The NUTRISHOP Tight-and-Toned Women’s Training Plan

If a strong-but-slim body is what you’re after and you’re tired of finding only workouts that resemble either a women’s bodybuilding plan or the training regimen of an elite athlete, look no further. We get it — you want to tighten and tone, finding a nice middle ground for your figure that includes not only burning fat, but building the muscle that comes with a sleek, lean look. That’s why we’ve put together this workout plan: The NUTRISHOP Tight-and Toned Training Plan for women.

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With five days a week of weight training (three lower-body, two upper-body), followed by a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) session, the focus will be on short-but-effective workouts that limit rest periods. Keep them to no longer than 60 seconds between sets; if a superset is listed, you take no rest between exercises within the superset and rest only after the superset is complete.

You want "tight and toned?" We've got you covered.

You want “tight and toned?” We’ve got you covered.

After every workout, perform 15 minutes of HIIT, using a 45-15 method — that is, go 45 seconds at 70-75 percent effort, followed by 15 seconds of all-out effort. Then ramp it back down and repeat.

We’ve included recommended supplements to take as well, and the timing of them, to maximize your results.

Pre-Workouts: THERMOVEX, 1 serving of BCAA SPORT

DAY 1 UPPER BODY

5 Supersets: 12 Stiff-Legged Romanian Deadlifts/12 Alternating Forward Lunges (per leg)

5 Supersets: 12 Wide-Stance Goblet Squats/12 Alternating Backward Lunges (per leg)

3×12 Jump Squats

3×12 Hamstring Curls

*Take 5 minutes to stretch quads and hamstrings, and have 1 serving of BCAA SPORT*

15 mins HIIT

Post-Workout: PRO7, HYDROPRO, or FORZAPRO

DAY 2 UPPER BODY

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5 Supersets: 12 DB Incline Bench Press/12 Pull-Ups (or assisted pull-ups)

5 Supersets: 12 Bent-Over BB Rows/12 Push-Ups (or modified push-ups)

3×12 Overhead DB Press

3 Supersets: 8 DB Curls/12 Triceps Rope Pushdowns

*Take 5 minutes to stretch pectorals and lats, and have 1 serving of BCAA SPORT*

15 mins HIIT

Post-Workout: PRO7HYDROPRO, or FORZAPRO

DAY 3 LOWER BODY/CORE
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Pre-Workouts: THERMOVEX, 1 serving of BCAA SPORT

4 Supersets: 8 Front Squats/8 Lying Hamstring Curls

5×5 One-Legged Romanian Deadlifts (per leg)

4×6 Lateral Lunges (per leg)

4x :30, Planks

4×8, Hanging Leg Raises

*Take 5 minutes to stretch quads, calves and hamstrings, and have 1 serving of BCAA SPORT*

15 mins HIIT

Post-Workout: PRO7HYDROPRO, or FORZAPRO

DAY 4 – REST DAY (HIIT OPTIONAL)

DAY 5 UPPER BODY

Pre-Workouts: THERMOVEX, 1 serving of BCAA SPORT

3 Supersets: Alternating One-Arm DB Bench Press (8 per arm)/Alternating One-Arm DB Rows (8 per arm) — on the bench press, hold two dumbbells, with the off-hand stabilizing one just above your chest, not resting on it, while the other works.

3 Tri-Sets: 8 DB Standing Press/8 Flat-Bar Triceps Cable Pushdowns/8 Reverse-Grip Pull-Ups (use the assisted pull-up machine if necessary)

*Take 5 minutes to stretch pectorals and lats, and have 1 serving of BCAA SPORT*

15 mins HIIT

Post-Workout: PRO7HYDROPRO, or FORZAPRO

DAY 6 LOWER BODY

Pre-Workouts: THERMOVEX, 1 serving of BCAA SPORT
4 Supersets: 5 Squats/12 Leg Extensions (heavy on squats, light on extensions)

4 Supersets: 5 Deadlifts/12 Hamstring Curls (heavy on DLs, light on curls)

3 Supersets: 8 Alternating Forward Lunges (per leg)/8 Seated Calf Raises

*Take 5 minutes to stretch quads, calves and hamstrings, and have 1 serving of BCAA SPORT*

15 mins HIIT

Post-Workout: PRO7HYDROPRO, or FORZAPRO

DAY 7 – REST DAY

STANCE

The pre-workout designed for extreme male athletes. Stance is here to deliver intense workouts that embarrass the competition. If you are like most body builders you do not want a gimmick product. Stance will deliver the goods. Below you will find the explosive ingredients that make it a uniquely powerful blend for the weight lifter, athlete and cross trainer. Click the nutritional facts image to see in full screen.

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Ingredients:

  • Niacin, B6, B 12 are generally going to give your body fuel for the excruciating workout you are about to do.
  • L-Caratine- An amino acid that has benefits for the heart and brain; also provides explosive energy.
  • Arginine- Crucial in increasing the vascularity and fluid uptake in muscles. This is the Nitric Oxide effect body builders seek in a Pre-workout mix.
  • Beta Alanine- is a non-essential amino acid used for improving athletic performance and exercise capacity, building lean muscle mass, and improving physical functioning.
  • Creatine Nitrate- Nitrate Salt form of creatine, this is a substantially more water soluble form of creatine.
  • Citrulline Malate-  This is an amino acid that basically relieves muscles of soreness. Citrulline malate allows for more stamina, and longer workouts.
  • SODIUM D ASPARTIC ACID- This amino acid can increase your body’s testosterone level.

Pre-workout drinks are getting more intense, serious and beneficial. Do not sit on the sidelines while your friends see the results of STANCE!

Build Your Perfect Stack During NUTRISHOP’s July Sale!

Nutrishop July sale 2014There are less than two weeks left to capitalize on the NUTRISHOP July Special savings, and it will be the last chance before September to get prices like this!

To help you get the most value for your dollar, we’re putting together a list of the best stacks you can make depending on your goal. With progressive savings on non-sale items — 10 percent off any two items, 15 percent off three and an amazing 20 percent off four items — plus a 5-percent discount for VIP members, this is the perfect time to build your personalized supplement stack.

One reminder: A limit of one protein IS included in this deal! With that out of the way, let’s get to the stacks. First up this week, probably our most popular goal: Fat loss!

FAT LOSS STACK

Four items:

  • PRO7 or FORZA PRO
  • HYPERCOR
  • SOMNILEAN
  • DETOXIN

One of the most common questions we get at NUTRISHOP isn’t a surprising one: “How can I lose the most fat?”

Whether you have a lot of work to do to get down to a slimmer size, or you’re trying to get your abs to show, almost everybody has some fat they’d like to get rid of. We’ve got a stack for that.

The Contour Elite Weight Loss System combines a powerful fat-burner with HYPERCOR, helps reduce stress-based cortisol with the nighttime supplement SOMNILEAN and keeps the body running clean and efficiently with DETOXIN. We’ll show how they all work together here, and later in the week show the benefits of each product in more detail.

By adding HYPERCORSOMNILEAN and DETOXIN to your diet and exercise regimen, the weight will come flying off and you will get a much healthier system. All three of these supplements are designed to work hand-in-hand with the others. HYPERCOR is one of the best mood-boosting, fat-torching supplements available, and we got a look at DETOXIN and how good it can be for “opening up” the body to better digestion and absorption, as well as waste excretion.

But imagine pairing the two together: You’ll get a clean, flushed system that’s primed for supplement uptake, and at the same time you’ll be powering it with HYPERCOR, which will really start the fat igniting. We know DETOXIN helps improve kidney function and therefore blood flow, for example.

HYPERCOR can take advantage of this within the system by efficiently breaking down the fatty acids and controlling the blood sugar without being bound up by those nasty waste products in the blood and organs that would have been there without DETOXIN. They are MADE to work together!

On top of those two, the Contour Elite Weight Loss System includes SOMNILEAN, a nighttime metabolism booster that further allows your body to burn fat at a high rate while you sleep. Insufficient sleep is one of the sneakiest reasons behind fat gain, and most people fail to account for adequate sleep levels when putting together a weight-loss plan. SOMNILEAN not only has indirect fat-burning properties that take place while you sleep, but it promotes deeper sleep and better sleep patterns, helping clear your head as soon as it hits the pillow. High levels of stress related to poor sleeping pattern promote production of a fat-producing hormone called cortisol, which signals the body to store fat.

That’s another benefit of taking this stack together: Both SOMNILEAN and HYPERCOR include ingredients designed to improve well-being (we’ve even had HYPERCOR referred to as a “happy pill” before!), reducing stress and the fat-promoting cortisol that comes with it. With a clear mind and positive energy, you’ll find you’re much more likely to achieve your fat-loss goals.

With all three stacked together, people seeking to accelerate their fat loss and digestive efficiency can really see the difference! Talk to any of the certified staff, and they will get you burning fat in no time!

NATURAL GROWTH HORMONE STACK

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  • AUGMENT/ARABOL
  • ANITEST
  • 1-XD
  • HGH-191

The Ursolic Acid and Arachidonic Acid blend in AUGMENT that makes it such an animal of a supplement goes perfectly with a few other products, and we’ll show how.

AUGMENT contains AA, from the Omega-6 family. This increases inflammation in the muscles for further breakdown and better repair, meaning more muscle mass — this is why AA holds a U.S. patent for it!

You can pair AUGMENT with the rest of NUTRISHOP’s outstanding anabolic growth line. 1-XD, which has been proven to increase testosterone in males by up to 42 percent, makes a perfect partner. Because AUGMENT not only helps increase muscle mass and the sensitivity to testosterone, it makes sense to stack it with a natural testosterone-booster like 1-XD. They complement each other perfectly.

ANITEST, which unbinds free testosterone within the body to make it more readily available, is also an ideal choice. Similar to how it works with ARABOL, ANITEST provides more of this essential muscle-building hormone and leaves it up to AUGMENT’s awesome uptake properties to put it to best use. Remember, just having extra testosterone isn’t enough. Your body has to be ready to use it. This is where stacking ANITEST and AUGMENT will really give you an advantage.

And lastly, everyone’s favorite nighttime supplement, HGH-191, also belongs in this stack. A great deal of growth hormone, luteinizing hormone and testosterone are released during deep sleep. The brain signals the sex hormones to release during this period, leading to full recovery during rest. HGH-191 helps induce that necessary deep sleep, allowing for better sleep patterns and a deeper sleep environment for the brain to signal muscle growth unimpeded.

THE TRAINING STACK

Four items:

  • BCAA SPORT
  • N’RAGE
  • N’SANE
  • N’FUZE

Starting with electrolyte-loaded BCAA Sport and finishing with the Training Trifecta, this stack is designed to turn your workouts into the most optimal training sessions possible.

Ideally, you would want to stack N’SANE with N’RAGE, a premium blood flow enhancer that will optimize the delivery of your other supplements to the body and really provide a massive pump and vascularity, and N’FUZE, a concentrated dose of KreAlkalyn buffered creatine compound.

By stacking these three products, you will get the most effective total dosage of each important compound and allow them to work with the others to their maximum potential. You will not only be providing your body with the formulas necessary to increase results, but also its ability to shuttle those formulas to the muscles. The result: Massive increases in power on explosive lifts, focus and intensity throughout an entire workout, and the ability to recover faster and come back better-prepared for your next workout.

One thing you might notice between all three of these products is some overlap between the compounds — that’s why they work so well together. Both N’RAGE AND N’SANE contain L-Arginine AKG and the GlycoCarn compounds, but with staggered release timing and precise amounts of each, they complement each other to maximize the benefits of each formula.

Likewise, both N’SANE and N’FUZE contain the buffered creatine product KreAlkalyn, but again, in different levels of concentration so your body can handle and use the most creatine possible over the course of your intense workout.

HARD GAINER STACK

Four items:

  • GAINER7
  • KRE-ALKALYN/N’FUZE
  • NO-XP3
  • NATURE’S FUEL

As all skinny guys know, fitness isn’t all about weight loss. Instead, some of us have the opposite problem, where we can eat seemingly anything and work out tirelessly but not gain the muscle mass we’re after. If you’ve experienced this problem, the Hard Gainer stack is for you. A good introduction to a few key components of muscle mass gain, this stack will help put you in some bigger clothes in no time.

The approach: Start with a high-quality gainer like GAINER7 for an increase in calories and protein, and add the proven benefits of creatine with KRE-ALKALYN and N’FUZE, both of which improve strength and size. Coupled with an optimizing multivitamin like NATURE’S FUEL and a workout enhancer like NO-XP3, you will be equipped to have intense, muscle-building workouts with the nutrition to put on mass fast.

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.

The Best, Safest NUTRISHOP Supplements for Young Athletes

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High school sports are almost back. Is your athlete getting the best nutrition?

School is almost back, and that means the return of high school sports! If your teenager is a competitive athlete looking to achieve the best physical shape possible for the upcoming sports year, NUTRISHOP has plenty of effective, safe supplements that will help them build the muscle and athletic edge to compete at their highest levels ever.

The teenage body is (clearly) much different than a full-grown one — while still growing, there are many processes that cannot be interfered with, hindered or accelerated, whether it’s through diet or supplements. A common question we get in the store is about products’ safety, and unless a product was safe, we wouldn’t say it is! That’s why we’re highlighting seven supplements this week, all of which are safe and effective for all, including that teen athlete you care about who wants to add some extra muscle to a growing frame or wants to achieve a better athletic physique.

To begin, we’ll start with protein, a mainstay in just about every athlete’s diet. It repairs broken-down muscle and helps build new tissue for increased strength and decreased body fat. A more efficient metabolism is also common with increased protein consumption (and this comes in handy for high-schoolers who happen to eat 1) frequently and 2) usually not as cleanly as is ideal for competitive athletes).

To that end, we’d recommend one of the following:

Forza Pro protein is a great choice for young athletes to build muscle.

With four primary blends in FORZA PRO, you can count on there being no gaps in the protein delivery you’re seeking:

  • Rapid-Release Blend: With micro filtered whey protein concentrate, micro filtered whey protein isolate, hydrolyzed whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed casein, this blend’s primary focus is immediate recovery, making FORZA PRO a superior post-workout option. When your muscles are searching for amino acids and proteins to help rebuild broken-down tissues, fast protein uptake is the most important thing your shake can provide.
  • Extended-Release Blend: Featuring micellar casein, milk protein isolate, calcium caseinate and potassium caseinate, this blend addresses the fact that muscle breakdown and synthesis continues well after the first hour following your workout. When your muscles are sore and tired throughout the day, it’s a sign telling you that they’re still rebuilding. With slower-absorbing proteins available from FORZA PRO, your body will use them (and not existing muscle tissue) to refuel the amino acid stores it needs.
  • Growth Factors Blend: Colostrum, L-Arginine and L-Ornithine make up this crucial blend, which helps provide boosts to the body’s ability to produce growth hormone, muscle tissue and nitric oxide in the bloodstream. This blend works together to signal the body to go into “growing mode,” ever-important for anybody trying to gain lean muscle.
  • Training Recovery Blend: We mentioned N-acetyl L-glutamine (NAG) earlier in the week, and it’s the primary ingredient of this blend. Glutamine is critical to fast muscle and tissue recovery, and the acetylated version makes it much more stable and bioavailable — meaning your body can access it much faster for quicker absorption.

Plus, FORZA PRO contains Aminogen, a patented formula designed to keep the body’s nitrogen balance positive so it can continue to synthesize proteins, building muscle throughout the day.

PRO7EIN SYNTHESIS

Pro7ein Synthesis combines WPI Protein Complex (Cross-Flow Microfiltered Whey Protein Isolate, Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate) and WPC5 Protein Complex™ (Whey Protein Concentrate, Hydrolyzed Casein, Potassium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Egg Albumin).

Here’s a list of all seven types, and what they do:

  • Whey isolate: Very quickly absorbed, and usually come with few extra calories.
  • Hydrolyzed isolate: Pre-broken down into peptides, which basically takes the step of digesting them out of the process. It makes them the fastest-digesting of the seven in Pro7.
  • Whey concentrate: Also quickly absorbed, though not as fast as isolates or hydrolyzed isolates. Most commercial protein powders are mostly made up of whey concentrate.
  • Hydrolyzed casein: Again, because of the process of pre-breakdown, this is yet another form of a typically slow-digesting protein altered to deliver nutrients much more quickly.
  • Potassium caseinate: A much more slowly-absorbing form that takes about five to seven hours to cycle through the system.
  • Micellar casein: The slowest-digesting of the seven, it is actually micro filtered so as to separate the lactose from the protein itself.
  • Egg albumin: Egg white protein is the one whole food with the most bioavailable protein content of all. A mid-range protein when it comes to absorption rate.

Why take them all at once? Simply put, to cover all your bases for the longest period of time — you are looking to stay anabolic, so a staggered release of protein into the system is important.Your muscles can spend up to three days recovering from a workout, so it makes sense to provide it with protein often. Taking seven types of it at once ensures that your muscles won’t be starved for proteins, because they’ll be in your system.

To add to that athletic edge, many athletes prefer to take a pre-workout product. This is a very popular new field of supplements because of the impressive attributes many of them have — greater strength, focus, energy and blood flow during a workout are all beneficial to an athlete’s gains. Some products are not entirely safe; in fact, just last year a very popular form of caffeine was banned outright by the FDA in all major sports and the products that contained it were forced to reformulate. It can still be tough to parse out which ones are best for a teenage athlete. That’s why we’ve done it here.

N’Rage is a next-generation nitric oxide compound designed to increase muscle size, strength, vascularity and endurance mainly by increasing the blood flow and oxygen and nutrient delivery to your muscle cells.

Think back to your good workouts — when you’re effectively targeting a muscle area, blood rushes to that area and you experience the “pump” effect. The main ingredients in N’Rage include L-Arginine AKG (2:1), also known as AAKG, which is an enhanced precursor of nitric oxide. N’Rage works with your body to create the production of nitric oxide in your system, thus enhancing blood flow.
“Exercise Prescription (ExRx)” online pointed out that AAKG has been under research since 1989, and the main takeaways from its studies were significant gains in strength over short periods of time, as well as an increase in lean muscle mass, when combined with intense exercise. Since nitric oxide production is keyed by N’Rage’s main ingredient, arginine, it’s important to note the bottom-line thought on it. From a 1997 study in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition:

“It can safely be theorized that arginine may have an anabolic effect on the human body by increasing levels of nitric oxide and growth hormone.”

N’FUZE stands alone with its high-quality Krealkalyn blend for strength, muscle size and workout energy.

N’FUZE, meanwhile, is another great product that you can pair with N’RAGE. It contains a buffered version of creatine known as Kre-Alkalyn, which studies have shown reduces nearly all of the creatinin conversion. The bottom line: You get more pure creatine to your muscles, to maximize strength, mass and endurance gains in the muscle without having to take ungodly doses of it.

Another area where N’FUZE stands apart from regular creatine monohydrate is in its other blend elements, including:

  • Beta-Alanine: It’s a celebrated non-essential amino acid that peer-reviewed research suggests boosts Carnosine. The major benefit here is in cellular endurance thanks to an additional boost to ATP (cellular energy) as well as strength output.
  • L-Taurine AKG: Another amino acid, this form is more readily available for absorption and aids in providing muscular volume through hydration. A University of Arizona study dating back to 1996 notes that “taurine is essential for cardiovascular function, and development and function of skeletal muscle, the retina and the central nervous system.”

Our teenage years have the potential to be quite awkward, as many young athletes tend to grow taller well before they start filling out their frames with muscle. This can be less than ideal for an athlete in a physical sport! That’s why adding muscle mass and supporting the growing body is paramount. Because of this, any high school athlete looking to add muscle should look into taking a high-protein, high-carb gainer. We’ve got a great one: GAINER7.

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GAINER7, made by Vitasport, is a protein blend with the same outstanding protein properties of Pro7ein Synthesis, but with nearly double the protein per serving and a 2-1 carb-protein ratio that studies have shown to be critical when it comes to post-workout replenishment.

GAINER7 is one of the cleanest gainer products available, offering more than 700 calories per serving without weighing you down the bad way — with fat and sugar. The carb blend in GAINER7 is primarily derived from whole wheat, maltodextrin and dextrose, for a staggered release of blood sugar and anabolic insulin, without the vicious spike and crash you’d get from cheaper, faster-burning sugars.

And, like Pro7ein Synthesis, GAINER7 contains Aminogen, which naturally boosts the nitrogen in the system to help keep you anabolic. With the amino acids protein provide to help you build muscle and recover, the 54-gram serving of protein is an ideal ratio for anybody looking to put on size; the different absorption rates of the seven protein types ensures that the maximum amount of protein will reach your recovering muscles without being wasted.

GAINER7 is among NUTRISHOP’s newest supplements from Vitasport and is sure to be a hit once people see the success an effective gainer can bring — without those super-sweet fillers and additives you might get in “other” gainers. Be sure to ask any certified NUTRISHOP employee about GAINER7 if you’re interested in packing on muscle without the unnecessary fat that can come with it.

Recovery is also essential for athletes, especially young high school ones new to building muscle. Because the body is constantly growing during our teen years, it needs as much help with muscle recovery as possible. This is where a good glutamine supplement can really pay off. We recommend GLUTACOR.

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It is indeed muscle recovery, and not the breakdown you’re doing in the weight room, that is the most important phase of the athlete’s muscular development. The “American Journal of Physiological Endocrinology and Metabolism” showed in a 2002 study that proper amino acid intake after working out is critical to stimulating muscle protein balance; the key makeup of Glutacor is designed to provide the quality amino acid glutamine.

Glutacor is a mega-dosed glutamine-based formula that delivers a wide range of benefits to a wide range of people. Specifically, young adults looking for healthier, more athletic figures will find glutamine to be essential, but so too will women who want to improve tone or men looking for an increase in general fitness.

Its most obvious advantage: The faster your body recovers, the faster you can get back to doing the hard work in the gym. Glutacor, available exclusively at Nutrishop, is designed to speed up that recovery process.

But there’s more to it than that…..
Research has shown that glutamine is an important supplement for those recovering from surgery, particularly gastric bypass patients. In 2003, John Brosnan from “Journal of Nutrition” explained in a study for The American Society of Nutritional Sciences that illness and injury go hand-in-hand with “the loss of massive amounts of glutamine” from the muscles. Glutacor is vital to people recovering from injury, or looking to avoid it.

In 2004, one Dutch study in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care backed up that idea with its judgment: “Glutamine has a major impact on the functionality of the immune system. … Glutamine not only has a protective effect on cells of the immune system, but also on other cells of the body.”

Not all glutamine products are created equal, however. Glutacor is superior to other glutamine products thanks to its high dose of five different forms for better absorption into the body. Glutacor also features the Electrolyte Hydration Blend, which helps replenish electrolytes and keep the body hydrated, and Glutacor is also the only glutamine product to feature GlycoCarn, which has powerful antioxidant properties designed to help rid the body of metabolic waste and decrease muscle fatigue.

Finally, to round out your high school athlete’s supplement cabinet, be sure to include a high-quality BCAA supplement. Branched Chain Amino Acids are crucial to building new muscle tissue and preventing breakdown of the muscle the body already has, imperative considering how fast teen metabolisms tend to run. In high metabolisms especially, muscle is considered calorically expensive to maintain, and often it is broken down and used for energy first. Our best-selling BCAA product, BCAA SPORT, is a great choice to prevent catabolism, the breakdown of muscle tissue.

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BCAA SPORT is an instantized BCAA blend you can take before, during and after your workout for maximum benefits. It is bolstered by the addition of citrulline malate (an amino acid that increases lactic acid metabolism and therefore reduces workout fatigue), as well as acai berry, pomegranate, Resveratrol and grape seed extract for their antioxidant properties. Resveratrol, found in grape skin, is the antioxidant supply in red wine, and has been shown to have positive effects on blood sugar as well as being an anti-carcinogen in mice. Acai berry and pomegranate are well-know for their ability to eliminate free radicals in the system.

This blend doesn’t stop there. On top of all that, BCAA SPORT also includes Glutamine AKG (GAKG), L-Taurine and Eleuthero Root (a form of ginseng) for endurance and recovery, not to mention a full dose of electrolytes to help keep the cells hydrated and functioning at optimal levels. A University of Arizona study found taurine to be “essential for cardiovascular function, and development and function of skeletal muscle,” and Eleuthero Root was found by the Journal of Ethnopharmacology to increase endurance and reduce fatigue.

Meet the NUTRISHOP Staff: Matt Sheppard

For athletes looking to make the jump into college sports or just a more competitive level, new NUTRISHOP-East Avenue owner Matt Sheppard is the guy to talk to. As a former collegiate football player, well-schooled in the business of training, nutrition, rehab and therapy, Matt knows the value of having sound advice and a solid plan when it comes to becoming a premier athlete.

But for Matt, there’s more to it than that.

“I want to make a priority of getting everyone a base of overall health. It’s my goal to make sure that anyone can go in and get free advice, the best advice, and to not be afraid of making positive changes,” he says. “It’s not just a bodybuilding place. I want NUTRISHOP to be the place to go when you need any kind of health advice, for any goal.”

Matt’s own goals have changed since he’s become a part of the Chico community. Now that he’s firmly embedded in it in a position to help others, that’s exactly what he wants to do.

“Now that I’ve gone to school here, live here and own a business, I want to make sure I’m a part of the community,” he says. “I want people to know we’re a part of everything. I’m home, and I want people to feel like we’re all in the same home, all in it together.”

To Matt, when you go into NUTRISHOP, you’re buying into a lifestyle. You start the path to living a healthy life, and he wants to promote that. And he’s not just all talk — he does it.

“I want people to go in and get motivated, any way I can. Girls and guys have come in and I’ll help them train myself, I’ll go run in the park with people to make sure that people are going to get what they came in there for,” he says. “If it’s to motivate them more on my day off, I’ll do it.”

Matt’s education includes an associate’s degree from Santa Barbara City College, studying in Spain and a communications degree from Chico State. Out of college athletics when he arrived in Chico, his quest to stay in shape was fueled by training in Brazilian jujitsu, which he is still involved with. Now more than ever, Matt understands the importance of focusing on nutrition and training discipline and specializes in sharing that mindset and knowledge with his NUTRISHOP customers.

“The best feeling doesn’t come from being in the shop, but being somewhere out around town and having people recognize you and going out of their way, saying that you helped them lose weight, or win an event, or just look good in their wedding pictures,” he says. “I helped a kid win a BMX event, and his dad came up to me and said, ‘Thanks for all your help.’ That’s what it’s all about for me.”

Whatever your goal is, Matt says, he has found that almost across the board, nutrition will be the key to achieving it — but not everybody has the same set of rules. Part of the challenge and the enjoyment for him is finding the perfect plan for the individual.

“Nutrition’s going to be 70 percent of anybody’s success. Your health is your base,” Matt says. “You want to get healthy and work up from there. If you don’t have your base, you won’t see results. Finding the right product for the right type of person is the key, and that’s our main goal: to help people figure out what’s best for them.”

MATT’S FAVORITE WORKOUT
Matt likes to mix it up, but almost always goes with something full-body to ensure that he gets a good sweat going. A good example is our former Workout of the Week, the Full-Week Circuit Training Plan.

Build the Perfect Anabolic Stack with AUGMENT

There is no one supplement alone that will transform your body into lean and muscular without you putting in the hard work with your exercise and diet. That said, the newly released AUGMENT, from pHLabs,  is pretty close to it. Still, you can maximize its efficacy and see awesome results with the right stack.

We’ve gotten many people already asking about this, in fact, wondering if it can stack with other pro-testosterone products at NUTRISHOP. The answer: Yes! The Ursolic Acid and Arachidonic Acid blend in AUGMENT that makes it such an animal of a supplement goes perfectly with a few other products, and we’ll show how.

Like ARABOL, for instance, AUGMENT contains AA, from the Omega-6 family. This increases inflammation in the muscles for further breakdown and better repair, meaning more muscle mass — this is why AA holds a U.S. patent for it! However, AUGMENT and ARABOL, both great choices, should not stack together. Because each has a precise formula with specific amounts of AA, doubling up on it would definitely be a bad thing.

You CAN pair AUGMENT, however, with the rest of NUTRISHOP’s outstanding anabolic growth line. 1-XD, which has been proven to increase testosterone in males by up to 42 percent, makes a perfect partner. Because AUGMENT not only helps increase muscle mass and the sensitivity to testosterone, it makes sense to stack it with a natural testosterone-booster like 1-XD. They complement each other perfectly.

ANITEST, which unbinds free testosterone within the body to make it more readily available, is also an ideal choice. Similar to how it works with ARABOL, ANITEST provides more of this essential muscle-building hormone and leaves it up to AUGMENT’s awesome uptake properties to put it to best use. Remember, just having extra testosterone isn’t enough. Your body has to be ready to use it. This is where stacking ANITEST and AUGMENT will really give you an advantage.

And lastly, everyone’s favorite nighttime supplement, HGH-191, also belongs in this stack. A great deal of growth hormone, luteinizing hormone and testosterone are released during deep sleep. The brain signals the sex hormones to release during this period, leading to full recovery during rest. HGH-191 helps induce that necessary deep sleep, allowing for better sleep patterns and a deeper sleep environment for the brain to signal muscle growth unimpeded.