Ultra Life is the only supplement company authorized by Healthexcel to produce specific multivitamins for specific Metabolic Types. With the recommendations that come with your Metabolic Type Report, There is no guessing about whether or not you’re getting too much or too little of a certain nutrient. Or if the form of a certain nutrient is best tolerated by your metabolism (e.g., calcium citrate versus calcium carbonate). Another bonus: all of the vitamins and mineral products are extracted from organic foods, not synthesized in a lab.
This site has the lowest prices on supplements, period. Even with shipping costs, it pays to shop here. Ultimate-U.com is an affiliate of Fit-Rx.com, which means we get a small commission on referrals, at no extra cost to you. So please support us and click through this site to Fit-Rx. Your support is greatly appreciated.
This is a great site for a few gray market items at fair prices that are hard to find elsewhere. They specialize in bulk powders and custom made topical, transdermal products. I especially recommend the 1-testosterone gels made by Avant Labs or Dermabolics for men who want to add muscle and strength. For fat loss, I recommend the yohimbine HCI capsules by 1Fast400 or the Lipoderm-Y yohimbine gel by Avant Labs.
These guys are on the cutting edge of supplement research and development. Most supplement companies fill magazine ad space with fake before and after pictures and claim their products work based on clinical trials done on insects 20 years ago in Bulgaria. This company does a very thorough job of actually applying biochemistry to fat-loss/bodybuilding. There is a forum where users provide honest feedback on their products, and an online magazine (www.mindandmuscle.net) which explains the science and logic behind the products.
Have you ever wondered how reliable the label information is on the brand of vitamins you use? ConsumerLab is a subscription service which provides independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals evaluate health, wellness, and nutrition products. It publishes results of its tests online at www.consumerlab.com, including listings of brands that have passed testing. Recent tests include multi-vitamins, fish oils, creatine, joint supplements, ginseng, etc. Definitely worth the price. Annual subscription: $24.00.
Nutrition Facts Databases & Resources
Easy to use food database
FitDay.com is a free web site designed to help you track and analyze the important aspects of your diet and fitness. Your personal FitDay account serves as a food and exercise journal. You can track calories, fat, carbohydrates, and protein intakes; calorie expenditure, & weight loss. You can also perform a long term analysis of your diet and fitness in relation to your goals.
USDA Nutrient Database
Search the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Just enter the food and amount, and it will give you more information than you'll ever need to know.
Fast Food Facts
For those on the go, this site specifically finds info on fast food. You can specify the amount of calories, fat, etc. you want to eat, and it will help you find a healthy meal.
You have to download the program to use this one, but it is an easy way to keep track of your food and macronutrient intake. Bonus: you don't need to be connected to the Internet once you've downloaded the software.
Tables for Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load (2002)
This is the most valid, up to date listing of various carbohydrate based foods and their impact on blood sugar levels. Find out which carb-based foods are the best and which are the most likely to cause fat deposition. Recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
NOTE: The nutrition facts for almost any fast food restaurant items can be found on their respective websites. To find out that a double whopper packs 1,000 calories and 62g of fat, for example (and that's without the cheese!), go to www.burgerking.com, click on "Food and Nutrition". You get the idea.
Nutrition Action Newsletter
This is an outstanding and eye opening resource for nutritional info and analysis of commercial and restaurant foods. A subscription is highly recommended for anyone serious about their diet. Published by The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit health advocacy group. Annual subscription: $24.00.
Weston A Price Foundation
Nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price studied isolated nonindustrialized peoples to establish the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Use this site to find out about : health effects of genetically modified foods, industrial agriculture and nutritional decline, MSG, aspartame and other dangerous neuro-toxins in the food supply, why you shouldn’t eat microwaved and irradiated food, and healthy alternatives to modern processed foods.
Exercise, Nutrition, & General Fitness
A great source of scientific information concerning diet and exercise. No pretty pictures or ads here, just the evidence from thousands of clinical studies. Consisting of over 1000 pages, it's an excellent resource for the exercise professional, coach, or fitness enthusiast. Also has a helpful section of calculators here.
Features include tons of beneficial articles and findings of the latest studies, question and answer sections, and descriptions of the pros and cons of all the major diets.
As the name implies, this is a thinking man's or woman's resource for bodybuilding, nutrition, and fitness. The articles and free newsletters are highly recommended reading. Though written on a more academic level than you may be used to, the topics covered are supported by real science, not the usual marketing hype.
Mind and Muscle
The online magazine of Avant Labs. This company does a very thorough job of applying biochemistry to fat-loss/bodybuilding. The articles get a bit technical, but you'll certainly emerge wiser from the experience. There is also a forum where users provide honest feedback and commentary on all kinds of supplements, diets, training programs, etc.
The MFW Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list
Misc.fitness.weights is the name of the newsgroup dedicated to all things related to resistance training and bodybuilding, including training programs, diets, and supplements. A great basic Q & A site for beginners and advanced exercisers alike.
Go under "Diet and Fitness Tools" for lots of neat calculators, like one that determines calorie levels to maintain or lose, and one that shows how much exercise is needed to burn off certain food choices. You can also sign up for a daily email notice of interesting fitness and nutrition tips.
Incredible list of calculators you can use to determine the calories burned for various activities, VO2 max, heart rate, 1-rep max, etc. Link back to the main page for a huge article directory covering weight training, nutrition, supplements, competitions, sports training, etc.
Consumer Reports on Health
Published by Consumers Union, a nonprofit independent organization providing information and advice on health, services, and goods. (Click on "Health and Fitness" section of the site.) Provides good, unbiased info on nutrition, exercise, fitness products, etc. Annual Subscription: $24.00. 1-800-234-2188
Human Kinetics is the premier knowledge integrator in the physical activity field. They synthesize vast amounts of information on a variety of fields: health and fitness, sports medicine, physical rehabilitation, etc. HK produces textbooks, consumer books, software, videos, audiocassettes, journals, and distance education courses. Although its target audience is fitness professionals and educators, many will find their products useful.
PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources. This is a great source for the original medical journal papers you see referenced in fitness and nutrition articles.
Dr. Joseph Mercola is one of the most respected natural/holistic health practicioners in the world. His site is a repository for comprehensive, clear and researched guidance on the best nutrition, medical, emotional therapy and lifestyle choices to improve and maintain total health. I recommend signing up for his newsletter- fascinating reading!
SNAP Fitness of
SNAP is the official home of Ultimate-U Fitness, with JD as head of personal training. This new, clean, friendly, 24/7 access facility is located at I-75 and University Blvd. Family run by Tom and Sherry Wilson, the customer service is outstanding. You get a much higher level of professionalism and experience than you get with any other gym in town. Visit their website for a free week pass.
Richard's Whole Foods
Richard's is an 11-store natural and specialty foods retailer based in Southwest Florida, and has served local communities since 1979. At Richard's we help our neighbors transition to a healthier lifestyle, without overwhelming them with choices or with guilt over indulgences. We focus on the top selling, highest quality bulk foods, groceries, personal care items and supplements available in the industry. We are conveniently located, extremely competitive with pricing, and strive to provide exceptional, personalized customer care, all of which combine for a positive shopping experience. Richard's has consistently been the number one health food store in the communities it serves. We have our wonderful customers to thank for voting us #1!
NRG Organic Supermarkets
This chain of stores located throughout the west coast of Florida offer a wide selection, value (everyday low prices and great monthly specials!), high quality fresh foods, educational services and quality customer service provided by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. The Granary of Sarasota, Sunplash Market of Port Charlotte & Naples, Palm Harbor Natural Foods, and Nature's Finest of St. Petersburg are all part of the NRG Family.
3-D Human Motion
This site is dedicated to studying how the body actually moves through three planes of motion from the ground up. Most joint/tendon problems are the result of some muscular imbalance which needs to be corrected. Anyone interested in improving balance, stability, or functional strength should check out this site. Author Chuck Wolf, MS, is the Manager of Sport Science and Human Performance for the USA Triathlon National Training Center. They are located at South Lake Hospital, in Clermont, Florida. Chuck is responsible for the human performance lab, athletic enhancement, fitness programs, and post rehabilitation.