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Tropical Wholefoods Review

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I love me some snacking products to review so it was no surprise I was very excited to try a range of Tropical Wholefoods’ products. Tropical Wholefoods started out in the 1990′s when Kate Sebag and Adam Brett who were working in Uganda at the time decided to find a way to help local Ugandan farmers sell their products at good prices in Europe.

They explain the process behind developing and cultivating these fruit and product on their website and also who they buy from. It’s companies like these that need even more recognition, no one loses out, the farmers get paid fairly, we get great products and it benefits out health!

Tropical Wholefoods Products

Sun dried banana (Bogoya): Their sun dried bananas are natural and organic, all have been hand sliced and dried in solar driers, free from sugar or preservatives. These babies are great for your refeeds day if you carb cycle like me too. They are yummy and high in fibre too so if you have digestive problems these may be one step in the direction of sorting that out.

tropical wholefoods 2Pineapple & Cashew bar: My favourite bar of them all! The pineapple gives the bar a serious tang! (try it at 11am at work and watch your energy levels peak) but the cashew gives it this nutty, gritty texture and flavour.

Apricot and raisin bar: For the more conservative, if your palette isn’t too adventurous go with this one, it’s not to say it is bland at all, it’s a lovely bar but it’s not too weird and wonderful so this is a bar that most will enjoy!

Organic Dried Mango (on sale at the moment, quick!): Anyone who knows me will know I love my mangoes, and even more so dried mango, you can tell they are organic because each strip is unique in flavour and texture. Some have a tang to them and others are very sweet. Parents, your kids will love these as a snack at school, they are the closest things to sweets that are natural and are so good for them.

Skins A400 Compression Top Review

skinsI was gifted my Skins A400 Compression long sleeve top to review, this is actually the first compression top I have ever tried and I loved it, I was afraid it would stop me being able to move as easily but the stitching can take a lot of stretching and remains solid. I played at 9pm in the cold and it really did keep me warm and the next day my muscles where not as fatigued as to what I am use to, I really loved the sizing chart sometimes when we buy fitness equipment, small medium and large is just not good enough, so I loved the sizing chart.
The A400 Men’s Compression Long Sleeve Top comes in at around £75.00

SKINS A400 Men’s Compression Long Sleeve Tops supercharge your performance naturally, whatever sport you play. Dynamic gradient compression accelerates your blood flow to deliver more oxygen to your core muscles for more power and endurance.
I was wildly happy that it did what it says on the tin, I really noticed the promised improved core body control and power, as well as less post-exercise muscle soreness. I haven’t wore enough to see but they do say that there is biomechanically placed Memory MX fabric over the spine and around the scapula and obliques provides constant, controlled compression and unrestricted movement to help you to avoid the type of muscle damage you sustain in action, but only notice when you cool down.

I really think this product is worth the money and is definitely something I will continue to use and train with, the professionalism of the product and the packaging surprised me and until the last 5 minutes of training I really benefited from the benefits, its so nice to use a product and it does what it says.

The A400 Men’s Compression Long Sleeve Top comes in at around £75.00 (GBP), some of the benefits are;

Skins A400 Benefits

More oxygen to your muscles

Dynamic gradient compression gets more oxygen filled blood to your active muscles for increased power and stamina

More Control

Memory MX fabric maximises your stability and control while channeling the direction of your core muscles

Recover quicker

Less lactic acid build-up, less muscle vibration and less pain in the morning

More details

Hem gripper, stretch airflow mesh under the arms, taped and bonded sleeves

76% Nylon – 24% Elastane

SKINS A400 Men’s Compression Long Sleeve Tops supercharge your performance naturally, whatever sport you play. Dynamic gradient compression accelerates your blood flow to deliver more oxygen to your core muscles for more power and endurance.

I was wildly happy that it did what it says on the tin, I really noticed the promised improved core body control and power, as well as less post-exercise muscle soreness. I haven’t wore enough to see but they do say that there is biomechanically placed Memory MX fabric over the spine and around the scapula and obliques provides constant, controlled compression and unrestricted movement to help you to avoid the type of muscle damage you sustain in action, but only notice when you cool down.

I really think this product is worth the money and is definitely something I will continue to use and train with, the professionalism of the product and the packaging surprised me and until the last 5 minutes of training I really benefited from the benefits, its so nice to use a product and it does what it says.

Skins A400 Features

  • Muscle Focus

Uniquely wrapping and supporting your key muscle groups to reduce movement and focus direction for less vibration in your muscles, less soft tissue damage and less soreness after exercise

  • Memory MX

Memory MX fabric contains a unique high stretch elastomeric yarn – which returns to its original shape no matter how much stress you put it under

  • Warp Knit

The fabric in SKINS is warp knitted using multiple fine quality yarns to give superior performance – Warp knit fabrics have no natural stretch – instead, the spandex mix ensures specific levels of elasticity and perfectly controlled compression

  • Moisture Management

Keeping you dry through advanced wicking is inherent in all SKINS fabrics – moisture is drawn away from your skin, so you stay dry and comfortable

  • 50+ UV Protection

SKINS was born in Australia, so we know a thing or two about exerting ourselves in the sun. Our fabrics have a UV protection of 50+, which means you can get out and train harder without worrying about the sun related risks.

  • 400 Fit

A super comfortable fit, more precise, targeted Gradient Compression and in some cases, a greater range of leg lengths for men and different body shapes for women

After using both the Skins and 2XU both had differing benefits so I really am torn, but for now Skins have a new fan.

Do Mass Gainers Work? A Precision Engineered Muscle And Weight Gainer Review

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“Precision Engineered Muscle & Size Gainer is formulated to work as hard as you do. It contains high quality milk and egg protein nutritionally balanced with 9 essential vitamins, 6 essential minerals, and 18 amino acids. The free and peptide bonded amino acids in this formula work synergistically with the branched chain aminos for maximum protein absorption and usage. Natural energy packed carbohydrates are also included”

Being female (and also rather uneducated about any type of nutritional shake), I was very skeptical about trying this kind of  product for the first time, I envisioned drinking a cup and waking up looking like a female version of Arnold Schwarznegger…That, of course did not happen, thankfully. In fact I saw amazing results in a matter of days, literally.

I naturally have an athletic build, having trained in dance for more than 18 years. However, in recent years I became very inactive (and lazy) and lost a lot of muscle, particularly around my thigh area. I wanted healthier, fuller looking thighs and going to the gym with a strict diet wasn’t quite enough at the time. I was encouraged to eat more protein but after stuffing myself with enough chicken and turkey to sort out a family of 5 every other day I got sick of it and needed a more practical and cheaper option.

I purchased this muscle and weight gainer from Holland & Barrett at a very reasonable price of £15.59 (you can now buy 2 for £23.38). I decided to go with the strawberry flavour; you simply mix five table spoons of the powder with two cups of whole milk and consume at least an hour before a workout and an hour after a workout. The shake is absolutely delicious! That aside, my thigh area looked fuller and healthier (combined with my leg exercises) in no time! (I was pretty satisfied after 3 months and no longer needed the shake when I had finished it.)

Drinking this shake without exercise will help you put on weight but will most probably bloat you and not give the desired results, therefore a good workout at least 3 times a week is vital.

I highly recommend this product and would encourage both female and male to buy this product as reviews on this shake have been approved by both sexes.

Stay tuned as I will be sharing my personal leg workout that was also a huge factor in my “‘thigh progress”.

Precision Engineered Muscle And Weight Gainer Information

Product Information

Each serving (85g) contains:
Energy 1,349kJ/318kcal
Protein 24.7g
Carbohydrate 51.6g
of which sugars 39.9g
Fat 1.4g
of which saturates 0.7g
Fibre 2.4g
Sodium 0.158g