PES Alphamine Log (unsponsored)
- 08-26-2012, 12:29 PM
PES Alphamine Log (unsponsored)
Hello all. This is my PES Alphamine (plus some other goodies) log. I plan to do this right with 3-4 updates a week, pics every 2 weeks or so, correct diet, nutrition, and above all else honesty about the product.. Which shouldn't be too hard because PES makes some bomb f'n stuff.
Waist: 36 (measured at the navel relaxed position)
BF %: ~ 17 (estimation)
Lifting stats: I'm coming off a major ankle injury which kept me out of the gym for ~6 months. Without training and strict nutrition my strength and physique took a hit. Strength has slowly been returning in the past 2 months I've been lifting but I still consider myself very weak (especially in my legs) in comparison.
Bench: 5 x 210
Squat: 3 x 235
Deadlift: 5 x 300
Military Press: 3 x 135
Bench: 5 x 235
Squat: 3 x 315
DL: 5 x 315
MP: 3 x 165
As you can see, I've lost a lot a lot of strength.
Goals: My primary goal is to lose fat. Period. I'm 178 and I'd like to be more around 168. I'm also very uncomfortable at my current BF % and would like to eventually be down to 10-12% although I don't expect that to happen within this log. Secondary Goal: Maintain/increase strength. My strength is pitiful right now in comparison to my old PR's and I'd like to see some of that come back. However, I realize in a caloric deficit this is unlikely.
Finally, a little about me. I'm a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in kinesology(please don't stalk me). I plan to attend graduate school for exercise physiology. I took part in a ton of sports growing up including basketball (favorite sport by far), swimming (best sport), cross country, and I am also a black belt in Shao-Lin martial arts (I warned you about stalking me). In college I got into lifting after I decided not to pursue swimming in college. Long story short I fell in love with lifting and went from a 138 lb freshman in college who ran 45 miles a week to a 185 strength/power lifter.
Well guys/gals, you know my story now. Now lets move on to the real shiz, alphamine.
- 08-26-2012, 12:41 PM
- 08-26-2012, 12:45 PM
08-26-2012, 01:30 PM
Let's talk about Alphamine. First, if you haven't heard of Alphamine from PES you've been living under a rock. But just in case here is the link to nutra's sale and write up on the product.
You can also check out the PES website and I would recommend signing up for their insider letter. I'm not pimping PES here I am in no way affiliated with their company. The insider newsletter often contains SWEET deals and presales which is how I came into 3 x Alphamine, 3 x ABE, and 2 x Erase Pro.
I'm open to stack suggestions, advice, etc. on what to add to Alphamine. My current plan is thus:
8 weeks total:
First 4 weeks: Alphamine
Second 4 weeks: Alphamine, ABE, possibly EP.
I've never tried ABE before so I'm really excited to get started on that but I wanna gauge Alphamine on it's own first which is why I'm doing Alphamine solo the first 4 weeks.
Other supps include just the staples (or what I consider staples):
SNS Creatine 5g/day
SNS BA 2g 2/day
SNS ALCAR 2g pre WO or before study sesh
SNS Agmatine 500 mg before high carb meal once per day and 1 g pre WO.
Routine: 5/3/1 plain, simple, kinda boring, but FAVORITE work out routine. Cardio: 2 x HIIT/week and 2 x moderate cardio for 30-45 min/week.
Nutrition: 1800-2300 calories is normal for me. I'm not anal about getting in an exact amount in that range, I just make stay I stay in it and try to stay low in that amount a couple times a week. My diet is clean and I get in ~45% p, 30% c, 25% fat but the carbs and fat can vary from day to day. I naturally eat like an IF dieter most of the time with an eating window of around 2-10, but that's just how I am. I don't intentionally or strictly follow IF. If I get hungry earlier I eat, but usually I don't.
I will mention that I do drink a couple times a week. I know it's not great for my goals, but I'm in college and you only live once. I have found that as long as I factor it into my macros and am reasonable about how many I drink then this is not an issue. If I'm drinking I move my eating window back to about 4 PM because that lets me have enough food later in the day to stay full while I drink (and avoid drunk eating). Just being honest with the readers for those of you out there who are looking down on my fun .
FINALLY! Intitial impressions of Alphamine. 1-10 scale and 5 is a normal day. I've had 3 doses of Alphamine now. Yesterday I had 2 scoops in the AM, 1 PM, and I took 2 scoops about 3 hours ago.
Taste/Mixability: 10/10 Amazing. Fruit Punch is delicious and I usually hate fruit punch drinks. This tastes great. Up there with IForce Nutrition's Tangerine Compete and Hemavol Lemon Drop for me. Mixes perfectly too.
Formula: N/A I'm gonna wait to rate this until I do some more research into oleuropein, but the intitial studies I've seen look very intriguing. Very innovative to say the least PES and I love the fact that it's a powder!!! Chlorogenic Acid is also a fantastic addition. If reps have any links send them my way.
Energy/Focus: 8/10- I don't get jitters or much energy at all from most stims. I'm extremely stim resistant. However, yesterday and today I've noticed some nice clean energy and I didn't got sleepy around 3 PM yesterday like I usually do after my first meal. I will continue to monitor this as it could just be placebo, but I'll keep my eye on it.
Weight Loss: N/A until later in the log.
Appetite Suppression: 10/10 thus far. I forgot to eat yesterday until 5 pm. I'm not kidding. I brought a greek yogurt, turkey sandwich and almonds into work yesterday for my first meal and didn't even touch them. I never got hungry and was busy all day. To eat never even crossed my mind. This stuff is incredible. I hope this lasts because it's gonna be a great cut if I continue to feel like I did yesterday in terms of hunger.
Thermogenisis: 5/10- I never feel anything from thermogenics so I just gave this an "average" as I haven't felt any increased heat, sweating, etc.
MORE TO COME! Stay tuned. First workout on Alphamine comes tomorrow!
08-26-2012, 01:39 PM
08-26-2012, 03:04 PM
08-26-2012, 03:34 PM
08-26-2012, 05:09 PM
08-27-2012, 11:17 AM
Update on yesterday. Took two scoops am and one scoop pm. Did I mention how good this tastes? like candy.
I might experiment a little with 1.5 scoops at both doses. I don't get too much out of one scoop (I'm very stim tolerant) but two really makes me feel great. If 1.5 can meet in the middle for both doses for smooth energy and appetite suppression all day I'll be ecstatic. If reps or anyone else has any opinions on this dosing please share!
I ended my fast at 3 and had absolutely no trouble waiting till 3 instead of my usual 1st meal at 2. Once again no sleepiness following my first meal which is great.
Calories yesterday were normal (2050, 190 g protein).
Today is my first workout on alphamime! I will update you all later tonight after.
08-27-2012, 11:47 AM
I am bulking and don't plan on using my tubs for now, but I couldn't resist cracking it open to try since I needed some boost today. Taste is very good!
Good luck on your training today.
08-27-2012, 08:17 PM
Thanks man! And I totally agree the taste is great even though I usually hate fruit punch flavored supps. Have you tried Iforce's Compete? The taste is sooooo good.Originally Posted by bolt10
08-27-2012, 08:34 PM
08-27-2012, 09:06 PM
08-27-2012, 09:24 PM
First work out on alphamine was a good one! Mental clarity and focus really stood out. No huge rush of stim energy but I never get that anyway.
5/3/1 Chest (3 rep week)
BBB assistance work.
I was pleasantly surprised by 6 reps today but my previous strength seems to be returning slowly but surely despite the caloric deficit. Overall, a good workout and I seemed to be sweating more than usual so hopefully that's alphamine's thermogenic effect kicking in.
On a side note, I've noticed the past couple days, even on rest days, I've noticed a little more muscle hardness/density. Feels pretty good. This could be pure placebo so I will continue to monitor this closely.
08-28-2012, 07:55 PM
Today was a cardio only day. Had no trouble waiting until 2 PM to eat.
Weight: 173.4 lbs (-4.6 lbs) I tend to lose 3-5 lbs of water weight when I start cutting so this is not out of the norm.
Cardio: 30 min LISS in AM
10 min foam roller, static stretching
Nutrition: On pace for 1850 calorie day w/ 190 g protein.
Notes: I'm not sure if Alphamine contributed to the loss of the water weight or it is just from the start of cutting. I did seem to lose my normal amount of water weight but it occured much quicker than when I normally begin cutting. Alphamine continues to really help keep my appetite suppressed. It really keeps my mind off of how long it's been since I've eaten. I love this aspect and hope it continues. Still don't get much energy from 2 scoops. I get some focus but that's about all. Today I did get sleepy around 3 after my first meal which hadn't happened since taking alphamine. However, I slept very poorly last night so this could also be playing a role.
08-28-2012, 09:34 PM
08-28-2012, 10:43 PM
08-28-2012, 11:45 PM
08-30-2012, 12:12 AM
8/29/12 Day 4- Shoulders
Hit shoulders pretty hard today. Numbers are below.
BBB + 3 sets of BW pull ups (6 reps per set, neutral grip)
10 minutes foamroller, 10 minutes static stretching.
Nutrition: 2100 calories (180 g protein)
Notes: Broke fast at 3 today after my training session. Despite a greuling training session today I almost forgot to eat my post work out meal when I got distracted upon getting home. Luckily I remembered within a reasonable time frame to eat. Alphamine hasn't done much in the energy department, but I'm really loving the appetite suppression. Some supplements that provide appetite suppression make me feel queasy or ill almost, but Alphamine suppresses my appetite in a much different way. It's like food doesn't even cross my mind. The past 4 days of cutting despite being used to bigger meals have been easy. No trouble eating sub 2000 calories and no dip in energy.
First HIIT session with Alphamine tomorrow!
08-30-2012, 05:40 AM
08-30-2012, 05:48 AM
I am in for this.
08-31-2012, 11:38 AM
08-31-2012, 12:03 PM
Day 5: HIIT
10 minutes foam roller
8 x 30 seconds sprint followed by 1 minute easy.
5 minute easy warm up and cool down.
10 minutes static stretching
Did my first HIIT workout in about 6 months yesterday. Like I said in my intro, I'm coming off a massive ankle injury so cardio is still coming back to me and my legs are in very poor shape. However, it felt good to do some HIIT. My legs were screaming by the end and I could barely walk home but man it felt good .
Nutrition: 2000 calories total (150 g protein)
I went out on the town with the girlfriend last night and we had a great time. I factored in the extra calories yesterday though and ended my fast at 4 PM instead of the usual 2 PM. When I drink I lower by about 40 g, go low carb (25-50 carbs), and increase fats to help combat any possible decreased test from drinking. However, I think that decreased test from drinking is over exaggerated and as long as you keep the amount of alcohol you drink reasonable then I don't tend to believe decreased test from alcohol is a big concern.
Alphamine Notes: I had 2 scoops at 8 AM and had no trouble fasting until 4 PM. I usually get extremely hungry at 1:30-2 PM but I've noticed on Alphamine I don't have this problem. I continue to love the appetite suppresion on 2 scoops. I held off my second serving until 6 PM to help keep hunger under control while drinking (sometimes I get the "drunchies" hehe) but I had no trouble keeping to my diet while drinking last night. Did I mention that I love this stuff?
I've been holding off on this note for a while but I feel like it's something I should address. My libido is sky high. I mean I feel like I'm on DAA+Erase. Just to clarify, I'm not on anything other than Alphamine and the essential staples that everyone should be on for health/lifting. The second my girlfriend gives me a hug or something I'm rocking a hardy. Don't get me wrong, she is smoking hot but I usually don't get up that easily. I don't know what in Alphamine would cause this and maybe it's just my natural hormone levels causing this at my age (21), but I've noticed it everyday since I've started Alphamine. Not complaining though. The girl likes it .
Any opinions on this? Maybe a rep can clear this up and let us know if any ingredient in Alphamine can cause increased libido or if I'm just horny.
08-31-2012, 12:19 PM
A lot of people notice that yohimbine can cause erection improvements. Definitely not something unheard of.
For your HIIT do you just do that running outside and with a stop watch or is it on a track? Just wondering as I prefer hitting the track or hills for my workouts but have done random HIIT through neighborhoods.
08-31-2012, 12:43 PM
Usually I do HIIT in a park close to my house on a big hill for a challenge. I love me some hills feels so good afterward to feel like you've pushed the limits. I do love going for 'exploratory' runs around random neighborhoods. It's fun! and makes jogs or HIIT sessions not so boring.
08-31-2012, 03:40 PM
09-01-2012, 01:31 PM
09-01-2012, 01:59 PM
Some sweet Labor Day deals going. Gonna stock up on DAA and maybe some other goodies. Protocol looks so nice but I'll probably get some RecoverPro for cheaper. I like to switch up my BCAA/Leucine sources to keep my taste buds entertained. (I work out fasted a lot and like a hefty dose of Leucine before workout) and there's a great deal out there on Recoverpro and some free goodies out there
09-01-2012, 02:54 PM
09-01-2012, 03:17 PM
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