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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Product Review: Scivation Xtend

SciVation Xtend, 90 Servings, Grape (1016g)

This is by far one of the very best products out on the market today. I have been using this product for years and swear by it. You can not go wrong by adding Xtend to your supplement line up.

Xtend is a scientific blend of Branched Chain Amino Acids (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine), Glutamine, Citrulline Malate, and Vitamin B6 that will give you the energy you need to maximize your training while enhancing recovery at the same time. It is not an "energy drink" but will help you recover faster between sets during your workouts!

The advanced components in Xtend have been scientifically proven to help speed recovery and enhance ATP production and promote cell volumization. Avoid fatigue by blocking entry of fatigue-inducing tryptophan into the brain. Increase protein synthesis, immune function and digestive health. Promote vasodilation which can lead to better assimilation and absorption of protein. Elevate growth hormone levels.

Directions For SciVation Xtend: Mix 2 level scoops (11.29 grams) in 16 ounces of water and shake well. Depending on bodyweight, split the following dose before and during your workout:

Under 160lbs: 2 scoops
160lbs to 180 lbs: 4 scoops
Over 180lbs: 6 scoops

Blue Raspberry
Refreshing Apple fav!
Refreshing Lemonade
Refreshing Orange

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Matthew Eubanks
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Product Review: Universals Animal Flex

Universal Animal Flex, 44 Packs

I have always had bad joint pain. I can remember as far back as the age of 14 years old having knee joint pains. I played alot of Soccer growing up, as well as Baseball and Football. Now that I am in my 40's father time is trying to catch up with me. My wrists, elbows and knees have bad joint pain daily.

I have tried Glucosamine, Glucosamine with Chondroitin, Joint Flex and other joint support supplements. NONE of them worked as they claimed, not even close. I was sick and tired of the aches and pains so I sat down at my desk and started reading, search and asking questions. Well, I finally found a product that has helped me fix all those aches and pains.

I want to tell you about Animal Flex by Universal Nutrition. Animal Flex is a joint and ligament formula designed to help support the health of our joints. Animal Flex has been formulated specifically for strength athletes such as bodybuilders and power lifters and even those needing joint pain relief. Each pack consists of several different complexes designed to help support healthy joints, ligaments and tendons.

Animal Flex is complete and best of all, it requires only a single dose per day. Most products I have tried in the past required multiple doses a day and the costs were outrageous!! Animal Flex is only $24.99 for a 44 day supply!! When i started taking Animal Flex I noticed the join pain relief in a week. This will vary person to person though. But everyone i know that is using it said it took about a week before they felt it working.

To try Animal Flex for yourself, Click Here.

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Matthew Eubanks
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Product Review: Super Charge Xtreme N.O

Labrada Super Charge Xtreme N.O., 800 Grams, Grape

I have tried many N.O products that are out there but by far SuperCharge! Xtreme N.O. gave me the most energy, pump, and endurance I have ever experienced! I took 2 scoops of this product and mixed it in a shaker bottle with 16oz of water. I drank about half on my way to the gym and sipped on the rest while I worked out. Let me tell you, the energy and pump were amazing! I had incredible mental focus and the muscle pumps were fantastic!

Xtreme N.O. gives you precise amounts of key ingredients to jack you up mentally, volumize your muscle cells for wild, mind blowing pumps, and hyper-speed your recovery so you can grow and get stronger for your next insane workout! It ignites your muscles with a unique 3-Phase delivery system that targets energy and pumps, strength and endurance, and recovery after your workout.

Phase 1- Energy & Pump

Phase 2- Strength & Endurance Complex

Phase 3- Post-Workout Recovery Complex

Instantly Increase Energy, Strength, Endurance
Instantly Increase Muscle Volume
Get Insane Pumps!
Increase Recovery and Production of Anabolic Hormones!
Up to 50 Workouts per bottle in 3 different awesome flavors!

I tried grape and it was awesome. It tasted exactly like grape koolaid!! So if you are looking for a delicious energy packed pre-workout drink, this is the one!

To try this product for yourself, Click Here!

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Matthew Eubanks
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

10 Fat Loss Success Traits!

Read this and then read it again and again. My good friend posted this info on a site I moderate, she goes by IronpumpedLady and boy does she know her stuff!!

Below are 10 tips that have are the foundation
of getting super lean and staying that way.

These babies will help keep your metabolism

BUT, before I give you those I want to make
sure you're in the right frame of mind.

Yes, eating “right” all the time is difficult and
requires that you make some sacrifices.

There’s always a little give and take
if you want something, right.

So when it comes to your nutrition, you’re
going to have to make a commitment to

A commitment that your health and resulting
fat loss are far more important than having
those fleeting moments of ravenous food

That greasy, buttery, sugary food that entices
each one of us each day has to be sacrificed in
order to accomplish our goal of getting lean
and staying healthy.

You can’t have your cake and fat loss too…it
simply doesn’t work that way (I wish). Save
it for your "off" meal or "cheat" meal because
it can actually help you'll read.

With that said, here are 10 ways to keep on
track and keep your metabolism burning up
fat cells like Rush Limbaugh pops oxycontin! ;-)

(Yeah..I've used that one before, but it's funny!)

1 – Avoid drastic cuts in calories. A slight reduction
of 200-500 calories is plenty and will help you retain
the lean muscle you have.

2 – Eat frequently. 5-6 smaller protein rich meals
is a “Must” to keep optimal metabolic function.

3 – Increase protein. Protein has a greater metabolic
boosting effect than that of carbs or fat. 1 gram per
pound of body weight is ideal for those that exercise
3-5 times per week.

4 – Ditch the late night carbs! Instead, focus on lean
proteins (meat, eggs, fish, cottage cheese, etc) and
fibrous vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, spinach,
salad greens, etc).

5 – Water. Drink at least 80oz per day. With meals,
between meals, before meals, during exercise, after
exercise, before exercise…ok, you get it.

6 – Eat fat. Yep, fat.

There are far too many studies
showing the relationship between omega 3 fatty acids
and fat loss. So be sure to take 3-8 grams of fish oil
per day and/or 1-2 tbsp of Udo’s oil per day, but make
sure to account for those calories.

7 – Include a “Re-Feed” day….also known as a Cheat Day.

Keeping calories suppressed below maintenance levels
for more than 5-7 days can result in a cascade of potentially
negative hormonal and metabolic symptoms that will slow
down fat loss.

The solution. Take one day per week and eat a few hundred
additional calories from primarily carbohydrates. Yes, that
can include foods not normally on your “good” food list.

Enjoy yourself and at the same time, you’ll be keeping
your metabolic rate on fire!

8 – Blend it. If you’re having a tough time getting in
enough meals, whip up some power protein drinks.

One caveat….careful on the calories as drinking your
nutrition can add up quickly.

My rule of thumb is to add a green vegetable (spinach)
a berry (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, etc) a ½ to
full banana, some water and ice....along with a couple
scoops of whey protein powder.

If it’s not sweet enough, maybe add a little stevia to
sweeten it up.

Just remember to know how many calories you’re
putting in the blender because before you know it,
that “healthy” protein drink can add up to well over
500 calories!

9 – Keep grains to a minimum. Rice, pasta, bread,
wheat products, etc.

Not only are they dense in calories, they cause your
body to over secrete insulin and are high allergen

So keep them to a minimum and early in the day
if you choose to eat them at all.


It’s a fact that those who write down what they
eat, meal by meal, day by day, not only make
better choices, but make far better progress.

It’s simple, but it’s soooo important for your
long term success in losing body fat and
keeping it off.

As right, stay active and keep positive!

Here's to a new you!
Matthew Eubanks
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Getting the fat off, why is it so darn hard?

We all know that obesity in America is a growing crisis. We've all been plagued with persistent media attention on the epidemic our nation is facing. Those fad diets, those supplements, and those articles on how to lose fat and keep it off that you read in misleading magazines.

It is time to examine this problem that this country is facing, as it seems those struggling to overcome obesity or simply lose a few pounds for vanity purposes are simply misinformed when it comes down to losing and keeping the fat off.

Despite what you may hear about fad diets, the truth of the matter is that these diets are not very healthy for your body, and don't provide the dieter with long-term success. Most are just get rich quick tricks by some uneducated wanna be health nut.

With most of these diets, the dieter gives up his or her favorite foods and begins to become more aware of the foods they eat. This is the main reason why these fad diets work in the short-term, and conclusively, the dieter ultimately cannot remain on a program that restricts their food choices and calls for the dieter to monotonously eat the same foods again and again.

Obviously, these dieters return to their old ways of eating, and end up putting on the pounds they lost in the short-term with these fad diets. In some cases, the dieter ends up putting on even more weight, I know I did!

Fad diets aren't the only reason, living a sedentary lifestyle, fast food, poor eating habbits and, in my opinion, the Media have a lot to do with it as well. The media likes to make fast food chains such as McDonalds look amazingly good. Everywhere you look you see a giant delicious cheeseburger, french fries and a large drink. Looks darn good doesnt it? But the truth behind it is overwhelming.

Fast food is loaded with trans fat! Diets that contain high amounts of trans fat have been linked to coronary heart disease and even atherosclerosis. Trans fat is not only found in those favorite fried foods at the local fast food joint, but also in baked goods, fried goods, snack foods, and other foods which have been processed.

What can I do?!?!? I would advise you to simply follow the basics and neglect the thought about following a fad diet. A simple nutrition plan that is based around having a restricted calories and performing cardiovascular activity will overrule any fad diet.

Getting fit and in shape is one thing, but what about maintaining that figure that has resulted in hard work in the long-term? Simple. Continue following a healthy eating plan, but do not restrict calories so severely.

Perform more cardiovascular activity and eat at a maintained caloric level to encourage an atmosphere that will not cause you to lose any weight or gain weight. I would also tell overweight Americans the old phrase, "Rome wasn't built in a day." There are no shortcuts. Breathtaking results require hard work, dedication, and constant devotion.

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Matthew Eubanks
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Are You Using The Wrong Exercise?

I found this article by Jim Stoppani, PhD. on and felt I should share it with all of you. The upper chest is a weak spot for a lot of people, including myself. After reading this article the light in my head went off and I said "So this is the "trick" to a better upper chest" Try it out for 90 days and see if it works for you!

Most people think that to develop the upper chest you need to focus on the incline bench press. A recent study however shows that muscle activity of the upper pectorals during an incline press increased by only 5% as compared to the flat bench press. Muscle activity in the front deltoids increased by 85%!

The Reverse Grip Bench Press

The answer for increased muscle activity in the upper chest lies in the flat bench. Instead of a standard grip try using an underhand grip in an exercise called the reverse grip bench press. Be sure to use a wider than shoulder width grip. This will maximize the involvement of the upper chest and minimize the involvement of the triceps.

The reverse grip helps keep your elbows in and your upper arms parallel to your torso. Moving your arms in this manner increases the use of upper pec muscle fibers. The regular grip bench press uses more of the lower and middle pec muscle fibers. One study shows that muscle activity of the upper pectorals increased by 30% when using the reverse grip as opposed to the regular overhand grip.2

Tips For The Reverse Grip Bench Press:

1. Use a spotter to un-rack the bar.

2. If you’re training by yourself, un-rack the bar with a normal grip. Then lower the bar to your chest and carefully change your grip to a reverse grip.

3. Be sure to push the bar up in an arc above your head. This will ensure that you emphasize more of the upper pec.

About Jim Stoppani, PhD

Jim Stoppani received his doctorate in exercise physiology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. Following graduation, he served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the prestigious John B. Pierce Laboratory and Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine, where he investigated the effects of exercise and diet on gene regulation in muscle tissue. He was awarded the Gatorade Beginning Investigator in Exercise Science Award in 2002 by the American Physiological Society.

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Matthew Eubanks
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