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Forskohlii Diet Fuel®

Forskohlii Diet Fuel®
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$24.99

With its roots deep in ancient Ayurvedic tradition, Forskohlii (also spelled forskoli or forskolin) has stood the test of time and emerged with modern research on its side. Twinlab Forskohlii Diet Fuel combines this trusted herb with clinically tested levels of Green Tea Extract and Chromium to help support weight loss and energy.*

How It Works: 

• Ancient Herb. Modern Results: Forskohlii represents a balance of Ayurvedic tradition and modern science. Traditionally used for a variety of health benefits, Forskohlii has also been the subject of modern research suggesting that it may help support weight management.*
• Quality AND Quantity: Many products boast high quantities of forskohlii per serving, but deliver a minimal concentration of pure forskohlin, thought to be the active compound. Similarly, others talk up their concentration, but skimp on quantity. Twinlab Forskohlii is standardized for 10% pure forskohlin – the same standardized level used in clinical research studies – and delivers 250mg of our premium quality forskohlii per day!
• Reinforcements Have Arrived: Twinlab Forskohlii Diet Fuel adds even more value by combining premium quality Forskohlii with clinically tested levels of two additional weight management nutrients.* Green Tea Extract helps boost energy and focus, while Chromium, an essential trace mineral, helps you burn fat.*

Suggested Use: 

Take 1 capsule twice daily, 20-30 minutes before a meal.

Product Specs:
Size/Count: 60
Form: Capsule

WARNING:
Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Consult a health care professional before use if you are taking any medication or have any medical condition. Not recommended for use by individuals under the age of 18 without parental permission. Contains 100 mg caffeine per serving. Limit use of other caffeine containing products while taking this product, as too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and occasionally, rapid heartbeat. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.



Proudly manufactured in our NSF® GMP for Sport™ registered facility.

Twinlab Launches Ray Lewis Signature Pre-Workout Supplement

The legendary football linebacker is the inspiration behind POWER FUEL®, Twinlab’s new pre-workout formula.

NEW YORK, NY – March 3, 2011 – Twinlab Corporation, a pioneer and leader in sports nutrition for over 40 years, announced the release of an all new pre-workout intensity supplement, called Power Fuel®, which will feature Ray Lewis on its packaging and contain a powerful custom ingredient blend named in his honor.

Ranked among the best players of all time, Lewis has been selected to 12 Pro Bowls since being drafted in 1996. Additionally, he has been named an Associated Press All-Pro 10 times, Defensive Player of the Year twice and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, becoming only the second linebacker to win the award and the first ever to do so on the winning team.

“I was interested in a company that could bring real results to the table and not just hype. Anybody who knows me knows that if I’m going to do something, it’s going to be done right, and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” said Lewis.

“Ray’s athleticism, drive, intensity and relentless pursuit of performance reflect what Twinlab is all about,” said Marc Stover, Director of Marketing of Twinlab. “And these are some of the qualities that inspired the creation of Power Fuel. This is the perfect combination of two great brands that stand for quality and being the best at what you do. We are thrilled to be working with Ray.”

Lewis will headline the debut of Power Fuel at the Twinlab booth at the Arnold Sports Festival Expo on March 4, 2011 at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. He will appear at the booth from approximately 2 pm to 3:30 pm to interact with fans and introduce them to Power Fuel.

TWINLAB POWER FUEL contains:

Formula52™ Intensity Generator: The heart, soul and passion of the Power Fuel formula, Formula52™ is packed with a proprietary blend of Nitric Oxide precursors and facilitators to help stimulate pump, clinically tested fatigue-fighting agents Beta Alanine, Caffeine and a Taurine to aid performance and focus.*

Strength & Power Activator: Creatine is one of the most highly tested of all sports nutrients and is well known to help fuel strength and size gains.* Power Fuel uses a fusion of FIVE different creatine sources to help promote size and strength gains plus glutamine peptides, a form of glutamine that is a peptide (a bonded chain of amino acids), which is believed to provide more efficient transport to muscles.*

Sustained Energy Matrix: A smarter energy system, our advanced energy blend was originally created for use with championship Twinlab endurance athletes. It’s a unique combination of four different carbohydrates that are absorbed sequentially, one after another like a relay race, to provided sustained fuel versus spike and crash sources of carbs.*

Fuel Management System: The intensity, strength, stamina, focus and electric energy…The Zone. It can only happen if your systems are functioning at their peak. The Fuel Management System works to help get you primed and ready for truly intense workouts: Replenish vital electrolytes lost through perspiration, infuse B-vitamins to increase metabolism and help turn food into energy, and patented Cinnulin PF™.*

About Twinlab:
Twinlab Corporation is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, science-based, nutritional supplements, including a complete line of vitamins, minerals, nutraceuticals, herbs and sports nutrition products. www.twinlab.com

Cinnulin PF™ is a trademark of Integrity Nutraceuticals

Twinlab® Signs on to Sponsor Adageo Energy Pro Cycling Team

Twinlab® provides supplement products and community exposure as part of sponsorship deal with the new U.S professional Cycling team, Adageo Energy Pro Cycling.

New York, NY, January 28, 2010 -- Twinlab Corporation, a pioneer and a leader in sports nutrition for over 40 years, announces today that the company will be a supporting sponsor of the new U.S. pro cycling team, Adageo Energy Pro Cycling. Part of the team’s core supplementation program will include Twinlab® Daily One Multivitamin, Omega-3s, Nitric Fuel™, Endurance Fuel®, Electrolyte Fuel® and Pure Fuel®.

“Good new pro teams don’t come along very often and we are energized by the opportunity to be a part of building something great from the very beginning,” says Marc Stover, Director of Marketing, Twinlab Corporation. “As one of the pioneering brands in sports nutrition, Twinlab is dedicated to providing athletes of all levels a complete line of high performance products all year-round; from nutritional basics to off-season training, and pre-, during and post-race nutrition.”

As one of the pioneering brands in sports nutrition, Twinlab is dedicated to providing athletes of all levels a complete line of high performance products all year-round; from nutritional basics to off-season training, and pre-, during and post-race nutrition.

The Adageo Energy roster for 2010 comprises of a mix of American and international talent that includes Australian Cody Stevenson (winner of Stage 1 of the 2009 Tour of Wellington), American Tommy Nelson (stage winner at the Southern Nevada Stage Race), Swiss national (Under 23) team member Tobias Eggli and accomplished American track talents Bennet van der Genugten and Danny Finneran.

“I was looking to bring in sponsors that would strengthen the program from a training and coaching point of view,” says Josh Horowitz, Director/Racer, Adageo Energy Pro Cycling team. “It was important to me, to find a brand that offered cutting edge formulas to support athletic and nutritional excellence and that is what Twinlab does. They are a cutting edge brand that offers high quality products not only for performance, but also to jumpstart the recovery process.”

Team Roster (Nationality), Age
Eric Bennett (USA), 23
Tobias Eggli (SWI), 23
Tim Farnham (USA), 27
Danny Finneran (USA), 19
Josh Horowitz (USA), 34
Matt Landen (USA), 28
Alexi Martinez (USA), 23
Tommy Nelson (USA), 29
Cody Stevenson (AUS), 29
Bennet van der Genugten (USA), 25

About Twinlab
Twinlab Corporation is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, science-based, nutritional supplements, including a complete line of vitamins, minerals, nutraceuticals, herbs and sports nutrition products.

Ripped Fuel® Extreme

Ripped Fuel® Extreme
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$24.80

• Featuring our proprietary herbal extract giving you a better formula for ripped abs*
• Fueled by green tea and caffeine*
• Intense fat burner that helps rid stubborn fat while preserving lean body mass*

How It Works: 

Twinlab® Ripped Fuel® Extreme is an advanced weight loss and fat burning formula containing a revolutionary herbal weight loss ingredient plus Green Tea Leaf Extract, Caffeine and Cocoa.* It contains a combination of clinically tested ingredients including a proprietary patent-pending weight loss ingredient specifically formulated to target stubborn fat.

Get cut, ripped abs with Ripped Fuel® Extreme!*

Suggested Use: 

Take 2 capsules twice daily. Taking more than the recommended amount will not improve results and may cause adverse reactions listed in warning.

Product Specs:
Size/Count: 60
Form: Capsule

WARNING:
Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing, if you have any chronic disease of the gastrointestinal tract, if you have any other medial condition or if you are taking any medication. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18 without parental permission. Consult your physician before use. Contains 220mg of caffeine. Limit use of other caffeine containing products while taking this product, as too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and occasionally, rapid heart beat. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.



Proudly manufactured in our NSF® GMP for Sport™ registered facility.

Busting Through A Strength Training Plateau

Plateaus are a common obstacle in strength training. In fact, unless you continuously re-evaluate and update your fitness program, it is likely that you will hit a plateau after about six months, once the strength gains you’ve achieved in the first few months of training begin to level off. The good news is, with a little bit of effort, you can overcome, or even prevent yourself from hitting a strength training plateau in the first place.

They say that variety is the spice of life. It is also the key ingredient to overcoming or avoiding a plateau. After performing the same exercise routine for several months, your muscles become efficient at performing those movements, and you no longer continue to progress as you did when you first began your workout regimen.

Varying the intensity of your workout by making your muscles work harder, as opposed to longer, is one of the most effective ways to break through a strength plateau. If you’re able to do 10-15 reps at your current weight using proper form, try increasing the weight by 5 to 10%. You may need to decrease the number of reps at first and work up to a full set.

Another way to add variety to your workout is to cross-train. Cross-training will not only help to keep your workout interesting, but will also work your muscles in a different way. If you usually use weight machines at the gym, try using free weights or resistance tubing. You can also combine exercises, such as using free weights while doing squats.

Changing the sequence of exercises in your existing routine can also help to add variety to your workout. Additionally, it will cause your muscles to fatigue in a different order, forcing them to adapt to the change and allow for a variation in your strength gains.

Though sometimes it may be enough to simply change the sequence of exercises in your fitness routine, it’s a good idea to periodically re-evaluate your routine. You may find that you need to replace some or all of the exercises, particularly those that you’ve outgrown or that are redundant. Look at the muscle group being used in each exercise, and replace it with an exercise that targets the same muscles.

Some final thoughts:

  • Sometimes hitting a plateau may be a result of overtraining, which may also make you more susceptible to injury. Make sure that you give your muscles an adequate amount of time to recover between workouts. During the recovery period, your body adapts to the training you are engaging in, making rest an essential factor in your progress.
  • Good nutrition is key to a successful fitness program; the nutrients you consume will help to fuel your workouts and to help your muscles recover afterwards. (Check out our article, Foods To Keep You Energized and Motivated to learn more.)




Please Note: The material on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Summer Fitness Safety

Summer is a great time to bring your workout outdoors. The extra hours of sunlight and warm weather are a wonderful opportunity to engage in all your favorite outdoor activities. But working out in the heat requires that you take certain precautions to avoid overheating and dehydration. The following tips can help you stay safe and healthy during summer workouts:

Drink up. Staying hydrated is key when exercising in the summer. Your body can lose up to a quart of water an hour exercising in the heat, so drink water before, during and after your workout.

Avoid exercising during “peak” hours. Heat, humidity, smog levels and pollution levels are at their highest between 10 a.m. and 4p.m. Additionally, very humid weather interferes with perspiration’s ability to cool your body. Either work out indoors during these hours, or try exercising in the morning or evening.

Go for a dip. Swimming is great exercise, and will help keep you cool during hot weather. Don’t worry if you’re not a strong swimmer, you can still do the backstroke, doggie paddle, or even run laps in the pool (the water adds resistance for an added bonus).

Slather on the sunscreen. Don’t forget to take care of your skin when exercising outdoors. Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 half an hour before your workout.

Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing to allow more air to circulate over your body and promote sweat evaporation. Avoid darker colored clothing, which absorbs heat; light colored clothing reflects sunlight. Opt for synthetic fabrics with a meshlike weave, which will help draw moisture and sweat away from the skin.

Start out slow. It takes your body 1-2 weeks to adapt to hotter weather, so take it easy at first and slowly increase the length and intensity of your workouts.

Be aware of the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body loses the ability to regulate its own temperature and get rid of excess heat. Symptoms, which appear quickly, include: very hot and dry skin, nausea, dizziness, confusion, and unconsciousness. A person affected by heat stroke should be moved to a cool area, or set in a cool bath to lower body temperature. Medical attention should be sought immediately, as heat stroke can be fatal.



Please Note: The material on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Staying Safe in the Weight Room

Weight training has many benefits– in addition to helping you increase strength and muscle tone, it can also help you to decrease fat and improve bone density. With the benefits of weight training becoming more widely known, people are beginning to realize that lifting weights isn’t just for bodybuilders, and are starting to incorporate weight training into their fitness routine. However, it is important to be aware of proper weight training techniques in order to benefit; using incorrect technique will not only cheat you of the benefits of weight training, but will also put you at risk for injury.

If you are new to weight training, you should work with a trainer who can teach you proper form and technique, and help you develop a personalized weight lifting regimen. Even if you’ve been lifting weights for some time, you can still benefit from time with a trainer, who can help you to identify any problems with your technique and help you to make any needed changes to your weight lifting routine.

Once you are ready to begin, there are a few things to remember when working with weights:

  1. Make sure you do a proper warm-up. Five to ten minutes of a low intensity exercise, preferably one that involves all the muscle groups, will help to increase heart rate and blood flow, signaling to your body that you are about to work out.
  2. If you are new to weight lifting and unsure of your technique, consider using machines before you start using free weights. Machines help to ensure that you are in the right position for good form.
  3. Start out slowly, with a weight that you can lift for a set of 12-15 reps. Once you can comfortably do 15 reps, increase the weight by 5-10%. Lifting too much, too fast can result in injury.
  4. Pay attention to your form. Using proper form will give you better results and will help you avoid injury. If you are unable to maintain proper form during an exercise, you may be lifting too much weight or doing too many reps.
  5. Don’t hold your breath. Holding your breath while lifting weights can result in a dangerous increase in blood pressure. You want to exhale as you lift weight, and inhale as you lower weight.
  6. Lift and lower weight in a slow, controlled movement. Jerking weight up or using momentum to lift weight won’t give you the results you are looking for, and can lead to injury.
  7. Make sure your routine is balanced. Exercise opposing muscle groups, such as the biceps and the triceps, equally to ensure symmetry and balance.
  8. Listen to your body. Generally, that burn of fatigue you feel after a workout is normal, but if you feel a sudden, sharp pain at any time during your workout or pain generally, stop immediately – don’t try to work through it. Try doing the exercise again with less weight after you have recovered.
  9. Give your body enough recovery time. Break up your workouts so you avoid working out the same muscle groups two days in a row.

Timing food and drink to benefit your workouts

The timing of meals and drinks can make a big difference to your workout. Making smart choices can mean more energy and strength, and can help you avoid dehydration, indigestion and sluggish energy.

You’re the expert when it comes to knowing how you feel after big meals or going several hours without food—so take that knowledge to the gym. If you feel sluggish after eating a large meal, make sure you time your workout for three or four hours later; this can help prevent digestive troubles, cramping and slow reaction time.

However, you may find that not eating a snack before a workout brings similar results—feeling tired, slow to react or weak. Low blood sugar levels can produce these effects, so for most people it feels better to either eat a snack right before and during a workout or eat a smaller meal two to three hours before you work out.

Some general points to keep in mind are:

-Have breakfast- it’s important to fuel your body in the morning because most of the energy you got from the food you ate the night before is probably gone. Have a healthy meal but if you’re working out within an hour of finishing your breakfast, make it a small meal. If you’d prefer to eat breakfast after working out, grab a sports drink or something that will get your blood sugar up like a piece of fruit.

-Eat something after your workout- have a meal that contains both carbohydrates and protein to help your muscles recover. Carbohydrates are stored primarily in your muscles and liver as glycogen, which is needed for energy; diets containing at least 50 percent of calories from carbs will help your body store glycogen. Protein is key for muscle repair and growth.

-Stay hydrated- in addition to helping replace lost fluid, drinking water is important to your body because it helps your blood remove waste from cells and carry nutrients to them. Also, your body doesn’t just lose fluid, your body also loses electrolytes during exercise, so you’ll want to make sure you are getting enough electrolytes in your diet and drink water to help get them moving through your system before, during and after your workout. You may want to take in a sports drink that has electrolytes if you are exercising for more than an hour.

Remember to listen to your body—if any of the tips above don’t agree with your system, skip them and do what feels the best for you.

Common Fitness Mistakes

Feel like you’re not reaping the benefits of your exercise regimen? You may be guilty of making some of these common fitness mistakes that prevent you from achieving your fitness goals.

Taking on too much, too soon. This is one of the most common fitness mistakes that people make. In the excitement and momentum to get started on a workout program and begin seeing and feeling results, many people tend to do too much, too quickly, which can put them at risk for injury.

Expecting immediate results. Getting in shape takes time, commitment, and hard work. By having unrealistic expectations, you set yourself up for failure, and can discourage you from continuing with your workout routine.

Skimping on the warm up and cool down. It’s important to take 5-10 minutes to warm up before your workout to allow your muscles to adjust to the demands you’re about to place on them and reduce risk of injury. Similarly, take a few minutes to stretch and lower your heart rate after your workout. Stretching while your muscles are still warm will help to improve flexibility, and help prevent soreness. Just be sure not to bounce during stretches, which can increase your risk of pulling or straining muscles.

Falling into in a rut. Besides becoming incredibly boring, after doing the same exercise routine at the same speed and intensity over and over, your muscles become very efficient and adapt to the workout. This may cause you to hit a plateau, because as your muscles adapt, they use up less energy, and you’ll burn fewer calories.

Not adjusting weight machines. Weight machines are not one size fits all, so it’s important that you adjust exercise equipment to fit you. If you are unsure how to adjust the machine or what settings are appropriate for you, ask a trainer or staff member at your gym to help you.

Overlooking cross training. Many people tend to do only cardio OR strength training, or focus only on particular muscle groups. To improve overall fitness, it’s important to have a well rounded exercise regimen that incorporates both cardio and strength training, and works your whole body.

Insufficiently hydrating. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty before you reach for your water bottle; by then you’re already on your way to dehydration. The American Council on Exercise recommends drinking 7-10 ounces of fluid every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise.

Using Poor Form. You’ll benefit more from doing fewer reps using proper form than you will from doing endless reps using improper form. Additionally, using poor form can lead to injury. The most common form faux pas people commit when exercising include jerking while lifting weights, extending the knee beyond the toes when lunging or squatting, and clasping hands behind the neck during crunches.

Please Note: The material on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program.

How to start a running program

Running is great cardio exercise and doesn’t require an expensive gym membership or equipment. If you don’t have much experience with it though, it can be hard to start a running program.

Before you start, check with your doctor to make sure running is safe exercise for your current state of health.

The next step is finding a comfortable pair of running shoes. The right shoes can prevent shin splints, blisters, sore muscles and sore joints. Paying a little extra for a lightweight, breathable, high quality shoe can really make a difference.

There are many different terrains you can run on, each with pros and cons. Asphalt sidewalks are easy to find and usually provide a smooth surface which may prevent tripping, but the hard surface can be hard on your joints. Running tracks or dirt surfaces are easier on your joints but may be less accessible. Trails offer beautiful scenery but you need to watch out for roots, rocks, holes and anything else that may cause you to trip, fall or twist an ankle. Wherever you run, make sure it is a safe area and wear reflective clothing, if need be.

If the resource is available to you, speak with a personal trainer for tips on technique and safety while running. The American Council on Exercise recommends the following motions:

-Keep your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle and squeeze them in at your sides. Keep your hands relaxed and do not twist your upper body or drive your arms across your torso.
-Drive your arms from the shoulders, not the elbows, and keep your shoulders down and relaxed. These techniques will increase your power and help you run more efficiently.
-Try to lean forward slightly from the ankles, not the waist, and bring your knees up a bit higher as they swing forward.
-Avoid unnecessary movements like excessive bouncing.
-Keep your head level with the ground.
-Hit the ground with your heel and then roll forward onto the ball of your foot. From there, push off with the front part of your foot.

Find a length of time and frequency that feels right to you—generally not less than 20 minutes, three times a week—and alternate between a brisk walk and a jogging pace. It’s important to stretch before and after a run, as it may prevent injury and muscle soreness.

You should always listen to you body—if you feel that your pace or intensity is too extreme, pull back a bit. Take a day or two off between running and consider following a strength training program on those days off in order to balance your muscle development. When you feel ready to increase the time of your runs, slowly add a couple of minutes each week.

Don’t do too much too soon, as you may burn out and lose interest. Also remember that you won’t necessarily lose weight or build noticeable muscle in the first week or month. “Be consistent,” says USA Track and Field star, Lolo Jones. “Don’t stop just because you may not see immediate changes.”


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