1st Cycle Log!!!
- 03-17-2008, 03:28 PM
1st Cycle Log!!!
Starts today! I'm running H-Drol 50mg/day and Fura 200mg/day for 30 days. Took first dose this morning(25mg H-Drol/50mg Fura).
Dosages will look like this:
Morning: 25mg H-drol/50mg Fura
Pre-WO: 25mg H-drol/100mg Fura
Pre-Bed: 50mg Fura
Torem 50mg/night for 30days
Diesel Test Hardcore 4/day
Keepin it simple!
Stats: 6'2", 248lbs, ~15% bf(estimate-I'm pretty defined from my top 4 abs up to my chest, shoulders and I have beastly arms!) I tend to hold fat around my waist.
Goal: Bench 500(hopefully during PCT) and recomp at the same time. I have no clue what I'll end up weighing, but I'm going to judge based on changes in the mirror because the scale means nothing to me. I have weighed as much as 268 and as little as 214 and for some reason no one can tell the difference unless my shirt is off)
Mon: Upper Max Effort
Thurs: Upper Dynamic
*I basically do cardio by feel. It's either in the form of Basketball, Plyometrics, Lateral Drills, or Sprints. Some weeks I do 6 days of cardio and some weeks I do none. I listen to my body as I do not want to hinder my lifts.
**Also I have not done heavy lower body work for about 3 months due to a nagging right quad I bruised some time ago. So I'll be doing lower body by feel also. I'll probably focus one day around Squating and the other Around Deadlifting. This isn't about lower body anyway! Its about Benching!!!
I'll report back in the morning to let you guys know how my first workout on my first cycle goes!!!
P.S.-As this is my first log and first cycle, any suggestions and questions are welcome.
- 03-18-2008, 08:46 AM
Floor Press: (with 5 second relax and pause at the bottom)
*I planned on going up to attempt 405x5 but on the 365 set I felt a pain going down from the left side of my neck down through the left side of my chest into my shoulder. So I stopped there and dropped the weight to 185 and did two sets of 20 on the floor press and got one AMAZING PUMP!!!
225 3 sets of 12 supersetted with scarecrows 3 sets of 12*
*I wanted to do 4 or 5 sets, but the pump was insane and couldn't mask it.
Dumbell Concentration Curls: (slow and controlled)
Cardio: 1 mile brisk walk
OVERALL: I was a little worried with the pain I got doing floor presses, but with the pumps I was getting in the other exercises I attributed it to that because I could only feel the pain as I was pushing the weight back up. I was EXTREMELY PUMPED at the end of my workout. I did feel a little nausea which is why I went on the brisk walk. Woke up this morning pissed about a gallon and went and flexed in the mirror......I was VERY DRY! It was unreal! Forgot to weigh in though. Looking forward to weeks to come!
- 03-19-2008, 10:28 AM
Cardio: 1 mile brisk walk
Low Box Squats:
12 sets of 2 w/ 225lbs in weight and 150lbs jump stretch band tension
Stiff Legged Deadlifts:
225lbs 5 sets of 12
225lbs 3 sets of 25
Crunches/Leg raise supersets 3 sets of 50
Side bends with green jump stretch band 3 sets of 20 each side
Appetite went ballistic yesterday!!! I was eating everything in sight! I was on my own personal modified version of the anabolic diet. Thats how I got down recently from 268 to 248 over the last 3 months and continued to get stronger. I eat low carbs monday through saturday evening, then on saturday dinner I eat my favorites like Taco Bell, Pizza, etc. Then before bed a weight gainer shake, then a weight gainer shake sunday morning, then sunday afternoon eat out good fashioned like Trips steakhouse, Olive Garden, somewhere nice, then Ice cream, Ice cream, Ice cream the rest of sunday.LOL!
But anyway yesterday I ate, and ate and ate. I even had McDonalds right before bed! I had two double Cheeseburgers, fries, and a large vanilla milkshake! The crazy thing is that I was even DRYER this morning than yesterday! I was noticeably more Defined. The scale said 252 which is +4lbs, but I attribute that to the massive amount of food eaten yesterday. I think I'm going to splurge again today and since I'm seeing such a great cutting effect, I'm going to try and go the rest of the cycle without carbing up.
My workout felt great! I think I may began working legs heavy again if Fridays workout goes just as good. Only thing is my knees ache a lil first thing in the morning since starting the cycle which is obviously from the drying out effect. Loving the Cycle so far!
03-20-2008, 11:31 AM
Nothing really to report for Wednesday as I got caught running errands with my wife yesterday after work. Ran around town til bout 8p.m. Still feeling good overall. Libido is increasing.
Feeling lethargic this morning, but libido still high. Had to peel myself out of bed. Late for work. Still running slow. Will workout after work about 5p.m. Today is dynamic bench day.
03-21-2008, 09:52 AM
Dynamic Bench Press:
9 sets of 3 w/ 135lbs in weight and 150lbs in jump stretch band tension.
Pull-Ups supersetted with bent over rear delt raises:
8 pull-ups followed by 12 rear delt raises 4 sets
Triceps pushdowns w/ Strong Blue Band:
3 sets-25, 20, 15
3 sets of 10-75lbs each db
185lbs 3 sets of 16
Strong workout. Didn't really feel the pain in my chest but could tell something was present there. Everything felt good. Good pump overall, killer pump in triceps! Libido still rising. No more lethargy. Back to low carbs for the next 3 1/2 weeks.
03-24-2008, 08:24 AM
Went outside and shot jumpers for about 30 minutes
5x5 315(rediculously easy)
Crunch/Leg Raise supersets 3 sets 50
Side Bends w/ Jump Stretch band 3 sets 20 each side
Didn't really have much drive or intensity today. Libido still extremely high though. Will definately up all the weights and really push next week as this first week gave me a couple good workouts, but nothing really paramount. Muscles are amazingly hard and I am more defined due to loss of some water.
Went to the gym and caught a few pickup games. got bad lower back pumps in the first game. Fortunately I had my taurine in my gym bag. Took 3 grams and back pumps subsided after about 15-20 minutes and I played two more games.
03-25-2008, 08:38 AM
Jog 1/4 mile
10 sets of 10 yard starts
6 sets of 20 yard shuttles
4 sets of 40 yard dashes
Incline Bench Press:
165x20 for 2 sets
Bent-Over Rows w/ Scarecrows Supersets:
225x12 supersetted with mini jump stretch band around powerrack 3 sets of 12.
50lb dumbell- I repped on one arm until I couldn't do anymore, then switched to the other until I couldn't do anymore, then immediately switched back until I couldn't do anymore. Cycle lasted for 4 sets on each arm.
For some reason I feel strange. I mean I have the strength but I just don't feel like lifting heavy. I don't have the same intensity that I normally have but I'm still good on strength. Like with incline I wanted to max out, but once I got to the 275 set I really didn't feel like pushing even though the weight was light. But I did feel motivated to do some reps. Thats why I repped out the 315 and the 335 then dropped down and to 165 for a couple sets. The PUMP was INCREDIBLE for all lifts!!! I felt so swole after the workout! I'm starting to see a little more seperation between my top abs and my chest and my chest is filling out more on the sides. It seems as though thats becoming more apparent because it looks like I'm drying out in that little spot under your arms betwee your lat and your chest. Shoulders and arms still look like boulders . However I'm mad the fat around my waist hasn't changed!!! Libido has leveled off a little, still up though. Starting to feel the effects of the no carbs too. I'll push through it though. I think I'm going to wait and weigh myself after the cycle is over since this is a recomp so I can weigh my appearance with the overall weight loss or gain.
03-26-2008, 08:27 AM
Dynamic Squats:12 sets of 2 w/ 135lb in weight plus 150lbs in jump stretch band tension
Stiff Legged Deadlifts:
275lbs 5 sets of 8
275lbs 3 sets of 25
Side bends w/ jump stretch band 5 sets of 20 each side
Workout was simple. Didn't have time to do cardio. Workout felt good. Weights used were moderate. Still don't feel like pushing the limit(hoping this will change). Libido is the same. But one thing I am noticing now is that my muscles are HARD!!! After the workout it was unreal! Its still with me this morning! Still drying out very nicely. More defined.
03-26-2008, 10:30 PM
03-26-2008, 11:53 PM
03-31-2008, 08:40 AM
03-31-2008, 08:42 AM
Various lateral movement drills
Flat Bench Press:
Tricep Pressdowns w/ Strong Jump Stretch Band supersetted with dumbell hammer curls:
3 sets of 12 each
Side bends w/ Average Jump Stretch Band
5 sets 20 each side
Quick workout. Had the day off, but had TONS of yard work to do. Didn't lift until I had cut all the grass(push mower), washed all 3 cars, raked and bagged the leaves, trimmed the hedges, and pruned a few trees. I was exhausted when I was done but I still lifted. I definately did not feel like going heavy but wound up hitting a rep P.R.!!!
Played basketball for 2 hours
Rack deadlifts just below knee level:
225 5 sets of 10
135 5 sets of 20
Various exercises in circuit until failure
Feeling a little tired from the previous day. Still low carbs. Feeling flat and weak. Good day, bad evening. I think I need a carb-up.
OFF-I FEEL GREAT!!! I had breakfast at burger king. A BK Mocha Joe, Two Ham Egg and cheese crossanwiches, and cheesy tots. Then I went back to BK for lunch! Had a double stack, onion rings, another BK Mocha Joe and a vanilla milk shake! Then went to a cookout in the evening and had all you can eat hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, meatballs, and chips!!! I really needed a carb up day!!! Libido has SKYROCKETED!!!
OFF-Woke up ABSOLUTELY RIPPED! Well not really, but ripped for me! Love handles flattened out considerably, upper abs very visible, side chest still coming in nice, back biceps and triceps are remarkable!!! I am VERY pleased AND i am back to feeling GREAT!!! Had a shake for breakfast, pizza and wings for lunch, leftover pizza for dinner, and a huge glass of milk before bed. Libido is still UNREAL!!!
Woke up this morning with a little bloat. Should subside by the end of the day as I'm back to no carbs. Today is ME upper. Will report back later.
03-31-2008, 11:28 AM
03-31-2008, 12:50 PM
03-31-2008, 02:23 PM
03-31-2008, 03:24 PM
Not yet. Several weeks ago I maxed out at 455, but that was some time ago. But thats alot of the purpose of this first cycle is to try and hit the 500 mark. I told myself I wouldn't run my first cycle until I hit 500 naturally, but the temptation became too much to bear.LOL!!! I started reading the results people were getting on their first cycles and I bit the bullet. I'm estimating about a 475 max currently(I hope). It's hard for me to estimate because I had hit 405 4 reps several months ago and thought I could get 455 then and when I tried it, it almost destoyed me!LOL!!! I'll probably try to max again during my 2nd week of PCT because thats about when Flat Bench will come around again. I'll do Military Press for ME today, Close Grip Flat next ME, and I should still be "ON" for the monday and tuesday of the 5th week which will be Floor presses then back to Flat Bench the following Monday. Also I'm not weighing myself until it's over, but I would LOVE to hit 500 raw under 250 in bodyweight!!! Thats what I hope for. You're a big dude!!! What do you bench? Or you just work on Hypertrophy?
03-31-2008, 04:51 PM
My BMI might be high, but Iím only 5í5Ē, 190lb, never quite got to a 400lb bench. Right now Iím working out with 4 reps at 315, I guess my max is about 350lb. Iíd like to get to a bench thatís twice my bw, whatever that turns out to be. Right now Iím only deadlifting slightly more than youíre bench goal; I got 505x3 yesterday.
What exactly is ME?
03-31-2008, 05:16 PM
Thats an EXCELLENT deadlift if you ask me! Especially for your weight! The most I've ever deadlifted was 545 and that was some time ago also and I still probably had you by 50lbs in bodyweight even tho I am ~6'2". The most I've ever squated ATG was 405. I've gotten folded up a few times with heavier squats tho.LOL!!! 1000lbs is rediculous weight!!! You only need 30lbs to get a double bodyweight bench. That is very attainable. Are you bulking?
I actually workout at home. I got a power-rack, olympic set w/ about 700 in weights, whole set of jump stretch bands, couple dumbell handles, and an adjustable bench(incline, decline, etc). My olympic bar is all warped up too.
ME is "Max Effort." On those days I try to work up to a 1-3 rep max depending on how I'm feelin. I switch ME exercises every week. I usually pick 4 or 5 and cycle them for 8-10 weeks as to try and hit each exercise twice before switching up the rotation.
How did the Phera treat you? I picked up a bottle to put in the stash for later since it came back in stock. Don't know when I'm gonna use it.
04-01-2008, 11:00 AM
Nice home setup, I could never do it, though. I need to be in a gym to stay focused. When you say ME, does that imply that you generally only go to failure on those exercises on those days? ATG, nice; most people I see have ****ty squats.
I loved my phera cycle. I stacked it with epi Ďcause I heard phera can be wet and I didnít want the back pumps, but basically the focus was the phera. I probably liked it too much. About all I wanted to do was lift and eat for 5 weeks, literally. I made a few mistakes, but all in all it was pretty good. Iíll probably do it again next year. Depending on how your cycle goes, Iíd still recommend something milder before you do phera, but still it might be prudent to stock up on a few bottles, just in case it disappears. The details are in my log, I can point you to the correct posting numbers for any questions.
04-03-2008, 08:52 AM
04-03-2008, 08:54 AM
Monday(Actually Day 15): Just realized I got my days wrong. OOPS!
Seated Military PressActually about 80 degrees on the bench w/ bar touching collarbone at the bottom of lift):
135 2 sets of 20
*I have weak shoulders and have really just began incorporating overhead lifts over the last few months. I've read various article about their importance in powerlifting. Some say yay, others say nay.
135x12-squeezing at the top
185x12-squeesing at the top
225x12-partials, didn't fully extend arms on the negative
50lbs each db for 3 sets-12,10,8
1. Dumbell Concentration Curl 3 sets 12 each arm alternating each arm w/ no rest
2. Slow and controlled standing dumbell curls, 4 sec. up, 4 sec. down 12 reps
3. Mini Jump Stretch band curls performed ballistic fashion until failure
Overall: This workout was AMAZING!!! You guys were right about it kicking in on the 3rd week!!! Everything in my upper body was hella pumped!!! The P.R. on Military press was beastly!!! I put the bench at 80 degrees so I can touch the top of my collarbone. When the bench is at 90 degrees I can't come down that far. And for you that don't know, those seated-dumbell powercleans really do a number on your traps. Libido still soaring!
Low Box Squats:
12 sets of 2 w/ 185lbs in weight and 150lbs in Jump Stretch Bands*
*Didn't feel explosive today so I just did regular low box squats instead of Dynamic.
5 sets of 12 w/ Strong Jump Stretch Band
275 3 sets of 12
Crunches supersetted w/ leg raises for 5 sets of 20 each
Still feeling great. I breezed right through the workout. I think I may try to go heavy on Friday's Lower body workout. I am DEFINATELY loosing bodyfat!!! I noticed more definition in my quads today! I never really pay any attention to my quads(I'm and upper body freak.LOL!), but they were definately more defined!!! Love handles hadn't flattened out anymore, but I really feel alot leaner and harder.
Was going to do cardio but it is raining So.................
04-03-2008, 12:12 PM
Of whatís available now, Iím not sure what I would recommend based on personal experience, but based on what youíre doing now your doses look ok to me. At your weight you could bump the phera up a little, but judging how youíre responding now, probably isnít necessary.
Iím not sure if 6 weeks isnít a little long. Listen to your body and end it earlier if necessary.
Because of the theory of heart related issues, Iím not sure I would want to do phera more than about once a year and based on youíre the success of your current cycle, IMO, it doesnít seem worth the risk.
04-03-2008, 01:08 PM
04-03-2008, 02:24 PM
I've done neither but I'm thinking about doing a Propadrol cycle this summer. I hear it stacks well with hdrol (which I've done before). Actually, I heard (don't remember where, somewhere on AM) that it's best stacked, so I might do a prop/hdrol stack. I don't remember seeing any propadrol logs but I need to try searching again.
04-03-2008, 03:30 PM
Now I'm thinking of running Fura for 6 weeks for my cut. Maybe 200mg for the first 2 weeks and bump it to 300 for the last 4 and just run it solo. I see guys who weigh 200-250 using 250mgs per day, but since I've been running it at 200 for a first cycle w/ H-drol, I don't think adding 50mgs to my morning dose and night dose will be that intolerable. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I'm really enjoying my first run with it.
04-03-2008, 06:03 PM
Glad youíre enjoying it. The major problem I have with bumping up the doses is insomnia, but Iím a pretty light sleeper, but Iíve seen it happen often in the logs, too. As far as stretching it out, just pay attention to your body and make sure youíre not all overtrained and/or suppressed when you end it. IMO, itís better to go into PCT feeling good rather than ****ty.
04-07-2008, 08:29 AM
04-07-2008, 08:30 AM
Flat Bench Press
45 2 sets of 12
405x7 (-1 rep from previous week)
4 sets of 7, 1 set of 6
Triceps Extensions w/ Strong Jump Stretch Band
3 sets 20 each arm w/ 50lb dumbells
Overall: I still feel pretty good. Bench presses felt EXTREMELY heavy though. Probably because I did them two weeks in a row on DE day. Everything else was fairly easy. Got an incredible pump!!! Libido seems to only be slightly elevated now.
Power Cleans and Press
7 sets 3-135,185,225 5 sets
4 sets 8
5 sets 12
50 leg raises
Overall: Felt like switching it up a little. I was watching a worlds strongest man episode with the log and decided to do some clean and presses. These were fast and strong. I didn't push the limit, just wanted them to be explosive and they were. Overall great workout/feeling of well being. Libido same.
Saturday: OFF, Carbs, Carbs, and more carbs
Sunday: OFF, Carbs, Carbs, and more carbs
*I thought I would be able to stay away from carbs during this log, but I have failed. Diet has turned back into low carb mon-fri and carbs on weekends. Its extremely hard to stay away from carbs on the weekend as my wife and I are out alot or out of town.
04-08-2008, 08:36 AM
Close Grip Bench Press(First fingers on smooth part of bar):
435x1="P" 2 da mutha freakin "R"!!!!!!!!
225 2 sets of 20
225 2 sets of 12
135 2 sets of 12
Rear Delt Laterals
4 sets of 12
20 reps of mini-band curls immediately followed by 10 reps of dumbell concentration curls on each arm for 5 total sets w/ 50lb dumbell
Overall: I AM FEELING GREAT!!! MY TRICEPS WERE FIRING SO HARD!!! MY BAR SPEED WAS INCREDIBLE!!! It was like I was unracking the weight and instantly locking it out. It was like I never saw the negative portion of the lift. I can't wait til next monday for the Floor Press! Then I'll be maxing out going for that 500 monday after next!!! Bent-Over rows didn't go well at all. My upper back and lower back began to cramp up pretty bad. I've only had the talked about dreaded back pumps a couple times in all during this cycle, but it was acting today. The pump from curls was freakin rediculous as usual, and it seems as though my arms are really growing due to all the hypertrophy work I've been doing on them lately. My wife even comented on them. Libido is up again today!
04-08-2008, 12:48 PM
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