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  1. Tank's Performax Labs Powermax XT log


    Hi guys

    So first off thanks to Performax and R1balla for giving me the chance to run this
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    So i've recently decided to switch to training in the mornings because of work and i'm also changing to training fasted, where in the past i would always have a shake and some fruit before working out. The idea with this is to lose a bit of fat. That's one of the things that makes me excited about this product with the added protein, to see what this does when training fasted. I've been running glycofuse and bcaa's and monohydrate as my intra for a while now and i'm pretty happy with how it goes, but it will be great to see how this stacks up against that.

    My training split is as follows:
    Chest
    Back
    Legs
    Arms
    Shoulders
    Sometimes work will push me to combine some of these days, but i'll always do at least 4 workouts a week. I like doing a split between compound and isolation exercises and change volumes as i feel on that particular day. Some exercises will have low volumes where others will go higher again. I like throwing in a lot of supersets and trying new combinations. I've changed my training to be a bit more instinctive nowadays whereas in the past i got stuck in a program.

    My expectation for this product is to see some strength increase, to be honest even if my strength now stays the same due to not eating before working out, I'll consider that to be a win. Also looking to decrease recovery times, not having a sore chest for 3 days or not being able to take the stairs after leg day will be great. I'm hoping that this helps lean me out just a bit.


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  3. Day 1

    So today was back day, didn't really feel like working out this week. I'll be honest the first week of training in the morning is tough, but i know you just have to push through the first week then it's all good.

    This product mixes really easily, it's a bit frothy after making it in a shaker cup, but the froth disappears pretty quickly. I've had other BCCA products where the froth just stays there forever and it's not great when you have that intra workout. i've got the Orange dream flavor, it has kind of a chalky taste/texture, this is something i've had before with some intra workouts that contained waxy maize and bcaa's, but i kind of like it. It's not overly sweet, like the glycofuse/xtend combo i normally use, which is also a nice change. All in all, i feel the taste is pretty good and it goes down well during your workout.

    Since i wasn't feeling super strong when i walked in the gym, i didn't go for any compounds today, but here's what i did:
    Plate loaded lat pull down: 2 warmups, 15 [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], then drop set of [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    Machine lat pull down: 4 set of 14 at 100, 120, 140, 160
    One arm machine row: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] and drop set starting at 90,45
    Close grip pull down: 4 sets of 15 at 140
    Seated rows: i do a two in one on this, where i'll row 8 reps for lower back and then 8 rows a bit higher to hit my upper lats and trap, 4 sets of 16 reps at 100

    These weights were pretty much where i was before changing my training times and changing to fasted training and hasn't really dropped since i came off an alphamax/x gels run, so I'm happy, this is a good start i feel, so hopefully we can push on from here.

  4. Day 2

    Today was leg day, I'm going to be honest I've been skipping leg day for the last two years now, my training hasn't been all that consistent over the last two years since i moved to the US and went through some other stuff and i always find it easy to find an excuse not to train legs.

    I again stuck to training fasted. I've seen that some of the other loggers are also talking about how frothy the product is, i mix it in 25oz shaker and generally only use 20oz of water, so the froth disappears pretty quickly. The taste is growing on me, i really like that it's not too sweet.

    On to workout, since this is only my third leg workout in a while, my weights are really low, so don't laugh too much. I started with two warmup sets on squats, then then 2 sets of [email protected], 10 [email protected], 8 [email protected] and 4 [email protected] Leg press then for 2 sets of 15 at 225, 1 set of 15 at 315, 1 set of [email protected] Then 4 sets of [email protected] for leg extensions. Lying leg curls 4 sets of 15 reps pyramiding up from 100. Seated calf raises with 2 sets with one plate and 2 sets with 2 45lb plates, all four at 18 reps with 6 reps with your feet facing forward straight, 6 reps with your heels pointing out and 6 reps with your heels pointing inwards.

    So this week my squat went up from 175 to 185 and leg press went up from 315 to 405. I think some of this can be contributed to powermax, as i could feel the energy to push through on the higher weight (note i didn't take a pre with this). One thing that i can say is that as i'm writing this a bit after my workout and my legs feel pretty good, there's some stiffness, but not nearly as bad as it was last week, so i think i can contribute that to the powermax, which was one of the things i was looking for.

    So, so far so good for this run, excited to see how it goes in the next few weeks

  5. Day 3

    This workout was on Friday, sorry for the late post, but spent the whole Saturday and Sunday on the plane and on the road.

    This was a shoulder day and was the first day i took a pre workout with this as well. I currently use Mesomorph and was excited to see ow the two combined. Here's the workout:

    Dumbbell shoulder press: 2 warmups of 15 reps at 55, then pyramid up 65,70,75,80 and a double drop on the last set. all were 5 rep sets
    Cable side laterals, 4 sets of 15 reps, 2 sets at 7.5, then 2 at 15
    Dumbbell front raise 4 sets of 12 reps each, 50, 55, 60, 65
    Rear delt fly machine, 4 sets of 15 reps, pyramiding up from 70, 80, 90, 100
    Rear delt cable cross over, 4 sets of 15 reps at 10 a side
    Smith Machine shrugs, 4 sets of 8 reps, 225, 315, 315 and 405

    Overall, i don't think the pre workout and powermax compliment each other. I am a bit disappointed in mesomorph, but that's a story for another day. I decided to stay off pre workouts for the duration of this run now. Overall the recovery from this workout was good, i had a really good pump in my shoulders and veins coming out as well, which to me is always a good sign. So far I'm really happy with this product.

    This week i'm working out in a hotel, so i'll have less workouts, but higher volumes, so let's see how it goes.
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  6. Where did you move to the states from?

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  7. Quote Originally Posted by cubsfan815 View Post
    Where did you move to the states from?

    HyperMax XT (stim) or VasoMax (non stim) both work very well with Powermax XT.
    I moved here from South Africa in 2015, love it here so far.

    I'll give meso the benefit of the doubt for now, i tried a bunch of different pre workouts after an expo, so maybe that messed me up a bit. So gonna give it a 4 week break, and then see how it goes after that. I mean everybody loves it, so there has to be something to it. But i'll give hyper or vaso a try in the near future

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Tank88 View Post
    I moved here from South Africa in 2015, love it here so far.

    I'll give meso the benefit of the doubt for now, i tried a bunch of different pre workouts after an expo, so maybe that messed me up a bit. So gonna give it a 4 week break, and then see how it goes after that. I mean everybody loves it, so there has to be something to it. But i'll give hyper or vaso a try in the near future
    Wow from South Africa that's quite the haul. Glad you are enjoying the states.
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by cubsfan815 View Post
    Wow from South Africa that's quite the haul. Glad you are enjoying the states.
    Yeah man there's so much stuff i've seen and done that i wouldn't get the chance to do if i didn't move here, so it's definitely worth it

  10. Day 4

    Sorry for only posting now, but i've been travelling this week. Tonight was a hotel chest workout, i only have dumbbells up to 50lb, so you've got to make the best of it.

    My workout was:
    3 sets of 21 reps dumbbell press, where i do 7 reps at about a 60 degree angle, 7 reps at 30 degrees and 7 reps flat bench with 50lb dumbbells.
    3 sets of 21 reps dumbbell flyes, same scheme as above with 30lb dumbbells
    4 sets of close grip dumbbell presses with 50lb, i like this exercise as it helps to bring out your inner chest. I've been getting up to 65lb on this, but as i said, you gotta make do with what you have in a hotel.
    After each of these exercises i would do a set of pushups to failure, mostly i could reach 15 reps.
    Also did about 10minutes on the eliptical machine and about 30 crunches.

    With the volume being a bit higher, i got a really good pump, but i do think this product helps to get bigger pumps as well. I got through all the exercises really easy and even the cardio went pretty well, and that shows the product coming through, since i don't do a lot of cardio.

    Overall, i'm really happy with the product. In my opinion this works a lot better than a lot of pre workouts out there.

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    This was my post workout meal tonight, if you ever find yourself in Fairbanks, Alaska, go over to big daddy's for some brisket, it's some of the best i've had

  12. Quote Originally Posted by Tank88 View Post
    Day 4

    Sorry for only posting now, but i've been travelling this week. Tonight was a hotel chest workout, i only have dumbbells up to 50lb, so you've got to make the best of it.

    My workout was:
    3 sets of 21 reps dumbbell press, where i do 7 reps at about a 60 degree angle, 7 reps at 30 degrees and 7 reps flat bench with 50lb dumbbells.
    3 sets of 21 reps dumbbell flyes, same scheme as above with 30lb dumbbells
    4 sets of close grip dumbbell presses with 50lb, i like this exercise as it helps to bring out your inner chest. I've been getting up to 65lb on this, but as i said, you gotta make do with what you have in a hotel.
    After each of these exercises i would do a set of pushups to failure, mostly i could reach 15 reps.
    Also did about 10minutes on the eliptical machine and about 30 crunches.

    With the volume being a bit higher, i got a really good pump, but i do think this product helps to get bigger pumps as well. I got through all the exercises really easy and even the cardio went pretty well, and that shows the product coming through, since i don't do a lot of cardio.

    Overall, i'm really happy with the product. In my opinion this works a lot better than a lot of pre workouts out there.
    Glad PowerMax XT is treating you well. The pump is a nice added bonus of the hydration aspect. You said it treats you better than some of your pre workouts.. Since PowerMax XT is an Intra product, feel free to use your preworkout first, then PowerMax XT intra at the gym.
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  13. I still use this as an intra workout, i just mean that in future I'll probably save money and rather just use this than adding in pre workouts as well. I don't know why, but it just seems that most pre workouts don't work for me. I mean everybody loves mesomorph and i don't feel anything, except he beta alanine face burn. The only recent pre's that i've liked were Total war and the new muscle marinade

  14. Day 5

    This was Friday's workout. I just did an arm workout, it's one thing you can do pretty well at a hotel gym.

    Workout:
    2 warm up sets of dumbbell curls, 16 reps at 25, 30lb
    4 sets dumbbell curls, 16 reps doing 40, 45 and 2 sets of 50lb
    4 sets of Hammer curls, 16 reps at 50lb
    4 sets concentration curls, 8 reps at 40lb
    3 sets of 15 standing dumbbell tricep extension with 15lb
    4 sets of dummbell skull crushers, 15 reps, going from 20, 25, 25 and 30lb
    4 sets of bench dips to failure (around 20 reps), super setted with diamond push ups to failure (around 6 reps)

    I hadn't done a proper arm workout in a while and even though the weights weren't that heavy, i still think it was a pretty intense workout, i tried to do the workout with minimal rest to make up for the lack of weight. I felt really good during the workout and i could really push through on the hammer curls and dumbbell curls, and i really feel that if i had heavier weights, i could go up easily. I think a lot of this has to do with the powermax, i'm still training fasted and don't seem to have any energy issues at all.

    This week I'm back at a proper gym in Anchorage for last week in Alaska, so this week's updates will be a bit better and i think will give a real indication of how i'm doing with this product

  15. Day 6

    Ok so this week I'm back in Anchorage for the week and could go workout at Southside Strength and Fitness. If you ever find yourself in Anchorage, i'd recommend checking it out.

    I missed international chest day on monday, so had to chest yesterday. For this week i'm not training in the morning since i'm working out with a colleague. I'm still basically training fasted, since my last meal is lunch and i workout around 6 or 7. I'll be honest my eating in the last two weeks hs been pretty bad.

    So to the workout, this was a chest and tri's workout:
    2 warmup sets of cable crossovers with the pulleys at the bottom
    5 sets of incline dumbbell press, 12 x 50, 12 x 60, 10 x 70, 8 x 75, 6 x 80
    4 set of hammer strength incline press, 12 x 135, 10 x 185, 8 x 225, 5 x 275
    3 sets of dips to failure
    4 sets of cable crossover, pulleys at high, 15 reps
    4 sets of 15 v bar tricep push downs at 40lbs
    4 sets of skull crushers and close grip bench presses 15 reps for each at 55lb

    i have a bit of wrist and shoulder pain that's keeping me back a bit now, but overall the workout felt so good, i just feel like i can really push through workouts and after finishing a set i feel like adding more weight and doing more sets. after every exercise my colleague was like, can we just finish now? i 100% put this down to powermax, i mean normally when i don't eat before working out i just feel flat and tired and even last night i wasn't really super amped before leaving for gym, but as soon as i started working out, i felt great, so good job here Performax labs!

  16. Day 7

    Did some back today. As a change, i mixed the product with some blue gatorade, just to see if it makes a difference having it with carbs. I have to say the taste was really good, also i think the foaming was a bit less when mixed with gatorade.

    My workout:
    4 sets of pullups, 12, 6, 6, 6. It's one of those exercises where i start off strong and then struggle to get reps as i go on.
    4 sets of barbell rows: 12 at 135, 12 at 175, 8 at 225 and 5 at 275
    4 sets of deadlifts, 10 at 135, 10 at 225, 5 at 315 and 5 at 335. 335 is probably the most i've done in a while, for the last few months i've rarely been able to even get to 315
    4 sets of machine rows, 12 at 140, 12 at 160, 12 at 180, 8 at 200 and 6 at 220. 220 was the highest i've ever gone and this was basically at the end of
    my workout.
    4 sets of lat pull downs, 15 reps at 120, i would do the first 10 at a normal tempo and then the last 5, i would hold the contraction for a few seconds

    i was really happy with this workout, didn't train back last week and still managed to increase weight and reps. I think the product mixes really well with gatorade, so that might be something other users want to try. Once I'm back home i'll try and mix it with glycofuse to see what it does. The energy on this product is really good. it just keeps getting better the more i use it. i have to say this morning when i woke up my body felt really beat up, but i think that's more down to two big workouts in a row. I don't think this is a reflection of the product not helping with recovery. I think the main difference for me between my old intra of glycofuse and bcaa's, is that this gives me energy and allows me to train harder, which i've never really felt with my old combo. Overall, i'm very happy and i'm sure anyone else who tries this won't be disappointed.

  17. Day 8

    Today was leg day. I felt so beat up from the previous day, my whole body was just hurt, so my motivation to do legs wasn't that great. Took the powermax again with some gatorade, really like this combination now.

    My workout:
    1 set of warm up squats, 15 reps at 95lb
    4 sets of squats, 10 at 135, 10 at 135, 5 at 175 and 5 more at 175
    4 sets of leg press, 15 reps at 200lbs (this is the first gym i've ever been to with 100lb plates)
    4 seats of seated calf raises, 15 reps, two sets at 45lb, 2 sets at 70
    4 sets lying leg curls, 15 reps at 80, 100, 120, then back to 80

    My squat went down a bit from my last leg workout, but i just haven't felt this bad after a workout for a while. I will say during the workout, my motivation came back, wanted to train hard, but i just didn't have anything in the tank, i will put that down to powermax. As i'm writing this, my legs feel ok, so I think that's the powermax helping out with recovery a bit.

    Taking today off as i'm flying back to Dallas tonight, have a stop over in LA, so might do a quick workout at Golds.

  18. Day 9

    I just did a quick shoulder workout Gold's in Venice on my way back to Dallas. This is a great gym, but man it's busy. I hadn't really had breakfast and spent the night on the plane and walked a lot, so wasn't really super ready for the workout.

    2 sets warmup dumbbell shoulder press at 50lb
    4 sets of dumbbell shoulder presses at 65lb for 10 reps
    4 sets shoulder press machine 45lb plate a side for 15 reps
    4 sets superset of dumbbell side later and front raises, each 12 reps, i got up to 55lb for the side laterals which was the most i've done for a while.
    2 sets running the rack of hammer curls, 65lb, 50lb, 35lb, 8 reps for each weight

    I was really struggling with the presses, but i felt some energy and drive kick in with that side lateral super set as well as with the hammers. i ran the powermax solo today, no gatorade or carbs.

  19. Day 10

    Today was my first day back in my old gym for a while, had a really bad weekend sleeping and eating wise, haven't slept more than 5 hours a night and hardly ate anything, and the bit that i ate over the weekend was total junk. I also woke not feeling very fresh, lots of coughing, i feel i might be allergic to something, every time i get back home i feel pretty bad.

    Still i felt pretty motivated to workout.

    2 warm up sets of sitting cable crossovers
    4 sets machine chest press, 135 for 15 reps, 175 for 15, then two sets of 225 for 12 reps each
    4 sets of decline bench, couldn't go over 175, just felt totally blasted and out of it
    2 supersets dumbbell incline bench press with incline close grip dumbbell press, with 65lb and 40lb respectively, could do 10 reps each, but just felt completely nowhere, so i stopped after 4
    4 sets cable crossovers, holding the contraction at the end of the reps
    2 sets machine flyes, again i just didnt feel like working out so just wanted to get out.

    I mixed powermax with glycofuse, the glycofuse makes it very sweet, so not sure if i'm a fan of this combo. All in all, i can't say anything bad about the powermax, i just felt completely flat and out of it. Hopefully some better food today and more sleep will pick me up tomorrow.

  20. Day 11

    Sorry for not posting on the product last week, i just had a really bad flu/cold and didn't train the rest of the week. Last night was my first workout back, still didn't feel 100% healthy, but it was close enough and felt i needed a workout.

    Being Monday, it was chest day again
    2 sets decline bench of 15 reps at 135, 10 reps at 185 and 5 reps at 225. I was happy to be able to do 225, it's lower than what it used to be, but considering i wasn't feeling to good, i'm happy with that
    4 sets of cable cross overs, 25, 30, 35, 42.5lb a side, 15 reps each set
    2 sets incline bench at 135 for 10 reps each, 1 set at 155 for 5 reps, 1 set at 135 for 5 reps, by this time my chest was pretty much toast
    4 sets machine fly, got up to 180lb, all sets at 12 reps
    Then i just threw in 4 sets of rope tricep pulldowns for fun

    All in all not the biggest workout, but got a decent pump and at least this morning my chest is pretty tight, so i know it was a pretty good workout. I wasn't really feeling like working out, even thought i wanted to go, but again the powermax pulled me through. i really like the energy you get out of this product during your workouts.

  21. Glad you are feeling better. People at my work have been super sick already this year. Seems early. I'd look into Gut Health Ultimate by Evomuse. It's a great probiotic product.
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  22. [QUOTE=cubsfan815;5861286]Glad you are feeling better. People at my work have been super sick already this year. Seems early. I'd look into Gut Health Ultimate by Evomuse. It's a great probiotic product.[/QUOTE

    No i agree, it's only October and our weather is still so good, but i think the change from Alaska to Dallas caught me out, i kind of expected it and took my multivitamins, but i still got hit pretty badly

  23. Day 12

    This was a back day. Again i felt super flat at work today, could hardly keep my eyes open, so my motivation wasn't too high to workout. I would say, the one good thing about logging is it does force you to workout! I thought i'd take some mesomorph today as i was feeling pretty tired, and it turned out to be a good call, i was off pre workouts for a few weeks now, and it seems to have worked.

    2 sets warmup lat pull downs at 100lb, then 4 sets of 10 at 120, 140, 160, 160
    4 sets of 15 reps a side, single arm lat pull downs, i really like this exercise since you can really feel the contraction in your lats from this. I wasn't feeling too strong, so no pullups today.
    4 sets vbar lat pull downs 12 reps, at 160, 160, 180, 180
    then i did 3 sets of what i call the devil's drop set, it's something i saw on an antoine vaillant video, you do 6 reps deadlifts, followed by 6 reps barbell rows followed by 6 reps shrugs. I started at 135, up to 185 then up to 225. I could feel i had some more in the tank here, but i'm not pushing too hard this week as i'm not 100% over my cold/flu
    4 sets of preacher curls, narrow grip at 60lb, 2 sets were normal rep tempos, 1 set very slow negatives and 1 set quick tempo, all 4 sets were 12 reps
    2 sets running the rack hammer curls, 6 reps at 50lb, 6 reps at 40lb and 6 reps at 30lb

    All in all, it turned out to be a good workout, i had to adapt some of my exercises because the gym was so crowded, but from how i felt before the workout, i would say this was a success. I'm still really happy with this product, i mean the energy from this is really good and the pumps are pretty good too, i mean the whole day yesterday my chest still felt pumped from the night before. I would really encourage anybody to get in on this product, even if you have to pay full price, just get it

  24. Day 13

    My favorite day of the week, leg day..jokes..I've never seen so many people doing leg day, so i had to improvise a bit for this workout.

    2 warm up sets of leg extensions at 40lb, 15 reps
    4 sets of leg extensions, 70, 80, 90, 100lb, 12 reps each set
    4 sets hack squat, one plate a side, 10 reps. I know the weights i do on leg day is pretty laughable, but i'm just trying to get my legs going after not training them for so long.
    4 sets of squats at 135lb. i was really hoping of going a bit heavier, but at this stage my legs were pretty fried.
    4 sets seated calf raises, [email protected], [email protected], all sets 15 reps

    I've been running powermax solo the whole week, so no mixing with glycofuse or gatorade, i might start doing that again next week. next week will be back to morning workouts as well, that will make the crowds at gym easier to handle too. I was pretty happy with the workout, like i said the weights are pretty low, but i'm getting there. I could hardly walk last night after working out and this morning i feel a bit better, so the recovery aspect of the powermax is working pretty well i think. Also, when i started doing squats last night, my legs immediately felt pretty wobbly, yet i could still push through, so in the energy department this product really shines for me.

  25. Day 14

    I didn't get to workout since Wednesday of last week, the last few days were kind of busy at work and i had family coming to town as well. So yesterday was my first day back in a while. Also didn't sleep a lot in the last week and my eating wasn't all that great either. Still i was pretty amped to workout. I decided to mix the powermax with glycofuse again, to give myself some carbs as well. Being monday, i had to train chest

    2 warm up sets on the chest fly machine, 15 reps each, 70, 90lbs
    4 sets decline bench, 2 sets of 135 for 15 reps, 1 set at 155 for 10, 1 set at 185 for 8, 1 set at 205 for 5 reps. I quickly realized this wasn't going to be a good workout, just felt flat with no energy and no power
    4 sets incline bench at 135lb, 10 reps each
    3 sets close grip dumbbell press, 12 reps, 40, 45, 47.5lb
    4 sets of 15 cable cross overs with pulleys set to the low position
    3 sets pec deck machine, 15 reps
    3 sets of 10 hanging leg raises

    All in all, this was a pretty bad workout, all the weights dropped from last week, just did not have any energy. Was probably the first time that powermax didn't pull me through, but in all honesty, if you eat bad for a few days and don't sleep, this is the end result. you can't blame this on the supplement. still i always feel any workout is better than no workout, so let's hope the rest of the week goes better.
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