Bolt hits up NO Uptake, Free Test, and IGF-2
- 01-02-2013, 08:30 PM
- 01-03-2013, 10:09 PM
Glad that this product is treating you well. I'd imagine that the amount of nitrates in the 6 cap dosing is all that one could dose without having some sides or too much of a pump. I love me some nitrates.Freedom means nothing here.
01-04-2013, 02:01 PM
Took 2 scoops ABC + 2 scoops Origin + 6 NO Uptake + 3 Drive pre-workout today. Took 3 Neovar post-workout.
-Bench Press @ 145lbs: 8 sets x 3 w/60s rest.
B1)DB Slight Incline Press: 4 x 20,20,15,15 @ 60lbs
B2)Seated Row: 4 x 20 @ 140lbs
C1)Shoulder Press: 2 x 25 @ 30lbs
C2)Supinated Lat Pull Down: 2 x 25,23 @ 110lbs
D1)Face Pulls w/Cable and Rope: 2 x 25 @ 35lbs
D2)Hammer Strength Preacher Curl: 2 x 25 @ 60lbs
D3)Triceps Rope Pressdown: 3 x 25 @ 50lbs
Hardly ever push the reps this high but tend to every so often. It is a crazy change of pace and TUT is insane (I hate anything above 10 reps but you gotta just man up sometimes). Stopped a rep or so before failure on a couple so didn't hit the same amount of reps every set. Rest was kept short and was pretty much moving back and forth with enough time to catch breath and get a slight decrease in HR before going.
3300 calories is the goal today (I don't tend to miss). Things have been much more on track this week with holiday festivities dying down.
-4 FT + 1 Na-R-ALA upon waking.
-6 NO Up + 3 Drive was intense. Hard to totally rate the pump when doing that high of reps with such short rest (pump would probably be intense regardless of supplementation) but I was getting ROM struggles after (reaching over my head, etc etc).
-Endurance was impressive. Like I noted I don't tend to delve into this range very often (and despise when I do) but was able to push through effectively today. Goal has been to give joints a break with some of these high rep movements and shoulders, wrists, and elbows all feel awesome (only ever have some shoulder issues but whole upper body feels great).
-Veins are popping up in more places again (chest, all over shoulders, triceps) that have been hidden or less noticeable before. Impressive considering I feel a slight increase in fat has been added (but a nice bit of LBM has as well based on appearance).
-Typing this has my forarms pumped and hurting...this is annoying.
-No stomach issues at all the last several days with increased Drive.
Not related to the AN stack, but dosed my Origin + ABC a little later than usual after my pre-workout meal and BAM. I got hit with some insane focus today. I was all tunnel vision reading some books and almost didn't leave for the gym to meet my lifting partner on time.
01-04-2013, 02:09 PM
Nice update Bolt. I have never ran Nitrates before, but from your log so far it seems that I should be looking more into them and giving them a try
01-04-2013, 07:05 PM
Bolt10 and Kbayne, most definitely. Nitrates are the best thing I've used for vascularity, along with agmatine in second place. I am switching my creatine back to creatine nitrate and I'm using Power Shock again (BCAA nitrates along with beta alanine nitrate and citrulline nitrate). 1 scoop of Power Shock in the morning sipped slowly, 1 serving of creatine nitrate 1 hour before the workout, and 1 scoop of Power Shock sipped throughout the workout is the absolute sweet spot for nitrate consumption and gives insidious pumps all day long with roadmap vascularity. I cap my own agmatine and take 1.25 grams, twice a day (before breakfast and before pre-workout meal) along with na-r-ala (100mg) and 200 mg of norvaline capped from bulk powder. In...credible.
Freedom means nothing here.
01-04-2013, 07:09 PM
01-04-2013, 07:19 PM
01-04-2013, 07:55 PM
01-04-2013, 08:02 PM
01-05-2013, 03:02 PM
Took 2 scoops ABC + 2 scoops Origin + 4 NO Uptake + 3 Drive 30 minutes pre-workout. 3 Neovar + 2 NO Up post-workout.
-High Box Squat: 395lbs x 3. **PR
Guess it is a PR. Don't really do high box but since this is the most ever loaded on my back it was nice. Box was slightly higher than I wanted but I was aiming for just above parallel, regardless it went great. Stance was slightly wider than my high bar work last week, but not real wide. 395 for 3 was a real grind when I was driving off the box, but my back felt great. Partly went with high to limit any strain on my back even though I felt 100% today, better safe than sorry.
B1)GHR: 4 x 12 @ 10lbs.
B2)DB Shrugs: 4 x 12 @ 75lbs + Bands
C1)Reverse Hyper: 2 x 15 @ 15lbs
C2)Stir The Post: 2 x 8/8
C3)Reverse Sled Pull: 2 x ~20yds @ 315lbs + sled.
The gym I train lower body movements at unfortunately has dumbbells up to 75 and then jumps to 100s. Annoying so to up the intensity I configured some bands around the DBs (not even 100% sure how I would describe it without a picture). Made them harder than I anticipated (was going to aim for 15 reps) and 12 just felt right. Sled felt super light today and no burn until the last 5 yards of the final set. Didn't add weight as that was already more than last week.
3300 is the goal today.
-4 FT + Na-R-ALA upon waking.
-4 pre for NO Uptake with 3 Drive.
-Endurance was awesome today. Pump was lower than usual, but I didn't get as much lactic acid build up today. Contraction at the top of the shrugs with the bands was vicious.
-Strength felt great. Felt very solid and secure on max effort work, no pains anywhere.
-The extra forskolin is making me more regular with bathroom trips, but zero stomach pain, unrest, or even bad bowel movements. Just have to go more often. May bump to 8 caps next week.
Other Random Notes:
-Took Origin nearly 2 hours after my pre-workout meal and it hit pretty hard again. Not as hard as yesterday but I am very impressed. Hits hard, hits with focus, and gives a smooth feel for several hours. Most stims don't "hit" me other than mood elevation and Craze with its insane focus. Really wanna try 1 scoop Origin + 1 scoop Craze sometime.
-Got this cool gift from a client yesterday. If you don't know I am a HUGE nerd and read insane amounts of fiction and comics. Comics are my biggest addiction and vice next to lifting. Very nice gesture that I appreciated:
Captain America 101.
01-07-2013, 01:07 PM
Lowering the No Uptake and increasing the Drive? That should be a good combo for endurance and it will make your NO Uptake last longer.
I love forskolin and feel bad for people that can't handle it. Drive and Decimate are two of my favorite supplements and I don't think they would be nearly as good with out forskolin.
01-07-2013, 01:12 PM
How's it going in here? Little late, but better then never
Don't want to skim through the whole thing since I'm short on time, but how are like liking the combo thus far?
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01-07-2013, 01:32 PM
Just got home from a lift...hopefully an update before I head back to work. Things are ramping up for the last several weeks of this stack. The couple of weeks at real high rep assistance work seems to have made me feel awesome.
Was afraid a deload was needed soon, but based off of today I will be working hard next 2 (maybe 3 weeks) then hit a deload. More on that with the update tho.
01-08-2013, 09:45 AM
Took 2 scoops ABC + 2 scoops Origin + 6 NO Uptake + 3 Drive pre-workout today. 3 Neovar post-workout.
-Banded Bench Press
-Never really tried max effort with bands before (and have limited band bench experience), but figured I'd go for this today. Got up to 175lbs with the bands for a triple. No idea what the tension at top or bottom was, but stopped increasing the weight when it got to be a real grind at the top. Definitely need some more speed and tri emphasis based on what I saw today.
B1)JM Press: 4 x 8 @ 145lbs
B2)Chest supported row: 4 x 10 @ 115lbs
C1)Overhead Press: 2 x 10 @ 95lbs
C2)Pull Ups: 2 x 10 @ BWT
D1)Band Pull Aparts: 2 x 15 @ Red Band
D2)Hammer Curl: 2 x 15 @ 25lbs
D3)Triceps Pressdown: 2 x 15 @ 50lbs
Changed it up again this week. Upping the intensity while dropping some volume. JM Press felt oddly light despite adding weight (and dropping reps) today. Didn't really push any of the assistance work (wanted today to be pretty easy), but it was still a great lift. Back has been feeling great but didn't wanna do bent over rows with a bar to keep stress off the lower back. The OHP and Pull ups were tossed in to get a feel and the last tri set was done real controlled and was fairly easy (but just those couple sets pumped me up). Intensity (weight) will build next week then hopefully top off in two weeks then I will hit a deload (should be the end of the log ).
-4 FT + Na-R-ALA upon waking.
-6 NO + 3 Drive pre-workout. 3 Drive prior to last meal of the day.
-Lower reps led to less of a pump, but I was surprised how much pump hit me with just the two sets of my Ds at the end. I wasn't aiming for much but still got it...
-No stomach discomfort at all.
-Libido jumping up even more right now. Past week been a little crazy.
-Vascularity is up again. Really surprised how prominent some of these veins are currently. Must be some healthy doses of nitrates and extra in the NO Uptake (and with the added forskolin and icariin in Drive helping add to that currently).
-Tried a RecoverPro Lemon sample today. Wasn't very impressed. Wasn't bad, but wasn't as good as some of the reviews. Mixed up with not too much problem after sitting for a bit.
-Going to aim for a deload in several weeks. The changing of assistance has continued to keep me fresh (weights feel light, no joint pains, no serious knots, or loss of motivation) but still feel I will have to take one eventually. Hopefully it will coincide with the end of the log (as planned). Finally feel I am getting a little better grasp on my weaknesses and hope to address them over the coming weeks and months.
01-08-2013, 10:34 AM
I have never done band work before. It seems like it would be an odd transition from free weights to band and then back again. I guess that's a good thing though, always good to keep the body guessing.
Free Test + Drive is almost too much libido for one man. Hopefully you have a healthy outlet...
01-08-2013, 10:55 AM
01-08-2013, 11:01 AM
01-08-2013, 01:46 PM
More experimenting going on in this log than when I typically run one for someone, and I hope that isn't much of a problem, but things have been great so I am trying to be intuitive and go with feel (on top of my base plans).
01-08-2013, 03:31 PM
01-09-2013, 07:17 PM
Dead tired..update will be in tomorrow. Mad rush of stuff the last two days. Actually very excited about all that has happened just can't fully concentrate on a solid update...will do once I get sufficient sleep tonight.
01-09-2013, 07:24 PM
01-09-2013, 07:26 PM
01-09-2013, 07:46 PM
01-10-2013, 12:46 PM
01-10-2013, 02:01 PM
1 scoop Origin + 1 scoop Craze + 4 NO Uptake + 3 Drive pre-workout today. Took 3 Neovar + 2 NO Uptake post-workout.
-Squats @ 185lbs w/Chains: 8 sets x 2 w/45-60s rest.
-Clean Style Deadlifts @ 205lbs w/Pro Short Mini Bands: 8 sets x 2 w/45-60s rest.
Box and chains were added today. Chains totaled only 30-40lbs at the top but added them just for the heck of it. Will add more chains next week.
Funny how much a week can change. I was worried about the back last week but it felt really good. Weights were moving fast today. Solid work.
B1)SLDL: 3 x 15 @ 175lbs
B2)Pull Ups: 4 x 5 @ BWT
C1)Reverse Sled Pulls: 2 x 30yds @ 320lbs + Sled
C2)Band Good Morning: 2 x 30 @ Green Band
C3)Hanging Leg Raise: 2 x 12
SLDL was similar but not as slow and controlled. Really attempted to pop the hips through to drive the weight up past the knees. Pull ups were more as active recovery to help get some blood into my lats and stretch.
Switched up the other exercises because I find the hanging leg raise is the best movement for my abs. Need to more good mornings so went with some banded work to get back into the groove and will be adding good mornings probably as soon as next month.
3300 as usual.
-4 Free Test + Na-RALA upon waking.
-4 NO Up. + 3 Drive pre-workout, 2 NO Up post. 3 Drive + 2 Slin-sane prior to final meal.
-Pump wasn't extreme today (and my forearms weren't pumped to death) but I got a nice overall pump going on.
-I did feel extremely good. Had to resist just doing more than planned. The endurance was very high. Sled work was still easy at 30 yards (usually anything over 20 yards demolishes me) and I hardly even got to 45s for each of my DE sets.
-No sides or anything to note of that sort in awhile. Things are humming along very effectively.
-Thirst is still up and I seem to require large levels of water, upping my intake has seemed to keep things going without a hitch.
-Been a really busy last few days and I was a little more fatigued than usual so I crushed 1 scoop Origin + 1 scoop Craze and it was a very nice combo. Taste wasn't as good as Origin on its own, but I got great energy plus the mood elevation and focus I get on Craze.
-Really think I have a good feel for how effective Free Test and NO Uptake have been so far. This stack so far has been awesome for performance enhancing and just making my training more effective. I have altered some of my original plans on the training (higher reps, shorter rest assistance work, etc) due to the very nice endurance factor I have seen over the first month. The added Drive seems to be increasing this as well, but NO Uptake really seemed to boost this a noticeable level pretty quickly. Free Test seems to be a great "base" product with great overall effects, while I feel it is the NO Uptake having the biggest effect directly on training so far.
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