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    FINA[be]FLEXing with Finaflex BCAA/SAA + CLA


    First and foremost, I'd like to thank Montego1 (or as I like to call him, Monty) for allowing me the opportunity to log FinaFlex's BCAA+SAA and ALC+CLA. This is my first run with FinaFlex products so I am super excited. I've taken BCAA's in the past, but am new to SAA and I've never used CLA before. I'm looking forward to what these two products, along with proper nutrition and exercise, have to offer! What I'm looking for in a BCAA is help with muscle recovery after my workouts and endurance before my workouts. I'm totally not a morning person so I definitely need something to wake me up for cardio. CLA, as I understand it, can help with weight loss if taken over a prolonged period of time. I have a full bottle containing 240 capsules. I'd say that will last me for a little over 2 months!

    I will be working out 5-6x week. Strength training 4x week and cardio at least 3x week... I hope! Just going to put it out there, I am not a fan of LISS. I plan to incorporate more sprinting/jump rope training. I also plan to work more on lagging body parts such as my shoulders and legs.

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    I took my first scoop of BCAA+SAA Apple Fusion on Sunday prior to jump rope cardio. I also took 3 caps of ALC+CLA with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Upon opening the BCAA container I got a huge whiff of apples. It's a very fine dust that smelled like granny smith apples. 1 scoop mixed into my shaker cup filled with 10 oz water. After shaking it for a minute *yes, I timed it. I needed the arm workout* I unscrewed the top. No trouble dissolving at all. The taste for me was just OKAY. The apple smell was quite overwhelming but the taste was almost muddled when mixed with water, and it had almost like a coconut-y aftertaste. Next time I will use less water and see if that enhances the flavor a bit. I did notice a slight increase in endurance during my jump rope cardio. I was able to increase by a few reps on exercises. I've done this same workout twice before and it's very challenging. Short but intense tabata/interval style. I was able to finish strong and even finished up with a light jog right after which I would have normally skipped.

    Thanks for reading so far and following along. Look forward to exchanging ideas and corresponding with you all

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    Ohhhh and btw. For a full scoop I use an ENTIRE shaker of water. 20 oz or so. Try that next time instead of less lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post
    First and foremost, I'd like to thank Montego1 (or as I like to call him, Monty) for allowing me the opportunity to log FinaFlex's BCAA+SAA and ALC+CLA.
    hmmm I have other names I call him...

    welcome to the FINAFLEX experience gokix! excited to view your thoughts & feedback here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Montego1 View Post
    Ohhhh and btw. For a full scoop I use an ENTIRE shaker of water. 20 oz or so. Try that next time instead of less lol
    I've seen the size of your "one scoop" Monty

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    welcome to the FINAFLEX experience gokix! excited to view your thoughts & feedback here
    Ha ha. Thanks for following along Snagz! Peeped out your log as well. Food looks great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post

    I've seen the size of your "one scoop" Monty

    Ha ha. Thanks for following along Snagz! Peeped out your log as well. Food looks great.
    Very true very true on the scoop size. A level scoop is what I was referring to...not a "Monty" scoop

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    What do you mean just ok !!!! lol to each his own maybe it will taste better for you with more water ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DreamWeaver View Post
    What do you mean just ok !!!! lol to each his own maybe it will taste better for you with more water ....
    For some reason I was expecting it to taste like apple juice, but it wasn't like that. It's not bad tasting at all. I'm more of a fruit punch type of girl. Although, I was thinking this could be a nice addition to a glass of chilled apple martini.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post

    For some reason I was expecting it to taste like apple juice, but it wasn't like that. It's not bad tasting at all. I'm more of a fruit punch type of girl. Although, I was thinking this could be a nice addition to a glass of chilled apple martini.

    Pics of?
    Most people compared it to apple jolly rancher with more water.

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    Im in!

    I do find that if i mix less water it is a more concentrated flavor and more water obviously less concentrated. Now that is obviously just my preference but i typicaly use like 6-8 ounces.

    I love the thought process on cardio as well. As much as i hate HIIT while im doing it, id much rather spend 10-15 minutes instead if 30-45, although i do mix in LISS as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Montego1 View Post
    Most people compared it to apple jolly rancher with more water.
    I'm not a big Jolly Rancher fan. Maybe that explains it.

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    Im in!

    I do find that if i mix less water it is a more concentrated flavor and more water obviously less concentrated. Now that is obviously just my preference but i typicaly use like 6-8 ounces.

    I love the thought process on cardio as well. As much as i hate HIIT while im doing it, id much rather spend 10-15 minutes instead if 30-45, although i do mix in LISS as well.
    Thanks for following along GT! No cardio bunny here. LISS just bores me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Dan View Post
    Subbed. I have been very interested in this product and am waiting for NutraPlanet to get the apple flavor in.

    I love apple flavor Jolly Rancher! And it made me think of this Dane Cook skit
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    Well thats good! A lot of men and women think they have to do insane amounts of cardio in order to get lean, obviously as im sure you know, this isnt the case.
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    Awesome to have you logging this. Yeah if you don't like Jolly Rancher you may not like this and yeah, I have had a scoop of this added to a 1.5 shots of vodka shaken with some ice and it makes for quite an apple martini type drink. Let me clarify this is not a FINAFLEX recommendation but a personal experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post


    Pics of?
    Jump rope cardio
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    TUES LOG

    Front Squats
    45x8
    60x5
    75x5
    95x5
    105x2*PR (switched to snatch grip)
    115x1*PR
    125x1*PR
    130xfail
    75x10

    BB Lunges/BB Reverse Lunges
    20x10x2
    20x10x2

    DB Double Hand Single Legged DL (*in each hand)
    20*x10
    20x10
    20x10
    20x10

    X-band side and forward walks
    2x10

    +Core

    Took the advice in here and mixed my scoop of BCAA with some vodka pre-workout..... all I can say is........

    JUST KIDDING! I used 1 scoop in 20 oz water and slammed it down. Tasted better this way IMHO.

    Wasn't feeling all that great yesterday so instead of hitting legs I hit the tennis court for ~1 hr. Felt much better today. Hit some new PR's on front squats. Failed at 130 but I'll get it next time! Unracked it fine, but failed coming out of the hole. Also noticing that I am horribly uncoordinated on my right leg during single legged DL's.
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    Some nice strength even attempting a 130 on front squat eludes to impressive pr's that led up to it.
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    ooo lunges after max squat day, nice!
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    Those lunges after front squats HAD to be brutal. I already cant stand lunges, and if i had to do them after front squats, i wouldnt make it out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3clipseGT View Post
    Well thats good! A lot of men and women think they have to do insane amounts of cardio in order to get lean, obviously as im sure you know, this isnt the case.
    For sure, GT! Well said.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    Awesome to have you logging this. Yeah if you don't like Jolly Rancher you may not like this and yeah, I have had a scoop of this added to a 1.5 shots of vodka shaken with some ice and it makes for quite an apple martini type drink. Let me clarify this is not a FINAFLEX recommendation but a personal experience.
    Hey Kleen! Very glad to have the opportunity to log this.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    Jump rope cardio
    How about some horizontal running?



    Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    Some nice strength even attempting a 130 on front squat eludes to impressive pr's that led up to it.
    I'm trying. Not very often that I hit PR's eating at a deficit, but when it does happen it is an awesome feeling!

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    ooo lunges after max squat day, nice!
    Quote Originally Posted by 3clipseGT View Post
    Those lunges after front squats HAD to be brutal. I already cant stand lunges, and if i had to do them after front squats, i wouldnt make it out!

    Nice is one way of putting it, lol. I should add I played 1.5 hrs of tennis after lifting. I guess I had more endurance today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post
    I should add I played 1.5 hrs of tennis after lifting. I guess I had more endurance today!
    oh now you're just trying to butter me up
    you had me at tennis
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    Meh, I don't get down to horizontal running.

    There are some things I prefer to do horizontally though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post
    oh now you're just trying to butter me up
    you had me at tennis
    I'm not that good. I could use a lesson or three, lol. Still fun to play.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    Meh, I don't get down to horizontal running.

    There are some things I prefer to do horizontally though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iparatroop View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    Ha! I am almost ashamed to admit it but Pitch Perfect is one of my favorite movies as of late...

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    Ha ha, takes a real man to admit that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3clipseGT View Post
    Look at those guns! Keep working your butt off, which i know you will, and your goals will be met in no time!
    Thanks for the kind words and motivation, GT. Nice guns yourself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    No ab shots?
    I need some first.
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    Check you out looking like Miss Top Gun! Nice shoulders and I see them biceps popping up there!
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    THURS LOG

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    DB Floor Press Iso Hold
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    DB Fly
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    DB 6 ways
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    My whole body is sore, specifically my glutes from Tuesday's workout and my back. Today I hit chest and some shoulders. Normally I would have hit back, but my back is still feeling beat up and bruised so I focused on a lagging body part. One thing I like about chest day is that it's a short workout. Total time: 40 minutes.

    Once I finished I mixed 1 scoop of BCAA+SAA's with 20 oz of water and chugged it down before hitting the tennis court. Played ~40 minutes of tennis until it became too hot to run after the ball. I could have played for longer were it not for the heat. I was just getting warmed up! Also, got this nagging ear ache that won't go away and now a nice new sunburn to compliment my neck!

    Just sitting down now to eat. Popped 1 ALC+CLA and will dose another one for my 2nd meal in a few hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    Check you out looking like Miss Top Gun! Nice shoulders and I see them biceps popping up there!
    Thanks Kleen! I'm thinking of taking another progress shot at the end of this log. Got some catching up to do with you FF freaks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McCrew530 View Post
    Late! But Im in like Flint! looking good!
    Hey you. Welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post
    THURS LOG

    DB Floor Press
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    DB Floor Press Neutral Grip
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    DB Floor Press Iso Hold
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    DB Fly
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    DB Bent Over Flys
    3x15

    DB 6 ways
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    DB Single Arm Snatch
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    My whole body is sore, specifically my glutes from Tuesday's workout and my back. Today I hit chest and some shoulders. Normally I would have hit back, but my back is still feeling beat up and bruised so I focused on a lagging body part. One thing I like about chest day is that it's a short workout. Total time: 40 minutes.

    Once I finished I mixed 1 scoop of BCAA+SAA's with 20 oz of water and chugged it down before hitting the tennis court. Played ~40 minutes of tennis until it became too hot to run after the ball. I could have played for longer were it not for the heat. I was just getting warmed up! Also, got this nagging ear ache that won't go away and now a nice new sunburn to compliment my neck!

    Just sitting down now to eat. Popped 1 ALC+CLA and will dose another one for my 2nd meal in a few hours.
    Thats a lot of work! Very creative workout kix.

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