Archive for July, 2012
Cellucor, makers of the uber-popular pre-workout, C4 Extreme, and 2012′s top diet product, Super HD, have been nominated for 8 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards. Cellucor received its second consecutive ‘Brand of the Year’, ‘Pre-Workout of the Year’, ‘Muscle-Building Supplement of Year’ and ‘Packaging of the Year’ award nominations.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) July 12, 2012
Bodybuilding.com, the Internet’s most-visited fitness, sports nutrition and bodybuilding site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, have just announced the nominees for their eighth annual Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards. Over 150 brands and products were nominated in 23 categories, consisting of the past year’s industry leading brands and products.
Nominees are decided by the fans—when customers purchased a product from Bodybuilding.com this past year, they voted (with their wallet) for that product’s nomination. Cellucor, recipient of the 2010 Bodybuilding.com Best New Brand of the Year Award, has been nominated for 8 awards including:
Brand of the Year (Second Consecutive Nomination)
Supplement of the Year- C4 Extreme
New Supplement of the Year- Super HD
Muscle Building Supplement of the Year- C4 Extreme (Second Consecutive Nomination)
Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year- C4 Extreme (Second Consecutive Nomination)
Fat Loss Supplement of the Year- Super HD
Joint Health Supplement of the Year- R3 Extreme
Packaging of the Year (Second Consecutive Nomination)
“Bodybuilding.com is a leader, trendsetter, and authority in the dietary supplement industry. We are thrilled, we are humbled, we are so proud to be nominated for these awards,” stated Cellucor Brand Director, Daniel Lourenco.
2012 has been a monumental year for Cellucor, a brand that’s seen its flagship pre-workout, C4 Extreme, cement itself as a Top 10 product at Bodybuilding.com, and Super HD, Cellucor’s groundbreaking new thermogenic, take over as the uncontested number one fat burner on the site.
“We’ve been blessed…and to all of our fans and supporters, believe me, the best is yet to come.”
The Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards have set the standard for recognition of the best products and brands in the fitness and supplement industry. Last year, over 365,000 votes from across the world decided what products would become instant top-sellers out of the 13,000+ products Bodybuilding.com carries.
Winners will be decided on by customer vote via an online voting system beginning this Friday, July 13, 2012 at Bodybuilding.com. Winners will be announced live at the 2012 Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend, September 27-30th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cellucor products can be found at Bodybuilding.com, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and select retailers internationally. For more information, product giveaways and more, visit Cellucor.com and the company’s official Facebook
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Nexersys Corporation will present the two top performers of Austin Fit Magazine’s 2012 AFM Fittest Challenge with a Nexersys fitness machine.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
Nexersys Corporation, leading a fitness revolution with the next generation exercise system, is pleased to announce that it will present the two top performers of Austin Fit Magazine’s 2012 AFM Fittest Challenge with a Nexersys fitness machine.
More than 300 local celebrities, athletes, and fitness-conscious individuals from around Austin, Texas competed this June to be named one of the ten “fittest” in the city during Austin Fit Magazine’s inaugural event, the 2012 AFM FITTEST Challenge presented by Nexersys.
Men’s overall winner Greg Cook, Pure Austin fitness trainer, and women’s overall winner Judy McElroy, triathlete and Ironman finisher, not only excelled in their age groups, but also outperformed all other competitors. Each are being awarded with a Nexersys for their efforts in the competition, and for working hard to maintain the integrity of their own health. Valued at $2,495, Nexersys fitness machine is an interactive and intelligent fitness product that delivers high-intensity interval cross training workouts including striking, gaming, cardio sparring, technique, and core.
“Nexersys exudes fitness made fun, and that’s exactly what the 2012 AFM Fittest contest was,” said Terry G. Jones, Chairman and CEO, Nexersys. “Nexersys is grateful to have been given the opportunity to partner with Austin Fit for this event that both supports Austin athletes and helps to promote all forms of exercise. We felt that AFM Fittest offered a fair range of tests to challenge each individual competitor, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to hand out the grand prize of a Nexersys fitness machine to these two deserving athletes.”
On Tuesday, July 31, Austin Fit Magazine is to host its August issue release party during which awards will be presented to the fittest in Austin. The event will be held in Austin at Molotov on 719 West 6th Street from 6PM to 8PM CST.
“The ten fittest issue has become a highly anticipated edition of Austin Fit, achieving higher pick-up rates than any other issue of the year,” said Alex Earle, COO, Austin Fit Magazine. “We felt it was time to up the ante and host a real event to determine Austin’s fittest, rather than rely on voting. We were thrilled not only by the level of competition that showed up, but also the support we had from companies like Nexersys in Austin’s own business community that really came together as one to make this event a success. The August issue will hit stands July 31st and our goal is to simply inspire more people to get active and adopt a healthy lifestyle.”
Austin, Texas based Nexersys is leading a fitness revolution, and pioneering the expanding “exergaming” market with the Nexersys. Combining the latest in exercise equipment and interactive gaming, Nexersys is a professional-grade multimedia fitness product that delivers the motivation of a personal trainer, the benefits of an interval training workout, and the entertainment and feedback available from today’s gaming and computer technology. Nexersys provides a unique combination of cardio, core, strength, endurance, and mental acuity training in a single, revolutionary piece of equipment. Visit Nexersys at http://www.nexersys.com, follow on Twitter @nexersys, or become a fan on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/nexersys.
Bloom Communications for Nexersys
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The teen years are tightly packed with high emotion, racing hormones, conflict, indecision and sometimes unsettling transformation.
It is during this period, as well, that young people become acquainted with a host of social and environmental elements that can be injurious to their health.
Decision-making and discretion –– advised by the right mentors –– can encourage young people to steer away from hurtful influences and to embrace and practice healthy living. And making the right choices as an adolescent can set in motion a healthy lifetime.
Biennially, since 1991, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has produced a research study, “Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States.”
The research involves more than 15,000 questionnaires filled out by students in grades 9-12, representing a sampling of public and private high schools across the U.S., varied according to socio-economic, racial and geographic factors.
In June, CDC released its 2011 YRBS. Here is an excerpt:
Many high school students are engaged in priority health-risk behaviors associated with the leading causes of death among persons aged 10–24 years in the United States.
During the 30 days before the survey, 32.8 percent of high school students nationwide had texted or e-mailed while driving, 38.7 percent had drunk alcohol and 23.1 percent had used marijuana.
During the 12 months before the survey, 32.8 percent of students had been in a physical fight, 20.1 percent had been bullied on school property and 7.8 percent had attempted suicide.
Many high school students nationwide are engaged in risky sexual behaviors associated with unintended pregnancies and STDs, including HIV infection.
Johnson Compounding Wellness Center takes a holistic approach to supporting health and wellness –– with this approach including suggestions on a proper diet; recommendations on exercise, rest and stress reduction; supplement regimens; and, as necessary, prescription medication that we compound in our own on-site lab.
Indeed, it is all connected, and good health is comprised of many components. “Healthy mind, healthy body” is an expression and a notion with which many of us are well acquainted.
We rightly worry about the choices and decisions of teenagers, and how these choices and decisions will affect their overall health. Parents concern themselves with discipline, rules and guidance for their children. They work hard to provide their children with opportunities that will enrich and enlighten them and that will foster in them responsible and moral conduct.
It is also vital and important that we promote for adolescents, and for everyone, keeping the body strong. A healthy body –– and the decisions and conduct made in support of a healthy body –– facilitate and maintain a broad spectrum of healthy choices.
Adolescence is a propitious time to learn and start practicing healthy living, for it is an age in which the mind can appreciate and process lessons, and when individual liberty and identity are being established. It is also a period of what should be rapidly increasing personal responsibility and accountability.
So what can a parent do to nurture the health of their adolescent?
Here are some good practices that will build a foundation for a healthy life.
- Junk food is injurious to so much of society. And white flour and processed sugar are not beneficial to one’s health. Avoid as much of it as you can.
- Caffeine is another substance that can throw teens off. And kids are ingesting a lot of caffeine, mainly through coffee, soda and energy drinks. Caffeine does keep one alert –– which can help in certain activities –– but, of course, it can also induce anxiety and interfere with sleep.
- Proper sleep is essential to growth and health in all areas of life. Growing teenagers should have a minimum of nine hours of sleep per night. It can be difficult for a parent to ensure that this happens, particularly because puberty can have an effect on the body’s normal sleep/wake rhythm, but this is an essential building block to long-term health.
- To get back to diet, kids need to understand what they eat –– and they need to know what good and bad diets do to the body. When young people are advised on the benefits of lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, low-fat dairy and whole grains –– and when they are educated on the bad effects of bad food –– then the chances are upped that they will eat the good stuff.
- We recommend that teens take a probiotic, which is a form of good bacteria that helps digestion, provides protection from harmful bacteria and strengthens the immune system.
- Acne is on the list of physical conditions that are most prevalent with teens, and one that causes anxiety and stress. Indeed, it is the 12-20 age group in which acne is most commonly found. This is because in the teen years, hormone levels rise, which causes sebaceous glands that are attached to hair follicles to produce the oily substance sebum. When a hair follicle gets plugged with sebum and dead cells, it results in an outbreak on the skin surface.
Teens should be aware that while the jury is still out on the relationship between diet and acne, it seems that some foods may, for some people, aggravate the condition. There has been some discussion, particularly around dairy and its relationship to acne.
- We know that smoking cigarettes, excessive alcohol consumption and illicit drugs are not good for you. Additionally, the high level of adolescent abuse of prescription drugs and over-the-counter meds is extremely worrisome. If you use any prescription medication, make sure it is not accessible to a teen in your home.
Do teens need supplements?
Whether it is to enhance performance in sports, or to simply to build muscles and stay trim in the interest of looking better, teens spend a lot of money on supplements and substances.
The foundation for running faster, lifting more weight, jumping higher, increasing endurance and building a physique is the same today as it was when humans first undertook these pursuits: the right type and the right amount of training, sufficient rest and a healthy diet.
Intelligent and carefully considered supplementation can help. Yet there are mountains of supplements out there that are if not worthless, close to worthless, and some are even harmful.
At Johnson Compounding Wellness Center, we carry a line of natural sports performance supplements that have received strong and positive reviews. Yet even the highest quality and purest supplements need to be taken in the proper amount, and it must not overused. For example, protein is necessary for muscle and strength building and overall health.
We are concerned though that teens are consuming too much protein –– even high-grade protein –– in the form of powders and concentrated liquids. This places stress on the kidneys and liver, where it is metabolized. A surplus of protein can damage these vital organs.
Steroids are powerful compounds that have important uses in medicine, including reducing inflammation, reducing pain, treating autoimmune disease, stimulating and supporting weight and muscle gain in people with illnesses or traumatic injury and helping those with anemia boost their red blood cell production. When abused, steroids can be deadly.
There is only one reason to take steroids –– and that is because a medical doctor has prescribed them to treat an illness or other health condition. Any other use is dangerous both to teens consuming them and those around them, as abuse of steroids can lead to physical aggression and deadly force.
What applies for healthy living for adolescents is what applies for people of all ages. Still, teens have specific challenges, angst and health concerns. It helps society all around, for today and for the future, when society promotes and emphasizes the importance of the establishing healthy living as early as possible.
Youth should also be ever mindful that decisions and life choices made and acted on today can have an impact on their entire life. Just like going to school provides a foundation for a successful career, tending to one’s health will lower the chance of chronic disease in the future. And what investment could be more worthwhile?
Steve Bernardi is a compounding pharmacist and Dr. Gary Kracoff is a registered pharmacist and a naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center in Waltham, Mass. (www.naturalcompounder.com) Readers with questions about natural or homeopathic medicine, compounded medications, or health in general can email email@example.com or call 781-893-3870.
BY MICHAEL ROIZEN AND MEHMET OZ
July 31, 2012 9:28AM
Updated: July 31, 2012 11:40AM
Q. My doctor says if I strengthen my muscles, I’ll strengthen my bones, too. Is that true, and will it cut my risk for osteoporosis?
A. A study funded by the National Institute of Health now confirms that increasing muscle mass makes the spongy insides and the hard outsides of bones stronger, and for women it is particularly effective in developing stronger, load-bearing bones, such as the hip, lumbar spine and thigh bone.
Every year around a quarter of a million women in North American suffer hip fractures; 15 to 20 percent never recover the health they had. To protect yourself, adopt a workout routine you can stick to.
Mix it up as you work it out. Exercise variety maximizes benefits and minimizes injuries and boredom.
A good warmup is key before muscle-building or aerobics, especially if you are working out in the morning, when you’re likely a bit stiffer. Then:
† Explore new equipment at the gym, and try innovative new combo classes: water workouts with swimming and strength training.
† Take up a new activity, such as racquetball or ballroom dancing. Learn to jump rope again.
† Add intervals — short bursts of increased intensity — to workouts when you can.
† When using weights, build intensity through reps. Do exercises that use both small and large muscle groups.
† Help your bones stay strong by getting enough calcium and vitamin D-3. Q.
Our pediatrician told me that using antimicrobial soaps and oversanitizing our house could give my 4-year-old son asthma later in life. Is he kidding?
A. As the use of home-cleaning products and soaps containing an antimicrobial chemical called triclosan has gone up in the past 40 years, reported cases of asthma have almost tripled. Now researchers at Johns Hopkins have found a significant association between children’s allergies and exposure to antimicrobial agents in toothpastes, soaps and cosmetics (there are more than 700 antimicrobial products on the market).
One other downside of our bug-killing spree (combined with antibiotic overuse): We’ve altered the balance of our intestinal bacteria that evolved over centuries to help protect our bodies.
The solution: Soap (without antibacterials) and water. It’s just as effective at killing bacteria as fancied up sterilizers, and unlike antimicrobials that may trigger antibiotic resistance, soap does its job and then the battle is over, until the next time you need to suds up your hands. So go easy on antibacterial products. Your son’s immune system will be stronger in the long run.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Jul 30, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) –
Netpulse, Inc., the personalized media platform for active-lifestyle
consumers, has raised $15.6 million in Series C funding led by August
Capital, with current investors Javelin Venture Partners, DFJ
Frontier, and Parkview Ventures also participating in the round.
David Marquardt, co-founder of August Capital, will join the
company’s board of directors.
Netpulse provides consumers worldwide with engaging content and data
regarding their fitness experience. The company has partnerships with
eight of the leading commercial fitness equipment manufacturers,
which account for over 75% of global fitness equipment sales to
health clubs. In addition, the Netpulse platform is available to
consumers outside health clubs via mobile devices and home fitness
“Consumers are using connectivity to improve and personalize
experiences every day and their exercise experience should be no
different,” said David Marquardt. “Netpulse, through its extendable
cloud-based platform and exclusive partnerships with top equipment
manufacturers, is uniquely positioned to become the media and data
backbone for exercise equipment worldwide.”
“We are excited to have August Capital and Dave Marquardt joining the
Netpulse team,” said Bryan Arp, Netpulse co-founder and CEO. “Dave
has helped build some of the most well-known brands in technology,
which makes him a great addition to the Netpulse team for our next
phase of growth.”
Netpulse has partnered with the world’s leading fitness equipment
manufacturers to radically improve the workout experience for
consumers, who make 4.6 billion visits to US health clubs annually.
Netpulse provides a personalized platform that enables exercisers to
enjoy their favorite media, interactively run and bike through famous
landscapes around the world, compete in events, and track and share
their progress against goals, right through the screen on their
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Netpulse, Inc.,
is a media and data services company focused on delivering dynamic,
interactive products and experiences to active-lifestyle consumers.
Integrating a rich history in technology, fitness, and media,
Netpulse delivers a personalized media experience that makes
exercising more enjoyable and rewarding. Netpulse media products,
which are available through exercise equipment in fitness centers and
through mobile applications, provide advertisers with direct
one-on-one access to a highly engaged audience that is difficult to
reach through traditional media. Netpulse investors include August
Capital, Javelin Venture Partners, DFJ Frontier and Parkview
Ventures. For more information, please visit
About August Capital
August Capital was founded in 1995 to invest
in companies differentiated by technical innovation and
entrepreneurial excellence. To date, the August Capital funds total
$2.0 billion. August Capital’s partners have more than a century of
combined venture experience and together have invested in more than
80 companies across the technology spectrum. The partners at August
Capital were the earliest investors in a number of ground breaking
technology companies including Microsoft, Intuit, Seagate, Silicon
Image, Sun Microsystems, Compaq, Symantec, Sybase, Atheros, Postini,
Cobalt, shopping.com, PayCycle, Grand Junction and many more. August
Capital is located in Menlo Park, California. For more information,
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MEN whose testosterone levels remain naturally high may be more likely to develop prostate and lung cancer in old age, according to an Australian study that calls into question the growing practice of hormone supplementation to maintain energy, muscle mass and sexual potency.
The Perth research followed the medical records of men in their 70s and 80s for up to a decade, finding that among those who were diagnosed with prostate cancer, the average level of testosterone circulating freely in the bloodstream was 290 picomoles per litre of blood versus 277 for those who did not develop the disease.
The picture was more pronounced for those who developed lung cancer. Their levels of free testosterone – the small proportion that is not chemically bonded to blood proteins and is therefore biologically active – averaged 317 picomoles per litre, compared with 278 for those who remained free of the disease.
The study leader, Zoe Hyde, from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, said prostate cancer’s progression was already known to depend on testosterone, and blocking the hormone was considered the best treatment for the disease. However, the hormone’s role in triggering the cancer’s initial development had not been firmly established.
Lung development differed between males and females, Dr Hyde wrote in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, which might explain why testosterone appeared also to trigger lung cancer. But it was also possible the result might have been skewed by the role of smoking, which itself could raise testosterone levels, or that lung tumours were promoting testosterone rather than the reverse.
Dr Hyde and her team also looked for any link between testosterone and bowel cancer but found none. She said studies of testosterone-boosting drugs – sometimes given to men who report low energy or flagging libido – had so far been too small to determine any role in the development of cancer, and larger studies were now needed to enable ”the detection of any carcinogenic signal”.
”While some men can benefit from testosterone therapy, we still don’t fully understand all of the benefits and risks of treatment,” Dr Hyde said. She said there was ”no need for men who are currently taking testosterone to stop, but in light of our findings, prostate health should be monitored closely during treatment”.
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme statistics show a nearly threefold increase in subsidised prescriptions for testosterone implants, gels, patches and tablets between 2000 and 2012, and many more are thought to be dispensed on private prescriptions.
Roger Schwab is an impressive advertisement for his profession. At age 67, the owner and president of Main Line Health Fitness in Bryn Mawr has an enviable physique. In recent months, however, he’s been able to defy the usual rules of time and aging by improving his body even more.
He has added six pounds of muscle, and when he flexes his biceps, the belly of the muscle is as big and full as it was when he was an iron-pumping stud in his 20s.
“That’s not supposed to happen,” Schwab marvels.
He credits his gains to a new line of Swedish exercise equipment featuring an innovative tilting weight stack called X-Force. Schwab installed 14 of the machines in January, and his is the only gym in the United States to have them besides a mammoth fitness center in Gainesville, Fla.
Generally speaking, Schwab is an upbeat, positive guy, but when it comes to resistance exercise, he’s become a proselytizer for accentuating the negative.
In 1976, Schwab was the first to bring Nautilus equipment to the Main Line. He’s always been an advocate of safe, sensible exercise and equipment that makes workouts quick and efficient. These new X-Force machines, he proclaims, are “the greatest advance in strength training since the invention of the Nautilus machine.”
There are three components to strength training: concentric, static, and eccentric. When you curl a barbell, you contract your arm muscles as you lift. This is the concentric or positive phase of the exercise. If you were to hold the barbell steady, this would constitute a static or isometric phase. When you lower the barbell, you are engaging in the eccentric or negative phase.
For many years, weightlifters and bodybuilders tended to concentrate on the positive or concentric phase and gave short shrift to the negative or eccentric phase, often dropping the weights mindlessly or supplying no resistance at all.
But exercise scientists, including Nautilus inventor Arthur Jones, have long known that the eccentric phase is more effective in developing muscle size and strength as well as bone density. Generally speaking, people are 40 percent stronger when they’re lowering the weight, and eccentric exercise can make deeper inroads more quickly then concentric contractions.
An inroad is the depletion of momentary strength, repetition by repetition, from a set of an exercise. Typically, your strength drops about two percent per repetition. With the X-Force machines, the inroad rate is closer to three percent, which means you reach muscle failure more quickly, usually after six or seven reps instead of 10 or 12.
Schwab gave me a sheaf of studies that affirm the superiority of eccentric exercise, showing that it increases muscle strength and girth faster. According to a Swedish researcher, it also enhances tendons, ligaments, joint surfaces and the skeleton.
Stressing muscles while they’re stretched or elongated causes more microscopic fiber tears, which ignites the muscle-building process. Muscle force during shortening is less than force during lengthening because it’s harder to create a new bond than break an existing bond.
Ellington Darden, an exercise scientist in Florida who has written more than 70 books about bodybuilding, nutrition, and sports medicine, calls the X-Force machines “the most productive equipment I’ve ever worked with.” In a study he conducted involving 50 subjects, he reported “outstanding” results in muscle gain and fat loss. On average, over 12 weeks, the men in the study lost 42 pounds of fat and gained 13 pounds of muscle; the women lost 27 pounds of fat and gained 7 pounds of muscle.
“The increased inroad has a stimulating effect on muscle that pulls fat cells from adipose tissue,” Darden says, “so you build muscle and lose fat at the same time.”
Another advantage of the eccentric or lowering phase of an exercise is that it’s easier to maintain perfect form and more difficult to cheat, Darden says, thus reducing injuries to shoulders, hips, knees, and the lower back.
The magic component of the X-Force machines is the tilting weight stack, controlled by a motor, which reduces resistance during the positive phase and increases it during the negative.
Let’s say you select 140 pounds on the X-Force Pec Seated Press machine. As you grasp the handles, the weight stack tilts to 45 degrees. Thus, as you perform the positive phase, you are moving 100 pounds of resistance (29 percent less than 140 pounds). As your arms reach maximum extension, you hold for a half-second, the weight stack tilts back to vertical, and you do a controlled five-second negative with 140 pounds. Ideally, you would continue performing 100-pound positives and 140-pound negatives for seven or eight reps.
Schwab let me try several machines, and my first reaction when the stack tilted and the heavier weight kicked in during the negative phase was “Whoa!” That’s what he usually hears, Schwab says. Either a “Whoa!” or a “Wow!” I could tell immediately that I’d be sore the next day.
With these machines, all it takes for a thorough workout is less than a half hour once a week, Schwab said. “You don’t need more, and your body almost can’t stand it. A little goes a long way. It’s not how sore you feel but whether you’ve gotten stronger. Muscle strengthening is a means to an end, and the end is a better quality of life.”
The machines are mechanically complex and temperamental and if not used properly can cause problems, so Schwab insists that X-Force workouts be supervised by a personal trainer.
While I was getting my introduction, Tracy Hoffman, 44, a personal trainer at the club, was putting herself through her own workout. (Rarely do people use all 14 machines in a single session; too exhausting.) She began using the X-Force machines shortly after they were installed and she’s become a major fan.
“It’s a very intense workout,” she said. “I’ve lost about 10 pounds, and the shape of my body has changed. I’m much leaner. I had leveled out on conventional machines, and X-Force enabled me to break through the plateau. It’s changed the way I feel about my body and the quality of my strength.”
“Well Being” appears every other week, alternating with Sandy Bauers’ “GreenSpace” column. Contact Art Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his recent columns at www.philly.com/wellbeing.