Massage Work on Top Level Professional Bodybuilders

One of the perks that often come with being a top level athlete is the regular massages you get. Massages aren’t just great for relaxation and recovery, but are also used to help treat and prevent injuries caused by intense exercise. A good massage can be painful at times, but the end results are usually very favourable – and most of the pain is the kind of pain that in a way feels good even though it hurts – I know people are addicted to that stuff (most hard training gym rats should know what I’m talking about here).

While I’m personally not a professional athlete I do go for a professional massage on a fairly regular basis, and if I’m in place like Thailand – where you can get a decent two hour massage for $15 – I sometimes take a massage almost every day. There’s no doubt in my mind that I benefit from the stuff both mentally and physically.

Here’s a video demonstrating how massage therapist Von Jackson works on four time Mr Olympia Jay Cutler and what goes into working on someone with the almost absurd amount of musclemass that Jay carries around. Worth watching:

Professionals working on Ron Coleman at the Arlington Good Health clinic:

Pro Fitness Model Erin Moubray is a Raw Vegan


Here’s more evidence that eating fruit does not make you fat: Canadian pro fitness model Erin Moubray looks absolutely stunning, and she follows Dr. Doug Graham’s 80-10-10 diet, a carbohydrate rich diet that prescribes a high fruit intake, and a low intake of both fats and protein. Throw that in the face of the next neanderthal theoretician who tells you to avoid eating fruit if you want to look your best, or that low carb is the only way to go if you want to lose that last bit of body fat. More and more people are discovering the insane benefits of following a raw vegan diet, and with any luck silly myths like those will be put to rest soon. Unlike most fitness competitors and bodybuilders, she also uses no supplements.

In the video Erin Moubray discusses how the 80-10-10 has helped her, and made her feel even better than the previous high fat raw vegan diet she was on (which was, admittedly, more along the lines of the diet we discussed here in our raw vegan bodybuilding article a few weeks ago).

If you’re a fitness competitor, bodybuilder – or any kind of athlete – following a raw vegan diet, we’d love to hear from you, as we plan to discuss the virtues – and also the challenges – of this way of eating more in depth in the near future. We’re pretty excited about this stuff, to say the least. It’s had a radical impact on our views on nutrition, health and performance, and while we’re not yet 100% raw vegan ourselves we’ve had great results from eating mostly raw plant foods for long periods of time. Try it yourself – you might be very surprised by the results you’ll get.

Anyway, do watch the video, and if it inspires you to check out more 80-10-10 raw vegan videos visit Dr. Douglas Graham’s FoodnSport Youtube Channel.

Nanox Androx Q12 T-Amplifier

Any bodybuilder who is wanting to increase testosterone levels without the use of drugs should take a good look at Nanox Nutriceuticals new (well, it’s been out for a year or so at this point) testosterone boosting formula Androx Q12.

This is a complex formula consisting of testosterone precursors such as Nanox’ own concoction Testofen, a testosterone support formula (which they refer to as a «ZMA» complex – we’ll deal with that later), as well as anti-DHT conversion agents and a general adaptogen. While you’re going to have to wait for a proper review from yours truly, I will tell you that I’m quite optimistic about the possible effects of this supplement. From what I’ve heard from others and read online, this formula actually seems to work like it should – as opposed to a lot of the products out there whose claims are rarely backed up by real world results. Let’s take a look at why that might be so.

Testosterone precursors in Androx Q12, including Testofen®, Avena Sativa and Ecdysones from spinach leaves

Testofen – an extract from Fenugreek – is something Nanox have come up with themselves.Testofen is – according to Nanox – «a standardized extract of a proprieraty and well defined mix of Fenugreek saponins» that they claim will have a better effect than other fenugreek extracts. Nanox claim that a in randomised, double blind, placeo controlled study on 60 humans, Testofen promoted a boost in free testosterone levels of 98%, promoted healthy muscle mass and helped regulat BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) levels, signifying a regulatory effect on protein catabolism. This is obviously the stuff you want if increases in muscle mass is your goal.

Nanox Androx Q12 also contains a dose of Avena Sativa and β-ecdyson from spinach leaves, both of which may have a positive effect on endogenous testosterone production.

Anti DHT-agents in Androx Q12

Like Universal Nutrition’s Animal Stak, Nanox Androx Q12 aims not only to increase endogenous testosterone production, but also decrease the conversion of testosterone into DHT (DiHydroTestosterone). This formula contains not one, but two of these anti-DHT agents: extracs of Stinging Nettle, and Saw Palmetto. The addition of these substances certainly gets our approval, but is of course no guarantee against more testosterone being converted into DHT than you would want to.

ZMA complex and B12

Androx Q12 contains what Nanox refers to as a ZMA complex, that is, a dose of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6. ZMA has been shown to increase testosterone, as has megadoses of zinc alone.

In my opinion, referring to the combination of zinc, magnesium and B6 as a “ZMA” complex is a bit of a stretch, though. The name ZMA refers to a patent pending, highly specific combination of these nutrients developed by Victor Conte at SNAC, and Androx Q12′s ZMA complex is nothing like SNAC’s ZMA. What’s different? Most importantly, it’s the fact that Androx Q12′s zinc is in the citrate form, and not in the monomethionine aspartate form that it should be. This has to do with uptake, and is pretty crucial in my opinion. Also, a daily recommended dose of ZMA has 30 mg of zinc, 450 mgs of magnesium, and 10,5 mgs of vitamin B6. The dose here is much lower: 15 mgs of zinc, 150 mgs of magnesium, and a measly 2 mgs of vitamin B6. Nevertheless, the addition of these substances is a valuable one, and the dosage here may be enough to support natural testosterone production in case of a deficiency. Studies on these substances and how they may affect testsoterone productions have generally used much higher doses, however.

Nanox Androx Q12 also contains a dose of vitamin B12.

Siberian Ginseng

A dose of Siberian Ginseng – the classic adaptogen – has also found it’s way into Androx. Siberian Ginseng may have several potential positive effects for any active person, of which increases in testosterone are the most interesting here.

Nanox Androx Q12 complete list of ingredients:

Fenugreek extract (Trigonella foenum-graecum L, Testofen ®); cellullose (mantle capsule) saw palmetto extract (Serenoa repens (Bartram) J.K.Small); magnesium oxide; stinging nettle extract (root) (Urtica dioica L.); Oat extract (Avena sativa L.); spinach leaves extract (Spinacia oleracea L.); microcristalline cellullose (filler); Siberian Ginseng extract (Eleutherococcus senticosus (Rupr & Maxim) Maxim); zinc citrate; titanium dioxide (colorant); magnesium stearate (anticlotting agent); silicium dioxide (anticlotting agent); ferrous roxide (colorant); Lactobacillus cassei-immunitas; black pepper extract (Piper nigrum L.); pyridoxine hydrochloride (vit B6); cyanocobalamine (vit B12)

Bottom line: will it do what it says on the tin?

This is a more complex formula aimed at testsoterone production that we usually see, and I think it looks very, very promising. As I said to begin with, I have not had a chance to give this supplement a test run myself, at least not yet. I have however ordered a three month supply (along with a couple of other products from Nanox that we’ll be talking about here), so I’ll get started on it as soon as my schedule permits. In the meantime, I’ve talked to two lifters who have tried it, and had a look at a couple of internet message boards, and the accounts of classic signs of increases in testosterone as well as measurable improvements in both strength and muscle mass have left me pretty darn excited about this supplements and what I may expect when using it. If you’ve tried Nanox Androx Q12 yourself, please share your results in the comment section – I’m pretty sure plenty of readers here are interested in hearing about it!