Jim Stimul8s his muscles!
- 06-19-2013, 08:47 PM
D3W1 / Cube For Strongman / Repetition OHP
Pre: 1 Scoop Stimul8
Intra: Barely anything, but gatorade + MBCAA
Shoulder was feeling a little tricky today so I took my time with the warm-up.
Warm-up: Prone Rows w/ MM, Light Tricep Ext w/ MM, Ext. Rot x 2 w/ MM, Band Pull Apart w/ MM, 'Y' Pull Apart w/ MM, Scapula Pull-up, OHP x 45 x 10, LAX Ball Pec Minor/Bicep/Upper Back/Trap, OHP x 95 x 5, LAX Ball Upper Back/Trap/Lat
Strict Standing Press: 125 x 7 (dang, wanted 8+)
DB Bench: 65 x 8 (whoops, too light), 75 x 8 x 2
Dips: +45 x 10 x 2, BW x 20
Cat Back Pulldown: AVG Onyx x 15 x 2
Band Pushdown: MM x 10 x 2 (Standing tall, spread hands at bottom) w/ 2 sec pause, AVG x 8, AVG x 9 (slight bend at waist, hands together) w/ 2 sec pause
DB Lateral Raise: 20 x 12 x 3
Notes: Focus was good, energy was constant. Had a good workout, didn't quite hit what I would have liked on the OHP, but the assistance was solid. Decided to add cat backs today, just to keep rowing volume up. I think I'm going to do a few sets of rows on Squat day, and then do the prescribed rowing on Deadlift day. Never can have too much upper back strength. Got a good pump and contraction with the second portion of the tri pushdowns, I personally prefer them, but will continue doing two of each for now. The MM is a little too light (even holding way at the top) and the AVG is way too heavy for the first type. Might need to invest in another band lol.
Really enjoying the stimul8 when I go lift, the energy is smooth but strong. It's a swift kick in the *** and gets you going when you need it most. When it comes out, I am fairly certain I will be purchasing it, based on what I've seen so far. Not something I will probably use daily (don't need something that strong daily LOL) but will use consistently, I will find out on Friday (because I have 24 hour duty tomorrow) but I am fairly certain it will be perfect for ME sessions. Tastes is pleasant, not the best tasting preworkout I've ever used, but it is drinkable without gagging or anything crazy. No strange aftertaste, or disgusting preworkout burps. It continues to mix well, even as I lower the amount of water I mix it in. I do notice that I occasionally find myself short of breath (like I experienced yesterday) but it's nothing significant. Barely noticeable between sets, not noticeable at all during them.
- 06-19-2013, 08:49 PM
Double or knot the MM?
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06-21-2013, 11:11 PM
Sorry buddy, I don't ever cook them that much! However, they did get a little more charred than I would have liked, stayed nice and red on the inside, but I definitely over did it with the charcoal today. Oh well, still tasted good. They were eaten with Mashed Taters, Homemade Mac N' Cheese, and Buttered sweet corn, along with the staple Strawberry Milk.
Anyway, was training ME Deads today. The strength just wasn't there, was hoping to get around 350 for my double, but.....it just wasn't happening. Not with good form anyway. Got a few sets on video, some were good, some not so good. I watched them between sets to try to fix the issues I noticed, the 315s were bad, 275 not as much. My set up on 345 looked better (to me atleast) but the hips rose a little (a lot) more than I would have liked at the beginning so I dumped it and lowered weight. 335s were good (according to the experience eye of Mike, but I didn't get to see them myself), but they definitely FELT right. Sat back more at the beginning, shins vertical, and pulling up and back. But, they were HARD. Way harder than the 335x5 I did a few weeks ago. I noted a lot of the issues that I saw in my video descriptions.
Disclaimer: If you don't DL about 600# Raw, I will not listen to your form critiques. I can get better critiques elsewhere so keep your opinions/experience to yourself. (Obviously a joke, some will understand)
Yesterday I pulled a 24 hour guard duty, around 2200 we played a little football (in ACUs of course). It was only 2 on 2 and it probably took about 1.5-2 hours. Was fun, but definitely had an effect on what I did today. Got home around 1030 and went to sleep around 1115. Alarm woke me up at 1500 and I started my day, ate some pasta at 1530 or so. Left for the gym at 1730 with a protein shake and some honey before leaving.
Pre: 1 Scoop Stimul8 (as I pulled into the gym)
Intra: Gatorade + MBCAA mix
Warm-Up: Band Resist HF Stretch, Foam Roll ITB/Adductor/Hammies, Sumo DL x 45 x 5, x 95 x 2, x 135 x 2, Con. DL: 135 x 2, 185 x 2, 225 x 2
Con. DL: 275 x 2, 315 x 2 (+belt), 345x0 (bail), 335 x 2 (+belt)
Note: In my warmup I did some sumo DL, this is not for any particular reason, I only did them as I was teaching my wife sumo. I expect she will ultimately be better, and more comfortable sumo pulling. She already squats narrow, so it won't be too much for the hips (hopefully). And if you are wondering, I have no intentions of sumo pulling, not because I don't think I will be good with that technique (I actually expect that it would be stronger), but because I squat wide and don't want to stress my hips too that degree because I don't believe I have the time to take care of them with that much strain. So for now, and possibly indefinitely, I will pull conventional.
45 Deg. Hyper: BWx20x3
Trap Bar Shrugs: 185x15, 205x15, 225x15
DB Rows (strict): 50x10, 55x10, 60x10
Face Pulls: 100x12, 100x15, 100x12+3
BB Curl: 45 x 15
The hypers felt good, I had a ton of energy and my focus was on point. But, the strength just wasn't there for the DL's today. The assistance was better, but it definitely wasn't my best day in the gym (understandably so). Overall, I am not displeased with the session. I am annoyed that I was having so many issues with the technique today, I don't usually have that much of a problem, and I can't understand why I did today. Whatever, there is always next time.
Still ended up with 335x2, which is a decent set for me. Overall, I am feeling pretty good. Ate a nice big meal and I'm feeling better. Weight was down to 172.6 when I woke up this morning, and I am certain that I was moderately dehydrated when I stepped into the gym this morning. Was sweating a lot today and yesterday.
06-22-2013, 12:04 AM
Experience any cold chills? Also how was breathing today? Might have missed those points.... (I speed read)
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06-23-2013, 06:16 PM
Didn't get on the comp to post up my update yesterday, so here it is.
D6W1 Event Day
Pre: .5 Scoop Stimul8
Intra: Gatorade + MBCAA
Warmup: Nothing, gym was closing in 1 hour after arriving. So I had to get set up and get started.
SSB Yoke Carry: 205 x 60yds, 245 x 60yds, 265 x 60yds
Note: This is the first time I've ever done these, was supposed to do 4 sets but decided to move on because of the time. Had issues with shortness of breath during these, it was extremely noticeable. Some of that may have been because of the set up and the whole crushing weight on my shoulders thing (exaggerating, they weren't that heavy) but I was definitely short of breath. Sweating like a pig as well.
Trap Bar Farmers Carry: 245 x 60yds x 2
Sweating a lot, still short of breath. Not as bad but definitely was an issue as far as performance is concerned. Had tons of energy though, and focus was improved.
Stone Load Series: 115 (shoulder height), 135 (chest), 155 (rib cage), 165 (abdomen), -- (at this point I realized that I was done. Wasn't gonna be able to get that last load and had to start clearing out)
Stone Load: --
Cliffs: Lots of energy, good focus, shortness of breath, lots of sweat, decent workout (time factors).
06-24-2013, 09:53 PM
Today was rep squats, they were brutal. Tried to focus on external rotation, my shins didn't stay vertical but it was easier to get down without as much forward lean (at least on the warmups when I was focusing more on it).
D1W2 / Cube For Strongman / Rep Squats
Pre: 1 Stimul8
Intra: Gatorade + MBCAA
Warmup: Banded External Rotation, LAX Ball Glute/ITB/Calf, More stuff that I can't remember....
LBBS 95x10, 135x8, 185x5, 225x3, 275x3 (belt)
Workset: 310x10 (belt+wraps) Might could have gotten 12 or maybe a few more, but the pressure was building up and I needed to stop lol, form looked like it was going south anyway.
Bulgarian Split Squat: 135x5 (couldn't balance)
Good Morning: 135x15, 155x15
Kroc Row: 100x16 (had to set them down in between reps starting around 11, grip was failing so I had to take them 1 at a time. Didn't rest though)
Calf Raise: 140x25x2, 140x21 +4 (short pause, then did the last 4)
Notes: Was pouring sweat throughout the whole workout, ended up soaked by the time I was done. Legs were shaky at the end of the squat set, and I ended up having to lay down lol. Balance was a major issue after the squats and I couldn't do the bulgarians. Glutes and hammies are fried, definitely going to be feeling that tomorrow. Had a good set on the kroc rows, I've never done them at that weight for that kind of reps, but was still hoping for 20ish. Tons of focus and energy, but I was definitely feeling short of breath after that set of squats, which is becoming a theme lol! I feel like I will be using a little bit less than a full scoop when I get my own bottle.
06-24-2013, 10:09 PM
If you wish, try a smaller scoop next time. I think that will be fine. The point is to INCREASE performance and if it is in fact the Stimul8 causing the shortness of breath back the dose off a bit. I think we have a good handle on how you tolerate a full dose...seeing what your sweet spot is and how you react is the next step
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06-24-2013, 10:15 PM
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06-26-2013, 09:17 PM
Went in today and did my ME movement of the week. This week was OHP, and I was doing the Push Press. I weighed in this morning at 177, so I'm gaining consistently. Probably gonna hold squat at ~180 for a couple of months (2-3) and see how strong I can get and then continue gaining weight. Wanting to get to around 195-200 this year, if possible, so yeah.
Only took 3/4 scoop today, and I had a great workout with it.
Pre: 3/4 scoop Stimul8
Warm-Up: Band Pull Apart, Y Pull Apart, Band Over and Backs, Shoulder Dislocates, Band "No Monies", LAX Ball Upper Back/Pec Minor/Delts/Bicep, Band Tricep Ext, Band Cross Body Curls, Band Bradford Press
Light Pull Aparts in between sets.
Strict OHP: 45x8, 75x6, 95x4
Push Press: 135x3, 185x1 (PR, and actual goal for today), 205xF, 205xF (Couldn't quite lock it out, stupid weak triceps. 185 was easy, 205 not happening)
Lying Tricep Ext.: 30x8x2, 30x5 (a little pain in my left elbow)
Inc. Bench: 115x10, 135x10, 135x7
Band Pushdown: 1 Arm MMx10x2 / Both arms MM (2 knots) x10, MM(3 knots) x10 (AVG was too heavy today, tri's were done)
6 Ways: 10x12x3 (these were awful)
Had a good workout, really enjoyed the 3/4 scoop today. Didn't sweat nearly as much as I had been the last couple of days. No shortness of breath but I still had just as much energy and focus, which is a great thing. Was moving fast today, might need to start up with the cissus again, starting to have elbow issues (which has never been an issue). Knees are a little sore, which happens when it gets wet outside (like it has been the last couple of days). Didn't get to the agility work yesterday, because it was pissing rain outside. Probably better anyway, the hammies and glutes are SORE....got explosive deadlifts tomorrow, expecting a good day.
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