Do You Ultra-Sten What I'm Saying?

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post
    Honestly, at your body composition, I'd say cardio is fine year round to keep/get lean as you go.

    If done properly, cardio can ramp up the metabolism without being overly restrictive in total weight gains. Something like high intensity cardio for 15-20 minutes, 3-5 times per week will increase capillary density and help shuttle nutrients to your muscles more efficiently. Over time, cardio trains your body to pull from fat reserves for more of its energy as you build up more mitochondria in the cells.

    It's when you are at an already low or acceptable body fat and you want to bulk up is when you take cardio out altogether.
    Couldn't have said it better myself.. This was where I was going with my question.. I do cardio 5 times a week, it's a necessity for me to stay or try to get lean..


  2. Quote Originally Posted by bcazo View Post
    Couldn't have said it better myself.. This was where I was going with my question.. I do cardio 5 times a week, it's a necessity for me to stay or try to get lean..
    Me too really. I've been progressively getting fatter as I've put on weight. Eventually, I'll get to a point that I have to cut up again and start over with the bulking. However, each time I do that I end up a little bigger and leaner than before.
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  3. Day 12 Update:


    Didn't post after last night's workout. It was military and that one always takes more out of me because of my bad shoulders. My right one has had two surgeries and has been feeling fine, but about 2 months ago, I slept funny and now I think I have a pinched nerve affecting me. Some massages have helped ease it out, but last night, I could feel it wanting to give. Luckily, I held form and went slow and steady. Thing of it is, I originally hurt my right shoulder back in high school from jerking my presses.


    Military Press:
    Set #1: 3x80
    Set #2: 3x90
    Set #3: 3x100


    I wanted to go for more on the last set but didn't think I could hold up that well. For assistance, I did a few more sets of presses at a lower weight, followed up with some face pulls and side laterals interspersed.


    This morning, I had some irritability, but, I wasn't going to let it control me. This isn't so much as a result of the Ultra-Sten; again, I'm prone to getting annoyed. But, like I said, I WAS IN CONTROL!. I was not going to let it consume me. (Note: this is where I would fail in the past. Just have a crappy attitude and then let it linger. Perhaps the Ultra-Sten's give me that extra oomph to kick the negativity when it comes my way.)

    By the time I got to work, I felt more alpha than I had been in quite some time. I just felt ready. Like whatever comes my way, however bad it may seem or I think it will suck, no matter what's taking place: I got this! This mildly spilled over into that cocky-arrogant arena, but like with the controlling of the irritability, I put it back in its place to let the alpha hold court.


    I liken alpha to being supreme confidence without any arrogance. In short, not an a-hole!

    One good thing: no negative sides. Acne is annoying, but I've dealt with this my whole life so just aggravating more than anything.

  4. FYI: Omega Sports makes a TUDCA product called Liver Lock.

    (Not sure if it's okay to post this, but, given how I'm feeling, I really don't care if it's against forum rules)

  5. Quote Originally Posted by ricroc View Post
    FYI: Omega Sports makes a TUDCA product called Liver Lock.

    (Not sure if it's okay to post this, but, given how I'm feeling, I really don't care if it's against forum rules)
    It's fine, I'll have to check it out...
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by ricroc View Post
    Day 12 Update:


    Didn't post after last night's workout. It was military and that one always takes more out of me because of my bad shoulders. My right one has had two surgeries and has been feeling fine, but about 2 months ago, I slept funny and now I think I have a pinched nerve affecting me. Some massages have helped ease it out, but last night, I could feel it wanting to give. Luckily, I held form and went slow and steady. Thing of it is, I originally hurt my right shoulder back in high school from jerking my presses.


    Military Press:
    Set #1: 3x80
    Set #2: 3x90
    Set #3: 3x100


    I wanted to go for more on the last set but didn't think I could hold up that well. For assistance, I did a few more sets of presses at a lower weight, followed up with some face pulls and side laterals interspersed.


    This morning, I had some irritability, but, I wasn't going to let it control me. This isn't so much as a result of the Ultra-Sten; again, I'm prone to getting annoyed. But, like I said, I WAS IN CONTROL!. I was not going to let it consume me. (Note: this is where I would fail in the past. Just have a crappy attitude and then let it linger. Perhaps the Ultra-Sten's give me that extra oomph to kick the negativity when it comes my way.)

    By the time I got to work, I felt more alpha than I had been in quite some time. I just felt ready. Like whatever comes my way, however bad it may seem or I think it will suck, no matter what's taking place: I got this! This mildly spilled over into that cocky-arrogant arena, but like with the controlling of the irritability, I put it back in its place to let the alpha hold court.


    I liken alpha to being supreme confidence without any arrogance. In short, not an a-hole!

    One good thing: no negative sides. Acne is annoying, but I've dealt with this my whole life so just aggravating more than anything.
    Glad your able to keep a cool head, I ran one PH the beginning of this year that by week 3 it had me punching holes in walls. I'm a calm guy so the aggression was out of control, great for the gym no good for personal life...

  7. Quote Originally Posted by bcazo View Post
    Glad your able to keep a cool head, I ran one PH the beginning of this year that by week 3 it had me punching holes in walls. I'm a calm guy so the aggression was out of control, great for the gym no good for personal life...
    Thanks. It's been a life-long process, seemingly, especially when I moved out on my own and had to deal with life and all its intricacies.

    Agreed, great to have that aggression in the gym and only in the gym...well, and also the sack if you've got an energetic gal!

  8. Solid military presses my man!
    Psalms 62:1-62:2
    Body Performance Solutions Rep

  9. Forgot to update Friday's workout. It was deadlifts and had a good, overall day training.

    My appetite has wanted as of late. In fact, Friday after working out, I was not all that hungry. I'm going to up the UDCA and see if that helps any.

    Yesterday, however, was probably my best day traning so far during this cycle. It was chest and while I wasn't able to get more reps on my final set--I blame this on not resting long enough--I looked hella swole. I was stout! If only I can maintain that look of fullness and buffness.

    Bench Press:
    Set #1: 5x150
    Set #2: 3x170
    Set #3: 1x190

    Had I rested longer between the 2nd and 3rd sets, I could have done more reps. But, after looking back on it this morning, I was still please to get 190 up freestyle, as opposed to the Soloflex helping me. In that regard, I know I've made progress.

    Had to stop the creatine. That was aiding my acne flareup. In the past, when I'd use creatine, I'd get bad acne. No sense in making it worse with the ultra-sten.

    No gains to speak of, but, that's only cause I haven't been able to eat much. I get a great pump during my workouts. Any muscle fullness I had is starting to wane.

  10. I dont mean to be a butt when I say this but how exactly does creatine have anything to do with acne flare ups? U r using a DHT derivative. I cant imagine anything else being the culprit...

  11. In the past, when I've use creatine, I'd get acne flareups. The first week I started using Ultra-Sten, it wasn't that bad, but given what's in it, to be expected, especially since I'm prone, what with oily skin production.

    I started using creating last week and that's when the flareups began. This might not be directly related, but given my reaction to creatine, in addition to not having had such a flareup with the ultra initially, leads me down this road.

    I haven't used creatine in about four days now and flareups have subsided and the ones that stayed are now beginning to dry up and fade away.

  12. Are you using straight creatine or is it in a mix with creatine being the base and other supps added in?
    BPS Rep
    "But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."

  13. I was adding it to my post workout shake, which has protein, carbs (e.g. waxy maize) and bcaas.

  14. Well, I was asking if it was a creatine based supp like Green Magnitude or if it was just plain creatine you were using.
    BPS Rep
    "But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."

  15. In for the lean gainz

  16. Quote Originally Posted by lukehayd View Post
    Well, I was asking if it was a creatine based supp like Green Magnitude or if it was just plain creatine you were using.
    I see. Yeah, it was ON's micronized version. Heck, even the first time I was used creatine, I had an outbreak unlike I had ever had in my life. I forget that creatine does that to me until I think, "Hey, it's been a while since I've used creatine" and decide to use it again.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by drewsicle3210 View Post
    In for the lean gainz
    Thanks, drew. They are slowly making their way.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by ricroc View Post
    In the past, when I've use creatine, I'd get acne flareups. The first week I started using Ultra-Sten, it wasn't that bad, but given what's in it, to be expected, especially since I'm prone, what with oily skin production.

    I started using creating last week and that's when the flareups began. This might not be directly related, but given my reaction to creatine, in addition to not having had such a flareup with the ultra initially, leads me down this road.

    I haven't used creatine in about four days now and flareups have subsided and the ones that stayed are now beginning to dry up and fade away.
    I'm glad you were able to pinpoint where it was coming from...

  19. Quote Originally Posted by lukehayd View Post
    Well, I was asking if it was a creatine based supp like Green Magnitude or if it was just plain creatine you were using.
    I knew where you were going with this Green Magnitude gives me the runs bad...

  20. Another good workout last night, although, nowhere near as stout as Monday's.

    Tuesday was squats and these are finally getting better. I've had a banged up knee for the past 16, 17 years and just now, it's finally getting back into place. Working out legs (duh) has helped, in addition to well timed massages. That's really helped get the knee back in order and Tuesday, I was proud of how I was able to squat.

    While I might not be arse to the grass status, I do as close to parallel as I can (I think..haha) and yesterday, it all came together. Given that I'm straight barbell and not SOloflex, I was pleased with my strenght and progress as I had zero problmes or issues getting all my sets and reps in. Yesterday was an "I ain't doing jacks--t" day but I made the most of my squatting. Thighs are getting thicker since having started Ultra-Sten.

    Routine:
    Set #1: 5x180
    Set #2: 3x205
    Set #3: 3x225

    I wanted to go for more on that final set, but, on the second set, I tweaked to top of my quad, nothing major, as I was able to relax it with some immediate stretching and resting before the final set. After that third rep I was thinking I could squeeze one more out, but I could feel that my CNS wasn't going to like it much if I had dropped for that fourth rep.

    At that point, I felt like I knew how to train, which is to say, how to listen to my body and give it all I have, but staying mindful so as to avoid injury and taxing myself unnecessarily, which would only prevent me from training harder and heavier later on down the line. (Note: any wonder Wendler says to start out light.) It was like the light went on, so to speak, and though it was only three work sets, I gained so much more as a result. I like these moment of lifting clarity. Had one earlier this year, a couple I should say, and now another. All about progression.

    Overall: I'm pleased with the Ultra-Sten to date. In looking at the calendar, I've got about 14 days (including today) left on cycle. The cycle's gonna run a day longer because on two days, I forgot to take my final pill, so I'll finish those up on one day all to themselves. I know the pounds haven't been building up, but that's because the hunger has not been there as consistently as I would have liked. At the very least, I would have liked my midsection to slim down, especially the booze-filled lovehandles of yesteryear. But, it's all on me.

    Fourteen more days of what I would imagine will be greater returns on investment. My body's acclimated quite nicely, albiet with some hiccups in the form of acne and irritability, but that's to be expected and while both do wave around from time to time, my body's steadying the course.

    Today's my off day, but I'm feeling like doing some heavy curls and some Krok rows just to get in some work.

  21. Have you thought about grabbing another bottle to go 6 weeks? Maybe up it to 30mg those extra 2 weeks?

  22. Somethin else is to consider alot more volume. Go lighter and hit 10-15 reps and you'll get some explosive growth in those legs buddy.

  23. Quote Originally Posted by drewsicle3210 View Post
    Have you thought about grabbing another bottle to go 6 weeks? Maybe up it to 30mg those extra 2 weeks?
    No, I'm good with the 30 day run. It's the midpoint, so to speak, so I'm aiming for some solid returns now that I'm this far into it all.

  24. Quote Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post
    Somethin else is to consider alot more volume. Go lighter and hit 10-15 reps and you'll get some explosive growth in those legs buddy.
    Good suggestion. Usually, I'll do the "boring but big" protocol for legs. I'll lower the weight and go to 10 reps. Next week is deload week, so I'll keep that rep range in mind. I do love when the legs get bloody swole.

    Something along these lines:


  25. I like a full scale of weights and reps personally. For instance, on squats I may do a range from 3 - 15 reps but then on leg press I do 20-30 reps per set. Then back to 8-12 for hamstring work and leg extensions, with intensity exercises like drop sets and supersets placed throughout.

  26. Quote Originally Posted by bcazo View Post
    I knew where you were going with this Green Magnitude gives me the runs bad...
    I like the Green Mag myself but I know there are some that have issues. Wasn't sure if maybe it wasn't another additive in the creatine that might be the culprit. ?? I've heard of people having trouble with plain mono creatine but causing the acne flair up is new to me. Funny how the chemical makeup of individuals causes different reactions to the same substance!
    BPS Rep
    "But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."

  27. Quote Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post
    Somethin else is to consider alot more volume. Go lighter and hit 10-15 reps and you'll get some explosive growth in those legs buddy.
    ^^^ this crush more volume in all your lifts and you'll feel so swole it will hurt..

  28. I've added more volume into my workouts and I feel fuller. How's the sten treating you?
    Psalms 62:1-62:2
    Body Performance Solutions Rep

  29. Treating me just fine. Some days, though, the appetite isn't really there. I believe this week it is starting to pick up. I upped the voltage on the UDCA, too.

    Given what I've read and how I've fared to this point, I know the bottom half of this run will pull it altogether.

    Everyone's suggestions have been helpful. Next week is deload, so it'll be a good time to get in some volume. Beef things up heading into PTC.

  30. Treating me just fine. Some days, though, the appetite isn't really there. I believe this week it is starting to pick up. I upped the voltage on the UDCA, too.

    Given what I've read and how I've fared to this point, I know the bottom half of this run will pull it altogether.

    Everyone's suggestions have been helpful. Next week is deload, so it'll be a good time to get in some volume. Beef things up heading into PTC.
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