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

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  1. OK it's Monday evening, and I am ready to go! I am feeling more rested and no longer under the weather.

    I spent all afternoon yesterday hiking through steep trails in the mountains of wulai with my wife, my friend, my friend's wife, and his kitten. Yes, that last part is accurate. He has somehow trained a kitten to be dog-like enough to go hiking with. No leash or anything; it just does what it wants and then trots along to keep up with us. The thing is adorable. I was really hoping to see some of Taiwan's [in]famous poisonous snakes, but didn't see much of anything. My wife did find a homemade aboriginal hunting knife, which was awesome (hopefully she will forget that she has it next time we are arguing ). Living in the second-most densely populated country in the world, it was just really nice to be in a place where there wasn't another soul around for a few hours. It was about 3 hours of hiking and I felt it was the perfect amount of activity to do during a rest day (even though my legs ended up getting pretty sore from Saturday's workout...so I guess I didn't take it that easy after all).

    Going to go dose XFA/GMS/GPLC and get my PWO drink in and then hit it! I will try some very light rolling tonight to see how I respond. I am feeling 100% so now I just have to avoid jumping back in head-first to avoid re-injuring myself. The only thing I am not looking forward to is the Monday rush that happens to gyms here. Friday nights are dead, Saturday nights it is a ghost town in there, but on Monday, everyone decides to get back into it. Oh well, I will find a way! Workout report forthcoming.

    Best,
    Tyler


  2. Workout report:

    More improvements, more PRs (for reps, not weight), etc. etc...

    Dumbbell flat bench: 85s x 7-3-2
    Dumbbell shoulder press: 60s x 10-5-2
    Upright row: 51.2KG x 10-4-3 (almost got number 5 and number 4 in my last two parts, but couldn't quite get it)
    Skull crushers: 46.2 KG x 9-3-2
    Side raise: 35s x 12 drop to 15s x 18
    Front raise: 40s x 12 drop to 20s x 15

    My bench and shoulder press are still improving. Granted, it's not a huge improvement, but it is from only 5 days ago.

    I feel like my endurance is not quite as good as it was when running OG Anabeta at 6 pills per day, but at the same time, I don't feel like it has gotten any worse compared to when I am not on any supplements. I have seen complaints that ArA can hurt endurance. I have not experienced this, although I do get tired by the end of my workouts. I am thinking that this is just a result of how hard I have been pushing myself. By the end of my pressing RP sets, my leg is shaking uncontrollably due to the exertion. I am really giving it my all and leaving it all in the gym.

    Due to the incredible intensity of my workouts, I am considering taking a week to dial it back slightly next week. This would include avoiding RP sets in favor of a lower-intensity style, and probably changing up my exercises a bit. I am especially interested in this for two reasons:

    1. On my last ABE log I got CNS fatigue that really hurt my performance and body composition towards the end.
    2. I am lifting heavier right now than I ever have with this lifting style and getting stronger very fast. While that is awesome, I feel like it must be taxing my CNS quite a bit.

    What do you guys think?

    On another note, cardio tonight was very good, and I went to BJJ for some no-gi rolling. I only did three rounds and played mostly top game to test out my rib. I went light at first and worked up to medium-intensity rolling. I did not feel anything going wrong with my ab/rib, which is great. I still can feel that the area is not quite 100% yet, but I will keep going back and gradually raising intensity to see how it goes.

    My weight today before my PWO was 85.5 and when I got to the gym it was 86.5, so I am the same weight that I was at the beginning of the log, but I am more defined, more vascular, and appear to be dropping some fat. I will switch my diet up slightly over the next month in favor of true recomp while keeping carbs moderate instead of low (since ABE and ArA both specifically advise to keep carbs a bit higher than normal), and tapering them towards the end of the day.

    My joints feel great! They feel even better than they did before I started ArA, so no joint issues whatsoever.

    Energy is very good, but I am getting some insomnia now. I will try to manage it, but this happens and is an acceptable side of the energy I get from AB/ABE.

    I have been dosing ABE with at least moderate carbs and no bouts of hypoglycemia to report (although I don't mind them anyway as they remind me how versatile AB/ABE is).

    That's all for now. Please advise about lowering intensity for a week or not. Thanks for following!

    Best,
    Tyler
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  4. Contemplating trying sodium nitrate at a much lower dose. Maybe I don't have the balls to go there again just yet, though...let's see what happens. Either way, after feeling drained as hell all day, I am getting really excited to get to the gym. Still feel physically tired, but I don't think I'll let that bother me once I'm in the gym. Just gotta get myself psyched up. Recently, I have been coming home from the gym so drained that I am almost a zombie (good thing IMO), but still waking up a lot throughout the night and not sleeping great (bad thing). Oh well, on with it!

    I am now keeping carbs as low as possible without going hypo in order to cut a bit more than I was. I started going hypo last night, so still figuring things out, but with the progress I have made with both strength gain and fat loss in less than 3 weeks, this should be my most epic log yet!

    BTW, PES (and MN), I am really pissed at you guys. I went to put on my favorite button-down shirt yesterday, and it doesn't fit anymore because of how much my arms have grown in the last year. Jerks!

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  6. Quote Originally Posted by bdcc View Post
    Subbed for growing too big for shirts.
    I couldn't believe it...talk about a real gauge for progress . Speaking of which, this next workout log is insane. Will write up right now after some protein.

  7. Just drank the worst post-workout drink E.V.E.R. half a scoop of cytosport chocolate from costco (which is actually quite good), mixed with half a scoop of the worst-tasting protein I've ever had (not going to say which kind because it's an awesome company and they even let me return an un-opened one after waiting until I got it back to the States, but oh my god everything about it is awful to drink), and just to make sure I would hate it, I threw in a scoop of bulk leucine. I will have nightmares about that drink, haha

  8. OK pulling day workout report:

    I decided to try 0.1g NaNO3 to assess tolerance. I am glad I started low, as I got a great effect! It was a different kind of pump than I was expecting. My veins weren't popping out like crazy, but it felt like my muscles had a deeper pump. My forearms felt like they were going to explode by the end. It was awesome! I will probably buy the KNO3 since NaNO3 tastes like seawater mixed with cilantro and I taste it when I burp (also I don't get enough K and might get too much Na as it is...and 500g is US 8$).

    First of all, WOW. I think everything I did today was a P.R. . Previously, the best I had ever felt during a workout was during my log of 6 AB per day when I combined 2 AB and 1 Pslin with my PWO meal. Today set a new record. I have never had that much drive, focus, energy, and stamina ever. The only reason I left was because I wanted to get to BJJ. I still feel wired now and am going to have to take a bunch of sleep aides just to get myself down for the night. Everything synergized today: the ABE with my PWO meal (energy, endurance, pump, mood), the XFA (STRENGTH!!!), the NaNO3 (PUMP), and my PWO (energy/slight pump).

    This may be a placebo effect, but I felt like the NaNO3 made my PWO kick in stronger and longer than usual. I even underdosed it slightly so I didn't get cracked out (that happens when I go too high on PWO when I am already very tired), and the energy today was CRAZY! I felt amazing and still do now, 4 hours or more after dosing.

    It wasn't just me being able to pump out more reps; weights actually just felt lighter. Check out these numbers:

    Bent-over row: 110KG x 6-3-3
    Super-wide grip pull down: 103KG x 5-3-3
    Preacher curl: 38.5KG x 4-3-3 drop set to 28.5 x 4 (felt like it...)
    Reverse-grip cable curl (first 2 reps no thumb, then with thumb after that): 100lbs x 4-3-3 drop set to 70 x 4

    After that, I finished with an endurance exercise that I created for BJJ. I do chainsaws from the knee-on-belly position with a lower weight (40lbs) and go 5 reps on each arm continuously with no break, rolling the weight to each side as I switch from one side to the other to practice stability with the knee-on-belly position and test endurance. I can lower by one rep per minute if I have to (so go from 5 per arm to 4 then to 3 etc etc...). I only did it for 5 min. At the end, I looked like I just jumped in a pool, my forearms felt like they were going to explode, and I only had to cut down to 3 reps (I could have gone to one if I had to). I know it sounds complicated, but if anyone here knows BJJ, you prob understand what I was doing. I got the pump of lifting, the heartbeat of sprinting, and the stability of drilling in the same exercise.

    read carefully: EVERY SINGLE LIFT TODAY WAS A P.R.!!! How effective is ABE with XFA? It's THAT effective! I was actually worried I might not see much improvement on just ABE since I respond so well to it, but nope, LOTS of improvement. It's like I am gaining strength twice as fast and losing fat faster and faster as well. I just switched to a recomp diet on Monday. Even before that, I was still losing fat and gaining muscle (while maintaining weight). Now I have lost even more fat and keep losing it FAST. I already look similar to my "after" pics from my 8-week ABE run from my last log. And I still have more than 5 weeks to go!!!

    Cardio before was fine but I only did 20 min because the machine I like was unavailable and I was late.

    I went to BJJ and rolled lightly and still feeling pretty good and uninjured

    Best,
    Tyler

    P.S.- I can't stop smiling about today's workout!

  9. Insomnia is here

    ...gonna put on some isochronic beats and try to get myself down while I might still be able to at least get 6 hours. Small price to pay I guess.

  10. Dammmn, PR's on every lift!! Im unsure Ive ever had that happen no matter what Im taking. That speaks volumes to both your training and the awesome combo of X-Factor and AnaBeta Elite!
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  11. Subbed. Looks like you have having a great run so far. Keep up the great work!
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  12. Quote Originally Posted by Patuba View Post
    Subbed. Looks like you have having a great run so far. Keep up the great work!
    Thanks for following! I am...and I will

  13. Nice workout yesterday man.
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  14. Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    Nice workout yesterday man.
    Yeah def found the sweet spot w/ NaNO3 at least in the sense that I didn't make myself sick haha. Now too see how well it works to amplify my PWO at the end of a very long week on a crowded gym day. Prediction: well

  15. Pushing day workout log:

    Dumbbell flat bench: 85s x 8-3-2
    Dumbbell shoulder press: 60s x 10-4-3
    Cable upright row: 170 x 12-5-4
    Cable triceps press: 170 x 8-2-3

    Beat Monday's bench by 1 rep; shoulder press went down by 1 rep.

    Late start so cardio was only 15 min.

    BJJ went well as I rolled for about 30 min straight with a monster and we both kept it light and I stayed uninjured (or un-re-injured)

    Lots of trouble sleeping this week and lots of stress/too much to do. Averaged 5.5-6 hours a night. Took sulbutiamine the past two mornings with my morning dose of ABE. I dosed the sulbutiamine higher than normal (about 300mg instead of 150) and it really helped for awhile. Hoping to get an honest night's sleep or two this weekend though.

  16. Good luck with getting better sleep. Have you tried Melatonin? I have used it in the past with success.
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  17. Quote Originally Posted by Patuba View Post
    Good luck with getting better sleep. Have you tried Melatonin? I have used it in the past with success.
    No, but I might order some of that from iherb (4$ shipping to TW) along with relora and ashwaganda if it persists. I hadn't thought about melatonin; thanks for the idea. My usual pre-sleep stuff is diphenhydramine (12.5-25mg) every night, plus 1mg estazolam 3 nights per week or less (don't want to dvelop an addiction). I also take GABA sometimes which helps quite a bit in getting me relaxed and ready for bed, as well as playing rain sounds or isochronic beats while sleeping. I have phenibut but don't get much from that for some reason. However, Anabeta's principle ingredient has profound effects on me that go beyond what most people feel. One of those is a huge energy boost, but a side effect of that energy is insomnia. If I take my last dose after 4 or 5 PM, even with 2mg estazolam I still can't get a good night's sleep. Now that I have figured out the dosing, insomnia has become only a nuisance but not a big problem. In addition, I feel I am able to function on less sleep overall while taking it, so it balances out. I have only heard of one other person who had this side effect when I searched, so I guess I am special haha. Speaking of which, I better get to bed. Thanks for the tip!

    Best,
    Tyler

  18. When X-Factor first came out insomnia was reported in several people. I even had it a couple of times when taking X-Factor. I found it to be more of a problem when dosing it every day; I have heard of that side effect less when people only dose it pre-workouts. If the melatonin doesn't work or if you don't try it, you might want to try a lower dose.
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  19. Quote Originally Posted by Patuba View Post
    When X-Factor first came out insomnia was reported in several people. I even had it a couple of times when taking X-Factor. I found it to be more of a problem when dosing it every day; I have heard of that side effect less when people only dose it pre-workouts. If the melatonin doesn't work or if you don't try it, you might want to try a lower dose.

    I had never heard of that before. Honestly, it doesn't feel any different than the normal ABE insomnia (which is also a little gentler than what I got from original AB, although there is a chance I am just learning and adjusting to a better dosing schedule), so I am guessing that is what's doing it. As long as I finish my dosing early, it doesn't seem too bad. For example I woke up a few times last night but was able to get back to sleep within 15-20 min. and still got some good sleep.

    I also dose my PWO 5-7 hours before bed which doesn't help (although under normal circumstances, I don't have much trouble getting to sleep from that). Honestly, XFA does not seem to be giving me a huge energy boost the way that AB does, but rather just makes me stronger every workout . In fact the only side effect I noticed from XFA other than strength was muscle soreness for the first week or two. Not really DOMS, though, just mid-workout soreness that went away by the next day (mostly in my legs). That has since subsided, and frankly my joints feel awesome despite the fact that people have reported joint issues from ArA, and the fact that I am only able to dose fish oil/super cissus 5-6 days a week to avoid interference with XFA, rather than every day. I can't directly say your efforts to make ArA gentler to joints have worked since this is my only ArA experience, but I can say that it seems XFA is pretty much God's gift to natty supplements! I have researched how it works, but still don't entirely understand it's mechanism of action, so when I get free time I can't wait to look into it more. In the meantime, people have started noticing the changes in my body composition and asking me about what I have been doing. I believe that the next time Nutra runs an XFA sale, they will be making a few shipments to the far east .

    Thanks for the ideas! BTW what dose of melatonin do you use and what else do you take with it?

    Best,
    Tyler

  20. Leg day report:

    Saved most of my cardio for post-workout today as the squat rack was open and I didn't want to waste my chance to get it. I had a weird tenderness over the area where my hernia was 10 years ago. The same thing happened the first time I tried Anabeta and I freaked out and stopped lifting and saw a doctor, but he told me it is very unlikely for it to recur this long after the surgery and to just take it easy until the tenderness subsides. Because of that, I still did squats, stiff-legged deads, and calves (on the leg press); I just took it a little easier.

    Squat: sets of 5 at 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 KG
    Stiff legged deads: 2 sets of 12 at 60 KG; 2 sets of 5 at 80 KG
    Calf raises: A bunch of sets of 24 with a 24-second contraction on the last rep for good measure

    The 100KG x 5 squat wasn't technically a PR I think, but I haven't done that weight for reps since I lived in NY, so it has been at least 6 years. I have never done that weight before with stiff-legged deads out of fear that I would hurt my back, so that was technically a PR (I am very confident in my form now and my back feels pretty good). However, I think I could have definitely done more on both lifts if I pushed myself harder, so let's leave technicalities out of it and call it what it was: a workout with less intensity than the last few, but a good workout nonetheless .

    I enjoyed my cheat meal last night (half a spicy chicken breast burrito), and decided to save my weekly beer for tonight, as I will meet friends at a bar to "watch rugby" (not super into the game; it's just fun to be around a sport that so many people are into...as long as it isn't soccer, haha (sorry, Ben!...and sorry for calling it soccer ) and the bar we are meeting at has Anchor Liberty.

    Best,
    Tyler

  21. I used to take 5mg of melatonin about 3-4 hours prior to bed. You can still take fish oils and cissus, just dose it about 4 hours away from the XFA. Glad you are liking the XFA so much!
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by Patuba View Post
    I used to take 5mg of melatonin about 3-4 hours prior to bed. You can still take fish oils and cissus, just dose it about 4 hours away from the XFA. Glad you are liking the XFA so much!
    Haha, I am pretty lazy on Sat so I sometimes end up eating my first meal of the day around 12 and then hitting the gym at 3 or 4, so to be safe I just skip em on that day. I will look into melatonin. Is it safe to dose that every day (the melatonin), or is it like l-dopa where it's better to do 5 or 6 days a week at the most?

    And yup, I am freakin loving XFA!!! I can't believe it took me so long to hear about ArA. How long have you guys been producing XF?

    Best,
    Tyler

  23. Well, I am getting SUPER strict with my diet recently, especially on non-workout days. It sucks, haha, but I don't half-ass it on sponsored logs. I am keeping carbs pretty much just high enough to avoid hypoglycemia, and dosing a nice 60-80g in my PWO meal on workout days. On the negative side, I have noticed that I am looking a bit less vascular after dropping my carbs. On the plus side, this is probably the first time I have been vascular enough to notice being less vascular .

    Now that I am full of carbs I am looking and feeling good. Going to dose 0.2g NaNO3 today to see how that treats me. Report will be coming in a few hours

  24. My washing machine broke yesterday. After trying to fix it for a few hours, I realized buying the tools I need to do it myself would cost much more than having the LG repair guy come over to do it (about 10 USD...unbelievable). My wife just asked if I could stay home from the gym for an hour to wait for him so we don't have to spend the next week without a washing machine. Response: absolutely not! Guess I am going to have a lot of dirty clothes to wash next week. Worth it

  25. Pulling day workout report:

    Felt really good at the gym, cardio went great, and got ready to hit the weights. I loaded up the bar with 110KG with the intention to break last week's bent-over row PR. It strangely felt heavier, but I tried to push through it. I got the same number of reps in the first stage of my RP set (although I had to break form a little bit), but decreased by 1 on each of the subsequent stages. I was bummed and thought it might be because it was a slightly wider bar (harder to grip). I then realized that I work out at a 60-dollar-per-year gym where most equipment is made in China and all the preacher bars are random weights, so I decided to weigh the bars. The bar that I used last time for my PR set of "110KG" was actually only about 16.5 KG, rather than 20KG (so that set was still a PR, but was actually only 106.5KG). The bar I used today was really 20KG, so I accidentally set another PR. I will have to find the stats for my last pulling day and edit that weight when I get a chance. Anyway, here are my numbers. Oh yeah, and EVERY LIFT WAS A PR AGAIN (although to be fair, I hadn't done medium-grip pulldowns in awhile and was expecting the PR...but I got it, so all's well that ends well ).

    Bent-over row: 110KG x 6-2-2
    Medium-grip pulldowns: 107.5 kg (max load of machine with 4.5 kg of extra weight on top ): 107.5KG x 9-4-3
    Cable curls: 140lbs x 8-4-3
    Hammer curls: 40s x 6-3-2

    I used the same BJJ-oriented finisher (note the two J's as that sounds horrible if misread, haha) as the last pulling day, but managed to stay at 5 reps for the first 3 min or so and ended at 4-reps instead of 3 this time. I don't think that's too important though, as weight isn't really the point of that exercise. What is important is that I was exhausted by the end, my eyes were read, I looked like I just jumped into a lake, and my forearms felt like they were going to explode. Great finisher!

    After that, I went to BJJ and went harder than last time with no re-injury, while still managing not to do anything stupid to re-injure myself. Also got some sweet RNC tips, which will be very useful as they bring the traps and shoulders into the choke a bit more. TWBJJ is awesome because we get so many international guys coming through. You roll, you get tapped and tap others, and then you show each other all of your moves you just used .

    I was really surprised to put up that number with 40s on hammer curls. I felt great the whole time, and still do now, despite the high intensity. Next report will be pushing day on Wednesday. Thanks for following everyone!

    Best,
    Tyler

  26. Quote Originally Posted by tyrub42 View Post
    Haha, I am pretty lazy on Sat so I sometimes end up eating my first meal of the day around 12 and then hitting the gym at 3 or 4, so to be safe I just skip em on that day. I will look into melatonin. Is it safe to dose that every day (the melatonin), or is it like l-dopa where it's better to do 5 or 6 days a week at the most?

    And yup, I am freakin loving XFA!!! I can't believe it took me so long to hear about ArA. How long have you guys been producing XF?

    Best,
    Tyler
    Molecular Nutrition introduced ArA as X-Factor about 10 years ago. I believe X-Factor Advanced has been around for 7-8 years.
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  27. Very few supplements have stood the test of time on the market for a full decade like X-Factor has!

    Not only has it been a decade of extremely positive anecdotal reports on the forums, but also ever more positive scientific research on both safety and efficacy.
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  28. Quote Originally Posted by Patuba View Post
    Molecular Nutrition introduced ArA as X-Factor about 10 years ago. I believe X-Factor Advanced has been around for 7-8 years.
    Quote Originally Posted by SwolenONE View Post
    Very few supplements have stood the test of time on the market for a full decade like X-Factor has!

    Not only has it been a decade of extremely positive anecdotal reports on the forums, but also ever more positive scientific research on both safety and efficacy.
    I can't believe I didn't hear about it sooner. Will keep spreading the word over here. Also great idea introducing the jumbo sized bottles at a discount .

  29. Quote Originally Posted by tyrub42 View Post
    I can't believe I didn't hear about it sooner. Will keep spreading the word over here. Also great idea introducing the jumbo sized bottles at a discount .
    Thank you sir, we will be running a huge sale on our whole line through NutraPlanet in just over a week!!
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  30. Quote Originally Posted by SwolenONE View Post
    Thank you sir, we will be running a huge sale on our whole line through NutraPlanet in just over a week!!
    I'll spread the word . They just introduced a super cheap international shipping option so getting smaller orders sent here just got even more affordable . Remind me when that sale goes up in case I forget, please.
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