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    All right, hadn't lifted since the 21st and hit my HVT back session, tonight.

    It went very well and I had a great pump and a lot of increases across the board.

    No more Hemavol, so I went with 1 scoop of FXT + 3.6g citrulline malate + 2 scoops of Cellucor's new BCAA product (great profile on that thing -- 2 scoops gave me 10g BCAA/3.2g BA/4g CM).

    As always, 2 scoops Compete intra-workout.

    Made big increases on my solo cable fly station lat pulldowns and some pretty big increases on my solo ring seated rows (140x25 for 8 sets to 150x25 for the first 4 sets and 140 for the last 4).

    Feeling great. Tomorrow is an off day and Thursday I'll hit max-OT arms.
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    Sup MWB, question...
    Do you feel you make your best gains on a higher volume routine or heavier?
    I was curious cause you spoke about HVT a while back. thx
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJP1 View Post
    Sup MWB, question...
    Do you feel you make your best gains on a higher volume routine or heavier?
    I was curious cause you spoke about HVT a while back. thx
    I feel like my gains keep coming from switching up the workouts as often as I do (HVT 1 week, Max-OT next week, HIT next week, Max-OT next, repeat).

    I feel like the strength comes from the Max-OT and the volume really focuses on endurance and gets amazing blood flow, and then the HIT works on endurance, too (and for a normal individual, hits max lipolysis). I've just made consistent gains in weight on the bar without anything more than staple supplementation, so I've been very happy with this program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    I feel like my gains keep coming from switching up the workouts as often as I do (HVT 1 week, Max-OT next week, HIT next week, Max-OT next, repeat).

    I feel like the strength comes from the Max-OT and the volume really focuses on endurance and gets amazing blood flow, and then the HIT works on endurance, too (and for a normal individual, hits max lipolysis). I've just made consistent gains in weight on the bar without anything more than staple supplementation, so I've been very happy with this program.
    They usually say, when i switch things up.. you have continued success. IMO that goes with dieting, training, cardio, supplements, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    I feel like my gains keep coming from switching up the workouts as often as I do (HVT 1 week, Max-OT next week, HIT next week, Max-OT next, repeat).

    I feel like the strength comes from the Max-OT and the volume really focuses on endurance and gets amazing blood flow, and then the HIT works on endurance, too (and for a normal individual, hits max lipolysis). I've just made consistent gains in weight on the bar without anything more than staple supplementation, so I've been very happy with this program.
    might have to consider changing up my training a bit more frequently. i usually keep the same type of style and split for about 4 weeks, but now might have to cut that down. pretty cool stuff dude
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    Quote Originally Posted by allnatural923 View Post
    might have to consider changing up my training a bit more frequently. i usually keep the same type of style and split for about 4 weeks, but now might have to cut that down. pretty cool stuff dude
    It's nice for me because I never liked changing my training that much.

    With this style, every week is different and they rotate (and I'll always swap out different lifts and such when I feel like it), but there's a pattern to it, so it really doesn't feel like I'm changing it (I like routine lol). But each week is also different, so I don't feel burned out like I ran into in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast

    It's nice for me because I never liked changing my training that much.

    With this style, every week is different and they rotate (and I'll always swap out different lifts and such when I feel like it), but there's a pattern to it, so it really doesn't feel like I'm changing it (I like routine lol). But each week is also different, so I don't feel burned out like I ran into in the past.
    That's interesting stuff. I tried a HVT program and felt burned out, so that's a unique style. What's different between the HIT & HVT? Bit confused so maybe you could shed some light for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJP1 View Post
    That's interesting stuff. I tried a HVT program and felt burned out, so that's a unique style. What's different between the HIT & HVT? Bit confused so maybe you could shed some light for me.
    That's just what I call them, so they might not technically be those.

    But for HVT, I do sets of 25 reps; usually 4 sets and 3-4 lifts per muscle group. But on legs, I like to torture them and get around 1,000 reps.

    HIT, I do 4x12 with 60 seconds rest between sets and 120 seconds rest when changing stations. People certainly do stuff with less rest, but I feel that's enough to keep HR up and not make my strength suffer as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    That's just what I call them, so they might not technically be those.

    But for HVT, I do sets of 25 reps; usually 4 sets and 3-4 lifts per muscle group. But on legs, I like to torture them and get around 1,000 reps.

    HIT, I do 4x12 with 60 seconds rest between sets and 120 seconds rest when changing stations. People certainly do stuff with less rest, but I feel that's enough to keep HR up and not make my strength suffer as much.
    I personally need more time although I find the more you do it the less rest you need. Also depends on your day prior.
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    Caught dinner with a friend who lives out of town and was in town, yesterday, so no gym. Going to sneak out of work an hour early or so to hit a Max-OT arm workout before I have to drive up to meet the girlfriend at her friend's rehearsal dinner. Hopefully gonna get to bed early and hit legs in the AM before the wedding. Woof. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    Caught dinner with a friend who lives out of town and was in town, yesterday, so no gym. Going to sneak out of work an hour early or so to hit a Max-OT arm workout before I have to drive up to meet the girlfriend at her friend's rehearsal dinner. Hopefully gonna get to bed early and hit legs in the AM before the wedding. Woof. lol
    I see what you did there.. working arms before seeing the wifey...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PuZo View Post
    I see what you did there.. working arms before seeing the wifey...
    Haha not the purpose, but definitely not a bad thing

    The DOMS have been unbearable (seriously bad), so I haven't lifted since Friday. I'll be in there tomorrow for sure. Really not a fan of this. I never used to get this unless I took a break from working out for a while or otherwise the DOMS last for maybe the day after. Ugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    Haha not the purpose, but definitely not a bad thing

    The DOMS have been unbearable (seriously bad), so I haven't lifted since Friday. I'll be in there tomorrow for sure. Really not a fan of this. I never used to get this unless I took a break from working out for a while or otherwise the DOMS last for maybe the day after. Ugh.

    I did walking lunges at the gym yesterday for eghh..40 mins with around 100lbs.. tons and tons of sets.. my ass hurts so bad today.. i scream everytime i have to sit down, putting my socks on was pure hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by criticalbench View Post
    I did walking lunges at the gym yesterday for eghh..40 mins with around 100lbs.. tons and tons of sets.. my ass hurts so bad today.. i scream everytime i have to sit down, putting my socks on was pure hell.

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    Yeah, that doesn't sound pleasant at all.

    Worst I ever did was not train legs for a few months and then hit them as hard as I would have before hand one night (because the weight felt light) and I couldn't walk right for well over a week. The worst part was I was working construction and I couldn't even put pressure on a shovel head to dig. It was really bad.
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    PR'ed on overhead presses, again: 360x6

    Hit 90's for 3 sets of 8 on DB side laterals and it felt really easy -- no rocking at all; all delts.

    Triceps were still incredibly sore (right one extremely); still managed to hit some great numbers (all increases).
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    On the bright side, triceps don't seem to be as sore today and no DOMS in the delts, yet. Traps are a bit sore, but not bad (and nothing more than I'd expect from 430x4x6 on shrugs).
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    Done with the Compete (I have my own tub that I'll be getting back into), so I'll get my final review up, soon.

    PR'ed on deads, tonight with 510x6. Hit 510x5 a year ago and this is the best I've done, since. I easily could have pulled more reps, but 6 was the cap I was shooting for.
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    Oh, and if any of you iForce reps ever have some extra Compete you want to trade (since it can last a bit longer, depending on how it's dosed, and it wouldn't be dipping into what you're using), hit me up.
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    Final Review:

    Compete:



    Taste: 9/10

    I bought the tangerine and really love it and got to try out the fruit punch on this run. It's very good, as well, but both have a hint of cardboard/popsickle stick taste to them (you can also smell it when you open the containers). If there's a way to get rid of that, this is a 10 for sure, but it also won't keep me from purchasing it.

    Mixability: 8/10

    This isn't too bad, but as I'd mentioned, some of it tends to clump up and sink (and then often stick) to the bottom. I mix it in a half-gallon of water, so there's no shortage of water there. Again, not something that will keep me from using this, but certainly enough to notice and be somewhat annoying.

    Overall: 9/10

    The two minor issues are the only things that would keep me from ranking this a 10/10. It's really a great product and I love using it intra-workout and don't want to go back to just BCAAs, again. 10g BCAAs along with my pre-workout supplement(s) and Compete intra is amazing. Really solid product here (dosed at 2 scoops).



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    Taste: 10/10

    Really quality stuff. I still haven't tried the watermelon, but I really don't care for watermelon. The lemon is a very good flavor and I don't see any way to improve it. Top Notch.

    Mixability: 10/10

    No issues with mixabilitiy on this one. I opt for a minimal amount of water with pre-workouts, generally, and this one wasn't grainy/gritty and leaving a ton of foam at the end.

    Overall: 10/10

    As mentioned above, there's nothing to complain about. I think this is an amazing, top-tier pre-workout when dosed at 2 scoops (mainly to get that amount of citrulline malate in; and I add about 3g extra to it, myself). Sometimes I like to stack with some caffeine or something like Focus-XT to get the minimal caffeine and then some ALC and other goodies in. Very great profile on this.




    Stack: 9/10

    The only reasons I'm not giving this a 10/10 are the marginal reasons mentioned above about Compete. Like I said, they're not enough to keep me from using Compete, but enough that they need to be mentioned, because if they're fixed, this thing is flawless. Great pre-workout + great intra-workout = amazing combination. There's not much else to add, other than that I truly enjoy this combination and will continue to use Compete for the foreseeable future.








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    Great final review, you had a good run.
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    Awesome final review. Try using really cold water for the compete. I never noticed it sticking the the bottom, yeah there is some settling but I guess it depends on how often you drink it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PuZo View Post
    Awesome final review. Try using really cold water for the compete. I never noticed it sticking the the bottom, yeah there is some settling but I guess it depends on how often you drink it.
    Always use cold water and it's really just for the first 10-15 minutes after it's been mixed. I just have to shake it every minute or two for that first stretch of 10-15 minutes and it's fine. Like I said, it's not terrible, but those couple very minor issues, if resolved, would leave me with literally nothing to complain about with this product lol.

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