Do You Ultra-Sten What I'm Saying?
- 11-06-2013, 06:59 PM
- 11-07-2013, 01:19 PM
Day 12 mini-update:
I've noticed some irritability with the Ultra-Sten. Nothing to ruin my day, but I noticed I'm getting, or starting to get, short with people. Not in a confrontational way, let's just say my patience has been running thin, but I'm not the most patient person there is. I think too fast! But, it's good training for keeping my cool for when the fit really hits the shan and I can keep my head during a disaster.
I know I'm not even halfway done, but I was hoping for some tightness and hardness to start showing. I'm at work currently and I noticed that I look bigger when I saw my reflection in the mirror.
I've heard some people mention this stuff "kicking in", and I'm curious as to what this means, as in, what it feels like? Again, I know I'm still in the early phase, barely halfway, but just curious if it might take longer for me to respond to the Ultra-Sten.
11-07-2013, 01:51 PM
11-07-2013, 01:55 PM
I am finding Ultra-Sten to be convenient and versatile. The recovery time has increased. No soreness at all, when compared to last week, it was night and day difference.
I know I need to eat more, but I'm fearing I'm gaining too much fat. My belly feels/looks swollen.
11-07-2013, 02:05 PM
11-07-2013, 02:16 PM
11-07-2013, 02:45 PM
I was just thinking that I wouldn't feel or look as bloated as I do. I'll revisit some items later on tonight.
Always fun to gauge what's causing what and experiment them there!
11-07-2013, 03:03 PM
This may sound odd.. How's your bowel movements? May need to incorporate some psyllium husk or another fiber into your diet. Hell, could grab some digestive enzymes...
11-07-2013, 03:11 PM
11-07-2013, 03:34 PM
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.
11-07-2013, 05:23 PM
11-07-2013, 05:47 PM
11-08-2013, 11:06 AM
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.
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.
11-08-2013, 12:43 PM
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)
11-08-2013, 01:06 PM
11-08-2013, 01:09 PM
11-08-2013, 01:20 PM
11-08-2013, 01:34 PM
11-12-2013, 11:20 AM
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.
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.
11-12-2013, 11:43 AM
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...
11-12-2013, 12:13 PM
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.
11-12-2013, 12:18 PM
Are you using straight creatine or is it in a mix with creatine being the base and other supps added in?
11-12-2013, 12:29 PM
11-12-2013, 12:34 PM
Well, I was asking if it was a creatine based supp like Green Magnitude or if it was just plain creatine you were using.
11-12-2013, 12:36 PM
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