Steveo's Journey to a Golden Recovery

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  1. Steveo's Journey to a Golden Recovery


    Golden Finish


    Controlled Labs-Golden Finish

    Stats: Age: 19
    Weight: 160
    Body Fat: 8.5%

    Diet: 2700 Cals, 40 Carbs/35 Pro/ 25 Fats
    Carbs are mostly from breakfast and my post-WO meal. Then later on it is veggies with pro+fats. Carb sources are oat bran, whole wheat bread & wraps, veggies & salads. Protein is whey pre-WO, then chicken, lean meats and fish. Fats are flaxseeds, pistachios, coconut, fish and cod liver oil.

    Training: Just finished 3 weeks doing 4x10, and did 5x5 before that. Was looking for a new program, and I think advanced GVT might be right for me (Thanks for the idea Haiz!)

    Background: I just came off an X-Factor cycle. I didn't experience any extra DOMS, possibly because at the end of my workouts I take 5g Leucine, Glutamine & BCAA's. However starting a new training program always involves muscle soreness, so I will evaluate how well Golden Finish can minimize the pain and speed my recovery. I typically train 5-6 days/week. I do HIIT sprints about 3-4 times per week after my workouts except leg days. After I write my MCAT's this Thursday, I will have enough time that I will incorporate some longer low-intensity cardio.

    BackgroundMy body type is ectomorph; I've always done endurance spots like soccer, played winger in rugby and have always run. I have no problem with carbs, but I limit my carb-heavy meals to my breakfast (90 mins pre-WO) and then PWO.

    Staple Supplements:
    Green Tea Extract
    NOW Adam Multi
    Fish Oil (10 caps/day).
    Beta-Alanine
    ZMA
    Anabolic Pump w/ Breakfast & PWO Meal
    CoQ10, Calcium, Vit. C (3g), Vit D (1400 IU), B-Vitamins...There's alot lol

  2. Flavour Review


    Taste: 7.5/10
    After 7 servings, I feel that the taste has neither grown nor gotten old, but it isn't as appealing as my home-made shakes. One reason is that I prefer my shakes slighty sweeter than what GF provides. I have experimented with adding some stevia and it helps, but this review is based on the product on its own.

    Texture 8/10

    Because it contains complex carbs, it will inherently be a bit gritty. Sure CL could have used simple-sugars and had a smooth drink, but I believe the use of simple sugars isn't necessary, and thus the complex carbs found in GF are perfect for me. There is definitely a sort of chalky taste; it is halfway between ground oats and WMS as a comparison. I found that by adding the whisk into my blender bottle (I usually omit it for my BCAA drink), there are no clumps are it is quite smooth.

    Mixability: 9/10

    Almost no issues. It isn't instant-mix, but I have had no clumps at the bottom or any problems.

    Of note, I have experiment with sipping this drink intra-workout, and have found that my performance in HIIT sprints after weight training is not hindered by the GF, and if anything is enhanced due to the carbs supplying energy for my intense sprints.
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  3. I'm coming off X-Factor, so I might have extra DOMS for the first week. I'm holding off on the flavour review until Tues. to give it a full week. If the flavour grows on me/gets old, I want to me able to let you know I started the GVT on Mon. July 7th, and from the 1st-6th I was just doing my regular 4x10 routine. It needed a switch-up. The first 4 work-outs therefore were average, but the GVT should be very demanding and punishing; looking forward to seeing how my body responds!

    DAY 1- Legs

    Workout
    Leg Press (4x10)
    Stiff-Leg Deadlifts (4x10,10,9,8)
    Calf Presses (4x15)
    Seated Calf Raises (4x15)
    Front Squat (4x10)
    Hack Squat (3x10)

    15 mins Elliptical Cooldown

    Comments:
    I do leg press because I've had many knee injuries in the past so I tend to stay away from free-weight squats. I know the benefits, but I need to keep it safe. Front squat was done in the smith machine carefully. I replaced my 5g Glutamine/BCAA/Leucine shake today with the GF. Started sipping on it as I started the hack squats and finished it after the cardio. No stiffness the next day, except a little in the glues from the hack squat.
  4. Unbreakable
    David Dunn's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    Stats: Age: 19
    Weight: 160
    Body Fat: 8.5%
    Still hate you.

    BackgroundMy body type is ectomorph;
    Sucks to be you.

    played winger in rugby
    I play Winger in mp3 and YT

    YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

    I have always enjoyed you and your very generous effort in keeping me up to speed on, well, just about everything. You are greatly appreciated.

    I look forward to your feedback on this product. I have always been interested in it simply based on its outstanding ingredient profile. Good luck and thanks for the forthcoming review.

    Thanks Steveo!

    BTW: If you feel the need, you can report this post and I'll see to it that it gets handled appropriately
    All my life I've never stopped to worry 'bout a thing,
    Open up and shout it out, an' never try to sing,
    Wondering if I've done it wrong,
    Will this depression last for long, wont you tell me,
    Where have all the good times gone.

  5. LOL, Sub'd!!!!
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  6. Day 2: Chest and Back


    Workout:
    BB Bench (Decline & Incline, 4x10)
    Weighted Dips
    Low Rows & Chin-Ups

    Comments:
    This was just a regular Chest & back day. No soreness the next day, but I think this is due to my body having adapted to this training routine. Starting German Volume Training in a few days, that should be a shock to the system.

    Day 3 was a rest day. No Golden Finish deliciousness
  7. Day 4- Shoulders


    Workout:
    Military Press (4x10)
    Shoulder Raises (4x10)
    DB Lateral Raises (4x10)
    Trap Raises (4x12)

    Comments:
    Last day of the old routine. Did some HIIT sprints afterwards, taking the day off tomorrow then doing German Volume Training. I'm going to do the basic not advanced version for now and see how it goes.

    Day 5- Getting Ready for GVT! That was all just a warmup. Luckily I only used 3 servings of Golden Finish, but I have a feeling I'm going to need it with GVT.

  8. I must have missed this one initially steveo.

    I wish you luck in this log. I'm really antsy to try this product myself. Great job thusfar as always on the log bud.

    Evolutionary Muse - Inspire to Evolve
    Legendary

  9. Day 6 - Legs


    Workout:
    Leg Press: 10 x 10
    Abs 5x10 (An old guy stole the ab stuff I was using lol)
    Calf Presses 2x10

    Comments:
    I was going for 10x10 on the ab workout, but like I mentioned some guy plunked himself down on the machine, so I switched a different one then some lady started doing like 50 reps on that... so the abs didn't get hit ultra-hard. I probably wouldn't have been able to keep it up though, because I was pushing myself so hard on the leg presses that I got a massive headache. Ended up only doing 2 sets of calf presses (Instead of 3x12) , did a quick bit of cardio and called it a day.

    I noticed some light DOMS but nothing really significant. I didn't have the weight high enough on the Leg Press, because I shouldn't have been able to get 10 reps in on those last sets. Will bump it up 40 lbs next week and see how that goes.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    Workout:
    Leg Press: 10 x 10
    Abs 5x10 (An old guy stole the ab stuff I was using lol)
    Calf Presses 2x10

    Comments:
    I was going for 10x10 on the ab workout, but like I mentioned some guy plunked himself down on the machine, so I switched a different one then some lady started doing like 50 reps on that... so the abs didn't get hit ultra-hard. I probably wouldn't have been able to keep it up though, because I was pushing myself so hard on the leg presses that I got a massive headache. Ended up only doing 2 sets of calf presses (Instead of 3x12) , did a quick bit of cardio and called it a day.

    I noticed some light DOMS but nothing really significant. I didn't have the weight high enough on the Leg Press, because I shouldn't have been able to get 10 reps in on those last sets. Will bump it up 40 lbs next week and see how that goes.
    Good call. The first few workouts using GVT mostly figuring out what weight to use. either way 10 sets of 10 leg press is rockin!

  11. Log lookn good stev-o. Im very excited about all these great ingredients bound to do good things for all of us.
  12. Day 7- Chest & Back


    Workout:
    Decline DB Bench: 10x10, with two sets near the end only getting 9
    Chin-Ups, 2x10 Free, then another 8 Sets with some weight assist

    Incl. DB Flies; 3x10
    DB Rows: 3x10

    Comments:
    Finally sore the next day! Got some decent DOMS in my chest. Not very much in the lats/back, but I think it's because the way I had to grip the handles I wasn't hitting them that well. Next back day I might just go the lat pulldown but my palms towards and hands close, to mimic a chin-up with good form.

    So that's really Day 2 of GVT, and I think I have many more sore days ahead On a side note, I may be flying out to a wedding next week for my cousin that I didn't think I was going to. Will let you guys know, but I might be taking this log on the road. Atleast with GVT I can hit the major muscle group at their cheap gym which usually only has a leg press and a bench machine

    PS I got my before pics on my camera still. I'll upload them after I write my MCAT tomorrow

  13. I can't wait to get my GF. I love the taste of CL stuff. Subbed.
  14. Unbreakable
    David Dunn's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    write my MCAT tomorrow
    Good luck!
    All my life I've never stopped to worry 'bout a thing,
    Open up and shout it out, an' never try to sing,
    Wondering if I've done it wrong,
    Will this depression last for long, wont you tell me,
    Where have all the good times gone.

  15. Yes, good luck with the MCAT! Good to know the GVT is starting to kick in (DOMs)
  16. Day 4- Shoulders


    Workout:
    Dips: 10,10,10,10,10,10,9,8,7,8
    Incl. DB Bicep Curls: 10,10,10,10,10,9,8,8,8,9

    Comments:
    I was planning on doing 3x12 of some other DB moves, but I find the 10 sets of 10 so exhausting that I didn't have it in me today. Also I did the shoulder workout after my MCAT's, and despite having a meal I didn't eat enough so by the time I finished the 10x10 I was starving and couldn't workout any more.
    I was expecting some serious DOMS from all the dips and bicep curls which I neglect in my usual training, however minimal soreness.

    I restarted the numbering on my log to correspond to when I started my GVT training, so in case you're wondering if I found a way to travel back in time

    Day 3 was a rest day, and I just studied for my MCAT's. They went well except for the stupid verbal section. 60 minutes to read 7 passages and answer 40 questions is VERY hard with such a tight time limit, but the rest went solid. Now the 30 days to find out how I did begins .
  17. Day 5- Cardio


    Well it was supposed to be a rest day, but I figured some cardio would be good for me , plus I love it lol. Looking forward to leg day tomorrow, and this time I'll get those abs burning. No old man is going to steal my machines!

  18. Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    Well it was supposed to be a rest day, but I figured some cardio would be good for me , plus I love it lol. Looking forward to leg day tomorrow, and this time I'll get those abs burning. No old man is going to steal my machines!

    Cardio on rest days - nothing wrong wtih that!!!

  19. Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    Well it was supposed to be a rest day, but I figured some cardio would be good for me , plus I love it lol. Looking forward to leg day tomorrow, and this time I'll get those abs burning. No old man is going to steal my machines!
    You can never have a day off can't ya? Haha I'm a little like that too! Keep it up!!
  20. Day 6- Legs


    Workout:
    1a) Leg Press : 10x10
    1b) Ab crunches: 15,15,15,15,12,12,12,10,10,10

    2a) Leg Curls 3x10
    2b) Calf Presses 3x10

    Comments:
    Today I had to use a different leg press machine because my usual one was broken Anyways, it's a bit different so I changed the weight and apparently a bit too low so I didn't get that hard of a workout in despite focusing on going through the full range of motion. I didn't notice any DOMS then next day, although when doing my HIIT sprints the next day I felt a bit of extra fatigue in the legs.

    I did lots of ab work, but that didn't manage to give me any DOMS either surprisingly because I typically don't hit my abs that hard. I will bump up the weight for next week.

    Body Comp: I got it done yesterday upon waking and it said 9.5%, but after the cardio and today's workout I feel the same as I did when I was holding at 8.5%. I would say quite confidently that I am still at the same bf%, but that is the error associated with the Bio-Electrical Impedance testing. Also check out my flavour review

  21. The lack of DOMs is very promising. Great workout brother!

  22. Quote Originally Posted by RenegadeRows View Post
    The lack of DOMs is very promising. Great workout brother!
    I rather miss it lol. I just did my chest WO this morning with +5 lbs to each DB. I'll see tomorrow morning if the chest DOMS was just from not having done decline DB bench in a while, or if it is the GVT training.
  23. Day 7- Chest & Back


    Workout:
    1a) Decline DB (8x10,9,9)
    1b) PullDowns (10x10)
    2a) Incline Flies (2x10)
    2b Low Rows (2x10)

    HIIT Sprints: 10 sets of 30s on/60s rest

    Comments:
    I bumped up the decline db's 5lbs from last week AND I was able to almost get 10x10 out. It looks like I'm going to have to bump it up another 5 lbs next week! I ended up doing pulldowns because some guy was relaxing at the chin-up bar for ages, and the weight wasn't sufficient to fully tire myself out.

    Regarding DOMS, unfortunately/thankfully I experienced almost no DOMS. This leads me to the conclusion that last week I experienced the doms because I hadn't done DB Declines in a while. I guess I just have to lift harder

  24. Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    Workout:
    1a) Decline DB (8x10,9,9)
    1b) PullDowns (10x10)
    2a) Incline Flies (2x10)
    2b Low Rows (2x10)

    HIIT Sprints: 10 sets of 30s on/60s rest

    Comments:
    I bumped up the decline db's 5lbs from last week AND I was able to almost get 10x10 out. It looks like I'm going to have to bump it up another 5 lbs next week! I ended up doing pulldowns because some guy was relaxing at the chin-up bar for ages, and the weight wasn't sufficient to fully tire myself out.

    Regarding DOMS, unfortunately/thankfully I experienced almost no DOMS. This leads me to the conclusion that last week I experienced the doms because I hadn't done DB Declines in a while. I guess I just have to lift harder
    Nice workout!
  25. Day 8- Deadlifts & Cardio


    Workout:
    Deadlifts 5x10
    Elliptical: 40 Minutes

    Comments:
    Today was supposed to be a rest day, so naturally I threw in some deadlifts and 40 mins of cardio, you know nothing too tough Since I hadn't done deadlifts in >2 weeks, the next day my back was quite sore. Feeling stiff all over from only 5 sets.

    The cardio went quite well, I haven't had much time to do cardio since I was studying for the MCAT's. The endorphins kicked in and the 40 mins flew by. I was actually sipping on GFH towards the end of my cardio and had no stomach discomfort.
  26. Day 9- Shoulders


    Workout:
    1a)Dips 9x10,9,8
    1b)Bicep Curls: 10x8
    2a) DB Lat Raises
    2b) BB Delt Raises/Shoulder Pulls

    Comments:
    Well today was an interesting workout. I noticed immediately that my dips were harder than usual, which I feel is due to my chest workout on Day 7. What this is telling me is that my body had a good workout and had some muscle damage, but the GFH managed to hide my DOMS and soreness. This seems very promising to me.

    I was also feeling mentally tired. This I attribute to the cardio yesterday and not refueling my body properly. After my cardio I only had a WW wrap and 2 of my WW biscotti, which is roughly 45g complex carbs. Throughout the day I had some other carbs ( WW lasagna, veggies etc.) but I don't feel they fully restored my glycogen. This morning I had my usual porridge (70g complex carbs), but my body needed the carbs yesterday. Therefore today my body was rundown, and I had the feeling of overtraining. I will be taking the day off tomorrow (Roadtrip down to Buffalo for some shopping and NP order pickup ). Will be back with an update on Thursday!

    PS on a side note, don't spill your GFH on your white towel. The yellow colour is very noticeable

  27. Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    Workout:
    1a)Dips 9x10,9,8
    1b)Bicep Curls: 10x8
    2a) DB Lat Raises
    2b) BB Delt Raises/Shoulder Pulls

    Comments:
    Well today was an interesting workout. I noticed immediately that my dips were harder than usual, which I feel is due to my chest workout on Day 7. What this is telling me is that my body had a good workout and had some muscle damage, but the GFH managed to hide my DOMS and soreness. This seems very promising to me.

    I was also feeling mentally tired. This I attribute to the cardio yesterday and not refueling my body properly. After my cardio I only had a WW wrap and 2 of my WW biscotti, which is roughly 45g complex carbs. Throughout the day I had some other carbs ( WW lasagna, veggies etc.) but I don't feel they fully restored my glycogen. This morning I had my usual porridge (70g complex carbs), but my body needed the carbs yesterday. Therefore today my body was rundown, and I had the feeling of overtraining. I will be taking the day off tomorrow (Roadtrip down to Buffalo for some shopping and NP order pickup ). Will be back with an update on Thursday!

    PS on a side note, don't spill your GFH on your white towel. The yellow colour is very noticeable
    Sounds like fun! Have a safe and good trip. What will you be picking up @ NP ?

  28. Quote Originally Posted by RenegadeRows View Post
    Sounds like fun! Have a safe and good trip. What will you be picking up @ NP ?
    Oodles of stuff lol. Green Tea, my ON Casein, White Flood for jjohn, AP, CLA, ALA, ZMA, Grapeseed Extract, Respberry Ketones, Whole bunch of Vitamins ( Stocking the whole family lol), Xtend, Sesamin Oil (It got me curious, picked up 2 bottles), Reset AD, Acetyl-L-Car, ATW Cinnabun... it's a hefty amount

  29. Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    Oodles of stuff lol. Green Tea, my ON Casein, White Flood for jjohn, AP, CLA, ALA, ZMA, Grapeseed Extract, Respberry Ketones, Whole bunch of Vitamins ( Stocking the whole family lol), Xtend, Sesamin Oil (It got me curious, picked up 2 bottles), Reset AD, Acetyl-L-Car, ATW Cinnabun... it's a hefty amount
    OOOOO ... Looking great! Esp the White FLOOD & ZMA
  30. Day 10- Rest (Not!)


    Workout:
    45 Mins Fasted Cardio

    Comments:
    Well today was supposed to be a rest day, but I felt like doing a bit of cardio. I popped 3 Dialene-4's and was absolutely rocked lol. I haven't used caffeine in a while other than in my tea, and I didn't realized how much Niacin was in these red caps. It was only after my ears turned red and my throat started getting itchy that I realized these babies had more than just caffeine! 45 minutes flew by, and the appetite suppression from these was quite unexpected! It seems to have worn off as I'm starving now, but I got to say I was quite impressed!

    Side note: Before/during my cardio I took 5g Glutamine, BCAA's and Leucine to keep myself out of a catabolic state. I sipped on my GFH after the cardio.
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