AST's Ny-Tro Pro 40 is one of my favorite meal replacements. I have tried all three of their flavors (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry). The strawberry flavor is without a doubt the best tasting of the three. It contains 0.5 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, and 40 grams of protein.
The protein is composed of milk protein isolate, calcium caseinate, egg white, and whey protein concentrate. It also contains L-Glutamine and the three branched chain amino acids. All this makes Ny-tro Pro 40 a great meal replacement. If you buy them from BB.com, it ends up being about $1.65 per packet. Which is not bad at all considering most people pay over $2 for a hamburger.
During my contest prep, I used AST's Vyo-Pro bar when I had to eat something quick on the go. The first time I ate one of these bars, I thought it tasted terrible! But after that first one, I enjoyed eating them. They taste like brownies and tootsie rolls mixed together. In each bar, there is 7 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates (Only 1 gram of sugar), and 20 grams of protein.
The protein is composed of whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate, hydrolyzed whey protein concentrate and egg albumin. It also contains L- Glutamine. This is one bar that I can actually stand eating. One thing I like about these bars is I swear they do not melt. I had one in my pocket for almost an entire day. When I took it out to eat it, I knew it was going to be melted. But as I unwrapped it, I saw it was in perfect condition.
After doing some research on ALA I decided to give it a try. During my contest prep, I was taking 1800 mg a day. I took 400 mg with breakfast, 400 pre-workout, 600 mg post workout, and 400 mg before bed. For awhile, I did not think this product was doing anything. At 6 weeks out, my biceps were at close to 15.5 inches. After two weeks on ALA they were up to 16 inches. At the time, I figured I just regained size.
But after some more thinking I realized that this increase was due to ALA. Because I was on a cutting diet, my glycogen levels were being depleting so my muscles were getting smaller. One of ALA's main functions is to increase glucose uptake by muscles. By me taking ALA, I was refilling my muscles will glycogen without having to up my carbs. This is a great supplement, especially when cutting.
This is one of my favorite supplements. I believe that this supplement was one of the main factors that allowed me to keep my muscle mass while cutting. The greatest fear for bodybuilders is to lose muscle when cutting. There is nothing more disappointing than losing something you have worked so hard to receive.
But by using L-Glutamine, I was able to stay out of a catabolic state. I took 5 grams in the morning, 5 grams pre-workout, 5 grams post workout, and 5 grams before bed. This technique worked very well for me.
I do not know exactly how much effect this had on me burning fat, but I do know that it helped suppress my appetite. Before I started Xenadrine NRG, I was always hungry. No matter what time of the day. After starting Xenadrine NRG, at about four weeks out, I noticed that my appetite had decreases. This definitely helped in the long run.
These were the supplements that I used when preparing for my contest. Of course these supplements would have had no use if my diet was not in-line. You can take all the supplements in the world, but if your diet isn't up to par, then you will not progress. Sure you may still lose some weight or gain some muscle, but nothing compared to what a proper diet can bring.
This is a pretty decent video. I highly recommend it for beginner bodybuilders who have no posing experience. If you are already pretty confident with your posing, then you will not learn much from this video. This video goes through and explains how to do it of the mandatory poses and gives you plenty of contest tips.
If you have never been to a bodybuilding competition and plan to compete, this is something to look into if you cannot attend a contest. It does not replace the first hand knowledge you gain for going to a contest in person though.
This is the first bodybuilding video I ever saw. It's pretty cool to see one of today's pros go through his workouts and actually talk to his viewers. The video goes through a training session of each muscle group, has some of the 1997 Ironman footage, along with a little humor. It's a decent video, so if you got a few extra bucks, check it out.