Original Article: Train Magazine
Winter Issue 2016
Original Article: Suppz.com
July 16, 2015
By Olivia Banski
If you’re “in the know” when it comes to supplements, you’ve heard of ZMA before. In fact, you might even have used it from time to time. However, if your classic idea of ZMA is that it’s a sleep supplement, you need to broaden your knowledge of what it really can do.
While there’s no doubt that taking ZMA, which contains zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B6 is going to help you sleep more deeply and wake up feeling more recovered, it really does so much more.
Let’s take a closer look into what ZMA has to offer so that you can see why it’s one supplement that you’ll want to have on your list to buy.
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Original Article: Physical Magazine
By Dave Hawk
Q: I used to do strongman competitions, but now I'm bodybuilding. Is ZMA a good supplement to improve muscle growth?
A: I've personally used ZMA and can't say enough good things about it. ZMA (zinc magnesium aspartate) is a natural supplement that increases anabolic hormone levels while reducing cortisol levels. On the one hand it helps build muscle, and on the other it helps prevent muscle wasting. ZMA naturally aids the overall metabolic process that improves muscle energy support.
Authentic ZMA products state "ZMA" on the label and are formulated with highly bioavailable zinc mono-L-methionine sulfate (L-Optizinc), Zinc/magnesium aspartate and vitamin B6. You can find ZMA in many top brands as a standalone powder or part of a supplement mix.
For any strength-training or muscle-building athlete, ZMA will help improve training, energy, and lean mass gains as well as support greater recovery. ZMA has been clinically proven to boost anabolic hormone levels (both testosterone and IGF-1), which improves muscle strength, power, and performance.
Original Article: Regeneration Performance
By Drew MacKay Timmermans
May 27, 2014
When looking for your first choice for an athletic supplement, it may help to start at the end of the alphabet with the mineral zinc. Many athletes are unaware of the natural benefits of zinc, despite research showing that zinc is found in every cell of the body. Zinc also serves a vital role every time our body’s cells divide and therefore optimal zinc levels are imperative in maximizing athletic performance. As excess blood levels of zinc can be toxic, levels should be checked regularly; if you are unsure if you should be taking zinc, contact your physician to have your levels checked. In terms of benefits for athletes, here are 6 that have direct applications for improving athletic performance.
1. Improve Strength & Increase Lean Muscle MassRecent research demonstrates the role zinc has in raising the levels of three important anabolic hormones in the body: testosterone, insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), and growth hormone (GH). Several studies have found that low levels of zinc correlate with lower levels of serum testosterone, which can greatly affect many aspects of performance such as strength, body fat percentage, and recovery. Additionally, a group of researchers from Iran found that post exercise, both serum total testosterone and serum free testosterone were increased in cyclists who supplemented with zinc for 4 weeks. Further research has also demonstrated increased levels of GH & IGF-1 after exhaustive exercise. Following strenuous exercise, these increases in testosterone, GH, and IGF-1 levels result in improved recovery time, increased muscle building, and increased strength. These results have been reported in both men and women. 2. Boost Immune Function
By Lori Nickel
Original Article: Journal Sentinel
November 18, 2014
Green Bay — Aaron Rodgers possesses NFL records, a Super Bowl ring and an MVP trophy. He's on fire this season, leading the Green Bay Packers to an NFL-best 33 points a game.
But he's always looking to evolve, as a person and as a quarterback, and by tweaking a few health and wellness habits in the last year, he said he feels so good he has convinced himself he can play well into his late 30s and even his 40s.
Hot yoga. Vitamins. Limits on caffeine. Sleep. Proper hydration and detoxifying juice cleanses. Living by the 80-20 rule — and cutting back on pizza. It all has helped Rodgers look ahead to his 31st birthday Dec. 2 feeling like he's in the best shape of his life with some of his best games ahead of him.
"If you're taking care of your body and getting the proper nutrition, and sleeping well, you're going to be fit to play," said offensive coordinator Tom Clements. "And you're going to maintain that fitness for years."
For Rodgers, getting to this good place with his wellness started with getting enough sleep.
"Sleeping in general has always been a little difficult for me," said Rodgers. A good night for him used to be about 61/2 hours. "I just have a hard time turning my mind off, I think."
He started using ZMA, a vitamin supplement that includes zinc, magnesium and aspartate that can act as a muscle relaxer. "The ZMA puts you in the deeper sleep — quicker," said Rodgers. The supplement also is used by athletes as a recovery aid.
By Chris Robinson
October 12, 2014
Courtesy of our friend and fighter Bilal Mahasin, we’ve been informed that Bay Area favorite Casey Morton has scored a successful victory in his profesional debut.
“Congrats to Casey Morton on her impressive pro debut victory! It should’ve been a tko! The bloodiest fight of the night! My God!” Mahasin stated, posting of photo of himself with the former amateur standout.
We first crossed paths with Morton at the PAL tournament last year in Oxnard, through Steven Foster and his father, and she is one of the most positive people you will find in the sport.
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