I study diet constantly and eat as strictly as, and with more discipline than anyone I know…  except maybe Melissa H. or Jrod.  I don’t claim to know it all and most of all, I am aware I don’t know what I don’t know.   So last year I went to Jrod to get my BioSignature done and gain advice on how to improve diet and supplementation.

Jrod is a BioSignature Practitioner and has been for a long time.  His take on functional nutrition was what I needed to get myself tuned up and moving on to the next level of my own health and performance.  If you didn’t know, I’m a little older than some of the fire breathers we have in the gym. Ha.  Although I can hang with them most of the time in most of the workouts, I have to train smarter, eat better, and sleep more than they do just to maintain.  I gave up alcohol a long time ago, so luckily that’s not an issue.  I did that for my own well being, but also, as a gym owner how could I expect you to respect my advice if I were out getting drunk at the clubs each weekend?  You can rest assured that I practice what I preach.

My initial BioSig with Jrod showed elevated cortisol levels.  I wasn’t surprised.  Cortisol is our body’s primary stress hormone.  I am my own worst enemy when it comes to trying to do too much.  I pile on the work and compromise my sleep to get it done.  Consequently my mornings were slow and I was dragging ass well into the early afternoon.  I had a difficult time getting my brain up and running.  Like most of us, I was relying on multiple cups of coffee to counter the lack of mental focus and energy.  Caffeine that was only increasing the cortisol.  It’s a vicious loop.

Jrod suggested a “cognitive protocol”…  a combination of Yang ALA and Alpha GPC.  The first morning I took it I didn’t finish my second cup of coffee.  I was alert within minutes of waking.  It wasn’t a shaky, stimulant feeling you get from caffeine.  I was simply awake and alert in the morning.  I was a bit surprised.

Almost all of my BioSig clients get the combo.  The CFW team will attest to the combo’s effectiveness.   I would not have them train without it.  It’s not magic and luckily the affects do not diminish.  You don’t become resistant to the ingredients, so you don’t have to keep increasing the dosages to get the same results.  The Yang ALA contains Carnitine and the antioxidant ALA.  Carnitine aids the body in metabolic processes including burning fat(BONUS!) and energy production.  ALA, or more specifically R-Lopoic Acid, is a very potent anti-oxidant that aids the brain in cognitive process.  Alpha GPC delivers choline rapidly across the brain/blood barrier where it is converted to Acetylcholine.  Acetylcholine is a nuerotransmitter responsible for motor functions and memory.  Alpha GPC has shown to improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

A good friend of mine took the combo and reported back to me “I am smarter than Rainman!”  Oddly funny, but a good description.

Seriously, your focus at work will improve, and therefore your productivity.  If you do shift work or suffer from sleep issues, it will improve your waking hours and therefore give you quality sleep.

If you take the combo pre-workout, your training drive will not only increase, but last through your entire workout.  Better workouts equal better performance.  It’s a no brainer (ha.).



Eric B. finishing up yesterday's 12:15 S&C class with Reverse Sled Pull's


Back Squats 6-8r x 5s
DB Split Squat 6-8r x 4s

AMRAP in 8 minutes of…
5 Pull-ups
20 Double Unders

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