For All Of The College/University Freshmen

For All Of The College/University Freshmen

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To you, the freshman in college/university, in a new place.

Sometimes it's hard to get adjusted to a new place, and to a new schedule or lifestyle. But, remember that you're not alone in feeling that you are stressed or scared. A lot of people have been there, especially me. I'm a freshman in a new place, and away from home. It's definitely scary and confusing, but it helps me to find friends who I can relate to and can ask for help if I need it. Having a support group will help immensely and it will most definitely help you to start adjusting. Please, if you are ever feeling stressed, or overloaded, or just feel like you can't do it. Please remember that there are people there for you to help you, it may be scary to reach out to someone that you don't know, but it will help out in the long run.

A few things that may help take some of that stored up stress away would be things like taking a breather on the weekends when you have free time. See if some of your friends will help you and go with you to help you have a good time and get your mind off of some of the things that are keeping you stressed out. Another thing is catching up on your sleep, with all of these new classes that you're taking you're probably not used to that much of a schedule from high school. So please get some much needed rest when you have the chance, it can be on the weekends or during the day when you have some free time in between classes to take a nap. But, make sure that you are taking some time to yourself as well because you will definitely need some me time in there.

But, most importantly, if you are ever feeling really stressed or like you're the only one feeling this and that you shouldn't mention it. Please talk to someone, you're not alone and a lot of your peers or any of the adults around you would be willing to help you. Remember, not only are they your peers or just your professors but they are people just like you, and they would love to see you succeed. So fight hard and keep going, believe in yourself!

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.
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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.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

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

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33 Thoughts Gym Girls Have Every Single Time We Work Out

Be honest, we've all had these thoughts.

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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

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