Pump, Pump it UP..Gotti's Hemavol log
- 12-05-2011, 08:17 AM
Pumps: Pumps seem to be getting better and better, I have yet to up my dosing which is good, only using the product on lifting day a bottle will last a good while.
Endurance: I feel endurance is staying high on Hemavol, usually I end up breathing heavy and I can tell when it's time to stop the lifting for the day. This allows me to push further.
PCT: PCT is almost done and should be wrapping up this week. I feel good and feel like I'm recovered, my scale is broke so I have no clue what my weight is but the mirror tells me that I haven't lost much if anything at all. Hemavol seems to help shape my muscles a little better during pct since I really feel I can target the exact part of the muscle that I wanted.
- 12-05-2011, 08:18 AM
- 12-06-2011, 08:19 AM
Chest: BB Incline Press 5 sets
BB Flat Bench 3 sets
Peck Deck Fly 6 sets
Tris: EZ bar skull crusher into EZ bar close grip press 3 sets
Rope extensions 3 sets
underhand extension 3 sets
Good: Chest pumps were good, especially felt it in my inner/upper chest area. Tricep pump was pretty good, but odd. My triceps would be pumped for about 5 minutes, then I would note that I had no pump...then the pump would come back strong again.
Bad: My energy was alittle low because I didn't sleep well the night before. Therefore the weight wasn't where I would liked to have it been. Shouldn't be an excuse but I felt out out of it. The workout flew by as well, I don't know if I was taking longer rest periods or what but everytime I looked at the clock I was shocked that it was getting late and I wasn't completed with my workouts.
Note: I went to bed an hour earlier last night to catch up. Got a good nights rest, but I still feel in a cloud this morning, hopefully I can snap out of it at some point today.
12-07-2011, 08:19 AM
Back: Wide grip weighted pull ups 4 sets
Chest pad t bar row: 4 sets
close grip pull downs: 3 sets
close grip cable row: 3 sets
deadlift: 4 sets
Bi: BB curl 3 sets, last set was a drop set
incline db hammer curl 3 sets
double bi high cable curl 3 sets
Good: Bicep pump was really good and kicked in almost instantly. On the other hand, the back pump was solid but didn't really kick in until right before deadlifts then within what felt like seconds my upper back felt like it ballooned out. Deadlift pumps were pretty painful and still hurt pretty bad this morning, but whatever, it's all in the game.
Bad: I really wanted to get a picture of my forearm veins but I didn't get veiny like the week before even though the pump was solid. Back pumps were solid but the pain is bad haha.
12-08-2011, 08:08 AM
Cardio was 35 minutes and threw in some abs
No Hemavol on this day, just wanted to keep everyone updated
Today is the last day of PCT, I will keep up with my Hemavol and my log until the jug runs out or until Christmas, whatever comes first.....i need some time off from the gym, it's been longer than I thought since my last break
12-08-2011, 09:50 AM
Safe to say the pumps build over time.
12-09-2011, 08:26 AM
Legs: Squats 5 sets
Donkey Calve Raises: 5 sets
Standing single leg leg curls: 4 sets
Leg extension: 4 sets
Stiff leg cable deadlift: 3 sets
Good: The way I felt was awesome, the pumps were awesome. Overall the workout was really good, my quads blew up with blood, My calves also blew up during the raises, they were also fuller all night long and even this morning when I was walking down the steps my calves felt slightly pumped. The weight seemed light so I went higher weight on the squats and less reps since I felt so good. Usually when I walk out of the gym my legs feel and knees buckle and feel like jello, yesterday my upper legs felt rock solid and even though I couldn't walk straight my legs felt solid.
Bad: As I was breezing through my workout I felt like I could get a lot done. But then I got held up by a few goof balls asking for spots and crap....really delayed my training.
12-12-2011, 08:13 AM
Shoulders: BB shoulder press: 4 sets
BB behind the neck press: 3 sets
Rear Delt Fly: 3 sets
Plate Loaded Side Raise: 3 sets
Cable High Row: 3 sets
Traps: BB Shrugs 3 sets
Behind the back BB Shrug 2 sets
Good: The workout was solid, my traps felt blown up almost instantly. The weight was on par with where it's been which was good.
Bad: The weight was where it should have been but the pumps in the shoulders lacked. They weren't bad but they weren't near where they were the last 2 shoulder sessions. I also felt tired at the beginning of the workout which sucked but that went away as I started working.
12-13-2011, 08:18 AM
Monday: Incline BB Press 5 sets
Flat BB Press 3 sets
Peck Deck Fly 5 sets
Cable cross high setting 2 sets to exhaustion
Tris: Weighted dips 3 sets
DB behind head press 3 sets
Rope extensions 3 sets
Straight underhand pulldown 2 sets
Good: Pumps in the chest were almost instant, maybe 2 sets and it was on full blast. I must have shrunk my t-shirt in the wash or something because it felt tight and then when I got the pump, I felt like I was going lose circulation. I was really able to feel exactly what part of my chest was being worked during each excercise. Tricep pump was also excellent and very fast.
Bad: Tricep weight was alittle disapointing for me. Nothing to do with the product as I still got a pump. It just felt almost impossible to get as low as I wanted on my dips, I dunno what it was but I wasn't happy during my tricep work.
12-14-2011, 08:21 AM
Back: Weighted wide grip pull ups 4 sets
weighted close grip pull ups 3 sets
Iso lat row 4 sets
Close grip cable row 3 sets
Deadlift 4 sets
Bis: DB alt curl 3 sets
Incline DB hammer curl 3 sets, last set was a drop set
Double bi high cable curl 3 sets
Good: Lower back got pumped and still feels pumped as a type this, can't sit or stand for too long at a time. Biceps pumped really good, felt like rocks and numb I guess would be the best way to describe them. The weights during training were good, not great but I think I've gone up on all my lifts yesterday from the previous week.
Bad: Upper back didn't get all that pumped, usually have the pull ups I could almost feel my lats get tigher against my clothes. That didn't seem to happen during this workout.
Notes: I say I think my weight went up because I stopped marking down my weights and rep numbers.
12-14-2011, 08:11 PM
Nice volume on those workouts, YG! How long do you take between sets?
12-14-2011, 10:32 PM
hey some days the workouts are jsut too good to track #'s
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12-15-2011, 08:08 AM
12-15-2011, 08:12 AM
12-15-2011, 08:17 AM
No product today and after having some cold days here in PA, yesterday was nice so I think the gym was alittle behind but it was abnormally hot in there. Had a nice sweat going on.
12-16-2011, 08:16 AM
Legs: Squats 3 sets
Donkey Calve Raise 4 sets
Standing one leg curl: 3 sets
Leg extensions 4 sets
Calve raises on leg press machine 4 sets
Good: The pump in the leg again wasn't crazy but allowed me to go heavy throughout the workout. Calves blew up, kind of wish they stayed that size all the time but ya know....when I win the lottery I can get calve implants I suppose.
Bad: Yesterday at some point I hurt my big toe, it wasnt even at the gym, it was before. The odd thing is it didn't hurt while I was raising on my toes for calves. It hurt more while doing squats and things. Even walking this morning hurts when I push off.
12-18-2011, 10:55 AM
Shoulders: BB shoulder press 3 sets
behing head bb shoulder press 4 sets
plate loaded side raise 3 sets
real delt fly 3 sets
high row 2 sets
traps: plate loaded shrug machine 5 sets (different hand positions on each set)
Good: Good pump in the shoulders especially after the side raises. They were tough but felt good when I was done with them. Looked fuller I thought later in the day. Could be the products help, could be from the increased calories and training but my upper body is looking full and healthy right now.
Bad: Nothing to bad during the workout.
Notes: Week review coming up, and going into this next week it will be last week on the product. It looks like I have enough to make it through 3 or 4 more workouts which works perfectly since I'm laying off the weights next week for rest and to prepare for the new year.
12-18-2011, 07:25 PM
good stuff man! make those last 3-4 workouts top notch!
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12-19-2011, 08:22 AM
I dont' know what week I'm on lol
The pumps have remained solid, endurance has also been good....As I continue to use this product, i feel thicker and look thicker especially in my upper body....it could be from my extra calories but my calories haven't changed much since september so i'm thinking the hemavol has something to do with it
i'm also really likeing how you could almost target the exact part of the muscle your looking to hit, for example last week during a set of incline bench, i felt like i was hitting my front delt's....so i had to realign my form....really helped prevent overworking other muscle groups and really hit the muscle i'm looking to target
12-20-2011, 08:25 AM
Chest: Incline bench press 3 sets
incline bench press 24 style 3 sets (i'll explain)
incline bench press 1 set to failure
peck deck fly 4 sets
Tricep: Weighted dip 3 sets
overhead triangle extension 4 sets
underhand straight bar pull down 3 set
Good: Pump in the chest was very pronounced, it hit very hard. I also felt like I looked like a boss in the mirror, my chest looked full. Triceps also pumped, alittle slower than chest but when it hit the pump was noticeable. Wish I had more time in the gym, but it got late way to quick for me.
Bad: This stuff is a tease lol, I got home, ate and then got ready for a shower and by that time my chest had deflated. I went from feeling liek superman to disapointed that I wasn't that anymore.
Notes: So I read an article about a guy who made a good point. He was talking about during a bulk, he likes trying different things, different diet plans and things, as long as he's getting his calories. Then I read an article about the 24 training (6 full reps, 6 slow reps, 6 reps from the top half way down, 6 reps from the bottom half way up). I figured I'd give it a try and it burned bad, obviously can't use the same weight, but after the slow reps your muscles started to burn, from the top half way down I felt like it hit my front delts which I didn't like but the bottom range was great. Chest felt strectched out the whole time the the burn went through my whole upper chest.
12-20-2011, 09:29 AM
the 24's sound good.
im trying out slower reps, about 1-2seconds up and 2 seconds down, im teaching my muscles to contract rather than using momentum or my joints to move the weight.
so far so good but i usually do 1-2 exercise heavy and explosive after doing 2 exercises of slow squeezing reps. i have to actually feel the muscle move, especially on chest.
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12-20-2011, 09:49 AM
yeah i enjoyed it....it was a nice change up, i have done something similar for biceps but never really thought to do it with other muscles....might try it on some sort row today, i don't know if i'd be able to do it on pull ups even at bodyweight
12-21-2011, 08:23 AM
Back: Wide grip pull up 4 sets
Close Grip pull up 3 sets
Chest Pad T-Bar Row (24 style) 3 sets
Chest pad t bar row 1 regular set
Close Grip row 3 sets
Deadlift 4 sets
Bis: BB curl 4 sets
Incline DB hammer curl 3 sets
Preacher Curl (24 style) 3 sets
Good: Back and Biceps both blew up fairly quickly, walked around like I had 10 extra lbs hanging from my lats. Lower back pumped up fairly quickly as well...ouch....Endurance was good and I felt fresh for most of my workout. During the t-bar row the squeeze was incredible, especially during the slow portion of the movements.
Bad: My lower back is tight this morning! It hurts so bad right now haha. My only other complaint is that during the extended portion of the tbar row my biceps started to fill up which I didnt like only because I felt it wasn't fully hitting my back.
12-21-2011, 01:19 PM
I plan on trying that zottman curl....Originally Posted by Young Gotti
Found this cool app also that list a ton of new exercises to try!
12-21-2011, 01:23 PM
12-22-2011, 08:09 AM
Again no hemavol....cardio was good but i'm in christmas mode right now, no one is at work, i'm tired and i just want to sit on a couch.....it's going to be tough to get up and be motivated for legs today
12-22-2011, 03:45 PM
maybe that will help
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12-22-2011, 04:04 PM
12-23-2011, 08:14 AM
Legs: BB Squat 5 sets last set was a drop set
Standing Calf raises 4 sets
One Leg Leg Curl 4 sets
Leg Extension 4 sets
Leg Press 3 sets
Good: Weight was solid and right where I want it to be.
Bad: Everything else, intensity wasn't there even though the weight still was moving. Almost like I was going through the motions which I HATE. I was just not there, I was thinking about other things that needed to be done, my body and mind feel worn out and I'm reading a 3 day weekend for hibernation. Not really any pump going on in any part of my legs, but I'll chalk that up for lack of intensity.
Notes: Even though the workout sucked, I'm really sore today, my calves hurt, my hamstrings feel tight and painful. Maybe it wasn't all for the bad after all.......1 more workout on Hemavol
12-27-2011, 08:14 AM
Shoulders: BB shoulder press 4 sets
BB shoulder press behind neck 4 sets
Rear Delt Fly 3 sets
Plate Loaded side raise 4 sets
Traps: Plate Loaded shrug 3 sets
Plate Loaded reverse shrug 2 sets
Good: I had alittle more than a scoop left, so I used whatever was left. The taste was so sweet that it hit me right in the jaw, you know when you eat something sweet/sourish. I love it, the pumps were also really solid. Possibly alittle better than one scoop on it's own. Endurance was also good. Even with it being my last workout before a break I was able to push some good weight around.
Bad: It's over now
Notes: Final Review coming soon
12-28-2011, 08:39 AM
Taste: I had the Lemon Drop flavor of Hemavol. The stuff tastes amazing....like a summer time lemonade, nice and sweet for me. The best part for me was it wasn't a flavor that was awesome at first and then got old. It was enjoyable the whole way through.
Mixability: Hemavol mixed well. I would say 9 out of 10 times it was mixed with no problem. So with 30ish servings, maybe 3 times I had to scrap the glass with a spoon to unclump alittle that got stuck at the bottom. Besides that there was never clumps floating around.
Pumps: Pumps were solid when I was able to get my water and carb intake centered around my Hemavol. I stayed went over 1 scoop and still got enjoyable pumps. I only went over 1 scoop on the last day and the pumps were solid once again. Is it the best pump product? Probably not, I've had other pump products that produced bigger pumps. But this stuff is no slouch. It does what it claims and maybe at a higher dose it would be the best. However at 1 scoop you also don't get the pumps that force you to cut the workout short which is a huge plus for me. The pump was good yet it wasn't so pronounced that I felt like I couldn't move that specific body part anymore. The pump didn't seem to last long after the workout either. At the gym I felt like I looked awesome and then I'd get ready to shower and be like ahh man I looked so good now I'm just me again.
Endurance: This kind of ties in with the pump. The pumps allowed me to push hard throughout the whole workout which I liked. A few times I felt awesome and fresh throughout the whole workout. I don't know if it was from Hemavol but I'll give Hemavol credit for this.
Muscle Contraction: I don't know what else to title this. But this is the best part or my favorite part of the product. I was able to feel exactly the body part I wanted to target. For example on incline bench, I felt the top of my chest contracting hard and knew I was in good form, then on fly machines I really wanted to target my inner chest and it amazed me on how I was able to feel my inner chest working and not really the rest of my chest. I think this could be used very effectively for beginners to get their form in proper order because you can truly feel if your hitting another body part when you dont' want to. May also work very well for someone to work on a body part that is lacking.
Overall: The product works really well and does what it says. I have no problems saying I enjoyed the product.
Recommendations: Iforce should give me a free lifetime supply! But I'd also make bigger bottles. It seems to go fast, plus something like a 60 serving tub would allow people to play with the dosing alittle more.
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