Monday, December 06, 2010

ONE of my Secrets for the Gym - Jack3d

Nothing illegal, don't get excited.
I'll let you guys in on a little secret. But first of all let me make it clear that everything I take here is legal. This  supplement I take is JUST recently legal in Canada, but I have been training with it since I started (in the states), and it is magnificent. It is the only supplement that I take pre-workout and that isn't for recovery. It's called Jack3d, and it's created by USPLabs.

This is the stuff that all the giant beasts at LA Fitness from Boca to Miami are taking and I am sure it will blow up in Canada once more people have tried it. It's a pre-workout supplement that gives you energy, endurance, strength and CRAZY FOCUS in the gym.  Jack3d comes in powder form, and I just put 1 scoop (sometimes 1.5) in a half filled water bottle, shake it up, and pound it all at once 45 minutes before my workout. My preference is Lemon-lime flavor. I have tried all the flavors and to me this is the best one. Here are the flavors in order from best to worst in my opinion:
1) Lemon Lime (The red tub)
2) Grape Bubblegum (The purple tub)
3) Tropical Fruit Punch (The blue tub)

None of them taste GOOD, but I take the Lemon-Lime down like Lemon-aid on a sunny day! 

 The only way I can describe it is that it's similar to Adderall. If you don't know what Adderall is, it's an A.D.H.D (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) medication given to increase focus and concentration. It makes you focus on your workout and stay in the 'zone' as I call it (or tunnel vision). You know those few moments where you loose track of time in the gym because you are in the 'zone'? Well imagine that same feeling of dedication and concentration to every exercise for a full 2 hour workout of both cardio and weight training. I have tried other pre-workout supplements such as NO-Xplode, and 1MR (just to name a few of the more popular ones), but nothing compares to the tunnel vision you get with this stuff.
Personally, I found other pre-workout supplements gave me anxiety, and made me a bit shakey and jittery in the gym (and sometimes even after). Most people would assume it was because of the dosage I was taking in comparison to my size (since I am a pretty small person, and this is pretty powerful stuff). But I dosed properly, and still got those side effects. With Jack3d I have a hard, strong, focused, attentive and smooth workout and leave the gym relaxed. No jitters, no anxiety, no excessive nervous energy.

I turn everyone I train with onto this stuff, and I haven't had many complaints. But here are A couple things to watch out for: 

Make sure you start with a small dosage. I overdosed with MR1 once and almost had to go to the hospital. Big boys you may be laughing, but all 122.4 pounds of me was a complete wreck. I know the same can happen with Jack3d and anxiety. (I have anxiety issues to begin with)

Also I have heard of instances where it makes people need to poop. Legit. Like stat. So be careful the first time you take it, to see if your stomach agrees with it. Although Jack3d is actually known for being better on the stomach than most pre-workout supplements, it is still an issue for some. Not fun!

The Beta Alaline (which is a naturally occurring beta amino acid) in Jack3d can make you tingle or itchy. It can be extremely irritating to some people, and other may not notice it at all.

Also, I found that I did build a bit of an immunity to this stuff so take breaks. I went off for a month, and I start back on again tomorrow...sooo siked! (That's what inspired me to write this post!)

The only thing is, it's crazy expensive in Canada in comparison to the States. In stores in Vancouver I have seen the price fluxuate from $50.00 - $75.00 whereas in Florida I got my tubs for just $21.95 each. I'll let you guys in on another secret. It's called Although it's an american site, the prices are unbeatable (If you know a better one, let me know!! -- especially for Canada). I find the best way to order supplements is to have a couple friends order with you online that way you can split the shipping, and get the deals. It's always cheaper when you buy more!

In fact I get my mamabear to mail it to me (thanks mamabear!)  My family's nickname for me is' 'Stefinition' if you haven't read my other blog entries yet, this became my nickname once "The Situation" became famous. I guess my family wanted to make fun of me for constantly showing my abs to the world, and staring at myself in the mirror. Whatever.

Anyway guys, this is my first post on supplements. I take other stuff too so I will fill you in on those later on. One thing at a time, and this stuff is my favorite so go out, grab some, hit the gym, bang it out, and let me know what you think!

Here is a poll from my favorite website, where people have compared Jack3d to one of the most popular/well known pre-workout supplements 'NO-Xplode'. So all you die hard NO fans, try this stuff out!!

Jack3d vs NO-Xplode - Forums


Also there is a comparison on the Jack3d site itself -- maybe a bit bias?! -- but worth checking out.

Oh ya, I got a new hair color. Went back to my natural color for the winter. You guys like? For my stylists info e-mail me Here!
Before. Eww roots!
My Stylist Ashley in Action!
Gettin' Foiled with Blonding Pro Ashley!
Under the dryer checking e-mails!
After my deep condition, and color, time to style.
I couldn't eat this day (photo shoot) so Adam stopped by to bring me a gingerbread man to taunt me! Asshole! 

After! Mwah! Thanks Ash!
Another angle:)
The girls at the salon said the color brings out my eyes:) 

Later that night - me blogging!
Here's another angle! I love myself!

Stefinition Gym Beats
So this is the 2nd week that I'm including this section on my blog (every Monday) to help motivate you guys in the gym, and help you get that 'Stefinion'  you're shedding and shredding for. 

This weeks list is made by YOU, the readers. After last Monday's post, I got a lot of feedback from you guys, so here it is, a mix up of my beloved readers favorite gym beats. I couldn't add them ALL to this weeks list, but if yours is posted then you've made it to my top favorites. Realize this music is coming from all over the world. I love you guys for contributing because I can't wait to add them to my playlist for the week. YOU MOTIVATE ME!!!

This time around I made each song into a link so that you can sample them before you download em! I know, I do what I can to make your fitness you guys better be banging it out hardcore for me!

Keep your playlist fresh and sexual. I've read that working out with music can help you to go up to 20 percent longer to burn more calories.

Dec.6.2010 Top Ten Playlist Songs for my Gym Rats
**The ones I have highlighted in red are songs that never leave me playlist. They are permanent workout songs because for one reason or another they just do it for me.**

1) Beyonce - Freakum Dress
2) Cosmic Gate - Not enough time LOVE THIS ONE!
3) Kanye West - What it do
4) Kanye West feat Jay Z & Swizz Beatz - Power (Remix)
5) Kanye West feat Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj - Monster
6) Sharam feat Kid Cudi - She Came Along (Vandalism Mix) LOVE THIS ONE!
7) Estelle - I can freak LOVE THIS ONE!
8) Deadmau5 - Moar ghosts n' stuff
9) Deadmau5 - Strobe
10) Tinie Tempah - Miami to Ibiza
11) Kanye West - Hell of a Life
12) Tinchy Stryder feat Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Chipmunk & Devlin - Game Over
13) Professor Green - Jungle LOVE THIS ONE!
14) Professor Green - Monster
15) Professor Green - Just be good to green LOVE THIS ONE!

Hope you guys can pick and choose what you like and add it to your playlists this week. Have a good workout! See you in the Gym!