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workout supplements by Chaos and Pain product review

Chaos and Pain: Super Supplements

I’ve been working out for a little over 10 years and have never come across a company or product like Chaos and Pain. Just visiting their website, ChaosandPain.com, feels like you’re stepping into an underground gyms built for men like “The Mountain“!  The names of their products for example inspire stuff of sick psychotic legendary villains! I mean right on their homepage is a banner for “Cannibal Genius” which is explained as a supplement “For when you feel like saying aloud, “I’m so f@#*ing smart that I make smart people feel like they are retarded.” This should give you just a peak at who this company really is!  They make products that go above and beyond and they’re designed to make you into a legitimate HULK!

The company does things differently than most supplement companies. They have decent prices! They don’t hide behind labels and are fairly transparent at what you’re ingesting. This is a very good thing. They offer multiple warnings that their products are not for the weak or timid. This is NOT a marketing tactic. Their products are no joke and will CHANGE you!  Some of their products have been controversial but they still fight to make legal supplements for those looking to make changes!

The company really does put out some extraordinary supplements that are really quite unique.

For example take a look at the Cannibal Permaswole:

Chaos and Pain Cannibal Permaswole Preworkout Supplement Product Review

The description alone makes you feel like you’d be a beast walking through doors instead of opening them and having a pump to make you feel like lifting cars…ALL DAY LONG! The truth it, it IS an amazing pre workout! I love the fact that its stimulant free too!

One other cool supplement is Helios:

Joint support health and fitness supplement Helios from Chaos and Pain

Some of you may be thinking “Joint support? Pshhh Who needs that?!” Well the answer is quite frankly those of us who actually lift heavy weight. Working out with heavy weight will give your joints a beating. This has an incredible blend of anti-inflammatory ingredients that will act fast and last a lot longer than those ibuprofen you’ve been popping. From someone who has knees barely intact after 16 years of soccer, this product is my saving grace in the gym and out!

Check out some of the other jaw droopingly awesome supplements that will blow you away! Oh and don’t forget to use code Fit4Life when shopping to get 20% off all Chaos and Pain products! Consider it a Christmas Present from Gear Guide for Men to you!

AminoSculpt liquid collagen for better sleep and weightloss

AminoSculpt: Better Sleep leads to Lean Muscle and more

I first heard of using liquid collagen as a weightloss supplement from a health book I was reading that looked right out of 1992 complete with mullets and all. I was pretty skeptical but when I asked my local nutrition store owner and fitness expert he said its a great supplement to include in your arsenal of products to take. Out of the all the options I prefer AminoSculpt Sugar-Free Liquid Collagen. I had not done enough research the first time I took this product however and only ended up using it for about a week and a half, plus they had a horrible flavor back then!

The reason I stopped taking it was because I thought all it did was make me groggy in the morning and didn’t notice any changes in my muscle or weight. Fast forward 3 years to roughly 2 months ago. A little older and a little wiser I did some more research on this product. I discovered why this is so beneficial. Not only is liquid collagen great at repairing skin, hair, and supports joints and tissue, it also its great for helping you build lean muscle while you sleep.

The key here is that your body produces collagen naturally while you sleep and actually produces more of it when you’re younger.  The issue is that your body has to be in a deep enough sleep to produce this.  So now it makes some sense why you’d sleep like a baby as a kid after a long day and wake up refreshed ready for round 2! As an adult this really does help you get a more sound sleep, but be prepared this can put you down for the count. It took me a solid few days to get used to this because it makes you almost feel out of it in the morning because you’ve been in such a deep sleep.  Once you get used to it though you feel well rested and alert when you do wake up. I also notice that my knees (after numerous years of soccer and weightlifting) feel much better! Can’t say much about the hair…I mean it’s still there haha I do feel that my muscle is maintaining and possibly helping me lose the fat that I have.

They have improved upon the taste with this mango flavor as the original was puke-worthy to say the least! This isn’t quite as terrible and is ok to knock back quick. In a few weeks your body will start to maintain and build lean muscle that helps you to burn more fat.    Your body needs the rest to recover and this is a great product to help get you there! Get some of the best nights sleep you’ve had in years all while getting into better shape just by sleeping! (not entirely but it does help! haha)

Why you should roll your feet out

Why should you massage your feet?

The old saying goes “kick off your shoes and relax”. There is a good reason behind this, your feet handle so much stress it feels good to kick them up and relieve some of the daily constant pressure they endure.  How come we don’t try to rejuvenate them more though? We roll out our entire legs, we massage our backs, necks, heck we even have scalp massagers…but are we taking care of our feet enough? Sure there are the expensive foot massagers and foot baths etc but they aren’t really getting in deep enough to work out the big issues. If you’re not rolling your feet out just like the rest of your body then you’re not taking care of the root of the problem.

Your feet are  the starting point of a line of connective tissue that run along the back of you up to the base of your skull!  This means that any issues with your hamstrings, calves, back and even neck can stem down to your feet! Now are you starting to see why taking care of the issues in your feet can make a big difference all over? If you need further proof here is this video showing the entire superficial back line of fascia, connecting from the feet to just above the eyebrows!  

Theres many different ways to roll out your foot and types of materials to use! Some people use a tennis ball or a golf ball, I like to use these Half Balls. It allows for me to really hit the spots I need and not worry about the ball rolling around. You are going to have to be your own masseuse just like when you roll out. Begin with the sole of your foot and work around monitoring any knots you feel and the pressure you can put on your foot. I personally recommend finding a knot and “sitting” on it for 30 seconds or until you feel the knot “break up”. Yes, this will hurt sometimes so much that you start doing a pregnancy breathing pattern while clenching your fists! When it’s all over though, you will feel a lot better because the base of your entire body has been relaxed and rejuvenated. Be careful not to do this too long or too hard as to damage your foot so please use common sense.

Be sure to add massage your feet into your regimen or do it while you watch TV and you’ll find yourself much happier!

beginner workout program squats

The best beginner workout program

Many guys out there have actually never worked out a day in their life. This is for them. This is all for all of those who seem to be plagued by injuries in the gym, constantly hitting plateaus, not seeing growth, and many many more.  This post is going to be mainly focused on the best beginner workout program, Strong Lifts 5×5, with some highlights on the Ice Cream Fitness 5×5 program.

After working out for almost 10 years trying to feel my way through more workout programs than one can shake a stick at, I was hesitant to start a beginner lifting program. However when you read about the origins of strong lifts 5×5 and why it actually works, it makes you think.  The theory is  based off of the ancient greek wrestler, Milo from Croton, who trained for the Olympics by carrying a newborn calf everyday. As the calf grew and the weight became heavier, Milo became stronger.  Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mentor, Reg Park, was the first to write about this 5×5 program in 1960!

The simplicity of this program may make the average guy who works out 4-6 times a week laugh but at the same time it allows the beginner an easy entrance into weight lifting. Yet somehow they all can benefit from this program. Every workout consists of just 3 workouts and you only workout 3 days a week.  Trust me you’ll need these rest days more than you realize. There are two workouts programs that you alternate. Workout A is Squats, Bench Press, and Bent over Rows. Workout B is Squats, Standing Overhead Press, and Deadlifts. Every exercise you do 5 sets of 5 reps except for deadlifts, where you’ll only do 1 set of 5 reps. You will start with extremely light weight for you to focus on your form. However you will be adding weight to every exercise every single time you work out. Quickly you’ll be moving heavy weight! Go to StrongLifts.com for all the details and form tutorials on this incredibly effective program! Don’t forget to download their free app its the best to track your workouts and keep you going with a built in timer.

In addition to this once you feel comfortable with the original strong lifts program there is a program out there that adds accessory lifts too! Funny enough its called Ice Cream Fitness 5×5. Your core workouts will still be the strong lifts workouts and you’ll still increase the weight but now you’ll be adding in curls, tricep movements, abs and more. Here is a simple yet easy to follow guide.

As a tip feel free to incorporate some flexibility, mobility, and massage work on your days off. You’re going to need it. Good luck to all of those who try this. Leave a comment if you’d used either of these programs before.

Third World Squat benefits

The term third world squat has become a layman’s term for a certain resting position so we apologize if anyone takes offense to it, but it is the best way to describe this movement (the alternate term for this is called a full squat).  For most people who don’t live in a third world country we have the luxury of fancy chairs and most of us even spend the majority of our days working in these comfy chairs. However, over time this has hindered our ability to be fully functional and flexible. This is partially the cause of so many people squatting with bad form and ultimately injuring themselves.  To counter act this, the third world squat seems to do a great job at stretching out all the muscles and tendons that we need to do a better squat and have more flexibility.

third world squat

Most people would use this to benefit in the gym, however it can be used to increase flexibility and range of motion as people get older. The benefits from doing Third World Squats can help with hamstrings, hip flexors, ankles, lower back and more. Here are some more details on how:

Ankles-The ankles can lose mobility over all the years of not using them and can hurt your squat performance and over all agility. People who have DorsiFlexion/Calf Tightness when squatting may find help in doing this. Tip: Once in the third world squat position lean to the left and right to increase the stretch to the Soleus Muscle.

Hips-Stabilizing your hips is also crucial when squatting and this will help. You will need to increase your hip muscles to hold this position along the way. Tip: Hold on to a table at first if your hip muscles aren’t strong enough and work your way to just having your arms in front of you.

Hip flexors/Spinal Erectors-The hip flexors will be engaged to ensure that you get the appropriate pelvic rotation necessary. Your Spinal erectors also will gain strength during this to keep your back straight. Tip: Use your elbows to push your knees out to keep them from caving in and keeping everything open.

As you’ll see most people cannot just drop down and stay in this position for very long, but the key is to work your way up to sitting comfortably in this position for about 10 minutes or longer. Try to start small but just getting in this position when bending down to pick up something. It will feel weird at first and you’ll probably get some weird looks, but over time it will get easier and easier. You’ll really like the differences you’ll feel when you begin to squat with weight and you find it more natural. This will only help you to increase the amount of weight you squat as well!

We hope you are able to incorporate the Third World Squat into your daily life and get to enjoy the benefits from it! Don’t let your age determine how old you feel, let your body! Leave a comment if you’ve ever tried the Third World Squat.

Fruit punch flavored Bullnox preworkout

BullNOX Pre-workout review

Many of us will be starting 2015 off with some great and incredible health and fitness plan. This is a good start to getting into shape but be sure throw in Betancourt Nutrition‘s BullNOX Androrush and you’ll be set! Now many of you may say, “well it’s not that simple” or the obvious “it’s really about nutrition” but there are many reasons why BullNOX  solidifies any workout plan.

Preworkout supplement bullion for that extra boost during your workout in the gym
One of the top excuses from people who struggle with getting into the gym and getting a workout done is lack of energy. Let’s just say this, BullNOX not only gets the engine running, but it enables you to continue you running on high through your entire workout.  It doesn’t give the energy burst and crash of some energy drinks, which is crucial for when you’ve got the last set of a heavy bench press held above your face! Personally I use this before my 5 AM workout and from personal experience I would recommend using this with a tiny amount of food in your stomach. The directions say relatively empty stomach, which means to me don’t eat a turkey dinner before workout( just be smart)!

See for yourself:

This is one powerful pre-workout designed to get you into the gym and to crush your workout. See, with this, you will almost need to workout once you’ve taken it. Thus allowing you to burn off any extra calories, build muscle and burn fat! What makes it so powerful and special is the combination of N-Acetyl Tyrosine, Glucuronolactone, Caffeine Anhydrous, and Theobromine that allows for sustained energy. This is the first pre-workout nitric oxide with a testosterone boosting blend to provide increased aggression and “pump” through the workout.

It tastes great and my personal favorite is the fruit punch, so people will be able to swallow this supplement with ease. If you have trouble getting into the gym and finishing your workout, then this is, hands down, a great solution! To start off, I would recommend not using the full serving size to get accustomed to the power that this packs.  It will lead to a higher rate of workouts and overall more effective workouts, which means a higher likelihood that you will stick to your New Year’s weight-loss resolution! Do you have a favorite supplement to use for weight-loss? Leave a comment!

Get yours here and save money!


Microsoft Fitband

Microsoft Fitband: did we need another fitness band?

Apparently there was a meeting that took place between the watchband makers of the world and technology leaders of the world. The technology leaders must has felt so incredibly sorry for the watchband makers due to no one really buying watches anymore because everyone uses their smart phone to tell time these days. I say this because every tech company these days is coming out with some wearable bracelet/watch to do some function that a phone would usually do. The latest to jump on this bandwagon is industry mega-giant, Microsoft. Before you say oh didn’t Apple just come out with the Apple Watch? Yes, yes they did but here is the kicker!  This Microsoft bracelet is not targeting the Apple Watch so much, it’s actually targeting fitness band companies like Fitbit, Jawbone and the Nike Fuelband. To be honest it looks like it’s going to really tackle both markets in way.

The athletic and fitness band industry has been going back and forth for years between multiple companies rivaling over who has the latest and greatest, but the Microsoft fitband may have just said “Check-mate”.  The outside is impressive with full color touch-enabled display, so text, call and email notifications can be read. Of course it acts as a watch and connects to its host using Bluetooth 4. But what launches this device ahead of its predecessors is what’s inside.

The components that make this fitband so much better are things like the GPS tracker built in to better track your movements,  as well as a UV sensor to monitor sunlight exposure.  The skin temperature monitor and the optical heart rate monitor also make the fitband stand out amongst the crowd. Keep in mind this isn’t just a fitband, as it allows the user to access Twitter, Facebook, calendar, weather, and yes, even stocks.  The Windows 8.1 user will even be able to connect to friendly helpful Cortana!

Microsoft Fitband

Image: Microsoft

The fact that this device will actually be cross device compatible with Android 4.3 and 4.4, iOS 7.1 and later, and Windows 8.1 means that users don’t really have a reason why they wouldn’t prefer this over any other device like it! As the icing on the cake, Microsoft has introduce a cloud-based health service that collects data with the idea to give “personal insights so you can reach your fitness goals.” And all of this is going to start at only $199 which is on par with some of the other fitbands and much less than the Apple Watch.

So all in all we didn’t really NEED the Microsoft Fitband, but damn now we kind of want one!

Garcinia Chews: Healthy Candy?

The word candy might be a bit of a stretch here but these chews are designed to be more of a replacement for candy and surprisingly a weight loss supplement.  Candy is probably the worst thing you can grab to snack on during the day. For most of us, it is just to fill a mindless need for something to do. For others, the hunger is what drives us to eat and eat and eat!  Whatever it is that drives people to eat bad foods, this is a great alternative. The Garcinia Chews by Top Secret Nutrition are designed to curb appetite, boosts metabolism, and even help turn carbohydrates into energy. The bottom line is that it aids in weight loss whether through prohibiting calorie intake with less food consumption or turning the foods we eat into energy instead of being stored as fat.  This happens because it inhibits an important enzyme called citrate lyase, which turns carbohydrates into fat. The component responsible for this is hydroxycitric acid which is the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia extract.  This extract comes from a fruit found in India and southeast asia. The chews themselves contain roughly 500mg of Garcinia Cambogia extract (60% HCA). At only 20 calories per serving it allows for those really counting calories to use them and not worry about going overboard. They do have 4g of carbs and 3g of sugar but the benefits should outweigh these numbers.  Chewing on one of these instead of basically anything else is going to be helpful. Not only will you be eating less calories than whatever else you would have grabbed but when it comes to eating your next meal you may eat less and also your body will use the food consumed more effectively. Plus as an added bonus it basically tastes like you’re eating a healthy starburst. They really do taste pretty good and from what I’ve experienced some of us enjoy them so much they have difficulty sticking to the recommended dosage of only 4 chews per day. So whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds or looking for a way to not keep putting on the pounds, these Garcinia Chews by Top Secret Nutrition are really a great choice!