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    Volcom's Blue GENE Final Review/w Video Assessments


    30 Days of Blue GENE

    Thank you Controlled Labs for the opportunity and the confidence to test your product, Blue GENE. A special thanks to everyone who frequented my log and kept it encouraging, fun, informational and on many occasions completely random.

    First and foremost, I’ll address those who have a heightened inclination toward scrutiny and skepticism, which is perfectly okay. I can clarify some logistical concerns to pre-empt scrutiny, but I can’t do anything to defy skepticism, I’ll just hope you take my assertions to be integral and valid.

    I wanted to test Blue GENE’S ability to effect gym performance, as performance is one of the product’s mission statements. Improved gym performance can have a correlation with an improved physique, therefore, I thought it a worthy cause to assess. A week prior to beginning my Blue GENE run, I assessed my muscle endurance with a “heavy” endurance bout, and by heavy, I mean I used a weight where my repetitions can exceed 15, but in no way would I be able to achieve 30. I chose the 100lbs Dumbbells.

    Furthermore, I performed a strength assessment the week prior to my Blue GENE run. For strength, I performed the 295lbs Flat Bench Press. A good strength building range consists of using a weight that can be pushed 4-6 times, upwards of 7-8.

    I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and therefore, I am aware of the many mediating variables that may effect the outcome of my performance assessments. Therefore, I wanted to pre-empt some logistical scrutiny involving my assessments. I realize that a manipulation of diet alone, could produce a significant influence over my performance-ability over the span of a month. Therefore, I did not alter my diet in any specific fashion. My dietary habits and macro intake remained unchanged from the month prior to my Blue GENE experience and the month during my Blue GENE experience. If there were any alterations to my diet, it would have been an alteration that would have been more so detrimental, as there was a week and a half where I had virtually no appetite, as a result of some life stressors. Reality happens.

    Also, training style would have a truly significant impact on performance-ability. Had I focused on strength lifting and CNS stimulating routines, my strength results would inevitably increase. Had I focused on exciting a muscular endurance response, my endurance would inevitably increase. If the customer base were predominantly athletes, this might have been a valid approach. However, most of us here are bodybuilders and for the most part, our aim is ultimately hypertrophy. Therefore, I geared my workouts toward the acclamation of the masses, moderately heavy weight, fairly high in volume, just like I would and anyone of us would do, for the most part, when maximal hypertrophy is the primary goal.

    I wanted my experience to reflect how Blue GENE would effect the average joe, per se, and how Blue GENE may have an influence over strength and endurance throughout the course of the average lifter, and by average, I mean those of us who body build, not strength train or endurance train.

    I want to reiterate that I did not train or eat in a fashion that would inherently result in the improved performance of my assessments. There was no specificity toward strength lifting, or endurance building. I was first and foremost a bodybuilder this month, as I am most of the months throughout the year.

    Personal Assessment of Blue GENE.

    1. What was most notable in terms of gym performance was muscle endurance and general stamina. My workout partner, who is virtually a mirror image of myself performance wise, except a bit stronger (but our strength comparisons can teeter totter), was a good indicator of the positive effects I was experiencing on Blue GENE. Around week two, I began to outperform him in both strength and endurance, meaning, I was lifting more weight then he was and in occasions where the weights that we were lifting were even in load, I could pull off more reps. Had this been a single occasion, or even a back & forth phenomenon, I would have considered it part of our cycle. Sometimes I perform better in the gym and sometimes he performs better in the gym. However, my superior performance was consistently so and the degree at which I was excelling beyond him was growing and growing in margin.

    By week three, my superior performance was so prevalent and impressive, that I actually ordered my own bottle from Nutraplanet to continue Blue GENE once my official 30 day sponsorship ended.

    2. The second most notable aspect about my Blue GENE experience was an insane boost in my libido. I actually had never experienced such a libido boost on anything I’ve ever taken. However, this libido boost reached a pinnacle by the end of week two and my libido began to diminish until I reached normalcy again.

    3. Thirdly, I experienced sporadic instances of Stim like focus. This did not occur every time, but the times it did, the best way I can describe it is when you’re on a Stim and you’re eyes seem to be pulled open and everywhere you look, it feels as though you are staring very intently. It was a Stim like focus, but without the Stim sensations. My general focus was consistently increased, but I did not attain this Stim like level focus every time. Perhaps 10-15 times to this degree in my 30 day experience.

    Something worth noting:

    - In my experience, Blue GENE did not perpetuate any pre-gym symptoms. I was not pre-amped to go into the gym, no acute boost of energy, nor did the focus set in “pre-gym.” For me, Blue GENE required some waking up. Once the blood got moving, all the symptoms would manifest and manifest in multitudes. You can feel it “turn on” once you’ve warmed up and then you can feel it setting in quite overwhelmingly.

    Video Assessment

    As mentioned above. I performed a pre-cycle muscle endurance and muscle strength assessment and at the end of the cycle, I performed a post-cycle muscle endurance and muscle strength assessment.

    Important Note: During my pre-cycle assessments, I weighed 214lbs-216lbs. During my post-cycle assessments, I weighed 211lbs. Factors that could have effected my weight loss could be my extended workouts. As my run progressed, my muscle endurance and general stamina continued to be enhanced, which lead to longer and even more intense workouts, which I will post beneath.

    Pre-Blue GENE Muscle Endurance Assessment
    - Body weight: 214lbs-216lbs
    - 100lbs Dumbbells x 17 reps


    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ1k3DeWd4o"]YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.[/nomedia]

    Post-Blue GENE Muscle Endurance Assessment
    - Body weight: 211lbs
    - 100lbs Dumbbells x 22 reps


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q75axL4ZmK4"]YouTube - 100lbs Dumbbells x 22 reps[/ame]

    Pre-Blue GENE Muscle Strength Assessment
    - Body weight: 214lbs-216lbs
    - 295lbs x 7 reps


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GG1ThgpZlQ"]YouTube - Benchpress[/ame]

    Post-Blue GENE Muscle Strength Assessment

    - Body weight: 211lbs
    - 295lb x 6 1/2 reps


    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYf9CfivT9w"]YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.[/nomedia]


    As you were able to observe, I had a significant improvement in muscle endurance, however, my muscle strength suffered by 1 rep. Initially, I was a little disappointed, however, to bring these results into perspective, my muscle endurance and general stamina reflected in my workouts in a much more significant manner then an increase in strength. I will post three progressive chest workout days, where you can observe my increasing ability to push more and push harder, which ultimately, is the greater factor in muscle hypertrophy. Please take note that I did not intend on doing this three day comparison from the beginning, otherwise, obviously, I could have intentionally set it up to cater to signs of progression.

    Week 1

    Flat Bench
    225lbs x 10 reps [2250]
    225lbs x 10 reps [2250]
    275lbs x 5 reps [1375]
    275lbs x 5 reps [1375] = {7250lbs}, {30 reps}

    Incline Bench
    185lbs x 10 reps [1850]
    205lbs x 10 reps [2050]
    225lbs x 10 reps [2250]
    245lbs x 8 reps [1960] = {8110lbs}, {48 reps}

    Smith, Flat Bench
    225lbs x 10 reps [2250]
    245lbs x 10 reps [2450]
    275lbs x 7 reps [1925] = {6625lbs}, {27 reps}

    Dips
    BW x 15 reps [3210]
    BW x 12 reps [2568]
    BW x 10 reps [2140] = = {7918lbs}, {37 reps}

    Total Load Performed: 29,903lbs
    Total Reps Performed: 142

    Peak Load: 275lbs
    Peak Reps: 15

    Avg Load: 210lbs
    Avg Reps: 10.1


    Greatest Free Weight Effort: 275lbs x 5 reps

    Week 1.5

    Flat Bench, Free
    225lbs x 10 reps [2250]
    245lbs x 10 reps [2450]
    275lbs x 6 reps [1650]
    275lbs x 6 reps [1650] = {8000lbs}, {32 reps}

    Incline Bench, Free
    185lbs x 10 reps [1850]
    205lbs x 8 reps [1640]
    205lbs x 7 reps [1435] = {4925lbs}, {25 reps}

    Db Flat Press
    100lbs x 8 reps [800]
    95lbs x 8 reps [760]
    90lbs x 10 reps [900] = {2460lbs}, {26 reps}

    Incline Bench, Smith
    185lbs x 10 reps [1850]
    205lbs x 8 reps [1640]
    205lbs x 8 reps [1640] = {5130lbs}

    Flat Bench, Smith
    185lbs x 10 reps [1850]
    205lbs x 8 reps [1640]
    205lbs x 7 reps [1435] = {4925lbs], {25 reps}

    Total Load Performed: 25,440lbs
    Total Reps Performed: 108 reps

    Peak Load: 275lbs
    Peak Reps: 10 reps

    Avg Load: 235.5lbs
    Avg Reps: 6.75 reps

    Greatest Free Weight Effort: 275lbs x 6 reps


    Week 2

    Flat Bench, Free
    225lbs x 10 reps [2250]
    245lbs x 10 reps [2450]
    275lbs x 8 reps [2200]
    225lbs x 10 reps [2250] = {9150}, {38 reps}

    Incline Bench, Free
    185lbs x 8 reps [1480]
    185lbs x 8 reps [1480]
    185lbs x 8 reps [1480] = {4440}, {24 reps}

    Incline Bench, Smith
    185lbs x 10 reps [1850]
    195lbs x 10 reps [1950]
    205lbs x 8 reps [1640]
    195lbs x 10 reps [1950]
    185lbs x 10 reps [1850] = {9240}, {48 reps}

    Body weight (214lbs) Dips
    BW x 15 reps [3210]
    BW x 12 reps [2568]
    BW x 10 reps [2140] = {7918}, {37 reps}

    Pec Flies
    190lbs x 12 reps [2280]
    190lbs x 10 reps [1900]
    190lbs x 10 reps [1900] = {6080}, {32 reps}

    Total Load Performed: 36,828lbs
    Total Reps Performed: 179 reps

    Peak Load: 275lbs
    Peak Reps: 15 reps

    Avg Load: 205lbs
    Avg Reps: 10 reps (9.94)

    Greatest Free Weight Effort: 275lbs x 8 reps


    IN SUMMARY

    Week 1
    Total Load Performed: 29,903lbs
    Total Reps Performed: 142

    Peak Load: 275lbs
    Peak Reps: 15

    Avg Load: 210lbs
    Avg Reps: 10.1

    Greatest Free Weight Effort: 275lbs x 5 reps

    Week 1.5
    Total Load Performed: 25,440lbs
    Total Reps Performed: 108 reps

    Peak Load: 275lbs
    Peak Reps: 10 reps

    Avg Load: 235.5lbs
    Avg Reps: 6.75 reps

    Greatest Free Weight Effort: 275lbs x 6 reps

    Week 2
    Total Load Performed: 36,828lbs
    Total Reps Performed: 179 reps

    Peak Load: 275lbs
    Peak Reps: 15 reps

    Avg Load: 205lbs
    Avg Reps: 10 reps (9.94)

    Greatest Free Weight Effort: 275lbs x 8 reps

    Most predominantly, notice the increase in my general stamina and muscle endurance, which was reflected by total reps performed. Also, Greatest Free Weight Effort went up, which is a direct implication of strength increase. However, that strength increase did not translate when I used 295lbs, as oppose to my normal peak weight of 275lbs.

    Most sponsored loggers seem to carry an obligatory closing statement, that states the users enjoyment and willingness to use the product in the future. I took it a step further and bought my own bottle of Blue GENE for continued use, following my official log. I hope that carries some weight as to the testament of my enjoyment of this product.

    For those of you already following my log, I will continue my log with the Blue GENE & Blue UP Stack. I appreciate your guys inputs and personalities and I welcome anyone else. Thank you, Controlled Labs.

    -Samuel

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    great review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CTDeuce View Post
    great review.
    Thanks, bud,

    I apologize for any grammer, spelling or sentence coherency errors. I did proof read this a couple times, but as you can, its a lot to go over and I could have easily missed something.

    Please let me know if anything requires further clarification.
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    The Second Coming


    IN SEARCH OF STRENGTH

    As many of you observed, Blue GENE, in my own experience, produced proof positive effects over muscle endurance and general stamina, as evidenced by my post-cycle muscle endurance assessment and by my progressive ability to increase the volume of my workouts. However, although I assuredly experienced strength increases in my normal routine, this increase in strength was not reflected in my post-cycle muscle strength performance. Muscle endurance and stamina was actually one of Blue GENE premier mission statements and in that aspect, it did deliver.

    I am continuing my previous Blue GENE run without a break in stride. I have not stopped taking my daily doses since my final evaluations. Tomorrow, will technically be the very last dose of my original bottle and then I will continue with my own stash. The second portion of this log will entail two significant aspects. Number one, it may or may not be the first, full 60 day run of Blue GENE, and secondly, I will be adding Blue UP, to stack with my continued Blue GENE use.

    In re-addressing my intro, we discovered (in my experience), that Blue GENE was very effective in promoting muscle endurance and general stamina. My log workouts reflected a progressive increase in strength, but for whatever reason, took an ambiguous outcome.

    By Objective Outcomes:

    1. Muscle Endurance and Muscle Stamina - verified.
    2. Muscle Strength - ambiguous

    Initially, I wanted my Blue GENE/Blue UP combination (hereby described as Blue Balls Stack) to be geared toward a focus on strength, as muscle endurance and general stamina has been established by Blue GENE (and will be an assumed, continuing effect), and perhaps the boost in strength might be assisted by the inclusion of Blue UP.

    I did yet another strength evaluation, only this time using Dumbbells, rather then Bench Press. I did this for two reasons, number one, for the sake of convenience and secondly, consistency and therefore, accuracy. When I bench, I need to ask two strangers for assistance, one to film and one to spot, whereas, with dumbbells, I only need to harass one stranger for help filming. Also, bench press performance is often times like dead lifts for me. The inconsistencies of the phenomenon of, “sometimes I’m ON and sometimes I’m OFF” is a gambling factor when testing is involved. For me, whether it’s a physiological or biomechanical issue, dumbbells seem to be more consistent in reflecting what I am capable of performance wise. For whatever reason, as counter intuitive as it may seem, my balance feels more stable and comfortable as compared with the bench press.

    I full heartedly do not believe my final post-cycle strength evaluation was a true and accurate reflection of my current upper torso strength, which is why I wanted to make the switch to dumbbells, but, Que Sera Sera, it’s a new chapter.

    I performed my Pre-Blue Balls Stack, strength assessment using the 125lbs Dumbbells and this is where I arrived at an “issue.” I expected to perform 5-6 reps, upward of 7 reps, and in my mind, projected a final outcome of 10 solid reps. My dilemma occurred when I nailed 10 reps with the 125lbs Dumbbells during my Pre-BB Stack assessment. This basically eliminates a true, Strength Evaluation, as my range is right in the meat of a hypertrophy zone. Therefore, I came to the conclusion of carrying on my workout routine as generic bodybuilding routine as I had been doing, and see how the BB Stack effects strength, in a hypertrophic focused routine.

    I don’t ever build up to 125lbs Db’s in a regular routine. 105lbs to 115lbs Db’s at best, this way you guys know I won’t be specifically training in a manner that would inherently improve my numbers, such as a routine that frequents the 115-125lbs range. Again, I want to assess how the BB Stack would benefit the average joe, not a specific strength athlete. At the end of this run, I may take another bench evaluation for kicks, we'll see.

    Half time is over and now its on to the 3rd and 4th quarter.

    Pre Blue Balls Stack, Strength Assessment
    - Body weight 211lbs.
    - 125lbs Db's x 10 reps

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KuS6ePR5-g"]YouTube - 125lbs Dumbbells x 10 reps[/ame]

    I will be continuing the second portion of this run in my original log. New personalities are a welcomed aspect.

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    I feel like I'm intruding in your review, but it has to be said: Great review! Very fair assessment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    I feel like I'm intruding in your review, but it has to be said: Great review! Very fair assessment.
    If you've ever browsed my logs, the words intrude or hijack don't exist in my vocabulary

    Thank you very much
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    What happened to the vids ?
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    Not really interested in the product to be honest.
    But, your log setup warrants attention. That's not a dig at Blue Gene, more of a compliment to the effort you're putting into the log. Very impressive and Im in
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    Quote Originally Posted by celc5 View Post
    Not really interested in the product to be honest.
    But, your log setup warrants attention. That's not a dig at Blue Gene, more of a compliment to the effort you're putting into the log. Very impressive and Im in
    I appreciate the compliment, but this was actually a final assessment thread, so nothing more to follow. Thanks again, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pu12en12g View Post
    What happened to the vids ?
    They still show up on my screen
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    lol - will someone make this guy a rep???
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    lol at the bump. I love the Blue Gene, great review by Volcom.
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    lol. Thanks guys, I thought this was long buried under the dusty archives of AM's ancient texts.
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