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Supplement Sanity

Musclebombshell would like to share an article written exclusively for us. Guest writer and Pro Natural Bodybuilder Eric Broser  shares his views and knowledge about supplements  in the world of fitness. Read below for more,

Since I began training back in the late 1980’s the world of sports supplements has changed immensely! Liver tabs, brewer’s yeast, liquid amino acids, Anabolic thMega Paks, and chalk-like protein powders have been replaced by shelves and shelves of the latest pills, powders and potions put out by hundreds of different manufacturers, each looking for the next big seller. Some of these products are actually based on real science…some, theoretical science…some, pseudo science…and others, no science at all (unfortunately). Regardless, consumers spend millions upon millions of dollars every year in hopes of finding a magic bullet toward massive muscle gains, peak performance and faster fat loss. In fact, the subject of supplementation has become so substantial that it is often discussed with more passion, intent and energy than proper training or dietary strategy! For proof, stop by just about any bodybuilding/fitness discussion board on the net and see which forum is the busiest.

As a natural pro bodybuilder and contest prep coach myself (for more than 20 years), I certainly see great value and necessity in supplementation. However, I feel that today, the majority of young bodybuilders, figure, fitness, bikini and physique competitors coming up have lost their way. There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING, you can buy at a GNC or Vitamin Shoppe (or even a pharmacy) that can replace a solid, well-thought-out, meticulous training and diet program!
So, what is my point here? Well, it is twofold. First, before investing any of your hard earned cash on the newest Hardcore Mega Cryogenic Monsterbolic Thermojet Nitro Juice powder, make sure you are eating 5-7 well-designed meals per day, working with an effective and progressive weight training/cardio program, and getting a decent amount of sleep every night. Second, start with the tried-and-true supplements that have been producing results in labs, gyms and on the field for decades, such as multivitamin/minerals, essential fatty acids, BCAA’s, creatine, glutamine, antioxidants, whey protein, caffeine and beta alanine. These things will form the foundation of progress 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Then, once “your base” is solidly and consistently in place, feel free to experiment with some of the newer and more specialized products on the market. Train hard, eat right, rest well, and exercise…a little supplement sanity!

 

ABOUT ERIC BROSER:Eric Broser has been involved in the health and fitness industry as a trainer, strength/contest prep coach, model, author, magazine columnist, consultant to nutritional supplement companies and gym owner for over twenty years.. He is an NGA Natural Professional Bodybuilder (as well as judge and Advisory Board member) and recognized as one of the top drug-free-for-life bodybuilders in the world. Eric has penned over 250 articles on training, supplements, mindset and nutrition, which have appeared in such major publications as Iron Man, Planet Muscle, Natural Muscle, Muscular Development, Muscle Mag International, Human Muscle and Performance, UCW and Muscular Health and Performance Illustrated. He is currently a monthly columnist for Natural Muscle, Iron Man, www.muscleandfitness.com, and Planet Muscle magazines, and has authored four books on the subject of rapid and substantial physique transformation. Eric is the pioneer/developer of the world-renown POWER, REP RANGE, SHOCK and FIBER DAMAGE/FIBER SATURATION training methods, which are being utilized by tens of thousands of bodybuilders and athletes across the globe. The PRRS DVD has been a best seller for well over three years now, while the PRRS and FDFS “E” and Kindle books also continue to lead the pack!
Being featured on the cover of Iron Man in October 2008 fulfilled one of Eric’s lifelong dreams. He has also appeared in the pages of just about every major fitness/bodybuilding magazine as a model, writer or subject of dozens of supplement company advertisements. In May 2010, and again in 2011, he was awarded the honor of being named the “Top Trainer/Author Combination” by Planet Muscle Magazine. Eric has also become one of the most sought after personal trainers and contest/event preparation coaches in the field by athletes, bodybuilders and members of the entertainment industry. He currently work with clients all over the U.S. as well as in countries such as Japan, Australia, France, Dubai, Afghanistan, Jordan, Great Britain, Kuwait, Germany, Ireland, Israel and more.Most recently Eric announced he will be launching his own brand of sports nutrition supplements under the name B-Built, available in the summer of 2013.
Eric Broser
-CEO Broser Built International and www.broserbuilt.com 
-NGA Professional Bodybuilder/Judge/Advisory Board Member
-Iron Man/Planet Muscle/Natural Muscle/www.muscleandfitness.com Columnist931197_166715100155787_452487436_n
-Online Training/Nutritional Consulting/Contest Prep Coaching
-Purchase PRRS/FDFS E-Books www.x-workouts.com
-Purchase PRRS DVD www.prrsdvd.com

 

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Five Ways to Incorporate Meditation into Your Work Day


Guest Post By Danielle Mika Nagel

1. Silence before email.

Morning meditations give you a chance at clarity before your mind becomes busy with the thoughts and activities of the day. If your routine wakeup involves checking your inbox in bed, swap your mobile phone for a few minutes of morning silence. Have a comfortable cushion set up in a peaceful area of your home. Make it a habit to come to this spot before you do anything. Sit tall and allow yourself to focus on your breath. Deeply inhale, then deeply exhale. When a thought enters your mind, notice it, then return to your breath. Repeat this exercise for 10 minutes.

2. Skip the coffee, take a breath break.

Finding a place in your office to sit comfortably and meditate may not be practical, so head outdoors. Instead of spending 15-20 minutes in a busy café line up, go for a short walk. Make an effort to be mindful of your surroundings. Take deep breaths and as you exhale visualize yourself letting go of any tension or stress from your day. Return to the office with more clarity and focus.

3. Set an intention.

Just as most successful meetings have a clearly defined purpose, many executives find success in meditation by setting an intention or mantra. Your intention or mantra can be drawn upon at anytime of the day when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. When your mind starts to feel too cluttered and your breath gets short, take a few minutes to breath and gently bring yourself back to the day’s intention. Be easy on yourself and try not to judge your meditation.

4. Slow down.

Deadlines and heavy workloads often cause us to rush through daily activities. When you’ve finished your workday, pick one activity and make a concentrated effort to do it slowly. This could mean driving home with patience and awareness. Even letting a few people in “your” lane as you turn on some relaxing music. Or maybe it’s chewing your food several times and really noticing the texture and taste as you eat dinner. Slowing things down and focusing on the present moment will de-clutter your mind and refresh your energy.

5. Move.

Whether you’re tied to your desk, stuck in traffic or caught in meetings, the average Canadian worker spends three quarters of the day sitting. The simple act of moving your body purposefully can be meditative. Go for a short run, do some simple yoga stretches or put on a song that motivates you to dance. The act of moving with intention will force you to get out of your head and into your body.

Danielle Mika Nagel is the Studio Director for the world’s first Chopra Yoga Center in Vancouver, BC. www.choprayoga.com. Danielle is certified in Primordial Sound Meditation and has more than a decade of experience teaching. Danielle travels throughout the US and Canada teaching yoga and meditation at events and teacher trainings. For more information join the conversation on twitter.com/choprayoga or     facebook/choprayogacenter.


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