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

Post Workout Nutrition Protein Power

Are You Cheating Yourself Out Of 50% or More Of Your Hard-Earned Results?

By Nick Nilsson
What Every Trainer, From Beginner to Advanced, NEEDS To
Know About Post-Workout Nutrition and The Four-Hour
Window of Opportunity.
Apply Knowledge, Take Massive Action, Get Massive Results
I have one question for you. What is your post-workout nutritional regimen?

If you answered "nothing," you are cheating yourself out of results that are rightfully yours. You may be wasting as much as 50% of your effort in the gym by not maximizing your post-workout nutrition!
When you exercise, your body burns carbohydrates for energy and breaks down your muscle tissue (especially if you are weight training). Immediately after a workout, the body has an enhanced ability to utilize nutrients such as glucose (sugar) and protein (your body's main building blocks) in order to rebuild and recover from your exercise.
What this essentially means is that your body is turbocharged and ready to grow! This period of power lasts for approximately four hours after a workout, hence the name "Four-Hour Window of Opportunity."
Taking in nutrients immediately after exercise helps you to recover faster and feel better after a workout. This can help you to not only gain muscle faster, but also keep your metabolism fueled so that you lose fat at a faster rate too!
But what happens if you don't eat immediately following a workout? Let me put it this way: it's definitely a situation you want to avoid.
First, your body starts breaking down muscle tissue in undamaged areas of your body in order to get raw materials to help repair the areas you just worked. Over time, this will result in a loss of muscle from your whole body.
Stress hormones in the body (primarily a hormone called cortisol) speed this process along. The stress hormones are produced because working out is a stress on the body - it's a totally natural but results-stopping reaction. How do you control the effects of cortisol? You eat as soon as you can.
But what do you eat after a workout to maximize your results? Both protein and carbohydrates are important for fast recovery.
Protein - Immediately following a workout (within a few minutes of completion) take in some protein. The easiest and best way to do this is in the form of a protein powder (whey is an excellent choice), though a food source such as raw milk from a local dairy will do.
Taking protein gives your body something to rebuild with instead of tearing down its own muscle tissue for raw materials. Do not take protein right before a workout as it will just sit in your gut and possibly cause bloating. Try to get about 30 to 40 grams of protein in as soon as you can after you're done.
Carbohydrates - Take in about 60 to 100 grams of carbohydrates to help the body refuel. Your body is most efficient at rebuilding its carbohydrate stores immediately after a workout. It's important to take advantage of this period.
A few common examples of healthy carbs to take after a workout include juices, fruits, and sports drinks. Examples of protein foods include milk, eggs, poultry, fish, meat, or soy products. Flavored yogurt is an excellent example of a post-workout snack. It contains carbs, protein and calcium all in one.
Post-Workout Meal - About one hour after your workout, take in a high quality source of protein (as in the examples above) and a good supply of carbohydrates such as grains, potatoes, cereals, etc. At this time, the body has settled down from the stress of the workout and is looking to rebuild.
If you're looking to get as much from your workouts as you possibly can, you can see that post-workout nutrition is critical. By supplying an ample amount of raw materials right after you're done, you will be preventing the body from breaking itself down in order to recover. This means more results from the effort you put into your workouts!

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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