MidwestBeast's Athletix Adamantium + Titanium Stack Log (Sponsored)
- 06-21-2011, 09:47 PM
MidwestBeast's Athletix Adamantium + Titanium Stack Log (Sponsored)
Gotta give a shout out to my man JD for hooking me up here, as well as Athletix for the opportunity to run this combo log. I have been very intrigued by Athletix as they've come onto the scene with fairly straightforward, solid products and no prop. blends. I'm currently a couple weeks into a log for SNS, as well, running their TTA. If you want to see how my last couple weeks have gone, you can check them out here:
MidwestBeast's SNS TTA-500 Log (sponsored)
If you know me, you know I'm battling a non-functioning/under-functioning thyroid and that has essentially kept me at the same weight for the better part of a year. In a few more days, I should get my latest blood test results back which will indicate if I am dealing with what I think I am, or I'll just be up a creek lol.
I'm also just past a month into a break of no stimulants. I plan on going another 2 months, then seeing how my sensitivity is. If it's still not what it should be, I'll stay off stims for another couple months (whatever it takes to bring it back).
I also just got back from 2 weeks in Hawaii which were 2 weeks I spent entirely out of the gym (first time since I was about 20 or younger and playing baseball / taking summers off). I lost a lot of strength in that time, along with size, which is easily attributed to my lack of eating out there. I did, however, surf, snorkle and hike a ton, so I wasn't a couch potato (nor was I killing my liver).
So, I guess what that means is right now my main goal is strength gain! Ideally, my top goal is cutting body fat at all costs, but until the thyroid cooperates, I am focusing on getting the strength up and keeping it there. I'll also be trying to gain a bit of muscle until it's corrected, likely. I'm focusing more on recomp type results than a straight cut at the moment. Remember, whenever the thyroid cooperates, it's game on and cut time at the drop of a dime, though.
I run a pretty detailed log and am usually updating multiple times a day. So, please ask questions and leave comments! That's what I'm here for.
I took my first cap of Titanium with an evening meal last night and today was Day 1 of the actual stack.
6/21/11 - Delts/Traps
Seated DB Shoulder Presses: 65's x 15 / 75's x 15 / 75's x 12 / 75's x 12 / 65's x 15
DB Side Lateral Raises: 65's x 15 / 65's x 15 / 65's x 15 / 65's x 15 / 25's x 12 (slow)
Seated Rear Delt DB Side Lateral Raises: 75's x 15 / 75's x 15 / 75's x 15 / 75's x 15 / 40's x 12 (slow)
BB Shrugs (bar behind back): 295x15/295x15/295x14/295x13/225x16
DB Shrugs: 90's x 25 / 90's x 30
Total Workout Time: 60 minutes
My numbers are still significantly off from what they had been pre-Hawaii, but this was the best workout I've had since coming back (and being off stims). It didn't feel quite as intense as they all used to, but still pretty darn good. This was also my first day of using Adamantium pre-workout -- I already love it lol.
I can't wait til I can get my body back on track and get lean, because even with the extra body fat (probably hangin around 20% atm), I still manage to look really ripped and vein out through my traps. I needed the ego boost, today. I took 1 scoop Adamantium, 2g LCLT and ~1.5g creatine nitrate pre-workout. Sick, sick combo.
I've been doing IF the last 2 days. Still have been eating grains, though, because I have a ton around here and like Makaveli pointed out, it's not gonna make a difference since the thyroid issue is beyond that (I've done paleo before and got nothing out of it).
Tomorrow is chest!
- 06-21-2011, 09:47 PM
7-21-11 Final Review:
Yesterday was my last day of Titanium. I still have a bit of Adamantium left that I will continue using pre-workout since I'm still going without any stimulants. I will be ending my log now, though, as most of the excitement has taken its course
This is a very solid stack and I'd highly recommend it. Around 10-14 days in, I started noticing some minor acne popping up on my back and shoulders, which is not something that usually happens to me. That was a good sign of what was going on. For the first 3 weeks of this run, my libido was significantly raised and it's returned to about normal levels the past week.
I attribute a lot of the effects outside of libido to the Titanium, because when using solely DAA, the only thing I seem to notice is the huge surge in sex drive.
I can't comment too much on strength gains for 2 reasons: 1) I had just taken 2 weeks off entirely when I went to Hawaii, so my strength tanked pretty hard and 2) I normally don't really plateau and can make small strength gains on a weekly basis across the board even without any supplements (outside of the staples).
I also can't comment on any visual effects, unfortunately. With my thyroid issue being what it is, it doesn't matter what I eat or how much -- I just stick in one spot.
Adamantium is a great pre-workout and for a non-stim route, I'd certainly recommend it. The thing that I'd love to have in there is something for more focus outside of the tyrosine.
For the cost, I'd definitely recommend Titanium. It does its job well.
A big thank you is in order for Athletix and my man JD for setting me up with this log. This will likely be my last sponsored log for some time (unless it's something really special). Until I get my thyroid issues sorted the rest of the way, I'll pretty much just coast on supplements and whenever it's fixed, I will be cutting hardcore and you can rest assured I'll have a photo log running.
Last edited by MidwestBeast; 07-21-2011 at 06:47 PM. Reason: Added Final Review
06-21-2011, 10:00 PM
06-21-2011, 10:05 PM
06-21-2011, 10:09 PM
haha, thanks man. I'm too embarrassed to be logging atm. Not so much with my numbers, those are pretty decent, not the best of my life or anything, but decent. Its the number on the scale that's embarrassing!
06-21-2011, 10:15 PM
I was actually thinking about this earlier today -- think about how awesome it will be whenever it gets sorted out for us, man. We're used to working SO hard and doing everything right that it's just gonna be like time flying in the mirror for us. I don't know how close you are to it or I am, but whenever it gets here, it's gonna be so much fun. We're just putting in our time.
And this was in my daily devotional from this morning:
"In all the setbacks of your life as a believer, God is plotting for your joy." óJohn Piper
It's all on His time. It'll happen eventually
06-21-2011, 10:52 PM
06-21-2011, 11:02 PM
form + ROM > weight. LOL, I never noticed that in your sig until today. I literally laughed out loud when I read that
06-21-2011, 11:05 PM
06-21-2011, 11:06 PM
06-23-2011, 10:28 PM
Okay, so here are some updates:
- I took the gym off on Wednesday and Thursday. If I'm following my normal split, those would be chest and back days, respectively, with Friday off. I'll be hitting both on Friday, instead. I'll likely not hit chest all that much as upper chest development is the biggest concern I have with my chest.
- In all honesty, it's just stemmed from the whole thyroid thing and my desire to be in the gym isn't gone by any means, but it isn't AS driven as it is when I'm getting results (or at least wasn't aware that I wasn't making any progress). It doesn't seem to matter what or how much I eat or what I do lifting or cardio wise, the scale and mirror just don't budge (aside from short term muscle pumps post-gym). My mindset turned a BIT toward that I'm not gonna be so OCD on everything as I normally am when my body id working against me. This doesn't mean I won't be trying or working hard at all; just not as strict as I normally am.
- I called the endo's office today and they said my bloodwork from a week ago won't be in until some time next week. I was hoping it would be sooner, but it's all in God's time. I'm trying to be patient.
- I went to the chiropractor today for the first time in my life and he did confirm that I do in fact have a pelvic imbalance. I'm going back tomorrow to discuss the x-rays and start on some physical therapy to start correcting it -- that's good.
- I've been dosing the Titanium at 1 cap 2x/day with meals. I've only used the Adamantium once, still.
06-23-2011, 11:04 PM
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06-25-2011, 01:48 PM
06-25-2011, 02:11 PM
6/24/11 - Chest & Back
Incline Bench Press: 135x10/185x10/205x10/245x6/255x4/225x10/185x10
Bench Press: 225x12/275x5/225x8
Decline DB Bench Press: 75's x 13 / 85's x 14 / 85's x 15
Bent-over Rows: 155x15/x12/x10/x8 (supersetted with pullups)
T-Bar Rows: 145x15/x12/x10/x8
Seated Rows (wide/neutral grip): 140x15/160x12/180x10/200x8
Chest numbers are getting back up there slowly. It's also noticeable when I'm pressing, the imbalances I have in my back from the imbalance in my pelvis. I normally draw my shoulderblades in tight and have that foundation underneath me to be able to press more, but the imbalance has left me with a little bit more muscle on one side of my upper back than the other, so the presses are off balance.
Anyway, number are slowly coming back up. It wasn't the best workout ever, but they're getting back to where they used to be.
I'm on my way to hit arms in a few minutes.
Thursday night I went ahead and mixed up Layne Norton's cheesecake recipe, except I doubled it because I bought a 9"x13" cake pan instead of a 9" pie pan lol. I had bought enough to fix 2 cheesecakes, so I figured I'd just double it up, anyway. I also added in extra protein and here's what my version consists of:
- 8 large eggs
- 4lbs fat free cheese cake
- 2 cups splenda
- 1 cup skim milk
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 4 scoops Tru-Nutrition vanilla Isology protein
Mix it all up with an electric beater in a large bowl. Pour it into the cake pan (fills it almost to the top). Have the oven pre-heated to 350 and then place the pan in for an hour. It'll brown up a bit on the top and when you pull it out at an hour it'll feel a bit undone in the middle, still (if you tap the top of it, it'll jiggle like fat). Let the pan cool enough that you can stick it in the fridge (or if you have metal racks, put it in immediately) for several hours.
I added a tad bit more on the vanilla, cinnamon and milk. None are anything worth mentioning; might be just a few drops of each and maybe 1/3 cup more of milk.
The macros I ended up with for this mixture are:
It turned out absolutely delicious. It's incredibly filling, too, which is surprising for it only being 260 calories if you cut it into 10 pieces (they're BIG pieces, too -- 4g fat/14g carb/42g protein). Topping it with light Cool Whip is really good and what's also really good is adding some natural peanut butter on top of it, too.
06-25-2011, 04:36 PM
So it's worth mentioning that my appetite has been down for a while, but the last few days have been reminiscent of the days of the original Stimulant X back in college. I have to FORCE myself to eat to get the protein in. It's very, very odd. Even snacks aren't appealing.
Now I'll admit that there is a lot of stress in my life (has been for almost a year now) and the Synthroid never helped in the appetite department, either (i.e. it brought my appetite down a bit). It's been noticeably more lately, so I'm going to assume that it's the TTA.
We should actually be able to figure this out, too, because after talking with Makaveli, I'm confident in stopping my Synthroid. Last night's dose at 10:30 will be my last dose. So, we'll see how appetite goes. I'm hoping I'll get the blood work in this week (early, preferably) that will in fact confirm it's reverse T3, so I'll be put on T3. In the meantime, I'm going to cease the T4 as well as the NOW Thyroid Energy (which contains more iodine). I will, however, keep taking my Orange Triad, which contains iodine, but I'm only dosing it at 3 caps a day (never noticed a difference at the 6 caps a day).
I've been thinking about stopping the T4 for a while and I was wanting to wait until I had confirmation on blood tests, but my gut feeling after Makaveli mentioned the reverse T3 to me has been that's what I'm dealing with. I've been on T4 for 5 months (3 at 50mcg and 2 at 112mcg). My TSH and T4/T3 levels look pretty good on paper and yet I still haven't noticed anything (being stuck at the same weight the entire time you've been on the medication while even eating less makes zero sense). On top of that, I still have the same overall lack of energy that I had and ever since I started the T4 my hair started thinning (who knows if it's that or the stress).
All that being said, it hasn't been helping me, so stopping it isn't something I'm too worried about. If it is reverse T3, I have to flush all the T4 out of my system anyway, so I don't want to wait any longer.
We'll see what the blood work shows this upcoming week. I'll be praying that my gut feeling is right. Being on T3 for life isn't an ideal situation at all by any means. However, knowing what you're up against and being able to make SOME form of progress is better than spinning your wheels and finding yourself without the urge to go out and do much of anything.
06-25-2011, 06:21 PM
6/25/11 - Arms
Olympic Bar Curls: 65x15/85x12/105x12/110x12/110x12/90x15
DB Hammer Curls: 65's x 12 / x 12 / 75's x 12 / x 12 / 25's x 12 (very slow)
Overhead Ring Curls: 70x15/x15/x15/x15
Straight-bar Tri Pushdowns: 150x15/170x15/190x15/190x15
Overhead Tri Rope Extension/Roll: 125x12/x12/x12/x12
Reverse Ring Curl: 40x15x15x15 (all done very slowly and contraction held)
Reverse Wrist Rolls: 95x25/105x20/115x20
DB Wrist Curls: 30x10/x10
Total Workout Time: 82 Minutes
This was definitely the best arm workout I've had since being back and they were looking very full, swollen and pumped today. I took 1.5 scoops of Adamantium + 2g LCLT + 3.5g Creatine Nitrate pre-workout, which I'll say is a phenomenal combo when going non-stim.
Brought my numbers up at least on one or two sets for all lifts that were repeated from my last arm session since being back from Hawaii. It was dead in the gym today, which I always enjoy. I just got into the zone. I was really feeling some TobyMac, too:
06-25-2011, 06:33 PM
06-25-2011, 06:50 PM
06-25-2011, 08:22 PM
mwb, i have been following your logs/progress for so long that i feel like i have a vested interest in your success-good luck!!!
GOD, FAMILY, COUNTRY!!!
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