IntraXcell (Beta-Alanine) Sponsored Log
- 06-04-2007, 09:21 AM
- 06-12-2007, 07:32 PM
Alrighty just finished the bottle yesterday. Going to finish writing up yesterday's workout, then write up a product review and post it up , probably in a few parts lol. Before I do that I think I'll post what nutrition I've been following during this guideline.
Cardio has a slightly different meal set up. I've been doing mostly HIIT training, with only 3 log jogs thrown in because I felt the Beta-Alanine would have a bigger impact on the HIIT sprints than long-term jogging which tends to be a bit more leisurely for me lol. I would do my HIIT about 5 minutes after downing 5-10g of BCAA with 3 caps of IntraXCell. I would usually do this an hour after breakfast, which is 1c. of Oats, a Scoop of Whey and some ground flax seed. A few times I did HIIT right upon waking, with only the BCAA's and the BA but I found this limited how hard I could do my sprints, and it's all about intensity.
On workout days, I still workout after breakfast ideally around 60-90 minutes afterwards. Since I was logging just IntraXCell I didn't take any pre-WO supps except for trying SteelEdge twice and RPM twice. I would just take my BCAA and 3 caps before, and 3 caps after with a shake. My shake was sometimes 60g of Carbs from Gatorade, and 30g Isolate, or often 60g carbs from ground oats + 30g Isolate. I also took 3 caps afterwards. I follow this up afterwards with a solid meal about 45-60 minutes afterwards. Throughout the whole log I never once got the tingling sensation, even on off days when I took 3 caps after meals but the carbs I guess just blunted it every time for me.
That pretty much sums up the nutrition plan I follow, and as for total cals I just used 200 above maintenance, although my overall weight only changed about 1.5 lbs, which is probably because I didn't account for the extra cals burned by the HIIT training. I normally do less cardio.
I'll post up my last 10 days in a little bit, and then my overall impressions.
06-13-2007, 09:41 PM
DAY 21- Jog
Well I've been doing Interval training for a while now and decided to see how hard I could push myself when jogging. Went for a 45 minute run, with some minor hills and went at about 7~8 mph. Didn't notice much of a difference from my jogs before I started taking the BA. I took the 3 caps right before with some BCAA's and right after.
DAY 22- Back/Core
Today was a weird combo of exercises; was planning on only doing some back work but ended up having a ton of energy so I worked my abs and obliques.
Workout looked like some Dumbell Row, Low Rows and of course Deadlifts. Then did some Crunches, side bends and back extensions, then finished up with Chinups and Pulldowns.
Strength increase updates: Haven't managed to bump up the weights much more than 5 lbs on some dumbells. I am finding that I'm getting some great lower back definition and the V-shape is coming along well, but actually strength hasn't jumped too much.
DAY 23- Rest Day
Ready for the last week of this log
06-13-2007, 10:11 PM
DAY 24- CHEST
Not too hot a workout. I had to get up early, and so I only had a quick WPI + half cup milk 30 mins before my workout, and I guess that wasn't enough or maybe I was just tired. Using a Pre-WO supp with caffeine is what I probably should have done to boost me, but I'm trying to stay off other products while writing this log. Needless to say there was no improvement in bench, actually couldn't match my last workout for endurance. Bit of a letdown since I've had such a rest. Will have to hit it extra hard next workout.
Day 25: Legs
Got in some good sleep last night, and didn't have to work out so early again so had a great lower body workout. The Leg Press was feeling like air today, bumped it up 20lbs and added 2 reps to my sets and it felt like nothing at all. My leg workouts are definitely coming along better than my chest; that's always been my problem area. Still following the same workout routine for the rest of this log, then I'll be switching it up to surprise my body a bit so the workout looked like this:
Hack Squat 4x10
Standing Calf Raises 4x8
Front Squat 4x7
Leg Extensions 3x12
Hamstring Curls 4x12
Seated Calf Raises 4x15
DAY 26- Interval Training (Sprints)
Did the usual sprints up on the hills. I haven't noticed much of an improvement in my sprints since about after my first 3 rounds, they still seem to take it out of me. I could be pushing myself harder but it's really hard to judge. Anyways did it for 25 minutes with a 5 minute warmup, 30s on and 45s off. Atleast I haven't been getting sore other than the first 2 HIIT sprints, a good stretch and shake afterwards keeps my glycogen stores full.
06-21-2007, 02:06 PM
DAY 27: BACK Workout
So today was the last back workout that I logged for this, and it was definitely a good one. I did some DB Rows after starting with my usual deadlifts. Threw in some Lat Pulldowns, Low Rows, Back Extensions and a few isolation DB moves. The thing I'm noticing is that after finishing about a set of 10 or so reps, I'll put the weights down and push out two more which is great.
DAY 28: Off-Day
DAY 29- CHEST
Today was the chest day yet again. Sticking to the same routine of Flat and Decline Barbell Bench, with Dumbbell work on incline, shoulders and the inner pecs. Also did a bit of cable crossovers and forward leaning dips. Nothing to note about this last workout, except that I was really focussed on giving it a good effort but didn't feel any large differences.
DAY 30- Lower Body
Did the same leg routine as the last few workouts (See above). I still had that extra pump or two at the end of my sets, which are killer for getting some DOMS even with my usual post-workout nutrition. If I push myself for those extra 2 reps, the next day I'll definitely feel it which I like.
06-21-2007, 02:38 PM
06-21-2007, 10:11 PM
After taking the Beta-Alanine for 30 days, I started noticing extra endurance towards the end of the log but nothing too amazing. I bought some bulk BA powder and continued this for the previous 10 days, and I have noticed a little bit of extra endurance in some of my sets but not a huge impact.
For me, Beta-Alanine might let me throw in a few extra reps at the end of a set or two, which is often all it takes to get that extra burn and lets me feel the workout the next morning.
It was always quite fun when somebody asked me what I was doing, when taking "The Blue Pill", and 3 caps before and after a workout was painless. No issues with taste/swallowing, just your regular pills.
Recommendation: Adding this to your supplements might be worth it, atleast once. You might find you get a few extra reps out of your sets, or this might be useful for people that like doing interval training. I found it started helping me on my sprints a bit towards the end, my 30s intervals seemed to become easier.
The price of $28/month might be a bit steep to put it on everybody's supp list, but if you feel intrigued by it cost isn't overly prohibitive. If you do choose to add it to your regime, I recommend going for more than just 30 days, I'd say a 2 month cycle atleast, so you can boost your CARN levels and then enjoy the effects.
Once again, I want to thank Athletic Edge Nutrition for letting my try IntraXCell, and if anybody has any questions/wants any more details feel free to post your Q here or PM here.
06-22-2007, 02:31 PM
06-22-2007, 05:08 PM
Thanks for the generous final comments! Glad to hear the IXL did all that it was supposed to for you
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