Cleanse New Years

NutrIcon: Cleanse 2020 out of your system!

When it comes to the topic of juice cleanses, the opinions vary. Although there is no scientific way to prove cleanses work, many people feel more energized, and attribute cleanses to enhanced athletic performance.

Naturally, as humans, we are exposed to many toxins in our daily lives. These toxins can come from the environment we are exposed to and even the food we eat. As these toxins accumulate, they stick to the walls of our intestines and organs. Maintaining a detox regimen can eliminate toxins from your body, cleanse your organs, purify cells and tissues, eliminate waste build-up and decrease inflammation.

There are many methods you can try, although if your ultimate goal isn’t weight loss, then detoxing is relatively easy. We have an exceptional system in place made up of our kidneys and liver, which do an outstanding job at eliminating any toxins in our body. Which means the ultimate cleanse is merely looking after your liver.

You can start by cutting out:

  • Energy Drinks
  • Sweet CoolDrinks
  • Fried Foods
  • Saturated Fats
  • Sugar and Sweets
  • Alcohol

And increase:

  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Lean Proteins

As for the cherry on top, add garlic! Garlic is made up of sulphur compounds which activate liver enzymes. These enzymes are the primary solution to flushing out toxins. Garlic also has high amounts of selenium and allicin compounds which prevent your liver from getting any toxic damage!

Though, if you want to take it a step further, the most effective detox juice is made up of a combination of freshly squeezed lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup. You can consume this mixture up to six times a day for a minimum of 10 days. There is no need to consume it for longer than 40 days at a time. Pair it with herbal teas, such as green tea, to encourage the expulsion of waste.

The reason lemon juice is the main component is that it is high in vitamins and acts as the cleansing agent while balancing your bodies pH levels. Maple syrup is used because it is seen as having the perfect balance between positive and negative sugars, and there is a high belief that cayenne pepper speeds up the metabolism.

When you choose to do a cleanse, make sure you are cutting out harmful foods to see the best results. You may not decide to try the detox cleanse right away, but remember, simple changes to your diet will maintain liver health and encourage a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Christmas Workout

NutrIcon: X-Mas Way to Workout

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: No time for excuses or reasons to avoid staying on track. The festive season is all about spending time with your loved ones and celebrating everything that we are thankful for. This year has been rough, and so we owe it to ourselves to appreciate the people in our lives and spend as much time with them as possible.

As a result, if you are not too keen about the idea of getting out and heading to the gym, we have found a quick and easy (but still challenging) workout you can do at home before you get ready for those delicious family lunches.

So, what did my true love give to me?

ONE-minute plank

TWO push-up jacks

THREE squat thrusts

FOUR tricep dips

FIVE burpees

SIX knees to elbows

SEVEN mountain climbers

EIGHT jumping lunges

NINE boxing punches

TEN shoulder presses

ELEVEN standing crunches

And

TWELVE deltoid raises

Best done in sets of three, this workout is sure to get you burning all the Christmas dessert calories- and if you find yourself slacking off a bit, you can always sing this workout as a jingle that will be sure to get you smiling and getting into the festive mood!

ZMA

Why Strength Athletes NEED ZMA

Many strength athletes become deficient in minerals such as zinc and magnesium. When you exercise, you sweat. When you sweat, you lose zinc. When you are working out, your body is under pressure to produce ATP (Adenosine 5′-triphosphate), as it is broken down in your cells. ATP is the compound that is in charge of storing and transferring energy. As a result of this rushed synthesis, your magnesium levels tend to drop.

If you are deficient in zinc and magnesium, you may find that you are losing weight, your wounds are healing slowly, your sleeping patterns feel disrupted, and overall your performance or endurance is dropping. Which is why it is so essential to maintain your levels of zinc and magnesium, to ensure your health remains intact.

Zinc supports your immune system by maintaining a healthy heart and respiratory system as well as keeping cholesterol levels in check. It aids in hormone production, specifically the release of testosterone, which helps you build lean muscle mass.

Magnesium aids your metabolism, overall muscle health and manages your quality of sleep. For this reason, we found it crucial to introduce a new product to our Iconic Series.

ZMA (Zinc-Magnesium Aspartate) has been clinically tried and tested to improve strength and stamina, speed up muscle recovery, improve the quality of sleep, help manage your endocrine system and help in the production of lean muscle mass.

Gone are the days of feeling weak and exhausted during (and even after) a workout. ZMA helps improve not only your quality of sleep but also your mood! ZMA should be used by any serious strength training athlete, male or female, enhanced or not.

With the addition of boron, ZMA also helps promote strong bones, muscle coordination and improved thinking skills, as a result of free testosterone. Boron also helps in the metabolism of magnesium, which is why these elements pair so well together. Whether enhanced or not, ZMA may be the thing you have been waiting for!

Our ZMA supplement is now available on our website for only R299.99, for 90 capsules!

Tips to keep it cool this Summer

Tips To Keeping Cool During a Heat Wave

As we approach summer, temperatures are rising quite rapidly. Exercising in high temperatures puts extra strain on your body. If you do not take care during this time, you can risk serious illness.

For this reason, we want to make sure you do not lose any of your motivation, but instead, know what to do to enjoy your summer workouts!

  1. Have a Cold Shower

Taking a cold shower before your workout can help lower your internal temperature so that you don’t overheat when you are exercising. Taking it a step further by keeping your hair wet can help cool you down as well!

  1. Stay Hydrated!

Whether you are working out or not, water is your best friend. We have heard it before, that we are primarily made up of fluids, so ensuring you maintain those fluids is essential. However, if you are doing prolonged workouts, you may also need to consider sipping on a sports drink which is high in electrolytes, to help replenish your body.

  1. The Early Bird Gets The Worm!

The hottest time of the day tends to be 3 p.m. Towards noon; more heat is arriving on Earth than the heat that is leaving. It is in your best interest to avoid working out in the middle of the day, and rather, consider doing your workout as early as possible. Besides that, we also know how tired you can feel if you spend too much time in the hot sun, which is counterproductive to feeling motivated and energized!

  1. Water is Your Friend, Not Your Foe.

Summer is the perfect time to get into the water. Swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises because it keeps your heart rate up and alleviates stress from your body. It aids in building endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.

  1. Know when to stop!

Most people do not like interrupting their routines because it may cause you to take an unwanted break. However, consider the consequences of having a heat-related injury and not being able to work out at all. Listen to what your body is telling you, if you begin to feel dizzy or nauseous, take a breather. At times you may need to break high-intensity workouts into smaller increments, but that does not mean you are weak. It means that your body is overheating and you need to do what you can to keep yourself in check.

Top 4 Fitness Myths

There are a lot of do’s and don’ts that we are all familiar with when it comes to exercising, and many of us accept what we have heard as the truth, even if we don’t know why these things are considered essential. Therefore, we’re going to take you through the top 4 myths that could completely change the way you look at your exercise routine.

  1. Always stretch before you exercise.

This is probably the most common misconception that almost everyone has. In fact, not only has stretching before a workout not shown any real benefits, but it’s shown more disadvantages- such as weakening your muscles by up to 30%. A better approach would be some light weight lifting or a simple warm-up such as a brisk walk, to get those muscles going. However, always stretch after you work out, that is not a myth.

  1. You can tone down your body in just one area of your body.

Trust me, we’re all after superstar’s abs, but focusing on just one area of your body won’t cut it. It all comes down to trying to burn as much fuel as you can to get the results you want. Doing 200 crunches a day, truly will not give everyone with different body types the same results.

  1. Men and women should do different workouts.

We are all from the same species and what makes our bodies react differently to exercise is our hormones. That means that women don’t need to use lighter weights and do more reps; instead, use a weight that challenges your muscles. Women are often afraid of becoming too buff, but the chances of that happening are quite slim because it is the testosterone in men that allows them to have bigger builds. Same goes for men, that means you can have all the chest, abs and shoulders in the world, but that means nothing if you skip leg day.

  1. You’ll lose more on an empty stomach.

Working out on an empty stomach can be dangerous to your health. Even though it may be true that you’ll lose more on an empty stomach, most of the time you’re losing muscle, which at the end of the day is counterproductive to any fitness goal.

Remember, when it comes to working out, whatever your goal is- we’re all doing it for a good reason. As a result, you want to make sure you’re doing more of what works and less of what doesn’t.

How to train your body type

There are three body types which determine what kind of workouts will be most conducive to your goals. These three body types are endomorph, ectomorph and mesomorph.

Endomorph:

Endomorphs are identified by the dominance of soft roundness throughout the body, which could be a result of a chronic condition or even just a naturally slow metabolism. Endomorphs typically gain fat fast and struggle to lose weight. They have a stocky bone structure with large hips and midsections.

Endomorphs should focus training on cardiorespiratory techniques and fat loss while maximising calorie burn with the use of high-intensity workouts. While also maintaining regular aerobic and anaerobic exercise. If this is your body type, you usually have to work much harder to reach your fitness goals and should try and keep active even outside the gym and consume a diet high in protein with balanced fats and carbs.

Ectomorph:

Ectomorphs usually appear lanky, with narrow hips and shoulders in respect to their height. They also typically have smaller muscles and a fast metabolism which makes it difficult for them to gain weight.

When it comes to training, they are the opposites of endomorphs and should focus on maximising muscle gain by using low-intensity workouts with more extended resting periods in between. Prioritise hypertrophy and maximal strength training, which are both primarily anaerobic, while maintaining a diet high in protein with balanced carbs and fats.

Mesomorph:

Mesomorphs typically have a medium bone structure, with shoulders wider than their hips. Their bodies are predominantly composed of muscle, bone and connective tissue, making them appear athletic in nature and rectangular in shape. The naturally athletic build of a mesomorph is the result of activity throughout their lifetime. Mesomorphs tend to have an extremely efficient metabolism which allows them the ability to gain mass and lose weight with relative ease.

As a result of their highly effective metabolisms, workouts can be made specific to their own fitness goals. Similarly, the diet must then adhere to those particular fitness goals, by either increasing or decreasing your protein intake.

It is important to note that your body type is not a life sentence, and you can work on the goals you have set for yourself. However, knowing your body type allows you to make the changes you need to to reach your goals much more effectively.

 

MaltoDextrin

When it comes to reaching your ultimate fitness goals, we have heard it time and time again that we should focus less on carbs and more on protein. Although the truth is, both of these nutrients play an essential role.

Carbohydrates are the primary nutrient that fuels muscles during moderate to high-intensity exercise. The proteins we consume aid in maintaining and repairing body tissues. Which is why it is so essential to make sure you are getting the right amount of carbs in your diet, especially if you regularly partake in exercise.

As for the carbs that do not get used up immediately, are stored as fat. These stores are to be used later for activities such as light exercises. Carbohydrates also work to enhance athletic performance, making it possible to perform at higher levels for more extended periods. For athletes, a lack of carbohydrates in the diet means that not only will performance and recovery be hindered, but so will brain and muscle activity during exercise.

Now I know what you are thinking; consuming carbs before a workout or even just during the day can make you feel bloated and sluggish, which is precisely why our maltodextrin supplement is so ideal for anyone embarking on a fitness journey.

Malto Dextrin is a modified carbohydrate comprised of both simple and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are digested quickly and found in foods such as milk or fruit. In contrast, complex carbohydrates are sugar molecules that create complex chains and can be found in foods like beans and whole grains.

As a result of Malto Dextrin having attributes of both simple and complex carbohydrates means that it is rapidly digested and has a lower osmolarity. Therefore, consuming a carbohydrate supplement is less inclined to cause gastrointestinal discomfort or bloating- making it ideal for consumption for bracketing your workouts or even during a workout. Malto Dextrin will help sustain your energy levels, replenish muscle glycogen and assist in the spike of insulin.

You can find our Malto Dextrin supplement under our Iconic Series, where you can get 2kgs for just R179.99.

 

 

Winter Munchies Got You Blue? We’ve Got the Solution!

As we settle in to winter, naturally we have to fight off the urge to stop ourselves from consuming too many calories or otherwise face the problem of burning off those extra jules.

Naturally, when we have a meal, our bodies convert all the extra calories that we don’t need, into triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat that is found in your blood and can be transferred back into energy between meals. While this is not usually something you need to worry about maintaining, sometimes we can get carried away and triglyceride levels can rise in the blood and cause artery blockages.

A simple remedy for this is omega-3- which reduces the plasma triglyceride levels. This is the reason why it’s so important to make sure you get your fix of omega-3 fatty acids on a regular basis as our bodies do not naturally produce it. Omega-3 fatty acids are typically found in foods such as fish, however, not everyone has a taste for fishy foods and so, we have the answer for an affective alternative.

As part of our new Iconic series, we have introduced omega-3 capsules which not only help promote healthy fats in our bodies, but also act as anti-inflammatories which assist in the relief of symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Think about it as your go-to if you experience joint aches and pains, high blood pressure or high levels of triglycerides. Not only that, but it also helps promote healthy endocrine function and insulin sensitivity. Omega-3 is easily the most overlooked and underrated supplement amongst body builders and athletes because the benefits are just so incredible.

So if you’re looking to not only get on-top of your show game this winter, but also want to make sure you’re crushing it health wise, consider an omega-3 supplement, because simply put, if you’re going to do something, you always want to do it right!

Our omega-3 capsules are now available on our website- and 90 softgel capsules will only cost you R139.99. Definitely stay up-to-date with our website to remain engaged with all our new products that are launching as a part of our Iconic series. No matter whether your niche is body-building, serious sport or if you’re simply someone just stepping onto the scene for the first time, our products are specifically designed to help you elevate your experience, every time.

 

CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT WEIGHT LOSS

Weight loss is never an easy journey. Often, the idea of starting a diet or weight loss regime is worse than anything else. Changing the way you look at weight loss can make all the difference. The idea of depriving yourself of all the good things in life is usually where all the problems come in. A simple shift in your mind set is all you need to put you on the right path to reaching your weight loss goals.

Balancing exercise and diet

To lose weight you need to include exercise in your daily routine, this shouldn’t come as a surprise at all. Exercise helps you to burn off calories. Of course, only focussing on exercise isn’t enough. If you are consuming more calories in a day than you are burning off, you won’t see any results. Luckily, cutting down on your calorie intake doesn’t mean living on fresh air and water. Your body still needs necessities like protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, as well as vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables in order to keep functioning properly, so you need to make sure you are getting in enough of the necessities to stay healthy. Crash dieting should never be an option. Your overall health should always be your main priority, especially now, during a time when staying healthy has become a necessity.

Start off by cutting your portion sizes down. This is a lot easier to do than totally changing your diet. If you find you are still hungry after a meal, increase the amount of vegetables you consume. Steer clear of processed foods. The number of additives in processed foods are not only bad for your health, they also lead to weight gain. Of course, fast foods are no different, so try and avoid it. Lastly, when doing your grocery shopping, always look out for the ‘light’ versions of products. Most condiments like mayonnaise and tomato sauce are available in light versions – reduced oils, fats and sugars. Sugar is by far the biggest problem at the moment, most foods are packed full of sugar. Make a point of checking the sugar content on packaging and try and avoid foods that have a high sugar content.

Making small changes to your diet will make it easier to stick to your weight loss goals over time. Weight loss takes time, but with the right amount of exercise coupled with a good eating plan, you will see the results!

Nutricon’s Carni-Con

Any form of assistance with weight loss is always welcome. A product designed to do just that is Nutricon’s Carni-Con (liquid carnitine). This product has been formulated to help support weight loss and metabolism while supporting muscle mass. It allows cells to use fat as fuel during exercise. For more information, visit Nutricon’s website (https://nutricon.co.za/).

3 Circuit Fat Burner

If you’re looking for a full body workout to burn away those winter blues, we might just have the answer you’ve been looking for- and the best part is that it can all be done in the comfort of your own home!

This is a 3 circuit fat burning workout. May I warn you, this is not for the feint of heart, as you want keep your body moving as much as possible, so ideally avoid having resting intervals until the full round is complete.

Circuit 1: Rest for 30 seconds between rounds.

Burpees (3 sets, 30 seconds)

Jumping jacks (3 sets, 30 seconds)

Circuit 2: Rest for 45 seconds between rounds.

High knees (3 sets, 45 seconds)

Side-to-side box skip (3 sets, 45 seconds)

Circuit 3: Rest for 60 seconds between rounds.

Mountain climber (3 sets, 60 seconds)

Alternating lunge jump (3 sets, 30 seconds)

Jump squat (3 sets, 30 seconds)

If you’re starting out and are not yet in a set routine when it comes to exercising, do not feel dismayed if you have a difficult time getting through the workout. Rest in intervals you are comfortable with and lessen those intervals over time as the workout becomes easier to finish.

In addition, while we acknowledge that there is no true weight loss miracle besides hard work and a healthy diet, we are excited to bring our Lipo-Ignite thermogenic composite to the table, which is now a part of our Iconic series.

Lipo-Ignite is a synergistic blend of ingredients which assist in the utilisation and mobilisation of fat reserves, which essentially means that while you are doing your workout, it is focusing on shredding body fat and enhancing overall definition.

Having a supplement before a high intensity workout, such as this one, benefits you because it has the ability to enhance and sustain your levels of energy, enhance your performance, increase your power output and overall assist in returning focus and cognitive functioning to those prone to periods of prolonged dieting.

Head over to our website if you are not yet familiar with our new Iconic series, as we may just have the thing you are looking for. No matter your craft, we understand the needs of all athletes and have the answers to the questions you may be asking yourself.

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