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  • Bodybuilding Supplements at Cheap Australian Prices!

    Well today I spent a lot of time thinking about the supplement store where we sell a number of bodybuilding supplements. Based on some feedback we received, I had a really hard think about what we could do to improve it. So, we came up with some pretty awesome shipping deals:

    1. $2 Sydney Metro Shipping (for orders over $140)
    2. Free Shipping Australia wide (for orders over $300)
    3. $9.90 shipping for all other orders

    Plus, we have the following other incentive schemes in place when ordering bodybuilding supplements:

    1. 3% rewards points awarded for online purchases (not including PayPal) - these can be redeemed for future purchases
    2. Free measuring tape for orders over $200
    3. Free body fat callipers for orders over $250

    The bodybuilding supplement brands that we currently have available include:

    Speaking from a personal note, the reason why I made the decision to introduce bodybuilding supplements for sale on Amino Z is because they are a great compliment to the personal training services that we offer. When used correctly, these products can be of amazing benefit to you reaching your goals.

    However, it is important to know how to use bodybuilding products correctly. If you are quite inexperienced and wish to achieve particular muscle building goals, don't go out and spend a thousand dollars on bodybuilding supplements! Make sure you obtain some professional advice to ensure that you will obtain the full benefits from these products.

    Also, it is important to keep in mind that supplements will do you no good if you haven't established an appropriate approach to both nutrition and exercise. As a personal trainer, I see a number of people aspiring to build muscle mass, who have invested thousands of dollars into supplements, yet go out and eat take-away on a regular basis. You need to establish a balance that will be conductive of muscle gain. I have blogged about this in the past, so feel free to go through the various articles that are available on the website.

    So having said that, I hope that you can make the most of the bodybuilding supplements that we have on offer. We have ensured that they are at highly competitive and cheap prices and you will receive the best online service!

  • The Best Protein Powders in Australia

    Having trained for many years and tried a plethora of protein powder supplements (many from the annual fitness expo!), I feel that I now have a sound idea about which are the best protein powders in Australia.

    Honestly, I have tasted protein powders that I have struggled to finish drinking (and I'm quite adventurous when it comes to taste). Two products in particular stand out, but I'm not going to mention the brands because they have since updated their formula's (thankfully!).

    On the flip side, I have also tasted some AMAZING protein powder supplements - particularly in the past few years as much more development has gone into the taste of the products.

    But it's not all about taste. The quality, price and constituents of protein powders are all very important when it comes to deciding which supplement to use.

    With so many products out there, it can be confusing where to begin. So, below, I have listed the four best protein powders in Australia, for different reasons:

    The Best Tasting Protein Powder in Australia

    I really cannot go past Optimum 100% Gold Standard Whey. They have a number of flavours, all of which taste amazing! In saying this, there are other protein powders that are just as good tasting in my opinion. Yet why this product gets my vote is because of the quality of the constituents as well as the taste. It's primarily whey protein isolate, with whey protein concentrates as a secondary ingredient.

    The Best Value Protein Powder in Australia

    My definition of value considers two primary factors - product quality and price. Dymatize Elite Whey comes in a 4.5kg box, is a blend of whey protein concentrate and isolate (in that order) and is significantly more cost effective that the Optimum protein powders.

    The Best Quality Protein Powder in Australia

    This must go to AST Sports Science VP2. VP2 is a partially hydrolysed whey protein isolate protein powder. Whilst the label says that it is "100% hydrolysed", this refers to the fact that 100% of the protein has undergone the hydrolysation process. Hydrolysation enhances the rate of protein absorption to boost muscle synthesis and recovery following a workout. Ultimately, the quicker you can absorb amino acids, the more effective that workout will be. VP2 has been a world leader for many years and continues to remain right at the top of the list. But of course with the added quality comes the additional cost (albeit not excessive).

    The Best Natural Protein Powder in Australia

    I blogged about Dymatize All Natural Elite Whey not long ago, mentioning that it contained no artificial sweeteners, flavours or preservatives are added into this product. Better yet, there is no sugar either!

    Having consumed this protein powder regularly for a little while, I must say, the taste is really growing on me. It's not quite as sweet as the other powders on the market, but I really think that it's a good thing. Plus, it's primarily whey protein isolates!


    So there you have it. There are another bunch of protein powder supplements that I could add to this list, but these four products tend to really stand out.

  • Creatine Supplements - Information & Buying Information

    Creatine is a naturally occurring amino acid sound within skeletal muscle tissue. It plays a vital role in the phosphate system, whereby ADP is regenerated into ATP.

    If you are unaware of the phosphate system, let's go over it briefly so you have an idea of a primary role that creatine plays in the human body when exercising. When you exercise, you expend energy. Force is generated by your muscles by breaking down ATP molecules (adenosine-triphosphate) into ADP (adenosine-diphosphate). During this reaction, energy is given off and thus muscles are provided with the required energy to produce force.

    Note here that one phosphate atom is lost (going from triphosphate to diphosphate) from the ATP molecule. Creatine's role is to assist in collecting a phosphate ion and re-attaching it to an ADP, in order to create a new ATP for more muscular force to be generated.

    By using creatine supplements, you are able to saturate the muscle fibres with creatine. A greater abundance of creatine allows for an increased potential force to be generated in a relatively short period of time. Particularly if you are focused on power, strength, hypertrophy (gaining muscle) or sprinting ability, creatine supplements can be of great benefit. Not only will your force output increase, but the amount of overload will also increase, resulting in a greater degree of adaptation experienced by your body when recovering.

    There is a bit of confusion about creatine supplements when it comes to gaining muscle. The true benefit of using creatine supplements is to increase your potential maximal force, thus increasing the overload which will instill additional muscular gains whilst recovering from training. Creatine supplements will not directly increase the amount of muscle that you are carrying. However it is worth noting that upon loading with creatine, you will most likely experience a weight increase due to a greater degree of fluid retention within muscle fibres.

    We have a range of creatine supplements available in our store at the best prices in Australia!

  • Protein Powder Without Artificial Sweeteners

    It wasn't long ago that I was discussing my supplement regime with another fitness professional, whereby I explained that I was using Optimum Nutrition 100% Protein Powder because it was a high quality protein powder, which tasted great and was really good value for money.

    We moved onto the topic of artificial sweeteners and I explained that, whilst I would prefer not to consume artificial sweeteners, I haven't come across a good protein powder without artificial sweeteners. Fortunately, I recently discovered an amazing product called Dymatize All Natural Elite Whey which contains nothing artificial!

    Today, I tasted the product and was pleasantly surprised that it tasted quite good. So, I was inspired to blog about it and possibly even write up a full review shortly.

    So anyway, let's briefly discuss artificial sweeteners. Do they cause cancer? Are they going to make you sick? Are they any good for you?

    The thing is, there is currently no conclusive evidence to prove that they are "bad" for you in any way, shape or form. Sure, one study may come to this conclusion, yet another one may conclude otherwise. There really is no hard evidence. Plus, Australia is one of the strictest countries in the world when it comes to the foods that are available for consumption, so anything on the market that could even be a potential risk would be immediately removed!

    Now I do believe that artificial sweeteners can be a great tool when trying to limit the calories that you consume. Personally, during my BodyBlitz Challenge, I did consume a number of artificially sweetened products (apart from protein powders) in order to overcome sugar cravings. Sugar is a highly addictive substance, so you need every tool at your disposal to overcome such an addiction!

    Additionally, if you desperately need to lose weight for health reasons, then using artificial sweeteners to replace highly refined carbohydrates may be a viable approach for you, at least in the short-term.

    Having said all this, artificial sweeteners aren't "good" for you either. There is a question mark as to whether or not they are "bad", but they certainly have no nutritional value. So, this is precisely my rationale as to why I converted to the Dymatize All Natural Elite Whey Protein Powder. I have to be honest, whilst it tastes good, it doesn't taste as "great" as the Optimum. Yet, I would much rather eliminate the artificial sweeteners from my protein powder because it just isn't necessary in my particular circumstances.

    Of course, we have have a range of protein powder supplements in our online supplement store for you to choose from!

  • Nitric Oxide Supplementation and Weight Training

    Nitric oxide is a gas produced in the body, through the breakdown of the amino acid Arginine. NO2 has a variety of benefits to someone undertaking weight training and within this article we discuss these in detail.
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