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Joe Wilson

Featured Fan - Joe WilsonWhat makes you the Featured Fan?
I love PROMAX bars. My masters swim coach recommended them to me. A PROMAX bar is perfect after a hard swimming practice. Also, when I’m on the road, an apple and a PROMAX bar make for a complete lunch. When I compete in a swim meet, I always bring one or two bars to eat between races and maybe give one to another swimmer. Plus they taste great.

Which PROMAX bar do you like best?
PROMAX Original Double Fudge Brownie.

Why is fitness and nutrition important to you?
As I age, Fitness and Nutrition become more and more crucial. Personally, I have a tendency to put on weight so it’s mandatory. And, if I don’t exercise and eat right, my energy levels are much lower. As an athlete who is keenly aware of health issues, I need to maintain this lifestyle for every imaginable reason including keeping up with my two high-energy dogs who need a lot of exercise. Also, I run in 5K races and compete in masters swimming competitions so it’s all part of the entire package.

What is one unique thing about you?
I’d like to say it’s that I swam from Petit Bateau Island to Jamesby Island and back in the Tobago Cays in the Grenadines, but someone else might have done that also, which would no longer make it unique. I’m in my early 60s and did amazing things in my 50s. At age 54, I did two 7-mile swims on consecutive Sundays while recovering from a quadriceps tendon rupture. One unique thing is my “pyramid philosophy” for athletic training. It’s too detailed to write here but I intend to publish it somewhere soon.

Posted in Featured Fan | February 8, 2016

Protein: Your Body’s Fuel for Life

Protein

Protein plays a critical role in building and maintaining a healthy body, providing critical components for forming muscles and bones, and even hair and fingernails. For fitness enthusiasts, increasing protein intake is important for burning calories and building muscle, and vegetarian protein bars are a great way to get the nutrients you need without absorbing harmful substances contained in meat-based sources of protein.

Protein performs a number of critical services for the body, including:

  • Building body parts – Protein can be found in just about every cell in the human body. Specialized proteins known as structural proteins help provide structure and support for the body, and collagens are another form of protein present in bones, ligaments, skin, and tendons. Collagen helps support connective tissues.
  • Building immunity – Protein is a critical component of the body’s immune system, and a key component of antibodies, which help track down and destroy harmful bacteria or viruses. People who don’t get enough protein are at greater risk of falling ill and will have a tougher time recovering than those who have an adequate amount of protein in their diets.
  • Transporting nutrients – Proteins help move potassium, sodium, and other critical vitamins and nutrients throughout the body. It also plays a critical role in bringing oxygen from the lungs and into the body via hemoglobin.
  • Weight loss – Consuming protein can aid in weight loss. Protein has a high thermic effect, meaning that it burns faster than other nutrients like fat or carbohydrates. It is also more satiating than other nutrients. This means that consuming protein will leave you feeling full longer than you would if you ate other foods. By prolonging the feeling of fullness, you’ll reduce any unnecessary food intake.
  • Forming enzymes – Protein helps form enzymes such as pepsin and lactase, which are critical for digestion and the efficient absorption of nutrients from food.

As you can see, protein plays a critical role in health and fitness.  Unfortunately, many people seeking to become fit don’t consume enough protein when they diet. How much protein you should consume will depend upon a number of variables, including your gender, weight, age, and other factors. In general, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends:

  • Three servings, for a total of seven ounces per day, for teenage boys and active men.
  • Two servings, for a total of five ounces per day, for children ages 2 to 6, the majority of women, and most older adults.
  • Two servings, for a total of six ounces per day, for older boys and girls, teenage girls, active women, and most men.

A nutritionist or trainer can help fitness enthusiasts determine how much protein is right for them, and whether sources like vegetarian energy bars are the right choice.

Promax Nutrition provides a convenient solution for people seeking the protein, vitamins, and minerals they need to build better bodies. Delicious, vegetarian, and gluten-free, Promax bars are a tasty alternative for fitness enthusiasts seeking quality nutrition.

Posted in Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Protein | February 3, 2016

Getting That Booty Right: Four Tips for Better Glutes

Bigger Glutes

The bottom is the bottom line for many fitness enthusiasts who are hitting the gym to build a firmer, toner tush. Building a better butt can be one of the biggest challenges in fitness, as finding the right combination of exercise and healthy eating can be tough. However, with the right workout, you can quickly see results in the rear view.

When working on firming up your back side, the set of muscles you’ll be working on are the glutes, or gluteal muscles as they’re more formally called. The glutes are a set of three muscles in the buttocks, including the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. Believe it or not, these muscles do quite a bit of work helping to facilitate movement of the hip joint and supporting the extended knee.

If you’re looking to build up your glutes, consider these exercises:

  • Squats – Obviously, the squat is going to be one of the most helpful exercises for toning up your back side. To properly perform a squat, stand with your feet slightly further apart than your hips. Point your toes outward by just a little bit. Next, extend your arms forward, and then push your backside backward. Be sure to start by moving your hips back before bending your knees to perform a proper squat. Try to squat down until your hips are level or lower than your knees.

Bigger Glutes

  • Glute bridge – To perform this exercise, sit on the floor and press your upper back against a bench. Bend your knees and keep your feet level on the ground in front of you as you squeeze your gluteal muscles to raise your pelvis off the ground. Keep raising your pelvis until you form a straight line from your shoulders to your knees and hips. The key to making this exercise work is to exclusively use your gluteal muscles.
  • Step-up – One of the easiest and most effective exercises to build up your butt, the step up is a staple of many exercise routines. To do step-ups, put one foot on a step or crate and place your weight on the center of your foot. Then step straight up, while squeezing the glute of the leg on the step or crate when you reach the top of the movement.
  • Barbell hip thrust – For a deep gluteal burn, try the barbell hip thrust. Put your upper back against a box or bench and keep your knees bent with your feet flat on the ground. Next, place a padded, loaded barbell on your lap. Then, lift your hips using your glutes until they’re in line with your body, which will now lay flat across the bench or box.

With these exercises, a healthy diet, and the advice of your trainer, you’ll soon be on your way to a better-looking backside.

Promax Nutrition gives people who want better bodies the protein, vitamins, and minerals they need in delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian protein bars.

Posted in Fitness, Gym | January 24, 2016

Five Strategies for Building Muscle

Muscle Building Strategies

Strength is the cornerstone of fitness. Building muscle allows you to hit harder and move faster, and it also enhances your ability to effectively lose weight and withstand injury. By increasing your strength, you’re also improving your health.

There are a variety of exercise routines fitness enthusiasts can use to build muscle. Foods like high protein, low carb bars can also help in building muscle without contributing to unnecessary weight gain.

Some of the most effective strategies for building strength and muscle mass include:

  • Get back to basics –The bench press, shoulder press, deadlift, and squat are time-honored exercises for a good reason – they work. Incorporate these basic exercises into your routine, and you’ll soon begin seeing results. Also add classics like the chin-up and the row to your workout.
  • Gradually increase weight – A key reason why many exercise enthusiasts hit a wall in building muscle is that they try to ramp up weight too quickly. Don’t turn your workout into a competition with others. Do your lifts using a little less than your max weight for lifting in the rep range of your exercise. Slowly increase weight over time, and don’t add large amounts at one time. This slow burn will allow greater success in building strength.
  • Maintain balance to avoid injury – An injury will quickly put your bid to increase your muscle mass to a screeching halt. There are several ways to avoid injury, and one of the most effective is balancing your training. Make sure you do both pushing and pulling exercises to ensure your muscle development is even. Exercises don’t have to be balanced in one session, but it is wise to balance your exercises within the same week. Also, don’t forget leg day.
  • Work out standing up – When you work out while you’re standing, you’ll use more muscles and burn more calories. There are a number of great dumbbell exercises you can use in a standing position to increase your strength. The great thing about these exercises is that they work your core and your mid-section, too.
  • Consume plenty of protein – Protein is essential to building and maintaining muscle. Men and women trying to build muscle mass should consume one gram of protein for every pound of body weight each day. Spread the protein out over several small meals each day for maximum effectiveness. There are a variety of sources where exercise enthusiasts can obtain protein, but one of the best involves eating high protein bars. These bars are healthy, have high protein content, and many derive protein from sources other than animal protein. Animal protein can contribute to kidney stones, so obtaining protein from non-animal sources is a good idea if you’re stepping up your consumption of this nutrient.

With the right diet and exercise regimen, you can increase your strength and muscle mass, resulting in a healthier, more impressive body.

Promax Nutrition gives people who want better bodies the natural protein, vitamins, and minerals they need in delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian snack bars.

Posted in Arm Workout, Gym, Protein, Strength Training | January 21, 2016

Megan

FFpage_012016_FF_215x215What makes you the Featured Fan?
I love mixing PROMAX bars into dessert-type snacks for a sweet, protein punch!

Which PROMAX bar do you like best?
PROMAX LS Lower Sugar Peanut Butter Cookie Dough!

Why is fitness and nutrition important to you?
It makes me feel good and strong and helps me to be confident, release stress.

What is one unique thing about you?
I’m in recovery from anorexia/orthorexia and a spinal cord injury but I won’t let anything hold me back! I’m determined to continue battling my obstacles and getting stronger, mentally and physically.

Check out Megan on Instagram!
@healthy_happy_and_free

Posted in Featured Fan | January 20, 2016

Stuffed Peanut Butter Muffins

Stuffed Peanut Butter Muffins

Ingredients:
1 scoop Peanut Butter Fluff whey
½ Promax Lower Sugar Peanut Butter Cookie Dough bar

4 Tbsp coconut flour (32g)
3 Tbsp egg substitute (46g)

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce (56g)

Roughly ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (120ml)

½ tsp vanilla

½ tsp baking powder

Sweetener, if desired (2 packets)

Directions:
Mix together everything but the milk and Promax Lower Sugar protein bar. Add milk slowly until you get desired muffin batter consistency. Divide ½ of the protein bar into 5 pieces. Fill cups halfway, drop in protein bar piece, cover with batter. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

Makes: 5 muffins
434 calories | 13F | 45C | 40P

Source: DOer, Kim Hoeltje @kimhoeltje

Posted in MAXMunchies, Nutrition, Protein |

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Sundae

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Sundae

¼ cup Coconut Granola
1/3 cup Greek Yogurt
Stevia Sweetened Chocolate Chips
½ Promax Pro Series Peanut Butter Crisp Bar

Directions:

  1. Layer the granola and Greek yogurt
  2. Chop up the half bar of Pro Series bar
  3. Top the sundae with the Stevia chocolate chips and the pieces of Pro Series bars
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Brand Ambassador, Holly Perkins!

Posted in MAXMunchies, Nutrition, Protein | January 19, 2016

Soy Protein: A Healthier Alternative

Soy Protein

One of the big worries many people have when switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet is whether their new diet will contain sufficient protein. While vegan and vegetarian diets, on the whole, are healthier than consuming meat, these diets do not always provide sufficient protein. Fortunately, soy in the form of healthy protein bars can provide a great substitute for meat, ensuring vegans and vegetarians get all the nutrients they need.

Soy protein is derived from soybeans. Soybeans are a type of legume that are native to East Asia, but which are now grown around the world. Soybean has been found to be an inexpensive high-protein food, as soybeans produce more protein per acre than most other farm products. In fact, soy has so much protein it’s often called the “meat of the field.” Soy can be incorporated into a variety of foods, including dairy analogues, for people who are lactose intolerant or who wish to avoid animal products.

In addition to being high in protein content, soy also has the benefit of containing all the amino acids present in meat. While soy has all of the protein and amino acids present in meat, it has much lower fat content, making it a great alternative.

If you’re looking for even more reasons why soy is a great nutritional source, consider these health benefits:

  • Soy helps your body get the most from other foods – Amino acids present in soy products help the body more efficiently process other foods. Getting the maximum nutritional value from foods helps you stay healthy and also helps you avoid overeating.

Healthy Protein Alternatives

  • Reduced heart disease risk – Studies show that soy will reduce LDL cholesterol, the “bad cholesterol” that doctors warn us about. The Food and Drug Administration says that consuming four servings of soy each day can help people reduce LDL cholesterol by nearly 10 percent. According to medical professionals, for every one percent reduction in LDL cholesterol, patients’ risk of heart disease drops by 2 percent. Heart disease is a major health concern, being a leading cause of death among Americans. Consuming soy is an excellent way to help avoid heart disease.
  • Soy is easy to incorporate into your diet – It’s easy to make soy a part of your daily diet. There are a wide variety of soy products consumers can use, including soy milk, tofu, supplements, and protein bars. The great thing about the diversity of products is that no matter what your tastes are, chances are there is a soy product that you’ll enjoy.
  • Soy is chockful of other nutrients – In addition to having plenty of protein, soy also contains lots of vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, iron, and fiber.

By making soy a part of your diet, you can enjoy the benefits of a vegan or vegetarian diet without losing important nutrients. You’ll also likely find that soy products taste great.

Promax Nutrition gives people who want better bodies the natural protein, vitamins, and minerals they need in delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian snack bars.

Posted in Healthy Eating, Protein | January 15, 2016

Health and Fitness Goals for the New Year

2016 Goals

With the beginning of a new year, many people choose to undertake resolutions to bring a change in the coming days. With the winter temperatures keeping people under sweaters, blankets, and scarves, summer beach season seems almost like a lifetime away. However, a healthy mindset, combined with good nutrition and proper workouts, can get you ready for bathing suit season sooner than you know it. While working out, you also want to make sure you’re eating well. Having a protein bar after your work out can be helpful in helping your body reach full recovery.

Here are some tips and advice to help keep your health goals realistic and, most importantly, obtainable.

  1. It is so important to have realistic and practical goals. Before signing for an entire year contract at the gym, meet with a professional to discuss a strategy in order determine what are the most realistic goals to have. Once you have finalized what those goals are, establish the most sensible and safe way to achieve those goals.
  2. While many long-time gym members will complain about the high influx of new members during the first few weeks of the new year, they will also tell you about how the membership tapers off shortly after the beginning of the year. So, find a good gym buddy who will motivate you and whom you will motivate, and you can both be accountable for each other’s goals and successes.
  3. Using machines such as the elliptical, treadmill, and indoor bicycle can be fun and easy workouts, but they are not going to give you the extra push you need to reach your fitness goals. Take the time to rediscover strength training. It can add a new and exciting element to your workout, and most importantly, it will help build muscle as well increase your metabolism.
  4. Going to the gym five times a week and cutting out all unhealthy products may help you get closer to realizing your fitness objectives, but if it is leaving you sad, tired, and burned out, then it isn’t the best plan for you. Make sure that you are ending each week on a good note, and that you are still enjoying yourself while working out and eating right. A healthy balance of happiness is necessary to stay on track with your new healthy lifestyle.
  5. Treat yourself to a reward after achieving an accomplishment in your fitness plan. Whether that means a trip to the mall for some new clothes, a new iPhone, or a relaxing afternoon at the spa, rewards are extremely beneficial to keeping you motivated throughout your fitness journey.
  6. A solid fitness plan is only half the challenge in achieving a weight goal. Cutting out unhealthy foods and creating a good diet is another important component in weight loss. Alcohol, meat, sugars, and carbohydrates such as bread, rice, and pasta can all be causes of unnecessary body inflammation. Substituting these items for healthier options, such as lower carb energy bars, will help you more easily achieve your fitness objectives.

With these suggestions in mind, you can make this year one of the most successful, happiest, and healthiest ones yet. One way to make it even better is ensuring your fueled for the many busy and active days ahead with delicious protein bars from Promax Nutrition. Cheers to looking and feeling amazing in 2016!

Posted in Fitness, Gym | January 6, 2016

5 Killer Pushup Variations for Building Upper Body Strength

Killer Pushups

Pushups may not be the fanciest or most complex of exercises, but there’s a reason that they’re a part of every workout routine that’s worth its salt. Pushups are the meat and potatoes of bodybuilding, the hearty staple around which everything else is built. Another thing they have in common – they come in a surprisingly wide variety that belies their reputation for being plain and boring. So, if you’re looking to build upper body strength, grab yourself a protein bar and start working these pushup routines into your workout.

Standard Pushup

This is the basic pushup that everyone knows: lay down on the ground with your palms flat on the ground and lined up with your shoulders, then use your arms to lift your body off the ground. It’s a simple and unglamorous exercise, but it works – a standard pushup works out your shoulders, chest, triceps, and core, all at the same time.

Knee-to-Elbow Pushup

Assume the standard pushup position, but with your hands formed into a fist and your knuckles lying on the ground. When you lift up, hold the position and bring your right knee up to your left elbow. Hold for a few seconds, then bring your leg back and lower yourself to the ground. Repeat, switching which leg you stretch each time.

This variety of pushup works your abdominals, hip flexors, and back through body rotation, as well as giving your chest and triceps the same workout they’d get from a standard pushup.

Wide-Grip Pushup

These are the same as standard pushups, except your hands are spread out further from your shoulders in a wider stance. By moving your arms wider, you’ll force your chest muscles to do the majority of the work, giving your triceps and shoulders an incredibly great workout. If building upper body strength is your main goal, then wide-grip pushups should absolutely be a part of your bodybuilding routine.

Upper Body Strength

Single-Leg Pushup

Perform a set of ten pushups with your left leg held up in the air. When you’re finished, do another set of ten, this time with your right leg held up. Just like the wide-grip pushup changes the muscle groups that get the brunt of the workout, single-leg pushups focus the workout on the upper body and core, which makes them a great strength-building exercise.

Triangle Pushup

Assume the standard pushup position, but with your knuckles flat on the ground instead of your palms. Lift up, then lower your chest to your left knuckle. Lift up again, then lower your chest to your right knuckle. Repeat for a full set.

The benefit of triangle pushups is that it forces one arm to bear a heavier load, building up the muscles in that arm faster. The change in body angle also causes more muscles to be stimulated, working out muscle groups that standard pushups can miss.

Ready to get started with your new pushup routines? Then you’ll need plenty of protein to power through your workout. Promax Nutrition protein bars are made from only the healthiest ingredients, and include none of the high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, or artificial sweeteners included in lesser protein bars.

Posted in Arm Workout, Fitness, Strength Training | January 2, 2016

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