Working out Demons and DOMS: XFactor Advanced and the Blueprint
- 11-13-2010, 04:24 PM
Working out Demons and DOMS: XFactor Advanced and the Blueprint
I've been a Company Rep for Molecular Nutrition since August but I'm still an ArA virgin. We've been watching recent loggers combining The Blueprint plan with XFactor, and I decided to jump on board.
This log will have a lot of 'firsts' for me.
Aside from furious drill sergeants in the Army, I've never followed a specific training program. Meaning: I've chosen my own exercises based on equipment and need and schedule, generally in the range of 3 sets of 10 reps per movement. So following The Blueprint will be quite a change.
(Side note: BP involves phases based on training and eating. Advanced users are encouraged to play around within the basic formats. For Newbs- the first program is laid out as a strong suggestion. I'll be sticking very close to the basic, Newb format.)
Very rough plan:
5 days of the Famine phase. Basically this is a low cal detox period with some lifting and LISS.
50 days of Feast. This segment is based on lots of eating and training. The 2 initially recommended lifting protocols will take about 50 days to work through. VERY CONVIENIETLY, William 'Bad Ass' Llewellyn suggests a 50 day ArA cycle. Now it won't kill me if the dates don't synch right up. I'll take XFactor Advanced for 50 days starting day 1 of the Feast. And I'll plug away at the workouts as directed, taking rest days as needed.
The BP plan suggests several specific supplements. I'll be following their advice on cycling BCAAs, and using UniLiver tabs heavily during a portion of Feast. *In addition to XFA, I'll be stacking Test Factor by MN. And continuing the *multi vite, joint support, and fish oil.
2-3 weeks of Cruise: the last phase of BP. To me, it sounds a lot like PCT: everything is backed off a bit to let the body settle down and get used to the new muscle built during the Feast workouts. *Cruise workouts will be Bill Starr's 5 x 5, or close to it. So yeah- this log will be long as hell- like 10 weeks.
I'm extremely lucky to have a Blueprint Ninja on my team: I met Big.Jazayrli in Las Vegas. Turns out he is long time user of the BP and is even used in their youtube how-to videos. Niiiiice.
Mixelflick is the MAN, the author of the program. 'Nuff said.
My MN homeboys- swolenONE and fitcopforlife will be my go-to guys for supplement advice. They both have better knowledge of the products than I do, but I hope to catch up a lot in the next few months.
- 11-13-2010, 04:25 PM
My Famine phase starts today. The calories in this phase, and especially the protein, are ridiculously low. I've been warned this phase is tough and will not lead to happy thoughts, lol.
I have meals for the first 2 days portioned and ready to go. What we've got here, is about 1600 calories and 35 grams of protein.
PIC FAIL....I'm still too young to post pics here. :
Veggie lasagna, spinach salad with craisins and walnuts, salad dressing, soup, fruit cup, cereal (and milk), pretzels, carrots, and fruit.
Shopping for this was really weird. For the first time EVER I had to make buying decisions based on LOW protein, lol.
- 11-13-2010, 04:52 PM
in for X Factor and Blue Print excellence!
Famine workout #1
With a feeble preWO meal of one Apple...I completed the first (of 3) Famine workout.
I don't think I've ever done a workout that unusual. Supersets and unusual muscle pairings for sure.
The speed of the routine was the roughest part. The workouts from here increase in volume....this might be even worse.
Last night at work, I got in an hour of 'cardio'. We have a large facility, and I walked around the buildings at break and lunch. Total time a bit over 60 minutes, went maybe 4 miles.
I don't wanna whine, but its getting cold here. At least cold for me. Those were BRISK walks.
Well, you DO kind of have to buy it on faith. Try this:
Google "Bodybuilding Supplements, Organic Anabolism"
There a ton of logs at bb.com. Its a cult program for sure that seems to be picking up speed.
I can't wait to start XFactor Advanced- I'll start it when I begin the Feast phase of training and diet- Thursday, I think.
Famine workout #2
More supersets, more exercises, less rest, more swearing on my part. Very efficient synergy, tho. I think this will go a long way to continue to drain my tank.
Body weight- I started this at 272. I'm holding steady there.
Unusual things so far: Famine is about messing with your body. Part of that is super low protein, and restricted calories.
I will admit its nice to ignore certian rules. I don't need to rush home to hace a post WO shake...can't afford the calories. And I don't need to have my bedtime cottage cheese. Catabolisis is part of the gameplan.
I've felt a little off for a few days. Come gym time, I'm good to go. But most of the rest of the time I feel....almost nauseous. Maybe its my body not being used to being hungry. Meh- I have a day and half left on Famine. Feast, and lots of meat, awaits.
Famine workout #3 in the books. It stopped being about resistance training and just became an endurance workout. Just a guess, I'd say I did a bit over 100 t-bar rows.
For fun I wrapped with 30 minutes on the stationary bike. It actually felt easy in comparison to that workout.
Today is the third and final day of the Feast rest. I'll be doing the research today to finalize the next series of workouts. I need to determine my exercises for the EDT blocks, shouldn't be too hard.
I was lucky that the 3 days of rest happened on my weekend. I've gotten lots of sleep and naps, plenty of food and BCAAs. I'm feeling very good right now.
Body weight this AM was just under 271. So I gained back most of the weight I lost on the Famine.
One more side note- my girl and I got a great deal to join the Golds gym by her work. I usually spend one day a week with her at work, so this will be a great time to train.
(I have 3 gyms now: small gym at work, my main commercial gym that I hate, but its the closest to the house, and cheap. And now Golds.)
Golds is awesome! Probably the coolest gym I've been to. Lots of cardio equipment. Machines are set up by body part: legs, chest and shoulders, abs. There is a stretching area, a small ladies only room, and a small room for personal training (GENIUS). Main weight room has Hammer Strength equip, DBs up to 150lbs, 2 Smith, 2 squat, and a power rack. Robby is happy.
Feast- partial overview
After the 3 days of rest, the first order of business in the Feast phase is a series of workouts to determine 1RM on bench press. There is an ordered way this should happen based on 5 workouts that include bench press, squats, and 2 EDT blocks. An EDT block is a pair of antagonistic exercises done for a speciific number of supersets, with the ongoing goal to beat the total number of reps in the last workout. This all takes a little planning and lots of notetaking.
First workout results to follow.
Feast workout #1
I decided to make the trek up Gold's today. First workout there. I warmed up with 11 minutes on the treadmill, then went into the free weight area. It was great! Lots of equipment, nothing broken or out of order.
I took plenty of warmup sets and knocked out my working sets on bench and squats (and the stretch position moves).
Now here is my fail: I should have done TWO EDT blocks, one upper body and one lower (ideally). I got in one good block with Hammer inc press and Hammer wide pulldown, but ran out of time for the 2nd block.
Note- I went too light on both exercises- I need to bump each about 15% next time.
So, first one done. I think I did great on the big moves, and I have some work to do on the EDT blocks.
2 large muscle supersets, and 2 blocks of antagonistic supersets that take 15 minutes each.
Feast #2 mini update.
Same story- late for work.
I got in the bench and the squat. I got in both EDT blocks but still went too light on the press/row block. I figger, next time I should have it nailed.
Feast workout #2
Today's workout was more bench press and squats. I alternated warmup sets on each, building to 1 working set of 5 reps of 255lbs on bench and 215lbs on squats.
Yeah- I know these- especially the squat- are pretty weak. Me and squats ain't friends. I respect the movement and the myriad ways it could hurt me. So I go light and use real good form. All that being said, 5 reps was tough.
I went back to the Hammer press and pulldown for my first EDT block. I went heavier, and still overshot the rep goal. Crap. Next time I'll go heavier (again). That should do the trick.
I had time for the second EDT block today. I should have done a lower body block, but my arms need more work that my legs. I did seated DB hammer curls and DB skulls. Again- too light here. Like I said: next workout I should have this dialed.
I hate squats too. I am with you on the lighter weights and good form. It only took me one fked up back to figure I better lighten the load.
Agreed! I hate when people load the bar and use sh!t form.
For some reason front square do not mess with my back.. Probable because I'm forced to use flawless form or I'll fall flat on my face!
I am not nearly hardcore enough to train on Thanksgiving.
But I did make up for with two sessions on Friday.
I had my 'new member orientation' at lunch (I went back at 6PM for my Blueprint workout).
We did a short shoulders workout and he ran through my body composition, LBM, BF, all that. Its really amazing how much of my body is blubbery fat.
We set a few rough timeline goals, talked about cardio and nutrition. Yup- the stuff I don't like to do.
It might be time for me to get serious about an extended fat loss plan. Right now, that means more cardio. Yay.
Blueprint routine about 6PM.
I know the powerlifters in the group will scoff at my numbers, but this is the heaviest I've lifted since January.
Worked up to 285 twice on bench and 245 for squats. Squat form was not pretty but I went to parallel.
EDT #1 is Hammer inc press and Hammer wide row. Press was great. Hammer- I started too heavy and had to back off 30lbs mid block.
EDT # 2 hammer DB curls and DB skulls. Curls were good, still need to go heavier on the skulls.
And today, I am sore. This is probably the ArA kicking in, I usually don't feel a workout till 20 or so hours later. I'm feeling like 14 hours later. Whew!
There is an episode of King of The Hill with Randy the Macho Man Savage and some other big dudes, and they turn Bill into a bodybuilder. Your (and my) hatred of cardio reminds me of when they all cringe and laugh when Peggy brings up doing cardio.
I like low intensity cardio and try to go for walks daily, but that just doesnt lean me out, unfortunately.
'Deload' workout was yesterday. Especially tough after this restful weekend.
Nothing spectacular to report- I did the bench and squats and one EDT. Ran short of time for my arms block. It feels great to get in a workout session before work- but I'm always pressed for time. The ONE advantage- it makes for a great sense of urgency in the gym.
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