First off I have to thank the good folks at Finaflex for taking a chance on a new logger and giving me the opportunity to try this stack! This will be the first log I've ever done.
A little about me:
I am 27 years old and have been training naturally for about 8 years. I am 5'7”, started at a skeletal 120 lbs and now weigh 170 lbs with about 12% BF. Most of my muscle was gained in the first few years of lifting. I've been higher than 170 but with higher bodyfat. I train for relative strength and explosiveness these days, for basketball and other sports. I've always had a secondary focus on aesthetics along the way. Basically I try to keep myself looking balanced with the idea that I may transition to bodybuilding someday when I'm through with running and jumping.
I have a history of injuries: cartilage tear in knee (lateral meniscus), both shoulders have some issues with the rotator cuff or cartilage definitely torn on one of them (shoulder will lock at certain positions and very loud popping sounds), also some type of permanent damage to my ankle from a real bad sprain a few years ago, clicking and popping ever since, and then there's the hip labrum. I have a gluten intolerance and constant digestive issues. I was also diagnosed with low T last year at age 26 (not sure what levels were but doc said equal to 50-60 year old man). I think I have had low T for a long time though because of how hard it always was to gain any muscle without gaining fat, or to lose fat without losing muscle. Been around this weight for quite a while. I feel run down most of the time even though I never train back to back days. Despite all my issues I still remain dedicated to my diet and training though, I love it. My injuries also sound worse than they are because I have rehabbed all of them using specific exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles. Now all I have to deal with are occasional painless popping sounds here and there, and sometimes a few dull aches on my off days.
Current training and goals:
My main goal right now is to gain strength and explosiveness in my legs. Despite training for several years I have never hit a 2x bodyweight squat. I recently started adding a lot more unilateral leg training and I also fixed some things with my squat form. I dropped the weight and now working my way back up. Looking to hit the 2x bodyweight goal by the end of the year.
None. I used to be a big fan of pre-workouts, but one day I ran out and just drank a cup of coffee instead and ended up having a great workout. I haven't bothered to buy any pre-workouts since then. I also stopped using whey protein after I ran into my current financial crisis and couldn't afford to buy another bag. I substituted a few eggs instead of the whey and expected the worst (losing muscle). To my surprise I continued to gain strength with way less egg protein grams versus whey protein grams. My acne on my back was reduced significantly and my bowel movements no longer had the bright colors corresponding with the different whey proteins, lol. So I found out whey isn't really that helpful for me anyway, which is reassuring since things are pretty tight financially.
Pure Test - 500mg DAA per capsule. I will be taking 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon (preworkout) for a total of 4 per day. I am hopeful that this supplement will help raise my low T levels into a more normal range.
Revolution PCT – star ingredient Arimistane (anti-estrogen) and others for liver, cardio, and . With my low T levels, I probably have high E levels, so this should help me attain a more favorable T:E ratio. I will take two of these before bed each night.
Active Multi – Very nice profile including all the main vitamins and minerals but also an amino acid , antioxidants, mental focus, liver, joint, heart and digestive support. Definitely a complete multivitamin. I am hoping to see a difference with my joints or maybe some improvement with my digestive issues. I'll be taking this in the morning with breakfast.
Overall I am excited for this stack and will be getting started tomorrow. I am going to take some measurements in the morning when I wake up cold and depleted. These will be compared for any changes 30 days from now. Ideally I'll see some changes in both body composition and strength over these 4 weeks. Tune in tomorrow for my first update!