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    Hello everyone. I am logging my run of ArA with some other goodies. I am doing the Madcow 5x5 Workout Program. I am mainly training for strength gains. I workout with an intermittent fasting style because of time constraints and convenience. This is probably the heaviest stack I've ever run.

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    Week 6 Weigh In: 198 lbs
    Week 12 Weigh In: 204 lbs

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    I have discontinued my Fish Oil and Multivitamin (it has Glucomasine in it).

    Week 1-7 (ArA only)
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    +45 lbs Deadlift, +15 lbs Bench Press, +30 lbs Barbell Row, +15 lbs Squat, +15 lbs Overhead Press

    Weeks 8-12 (ArA + Anabeta)
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    +20 lbs Deadlift, +10 lbs Squat, +10 lbs Bench Press, +5 lbs Overhead Press, +10 Barbell Row

    Overall Gains (Weeks 1-12)
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    +65 lbs Deadlift, +25 lbs Bench Press, +40 lbs Barbell Row, +25 lbs Squat, +20 Overhead Press

    Over a 12 week span, I felt these were good results. I gained a bit of weight toward the end probably due to my monster carb cravings, but strength was definitely up there. I had some inconveniences/mishaps along the way, but in the end, I really like this stack and definitely recommend it to anyone who wants size or strength.

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    Hit an extra 5 lbs on all of my lifts so far. Small PR's, but I guess I'm reacting to ArA pretty quickly.
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    when did you first start this log? im following. Im using ArA ( X Gels) with Anabeta and Endosurge Turbo. Got my log going here on AM as well.
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    I started last Sunday (Dec 1). Been dosing 1.5g ArA the entire time from the start. Tempted to up it to 2g cause right now, I can sort of handle the DOMS I've been getting and my joints are okay.
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    Going to up the dose next week to 2g just to test it out.

    Also, do X-Gels cause a little bit of hunger (more appetite)? Seems like I can eat more lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma70 View Post
    Going to up the dose next week to 2g just to test it out.

    Also, do X-Gels cause a little bit of hunger (more appetite)? Seems like I can eat more lately.
    Man I've been getting stomach cramps because of hunger the past few days
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    Yeah I just ate a monster meal a few minutes ago. This stuff is making me hungry, haha.
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    Starting Week 3. 2 scoops of Hemavol and 1.75g ArA starts today. I might change the dosing back down if it's too much
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    Good workout today. Adding an extra .25g of ArA and an extra scoop of Hemavol makes the pumps insane. I'm not really in it for the pump, but more to increase the effectiveness of the stack. I think I can hit a PR on my squats/bench press/barbell rows (or at least some of them) for sure next workout.
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    I'm running at 1g but may go up to 1.25 and see what happens from there
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma70 View Post
    Good workout today. Adding an extra .25g of ArA and an extra scoop of Hemavol makes the pumps insane. I'm not really in it for the pump, but more to increase the effectiveness of the stack. I think I can hit a PR on my squats/bench press/barbell rows (or at least some of them) for sure next workout.
    Awesome ! It sounds like its already paying off for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mw1 View Post
    Awesome ! It sounds like its already paying off for you!
    Yeah. It seems that Week 3 seems to be the week this stuff really kicks in.
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    Today was Deadlift/OHP day. OHP still remains the same, and a 10lb PR on my Deadlift. Although my deadlift has always been relatively weak compared to what it should be. Now we'll see this Friday if I hit any new PR's on my other lifts.
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    Got a couple of PR's today and updated my original post. This stuff is awesome. I might get another two bottles and make this a 16 week run.
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    nice log .. i havent noticed too much on my appetite increase, but ill keep an eye on it .. starting my xgels sunday
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    My appetite started increasing the more I've been on it. The great thing is that even though I'm eating more I don't seem to be gaining fat. I'm maintaining weight and gaining strength.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma70 View Post
    My appetite started increasing the more I've been on it. The great thing is that even though I'm eating more I don't seem to be gaining fat. I'm maintaining weight and gaining strength.
    I'm starting to notice the same
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    Gotta say, yesterday's set of benches/rows felt pretty light to me but I'm still being on the safe side and slowly doing +5 lbs. I only felt confident to do more weight on my Dead Lift because my Dead Lift #'s have always sucked. Hopefully I keep setting new PR's this week. This stuff feels pretty good.
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    Another good workout today. Today was Squat/Bench/Pendlay Row day. Managed to do last week's PR's with minimal breaks in between (2-3 mins as opposed to 4-5 mins). This stuff seems to have really boosted my self confidence. I think this Weds/Friday will lead to more PR's
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma70 View Post
    Another good workout today. Today was Squat/Bench/Pendlay Row day. Managed to do last week's PR's with minimal breaks in between (2-3 mins as opposed to 4-5 mins). This stuff seems to have really boosted my self confidence. I think this Weds/Friday will lead to more PR's
    In for this!

    Let us know how many PR's you hit this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronuconn View Post
    In for this!

    Let us know how many PR's you hit this week.
    Hoping to get my OHP PR this week. My shoulders sorta suck, haha.
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    Well today sucks. I forgot that the gym doesn't open until later and closes early so I can't go to the gym today. Oh boy. Guess the deadlifts/OHP will have to wait until another day/week. Hoping to hit more Squat/Bench Press/Barbell Row PR's this Thursday though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma70 View Post
    Well today sucks. I forgot that the gym doesn't open until later and closes early so I can't go to the gym today. Oh boy. Guess the deadlifts/OHP will have to wait until another day/week. Hoping to hit more Squat/Bench Press/Barbell Row PR's this Thursday though.
    Some additional recovery and relaxation may potentiate those lifts next session anyways man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ma70 View Post
    Well today sucks. I forgot that the gym doesn't open until later and closes early so I can't go to the gym today. Oh boy. Guess the deadlifts/OHP will have to wait until another day/week. Hoping to hit more Squat/Bench Press/Barbell Row PR's this Thursday though.
    Thats always a pain, we had to change up our schedule and do an AM lift as ours closed early today. It was a mad house in there, absolutely packed with everybody trying to get their workout in! Happy Holidays guys!
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    I always lift at around 5 am because thats what my schedule permits. The gym's hours today were from 8am to 2 pm. My full time job starts me at 8 and ends at 4:30....so there was no way for me to do anything today. Oh well. I'll be sure to smash Thursday's workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma70 View Post
    I always lift at around 5 am because thats what my schedule permits. The gym's hours today were from 8am to 2 pm. My full time job starts me at 8 and ends at 4:30....so there was no way for me to do anything today. Oh well. I'll be sure to smash Thursday's workout.
    We have a very similar schedule. I'm usually up and out the door by 5AM. Fasted lifts >

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    Man I wish I could train that early. I have to have calories in me before I go or I feel so weak
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    Quote Originally Posted by R1balla View Post
    Man I wish I could train that early. I have to have calories in me before I go or I feel so weak
    I'm the opposite. Carbs make me feel lazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R1balla View Post
    Man I wish I could train that early. I have to have calories in me before I go or I feel so weak
    Yea me too man
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    Quote Originally Posted by R1balla View Post
    Man I wish I could train that early. I have to have calories in me before I go or I feel so weak
    Your body will adapt quickly. At least mine did.

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    Whew. Today was MEGA BULKING MODE, hahaha. Good old Christmas festivities.....must have had at least 5000 calories. Tomorrow's workout should hopefully be "good" since I'm carb'd up out of my mind, haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma70 View Post
    Whew. Today was MEGA BULKING MODE, hahaha. Good old Christmas festivities.....must have had at least 5000 calories. Tomorrow's workout should hopefully be "good" since I'm carb'd up out of my mind, haha.
    Put the glycogen stores to use... That's my plan at least.

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    PRs on all my lifts done today. Success! I feel like I can add even more weight but I am sticking to the slow and sure progressive overload of the program
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma70 View Post
    PRs on all my lifts done today. Success! I feel like I can add even more weight but I am sticking to the slow and sure progressive overload of the program
    Great news! Congrats man. Way to put X-Gels to the test.

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    Just updated my original post with a summary of Weeks 1-4 and some notes/comments. I am going to actually be running this for 16 weeks which will be around 50 workouts as recommended. Starting Week 5 I am going to try having a different amount of calories to test it out some more (I was aiming for 2700-3100 before. I'll try for 2400-2700 now)
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    Because of the holiday schedule, I have to change my workout schedule to be a bit weird this week. Since I don't want to miss another Deadlift/OHP day, I have made today Deadlift/OHP day, then I'll also be working out on Monday and Thursday so my schedule will somewhat normalize. Anyways, more PR's on Deadlift/OHP today. +5 lb PR on the OHP, +10 lb PR on the Deadlift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma70 View Post
    Because of the holiday schedule, I have to change my workout schedule to be a bit weird this week. Since I don't want to miss another Deadlift/OHP day, I have made today Deadlift/OHP day, then I'll also be working out on Monday and Thursday so my schedule will somewhat normalize. Anyways, more PR's on Deadlift/OHP today. +5 lb PR on the OHP, +10 lb PR on the Deadlift.
    Very impressive man. OHP is certainly a difficult lift to progress on. Adding 10 to a deadlift in one session is impressive as well. Do you feel you could have added even more weight?

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    To be fair, my Deadlift is not as strong as it should be so that is why I think I am progressing quite fast. I wasn't confident today since it felt like I haven't deadlifted in forever, but surprisingly enough, I did +10 lbs more than awhile back and I felt like I could do more today once I finished the workset. As for the OHP, I agree. This lift is by far my slowest progression ever, even on ArA.
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    If you cut in the future, I think you'll notice that OHP is the one that you'll drop strength wise as well - at least that's what I've experienced.

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