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  1. Wait look heres a study that actually says die #40 prevents cancer

    red 40 cancer studies google that then go down.. there will be an ohio state supposed study on it. I would link you but it says i cant post links yet
    Now I dont see any real studies on the fact yet but hmmmm.


  2. Quote Originally Posted by ohiostate2827 View Post
    if companies didnt put cancer causing dyes in their products like red#40...which btw has been linked to behavior probs in children like add and adhd..i would buy from them..but till then jack3d is my focus of choice..
    At first it almost seems like that would be someone just trying to promote Jack3d, but I really believe USP is above coming into a logging thread and saying things like that. Especially being that Focus XT and Jack3d are different types of products. If someone wants a cracked out, high intensity energy, Jack3d is certainly a good product. If someone wants a smooth, more focused energy and increased clarity and concentration, then Focus XT is a better option.

    As far as the claims you make in relation to dyes being linked to any type of behavioral problems, there has never been any conclusive evidence that I have seen on that subject, especially at dosages used in common nutritional products. Sure, someone can in theory take so much of anything that it can be bad for them - ie.. water - but common products contain no where near any high level of dosing like you are talking about.

    Also, Focus XT nor Jack3d nor any other product like this is targeted towards children.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steelwolf View Post
    Please link studies to this. Peer reviewed, double blind studies... Coming from a biology background and also a psychological research based background I would love to see this. Because I really dont beleive it. Heck I will google it..
    I dont believe it either. It's one of those things that is thrown out there, but never really backed up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steelwolf View Post
    A search through my schools database has come up with nothing. And even though I HATE google searches I also searched google. There are no proven studies to say this. There is some anecdotal evidence of kids behaving better when its taken out. But also things like high sugar and caffeine were being removed. Now for that aspect lets play the ADD and ADHD factor. Hmm the kids are acting better when the caffeine is removed. Well high sugar diets and high stimulants will also cause similar symptoms. Let us play more into this shall we... The kind of evidence means nothing at all. It is like saying subway makes you lose weight like Jarad. We are leaving out the fact he ate healthy and exercised but hey its subway that did it. The only proven evidence was on die#2 but the Russians in the 1970s which has been banned since the 1970s. Oh and btw ANYTHING can theoretically cause cancer.
    Excellent point. And most of the studies that would show kids behaving better without, the kids already have disorders such as some level of autism. And when you remove sugar, caffeine, and colors, it seems like a real stretch to say its the colors that were causing problems.

    Life causes cancer. The only way we as humans wont die of cancer is to die of something else first. Thats an unfortunate part of fate and reality.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by ohiostate2827 View Post
    if companies didnt put cancer causing dyes in their products like red#40...which btw has been linked to behavior probs in children like add and adhd..i would buy from them..but till then jack3d is my focus of choice..
    Do you have any proof or studies backing this?
    Serious Nutrition Solutions

  4. Well maybe the red #40 got to him and we wont be hearing from him anymore

    Today was isometric day:
    Squat over head kettle bells 30 sec
    Mid Curl KB 30 sec
    Middle press 30sec
    Mini Band crusafix feet together 30 sec
    mini band half press 30 sec
    miniband top press press 30
    Chest expander pink away top all the way 30 sec
    " " chest level all the way 30
    " " top half way 30 second
    " " chest half way 30
    Knuckle push up bottom 50 second
    Knuclke push up top 30
    finger tip top 10

    neck work

    Grippies

    board for 10lbs: not enough reps
    Green gripper 7 marking 5 reps
    30 seconds on block no chalk no drying hands 11.25lbs
    Sand blasting 30

    As for the focus well it did wake me up from a dead sleep

  5. Quote Originally Posted by Steelwolf View Post
    Well maybe the red #40 got to him and we wont be hearing from him anymore
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  6. that damn #40 lol!!!!
    Serious Nutrition Solutions

  7. Warning life may cause death

  8. as everyone knows life sometimes get in thee way of training that was friday. Late wakeup from no alarm, the school, the doctor apt, then I had to go do my night job. It worked out well.

    Saturday morning I got my shot to train again. Wanted to experiment with focus a little bit. Took my focus at 7am and started training at 11.. a 4 hour difference. Well let me tell you, It wasn't as powerful as taking it before a workout, but it still was pretty damn strong. So I guess you can say that 4 hours later and focus still working must be one hell of a product.

    Took out that 90lb bag. Which is loaded with 3 mini bags. So this thing shifts like all hell. Ive ton much heavier with a keg and even more heavy with a barbell but this was a bitch.

    Millitary 5 reps
    Row 2x6
    Bench Press 11 reps
    Side deads 5
    Bear hug isometric 20 seconds
    Dynmaic tension and stance work.

    Grip work
    12lb hammer iso marking 1
    12lb hammer turning 5 reps
    Hub 30 seconds 2.5lbs isometric power squeese
    gripper 20 second hold
    Isometric extensors

  9. Today was quick and fast. Took my focus and ran to it. Today I went to see how fast it works. Took and it started working out. I wana say within 15 minutes I started to notice the effects of it. Late late night last night not much sleep but it worked out well.

    Stances
    Pull overs with 20lb KBs
    Dynmanic tension
    Neck work

    and done

  10. Went to wake up at 3:30 as normal and it just didnt hit happen. Hit my alarm until 4:30, an hour later. At this point I took my focus and decided I need to wake up a bit more and since it does take some time to kick in I went to lay back down. I laid for a half hour just letting my thoughts go and wonder. I didnt get tired but I did get very relaxed and pretty calm. kinda nice. At 5:15 I woke up and headed to train. I was on borrowed time and had to finish quick. I had to skip a lot of my normal **** today, but I still did what was needed to win. The focus got ready for this and I notice the longer you let it wait the better it is. It works fast but if you give it a little extra its even better. Speaking of that I have another dose ready to take before class.

    started with some quick dynamic mobility drills, big difference between flexibility and mobility guys.
    Sandbag circuit: millitary, row, floor press, curl, zercher squat, side deadlift 7 reps a piece. For those who say these are easy I invite you to try one. Set up the bags up like mine, then you can talk I have yet to see anyone be able to do them faster than me and not need to lay down afterwords. Especially after doing normally a ton of stuff before it.
    Did some neck work: bridges and manual resistance every way possible.
    and done

    Gripping yay:
    Pegasus flex 21.25
    Ext: 17.25
    Grippers shaved for reps
    TTK 6.25lbs for 10 reps a side with 2 fingers.
    Extensor tool 2.5lbs for 35 seconds

    and I bent a 60 penny nail. It has been almost a year since I've it do to wrist injuries. It was fast and easy.

  11. Well guys our Teamone MMA family may be expanding. We seem already have one awesome coach, it seems we may be gaining the additional help of another 2, a wrestler and possibily a very experinced muay thai guy.

    Took my focus after a quick nap by the time class was ready I was wide awake and alert. Ready to go. I knew I only 50 minutes to get class through as I had to finish up some homework (which I will get back to in a minute, but want to write this up while its fresh) My professors are assigning **** thats not on our assignment list all the time lately and expecting it the next class.

    Today we learned the pivot for a roundhouse. Spent pretty much all class on it. A very important fundamental and very good to know.

  12. Alright guys, sorry for the lack of posts. didnt do much friday as I had a wedding to go to on saterday. Needed to keep the bloat down and everything so I only ate one meal, which meant no training.
    Saterday was the wedding... So obviously no eating until the wedding.
    Sunday... stil recovering the from the night before, but did a quick grip workout, no focus though.

    Just hammer isometrics 1 minute on the 12lber for marking 1.
    Rotation on the 8lber marking 2 for 15
    Gripper hold for 15seconds
    and done

    Today was the focus day: took 5grams along with 200mgs c affine as I needed a kick in the balls to wake up.

    Hung Ga stance work: 2 sets of everything which breaks down to 4 stances with 2 sets a piece.
    Then I did transitioning from stances worked 2 sets of that holding 5 seconds in each stance.
    Horse stance squats 10 reps
    Wall sit 30 seconds
    Dynamic tension
    neck work 30 seconds front and back bridge
    stretch out 30 seconds a piece

    and then I was out. Took about 55 minutes. Legs are sore but not muscle, tendon sore.

    How did the focus work today. Well here it was interesting. Full dose focus is a bit to strong for me, but I enjoy the higher caf level of it. So when I combined it with a little extra caf I got the bonus of the focus and awakeness I needed. Now for the average person who is not doing these super early morning training sessions: start time 4-4:30 am i dont think this is needed, but for me it is an absolute. Later in the day 5 grams is rockin. Overall the focus gave me the power to stay in my stances for minutes at a time and keep my mind on the stance and the grounding ability. A well needed thing to keep my ADD mind from wondering.

  13. Lets get down today...

    I took my focus 10grams today ( A WHOLE SERVING) felt kinda good felt kinda nice. And 200mgs of caffeine to wake me up a bit. In 15 minutes I was totally ready to rock and roll. I totally forgot how good my pink lemonade focus tasted by the way. I realized that when I was drinking it today. It really does taste like countrytime. Great great stuff. Mind was a little hazy waking up to do stuff. THis is a good time to run the focus log because I'll tell you life is like hey wolfy lets dump a ton of stuff on you right now. Trust me its a ton of big things and a ton of little things, but hey we cant let it get in the way of living. So within those 15 minutes my mind was ready to rock and roll. Kinda joke its like Johnny Torch "FLAME ON" And I was ready to roll.

    I was going to do my sandbag circuit today, but my body was jut not feeling it. Cant explain it, but was just feeling it. So I moved it to the isometric day.

    Squat and OHP with kettlebell 40 seconds
    Middle of the curl with KB 40 seconds
    Middle of the OHP with KB 40 seconds
    Almost lockout OHP 40 seconds
    Miniband crusafix feet together 40seconds (one may ask why i use the mini band for this... Well because I find it gives a better strength aspect then the dumbell or kettlebell. I feel though I will be switching over to eventually, though just right now I think this is the better bet)
    Mini band half OHP: 40 seconds
    Chest expander top half arms locked 1 minute
    CHest expander front arms locked 1 minute (guess I can add some more weight to this awesome)
    Knuckle puship bottom 30seconds (one may ask how I dropped 20 seconds.. well my counting changed. I was counting to fast before in my opinion)
    Knuckle pushup top 30 seconds
    Finger tip bottom hold 5 seconds (this is much tougher from the bottom position plus my hands hurt)
    Stance work switching
    stance work time
    wall sit 40 seconds
    dynamic tension

    and stretch stretch stretch.. almost have the splits down american and chinese awesome sauce.

    Now no grip today. woke up with pain in the left wrist a little and a lot in the right. I have injured myself so bad it took me out of grip for a year so I know to watch myself. I took the time to stretch and do a little prehab with them.

    So does anyone have any questions?

  14. Awesome log Steelwolf, detailed and very interesting.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by mattikus View Post
    Awesome log Steelwolf, detailed and very interesting.
    I agree!! SW for prez!
    Serious Nutrition Solutions

  16. Thanks guys. I wana get across how focus effects me and works with my body and workouts. I also want people to get a glimpse into a martial artists training.

  17. Hello boys and girls, wonderful morning. Today we will be getting focus used in a few ways.

    I took a full dose (10grams) with 200mgs of caf as it was a very late night last night. Studying for tests. Its a fun deal having two majors (theoretically three)

    Got up rolled out a bed a little groggy and a little slow. Didnt even bother to put on my Kung Fu pants as I normally do when I roll out of bed. What I did was walk to the bathroom and take about a good 10 gulps of water and pee out bright yellow. You know golden rod yellow. Why I am talking about my pee habbits. Well I have been having the feeling I am a bit dehydrated, guess I am right. Gonna try to get in an additional 16 oz of water every 2 hours in addition to my shakes. No worries there.

    So I stepped down and opened my focus originally thinking 5 grams would be enough I slamed down the whole 10 and thought about country time again. I know it keep saying it but its true. Then decided I need that kick in the butt to wake up and took some caf. Bout 10 minutes I was ready to roll. This would not be a long workout but a quick one. I am getting like 30 minute workouts done now in days. Sadly probably wont have time to go to MMA classes for a bit as I was just assigned a huge paper 20+ pages so that will be taking a lot of my time, as its 2/3s of my grade. Ill practice at home and when I find time to make it in there.

    So anyways went out set up my mat and went to roll at this.

    Did some of my dynamic flexibility to warm up my body. Try to get some mobility out of myself as I always mobility is different than flexibility. That took a very short time and I was ready to go.

    Then started on some movement drills for Hung Gar. Took me very little time as I move through these pretty quick and flow pretty well. Finally getting the hang of them. They are soft and hard mix it seems, though not sure if its hard soft or soft hard.

    That was done BAM...
    Squat kicks for 6 a side

    Then went into my blocking.

    And heavily heavily stretched out.

    DONE...

    Now here is the thing I also have a big test today, so I will be taking some focus with me before the test. Lets see how it goes guys.

    Steelwolfy out

  18. Quote Originally Posted by GeekPoop View Post
    I agree!! SW for prez!
    you just have a man crush

  19. Greetings friends,

    Alright lets finish up with yesterday. My good idea of bringing focus to the test didn't work out as planned. I kinda left it in the fridge. With me getting to school a little later than planned going back was a no go. So the day drudged on slowly and longly as I awaited my test. Did not go over the greatest. A health class where all the information is watered down so brutally it sucks. I am a double (possibly triple major) My main focus is psych. We had psych questions on this test that were so watered down, with someone of my caliber in psych I didnt know which answer to pick. In some cases technically all the answers were wrong, in other cases all the answers were right, and in some cases the questions made 0 sense. The book also really screws with the question. My favorite was something along the lines of "the magical life force of the body is harnessed with this" the answer was Tai Chi..... It is not magical, and while it is a lot of us having to do with living there is a thing such as dead Qi. So it may be a life force it is not. The part that angered me the most is magical. It is bioelectric energy. *sigh*

    YAY RANTING

    so when I got home I worked a little on homework and decided it was time to slam down my focus and get to work. BAM it went down easy as always. The more I begin to focus on Mindfullness the better stuff tastes and the stuff that tastes good is even beter. So gave it about 20 minutes to kick in and no extra caf. I was ready to roll. Had to get this done quick as I had a TON of homework to right. A thesis paper, an exercise program for 90 days (which the prof expects mine to be perfect to the extreme) and a powerpoint on cardiovascular disease, and in 2 weeks when I watch a seminar I have to write a ten page review on it. but anyways.

    After talking to my instructor I can every so often give you an idea of how I do my Hung Gar stuff instead of just saying stuff like stance work.

    Half horse with a bar: 2 minutes
    Half horse with my hands in the socket: 2 minutes
    Horse bar: 50 seconds
    Horse with hands in the socket: 50 seconds
    Bow with bar: 20 seconds
    Bow with hands: 20 seconds
    Cat with bar: 15
    Cat with hands 15
    Took the time to really lower into cat. I'd rather drop lower than more time for higher. This stance screws me over. Yet the grounding I am achieving from this is pretty good. The goal from this is to avoid being taken to the ground.
    Stance change ups: 7 seconds a stance x2
    Wall sit: 45 seconds
    Some bodyweight stuff.
    Finger tips from the bottom 6 seconds
    Special ab work.

    Dynamic tension

    STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH.. also did some dynamic warm ups the good old stand bys.

  20. Lets hit up today:

    Was dead tired today. Went to see a movie with a friend I guess you could say I'm casually dating. Havent seen her in 3 weeks so this was nice. Ended up talkiig way to long after the movie, and when I got home I had to wite. So FML. Woke up this morning groggy and tired. Slamed the focus full dose to open the mind and slammed some calf to wake up. 200mgs off caf for me personally is not enough, but for everyone else you should be good to. In 15 minutes i was ready to tear it up.

    Dynamic mobility work
    special hung gar exericses
    (forgot to do squat kicks)
    Blocking

    DONE
    now grip

    I have some very bad injuries from rushing bending (I was good not to toot my horn, very good) within a month I was bending 5/16 7" CRS and rolling pans. But my tendons werent ready and I screwed them. So I have to be very careful trying to build my way back up. I have to really really strengthen them up again on a slow process. In this my left wrist has been brutally killing me the past week. My hands always hurt, but not like this. They were also pretty week on tuesday. So I may have to drop the intensity.

    Board curl 10lbs for a single.. Not happy with this but wrist stayed how I wanteed it dead straight. So it wasnt a waste. I'll deal.
    Gripper Green: Marking 7 for 5..Grip slipped a little as hands were sweaty and I wont use chalk for this.
    Block ISO pinch: 5lbs for 30 seconds
    Again why did my weights drop.. I was counting to fast.
    STRETCHHHHHHH and massage themed. Call it a day

  21. As I said in the last post "flame on" took a 5 gram dose no extra caf and was ready to roll. Had to quell the anxiety i was suffering from school and it seemed to do a pretty decent job. Realizing I have to get away from pure power workouts mainly I decided to a little crazy conditioning stuff.

    Neck bridges (as always) 50 seconds
    Front Bridge 50 seconds

    Shrugs (actually using chalk) 50reps with 20KB 10 seconds rest every time I needed it
    Ohp press one arm KB 10 second rest everytime needed 50lbs
    double row same as above
    knuckle pushup slow and punch style 10/10rest/5
    Floor press same as other KB exercises
    stance changes 8 seconds a stance
    Pull over with KB 5 second neg for 6 reps

    Half horse squat 14
    calf raises 50 rest as above
    finger tip bottom hold 7
    iron board 30 seconds
    dynamic tensions

    10 second stretching

    got this done pretty fast then went right back to HW.... crazy how college is with a double major. Also used the focus to help with HW which is a pretty awesome thing. A+ for focus

  22. Good to have supps like these when you are busy as hell, they really can help keep motivation high.

  23. Quote Originally Posted by mattikus View Post
    Good to have supps like these when you are busy as hell, they really can help keep motivation high.
    Agreed man. Between work, school, trying to add extra money from a scholarship for writing, taking care of the family home, and then possibly moving out this is rough stuff. Gotta do what you gotta do though. Weak of the mind is weak of the body. Part of why I do one workout around 4:30am. It sets my mind to go you got and accomplished something the rest of the day will be nothing

    Today was fun fun fun.... Did not want to wake up. I was up kinda late working on assignments. I have to make a 90 day workout plan. Normally id have no issue but it has to be based on how we are learning. I have more flexibility than others, but I cant put ridiculous stuff in.
    Alarm went buzz buzz around 3:45. At this point I was not a happy dude. I said F you to the alarm and hit snooze. 10 minutes later BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ. I realized guess its time to get up. Put on my kung fu pants took off my shirt and went to the bathroom to wash my face with some cold water. walked down to the kitchen and made myself a 10 gram focus drink and 200mgs of caf. By the time 4:30 rolled I was like lets do this. I was awake and ready to make rock and dreams come true... kinda like meatloaf except not so fat.

    Dynamic mobility warm up
    Then went on to my technique/mobility drills... Im moving through these much faster now and more clear.
    Did my Qigong.. This is getting much easier to energize the Qi.
    Squat kicks 7 a side these are so easy now.
    Finally stretched me out for 20 seonds a piece. I was ready to go start my day and i did.

  24. real solid log. I have some focus in my cart at NP and will be picking it up shortly. Just curious what you think about adding some other goodies into it (ie. Beta Alanine, Citrulline Malate etc...) It seems like a versatile enough supplement where ading this could make it beneficial
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  25. Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    real solid log. I have some focus in my cart at NP and will be picking it up shortly. Just curious what you think about adding some other goodies into it (ie. Beta Alanine, Citrulline Malate etc...) It seems like a versatile enough supplement where ading this could make it beneficial
    Glad you are picking up the focus you will not be disapointed. I will advise this though start with 5grams first. Some people will only need 5grams. I only need for 5grams for my night workouts or late afternoon which every you wish to call them. In simple terms anything where I have been up for a while. For my morning workouts where I'm up for about a half hour before I start training I take my 10grams of the focus power and a slap in the face 200mgs of caf. I doubt anyone else will need this as a fulll dose is already 200mgs of caf.

    I think it is good with just about anything except just remember it does have caf in it but not much.

    Here are my thoughts on the two you mentioned.

    BA- It takes a little bit to kick in according to most research 4-6 weeks. Once it does you'll get about an addition 10 weeks of it working before it needs to be cycled off for a little bit. According to research done on it the results will begin to slightly decline. Why that is I dont know. Do I still recomened of heck yes. I use it and think its great. It really does help with endurance for sure. If combined with creatine you are going to the quick ATP production as well as the oxidative-glycolosis-phos abilities. People tend to beleive BA is meant for extremely low reps but in all actuality it is meant for mid to high. I'm not going to bore you with the how unless you want me to. In theory it should help more with the lower to mid, but in testing it helps much better with the middle to high. The dosing for BA is a little different what they advise. Now I get mine in my multivitamin packet so i do not use another ATM, but may for dosing. Because this is an SNS log I will tell you how to dose for SNS brand there is aprox 750mgs of BA in a cap. Sure go ahead and take it all at once, but in my opinion that would be as bright me walking into my catholic Uni wearing a dress. (long story but was actually going to for research) I would take 4-5 caps a day. Will use my day for example. I get up at 4 and go to bed around 9.
    4
    9
    1
    5
    9
    a four hour difference. You want to keep that body saturated. Some guys like Charles Poliquin say take oh 10 grams a day. I can also take 300grams of creatine a day, but what is it going to accomplish, nothing. The research was done between 3-5 grams and said it needs to be spaced out throughout the day to keep saturation levels high. So thats my thoughts on BA

    Citraline has some good bonuses for vein health and for ED. In terms of muscle gain I dont see much. I am not a fan of the regular NO boosters for muscle gains. At least how people today are using them.... What do I mean by that well I have some ideas, but I'll simplify it buy saying this.... Blood=heart=cardio. Anerobic training is one thing but cardiovascular training is where that heart gets super strong. Yes through anerobic, but the body does need both. So why take it for anerobic reasons why you could benafit much from from cardiovascular training The other thing I dont like plain old NO boosters. Since again this is an SNS and in all honesty I fully support their products and truly beleive in them (after all I am taking this logging opportunity because I love their stuff) Acording to the label it says 250mgs a pill I would dose it between 750-and 100mgs. There is a bons to CM that i remembered this morning it is a lactic acid buffer in away (in theory) so that could have some benafits to higher rep anerobic training.

    Dosing like this: normal days no cardio
    Once in the morning get that blood flowing
    Once before training to give you a tiny benafit
    1-2 before bed empty stomach for gh release

    Normal day nothing
    Once in morning
    One mid day
    1-2 before bed

    Just cardio
    one before cardio - if done in morining otherwise one in morning
    one before cardio- if done in afternoon other one in afternoon
    1-2 before bed

    Hope this helps
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