Performance Nutrition Plus = My Favorite Supplements Store

I have been taking supplements in one form or another on and off since I was a Sophomore in High School. That was in 1996, so yeah it’s been a while! Originally it was for improving at sports, then it was just to get bigger/stronger as a pure lifter and to look good for girls, and now I use them to help with crossfit and to actually get healthier.

Over the years, I’ve bought supplements from MANY different places – both online and offline. Sometimes from small local shops, sometimes from huge online marketplaces and popular websites, a few times from relatively unknown sites or stores, and just about everywhere else. However, I admittedly find myself getting them from the same old “big name” stores that most other people do. I’m really not sure why. I know they suck but I keep going back. Maybe it’s just a bad habit, or because they are convenient, or that they have their ads all over the place to keep themselves in all of our minds. Honestly, I don’t know.

What I do know is that I will NEVER buy from those places ever again. I truly mean that!

And the reason is simple…

I have FINALLY found what I believe to be the best supplements store I have ever come across. They are my new favorite and I won’t go anywhere else again. Their products are awesome, prices are right, service is amazing, and there’s no bullshit to wade through!

It’s the kind of place you want to tell your friends about, and recommend to the world. Yes, the type of place you will sit down and write a blog post about (like I am now) for no other reason than to just help support something you believe in. Somewhere you truly feel good about from the very beginning. The type of place you just don’t come across very often.

So, what is this supplement utopia I speak of?

It’s called “Performance Nutrition Plus” and it can be found online at http://pnpnutrition.com or in-store at:

80 Hickman Road
Waukee, Iowa 50263
515-216-2560

You can also find them on Facebook.

This is most definitely NOT one of those big, overhyped, overpriced, supplement chains that sells anything and everything to anybody who will buy it without thinking twice. You know the ones I am talking about. They don’t care about you, they just want your money. Trust me, I know, I’ve spent thousands of dollars at those places over the years (unfortunately).

The owner of Performance Nutrition Plus — Jeff Peck — is sincere, passionate, knowledgeable, caring, and isn’t just looking to squeeze every dollar he can out of his customers. Just reading the about us on his website shows this fact as much as any web page can, but when you meet him in person it is blatantly obvious from the minute you walk in. He’s a great guy!

I highly recommend PNP for all your supplement needs. Whether you are a crossfitter, bodybuilder, MMA fighter, athlete, trainer, or just someone looking for improved health and/or performance out of life. Talk to Jeff today, you’ll be glad you did!

How to do CrossFit Kipping Pull-Ups

CrossFit kipping pull-ups training demo videos and technique information.

Pull-ups are one of the first things you will want to know how to do correctly and quickly a crossfitter. You will be doing a lot of pull ups in your crossfit WOD’s from the very start. So you definitely want to learn how to do crossfit pullups effectively and efficiently. This is one of those workouts that you will do frequently in CF and it can be a somewhat difficult to master in the beginning, so you will definitely want to learn the kipping and eventually the butterfly pull ups.

There are three main types of pull-ups:

1) Strict: These are the the “regular” pullups that you have probably learned to do you entire life. The are the simplest to learn how to do, but the most difficult to actually do, by far. If you are doing strict pull-ups then you are going to find life as a crossfitter very difficult. Please move on to #2 and #3 to keep yourself sane…

2) Kipping: These will almost certainly be your first real initiation into crossfit pull-ups, and are probably the most important progression you will encounter in CF training. Learn how to do a crossfit kipping pullup and you are on your way to full on beast mode! Here is some good instruction to help you master the movement.

CrossFit – A Kipping Pull-Up Instructional:

3) Butterfly: The next progression after you have mastered the kipping pull-up is the butterfly, which is the most proficient and efficient of them all.

The ButterFly Pullup Instruction for CrossFit Training:

Now you know how to perform crossfit pullups to destroy your next WOD!

Crossfit is Dominating Me Into Perfection!

Crossfit will transform your mind as much as your body, guaranteed. I have witnessed the power in person!

When I started crossfit I thought it was going to be just a hard workout. I didn’t have a clue that this was a full on sport that I could actually compete in… Where the heck was I at? – Clueless.

Walking into the box, I didn’t know that form and efficiency was such huge part of the game. I went in thinking, power, speed, and endurance were the only key things to focus on. Right after the first round of my first WOD, I realized that I was dead wrong.

Right now, in my short time as a crossfitter, I would argue that form and efficiency are just as important, if not more, than power and endurance. I believe most trainers would agree. This not only keeps you in Crossfit longer without injuries but it also helps you increase speed, focus, power, and in the end equals real athletic endurance and training for life.

One of the things that stands out the most to me is that size does not rule the box. Crossfit is about being strong, fit, adaptable, and capable in many areas of athleticism and not focused on just one area. As you will see the “fittest man on the earth” isn’t a huge beast or an Arnold Schwarzenegger wannabe bodybuilder.

Rich Froning Junior is the perfect specimen of functional strength, athleticism, and conditioning. He is healthy, strong, confident, and dominant. He is the CrossFit champion and an everyday individual just like you and me. And that is why I love CF more than any other type of workout, training, or program I have ever done in my life!

The CrossFit Total Body Transformation

I am living proof that CrossFit works very well as a total body transformation workout regimen. Before starting it, I was fat and very much out of shape.

Currently, I am in my 7th month of crossfit (and have loved every minute of it thus far) and I dropped around 40 lbs of fat in my first 5 months while building lean muscle at the same time. I’ve now stabilized and haven’t gained or lost any weight in the past couple months. However, I have continued to get stronger and in better shape, and my body has gotten even tighter.

Here are some pictures I took to document my progress in the beginning…

Start day to Month 3:

Start day compared side-by-side with Month 4:

I stopped taking monthly pictures after that (wish I hadn’t) but it just kept getting better. My body transformed from flabby to solid and ripped. I am in my mid 30′s and in the best shape of my life, and feel better than ever.

True story… I saw someone a few days ago that I hadn’t seen in about a year, and she said I look “10 years younger!”

Not only that, but I am addicted to CrossFit training! I love it! I’ve done all sorts of different types of workout programs and had many gym memberships over the years, and have never even come close to enjoying anything this much while actually getting great results at the same time.

If you are on the fence about whether you want to join CrossFit or not, I say DO IT NOW! Go try out a WOD today. You will love it. Actually you will probably hate it but in a good way! :) Every crossfitter I know says they could never go back to a “normal” workout routine again, and I agree.

Finally, just in case my pictures weren’t impressive enough for you, here’s a picture of 3 crossfit athletes — Matt Chan, Rich Froning Jr, Jason Khalipa — Bodies don’t get much better than that!

How to do CrossFit Muscle Ups

Getting your first muscle-up is one of the major milestones for any crossfit athlete to achieve, and doing them consistently makes you look like one of the elite members of your crossfit box. Therefore, learning how to do crossfit muscle-ups is something that every crossfitter wants to do. They are certainly not easy to do but once you learn how to do them, you will wonder why they were so hard in the first place. It’s one of those things that seems to be impossible until you get it just one time and then you aren’t sure why it took so long to get.

The best way to learn how to do crossfit muscle ups is to see them being taught in action, so video is really the only way to do it without being live with a trainer in person. You can’t really tell someone how to do a muscle-up and expect them to get it.

So, here is some video training for you to follow in order to aid you in learning how to do muscle-ups for your crossfit workouts…

* CrossFit Muscle Up 101 – The Transition:

* Muscle Up Progressions with Jason Khalipa:

* Efficiency Tips: Muscle-ups with Chris Spealler:

* Camille Leblanc-Bazinet – Slow Motion Muscle Ups:

Of course, the best training for any exercise is practice. So, take the muscle-up tips you learned from the videos in this post to your box tomorrow and practice them with your crossfit coach. After you get it once, you will be surprised how much easier they are from that point on.