Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Don't Want To Get Fat?...

You're a bodybuilder, an Iron Warrior, A Disciple of past champions – so chances are good that you wan't a big, strong beyond ripped body that's the best there is,with no ugly fat hiding all of your hard work. If this is you, then add one more thing to your “must do” bodybuilding list: eat fresh berries.

It's true: on the surface, berries don't seem essential for bodybuilders – they're low in protein and light on calories – and they certainly won't build muscle like a nice thick steak. But there's new evidence that fresh berries can stop you from getting fat – and not getting fat is always better than having to lose fat.

Many berries such as blueberries contain special blue/purple/red pigments called anthocyanins, and science shows that they can help prevent obesity, even when consuming a relatively high-fat diet. The research pointed out that grape skins, blueberries, blackberries and purple corn are rich in these fat fighters, but other foods contain them as well.

So here's your FUSION FACTOID: Eat dark colored fresh berries whenever possible. Insodoing you'll not only benefit from their antioxidant effects, but you'll be keeping the fat away.

SOURCE:American Chemical Society (2008, February 14). Natural Purple Pigments In Fruits, Vegetables And Berries, Such As Blueberries, May Help Prevent Obesity.

- FUSION Research Team

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Once You Start Working Out - KEEP IT UP!

You hear it all the time: “you have to be consistent with your workouts if you hope to build muscle and burn fat” and “being consistent is the only real way to make any gains.”

While we all know that this advice is true for muscle building and fat burning, new science is shedding light on the age-old practice of taking breaks between training phases.

It's a common practice for bodybuilders to take a one-week break or rest period at the end of bulking and cutting cycles. This is done primarily to rest the body and allow it to “normalize” in anticipation of the start of a cutting or bulking phase and the corresponding changes in training practices.

But new science shows that taking a total break can make you fat. In fact, the science shows that missing workouts and taking extended breaks from exercise – not exercising consistently – increases your chances of getting fat - more so than eating fatty foods!

So here's the straight-talk from FUSION: If you're reaching the end of one training-phase and about to start another, don't take a total break from activity. Instead, continue doing light cardiovascular exercise, or play a sport. Do something – just don't become a couch potato. This will not only stop you from getting fat, but it will keep your conditioning up so you have less “catch-up” work to do once you get back in the game.

Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2008, February 9). Irregular Exercise Pattern May Add Pounds.

- FUSION Research Team

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Wanna Be BIG? Can The Beer...

It's a fact: bodybuilders exist to build rock-hard, eye-popping muscle – to get huge!

To get huge, you have to eat and lift heavy. Some bodybuilders – especially younger bodybuilders – have taken to drinking beer because of the common misconception that the added calories from beer can aide in muscle building. Not so.

Science shows that alcohol doesn't just prevent muscle growth, but it also makes you fat – and keeps you that way.

Alcohol is calorie dense – with each gram of alcohol packing a whopping 7.5 calories. per gram) These empty calories increase your overall energy intake, and also negatively impact your hormone profile by supressing beta-adrenergic receptor activity – the activity that triggers fat incineration.

Bottom Line: Beer makes your fat and keeps you that way.

So next time you're thinking about having a brew, can the beer instead and focus on increasing your testosterone and muscle growth the right way: by working out hard and eating right.

Source: Endocrinology, in press; published online June 22, 2006.

- FUSION Research Team

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


At FUSION we are fortunate enough to have a stream of great testimonials about how our products have helped bodybuilders around the world achieve their goals. But, there is one testimonial that really stood out. It is from a bodybuilding dad who had great success with PURPLE•K and was so confident in it, that he recommended his 20 year old son use it. Well, we were totally stoked when Andrew Collins sent in this picture of his son - introducing Khris Collins. WOW - what a great combination of dedication, hard work and smart supplementation. Keep training bad ass Khris - you never know where it will take you.

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Khris Collins - bodybuilder to the core

- FUSION Media