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MERK is the real deal – a potent performance optimizer that is setting it up to revolutionize the pre-workout category.

Something truly monumental has to happen before you hit the gym. You must find the key that unlocks the door to performing at your absolute best. We’re talking about a game-changing experience from your pre-workout, which delivers an intense, mind-blowing formula. That pre-workout you have been searching for is MERK from Stance Supplements®, which has emerged from the shadows like a Ninja Warrior to unleash your own inner warrior.

It’s time for moment of silence for your old pre-workout. Hasta la vista, hit the road … because it’s yesterday’s news. When you consider that MERK comes fully loaded with a slew of the most powerful pre-workout ingredients available today so you can slay even the most vigorous of workouts, your old pre-workout is about as relevant as a polyester leisure suit or your father’s beat-up Dodge.

Game-Changing Ingredients

Talk is cheap, and some pre-workouts are mostly hot air. Not MERK. The research and development team at Stance Supplements® has created MERK to deliver a game-changing ingredient roster for those who are looking for a super-intense, extreme pre-workout formula – MERK. The advanced formula includes 6g of citrulline malate, 3.2g of beta-alanine, 550mg of VitaCholine®, 350mg of caffeine and 200mg of AlphaSize® (L-Alpha glycerylphosporylcholine). The Stance Supplements® formulators didn’t stop there, though. They also included complementary ingredients like vitamin B12, Himalayan rock salt, Choline, ActiGin® and Astragin®.

Killer Flavors

The ingredients aren’t the only things about MERK that are game changing. Some pre-workouts taste like wet cement, but not MERK. With killer flavors like Wicked White Gummy, Brutal Blue Razz and Strawberry Death Punch, your taste buds will be thanking you.

Potent Performance Optimizer

We gave MERK a test drive and something overwhelming came over us. Our team felt energized by the in-demand pre-workout ingredients that MERK is packed with. MERK is the real deal – a potent performance optimizer that is setting it up to revolutionize the pre-workout category.



• 350mg Caffeine

• 6g Citrulline Malate

• 3.2g Beta-Alanine

• 550mg VitaCholine®

• 200mg AlphaSize®

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A 25-Minute Core-Stability Workout You Can Do Anywhere



Your core doesn't just provide strength—it also provides stability. And that's the exact idea behind this week's core stability workout from Sweat with SELF.

Led by athletic trainer Liz Letchford, Ph.D., A.T.C., and coach Paul Wright, this 25-minute core stability workout is the third in a six-part series dedicated to helping you build optimal core strength. Catch the first two videos in this series here and here.

One key component of core stability? A strong transverse abdominis. This deep core muscle, which wraps around your sides and spine is “an intrinsic core stabilizer,” Cori Lefkowith, Orange County, California-based personal trainer previously told SELF. That means it “helps stabilize your core and spine to help your body function correctly.”

Having a stabilized spine is important as it translates into injury prevention at the gym—particularly when you're doing big, compound lifts like squats and deadlifts—and helps in everyday life—like when you're hoisting a bag of groceries or picking up something off the floor, as SELF previously reported.

Moreover, core stability is the foundation for a lot of athletic movements, as NSCA-certified personal trainer Renee Peel previously told SELF. By improving your core stability, you can in turn improve your ability to move efficiently and effectively in a lot of scenarios.

In this workout, you'll fire up your core stabilizers (and, as a bonus, work your shoulders and legs) with moves like bird dogs, bear holds, and downward dogs to planks.

When you're ready, grab a mat and follow along with the video below. Or, if you'd rather work at your own pace, simply keep scrolling for detailed workout directions and GIFs of each move.

Workout Directions

Start with the dynamic warm-up.

After the warm-up, rest for 20 seconds. Then, do the workout. Do each exercise for 60 seconds, taking 10-15 seconds to transition between moves. Repeat the workout 2 more times, resting 20 seconds between each round.

Dynamic Warm-Up

  • Downward Dog to Plank x 60 seconds


  • Bird Dog x 60 seconds
  • Leg Lower x 60 seconds
  • Bear Hold x 60 seconds
  • Glute Bridge x 60 seconds
  • Single-Leg Deadlift (repeat on each side) x 60 seconds

*Rest for 20 seconds. Repeat the circuit 2 more times.

The Exercises

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Ashley Kaltwasser, 3x Ms. Bikini Olympia Champion



Welcome to this week’s episode of the “Buff Bombshell Show” with Emma Hyndman aka The Posing Pro, Lauren Lotter aka Bikini Amateur, and our special guest, three-time Ms. Bikini Olympia Champion Ashley Kaltwasser.

The ladies talk to Ashley about her journey in the IFBB, what it takes to become a pro athlete, and more. To follow Ashley’s journey, check out her YouTube channel, which will update you with all of her show day vlogs.

Thank you for watching this week’s episode on FitnessRx for Women online. As always, we thank you for your support. -Lauren and Emma xo

Ashley Kaltwasser is a member of Team Hi-Tech

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How to Test Your Mobility



The overhead squat requires mobility in your shoulders, hips, and ankles, and stability through your upper back, core, glutes, and adductors. It is useful for assessing weakness, immobility, and muscular imbalance — and for improving overall mobility.

Strive to avoid leaning too far forward or letting your knees move inward or heels rise from the floor. Don’t let the weight track behind your body as a counterbalance. For the purpose of testing mobility, use a light implement (a dowel rod, PVC pipe, or empty barbell) and focus on form, not how much weight you can lift.

How to Test: Stand with feet at shoulder width, toes pointed slightly out, and take a wide, shoulder-width-and-a-half grip on the rod, pipe, or barbell. Press or snatch the weight overhead with chest proud, arms locked out, and shoulders engaged.

Brace your core and squat down as far as you can with control. Continue to engage your core, glutes, and shoulders as you return to standing.

How to Assess: The number of reps you can perform and the weight you carry isn’t as important as improving your form. Consider recording a video of yourself and look for the following: If your chest drops, it may signal a weak core. If you can’t keep your arms overhead and in line with your torso, it could mean limited shoulder mobility. If your heels lift, ankle immobility may be the culprit. If your knees collapse inward, hip strength is a likely issue.

How to Improve: Depending on the results of the test, you may want to incorporate shoulder- or ankle-mobility work, core- or hip-strengtheners, or some combination of these efforts. You can also add variations of the overhead squat into your warm-up or workout.

Trainers often recommend ditching tools that hold the hands in a fixed relative position in favor of dumbbells or kettlebells that unlink the hands — or simply perform the move with just body weight, one arm extended overhead at a time.

For more tips on improving your overhead squat, see “BREAK IT DOWN: The Overhead Squat“.

This was excerpted from “Fitness Testing 2.0” which was published in the June 2021 issue of Experience Life magazine.

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