Love is EVOL *Sponsored*
- 01-28-2014, 04:12 PM
Love is EVOL *Sponsored*
First off, I got to thank DJBeanpole and the Genomyx crew for giving me a chance to log their new pre workout EVOL. I've tried around 30 PWO's and my main goal in this log is to give the consumers an unbiased review.
Weight- 222. as of today's reading.
Maxes to date:
Bench- 335 w/ pause
Deadlift- 525 (Old PR, next maxout I'm beating it)
Honestly, I'm not a big supp guy, For the past 3 months the only thing i've taken is various PWO's. Right now, I picked up a bottle of formasurge and that's the only product besides EVOL I'm on.
I'm doing a Westside split that's geared for raw PL'ers. I'm training for my first competition in June. The split goes;
Mon- ME Squat/DL
Wed- ME Bench
Fri- DE Squat/DL
Sat- DE Bench
Of course the days are subject to change, but 90% of the time i adhere to the program.
Thanks for following along guys. I'm excited to bust ass and see what EVOL can do for me.
- 01-28-2014, 04:14 PM
Yesterday was my first workout on EVOL and I killed it.
ME 1" Deficit Deadlifts: 475x3 (PR)
Moved very nicely. My issue with deadlift is getting the phucker off the ground, once i get it moving I have no issues locking out. Deficits should serve me well.
These were exhausting. I went beltless and a couple inches below parallel.
Rack pull: 405x5x2
When I'm only capable of repping 405 on rack pulls, I know I had a good workout. Lol.
Alright, so the first workout on EVOL was a major success. Since I'm not logging this for myself, but for the AM community, I actually mixed water with the product. I usually bang two scoops on the tongue, but Razonade tastes amazing. I'm being honest when i say it has to be the best tasting pre I've ever had. But, taste is not a big concern of mine, so it won't weigh heavily on the final review. It's definitely a plus, though.
Energy and focus felt solid. It was kind of hard to gauge for me though, I was running on 2 hours of sleep. I can't wait to try it under normal conditions, but I could definitely tell it boosted my energy level. Tomorrow I'll do just that. Today is more of a prehab and LISS cardio day for me, so I'm not wasting my EVOL rolling on a PVC, lol.
So, 1 day in on EVOL and 1 PR. I like where we're heading.
01-28-2014, 04:19 PM
Here we go! For those out their that don't know Cincy explain the difference between DE/ME. Excited to see how EVOL ranks compared to your previous ~30 preworkouts you've used in the past.
01-28-2014, 04:39 PM
Yeah, I should definitely clarify this. ME is abbreviated for Maximal Effort. Obviously, it's going to be the heavy day. With the way my program is set up, ME week 1 is a 3RM, ME week 2 is a 2RM, and ME week 3 is a 1RM on the competition lift.Originally Posted by DJBeanPole
DE stands for dynamic effort. Same as speed or ballistic. Your goal is strictly to move the weight as fast as possible.The difference between this conjugate, or "Westside" cycle for me, is I'm going to be doing all DE against accommodating resistance. Aka bands or chains.
My accessory work on ME lower body days is always in the lower rep range and on DE I keep the volume very high utilizing rest pause sets, super sets and tri sets.
It's a complicated program, but has been proven effective by many. This is my second go at westside. The first I responded very well.
01-28-2014, 04:43 PM
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01-28-2014, 05:00 PM
Good to have ya Sean.Originally Posted by Sean1332
Every time you sub to a log of mine my squat increases 10lb.
01-28-2014, 05:18 PM
01-28-2014, 08:34 PM
Funny thing is, EVOL kind of mirrors the taste of Kool Aid. That's the first thing I thought of when I chugged it. Not quite as sweet, though.Originally Posted by DJBeanPole
I like slow creeping PWO's too. Too much too fast and you end up losing the push about half way through your workout, when you need it the most. That's why I'm a big fan of condense.
Looking forward to some heavy pressing tomorrow on EVOL!!
01-28-2014, 08:38 PM
For some reason every time I post edit or quote I lose the spacing, so I'm making an additional post.
Tomorrow I'm going to ingest it like I'm accustom to. Therefore I can accurately gauge it's affects against the other pre's I've taken. That means, two scoops straight to the tongue.
01-29-2014, 06:11 PM
Westside: Week 2- ME upper
CG bench: 305x3 (PR)
I used this as a bench variation in my first westside run and I did either 275x3 or 285x3. I'm pretty sure it was 275, tho. So it was either a 30 or 20lb PR.
CG bench back w/ light minis:
I honestly think this mini band work is going to help my bench a lot. I'm already feeling stronger.
Kneeling landmine press (count bar as 45):
Rolling DB triceps extension/DB side laterals/band pull aparts tri set:
Face pulls SS banded fly: 15/20- 100/average band
That's all she wrote. I was pressed for time because I passed out after class and now I have to head into work. I'll be doing more upper posterior work tomorrow. Gives me an excuse to go to the gym so I'm not mad. Can't forget dem curls also.
EVOL had me zooming today. I took 2 scoops to the tongue and I started feeling the effects within 10 min. Great focus and energy. Nailed the PR and really picked up the pace on all the accessories. I'm loving what it's providing right now. It's definitely a smooth/clean energy.
01-31-2014, 11:57 AM
Try heating it up with a spoon and injecting it next time haha. Glad to see you hit that PR. I may have to try the direct to tongue method myaelf!
01-31-2014, 05:46 PM
Hahah, whatever it takes man. You definitely should try it once. I find the affects more pronounced, but it could be placebo.Originally Posted by DJBeanPole
01-31-2014, 05:50 PM
Westside: Week 2- DE lower
DE Deadlift: 2x8- 295+light mini's
Those mini's are a bitch, but the perfect amount of band tension.
DE squat (slight pause): 2x6- 225
I did 245 one set, but I wasn't happy with the bar speed. That slight pause in the hole creates a big weakness for me. I have a solution.
Leg press: 10x4- weight I don't care. Just enough. Put my legs lower to hit the quads.
Bulgarian Split Squat:
Ab roll out/calves (RP)/banded Tri set: 3 timeee
Good workout. The erectors still have some DOM'a from Mondays work. Legs felt fresh, so I'm going to focus on keeping squat work capacity high and improve my erectors.
2 scoops of EVOL was spot on today. The focus and energy was all there. I was taking 10-15 sec between my DE sets and I felt like I couldn't get enough. I like that it does gradually build, not the smack to the face and wear out type of pre. My training/nutrition/EVOL has provided me with some great workouts. I'm going to be stronger by the end of the tub without a doubt.
01-31-2014, 07:46 PM
I tried some pause squats and the tail end of my 4th set of 6x195 (deload week) and it definitely sucks. My bar speed got slower and slower lol. 2 scoops is perfect for me. Adding one intra just adds to the madness
02-02-2014, 05:33 PM
Yeah, utilizing pause squats have benefited my squat tenfold. This is my first time experimenting with them on DE day and my main concern, as always, is speed.Originally Posted by DJBeanPole
I'm going to do the 2 scoops pre+1 scoop intra protocol tmrw .
02-02-2014, 05:37 PM
Westside: Week 2- DE bench
DE bench: 3x6- 135+light shorts
Standing OHP: 8x3- 135
I didn't necessarily take it easy, I just took 30 sec between sets.
Chest supported DB row SS cable side lateral: 10/20- 70's/20
Cable fly SS banded pull aparts: 20/30- 50/onyx band
Banded skull crusher: 8x3- EZ curl bar+light shorts (holy phuck)
Face pull SS DB hammer curl: 12/8- 120/35's
Banded curl: 12x3- 30lb bar+average band
Got everything done in less than an hour. Very fast paced.
This workout was supposed to be done yesterday, but due to snowboarding for 5+ hours I couldn't do it. It was my first time and I hurt my wrist and possibly broke my thumb. Just going to up my EVOL'ness.
Today EVOL kicked in strong. This was one of the fastest paced workouts I've had. Set after set after set. I'm digging this stuff without a doubt. I'm interested in how sustained the affects will be throughout the life of my tub.
02-04-2014, 08:03 AM
02-04-2014, 10:16 PM
I like Cincy's ME/DE split. I am not a powerlifter but I use a similar protocol in my training. I will go heavy/lo rep for a week then switch it up to light/hi rep scheme, I like the endurance aspect of putting up good wt in hi volume as I seem to get stronger in a shorter period of time.
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02-05-2014, 10:39 PM
Thanks man. My program sounds like it mirrors yours in ways. I def ramp up the volume on DE days.Originally Posted by p5sky
DE challenges my endurance for sure. I'm hitting, for example, 10 sets of 3 for deadlifts against bands with 10-15 sec in between sets. I'm not an endurance athlete like yourself, so I get some huffin and puffin going on, lol.
02-05-2014, 10:41 PM
Westside: Week 3- ME lower
Rack pull: 515x3 (PR)
I was supposed to squat heavy today, but my legs are still beat from snowboarding, so I opted for a partial ME movement.
295x6x3 (no belt)
Couldn't find a groove. Felt like a phuckin idiot doing these. Couldn't groove it at all. Hips are still tore up and I couldn't find a good position.
Suspended GM: 205x8x3
Not happy with today's effort. I'm having a lot of trouble sleeping at night and running on 4 hours of sleep. EVOL definitely boosted me, but there is no PWO In the world that can sustain quality workouts with 4 hours of sleep per night consecutively.
I hit another PR on EVOL, so I can't complain too much. I just felt spacey with the lack of sleep.
02-05-2014, 10:46 PM
Westside: week 3- ME bench
I felt extremely weak today. I had a hard time putting my head on straight.
185+light bands x5x5
All I had time for. I might have been weaker because I had less rest time than I'm accustom to, since I did DE Sunday instead of Saturday. Errectors are shot.
I gotst some work to do tomorrow.
I got some sleep last night and EVOL hit me strong. I knew I had little time, so I was moving like a mad man. The energy and focus was great. I was sweating pretty good, so I could tell that my heart rate was elevated. That's not normal for me. When I used to box, I would run 5-7 miles a day. I wouldn't even start sweating until 20 minutes in. EVOL provided me the energy for a good lift, my body is just a little torn down.
02-06-2014, 08:19 AM
EVOL and PRs sound like a good combo to me!
02-06-2014, 08:32 PM
Upper body accessory day:
Cat-back lat pull downs:
25x3 -heavy band
Tate press SS band pull aparts: 15/20- 35's/onyx
Cable fly SS band pull aparts:
I did 10 at flies at the top setting, 10 at shoulder height, 10 at bottom. That's one set, I did 4 and SS w/ 20 banded pull aparts. I hope that made sense, lol.
Seated DB side laterals SS spider curls: 12/8- 30's/60lb
Plates pinches: 2 10'sx failure
Great workout. I was moving quick, heart rate was up and I was fighting for air most the time. EVOL kicked me in the face today. I took a nap following class for about 2 hrs, woke up and took 2 scoops to the tongue and got after it. The energy and focus was great. I'm honestly digging the stuff, it's what I look for in a pre.
I don't care about pump or anything of the sorts, I just want energy/focus that builds. EVOL is delivering.
02-08-2014, 04:57 PM
Westside: Week 3- DE lower
DE squat: 2x6- 185+average band
Front squat: 8x3- 185 (short pause in the hole)
Bulgarian SS: 10x3- 35's
Banded DB side bend: 15x3- 35+average band
Cable crunches: 15x3- whole stack
My god I got this in fast. I would say the fastest of my PL'ing career (lol). Felt good on everything. Squats were moving FAST.
EVOL was on POINT. That's all.
02-08-2014, 05:00 PM
Westside: Week 3- DE upper
DE bench: 3x8- 145+light shorts
TnG first 2, pause last rep
When my triceps die, well they die.
JM press: 10x3- 95
Wrist isn't quite ready for these.
BWx5x2 (I've been weak on these recently)
Rope press down SS band pull aparts: 15/30
Seated DB hammer curl: 6x4- 45's (slow)
Banded EZ bar curl: 12x3
SGHP: 12x3- 115
Calves: a lot x 3 (forgot to do them yesterday)
Another fast and productive workout. Back on track; let's GO!
EVOL produced again. Face felt tingly and I was zoning hard. All in all; I would recommend EVOL to anyone looking for a new pre. It's up there in my top pre's, ATM.
02-09-2014, 11:16 AM
02-12-2014, 04:30 PM
02-12-2014, 04:32 PM
Got A LOT to update. My post didn't upload Monday. I got PR vids on both Mondays ME lower day and today's ME upper day. Updates coming shortly!
02-14-2014, 09:52 AM
02-17-2014, 02:02 AM
Alright, it's been a great week on EVOL. I hit multiple PR's, so I know my training/nutrition is on point as well as EVOL having positive benefits. Again, taste is phenomenal, focus/energy builds on you and I haven't noticed as crash. I've been continually using 2 scoops, might go with that +1 intra for my workout tomorrow. Going for a PR on deads, might need an extra boost.
This wasn't necessarily a PR, but completely as a result of never maxing on a low box. Camera angle is deceiving, that box is at least 2" below parallel.
Deadlift 455x3. Wasn't that challenging actually. I hit 435x3x2 before this final set. I think I had 6-7 in me.
Pin-press 1" off chest. 305x2. Low pin-presses are much harder than pressing off chest. Small PR, but I'll take it. My goal is to continually stack 5-10# PR's.
Both DE days went great as well. I was amped and took very little time to accomplish what I needed too.
Hopefully a 2 rep deadlift PR for you guys tomorrow.
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