From FAT to PHAT, my journey so far...
- 05-28-2010, 06:19 PM
From FAT to PHAT, my journey so far...
To encourage you to read on, here's where I started, to where I am today
If you think i've done a good job so far, why not place your vote for me under the "inspire us" category here Maximuscle : Body Of 2010 - i've used the pics above to make it easier since there is no direct link to my page
So where do I start?
I guess the beginning, about 18mths ago, about 6mths after my bi-annual company medical I realised that I was categorically fat! I think it might have been a combination of things, these pictures below and the realisation that I was starting to outgrow my 40 jeans.
Yep, it was clear as the Caribbean, I had body dis-morphia, well not quite, but I was certainly delusional I thought I was a little overweight (not obese as the doctor had stated six months and 18lbs lighter) I thought I still looked ok.... but finally the old camera never lies bird had come home to roost!
So blessed with strong will and determination I started back to the gym, at the end of February 2009, a place I hadn't been in 5 years and for the next 6 months I did total body workouts 4 times a week on the old high reps and lowish weight routine (something I would do differently now if I had to do it all over again) and changed up my diet.
I think in reality it's a wonder I didn't kill myself, I worked on the principle of a 1000 reps per workout across a range of weight machines (4x25 reps per machine, 10 machines per workout), needless to say it was brutal but somehow I didn't get injured and didn't get sick, and most of all I did lose weight and fat. Quite a lot in fact, my starting was around 240lbs and 33% BF and by the end of the six months I was 202.6lbs and 23.3% BF, but then I hit the plateau...
I knew I needed to change it up and as you can imagine from the brutal repetitive routine I was doing, I was bored stiff, so I took up a martial art, Taekwondo to be exact and started in September as a still overweight (but no longer obese) 36 year old white belt. Arriving that first night to a class was probably one of the most nerve racking things ever, but I really enjoyed it, so much so that when the instructor said to me at the end of it that if I wanted to stay for the intermediate class straight after, I jumped at the chance! I haven't looked back but with dedicating 4 hrs per week to intense martial arts training, I was no longer going to the gym... there's always a compromise isn't there? Did I mention I walk to and from training, with my full sparring kit, doesn't sound like much but over the week it adds up to about 40miles of light cardio carrying me and a 10-12lbs backpack. I also train in a 3mm neoprene vest to help things along, you can water the plants with the sweat it soaks up after each session.
Anyway, fast forward another few months to March 2010 and you guessed it, i'd kinda of hit another plateau and i'd begun noticing that in the mirror test it appeared that I was losing muscle mass... weight at that point was 198.4lbs and 22.3% BF.
I had been reviewing my supplements and figured I could do with doing some research and stumbled across this forum, liked what I read, liked the sense of comradie that seemed apparent in almost every thread and joined immediately.
I decided to run OEP from following some of the threads i'd been reading and started posting my progress (USP Labs OxyElite Pro - Log) on Drumplayer936's USP Labs OxyElite Pro log, after my 30 day run on OEP, I managed to drop to 191lbs and 21.2% BF
Good but not enough, but I had discovered another secret weapon... you guys! I was inspired, inspired to go after the six pack, inspired to find away to continue with my taekwondo and inspired to get back to gym, and inspired to make further modifications to my diet. (although I will be the first to admit that I still need to work on the diet, as I don't count anything really other than protein intake) I do limit carbs, so I don't eat a lot of bread, potatoes, etc and when I do eat any carbs they're whole grain only, eat a lot of vegetables and try to stick to good fats only. Clean foods are a must and I try to avoid anything refined, or processed.
Naturally I do have the odd cheat meal, these tend to be limited to weekends and not the whole weekend, but hey I have a family and I can't avoid everything bad every meal, it's really hard to do that when you have kids... i'm sure the other dad's and mom's on the forum know exactly what I mean!
So that take's us to mid-April, i'd been following with interest Dragon93's log on the Trifecta Stack by LG during March and had started researching LG products and other logs on the Trifecta Stack and following some PM exchanges with the LG team had made the decision to run the Trifecta Stack with 11-Oxo. Unfortunately, I was finding it difficult to a) find stock of the Trifecta stack in the UK and b) no one in the UK had Ergopharm 11-Oxo but a little more research and I managed to find a UK supplier with stock of Trifecta and Competitive Edge Labs 11-Sterone. I had already ordered Anabolic Innovations Life Support and decided to run that for two weeks before starting the PH cycle and hitting the gym again with vengence!
The cycle I started on the 1st May for 29days, consists of:
Cycle support & Other
Anabolic Innovations - Life Support
Met -RX - CLA
Met -RX - EFA
Met- RX Whey Protein (Low GI/Carb + BCAA)
Maximuscle Promax Whey Protein
LG Sciences -LipoBurn
Pre Workout Supps
LG Sciences - Anadraulic Pump
LG Sciences - Anadraulic State
LG Sciences - Trifecta Stack - Methyl 1-D, Methyl & Masterdrol V2
Competitive Edge Labs - 11-Sterone
LG Sciences - IGH-1
LG Sciences - Ghenerate 4oz
Pictures on 16th May 2010
I will finish the cycle this weekend and start PCT on Sunday, also planning to take post cycle/pre PCT photo's to add to this log, the intention is not to log daily, since my job, family and gruelling training schedule won't provide the ability to do that, but to keep everyone up to date on my progress through PCT and at the end I plan to review all supplements/products used and give an honest view of what I think has worked and what didn't or what I would do differently next time.
NEXT STAGE (another 30 days)
Post Cycle Therapy & Hopefully cut!
LG Sciences - Trifecta Stack - Formadrol Extreme
LG Sciences - T-911 Sublingual Tabs
LG Sciences - Lipoburn
LG Sciences - ASGT
LG Sciences - Ghenerate 4oz
USP Labs - OxyElite Pro
PES - Alpha T2
USN - CLA Thermo
Other supps and protein as before
Thoughts so far guys?
LATEST PICS (BUT DO FEEL FREE TO READ WHOLE THREAD)
- 05-28-2010, 06:21 PM
Workout schedule & Dosing protocol
Six Pack Formula (1st May 13th June)
Each programme is made up of 3 workouts
Each workout is made up of 3 supersets
Designed to shred fat, release Growth Hormone, whilst exercising the abs in different ways
Weeks 1 & 2 Strength & Endurance (3 sets x 14 reps) 1st May - 14th May
SS1a Dumbbell chest press
SS1b Plank single arm row
SS3a Hanging garhammer
SS3b Gym ball reverse curl
SS1a Medicine ball lunge chop
SS1b Gym ball back extension
SS2a Seated dumbbell shoulder press
SS2b Gym ball reverse flye
SS3a Cable side bend
SS3b Side bridge
SS1a Diamond press-up
SS1b Cable crunch
SS2a Alternating dumbbell curl
SS3a Bosu medicine ball throw
SS3b Bosu pike crunch
Weeks 3 & 4 Strength & Muscle Growth (5 sets x 8 reps) 15th May - 29th May
SS1a Bench Press
SS2a Gym ball press-up
SS2b Single arm cable row
SS3a Reverse crunch
SS3b Foot raise and hold
SS1a Overhead squat
SS1b Cable pull through
SS2a Multi-directional lunge
SS2b Dumbbell squat to press
SS3a Dumbbell side bend
SS3b Side plank
SS1a Alternating dumbbell curl
SS1b Weighted crunch
SS2a Overhead EZ-bar triceps
SS2b Lying weighted pike crunch
SS3a Barbell rollout
SS3b Gym ball crunch
Weeks 5 & 6 Muscle Growth (4 sets x 12 reps) 30th May - 13tth June
SS1a Incline dumbbell press
SS1b Upright row and shrug
SS2a Dumbbell chest flye
SS2b Dumbbell bent over row
SS3a Hanging knee raise
SS3b Medicine ball leg chop
SS1a Dumbbell squat
SS1b Military press
SS2b Arnold press
SS3a Gym ball russian twist
SS3b Gym ball jackknife twist
SS1a Cable straight bar curl
SS1b Cable woodchop
SS2a Lying cable triceps press
SS2b Straight arm lat pull-down
SS3a Weighted pike crunch
SS3b Dumbbell rollout
To finish off the cycle I'm going to start a chest specific programme
Weeks 1 & 2 Strength & Endurance (3 sets x 14 reps) 14th June - 28th June
SS1a Dumbbell bench press
SS1b Seated cable row
SS2a Incline cable flye
SS2b Lat pull-down
SS3a Hanging garhammer
SS3b Gym ball side plank
SS1a Dumbbell lunge
SS2a Dumbbell squat to press
SS2b Reverse flye
SS3a Cable woodchop
SS3b Medicine ball crunch & twist
SS1b Bent over row
SS2a Incline bench press
SS3a Weighted sit-up
In addition to the weights programme, I will doing the following normal programme of activity as my cardio
Monday Taekwondo 2hrs
Wednesday Taekwondo 1hr
Saturday Taekwondo 1hr
As mentioned previously I will be walking to TKD training which covers approx 40miles a week.
CYCLE 1/5 - 12/5 13/5 16/5 17/5 27/5 28/5 - 29/5
M1D 2/2 2/1/2 2/1/2 2/2/2
Masterdrol 2/2 2/1/2 2/1/2 2/2/2
11-Sterone 2/2 2/2/2 2/2/2 2/2/2
IGH-1 3 3 3 3
Life Support 2/2 2/2 2/2 2/2
Formadrol 2/2 until finished (90 caps) or should I dose differently since I have T-911 as well
maybe run 2/1 for 30 days?
T-911 3 on weights days, 2 on other days 30 days
OEP 2/1 for 30 days
Alpha T2 1/2 for 30 days
Life Support 2/2 for 15 days (will have to buy another bottle to extend this)
05-28-2010, 06:55 PM
subbin in..stellar results so far man!
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05-28-2010, 06:58 PM
05-28-2010, 07:21 PM
What do you think about formadrol during PCT? run 4 a day for 22.5 days or 3 a day for 30 days? i was thinking that with the T911, I could probably get away with running one less per day? with your experience is this possible?
05-28-2010, 08:41 PM
05-29-2010, 04:33 AM
I have read about tapering towards the end though, but don't think I've read a log with anyone taking that approach yet?
05-29-2010, 09:40 AM
05-29-2010, 12:49 PM
05-29-2010, 01:08 PM
05-30-2010, 03:43 AM
05-30-2010, 03:47 AM
05-30-2010, 03:48 AM
05-30-2010, 10:51 AM
05-30-2010, 05:31 PM
05-30-2010, 05:57 PM
Yesterday I cracked open the ASGT, and was impressed with the much improved flavour over the original AS, which I had been taking. Whilst I would say that the endurance/energy from both products was similar (both taken as directed with AP as well 15mins before), ASGT had me noticably sweating more than AS. Yesterday was also my last day on cycle, which makes today my first day of PCT. I didn't take any photo's today but will try to soon before I get too far into PCT.
So today I started with the PCT stack and if I thought I was sweating yesterday it was nothing in comparison to today! Had a real sweat on at the gym, and a couple of "personal summers" afterwards!!! Man, ASGT, OEP and Alpha T2 what a combination, if this doesn't melt the fat i don't know what will!
One thing worth noting is that my HR was definitely up during warm up, so will have to keep an eye on that, reckon down to the combo above.
So the million dollar question, how long does anyone think it will be before I feel the effects of the Formadrol and T911?
Good workout though, felt great and really pumped!
05-30-2010, 06:04 PM
05-31-2010, 07:59 PM
06-02-2010, 12:39 PM
06-02-2010, 01:11 PM
agreed. My 2nd oldest son is the SPL in his troop. Talk about responsibility hitting the kid fast!!! lol
Working on living
06-02-2010, 01:22 PM
Pre PCT Progress Pics - 1st June 2010
So i had a good session at the gym again yesterday, no TKD on Monday though as it was also a holiday here in the UK. Really feeling the focus at the gym, and even when at failure I just want to rest and then squeeze out another set or two... needless to say i'm having the no pain no gain experience today in my shoulders & quads!
Yesterday I did workout B from weeks 5&6 if any of you are following this thread, I haven't been logging my weight lifted so far, as it's pretty embarassing for a 190lber! I am hoping this will improve over time and perhaps I might beyond the embarassment...
Anyone got a view on the "weakling" benchmark?
Anyway, I do think I am getting slightly leaner by the day, in fact I think that today, I look leaner than in the pics I took yesterday, but it could be the "Wishful thinking" effect again. What do you guys think now, can you see any difference from when I started (not the fat photo's) but perhaps from the first "mirror image"?
Tomorrow i'll be hitting the gym early for workout C, i don't know how many of you guys train barefoot, or perhaps would like too, but the rules at the gym prevent it... anyway today I bought a pair of Vibram Fivefingers to use at the gym, they look and feel weird but I love being barefoot so i'm really looking forward to it. I'll let you know how that goes!
Any and all feedback welcome people, let me know if you want me to add anything to make the log more readable or if you think I should start recording the weight, even if pathetic... personally i'm not that bothered about the amount I lift as long as I reach the asthetic goal. My view at present is if I am still feeling the "growing pains" then I know that I'm not slacking off
Until later guys... (oh and i'm going to use the Metroba light bulb thingy!!)
06-02-2010, 01:52 PM
06-02-2010, 04:27 PM
Keep it up bro and don't be embarrassed about the low weight we all had to start somewhere.
I will work for supplements!
06-02-2010, 06:20 PM
06-03-2010, 10:07 AM
agreed. I wish everyone would put their weight numbers up. It helps the log out IMHO
Working on living
06-04-2010, 04:21 PM
Ok guys, be gentle, no LMFAO on the numbers!!! Well u can a little, I'm bound to get stronger and at least now I will be able to monitor my own progress as well.
I'm using the iFitness app for iPhone, quite cool and enables tracking on the phone and email logs which I have been able to paste below
Date Exercise Set Duration
Speed/Resistance/Distance/Jumps/Sets Elevation/Avg HR/Incline/Steps Calories/Laps/Matches Notes
03-Jun-10 elliptical 1 13 98
04-Jun-10 elliptical 1 13 98
Date Exercise Set Weight Reps Notes
03-Jun-10 lying cable triceps press 1 33 lb 12
03-Jun-10 lying cable triceps press 2 33 lb 12
03-Jun-10 lying cable triceps press 3 33 lb 12
03-Jun-10 lying cable triceps press 4 33 lb 12
03-Jun-10 weighted pike crunch 1 13 lb 25
03-Jun-10 weighted pike crunch 2 13 lb 25
03-Jun-10 weighted pike crunch 3 13 lb 25
03-Jun-10 weighted pike crunch 4 13 lb 25
03-Jun-10 cable woodchopper 1 28 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable woodchopper 2 28 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable woodchopper 3 28 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable woodchopper 4 28 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable biceps curl 1 44 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable biceps curl 2 44 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable biceps curl 3 44 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable biceps curl 4 44 lb 12
03-Jun-10 dumbell roll out 1 13 lb 12
03-Jun-10 dumbell roll out 2 13 lb 12
03-Jun-10 dumbell roll out 3 13 lb 12
03-Jun-10 dumbell roll out 4 13 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable straight arm pull-down 1 33 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable straight arm pull-down 2 33 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable straight arm pull-down 3 33 lb 12
03-Jun-10 cable straight arm pull-down 4 33 lb 12
04-Jun-10 hanging knee raise 1 BW lb 12 bodyweight
04-Jun-10 hanging knee raise 2 BW lb 12 bodyweight
04-Jun-10 hanging knee raise 3 BW lb 12 bodyweight
04-Jun-10 hanging knee raise 4 BW lb 12 bodyweight
04-Jun-10 incline weighted oblique crunch 1 20 lb 12 each side
04-Jun-10 incline weighted oblique crunch 2 20 lb 12 each side
04-Jun-10 incline weighted oblique crunch 3 20 lb 12 each side
04-Jun-10 incline weighted oblique crunch 4 20 lb 12 each side
04-Jun-10 medicine ball drop 1 7 lb 12
04-Jun-10 medicine ball drop 2 7 lb 12
04-Jun-10 medicine ball drop 3 7 lb 12
04-Jun-10 medicine ball drop 4 7 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbell upright row & shrug 1 22 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbell upright row & shrug 2 22 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbell upright row & shrug 3 22 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbell upright row & shrug 4 22 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbbell incline bench press 1 40 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbbell incline bench press 2 40 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbbell incline bench press 3 40 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbbell incline bench press 4 40 lb 12
04-Jun-10 machine chest flye 1 154 lb 8 personal record
04-Jun-10 machine chest flye 2 154 lb 8 personal record
04-Jun-10 machine chest flye 3 154 lb 8 personal record
04-Jun-10 medicine ball crunch & throw 1 7 lb 12
04-Jun-10 medicine ball crunch & throw 2 7 lb 12
04-Jun-10 medicine ball crunch & throw 3 7 lb 12
04-Jun-10 medicine ball crunch & throw 4 7 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbbell flye 1 25 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbbell flye 2 25 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbbell flye 3 25 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbbell flye 4 25 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbell bent over row 1 25 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbell bent over row 2 25 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbell bent over row 3 25 lb 12
04-Jun-10 dumbell bent over row 4 25 lb 12
06-04-2010, 04:24 PM
they are decent numbers mate! hard to read and I have no idea what some of the exercises mean!!! lol great job my friend
Working on living
06-04-2010, 04:31 PM
So those of you following my log will gave noted that I bought a pair of Vibrsm Fivefingers a few days ago.
These things are awesome!!! Granted they look weird, but the grip on the gym floors and you really can transition the power right from you feet through your body into every rep. I've also noticed that when performing cable machine moves, keeping my body alignment is so much easier.
On the plus side as if the above wasn't enough, I feel like I've done a legs day when I haven't... I guess that's as a result of the changes I've seen in my body alignment, etc referred to above.
Can't wait to do my actual legs workout with these on, I think I'm really going to see the benefits.
06-04-2010, 04:33 PM
06-04-2010, 04:39 PM
Sorry :-( I'll tidy up when back on laptop and maybe I can post some explanations on the lessor knowns... I have a scanned copy of the training plan but didn't post it 'cos I'd probably be breaking some copyright!
Which ones aren't that common? Maybe I can just retype the blurb if you think people would be interested
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