Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Working Out your Lower Body to Build Bigger Arms?

This is not like most of the typical informative and/or physical fitness-related posts found within this health blog, as this particular subject would be better suited for a Q & A (questions and answers) section, albeit I decided to post it anyway.

The concept behind "working out your lower body to build bigger arms," is not that far-fetched of an idea, although I'm still undecided if it really matters that much.

Basically, in a thumbnail, many health & fitness gurus think that when trying to build a bigger upper body, you will actually benefit and increase muscle mass in other areas, if you work your lower body.  The reason for this, is that a lot of these people claim that your overall level of testosterone will be boosted due to pushing your body to create more total muscle mass and so on.

There is definitely some debate about this muscle displacement theory, and I'm yet to be convinced as I have seen it work in numerous ways for different folks.  I sort of relate this to the old concept that what works for some, may not work for others.  Some people, unless they are taking illegal steroids, growth hormones or natural testosterone boosters, will only reach a certain level of this muscle-building hormone - no matter what they do.  If you are working your lower and upper body out in an equal fashion, the amount of food, protein and time for your body to grow, will be spread out fairly evenly, in theory.  If total body workouts have the ability to boost the size of your chest, back or arms, then why are there people out there who ignore leg workouts and still have massive upper bodies accompanied with small legs?

On the flip side, if you seem to be stuck in progress or peaked out, adding different exercises to your workout regimen, may very well boost your gains in other areas.

Instead of me thoroughly giving my opinion about this concept, I would really like for others that have tried this method, to comment on this post.  Once again, this is more or less like a Q & A type of blog entry, so don't be shy...  Feel free to comment about what has or hasn't worked for you, when experimenting with this concept.  At any rate, good luck to anyone that tries to maintain their physical fitness levels - and try to stay motivated; cheers!

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Random Blog Link:  "Body Opponent Heavy Bag - BOB"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Popular Posts of 2012

I haven't updated this blog very much lately, although I still have a few posts that I meant to write on here a few months ago, but I either don't make the time or I'm busy writing on other websites, blogs and community writer sites, etc.

So, I figured I'd do a quick blog entry over the 5 most popular posts this blog has had during 2012.  It is really hard to narrow it down to 5, as it varies from month to month, but I'll give it a shot...

Fight Arthritis & Inflammation - Black Cherry Extract - Out of all the posts on this health & physical fitness blog, this is probably the most popular.  Many folks are curious about this black cherry supplement and, of course, many people are trying to combat their arthritis and inflammation issues, as well.

Natural ways to help fight symptoms of alcohol withdrawal... - This is another popular post on here, as many ex-alcoholics seem to be out there looking for natural ways to deal with their withdrawal symptoms of alcohol, instead of depending on drugs, which is always good to hear.

Weight Gainers & Protein Shakes - Since this particular blog entry has had so many spam comments (that I had to delete) over the months, I placed it on the list of most popular for 2012, even though, to me, it doesn't seem like a very hot topic.

Picking out the right Heavy bag / Speed bag Stand - I was pleased to see that a lot of individuals are still interested in "reading" about these things.  It really is important to pick out the right speed bag or heavy bag stand that is best suited for you and the area you are placing it.  Now, if I could just sell more of these dang things!

3 basic ways to use Hand Grippers - This is one post that I was somewhat surprised to get as much traffic as it has.  It seemed to be somewhat elementary to me, but evidently there are many folks out there who are curious about different ways to use hand grips.

Dang, I've already listed 5 popular posts...  There are many more that could have made the list, but I had to stop somewhere.  In the future, maybe I'll have time to write more health-related content on this Health & Fitness Blog.  In the mean time, enjoy the rest of the year; cheers!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Force Factor - Natural Testosterone Boosters

This post will briefly cover the Test X180 product from Force Factor along with the ingredients found within it, etc.

I'm sure that most males that have been involved in weightlifting, bodybuilding, physical fitness, etc., have heard about natural testosterone boosters.  Of course, some people decide to take a health risk and select anabolic steroids, growth hormones and so on, but the majority would prefer a natural method, I'm sure...

I have seen loads of bogus claims over the years, when concerning this subject, along with some debatable herbs that seem to work at times for some, yet they'll have side effects for many.  Although, to be truly natural, the meat & potato country diet with good ol' fashion heavy lifting, is hard to beat when trying to pack on muscle mass without the need for supplements, in my opinion.  However, this post isn't about traditional exercises and balanced diets, as we are talking about Force Factor - Test X180 - Premium Male Performance Supplement - Testosterone Booster.

To make a long story short, I ordered a trial bottle (14 capsules) of this stuff a while back, mainly because it was free (except for shipping).  It had been a while since I tried any new products and I was currently suffering from a transitory hiatus and/or on a temporary break from working out, so I thought it might motivate me to get back into physical fitness training.

Side note:  I prefer Korean Ginseng for performance supplements, so when I tried this product I would just substitute it for that, to see if there was any difference.

Anyway, I tried a pill or two every few days, and could notice a slight dilation in my blood vessels, a slight feeling of better blood flow to the surface of my skin (warmer feeling, etc.), but mainly what I noticed had nothing to do with working out, as this involved extra blood flow to my beloved male organ.  I didn't have any trouble before, but the extra boost was nice; ha!  So that's what they mean by male performance enhancer...

Now, my trial bottle was consumed and I figured I'd order from Force Factor later on, since money was kinda tight, but oh no...  Within days, I find a package in the mail and a bill for 70 dollars, for something I didn't order.   This bottle contained 60 capsules and was considered a month supply on auto-shipment, as if I'd be taking two capsules a day.  In my opinion, by what I have noticed, stuff like this the body gets used to, so you are better off taking it sporadically or here and there, not regularly, but opinions will vary...  Anyway, I was slightly angry, so I called the company and wanted to know why I am getting billed for something I didn't order and how I would like to order this Test X180 as I need it.
I got a long answer and how I was automatically enrolled in auto-shipment, blah, blah...

Well, after telling them I didn't want anymore bills from them, they lowered the price to 30 dollars a shipment and I got my future shipments delayed.  The point is, you may have to work out a deal with them, if you select the auto-ship method.  Enough rambling about the petty details, and lets get on with the ingredients found in this product...

Each capsule contains a daily value of 50% Vitamin D, 100% B6, and 167% B12, but many of you do not care about that, as it is the growth enhancement matrix that is the most important, which contains:  Testofen, Siberian Ginseng, Panax Ginseng, Cordyceps sinensis, and Tribulus terrestris.

I'm not covering the properties of Ginseng on this post, as I have written about that on this blog before, here:  "Korean Ginseng Extract."
Scavenging the web for info about the other ingredients:

Testofen - is an extract of Fenugreek, which is a herb known to have more than a hundred phytochemical compounds. A way by which fenugreek seems to have gained its reputation as an aphrodisiac is probably because of its beneficial effect on the body’s circulatory system. Vitamins and minerals present in fenugreek serve to rev up blood circulation, a factor which is crucial for achieving and maintaining erections among men. Fenugreek also (supposedly) causes a significant increase to levels of testosterone within the body, allowing for enhanced sexual stamina and a boost in sexual desire. Well, many claim that the total testosterone level in the body will not go up much, but these type of "natural boosters" work by raising your "free" usable levels of testosterone.

Cordyceps sinensis - the Cordyceps mushrooms have a long history as medicinal fungi. The earliest clear record is a Tibetan medical text authored by Zurkhar Nyamnyi Dorje in the 15th Century outlining the tonic propensities of Yartsa gunbu (Cordyceps sinensis renamed now to Ophiocordyceps sinensis), especially as an aphrodisiac.  Although there are often-repeated claims of thousands of years of use in traditional Chinese medicine, so far no clear textual source has surfaced. On a good note, there is no doubt that this natural mushroom found in nature has plenty of health benefits - even if it doesn't boost your T-levels.  Force Factor is not the only way to purchase Cordyceps, of course, and a separate supplement may be a decent idea if you give up on the T-boosters and whatnot.

Tribulus terrestris - some body builders use T. terrestris as post cycle therapy or "PCT."  After they have completed an anabolic-steroid cycle, they use it under the assumption that it will restore the body's natural testosterone levels.  The extract is claimed to increase the body's natural testosterone levels and thereby improve male sexual performance and help build muscle. Its purported muscle-building potential was popularized by American IFBB bodybuilding champion Jeffrey Petermann in the early 1970s. However, I'm yet to find any real proof that Tribulus terrestris from Force Factor (or anywhere, for that matter) effectively raises testosterone in humans.

Well, there you have it, as that was my quick review of the Test X180 product from Force Factor - Natural Testosterone Boosters.  If you're interested in these types of supplements, feel free to browse through a fine selection of products, by clicking the provided link below:

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