Thursday, November 10, 2011

Julien Greaux Mixed Martial Artist

Julien Greaux BSN sponsored athlete gets ultra ripped as an avid Mixed Martial Artist

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

UFC Heavyweight fight debuts on Fox

The biggest fight of the year hits Anaheim, CA this Saturday, November 12 when the UFC® makes its debut on Fox with the heavyweight championship of the world on the line. Team BSN®’s Cain Velasquez will defend his title for the first time against dangerous young heavyweight Junior dos Santos in a thrilling clash of the two premier strikers in the division.
Cain has spent the past year recovering from shoulder surgery to repair an injury sustained during his title-clinching destruction of former champ Brock Lesnar back at UFC® 121. Now fully healed with a successful training camp behind him, Cain will be looking to build on his unblemished 9-0 professional record and continue to cement his place as the undisputed king of the MMA landscape. However, dos Santos will provide Cain with perhaps his toughest test yet, as the young Brazilian is an expert striker with textbook form and tremendous power in both hands. As deadly as Cain’s own stand-up game is, this should prove to be a truly explosive matchup. One area where Cain should have a decided advantage is on the ground; his stellar wrestling background should allow him to control the fight if it goes to the mat, and his ground-and-pound attack can be absolutely brutal. Both men are exceptional athletes, so stamina shouldn’t be a problem for either. Of course, with the way these two like to mix it up, this fight might never see the fifth round.
The fight is a milestone for the UFC®, and certainly for Cain himself. After shocking the MMA world with how quickly and completely he dominated the monstrous Lesnar, it’s now time for Cain to begin building his championship legacy. Tune in this Saturday at 9 PM EST on Fox and catch all the action as the combat sports event of the year unfolds!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

UFC 141 Lesnar vs Overeem UFC on FOX

by Jesse Holland on November 7, 2011 12:37 pm EST in UFC Press Conference

Come for the Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem staredown, stay for the UFC on FOX weigh ins.
The UFC 141 pre-fight press conference to announce "Lesnar vs. Overeem" has been booked for the Santa Monica Pier this Friday (November 11, 2011) at 2:0 pm PT in Santa Monica, California, to announce the upcoming heavyweight headliner slated for the Dec. 30 pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The press conference, which is free to attend and open to the public, will precede the UFC on FOX weigh ins for "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos," which start at 4:0 pm PT at the same location.
UFC 141 will take place on New Year's Eve weekend from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in "Sin City" and pits former division champion, Brock Lesnar, who has not competed in more than a year because of the major intestinal disorder, against the former Strikeforce and K-1 Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem.
Both fighters are expected to attend and mug for the cameras.
Here is the current UFC fight card and 141 line-up.

Main event:
265 lbs.: Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
Main card (pay-per-view):
170 lbs.: Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks
155 lbs.: Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone
170 lbs.: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Sean Pierson
205 lbs.: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Preliminary card (May not be broadcast):
145 lbs.: Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes
145 lbs.: Ross Pearson vs. Junior Assuncao
155 lbs.: T.J. Grant vs. Jacob Volkmann

* Fight card and line-up subject to change **
For more on UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" be sure to hit up our event archive right here. For more on the UFC on FOX weigh ins click here.
Read More: Manny Gamburyan (MMA), Brock Lesnar (MMA), Alistair Overeem (MMA), Donald Cerrone (MMA), Jon Fitch (MMA), T.J. Grant (MMA), Ross Pearson (MMA), Alexander Gustafsson (MMA), Diego Nunes (MMA), Vladimir Matyushenko (MMA), Johny Hendricks (MMA), Sean Pierson (MMA), Jacob Volkmann (MMA), Nate Diaz (MMA), Dong Hyun Kim (MMA), Junior Assuncao (MMA), 141 UFC: Lesnar vs. Overeem

UFC ULTIMATE Fighter Gray Maynard

Interview with UFC Fighter Gray Maynard

Interviewed by Ben Tatar of - December 2010Gray Maynard has a 9 second KO 3rd fastest in UFC history
Gray is second to Anderson Silva in longest winning streak in UFC history
Gray is the ONLY lightweight to go undefeated in 8 fights
Combined Gray's opponents have had over 100 UFC fights, in those 100 UFC fights only 3 times have those opponents lost their fight due to a KO or submission.
Gray is undefeated.
Every fighter Gray has fought, has a professional winning record.
Gray is the only man to beat Frankie Edgar.
Gray will be fighting Frankie Edgar January 1st for his first chance to capture the belt. UFC 125 GRAY MAYNARD on Frankie Edgar... "Frankie be prepared. Cause I want to beat Frank Edgar at his best!" Gray has a resume that no other fighter has been able to duplicate before. Critical Bench presents to you, UFC superstar, GRAY MAYNARD! Critical Bench: Gray, it's great to have you here today. We are interested in getting to know the man who will be fighting the Main Event at UFC 125 on New Years and the man who has been a total unstoppable force in the octagon. GRAY: Thank you. It is great to be here with Critical Bench. CRITICAL BENCH: Your 9 second KO is the 3rd fastest in UFC history. How did it happen? GRAY: It was a left hook that hit him square. My opponent wasn't a top guy. It was all good and I liked that fight. CRITICAL BENCH: Did it surprise you that you had the 3rd fastest KO in UFC history? GRAY: It surprised me of course, 9 seconds and it's over. He isn't a top fighter, so it isn't something that I brag about. However, it's a cool fact to have that I'm the 3rd fastest. CRITICAL BENCH: Gray you are second to Anderson Silva in longest winning streak in UFC history. That means your win streak is longer than Royce Gracie's, Chuck Liddell's, GSP's and any other UFC great.
How do you stay so dominate for so long? GRAY: I just really try to evolve with every chance. The sport changes every day. I think it is important to change as well. If you don't, you get passed up really quick. When you're going against the top guys over and over again, you have to add a little bit more or you will get beat. CRITICAL BENCH: Gray, you are the only lightweight in UFC history to go undefeated in 8 fights. What makes Gray different from everyone else? GRAY: My thing is I love to evolve. I think with me, obviously the goal is to have the belt and hold onto the belt. A lot of people are scared of change, but I have done some stuff and I changed. Every time I have a camp, I try to change stuff and evolve. I have the best coaches and the best group of guys to train with. CRITICAL BENCH: What if everything is working so well? Do you think there is always something to improve? GRAY: There is always stuff to improve whether it's technical or mental. You gotta look at every aspect of the game. Do you do it just to do it or do you do it because it works? What you do in between camps determines what you do in everything. CRITICAL BENCH: Gray, according to your sister Misty, your combined opponents have had over 100 UFC fights. In those 100 UFC fights only 3 times have those opponents lost their fight due to a KO or submission. I also notice that every opponent you faced and beat has a professional winning record. How do you keep an undefeated record with such a tough professional fight schedule? GRAY: hahaha, wow my sister keeps track of everything. I love my sister Misty. She's an amazing person who is always there for me and I love all of her support. Ben, to answer your question I have gone up with the top guys and I pride the fact that I fight the guys no one else wants. That's why I have gone up against Edgar and where my fights were against the lefties for five fights. Everyone hates fighting lefties because it's a different style and a slower pace, but against lefties I had 5 wins in a row! CRITICAL BENCH: Gray, how did you get the nickname, "The Bully"?

GRAY: It comes from my dog Hank, a bullterrier that I rescued from a place that was neglectful. I knew a guy who had a couple pitbulls and a bullterrior and they would fight them. They were being abused. At the time his name was TANK and I would change it to HANK. So, I had to change him! I was like, what do you with a dog while in college? He was a bully, I had to train him and for me, every time I train, I train hard! So, we are BULLIES! CRITICAL BENCH: Great story. Gray, you train year round. You have a new strength and conditioning trainer. What is your new strength and conditioning 
  trainer like? GRAY: My last year I got with a guy named Luke. He trained out of Athlete's Performance out of Arizona. He trains a lot of pro athletes for
baseball, football and he just got a new job a couple of years ago as a strength
and conditioning coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. I knew him for a long time, John Pascou. He trains Roy Jones Jr and he overseas Brock Lesnar's camps. It's all about the whole process to peak at the correct time. He is more of a performance coach. He is in Florida to help me peak on January 1st. CRITICAL BENCH: Gray, tell us about your training at your camp. GRAY: I started at camp 13 weeks out. There was a week where I had to go to England, but the whole process has been going on for awhile. I had to heal up a couple of injuries. I go to the camp 2 times a day, every day. Once in awhile I take a day off. We do different stuff, sometimes static training, it really depends on what part of the camp we are in, it will change. It's all according to the camp to peak at the right time. For me, I have a whole process to be good on January 1st, 110%. It has been a really good camp. It has been a long one, but good and I'm gonna be prepared for January to win that belt. CRITICAL BENCH: Gray, tell us about your father Jan Maynard. GRAY: While growing up my dad got me into wrestling when I was three. That was my sport for a long time. He was a time 2 time Ohio State Champ. Wrestling was my goal ever since I was a kid. My parents and family did teach me about the drive to compete. I appreciate them, they mean everything to me. CRITICAL BENCH: Gray, you have cauliflower ears. How did you get cauliflower ears? GRAY: All the toughest wrestlers had cauliflower ears and they were so badass. I looked up to Tom and Terry Brands, Dan Gable, and my dad Jan Maynard who all had cauliflower ears. So, I didn't wear my headgear. It happens. I was in the 10th grade when it happened to me. Just a little story that's funny. I just cared about training and I wanted to be top of the world and that's it. CRITICAL BENCH: Gray you love to drink beer and keep everyone rolling with quotes from movies, one liners and other antics. Tell us about that. GRAY: I love to laugh. I train, that is all I do. Then when I'm not, let's have a good time. Let's enjoy life. When I'm not in the camps for my fight, I have a few beers and just laugh. Comedies is all I watch, I want to laugh, that's just me. I love stand up comedies, gotta enjoy life man because it's short. Live it!
CRITICAL BENCH: Gray you also enjoy mountain biking, hiking and wake boarding. Great stuff. What is it about those activities that you love? Can you do tricks? GRAY: I usually train all year but if I'm not in the gym, I'm still doing stuff. I love mountain biking, hiking and wake boarding. I'm just enjoying life. There's a lot of cool stuff and it's a lot of fun for me. I can do some wake boarding tricks. I love the lake and heat. Gotta keep active and enjoy life.  
CRITICAL BENCH: Gray, so far in a UFC fight, what has been your most intense moment? GRAY: When I fought Edgar. In round 1, I actually broke my hand. He caught me on a hook where my eye ball took all the punch. I was blurred for a long time, maybe for 2 weeks after the fight. My eyes were really screwed afterwards, so I was kind of messed up for the whole fight. I had a broken hand and blurred eyes. CRITICAL BENCH: You still came back and won against Edgar! GRAY: That's the whole and makes it even more impressive! CRITICAL BENCH: Do you have any message for Frankie Edgar for UFC 125 on New Years? GRAY" Frankie be prepared. Cause I want to beat Frank Edgar at his best!' CRITICAL BENCH: Gray Maynard versus Frankie part 2, where everything is at stake! No better way to ring in the New Year! So, Gray, what fight do you remember the most? GRAY: I remember my fight against Kenny Florian because that was my last one. It was a good fight and I was just glad that I had the chance for a title shot after that. They just come and go and it was awesome at the time, but gotta get back at the gym! CRITICAL BENCH: Right, you beat Kenny and Kenny has been one of the best light weights in the world for awhile, very impressive. What is your mental training like before a fight? GRAY: I like to get a good warm up in, sweat, tell jokes, laugh and just try to enjoy it. It's fun for me to fight! Then the cage door closes and it's time to get going, serious! CRITICAL BENCH: I know this is a no brainer, but some people don't know. Let me ask you. If all the fighters from UFC 1 fought all the UFC fighters who we will see at UFC 125 on January 1st, would today's fighters win the UFC tournaments back from the earlier UFC Days?
GRAY: Yes. This is an actual sport where people train year round and are now good in everything. Of course it was tough back then but it has changed now. Today everyone is really good and prepared. The competition is just getting so good that the gap is closing for the top 20 guys. It's just really close. CRITICAL BENCH: How do you see the future of the UFC? GRAY: I see it evolving. More competition, there's gonna be a quicker pace, but there's gonna be closer crap fights because there are gonna be some good guys. It's just gonna get tougher and tougher. CRITICAL BENCH: Do you have a favorite UFC moment? GRAY: It's all fun for me. CRITICAL BENCH: Gray what fight changed you the most? GRAY: When I fought Dennis Evar. I just felt it was a sloppy fight and I was pretty pissed after I fought. After that I got with a coach named Gill Martinez and he has been unbelievable. That has changed me! CRITICAL BENCH: How does Gray want to be remembered? GRAY: I want to be remembered as a guy who really tried to learn the sport, evolved and never took the easy way out. He was a normal guy who worked his ass off to get to the top. CRITICAL BENCH: Gray, what was the best advice you were ever told. GRAY: Best advice, don't eat the yellow snow! CRITICAL BENCH: Gray, what's your message for fans who look up to you? GRAY: I appreciate the support, I train my ass off and I love the sport. I love my fans. It helps to know that I have that! For the times it gets tough, it's great that they are so there. Love my fans. CRITICAL BENCH: Do you have any advice for the kids who want to be a UFC Fighter? GRAY: Get in there! Hard work pays off. Just gotta be smart and try not to hang out with guys who don't want what you want. So, that's a key goal. You gotta be with guys who want what you want as well. Guys who want to workout hard and work your ass off. CRITICAL BENCH: Gray, it has been great talking to you today. You have really left a huge impact on the UFC! We cannot wait to see what you have in store for us next. Go win that title on January 1st and we wish you the best in every fight after that. Gray, in closing who would you like to thank? GRAY: I want to thank my family, my teammates, Jessica, the people who support me and it's just an endless list. It's a great sport, let's keep it going. I appreciate all the support and help!!
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Protein FAQ's

Common Sense Protein FAQ - Get Answers To Your Most Frequently-Asked Questions About Protein

By Nick Nilsson
How much protein do you need? How much protein can your
body absorb at once? Will excess protein make you fat?
Learn these answers and more!
Apply the knowledge,Take Massive Action,get Massive Results
Protein: it's the nutrient that is most commonly associated with weight training, yet it's also one of the most misunderstood! When it comes right down to it, when you workout with weights, your body NEEDS protein, which it breaks down into Amino Acids and uses for a myriad of bodily functions, including muscle repair.

But when it comes to using protein (both in supplement form and in food), there is a lot of confusion. In this FAQ, you're going to get common sense answers to some of the most controversial questions that people have about protein.


How Much Protein Does Your Body Really Need?
At its simplest, your body has a baseline protein requirement that depends on a two main factors: lean body mass (muscle) and activity (type and amount).
The more muscle your body carries, the higher your protein requirement. Also, the more intense, the more frequent and the longer the activity you perform, the more protein you need.
Studies on protein requirements that demonstrate a greater need for protein often meet with much controversy in scientific literature. It seems sometimes, for some reason, that many in the scientific and nutritional community are actually anti-protein! In fact, you may have even witnessed a similar prejudice when it comes to supplements as simple as vitamins as well!
Bottom line: if you train with weights, your body is breaking down protein and you need to provide it with extra protein to help rebuild. Though the exact amounts that different sources recommend varies widely between 0.7 grams per pound of body weight (140 grams for a 200 lb person) to levels as high as 2 grams per pound of body weight (400 grams for a 200 lb person), there is a solution...
Experiment for yourself! Start with a moderate protein intake of 0.7 grams per pound of body weight and see how you feel and how your results are. The next week, increase your protein intake a little, adding about 20 to 30 grams to your daily total. See if that makes a difference. The following week, add a little more protein.
You may find that you need more protein than you've been taking or you may find that you don't need as much protein as you think!


How Much Protein Can The Body Digest At One Time?
There are many who suggest your body can't digest and use more than 30 to 40 grams of protein at a time. I've not seen convincing research on it to say if that's true or not.
Personally, using a common sense approach, I think we need to consider a few things.
1. Think about what state your body is in. If your body needs the protein (like after workout), I think it will use and digest more of it if it's available. Your entire metabolism is accelerated after a workout and protein use in the body shoots up. If protein is just eaten during the day, smaller servings of around 40 grams may well be better.
2. It's better to have more than you need than not enough when you need it. After a workout, I take in about 60 grams of whey protein, simply because, even if my body can't use it all, I'd prefer to have a little bit more than not have enough, which would slow down recovery.
The same can certainly apply during the day. A little extra protein that your body burns up or excretes is not going to have any appreciable negative effects. But, not having protein available when your body needs it can slow and stop muscle growth.
3. Protein doesn't digest all at once, especially with meals. Think about it this way, your stomach doesn't process and send out everything it digests all at once. It works on some, then sends some on its way. This applies more to meals than protein drinks but the fact remains, your body doesn't digest a whole meal all at once. It digest a little at a time. Think of it like time-release vitamin - your body doesn't use the whole all at once but uses it over the course of the entire digestion process.
4. Different people can handle different doses of nutrients other than protein. Does it makes sense that a 250 lb bodybuilder can only digest the same amount of protein as a 110 lb woman at one time? Different metabolic systems require and can handle different dosages.
Bottom line: The limit of 30 to 40 grams of protein at once? It could be right, it could be wrong. Just make sure you're getting plenty if and when your body needs it.


Will Eating Too Much Protein Make You Fat?
The quick answer to that question is yes. However, an excess of ANY nutrient (protein, carbs or fat) has the potential to make you fat. Of the three major nutrients, protein is the LEAST likely to do so as it's primarily a structural nutrient rather than an energy nutrient.
A common sense approach to answering this question would be to break it all down by numbers.
Consider this:
1 gram of protein contains 4 calories. Your body uses approximately 40% of the calories stored in protein to break it down and digest it.
Say you eat 300 grams of protein per day and your body only needs 150 grams. That's 150 extra grams of protein per day. Of those 150 grams (which yields 600 calories), the equivalent of 60 of those grams (240 calories) will be burned digesting the extra protein.
This leaves you with 360 extra calories. A pound of fat contains 3500 calories. It's going to take a LOT of excess protein to fill up a pound of fat. Even then, if you're training hard, excess calories are burned to fuel activity (not necessarily from the protein itself but also from carbs and fat).
Bottom line: the fat-gaining effects of eating extra protein are negligible. You're better off making sure your body is getting enough protein when you're training hard.


Do I Need To Take Protein Supplements?
The answer to this question is both yes and no.
You DON'T need to supplement with protein if you're getting enough quality protein in your food in your regular diet. You also don't need to supplement if you are able to get your protein conveniently and when your body needs it (especially after a workout).
If you can get enough protein and get it when your body needs it, there's no need to supplement with it! Food sources of protein are absolutely fine and you can build and support muscle with them.
But here's the big "BUT!"
Food sources are good for daily protein requirements BUT you SHOULD supplement with protein if you're not able to get enough quality protein in your diet WHEN your body needs it.
The very best example of this is after a hard workout. Protein supplements are easily digested by your body and very convenient to simply drink after a workout. This is the time when your body needs protein the most and getting it to your muscles quickly is a top priority. Food sources of protein are just not digested as quickly as supplements for post-workout use. Supplements are an easy way to make sure your body has the protein it needs after a workout.
Also, if you have trouble getting enough protein on a regular basis throughout the day, a protein supplement is ideal for keeping your muscles supplied consistently. It's much easier to drink a protein shake than cook and eat a chicken breast!
Bottom line: while you don't always HAVE to take a protein supplement, sometimes it's a very good idea to. If nothing else, take a protein supplement IMMEDIATELY after a workout to maximize recovery and results.


Will Eating Too Much Protein Harm My Kidneys?
Only if you already have trouble with your kidneys. No studies have demonstrated damage to the kidneys with increased protein intake unless the kidneys are already damaged.
Drinking plenty of water can help the kidneys do their job of processing waste products, though! Keep in mind that there are many other variables at work in the body as well, including other bodily processes that could affect protein metabolism and excretion. If you have any concerns about protein and how your body uses it, I would definitely recommend you consult with your physician.


These common-sense answers to frequently-asked protein questions should help you get a better idea of how you should look at and structure your protein consumption.
If you have any questions about protein intake or supplementation, including which supplements are recommended, please don't hesitate to contact me at
Nick Nilsson has a degree in Physical Education and Psychology and has been innovating new training techniques for more than 18 years. Nick is the author of a number of bodybuilding books including "Muscle Explosion! 28 Days To Maximum Mass", "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss," "The Best Exercises You've Never Heard Of," "Gluteus to the Maximus - Build a Bigger Butt NOW!" and "The Best Abdominal Exercises You've Never Heard Of", all designed to maximize the results you get for the hard work you put into your training.
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