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    50 Days of X-Factor Advanced: A Log by Resolve


    So SwolenOne sent me 2 boxes of X-Factor Advanced 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
    Height: 6'4"

    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.

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    I couldnt miss this bro.
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    I'm sub'd

    Just ran my first cycle of XFA I dosed it 5 caps pre workout and on off days I would take 3 am/2pm.

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    What supplement company makes the last one on your list??
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    All the giants in Jotunheim couldn't keep me from subbing to this thread.

    Resolve, I've got just 3 words for ya homie, " Just Bring It!!"

    THE PAIN YOU ENDURE TODAY WILL PRODUCE THE POWER YOU ENJOY TOMORROW!!

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    Subd. I wanna see if this stuff is worth the coin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk88 View Post
    I couldnt miss this bro.
    You're a steadfast friend, Tom.

    Quote Originally Posted by StakedCop View Post
    I'm sub'd

    Just ran my first cycle of XFA I dosed it 5 caps pre workout and on off days I would take 3 am/2pm.
    5 it is, then! Seen you around the boards, SC, thanks for joining in.

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    What supplement company makes the last one on your list??
    It comes straight from heaven, I think.

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    All the giants in Jotunheim couldn't keep me from subbing to this thread.

    Resolve, I've got just 2 words for ya homie, "Bring It"!!

    Excellent! I'm feeling psyched! Let's do this!
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by 3clipseGT View Post
    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.
    I agree with GT, on training days take em all before you lift for enhanced pumps and anabolism!

    Thanks for the warm welcome, I'm still some what of a noob here, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by oufinny View Post
    In for the win. Always wondered if AA would work for me, curious to see how this run treats you.
    Good to see ya man.

    Quote Originally Posted by 3clipseGT View Post
    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.
    Alright, I'll play around with dose as I progress then. How are ya Josh?

    Quote Originally Posted by StakedCop View Post
    I agree with GT, on training days take em all before you lift for enhanced pumps and anabolism!

    Thanks for the warm welcome, I'm still some what of a noob here, lol
    Will do!

    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.
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    Okey doke, here we go with the first training day:

    AM session

    Box Squats:
    135 - 2x5
    225x5
    275x5
    315x5
    365x5
    405x3

    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
    135x5
    225x5
    275x5
    285x4
    225x10

    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.

    PM Session

    Weighted Pull-ups:
    BW+25 x5
    BW+50 x5
    BW+75 x5

    Weighted Chins:
    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.

    Superset:
    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by StakedCop View Post
    I agree with GT, on training days take em all before you lift for enhanced pumps and anabolism!

    Thanks for the warm welcome, I'm still some what of a noob here, lol
    Very interested to see how you like this Res!
    And yes, def take all caps preWO ...it's even theorized (on bb by some pretty knowledgable peeps) that only using preWO and none on off days would be a way to go too...but regardless, XFA=win...
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    Hola, my friend. Gotta say, 635x3 rack pulls? I hate you.

    Quote Originally Posted by schizm View Post
    Very interested to see how you like this Res!
    And yes, def take all caps preWO ...it's even theorized (on bb by some pretty knowledgable peeps) that only using preWO and none on off days would be a way to go too...but regardless, XFA=win...
    Sounds too tasty to pass up. How would you recommend dosing for someone lifting twice a day?

    Maybe 3caps before each workout on lifting days only?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post


    Sounds too tasty to pass up. How would you recommend dosing for someone lifting twice a day?

    Maybe 3caps before each workout on lifting days only?
    2 workout's a day? man, you're a Beast! First time I've come acorss that question..I'd have to defer to SwolenOne for his thoughts...but might wind up being something you'd have to play around with...but I do think once you try the 4-5caps PreWO you won't want to go below that # for a workout...sooo, hmmm....
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    Quote Originally Posted by StakedCop View Post
    I'm sub'd

    Just ran my first cycle of XFA I dosed it 5 caps pre workout and on off days I would take 3 am/2pm.
    I'm in too!

    Also... that last supplement you listed in the original post is highly suspect
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    Quote Originally Posted by schizm View Post
    2 workout's a day? man, you're a Beast! First time I've come acorss that question..I'd have to defer to SwolenOne for his thoughts...but might wind up being something you'd have to play around with...but I do think once you try the 4-5caps PreWO you won't want to go below that # for a workout...sooo, hmmm....
    Hmm, I'll hit up SO and see what he has to say. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Outstanding View Post
    I'm in too!

    Also... that last supplement you listed in the original post is highly suspect
    Lol yes indeed. But I figure, I'm bulking, and I limit my drinking to two beers a week on Friday only, so I gotta make 'em count!
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    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
    135x5/ 12.5x8
    155x5/ 12.5x8
    175x5/ 12.5x8
    155x5/ 12.5x8
    175x5/ 12.5x8
    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
    275x5/ 4+25x8
    285x3/ 5 x6

    HS Press:
    45 per side x20
    70 x12
    80 x12
    Dropset:
    90 x8
    80 x8
    70 x8
    45 to failure

    finished up with some triceps rehab and I was outta there.
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    Heck of a workout Nick and I know that feeling of recovering from an injury, its never fun and knowing you once could move more weight makes it that much more frustrating at times.
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    XFA is good stuff, I loved it. I dosed just 4 a day and made good steady gains. I had increased doms from it for like the first week but after that I didnt notice it much. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oufinny View Post
    Heck of a workout Nick and I know that feeling of recovering from an injury, its never fun and knowing you once could move more weight makes it that much more frustrating at times.
    You're exactly right, that's precisely how it feels. All things considered though, I was quite pleased. Haven't horizontally pressed 285 in about 4months!

    Quote Originally Posted by AnabolicFrenz View Post
    XFA is good stuff, I loved it. I dosed just 4 a day and made good steady gains. I had increased doms from it for like the first week but after that I didnt notice it much. Good luck.
    Thanks, and welcome to the log! Only 4 caps you say? Well I kinda went all out today, since in total I've now taken 8caps. 4 before the AM workout and another 4 before my PM workout. I may scale that back to 3 each time, but we'll see.

    PM Session: Mirror Muscles

    Superset: Incline Cable Flies/Pipe Grip Reverse BB Curls (good squeeze at the top of both movements)
    35x20/ 65x10
    45x15/ 75x10
    45x12/ 85x10
    55x10/ 95x10
    65x10/ 95x10

    Superset: Incline Cable Flies/Incline DB Curls with double contraction at the top
    55x10/ 40x10
    55x8/ 40x10
    45x10/ 40x10
    45x10/ 40x10
    35x20/ 40x10

    Giant Set: Conentration Curl/ Conc. Hammer Curl/ Standing DB Curl/ Hammer Curl/ Cross Body Hammer Curl
    40x5/x5/x5/x5/x5 --- Repeated Giant Set 3 times

    Superset: Pipe Grip Hammer Curls (Held at top of each rep)/ Forearm Roller
    60x6/ 1 time up and down --- repeated 3 times

    Don't know if it's just my fatigue or it's the XFA, but I am feeling freaking euphoric. My mood is amazing given how exhausted I am. Also, between this morning and now, my chest and arms are smoked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    Don't know if it's just my fatigue or it's the XFA, but I am feeling freaking euphoric. My mood is amazing given how exhausted I am. Also, between this morning and now, my chest and arms are smoked.
    Great update, my brother-eternal. So glad to see that your mood is euphoric. Can't beat that with a big stick. If it is attributable to the XFA, then that alone makes it worth the price. One of the things I like best about dianabol is the incredibly good mood that it proffers. I feel great when I take some D-Bol.

    The added fringe-benefit of packing on mass ain't bad either.

    Keep pushing hard in the gym and keep that diet lean and clean. Try your best to get at least 8 hours sleep each night. I know you have a hectic schedule, but try. If you can catch an afternoon cat-nap before hitting the gym, it will help tremendously.

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    Believe me, I am getting all the sleep I can manage. I've been going to bed about 9 or 9:30 - makes me feel like an old man, but I'm just done by that time of night.
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    NOTHING TO IT BUT TO DO IT!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    Hola, my friend. Gotta say, 635x3 rack pulls? I hate you.



    Sounds too tasty to pass up. How would you recommend dosing for someone lifting twice a day?

    Maybe 3caps before each workout on lifting days only?
    6 caps a day is very popular and 3 before each session should benefit you tremendously both for hypetrophy and the pump.

    Youve also noted feeling almost euphoric and it sounds like you train quite intensely, on the verge of over training. Ive found ArA really shines when my volume is quite high like your appears to be, it keeps me from flattening out as well as keeps my mood from getting worse from the increased stress of extra training in an already busy schedule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwolenONE View Post
    in for the epicness of this log!
    Thanks man. I kept meaning to PM you to let you know it's up, but I'm absent-minded.

    Had a decent couple of workouts today. Will post the update later. I'm beat right now and it's Friday night - time to kick back and recoup!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thundergod View Post
    NOTHING TO IT BUT TO DO IT!!

    Brother-Eternal, let's do this!!!

    one of my fav videos to watch before I head off to train, additionally, I'll be spending extra time in this log due to the love for "The Rock"!!!
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    Okay, gotta lot to update on from yesterday and today.

    X-Factor Notes: Primary benefit I'm seeing so far is that this stuff makes me happy. I've used products before that increase my sense of well being, but I wouldn't classify this the same. T-911, Dermacrine and similar supps made me more even-keeled and less-likely to get angry or stressed, which I consider "well-being." XFA literally just makes me... happy. Prostaglandins are associated with mood, and AA is a prostaglandin precursor - I'm really thinking there's a connection here.

    Hoping strength increases will set in soon. We'll see.

    Yesterday AM Session: DEADS!

    Superset: Deadlift/ BB hacks
    135x5/ same
    225x5/ same
    315x5/ same
    405x5/ 315x5
    455x3/ 315x5
    455x3/ 315x5

    Not a great day for DL, but not bad either. Need to work on trap rigidity and keeping my "ahem" BELLYFULL!

    Superset: Snatch Grip Speed Pull from 4" Platform/ Machine Hacks with pause at bottom
    225x3/ 2plates per side x5
    275x3/ 3x5
    275x3/ 4x5

    The snatch speed pulls are great for finishing off the posterior chain. The increased ROM is murderous and really forces major contraction through the core.

    Finished off with some calves and weighted abs.

    Yesterday PM session: Dead Assistance
    Superset: Wide Stance Good Morning to Pins/ Pipe Grip Pendlay Rows
    135x5/ same
    225x5/ 185x5
    275x5/ 225x5
    315x5/ 245x5
    365x5/ 275x3

    Dropset Cable Pullovers:
    100x10
    90x8
    80x8
    70x10
    60x10
    50x10

    100lb Plate Pushes:
    5 runs down and back, 25yd each direction

    Good mornings and plate pushes are currently my two favorite lower body movements. I love the stretch in my hams that I get the GMs, as well as the feeling of ab recruitment that tells me I'm doing them right. Plate pushes just devastate the quad and glute - they give me a pump like nothing else I've ever experienced.


    Today's Press and Curl Session

    Superset: OH Pin Press/ Monster Mini-band Face-Pull
    135x5/ 12 reps
    185x5/ 12
    205x5/ 15
    225x5/ 15
    245x2/ 15
    245x3/ 20

    Wanted 245x5 real bad, but the elbow wasn't having it. It's room for improvement to be achieved next week!

    Tri-set: Incline Press/ Incline Lean-Away Lateral Raise/ Lateral Raise
    185x5/ 25x10/ 50x10
    205x5/ 25x10/ 50x10
    225x5/ 25x8/ 50x8
    245x5/ 25x8/ 50x8
    265x4/ 25x8/ 50x8

    265x4 isn't bad at all. It's the most I've incline pressed in a long time, actually. And if you haven't tried incline lean away laterals, do it! Lay sideways on an incline bench so one shoulder is facing up and do laterals in that position - it keep the focus on the delt a lot more than a normal LR.

    Superset: Weighted Dips/ Tricep Rehab
    BW+45 x5/ 50x5 w/8sec eccentric
    +70x5/ same as above
    +80x5/ same as above
    +90x5/ same as above
    +105x4/ same as above

    One arm BB Preachers:
    40 for 4x6 with 5sec eccentrics

    Tri-set: Spider Curl/Preacher Curl/BB Curl
    85x10/x10/x10
    85x10/x10/x10
    85x10/x8/x8
    85x8/x8/x6
    85x10/x10/x10

    This tri-set works my biceps like nothing else I've ever done. It is currently far and away my favorite arm set-up. I was very displeased with my apparent weakness in the fourth set, but a little viking rage solved that problem in the fifth set.

    Finished off with some Machine Preacher 21's at 110lb.
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    Very interesting note on the possible MOA for your mood enhancement with XFA/arachidonic acid!

    This log has my attention peaked quite thoroughly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwolenONE View Post
    Very interesting note on the possible MOA for your mood enhancement with XFA/arachidonic acid!

    This log has my attention peaked quite thoroughly.
    Yeah, I'm pretty swamped with my research right now, but if I have time, I want to read up a bit more on AA in the CNS.


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    Good stuff R! Enjoy the spoils..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    Also, for anyone interested, I took 2nd place in the CL Motiv8 transformation contest! Won a big old prize pack!
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    Good stuff R! Enjoy the spoils..
    Congratulations big Nick!!
    Where are the pics located? I'd like to see those.

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    Resolve excellent stuff so far. I see you are using the alternate day fasting approach, are you using a paleo type diet on the days you eat or are you taking in a good amount of carbs with this? I am doing an IF diet as well, Lean Gains it is 16 hours fasting and 8 hours of eating per day. I am really surprised no one else has even mentioned the fact you are not eating anything at all every other day. Maybe no one noticed... So are you taking BCAA's at all during the fast or just water only all day, and how long have you been following the protocol? I know that there are supposed to be a plethora of health benefits with the alternate day fasting, most importantly the increased resiliency of just about any cell structure in the body to disease including cancers. How would you rate this regarding ability to gain muscle? I get some of the resiliency benefits from my 16 hour fast but I know it is supposed to be higher with the 24 hour fast.

    Looks like the product has some mood elevation, that is always an added benefit. Are you noticing an increase in the pump as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZMIDLYF View Post
    Good stuff R! Enjoy the spoils..
    Thanks AZ, I'm gonna enjoy 'em big time!

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    Congratulations big Nick!!
    Where are the pics located? I'd like to see those.

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    Yours was a meaty post, Kleen; so I've put a bit of thought into my reply.

    My diet is primarily "Paleo Friendly," but still moderate in carbs - about 200g per day as fruit, legumes, veggies and sweet potato.

    On fasting days, I have 8g of leucine every 2-3hrs throughout the day, and will usually have a small helping of protein before bed. I'm too hungry to sleep otherwise and it didn't seem to impede fat loss.

    I've been following some form of intermittent fasting for over 2 years now. I began with 16/8 "Lean Gains" Protocol that you're on now. I found that very amenable to gaining weight and muscle - last summer I bulked to 265 and all my current PRs were set while on that kind of diet.

    My current ADF diet was started this past January. It was originally tailored for fat loss during the CL transformation contest, so right now is really the first time I've employed this protocol for a muscle-gain program. So, I'm playing with cals and will be adjusting things a lot as I go along.

    Calorie Restriction/fasting is really the only scientifically supported method of lifespan extension, because it has the exact effect you mentioned - it upregulates auto****y, which in a sense forces the body to "renew" itself on a continual basis.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    Resolve excellent stuff so far. I see you are using the alternate day fasting approach, are you using a paleo type diet on the days you eat or are you taking in a good amount of carbs with this? I am doing an IF diet as well, Lean Gains it is 16 hours fasting and 8 hours of eating per day. I am really surprised no one else has even mentioned the fact you are not eating anything at all every other day. Maybe no one noticed... So are you taking BCAA's at all during the fast or just water only all day, and how long have you been following the protocol? I know that there are supposed to be a plethora of health benefits with the alternate day fasting, most importantly the increased resiliency of just about any cell structure in the body to disease including cancers. How would you rate this regarding ability to gain muscle? I get some of the resiliency benefits from my 16 hour fast but I know it is supposed to be higher with the 24 hour fast.

    Looks like the product has some mood elevation, that is always an added benefit. Are you noticing an increase in the pump as well?
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