Norwegian's Pre-contest Prep w/IntraStack [sponsored]

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  1. I have been on a fcuked up sleep schedule as well. I don't like it and wish i could get back to normal.


  2. Yeah man, I had alarms on at 10am in an attempt to get back to normal, but I sleep right through them. It's a ***** to be out of whack like this !
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  3. Day 9:

    First off, it's AWESOME to feel ready for every workout, whether it's they weight-session or either of the two daily cardio sessions. My soreness has DRASTICALLY decreased. I did legs today, and I did them HEAVY two days ago, and I had NO soreness from the other day !

    Leg Depletion Workout (50-60 seconds in betweens sets)

    Hack Squats - 180 * 15, 230 * 15, 230 * 15, 230 * 15, 230 * 15
    Stiff-legged Deadlifts - 135 * 15 reps * 4 sets
    One-legged Horizontal Leg Press - 145 * 15 * 3 sets/leg
    Walking Dumbbell Lunges - 45 lbs in each hand - 10 walking lunges with each leg * 4 lengths (totaling 40 lunges/leg)

    Machine Calf Raises - 150 * 20, 150 * 20, 150 * 15, 150 * 15
    Donkey Calf Raises - 240 * 10, 240 * 15, 240 * 20, 240 * 20

    Machine Crunches - 50, 30, 30 reps

    Glute Machine Presses - 20 reps/leg * 3 sets

    Cardio:
    30 minutes on treadmill; incline of 1-2 degrees; 6-7mph
    5 minute cool-down


    IntraStack:

    Strength -> 4/5
    Stamina/Endurance -> 5/5
    Energy/Focus -> 5/5
    Pumps/Vascularity -> 4/5
    Recovery (in between sets) -> 5/5

    Misc./Notes:
    ANOTHER great work out! Endurance keeps impressing me; my stamina and focus in the gym is above and beyond. I'm able to push out every reps on every exercise, regardless. The IntraStack allows me to attain a pump within a couple sets, and the pump keeps improving throughout the workout. My thighs literally looked like trunks, and I felt real confident walking around with the biggest legs in the gym. I SWEAR that noone up there works legs, nor any other bodypart for that matter, with the intensity and focus I have. Noone else up there pushes themselves as much and as often as I do on legs, and I feel that it quite an accomplishment. Since I began supplementing with Beta Alanine in January - from Incarnate - my legs workout capacity increased dramatically. I was able to push myself harder, use much more volume, and I swear that the BA has had a great deal to do with my thigh-growth these past couple months. Since I began the IntraStack alongside my HIGH-volume workouts, I still experience awesome workout capacity .. I can't say enough about it at the moment !

    Weighed in @ 236.2lbs.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Norwegian View Post
    I believe he mentioned your literature was off .. to be honest, i've never heard of the issue you're mentioning regarding ALA usage. And to be fair, with all the positive feedback on ALA (as well as na-r-ala, kr-ala, and r-ala), I'd be willing to draw the conclusion that it's a safe, efficient compound in which many people could benefit.

    .
    Thats it in a nutshell!!!! Thanks Norwegian for elaborating on my original post.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  5. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    Thats it in a nutshell!!!! Thanks Norwegian for elaborating on my original post.
    Lol, in a quick summation ...
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  6. Research Results On Antioxidants

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    However, many studies have failed to show the benefits of antioxidants, and this has produced a lot of confusion when these reports are blown out of proportion in the press. Most of the reasons for this failure can be put down to two points, that single antioxidants were studied in isolation, and that too low a dose was often used (see next section).

    We know that antioxidants are team players, and should be used together, and so the results of looking at, or supplementing with, a single product would be expected to be less than optimal.

    The famous experiment which showed that supplementing beta carotene to smokers increased their chance of death is a good example of this, as another part of the experiment showed a very significant reduction in death by using mixed antioxidants, but this isn't the part that people talk about. The probable explanation is that the smoking caused oxidation of the beta carotene, which did not have the other antioxidants to support it, and the breakdown products produced more harm than good. This shows that taking single antioxidants isn't the answer, and that we shouldn't smoke.
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  7. Quote Originally Posted by Norwegian View Post
    Day 9:

    My thighs literally looked like trunks, and I felt real confident walking around with the biggest legs in the gym. I SWEAR that noone up there works legs, nor any other bodypart for that matter, with the intensity and focus I have. Noone else up there pushes themselves as much and as often as I do on legs, and I feel that it quite an accomplishment. Weighed in @ 236.2lbs.
    thats what separates the men from the boys.....

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Norwegian View Post
    So, come January 3rd, I'm down the sloped on snowboard for the first [and last] time of the season .. BAD fall, and I'm in the ER within the hour, and given news I REALLY did not want to hear .. A separation of the shoulder region
    A friend of mine hurt himself almost the same way, doing the same thing at the same time of the year. He had one of his shoulder ligaments replaced last March or April.

    Quote Originally Posted by Norwegian View Post
    It wasn't until early February I had my first back workout, and I swear, for every rep of pulldowns and rows, I was terrified I'd hear a popping or tearing sound of some sort, and destroy my shoulder again. I went light, obviously, lots of volume, and it worked out.
    Been there myself, for me it was my quad tendons. I feel for ya. Good luck

    As far as the R-ALA goes, I've been taking 400mg/day for years and really like it. Good stuff, except because it's so unstable, I'm suspicious of products that have this as a listed ingredient.
    Last edited by DBinMD; 03-12-2008 at 11:31 AM. Reason: ala

  9. Quote Originally Posted by DBinMD View Post
    A friend of mine hurt himself almost the same way, doing the same thing at the same time of the year. He had one of his shoulder ligaments replaced last March or April.

    Been there myself, for me it was my quad tendons. I feel for ya. Good luck

    As far as the R-ALA goes, I've been taking 400mg/day for years and really like it. Good stuff, except because it's so unstable, I'm suspicious of products that have this as a listed ingredient.
    Man, I feel lucky that I didn't hurt it as severely as your friend! With the DEAD-ON impact on to my shoulders, I was certain I had torn to shreds all my ligaments in the area, but it only proves that a trained body can take one helluva beating and remain intact ! My shoulder joint keeps popping from a couple exercises - mainly behind-neck pulldowns and the likes - but I try to avoid the exercises that cause it.



    Cardio #1 for the day:
    50 minutes on treadmill; 3-9 degree incline; 3-4.5 mph.

    -few things feel better than to start off the day with cardio !

  10. Quote Originally Posted by Norwegian View Post
    it only proves that a trained body can take one helluva beating and remain intact ! My shoulder joint keeps popping from a couple exercises - mainly behind-neck pulldowns and the likes - but I try to avoid the exercises that cause it.
    I agree that makes a big difference in either prevention or recovery. Unless the doc said otherwise, you'll be fine but it may take a lot of patience (and perserverence, but i know you already have that). In regards to training your shoulder area, I'd say, when in serious doubt, don't. People like all of us here are more likely to over do it than under do it. I've heard it said that behind the neck pull-downs are more stress on the shoulders most people really need, anyway.

    Good Luck

  11. Day 10: Upper body Depletion

    Wide-grip Hammer Pulldowns - 125 * 15, 135 * 15, 135 * 15, 135 * 15
    Seated Cable Rows - 160 * 15 reps * 4 sets
    Seated Side Laterals - 27.5 * 15, 30 * 15, 30 * 15, 30 * 15
    Dumbbell Shrugs - 125 * 20 reps * 4 sets
    Reverse Pec-dec Flyes - 150 * 15, 140 * 15, 130 * 15, 100 * 20
    Pec-dec Flyes - 150 * 20, 170 * 20, 190 * 20, 190 * 20
    Machine Press - 120 * 15, 130 * 15, 140 * 15, 150 * 15

    Concentration Curls - 22.5 * 20, 27.5 * 15, 27.5 * 15, 27.5 * 15
    Cable Curls - 100 * 15 reps * 4 sets
    Rope Pressdowns - 40 * 25, 50 * 20, 60 * 15, 60 * 15
    Machine Dips - 210 * 20 reps * 4 sets

    Incline Situps - 25, 25, 25 reps

    Cardio:
    40 minutes treadmill; 2-4 degree incline; 4-6 mph

    Weight - 235.8 lbs.

    IntraStack:

    Strength -> 4/5
    Stamina/Endurance -> 5/5
    Energy/Focus -> 5/5
    Pumps/Vascularity -> 5/5
    Recovery (in between sets) -> 5/5

    Notes:
    My workouts continue to impress me. I was sore as hell going in to the workout today to be honest, I've been doing LOTS of running on the treadmill lately, so my legs are aching, and I'm just overall DEPLETED, as I'm doing NO carbs. I wasn't really 'ready' for the workout, cus I'm just a little mentally and physically drained, but once I got a pump from the pulldowns, I got in the zone. I was very impressed with both my grip strength as well as trap/shrug strength on those dumbbell shrugs. 20 reps on every sets, with a good squeeze and one HELLUVA pump. Only 60 seconds in between sets, so my endurance was way up ! As usual, my arms get one disgusting pump, and they looked huge. I had veins running across all over, and a couple of buddy's were commenting on my improvements and current vascularity. I was looking pretty beastly working out, and I got a couple comments once I finished about how I look pissed off with my headphones on and just walking around in my own little world when working out.. haha, yeah, that IS how I do it ! I'm there for one reason only ..

    First ten minutes of cardio were painful. I was still real sore from earlier. I increased the incline, and kept walking at a 4-4.5mph pace, and those remaining 30 minutes became a breeze, although I sweated like a mutha . .

    Another great day at the gym, what more need I say ?!

  12. Day 11:

    Lower-body Depletion:

    30 minutes pre-workout: 3 caps IXL; 5 minutes pre-workout: 3 caps IXL

    50-60 seconds rest in between sets.

    Leg Press - 450 * 15, 540 * 15, 630 * 15, 720 * 15, 720 * 15
    Vertical Leg Press - 225 * 20 reps * 4 sets
    Dumbbell Still-leg Deadlifts - 70lbs/hand * 15, 75lbs/hand * 15, 80lbs/hand * 15 reps, 80lbs/hand * 15 reps
    Walking Dumbbell Lunges - 50lbs/hand * 10 lunges/leg * 4 lengths (totaling 40 lunges per leg)
    Standing One-legged Leg Curls - 50 * 12 reps * 3 sets
    Leg Extensions - 165 * 15 reps * 3 sets

    Machine Calf Raises - 180 * 20 reps * 4 sets
    Donkey Calf Raises - 240 * 20, 240 * 15, 240 * 15

    Cardio:
    10 minutes of Rowing; Level 8/10

    Weight - 235.2 lbs.

    IntraStack:

    Strength -> 5/5
    Stamina/Endurance -> 5/5
    Energy/Focus -> 5/5
    Pumps/Vascularity -> 5/5
    Recovery (in between sets) -> 5/5

    Notes: I got some disgusting-lookin legs, that's for sure. My thighs were jacked and had veins running across in every direction. I noticed that tons of people were looking at my legs today in particular, but they're also in partial shock of seeing someone bust legs as hard as I do, and as often as I do it, LOL. Starting off with leg presses, I impressed myself with finishing off with 720 * 15 reps for the last two sets. The burn was excruciating, but the IntraStack allowed me to pound em out one by one by one .. I LOVE the vertical leg presses, as few presses gives you the kinds of lactic acid burn that this one does. If you haven't tried high rep sets on these, you gotta give it a shot; the burn in your teardrops and hams is awesome! My grip strength as well as endurance surprised me on the dumbbell stiff-legs. I've never incorporated them before, and they're definitely a preference over the barbell stiff-legs as you can hold the dumbbells at a better angle that makes it more comfortable on the shoulders. The lunges hurt like always, but they're among my favorite exercises when I burn out on legs. All in all, a great workout. I only did 10 minutes of rowing as cardio, because I began my carb-load this evening, and I wanted to make sure to force-feed my quads while I still had an awesome pump. Lol.

  13. Lol get those carbs in!! Poor quads/hams are probably dying

    Personally I love some heavy SLDL partials, nothing hits my hams like them. You really train like a nut, I like it

    I'm really happy seems like the IntraStack has you headed in the right direction for the future, and this really seems to be an ideal stack for someone on such an intense depletion diet as yourself!

  14. Quote Originally Posted by DaveGabe24 View Post
    Lol get those carbs in!! Poor quads/hams are probably dying

    Personally I love some heavy SLDL partials, nothing hits my hams like them. You really train like a nut, I like it

    I'm really happy seems like the IntraStack has you headed in the right direction for the future, and this really seems to be an ideal stack for someone on such an intense depletion diet as yourself!
    Haha, definitely ! I gotta be honest, just getting out of the couch and then start walking huuurts. My legs are aching from top to bottom by every step I take, but only once I go walking with my dog several times per day do my legs loosen up a little bit. It's a good feeling to be sore and tired like this, because I know that i busted my ass hard enough to get one step closer to where I want to get.

    I carbed up last night; 800 grams/total in 7 hours. Instead of keeping munching all day, I will go moderate on the carbs, because I'm feeling a little bloated, and I HATE walking or laying around with that feeling. I will be going out of town for a day or two, but I will update when I workout.

    For now, today is supposed to be a day off, but I'm probably gonna opt for about 45-50 minutes of cardio plus some ab work later.

  15. Day 11: Chest, Biceps, Triceps, Traps, Abs @ 2PM

    - I was out of town this morning, still, so I decided to work out with an old buddy of mine, and skip the full body workout. I want to bring my chest up to begin with, and arms are always fun to blast..

    Pre-workout: 6 IntraXCell, 1 sample packet Vasocharge.

    Wide-grip Hammer Press - 2 plates/side * 20, 3 plates/side * 20, 4 plates/side * 14, 4.5 plates/side * 6 (+2 forced), 5 plates/side * 5 (+2 forced) -> DROP 4 plates/side * 8, 3 plates/side * 6, 2 plates/side * 10
    Incline Dumbbell Press - 70 * 15, 105 * 8, 95 * 8, 90 * 7
    Pec-dec Flyes - 150 * 20, 180 * 20, 200 * 18
    superset with
    Machine Bench Press - 100 * 15, 100 * 12, 100 * 12

    Machine Curls - 60 * 20, 80 * 15, 90 * 12, 90 * 10, 90 * 10
    Machine Dips - 110 * 14, 100 * 15, 100 * 15
    Rope Pressdowns - 80 * 20, 100 * 20, 120 * 20
    Free-weight Machine Preacher Curls - 60 * 15, 60 * 15, 60 * 15
    Hammer Curls - 40 * 15, 40 * 15
    One-arm Overhead DB Extensions - 30 * 20, 30 * 20 reps

    Dumbbell Shrugs - 130 * 15, 130 * 15

    Abs:
    Sequential routine combining Jack Knives/Bicycle Crunches/Crunches -> High rep, high intensity

    IntraStack:

    Strength -> 5/5
    Stamina/Endurance -> 5/5
    Energy/Focus -> 5/5
    Pumps/Vascularity -> 5/5
    Recovery (in between sets) -> 5/5

    Notes:
    I've taken Vasocharge before, and it's been a LOONG time since I previously took a pre-workout drink on a continuous basis, so it definitely gave me an additional boost, alongside almost 2 more grams of BA. I got a pump after just one warm up set on the wide grip hammer presses. I don't have this machine at my gym in CS, so I took advantage of it, and slabbed on some sick poundage ! My workout buddy used to manhandle every chest exercise before when I worked out with him a couple years back, but I was kicking ass and taking names. He couldn't keep up with my reps and definitely not my strength! I don't know WHERE the strength came from, but it was SICK ! It was a 24 hr Fitness in the Galleria district in Houston, so it was packed, and I noticed glares from tons of them. Had this little gym hottie who actually came up to me when I was about to do one of my heavier sets of these hammer presses - PERFECT TIMING - and asked what I was drinking, cus THAT colored workout drink she'd never seen before ! HAHA. I repped AEN, obviously .. I knew I wouldn't be TOO strong on the incline dumbbell presses doing them second in a real heavy workout, but I was still impressed with my first set of 105 for 8 solid reps. Deep reps and a helluva squueze on top, and I got a massive pump, and my chest was popping out of my shirt. Had one huge ENGORGED vein running down both bicep as well, so I was looking JACKED! I'm a fan of high intensity super setting for arms, cus it always blows up my arms faster than doing then one by one .. And I happen to be a big fan of appearing 'my biggest,' especially at a new gym packed with people! Got a great pump from those HEAVY dumbbell shrugs, and topped off my workout with some painful high intensity ab-work, which I will continue to incorporate in my program, cus it's the kind of ab-work I like. An a random story.. this random guy walked past me at the gym and said, 'congrats on those arms, man!' haha .. A great workout and I had impressed my old friend like he'd never thought possible ! LOL



    7 PM: Cardio - 50 minutes of some intense running on the treadmill.
    Minute 1-35: 6.0mph/1 degree incline
    Min 36-40: 7.0mph/1 degree incline
    Min 41-45: gradually slow down to 5.0mph
    Min 46-50: gradually slow down to 3.0mph

    - I wore a XXXL hoodie and it was DRENCHED by the time I got off that treadmill. My endurance was great; I was sweating like a waterfall, and I was going fast ! It was one helluva cardio session, that's for sure !

  16. Damn, that is one hell of an update man. Cute hottie approaches you, repped AEN, impressed your buddy, vascularity, killed the chest.....life is good

  17. Quote Originally Posted by DaveGabe24 View Post
    Damn, that is one hell of an update man. Cute hottie approaches you, repped AEN, impressed your buddy, vascularity, killed the chest.....life is good
    Lol, if only life were a reflection of my workouts, I'd be a happy man !


    Day 14:

    Cardio #1:
    30 minutes of StairMaster Level 4-5/10

    Abs:
    Jack-hammer Crunches - 3 * 15 reps*
    Bicycle Crunches - 3 * 20 reps*
    Crunches - 3 * 15-20 reps*
    Rope Crunches - 3 * 20-30 reps
    Oblique Side Bend w/DB - 45 lbs * 25 reps/side * 3 sets

    *TRI-set the first three exercises NON-stop for 3 full rotations.

    I'm gonna be SORE tomorrow ! I didn't stretch after my run last night, so my legs were a little achy prior to hitting cardio. Now, they're hurting even more, from those damned Stairmasters, and I've got another reunion with my cardio-self early this evening, so I'll be updating later!

  18. Quote Originally Posted by Norwegian View Post
    Lol, if only life were a reflection of my workouts, I'd be a happy man !
    man i totally feel you on that!

    Your log seems to be going great though and your a freakin beast with these great workouts man.
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  19. Any pictures of yourself?

  20. Quote Originally Posted by nickd84 View Post
    Any pictures of yourself?
    No, I've got no updated pictures. I relied on my web-cam before for pictures that I uploaded on here, but after 3-4 solid years it broke down. I'm putting a couple bucks on the side to save up for one. So I'm hoping for next week. (and I'll probably feel like I look better by then, too ! lol)

  21. Did my second cardio session for the day at 8.30PM.

    Treadmill; 55 minutes; 2-3 degree incline; 3-4mph

    I'm SORE AS HELL ! I didn't stretch at all after last night's 5-mile run, and I did some brutal stairmasters earlier today. Tomorrow I'll be doing a full-body depletion. I won't be splitting up my upper and lower body anymore.

    Here's my new setup:

    Monday: Full-body depletion + 2 cardio sessions + abs/calves
    Tuesday: Full-body depletion + 2 cardio sessions
    Wednesday: 2 cardio sessions + abs/calves
    Thursday: Full-body workout - medium rep range + 1 cardio session
    Friday: OFF - CARBS !!
    Saturday: Low-rep Full-body workout + abs/calves, + 1 cardio session
    Sunday: 1 cardio-session

    Argh, grueling amount of cardio !

  22. You sure 2 full body workouts a week is enough to force your body to hold onto that muscle??

  23. Quote Originally Posted by DaveGabe24 View Post
    You sure 2 full body workouts a week is enough to force your body to hold onto that muscle??
    Well, in essence, I'm doing four full-body workout. Monday and through Wednesday are coupled with lots of cardio alongside two full body DEPLETION workouts. I'll be flat as hell by Thursday, then 'endulge' in 20-30 grams carbs prior to Thursday's medium-rep range FULL--body workout, then carb-load for 30 hours on Friday with NO cardio or working out, and one final full body low-rep work out on Saturday.

    Like I said before, I'm having to adjust the cardio as I go along. Mainly because I'm trying to get in to contest shape for the first time, and I was severely limited on time. By my current calculations, I doubt I'd be ready for my week leading up to the show by April 19th, so I'm currently uncertain of whether or not to do the competition on the 26th. I hate the uncertainty ..

    Anyway . . .

    Day 15:

    Cardio #1:

    9AM - 45 minutes of Stationary Bike - level 5-6 - 90-100rpm - 11 miles

    Finally began my EARLY morning workout, as opposed to early afternoon workout upon waking up around noon or 1PM ! Will continue an early AM Cardio session every day this week, and I'm hoping it'll help trim me up real nice quickly.

    Weight - 231.8 lbs !!! (I began carb-depletion on Saturday night ..) Monday of last week, I was at 240.8 lbs !!

  24. That's what I get for posting at 8 in the morning haha, I really have no idea how I missed those other 2 full-body workouts listed.

    Anyways, maybe theres a contest another 4-6 weeks after the one you had planned on doing??



    P.S.- I was thinking of doing some cardio today, but I decided that you do enough for both of us

  25. Quote Originally Posted by DaveGabe24 View Post
    That's what I get for posting at 8 in the morning haha, I really have no idea how I missed those other 2 full-body workouts listed.

    Anyways, maybe theres a contest another 4-6 weeks after the one you had planned on doing??



    P.S.- I was thinking of doing some cardio today, but I decided that you do enough for both of us
    Hahaha, I'll make sure to do some Stairmasters for ya tonight !

    And yes, there is as a matter of fact a contest coming up early June in Plano, Texas. I honestly would feel much more confident about doing that one, as it's my first bb show to begin with. I don't want to half-ass it -> not that I am by any means half-assing ANYTHING at the moment, but I'd want to be a couple steps ahead of where I'm at now 6 weeks prior. I just think that giving it those additional weeks will make it ALOT easier to make to last-minute improvements on weak spots and the likes. I want to be 'fat-free', man, and with my current workout regime, diet and devotion, I think I could be where I want to be early June, but not late April.

    I'm just thinking. It's my first bb show. I want it to mean something. And once I do a couple shows, I'll obviously know the 'flow' of pre-contest dieting and I'll know where I ought to be at at so-and-so said weeks out, so I don't want to risk ruining my first experience on stage by not looking too impressive. If I do the early June show, I will also have one whole month out of school before it - as my semester is over early May - and I think that'd work out easier on so many levels, including being under much less stress.

    I'm still pondering on this one ..

    Anyway, got to hit that Full-body workout now, then cardio. Something tells me I've got 2 hours coming up ahead right about now. But no worries, I'll get some cardio in for ya ! haha ..

  26. Lol I appreciate it, and I think the later contest would be the better option. Not that you can't scramble and get in good shape for the earlier, I jsut think you'll be more comfortable and confident going into the second one which is two huge aspects of competing imo.

  27. Agreed ! Two VERY important aspects !

    Now for today's workout..

    Day 15: Full-body Depletion

    Front Pulldowns - 100 * 20, 160 * 15 reps * 3 sets
    Icarian Incline Rows - 80 * 15 reps * 3 sets
    Pec-dec Flyes - 100 * 25, 150 * 20, 170 * 20, 190 * 20
    Hammer Bench Press - 140 * 15 reps * 3 sets
    Seated Side Laterals - 25 * 15 reps * 4 sets

    Dumbbell Shrugs - 125 * 20 reps * 3 sets

    Rope Pressdowns - 40 * 25, 60 * 15 reps * 3 sets
    superset with
    Rope Hammer Curls - 100 * 20, 120 * 15, 120 * 15
    Machine Dips - 150 * 20, 200 * 20, 270 * 20
    superset with
    One-arm Machine Preacher Curls - 45 * 15 reps * 3 sets

    Hack Squats - 180 * 20, 230 * 20 reps * 3 sets
    Seated Leg Curls - 255 * 20, 270 * 15, 270 * 15, 270 * 15 reps

    Cardio:
    40 minutes on Stationary Bike; level 6; 100 rpm

    IntraStack:

    Strength -> 4/5
    Stamina/Endurance -> 5/5
    Energy/Focus -> 5/5
    Pumps/Vascularity -> 4/5
    Recovery (in between sets) -> 5/5

    Notes:
    I took three caps of AMP two hours prior to working out because I was crashing mid-afternoon. I started sweating within the hour, and warmed up real nicely. Also got my focus up, and allowed me to hit the books with great concentration. I took 3 caps IXL 20 minutes prior to hitting the gym,

    It was an awesome workout, and my intensity and endurance levels were above and beyond what they were last semester running the U.D 2.0. Back then I wasn't able to do cardio immidiately after, because my full body workouts would drain me and make me unable to do much but lay down upon completion. It's awesome to have the endurance and stamina I've got nowadays. My drive is great, focus in the gym is on nothing but the weights, the reps and the feel of the muscles. No talking, no socializing. No bull****. I sweated like a crazy person while working out, more than ever before - so I'm partially blaming the AMP obviously. Had some decent vascularity going down my arms, and a pump in every muscle worked. I was impressed with my hack squats - it almost felt light, but the burn was just unreal. My mind-muscle connection has become much greater just the past couple months, and my legs are just pumping/repping out rep by rep by rep with perfect form [not to sound cocky].

    I had no problem getting on the Stationary Bike as this mornings 45-minute session seemed to have loosened up my legs considerably from all the running over the past couple days. I forgot to mention that I brought my second dosage of 3 capsules of IXL with me to the gym, and I took those 3/4 through the way of my workout, so after about 5 minutes on the bike, I felt almost like a natural surge of energy.. Not so much energy though, my legs just started taking off by themselves, and I ended up with a more impressive cardio-session that it was this morning. I sweated BALLS on that bike ! After I finished, I got up from the back-supported seat and it was literally dripping drops of sweat off of the bike ! THERE WAS A PUDDLE OF SWEAT 4x4 INCHES underneath my bike, from my thighs and lower back sweating ! Haha, it was pretty nasty ..

    Weighed in @ 232 lbs.

    That's it for today. Now I got to sit down and pick out other exercises to use for my second Full-Body Depletion workout coming up tomorrow!

  28. Oh yeah.. I'm pretty used to dieting, so eating chicken and green beans all day isn't much of a problem. Also use eggs every once in a while. Whenever I got a sweet tooth, I'll throw some protein powder in a huge jug of PB and dip the tip of a fork in PB and vanilla protein powder. It's SWEET !!

  29. Day 16:

    Cardio #1: AM

    40 minutes Stationary bike; level 5-6; 95-100 rpm; 10.5 miles

    Weight - 230.8 lbs.

  30. ...I'm starting to think we should hire some sort of training paramedic to follow you around

    Really looks like this stack seems to be coming through for you man, I'm glad you can follow through with cardio, and all of your other plans this time around as opposed to last.

    Did you read my other post about the competitions? Any decisions yet?
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