Entries in Bodybuilding (8)

March 18, 2016 - Compression Obsession

The folks at DUX Sports sent us a few items of theirs to try out. We already reviewed their all-purpose 3/4 sleeve shirt. But its going to be hard to beat this pair of Hexa Gray compression pants. The combination of quality, style and value can't be beat. But then again, you can probably say that about everything DUX Sports makes.

These not only look cool, but they are cool...and versatile. You can wear them in the heat and they'll breathe so as not to stifle or create any sweaty discomfort. And they're perfect for exercising when it's cold outside.

My son plays baseball in Missouri and he loves how they kept his legs warm this winter when the team worked out outside in frigid temperatures. He said they fit perfectly, not tight and constricting but still plenty of support. And, additionally, they do a great job keeping his legs from getting torn up when sliding and diving for balls.

We've yet to see anything we wouldn't recommend from DUX and, best of all, their prices are terrific. There's nothing quite as exciting as a great product at a tremendous price. Except maybe for a feeling of warmth and comfort on a cold winter day.

Source: DUX Sports

December 11, 2015 - Earth's Way

So you're looking for a protein supplement, but you're the type of person who only shops at Whole Foods. Or you are in need of a supplement but you really would like it to taste great. Or you're searching for a protein powder and you need results fast. No matter the scenario, you're in for a treat when you try Earth's Whey.


Many protein supplements taste nasty. Earth's Whey sent us a few sample packets of their powder to try. They were far and away the best we've ever tasted. But for serious training that's not enough. Which is ironic. Because the taste of Earth's Whey is just the icing on the cake. It's the science inside that make this the one you'll want to choose. And yeah, did we mention, it tastes unbelievably good too.


Earth’s Whey has only three pure, raw ingredients: “Bio-Alive” Grass Pasture Whey Protein concentrate, raw, truly all-natural flavors and raw stevia leaf. That's it. It comes from grass pasture Amish dairy cow milk and has zero sugar added. If you're going to be putting something in your body, that sounds pretty safe. Check the label of other whey protein and you may see things such as, Protein Isolates, Ion Exchange, Isolated Whey Peptides, Protein Hydrozylates, Predigested Whey Proteins, Protein Blends, Standard Protein Concentrates, or Natural-Based Protein Concentrates. Yummy!


The “Bio-Alive” Grass Pasture whey protein used in Earth’s Whey is a specialized concentrate, completely unique to other whey proteins on the market. Its quite simply the cleanest, purest and most powerful protein in existence. Other products are harshly processed to save money, even when they may claim to be “cold-processed” or “un-denatured.” If milk is not grass pasture and non-homogenized, and is grain-fed, overheated, overcrowded and contaminated with toxic chemicals, pesticides, artificial hormones, GMO substances, etc… then regardless of processing, the whey protein powder ends up compromised. Other protein manufacturers use heat processing which damages the critically valuable antioxidants, proteins, enzymes, immunoglobulins and other vital nutrients, removing so much of the “life” of the protein.


If you feel like you just had a science lesson, good. Because hopefully you learned that Earth's Whey is the best way. If you're looking to add a supplement, you must be trying to improve your health. And if you're that type of person you'll agree that finding the healthiest option is definitely the “whey” to go.


Earth's Whey


November 6, 2013 - Flavored Booster

I have three sons who are lifting weights for sports every day. One prefers the natural route and gets his protein from old fashioned diet. The other two are believers in supplements, such as protein powders. The oldest one has been taking pre-workout and protein supplements for a couple of years. So when the folks at XYIENCE contacted us and asked if they could send some samples of their sports nutrition offerings, I knew the perfect place to test them out.


My youngest son doesn't do the pre-workout, but he has been using protein powders for some time. He said this was clearly the best he'd ever tasted. He probably doesn't know that XYIENCE Advanced Protein Complex. (APC), contains 25 grams of the highest quality whey protein, plus 5.5 grams of Branch Chain Amino Acids to fuel muscles after an intense workout. A post-workout product, this time-released protein complex is cold-processed and micro-filtered to eliminate the sour aftertaste often found in hydrolyzed protein and lower quality whey proteins. One small scoop of this muscle-feeding protein blend supplies muscles with a constant supply of amino acids throughout the day – even after a grueling workout. With low quality proteins you often have to worry about high levels of mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium. But XYIENCE's special protein extraction method means none of that. Advanced Protein Complex combines this muscle-activating protein blend with 5g of fiber in every serving, not only for its many health and digestive benefits but also to slow gastric emptying rates. This additional fiber helps create a greater protein balance in the body. Using APC will activate your muscle growth, accelerate your recovery time and keep you in peak physical condition. Fiber helps you feel full and helps provide a slow steady stream of amino acids to your muscles throughout the day.


Their Pre-Workout Booster (PWB) is formulated to promote superior strength and recovery properties to help users do their best, while reducing muscle fatigue and down time by allowing muscles to perform longer before muscle fatigue sets in. Its optimal balance of slow, medium and fast absorbing amino acids that muscles need to recover and grow. With only 60 mg of caffeine, this blend provides a pick-me-up for any workout, while still allowing for a great night’s sleep later on to help the body take advantage of the ever-important recovery period. My oldest son said he'd give it a try and was very impressed. He told me it got him, “pumped-up” more than the usual stuff he'd been using, which is high praise coming from him.


XYIENCE is an official sponsor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition to the pre-workout and protein supplement they make a wide variety of energy drinks with delicious-sounding flavors like Melon Mayhem and Frostberry Blast, as well as other supplements you may want to try. Their packaging, flavors and science all seem to be in line. In fact, we might say, top of the line.




Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 02:11PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , | CommentsPost a Comment | References31 References | EmailEmail

October 3 - Compartmentalize

all-sport.jpgSo what is it you carry to the gym? A gym bag? Excuse me if I chuckle. You may max out at more than I do, but unless you carry that tight, sleeveless compression shirt in the Cross Sport Duffle by High Sierra, (www.highsierrasport.com), you’ll always be jealous.

This is the gadget-lovers bag. One zipper up top? Try about thirty. Everywhere. This thing’s got more hidden compartments than a haunted mansion on Scooby Doo. There's a large, main compartment with U-shaped zippered opening for easy access and, below, a removable roll-out mat, which is great for working out, changing shoes or sitting in wet grass. PVC coating makes it easy to keep clean. The mesh sport flap holds a helmet, basketball or soccer ball and hides away in another zippered compartment when not in use. The easy-clean, PVC-lined, wet end section rolls up and the ventilation panel keeps contents dry.

Want more? The front pocket has a hanging mesh toiletry pocket, key fob and ventilation grommets which also keep contents dry. There is a CD/MP3 player pocket with headphone port, and zippered water bottle pocket which, again, hides away when not in use. Adjustable straps on the back panel hold a yoga mat, baseball bat or a jacket, and an elastic shock cord on the main compartment opening holds additional gear. Finally the Cross Sport offers a detachable/adjustable shoulder strap with non-slip pad, while the neoprene handle wrap wicks hand moisture.

Yes, Bruno, you look good in front of the mirror. But don’t pretend that when you see me pack up my gear and stow it away in my Cross Sport that you’re not a little envious of what I’m lifting.

Source: High Sierra

Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 06:24PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , | CommentsPost a Comment | References4 References | EmailEmail

Aug 16 - Popeye's Secret

AltusWristForearm2520copy.jpgIf you find a slew of typos in this review, it’s because my arms are shaking. That’s because I just tried out the Wrist and Forearm Developer from Altus Athletic, (www.altusathletic.com). As with most great training aids, it is simple, yet as my jumpy fingers can attest—effective.

After connecting basic plate weights, the rope hangs down about four feet. Extending your arms outward and using your wrists, roll the cord up. Then slowly roll it back down. Repeat. It only takes a few pounds, and a few rolls, and you’ll feel it.

I’m not going for the Popeye look but I will tell you that this is going to be a regular part of my baseball-playing sons’ regimens from now on. Ten reps a day on the Developer between now and baseball season might be the difference between a base hit and a weak pop-out to short on a tough inside pitch. I don’t suppose super-strong forearms would be bad to have in any other sports they play either. 

I think they’re going to like the Altus Wrist and Forearm Developer. It’s just too bad it doesn’t come with a few cans of spinach.

Source: Altus Athletic

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 06:18PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail
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