I have to drop another 5% to do physique at 6% body fat.
I would do it but it's hard for me to sacrifice food
Incan do it but I won't so it takes me a bit longer lol
Eating super clean is definitely the hardest part of show prep! (In my opinion) I have a tremendous sweet tooth and crave anything with sugar or chocolate. I forced myself to do it though and allowed some very small rewards to get me through. I would allow myself a small amount of dark chocolate chunks every other day or so. It became enough for me to get my chocolate/sugar fix without going overboard and ruining the day. In fact, a small handful doesn't really have that many calories at all. I also started blending up a thick protein shake at night with half casein/half whey protein. The casein was vanilla and the whey was chocolate and along with a bunch of ice and some Walden Farms chocolate sauce (0 cals, 0 sugar)...that became my late night treat. I began to really enjoy the taste and I even started adding a teaspoon of nat pb in it.
You just have to find ways to get through the rough patches while staying as clean as possible with your food. It's tough, but well worth it in the end!
I have no issue eating clean
It's my quantity and appetite that kills me
Everyday I do 3 tbsp pb with 1/2 square bakers chocolate and stevia and put in freezer. A high fiber healthy Reese's cup lol
I'm a skittles guy I eat a bag of skittles everyday when I'm bulking
Hit the gym this morning and made up my arm workout from Tuesday...as well as throwing in some extra traps. **I noticed a really strong pump in my arms today, especially my triceps!! In fact, they were so swollen and tight that I had to leave the close-grip benches until after the shrugs, giving my tris a little while to calm down. When I finally got to the benches, my tris were done!! This is interseting that the pump was so pronouced today. I will be looking to see if that is something that continues...now that I am about 13 days in and I'm looking forto really start exhibiting all its effects! Strength was still up.
My weight is holding steady at 192.5 in the morning and 195.5 at night. These number have been unchanged for the past 3 days.
*****Once I get to the halfway point in this run, I plan on posting up measurements to compare with where I started from. About 2 days before the PR-XT arrived, just for fun, I pulled out the tape measure and recorded measurements for chest, upper arms, waist and thighs. I'm curious to see if/how those number have changed in 2 weeks. I'll do those measurements Monday night and post them up afterwards!
I just did the measurements and here is how they compare to 2 weeks ago:
(All measurements were done"cold")
12/09/12: Chest = 42" Arms = 17" Waist = 32.75" Thigh = 22.5" Calf = 15.5"
12/24/12: Chest = 42.375" Arms = 17.25" Waist = 32.62" Thigh = 22.75" Calf = 15.5"
I have nothing to complain about with these measurements. All the right ones went up and the right one went down. I did these cold, at night, as far away from my workout as possible. The thigh measurement was taken at the point halfway bewteen my hip and knee. I was really looking for an increase in the cest measurement as that is my weakest bodypart. I'll definitely take the 3/8" increase! I was surprised to see a legit 1/4" increase in my upper arms. I can really feel the tightness in my biceps and after every arm workout, my muscles just feel full and tight all the time. I haven't been doing nearly as much cardio as I normally would so any decrease in waist size in a huge plus! All in all, for only a 14 day time period, I am impressed with the movement on those measurements. I will definitely measure everything again at the end of the 28 days. I am thoroughly enjoying this run so far and hopefully, the last 2 weeks will blow away the first two!
Nice progress already, the last 2 weeks should most def build tremendously over the first 2. Should be interdast.
Appreciate the detail dude, this is a 5* log.
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Now that Christmas is over, I can get back to updating my log. I've got several workouts to post up tonight when I get home from work.
My weight is holding solid at 192.5 & 195.5, in the morning and night respectively. Thats huge considering my wife has seriously gone overboard with the baking this week. Cookies, pies, snacks....you know how that goes.
I'll go into some workout details tonight but the PR-XT is really kicking in strong now. I can feel it! I'm seriously looking forward to the next 2 weeks. Quick question for MAN reps: would PR-XT be perfect for an 8 week run to maximize results?
Does anyone know when this will be available? Can't find it anywhere.
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Welcome to the Kingdom of MAN:
Well...the Christmas week threw somethings off schedule a bit but for the most part, the week was successful. The shoulder workout was from Christmas Eve and I followed it with a full hour on the bike. Christmas was an obvious off day. Wednesday was Bootcamp, a tough one escpecially after quite a bit of sugar throughout Christmas Day. Thursday was back and this morning was Bootcamp again. My plan for this weekend is to hit legs tomorrow and catch up my chest/traps on Sunday.
I'm still noticing the the full muscle feeling throughout the day. It's not so much a "pumped" feeling as it is just a feeling of thickness and fullness. I really enjoy it! My muscles feel like they have a denseness to them that I have not noticed in the past.
The strength in the gym continues to increase.
Now that Christmas is over, the baked goods, sugar and treats are dwindling. After this weekend, that thorn in my side will be gone and the temptations in the house will be too!
I know that feel of muscle fullness -- I noticed mine the most after heavy leg days hitting all over. The second bottle, and especially if you choose to add Nolvadren XT in as well, will further expand this. While this fullness lasts all day and makes you feel boss, the aid it gave myself personally in the gym was unparalleled as well for my MindMuscleConnection.
Very happy you've enjoyed this run big guy. Let us know if you choose to continue this with another bottle.
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Neddo ~ Forum Representative
Took the kiddos sledding today up on the mountain!! That was pretty fun and everyone had a blast. Got home in time to sneak in a quick leg workout before the Sunday night football game started. I kept it short and sweet:
I actually worked in about 3 extra sets of leg press in there...working with about 360 lbs. for 20 reps per set. I didn't really want to go into the program and add in the extra sets only to have to edit them out next time. So, I ended at about 13 sets total.
I had a really good pump going by the 3rd set of leg press so when I hit the last set of the night, finishing with the single leg split-squats, my legs were done.
I am enjoying this run of PR-XT so much that I plan to bump it out to a full 8 weeks and add in some Nolvadren-XT with it for the last 4 weeks. Although once the first 28 day run of the PR-XT ends I probably won't bee updating this log on a daily basis, I will keep it going every 3-4 days for those wishing to see what kind of results a full 8 week run can bring. I've got the starting measurements so the proof will really be in the pudding when we put them up against the final 8 week measurements. 6 days left on this initial PR-XT journey!!
Here is my workout from this morning: After the lift, I hit the bike for 45 minutes and then added another 30 minutes tonight. I'm back into my increased cardio mode as I'm down to 12 weeks to the next show and this bulk got a little dirtier than I had planned. No worries, though...I figure I'm holding on somewhere around 7-8% bf. The goal is to walk onstage at 3.5% and that would be down from the 4.3% I was at in November.
Everything I've reported on so far has continued to hold true: Increased strength, increased muscle fullness. One nice surprise over the last week or so has big a pretty big spike in libido! I'll take it.
I jumped on the New Year's Sale at NP and grabbed a second bottle of PR-XT along with a bottle of Nolvadren-XT to stack on top. I'm hoping the shipping is fast enough to allow a seamless transition into weeks 4-8. I'll keep everyone posted on that.
Weight tonight was 197.5
Wow...work has been extremely busy this week. Been working back to back 16 hour days so my computer hasn't even been turned on in the past 2 days. That said, I haven't missed a workout so I do have those weights and some pics to post tonight. Definitely not working late tonight so I will update this evening.
Everything is holding strong...weight, strength, libido, muscle fullness.
Late but in. Good log so far and great progress.
My Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/cycle-info/232379-halfhuman-ironflex-ultra.html
Wednesday and this morning were Bootcamp workouts. Lots of kettlebell swings, snatches, squats and clean and press this week. As always, we worked a ton of core using TRX and Crosscore straps...add in a healthly dose of plyos and 2" battleropes and you've got yourself quite a workout.
Thursday I was able to catch up my biceps and hit my back as well. About 3 sets into my biceps workout, my forearms and bis were so pumped and swollen that I was having a hard time flexing!
My weight is holding pretty steady at 197 as I have increased my cardio to an hour a day. Everything has been great during this run of PR-XT and I'm down to my last day tomorrow. I will plan on taking final weights and measurements on Sunday or Monday and writin up my final review for this 28 day run!