Let Loose the Juice!

Joe Cross (Day 1 and Day 60)

This past week I visited my home town of Atlanta, GA and spent some quality time with my folks. While flipping through Netflix one evening, I stumbled upon a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  Of course, many people already know who Joe “the juicer” Cross is and how he lost a ton of weight and got mega healthy (even removing all of his medications) doing a 60-day juice fast.

Why does this matter to you? Let me get to the point in regards to guys who are already fit.

Athletes and Celebrities alike are Mega Juice Fans! They know how a healthy inside and outside is vital to everyday living.

Among his many plans, Joe also has a 10-day “Reboot”, and while this is definitely the opposite of our mighty meaty diets, it does something for our bodies that we need: flush out disease-encouraging toxins and help recharge our bodies to a healthy status.

In a nutshell, Rebooting your system by drinking 100% liquid sunshine or eating restorative plant-based energy will give you a hydro-boost to sustain vitality, fight disease and also lean you out.

Don’t worry, though, weight loss tends to happen in the people who have excessive weight to lose. If during the 10 days you feel like your losing too much weight, simply include juicing to eating a clean diet for the remainder of the days.

Joe says that, “People who are undertaking a Reboot for health reasons often worry about losing too much weight. It is our experience that Rebooters who are slim to begin with need to still be consuming enough juice and nutrients to keep their body healthy and their weight as close to stable as possible.”

Dr. Oz isn’t the only medical professional who believes 100% in the power of juice.

If you’re feeling tired, have a mental “fog” and your body stops feeling “peak”, it’s probably time to juice up with the nutrients found in fruits and veggies to get your system running at supreme condition. If your body isn’t where it needs to be, you can’t lift at your maximum performance.

Juicing isn’t anything new. Celebrities have been doing it forever and people like Dr. Oz have promoted it for years. Another great documentary on Netflix to watch is Hungry for Change. Don’t you want to look good on the inside too? I know that I do.

I’m planning on starting my 10-day Reboot on Monday. My Breville Juicer is arriving tomorrow, thanks to my Amazon Prime account. Gotta love that 2-day free shipping! I’ll post an update with my results.

Joe’s Mean Green Juice


  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 celery sticks
  • 2 apples
  • 6-8 leaves kale
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 inch piece of ginger

My Favorite Red Juice


  • 2 Beets
  • 6 Carrots
  • 2 Apples
  • 2 inch piece of ginger

Wash all of the produce, peel the lemon, core the apple, add all of the ingredients in your juicer and enjoy!

Tristan "Lucky"





Written by: Tristan “Lucky”


Caffeine: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

It’s natural to wake up to a cup of freshly brewed coffee to help get your day moving. But, could the caffeine in your morning cup be harmful to your health? Caffeine dependency is more common than you might think and cutting caffeine out of your healthy diet can cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world. It’s cheap, legal and socially acceptable. 90% of Americans consume caffeine on a daily basis. Caffeine comes in many shapes and sizes, from natural sources to energy drinks. It comes with its perks and also its negative effects.

Let’s take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly:


One of the most healthy caffeine choices is tea. All tea comes from the same place – the Camelia Sinensis plant. Tea is packed full of antioxidants which can boost heart health and polyphenols which 1protect against heart disease. Studies have even linked tea consumption to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Tea also contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which has the fantastic effect of booting cognitive function and helping you feel more alert while promoting a feeling of relaxation.

Coffee is also a rich source of polyphenol antioxidants, which can help mop up free radicals and protect our bodies. It has been discovered that drinking two cups of coffee a day decreases your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by up to 25%. Coffee could even protect you against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.


2Caffeine is a stimulant which occurs naturally in coffee and tea; it stimulates the central nervous system and can lead to physical dependence. Consuming more than a couple of cups of coffee or tea a day could lead to caffeine-dependence. Once you’re a caffeine addict, you will have withdrawal symptoms when you try to reduce or quit. Some of these side effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating


Notice, I’m just now introducing energy drinks to the conversation. Gulping down an energy drink is very appealing. With names that sound like you’re awakening the beast within, these drinks are highly marketed to people who are wanting a quick, mega boost. Celebrity endorsements and sponsorship of athletic teams only add to the appeal. But, the dangers of these drinks are real.

3Did you know that energy drinks are sold as dietary supplements, not beverages? This means that they are not subject to the same scrutinizing safety standards of food and drinks. It’s easy to confuse a stimulant boost with “energy.” The major difference is that energy is real fuel and stimulants only have a short-lived effect on your heart rate.

Also, mixing stimulants with alcohol and have a dangerous combination of “uppers” and “downers” that can result in cardiovascular and neurological side effects. I would think twice before downing an energy drink with vodka the next time you’re out at a bar.

Instead of an energy drink, I recommend using a pre-workout powder that is from a reputable manufacturer. If you safely follow the directions, you can help maximize your workout. Do not use stimulants throughout the day. If you do, you’re abusing it like a drug and it can have very nasty side effects on your health. Instead of waking up with an energy drink, have a cup of tea or coffee instead. Your body will thank you.

Tristan "Lucky"





Written by: Tristan “Lucky”


7 Natural Herbs Every Athlete Should Take

Herbs have been around forever and you may be surprised what power these little guys contain. Natural herbs can be more effective than man-derived products and often without the nasty side effects. In fact, the herbs listed below will not only improve your athletic performance, they help your body in many other ways too. Some herbs are wildly popular (we’ve all heard about #1), while others have been secretly hiding in the shadows.

Here are the 7 herbs you need to add to your supplement super-stash:


  1. Ginseng – Everyone knows about this super root. Ginseng is available in different forms, yet most athletes choose the standardized root extract to keep it simple. Ginseng treats any type of body deficiency and also has beneficial effects on the central nervous system, adrenal, sexual function, anti-fatigue properties and is known to accelerate metabolism. In addition, ginseng can stimulate nitric oxide production in immune cells, arteries, vascular endothelial cells and erectile tissues.Ashwagandha seed (Withania somnifera)
  2. Ashwagandha – This herb literally means “the grounded strength of a stallion” which leaves no doubt about its ability to increase athletic prowess. Ashwagandha is referred to as “Indian ginseng” because of its rejuvenating properties even though they are botanically unrelated. This powerful herb is most well-known for its restorative benefits and can help with post-workout recovery.Medicinal holy basil or tulsi leaves
  3. Tulsi-Holy Basil Leaves – These leaves support drastic increases in endurance while minimizing post-workout recovery time. Most prefer this as a tea as it also helps assist with digestion, not to mention improving mental sharpness and supporting adrenal function. Holy basil is also known to decrease pain and swelling (inflammation).ginseng stack up on a white background
  4. Eleuthero – Formerly called Siberian Ginseng, this root is the food of champions and ruler of the adaptogens. Eleuthero helps increase and provide long term energy. In addition, it helps with adrenal function and raises blood-oxygen levels. Many people use this in combination with Gotu Kola.Tumeric and tumeric  powder.
  5. Tumeric – A significant amount of the stiffness and soreness after a workout comes from an inflammatory response. When tumeric is consumed with your post-workout hydration, it assists the body to speed up the recovery of injuries as well as optimize muscle mass.snowdon rose
  6. Rhodiola – Besides being a great herb to enhance memory, rhodiola strengthens the body, making it more resilient to challenges such as exercise and fatiguing tasks. In one study, healthy adults who consumed 200mg of rhodiola extract one hour prior to exercise significantly increased their capacity for endurance. Rhodiaola extract also reduces levels of C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker, and creatinine kinase, a marker of muscle damage.ciwujia
  7. Ciwujia – This loaded root has shown in studies to significantly improve workout performance through a carbohydrate-sparing action. During exercise, ciwujia shifts the energy source from carbohydrate to fat, thereby increasing fat metabolism. This shift also improves performance by delaying the lactic acid buildup associated with muscle fatigue.

Herbs should not be taken lightly. In case you didn’t know, ma huang is an herb. What is this crazy Chinese name? Known as “Ephedra” here in the States, the FDA actually banned this herb back in 2004 due to its powerful effects. Just because these are herbs, you should still pay attention to the recommended dosage and not go crazy.


Tristan "Lucky"





Written by: Tristan “Lucky”

Stop Abusing Your Pre-Workout

The first time I tried a pre-workout powder, I added just two simple scoops to my water bottle. It didn’t take long before I wondered if that powder was really the blue meth from Breaking Bad. I felt like I had turned into the Incredible Hulk. It didn’t take long before my “go” juice became my drink of choice. Then, two scoops wasn’t enough…

preworkoutYou’ve probably been there. You now take 3+ scoops of pre-workout to get the same cracked-out feeling as before so you can be a beast at the gym.

The sad fact is that guys burn out every day from the use and abuse of pre-workout supplements and thermogenic fat burners. I’m definitely a fan of using a  pre-workout and want to teach you why you’re burning out and what you can do to fix it.

The Need For Speed

Pre-workout supps contain a high dose of caffeine and some even contain extra stimulants such as geranium extract or 1,3-dimethylamylamine (which is so strong that it has been compared to the drug “speed” and is officially banned for professional athletes).

When you consume stimulants, a message is sent to the brain to allow the release of adrenalin into the blood stream. Adrenalin is preworkout2produced in the (appropriately named) “adrenal glands” which sit just above your kidneys. These two little guys are virtually the body’s fuel tanks. When you begin to consume more and more caffeine, you begin to stress out your adrenals. In short, you’re burning out because you’re taking in way too many stimulants and not giving your body enough time to put fuel back in the tanks.

Million dollar question: “How do you keep the tanks full and stop burning out?”

Simple answer: “Cycle” your pre-workouts

By taking your pre-workout supplements for 4-6 weeks and then completing a 1 week break where you take in almost no stimulants, you will allow your body to fill the tanks back up so you can kick ass again in the gym. During that “no-go-week”, you can’t consume: energy drinks, pre-workouts, thermogenics, nothing with high octane caffeine whatsoever.

That being said, expect some withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, low energy levels and bad mood.

Businessman drinking coffee from coffee potBut, wait, how about we find the perfect balance? Basically, figure out how many grams of stimulants you’re currently consuming in your pre-workout cocktails. Some people are up to 1,200mg of caffeine a day. That’s equal to 15 cups of coffee. In order to not withdrawal like a madman, yet cycle properly, allow yourself a morning double espresso (160mg caffeine). This helps take the edge off and after a few days, your body recuperates.

After that one week off, you’ll definitely feel the power of your pre-workout again. This is my best advice to help you not burn out on pre-workout!

Tristan "Lucky"





Written by: Tristan “Lucky”