Sputnik's IntraXcell Log (sponsored by Athletic Edge Nutrition)
04-11-2007 09:06 AM
Sputnik's IntraXcell Log (sponsored by Athletic Edge Nutrition)
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04-11-2007 09:36 AM
Many thanks to the AEN guys for the chance to test drive the product AND for the SteelEdge Samples they included, for which I'll write-up a separate review.
Ok so my log won't start proper until tomorrow night my time. I had planned to train tonight, but I didn't get much sleep yesterday. However, I did take a serving with tonight's dinner and DEF got the tingly feeling all over me, specially on the soles of my feet.
Stats (will be upated tomorrow night)
Diet - Nothing drastic, I didn't balloon up after my last meet, so I don't have to much to lose, and will just taper the carbs off some.
Other supps - I will only be using protein isolate and concentrate, and creatine mono, although I may stop this due to water retention.
Training experience - Approx 7 years, mostly focused on strength training/powerlifting. Have mostly followed Bill Starr's training philosophy over the last few years and in this cycle I have been using the Ed Coan deadlift routine to good effect. I train 3xper week, and do sprint sessions usually 1-2xper week.
Goal whilst testing IntraXcell (IXL) - I have an important powerlifting meet coming up and have to get down to the 67.5kg class, WITHOUT losing strength. I hope IXL can help with this as I ramp up the weights in the final weeks. Ideally I would have received IXL a couple of weeks ago, but I hope it can stll help nevertheless, in terms of endurance, recovery and maintaining strength.
Squat - 185kg (407lbs) x1 (wraps and belt only)
Deadlift - 207.5kg (456.5lbs) x1 (belt only)
Bench - 111.5kg (245lbs) (belt only)
Overhead Press - 91kg (200lbs) x1 (belt only)
Chins - BW + 40kg (88lbs) x1
The Bench is my weakest lift, and if I had it my way it would be dropped for a real man's lift, the Overhead Press...anyways
So, my log will relate directly to how IXL influences my preparation to the meet, so I will be watching carefully for any changes.
04-11-2007 09:55 AM
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04-11-2007 06:55 PM
AEN Hobbit Rep/Sniper
Lets get this party started
04-11-2007 07:06 PM
I am stalking my mail box..... subscribed.
04-11-2007 07:07 PM
Edit - I replied with the wrong smiley before!
Originally Posted by somewhatgifted
So my reply now is DAMN!
Last edited by Sputnik; 04-11-2007 at 07:44 PM.
Reason: i misread the reply
04-11-2007 07:41 PM
Originally Posted by somewhatgifted
If it doesnt come by the end of the week, take the numb chucks to the mailman!
04-11-2007 07:49 PM
yes sir! :bruce3: :bruce2:
Originally Posted by Skircus7
04-12-2007 03:40 PM
Everyone please be seated, I am HERE!
04-12-2007 04:07 PM
Originally Posted by Athletic Edge N
04-14-2007 09:52 AM
Okey dokey, here's the first proper entry for this log.
Today was training day, which meant...
Heavy bench (well for me anyways)
Quarter squats (these are done for overload purposes, a couple of days before doign heavy squat day)
I'm only 2 weeks away from my meet, so things are getting close to maximums. To add to that, I only wore my Titan bench to for the first time today - I've never worn one before, and to top it all off, it's a bit big. But I'll still get some leverage out of it.
I have used IXL with meals the last couple of days, but other than the tingles nothing else of note.
Despite the level of intensity in training today,strength was very good, particularly on the deadlift. I worked up to 195kg for 2x1 and felt good. Next week will be my last deadlift day and I will go for about 205kg.
After training and I felt good and don't feel like I've been beat up. I will be paying close attention to how I feel when I get up tomorrow AM.
Asessesment so far: I was surprised by strength levels today, PARTICULARLY since before going off to training I felt VERY tired for some reason, and had actually thought I was coming down with something, and thought of skipping training. Instead it all went really well.
I next train Monday, Tuesday and then Saturday and either Friday or Sunday. Thursday night I'm off to see the Chili Peppers - I've been into them since I was 14, that's 20 years ago!)
04-14-2007 10:09 AM
VERY good first "official" entry
It's going to be a lot of fun to follow you as you train for your meet!
04-14-2007 10:40 AM
We'll see about fun lol, more like painful, but that's where I hope IXL may help
04-14-2007 06:32 PM
Pain is weakness leaving the body. I wanna see you crush this meet
Originally Posted by Sputnik
04-15-2007 06:04 AM
Mate, would love nothing more! By next week I should be able to indicate my targets for the day.
Originally Posted by DaveGabe24
My first meet, which was a grading (IPF affiliated) was a couple of months back, and it was a mixed result
Squat - I got the head ref from hell! I kept getting 1 green and 2 reds, so I never got to move beyond my opening weight! Last lift got failed even though I went as low as I physically could!!!!!! And it's on tape! And the other to attempts were also below paralell. But he and his also ref wife kept copying each other.
Bench - I kept moving my feet, so I bombed out on all 3 attempts.
Deadlift - Everyone was impressed here. Got to my last and couldn't lock out. I was holding it there for ages, and screaming like a nut. Little did I know that I was almost locked out - something I didn't realize. Even thought I didn'[t get it, everyone said it was the best thing I'd done all day, due to the max effort I put in. But guess what? Looks like the ref screwed up and passed it in! lol
Further assesment - Despite yesterday's effort, I woke up pretty well today and despite only getting 5hrs sleep, as I was reading a book. So recovery was very good.
And it lasted all day, which was a long and tiring one...1hr drive out of Sydney to a corporate event, to watch a game of polo between Australia and Chile (this is a first for me); of course it was all paid for (including for our friends), as I'm the client (gosh I luv the perks). But our car's gear box blew up 100m away, so I had to wait for the car to be towed, whilst the wife and kids and friends all went of to the corporate entertainment. I made up for it later when I go tthere.
04-15-2007 09:52 AM
Hopefully this time you wont get such s stickler for a ref!
04-16-2007 09:16 PM
Sorry to hear about the gear box, but having everything paid for I'm sure helped take ur mind off things Seems like the last meet was a good experience in the sense that now you've paid your dues with garbage refs, so you are due for some generous ones
04-17-2007 07:50 AM
Training day today.
Bench and squat. Thing was that I forgot to take my bench top and squat suit damn it! Still, I went ahead but did less weight than I had planned.
So just worked up to 3 singles 221lbs on the Bench; and
3 singles on the squat for 376lbs with the belt only. Then I did a pretty quick 16minute walk home.
Thoughts - I've been feeling more energised all round, better recuperation and today in particular i was very focused and determined during my training. The weights def felt lighter. Still, too early to tell with regards to strength gains from IXL. Saturday when I go close to my maxes on all 3 lifts will be telling.
04-17-2007 07:52 AM
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