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JONNI SHREVE WINS OVERALL AT NSABBA PROVINCIALS

Congratulations to Nutrabolics Athlete Jonni Shreve on winning Overall at the 2013 NSABBA Provincials. Jonni made an incredible transformation in just 1 year, and we look forward to seeing him rock the stage at the 2013 Canadian Nationals as he battles for his pro card. Follow him on Twitter @Jonni_Shreve!

NUTRABOLICS SPONSORS THE 2013 BC PROVINCIALS

NUTRABOLICS is a proud sponsor of the upcoming 2013 BC Provincials in June, taking place in New Westminster. Be sure to get your tickets early & come out to support Nutrabolics Athletes, as well as local competitors. Stop by our booth where we'll be sampling our newest supplements and spreading the sample love. Nutrabolics Athlete Manager will be on location scouting out BC Athletes to potentially add to our team.

NUTRABOLICS SIGNS EU ATHLETE QUINCEY WINKLAAR

Nutrabolics would like to welcome its latest addition to the team - IFBB Pro Quincey Winklaar.  Based out of Holland, Quincey will be Nutrabolics very first European Union brand ambassador. "We are very pleased to start building a grassroots presence over in Europe; we have full confidence that Quincey will make an amazing advocate for the brand," says CEO Rodney Dupont.  President Jayson Wyner also noted that "with his exceptional muscle definition, amazing track record, and driven attitude, Quincey was instantly recognizable as the kind of athlete that truly represents Nutrabolics."

NUTRABOLICS SPONSORS BC PROVINCIAL POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nutrabolics® was out in full force last weekend for the British Columbia Provincial Powerlifting Championships, held at the Olympia Oval. The event was a major success and Nutrabolics would like to thank all of the fans and athletes who stopped by our booth between lifts.

NUTRABOLICS EXHIBITING AT CHFA WEST 2013

Canada's major supplement, health, and wellness expo, CHFA, is coming up with the west coast event set for this April the 11th.  Nutrabolics will be attending and showcasing their latest supplement technology.

MMA SUPERSTAR BRIAN EBERSOLE TO APPEAR AT FILEX 2013

Nutrabolics is back in black for this year's Filex fitness tradeshow, which runs from April 19th to 21st in Sydney, Australia.  The Nutrabolics booth is primed to make big waves with an exclusive appearance from MMA Superstar Brian Ebersole. The veteran Mixed Martial Artist fighter will be on location at the Nutrabolics booth for select times during the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

BREE LIND CROWNED THE INISDE FITNESS CHAMPION

After months of gruelling training, Nutrabolics athlete Bree Lind placed 1st in the Inside Fitness Cover Model Search Competition, which took place in Vancouver, BC on March 24th.  Nutrabolics would like to congratulate Bree on her victory in achieving this prestigious fitness industry title.

ANABOLIC STATE IN INSIDE FITNESS MAGAZINE

ANABOLIC STATE™ is featured in the latest issue of Inside Fitness Magazine. Nutrabolics has invented a state-of-the-art BCAA formulation. ANABOLIC STATE™ contains the highest quality BCAA’s, Lysine, Glutamine, and a key ingredient – HICA. HICA is a metabolite of the branched chain amino acid L-Leucine; his high-tech ingredient has been shown to reduce the symptoms of DOMS and assist in increasing lean body mass.  In one study several professional athletes supplemented their training with daily doses of either 1.5g of HICA or a placebo.  After 1 month the group receiving HICA experienced triple the gains in size and lean body mass compared to the control. As a leader in the supplement industry, Nutrabolics incorporates HICA nto ANABOLIC STATE™ to accelerate muscle recovery, stimulate muscle growth, and ensure bodybuilders stay anabolic longer.  

THERMAL XTC POWDER HAS ARRIVED

THERMAL XTC™ powder has arrived just in time to help you kick start your summer shred. Thats right, our revolutionary fat burner is now available in a delicious powder form. We've added green coffee bean extract AND L-carnitine to the already potent thermogenic matrix to take the fat burning properties to the max.

BREE LIND INSIDE FITNESS MODEL SEARCH RECAP

"Competing in the Inside Fitness Model Search was an unreal experience, and winning it was one of the greatest feelings I've ever had. After 3 months of contest prep coming in first place made it all worth while. I made the decision to cross over from fitness to bikini, and my biggest struggles was maintaining my muscle mass. With the help of my coach Chris Campbell I was able to dial in perfectly for the show. Taking home the win made me incredibly motivated to continue with my prep for the ABBA provincials in mid June, held in Edmonton Alberta. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Nutrabolics for keeping my shelves stocked with amazing products; products that helped me in so many ways with my prep. There were many workouts during the final cutting phase that I managed to get through with the help of Swollen. I can't wait to step on stage again thanks to my great experience working with the team at Inside Fitness! - Bree Lind

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: CAITLYN BELLAMY

Nutrabolics March Athlete of the Month is Fitness Model Caitlyn Bellamy. Caitlyn is a full time personal trainer who lives, eats and breathes the Nutrabolics lifestyle.  From Fort St. John, BC, she is currently prepping for the BCABBA Western Canadian All Natural Competition in May. Follow her on Twitter @CaitBellamy!

FAN QUESTION

We were recently asked by a fan "why is beta-alanine not in SWOLLEN™?" SWOLLEN™ is a Nitric Oxide pre-workout. NO supplements are meant for greater recovery, pump and vasodilation, while beta-alanine is used for muscular endurance and strength. SWOLLEN™ contains our patented AE2™ Nitric Oxide technology - NO affects the release of hormones and adrenaline, speeding growth and recovery time as well as increasing blood flow (thus delivering more nutrients to the muscles.) Athletes take NO supplements because they believe they help them workout harder and longer. With the added stimulant/non stimulant and added circulatory enhancing ingredients, SWOLLEN™ far exceeds any NO product on the market.    

NUTRABOLICS HITS 50 K FANS

Nutrabolics Facebook page has reached an amazing milestone - 50,000 LIKES! We would like to thank all of our loyal fans for helping us get there. Keep it locked on www.facebook.com/Nutrabolics for weekly swag giveaways, training & diet tips, and the latest on our athletes and products.  Are you on Twitter or Instagram? Follow @Nutrabolics

The Big T: Testosterone and Training

  Testosterone sometimes carries with it a positive or negative stigma, depending on the audience or context; but the fact is testosterone plays a vital role in many bodily functions in men and women, especially in training. This hormone is defined as “a steroid hormone that stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex.”  Testosterone is responsible for the development of the male reproductive system, regulating libido, maintaining muscle, bone growth and much more. It also plays a role in increasing mental and physical drive and reversing the aging process. Despite its obvious necessary functions, low testosterone levels are often overlooked in men. Decreases in Testosterone can cause depression, loss of energy, decreased strength, decreased height, lack of sexual desire, obesity and many other health issues. This can be caused by a variety of factors including hereditary conditions, infectious disease, tumours near or in the pituitary gland, abuse of performance enhancing drugs, excess iron, damage to the testicles, obesity and age.  When it comes to training hard, having a balanced level of testosterone is vital to effective results. In today’s competitive sports many athletes are much younger than the “seasoned” athletes, allowing them to naturally take advantage of their heightened hormone levels. This gives the older competitors a run for their money.  Athlete or not, everyone can all benefit from increased testosterone levels, helping the body to reach its natural potential. Testosterone therapies are available as prescribed by doctors, but there are also some great ways to naturally and safely boost levels. Some of these include:   Healthy Nutrition  – As mentioned above a big factor in low levels is obesity. Working towards a leaner physique can relieve depression, increase energy and in turn increase testosterone. Start the process with a balanced nutrition plan from a qualified nutrition coach.    Some “go to” weight loss tips include: • Never drink your carbohydrates – avoid juices, soda, sugar in coffee and any other beverages containing carbs. Simple carbs like those found in sugary drinks will spike blood sugar levels and cause fat storage. • Get plenty of dietary fat – dietary fat includes fat from nuts, fish, lean meats, coconut oil, olive oil, walnut oil and more. Dietary fat is essential for promoting the body to burn excess body fat and is also known to naturally boost testosterone. Starting your day with a high, “good” fat meal with a lean protein and no carbohydrates can boost testosterone levels by up to 200%.  • Time carbs around a workout – after periods of exercise our bodies are able to process and store glucose in our muscle as glycogen rather than spilling over as fat. Try to time your carb intake for post-workout.  • Eat plenty of low calorie vegetables – a diet in high vegetables provides valuable nutrients that increase your body’s ability to transport glucose to be burned as fuel rather than stored as fat, not to mention the endless other benefits of “getting in the greens.” Vegetables also help curb appetite and keep our digestive track working more efficiently boosting our immune system and keeping us healthy.  • Get sufficient protein – a sufficient protein intake will promote more muscle growth and more muscle growth means less fat. Individuals with higher lean body weight burn fat more efficiently than those with less muscle mass. Be sure your meals include a sufficient serving of complete protein such as lean meats, fish or poultry. Some vegetarian sources include beans, lentils, Quinoa and nuts.   Effective Training – Although all exercise will promote a healthier, potentially leaner physique there are specific training methods that can naturally increase testosterone. These include High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Strength Training. Lower body exercises such as squats and deadlifts are also known to increase testosterone and growth hormone levels. Be sure to consult a qualified trainer before attempting exercises you are unfamiliar with.  Supplementation – although a healthy diet will lend to sufficient nutrients we can also benefit from specific supplements known to boost testosterone levels. These include: • ZMA – ZMA is composed of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6 and is known to increase growth hormone and free testosterone levels by up to 300%. ZMA can be purchased as a supplement by itself or in powerful blends like that found in Nutrabolics’ Hemotest 2XC. ZMA supplements are best taken before bed and will also improve sleep quality and recovery rate.  • Tribulus – when consumed in dosages of 500mg or more Tribulus is said to increase testosterone levels, enhance mood and libido. There is much speculation on the effectiveness of Tribulus, however. Tribulus is suggested to be taken when you wake up and afternoon, preferably before workouts.  • D-Aspartic Acid – D-Aspartic Acid is “an endogenous amino acid and is found in the neuroendocrine tissues of humans.” It has been shown to increase testosterone levels in men after about 12 days of usage, however additional more extensive studies on other mammals have shown that D-Aspartic Acid may also increase progesterone and estrogen levels.  • Bulbine Natalensis – Bulbine Natalensis is a South African herb backed by various research studies to raise testosterone by up to 350% while also decreasing estrogen levels by 35%. It is also effective in increasing libido, mood and overall sexual performance. Doses are suggested to be taken at levels of 25-50mg per kilogram of bodyweight.  • Fenugreek – fenugreek is a plant commonly found in the Indian Subcontinent. It is used as a spice, an herb and a vegetable. Fenugreek is also used as an effective libido enhancer and testosterone booster. Fenugreek also reduces the height of insulin spikes and blood sugar levels which can in turn reduce fat storage. Effective doses of 500-2000mg are recommended.    Put the best to the test with Hemotest 2XC   Of all the rumored substances known to boost testosterone, the ones backed with the most research are ZMA, Bulbine Natalensis and Fenugreek. As mentioned in my article “The Importance of Rest and Recovery,” Nutrabolics® has their bases covered in the ZMA department with Hemotropin 2XC™. Hemotropin 2XC™ has a “partner in crime” so to speak with the complimentary supplement Hemotest 2XC™. This product has a powerful blend of Fenugreek Extract, Bulbine Natalensis and AtraGin, allowing effective testosterone release and efficient absorption of nutrients. It also includes Acetyl L-Carnitine, an amino acid that increases nerve conductivity; and Luteolin, a flavonoid effective in reducing inflammation as well as lowering the risk of prostate and other types of cancer. Direction for use of Nutrabolics® Hemotest 2XC™ are (1) serving in the morning and/or (1) serving before training with plenty of water.    Written by Nutrabolics Athlete Ricky Goodall

BREE LIND IFM V-LOG SERIES - MMA CONDITIONING

  Nutrabolics Bree Lind takes us through one of her intense MMA conditioning classes as 1 of her 6 part video series leading up to the Inside Fitness Magazine Model Search. Stay tuned for weekly V-log updates on Bree's prep to this exciting competition.

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