Gift Ideas for Almost Any Respectable Bodybuilder

Question:

Dear Marc,

My SO is really into bodybuilding.  Being female, I’m cool with it as he looks great but I have no idea what would say that I get this sport and I support him.  Do you have any gift ideas for my bodybuilding boyfriend?

Answer:

So it’s a gift for bodybuilders you want?  Male or Female, here’s a great list for that special bodybuilder.  These are a list of must have items or items that make working out more enjoyable, safe and fun.  Price varies as some are inexpensive but most if not all are under $100.  Any serious bodybuilder either has some of these, most of these or the luckiest of them all, all of these.  But every single idea on this list is useful to anybody who’s serious about building muscle (gym time, cook time, rest time).

Magic Bullet

magic bullet

The Magic Bullet can be found almost anywhere.  It’s a blender but smaller.  So less of a cleanup.  It can make most shakes and mix up protein quickly.  It’s great for those times when you want to add protein to something a bit more substantial but don’t want the hassle of pulling out the full blender and making a huge mess.

Gym Bag gym bag

Everybody could use a good gym bag.  The brand is up to you.  Look for something with reasonable weight to it but not so huge that everybody is going to trip over the thing.  I don’t know of a single serious bodybuilder who doesn’t carry a bag.  Seriously.  Stuff it with a towel, protein shaker or other goodies if you want.

Adidas Power Trainer Lifting Shoes weight lifting shoes

Not inexpensive but the best shoes I’ve ever used for lifting.  Working out and doing squats and deadlifts in shoes made for running is a mistake.  But almost everybody does it because most people do not realize there are shoes made for weight lifting.  These shoes give you a nice stable surface so there’s no sideways movement or instability.  The cushion provided by running shoes is actually detrimental to leg exercises.  Get them a pair!  There’s other alternatives but look for shoes made specifically for weight training.

Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding Arnold's Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding

Makes a nice coffee table book if nothing else.  It’s a classic.  This may be more male specific and it might make your mom mad knowing Arnold is hanging around.  Quick!  Hide the maid.  Anyway, still makes a good gift for anybody who’s into classic bodybuilding. There’s lots of good information, loads to read and exercises for when you get bored or you gym gets rid of stuff.

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle

BurntheFatFeedtheMuscle

The classic 2003 ebook that started it all, revised and updated and now in hardcover!  Hits the bookshelves on December 10th.  This is the only book they’ll ever need on nutrition.  It’s good for your mom looking to lose weight or an aspiring teen bodybuilder.  This isn’t some fad diet.  It’s what I wish I had 20 years ago so I wouldn’t have wasted so much time trying all kinds of gimmicky booshit.  Totally good book, worth it and will apply to the bodybuilder looking to build muscle or burn fat.  If they don’t have this one, they should.

Blender Bottle Sport Mixer protien shaker

Everybody could use a good BPA free shaker bottle that will last.  This is dishwasher safe and includes a stainless steel mixer ball.  It will handle all the different types of protein out there.  I’m willing to be it would have mixed up that 1980′s crap I used to drink that clumped. Even if they have have one, everybody can use a 2nd, 3rd or 15th shaker bottle.

Foam Roller foam roller

Almost everybody should be using one especially to loosen up the IT band but almost nobody does.  It’s painful!  But this little device really makes leg day bearable.  You use this for self massage.  There’s a number of different exercises you can do with this foam roller. You’ll be amazed at how the pain in some areas goes away.  Some gyms have them, most bodybuilders don’t.  They’ll be confused at first but a quick search will reveal just how many things you can do with this seemingly simple piece of hard foam.

Storage Containers

tupperware

If they are serious about building muscle and burning fat or just eating right, they will need some storage.  Prepping meals the day before and storing them is essential.  Plastic baggies only go so far.  Like the gym bag, it’s a must.  The nice thing about these type of storage containers is you can get them BPA free and in various sizes.  Even if they own some, who can’t use more?

Lifting Straps lifting straps

My favorite pair of lifting straps!  Versa Straps are by far superior.  You’ll probably lose your arms before your grip gives out.  Very safe, very sturdy.  If your lifter is using those leather old school straps or nothing at all, this is a huge and very nice upgrade.

Need more ideas?  The list goes on.

  • Lifting Gloves
  • Massage
  • Rice Cooker
  • Fat Gripz
  • Food Scale
  • Inzer Weight Lifting Belt
  • Captains of Crush Gripper
  • High Socks for Deadlifting
  • iTunes Gift Card
  • Amazon Gift Card
  • Bose Headphones
  • George Foreman Grill
  • Slow Cooker/Crock Pot for making Tuscan Chicken
  • Dip Belt
  • Gift Certificate to TrueNutrition.com

And there you have it.  If you need a gift for bodybuilders, there’s something on the list for everybody, male or female, beginner or advanced.  I’ve been training for over 20 years and it’s take me that long to accumulate most of these things.  I can’t say I use them all every day but I use them all at some time during the year.  It’s just part of being a bodybuilder. Having the right equipment to do the job.

 

Lose Weight in a Week Guaranteed

Lose weight in a week you say?  Is it possible?  Is it safe?  Is it legal?

lose-weight-in-a-week

Not only is it legal but it’s safe and involves no drugs (unless you consider carbohydrates and sugar a drug).  This non-revolutionary method has been used by thousands of bodybuilders for decades to get ready for a contest.  It’s been used by many diet experts that took the contest prep idea too far and turned it into a lifestyle.  It’s been used by average people to strip away fat and weight without even knowing what they were doing. And it’s part of a preparation phase for people looking to gain weight.

So what is this ultra super secret revolutionary method to lose weight in a week?  Let’s make the definition of a week to 10 days.  7 days is almost enough but add on just 3 more and you’ll notice a significant change in your body.

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Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle Video Review

Video Review of the 2013 Edition
of Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle!

Click the Play Button Below to Get the Whole Story

The Easiest Way to Burn Fat
Just Became the Easiest Book to Read…

Before leaving for a family vacation, I received an email from Tom Venuto.  It read..

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Carb Back Loading Explained

If you are looking for the definition of carbohydrate backloading,  then watch Carb Back Loading explained by Ben Pakulski.  As much as I wanted to do my own video, Ben did such a great job, I didn’t want to add to the clutter of useless videos on the subject from people who’s only objective is to sell you a book.

Imagine that.. videos and blog reviews from people who want to make the affiliate commission off a product they’ve never personally tried.  I made mention in a previous post about my intention to try out Carb Backloading and I’m glad I did.  But first…

Watch Carb Back Loading Explained

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Meal Plans from Bulkbites – Easy to Create Online for Free

meal plans

Bulkbites bills itself as an easy to to create meal plans sites with pre-loaded recipes with the ability to upload and create your own.  As the community grows, so does you ability to drag and drop meals that fit your macronutrient needs.

If you want 200g of protein a day, with 200g of carbs and low fat?  This site will custom tail meals to fit that goal.

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How to Make Apple Oatmeal Snack Bars

This apple oatmeal snack bars is a quick and easy option for those who can’t cook (raise my hand) that need a fructose (sugar) fix but want it to healthy and loaded with protein.

Apple Oatmeal Snack Bars

Easy to Make Snacks – Apple Oat Bars

Apple Oatmeal Snack Bars:

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

• ¾ cup oatmeal
• ¼ cup oat bran
• 6 egg whites
• 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

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Carb Backloading Fights Cavities

Could carb backloading help fight cavities?

Carb Fermentation Dental Caries

Caries develop as carbohydrates are fermented by mouth bacteria to acids causing demineralization of the teeth.

During my last dental cleaning the hygenist flat out said, “Wow, there’s nothing really here.  I’ve never seen anybody with so little plaque.”

In all my years of going to the dentist, this was by far the easiest, no scraping I’ve ever had in my entire life!  I had no caries!

Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or a cavity.

The Start of My Hypothesis

I had some ideas in my mind why my cleaning went so well but I never really understood them until I saw the slide above.  When I did, it made sense.  Let me explain.

I travel frequently to various health and fitness seminars where I see none of my peers.  These type of seminars are not about bodybuilding or supplements.  They are given by the people working in various industries related to the sport I love but way behind the scenes.

In this particular session given by the American Association of Candy Technologists called “A Spoon Full of Sugar … Helps the Medicine Go Down” there was a presentation by Stefanie Ringo of Cargill.  Her presentation was called “Pros & Cons of Sugar and Sweetener Alternatives.”

She didn’t know it but she just told me why Carb Backloading helped me get the best dental cleaning of my life.

Carbohydrate Fermentation

On the slide above it says “Caries develop as carbohydrates are fermented by mouth bacteria to acids causing demineralization of the teeth.”

Here’s what an entry in Wikipedia says about the process.

Bacteria in a person’s mouth convert glucose, fructose, and most commonly sucrose (table sugar) into acids such as lactic acid through a glycolytic process called fermentation. If left in contact with the tooth, these acids may cause demineralization, which is the dissolution of its mineral content. - Source

Hypothesis:

Limit the time carbohydrates would be on my teeth compared to a typical diet.  This leads to less bacteria from carbs that could ferment.

Experiment

Eat my carbs after my workouts up until bed.  Limit the time carbs would be on my teeth at any given time without changing the regular brushing schedule.

Conclusion

Carb Back Loading Helps Fight Tooth Decay

It seems to me that no matter what nutritional protocol you follow, if you simply utilize carbohydrates as a fuel timed around your training with brushing after such an intake, you may have better dental checkups.

Be Fit, Stay Strong!

Marc David – CPT

Blender Bottle – BPA Free Protein Shaker

Looking for a better protien shaker?

protien shaker

Blender Bottle – BPA Free Shaker

 Pros:

  • Surgical grade stainless steel mixing ball included
  • BPA Free
  • Odor and impact resistant
  • Flip cap that stays open
  • 28oz total capacity (larger models)
  • Doesn’t leak
  • Oz and Ml markings clearly visible
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack)

Cons:

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My Video Review of the Fusion Mixer

When I received this thing called the Fusion Mixer, I’d never owned an automatic protein shaker cup.  Never had the need really and probably still do not but it was nice to be able to quickly mix up a drink intra-workout or after.

Pros:

  • easily mixed protein
  • not too bulky
  • smooth mixing action

Cons:

  • uses 2 AA batteries
  • battery cover easily comes off
  • mixer ultimately broke down

After 4 months of use, this just stopped working.  At that point, I’d lost the battery cover but it still worked.  What I believe happened was mixing up protein and other “sticky” substances without quickly rinsing it out, caused build-up around the mixer.  It started to stick.

Eventually, no amount of cleaning made it work again and it seemed like the gears were slipping as well.

Fancy fitness gadget that was cool but not hardcore enough to last 1/100 of a regular shaker bottle.  For all intents and purposes, it’s just easier to bring in shaker bottle with some type of mixing ball that will do the same and never break down.

10 out of 10 for coolness but 2 out of 10 for longevity.

Update - Try the LaCuisine Tornado Portable Mixer or the Fit & Fresh CleanTek Power Mixer Pro.

Be Fit, Stay Strong!

Marc David – CPT

 

I’m Fat – You’re Fat – We’re Fat – No I’m Not

Seriously several times a day my mind convinces me that I’m a bit chubby, to a bit leaner today, to convincing me I need to go low calorie or low carb for a few too if I want to get serious in the gym, I need to be in a surplus.

Somebody once said, “listen to your body.”  I agree, you should.  But for the love of life…

IGNORE your mind!

It’s psychotic at times and there’s 15 different personalities in there all trying to sabotage your goals.

Have a Clearly Defined Plan in Writing

The best thing you can do is have a plan and stick to it.  This almost eliminates that noise that goes thru our brains every day telling us to do something else.  If you have a plan and it’s written down, it’s a million times easier to focus than allowing your mind to wander and your hands to pinch around your midsection.  Next thing you know, you’re mind has convince your body you are indeed to fat and you start cutting.

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