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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden field-items field-item even"><p>Banishing your bingo wings is top priority on many of our body wish-lists, but as well as waging war on your triceps, you need to be giving your biceps a workout too. This way, you'll distract from the trouble spot, get more even definition as well as looking and feeling stronger all round. Add these bicep moves into your workout routine once or twice a week for awesome arms.</p><p><strong>Kit you'll need:</strong></p><p>- 2 x 3-6kg dumbbells</p><p>- 8-12kg barbell</p><p>- resistance band</p><p><strong>Beginner:</strong> 3 x 5 reps</p><p><strong>Intermediate:</strong> 3 x 10 reps</p><p><strong>Advanced:</strong> 4 x 10 reps</p></div>

How to tone arms

Banishing your bingo wings is top priority on many of our body wish-lists, but as well as waging war on your triceps, you need to be giving your biceps a workout too. This way, you’ll distract from the trouble spot, get more even definition as well as looking and feeling stronger all round. Add these bicep moves into your workout routine once or twice a week for awesome arms.

Kit you’ll need:

– 2 x 3-6kg dumbbells

– 8-12kg barbell

– resistance band

Beginner: 3 x 5 reps

Intermediate: 3 x 10 reps

Advanced: 4 x 10 reps

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You’re a full six weeks into Arnold’s Blueprint, and you’ve definitely earned another day off. Rest up, eat up, and don’t exert yourself any more than necessary. You’ve got only a dozen workouts left!

Last week we took a gander at Arnold’s first commercial, which was nothing more than a tiny cameo in a nondescript early 1970s Chevy spot. While he would never be a well-known commercial actor in the United States, Arnold more than made up for it in Japan, where he unforgettably pitched everything from coffee to Cup-O-Noodles to beer during his Mr. Freeze days in the 1990s. Luckily, the Internet has preserved the results.

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<div class="article-padding-content" webReader="36.5487171655"><div class="article-author-by-line"><span class="byline">by <a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/other.htm">Bodybuilding.com</a></span><span class="article-date">Apr 03, 2014</span></div><div id="DPG" webReader="30.9785322017"><h5 class="c7"><a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/arnold-schwarzenegger-blueprint-trainer-day-38.html">Previous</a> | <a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/arnold-schwarzenegger-blueprint-trainer-main.html">Main</a> | <a href="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/arnold-schwarzenegger-blueprint-trainer-day-40.html">Next</a></h5><p>One of the most famous images of Arnold from the 1970s is of him performing a side chest pose, looking with an uncharacteristically serious, scrutinizing glare at the camera—or at least it seems like he's looking at the camera. Training partner Ed Corney recalled the real origin of the image in an interview with Bodybuilding.com:</p><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2014/arnold-blueprint_day39_graphics-1.jpg" width="261" height="358" border="0" class="float-right c8"/><p>"When Arnold was doing his side chest, they shot that by cutting a hole in the mirror he was looking at and putting a camera behind that hole. So they got him right on." Corney said. "Arnold would be looking at the mirror as a guide doing his side chest pose and they captured that."</p><p>The bodybuilder gazing at himself in the mirror is a stereotype that other gym-goers love to deride, but Arnold knew the true value of this technique more than anyone. Look again at that image; he isn't gazing at himself out of vanity.</p><p>"For a guy like Arnold, a mirror is a tool for self-criticism," writes Joe Weider in his autobiography "Brothers of Iron." "Looking at himself, a serious bodybuilder isn't admiring. He's looking for trouble. And he sees trouble, every time."</p><p>You've now survived a dozen difficult chest and back days in the Blueprint. Today when you're done, stop for a moment to take stock of progress you've made. Then get back to work.</p><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul webReader="2.7496328928"><li class="c6" webReader="10">
<p><strong>Technique: Stripping Method</strong><br />Immediately after your final working set, take some weight off and lift for another 5-10 reps. Then, with no rest, keep repeating this process. Reduce your weight, lift, reduce again, lift, and continue until you're down to the bar. Once you're down to the bar, lift for 20 reps.</p>
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<li class="rowBgColor c9"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-incline-bench-press-medium-grip')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/369/Male/t/369_1.jpg" alt="Barbell Incline Bench Press - Medium Grip" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('barbell-incline-bench-press-medium-grip')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/369/Male/t/369_2.jpg" alt="Barbell Incline Bench Press - Medium Grip" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-incline-bench-press-medium-grip')">Incline Barbell Bench Press</a></strong><br />10 sets of 4 reps<br />Use the stripping method on your final set</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c9"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-bench-press-medium-grip')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/360/Male/t/360_1.jpg" alt="Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('barbell-bench-press-medium-grip')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/360/Male/t/360_2.jpg" alt="Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-bench-press-medium-grip')">Flat Barbell Bench Press</a></strong><br />5 sets of 6 reps</span></li>
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<li class="rowBgColor c9"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-flyes')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/12/Male/t/12_1.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Flyes" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-flyes')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/12/Male/t/12_2.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Flyes" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-flyes')">Dumbbell Flyes</a></strong><br />5 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c9"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('cable-crossover')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/132/Male/t/132_1.jpg" alt="Cable Crossover" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('cable-crossover')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/132/Male/t/132_2.jpg" alt="Cable Crossover" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('cable-crossover')">Cable Crossover</a></strong><br />5 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c9"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('chin-up')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/129/Male/t/129_1.jpg" alt="Chin-Up" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('chin-up')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/129/Male/t/129_2.jpg" alt="Chin-Up" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('chin-up')">Wide-Grip Chin-Up</a></strong><br />50 Total Reps<br />Use weight if needed.</span></li>
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<li class="rowBorderColor c9"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-two-dumbbell-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/16/Male/t/16_1.jpg" alt="Bent Over Two-Dumbbell Row" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-two-dumbbell-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/16/Male/t/16_2.jpg" alt="Bent Over Two-Dumbbell Row" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-two-dumbbell-row')">Bent-Over Dumbbell Rows</a></strong><br />8 sets of 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c9"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-two-arm-long-bar-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/18/Male/t/18_1.jpg" alt="Bent Over Two-Arm Long Bar Row" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-two-arm-long-bar-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/18/Male/t/18_2.jpg" alt="Bent Over Two-Arm Long Bar Row" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-two-arm-long-bar-row')">T-Bar Row</a></strong><br />8 sets of 8 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c9"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('hanging-leg-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/222/Male/t/222_1.jpg" alt="Hanging Leg Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('hanging-leg-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/222/Male/t/222_2.jpg" alt="Hanging Leg Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('hanging-leg-raise')">Hanging Leg Raise</a></strong><br />5 sets of 25 reps</span></li>
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One of the most famous images of Arnold from the 1970s is of him performing a side chest pose, looking with an uncharacteristically serious, scrutinizing glare at the camera—or at least it seems like he’s looking at the camera. Training partner Ed Corney recalled the real origin of the image in an interview with Bodybuilding.com:

“When Arnold was doing his side chest, they shot that by cutting a hole in the mirror he was looking at and putting a camera behind that hole. So they got him right on.” Corney said. “Arnold would be looking at the mirror as a guide doing his side chest pose and they captured that.”

The bodybuilder gazing at himself in the mirror is a stereotype that other gym-goers love to deride, but Arnold knew the true value of this technique more than anyone. Look again at that image; he isn’t gazing at himself out of vanity.

“For a guy like Arnold, a mirror is a tool for self-criticism,” writes Joe Weider in his autobiography “Brothers of Iron.” “Looking at himself, a serious bodybuilder isn’t admiring. He’s looking for trouble. And he sees trouble, every time.”

You’ve now survived a dozen difficult chest and back days in the Blueprint. Today when you’re done, stop for a moment to take stock of progress you’ve made. Then get back to work.

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Body Transformation: Jordan Brown Beat Fat With Brawn!

Why I decided to transform

I struggled with weight problems throughout my life but acted like it didn’t bother me. People made crude remarks regarding my size and I blew them off. I walked around thinking that I looked good and nothing needed to change.

After nearly reaching 300 pounds, I decided to change for the better because I couldn’t stand the sight in the mirror. I realized that it wasn’t okay to be overweight and it was taking a toll on my body. It was the best decision I have ever made and I’ve never felt better.

This isn’t the first time I tried to lose weight, but it’s the only time I stuck with it. Living with a mindset that it’s okay to be overweight is something I cannot understand now. The change allowed me to live a more comfortable life. In the gym, I’m able to work harder and longer. It’s easier to talk with girls and develop relationships. I make better choices when I go out to eat and am able to help others with fitness goals.

My life is much easier now that I’m in better shape. Through my transformation, I built lifelong skills and relationships. I changed my body and mindset toward life. I want to live healthy no matter what.

Before

After

AGE 21 / HEIGHT 6’4″ / BODY FAT 30%

AGE 22 / HEIGHT 6’4″ / BODY FAT 13%

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How I accomplished my goals

It took everything I had to not quit. I used to think I was active and athletic but wasn’t. To make such drastic changes in a year, it took willpower to overcome cravings and the desire to quit. Reverting back to the old me would’ve been easy, but I decided to take the road less traveled and put my nose in the dirt.

The days I thought most about quitting were loaded with cardio. It would’ve been easy to step off the treadmill and walk out of the gym, but I kept reminding myself that it would be worth it. I got inspiration from compliments and others who made progress around me.

Nothing feels better than having a random person in the gym come up and say they notice the hard work you put in. It helps to see others in the transformation process and know that it’s possible.

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Supplements that helped me through the journey

Diet plan that guided my transformation

  • Green Vegetables Green Vegetables

    2-3 cups

  • salmon Salmon

    6-8 oz

Training regimen that kept me on track

I started my transformation on the The Bizzy Diet 21-Day Fitness Plan. After that, I started a 4-day on 1-day off workout schedule. I do abdominal workouts every other day and start every workout with stretching and 20-30 minutes on the treadmill or stairmaster.

What aspect challenged me the most

The biggest challenge was to stick with my transformation and avoid quitting. It was hard, but I didn’t fall to temptations. I didn’t cheat once on the Bizzy Diet or miss a workout.

Another challenging aspect was my lack of patience. I expected to see results quickly but kept telling myself to wait for the results, which eventually came.

“No matter where your starting point is, it can be done with the right mindset.”

My future fitness plans

Now that I’m at a comfortable weight, I plan to bulk up and maintain my healthy lifestyle and never going back to the old me. I plan to live as healthy as possible.

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

Don’t quit. It will be worth it in the end. No matter where your starting point is, it can be done with the right mindset. I’ve been there before, but when you decide that it’s for real, the opportunities and outcomes are endless.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

My transformation wouldn’t have been possible without Bodybuilding.com. When I first started, I had no idea what supplements were or how to work out. Thanks MusclePharm and Cory Gregory for teaming with Bodybuilding.com to create the Bizzy Diet.

I also want to thank Lifting Luke at Bodybuilding.com for helping me when I had questions about supplements.

Jordan’s Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. “Till I Collapse” by Eminem
  2. “Sail” by Awolnation
  3. “All Me” by Drake (Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)
  4. “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia (Feat. John Martin)
  5. “305 To My City” by Drake (Feat. Detail)

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Supplement Company Of The Month: RSP Nutrition

As you go about your physical life you’re going to reach obstacles and challenges. Your body may break down, or you may find that it’s just not strong enough to complete a task or athletic enough to win in a competitive situation.

When your performance lags you must do something about it. You must exercise, eat well, and if that’s not enough you need the added benefits only supplements can provide. RSP Nutrition is here to help.

This relatively new supplement company started with the right mentality: to help customers improve their ability levels to help win those competitions, against opponents both internal and external.

RSP’s growing suite of products is safe, reliable, and at the cutting edge of modern science. To trust a company’s products, you must trust the company.

Learn more about RSP from its founder Victor Davanzo and RSP’s athletes. Improve your performance.

Q Please tell our readers how your company started.

I started RSP Nutrition realizing that there was a major void in the rapidly growing sports nutrition world. I did it to create an opportunity to provide premium quality, safe and effective nutritional supplements to mainstream athletes, fitness enthusiasts and everyday people with active lifestyles.

Ten years ago the sports nutrition world was polarized and products were designed for either hardcore bodybuilders or endurance athletes.

Who are some important people who helped you in the beginning? What was their role?

Our Director of Business Development Francesco Zampogna, and our Director of Operations Kelechi Okere always played a big part. Like me, both are former student athletes; we all played college football.

Kelechi and I were student athletes at The University of Pennsylvania and Francesco at The University of Miami. I always wanted to re-create the student athlete culture and blend camaraderie and achievement in a way that resembled a sports team and I think we have been able to achieve that.

Our goal is for that culture to extend beyond us and through the brand to the end user. We want people who use RSP products to embody the culture and view it as a lifestyle and commitment to living a healthy, more active and successful life. We truly want people to be on #TeamRSP.

Prior to RSP Nutrition, Francesco, Kelechi and Victor played college football. They strive to keep the student athlete culture alive at RSP.

Tell us a little more about yourself and your background in the industry?

Prior to starting RSP Nutrition in 2009, I had experience on the manufacturing side as well as financial services. I used sports nutrition products and played sports pretty much my entire life so the calling was natural when tied in with my experience.

Is a pre-workout like Fast Fuel really that important to a regular gym-goer?

Absolutely yes! The pre-workout category has exploded since NO-Xplode commercially put it on the map and for good reason. Pre-workout nutrition is relatively new to the supplement industry, but its importance is becoming more and more known.

Your nutritional habits prior to training can be as impactful as post-training nutrition.

Your body, like any other machine, cannot properly perform if it is not properly fueled prior to functioning.

Are you coming out with any new and exciting products in the near future?

It is really exciting. We are just scratching the surface of the RSP product line. Our latest release and first product in the weight-loss category, QuadraLean, has taken off and we’ve been getting great feedback.

Here are some of the products we have in development: protein, thermogenic fat burner, multivitamin, fish oil, a hydration and recovery endurance product, as well as a couple others we have in the works. 2014 should be an exciting year for RSP.

In the future we aim to round out the product line and provide our loyal customers in both the sports and bodybuilding communities with all the products they need.

How do your sponsored athletes help expand your brand?

Our sponsored athletes are always carefully chosen to make sure they represent the RSP culture. Naturally big name professional athletes have big followings and influence.

The goal is not just to put RSP in front of people via a sponsored athlete, but for viewers to identify and believe in the relationship between RSP and our sponsored athletes because it is genuine. They choose to use our products not simply for a paycheck, but because they too are part of Team RSP.

When viewers see that, they have a better chance of believing in the brand and joining our team.

Let’s say a customer is just starting a fitness regimen, can only afford one product, and he/she comes to you. Which one supplement do you recommend? Why?

I’d recommend ReGen, our BCAA blend. It has a comprehensive nutritional profile, supports everything from your immune system to your performance, tastes great, and can be used by anyone of any age.

How do you stay mindful of banned substances?

We take the quality control aspect of our manufacturing very seriously. Safety is our number one priority and that will always be the case. We test for cross-contamination and illegal substances to ensure our customers’ safety as well as product efficacy.

How important are the trade shows and expos to the growth of your company?

Like almost anything else, they are what you make of them. They are an opportunity to meet industry insiders, get in touch with potential consumers, and get feedback and showcase your brand and team live. They can be great if you go in prepared with the right attitude.

What is the next big thing in sports nutrition? Is there an ingredient that veteran lifters need to know about?

I don’t think the next big thing in sports nutrition is a magic ingredient. I think it has to do with the habits of consumers and what type of fitness programs they are involved in.

In addition to traditional sports and training methods, things like MMA, CrossFit, Mud Races, even P-90X, demonstrate the industry is heading to competitive, performance-based training regimens.

Even if the end goal is just to look good, those activities provide the exercise needed to achieve that ideal lean, toned physique.

We talk a lot about nutrition around your workouts, but what should regular weightlifters and exercise fanatics be taking on their rest days?

I personally am a huge believer in the basics: protein, glutamine and BCAAs. Combined with a proper diet, rest and hydration these basics have always worked best for me. That plus anything that people are usually deficient in with their diet such as iron or magnesium.

Ethics are important to supplements buyers, what does your company do to ensure ethical standards?

All RSP products are manufactured in cGMP compliant and FDA inspected facilities. Rigorous testing of all batches validated with CofAs prior to release is most notable. With more awareness of the dangers of banned substances and harmful ingredients, the industry overall appears to be a lot more concerned lately. Everyone plays a role, from raw ingredient suppliers to manufacturers to retailers. This is great for everyone, especially the end users.

Does RSP perform its own research? How much will science guide your future?

RSP performs its own research as well as collaborates with many medical professionals and accredited biochemists and dieticians. In addition, we work with some of the top sports trainers and athletes.

Before we wrap this up, is there anything else you would like to share? Is there anyone you would like to thank or give a shout out to? Where do you go in the future?

I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who helped make RSP possible and most importantly the people who use and believe in RSP products. We want to help people achieve their goals and live healthier, more active and fulfilling lives. That’s what it’s all about.

Thank you again for choosing RSP! We want your feedback so we can continue to do our best to provide the best possible products we can. Also, I’d like to thank Bodybuilding.com for this opportunity and for being a pioneer in the sports nutrition industry and helping millions of people around the world be healthier. It’s an honor to work with a partner like Bodybuilding.com.

ATHLETE INTERVIEWS

1 Curtis Bartlett

Has your performance in the gym improved using RSP’s supplements?

My legs have been my biggest improvement. Recovering from multiple knee surgeries, I have always struggled with leg day. For two years, I was scared to train legs, never squatting more than 135.

One of my favorite features of Fast Fuel is the ability to do cardio and legs. I don’t get dizzy, feel sick, or get headaches. Over the past few months, I’ve watched my squat max almost double. I have the energy and motivation needed to complete full leg workouts.

Bartlett brings combat-oriented fitness into his training. Fast Fuel preps him for the fight and Re-Gen helps him recover.

My current addiction is lunging sled pulls. I put appropriate weight on the sled, put the strap around my waist, and take big long lunges, one at a time. It’s brutal!

When training, what is your favorite RSP supplement? How do you use it?

Being in Iraq, mail and transit times make receiving supplements difficult. I recently received my first bottles of QuadraLean and BCAA 3:1:1 and I’m excited about the results I’m getting so far.

I would have to say that my favorite RSP supplement is Fast Fuel. I bike and jump rope for 15 minutes to warm-up, so I take one scoop 15 minutes before arriving at the gym.

For long workouts, I take a second scoop of Fast Fuel and sip on it throughout my workout! It’s great when mixed with AgmaGen.

2 Jon Beason

The supplement industry is rife with ineffective products, how do you know RSP’s products work?

First off, I know RSP products are screened for banned substance and cross contamination. Outside of the university studies, I have experienced the products work very well for me and many of my colleagues. I love the model of clean (banned-substance free) supplementation, so instantly I knew there would be a relationship between us.

In the NFL, every inch counts and every ounce of energy is required to succeed. With RSP, N.Y. Giants linebacker Jon Beason brings all-pro effort every Sunday.

As an athlete, we always have days where we don’t feel up to the task. Our bodies are depleted from our strenuous training. That is one of the main reasons why RSP products are essential to my success in the gym. They always get me to a level where I feel I am having a productive workout.

When training, what is your favorite RSP supplement? How do you use it?

It’s easily Fast Fuel, based on the fact that it always gets me to that competitive level when training or competing. Plus, it is a sustained energy and not just a jittery, short-lived sensation. I never work out or compete without at least 1 scoop of Fast Fuel. Depending on my workout, I like to stack AgmaGen and ReGen.

3 Julia Vins

Do you think it’s important for athletes to earn sponsorships? Why?

Yes, but the athlete must be a long-time fan of the products, and promote only products she uses. The only way you can choose a company whose sponsorship you want is if you know its products.

The company must be communicative and you must be able to communicate with people. Everyone should believe you when you tell them about the benefits of supplements of this company, because it’s the truth.

Julia is gorgeous, yes, but this modern woman lifts for power. She needs raw strength to compete, to dominate her competition.

Athletes need to be highly motivated and have big plans for the future. To become more famous and more successful in the sport, their plans should include supplements and sponsors.

Even before I signed an athlete sponsorship with RSP I bought its products. They treat their customers excellently.

Has your performance in the gym improved using RSP’s supplements?

I do powerlifting, so every workout needs strength and concentration. Due to products RSP I easily combine squats and deadlifts in one day. With RSP, I can withstand any workout.

Once I stopped using the product for a few weeks, it became harder to train and progress slowed markedly. Now I can say that I would use these supplements as long as possible.

4 Abel Albonetti

Has your performance in the gym improved using RSP’s supplements?

Yes, my performance has improved drastically. From the pre-workout that gets me through a tough workout all the way down to the creatine that helps me recover afterward, RSP products have been key players in maximizing my results.

Albonetti was a finalist for the 2013 BodySpace Spokesmodel Contest. His focus is on aesthetics, but he also needs a body that can move.

What made you join the RSP team?

I joined the team after being sent some free samples and absolutely loving ReGen and Fast Fuel. I knew from then on that I wanted to be part of RSP Nutrition. It has given me the opportunity to test various products and to find what works best for my body.

I think that earning a sponsorship is a great thing to strive for because it keeps you motivated as you pursue your goals within the fitness industry.

5 Kandace Hudspeth

Do you feel RSP treats its customers well? If you weren’t its sponsored athlete, would you still buy its products?

Team RSP believes in the power of community for motivation and support. We do our best to connect with everyone via social media. As a sponsored athlete, I am always connecting with our fans and customers to help understand our products as well as provide daily training inspiration.

Kandace lives for health and fitness. She’s a competitive model in the WBFF Bikini division, and works as a trainer and health coach.

Can you give us a workout?

I have written a conditioning series with Team RSP called Killer Conditioning. Here is my favorite workout from the series.

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