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Originally Posted by bigla2004Final Review of INCARNATEAnecdotal Thoughts: First off I want to thank PAL for giving me the opportunity to do my first sponsored log. I'm now out of Incarnate, but the results have shown through. My goals were to bench 3x5x225 and do chinups 3x5xbw+45 by the end of this log. Both goals were met. I was curious to see how beta alanine would play out over strength gains in the lower reps and it has proved to be helpful. I also saw better sustained strength throughout the workout after my first main lift, I can attribute this to Incarnate. I am now a big believer in beta alanine after these 2 and a half months. As far as weight goes, this was interesting. At first I thought I wanted to recomp for summer. So as this log started there was heavy cardio at just below maitenance calories. I shaped up rather well and people around me noticed, especially the gf. Then about 1.5 months into the cycle, I realized I wasn't content at 6'0 185-187 at a low bodyfat around 8-9 percent I'd say, a 1-2 percent drop from the start of the log while increasing strength. I usually just go by mirrior though, and I had significant increase in veins in the shoulders and pants were fitting looser. Then I started a clean bulk, which I am continuing on still. I weighed in today at 190. I believe I put on a little extra fat as I don't have any veins in my shoulders anymore, but my abs and arm veins are still rather evident.
The following are all PAL's claims on what incarnate is supposed to do for you, and I will evaluate each aspect of their claims:
* Dramatic Increases in Explosiveness & Raw Strength
* Significant Lean Muscle Gains
* Increased Intensity & Capacity During Workouts
* Supported Joints & Ligaments
* Substantially Decreased Muscle Fatigue
Dramatic Increases in Explosiveness & Raw Strength: 9.5/10 I will say there was a great gain in strenght throughout both phases of my log (recomp / bulk aspect) and that is what I really hoped for BA to provide.
Significant Lean Muscle Gains: 8/10 can't complain, I didn't blow up or anything, but when bulking I did seem to tack on the lbs a bit easier than usual.
Increased Intensity & Capacity During Workouts: 10/10 This part was huge, this became very clear to me in this last month of the log. Rest times were down, and I added a bit more volume in. Weights wouldn't just drop off as a result of those two and this put intensity at an all time high. The fact that my shock week (all supersets, dropsets and rest pause) weights went up steadily during this leads me to believe that this truely lives up to its claim in endurance lifting.
Supported Joints & Ligaments: NA/10 I can't really make a claim here because at 18, my joints and ligaments still feel great. However, I can't say there was any substantial regression here, nor can I say I felt significantly better. Like I said though, there were no problems in this area before Incarnate.
Substantially Decreased Muscle Fatigue: 8.5/10 This was a tough one to judge, seeing as I was rarely ever sore before this as a result of XTEND. With the addition to this, I was probably sore 5 times maximum throughout my whole log, which, impressed me. Seeing as I constantly upped reps or weight, I was expecting some DOMS to set in. I only had one really bad day after last weeks leg workout where I was truely really sore.