++Molecular Nutrition-XFA/TestFactor w/schizm++
- 01-11-2011, 02:25 PM
++Molecular Nutrition-XFA/TestFactor w/schizm++
HUGE thanks to SwolenONE & Molecular Nutrition for the opportunity to run this stack! After having been reading through the logs (particularly XFA) on these, saying I’m psyched, is an understatement!!
The Stack I refer to is:
Advanced Absorption - Advanced Utilization - Advanced Results!
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The Science Behind Arachidonic Acid
Arachidonic acid is a key regulatory omega-6 essential fatty acid. It is stored in muscle cells, and released when the muscle fibers are stimulated during intense exercise or resistance training. It acts to control the core rate of muscle protein synthesis, partly by increasing cellular sensitivity to anabolic hormones such as testosterone, insulin, growth hormone, and IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1). Because of its central role in the process of muscle growth, arachidonic acid may be one of the most effective anabolic nutrients available for supplementation, capable of supporting significantly faster and more profound increases in muscle size, strength, and fat loss.*
X-Factor with arachidonic acid is a clinically researched performance-enhancing supplement.* Placebo-controlled University trials have suggested increases in muscle strength, peak muscle power, average muscle power, and anaerobic endurance with 50 days of use.* Statistically strong trends of improvement included an 44% increase in bench press 1-rep max, a 223% increase in Wingate average anaerobic power, a 600% increase in Wingate peak power, and a 250% increase in Wingate total work compared to placebo.* (Source: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 3 (1)S1-S29, 2006.)
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Testosterone Support Supplementation!*
TEST FACTOR™ is the result of a 2-year initiative by the research and development team at Molecular Nutrition, aimed at identifying the most efficacious natural hormone support ingredients, and synergizing them into one complete formula for increasing total and free (bioavailable) testosterone and regulating estrogen. The goal was not only to create a product that would increase serum testosterone levels, but also one powerful enough to support a full spectrum of androgen action including increased protein synthesis rates (muscle mass), improved energy/vitality, extended muscle endurance, enhanced nutrient delivery (vasodilation), and heightened libido/sexual potency. Completion of the project was only possible with the addition of two ingredients: RC Pensis™ and ActeoFIT™.
Introducing RC Pensis™
TEST FACTOR™ uses RC Pensis™, a patent-pending Ruta Chalepensis extract. Studies administering ruta chalepensis orally to male mice have demonstrated a 365-476% increase in serum testosterone levels.* Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) was also increased by approximately 400%, while supplementation significantly increased testicular weight/volume and sperm count.* Additional peer-reviewed studies suggest ruta chalepensis may improve the anabolic/anti-catabolic action of insulin, increase liver and muscle glycogen stores, and increase nitric oxide (NO) production for an enhanced “pump” effect during exercise.*
ActeoFITä is a family of patent-pending herbal extracts standardized for the natural, high-affinity Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM) ligand acteoside. There are dozens of studies suggesting the use of acteoside and its source herbs in the field of sports nutrition.* For example, one series of preliminary experiments with mice have suggested an increase in endurance during exercise, along with inhibited creatine kinase and improved glycogen stores.* This may translate to better performance, along with preserved muscle mass and energy (glycogen is the primary source of fuel during exercise).* Further still, hyperplasia and hypertrophy of muscle cell mitochondria were demonstrated.* This may support muscle fiber growth (size and number), along with an anti-catabolic (protein sparing) effect.*
TEST FACTOR Helps:
• Promote testosterone, reduce estrogen*
• Support muscle mass and strength*
• Encourage muscular endurance*
• Speed recovery*
• Reduce reaction time*
• Increase vascularity*
• Support memory and cognition*
Previous TestBoosters experienced: DAA (Propadrol EP & Bulk DAA); Pink Magic
Goals: I was a former ‘fatty’ until about age 20 (but what's ironic is that I have an ectomorph frame and tend to have a hard time gaining weight now)...and have never been able to shake that fear of regaining the fat back, so I tend to undereat more than anything...Ideally and long term goal, like so many, is to add as much LBM as possible while trying to loose any additional fat as possible....so recomp...my overall goal is a Ryan Reynolds/Blade Trinity type physique.
Weight: As of morning of 1-12, 173lbs
Diet: roughly 6 ‘meals’...eating every 3-4 hours, high protein...mod carb/mod fat.
Training: weights 4x/week (M,T,W,F)(have been using Quantum Body Method, will continue to use, has been treating me well; Thinking of alternating each workout of QBM with a heavier weight/lower rep WO, something like FST-7) ; core/cardio (some plyoX from P90x) 1-2x/week.
Schedule (using the above would look like)
M- Back/Tri/Traps (QBM)
T- Legs (QBM)
W- Ch/Bi’s/Sh (QBM)
Th- core/cardio or HIIT
F- Back/Tri/Traps (Heavy/FST)
Sat- PlyoX or off
T- Legs (Heavy/FST)
W- Back/Tri/Traps (QBM)
Th- core/cardio or HIIT
F- Ch/Bi/Sh (QBM)
Sat- PlyoX or off
Repeat week 1
Support Supps: 7-Keto spray (beta testing this for LG, will be finished up approx w/i 1-2 weeks), Whey protein, Lipotropic Protein, BCAA’s (30-35g intra WO, various brands), Vit/mins (Animal Pak), PreWO’s (various)
I'm waiting for the TestFactor to arrive....hopefully today/tomorrow...I might go ahead and start the XFA tomorrow...I'm chomping at the bit....
- 01-11-2011, 02:39 PM
ohhhhhhhhhh snap, son! I'm definitely in on this... I've got 2 bottles of XFA at home waiting to be consumed. Good luck, bro!
- 01-11-2011, 02:49 PM
But you have now re-piqued MY interest in this product and will probably starts a whole hell of a lot sooner than I had planned... perhaps even on Monday haha. I'm very interested in the test factor too, RC Pensis and ActeoFIT are ingredients you don't see in the typical test booster. Since they're two different products in respect to how they affect the body, it should be a very interesting and fun next couple of weeks!
But I'm open to the idea, for sure! I in no way am trying to hijack this thread from my man schizm but I was going to run XFA after my EC cycle is over... but is there a reason to wait? Can I do the two together?
Back on track... go get em, schiz!
thanks man, I didn't want to impede on your log!
I had just got done doing DB shoulder press with 75's (which is good for me!) and felt all pumped and alpha-like so I snapped a pic haha. Shoulders are really all I've got if I had to say... I was a high school and college javelin thrower so I'm guessing that's where I started to develop those puppies, everything else I've got sucks I think.
Will you be updating with before and after pics or anything for this log? I'm still so jealous of this opportunity you got, bro!
edit*** welp, swolenONE just gave me the go ahead saying it's okay to run XFA while on EC soooo looks like I might have to toss up my first log ever, if I do, I hope to see you over there! I hope to somehow get my hands on another bottle of test factor (currently can only swing 1 bottle) and run the same cycle as you. I would love to compare our experiences.
I'll most likely snap some sort of before/after shots...but for sure man, toss a log up...I'm still learning/perfecting the art of logging myself...gotta start somewhere, eh? I'd follow along 4-shore!
When do you officially start with the supps??
'officially', I have the XFA on hand, just waiting for the TestFactor to arrive...I'm hoping to get this going no later than this monday...
...Hoping the TF shows up today...although with it being MLK day, not sure if UPS takes off or not or if just mail will be affected...
...did some single leaning lateral raises today, felt side delts much better than regular standing or sitting laterals...will def have to keep those in the mix when working shoulders...
DAY 1 11-19-11 Ch/Bi -QBM-ish
Let's proceed, shall we....to jump start the log, I picked up a bottle of TestFactor from my local VS yesterday, since I'm impaitent...as well as having a VS gift card burning a hole in my pocket...
For the run will be dosing
XFA 4 caps PreWO
TF 2 caps PreWO/1 cap Lunch/2 caps dinner (on off days will be 2 caps/2x’s day)
NOTES: Alright, had intended to do a straight up QBM chest/bi workout...but being as how the gym was packed and the 1 smith machine being used, I had to modify/rearrange...which happens to me a lot...which is great as far as switching things up to throw the body off...but makes it hellish to keep track/log everything...even moreso, b/c I sometimes tend to go off on ‘tangents’ when I WO & wind up doing super/giant sets but not writing them down....annnnywho...will try to ‘contain’ myself more in this regard....here’s how today’s WO went down.
Super Set- pulley flys
Low x 10-15, med x 10-15, high x10-15- 2x’s
Dec DB press pyramid up/dwn/superset
25x20/30x12/40x10/50x8 (short rest/stretch)
Smith Mac- low Incline press pyramid/superset
(not sure what the bar weight is, but for simplicity & avoid having to add up #’s in the midst of working out, I usually write 2/25 meaning 1 25 lb plate on each side of the bar)
2/15 x 15;2/25x10;2/35 x 8 r/p x 5 (short rest)
2/25 x 10;2/15x10 x superslow x 1
Smith Mach flat press
2/35 x 10- 2 sets
2/25 x 8 – 1 set
Flat DB press (alternating arms)
25 x 12 – 1 set
Feet assisted Chest Dips
#8 x 10-12 - 2 sets (alternated with slow & static par grip pullups)
Low/mid/high pulley flyes
10 x 10 – 1 set
(running short on time, usual Bicep area full)
Nautilus preacher curl
50 x 20
Nautilus (Tri supported) seated bi curls
40 x 15
10 sec rest- repeat 1x
Hoist Bi curl
#5 x 10 – 1 set
R delt fly machine
2 sets 40 x 15
Notes: Typically I use limited rest and try to keep things moving at a pretty fast clip...Was having some trouble initially on feeling chest, but improved later on, esp when moving over to the smith machine, something about that and it really locking me in helps put the stress where it needs to go...I do however feel my biceps being a bit more ‘trashed’/worked sitting here more than I usually do...
Secondary note: came across using the multi angle (high to low) pulley to do low pulley cable shrugs the other day, did some more today...holly crap! These things rock! DB shrugs for me suck...but these have constant tension, can lean away and really target the upper traps...annnnywho, super stoked about adding these in...whoop-whooop-whhooop!
glad you got a bottle of Test Factor and are starting this log up in a major way. Im harping on the warehouse as to where a handful of orders are.
In! Hopefully this works as good for you as it is for me right now!
Molecular Nutrition X-Factor Advanced Log:
for Kicks, here's my current diet 'template'
5am- PreWO mix
~30-35g BCAA/AA’s- intra
-1 scoop Postal
(cals: 67; P/5; C/13; F/5)
-1.5 scoops whey
(cals 180; P/35; C/3; F/3)
-1/2 – ¾ cup oatmeal
(1/2 cup = cals/150; P/5; C/27; F/3)
-1/4-1/2 cup raisin bran
(1/2 cup= Cals/95; P/2; C/23; F/.5)
-1 scoop LipoTropic Pro
(cals: 145; P/26; C/1; F/1)
11am – Lunch
- ½ – ¾ cup cottage cheese
(cals: 97; P/13; C/4; F/3)
-1-2 hard boiled eggs (whole)
(1= cals/71; P/6; C/0; F/5)
5pm- 1 scoop LipoTropic Pro
-1 scoop LipoTropic Pro (depending on how protein heavy dinner was)
-1 TBS PB
Or just some cottage cheese (if dinner had a lot of protein)
**Lunch ‘wild card’, if I don’t have a left over dinner that is roughly 30-40 g’s protein & mod carb/fat, then I’ll go with a tuna sandwhich (on whole wheat bread), pretzel stix (or small serving of chips) and an Apple....if leftover has these qualities, then I’ll usually always toss in a med sized apple in the mix, so usually looking at anywhere from roughly 45g – 70g carbs.
**Dinner ‘wild card’, wife will normally plan dinner knowing I like a lot of protein & not loaded with a ton of cals, so dinners vary, anything from a chicken dish to turkey meatload/baked potato to tilapia/rice...but will (usually ‘try’ to) go easy on the carbs...usually stuff some broccoli/cauliflower/salad down regardless...but might wind up with anywhere from 40g -80g carbs.
I do also some some P-slin/Slin (lg) on hand to use for those higher carb meals...which tend to happen more on Fri/Sat nights
Fri 1-21-11 Back/Tri/traps- QBMish
Wide grip pulldwns
SS mixed grip (not as wide) 90x10
90x10/105x8/ behind head (half way down) 90x12
SS mixed grip (to front) 90x10
Par grip cable rows
60x20 + 6 partials
SS Wide grip cable row to chest 50x12
(rest w/added close grip pushups & static holds)
Par grip cable row 60x18 + 4 partials
SS wide grip cable row 60x10 (rest/pause) x 5/5
(rest w/added close grip puships & static holds)
Wide grip cable row 50x15
BB half deadlift 2/45 x 8
SS 2/25 x 8 SS Rev grip row (bar only) x 12
Ft assisted Par grip pullup #8 x 8
Alternated with chest dips- repeated 3x’s.
Stiff arm pulldown (indep. Pulley) – 20x 15/15
Skullcrushers- DB 2/15 x 15 SS BB 45x 8 directly into
JM press x 8
BB 45 x 10 SS Jm press x 8 SS close grip pushup x 4 + static hold
Low cable Pulley shrugs 50x10/8; (short rest) 40x10
Leaning lateral raise 5x10/10
SS DB upright row 10x15 SS seated DB press 25x5
Tri pressdown burnout 30 x 15, rev grip x 10; repeat
Notes: Didn’t get to follow the outline of the planned workout to a T...tended to hop around some waiting for the cable pulley to open up...used very limited rest throughout, was like 1 huge giant set...overall felt good, good muscle/mind connection...the pump I was getting was a bit different, more solid than the usual N.O. pump...interesting....and I was sweating really good too, towards the end trying to keep my ear phones pushed in deep enough to hear the bass was a challenge....d’oh!
Oh, and yesterday I didn’t workout...was intending to get up to do some cardio/kenpo at home, but my bed pleaded with me to stay in it, so I did. It’s been rough the last couple months to get motivated to workout at home...really hate working out on carpet...could do it at the gym, but I’m much less self conscious about ab work in the comfort (aka: privacy) of home....
Great looking workout Shiczm, I agree it is just too hard to get a decent w/o at home. I have to be in the gym environment for some reason.
Mon 1-24-11 Chest/Bi/Sh Heavy
(part of warm up/get the blood going) Cable flyes high/med/low x 15-20 – 2 x’s
Flat DB 35x19 drop 25x 10
1-2 min rest (w/added light rows)
40x 12 drop 35 x 8 drop pushup static hold
1-2 min rest
45 x 8 drop 35 x 10
1-2 min rest
45 x 8 drop 35 x 8 drop 25 (rev grip) x 5
Ft. asst. chest dips #7 x 10
1-2 min rest (hanging lat stretch & statics)
Smith Inc (pump set)
2/10 x 20 drop 2/15 x 15 drop 2/20 x 10 drop 2/25 x 8 drop
2/20 x 6 drop 2/10 x 2 (slow)
Smith Flat bench 2/25 x 8 (rest pause) x 3 (rest pause) x 2
Leaning lat raise 5 x 15
Low cable shrugs 50x 10 drop 40 x 10
30 sec rest- repeat
Low cable (forward lean) bi curls (similar to drag curl) 15 x 12 rest/pause x 3
BB curls 45 x 10 (30 sec rest) repeat
Nautilus preacher curl 60 x 10 drop 50x 5 (+ static hold)
Notes: I’m guessing it was National ‘Bring a friend or 5 to the gym today’...was as packed as I’ve ever seen it! Decided to go with heavier weights/lower reps (wanted to keep in the 8-12 range, had to do some experimenting w/weight to find where that was, it’s been a while)...& not go as fast....have to say, went great better than I expected in spite of having to modify & work around the people....had good mind/muscle connection, didn’t feel any of the pressing in my shoulder joints, just all on my chest. The last couple reps of the sets really slowed the negative portion down, but hopefully will be feeling that tomorrow. Bring on the DOMS! Sweat it up pretty good & noticed intra set recovery was pretty good too considering I was using heavier weight...and overall endurance great...I didn’t want to leave...