TheDeadlifter's hot and spicy Muscle Marinade

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  1. Yesterday's training was kind of weird. I did bench for reps but it felt different. I took Muscle Marinade beforehand as I usually do. However, I kept yawning throughout my entire session like I ready to fall asleep. It's almost as if the stims in MM were replaced with melatonin. I went up to 315 and only hit 8 reps, which is not good for me. I did some dips and skullcrushers as well. I was in the gym for about an hour and fifteen minutes and felt nothing from the MM. Hopefully this afternoon will be different...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson


  2. Quote Originally Posted by TheDeadlifter View Post
    Yesterday's training was kind of weird. I did bench for reps but it felt different. I took Muscle Marinade beforehand as I usually do. However, I kept yawning throughout my entire session like I ready to fall asleep. It's almost as if the stims in MM were replaced with melatonin. I went up to 315 and only hit 8 reps, which is not good for me. I did some dips and skullcrushers as well. I was in the gym for about an hour and fifteen minutes and felt nothing from the MM. Hopefully this afternoon will be different...
    Don't worry about it man we all have our off days!
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  3. I love dead day...

    Yesterday I pulled heavy deads. It was the first time I wore my Metal King Deadlifter suit in about 4 months. I just wanted to get back in the groove again, so to speak. I pulled a few warm-up sets and put the suit on at 405 (straps down). I pulled another set of 405 with straps up, and then jumped up to 495. That went up way too easy. I had planned on going up to 565 but when I got it (suit only), it, too, was easier than expected. I jumped to 585 but put my belt on. I hit it, but my head was about to explode. My belt (an Inzer Forever lever) needs to be loosened a notch.

    I had a headache when I woke up in the morning. My 19-month-old is 'sick' for the first time (just clear runny snot - I call her a snot faucet; it hasn't stopped for 3 days) and she kept fussing throughout the night. Needless to say, my sleep patterns were all screwed up. After deads, aside from exhaustion, I felt a lot better, but the headache returned a couple hours after. Got a good night's sleep last night and feel great today.

    A quick note about the suit... It does not assist in the lift. Bench shirts can have an insane carry-over. Same goes for some squat suits. Some DL suits can provide an initial pop off the ground, but that is not my weak point nor is it why I wear the suit. DL suits are for support purposes only.

    I'll be heading to the Gulf of Mexico for some fishing today and tomorrow. Gonna try to catch my next post-training meal...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  4. I went fishing in the Gulf on Sunday and Monday. We slept on the deck of a 22-footer 35 miles offshore and I did not sleep well with the 2-4ft swells rocking the boat all night. The fishing wasn't good at all, but we all still had fun. I'm still a bit worn out from the trip, but managed to hit the weights today anyway.

    I trained shoulders and triceps today - nothing fancy. After a thorough warm-up, I went up to 185 on military press. I did a few sets for 6-8 reps. I went to the cable pressdown machine to do some sets of tricep ext. I did a quick couple supersets of lateral and front raises with some lighter weight to work out the soreness from sleeping on the boat deck.

    I had some more energy today. I've learned to chug about two-thirds of the Muscle Marinade about 30 minutes prior to training. The last third I drink about 10-15 minutes later. Since I've been doing that, I feel the stims more and the effects last longer without the crash. No crash = no headaches.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  5. Yesterday...

    Another day without much energy. Water and nutrient intake was fine. I slept a decent amount at night. Work went well. Why am I still dragging in the gym? Honestly, I felt consistantly better when I was taking beta-alanine and creatine mono with grape juice and taking a 200mg caffeine pill. Are there too many stims in Muscle Marinade? It would seem like I could tolerate quite a bit due to my weight, but I guess everyone is different. I'm sticking with MM for the time being...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  6. Monday's training went well. I had the energy to work hard and push through some tough sets.

    Military presses - essential for upper body strength. After warming up, I went up to 245, then to 255 for a strict single on my 6th set. I dropped back down to 225 for 3 more sets of 2-3 reps each. I finished up with some light accessory work.

    I felt great while I was training but came down kind of hard off the stims about an hour and a half later while I was out coaching at football practice. The heat probably played a factor in that, too. I did drink more water than usual to remain hydrated.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  7. Did some box squats on Wednesday but forgot to post. Football has me busy...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  8. It was a decent Friday at work so I was in a good mood in the gym. I mixed my Muscle Marinade as usual but I didn't feel the jolt from the stims today at all. I was in the gym alone for bench reps. I only went as high as 225 and did a set of 23 reps (which sucks because I wanted at least 25). I dropped back down to 135x30. I also did some tricep work and hit my shoulders with front and lateral raises. Nothing spectacular.

    I'm honestly getting concerned about MM not coming through for me. I thought I might be just habituating to the increased stims but I tried my old pre-training mix of 200mg caffeine, beta alanine and creatine mono in 10oz of 100% grape juice on Wednesday and my training was great. Strange....
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  9. Saturday's Dead Day was great. I just received some bands from EliteFTS and had a chance to try them out. If those don't help my lockout then I don't know what will. I did a few warm-up sets of regular deads. Then, I got the box to do some deads from a deficit. After a couple sets I applied the bands. Two of the average bands (both doubled) with only 225 on the bar made lockout tough. I did a few sets of 5-7 reps each.

    I did not take Muscle Marinade before training. I went with what I know works best for me. MM hasn't lived up to my expectations. I will take it for heavy upper day on Monday, though...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  10. Sorry to hear that MM isn't hitting on all cylinders for you, Dead.

    I personally have ran 3 tubs of it (not consecutively) and it worked well for me. I never had the crash issues, and the energy and focus was hitting.
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by capnsavem View Post
    Sorry to hear that MM isn't hitting on all cylinders for you, Dead.

    I personally have ran 3 tubs of it (not consecutively) and it worked well for me. I never had the crash issues, and the energy and focus was hitting.
    It happens. Every supplement affects everyone differently. MM isn't all bad; I've had some good days with it. Glad you like it.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  12. Yesterday I had DE lower. I decided on doing some power cleans because I haven't done them in a few weeks. I went through my usual progression (as recommended by USAW). I only got up to 225 because it was dynamic day - speed is key, not amount of weight. I did a 5x3, concentrating on the explosion off the floor. I dropped back to 135 and did a set of hang cleans just for fun. I called it quits after a few sets of accessory movements and stretching.

    I took Muscle Marinade as usual. I felt good throughout the training session, but started to crash about an hour afterwards. I caught a second wind later in the evening for some reason while I was playing with the kids. All in all, it was a good day.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  13. Quote Originally Posted by TheDeadlifter View Post
    It happens. Every supplement affects everyone differently. MM isn't all bad; I've had some good days with it. Glad you like it.
    Right on. Yeah I hear ya on the effectiveness for each individual. The big love/hate on this board seems to be geranimine.. Some can't train without it, and some loath it's existence.

  14. Quote Originally Posted by capnsavem View Post
    Right on. Yeah I hear ya on the effectiveness for each individual. The big love/hate on this board seems to be geranimine.. Some can't train without it, and some loath it's existence.
    I've noticed the same with geranimine. I first tried it a few months ago in Annabolic Innovations' Motivate. I was impressed with it then. I like the 1,3dimeth in MM, but think the caffeine dosage is a bit high. I think that's what's causing me to crash.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  15. Today's main course - Speed bench

    I warmed up as usual and went to just over 52% for optimal speed. I did 10x3 with 215 and it felt really light on every rep. Paused on every rep and exploded to the top. I did skullcrushers afterwards. I started with 2 sets of 115x10, then 135x10, and I decided to jump to a set of 165x6. I finished with a few sets of dips. Three exercises - simple. Heavy dead day tomorrow; looking to go above 95%...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  16. Quote Originally Posted by TheDeadlifter View Post
    I've noticed the same with geranimine. I first tried it a few months ago in Annabolic Innovations' Motivate. I was impressed with it then. I like the 1,3dimeth in MM, but think the caffeine dosage is a bit high. I think that's what's causing me to crash.
    For sure.

  17. Yesterday's dead day was intense. I ws in the gym for nearly two and a half hours. I did a competiton-style warm-up and rested a long time between sets of deadlifts. I ended up pulling 605 for a single. Since I was feeling great, I decided to do some barbell rows (135x12, 185x10, 225x10, 275x7) and some reverse-grip pulldowns. I was also helping spot a guy going for a PR on bench. Very productive day...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  18. ME Bench day was not all that great, but it was a great day for Muscle Marinade. I took my MM 30 mins per-training, but only used 3/4 scoop. By the time I began lifting, I had a good amount of energy. My time in the gym wasn't that spectacular: I worked my way up to 365 on bench and only push out 2 reps - that reeeeeealllly sucks for me. Accessory work was ok. The high point was that I had lasting energy throughout the rest of the afternoon and evening with NO CRASH! I think I may have found the correct dosage for me...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  19. DE lower today...

    I did some deeeeep squats today for speed. I warmed-up and went to a 5x5 of 225 for some explosive reps. My quads were shaking after that. I fisnished with some light accessory work and left. I was in the gym for less than an hour.

    I, again, took 3/4 of a scoop of Muscle Marinade and it worked as it should. I'm not feeling the beta alanine tingles, but I'm not crashing from the the stims.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  20. nice... you found your sweet spot, and that'll make the tub last longer too

  21. Quote Originally Posted by capnsavem View Post
    nice... you found your sweet spot, and that'll make the tub last longer too
    So true.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  22. I did a lighter-weight (185lbs) 5x5 with military press yesterday. I took it kind of easy because for some reason my right elbow was acting up. I hope it's not tendonitis again. I have a Rehband sleeve if it flares up again. I did some tricep work (for reps) and finished with a superset of lateral delt raises and front delt raises.

    I had a good amount of energy throughout my training session. Using 3/4 scoop of Muscle Marinade is working well for me.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  23. Today's dead day was awesome. After a thorough warm-up, I pulled a 495 single that felt like 300-something. I jumped to 530 looking to get 3 maybe 4 reps. I ended up doing 530x5 (belt only) - that's a new PR for me. I did a few sets of lighter shrugs for reps (pausing for a while at the top) after deads. That's it. Two exercises. Productive day, though.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  24. On heavy upper day, I decided to hit heavy bench. There was a slight ache/pain in my right elbow, but I pushed through and got the job done. I 385 went up fairly easily for a single. 365 felt heavy after 2 reps which bothers me. I finished benching by doing 135x40. I did some dips and Tate presses afterwards for accessory movements.

    Overall, a good day. My energy was up and I no longer experience a crash. The 3/4 scoop works for me. I am, however, almost out of Muscle Marinade. I'll give my final thoughts when the jug is empty...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  25. Wednesday:
    I did some deads with bands. I was pressed for time so I ended up getting in about 7 or 8 sets in and 2 sets of glute-ham raises. My rest periods between sets was reduced a bit and I felt like I was doing cardio or something (yuck!).

    Lots of energy today. Just 3/4 scoop of Muscle Marinade is great.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  26. Friday's upper rep day went very well. I ended up getting 225 on flat bench for 25 reps again. I did 4 sets of military, 135x12. Could have done a couple reps more but I was focusing on the squeeze at the top. I finished with some light reps of close-grip and wide illegal-grip bench.

    Today could be my last day on Muscle Marinade. I'm not sure if I have enough in the tub for another day. We'll see...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  27. My final thoughts...

    After being given the opportunity to try an entire tub of Muscle Marinade, I must give my appreciation to Purus Labs for being so generous. I had never tried any product from Purus prior to testing MM.

    My likes:
    I really like the fact that Purus Labs doesn't have some super-secret formula that hides the true amounts of each ingredient. Everything is listed on the label with the amounts next to it. No BS. I also like the combination of ingredients. The antioxidant formula is a good touch. Flavor is decent - Purus Punch tastes pretty good. The tub has a very wide mouth and scoop with a long handle - definitely both good things.

    My dislikes:
    I think the stimulants were a bit too much for my body to handle. An entire scoop got me up for lifting, but I had a tendency to really crash after training. The headaches were more than likely from too many stims. 3/4 scoop was fine, though. I probably need to add a touch more creatine and beta alanine to it if using 3/4 scoop.

    My ratings:
    Flavor: 9/10
    Mixability of powder: 9/10
    Ingredient profile: 9.5/10
    Mood during training: 8.5/10
    Mood post-training: 4/10
    Aggression: 8.5/10

    Overall: 8/10

    Muscle Marinade was good - not great, not bad, just good. It is certainly a quality product. There were many things I truly liked about it. The crash afterwards did not impress me, though. Using 3/4 scoop was better post-training, but I feel I may not be getting all I'm supposed to be getting out of MM by using a reduced amount. In all honesty, I have used better pre-training products than Muscle Marinade. However, I have and will continue to recommend Muscle Marinade as a must-try PWO product because everyone reacts to different supplements in different ways.

    Thanks again to Purus Labs for selecting me to run this log.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson
  

  
 

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