Press Release: Council for Responsible Nutrition

Press Release: Council for Responsible Nutrition

—Annual survey finds slumping economy won’t deter most consumers from purchasing supplements; price may become a central factor—

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2008 —When it comes to the downturn in the economy, many
dietary supplement users don’t intend on cutting back their supplement regimen. According to a new survey conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), a full 51 percent of supplement users indicated that the economy will likely not change their supplement purchasing habits. These findings were released this week from the 2008 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements at The Conference, CRN’s annual symposium for the dietary supplement industry, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.

Survey results also showed that of the 51 percent who don’t plan on cutting back their supplement routine, 13 percent of dietary supplement consumers went further to say that supplements are “an essential part of my wellness regimen, and I cannot do without them.”

“It’s encouraging to see that, despite the current economic climate, such a large percentage of adults are continuing to invest in their health by including dietary supplements as a part of their wellness regimen,” said Judy Blatman, senior vice president, communications, CRN. “Engaging in preventative health measures today, such as incorporating supplements into a healthy lifestyle, may help avoid potential healthcare costs down the road.”

Although survey results showed that most supplement consumers don’t plan on cutting back on their supplement routine regardless of economic anxieties, some may alter their purchasing habits. In fact, nearly a third of supplement users surveyed (30 percent) indicated that, while they will continue to purchase dietary supplements, price will become a more important factor in the purchasing process. Further, an additional 13 percent responded that, given the potential downturn in the economy, they will continue to purchase, but will likely purchase less in the future.

And while the overwhelming majority of supplement users plan to continue with their supplement regimen in one way or another, a small portion of the survey respondents said they might suspend their supplement usage altogether should the need arise. Survey results showed that six percent of supplement users consider dietary supplements a luxury and believe they can do without them during economic hardships.

“Times are tough for many Americans right now, and countless families are faced with the difficult position of cutting back on items that are not of absolute necessity when trying to balance higher costs in gasoline, groceries and other daily necessities,” continued Ms. Blatman. “We were pleased to see that an overwhelming majority of supplement users recognize the value of taking vitamins, minerals and other supplements, and are making a concerted effort to invest in their health long term.”

The 2008 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, formerly known as the CRN Consumer Confidence Survey, was conducted August 20-25, 2008 by Ipsos Public Affairs and funded by CRN. The survey was conducted on-line and included a national sample of 2,013 adults aged 18 and older from Ipsos’ U.S. on-line panel. The survey has been conducted annually since 2000. This is the first year the CRN survey was conducted entirely on-line. The survey was weighted to reflect the actual U.S. adult population with an estimated margin of error of +/-2.2 percentage points.

Ipsos Public Affairs is part of Ipsos, a leading global survey-based market research company, owned and managed by research professionals that helps interpret, simulate, and anticipate the needs and responses of consumers, customers, and citizens. Ipsos offers a full line of custom, syndicated, omnibus, panel, and on-line research products and services, guided by industry experts and bolstered by advanced analytics and methodologies.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. CRN members adhere to a code of ethics, comply with dosage limits and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.

Dumbbell Snatch: One of my new favorite exercises

This is one exercise I have come to like over the past year. For those of you who are looking to add to your power production and exercise selection toolbox in order to do so, this might be one to take a look at.

One of the reasons I like this exercise is that it tends to be much less technically involved than the traditional barbell Clean or Snatch. From a Strength Coach’s perspective, it’s a nice exercise to put in that produces great full body power and doesn’t take as much time to teach and get athletes to a point of solid technique.

Don’t misunderstand, I don’t recommend jumping into the lift without appropriate progression and coaching–at the bare minimum you should be technically proficient in Clean Pulls and Clean High Pulls with both single and double arms (and if you don’t know what those are…guess what…you’re not proficient).

Here’s a side view with several reps with more of a countermovement emphasis:

Take a gander.

P.S. Vince…don’t do this one. I don’t want to hear any stories like what happened last time!

October Special: Post Workout Recovery Shake

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Why Post-Workout Recovery?
One of the biggest challenges in exercise and workout is dealing with the exhaustion and soreness afterwards. Muscle recovery is a key factor in maintaining and improving an exercise or workout program. With Post-Workout Recovery, your body will recover more quickly, allowing you the ability to strengthen and improve how well and how often you exercise.

Who needs Post-Workout Recovery?
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Alwyn Cosgrove’s Blog

Yet another resource I have yet to post. Figured it was about time. It’s tough to find people you feel comfortable recommending to others. And it seems that the more time passes, the fewer recommendations I make. Alwyn (along with a chosen few others like Mike Boyle) does a solid job at continuing to look at research and bringing into real-world training applications. I always appreciate people who do that because I don’t do it well.

If you are a personal trainer looking to gain insight into business or training…

If you are a strength coach looking for new information…

If you are an MMA enthusiast…

If you are someone looking to lose body fat safely and effectively through good resistance training, cardio and nutrition techniques…

…check out his blog at

Golf Performance Enhancement Resource: Free!

Here’s another podcast you golfers shouldn’t be missing. Gamble…when you read this, let me know. Better yet, when you listen to the first podcast…let me know!!!
This is another free podcast that has a tremendous amount of information for those of you fitness/Strength & Conditioning pros who work with golfers. Great information regarding the needs, assessment, evaluation, and training of the golfing population. Take a listen!

Better Golf with Fitness Podcast (click here) Podcast: Listen for Free

If you are a Strength Coach, trainer, or simply want to learn more…this is a podcast you shouldn’t miss. Tons of great information from some of the top minds in the industry. Mike Boyle (pictured below) is a regular on the show and is editor and primary contributor to the website.
Program design, strength/power development, quickness/agility development, mobility/stability/flexibility discussion, assessment and movement evaluation, technique tips, warm up and activation ideas, etc.

If you’re not listening, you’re not learning…and trust me, there’s a LOT to learn. Podcast (click here)

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