Reducing your body fat percentage, also known as body recomposition, is one of the physically, mentally and physiologically challenging activities you can put your body through as fitness enthusiast. And this fact holds true whether you're doing it as part of a competition prep phase, as someone that's just starting their fitness journey and looking to shed some extra weight, or as a follow-up on a significant bulking cycle.
As your body is deprived of the calories necessary to maintain your body weight, you begin a physiological process that, by its very nature, places your body under a significant amount of stress. In terms of your fitness journey, this can manifest as a plateau in your progress, weeks of inefficient workouts, reduced performance, endurance, stamina and max power output, or just straight up regression.
These results make sense when you look at it from a physiological standpoint. Entering a caloric deficit triggers a multitude of detrimental hormonal changes that work in opposition to your fitness goals. Specifically, the hormonal system experiences an alternation from equilibrium and baseline serum levels before body recomposition efforts begin, as decreased serum concentrations of leptin, triiodothyronine (T3), testosterone, and estradiol are often observed.
These activities don't strictly reduce hormone levels either, as other hormones increase in response to the stress placed on the body. Specifically, serum levels of cortisol, colloquially known as the body's stress hormone, tend to increase. As a result, many people often exper causing a variety of negative side-effects including:
- Intestinal problems, such as constipation, bloating or diarrhea.
- Anxiety or depression.
- Weight gain.
- Increased blood pressure.
Fortunately, we've developed a formula specifically designed to address the hormonal and physiological changes that occur within your body during intense periods of body recomposition in Core HARD.
Core HARD is the pinnacle in recomposition supplementation. The ingredients in HARD have been specifically chosen to balance your hormonal environment and maximize your lean muscle mass. Taking advantage of both the old and the new, Core Nutritionals has employed both modern, cutting-edge compounds and traditional herbs to create a balanced approach to delivering hardness. Key ingredients in Core HARD affect some of the body’s critical physiological pathways, combining sexiness and science in a single, non-proprietary formula.
We have included five powerful ingredients into a full month's worth of stimulant free, recomposition goodness including: KSM-66®, DIM, Phosphatidylserine, Cocoabuterol® and L-Theanine. The result? Reduced cortisol levels, healthy estrogen and hormone regulation, weight loss and lean muscle growth, increased measures of well-being, improved athletic performance, stamina and power.
What you'll find below is a breakdown of the ingredients that make Core HARD our top-selling product of all time, as well as an essential supplement for anyone undertaking a body recomposition journey. However, if you're already sold on Core HARD, you can simply click the button below to purchase your first bottle of HARD now:
Unlocking the Power of Phosphatidylserine: Boost Your Exercise Capacity!
Phosphatidylserine (PS), also known as the powerhouse phospholipid, is an essential component found in various membranes throughout our body. This versatile compound plays a vital role in cell communication and even impacts the synthesis and transmission of catecholamines in the brain and other neuroendocrine functions. As fitness enthusiasts, you'll be thrilled to learn that PS might hold the key to increasing exercise capacity!
The science behind PS's exercise-enhancing potential is exciting. Rigorous research studies have shown that both acute and chronic administration of PS can lead to measurable improvements in exercise capacity. In a groundbreaking double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial involving trained athletes, PS was administered for 10 days before an acute exercise challenge. The results were astounding! Exercise time to exhaustion, sprint performance, and perceived exertion levels all showed significant improvements.
But that's not all! Other studies using similar PS dosages reported increased shot accuracy in golfers, a remarkable 28% increase in exercise time to exhaustion for cyclists, and reduced feelings of stress and soreness in participants.
When you're in a "cutting" or recomposition stage as a bodybuilder, PS may play a crucial role in maintaining exercise success. By incorporating PS into your fitness regimen, you can potentially experience enhanced exercise performance and overall fitness gains.
Harnessing the Power of KSM-66® Ashwagandha: Elevate Your Performance
KSM-66® Full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract is nature's gift to your fitness journey. Ashwagandha, also known as Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng, has been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Core Nutritionals recognized the potential of this adaptogenic herb and carefully selected KSM-66® for its HARD formula.
The incredible therapeutic potential of Ashwagandha stems from its rich phytochemical profile, including powerful alkaloids, sitoindosides, and the highly bioactive withanolides. KSM-66® not only contains the full range of biologically active compounds in Ashwagandha, but it's also standardized for an impressive 5% withanolides – the principal active compounds.
What sets KSM-66® apart are the remarkable results it has shown in human clinical trials. Rigorously designed studies with randomized, double-blind delivery, and placebo control have reported:
- A 27.9% reduction in serum cortisol levels in chronically stressed adults over 60 days.
- Statistically significant increases in endurance and stamina, measured by VO2 max, in exercise-trained adults.
- Enhanced well-being and reported feelings of positivity and balance.
Additionally, KSM-66® has been linked to statistically significant increases in serum testosterone levels in men with fertility issues.
Say Hello to Cocoabuterol®: Your Ally in Fat Loss and Performance
Cocoabuterol®, the powerhouse derived from cocoa's bioactive compounds, is your secret weapon for fat loss, muscle building, and improved insulin sensitivity. This caffeine-free ingredient works its magic by increasing cAMP levels, a vital regulator in all three types of cells in the human body.
Theobromine, a prominent compound in cocoa, contributes to the sought-after "pump" during pre-workout supplementation by increasing nitric oxide production. It also facilitates blood vessel dilation, enhancing blood flow during intense exercise, and benefiting individuals with high blood pressure.
The antioxidant-rich Cocoabuterol® combats oxidative stress in your body and reduces inflammatory signals, promoting overall well-being and optimizing your performance.
Let's Not Forget about 3,3'-Diindolylmethane (DIM): Embrace the Power of Healthy Estrogens
Estrogen is not a single entity but a group of distinct hormones with diverse effects on the body. Estrogens metabolize into sub-compounds, some of which have beneficial anti-estrogen effects. 3,3'-Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a potent phytonutrient derived from indole-3-carbinol (I3C), found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli.
DIM has been shown to promote the metabolism of beneficial estrogens, effectively reducing estrogenic activity. In addition to its healthy-estrogen promoting abilities, DIM also:
- Adjusts the activity of certain cytochrome enzymes, reducing estrogen receptor site activity.
- Limits the cell division and growth of specific estrogens.
By embracing the diversity of estrogen compounds, DIM highlights the importance of increasing certain estrogens that offer beneficial, anti-estrogenic effects.
L-Theanine: The Elixir of Relaxation and Enhanced Cognitive Function
L-theanine, an amino acid found predominantly in tea, is emerging as a fascinating compound with exciting therapeutic potential. This brain-boosting amino acid readily crosses the blood-brain barrier and influences the central nervous system through various mechanisms, including increased dopamine release, higher GABA concentrations, and elevated serotonin levels.
But that's not all! Early research suggests that L-theanine can positively affect alpha waves, associated with relaxation, creativity, stress resilience, and improved learning and concentration. Including L-theanine in your regimen may unlock a new level of cognitive performance and tranquility.
Thank you for making it all the way through this article as we're thrilled to share these insights into the physiological properties and effects of our remarkable ingredients. By incorporating these powerful compounds into your daily routine, you can take your fitness journey to new heights. Whether you're looking to enhance exercise capacity, boost endurance, optimize hormone balance, or elevate cognitive function, our supplements are meticulously formulated to support your goals.
Remember, achieving your peak performance requires the right ingredients, in the right dosages, and for the right purpose. So, embrace the power of science-backed supplements and unlock your true potential!