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How I use Muscle Tape at my clinic Part I: Adam

I am an Licensed Acupuncturist in Minneapolis and mainly use acupuncture, herbs and dietary therapy as my primary therapy tools.  Recently, I have incorporated Muscle Tape into my practice for the athletes that I treat.  I find it to be a fantastic passive therapy that does a few things to make my work even more effective.  I want to show you a few case studies in how I use it and what I do that is a little different in the way I look at pain and injuries.

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Q5 Combat "Launch Fuel"- A First Look THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #102 VIEW NOW >

I was a competitive power lifter and BJJ practitioner from 1998-2007. To pay the rent I worked in a vitamin shop. I think I’ve tried every pre-work out, post-workout, and interim-workout formula that’s been brought to the American market. Probably the UK, French and German markets too!

One issue I have always had with pre-workout elixirs is the unhealthy doses of stimulants like caffeine (methylxanthine), synepherine, tuarine, DMAA, and guarana  just to name a few. That’s one of the things that interested me about Q5’s new Launch Fuel, it doesn’t have any artificial stimulants.

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Gaspari Trial: MyoFusion Probiotic Series (Chocolate). THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #098 VIEW NOW >

myofusionThis week, we are reviewing Gaspari Nutrition’s “MyoFusion Probiotic Series” protein powder.    I have to say, I have had a blast testing Gaspari’s products.  Having used a few different protein powders over about two years, I have some sort of vague reference to compare this product to.  Admittedly I have only used the low quality one or two brands that can be found in the vitamin isle at your unnamed one stop shopping center. 

Immediately you’ll notice that Myofusion has a unique offering in that it contains probiotics to support digestive health.  If you are not familiar with probiotics, they are live bacteria culture’s that upon consumption, set up shop in your digestive tract and aid with digestive health.  Probiotics can be acquired by eating various foods such as yogurt, cheese, sauerkraut, and even wine and beer.  There are also many supplemental sources of probiotics that can be found at your local pharmacy.

Another unique aspect to Myofusion is what they refer to as their “six stage protein blend.”  Nowhere on the label is this product referred to as a whey protein concentrate, or whey protein isolate.  Gaspari simply states that this is a protein powder, and with closer investigation on the label, it is obvious that this is not a whey protein supplement.  The “six stage protein blend,” is a combination of whey protein concentrate, brown rice protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, egg albumin, milk protein isolate, and whey protein hydrolysate.  These all combine for what is 24g protein per 39g scoop.   What this means is that you are receiving multiple sources of protein, all of which absorb at varying rates. 

The solution does contain 9g carbohydrates per scoop, accompanied by 2g of fat.  This is slightly higher in carbohydrates than other protein powders I have used prior, and is something to take into consideration for those who are super strict about their carbohydrates.  For the majority of people, especially those practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this should not be an issue.  It is also gluten free, meaning it is acceptable to the growing populace that support a glutenfree lifestyle.  The product is sweetened primarily with sucralose, and is aspartame free.  I would have liked to have seen stevia as the primary sweetener in this product, simply because it is a natural source, and not an artificial sweetener.  However sucralose does not seem to be as heavily scrutinized as aspartame, and it is used in almost all protein powders, so this is only a minor criticism. 

So with all the technicalities out of the way...  How does it taste?  I can say that on taste alone, I am going to have to move on from the low quality powders I have used prior.  The sample Gaspari Nutrition provided BjjWeekly was chocolate flavor.  It did indeed taste like chocolate, but not like the generic chocolate protein powder I have had prior.  The closest comparison I can relate this to, is those little round chocolate candies by the name of “Whoppers,” which are quite delicious.  The powder mixes very easily with a spoon, and does not leave the clumps of protein pulp that is reminiscent of unfiltered orange juice.  With lower quality protein powders, I had almost exclusively mixed them with plain nonfat yogurt simply because I could not stomach the lumpy texture.  It tastes quite good mixed only with water, although it is significantly better with milk,  plain yogurt, or almond milk. 

I enjoyed this product so much, that I have started to use it as a daily meal replacement for the long commute from my workplace to the dojo.  By following the recipe below, you will get a healthy preworkout shake that will keep you satisfied for hours after consumption, and best of all, it tastes like  penutbutter cup icecream.  To try it simply throw the following into a blender:

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Gaspari Trials: Superpump Max Workout #1 THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #093 VIEW NOW >

We are quite excited, as the folks with Gaspari Nutrition sent us some sample product for review.    Having never used a preworkout supplement in the two or three years that I have been interested in health and fitness, I was especially excited to try out Gaspari’s newly improved pre-workout formula:  Superpump Max (Watermelon Flavor).  Being somewhat of a scientific mind, I decided I would wait to try the product until shoulder day.  Shoulder day is by far my favorite resistance session in the gym, and knowing this, I would best be able to gauge the impact of the product on my performance.  Before getting into the trial, lets first review the claims on the label.

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JIU-JITSU ON THE MIND with ORIGIN BJJ THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #089 VIEW NOW >

A lot of eyes have been on BJJ Weekly supporter Origin BJJ, especially after they ranked #5 on the bjj gi survey out of 200+ brands last month. Origin just launched their 2012 gear lineup in style with a very contagious video. Just a little eye candy for all you bjj gear addicts out there. They are running a facebook contest and giving out a new 2012 COMP 550 gi, check it out at www.facebook.com/originbjj

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Ground Control Gorilla Grips THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #026 VIEW NOW >

Rick takes a look at the Gorilla Grip from Ground Control fightwear.

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Rashguard Review - Custom Print from Takedown Outfitters THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #066 VIEW NOW >

In my travels for BJJ Weekly I've noticed that there are 3 kinds of guys. Gi only guys, Gi and rashguard guys, and Gi and tshirt guys. I've been planted firmly in the Gi and tshirt catagory since I started training. If I had more disclipline with my diet I'd probably be a Gi only guy, but I respect my training partners too much to subject them to the sweaty belly choke, and so I always wear a tshirt.

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Scramble Stuff - Essentials of Jiu Jitsu THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #024 VIEW NOW >

We received a few of the new Scramble Jiu Jitsu Essential shirts for review at the BJJ Weekly office the other day. The shirts come wrapped in individual plastic packages which is really nice, and the shipping from the UK took only a few days.

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Food Bars - GNU, Larabar, Think Thin THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #007 VIEW NOW >

In this episode the guys take a look at some of their favorite food bars.

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Six Star Professional Strength Muscle Building Shake – Triple Chocolate Fudge THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #008 VIEW NOW >

I’m not looking to add pounds of muscle, but in managing my weight I stick to a low carb, high protein diet. Part of that diet includes protein drinks either after a workout or sometimes as a quick meal replacement.

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