0839 - HIT:
'Warm-up': Treadmill 1km @ 4 min/km
1. PBJ (using bench) 1 min
2. Treadmill 1 min @ 4 min/km
3. Deadbug (with 5kg m/b) 1 min
4. Treadmill 1 min @ 4 min/km
5. Burpees (with P/U) 1 min
6. Treadmill 1 min @ 4 min/km
7. s/b crunch (270 to 180 degrees) 1 min
8. Treadmill 1 min @ 4 min/km
9. Plank 1 min
10. Treadmill 1 min @ 4 min/km
11. PBJ (using bench) 1 min
12. Treadmill 1 min @ 3.75 min/km
13. Deadbug (with 5kg m/b) 1 min
14. Treadmill 1 min @ 3.75 min/km
15. Burpees (with P/U) 1 min
16. Treadmill 1 min @ 3.75 min/km
17. s/b crunch (270 to 180 degrees) 1 min
18. Treadmill 1 min @ 3.75 min/km
19. Plank 1 min
20. Treadmill 1 min @ 3.75 min/km
The second to last HIT session before my week's break. I felt good walking into the gym, ready to go. Started out with an 'easy' 'warm-up'. Since what I've been doing has been challenging enough, and because I only do this once a week, there's no reason to change the exercises, so went with what I have been doing. Tasting blood from the second 1-minute effort on the treadmill. As the treadmill efforts continued, started loping more than the short strides and faster cadence that I use when I am struggling. Increased the pace for the second 'round'. Managed this quite well, and was surprised, considering how I HAVE been feeling on the treadmill lately. Felt like I was running a little funny, though. Sweating thoroughly by the end of the session.
0911 - Stepper:
20 min @ 8 floors/min
Since I didn't do a 'cool-down' for my HIT, decided to finish up the session do some time on the Stepper. Set it at 8 floors/min and away I went. Had a pain in my temples when I started, which only got a little worse during. REALLY started sweating during the last half of the session, hands and arms getting all sweaty and slippery. Upped my cadence in the last quarter. Calves were fine throughout; no longer feeling the pump in them that I did the first time I did this.
0955 - Stretch 26 min.
1717 - 5.7km Run:
Started out ok. At 11 minutes feeling a stitch in both sides, that only got worse as I continued. Shoulders bit tight, but not painful. Started raining at 14 minutes in. Felt quite slow. Ended up averaging 4.56 min/km.
Mood: Pretty good mood in the gym. Head has had that ache/pain in it (moving to the back) all day since the gym though, so mood has been rather blank.
Energy: Definitely had the energy for the HIT session. The fact that I went on and did a further 20 minutes on the Stepper afterwards is something else.
Stimulant Effects: Actually, ~30 minutes after dosing and BC+EAA I started getting a little jittery, shaking (could have been the cold adding to it as well; but this is how I get when I have too much ). Settled down once I was training.
Pump and Vascularity: A little pump in legs...Vascularity strong, especially in arms...
Quality of Training: Excellent. I'm seeing what my body can handle!
Recovery: Good (and sleeping later in the day always helps as well).
Stress: An 8 on the 1 to 10 'stress scale'.
Body Composition and Look: Despite high calories and carbohydrates (dinner last night was a binge) yesterday no bloating, water retention, or added weight today...Midsection is starting to more re definition; funny, this time around I am not seeing my ab grooves as well as I used to (need to start doing more weighted ab exercises, like I used to), but more the 'toned' look of fitness models who are lean but don't have much muscle in their abs...Arms are looking more defined, particularly after a training session...Chest looking leaner...
Sides: Used 1 scoop of Anadraulic State this morning. No bloating, nausea, or tummy upsets. I'm going to continue using 1 scoop per dose, and then in the week before I go to the US up the dose pre-gym to 2 scoops on a couple of days and see how that compares.
Other Notes: The does NOT taste any better mixed with oats. Breakfast usually takes me less than a minute to shovel down and today it took me 12 minutes; that's how BAD it tasted...Yesterday I had my Anadraulic State and BC+EAA separately, mixed ~5 minutes before drinking, as I wanted to see what they were like INDIVIDUALLY when prepared just before taking (i.e. taste, solubility, etc.). From now on I will be pre-mixing them TOGETHER (shaking for ~10-20 seconds) and refridgerating them ~40 minutes before I have them. My post-gym Anadraulic State is always going to be pre-mixed and refridgerated...Thinking of NOT having tomorrow off as planned, but just continuing on training without only next Saturday off until I go to the US. However, a day off might give my body a chance to and allow me to look BETTER (than I would if I didn't have a day off) a few days afterwards...15 more days until I am in the US...
Hope the US is ready for you
im in. interesting initial review on the anadraulic state. seems to be a solid ingredient profile, and if the taste has pleased the elegant taste buds of rosie, i may need to give this a shot.
looking forward to the log
Yeah, I like the taste (the Lipotropic Protein was a different story this time around, though).
Pre-Pictures attached at the bottom of post #1. (As mentioned, please excuse the poor quality; something has happened to my camera and every image it takes now comes out blurry).
So I DID take today off. Figured that despite FEELING good, going for 5 weeks with only ONE day off was NOT a smart idea...
Mood: Been ok.
Energy: If I'd trained today I would have had the energy (as it was I sat on my butt all day and studied instead).
Stimulant Effects: None experienced today.
Focus: Haven't had any headaches so far. Completed an assessment (one left to go!)
Pump and Vascularity: No pump...Vascularity after LipoBURN application and then settled down ~30 minutes afterwards...
Quality of Training: N/A.
Recovery: I DON'T feel shattered like I was at the start of the week; however a day off is always good.
Stress: An 8 on the 1 to 10 'stress scale'.
Body Composition and Look: 51.5kg this morning. Also took measurements; waist has decreased 0.5cm (i.e. 0.2 inches) and shoulders have increased 1cm (i.e. 0.4 inches) since last week. Chest, hips, and thigh measurements remain UNchanged. I am slowly losing fat and gaining muscle (and it's UNwanted in my lower body!)...
Sides: None. However, I DID experience a tingling almost immediately after drinking my Anadraulic State, lasting for ~20 minutes.
Other Notes: Again, breakfast took me soooooo much longer than it normally would. I actually didn't finish it, the taste of the Lipotropic Protein was so foul (it seriously takes the word 'nasty' to a whole new level)! I have also noticed over the last few days that whenever I have a protein SHAKE I am left feeling bloated (with air in my belly) for ~4-4.5 hours after drinking. Tummy upsets from the Lipotropic Protein still continue. It's all very weird, since I experienced NONE of this with the ORIGINAL formula/flavour...Also have not been very thirsty today. Definitely notice the difference now that I am not using DCP...I figure that the Anadraulic State will last me until I go to the US (if there are indeed 30 servings in the tub; looks like more), which is about perfect...Next Saturday will be the only day off after today until I go to the US, and I am going to HAMMER my body HARD over the next 2 weeks!
nice back rosie
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0707 - HIIT Run:
a. 4 min jogging
b. 8 x 20 sec effort/10 sec easy
c. 4 min jogging
d. 8 x 20 sec effort/10 sec easy
e. 4 min jogging
Good to be out running again for HIIT. The first set of efforts were good. Second set was a little slower, once the superiomedial aspect of my left knee started twinging after the fourth effort. Good run, though.
0733 - Stretch 20 min.
0832 - Shoulders/Hamstrings (1 min recovery between supersets):
1. BB Clean and Press 4 x 6
2. DB LR 4 x 12
3. BB Military Press 4 x 8
4. Inc. DB RR 4 x 12
5. DB SP 4 x 10
6. BB Good Mornings 4 x 12
7. s/b Leg Curls
0916 - Stepper:
40 min @ 8 floors/min
Decided to do post-weights cardio again. Kept on going after 20 minutes. Small calf pumps, and moreso when increased cadence at times. However, it was a rather relaxing session. Felt refreshed afterwards. Sweating buckets again, too.
1710 - 5.7km Run:
Started out well. Started favouring left knee after ~13 minutes. Despite that, averaged 4.5 min/km.
Mood: Good. Despite lower weights during resistance training for some exercises, the Stepper after felt good. Have been reasonably bright all day.
Energy: Had it for training for sure. Even had it for pm run this evening too, which is good.
Stimulant Effects: None felt.
Focus: No headaches or pains in my head today. Spent most of the day when not training working on my final assessment.
Endurance: Excellent. I could have kept on going on the stepper far longer than I did.
Strength: Maintaining and even a little less than last week.
Pump and Vascularity: Pump YES...Vascularity pretty good...
Quality of Training: Amazing. Loved it. I was working hard in the gym, even if weights were slightly lower than usual.
Recovery: Pretty good. I don't have the DOMS I had last week. And my pm run was a little faster than it was in last week's sessions.
Stress: An 8 on the 1 to 10 'stress scale'.
Body Composition and Look: 51kg (i.e. 112.2lb) this morning. Looking leaner. Hollow between my breasts more prominent...The post-weights cardio over the last week I believe is making the difference (since every other day is still >4000 calories)...
Sides: The last couple of nights I have been itchy from ~1900 on, lasting for a couple of hours, until I fall asleep. Aside from that, nothing.
Other Notes: The taste of the Lipotropic Protein wasn't as strong this morning in my breakfast (although it still took ~10 minutes to eat). Maybe I'll stop noticing it as I get used to it...
Subbed and look forward to reading about your progress Rosie. What part of the US are you going to btw?
Good stuff Rosie. I grew up in Chicago so I am quite familiar with WI and that area; you are going at the best time of year to be up there. Just know that you are going to find out what cold really is come about December (saying you will be there that long).
Sorry Im late Rosie, Been in the Gulf of Mexico for the last week no Internet out there, great start and awesome honest reviews!
0654 - Rollers:
20 min in 39x16 @ 101-105 rpm
Legs fine. HR 29-35 bpm (still so low, but am over wondering what the issue is). Planned on 40 minutes, but decided to finish the other 20 minutes post-gym.
0717 - Stretch 26 min.
0807 - Arms (1 min recovery between supersets, except Superset A - 3 min recovery between supersets):
Superset A -
1. CG PU 6 x 27, 20, 15, 15, 12, 12 - Did this at barely more than b/w today, which is 4-5kg (i.e. 8.8-10lb) lighter than I have been doing it at lately. Could be that I am stronger, or that the lower weight made a difference; but whatever the case, ended up doing rather well, especially on the first set. Stopped at 6 sets because I'd completed 100 reps.
2. Weighted Dips 6 x 6 - An extra 50lb today. Feeling it a little. Anterior delts and arms looking good in the mirror. Concentrated on my form.
Superset B -
3. Flat CG BB BP 4 x 12 - Added these in. Been a few weeks since I've done them. Went lighter than I would because I wanted higher reps. First set was about perfect. Second set saw me struggle a little on the last rep. Third set saw two slow last reps. Quite heady after the third set. Final set I wasn't sure I was going to get the last rep out.
4. DB ZC 4 x 12 - Feeling the burn. Loving the pump and definition from it.
Superset C -
5. V-Bar TPD 3 x 6 - At 90lb. Legs shaking from the effort of the session until then during almost every set. Feeling core tight last set.
6. E-Z Bar BC 3 x 21s - Same as I have been, just doing these for the pain, burn, pump, and the satisfied feeling I get walking out of the gym feeling all that. Definitely noticing that my delts and arms are leaner than they have been.
0911 - Rollers:
20 min in 39x16 @ 101-105 rpm
Back on the rollers. 20 minutes flew by like it was a blink. Legs felt fine. Wanted to keep on going, but had an appointment, so couldn't. Energy fine, though; clearheaded.
1727 - 5.7km Run:
Favouring left knee again from ~5 minutes in. Felt myself slowing at 16 minutes. Averaged 4.7 min/km again (what is UP with all these slow runs???) Glad I did it, though.
Mood: VERY pleased with my training this morning (and wanted to keep going!) Have spent most of the day on my assessment, and happy that it is coming to a close and to a standard I can be satisfied with. 13 more sleeps until the US also causes a smile and some excitement.
Energy: There for am and pm. The Anadraulic State is making SOME difference I am noticing, and the reason WHY is because it has carbohydrates in it, which, although liquid, is still different than doing my am training on an empty stomach like I used to (and add to that the BC+EAA)...No crashing in the early afternoon either...
Stimulant Effects: Nope.
Focus: Slightly heady after third set of Flat CG BB BP, but nothing like the migraines I was getting earlier last week in the gym. Clear and alert all through the day (6 hours of study required it).
Endurance: Top of the line; I could have kept going (and wanted to).
Strength: Great. Amazing what a difference of 4-5kg (i.e. 8.8-10lb) can make on CG PU.
Pump and Vascularity: Pump AWESOME...Vascularity high, although not the hoses straining to get out of my skin as they usually are when I get this lean (maybe the cold is having some effect there?)...
Quality of Training: Great stuff...Time to cut back a little for the rest of the week, to allow a little recovery...Back into it hard and heavy from next week though...
Recovery: Good. I am able to do post-weights cardio, even when I have pushed myself in the gym; that says something.
Stress: A 7 on the 1 to 10 'stress scale'.
Body Composition and Look: 50kg (i.e. 110lb) this morning. WTF? How can I lose 2kg (i.e. 4.4lb) of water/food weight in a couple of days when I'm pretty sure that I don't have it to lose, and I am leaner and girths are the same (so I'm not losing muscle, but it's definitely not ALL fat)?...Seeing those bricks today (finally) got a smile in the gym...Leaning is starting to become noticeable day by day now...
Sides: Barely any itchy last night. Still no bloating, nausea or stomach upsets from the Anadraulic State.
Other Notes: Lipotropic Protein still barely bearable, but getting used to it. Still causes some bloating though after the shakes (fine after mixed with oats)...Notice the effects of Lipotrophin-PM more in the morning after dosing, now that I am only dosing it with IGF-2 and OsteoSport and not several other products. Quite good, actually...I am also making a few changes to my supplement usage: Going to be alternating Eviscerate with LipoBURN some days, and may start dosing Lipotrophin-PM only pre-bed (as at the current doing/timing I will run out it in a week)...
Thanks for the constant updates, awesome on losing 2kg!! AS has been shown to lean people out a lot though... who knows