ICJLM Logs Blue GrowtH !!!!! (sponsored)
- 11-06-2011, 11:34 PM
ICJLM Logs Blue GrowtH !!!!! (sponsored)
First thing's first: gotta give a big thanks to RenegadeRows!!!!!! Not only did he hook me up with a free bottle of BGH, but he was also very understanding of the fact that I wouldn't be able to begin this log as soon as we hoped. I am a month later than what was initially intended, but that doesn't mean I'm not still gunna bring it! I have been absolutely training my tail off and have really stepped it up these past couple weeks. I'm hoping this recent boost in performance and motivation will remain throughout this bulking season. I have high hopes for the next several months, and plan to get things started off right with Blue GrowtH.
Right now I am weighing in at a consistent 196 lbs, which I am very pleased with. Two bills is just around the corner! In honor of nearly reaching this landmark, I decided to reflect upon how far I've come over the years. It's crazy when I realize that less than 4 years ago I was just one inch shorter in height, but close to 70 pounds lighter!!!!
....Anyhow, this brings me to my goals for this log:
-keep gaining weight
-keep gaining STRENGTH
It's been an endless grind to continuously do these two things over the years, but it has all been worth it. I'm really hoping to get some good sleep on this stuff, as I sometimes feel that the quality of my sleep has not been particularly great relative to how it usually is. I sometimes feel rested physically, but not cognitively/mentally. I'm a full-time college student, and have some straight up stupid dedication when it comes to this sport. So, I keep busy and sometimes feel a bit stressed, which may be contributing to the less than ideal quality of my sleep lately. I always leave myself with a nine hour window that I dedicate to sleep on most nights, unless of course my school work forces me to do otherwise. However I end up getting my preferred nine hours on most nights.
I really like the fact that this product features AlphaSize and GlycoCarn. I know these are both high quality ingredients, so CL really formulated this product in hopes of it delivering genuine results. I hope the additional rest will serve me well since I will soon be starting a new program focused on strength gains in the main three lifts. I am hoping for consistent strength progressions in the big three, and particularly on the bench. The program will hit each muscle group once every 6 days, but I will be benching twice out of the six days. I will begin this training split on Wednesday, following my last routine rest day from my current training split on Tuesday.
My current training split (which as I mentioned is coming to a close) is a power-hypertrophy split. It hits each muscle group twice while rotating every eight days. It is gunna be a big change switching from this split, because it requires that I train seven days in a row, followed by one rest day. The extra rest days with my new approach will likely serve me well, but hopefully my exercise addiction does not force me to add unnecessary training sessions in where I did not intend to have them. While my current split is my most reliable training cycle, I feel it is time for a change. Particularly, one that will optimize strength gains. Since most muscle groups will be hit just once over a six-day span, it will allow for more rest time. As you can see, I like splits that do not rotate every seven days. This is because I feel a 7-day split forces you to feel bound by days of the week, so things get screwed up when you have to unexpectedly miss a day.
This training split will look something like this:
1-Lower Body (emphasis on heavy squats in the beginning)
2-Chest (emphasis on heavy flat bb bench in the beginning) -will likely include a bit of tricep work
3-Back (emphasis on heavy bb dlift in the beginning) -will likely include a bit of bicep work
5-Shoulders (BUT, I will also flat bb bench in beginning on this day)
I may cut out the tricep stuff from day 2 and the bicep stuff from day 3. I may then train arms on day 4, or even do a separate arm session on day 5 after a shoulder session. It will probably all depend on a week-to-week basis, and I will judge by how much school work I have. Either way, I am sure that I will be hitting the bench press, squat, and deadlift hard.
Right now my numbers look like this:
Squat - I recently did a couple consecutive sets of 4 reps @315lbs. I have always struggled with squats, but those weights and reps are very good for me. My recent progression has made me really enthusiastic about squats lately, so I have just busted through a huge mental barrier. I think the mental aspect was the toughest part for me, but I feel that is now in my past, so I'm hoping for big things on the squat.
Deadlift - This lift has always come naturally to me. I started off really weak at them a couple years ago, but got very serious with them last year and have been killin it ever since. In July I did a 1RM @460lbs. I haven't tried a 1RM since, but recently had a training session where I did three sets of 2 reps @445lbs. On the first set of 445, I almost went for 3 reps cuz I knew I coulda done it, but I was not trying to train that close to failure that day, so I backed off. I think I should be able to hit at least 475lbs for a 1RM.
Bench Press - I will be benching twice every 6 days, because I am really focused on increasing this lift. I feel I have been at a bit of a stand still lately. I have not attempted a 1RM in ages. My last 1RM was last November when I did 260lbs for the first time. I can now do 265lbs for 3+ reps. Not the greatest progression, but I simply feel way stronger. I can likely hit a 1RM of about 290lbs according to many conversion charts. I will now be following this bench pressing routine on an app for my Droid phone. If all goes to plan, I should hit a 1RM of 315lbs on December 19 (which happens to be the day after my 21st bday). That would be a sick bday gift.
I also have very recent pictures that will act as my before pics. I took them on Friday, so they will work just fine. I really don't feel like posting those up tonight, so hopefully I have time to get them up tomorrow.
I think I said all of the introductory mumbo jumbo that I wanted...... so let the games begin!!!!!!!
- 11-06-2011, 11:42 PM
So I ended up dosing two caps last night directly before going to sleep. I wanted to get up a bit earlier than normal so that I could study, so I ended up with ~7 hrs of sleep, and I feel just fine. I'll see how I feel once I hit the weights, which should be in about three hours from now. I will definitely be bringing the dose up to the suggested five caps tonight.
Also, I find the scent inside the bottle to be quite unpleasant. It smells like a chemistry lab in there. I also noticed that there is this strange residue on the outside of most of the pills, some more than others. It's probably not a big deal, but I'm just saying what I've observed.....
So, I don't really have a whole lot to say as of yet. I took the recommended 5 pills last night before bed, and had no problems as expected. Didn't notice any changes in particular, and I don't have any training sessions to report since today was an off day as scheduled. Tomorrow will mark the day that I begin a different training split as I have already described above.
I will be training legs tomorrow and absolutely cannot wait to squat. Like I mentioned earlier, I feel like I have broken through some sort of stupid mental barrier that was holding me back before. It took until my last few leg workouts to really think to myself "You know what? You're way too strong to be having a tough time with 225 lbs on your back. It's time to go balls to the wall." ....and so, I listened to my inner voice! Last leg workout was sadly the first time I've even put 315 on the bar, but I came out successful by getting a couple sets of 4 reps. We'll see what happens tomorrow. It all depends on how daring I'm feeling!!!!
Stay tuned, folks!
Day 2 - Lower Body
So yesterday was day 2, but I never really got a chance to report back after my workout.... But it was phuckin sick!!!! I lifted with a friend of mine who is extremely animated in the gym, so he always helps me get pumped up. Altho sometimes, he is just too much for me to handle and he can get a bit embarrassing to be around haha cuz it just makes us look like absolute meatheads. But yesterday was sick, we had a good ass time slapping the hell out of each other. We started with squats and we were hitting each other realllllly hard before big sets. My right lat looks absolutely awful, he bruised the sh*t out of it. I took a pic but it says the dimensions are too big to upload or something, which is annyoing cuz i have no clue how to do this crap. I wish u could see it, but just take my word for it, that it looks nasty.
But anyhow, the reason we were slapping each other was so that we could beast it on the squat. Like I said before, there was always this mental element to squatting that had been limiting me for a while, but I finally busted through that barrier. My last squatting workout I put 315 on for the first time. This time I worked up to 335 and performed sets of 3 with this weight. I did two sets of 3. It felt good, and I was making sure to hit depth and get nice slow eccentric reps and then explode hard on the concentric. I can't wait to squat again. I may just throw on 365 next time just for sh*ts and gigs.
The rest of the workout went well too. It looked something like this:
-Heavy BB Back Squats
-Leg Extension ss/Leg Press (with a low, close foot placement)
-Single Leg Curl Mchn. ss/Seated Calf Raise
-Hip Adduction ss/Hip Abduction (haha don't make fun of me)
-Leg Ext Mchn (one grueling set that goes---> reps-rest pause-dropset-rest pause)
-Lying Leg Curls (one grueling set that goes---> full ROM to failure-heavier weight partials-original weight partials)
That last set of leg curls made it feel like my hammies were going to rip clean off the bone. Painful, but awesome. Let me know if any of that is unclear, and I can clarify and show you which equipment was used.
Day 3 - Chest
Trained chest today. This was my first time in soooooo long training just chest. I usually always pair chest and shoulders, but not with my new split. I felt unproductive without the extra work required of me when doing shoulders as well. I may start throwing in a bunch of tricep stuff too just to keep busy. I started out with flat BB bench, just as I will be doing every day for the next six weeks. I will also do so on shoulder day to start off. I am following a program to get my bench to 315 before xmas as long as I complete all the planned lifts. Today's were--
1 set of 225 for 6
2 sets of 240 for 5
2 sets of 250 for 4
None of those were too difficult by any means, so no issues there. The workout in all was something like this:
-Flat BB Bench
-Standing Cable Flies (low attachment) ss/Standing Cable Flies (high attachment)
-Inc BB Bench
-Neck Press aka "Guillotine" Press (also flat BB)
-Inc DB ss/Dips
Workout went alright. Nothing particularly important to note, just happy I hit all my lifts on flat bench. Tomorrow is back. I will also be deadlifting. I'm not sure whether or not I want to go heavy with those tomorrow, so you will just have to stay tuned to see!!!
Day 4 - Back
Friday was day 4 of Blue GrowtH. It was a Back day, which includes deadlifting. I worked up to 435 lbs on the deadlift and performed a set of 4 reps with this weight. I could have done a fifth and possibly even a sixth rep, but I did not want my form breaking down too bad. So, I took it easy following that big set because that is still a PR for me with 435 on the bar. That is something I have just grown to know about my body: when I have worked hard enough to induce an adaptive response without having to overdo it. It's a valuable thing to know.
The rest of the workout went like this:
Weighted Pronated Pullups
Wide Grip Cable Pulldowns (relatively light but very short rest btwn sets)
Reverse Fly Mchn ss/Pre-wtd. Bar Uprt Rows
BW Hanging Rows ss/Pullups negs and stretching
Day 5 - Off
Yesterday was day 5, and it was an off day just as my schedule plans. It was when I woke up yesterday that I started to connect the dots and realize that I have had nightmares literally every night since starting this product. It's not as if they are night terrors, because this is nothing I have ever experienced. Simply, my dreams have been more vivd, and basically all that I can recall have been unpleasant to experience! Haha very strange, but it is what it is.
Today will be what I call day 5.5
I decided not to dose BGH last night to see if the nightmarish dreams would go away, and they actually did. I cannot recall any moments last night where I had unpleasant dreams, and can't really recall any at this point whatsoever. I will continue to dose as normal, but just wanted to try that for a night. Today I am training shoulders, but I will also be benching in the beginning since I am now benching every three days; I figured it fits in well with a shoulder day anyhow. I'll report back either later or tomorrow on how this session goes.
I would drop my dose down to 3 or 4 caps, see if it stops.
Blue GrowtH is supposed to give you more vivid dreams. Better rest = better REM sleep
I guess I can just consider yesterday day 6 instead of 5.5
I will be playing around with the dosing, so I no longer expect this to last 30 days, but likely last more. I will probably bump the dose down to 3 or 4 as suggested by RenegadeRows. I did the ordinary 5 last night again.... and had unpleasant dreams once again! My dreams seem to always involve me trying to defend my life from some sort of evil person or supernatural being. It is kind of a stressful thing to deal with every night, and I can see how this could possibly be affecting my body poorly as I try to sleep. Damn, maybe I need to do some sort of Freudian analysis and try picking apart my subconscious via these weird ass dreams this stuff gives me.
On a different note, the shoulder workout went fine last night. Nothing spectacular. I hit all the numbers I needed to hit on flat bench first and then did a shoulder workout following this. I decided to overhead press since I haven't done that in soooooo long. The only time I do is a push press, but I wouldn't necessarily consider that a true overhead press since you can be so lax about the form. I was pretty happy about putting up 80 lb DBs for the seated overhead press after already doing heavy flat BB bench.
Today is an off day. Tomorrow, day 8, is lower body. So I will be squatting heavy tmrw, and hopefully will be ready to do so after still feeling a little beat up from deadlifts a few days ago. Stay tuned
Do you find that your more energized during the day because of the better quality of rest from blue growth?
I haven't felt particularly energized during the day just yet. I would say I feel the same as usual. On some days I have actually felt an increased desire to just continue to lay in bed even though my alarm is going off. It can be really tough to actually get myself out of bed. I do think the sleep is deeper though, and the increase in dreams does seem to be a bit of proof of this.
I actually had those dreams on EndoSurge a Mucuna product. What part of Blue growth gives you those dreams I wonder?
Also, hows the bodycomp ? Notice anything?
And I assume you're eating to gain some strength, so are you in a small surplus?
I haven't noticed much in terms of body comp changes. It likely has not been long enough. And that reminds me, I need to post the before pics. I've had them on my comp but keep forgetting to get them posted. I'll probably do that now. And yes, I'm eating a surplus. I am as ectomorphic as they come, so I am always trying to gain.
Day 8 - Lower Body
Today was day 8 on BGH. I took 4 pills last night directly before bed and did not have any of the issues I have been talking about before. I'm going to try out 4 once again tonight. Today's workout was brutal. Squats are really what killed me. I basically wanted to be done by the time I finished squatting. Rather than work up past 315 lbs, I decided to stay there and shoot for more reps. On the first set, 315 felt heavy off the rack. I just did 3 reps cuz I was mad about the way it felt. I must not have gotten myself pumped up enough. On the next set I did 6 reps, and they were 6 difficult reps. During the eccentric part of the sixth rep, I thought my body was just going to collapse. By the time I got to the bottom of the rep and then first started the concentric portion, I felt like the lights were being turned off in my head. Things were honestly blurry, no lie. But once I got out of the hole and was close to lock out, the lights came back on haha. I then did 3 more sets of 5 reps. It was an all out war, and I know that I probably could not have worked any harder. Even though I would say 315 for 6 is better than 335 for 3, I still feel like I should have done better today. I needed my friend there to slap the hell outta my lats haha but I had a different friend spotting me today.
The rest of the workout went like this:
-BB Back Squats
-Leg Ext ss/Leg Press with close feet and low foot placement to emphasize quads
-Hip adductions ss/Hip abductions
-Single Leg Curl Mchn ss/Seated Calf Raise
-two brutal leg extension sets that I can explain if ur interested
I train chest tomorrow. It's gunna be a tough workout. The program I'm following has me doing 2 sets @255 for three reps, 2 sets @275 for two reps, and one heavy negative @305. Let's hope I can hit all the lifts!
Good pics my man, lookin ripped.
I think it's the Mucuana Pruriens in BGH that cause the dreams, but I'm not 100% sure.
Day 9 - Chest
Yesterday was day 9 on the product. I dosed 4 pills again the night prior to this lift. On this day I had a reallllllly tough time getting out of bed. I was really tired all day, but I had only gotten six hours of sleep. School has been keeping me very busy lately. Our last day of classes before having a full week off is tomorrow (Friday). So there is a lot of work to do before I can be free for break!
The chest workout went well though. I hit all the lifts that I was supposed to hit for bench press. They were 2 sets of 3 reps @255, 2 sets of 2 reps @275, and then one heavy negative @305. I was able to complete all of the lifts just fine. In fact, my friend who I had spotting me said he wasn't even doing a whole lot on concentric part of the negative. My focus was simply on lowering the bar very slowly, but he said I basically did the positive portion on my own too. So I'm pretty happy about that. I know if I actually got focused and pumped up for it, I would be able to press 305. I'm just gunna stick to the program tho and progress as it tells me to. The rest of the workout was alright. Nothing too special to note.
Day 10 - Back
I trained back this evening. I went into this workout with my sights on pulling a heavy ass single on deads, so I did just that. Last night I only got about seven hours of sleep after tossing and turning in bed for about an hour, which is rare for me. So I was pretty darn tired this morning. I was actually extremely close to skipping my 9:25am class, but decided to drag my ass out of bed. It has been particularly hard to get out of bed lately. I was tired for much of the day too, and so decided to sneak in a little nap before eating again and hitting the weights.
I started out on deadlifts. Did a bunch of warmup sets. Finally ended up slapping 5 plates on each side for a total of 495 lbs. My previous 1RM PR was 460lbs. This was during July, and it was an alllllll out effort. A true 1RM indeed. That was 4 months ago tho, and I have progressed significantly during this time. 495 ended up being an absolute JOKE. It came off the ground so easy, and was also cake to lock out. I wouldn't even consider it a 1RM, altho it is still a PR for me. I decided to just stay there and save the heavier weights for another day. Needless to say, I'm very pleased about how the events of this session played out. I then followed up with some weighted pullups. Ended up strapping on an additional 80 lbs, which is not unusual for me on pullups. Then hit some cable rows. Then did a row mchn which I used to just retract my shoulder blades in order to hit rhomboids. Supersetted that with a pulldown. Then did some hanging bodyweight rows. Then some side cable pullins supersetted with another type of pulldown. Then stretched the crap out of my back.
Tonight is going to be another night of limited sleep. Probably about 6 hours. Thankfully tho after tonight I will get about ten days of sleeping in as much as I want! I'm really looking forward to this! Also, tomorrow will be a much needed day off, so I likely won't be recording any updates. Expect to hear from me again on Saturday! Stay tuned!!!!!!
Good job on the deads man! Are you really only 190lbs!? Jeez that a 2.5x bw dead bro... that's SICK. I'm gonna try pull off 315 from the floor tomorrow... i don't think I've actually gotten any higher w/o being a PH.... Reps!
Interested in your supp history if you don't mind
And I think it would almost be impossible to give you a full supplement history haha cuz I have taken soooooo much stuff it's ridiculous. I've tried just about every premier preworkout product on the market, tons of different proteins, many different creatines, different EFA products, several different multis, quite a few test boosters and anabolics, adaptogens, joint support stuff, and basically anything else u can think of... but no PHs or AAS! I've committed myself to being "natural" haha except its funny considering I take so many different supplements. As long as the OCB/IFPA approves, then I will basically try any supplement. I aspire to be an IFPA pro so I have always made sure to adhere to their guidelines.
And for your deadlift today; if you've done the weight before then there's no reason you can't do it again! It's mind over matter. "Ain't nothin' to it but to do it." I have found that people are far stronger than they think. You simply need to get in the right mindset, and you will be able to shock yourself with the feats of strength you are capable of. Just gotta eliminate any doubt from your mind!
Looking good my man. I have a tough time w sleep too. I work at 4am, so I wake at 3. Thankfully BGH helps get me to bed and stay asleep.I think you can def achieve your goal. You have a solid foundation and your highly motivated. Great. Numbers on the deads man.
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