June 30, 2021
Happy Canada Day! We thought this was a great time to show some love to all the amazing, effective brands and formulas that have their roots firmly placed in Canada. We love supporting Canadian brands as you probably do too.
Not only are these brands a great way to support the country and our own innovations in fitness and nutrition, but they also offer you the nutrition support you’re looking for to get the results you’re looking for and level up your progress.
Ready to be surprised by the variety of Canadian brands designed to help you on your fitness journey? Check them out below and remember you can get them all right here at HERC’s.
Genuine Health began first with a supplement shop in Toronto’s LGBT neighborhood in the 1980s. It was a time when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was causing so much loss and pain in the community. Genuine Health’s founder Stewart Brown says that this experience created Genuine Health’s values-driven approach and dedication to improving the health of people around the world..
Today, Genuine Health is proud to be the first supplement company to be classified as a BCorp, meaning they are focused on practices that benefit the community and do good for the world. Genuine Health has a lot to be proud of. According to genuinehealth.com they were the first nutrition company to:
Fermented Protein - supports lean muscle mass, muscle recovery, feel fuller without bloating
Probiotics - helps support good gut bacteria and supports a strong immune system
Prebiotics - nourish the gut bacteria that support overall health and wellness
Collagen - essential to healthy hair, skin, and joints
Pain Relief - ingredients to support joint health, mobility, and range of motion
As its name implies, Progressive Nutritional is committed to making a positive impact on the world. They combine rigorous scientific testing and research with a natural medicine perspective focused on wellness and optimal health. At its core, Progressive is dedicated to making the most effective products with the least environmental footprint.
OmegaEssentials - Cold water and wild-caught fish oil helps promote mood balance
VegeGreens - Combines the benefits of six to eight servings of vegetables to support positive energy levels, mental clarity, while helping to detoxify the body and maintain healthy pH balance.
PhytoBerry - With the nutritional value of six to eight servings of fruit, this supplement offers antioxidant protection and energy support along with helping to improve mental clarity.
Progressive Nutritional’s line includes Probiotics, Multivitamins, Fish Oil, Complete Collagen and Curcumin Turmeric
North Coast Naturals are serious about their commitment to being a locally founded and locally made Canadian company. While many supplement companies outsource their production to other manufacturers, North Coast is proud to be 100% made in Canada. They operate an innovative facility in Port Coquitlam, BC. Founded by the McMahon family in 1996, they now employ over 120 team members, with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and quality control.
Their product line is seriously diverse, with a long list of products that includes those designed to support Immunity, Focus, Energy, Digestive and Gut Health, Fitness, Skin, Hair, Joints, and Weight Management. North Coast Naturals designs formulas for vegan, keto, and paleo diets and includes grass-fed with an emphasis on locally-sourced Canadian ingredients.
Combining the pursuit of health with social responsibility and innovation, Raw Nutritional was built with a simple goal: to make great tasting and high-quality nutritional supplements. The Canadian couple Samuel and Sandrine first began brainstorming a vegan protein that offered the same flavor appeal as its whey counterparts. Both vegetarian, the pair couldn’t find an appealing vegan protein on the market that was palatable enough to make them commit to veganism. As they saw, necessity is the mother of invention and the rest is history.
Raw Nutrional’s line includes vegan protein powder, amino acids, along with a variety of superfood powders and capsule supplements. Their Vegan Pro protein comes in six flavors including Very Berry, Maple Vanilla, and Butterscotch — all taste tested for smoothness and deliciousness.
Did you know PERFECT Sports was the first sports nutrition company to bring New Zealand whey protein to Canada. They’re now the number one NZ whey protein featuring grass-fed, pasture-raised dairy. They proudly sport the Made in Canada label on all of their products, which include a full line of protein, mass, recovery, and strength products. Sweeten with Stevia, PERFECT is known for its delicious menu of scrumptious flavors like Maple Waffle, Vanilla Cupcake, and Iced Mochaccino.
DIESEL - Provides over 26g of amino acids and 7g of BCAAs to promote muscle building and prevent muscle loss
PERFECT - and you get 24 g of the most delicious protein your body demands without artificial flavorings
CREED - 26 g Protein, 2 g Carbs and 1 g of Fat
Pure Vita Labs also known as PVL designs sports supplements with high performance athletes in mind. Their products all feature the Informed Choice Certificate, which shows that all of PVL supplements have used a third party highly-respected testing lab to ensure they are free of banned substances.
With a full line of whey protein, BCAAs, creatine, gainers, and glutamine, PVL tailors its product line to the needs of the athlete. Pure is not only part of its name, it is the company’s value and mantra.
PVL features two full lines of products:
Performance Series - Includes whey protein, pure BCAA, creatine, MCT oil, and glutamine
Gold Series - Includes isolated whey protein, Keto Boom for instant ketone energy and EAA+BCAA complete amino acid compound.
ANS Performance is proud to be a brand built by athletes and scientists, people that work in gyms, in training, in weight rooms. This gives them the unique perspective of understanding what high-performance athletes need. Their consistently popular line includes:
Just take one look at Nutrabolic’s social media and you’ll see they are firmly planted in Canada. Find co-founder Jayson Wyner working out around BC while building a coaching and hosting his Perform podcast. Nutrabolics has only been in business for 13 years, but in that time their popularity with athletes has grown to a loyal following, with reach now extending to over 50 countries.
With a focus on nutraceuticals, Nutrabolics has a team of scientists developing high-effective formulas focused on purity and performance. Their line includes everything the serious athlete needs to make serious gains, including Creatine, Glutamine, Carnitine, BCAA, gainers, hydration formulas, hormone amplifiers, hydrolyzed whey, pre-workouts, and fat burners.
This popular Canadian brand features a full line of supplements for weight management, muscle building and performance support. Their line includes the popular weight-loss Hydraburn, Essential Greens, and Isoshock whey protein isolate for muscle growth and weight loss.
ALLMAX has a dizzying array of nutritional support products. The Canadian fitness brand includes pre-workouts, protein, cleanses, intra-workout, gainers, creatine, and post-workouts (among other things!) Their top sellers include the Isoflex whey protein isolate. Oh, and it comes in a dozen crave-worthy flavors like Cinnamon French Toast and Cookies and Cream.
Marc Burton wanted to take some of the hype out of fitness nutrition. The Canadian is proud that he’s not flashing his net-worth or medal from fitness competition. He’s a regular guy who loves to lift. He wanted to bring that down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach to create a fully transparent supplement line for those like him that love to lift. Iron Brothers not only includes protein, BCAA, and pre-workouts, but also support with testosterone boosters, sleep aids, brain booster, fat burners, and joint support.
Make every decision with integrity, that’s the motto of Magnum Nutraceuticals founder Markus Kaulius who began Magnum in 2005. The brand uses raw ingredients and a stringent testing process that includes working with only Certified Good Manufacturing Practices producers. Today their line includes protein, fat burners, muscle builders, performance support and testosterone boosters.
The Burlington Ontario-based nutrition company features an exhaustive line from pre-workouts to recovery. They third-party test and boast no artificial colors, tested for heavy metals, using non-proprietary formulas that are backed by many local athlete users.
Quebec born and made in Canada, Beyond Yourself is a brand founded on transparency. So much so you can even take a virtual tour of their facility (which includes a sweet testing gym). Dedicated to producing all of their product on-site, they promise no hidden ingredients or proprietary blends.
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April 30, 2021
April 21, 2021
Whether you have a strict workout regime or not, understanding the difference between dynamic and static stretching can lead to a more balanced pre and post workout routine.
We all know that being active is important. Do you often hit the ground running, without giving much time or thought to stretching? It’s important to know how to stretch the right way and when to employ different stretching methods. Otherwise, you may be unknowingly increasing your risk of injury and diminishing your athletic performance!
Simply learning about when to employ static verus dynamic stretching in your workout routine (even if that routine is a leisurely walk!) can have great benefits to your long-term health and mobility.
April 06, 2021
Spring is finally here, and you’ve probably been itching to get back outside and get your body moving.
Frigid temperatures coupled with ongoing quarantine might mean your workouts have taken a backseat the last few months. Whatever the reason for your exercise lull, spring is an ideal time to get back to fitness.
COVID 19 Update
At Herc's Nutrition, we do our best to ensure all orders are delivered promptly with same-day shipping and expedited service. However, in the midst of the current pandemic, Canada Post has put forward safety measures and restrictions on its workers which has led to delayed service times.
We want to assure you that your package WILL arrive, but could possibly be delayed.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your patience in waiting for your deliveries