animal models and or in vitro (test tube) to test what positive or negative properties may exist as well as elucidate how they work. That is, understand not just what system they may impact (such as increase an animal’s ability to resist cancer causing chemicals for example) but also examine the isolated compounds’ “mechanism of action” which shows how it achieves the effect. How does that work? Let’s say some spice has been used for generations to reduce infections or improve immunity. Scientists might then feed, or inject, large amounts to lab animals (e.g., mice, rats, rabbits, etc.) and see if it does indeed have activity; perhaps testing how that spice reduces the size of tumors when the mice are exposed to known carcinogens, or bacteria known to cause infections and so forth. If that spice shows biological activity, scientists will often look deeper into that spice to see which specific constituent(s) in the spice are having the “active” compounds, and once found, will concentrate and isolate that active compound and further tests on animals, or humans, or in vitro (test tube) will continue. Foods and spices for example, are highly complex and can have hundreds or even thousands of biologically active compounds in them.
Yet another potential benefit of creatine may be improving the effects of SSRIs. There’s many potential health benefits of creatine – for both brain and body – people are unaware of and can read up on via an article I wrote in Life Extension Magazine HERE and here on BrinkZone from vids, articles, free report.
Now, it’s possible, it only works on women and or, only works with this particular SSRI and or only works with MDD. However, knowing that creatine improves brain metabolism in general and has other neuro-protective effects (see recent article linked for more information on that), it’s very unlikely it’s limited to women and or this particular SSRI in my opinion, but one should keep those possible limitation i mind until data shows otherwise. Good science dictates I make sure you’re at least aware of that possible limitation until additional studies done.
I have said this before, and I’ll say it again: Creatine (as monohydrate!) is one of the few supplements I would take and recommended if I didn’t exercise at all.
BTW: The dose of creatine was 3 g/day for the first week and 5 g/day for another 7 weeks.
A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Oral Creatine Monohydrate Augmentation for Enhanced Response to a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor in Women With Major Depressive Disorder