From Model to Mama and Back

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BetaStax™ Helps a Fitness Model Regain Her Lean, Toned Figure in Just 10 Weeks

Lynda Valeri’s biography is a unique 21st century take on the modern American success story. Lynda (or Lymbo, as her many devoted fans know her) has built a tremendous following on the popular social networking site MySpace.com, and parlayed that hard work into a thriving second career as a fitness model.

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A Former Personal Trainer Gets His Ideal Physique Back

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John Deroba is an Electronic Sales Engineer these days. But in his former career as a personal trainer, he was always being sought out by people who were out of shape and wanted to make a change in their lives. John would help them set goals, give them the eating and workout advice they needed, and inspire them to work at bettering themselves.

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Workout Warrior Sheds the Bulk, Rips Up Like Never Before

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Pat Papero has played sports his whole life and has always been diligent about working out. It never even occurred to him that he might be too bulked up until he noticed that playing simple recreational sports was leaving him winded and sore. When he finally put his feet on that scale, he was in for a surprise. At 225 pounds, he was far from his optimum weight. It was time to re-think his diet and workout goals.

“I changed my workout program from strictly strength and weight gain, to more of a cardiovascular and muscular endurance program,” Pat says. “The first week of dieting wasn’t so bad. But the first week of cardio was a lot tougher. BetaStax definitely helped with both. It gave me energy and curbed my appetite without giving me the shakes like the other products I had tried in the past. It helped me achieve my goals of losing weight without sacrificing the muscle I had worked so hard to build.”

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New BetaStax Fat-Burning Catalyst Helps a Respected Medical Research Expert Attain a Ripped and Rock-Hard Physique

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One of the benefits of being a respected expert in the medical research field is that you sometimes have access to advance samples of highly promising supplement technologies before they are made available to the general public. Dr. Dwayne Jackson, an assistant professor at one of Canada’s top medical schools, the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, and a writer and editorial advisor for Muscle & Fitness magazine, recently had such an opportunity, courtesy of the research and development innovators at BioQuest.

As a member of the BioQuest scientific advisory panel, Dr. Jackson was fortunate enough to have advanced access to this breakthrough thermogenic formula. Though he is typically excited to try new products, Dr. Jackson had added incentive to try this particular product. As you can see in the “Before” photo featured in this article, Dr. Jackson had recently let his conditioning slip to a significant degree as a result of a particularly hectic period of intense work in his capacities as professor, scientist, and writer. Needless to say, this physical state of affairs was not ideal for a regular contributor to Muscle & Fitness magazine.

“I was intrigued by BetaStax because I knew it was developed by the same product engineers that created the original Xenadrine formula,” Dr. Jackson says. “These guys (now at BioQuest) are probably the top specialists in thermogenic products in the industry. Also, I knew that, unlike most hardcore thermogenics, which are mostly made up of the same base ingredients (caffeine, yohimbe, and green tea), BetaStax is totally unique and mechanistically much more advanced than anything I’d seen before. So I was curious to see exactly what BioQuest had come up with in BetaStax.”

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Upon starting BetaStax, Dr. Jackson was quite impressed with an aspect of the powerful new formula that reminded him instantly of another highly regarded thermogenic. “I took the recommended two Liquid Speed™ caps and headed off to the gym,” he says. “I recall a few minutes later as I was still driving to the gym a profound wave of energy hit me. By the time I got to the gym, I was fired up big time. I honestly hadn’t felt anything like it since the glory days of Xenadrine-RFA-1. In fact, that would be about the closest thing I could compare the feeling to.

betastax weight loss infobutton info New BetaStax Fat Burning Catalyst Helps a Respected Medical Research Expert Attain a Ripped and Rock Hard Physique “What followed was the absolute best training session I’d had in a very long time. I pounded legs and abs and was still all charged up at the end. It was truly hard to believe that a non-’fat-burning legends of yesterday’ product could be so powerful and effective. The energy continued for hours and there was no crash at all. But the other thing that was really amazing is that even after this intense workout, I had little appetite. Usually I would be famished after two hours of intense training but I simply wasn’t. Such an energy and appetite suppression effect was exactly what made the ‘fat-burning legends of yesterday’/caffeine products work so well for me in the past.”

Though he had tried only a single dose, Dr. Jackson already knew he was getting an advance opportunity to evaluate a product that would mark a significant turning point in the recent history of thermogenic science. “I went home and had my wife take a ‘before’ picture of me so I could closely track my results and report back to BioQuest in a few months. After the first week, I could already see a dramatic difference. This product motivated me to train like an animal every time and to eat clean consistently.

“The results that followed over the next several weeks amazed me and even my colleagues at the lab who noticed the changes week to week. I was dropping fat and gaining muscle at the same time, but even more impressive was how fast it was all happening. Over the course of just a few months I wound up losing 53 pounds while packing on a substantial amount of muscle.”

As his transformation (achieved via the combination of BetaStax with intense training and consistent good dieting) was occuring, Dr. Jackson had ample opportunity to study the formula and read the midway report of a clinical study being conducted on the key active ingredient in BetaStax.

“The study report indicated that subjects using the active formula had demonstrated elevated levels of Cholecystokinin (CCK) in laboratory tests,” Dr. Jackson said. “CCK is a neuropeptide which mediates satiety by binding to CCK receptors in the brain. The best part is that, according to the research, this compound seems to elevate CCK indirectly through a natural biological mechanism which is clearly the preferred pathway.

“This explains a lot because I know the great results I got with BetaStax were, in part, the result of eating clean and there’s no question that an elevation in CCK would have a role in that. At the same time, the profound energy stimulation from BetaStax addressed the other end of the weight-loss equation by motivating me to get to the gym consistently and train with more intensity. Such energy stimulation also provides for metabolic enhancement which is obviously critical in offsetting the metabolic slowdown that occurs during caloric restriction.

Now possessed of a radically leaner, ripped, and rock-hard physique, Dr. Jackson has nothing but high praise for BetaStax.

“I’ve used a lot of fat-burners over the years and I can say there is no question that BetaStax represents the absolute best of the current generation of fat-burners. Not only is the preliminary research remarkable but my personal experience with it was quite extraordinary.”

Finishing Touches

article 2008 finishing touches Finishing TouchesDon’t let the finer details of your physique lag behind. From forearms to calves and everything in between, ProSource tells you how you can bring six neglected body parts up to par.For something so often forgotten or ignored, the small details often make the difference between a mess and a masterpiece. What if Michelangelo had cut corners while sculpting the Statue of David, or Leonardo Da Vinci had breezed past the nuance in The Last Supper? The former may have turned out to be no more than a forgotten hunk of marble, the latter surely not one of the most examined and revered works of art of all time.

Of course, you may not be working on the same scale when crafting your physique — most of us just want a few admiring glances from the opposite sex and a body worth showing off at the beach — but details still matter.

Think of it this way: How impressive does a mighty set of biceps and triceps appear if attached to a splinter-thin forearm? How cartoonishly laughable are big thighs if “anchored” by spindly calves?

Yes, it’s not a pretty picture. But there’s hope. We can help you complete your own masterpiece, and without tons of extra time in the gym. A few sets here or there, and you can drastically improve these smaller yet important body parts.

Below are six commonly ignored muscles: We give you quick 10-minute workouts for each, and the best body parts to pair them with. Simply tack these workouts to the end of the suggested larger part, and over the course of a few weeks to months, they’ll not only become a regular element of your routine, but they’ll develop from weak points to strong — and maybe even become a highlight in your personal work of art.

1) Forearms
The forearm muscles pair synergistically with your biceps workout, and can be worked with simple barbell and dumbbell exercises.

EXERCISE SETS REPS
Reverse EZ-Bar Curl 3 15, 12, 10
Barbell Wrist Curl 2 15, 12
Reverse Barbell Wrist Curl 2 12, 10

The first move is very similar to a standing biceps curl, except you hold the bar with a palms-down grip. For a barbell wrist curl, sit near the end of a bench, place your forearms flush on the bench between your legs, holding a bar off the end with a palms-up grip; then curl the bar up and down with your wrists in a full range of motion. For a reverse wrist curl, you simply turn your grip over so your palms face down (you’ll have to drop the weight, as you will be weaker in this position).

2) Calves
Obviously, calves go best with the rest of your leg training, but pro bodybuilders pair them with almost any workout with success, so you can follow suit — just be sure to hit them at least once, if not twice, a week for results.

EXERCISE SETS REPS
Standing Calf Raise 3 20, 15, 10
Donkey-Machine Calf Raise 3 20, 15, 10
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Seated Calf Raise 3 20, 15, 10

Although you’ll be using reps up to 20, after a lighter first set, really try to ramp up the amount of weight you’re handling — calves will respond better to heavier loads. Keep in mind, they’re used to lifting your bodyweight countless times all day as you walk, so when you’re in the gym, you need a stronger stimulus to prod them. For all three exercises, employ a full range of motion, and try to hold each rep at the top for a second; if you can’t do so, you’ve gone too heavy. If you’re not familiar with it, the donkey calf machine is a piece of equipment where you bend 90 degrees at the hips and lift a pad set on your lower back and glutes by raising your heels. If your gym doesn’t have one, you can do three more sets of standing raises instead. Supersetting the last two exercises will help keep you moving and cut down on overall rest time.

3) Rear Delts
The rear delts are often the smallest of the three deltoid heads, because the front and side delts get more overall attention from lifters. The latter two heads are also more involved in pressing moves for shoulders and, to a degree, chest. To help the rear delts keep up, you want to continue working them in your regular delt workout, and then give them some bonus work as part of another day’s training. The following routine fits well at the end of a back workout, or at the beginning of an arms session.

EXERCISE SETS REPS
Bent-Over One-Arm Dumbbell Raise 4 12, 10, 10, 8
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Bent-Over Dumbbell Rear Raise 4 12, 10, 10, 8

Procure a flat bench for both of these exercises. They should be done slowly and under full control, feeling the rear delt contract on every rep. For the first, take a dumbbell in one hand and place your other hand on the bench. Your back should be flat, your core tight. Raise the dumbbell straight out to the side until your arm is parallel with the floor, then lower and repeat. After the recommended reps, immediately move into the next exercise: From the same position, instead of lifting the dumbbell to the side, you’ll bring it back to the rear (like a dumbbell kickback with a straight arm).

4) Obliques
Many people do plenty of crunches and reverse crunches, but the obliques, which run along the side of the abdominal wall, are commonly an afterthought. If they’re a weak point for you, you should do oblique work with your regular ab routine, then add some extra work to the end of another training day. The following oblique-focused workout can be done at the end of just about any session, from legs to chest to back.

EXERCISE SETS REPS
Decline-Bench Twisting Crunch 3 20, 20, 20
Vertical-Bench Knee Raise To Side 3 12, 12, 12

The decline-bench crunch is like a standard decline crunch, except you twist as you come up, bringing your left elbow toward your right knee and vice versa. On the vertical bench, the idea is the same, except your bringing your knees up to one side, then the other. For both exercises, once to each side equals one full rep.

5) Lower Back
If you’re doing deadlifts and back extensions during your regular back workout, you’re probably fine. If you’re not, you’ll want to start adding these moves onto the end of your back or leg routine to increase your all-important core strength.

EXERCISE SETS REPS
Off-The-Rack Deadlifts 4 10, 10, 8, 8
Back Extensions 3 25, 20, 15

Deadlifts off the rack shorten the range of motion (which means you may be able to handle a little more weight than you could with traditional from-the-floor deads), while calling on your lower back and core, among other muscle groups. Set the safety bars in a power rack to a height just below knee level, and set a barbell on them. From here, you’ll perform deadlifts from this height, bending at the knees, grasping the bar with an overhand or mixed grip, and pulling the bar up to a standing position. The second exercise, back extensions, are performed on an angled back-extension bench or a roman chair, and involve bringing your body from a 90-degree angle to a plank position.

6) Neck
When is the last time you worked your neck? (And no, working your traps doesn’t count). Never? If that’s your answer, it’s not surprising. Neck exercises are about as popular in gyms as guys with rancid body odor. However, unlike the sweat-soaked dude you don’t want to be next to on the treadmills, neck exercises aren’t loathed, they just aren’t that well known or passed along from teacher to pupil. You can add this quick and effective workout to the end of any upper-body training session.

EXERCISE SETS REPS
Facedown Neck Raise 3 10, 10, 10
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Face-Up Neck Raise 3 10, 10, 10
Side-To-Side Isometric Resistance 2 6, 6

Most likely, your gym doesn’t have the old-fashioned head harness, which has straps that go around your head and a chain that holds weight plates, but that’s no problem. You can provide ample resistance directly with a weight plate on the first two exercises listed. Start with no more than a 10-pounder — with your neck, going heavy is not ideal or recommended. For the facedown raise, you can lie on a bench longways or vertically, with your head off the edge. From here, holding a weight plate on the back of your head with both hands (try it sans plate for the first workout or two), lift your neck up as far as you can, then lower slowly. Repeat for reps. The face-up raise is similar, except, obviously, you’re looking up toward the ceiling and you place the plate on your forehead. The final exercise involves only your hand. Place your palm against the side of your head, and resist as you tilt your head into your palm as hard as you can. Hold for 5-10 seconds per isometric “rep.” Alternate side to side — once to each side equals one rep.