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    I hit the same session as Wednesday again yesterday, just swapped Tempos for Prowler pushes. Will be swapping out a couple my prehab exercises by throwing in some peterson's and single leg RDLs, but keeping in side rotations for now.

    DOMS are non existent and I feel refreshed this weekend. Was surprised to see a lack of DOMS yesterday after the deficit deadlifts. Went to bed at 10 on a Saturday night and work up super early today....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    I hit the same session as Wednesday again yesterday, just swapped Tempos for Prowler pushes. Will be swapping out a couple my prehab exercises by throwing in some peterson's and single leg RDLs, but keeping in side rotations for now.

    DOMS are non existent and I feel refreshed this weekend. Was surprised to see a lack of DOMS yesterday after the deficit deadlifts. Went to bed at 10 on a Saturday night and work up super early today....
    Deficit deads are insane.
    Good stuff bud. My next program is insane which I start tomorrow. Visit tomorrow night when I update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by runner_79 View Post
    Deficit deads are insane.
    Good stuff bud. My next program is insane which I start tomorrow. Visit tomorrow night when I update.
    I still visit a lot I just don't always post but I'll make sure to check it out.
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    Yesterday (Sunday May 26) was a complete off day. It was my Mom's bday so I had a nice grilling session with lots of burgers (beef and turkey), hot dogs (I don't eat these ), corn, mixed veggies, and then some strawberry pie. Not sure on the calories but I ate to full and didn't gorge. Man it was good though!



    Day 28- May 27:

    1 scoop Enhanced + GlycerGrow + 2g X-gels + Clout + 2 AT2. 40g liquid carbs + 2 scoops Strive.


    Training:

    Day 1:
    Some slight switches again.

    Squat w/Belt Work up to x5 @10 (Load Drop) 4-6% Fatigue
    3ct Pause Bench Work up to x3 @9 (Load Drop) 4-6% Fatigue
    Close Grip Floor Press Work up to x8 @9 -> x2 @10 for 2 Activations, Single Drop.

    Adductor/IT Band foam roll, Hip Mobility (trying some new things, may keep a couple)
    Squats w/Belt:
    Warm Up- 135lbs x 6, 185lbs x6, 225lbs x 6, 275lbs x 6
    315lbs x 5 @8.5
    335lbs x 5 @10 - This went perfectly. No film of the lift but I did it with no spotter and I didn't feel any real form breakdown, but a solid 10 on the RPE.
    Load Drop (~6% = 20lbs)
    315lbs x 5 @9
    315llbs x5 @10
    Very solid squatting today. No shoulder or elbow issues despite returning to the closer grip I have been working on. I felt a solid pop out of the whole today as well. I called the second set after the load drop a ten as the 5th rep had some form issues and I wouldn't have been able to hit another (felt I leaned to the right a tad and used that leg more than my left). Otherwise was very happy with the feel today.

    Upper/Lower Trap Mash
    2ct Pause Bench:
    Warm Up: 45lbs x 5 x 2, 95lbs x 5, 115lbs x 5, 135lbs x 5
    165lbs x 4 @7.5
    185lbs x 4 @8
    200lbs x 4 @9 Felt much better on set up with this. Whole body was tight and had good drive off of the chest.
    Load Drop (5% = 10lbs, easier to round to then taking 12lbs off)
    190lbs x 4 @8
    190lbs x 4 @8
    190lbs x 4 @9

    Close Grip Floor Press:
    Warm Up: 45lbs x 8, 95lbs x 8, 135lbs x 8
    165lbs x 8 @9, Myo Reps x 2 x 3sets
    155lbs x 8 @9, Myo Reps x 2 x 6sets
    The activation set felt like a 9 the second time as well despite weight drop but I had some crazy endurance on Myo-reps. Did not think I would get that many.

    I felt extremely refreshed after this weekend. I slept a lot and relaxed quite a bit and it turned into some positive work today.


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    -Some very good endurance towards the end as well. Weights are up in most areas compared to last time with these lifts.
    -No joint pain today or other inflammatory markers.
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    Man, you're going to have such a huge PR on bench in your next meet. That's nice work for after squatting. I really like how RTS puts benching after squatting. I notice that a lot of new competitors aren't prepared for that, and here you are repping out your last opener with some in the tank. Big things coming, dude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herderdude View Post
    Man, you're going to have such a huge PR on bench in your next meet. That's nice work for after squatting. I really like how RTS puts benching after squatting. I notice that a lot of new competitors aren't prepared for that, and here you are repping out your last opener with some in the tank. Big things coming, dude.
    Ya my bench was puny at my meet. The paused benching after squats is definitely part of the thought process here. I struggled at the meet so hoping to be better prepared for it next time.
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    You're going to be this ready:



    EDIT: Yay I learned how to do that!
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    Session looks great bolt. Solid numbers across the board.
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    Nice update and solid numbers bolt. Very detailed as always

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    Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    I hit the same session as Wednesday again yesterday, just swapped Tempos for Prowler pushes. Will be swapping out a couple my prehab exercises by throwing in some peterson's and single leg RDLs, but keeping in side rotations for now.

    DOMS are non existent and I feel refreshed this weekend. Was surprised to see a lack of DOMS yesterday after the deficit deadlifts. Went to bed at 10 on a Saturday night and work up super early today....
    Man I want a prowler so bad! The only thing they would pay for at the station is a sled. I love pulling that thing tho man, it's legit!

    You're killing the log man! Really great programming brother!
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    Day 29- May 28:

    1 scoop Enhanced + GlycerGrow + 2g X-gels + Clout + 2 AT2 . Peri-workout- 40g liquid carbs + 2 scoops Strive.

    Training:
    Day 2:

    Deadlift w/Belt Work up to x5 @9.5. Load Drop. 4-6% Fatigue
    Bench (touch n Go) Work up to x8 @9. Load Drop. 4-6% Fatigue
    Front Squat Work up to x11 @ 9 -> x3 @10 for 2 Activations, Single Drop.

    Adductor/IT Band foam roll, Glute Activation
    Deadlift w/Belt:
    Warm Up- 135lbs x 5, 185lbs x5, 225lbs x 5, 275lbs x 5
    315lbs x 5 @7.5
    335lbs x 5 @8.5
    365lbs x 5 @9.5
    Load Drop (~6%)
    345lbs x 5 @9.5

    Mixed bag today. I was tired from waking up and working earlier than usual. It wasn't a huge fatigue but could feel just a little off while lifting. I had trouble keeping solid deep breaths on all the reps as well. Despite this I felt very strong off the floor today. All the sets leading up to the top set (365) for the day felt easier than usual. 365lbs was still rough by reps 4 and 5. Dropping only to 345lbs after 365lbs was a battle as well.

    Upper/Lower Trap Mash
    Bench(Touch n Go):
    Warm Up: 45lbs x 5 x 2, 95lbs x 5, 115lbs x 5, 135lbs x 5
    155lbs x 8 @7
    175lbs x 8 @8.5
    185lbs x 8 @10
    Load Drop (~6%)
    170lbs x 8 @10

    This was the best I felt on the touch n go presses so far in this program. Still not the strongest I have been there but may be the strongest at this bodyweight. Set up felt great today, other than some hip cramping on one of the warm ups.

    Front Squat:
    Warm Up: 45lbs x 10, 95lbs x 8, 135lbs x 88
    195lbs x 11 @ 9. Myo-reps x 3 x 3 sets.
    180lbs x 11 @9. Myo-reps x 3 x 2 sets.

    These were tough. I was a little nervous since two weeks ago I tweaked my back doing these (but didn't notice anything the day after or since), but no such issues today. The first series left me demolished so I took a solid drop of weight and still felt it was tough on the second set.

    5minutes stretching to finish.

    Overall felt really good with this session. The top sets of each thing really took it out of me on each, but I felt the strongest I have so far.


    Diet:

    ~3300cals.


    Supplement Notes:

    -2g X-gels + Glycergrow + Clout + Enhanced + AT2 pre-workout.
    -Up a solid 2lbs in 5 weeks yet look leaner. Pretty impressed considering I am not training for body comp or muscle gain/fat loss right now.
    -Strength is definitely up from the start of this log.
    -Strong LACK of DOMS today despite killing it yesterday. Finally adapting to the frequency? Probably.

    Sad this is my last week with this stack. I plan to start up AnaBeta + Bioforge after this runs out. Then I'll be contemplating my next usage of ArA down the road. Probably sometime in the fall/winter.
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    ArA perks my interest. Good stuff Sean. The fatigue factor and drops really cause a burnout
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    Ordered my x-gels..gettin a 2nd bottle this weeked. Thinkin about what else to stack it with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    Ordered my x-gels..gettin a 2nd bottle this weeked. Thinkin about what else to stack it with.

    Gonna get heeyuuuuuge! (actually smaller..)
    Cutting with x gels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by runner_79 View Post

    Cutting with x gels?
    Actually thats exactly what Dodge from Genomyx is doing in his log.

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    Quote Originally Posted by runner_79 View Post

    Cutting with x gels?
    I avoid the word 'cut'. Slowly decrease a few lbs while getting stronger I think the X-Gels will help the strength out until I balance out where I want to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    I avoid the word 'cut'. Slowly decrease a few lbs while getting stronger I think the X-Gels will help the strength out until I balance out where I want to be.
    I know some hate the word but RECOMP is what ArA is all about IMO. When I maintain my caloric intake that is enough to gain slowly on the introduction of ArA always spurs some fat loss and either slight gain in weight or remain the same with crazy body comp changes. It can be a bulker's dream though due to being able to eat more and not see as much negative impact.

    I want to post some pics but I have moved and they won't be in the same lighting. I'll probably say screw it though it is pretty obvious regardless of photo location differences.
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    May 29th GPP/Prehab/Etc:

    Took 1g X-gels + Enhanced + AT2 + GMS + Clout pre-workout.

    Foam Roll, Softball/Golfball Mash

    Prehab/Rehab:
    Side Lying External Rotation- 3x10
    Spinal Traction
    Petersons- 2 x 15
    Single Leg RDL- 2 x 10

    Neglected Muscles
    Single Arm Row: 2x10
    Leg Raise/Lowering: 2x10

    Conditioning
    166-180BPM with 5% Fatigue.
    Prowler Push- ~7minutes

    Stretching- 15minutes

    Solid session. Felt energetic throughout the whole session.

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    Day 31- May 30:

    1 scoop Enhanced + GlycerGrow + 2g X-gels + Clout + 2 AT2 . Peri-workout- 40g liquid carbs + 2 scoops Strive.

    Training:
    Day 3:

    Competition Bench Pres Work up to x5 @10
    Squat +Avg Bands Work up to x4 @9
    Push Press x8 @9 -> x2 @10 for 2 Activations, Single Drop.

    Upper Back/Mid Back Mash + Shoulder Mobility
    Competition Bench (Paused):
    Warm Up- 45lbs x 10, 95lbs x 5, 115lbs x 5, 135lbs x 5
    165lbs x 5@7
    185lbs x 5 @8
    205lbs x 4 @10
    Well I have no idea what really happened here. The plan was to hit the 205lbs and then use that to determine if a 5lbs or 10lbs bump was a better idea for today. Grinded out a fourth rep and wouldn't have been able to hit a 5th. I felt pretty defeated after this mentally.
    Load Drop (~6%)
    195lbs x 5 @10

    Squat +Avg. Bands (same set up as last time I executed this lift):
    Warm Up: 45lbs x 5, 95lbs x 5, 135lbs x 5, 185lbs x 5
    225lbs x 4 @7
    255lbs x 4 @8
    275lbs x 4 @9
    Load Drop (~6%)
    260lbs x 4 @8
    260lbs x 4 @8.5
    260lbs x 4 @9
    Increase in weight by 20lbs since I did this week 1. I still feel a little uncomfortable setting up and walking out with the bands, but not too horrible today. Form felt locked in and in the zone for all sets and reps. Locking out that final rep on the harder sets is pretty intense.

    Push Press:
    Warm Up: 45lbs x 8, 95lbs x 8, 115lbs x 6
    125 x 8 @9 Myo-Reps x 2 (reps) x 3 (sets)
    115 x 8 @9 Myo-Reps x 2 (reps) x 4 (sets)

    Honestly felt it was tough to rebound after I didn't get where I wanted to be on bench today. It was all moving so nicely the last week and a half and missing the prescribed reps this week was tough. Normally I'd just take it in stride but for some reason it kept creeping into my mind during the rest of my lift. O well time to move on and keep on just doing what I have been.


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    ~3300cals.


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    -Tomorrow looks to be the last day of my X-gels and with increased work I will probably stop daily posting with the ArA gone. I'll probably wait a week before posting a final review as there is a build up period with ArA and then a "wash out" period so there may still be some results through the next week despite no dosing of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NomZ View Post
    Looking forward to hear your final thoughts as I just start mine
    I was pleased to end on a very high note today since yesterday was so BLAH! Full final write up probably next weekend.



    Day 32- May 31:


    Workout was a couple hours later than usual. I did take a AEN LIV cap this morning (have taken it several times but not consistently so haven't noted it in the log, only days I get up earlier than usual).

    1 scoop Enhanced + GlycerGrow + 2g X-gels + Clout + 2 AT2 . Peri-workout- 40g liquid carbs + 2 scoops Strive.



    Day 4- May 31:


    Deadlift w/Minis Work up to x4 @9
    Pin Press (Mid-range) Work up to x4 @9
    Snatch SLDL x8 @9 -> x2 @10 for 2 Activations, Single Drop.

    Adductor Foam Rolling/Mobility, Glute Activation
    Deadlift with Minis:
    Warm Up- 135lbs x 5 (warm up no bands), 135lbs x 5 (all subsequent sets with bands), 185lbs x 5, 225lbs x 4
    255lbs x 4 @7.5
    285lbs x 4 @8
    305lbs x 4 @9
    Load Drop (~6%)
    290lbs x 4 @8
    290lbs x 4 @8
    290lbs x 4 @8.5
    290lbs x 4 @9
    Same focus as last time I did these. Tried to work on staying tight throughout the initial pull then really drive the lock out. Glutes definitely seemed to be "firing" very well today. I also went with a hook grip for nearly all the sets. I noticed the first week that lock out with the bands did get tough on grip but no issues today. Hoping to improve grip strength as it felt a little off on Tuesday's deadlifts.

    Upper/Mid Back Mash/Shoulder Mobility
    Pin Press (mid-range):
    Warm Up: 45lbs x 5, 95lbs x 5, 135lbs x 5, 165lbs x 4
    185lbs x 4 @7
    205lbs x 4 @8.5
    215lbs x 4 @9
    Load Drop (~6%)
    205lbs x 4 @ 8
    205lbs x 4 @ 8
    205lbs x 4 @ 8.5
    205lbs x 4 @ 9
    Same pin position as week 1. I got all 4 reps this time at the same weight. I was mentally challenged with this due to yesterday's struggles. May have been a tad under 9 RPE because I felt like I could go forever once I hit the load drop.

    Snatch SLDL:
    Warm Up: 45lbs x 8, 135lbs x 8, 165lbs x 8
    215 x 8 @9 Myo-Reps x 2(reps) x 5
    215 x 8 @9 Myo-Reps x 2(reps) x 2
    Felt great on these today. After my break inbetween the two sets I felt strong so didn't drop the weight. Posterior chain was smoked after this but felt great.

    Crazy how much one day can be different from another. I got up quite early today and had a different lifting time (couple hours later than usual) due to volunteering at a local Elementary School for a field day. I was sure being out in the sun dealing with little kids would make me fatigued when I hit the weights but today felt strong. Felt I could go forever on the load drops so kept the rest shorter than usual to fit in plenty of sets in the allotted time frame.

    Diet:

    ~3300cals.


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    -Sad sad times. I have several X-gels left but will take them before GPP/Prehab tomorrow...so no more next week.
    -Weight holding at about 3lbs over start of the log (~5weeks ago).
    -Veins in my calves today when outside were INSANE. I think this is the most leg vascularity I have had. I also think my legs have grown as I have had some inner thigh rubbing issues (haven't had this at this low of bodyfat/weight so ).
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    Excited for final review. And 3lb increase in 5 weeks, which we all know is a solid 3lbs .

    Cannot wait to get my run going with some ArA.

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    So I planned for 340lbs x 4 @10 on Squats today......that was tooooo easy. Hit 355lbs x 4 @10.


    I missed taking my X-gels but strength apparently is up quite a bit today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    So I planned for 340lbs x 4 @10 on Squats today......that was tooooo easy. Hit 355lbs x 4 @10.

    I missed taking my X-gels but strength apparently is up quite a bit today.
    Time to set some squat records, buddy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by herderdude View Post
    Time to set some squat records, buddy!
    The next big hurdle is that four plate squat for a 1 rep max. I hope to hit that and more in the coming months when I hit my mock meet in July.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbayne View Post
    Excited for final review. And 3lb increase in 5 weeks, which we all know is a solid 3lbs .

    Cannot wait to get my run going with some ArA.
    Yo K, check your PMS get back to me asap

    Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    The next big hurdle is that four plate squat for a 1 rep max. I hope to hit that and more in the coming months when I hit my mock meet in July.
    My apologies for the interruption good sir
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    The next big hurdle is that four plate squat for a 1 rep max. I hope to hit that and more in the coming months when I hit my mock meet in July.
    You are not far off IMO with 340x4...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NomZ View Post
    You are not far off IMO with 340x4...
    I hit 355 for 4 last week.

    Final review going through an edit then being posted tonight. I will also be opening a Burn24 continuation log + ABE and Bioforge today/tomorrow as well for anyone who wants to follow until I get to my mock meet I have planned in July.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post

    I hit 355 for 4 last week.

    Final review going through an edit then being posted tonight. I will also be opening a Burn24 continuation log + ABE and Bioforge today/tomorrow as well for anyone who wants to follow until I get to my mock meet I have planned in July.
    I hit 375x2 last week. Just sayin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    I hit 375x2 last week. Just sayin.
    Ya I saw that in your log...diesel status brah.
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    Race to 405?
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    I will attempt 405 in my mock meet in July but don't know if I'll venture that high before then. So you've got four weeks or so.
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    I'll hit it Friday then. Just to make a statement lol.
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    Another bolt log, yes please . Never have tried Bioforge yet.
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    Final Review X-gels + Burn24


    Essential Info:
    1) First two weeks were higher volume/typical bodybuilding split, then the last three weeks of the log were my venture into RTS. Continuing RTS and while I didn't log the fourth week due to ArA saturation (and Burn24 usage) it will still be part of what I considered for this final review.
    2) I used Enhanced + 2g X-gels + GlycerGrow + PLCAR/ALCAR throughout the log.
    -Strive + 30-50g carbs were taken intra most of the time. Cissus, Aqua Red, and Clout taken throughout as "staples". Alpha-T2 was added half way point.


    Positives
    Pumps/Vascularity/Muscle Fullness:
    -This is one of the most profound aspects of ArA usage in my extensive history with the ingredient. No doubt that X-gels delivered here. While the majority of this log wasn't really pump inducing styled training I got solid pumps throughout.
    -Vascularity rose to top form by the mid-point of this log. All day vascularity all over and extremely vascular legs. Even when I was even leaner last summer I did not have this level of leg vascularity. Burn and X-gels definitely left me veiny all day and pretty much every day of the log.
    -While muscle pumps weren't insane due to training, my muscles were "dense" all day long throughout most of the log.

    Strength/Endurance
    -This was my main objective with this log. I have seen strength gains on ArA but it was always a nice benefit not my main goal. This log my main goal was some nice solid strength gains.
    -This was definitely achieved (these were within only 3-4 weeks of each-other):
    Squat w/Belt- 340lbs x 4 >>> 355lbs x 4
    Deadlift w/Belt- 325lbs x 5 >>> 370lbs x 4
    10lbs added on pretty much every Bench variation (2ct, 3ct, competition, touch n go, etc).
    -Endurance increased quite a bit as well. Dropped from 16minutes of density training week 2 to 12 minutes in week 4 but hit the same/just slightly less reps despite 4 minutes less time to do work.

    Bloat
    -This relates mostly to Burn24 but I also notice that on ArA I can tend to eat more carbs than usual. I was eating the majority of my carbs in two specific meals and with this combo I hardly ever was "bloated" or had lethargy from the huge meals.

    Lean Mass Gain/Fat Loss
    -Over the 5 weeks I gained 3lbs. I look leaner as well. These pics are 4 weeks apart and show some progress but aren't the best. At the very least I feel I didn't add any fat based on looking leaner all around (legs and abs have seen the greatest improvement):
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    Negatives

    Joint Pain/Recovery
    -These were the two biggest areas I was worried about based on the training I had laid out and the usual issues some note with ArA.
    -First off DOMS were very intense at certain points but I actually recovered very well. Even during my highest stress/volume/intensity weeks I did not ever feel run down or like I wasn't recovering fast enough between sessions. This was impressive considering I bench, squat, deadlift in some compacity three times per week for each lift (a different variation). So while this is under the negatives I would say I did NOT notice any detriment to my recovery.
    -I did note some elbow pain by the end. It got pretty bad in the week that I didn't actually log, but I notice nothing so far the past several days. Hard to tell if the X-gels increased this, but I haven't noticed it so far this week (1.5 weeks since stopping dosage).

    Overall
    -Overall I absolutely love ArA so the use of X-gels was a very welcome addition. Usually I use ArA to maximize body composition changes, but I saw some very solid results in terms of strength on a very non-body composition oriented program. Despite the lack of body composition specific goals I saw some very nice effects on top of great strength gains. The combination of the ArA with Burn24 made it quite easy to manage a plentiful caloric intake while maximizing lean body mass improvement and strength gains. This combo will definitely find its way into some sort of recomp cycle and other volume themed training blocks.

    Honestly ArA is on my short list of ingredients that I keep coming back to using and the quality of SNS X-gels definitely lived up to how effective this stuff really is, even with a totally different approach to training than I usually use with it. Already looking forward to getting my hands on some more for future use.
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    Very awesome review man. I noticed some increased vascularity (rare for fatty ol me) in my upper chest and delts tonight.

    Very impressive results for you, man. Good job!
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    Nice work Bro! Looking fuller in the chest as well! Keep it up!
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    great review , glad you enjoyed the run .. Thanks again !!
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    Bolt you lean mean muscular machine. Nice run man; Glad to see the X-Gels treated you well

    Did I already mention that you looked stacked?
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