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Maximuscle CONFIRMED as new sponsors in BIG deal

MASS is very pleased to announce that the infamous sports nutrition brand MAXIMUSCLE are now MASS’s headline sports nutrition sponsors. Let us tell you more…

 

 

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The Brand

Maximuscle is a huge brand and pretty much a household name. The first sports nutrition company to hit the market when sports supplements were first introduced. Everyone remembers their first tub of Promax or Cyclone and the journey that sent them on. The Maximuscle image is clean and professional, a well-presented brand.

 

We feel that this prestigious and accredited aura that Maximuscle has will reflect well on MASS and on our societies. Helping us to grow the society network and help our societies recruit more members.

 

 

17015922_10154392116994067_4449454332000762163_oThe Product Range

The product range is large, specific and affordable. It’s important that our sponsor has products you’ll want to use and that cater to all areas of training. Maximuscles range stems from muscle building all-in-ones to sport specific products, electrolyte replenishing endurance products, convenience products such as ready-to-drink shakes and bars and now their new RAW ingredients range, and more. Meaning there’s something for all your members.

 

A side note from us – their new Award Winning RAW range is a gamechanger for us in choosing Maximuscle for be your sponsor. You can now get the core components we all love, with that upmarket Maximuscle feeling, at affordable prices – making it one line of Maxi products that I know you’d definitely want to and would use as well as potentially some of the other more specialised lines also. Check out the RAW range on their site here 😊

 

 

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ALL Maximuscle products are certified by ‘INFORMED-SPORT’

The Informed-Sport programme certifies that nutritional supplements and/or ingredients that carry the Informed-Sport logo have been screened for substances banned in sports by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Informed-sport requires that every batch of a product must be tested in order to grant use of the INFORMED-SPORT logo… And EVERY Maximuscle product is certified.

 

Lots of brands are slapping on ‘finest quality ingredients’, ‘cutting edge innovation’, ‘quality assured’ and other stickers on their packaging but if you look up what these actually mean or is it a proper accreditation it’s likely that it’s either not an accreditation at all and is just marketing or it’s a very poor standard certification where they haven’t had to meet particularly stringent testing to get it. And where some other brands may be claiming to be working with Informed-Sport they’re only certifying a particular ‘range’ of products and charging extra for that range, which to us defeats the object of being ‘Informed-Sport’ certified in the first place and just looks like a marketing ploy so that they can get the ‘Informed-Sport’ logo on their website in some capacity and look like they’re doing things properly.

 

For Maximuscle, on the other hand, it’s not a marketing ploy, it’s a value and a promise. And that’s why every single product is certified. MASS, as a pro-natural and academic organisation, is really pleased to be associated with an all Informed-Sport brand.

 

 

 

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The Support

Maximuscle will be generous in their support to us and our societies to help drive the MASS mission. You can expect; samples for all MASS members, care packages for your committee to use as prizes for competitions, a heavy discount on the standard Maximuscle range, a reasonable discount on the MaxiRAW range, athlete visits for seminars and more.

 

The above is all coming soon. Contact your society committee for the latest!

 

 

 

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About the Athlete

It’s important for us to be working with more than a sports nutrition company, but rather a brand that’s about the athlete.
Maximuscles online support area, the ‘Home of Gains’, is evidence of really going the extra mile for their customers to provide a complete training experience and not just products. In the Home of Gains you can find meal plans, training plans, training videos, competitions are more to keep you interested and equip you with the tools you need to make gains should you need a helping hand. Join here: Home of Gains

 

And their chosen athletes reflect this value also. Their team consists of football players, rugby players, professional boxers, bodybuilders, powerlifters, sports models, cover models and personal trainers who love what they do and want to share their passions through seminars and workshops which MASS members can look forward to getting involved in.

 

 

In it for the long haul

With a 2-year arrangement from the get-go, we are committed to working closely with Maximuscle to help MASS members make gains nationwide!

 

 

 

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Have a browse at www.maxinutrition.com in anticipation of the great deals and offers that’ll be hitting your inbox soon!

 

And stay tuned for lots of cool fun collaborations in the pipeline!

 

David Bissell

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Shopping on a Student Budget

Shopping on a student budget is all about common sense. It’s very simple. The key is organisation and sacrifice. Being smart and thinking before you act. Planning ahead in order to not find yourself with an empty fridge. Don’t give into peer pressure, just because the house is ordering a pizza it doesn’t mean you have to get involved…. Leave them to munch their circle of grease in front of the TV while you snack have a bowl of Greek yoghurt and nuts as you get tomorrow’s assignment done. Prioritise quality food over expensive spirits and ‘procrastination foods’ and you’ll feel a whole lot better about yourself. There is a choice here between buying her a drink at vodka revolution or seducing her with a salmon tagliatelle, for less that £10.

Food

To make shopping more cost-effective, organise your groceries into three categories. Fruit and veg, meat and the rest (whole grains, rice, oils, dried fruit, nuts, dairy)

  • Fruit and veg; Find a local market, where everything is usually ‘‘a pound a bowl’’. You’ll get x3 more bang for your buck at a market than in the supermarket. Markets are also great for bargaining quality fresh herbs such as mint, coriander, thyme, garlic, onion and lemons that are all expensive in the grocery stores. If you use these everyday in your cooking, buying them individually can equate over time. A trick is to go in the last hour of the day where you can definitely bargain for a buck!
  • Meats; If you have a few keen gym buddies or house mates, save money by going to the quality local butcher as a group, you’ll be surprised how much discount the butchers will offer if you buy a large amount of meat. By all chipping into a big order of chicken breast you’ll get that price per kg right down. Even if you buy in bulk on your own 9 times out of 10 it’ll still workout as better value for money than the supermarket. Similarly to meat, your local fishmonger will have great quality and variety of seafood. There are always plenty of offers in the fishmonger. Buying whole fish is cheaper, and the guy wearing the silly hat will always clean and cut the fish for you. Become a regular and take your friends, and watch the loyalty discount appear! Make sure to freeze the excess, as you don’t want to confuse the flatmates with an organised but reeking fridge.
  • The Rest; Aldi is King! It is excellent quality and value for money. If you don’t have an Aldi near you then look for the nearest value supermarket. Buy the supermarkets own brand of dairy and the largest containers you can carry of the stuff that doesn’t go off. Alternatively, Amazon can be a great shout for buying large bulk bags of rice, nuts, dried fruits and the like and as it’s delivered it saves you from a torturous journey home carrying it all on your back!

Nutritious food doesn’t have to taste plain, adding flavour and variety to meals is simple. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the huge selection of fresh herbs and good quality spices that are available. Buy a few healthy carb sources such as basmati rice, wholemeal pasta and couscous in bulk and use them interchangeably. Have meat sources that you use continuously then save room to vary one or two meals week by week.

Other than fresh fruit and veg which should be bought at least once a week, the idea is to bulk bulk bulk and occasionally, treat yourselves to a 13 oz. steak or a pound of king prawns, be it for your own pleasure or to keep your mum happy when she comes to visit. Start taking advantage of the loan drop at the beginning of term to invest bulk, this will A) mean you never run out of chicken, and B) give you a well needed newsflash that you can’t spunk all of your cash on fresher’s week club nights.

Sports Supplements

You should consider a few points before clicking buy in your shopping cart! There is no need for a drastic shelf of supplements if you eat a balanced macro and micro rich diet. Avoid buying the latest mind-busting, vein popping, pump surging pre-workout every month and instead prioritize the core essentials. To help you on your way to making the right choices here’s our top student sports supplements;

  • Milk based proteins (Whey/casein); Good quality milk proteins are rich in essential amino acids (EAAS) and also posses many immune boosting effects. They also contain the greatest density of leucine, which is related to as the protein synthesis trigger. 2-3 g of Leucine is vital for triggering muscle protein synthesis. Whey is the faster digesting out of the two and due to its higher leucine content is a preferred choice for athletes to potently stimulate muscle protein synthesis during rest and post exercise.
  • Caffeine – Caffeine, a naturally occurring timethyxanthine, is the most widely used drug in the world. It is a very effective at stimulating the central nervous system (CNS). Caffeine has been shown to successfully increase performance during endurance, power and strength exercises as well as helping you burn fat cells. Even though studies have shown marginal performance enhancing improvements; the placebo of drinking a strong coffee does work wonders. Now, there is no need to waste money every day on Starbucks! Whether it comes from a good quality instant coffee or those tablets we take before exams, caffeine is a winner!
  • Creatine – One of the most widely studied supplements, creatine is found naturally in red meat and herring. Creatine has been shown to increase energy and speed up recovery and its use can lead to increased strength and lean muscle mass. In terms of it’s loading protocol, loading of 15-20g for the first 5-7 days and then a single 3-7g pulse post workout will be sufficient. Creatine monohydrate is the best form to take and is cheaper than other, ‘’improved formulas’’ that keep appearing on the market. A good tip is to mix it with lukewarm water to increase solubility. There is no reason why you should not be taking creatine, it is not dangerous at all and can add some great spark to your training!
  • Fish oils– EPA and DHA are highly unsaturated, essential fatty acids that stand for eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. Yes that is mouthful! They’re called “essential” because your body can’t produce them on its own. Omega-3s are found in fatty fish, like salmon, sardines, tuna and of course, fish oil supplements. The omega-3 fats have been shown to turn on genes that increase fat loss and decrease fat storage, increase muscle recovery and growth, decrease inflammation, and support brain and bone health. If the thought of oily fish is off putting, then fish oils are a must!
Do men and women need different supplements?

The short answer is no. On a hormonal level, men and women differ greatly and women face some unique challenges, especially when that time of the month dawns! So, yes, if we’re talking women-specific health issues then there are health supplements, vitamins and minerals that may be of more benefit to women. But if we’re talking about general health and fitness then no, all of the supplement that men typically use will also be beneficial for women.

The take home message is that supplements do as they say on the tin, they should supplement the diet not replace it!

 

Now go forth! And be the most cost effective student shopper the world has ever seen!

 

Mo Bouaziz
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