Category archive: Competition
Here goes Part II of my Competition Supplement Stack, focusing on the elements that add fat-burning fuel to my workouts!
MAGNUM ACID: Combined with HEAT, Acid is my fat-burning secret weapon! Acid is a Pharmaceutical grade Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), a natural fatty acid that increases muscle tissue and metabolizes body fat – particularly in the abdominal and glute region. What sets Acid apart from other CLA supplements, however, is that Magnum only invests in the two isomers of CLA (of three) that are proven to burn body fat, leaving you with no 30% filler! This increases the potency of every serving! As a competitor, I focus on keeping my abs and butt tight, so this product is a godsend. This is also the first product I would recommend to someone looking to try a fat-burning supplement if they have not had experience with fat-burners before.
MAGNUM HEAT: Combined with ACID, Heat is my fat-burning secret weapon! Now, just like most pre-workouts, I find that most fat-burners do very undesirable things to my body, especially with my heart and sleep patterns. Heat, however, is a STIMULANT FREE thermogenic fat incinerator which stimulates energy without the jitters! The key to Heat is its natural ingredient thermogenesis. The blend of raspberry ketones, ginger root, green tea leaf, black pepper extract, capsaicin, and others, will increase your basal metabolic rate, and make you SWEAT when you work! No joke, I have taken thermogenics before, but I have never actually sweat as much as I have with Heat! Whats more, not only are you not facing the jitters, Heat also has adaptogens, to help balance your hormones, so drastic fat burning results are done without overhauling how you feel — this means there will be no yo-yo effect or crash when cycling off, and you will not gain the weight back (if maintaining a healthy diet and consistent exercise.) Note: For those who like their fat-burner stimulants, HEAT ACCELERATED is the option for you!
L-Carntine: L-Carntine is a staple and a standard of the competitor supplement stack. Magnum does not produce an L-Carnitine supplement, therefore I am not discerning over brand preference. Synthesized from amino acids, L-carnitine is essential in the transport and breakdown of lipids (fat) in the body’s metabolic reactions, which then helps to produce metabolic energy. When paired with Acid (CLA) and a natural based fat burner such as Heat, L-Carnitine is a great addition to any stack focused on reducing body fat and promoting leanness.
Green Tea Extract: Also known as Green Tea Catechins and Polyphenols, are found in any brewed tea, but are stronger when extracted directly from the source. Though green tea extract is included in the HEAT formula, this added green tea extract supplement is a great addition to my stack for a touch more thermogenesis and an antioxidant boost in the last few weeks of preparation, particularly when we are no longer able to drink tea due to water cutting or distilled water conumption. This green tea extract pill mixes well with the L-Carnitine, as well as Heat and Acid.
Not Pictured: Just wanted to include a quick blurb about two supplements that didn’t get included in the photo, but will be included in a later ‘every day supplements’ post.
MAGNUM G: G is a Pharmaceutical grade beet-sourced glutamine, perfect for enhancing recovery, diminishing soreness, and preventing muscle catabolism. This, along with its ability to boost immune function and remove lactic acid for better blood and nutrient flows, this is a must in every protein shake.
MAGNUM LOADED: A multi-vitamin loaded with minerals, greens, antioxidants, metabolic boosters, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, and anti-aging components: this is not your grandmother’s multi-vitamin!
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It has been quite a while since I’ve written a new blog post, and since we’re so close to competition time (4 weeks out) I thought the best way to jump back in would be to write a post about something I am often asked about: my supplements! First, a few words about my sponsors in general. MAGNUM is one of the only supplement companies than can attest to having 100% pharmaceutical grade ingredients in all their supplement blends, and their dedication to quality and high-end performance is admirable. Their supplement line is extensive, yet not over-extended, to make sure you receive the best. I am very blessed to be a part of the Magnum family!
MAGNUM Quattro: Anyone doing anything in the fitness world needs a great source of protein to promote muscle growth as well as to refuel and recover after intense physical endurance. Quattro is a time-release 4 isolate blend with 30g per scoop that also includes CLA and Flaxseed — which makes Quattro an ideal protein source for any time during the day, particularly in the mornings, post-workout or before bed. Additionally, because Quattro is lactose and gluten-free, it is easy even on the most sensitive of digestive systems. A bonus for me, being slightly lactose intolerant. I use the Chocolate Love flavor for every day use, and Vanilla Ice Cream for recipes.
MAGNUM OPUS: Before Opus came into my life, I missed it so bad. That is to say that I -never- used pre-workout supplements. Being extremely sensitive to caffeine and NO, among other things, taking a pre-workout only made me feel dangerously out of control of my body, particularly my heart and my ability to sleep. Opus changed all that by being a STIMULANT-FREE (Yes, you read that right) beta-alanine based pre-workout, dedicated to anabolic fuel, longevity and endurance, as opposed to jacking you up on a jitter-ride. Opus works to balance your body’s pH and enhance your cellular performance, which ultimately results in an explosive workout (that will bring out your mini-gladiator), without the downsides of traditional preworkouts. And because its stimulant free, Opus is a pre-workout that is safe to take for every workout, even when you train late at night, as well as combined with other supplements. Also, the Blue Yazberry flavor is to die for.
MAGNUM Performance Greens: Many people underestimate the benefits of a good greens powder, and with Magnum’s performance greens, I’ve certainly learned this lesson personally. With its organic green and phytonutrient blend, this greens powder detoxifies and cleanses my system every morning, leaving me with a balanced pH, natural clean energy, and no drawbacks from anything that I might have eaten before. I mix this with ice and Quattro for a smoothie that tastes exactly like a tootsie roll! This is my morning kick-in-the-pants.
MAGNUM DNA: DNA is hands down, by far, my favourite supplement I have ever taken. Without a doubt, I have never -felt- the results of a single supplement as strongly as I have with DNA. Branch-Chain-Amino-Acids (BCAAs) are fundamental to muscle and strength gains, and yet normally, they are a pain to take – instantized powders that mix with nothing and taste horrible, or pills where you feel no results… this is not the case with DNA. Because it is a pharmaceutical grade BCAA mix with L-Leucine Alpha KIC, and an ammonia scavenger to remove ammonia from muscles and prevent fatigue, the guarantee on DNA that you will see strength gains in 3 days is 100% absolutely legitimate. With DNA, I went up a minimum of 5 lbs on all my major exercises within 3 days, most upwards of 10-20 lb increases in a matter of a week. I am lifting heavier, and capable of performing more reps than ever before, and it truly is thanks to DNA. I couldn’t say enough about it!
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When I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in December, I had a minimum of 9 months off before I could continue with my Masters program, and I knew without doubt that this was likely the only true ‘time off’ to occur in my life for a very long time. With this in mind, I made the decision to compete.
To be honest, I did not expect to enjoy competing, but I still had several motivations for choosing to compete this year. First, there are areas of my physique that are weak (shoulders and glutes), and I wanted an intensive goal to help me drastically change those attributes into greater strengths for my overall aesthetic. Second, I wanted to experience competing at least once in my life, to be able to give insight and opinions as it is an oft-discussed fitness topic. However, most importantly, I wanted to do something that would help kick down the doors to my fitness modeling career. Building my online presence has been tremendously helpful, however, what better way to have major fitness companies, magazines and photographers take notice of you than to compete? I wanted to put myself out there, at the next level.
Having no experiential knowledge on how to prepare for a competition, I decided to hire trainers who would guide me through a full and proper 12-week body overhaul. And with regard to my trainers, I have put myself into the best hands available. Working with Dean and Leigh Brandt of BodybyBrandt has been an exceptionally enjoyable experience, as well as a learning and growing process. Not only are Dean and Leigh incredibly knowledgeable and creative with their training, they each bring their personal and unique passion to the table which when combined, is an unstoppable force. Whats more, I feel I have made wonderful connections that will last beyond the competition and continue to be a mutual pleasure throughout my fitness career.
There has also been a lot of questions as to why I chose bikini, so I want to address that here as well. I chose bikini over figure because aesthetically, the bikini bodies appeal to me more, and realistically, I feel the shape and build of a bikini class suits my personal frame best. Beyond that there are no hidden motivations behind this choice, I just felt it was the class in which I fit best.
In short, the grueling and unenjoyable process that I was expecting never materialized, and I have been pleasantly surprised. I am enjoying the process and the challenge, I am seeing very real and dramatic results in my body and my capabilities (particularly with cardio), and I am looking forward to the improvements yet to come in the next six weeks.
So far, the biggest (and truly only) downfall of this process is the sheer fact that competing is expensive! Training, supplementation, custom suits, shoes, registration and membership fees, tanning, makeup, hair AND travel expenses… it adds up in a fairly daunting sort of way. As someone who does not often spend a lot of money on themselves and does not have much expendable income to begin with, this has been a challenge for me. This is the largest obstacle I foresee when asked, “will you compete again?”
Ultimately I hope that if the next 6 weeks go well, I end up with a sponsor, or at least some very serious interest. I already feel that bigger names are starting to take notice and bigger things are coming my way, so I can only continue to work hard, and hope for the best outcome. Should things go as I hope, then competing again will very likely be in my future, and perhaps you’ll be looking at the next Canadian IFBB Pro!
More posts detailing my competing experiences to come!Details