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  1. Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    BOOM! http://www.nutraplanet.com/product/s...100-grams.html

    That is the agmatine I use if I get powder.

    I usually prefer my bulk agmatine in the pre-meal setting and only use it pre-workout if it is in my pre-workout product (which it does seem to be a lot lol).
    Thanks man! Honestly, I was thinking it would be cheaper than that. I am assuming if Nutra stocked their own brand the price would be a good 30% less than that. SNS is known to be top quality though so that's always something to keep in mind.

    When you dose it with your PWO meal, do you find you get a good pump during your workout from it? Or is that strictly when you dose PWO on an empty stomach?

    Thanks!
    Tyler


  2. I still get a good pump dosing it with meals. Considering you are using XF I doubt pumps would be an issue anyways.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    I still get a good pump dosing it with meals. Considering you are using XF I doubt pumps would be an issue anyways.
    Haha, that's very true. OK sir, I will try agmatine with PWO meal tomorrow and see how it goes!

  4. Pulling day workout report:

    I felt awesome today. I changed two things. First, I dosed my 500mg agmatine with ABE 20 min before my PWO meal instead of directly pre-workout. Second, I lowered my KNO3 to 300mg. I felt like an animal! My lifts were great, but more than that, I just felt plain old amazing! Everything is going strong and synergizing nicely . Here are the numbers:

    Bent over row (with perfect or near perfect form): 102KG x 7-3-3 (I'm back baby!)
    Medium-grip pull downs: 107.5KG x 11-4-3 (PR )
    Cable curls: 140lbs x 9-4-4 (PR )
    Hammer curls: 40s x 7-3-3 (tied my PR from Monday)
    Finished with that BJJ-styler chainsaw finisher that I outlined earlier. 5 min nonstop. It was intense!

    I only did about 10-15 min cardio before weights as that was all I had time for, but I made up for it with that finisher after my main lifts were completed.

    BJJ went well, although I only got to go 5 rounds tonight (but they were very intense).

    The reason I did the same biceps exercises is because I explained on Monday that I felt my PRs in those were probably because I didn't perform well on my compound lifts (so I had something extra in the tank for auxilary lifts). I wanted to see if I could match those numbers after killing it on my compound lifts. Not only did I match them, but I beat them on cable curls . To say that I am thrilled is an understatement.

    I am going to enjoy my weekly cheat meal (half of a large burrito). I added 500mg agmatine and 1 tablespoon white vinegar to my usual yellow gold dose (800mg) tonight to see if it helps me digest all those carbs.

    I am feeling better than any other time on this log; stronger than I have ever been in my life. I can't wait for Monday so I can go make the 85s my bitch on flat bench and get revenge for my lackluster performance on Wednesday. But first, leg day tomorrow!

    Thanks for following!

    Best,
    Tyler

  5. Solid work man. Kill that burrito.
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  6. Have a good weekend everybody, keep the gains rolling!
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  7. Leg day report:

    I am feeling stronger than ever. Here are the numbers:

    Squat: 37KG x 5, 57 x 5, 67 x 5, 77 x 5, 87 x 5, 97 x 6, 107 x 3 (best I've done either ever or at least for the last 6 or 7 years)
    Stiff-legged deadlift superset with calfraises:
    Stiff legged deadlift: 60KG x 10, 10; 70KG x 10, 10; 80KG x 10 (PR technically)
    Calf raises: 100lb x 10, 10, 10, 10, 10

    Did 15 min cardio beforehand to warm up.

    Did 5 rounds in BJJ competition class, but was pretty relaxed about it (lower intensity).

    Honestly, it's not just that I put up more weight. You can tell by my numbers that I probably could do more. I never like to go too hard on any lower-back-intensive exercise because I have a prior back injury, so that's why I keep legs on a seperate day. However, weights have never felt this light before. It just doesn't feel like I am holding as much as I am. I am so psyched that I still have 2 more weeks on this run and can't wait to see the final results!

    I had good luck last night throwing vinegar and agmatine in with my post-workout carb meal, so I added those to my PWO meal today. It was awesome but I forgot to take my ABE with it so it could have been even better. I took the ABE about an hour later. I just dosed my post-workout ABE and another 500mg agmatine. I am going to shower, dose 500mg berbering and 1 or 2 tablespoons vinegar and eat my post-workout carb meal.

    Tonight, halloween party! ...which I will have my weekly beer at (better than nothing ). Thanks for following!

    Best,
    Tyler

  8. Log is looking good! I have lower back issues as well so I know what you mean by not wanting to push legs too much. Keep that back safe!
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by Patuba View Post
    Log is looking good! I have lower back issues as well so I know what you mean by not wanting to push legs too much. Keep that back safe!
    For sure! Happy to report it still feels great! Any joint issues I had at the beginning of this log have improved rather than getting worse. I guess either ArA's joint effects are overblown, or the joint support in XFA really works (or both) . I was mostly concerned with my knees, but they feel better than they have in months. Literally feel almost 100% which hasn't happened in a really long time.

  10. Pushing day workout report:

    I am recovering my numbers from earlier in the log, although I still fell a bit short on flat bench. I don't think that will happen again on Friday. Here are the numbers:

    Dumbbell flat bench: 85s x 8-3-2 (1 rep short of the PR I set earlier in this log)
    Dumbbell shoulder press: 65s x 6-0-1 (1 rep short of my previous 6-2-0 with the 65s)
    Triceps cable press: 200 x 2, 190 x 2, 180 x 3, 170 x 3 (done rest-pause style but going down 10lbs per set)
    Dumbbell side raise: 40s x 11 drop set to 20s x 10
    Dumbbell front raise: 40s x 12 drop to 20s x 15

    20 min cardio before lifting. about 45min-1 hour no-gi rolling, relatively light for most of it.

    There were two problems in my opinion today. First, I ate too much today at lunch, so even though my PWO meal wasn't larger than normal, I felt a bit bloated at the gym (no cramping on cardio, but I just didn't feel as tenacious because of it). Second, I believe I underdosed my PWO a bit. I didn't get the same burst of energy I usually do. I still expected to get the 85s up at least 9 times, but oh well. Friday I will. I can feel it

    Unbeknownst to me, the no-gi class had few people show up so the teacher cancelled class and just started rolling an hour and a half early. By the time I got there, only 2 guys were still in the mood to roll. One rolled with me for 15 min straight and the other rolled with me for at least 30 min. Really nice of them, as they are the only reason I was able to get some good training in.

    I screwed up my shoulder trying to finish a choke, which didn't even work . It is the shoulder that I injured a few years back and tore my labrum in, so I am really hoping that it is just a little inflamed from the ArA and not re-injured. I won't know until tomorrow, though, so wish me luck. For now I will work into the muscle with a tennis ball and then ice it for a bit. It doesn't feel too bad but if it hurts at all I am going to cancel my presses on Friday and do something else instead (I doubt it will come to that, though).

    I am going to reduce my total calories a bit and also reduce my carbs for the remainder of this log. I have been flirting with 3000+ cal per day on lifting days (upwards of 3500 depending on the lifting day) and 2500+ on off days. I have been eating very cleanly (proper ratios and good sources of food; everything cooked myself) and figured that between the ArA and the ABE it was a good idea to get my protein and carbs a bit higher. I haven't gained any fat, but I also haven't lost much since week 4; and I haven't been putting on strength any faster than I was on lower calories, so I will dial protein and carbs down slightly (especially sugars).

    That's about it for today; hopefully my shoulder is fine tomorrow! Thanks for following!!!

    Best,
    Tyler
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  11. Good luck with that shoulder. I hope everything is okay with it.
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  12. Quote Originally Posted by tyrub42 View Post
    For sure! Happy to report it still feels great! Any joint issues I had at the beginning of this log have improved rather than getting worse. I guess either ArA's joint effects are overblown, or the joint support in XFA really works (or both) . I was mostly concerned with my knees, but they feel better than they have in months. Literally feel almost 100% which hasn't happened in a really long time.
    That's great to hear, Ive heard from a couple dozen users now who have said XFA alleivates their joint pain rather than keeping it the same or making it worth. And I absolutely agree with you, it is both that some make the joint pain side effect sound much worse than it actually is, and that XFA does its job of eliminating that potential side effect.
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  13. [QUOTE="Patuba;4215759"]Good luck with that shoulder. I hope everything is okay with it.[/QUOTE

    Thanks man! It doesn't feel great but also definitely not bad. I might move legs day to tomorrow then do pulling on Friday and pushing on Saturday if it is still bothering me at all tomorrow. I doubled up on fish oil and cissus today and have been stretching. Whole thing is my fault as I stopped doing shoulder dislocates the past few weeks. Just slipped my mind I guess. That exercise always leaves me feeling nice and loose after a pushing workout or Bjj. Combining it with a good warmup protocol kept me injury free for a long time. Oh well, hopefully will keep improving.

  14. I can fully relate on the shoulder pain, I had a heavy chest workout last night and front delts can get pretty damn sore when working with heavy weights. I too notice tremendous improvements as long as I do a very thorough warm up of my shoulders before any and all upper body days.
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  15. Leg day report:

    My shoulder isn't feeling too bad but also isn't feeling great, so I decided to move legs to today, Pulling to Friday, and Pushing to Saturday to be safe. Had a great legs day overall, though, which is great. PRs on squat and deadlift on the same day? Yes, thanks!

    Squat: 50KG x 10, 60KG x 10, 80KG x 10, 90 KG x 5, 100KG x 5, 110KG x 3, 120KG x 1 (PR) (felt like I could have gone heavier and done more reps, but don't want to push it)
    Stiff-legged dead lift: 57KG x 10, 77KG x 10
    Regular dead lift: 97KG x 5, 117KG x 5, 127KG x 1, 137KG x 1, 147KG x 1 (PR)
    Calf raise: 100 x 10, 10; 120 x 10, 10

    I felt like I could have gone heavier on squat, and def could have gotten more reps at my max weight, but I definitely don't want to push it. I was working without a spotter, hadn't [successfully] attempted that weight before, and I have a fairly serious prior back injury. I broke it during a scooter crash 5.5 years ago and never found out about it until I started getting symptoms of a herniated disc after doing rack deads a few years ago with sub-perfect form (not bad, just not perfect). I went to get an x-ray/mri and found out that I had previously broken it and had reduced disc space below the previously-broken vertebra indicating a disc herniation. It was good to know that the dead lifts didn't cause the injury, but I will always make sure my form is perfect on squats and deads from now on. The same thing with dead lift. I didn't want to do heavier weights for reps, and I did attempt 157KG, but as soon as I started pulling I could tell that I would have to break form a little to get it, so I immediately abandoned that and was happy with the 147KG PR.

    I did 30 minutes of brisk cardio before lifting and felt great.

    I went to BJJ and did a few light rounds. My shoulder is still a bit sore so I definitely don't want to push it. I will probably take it a little easy on Friday as well, even if the shoulder feels good.

    I feel great now that I have reduced calories. I am losing a bit of fat again, but I also feel that my energy is better in the gym. Too much food before lifting left me feeling a bit sluggish and less motivated. I think I am at a great spot now.

    I combined 1 gram of Yellow Gold with 2 ABE and 500mg agmatine 20 minutes before my PWO meal (about 80g carbs, 35-45g protein, 10-12g fat). I felt great in the gym after that. Lots of energy, pumped up, and not bloated or slow.

    Overall, although I am bummed that I had to rearrange my workouts to accommodate my shoulder, I am glad I am being smart about injuries (only took me 30 years ), and I am really happy with my lifts today. Thanks for following!!!

    Best,
    Tyler

  16. Cardio preWO and BJJ post, thats a heck of a day or working out!

    Congrats on the squat PR, and on being smart enough to reschedule since your shoulder was bothering you. Sometimes skipping workouts, or re arranging the order can be rough, but it certainly beats risking injury.
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  17. Quote Originally Posted by SwolenONE View Post
    Cardio preWO and BJJ post, thats a heck of a day or working out!

    Congrats on the squat PR, and on being smart enough to reschedule since your shoulder was bothering you. Sometimes skipping workouts, or re arranging the order can be rough, but it certainly beats risking injury.
    Amen bro!

  18. Pulling day workout summary:

    I have to mention that today was our school's Halloween celebration. I managed not to overdose on candy, but I also did eat some. A few lollipops, a few small pieces of chocolate, etc. etc. All empty calories and it adds up. I also had a piece of pizza when my Honors class had a pizza party. On top of that, I didn't sleep too well last night, so I felt a little crappy by the time I got to the gym. I decided to go a little light on my PWO and skip the KNO3 to make sure I didn't feel cracked out. My shoulder is feeling 95% and I felt ok on that front. My lower back is pretty sore from my big leg day on Wednesday, so I had to make sure to keep my form perfect on back exercises. I also modified pull downs to make sure they wouldn't irritate my shoulder. Between the back and shoulder, I kept it light at BJJ as well. Here are the numbers:

    Bent-over row: 107KG x 5-3-3
    Pull downs with individual handles on each pulley pulled at neutral grip (the machine at this gym has two pulleys, though they are usually connected to one bar so not sure what the point is): 103KG x 9-3-3
    Preacher curl: 42KG x 5-0 drop to 37KG x 1-2
    Reverse-grip cable curl: 100lbs x 4-2-2 (got super light-headed after second phase again, just like last time...weird)

    Did 10 min of cardio before lifting, warmed up my shoulder and back really well, and then went to BJJ after but only rolled lightly with focus on techniques. Overall I did better than I expected and by the time I was leaving the gym I felt way better from the junk food hangover . To make up for the junk food today, I will not be eating a cheat meal tonight (as I already cheated enough today), so I shouldn't see and ill effects in my physique. I actually looked pumped as hell from the extra carbs mid-day today. Overall, a good day, and I believe my shoulder should be good to go with a pushing day tomorrow . Thanks for following!

    Best,
    Tyler

  19. Good news on the shoulder. Hope it's ready for pushing day!
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  20. Pushing day workout report:

    First of all, my shoulder felt good today. BUT I am old enough to know that doesn't mean it is 100% yet, so I still did my rest-pause sets, but I kept the intensity a little shy of 100% to make sure I didn't re-injure it, and I switched from shoulder press to 45-degree incline bench press. For triceps I went with close-grip flat bench as it is not very taxing on shoulders and easy to keep good form on. Here are the numbers:

    Dumbbell flat bench: 85s x 6-1-1
    Dumbbell incline bench (45 degrees): 75s x 6-2-0 (I think this is actually a PR but I don't do the exercise too often and don't want to claim it if there is a chance it isn't true. I can't remember repping 75s even close to 6 times ever, though)
    Close-grip bench press: 80KG x 4-2-2 (PR...also I was keeping it shy of full intensity and didn't have a spotter so I could have probably done significantly better)

    I tried to keep a neutral grip on dumbbell exercises to keep shoulders safe. Besides those lifts I just didn't a sh*tload of shoulder rehab exercises. A few before lifting and a bunch after. I did only about 5 min cardio as a warm up as I didn't have much time. Afterwards, I went to BJJ competition class, BUT I just rolled lightly as my back is still a little sore (almost had a spasm when sitting on the sofa this morning) and my shoulder was definitely still a little tweaked and I could feel it by the end of my lifts (although after stretching and rehab exercises it feels fine...it isn't 100% yet, though). In addition, my right middle finger is killing me. I had a ligament issue a few months back, but nothing recently and don't know what's wrong. I think it is just a ArA flair up though and will feel fine soon (I have had that happen in a few places with previous injuries on this log. Will hurt or throb a bit after training, then will feel fine a few hours later or the next day. Probably related to an inflammatory response to ArA. Knees feel great, though, and no headaches recently ).

    I feel like an idiot right now, though. At BJJ I purposely didn't wear a mouthpiece to remind myself not to push it. I told the people I rolled with that I just wanted to go light. The first guy I rolled with didn't understand completely (this can happen..."light" can mean 30%, or it could mean 70%. I just wanted to work some positions and flow with partners, but I wasn't clear about that) and went harder than I wanted. I figured I would just deal with it and stay out of trouble without using my back or shoulder (not easy BTW when you are on the bottom and have a large dude who is very good trying to sub you). It worked fine, but then at the end he elbowed or kneed me in the mouth by accident. Now my lip is swollen and will be black for a few days. I'm not mad at him, but I am pretty pissed at myself. I should have stopped him during our roll and clarified what I meant. We rolled again after I clean my lip up and I explained what I meant and we had a good session. So basically I am now hangin out with a tweaked shoulder, tweaked back, tweaked finger, and a busted lip. All of my friends are going to Halloween parties but I am not as I am drinking one beer a week, so I will just head to a pre-gaming party to hang for an hour before coming home early. Overall I don't feel great now, and it's all my freakin fault. At least my lip wasn't torn open too much and only bled for a minute, even though it is swollen as f**k right now. Pretty pissed at myself about how avoidable that was and feeling bad because I couldn't give 100% in the gym or on the mats today. Hopefully by my next pushing day (Wednesday), I will be back to a legit 100% with my shoulder.

    Anyway, I am looking better than I ever have. I haven't taken my real "after" pics yet as I still have more time on this log, but I will post a before pic and a pic I took of myself today before working out (unpumped for a fair comparison). The difference is shocking. It is the one thing that is making me feel better about being such an idiot . Thanks for following!

  21. Your abs are more pronounced and your chest and arms are noticeably bigger. Nice work!!!
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by Patuba View Post
    Your abs are more pronounced and your chest and arms are noticeably bigger. Nice work!!!
    Thanks man! I didn't realize how much fat I had lost until comparing with my before pics. It's been my biggest transformation yet.

  23. Daayyuuummm. Now that is some solid work man.
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  24. Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    Daayyuuummm. Now that is some solid work man.
    Haha, thanks, dude!

  25. Yesterday pretty much every joint in my body was screaming at me (back, fingers, ankle, wrist...not the shoulder or knees though which is cool) and I felt really beat up. I doubled up on my fish oil and cissus and even hit the ibuprofen which I almost never resort to; most importantly I rested all day. Today I am feeling way better. My finger only hurts a little bit, my ankle feels much better, my wrist is good, my back feels almost as good as new (well, used but not as beat up ) and my shoulder feels great! I only have a few more workouts on this log, so I am glad I will not have anything in my way when I go to kill it tonight! I just scarfed down 2 ABE, 1g berberine and 1g agmatine and then ate an awesome PWO meal about 25 min later. Workout summary coming up in a few hours .

    Best,
    Tyler

  26. Oh also I have enough XFA to bump up to 8 caps this week. Should I do it??? Or do you think it's better to just stick with 6?

  27. Just had a great workout, great BJJ session, and feel awesome. Joints feel great, still full of energy, and loving it! Multiple PRs today . Here are the numbers:

    Bent-over row: 107KG x 6-4-3 (same number of reps as last week with 103KG! still kept perfect form), 117KG x 1, 127 KG x 1 (1 rep PR! It didn't even feel too heavy but I didn't want to start breaking form so I stopped there)
    Rack deadlift (already had the bar in the right place from bent-over rows so I figured why not): 127KG x 5, 147KG x 3, 177 x 0 (I was expecting to get this, but the fact that the bar is bent and unbalanced was really noticeable and I didn't feel great pulling it...I decided to abort to avoid the risk of hurting myself and I stand by that decision )
    Med-grip pull down: 107.5KG x 12-5-3 (PR...beat the hell out of my old PR from like a week ago )
    Cable curl: 150 x 5-2-2 (aaaaaaaaaaaand another PR! I could barely do 120 for this many reps 8 weeks ago!)
    Hammer-grip dumbbell curls: 40s x 9-3-3 (you guessed it: another PR! I will have to move up to 45s on Friday)

    I think I will repeat these exercises on Friday except switching to super-wide grip pull downs as my shoulder feels great even after all the lifting and jitsing! I like how these hit my biceps more than my preacher curl/reverse-grip cable curl routine that I have been alternating with.

    Did 10 min cardio as a warm up, and 10 min of cardio after lifting before heading to BJJ. Did a solid no-gi session. Not too crazy, but not too light. Learned a couple of things, did a couple of things that let me know my game is improving even from last month, and had a great time.

    I taped my middle and ring fingers during lifting and BJJ as they were both still bothering me a bit (mostly middle finger...guess I've been flipping too many people off lately ). They don't feel any worse than they did before lifting and BJJ so I'm very happy about that. I made sure not to use that hand too much and focused more on locking people down higher up on my arms and keeping a tighter game while keeping my hips mobile. Good practice as anything that helps you get your hips moving and try some new things is good.

    2 more workouts before I can celebrate a log well done (and I'll prob log my workout Saturday, too...I'm just gonna have a beer or two on Friday with a very large, well-earned cheat meal ). It's been a long one, but I hope to impress you all with some killer visible results in addition to setting PRs on freakin everything multiple times over for the past 8 weeks. Thanks again to all of you for following this!

    Best,
    Tyler

  28. Very impressive results, X-Factor Advanced works amazingly for fat loss, which many do not realize.

    I see no reason not to try bumping it up to 8 caps per workout!
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  29. I didn't have to tutor today, so I ate a handful of craisins, chewed a piece of Thermo Gum, took 3XFA w/ GPLC and GMS, hung around for 30 min and then went to do some cardio. I did a 30-min job on the elliptical, and then decided to do some hip-ups as they were in an article on AM I read yesterday and I sort of forgot they existed for awhile. They won't interfere with my pushing day tomorrow, so I figured why not. I have no idea what a "good" weight is for that exercise and am not familiar on suggested rep schemes, so I just did sets of 10 with 60, 100, 120, and 140 KG. By the time I got to 140KG I needed two bar pads to help make them less painful where the bar contacted my hips. It felt like a good hip/glut workout, though. I ended with some simple ab stuff and went home. Hopefully that helps make up for the fact that I forgot my chicken/coconut oil stir fry today and had to replace that afternoon snack with a [freaking awesome] cupcake with peanut butter frosting. All's well that ends well I guess .

    Best,
    Tyler
  

  
 

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