Hello and welcome AM peeeps
First off, i'd like to give huge thanks for Steve (snagencyV2.0) anf the Finaflex team for choosing me to log their new product MAX PUMP. It's not often that a logging opportunity is given to someone from the other side of the globe, so I am grateful to Finaflex for sparing no expense getting it to me. The package also arrived with some FINAFLEX headphones which is truly appreciated.
With the little blurb done, lets get into this;
First off a little bit about the product (there isn't much to tell); All I know from MAX PUMP is the dosing protocol as the ingredient profile is yet to be released so I literally have no idea what the product will offer (but I assume from the name it will involve some serious pumps ). The product is stim-free and creatine free which is a welcome change from the pre-workouts I am used to and am currently using. It is also in caps as opposed to powder which is not something i'm used to (all my pre's thus far have been powders).
We have been given 4 aspects typical of any pre-workout to rate from 1-5 and then I will rate my own personal opinion of the product after each session. The aspects to be rated are:
1) Vascularity/ Pumps
2) Muscle Endurance/ Stamina
3) Muscle Strength
4) Overall physical performance
Just for reference, the scoring system will be like this;
-1: The lowest possible score, Sugar would give more of an impact to my workout. Or perhaps the pumps were so insane my skin burst and I had to be rushed to hospital, either way; my workout suffered.
-2: No notable effects in this area.
-3: Theres something going on and the effects of the PWO can be felt somewhat.
-4: The effects are pronounced. Cannot be mistaken for placebo.
-5: Holy ****, need I say more?
Because I do not know the ingredient profile I will make the presumption that not all four apsects will be targetted with this product, for example as the product contains no stims I will be suprised if I noticed any effects in the muscle stamina/ endurance area. But then again, Finaflex might suprise me
The Dosing Protocol:
Workout Days: 4 caps 30 Minutes pre-workout (I like this, 4 caps allows flexibility in dosing. If 4 is too much, then you can modify the dosing to suit your needs).
Non-Workout Days: 4 caps
I will play around with dosing to see how I can get the most out of the product. So for this I will dose some days after a meal (in a fed state) and other days I will dose in a fasted state to see if the effects are increased, diminished or unchanged dependant on these factors. I'll also dose on workout days and non workout days as per instructions.
A little about myself for those of you who care:
Been working out seriously now since July last year (i'm still a baby I know), prior to this, sport was my focus and none of my sports really required me to lift as extra weight is often a hinderance. Snowboarding, Football (soccer) and Touch (similar to rugby) were my prime sporting interests so most of my exercise was HIIT based. But then I discovered strength training and a new world has opened to me
Not overly important to mention as I doubt it will influence the product outcomes so i'll only go into it if asked.
To determine the effects of MAX PUMP I will not be taking any pre-workouts (usually just Focus XT) or intra-workouts (like Powerade/ gatorade etc.). And just stick with my staples (fish oil, vitamins etc.)
Wendlers 5/3/1 with P/RR/S assistance template (mostly the RR/S part, consider it bastardized) for some hypertrophy work. Its heading into Rugby season so I also have a few practices that I will be attending in this time; mostly just HIIT work. Training is around 6pm in the summer ( i workout at home with no Air Con so I prefer the cooler nights).
And so it begins...