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16
MAR

Start Up Your Fitness, Slowly but Surely

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The winter is almost over. Longer days and warmer weather seems like the perfect combo to get some people exercising and burning the extra calories from the winter months. So, it’s time to start up your fitness program.

Overdoing your fitness capabilities is one of the most common mistakes people make when starting, or re-starting, a new exercise routine. It’s understandable. Many people get excited about it and want to burn off a 3-month, sometimes 5-month, extra weight in 2 weeks or less. Unfortunately, our bodies do not work like that and time is needed to lose weight properly.

Slowly but surely. It fits perfectly as it’s more important to take time and ensure you are doing a fitness program that fits your needs than trying to get it done as quickly as possible.

If your goal is the upcoming summer, no hurry, you have plenty of time. Organize a good monthly plan and go from there. Another great tip: set up short-time goals. Some people find it helpful to divide the goal in stages. For example, if you are trying to lose 10 lbs. by mid-August, it may sound too difficult and you may find it difficult to motivate yourself. Let’s say you set up a goal to lose 2 lbs. per month and you may find that you are way more likely to reach this goal. Short-time goals with less intensity are a great way to reach better results.

Lacking energy is another issue many people face when starting to exercise. Your body isn’t used to a higher amount of activity and as a result, you may need an extra kick. On top of that, many people eat less when trying to lose weight and this combination may result in lack of vitamin and minerals and, therefore, lack of energy.
Energy supplements or drinks can be helpful as these products provide the necessary energy for your workout without the unwanted calories.

Get started, slowly but surely, and you will reach your fitness goals without any issues.

 




19
FEB

New Brands Showcase: Swole Sports Nutrition

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Lucky Vitamin continues to add new sport nutrition products to our customers. The latest addition is an innovative, fast growing company that provides high quality products with the most up-to-date formulations: Swole Sports Nutrition.

Swole Sports Nutrition strives to provide supplements to all athletes who are looking to amplify their current workout routines. The company creates and develops products that are designed to help everyone train like a professional athlete.

Swole Sports Nutrition innovative formulas can deliver high potency with low dosing, a perfect combination to obtain optimal results. Additionally, Swole is fully committed to researching and formulating the best supplements that haven’t been created yet. The company seeks to push the limits of sports supplementation and the evolution of athletics through science.

Swole Sports Nutrition believes that training and proper nutrition are extremely important, and that proper supplementation can give you that extra drive and push you beyond your expectations, improving your results in less time. It’s time to experience the next level of sports nutrition.

Choose from pre-workout supplements to post-workout formulas, BCAA products to creatine supplements and much more.

You can save even more when you shop Swole Sports Nutrition products at Lucky Vitamin com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




18
JAN

New Brands Showcase: Run Gum

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Running is one of the most popular physical activities and,despite being a simple, easy-to-do exercise, it’s not always easy to go for a run. Many people feel lack of energy and soreness which can lead to discomfort and eventually stopping a run or running a shorter distance than what was originally planned. In order to help people achieve their goals and really go the distance, Lucky Vitamin is introducing a revolutionary product that can give you a quick boost of energy when you need it the most: Run Gum.

Run Gum utilizes chewing gum as the delivery vehicle for stimulants to the body. This allows runners to have a lightweight, zero calorie option instead of traditional liquid supplements.

Run Gum products are designed with athletes in mind yet created for anyone on the run. This chewing gun is packed with caffeine, taurine, B-Vitamins and is available in three amazing flavors.

Run Gum is the fastest way to help energize and maximize your performance in sport and life. This one of kind energy gum is similar to many energy drinks and energy shots, only you don’t need to put anything in your stomach. Plus, as a gum, ingredients enters your system faster than drinks, shots or gels, so you will be ready to perform at your highest when it matters the most.

You can save even more when you shop Run Gum products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




12
JAN

Liven Up Your Protein with Syntrax’s Flavors

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Syntrax is one of the most popular brands of protein supplements at Lucky Vitamin for many reasons.

First, Syntrax’s exclusive line of high-quality protein powders and dietary supplements has a great reputation for using only the finest raw materials, top-quality ingredients and producing the best-tasting products in the industry.

Second, protein powders that are low in quality are cheaper but contain fat-inducing maltodextrin, taste horrible, require a blender to mix properly, and often contain only one very fast-acting protein. On the other hand, Syntrax is an all-around value that is impossible to beat. The company carefully selects herbs and nutrients which are manufactured under precise conditions.

Third, Syntrax offer unique delicious flavors that make your protein shake a delicious experience. All flavors are developed and approved by highly-skilled researchers who have accumulated decades of experience in developing natural, health-related products. Vanilla bean, cappuccino, Caribbean cooler, strawberry kiwi, dragon fruit fusion are just a few of the many options you can choose from.

Plus, Syntrax is introducing the revolutionary Matrix line. Syntrax Matrix is a combination of the 3 different high-quality protein concentrates in the industry: whey protein, micellar casein and egg albumin (egg white protein). Syntrax Matrix solves all of the problems currently afflicting those other low-grade protein powders as this unique, best-tasting protein product provides vital nutrition for health and recovery.

Lastly, you can get a special discount when shopping Syntrax supplements at Lucky Vitamin. Click here to get $7 off all Syntrax supplements.

 




15
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Motiv8

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce Motiv8 Performance supplements to our customers.

Motiv8 Performance offers a complete line of products which combine state of the art science, the latest ingredients and breakthroughs in sports supplements. The company has an unwavering commitment to deliver the most effective and safest products in the industry to help athletes and fitness minded individuals achieve the results they work so hard for.

Motiv8 Performance believes that with every workout comes a chance to get closer to your goal. Regardless your goal, Motiv8 Performance supplements maximizes every training session, helping you achieve the results you are looking for. Committed to producing safe and effective sports supplements that show results, Motiv8 gives athletes the boost they need to surpass boundaries. This exclusive line offers everything you need for your workout diet from fat burners pre-workout formulas to protein supplements, detox full body cleansers to amino acids supplements for recovery, and much more.

One of the company’s best sellers, Motiv8 Performance Amino Recovery is a sugar-free supplement drink with added electrolytes that increases endurance and enhances recovery. With Motiv-8 Amino, ultimately you can train harder, longer, and sooner after your last workout.

You can save even more when you shop Motiv8 Performance products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




12
NOV

New Brands Showcase: PEScience

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing PEScience supplements to our customers. This revolutionary brand is determined to produce sports nutrition products that don’t just work but provide astounding real world results.

PEScience (Physique Enhancing Science) offers a sensational line of sport supplements designed and produced with top quality control. Having proper quality control staff and procedures in place is an extremely expensive cost to a company, and many companies avoid following true GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). All of the facilities in which PEScience products are manufactured must be audited by selected professionals or third party firm, and then qualified before the next step of business. Having a true GMP facility manufacturing products is only step 1 of a proper quality control program, but unfortunately it is the last step that most companies take. Just because the manufacturer is operating under GMP does not mean that the road ends there. Every supplement brand who has finished products being stored in and distributed from a warehouse must operate those facilities under true GMP regulations, with full quality control systems and experienced, qualified staff in place.

Additionally, PEScience take research and development very seriously. Each product is very carefully researched prior release, developed into the best final formula, and geared towards giving the best results for customers. The company prefers to slowly and properly formulate each product and rather sacrifice time to make the perfect product with the best taste than rush something out just to have it out.

Save even more when you shop PEScience products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




3
OCT

When To Take Whey Protein

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Superfoods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Whey protein is considered one of the best supplements to up the protein intake but one question often pops up: when should one take whey protein?

Protein should be obtained throughout the day in small amounts from food and, in some cases, protein shakes, bars, or gels, particularly for people exercising on a regular basis.

Protein is required to repair the muscle tears formed from intense exercise. When you workout, it causes tears that actually break down your muscles. When you consume protein, not only do these tears get repaired, but, rather, the tears are then more adaptive to exercise, thus leading to strength gains.

Whey protein is easier and quicker to absorb than protein found in foods and perhaps that’s the reason for being a number-one selling supplement for many years.

If you wonder how much you should be taking, a basic rule of “one gram per kilogram of your body weight” will be more than sufficient for the majority of people, except bodybuilders.

There are many times throughout the day that are great for protein consumption. Taking whey protein, ideally an half hour before working out, can help to jumpstart the repair process providing your muscles with adequate nutrition that the effects of weight training are not as severe. When you take it during a workout, whey protein may benefit by providing an extra boost of energy to keep you going.

Considered by many as the most important time, taking whey protein right after a workout (30-40 minutes) will maximize muscle repair as your body is starved for energy and looking to refuel, and your muscles are like a sponge absorbing nutrients much easier for muscle recovery and growth.

Whey protein can also be taken before bed time when your muscles are still recovering and it is a good idea to maintain protein levels throughout the time (6 to 8 hours) you sleep. Plus, whey protein is low in carbs, the one nutrient you may want to avoid before going to bed.

Right after you wake-up is also not a bad time as you have just gone hours without proper nutrition and your body may need protein as soon as you wake up.

In conclusion, there is no best time for whey protein but there is no bad time for it either. Just ensure that you are getting your protein all day long and enjoy the benefits of this amazing product.




26
SEP

Reduce Joint Pain with MSM

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If joint pain has become part of your life, you may want to learn about MSM supplements.

MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, has been used around the world for relief from osteoarthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, and inflammation. A naturally occurring mineral, MSM is an organic source of sulfur-containing compound, which has anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties that can block pain response in nerve fibers. It can also reduce scar tissue by altering the cross linking process in collagen to allow quicker tissue repair.

MSM supplements have gained considerable recognition for its results in relieving arthritis as this incredible product has the ability to make cell walls flexible and elastic. If the concentration of MSM in the body is too low, the new cells lose some of their necessary flexibility, resulting in pain. MSM make cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and toxins to properly flow out.

A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition shows that MSM supplementation was very effective in reducing exercise-induced muscle and joint pain. Three weeks of MSM supplementation at 3g per day attenuated post-exercise muscle and joint pain at clinically significant levels compared to placebo. It’s important to remember that results may take time to appear as some people may feel relief in as little as two weeks while others may only feel significant results after two or three months of supplementation. A good number of supplements for osteoarthritis as well as products to reduce joint-pain contain MSM in their formulas. These products often contain other effective ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid.




13
SEP

Use These 5 Supplements after Your Workout

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Superfoods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Recovery is the most important part of a workout. When you exercise, your body burns not only calories but also fluid levels, energy storage, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are essential in muscle preservation. Post-workout supplements are extremely important as they can help build muscle and, most importantly, keep your muscles healthy and ready for your next workout. So, here’s a quick guide of 5 supplements to use after your workout.

1. Whey Protein

The post-workout time-frame for nutrients to get into your muscles is very short and only whey protein is fast enough for the job. Whey protein isolate and concentrate are considered to be the best post-workout protein sources as it sends amino acids to muscle to quickly boost recovery and start muscle growth. Look for supplements which combines whey and casein as whey spikes muscle protein synthesis and casein keeps it going for longer and further enhances muscle growth.

2. Amino Acids

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) such as leucine, isoleucine, and valine are the most critical aminos for muscle growth and essential for proper muscle recovery. Leucine has been shown to be the main amino which starts the process of protein synthesis. Amino acids determine your rate of muscle recovery, allowing you to grow stronger and more durable with each training session.

3. Electrolytes

Considered the best product to avoid dehydration and excessive loss of fluids from the body, electrolytes supplements contain high levels of the four main electrolytes that play vital roles in hydration and exercise performance: sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These important minerals are essential to be replenished in your body after your workout is completed. Sodium is responsible for maintaining fluids balance. Potassium can help prevent muscle cramps. Magnesium plays an important role in muscle relaxation, and calcium is required for normal muscle functions.

4. Creatine

Creatine levels must be kept high inside muscle cells for optimal strength and energy. Post-workout is considered the best time to maximize creatine uptake, especially when it gets a boost from carbs.

5. Beta Alanine

This amino acid is now known to be critical for maintaining muscle strength and endurance. A great product to be taken after high-intensity workouts, beta-alanine supplementation may help to delay fatigue, increase anaerobic threshold, increase power, strength, and muscle mass.




29
AUG

4 Benefits of CLA Supplementation

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CLA, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, has been an effective and safe weight-loss supplement for many years. A naturally occurring form of the essential fatty acid linoleic, CLA helps block cells from filling up with fat by interfering with a fat-storing enzyme known as lipoprotein lipase. Additionally, the vast majority of CLA supplements are caffeine-free or contain small amounts of caffeine in their formulas, unlike most fat-burners which tend to have a lot of caffeine and may not be suitable to many people.

Often classified as a natural fat burner, CLA offers additional benefits that are not known to many users. Let’s have a quick look at 4 benefits of CLA supplements.

1. Speed Up Metabolic Rate

The most known benefit is that CLA is able to increase metabolic rate, resulting in greater amounts of fat burning, particularly after exercising. This would obviously be a positive benefit for anyone trying to lose weight and improve body composition.

2. Boost Immune System

Staying healthy is key to any weight-loss program and CLA can help boost the immune system. CLA has been known to improve the body’s natural ability to fight off bacteria as well as enhance the immune system’s ability to function properly.

3. Enhance Muscle Growth

Studies have shown CLA supplements are known to build up lean muscle and lose extra body fat. For many users, continue CLA supplementation can help accelerate muscle growth.

4. Lower Cholesterol

Since many people these days have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, CLA products may have a positive impact on any person who has high cholesterol, regulating to healthy levels and significantly helping with weight-loss diets.




27
AUG

New Brands Showcase: Faktrition

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of sport nutrition supplements to our customers: Faktrition.

Faktrition is a sports supplement brand offering high-quality products to motivate and empower athletes of all kinds. The company ensures all supplements are 100% transparent, contain no proprietary blends and have complete and effective dosages. Developed by IFBB pro Fakhri Mubarak who has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Mubarak’s credentials range from being a professional athlete to being one of the top nutritional coaches in the world. The company was created to provide a unique brand which creates and develops products based on integrity and trust. All labels display full transparency, as the company say “Labels Don’t Lie”.

One of Faktrition best-selling items is F.Burner Cmplx, a premium weight-loss supplements created with selected ingredients working synergistically to burn fat, increase metabolic rate, and enhance thermogenesis throughout the body. Other popular products include BCAA Cmplx, a 2:1:1 ratio to reduce recovery time, stimulate protein synthesis, and limit muscle breakdown, and PRE Cmplx, a fully clinically dosed stand-alone ingredients to increase blood flow, enhance power and strength, maximize stamina, and reduce fatigue.

You can save even more when you shop Faktrition products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Here’s the scoop on a bunch of exciting new items at LuckyVitamin.com.




26
AUG

LuckyFit Sports & Fitness Nutrition Supplements Launch at LuckyVitamin

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Sports Nutrition at 1:43 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
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We’re excited to announce our new line of fitness nutrition supplements and products called LuckyFit! These products contain high-quality protein & ingredients, and are make with custom formulas to support recovery. This line contains a variety of items including Ready to Drink Protein, Lean Mass Gainer, CLA softgels and Whey Protein. The Lean Mass Gainer and Whey Protein are Informed-Choice Certified, meaning the supplements have been rigorously tested for banned substances indicated by the world class sports anti-doping lab. You’ll also find a variety of products that are low carb, gluten-free and lactose-free.

Shop all LuckyFit supplements to find products to help with weight loss, improve muscle tone and burn fat. Keep checking back for new products being added to the LuckyFit line!




24
JUL

Electrolytes to the Rescue

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Some people continue to exercise even during the hot summer days. Running, biking, hiking, walking, and power-walking are just a few activities that make us sweat but it’s always good to remember a few tips to avoid dehydration, the excessive loss of water from the body.

Drink plenty of water prior, during, and after your workout and if you are doing a more intense workout, get one of those sport drinks which contain important minerals that need to be replenished in your body.

If these two first tips are not enough for your type of workout and you find yourself battling cramps, headaches and dizziness, electrolytes can be really helpful.

An electrolyte is any substance such as acids, bases or salts that dissolves in water to give a solution an electric current, generating energy for the human body. These tiny electronically charged particles are lost via sweat during exercise and replenish them is essential to maintain good health.

The majority of electrolyte drinks contain high levels of the four main electrolytes that play vital roles in hydration and exercise performance: sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

Sodium is responsible for maintaining fluids balance. Potassium can help prevent muscle cramps. Magnesium plays an important role in muscle relaxation, and calcium is required for normal muscle functions.

Electrolytes supplements are the best way to replenish the body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration particularly when caused by extreme exercising conditions or intense heat.

Additionally, electrolytes are highly recommended in serious cases of diarrhea or after stomach disorders such as food poising or vomiting, preventing headaches and dizziness caused due to the lack of minerals in the system.




25
MAY

5 Supplements for Muscle Recovery

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Exercising is fun and great for your health but one common problem seems to slow down people’s physical activities. We are talking about muscle pain. This inconvenient, sometimes dangerous, issue can not only reduce or fully stop your exercise routine but also lead to serious injuries. Proper physical exercise is essential to maintain muscle health as well as proper nutrition but when it comes to recovery, a few products can be very helpful so you can recover faster in between workouts. Take a look at these 5 supplements to help muscle recovery.

1. Protein: of course this is the most important nutrient to take immediately after your workout, alongside carbohydrates. Your muscles have been broken down and therefore need repairing and rebuilding. Consuming protein helps stimulate muscle protein synthesis, recovery and growth.

2. BCAA’s: Branched chain amino acids are considered one of the best post workout recovery supplements. BCAA’s consist of three of the amino acids that are found in normal protein structures: L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine. BCAA’s supplements help prevent muscle catabolism, the breakdown of muscle, especially for usage in high-volume cardio work.

3. Magnesium: minerals are essential for muscle recovery and magnesium plays an important role in muscle relaxation. Known to speed up recovery, magnesium can also help improve muscle function, maintain electrolyte balance and reduce fatigue.

4. Fish Oil: an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil is known to decrease inflammation in the muscle and enhances body composition. Inflammation is one of the main reasons people have muscle pain as it not only causes pain but severely impacts your ability to recover, lose fat and build muscle.

5. Vitamin A: known to enhance and support early inflammation during injury, vitamin A can also help reverse post-injury immune suppression, and assists in collagen formation via collagenase modulation. Studies have shown that collagen cross-linkage is stronger with vitamin A supplementation and repair is quicker.




23
APR

D-Ribose: The Rejuvenator

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
RiboseD-Ribose supplements have been known to offer a variety of health benefits but did you know that cardiologists and exercise physiologists are increasingly turning to D-Ribose as a means of “rejuvenating” their patients’ cardiac and skeletal muscles?

That’s right. You can add one more benefit to the list. Studies have shown that D-Ribose supplementation may boost heart muscle function following heart attacks and can improve blood pumping in people with congestive heart failure.

As a result, better heart muscle function after D-Ribose supplementation can lead to better delivery of energy-rich blood to skeletal muscles, revving them up for increased activity.

Ribose is an all-natural five-carbon sugar that helps facilitate the production of ATP – Adenosine Triphospate. ATP is a molecule that is the primary source of energy for all our cellular processes. As a key component of the ATP process, D-Ribose has been known to faster ATP levels return to normal and can also help injured or heavily used muscle as they are particularly vulnerable to low ATP supply and is slow to recover those levels. Fatigue and exhaustion often occur as a result of depletion of the vital molecule called ATP in human muscle and taking D-Ribose supplements is one of the best ways to maintain healthy levels.

Increased ATP levels in skeletal muscle following D-Ribose supplementation can help reduce muscle pain and fatigue that prevent people from keeping up their vital exercise regimens. D-Ribose supplements provide the real energy boost for intense exercise activity.