“They laughed when I told them charge! was twice as strong, without the ‘jitters’ – Charge! dietary supplement
… and then they tried a capsule of my new thermogenic.”
For more than ten years, I made my living as a professional bodybuilder. I won prestigious competitions including the IFBB Mr. Universe, Pro World Cup. six European GrandPrixs, and achieved top-four finalist at the coveted Mr. Olympia (the “Super Bowl” of bodybuilding) seven consecutive times.
My success was due in part to my ability to consistently attain that “shredded” look which is the hallmark of unbelievably low levels of body fat (just under 4% body fat in contest shape!) My conditioning was a key factor in enabling me to defeat competitors twice my size.
My ripped, washboard abs were the thermostat I would use to tell me when I was ready to compete. When I could stick my fingers in between the “little bricks” of my six-pack, I knew I was ready to rock-n-roll!
Many times I’ve been asked, “Lee, how can I get ripped like that?” by bodybuilding fans, fitness trainers, and those just trying to get into better shape. The hard, cold reality is such that I am often reluctant to share it because…
“Unfortunately, most people will never see their abdominal muscles in their entire lifetime!”
I’ve been blessed with great “genetics.” I tend to be lean and muscular by nature. Mind you, I’ve still had to watch my diet meticulously. But it’s come easier to me than most.
So this begs the question, “Can the average person get lean, defined abdominals?”
The answer is both “Yes” and “No.”
Some people simply don’t have the discipline to watch what they eat; others don’t work Out regularly; yet others are just too lazy. On the other hand, if you maintain a high-protein, low-fat diet and work out consistently, you can have the kind of abs that turn heads.
And while you may not be able to get down to 4% body fat, fat burning supplements known as thermogenics can help you achieve that elusive, tight midsection.
A thermogenic is a substance that can increase your metabolic rate and hence the number of calories you bum from body fat each day–even without exercise. (1)
The most common ingredients used in thermogenics are ephedra and caffeine. The thermogenic herb Ephedra sinica increases thermogenesis by stimulating the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine–a class of hormones known as catecholamines.
Catecholamines stimulate cell receptors called alpha and beta receptors. Each alpha and beta receptor elicits a unique response from different body organs when stimulated by catecholamines (2):
Alpha-1 & Alpha-2: cause constriction of the arteries and peripheral blood vessels. Beta-1 & Beta-2: affect cardiac function by dilating blood vessels in the heart, lungs, and skeletal muscles.
Beta-3: increase lipolysis–the rate at which body fat is released for burning and resting metabolic rate.
The stimulation of these receptors, especially beta-3, can lead to an increased metabolic rate. (3) And with a revved up metabolism, you burn more calories and fat each day.
With continual use, the body can build up a tolerance to ephedra, eventually inhibiting the release of the catecholamines required for. increased thermogenesis.
Caffeine has been found to prolong the body’s response to ephedra by inhibiting phosphodiesterase and adenosine — chemicals produced naturally in the body that can hinder thermogenesis. Ephedra and caffeine form a potent combination which can double thermogenesis (4) and spare lean muscle tissue from being broken down.
One eight-week, double-blind study found that by combining 20mg of ephedrine and 200mg of caffeine, subjects were able to lose 10 lbs. of body fat -signifying a 100% greater fat loss than the placebo group. (5) What’s more, they also lost 72% less muscle than the placebo group!
Even with a great metabolism, staying lean year round can be a chore. There are times that I hit a cycle of thermogenics to accelerate my metabolism and increase my energy. It just makes it easier for me to stay muscular.
I have tried many of the popular thermogenic products on the market, including Xenadrine[R] and Hydroxycut[R].
Xenadrine[R] was good, but…
Xenadrine[R] left me feeling jittery and nervous. It’s what gym rats commonly refer to as a “dirty buzz.” Later, I would “crash.” It’s like someone pulled my plug and my energy just came down hard and fast.
Hydroxycut[R] was OK, but…
Who wants to swallow three capsules to get an effective dose? That’s a handful. Besides, Hydroxycut[R] is high in hydroxycitric acid (HCA), an ingredient that recent research shows is useless for burning fat in humans. (6)
I was frustrated with what was available on the market. So, I took matters into my own hands and began to develop my own thermogenic formula.
I laid out three goals:
1. The formula had to be potent so I would only have to take one capsule to “feel it.”
2. The formula had to be “smooth” in its effect on my energy without leaving me jittery, nervous or making me “crash.”
3. The formula had to make feel warm so that I could tell the thermogenesis was working.
My thermogenic had to won better than the me-too, ho-hum offerings that litter the shelves of supplement stores. It would have to be so good that I could recommend it to the 50,000+ trainees of my Lean Body Coaching Club (www.leanbodycoach.com.) It had to help people who were not blessed with a fast, fat-burning metabolism.
My formula had to be strong, smooth, and had to generate heat. Oh, and it had to work fast!
My formula would contain ephedra and caffeine as the “base” because this combo is unsurpassed for its thermogenic effect. Although most thermogenics on the market contain ephedra and caffeine in one form or another, each is very different. How can that be?
The answer is in this analogy: while most cars have four wheels, there is a BIG difference between a Ferrari and a Hyundai!
The difference between a great thermogenic formula and an average one has to do with functionality, which may be related to: a) the kind and quality of the herbs and ingredients used, and b) the interactions between the E/C base and other ingredients each manufacturer adds.
As for quality, my company’s history of lab-testing every single shipment of my Labrada products speaks for itself. What’s more, my thermogenic formula would be made at an FDA inspected and approved facility to ensure quality.
And as for the formula, I challenged my research team to combine synergistie ingredients with the E/C base in precise amounts so it would accomplish my three goals.
My research team started by specifying 20mg of ephedra alkaloids per capsule. That’s two times more per capsule than Xenadrine[R], and three times more than Hydroxycut[R]! Now that’s maximum potency!
Then they added PFE[TM] Passion Flower Extract — to act as a calming agent. I did say that it had to be “smooth,” right? Studies have demonstrated passion flower’s use as a sedative and mild analgesic. (7,8) Passion flower’s beneficial effects are believed to be due to its flavonoid and harman alkaloid content. PFE[TM] helps keep the formula smooth and clean, so no jitters or nervousness are experienced.
No other thermogenic on the market contains PFE[TM]. Labrada has a patent pending on the use of PFE[TM] within a thermogenic, so accept no imitations!
The thermo effect was then increased by adding Synephrine — the active ingredient found in the extract of the fruit Citrus aurantium, otherwise known as bitter orange. Bitter orange’s fat loss properties stem from its content of adrenergic amines (chemical substances) which include synephrine.
Synephrine’s effectiveness may be in its ability to stimulate beta-3 cell receptors, the specific sites on the cell that affect fat loss. Synephrine seems to cause the release of hormones like adrenaline and noradrenaline near the beta-3 receptor sites found primarily in adipose tissue and the liver. (2) Stimulation of these receptors elicits the breakdown of fat–a process known as lipolysis.
I did say the formula had to make me feel warm, right? So, my research team took the formula up one more notch by adding Ginger Root Powder — to increase energy and circulation by stimulating digestion through its unique mechanism of promoting the secretion of saliva, gastric juices, and bile. Ginger root also has diaphoretic (causes sweating) properties which complements thermogenesis nicely.
After adding metabolic supporting micronutrients such as chromium polynicotinate and d-calcium pantothenate, I finally had my formula. I passed capsules out to my staff and people in the gym for feedback. They laughed when I told them it was twice as strong, without the jitters. Then, they tried a capsule of my new thermogenic. The response was overwhelming! People came into my office to buy more, but I had to turn them away because it wasn’t yet in production.
The only thing left was to give it a name. Now, just about every thermo out there has a name that ends in ‘-drene or -dine.’ My formula is so unique that I decided to give it a name that fits its effects…
So I named it Charge![TM] Rapid Fat Loss and Energy Booster.
And “Charge!” is what I feel whenever I use this unique thermogenic. Now, I must warn you that Charge! is not for everyone. It’s a maximum strength formula for people interested in rapid fat loss and increased energy.
What makes Charge! different from some other fat burners is that it works! All of the ingredients in Charge! work together synergistically to produce its powerful fat burning and energy increasing effects.
You’ll get the best results with Charge! when you use it along with your exercise program and diet that is in protein and low in fat. If you would like to try my exercise and diet program, I am happy to share that with you, my compliments. Just go to www.leanbodycoach.com and sign up for my complimentary weekly newsletter which includes tips, training programs, and diets. You’ll be glad you did.
And give Charge! a try. If you’re like me, it will become a valuable tool in your training and diet.
Yours for a leaner body,
PS. You will NOT find Charge! in GNC Corp. stores. Just go to www.labrada.com or call 1-800-832-9948 to order. Or ask for Charge! at fine retailers and gyms everywhere.
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(2.) Germano, Carl. Advantra Z[TM]: A Unique Citrus aurantium Formula, 39-46: 1996.
(3.) Shier. D., Butler J., Lawis R., Hotes Human Anatomy and Physiology, 7th Edition, 513; 1996.
(4.) Dullo, A.G., et. al. “Potentiation of the Themogenic Antiobesity Effects of Ephedrine by Dietary Methylxanthines: Adenosine Antagonism or Phosphodiesterase Inhibition.” Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental. 41;11:l233-1241:1992.
(5.) Astrup, A. et. al.” The Effect of Ephedrine/Caffeine Mixture on Energy Expenditure and Body Composition in Obese Women. “Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, 41;7:686-688; 1992.
Results using Charge![TM] vary from individual to individual. Testimonial endorser’s results using it may be atypical. Testimonial endorsers hane remunerated by Charge![TM]. Charge![TM] is a trademark of Labrade Bodybuilding Nutrition.
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(6.) van Loon LJ, et al. “Effects of Acute(-)Hydroxycitrate Supplementation on Substrate Metabolism at Rest and During Exercise in Humans.” Am J Clin Nutr, 72 (6): 1445-50; Dec 2000.
(7.) Speroni E, Minghette A. “Neuropharmacological activity of extracts from Passiflora incarnata.” Planta Med 54(6):488-91, 1988.
(8.) Oga S. et al. “Pharmacological trials of crude extract of Passiflora alata.” Planta Med 50(4):303-6, 1984.
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