The Press #1

What’s up with no world records!…Bend-forward squatting?  Energy drink junkie…Optimal training balance… Front delts and narrow-grip benching

What’s up with no world records!…Bend-forward squatting? Energy drink junkie…Optimal training balance… Front delts and narrow-grip benching

Greetings Sir! We had a damned spirited debate in the gym the other day as to why all the world records in all the “measurable” sports are stagnant. The shot put all time best throw was set in 1989. Tareneko’s 586-pound world record clean and jerk (the most weight ever... [Read more...]

The Press #2

SHAKES RULE!

SHAKES RULE!

By John Parrillo You know that protein is a key nutrient in terms of building and maintaining lean mass, and the best proteins come in the form of white meat poultry, egg whites, fish – and drum roll … protein powders. Our protein powders give you a variety of protein types,... [Read more...]

The Press #3

Parrillo FAQ:  The End of the Muscle-less Body If you had access to the Master Blaster,  what would you ask? What would he advise?

Parrillo FAQ: The End of the Muscle-less Body If you had access to the Master Blaster, what would you ask? What would he advise?

By Andre Newcomb Back in his heyday, “muscle guru” and “trainer of champions” Joe Weider had a flagship magazine called Muscle Builder. He created advertisements for his products that were so over the top, so outrageous and so ridiculous as to be hysterically funny when... [Read more...]

The Press #4

Episode 92: Injured? Do what you can!

Episode 92: Injured? Do what you can!

If you train long enough with weights that challenge you, it’s almost certain that eventually you will suffer an injury. It might be something acute, such as a ruptured tendon or a herniated disk. In those cases the pain is intense and immediate, typically unbearable, and will... [Read more...]

The Press #5

Linda Nelson  “Cracks the Code”

Linda Nelson “Cracks the Code”

By Marty Gallagher When practiced with diligence and persistence, bodybuilding, in its truest, purest form, is the greatest life extension method ever devised. When it comes to improving the quality of that extended life, bodybuilding is also unmatched by any other fitness mode... [Read more...]

The Press #6

The Press-behind-the-neck, yay or nay?…CrossFit popularity explained…  The Anabolic Burst…Gluteal Amnesia?…Run, don’t jog,  to obtain real aerobic benefit

The Press-behind-the-neck, yay or nay?…CrossFit popularity explained… The Anabolic Burst…Gluteal Amnesia?…Run, don’t jog, to obtain real aerobic benefit

Vic Steele, What do you think of the press-behind-the-neck as a shoulder exercise? I don’t do them and never have as I find them a bit awkward and I really like dumbbell overhead pressing. Am I missing the boat? I hear conflicting opinions from guys I respect. Some swear that... [Read more...]

Bodybuilding

Episode 92: Injured? Do what you can!

If you train long enough with weights that challenge you, it’s almost certain that eventually you will suffer an injury. It might be something acute, such as a ruptured tendon or a herniated disk. In those cases the pain is intense and immediate, typically unbearable, and will require medical attention right away. Far more common are the various chronic injuries such as inflamed tendons around the elbows or knees, slight tears in areas like the rotator cuff complex and lower back, and worn cartilage. Whatever does or does not happen to you, I can pretty much guarantee that there will come a time when your training will be limited to one extent or another. Some injury or pain will prevent you from being able to do certain exercises. Having been in that situation too many times to even remember now, I know intimately how frustrating it can be. For someone like myself who training has become so ingrained in, quitting has never been an option. I know that for many others, the depression and frustration can make you think about just giving up. To those of you who have been in that desperate place or perhaps still are, listen to me now. I have one phrase that tells you everything you need to know:  Do what you can.

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October 9, 2014 | Comments Off


by John Parrillo

October 2014 Parrillo Performance Newsletter

 

We’re Looking For Stories To Be Featured in the Parrillo Performance Press Magazine!

press coverYou’ve worked hard to get where you are today, so why not share your story of success by being featured in the Performance Press magazine?

  • Weight loss/fitness success stories
  • Sports achievements
  • Bodybuilding/Physique competitors reaching their goals

We want your stories! You can email your story ideas to graphics@parrillo.com (or call 1-800-344-3404) and please let us know how you’ve incorporated Parrillo products and/or Parrillo Nutrition and Training strategies to reach your goals.  By sharing your story, you can help inspire and motivate other Performance Press readers to get where they want to be!

You can view all the past issues of the Parrillo Performance Press online in PDF format by clicking here.

 

 

 

Featured Video of the Month: Nautilus Double Chest Machine REWORKED

nautilusSee what you can do to a 30+ year old Nautilus Double Chest Machine!

Click here to watch the video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Recipe of the Month: Mock Pumpkin Pudding

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400 g. cooked and mashed sweet potato
100 g. egg whites
¼ cup boiling water
one pkg. (¼ oz.) unflavored gelatin
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (no sugar added)
1 tbsp. CapTri® 

Pour water in blender and turn on low. Add gelatin, egg whites, sweet potatoes, CapTri® and pumpkin pie spice. Blend until mixture has a smooth consistency. Pour into sherbet or dessert glasses and chill until pudding is firm. Top with Whipped Cream (see recipe below). Serves four.

Whipped Cream

1 cup boiling water
3 pkg. Unflavored gelatin (each ¼ oz.)
8 tbsp. CapTri®
100 g. egg whites
1 to 1½ tsp. pure vanilla or almond extract
ice cubes
½ oz. to 1 oz. Pro-Carb Formula™ vanilla flavor

Pour water into blender and slowly add gelatin while blending on low. Add CapTri®, egg whites, Pro-Carb™ and flavoring as blender mixes. Add ice cubes one at a time until mixture gels.

Makes about 26 oz. You can refrigerate whipped cream or halve the recipe to make a lesser amount.

CapTri® Whipped Cream has absolutely no fat!

 

 

Featured Article of the Month: Mega Benefits of Omega-3s

fishoil_cutoutFor well over 10 years, we’ve known the benefits of fish oil, known technically as omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3s help:

● Lower blood pressure.

● Decrease levels of triglycerides (harmful-to-the-heart blood fats).

● Reduce arterial plaques.

● Improve memory and concentration.

● Boost mood.

● Protect against cancer.

But there’s more. Omega-3s can have some pretty impressive effects on your physique, by aiding in muscle growth to helping you stay lean. Science backs me up on all this. Consider the following:

A just-published study conducted at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, and the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom examined the effects of supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids on 16 healthy older adults. They were randomly assigned to receive either omega-3 fatty acids or corn oil for 8 weeks. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on the rate of muscle protein synthesis in older adults.

Corn oil supplementation had no effect on this, while omega-3 fatty acids stimulated muscle protein synthesis. The omega-3 fatty acids worked by helping muscles grow through storing more glycogen in muscle tissue. (1)

A review study conducted by the Institutes for Nutritional Sciences in Shanghai noted that fish oil supplementation helps alleviate and prevent obesity. It does so by regulating appetite (you’re less likely to overstuff yourself) and inhibiting key enzymes responsible for fat storage. Additionally, fish oil exhibits an “anti-obesity” effect by making cells more receptive to taking up insulin. Too much insulin circulating in your system is believed to trigger the body’s desire to store excess calories as body fat.

To reap all these benefits, consider supplementing with Parrillo Fish Oil DHA 800 EPA 200, a natural marine-lipid concentrate that contains the health-protective omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic) in medically recommended concentrations. The suggested usage is 3 capsules daily with meals.

References

1. Smith, G.I., et al. 2011. Dietary omega-3 fatty acid supplementation increases the rate of muscle protein synthesis in older adults: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 93:402-12.
2. Li, J.J., et al. 2008. Anti-obesity effects of conjugated linoleic acid, docosahexaenoic acid, and eicosapentaenoic acid. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 52:631-45.

 

It’s Almost Time For The November Parrillo Level One Certification!

gymSign up today for the November 8-9, 2014 certification weekend practical. This is our last Level One Personal Training Certification date for 2014, so if you are planning to be Parrillo Certified this year, here’s your chance!

Call us at 1-800-344-3404 to order the Level One Certification Package or to reserve your Nov. spot if you already have the Package. You can also order the Level One Package online by click here. For more information about Parrillo Level One Certification, click here.

October 10, 2014 | Comments Off


Duke Nukem

Parrillo’s TEN TOP Bodybuilding Innovations

We recall four decades of thinking outside the box

By Duke Nukem

John Parrillo has been a major force on the national and international bodybuilding scene for decades. Any list of his ideas and tactics on nutrition and training, ones that have been adapted and adopted by elite bodybuilders worldwide, would be as long as your arm. We thought it might be illustrative to create a Parrillo “top ten” list, a list of his most repeated and utilized ideas. Any list of his innovative ideas must start with his revolutionary approach to nutrition. John codified and revolutionized bodybuilding nutrition. His worldwide influence also extends into the realm of training; John created equally revolutionary and unique approaches for both weight training and aerobic training. John also created muscle-building flexibility protocols using his patented fascia stretching system. His psychological protocols were outlined in his many articles on “mental acuity” or how to harness the mind for improved performance. The totality of Parrillo’s ideas combine to create a complex and sophisticated system for the pursuit of advanced bodybuilding.

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July 11, 2014 | Comments Off


Iron Vic Speaks

What’s up with no world records!…Bend-forward squatting? Energy drink junkie…Optimal training balance… Front delts and narrow-grip benching

Greetings Sir!

We had a damned spirited debate in the gym the other day as to why all the world records in all the “measurable” sports are stagnant. The shot put all time best throw was set in 1989. Tareneko’s 586-pound world record clean and jerk (the most weight ever lifted overhead) was done in 1988. The snatch record, the discus world record, all were set 20+ years ago. Even in the sprints, the world records have come down less than half a second since 1988. Flo-Jo, the dead American sprinter, set the female world 100-meter dash of 10.49 in 1988 and no one has come close to that since. So how is it that nothing is really moving upward, in terms of human performance? Are we at our peak, as a species? Do you think we will ever see world records fall like they did in the 1970s and 1980s, when there seemed to be no end to record shattering?

Pat, Belfast

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October 9, 2014 | Comments Off