1-test/4ad+methyl 1-test cycle
03-02-2004 08:59 PM
Weighin once again 169.0 pounds. It seems like this cycle thusfar has been an all or nothing proposition as far as the scale is concerned. I'd consider upping the calories even more but I think I'm just about eating as much as I can handle for the time being. If nothing happens weight wise I'll likely throw in a few extra tablespoons of flax in my protein/fat meals. I can certainly see changes in the mirror though, as my entire upper body is filling out nicely.
I worked legs and arms today, in my heavy low-rep scheme. Squats are up another 10 pounds, making all 6 reps on the 3 sets with a concerted effort. Standing calf raises and sldl each up by 10 pounds as well. I added 3 more reps on heavy skullcrushers, and threw on another 5 pounds for supinated dumbbell curls. This is by far my favorite bicep exercise, but I am going to deepsix this one for the time being as the rotation at the top of the exercise is aggravating my left wrist and elbow too much. I'll probably try out ez bar curls as I suspect these will place less stress on my wrists and elbows.
I found an old bottle of androspray that I had laying around and decided to throw in a few sprays of it preworkout for a little extra boost, seems to have worked so far. I've found a new secret weapon for my hardest working sets, and that comes in the form of the death metal band Decapitated. Their latest album The Negation positively throws me into a rage, damn good lifting music!
03-04-2004 09:29 PM
Hmm, weight is still stuck at 169.0 pounds. The lack of weight gain has me confused, I don't know what to blame on the lack of movement in the scale. It is possible that I am leaning out while adding muscle simulataneously, as I am still seeing decent strength gains. What has me most confused is the timing of the gains subsiding, as I'm in the portion of the cycle (3-4 weeks in) where most users really start to see their greatest gains. I imagine it is possible that I am training too much with the current split where all bodyparts are hit twice a week, but with the strength increases I doubt it. Besides, I'm only lifting four days a week, so there should be plenty of time for recovery. I know my nutrition is spot-on, both pre-workout, post-workout and the rest of the day. I'm literally eating so much that half the time I feel on the verge of throwing up, so calorie intake has to be enough. I'm sleeping 7 or so hours a night with naps added in as needed, so the rest is there.
Today's workout was my lighter chest/shoulders/back/traps workout. I felt good today, and increased flat dumbbell presses 5 pounds, ez bar rows by 5 pounds, pulldowns by 5 pounds and shrugs by 5 pounds. I did some drop sets for lateral raises, and really concentrated on form for these, getting a nice pump during the sets. Incline flyes were up a few reps as well. All in all another very solid workout.
I've started to notice a bit of testicular shrinkage already, damn this M1T is suppressive stuff, and I'm only at 5mg per day. With the scale being frozen as it is I've upped the transdermal dosage to 9 pumps twice per day for the rest of the week. I'd up the M1T but previously on 10mg per day I've felt like a reanimated corpse, the sides wouldn't be worth it imo. I've started to suffer a bit of irritation from the transdermal application, but it's relatively minor so far. I've been rotating between upper and lower body with each application, hopefully the irritation doesn't get any worse.
At any rate I've decided that this will be my last week on cycle, and I'll promptly start post cycle on Monday. My left elbow and wrist continue to be bothersome, and I don't need to push my luck and risk serious injury by continuing with the cycle. Post cycle split will likely be a 3 day split, chest/shoulders/tri's monday, legs wednesday and back/biceps on friday. I'll likely keep a similar amount of working sets as I'm doing now, with 4 to 6 sets for larger bodyparts and 2 or 3 for smaller bodyparts. Rep range will likely be in the 6-8 rep range or possibly even 8-10 as the heavier sets are murdering my joints right now.
Here's a quick query for those of you following the thread, what rep range would I be best in utilizing for my squat workouts? I really haven't found my optimal weight range for 20 rep squats yet, as I have felt each week that I could have gone just a little heavier than I did. I'm leaning towards keeping things heavy in the 4-6 rep range, but am open to 20 rep squats as well if general consensus leads me that way.
Last edited by max silver; 03-04-2004 at 09:51 PM.
03-05-2004 09:38 PM
Weighed in at 170 pounds today. I've noticed an increase in facial acne since upping the dosage of the transdermal, I think I may pick up some oxy pads to clean my face at work as I work 12 hour shifts, and tend to sweat a fair amount as I work alot in hot areas. So far body acne has been kept in check by high dose b5 and 10% benzyl peroxide bodywash. I'll be intesting to see what happens post cycle as this is when I tend to break out worse than on cycle.
Today's workout was high rep legs and arms day. I upped the weight for 20 rep squats by another 15 pounds, and it seems I've finally found the sweet spot loadwise for this exercise. The last 10 reps were rest paused, and the final 5 or so were a challenge to complete. I'll definitely be keeping these for post cycle instead of heavier low reps squats, as I find the 20 rep squats are much easier on the knees. Lower back pump was bothersome but I was able to fight through it to complete the set. I threw on 5 pounds for leg extensions, and made 3 more reps on leg curls. I threw on 10 more pounds for standing calf raises, and 5 pounds each to skullcrushers and db preacher curls. For my arm exercises I really concentrated on slowing down the negative and feeling each rep, and was able to toast my arms nicely with 3 sets of each. Another satisfying workout, I've only had one in the 3 weeks which was less than stellar, other than that I've had a great 3 weeks with the weights.
Sometime over the weekend I'll see if I can layout the weight/rep increase for each of my core exercises. I've made some pretty nice gains in this regard, and would like to see for myself what the overall increases were.
03-06-2004 07:25 PM
good job bro , looks like your makin some awesome gains. what brand m1t are you taking? i would be interested to see the numbers in your strength increases . keep it up . peace
03-06-2004 08:58 PM
I'm taking legalgear brand m1t.
what brand m1t are you taking?
Weighed in at 171 pounds today. It looks like increasing the transdermal dosage has the scale moving again. I'm kinda suspicious that the potency of the transdermal may be somewhat weak as I've had it for somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1.5 years or so. It still burns like a mofo though, so the 1-test portion of it certainly still works.
I'm coming down with some sort of cold again or something of that nature. I woke up feeling run down, with a sore throat and a bit of nasal congestion. I'll once again slam vitamin c at an increased rate, and try to get a little more sleep after work, which I'll be able to do as the weekend days are my days away from lifting. I'll likely need some dayquil again to keep me functional at work, it worked like a charm at the start of the cycle. I just hope and pray that this doesn't get any worse as pct starts monday, the last thing I need is an illness to start things out.
I think that starting next week I'll start icing my afflicted joints after corresponding workouts. I have a litany of nagging afflictions right now, some of which are improving, some of which are worsening. I've had a sore left knee since last summer, but it is improving over time, and is finally to the point where it isn't bothering me all the time. My left elbow is sore as well as my left wrist. I've been wearing a flex bandage on my left wrist during waking hours which seems to be helping out quite a bit, but the elbow is the one which is worsening.
After my 3 weeks of pct is up I'll be taking a week off from lifting, perhaps throwing in a few sessions of hiit cardio just to keep my metabolism running decently. I have a prescribed anti-inflamatory cerebrex at my disposal, but have been wary of using it due to nsaids negative influence on protein synthesis. However, I think that the week off would be a perfect time to use the stuff, and work on getting my joints back in better condition.
03-08-2004 10:02 PM
Once again weighed in at 171 pounds. Today is the final day of my cycle, I decided to extend things one day beyond what I was intending last week, but still started on my new post cycle workout split, with today's workout being a chest/shoulder/tricep workout.
The workout consisted of 3 sets of incline db presses, 3 sets of flat db presses, 3 sets of db shoulder presses, 3 sets skullcrushers and 3 sets lateral db raises. This is more volume than I'll be using post cycle, where I'll likely drop the laterals and only perform 1 or 2 sets of skullcrushers. The workout went well, but lethargy crept in towards the end of the workout, enough so that I needed a quick 15 minute powernap after finishing my shake.
I dosed 40mg of nolvadex, as my nipples were looking very puffy and bloated today, and will continue with 40 mg for the next few weeks, and then likely 20mg for the 3rd week of pct. Starting tomorrow I'll be dosing clenbuterol, most likely at a starting dose of 100mcg. I'll also begin dosing phosphatidyl serine at 600mg/day for the 3 weeks of pct. I was unsuccessful in obtaining any topical 7-oxo products, but the clen and ps should work well nonetheless in staving off catabolism and hopefully keeping too much extra fat gain at bay.
03-10-2004 10:35 AM
Post cycle day #2 weighin was at 168.5 pounds. I am already looking a little leaner, and was pissing like crazy all day yesterday at work. Yesterday I started dosing clenbuterol, as well as continuing with nolvadex at 40mg. I noticed that I was way warmer than normal, and flush in the cheeks much of the day. Also I experienced hot flashes on and off throughout the day, I suspect that's most likely from the nolvadex as my dose was taken about 12 hours apart from the previous days dose.
Today I performed my leg workout, consisting of a 20 rep squat set, 3 sets of heavy stiff leg deadlifts and 3 sets standing calf raises. I threw on 10 pounds for the 20 rep squat set, and through determination was able to complete all 20 reps. Man I'm really starting to love these, the endorphin rush during and after the set is incredible. I added 5 pounds to sldl's and made 6 reps on each set, and added 5 pounds as well for calf raises and made target reps here as well. At the end of the workout I performed some bicycle crunches, and after finishing up suffered a very painful abdominal cramp when bending over to pick up my exercise mat. I hope to hell that this was just a cramp and not some sort of strain, nothing would ko my ability to lift quicker than an abdominal injury. I'll be taking it very easy the next few days as I'm off work, and intend to do little other than play computer games at home.
I think I might be allergic to glutamine peptides as I've experienced some insane itchiness a few times the last few days, both times an hour or so after taking a tablespoon of the peptides. I'll monitor this closely over the next few days, and if the trend of itching continues I'll drop the peptides pronto. I have already noticed some volumizing effects from them, so I hope to not be forced to stop taking the product.
03-12-2004 02:38 PM
Weighed in at 169.5 pounds, it appears as though I'm dropping water as the week goes on as I've noticed some vascularity slowly returning, as well as the outline of my abs peaking through again. I think the glutamine peptides are having good effects as far as volumizing is concerned, but I'm still suffering from an allergic reaction of some sort. Every time my body temperature increases I get ridiculously itchy. As you can well imagine this isn't exactly conducive to a good workout, when all you can think about in between sets is scratching yourself. I've woken up mid-sleep the last few evenings due to the itching, and that just doesn't sit very well. I'll be dropping the peptides starting today, and seeing if this indeed is the cause of my allergic reaction. If it isn't the glutamine peptides then the only other likely culprit is the phosphatidyl serine. Time will tell.
The abdominal discomfort I exprienced Wedneday has subsided fully, so that must have just been a nasty cramp. My left elbow is feeling much, much better as well, all the volume on cycle must have been causing most of the discomfort here. However my left wrist isn't getting any better, despite wearing a wrist wrap most of the time.
I spent the last couple of days feeling run down and tired, I must have had some kind of illness, as I also suffered from nasal congestion. It seems that clenbuterol doesn't do much for me energy wise, despite the rapid heart rate and jitters. Thankfully the rest paid off and I feel fully recovered from the illness as of today.
Today's workout was back and biceps. It consisted of 3 sets of weighted pullups (5 pounds less than on cycle to increase the rep range), 3 sets of ez bar rows at the same weight as on cycle (only lost one rep here), 3 sets of bb shrugs (5 pound increase, but used straps on the last 2 sets due to grip giving out on first set) and 3 sets of db preacher curls (lost a few reps here from on cycle).
On an unrelated note I received my methyl-dien in the mail yesterday, and can't wait to give it a go. I'll be finishing my pct, and then taking a week off lifting before beginning my cut. After four weeks of cutting naturally I'll likely go four weeks cutting on m-dien.
03-15-2004 09:36 PM
Preworkout weigh-in 165.5 pounds. It would appear that I've shed all the excess water weight from the cycle, although my muscles are looking a little flat at the moment, I've always noticed that with clenbuterol however. I partied a bit over the weekend, as well as eating a few less carbs than normal. I likely lost a little more water than normal as a result of it. I'll have to see if some of it comes back throughout the week, or if the clenbuterol prevents that from happening.
Today's workout was chest/shoulder and tri's. I decreased overall volume from on cycle, and the workout consisted of 3 sets of incline db presses, 2 sets flat db presses, 3 sets db shoulder presses and 2 sets skullcrushers. I've lost about one rep on each exercise from last weeks workout, so minor strength decreases are apparent, but nothing severe yet by any means.
I narrowed down my allergic reaction to the glutamine peptides, as I didn't take any of the stuff over the weekend, and the itchiness is completely subsided. That kinda sucks but I guess I'll just have to attempt to sell the stuff off.
03-18-2004 09:12 PM
I tried to update last night, but was unable to access the site, so this info is for yesterday.
Weighin at 165.5 pounds, it would appear as though I've dropped all the extra water weight at this point, so 7 to 8 pounds from the cycle was solid mass, and it looks like most of it was of the lean mass variety.
I was feeling particularly energetic at work, so I decided to really push myself during my leg workout. I added on 10 pounds for 20 rep squats and could tell by rep 8 or so it was going to be interesting to try and push out all 20 reps. By rep 15 I was literally panting for air (damn my cardiovascular shape must be the ****s right now!), and by rep 17 my hands and forearms started going numb, and all I could think about was finishing the damn set and racking the weight. With a well balanced blend of grunting, swearing and damn near screaming I completed the final 3 reps. HELL YEAH!!! Then was time for a 10 minute rest before moving onto stiff legged deads, where I threw on 5 pounds from last time out. With more concerted effort I ground out 3 sets of 6 reps, and towards the end could really feel my lower abs working to control the weight. I threw on 5 pounds for standing calf raises and completed 3 somewhat half-assed sets, oh well, after the murderous 20 rep squat set and heavy sldl I was pretty torched.
Upper body acne has been flaring up a bit over the last few days, so I've started liberally applying topical benzoyl peroxide cream to combat this. Energy levels and overall mood are improving over the last few days, so I must be on the road to recovery from the cycle. My left wrist is feeling much better as the week progresses, not really that close to 100 percent but at least to the point where it isn't constantly aching. Left elbow is feeling close to 100 percent fortunately, high volume while on a dry compound like m1t is apparently a terrible idea for myself, good to know for the next time I cycle.
03-19-2004 08:06 AM
Add a tablespoon of flax oil every day for a while and watch joint problems disappear.......I swear that stuff is like butter for sore joints.
03-19-2004 07:22 PM
I've taken flax oil regularly for the last few years, usually in the neighbourhood of 2 tablespoons per day, as well as fish oil as well, so I'm definitely getting ample omega 3's in my diet. I guess I could try upping the flax oil dosage some though to see if that helps out.
03-19-2004 09:37 PM
Today's weighin at 166.0 pounds, looks like the scale might be starting to tick upwards, too early to tell if it's favorable weight or fat accumulation. Based on how good I've been feeling the last few days and the excellent leg workout I had a few days ago I won't be surprised if I've put on a bit of lean mass though. I'm still on clen so it's unlikely that I've started putting water weight back on.
Today's workout was upper back and biceps. For weighted pullups I kept last weeks weight, and lost one rep in each of the last two sets. I also kept the same weight for ez bar rows, losing 2 reps in the final set. And finally for dumbbell preacher curls I kept the same weight as last time out, but for some reason I suffered a very drastic strength decrease, only managing around half the reps I pulled off last week. The numbers are even far less than what I was performing pre-cycle. I have no idea what to attribute this to, as my arm size is still up around 1/3-1/2 inch from pre-cycle, and my energy levels preworkout and during were very good. I can't even really blame my joints as they haven't been any sort of hindrance for performing db preacher curls. Hopefully this is just an isolated anomoly that will be better next week.
03-22-2004 02:45 PM
Weighed in at 164.5 today, part of drop likely due to weighing myself earlier in the day than normal, so there's alot less food in my stomach than other weighins (only have 2 of 6 meals in me as opposed to 5 meals in digestive system like last weeks weighins).
Worked chest/shoulders and triceps today. I performed 3 sets of incline db presses, 2 sets flat db presses, 3 sets of db shoulder presses and 2 sets skullcrushers. I lost 2 reps total on the first 3 exercises, and skulls remained the same as last week.
As usual clen post-cycle has done jack for retaining strength gains, but I guess I can't be too surprised at this having dropped 6-7 pounds from peak on cycle weight. I don't have enough remaining in the bottle for a complete clen cycle so I'll likely extend clen usage to 3 weeks to use up what I have remaining.
Mood/energy continue to be good, libido is a bit lower than normal still but slowly returning. I never really felt like I was totally shutdown though at any point thusfar during post-cycle.
I suspect the added choline/inositol that's included in my phospatidyl serine capsules is adding to the effectiveness of the piractetum I've been using for 5-6 weeks, as lately I feel very mentally sharp, and loving it. I notice it most in the ability to crack jokes non-stop and improved vocal and speech patterns, and better problem solving skills at work. Good stuff.
03-24-2004 06:13 PM
Weighed in at 167 today, I can tell I'm retaining quite a bit of extra water. This would be due to a higher than normal sodium intake yesterday than normal, as I ate some Subway and salty rice crisps as well. I've decided to up the dosage of nolvadex to 60mg/day for a week to see if this may help to shrink down a pre-existing lump I have in my left pec.
Today I performed my leg workout, consisting of the usual 20 rep squat set, 3 sets of stiff legged deads and 3 sets of standing calf raises. I added on 5 pounds for the 20 repper of squats, and could tell by rep 8 I was going to be in for a struggle to complete the set. 12 rest paused reps later I was done. Lightheaded, vision slightly blurring, and no hearing in left ear, but finished the set nonetheless. It'd be damn interesting to measure my blood pressure after these sets, it'd no doubt be through the ceiling. I might purchase a home blood pressure testing unit before I cycle on again, with this being one of the purposes I'd have it for. I added on 5 pounds for sldl and was able to complete the target 6 reps on each set, and also added 5 pounds on for calf raises, making the target reps here as well.
My elbows seem to be all but healed up fully now, as there is no noticable pain at most times of the day in either. Left wrist is still progressing nicely as well, but I'll still be wrapping it securely for any heavy lifting I perform for awhile yet, just to be safe. Once it feels fully healed I'm going to have to focus more properly on developing wrist strength to avoid future wrist injuries.
03-26-2004 02:15 PM
I weighed in at 166.0 today. My wrist is somewhat bothersome after 12 hours of pulling wrenches at work yesterday, so that's kind of unavoidable. I'm continuing with 60mg of nolvadex for another week or so before upping it to 80mg, to hopefully shrink the lump in my left pec. So far at 60mg/day I haven't seen any changes, I'm not overly optimistic at the chances of shrinking this as it's been there for awhile, but it certainly can't hurt to try. Today is my last day on clen most likely, I just received my Avant Labs sesathin and will be incorporating this to stave off fat gain.
Today's workout was back and biceps, and was pretty decent all things said. I lost one rep in weighted pullups, but gained one in ez bar rows, so that seemed to offset the lost rep in pullups. I seemed to regain the mysteriously disappearing strength from last weeks db preacher curls, as I was able to pull 5 more reps total in the 3 sets. As I was feeling especially good today I threw in 3 sets of close grip supinated pulldowns to fullly tax my upper back and biceps. It was still only 12 total working sets for the day, so no worries there.
This is the last workout I'll be doing for the next little while, as starting now I'm on a break from lifting, most likely lasting 9 days, as I'll be resuming lifting a week from Monday, and starting my cut at that point. I hope the time off will allow my nagging injuries to heal up some more, as I've never taken more than 5 days off the entire time I've been lifting. I'll be dropping my calories somewhat this week, but still will aim for above maintenance calories. I really have no idea what my maintenance level actually is at this point, but will still be eating over 3000 calories per day for this time off. I may throw in a few quick HIIT sessions on the stationary bike for partitioning purposes and to avoid feeling like a lazy bastard.
03-31-2004 10:11 PM
Inactivity was driving me nuts during my self imposed 9 day hiatus from lifting so I decided to do a sprint workout on the stationary bike at home and work my abdominals. I quickly discovered that the same spot I tweaked a few weeks ago in my lower abdominals is still sore though, leading me to think I likely have some sort of abdominal strain type injury. I don't think it's a hernia, but I'll be getting it checked out by my doctor as soon as I have some days off from work. The wrist injury is still progressing nicely, and feels a little better each day. I hope when I resume lifting next week it'll be completely pain free, but that might be wishing for too much.
Bodyweight is holding steady, today I measure 164.0, which is right in line with my normal flucuations in scaleweight. I've held calories quite high for the week away from lifting to hold onto mass, and have been using Avant Labs sesathin for a little less than a week. So far it seems to be working as advertised, with little or no fat gain seen so far, even without working out and on 3000+calories daily. Once the streets are cleared of gravel I'll dust off the rollerblades for some extra cardio, as this is one of the few forms of cardio activity that I enjoy (damn I hate my stationary bike with a passion...)
I'm still dosing nolvadex at 60mg/day in hopes of shrinking the lump under my left nipple, but haven't seen any results after a week of doing so. Starting tomorrow I'll bump up the nolvadex to 80mg/day for a week or so in a last ditch effort at shrinking this thing. It's pretty small, but slightly noticable most of the time. When I cut I'll be trying out some topical fat burners in this area to see if it's perhaps just estrogenic fat buildup, but I doubt it as the lump is only evident in one pec, and seems more nodular is shape than fatty tissue would likely feel.
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