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What Makes a Great Coach?

By Bryan Troianello

What makes a great coach? Is it being a great athlete? Not always, otherwise every great athlete would be a great coach. Is it passion? No, otherwise every internet warrior on a forum would make a great coach. Is it experience? Sometimes, but experience doesn’t mean that you have been successful, just that you have tried a bunch of times. Is it intelligence? That depends, an analogy that I use often is “if you take the best engineers in the world and tell them to build a car they would build a terrible car. Why? Because they are not car guys.” How about being a good teacher? Though important, that doesn’t mean you know anything about the point you are trying to get across.

To be a great coach is to combine of all these things. I’ve seen some of the best athletes in the world struggle at teaching because what they are trying to teach comes very naturally to them. You need passion to dive into a subject, learn as much as you can yourself, which also means constantly learning. You need to be intelligent, to know what works and what does not work, when you need to push and when you are pushing an athlete too far.  In a sport like bodybuilding where there are “no rules” it is easy to push too far. Many coaches push for quick results because unfortunately Instagram and the rest of the internet has promoted instant gratification such as transformation Tuesday and everything leaning towards quick progress. When the reality is yes you can push training and supplementation short term and make short term progress but at what cost? I don’t know about you, but I want to be doing this when I am old, I want to train with my daughter when she is my age and eventually be the “old guy” at the gym that everyone looks up to because I did it the right way and still look great.

Lastly I do think it is important that a coach has put themselves through a process at least as difficult as what they are asking of their athletes. I know how it feels to do hours of cardio while starving, pushing weights that can crush me, taking care of a family all while needing to be productive at a full time job.

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KUMITE vs. Other Pre-Workouts

By Robert Schinetsky

Apollon Nutrition is known as a leader in hard-hitting, high energy pre workouts.

One need look no further than our headlining pre workout Hooligan, touting a sizeable 600mg caffeine per serving, or the more exotic Assassin, which contains quite possibly the most comprehensive and diverse stimulant profile on the market, for proof that when it comes to giving consumers the most intense energy experience possible, Apollon Nutrition takes NO SHORTCUTS.

But, our pre workouts are far more than just a combustible cocktail of various stimulants. Apollon Nutrition pre workouts are also packing full doses of numerous research-backed ergogenics, including creatine, beta alanine, and citrulline.

Recently though, Apollon Nutrition surprised many with the release of Kumite — a pre workout unlike anything else in the Apollon arsenal of pre workouts or any other supplement company for that matter.

What is Kumite, why is it different, and who should consider using it?

We’ll answer all of those questions and more ahead.

What is Kumite?

Kumite is a capsule-based pre workout training supplement designed for martial artists, fighters and combat athletes (though any athlete looking for true performance enhancement can use it).

The compounds contained in Kumite have been precisely chosen for their ability to:

Increase mental and physical energy
Enhance ATP production and oxygen utilization
Boost stamina and power
Reduce perception of fatigue

What Makes Kumite Different from Other Pre Workouts?

Capsules vs Powder

Right from the outset you’ll notice a pretty big difference between Kumite and the vast majority of other pre workouts on the market — it’s not available in powder form.

What?!

Isn’t flavoring one of the top criteria for judging the quality of a pre workout?

While it’s easy to think that how a product tastes determines whether it’s effective or not. Truth be told, flavor has nothing to do with the actual quality or effectiveness of a pre workout.

In fact, there was a time not too long ago when the attitude of most serious athletes was, “I don’t care how it tastes, I just want it to work.”

Unfortunately in recent years, flavoring has become equal to (and possibly surpassed) effectiveness, purity of ingredients, and dosing when it comes to judging product quality, so much so that if your product doesn’t taste exceptional, your company is royally screwed.

Now, that’s not to say that Apollon Nutrition products don’t taste great.

(And, if you need proof for how “next-level” our flavoring is, just go check out 50/50 Formula-X protein powder or Chainsaw BCAA for confirmation that we know what we’re doing when it comes to making supplements taste great.)

That begets the question then, why make Kumite a capsule-based pre workout versus another dynamite-tasting one?

Quite simply, performance.

In consulting with real combat and endurance athletes during the formulation of Kumite, we were repeatedly told that, prior to going into a sparring bout or endurance training session, athletes did not want to be guzzling down a shaker full of water just to get their pre workout.

In fact, most reported feeling slow and sluggish when having to drink most conventional pre workout formulas.

By opting for capsules, we are able to provide athletes with the compounds they need to perform at a high level without giving them the sensation of feeling slow or heavy, or experiencing the “water sloshing around the stomach” feeling that occurs after downing a shaker full of pre workout.

Performance Over Stims & Pumps

Another stark difference between Kumite and Apollon’s other pre workout offerings is that it doesn’t include the usual high amount of stimulants or nitric oxide boosters that Apollon pre workouts are known for.

In fact, Kumite is rather “tame” from a stimulant standpoint in that it “only” contains 250mg caffeine split between the fast-acting caffeine anhydrous and the slower-acting dicaffeine malate.

There’s also no heaping amount of citrulline, agmatine, or any other

Why not include more caffeine or a boatload of L-Citrulline?

Again, it’s all about performance.

Loading up on a bunch of stimulants prior to a sparring session is a great way to get winded quickly, hinder intra-round recovery, reduce blood flow, and skyrocket heart rate.

Kumite includes a moderate dose of caffeine that stimulates and motivates the mind and body without going overboard.

Regarding “the pump”, anyone who’s stepped in the ring or done a lot of heavy bag work can attest to the “inconveniences” that accompanies taking a pump pre workout prior to training. While the enhanced blood flow is definitely a plus for training and endurance, the muscle pumps tend to become uncomfortable the longer the training bout lasts, often resulting in decreased range of motion and flexibility.

For this reason, Kumite does not include L-Citrulline or Citrulline Malate. We have, however, included caffeine’s “little brother” theobromine which acts as a vasorelaxant, thereby improving blood flow and circulation. When coupled with PeakO2 and elevATP, this leads to greater oxygen delivery and utilization along with enhanced ATP production, resulting in superior performance and endurance during training or competition.

The Bottom Line on Kumite

Kumite may not pack the stimulatory punch or massive pumps of other pre workouts on the market, but that’s not why it was created. Kumite was developed to be the best pre workout available for fighters, endurance athletes, and all other trainees who are serious about improving their actual performance not just getting a temporary muscle pump or feeling stimulated. Every pre workout has their time and place, but when it comes to maximizing combat performance, the only choice is Kumite.

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How to Choose the Perfect Pre Workout for YOU!

By Robert A. Schinetsky

If you want to know what is the best pre workout created by Apollon Nutrition for YOUR training needs, you want to read this article.

Apollon Nutrition is known for creating the best hardcore training supplements on the market. Ones that deliver extreme energy and focus to match the extreme performance requirements of high level athletes.

But, deciding which Apollon Nutrition pre workout is the best one for you is a bit more difficult to decide.

Given the choice between two elite pre workouts, how is an athlete supposed to decide which one is right for his or her training needs?

That’s where this guide comes in.

Ahead, we’ll discuss the differences between Apollon Nutrition’s and its sister company Anarchy Labs’ hardcore pre workouts — Hooligan and Assassin— and help you decide on the perfect pre workout for your training needs.

But first, let’s briefly discuss why these two products are heads and shoulders above other self-proclaimed “hardcore pre workouts”.

Why Assassin and Hooligan are Superior

Hardcore pre workouts have been around a long time in the supplement industry, going all the way back to the days of ephedrine and the OG Craze pre workout. And, since that time, hardcore pre workouts have been synonymous with providing an infusion of amphetamine-like energy, focus, and motivation.

In other words, hardcore pre workouts were great for providing an over-the-counter way to feel “cracked out”, but did very little to improve your actual performance during a workout, which completely negates the purpose for taking a supplement pre workout in the first place.

Pre workouts were created to enhance your performance during training. If it doesn’t do that, it’s not worth your money. Period.

Apollon Nutrition and its sister company Anarchy Labs set out to redefine the hardcore pre workout — creating formulas that delivered performance, stamina, and pumps to match the other worldly energy that hardcore pre workouts were known for.

As we like to say, we didn’t invent hardcore pre workouts, we just made them better.

Apollon Nutrition Hooligan and Anarchy Labs Assassin are high energy, hardcore pre workouts that boost performance as much as energy and focus. These products not only infuse your CNS with energy and ignite your senses, but they also provide a slew of other ergogenics that can help you bang out more sets and more reps, getting bigger, better gains in the end.

Hooligan vs Assassin

Up to this point, we’ve talked about about both Hooligan and Assassinare a cut above all other hardcore pre workouts, but we haven’t addressed how to differentiate between the two, and thus help you decide which one is right for you.

So, let’s do that now.

Stimulants

First off, let’s start with the main stimulant in each one — caffeine, glorious caffeine.

Hooligan contains 600mg pure caffeine anhydrous. This as about as “straight to the dome” as you can get when you’re looking for intense, fast-acting energy. People love their morning cup of coffee primarily for the caffeine it delivers, and the subsequent awakening of the senses that accompanies it.

Well, Hooligan is the equivalent of about 6 of your morning cups of coffee. That’s a hell of a lot of energy if you ask us.

But, it doesn’t end there.

Hooligan also contains 4mg of the powerful CNS stimulant yohimbine which adds a noticeable “aggressive” type of energy to the product, that you can’t get with any other stimulant. And there’s also 50mg of hordenine for some added noradrenaline release.

When looking at Assassin, you’ll quickly notice that the stimulant profile is much more diverse than Hooligan, and there’s a touch less caffeine. Assassin includes 500mg of caffeine anhydrous for an immediate burst of energy along with 100mg of di-caffeine malate for sustained, long-lasting energy.

There’s also a number of “supporting” stimulants in Assassin to up the ante on your motivation, mood, and focus. Headlining the supporting cast of stimulants 300mg of eria jarensis, a form of PEA that provides smooth, long-lasting energy with a profound euphoria and DMHA, the successor to DMAA. The combination of these two stimulants results in a sense of improved mood that lasts for hours on end.

There’s also higenamine, TeaCrine, Synephrine, and Yohimbine to further heighten energy, focus, and mood — creating a blend of stimulants that are intense but never so much that you feel out of control or headed for the dreaded crash.

Fans of the old Assassin will notice that there is no DMAA in this version of Assassin, and while that might give a few of you hardcore stim-heads pause. Trust us, there is no drop off in energy whatsoever with the new version of Assassin.

Quite the opposite in fact.

Anarchy Labs has upped the energy experience of Assassin considerably by including BOTH DMHA and Eria Jarensis at a whopping 300mg each. On top of that, you also have both fast and long-acting caffeines plus yohimbine, synephrine, higenamine AND teacrine for an pre workout stimulant experience that is second to none!

If you want intense, limitless energy, you want Assassin.

Pumps & Performance

Every lifter loves getting a rolling muscle pump during training. It fuels the ego and helps you to keep training, even though the burn is serious.

Comparing Assassin and Hooligan, you’ll notice that they both contain 1 gram of Agmatine, but differ in their citrulline content. Hooligan uses 6g of Citrulline Malate (yielding 3g L-Citrulline and 3g malic Acid), while Assassin includes 4g pure L-Citrulline.

Both of these will provide outstanding muscle pumps, but the use of Citrulline Malate might make Hooligan a more ideal for those engaged in more endurance type sports, as there is some research showing malic acid boosts stamina and resistance to fatigue.

When looking beyond pumps and into more of the “performance” ingredients, both contain the “king” of endurance maximizers in beta alanine, but Hooligan has a slight advantage to Assassin in that it also includes 2g of creatine HCl.

Focus

The final area to look at between these two hard-hitting pre workouts is the area of focus. Assassin, as you can see, relies on a bevy of stimulants including two forms of caffeine, Eria Jarensis, TeaCrine, DMHA, Synephrine, Yohimbine, and Higenamine to provide intense, tunnel-vision focus.

Hooligan takes a bit of a different approach, instead calling upon the powerful brain boosters, known as nootropicsto provide a “more refined” type of focus that’s a little bit more controlled than the raw, animalistic focus of Assassin. Including Tyrosine, Choline Bitartrate, and Huperzine, Hooligan helps dial-in your concentration so that you can stay on point no matter how long or intense your workout is.

How to Choose Which One is Right for Me

If your sole reason for choosing a pre workout is getting the ultimate high stim energy experience, the choice is clear — Assassin.

If, however, you prefer to keep your stimulant use more straightforward, but still like a lot— go for Hooligan.

If you’re looking for outstanding muscle pumps and performance — slight edge to Hooligan.

If you like creatine in your pre workout — Hooligan

In the end, you can’t go wrong with either Hooligan or Assassin. Both are outstanding, full spectrum hardcore pre workouts that address all four pillars of pre workout perfection (energy, pumps, focus, and performance). Deciding between these two is no easy task, and who says you have to choose only one?

Try both and decide for yourself which one is best for you, or even better, rotate between the two to take advantage of the unique opportunities each of these hardcore pre workouts supplements has to offer!

 

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Kumite- The Pre Workout for Combat and Endurance Athletes

By: Robert A. Schinetsky

Kumite is a revolutionary pre workout training supplement for martial artists, fighters and combat athletes. Unlike the vast majority of pre workouts on the market that are only concerned with overstimulation or temporarily boosting aesthetics (i.e. pump products and nitric oxide boosters), Kumite is all about performance.

The ingredients in Kumite have been meticulously assembled to not only stimulate and motivate you, but also enhance natural energy (ATP) production, improve stamina and power, reduce fatigue, and boost oxygen utilization during training and combat.

Taken together, Kumite is the pre workout for athletes looking to go the distance and outlast their competition be it in the ring, in the gym, or on the field.

Kumite Ingredients

Caffeine (250mg yield)

As all great pre workouts do, Kumite builds itself on a sturdy foundation of the king of performance-enhancing compounds — caffeine.

Outside of creatine, no other compound has been as thoroughly tested and proven effective for improving athletic performance than caffeine. Not only does it stimulate the body and mind, caffeine also enhances fat oxidation during training, reduces the onset of fatigue, and boost stamina, power, and strength.

Kumite contains TWO FORMS of caffeine in caffeine anhydrous and di-caffeine malate, providing a total yield of 250mg caffeine per serving.

Why two forms of caffeine?

As many of you know, caffeine anhydrous provides the immediate, aggressive boost in energy, mood, motivation, and focus you need to get going. This is part of what makes Hooligan such a stellar pre workout.

The issue, is that the typical fighter and combat athlete is training multiple times per day, performing a variety of different activities including cardio, lifting, sparring, and heavy bag work. Consuming 600mg of caffeine for each of these activities is most likely too much.

By including a moderate amount of fast and slow-releasing caffeine, Kumite gives athletes immediate and long-lasting energy to carry them through multiple training bouts. And at only 250mg caffeine per serving, Kumite can also be used multiple times per day, should the need arise.

TeaCrine (150mg)

Bolstering the long-lasting energy of di-caffeine malate is TeaCrine, a purine alkaloid structurally similar to caffeine.[2] TeaCrine is naturally-occurring and found in a number of plants including kucha tea, coffee, and a variety of exotic fruits.

Similar to caffeine, TeaCrine also binds to adenosine receptors, “blocking” adenosine from binding, which reduces fatigue and promotes greater energy, mood, alertness, and motivation. It also enhances dopamine signaling in the body as well, providing another means for enhanced motivation and mood.

Best of all, TeaCrine does NOT lead to tolerance build up, the same way that caffeine does.[2]

Basically, what that means, is that unlike caffeine, which has to be continually increased in dosage to feel the same effects, TeaCrine delivers the same boost in energy, focus, and mood at the same dose, time after time.

But that’s not all.

Studies have shown that when TeaCrine and caffeine are combined, as they are here, some pretty cool things happen. Research presented at the Fourteenth International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) Conference and Expo, showed that combining TeaCrine and Caffeine led to greater improvements in the following categories than using caffeine alone:

Improved exercise capacity and endurance.
Sustained focus
Greater alertness, attention, and information processing

A final benefit to mention about TeaCrine is that it’s energy is incredibly long-lasting, up to 6 hours post ingestion, which comes in handy for those marathon training sessions.

Theobromine (100mg)

Often referred to as caffeine’s “little brother”, theobromine is a chemically similar to caffeine and belongs to the same class of chemicals (methylxanthines) that it’s bigger, more aggressive brother does.

The difference between the two is that while caffeine gives a strong, immediate boost in energy, focus, and motivation, theobromine provides a smoother, more sustained release of energy in the body. Combining the two provides a nice ying-yang of fast and slow-releasing energy that may also help protect against the notorious “energy crash” that frequently accompanies caffeine consumption.

As an added bonus, theobromine may also enhance focus, improve mental performance, and reduce mental fatigue due to its ability to increase cerebral blood flow.

elevATP (150mg)

Athletes, fighters, and weight lifters are no stranger to ATP. As the cellular currency of energy production, ATP is directly tied to your ability to perform at a high level repeatedly. The problem is that the body’s stores of ATP are rather limited, and while certain supplements, such as 50/50 Creatine-X can enhance ATP regeneration in the body, there comes a point at which even sufficient amounts of creatine aren’t enough to stave off fatigue and the declining performance that accompanies it.

Enter elevATP — a highly bioavailable, exogenous form of ATP derived from a combination of ancient peat and apple extracts.

Unlike supplemental forms of ATP in years past, which were not readily used by the body, elevATP has been shown in multiple human studies to not only increase cellular levels of ATP, but also:

significantly improves strength and power output via enhancing muscular excitability.
stimulates blood flow to working muscles, which supports enhanced delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells, leading to increased work capacity.
Strengthens signal transduction in skeletal muscle cells, supporting muscle growth and retention (especially important during those weight cuts)

Each serving of Kumite contains the full, research-backed 150mg dose of elevATP to enhance cellular ATP levels and promote greater strength, power, stamina, and performance.

PeakO2 (2g)

Increasing ATP levels is just one piece of the performance-boosting puzzle. Another vital piece that helps form a true performance pre workout is reducing the energy and oxygen cost of exercise.

That’s where PeakO2 comes in.

For well over a decade, beta alanine has been viewed as the best supplement for improving stamina and staving off fatigue. Unfortunately, beta alanine requires several weeks, and possibly up to 2 months based off of doses commonly used in pre workouts, to reach saturation and, therefore begin noticing its endurance-boosting properties. Along with beta alanine supplementation, many users suffer the rather annoying effects of paresthesia, a.k.a. the tingles.

With PeakO2 there are no tingles whatsoever, and you can start seeing the benefits of it in as little as 7 days.

So, what exactly is PeakO2?

Developed by Compound Solutions, PeakO2 is an organic-certified combination of six Ayurvedic mushrooms grown and harvested in the United States. This patented blend of mushrooms serves as powerful adaptogens, enabling athletes to “adapt” to and overcome both physical and mental stress.

Additionally, human studies using PeakO2 have noted it can enhances oxygen efficiency and improves the VO2 Max. it’s also been shown to boost peak power and time to exhaustion.

Kumite contains both ElevATP and PeakO2 to make athletes as efficient as possible, no matter their athletic endeavor.

Who is Kumite For?

Kumite can be used by any athlete looking to truly take their athletic performance to the next level. Be it martial arts, field sports (football, soccer, etc.), bodybuilding, powerlifting, or CrossFit, the ingredients in Kumite are meant to make you a more efficient, higher output athlete.

Best of all, Kumite contains no banned substances or stimulants!

Dosing

Consume one serving (i.e. 4 capsules) of Kumite 30-60 minutes prior to training.

References

1. Access O. Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) Conference and Expo. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2017;14(s2):31. doi:10.1186/s12970-017-0188-5.
2. Taylor L, Mumford P, Roberts M, et al. Safety of TeaCrine®, a non-habituationg, naturally-occuring purine alkaloid over eight weeks of continuous use. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2-16;13(1):1-14. doi:10.1186/s12970-016-0113-3.
3. National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Compound Database; CID=5429, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/5429
4. Mitchell, E. S., Slettenaar, M., vd Meer, N., Transler, C., Jans, L., Quadt, F., & Berry, M. (2011). Differential contributions of theobromine and caffeine on mood, psychomotor performance and blood pressure. Physiology & Behavior, 104(5), 816–822. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2011.07.027
5. Martínez-Pinilla E, Oñatibia-Astibia A, Franco R. The relevance of theobromine for the beneficial effects of cocoa consumption. Frontiers in Pharmacology. 2015;6:30. doi:10.3389/fphar.2015.00030.
6. Jäger, Ralf, et al. “Oral adenosine-5’-triphosphate (ATP) administration increases blood flow following exercise in animals and humans.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 11.28 (2014).
8. Joy JM, Vogel RM, Moon JR, et al. Ancient peat and apple extracts supplementation may improve strength and power adaptations in resistance trained men. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2016;16:224. doi:10.1186/s12906-016-1222-x.
9. Joy, J. M., Falcone, P. H., Vogel, R. M., Mosman, M. M., Kim, M. P., & Moon, J. R. (2015). Supplementation with a proprietary blend of ancient peat and apple extract may improve body composition without affecting hematology in resistance-trained men. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 40(11), 1171–1177. https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2015-0241
10. Hirsch, K. R., Mock, M. G., Roelofs, E. J., Trexler, E. T., & Smith-Ryan, A. E. (2015). Chronic supplementation of a mushroom blend on oxygen kinetics, peak power, and time to exhaustion. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 12(1), P45. https://doi.org/10.1186/1550-2783-12-S1-P45
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Why Protein Blends Are Superior

By: Robert A. Schinetsky

Athletes know the importance of protein — it’s what gives their body the essential amino acids it needs to repair damaged muscle tissue and also helps them to grow bigger, stronger, and faster.

Due to this, whey protein supplements have been a mainstay for those that hit the gym on a regular basis. And for years, it was believed that whey was the truly superior form of protein to have around training, but some recent research is starting to change the narrative on exactly what kind of protein you should be supplementing with during the day, especially if you’re looking to build muscle and strength.

Now, don’t get us wrong, there is nothing “wrong” with whey, it’s just that whey protein isn’t the only kind of protein powder you should be taking around training. As you’ll see in a bit, the real power of protein lies in protein blends.

But before we get into that, let’s briefly describe what a “protein blend is”.

What is a Protein Blend?

A protein blend is a combination of two or more different forms of protein. This can be in the form of two different sources of protein (i.e. casein and whey, such as that in 50/50 Formula-X Protein) or two different kinds of the same protein, such as whey protein blends, which use a combination of whey concentrate, whey isolate, and hydrolyzed whey protein.

Why Use a Protein Blend?

The primary benefit that comes with using a protein blend is that by combining various forms of protein, you increase the digestion time of the protein. You see, certain protein like whey, digest very rapidly in the body. This means that whey quickly passes through the GI system and creates a flood of amino acids in the body.

Other proteins, such as casein, can take up to 8 hours to digest. This provides a slower, sustained release of muscle-building essential amino acids into the bloodstream. Another added benefit of casein, is that due to its snail-speed rate of digestion, it also increases satiety and feelings of fullness — something that’s not too synonymous with whey protein shakes.

By combining the two proteins together, you get the best of both worlds. Whey provides the initial spike in muscle protein synthesis, due to its high leucine content, while casein provides a long-lasting steady drip of amino acids to your body. This leads to better muscle protein synthesis and muscle growth.

And there’s research to demonstrate the superiority of protein blends over single forms of protein (i.e. whey protein powder), too!

The Muscle Building Power of Protein Blends

One of the first studies to show that a blend of protein sources whas superior for muscle building came from Baylor University in Waco, TX. In this study, resistance-trained men consumed either a carbohydrate-only placebo, whey protein shake or a whey/casein blend while following a 10-week weight lifting program.[1]

Men consuming the whey + casein blend experienced the largest increases in fat-free mass out of the three different groups.[1]

Subsequent research from the Mayo Clinic gave some insight as to why the casein + whey shake led to better muscle building — different digestion and absorption rates.[2]

Essentially, whey is digested and absorbed rapidly. This is both its greatest strength and drawback.

You see, whey protein provides a strong, rapid burst of amino acids to the muscles that spikes muscle protein synthesis, but due to its rapid digestion and absorption, the elevation of protein synthesis declines pretty quickly.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, casein protein is digested and absorbed at an incredibly slow rate. When casein is added to whey protein the amino acid supply to your muscles lasts long after the amino acids from whey have been absorbed.

In fact, amino acid retention in the muscles from whey + casein has been shown to be significantly higher 4 hours later than the amino acid retention from whey.

In other words, combining whey + casein prolongs the anabolic response, which supports better muscle gain.

More Protein Blend Research

Two other studies published within the past few years have given athletes even more reason to swap their whey-only shakes for whey + casein ones.

The first study, conducted in 2013, had men consume either 20 grams of whey or 20 grams of a protein blend one hour after a leg workout. The exact makeup of the protein blend was 25% whey (5 grams), 25% soy (5 grams) and 50% casein (10 grams).[3]

While both groups experienced similar increases in muscle protein synthesis, the men consuming the protein blend had a longer lasting elevated rate of protein synthesis, compared to the whey only group.[3]

A subsequent 2014 study used an identical protein shake comparison (whey vs whey/soy/casein blend) and also gave it to the test subjects one hour post leg-day. Again, researchers noted that the protein blend led to a greater and longer-lasting net amino acid balance than the whey-only option.[4]

At the end of the day, if you’re looking for superior recovery and growth from your intense training, it only makes sense to use a protein blend. Using a combination of casein + whey delivers more amino acids to the muscles for a longer period of time, which leads to longer lasting muscle protein synthesis. This is exactly what you want when trying to build muscle and strength.

That’s why we’ve included both whey protein and casein protein in our 50/50 Formula-X Protein.

By combining these two protein powerhouses, 50/50 Formula-X provides an incredibly long-lasting flow of essential amino acids to your muscles, which enhances muscle recovery, repair, and growth. As an added bonus, the combination of slow and fast digesting proteins helps keep you feeling fuller for longer, making it much less likely you’ll cheat on your diet!

Click hereto read more about 50/50 Formula-X Protein, and why it’s the superior option for athletes.

References

  1. Kerksick, C. M., Rasmussen, C. J., Lancaster, S. L., Magu, B., Smith, P., Melton, C., … Kreider, R. B. (2006). The effects of protein and amino acid supplementation on performance and training adaptations during ten weeks of resistance training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 20(3), 643–653. https://doi.org/10.1519/R-17695.1
  2. Soop M, Nehra V, Henderson GC, Boirie Y, Ford GC, Nair KS. Coingestion of whey protein and casein in a mixed meal: demonstration of a more sustained anabolic effect of casein. American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2012;303(1):E152-E162. doi:10.1152/ajpendo.00106.2012.
  3. Reidy PT, Walker DK, Dickinson JM, et al. Protein Blend Ingestion Following Resistance Exercise Promotes Human Muscle Protein Synthesis. The Journal of Nutrition. 2013;143(4):410-416. doi:10.3945/jn.112.168021.
  4. Reidy PT, Walker DK, Dickinson JM, et al. Soy-dairy protein blend and whey protein ingestion after resistance exercise increases amino acid transport and transporter expression in human skeletal muscle. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2014;116(11):1353-1364. doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.01093.2013.
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Health And Fitness Tips That Work With Any Schedule

By Constance Ray

For many Americans, finding the time to fit in a workout every day can be difficult or even impossible. We all have busy schedules, and for those who are always worrying about everyone else, it can be hard to think about carving out time to focus on yourself. However, it’s imperative to fit in daily moments for your own health and wellbeing, in part because it will help you relieve stress, but also because it will keep you feeling strong.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can focus on your health on a daily basis. It’s not just about getting exercise, although that’s a big part of it; you also need to learn how to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, how to reduce stress, and how to maintain healthy habits on a regular basis that won’t break the bank. Being able to make good choices will not only benefit you, it will also trickle down to your children and help them build strong routines for themselves.

Read on for tips on how to fit in healthy habits no matter how busy you are.

Get enough sleep

Your sleep habits have a huge impact on the way you feel, so it’s imperative to get adequate rest every night. You might start a bedtime routine that allows you to relax before you get into bed, such as taking a hot shower and turning off your phone, television, and computer, or you might make an effort to get more exercise during the day to help ensure you’re ready for sleep. Staying consistent is important.

Get the dog involved

If you have a pet, allowing him or her to be part of your workout routine can help you stay motivated and will give the two of you some bonding time. Dogs are great workout buddies because they have tons of energy and are always down to go for a long walk or run, so incorporate your pet into your workout time in order to stay focused. It’s always more fun to have a workout buddy!

Use it as therapy 

Many people use exercise as a form of therapy, especially if they are in recovery from substance abuse or are battling depression or anxiety. Swimming, yoga, and meditation are all wonderful activities for individuals who are in recovery. DrugRehab.org explains, “This is because these activities allow you to focus your mind and can relieve stress and anxiety, both of which are triggers for relapse in many individuals who are in recovery.”

Be realistic with your goals

You can’t expect to achieve your goals if you aren’t realistic in your expectations; if you know you hate running or doing squats, don’t push yourself to do those things, which will only lead to procrastination or failure. Instead, find things you know you enjoy, or incorporate your favorite hobby into a workout so that you’ll enjoy it and want to maintain the routine. This will help you stay efficient, which will allow you to fit in a workout no matter what your schedule is like.

Stay on a budget

You don’t have to break the bank to work out every day; joining a gym is one option, but if you don’t have the disposable funds, it’s just as effective to form your own workout routine at home. You can create your own home gym with inexpensive equipment, such as resistance bands, a stability ball, and some free weights and base your workouts around them.

We’re all busy and focused on many things at once these days, but you don’t have to sacrifice your health and wellbeing. With a good plan and some help from your loved ones, you can create a workout routine that works for you.

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6 Benefits of Boxing Workouts

By: Robert A. Schinetsky

When it comes to working out, most of us would rather do another set of squats or deadlifts before undertaking yet another hour of cardio on the treadmill or elliptical. There’s just something about the thought of mindlessly doing the same repetitive low-intensity activity for 60 minutes that drives us mad.

But, this presents a problem of sorts.

You know getting in regular bouts of cardio workouts is important for heart health, but isn’t there some other way to get the benefits of cardio without having to wither away on the treadmill?

You bet there is, and it can be found in the sport of boxing.

Boxing is an incredible sport; one that builds total body strength, torches calories, reduces stress, and gets your heart rate elevated.

No doubt you’re familiar with boxing, but we’d be willing to bet you’ve never given it serious consideration as part of your weekly fitness routine.

Well, we’re going to give you six big reasons boxing should be part of your training program.

Benefits of Boxing Workouts

Total Body Strength

When you think of boxing as a form of training, you probably just think it works your arms and shoulders. And while it’s true those muscles are performing a fair amount of work, in reality, boxing is a total body workout.

You see if you just use your arms to throw a punch, you’ll have significantly less strength and power than if you were to use your whole body to throw the punch. Throwing a proper punch involves coordination of the legs, hips, and core as well as the entire upper body.

Unlike other forms of cardio that only focus on one muscle group (i.e. running), boxing workouts train upper and lower body muscles at the same time.

Core Crushing Workout

The typical ab/core workout generally involves seven kinds of sit ups, crunches, and roll outs. Do these enough, and your neck and low back will get more of a workout than your abs will.

If you’re looking for a more athletic and functional way to train your midsection, try your hand at boxing workouts.

Throwing punches, bobbing, weaving, etc. it all involves tightening and bracing your core, while working muscles of the hips and glutes at the same time. You’ll also get some rotational work in there to, so the muscles of the midsection get to work in unison to help you deliver the knockout punch.

Torches Calories

Traditional cardio workouts suffer from a lack of diversity in their training intensity. Typically, they involve exercising at a set speed for a certain amount of time. Depending on how long and how hard you exercise determines your calorie burn.

The problem with the traditional cardio workout is that the calorie burn stops once you stop.

However, high intensity interval training workouts, such as boxing, involve alternating between periods of lower intensity and higher intensity, which creates a greater calorie burn both during the workout and for up to 24 hours after training!

In fact, the average boxing workout burns anywhere from 400-700 calories every hour of training! This is in addition to the boost your metabolism will get over the next day, which will help burn extra calories and help maintain a healthy weight.

Supports Heart Health

The main benefit attributed to traditional “cardio” workouts is that it is good for heart health. But, you don’t have to slog it out on the treadmill for an hour just to get your heart rate up.

Spend 5 minutes punching a heavy bag, and you’ll quickly see how high your heart rate will get.

Boxing workouts tax your cardiovascular system and train your heart to work more efficiently meaning it gets better at pumping blood and oxygen to your muscles when your training. This enables you to train harder and longer in the grand scheme of things.

If you’re tired of doing standard cardio workouts, give boxing a try and witness first hand how effective it can be for training your heart.

Better Hand-Eye Coordination

Much like football, baseball, or any other sport, boxing requires a great deal of hand-eye coordination. When dealing with a speed bag or sparring partner, you have to be able to coordinate what you’re seeing with where you’re punching in order to successfully land a punch or defend against one.

Boxing forces you to keep your eyes keyed in on a moving target while simultaneously forcing you to react at a moment’s notice, meaning that boxing not only improves hand-eye coordination, but reaction time as well.

Natural Stress Reliever

Stress is a part of life; we’re assaulted by it from numerous fronts on a daily basis in countless forms — finances, family, work, traffic, and many others.

Over the long term, stress increases cortisol levels, which impairs recovery, hinders muscle growth, and stalls (and possibly encourages) fat loss. Moreover, chronic stress can also wreak havoc on your sleep, which further exacerbates feelings of stress and fatigue.

Fortunately, boxing and most other forms of exercise, are natural stress relievers.[1,2] Intense exercise creates a flood of endorphins that help reduce stress, improve mood, and generally just make you feel happier.

Plus, if you’re generally just feeling crummy on a given day, boxing workouts allow you to “punch out” what’s bugging you. This might also help boost your productivity as you’ve eliminated all the “noise” that’s been weighing you down.

Takeaway

Boxing is a fantastic sport that provides a fun and exciting way to get in your weekly cardio while at the same time building strength, coordination, and confidence. It’s also great for helping eliminate stress and worries that build up throughout the week.

In the end, boxing isn’t just for those looking to make a career out of it, but is yet another superb form of training to improve the body and the mind.

References

1. Kumahara, H., Nishida, J., Sakai, Y., Kanehira, M., Kanehira, K., Shindo, M., & Tanaka, H. (2014). Effects of acute boxing-style exercise on affect and mood states in young and middle-aged adults. Taiikugaku Kenkyu (Japan Journal of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences), advpub. https://doi.org/10.5432/jjpehss.14008
2. Lin qing (Shenzhen Vocational Technical College,Shenzhen 518055);On the Influence of ShadowBoxing on the Emotion Tensity of College Students[J];Journal of Anhui Sports Science;2005-04
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5 Fat Loss Myths You NEED to Know

By: Robert A. Schinetsky

Summer is here, and for many of us, that means it’s time to shed the pounds gained during the winter holiday bulking period and start getting slimmer, tighter, and a bit sexier for beach season, and all the fun in the sun that accompanies it.

In your attempt to get beach ready, you’ll inevitably start cutting calories, changing exercise routines, and maybe even toy around with the latest fad diet sweeping the landscape, but before you make any drastic changes, take a second to check out these 5 important fat loss myths, and make sure you’re not being duped into following any of them.

Top 5 Fat Loss Myths

Eating fat makes you fat

For decades, you’ve been told by trainers, coaches, doctors, and nutritionists that fat is the enemy. Under this ruse, you were told the key to a lean body and healthy lifestyle was adopting a low-fat, high carb diet. Ditch the butter, oil, bacon, and lard, and you’ll ward off obesity, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other diseases.

As a result, people flocked to anything and everything marketed as “fat free” or “low fat”, with the belief that it would be their ticket to health, happiness, and longevity. Little did they realize that all they were doing was swapping healthy fats like butter and olive oil for a bunch of cheap, highly refined, insulin-spiking carbohydrates. Over consumption of these cheap carbs has led to a host of problems today including the ongoing obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics.

You see, fat isn’t the enemy, quite the opposite in fact. Fat is essential to your health, as it’s required by the body for optimal hormone production, and also for the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, & K). Furthermore, fats can actually help you lose weight due to the fact that they have a higher satiety effect than carbohydrates and they also increase digestion time, which keeps you feeling fuller for longer periods of time, ultimately helping you consume less calories throughout the day.

Cardio is best for fat loss

Perhaps the biggest fitness myth related to losing weight is that cardio is the best way to get rid of unwanted body fat. Nothing could be further from the truth.

While it’s true that steady-state cardio burns more fat while you exercise, the calorie burn essentially ends when you stop jogging, walking, biking, etc. Furthermore, cardio doesn’t do anything to help you build lean muscle mass, the real metabolism booster and fat burner.

Resistance-training helps preserve and build muscle while dieting, and it also boosts your metabolism for hours afterwards, something steady-state cardio can’t. If you do want to do some type of conditioning work, make sure it’s high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which supports lean muscle mass and revs your metabolism for up to 48 afterwards. Plus, it also takes far less time than trodding along on a treadmill for an hour.

You MUST eat breakfast

For decades, savvy marketers have promoted the idea that breakfast was the “most important” meal of the day. Ads splashed on tv and printed in magazines gave the idea that eating breakfast “jump starts” your metabolism and gave you an edge in burning more calories during the day.

But, as research has pointed out, people who skip breakfast actually lose more weight than individuals who eat breakfast each day.[1] Furthermore, it’s not entirely necessary to eat every 2-3 hours to “keep your metabolism running.” For years, it was believed that consuming multiple small meals throughout the day gave you an extra calorie burn by constantly making your body work to breakdown food, but as research has shown, your body burns the same amount whether you’re eating twice a day or six times a day.[2]

At the end of the day, as long as you’re staying within you calorie/macro guidelines, that’s all that matters. What time you eat and how many meals you break you food into is ultimately irrelevant for weight loss.

Cut A LOT of Calories

In an effort to lose weight fast, many people will cut a drastic number of calories from their diet, essentially undertaking a starvation diet where they are consuming no more than 1000 calories per day. The thinking is that by doing so, they’ll drop weight fast.

This is exactly what you don’t want to do when trying to lose fat.

Creating such a dramatic calorie deficit only puts you at risk for losing a lot of lean muscle while dieting, which leaves you with the dreaded “skinny fat” look at the end of your cut. Sure, you’ll be thinner, but it won’t be a good kind of thin.

Retaining muscle is key when trying to drop fat, and to ward off any potential muscle loss, it’s essential to use a moderate calorie deficit (~500 calories below maintenance) and maintain a high protein intake (1-1.5g/lb bodyweight).

Carbs are off-limits

Finally, we have the most “popular” fat loss myth that has permeated the fitness industry for over a decade and only seems to get more momentum as time goes on.

The king of dieting myths is that carbs are the enemy. In other words, you have to completely and utterly avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

Ditching carbs has become the trendy thing to do these days, as a lot of misinformation has been spread around carbohydrates, especially by the keto and paleo communities.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with carbs, and in fact they contain a plethora of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. What these low-carb enthusiasts fail to realize is that vegetables and fruits are also “carbs”, and banishing these valuable foods from the diet sets you up for some serious fiber and micronutrient deficiencies.

Carbs are NOT the enemy of a lean, sexy physique. The overconsumption of nutrient-void, calorie-laden foods like french fries, potato chips, and cookies is what leads to fat gain. No matter if your calorie excess comes from protein, fat, or carbs, if you continually eat more calories than your body needs, and you’re not working out, you will get fat. There’s no two ways about it.

Carbs can and should be included in a fat loss diet. Embracing the “all or nothing” mindset is a surefire way to increase your stress and develop a potential eating disorder.

Takeaway

Cutting fat doesn’t have to be complicated, provided you’re armed with the proper information and guidance. Use these tips to help get lean and mean in time for summer, and if you need some extra help dropping the fat and eliminating those hunger cravings, grab a bottle of Apollon Nutrition Chaos.

Chaos is a high potency thermogenic fat burner that revs your metabolism and ignites your body’s natural calorie burning mechanisms. Each serving of Chaos delivers the energy and mood enhancement you need to make it through the day, no matter how low your calories are, and it also helps reduce cravings, keeping you on track with your diet and ensuring your weight loss venture is successful.

References

2. Bellisle F, McDevitt R, Prentice AM. Meal frequency and energy balance. Br J Nutr. 1997;77 Suppl 1:S57-70.
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Apollon Nutrition Cluster Bomb – The Athlete’s Carbohydrate for Performance

By: Robert A. Schinetsky

Carbohydrate is a four letter word these days. You know the kind of four letter words we’re talking about — the kind of words that if you uttered them as a child, your mother would have immediately followed up their outburst with a dash of cayenne pepper or soapy water to the tongue.

For some reason, carbohydrates have been demonized in the media, in the fitness community, and even in the world of athletics. Perhaps it’s the increasing popularity of low carb/no carb diets like Paleo or Ketogenic diets, but more likely the abject fear of carbs come from a misunderstanding about their form and function for people, athletes especially.

So, let’s start things off right there…
Carbohydrates are Fuel for Exercise

Essentially, think of your body as a high performance machine (like a sports car), and carbohydrates as your premium octane performance fuel. To get the most out of your car, you put in the good stuff. You wouldn’t dare put cheap 87 octane gas in your Ferrari or Lamborghini. You’re only going to put in 94 octane, nothing else.

Carbohydrates are the 94 octane fuel for your muscles. Sure, your body can technically run on a diet of only protein and fats, but your performance will be significantly impacted. That’s where carbohydrates come in. They provide the ideal source of energy to power your mind and muscles during training.

Consuming the right type and amount of carbohydrates fill up your tank (glycogen reserves), allowing you to perform at a high level for sustained periods of time. And it’s here that people often get tripped up with carb consumption — they don’t tailor their carb intake to suit their training needs. The combat athlete or high level bodybuilder has drastically different carbohydrates requirements than the desk worker who only hits the gym to walk/job on the treadmill for 30 mins two to three times per week.

Let’s take a deeper look at determining your appropriate carb intake for a given day.

Guidelines for Carbohydrate Consumption
● Very low to low training volume = 0-1g/lb:

Ex. sedentary desk job, commuter lifestyle, low volume strength training
● Moderate-high training volume = 1-2g/lb

Ex. Hypertrophy training), moderately active job (personal trainer, teacher, waitress, etc.), walk or cycle to/from work
● High training volume = 2-3g/lb

Ex. Competitive athlete performing 2-a-days or 2+ hour long workouts, physically demanding job (group fitness workout, manual labor), lots of daily activity (cycling, jogging, walking)
● Very high training volume = 3+g/lb

Ex. Endurance sport athlete who trains multiple sessions per day or combat athlete engaged in multiple training/sparring bouts daily

Benefits of Carbohydrates for Performance and Recovery

● Quicker recovery between sets/rounds during training
● Greater stamina
● Prevents excessive muscle breakdown
● Increases training threshold (able to handle greater workloads and training volume)
● Decreased soreness
● Accelerated muscle recovery between workouts

Best Carbohydrate Sources for Athletes

The cornerstone of any person’s diet, regardless if you’re involved in competitive athletics, should be nutrient-dense, whole food sources consisting of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Common examples of these are:

● Potatoes
● Sweet potatoes/yams
● Bananas
● Strawberries
● Blueberries
● Apples
● Rice
● Quinoa
● Farro
● Whole wheat pasta
● Beans (kidney, white, red, black, pinto, etc.)
● Broccoli
● Asparagus
● Whole wheat breads

The list goes on, but you get the picture.

Now, when it comes to consuming the right type of carbohydrates before, during, and after training, there’s a few things you need to keep in mind. While the whole food sources listed above offer the perfect balance of energy, nutrition, and satiety, they’re not always ideal to eat immediately during training. Just think about how heavy a baked potato is, and then imagine eating one of those 30-60 minutes before hitting the gym — not the most pleasant thought is it.

The time around your training (peri workout) is crucial, and selecting the perfect carbohydrate is essential to avoiding the heavy, sluggish feeling and maximizing performance. For this reason, Apollon Nutrition has developed the perfect performance carbohydrate for hard training athletes in Cluster Bomb.

What is Cluster Bomb?

Cluster Bomb is a 100% pure performance carbohydrate supplement utilizing the power of Cluster Dextrin — the premier carbohydrate for serious athletes.

Cluster Dextrin® is a trademarked form of highly branched cyclic dextrin (HBCD), a groundbreaking carbohydrate derived from amylopectin, a starch naturally occurring in plants. Cluster Dextrin boasts a very low osmolality and high molecular weight[1], which basically means it flies through your digestive system at lightning speed and is rapidly absorbed by your muscles during intense exercise.

Unlike other carbs typically used around training (i.e. maltodextrin, dextrose, etc.), Cluster Bomb won’t sit heavy in your stomach or leave you feeling slow, sluggish, or lethargic during or after training. Due to its rapid digestion and absorption, Cluster Bomb is in and out of your GI system and into your working muscles, enhancing and sustaining performance, no matter how long you train.

This is why we say Cluster Bomb is the athlete’s carbohydrate!

Numerous studies have shown that Cluster Dextrin not only enhances your performance, it can also speed recovery, eliminating those nasty DOMS that assault your muscles following a tough workout.[2,3]

Ideal Uses for Cluster Bomb

There’s more ways than one to use Cluster Bomb. Since Cluster Bomb is unflavored, it mixes seamlessly into whatever supplement, shake, or food you’re consuming and actually enhances the flavor of whatever you’re eating.

Here’s a few of our top recommendations on how we like to use Cluster Bomb. Give one of these a try and see for yourself!

● Pre Workout

Mix one scoop of Cluster Bomb with a serving of Hooligan or Bare Knuckle to provide the quick infusion of glucose your mind and muscles need for the intense training ahead
● Intra Workout

Combine one scoop of Cluster Bomb with a serving of Chainsaw to enhance and sustain your high level of performance, no matter how long your training session lasts
● Post Workout

No time is more beneficial to consume carbohydrates than immediately post workout. Glycogen levels are depleted and your muscles are craving for nutrients to fuel the repair and recovery process. Mix a scoop of Cluster Bomb into either Enigma or 50/50 Formula-X Protein.

The flood of rapid-digesting carbohydrates will enhance nutrient uptake of the essential amino acids and recovery agents utilized in Enigma and 50/50 Formula-X to accelerate muscle repair, replenish glycogen levels, and reduce muscle soreness.

References
1. Takii H, Takii Nagao Y, Kometani T, et al. Fluids containing a highly branched cyclic dextrin influence the gastric emptying rate. Int J Sports Med. 2005;26(4):314-319.
2. TAKII H, ISHIHARA K, KOMETANI T, OKADA S, FUSHIKI T. Enhancement of Swimming Endurance in Mice by Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 1999;63(12):2045-2052. doi:10.1271/bbb.63.2045.
3. Furuyashiki T, Tanimoto H, Yokoyama Y, Kitaura Y, Kuriki T, Shimomura Y. Effects of ingesting highly branched cyclic dextrin during endurance exercise on rating of perceived exertion and blood components associated with energy metabolism. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2014;78(12):2117-2119. doi:10.1080/09168451.2014.943654.

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Benefits of Stim-Free Pre Workouts

By: Robert A. Schinetsky

 

Apollon Nutrition Hooligan is quite possible the most complete, hardcore pre workout on the market for athletes. Touting a full complement of ergogenics alongside a hefty 600mg of pure caffeine anhydrous, Hooligan has everything an athlete demands in their pre workout — energy, focus, pumps, and endurance.

 

But, not everyone can handle such a sizeable serving of pure energy, which leaves athletes faced with two options:

 

● ½ scoop Hooligan (thereby only getting ½ doses of the performance and focus-boosting ingredients, and not getting the maximum benefit)

● Go in search of another pre workout that contains less energy

 

There’s a few problems with these two options.

 

First, by only using a ½ scoop of Hooligan, you’re only getting ½ doses of all the other performance and focus-boosting ingredients. Sure, you’ll get a more manageable dose of caffeine, but you miss out on the real impact a properly formulated pre workout like Hooligan delivers.

 

Second, if you do go in search of another pre workout with a lower dose of caffeine, chances are good you’re not going to find a product that contains everything Hooligan has to offer. There certainly are lower stimmed pre workouts out there, but none contain the comprehensive collection of performance boosters that Hooligan does.

 

Well, now you have a third option thanks to Apollon Nutrition in Hooligan Bare Knuckle.

 

What’s Hooligan Bare Knuckle?

 

Hooligan Bare Knuckle is everything that the hard-hitting, original version of Hooligan is, but without the truckload of caffeine. Essentially, Hooligan Bare Knuckle is the premier stimulant-free pre workout on the market, bar none! While the stimulants have been removed in Bare Knuckle, Apollon Nutrition has incorporated even more ingredients to improve performance, support hydration, and prolong stamina. 

 

Additional components in Hooligan Bare Knuckle that you won’t get in the stimulant-based version of Hooligan include:

 

– 2g of HydroMax Glycerol

– 1.5g of Betaine

– 1g of Taurine

– 500mg Beet root powder

– 250mg L-Norvaline

 

Now, you’re probably wondering why anyone in their right mind would willingly forego all the wonders of caffeine, and stimulants in general. There’s no disputing that caffeine is awesome, and not just for increasing energy, alertness, and motivation (though that certainly helps). Caffeine is a proven ergogenic (performance-booster), nootropic, and neuroprotective, but there are times when you don’t want to be downing a boatload of caffeine. Plus, some people are hypersensitive to stimulants and simply can’t handle any caffeine whatsoever.

 

That’s exactly why Apollon Nutrition created Hooligan Bare Knuckle, as a stimulant-free option that delivers increased performance, energy, and focus, but without the stimulants.

 

Benefits of Stimulant Free Pre Workouts

 

You’re probably wondering what other additional benefits there could be to not indulging in stimulants with your pre workout. Well, there’s quite a few honestly:

 

● NO jitters

While everyone isn’t susceptible to feelings of anxiety or “being on edge” with pre workout, there is a fair portion of athletes that get more than a little “tweaked out” when taking in caffeine (no matter how little).[1] Going stim-free allows you to bypass the jitters and anxiety that come with caffeine, yet still get the performance benefits of a properly dosed pre workout.

● NO crash

Another unfortunate effect from high stimulant pre workouts is the horrendous energy crash that comes a couple hours after taking them. Sure, for 1-2 hours you’re feeling on top of the world, stronger than Superman, and ready to go toe-to-toe with Chuck Norris, but shortly thereafter, you energy levels are completely and utterly zapped. You don’t even have the energy to move from the sofa to the bedroom, and it’s not because you had a tough workout.

Energy crashes aren’t too common, but they do happen for a fraction of consumers. By using a stimulant-free pre workout (like Bare Knuckle), you avoid the post workout energy crash.

● Better sleep

Consuming stimulants too late in the day, no matter how few, can have a major impact on your ability to get a quality night’s sleep. For many people, ingesting any amount of caffeine after 2-3PM has them tossing and turning all night long. A bad night’s sleep does more than leave you feeling a little groggy and cranky in the morning. Poor sleep impairs recovery, increases cortisol production (promoting fat storage), and reduces cognitive function.[2,3]

Sleep is crucial to an athlete’s performance, recovery, and growth, and if you’re training at night and want to use a pre workout, having a fully-dosed stimulant-free pre workout allows you to crush your workout without sacrificing your sleep.

● Avoid tolerance build up

With regular caffeine use comes the inevitable tolerance build up. Basically, the more you use caffeine, the more your body becomes accustomed to it, and for you to get the same boost in energy and “pop” you’re used to getting, you have to continually up the dose. This is why you see people double, and even triple, scooping their pre workouts.

Using stimulant-free pre workouts, or rotating between stim and stim-free pre workouts, helps avoid tolerance build up and enables you to still maintain a high level of performance and focus during your workout.

● No withdrawal headaches

Caffeine is a drug, and like all drugs, once your body gets used to it and doesn’t have it for awhile, it goes through withdrawal. While the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal aren’t anywhere near as terrible as illegal street drugs, there still are headaches, lethargy, and irritability that can come with caffeine withdrawal.

Rather than experience any side effects caffeine withdrawal, forego the experience altogether by using a properly formulated stimulant-free pre workout. The collection of nootropics in Hooligan Bare Knuckle with improve mental energy and combat the “brain fog” that sets in when you don’t have caffeine.

 

Hooligan Bare Knuckle — The BEST Stimulant-free Pre Workout

 

There’s a reason Hooligan Bare Knuckle is the best stimulant-free pre workout on the market. It’s formulated to deliver everything you need in a well-dosed pre workout, without the stimulants. It’s ideal for morning, evening, or nighttime workouts.

 

But, let’s say you do want a little bit of energy. Then, you can do the ultimate mash up of:

 

-½ scoop Hooligan

-½ scoop Hooligan Bare Knuckle

 

This way you’re getting enough energy to get you motivated for your workout, without going overboard. Plus, by combining the two potent pre workouts, you’re getting the full benefit of all the ergogenics contained in the two products!

 

References

 

1. Richards G, Smith A. Caffeine consumption and self-assessed stress, anxiety, and depression in secondary school children. Journal of Psychopharmacology (Oxford, England). 2015;29(12):1236-1247. doi:10.1177/0269881115612404.

2. Leproult R, Copinschi G, Buxton O, Van Cauter E. Sleep loss results in an elevation of cortisol levels the next evening. Sleep. 1997;20(10):865-870.

3. Alhola P, Polo-Kantola P. Sleep deprivation: Impact on cognitive performance. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 2007;3(5):553-567.