Max Pump + Ignite 2 log / The road to me getting cut
- 07-21-2013, 02:44 PM
Max Pump + Ignite 2 log / The road to me getting cut
First I would like to give a shout out to Iparatroop and Finaflex for allowing me to log both of these products.
My main focus on this run will be getting cut which is something I have never really been. I have fluctuated in weight over the years by as much as 70 pounds due to personal medical issues. I got down to 154ish back in 2003 but did it by diet/running and was just flabby and low in muscle.
I got as high as 230ish last year and decided after Halloween (i'm so weak against candy) to finally shape up and improve my life. My bodyfat % in NOv was 34+%. Yea I know, yuck for me. I'm currently 5'6" and at around 189 lbs and 16-20% body fat. I took measurements and used a few online calculators and they say around 15-16%. I used a friends weight scale and it said 22%. I'm leaning toward the larger percentage since I have quite a bit of marshmallow center in my mid section although I wear a 34" pants.
I'm not looking to beat any PR's this run. I'm looking at putting myself in a calorie deficit of no more than 500 calories a day, 10 minutes on the treadmill and excercise bike, then weight lifting. At the very least I want to maintain my current strength level to let me body know I want to keep my current muscles and aim at the fat as well as I possible can.
My currently calories maintenance level is around 2200-2300 and the last few days I've consumed 1600-1700 and thats my target. I'm also trying to consume at least 160 grams of protein and under 100 grams of carbs.
Day 1: Shoulders, Traps, Legs. Let's Do This.
Today I took a scoop of Ignite 2 and 4 capsules of Max Pump a half hour before my workout. Ignite 2's Berry Blast was probably the best tasting supplement that I have had to date and was easy to mix up.
Excercise Bike: 10 minutes at 62 rpm's
Squats: 3 sets of 12, 2 sets of 8, 1 set of 2 (385lbs)
One Arm Dumbbell Lateral Raise: 4 sets of 12
One Arm Standing Dumbbell Front Raise: 4 sets of 10
Standing Dublin Press: 4 sets of 12
Military Press Behind Neck: 4 sets of 12
Cable Upright Row: 4 sets of 15
Dumbbell Upright Row: 4 sets of 12
Barbell Shrug: 4 sets of 10
Treadmill: 10 minutes @ 3 mph
I find that the previous few days I was somewhat weak and that could be to changing my diet up with less calories and less carbs. My energy and endurance was most definitely up there so I'm appreciative of that. I could see that I had better than normal focus but this combo seems to excel at endurance/strength/energy and I can say that I had all that and then some.
I feel that Ignite 2 and Max pump have helped in all these areas as today I was able to workout in the gym with no issues or weakness. I had veins popping out a bit after my workout but not too pronounced. At my current body fat level I don't expect too much vascularity but I did see a bit of difference regardless.
If anyone has any more tips on losing bodyfat and keeping muscle then feel free to chime in as I'm always in need of advice/tips. I've read to not go too heavy on the cardio and to at the least maintain my strength.
Thanks for visiting my log More to come soon.
- 07-21-2013, 02:55 PM
In to check how things work for you. I'm sure you'll dig this combo. It's the same PWO combo that I use right now and I enjoy it a lot. Will chime in with dietary advice later but I got some house chores to take care of first. Thanks for the shoutout.
07-21-2013, 03:02 PM
Does carbs make a big difference when dosing
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07-21-2013, 03:08 PM
07-21-2013, 03:14 PM
07-21-2013, 04:44 PM
while appropriate carbs will indeed aid in energy/training, they do not specifically have impact on the application of TMG in the body
gvdook - great intro, look forward to this one
my .02 off the top - your cals are too low..surely when you say your maintenance level is 2200-2300 that is with no activity included..
so, I would go no lower than 2000cals, and simply increase activity be it from longer/more intense weight sessions (which will happen naturally with the specific stack you are running) and regular cardio
as for cardio: "too much" is a very generic and broad terminology, and one I do not agree with..obviously you will want to avoid double 1hr higher-intense type sessions daily, but tbh at your current composition, as long as cals are in appropriate levels and macros are structured correctly (and clean) - you should have no issues at all with whatever activity you choose, only increased fat-loss
07-21-2013, 04:47 PM
As far as carbs go, dosing protocol should remain unaffected. My personal protocol (and I know a few others who are doing it the same way) is 4 MP uncapped in my PWO (1 scoop ignite2). I train fasted with the exception of BCAA/SAA intra On non-workout days I take 4 MP capped pre bed.
As far as carbs affecting how the products act, most anything you consume with either of these products will slow the absorption rate (with the exception of things like carbopol). The biggest thing I notice with carbs in combination with MP is increased vascularity and more muscle fullness. Mind you, I'm normally on a pretty low carb eating plan with a couple of higher carb days on Monday and Thursday. Normally during Tuesday and Friday workouts I'm fuller and more vascular. If you're on a normal eating plan where you're not cycling carbs at all, you're consumption of said carbs shouldn't effect how the products react.
Hope this helped.
07-21-2013, 05:46 PM
07-21-2013, 06:07 PM
07-21-2013, 06:11 PM
07-21-2013, 06:15 PM
again - as 2k, this should not even be a concern for you
small adjustments in the intake are always preferred; most want to throw a shyte-ton of food at themselves in "bulk" periods, and so get into a gross caloric excess..the body/metabolism is not prepared for this, so you inevitable store more than you want to adipose
same on reduced cal intake, the idea is not to drastically reduce cals out of the blue, else you will go into reduced caloric efficiency and the body may end up holding fat as it senses starvation mode - or, worse yet, seek muscle tissue from which to draw sustenance/energy
common sense balance, I stress this
glad to help
07-21-2013, 06:15 PM
If I ever do cardio is like twenty mins of LISS after weights. This is only when I'm cutting and progress has stalled and I don't want to reduce calories anymore.
With proper diet and high intensity lifting, cardio should only be needed when down in the single digits body fat wise...unless of course you want to be able to run from the cops.
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07-21-2013, 08:57 PM
I agree with snags about the calories. If you immediately go into a 1600-1700 cal diet right from the start you will find yourself eating 1000-1200 calories in no time once you hit a sticking point.
Same thing with cardio. So many people want to start at 45 minutes everyday. Before you know it they are doing two hours of cardio eating 1100 cals and they look like a string bean.
Lower cals slowly and up cardio slowly and not only will your muscle thank you but it will be much easier to stay on the diet most days.
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07-23-2013, 07:22 PM
Day 2: Day off Gym - cheat meal.
Monday was uneventful besides a much needed trip to TGIF's I took Max Pump and Ignite 2 as soon as I got up. I had a friend comment on how I look a bit more "muscle-y" as they put it. I did notice that my muscles looked more full today and unsure if this is due to my Max Pump or what.
Spent alot of time walking downtown and after walking a few hours I was still very energetic.
Day 3: Triceps, a little of everything else.
Today was a little bit of everything with a concentration on Triceps and Abdominials.
I took max pump around 9am, 30 minutes before my gym time. Entering the gym felt good after my day off with energy levels high.
Skull Crushers: 4 sets pf 10
Reverse Grip Close Grip Bench Press: 3 sets of 10
Two Arm Standing Dumbbell Extension: 2 sets pf 12
One Arm Cable Tricep Extension: 2 sets of 12
Reverse Grip Cable Tricep Extension: 3 sets of 10
Burpees: 3 sets of 16
Pull-ups: 4 sets of 7
Spiderman Push-ups: 4 sets of 20
Exercise Bike: 10 minutes @ 60 rpms
Felt good after my workout tonight. Mucles seems overall pumped in appearance with a bit of veins popping out. I'm hoping by Christmas to of made progress in my cutting and getting lean as I would like to see how I will look.
Endurance and strength was with me the entire workout. I found out tonight that I am actually able to do 1-arm pushups. While not ground breaking it was noteworthy for me. I would love to do full planche pushups but have yet to try so that will be my next thing I work on after I work on being able to at least 10 pullups. Progress is slow but regardless we will have progress my friends
Loving Max Pump and Ignite and what the combo is doing for me.
07-23-2013, 09:18 PM
Christmas is definitely plenty of time to make some amazing changes. The biggest key is consistency. Stay consistent and your goals will become reality!
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07-23-2013, 10:16 PM
07-23-2013, 10:27 PM
I've actually been dieting for sometime now and havent had a cheat meal in a few weeks.
My first post I had said "the last few days I've consumed 1600-1700 and thats my target." Well before that I was actually consuming around 1500 so I upped my calories in hopes to see more progress. I further learned (and in this thread) that even at 1600-1700 I would be hurting myself. Even with my cheat meal yesterday I consumed around 2450 the whole day.
I didnt talk about my previous low calorie period because I felt stupid for not being more informed or smart about my diet planning.
Sorry for the confusion there. It wasn't like I dieted for a few days and said "Oh heck time to reward myself".
07-23-2013, 10:29 PM
07-23-2013, 10:32 PM
Monday at lunch I went to TGIF with a friend.
I had a Spicy Craft Beer-Cheese Burger with fries and 2 sodas. Nothing fancy but burger and fries are always my thing, especially if I can get it spicy.
07-24-2013, 11:40 PM
Day 4: Chest, Lower Back, Hamstrings
I headed to the gym about 30 minutes after taking Max Pump and Ignite 2.
Deadlift: 5 sets of 10
Hyperextensions: 5 sets of 12
Leg Curls: 5 sets of 10
Barbell Bench Press: 3 sets of 12, 2 sets of 10
Reverse Grip Incline Bench Press: 3 sets of 12
Chest Dips: 3 sets of 15
Today was a very hectic day and I was looking forward to my gym time despite my energy levels being down.
Luckily Ignite 2 brought up my energy levels enough for me to get a good workout. My lower back has a tendency to be touch in the past but deadlifts and hyperextensions have helped out quite a bit.
Muscles were very full during and after my workout which I liked. I was very 'alpha' in the gym tonight which surprised me for some reason. I ended up deadlifting 350 twice which is my PB. Deadlifting has been a love/hate relationship and was happy that despite loathing it tonight I was still able to muster the energy to keep going after doing them. Endurance was no issues and I felt that I could of worked out a bit more but I needed to end my gym time after a few hours and write this log. Have to get to bed early since I have a early day tomorrow.
This combo is working well for me in my cutting goals. I consumed around 1890 calories today with about 170 grams of protein. I am fairly hungry after my workout but going to bed should take care of that.
07-24-2013, 11:53 PM
07-25-2013, 01:33 AM
I don't go to bed hungry. I absolutely refuse to. I'll retime my meals before I let that happen. 2 scoops ON whey and a tablespoon of PB or almond butter usually does the trick.
07-26-2013, 08:21 AM
Day 5 (Thursday 7/26/13): Softball Game, 10 Mile Bike Ride
I took Max Pump and Ignite 2 30 minutes before doing a 10 mile bike ride this afternoon then went to softball practice.
Softball practice lasted about 1 1/2 hours then we had a 2 1/2 hour game.
A friend made a comment on how defined my legs were and I noticed that my muscles overall were pumped up today especially in my calves. I'm assuming my bike ride had some play into that along with Max Pump doing its thing. My performance during practice and the game went well. I had plenty of energy and endurance from start to finish and even outperformed (I felt) some of the younger players. What I lack in batting I make up for in fielding
I'm not sure how you your experiences have been but I looked into the mirror today with my shirt off and actually caught myself off guard. I have a long way to go but I was starting to like what I saw. For a long time I went out of my way to NOT look into the mirror with my shirt off but I guess months of hard work are starting to pay off. I have a loooong way to go before my body fat % allows to show some definition but at least I can wear form fitting medium shirts and not look like a freshly open biscuit container from the dairy section.
Max Pump and Ignite 2 have gave me that extra oomph and incentive to get things done. Heck I even looked at some shirtless Halloween costumes which I havent looked at in my 42 years on this earth.
Overall it was a good day. Friday night will be more of a medium weight/higher rep day for biceps, legs, shoulders, abs. I'm moving my days off in the gym to Saturday and Sunday with Sunday being a day where I do a medium intensity activity for at least a half hour (bike riding, frisbee with a friend, brisk walk, etc).
Thanks for watching.
07-26-2013, 09:43 AM
freshly open biscuit container rofl...
42y/o is a nice age man is the new 25 these days, you know that right?
purrfekt time to embrace lifestyle changes..glad to hear things are rolling good here early on, keep at it!
07-27-2013, 05:03 AM
Day 6 (Friday 7/26/13): Biceps, Legs, Shoulders, Abs
Took Max Pump and Ignite 2 at 6:30pm and started my workout at 7pm. Today I'm going for just a medium weight but getting in more exercises with a bit higher reps. Just changing things up. Also changing my days off to Sat and Sun. Been on the same deal for a while now and feel the need for a change.
Spider Curl: 2 sets of 16
Wide Grip Cable Curl: 2 sets of 16
Standing Hammer Curl: 2 sets of 16
Standing Dublin Press: 2 sets of 16
One Arm Dumbbell Lateral Raise: 2 sets of 16
One Arm Standing Dumbbell Front Raise: 2 sets of 16
One Leg Barbell Squat: 2 sets of 16
Barbell Step Ups: 2 sets of 16
One Leg Bodyweight Squat: 2 sets of 20
Twisting Hanging Knee Raise: 3 sets of 16
Lying Alternate Knee Raise: 2 sets of 18
Situps: 3 sets of 35
Was a good workout and I was full of energy and motivation. Muscles were nice and full looking and tonight I had some veins stick up a tad on the arms.
I had about 1980 calories today. Tomorrow is a test of willpower since I'm going with a friend to a nearby carnival and I must resist all those snacks :/
Log is short tonight. Been one of those days. Hope everyone has a nice weekend.
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