Started taking after finishing up a cutting routine (ending at approx ~2060 calories per day) and beginning a clean bulk. My hope was that AP would prevent me from getting as fat as I usually do on a surplus of calories.
What follows is a 6-7 week outline of my routine and the results that came from it.
Creatine -- 2.5g before & after workouts, 3g in morning of rest days
-- 4 tabs at night
Scivation -- 5-6 scoops peri-workout, 1 scoop taken sometimes with meals, and 1-2 scoops that I put in my water in the morning and drink throughout the day
-- 3 tabs with meal 1 & 3 tabs with meal 5
NOW -- 1 tab with each meal
AP Dosing Guidlines
-- 1 cap 15-20 minutes before substantial carbohydrate containing meals (~40-50g of carbs) -- This being meals 1 & 2 & 5 on a workout day and meals 1 & 5 on a rest day.
T-Nation.com | The 1-6 Principle
Same layout as above except reps for all sets are 8-10, doing 2 exercises for each muscle group for 3-4 sets each, and tempo is closer to 31X0 or 21X0 instead of 40X0.
Daily intake started at
114g Fat (29%)
334g Protein (42.55%)
202g Carbs (25.74%)
3140 Calories total across 6 meals per day
Didn't closely track how much I ramped it up, but I would probably say that by now I am doing ~3300-3400 calories daily. The fat has increased most, carbs somewhat, and protein either stayed same or decreased slightly.
One cheat meal was eaten every 5 days, usually coinciding with legs day. It was usually something like 60-70g carbs, 30g protein, 20-25g fat. Otherwise calories were clean food.
Carb meals are typically oatmeal, sweet potato, brown rice, or whole wheat pasta.
Carb meals can now be grits; in addition to previous meal types.
Carb meals can now be other pastas & some whole grain cereals that have a small amount of simple sugar also; in addition to previous meal types.
Tracked my body composition approximately every 1.5 weeks in a consistent manner -- first thing in the morning with skinfold calipers and weighed in with the same scale.
See attached bar chart.
Fat Gain: +7.5 lbs
Non-Fat Gain: +6.105 lbs
Body Composition: went from 5-6% to 9-10% fat -- I'm on the verge of losing all ab definition
There's the results -- open for interpretation. My conclusion follows.
Anabolic Pump didn't assist me.
The weight gain I experienced in either fat or non-fat categories was not atypical for me in the case of coming off a restricted calorie diet.
My results don't suggest it is more anabolic than just having a calorie abundant diet.
My results don't suggest that it aids in preventing glucose entry into fat cells.
Not a holy grail.