Bolt Testifies to the Effectiveness of PES/USPLabs
- 09-29-2012, 09:30 AM
- 09-29-2012, 09:39 AM
I'm waiting for some Craze to arrive after a 2 month break from it. Can't wait to add it pre workout with TP, which has me in a great mood already.PEScience Representative
09-29-2012, 10:15 AM
Off to work for a little bit then hitting the iron.
09-29-2012, 11:29 AM
I'm so late to this log but just read it all and you're doing hell of job with it. I've actually been looking in to test powder lately so this log is exactly what I needed. Keep up the good work man.
09-29-2012, 03:20 PM
Pre-workout: 1 serving Craze + 2 scoop Test Powder 1 hour before lift. Drank 3 scoops Protocol +.5 severing Craze 15 minutes before/while I warmed up.
5/3/1 OHP Day
Did some shoulder warm ups and general dynamic warm up just to get the whole body warm and ready to go.
3 warm up sets
3 working sets with final set 1 rep at 130lbs.
As with the theme this week this felt easy. Normally the heavier sets on OHP seem to be hard even if I get the reps. Today this last set moved up pretty effortlessly.
Myo-reps as usual.
Inverted Row w/ feet on Physioball 15 reps + 15
Bench Press 155lbs 14 reps + 12
Triceps Extension 25lbs 20 reps + 15
DB Curl 30lbs 13 reps + 12
Also did a series of varies band raises/pull-aparts for some rear delt/rotator cuff work.
Will edit at the end of the day. Aiming for 3100 calories today similar to usual macros.
Ok not sure exactly what the deal is buy weight is down a pound from last week. Could be due to a very slight decrease in calories or possibly some water loss. I may be experiencing the whoosh right now. Was feeling a little puffy last week and assumed it was fat gain. Today though I was looking leaner (or possibly dry) and chest was definitely looking more defined than last week. So either water or fat loss, either way looking better this week IMO.
Sleep and mood are at some pretty high levels right now. Feeling great (and they could be both intertwined in their effects). Work and life have been a little more stressful lately but noticing no real mood issues other than pissed off more lately (due to the life circumstances) but overall letting quite a bit of it roll off.
Muscle fullness is topped off right now. Last night after my last meal I was feeling really pumped and felt like I wanted to lift. Of course I didn't but it was a cool feeling.
09-29-2012, 03:24 PM
Also should note when I say I look leaner today that I mean in the ab region, calves, and shoulders as well as my chest. Not just the arms and chest like I was noting yesterday. Could just be some water loss, etc. so we will see how it continues to play out (could be due to slightly different marcos yesterday etc etc).
09-29-2012, 07:10 PM
09-29-2012, 07:50 PM
09-29-2012, 07:51 PM
I have 27 days to get as lean as possible before test! :-DOriginally Posted by bolt10
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10-01-2012, 06:29 AM
10-01-2012, 09:19 AM
10-01-2012, 09:43 AM
10-01-2012, 04:09 PM
As usual by now, Pre-workout: 1 serving Craze + 2 scoop Test Powder 1 hour before lift. Drank 3 scoops Protocol 15 minutes before lift/on the way to the gym.
5/3/1 Bench Day
Deload week so the numbers on the 531 exercise are nothing impressive so won't post them.
Although it is a deload week the goal right now is hypertrophy so the assistance work will be maintained (and then bumped up next week).
Military Press 95lbs 12 reps + 12
Lat Pulldown 135lbs 16 reps + 16
Barbell Curl 75lbs 16 reps + 12
Rope Extension Plate 16 14 reps + 15
Cable Flies Plate 11 17 reps + 12
Not really feeling beat up or anything so everything is going right as planned. Got an awesome pump today and wasn't as winded as usual doing these sets. Didn't bump up the weight on most of these as I wanted to still stay above 12 reps on the activation set, but will be moving up next week and continually for the next month. These heavier sets on the Myo-reps seem like they are going to be hell.
Aiming for 3100 calories today. Since it is a deload I will be a little more relaxed on this. An extra little bit of whatever I am eating if I am still hungry or craving it. That doesn't mean I will be cheating daily, just may be higher on calories than this last week or so.
As noted above felt really good and less winded today, so the rest intervals were shorter. Strength once again was great. Pump was pretty impressive today as well.
Vascularity is also up lately. Been seeing random calf veins all day long in the legs, especially prominent after meals. At my current level of body fat this isn't unusual, but it is standing out more than it had been in the weeks prior.
Should note that it appears that I may have my first "side" appearing. I am breaking out on the chest/upper traps more than usual. I noticed this towards the end of last week but decided to wait and see if it continued. A little worse than last week, but nothing crazy and will keep note on how this changes.
Adapting well to the program and weights/reps continually moving up. Really plan on pushing the 3 weeks after this week pretty hard. This week is a "deload" but the way I had this set up I am following a little higher on the percentages than a typical deload. Plan to really push this next month (as long as I still feel good) pretty hard and take a bigger deload in November if warranted. Listening to my body right now it doesn't really appear to want to deload at all.
Also, I didn't skip the deadlift workout but am switching the order around a tad. Today was Bench, Wed. will be Squat, Friday OHP, and Sat. will be Deadlift. Did this because my workout partner plays some rec. league bball on Friday nights and the workouts were leaving him pretty beat in the lower body by game time. This made today a little more rough as I had some residual soreness, but don't feel it hampered the lift based on how it went.
10-02-2012, 07:50 PM
Update for 10/01 and 10/02:
Calories yesterday ended up being around 3100 as planned, but might have been a bit lower. Came home to Hamburger soup and had several bowls and it filled me up pretty good but the stuff isn't very calorically dense.
Today was an off day and I was busy running around for work between several places. Also found some time to fit in a trip to see Looper at the movies. I really enjoyed it with the sci-fi plot and felt it was worth the trip (but I go to the movies at least once a week even to see some pretty crappy stuff ).N
Not that sore today from yesterday's lift. Feeling really fresh as well. I know I mentioned how I was having to take stims most of the mornings earlier in the log due to fatigue, but as this log has gone on that has lessened. Feel great every morning and definitely getting great sleep. Not much else to report today other than I did almost go into a full rage fest. Usually very rational but sometimes when beyond pointless stuff happens (like at work today...) I get "blurry" thoughts and risk becoming pretty irrational and angry. Oops. Didn't go crazy though, but definitely some added stress this week.
10-04-2012, 11:27 AM
Went with 1 scoop Craze + 2 scoops Test Powder + 1/4-1/3 scoop Alphamine 45 minutes pre-workout and 3 scoops Protocol 15 minutes before.
It was my last scoop of Craze from this Grape tub and I wanted a little bit of an extra kick so I decided to try a little bit of Alphamine mixed in. Figured I was going to try this combo down the road some time and since I was out of any more Craze it was the perfect opportunity to test and make sure it didn't give me any bad reactions at low dose. Won't be using that combo anymore during this log though.
Luckily I did get a new tub of Berry Lemonade Craze in the mail yesterday along with a tub of Raspberry Lemonade Alphamine (which I will hopefully get to use during my cut/recomp in the not to distant future).
5/3/1 Squat Day
Once again this is a "deload" so weights aren't really anything crazy. They did feel insanely light despite taking the non deloading deload approach.
5 sets of 10 with 205 on Deadlift and Hanging Knee Raise for 5 sets of 12.
Kept it easy at 5 trips of ~35 yards pushing the prowler with minimal rest.
Managed roughly 3100 calories, slightly higher on fat than usual workout days. Once again during the 4th week (deload) week of 531 cycles I usually am a little more relaxed and don't measure out everything/eat more if I really want to. Had some nice tacos for dinner but was full pretty quickly.
The Alpha+TP+Craze combo was pretty cool. Nothing really extra above normal Craze+TP experiences so far in this log in terms of focus, mood, energy, etc. I did notice an insane amount of sweating though. This could possibly be the thermo effect of Alphamine or just the fact that it has been gross and muggy here lately and I just went with the loading doors open instead of AC at the gym.
Weights are feeling much easier on my 5 sets of 10 during the leg workouts and recovery has been pretty awesome as well. With that said I think going up to 70% 1-RM for these sets next week is going to be painful....
Will post up a more comprehensive review of how the Testify Stack is going so far when I get more free time as yesterday marked week 2 with the addition of Test Powder. Sad it is already that far into the run.
For a cliff note version of what is to be posted later I would say strength is definitely rising, muscle fullness is awesome, sleep and mood are great, but I am noticing some annoying acne and oily skin.
Sorry for some of the delays and not getting much other than just the workout notes lately, my computer is acting glitchy and making it beyond annoying to use and have had a crazy work week. Week 2 review of TP +AB will be up today/tomorrow at the latest.
10-04-2012, 12:03 PM
10-04-2012, 12:41 PM
The Yohimbine from Alphamine is where the sweat is from. I am using a pre with it and the sweat is rediculous. I agree with Snag also, your log is excellent bubba.
Always open light. Itís not what you open with, itís what you finish with. Louie Simmons
10-04-2012, 01:15 PM
Thanks guys. Ya I am pretty calm in real life as well unless it is something I am really passionate about. There are plenty of things online that annoy or piss me off but I always try to rationalize that points of view on line can be hard to determine and everyone is entitled to an opinion even if I think it is retarded. It is usually just easier for me to ignore people being stupid on here than to address all the dumb stuff said.
With that said this thing at work is still grinding down on my patience, but there isn't really anything I can do so hopefully some of the higher ups can resolve it soon.
Just took a nap because I had to be up around 5:30 today (unusual for me) and needed some quick rest before I get to more work I have to get done. I note this because in that short 45min-1hr for the nap I had some freaky dreams.
10-04-2012, 01:57 PM
10-04-2012, 06:18 PM
Week 2 Review of Test Powder + AnaBeta:Going to keep this relatively simple and give more depth in a final review (2 weeks is a good time to see trends but not full picture for the use of most things non-stimulant based IMO). Just some basic impressions and positives and negatives so far. I know it is a giant Text Wall so I will try and work on the format for a better final review.
-I should note I started dosing 6 caps AnaBeta 2 weeks before the start of my Test Powder. I have used AnaBeta quite frequently and know how it usually "hits" me and what to expect.
-By the time TP was added vascularity, muscle fullness, and pumps in workouts had increased. Strength and endurance began to move up as well by the 2 week mark. Upped my CHO and dropped some Fats on workout days and AnaBeta seemed to help keep that in check.
Taste, mixability, dosing, etc:
-As noted earlier it is a good, but not great tasting product in my experience. It doesn't rank up there with my favorites and the Fruit Punch flavor isn't as good as Alphamine Fruit Punch, I do find it better than most other FPs I have had in the past. Easier to drink than say Clout or Creatine-RT Fruit Punch and is very light (doesn't seem to "thicken" the water when mixed). I have combined it with Craze, Protocol, and even some Compete just to see how the taste changes and it doesn't seem to over power other drinks, but has never made them taste any worse with its addition.
-The idea of a powder for a test boosting product was first for myself (I believe), but that is not really a plus or minus IMO. Maybe if you have issues stomaching some of the ingredients then sipping them over time with a meal or varying the dosage could be seen as a plus (didn't matter for myself).
-Never noticed any stomach discomfort even at full dose before a workout. Dosing this with a pre-workout meal also is easy to do or splitting one scoop early and one scoop later was nice, but I didn't notice any drastic difference in sleep with different dosing times.
-Within a week I began to start to see some positive effects on mood and attitude. Definitely feel more "capable" going into the weight room and other areas of life, making accomplishing things easier (mind over matter).
-On a similar note I began to notice an increased frequency of dreams/nightmares after the first week. This slowed as I began to sleep throughout the entirety of the night (usually wake up at least once a night to pee, etc.). Don't recall most dreams as I sleep deeply and wake up feeling refreshed every morning. I had noted fatigue at the start of the log but by now I feel better every day I wake up and don't need a morning stim to get me moving for work.
-To take advantage of the mood enhancing benefits (and for some added stim pre-workout) I added Craze to my rotation. I dropped Ultima for the most part, but the combo of Craze and Test Powder has me pretty much euphoric beyond what even Craze typically does for me alone. Dialed in and insane workouts right now.
-By day 10 I feel things fully clicked in. The combo of Test Powder and AnaBeta has the weights I am using in my workouts feeling light regardless of my progression. I figured by this point I would be slowing down in my 5/3/1 progression, but I almost feel like I am moving too slow on this combo. Pumps and muscle fullness are also top notch right now. The combo of Agmatine and AnaBeta have me getting pumps when I do random things at work.
-Recovery is also top notch. I am blasting myself each workout (more volume/intensity than last month) and had been waking up pretty sore the initial weeks. This last week I would have intense DOMS the following day, but would feel a huge reduction of that within another 24 hours compared to previous weeks.
-Feel my chest has definitely filled out slightly and have gained a couple pounds this last month (4 weeks of AB with last 2 weeks also including Test Powder). Definitely not as lean as my Avi but don't think I have gained much fat (been at this awhile so I take the steady but constant approach).
-Don't have too much negative to say about this stack so far. AnaBeta doesn't ever seem to make me starving like some people notice and I have not noticed much hunger changes even with Test Powder. I eat plenty anyways.
-I love AnaBeta partly for the fact that it never seems to cause me any negatives that even some natty products can bring (joint pain, etc).
-Nightmares aren't cool, but I have been sleeping through them for the most part. Taking naps is the worst though. I feel pretty groggy if I don't get a full sleep cycle and it seems to have me in a mental fog longer than my usual post nap comas.
-Worst thing I could mention is this acne. Chest, shoulders, and traps are breaking out pretty bad. This may be combined with the random warmth of this past week and me sweating more at work, but still this is worse than over the summer or when I ran ABE + Erase or Erase Pro for comparison.
-I have been dosing 2 scoops every day so the tub only lasts 24 days not even a full 4 weeks and it is kind of expensive. Based off the effects so far it may be worth it but we will see what these last couple weeks bring before a final decision on that.
If anyone has any specific questions about things I may not have addressed please let me know.
Edit: Added pics for a reference of where I am at now. Feel muscle fullness has increased but miss how lean I was several months ago.
10-04-2012, 07:09 PM
Great job with the review bolt...very informative. Hope the stack continues to deliver for you.
10-04-2012, 07:21 PM
10-05-2012, 09:20 AM
I agree that you look fuller than the avi. Glad you are seeing good results. Makes me eager to start mine Sunday
10-05-2012, 09:28 AM
10-05-2012, 09:50 AM
Definitely fuller than my avi and I should be based on weight gain. Goal of staying lean through this bulk has been pretty effective so far. One of my main problems is usually impatience and wanting to always see the scale moving up which usually ends with more unnecessary weight gain than warranted.
Woke up today and my upper back feels like I got hit with a crowbar repeatedly like Jason Todd (comic reference ).
No idea why, but I tried rolling it out and it still hurts. Its weird because I have never felt anything like this before. It isn't DOMS (I didn't even lift yesterday), doesn't really feel like typical muscle pain or hurt during muscle contractions. O well hopefully it feels fine when I hit the gym a little later and it didn't hinder my work this morning so I'll be fine.
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