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April 12, 2012 — Leave a comment

I've had pretty good experience ordering training gear and supplements from I live in Canada and shipping from the USA is fast and reasonably priced (and no brokerage fees or duty fees!)

I made an order on Monday April 2, 2012 and it shipped the same day. DHL delivered the package on Wednesday April 11, 2012. It probably would have arrived here sooner if it wasn’t for the Easter long weekend.

Here's what I got delivered to my door yesterday from Order

Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein 5lbs - Mocha Cappuccino

I add whey protein to my coffee. So far I’ve tried chocolate, vanilla, and unflavored whey protein. Vanilla tastes best for me, but I wanted to try out a different flavor. I went with mocha cappuccino simply because it had the highest taste rating on’s website.

Price: $54.99

Optimum Nutrition Creatine Powder 2000g

I decided to try out creatine again (I took it a LONG time ago in the late 90’s while I was in high school). It’s well researched and one of the few supplements proven to work. We’ll see how it works for me this time around.

I decided on ON Micronized Creatine Powder because Optimum Nutrition is a reputable brand, has a lot of good reviews and they’re using something called “CreaPure”, which is supposedly the purest creatine monohyrdate available.

Price: $37.99

Now Ultra Omega-3 180 Softgels (2)

This is the fish oil that I take. Mainly for “general health” purposes. I don’t feel anything, but I take it anyways for “general health”, and just in case.

Price: $41.98 for 2.

Harbringer Neoprene Padded Ankle Cuffs (2)

I’m doing reverse hyperextensions by stacking one bench on top of another (pictured here). So far it’s been working fine, but I wanted a way to add some resistance to the movement. I figured I could add weights doing reverse hypers by using a pair of these ankle cuffs, weaving a chain into the plates, and connecting the chain to the ankle cuffs with a carabiner. I’ll write about how this works out in an upcoming post.

Price: $17.98 for 2.

Sequoia/ Defender Body Fat Caliper

Since my order was over $150, I got the option to choose a free gift (free gifts start at orders totaling $75 and up. Here’s what else is available as a free gift).

I decided on these body fat calipers because I did not have any tools to measure my body fat. I did a quick measurements, and according to these calipers, I’m about 16.5% body fat. Not bad!

Price: Free!

Lastly, I tried to order a couple of bottles of the SportPharma Multi-V multivitamins, but I got this error during the checkout process:

Strange, because I have ordered these multivitamins before. I'm not sure why it can't be shipped to Canada now.

Total damage:

Subtotal: $152.94

Shipping: $33.99

TOTAL: $186.93

Kicking myself in the butt because I just found out I could have used a coupon code (5off100) to get $5 off my order.

Bah, next time.

John Phung

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