Supplements – Protein for Men and Women – Review

My boyfriend and I started both trialling a few different supplements a while ago, in order to do some reviews. We both had different aims, and been trying a few different brands to find products that give us the results we’re after, as well as being good value, and tasting good. I also like to make different recipes with my protein powders as you all know, like baking bars, pancakes, protein balls, and even mixing with some greek yoghurt so flavour is probably more important to me.

So, anyway, we just finished our his and hers vitalstrength protein powers. The company was also generous enough to chuck in a a sample of the pre-workout. It’s the 16:00 Nitroxl pre-workout and came in orange crush and arctic blue. The boyfriend gave one of them to his workout mate. Both of them are doing personal training, and a prepping for a bodybuilding comp, so take this sort thing ultra seriously. They both liked the flavour they each tried, and are thinking about switching from their current pre-workout. This said it has no side effects, which they said it’s hard to tell only using it once, but is something that if it’s the case would be a HUGE selling point for them, as well as to recommend to other PT’s and guys at the gym. I’ve put links to the site if you want to have a look. Apparently they can make you jittery and it messes with your sleep big time. These guys work out in the afternoons so that is a major factor, and happy to report my baby slept like a baby.

He also got vitalstrength Weight Gainer in chocolate blast. He hammered this product, three shakes a day, and is definitely seeing some great results. I have noticed them too – his shoulders have grown so much! Hot. I can’t find this exact product on their website to link it though… the pro muscle looks similar, click here to see this. I used this in baking my protein bars, the banana blueberry ones, and he loved this batch. Despite the weight gainer being the last thing I was after, I did try them too, and I loved them. I usually use my Define Vanilla but was low and didn’t want to use it last batch of bars I made. Anyways, the next one he wants to try is the WPI  from vital stength, so I’ll update you on his results with that.

I like my Define Vanilla, high protein, fat free, low carb, so exactly what I look for. For me flavour is an important factor too, and this protein nails it. I love vanilla because it’s so versatile. I was talking to a friend who was saying she can’t believe I get Vanilla, but for me it’s the best. I can do all sorts of smoothies (see smoothies post here), and it goes with all, the avocado combo’s, ones with berries, greens, tropical flavours, works everytime. I put some PB2 in sometimes, cacao, or keep it simple and just use the vanilla. This has gotta be my favourite protein powder I’ve tried – and I’ve tried a few different brands – and from me that’s a big call. my routine lately has been to do my Insanity workouts, shower, head off to uni and I take my protein in a shaker – and this needs to keep me going for at least the next couple of hours until I have a break. Many I’ve tried are too watery, taste shit with just water (sometimes I mix milk and water, sometimes just water), gritty, or leave me feeling bloated and crampy after. NOT what I want when I got to sit through a lecture after. Has anyone else had that from protein powders? Also, I have got the best results with this, combined with my exercise routine, I feel really happy with. I’d also like to try chocolate, but I’m ultra fussy with chocolate flavours, I especially don’t like some of them when I use them in smoothies with greek yohurt. I’ll update on this after I try it too.

Anyways, that’s my review of the vital strength products. Like I said, as soon as my boyfriend tries the pre-workout for a longer period I’ll update on side effects in more detail, as I know this is something a lot of people are interested in hearing about.

20130312-204357.jpgNewMuscleJarThis is the one on their site that I think is most similar to the one my partner loved, but this is the actual one below:

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And finally the pre-workout

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First day of Insanity

I did the first day of the Insanity program today… Initial thoughts? Nothing worth having comes easily. It was the fit test, and I thought I was reasonably fit, I mean I run almost daily but so not used to all this jumping!!! Ouch! I can’t wait to get better. Now that it’s on here I will have to update and it’s more motivation to stick with it. I tend to lose interest in these things, in the past. But, I’ve seen other people’s results and can’t wait to see my own. Bring it!!!

Meanwhile, I think I should get this as a reward, maybe I’ll wait until halfway and treat myself.

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Pocket Yoga

So, as mentioned I have found my motivation and am back in the sing of things. I did a beach walk, back and bi’s and tried the pocket yoga app for the first time – I am in love! Soooooo good, has any one else used this? I highly recommend it. I did it in a hot room and didn’t turn on the fan or air con, told myself this way it’s kinda like a hot yoga. I wasn’t expecting that much from a yoga app, but man was I wrong. I know my aunty said it’s awesome, but she does a lot of yoga, while for me it’s been a while so I was worried that I won’t remember poses, or it’ll just say names, or be hard to follow, but it was simple to follow, and clear, and is great for beginners, as well as those who practise often. It gets my seal of approval for sure.

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I did the Ocean setting, and did it for 30 mins (it’s been a while, like I said). I think next time I’ll do longer, and might try Mountain, desert sounds a little boring.

What are other good fitness apps you love? I haven’t been huge on this before, but now this app has made me open to it, and I’d love some recommendations, if you have them.

DIY Do It Yourself Gym Racerback tanktop

Image, DIY Do It Yourself Gym Racerback tanktop

Really easy to make – if I can do it, you can too! Recycle your old, excuse me vintage, t-shirt’s, or your man’s! I like guy’s tees for this. All you need is a Tee and some scissors, I also use a texta to mark where I want to cut. And of course a mirror and camera/phone to take selfies after. There are variations of this all over, so have a look around. Oh, and send me your links to your versions!

  1. Cut      away the neck, the sleeves and the bottom of the hem. For the neck, just cut the hem off, as you’ll change the shape after. For the sleeves I fold the tee in half, then cut straight down, curving around the armpit at the end. This is quite important, remember to cut straight then curve as otherwise the shape is wrong. See the pics. For the bottom hem, cut at least 1&1/2 centimetres above the hem, more even. Try on the top, neaten up your cutting, edges, symmetry…
  2. Whilst it’s on, decide how low cut you want it in front. These tanks look great with gym crops, so don’t be afraid to go low! This ain’t office wear after all!
  3. At the back of the shirt, cut the outside of the sleeves to make that racerback style, and cut a deep V at the back. Go deep with it, don’t be scared.
  4. Take the hem of the t-shirt and cut the actual seam part off, so you are left with fabric. Stretch it until it’s curly.
  5. Tie a double knot at 2-3cm above the end of your V back. Wind your curly fabric around and around, and tie off with another double knot.
  6. I like to teak my top after. Lay in half and make sure it’s even, stretch it so edges curl, cut it lower at the front, and while it’s laying in half cut it first straight then diagonally down so the front of your tank ends up shorter a little then the back. A mullet for my Aussie readers.
  7. Bang, you’re good to go! Go rock your tank at the gym – work it!!!

Here’s some I prepared earlier…..

I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway… fitness diary and calorie counter

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To score this awesome fitness journal all you need to do is follow my blog, add a link to mine in yours (if you have one) and leave a comment saying why you’d like it

For me, it was the key thing that helped break through my plateau/rut i was in. I had the training down pat, but was letting myself down food wise, and it’s not until I started writing everything down that I had results. I found that having a physical diary helped moreso then myfitness pal or other online tools, as I just wouldn’t be strict about updating them until the end of the day, and that’s not how it works. It helps it’s a nice looking journal, that I carry around. And I love that it’s a TRAINING and nutrition journal, has inspirational quotes, and a calories and notes section in the beack. Basically I love it! And best of all the lovely people at Peter Pauper have allowed me to give one away to help you with your own fitness and health journal.

Added to http://bloggiveawaydirectory.com/ check it out for more great giveaways.

Slim secrets pack, and amping up the workouts! (& Lorna Jane discount codes)

I’m realising that time is going past soooo fast! I need to amp up my workouts, especially this week. As a motivator I’m usuing the upcoming visit of a good friend, on the 8th. I’m going to to two muscle groups a day, with the expection of shoulders and legs. Speaking of legs – ouch! My legs were so sore the day after the 2hr hike I did with a couple of friends for Lorna Jane Active Day! And I did an hour and 20 beach walk the next day, which was yesterday. A whole world of pain, and it’s times like this that I miss having a bath! I’ve got two bathrooms, both with showers only and all I want to do is soak in a tub! Yesterday I also did back and bi’s at the gym. I want to work more on my bi’s and shoulders. I usually also do some squats and other leg stuff between sets as that’s my problem area, but as I was too sore yesterday to even go down stairs, yet along squats!

Today I received a bag of goodies from the good people at Slim Secrets (thanks Sharon!) to review. I’ll try it all over the course of the next week or so, and then post a review of everything, i think. I was so excited, as it’s stuff I don’t see at the supermarkets (c’mon Coles and Wooolies! – stock the full range all over Aus please!!), plus I just love getting parcels – all the more so if I’m lucky enough to be at home when the courier comes. The probably gives you an insight into another, um, shall we say, passion (err problem, no I’ll stick with passion) of mine – shopping! Speaking of which, I received an email from Lorna Jane with a $30 off code – KEEPMOVING. Happy shopping anyone who chooses to use it! I also have a $20 off code SISTERHOOD3 in case the $30 expires.

 

I saw this and laughed! Isn’t it perfect?

More Fitspo… I did say I loved it! Motivation!

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I saw this somewhere (while I was at work) and thought i’d post it here. I know I wear makeup to the gym a lot more then I should, especially if I’m going straight from work. I usually use a makeup wipe but leave my eye makeup on. Do you do this? The mascara I use is actually the best – never runs or flakes, and comes off easily in the shower with just water. It’s also a extension mascara, ModelCo fibre lash. Check it out – I really recommend it. Great for if you want to wear makeup and go swimming too, as it doesn’t run into your eyes. As far as workout makeup it’s pretty awesome, and the extension aspect is a real bonus. This post has gotten way off track somehow! But, even Lorna Jane gives tips on gym makeup – below.

SHOULD women wear makeup to the gym? What underwear is best for men to work out in? Experts reveal the answers to common etiquette and hygiene questions.

With summer right around the corner Australians are thinking about the best way to get rid of that post winter weight and tone up for the beach. But according to research we’re more likely to reach for the ‘quick-fix solutions’ than put in the hard yards at the gym.
One of the main reasons for this is “gym anxiety”. Many people suffer from a lack of confidence when working out because, let’s face it, gyms can be quite intimidating places.
But knowing the tricks of the fitness trade can help you to not only feel better about yourself but also increase your performance, health and happiness, too.

Fitness Dos

  • “I exercise with an anti-perspirant on as I hope most blokes do,” says body+soul’s fitness expert Damien Kelly. “Deodorant is a waste of time unless you can stop the sweat, but sweating is a good thing for cooling the body down. It’s just not generally appreciated from the armpits.”
  • Shaving can dry the skin as can exercise, so make sure you rehydrate your body and skin post shave and post exercise. Plenty of water and a moisturiser will do the trick.
  • There is a variety of under garment products available that sit close and tight to the skin which will help prevent chafing. As these garments don’t rub against the skin they won’t cause damage and irritation. They can be worn under shorts and T-shirts, or if you’re particularly body confident, by themselves!
  • “Underwear is a personal preference,” says Kelly. “I’d generally not recommend loose boxer shorts if you’re running and jumping around, but some guys like a sense of freedom. The tighter sports specific underwear can come in briefs or short versions and both are effective. If you’re particularly sweaty or exercising near water there are also quick dry undies on the market. From personal experience, you get what you pay for with underwear so having a couple of good pairs for exercise is advisable to give ongoing support and comfort.”
  • Sweaty gym gear is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria so shower after your workout. Alternatively, wash your hands or wipe them down with hand gel that you keep in your bag or car.
  • “Choose supportive and figure-flattering fabrics to hold any wobbly bits in,” says Lorna Jane Clarkson, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Australia’s leading activewear label, Lorna Jane. “A good sports bra and well-made leggings will make the world of difference to how you look and feel when working out. Plus bright colours will help you to ooze confidence and brighten your mood.”
  • Cover up any open wounds or scrapes with antibiotic ointment and a bandage to avoid transferring bacteria.
  • Invest in a great sports watch so you can track your progress and always keep an eye on your vitals. A fun exercise app and a motivational playlist on your iPod will also help kick you along.

Fitness Don’ts

  • “Damage to toenails can be caused by ill-fitting shoes,” says Kelly who owns two fitness studios in Sydney. “If your feet are being forced forward into the end of the shoes, you may have issues with nails and the skin on your toes. Many people also don’t tie their shoelaces tightly enough and therefore, even though the shoes are the right fit, they are not stopping foot movement inside the shoe properly.”
  • You don’t want to forget to bring your own towels or mat to classes at the gym otherwise you run the risk of picking up bacteria from other people and vice versa.
  • Pores on your skin can be easily clogged by sweat leading to pimples and ingrown hairs. “When it comes to exercising in make-up, less is best,” says Clarkson. “If you feel you need some coverage, apply light mineral foundation as, a swipe of mascara and a moisturising lip balm.”
  • “Our bodies like to expel heat through our scalps so having a bucket of product in your hair is probably not advisable but a little to keep the ‘do’ in place wouldn’t hurt,” advises Kelly. “The gym can be a great place to meet people so you want to look sharp!”
  • Don’t wear jewellery as you could lose them or injure yourself.
  • If your workout moves outdoors don’t skimp on the SPF30 sunscreen and make sure you wear a cap.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/gym-etiquette-14-fitness-dos-and-donts/story-fneuzle5-1226478373375#ixzz27NO4Py5c

Gym Ettiquette – do’s and don’ts…

Fitspo…I LOVE this shit!