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An Interview With Celebrity Trainer Joel Harper

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A few months ago, Twinlab Corporation, the trusted name in sports nutrition innovation for more than four decades, announced the launch of their CleanSeries sports supplement line. As part of the product launch, we got to test out these products for ourselves. We also got to interview Joel Harper, celebrity fitness guru, Dr. Oz’s personal trainer, and Twinlabs CleanSeries spokesperson.

CleanSeries is the first line of sports supplements to be able to claim the following:

  • Independently certified by the NSF International product certification program to verify products meet nutrient label claims
  • Certified Gluten Free by NSF
  • Non-GMO tested by an independent third-party lab using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for genetically modified DNA to a limit of 0.9%
  • Batch tested by HFL for banned substances in accordance with HFL’s Informed Choice and Informed Sport programs

“CleanSeries demonstrates that you can deliver both high performance and high nutritional standards in the same sports nutrition line,” says Marc Stover, Director of Marketing for Twinlab. “So whether you are training for a triathlon, hitting the elliptical to shed a few pounds, or just trying sports nutrition products for the first time, you can trust CleanSeries to help you perform better and to recover faster.”

Click here to learn more about the CleanSeries line of products.

Joel Harper

We talked at length with Joel Harper about CleanSeries (naturally), and he also gave us some useful sports nutrition tips that we thought we’d share with our readers:

“My clients are constantly asking me for advice about nutrition and supplements,” says Harper, “They ask, ‘Do I need supplements if I eat healthy already?’ My answer is ‘YES,’ because it’s tough to consistently eat a well-balanced diet and you want to make sure you get enough protein and nutrition every single day. But until I was introduced to Twinlab’s CleanSeries products, I never had a great answer to the inevitable follow up question: ‘What supplement do you recommend?’ Now I do. With CleanSeries, athletes at any skill level – from elite-level training for competition, to the mom or dad working hard on the treadmill –can all truly improve their performance and see results faster with this amazing product line.”

Of course, that beckons the age old question, how much protein does one need in order to effectively work out? We asked Harper this very question, and his answer frankly caught us a little off guard. He suggested eating 0.77g of protein for every pound of body weight. So if you’re a 180lb guy, you should be consuming 139g of protein each day! Since there’s no way to consume that much protein through diet alone, drinking a couple of Twinlab CleanSeries protein shake will help you bridge the gap.

He also stressed how important water consumption is. Ever wonder why you see some guys in the gym carrying around gallon jugs of water? Now you know. So again, how much should you be drinking? Harper suggested taking your weight, cutting it in half, and that’s how many ounces of water you should be drinking each day. So if you’re a 180lb guy, you should be drinking 90oz of water! I’m lucky if I drink 24oz a day, so that’s something I definitely will try to improve on.

We talked about people who want to start working out for the first time, and he suggested going the DVD route if the prospect of a gym was too intimidating for them. He actually has a number of DVDs that promote workouts using your own bodyweight in lieu of dumbbell and machines, and he says it’s a great way to get started on your fitness journey.

After that, we hit him with the lightning round of questions:

GG: How many meals should you eat each day?
JH: 3 regular meals and 2 snacks.

GG: When should you work out? Morning, afternoon, or night?
JH: Everyone is different, find out what time works best for you.

GG: Is stretching important, or is it an old wives tale?
JH: Stretching is key, but you should be doing the right stretches at the right time.

GG: Should I radically change my diet and start eating healthy?
JH: Make gradual diet changes. Drink more water, cut out a bad thing from your diet each week, etc.

GG: Any secrets to reaching your fitness goals?
JH: Consistency and patience is key.

Thanks again to Joel Harper for taking the time to talk with us.. Hopefully his tips will help you achieve your fitness goals, and be sure to pick up some Twinlabs CleanSeries supplements to help you reach those goals that much faster!

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  1. Phil

    September 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Cool interview. I am also guilty of not drinking enough water. Training a lot now too so I need to step it up.

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It’s Time To Stop Hitting The Snooze Button And Start Hitting The Gym

I’ve never really been a morning person. But motivated by my growing waistline, I decided to start waking up early so I could hit the gym before the work. And let me tell you, it’s been challenging, to say the least! The first couple of days were pretty tough, waking up when it […]

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I’ve never really been a morning person. But motivated by my growing waistline, I decided to start waking up early so I could hit the gym before the work. And let me tell you, it’s been challenging, to say the least!

The first couple of days were pretty tough, waking up when it was still dark and cold outside, and convincing myself not to go back to sleep. “It’s way too early for this, just go to the gym after work,” I’d tell myself. But I tried that before, and life would constantly get in the way.

Here’s the thing.. In the morning, there is nothing to interrupt your workout plans. But after work, it’s easy to get derailed by happy hour with friends, dinner plans with the wife, or an an overdue report for work. Not to mention, most gyms are typically packed after work, which is never fun.

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Freeze The Fat Off Your Body With The Cool Fat Burner

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Everyone wants the perfect body, but nobody has the time or energy to devote to getting it. Nowadays we’ve got such busy, hectic lives that we can barely find time for a decent meal, let alone the type of daily exercise needed to keep us in fighting shape.

But fear not, because there’s a new wearable device that will freeze the fat off of your body, with no effort on your part. Intriguing, right? Then keep on reading!

The Cool Fat Burner is a revolutionary piece of fitness clothing that fits over your upper chest. It comes with several special, reusable cold packs that rest against the skin, cooling it to temperatures that trigger specific biological effects that help you lose weight. It sounds like ridiculous snake oil, but it’s real. There’s science behind it – the science of cold thermogenesis.

The Secret of Cold Thermogenesis

Ever bang your knee and put a cold pack on it to reduce the swelling? Congratulations, you’ve already used cold thermogenesis. Everyone knows that cold therapy is legitimate, so why would it be any surprise that in addition to helping muscle recovery and having anti-inflammatory benefits, cold thermogenesis has a host of other proven clinical uses as well?

In this instance, using the Cool Fat Burner has been studied exhaustively, proving to have a positive effect on weight loss efforts. The key is in applying cold therapy to parts of your body that contain brown adipose tissue – also known as “brown fat.”

Exposing brown fat to cold therapy triggers its primary evolutionary function, which is to keep you warm. This is accomplished by burning white adipose tissue – otherwise known as the good old-fashioned tissue that accumulates as belly fat.

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Interested in letting cold thermogenesis get you into fighting shape while you watch TV, play on the computer, or work in the kitchen? Then you’re in luck, because the Cool Fat Burner is just $69.95, available directly from the company website. It comes with 4 reusable cold packs and in sizes up to XXL.

The larger your Cool Fat Burner, the more packs it can hold, so they sell extra cold packs as well (along with the Cool Gut Buster, which targets your belly), ensuring that you’ve got everything you need to activate your brown fat and turning it into an adipose-burning powerhouse.

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How To Choose The Right Running Shoes

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Most running shoes feel comfortable when you’re trying them on in the store, but the true test comes several miles into your run. Thankfully, specialty store like Road Runner Sports let you test out prospective shoes on an in-store treadmill, ensuring that you are 100% happy with your decision.

Whether you’re a experienced runner with your eyes on dominating your next race, or just getting started, it’s important that you choose the right running shoes. After all, you’re going to spend a lot of time in them, so you want something you really like. Here are some tips to get started:

Consider what type of surface you’ll be running on. Treadmills, roads or trails all require different types of running shoe features. How often and for how long you run is also an important factor when choosing running shoes. Those training for a marathon with early morning jogs will have much different requirements from the casual once-a-week runner. When in doubt, don’t be afraid ask a sales associate for help.

Take your weight into account when shopping for different cushion options for your shoes, because that’ll affect how your feet connect with the ground. Also, when trying them on, think about going half a size larger as feet can expand during any extended sports activity. Before taking your new running shoes for a longer jog, it’s important to break them in for a couple of days.

It’s important to not over-wear your shoes, so make sure you don’t use the same pair of running shoes for too long. Even though they may look new, regular running shoes should only be worn for 400 to 500 miles (3 or 4 months for regular runners). So take a look at your shoes and check if the midsoles and outsoles are compressed or worn. If they are, it may be time for a new pair.

The perfect running shoe is a determined by personal preference and the feel on foot. Experiment with variations in cushioning, size & width to make sure you find something perfect for your foot and how you run.

It’s also important to figure out what kind of runner you are. If you own a well-used pair of running shoes, you can check the wear pattern on the soles to help determine your running mechanics.

Based on my wear patterns, I found out that I tend to supinate, so I started buying neutral shoes that provide some shock absorption and some medial (arch-side) support. However, if you’re a running who exhibits mild to moderate overpronation, you’re better off with a stability shoe. Again, don’t be afraid to ask an associate for help, as they can look at your old shoes or watch how you run to help you choose the ideal pair.

And here’s one final tip – Try on shoes at the end of the day. Your feet normally swell a bit during the day’s activities and will be at their largest then. This helps you avoid buying shoes that are too small.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a new pair of running shoes, and take advantage of this great weather we’re having!

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