By Team Cellucor | Mon, Sep 10, 2018
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Mini Muffins
Hey, guess what? It's pumpkin season. Check out this recipe from our friend @Kim Hoeltje.
1 scoop Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow (30g)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (60g)
1/4 cup canned pumpkin (60g)
2 T egg substitute (30g)
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (80ml)
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t vanilla extract
Dash of salt
Mix together all ingredients until smooth
Bake at 350 for 14-16 minutes (adjust for regular sized muffins)
Macros (for 11 mini muffins) (plain):
4F 54C 33P
By Team Cellucor | Thu, May 31, 2018
Review: C4® On the Go Ultimate Carbonated
This is not just energy.
It’s more than energy.
It’s more than your standard pre-workout.
It’s a can of pure domination.
With a formula engineered to support your intense training efforts and help you tackle your day-to-day challenges, C4® On the Go Ultimate is in a league of its own.
What makes C4 Ultimate On the Go so extraordinary?
Is it the zero sugar and zero calories per can?
Could it be the insanely delicious flavors like Tropical Blast and Arctic Snow Cone?
Maybe it’s the caffeine level—300mg per can—to fuel your power output and aerobic exercise capacity.
Or perhaps it’s the 3.2g of CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine, which helps you fight fatigue and delivers a tingling sensation through your body that lets you know it’s go-time.
Of course, it could also be the 6g of Citrulline Malate used to help boost your nitric oxide levels that, when paired with Arginine AKG (1g per can), provides the foundation for your ultimate pump.
Oh, and don’t forget about the 1.5g of BetaPower® Betaine, clinically shown to support hydration and improvements in physical performance, strength, power, and endurance.
And then there’s the N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, which supports the production of noradrenaline and dopamine, both of which connect to mental and cognitive health during stressful activities.
Add a hit of nootropic ingredients like Alphasize® A-GPC, Zembrin®, and Huperzine A to support an increased mind-muscle connection, cognitive function, and concentration, and there’s no task too big to tackle.
That’s what makes C4 Ultimate On the Go extraordinary: Not just one ingredient, but the combination of them.
When added together in the right amounts into one ultimate formula, you get a legendary on-the-go pre-workout full of explosive energy, pumps, endurance, and focus.
Ready to experience the power of C4 Ultimate On the Go for yourself? Grab a can and go crush it… wherever your workout takes you.
By Team Cellucor | Wed, May 02, 2018
DO NOT SHAKE: C4® On the Go, Your New Pre-Workout Energy
Why is the unique sensation of carbonation so incredibly satisfying?
Is it the feeling of bubbles popping on your tongue?
Or, maybe it's the sound of a newly cracked can?
Whatever the reason, you just know you love it.
Unfortunately, most carbonated beverages, like soda and energy drinks, come at a price…calories and sugar.
Your average energy drink packs 110 calories and 27g sugar. And your average soda packs 138 calories and a whopping 33g sugar!
For the fit and health conscious among us, the taste isn't worth the excess calories or that sugar hangover you will inevitably get after downing a bottle or two.
But what if you could enjoy the refreshing satisfaction of a delicious carbonated drink that is free of sugar and calories?
And what if that drink actually helps you achieve your fitness goals and enhances your workout performance?
What is C4® On the Go?
C4® On the Go is more than an energy drink, it's a pre-workout formulated to help you crush your fitness goals. It has zero sugar and zero calories.
Not to mention, it comes in incredible flavors like Frozen Bombsicle, Tropical Blast, Twisted Limeade and Strawberry Watermelon Ice.
And it's energy you can feel...
Thanks to the amino acid Beta-Alanine, which produces a harmless tingling sensation throughout the body that lets you know… IT’S GO TIME!
Beta-Alanine is an amino acid that makes a compound in your body called carnosine, which supports muscular endurance by delaying the onset of fatigue.
The result? Improved power and performance.
Every serving of C4® On The Go includes the clinically studied CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine. CarnoSyn® is manufactured under a stringent quality control process, and certified by national and international agencies to be safe and effective.
More energy than your typical energy drink...
C4® On the Go provides a powerful edge over your typical energy drink and coffee. With two all-star ingredients like Citrulline Malate and BetaPower® Betaine, C4® On The Go gives you the energy to perform at another level.
Citrulline Malate is used as a precursor to Arginine and nitric oxide production. Citrulline Malate may support an increase in nitric oxide levels–which improves the flow of nutrients, oxygen, and blood to the muscles for increased pumps and enhanced performance.
BetaPower® Natural Betaine is a high-purity anhydrous Betaine, derived from the molasses of sugar beets. Due to its chemical structure, it helps to maintain the cells electrolyte concentration and supports hydration. So, go ahead and put down those sugary sports drinks for your fix of electrolytes as pre-workout fuel.
Wherever your workout takes you
C4® On the Go is perfect for workout activities in the gym and beyond. With summer closing in, you may find your sweat sessions taking you places you never imagined.
Just know, wherever you are, whatever your workout, tackle it with energy, focus, and efficiency… tackle it with C4® On The Go.
By Team Cellucor | Tue, Mar 27, 2018
Inside Scoop: What is MyoeDge™ HMB?
If you have muscle on your mind, you need the inside scoop on this patented, clinically studied ingredient.
What is MyoeDge™?
MyoeDge™ is the powerful combination of HMB (ß-hydroxy-ß-methylbutyrate) and Vitamin D3. These nutrients have been shown to work synergistically to promote muscle health, improve lean muscle mass gains, and increase muscle function.
If you’ve never heard of HMB, you’ve at least probably experienced its benefits during an intense workout. HMB is a metabolite of the amino acid, leucine (an amino known for its ability to enhance protein synthesis, thus promoting muscle growth).
How is HMB relevant to a workout?
More specifically, why should you care about HMB when you have leucine?
Whether you’re crushing weights or engaging in high-intensity exercise, when your goal is to build and maintain muscle, HMB can help.
While parent leucine helps promote protein synthesis, HMB helps preserve the lean muscle mass you already have, which is good news if your goal is to enhance performance output without sacrificing precious muscle mass.
In one study, subjects who were weight training while supplementing with HMB saw a total increase in strength gains by 41% with a net increase of 1.4%/week.
In another study, subjects who were participating in a prolonged run saw improved recovery due to decreased muscle tissue damage from the activity. The HMB group had a lower CPK response (an indicator of muscle-cell membrane damage) compared with the placebo group when measured over the 4 days following the prolonged run.
If you’re an elite competitor or advanced gym-goer who wants to improve performance either through progressive training or high-intensity endurance activities without diminishing your returns and sacrificing precious muscle mass, MyoeDge should be in your supplement arsenal.
Check out Alpha Amino Ultimate which packs a clinical dose of MyoeDge along with 13 amino acids and 5g of BCAAs at a 2:1:1 ratio.
For more information on MyoeDge click here.
1. Nissen and Sharp (2003) Effect of dietary supplements on lean mass and strength gains with resistance exercise: a meta-analysis. J. Appl. Physiol. 94:651-659.
2. Knitter et al. (2000) Effects of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate on muscle damage after a prolonged run. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2000 Oct;89(4):1340-4.
By Guest Contributor | Fri, Mar 02, 2018
Mark Smith: How the Disabled Strongman Eats & Trains For Competition
Mark Smith spent 10 years in the British Forces and lost his leg in 2011. He is a 2 time 'Britain's Strongest Disabled Man' (2016 & 2017) & Winner at Arnold's Disabled Strongman (2017). He is currently competing at the Arnold Sports Festival and will compete again later this year to win the World's Strongest Disabled Man...
What does fitness mean to a Strongman?
I see my body as my work and as an investment. I have one goal in the world of Disabled Strongman and that’s to become the World’s Strongest Disabled Man, but goals like that can only be achieved by paying attention to every detail.
What does your current training program look like?
Monday: Back & Biceps
Tuesday: Event training-Tire pulls, Atlas stones, Deadlifts, Hammer Holds/Farmers Holds
Wednesday: Chest & Triceps
Thursday: Log Press, Axle press, Giant Dumbbell press
Friday: Leg day
What are some recent achievements and future goals?
I recently set a world record for the fastest time pulling two trucks, 20m distance in 24.35 seconds.
My goals are to break the world record for the heaviest atlas stone lifted by a seated disabled athlete, at 150kg.
What's your favorite workout?
I always enjoy a workout Monday morning, it’s the start of another week of progress.
My strongest and also my favorite events are the truck pull and the atlas stones.
I spend a lot of time working on my conditioning and my technique for these two events in particular.
What's your nutrition look like?
My nutrition needs to aid my training, with my training being predominantly heavy weights and working out intensely five days a week, I need to be able to repair and recover quickly, so I consume a lot of calories throughout the day, without these, my strength just wouldn’t be there.
I eat 6-8 meals a day, consisting largely of red meat, in particular, each meal will also have a carb, usually potato or pasta and vegetables.
Between meals, I will have a shake consisting of Cellucor Mass Gainer, oats, ice cream, full-fat milk, cream, 4 whole eggs.
I start my day with oats, fruit, yogurt, pancakes and my C4 pre-workout, as I train shortly after.
How do you supplement for your goals?
How do you stay motivated through it all?
I have a photo in my home gym of myself on life support, in intensive care. It acts as a reminder of how far I’ve come and how lucky I am.
I have fallen in love with the sport of Strongman, and the more competitions I compete in, the more I realize if I keep chipping away, I will one day hold that title of the World’s Strongest Disabled Man and that alone is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
I dream about the day my sons can go into school and tell their friends that their Daddy is the Strongest Disabled Man in the world!
What advice do you have for anyone who is trying to achieve a fitness goal?
I think everybody has something they can excel in and enjoy equally, I think goals are hugely important, to have something to strive for. Once you find a passion, it comes easily.
Set short-term, realistic, achievable goals and tick them off as you go along and each time, reevaluate where you’re at and set new goals, all the while improving.
I believe that anybody can achieve anything they want to, if they are persistent, consistent and willing to work hard enough for it.
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By Team Cellucor | Thu, Feb 22, 2018
The Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet
Also known as the Caveman Diet, the Paleo approach models its meals on those who inhabited the planet 10,000 years ago. Is there merit in this plan, or should you leave it in history?
What is the Paleo Diet?
The Paleo Diet seeks to replicate the nutritional behavior of Paleolithic-era humans, who inhabited the Earth some 10,000 years ago.
It is believed that their diet revolved around ‘whole’ foods that were easily-attainable from the landscape, such as meat, nuts, fruits, and little much else.
Paleo proponents hold that the age of agriculture and mankind’s move to dairy and grain products brought about numerous health issues that persist to this day.
Paleo Diet: The Pros
Real Food is Right
Regardless of whether you’re looking to pack on muscle mass, blast away body fat or train for a specific sport, basing your diet on whole, high-quality foods such as fresh protein, vegetables, and mono/unsaturated fat can only be a good thing for your health.
There is some research, namely a 2016 study conducted by The Endocrine Society, that suggests the Paleo Diet aids the body’s insulin sensitivity.
This refers to the efficiency with which you digest carbohydrate, and in those seriously overweight, a period of low-carb life can help you get lean.
Nailing the Nutrients
Paleo has been dubbed a fad diet, but its founding principles have much greater nutritional substance than others on the list.
Fresh cuts of meat, heaps of vegetables and healthy sources of fat are a worthy inclusion in any diet. These foods are rich in micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) which can fend off disease, fight inflammation and aid recovery from exercise.
Generally, people are much less active nowadays than in centuries past, so for many, perhaps focusing nutrition away from high-carbohydrate foods is a positive pursuit.
The Pickle of Processing
There are processed foods which are ‘healthy’ and rich in both macro and micronutrients – such as whey protein, peanut butter, and coconut oil.
However, proponents of Paleo assert that you need to consider what is meant by 'processed'. All forms of cooking and preparing food involve processing. Roasting prey over fire is man’s earliest example of ‘processing’ cooked food, but this still preserved much of the nutrient content.
This approach would differ to the extent of processing involved in eating reformed meat out of a packet, for example. You lose the freshness and reduce some of the vitamins and minerals when preserving meat through such a method.
Paleo Diet: The Cons
Adherence is Key
The success of any diet depends on how easily you can adhere to it. A diet can promise the world, but if it’s too tricky to stick to then the likelihood of maintaining your results is going to be a challenge.
Despite appearing to be a very straight-forward diet plan, Paleo is extremely restrictive due to the sheer variety of foods in existence. Placing such vast limits on what can and can’t be consumed makes Paleo a difficult diet to maintain.
Adhering to a strictly organic diet can also prove to be quite costly, which may prove a further stumbling block to maintaining the plan.
Processing Holds Merit
It would be over-simplistic and downright wrong to suggest a food is unhealthy, simply because it is processed or not ‘raw’.
Whey protein, for instance, is highly-processed but is one of the most potent forms of protein available. Its high leucine content and rapid digestion make it the ideal pre or post-workout food.
Despite the demonization that Paleo places on carbohydrates, whole wheat grains provide high fiber and slow-release energy, both essential for general digestion and performance. Even coconut oil, a staple of the Paleo diet, is prepared via cold processing – which would not have been available thousands of years ago.
Causes of Weight Gain
You could argue Paleo’s proponents have misinterpreted the real causes of obesity. While mass-processed meals low in nutrients may contribute to some health problems, the real reason so many gain weight is a lack of activity. Desk jobs, TVs, and vehicles all contribute to the reduced physical activity.
Paleo-era humans had to remain active in order to catch prey and fend off territorial attacks – which may have contributed to low levels of obesity rather than the diet itself. Life expectancy in the Paleolithic era was also very low, generally falling between 30 and 40.
Who is to say that these people wouldn’t have encountered much greater health problems had they advanced beyond these years?
What is the overall verdict on the Paleo Diet?
The principle of Paleo is sound, but in practice carries its own challenges.
Consuming a diet rich in high-quality sources of protein can generally help you lose weight and get lean. However, it is a big jump to assume that the rest of the strict guidelines put forth provide any real benefit. Unnecessarily negating processed foods that do provide health benefits may lead you to fall off the wagon.
The low level of carbohydrates also has the potential to compromise your sport and training performance, if maintained in the long term. Even then, it is worth remembering that the people of the Paleolithic era simply had to eat that way due to their lack of travel or ability to store food.
As a baseline template, Paleo lays the ground rules – but as a complete dietary system, you should look beyond its limits.
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