By Team Cellucor | Wed, May 05, 2021

Whitney Perez: Super Mom

Moms inspire, uplift and motivate us...but often, that’s just the beginning. We sat down with Super-Mom and Cellucor® athlete Whitney Perez, a combat medic in the National Guard, to discuss fitness, balancing mom life, and grab some of her top tips that we can all benefit from on our fitness journey. Spoiler alert: Inspiration below.

How did you get into fitness?

I’ve always been an athlete, into sports and fitness. But it was when I got into the military and my occupation as a medic that I realized how important it is to be physically fit. My fitness isn’t necessarily for me, it’s for the people to my left and my right. My reason for staying fit goes way beyond myself – it can be the difference between life and death for someone who needs me at the top of my game.

Walk us through the average day for you?

I normally get up around 5:15 am, get myself ready, and then wake up my 3 boys at 5:45 am. After getting them settled for school, I usually workout before work from 7-8:30 am. That’s how I get my day started, and also when I get my caffeine C4® Ultimate :). I work a full day, pick up the boys, and then it’s off to sports or activities for them. It’s homework in the car, shoving dinner in our face somewhere in between, and then get home to get everybody in bed.

 

How are you able to balance it all?


One thing I live by is that I may not always be motivated but I’m disciplined. I know it’s important for my health and overall well-being. It’s important for my job. It’s important for showing my kids, you just do it.


Do you have any tips or tricks that could help other people with their fitness goals?

The biggest thing I can tell everyone is it’s not easy. There’s a learning process to it and you find what works for you. And when you find it, you hone in. The biggest thing I can tell someone is to not give up, to try and try again. Because life isn’t easy, there’s always something that’s going to knock you over, but you get up and try again.

What products are your favorite and add the most value to your day?

I never go a day without pre-workout especially C4® Ultimate Icy Blue Razz, Creatine, and my Alpha Amino.

Do you have your kids live the same lifestyle?

They tend to get into the garage gym with me, and they lift with me. They try to follow in my footsteps. As far as eating, it’s a learning curve with kids, so one day they like it and one day they don’t.

What are your current fitness goals? Anything big on the horizon?

I walk in the gym every day and strive to be better than myself the day before; strength, functional fitness, and being a well-rounded athlete are goals I set daily.

Whitney Perez’s favorite products: C4 Ultimate Blue Raspberry, COR Performance® Creatine, Alpha Amino

C4® Ultimate is the ultimate explosive energy pre-workout.

COR Performance® Creatine supports increased strength.

Alpha Amino contains 5 g. of BCAAs.

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By Erick Avila | Tue, Apr 06, 2021

3 Types of Citrulline & What It Means For You

Key Points

-Citrulline is a popular ingredient in dietary supplements for helping to increase nitric oxide levels, which helps support healthy blood flow, resulting in better muscle pumps*
-Understanding nitric oxide’s function was one of the most important scientific discoveries of the modern era.
-L-Citrulline, Citrulline Malate, and Citrulline Nitrate are three different citrulline containing ingredients used in dietary supplements


What is Nitric Oxide?

Nitric oxide is a signaling molecule that plays a role in vasodilation and blood flow. Vasodilation is the widening of blood vessels. The discovery of nitric oxide’s role in the body was so important that the researchers who found it won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.[1]

Nitric oxide’s role in sports performance and recovery is one of the most popular ways it’s been researched in recent years. Many of these studies use the amino acid citrulline, as a dietary ingredient, to help raise nitric oxide levels. The reason why these researchers are so interested in trying to find a link between nitric oxide and performance is that nitric oxide’s role in promoting better blood flow may enhance oxygen and nutrient delivery to muscle*.

how to boost nitric oxide


How can Citrulline benefit you?

Citrulline is an amino acid that has been shown to be positively correlated with nitric oxide synthesis. Citrulline gets converted into arginine by the kidneys. Because a large percentage of arginine is metabolized by liver, citrulline is considered a more effective supplement than arginine itself for elevating plasma arginine levels. Citrulline has been shown to elevate plasma arginine and nitric oxide levels very efficiently in a dose-dependent manner.[2]

What are the benefits of Citrulline?

In research studies, citrulline has shown possible beneficial effects on high intensity strength and power performance.[3] Research has also shown citrulline to be effective for reducing post-exercise muscle soreness and rate of perceived exertion.[4] To sum it up, although further research is encouraged to fully elucidate the effects of potential moderating study characteristics, citrulline may help to support increased reps in the gym and faster recovery outside of it*.

What are the types of Citrulline in Cellucor® products?

Throughout the Cellucor® family of products you can find 3 different citrulline containing ingredients: L-Citrulline, Citrulline Malate, and Nitramax (NO3-C) ™. L-Citrulline is a standalone form of citrulline, that isn’t combined with any other compound. Citrulline Malate is citrulline combined with malic acid. Malic acid is an organic compound that contributes to the tart taste of fruits like grapes and apples. Malic acid plays a role in the Krebs Cycle, a pathway in the body involved in cellular energy production*. Nitramax (NO3-C) ™ is citrulline mixed with nitric acid (otherwise referred to as nitrate molecules). Nitrates are naturally occurring polyatomic ions found in food sources like spinach, beets, and arugula. Nitramax (NO3-C) ™ helps support explosive pumps by elevating nitric oxide through two distinct pathways*. 

 

Which Cellucor® products contain Citrulline?

Cellucor® uses one and/or more of the citrulline ingredients mentioned above, across our family of products including in C4® Extreme, C4® Ultimate, and C4® Dynasty. The dosages of the citrulline in these products will also vary, with higher doses being more common in our more advanced products. This is because it is believed that higher doses of citrulline may deliver larger doses of nitric oxide, which is what many advanced athletes want if they’re going to the gym to chase a pump*.

Summary

The discovery of nitric oxide’s function was one of the most important scientific discoveries of the modern era. Citrulline is an amino acid that has been extensively studied for its role in elevating nitric oxide levels in the blood*. Research on citrulline has shown it to have a beneficial and is believed to have an effect on improving strength endurance and reducing muscle soreness*. There are three commonly used citrulline containing ingredients, used in dietary supplements: L-Citrulline, Citrulline Malate, and Nitramax (NO3-C) ™ Citrulline Nitrate, *.

Find the right C4® pre-workout for your experience level and harness the power of the citrulline.

 


References

[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10217961/

[2] https//pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17662090/

[3] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40279-019-01091-z

[4] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254620300168#bib0015

*These statements has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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By Ron 'Boss' Everline | Wed, Dec 19, 2018

Ep. 3: On the Go x Ron "Boss" Everline ft. MMA Trainer Rafael Cordeiro

Ron Boss Everline

The third episode of our On The Go series featuring Cellucor Athlete and Fitness Motivator, Ron "Boss" Everline. In this episode, Boss teams up with world-class trainer Rafael Cordeiro for a lesson in fitness he won't forget. Is he up for the challenge?

This series is brought to you by C4 Energy.

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