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Three Best Cutting Stacks for Fat Loss

You probably know that exercising is great. One study found that exercising helps our muscles to age well. One thing that we all want have is that nice flat stomach. Unfortunately, the temptations of unhealthy foods and bingeworthy television shows make it tough to burn calories. One way that you can lose weight faster is with a stack. Let’s go over three of the top cutting stacks available right now to find out how they work.

1. Marine Muscle Cutting Stack

cutting stackI found this stack to be awesome for weight loss. It felt like I was losing weight at a very rapid rate. The best part is that the fat loss comes from multiple areas of your body. It’s easy for the not so good cutting stacks to only remove water weight. There are capsules you can buy anywhere that remove water weight, that is easy.

The Marine Muscle cutting stacks uses four supplements including Alpha, Colonel, Trooper, and Winger to help you trim the fat. This stack works well if you combine it with a cardio or weightlifting program. These supplements are to be taken daily, on both workout and non-workout days. I recommend checking out this Marine Muscle cutting stack review to find out more about these supplements.

2. RSP Nutrition Fat Loss Stack

The next group of supplements is called the RSP Nutrition Fat Loss Stack. This stack is made with three supplements including DyNO, AminoLean, and QuadraLean.

DyNo is the preworkout supplement in this stack made to give you more energy and focus. Having the right amount of energy and focus is key to achieving the weight loss results you want.

The next supplement is QuadraLean which is a thermogenic supplement. Thermogenic supplements help you to burn fat by raising your metabolism. QuadraLean helps to give you additional energy that is safe to use with DyNo. Having two supplements that both provide safe combined energy is awesome.

Losing weight is all well and good. However, you will still need to provide your muscles with something to consume which is where AminoLean comes in. This supplement combines amino acids with CLA, caffeine and much more.

CLA is an ingredient shown to help improve the breakdown of fat within the body. You are still going to be consuming fats even while trying to cut weight. Having an ingredient like CLA helps to ensure that fatty foods are broken down properly.

3. Primeval Labs 4 Week Natty Stack

This stack is made up of four different supplements including Pyretic, Super Laxo, Super Rhanderol, and Black Devil.

Pyretic is a fat burner that contains no stimulants. However, not having stimulant ingredients doesn’t mean that Pyretic isn’t powerful. This fat burner is great because it targets multiple sources of accumulated fat.

The next supplement in this stack is called Super Laxo. This product is named after hydroxy laxogenin which has been shown to help boost muscle recovery.

Next, we have Super Rhanderol. I would say that this supplement might be the most powerful of the entire stack. This supplement helps you build more muscle while still losing fat. In addition, this anabolic supplement helps to improve overall brain function. I don’t know about you but improving my brain is always something that I want to do.

There are my three picks for the best cutting stacks out there. I hope that you liked what you saw. If you have any questions, please leave them in the contact section for me!

 

Avoiding Back Injuries while Weightlifting

Well, it happened. I had been on such a good streak of training safely that something had to have happened. As it turns out, last week was my time to pay the price. I was completing a really good bicep day. However, during this day, I was a little upset by something that had happened to me earlier in the morning. My game plan for this fateful bicep workout looked something like this:

Barbell Curls: 3-5 sets
Seated Machine Curls: 3 sets
Preacher Curls: 3-5 sets
Tricep Dumbbell Extensions with One Arm: 3 sets

I’m sure that this looks like a normal workout for most you. The really strong people out there will probably look at this as more of a warmup. However, this was the workout that I wanted to and did complete. I didn’t notice that anything had happened until that night. It was really scary, as the pain in the middle of my back felt way too close to my chest.

One thing you have to watch out for when weightlifting is a secret about soreness that most won’t tell you about. As I’ve learn first hand, soreness doesn’t have to happen while you are lifting. If you’ve pulled something while lifting, you might not know until later. I am not sure if I tore something that wasn’t that bad in the beginning.

All I know is that I went to turn my neck and felt a wave of back start in my pain. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I couldn’t tell if the tightness was in my chest or back. What I did know was that I started pacing around the kitchen and I could feel myself start to sweat. Thank goodness, I wasn’t having a heart attack like I had feared. What did happen was that my muscles were pulled from overexertion.

What I didn’t tell you yet about this recent fateful day was that I did something stupid. Being upset from something earlier, I wanted to let the weights know that I was feeling extra strong. Like an idiot, I loaded up heavier weight than what I was accustomed to.

It either happened during the barbell curls or the seated machine curls. I can’t say for sure but I know on the twp previously mentioned exercises, I went too far with weight levels. It has taken me about four full days to feel human again. The first two days were so bad that nothing would bring me comfort. I tried to contort myself in many ways, trying to find comfort that wouldn’t come until day three. Making matters worse, I still felt like I was in a good amount of pain and could barely turn my neck.

The best way to avoid nagging back pain before or after lifting is to know your limits. If you are training biceps, watch out for jerking your back. You might not think so but moving your back too far can be done, even while training an unrelated muscle group. When you complete pulling motions with your biceps that energy can be carried into the back muscles. If you are using too much motion, you can turn the way that your back will not like. If you’re anything like me, your back will be very angry that you moved it in an funny way and you will hurt.

Should You Get A Mask for Your Workouts?

There are always new trends in the world of exercise. It seems that one new innovation, commonly known as a training mask, can provide people with tons of benefits. Training masks were initially made for those who were wanting to train at higher elevations. As you know, when you are exercises at locations that are elevated, it can have a negative effect on your breathing. In higher elevations, the air changes that occur are so noticeable that it can hold back your training. The different high-altitude air can also change the way that you naturally breathe. Chances are, your own breathing style is what makes your workouts succeed.

Throwing in a new environment, with different air, can mean your breathing is thrown off, much like your entire workout. The new wave of training masks aren’t only meant for training in elevated environments, some are claiming to change the way that you exercise. Increasing your strength is a concept of exercise that is hard enough to perfect. You know how to gain more strength but when it comes to actually lifting, your strength goes out the window. What is harder to ensure is getting greater, over strength, would be endurance. When most want to increase their endurance, they start on cardio workouts. Weightlifters that don’t utilize cardio can be missing out on many different opportunities to increase their endurance. Athletes who are needing a way to increase endurance levels have been getting behind the training mask.

One benefit of the hands-free training mask is that you don’t have to carry anything around. The dangers of trying to carry a sort of oxygen tank into the gym can create a mess. You won’t want to have large weights near anything combustible, like an oxygen tank. What you’re going to notice with the continued use of training masks is that your endurance will start to increase. The one drawback of these devices is that you will have to wear them throughout your entire workout. What I do like about training masks is that they don’t have to fit over your entire head. You don’t have to worry that you are going to have any parts of your eyes covered. Most training masks are able to fit effectively over the lower half of the face. Having stamina isn’t just a big component of a successful exercise plan, it is the main part. Without proper endurance, you are more likely to give up on your training. One of the secrets of some of the best weightlifters in the world are that they have amazing endurance.

Strength is to be gained but endurance must be maintained! These training masks are widely available and are fairly inexpensive. Most of the masks I have come across are durable and easy to wear. You can choose to have a plain model that doesn’t draw too much attention. You may even want to ask the staff at your gym if training masks are allowed to be used. Walking in to any business with a half mask on your face could draw some unwanted attention! I believe that we are only seeing the beginning of the popularity of a training mask. Entire sports teams are started to use these masks and I think that momentum will continue. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more of these half-masks at your local gym.

Great Amazon Prime Playlists for Exercising

Recently, I’ve been subscribed to the Prime service, to get items in only two days. Like it usually does with technology, it took me about three months to figure it all out. I have been loving the streaming service but I got to recently checkout Amazon Music and really liked it. Of course, the first thing that I did, once I had this app open, was to immediately see what workout playlists they had and I was very pleased. The next time that you load up that boring playlist that you’ve heard a million times, think about throwing one of these on!

1st Playlist – Workout Energy Boost
If you are a pop fan, I highly suggest checking out this playlist. Those of us who are more partial to metal may have to look elsewhere. Let’s break down the top tracks on this playlist that I feel would be perfect for any workout. Overall, this mix is great for knocking out that thirty minute cardio session. I don’t think that it would be very motivating for weightlifting, more on that in a second!
Top Tracks: Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo, Anaconda – Nicki Minaj, Turn Down for What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon

2nd Playlist – Rock Out Your Workout
I’ve always been more partial to rock music, I’ll admit that. I still can love and appreciate a catchy pop song like anyone else. However, when I’m moving heavy objects, there is something about loud vocals, a good beat, and a distorted guitar that motivate me like nothing else. Our second playlist is certainly geared more to the rock crowd and they’ve included some classics on here. A good mixture of sounds from the past and present, I would consider this playlist to be one I would regularly throw on.
Top Tracks: Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine, War Pigs – Black Sabbath, Down with the Sickness – Disturbed, The Red – Chevelle

3rd Playlist – Heavy Lifting
This is where you’re in that zone, that you have to crank the sound up. Featuring some of the best heavy metal tracks of the last twenty years, this playlist should be listened to loudly! You’ll have 29 different songs to give you that extra push to carry on and finish that last set. If you feel that the other playlists on this list aren’t strong enough for you, welcome to your new favorite playlist. There is a great mixture of different bands here, allowing you rock out while enjoying some great variety.

Top Tracks: Hail to the King – Avenged Sevenfold, Animal I Have Become – Three Days Grace, Sail – DevilDriver

There are three playlists, all from Amazon Music, to get you started working out with their music selection. If you have Amazon Prime, you have this service, you just might not know about it. Best of all, if you are a prime member, this service is added on to your subscription, at no extra charge. Check out the app, while they don’t have the largest music selection (yet), there is still plenty to love about Amazon Music. There are new playlists being added to this service every week, seriously, so if you don’t find anything on this list that you like, give it time! Be sure to leave a like or comment about this story on our social media page. If I know that all of my readers dug this, I will be more likely to throw up another one on other workout playlists, featuring genres I haven’t covered yet.

Has Streaming Tossed Fitness DVDs to the Curb?

While the writing has been on the wall for some time now, it appears that we are finally starting to see the end of the workout DVD. Like we’ve so often seen with music, in the past decade, the way of physical media is quickly being tossed out, in favor of streaming. From my perspective, I get why the change to streaming has been one that has been met with so many sets of open arms. Where I would used to have to spend a couple of hours making a mix CD, that wasted time is gone, thanks to the simplicity of pulling up a playlist on an app. I still have a couple of old CD Walkman devices, I just don’t know if I could handle the ridicule if I were to go wear one to lift with. Do you remember the awful skipping that would happen, if you even sneezed the wrong way, regarding those old Walkmans?

When you consider the way that most of us exercise, in the modern times, the streaming technology does make more sense to include. I remember hearing that new workout equipment has now started to integrate it’s own streaming service, as an add-on feature, enabling you to step foot in a training class, from the privacy of your living room. With even such inventions as scoreboards for you to track how you are doing, regarding keeping pace with the rest of the virtual class, streaming provides too many new features to give up so fast. Statistics are showing that, indeed, the streaming technology is slowly starting to kick those old DVD’s to the curb. I know, with my music, I’ve loved the streaming services that I have used so much, I would never go back to the old school way of playing the songs I wanted to hear.

With the convenience of being able to pull any song that I could think of, out of some giant imaginary cloud, as opposed to being forced to have the entire album is another huge advantage. Therefore, I see why thousands of people like the ability to pick and choose which workouts they want to do, based on how they feel on a given day. Not having to be tied down to the same DVD that you’ve watched everyday can give a whole new outlook on how you train. I know that I have had times where I merely wanted to test the easy steps of a workout, before I decided to give my whole week to it, that’s why I enjoy the streaming workout services so much. If you, too, are sick of the same old scratched up fitness DVD that is on it’s last leg, check out some of the awesome fitness streaming services available now.

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It is tough to really pinpoint what has caused such a quickened pace for those who are standing by their favorite streaming service. I still have a few old school DVD’s that I do feel provide me with enough lifting information to keep. Plus, I kind of have a slight hoarding problem (says my wife), so I won’t be throwing all of my old workout tapes in the trash anytime soon. As we are only now just starting to see how streaming technology can integrate itself into our gym time, I can’t wait to see where the technologies go from here!

Tragic Weightlifting Accident in Des Moines

First, let me say that my heart and prayers go out to the friends and families affected by this death, I am truly and deeply sorry for your loss. A man has sadly died in a tragic weightlifting accident that occurred in Des Moines, Iowa. From what I have heard, the fatal incident happened when he was bench pressing, one of the more dangerous moves that you can perform. As I heard about the death in Des Moines, it reminded me just how important it is to know your own limits. I’ve had two particular close calls with weightlifting injuries and one of those involved the bench press. No matter how strong you think that you are, it is always advisable to have someone with you.

The spotter that you take with you to the gym doesn’t have to hover over you the whole time, you can even just have that person close by. It is rare that accidents like this happen, but when they do it is heartbreaking. It makes news like this even harder to hear, when you learn about all of the accolades and general good words that he had attained for himself throughout his life. Do not think that it is embarrassing or it means that you are weak because you use a spotter, quite the contrary as it is a smart caution to make sure you take care of. I’ve seen it to be accepted as the general attitude that a spotter means you aren’t tough, which couldn’t be more untrue. If you are a loner, just ask someone to help you, most likely they will. If you are determined to complete your big lift and no one will help you, call it a day early. It’s better to play it safe than to risk everything to finish one more set, it’s just not worth it.

Also, if no one that you asks wants to help you while working out, I would consider going to a gym where people are nicer! Many are leaving heartfelt comments on this man’s social media pages and you can really see the love that he had in his life. I’m not very good at tributes, as I did not know this man personally, but from what I’ve seen, he lived a life that many would have envied. Being a star athlete and an all-around good guy, this only makes this tragedy that much more sad. Also, if it is possible, try to always use weightlifting equipment that allows you to rack the weight, should you run into a bad situation.

Bring A Friend, Safety First!

I used to not pay attention to which machines had auto racking capabilities, never thinking about them until I grew older. Now, I couldn’t imagine my workout without those machines, as they have definitely come in handy more than once. I can think back on a time where I had a muscle cramp, midway through my bench, and if that machine hadn’t caught the weight, I could have been in a very bad situation. I hope that we see all of the great technology available in the world to come up with something for weightlifting equipment so tragedies like this never have to happen again. I’m not sure that there even is a way to make this kind of technology something that could be applied feasibly but I am optimistic.

Let’s Get Serious About the Shake Weight

Go back about eight years ago, when there was a commercial released that was taking over the airwaves but not for the reasons that the company behind the product wanted it to be known for. I always keep things family friendly, so I’m not going to be too descriptive but go watch a commercial for it and let me know what you think it looks like. Anyways, let’s talk about what the actual shake weight was, what it claimed to do, and what ended up happening to this invention. First, the shake weight was a product that was made to make working out at home easy but you would still get intense results. Beyond the hype, the product itself looked like a lighter plastic dumbbell that, once started, would shake by itself. It was said that these constant shaking of your muscles could even be more effective than free weights. You remember, that way of training that has been around since the days of the gladiator, yeah we have to throw that out now for a plastic piece of you know what that moves by itself?

To make the commercial even better, there were studies, that I can’t attest to the validity of, that painted a picture that those old free weights needs to go in the trash, you have a Shake Weight now, you are in a whole new class of exercise. Ok, you have had plenty of the time to go see the commercial and did it not look a little odd? I’ll leave it at that, what the shake weight would do was to further allow for muscle growth to occur because of the different movement, that was a fitness revolution, when the commercial first aired. As it stands today, the Shake Weight is still widely available and actually has pretty good ratings, I have to admit that I will eat some crow on that one. I have never tried the Shake Weight, as I was too in fear that someone would ever see me actually using one, certainly not an exercise I could do while anyone else was around me. As you can probably picture, the ridicule that this product endured was seemingly endless. I do feel bad for the people that went ahead and green lit that commercial, or maybe there was more to it than what we think about? I mean, someone had to know that this commercial for the Shake Weight was going to have people dropping their remotes in shock or stopping everything to record it to show someone else.

The good about the Shake Weight is that, if you don’t really care how you look in public (and you shouldn’t) this equipment is great for definition, that is what I’ve read from reviews. On the flipside, there are a few that complained that it didn’t work as well as they wanted it to. Overall, I think that the Shake Weight must deserve it’s standing as a revolutionary way for those who are sick of the same old dumbbells. I could see this being a great gift idea for someone who is more focused on defining their muscles and toning up, over anyone that is wanting to build bodybuilder muscles. Maybe one day, I will take a chance on the Shake Weight and see what it can do for me.

Why My Weekend Was Total Anarchy

It’s not often that you get the amazing and unique chance to try out a preworkout supplement that has won awards. It’s hard to believe, but there are truly a handful or two of supplements that I feel are deserving of a true honor as an award can give. I can sit here and spew out endless hype filled sentences but you will know that I don’t like to roll in that manner. Let’s get down to the meat of this supplement and start look at the cold hard facts. Based on extensive new research into nitric oxide and its effects, Muscletech has used their findings to create a better form of n.o. that we are so desperately needing today. Deciding to give their findings a new and exclusive name, nitrosigine was created. Not content to merely tread water that has been walked though many times before, Anarchy is setting out to change how we look at pre workout supplementation. We have the usual contenders for what a supplement should have, which are caffeine and beta alanine, upon further inspection that are some great and rare ingredients I want to talk more about.

When a company is able to provide the consumer with exclusive ingredients, you know that you are going to be in for a treat. It is nice to be able to be provided with a supplement that you know no other company can offer. When it comes to that pumped up feeling, it seems like it is a must for any aspiring weightlifter. I ended up trying this supplement because of the Muscletech name being associated with it, I kept using it because of the Nitromax and Nitrosigine working together. To have, not one, but two different ingredients that have been created and are new to the world is a really cool thing to get to be a part of. I’m not kidding when I say that it felt like my shirt had gotten two sizes smaller, within a matter of thirty minutes, that is how well Anarchy provides you with fuller muscles.

This is a small piece of information to be so concerned with but I have to say how cool I thought it was for Muscletech to mention that you should shake the cup that Anarchy is being used in. I can back up the claim of this manufacturer by agreeing that shaking my shaker bottle for about twenty seconds left me with no clumps at all. It’s nice to see such a big company recognize a common problem that can happen with their supplements, right out in the open. In an industry where many companies falsely assume user error for why their products are being as effective as possible, Muscletech provides some much need information that can drastically enhance how you enjoy their products. You can find Anarchy available in thirty serving containers, which can go pretty far, depending on your tolerance to these kinds of preworkouts.

For someone who is sensitive to energy products, you could easily notice that thirty servings of Anarchy could get you well past a month’s use. For someone like me, who has a high tolerance for what is supposed to give him energy, even being able to get through fifteen lifting sessions with Anarchy will give you an experience that you will not soon forget. This supplement is going to be available at all major supplement retailers, anything with the Muscletech name should be able to be well stocked up on, too!

How Exercise is My Own Fountain of Youth

I have to spill the beans on a secret, I’ve been using working out as my only form of anti-aging treatment and it works great. I’ve never dabbled with all of those creams and other products, just stuck to strictly weightlifting. I’ll admit that I’ve been blessed with an ability to age slowly, at least that’s I hear from others, but I’ve put in the work to get to that point. It is commonly known that regular exercise can help to keep you living longer, nice to know that it will keeping you looking younger, also! How this happens is due to the genetic makeup of how we were all formed.

When exercise is continually done, over long stretches over time, we get hormones released that support keeping skin nice and firm. Being able to keep skin in great shape will pay off tenfold as you continue to age. I’ve seen people damage their skin and watching them become wrinkled in their 30’s is never a good look. It gets way more technical, to fully understand the complex systems that come into play to help those good hormones up to par, it really is fascinating. Where this becomes even more interesting is when you take a look at those exercisers who had a late start in their lives. When older people start exercising regularly, they don’t just age slower, their skin can actually start to reverse the effects of aging. That’s right, all of those creams and lotions never had a shot against old fashioned work!

I am certainly not anywhere near old enough to get those senior citizen discount lunches but I haven’t had any wrinkles popping up lately. What is humorous is how, if my face is clean shaven, I’ll still have to show some identification, just to see the latest horror movie. Take it from personal experience, the older generation can have their reverse aging you can still get started stopped wrinkles right now. If you think about what can cause us all to start aging, there isn’t a stressor that exercise can’t take care of. Stressful situations are most well-known as triggers to cause early aging to set in, good thing that regular exercise has been shown to lower stress levels. There is still going to be environmental hazards that even the longest bout of exercise won’t completely cover up. Needless to say, if you find yourself out in the sun often, with little to no SPF protection, it’s going to take an indeterminate number of weeks to see smoother skin. Isn’t a little bit of sweat worth sacrificing to mean that you can see those cruel age marks disappear?

I always do what I can to keep myself at the tip top of my motivation game, hearing that I’m somewhat safe from normal aging will keep me that much more excited. I guess learning of this amazing new process that our bodies can undergo, when subjected to exercise helps to explain why older weightlifters are never wrinkled up. If you look back at what some previous Mr. Olympia winners look like and I’m talking going back to the pre-Arnold days, these men look great for being sixty-five and up. If you’ve ever thought you were a boring person, just think of how astounding it is that you are a part of a body that can reverse how it ages, it is sort of like having your own superpower or maybe I’ve just been watching too many superhero movies!

How Exercising Can Save Your Wallet

If you were to stand outside of a fitness center and ask why they keep going, saving money wouldn’t be a likely response. That being mentioned, there are findings that show your muscles and wallet could be thanking you. When comparing those who workout regularly, with those who aren’t active, one group is more likely to be in the waiting room of a doctor! If you thought that hearing about exercising helping you live longer was a farce, the proof is in the (lack of) medical bills. Men and women who are taking their free time and putting it to good use, by exercising have got stronger immune systems, making them less susceptible to medical problems.

Many employers will offer incentives to employees that maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s a smart move that is made by large corporations, to encourage their workforce to take preventative measures through any of the following methods: walking, jogging, regularly weight lifting, etc. The rewards for employees that are tracking their efforts are usually rewarded with a cut out of their insurance deductible, time off, or a combination. While the ones who choose to be lazy could have more free time, they will likely be shelling it out at the doctor’s office. I used to constantly get allergies and would be seriously ill, once or twice every month, before I picked up taking better care of myself. Nowadays, I end up ill maybe once a year, thanks to a more fitness minded life. The results seem clear, it looks like those who are exercising are keeping the doctor away and doing a great job of it.

With the stacked advantages of saving up funds, this looks like another notch in win column for us! If it is being offered, take a look at what your company could offer, in the way of extra employee incentives to get moving! If not, you could be missing out on many great opportunities, especially if you already exercise, outside of work! I often dodge hearing about how exercising is too expensive for some, which has a grain of truth, there are memberships, supplements, clothes, that will be additional costs to you. Although, when compared to how much you could save in the workplace, those initial costs don’t seem to be too staggering, do they? If faced with a situation, where someone is giving you a bad word for being so obsessed with the way you live, remind them that you are getting healthy, all while saving money, are there any two feelings more awesome than those? Perhaps, now that you know another, adding to the list of many benefits that come with regular exercise, anyone wanting to stay lazy might change their tune. I know that I’ll be reminded, when facing a set that I don’t believe I can complete, that I will be having visions of lower insurance and a longer lifespan! I can’t speak of what certain incentives that I know about, from hearing of others employment but it only drives home the point that you need to find about if your own workplace offers fitness incentives, it is likely most large ones will.

Sometimes depending upon the season of the year, different workplace programs will be in place, largely appearing during the Summer season. When adding in the extra cash you have from not spending it at the doctor, plus the added discounts you will receive on those insurance payments, once again, regular exercise is starting to gain momentum once again!