Eat, Train, Sleep: Athletix High Volume and Acute FX

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  1. Congrats on the Deadlift PR!
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  2. Week Three: Day Three-Press Complex B
    --Power Movement--
    BB Flat: 210x5, 240x3, 275x1, 285xMissed, 285x1
    Extra Work: 250x3, 225x5, 185x5
    --SST Movement--
    BB OHP: 120x5, 140x5, 160x3/2
    BB CGBP: 185x5, 210x5, 225x3
    --Volume Accessories--
    DB Flat: 75x10, 80x10, 80x8
    DB Lateral Raise: 30x10, 30x10, 30x10
    Cable Upright Row: 100 repetitions at 100-110lbs

    Decided to hit the flat press today instead of my scheduled OHP; my primary concern is developing my bench so I opted to go through a 5/3/1 scheme again and instead apply 5lbs to my OHP training max, and work within the SST ranges at those higher percentages. The way I see it, the best way to get a bigger bench is to bench more, so I may retain this scheme for the next several weeks (along with concurrent SST work done with the OHP, which is admittedly a hassle).

    The next challenge this week will be tomorrow's squatting endeavor, hopefully I can surpass the 370 mark. My legs and arms were blasted this morning from yesterday's farmer's carries (my new cardio "routine").

    I hit a solid breakfast outing with my father and brother after training, I kept it clean but enjoyed myself a bit with a sizable buckwheat pancake for carbs. Because I cannot gauge the calorie count of the meal (a greek salad, chicken breast, and the pancake), I will refrain from attempting a calorie count for today. My other meals have been par the course as usual.
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  3. Week Three: Day Four-Squat Complex
    --Power Movement--
    BB Squat: 280x5, 315x3, 350x1, 370x1, 380x1 390xMissed
    --SST Movement--
    BB Deadlift: 315x5, 360x5, 410x5
    --Volume Accessories--
    HS Leg Press: 360x12, 450x12, 540x10, 590x8
    Leg Extension: 100 repetitions, undulating weights and bi/uni-lateral movement
    Hamstring Curl: 100 repetitions, undulating weights and bi/uni-lateral movement

    Another PR set, and although I missed the 390 I did manage to get out of the hole so I know it isn't too distant from my grasp.
    I'm really pleased with how this week has gone, and I'm closer than I had imagined to the numbers I'm trying to obtain. I will keep my nose to the grindstone through these next 3-4 weeks in the hopes of hitting further PR's before this log wraps up!

    Consumption:
    Meal A-80g oats, 1 scoop isolate, 1 scoop casein
    Meal B-1 scoop isolate, 200g chicken breast, 4 pcs ezekiel bread, assorted veggies

  4. Those are some sick numbers... the 100's reps must be killer
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by wasme View Post
    Those are some sick numbers... the 100's reps must be killer
    I try to take as little rest as possible, but at times the pump (especially for quads and triceps) is such that I cant physically move with full ROM, so I have to wait a minute or two. I credit that to the High Volume, most definitely.

    My numbers are decent (excluding the squat) for my bodyweight but if I'd like to compete in the 181s, well I've got a long way to go to put respectable totals up in that category! But as long as I keep at it, I can stay positive.
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  6. Great updates, looks like your on a roll with PR's!
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  7. Decimating these lifts. Like Wasme said, 100 total reps on the iso leg work is brutal anytime, let alone w/ a pump product. Bet you're feeling good with that 380 squat under your belt, all the way to parallel

    Kinda been going thru the same thing, re-setting maxes thru parallel (although my current max at 445 was all the way thru, no doubt).

    If you're getting stuck after coming out of the hole, consider good mornings, hip thrusts/glute bridges, or high box squats where you sit back to break your kinetic chain, then lean forward & explode up. GM's if lower back strength to stay chest up is the issue, the bridges if hip strength to extend knees is lacking, & the high-box if you just kinda need to get stronger all around for that area. I'd only bother with this accessory supplementation though if you feel you're really out of balance between out-of-hole strength & midway drive-thru strength. Otherwise, just keep squating
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  8. Week Four: Day One-Press Complex A
    --Power Movement--
    BB Flat Press: 210x3, 235x3, 260x3, 275x1, 280x1, 280x1
    --SST Movements--
    BB OHP: 115x8, 135x8, 155x3/3/3
    BB CGBP: 165x8, 195x8, 225x5/3
    --Volume Accessories--
    DB Flat: 75x10, 85x10, 75x10, 70x10
    Dips: BWx10, BWx10, BWx10
    Cable Flye: 50 repetitions, undulating weight
    Cable Pressdown: 50 repetitions, undulating weight

    I don't have much to say about this session other than hell yeah. 280 feels easier and easier with each attempt.
    I'm considering swapping out the BB OHP on Press Complex B and replacing it with the CGBP as a primary (retaining OHP as an SST movement, followed by flat pressing). Of course, three consecutive barbell movements takes a lot out of me by the time my accessories come around, but since progress is being made I will retain it.

    Consumption:
    Meal A: 80g oats, 1 scoop isolate, 3 whole eggs
    Meal B: 1 scoop isolate, 4 whole eggs, 4 pcs ezekiel bread, 150g greek yogurt
    Meal C: 4 whole eggs, 150g greek yogurt, 2 pcs ezekiel bread, assorted veggies
    Meal D: 1 quest bar, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 pcs ezekiel bread
    Meal E: 200g chicken breast, 100g steak, 100g cottage cheese

    3145 cal, 105g fat, 250g carb, 300g prot

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyde View Post
    Decimating these lifts. Like Wasme said, 100 total reps on the iso leg work is brutal anytime, let alone w/ a pump product. Bet you're feeling good with that 380 squat under your belt, all the way to parallel

    Kinda been going thru the same thing, re-setting maxes thru parallel (although my current max at 445 was all the way thru, no doubt).

    If you're getting stuck after coming out of the hole, consider good mornings, hip thrusts/glute bridges, or high box squats where you sit back to break your kinetic chain, then lean forward & explode up. GM's if lower back strength to stay chest up is the issue, the bridges if hip strength to extend knees is lacking, & the high-box if you just kinda need to get stronger all around for that area. I'd only bother with this accessory supplementation though if you feel you're really out of balance between out-of-hole strength & midway drive-thru strength. Otherwise, just keep squating
    I'd say my squat as a whole needs work, but certainly keeping the chest up and creating a powerful knee extension are key; unfortunately I train at a commercial gym (in fact, I found out today that the manager is looking for me because chalk is evidently a "safety hazard"....the ****?), so I need to incorporate assistance lifts that require the least amount of "specialized" equipment (boxes, bands, unique barbells, etc). I suppose you can say I take heavily from Lilly's opinion on the matter. Good mornings and rack pulls are on my list, however, big changes to my routine will be occuring in the upcoming weeks as I get more and more used to a "power" orientation with training. Lord knows I still want some more size, though the two are not mutually exclusive.

  9. Another sick update!
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  10. Week Four: Day Two-Pull Complex A
    Weighted Chin-Ups: +45x5, +70x5, +80x3
    DB Row: 100x10, 100x10, 100x10, 100x10
    Cable Straight-Arm Pulldown: 100x10, 120x10, 130x10
    Cable Curl, Unilateral: 30x15, 40x15, 50x15
    DB Hammer Curl: 30x10, 30x10, 35x10, 40x6
    Lat Pulldown, Close-Grip: 100 repetitions, undulating weights and alternating close/wide grips

    Quick session today; I was supposed to squat but things felt "off" during warmups and I could tell my body was not in the mood for it. Instead I opted to throw in a back session, as we all can use some more back training anyways.

    I've made the decision, however, to end this log once this week concludes; I train a minimum of 5 days-per-week, but at times have gone as often as 6 days-per-week over the course of this log (including cardio, extra and unrecorded back sessions, all of which include HV/AFX dosing). As such, I've burned through my HV/AFX tub rather quickly. Although I have a second tub of each on hand (yes, it's that enjoyable), I don't think there is a need to turn this log into an 8-12 week ordeal. Although, considering this in a more roundabout way, it is to the credit of these products that I've been able to train with intensity so frequently over the past four weeks or so: setting multiple PR's in the process and exceeding my given numbers for 5/3/1.

    My plan is to log until the month's end, and insert my concluding thoughts into an earlier post (the one with the HV/AFX tub image).

    I've also got some more recent physique images, should anyone be interested in viewing them.

  11. You put in awesome workouts, thanks for the kind words thus far concerning HV/AFX.
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  12. Really excited for your final review; looks like you've thoroughly been enjoying the product. Those are incredibly heavy pullups man, btw.
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by Hyde View Post
    Really excited for your final review; looks like you've thoroughly been enjoying the product. Those are incredibly heavy pullups man, btw.
    Thank you sir; I'm really trying to get to +100lbs for three repetitions, unfortunately its been rough on my tendons (hence the lack of overall sets), but I do treat it as a strength exercise and it really warms everything up prior to training the back directly.

  14. Agreed some very heavy pull ups!
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  15. Week Four: Day Three-Squat Complex
    --Power Movement--
    BB Squat: 265x3, 305x3, 355x1, 365x1, 370x1
    Extra Work: 230x5, 230x5, 250x5, 250x5, 250x5
    --SST Movement--
    BB Deadlift: 315x5, 365x1, 405x1, 425x1, 445x1, 450x1, 450x1
    BB Deficit Deadlift: 225x5, 275x5, 315x5, 365x5
    --Volume Accessories--
    Leg Press (with 1 second static hold): 280x15, 360x12, 450x10
    Leg Extension: 10x10 undulating weights, bi and unilateral
    Weighted Hyperextensions: +45x10, +45x10, +45x10

    Good session today, I more or less did what I wanted and didn't quite follow Wendler to the letter. I brought in the deficit deadlifts to experiment and I will be retaining them in my regiment.

    With regards to my squat, I've noticed (as have others) that I have difficulty "diving" into the hole, I tend to have a very slow negative which takes a lot of energy out of me. It isn't as much of an issue with my lighter loads, but once I go above 80% it becomes a recurrent theme.

    I was advised to attempt 5x5, progressively overloaded (+5lbs per week) sets after the heavy lifting to get a better feel for falling into my groove.
    Any thoughts?

    Also, have any of you readers noticed the PHF store/forum being offline? I'm receiving 404 messages every time I attempt to access it. I just want to be sure it isn't an issue on my end.

  16. Getting the same thing with PHForum
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  17. 5x5s is never a bad routine when in doubt. Works less for non-noobs, but so does everything lol. Could run it for a month to mix it up & if progress is being made continue for another month or til you stall out for 2 weeks in a row. Sometimes you have an off week in 5x5s. That's pretty f'ing heavy for 25 total reps.
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  18. Yup phf wasn't working for me either the other day, seems to be working now.
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  19. Week Four: Day Four-Pull Complex
    DB Row: 80x10, 80x10, 80x10, 95x10, 100x10, 100x10, 110x10
    Weighted Chins: +45x5, +70x5, +75x5
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    Snatch-Grip Rack Pulls: 225x10, 315x10, 365x10, 415x5
    Seated Cable Row: 80x15, 120x10, 150x10
    DB Hammer Curl: 20x12, 30x10, 35x8, 35x8, 40x5
    Cable Upright Row: 50 repetitions, ascending weights

    And so ends my last session with AFX/HV; things have been somewhat busy this week and diet has been heavily skewed. I opted for an all-out volume fest since my back happens to be my favorite group to train.
    I've certainly put on some bodyfat in the course of this entire month but I believe the log speaks for itself regarding the multiple PRs and the ability of HV/AFX to fuel my power-building workouts and their frequency. I will be posting a full and cohesive review later today, so stay tuned!

  20. FINAL REVIEW: ACUTE-FX AND HIGH VOLUME

    To preface this assessment, I will note that I dosed both products per bottle recommendation.

    Designed for a complimentary stack, AFX and HV handily produce the pump and energy most trainees seek in a preworkout; what sets them apart in the heavily saturated PWO market niche are their versatility, both in dosing and application. By separating HV and AFX into two products, Athletix has provided consumers with another option in stim-free pump products (largely monopolized by Hemavol until this point) and in a milder, stackable (per single dose) stimulant blend.

    With the increased popularity of GMS, Agmatine, and the application of the former to ArA cycles, HV lends itself to a variety of uses. The disclosed doses of agmatine and l-citrulline are welcome backbone to the central prop blend, which in and of itself includes no ingredients we still see shuttled about in lesser quality products (aka arginine or ATP).

    To the review itself, I'd rather not use a number system but would instead like to lay out what exactly HV/AFX assisted me with during this month of training:

    During my run, I was able to set PRs in the bench (285), squat (380), and deadlift (475) while training on a 5 to 6 day frequency.

    I was also able to hit the +80lbs x 3 mark with my weighted pull-ups.

    Of course, I'm not trying to claim that HV/AFX "caused" these achievements. However, to make sustained progress within the boundaries of Wendler's 5/3/1 for Powerlifting template--a system involving the repeated use of heavy singles in the 90-95% range on the "Big 3" throughout the week--is a testament to HV/AFX's ability to facilitate my energy levels, dissipate mental/physical fatigue, and assist in bringing my CNS in line for heavily demanding training sessions.


    I believe that gauging a product's success comes down to the following questions: Would I buy it again? Would I recommend it to a friend?

    For both Acute-FX and High Volume, the answer is affirmative; I do in fact plan on using High Volume as my PWO-of-choice during my upcoming PH run.

    Once again, I want to thank JudgmentDay, wasme, and Athletix for providing me with this logging opportunity, as well as all who have been following/commenting on this run. Athletix is certainly back, and in a big way, do not pass up on any opportunities to try their products, particularly with the current Labor Day sales going on!

    Finally, here are some recent images to top off the log. Back and biceps are pumped in the upper body shot, the quads are cold.



  21. Excellent review SP.. thanks! Was a great log to follow, and your progress was awesome. Good luck on your PH run.
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by wasme View Post
    Excellent review SP.. thanks! Was a great log to follow, and your progress was awesome. Good luck on your PH run.
    It's been a blast and the HV/AFX combination is great, I wish Athletix nothing but success in asserting their place in the market.
    I also appreciate your (and JudgmentDay's) patience with some gaps in the log, moving back from university was a hectic time but I certainly looked forward to training.

    As I get my game plan together regarding employment opportunities I may have to accelerate my time-table for cycling; gone are the days where all I had to worry about was studying. The only question now is what to run, and whether to log it or not!

  23. Log it! And link me up to it when you do please. Thanks for the kind words!
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  24. Wahh look at those quads! Amazing physique!

    Thanks for taking the time out to log for us, we appreciate the detail log you have done, great updates, very fun log to follow Def link us up to your next log!
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