Tyler's gettin' CRAZY! X-Factor Advanced AND Anabeta Elite

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  1. Nice start to the log.
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  2. Someone is VERY excited and for good reasoning too!

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  3. OK second workout completed. Today was leg day. I blasted through my cardio again; it was great. The GPLC is already taking effect hard even though this is just my second dose of it. I can tell because I sweat so much that by the time I finish cardio, I literally look like I just jumped in a pool. Luckily my gym provides towels and no longer hassles me about taking a second (or third) one if I need it. I planned to do squats and split-stance stiff-legged deadlifts with a trap bar, in addition to abs. I did, but my left hamstring and groin was KILLING me just from my warm-up squats. I probably would have abandoned ship if I wasn't doing a log, but I pressed on! However, by the time limped on over to deads, it was pretty obvious that I had to take it easy on my hamstrings today. As a result, I went light with sets of 5 until the pain got to feeling like I might actually be doing harm to myself and then called it a day. The rest of the workout was ab work and lots of stretching. Still feel great and my squats were legit. Here is a summary:

    Squats: 90.8KG x 8, 8 (not listing warm-up sets, of course, but I warmed up thoroughly from 40KG on)
    Split-stance stiff-legged deadlift: 40KG x 5, 50 x 5, 60 x 5, 70 x 5


    Ab stuff included 3 or 4 sets of leg lifts, and planking. Honestly, I forgot all about calves. I normally don't work them because my calves are naturally huge, and I feel like they don't really do much for me, so getting them bigger and stronger isn't something that I normally go after, but I would have worked them today just for the added GH output from working more muscle groups (if that does actually happen...that's what I heard).

    I don't know if the soreness is from the XFA or what, but I couldn't believe how much my hamstring and groin hurt. That happens sometimes if I haven't squatted for awhile, but what was really weird is that my legs felt sore after cardio. I have been doing the same cardio routine for years and never felt sore from it. Not sure if it is the XFA or a coincidence, but it was definitely a new feeling. On the other hand, my knee, which had been bothering me for weeks, feels great and gave me no trouble at all while running or squatting. My right ankle was also sore all day but by the time I was finished with cardio, it was 100%. In other words, my joints are feeling better instead of worse.

    I don't think I mentioned this, but my starting weight is actually lower than I thought it would be. I was floating around 88KG and couldn't lose weight, but then I stopped drinking. I realize now that the daily drinking was creating cortisol spikes that were screwing with my sleep and putting fat on. After I realized that and stopped drinking (in my defense, I was on vacation...worst. excuse. ever.), my sleep got better and fat started melting off. In the week before the log, I averaged 86KG (morning and afternoon weigh-ins fluctuated between 85 and 87.5, but were usually around 86-86.5). I have a scale at home now, so it is much easier to weigh myself.

    My ab is still not 100%, and after speaking with our resident PT, of course it's not (it's been 6 days). However, it is feeling better every day. I am hoping it feels good enough to roll on Monday. Our coach that teaches on Tuesday will be out of the country, so I will have to teach class on Tuesday night, so if the ab isn't better by then, I will have to be "that guy" who teaches class and then doesn't roll with anyone (which will suck, because I will already "that guy" who is teaching class even though he isn't actually very good haha). Diet has been ok, but the school lunch today was a deep-fried pork breaded in red yeast (pretty much my favorite thing ever), so I definitely ate a healthy portion haha. As I write this, though, I am going hypo from my PWO dose of ABE (I didn't dose with carbs because I figured I would have time to lift before hypo kicked in), so I am going to go eat something!

    Best,
    Tyler

  4. Love the detail you always have in here. Keep it up.
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  5. I am already looking noticeably fuller. I woke up today looking leaner and I was 84KG on the scale. That means that I definitely did not drink enough water after my workout yesterday (the GPLC makes me sweat so much that it's hard to tell how much to drink), and I am obviously a bit dehydrated today (I also feel a bit foggy, which is what happens when I am a little dehydrated upon waking). It is incredible that I am still looking fuller despite this (I am looking slimmer too, obviously, but since I am feeling dehydrated, I'm not celebrating that).

    My legs and back feel a bit sore, but not only do they feel no more sore than they normally do after a leg day, they possibly feel less sore. So, as of now, no increase in DOMS from the XFA but we'll see what tomorrow brings (my DOMS always kicks in the second day after a workout, especially in my legs). So far, I am loving this combo, and I am feeling great. Most of it is my excitement I'm sure (I mean, this is the start of day 3), but I'm not complaining!

    I have to go to a wedding at Taipei 101 in a few hours (didn't know people could have weddings there), so I will be very happy for ABE's GDA effects I'm sure

    Best,
    Tyler
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  6. OK Monday workout report:

    I felt a little like my heart wasn't in it today (crowded gym, start of the week, etc etc), but even with that feeling, I kicked some major ass and am feeling great overall. I am already killin' it and it should only get better from here.

    The only negative is my ab injury. I was feeling pretty good today, so I went to BJJ after the gym. I only rolled light, but even light rolling, it wasn't long before I felt a pop and the pain got worse. It's not as bad as it was initially, but it seems pretty obvious that I won't be ready to roll again for at least 2 weeks...and I still have to teach tomorrow, so that will be less than optimal. I am now unsure of whether it is an ab injury, or an injury to my rib cartilage. I had thought it was an ab initially, but the fact that it popped again today seems to point to a rib issue. I honestly don't think it will affect recovery much either way, since a few weeks of rest should get the job done with either injury, but man I wish I didn't stick around for that last roll last Monday . I guess that's all in the game, though.

    Anyway, here are my numbers:

    Dumbbell flat bench: 80s x 7-2-2
    Dumbbell shoulder press: 60s x 6-2-1
    Upright row: 41.5 KG x 12-5-5 (will have to step up the weight next time)
    Skull crushers: 41.5KG x 10-4-2
    Dumbbell side raise: drop set 40s x 6/25s x 6
    Dumbbell front raise: drop set 40s x 8/ 20s x 8

    Because of the Monday rush (gyms: empty on Fridays, packed on Mondays), I did mostly dumbbell work so that I could keep my bench. Normally I would alternate chest and shoulder presses (one dumbbell, one barbell), but today, I used what was available and I am happy I did.

    I know this isn't believable, but I am already getting stronger. I don't know if it is just me enjoying the intensity or what, but I haven't gotten 7 reps with 80s for months. Last time I tried, I only got 5. Today, I hammered out 7 on the first round of my RP set. I am thrilled! It could be my own excitement, but ABE does kick in ludicrously fast, as does GPLC, so it could be that, too. If I had to guess why ABE kicks in so fast for me, I would guess that it is a mix of being a super responder to Anacyclus, and the 7-OH having a seemingly immediate effect on my cortisol level (neither compound peaks for another week or two, but already love how I feel). I can't say much for the XFA yet, except for two things:

    1. I don't remember putting on strength this quickly with ABE alone, even though I do remember noticing an effect on mood/leaning/energy
    2. Even though my legs seem less sore than they should be after Saturday's squatting (rather than more, which I was worried about with ArA) after dosing XFA and doing cardio, I get soreness in my hamstrings and groin as if I had just been squatting. It goes away quickly enough and doesn't contribute to DOMS, but it is odd because I have never gotten that before...ever. At the least, that means the XFA is having an effect.

    Overall, except for the ab/rib, I am feeling amazing . Thanks for reading!!!

    Best,
    Tyler

  7. I'm off to go teach and either not roll, or only play top game (both options are pretty lame...). I am going to take XFA before class, as I will prob end up going for the top game option.

    Question: should I dose XFA before cardio, or only if doing weights or BJJ?

    Thanks!
    Tyler

  8. Quote Originally Posted by tyrub42 View Post
    I'm off to go teach and either not roll, or only play top game (both options are pretty lame...). I am going to take XFA before class, as I will prob end up going for the top game option.

    Question: should I dose XFA before cardio, or only if doing weights or BJJ?

    Thanks!
    Tyler
    If only doing cardio, I'd do the 1/1/1/1 dosing.
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by kbayne View Post
    If only doing cardio, I'd do the 1/1/1/1 dosing.
    What's that? Dose 1 pill throughout the day? Keep in mind I am still doing 4 days a week of weights, but not sure whether I am supposed to dose on other days when only doing cardio.

    Should I dose 5 on WO days, 4 (1-1-1-1) on cardio days, and none on rest days?

  10. Quote Originally Posted by tyrub42 View Post

    What's that? Dose 1 pill throughout the day? Keep in mind I am still doing 4 days a week of weights, but not sure whether I am supposed to dose on other days when only doing cardio.

    Should I dose 5 on WO days, 4 (1-1-1-1) on cardio days, and none on rest days?
    Yes, the 1/1/1/1 is just splitting the dose throughout the day. I would just keep it to 4 caps a day and for sure dose on non-workout days.
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by kbayne View Post
    Yes, the 1/1/1/1 is just splitting the dose throughout the day. I would just keep it to 4 caps a day and for sure dose on non-workout days.
    Just to be clear, you know I am talking about XFA (the ArA supp) and not ABE right (just want to make sure, as it sounds like you are talking about a dosing schedule that fits ABE more than XFA)?

  12. Quote Originally Posted by tyrub42 View Post

    Just to be clear, you know I am talking about XFA (the ArA supp) and not ABE right (just want to make sure, as it sounds like you are talking about a dosing schedule that fits ABE more than XFA)?
    Oh jeeze haha. My bad man.

    Forget what I was talking about and do how you had it planned. Just for prior to your workouts 4 times a week.
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by kbayne View Post
    Oh jeeze haha. My bad man.

    Forget what I was talking about and do how you had it planned. Just for prior to your workouts 4 times a week.
    Haha, no worries man it's easy to get confused with all the abbreviating. Will stick to that dosing schedule. Thanks!

  14. Well it is day 6. I am feeling extra hungry today, and hoping it means my metabolism is speeding up a bit to keep up. I came home from work today planning to get right to the gym, but by the time I got home I went from not noticeably hungry to ravenously hungry (in the span of 20 min). I have noticed that AB does this in the past, but this might feel stronger than before as it is only day 6, so the ArA might be contributing to it, too (not positive if people have reported increased hunger on ArA, but I feel like almost any effective muscle builder will do that, so I wouldn't be surprised).

    I am really feeling the energy increase today. I felt like a million bucks and was able to go all day (6 hours of teaching) without fading, whereas I usually get a post-lunch exhaustion even if I slept well the previous night. I also slept really well last night, as I took 1mg of estazolam and 12.5mg of diphenhydramine (half of a Benedryl) before bed. I was feeling a bit of anxiety for some reason (happens to me sometimes), so I dosed the estazolam. I got about 7 hours of sleep but I woke up 10 min. before my alarm clock and felt great. I feel like I have fewer sleep problems than I used to with Anabeta for two reasons: I dose early in the day and My last dose can't be later than 4 or 5PM, and ABE's 7-OH seems to calm me down a bit in general, but most importantly I feel like it helps keep my cortisol from spiking before bed. I still toss and turn all night if I dose too late, but the more experience I get, the more I am able to find the best ways to get all the benefits while minimizing any side effects. For example, I know that ABE has potent GDA effects on me, so I would never have thought to dose without eating at least some carbs. However, I am realizing that I am able to dose 1 pill without carbs and still have a window of time before going hypo. That is important because I can get my last dose of the day in, go work out, and get back home before I start getting serious symptoms of hypoglycemia. On the other hand, if I dose two pills without carbs, or with not enough carbs, I will quickly be dizzy, irritable, and my peripheral vision starts to play tricks on me. Obviously couldn't workout like that haha.

    I taught BJJ yesterday and was pretty good about not irritating my ab/rib injury. I am not sure if it is an ab, or if I screwed up my rib cartilage, but I didn't roll, so no popping yesterday. I did somehow manage to somehow rub the skin off the bottom of my big toe from the mats, even though I wasn't really doing anything, so that sucks! Walking and teaching (I'm usually standing) sucked royally today, and I'm sure cardio will suck a lot more. On the plus side, it's just a pain thing and will feel fine in a few days, so whatever. Biggest thing right now is hoping that my ab/rib recovers within 2 weeks. Why 2 weeks? Because that is the amount of time I arbitrarily picked out of the air. I waited one week before and that was not enough, so now we will see about 2. I am off to do a pulling workout. Will report back later!

    Best,
    Tyler

  15. OK workout today felt AMAZING. First of all, cardio felt 100% fine once I was on, so my little injury that made the whole day a limpy mess, pretty much went away as I got in the zone . Cardio was intense as hell, and that was just the beginning! I didn't have my numbers from my last pulling workout available, so I didn't know whether or not I would have improved so soon...I did. A lot. The only lifts I repeated were Bent-over row and reverse-grip cable curl. I increased substantially bent-over row, and a bit on RGCC as well. On RVCC, I was also able to do the first few reps without using my thumbs, so I improved more than it looks like IMO. My other lifts felt great, as well. Honestly, I think the biggest difference in today's workout was that I had more drive than I may have ever had in my life. Even if I felt kinda lazy doing my warm-up sets, I just kept going and going and going on my real sets. It was like I was able to win the war that we all fight against our own body to get that last rep, stay focused, and kill it! I had an intense mind-muscle connection, and I felt like the more I did, the more focused and driven I felt. I REALLY hope that this is a sign of what's to come on this log. Here are the numbers:

    Bent-over row: 100KG x 8-4-3
    normal/narrow-grip pull downs: 103KG x 9-4-3 (this is not the same exercise as my last pull downs, which were super-wide grip)
    Preacher curl: 36.5KG x 4-2-2
    Reverse-grip cable curl: 90lb x 6-3-3

    I finished with some L-seat pullups for abs, and got 12 of them (I don't think I have ever gotten 12 of them before), then did my stretching. Honestly, I am still feeling so amped up, I wish I could go back and keep lifting!

    My DOMS has been perfect. Enough in my chest/shoulders/tris to let me know I hit 'em well, but nothing that is painful or felt like over-doing it. No soreness in my legs after cardio today, and no joint pain at all from the XFA. So far, the only thing I am worried about is whether or not I am going to be able to sleep tonight after feeling like this at 10PM. We'll see what happens with that, but holy crap I am feeling great! Thanks for reading!!!

    Best,
    Tyler

  16. Well, it is a 4-day weekend and I am hoping to get out of the city for awhile, so I am going to move legs to today, and do my pushing workout tomorrow (freeing up my weekend). Will post legs report soon

  17. OK guys here is the legs day breakdown:

    I woke up today at 11 and dose 2 ABE and then drank a shake with 2 servings of Ultimate Flurry protein (50g protein, 12 g carbs, 10g fats I think is what that would equal) plus a small banana and half a cup of oats. I was planning on hitting the gym around 1:30...I was wrong. I kept having little tasks assigned to me by the wife because some of her family was coming over. I didn't get to the gym until 4 or 4:30. The bad part is that I hadn't eaten anything since that first shake, and I hadn't dosed my other 2 ABE yet. I dosed my GMS/GPLC/XFA with my PWO drink and I was off. Cardio reflected a lower energy level, as I burned fewer calories than normal (about 5-7% decrease). I decided I wasn't going to make excuses, and got on the rack. Last Saturday, I really impressed myself by getting 8 reps with 90KG. I decided that I was going to do better today. I was going to get 9 reps if it killed me. I kept perfect form, pushed my feet into the ground as hard as I could, and didn't quit until I felt like my body was going to explode. Incredibly, I was able to push 12 reps! Not a bad increase for 5 days . After that, I was spent. I rested for a nice long 4-5 min before attempting my second set. I was only able to get 8 on the second set, and I almost couldn't get the last one up. Luckily I just barely managed to not kill myself and I re-racked. After that I did a rest-paused calf exercise and some split-stance stiff-legged dead lifts. I am not sure if I did the deadlifts right, because I was able to do a decent amount of weight, even though it's supposed to be a one-leg exercise. I will continue to study video to get my form right on them. Here are the numbers:

    Squat: 90KG x 12, 8
    Seated, plate-loaded calf raise: 60KG x 10-4-4
    Split stance stiff-legged dead lifts (on a trap bar): 80KG x 10 (each leg)

    I took my last two ABE, drove home, dosed some yellow gold, and cooked a nice feast of ~half a pound of chicken with 1.5 whole wheat tortillas. I am feeling really good now. Overall, my weight is about the same, but I am looking leaner and fuller. Hopefully weight will start dropping soon, as I think even if I add a few KG of muscle, I could still look better around 84 (or even less). The strength increases that are already apparent are impressive and hopefully a small sign of what's to come.

    Best,
    Tyler

  18. Nice updates in here. Sounds like things are moving along very nicely and it hasn't even been a week yet. Wait until about the middle/ end of week 2!
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  19. Quote Originally Posted by kbayne View Post
    Nice updates in here. Sounds like things are moving along very nicely and it hasn't even been a week yet. Wait until about the middle/ end of week 2!
    Dude I can't wait! Even if nothing changes and this is as intense as it gets, I am more than satisfied! This is definitely more intense than ABE alone felt this early...and ABE alone is already freakin strong!

  20. Quote Originally Posted by tyrub42 View Post
    Dude I can't wait! Even if nothing changes and this is as intense as it gets, I am more than satisfied! This is definitely more intense than ABE alone felt this early...and ABE alone is already freakin strong!
    ABE + ArA is the best natty stack there is hands down. Doesn't get any better.
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  21. Quote Originally Posted by kbayne View Post
    ABE + ArA is the best natty stack there is hands down. Doesn't get any better.
    I concur. Stuff is epic. I need to use them together again.
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    I concur. Stuff is epic. I need to use them together again.
    I'm counting the days down to run them again.
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  23. Chest/shoulders/triceps report:

    I am getting stronger faster than I could have imagined. It has only been a little over a week, but I am already feeling a huge difference from the beginning of this log. My numbers today, compared with my numbers from only 5 days ago, are crazy. Weights felt lighter in general. 80s felt like 60s while I was benching. Compare these numbers to my last chest/shoulders/triceps day:

    (dumbbell exercises list the weight of one dumbbell, not the combined weight of both)
    Dumbbell flat bench: 80lbs x 10-4-2
    Dumbbell shoulder press: 60lbs x 8-2-2
    Upright row: 48.5KG x 11-5-4
    Skull crushers: 48.5KG x 7-3-2
    Dumbbell side raise: 40lbs x 6 drop set to 15lbs x 15
    Dumbbell front raise: 40lbs x 9 drop set to 15lbs x 24

    That amount of improvement in under a week is insane. I don't remember ever getting 10 reps on a set with 80s in my life. I am still pretty much in shock.

    I haven't been eating too well in all honesty, but I am looking bigger, fuller, and a bit more cut up. I am still not experiencing any [extra] joint pain, and any joint issues I had at the beginning of this log have continued to improve. Finishing my ABE dosing early in the day is eliminating the sleep issues that I get from anacyclus for the most part, combined with GABA, Ghenerate, and sleep meds when necessary. I will stay out of BJJ for another few days at least, probably a week...I will stay away as long as I can but no promises on how long that will be. My ab/rib injury still gets sore once in awhile but feels much better and doesn't get irritated when lifting. Monday is another pulling workout...excited to see what happens .

    Best,
    Tyler

  24. Pulling day report:

    I will try to keep this short (especially since I believe only 2 people are following this log so far and I don't want them to get bored already ). I moved up in weight for all of my repeated exercises, since I am feeling stronger and stronger lately). Despite moving up in weight, I pumped out almost the same number of reps as I did the last time I did these exercises .


    Bent-over row: 105KG x 7-3-3
    Super wide grip pull downs: 96 KG x 7-3-3 (The guy who I asked to help me pull the bar down until I could lock my legs in tried to spot me on the second and third part of my RP set...he had the best of intentions, but it did screw up my focus a bit)
    Cable curl: 140lbs x 7-3-3
    Hammer curl: 35 lb dumbbells x 8-3-3

    Cardio was ok; I think I underdosed my PWO a bit today or maybe it's just a Monday thing, but I felt like I could have used a bit more pep in my step. Didn't let that stop me though.

    My ab/back is feeling 99% better but I still stayed out of BJJ today so that I wouldn't make the same mistake twice (no promises about Wednesday, though).

    Since I didn't go to BJJ and had extra time at the end of my workout, I did some L-seat pullups. Then I still didn't feel like leaving, so I did a few sets of face pulls. Then I still didn't feel like leaving, so I did a few sets of an exercise I just learned from a Taiwanese guy on saturday when you get into a bent-over row posture with a super wide underhand grip, keep your elbows locked, and squeeze your shoulder blades together (supposed to work lower traps and all the inner back muscles). Then I still didn't want to leave, so I did some light rack pulls...then some medium rack pulls...then some heavy rack pulls...after pulling 170KG I realized I wasn't doing a great job of cooling down, so I stretched and left. On the way out, I realized that my heaviest rack pull ever was 180KG...I got almost to that AFTER I HAD JUST DONE A FULL INTENSE BACK WORKOUT...WITHOUT EVEN NOTICING! Am I satisfied with my mindset for today's workout? Not completely. Am I satisfied with my progress so far on this log? Abso-freakin-lutely!

    Best,
    Tyler

  25. Quote Originally Posted by tyrub42 View Post
    Pulling day report:

    I will try to keep this short (especially since I believe only 2 people are following this log so far and I don't want them to get bored already ).
    I will say that as a long time lurker before I started posting on here.....just because people don't comment doesn't mean there aren't a bunch of eyes following.

    Solid work so far man. Just sit back (errr I mean keep lifting hard!) and prepare for the good stuff to really start happening now.
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