Supplement Review: Fusion Bodybuilding: SubQ

Fusion Bodybuilding week continues! I received my stack and we began with Agent M, their great BCAA product.

Today, we’ll be looking at non other than their fat burner: Sub Q.

It’s time to get beyond ripped!

REAL-WORLD TESTED, COMPETITION-PROVEN

I wasn’t sure what to expect given that I’ve not really been fond of fat burners before. Indeed, most have proven to be all hype, no substance. As a whole, I most likely would never add a fat burner to my supplement stack, especially if I was using a good pre-workout.

Or at least that’s what I thought before taking this guys. Wow.

From the site: SUB•Q® is designed to retain your hard-earned muscle while incinerating body fat, including subcutaneous fat – making your skin paper-thin. To do this, SUB•Q stimulates cellular energy production1 and norepinephrine release,2 and this increases your metabolic rate and the number of calories that you burn from fat. By increasing your metabolic rate, you incinerate existing body and subcutaneous fat, and continuing to take SUB•Q helps you keep it off for good. By maintaining a positive nitrogen balance, promoting muscle sparing3 and promoting muscle growth,4,5 SUB•Q keeps your metabolism high, accelerates your recovery time and allows you to exercise with increased frequency. This all amounts to more calorie burning and the incineration of fat. Also, to really thin your skin, SUB•Q contains strong diuretic properties that eliminates excess water from underneath your skin.6 This is a bodybuilding must and will really make your muscles “pop.”

Those are some mighty big claims and words that need to be backed up. I’ve found that many fat burners use “Science-ese” to try to make you think that you’re taking some revolutionary product that will shred you solid in 2 weeks.

I thought for sure that would be the case with Sub Q, as well.

It wasn’t.

Once you get acclimated to the dosage, it’s 3 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon and prepare for the ride!

My new favorite early morning snack.

Now, let me set the stage. First, lately, I’ve increased my cardio. Secondly, I’ve cut my carbs as well. Third, I’m getting back to doing fasted cardio which really takes SubQ to another level. And finally, I’ve been spending lots of time watching vids like this:

Hey, you do what works for you, I do what works for me. My goal is to get my heart pumping. Jodi tends to have an easy time helping me out with that.

My work day would start approximately 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and I would pop 3 of these bad boys. I discovered the first day I took these that I can actually skip the 1 Pill in the morning and 1 in the afternoon adjustment period and head directly to 3 in the morning and again in the afternoon. My energy was very “clean”! I was expecting either jitters or racing thoughts, or some type of crash. No. I didn’t feel tired, or sleepy, I felt focused and alert. Now this will definitely crank your metabolism into overdrive. I think it’s going to be important that you are eating clean, foods a few hours after taking this. Or you’re going be hungry soon. Without working out, I tend to have a very slow metabolism, but this cranks it up a notch. Taking this before a workday will really dial you in— this was the most productive period I’ve had at work since earlier in the year. Easy.

I would take my afternoon pills around 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is usually the time for some reason where I am done mentally and feeling like I’m going to crash. I popped 3 more and the I’m back to being alert and feeling refreshed. I’ve noticed that the energy is very long lasting. I work out around 9:00 p.m. and still feel ready to go. So this product, to me, completely eliminates the need for any type of pre-workout. For an even stronger pre-workout effect, I would take these directly before working out by about 30 minutes.

But more important than all of that…

I lost weight on it. 

As of this writing, I’ve lost 8 lbs. A pair of dress pants I’ve not worn in a while due to being tight now have extra room in the waistline. So I’ve dropped at least a pants size. And, I received compliments of “Hey, have you been losing weight?” from loved ones and friends. The first time I heard it was from an office mate. Then 1 after another, after another, after another.

This picture explains why: The Subcutaneous fat has been melted away, and the muscles have grown bigger.

A fat burner that works. Without any chemicals under review by the FDA. Scientifically backed, factually based and truth over hype.

This product will run you about $47.00 on BB.com. I say it’s worth it. I’ve had no adverse problems, side effects and being a budget, I think it gets you the most bang for your buck in terms of fat burners. Easily Sub Q is the only fat burner you will ever see me recommend on this site. That’s 2 for 2 on products with these guys. I wonder how their other supplements are?

What do you think, Big J?

Oh, Glutamend and Purple K, are good, too, you say. Looks like I’ll be getting these on my way to Intensity-ville, brother.

On the whole this company sets an industry precedent. They offer unrivaled supplements to aid you on your journey and unparalleled customer service.

My goal at this point is to try all of their products. It simply makes no sense not to. I’ve seen companies where I try a few and it’s a certainty that as a whole, that company is horrible. But Fusion simply takes it to another level.

Overall, these have been some of my most favorite experiences interacting with a company and trying their products. I can’t wait to try more and you can bet my body fat percentage that I will try them in the near future.

How good is this product? I’m redoing my summer budget to get some more. For someone like me, who struggles keeping those stretch marks to a minimal, this is the MUST have of the Fusion line.

Needing supplements? Advice? Great customer service? Inspiration from larger than life bodybuilders who know what works?

Fusion Bodybuilding should be your very first stop.

Often times, you’ll find that it’s your only one.

Supplement Review: Fusion Bodybuilding – Agent M

So I’m still using my Fusion Bodybuilding Stack. WOW, what great supplements! Here it may seem like a few days, but in real world time, I’ve been using this stuff for about a month now.

Today, we’ll be talking about Agent M. This is Fusion’s excellent BCAA formula.

Added together, that makes a very happy me.

You could call it “Heaven in a Blender Bottle”

Look, I’ll be dead honest with you. I have never ever believed in BCAA’s. I thought they were a bunch of expensive hype. Nothing more than high priced Kool Aid. I used to think, “What’s the point— those same BCAA’s are going to be in my protein shake, right?”

Wrong. I really don’t need to say much more than this:

I took this product after taking some serious time off of pre-workouts (that whole genre is starting to burn me out, but that’s a post for another day). I’ve taken this product for a few weeks now. I took this pre-workout. So when I went into the gym, the only thing I had was Agent M… my newest team member. I gained 90lbs on my squat. I was there, and for some reason decided, “You know…why not just stack 2 more 45 pound weights on there and see what happens?”

I was able to keep it up for about 8 reps. I could have done 10 probably, but I felt good and strong and with a history of knee problems, didn’t want to push it. Still, I hadn’t lifted like that in years. Literally YEARS since I had a day like that in the gym.

I’ve tried AminoX, and other BCAA products and they were all just… lacking. High priced, sour tasting and false promises.

But this product. This was different. It was so different.

I have to be careful. Because with Fusion it’s not about the individual products. It’s about the lifestyle. I almost hesistate to review their products because quite frankly…

…if I keep trying them, they will ruin me for another supplement company. And supplement reviews are my bread and butter!

Think I’m joking? They’re so good, even the man himself is using them now.

Intensity Rules, Brother.

What makes Agent M different from other BCAA’s?

From the site: ”

AGENT•M® grape-flavoured beverage helps throw the brakes on inflammation and gets your muscle building in gear. How? By packing 11,000 mg of BCAAs in every serving, more than any other BCAA supplementwe’ve ever heard of. It’s scientifically shown to reduce post-training muscle inflammation by 63%.

By combating the inflammatory cascade, AGENT•M keeps your muscle healthy and growing. AGENT•M is your muscle mechanic.

Taken from another site:

AGENT•M ensures your body is a fine-tuned, muscle-building machine by controlling and combating the inflammatory cascade. It also accelerates new muscle growth by getting you into an anabolic state quicker.

1 – AGENT•M stops the inflammatory cascade
AGENT•M contains systemic enzymes that research shows to combat inflammation by decreasing the chemicals that boost the inflammation signal.2,6 AGENT•M contains ingredients scientifically proven to support your natural testosterone and growth hormone levels while protecting against muscle breakdown brought on by muscle inflammation.7,8NOTE: AGENT•M will not decrease your muscle pumps but will make them fuller.
2 – AGENT•M accelerates new muscle growth
After controlling the muscle inflammation triggered by a hard workout, AGENT•M activates protein synthesis and accelerates new muscle growth9 directly at the muscle-tissue site.10 Scientific research shows that AGENT•M restores anabolism and suppresses cortisol, getting your body in gear and building muscles faster.11

My work out last night even ended with gains on all exercises. Leg Day was brutal and I was there for about 90 minutes hitting the weights. It was so intense, Big J himself would be proud.

This product was so good, that I don’t plan on trying another BCAA specific product again outside of maybe reviewing BPI Blox. Maybe. Although I’d rather spend that money on Agent M.

Agent M will cost you about $42 for about a months supply. I’ve found most BCAA products to be pricey, this is about average price. Personally, I feel that if I was buying this product, then I would skip getting a pre-workout and save money that way. I’m not so sure you need both. If you have proper INTENSITY, a cup of coffee, and hit the weights hard, you would then be able to use this Post Workout. Although regardless of the label, I’ve found using it Pre Workout gives me a GREAT workout in the gym.

This product was so good, choosing between this and a pre-workout? I’d choose Agent M. It’s not even close.

I’ll continue using this for a while— when it runs out, I will cry profusely…then order some more.

Don’t think Fusion Bodybuilding is about Hype. No, hype implies the promise of something that’s been over exaggerated and in the end…fails to deliver. It’s eventual unfulfilled hope. Fusion is different. They don’t work in hype.

They work in Truth. And this product is definitely, the truth.

Emotionality

Fitness serves a purpose that surpasses just looking good for the beach or trying to attract the opposite sex. Fitness can also help you with your mental and emotional health.

Too many times in life, we’re left to deal with the after effects of traumatic events. A divorce. A death of a loved one. Declining health of a child. Even getting a speeding ticket. We try to thrive in these situations but too often we give in to the need to “dull the pain” and wind up drinking too much alcohol and waking up in places we’d rather not. In short, to deal with the pain of life, we try to numb that pain in whatever way we think will help us. We don’t think about the consequences or the price to pay later… later is far too “abstract” when stuff is falling down around us now.

This is post that has nothing to do with anything other than it’s late and I need to write to clear my mind. But there’s more ways to deal with hurt than alcohol, sex and even medication by itself. We forget that our bodies follow our minds— that is to say, if we feel down and depressed, your body will follow suite and also feel down and depressed. This expresses itself in different ways— could be that you eat too much. Emotional eating might help you to grasp a hold of the situation and feel comfort. It could be that you are like me, and wind up not eating at all (before my orange mask days, years ago, I went through a situation so bad that I forgot to eat for a WEEK. I lost 10 pounds. No joke. NOT healthy).  Whatever the case, you need to remember something.

Even if @#$% is hitting the fan, GO TO THE GYM. It doesn’t matter if you do light weights, or just jog or just walk. Don’t end training because of life. You don’t have to be ready to pull off an upset Mr. Olympia win. But you need to still workout. Get those endorphins going. Otherwise, food becomes your idol and in addition to that, you’ll find that you’re either sleeping too much or not enough. You may not be able to change that situation. But you can retain control over your body and your health.

Too many times we let depression over a situation dictate our lives. That situation is horrible…temporarily. But you can fight for your right to feel good by continuing to practice healthy habits. And learning that loving yourself isn’t just deciding to shower (although that helps). It’s also taking time away from the situation and spending an hour or more in the gym banging the weights and in doing so banging out a solution. Love yourself enough to keep healthy during life’s trials. You can’t erase problems during the day, but you can learn to respond to them in healthy ways.

The benefits of working out include maintaining a healthy appetite, sleeping on a correct cycle, and derived pleasure. It might just be you and the treadmill. But that’s fine. You’ll find that continuing your workouts will help you to feel better later.

Into the Zuzka Light!

Day in and day out, the most popular post on this site consistently is the one I did some time ago on Body Rock, and their blatant use of Sexual innuendo in order to gain viewership.

I’ve haven’t really known what to do with that information. At least not until I stumbled upon this little gem.

Zuzana Light…the original Body Rocker. She was married to the male Body Rocker, Freddy, whom you see in the current iteration of the program. Until of course, they got divorced (as a gentle aside, I’m still not sure what that post is actually saying other than “We realized we’re friends, so we divorced. But wouldn’t you want to be friends with your spouse? That’s neither here nor there). Since then, Freddy has moved on to Lisa-Marie and the two are officially dating. (which is also kinda weird in and of itself, since it’s only 5 month after his separation was announced but that’s neither here nor there, either).

It’s no secret that while on BodyRock, Zuzana posed in the same sexual manner that we see of Lisa.

It’s actually not that shocking when I discovered that a simple search for her Facebook page revealed that Zuzana is in fact a former porn star named Susana Spears.

The line in the fitness industry between sex and fitness is a thin one, but BodyRock has melded the two together in a marketable format for savoring eye candy and getting your fit on…and they may actually be the smartest one of us. Think of it…take a porn star, who already has quite a fan base, tone her down into a fitness model/ trainer. Unleash on Youtube.

It is actually one of the most brilliant marketing ideas I’ve run across in the fitness industry.

Normally, fitness ads only ever hint at sex or are suggestive of it.

How many people tuned in to the first iteration of this show after realizing a former adult star was the lead?

Darkness before the Light

But looking beneath the surface a somewhat recent piece by the Huffington Post tells a story, not of a sex vixen looking to use her wiles to ensnare hapless victims into subscribing to her channel for T&A. Instead, we see the very real results of what the sex industry can do to a woman, who is used, then spit out until the next hot woman comes along. For all the hours spent in front of cameras

In the article, Zuzana states how a life in porn “almost killed her”. European girls (Zuzana is Czech) are spit out at a fast rate as they are sold into a life before the camera. Some will escape. Most will become prostitutes, drug addicted, alcoholic and forgotten and abused on a daily basis.

Zuzana, showing bravery but with a smile that seeks to hide her pain states that she got away and found new life in fitness. She owns her past and her attempts at survival while candidly stating that she regrets her past life in porn.

The danger with an industry that only looks at women as sex objects is that it ignores the role that fitness played in that woman’s life, besides getting those buns of steel. Fitness, literally saved her life and as a result of that we are blessed by her presence every day as we strive to be as fit as she is. Doing Tabata style workouts? Easy. Escaping a life of literal sex slavery? Not so easy. But she did it. And every day her smile inspires other to lose weight within 10 minutes a day.

Zuzana’s story is compelling and should push us to value women for more than their measurements. Or their past. By escaping the sex industry, she has both a story to tell and life to emulate. Too many woman are stuck there and will meet their demise on the streets.

Of course fitness models are sexy. But that sexiness may betray a story deeper than you could ever understand.

Body Rocked: The Sexual Exploitation of Lisa-Marie

For the longest time, I wanted to know what so many of my #FitBlog friends were talking about. Eventually, I decided to tune in and catch it. You see, normally, I’m up and about by 6:45 a.m., so by 7:15 a.m., I’m usually on Twitter seeing what everyone is doing for the morning. Many of my buds have tweets which give clear indication. They’ll be spending the next 12 or so minutes sweating it out to  BodyRock! Imagine a truly intense, at home workout that gets you going and gets those veins popping with minimal cost. So instead of the $140 you might spend for something like P90X, you pay almost nothing and get ripped out of your mind.

Body Rock has been sweeping the nation and the movement is something like a hurricane. These folks have a dedication to fitness and want to see everyone look better naked. And they are out to prove it. Almost quite literally.

While it’s no secret that there is a thin line in the fitness world between fitness modeling and overt sexuality, those lines are blurred quite regularly, not just on BodyRock but also in many fitness magazines, videos and especially all over youtube. Let’s be honest, here: Sex sells. Sex sells a lot. So of course a sexy woman working out and motivating you but making you think you will have even more sex with women just as sexy as her once you yourself get sexier… well…. that has some appeal.

The point is that the fitness industry is male dominated and often times, women are left in the place of not only having to have fit bodies but also having to present those bodies in sensual, erotic or sometimes outright sexual ways in order to attract the same notoriety and opportunities as a Phil Heath or a Jay Cutler. We want to see our men strong, with big round muscles. But we want the women to have strong muscle too, yet the same women then have to show they have maintained their femininity by posing and placing emphasis on their sexual prowess.

The case of Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie has been a Body Rocker for sometime. With her encouraging spirit, bright personality and never say die attitude, not to mention outrageously cute accent, she will push you to do your best, and then… do better. As far as trainers go, you couldn’t get anyone better, more attractive, fun or encouraging.

BodyRock wants you to know, you won’t find any better eye candy anywhere, either. When accessing the Bodyrock Facebook Page (the source for all the following images), this is what you get when it comes to images of Lisa Marie:

In some of those pics, she’s reduced to a headless / faceless body that only shows her breasts, abs and lower body in underwear.

Do these pictures push the boundaries of selling sex in a fitness industry designed to make one feel good about their own self?

I placed that last picture of her bent over the couch up there on purpose, because I think it really captures the slow change we are seeing from Body Rock. The message seems slowly to be going from “Get in shape so you are healthy” to “Get in shape so you are healthy, and outrageously sexy!” The problem though, is that this can also be interpreted as “Get in shape and be sexy, because if you’re a woman, all that really matters is your ability to sell sex!” Now, women ought to be sexy if that’s what makes them feel beautiful and special. But BodyRock seems to be stating that that should be their only motivation for any workout. Because of course, you want to attract the attention of a man… sexually… don’t you?

Here’s another example (you don’t need to watch the whole thing, maybe a few seconds to get the idea):

We have Lisa working out in what just a little less than shorts. Was this truly done for the females in the audience who wish to copy the moves to look like Lisa? Was it done to inspire the women to shoot for something more with their own bodies? Or was it done for males in the audience who will watch this vid, and whose clicks will increase this video’s ratings making it easier to find and promote on Youtube? Maybe both? Maybe reducing Lisa Marie to a sexpot works for marketing, since at the end of the day this is a business. BodyRock needs the views and they want you to buy the products sold on the site. Lisa Marie in a thong, jumping up and down and bending over multiple times will most certainly accomplish that.

Bigger than her Body Rock gives her credit for

It’s easy to discount all of this and just say, “Well, it doesn’t matter, she loves what she’s doing”, “I have no problem with it!”, “She’s happy and she’s just trying to help us look our best!”, and “You’re grasping at straws! She can control her sexuality anyway she wants to. Shut up, you’re just a man!!!”  To an extent, I concede that all of those statements are correct.

But let’s look deeper.

Lisa-Marie, is more than just the girl with the washboard stomach who can put your wife to shame in the looks department. It can get easy to get caught up with how her body oozes sex.

But she’s a human being. And she, like the rest of us has a story that goes beyond how long she can jump rope.

You only need to watch the 1st full minute of this vid.

Did you catch any of that? She’s crying. She’s lonely. She’s completely disconnected from her family. And despite how many of us are watching those vids, she finds it incredibly hard to make friends (i.e. people who see her as more than a possible sexual conquest and as a sexual object). You’ll also note that she is almost fully dressed in this vid. The problem with a fitness industry that constantly packages women as sex kittens is that we forget Lisa-Marie is a unique human being, as beautiful on the inside as she is fit on the outside (It’s Laura Michelle Prestin all over again). We forget that she goes through many of the same challenges that we do, just that she doesn’t get to talk about them that much to someone who will look her in the eye and listen… not stare at her chest and imagine. I think it can be tiring to only be seen as a sexual object day in and day out. To me this video proves that.

What we see in the fitness industry is merely a reflection of our society. In this video, she’s sad, yet in the comments section, the statements from viewers range from flirtatious to down right vulgar in reference to imaginary romantic romps with her.

It’s a mighty fine line between fitness and sex, since of course being fit IS sexy. But let’s not forget that our fitness and bikini models in the Bodybuilding and fitness industry are more than objects to satisfy our lusts. They are valuable women, many of them wives and mothers. BodyRockTV should remember that it’s okay for Lisa-Marie to workout in clothes that the average woman at Planet Fitness would wear. We will still love her just the same, and I guarantee still try our own best to get and stay fit.

Guest Posting with Darwinian Fail

I’m currently keeping watch over not just this blog… but another.

So head on over to Darwinian Fail and check out my very first guest post! I’m extremely proud of it, and glad I get to lend a hand to the recovering Krysten!

The importance of Ergonomics at your job

Fantastic article today up at Mashable, discussing how our desk jobs are making us fatter, lazier and all around unhealthier. I know personally, since I began the process of applying to programs and what not, I’ve spent many an hour writing, filling out forms and doing data entry at my desk, sometimes in excess of 7 hours. Some days, it’s hard to fit the gym in. I specifically remember one day during Christmas break when I was working out 2x a day. On my rest day, I spent 8 hours by myself working on a statement of purpose. By the time I left Caribou Coffee, my legs hurt and my back had all kinds of issues.

You have to move around during your day. Just look at some of the statistics this article has:

1) Almost 293,000,000 Americans do NOT get the minimum required amount of exercise.

2) Americans burn 140 less calories than they did 50 years ago.

3) The average weight gain is 14.6 pounds per year

4) 75% of people who stare at computer screens all day have eye and vision problems.

Click the article to read more.

But think about this day in terms of social media. Besides work, how many of us are also spending several hours daily on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Youtube? Or after spending 10 hours in front of a computer, how many of us come home and spend another 8 in front of the television?

How many of us simply aren’t making the journey to the gym, or turning on a fitness tape?

Exercise is important. Even more so when you sit at a desk job.

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