BODYBUILDING & TRAINING
Mass gain, fat loss, training and supplements
Do you plod through the day at the office? Are you so tired by the afternoon that exercise is the
last thing on your mind? Do you flop into bed at night and roll out of it exhausted in the morning?
Your problem might simply be that you have low energy levels, and if so, USN Vita Blitz is your answer. Read more
Workout 101: Part 7 of 10
After my embarrassing tumble off the back of the wagon in which I actually convinced myself that doing 20 push ups and some jumping jacks in between restaurant visits and cocktail hours might actually make up for only going to the gym a couple of days a week, I had some ground to make up. Thank God David Rich kicks a good ass. Read more
Workout 101 – Part Six of Six
I fell off the wagon. I mean I fell off, the damn thing ran me over and then, when I just lay there with no intention in hell of trying to get back up, the wagon threw it in reverse and clobbered my ass again. Travel – it�s a bitch, and when David Rich finds out what a bad student I�ve been these past few weeks, he�s gonna be one too. Read more
Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
A Study at the University of Milan, Italy showed "In 19 subjects studied, compared with 18 controls, plasma growth hormone levels were significantly increased (above 5mg/ml) by acute oral administration of 5 g of Gamma Aminobutyric Acid"
Workout 101 – Part Five of Six
Remember that part of the last column where I said I woke up excited every morning to work out? Yeah, still waking up in the morning, but I�m not quite sure excited is the right way to describe it. Some days I�m raring to go � Read more
Off-Cycle1 is designed to assist the boy in maintaining raised testosterone levels without the concern of excess production of estrogen or DHT production. It therefore prolongs the anabolic effect of testosterone in the body. Read more
USN's new product, Tribulus stimulates the release of Luteinizing hormone (LH) from the anterior pituitary gland and this increases the production of testosterone by the body, and can be used by both men and women. Read more
Workout 101 – Part Four of Six
It finally happened. Up until now, I have to admit, I�ve not once had this workout plan kick my ass. I mean, don�t get me wrong. I�d go in there, give 85-percent which is a good 30-40 percent more than I used to give. Read more
Workout 101 – Part Three of Six
OK folks, I did it. I jumped into the deep end, I took a flying leap off the bridge of life � I walked around pride without my shirt on, small peanuts for most, but for me, a first (OK make that second ... there were the twink years, which I try desperately to forget sometimes). Read more
Workout 101 – Part Two of Six
It�s been a month. 30 days. 720 hours. And with the help of trainer David Rich, so far, like clockwork, I have dedicated myself to four days a week, an hour a day, lifting weights, doing squats, crunches, leg lifts, pull ups, killing myself on the treadmill (I hate the treadmill).
Workout 101 – Part One of Six
Join Ross von Metzker, writer of our popular Hollywood Celebrity Buzz column, as he embarks on a fitness programme to build and tone his body. This is the first in a six part series.
The element OXYGEN is the most fundamental important ingredient for human life on planet earth. The level of oxygen in our atmosphere has gradually decreased a multitude of functions in the human body. Read more
New enriched still water
Purified, non-carbonated, low calorie, nutritionally and electrolyte fortified, water. Best used as a sports water drink to prevent dehydration, promote hydration of tissues and muscles, help prevent muscle cramping and to supply fructose and vitamins to the cells and muscles for energy and general good health. Read more
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the lumpy, irregular fatty deposits that are found under the skin. The most common areas of the body affected by cellulite are the buttocks, hips, thighs and sometimes the lower abdomen, nape of the neck, and upper parts of the arms.
A common factor in many health challenges is insufficient oxygen available to the bloodstream. When we ingest water with extra oxygen in it, it bypasses the lungs and is available for absorption into the blood stream. Read more
USN introduces Energy Cola
New Energy Cola from USN is a unique, great tasting carbonated cola energy drink, fortified with vitamins and metabolic enhancers.
Introducing USN's Recover Max
USN's Recover Max is precisely formulated as a post training recovery drink, and/or a
comprehensive energy, amino acid, and electrolyte replacement drink to use during long
periods of intense physical activity such as Iron Man events, marathons etc. Read more
USN's GAKtech is formulated with Glycine, Arginine & KIC. Studies show
that when all three ingredients are taken together, in the exact ratio, it can
immediately boost your strength levels by 10.5%, allowing you to lift more weight
and complete more reps in every set.
The latest thinking in Energy Drinks
"My body is sensitive to sudden fluctuations in blood sugar" says Colin Moss, one of the many celebrities who have included USN supplements in their lifestyles. "A proper sports drink makes a huge difference – not only when I'm training, but in coping with my active schedule." Read more
This new product is formulated to increase oxygen uptake and Ventilary Breakpoint,
this helps the athlete to push harder for a longer period of time, it can increase your body's formation of ATP, which allows your muscles to work for longer periods with delayed fatigue.
A new product from USN of interest to all athletes and active people needing to replenish minerals and electrolytes lost through perspiration and those wanting to prevent cramp in endurance events and people in general who suffer from muscle cramping
Amino acids are the chemical units or "building blocks" that make up proteins. Protein provides the structure for all living things. Next to water, protein makes up the greatest portion of our body weight. Read more
CREATINE X 4
Creatine -X4 provides a revolutionary form of creatine which does not rely on insulin for its uptake. Creatine-X4 is the new generation creatine that could be the supplement you were waiting for to take you physical performance to the next level. Read more
Chromium and active people
Chromium is an essential trace element required for normal carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism. Most fresh foods and minimally processed foods are good sources of dietary chromium.
An extremely effective supplement that is scientifically formulated for the competitive athlete who wishes to experience explosive but sustained energy for the full duration of a competitive event.
Recover from an endurance event
Recovery time after an event is largely determined by the training done in preparation for the event, the intensity of the event itself and nutrition following the event.
New product — Myo-Seria
USN is introducing a new supplement called Myo-Seria which is based around the new muscle building compound Myozap/CSP3, an extract of Cytoseria Canariensis.
Hints for cyclists
Endurance sports like cycling etc, are distinguished from other sports by the duration of the training and competition. The prolonged nature of these sports requires attention to intakes of adequate fuel and fluids, here some nutritional concerns are dealt with. Read more
Two new supplements
USN has launched two new health supplements – EFA (essential fatty acids) and ALA (alpha lipoic acid). Essential fatty acids help with the rebuilding and producing of new cells, while alpha lipois acid is a powerful antioxidant. Read more
Gym vs gym
Open a magazine, watch a movie at the theatre, or notice the streetlamp ad campaigns and you will most definitely be bombarded with marketing activity from either Virgin Active or Planet Fitness.
Two new energy bars
In an announcement by USN, you can now buy two new energy bars, in Strawberry-Banana & Caramel Crunch flavours. The bars are called Diet Fuel Bar and Phedra-Cut Bar, great for those watching weight or bodybuilding. Read more
USN's Micronized Creatine Monohydrate provides the purest, most readily absorbed Creatine formula available. Studies report that the increase of creatine levels may help delay the onset of fatigue, increase energy metabolism in the muscle cells and enhance the body's overall training capability.
In order to sustain and build muscle you need a good source of carbs and protein, but there a differences in the qualities of these sources: a plate of chips is not as good as a plate of pasta.
Rapid fat loss
To lose body fat rapidly you need to train on high itensity for not longer than 60 min., train in the morning on an empty stomach and take supple- ments like fat burners.
Of the sixteen trace elements, supplementation is crucial. These elements work in synergy, which means that even though some are needed only in a few millionths of a gram per day, they are just as important as those you need a lot of.
Ingredients in supplements and what they do
There is a bewildering array of ingredients that either help you gain mass or cut muscle to make you more defined, but what are they and what exactly do they do?
Vitamins form the basic nuts and bolts that keep your system together. It is no quick fix though, and should be taken regularly and constantly, as is the case with many other nutrients.
Weight training basics
Most serious athletes follow their own variation of the basic training rules that suit their body and lifestyle. Add diversity to your schedule, which adds renewed stimulation to the muscles and gets rid of the comfort zone - shock the muscles.
Protein from muscle cells gets damaged through strenuous training, and thus needs replacing. If you sucked all the water out of a lean athletic body, more than 50% of what is left will be protein.
A lot of confusion has been created since the advent of the 'low-carb diets', and while some carbs are 'good' and others 'bad', you definitely need them if you want your body to perform at its peak.
Jaco vd Westhyzen gets into shape with USN
Springbok rugby player and Bulls fullback gets into shape - using USN products, following a eating plan and a workout routine, Jaco achieved his results in less than 10 weeks.
Tune your workout - avoid the hype
There's no agreement on how long we should train as well as how we should train. Is it most important to lift weights or jog, and what about flexibility exercises - is it necessary to stretch?
Steroids are bad for you, Superman!
Anabolic steroids seem to be so easily obtainable from a myriad contacts in almost every gym. When considering using steroids to improve muscle mass and performance, the first thing to do is to get as much information on the topic as possible.
Glycaemic index of foods: the highs and lows
Everybody knows you don't have an espresso before getting into bed, but that a cuppa would really help you through a work out. Most people also know that some foods make you 'hyper'. We also know to be near a bad or a couch after the Sunday dinner.
Creatine - the natural anabolic agent
The supplement you buy is a synthetic version of an amino acid found naturally in our bodies, particularly the skeletal muscles. A typical dietary intake supplies one to two grams of creatine per day, from meat, eggs and fish.
Lose fat: burn more calories than you take in
You want to lose fat and you do hundreds of sit-ups, but somehow don't lose the love handles. Stomach exercises will tone your abs, but you need to burn body fat all over to get rid of the layer of fat around your waist.
Weight training tips
There are many myths about weight training. One is that there is a magical formula out there that works for everybody. Another is that that magical formula works every time and for ever. The same myth goes for supplements.
Thinking your body into shape
Dr Guang Yue of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation has officially proved that you can build bigger muscles just by thinking about using them. You too can buff up with mental exercise.
The beauty myth has always been a female concern: it was women alone whom society defined by the way they looked. But now men, too, feel required to achieve the so-called perfect body. The result is not only anorexia, but its reverse, bigorexia.
Body dysmorphia in men
Steroids have been misused since the 50s when the Russians recognised their performance-enhancing effects. Sports professionals and amateurs in other countries soon followed suit and the abuse is far more widespread than we might imagine.
Exercise, fat loss guidelines, misconceptions
The idea of changing an attitude and subsequent behaviour is not appealing because it requires substantial effort, a major time investment and a guarantee that is strictly subject to your input! But here are 12 tips to help you along the way. More