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FAQ - Protein Questions, Supplements, and Tips

       

Is protein good for everyone? Not just body-builders?
Whether you are young or old, man or woman, bodybuilder or soccer mom – protein is essential to your health and fitness goals. Our bodies use protein from the diet for a variety of purposes – including for support of lean muscle, hormone synthesis, production of enzymes, and even as an energy source when needed. The structures in our bodies that use protein are constantly being remodeled, which is why a sufficient protein intake is important every single day.

Anyone who engages in an active lifestyle including athletes, bodybuilders, fitness buffs or casual exercisers will have increased protein requirements over the general couch potato. This is why protein supplements are recommended for anyone looking to improve their overall health and physique. A good rule of thumb is to consume .8 to 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight in order to support and build lean muscle. Overweight and obese individuals whose main goal is weight-loss should follow a reduced-calorie diet which may require less total protein. Consult your health care practitioner before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Are Body Fortress® quality products at such affordable prices?
All of our products offer the highest quality ingredients available. To ensure this, our products undergo rigorous analysis for purity, potency, safety and freshness. Furthermore, our state-of-the-art laboratory, manufacturing and packaging facilities ensure the highest quality nutritional supplements money can buy. With Body Fortress®, you can be assured you’re receiving the best products available.

When is the best time for doing cardio - before a weight-training workout or after a weight-training workout? In the morning, or evening?
Deciding when to do your cardio exercises really depends on your individual goals.

Building Lean Muscle
If your main goal is to build lean muscle, then you should limit the amount of cardio sessions you perform each week and try to do them on days when you are not weight-training. If you have to perform your cardio and weight-training workouts on the same day due to time constraints, then you should do your cardio exercise after weight-training. This will allow you to focus all of your energy on lifting before you are tired.

Improving Cardiovascular Fitness
If you are looking to improve your endurance or cardiovascular fitness, then you should do your cardio workouts before weight-training. This will ensure that you don’t deplete your energy stores needed for cardio from prior weight-training. If possible, perform your cardio workouts and weight-training workouts on different days.

Losing weight or body fat
Since cardio exercise generally burns more calories than weight-training, you’ll want to perform cardio exercise first so you can focus more of your energy on burning calories.

Morning vs. Evening
The most important factor to consider when deciding when to do cardio is what will fit best into your schedule. If you find that your schedule in the evening is often busy or always changing, than it is probably best to perform cardio in the morning to make sure you get it out of the way. However, if you are not a morning person than you’ll have to be honest with yourself and decide if you’ll really be able to commit to getting out of bed early to exercise.

If your main goal is to burn fat, you may want to consider exercising first thing in the morning when your carbohydrate stores are low. One study found that the total amount of fat burned during exercise and two hours afterwards was higher when subjects ate after exercising as opposed to before.1

1. Bennard, P. et al. Acute effects of exercise timing and breakfast meal glycemic index on exercise-induced fat oxidation. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2006 Oct;31(5):502-11.

What products can I stack together for optimal results?
There are several Body Fortress® products that work well together and provide synergistic benefits.

Test Pro-Complex with Super Mass Gainer Test Pro-Complex Super Mass Gainer

Test Pro-Complex with Super Mass Gainer
A stack designed for the serious bodybuilder who is training on his heaviest cycle. Utilizing some of the most popular ingredients for men of the market, Test Pro-Complex goes beyond conventional products. 1 serving per day is all you need when pushing your workouts beyond their limits. For individuals looking to pack on solid powerful mass, add in Super Mass Gainer.* Loaded with Whey Protein and Muscle Glycogen Building Carbs our Super Mass Gainer is the Ultimate Muscle Mass Fuel.*

Triple Strength L-Carnitine 1500 with Super Advanced Whey Isolate Triple Strength L-Carnitine 1500 Super Advanced Whey Isolate

Triple Strength L-Carnitine 1500 with Super Advanced Whey Isolate
A versatile stack made for those individuals looking to cut down, build lean muscle or just get into better shape. Our Triple Strength L-Carnitine 1500 can support endurance exercise and convert food to energy during those grueling cardio sessions.* After you’ve completed your workout, re-charge your body with Super Advanced Whey Isolate. Our Ultra-Pure contains minimal amounts of carbohydrates and fats while providing the body with 30g of protein per scoop, making this lean stack a great way to support training and recovery.*

Super NOS Blast with Super Mass Gainer Super NOS Blast Super Mass Gainer

Super NOS Blast with Super Mass Gainer:
Super NOS Blast is perfect as a pre-workout supplement as it boosts energy levels and mental focus needed for intense training – allowing you to work harder in the gym.* After you’ve expended all of that energy in the gym, Super Mass Gainer provides the protein and carbs needed to replenish your muscle energy stores and will help you build lean muscle.*

Super NOS Blast with Super Advanced Whey Protein Super NOS Blast Super Advanced Whey Protein

Super NOS Blast with
Super Advanced Whey Protein:
For individuals that don’t need as many calories as Super Mass Gainer provides, Super Advanced Whey Protein can be used to help build or maintain lean muscle in a lower calorie formula.*

100% Pure Glutamine Powder and Super Advanced Creatine High Performance 100% Pure Glutamine Powder Super Advanced Creatine High Performance

Glutamine with Creatine (Super Advanced Creatine High Performance)
Creatine is the top supplement available for improving workout performance and promoting muscle size and strength.* Glutamine levels can be depleted during hard training, which may occur to a greater degree when using Creatine, since creatine allows you to work harder in the gym.*

Super NOS Pump with any Body Fortress Product Super NOS Pump View All Products

Super NOS Pump with
any other Body Fortress product
:
Super NOS Pump promotes nitric oxide synthesis, which helps increase blood flow and nutrient delivery to muscles.*When taken with other Body Fortress® products, Super NOS Pump can help increase delivery of the active ingredients to the muscles through its support of blood flow.*

Is creatine best for endurance athletes or those looking to
weight train?

Creatine is best for weight-trainers as it helps improve performance during high-intensity, short duration exercise.* Creatine can also be beneficial for athletes looking to improve their power such as cyclists, sprinters, and in sports including football, basketball, tennis, baseball and other similar sports.* Some endurance athletes may find that low doses of creatine can help them improve their sprinting ability towards the end of a race.

What are the best products to take if my main goal is to gain muscle?
Since you will need increased calories and protein in order to build muscle – Super Mass Gainer and Super Advanced Whey Protein should be staples in your nutrition plan. You will also need to continually increase the overall intensity of your weight-training workouts, and no supplement works better than creatine for improving the amount of reps you can do in the gym.* Super NOS Pump provides creatine and also has the added benefits of the Neuro-Energy Blend and more in order to fire up your energy levels and focus.*

What are the best products to take if my main goal is to increase aerobic endurance?

Super NOS PumpSuper NOS Pump
Super NOS Pump is a great companion to your endurance workouts as it helps to support blood flow and circulation, both of which are increased during endurance activity.*


100% Pure GlutamineGlutamine
Glutamine can help with recovery after a long run, bicycle workout or other endurance training.* Glutamine may also help replenish muscle glycogen stores when combined with carbohydrates, which can help you refuel and recharge your muscle stores before your next training session.*

Super Advanced Whey ProteinSuper Advanced Whey Protein
Protein is also very important for anyone engaged in endurance exercise as studies have shown runners and other endurance athletes have very high protein requirements. Super Advanced Whey Protein can make it easy to get the extra protein your body needs while supporting recovery and helping maintain lean muscle.*

When is the best time of day to take whey protein?
Whey protein is a great addition to your diet any time of the day. The most important time to take whey would be right after your workout, when your muscles need protein the most for recovery and to help build or maintain lean muscle.*

You can also try incorporating whey protein into your diet at the following times.

With Meals:
Drink along with your meal to increase the overall protein quality and content. You can also mix into oatmeal or add to recipes such as pancake and waffle mixes.

In Between Meals:
Keeps levels of amino acids elevated so your body doesn’t go into a catabolic state that may otherwise lead to muscle loss.*

Before Bed:
To keep levels of amino acids elevated in your body while you sleep, add whey to your last meal or snack of the day.

Can women benefit from Body Fortress® products?
Women can absolutely benefit from Body Fortress® products. Protein is important for men and women alike, and helps support recovery and maintain lean muscle for anyone engaged in an exercise program.*

Super NOS PumpSuper NOS Pump is another great product for men or women because it can support blood flow and circulation during weight training and cardiovascular exercise.*

For more information on which products you can incorporate into your diet, see the Women’s Meal Plan.

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