MAN Blueprint Log
- 03-22-2007, 07:22 PM
MAN Blueprint Log
Got my Blueprint from Nutraplanet today, just downed my first dose.
I'm going to keep a log for four weeks. (Yes, that requires two bottles due to the very Biotest-esque decision to make them 80-count.) 20 days just seemed too short. I'll take one for the team.
I'm not doing pics, because I can't commit to being consistent about that, and they are pretty pointless if you just have "before" or "after".
I'll evaluate Blueprint on the basis of body composition changes, exercise performance improvements, and mood effects.
I'm 35, 6'5" and 244 pounds. I would estimate I'm at about 15% body fat, which I'm not excited about. (When I was in my best shape ever, which only a couple years ago, I hovered around 230 or 235 with about 10% body fat. I have been even lighter, but I don't consider that "good shape" due to the amount of strength I sacrificed to get there.)
My workouts are split as so...
Centered around heavy dumbbell incline presses and weighted dips.
Centered around weighted pull-ups.
3. Legs/Core/Preventative Maintenence (e.g. rotator cuff work)
I either do lunges or sprint work with an X-Vest. I don't squat -- I know they are the granddaddy of all exercises, but I have a long torso and I inevitably get injured and knock myself out of commission for days.
I take days off based on my work demands or how I'm feeling. This typically means I get to the gym 3 or 4 days a week.
My diet is at maintenence levels, and I get about a gram of protein per pound bodyweight. I'm eating more carbs than I did at my peak, so I may shift my macronutrient ratios a bit, but calories should be constant at about 3200 calories/day.
Supplements include: creatine, beta-alanine, cissus, PWO drinks (MyoZene or Replenish), Scorch (pre-WO and sometimes before work), Primal EAA (occasionally pre-WO).
I will take Blueprint (4 caps) post-WO on workout days. Because of the R-ALA in it, this makes sense to me. On non-workout days I'll take it with my first meal.
Day 1 3-22-07
Unremarkable leg workout. I took Blueprint post-WO.
To be continued...
- 03-22-2007, 10:15 PM
- 03-23-2007, 04:30 AM
03-23-2007, 04:11 PM
I decided to try it pre-workout today, because if there is some noticeable ergogenic benefit, I thought it might be nice to know about it now so I can enjoy for the next few weeks.
Unfortunately I didn't take it with food, and now I feel crappy. Not recommended. (Now that I think about it, it might not be the agmatine but rather the R-ALA effecting by blood sugar level.)
I should still be OK to train today, though. Just waiting a little while before I head out.
03-23-2007, 05:39 PM
03-23-2007, 05:40 PM
03-23-2007, 07:12 PM
03-23-2007, 07:19 PM
Day 2 3-23-07
I got 10x105s, 6x120s and 6x110s on incline dumbbell presses, which is fairly normal for me lately. Just wanted to note it here to establish a benchmark for assessing strength.
I also squeezed out a couple of extra reps on my third set of military presses.
Other than that, fairly typical. Felt good, decent energy, but I got plenty of sleep so no surprise.
I forgot to get on the scale at the gym... I could go hop on my scale but I'd rather be consistent. I'll remember tomorrow.
Like I said earlier, I took Blueprint pre-WO today. From now on I'll be sticking to the protocol suggested by xxghostxx above.
03-23-2007, 08:17 PM
03-23-2007, 08:20 PM
03-24-2007, 04:46 PM
Day 3 3-24-07
I got 9, 9 and 8x105s on dumbbell rows. This will be another benchmark for assessing strength. I didn't do weighted chin-ups today.
A typical back workout.
Gym scale says 242.5 pounds.
I took my Blueprint upon waking this morning, 20-30 minutes before breakfast.
Only thing I'm noticing so far is slight reduction of joint pain. According to the MAN write-up, agmatine should have an analgesic effect. I was using cissus well before starting Blueprint, so although the cissus helps I think at least some of the credit for the recent improvement may go to the Blueprint.
03-24-2007, 08:01 PM
03-25-2007, 10:43 AM
03-26-2007, 10:13 PM
Day 4 3-25-07
No training. No non-training observations to report.
Day 5 3-26-07
I felt great today, especially for a mid-work week session. Good energy and great mood. The other day I wanted to kill a "bro" who was using like 3 pieces of equipment simultaneously (he was using a bench solely to set down his workout drink). Today it was even more crowded, and I couldn't care less what anyone was doing and I just adapted.
Like I said, the gym was crowded, so I did leg presses instead of my normal lunges. I was in a hurry, so I didn't record any performance benchmarks from this session. It was a shame I had to hurry, because I had enough energy to go another 30 minutes or so.
I weighed in at 245, which was a surprise. I look leaner in the mirror, so I'm not losing sleep over it.
03-27-2007, 05:21 AM
03-27-2007, 10:10 AM
03-27-2007, 09:12 PM
Day 6 3-27-07
I got 10x110s, 8x120s and 7x110s on incline dumbbell presses -- a clear improvement over my last chest session. And this was after I did heavy machine flyes.
I think I tweaked my back getting dumbbells up and in position for pressing. If so I may have to adjust next few workouts. The pain usually comes a day or two later... we'll see.
Energy was somewhat low, but my alarm didn't go off and I ended up hurrying to the gym after rolling out of bed, basically. Still, mood was very good.
Only bad thing: forgot to hop on scale at gym again. No biggie.
03-27-2007, 09:15 PM
03-28-2007, 07:01 PM
03-28-2007, 07:03 PM
03-28-2007, 07:09 PM
03-28-2007, 08:06 PM
03-28-2007, 10:22 PM
Get better soon bro. Love the log, can't wait to see the end result. Any chance of b4 and after pics?
03-29-2007, 07:23 PM
03-29-2007, 10:01 PM
Back is OK now, but I still couldn't get to the gym today unfortunately. Tomorrow is a sure thing though.
03-29-2007, 10:06 PM
03-30-2007, 08:46 PM
Days 7 and 8: Off, and nothing to report otherwise. Mood has been very good lately though.
Day 9 3-30-07
I got 5, 5 and 5x110s on dumbbell rows. On one hand, I would have expected better given what I can do with 105s; on the other hand, I did pretty heavy weight on machine rows before I did dumbbell rows.
I also did 10, 8, and 7x95 on barbell curls. This is fairly typical, but I thought I'd note it here to establish a baseline.
And I f-ing forgot to hop on the scale again! No worries, I'll hit the gym again tomorrow.
Virtually no joint pain whatsoever.
03-30-2007, 09:25 PM
03-31-2007, 08:33 PM
Day 10 3-30-07
Uninspired workout. Although it's a small miracle I even made it to the gym today. So much crammed into my weekends lately I feel like I'm still at work.
One third of the way through my trial, and so far really all I've noticed are the analgesic and mood-boosting effects. That's not trivial, but I'm hoping I'll feel more before I'm done.
04-02-2007, 08:53 PM
Day 13 4-2-07
247 lbs. What the hell?
I really need to get a reliable body fat assessment quick. If I'm gaining lean mass, great, and much credit to Blueprint. But without evidence, I see my weight creeping up on the scale and I start to get nervous. I'm so body dysmorphic I can't objectively assess my status based on my appearance. My pants still fit, I suppose that's a positive sign.
Another positive sign: my workout was fantastic. Great energy and mood, very minimal joint pain. Lying triceps presses (barbell or dumbbell) have been causing me significant elbow pain in recent months, but I had no problem today.
I got 10x105s, 10, 8 and 6x120s for incline dumbbell presses. That's the best I've done in a long time.
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