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Review: The Sports Drink For Us All – Alley-Oop by Youthtopia



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Many of us wanted to “Be like Mike” when Gatorade came on the scene. The scientifically-created sports drink to replenish athletes while they perform their magic transcended sports and quickly became a drink for the masses.

The only thing is…most people aren’t elite athletes and even on most days, are not typically performing extreme high-intensity exercises or playing sports that Gatorade, Powerade and the likes, were designed for. It’s great if you plan on climbing to the top of Camelback mountain, playing ball for hours on end at the gym, or are preparing to compete in a Crossfit competition. But the average American doesn’t NEED the excess sugar and salt, even if they are healthy and active.The average serving of Gatorade contains over 20 grams of sugar. But the entire bottle of gatorade is 32 ounces, so that equates to 56 grams of sugar. Imagine just sipping on it at your desk and not exercising at all, or a child drinking Gatorade on a regular basis. That’s a problem.

Meet the Alley-Oop beverage, created by Dr. Brenda Jones, M.D., and her late husband, the founders of Youthtopia. Together with partner and minority owner Ronald Fuqua, they decided to create the change they wanted to see.

“…We played a lot of tennis, and the only healthy beverage was water, but then you didn’t get all the essentials you needed from water. We didn’t really get into Gatorade and Powerade because they had so much sugar…We started looking around and there was nothing other than diet beverages…so that’s where the concept started,” said Dr. Jones.

This product differentiates itself from others on the market because of its low sugar content and ingredients. It is also diabetic-friendly.

“Our present Alley-Oop is in a powdered form with just 5-7 grams of sugar per 16-20 oz. of water and averages out to about 28 calories, compared to Gatorade which has over 20 grams of sugar or more per serving.

We add in all of the nutrients you need like salt, potassium, vitamins, etc. Our beverage is non-GMO, gluten free, and caffeine free, contains no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. So, everything is pretty much all natural except for the addition of a small amount of sucralose for taste.”

As a former practicing Ophthalmologist for three decades, we asked Dr. Jones, who regularly served patients with high heart disease, obesity, lung cancer and were survivors of strokes, if these conditions which affect African-Americans so heavily, have an affect on eye health. “Yes, especially as it relates to diabetes, hypertension, stroke and cancer. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss among working-aged people and the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans.”



We got the chance to try out the three flavors of Alley-Oop for ourselves and here’s what we thought.

Straw-Mango (most popular)
Slam Punch
Citrus Grind

The Straw-Mango and Slam Punch flavors were as good as could have expected. With just 7g of sugar per serving, the flavor was great. Alley-Oop also has just 7g carbs and 28 calories per serving. They were especially good closer to frozen and a little slushy. Citrus Grind was our least favorite, because we expected a sweeter flavor just like the other two, but it was lot more sour/tangy. However, Dr. Jones let us know that this is a flavor preferred by more men, possibly because it resembles more of the lemon-lime gatorade flavor. This is not a flavor we would purchase, but we think it’s worth giving all three a try.


We give Alley-Oop beverage 4 out of 5 star ranking. We would like to see more flavors and more purchase availability, which we can imagine will continue to expand as the brand continues to expand.

Alley-Oop can be purchased at

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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How To Do The Barbell Hip Thrust…



Are you struggling to build bigger glutes?

Check out my video to learn about the 4 cues you must use with the barbell hip thrust in order to perform them with excellent form and maximize your gains.

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Michael B. Jordan Gained 15 Pounds of Muscle for Killmonger Role

Wallace Has Come A Mighty Long Way!



Killmonger, Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan

Erik Killmonger is a very powerful character in Marvel’s Black Panther. The supervillain, played by Michael B. Jordan, along with his dominating spirit and his pain, was just as important to the story line as the evolution of T’Challa. While there’s generally an antagonist in films (spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen the film) – we didn’t find Killmonger to be so much of a villain after all.

Corey Calliet is the man behind Michael B. Jordan’s gains, and arguably another person who contributed the overwhelming success of the movie. The celebrity trainer, seen now on Revenge Body on E! helped Jordan bulk up, as well as help other stars like Angela Bassett, be at peak physical condition for Black Panther. Calliet has worked with Jordan in the past, most notably for Creed and the Fantastic Four reboot.

Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger, Black Panther

Photo: Men’s Fitness

“When you see him, you need to be scared, you need to be intimidated. We don’t want the nice, young-looking Michael,” Calliet said in an interview with Men’s Health Mag. He also describes his training style to that of an artist taking a chisel to a block of marble. “I’m talking about sculpting a body, not just conditioning it to be fast…I wanted to make his shoulders look better. I needed his upper chest to pop. I needed his back to tell a story. I wanted his back to look like a globe, like a map.”

So how did Jordan get his gains? Calliet trained the actor two to three times a daily and Jordan ate six meals per day. Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .



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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym



1)  I don’t have time to workout

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Diligently plan out the next 3 weeks, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily regimen for 3-4 times a week. Make having an active life intentional. Put it on the same level as having lunch or getting sleep. As you work-out, it will soon become a non-negotiable, similar to eating and sleeping.

2)  It’s Too Crowded And People Watch Me

The gym isn’t the only option that will help you reach your body goals. There are various in-home regimens that you can following YouTube or your favorite social media fitness professionals. Fitness is doing more movement than you did the day before. Lunch break walks, morning workout routines, and bike rides all support your desire to have an active (and private) lifestyle.

3)  I’m Not Losing Any Weight

Getting the body you desire requires a lifestyle change. Oftentimes we believe workouts are enough, but eating and sleeping are also main components for weight-loss. Fat is burned during your body’s recovery stage and muscle building process. As you work out, obtain 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize gains. Clean eating cannot be overlooked, a high protein-low carb diet is key. We have to break our traditional mindsets of consuming 3 meals a day and get accustomed to eating 6 times a day. Eating 6 times includes 3 meals along with 3 snacks, which can also include smoothies and shakes.

4)  No One Will Know If I Quit 

Accountability is vital to starting a new workout routine. Identify a workout partner. If you can’t find one, write a contract with yourself. Sign your contract and hang it somewhere so you can see it everyday. Knowing you have a commitment to yourself or your partner will help you form healthy, weight-loss habits.

5)  I Just Hate Working Out!!!

You may hate the gym, but everyone loves a good reflection in the mirror. Everyone wants to add years to their life and working out does just that. You have to ask yourself every day, “does my lifestyle add years to my life or subtract them?”Medications and hospital bills can become very expensive so prevention has to be the focus. Remember: the healthier we are, the better the reflection we have in the mirror.

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Karen Civil, Live Civil, Black Fitness Today





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