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AntM1564
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« Reply #15: June 24, 2018, 01:22:52 PM »
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« Reply #16: June 24, 2018, 03:59:20 PM »
Anyone have a link to his old YouTube channel?  Or know what Happened to rich?
Maybe you should TRAIN as hard as you HATE.

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« Reply #17: June 25, 2018, 04:58:57 AM »
I've looked but haven't been able to find anything, unfortunately.

Thanks AntM!
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« Reply #18: June 25, 2018, 05:40:39 AM »
Week 3, Day 1

Sunday, 6/24/18

Pre: 2 scoops DAS Labs Bucked Up
Post: 32oz Chocolate Milk

Flat BB Bench Press:
45x10x2
95x10
135x10
155x8
195x4
185x5x4

I started to get some pain in my front delt during my third working set, which got progressively worse with the final two, so I decided to stop rather than keep pushing it.  I tried to do some cable fly's, but then decided it would be best to just let the shoulder chill out for now and did a little direct tricep work instead.  It was a little disappointing, but I'd rather take it slow than try to keep pushing and end up with an injury.  I normally work out in the evening, but this day I went in the morning about an hour and a half after waking up, so I think I just didn't warm up properly.  It feels kind of tight today but no pain.  I don't have any upper body work again until Friday, so hopefully that should give it enough time to get sorted out.  I'll play my shoulder/OH press day by ear depending on how it feels.

Incline Cable Fly's:
40x10
40x8

Tricep Pushdowns:
90x12
110x10
135x10x2

Reverse-grip Pushdowns (single arm):
40(?)x10x3
*Fairly sure it was 40 lbs on these, but I'm not 100%.  I've never been overly concerned about pushdowns and such, but I like to track everything for posterity if nothing else.

Rope Crunches:
110x10x2

That about covers it for yesterday.  I was definitely disappointed about my shoulder and not being able to do incline db press, but I was happy I at least improved flat bench over last week.  I know now that I'm gonna need to warm up more completely in the future, especially on days I go in the morning.  I'm 35, not 25 anymore lol..

I finished my tub of DAS Labs' Bucked Up, so I'm gonna try to get a review up for that either later today or tomorrow.  It was ok, I guess, but it was fairly mediocre in my opinion and certainly not worth the $45 bucks (see what I did there?) that GNC charged me for it.  It would probably be good for someone without a high stim tolerance, but I had to take 2 scoops to get the energy I wanted or at least pair it with a Bang or something.  That said, at two scoops it did what I needed it to do for the most part.  It wasn't bad, but not the best either. 

I also just finished a tub of a cheap whey protein called TruSource Anytime Protein, which is manufactured by Optimum Nutrition.  Is this something I should review as well?  I guess it is basically ON's bargain brand, but I was really surprised at how well it mixed and tasted, and I never had any bloating even when I took two scoops.

Happy Monday everybody.


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« Reply #19: June 29, 2018, 07:47:48 AM »
Week 3, Day 2

Thursday, 6/28/18

Pre: 1 scoop Full Spectrum Rx
Post: ABB Maxx Recovery

I'm going to start using AntM's idea of quoting last week's workout to make it easier to track progress.  Thanks to AntM for the great idea!

Last week's deadlift day:


Deadlift (conventional grip):
135x8x2
185x5
225x5
275x3
245x5x3

DB Row:
60x10x2
65x10
65x12

Lat Pulldown (wide grip):
145x10
130x10x2

Deadlift (conventional):
135x12
135x10
155x10
185x8
225x6
245x5
295x3
255x5x3

DB Rows:
70x10
75x10x3

Lat Pulldowns (wide grip):
140x10x4

I took an extra day off from training this week to make sure my shoulder was good from Sunday's chest workout, and I think the extra rest helped.  I don't feel any pain or tightness now.  I also received LabTech Nutraceutical's Full Spectrum Rx through the TROOPS program yesterday, so I put it to use in this workout.  All I can say from my first impression is "Wow!".  I really enjoyed my workout yesterday.  I was going through my sets in record time because I didn't really feel the need to rest as long between sets as I normally do.  The energy was spot on with a quick but smooth comeup, and lasted throughout my workout and then several hours afterwards.  I was completely focused on the task at hand the entire time I was in the gym, and then came home and did some stuff I had been meaning to do around the house, all while in a good mood and with the ability to avoid distractions.  I've always been sure I have undiagnosed ADD, but this stuff completely alleviated those symptoms last night.  The only downside for me was the relative lack of a pump, but that could have been due to the nature of my workout last night.  I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes when I do shoulders/arms tomorrow, which tends to be when I get my best pump.  Pump is the least important aspect of a PWO for me, but I have to admit it is nice feeling.  DAS Labs' Bucked Up tended to give me good pumps regardless of my workout, but the energy and focus were always lacking.

Speaking of DAS Labs Bucked Up, I am working on a review for it now, but I'm not sure how I should proceed.  I almost always took more than 1 scoop (max dosage for this) during my workouts, so I'm not sure if I should rate it based on 1 scoop or 2, or if I should review it at all since I didn't use it the way the label states.  I occasionally took a scoop to replace coffee or energy drinks in my daily routine, but it wasn't an ideal choice for me in that respect with its relatively low stimulant content and it didn't really improve my ability to focus.  It was more of a pump inducing agent than anything for me.  It worked great in that aspect, especially with two scoops.  Does anybody have any suggestions on how/if I should proceed with the review?

Hope everybody is having a good Friday!

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« Reply #20: June 29, 2018, 09:48:10 AM »
Review it as you used it.  In the dosing section you let us know you used more scoops than suggested.  It happens with some of the pre workouts out there as well.  It will also probably effect your value rating.


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« Reply #21: June 29, 2018, 11:39:36 AM »
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« Reply #22: June 30, 2018, 06:30:31 PM »
Week 3, Day 3

Saturday, 6/30/18

Pre: 1 scoop Full Spectrum Rx
Post: Core Power and 16oz Chocolate Milk

Last week's OH press day:

Thursday, 6/21/18

Standing OH Press:
20x12
45x10
65x10
85x8
105x6
120x5x5

DB Lateral Raises:
20x10x3

Rear DB Fly's:
25x10
25x12
25x10

Dips:
BWx6
BW+10 x 8
BW+20 x 5
BW+20 x 4 (failed 5th rep)
BW+10 x 6

Rotating DB Curls to Arnold Press:
35x10
35x8x2


Standing OH Press:
40x12x2
70x10
95x8
125x5x5

DB Lateral Raises:
20x10x3

Rear DB Fly's:
25x10
30x10x2

Dips:
BWx8
BW+10 x8
BW+25 x5x4

Rotating DB Curls/Arnold Press:
40x8x2
40x7

BB Curls:
60x8x2


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« Reply #23: July 01, 2018, 08:26:45 PM »
Week 3, Day 4

Sunday, 7/1/18

Pre: 1 scoop Full Spectrum Rx
Post: Chocolate Milk, Oatmeal


Last week's squat day:

Squats:
45x10x2
65x10
95x10
135x8
155x6
175x5x5

Trap Bar DL:
135x10
185x10
205x10
225x10
225x9


Squats:
45x15
95x12
135x10x2
155x8
185x5x5

Trap Bar Deadlifts:
135x12
225x8
265x6x4

Standing Leg Curls:
40x10x3

Hanging Leg Curls:
BWx15x2
BWx12

I'm really liking the Full Spectrum Rx.  The energy and focus are both just phenomenal.  I've also noticed it puts me in a good mood for a while after I take it.  The pumps are about average; I've noticed some extra fullness after some exercises, but nothing crazy.  So far, it seems to be nearly perfect in my opinion.  My strength even seems to be up.  I'm sure most of it is attributed to muscle memory, but I do feel like this pre is helping some in that department as well.  I'm looking forward to the next few weeks.

I have a lot of work to do tomorrow morning at work, so I may try a scoop before I get started and see how it helps.  I have a lot of computer work and phone calls to make, so I think it will be really useful. 
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« Reply #24: July 08, 2018, 09:07:41 AM »
Tuesday, 7/3/18

Week 4, Day1

Pre: 1 scoop Full Spectrum Rx
Post: ABB Maxx Recovery

Flat BB Bench Press:
45x20
95x12
135x10x2
155x8
185x5
205x2 (didn't realize I had 10's instead of 5's lol)
185x5

My right shoulder started bothering me again during the flat bench sets, so I decided to do some pull movements to get some extra volume for my back and rear delts.  I'm  usually too exhausted after deadlifts to do as many rows/pulls as I'd like, so I'm going to start adding a day dedicated to those going forward.  Maybe it will help fix/prevent any impingement issues I may have.

Pendlay Rows:
135x10x4

Wide-Grip Lat Pulldowns:
110x12x2
130x10
130x8
110x10x2

Single Arm Cable Raises:
20x12x2
20x10x2

Rear DB Fly's
25x10x3

Seated Cable Rows:
110x10x4

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« Reply #25: July 08, 2018, 09:20:54 AM »
Thursday, 7/5/18

Week 3, Day 2

Pre: 1 scoop Full Spectrum Rx
Post: ABB Maxx Recovery

Flat BB Bench Press:
45x12
95x12
135x10x2
155x8
185x5
195x5x2
195x4
185x5

Incline DB Press:
50x10
60x10
60x10L/9R*
55x9L/8R*

*Right arm gave out a rep earlier than my left.  No pain or discomfort this time, but there is noticeable weakness in pressing compared to my left. 

Incline Cable Fly's:
25x12x2
30x10

Flat DB Fly's:
25x10x3





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« Reply #26: July 08, 2018, 09:30:37 AM »
Friday, 7/6/18

Week 4, Day 3

Pre: 1 scoop Full Spectrum Rx
Post: ABB Maxx Recovery

Deadlift:
135x12x2
185x10
225x6
245x3
275x1
315x1x3
275x3x2
275x5
225x12 (failure)

Chin-ups:
BWx10
BWx8x2

DB Rows:
60x10
65x10
70x10x2

Hanging Leg Raises:
BWx15x2
BWx12
BWx10

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« Reply #27: July 09, 2018, 04:37:31 AM »
Week 4, Day 4

Sunday, 7/8/18

Pre: 1 scoop Full Spectrum Rx
Post: Whey Protein, Banana, Skim Milk, Honey

Last week's OH press workout:


Saturday, 6/30/18

Standing OH Press:
40x12x2
70x10
95x8
125x5x5

DB Lateral Raises:
20x10x3

Rear DB Fly's:
25x10
30x10x2

Dips:
BWx8
BW+10 x8
BW+25 x5x4

Rotating DB Curls/Arnold Press:
40x8x2
40x7

BB Curls:
60x8x2


Standing OH Press:
45x15x2
65x10
95x10
115x6
135x5x5

Low Pulley Side Raises:
30x12
35x10
30x12x2

Dips:
BWx8
BW+25 x8
BW+45 x7
BW+45 x5
BW+25 x7

Rear DB Fly's:
35x10x3
25x10

DB Lateral Raises (1-1/2 reps):
15x8
10x8
10x7x2
*Damn these were hard!  I'd do a normal rep, then come down halfway and do another one for each rep.  I've never been able to get my shoulders to really grow, but I'm hoping stuff like this will help.  I could really feel my delts working with these and the pulley raises.

Arnold Press:
35x8x2
35x7
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« Reply #28: July 10, 2018, 05:51:22 AM »
Week 4, Day 5

Monday, 7/9/18

Pre: 1 scoop Full Spectrum Rx
Post: ABB Maxx Recovery

Last week's squat day


Sunday, 7/1/18

Squats:
45x15
95x12
135x10x2
155x8
185x5x5

Trap Bar Deadlifts:
135x12
225x8
265x6x4

Standing Leg Curls:
40x10x3

Hanging Leg Curls:
BWx15x2
BWx12

Squats:
45x15x2
95x12
135x10x2
155x8
185x5
205x5x4

Trap Bar Deadlift:
225x6
275x7
275x5
225x12
225x8

That was all I had in me yesterday as I was fighting the urge to throw up after the first set with the hex bar.  I've cut my carb intake over the past couple of weeks, but have only been half assed tracking my macros so I think my blood sugar was low.  I've been playing it by ear up to this point, mainly focusing on getting back in the gym and staying away from alcohol, but I'm gonna come up with a diet plan this week and start recomping in earnest now.  I'm happy with the rate my strength is coming back so far, so I want to maintain that progression while getting my bodyfat down from around 18% now to around 13-14%. 

Random question: Has anybody here tried any of the workout plans by Athlean-X?  I've recently stumbled across Jeff Cavaliere on youtube, and man that guy is helpful.
 I like his scientific approach to fitness and lifting, and some of his advice is already helping with my shoulder issue.  I'd like to hear if anybody has tried any of the plans he sells on his site.

Suppdate:

Full Spectrum Rx:
Still going strong with this.  I don't get the euphoric rush I had the first few times anymore, but the energy and focus with this are out of this world.  I hate to use a pharmaceutical reference, but it is on par with certain ADD medications.  I've noticed slightly more of a pump effect lately, but it's still about average in that respect for me.  All in all, I dare say this is the best preworkout I've tried at this point.

VMI Sports Arimidrol:
The temptation finally got to me, and I picked this up through the TROOPS program yesterday.  I've used AI's at this point after coming back from breaks in the past, and I've always responded well to Arimistane, so this should be an interesting comparison.  I think it will fit in nicely with my current goal to cut bodyfat while still gaining strength.  I'm looking forward to the next few weeks.  It shipped yesterday, and says it should be here Thursday.

I hope everybody is having a good one.




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« Reply #29: July 10, 2018, 06:15:23 AM »
LOL... I didn't notice there was a thread about Athlean-X until after I posted my log entry.  Does anybody know who here is running his program?  I'd like to follow that log if there is one.
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