Volcom's Slim Xtreme Mini Log
- 03-16-2009, 01:57 PM
Volcom's Slim Xtreme Mini Log
Somaotype: MesEndo, heavier on the Endo.
I was 5'10, 230lbs this time last year.....
First Question. Do I believe in fat burners?
If I were asked this question in a court of law, I could not answer with a black & white yes or no. In my opinion, the yes and the no are intimately intertwined. If I were to extend ratio's of pertinence to the various elements toward effective weight loss, I would accredit importance in this manner. 85% diet, 10% exercise, 5% supplementation. However, my opinions expressed in the provided ratios do not accurately reflect my opinions on this matter.
Supplements effect diet by keeping a barbaric appetite in check. Stim's provide a conduit to develop a discipline for cardio. Even after a discipline has been established, Stims keep you motivated and provide a restlessness that is alleviated by increased activity, therefore, greater caloric expenditure. Furthermore, being on a fat burner seems to provide a consistent psychological placebo which keeps me motivated. That placebo sensation is felt when I am doing my cardio, I know I'm getting more bang for my buck and when I am dieting, I'm getting more bang for my buck. Fat burners seem to provide a psychological crutch that I'm doing something more effectively and a comfort that I'm doing it right.
Yes, I believe in the importance of fat burners and I find them incredibly useful and effective. No, I do not believe it is a necessity for effective weight loss. However, if someone ever asked me whether they should or shouldn't use a fat loss agent when weight loss is their goal, apart from known heart & BP conditions, I would say yes, 100% of the time.
Was I fat? Not necessarily. I was solid all the way through, but I was built more like a power lifter then a bodybuilder. I was 17% BF at 230lbs, I had a 395lbs 1RM Bench, 405lbs BB rows for 10 reps, 495lbs Dead lift for 2 reps, 225lbs military press for reps... etc. I was big & strong, but along the lines of Bulk Gone Wild, Winter Break edition. However, being that I went from 200lbs to 230lbs in a matter of 2 months on just Junglewarfare, AP, Pslin and a ton of food (no pins or -drols), my 30lbs gain was certainly not mostly muscle. I was large but smooth. I had Shoulder pad delts but no visible definition, I could shrug with 5 plates but the traps looked like mounds, rather then slopes. I had an ab. The picture has been painted.
I did a cut from 230lbs down to 211lbs, predicated mostly on over-cardio and over-activity. Multiple cardio sessions along with multiple lifting sessions in a single day. My diet was cleaner, but far from spot on. I hit a comfortable wall at 211lbs, compounded with getting burned out from all the over-exercising and often times, a clean diet gone bad (over-dieting), so I sabatoged my cut by over-reaching, as is my OCD nature and impatience in such matters. As a result, I floated around 215lbs for 8-9 months.
Recently, I did a cut from 215lbs down to 191lbs. This time, my cardio is about half of what it was, if that, but my diet is solid.
Why the “Mini Log...”
I've come to a point in my cut where “dramatic losses” are no longer common place and by dramatic losses, I mean 2-3lbs a week. If I were to asses my opinions on this product based on fat loss results, it would be unfair at this point of the game for my cut and a guaranteed disappointment.
Slim Xtreme had caused an intrigue by the impressive reviews it's samples have been eliciting and it's something I wanted to experience for myself. In all honesty, my first instinct at this point of my cut was to revisit my Vasopure boxes and begin taking my ECA's or ECY's. However, SX sounded so interesting, that it curbed my Ephedrine fix for the time being.
What I want to asses will be fairly objective. I'm a veteran of stims, and I am well aware of the euphoria that comes when your stim cherry is popped on day 1 or even week 1 and everything you feel is exaggerated. I've been a stim whore for years, and even I get excitable on occasion when I get my stim cherry popped by a new product, but I recognize it for what it is. Euphoria won't disillusion my opinions too much, even though that day 1 stimgasim can sometimes be quite amazing.
I won't have an emphasis on logging my exercises reps & sets. I don't see this as a focal point for a cut product log (but I may break that promise, I can be an enthusiastic logger). However, if for whatever reason an exercise increases in strength, I will note that.
I will log cardio & general activity, but the meat of my mini log will be discussing the effects of the Slim Xtreme on all the relevant aspects I can conjure.
I have been off of stims for 3 weeks. Perhaps not long enough to regain my stim virginity, but close enough. I could offer the perspectives for some of you in a transitional cutting phase (stim cyclers).
Realistic Expectations: To lose 5lbs by the end of this bottle. Currently, I weigh no lighter then 191lbs and no heavier then 194lbs. I toggle between these two numbers. I hope to lose 5lbs from 191lbs.
I know body shots are the most popular form of picture updates, and I have nothing against that, but apart from the most sought after center piece in all of fitness, a good set of abs, there are also other exciting indicators that can be worn as a badge of leanness.
I've always had a rounder face, as oppose to a square one, as is a very dominant and common feature for Orientals. However, that said, I was higher up on the spectrum of "squareness" then the average Charlie. I wanted to share an update that's exciting for me as I continue to lean away.
This is my jaw/chin structure at around 197lbs, it's not that bad. 197 is considered fairly lean for me.
Here is tonight's update.
Contrast with 215lbs
Not quite AM member, Russianstar, but it's still the leanest my face has ever looked.NSCA - CSCS
- 03-16-2009, 01:58 PM
1st, woot You've really dropped the weight a long way, congrats!
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You know im subbed, here to support my brother in iron.
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03-16-2009, 02:18 PM
Wow, what detail!!! Very nice, man!! I hope that SX does well for you. If you're one who has trouble controlling appetite or gets a bit groggy on a Monday afternoon, then it'll definitely work in your favor. Then again, you could be chipper from dusk till dawn and eat like a bird and it should still do you well!!
I'm in. Can't wait to see how it all goes. Need help, just call!! Good luck!!
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-Independent due to lies that hurt my family. Loyal to myself and my Bro's.
03-16-2009, 02:24 PM
Rock on Volcom! Looking forward to your review. You seem to be pretty disciplined, so your goal is very realistic.
03-16-2009, 02:30 PM
Present and accounted for... I am curious about any new product of this nature. I agree fat burners are not necessary but can be helpfull for those who know what they're doing. You can get hyper-lean without them but it's not pleasant. I am interested in anything that makes getting cut less torturous for us more efficient body types...
Unremarkable is no way to go through life... Doug
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Day 1 MidDay Review
Day 1 Mid Day Review.
Day 1 get's its very own full review, because Day 1 is based on the minimal dosage, which I don't normally stay at, but is worth mentioning for comparative reasons.
Unique Suggested Dosage.
As per the recommendations of AX reps, Slim Xtreme is suggested to be taken at 1 cap in the AM, per day, FOR THE ENTIRE DAY. The base dosage is only 2 caps, FOR THE ENTIRE DAY. Max dosage is 3 caps and again, for the entirety of the day. I've never heard of or used a fat loss agent that only requires a single, AM dosage. However, this was the suggestion by the professionals if you want to minimalize insomnia. Therefore, I will be following that recommendation and have done so.
Day 1 dosage is based on 1 cap of SX.
Appetite Suppression: Outrageous. Second only to ECA. (I had to stop in the middle of this sentence because I realized I'd missed my 2.5 hour mark for my 2nd meal and was coming close to a 3 hour mark. I eat every 2.5 to 3 hours, sometimes as close as 2 hours apart but never longer then 3.5 hours apart. I'm very consistent and intentional about keeping my meals in a 2.5-3 hour range.). I almost missed my second meal because I had no appetite. Normally, I'm counting the time until refeed, because I have very controlled portions, which generally leave me hungry after 1-1.5 hours which keeps me looking forward to my next meal, but I literally, forgot to eat, because my appetite was so far from my mind.
The only downfall from this highly effective appetite suppression is that I cook in bulk and there won't exactly be an Iron Chef battle over the remake of my recipes any time soon.
Appetite suppression for 1 cap, 10/10.
Energy: I have to break this energy category into a few subdivisions to provide a more accurate description.
- Ignition Intensity: Ignition Intensity can be expressed as how quickly and with how much intensity does the supplement kick in and move you into an incredibly enhanced level of energy. For example, when Ephedrine/Caffeine has assimilated, you can go into a full sprint HIIT in your PJ's in the ensuing moments. In contrast, some stims kick in progressively and though it may speed up the morning rejuvination process, it's more of a 0-60mph in 15-20 seconds, as oppose to an ECA, 0-120mph under 10 seconds.
- Long Lasting: This speaks for itself. How long is energy elevated throughout the length of the day.
- Clean Burning: If you've ever taken Yohimbine or even ECA... Some stimulants make you feel like you're on crack. The crack feeling is an umbrella statement for, makes you incredibly jittery, causes a high tuned ringing in the head, feels like someone is forcibly pulling your eyes open, causes an uncomfortable restlessness, causes high anxiety and makes you a bit clumsy because you're movements are so irradic & shaky.
- Intra Workout Effects: Does the stimulant enhance your workouts? Increase cardio capability, decrease rest time between sets, maintain your energy levels throughout the workout, increases workout motivation.
Crash: This can be broken into two categories.
- Short Term Crash: Which can be measured on a daily basis.
- Long Term Crash: How long until the inevitable crash begins. As a result of any stimulant, there is generally a threshold where the adrenals fatigue and lethargy becomes common place that shortly follows the stim dosing. Eventually, stims feel like placebos and 2-3 hours after ingestion, you feel a surmounting need to sleep. However, not all stims reach this point with a single bottle, so we'll see.
– General Intensity: How intense is the stim, in general. Is it a mild jolt or Jet Fuel?
My assessment of Energy from 1 cap.
Ignition Intensity: 4/10. I ingested SX immediately following my 7:15am alarm, but I didn't get out of bed until 7:50am. I tend to be more of an apologist then a straight shooter, because sometimes I feel negative reports require some explaining to paint a for more just picture. I feel mediating variables are absolutely relevant.
#1. I should have taken a rest day Sunday, but I lifted Chest out of an inability to sit still. I border on over-training a lot, it's a really bad habit. Therefore, getting out of bed was more of a chore today then usual. I'll rest today.
#2. I couldn't sleep sometime after 1am last night.
#3. I used 6mg Melatonin around 11:54pm to force myself to sleep, and morning sluggishness is a common side effect of Melatonin.
Long Lasting: N/A It's only 11:58am. It's too early to properly asses.
Clean Burning: 10/10. It feels like an uber clean version of PEA based stims. Very, very clean.
Intra-Workout Effects: N/A
Short Term Crash: None yet and no sign of a crash anytime soon.
Long Term Crash: N/A
General Intensity: 5/10. Quite mild for my taste. 1 cap is not sufficient for me.
Energy Conclusion for 1 cap: 6/10. For the general public, this is a very safe dose. It's very comfortable, completely manageable and I would be surprised if my HR or BP was increased more then usual. The stim is an unprecedented clean burning. If I were something other then a stim whore, 1 cap would be fine, but being the stim fiend I am. 2 caps will be a necessary progression.
This concludes my lengthy, but thorough Day 1, Midday review.
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