Tanning Salon Busted as Steroid Ring

In one of the weirdest pieces of news I’ve heard recently, there was a tanning salon busted for selling steroids. However, this story goes much deeper than that. These people were actually going above and beyond by claiming that their steroids were made by a company. I guess if you are going to go for it, you might as well just lie your face off. The tanning salon wasn’t the only area of this operation. One of the men behind this operation also took to social media to get his products out into the world. As it turns out, the tanning salon was an actual front for him to sell his steroids.

This sounds like something out of an episode of Breaking Bad but it is all true. Reports also indicate that this guy was selling an e-book about how to take steroid, come on. If anyone needs a reminder, let’s look at some the very nasty and real side effects that can come with steroid usage. One of the most common side effects of steroid use is having a moon face. While not a medical term, a moon face is a telltale sign someone is using steroids. What steroids is to is help parts of your body grow at a faster rate. However, this growth comes at a price. Steroids will help muscles grow but they can also affect your bone structure. If you want a reason to not take steroids, think about changing the way that your face looks. Chances are, you are pretty used to your face and don’t want anything drastic to happen to it. If you are in doubt, check out some previous steroid users with larger faces, it happens all the time. Did you know that steroids can also cause muscle weakness?

Physical Signs of Steroid Abuse

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If you like sleeping at night, you will want to steer clear of any kind of steroids. A common side effect from a steroidal is insomnia. If you are curious about signs of steroid abuse, there is a handy infographic that you will find below. If you suspect someone you know is on steroids, you should talk to them about it. The last thing that you want to do if someone is taking steroids is to ignore the problem and hope it will get away. Without proper intervention, steroid users think that they are allowed to get away with it, as far as friends are concerned. A friend like that isn’t a real friend.

Which Preworkout is Best for People Over 40?

One thing that none of us can stop is aging. Old man time comes to put wrinkles on all of us. However, one big way to reduce aging is to exercise. Therefore, if you’re reading this, you are taking good steps in life! When you start to exercise, it may seem difficult at first. However, once you get into the groove of your new schedule, you will most likely love lifting weights. I can’t count how many people I knew started going to the gym because they had to. Here is the kicker, most of those same people stuck with it because they enjoyed it. Now, if you are just starting weightlifting in your 30s, there is nothing wrong with that.

I’ve taken time away from lifting to come back to it around this age. At this stage, it is easy to wonder about supplements to speed up muscle building. The vast majority of supplements available are perfectly safe to take. One supplement that a lot of new lifters jump into would be the preworkout. This kind of supplement is going to be one of the only ones that will give you a noticeable effect which will be more energy. In some cases, you can feel tingly after using a preworkout. Don’t worry, that tingly feeling is only beta alanine. The ingredient might make you feel a little weird but it is working for you.

Something you might find useful is a stack. The best preworkout stacks are going to be grouped together, often at a lower cost. Stacking supplements should only be done by those that have lifted for a while. No new lifters need to go wasting money on some massive stack. New lifters will gain muscles much faster because they are starting out. Weightlifting transformations can be drastic in the beginning but can take time to show as you continue to train.

For the reasons I’ve mentioned, a stack is usually the quickest option for gaining. However, ensure that you are able to safely use any kind of supplement before buying anything. Your doctor can find out what ingredients are safe and which ones you should be avoiding. The video in this post can also explain more about preworkout stacks. Sometimes, people need to learn by watching a video instead of a lot of reading which I totally understand. I always try my best to keep all of you awesome readers happy!

Strongest Supplements of 2017: Which Packed the Most Power?

One supplement that I always love using are protein powders. The best muscle building supplements aren’t always easy to find. If you’ve tried finding great supplements yourself, you’ll know not every one of them is good. I find it so much easier to mix up a drink, rather than preparing a meal. I’ve been told by more than enough people that I need to cut it back on the protein shakes. However, I choose to build my body the way I want. Doesn’t everyone find a way to take a shortcut now and then? One my favorite supplements that I often use is a testosterone booster. I would have to say that Alpha Jym is one of my favorite boosters because of how consistently well it works.

The video above details other picks for good supplements released this year, I agree with most of the picks. I have to say that the entire Jym line has taken off really well. Another line of products that I’ve really been liking are those made by AI Sports Nutrition. I know that these two previously mentioned brands might not be the most popular but I think they are great.

How Do I Find My Own Preferred Muscle Building Products?

My recommendation for finding your favorite supplements this year is to do a bit of research. Taking a little bit of time to find a flavor and ingredient base that you prefer will take you very far in terms of gaining muscle. No one wants to have to wade through all of the bogus supplements out there. You will be amazed at how quickly to get to the good stuff just by doing a little bit of research. The best muscle building supplements that I have found are ones that consistently work. Many supplements will work a time or two but leave you hanging as far as long-term results are concerned.

Another quick shout out I wanted to give would be to Mesomorph. This preworkout, although I’ve only tried it a couple of times, it is really keeping me motivated. If there are any new supplements that I’ve missed, I may make a future post closer to the middle of this year. As we all know, there are always new supplements that are being created. Thank you for continuing to visit this website to learn more about the world of supplements.

Gold’s Gym Releasing Their Own Protein

To speak from experience, I have to tell on myself. I have used the same home gym equipment for roughly ten years. My Gold’s Gym home setup has been awesome. What is interesting is that I am almost positive that is was meant as a beginner weight set, yet it has held up very well. I’ll be honest, I am very hard on my weights. Like most of us, I can get mad when a lift doesn’t go the way that I want it to. Since I do most of my lifting at home when I am by myself, I have freedom to throw a whiny temper tantrum. After ten years of hard work and heavy weights, the Gold’s Gym home gym setup barely shows a scratch. I haven’t even deep cleaned the equipment in ten years and it is only slightly faded. The leather material on the bench hasn’t even been scratched once, miraculously!

I have even set down barbells on the bench and can do trap exercises on it. Let me put it this way, I have had weights that have needed replaced before my weight bench. There is actually a barbell resting on that equipment that is loaded with 115lbs. The barbell has been used for about six years and is severely bent and in need of replacing. If Gold’s Gym puts any of the quality of their home gym setups as they do into their upcoming supplements, the competition could be in big trouble. Yes, Gold’s Gym, the mecca for all bodybuilders and line of mega gyms is now releasing their own line of supplements. Currently, there is only a protein powder in the works but it looks really cool.

The signature black and yellow color scheme of Gold’s Gym is proudly presented on the labeling of the container. There is 24 grams of protein per serving in the Gold’s Gym supplement, which is about the average maybe a little bit more. If you thought that a new protein was all you were going to see being newly released by this company, think again. Also in the works will be kitchen appliances made by Gold’s Gym, including a mini grill. I love my George Foreman grill with a passion but if Gold’s enters the market, my loyalty will definitely be tempted. Gold’s Gym is a company that is certainly showing no signs of slowing down. People are wanting to get in better shape and this business is right there with gyms located all over the country! As much as I have wanted to, I am currently unable to find the Gold’s Gym protein as it has not been released yet.

From what I’ve seen that has been publicly released, it looks like this company is starting out with two flavors, cookies and cream and vanilla. However, stay tuned to when this supplement is being officially released, as there could be more new flavors. This protein will be 100% whey which is what a lot of companies are using in their protein powder. However, those with special dietary needs may need to look elsewhere for a protein that can help them. Many people should be looking forward to this release of what appears to be a superior protein powder by an awesome company. Ensure that you have the mouse ready when these powders are being released, as I have a feeling that they will sell very quickly.

What to do When You’ve Pulled A Muscle

I recently dealt with one of the scariest moments of my life. After feeling somewhat back to normal, I knew that I needed to do a write-up of what happened to me, so that no one else lives in fear like I did. This real life incident happened a few nights ago. I had just gotten done working out which I had been doing while I was a bit under the weather. I probably should have just sat down and enjoyed one more day of rest before waking up the next day and going straight to the weights. However, as men sometime do, I let my pride get the best of me and decided that I wanted to lift, no matter how I felt.

The workout itself was going great. Not once did I feel like I needed extra rest time or an additional break. To say the least, I was the master of the weight room and nothing would stop me, or so I thought. After finishing up the workout, I got all cleaned up and headed home to catch up on a few television shows I was missing. After sitting down for about ten minutes, I coughed hard. Almost immediately after coughing, I felt an extremely sharp pain rip up the right side of my stomach, towards my back. It was such an odd experience that I struggle to describe how it felt. If I had to, I would say that my cough had produced a feeling like someone had jabbed a sharp object through my back and into my internal organs.

I decided to start taking in smaller breaths, convinced that this would stop the pain, but nothing would make the sharp pain go away. Eventually, I would lie down on my side, on a heating blanket hoping that I could start finally feeling relief. The pain would go on for about 20 more agonizing minutes before it finally stopped. I didn’t want to wake up the other people in my house, as it was now late at night, but I feared I was going to end up having to go to the hospital. Luckily, I haven’t noticed the pain coming back from any recent activity. I would be lying if I said I won’t be very apprehensive the next time I pick up a pair of weights. As you probably know, what happened to cause me all of that pain I felt was a muscle pull. When someone is experiencing a muscle pull, unless it just happened, most will go into a state of panic. I experienced the first muscle pull I’ve had in years and it is just as scary as the first time this ailment happened.

If you find yourself at the mercy of a horrible muscle injury, remember the most important acronym that got me through mine: R.I.C.E. This acronym is a series of procedures that should be done for anyone who has injured themselves. Rest the muscles which means stop exerting yourself. Place ice on the muscles and compress them together. Finally, elevate the affected area to properly execute each step of the RICE method. I can’t count how many times following the four previously mentioned steps for sore muscle relief have saved me. I’m very happy that I’ve experienced no further pain but I will be taking it light on the next lifting day for my back.

Making the Most of A Packed Gym

As many are excited to rush off to the gym, eager to beat their resolutions, the ones who always showed up have to suffer. I try my best to be accommodating to those new lifters but sometimes, it gets annoying. To make matters worse, with every crowded gym will be a handful of people who have no idea what they are doing. Not only a liability, these people can be downright reckless with how they exercise. I wanted to help you out, the next time that you come in contact with an overcrowded gym with some helpful tips.

Tip Number One: Have a Plan that Can Be Adjusted
As a gym starts to become increasingly crowded, you’ll likely feel like you trapped. You should always have a plan with every workout, no matter what. Following a strict plan can have you wanting to pull your hair out when a crowd throws a wrench into it. Fear not, by having backup lifts and machines to use, you will never run into a situation where you feel trapped. Chances are, any lift that you were going to do originally has a variation that you can now try. If you’re focusing on hitting your chest and the benches are taken, grab dumbbells and start doing flyes. The point is that our muscles don’t have to use one specific machine to get a full workout in.

Tip Number Two: Supersets Save Time
If the gym floor is becoming increasingly, it might be time to get out as fast as you can.

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Don’t start heading for the door just yet, you can still complete your workout. Using supersets is a great way to beat the clock, without having to cut out parts of your workout regimen. A superset is the process of combining two or more lifts together that target different body parts. If you were to do two back-to-back sets of barbell curls in a row, the second one would be much harder. The idea behind a superset would have doing a set of barbell curls, followed immediately by another lift that targets different muscles.

Tip Number Three: Try Out Machines You Don’t Normally Use
Many people view a crowded gym as a hassle that they don’t want to deal with. Instead of a negative way of thinking, use this as an opportunity. It’s common to fall into a routine where you continue to do the same workout. Not only is a stale workout regimen boring, it’s bad for your muscle growth. Muscles that aren’t properly shocked into learning new weightlifting methods will not grow as much as they should. Take the opportunity for a crowded workout center to inspire a new routine. Make use of machines that have no crowding around them. Chances are, you’ll end up having a great workout and there won’t be people all around you.

The next time you pull in to the parking lot of a gym and see that it is crowded, resist the urge to go back home. Instead, make your way inside, don’t let other people stop you from achieving your fitness goals. The feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing a workout feels great. However, knowing that you didn’t let a packed house stop you from lifting feels even better! Most likely, a large majority of those people will never have the dedication that you do.

Are Pull-Ups Being Forgotten Too Soon?

It’s no secret that technology is driving the change behind how we exercise. One particular lift that I’ve not seen people do lately would be the pull up. You may remember this exercise from those old school days, I remember barely being able to do one of them. Maybe all of the ridicule that I endured from my friends led me to become the person I am today. After gym class, it’s a shame that a large portion will never perform a pull up for the rest of their lives. Although it may not look like an impressive exercise to those who are seeing them, trying one really puts you to the test. When I got serious about my weightlifting, I knew that I had to revisit the embarrassment that was associated with my first fateful attempt to pull up anything.

Bodyweight exercises are some of the most beneficial that you can do, meaning you pull/push however much you weigh. I don’t get why some put down training that involves bodyweight only, casting it off as not being effective. I don’t know about you, but after two weeks of pure bodyweight training, it’s easy to notice more muscle growth. The one drawback to trying to start doing pull ups, without the aid of an expensive gym, is that this exercise does require adequate support. We’ve all cringed and laughed at the online videos of someone trying to do pull ups, using a door frame, we all know what happens next. After watching endless amount of people get slammed down to the floor, like they were thrown down by some imaginary force, I didn’t want to take any risks.

I don’t blame you if you are more than a bit apprehensive about attempting your first pull up, don’t put pressure on yourself that it has to go perfectly. So, why do people hate doing pull ups and what’s up with the negative stigma around them? I think the answer to why the pull ups aren’t popular is because they are difficult to properly do. After all, there aren’t many different exercises that deserve a pat on the back if you complete one rep, I would say that the pull up is one of the rare few. In addition, I believe that the act of a pull up being so foreign is another barrier to it’s lack of popularity.

The concept of movement needed to push or pull a weight is fairly common to most of us, we all move things throughout the day. On the contrary, I don’t imagine hardly any of us regularly try and pull our body weight off of the ground, it can be an unnatural feeling, at first. With practice, you’ll come to find out just how great pull ups are for strength and conditioning. Primarily working the back and shoulder muscles, doing pull ups can transform a weak back into an ever-growing mass machine! If you don’t have the specific equipment needed to properly carry out pull ups, don’t worry, you can always get a bit creative. With any of the methods, you do take your safety into your hands, remember that accidents can always happen. That being said, I find that a sturdy tree is great for doing pull ups, if I have no other way to do them. I’ve heard of some using their roof but I’ve not tried that, as it sounds like a great way to rip off your gutter, leaving you with many more problems than how to do a pull up.

Why A Former Ectomorph Made A Big Diet Change

For those who don’t know, an ectomorph is one of the three body types we all fall under. I wanted to pay special attention to the type that makes up the ectomorph because that is the type that I am. For those like us, we find that when we eat, the food goes somewhere but it doesn’t show on us. I remember having to, due to constantly being on the road, had to drop weightlifting out of my life for a month or two. All of the sudden, I had close friends asking if I was getting sick or what had happened to me, like I had returned to them a different person. I was starting to notice that my shirts and pants were feeling a little bit baggier but certainly not the cause for alarm that everyone else must have thought it was. I won’t go into detail with the accusations that were made about my new look, which I tried to explain, only to have my perfectly logical reason fall right on deaf ears, thanks, family!

Gaining Weight Can Be Done by Anyone

What I found was that the unkind words (all in good fun, I suppose) had got to me and I slimwas coming back to weightlifting with an entirely new attitude. What was funny was that, with the lower body fat percentage I had from not training, the muscle was showing up clearer than before. When an ectomorph starts to really bulk up, it is natural for them to start thinking about getting more defined. I’ve told everyone who asks about the subject that bodybuilding isn’t something you are going to be a pro at in a month, or even in a year, although it does happen. For a vast majority of people, you’ll have your trial and error moments, they help you grow.
That new attitude didn’t just reach me in my training sessions, it followed me to the supermarket. I now hunted down foods that were calorie dense, with a mix of proteins and good fats. I felt that the joke was on everyone that had poked fun at me, in the time it took for the muscle to fade away, it started coming back.

Gelatin For Damaged Joints

It turns out that consuming gelatin isn’t just for those who want a nice dessert, there are other benefits to this food. You don’t have to be an endurance runner to suffer from joint damage. Even our workplace can sometimes be a cause of those annoying joint aches that linger on. If you are someone that can deal with day to day aches, that’s great, but for others, the pain can become too much. We all live vastly different lives and some are putting their joints under more strain than others. Oftentimes, it is those who put their joints under a massive amount of stress at a younger age, that begin to feel the effects as they get older. My stepdad was a bit of a wild man in his day, and he loved his motorcycles. Since he is a stepparent, it should go without saying that I didn’t personally know him in his younger days, just hearing what I could through the stories that he tells me. One night, this guy went out on his motorcycle on a rainy night and ended up violently crashing his bike, and his body was to suffer damage as well. This man was rushed to the hospital, after someone saw what had happened. My stepdad would end up being confined to a hospital bed for many months, thankfully never having to go into a coma. After the long healing process, this didn’t mean that my stepdad would be safe for lingering pain for too long.

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Now well into his fifties, it is hard for my stepdad to sit down for long amounts of time, as his hips bore the brunt of the wreckage in the motorcycle accident. I’ve seen the scars that were the result of such a tremendous crash and it helped me figure out that I have no want to buy a motorcycle for myself. When I recently went to visit him, I saw that his cabinets were stocked with Jello, I had never known him to have a sweet tooth. What he told me made perfect sense, he had started regularly eating gelatin because it was making his joint feel more relaxed, like he could sit and rest more often. This man, now proudly eating his Jello for lunch was once a bad news biker that didn’t take anything from anyone, I had to chuckle to myself.

It’s not just my stepdad that is getting used to this dessert as a way to make muscles feel better. You don’t have to be in your fifties to start undertaking the benefits of gelatin for your joints, you can start now. I personally love gelatin and it makes for a fun and not so unhealthy dessert option, especially when I’m trying to keep my weight down. I usually prefer the grape and cherry flavors but, if you don’t know yet, there might not be another food with more flavor choices than gelatin but if you prefer, there is also unflavored gelatin that is often used for cooking. No matter how you choose to cook with it, gelatin is turning out to be a viable choice for repairing joints and muscles that have been worn down by everyday use. What have you tried that is uncommonly used to help out daily muscle pain? Leave what works best for you in the comments section, I’d love to know!

Reebok Releases Shoes Honoring Weightlifter

Taking the world by storm, there is a person lifting weights named CJ Cummings and his tale is quite an inspirational one. When I was CJ’s age, I was running with a bad crowd and getting mized up in a really bad scene. Had I been more like CJ, I could have spent those years taking care of myself. Known as the Legacy Lifter, these new shoes that are made by Reebook are a great pair for any aspiring weightlifter to put on. You might not get the strength that CJ is able to have but they are very comfortable and designed to help you breeze through your exercising. The shoes even have Cumming’s signature on the attire themselves, making it a great pair of shoes to gain some extra attention. As great as they look, these shoes are more than just nice looking footwear.

I had a tough enough time with trying to manage my grades and graduate, I couldn’t imagine how it must feel to accomplish so much as such a young age, as CJ Cummings has done. I am almost positive that he will continue to gain strength at a very fast pace. Already setting records and even breaking his own, Cummings has a mixture of pure talent and great genetics that don’t come along very often. With so much potential, I look forward to seeing CJ take many different medals and awards, throughout his career that has only just begun. One thing is for sure, CJ doesn’t let his fame go to his head, he is currently finishing up his degree. I have to give CJ props for choosing to put his focus, not just on weightlifting, but to also have a back up plan and to go for his education. There aren’t too many good role models left in the world of sports but that could soon change with one weightlifter who is determined to become the best. Trials and tribulations are certain to be around every potential corner but I don’t see that getting to CJ. I am sure that he is taking a bit of time to celebrate the release of his awesome new shoes.

I love the black and gold coloring, as some other weightlifting shoes that I have seen are way too busy looking for me to ever consider putting them on. For those who haven’t had time to see the shoe, you should really go and check it out. The heel on this shoe is made from a sturdy material, making sure that you have the proper support when you are trying your best to be like CJ Cummings. I can’t say enough how cool the shoe actually looks, it is classic with a newfound style that is all it’s own. The shoe retails for about $199 and is made by Reebook, with some advice and specifications from CJ himself. I wouldn’t be surprised if these shoes don’t sell out quickly, as Cummings has a huge following. I can see many people who don’t even know who Cummings is running out to get these shoes, just because of how cool they look. I hope that Cummings is able to have his opinion on more shoes, in the future, as the Legacy Lifters seem to only be the beginning between Cummings and Reebook. Having a good pair of weightlifting shoes is an investment that will keep you safe and strong.