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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04-14-2007, 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
04-14-2007, 06:32 PM
04-15-2007, 06:04 AM
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
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
04-21-2007, 07:09 AM
Trained today, in the AM, something I'm not used to.
I train by myself but today I went to the gym where some of the competitors I know go to, as well as the 'sorta' coach who's a great person.
Well, what can I say, it went really well.
At a BW od 69kg (151.8lbs)...
Bench - worked up to 105kg (231lbs) for a set of 2, then 3 more singles. This is my best (and more reps) in a year's time since I injured my right pec. The most I've benched back then was 112.5kg (247.5lbs) but at a BW of 74kg (162.8lbs).
Squat - worked up to 2 a couple of reps at 170kg (374lbs) and then the coach said to slap on 190kg (418lbs) and he said, "You're doing 2 reps". I was like WHAT??? The most I've done is 1 rep for 185kg (407lbs) a few months back at a BW of 74kg. So I got set, and i got 'em!!!!!!!
Assesment - Well what can I say except the other day I mentioned that today would be a test to see if my strength levels have picked up, whilst losing BW, and it's being confirmed. I should add that I have been getting less sleep lately as I've been reading late at night. So despite less sleep, and dropping BW, I find that my energy levels are good and that my strength is rising when I need it most!
I did not deadlift yesterday, and should have done so the night before, so I will have to tomorrow. However, with only 6 full days out from the meet, I don't know how heavy I should go So if anyone has any suggestions...
I should add, my body feels pretty wrecked after today, but I still feel good overall. If I can deadlift well tomorrow, I will be pretty stoked I can tell you, so I will update tomorrow.
04-21-2007, 08:35 AM
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04-22-2007, 02:41 AM
When I run it hurts, and if I jump up and down or if I breath in too deeply. I better go to the doc tomorrow just in case.
04-22-2007, 05:17 AM
Ok the combination of this rib thing and that my back was more fried from yesterday's squat effort than i thought, was a bad combinaiton for deadlifting today. This rib thing makes it difficlt to deadlift with the belt on, cause it just makes it difficult to breathe and of course to focus - only a bit of pain. Despite this I was still able to deadlift 196kg (431lbs). I then loaded up 206kg (453lbs) but before I did the full pull, I realized the my back was too burnt out and that it would be foolish to attempt. I'll save it for meet day and let my back recuperate. Also thinking of maybe getting a massage.
So, I was actually very surprised I got to pull the 196kg given how I was feeling physically. If I had deadlifted on the Friday before squat day, I would have had no hesitation in deadlifting the 206kg.
04-22-2007, 08:11 AM
04-23-2007, 09:01 PM
Very nice log so far. Sounds like you are making some nice progress already, I look forward in hearing where you are at in 1-2 weeks.
04-24-2007, 05:37 AM
Ok so I don't have a broken rib, although for a moment by Doc thought so. Rather it's the muscle between my last 2 ribs of my left side that is bruised and will take up to 2 weeks to heal. I'm still going to the meet, but I guess my deadlift will be affected and my squat in the sense that I won't be able to put on my belt as tight.
Having said that, I'm just going to go for it on the day!
I should add that otherwise I'm feeling great and I recuperated very well from the weeken'ds lifting so thumbs up to IXL to be sure! and I've lost some more BW also.
Last edited by Sputnik; 04-24-2007 at 05:39 AM. Reason: adding a comment
04-24-2007, 07:39 AM
04-24-2007, 07:45 AM
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04-25-2007, 01:45 AM
Ok I thought I would give everyone a look at my attempts for the Meet. WU stands for warm-ups, and the 3rd attempts are a range. What I settle will depends on how I feel on the day. Although i won't achieve it this Meet, my goal by the end of the year is to achieve a 525 Total = 1,155lbs. IF I were to do really well this Meet, I would get close. A 525 Total would put me in the Class A lifter category, which is just behind Elite I and Elite II and would still allow me to actually compete for Australia if they needed lifters or somebody from Elite pulled out. Anyways, wishful thinking for now.
In the meantime I have bought myself some Arnica in both cream form and tablets to help the rib muscle bruising go away as quickly as possible.
Also, I'm feeling recovered and full of energy.
04-25-2007, 07:19 AM
04-27-2007, 09:02 AM
Ok, this is the night before the Meet. After work I went to a Meet technical meeting and weighed myself there for tomorrow. Sitting on 68.2kg and need to get to 67.5kg so that's not a worry.
In the meantime, other than the injury my energy levels, and recovery have been good I believe due to IXL, otheriwise the weight loss would have got to me already. I feel confident for tomorrow, so let's see how it goes.
04-27-2007, 09:27 AM
04-28-2007, 08:41 PM
Meet review time.
So...I finally totalled, so that's Goal 1 achieved, BUT I didn't meet the lifts I had aimed for - but with an injury I should be happy with what I achieved
My warm-ups felt too heavy and my rib injury was flaring up with the belt on, so I wasn't able to put it on tight.
1st attempt 170kg - got it no problem.
2nd attempt 180kg - did not get fired up, plenty of strength, but I didn't get the depth.
3rd attempt 180kg- I was going to go for 190kg but I agreed with the coach that what I needed was to total, so I went out, got crazy fired up and got it easily. In other words, I would have got the 190kg.
1st attempt 92.5kg - Easy
2nd attemptt 100kg - Easy
3rd attempt 107.5kg - Almost easy, got up thought I had it. 2 red lights and 1 white. Apparently the bar had just dipped a tad on my left hand side, where I have the injury.
1st attempt 190kg - Easy.
2nd attempt 200kg - Easy, BUT, altough I had my shoulders back, I forgot to fully lock out my legs!!!!!!!!!!!! ! judge obviously thought the ift was good. DAMN!!!!!!!
3rd attempt 207.5kg - This poundage is my nemesis, and after last week only being able to lift 196kg because of my rib injury....however I upped the weight from my 2nd attempt as I felt strong and everyone including the coach agreed. Pulled...got it up...legs locked...THEN...all of a sudden, I feel a pull on my left hand side aboved the ribs...sends a shock wave through my left arm and down to my left had which then begins to open!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Then I had to drop the bar! I only needed one more second.
So my total was 472.5kg (1,040lbs). If I hadn't missed the bench and the deadlift, well then it would have been 495kg.
Out of the entire 67.5kg class (about 7 of us) I came 3rd. In my specific Opens class I came 2nd out of 3
So, a few lessons learnt. One which also includes, wearing a bench top and squat suit which are actually tight!
With regards to IXL
No doubt about it that in the lead up to the Meet, with a drop in BW, my strength levels not only were maintained but def increased and recovery has been impressive. Right now for example I should be still sleeping...I AM sore, BUT I feel good despite yesterday's effort, and have plenty of energy. I remember my last meet, and I felt depleted. So I'll be asessing how I feel over the next couple of days how recovery is whilst still taking IXL.
Next week 'll be upping the cardio and testing how IXL makes me feel.
04-28-2007, 09:44 PM
GREAT JOB at the meet!!! Even with an injury, your lifts are very good :bb2: I am looking forward to seeing how IXL impacts your cardio
04-28-2007, 09:48 PM
Awesome efforts man, you're definitely on your way. Those injuries can linger around if you let them, so make sure you let em fully heal. Cardio will be a nice change too..great job Sput.
05-08-2007, 09:59 AM
And so it ends...
Yesterday I finished my bottle of IXL. This last week saw me just doing cardio and some weights, but nothing serious. Post-meet, recovery has been excellent, except for my injury, which I still noticed doign squats the other day.
Make no mistake about it IXL is a great addition to your arsenal - in my case, dropping BW for a meet, WHILST trying to increase strength levels. For me that's exactly what happened. Today I went in for my first hard training session and strength wasn't only there, it was better. I did 148kg for 6x2 on squats, despite the rib pain (only mild now), going lower than I usually do.
So AEN, well done on a great product and thanks again for allowing me to test it. Now off to buy some.....
05-08-2007, 05:31 PM
Thank you very much for the entertaining and thorough log, it was enjoyable to follow. WE are very happy to hear, you were please with IntraXCell and will continue on with it.
Slowly but surely we are getting logs done from all types of athletes, though I believe you were our first powerlifter.
I hope people are starting to realize how versatile IntraXCell really is. Anyone looking to increase, strength, lean muscle, power & endurance, should take a serious look at this supplement, as it delivers time and time again.
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