Hikeon3 Runs 30 Days of PP Phyto-Testosterone (sponsored)
- 02-20-2012, 09:23 AM
- 02-20-2012, 10:48 AM
One thing I'm noticing big time that has never happened to me before: back pumps. I think that's what it is. It's just a nagging soreness/tenseness all the way up my erector spinae. It doesn't really go away either. I've never had back pumps and I'm assuming this is what that is. Otherwise I'm just fatigued.
Day 19: 2/20 PULL
Back pumps today were nuts. Settled down a bit later after drinking a lot of water and actively trying to relax my stance.
Third workout with Jack3d. Been crazy so far.
Pull Ups (backpack w/ 25#): 5, 5, 5, 4
Straight Bar Cable Rows: 180x10, 200x10, 200x10 Maybe this exercise is too easy.
HS Seated Rows: 250x8, 270x8, 270x6
Seated Reverse Grip Pulldowns: 185x8, 185x6, 185x8, 195x6, OH Grip 195x4 long holds
Static Lat Stretches
DB Shrugs: 65x8, 75x8, 85x8, 90x6, 90x5
Those pulldowns KILLED me. MY energy runs out really quickly during back workouts so I have to use tricks to get my lats firing. Those pulldowns are really nice with the slow negatives. I mean I hate them at the time, but nothing gets the blood going like those.
Diet was spot on today. I'm weighing in tomorrow to guage how the calories are. Once again I'm expecting little or no change. Maybe even weight loss. But with the lifts like they have been, who knows? I might be up a few.
Day 20: 2/21 Legs
Crazy workdays mean crazy lifts.
Hack Squat: 290x8, 310x8, 320x7, 325x6, 325x6
Hip Sled: 450x8, 540x8, 590x8, 590x8
Leg Extension: 180x8, 200x8, 205x8 nice long hold/negative on end
Leg Press Calves: 180x15, 180xfailure -- got about 20 solid reps on last one.
Always good to see the weight increasing. Weighed in after workout. 179.4 yet again.
That's a little frustrating. I guess more calories are in order. More cheat meals maybe. I always love an excuse to eat more.
Day 30 I'm shooting for 183. Better start making friends with the fork.
Day 21: 2/22 Push
Feeling better and better every day. Positive mood and outlook. Not even work can get me down.
Flat BB Bench: 225x8, 225x6, 225x6 (6th rep assisted)
HS Incline Press: 180x6, 200x7, 210x6
Weighted Dips: 25# in backpack - 8, 8, 6, 6
Seated DB Shoulder Press -ss-> Seated Lateral Raise: 45x8 -ss-> 25x8, 50x8 -ss-> 20x8, 55x6 -ss-> 20x8
DB Pullover: 85x8, 85x6, 85x4 *fail*
I was quite impressed with my bench improvement. Time to start moving beyond the 4-plate milestone though. Next session I will finish on 230.
Diet today was good, except given my lack of weight gain I've been relaxing my intake a bit. I had some breakfast tacos around midday at work and chalked it up to just needing the extra calories (plus they were really good). I'll continue eating more each day.
Things going well and really enjoying the strength gains I'm seeing so far.
Day 22: 2/23 Rest
Had a great day today. Went to work, came home, cooked and just relaxed. Ate a lot too. Been stepping up my gastric game.
Day 23: 2/24 Pull
Feeling good today. Went to the dentist and those people gouged me for all I was worth, but that doesn't mean that I can't go fry my lats after a short workday.
Pendlay Rows: 135x8, 185x6, 185x6, 185x6
HS Seated Rows: 250x8, 270x8, 270x7
Reverse-Grip Lat Pulldowns: 180x8, 185x8, 205x8 slow holds, 205x6 slow holds
Medium-Pronated Grip Pulldown: 205x6 long slow holds, strapped up and pulled hard with elbows
DB Shrugs: 75x8, 85x8, 90x8, 95x6, 95x5
Long, hard breathing static lat stretches.
I've seen a lot of improvement in my pulldowns. Seeing great results in width and pure mass in my upper back since switching to mainly using the pulldowns as my overhead movement. Really concentrating on pulling the elbows down and squeezing/holding on my last few reps have been brutal but worth it.
Diet today was all over the place. Been eating a lot more lately and not always 100% clean. More like 70%. But we'll see what happens with the weight and mirror.
Day 24: 2/25 Legs
Wife making me skip work today to help clean and organize. But she did want to go to the gym early so that's what we did. Normally my morning workouts suck terribly. I took 1 scoop of Jack3d and 1 scoop of ASGT and it had to be one of the best workouts of my life.
Hack Squats: 290x8, 320x8, 330x8, 340x8, 340x6
Hip Sled: 450x8, 540x8, 590x8, 590x8
Leg Extension: 185x8, 205x8, 205x7
After all of that, I didn't have the energy for calves. I was done for.
I have seen HUGE improvements in my hack squats. I can't even believe the amount of weight I'm putting on there. One downside to this, though, is that I can definitely feel the difference in my lower back. The increased spinal load does cause some soreness and pain following leg day. I'm hoping this goes away after awhile but I also am planning a rest week coming up. Taking that time to fully recuperate will hopefully recharge my joints and overall well-being.
Hunger is ridiculous. It's the end of the month so our budget is thin and I'm needing to make up calories in any way I can. Not always clean.
Day 25: 2/26 Rest
What a great day. Sundays are awesome. Went to church, went fishing, drank some beers, and got vomited on by a baby. Finished it off with a couple of movies.
Haven't been sleeping as well. Something I've noticed lately. Especially on days off when I should be sleeping in.
Looking forward to the final weigh-in. Feeling like I'm getting stronger and clothes are fitting tighter in the right spots.
Day 26: 2/27 Push
Mondays in my business are terrible. I want to forget today. Off to the gym.
Flat BB Bench: 225x7, 230x6, 230x3 -- no spotter today, had to leave one in the tank
Incline DB Press: 55x8, 65x8, 75x8, 75x8 -- going to start doing these more
HS Decline Press: 230x8, 230x6, 230x5
Seated DB Shoulder Press -ss-> Seated Lateral Raises: 45x8 -ss-> 20x8, 45x8 -ss-> 20x8, 45x7 -ss-> 20x8
Static DB Chest Stretch over bench w/ 30# each hand 60 seconds
Workout felt great today. Haven't done a dumbell press in a long time. I think I'll start throwing in those inclines. Can get a really nice stretch and contraction at the bottom of the lift. Plus, all the work I've been putting into the barbell has paid off in strength. Those 75's felt very manageable. Can probably bump to 80 or 85 in the next week or two and see 90-100# dumbells in a matter of a month or so.
Hunger is OUT OF CONTROL. I cannot eat enough.
Ya with the increased strength and hunger I would take advantage of it and bump cals, looks like it is working well for you so keep that in mind in the future if you run it again.
Day 27: 2/28 Pull
Good old back day. Love it and hate it. Really, REALLY liking how its been looking lately. Time to put the work in.
Seated HS Row: 250x8, 270x8, 270x7 looooooong hold
One-Handed Cable Rows: 100x8, 120x8, 120x8, 120x8
Reverse Grip Pulldown: 185x8, 205x8, 205x7, 205x5 long holds, 210x5 holds
Pronated Grip Pulldown: 210x4 long holds
DB Shrugs: 75x8, 85x8, 95x8, 95x7, 95x6 holding at peak contraction
Long, hard-breathing static lat stretches.
Those cable rows felt amazing. I have to keep doing those. We'll see what they do for me.
Calories should've been spot on. I'm really dying for march first when I get my grocery budget back. Hunger has been brutal. I swear every 30-45 minutes I'm back to my tub of coconut oil for another spoonful.
Next few days I won't be lifting. Have night events scheduled. Friday will be Legs with a final weigh-in on day 30. I took before pics. I'll attempt to splice them together and make a before and after. But 30 days might not be too drastic as we all know.
Day Final: Legs plus weigh in
Well my final day was back a few weeks. I weighed in at 180.6 pounds. That's a solid 5. I look leaner, in my opinion too.
Lifts went up pretty well too.
Here's how they progressed:
Day 1: 280x5
Day 30: 345x5
BB Flat Bench Press
Day 1: 220x6
Day 30: 235x5
Day 1: 165x8
Day 30: 210x6 --- grown to LOVE this lift close-underhanded grip with straps
I need to see if I can get my wife to take some pictures of me at some point.
Hikeon how have things gone for you since?
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