Hot Yoga: it's a strange and kind of cruel sort of exercise we put ourselves through. Sure regular yoga is a wonderful exercise just by itself, where you can calm yourself down and just clear your mind, but for some reason people thought that it could be made even better by stuffing yourself in a 108 degree room with 20 other strangers. Now before I go on let me just say that I did try it a couple times and discovered it is not at all for me, if Hot Yoga is something you do everyday I gladly applaud you on your endurance because you are a tougher person then I will ever be, because I am just going to stick with regular yoga. For anyone who is thinking about checking Hot Yoga classes out, here are some things/thoughts that may happen during your first class:
4. Alright, you got this it's just like regular yoga right?
BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.
Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.
What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.
What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.
What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.
What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."
How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.
Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.
So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.
Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.
What kind of flavors can I get? There are currently eight BANG energy drink flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.
Where can I buy BANG energy drinks? You can find BANG energy drinks at Amazon, your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.
How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.
How does BANG compare to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data on nutrition facts and you can make your decisions based on that:
16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.
16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar
16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar
16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar
Going to the gym is a task that no one enjoys. We always hate the process it entails, and yet, we still go. I don't think I've ever met someone who has been excited to go to the gym. Even the thought of having to go to the gym tomorrow haunts me. Even though we hate going, we find ourselves showing up ready to take on the sweaty and used machines, and of course, the muscle-heads who only lift weights to stay in shape.
Whether you're trying to stay fit, lose some weight, or get in shape for bikini season, we have at least one thing in common: our thought process while working out. We all try and think about different things, but here are 33 things ALL girls have thought about at least once while at the gym.
1. Okay, time to work out
2. Can I skip today's workout?
3. No, I need to look good for bikini season
4. If I work out now, I can go out this weekend
5.Okay, I'm here... it's cardio time
6. There's no elliptical open, so I guess I can run on a treadmill
7. LOL I hate running, Stair Master it is!
8. I'm already breaking a sweat... how long has it been?!
9. Wow, only 7 minutes? This workout is endless
10. I can't wait to eat after this
11. Maybe I''ll get a burger... or pizza... or BOTH!
12. Okay, 30 minute cardio is up... abs circuit time
13. How do I use these machines...?
14. How many reps should I do?
15. Crap, there's a really hot guy next to me, stay calm!!!
16. Maybe I can impress him with my work out #skill
17. Just kidding, I probably look so stupid right now
18. I don't belong here... why did I decide this was a good idea?
19. Wait, what rep was I on again?
20. Whatever, I'm sure I did all of them
21. I can already feel my abs forming
22. I should make a really great workout playlist right now
23. Okay, let's do some pull-ups
24. Wow, I'm feeling so great about myself right now!
25. This is too hard. That girl made it look so easy...
26. I have no upper body strength
27. Oh this song is my jam!
28. Don't start dancing, you're in public
29. Okay, back to pull-ups
30. I should do this more often
31. Who am I kidding, I'll probably come back in 2 weeks
32. I'm over this. I've done enough for the day!
33. I deserve a burger... and some fries