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Optimum Nutrition

18 October 2008 - 02:37 PM

Now usually I do not use Supplments at all, but I have recetly hit a wall in strength and overall size, so I started doing research on products and found a good protein supplement even I will use.

A company called Optimum Nutrition that makes everything for builiding a healthy body, with hardly any fillers we do not need.

I have been using it for a few now and it is an amazing product. I have been able to bump up my max on everything by around 10-15 lbs in a short time, it is crazy.

Now I am in no way saying you HAVE to buy this, but I have been using three products of theirs along with my regular diet, and I am actually gaining muscle again.

I am using

  • 100% Whey Gold Standard, or Pro Complex.
  • 2:1:1 Recovery formula
  • Vassive-C5
Now if you want to do your own research on this stuff you can, I am not saying you have to, but I am even amazed at this stuff.

Optimum Nutrition

Your profession

14 October 2008 - 07:41 PM

Alright I know most of you are very young, but that is ok. I am wondering what you all hope to be once you have gone through college, or are at least grown up.

Me, I would like to be a Nurse Anesthetist. Right now I am going for my RN certification then after that, I will be in a critical care unit for a year, then back to school for 31 months for more schooling, after this I am done with college for good and can start living my life.

What does everyone else want to be?

Following the crowd

12 October 2008 - 03:44 PM

This is not really a rant but more of a problem that has been going on in paintball for years now. It started with Angels, and now it's EGO's turn.

Why is it that everyone follows the crowd. If something is the "new best thing" they automatically flock to it and bash anything else that comes along. It makes paintball just seem like a bunch of whiny kids honestly.

I go to the field with my Angel and get bashed for using "crap" or a "piece of junk" because they shoot EGO's or a DM, and guess who they come to when they break it, me. I am the tech when I am at the field and usually spend more time fixing than playing. I honestly do not mind, if they showed some respect.

Please learn how your marker works, if it is a spool valve or a poppet. Or better yet, how to turn it on. It will save us all so much time.

I am tired of seeing these kids walking around with knowing nothing more than how to load a hopper, and maybe turn it on. Then when they get on the field, shoot half a case and then once they lose throw their markers into the ground, it breaks, and I fix it.

All I am saying is please, use what marker feels best to you. Go to the field and shoot markers before you drop $1000+ on one just because someone's dads' mom's grandmothers grandson said it was the best.


09 October 2008 - 01:51 PM

All about Supplements

In terms of health and fitness a supplement is:

*something added to complete a thing, supply a deficiency, or reinforce or extend a whole*.

So to make it simple, supplements pack your body full of materials that the body can there for use. As a starter, I do not condone the use of pre mixed supplements, they have too many ingredients in them, that are not FDA Approved and may actually harm your body rather than help it. I have used them before, and have not really noticed a difference from using then and then not using them. I have however found a difference when I buy my own raw ingredients and make my own supplements which is much more safe.

This site I am about to give you is where you can buy many of the ingredients you will need for health muscle growth. Click here

Now lets get into some types of supplements that are more regularly used.

Protein Supplements:

Protein comes in an enormous amount of variety, and yes some are better than other. So lets get started.

Whey Protein:

Whey protein has long been considered the "Gold Standard" of protein for serious athletes who work hard to develop and sustain a lean, strong and well-defined physique. Research studies support this belief. Athletes need more protein in their diet, often as much as twice the recommended daily allowance. The protein they choose makes a difference and here are several reasons why whey protein is a preferred choice for athletes of all types.
  • Whey protein is a naturally complete protein, meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids required in the daily diet. It has the ideal combination of amino acids to help improve body composition and enhance athletic performance.
  • Whey protein is a rich source of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), containing the highest known levels of any natural food source. BCAAs are important for athletes since unlike the other essential amino acids, they are metabolized directly into muscle tissue and are the first ones used during periods of exercise and resistance training. Whey protein provides the body with BCAAs to replenish depleted levels and start repairing and rebuilding lean muscle tissue.
  • Whey protein is an excellent source of the essential amino acid, leucine. Leucine is important for athletes as it plays a key role in promoting muscle protein synthesis and muscle growth. Research has shown that individuals who exercise benefit from diets high in leucine and have more lean muscle tissue and less body fat compared to individuals whose diet contains lower levels of leucine. Whey protein isolate has approximately 50% more leucine than soy protein isolate.
  • Whey protein is a soluble, easy to digest protein and is efficiently absorbed into the body. It is often referred to as a "fast" protein for its ability to quickly provide nourishment to muscles.
  • Whey protein helps athletes maintain a healthy immune system by increasing the levels of glutathione in the body. Glutathione is an anti-oxidant required for a healthy immune system and exercise and resistance training may reduce glutathione levels. Whey protein helps keep athletes healthy and strong to perform their best.
So as you can see, Whey protein is an extremely good source for growing lean muscles very quick, and helps with an array of other things.
90% Concentrate
80% Concentrate

Soy Protein:

Soy protein is a complete protein that ranks right up there with the best in the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS). Soy protein is generally very low in or free of fat, cholesterol, and lactose.

Soy protein is approved for those who are lactose intolerant, and can be used as a meat substitute. Much more than just an ingredient for a protein shake, Soy protein can be used for cooking instead of flour, producing high protein foods that are extremely low in fat, a bodybuilder's dream come true! Soy protein is derived exclusively from soy beans.

Soy protein provides a healthy way to get non-animal protein into your diet. It is great tasting, natural and can have a plethora of healthy effects on the body. It is ideal for high protein/low carb diets! It's valuable constituents include saponins, phytosterols, and isoflavones. This is one of the best things about soy protein! Saponins support healthy immune system function and combine with cholesterol to reduce it's absorption into the body through the small intestine. Phytosterols have also been shown to help maintain cholesterol levels already within normal range. The anabolic isoflavones in soy (genistein and daidzein), not only have exhibited effects as powerful antioxidants, but have been shown to exhibit positive health benefits for both men and women.

  • Helps to improve nutritional value of foods
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Suitable for vegans
90% concentrate

*Soy Protein is concidered something of a "bodybuilders enemy" since it is missing some nutrients in it to promote lean muscle grownth, and also have some nutrients in its make-up that actually hinder the growth of lean muscle tissue. Just an FYI moment.*

Egg Protein:

Egg whites are one of the more well knwon proteins around. Ever see a movie or a t.v show with someone breaking eggs into a glass and then drinking it, the protein is why. Egg protein is made from the egg whites themselves and is fat-free to boot. Many studies have been done on egg proteins and have found that it is one of the safest, if not the safest to intake, and is extremely easy for your body to absorb and use. It is concidered one of the purest proteins to ingest and since it contains many essential and non-essential amino acids to promote muscle growth, one of the best at that. Some of the benefits of egg proteins are,

  • Highest in the amino acids alanine, arginine, glycine and methine
  • Fat-free
Rice Protein:

Rice protein is around the same in terms of muscle growth as soy proteins are, they contain some of the same chemicals, but rice proteins as a whole are more renound for body building.
It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids and nonessential amino acids. Since it is a complete protein, once you ingest it, your body can use it to make larger muscles and help you recover a lot quicker. Rice protein is hypoallergenic, which makes it sutable for everyone. Some benefits of rice protein are,

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for vegans
  • Complete protein
70% concentrate

How to consume

Just like any other protein source these can be eaten in many ways. One of my favorites is in a smothie. They are not hard to make and taste really REALLY good. Here is one that I make. It does not take many ingredients and is easy and quick.

  • 1 Medium banana
  • 4 tbs of Whey protein powder
  • 2% Milk around 2 cups
  • 2 tsps chocolate syrup
Just blend these together until they are all completely combined. If you find you need more milk, then put some in and blend again. Then enjoy.

*This process can be used for many of these proteins above, it just taste a lot better with Whey*

Creatine Supplements:

Creatine or Creatine Monohydrate is a naturally occuring substance in our and most warm and cold blooded animals. It is a product of our skeletal and muscular system, but is only created in amounts of around .3g per day. That may seem like a small amount but for normal growth and such, it is just right. Although it is not needed, many people say it helps the body to gain lean muscle quicker and to stay that way. But many people do not know exactly what it does to you to make it this way.

To put it simple, Creatine inscreases the energy that is stored in our muscles, in the form of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate). By inscreasing the amount of energy that is stored in the muscles, we can keep pushing our muscles further than we could if we just had a normal diet. The "rush" of energy only last around 5-10 seconds, depending on how much you are lifting.

Side Effects:
Creatine as a whole does not have a lot of side effects if you are a normal and healthy person, but if you are stupid with how you take it there are some.
  • Don't take more than 5 grams per day
  • Don't do a "loading phase, this is a marketing sceme so you will run out faster and thus have to buy more
  • Do not take if you have a pre-existing kidney problem
  • Do not take without consuming around 1/2-1 gallon of water each time you take it.
  • Do not take if you have a weak stomach, or take within the lemits of 5 grams per day.
These are some of the most well known problems and side effects from taking Creatine.

Creatine Monohydrate

Amino Acids:

Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein, and protein is the building block to lean muscle. Although many companies put more of the amino acids essential for muscle groth into their products, they are not needed and mot of the time excreated out of the body before being used.

I could type a whole paragraph about what they do and why, but I wont because it is this simple, Amino Acids, the ones we need to promote lean muscle mass and good health are in the proteins we eat, no matter if it is red meat, Whey, Soy, Egg, whatever it is, they are in there in some levels. So don't waste your money on those supplements tat say "Packed with essential Amoni Acids", your body wont use them, it will just get rid of them as fast as it can.

Think of Amino Acids as a chain, with many brances that shoot off of it. Now some have more branches on them and thus have more places that other chains can grab on and make a longer, stronger chain. This is the simple truth of what Amino Acids basically are, long chains of acid.

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New Laptop

08 October 2008 - 06:07 PM

Alright I need some suggestions in a new laptop.

I have one picked out and from the specs it seems pretty good. The Toshiba E105 Sattelite.

  • Processor - Intel® Core™2 Duo Mobile ,2.26GHz ,3MB L2 cache ,1066MHz System Bus
  • Display - 14.1-inch WXGA TFT-LCD widescreen with TruBrite technology (1280 x 800)
  • System Memory (RAM) - 4GB PC6400 DDR2 SDRAM
  • Hard Drive - 320GB SATA
  • Optical Drive - Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
  • Graphics - Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • Video Memory - 128MB dedicated , up to 1342MB shared
  • Built-in Webcam - Yes
  • Modem - No
  • Networking - Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
  • Wireless Networking - Wireless-802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth-Yes
  • Speakers - Built-in stereo
  • USB 2.0 Ports - 2
  • Weight - 2.5 kg
  • Operating System - Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with SP1
From what I can tell it sounds very promising, but I have never owned a Toshiba, so I am a bit worried.