Best Tasting BCAA Supplement For Intermittent Fasting 2019

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One of the best supplements to take when doing intermittent fasting would be bcaa aka branched chain amino acids.

We’ll be focusing on these BCAA’s: Scivation Xtend Vs BSN Amino X Vs Cellucor Alpha Amino.

This article isn’t to debate whether you should or should not use them when doing intermittent fasting, but to focus on which bcaa we recommend.

Disclaimer: Please do your own research to determine if you should take BCAA.

Now you have to main choices here for bcaa, pills or powder.

For this article we’ll be focusing on powder because you get more out of it money wise.

Scivation Xtend BCAAs Watermelon Madness

My top pick goes to Scivation Xtend BCAA Watermelon Madness for multiple reasons.

First off the taste of the watermelon madness if delicious! I don’t care how good a supplement is, if it tastes like crap it automatically becomes worthless to me.

Next up is the ingredient profile, it gives you a solid amount of bcaa per serving.

Another major factor is, zero calories or carbs. This wouldn’t matter for most people but for those doing intermittent fasting it becomes a big factor.

We don’t want to break the fast with any calories/carbs.

Finally, if all of that wasn’t enough, the price is the cherry on top, depending on where you buy it of course.

BSN Amino X

BSN Amino X was very close to being my top pick, the only reason I pushed it down to second because I liked the taste of Xtend just a little bit better.

BSN is a very reputable brand in the fitness supplement industry and I had little doubt that Amino X would be one of my favorites when I started looking for a BCAA product.

My favorite flavor of theirs is the fruit punch, while the others aren’t bad. I found myself getting tired of them quickly.

Cellucor Alpha Amino

Another great branched chain amino acids supplement to use for intermittent fasting is Cellucor Alpha Amino.

It covers all the BCAA that you need and tastes good to boot.

My only downside with it is the price and I hate that it has all the ingredients as a bland. I prefer to see how much I’m getting of each actual ingredient.

As you can tell there is a lot going on in there ingredient list compared to the others we’ve looked at, which isn’t a bad thing but less is more in a sense for me.

Overall though this is still a solid choice as a BCAA pick if the price isn’t a problem for you.

Conclusion

I’m going to leave this list as my top 3 for now but I’m sure I will expand that to at least a top 5 in the near future.

I feel confident that any of these on this list will work great for you, try to see if you can get some samples from the vendor if possible to get an idea for taste.

Thanks for checking out the article. If you need a good source for intermittent fasting related advice then check out Martin over at leangains.com.

He’s a great resource, that I used when I first started learning about intermittent fasting.

Best Tasting Vanilla | Chocolate Protein Powder For Men | Women

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In this article I’m going to cover what I have found to be the best tasting protein shakes in vanilla and chocolate flavor for both men & women.

We’ll be focusing on these powders: OhYeah! Vanilla Protein Shakes Vs MusclePharm Combat Powder Vs BSN SYNTHA-6 Vs Muscle Milk Vs JYM Supplement Protein.

When a lot of people start looking into a protein shake to pick they look at the nutrients first, how much protein is in it, then how many calories and stuff of that nature, which is important.

Well I’ve found some amazing protein shakes ingredient wise, that did me no good because I couldn’t drink it for how bad it tasted.

This is why I look for taste as my main pick over pretty much everything else, because if you can’t drink it then who cares how much protein it has in it, right?

Alright enough rambling, let’s look at my picks.

Top Vanilla Protein Shakes

OhYeah! Vanilla Creme Protein Shakes

OhYeah! Vanilla Creme Protein easily comes in as my number one pick for having an insanely good tasting vanilla flavor.

Honestly all of their flavors are the bomb but vanilla is by far their best in my opinion.

After I drank one of their RTD vanilla shakes I was hooked, it literally tastes like a vanilla milkshake.

I will admit that the RTD (Ready To Drink) ones taste slightly better than if you buy the bulk powder and mix it yourself but that is pretty much how it is with any protein powder.

With that being said buying the powder is still great tasting but it’s like going from a 10/10 with the RTD to a 9/10 with you mixing it yourself. (I mix mine with milk btw)

If you get a chance, try one of their protein bars as well because they make some insanely good tasting bars.

My only downside is I wish it had a little less cholesterol in it.

Another thumbs up about this product is the products are NSF certified, which some of you might not care about but I was glad to see it.

MusclePharm Vanilla Combat Powder

I was highly impressed by MusclePharms vanilla protein. Not only does it taste good but it packs a solid amount of protein in the servings as well.

I don’t think I’ve seen a RTD version of their protein so my mention of this is strictly from the powdered mix, so I imagine the RTD version tastes even better (if they have one).

I will say this though, if you get a chance to try their cookies n crème flavor then do it! It’s probably their best flavor in my opinion and is my best pick for any cookies n crème flavored protein.

Only real downside here is it can be somewhat pricey compare to other proteins, depending on where you get it.

BSN SYNTHA-6 Vanilla Ice Cream Protein Powder

Next up we have the vanilla ice cream flavor from BSN.

Most people don’t recognize the brand off the top of their heads but it’s the same brand that creates the popular N.O.-Xplode pre-workout.

The nutrient profile on this one is very similar to the MusclePharm mentioned above, and pretty similar in price as well.

This makes for a good alternative choice between the two if you are impressed with what’s in it but no so much with the taste then you can give this one a try.

I really like the fact that it’s not your typical vanilla flavor. By that I mean, they didn’t just throw in the ice cream part for the heck of it, I can get a slight taste of what resembles vanilla ice cream.

Another solid vanilla flavor, that I give a thumbs up for.

Top Chocolate Protein Shakes

OhYeah! Nutritional Shake Chocolate Milkshake

Just like in our vanilla category, OhYeah! Brand takes the overall winner category for chocolate taste as well.

I will say that the vanilla does taste better than the chocolate on my opinion but this is still the best overall chocolate flavored protein that I’ve come across.

My thoughts are pretty much the same on this flavor to what I said in the vanilla category about the RTD, cholesterol and stuff of that nature.

Overall though I can easily give this brand the best flavor overall for chocolate protein.

Muscle Milk Original Protein Shake Chocolate

Muscle Milk was the first shake I had ever tried and I didn’t have anything to compare it too when I started drinking it.

After trying tons of different brands over the years, Muscle Milk is still one of my favorite chocolate flavored proteins.

The only slight issue I had with it was I noticed a weird aftertaste, not even a bad one, just a weird taste.

Luckily, the aftertaste goes away fairly quickly and you pretty much won’t notice it if you drink it fairly often.

JYM Supplement Science Chocolate Mousse

Jyms Chocolate Mousse was a huge eye opener for me when trying it and was the first Chocolate Mousse flavor that I have tried.

I really like that it’s a different type of chocolate than the traditional style and it hold true mostly to its name.
I can tell a slight somewhat marshmallowy taste, especially when I first start drinking it.

If you like chocolate but looking for something more than just your traditional chocolate flavor, then this might be a good choice for you.

My only con is that it can be somewhat chalky, it’s an easy fix though by just adding a little bit more milk/water than you do with other powders.

I heard that they had a good Chocolate Cookie Crunch flavor but I can’t comment on it as I haven’t had the chance to try it but I will update this article when I do if it happens to be out some of my current choices!

BSN SYNTHA-6 Chocolate Milkshake Protein Powder

Once again we have another BSN product taking one of our top picks in the taste department.

If you’re wondering why the same type of brands on both categories?

Well, certain brands put a lot of testing and work into their taste department, so it’s not uncommon that if you find one flavor you like from a brand that you may like their others as well.

This of course is not full proof but it’s a pattern I’ve seemed to notice.

Anyways, the BSN SYNTHA-6 Chocolate Milkshake Protein Powder tastes very similar to a nestles chocolate milk but a less sweet version, which of courses loses it a few points.

I would recommend using milk instead of water to mix it with though. In water I give it a 7/10 taste wise, with it being a more of an 8.5 with milk.

Final Thoughts

I wish I could pick a one size fits all flavor for everyone to like but rarely is that ever the case.

I will say though out of all the people I’ve talked to; I haven’t found anyone who has anything negative to say about the OhYeah! Protein taste, but that’s mostly through gym talk.

Out of all the ones on this list, you should be able to find at least one that suits your taste buds!

How Much Do Wrist Wraps Help Your Bench Press Increase

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Finding out how much help wrist wraps can be in getting you lifting a little heavier can be difficult to pin point. I will say this though, if you’re doing around the 6-8 rep range then it might help you add another 10lb or so to your bench or help you add an extra rep or two on your current bench weight. If you’re focusing on more of 1 rep maxes then possibly 15-20lb but that really comes down to how weak your wrists are. I realize the numbers are all over the place for this answer but like I said, It’s really hard to determine, especially since I have no clue anything about you.

How Do Wrist Wraps Help Lifting Weights

The main reason you will see people using wrist wraps are for when they’re doing bench press, usually heavy bench (this can be dumbbell bench as well). They help by adding in support to a weaker part of the body the wrists, which are usually ready to throw in the towel much quicker than some stronger parts such as your chest muscle for example. I’m not sure if this is the best analogy but here it goes. I like to think of wrist wraps like when an athletic trainer tapes a football players ankle before a game. Sure it’s not gonna prevent it from twisting, but it gives it a little additional support. How was it? Good? I tried!

Should You Use Wrist Wraps

I don’t see a downside in a least trying them out. However, don’t expect this to be some magic tool that allows you to jump from 175lb to 225lb on your bench just like that. The main reason I started using them wasn’t even to increase my bench but because once I did start lifting heavier, I noticed the strain being put on my wrists. Now my case might be slightly different because I broke both of my wrists in high school playing sports (not at the same time). With that said though, I did notice the benefits it had on allowing me to add a little extra weight.

Where To Buy Wrist Wraps For Weight Lifting

I’m a fan of the nordic lifting wrist wraps which you can grab here over at Amazon. I wish their purple was a little darker but they have multiple colors to choose from so you don’t have to go with purple at all. There’s tons of online places to buy them and the good things is they are pretty cheap. I find mine on Amazon which is a good place to start looking but you could also check somewhere like BodyBuilding.com I’m sure some local stores like Academy or Dicks carry them but the selection will be slim compared to your online choices.

Final Thoughts

My word of caution is be smart about using them, don’t try to add an extra 50lbs on the bar before you even see how much they help. Also try not to become reliant on them, try to do some without them to allow your wrists to gain strength. That is unless you just have some bad wrist problems that hinder your workouts without them. One final thing, there is a difference between wrist wraps and wrist straps so make sure you are buying the correct thing before you finalize your order. They work for completely opposite things.

Youtube Vs Twitch For Making Money Playing Video Games

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Right now you have two main platform options that will allow you to make the most money while playing video games and that is Twitch Vs Youtube. Well, if you’re trying to figure out which is a better pick for you to spend most of your time trying to be successful on then I’ll be covering the differences between the two here in this article for you.

Pros And Cons Of Youtube Gaming

The best thing about making money through YouTube would be that it can actually be a passive income model once you put in enough time up front. As an example of what I mean by that is; let’s say you launch a cool video in June, well that video can continue to make you money even 10 months from then if people keep finding that video. Now I don’t want you to read that and think you’re gonna go record 100 videos one weekend, upload them and expect to go sit on a beach while the checks just continue to roll in. The bar on YouTube videos has definitely been raised over the years and you definitely need something that separates you from the other thousands of people uploading their WOW arena videos. You either need to be funny, skilled enough for people to expect to learn something from watching you or just be a super chill person who people will enjoy watching. Obviously there is no one size fits all but you need some sort of niche in my opinion, whether that be a certain game or just your ‘entertainment’ style on why viewers would want to watch you over Joe blow. Also, learning some editing skills for videos is also another plus.

Pros And Cons Of Twitch Gaming

Twitch is the polar opposite of Youtube in the way it gains its viewers. Twitch tends to pull a majority of the live streaming viewer crowd, at least for now. There has been some attempt by both Youtube & Twitch to go after it’s rivals main base by Youtube trying for the live streaming and vice versa for Twitch but not a huge shift from either base. Now the coolest thing about Twitch is a low barrier to entry, no editing videos, just getting your setup going and start streaming away. Another main benefit that Twitch has going for it is how well donations work there from it being a live event, where the streamer can actually thank the people donating live, which makes them so much more likely to give thanks right then and there.

Why Not Do Both?

I can see where a lot of people would be like, “Just do both and make more monies!”. While this is a solid idea, it usually takes a good bit of time doing just one of them. If you happen to have some time on your hands, have a buddy who could edit videos for you or maybe have some money available to where you can pay someone to edit your videos then it could work. My suggestion would be to focus on one until you’ve got it bringing in some money for you then reinvest it by maybe expanding to the other platform your not using.

Play To Your Strengths

I’ve seen so many good gamers out there who in general have a great stream but they literally hate having to talk to people in chat and answer questions. Some people aren’t very social and with Twitch it tends to help out a lot if you do socialize with your chat, and that’s actually high up on my importance scale on having a successful stream. This is just an example of what I mean though by play to your strengths. I’ll end this article here for now but I’ll continue to update this article as I think of more tips/thoughts for it.  

Best Leather Wrapped Whiskey Flask For Men 2019

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To help you find the top choices, we’ve listed some of the Best Leather Wrapped Whiskey Flask For Men in this review article.

Having a drink with friends is definitely one of the best ways to socialize and to distress.

And for both men and women, having that really unique and stylish flask goes a long way.

Whether you are going to buy a flask for personal use or a gift to your loved one, we have reviewed some of the unique and stylish pieces that you can find today.

English Street Flasks Dirty Mack’s Brown Leather

A very classical piece that gives you this vintage vibe, the English Street Flasks are just some of the best leather wrapped flasks out there.

It comes with a full-grain leather featuring 304 stainless steel flask that is designed for both men and women.

The flask can hold up to 8oz of whiskey or any kind of liquor you want.

With its removable 2oz shot cup, you can easily share a drink with your friend.

The brand offers a lifetime warranty so you can be sure that this whiskey flask will last long.

GENNISSY Pocket Hip Flask 8 Oz

Another great choice is that GENNISSY Pocket Hip Flask 8 Oz with Free Funnel – Stainless Steel with Leather Wrapped Cover and 100% Leak Proof.

It is made from top quality materials with a free funnel. Since it is made from 18/8 stainless steel which is said to be the finest material, you can be sure that the flask will not easily break or even leak. It is not prone to rust.

The design itself is very nice since it is made from sleek quality leather that gives you that style.

What is nice with this flask is that you can basically take it anywhere and everywhere you like whether you are going to events, festivals, camping or any other location.

It comes with 3 small cups so you can just share drinks with ease.

Uport Pocket Hip Flask 8 Oz with Funnel

If you are looking for a smaller one that would fit in your pocket, there is the Uport Pocket Hip Flask 8 Oz with Funnel.

It is made from 18/8 stainless steel so you never have to worry about it getting broken or if there is rust.

The flask features 8oz hip flask that allows you to put any kind of liquor you want.

The brand also guarantees that it is 100% leak-proof and that the product has undergone testing to ensure that it does not leak.

With its classy and very versatile design, this flask is not just perfect for personal use but even as a gift choice for your loved ones.

New Scale 8oz Stainless Steel Primo 18/8 Brown/Black PU

Are you searching for a pocket hip flask that you can easily carry with you when you go out hiking or even when you are attending a wedding?

The New Scale 8oz Stainless Steel Primo 18/8 Brown/Black PU Leather Premium/Heavy Duty Hip Flask Gift Set might just be the one you need.

It is made from top premium leather (18/8 304 stainless steel) so you get to have a pocket flask that will not disappoint.

It looks really trendy and stylish and it gives you that solid grip so it wouldn’t easily slip. Perfect as a gift for any event, this flask is perfect for any event.

Best Knee Sleeves For Squatting In Weight Lifting & Crossfit 2019

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In this article, I’ll be giving my review of what I think are the best knee sleeves to be using when you’re doing squats in weight lifting or crossfit.

We’ll be focusing on these sleeves: Bear KompleX Knee Sleeves Vs Mava Sports Knee Compression Vs Primal Elite Knee Sleeves Vs Evolutionize Performance 7MM Knee Sleeves.

Just a word of advice before we dive into this list, if you are new to squatting, take the time to perfect your squat form. This will not only help to get the most out of your leg workout but also to help aid injury.

These are just tools to aid you when working out, they are not a magic item to prevent or cure you from injuries.

Alright, now let’s look at my knee sleeve picks.

Bear KompleX Knee Sleeves

The Bear KompleX Knee Sleeves are created to give you good support when you are doing your exercise routine.

Whether you are doing squats, lunges, box jumps, etc., you know that your knees are better protected.

What is nice about this brand is that the knee sleeves are designed to give optimal comfort.

It can help lessen the pain and increase the blood flow so while you are exercising your knees are warm.

The product is available in different sizes and colors suitable for both men and women.

Mava Sports Knee Compression Sleeves

Another quality workout item that you must have is the Mava Sports Knee Compression Sleeves Neoprene 7mm for Men & Women for Cross Training WOD.

It is designed to give you knee compression and can effectively promote the recovery of your muscles which can be really useful to aid injuries.

When you use these sleeves while you are working out, in a way it can also promote joint health and at the same time give you optimal comfort as well as support.

The sleeves are anatomically shaped which only means that it is designed for optimal performance.

Unlike other sleeves, the Pair of Knee Compression Sleeves Neoprene 7mm for Men & Women for Cross Training WOD can reduce muscle stiffness and can help you avoid experiencing any discomfort.

Primal Elite Knee Sleeves

If you are willing to spend, the Primal Elite knee sleeves is also a good choice as it is designed to give you fitness longevity.

The sleeves have knee compression features that can help to support/protect you while you are working out.

It can help by potentially aiding you from incurring injuries and can also reduce the pain especially when you are engaging in a rigorous workout.

Known for its platinum standard quality, the brand will not disappoint. That is why many athletes have been using Primal Elite for years.

On top of that, the brand also offers free replacement along with a lifetime warranty coverage which is definitely a good thing since not all brands offer the same. (As of the time of writing this)

Evolutionize Performance 7MM Knee Sleeves

For intense workouts the Evolutionize knee sleeve is a great one to get look into getting.

Although it is slightly much more expensive compared to the other choices, it is designed for heavy duty use.

It is created for leg training which means that they are developed to give you optimal support when you have to carry heavy weights and when you have to engage in really intense exercise routines.

Compared to other knee sleeves, this one can give you maximum support and comfort. So it can hold knee compression very well during your workout.

To help reduce ache or pain while working out, the product features 7MM neoprene thick material.

It is made from high grade materials which means that you get to have knee sleeves that can last and are almost unbreakable.

Another positive point of this product is that it also gives you extra length and a much better coverage.

The sleeves have 30cm length for better coverage and gives you more warmth as well as compression while you are working out. So if you are into more rigorous workouts, this is a great one to have.

Conclusion

Being physically fit is very essential for you to reduce your risk of having certain diseases and illnesses not to mention of the fact that you also have to engage in regular exercise if you really want to achieve that gorgeous body.

And for both men and women, crossfit and weightlifting are just some of the best choices if you want to lose weight and to achieve that toned body.

But just before you go straight to the gym and train, you need to prepare the items you need just to be safe.

There are so many things that can happen while you are working out so you have to make sure that you protect yourself in order to aid injuries.