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  My trip to Muscle Tech/Iovate’s headquarters in Canada was an awesome experience! I was up at 4:30am (pacific time) and flew out of Sacramento International Airport by 6:15am.  I landed at Houston International Airport and jumped on another plane and landed in Canada  after about eight hours of travel.   I got asked a million questions as to why I was coming to Canada by the customs agent.  It was a bit ridiculous but I made it through.  A limo took me from the airport to my own the suite that Muscle Tech booked for me.  It was a thirty minute drive and I couldn’t wait to get off my butt and walk around.  

  I got to the hotel at about 7:00pm (eastern time – I was in Oakville/Toronto Canada). Upon checking in, the lady at the front desk promptly informed me that they were serving dinner until 7:30pm.  I ran upstairs, dropped my bags off and ate, and ate, and ate some more.  They had the best wings ever! By the time I was done my plate was filled with bones. Hey, I had to get my protein in you know?

  After dinner I went back to my suite and called some friends.  I left a message for the first person I called saying something like, ” I guess you’re asleep.. its what… about eleven o’clock out there?”.  Shortly after, I got a call back and my friend said “what are you talking about?  Its only five o’ clock here”, laughing.  Needless to say I forgot I was the one on the east coast;  I was exahausted.  After being up for about fourteen hours that day (and I only slept three hours the night before), I fell asleep right away.

   The next morning I got up and pigged out.  I wanted to make sure I still weighed 250 lbs for the photo shoot.  While I was eating I met the two other athlete’s that came for the photoshoot, George and Ty.  Both cool guys.  We talked for a bit then I left to finish getting ready.  We were picked up from the suites and driven to Muscle Tech/Iovate’s headquarters at 8:30am!  Keep in mind that to me it’s still 5:30am!

  Once we arrived we were greeted by Athletic Talent Director, Aaron and he took us to the cafeteria and we ate again.  He gave us a tour around the building and it was very impressive; very high tech, definitely first class!  On our way back to the photo shoot area they gave us some Muscle Tech clothing as well as the new Hydroxycut Hardcore X that is out now. We did our photo shoot with hip hop music blaring in the background.  The energy at Muscle Tech headquarters is incredible! Its something that should be experienced by every fitness enthusiast!  After our photo shoot they surprised us with a video shoot and took our measurements!  I was dead on my goal! I weighted 250.8 pounds exactly!

   Once that was done, we got a chance to workout in their gym with beautiful scenery of snow and trees just outside the windows!  With the music blaring we all went at it.  Also there was Matt Kroczaleski the world’s strongest 220 pound man.  We had a great time in there throwing the weights around!  They even had dumbbells that went as high as 230 pounds!  I had to take advantage of that situation and do a few sets with 180 pound dumbbells.  We don’t have weight like that here in Sacramento and luckily most people, especially Elite In-Home Personal Training clients don’t really need that much weight to accomplish their individual goals.  After our workout we were able to shower and change so we could go eat again.  All of the training facilities I just mentioned are available to the employee’s of Muscle Tech/Iovate!  They have a cafeteria for their employee’s and they only serve healthy food. They even have phisique transformation contest amongst the employee’s.  The person we met with next, Susan told me she won last year’s contest… and a $2,000 first place purse as well, SWEET!

  At lunch we met with susan and she covered all the contract and technical issue’s and answered all of our questions.  Once we finished there we were picked up in a van and we were off to the airport to go back home.

 I had a great time and can’t say enough good things about the type of company Muscle Tech is.  My next photo shoot with them is scheduled for May 2nd.  I’ll see you then!



AAAAWWWWW YEAH! Hmm Ginger. Between her and MaryAnn why would anyone want to get off that island. But I know another ginger that actually may not look as great, but is much more beneficial toyou and your health. Shall we?

Ginger is great for joints and muscle aches and can decrease your headaches. In a recent study, participants who took 500-milligrams (mg) tablets of gingerol, the component that gives ginger its bite, twice a day, for three months experienced the same reduction in inflammation as when they took aspriin for three months.

Ginger can also help with arthritis pain. Ginger relieves arthritis pain, we hear from Sung Woo Kim, PhD. Ginger supplements soothe osteoarthritic joints by inhibiting production of pain-causing prostaglandins.

Also Ginger eases nausea. In a review of studies involving a total of 363 people, those who were given at least  1 g of  powdered gingerroot capsules one hour prior to surgery were one-third less likely to nausea and vomiting during the first 24 hours after the operation than those who got a placebo capsule The theory behind this is that ginger may suppress the neurotransmitter serotonin, which plays a role in triggering nausea and vomiting.

Although the island Ginger is great to look at,she doesnt provide all the health benefits that natural ginger can provide to you and your body. If possible take a 100-mg supplement, such as Gingerforce, one to three times a day, and as always, check with your physician before taking any new supplements or vitamins. Until next time.

The health benefits from drinking coffee continue to be reported-to the point where many of the results seem almost too good to be true.

Coffee reduces diabetes risk. Drinking six cups a day slashed risk of diabetes by 54% for men and 30% for women in an 18 year Harvard study. Even drinking only one cup a day was found to reduce risk by several percent.

At least six other studies indicate coffee-drinkers reduce their risk if Parkinson’s disease by up to 80%. In addition, other studies have reported that drinking at least two cups of coffee a day can reduce risk of developing colon cancer by 25%, risk of gallstones by 50% and risk of liver cirrhosis by 80%.

There’s even evidence that coffee drinking offsets some of the health damage caused by smoking and excessive drinking-those who engage in such health vices but also drink cofee have been reported to suffer less heart and liver damage than those who don’t.

And other studies have indicated cofee may help control asthma, relieve headaches, lift spirits and even prevent cavities.

Coffee also increases athletic performance and endurance-until recently, it was a controlled substance at the Olympic Games.

Moreover, coffee is even good for children. One study in Brazil indicated that children (age 12 average) who drank coffee with milk were less prone to depression and were more alert in school. No study indicates that coffee consumed in reasonable amounts is in any way harmful for children

Does anyone know where the nearest Starbucks is?

Blueberries protect the heart. Of all fruits, blueberries have the highest level of antioxidants. Antioxidants relax blood vessels, improving blood flow, and keeping blood pressure down. Eat between one-half  and one cup every day for maximum benefits.

This is the last of the 3 part blog that we have been writing. Previously we have been giving you tips on different ways to help you through your weight loss program. We left off with tip # 6 so lets recap number 6 then move forward to tip #7.

#6  Turn up the thermostat in your house. One reason that people tend to eat more during the cold months is that cold temperatures stimulate appetite. Also, people with naturally low body temperatures tend to have a slower metabolism and are more prone to weight gain. Staying warm may be a natural form of appetite control, particularly if you increase body temperature with exercise. Every one degree increase in body temperature increases metabolism by 14%

#7 Ask your doctor about Tagamet. The active ingredient in this heartburn drugis thought to activate appetite-suppressing CCK. One 12-week study found that people taking a prescription form fo Tagamet (400mg, three times daily) had about a 5% decrease in waist size.

IMPORTANT: Tagamet is unlikely to cause significant side effects, but should be taken to aid weight loss only if you have heartburn symptoms.

#8 Consider using nicotine. It’s common for people to who quit smoking to gain weight, probably because the nicotine in tobacco suppresses appetite, increases metabolism and damages taste buds, which makes food less appealing. Studies have shown that nicotine- in the form of patches and gum, not from cigarettes-when combined with small amounts of caffeine, can help some people lose weight. Talk to your doctor about combining a nicotine patch with two cups of coffee daily. Even for non-smokers, this approach can be used temporarily (to avoid possible addiction risk) to jump-start weight loss efforts.

#9 Smell grapefruit. Grapefruit oil, available from aromatherapy shops, emits an aroma that is thought to affect liver enzymes and help promote weight loss.

#10 Control emotional stress. People who live with chronic stress (due to family pressures, fast-paced jobs, etc.) produce high levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that increases the propensity for the omentum – a structure located near the stomach-to store fat. Excessive fat in the omentum can significantly increase waist size.

There that completes my 10 surprising ways to stay healthy and controlling your weight. Of course exercise and healthy eating are the best ways to staying healthy, however now days, its tough to do. We hope you try some of these tips. Lets us know which ones worked for you or which ones just did nothing at all. We are curious to know. For more great tips or for some work-out ideas, join our Facebook page where we give you different ideas everyday to keep you focused and on track of your weight loss program. We are here to help! If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time. One of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you. That number is 916-503-3255, or you can simply email us at

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Until next time, be good to yourself and others.