Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a fly-by..

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This guy knows what we’re talking about..

Katrina wrote:

​Have you ever been in the john and noticed someone next to you that does a “fly-by”?  It happens all of the time at my work.  Guys come in and drop one but barely even sit down.  They wipe once and they’re out the door again.  The bad part is, when they drop their jeans, I can see their name badge hanging on their belt.  It’s hard to look at someone face to face once you realize they do something like this.  It’s the weirdest, most disgusting thing I have ever seen.  We have coed bathrooms where I work, so if it’s a thing many guys ​do, I’m surprised because none of the guys I’ve dated have ever had messy undies and I’d imagine with doing a “fly-by” they are getting disgusting results.
I don’t really have a question, I’d just wondered if this is common.
Katrina
Katrina,
THIS IS NOT COMMON.  Well, at least it’s not common with any guy I know personally.  I am sure there are men that are a single swiper, just as I am sure there are men that aren’t very good at cleaning themselves, but I can’t imagine standing above the toilet, taking aim, and hoping I don’t hit the rim.  Working in retail in my teens, I saw women’s restrooms that had scenes out of a f-ed up episode of CSI and issues like the one you describe (gone wrong…have you ever seen excriment spattered on a wall like it was thrown?  You can’t unsee that…), but I never once saw it in men’s rooms.  Maybe, like skinny jeans and capris, this is one other thing that is crossing genders from female to male and making everyone look dumber for doing it.
Sean
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Supplement Review: HPN High Performance Nutrition

I recently had the opportunity to try a few supplements from High Performance Nutrition.  It wasn’t the typical pre/post-workout, protein, or amino acid supplement that I’ve reviewed in the past, and it was pretty interesting experience.  ​I tried two products- HPN’s N(R), a NAD+ booster and multi-use supplement and F(1)​, their multivitamin. I took both supplements for an entire month and was VERY pleased with their results.
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N(R) is a nicotinamide riboside supplement that has many benefits including metabolic boosting properties, raising endurance levels, and anti-aging properties…but what may be the MOST important benefit is the NAD+ boosting properties that protect cellular health in the brain and help prevent axonal degeneration and trauma.  It is because of this benefit that N(R) is being studied as a supplement to treat Alzheimer’s patients as well as patients that have undergone head trauma at some point in their lives.  If you’re in any contact sport, you should be taking N(R).
I’ve had quite a bit of head trauma in my life (Golf club in the forehead, falling off of Kris’s roof onto his driveway, the basic training, etc.,), but I was taking it to test the other benefits and I have to say it was effective in raising my metabolism (down an additional 4lbs for the month) and endurance (I’ve upped my game with cardio during my workouts and I can attribute my ability to adapt to N(R)).   It also increased my focus, big time.  My mind wanders at work (and at home, my wife would say) quite a bit and this helped me power through my workday, which usually includes staring at thousands of lines of data.
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F(1) is a perfect multivitamin for both men and women.  In addition to the vitamin blend, this vitamin has chromium, L-Carnitine, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, an enzyme blend, an ORAC blend, and an antioxidant blend.  Men take 3 per day and women take 2 (if it’s the pill form), and there is a powdered form available too for those that like to mix the vitamins into the daily smoothie.  The vitamin digested well for me and gave me no side effects (no funky burps, etc).  I also liked that it was headache free.  Anyone that’s ever taken a GNC vitamin or some other “sports” vitamin can attest that some cause headaches (usually attributed to the Vitamin B level or quality).  Not so with F(1)..it was headache free and easy to take.
High Performance Nutrition supplements are Certified to be Safe for Sport, meaning they are safe for any amateur and professional athlete to take them without fear of potentially taking any sport-banned ingredients.  Pair that with top notch ingredients and you have a winning combo!
You can buy N(R) and F(1) here.  You can also buy at Tigerfitness.com.  Enjoy!

Supplement Review: Legion Supplements’ “Pulse”

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Yes, please.

I recently tried Pulse from Legion Supplements and I’ll definitely be adding this to my list of favorite preworkouts.  Not only does the fruit punch flavor taste great, it mixes EXTREMELY well and doesn’t make the skin “over-tingle” with the beta-alanine.  Pulse is a much-needed addition to the preworkout arena.

I took a half dose the first day of the trial, then the recommended dose the second (while my wife also tried some), and a 1.5 dose the third day.  All three doses provided steady energy and a push that reduced fatigue all of the way through my workout.  Even with the 1.5 dose, I didn’t feel over-stimulated or too tingly (beta-alanine can make the skin tingle from time to time).  I even found myself (in my HIIT phase) sprinting on the treadmill for the first time in two years without even skipping a beat when I got back to the weights.

Fruit Punch wasn’t sour, just a little tangy and not too sweet, which I like.  I can’t stand some products that make you feel like you’ve just downed toxic waste or others that make your tongue feel like you’ve eaten a pound of sugar.  Overall, the flavor was very pleasing.  It’s naturally sweetened with Stevia, has no artificial dyes or extra fillers.  All in all, it’s a solid product.

So what makes it so good? Just look at the label.  It’s packed with beta-alanine (increases carnosine level to reduce muscle fatigue), L-citrulline (reduces fatigue and boost blood flow), theanine (NO Boost), L-ornithine (reduces fatigue and increases fat burning), and some caffeine to boot.

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I’d recommend Pulse to anyone whether you’re new to the gym and looking for a boost to take you to the next level or you’re an “seasoned pro” that is sick of your old formula preworkout.  The best part is that Pulse is certified gluten free according to the manufacturer and their other products are going through the testing phase soon to get the same certification.  You can check out Pulse and all of the other Legion Supplements here.  I’m hoping to get my hands on their protein soon.  With a preworkout as great as Pulse, their protein has to be outstanding.

Enjoy!

Sean

No excuses for breaking up.

-M Wrote,
Sean,
I’m reeling here and I don’t know what to do.  I was in a serious relationship that went wrong.  I basically found out he’d been cheating on me for quite some time and lying to my face about it. He and I split up, he tried and tried to get me back, and I finally got a restraining order against him last fall.  The day I got the restraining order, he texted me and said he was moving to Florida and that he wouldn’t contact me again.  It’s been almost a year and there has been no contact, but the PROBLEM is that I can’t seem to shake the bad relationship.  I have this “Liars Suck” mentality and it’s all I think about.  I try to have fun and get over it, but whenever I have some downtime, the bad relationship sinks back in and I start thinking about how things fell apart.  It’s not even necessarily him I think about either-just the failure of the relationship.  I want to find someone new, but how do I do that when the old relationship is still on my mind?
-M
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-M,
If you constantly fall while rock climbing, there comes a point when you have to wonder why you keep hanging on to the fact that you fell.
We all get hurt.  I think I, and everyone of us know that in the pursuit of love, we are bound to get hurt at some point or another.  The best advice I have to you is to be hurt, then move on and learn from it.  Don’t dwell on the pain and the past, just let things go and move on.  It sounds like here, you’re hanging on to what went wrong and messing things up for you and your future.  You’ve got to let go and move past it to truly show yourself it’s over.  Hanging on to things is still letting your ex and your failed relationship have an effect on you, and if it was bad enough to get a restraining order, you shouldn’t be letting it effect you this far after the end.  By doing so, you’ve proven that he still has a hook in you and that means there is a possibility for him to work his way back into your life.  You may think that’s crazy, but by thinking about the relationship, you’ve already proven it to be true.
So what if you were deceived/cheated on/heartbroken?  Does that affect who you are or what you want from life?  It shouldn’t.  One mistake in a lifetime of memories isn’t something to think about for very long.  Let it go.
So what if you thought he/she was the one?  Does that mean there isn’t a soul on Earth that would still bring you happiness? Definitely not!  You’ll likely have no problem finding someone new, especially once you drop your baggage of what went wrong with the last relationship.
How do you move past it?  Delete it from your life.  Toss pictures (or delete them), delete phone numbers and email addresses, stop hanging out in circles that he may have a chance to be a part of, and stop thinking about it.  Get a gym membership and if you find yourself thinking of the relationship, go work out until you don’t think of it anymore.  See a therapist and find ways to move on.  You’re better off without him and you need to prove that to yourself, so stop trying to prove it to the rest of the world until you get help.  Stop wasting time on the wasted past.  You’re better than that.
Sean

Supplement Review CTD Labs

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Three amigos..

I recently spent a week trying the supplements of CTD Labs and I am more than happy to write about my praises for their lineup today.

I sampled three products: Noxipro Chrome- a stimulant based preworkout, Noxivol- a stimulant free preworkout/vasodilator, and Endurapro- an endurance and recovery formula.  I tried the preworkouts each once (and Endurapro after the two workouts), then tried one workout with a Noxipro Chrome/Noxivol mix and one workout with a Noxipro Chrome/Endurapro combo (took Noxipro Chrome first, then after 40 minutes, took Endurapro).  The results were phenomenal with each test…so much so, that I took an extra day to try just Noxipro Chrome again just to make sure I wasn’t imagining the awesome performance I had.  After the second time, I was convinced this was the best preworkout I’ve ever taken.

Noxipro Chrome comes in three flavors (fruit punch, grape, and pineapple strawberry).  I tried Fruit Punch in all three products and they tasted great..not too powerful, and not too sweet.  Noxipro Chrome mixes in seconds, and with a solid shake, has no sediment settling at the bottom of the shaker.  Their sales director advised that I start with just one serving rather than my usual double dose because it has something he calls “second gear”, which is a time released energy boost that kicks in during the workout (so you don’t waste the energy boost at the beginning and then slump later on).  He was dead on for calling that out.  The boost happened about 25 minutes into both workouts and it lasted until I was done.  Never before have I had a secondary kick in a preworkout, let alone a boost that was that effective.  Not only does Noxipro Chrome increase stamina and focus, it is very effective at reducing muscle fatigue and increasing performance.

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Noxipro Chrome is loaded with performance.

Noxivol is basically a stim-free version of Noxipro Chrome and mixes and tastes the same way.  The advantage with Noxivol is the stim-free performance it provides which makes it ideal for a night workout, but it still gives the same results.  When mixed with Noxipro Chrome, Noxivol adds to the workout with extra pump, but without the over-stim jitters.  Taking the two together was, by far, one of the best workouts I’ve had.  One really cool thing about Noxivol is that is has Cissus quadrangularis in it.  Cissus is a vine that has been used in African and Asian medicine for years and is currently used to treat obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, weak bones, joint pain, asthma, and even back pain.

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Noxivol has power without the stimulants.

Endurapro is the icing on the cake as far as I am concerned.  After you’ve torn through a solid workout (or if you’ve got some serious cardio in your workout), Endurapro is the endurance/recovery formula to make sure you can do it all again the next day.  It’s lactose free, has a 2:1:1 BCAA blend, a good advanced carb ratio, electrolytes to keep you going, and even 2g of protein.  Because it’s nice and light, it also goes down well after a workout on the drive home to make your protein shake.

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Endurapro..It’s like a backup battery for your body.

Whether you’re in the market for a preworkout or an endurance/recovery drink, these three products are work like a dream and I’m happy I got to try them.  You really need to check them out..and you can do so here (there are also more products to try at their site).  You can also find them at Lockout Supplements and DPS Nutrition, and I hope to see them soon on Bodybuilding.com.  Not only are the products affordable, they’re also an incredible value for the price.

Check them out.  This is one brand I know you’ll enjoy!

Sean

Digging a Sociopath

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Linda wrote:

Hello,

I dated a guy for 2 years and we just recently split after I realized he had been cheating on me almost every weekend for the entire time we dated (he said he was at the gym but he never got in shape, so I investigated). I’d say (and many of his and my friends would say) that I am better looking than him, but he is charming/sexy/has piercing eyes, is a liar (even about little things) and feels no guilt, likes risky behaviors like gambling and wild drunk nights out, is overly power hungry, and thinks being a dick to people makes him get better treatment.  All in all, we fell in love within a few weeks of dating, moved in together a few months later and we spent every day together almost for 2 years-we were in love, or so I thought.  He seemed to do everything for me until I found out he was cheating on me and we broke up. He blew up when I accused him of cheating and gave me lie after lie until I presented him with the details of my investigating.  He stopped talking, grabbed a bag of clothes and left.  He’s written me several letters since then and always says he “lied about many things to me, but “I love you” was the truth.”

Was I blindly dating a sociopath?  How could I have been so blind?

Linda

Linda,

I did some digging and asked some friends of mine and, from what I’ve learned, yes, you were dating a sociopath.  I looked for “telltale” signs of a sociopath and here’s what 20 sites (and my friends, who’ve dated one at some point) all said:

1. Charisma and charm. He’s a smooth talker, always has an answer, never misses a beat. He can play any role is social situations.

2. Enormous ego. He acts like the smartest, richest or most successful person in the room. He may actually come out and tell you that.

3. Jekyll and Hyde personality. One minute he loves you, the next minute he hates you. He’s got an extremely short fuse.

5. Blames others. He always has an excuse. Someone else is always the cause of his problems.

6. Lies and gaps in the story. You ask questions, and the answers are vague or details don’t match and he gets angry when you dig for details.

7. Intense eye contact. He uses his eyes to his advantage.

8. Fast moving. Within weeks, he quickly proclaims that you’re his true love and soul mate. He wants to move in together within a month or two.

9. Pity play. He appeals to your sympathy. He wants you to feel sorry for his abusive childhood, psychotic ex, incurable disease or financial setbacks.  Feel sorry for him and you’ll be used as a shield time and time again.

10. Sexual magnetism. If you feel intense attraction, it may be the excess testosterone that sociopaths possess.

Since your email details matched 5-7 of these points above, I’d say yes…you dated a sociopath.  As far as you being blinded by it, I’d imagine it is easy miss at times, depending on the situation.

A sociopath knows the difference between right and wrong and they understand that actions have consequences but the problem is, they don’t care, nor do they feel guilt. They have no inner moral-compass to guide them.  Sociopaths don’t feel regular emotion.  They feel anger, rage, and envy, which can lead to aggression, but the remaining emotion is shallow at best. They cannot show empathy and cannot connect with others (feeling true love).  Sociopaths may “collect” things like it’s a contest (electronics, toys, prizes, relationships, etc.,) because they feel accomplishment when they feel they’re “winning”.  Sociopaths see nothing wrong with using people and then throwing them away because they are okay with lying, cheating, stealing, and manipulating people who they’ve deemed “weaker” than they are. Even they may, at times, pretend to have low self-esteem or insecurities, they do not actually feel that way…they’re using those attributes to manipulate others. Their egotistical behavior and arrogance makes in extremely for a sociopath to benefit from therapy and almost impossible to change. I know, by this definition Charlie Sheen is a sociopath, and that may or may not be true.

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…Or it may be true.

In any case, you weren’t necessarily blinded..you were more than likely looking at a person that was disguised as someone completely different.  You liked the disguise, not the real person.

Sean