Thursday, 20 August 2015

Product Review: Vegan Recovery

I like may people lead a pretty stressful lifestyle, its hectic lots of traveling, no set routine and stress can wreak havoc on our body and well being, so ive been looking for ways to manage this. It might be possible to reduce sources of stress, but often they cant be avoided and exercise is a physical stress, all be it a positive one. Meditation, yoga, Thai Chi are all recommended for combatting stress as is simply taking some time out of your day to relax, take a bath or read a good book.- but theres not always time for this so what else can we do? I recently came across this supplement designed to help lower stress and aid recovery from exercise: Recup-Relax Herbal Anti-Stress- Formula 
So what do Veggie Style say about Stress?

'Stress is like poison for our body – whenever stress hormones are released they lower our energy, make us feel bad, and they are a cause of losing muscle tissue and gaining weight in body-fat. High hormone-levels can also reduce the levels of testosterone in our body.

Therefore it is very important for our wellbeing and for our goals in the sport to avoid stress as much as possible, but unfortunately it is not always possible. For situations of stress we developed this special anti-stress hormone formula in where we selected herbs which are count as adaptogens. Adaptogens are substances which lower stress symptoms as they lover the stress-hormone levels. Less stress hormones are a great improvement of our wellbeing and helps us to reach our goals regarding muscle-gain, strength and weigh loss. And it helps also against chronic fatigue and is great for anti-aging.
Intense weigh training and intense sport events in general are a big stress for our body and for this reason it is a big help to take a few capsules of Recup&Relax even 20 minutes before you finish your training, like you lower the tress hormone levels and you can take the maximum benefits and gains from your training.'
So what is it?
Veggie Style Herbal anti-stress Formula contains following herbs:

Gynostemma Pentaphyllum
This plant is since many years used in the Chinese medicine as it contains high levels on adaptogenic saponins and many antioxidants making it an effective natural helper to beat the stress symptoms lover stress hormones and strengthen our immune system.

Ashwagandha also known as Indian ginseng comes from the original in India cultivated plant called Withania somnifera. This plant is considered since always in the Indian medicine Ayurveda as adaptogene. Aswagandha helps us to have more energy, makes our body more resistant against colds and infections, and increase sexual capacity and fertility. 

 Goji Berry
Besides many other health benefits, Goji Berries also contain substances which improves the body’s ability to deal with stress, trauma, fatigue and anxiety.

Our decision to include into our Anti-Stress Formula Astralagus is because it strengthens the immune system and it helps in healing of wounds and injuries one main cause of high stress hormone levels in the body – the faster the injuries are healed the less stress our body buffers.

 Acerola Cherry
Vitamin C helps to lover stress-hormone levels – therefore it is an important help whenever we want to lover release of stress hormones, and Acerola Cherries contain 20 times more vitamin C then Oranges 
My experience So far.
I've been using this formula for a few weeks now. When I moved to Spain my life had been pretty stressful for some time and the upheaval of moving added to that... throw in lack of sleep due to the hot climate i'm not used to and I became very tired and was struggling to keep on top of training, work and other commitments. I usually train late evening and find it hard to wind down after but i've definitely noticed i'm sleeping better since using recoup. I usually take it between finishing my session and going to bed and i've had a lot les restless sleepless nights since. This in turn helps me recover better and have more energy fro my next session so I'm really happy so far! I like my supplements to be as natural as possible, especially when im getting close to competition, these are vegan and have no artificial anything added.
If you would like to order some, check them out here and use my discount code JULES for 10% off at checkout! 

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Product Review: Vegan Fatburner suitable for Natural Bodybuilders

Ive been using this fat burner for a couple of weeks now and I have definitely noticed a difference. I haven't used one for such a long time as most have ingredients that are banned in some natural bodybuilding competitions ie citrus aurantium (bitter orange). But a friend introduced me to Veggie Style and their pre-work out fat burner is not only suitable for natural bodybuilders, its all natural and vegan too, so I gave it a try!

I have continued to train as normal and have been fairly relaxed with my diet, I do flexible dieting anyway. But my abs are starting to sow more and my legs are showing some separation and I'm 8 weeks away from comp, they don't usually start to show on he until fairly late, so I'm really pleased with my progress so far!

The supplement is called Naturburn

You can find more info and order it here
Get 10% off using my discount code JULES

So what's in them and why are they effective? Here's some info from their website:

Natur-Burn is a natural herbal fat-burning formula based on 4 herbs, which have the ability to maximize metabolism. An accelerated metabolism leads to an increased consumption of calories which helps to reduce body fat. An increased metabolic rate has the advantage that our body burns more calories even during the time we are resting and inactive. If we pay at the same time attention to what and how much we eat, we ensure that our body burns the calories stored in fat cells and so the desired weight loss is achieved in a healthy way, without that we lose muscle mass and exclusively with natural herbs. Natur-Burn helps to maximize our metabolic rate, but we have to take care how many and what kind of calories we eat - after all, our effective formula will not have a chance to fight against 3 large portions of fries.

 Their Fat-Burning Formula contains the following herbs: 

Green Tea Extract
Green Tea - comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis. Some of the health benefits is based on the high content of polyphenols also known as EGCG. Scientific studies could prove that this natural substance increases the metabolic rate which leads to an increased calorie consumption  of the body - even at rest. This is a great help when the goal is to reduce body fat. 

Scientists find out, that the roots of the plant Astralagus has also a positive effect on our metabolism and at the same time it also improves our digestion. Astragalus strengthens the immune system and has an anti-inflammatory effect. All these health benefits together leads into the advantage that our body works more efficiently and the body fat burning is maximized. 

This seaweed has a high iodine content of an essential nutrient for optimal thyroid function. The thyroid gland is responsible for the production of energy and optimizes your metabolism. The better and increased our metabolic rate, the more calories our body burns. Especially people with a slow metabolism feel a significant improvement after taking kelp.

Rhosiola Rosea
Rhodiola Rosea has several positive effects on our body - it increases our physical energy, improves our mood and our mental performance and concentration. And finally, it contains the following natural substances: Rosavin, rosarin, rosin and salidroside; They all belong to the adaptogens; which have the ability to fight stress hormones and therefore to reduce stress.

More energy and an improved muscle performance leads in combination of an increased metabolic rate, that our body consumes more calories not only during the workout but also while we rest and relax.
So there it is, simple herbal vegan, natural!
Im hoping to come into this years competitions a bit leaner than I have done before so I will share my pics when ive competed in 8 weeks!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Supplement Ambassador Competition!

I have been using GoNutrition Supplements for over a year now, I recommend them to my clients and gym members, so when an opportunity came up to apply for a sponsorship I was excited to apply! Out of 150 people I have been chosen as one of 5 finalists, one of whom will win a full sponsorship which would mean the world to me!The final athlete will be chosen by public vote which is live now! CLICK HERE TO VOTE JULIA
There is 1 week left to vote so I need your help now!
Please can you spare a sec to click on this link and scroll down, click the button by my name to register your vote. m in the lead as I write this, but its really close, so every vote is vital!
If you have a sec to support me I would really appreciate it!
It would Be great to get the Vegan / Vegetarian Message out there from such a platform !
 Many Thanks!!
Below is the bio that is listed on the website so if you like my bio, please show your support!

'I’m a former Team GB Bobsleigh Athlete, Masters 200m World Champion and current Natural World & Natural Olympia Figure Champion, earning Pro status in 2014. I am currently preparing to compete in Figure and Bikini competitions in the USA, Spain and UK in October and then I will be focussing on more competitions in 2015 along with the Masters Athletics World Championships in Australia'.

I have a degree in Sports Science & Physiology and have been Personal Training for nearly 20 years. During that time I’ve also worked in Gyms, Sports & supplement retail, Promotions and owned my own Gym. After 5 years competing in the Figure class of natural bodybuilding, I now also coach other women to compete and I love helping them achieve their personal goals. Highlights in my fitness career have been a feature in Muscle & Fitness mag and a cover on Ultra Fit Magazine. Competing in Bobsleigh then Athletics & Bodybuilding have all given me amazing experiences and opportunities to travel and meet new people and I hope to continue this for the foreseeable future!
Julia Hubbard 2
I would love to be an ambassador for GoNutrition and I feel I would make a good ambassador as I have such a varied background in the world of health and fitness. I would really like to inspire other people to chase their sporting dreams despite whatever barriers they face. I have overcome the adversities of being diagnosed with a heart condition and recovering from a broken back (bobsleigh accident), so I can also empathise with how tough many people find it trying to get fit. I’m almost 40 and believe in lifelong health and fitness, its never too late to get started on improving your health & fitness! I’m also a Vegetarian athlete, so I love to inspire others who wish to follow this lifestyle to reach their goals on a Vegetarian diet too. I already use many GN products and recommend them because I love them.”
As well as the above mentioned achievements, Julia has also bagged herself the following titles:
INBA World Champs Dubai
4th Figure
4th Sports Model
4th Bikini
2nd PNBA Miss Olympia Silver Figure USA
1st INBA Olympia 3 x Gold Medalist USA
1st World Champion WNBA Fitbody SPAIN
1st NAC UK Championships
1st NAC Beach Body Physique & Bikini
1st NPA West Britain Trained Figure
4th Sport Model INBA World Champs SLOVAKIA
1st British Championships Trained Figure NPA
1st South West Britain Trained Figure NPA 2013
1st Miss Galaxy Universe Supreme Champion Fall Classic
1st Miss Galaxy Universe Supreme Champion June Show
1st West Britain Trained Figure NABBA
1st Miss Hercules Toned Figure WABBA
4th FitFactor Bodypower
1st BNBF British Trained Figure Champion
1st Place NPA South
1st Place BNBF Wales
1st Bournemouth Bodybuilding Show
1st Place Miss Galaxy Fitness Champion
2nd Place Miss Galaxy Fitness Model
2nd Place Miss Galaxy Overall Champion
1st Place WABBA Miss Aphrodite
BodyPower Bodyfitness 2nd Place 2010
Ms Hercules Bodyfitness 2nd Place 2010
World Masters Championships Brazil 2013
Bronze in 100m Bronze 200m
European Masters Indoors 2013 Spain
World Champion 4x200m Silver 400m, Bronze 200m
World Masters indoors 2012 Finland
World Champion 4x200m Silver 200 & 400m, Bronze 60m World Champion 4x200m European Masters Indoors 2013
Silver 400m, Bronze 200m
World Championships 2011 USA
World Champion 200m 100m Silver World Championships Bronze 100m & 200m Masters Athletics, Brazil 2013
World Champion 4x200m European Masters Indoors 2013
Silver 400m, Bronze 200m
World Champion 4x200m World Masters indoors 2012
Silver 200, 400m, Bronze 60m World Masters Indoors 2012
World Champion 200m w35 2011
Silver medalist 100m w35 2011World Championships Bronze 100m & 200m Masters Athletics, Brazil 2013
World Champion 4x200m European Masters Indoors 2013
Silver 400m, Bronze 200m
World Champion 4x200m World Masters indoors 2012
Silver 200, 400m, Bronze 60m World Masters Indoors 2012
World Champion 200m w35 2011
Silver medalist 100m w35 2011 World Championships Bronze 100m & 200m Masters Athletics, Brazil 2013
World Champion 4x200m European Masters Indoors 2013
Silver 400m, Bronze 200m
World Champion 4x200m World Masters indoors 2012
Silver 200, 400m, Bronze 60m World Masters Indoors 2012
World Champion 200m w35 2011
Silver medalist 100m w35 2011