BSN Cellmass

November 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Supplements, The Fitness Bug

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Through out this site have often stated my dislike for supplements and steroids as i believe you can achieve great results with what nature has to offer. But that same former body builder i told you about in this post (Forearms) is the one who introduced this to me.

At first i was very hesitant to even try it, but i have always lived by the rule ‘try anything once’, so i gave it a shot. I already knew what creatine does to the body, but i can say that trying this for a short while was great. I didn’t suffer any side effects that everyone usually goes on about and i think as long as you currently eat healthy and train regularly you’ll be just fine. There is no one great life changing product out there, not even this does that, but you will notice an increase in strength and muscle mass when you use it.

I guess this is good for all of those readers here that are like me and usually do not touch this stuff. If that is you, I’d try it once at least. And for any body building types reading this then you already know what to do. Have fun with it but be moderate,.

Bodybuilding Resources – What supplements should I take to build muscle

Bodybuilding Resources

Ready to begin your journey for REAL bodybuilding success?

We all know how much it costs to hire a personal trainer! A personal trainer would be great for everyone to have, but unfortunately, not everyone has deep pockets like the rich and famous. Fortunately for you, you’ll be glad to know that you CAN build a body like those who can afford a personal trainer,

  • Without having to break the bank
  • And within the comfort of your own home

Below you will find product comparisons that I highly recommend to help you take your muscles to the next level. These are the products, which I have found to work best to take your muscles to the next level, all through trial and error. I have listed comparisons of each type of product that is needed to assist you on your bodybuilding journey. You can then gauge which one can fulfill your needs in regards to price, features and/or your current level in this bodybuilding game.

What supplements should I take to build muscle?


Protein Supplements

Which Protein Supplement to Buy?

Protein and carbs are the two nutrients that you will have to refill as you workout and pump your muscles. It’s common knowledge that lifting weights actually makes you lose weight. In order to make them grow you’ll have to shock them AND feed them… with food. Sounds simple, just eat decent meals 5-7 times a day. But we are talking about life in the 21st century here, where time is often not in our favor to eat 5-7 times a day. If you don’t eat, you won’t grow. Simple!

So if you are serious about building muscle in today’s world you better start taking supplements to help refill those nutrients that you lose during your weightlifting workouts. And we begin with protein supplements.

Below are supplements, which I’ve personally tried at some point during the past 10 – 12 years.

I have also been provided  discount coupon codes for all Stay-Fit Bug readers on selected items.  All you have to do is enter the coupon code on the purchase page before you buy to save you even more money!

RED = Stay-Fit Bug Favorite!

Note:

Please be aware that there are vendors out there that sell ‘fake’ supplements. Because of this, I have made sure that I have affiliated with well known and trusted retailers of the products listed on this page (Bodybuilding.com and Amazon.com), and in which I have managed to obtain discounts in some cases. So if you do find any cheaper prices else where, make sure you question the vendors authenticity and reputation. Paying extra for reassurance, trust and more importantly your health… can go a long way!


Minimum Price Maximum Price Discount Coupon Code
Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein $11.99 $79.99 5off100 10off200
Optimum Hydro WheyGaspari Nutrition MyofusionMuscleology Nitro Pro $19.99$18.98
$54.99 

 

 

$38.89

$38.99

5off100 10off2005off100 10off2005off100 10off200
Prolab N Large II $23.99 $49.99 5off100 10off200
BSN Syntha 6 $14.98 $39.99 5off100 10off200
Optimum 100% Casein Protein $25.99 $44.89 5off100 10off200
CytoSport Muscle Milk $24.98 $49.95 5off100 10off200

Creatine Supplement

Which Creatine Supplement to Buy?

Creatine Monohydrate is the stuff that you can take to reduce muscle fatigue in your workouts. However, many supplements today don’t just contain creatine, they also contain other compounds which in turn, make for great pre-workout supplements as a whole.

Minimum Price Maximum Price Discount Coupon Code
USPlabs Jack3d $27.89 $78.99 5off100 10off200
BSN Cellmass $28.99 $34.89 5off100 10off200

 

Multi-Vitamins

Which Multi-Vitamins to Buy?

Going back to what I mentioned earlier, our bodies need to be fed correctly if we wish to build REAL muscle. This can be done by eating GOOD food 5 – 7 times a day. But to take your muscles to the next level you really do have to supplement them to the next level. Real food is good, but it won’t be enough. Your body will need super doses of amino acids, carbs, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids (EFAs) in order to grow the way that I know you want them to grow, and the multi-vitamins listed below will help you do that, without question!

A note about Vitamin C

We need to take vitamin C because unlike other mammals, we don’t make it naturally. So we need to consume it in the form of our diet. 60mgs was the old school recommended amount to take, but this is 2010 where a demanding lifestyle has hit us all. For most people, the new recommended daily amount is 2 grams per day. So 3 grams per day is about right for us fitness freaks. If you do take too much, your body will let you know (Via the toilet seat!). Either way, vitamin C is a must!

Minimum Price Maximum Price Discount Coupon Code
Universal Animal Pak $12.89 $26.79 5off100 10off200
Optimum Fish Oil $6.99 $11.99 5off100 10off200
Scivation XtendNOW C-1000 (Vitamin C in supplement form)Opti-menOpti-women $19.79$13.34$11.99$8.99
$49.99$13.34$19.49£15.99 5off100 10off2005off100 10off2005off100 10off2005off100 10off200

 

Amino Acids

Why Amino Acids?

Because they are the building blocks of building muscle mass

Minimum Price Maximum Price Discount Coupon Code
HMP 1000 Caps N/A $29.99 5off100 10off200
Optimum BCAA $12.99 $21.99 5off100 10off200

Bodyweight Exercise Equipment

Which Bodyweight Exercise Equipment to Workout With?

Bodyweight exercises are great for quite a few reasons,

  • Build great functional strength
  • Work out from home
  • Work out and maintain muscle mass while on vacation
  • Target muscle groups that you may miss with free weights and machine weights

It’s also what I started out with 10-12 years ago back as a broke student.  But when you add any of the products below to your bodyweight workouts, you really can maximize the above points to ensure that bodyweight exercises help you build that body you know you deserve. I’ve used or still use all of these products. Take your pick! They are all great in their own way. If you get lost on how to use these products in your bodyweight workouts, be sure to grab the Stay-Fit Bug Unique Bodyweight Exercises Ebook HERE There are plenty of tips there to assist you on your bodyweight workout journey. Version 2.0 is on its way soon, so make sure you grab it while it’s still at the promotional rate.

Minimum Price Maximum Price Discount Coupon Code
Progryp 100% Leather Dipping Belt N/A $28.99 5off100 10off200
Altus Deluxe Chin Up Bar N/A $20.98 5off100 10off200
Ontel Iron Gym Xtreme N/A $39.99 5off100 10off200
Newgrip Weight Lifting Gloves $24.99 $24.99
Harbinger 1250 Training Grip WristWrap Glove $26.99 $38.45
Xercise Ball Pack from SPRI $7.18 $24.98 5off100 10off200
TRX Door Anchor $24.99
TRX Home Training Bundle $199.95 $269.95

 

Dumbbells and Weights

How to Choose the Right Dumbbells? If you are just starting out, it can be quite confusing on which weights you should buy for your home gym. If so, checkout this post, Vinyl Weights or Cast Iron Weights? Now, although the default weights are,

  • Vinyl
  • Cast Iron
  • Chrome

You may want to upgrade your dumbbells and invest in a pair of Powerblocks or Bowflex dumbbells. Both are good, although I do favor the Powerblocks. Why these dumbbells?

  • Save space
  • Easy to transport
  • Easier to change weight during exercises

There are other bonuses, but those are the stand out ones. You’ll find what you need below, whichever your current needs are.

Minimum Price Medium Price Maximum Price
US Traditional Weights (Vinyl) (55lb) $40.46 (100lb) $50.67
Amber Sports Weights (Cast Iron) (110lb) $209.00
PowerblockDumbbells (5 – 45lb Set) $338.00 (2.5 – 50lb Set) $378.00 (5 – 90lb Set) $687.00
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells (5 to 52.5 lbs) $397.00

The Programs

 

The Books

There are so many books to choose from out there , I need some direction! It has been said that I write good articles (Thank you for those who have praised). But I am no best selling author… yet 🙂 . But there are some great books out there that I have read that will help you on your bodybuilding journey. I’ve read all of these, so take your pick

Gourmet Nutrition Cookbook

Before I picked this book up, I did do a lot of searching around as there are a lot of ‘bad’ books out there and this wasn’t a usual recommendation from a friend. The first thing I noticed is that the books format is like a ‘cookbook’ and a ‘manual’ and if you are a single guy/girl or not a good cook like myself… I’d say, get this book! The authors are the main reason I like this book. They go out of their way to give step-by-step guidance on how to actually process the meals outlined properly.

Scrawny to Brawny- The Complete Guide to Building Muscle the Natural Way

Since starting this site I have talked quite a bit about going from ectomorph to a daddy mammoth. If my advice to you so far hasn’t been enough, then this is a gem you can stash away and retrieve whenever you don’t have an encouraging voice to turn to.

Tom Venuto’s – Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle

Discover Quick And Easy Fat Torching Recipes
Designed With Simple Metabolism Boosting
Ingredients To Banish Your Boring Diet
While burning fat and building muscle Faster!


And of course, our very own…

Stayfitbug.com Unique Bodyweight Exercises Ebook

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The Most Important ‘BEST’ Bodybuilding Supplement… EVER!

March 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Supplements, The Fitness Bug

Hey, I’ve seen that title before on this site. Is Shaun running out of ideas and re-posting the same stuff?

Yes, you have seen that title before,

Here – The Most Important Bodybuilding Supplement… EVER!

And for those of you who didn’t read it, the best bodybuilding supplement… EVER, is water. Read the full post to get the whole scoop.

So the answer to your question is NO! I am not re-posting the same stuff. But today I’m going to tell you the BEST water to drink during your bodybuilding workouts.

Distilled Water Fortified with Minerals

Why Distilled Water Fortified with Minerals?

This is actually water vapour that has been captured and bottled. This is water in it’s purest form also known as distilled water. Those of you who are familiar to detoxicating your bodies will probably already be drinking this water during those periods. The only down side to this water is that it will direct your health towards the land of decline after a few weeks, and just like the detoxification process, it should only be action-ed for short periods of time only.

With distilled water fortified with minerals, you get the same pure water, added with minerals. In turn, this will actually help detoxify your body when you drink it.

Perfect water!

All other forms of water have been poisoned in some way or another and no mater what process the water has been put through to regain purity, pure it will not be. This fact holds true for,

•    Tap water
•    Bottled water
•    Rain water
•    Filtered water

After all is said and done, this is the water that you need to start drinking throughout your bodybuilding life. If you want the best performance and results in your workouts, then you must employ the best. That is the best food, supplements, Shaun Sinclairs 🙂 and fitness equipment.

See you in the comments.

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Why You Need To Take Bodybuilding Supplements In 2010

March 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Supplements, The Fitness Bug

And Beyond…

Now, here’s a quote that I have used endlessly on this site and around the web

‘Always keep a good diet when using bodybuilding supplements. No protein supplement can replace a bad diet. it will only fill the body full of nutrients that it may lack.’

For you long term readers, I’m going to answer the question that I know you are about to ask.

But Shaun, didn’t you tell us that it would be enough if we ate 5-7 meals a day for our bodybuilding workouts?

Yes, I did!

But the reality is, you probably won’t stick to that week in week out, without having a day where you don’t eat 5-7 meals. This is especially true in this current day and age where most of us live very busy lives. I know for a fact that I don’t stick to 6 meals a day, EVERYDAY. I never have been able to, without making it feel like a chore. So how do you solve the problem?

By Taking Supplements

I’ve talked about supplements before on this site and you will find some talk about them in every other article. What I do try to do is talk about the supplements that actually work best from my own experience. in turn, that recommendation will help you save time and money, from having to test evey single supplement out there, and we all know there are MANY.

Another reason for choosing the ‘right supplements’ is to do some good for the economy. Instead of buying ‘this’ supplement and ‘that’ supplement, every other week. Choose a supplement that meets all of your needs and then by it in bulk. That will help keep fuel costs and packaging costs down as a whole. And again, that will help save you money. I don’t mean to sound like an environmentalist, but it’s always good to have the worlds best interest at heart.

Supplements = Speed

In addition to providing your body full of nutrients that it may lack, supplements will also provide your muscles with speedy growth.

We all know that our muscles need to be fed and then re-fed in order to grow. But they need to be re-fed efficiently. Supplements provide the foundation of that process.

What Your Body Needs

I have talked about what you need to take, what exercises you need to do and how you can tweak them. But I never have really talked about what your body ‘needs’ as a whole, in terms of supplement in take.

The Basics

You need a meal replacement shake

You need a high quality multivitamin

You need some vitamin C

How much?

For a bodybuilding person like yourself, around 3000 milligrams daily. The key thing to do here is just to make sure that you are reaching that amount throughout the course of the day.

Then you need a protein supplement

Here… take your pick

10 Great Protein Shake Recipes For Your Weightlifting Workouts

Whey Protein is still one of the best to take for rebuilding your muscles after a workout. And yes, I am still a fan of that black and red coloured tub you see over on the right side of this page >>>

People may argue back and fourth

‘Your body needs supplements’

‘No… if you eat the right foods, your body does not need supplements’

And some may argue that they can be dangerous, which is true. But not if you,

  1. Choose the right supplements
  2. Follow manufacturers instructions

But the reality is, you will need to take supplements in some way or form if you are taking up bodybuilding. If you don’t, you may find that your result building efforts may just be a long hard slog. But hey, to each their own.

>>>>> Bodybuilding supplement comparisons <<<<<

Do you, or do you not use bodybuilding supplements?

See you in the comments.

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Optimum Nutrition – 100 Whey Gold Standard Review

September 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Supplements, The Fitness Bug

ON 100% Whey Protein

100 whey protein gold standard

Product: Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein (100 whey protein gold standard)

Focus: Protein Gainer

MSRP: $11.99 for a 1lb (pounds) container (view the flavors and cheap supplement prices here)

Available: Online

This is the protein that I’ve been using on and off for the last 18 months or so, unlike my recent review of N-Large 2. There have been a lot of questions of ‘Should i get it, Should i not’ going around on online and in the gym i go to, so i thought I’d come home and give everyone a verdict.

Just like N-large 2 this is a very high quality protein powder. The main difference with this one is that when you blend it, it really does dissolve better.

How i used it

I would recommend taking one scoop when waking up, and 2 scoops after workout. I personally would also recommend that any who wants to add serious muscle mass to also purchase creatine. As you know, the one i tried was BSN cell mass.

The flavours

1- Tropical punch ( this stuff tastes like juice!! and goes down) VERY EASY.

2- Delicious Strawberry ( Very light, tastes great and easy to drink)

3- Cookies and cream ( Taste pretty good and easy to drink as well)

4. Rocky Road (You need to taste this one!)

Some people state that you should mix milk, but i think that this messes up the protein formula, so i wouldn’t recommend doing that. However, it does make it taste better and it makes for a great protein shake. A combination that I frequently mix together is

1. Whey Protein

2. Dextrose ( A form of sugar)

3. Glutamine

And i take that around 30 minutes to an hour after a workout.

Just like my other reviews, this is the good stuff. Go for a few 1lb containers of different flavors. That way you get to gain weight in style 🙂

Remember!

1. There are no reported side affects (It has been 2 years of using as of now)

2. Always keep a good diet when using Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein. No protein supplement will replace a bad diet, it will only fill the body full of nutrients that it may lack.

For all of you factual types I’ll leave you with the key benefits that you get from this.

  1. ON 100% Whey Gold Standard provides more whey protein isolates (WPI) – the purest and most expensive source of whey protein available.
  2. Higher protein percentage. ON’s 100% Whey Gold Standard has always been a leader in this respect. Now with 24 grams of protein in just slightly over one-ounce serving, it’s nearly 79% protein by weight!
  3. We’ve included more HydroWhey strategically hydrolyzed, low molecular weight whey peptides to make ON’s 100% Whey Gold Standard even faster acting!
  4. ON’s 100% Whey Gold Standard now contains lactase and Aminogen digestive enzymes to further enhance absorption and make this product even more friendly to lactose intolerant individuals.
  5. ON’s 100% Whey Gold Standard is instantized to mix easily and completely with just a few twirls of a spoon.
  6. Every serving supplies even more low, moderate, and high molecular weight, biologically active whey protein microfractions including Alpha-lactalbumin, Glycomacropeptides, Beta-lactoglobulin, Immunoglobulin G (IgG), Lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase, and various growth factors.
  7. Over 4 grams of glutamine and glutamine precursors as well as 5 grams of BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) in each scoop!

And don’t forget to use these

Take $5.00 Off Your $100 Order! Use coupon code 5off100.

Take $10.00 Off Your $200 Order! Use coupon code 10off200.

You can also checkout other supplements over at

Stayfitbug.com Bodybuilding Resources

See you on the next review

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Bugs Recommended Product Review: Prolabs N-Large 2

August 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Supplements, The Fitness Bug

N-Large 2 for protein gains

Prolabs N-Large 2

It’s that time again, to share the goodness with you all! I always do get asked about products that I have tried or tested, and I will continue to share whenever I do.  I actually started to use this product back in July, but I didn’t want to post anything about it until a few weeks had passed so that I could give a worthy verdict.

Product: N-Large 2 by Prolab (Monster supplement)

Focus: High Protein Gainer

MSRP: $23.99 for a 3.8lb (pounds) container (view the flavours and cheap supplement prices here)

Available: Online

Remember

Always aim for a good diet before beginning to take ANY supplement!

Why?

Because no supplement can be a replacement for a bad diet!

Just like cod liver oil, it can give the body any nutrients that it maybe lacking in, but it will not fix a bad diet. Get that in order first. If you want a good starter, check Bugs killer foods for fitness.

Many of you may have heard of or even tried N-Large 2, but for the purpose of those that are in the stayfitbug.com community on and offline and who have been asking, here is my verdict.

Now to begin with, I only decided to put this product to the test while I wait for newer product samples to arrive. They should be on their way in the coming weeks so keep your eyes pealed for some fresh recommendations.

N-Large 2 has gotten a lot of praise since it has been around, and after using it for 6 weeks, I can see why.

It works!

One of the key things I look for when trying these supplements is that they have to at least taste good, and this does taste pretty good for a supplement. If your supplement doesn’t have a good taste, then I really don’t see the point in taking it. That would be like voluntarily taking a disgusting tasting medicine… something you would not do. If you are, then stop!

N-Large 2 comes in 3 flavours

  • Strawberry
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla

I took the vanilla flavour, as that tends to taste good in most food variations.

It’s all pretty simple to make,

1) Mix

2) Stick it in a blender (recommended)

3) Drink

That’s all but a 2-minute job, so there is no messing about. If you want you can make your own mixes, but I just stuck to the instructions on the pack. For those 6 weeks I drank it 4 times a day along with my usual meals, but 3 times a day is what the average person should take for this to start to work and show results.

In the first 4 weeks of using this, I gained a whooping 14 POUNDS! (ONE WHOLE STONE). For myself, that is a great weight increase and a boost in the levels of proteins that my body needs. To be specific on the amount of calories I would consume daily, it was approximately 1900 calories (4 servings). It sounds like a lot, but keep in mind that I would be burning a lot of calories during my workouts, and taking a shake of this stuff after a workout would help replace those calories that I had lost.

Just like my other supplement review over at recommended products, this one also gave me no side affects. Quite often supplements like these can leave you feeling bloated (a horrible feeling), but that was not the case here.

My only problem with taking N- Large 2 is that if you decide to take it, you must keep on taking it. If you stop then all that weight and muscle you put on will just start to disappear, even if you maintain your workout schedule (which I noticed around week 7). So make sure you start as you mean to go on whether it is once a day or 4 times a day.

All is good and well here, and as I stated. It works! If you decide to give it a try, then,

1) Go for the Vanilla flavour

2) Take it in moderation

3) Start off with the 3.8 lb container. (Should last you around 2-3 weeks)

See you on the next review.

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