The Power of a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping Puppy

Are you sleeping well?

One of the most important processes our body must go through daily is sleep, but it doesn’t get the attention our waking-hours activities do. We tend to skew our health focus toward the aspects of our health we actively control — diet, exercise, supplementation, etc. — and assume we’ll just go to bed when we’re tired and wake up when we have to. Why not take the same approach with sleep?

In short, sleep is not only critical to our mental and physical well-being, but a major indicator of both, too. It’s somewhat circular: How you sleep determines your health, and your health determines how you sleep.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SLEEP AND BODY FAT

Getting too little or too much sleep at night increases the risk of obesity. A study from Laval University in Quebec found that nightly sleep duration predicted future weigh gain. It examined nearly 300 adults, organized according to their typical sleep duration: short, 5-6 hours; average, 7-8 hours; and long, 9-10 hours.

Short sleep duration increased the risk of obesity by 27 percent, while long sleep duration increased by 21 percent compared to the average sleep duration. The results were not influenced by energy intake or daily exercise. During the six-year study, short and long duration sleepers were more likely to gain 11 pounds or more than the people who slept 7-8 hours per night. Good sleep patterns are critical for weight control. Get a good night’s sleep every night. Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening. Sleep in a dark, quiet room, avoid vigorous exercise before bedtime and get up at the same time every morning. Establishing consistent sleep patterns will make your feel better and helps control body fat.

On top of controlling your sleep patterns with your own self-discipline, you can add a couple supplement choices in to help (DO NOT be one of those people who chug NyQuil or have a few p.m. beers to send you to sleep. Seriously. Yes, people do this).

The nighttime metabolic agent SOMNILEAN is known for a powerhouse combination of four ingredients: Melatonin, L-Theanine, 5-HTP and GABA. While all great in their own rights, our purposes within the framework of this article is to concentrate on GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid). Why? Because it’s the one most directly responsible to helping you catch those all-important Zs at night.

GABA is often referred to as the brain’s natural calming agent. Technically an amino acid, GABA helps in controlling the firing of neurons from the brain that create anxiety, restlessness and the mile-a-minute thought patterns that come from stress and other factors. Of course, when they happen while you’re trying to sleep, it becomes a problem.

By helping to alleviate over-firing neurons that cause these symptoms, GABA essentially serves as a sleep aid, with a huge added bonus: Studies have shown it to increase the amount of growth hormone production, which plays a large role in muscle tone and growth, indirectly leading to fat loss via improved metabolism. One 2008 collegiate study out of Virginia found that “GABA elevates resting and postexercise (growth hormone) concentrations.” (Source)

THERMOVEX PM is another product to consider if you’re trying to control your body fat through proper sleep habits.

There is a correlation between quality sleep and two hormones which regulate appetite: leptin and ghrelin.  Studies have been increasingly showing that these two substances play crucial roles in weight loss and your body’s sleep.

THERMOVEX PM is a great-tasting, stimulant-free nighttime metabolic support formula that is specifically designed to optimize your resting metabolic rate, which increases stored body fat utilization. In addition, it is designed to improve sleep patterns and preserve lean muscle. THERMOVEX PM also contains fiber to manage weight control, and comes in a powdered formula that’s quicker to take effect than pill products.

SLEEPING FOR MUSCLE GAIN

The data available over time immemorial has concluded: Sleep is crucial. Most of the recovery, rebuilding and refreshing comes during this overlooked stage, which many Americans disregard as a necessary evil. In reality, that 8-hours-a-night mantra is hard to achieve, and most people are content to get 6. The problem with this is that the less overall sleep you get, the less deep sleep you get, and that is the stage we are most concerned with.

The benefits of deep sleep are numerous, not just for the mind, but for the body. And, if you’re trying to add muscle, sleep is incredibly important. One article by Dr. John Cline, titled “Sleepless in America,” notes deep sleep’s role in muscle building:

Human growth hormone is released in a pulsed manner during deep sleep and interruption of this stage abruptly stops release of this hormone. … With this increase in deep sleep there is also a release of growth hormone. In adults growth hormone promotes cell repair that is necessary after the stress of weight training.

This is why we’ve added 1-XPM to our pro-sleep lineup. Its role: “SLEEPING TO GROW.” 

For those looking to increase muscle mass, decrease body fat and improve REM sleep patterns, this nighttime anabolic agent just may be the advantage you need to maximize your training, dieting and supplementation.

A blend primarily fueled by long-proven stand-bys zinc, magnesium aspartate and B-6, 1-XPM that has an impact on testosterone production in males, as well as countering ill effects in muscle building often associated with deficiencies in important minerals. One study, conducted on college athletes, showed significant increases in testosterone production and strength in the test group that was given zinc and magnesium aspartate. Here’s a rundown on those ingredients:

  • Zinc: It’s one of the oldest, most well-known supplements around. Beneficial to just about every bodily function, it also aids protein synthesis and boosts the immune system. It’s essential for liver function and organ health. More to the point for males is that it has been shown in studies to influence testosterone levels, and how testosterone itself behaves in the body. However, it’s even more beneficial when combined with …
  • Magnesium (aspartate): Given its wonder properties, it’s a shame and somewhat unbelievable that the USDA estimates that almost three out of four people take in less than the recommended daily value of magnesium. It’s critical for heart function, sodium/potassium cellular balance, muscle function and mood regulation.

The big research behind these two in conjunction with each other (as aspartates, and with the addition of B-6, which improves uptake of the others)  stems from a study done on college football players. The bottom line numbers: The athletes achieved 43.7 percent higher testosterone levels over eight weeks and strength gains that were 2.5 times greater than the test group that did not take the blend.

So, if you want to SLEEP TO GROW, and get the sound, deep sleep you need to do it, 1-XPM is an option you definitely should consider.

 SLEEP AND HORMONE PRODUCTION

A regular sleep cycle and plenty of REM sleep are responsible for many of the body’s important processes, and hormone production is no exception. Particularly in men, the body depends on testosterone and growth hormone for the regulation of body fat and muscle growth.

The testosterone-boosting HGH-191, available at NUTRISHOP, helps facilitate a better sleep environment for testosterone production with a powerful blend of ingredients. HGH-191 doesn’t try to duplicate growth hormone and definitely IS not growth hormone — but it does inspire the production of it by pituitary-prompting ingredients. We’ll highlight the key compounds in HGH-191 to make it clear just how this supplement can help you:

Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA): It’s an amino acid that tells your pituitary gland (that crucial part of the body that regulates hormone production and release) it’s time to release some growth hormone. Your body releases, it produces Somatotropin (think of it as “good” GH) and Somatostatin (“bad”) in order to balance them out. The “bad” one basically wants to immediately break down the good GH.
So what?: GABA limits how much Somatostatin (“bad”) is released. What it means to you: Elevated GH without the inhibition, meaning more lean muscle, less fat. MOST GH PRODUCTS DO NOT DO THIS.

Colostrum: A supplement sometimes called “the promise of life” can’t be anything but good. With over 5,000 studies backing it, some have shown it to stimulate cellular muscle expansion and regeneration, increase growth hormone levels that correlate to lean muscle gain, help with bone integrity and mass, improve anaerobic strength and help immune function. It might sound familiar; you probably know it better as “first milk.” That makes sense, because it is the first natural food every human takes in. It is crucial to the immune system and growth.
So what?: If you can’t do with more lean muscle, stronger bones and a better immune system, you might be beyond help. Think of colostrum as a way to bring your body back to the days when it NEEDED to grow.

L-Theanine: It’s an amino acid that comes from tea plants and helps regulate the levels of serotonin and dopamine (calmness and happiness chemicals, basically speaking) in the brain. This is done with the help of GABA, which we mentioned earlier, because it is an inhibitory neurotransmitter — in other words, the GABA sets your dopamine and serotonin at optimal levels.
So what?: The short answer, research suggests, is that L-Theanine creates a sense of relaxation and a strong environment for GH to be released without being compromised by inhibitory factors.

 

Multi-Grip Back Workout

Head into the weekend with one good, solid back workout using different grips for a range of exercises that will help develop size, detail and strength. This workout is designed to work both the horizontal and vertical planes of the back for development of width and thickness as well.

Wide-grip overhand pull-ups: 5 sets to failure

Overhand-grip T-bar rows: 5×5

Reverse-grip pull-ups: 5 sets to failure. If your sets aren’t at least 5 reps, switch to a lat pulldown machine and lighten the weight.

Wide, neutral-grip seated cable rows: 4×12

One-arm dumbbell rows: 4×8, per arm.

Narrow, neutral-grip lat pulldowns: 3×12.

Shrugs: 5×15.

Avoid Injuries, Aid Muscle Growth: Stretch It Out

A cold, tight muscle is a muscle that’s more likely to be injured when it’s called into action. And yet, how many times have you jumped right into your working sets, with nary a warm-up rep or stretch?  Or left the gym walking around stiff, muscles still contracted?

The muscles and casing-like lining around them (the fascia) benefit greatly from warm-up movements and stretching, not just to make the muscles more pliable and less injury-prone, but also to help promote growth and agility. We’ve got a list of great stretches throughout the week that not only help loosen up that creaky rig of yours, but also feel pretty darn great (in that unique “gym” way of feeling great).

dsc012461. The Brettzel Stretch: This one is a favorite of mine, personally, because it really helps improve spinal mobility, meaning all the twisting and bending you do during a workout is less likely to result in you hunched over grabbing your lower back. It also targets the hip flexors and quads, making it a great all-around stretch. Lie on your side, with your bottom leg bent and bottom hip extended, and with your top hand, reach back and grab your bottom ankle. Simultaneously, bend your top leg and, with your bottom hand, grab your top knee. You should now be in a position to try to pin “four corners” — both shoulders, bottom ankle, top knee — to the ground, and hold it for 10 seconds. Chances are good that your first try at pinning four corners won’t be successful, and you might be able to pin only three or even two corners. Just keep stretching it out. You might even get a bonus back crack or two.

2. Calves and Hamstring Foam Roller: Self-explanatory, really. Grab a foam roller, and roll your hamstrings and calves over it to work out the knots and tightness that can accumulate in these large muscle groups. Many people find that easing up the muscles in the posterior chain of the legs also has a direct effect on back pain and/or tightness. It’s recommended to do these before any legs days, especially if you’re targeting hamstrings.

3. Downward-Facing Dog: Surprise! We snuck some yoga in on you. You’ll forgive us — it is a great means to stretch the spine, chest, arms, hips, hamstrings and calves while strengthening the ankles and quads. Yoga Journal describes the movement in detail:

The two main movements of Downward Dog are common ones: lifting your arms overhead and stretching your legs out at a right angle to your torso. But when you combine these movements and try to hold them upside down against gravity, they get harder. The pose becomes a laboratory where you observe your body’s patterns. Where are you weak? strong? tight? flexible? Practiced consciously, Downward Dog can train you to balance strength and flexibility in your whole body. To start, focus on your upper body. If your shoulders are tight, your work is to open your chest, stretch through your armpits, and straighten your arms. If you are already flexible here, resist the temptation to press your chest down toward the floor to experience more stretch. This tends to compress your spine and the backs of your shoulders. Instead, engage your arms and upper abdominals, aligning your upper back to lengthen your spine and create an even, diagonal line from your wrists up to your sitting bones.

Next, check in with your lower body. If your hamstrings are tight, they may pull your hips down and force your back to round. In this case, practice with your knees actively bent at first. If you already have open hamstrings, it may be easy for you to lift your hips toward the ceiling. Don’t exaggerate this movement and overarch your lower back. Instead, firm your legs and your lower abdominals to lengthen your spine.

4. Lat Stretch: A fully contracted latissimus dorsi muscle is impressive — just check out someone at the top of a pull-up sometime. But when the lats are at their most impressive is when they have the long, flared look, and you can help their cause by stretching your back well after your back workouts. The great news about this stretch is you don’t need much in the way of special equipment: Just bend down, at the knees or at the waist, grab something sturdy (a door jamb works if you’re at home; any kind of squat rack will work at the gym) and pull backward while keeping your arms extended. For an exaggerated stretch, you can grab one hand at a time, and rotate your torso to “turn in” toward the side of the arm that’s doing the holding.

5. Back Foam Roll. It’s hard to beat a back rub. Lying on a foam roller and using it to free up the knots in the lats, rhomboids and traps is heavenly — and also really effective. Plus, the action required from the legs can warm up and activate the hamstrings and calves, to a lesser extent. Cross your arms over your chest while you do this motion for the best effect.

6. Pec Stretch: For your chest days, I don’t really recommend doing the stretching first; instead do it after you’ve hit your pecs. Lengthening the muscle fibers via stretching can cause a bit more weakness during the lift itself; instead, warm up with a light weight on the same lift you’ll be doing. So, if you’re benching, do a set of push-ups or press a light bar a few times. After your lift, though, have a set of dumbbells nearby and act as if you’re going to perform a fly. Lower the weight slowly, stretching the chest as you lower the dumbbells to the floor. And just drop them — no need to actually finish the fly.

10 Myths That Ruin Fitness For You

In the Information Age, it’s easy to get hit over the head with a deluge of propaganda about anything and everything. Comment boards, social media and more all provide a microphone for anyone with an opinion, right or wrong. Who’s doing the fact-checking? Who’s got the best interests of the reader in mind?

This overload of information transcends topics, and is constantly re-shaping and re-defining total genres — and that includes fitness. This can be very useful; we LOVE it when trustworthy sources come up with new facts and findings to help us achieve our healthiest bodies possible. But there is also a downside: the presentation of skewed or flawed info that, over time, gain traction and eventually start becoming believed as facts.

These are fitness myths. And this week, we’re debunking them, two at a time.

  1. TURN FAT INTO MUSCLE. No. Even a rudimentary understanding of how the body works should have gotten this one tossed out a long time ago, but you still hear people all the time asking how they can “turn fat into muscle.” You can’t, anymore than you can turn bone into muscle or straw into gold (though it would be nice). A fat cell is a fat cell is a fat cell, and once it’s created, it never goes away — it just grows, or shrinks, much in the way a water balloon would, depending on what you eat. It’s important to remember this, too: Your body, for all its efficiency, has a thing against muscle. It costs a ton of energy, relatively speaking, to maintain it, so when it gets a chance, it certainly won’t go out of its way to change fat (one of its most easily stored tissues) to muscle.
    But the relationship between the two tissue types DOES exist, and, no surprise here, it’s an inverse relationship. Losing fat doesn’t necessarily mean adding muscle, but adding muscle almost always will help those fat cells shrink. A faster metabolism that gets a steady supply of muscle-building nutrients while limiting the amount of ready-made energy (in most cases, carbs) will accomplish this. It will make more muscle and deplete fat storage. But it will never transform one into the other.
  2. “TONING.” Somewhere along the line, it became obvious that working out and dieting properly were keys to a stronger, more muscular physique (go figure). So we have this means to an end, except that we hear one caveat ALL THE TIME: “I don’t want to get big, I just want to do some toning.”
    The translation: “I don’t want to build more muscle, I just want certain parts of my body to be stronger and skinner.”
    It doesn’t work that way. For one, you cannot spot-burn fat (this is why crunches have very little to do with whether or not you have a gut). Secondly, and more importantly, you cannot “tone” muscle that isn’t there. Many misinformed clients have the assumption that light weights that cause little-to-no strain, coupled with a high range of reps, will help them tone. Yes, it’s better than nothing, that’s true. But the fact remains that you must grow muscle and lose fat to change the “tone” of your body, whether it’s your stomach or your arms. Build the muscle, and while you’re losing fat with a healthy diet and increased physical activity, the increase in shapeliness that so many like to call “toning” will take care of itself.
  3. “PROLONGED CARDIO IS THE BEST WAY TO BURN FAT.” To an extent, aerobic exercise — running, elliptical or stair-climbing machines, swimming, etc. — will burn body fat. But there’s a reason many people fail at weight loss when they start with distance cardio from the very beginning: The results do not reflect the time and effort. Should it be easy? No. But compared to the other three methods of losing fat (sound diet, resistance training and HIIT), there’s no question that the strategy of cardiovascular exercise for extended periods of time is a poor one (again, by comparatively speaking. If you like to run, by all means, run).
    Increasingly, studies are showing that prolonged cardio is great for the heart and lungs and builds stamina — and it’s also a pretty good way to eat up much-needed muscle tissue, which, as we discussed before, is crucial for your overall metabolism and fat-burning capability. This is all to say nothing of the “after-burn effect,” which essentially provides nothing in the way of metabolism boost once you’re done running; compare that to weight training, which can keep your fat-burning engine humming along up to eight hours after you’re done. If you are doing proper weight training or high-intensity cardio, like short-distance sprints, and maintaining a disciplined diet, there is truthfully no reason you need to spend huge chunks of time running if fat loss is your goal.
  4. “I’M NOT A POWERLIFTER, SO I DON’T NEED TO SQUAT OR DEADLIFT.” There’s a reason your average person doesn’t like to do them: They’re hard. And they’re hard because they work huge amounts of muscles, including the biggest groups in the body. The benefits of compound lifts (exercises that affect multiple muscle groups) are numerous, regardless of what your goals are. If you’ve thrown down money for a gym membership, that means you have some shred of desire to get in shape, and no matter if you’re trying to lose a gut or build a six-pack, it starts in the squat rack. By not doing squats or deadlifts, you miss out on an opportunity to get huge results in a short amount of time — there is not a single more time-effective lift than these two. The squat and deadlift build big muscle and burn fat at the same time, while shaping and strengthening the lower body and core. Let us know when your seated leg extensions do that for you.
  5. WOMEN GETTING “BULKY.” Arguably more important to muscle building than protein or carbs, or bench press or squats (though those are all important), is one thing we just about all have in common: testosterone. Here’s what we don’t have in common: how much of it we produce. While females certainly can build muscle rapidly using the aforementioned training and a high-protein diet, their muscles will ultimately look vastly different than a man taking the same steps. The reason: Men produce, on average, about 10 times more of this natural anabolic hormone than do women. The result, on a physicality scale, is that yes, women will get stronger, and their muscles will firm up the body. But adding bulk? Not so much. The first thing likely to happen to a weight-lifting woman will be strength gain, followed by fat loss (remember, muscle helps burn fat). Will significant muscle mass occur? Eventually, with high-calorie eating and intensive training, sure, it absolutely could. But hormonally speaking, it will take 10 times the amount of time and effort it would take a man — and ask one of them if he could ever gain bulk fast enough.
  6. “HEALTH STORE” FOODS/DRINKS. Modestly, we’ll put the ratio of importance for diet-to-exercise at about 70-30 percent — it may be even more. Simply put, you are what you eat. The food industry knows this, believe it or not, better than you do. And so it acts on consumer knowledge: It slaps labels and tags everywhere to try to target the health-conscious. “Gluten-free,” “fat-free,” “14 essential vitamins and minerals,” and so on. Want to know what those terms could easily apply to? An entire bag of pure cane sugar is gluten-free (and fat free), and 14 essential vitamins and minerals are found in just about every breakfast cereal, including sugar-loaded ones like Cocoa Pebbles. Would you call these “health foods?”
    The problem is, it’s not the obvious ones that catch people who are trying to be diet-smart. Sports drinks and fruit/vegetable juice blends, promoted as healthy beverage alternatives, are often worse than if you’d eat a Snickers bar because of their exorbitant sugar content. Check out the Nutrition Facts on a Naked juice or an Odwalla the next time you’re at the grocery store, or compare the sugar content between fat-free dressings and their full-fat alternatives (especially when the fat is from healthy olive oil, that’s particularly good for you). You’ll see through the food industry’s B.S. before too long.
  7. ABS = CRUNCHES. Simply put, you’ll get abs when you get your diet right. Too many people think they can skip the hard stuff and get that amazing six-pack by just hammering out a few sets of crunches every day. Remember: You CAN’T spot-burn fat. In fact, it’s not an uncommon sight for people who work their abdominals a lot to have a bloated-looking belly — the “boiler” look — because they haven’t lost enough body fat to keep their guts from bulging out. Knowing fat loss is 70 percent of the equation helps. When you drastically cut down your carbs and sugar intake, and up your protein consumption along with a good workout plan, the abs will come. You can help pronounce them, but crunches aren’t the only (or even best) way to go. Hanging leg raises, planks, twists, etc., are all better, more function-based ways to target your core.
  8. EATING FAT MAKES YOU FAT. Blame the ’80s for this (among other things — looking at you, leg-warmers). Once upon a time, we were all told about the food pyramid, and how the very bottom of it, the BIGGEST PART, should be comprised of breads, cereals, grains and pasta. Oops. We laugh at that now, because we know better. So why aren’t we giving the same treatment to the “oils” part of that same pyramid? Remember, it’s that little one at the top, grouped in heinously with sweets.
    Olive oil (as well as other mono- and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds, legumes, etc.) is directly related to things like lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and lower body fat. The omega 3-rich meat of fish has long been known to increase people’s health when eaten regularly. EFAs (essential fatty acids) have to come from your diet, and yet people still are making fats out to be an enemy. Dietary fat DOES NOT equal body fat! When your diet has enough healthy fats in it, the body becomes much more effective at burning off the unhealthy ones. Put this myth to rest already.
  9. WORKOUTS MUST BE LONG TO BE EFFECTIVE. Show me someone who boasts about a two-hour workout and I’ll show you someone who either 1) has a lot of time on his hands or 2) is a competitive bodybuilder. If you don’t fit either category and you’re still taking beyond an hour to get your exercise in, your workouts are too long and you’re probably wasting your time. The amount of work you can get in in just 40 minutes, if you’re watching your rest periods, is amazing. Consider the math:
    Let’s say you want a really intense, multi-muscle-group workout — we’ll go with every bro’s favorite, chest and back, for simplicity’s sake. Consider a 3×10 scheme for this day (certainly this will be altered from workout to workout, but let’s keep these numbers round). Even if you did eight total exercises, for a total of 24 sets, you’d be looking at about 35-38 minutes, assuming 1-minute rest periods and some time for loading and re-racking your weights.
    Bring a stopwatch. Be mindful of your time. Don’t be a gym flirt. And, Fabio — stop looking in the mirror while you rest.
  10. “I’VE WORKED HARD. I DESERVE A CHEAT WEEK.” To stay sane and keep your metabolism working hard, you need a cheat meal every now and then. If you’ve put together six straight days of purposeful, healthful eating, by all means enjoy a slice of pizza or two on the seventh day. Your body will be so unused to it you likely will benefit from a metabolic spike just to process it (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has actually gone on record about choosing to eat a whole cheese pizza weekly as his cheat!).
    But be honest with yourself — keep a dietary journal, if you have to. Track your workouts. Track your meals. When all you have to do to ruin your well-laid plans is talk yourself into it, that’s when you must be at your most accountable. When it doubt, assume you don’t deserve it quite yet. Ask yourself if you’re eating because you’re hungry, or because you’re bored.
    This also applies to your training. If you’ve ever fallen sick in the midst of a workout program, you know just how fast your body can completely reset its strength and muscle-building levels (and how fast fat can return, too). Because, inevitably, you WILL catch whatever cold is going around at some point and you WILL be involuntarily forced out of the gym, limit the days that you voluntarily keep yourself out. If you can work out that day, do it. Try not to ever have three straight days off (unless you’re on an intense four-on, three-off split, of course).
    And if, after 4-6 months of solid, consistent workouts and dieting, you finally decide a vacation is in order, enjoy it. Only then will you have earned it, and you’ll thank yourself for sticking to it — an earned day off feels a lot better than one you wish you hadn’t taken.

Build the Ultimate Anabolic Stack with LTD

LTD is here, and with its simple but powerful three-pronged approach to testosterone-boosting, it is not only just a great men’s supplement by itself, but also perfect for stacking with other NUTRISHOP products for the perfect anabolic stack.

Many NUTRISHOP customers already using pro-hormone supplements might wonder if this will replace, or live up to, the products they’re already taking. The answer: The Anabolic Trifecta Stack (Anitest, HGH-191, Arabol) will work WITH LTD for insane results. While LTD alone will likely be considered one of the premier ways to go for testosterone production, its effects can be boosted by the Anabolic Trifecta because they work in different ways.

None of the products in the Trifecta focus on the big three ingredients LTD does; instead, they work in different ways. ANITEST works to unlock free testosterone in the system by unbinding it from a protein that makes it unavailable for use; ARABOL is centered around arachidonic acid (AA) which has a US patent for increasing muscle mass; HGH-191 relies mostly on Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) to signal the brain to release growth hormone.

Why does all that matter? Because each is unique in how it works, and every single one works in conjunction with the other. That means that those looking for accelerated gains in muscle mass and testosterone production can turn to LTD and stack it with the Anabolic Trifecta for even more insane gains! Think of each product as a delivery route for testosterone. Because each one is a different route, they can all be used at the same time, increasing your body’s ability to produce the crucial hormone testosterone.

LTD has all the promise of a stand-alone, awesome supplement. But those who are serious about fast, noticeable results should consider stacking it with the NUTRISHOP customer favorite Anabolic Trifecta Stack.

On top of that, the usual suspects show up to help make LTD even more potent, too: BCAAs, for round-the-clock or timely catabolism prevention; N’FUZE KreAlkalyn, to further help boost strength and muscle mass via cellular ATP during workouts; GLUTAMIC for enhanced recovery and, of course, no stack of any kind would be complete without a quality protein supplement like PRO7 or HYDROPRO.

LTD Breakdown: Testofen

What makes LTD so effective?

Simple yet powerful, LTD is specifically formulated utilizing three clinically tested and proven compounds in their proper ratios that have individually been proven effective and combined them into one powerful anabolic formula! Finally today, we look at the third, Testofen.

Testofen is fenugreek extract, an important part of LTD’s powerful blend. Fenugreek is a well-known, versatile herb that contains over 100 phytochemical constituents, including Furostanol Saponins and Steroidal Saponins.  While fenugreek has multiple health applications, Testofen has been shown to increase sexual desire, help maintain sexual health and muscle mass and support the immune system, and that is the major role it plays in LTD.

In one 2010 study on Testofen, it supported an increase in the weight of the ani-levator muscle, which led to support for muscle mass and body weight.

Another study, done in 2006, found the following:

Study Results: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled human clinical study of 60 subjects was conducted using Testofen as the sole ingredient. The active group demonstrated the following mainly statistically significant results:

  • Significant anabolic activity as evidenced by BUN reduction (p<0.05) compared to placebo*
  • Significant support for free testosterone (p<0.05) compared to placebo group*
  • Immune support (p<0.003) compared to placebo group*
  • Significant support for Serum Creatinine levels (p<0.02) compared to placebo group signifying support for Creatine uptake and recycling in muscle cells*
  • Significant support for prolactin (p<0.04) compared to placebo group, however, this increase is within physiological limits for men*
  • Significant decrease in body fat compared to baseline*
  • Supports maintenance of muscle size despite maintaining overall weight and reduction of body fat*

So, what’s in it for you? The bottom line is significant muscle growth and more free testosterone!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

LTD Breakdown: L-Carnitine L-Tartrate

What makes LTD so effective?

Simple yet powerful, LTD is specifically formulated utilizing three clinically tested and proven compounds in their proper ratios that have individually been proven effective and combined them into one powerful anabolic formula!

L-Carnitine L-Tartrate has been shown to beneficially affect markers of post-exercise metabolic stress and muscle damage when taken in 1-gram dosages before an intense workout.

A 2011 Dutch study suggests that L-Carnitine L-Tartrate can be used to increase muscle and impact muscle metabolism. Research has indicated that LCLT reduces fat mass — the actual size of the fat cells in your body — and increases muscle mass and reduces fatigue. Choline bitartrate is a compound that can help improve the transfer of fats and proteins to the liver, for more efficient metabolism, and the virtues of raspberry ketones have been gaining popularity, too.

In 2007, the University of Connecticut determined that LCLT, based on its clinical tests, could serve “as a recovery supplement for hypoxic exercise and lend further insights into the hormonal mechanisms that may help to mediate quicker recovery.” These findings were published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Dating even further back to 2002, an earlier UConn study noted that LCLT “favorably affects markers of recovery from exercise stress,” which, in short, means it boosts recovery. This means you can work out more frequently, with more intensity, to promote maximum gains. Pair it with a sound diet, and the aforementioned Sodium D-Aspartic Acid included in LDT, and you see that this product is geared specifically toward big gains in lean muscle!