Rodja's Activate Extreme Test

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by CryingEmo View Post
    Hey Rodja, I find that conditioning practices destroy me, my joints hurt, and I really can't do much the next day. How do you maintain strength? It seems rediculously catabolic... I've been drinking like 10-15 grams of bcaa's to stave off catabolism, but I'm not sure if that's helping. 2 conditioning practices a week is too much for me. Argh.
    I will admit that I am blessed when it comes to endurance, but the main thing to increase is overall kcals, mainly carbs. I eat fruit several times per day for quick energy and I would recommend that your first 2-3 meals include a serving of fruit. The best ones in my book are blueberries, pineapple, bananas, and raisins. Not only do they add carbs, but they each have a great overall nutrient profile and help you to stay healthy to maximize recovery.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys



  2. It appears as though I have picked up a fight for sometime around late September. So, I have about 7 weeks or so to get myself into competition shape. Luckily, I don't have to worry about my weight, but I am going to put a huge focus on my cardio until this fight. Luckily, I will have about 6-7 weeks between this fight and my next, so I can take a week off after the first one to give my body some rest.

    Today is day 7 of my log and here are my impressions/observations:
    1. Sleep is phenomenal; I can sleep for only 6 hours and fell like I had 9
    2. Vascularity is starting to improve
    3. Strength gains are starting to come along nicely
    4. Joints are a little dry, particularly my knees and elbows
    5. DOMS has been reduced
    6. Appetite is up slightly
    7. Increased nutrient repartitioning; I have blood glucose crashes if I don't eat in 3 hours intervals
    8. Mood is great
    9. Pumps are improved, but not massive...yet
    10. Cardio has not increased significantly, but it is still early in the cycle
    11. Aggression is way up
    M.Ed. Ex Phys

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  3. Nice detail Rodja...

  4. I did cardio ~1 hour before lifting, but I felt strong throughout the WO. Cardio today was a 2.5 mile run which I finished in 17minutes.

    Flat BP - 165x5, 185x1, 195x1
    BB Rows - 205x5x3 (20 seconds rest)
    Dips - BW+10x8, BW+25x5 (PR)
    V-Handle Pulldowns/Side Laterals - 160x6x2/35x10x2

    I skipped my core session because my abs have had lingering soreness and I wanted to get a little extra rest for them today. Sleep, vascularity, and pumps have been great. Acne is increased on forehead and shoulders, but nothing horrible. Unlike with ATD, I am not experiencing any weak erections either. So far, so good...
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  5. Today was a long day of training. I had BJJ, sparring, and distance cardio back-to-back-to-back, but I managed to survive. Sparring went ok, but I need to develop a better sense of reach and start incorporating more uppercuts into my stand-up game. BJJ was a good session and I focused more on sweeps and transitions than actual submissions. I am starting to incorporate scissors half-guard into my game and have been able to get several sweeps from that position on a consistent basis. Cardio was 2.5 miles and I finished in 18 minutes, which was a little worse than Monday, but I also was not anywhere near the level of fatigue yesterday as I was today during cardio. It is the beginning of my pre-fight prep and I am going to become a conditioning demon over the next several months. Hopefully, the Activate Ex will help my recovery and strength levels over the length of this trial. I have set a few PR's already and I hope to keep improving.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys

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  6. Logs looking good! I'm in.

  7. Today's lifts:
    Cleans-185x6, 195x2
    Lunge/Squats-135x5/135x10, 145x5x2/145x10x2
    Step-Up/Hammer Curls-90x5x2/50x6x2
    Pull-Ups/Trunk Rotations-BWx5x3/60x20x3

    Good pump and strength roday. I am looking a lot leaner and drier over the past few days, but I am at 177. I have increased my kcals by about 150 over the past couple days, mainly coming from carbs and EFAs. Since I did this, I have not had as many blood-glucose issues as before.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  8. Today's lifts:

    Close Grip BP-225x8, 235x4
    Clean and Press-135x8, 155x6 (PR)
    BB Rows-245x10, 275x8
    Pressdowns/Pull-Ups/Cable Laterals-150x12/BWx5/25x10, 150x15(PR)/BWx5/30x10
    Woodchoppers/Facepulls-60x10x2/80x15x2

    I had a good WO today; it take me a minute to get going, but I got ther. My legs and hips were tired from biking up hills yesterday, which affected my strength on the cleans and woodchoppers. I had a couple of PRs today, so I guess you could say that today was a success. My cardio is starting to get back to where it needs to be, but I still have a ways to go to get to the level of conditioning I want.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  9. I decided to slightly change the routine today and I had some great strength and pumps to go with it.

    Dips-BW+25x6, BW+35x6 (PR)
    BB Rows-225x12, 245x10x2
    Incline DB-70x6x2
    Facepulls/Weighted Crunches-80x15/120x15, 90x15x230x15x2

    My weight was at 179 today, but it was probably due to eating a lot this weekend. My appetite has been up for the past several days and I thought that I would take advantage of that. Delts and arms are starting to get more vascular and defined.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  10. Update as far as conditioning is concerned: my cardio has made a rapid improvement over the last 10 days or so. I am able to complete all of my conditioning drills and not feel like I am about to vomit. BJJ and sparring are doing excellent and my recovery between sets and rest periods is outstanding. I have zero negatives to report as of this moment.

    Today's Lifts

    Front Squats-155x6
    Reverse Lunges-90x8 (per leg)x3
    SLDL-185x10, 205x8
    Grip Work-30 second holds w/ 80x1, 30 seconds w/90x1

    I am starting to implement some more leg work to maintain a higher level of posterior chain strength. I am pretty sure that this is the reason that my lower back has been more susceptible to injuries over the past year because I have not serious leg training for about 15 months now. I am also starting to dose at 6 caps/day for the rest of the log (2 w/ breakfast, 2 pre-WO/mid-day, 2 before bed).
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  11. Well, today was my last day of lifting on Activate X, but not my last WO. I will be sad to see the bottle become empty.

    DB Press on Swiss Ball-50x20, 50x15, 50x12
    Pressdowns-150x10x3
    Chin-Ups-BWx10, BWx8
    Side Laterals-30x15x3
    BB Curls-95x6+3
    Hammer Curls-50x5+3
    Trunk Rotations/Hanging Leg Lifts/Weighted Crunches-50x20x2/BWx12x2/130x15x2

    This was a great WO. Intense and the pump I got in my arms and delts was fantastic. My cardio the last few days during BJJ, sparring, and conditioning have been good and I have seen some good improvement over the past 3 weeks. I have also seen a big increase in vascularity in my forearms and delts. I will post my wrap-up w/ measurements and observations on Sunday.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys


  12. Here is my final review and stats

    Wt: 181 (+3)
    Chest/Back: 44.25 (+.25)
    Arms: 15.25 (+.25)
    Thighs: 26

    Observations:
    1. Strength increased steadily on most compound lifts
    2. Cardio increased in BJJ and sparring
    3. Sleep was much improved
    4. Acne on my shoulders/scapula area
    5. Aggression was much higher
    6. Increased fullness/dryness
    7. Libido/erections were much higher
    8. DOMS was decreased

    Overall, I would give this an 8/10. The sleep and libido improvements were fantastic, but, the strength and recomp were not as apparent compared to the old NHA stack. However, I will take that over having the libido of an 80 year old. I also think that this would be ideal for a 6-8 week cycle instead of the 1 bottle run that I had. I have nothing bad to say about the product and I give DS a big for improving this over the old Activate and not needing to take an AI to get similar effects.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Here is my final review and stats

    Wt: 181 (+3)
    Chest/Back: 44.25 (+.25)
    Arms: 15.25 (+.25)
    Thighs: 26

    Observations:
    1. Strength increased steadily on most compound lifts
    2. Cardio increased in BJJ and sparring
    3. Sleep was much improved
    4. Acne on my shoulders/scapula area
    5. Aggression was much higher
    6. Increased fullness/dryness
    7. Libido/erections were much higher
    8. DOMS was decreased

    Overall, I would give this an 8/10. The sleep and libido improvements were fantastic, but, the strength and recomp were not as apparent compared to the old NHA stack. However, I will take that over having the libido of an 80 year old. I also think that this would be ideal for a 6-8 week cycle instead of the 1 bottle run that I had. I have nothing bad to say about the product and I give DS a big for improving this over the old Activate and not needing to take an AI to get similar effects.
    Great Review! I just finished up my 4 weeks as well. I am on to another 4. I, like you , feel I will better be able to judge its full effectiveness by goin 8.
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  14. Weight? BF%? Good job, nice review!

    Much Love,

    Neoborn

  15. nice review bro!
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