Reserved for Pics and/or Final Review.
So SwolenOne sent me 2 boxes ofAdvanced and I've been saving them for when I finished the Controlled Labs Motiv8 contest. Considering I took my final photos for that last week, now is the time to try XFA!
The anabolic potential for arachidonic acid is interesting, and I'm well aware of the correlation between AA and alzheimers. But, as I hear all the time in my lab "correlation is NOT causation." So, I have little qualms about using this stuff, though I will be curious to see if it causes any edema, which AA triggers as part of the immune inflammatory response.
I have started off with 4caps spread throughout the course of the day, as per the boxes recommendation. But typically, those suggestions can be somewhat low, so I'm considering upping the dose.
For those who have used AA/XF, what dose do you recommend?
Anyways, a little about me:
Weight: 242 this morning, ~10% BF though I think I'm holding a bit of water at the moment
Today marks the beginning of a lean bulk with alternate day fasting incorporated. Starting at 4000cals on lifting days, will adjust as needed.
I'm currently following a 4-day double split routine, with some 5/3/1 thrown in for good measure. It basically looks like: Squat/Accessory, Press/Arms, Dead/Accessory, Press/Arms. You'll get the hang of it as the log progresses, I'm sure.
Other Supplementation includes:
I couldnt miss this bro.
Just ran my first cycle of XFA I dosed it 5 caps pre workout and on off days I would take 3 am/2pm.
What supplement company makes the last one on your list??
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Subd. I wanna see if this stuff is worth the coin.
In for the win. Always wondered if AA would work for me, curious to see how this run treats you.
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Im in Resolved.. I ran it and enjoyed it. Great pumps for sure.. Cant remember the dosage though, i think i used 5 or 6, but i do know on training days i took the majority prior to training.
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I actually had my first workouts on the stuff yesterday, I'll update on that in a bit, I have a paper to read first.
Okey doke, here we go with the first training day:
135 - 2x5
Squats have been an uphill battle for me recently. Short term goal is 405x6, long term is 500x1. This bulk is gonna get me there!
SLDLs with Snatch Grip, Bar wrapped in 1/2" Pipe insulation
These were more for grip. Going snatch with that insulation makes it hard as hell to hang onto the bar. 285 is easy on my hammies though, but they're getting plenty of attention elsewhere, as you'll see.
All sets were supersetted with seated calf raises, done with good control and a hard squeeze at the top of each rep. Sets to technical failure.
3x5 with BW+90
Both Chins and pull-ups were executed with a pause and squeeze at the top of each rep, and supersetted with 10reps of Cable Pull-Overs, a squeeze at the bottom of each rep.
Leg Extensions: 300x15-20
Seated Leg Curls: 180x15-20
Finished off with Machine Leg Press Calf Raises: 330lbs to failure for 10sets, 10sec rest between sets.
XFA Notes: Nothing yet. One day in isn't gonna do much.
NSCA - CSCS
Hit my AM Press Workout a little bit ago. Here's how it went down:
4 XFA caps with breakfast before lifting. Strength was certainly up, but don't think it can be attributed to XFA. If this trend continues, it's most likely XFA kicking in already. No increase in pump to note.
Important Note: Since Christmas I have been dealing with and rehabilitating some wicked triceps tendonitis. In January, I couldn't bench 135 without excruciating pain. I've come a long way in healing it up, but my presses are still weak in comparison with what they once were. Bearing that in mind, here we go...
Superset: Strict OHP/YTWs
190x4/ 12.5x8 ---- I hit a 5th rep on OHP here too, but it had a bit of leg drive to it, so I didn't count it.
Superset Floor Press/HS Shrugs
225x5/ 3 plates per side x10
245x5/ 3 x10
265x5/ 4 x10
285x3/ 5 x6
45 per side x20
45 to failure
finished up with some triceps rehab and I was outta there.