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RobertMc1982
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« Reply #60: August 03, 2018, 05:04:04 PM »
Week 1, Heavy Lower

Friday, 8/3/18

Pre: Bang Energy Drink (Black Cherry Vanilla)
Post: ABB Maxx Recovery, Core Power

Squats:
45x20
45x15
95x10
135x8
185x3
205x6x3

Deadlift:
135x5
225x3
275x6x2

DB Goblet Squats:
90x12
90x10x2

Romanian Deadlift:
185x10
185x12x2

So over the past week or so, I've been thinking about switching from doing my own thing to trying an already established program, and I ended up deciding on Candito's Linear Program, the "strength-control" template.  I had actually started using his 6-week program a couple of years ago before life took an unexpected turn and I stopped lifting, and I was enjoying it quite a lot.  I feel like I still have plenty of opportunity to make weekly progress, so I figure the linear program will be more appropriate for me now.  Hopefully it will help me quickly get back to my old numbers and beyond! 

It doesn't look terribly difficult on paper, but holy crap was this hard today!  The squats and deadlifts were fairly challenging, but I chose weights to leave enough in the tank for the two assistance exercises.  However, I was struggling big time once I finished the first set of goblet squats.  I was fighting the urge to throw up throughout the rest of the workout lol..  I plan to keep the goblet squats until the weight starts to become too awkward to get into position, then I'll swap those out for front squats.  I want to get a little practice in with the grip on the front squats before I make the switch since I've never done them before. 

I have "Heavy Upper" tomorrow, and then the two control days.  My workout plan will look like this for now:

Friday: Heavy Lower
Saturday: Heavy Upper
Monday: Control Lower
Tuesday: Control Upper

Arimidrol:
I'm on day 22 with this now.  The main thing I've really noticed is an uptick in libido and the intensity of sexual stuff.  I've also noticed more frequent erections, sometimes at weird times for no reason at all, which can be a little awkward lol..  Performance-wise and body composition-wise, I'm not sure how much effect it is having, it is kind of hard to tell.  I do seem to be leaning out somewhat, even though my bodyfat is still higher than I would like, but I'm sure that is more due to my diet and training.  I haven't noticed any joint dryness, though, or any sort of "alpha" feeling, and I had both with the arimistane products I've tried.  I'm just now reaching the point when these products normally start to make their effects known, so hopefully I will be able to more clearly notice something over the next few days.

The family and I are going to hang out at the beach this weekend, since it's the kids' last weekend for the summer break, so I'm gonna try to get up and knock out tomorrow's workout early before we leave in the morning.  Hope everybody has a good weekend!

« Last Edit: August 03, 2018, 05:06:49 PM by RobertMc1982 »
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« Reply #61: August 06, 2018, 04:54:52 AM »
Week 1, Heavy Upper

Saturday, 8/4/18

Pre: Bang Energy Drink (Cotton Candy)
Post: Whey, Banana, Oatmeal, Skim Milk

Flat BB Bench Press:
45x20
45x15
95x10
135x8
155x6
195x6x3

DB Row:
45x15
90x6
100x6x2

Standing OH Press:
50x15
95x8
135x6

Pullups:
BW+10 x6 overhand grip
---dropset---
BWx6 neutral grip

Dips:
BWx8
BW+65 x6
---dropset---
BWx10

I had also planned to do some dumbbell curls and rear fly's, but I was pressed for time and had to cut out the two optional exercises at the end.  Spent a nice relaxing weekend at the beach, and then woke up late this morning, shaved with a dull razor, and scrambled to get dressed after realizing the pants I laid out last night weren't the correct ones (I wear flame retardant clothing at work, but the pants I laid out were regular clothes).  I then proceeded to lock myself out of my house, and had to knock on the door to get my wife to let me back inside, which set off the dog barking, waking up my daughter as well.  I was sure I was gonna be late after all this, but I surprisingly made it to work 3 minutes early.  It has been a Monday for sure though lol... 

Hope everybody had a good weekend.
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« Reply #62: August 06, 2018, 05:33:19 AM »
Some days are just like that......


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« Reply #63: August 06, 2018, 08:37:22 AM »
Lol, sorry man I got a good chuckle out of your terrible morning story.  I have had plenty of days like that, and what a bad way to kick off the week.  Good news is, it can only get better from here! 
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« Reply #64: August 06, 2018, 08:48:29 AM »

I had also planned to do some dumbbell curls and rear fly's, but I was pressed for time and had to cut out the two optional exercises at the end.  Spent a nice relaxing weekend at the beach, and then woke up late this morning, shaved with a dull razor, and scrambled to get dressed after realizing the pants I laid out last night weren't the correct ones (I wear flame retardant clothing at work, but the pants I laid out were regular clothes).  I then proceeded to lock myself out of my house, and had to knock on the door to get my wife to let me back inside, which set off the dog barking, waking up my daughter as well.  I was sure I was gonna be late after all this, but I surprisingly made it to work 3 minutes early.  It has been a Monday for sure though lol... 

Hope everybody had a good weekend.
Hahahahaahaha!! wtf! That's crazy hahahaha


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« Reply #65: August 06, 2018, 10:23:10 AM »
Lol... I had a good chuckle myself once I made it to work.  I definitely had a case of the Mondays earlier.  The day has actually been really good aside from the crazy start.  Gonna go in for "lower control" after work.

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« Reply #66: August 07, 2018, 03:56:58 AM »
Week 1, Control Lower

Monday, 8/6/18

Pre: Monster Rehab
Post: Combat Whey, Skim Milk

All paused sets had 2-3 second pause

Paused Squats:
45x15x2
95x12
135x8
185x4x6

Paused Deadlift:
135x8
225x4
245x4x2

Paused Goblet Squat:
60x10x3

DB Lunges:
15's x10x2

Date of profile pic: 7/13/18


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« Reply #67: August 08, 2018, 04:22:19 AM »
Week 1, Control Upper

Tuesday, 8/7/18

Pre: Bang Energy Drink
Post: Muscle Pharm Combat Whey, Skim Milk

Paused DB Rows:
40x20x2 Warmup sets, not paused
75x4x3
80x4x3

Paused BB Bench Press:
135x10
175x4x6

Standing OH Press:
95x10
115x10

Pullups:
BWx10

Dips:
BW+45 x10

Rear DB Fly's:
30x12x3

Standing Simultaneous DB Curls:
30x12
30x10x2
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« Reply #68: August 10, 2018, 06:56:19 PM »
Week 2, Heavy Lower

Friday, 8/10/18

Pre: Bang Energy Drink (cotton candy)
Intra: VMI Aminogex Ultra (tropical mango)
Post: MP Combat Whey, Skim Milk

Squats:
45x20
45x15
95x10
135x5
185x3
215x6x3

Deadlifts:
285x6x2

Goblet Squats:
95x12
95x10x2

Romanian Deadlifts:
205x12x3

Cardio:
8 hill sprints


Suppdate:

Arimidrol:
Today was day 29, so tomorrow will be my last day with this.  I'm kind of sorry it's gone, actually, because I was just now starting to notice some of the things typical of AI's.  I've been feeling more confident lately, and have been in a better mood overall this past week.  I've also noticed what may be the early symptoms of joint dryness in my right elbow and knee, but it may or may not be due to the supplement as I have had issues with those same joints in the past while not on an AI.  Still promising, though.  I was getting ready to write this off as kind of a miss for me, but I think acacetin may just take a little more time for me to experience the full benefits.  I'd like to try it again sometime on an 8-week run to see how it goes.  I would be tempted to buy a bottle to extend this current run, but I claimed Arima-XD earlier this week and it arrived today.  I'm going to take my last dose of Arimidrol tomorrow, and will begin the Arima-XD on Sunday. 

Aminogex Ultra:
VMI sent me some samples with my Arima-XD order, and this was one of them.  I used it during my workout today, and really liked it.  It mixed really well, tasted great, and seemed to help with endurance and hydration, as I didn't feel as thirsty as I normally do even though I tend to sweat like a maniac on PCP when doing legs/lower body.  I also had a crazy weird pump in my glutes when I left the gym today, and was very much aware of my butt when I was leaving the gym walking out to my car.  It is the first time I've ever noticed a pump there, and I'm not sure how I felt about it lol...
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« Reply #69: August 12, 2018, 11:50:56 AM »
Week 2, Heavy Upper

Saturday, 8/11/18

Pre: VMI K-XR Sample Pack
Post: ABB Maxx Recovery

Flat BB Bench Press:
45x15
95x15
135x10
185x3
205x6x3

DB Row:
30x20
50x10
105x6x3

Standing OH Press:
65x10
145x6

Weighted Pullups:
15x6
---dropset---
BWx5

Weighted Dips:
75x7
---dropset---
BWx10

Rear DB Fly's:
35x12x3

Simultaneous DB Curls:
35x12
35x10
35x8
« Last Edit: August 12, 2018, 11:52:47 AM by RobertMc1982 »
Date of profile pic: 7/13/18


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« Reply #70: August 13, 2018, 05:48:04 PM »
Week 2, Lower Control

Monday, 8/13/18

Pre: Bang Energy Drink
Post: ABB Maxx Recovery

3-second pause on paused sets

Paused Squats:
45x20
45x15
95x10
135x5
195x4x6

Paused Deadlifts:
135x5
255x4x3

Paused DB Goblet Squats:
65x12x3

DB Lunges:
20's x 12x3

Date of profile pic: 7/13/18


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« Reply #71: August 14, 2018, 05:41:38 PM »
Week 2, Upper Control

Tuesday, 8/14/18

Pre: Bang Energy Drink
Post: ABB Maxx Recovery

3 second pauses on paused lifts

Spoto Press:
45x15
95x12
135x10x2
185x4x6

Paused DB Rows:
40x20
95x4x6

Standing OH Press:
125x10

Pullups:
BWx10

Weighted Dips:
50x10

Rope Hammer Curls:
90x15
90x12x2

Rear DB Fly's:
35x12x3

Date of profile pic: 7/13/18


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« Reply #72: August 17, 2018, 11:24:03 AM »
Week 3, Heavy Lower

Friday, 8/17/18

Pre: Redline Xtreme
Post: Strawberry Milk, Omelette, Grits, Pancakes (IHOP)

Squats:
45x20
45x15
95x12
135x10
225x6x3

Deadlifts:
185x8
305x6x2

DB Goblet Squats:
100x10
100x12x2

Romanian Deadlifts:
225x8x2

Supplements

Arima-XD (Day 7): It's still early for this, but I have been noticing some positive benefits lately.  My muscles are feeling fuller and tighter, and I've noticed some veins in my arms that I haven't seen in a while.  I've also felt generally happier and more confident than normal.  One really weird but certainly welcome thing I've noticed this past week is that I haven't been sweating while I sleep.  For the past couple of years, I have been waking up sweaty pretty much every single night, but I have been sweat free for the past week now.  I don't know if the Arimidrol/Arima-XD are responsible for this, but my taking these are the only thing that has changed in regard to my diet and supplement intake or my bedroom's environment.  The fact that I'm noticing some of these effects this early in my run makes me feel like Arimadrol was in fact working for me, and maybe helped give the Arima-XD a running start.  I'm looking forward to the next few weeks with this.
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« Reply #73: August 19, 2018, 10:27:54 AM »
Week 3, Heavy Upper

Saturday, 8/18/18

Pre: K-XR sample pack
Intra: 1 scoop Aminogex Ultra
Post: VMI Protolyte Whey sample pack

Warmup: Bent over DB rows - 40x25x2

Flat BB Bench Press:
45x20
95x15
135x12
185x5
215x6x3

DB Rows:
55x12
115x6x3

Standing OH Press:
80x12
150x6

Weighted Pullups:
20x7
---dropset
BWx8

Weighted Dips:
80x7
---dropset---
BWx10

Rear DB Fly's:
35x12
40x12x2

Simultaneous DB Curls:
35x12
40x9
40x7

Cardio:
8 hill sprints


Supplments

VMI Aminogex Ultra: I got the tropical mango flavor of this in the TROOPS program, and used it for the first time yesterday.  I really liked the taste of this, and I could feel a fairly significant increase in my endurance during my workout.  It has been a long time since I've used BCAA's, so I'm curious to see if it will help in reducing DOMS over the coming weeks.  The candito program generally has me with some level of soreness every day, nothing too major, but definitely noticeable especially in my lower body.  The couple of days after the lower control are when it is the worst, so Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be the real test of its effectiveness in this regard.
 VMI also hooked me up with a TON of sample packs, so I will get to try all their flavors of Aminogex, as well as their K-XR and protolyte whey.  Yesterday's workout was brought to you by VMI as a result of this lol..

Arima-XD: Nothing new to report here, but I'm liking it so far. 

Quake 10.0: I ordered 2 tubs of this off Amazon yesterday after hearing htevens and DaSlaya's opinions on it, so I'm looking forward to trying this at the end of the week.  The ingredient profile looks really good, and for that insanely cheap price you really can't go wrong!

Hope everybody is having a good weekend!
Date of profile pic: 7/13/18


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« Reply #74: August 21, 2018, 04:37:23 AM »
Week 3, Control Lower

Monday, 8/20/18

Pre: K-XR Sample Pack
Intra: 1 scoop Aminogex Ultra
Post: Whey, Banana, Skim Milk, Creatine

Paused Squats:
45x20
95x15
135x8
185x3
205x4x6

Paused Deadlifts:
265x4x3

Paused DB Goblet Squats:
70x10x3

Reverse DB Lunges:
15's x10x2

Pretty good workout yesterday, but would have been better if my right knee weren't bothering me.  I'm bad about turning my feet out when I walk, drive, or whatever, and I always end up getting pains in my right knee once I start working out or running.  I first started noticing it again during the squats in the heavy lower workout this past Friday, and it was bothering me during the squats and lunges yesterday.  During the lunges, the weight felt easy and I had no issues balancing when working my left leg, but as soon as I switched over to my right it was a different story.  I decided to cut it one set short because of this.  Curiously, though, the discomfort is barely noticeable during goblet squats, and I have no issues at all deadlifting.  It makes me wonder if I'm just not sitting back enough during the back squats, or somehow letting too much force go through my knees.  I'm gonna try to record a couple of sets next time to check my form, and do some more research into why I may be having this issue.  If anybody has any input or ideas, I'm all ears and it would be greatly appreciated. 

We have open house at the kids' schools tonight after I get off work, but I'm gonna try to go in for "control upper" afterwards if it isn't too late.  Otherwise, I may have to go in the morning.  I hate getting up any earlier than I have to, so I'll probably end up going tonight. 
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