Friday, February 18, 2011

Billy Blanks PT 24/7 Reviews

It was only a matter of time until lots of P90X "copycat" workout programs started popping up. The insane popularity of that home exercise program is creating a whole new market segment for extreme, "boot camp"-style home workout systems that combine full-body strength training and interval-style cardio exercise. One of the new products that's getting a lot of attention is the new Billy Blanks PT 24/7 program. Early reviews are overall very positive and it looks like the Tae Bo King may have created another knockout product here!

The PT 24/7 program is based around a set of 6 workout DVDs and a set of rubber "cardio bands" that are attached to MMA-style workout gloves. At first the site of rubber resistance bands made me cringe. I have literally never found bands that I actually enjoyed using, mainly because I hate having to hold them in my hands while I workout. But apparently Billy Blanks has figured out a nice solution to this problem: resistance bands that are attached to a pair of comfortable gloves, allowing you to use them without having to actually hold onto them during the exercises.

I gotta say, that's pretty damn cool. :)

One thing you can say about Mr. Blanks is that the guy makes some really effective workout programs and sells them for pretty cheap prices. Millions of people around the world have used Tae Bo workouts to lose weight, improve their bodies, and get fitter and healthier. And after all, Tae Bo was popular long before P90X was even invented. It really paved the way for P90X, Insanity, and all the other high-intensity home workout programs that are currently so popular. It's only fitting that Blanks gets a piece of the action with his own P90X alternative that just happens to cost about 60 bucks!

I plan to post PT 24/7 reviews and opinions here as they come in. Also, please be sure to leave your own reviews, testimonials, comments, etc. in the area below. Below is one quick review we were able to get our hands on a few days ago...

I ordered Billy Blanks's PT 24/7 package in January and have been using it for almost a month. I can tell you it's an awesome workout that I highly recommend to anyone who wants to burn fat fast and sculpt lean muscle. These are not easy workouts by any stretch of the imagination but Billy keeps things fun and enjoyable. The workouts are short and you end up burning a ton of calories in about 30 minutes.

The cardio bands are attached to the gloves and are easy and simple to use. But I like to change up my workouts and sometime I'll use very light hand weights instead of the bands, or no weights at all if I'm still a little sore. This is the 4th or 5th Billy Blanks home exercise program I've bought and it seems like every one is better than the last. I'm very satisfied with the PT 24/7 program, especially since it didn't cost very much at all. I know that I'll be able to lose the 15 pounds I gained at the end of last year quickly, hopefully by the end of March!

- Regina Yost

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Fastest Way to Lose 10 Pounds in a Month

This is definitely a "top 10" question we hear all the time: what's the fastest way to lose 10 pounds (or 15 pounds, or 20 pounds, etc.)? And the truth of the matter is that there probably is not a single "fastest" method for every single person in the world. There are, however, several rapid fat loss techniques that seem to work for most people most of the time. We may not all have the same genetics, body chemistry, living situation, etc. but there are a few "best of the best" ways to burn off body fat and lose a least 10 pounds within a month. (Actually, the majority of people could easily lose 20+ lbs in a month using the tips listed below!)

The Fastest Way to Lose 10-20 Pounds in 3 Simple Steps:

Step 1: Cut all refined sugars, grains, and "white" carbohydrates out of your diet.

This is the easiest and simplest way to cut down your calorie intake and get your blood sugar and insulin levels under control... all while stabilizing your energy levels (and making you feel great!). If you absolutely must eat grain foods then, at least, choose 100% whole grain options and keep them to one serving per day. Definitely avoid white breads, white pastas, white rice, and white potatoes for the time being.

Step 2: Eat a simple, clean diet based around lean protein, good fats, vegetables, beans, and fresh fruit.

Focus on eating mostly whole, natural, unprocessed foods. Try to eat a small, balanced, protein-based meal or snack about every 2-4 hours to avoid hunger/food cravings. Only eat enough at each sitting to feel slightly full. Avoid stuffing yourself. Go heavy on protein and fiber-rich veggies, beans, etc. Eat several servings per day of good fats in the form of nuts, seeds, oily fish, natural peanut butter, virgin olive oil, avocado, etc. Eat one or two servings of fresh, raw fruit every day as well.

Step 3: Do short, high-intensity workout often.

Try to do at least 20 minutes of higher-intensity exercise 4-6 days per week. Do both strength/muscle training and cardio training, in the same workout if possible. Keep the workouts short (under 30 minutes) and focus on quality/intensity over quantity/time.

There you have it: one of the best and fastest ways to burn fat and lose at least 10 pounds within the next month. Just cut out sugars and white "junk foods", eat a clean diet based around protein and good carbs, and do some fat-burning, high-intensity exercise several times per week. I guarantee your body will respond and you will burn calories, reduce fat, and lose 10+ pounds in 30 days... in one of the quickest (and safest) ways possible!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

OxyElite Pro Results / Reviews?

Over the past couple of months we've gotten several requests for information about a new thermogenic fat-burner called OxyElite Pro which is made by USP Labs. People want to know if it provides real fat loss results or if it's just another rip-off/scam product. There are several reviews online and, for the most part (about 85%), they are favorable. There are however some very negative reviews out there, mostly related to unwanted side effects of taking a powerful stimulant. OxyElite Pro definitely appears to be a pretty unique product with some extremely powerful energy-boosting effects.

But the question is: does OxyElite Pro work for fast, safe fat loss?

The first thing that caught my eye regarding this diet supplement is its list of strange ingredients. It's rare to see a diet pill that's made with so many uncommon substances. 90% of legal fat loss supplements basically contain the same mix of caffeine, vitamins, amino acids, and herbal constituents. That's not the case here. OxyElite Pro contains things with weird-sounding names like: Bauhinia Purpea, Bacopa Monniera, Cirsium Oligoohylium, Rauwolscine, and 1,3-Dimethylamine.

1,3-Dimethylamine, or DMAA, I've heard of and is found in another popular USP Labs product called Jack3d. The other things appear to be plant extracts and herbal stimulants that may or me not provide real benefits.

OxyElite Pro is marketed as a "super thermogenic" that's been created by pharmacists to provide extremely fast fat loss results. The unique ingredient mix is designed to provide a "jolting" energy boost while ramping up the metabolism and eliminating appetite and food cravings. So you workout harder, burn more calories/fat, and eat less... definitely a formula for rapid weight loss.

As with all stimulant-based products, it's a good idea to drink lots of water when you're taking OxyElite Pro. You also should try to avoid it later in the day so it doesn't cause sleep problems. Start slow and slowly ramp up your intake as your body adjusts to the product's effects. For best results, you should probably avoid other caffeine products and stimulants while using OxyElite Pro.

Personally, I only like to take strong stimulants before my "heavy lifting" weight/resistance workouts. But I rarely take pills and mostly stick to strong energy drinks and "5 Hour Energy"-type supplements.

Please leave your own OxyElite Pro reviews, opinions, and feedback below. Thanks!