Alpha Drive XL and Restore Review by BiO
08-11-2006 12:58 AM
Not much to report. Very tired from last night's WO. Had to move bricks all day.
Mood: Still good despite fatigue.
Libido: too busy to tell. About the same.
Energy: wicked tired all day. I was beyond supplemental help.
Pump still holding well from last night's WO and even the WO before that. If I may say so, I am lookin swole. I do have a before pic that I will post later..after I set up a photobucket account or some such thing.
08-11-2006 11:18 AM
WAKEUP!!!!!!!!!! ITS TIME FOR CARDIO!!!!!!!!!
08-11-2006 01:24 PM
SUBSCRIBED! I'm very interested in your results from this stack, Restore is definitely on my list of sups to try.
08-11-2006 01:43 PM
I'm wondering if i'm getting such a sexual side because of my complete lack thereof prior.
08-11-2006 02:13 PM
Well, my flight back east was snuffed so I am leaving tomorrow instead. Still very tired from both the leg workout and the brick carrying/brick laying marathon yesterday.
I am noticing what seems to be the begining of abdominal bloat, nothing major but not as defined as before. The change in PCT products may be to blame or it could be the calories I am hammering down.
Muscles still hard and pumped. I am almost to the point of having some noticable vascularity despite my bf% being 10-12ish. Legs and arms are feeling hard and pumped and well, just plain anabolic. Seriously do feel almost like I am on cycle as was the case with the RR/Activate stack so that is good news.
Libido: about the same. I suspect it was the RR and now the Restore keeping my estrogen too low. After another week I may request to titrate the dose of Restore down..and maybe up the Alpha Drive woohoo.
08-11-2006 03:42 PM
If you get any urges to bake a cake or wear pantyhose CALL ME ASAP!!!!!!!
08-11-2006 07:52 PM
Bio, great log so far. Was just wondering a few things...
1. Are you taking the Alpha Drive and Restore together for each serving?
2. What dosage are you using each product at?
3. Are you taking any other supps such as CEE, etc?
Looking forward to a great log!
08-11-2006 10:21 PM
I take one pill of each Alpha Drive and Restore together with a meal, 3x per day. Sorry, should have specified that.
Other supps are basically my normal vitamin/minerals and I do use about 3 grams of CEE preworkout, but not on off days. I am very used to these so any changes are due to the Alpha Drive and Restore.
08-11-2006 10:23 PM
AI Sports Fitness Expert
very good log so far i think i will be picking these 2 products up very soon!!
i am with dagecko on when you take the dosages
keep up the great work
08-11-2006 10:27 PM
You mean more than his normal weekend routine?
Originally Posted by FitnFirm
08-12-2006 08:25 AM
Just got my shipment from NP of Restore / Alpha Drive, I am hoping it will give me a boost between now and my next cycle.
GL with this BIO
08-16-2006 07:35 PM
trust u to come up with that!!
Originally Posted by TSB4me
what happened to big joe?
08-16-2006 08:43 PM
Bio, I see you are suffering from a lower back injury, I too am suffering from one as well. What is the nature of your injury? Mine was diagnosed as a bulging disc, but that is only from a physical examination and no actual MRI, x-rays etc. at this point. I injured mine in March on a messed up deadlift rep, where I lost my balance and fell forward. Instead of just dropping the bar, I stupidly caught all of my momentum in my lower back. I took a few weeks off, and things felt good again, so I resumed lifting again. A few weeks later I reinjured my lower back in a squat repetition, something went pop and that has led me to now.
I did a full course of physiotherapy which did essentially nothing for me. I've been working on loosening my hips and groin areas with a pile of stretching and some foam rolling, which tends to provide some relief. I perform various lower back stretching exercises several times a day, and work my lower abdominals every other day as well.
What type of leg press do you use during your leg workouts? Does a trap deadlift bar tend to aggravate your lower back? From what I've read, it is supposed to alleviate most of the stress on the lower back. I just ordered one, and hope that I didn't waste my money, as shipping to where I live is very expensive.
I workout at home, so I've been limited to leg curls, extensions, lunges, and recently I've implemented a modified dumbbell deadlift/squat, where I hold the dumbbells in a hammer style grip held between my knees, and perform squats in this sort of fashion. It's kind of awkward, but it's worked very well in the few times I've lifted in this fashion at hitting my legs effectively.
Have you tried any sort of tissue healing supplements for treating your lower back? I've utilized high dose cissus, celadrin, glucosamine/chondritin and msm, but honestly don't think they've done much if anything in helping to fully heal the injury. I just got my hands on hyuralonic acid on recommendation from Big Vrunga for healing up a nagging shoulder injury, but from digging around I've seen a small amount of positive feedback for it for lower back injuries as well.
Sorry for the highjack of your thread, good luck with the log.
08-17-2006 12:39 PM
Anybody with serious lower-back probs needs to forget about squats and deads. I'm 44 and about 20 years ago I herniated a disc doing (of all things) one-arm concentration curls. It took about a year to recover fully. And ever since then, I've stopped doing squats and deads. They're great exercises, but there's just too much potential for re-injury -- you're begging for trouble. I've experimented with all kinds of different exercises, but the only one that really hits your legs hard AND totally protects your lower back is the good ol' leg press. Now, my leg day consists of just 4 basic exercises: 6 sets of leg presses alternating with 6 sets of toe raises; and then 3 sets of leg curls alternating with 3 sets of leg extensions. It works.
I also do 3-5 sets of roman chair back extensions alternating with 3-5 sets of decline crunches to keep my core strong and support/protect my lower back. And in 20 years, I've never re-injured my back. Knock on wood.
08-20-2006 12:56 AM
Any updates or shall I turn this thread into a porno site?
08-20-2006 02:15 AM
Screw the thread, bring on the porno!
08-20-2006 01:59 PM
My back injury occurred last fall during a deadlift, however the root cause of the injury is that my sacrum is tilted up to the left and this caused some instability in the lower lumbar region. X-rays have shown the disk spacing to be good and the pain is mostly the result of L4/L5 being out of alignment. This area seems to be quite unstable so it goes in and out of adjustment rather easily. Deads and squats are pretty much on the back burner for now. If I am feeling good, I may throw in some lighter sets but all in all I will now stick to the leg press from now on.
I see a chiropractor regularly, use foam rollers, stretch and do ab core work to try to stabilize the lumbar and core as much as possible.
Ok, My trip ended last Friday and I have had a few days to recover. I will hit shoulders, back, and bi's tonight hopefully and report back.
Nothing to report on training for last week as I did not have an opportunity to lift.
I decided to lower the dose of Restore to 2 pills per day as I felt it was the culprit in keeping my libido down. After a few days of the lower dose, I can honestly say that libido has improved showing that this product is plenty strong in terms of estrogen suppression. I can really feel the Alpha Drive XL working now and my poor pregnant wife probably wishes I would leave her alone.
Despite an absolutely atrocious diet..ie being fed by grandparents..I managed to not lose any muscle but I did add about 2 pounds of what surely must be fat.
Acne is still horrible despite all sorts of preventative measures. Have initiated a 1% Retin A gel to get things under control on my back.
Will check in later.
08-21-2006 12:39 AM
Back from workout. Overall, it went well but no real progress was made..just catching up from a week off, revolumizing and re-conditioning.
Mood: good, but a little tired from running errands part of the day. Focus was good despite this.
Hammer Strength Wide Rows
180 x 8
200 x 8
220 x 4
220 x 4
Painful, lots of burn.
140 x 8
150 x 7
160 x 6
wide grip, TUT style
140 x 8
160 x 7
Dillet Style Lat Pulldowns
170 x 8
180 x 5
Lats were wiped out after these sets. Sweating way more than normal..don't know if it was related to Alpha Drive or Restore. No strength increases, endurance kind of lagging.
Shoulder and bicept work was uneventful, no increase in poundages here.
I attribute this mediocre workout to being off for a week during which time I was unable to meet my caloric or macronutrient goals...nor was I able to train. The stack may have helped to lessen the damage though.
08-23-2006 12:51 AM
After crawling around on my hands and knees all day laying paverstones, I thought what better way to further damage myself than going heavy on legs? I would really like to not be able to walk tomorrow..yippee!!!
Libido: Getting better day by day. At the current dose of 2 Restore per day and 3 Alpha Drive XL per day, I think I have achieved a more optimal hormonal balance that allows for the increase in test and free test without suppressing estrogen so badly that I have no libido.
Mood: Still very good. Been sleeping well. Focus both in the gym and while I do manual labor is excellent. A smooth steady focus with no overexcitation..I'm liking it a lot.
Did two light sets TUT style and just was not feeling the love. Swithced to regular 1 sec positives, 2 sec negatives. Too worn out from work today for TUT or anything special...or so I thought.
405 x 6
495 x 3
Just plain icky, switched to regular style.
585 x 8
675 x 7
765 x 6
855 x 5
855 x 2
855 being a new PR. I have no idea where that came from, so let's chalk it up to the Restore and Alpha Drive XL Well, that and there were hot chicks all over the free weight section and, you know....
Strength was good and I really do feel like I could have done another 90 easily, if not more. I chose to use restraint as this is the first week my lower back has been trouble free in quite a while.
Leg Press Calf Raises
315 x 10
405 x 8
405 x 6
Though not a PR, this is as high as I have been on this excercise in many many months. Strength and form were smooth and steady.
160 x 10
200 x 8
260 x 4
260 is higher than I have been in a while. All sets felt good, but energy fading fast.
140 x 10
200 x 8
240 x 6
aaaannd my legs are cooked at this point. On to core work that ended up being cut short due to fatigue.
All in all a fantastic workout despite my feeling quite drained beforehand. Having to cut down on sets was an OK trade off. The PR and increases in poundages for almost all sets was a nice surprise indeed.
08-23-2006 11:59 AM
I bet you'd benefit from reverse hyper extensions, they actually rotate the sacrum and are supposed to work wonders for rehabing back injuries.
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