Global Superstar Flo Rida Now Partnering With MusclePharm®

DENVER, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, has signed a deal with international recording artist Flo Rida.  Activating a social media network of over 16 million followers, Flo Rida will promote MusclePharm® products and develop exclusive viral exercise videos for the brand. He also will represent MusclePharm® at events and star in a series of radio and online ads.

Flo Rida has built a fervent fan base by mixing hip-hop harmonies with slick dance beats, selling over 75 million singles worldwide. The innovative Florida-born rapper became a chart-topping artist fixture with blockbuster singles such as “Right Round” and “Wild Ones (feat. Sia).” Flo Rida is committed to imparting the importance of education to children and empowering student athletes to become leaders both on and off the field through his non-profit organizations, Big Dreams for Kids and the Florida Youth Football League (FYFL).

“Ever since I was growing up, health, nutrition and fitness have been very important aspects of my life,” said Flo Rida. “I started using MusclePharm® supplements because of the company’s commitment to developing safe, scientifically backed products. Right away I noticed a positive improvement with my energy and fitness levels.  I’m very excited to join the MusclePharm® family and look forward to promoting the brand to my fans.”

“As one of today’s most popular musicians, Flo Rida is a global force who is at the top of his field because he is dedicated not only to his music but also to his physical well-being,” said Brad Pyatt, founder and CEO, MusclePharm®. “Flo Rida’s international influence coupled with his amazing physique make him an ideal ambassador. We’re thrilled to have him represent the MusclePharm® brand.”

As part of their agreement, MusclePharm® will make a donation to Flo Rida’s charity, the FYFL, and gift new sports equipment to the league. MusclePharm® and Flo Rida will celebrate the partnership at the customer appreciation day next month which will be taking place at Flo Rida’s new South Florida gym, Flo Fit (12425 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028). The musician and philanthropist joins fellow MusclePharm® brand ambassador, quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the NFL® San Francisco 49ers, who partnered with the company earlier this year.  Additionally, MusclePharm® is the official Nutritional Supplement provider of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION:
Founded in 2008 by former NFL player Brad Pyatt, MusclePharm® is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements to address active lifestyles like muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists at MusclePharm® Sports Science Center & Research Center in Denver, Colorado. MusclePharm®’s products are sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, 24 Hour Fitness, Bally’s, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm® products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.  You can also follow MusclePharm online at www.facebook.com/MusclePharm and www.twitter.com/MusclePharm.

Forward Looking Statements
The information contained herein includes forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to our future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects our current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

MusclePharm® PR Contact:
Ivy Mollenkamp/Wendy Zaas
Rogers & Cowan
310-854-8131/310-854-8148
imollenkamp@rogersandcowan.com
wzaas@rogersandcowan.com

MusclePharm® Investor Relations Contact:
The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag
President
Telephone: 858-794-9500
Email: Email Contact

Or

John H. Bluher
Executive Vice President
MusclePharm Corporation
303-396-6149
John@musclepharm.com

Flo Rida Contact:
Elora Mason
Strong Arm Management
305-828-3228
305-851-5699 (mobile)

Sports and Science Center Open House!

TOUR: MusclePharm's 40,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art athletic and testing space.

MEET: The industry's brightest doctors, researchers, and nutritionists

TEST: The latest in athletic training and performance equipment

– THURSDAY, JUNE 13th –
9:00 am – 6:00pm

4721 Ironton St. Building A • Denver, CO 80239

For RSVP and to Schedule tours email:
research@musclepharm.com

Musclepharm And Bodybuilding.Com Facebook Giveaway –Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.   A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE OR IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.  ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND UPON THE NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE ENTRIES RECEIVED. 

OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT TIME OF ENTRY. 

INTERNET ACCESS REQUIRED

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the MusclePharm and Bodybuilding.com Facebook Giveaway (“Giveaway”), beginning 12:01 am ET on April 15, 2013 through 11:59 pm ET May 6, 2013, visit www.bodybuilding.com, complete the required information and submit as directed.   An eligible entry is completed by completing the required information and by also ‘liking’ both Bodybuilding.com’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bodybuildingcom and by ‘liking’ MusclePharm’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/musclepharm.  All entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on May 6, 2013 to be eligible.  By entering, you certify that you are at least 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.

An entrant must have an active Facebook account to participate in the Giveaway and win any of the prizes. You can join Facebook free of charge at www.facebook.comLimit one entry per person per household.  Only one prize will be awarded per person per household throughout the Giveaway.

ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older on the date of the Giveaway entry submission.  Employees, directors and officers and their immediate families (spouses and siblings, parents and children and their spouses) and household members of the Sponsor and/or Bodybuilding.com and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates, distributors, dealerships and companies involved in the implementation and execution of the Giveaway are not eligible.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law, rule or regulation.

By participating, you agree to accept these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects. By entering this Giveaway, you also agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Bodybuilding.com, Sponsor and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and internet agencies, and contractors, and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents, from any and all damages whether direct or indirect, which may be due to or arise out of participation in the Giveaway or the acceptance, use/misuse or possession of a prize.

INTERNET ENTRY: Bodybuilding.com and Sponsor are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, illegible or misdirected e-mail, or for any technical problems, malfunctions of any telephone lines, computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Bodybuilding.com and Sponsor are not responsible for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Giveaway.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. Bodybuilding.com and Sponsor assume no responsibility for undeliverable emails resulting from any form of active or passive email filtering by a user's Internet Service Provider and/or email client or for insufficient space in user’s email account to receive email. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Giveaway should causes beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Giveaway. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the Giveaway or disqualify entrants if fraud, misconduct or technical failures destroy the integrity of the Giveaway, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

Information collected from entrants is subject to MusclePharm’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at http://musclepharm.com/Privacy-Policy.html.

GENERAL RULES: Winner will be notified by email. Failure to timely respond may result in an alternate winner being selected.  Limit one prize per person. No substitution or transfer of prize permitted. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize of equal or greater value or to substitute the cash equivalent of the prize at its sole discretion. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of winner. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to Sponsor and its agencies to use winner's name, likeness, and submission, in any form, in whole or in part, for purposes of public relations, promotional advertising and trade purposes in any and all media, without territorial, time, use or other limitation without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. All material submitted becomes the sole property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the rules, administration of the Giveaway or announcement of prize winner. Winner must certify that they will not seek reimbursement for any products received as a prize. Sponsor does not make any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the use of any prize, including, without limitation, quality, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. 

NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT TO THE CONTRARY, SPONSOR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO ENTRANT OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF SPONSOR HAS BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, suspend, withdraw or amend the Giveaway for any reason.

PRIZES & APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (“RV”):  One winner will be selected at random by Bodybuilding.com.  One (1) prize winner, subject to eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, will receive two (2) floor seat tickets to a UFC Event in Las Vegas, Nevada; roundtrip airfare for two (2) persons to Las Vegas, Nevada; and accommodations for two (2) nights at a Las Vegas area hotel selected by the Sponsor (RV: up to $3000 and will vary according to the departure city).  Sponsor will be solely responsible for travel arrangements. 

Winner is solely responsible for: (1) all local, state, or federal taxes; (2) transportation costs to and from the hotel, airport, UFC event and any other destinations.  Winner and guest must provide Sponsor with photo identification proof of age.  Please allow up to thirty (30) days for delivery of prizes.  Prizes returned as undeliverable will not be reshipped and will be considered fulfilled and finalized for the purpose of awarding the prizes in this Giveaway. 

SELECTION OF WINNER: Winner will be selected in a random drawing conducted from among all eligible entries received at the time of the drawing. Winner will be announced via Bodybuilding.com’s website and/or Facebook page.  Odds of winning depend on the number o
f eligible entries received. The potential winner may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility/release of liability within five (5) business days of attempted delivery of same. Affidavit must certify entrant's eligibility, that entrant has not won a previous prize or award and that the entrant has followed the Rules of the Giveaway. Failure to timely comply with all requirements, including the 5-day time period, or return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

For the name of the winner, please visit www.bodybuilding.com at the conclusion of the Giveaway. 

CHOICE OF LAW: Under no circumstances will entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than entrant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Giveaway), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants and Sponsor in connection with the Giveaway, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the state of Colorado, USA, without regard to choice of law rules.  By completing the entry form, participant submits to the personal jurisdiction of the courts in the state of Colorado. 

SPONSOR:This Giveaway is being conducted by Bodybuilding.com, LLC located at 2026 S. Silverstone Way, Meridian, ID 83642 and sponsored by MusclePharm Corporation located at 4721 Ironton Street, Unit A, Denver, CO 80239.  This Giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook. 

 

MusclePharm Announces Deal With NFL Super Bowl Quarterback Colin Kaepernick

DENVER, CO–(Marketwire – Mar 21, 2013) – MusclePharm Corporation ( OTCQB : MSLP ), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, is proud to announce it has signed a multi-year endorsement deal with the NFL San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick. As part of the relationship, Kaepernick will represent MusclePharm in a series of advertisements, radio and television appearances, and social media outlets.

Kaepernick is considered one of the fastest raising stars in the NFL. Drafted in 2011 in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick became the team's full-time starter in the middle of the 2012 season leading the 49ers into the NFL playoffs. In his first career postseason start, he put forth an electrifying performance against the Green Bay Packers setting an NFL single-game record for most rushing yards (181) by a quarterback. After beating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship, he led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1994 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Commenting on the announcement, Kaepernick stated, "I added MusclePharm supplements to my routine at the beginning of my rookie season in the NFL. MP covers all my needs when it comes to energy, recovery and increased productivity both on and off the field. I am honored to become part of the MusclePharm team and look forward to representing their highly regarded brand."

Commenting on the announcement, MusclePharm Founder & CEO, Brad Pyatt, stated, "Kaepernick's reputation as a workout fanatic coupled with his amazing physique makes him an ideal fit with the MusclePharm brand. He is both an articulate and charismatic young man with a work ethic and competitive drive that complement his dynamic athleticism. We are thrilled to have him represent MusclePharm."

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements which address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm's products are sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. MusclePharm also owns FitMiss™, a branded line of fitness supplements which is designed, dosed and formulated specifically for women with active lifestyles. For more information, please visit http://musclepharm.com/.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not a description of historical facts constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "plans", "potential", "possible", "probable", "believes", "seeks", "may", "will", "should", "could" or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the Company's Quarter Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted by the Company to the SEC, copies of which may be obtained from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

Contact:

MusclePharm Company

John H. Bluher
COO
Telephone: 303-618-0902
Email Contact

MusclePharm Investor

The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag
President
Telephone: 858-794-9500
Email: Email Contact

Alex Partners, LLC
Scott Wilfong
President
Telephone: 425-242-0891
Email: Email Contact

Musclepharm To Present At The 25th Annual Roth Conference

DENVER, COLORADO– March 12, 2013 – MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP.OB), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, is proud to announce that it will present at the 25th Annual ROTH Conference, which will take place from March 17-20 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California.  The MusclePharm presentation will be held on Monday March 18th at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

A live webcast of the presentation will be broadcast via the Internet. Those interested in listening to the webcast may access it at http://wsw.com/webcast/roth27/mslp/or on MusclePharm’s website at http://musclepharm.com/investors. An archived replay of the presentation will be available for 90 days.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm’s products are sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit http://musclepharm.com/.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not a description of historical facts constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words as “expects”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “estimates”, “plans”, “potential”, “possible”, “probable”, “believes”, “seeks”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “could” or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company’s business. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the Company’s Quarter Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted by the Company to the SEC, copies of which may be obtained from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

 

MusclePharm Company Contact:

John H. Bluher, COO

Telephone:  303-618-0902

john@musclepharm.com

 

MusclePharm Investor Contact:

The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.                            or                     Alex Partners, LLC

Robert B. Prag, President                                                                     Scott Wilfong, President

Telephone: 858-794-9500                                                                   Telephone: 425-242-0891

Email: bprag@delmarconsulting.com                                                    Email: Scott@alexpartnersllc.com

Musclepharm To Present At The Peak To Peak Institutional Conference

DENVER, COLORADO– March 12, 2013 – MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP.OB), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, is proud to announce the Company will be presenting at the 2013 Peak to Peak Institutional Investor Conference presented by Janco Partners and Genesis Select on March 14-15, 2013 at the Westin Riverfront Resort in Beaver Creek, CO. The MusclePharm presentation will be held on Thursday, 14th at Noon Mountain Time.

A live webcast of the presentation will be broadcast via the Internet. Those interested in listening to the webcast may access it at http://wsw.com/webcast/genesis/mslp/ or on MusclePharm’s website at http://musclepharm.com/investors. An archived replay of the presentation will be available for 90 days.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm’s products are sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit http://musclepharm.com/.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not a description of historical facts constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words as “expects”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “estimates”, “plans”, “potential”, “possible”, “probable”, “believes”, “seeks”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “could” or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company’s business. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the Company’s Quarter Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted by the Company to the SEC, copies of which may be obtained from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

 

MusclePharm Company Contact:

John H. Bluher, COO

Telephone:  303-618-0902

john@musclepharm.com

 

MusclePharm Investor Contact:

The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.                            or                     Alex Partners, LLC

Robert B. Prag, President                                                                     Scott Wilfong, President

Telephone: 858-794-9500                                                                   Telephone: 425-242-0891

Email: bprag@delmarconsulting.com                                                    Email: Scott@alexpartnersllc.com

MusclePharm Named the 2012 GNC "Rising Star" Sports Vendor

DENVER, CO — (Marketwire) — 02/25/13 — MusclePharm Corporation (OTCQB: MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, is proud to announce it was given the 2012 GNC "Rising Star" vendor award by GNC in the sports category. The announcement was made by GNC on Friday, February 22, 2013 as part of the 2012 GNC Top Vendor Awards. GNC is the largest specialty retailer of health and wellness products in the U.S.

The GNC Rising Star award is given annually to an emerging brand that has demonstrated strong sales growth in a short time period. The winner has proven to fully support GNC customers in regards to favorable promotional activity and programs and show significant growth potential.

As part of the announcement, MusclePharm was characterized as "an outstanding vendor for GNC making many high quality products our customers love. They focus on products for active lifestyles and you can't miss their packaging with the unmistakable green dominating their section in GNC. Some of their popular products at GNC include Assault, Combat Powder®, and Bullet Proof."

MusclePharm Founder & CEO, Brad Pyatt, stated, "It is a significant achievement to have been tapped by GNC as the 2012 'Rising Star' sports vendor. We greatly value our relationship with GNC and hope to see the volume of MusclePharm products sold by GNC continue to grow throughout 2013 and beyond."

Mr. Pyatt continued, "Over the past 3 years, we have experienced a substantial increase in year-over-year revenue — growing from a sub $5 million company in 2010 to approximately $78 million in 2012. The MusclePharm brand has continued to gain momentum largely because we sell outstanding products that give our customers the results they are looking for."

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm's products are sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit http://musclepharm.com/.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not a description of historical facts constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "plans", "potential", "possible", "probable", "believes", "seeks", "may", "will", "should", "could" or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the Company's Quarter Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted by the Company to the SEC, copies of which may be obtained from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

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MusclePharm Investor Contact:

The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag
President
Telephone: 858-794-9500
Email: Email Contact

or

Alex Partners, LLC
Scott Wilfong
President
Telephone: 425-242-0891

MusclePharm CEO Issues Letter to Shareholders

DENVER, CO–(Marketwire – Feb 15, 2013) – MusclePharm Corporation (OTCQB: MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, is pleased to announce that it has released a letter from its CEO, Bradley J. Pyatt, to update shareholders on the current status of the Company.

Dear Valued MusclePharm Shareholder,

I want to personally thank you for being a MusclePharm Corporation shareholder. We are excited about the future of our Company and this letter outlines our vision and plans for the future.

Over the past three years we achieved exponential product sales growth, growing from around $1.4 million in revenue for 2009, to approximately $78 million in 2012. However, to finance that growth from essentially a startup mode we had to utilize dilutive financing instruments, which were very expensive and hurt our financial performance, and as one would expect, our stock price suffered too. All of us at MusclePharm® believe that our market capitalization today is not a valid reflection of our Company's current underlying fundamentals. Below I address how we are proactively addressing our future, which we believe should result in better financial results and a higher stock price as we move forward.

As you probably know, we recently completed a $12.0 million registered direct offering of our Series D Convertible Preferred Stock at $8.00 per share. Each preferred share is convertible into two shares of our common stock. In 2012, we spent considerable time cleaning up the Company's balance sheet and raising other capital to support our growth. In late 2012, we issued 516,308 shares of our common stock to several accredited investors pursuant to conversions of warrants to purchase an aggregate of 728,648 shares of our common stock. As a result of these warrant conversions and other extinguishments of derivative liabilities, our stockholders' deficit decreased from approximately $11.0 million at June 30, 2012 to approximately $7.3 million at September 30, 2012 and our derivative liabilities decreased from approximately $7.9 million at June 30, 2012 to approximately $25,000 at September 30, 2012. Now, in the first quarter of 2013, after our registered direct offering, we believe we have positioned the Company to continue growing with the proper type of capital structure that will allow us to focus on profitability.

With the proceeds from our recently completed offering we paid off all our mezzanine and short-term debt. We are now debt free. We expect to use the remaining proceeds from the offering to launch new products, seek to expand internationally, and seek to increase our U.S. sales force.

As you also are probably aware, in late 2012 we completed an 850:1 reverse stock split. The reverse split was a necessary step for us to seek a listing on a stock exchange. We expect we will have such a listing this summer after we post our 2013 first quarter results. There are several benefits to being listed on a stock exchange, but the most important is the ability to seek institutional investment in our shares. The institutions that were looking at investing in our Company over the past few years declined for the most part, citing our lack of a stock exchange listing. Going forward, these investors will have the ability to participate in our Company once we are listed on an exchange.

Our Growth Story

In September of 2008, we started MusclePharm® out of my garage in Denver, Colorado. Fast-forward to today and we are recognized as a global leader in a multi-billion dollar industry. Our gross revenue increased exponentially as follows*:

$s in millions
2009: $0 – $1
2010: $1 – 4 (300% gain YOY)
2011: $4 – 17 (325% gain YOY)
2012: $17 – 78 (370% gain YOY)

* These numbers have been rounded for ease of reading, and 2012 is unaudited.

In a time when our economy has struggled, we achieved revenue growth of approximately 300%+ year over year. We project we will increase our gross revenues in 2013 to over $100 million.

At the 2012 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards, we received three Awards of Excellence; we received (i) the "Brand of the Year" award, (ii) the "Packaging of the Year" award, and (iii) the "Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year" award for Assault™. On top of that, we've won over 15 other industry awards since our inception.

Our headquarters in Denver, Colorado has a state-of-the-art over 30,300 square feet athletic facility with a medical and clinical testing department, complete with equipment for measuring and conducting athletic clinical studies and supporting athletes. Our medical and clinical professionals consist of several nationally recognized medical doctors and nutritional experts who oversee our product research, formulation, efficacy analysis and testing. It also serves as a place for some of the world's top athletes to come and train and be educated on the latest nutritional advancements that we have under development.

Our primary growth strategy is to:

  • Increase our product distribution and sales through increased market penetrations both domestically and internationally;
     
  • Increase our margins by focusing on streamlining our operations and seeking operating efficiencies in all areas of our operations;
     
  • Continue to conduct additional testing of the safety and efficacy of our products and formulate new products; and
     
  • Increase awareness of our products by increasing our marketing and branding opportunities through endorsements, sponsorships and brand extensions.
     

Our core marketing strategy is to brand MusclePharm® as the "must have" fitness brand for workout enthusiasts and elite athletes. We seek to be known as the "athlete's company," run by athletes who create their products for other athletes, both professional and otherwise. We believe that our marketing mix of endorsers, sponsorships and providing sample products for our retail resellers to use is an optimal strategy to increase sales.

In addition:

  • Our products are currently sold in over 110 countries, with the goal of reaching 175 countries in the next few years
  • Our products are available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets with the goal of reaching 20,000+ in the next few years
  • Retail stores include GNC and Vitamin Shoppe, as well as over 100 online stores, including Bodybuilding.com, Vitacost.com, GNC.com, Amazon.com, SupplementWarehouse.com, AllStarHealth.com, LuckyVitamin.com, Dick's Sporting Goods, and many more

We recently renegotiated our terms with our manufacturers and have refined our distribution model, and as a result, we should experience better sales margins. On top of this, we have reviewed our operating costs and are cutting several non- essential expenses. We also recently launched a new product called Amino1. To date, it is the fastest growing product (sku) we have ever had here at MusclePharm®.

Finally, in mid 2012, we hired an experienced CFO, Gary Davis, who most recently served as executive vice president and CFO for Bodybuilding.com for almost six years. Bodybuilding.com is a world leader in sports fitness and nutritional supplements and is a very large website for nutritional products. Gary's experience includes extensive experience as a chief financial officer with strengths in external and management reporting and analysis, accounting, tax, treasury, human resources and risk management functions in public and private companies along with the dietary supplement industry. He provides strength and direction for the demands and growth of MusclePharm®.

Going from no revenues to over $78 million
in less than four years was impressive growth, but all of us here at MusclePharm® have the goal of reaching $500 million in annual sales — but only at a profitable level. We are excited about focusing on our core business without the after effects of burdensome financings.

If you have any questions regarding our Company, please feel free to contact me directly or our office at the numbers listed below.

Sincerely,

Brad Pyatt
Chief Executive Officer

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm® is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm®'s products are sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm® products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This release and the letter herein contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not a description of historical facts constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "plans", "potential", "possible", "probable", "believes", "seeks", "may", "will", "should", "could" or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the Company's Quarter Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted by the Company to the SEC, copies of which may be obtained from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

 

Contact Information

 

Contact:
MusclePharm® Investor

The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag
President
Telephone: 858-794-9500
Email: Email Contact

or

Alex Partners, LLC
Scott Wilfong
President
Telephone: 425-242-0891
Email: Email Contact

MusclePharm Completes $12 Million Offering of Series D Convertible Stock

The Frost Group, LLC, Headed by Miami Entrepreneur Dr. Phillip Frost, Increased Its Investment as the Lead Investor to $2.9 Million

 

DENVER, CO–(Marketwire – Feb 5, 2013) – MusclePharm Corporation (OTCQB: MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, announced today it successfully completed the final closing of a $12.0 million registered direct offering of its Series D Convertible Preferred Stock. The Frost Group, LLC, headed by Miami entrepreneur Dr. Phillip Frost, was the lead investor in the offering and elected to increase its previously announced investment in the offering to a total of $2.9 million dollars.

MusclePharm issued a total of 1,500,000 shares of its Series D Convertible Preferred Stock in a registered direct offering at a price of $8.00 per share. Each share of Series D Convertible Preferred Stock is convertible into two shares of common stock, subject to adjustment. The net proceeds to MusclePharm from the closings were approximately $10.8 million after deducting placement agent fees and offering expenses.

GVC Capital LLC acted as the lead placement agent for this offering.

The shares described above were registered pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-184625), which was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on January 16, 2013. A prospectus relating to the offering was filed with the SEC on January 17, 2013.

This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of MusclePharm, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Any offer will be made only by means of a prospectus forming a part of the effective registration statement. Copies of the final prospectus can be obtained at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov or from GVC Capital LLC, 5350 S. Roslyn Street, Suite 400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, by calling (303) 694-0862, Attn: Dick Huebner.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm's products are sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not a description of historical facts constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "plans", "potential", "possible", "probable", "believes", "seeks", "may", "will", "should", "could" or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the Company's Quarter Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted by the Company to the SEC, copies of which may be obtained from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

 

Contact Information

 

MusclePharm Investor Contact:

The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag
President
Telephone: 858-794-9500
Email: Email Contact

or

Alex Partners, LLC
Scott Wilfong
President
Telephone: 425-242-0891
Email: Email Contact

MusclePharm Closes $4.1 Million Offering of Series D Convertible Stock

The Frost Group, LLC, Headed by Miami Entrepreneur Dr. Phillip Frost, Was the Lead Investor

 

DENVER, CO–(Marketwire – Jan 28, 2013) –  MusclePharm Corporation (OTCQB: MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, announced today it successfully completed two closings of a registered direct offering of its Series D Convertible Preferred Stock. The Frost Group, LLC, headed by Miami entrepreneur Dr. Phillip Frost, was the lead investor in the offering increasing his position in the Company by approximately $1.4 million.

At the closings, MusclePharm issued 511,625 shares of its Series D Convertible Preferred Stock in a registered direct placement of its shares at a per share price of $8.00. Each share of Series D Convertible Preferred Stock is convertible into two shares of common stock, subject to adjustment. The net proceeds to MusclePharm from the closings were approximately $3.5 million after deducting placement agent fees and offering expenses.

GVC Capital LLC acted as the lead placement agent for this offering. 

The shares described above were registered pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-184625), which was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on January 16, 2013. A prospectus relating to the offering was filed with the SEC on January 17, 2013.

This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of MusclePharm, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Any offer will be made only by means of a prospectus forming a part of the effective registration statement. Copies of the final prospectus can be obtained at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov or from GVC Capital LLC, 5350 S. Roslyn Street, Suite 400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, by calling (303) 694-0862, Attn: Dick Huebner.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm's products are sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not a description of historical facts constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "plans", "potential", "possible", "probable", "believes", "seeks", "may", "will", "should", "could" or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the Company's Quarter Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted by the Company to the SEC, copies of which may be obtained from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

 

Contact Information

 

MusclePharm Investor Contact:

The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag
President
Telephone: 858-794-9500
Email: Email Contact

Alex Partners, LLC
Scott Wilfong
President
Telephone: 425-242-0891
Email: Email Contact

Facebook Giveaway Terms and Conditions

MUSCLEPHARM AND BODYBUILDING.COM FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.   A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE OR IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.  ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND UPON THE NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE ENTRIES RECEIVED. 

OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT TIME OF ENTRY. 

INTERNET ACCESS REQUIRED

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the MusclePharm and Bodybuilding.com Facebook Giveaway (“Giveaway”), beginning 12:01 am ET on February 3, 2013 through 11:59 pm ET February 9, 2013, visit www.bodybuilding.com/fun/2013-fb-feb-mp.html, complete the required information and submit as directed.   An eligible entry is completed by completing the required information and by also ‘liking’ both Bodybuilding.com’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bodybuilding.com and by ‘liking’ MusclePharm’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/musclepharm.  All entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on February 9, 2013 to be eligible.  By entering, you certify that you are at least 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.

An entrant must have an active Facebook account to participate in the Giveaway and win any of the prizes. You can join Facebook free of charge at www.facebook.comLimit one entry per person per household.  Only one prize will be awarded per person per household throughout the Giveaway.

ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older on the date of the Giveaway entry submission.  Employees, directors and officers and their immediate families (spouses and siblings, parents and children and their spouses) and household members of the Sponsor and/or Bodybuilding.com and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates, distributors, dealerships and companies involved in the implementation and execution of the Giveaway are not eligible.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law, rule or regulation.

By participating, you agree to accept these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects. By entering this Giveaway, you also agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Bodybuilding.com, Sponsor and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and internet agencies, and contractors, and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents, from any and all damages whether direct or indirect, which may be due to or arise out of participation in the Giveaway or the acceptance, use/misuse or possession of a prize.

INTERNET ENTRY: Bodybuilding.com and Sponsor are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, illegible or misdirected e-mail, or for any technical problems, malfunctions of any telephone lines, computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Bodybuilding.com and Sponsor are not responsible for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Giveaway.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. Bodybuilding.com and Sponsor assume no responsibility for undeliverable emails resulting from any form of active or passive email filtering by a user's Internet Service Provider and/or email client or for insufficient space in user’s email account to receive email. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Giveaway should causes beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Giveaway. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the Giveaway or disqualify entrants if fraud, misconduct or technical failures destroy the integrity of the Giveaway, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

Information collected from entrants is subject to MusclePharm’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at http://musclepharm.com/content/privacy-policy

GENERAL RULES: Winners will be notified by email. Failure to timely respond may result in an alternate winner being selected.  Limit one prize per person. No substitution or transfer of prize permitted. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize of equal or greater value or to substitute the cash equivalent of the prize at its sole discretion. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of winner. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to Sponsor and its agencies to use winner's name, likeness, and submission, in any form, in whole or in part, for purposes of public relations, promotional advertising and trade purposes in any and all media, without territorial, time, use or other limitation without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. All material submitted becomes the sole property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the rules, administration of the Giveaway or announcement of prize winners. All winners must certify that they will not seek reimbursement for any products received as a prize. Sponsor does not make any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the use of any prize, including, without limitation, quality, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. 

NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT TO THE CONTRARY, SPONSOR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO ENTRANT OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF SPONSOR HAS BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, suspend, withdraw or amend the Giveaway for any reason.

PRIZES & APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (“RV”):  One winner will be selected at random by Bodybuilding.com every day beginning 12:01 am ET on February 3, 2013 through 11:59 pm ET February 9, 2013.  Entrants who meet all eligibility requirements and comply with all the terms of these Official Rules may receive the following: (1) MusclePharm Assault 32 Serving (RV $49.99), (1) MusclePharm Sling Bag (RV $19.99), (1) MusclePharm Gym Towel (RV $9.99), (1) MusclePharm iPhone 4 cover (RV $9.99), (5) Amino1 Sample Packs (RV $7.99), (5) Armor V Advanced Multi Nutrient Complex Sample Packs (RV $9.99), (5) Shred Matrix Sample Packs (RV $7.99), (5) ZMA Max Sample Packs (RV $7.99).  Total approximate retail value of prize is $123.92.

In addition, one (1) grand prize winner, subject to eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, will receive $500 in MusclePharm products from Bodybuilding.com.  The $500 value of the MusclePharm products is based on their price onBodybuilding.com at time of prize delivery. 

Winner is solely responsible for all local, state, or federal taxes.  Please allow four (4) to six (6) weeks for delivery of prizes.  Prizes returned as und
eliverable will not be reshipped and will be considered fulfilled and finalized for the purpose of awarding the prizes in this Giveaway. 

SELECTION OF WINNERS: Winners will be selected in a random drawing conducted from among all eligible entries received at the time of the drawing. Winners will be announced via Bodybuilding.com’s website and/or Facebook page.  Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The potential winner may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility/release of liability within five (5) business days of attempted delivery of same. Affidavit must certify entrant's eligibility, that entrant has not won a previous prize or award and that the entrant has followed the Rules of the Giveaway. Failure to timely comply with all requirements, including the 5-day time period, or return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

For a list of winners, please visit www.bodybuilding.com/fun/2013-fb-feb-mp.html at the conclusion of the Giveaway. 

CHOICE OF LAW: Under no circumstances will entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than entrant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Giveaway), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants and Sponsor in connection with the Giveaway, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the state of Colorado, USA, without regard to choice of law rules.  By completing the entry form, participant submits to the personal jurisdiction of the courts in the state of Colorado. 

SPONSOR: This Giveaway is being conducted by Bodybuilding.com, LLC located at 2026 S. Silverstone Way, Meridian, ID 83642 and sponsored by MusclePharm Corporation located at 4721 Ironton Street, Unit A, Denver, CO 80239.  This Giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook. 

Nutritional Supplements Pro Brad Pyatt Kicks Off ProSource.net’s Industry Leaders Series

MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP.OB), a nutritional supplements company focusing on active lifestyles, today shared the recent comments from CEO Brad Pyatt’s interview with ProSource.com, “The Ultimate Fitness Supersite.” ProSource recently created the interview series and asked Pyatt to be their first interview subject.

“MusclePharm® possesses immense respect for ProSource,” Pyatt said. “It was fun to discuss the business with a group of industry heavy-hitters. I thank them for their time.”

An excerpt from the interview is below.

“ProSource: Can you state the basic philosophy of your company and how it translates into the manufacturing and marketing of your products?

"Brad Pyatt: Athletes shape the MusclePharm® vision. It’s that simple. Unlike most companies in this industry, our core executives are former athletes. Myself personally, the CEO and Founder, most notably played in the NFL. Jeremy Deluca, our President and CMO, had numerous full-ride football scholarship offers, and then there is Co-Founder Cory Gregory, who is a fitness and powerlifting phenom. During our competitive days, we each used nutritional supplements and experienced the positives as well as the negatives. That’s why, before anything else, we invested extensively to ensure our supplements met standards of product integrity and safety that other companies don’t match. As ex-athletes, we demand that our products set the standard in areas like being free of banned substances. We consult with independent testing groups about every MusclePharm® product…”

To read the full interview, go to http://www.prosource.net/content/articles/Articles-by-ProSource/by-athletes-for-athletes.aspx

ABOUT PROSOURCE.NET 

Since 1996, ProSource has been offering bodybuilders a more diverse array of products, service and value. Check them out at http://www.prosource.net.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM®                                                                                 

MusclePharm® is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily regimen of nutritional supplements. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm®'s products are also sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm® products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit http://www.musclepharm.com.

Building A Better Athlete

 

Who: MusclePharm, Corp. and 360 Fitness for Life and Health, LLC. and Makoto USA

 

What: Learn how to use movement, nutrition, exercise, and technology to build your central nervous system while improving you or your client’s fitness level while creating a better athlete. Advance your own training or just learn more about new interactive technology in the fitness industry. Learn more about exercise and movement science and how to use various exercise modalities/tools and listen to experts in the fields of sports nutrition, strength and power, biomechanics, performance testing, as well as top level strength coaches and researchers. Have fun mingling with experts in the field while networking with top trainers, researchers, and coaches in the area.

When: February 23rd and 24th

Where: 4721 Ironton St. Denver, CO 80239 Bldg A. @ the MusclePharm Sports Science Center

Cost: $149 until February 9th, $189 after February 9th or at the door, discount for groups of 4 or more who register at the same time ($139 each).

NSCA CEU's: 1.4

NASM CEU's: 0.8

REGISTER HERE: http://trapanifitnesshealtheducation.com/shop/

Topics include:
  • The Central nervous system and the brain
  • Human movement and exercise
  • Integrating technology with traditional exercise
  • Sports Nutrition and cognitive function
  • Body composition assessments for nutrition and performance evaluations
  • Central Nervous System, Proprioception, and Sports Performance
  • Biomechanics and Sports Performance
  • Sports Nutrition and Sports Performance
  • Interactive training Research
  • Interactive training Research in the field of Nutrition
  • Interactive training in the military
  • Interactive training for athletes
  • Applications for Interactive training Devices for Coaches and Researchers
  • Interactive training to increase profit

Day 1: Saturday February 23rd
  • 7:00Am – 8:00Am: Registration
  • 8:00Am – 8:30Am: Seminar Explanation and Introduction Speaker(s): Dr. Jordan Moon and Pete Trapani (program organizers)

Hands on seminar in the am

  • 8:30Am – 9:30Am: The Central Nervous System and the Brain Speaker(s): Pete Trapani, MPH, CSCS, CPT, KBS, FMS 360 Fitness For Life & Health: Owner & Operator
  • 9:30Am – 10:30Am: Starting to Connect the Dots: Human Movement and Exercise Speaker(s): Pete Trapani, MPH, CSCS, CPT, KBS, FMS 360 Fitness For Life & Health: Owner & Operator
  • 10:30Am – 12:00pm: Now Connect the Dots!!! Speaker(s): Pete Trapani, MPH, CSCS, CPT, KBS, FMS 360 Fitness For Life & Health: Owner & Operator
  • 12:00pm: – 12:45pm: Lunch on your own

Lecture Series with Some Hands on in the pm

  • 1:00pm: – 1:45pm: Sports Nutrition And Cognitive Function Speaker(s): Dr. Eric Serrano, MD MusclePharm: Chief Medical Director and Formulator
  • 1:45pm: – 2:30pm: Body Composition Assessments For Nutrition And Performance Evaluations Speaker(s): Dr. Jordan Moon, PhD, CSCS*D, HFS MusclePharm Sports Science Center Research Institute: Director
  • 2:30pm – 3:15pm: Central Nervous System, Proprioception, and Sports Performance Speaker(s): David Sandler, MS, CSCS, RSCC, HFD, HFS, FNSCA, FISSN iSatori, Inc. Director of Science and Education
  • 3:15pm – 4:00pm: Biomechanics, Concussion and Sports Performance Speaker(s): Mike Palmieri, MS, CSCS, USAW, HSS, CSS The Institute of Sport Science & Athletic Conditioning: Director of Performance and Research
  • 4:00pm – 4:45pm: Interactive Training in the Military Speaker(s): Michael F. Zupan, PhD United States Air Force: Full Professor and Director, Human Performance Laboratory
  • 4:45pm – 5:30pm: Sports Nutrition and Sports Performance Speaker(s): Dr. Mike Kim, DO, Musclepharm: Exec. Dir. of Medicine, Research, and Education and Dr. Eric Serrano, MD, MusclePharm: Chief Medical Director and Formulator
  • 5:30pm – 6:00pm: Day 1 Speaker Roundtable Q&A Speaker(s): All Day 1 Speakers
 
Day 2: Sunday February 24th
  • 8:00Am – 9:00Am: Registration

Hands on seminar in the am

  • 9:00Am – 10:30Am: Make the Dots Stronger!! Speaker(s): Pete Trapani, MPH, CSCS, CPT, KBS, FMS 360 Fitness For Life & Health: Owner & Operator
  • 10:30Am: – 12:00Pm: Population Specific Speaker(s): Pete Trapani, MPH, CSCS, CPT, KBS, FMS 360 Fitness For Life & Health: Owner & Operator
  • 12:00Pm – 12:45pm: Lunch on your own

L
ecture Series with Some Hands on in the pm

  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm: Active Gaming Research Speaker(s): Laura Carson, BS MusclePharm: Sports Science Center Research Institute: Research Assistant
  • 1:45pm – 2:30pM: Interactive Training Research in the Field of Nutrition Speaker(s): Paul Falcone, MS MusclePharm Sports Science Center Research Institute: Study Coordinator
  • 2:30pm – 3:15pm: Interactive Training for Athletes Speaker(s): Steve Hess, MS, Denver Nuggets: & Forza Fitness and Performance Club: Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • 3:15pm – 4:00pm: Applications for Interactive Training Devices for Coaches and Researchers Speaker(s): Dr. Jordan Moon, PhD, CSCS*D, HFS MusclePharm Sports Science Center Research Institute: Director
  • 4:00pm – 4:45pm: Interactive Training to Increase Profit Speaker(s): Dave Shaw Makoto USA: President and CEO
  • 4:45pm – 5:30pm: Day 2 Speaker Roundtable Q&A Speaker(s): All Day 2 Speakers
 

MusclePharm Adds Dick's Sporting Goods To Its Growing Retail Distribution

– Multiple MusclePharm Products to be Sold in 483 Dick’s Retail Stores Throughout the United States –

PR Newswire
DENVER
Aug 28, 2012

DENVER, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MusclePharm Corporation (OTCBB: MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focusing on active lifestyles, today announced it has added Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. to its growing list of retail customers.

The Company said its award winning products Assault(™), Combat Powder®, and Muscle-Gel will be sold in 483 Dick’s locations throughout the United States. Product shipments to Dick’s have begun and are expected to be in all locations within the next few weeks.

“Adding Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the nation’s pre-eminent retailers, provides us with a significant outlet that brings our products directly to our targeted consumers and further extends the MusclePharm brand name,” said Brad Pyatt, chief executive officer of MusclePharm.

ABOUT DICK’S SPORTING GOODS

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. is an authentic full-line sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment. It also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, LLC, a golf specialty retailer. As of July, 2012, it operated stores in 44 states, 81 Golf Galaxy stores in 30 states and eCommerce websites and catalog operations for both Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures a line of Informed Choice approved nutritional supplements that are free of banned substances. Based on years of research at the MusclePharm Sports Science Center, the products are created through an advanced six-stage research protocol involving the expertise of top nutritional scientists and field tested by more than one hundred elite professional athletes from various professional sports leagues including the National Football League, Mixed Martial Arts and Major League Baseball. The company’s products address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. MusclePharm’s products are also sold in more than 120 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online stores, including bodybuilding.com, Amazon.com and Vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information contained herein includes forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, shipments expected to be at all locations within the next few weeks, along with other known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the company’s control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects the company’s current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. Readers are encouraged to read the company’s reports filed with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2011, for a description of these uncertainties. MusclePharm assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

For more information, please contact:

MusclePharm:
John Bluher
303-396-6100

or

PondelWilkinson Inc.:
Roger Pondel/Robert Jaffe
310-279-5980

SOURCE MusclePharm Corporation

SOURCE: MusclePharm Corporation

MusclePharm Adds Dick’s Sporting Goods To Its Growing Retail Distribution
– Multiple MusclePharm Products to be Sold in 483 Dick’s Retail Stores Throughout the United States –

PR Newswire

DENVER, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MusclePharm Corporation (OTCBB: MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focusing on active lifestyles, today announced it has added Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. to its growing list of retail customers.

The Company said its award winning products Assault, Combat Powder®, and Muscle-Gel will be sold in 483 Dick’s locations throughout the United States.  Product shipments to Dick’s have begun and are expected to be in all locations within the next few weeks.

“Adding Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the nation’s pre-eminent retailers, provides us with a significant outlet that brings our products directly to our targeted consumers and further extends the MusclePharm brand name,” said Brad Pyatt, chief executive officer of MusclePharm.

ABOUT DICK’S SPORTING GOODS

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. is an authentic full-line sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment.  It also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, LLC, a golf specialty retailer.  As of July, 2012, it operated stores in 44 states, 81 Golf Galaxy stores in 30 states and eCommerce websites and catalog operations for both Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures a line of Informed Choice approved nutritional supplements that are free of banned substances. Based on years of research at the MusclePharm Sports Science Center, the products are created through an advanced six-stage research protocol involving the expertise of top nutritional scientists and field tested by more than one hundred elite professional athletes from various professional sports leagues including the National Football League, Mixed Martial Arts and Major League Baseball. The company’s products address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. MusclePharm’s products are also sold in more than 120 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online stores, including bodybuilding.com, Amazon.com and Vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information contained herein includes forward-looking statements.  These statements include, but are not limited to, shipments expected to be at all locations within the next few weeks, along with other known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.  Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the company’s control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.  Any forward-looking statement reflects the company’s current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity.  Readers are encouraged to read the company’s reports filed with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2011, for a description of these uncertainties.  MusclePharm assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

For more information, please contact:

MusclePharm:
John Bluher
303-396-6100

or

PondelWilkinson Inc.:
Roger Pondel/Robert Jaffe
310-279-5980

SOURCE MusclePharm Corporation

Web Site: http://www.musclepharm.com

MusclePharm Wins Three Bodybuilding.com Awards Upon Fitness Enthusiasts’ Votes

MusclePharm wins prestigious Brand of the Year award

PR Newswire
DENVER
Oct 3, 2012

DENVER, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP.OB), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, announced today that it won three of the 23 top honors at the 2012 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards, awarded on September 29-30(th) at the 2012 Joe Weider’s Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bodybuilding.com indicated that the awards reflected Internet votes casted by consumers, with each category being represented from the over 500 brand names and over 8,000 health and fitness products sold on Bodybuilding.com. The original 70 nominations this year were based on sales, and consumers voted from July 13 – August 31, 2012 in picking this year’s final winners. There were a record-breaking number of votes- 2.4 million.

The three MusclePharm awards were for

    --  Brand Of the Year
    --  Pre-Workout Supplement Of the Year (Assault™)
    --  Packaging of the Year

“MusclePharm® is especially gratified to receive these prestigious awards, because workout enthusiasts cast the votes for what they feel are the best products,” said MusclePharm® Chief Executive Officer Brad Pyatt. “We were honored to win these three awards, and with a field of over 8,000 supplements–235 different pre-workout products challenging our Assault™ pre-workout alone–we are proud to be a standout brand in the eyes of the consuming public. To our customers, a big thanks from the entire MP Team!”

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm® is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures Informed Choice approved nutritional supplements. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process involving the expertise of leading nutritional scientists and field tested using a pool of up to one hundred elite professional athletes from various professional sports leagues including the National Football League, Mixed Martial Arts and Major League Baseball. The Company’s products address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. MusclePharm®’s products are also sold to consumers in more than 120 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World, Bally Total Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness. MusclePharm® products also are sold through more than 100 online stores globally, including bodybuilding.com, Amazon.com and Vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information contained herein includes forward-looking statements. Statements, along with other known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects the Company’s current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. Readers are encouraged to read the Company’s reports filed with the SEC, including its Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2011, for a description of forward-looking statements and related uncertainties. MusclePharm® assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

For more information, please contact:

John Bluher, Executive Vice President
MusclePharm Corporation
303-396-6100

SOURCE MusclePharm Corporation

SOURCE: MusclePharm Corporation

MusclePharm® Wins Three Bodybuilding.com Awards Upon Fitness Enthusiasts’ Votes
MusclePharm® wins prestigious Brand of the Year award

PR Newswire

DENVER, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP.OB), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, announced today that it won three of the 23 top honors at the 2012 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards, awarded on September 29-30th at the 2012 Joe Weider’s Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bodybuilding.com indicated that the awards reflected Internet votes casted by consumers, with each category being represented from the over 500 brand names and over 8,000 health and fitness products sold on Bodybuilding.com. The original 70 nominations this year were based on sales, and consumers voted from July 13 – August 31, 2012 in picking this year’s final winners. There were a record-breaking number of votes– 2.4 million.

The three MusclePharm® awards were for

  • Brand Of the Year
  • Pre-Workout Supplement Of the Year (AssaultTM)
  • Packaging of the Year

“MusclePharm® is especially gratified to receive these prestigious awards, because workout enthusiasts cast the votes for what they feel are the best products,” said MusclePharm Chief Executive Officer Brad Pyatt. “We were honored to win these three awards, and with a field of over 8,000 supplements—235 different pre-workout products challenging our Assault™ pre-workout alone—we are proud to be a standout brand in the eyes of the consuming public. To our customers, a big thanks from the entire MP Team!”

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm® is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures Informed Choice approved nutritional supplements. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process involving the expertise of leading nutritional scientists and field tested using a pool of up to one hundred elite professional athletes from various professional sports leagues including the National Football League, Mixed Martial Arts and Major League Baseball. The Company’s products address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. MusclePharm®’s products are also sold to consumers in more than 120 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World, Bally Total Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness. MusclePharm® products also are sold through more than 100 online stores globally, including bodybuilding.com, Amazon.com and Vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information contained herein includes forward-looking statements.  Statements, along with other known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.  Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.  Any forward-looking statement reflects the Company’s current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity.  Readers are encouraged to read the Company’s reports filed with the SEC, including its Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2011, for a description of forward-looking statements and related uncertainties.  MusclePharm® assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

For more information, please contact:

John Bluher, Executive Vice President
MusclePharm Corporation
303-396-6100

SOURCE MusclePharm Corporation

Web Site: http://www.musclepharm.com

MusclePharm Corporation Announces Conversion Of Warrants For An Aggregate Of 715 Million Shares Of Common Stock

Unaudited Pro Forma Reduction in Derivative Liability at June 30, 2012 from $7,909,000 to $25,000

PR Newswire
DENVER
Oct 19, 2012

DENVER, Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP.OB), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, announced that it has completed conversions by investors of warrants to purchase an aggregate of 715 million shares of its common stock, which as of June 30, 2012 (unaudited) represented a derivative liability of $7,909,000 contributing to a stockholders’ deficit of $11,417,000. Based on these conversions, the derivative liability would have been reduced to $25,000 and stockholders’ deficit would have been reduced to $5,331,000, each pro forma as of June 30, 2012 (unaudited). These warrants were converted into approximately 502 million shares of common stock.

John H. Bluher, Chief Operating Officer said, “The successful closing of this conversion is a major step forward for MusclePharm. We have strengthened our balance sheet and decreased our stockholders’ deficit significantly.”

The Company also confirmed the suspension of its stock repurchase plan announced in April 2012. Under the plan the Company bought back a total of 26,431,575 shares of common stock.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm’s products are also sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online stores globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information contained herein includes forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the Company’s balance sheet and financial position. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects the Company’s current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. Readers are encouraged to read the Company’s reports filed with the SEC, including its Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2011, for a description of forward-looking statements and related uncertainties. MusclePharm assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

For more information, please contact:

John H. Bluher
Chief Operating Officer
(303) 396-6149

SOURCE MusclePharm Corporation

SOURCE: MusclePharm Corporation

MusclePharm Corporation Announces Conversion Of Warrants For An Aggregate Of 715 Million Shares Of Common Stock
Unaudited Pro Forma Reduction in Derivative Liability at June 30, 2012 from $7,909,000 to $25,000

PR Newswire

DENVER, Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP.OB), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, announced that it has completed conversions by investors of warrants to purchase an aggregate of 715 million shares of its common stock, which as of June 30, 2012 (unaudited) represented a derivative liability of $7,909,000 contributing to a stockholders’ deficit of $11,417,000.  Based on these conversions, the derivative liability would have been reduced to $25,000 and stockholders’ deficit would have been reduced to $5,331,000, each pro forma as of June 30, 2012 (unaudited).  These warrants were converted into approximately 502 million shares of common stock.

John H. Bluher, Chief Operating Officer said, “The successful closing of this conversion is a major step forward for MusclePharm.  We have strengthened our balance sheet and decreased our stockholders’ deficit significantly.”

The Company also confirmed the suspension of its stock repurchase plan announced in April 2012. Under the plan the Company bought back a total of 26,431,575 shares of common stock.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen.  The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm’s products are also sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World.  MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online stores globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information contained herein includes forward-looking statements.  These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the Company’s balance sheet and financial position.  Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.  Any forward-looking statement reflects the Company’s current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity.  Readers are encouraged to read the Company’s reports filed with the SEC, including its Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2011, for a description of forward-looking statements and related uncertainties.  MusclePharm assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

For more information, please contact:

John H. Bluher
Chief Operating Officer
(303) 396-6149

SOURCE MusclePharm Corporation

Web Site: http://www.musclepharm.com

MusclePharm Announces Reverse Split Of Common Stock

Nov 26, 2012

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DENVER, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP.OB), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, announced today a 1-for-850 reverse split of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock and a decrease in the number of its authorized shares of common stock. The reverse stock split is effective prior to the market open on November 26, 2012.

“We have elected to effect a reverse stock split to help MusclePharm seek a higher trading stock price and potentially allow us to seek a listing of our common stock on a more established trading market, including a stock exchange,” said Brad J. Pyatt, Chief Executive Officer and President of MusclePharm. “Accordingly, it was our Board’s determination that the reverse stock split would better position us to seek to provide better liquidity, more efficient trading volumes, and ultimately provide the stockholders of the Company with a greater potential return.”

Each stockholder’s relative percentage ownership interest in MusclePharm and the proportional voting power remains unchanged after the reverse stock split. In addition, the rights and privileges of the holders of the Company’s common stock are unaffected by the reverse stock split. This reverse stock split will be made pursuant to a Certificate of Change filed with the State of Nevada.

As of the effective date, every 850 shares of issued and outstanding common stock will be converted into one share of common stock, with all fractional shares being rounded up to the nearest whole share. The reverse stock split will reduce pro rata the number of shares of issued and outstanding common stock from approximately 2.360 billion pre-split to approximately 2.9 million post-split,  immediately followed by an increase in the authorized common shares to 100 million. Proportional adjustments will be made to MusclePharm’s warrants, stock options, and equity-compensation plans. The reverse stock split will have no effect on the Company’s authorized shares of preferred stock.

The Company’s common stock will trade under a new CUSIP number (627335201). The Company’s ticker symbol will remain unchanged, although a “D” will be placed on the MSLP ticker symbol (MSLPD) for 20 business days to alert the public about the reverse stock split.

It is not necessary for stockholders of the Company to exchange their existing stock certificates for new stock certificates of the Company in connection with the reverse stock split, although stockholders may do so if they wish. Please direct any questions you might have concerning the reverse stock split to your broker or the Company’s transfer agent, Corporate Stock Transfer at (303) 282-4800.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements that address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists. MusclePharm’s products are also sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not a description of historical facts constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words as “expects”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “estimates”, “plans”, “potential”, “possible”, “probable”, “believes”, “seeks”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “could” or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Additionally, statements regarding: the Company’s ability to qualify to list its shares of common stock on a stock exchange and the potential benefits and impact of the reverse stock split, a reduction in the number of authorized shares of common stock and a listing on a stock exchange, are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company’s business. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the Company’s Quarter Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted by the Company to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), copies of which may be obtained from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

For more information, please contact:
John H. Bluher
Chief Operating Officer
(303) 396-6149

SOURCE MusclePharm Corporation

John Bluher Sets The Record Straight Regarding Relationship With Taylor Armstrong

Dec 3, 2012

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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of speculation and rumor as to the status of my relationship with Taylor Armstrong.

There have been many inaccuracies reported by the media, some of which are deeply hurtful, to our families and those close and important to us.  Reporters have made misrepresentations and harassing calls to my family and their friends in a frenzied attempt to obtain information.

The status of my marriage and pending divorce has come under huge scrutiny around my relationship with Taylor.  The claims and suggestions made by the media are invalid and without any basis or knowledge as to the facts.  I view all information about my private life as just that—private— I therefore have no need nor interest to correct the misstatements by sharing the facts concerning my decision to end the marriage last summer.

Taylor was not involved in the issues that resulted in the dissolution of my marriage, nor was she the reason for my divorce.  I want to be very clear and, for the record, state that Taylor Armstrong is not a home-wrecker. 

I can confirm that Taylor Armstrong and I are in a romantic relationship, and we are both very happy.

I have great respect for my ex-wife, and of course our three children whom I love dearly.  This is a difficult time, and I ask that people respect our privacy.

John Bluher

For further information please contact:

John Scott
Johnscottpersonalpr
M: +61 409 177 777
e: john@johnscottpersonalpr.com

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MusclePharm Adds Dick's Sporting Goods To Its Growing Retail Distribution

Multiple MusclePharm Products to be Sold in 483 Dick's Retail Stores Throughout the United States

DENVER, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MusclePharm Corporation (OTCBB: MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focusing on active lifestyles, today announced it has added Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. to its growing list of retail customers.

The Company said its award winning products Assault™, Combat Powder®, and Muscle-Gel will be sold in 483 Dick's locations throughout the United States. Product shipments to Dick's have begun and are expected to be in all locations within the next few weeks.

"Adding Dick's Sporting Goods, one of the nation's pre-eminent retailers, provides us with a significant outlet that brings our products directly to our targeted consumers and further extends the MusclePharm brand name," said Brad Pyatt, chief executive officer of MusclePharm.

ABOUT DICK'S SPORTING GOODS

Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. is an authentic full-line sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment. It also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, LLC, a golf specialty retailer. As of July, 2012, it operated stores in 44 states, 81 Golf Galaxy stores in 30 states and eCommerce websites and catalog operations for both Dick's Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy life-style company that develops and manufactures a line of Informed Choice approved nutritional supplements that are free of banned substances. Based on years of research at the MusclePharm Sports Science Center, the products are created through an advanced six-stage research protocol involving the expertise of top nutritional scientists and field tested by more than one hundred elite professional athletes from various professional sports leagues including the National Football League, Mixed Martial Arts and Major League Baseball. The company's products address all categories of an active lifestyle, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. MusclePharm is sold in more than 120 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World and Wal-Mart. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online stores, including bodybuilding.com, Amazon.com and Vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information contained herein includes forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, the company entering a new stage of growth and development and qualifying for and eventually listing the company's securities on a national exchange, along with other known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the company's control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects the company's current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. Readers are encouraged to read the company's reports filed with the SEC, including its Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2011, for a description of these uncertainties. MusclePharm assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

For more information, contact:
MusclePharm:
John Bluher
303-396-6100

PondelWilkinson Inc.:
Roger Pondel/Robert Jaffe
310-279-5980

Prosource Interviews with MusclePharm CEO and Founder Brad Pyatt

MusclePharm CEO and Founder
Brad Pyatt is a Man With a Mission

ProSource:
Can you state the basic philosophy of MusclePharm and how it translates into the manufacturing and marketing of your products?

MusclePharm Supplements
Brad Pyatt, MusclePharm CEO and Founder

Brad Pyatt, MusclePharm CEO and Founder:
Athletes shape the MusclePharm vision. It’s that simple. Unlike most companies in this industry, our core executives are former athletes. Myself personally, the CEO and Founder, most notably played in the NFL. Jeremy Deluca, our President and CMO, had numerous full-ride college football scholarship offers, and Co-Founder Cory Gregory is a fitness and powerlifting phenom. During our competitive days, we each used nutritional supplements and experienced the positives as well as the negatives. That’s why, before anything else, we invested extensively to ensure our supplements met standards of product integrity and safety that other companies don’t match. As ex-athletes, we demand that our products set the standard in areas like being free of banned substances. We consult with independent testing groups about every MusclePharm product.

Jeremy, Cory and I are so committed to our business because we are committed to this way of life. Cory has 280,000 followers on Twitter because his ideas on fitness truly help people. We brought Jeremy in, with his long history of being a thought leader in our industry, to give our team all sorts of new insights into how best to meet our customers’ needs.

The second wave of athletes shaping our vision comes from the professional athletes who consult with us. They aren’t just spokespeople; they give us feedback on things like, say, taste, that a consumer will notice as well. Our in-house team of scientists and our medical advisory board make sure our supplements are top-of-the-line and free of banned substances, then the athletes help us perfect the end product for our consumers.

ProSource:
What key feature of the many popular products in your line distinguishes it from those of your competitors?


Brad Pyatt:

The combination of taste, effectiveness and science sets MusclePharm apart. We’re the only company with an in-house Research and Development facility and Sports Science Center that help us stay on the edge of–and sometimes break through the edge of–science.

Our athletes work out in our Sports Science Center while testing our products, which helps our doctors receive real-time feedback. Once again, athletes give our doctors their take on things like taste and product consistency. If they wouldn’t want that same flavor every day, for instance, we want to know so we can tweak the taste before marketing to consumers.

ProSource:
How important is customer feedback in MusclePharm’s research and development process? What is the primary means by which customers communicate their issues with your company?

MusclePharm Supplements
 Cory Gregory, MusclePharm Co-Founder

Brad Pyatt:
Customer feedback is a big reason Cory is dedicated to keeping in touch through his Twitter feed. He has over 280,000 followers–that number beats every competitor and retailer in this industry. (But Cory would gladly take more, everybody! Follow him at: @MusclepharmPres)

Besides Twitter, our Facebook page helps us stay in touch with people as well. Being a new company, we didn’t have the funds to make big, expensive TV commercials. But we learned the Web is invaluable for maintaining a dialogue about fitness and creating products for athletes–professional, amateur and athletes at heart.

ProSource:
Can you describe a recent promotion or product launch that MusclePharm undertook and why that promotion was successful?

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Brad Pyatt:

Amino 1 was huge for us, the recovery/intra-workout drink has been our most successful launch to date. A ready-to-drink, effective intra-workout was missing from this space. Some companies offered mixable options, but there was still a need that wasn’t being met. When Jeremy, Cory and I started exploring, we realized people (by this, I mean athletes of all kinds) want a hydration/recovery drink that they would ENJOY DRINKING. That’s the part of it. Adding instantized BCAAs and coconut water for absorption were huge, but we wanted a product that was also superior in taste. We credit Jeremy Deluca’s experience in the sports nutrition industry with helping us learn more about customers and their demand for a great-tasting product than we would have before he came on board.

We created the drink based on hitting a certain price point, too. Not every athlete gets paid millions, right? To launch, we offered 100,000 samples at the Olympia Weekend and that jump started the sales momentum in ways we couldn’t have foreseen.

ProSource:
Of the following choices: a) pricing b) product effectiveness c) customer service, which is most important to the MusclePharm customer and why?

MusclePharm Supplements
Jeremy Deluca, MusclePharm President and CMO

Brad Pyatt:
Sorry, we can’t pick one of those. All three are strengths of MusclePharm. For instance, we haven’t cut any corners in terms of delivering superior products, but we’re keeping the prices manageable because this economy is still a tough one. And we have a following among high school athletes; we want them to become MusclePharm fans and stay with us as they develop their bodies.

ProSource:
Pick one supplement product category that you believe is poised for great change and advancement in the coming two or three years. What is it, how and why will customers see that impact?

Brad Pyatt:
The Recovery/Hydration space is only beginning to take off. Athletes of all types want to decrease downtime as much as they can, and scientists like ours are discovering new ways to accomplish this. Products in this arena can also be used as alternatives to caffeine, so that’s another benefit. That’s why we went full-force with Amino 1.

Amino 1 was the combination of Jeremy’s retail knowledge and Cory’s dialogue with our consumers. I have always been central to the marketing vision, but the three of us together maximize

MusclePharm and cover every management angle for this business.

Which I have to say is the best business around! We work out, develop great products and have a blast doing it!

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Slow and Fast Dietary Proteins

We all know that there are differences in carbohydrates – high glycemic, low glycemic, simple sugars, starches, etc. And we know that different carbohydrates are absorbed in the gut and appear in the blood at different rates depending on various factors. For example simple sugars are absorbed more quickly than more complex ones, the rate of absorption of the latter depending on how quickly the complex sugars especially in the form of starches, can be broken down and subsequently absorbed.

The rate of absorption, and its subsequent effects on insulin levels, makes up the basis for the glycemic index of not only foods but whole meals since the presence of protein and fat with the carbohydrates usually slows down the absorption over the whole digestive process. Fast and slow carbohydrates have different metabolic effects on the hormones and on various metabolic processes.

Now we also have slow (for example casein) and fast (for example whey and soy) dietary proteins. The speed of absorption of dietary amino acids by the gut varies according to the type of ingested dietary protein and the presence of other macronutrients. The speed of absorption can affect postprandial (after meals) protein synthesis, breakdown, and deposition.1,2

Its been shown that the postprandial amino acid levels differ depending on the mode of administration of a dietary protein; a single protein meal results in an acute but transient peak of amino acids whereas the same amount of the same protein given in a continuous manner, which mimics a slow absorption, induces a smaller but prolonged increase.

Since amino acids are potent modulators of protein synthesis, breakdown, and oxidation, different patterns of postprandial aminoacidemia (the level of amino acids in the blood) might well result in different postprandial protein kinetics and gain. Therefore, the speed of absorption by the gut of amino acids derived from dietary proteins will have different affects on whole body protein synthesis, breakdown, and oxidation, which in turn control protein deposition.

For example, one study looked at both casein and whey protein absorption and the subsequent metabolic effects.3 In this study two labeled milk proteins, casein (CAS) and whey protein (WP), of different physicochemical properties were ingested as one single meal by healthy adults and postprandial whole body leucine kinetics were assessed. WP induced a dramatic but short increase of plasma amino acids. CAS induced a prolonged plateau of moderate hyperaminoacidemia, probably because of a slow gastric emptying. Whole body protein breakdown was inhibited by 34% after CAS ingestion but not after WP ingestion. Postprandial protein synthesis was stimulated by 68% with the WP meal and to a lesser extent (+31%) with the CAS meal.

Under the conditions of this study, i.e., a single protein meal with no energy added, two dietary proteins were shown to have different metabolic fates and uses. After WP ingestion, the plasma appearance of dietary amino acids is fast, high, and transient. This amino acid pattern is associated with an increased protein synthesis and oxidation and no change in protein breakdown. By contrast, the plasma appearance of dietary amino acids after a CAS meal is slower, lower, and prolonged with a different whole body metabolic response: protein synthesis slightly increases, oxidation is moderately stimulated, but protein breakdown is markedly inhibited.

This study demonstrates that dietary amino acid absorption is faster with WP than with CAS. It is very likely that a slower gastric emptying was mostly responsible for the slower appearance of amino acids into the plasma. Indeed, CAS clots into the stomach whereas WP is rapidly emptied from the stomach into the duodenum. The results or the study demonstrate that amino acids derived from casein are indeed slowly released from the gut and that slow and fast proteins differently modulate postprandial changes of whole body protein synthesis, breakdown, oxidation, and deposition.

After WP ingestion, large amounts of dietary amino acids flood the small body pool in a short time, resulting in a dramatic increase in amino acid concentrations. This is probably responsible for the stimulation of protein synthesis. This dramatic stimulation of protein synthesis and absence of protein breakdown inhibition is quite different from the pattern observed with classic feeding studies and with the use of only one protein source.

In conclusion, the study demonstrated that the speed of amino acid absorption after protein ingestion has a major impact on the postprandial metabolic response to a single protein meal. The slowly absorbed CAS promotes postprandial protein deposition by an inhibition of protein breakdown without excessive increase in amino acid concentration. By contrast, a fast dietary protein stimulates protein synthesis but also oxidation. This impact of amino acid absorption speed on protein metabolism is true when proteins are given alone, but as for carbohydrate, this might be blunted in more complex meals that could affect gastric emptying (lipids) and/or insulin response (carbohydrate).

In light of the fact that both hyperaminoacidemia 4,5,6 and resistance exercise7,8,9,10,11 independently stimulate muscle protein synthesis, a recent study (by Wilkinson et al. 2007) looked at how different proteins differ in their ability to support muscle protein accretion.12

The study investigated the effect of oral ingestion of either fluid nonfat milk or an isonitrogenous and isoenergetic macronutrient-matched soy-protein beverage on whole-body and muscle protein turnover after an acute bout of resistance exercise in trained men. The authors hypothesized that the ingestion of milk protein would stimulate muscle anabolism to a greater degree than would the ingestion of soy protein, because of the differences in postprandial aminoacidemia. compared whey against casein.

In this study arterial-venous amino acid balance and muscle fractional synthesis rates were measured in young men who consumed fluid milk or a soy-protein beverage in a crossover design after a bout of resistance exercise.

The primary finding of the current study was that intact dietary proteins, as against say portions of intact proteins such as concentrates or isolates of whey, soy or casein, can support an anabolic environment for muscle protein accretion.

Two other studies done to date found that the ingestion of whole proteins after resistance exercise can support positive muscle protein balance.13,14 However this study was the first to show that the source of intact dietary protein (i.e., milk compared with soy) is important for determining the degree of postexercise anabolism.

The study (by Wilkinson et al. 2007) also found a significantly greater uptake of amino acids across the leg and a greater rate of muscle protein synthesis in the 3 h after exercise with the milk-protein consumption as compared to soy-protein ingestion. Thus milk protein promoted a more sustained net positive protein balance after resistance exercise than did soy protein.

The authors concluded that since the milk and soy proteins provided equal amounts of essential amino acids, and that the level of EAAs drive protein synthesis,15 it’s likely that differences in the delivery of and patterns of change in amino acids are responsible for the observed differences in net amino acid balance and rates of muscle protein synthesis. Because of differences in digestion rates, milk proteins may provide a slower pattern of amino acid delivery to the muscle than soy protein.

Ingestion of soy protein results in a rapid rise and fall in blood amino acid concentrations, whereas milk protein ingestion produces a more moderate rise and a sustained elevation in blood amino acid concentrations.16 Interestingly, these increases in anabolic p
rocesses were seen without any concurrent increases in whole-body protein oxidation. Part of the explanation for this lack of increase is that the test meals consumed by participants in this study had 30% of total energy from fat, which would likely have slowed digestion and, thus, the rate appearance of amino acids into general circulation. As well, the dose of protein used (7.5 g indispensable amino acids) did not stimulate amino acid oxidation.

Previous studies that examined the effect of ingestion of similar quantities of crystalline amino acids on muscle protein turnover have shown that increases in net protein balance with the ingestion of 40 g crystalline indispensable amino acids (8.3 g leucine)17 were similar in magnitude to that seen with the ingestion of only 6 g crystalline amino acids (2.2 g leucine)18. These data suggest that, when large quantities of amino acids are ingested, amino acids are likely being directed to deamination and oxidation.

The authors of this study (by Wilkinson et al. 2007) proposed that the digestion rate and, therefore, the ensuing hyperaminoacidemia that differed between the milk and soy groups after exercise is what affected the net uptake of amino acids in the exercised leg.

However, regardless of their conclusions, because there are variations between the proteins, it’s still possible that the differences in amino acid composition between the two proteins had some effect on protein accretion. For example, the analysis of the proteins in this study found that the content of methionine in the soy protein (1.4%) was lower than that in milk protein (2.6%).

Combination of Proteins Work Best

Because of different absorption kinetics, proteins from different sources are used differently in various tissues, including locally by the gut, by the liver, and by skeletal muscle. As well, the kinetics change not only with the source of protein, but also when protein intake is increased.19

Recent studies have alluded that whey protein may be the best protein to use after training. However, this is not the case when one looks at the immediate beneficial effects of whey protein on protein synthesis, the counter productive effects on insulin, and the lack of long term effects on protein synthesis.

A recent study looked at the effects of protein supplentation on body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and anaerobic capacity during 10 weeks of resistance training.20

Thirty-six resistance-trained males were split into three groups and followed a 4 days-per-week split body part resistance training program for 10 weeks. Protein supplements were randomly assigned, prior to the beginning of the exercise program. Group one received carbohydrate placebo, group two whey protein + casein, and group three whey protein plus branched-chain amino acids and glutamine.

In this study, the combination of whey and casein protein promoted the greatest increases in fat-free mass after 10 weeks of heavy resistance training.

References

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  12. Wilkinson SB, Tarnopolsky MA, Macdonald MJ, Macdonald JR, Armstrong D, Phillips SM. Consumption of fluid skim milk promotes greater muscle protein accretion after resistance exercise than does consumption of an isonitrogenous and isoenergetic soy-protein beverage. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;85(4):1031-40.
  13. Elliott TA, Cree MG, Sanford AP, Wolfe RR, Tipton KD. Milk ingestion stimulates net muscle protein synthesis following resistance exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2006;38:1–8.
  14. Tipton KD, Elliott TA, Cree MG, Wolf SE, Sanford AP, Wolfe RR. Ingestion of casein and whey proteins result in muscle anabolism after resistance exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2004;36:2073–81.
  15. Volpi E, Kobayashi H, Sheffield-Moore M, Mittendorfer B, Wolfe RR. Essential amino acids are primarily responsible for the amino acid stimulation of muscle protein anabolism in healthy elderly adults. Am J Clin Nutr 2003;78:250–8.
  16. Bos C, Metges CC, Gaudichon C, et al. Postprandial kinetics of dietary amino acids are the main determinant of their metabolism after soy or milk protein ingestion in humans. J Nutr 2003;133:1308–15.
  17. Tipton KD, Ferrando AA, Phillips SM, Doyle D Jr, Wolfe RR. Postexercise net protein synthesis in human muscle from orally administered amino acids. Am J Physiol 1999;276:E628–34.
  18. Borsheim E, Tipton KD, Wolf SE, Wolfe RR. Essential amino acids and muscle protein recovery from resistance exercise. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2002;283:E648–57.
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Red Meat Controversy

Red meat consumption has been a controversial subject for decades. It’s been blamed for contributing to the onset of various diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, and as a mortality risk. I’ve been writing about the benefits of red meat for decades now, with the most recent short piece three years back titled What about Red Meat?

What about Red Meat?

Red meat has been maligned now for the past few decades. It seems that nothing good can be said about it except that it’s great barbecued. But the tide is turning and research is showing that red meat has been undeservedly maligned.1

I’ve always said that red meat is good. And there are several reasons for this. First of all I never believed in what the naysayers were preaching. Again, just as with saturated fat, there are too many inconsistencies. After all red meat has been a staple in our diets since the beginning of our time. So why all of a sudden is it poisonous to us?

And red meat contains as much oleic acid, the same monounsaturated fat as in olive oil, as it does saturated fat. Oleic acid is considered to have significant health effects,ii and is also felt to act as a sensing nutrient and when present decreasing appetite.3

Red meat is one of the best sources for amino acids. It's high in vitamins A, E and B complex. Vitamin B12, while plentiful in meat, is not found in vegetable products. Red meat is loaded with iron that is easily absorbed, unlike iron that is present in many plant sources. As well, red meats are excellent sources of other nutrients including L-carnitine, taurine, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), coenzyme Q10, potassium, zinc, and magnesium – all vital nutrients, especially for those of us who want to improve our body composition.

For example, L-carnitine is primarily found in meat. And red meat is the best source of L-carnitine with about 600 mg present per 100 grams. Fish contains only 35 mg per 100 grams. For athletes, plentiful L-carnitine means not only a larger proportion of lean muscle mass, but increased use of energy-rich fat as fuel during exercise. As well CLA can result in a reduction of overall body fat and an increase in lean muscle mass, by increasing insulin sensitivity and helping to regulate protein and fat metabolism in the body.4,5,6

Red meat is also one of the best foods for maximizing body composition. A recent study found that women on a low calorie, red meat diet lost more weight and were healthier than those who were following a low calorie, low meat diet.7 As well, there were no adverse effects on bone metabolism because of the high red meat/protein diet.

In another study, red meat was shown to have beneficial effects on serum cholesterol and triglycerides, the other important fat.8 At the end of the nine month study, the researchers found that the red meat group had an average decrease of 1 to 3 percent in "bad' low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and an average 2 percent increase in "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and an average drop of 6 percent in their levels of triglycerides.

As well, red meat, with its saturated fat, increases serum testosterone levels. I’ve seen this in clinical studies that I’ve done on patients and athletes who I’ve put on my diets, with the emphasis on red meat. And this association has also been shown in some studies.9,10,11

Since then a number of studies have found little association between the consumption of red meat and some of the perceived consequences, such as various cancers (for example a recent study found that red meat consumption did not raise the risk of colon cancer, unlike previous studies that suggested that it did – see abstracts below).

A study published this past May (2010) found that it’s not red meat per se but processed meat that is linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

I’ve copied an article below that is also available at http://harvardscience.harvard.edu/medicine-health/articles/processed-meats-come-increased-risk-heart-disease-diabetes.

The bottom line is that red meat is an ideal food for elite athletes who want to maximize body composition and performance, and is especially so if they follow my phase shift diets – see www.MetabolicDiet.com for more info).

Interestingly a recent study concluded that buffalo meat, a red meat that’s becoming more popular, seems to be associated with several beneficial CVS effects.12

Full text at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2727138/pdf/djn386.pdf.

References

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  2. Wahle KW, Caruso D, Ochoa JJ, Quiles JL. Olive oil and modulation of cell signaling in disease prevention. Lipids. 2004 Dec; 39(12):1223-31.
  3. Obici S, Feng Z, Morgan K, Stein D, Karkanias G, Rossetti L. Central administration of oleic acid inhibits glucose production and food intake. Diabetes. 2002; 51(2):271-5.
  4. Gaullier JM, Halse J, Hoye K, Kristiansen K, Fagertun H, Vik H, Gudmundsen O. Conjugated linoleic acid supplementation for 1 y reduces body fat mass in healthy overweight humans. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004; 79(6):1118-25.
  5. Eyjolfson V, Spriet LL, Dyck DJ. Conjugated linoleic acid improves insulin sensitivity in young, sedentary humans. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2004; 36(5):814-20.
  6. Steck SE, Chalecki AM, Miller P, et al. Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplementation for Twelve Weeks Increases Lean Body Mass in Obese Humans. J. Nutr. 2007 137 (5).
  7. Clifton PM, Noakes M, Keogh J, Foster P. Effect of an energy reduced high protein red meat diet on weight loss and metabolic parameters in obese women. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2003; 12 Suppl:S10.
  8. Davidson MH, Hunninghake D, Maki KC, et al. Comparison of the Effects of Lean Red Meat vs Lean White Meat on Serum Lipid Levels Among Free-living Persons With Hypercholesterolemia – A Long-term, Randomized Clinical Trial. Arch Intern Med. 1999;159:1331-1338.
  9. Hamalainen EK, Adlercreutz H, Puska P, et al. Decrease of serum total and free testosterone during a low-fat high-fibre diet. J Steroid Biochem 1983; 18 (3):369-70
  10. Hamalainen E, Adlercreutz H, Puska P, et al. Diet and serum sex hormones in healthy men. J Steroid Biochem 1984; 20 (1): 459-64.
  11. Dorgan JF, Judd JT, Longcope C, et al. Effects of dietary fat and fiber on plasma and urine androgens and estrogens in men: a controlled feeding study. Am J Clin Nutr 1996; 64 (6): 850-5.
  12. Giordano G, Guarini P, Ferrari P, Biondi-Zoccai G, Schiavone B, Giordano A. Beneficial impact on cardiovascular risk profile of water buffalo meat consumption. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2010 Sep;64(9):1000-6.

Improving Performance With Carnosine

Carnosine, a dipeptide made up of the amino acids alanine and histidine (histidyl-alanine) has many beneficial effects. It has been shown to have significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, increase performance, increase healing, enhance the immune system, and provide anti-aging effects.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

It also inhibits glycation, a destructive protein/sugar reaction that occurs in the body and which contributes to aging through a number of mechanisms including the breakdown of connective tissue, a loss of elasticity, and a decrease in cellular hydration. Carnosine, along with alpha lipoic acid, provides protection against glycation and premature aging.

Carnosine has beneficial effects on exercise performance by helping to overcome muscle fatigue, likely due to its effectiveness as a buffering agent and perhaps its antioxidant, chelating, and enzyme regulating effects.8

Carnosine levels tend to be higher in athletes such as sprintersi9,10 and in bodybuilders11. These studies also show that intramuscular carnosine may be an effective physiological H+ buffer and that there is a significant relationship between the carnosine concentration in human skeletal muscle and high intensity exercise performance. A recent study found that beta-alanine supplementation increased muscle carnosine levels12 and resulted in an improvement in exercise performance.13

However, since dietary carnosine is absorbed across intestinal epithelial cells, using carnosine itself is a more direct approach to increasing carnosine levels compared to using beta alanine, which is used in producing endogenous carnosine.

References

  1. Nagai K, Suda T. Immunoregulative effects of carnosine and beta-alanine. J. Physiol. Soc Jap 1986;48:564-571.
  2. Boldyrev A, Johnson P. Carnosine and related compounds: antioxidant dipeptides. In: P. Johnson and A. Boldyrev, Editors, Oxidative Stress at Molecular, Cellular and Organ Levels, Res. Signpost 2002;101-114.
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  5. Zakharchenko MV, Temnov AV, Kondrashova MN. Effect of carnosine on self-organization of mitochondrial assemblies in rat liver homogenate. Biochemistry (Mosc). 2003;68(9):1002-5.
  6. Stvolinsky SL, Dobrota D. Anti-ischemic activity of carnosine. Biochemistry (Mosc) 2000;65(7):849-55.
  7. Hipkiss AR. On the enigma of carnosine's anti-ageing actions. Exp Gerontol. 2009 Apr;44(4):237-42.
  8. Begum G, Cunliffe A, Leveritt M. Physiological role of carnosine in contracting muscle. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2005 Oct;15(5):493-514.Links
  9. Parkhouse WS, McKenzie DC, Hochachka PW, Ovalle WK. Buffering capacity of deproteinized human vastus lateralis muscle. J Appl Physiol 1985;58:14–17.
  10. Susuki Y, Ito O, Takahashi H, Takamatsu K (2004) The effect of sprint training on skeletal muscle carnosine in humans. Int J Sport Health Sci 2: 105–110.
  11. Tallon MJ, Harris RC, Boobis L, Fallowfield J, Wise JA (2005) The carnosine content of vastus lateralis is elevated in resistance trained bodybuilders. J Strength Condit Res 19: 725–729.
  12. Harris RC, Tallon MJ, Dunnett M, Boobis L, Coakley J, Kim HJ, Fallowfield JL, Hill CA, Sale C, Wise JA. The absorption of orally supplied beta-alanine and its effect on muscle carnosine synthesis in human vastus lateralis. Amino Acids. 2006;30(3):279-89.
  13. Hill CA, Harris RC, Kim HJ, Harris BD, Sale C, Boobis LH, Kim CK, Wise JA. Influence of beta-alanine supplementation on skeletal muscle carnosine concentrations and high intensity cycling capacity. Amino Acids. 2007;32(2):225-33.

Athletic Performance

There are a lot of factors that impact on athletic performance, some of which are changeable, and others that are not.

There’s a misconception that we’re not all that much different from each other. While that may be true of the big picture—we all have arms, legs, hearts, etc.—there are enough minor differences in each of us to make significant changes on what we can and can’t be as well as accomplish.

It’s a fact that we’re all different. We hear it all the time from those in the know. We all react differently to various foods and nutritional supplements, we all metabolize differently and we all have different genetic make-ups that make us unique. These variations have a major impact on an organism’s function, including how we respond to almost everything, including macro and micronutrients, drugs and chemicals.

For example it’s been shown that insulin sensitivity is affected by many variables, including lifestyle, body weight, exercise, diet, certain nutritional ingredients and supplements, inflammation, and certain diseases. But just because you have a genetic predisposition to insulin resistance, perhaps even to diabetes, doesn’t mean this has to happen.

That’s because the body has a certain redundancy built into it so that many genetic roadblocks can be opened up or circumvented under specific environmental conditions. In other words a single altered gene or even several of them, although affecting some function or functions in the body, may make only little, even zero, difference depending on the circumstances.

For example, this redundancy, which plays a part in our reaction to specific nutritional and other environments, means that broad principles will in fact apply to the majority of people, with perhaps some minor variations.

However, we can’t deny that some people have it a lot easier than others. It’s obvious that in order to excel in any sport or to develop extensive muscularity you have to be born with the potential to do so. This potential, which all of us have to one degree or another, involves the mental as well as the physical aspects of sports. It’s what you do with whatever potential you have that will ultimately decide how well you reach your performance goals.

While those with the highest genetic potential for any one or more sports have a genetic head start, what they accomplished depends on many other factors. In the extreme, even if you had the ultimate potential for a sport but suffered a lack of food or were unable to ever train, you would never achieve in that sport.

It’s the environmental factors that shape the flow of genotype to phenotype. In other words even the truly gifted have to have their potential molded and developed by the right factors. On the other hand those not as genetically gifted can accomplish elite status by maximizing all the environmental factors that they can.

All four environmental factors, lifestyle, training (and this means more than just exercise training but also ways to get the most out of the training that works best for you), diet and nutritional supplements must be in synch before you can reach those upper limits of performance that are in line with your natural genetic potential.

Athletic Performance Pipeline

While the issues in each section of the pipeline are complex, my rather simple body composition pipeline will help you visualize what factors are important in maximizing performance.

If everything is in synch then we'll achieve our goals, as long as they are realistic.

A weak section in the pipeline will decrease the end results.

Thus reaching your performance goals takes a structured approach that looks at lifestyle, exercise, diet and nutritional supplements – factors that we’ll cover in detail on this site.

And keep in mind that while we may suspect that we have a natural predisposition for a specific sport, none of us really knows what that potential is until we use everything we can to unmask it.

Ask The Super Strong Guy: Why Does My Bench Suck?

Q
Yo, my bench REALLY sucks, and I'm struggling to make progress. I saw a video of one of your guys, Stan Efferding, benching 600-plus pounds. That got me all fired up! Help me out, brah; I need to get my stats up!

Mark: The fastest route to big gains is to correct your form and work on improving it. I know coaches who can show people how to cut a tenth of a second off their 40-yard dash simply by having them change their setup at the starting line.

When you lift with good form and "set up" properly, the same dramatic results can be seen in powerlifting.

When I go out and teach Crossfit Powerlifting certs, it's not uncommon to see athletes hit a personal record minutes after being taught how to do the movement the right way.

Just a few simple changes in technique and, wham, they're lifting 25 pounds more than they ever have before. Just like that!

The main thing is, most people don't know how to get tight. Stan Efferding slapped 50 pounds on his bench and nearly 200 pounds on his total in six weeks with Super Training.

This is amazing when you consider how strong he was already. A big focus for him was learning to stay tight throughout the movement.

Here are a few things I did with Stan that can help you reach your own PR:

  1. Pin back those shoulder blades. Try to pinch them together while pulling your chest up. Pull your shoulders down toward your hips while arching your middle and lower back. This will help create stability and shorten how far you press. Imagine trying to make your flat bench look like a decline bench.
  2. Keep those wrists straight! Trying to crush the barbell in your hands will giving you better leverage to press. Get your legs under you by positioning them where they feel strong and stable. Then push/flex your quads like you're trying to lift your body off the bench.
  3. Your legs will be tight throughout the entire movement. Some end up only flexing their legs when they press. That's when your ass comes off the bench and you look like you're having a seizure on the bench.
  4. As you begin to lower the weight, start tucking your elbows in to your sides. This will have you pressing with better leverages and reduce stress on your shoulders. Don't tuck your elbows in to your sides too much at the start – only as you're lowering the bar.
  5. Bench off your nipples. Nah, they won't get chaffed … they may get hard though! Take the weight out of the rack and let it "drift" toward your sternum before starting your descent. The barbell should be even with your lower pecs/nipples before you begin lowering. When the bar touches your T-shirt, it should be a little lower than your nips.
  6. Push the barbell away from you by flexing your lats. You know that lat spread you hit every morning after logging on to Bodybuilding.com?

Come on, dude: Don't lie! You know you flex every morning before and after your shower. (After the shower is the best because the heat from the water gets the veins cranking, although staring down some serious shrinkage is a tough way to start your day.) Anyway! When you flex your lats like you would when hitting your lat spread-that's how you need to flex your lats out of the bottom position of the bench press.

When it's time to press the weight, push it up with everything you got. Simple enough, right? Don't lose sight of this. You now have a lot to remember, but above all else, being strong has a lot to do with showing up and working your ass off.

  • 7. Drive your head into the bench to finish off the press.
  • 8. Lastly, change stuff up a bunch. Don't do regular benches every week. Try partial-range-of-motion presses out of a rack, where it's about half the distance of a regular bench.

Try benching with a 2-second pause on the chest. Try benching off a phone book or some boards. Throw in some close-grip work. Rotate a few exercises around from one week to the next and watch your numbers take off.

Most important, get yourself tight!

Ask The Super Strong Guy: What's Your Favorite Strongman Move?

Q
What's your absolute favorite strongman move, and how would I add it to my regular lifting split?

My favorite strongman moves? Dragging movements, big son! Bring out your inner caveman and pull home some fresh-clubbed dinner! Or, if don't wanna drag a deer with your bare hands … go sledding!

In strongman competitions, they usually pull a plane or truck. I don't take it that far, but I do pull a weighted sled. Rogue makes some great, bomber sleds. You may want to order an extra strap for more exercise variations. Many trainees don't realize that the number of moves you can do with a sled is only limited by your innovation. Bust out that meathead brain and get creative!

Many also don't understand that you usually want to WALK with the sled, not run. Again, to do a full variety of sled exercises, you may need to have two straps or use an additional rope or pull-down attachment. You can do many upper body and lower body exercises with the sled. I will sometimes pull the sled for 20-30 min before a training session, alternating between upper and lower body with little rest. With lower body, I typically slap the sled strap onto my belt.

What makes the sled so awesome? I'll lay it out for you, kid!

Metabolic Resistance

Work your muscles and the ol' ticker, otherwise known as your freaking heart. The sled can help increase muscle mass through various pathways but, as an added bonus, it'll also burn your lungs and work your cardiovascular system. The better conditioned you are, the better you'll recover from your workouts! Always strive to not only get bigger and stronger, but also to be in better shape.

You really can't mess up sled dragging. In fact, at my gym Super Training, which I sometimes feel is full of idiots, we often use sled drags for "the humps." The who? Humps are people who just can't get sh!t right — not for lack of effort, but because they don't have an athletic bone in their body, or they are just crazy awkward. You know the type: knock-kneed, flat-footed, and fat-faced. It's just brutally hard to teach some of these types how to perform a box squat or a deadlift with proper form.

No Eccentrics Allowed

Ok, what the f@ck does that mean, dude? The eccentric (or "negative") portion of a bench press is when you lower the weight, or in any exercise when a muscle is being stretched – rather than contracted — through a range of motion. This "muscle stretching" is often associated with muscle soreness. So, we can conclude that: No Eccentric Loading = Less Muscle Soreness. With a sled, you just pull. You stay positive.

TUT, TUT!

The sled allows for total manipulation of time under tension. You can have your muscles under tension for as long as you can continue dragging the sled. For example, you could have a set last up to 10 minutes, provided that you're feeling bat-sh!t crazy.

Sun and Chicks Galore

Sled drags let get you outside and let you work that tan! Plus, chicks driving by are turned on big time by a guy who can carry a lot of weight. Maybe they dig it because they know, one day, they will be really fat and may need someone to haul them around. Just playing. Chicks just love dudes with a sled.

Go Sledding

See, the sled is amazing. It can make you bigger, stronger, faster, leaner and healthier! "Damn, coach: Will it make my weenis bigger, too?" I'm not sure on that, son, but it's worth a shot. Start by incorporating sled work on your rest days, to replace any boring cardio sessions, or after certain workouts. Try this simple, sample sled session:

Sledzilla

Triset

Forward Sled Drag
3-4 sets of 100 yards walking, 3-5 plates, depending on strength level. Drive your heel into the ground.

Backward Sled Drag
3-4 sets of 100 yards walking, 3-5 plates, depending on strength level. Try to stay on your toes.

Walking Sled Rows
3-4 sets of 100 yards walking, 3-5 plates, depending on strength level. Rest 1-2 minutes. You can row high or low, or switch it up as you go.

Lastly, don't forget: "Poppa been smooth since days of Underroos." If that quote doesn't inspire you to get up off your couch, throw away your Ben and Jerry's, and crush up some freakin' sled training, then nothing will.

Ask The Super Strong Guy: Should I Lift Heavy To Look Big?

Q
I just want to look bigger. Is there any reason I should incorporate power/strength training into my lifting routine?

Big son, are you freakin' kidding me? You go to a gym for 2 reasons, and 2 reasons only:

  • To get jacked
  • To get stronger
  • To look at hot chicks
  • To get that Jersey Shore tan and showcase how jacked you are

Okay, so only 2 legit reasons (I'll let you figure out which those are). Guess what? They go hand-in-hand. You need a strong foundation to get jacked, no doubt about it!

All those p*ssies doing cardio and trying to tone are not only dumb, they are also stupid. Next time you're in the gym and see a fat dude on an elliptical, walk over to him and say: "Not to be rude," which alerts everyone that you're about to drop a bomb and should help soften the blow, "but I think you're stupid. Your body's ability to chew up calories and not store them as fat can be increased by gaining muscle mass."

Powerlifting will not only help you lift the part, it will help you look the part. It's a win-win, son. Get stronger and more jacked by lifting heavy stuff. Simple.

Powerlifters are the size of dinosaurs, and there is no better way to add mass to your puny frame than good ol' fashioned heavy lifting.

Lift By Example

Look at the size of the all-time world record holder Donnie Thompson. Now, I know Super D is fat. He was nearly 400 pounds when he squatted 1,265, benched 955 and deadlifted 770. However, that doesn't change the fact that he had some of the biggest legs and back ever built by a man.

Hell, Mike O'Hearn used to compete in powerlifting, and he uses a lot of power movements to this day. As much as I hate to admit it, Mike can kick my ass in many exercises in the gym. I know this firsthand; Mike trained with me in the late 90s.

I realize Mike looks like a bigger version of Fabio, but that's due to his diet and the fact that he's 6-foot-2 and probably around 5% body fat. Mike probably weighs 255-or-260 pounds, and he has raw-squatted 800 pounds for 2 and pulled 765.

Then, there's my chubby little self. All I do is powerlift and focus on the squat, bench and deadlift, and I shamelessly admit to being jacked.

Heck, I got a 4-pack on a good day. At 6-foot, 295 pounds, that's pretty damn good. (OK, maybe I'm only 295 in "bodybuilder" weight, which are like "Internet inches" – you gotta add a few. I might weigh closer to 280-to-285. Wanna fight about it?)

Let's not forget about my boy Stan Efferding, who is 6-foot-1, 280 pounds, and shredded. He loves powerlifting.

In fact, he did a few meets and has some all-time raw records. He squatted more than 850, deadlifted more than 800, and has benched more than 6-hundo numerous times. Not bad for a pro bodybuilder. Stan credits much of his success in bodybuilding to powerlifting. Stan used to be about 100 pounds soaking wet; powerlifting helped him add the size and mass to become a pro bodybuilder.

Go Big

Anyway, dude, you need the following exercises in your routine to add size and strength: squats, bench press, deadlifts, bent-over rows, overhead presses, pull-ups, dips, sled pulls, and maybe even some farmer’s walks.

Your main movements – the movements you do when you first get to the gym – will be bench, squat, deadlift, overhead press, or some variation of those exercises.

Mark used to pull the animals he killed with his bare hands, but it was against gym regulations.

These moves are your bread and butter. These are the same exercises Jesse Burdick and I preach when we do our Powerlifting Certification Courses for CrossFit.

Want more power? Get yourself a subscription to my magazine: Power. We talk about how to get bigger, leaner and stronger through diet, exercises and programs. Alright, I'm done with the sales pitch. Suit up, set up, and get to the gym, big son!

Ask The Super Strong Guy: How To Squat Pain-Free

Q
Big Bell, how can I train max effort squats with an injured back?

First thing's f#cking last: Why is your back hurting, cupcake? I hear people say, "Dude, I don't deadlift because it hurts my back." To which I reply, "No, your back hurts because you're weak, and you don't deadlift because you're a pansy!"

OK, let's get serious. Pain signals weakness or dysfunction somewhere. Don't be a hump like everyone else and avoid it. Instead, use your head and fix it! I'll give you some crucial tips on protecting your back, followed by a solid box squat workout for those with busted backs.

So, Why Does Your Back Hurt?

First, realize that your back probably doesn't hurt just from lifting. On top of lifting too heavy or with crappy form, here's a list of common back-busters, plus some easy fixes you should start using NOW. Occupation: How many cops suffer from a bad back or a super-tight lower back? A lot of sitting comes with that job. Policemen who stand more often have the, er, luxury of wearing a big-@ss belt that pulls their hips out of place. Wherever you work, stretch and loosen your body at every opportunity.

Sitting: Sitting can be cancerous! Try not to slouch. Get up from your desk or La-Z-Boy as often as you can. A short walk every 1-or-2 hours will make a huge difference for your lower back.

Posture: While standing, walking and running, keep that spine and neck neutral without looking like Mr. Robot Pants.

Diet: Didn't expect this one, did you? A crap diet will lead to poor health in general and can cause inflammation throughout the body. I follow the Paleo Diet combined with some of Kiefer's principles discussed on Dangerously Hardcore. If you want the simplest advice ever, just cut refined and over-processed carbs from your diet! You'll be on your way to feeling healthier almost immediately.

Offense

Now that you're aware of your body, eating healthier, moving more often and taking better care of your spine, start actively protecting yourself!

Use these two tips any time you lift heavy weight or perform a tough task like scaling a mountain, wrestling a bear, or getting out of your car.

Activate Your Abs!

Tightening your stomach will help brace your back for action. Activate your stomach by tightening up your belly, as if someone were going to sock you in the gut. Think of pulling your belly button to your spine and clenching your entire core.

Fire Your Glutes!

Clinch up, bro! I know it sounds gross, but your @ss can protect your back. On the deadlift, you will notice this right away.

Next time you pull anything, actively think about engaging your glutes. You'll notice it takes stress off your lower back.

Train Smarter

OK, now that I got you thinking, I'll help you train while you're banged up. After all, one of my principles is: "Only rest when you're dead." You may not be able to train at max effort, but we'll get you pretty dang close.

While you're hurt, make sure you wear a lifting belt and make sure, instead of regular squats, you perform high box squats. For now, we will limit the range of motion and squat above parallel. Squatting onto a bench can be nice because it's high and has padding. If you don't have padding, put a sweat shirt or towel on the box.

Box Squatting Basics

Squat Wider Than Normal
Use a slightly wider stance than your normal shoulder-width position. Go out 2 inches wider per side, so you'll be roughly 4 inches wider total.

Open up the Hips
Force the knees out to where your ankles/feet are. This will help create torque in your hips.

Keep Your Back And Head Neutral

Don't overarch or over-exaggerate your neck. Just keep your head up with your neck neutral, and don't allow your upper body to move too much. You're trying to turn this exercise into a hip movement.

Brace Your Stomach
Get your gut tight! Expand it with air and push down against your belt to create an extra brace. You want to push down more than out. You don't want to push your stomach "out" and make a beer belly, which can lead to overextension – too much distance between your belly button and sternum.

To simplify how your gut should feel, try a heavy side bend with a dumbbell. You should experience a similar pressure. (If the advanced among you want more info on overextension and mobility tips, refer to my home boy Kelly Starrett's website, MobilityWod.)

Booty Clap
Make sure you're flexing dat @ss! If not, then I'll have to check while I'm "back spotting" you! Flexing your butt will help protect your lower back.

Wear A Flat-Soled Shoe
Slap on something with a minimal heel-to-toe drop, like Chuck Taylors. This will allow you to force your knees out without rolling on your cheap-@ss space shoes.

Work It
Let's do 8 sets of 2 reps with about 60% of your max, so you're basically doing a speed protocol. Every 3 weeks, work up to a 90% single. Go by how you feel. Let pain be your guide.

After this, we need to train our stomach, lats, hams and glutes. Hit those muscles with some really light stiff-legged deadlifts. Let's have you do 5 sets of 5 with 135-to-225 pounds, depending on your strength. Hit up the weighted planks I suggest in my core workout. The static holds will work well for your back.

Finish the workout with some full range of motion seated rows. Allow your spine to round and get a lot of stretch. Let's hit up 3 sets of 8-to-10 reps.

Back in Action Workout

High Box Squat
8 sets of 2 reps, 60% of 1RM.
Every 3 weeks, work up to a 90% single.

Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift
5 sets of 5 reps, 135-to-225 pounds

Plank (Weighted)
3 sets of 1 minute each

Seated Cable Rows
3 sets of 8-10 reps

In my gym, we have many lifters who squat over 800 pounds and deadlift over 700, with zero back problems. We allow for proper recovery of our lower backs; we've also developed incredibly strong backs. In addition to the tips and workout above, I attribute our "healthy back record" to the Rogue Reverse Hyperextension, invented by Louie Simmons. The reverse hyper lets you work the muscles in your back with no load on the spine. Great for strength and rehab!

Use Your Head

If you are REALLY injured, go see a doctor! Don't be too stubborn. Try to find a sports med doc who works with lifters.

Certain pains are a necessary evil of pushing your body. Over time, you will learn to love and embrace 'em as much as I do. I have endured and embraced pain because I know it's temporary and leads to success. Get some, son!

Ask The Super Strong Guy: How Do I Build Massive Powerlifter Pythons?

Q
Hell's Bell, strong dude: you have some massively huge pipes! How big are they? More important, how do I build bigger arms?

Mark: Listen up, big son: only fools and meatheads measure their arms. If I had to take a SWAG (Scientific Wild-Ass Guess), I'd say my guns at their biggest measured 22 1/2 inches. Now, at a lighter body weight, they're probably 21 1/4 inches.

Not that I'd ever actually measure them – how ridiculous!

Now, my boy John Cena's pipes are so huge that he wears headbands on his biceps, and YOU can do the same. Be what you set out to be. You want 20-inch arms? Then go get 'em, son!

The summer sun is still high in the sky, and like my dad always said, "Suns out, guns out!" This brings us back to how you can build sleeve-rolling, shirt-bursting, seam-popping elbow-movers.

  • Is there only one way?
  • Is there only one way to do anything?
  • Is there only one way to make a sammich?
  • Is there only one way to eat a peanut butter cup?
  • Is there only one way to skin a cat? God, I hate cats!
  • Any-who, you smell what I'm cooking.

There are multiple ways to do all kinds of stuff. To obtain big arms, you have a few options:

  1. Get in a lot of volume (i.e. sets x reps),
  2. Use a high intensity (i.e. a heavier weight),
  3. Over-train with heavy weights and high volume. Not!

As a power athlete, I prefer Option No. 2: lifting heavy. In fact, I believe lifting heavy weights at low reps is a huge factor in turning your guns into cannons.

Powerlifting training is so effective that many dudes who never specifically train biceps are walking around with 20-inch armaments. However, many powerlifters are fat as all hell, and while they may boast a 20-inch arm, you probably wonder if they're better at bench press or food-cram.

The moral of that story: your diet always needs to be in check. To become big, you'll have to eat big – but not like a pig. Avoid fast food, fried foods and sugary drinks. (If you're going to be a piggy, it can only be after gruelling workouts.)

Always try to eat protein first, and eat it often. There are numerous protein drinks and other supplements available to help you build 'dem guns.

Now comes the workout, which you should only perform once per week. We'll be lifting progressively lighter weight with higher volume, starting heavy and then going high. For man-eating pythons, there's nothing better than supersets.

Superset 1: Heavy Work

Close-Grip Bench Press
5 sets of 3-5 reps

Zottman Curl
3 sets of 6-8 reps

Technique Tip:

Close-Grip Bench Press: Place your hands on the beginning of the bar's bumpy portion, known as the knurling. If you're on the smooth part, your grip's too close. Tuck in your elbows and bring the bar down toward your nips, not your upper pecs. Perform this exercise off a few (2-3) boards, a pin in a rack, or a phone book. Doesn't matter what you choose, just use something to cut down the range of motion. If you really want to be popular, you can bench press off a bible. Warm up using sets of 5 and work up toward a 3-rep max.

Zottman Curl: Do a normal dumbbell curl and turn the palms up as you come to the top of the lift. As you begin to descend, point your palms towards the floor in a reverse-curl fashion. Lower the weight for about 4 seconds. Slower is better on the descent! Perform these between your main working sets of close grip bench. Use 3 sets of 6-8 reps.

Superset 2: Light Weight, Higher Reps!

Close-Grip Bench Press
3 sets of 8-12 reps

Hammer Curls
3 sets of 8-10 reps

Technique Tip:

Hammer Curl: It's ok to use a little body English (swing) on these if necessary.

Superset 3: Sky-High Reps

Dumbbell Triceps Extension
3 sets of 15 reps

Incline Dumbbell Curl
3 sets of 15 reps

Technique Tip:

Incline Dumbbell Curl: Use only a slight incline. (Most people go 45-60 degrees.)

Superset 4: Feel The Burn

Cry
1 set to preferred reps

After you're done screaming, please remember that heavy squats, deadlifts, bench press and back training will help build big arms, as well.

Do you feel like I've answered your question yet? It's taken me awhile to get here, but I built huge guns by powerlifting, powerlifting, and – oh yeah – powerlifting. You can too!

Big pipes take a long time to build. It ain't easy out there, kids. You got people who will say you can't or you shouldn't, but you can, you should and you will!

Ask The Super Strong Guy: How Can I Deadlift 500 Pounds?

Q
My goal is to deadlift 500 pounds by the end of summer. By deadlifting every other week, I've come pretty close. Yesterday, for example, I did 225 x 10, 315 x 8, 405 x 6, 425 x 3, and then two sets of 445 x 1-which felt pretty heavy. Is there too much warming up? Any tips on how to break on through to the other side?

-Elijah Wheeler, Washington, DC

A: Okay, your goal is 500, and you're currently at about 450. Let's attack this somabitch with everything we got. We'll even use the fatty tissue between your ears for a change.

You're lifting backward, son.

In your sample warm-up, you're doing high reps followed by strength training. Elijah, do me a favor—go run 2 miles before you try and attempt the fastest 40-yard dash of your life, and let me know how it goes. Your high school football coach may have thought that was a great idea, but I'm here to tell you that he was not only wrong, but just plain dumb!

Running 2 miles is unrelated to running an optimal 40 time. You'll pre-fatigue the muscles, and you won't be able to sprint at maximal speeds. It's better to do a few 100-meter sprints at 60 percent and maybe work on some starts. But you wouldn't want to do anything too hard or challenging before the main event.

The same is true with any strength training protocol. After doing some short duration mobility work from Kelly Starrett's Mobilitywod.com, you'll be ready to get yourself into optimal positions to start warming up. Here is a sample warm-up for someone in the 400-to-500-pound deadlift range. You'll notice I like deadlifting with both Sumo and Conventional form in the warm up. They will allow you to hone your form from two directions and give your body a new stimulus:

Sample Deadlift Training Program

Barbell Deadlift

  • 1 set of 10 reps w/ bar only
  • 1 set of 3 reps w/ 135 lbs
  • 1 set of 3 reps w/ 185 lbs
  • 1 set of 3 reps w/ 225 lbs
  • 1 rep w/ 275 lbs
  • 1 rep w/ 315 lbs
  • 1 rep w/ 365 lbs
  • 1 rep max Alternate the 2 exercises.

Sumo Deadlift

  • 1 set of 3 reps w/ 135 lbs
  • 1 set of 3 reps w/ 185 lbs
  • 1 set of 3 reps w/ 225 lbs
  • 1 rep w/ 275 lbs
  • 1 rep w/ 315 lbs
  • 1 rep w/ 365 lbs Alternate the 2 exercises.

From here on out, be cautious with the jumps in weight. When you're at 90-to-95 percent of your max, a 50-pound jump can kill your progression and your ego. Make smaller jumps of 15-to-30 pounds to save some face, gauge your strength and form, and prepare yourself for the heavier attempts.

Let's say your max is 445 pounds, it might go down like this: 385 lbs. x 1, 405 lbs. x 1, 425 lbs. x 1, then finishing with 450 lbs. x 1. Hell yeah, you just beat your 1RM by 5 lbs. and your street cred just went through the roof!

And if 450 felt a little too easy, try a harder weight. This is also the perfect time to do any extra rep work. Lower the weight to 315 and try 3 sets of 4-to-6 reps!

Here are a few recommendations for improving your deadlift:

  1. Only do a singular max deadlift from the floor every 6-to-8 weeks. Better yet, save the new record for your next power meet, and use variations to increase your deadlift. For more information, read some of the other deadlift stuff I wrote about on this site.
  2. If you have limited access to great equipment, just establish rep records on your deadlifts. Record reps, weights, and stance for any set at the following weights: 350, 315, and 275 (These are based on a 450 lift). Blow everything out and do as many reps as you can with only one of the chosen weights you selected for the day, write down your results, and then beat them on the next go-round.
  3. Lift for results. This means selecting weights properly and not getting too fired by loading the weights up too heavy, too early. This also means not lifting at 100 percent of your max all the time. Great strength gains are obtained with lower percents too, so work smarter and not harder.
  4. Don't neglect form. This is heavy weight, baby. If your back is rounding out, then give yourself time to adjust to heavier weights and focus on form. Don't be a wimp, just make sure to lift heavy AND correctly.
  5. Never bounce the weights off the floor. Everyone wants to look like a beast and celebrate after a serious feat of strength, but glorious lifts are always overshadowed by embarrassing accidents.
  6. Train your entire backside. This means your entire back, glutes and hamstrings. If these areas are weak, your deadlift is weak too.
  7. Implement speed deadlifts. Use 65-to-75 percent of your max for 8 sets of 2 reps during the weeks you are NOT deadlifting heavy.
  8. Train your abs with heavy weights. Try pull-down abs or heavy sit-ups.
  9. Get my magazine called POWER. Go to www.ThePowerMagazine.com and get ready for some kick-ass reading on how to build strength.

Take Home Message

Follow these instructions and you'll kill 500 pounds. Shoot, you may even just put it up over your head, and your new goal might be 600!

You now have all the tools you need. You just need to follow through on your end and bust your ass. Give a key to the inner universe to a thousand men, only one will open the door. Be the one!

Ask The Super Strong Guy: How Do I Build Titanic, Shirt-Stretching Traps?

Q
Strong dude! I shrug like a sissy, but I want a strong snake around my neck. I'm tired of these tiny traps! How do I build the shirt-tearing traps of a Titan?

Mark: Good question, son! Luckily, it's got a simple answer. Train like a mofo and don't really worry about it!

Don't believe me?

If it sounds dumb, don't worry, I been hearin' that all my life … from people smaller and scrawnier than me!

You can bet your barbells, big traps are built on a foundation of heavy lifting. Heavy squats, deads and, yup, even benches. As a powerlifter who has benched more than 800 pounds and squatted more than a grand many times, I can tell you that simply setting up, getting your body tight, and stabilizing big weights will train the total package – including those sick ridges around your neck.

Okay, guys, where do you want me to put this? It's a Trap!

You want traps so big people can climb 'em? Then you gotta lift big 'n ugly!

In a bench and squat, the traps get mashed pretty good. Why? You retract and squeeze them statically while they're under heavy tension. In the case of the squat, the barbell is resting on 'em. Thus, these 3 exercises will help you hide your neck with a Titan's traps.

Max-effort work followed by a high-rep method using any of the Big 3 (squat, bench or deadlift) will help build 'dem big traps. Of course, the squat and pull (deadlift) hammer the traps more than the bench, so keep those two lifts at the front of your trap-smashing arsenal.

You want a program? You got it.

Showing off some sick yoke!

Ridge Rover Let's say your goal for the day is to squat a max set of 3 with 300 pounds. So, leading up to it, you hit 225 for 5, 275 for 3, then 300 for 3. After that, lower the weight by 20-30% and do as many reps as you can. Do 1-2 sets of that to stoke your Yoke!

Now it's time to move onto more direct trap training. The low reps will stimulate muscle growth because you handled heavy weights. The higher rep sets will force muscle growth due to the time under tension. Now, superset dumbbell clean and face pulls for 3-4 sets of 10-12 reps. Finish the workout with a few regular shrugs – dumbbell or barbell – but let the weights really stretch your traps at the bottom of the exercise. Do 3 sets of 8-10 reps.

It's a Trap! Training Sample

Terms you'll need to know:

Superset: Perform the first exercise and then immediately do the next exercise. Only then do you take the 2-minute rest in between before repeating again.

Titanic Traps

Barbell Full Squat
3 sets of 5, 3, and 3 reps. 1 drop set to failure at 20-30% drop. Repeat all four sets.

Superset:
Dumbbell Clean
3-4 sets of 10-12 reps

Face Pull
3-4 sets of 10-12 reps

End of superset. Resume normal sets.

Dumbbell or Barbell Shrugs
3 sets of 8-10 reps

As a side note, moves like the Farmer’s Walk and Yoke Walk have a profound effect on building life-changing traps. Consider using them instead of/in addition to your shrugs.

Don't get called a pencil-neck geek ever again, and don't get trapped by anything!

Get to the gym now and start working on your Yoke!

Ask The Super Strong Guy: How Can I Get Strong and Big?

Q
What's up, strong dude? I'm trying to build strength and muscle mass. How can I do both at the same time?

Mark: In a word, powerlifting. Make that two words: Power Lifting.
(And if I my editor changes that phrase to lower-case, just because it's "correct," I'm going head straight to Idaho and knock his ass around the office for a while.)

Many legendary bodybuilders used powerlifting and or powerlifting movements to build championship physiques. Arnold did tons of bench presses and squats. Franco Columbu did heavy deadlifts, and no one packed more muscle mass onto such a small frame.

Today, you have Johnnie Jackson, Ben White, and Super Training's own Stan "Rhino" Efferding. Rhino is a ball of muscle, head to toe; he looks like he's wearing football pads under his T-shirt, he's so jacked. The dude has muscles in his feet, head, even coming out of his ears.

Is that even possible? Take a good look at Rhino and you'll see what I'm talking about. Stan is the ultimate mix of size and strength–a pro bodybuilder who just happens to be the strongest raw 275-pound lifter to ever stomp across the face of Planet Earth.

You have to wonder if Stan gets his nickname from rhinos–or if it's the other way around.

When Stan came to ST, I weighed 330 pounds. He helped me drop down to 285. I dropped a weight class–and became stronger. My best total at 308 is 2,508, and my best total at 275 is 2,601. What I dropped was body fat, and people think I look bigger now. This was all done with a good old-fashioned bodybuilding diet (just with a little more fat) and powerlifting.

Here's how you too can become not only stronger but also bigger:

  1. Pick a main barbell movement for the day. For legs it would be squat or deadlift variation. For upper body, your main movement would be bench press variations (flat, incline, or floor press) Warm up and progress to a 2-to-3-rep max. Make sure your form doesn't turn to total shit. Make sure you don't pile on a lot of weight too early. Making small jumps in weight ensures quality lifting.
  2. Don't miss weights. This basically means that you're not doing full-bore maxes. You're looking more for a level 8 or 9 out of 10 on the ST pain meter.
  3. Do burn-out sets. When you complete an exercise by reaching a heavy set of 1 to 3 reps, drop the weight 50 to 60 pounds, and do 3 sets of 6 to 8 reps on that exact same exercise.
  4. Use standard bodybuilding sets schemes: light, medium, and then heavy for 3 sets of 10. Or do 3 sets of 10 with the same weight on exercises that will help increase strength on the main event movement you picked, while also increasing muscle mass.
  5. After the main exercise is over, superset opposing muscle groups. If your "main event" movement was bench press, move into dumbbell bench press superset it with bent-over dumbbell rows, followed by dumbbell curls and lying dumbbell triceps extensions.

Bands are for sissies. Unless you're deadlifting more than my car weighs.

Once you've employed those mass-and-strength strategies, there are there a few more simple things to consider, Cupcake:

  1. Be consistent with your training. Training hard for two months isn't enough. Twice-a-week workouts will produce twice-a-week results. What you give is what you get.
  2. A workout is only as good as its recovery. If you can't recover from a workout, over time, lifting will work against you rather than for you.
  3. Eat for sizes and strength. At my gym, Super Training, a kid named Jordan Ritchie did the greatest improvement that we have ever seen. I told Jordan if he wanted to get bigger and stronger, he'd have to eat a lot. The kid gained around 30 to 35 pounds in 12 weeks with no drugs. That's pretty damn amazing but that's not even the good part. In that same time frame, Jordan went from a 400-pound bench in a bench shirt to a 700 bench!!!

What the hell did this kid eat? Well, he invested in some protein powder, but after that, he didn't have much loot, being a college kid. Jordan ate a lot around his training. He was often seen eating a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich or a Snickers bar before he was finished with his workout. Jordan ate a lot of protein and complex carbs.

However, I do think he also pounded down some McDonalds here and there, because as powerlifters, gaining some body fat isn't a huge deal. Basically, if you want to be huge, jacked, and strong then you need to not only lift big–you need to eat big.

Got bacon? Unlike bodybuilders, powerlifters like Mark don't always shun junk food.

Still need more info? OK, two more tips:

  1. Bookmark www.SuperTraining.Tv and check out the massive amount of free content that we pump out. These videos are unmatched when it comes to strength and information. Also check out my Facebook page (Mark Bell) and www.HowMuchYaBench.Net.
  2. Subscribe to my magazine: www.ThePowerMagazine.com all the top lifters in the world write for Power. Power has tons of info on how to get strong and jacked!

Ask The Super Strong Guy: Got A Killer Core Workout

Q
Strong fella! I'm sick of crunches. Can you help me put together a new core workout?

The only crunches I know of are Captain Crunch and Nestle Crunch Bars, and neither of them will get you a ripped core. Watch out for the Captain Crunch: It kills the roof of your mouth!

You want a killer core workout, Supertraining style? Careful what you wish for, big son – you may regret it, and you just might get it! Get ready to build a burly core with some super-charged planks.

Chain Gang Planks

Have a partner pile up some chains on your back, or some 45 pound plates, while you're doing a plank. Hold for 1 minute with about 100 pounds, strip some weight, and then hold 50 pounds for another 30 seconds. Superset that with 5-to-6 reps of one-arm barbell deadlifts — 95-to-155 pounds should do the trick — and boom, you've got a core-crusher. Rest, recover, and repeat this sequence 4 times.

Core Crusher

Superset

  • Chain-Gang Planks
    4 drop sets of 1 minute followed by 30 second holds with half weight removed
  • One-Arm Barbell Deadlifts*
    4 sets of 5-6 reps, hold the top of the contraction for 3-5 seconds, rest 1-2 minutes * This exercise was made popular by Ed Coan, the greatest powerlifter of all time. It will build a strong core for pulls and squats. Try doing these from a rack. The feeling is much different and allows for greater isolation of the obliques.

Want More?

If you're a real sick b@stard, you can try this superset in between a conditioning drill, like lunges or sled pulling. The extra work done by your diaphragm will make the ab work even more insane.

Ask The Super Strong Guy: Can I Deadlift Without Wrecking My Back?

Q
Hey, Mark, I caught a video of you doing a 755-pound deadlift, easy, in your last meet. I got all hyped up to deadlift the next day, and I hurt my back using 275. How do you guys dead such heavy loads without wrecking your back?

Mark: The short answer: We can abuse our backs because our backs are strong.

The most "dangerous" exercises are some of the best for building strength. Always weigh the risk-to-benefit ratio, but leave the safe exercises for the soccer moms.

In your case, I'd seek the opinion of a doctor just to make sure nothing horrible happened. Having said that, I hear this kind of thing all the time. To be honest, it makes me wanna puke. Your back doesn't hurt because of deadlifting. Your back hurts because you DO NOT deadlift. So when you finally do try it, you're a weakling.

Your back doesn't hurt because of deadlifting.
Your back hurts because you DO NOT deadlift.

Weakness in any form is unacceptable in powerlifting. It should be unacceptable to all of you sitting at your computers surfing BB.com. If you're not in the gym to get jacked or to get brutally strong, what the hell are you lifting for, Joey Tank Top?

When us powerlifters are in the gym, we're on a mission to get strong as hell. Let's build some muscle-that'll help rid you of that fat belly and saggy moobs by making your body burn more calories day and night. And a great way to build muscle and become strong is through awesome exercises like deadlifts.

Because you're coming off a slight lower-back injury, start on the road to recovery by working on perfecting your form. Do the "old school" 5 sets of 5 reps, making sure to do every rep of every set using the best form you can maintain.

What follows are a few tips to avoid breaking your spine when doing a conventional deadlift. "Conventional" means that your legs are in close and your hands are outside your legs. In contrast, with sumo deadlifts, your stance is wider, and your grip is inside your legs:

All of this will involve trial and error. Nothing comes easy, but mastering the basics will take you a long way toward your goals. Don't neglect the details, and you'll be rewarded with a cast iron lower back.

Remember, "Every man dies, but not every man really deadlifts."

  1. Keep your head and chest up throughout the entire movement.
  2. Try to keep your back flat. That means you'll have to arch and pull your chest up before starting to pull the weight off the floor.
  3. Tighten your stomach. Fill up your belly with air by taking a huge deep breath. Push your belly out hard; make it look like you just killed a giant pizza. Hold your breath until reaching the tip of the lift. This pressure will make you feel as if you're lifting off a rock. The extra stability will allow you to pull the weight off the floor faster.
  4. Warm up. Nine-hundred-pound deadlifters warm up with 135 on the bar, so take your time and warm up light. No reason to tire yourself out before the main event.
  5. Increase your weight in small increments. Missing overly ambitious lifts can lead to injury and actually make you weaker.
  6. Train your entire back, including your lats and upper back. Pull-ups are one of the best back exercises, but they can be tough for bigger dudes to implement. Any sort of row is a good back exercise. Shrugs, upright rows, and face-pulls are all great options for building upper back and traps. Having strong lats and pulling muscles will drive your deadlift through the roof. Having a stronger base will help prevent injury.
  7. I'd say train your abs, but most people don't really have visible abs. Let's say train your gut or belly. At my outfit, Super Training, we do a lot of weighted sit-ups along with side bends, static sit-ups, and planks. I don't want to get into a huge thing about "ab" training, but it needs to be done, and it needs to be done with weight.

Supplemental Antioxidants are Essential for Those Who Train Hard

Antioxidants form a front line defense against cell damage caused by free radicals, which are involved in muscle, joint and tendon damage and inflammation, degenerative arthritis, even the aging process. The use of antioxidants can reduce free radical damage that occurs when we exercise1 and can also attenuate the ongoing damage to injured tissues caused by free radicals, thus accelerating the healing process. As well, antioxidants have been shown to enhance aerobic performance.2

Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, selenium, green tea, reduced glutathione and N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) can play an important role in reducing inflammation and fatigue, decreasing tissue damage, and preventing as well as treating injuries.

Various antioxidants, such as vitamin E, have been found to be useful in the treatment of some forms of arthritis3 and in dealing with the oxidative stress of exercise.4 As well, oxidative damage has been shown to contribute to the pathogenesis of injuries and arthritis, and the use of antioxidants, such as NAC,5 shown to have therapeutic value for reducing endothelial dysfunction, inflammation, fibrosis, invasion and cartilage erosion.

One study found that a combination of 2 antioxidants, selenomethionine and epigallocatechin-gallate (the main antioxidant in green tea extract), had beneficial effects on catabolic and anabolic gene expression of articular chondrocytes.6 The authors of the study concluded that “Our data provide insights into the mechanisms whereby ECGg and selenium modulate chondrocyte metabolism. Despite their differential mechanisms of action, the 2 compounds may exert global beneficial effects on articular cartilage.”

Supplementing endogenous antioxidants with supplementation is especially important in intense exercise, which can overwhelm the intracellular antioxidant systems and result in damage to the musculoskeletal and other systems in the body. For example, oxidative stress, the result of the overwhelming of the endogenous antioxidant system, can lead to damage to the reproductive system and decrease sex hormone production over the long term.7,8

Supplemental exogenous antioxidants interact with endogenous antioxidant to provide protection from the increase in free radicals produced by exercise.

Who Should Use Antioxidant Supplements

Lately the use and usefulness of antioxidant supplements by athletes has become a controversial subject. A few studies published last year (2010) found that the use of supplemental antioxidants may be counterproductive because they can decrease the natural antioxidant response in the body and because they may decrease skeletal muscle adaptation to exercise.

If the exercise intensity is only mild to moderate then supplemental antioxidants may, by decreasing the stimulus to enhance the endogenous antioxidant system, be somewhat counter productive. However, excessive free radical production and oxidative damage secondary to intense/exhaustive exercise and/or overtraining can overwhelm the intracellular antioxidant systems and can result in irreparable oxidative damage.

So while it may be true for most people who exercise that supplemental antioxidants may decrease endogenous antioxidant production and thus be counterproductive, it is not true for elite athletes in which the intensity of training often overwhelms the endogenous antioxidant system. This in turn leads to negative effects on the cellular function and on the neuro-musculoskeletal and energy systems leading to detrimental changes in body composition, performance, recovery, and increasing the chance of injuries.9,10,11

While it is common knowledge that you have to stress muscle fibers for them to adapt and grow, excessive damage leads to cellular membranes and mitochondrial dysfunction, leading to less efficient metabolism and delivery of nutrients.

Also muscle cells can be damaged and undergo apoptosis (cellular death) that is repaired by collagen deposition (basically scar tissue) that is cumulative leading to decreased muscle strength and efficiency.12

Supplementing endogenous antioxidants with supplementation is especially important in intense exercise which can overwhelm. For example, oxidative stress, the result of the overwhelming of the endogenous antioxidant system, can lead to damage to the reproductive system and decrease sex hormone production over the long term.13,14

The bottom line is that in those who exercise intensely, supplementation with antioxidants, using as broad a base as possible, reduces exercise induced counter productive oxidative damage, without blocking the cellular adaptation to exercise, and without impacting on endogenous antioxidant production and efficacy.

In elite athletes I feel the use of a complex mixture of antioxidants is important for optimum performance and body composition. As such I formulated what I consider the ultimate antioxidant supplement.

References

  1. Vincent HK, Bourguignon CM, Vincent KR, Weltman AL, Bryant M, Taylor AG. Antioxidant supplementation lowers exercise-induced oxidative stress in young overweight adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2006 Dec;14(12):2224-35.
  2. Aguilo A, Tauler P, Sureda A, Cases N, Tur J, Pons A. Antioxidant diet supplementation enhances aerobic performance in amateur sportsmen. J Sports Sci. 2007 Sep;25(11):1203-10.
  3. Sangha O, Stucki G. Vitamin E in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Zeitschrift für Rheumatologie 1998;57(4):207-214.
  4. Sacheck JM, Blumberg JB. Role of vitamin E and oxidative stress in exercise. Nutrition 2001;(10):809-14.
  5. Zafarullah M, Li WQ, Sylvester J, Ahmad M. Molecular mechanisms of N-acetylcysteine actions. Cell Mol Life Sci 2003;60(1):6-20.
  6. Andriamanalijaona R, Kypriotou M, Bauge C, Renard E, Legendre F, Raoudi M, Boumediene K, Gatto H, Monginoux P, Pujol JP. Comparative effects of 2 antioxidants, selenomethionine and epigallocatechin-gallate, on catabolic and anabolic gene expression of articular chondrocytes. J Rheumatol. 2005;32(10):1958-67.
  7. Makker K, Agarwal A, Sharma R. Oxidative stress & male infertility. Indian J Med Res. 2009 Apr;129(4):357-67.
  8. Agarwal A, Gupta S, Sharma RK. Role of oxidative stress in female reproduction. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2005 Jul 14;3:28.
  9. Palazzetti S, Richard MJ, Favier A, Margaritis I. Overloaded training increases exercise-induced oxidative stress and damage. Can J Appl Physiol. 2003;28:588–604.
  10. Powers SK, Jackson MJ. Exercise-induced oxidative stress: cellular mechanisms and impact on muscle force production. Physiol Rev. 2008;88:1243–1276.
  11. Dalle-Donne I, Rossi R, Colombo R, Giustarini D, Milzani A. Biomarkers of oxidative damage in human disease. Clin Chem. 2006;52:601–623.
  12. Grobler LA, Collins M, Lambert MI, Sinclair-Smith C, Derman W, St Clair Gibson A, Noakes TD. Skeletal muscle pathology in endurance athletes with acquired training intolerance. Br J Sports Med. 2004 Dec;38(6):697-703.
  13. Makker K, Agarwal A, Sharma R. Oxidative stress & male infertility. Indian J Med Res. 2009 Apr;129(4):357-67.
  14. Agarwal A, Gupta S, Sharma RK. Role of oxidative stress in female reproduction. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2005 Jul 14;3:28.

Alanine – the Essential, Non-Essential Amino Acid

The emphasis these days has shifted to specific amino acids over the use of others. For example the essential amino acids, especially leucine, are considered important and many feel that the other amino acids aren't necessary. Others feel that the a few of the conditionally essential amino acids, such as glutamine and arginine, are also extremely important for maximizing body composition and exercise performance.

But that's not the case. All of the amino acids are important, in one way or another. Ignoring them can be a big mistake.

Let's take alanine for example. Most feel that alanine, a non-essential amino acid, has no place in an amino acid formulation. But they're wrong.

During exercise, skeletal muscle releases alanine into circulation in direct proportion to the intensity of the exercise.1 However, although yielding much needed energy, this catabolism of BCAAs and cellular protein (to produce glutamine and alanine) is counterproductive. Any loss of amino acids is detrimental if they could have been used to maintain or increase skeletal muscle mass.

A recent study suggested that alanine intake before and during prolonged exercise conserved carbohydrates and enhanced protein metabolism.2 In this study, six healthy male athletes took in 74g of alanine during prolonged exercise (lasting 180 minutes) at an intensity of 53% of VO2max. During the three hours of exercise, 51g (69%) of the alanine was actually oxidized to provide 10% of the total energy needed for the training session. In this study very little of the nitrogen from the supplemented alanine was lost in either urine or sweat, a situation which led to a positive nitrogen balance during the workout.

What's interesting about this study is that protein synthesis can be increased when a large amount of a single amino acid is ingested, even if that amino acid is considered a dispensable or non-essential amino acid. This is counter to many studies that state only the inclusion of essential amino acids or leucine results in an increase in protein synthesis—or even a decrease in protein catabolism.

Another interesting result is that alanine, which is usually exported to the liver from muscle, was actually taken up by muscle and used as fuel directly in the muscle without going to the liver first to be converted to glucose, then being shunted to skeletal muscle afterward. As well, the alanine decreased ketogenesis,3,4likely because the alanine served as a direct (oxidized directly in muscle – alanine is deaminated, and decarboxylated to form pyruvate and through the action of pyruvate dehydrogenase enters the Krebs Cycle as acetyl-CoA) and indirect (acting as a substrate for gluconeogenesis – pyruvate is carboxylated by pyruvate carboxylase to oxaloacete) fuel source. This decreased the need for the use of ketones as fuel.

The concentration uptake of some amino acids (i.e. those transported by sodium (Na+)-dependent mechanisms into muscle and liver cells) can increase cellular hydration, thereby triggering a protein-anabolic signal. Such a case has been postulated for both glutamine and alanine.5 In one study it was concluded that "it seems plausible to conclude that stimulation of K+ inflow plays a major role in the mechanism of alanine-induced stimulation of protein synthesis through changes in cell volume."6

Alanine is found in appreciable levels in many foods including beef, lamb, milk products, corn meal, peas and potatoes. However there is no appreciable alanine in many foods including chicken, fish, eggs and bacon. Now while bacon is not a common food consumed by bodybuilders, chicken, fish and eggs are the staple of many bodybuilding diets.

Many bodybuilders are on a restrictive diet that may include little else besides large quantities of these three foods for months at a time and some bodybuilders stay on this kind of restricted diet almost year round. Even non-competing bodybuilders may run into problems with obtaining enough dietary alanine. Today low fat diets are recommended in order to decrease saturated fat intake. This usually means decreased consumption of beef, lamb, and milk products. Again overall alanine intake may be low.

Thus some diets, especially calorie restricted diets, may be moderately or even severely alanine deficient, making high quality protein and/or alanine supplementation a necessity. Since alanine is a non essential amino acid, can't the body make it as it needs it? Yes it can but alanine synthesis by the body is part of the problem.

One way to increase the availability of a specific amino acid, whether essential or non-essential is to cannibalize cellular structural and contractile proteins and use the needed amino acid as it's released. In the case of nonessential amino acids, they can also be formed from other released amino acids. As noted above both processes contribute to alanine production.

In general if there is a deficiency of or need for any one amino acid (AA) then the body will catabolize body proteins in an effort to supply the needed AA, regardless of why the AA is needed; whether for protein synthesis of needed proteins and enzymes, or for gluconeogenesis (the conversion of amino acids and other substrates into glucose). Thus, the use of exogenous alanine prior to and after exercise might be expected to decrease exercise-induced proteolysis and increase the availability of intracellular AAs for protein synthesis.

It has been shown that the amino acid alanine has effects on both insulin and glucagon and raises plasma glucose concentrations in diabetics7. It also can produce sustained glucose recovery from hypoglycemia.8 As well, it has been shown that alanine decreases proteolysis9 and is a potent stimulus for protein synthesis. Although the mechanism of this action has not yet been determined, it is felt that this increase in protein synthesis might be secondary to the provision of an energy source10 or an increase in cellular hydration (see below). The uptake of alanine increases the intracellular content of K+ and the cell volume.11

The use of exogenous alanine would decrease the need for catabolism of muscle, and provide a stimulus for protein synthesis both directly and by helping to keep the intracellular pool of free amino acids by decreasing the use of other amino acids for alanine production. As well, exogenous alanine would provide extra energy for anaerobic muscular contraction both by allowing BCAAs to be oxidized if need be rather than used to produce alanine, and by providing an increase in hepatic and systemic—and thus intracellular—glucose availability.

A diet low in alanine should be supplemented with alanine-rich protein foods or supplements. Supplements that consist of whole protein, hydrolyzed protein or mixtures of amino acids, offer a low calorie source of alanine and other amino acids. These supplements are not merely useful convenient alternative food choices, but necessary for protein synthesis and the maintenance of lean body mass.

Because of its anabolic and anticatabolic effects, a case could be made for alanine supplementation in all athletes wishing to maximize lean body mass and performance, regardless of dietary alanine intake.

References

  1. Felig P, Wahren J. Amino acid metabolism in exercising man. J Clin Invest. 1971;50(12):2703-14.
  2. Korach-Andre M, Burelle Y, Peronnet F, Massicotte D, Lavoie C, Hillaire-Marcel C. Differential metabolic fate of the carbon skeleton and amino-N of [13C]alanine and [15N]alanine ingested during prolonged exercise. J Appl Physiol. 2002;93(2):499-504.
  3. Koeslag, JH, Levinrad LI, Lochner JD, Sive AA. Post-exercise ketosis in post-prandial exercise: effect of glucose and alanine ingestion in humans. J Physiol 1985;358:395-403.
  4. Koeslag, JH, Noakes TD, Sloan AW. The effects of alanine, glucose and starch ingestion on the ketosis produced
    by exercise and by starvation. J Physiol 1982;325:363-376.
  5. Parry-Billings M, Bevan SJ, Opara E, Newsholme EA. Effects of changes in cell volume on the rates of glutamine and alanine release from rat skeletal muscle in vitro. Biochemical Journal 1991;276(Pt 2):559-61.
  6. Rivas T, Urcelay E, Gonzalez-Manchon C, Parrilla R, Ayuso MS. Role of amino acid-induced changes in ion fluxes in the regulation of hepatic protein synthesis. Journal of Cellular Physiology 1995;163(2):277-84.
  7. Wiethop BV, Cryer PE. Glycemic actions of alanine and terbutaline in IDDM. Diabetes Care 1993;16(8):1124-30.
  8. Wiethop BV, Cryer PE. Alanine and terbutaline in treatment of hypoglycemia in IDDM. Diabetes Care 1993;16(8):1131-6.
  9. Venerando R, Miotto G, Kadowaki M, Siliprandi N, Mortimore GE. Multiphasic control of proteolysis by leucine and alanine in the isolated rat hepatocyte. American Journal of Physiology 1994;266(2 Pt 1):C455-61
  10. Seglen PO, Solheim AE. Effects of aminooxyacetate, alanine and other amino acids on protein synthesis in isolated rat hepatocytes. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1978;520(3):630-41.
  11. Rivas T, Urcelay E, Gonzalez-Manchon C, Parrilla R, Ayuso MS. Role of amino acid-induced changes in ion fluxes in the regulation of hepatic protein synthesis. Journal of Cellular Physiology. 163(2):277-84, 1995. J Cell Physiol 1995;163(2):277-84.

Understand food labels

Nutrition labeling is mandatory for most packaged food in the United States, and is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The nutrition facts panel typically consists of the following components:

  1. serving size information,
  2. calorie information,
  3. percent daily value (based on a 2000-calorie diet),
  4. nutrient information, and
  5. a footnote of recommended daily values for standard 2000- and 2500-calorie diets.

Sounds pretty straight forward doesn’t it? Unfortunately it isn’t. If you’re confused by what’s listed in food labels, especially the more complicated ones, you’re not alone.1,2

Studies have shown that with some help in deciphering them the Nutrition Facts label can be an effective educational tool to increase nutrition knowledge.3

In fact I’ve found that most people don’t understand enough about what’s on food labels to make an informed choice of what’s best for them.

The reason is two-fold. First of all most people don’t fully understand the lingo used on the labels, and secondly label information pertaining to newer “low-carb” products are not well regulated by the FDA and are more challenging to understand.

Most people think they understand most of what’s important on the food/nutrition labels – for example the number of calories and maybe even the amount of carbs, and fat and protein in the food or supplement. But they’re wrong because it’s just not that easy to understand and use without some guidance.

The ability to read and evaluate food labels is not just a matter of choosing to eat healthy. To those of us trying to gain muscle mass and improve body composition choosing the right mix of foods can be critical to our success. And for people trying to manage chronic disease like heart ailment or diabetes, label reading can at times even be a life saving matter.

An Overview of What to Look For

Knowing what to look for is the first step in understanding nutrition facts labels. The Nutrition Facts Label gives a lot of information but the key is to know how to use this information to help you make the food choices that are right for you.

If you look on the FDA site at you’ll find information on how to understand and use the nutrition facts label. The illustration I’m using below is a sample label for macaroni and cheese from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/foodlab.html. The FDA added the colors to the label for illustration purposes.

As you can see the label is meant to give you specific information on what’s in each food product, information that you can use for healthy eating and achieving your goals. The nutrients on a label are ordered from what we should limit, such as fat, cholesterol, and sodium, to those nutrients we need to make sure we get enough of, such as dietary fiber, vitamin A & C, calcium and iron. However, as we’ll see, while this information is useful it does have limitations.

From Top to Bottom – What’s On the Label

First of all we’ll cover the information you’ll find on the food label. After that we’ll look into how to read into what’s not on the label.

Serving Size

When you’re looking at the Nutrition Facts label on the food product begin your reading at the top of the label with the food’s recommended serving size and number of servings per package.

Be sure to compare the serving size to how much you eat. For example, serving size may be 1 cup and you may eat two cups. In that case you’re eating double the serving size so you need to double the calories and other nutrient numbers, including the percent daily value.

Calories

Continue down the label to total calories and calories from fat. Total calories, which includes the calories from fat – and from carbohydrates and proteins, is the amount of calories per recommended serving.

Calories from fat is the total calories in one serving that come from fat. The reason that total calories from fat is listed, and not total calories from carbohydrates and proteins, is because of the emphasis in the last few decades about the health effects of lowering fat in the diet.

Putting this information on the label allows people to easily monitor the amount of fat in their diets, with the general recommendation being that no more than 30% of daily calories come from fat. This translates to no more than 600 calories of an allowable 2000 calories should come from fat.

Knowing the total calories from a portion of food allows you to compare the amount of calories in how much you will eat of the food to the total calories you need for a day. If you are trying to manage your weight, choosing foods that are lower in calories will help. Even small differences in calories per serving can add up over the course of a day.

Keep in mind when reading the rest of the label that:

  • 1 gram of fat contains about 9 calories
  • 1 gram of protein contains about 4 calories
  • 1 gram of carbohydrate contains about 4 calories

Using some simple calculations you can figure out how much of the difference between total calories and calories from fat comes from carbohydrates and proteins. You can also simply figure out the number of calories that comes from carbohydrates and from protein by multiplying the grams of each by 4.

Percent Daily Values

The Percent Daily Value, listed in the right hand column in percentages, is the percentage of each nutrient recommended to meet the needs of the average person each day in a 2000-calorie diet. This and is measured in grams and milligrams depending on the nutrient.

It basically tells you if the nutrients in a serving of food contribute a lot or a little to the recommended daily intake. The goal is to eat 100% of each of those nutrients every day. For example, if a serving of a food is listed as 25% of the daily value of protein, then that food provides 25% of your daily protein needs based on a daily intake of 2,000 calories.

Percent daily value is a useful measure of whether a food is high or low in specific nutrients. A food is considered a good source of a nutrient if the percentage is between 10% and 19%. If a food has 5% or less it’s considered to be low and if it has more than 20% of the percent daily value, it’s considered to be high in that nutrient.

Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium

Next down the line in food labels is information on nutrients that most people should limit, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Total Fat

This is the total amount of fat in a serving. While it’s recommended that total fat be low, today the consensus is that between 20 and 30% of our daily calorie intake should come from fats. However, this consensus is for ordinary people and not those who follow my phase shift diets and transform their bodies from being dependant on carbs to being dependant on fats, including body fat, as their primary fuel.

Saturated Fat, Trans Fat, and Cholesterol

Saturated fat and trans fat are considered bad fats because of their ability to raise cholesterol levels (as can dietary cholesterol) and increase the risk of heart disease. Saturated fat, which is found in greater amounts in butter, cheese, whole milk, whole milk products, meat and poultry, has in fact not shown to raise the incidence of heart disease. For more info on saturated fat and red meat see the articles Red Meat Controversy and The Effect of Dietary Fat on Testosterone.

Trans fats are used by food processors to
increase the shelf life of processed food. Foods high in trans-fat include stick margarine, vegetable shortening, cookies, crackers, snack foods, fried foods and other processed foods. Since consumer awareness about trans fats has recently increased many food manufacturers are trying to decrease or eliminate trans fats from their products.

As of January 2006 food manufacturers in the US must list trans fat on all their products (see http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/transfat.html). If the product comes from outside the US and the amount of trans-fat is not listed, look in the ingredients list for words such as ' partially hydrogenated oils.' This indicates trans-fats are probably in the product.

Some dietary supplements, for example high protein/sports/energy/nutrition bars, and meal replacements, may contain trans fat from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil as well as saturated fat and cholesterol. Because of this the FDA requires trans fat levels be on the label if a dietary supplement contains 0.5 gram or more trans fat per serving.

Cholesterol, while necessary for the endogenous production of many substances in the body including vitamin D and some hormones, can become a problem if it’s too high.

Unsaturated Fats

In most cases, since it’s not required by the FDA, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, are not listed on the label. If they’re not listed then you can get an estimate of how much total unsaturated fats (although not individual amounts) is in the food by subtracting the trans and saturated fats from the total fat.

Sodium

Sodium, mainly from salt naturally present in food or added, more commonly added to food, can contribute to fluid retention and high blood pressure and thus should be limited. Knowing how much sodium is in food can be especially useful for bodybuilders looking to limit their sodium intake during contest preparation, or alternately to sodium load.

Information on Carbohydrates and Protein

Information on the other two macronutrients is also found on the labels.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are broken down into total carbohydrates (carbs), fiber, and sugars.

Total Carbohydrate

This is the amount of total carbohydrate per serving measured in grams. Carbohydrates are primarily found in starches, vegetables, fruits, sweets and milk. Carbohydrate counting is used in diabetes meal planning.

Total carbohydrates combines all the carbs in a food including fiber, sugars, starches, sugar alcohols and glycerin.

Dietary Fiber

This is the amount of indigestible (insoluble fiber) or partially digestible (soluble fiber) bulk from plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, oats, nuts and seeds and is measured in grams. Foods high in fiber are shown to be beneficial for weight control, diabetes, high cholesterol and some forms of cancer. Foods with five grams of fiber or more are considered “high fiber” foods.

Sugars

These are part of the Total Carbohydrate content and are measured in grams. These contain sugars from natural, normally present in the food, and added sugars. You can see which sugars have been added by looking at the ingredients list – for example, glucose, fructose, sugar, dextrose, maltose, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, turbinado, maple syrup, molasses, barley, and malt. Other ingredients are treated like sugar and should be counted as carbohydrates by those on low carb diets. These include sugar alcohols, such as maltitol, xylitol, and sorbitol, and glycerin.

These added sugars, along with trans fats, should be avoided by anyone trying to improve body composition, health and performance. Although there has been a case made for the use of sugars post exercise, I believe that the use of simple sugars is counter productive at any time.

Keep Carbs In Context

If you’re counting carbs you need to consider most of the total carbs in a product to arrive at the number you can use in your carb counting. There are a number of issues to consider especially since many manufacturers use various tricks to significantly understate their products carbohydrate content. For more information see the section below on Disguised Carbohydrates.

Protein

This listing, measured in grams, tells you how much total protein is in a single serving of a food. While there are differences in the biological value and effects of various protein sources, there is no distinction made for the type of protein or the source. Also amino acids and peptides (including glutamine peptides from hydrolyzed wheat gluten) are not included as they’re not considered whole food proteins. In my view this is a serious mistake as amino acids and peptides are the breakdown products of whole protein and as such should be considered in the total protein count.

Vitamins and Minerals

The only two vitamins on the food label are vitamins A and C, presumably because of their historical importance to health. Both are measured in percentages since the idea is to take in 100% of each of these nutrients daily in order to prevent deficiency diseases.

Calcium and Iron are the only minerals required on labels. As in the two vitamins they are measured in percent daily values.

Ingredient List

The ingredient list is another part of the Nutrition Label and gives you an overview of everything that’s in the product. The ingredients are listed according to how much of the ingredient the food contains. Not only are the macronutrient ingredients listed but other ingredients such as spices, preservatives, artificial coloring and flavors are also listed on the ingredient list.

The ingredient list can help you determine whether the food is right for you, depending on your views on what you want and don’t want to put in your body.

Label Information for Avoiding Allergies

The FDA, as of January, 2006, requires food manufacturers to list common food allergens on food labels in simple terms that adults and older children can understand. Common allergens, such as milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, and tree nuts, although listed in the ingredients list, it must also be clearly state on food labels (after or adjacent to the list of ingredients) whether the products contain these allergens.

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Researchers have completed and presented clinical trial results on the safety and effectiveness of long-term use of nutritional supplement Assault

The United States Sports Academy, an independent, accredited university specializing in preparing students for careers in professional sports, today announced that its researchers have completed and presented clinical trial results on the safety and effectiveness of long-term use of nutritional supplement Assault™, a product developed and marketed by Denver, Colo.-based MusclePharm Corporation.

USSA Present Clinical Trial Results For MusclePharm's Assault

DAPHNE, Ala., Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The United States Sports Academy (USSA), an independent, accredited university specializing in preparing students for careers in professional sports, today announced that its researchers have completed and presented clinical trial results on the safety and effectiveness of long-term use of nutritional supplement Assault™, a product developed and marketed by Denver, CO-based MusclePharm Corporation.

Key findings, presented by lead investigator Jordan Moon, Ph. D., at the National Strength & Conditioning Association's national conference held earlier this month in Rhode Island, included:

  • Assault™ significantly improved muscular strength without hindering cardiovascular performance;
  • Men who engage in activities that are either strength – or cardiovascular-based may benefit from long term supplementation of MusclePharm Assault™ without any detrimental health risks; and
  • Taking 1 scoop of Assault for 33 days had no impact on resting blood pressure, resting heart rate, or fasting glucose. In addition, chronic supplementation of Assault™ did not affect kidney or liver enzymes or cholesterol values.

"Based on the most recent and a previously completed study, Assault™ appears to enhance a single performance session by helping increase energy and focus and overall strength," said Dr. Moon, who is currently a distance faculty member of the Academy and previously headed the Sports Exercise Science Department. "Long-term also appeared to result in further improvements in strength, without compromising the health of our subjects."

"The product has been found to be a safe and effective supplement that may promote increases in strength, muscular endurance, energy, choice reaction and agility, while decreasing fatigue in healthy men," Dr. Moon added.

The national conference hosted hundreds of researchers, athletes, personal trainers and strength coaches from around the world. Assault™ was named the new supplement of the year in 2011 on bodybuilding.com.

Bio

Born: January 25, 1985
Age: 27
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 240
Accolades:2X All-American. Butkus Award Winner. Five-time Pro Bowl selection, 3-time AP All-Pro First Team selection.
Position: Linebacker
College: Mississippi
Team: San Francisco 49ers

Linebacker Patrick Willis was drafted 11th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, after a college career that finished with him being named SEC Defensive Player of The Year, First Team All-American and Butkus Award Winner. He fits Team MusclePharm because of his physical commitment. Every second he is in the gym or on the field, Patrick Willis gives it 100%. We design supplements for athletes like him.

Bio

Born: January 13, 1976
Age: 39
Height: 6'2''
Weight: 204
Accolades: 2009 WBFF World Championships. First African-American male on a U.S fitness magazine cover.
Awards: WBFF, FAME. Former Division 1 Sprinter

Obi is a former Division I sprinter at Cal State Fullerton, where he still holds school records. After suffering hamstring injuries, he got involved in sports modeling. Being a natural athlete allowed him to succeed quickly. Although fitness is very important to Obi, education is also important and Obi has earned two Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s degree. When it came time to add to Team MusclePharm, Obi was the obvious choice.

MusclePharm Nominated For 18 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards

DENVER, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focusing on all categories of an active lifestyle, today announced that it has been nominated as a finalist in multiple product categories for the 2012 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards. 

Each year, Bodybuilding.com recognizes industry-leading companies that deliver high-quality, effective products.  The nominees are selected from the more than 8,000 products Bodybuilding.com carries on its e-commerce website.  Winners will be announced live on the Olympia Main Stage as part of Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, September 28 – 29, 2012.

MusclePharm® has been nominated in the following categories:

  • Brand of the Year
  • Supplement of the Year- Assault
  • Supplement of the Year- Combat Powder®
  • New Supplement of the Year- CLA Core
  • Muscle Building Supplement of the Year- Assault
  • Muscle Building Supplement of the Year- Combat Powder®
  • Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year- Assault
  • Recovery Supplement of the Year- Re-Con®
  • Recovery Supplement of the Year- BCAA 3:1:2
  • Protein Powder Supplement of the Year- Combat Powder®
  • Fat Loss Supplement of the Year- Shred Matrix
  • Creatine Supplement of the Year- Creatine
  • Glutamine Supplement of the Year- Glutamine
  • BCAA Supplement of the Year- Re-Con®
  • BCAA Supplement of the Year- BCAA 3:1:2
  • Multi-Vitamin Supplement of the Year- Armor-V
  • Packaging of the Year
  • New Brand of the Year – MusclePharm Sportswear®

"We are honored to be recognized by Bodybuilding.com for the high quality of our supplements," said Brad Pyatt, chief executive officer of MusclePharm®.  "We believe our customers, including many top professional athletes, trust and prefer to use our products, which help them achieve an overall better workout experience."

Consumers may cast votes for their favorite products at http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/2012-supplement-awards.html.

Gary Davis Joins MusclePharm As Chief Financial Officer

DENVER, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focusing on all categories of an active lifestyle, today announced that L. Gary Davis has been appointed as chief financial officer, succeeding Larry Meer, who will continue with the company as treasurer.

Davis most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Bodybuilding.com, a Sports, Fitness and Nutritional Supplement on-line retail store and a large retailer of MusclePharm products.  He previously was vice president and chief financial officer of US Ecology Corporation.  Davis earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Boise State University and is within several credits of a master's degree in finance from Rochester Institute of Technology.  He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and serves on the boards of Jayden DeLuca Foundation and HP Holdings, Inc.

"Gary brings extensive financial and operations experience to MusclePharm at a time when the company is experiencing rapid growth, introducing new products and entering new distribution channels," said Brad Pyatt, chief executive officer of MusclePharm.  "His deep knowledge of the dietary supplement industry and long association with MusclePharm products will allow him to step in seamlessly and do well with the demands and fast pace of our company.  We are deeply appreciative to Larry Meer, for guiding us through our recent, formative years and happy he will continue to be part of our financial team, working closely with Gary."

"As MusclePharm matures as a company and enters a new stage of growth and development, the diverse skill set Gary brings to us will be invaluable," added John Bluher, chief operating officer of MusclePharm.  "Gary's broad, cross-disciplined experience, from working with nutritional supplement distribution giant Bodybuilding.com to SEC reporting and working with publicly traded and privately owned Fortune 500 and Inc. 500 companies, make him an ideal fit."

Ingesting a pre-workout supplement containing caffeine, B-vitamins, amino acids, creatine, and beta-alanine before exercise delays fatigue while improving reaction time and muscular endurance

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of the pre-workout supplement Assault™ (MusclePharm, Denver, CO, USA) on upper and lower body muscular endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity, and choice reaction time in recreationally-trained males. Subjective feelings of energy, fatigue, alertness, and focus were measured to examine associations between psychological factors and human performance.

MusclePharm® Signs Patrick Willis

DENVER, Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MusclePharm Corporation, a Nevada corporation ("MusclePharm" or the "Company") (OTCBB: MSLP), an expanding U.S. nutritional supplement company, is pleased to announce that it has signed San Francisco 49er superstar linebacker Patrick Willis.

The NFL standout has been a perennial All-Pro selection and is also a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

A two-time All-American at Mississippi, the first-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2007 has quickly become one of the top defensive players in the NFL.

In fact, an ESPN.com expert vote, Willis was named the NFL's best linebacker and the fourth-best defensive player.

In addition to his tremendous on-field success, Willis' rigorous fitness regimen and noted work ethic also makes him an ideal match with MusclePharm® and its healthy lifestyle vision.

Willis' social media following includes nearly 105,000 fans on Twitter as well, which fits in perfectly with MusclePharm®'s impressive and strong social media presence.

"I love the fact that I can partner with a company that is developing cutting edge products that help me train harder and perform to the best of my abilities," NFL Superstar Patrick Willis said. "MusclePharm® takes the guess work out of using supplements because I know they take the time to test all their products above and beyond what is required for athletes. MusclePharm® is The Athletes Company® and I am excited to join the team."

MusclePharm®, which is the official nutritional supplement provider of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has also inked deals with NFL superstars Michael Vick and Chad Ochocinco in 2011.

MusclePharm® continues to grow at an impressive rate as well, setting a monthly company sales record ($2,700,000) in November.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm® is a healthy life-style company that develops and manufactures a full line of Informed Choice approved nutritional supplements that are free of banned substances. Utilizing years of research at the MusclePharm® Sports Science Center, the products are created through a six-stage research protocol involving the expertise of top nutritional scientists and field tested using a pool of over one hundred elite professional athletes from various professional sports leagues including the National Football League, Mixed Martial Arts and Major League Baseball. The company's products address many categories of active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. MusclePharm® products are sold to consumers in more than 120 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World and Wal-Mart. MusclePharm® products also are sold through more than 100 online stores globally, including bodybuilding.com, Amazon.com and Vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

Forward Looking Statements

The information contained herein includes forward-looking statements.  These statements relate to future events or to our future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.  You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.  Any forward-looking statement reflects our current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity.  We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

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MusclePharm signs Chad Ochocinco

DENVER, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — MusclePharm Corporation, a Nevada corporation ("MusclePharm" or the "Company") (OTCBB: MSLP), an expanding U.S. nutritional supplement company, is pleased to announce a one-year sponsorship deal with NFL superstar and sports social media trendsetter Chad Ochocinco. The sponsorship was put together with the help of Rosenhaus Sports.

Currently a wide receiver for the New England Patriots, Ochocinco's reach as a star player is among the greatest in professional sports.

A dynamic and colorful personality, Ochocinco is one of the most recognizable figures in the NFL. The six-time Pro Bowler has nearly three million Twitter followers (@Ochocinco), which ranks third among all athletes and first in the widely-popular NFL.

In addition, the outspoken Ochocinco has nearly two million Facebook fans.

By signing Ochocinco to a one-year deal, it creates even more brand exposure for the MusclePharm sports nutritional company that continues to grow and expand at an incredible rate.

Regarded as one of the top sports nutrition companies in the industry with its award-winning physique and performance product line, MusclePharm's association with Ochocinco is an ideal fit as it further strengthens its social media capabilities.

"This is another exciting step for MusclePharm and we are thrilled to have Chad as part of the team. With his innovative and unique personality, he fits the MusclePharm brand perfectly," MusclePharm Senior President and Co-Founder Cory Gregory said. "Chad's impact on social media in the NFL is enormous and I know that he can add a great amount of exposure to the MusclePharm brand through social media as well.

"Like Chad, social media allows us to stay very close to our consumers and Chad gives us instant exposure to a massive audience. I am involved on a daily basis with our consumers on a social media level and we at MusclePharm have repeatedly seen the tremendous impact it can have for business.

"With all of our social media relationships, and that now includes Chad's huge following, we can touch an audience of more than 14 million people. That truly is remarkable and just shows how powerful social media can be. With Chad coming on board at MusclePharm, our following in the social media world will only grow and we can't wait to see what continues to come from that."

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy life-style company that develops and manufactures a full line of Informed Choice approved nutritional supplements that are free of banned substances. Utilizing years of research at the MusclePharm Sports Science Center, the products are created through a six-stage research protocol involving the expertise of top nutritional scientists and field tested using a pool of over one hundred elite professional athletes from various professional sports leagues including the National Football League, Mixed Martial Arts and Major League Baseball. The company's products address many categories of active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. MusclePharm products are sold to consumers in more than 120 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World and Wal-Mart. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online stores globally, including bodybuilding.com, Amazon.com and Vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com.

Forward Looking Statements

The information contained herein includes forward-looking statements.  These statements relate to future events or to our future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.  You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.  Any forward-looking statement reflects our current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity.  We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

PR Contact:
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5W Public Relations
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Bio

Born: June 26, 1980
Age: 32
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 215

Accolades: Four-time Pro Bowl selection. Only quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 1000 yards during the regular season.
Position: Quarterback
College: Virginia Tech
Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick has been a member of Team MusclePharm since 2011. From high school forward, Mike demonstrated that he was a higher caliber of player, the type that wouldn’t be hanging up his pads after graduation. During his freshman year of college, he placed third in the Heisman rankings. In the NFL, Mike ranks second among quarterbacks in career rushing yards. Mike is committed to staying on the edge of fitness. That makes him a perfect fit for MusclePharm.