UKStrength is slicing up some British Beef with IGF-2!

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    UKStrength is slicing up some British Beef with IGF-2!


    Hey everyone and welcome to my first log on AM

    After some great advice from the guys over on the Applied Nutriceuticals forum I decided to throw in a run of their IGF-2 to the last few weeks of my cut before I head out to Ibiza for 2 weeks of sun, sea, sand and senioritas!

    For those who don't know much about IGF-2 there's a great FAQ over in the Applied Nutriceuticals Forums:






    I'm planning on running the IGF-2 for the next three weeks and then having a break from any 'special supplements' outside of my staples for two weeks before jumping on a 7 week run of E-Stane (check out that log in June).

    I'll try to keep this log as detailed as possible, updating daily for all those AM-obsessed to peruse, ask questions and generally deface (Zero I'm looking at you... ) as you will.

    Current Goals:
    Drop the last few pounds of stubborn fat, leaving me in a 'primed' position for my lean bulk in June after my holiday.

    Long term goal:
    Compete in my first bodybuilding competition in the UKBBF in 2012 (Classic Bodybuilding Category).

    Starting Stats:


    Current Weight: 171lb
    Height: 5ft 9in
    Body fat (not accurate, I'm estimating tentatively at 9-10%)

    Measurements:

    Chest (measured at nipple level): 40"
    Waist (measured at Navel): 32.5"
    Right Mid Upper Arm Circumference: 12"
    Right Upper Leg Circumference: 22"
    Right Calf Circumference: 16"

    I'll be updating the measurements weekly alongside pictures.

    Diet:

    My diet is pretty consistent, I've been dropping calories slowly over the last couple of months and now hovering around the 2500-2600 kcal/day territory. I'll probably have to step up the cardio even more or sacrifice some more tasty cals to drop the last few lbs of fat

    High protein (40% ~250g/day) moderate carbohydrate (30-40%) and moderate/low fat intake (20-30%), I've found this works best for me.

    Supplementation:


    Daily Multivitamin
    4g of high EPA/DHA content fish oil.
    Whey protein concentrate
    Creatine Monohydrate (currently loading)
    AX Perfect Cycle
    ZMA
    ECA

    IGF-2 as directed

    Notes on supplements:

    I was given some nasty liver function test results at the start of the year (high AST and bilirubin) from off the back of my last cycle (Test E) so I've been using AX perfect cycle since to help normalise my liver function. Recent tests came back fine, so all is well

    Current Training Program:

    Monday: Legs and Calves
    Tuesday: Chest, Triceps and Forearms
    Wednesday: HIIT Cardio
    Thursday: Shoulders, Traps and Calves
    Friday: Back, biceps and forearms
    Saturday: HIIT Cardio
    Sunday: AM fasted cardio and rest.

    I'm following an amalgamated German Volume / Optimal Volume Training program, hitting each bodypart once per week with extra work for 'lagging' bodyparts.

    Fasted cardio every morning or postworkout (depends how tired I am!) consisting of walking either on an incline treadmill or the training partner (dog )

    The HIIT cardio is a calisthenic circuit with skipping in-between to burn extra calories...

    150 turns of the rope
    20 push ups
    10 pullups
    10 squat jumps

    Rest 30 seconds and repeat another 9 times.

    Starting Pictures:
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  3. Interesting to see a log of this i'll be watching

  4. Subbed. I don't know much about IGF-2 (or IGF-1 for that matter). I am curious to see the results this brings you.

  5. subbed, good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chub View Post
    subbed!
    Cheers mate Hopefully it'll match up to yours! (If not the E-stane log will!)

    Quote Originally Posted by mixedup View Post
    Interesting to see a log of this i'll be watching
    Yeah there's very little in the way of reviews/logs of IGF-2 so I'll be keen to see how it helps me in these last few weeks.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDarkHalf View Post
    Subbed. I don't know much about IGF-2 (or IGF-1 for that matter). I am curious to see the results this brings you.
    Definitely check out the link to the Applied Nutriceutical FAQ mate, it's wealth of info on the product, but I'll try to keep my log as detailed as you guys need it.

    Quote Originally Posted by panther77 View Post
    subbed, good luck
    Thanks mate
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    I've updated the first post with some pictures for you all to laugh at!

    Day 1

    Took my first dosage of IGF-2 this morning (4 caps upon waking), along with my other batch of pills (except the fish oil), my ECA and creatine

    Since I had to wait 45mins before eating I got on with the fasted cardio, didn't feel any different at all but this stuff isn't supposed to kick in for at least 7 days.

    Training: Legs

    ATG Back Squats (GVT Style) 10 sets of 10 reps - managed 80kg today
    Stiff Leg Barbell Deadlift - 5 sets of 8 reps at 100kg.
    Leg Extension - 5 sets of 12-15 reps
    Seated Calf Raise - RussianStar style! 75 reps with 60kg

    Thoughts on training: This session is grueling at the best of times. Usually if I'm not nearly puking by the 10th set of squats, I'm dragging every last sinew into action for the calf raises!

    The session went better than I thought, I managed to push some PRs today even though I've been pretty tired recently, lots of assessment has been due in recently at University so many a late night has been needed. The creatine must be kicking in

    Diet

    Ate a little more than I wanted, (~3000kcal today) but I'll balance it out by the end of the week. Didn't feel particularly hungry today at all.

    Mood

    Was miserable this afternoon from the tiredness and needed to hit the gym badly, but I'm feeling pretty great now

  8. In the last picture is that a mattress on the floor? I had no bed and just a mattress for 6 months or so while i took my time decorating my room. It was great, no bed squeaking while shagging lol

    Looking solid in those pics too
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act, but a habit.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chub View Post
    In the last picture is that a mattress on the floor? I had no bed and just a mattress for 6 months or so while i took my time decorating my room. It was great, no bed squeaking while shagging lol
    Lol, yeah mate. The folks had 'helpfully' chucked out my bed when I left for university a few years ago. When I came back this year, all I had was a mattress! (a damn comfortable one though )

    Too true on the shagging mate, my attic bedroom is like a sexual boudoir!
    Quote Originally Posted by Chub
    Looking solid in those pics too
    Cheers. I'm feeling 'tiny' at the moment with all this cutting but I think it'll be worth it come June. I've got a long way to go before competing though, I've worked out that I can be a maximum weight of 84kg for my height in my category, that's a lot of muscle to put on yet!

  10. Looking good mate, lean with pretty good vascularity, I assume you are cutting sice you are taking in 2500cals a day.
    doing my own thang!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew732 View Post
    Looking good mate, lean with pretty good vascularity, I assume you are cutting sice you are taking in 2500cals a day.
    Cheers mate. Yeah I am, trying to shift the last of the fat before heading off to the sunny isle!

  12. In for the ride, and to avoid low tide!

  13. In.

    Id say 7lbs and your going to be lean and mean.

    3kcal on a cut? You bastard, if i looked at that amount of cals on a cut id gain 2lbs.

  14. in over here.........best of luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero V View Post
    In for the ride, and to avoid low tide!
    I expect some smut in here at some point, the theme is Ibiza girls...do with that as you will

    Quote Originally Posted by 0-hero View Post
    In.

    Id say 7lbs and your going to be lean and mean.

    3kcal on a cut? You bastard, if i looked at that amount of cals on a cut id gain 2lbs.
    I always go with the cardio in the initial stages of a cut, adding in the extra HIIT sessions, then cardio post workout, finally fasted cardio in the am.

    Then when I really cannot do anymore cardio or its affecting my lifting ability I start to cut the calories, I personally feel this avoids much of the 'rebound' effect when you come to bulk again (people adding insane amounts of weight as the calories increase), as cardio helps with repartitioning of the nutrients you give your body.

    Plus it lets you eat like a horse for longer

    Quote Originally Posted by lennoxchi View Post
    in over here.........best of luck
    Cheers mate, glad to have you aboard.

  16. subbed! this is going to be a great log, can't wait to watch it take shape!

  17. Yeah no doubt on the "rebound" comment, for me the days of bulking and cutting are over, its gotten me in more messes than i can count in the quest to be a mass monsters.

    Nothing but quality mass from here on out, that is when i can see some fking abs

    7lbs, a few cheeky sunbed sessions and a naughty smile and those chicks wont know what hit them on the golden sands.

    Any structure to your rep scheme ?

    I did GVT for a while for various bodyparts, didnt do any harm but i didnt see the benefits, am i right in remembering it should only be used for compound movements? And not biceps curls etc?

    My cuts going well, and weirdly im stronger than ever.

  18. I'm in man...Nice lean Physique already...good work.

  19. I just found half a bottle of my own IGF-2 the order day I forgot about. You might notice improved sleep if you take it pre-bed.

    2 Q's: How high were your AST levels, and what kind of dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0-hero View Post
    Any structure to your rep scheme ?
    I tend to use OVT for most of my training (2 exercises back to back, 1 compound, 1 isolation, 5 x 5 rep range) I've found that this allows me to make the best strength gains and still get that time under tension needed for hypertrophy.

    I try to periodise my training as much as I can, but I prefer volume training over any other method, get the best gains from it and don't seem to overtrain even though it is pretty taxing on the CNS.

    Quote Originally Posted by 0-hero
    I did GVT for a while for various bodyparts, didnt do any harm but i didnt see the benefits, am i right in remembering it should only be used for compound movements? And not biceps curls etc?
    The GVT I use for a few exercises, mainly due to some advice I got some Charles Poliquin at a seminar a few weeks back. He advised throwing in 1 exercise per muscle group using GVT principles (e.g. squat, deadlift, bench) and the rest of the workout do as you please.

    It seems to be working nicely so far (strength gains every week) and I'm 'filling out' in all the places I've adopted the principles to (quads, upper chest, back, triceps), even though I'm in a pretty big energy deficit.

    He believes it can be used for isolation movements (e.g. curls) but to use common sense and listen to your body, if your joints start to play up, then ease off or try something else as it's pretty intense.

    Quote Originally Posted by rbuecker View Post
    subbed! this is going to be a great log, can't wait to watch it take shape!
    Cheers mate, I hope so too!

    Quote Originally Posted by M16 View Post
    I'm in man...Nice lean Physique already...good work.
    Thanks mate, that means a lot coming from yourself. Hopefully I'll be as big as you come my contest in a couple of years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    I just found half a bottle of my own IGF-2 the order day I forgot about. You might notice improved sleep if you take it pre-bed.
    I most certainly have! See my day 2 write-up mate

    Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph
    2 Q's: How high were your AST levels, and what kind of dog
    Pretty high. My AST was at 65 and Bilirubin at 15, 3 months after finishing my last cycle (Test E and M-drol), ALT and all other liver function tests were normal.

    So I started dosing AX Perfect Cycle again for 6 weeks (was saving it for my E-Stane cycle) and the enzymes returned to just within the normal ranges.

    I have a black labrador, she's an old dear now (12 years), best training partner I've ever had

    Quote Originally Posted by EVILADAMS View Post
    Sub
    Thanks mate.
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    Day 2

    Thoughts on IGF-2:First off I had the BEST night's sleep I've had in ages! I slept so deeply that I've had that horrible 'groggy' feeling when you know you've had a lot of sleep and need a bit more.

    No DOMS today in my legs at all, which was really weird considering that workout always gives me crazy DOMS the day after...

    Libido is about the same, still a sexual animal

    Training: Chest, triceps and forearms


    Chest:

    Incline Dumbell Bench: 10 x 10; 10,10,10,10,10,10,8,7,6,6 (26kg DB)
    Flat Dumbell Press: 5 x 5, 5,5,5,5,5 (34kg DB)
    ...superset with Dumbell Flies: 5 x 5; 6,6,6,6,6 (17.5kg DB)

    Triceps:

    Decline EZ-bar Tricep Extensions: 5 x 6-8; 9,7,7,7,6 (EZ Bar + 25kg)
    V-Bar Tricep Cable Extensions: 5 x 8-12; 12,12,8,8,8 (30kg)

    Forearms

    Reverse EZ Bar Curl: 3 x 6-8; 7,6,6 (EZ bar + 25kg)
    Reverse Cable Curl: 3 x 6-8; 9,8,7 (35kg)
    ...superset with Seated Zottman Curls: 3 x 6-8; 7,6,6 (8kg DB)
    Barbell Shrug Hold: 3 x 12-15; 15,15,15 (70kg)

    Comments on training:

    This session was ridiculous! I can't be sure that the IGF-2 has kicked in yet but I had the most unbelievable pump in the gym, I seriously haven't had pumps like this since I was on Test. All I can say is Creatine never gives me pumps like I felt today, awesome workout, can't wait for Thursday

    I did split my morning dosage of IGF-2 up (2 caps in the AM and 2 caps 45mins pre-workout) as recommended by the reps, could this have had an effect? I might try taking it all in the morning and see if the pumps are any different.

    Diet: Really on point today, should hit 2600kcal by the end of the night, I'm not liking the taking IGF-2 on an empty stomach and waiting for a meal currently but I'll muscle it out.

    Testosterone Booster of the day:



    Ibiza Tune of the Day: Operation Blade - Public Domain


  23. I would do everything to her ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    It's hard to concentrate when I can hear your thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVILADAMS View Post
    I would do everything to her ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Yep, she ticks all the 'hotty' boxes in my book

  25. I agree mate.....


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    Sweet mother of hotness!....

  27. Quote Originally Posted by UKStrength View Post
    Sweet mother of hotness!....
    I think I could skip my DTH today lol ^.^

  28. Your arms look bigger than 12 inches.

  29. In on this one. Nice log so far. Make Captain Britain proud.

  30. The first chick was a beaut.
    doing my own thang!
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