Supplement Preview: Creatine Monohydrate


One of my favorite workout supplements of all time is creatine monohydrate.  Through the years I’ve experimented with all different types of creatine products.  Some with several different types of creatine blended, others with just plain ol’ monohydrate and nothing else added.  Although it seems just supplementing with creatine in-general works pretty well, some products/brands seem to work better for me than others.

My latest experiment has been with a product called Naked Creatine.  I haven’t used creatine for at least 6 months or more now, so I thought it would be a good addition to complement my latest weight training program.

I have been pleasantly surprised at the results I’ve had with this product.  First off, what I love the most is this product is simply raw creatine monohydrate powder, with no added fillers, dyes, or sweeteners….nothing but clean pure creatine monohydrate powder.  What I also noticed was that this product mixed up perfectly just shaking it in a water bottle.  No clumps, or grit to choke down, just a nice even mixture. It also didn’t give me any bloating or discomfort like so many other types of creatine have in the past.

Best of all, my strength continues to climb using this product!  That is no exaggeration either.  I’ve documented strength increases on every single workout since starting with this product  with all of the major compound movements, such as the squat, deadlift, bench press and shoulder press.  This product definitely works!

During my testing so far, I have been taking one serving before and one serving after my workouts.  Since this creatine powder doesn’t have any flavor, I’ve been mixing it with one of my other favorite products called Natural Reload from MRM.   The combination of the two tastes pretty good and doesn’t upset my stomach at all.

Overall, I’m very impressed with Naked Creatine.  Better strength, performance, and energy with no ill side effects at all that I’ve experienced for over a month and a half now.  Pick this product up below on Amazon for a great price.  You simply can’t go wrong for the amount of servings to cost ratio.  Excellent value!

Keto Diet Update

I have 4 months in the books now with my Ketogenic food plan and I’m still progressing towards my goal to be able to see my abdominal muscles.  At this point, I’ve hit a high weight loss of 17 pounds on this food plan.                                     I don’t like to use the word diet all the time, because this new way of eating has become a long-term proposition for me.

I don’t see any reason why I would stop this plan because I continue to show progress.  My weight has leveled off, but that is most likely due to a switch in my exercise plan and an increase of approximately 200 additional calories.  Basically, I decided to start engaging in weight training again.  After losing a lot of body weight (mostly fat, but definitely still some lean mass) I started to feel a bit sloppy and even a little weak.  I started up with Beachbody’s Body Beast workout plan with the intentions of adding some muscle back, all while maintaining and even working on my progress of fat loss.

I’m currently alternating Body Beast weight workouts with a cardio-style workout, every other day. On the weight workout days I strive to keep my calories higher, then back down about 100 or so when I do cardio workouts.  I’ve been doing this plan for about 3 weeks now and I’ve been able to maintain my weight and continue to get leaner.  My muscles feel tight and my strength is good, so it all seems to be working well so far.

I’m still in the low 12% body fat range, but continue to progress to my goal of 10%.  I feel really good on the Keto food plan and I highly recommend it.  It’s not for everyone, but it is very effective for fat loss and much more health benefits long-term.

Would you like to learn more about this food plan, or even about my journey?  If so, contact me via this site or my Facebook page at Forever Be Healthy and I’ll be happy to share more about what I’ve learned so far.



No Time For Exercise?

It’s interesting, I tend to hear the excuse “I don’t have time to exercise” a lot.   I realize we all have busy schedules, but this excuse doesn’t sit too well with me.  When I really start looking into people’s schedules and asking questions, I really can’t find any reason why someone couldn’t spare an hour, half-hour, or even just 15 minutes of time for their health and well-being.   Instead, some would rather choose to watch TV or surf the internet with their spare time.

I guess it all comes down to making the choice to want better health.  It’s not always easy making this choice, especially after a long day at work or running the kids around to school, sports or whatever else they’re involved in.

I know how hard it is to try and get motivated after a long day at work.  I work 10-hour days, with an hour drive each way, going to and coming back home each way.  This makes up for a 12 hour work day for me, and the long drive in rush hour traffic just wipes me out coming home each day.  I can’t find the energy to work out before I get ready for work at 4:30 am, so the only option I have is to make time when I get home sometime after 6pm.  It normally takes me at least 30 minutes to get in the door, get changed and try to get myself energized enough to start a workout.    I try and start my workout by 7pm and have it done by 8pm so I can cool down, eat dinner, and get ready for bed by 9pm.   Then I start the whole process over again the next day, until I hit the weekend.

It’s not always easy, but it’s a choice I make for myself and my fitness goals.  It takes hard work and dedication, but there’s nothing more gratifying than success with your goals, especially when it comes to your health.

Just remember, all that working out won’t do you much good if you aren’t eating towards your goals either.  Whether you want to loose weight, gain muscle, or whatever your goals are, your eating is the most important part of the equation.  The Ketogenic (keto) diet is my current choice for weight (fat) loss.  Now that I have the food plan in place the exercise has definitely complemented my goal for fat loss.  There are so many different options out there, but for me the keto has been the only plan that has targeting hard-to-loose body fat.

It’s all about making the choice to eat better, then adding exercise to complement what you are doing with your food plan.  Set your goals for both and stick to it.   Make the choice for you and your well-being long term, you’re worth it!



Great Workout With Core De Force

I’m now a big fan of Beachbody’s Core De Force workout! 

This is an awesome workout plan.  It’s easy to follow…. just pick the workout, hit play and follow along with the instructors.  The workouts are fast paced and challenging, but still easy enough to follow along with. It’s basically just plug-n-play and the workouts aren’t too long, that’s one thing I really like about them.

It’s amazing how sore my body was from kicking, punching and doing other MMA style moves.  That’s the best part of the workout, doing these types of exercises that work muscles we don’t use regularly.

Give this exercise plan a try, it’s an awesome cardio workout and I guarantee you’ll see results.  You can pick up the DVD set HERE, or even better, sign up for BeachBody on demand HERE and get unlimited workouts from every workout plan they have!   What a sweet deal that is!

Using Super Sets to Burn Fat

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A superset is when you perform two or more exercises in a row with no rest. You can superset any body parts together but its best to use opposing body parts, such as chest and back, biceps and triceps. Supersets also help to build more muscle, which helps you to burn more calories and burn fat.

One of the main benefits of a weight-training routine that includes supersets is that it raises your metabolic rate in the hours after exercise. Studies also show a shift in substrate oxidation, which means that you’re also burning more fat.

Putting together a superset workout is as easy as choosing body parts that work opposing muscles so that you will be able to work those muscles with greater intensity. Here is example of how to put together a superset workout:

Do 3-4 sets of 8-12 repetitions of each exercise.  You should perform the A set of exercises, all 3-4 sets through, rest for one minute and then move on the B sets. This is a total body workout that can be done in 20-30 minutes!

A1. Bench Press

A2. Bent Over Rows

B1. Dumbbell curls

B2. Dumbbell tricep kickbacks

C1. Leg Extension

C2. Leg Curls

If you find yourself short on time, but would like to get in a great butt kicking workout, a superset is the way to go! Add some interval training after your superset workout and you have the best fat burning workout all done within 45 minutes to a hour!