X-Gel'n my way to Rocky III
05-14-2013 12:35 AM
Day Nineteen of Twenty-Five:
Workout went longer than I had planned. Got out to a late start because a meeting at work went longer than it should have. I had to get another round of BCAA's towards the middle of the workout just to make sure I had enough reserve.
I wasn't tired and I seemed to hold steady as the process went on. That was a nice feeling, knowing that my body was willing to go the extra mile and ready to plow through and still hit it with intensity. I added two more exercises to today's workout than I had the past two weeks. I figured I could handle it and sure enough I did.
I think some of the inflammation of the ArA has been affecting my shoulders. It's a slight discomfort, something I know is there, but usually when I go to sleep. I think it was aggravated yesterday by having had too much coffee during the day. I guess for me, the caffeine exacerbates the inflammation.
Bent-Over Rows: (power)
-2x12x60 (warm up)
Went lower this week because I don't think I got in a good range of motion last week when I went up to 150. Rested longer in between sets and was able to get more out of it. Last set was superb. Had my best form and really pulled the weight up with all my might.
Feels good. Getting better at these. Sometimes, left shoulder doesn't allow for proper stretch in the left side of my back. I'm learning to get it involved to get that side up and running. Slowly...slowly.
-6,6. I did full on, going all the way down and all the way to chest level, using a wide grip. I somehow have greater strength after running the first two exercises so when I get to these, it's all gravy.
Added this one today. Got in a nice stretch and good pull in the lats. Felt better on the second set. Will keep running these and maybe add more weight next week, about five pounds to see how I fare.
-2x10x100 (warm up)
Got in a better hand spacing on the final sets so I was able to push the weight up better. I should have added more weight, but I was pleased it went up like it did. I need to seriously work on this stuff and might do some stabilizing exercises on Saturday's routine.
10, 10. Hadn't been able to crank out ten before, let alone with the ease with which I was able to do them. This routine has helped, as well as the ArA in giving me a boost in strength. It's all blending perfectly.
Seated Overhead Press:
-10x40 (warm up)
Solid! Felt good pain, the kind of muscle fibers tearing and searing to get stronger. Helped my back out too.
Exactly what I had wanted. I upped the weight on got in clean reps. I had to force the final two but I was determined to get up to 8.
Getting better at these.
Getting friggin' stronger all the way around. Loving it. Eating right, eating lots, training hard, resting up. It's all coming into place and with good balance and rhythm.
05-15-2013 12:32 AM
Day Twenty of Twenty-Five:
Today was a day where some things did not go right. First, I forgot my breakfast at home, so I had to buy some sausage sandwiches at the local Starbucks. Just upset that I wasted a perfectly good omelete. Then, when I started to make my BCAA drink for the workout, I spilled all the water I had, making a mess.
As I warmed up, I wasn't sure if I would even go through the workout as my lower right abdomen seems to be hurting somewhat. Nothing major, just feels like either some serious DOMS or if I inadvertently pulled something a while back. So, it took longer to warm up and stretch. After the first warm up squat set, I didn't think I would see it through, taking the signs of my earlier snafu's to heart.
F-that! I went through it anyways. I had some serious energy and anger built up, so I needed to plow through and use up what I had.
It all worked!
-2x10x100 (warm up)
Wasn't sure if I could get through with the increase in weight, but sure enough I saw it through. Made sure to distribute the weight evenly as I can sense at times my right side wants to compensate for the left. Will stick to this poundage going into next week. Just glad I could see it through. I tried squatting below the knees, but I just cannot do it. At least not at present. Something to shoot for in the future.
Wasn't sure if I was going to finish the rest of the routine after squats, but since I had got them out of the way, I went for it. These felt good. Might lower the rep count and go slower on the negative.
By this point, I was in the workout longer than I thought I'd be, seeing how things got started. I could have done better on these and might lower the reps.
That I could get in a good stretch on these was great news for me.
Seeing as I was off my game when the day started, I put in the work to keep on trucking. I was mainly glad that I got through it all and was able to increase the weight on the squat. Legs hurt not. Feels great!
05-15-2013 07:46 AM
Awesome way to take control of that leg workout. I have times just like that where I will have a horrendous day at work and nothing seems to be going my way and I use that frustration and anger at the gym.
I find I have my best workouts when I hit an "on switch" and stir up all these emotions of past failed relationships, bully's from the past, and anything that makes me mad and I channel it into a positive anger and take all that frustration out on the weights. The second I put my last weight down for the day I hit the "off switch" and walk out the gym doors happy and humble.
05-21-2013 07:44 AM
Update bro ? Besides strength do you notice increase in cardio ?
05-21-2013 09:48 AM
Yeah, I had to stop for a bit. I either pulled a groin or an abdominal muscle. Gonna try to get back into the groove this Thursday. I think I went too far last week.
I haven't done much, if any, cardio with the X-Gels. I have noticed good muscle fullness and firmness, especially in the arms and legs--both hammies and quads. Got five days left, but I could see how a 50-day run, with a caloric increase, specifically protein, would really bring enhance a person's training and diet.
05-31-2013 03:36 PM
Sorry for the sudden drop off. I think I tweaked something during the last workout. Nothing serious, just need to rest up for the past two weeks before going at it again. Suffice it to say, I'm done with X-Gels.
I'll post up a final review this weekend. In short, I enjoyed my run with X-Gels and think a full 50-day run would benefit anyone training hard and eating right, especially in surplus, with high protein intake.
Had good pumps during the workouts and muscle fullness I had not achieved on a few other supps I've sampled.
One might think the price is expensive, but, figure this: if a 50-day run costs, on average, $75, that comes in at about $1.50/day. If you're a Starbucks coffee-only drinker like me, that's a tall coffee. (Though I've long since curbed my tall coffees.) Either way, not a bad investment for something natural and that will augment heavy lifting and solid eating.
06-02-2013 11:38 PM
how's ya injury coming a lot bro ?
glad u enjoy'd the run, yea I'm a coffee/redbull drinker spend way too much loot on it
06-03-2013 04:38 PM
Feeling much better, thanks for asking. I was gonna write my review this weekend but got busy with other tasks.
I did enjoy the run and I think one might benefit from using 8 pills per day on workout days. I tried this on the last days of my run and could feel some good DOMS later on in the week, more so than just using four. I'm a masochist--I love feeling the soreness after a workout.
RedBull, eh? Yeah, that's usually $3 a can, so, that's two days worth of X-Gels! HAHA
06-03-2013 06:12 PM
Hey Ricroc have you been doing any cardio exercises (specifically running) during your time with X-Gels?
I started mine yesterday stacked with GMS and LCLT and both days I have tried to run after my workouts and the calf pumps have been terrible to the point I have to stop.
06-03-2013 11:46 PM
I didn't do any cardio during my run. I had planned to do so during the final week and that's when I got hurt.
06-04-2013 12:22 AM
X-Gels Final review:
Well, though I didn't get to finish all 25 days with my workout routine, I still enjoyed every single day I took X-Gels.
-heightened muscle fullness
-quality pumps during workouts
-mild leanness, despite lack of cardio
-good strength increases each week
On the last few days, I was taking 8 pills per workout day and none on days I didn't train. I noticed significant DOMS going that route and if you like that type of pain as I do, you'll be in for a treat.
I did not up my protein as much as I would have liked. I averaged around 1g per pound of bodyweight. With more, say, 1.5g/lb, you will truly take advantage of what X-Gels has to offer, as far as I can tell.
-increase protein (you might want to limit carb intake and/or see where you can fit them into your diet)
-take 8/day on training days. None when you don't train. (Not sure how this would impact days of cardio, as I did not do any cardio so you may want to reference someone who did as such for a better understanding.) Also, following this method, I would say if you're going for 2 bottles, that may be good enough to saturate your body. I base this on the label's recommended dosage of 50 days, which is 2 bottles. Therefore, once you finished both bottles, take a break.
-lift heavy (This might sound like a no-brainer, but I think it could only amplify said training. I switched up my routine about 2/3 into my run and was better for it.)
-take with a quality test booster, one that you respond well to
It's a good investment and a supplement you can feel working. Maybe not in the Spider-Man sense where your entire DNA is changing overnight and you get masive without doing anything. But, with an already sound diet and concentrated lifting, it will boost and augment what you're doing.
06-06-2013 01:08 AM
No pain no gain .. Love dodoms great review bro.
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