7 Tips for Network Marketing Success

You probably have an image firmly planted in your mind of what network marketing (also known as direct sales or multilevel marketing) is all about–housewives buying and selling Tupperware while gossiping and eating finger sandwiches, or a high-pressure salesperson trying to convince you how easily you can become a millionaire if only you and your friends and their friends and so on would buy and sell vitamins with him.

Both of these images couldn’t be further from the reality of network marketing. It’s neither a hobby nor a get-rich-scheme but an opportunity for you to earn money running your own part- or full-time business.

But what does it take to succeed in this industry? Vincent J. Kellsey, director of member services for the Direct Selling Women’s Alliance, an organization that provides a variety of resources to women and men in the direct-selling industry, offers these tips for making it:

Choose wisely

There are six key elements you should be looking for when selecting an opportunity. Number one: stability. How old is the company? Number two is excellent products or services that consumers will use and need more of.

Number three is the pay plan–how even and fair and generous overall is the distribution? This is really crucial as the pay plan represents exactly how you’ll get paid–or not get paid. There are really only two questions to ask regarding this: How many pennies out of each sales dollar get paid back to the distributors each month, and how fair is the distribution of these pennies between the old members and the new members?

Number four is the integrity of the company and the management. As much as possible, investigate the experience of the CEO, their experience in the network marketing industry, and their background. Have they been successful in other companies in the industry? Do they have a good reputation?

Number five is momentum and timing. Look at where the company’s at, what’s going on with the company, and if it’s growing.

Number six is support, training and business systems. You may have chosen a great company with excellent management, products that make a difference, a pay plan that’s uniquely fair and very generous, and momentum and stability, but if you don’t have a system in place that works, all of that doesn’t matter. Most companies will have a transferable training system that they use, and that’s where mentorship comes in.

Practice what they teach

To succeed, you need to be willing to listen and learn from mentors. The way this industry is structured, it’s in the best interests of the MLM veterans in your company to help you succeed, so they’re willing to teach you the system. Whatever your mentor did to become successful, it’s very duplicatible, but you have to be willing to listen and be taught and follow those systems.

The higher-ups

It can be called various things, but the general term is the “upline,” meaning the people above you. How supportive are they? Do they call you? Do they help you put a plan in place? Are they as committed to your success as they are to their own? You should be able to relate to the people in your upline and be able to call them at any time to say “I need some help.” How much support there is from the people above you in the company is very important.

Take up the lead with your downline

There’s a term in the network marketing industry called “orphans” when somebody is brought in and then the person who brought them in is just so busy bringing in other people that they don’t spend the time to teach and train the new person. You should be prepared to spend at least 30 days helping a new person come into the industry training them, supporting them and holding their hand until they feel confident to be able to go off on their own. You really need to ask yourself, are you willing to do that? Are you able to do that? This is really about long-term relationship building. It’s not about just bringing people into the business and just moving forward. It’s about working with these people and helping them to develop relationships.

On the net

People are utilizing the internet as their main marketing tool. You can set up your site with autoresponders so when you capture leads, the autoresponder can follow up with that person. One of the greatest keys to success in this industry is follow-up. Many people will have someone call them who’s interested or they’ll call the person and say they’re interested, but then they don’t follow up with it. Automation on the internet has allowed a much more consistent method of following up.

The only drawback with the internet is people who utilize it to spam. If there was one thing I could put forward to say, “Do not do” when utilizing the internet as a marketing tool, it’s spamming because that can give a very bad reputation not only to you but also to the company you’re working with.

Taking care of business

This is a business, and just like if you were running a franchise or a storefront, you should have an accountant. You have all the same write-offs tax-wise that you have with running a full-time business, so it’s very important to do your research prior to getting involved, before you start making money from it. How is that going to affect you tax-wise? What are your write-offs?

It’s important to set up a support team around you. I’d suggest seeking out lawyers who deal in network marketing, so they’re very versed in all the laws and how that affects your business. There are also accountants who specialize in dealing with home based businesses specifically in the direct selling industry.

Don’t quit your day job…yet

Never leave your full-time position unless you’re absolutely certain that the income that’s coming in with this company is going to be there. Be sure that you’ve been with the company [for awhile] and that you know it’s a stable company, and the income that you’re earning is equal to or greater than the income you’re earning from your job before quitting.

Source: entrepreneur.com/article/77700

How and When to Use the AMPED

Learn How and When to Use the AMPED Line of Athletic Performance Products

The latest line of high-performance products is here and ready to transform your workout. But what is AMPED™ exactly, and how does it work? The answer is simple. AMPED stands for Amplify, Muscle, Performance, Energy, Delivery. AMPED products are designed specifically for athletes, but that are great for the everyday active. The line includes AMPED NOx, Fuel, Hydrate* (formerly Replenish), and Recover to support users pre-, mid-, and post-workout.

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AMPED & Nutritional Timing

You can learn about the AMPED performance products and nutritional timing in one easy-to-share graphic—the AMPED Products Guide (Who Can Use It and When). It covers the different user personas and suggested products for the ideal routine, and you can find it on IsaProduct.com (also below).

Pre-workout products are taken before you being exercise—AMPED Power and AMPED NOx. During-workout products are taken throughout exercise—AMPED Fuel and Replenish. And post-workout products are taken after exercise is over—AMPED Recover.

There is really no wrong way to use the products. Simply follow the above timing guidelines and you’re good to go!

Endurance

Endurance training can be very taxing on your body. Long hours of running, biking, swimming, or other rigorous activity requires prime nutrition. Endurance athletes require more carbohydrates and constant nutrition to sustain performance and recovery well after long workouts. Products like AMPED NOx support blood flow and nutrient delivery to the muscles while AMPED Fuel delivers energy-fueled carbohydrates during longer workouts when the body needs them most.

Muscle Mass

Bodybuilders rely on a high-protein diet and effective supplementation to build muscle mass and maintain a lean physique. Pre-workout products like AMPED Power help them sustain strength in the gym and work through extra reps, and post-workout products like AMPED Recover use branched-chain amino acids to help muscles rebuild after workouts. Bodybuilders will also want to use IsaPro® and IsaLean® PRO Shake to up their protein intake and support muscle growth.

Strength & Resistance

Athletes need strength and agility to perform at a high level. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or just an everyday athlete, building strength with resistance training requires time in the gym and proper nutrition to power you through. Athletes can use AMPED Power to sustain strength during training, AMPED NOx to support blood flow, and AMPED Recover to help rebuild muscles before the next workout or competition.

Everyday Activity

Maybe you’re not a bodybuilder or professional athlete, but you want to get in shape and improve your overall fitness—this is for you. Everyday active adults will use e+™ to kick-start workouts, AMPED Power to sustain strength during workouts, and AMPED Recover to protect muscles after exercising.

 

Business Owners Finds Success With Network Marketing

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Congratulations to Isagenix Millionaires No. 179, Dr. Sivi and Dave H.!

“We had six businesses and four kids in sports when we first started Isagenix,” says Sivi. “So we were going to games all the time, and we were really busy. To see now that we’ve earned a million dollars on a part-time basis with Isagenix,* that’s such a gift.”

Nine and a half years ago, Sivi and Dave weren’t looking for anything like Isagenix. They didn’t need the business opportunity, and they weren’t in need of a health solution either. As a chiropractor, Sivi was already tuned into her health.

“I had lots of energy and was feeling great, but then my mom called and told me about a cleanse she was doing,” says Sivi.

Dave was reluctant at first, but eventually, they decided to try the 9-Day Deep Cleansing and Fat Burning System together. Within the next few days, they both noticed they had more energy, felt better, and were sleeping better. At that point, they fully believed in the products and wanted to share them with the world.

Cute-beach-shotPersistence Pays Off

“Even though our time was limited, our focus was on our goals,” says Dave.

Sivi adds, “You know with Dave and I, there’s nothing special about us, we’re just persistent.”

The couple made sure that they were focusing on consistency and effectively utilizing the small window of time that they had.

“We gave presentations every single week like clockwork, it was just part of the schedule,” they say.

Now, Sivi and Dave’s persistence has paid off in an incredible way as they have just become our newest Isagenix Millionaires.* That isn’t what this hardworking couple cherishes most about this opportunity, though.

“The biggest gift that we have received is all of our closest friends,” says Sivi. “Most of them we never even knew before Isagenix.”

Investing in People. Building Leaders.

As a self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” Dave has built, bought, and sold 12 companies in the last 22 years, and at first, it wasn’t easy making the switch to network marketing. He says what he struggled with the most was learning the new dynamic between himself and his team.

“You have to learn that you’re investing in people and building leaders,” he explains. “You’re not just hiring people and telling them to do ‘this, this, and this.’”

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Now, Dave believes it’s about getting to the core of each new person in order to learn about them and where they’ve been, so that he can help them to create a vision of where they want to be.

“You’re supporting them to create a future and short- and long-term goals,” he says.

Sivi and Dave say that are extremely proud of their team and consider the best moments to be when their team members rank advance or are recognized onstage. They attribute their own ability to help others succeed to the personal development that comes with the Isagenix business opportunity.

“The personal growth that we have experienced is so incredible,” says Sivi. “I love saying that Isagenix is a personal growth journey with a compensation plan attached. There’s not much more truth than that!”

*Isagenix Millionaires are defined as Isagenix Associates who have cumulatively earned $1 million or more with Isagenix. Earning levels for these Isagenix Independent Associates substantially exceed the average results achieved by all Associates during the same time periods and should not be construed as typical or average. Income level achievements depend on many factors, including the individual Associate’s business and networking skills, personal ambition, time commitment, work habits and other abilities. For average earnings, please see the Isagenix Independent Associate Earnings Statement found at IsagenixEarnings.com.

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Isagenix Greens Recipes

Isagenix Greens™ is our latest Product in the Spotlight. If you haven’t tried it yet, Greens is one of the easiest, tastiest ways to boost your intake of essential phytonutrients and complement your daily intake of whole fruits and vegetables.

While many people love to blend Greens with cold water for a quick and easy drink, others like to mix it up with an IsaLean® Shake or other Isagenix products. If you’re looking for a nutrient-packed recipe to enjoy during the day or after exercise, here are some great options you’ll definitely want to try.

Hulk Juice
1 scoop Isagenix Greens
1 scoop Juicy Orange Replenish™
1 scoop Ionix® Supreme
8 oz cold, filtered water
For an extra boost, add 1 shot e+™
Mix well in IsaShaker™ or IsaBlender®

Frozen Protein Creamsicles
2 cups fat-free Greek vanilla yogurt
1 scoop Creamy French Vanilla IsaLean Shake
1 scoop IsaPro®
1/2 cup purified water
2 scoops Isagenix Fruits™ or Isagenix Greens
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tsp vanilla extract for added flavor
Add 3 scoops of Juicy Orange Replenish for an extra boost!
Combine all ingredients in your IsaBlender and blend until smooth.
Pour into individual molds, insert popsicle sticks, and freeze.

Energizing Elixir
1 scoop Cleanse for Life®
1 tsp Lemon Lime Replenish
¼ scoop Isagenix Greens
1 scoop Isagenix Fruits
8 oz purified water
10-12 ice cubes (for super-thick, slushy effect)
Blend well and serve.
– Submitted by Andrea, Santa Rosa, CA 

Fruity Greens
8 oz purified water
1 scoop Isagenix Greens
1 scoop Cleanse for Life
8-10 ice cubes
Blend and enjoy.
– Submitted by Andrea, Novato, CA

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Energy & Nutrition for Young Athletes

by Andrea Frank Henkart, M.A.

Training and skill are important in whatever sport your children play, but eating right on game day is their secret weapon for keeping their favorite sports safe and fun. That’s why they need a nutritional game plan. Parents know that eating well increases energy, endurance, and the ability to concentrate, both on and off the field. Make sure your kids are getting the proper nutrition they need before, during, and after their practice or game.

 

Isagenix-AMPED-products-allTo enhance their game even more, there are a few products in the AMPED™ Performance System that are approved for kids. This system offers a comprehensive mix of nutrients, energy boosters, and high-quality protein for muscle growth and recovery while helping them experience optimal performance. Because this system was designed specifically for athletes, Isagenix recommends that you always check with your child’s physician before starting an exercise regimen and before starting use of any dietary supplement, including AMPED products. You can rest assured, like all Isagenix products, AMPED comes with the Isagenix no-compromise quality that guarantees safe ingredients without any artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.

The effectiveness of AMPED products depends on nutrient timing—meaning when you take each product throughout your workout or game. There are three windows for taking the products—pre-, mid-, and post-workout where AMPED products are designed to help deliver results.

AMPED NOx

Isagenix-amped-noxTaken before a workout, AMPED NOx supports nitric oxide production, supporting blood flow and oxygen delivery to cells. With a special blend of fruit and vegetable extracts, including beets, celery, and red spinach, this performance booster helps to increase power output, optimize muscle efficiency, and reduce fatigue.

  • 30 calories per serving
  • Perfect for athletes and anyone looking to improve intensity and stamina
  • For ages 12+

AMPED Hydrate (Replenish)

Intense physical activity can mask feelings of thirst, making it especially challenging for active children to drink enough water. AMPED Hydrate (formerly called Replenish™) can be used throughout practice or workouts to help prevent fatigue and dehydration. It’s a refreshing sports drink that rehydrates and re-energizes the body for performance, and replaces nutrients and electrolytes that can be lost during exercise.

  • 35 calories per serving
  • 100 percent RDA of Vitamin C plus a full B Complex
  • Glycogen blend of fast-absorbing carbs for performance
  • No artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners
  • Great for kids ages 4+

isagenix-amped-fuel-canadaAMPED Fuel

A conveniently packaged, easily digestible gel delivers ready-to-use, mid-workout energy. AMPED Fuel is a perfect, transportable option for young athletes, which helps to energize muscles for greater endurance and speeds recovery. Muscles also need branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) during extended exercise to offset breakdown. Fast-acting fuel is crucial for maintaining peak performance for the young competitive athlete.

  • Refuel with the right balance of fast-acting carbohydrates from apple puree, agave, and molasses
  •  22 grams of energy-fueling carbohydrates
  • No artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners
  • For ages 16+ (Note: The key ingredient in AMPED Fuel that raises the age limit to 16+ is a moderate dose of BCAAs. However, Isagenix understands that many parents may feel perfectly comfortable giving their children moderate doses of BCAAs as they are indeed natural components of protein.)

Kids, in general, have a lot of natural energy and their bodies tend to recover quickly. Therefore,AMPED Power and AMPED Recover are not always necessary to keep your young athlete at the top of their game.

Good nutrition for physical activity can result in optimal health and exercise performance, regardless of whether your child is recreationally active or a competitive athlete. Combining good nutrition and exercise can also help with weight management. Remember, dietary supplements are just that, supplements to food. Make sure your kids always have fresh water available, provide them with healthy pre-exercise meals and snacks, and if they need to supplement, fuel their bodies with AMPED,the supplements you can trust. Most important of all, make sure your kids are having fun!

 

About Andrea Frank Henkhart

Andrea Frank Henkart has two teaching credentials from UCLA and a master’s degree in family psychology. She is a certified holistic health educator, certified nutritional counselor, and an internationally recognized expert in family health. The author of eight books, including the bestseller, “Isagenix for Healthy Moms and Kids,” Andrea has been featured on hundreds of radio and TV shows internationally, including Oprah. A proud mother of two adult children, Andrea is passionate about helping families create health and harmony at home.

Smart Science Behind AMPED Performance Solution

As an athlete or someone who works out, chances are you’ve heard of nutrient timing. It’s the nutritional strategy that’s based on getting specific types of nutrients at specific times to maximize training adaptation or enhance performance.

By timing your intake of nutrients before, during, or after your workouts, you’ll amplify exercise gains and even speed recovery. So you can get more out of training every time, train more often, recover faster, and improve performance in your sport.

Now Isagenix is making it easy for you to take advantage of the latest science in nutrient timing with a new line of convenient products designed for athletes and exercise performance. We’re taking performance nutrition to a whole new level with our new, science-based, and delicious line of AMPED products.

How do the products work?

buy-isagenix-amped-powerAMPED Power

Like no other pre-workout, AMPED Power combines creatine and other specialized ingredients that support nitric-oxide production. Together these bioactives increase available cellular energy and maximize oxygen and nutrient delivery to working muscles.

Taken before a workout, AMPED Power will increase strength and power for greater muscle and performance gains. The next step in nutrient timing happens during your workout.

 

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Hydration is a key to a successful workout. Replenish—to be re-launched as AMPED Hydrate at a future date—is a sports drink designed to optimize hydration, electrolyte, and vitamin status. With AMPED Hydrate you can keep your performance at a peak level by staying hydrated and maintaining electrolyte status. You’ll also keep muscles fueled with energy.

The last thing you want is fatigue during training!

 

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Here’s where AMPED Fuel also comes in. It has a mixture of easy-to-digest carbohydrates to fuel muscles during exercise.

When workouts or sports events are longer and energy needs are greater, AMPED Fuel has the nutrients you need.

This convenient and portable puree provides even more easy-to-digest carbs from apple, agave, and molasses to energize muscles. It also contains branched-chain amino acids that help keep muscles from breaking down during extended training or endurance events.

 

isagenix-amped-recoverAMPED Recover

After a workout is the time to give your body what it needs for optimal recovery and adaptation. The post-workout period is when muscle tissue goes into a process of rebuilding and growth, and it’s a perfect time to kick the process into high gear with AMPED Recover.

AMPED Recover is a drink mix featuring a combination of branched-chain-amino acids and l-carnitine to speed workout recovery and optimize muscle rebuilding. For maximum results, take AMPED Recover alongside a serving of IsaPro or IsaLean Pro Shakes.

 

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Finally, rounding out the AMPED line of products is AMPED NOx. AMPED NOx is a 2 oz. concentrate that can be taken anytime of day – as a way to support nitric oxide production and blood flow in an entirely different way than AMPED Power. It contains beet, celery, and red spinach extracts, plus an additional blend of dietary nitrate-containing vegetable and fruit extracts.

What will AMPED NOx do for your training? By supporting blood flow, it increases delivery of oxygen and nutrients to working muscles. So that you can go the distance in any training session or event.

 

By using the AMPED product line, you’re capitalizing on the latest science of nutrient timing.

Whether you’re a cyclist, a runner, a basketball player, or a power lifter, or if you just want your workouts to be more effective, AMPED products will take your athletic performance to the next level.

The AMPED family is your new Isagenix Performance solution.

 

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Nutrient Timing of AMPED Products for Endurance

Endurance athletes are unique in their nutritional requirements, largely due to the fact that endurance exercise requires greater amounts of fuel. Preparation comes down to ensuring you get the right amounts of carbohydrates and other supplemental nutrients at the right time. Endurance athletes also need to get adequate protein to offset muscle protein breakdown and hasten recovery.

Pre-Workout

For endurance athletes, the pre-workout period is all about preparing the body for exercise and providing enough fuel to keep the muscles operating at a high level.

When an endurance athlete exercises intensely or for long periods of time, the supply of oxygen-rich blood may have difficulty keeping up with the demand. Ultimately, the lack of oxygen and a buildup of waste can result in fatigue, exhaustion, and subpar athletic performance. Vasodilation and the resulting increase in blood flow aids all athletes by increasing nutrient delivery, oxygen levels, and the removal of waste products.

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Taking AMPED™ NOx before exercise can support blood flow by providing vasodilation during training. It works by providing vegetable-sourced nitrates that support nitric oxide production, critical for healthy blood flow. In addition, taking AMPED Power offers three main actives—Nitrosigine®, citrulline, and creatine—to increase strength and power while offsetting fatigue.

  • Nitrosigine® is a unique, patented complex containing the amino acid arginine bonded to silicon, the precursor to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide increases blood flow, which helps improve oxygen and nutrient delivery to muscles. For endurance athletes like runners, that means getting more oxygen and fuel to the working tissues while removing waste products all at a much higher rate.
  • Citrulline is a naturally occurring amino acid that enhances blood flow. Citrulline is shown to improve exercise performance and stimulate muscle synthesis by activating muscle-building pathways. Citrulline has also been noted to reduce fatigue by aiding in creatine resynthesis and enhancing the use of branched-chain amino acids during exercise.
  • Creatine has the ability to improve the quality of training and stimulate better gains in training adaptation, like increasing lactate threshold. Creatine can also improve recovery following extensive endurance training by limiting muscle damage. Finally, especially for endurance athletes, creatine can also help increase energy (glycogen) storage in working muscles.

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Mid-Workout

The purpose of this period is to keep energy levels stable to prevent dips in performance. Endurance athletes heavily rely on carbohydrates to fuel their performance before, during, and after competition. When exercising for long periods, athletes burn quickly through glycogen (stored carbs in muscle) and the sugar in their bloodstreams. Eventually fuel stores run low and athletes hit a wall, exhausting themselves while hindering their performance. Since endurance-based activity burns through your body’s stored fuel source (glycogen), replenishment midway through your race, adventure, or ride is essential to maintaining stamina.

AMPED Fuel is a puree of wholesome carbohydrate sources including apple, agave, and molasses to nutritionally support athletes during endurance events like running and cycling. The product supplies immediate energy during workouts, reduces fatigue, protects muscles, and promotes faster muscle recovery following training. The majority of studies investigating carbohydrate supplementation have found at least a five percent improvement in exercise performance when taken regularly throughout the exercise bout.

Studies also suggest that consuming a modest dose of branched-chain amino acids during extended exercise makes additional protein synthesis available to the body, helping to reduce and offset protein loss. Supplementation during training may also accelerate recovery and suppress exercise-induced muscle damage and muscle soreness. By supplying the body with 22 grams of carbohydrates in an optimal glucose-fructose ratio along with branched-chain amino acids, AMPED Fuel provides the right nutrition for energy replenishment and enhanced performance.

Another important part of your mid-workout nutrition plan is getting adequate fluids. Exercise performance is impaired when an individual is dehydrated by as little as two percent. Losses in excess of five percent of body weight can decrease the capacity for work by about 30 percent. There is little question that hydrating is one of the most important, yet overlooked, nutritional strategies for athletes. Water and fluids are essential to keep the body hydrated and at the right temperature, and your body can lose several liters of sweat in an hour of vigorous exercise. Therefore, consuming Replenish™ (soon to be AMPED Hydrate) during your workout is highly important.

Post-Workout

Intense endurance exercise affects muscles by depleting fuel stores like fat and carbohydrates. Waste products from metabolism increase and need to be removed. Muscle tissue needs rebuilding. The role of nutrients in the recovery process is clear. Consuming carbohydrates and healthy fats help restore fuel supplies for greater exercise potential while protein helps repair damaged tissue back to previous levels.

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AMPED Recover is a post-workout recovery aid designed to help trigger muscle synthesis with branched-chain amino acids, L-carnitine, and other supporting amino acids. These active ingredients trigger the cellular mechanisms for rebuilding proteins in muscle. Branched-chain amino acids are present in the muscles at high levels and consist of three important amino acids: L-leucine, L-isoleucine, and L-valine.

The hallmark of the AMPED Recover formula is the effective dose of L-leucine that has the ability to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and stop muscle breakdown. L-isoleucine helps the body absorb carbohydrates into cells and L-valine can be used as a readily available source of energy or building material. L-carnitine is involved in energy metabolism and mitochondrial protection that can support oxygen in muscle tissue and directly help in recovery after exercise.

Using AMPED Recover right after training with IsaPro® or IsaLean® PRO Shake helps to trigger muscle protein synthesis and provide the raw ingredients that the muscle needs to recuperate.

Summary: When and What to Take

Depending on digestion and comfort, consume a meal containing carbohydrates and moderate amounts of fat and protein no sooner than 90 minutes before training or competition along with at least 16 ounces of fluid. An example would be an IsaLean Shake with a banana and a tablespoon of almond butter.

  • Pre-Workout: 15 to 30 minutes before, take AMPED NOx and AMPED Power e+™ (Optional)
  • Mid-Workout: Take one to two servings of AMPED Fuel every hour, and drink Replenish throughout exercise
  • Post-Workout: AMPED Recover + one to two servings of IsaPro

To replenish muscle and liver glycogen synthesis, consume roughly half your body weight in grams of carbohydrates (from foods like fruits, potatoes, or rice) over three to four hours post-exercise.

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How Much Should You Fail for Success?

You don’t gain much without failure. There’s been little doubt of this when it comes to improving strength and muscle mass.

Chief among recommendations for lifting weights is to use high-intensity resistance above 60 percent of your one-repetition maximum—or the most weight you can lift in one effort—with failure defined as the inability to complete another full range of repetition.

But is failure really worth the effort?

The goal behind training to failure is greater muscle activation allowing for more muscle fibers to be used that would otherwise not be involved. Recruiting as many muscle fibers as possible is believed to result in maximal gains in muscle mass and strength on the trained muscles.

Although the logic behind failure seems sound, newer research suggests that the need for failure is not really clear-cut or absolutely necessary—and continual bouts of training to failure may even lead to an increased risk of injury.

Here’s what the limited number of studies suggest: Muscle activation and adaptations can differ greatly depending on training experience. For individuals new to strength training, training to failure is not essential for maximizing increases in muscle strength and mass. But for trained individuals, repetitions to failure might result in increased muscle activation, which could explain the slightly greater increases in muscle strength.

What remains unclear is if training to failure in trained individuals is necessary for increases in muscle mass. The current evidence shows slightly greater increases in muscle strength, but not muscle mass, after high-intensity weight training is performed to muscle failure compared to no failure.

Training to failure for a prolonged period may also result in overtraining. The higher risk of injury by repeated effort can cause overuse issues. Most guidelines recommend weight training to a level of substantial fatigue, ensuring strength and muscle mass increases, while avoiding failure. It’s a recommendation that’s especially important to populations that may have issues with going to failure, like the elderly and those with high blood pressure or chronic injuries.

The good news: Failure is not essential for maximal increases in strength and hypertrophy for these individuals. In fact, you raise the possibility of overtraining and injury when training to failure.

So the consensus is to use failure sparingly, if you’re experienced. But don’t use it at all if you’re inexperienced with lifting heavier weight. Keep in mind that results are not substantially better when using heavier weights anyway. Lighter weights will do. Far more important than reaching failure is proper form during resistance training using full range of motion.

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Are You Getting Enough Fiber?

Do you get enough fiber? The odds are pretty good that you don’t get the recommended daily amount since only five percent of adults consume adequate dietary fiber (1). The Institute of Medicine recommends at least 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men every day, but according to a large national health survey, the average adult consumes just 16 grams of fiber daily (2). This means that the majority of us are missing out on the health benefits from fiber including support for heart health, digestive health, and weight management (1).

One reason our average daily fiber intake remains so low is that many healthful foods have much less fiber than you might expect. For example, a medium apple (including skin) and an ounce of almonds (approximately 23) only provides about 3 grams, while a slice of whole grain bread typically contains about 2 grams of fiber. Considering these numbers, it’s easy to see why so many people fall short of getting an adequate amount of fiber every day. If you are ready to add the benefits of more fiber to your diet, these three tips can help you get started.

1.      Build Up Gradually

Any time you make a major change to your diet your body will need some time to adjust and improvements to your diet are no exception. Increasing fiber is best done gradually since a sudden and drastic change is likely to lead to gastrointestinal upset. Consider this: If your daily fiber intake has only been about 16 grams per day, you might need to double your fiber intake to reach a level that is considered adequate. For most people, a sudden doubling of fiber intake is likely to cause uncomfortable digestive upsets such as intestinal gas, cramping, or diarrhea. Instead of shocking your digestive system with a sudden jump in fiber, try a moderate increase of three or four grams per day over the course of several weeks. One approach may be to add one serving of fiber-rich foods every day for a week and increase to two servings every day the following week, and so on. It may be more convenient to include a supplemental source of fiber, such as Slim Cakes®, Fiber Snacks™, or FiberPro™, to help you meet your goals. IsaLean® Shake is also an excellent source of fiber with 8 grams per serving. Your best choice is a slow, gradual increase over time to help your system adapt and avoid any uncomfortable symptoms.

2.      Balance Fiber with Water

Hydration levels and digestive comfort are closely related since the large intestine plays an important role in maintaining the body’s water balance. On a day when you don’t drink as much water as your body needs, the large intestine will compensate by absorbing more water than usual from the materials entering the large intestine. The end result can be excessively hard, dry stools, often leading to constipation. One of the benefits of getting an adequate amount of dietary fiber is to increase both the volume and moisture content of the material in the large intestine. This is beneficial because it supports the body’s ability to efficiently eliminate waste and promote regularity. However, increasing dietary fiber can only support regularity if you are well hydrated, so it is important to balance any increase in dietary fiber with proper hydration.

3.      Variety is Key

There are a many different types of dietary fiber and each type has unique benefits. Some types of fiber can dissolve and thicken when mixed with water. This is a property that helps you to feel satisfied for a longer period of time after a meal. Oats, for example, are a rich source of beta-glucan, a type of fiber that helps keep your appetite in check and can have benefits for heart health (3). Other types of fiber are called prebiotics and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the large intestine. One of the most commonly consumed prebiotic fibers is inulin, from the chicory root (3). You can maximize the benefits for your body by choosing a variety of fiber-rich foods.

Benefits of Bumping Up Your Fiber

Almost everyone can benefit from getting more fiber. Fiber-rich foods support both healthy intestinal function and overall health in many ways. Some types of fiber promote regularity, while others have benefits ranging from supporting a healthy heart to encouraging the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria. Because the majority of people have a dietary fiber intake that is far below the recommended level, the smartest strategy is to add fiber gradually rather than jumping straight to the recommended level all at once. By keeping these tips in mind, you can receive maximum benefits from getting the right amount of fiber for your body every day.

Referances

  1. Dahl WJ, Stewart ML. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Health Implications of Dietary Fiber. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Nov;115(11):1861-70.
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  3. McRorie JW Jr. Evidence-Based Approach to Fiber Supplements and Clinically Meaningful Health Benefits, Part 1: What to Look for and How to Recommend an Effective Fiber Therapy. Nutr Today. 2015 Mar;50(2):82-89.