All Articles & Reviews by
Derek 'D-Rock' Peruo

(18 posts in total - only latest ones shown)

Derek Peruo, CSCS, is the owner of Renaissance Fitness, an exclusive personal training service based in New York City. He shares his training philosophy via magazines such as Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, and Men's Health. And of course Straight to the Bar.

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Get Fit with Organic Super Greens

My review of Perfect Food RAW from Garden of Life

Perfect Food RAW Organic Green Super Food from Garden of Life is full of vegetables like alfalfa, ginger, green pepper, garlic, asparagus, and cabbage. It also contains an assortment of sprouted grains and a blend of 19 probiotics and enzymes. (★★★★☆)

Recover Better and Faster with Elite Recoup

A Mini Review by Derek Peruo, CSCS

Recover like a boss!

Elite Recoup contains Branch Chain Amino Acids and complex of B vitamins. While formulated to reduce muscle soreness and shorten recovery time between workouts, I found this easy-to-use powder equally effective as a pre-workout stimulant thanks to the addition of Citrulline Malate. My favorite pre-workout cocktail includes 5g of high-quality creatine mixed with 2 scoops of Elite Recoup. We give it: ★★★★☆.

Full Spectrum Cinnamon Extract from Planetary Formulas

My Mini Review.

Planetary Formulas Full Spectrum Cinnamon ExtractResearch shows that cinnamon is an excellent way to lower blood glucose levels after consuming sugary or carb-dense foods. If you're serious about fat loss, cinnamon extract should be an integral part of your program!

Carlson Labs Fish Oil

A brief review of this vital supplement.

Research shows consuming 250-1,000 mg of high-quality polyunsaturated Omega-3's per day reduces inflammation and pain from physical training, reduces stress and lowers body fat. Read our review of Carlon Labs Super Omega-3 Gems Fish Oil to find out how it can help you improve practically everything.

Green Tea Fat Burning Pills from Applied Nutrition

A brief review of an ancient remedy.

Applied Nutrition's Green Tea Fat Burner
Magic Green Pills? Hardly...
My brief review of Applied Nutrition's Green Tea Fat Burning Pills. Bottom line: drink green tea or buy MuscleTech's Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite instead.

Glycomaize from Optimum Nutrition!

My very starchy review of very fancy corn.

Glycomaize from Optimum Nutrition
Carbohydrates at its finest!
Tired of feeling fat after eating all those post-workout carbohydrates? Try a scoop of Glycomaize from Optimum Nutrition and get all the muscle-building benefits without that bloated feeling.

Get Extreme With Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite

Take the red pill.

Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite
Take the red pill. I insist!
Think Red Bull is amateur? Do you use Rockstar to mix your N.O.-Xplode? It may be time to try the most powerful pre-workout fat burning formula I've ever seen!

Become Superhuman with Solaray Probiotics

Multidophilous for the rest of us!

Solaray Probiotics
Solaray Probiotics: How the powerful get more powerful
Probiotics help maintain a very important balance of microorganisms in your digestive tract that aid in everything. Supplementing with a high-quality probiotic is the best way to keep your body working at it's prime.

Fight Fat With CLA from eVitamins

Why Red Meat and CLA Are Good for You.

CLA from eVitamins
CLA from eVitamins
What if you can't find a high-quality meat? What if all you have access to is garbage?

Gettin' Swole, Part 2

My Review of Now L-Citrulline Performance Supplement

L-Citrulline: The underdog of strength!

Today we have a brief follow-up review of Arginine's baby brother, L-Citrulline.

Gettin' Swole

My Review of Now Arginine and Glutamine Performance Supplements.

Glutamine and Arginine: Your new power combo!

This month, my friends at sent me L-Glutamine and Double-Strength L-Arginine from NOW FOODS to review. Let's jump right in.

You Need More Drugs

Review of Vasopro Xtreme Pre-Workout Supplement.

Vasopro, from Mega-Pro
Vasopro, from Mega-Pro

As a self-proclaimed professional caffeine junky, Vasopro Xtreme from Mega-Pro has a lot to live up to.

Hercules for a Day

Review of MuscleTech NeuroCore Pre-workout Supplement.

MuscleTech NeuroCore: A Hardcore Pre-workout Supplement
A Hardcore Pre-workout Supplement
A look at the superb MuscleTech NeuroCore.

How to Build Your Own Sandbag

Whether it's for the versatility, experimentation or budget constraints - this is the only way to go.

A DIY, hand-made sandbag
Here's one I made earlier.
In this superb article Derek explains exactly how to build your own sandbags. Good stuff.

Suspension Training 101

Where do you start?

TRX Adjustment tab
TRX Adjustment tab.
If you're not using suspension straps in your workout program, you should be. Their portability and functionality make them ideal for home gyms and training while on the road. And while there are numerous variations of the suspension trainer, the most popular has become the TRX Pro from Fitness Anywhere. Setting up the TRX is super easy and its versatility is limitless. This article will break down the basics of setting up the suspension straps and incorporating the movements into your workout program.

Don't Sweat The White Stuff: Chalkless Chalk Reviewed

A look at the Metolius Eco Ball.

Chalk is awesome. We use it all the time to keep our hands dry and improve our grip. It's used in competition and in training alike, and it's the reason many of us have hit the PRs we have.

Fix Your Body with a Foam Roller: The Basics

Learn the correct way to use this wonderful tool.

Foam Roller work
Foam Roller work.
Derek takes a superb look at the many ways to put a foam roller to use. Definitely a keeper.

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