Resolved: to lift heavier crap with Hypertrop-X (Sponsored Log)
- 06-11-2008, 02:47 PM
Another chest/bicep day!
Superset A: Gironda Dips (BW) 12,11,10
Standing Preacher Curls (95) 12,12,10
Superset B: Incline Press (80 DB) 12,11,10
Db Curls (35) 12,12,11
Superset C: Cable Flies (100/side) 12,12,11
Hammer Curls (40) 12,12,12
Definitely still feeling this workout, my bis and chest are soooorre! Two sets just wasn't enough last week, so I upped it to three - now I will focus on getting all those sets up to 12 reps. Good focus, good stamina. I kinda keep half-expecting to become desensitized to Hypertrop-X, but it's still hitting hard.
- 06-12-2008, 08:50 AM
06-12-2008, 11:25 PM
Some thoughts before posting tonights workout: I'm beginning to run low on my supply of Hypertrop-X and, honestly, I'm not looking forward to going back to lifting without it. I think it's a testament to a product when it affects your performance that much. I have been on a severe calorie deficit and have seen nothing but strength and endurance increases. Now, I am taking other measures (40g BCAAS, Dex/Malto PWO Shake, High Protein Diet with 7meals a day) to help preserve muscle mass, but AMS' Product has certainly added to the efficacy and potency of my nutritional regimen, as well as improving my performance in the gym. Just look at this log thus far.
Speaking of logs, here is tonight's workout for Legs and Shoulders:
Superset 1: Squats (235) - 12,12,12
Arnold Press (55DB) - 12,11,11
Superset 2: Leg Press (4plates/side) - 12,10,10
Military Press (135) - 12,12,11
Superset 3: Rear Delt Raises (30) - 12,12,12
Jump Squats (BW) - 15,13,13
Single Arm Shrugs (90DB) - 12,12,12
Hit my abs at the outset and then finished the night with calves and cardio - my legs were soooo shot, HIIT was brutal. I still had the energy, my legs were just dead. My squats are up 10lbs, though I am doing them lighter I'm emphasizing the negative and they burn alot when you go past parallel. Completed more reps on just about everything, which was my goal - so I am satisfied.
06-15-2008, 11:06 PM
This has been a difficult weekend. I got fired friday, two-weeks before my wedding. Talk about stress. If anyone in SoCal needs a good Scientist, let me know.
Yesterday-back and triceps day - I spent all morning and afternoon working on my parents estate to help ready it, as they are hosting the wedding. So I was beat, and sunburnt before ever hitting the weights. I just used my baby bro's weightset and some rafter's in the carport.
Note that I took a full dose of Trop-X yesterday morning, prior to the yard and then another full dose before working out. It really helped me through the day, but I don't know as I'd really find double dosing necessary under normal circumstances.
Back and Triceps:
Superset 1: Snatch-grip Deadlifts (265) - 12,12,12
Narrow-grip Dips (BW) - 13,13,11
Superset 2: Wide-grip Pullups (BW) - 12,10,10
Narrow-grip Decline Bench: (205) - 12,12,11
Superset 3: Dumbbell Row (85 Dbs) - 12,11,10
Triceps Pushdowns (100) - 12,12,12
Didn't have the stamina for a fourth set of deads; I blame the 7hrs of physical labor. Dips, Bench and Row all increased in reps, while Pulldowns were replaced with Wide-grip Pullups, which is effectively a 30lb increase, so I was pleased over that. The workout relieved a lot of anger and emotion, and I had TONS of drive - I was tired, but I wanted more reps with a passion. Unfortunately - I overdid it a bit and ended up getting a little heatstroke towards the end. My fiance said I was very pale and I felt quite sick. But I finished my sets, so it was worth it.
06-16-2008, 08:14 AM
[QUOTE=Resolve;1399177]This has been a difficult weekend. I got fired friday, two-weeks before my wedding. Talk about stress. If anyone in SoCal needs a good Scientist, let me know.
Rough time Resolve, Good luck with the Job and wedding. Look at it this way you needed some time to focus on the wedding and your new Bride anyhow. You still hit the weights after a bad day like that so you have enough drive and motivation to do anything you want. One door closes and one more opens. While your off from work, and you being a Scientist and all.......how about coming up with a new Formastane product for all of us? LOL Keep up the hard work and it WILL pay off.
06-16-2008, 08:15 AM
06-18-2008, 11:39 PM
Alright, so with 10days now until my wedding, the countdown is really on. I am going ALL out in the gym. Yesterday was chest and biceps and they were soundly pummeled.
Superset 1: Gironda Dips (BW) - 12,12,11,10
Preacher Curls (95) - 12,11,11,10
Superset 2: Incline DB Press (80) - 12,12,10,9
DB Curls (35) - 12,12,12,10
Superset 3: Cable Flies (100/side) - 12,12,10,8
Hammer Curls (40) - 12,11,11,9
Abs as usual, along with HIIT and cardio. 4 Hypertrop-X 30-40mins prior to workout still working great. I'm really enjoying these higher volume workouts. If you haven't noticed, every week I have tried to increase my number of sets while keeping reps as close to 12 as possible - I'm up to four now and still do not feel as if I'm overtaxing myself. I believe this is a combination of my accustomation to heavier weight with less reps, a 3-day split, and Hypertrop-X.
06-20-2008, 04:18 PM
Havent checked this in a few days. Will have to catch up. But I just saw your getting married. Congrats! I can imagine how motivating it is to shape up before the wedding!
06-21-2008, 11:22 AM
Heck yeah, it's great motivation - kept me more dedicated than ever before, and nutrition/exercise are my passions as it is!
Keeping this log has also helped - for accountability and feed back.
With the wedding one week from today, I'm feeling pretty ready. I will be glycogen-depleting next week, using a normal workout and diet plan for that, and posting my workouts for all to see.
Also, I'll put up last Thursday's and Today's workouts tomorrow, I have ton to get done today.
06-23-2008, 12:00 PM
Sunday was swamped too; so I'm posting last Thursday's and Saturday's workout today. Better late than never, I suppose.
Thursday was my final leg and shoulder day and displayed encouraging progress IMO:
Superset 1: Squats (240) 12,12,12,10
Arnold Press (55) 12,11,10,10
Superset 2: Leg Press (4plates/side) 12,11,9
Military (135) 12,12,11,11
Superset 3: Jumpsquats (BW) 20,18,17,20
Rear Delt Raises (35) 12,12,12,9
My weak old legs just didn't have a 4th set of leg presses in them - those A2G squats just left them close to empty as it was. Those squats, however, made me so fricking happy - there's just something about a properly executed, past-parallel barbell squat. Just gives me great satisfaction. As the first lift too, I got the full benefit of Trop-X (4pills before w/o as usual) in regards to mental focus. Dropping so deep and keeping form and balance takes real concentration!
A good workout - more reps, more sets, some lifts more weight.
06-23-2008, 12:10 PM
Ive been looking into super sets. Its something Ive always wanted to get into but havent yet. I can imagine it burns calories like ma fugga! Log looks good mang!
06-23-2008, 12:25 PM
Saturdays workout was the very last of my 12rep split, a back and tricep workout that made extending my arms away from my body in any way unpleaseant through even this morning.
With 4 Hypertrop-X 40mins beforehand, the workout consisted of:
Superset 1: Snatch-grip Deadlifts (275) 12,12,11,10
Dips (BW) 13,12,12,10
Superset 2: WG Pull-ups(BW) 12,12,10,10
Narrow-grip Bench (205) 12,12,11,10
Superset 3: DB Row (85) 12,11,10,8
Triceps Pushdown (110) 12,12,11,11
Yeah boy! Those deadlifts were awesome - left me gasping for air, my back burning, and my hands permanently wrapped around the bar. The increse in weight was just what I needed. Also, I like pullups so much better than pulldowns, I just feel the stretch in my back much better. My triceps also were shot - I particular felt the pushdowns; the isolation really destroyed em.
06-23-2008, 12:33 PM
5 Days & Counting!
That's right - 5 days until my wedding, making this my first day of glycogen-depletion. For the next 4 days, I'll be eating ~50g carbs, drinking 3gallons of water and executing 6-8sets per body part of antagonistic supersets. On friday I will begin supercompensating - eating nothing but carbs and drinking next to no water. I won't be messing with my electrolyte balance: it's too dang hot in SoCal right now and I don't want to drop too much salt and end up in hyponatraemia.
I'll be updating daily, probably feeling crappy and cranky by thursday (that's what carb depletion does to me), and posting final pics on Saturday - the day of the big event!
06-24-2008, 09:14 PM
Mondays Glycogen-Depleting Workout:
8sets per movement, 10-12reps per set, 302 Tempo
Superset 1:Leg Presses
Superset 2:Seated Rows
Superset 3:Seated Incline DB Curls
Overhead Tricep Extensions
Doing so many sets, I drastically reduced weight - this week is about volume, not weight - but still it left me drained and sore after I was done. I had plenty of energy during the workout, thanks to Trop-X, and dang did I have one heck of a pump everywhere!
06-24-2008, 09:20 PM
Tuesdays Glycogen-depleting Workout:
8sets, 12-15reps, 201 Tempo
Superset 1: Leg Extensions
Superset 2: Incline DB Press
Superset 3: Gironda Perfect Curls
Supinated, Cable Tricep Extensions
Man am I sore: two full-body workouts two days in a row! I thought my hamstrings and biceps were gonna rip off. Now that I am home and resting however, it is my back that is feeling worked the most. I can feel the lack of sugar in my system, but thus far, no drastic change to my mood. Perhaps due to Yohimbine's stimulant effect?
06-24-2008, 10:53 PM
Youre gonna be pumped as **** for your wedding man!
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06-25-2008, 12:58 PM
06-26-2008, 11:36 AM
Wednesday's Glycogen-depleting Workout:
8sets, 15-20reps, 201 Tempo
Superset 1: DB Press
Superset 2: Arnold Press
Rear Delt Raises
Superset 3: Zottman Curls
Decline DB Triceps Extensions
You know your training your upper-body hard when even your legs get sore - I was done after this workout. Didn't want to move or eat, just wanted to sit there. 3days of tons of reps, practically no carbs in that time - I am thoroughly void of sugar in my muscle. Still, I have to say, Hypertrop-X is working right up to the end - even with 8sets per bodypart, I found myself always wanting and able to get "one more rep." Now, I didn't train to failure this week, as that is a strict no-no for glycogen depletion, but I did push myself, and Trop-X gave me extra help.
06-26-2008, 02:52 PM
Your motivation is motivating
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06-27-2008, 01:58 PM
This is it!
Today is the final day of my cut cycle – Tomorrow I will be leaving for a well needed rest from everything, with an entirely recomposed body. Starting in April at 12% bodyfat, I’m know right around 5%. And, for the last 6 weeks, AMS Hypertrop-X has been a daily member of my supplement regimen. Considering I was lifting while under a large calorie deficit (my diet consisted of 2300-2900kCals/day), I believe the progress I made was notable.
I began Trop-X during a 5x5, 3-day training split which I continued for another 2 weeks:
Chest and Biceps: Initial Workout Final Workout (2wks later)
Incline Press 240lbs:5,5,5,4,4 240lbs:5,5,5,5,5
Gironda Dips BW+20: 5,5,5,5,5 BW+30: 5,5,5,5,4
Weighted Chin-ups BW+35: 5,5,5,5,4 BW+35: 5,5,5,5,4
Gironda Barbell Curls 105lbs: 5,5,5,5,5 115lbs: 5,5,5,5,5
Legs and Shoulders: Initial Workout Final Workout (2wks later)
Squats 290: 5,5,5,5,5 295: 5,5,5,4,3
Snatch 145: 5,5,5,5,5 160: 5,5,4,5,4
Military Press 150: 5,5,5,5,5 150: 5,5,5,5,5
Deadlifts 305: 5,5,5,5,5 315: 5,5,5,5,5
Back and Triceps; Initial Workout Final Workout (2wks later)
Wide Grip Pull-ups BW+25lbs: 5,5,5,5,4 BW+30: 5,5,5,4,4
Power Cleans 185: 5,5,5,5,5 195: 5,5,5,4,4
Narrow-grip Dips BW+35: 5,5,5,4,3 BW+45: 5,5,5,5,5
Narrow-grip Bench 235 – 5,5,5,5,5 240: 5,5,5,3,3
Though I did not make improvements in everything; overall the amount of weight, as well as reps I completed, rose noticeably.
Following the 5x5 split, I changed gears and followed a 3x12, 3-day training split for 3-weeks:
Chest and Biceps: Initial Workout Final Workout (3wks later)
Gironda Dips BW: 12,12 BW: 12,12,11,10
Preacher Curls 95: 12,12 95: 12,11,11,10
Incline DB Press 80: 12,12 80: 12,12,10,9
Incline DB Curls 35: 12,12 35: 12,12,12,10
Cable Flies 95: 12,12 100: 12,12,10,8
Hammer Curls 40: 12,12 40: 12,11,11,9
Legs and Shoulders: Initial Workout Final Workout (3wks later)
Squats 225: 12,12,12 240: 12,12,12,10
Arnold Press 55: 12,10,10 55: 12,11,10,10
Leg Press 4plates: 12,12,12 4plates: 12,11,9
Military 135: 12,12,10 135: 12,12,11,11
Jump Lunges BW: 15,15,15 BW:20,18,17,20
Rear Delt Raises 30: 12,12,12 35: 12,12,12,9
Back and Triceps Initial Workout Final Workout (3wks later)
Snatch-grip Deadlifts 265: 12,12,12,9 275: 12,12,11,10
Narrow-grip Dips BW: 12,12,12 BW: 13,12,12,10
Wide-grip Pulldowns 195: 12,12,10 BW: 12,12,10,10
Narrow-grip Bench 205: 12,12,10 205: 12,12,11,10
DB Row 85: 12,10,8 85: 12,11,10,8
Triceps Pushdowns 100: 12,12,12 110; 12,12,11,11
Improvements made on this workout were reflected more in the increase in reps and sets, though weight did increase on several of my movements. The increase in my squats, unfortunately, left me with too little strength left by the time I got to leg presses for any improvement there. Still, I continued to enjoy abnormally increased endurance, focus and recovery on Hypertrop-X during these weeks as well.
Overall: Hypertrop-X provides an extra push while in the gym. Mentally and physically I like its effects and the progress it helped me attain. The sensations that Beta-Alanine typically cause are present, but understated. This, however, doesn't seem to impede its efficacy as it still made quite a difference in the way I felt and performed. I would be curious to see if progress could by increased better by stacking additional BA with Trop-X, but also want to make clear that it stands well on its own.
Hypertrop-X is solid - it works well and a single bottle would last the average lifter a while if taken only before working out, making it an economical choice as well. I would honestly recommend Hypertrop-X: it's not an panacea of the weight room, but it doesn't claim to be. It's a pre-workout supp that can benefit anybody. If it sounds like something you'd like - give it run, lift hard, eat well and you'll see and feel the impact.
A HUMONGOUS bout of gratitude to AMS, and particularly LazeDragon, for this opportunity. I'll be spreading the word about your stuff!
Also, I will be posting my carb refeed today later on and final pics tomorrow morning!
06-28-2008, 01:44 PM
The Moment We have All Been Waiting For
After cutting water at 4pm last night, loading up on fruit, starches and sugar, I dropped almost 4lbs of water weight! I took a couple tablespoons of vegetable glycerine and some taraxicum tabs and partied the night away (my bachelor party).
This morning I chugged a regular Dr. Pepper for the sugar, took some more glycerine, did a quick pump workout and I was ready for my photos.
Final stats: 221lbs, ~5%BF (little bit over I think)
I kinda twisted weird on this one a bit, but it's still a good shot
This one show off some of the vascularity in my shoulders and chest, as well as better shading across my abs
These last two are attempts to display the vascularity that has developed in my arms - they're really quite defined - but that bathroom lighting...oh, it's bad.
Compared with my "before" pics, I've made a ton of progress - dropping several percent BF and retaining plenty of muscle. Hard training, hard diet, good supps paid off! One last final thank you to AMS - Hypertrop-X is good stuff and I needed the help!
P.S. - Keep your eyes open for a pic of me and my new "Mrs. Resolve"!
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