Dosing with XFA pre-workout would be beneficial also if your pre doesn't already contain Agmatine.
OK cool, that's how I have been dosing it. I honestly didn't hear about its GDA effects until recently. I think I will experiment with dosing it with a PWO meal sometime on this log as well just to see what difference I feel.
Have you seen much agmatine sold in larger bulk sizes? I have only seen 25-30g containers. Maybe Nutra would stock 100g or more if people requested it.
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).
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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?
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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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!
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Solid work man. Kill that burrito.
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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!
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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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!!!