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    MidwestBeast - 12 week Bulk -> Then Cutting to Single-Digit BF%


    What's up everyone, I haven't been posting at AM all that long, but I have been lurking around here for a while. I've spent most of my time posting over at the USP forums, and will continue to do so, despite no direct ties to the company aside from loving the products that they make.

    I just figured I'd start keeping a log out here as well, which will be a copy/paste from the updates I do over there, so there's no need to read both.

    I won't go into too much detail in this initial post, as you can find all the information of what I've been doing up to this point in this log:

    Beast vs. Body Fat - I GUARANTEE Victory - USPLabsDirect.com

    And you can check out other info on me at my bodyspace - same handle.

    The basics:

    Age: 24 (25 this Sunday)
    Height: 6'1"
    Weight: 238 (up from 220 ~6 weeks ago, which was up from 208 ~3 weeks before that)
    Lifting Experience: Going on 11 years of dedicated weight-training (with a focus on bodybuilding for just over a year)

    For full measurements, you can check either of the other sites.

    I'm currently in the middle of Week 6 of my bulk, which is going very successfully. For a list of ALL of my supplements and the breakdown of how much is being taken, please see my other log. The jist of it, is this: A-Stack + Pink Magic + TNA.

    My initial thought was to run this bulk for 12 weeks. As I'm already nearing 240 lbs (my previous highest weight had been 230), I very well may cut this thing short at either 10 or 8 weeks. I'll judge it all by feel, but I am initially thinking I don't want to pass 250 until I've had a chance to cut again.

    Training is AST's Max-OT training (this is my first time using it, as I'd used my previous bodybuilding split successfully for over a year - still was making gains weekly).

    If anyone has questions or general comments, just let me know and I'll gladly address them.
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    Just got home from hitting chest and abs. Really good workout all around, but the one thing I wanted to mention was the new PR on bench press. Until just recently, I'd never broke 300lbs before. Today was:

    325x6 / 325x5 / 325x5

    Rest periods were 3 minutes exactly between sets and my spotter was only allowed to give me a pointer finger for help, which was only used on the last rep of the first 2 sets and slightly more help on the very last rep of the last set.

    Chest is getting nice and swollen and it's great. My triceps are still sore from Monday's great workout, so I was a little surprised I did as well as I did today (and also considering I hit the gym at 10 PM last night instead of 4ish).

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    I really wish every individual had to go through a gym etiquette course before joining. I'm reasonably certain I've talked about this before, but today just had me on edge. There was a guy who was about 6'3" and probably 210-220 - not a small fella, but not real big. I'm guessing he was about 40. This guy would not even drop, but throw his dumbells at the end of his sets. He wasn't even lifting that much! He was doing like 55's on incline bench. When he'd finish he'd chuck them outward and ahead like it was impossible to gently drop them. I'm not gonna lie, when I'm using the 90's on shoulder presses, I let them drop on the way down, because it's too difficult to bring them down without ruining my shoulders. However, I don't throw them! I take my arms down with them to soften the blow. If that wasn't enough, he was curling with like a 10 and a 5 on each side of the EZ bar and would drop it at the end of sets too. Just incredible. It's particularly annoying with the dumbells since they're coated in rubber and half of them are breaking apart (one of the many things I dislike about my gym). Crap like this is the main reason. Oh, and I almost forgot - then he'd try to "toss" it into its place on the rack afterward! Heaven forbid you set it in its slot; no, let's try to throw it in there, miss and watch it fall. I was just waiting for the entire rack to collapse. I would've chewed this guy like no other if that happened.

    Anyway, one day whenever I open my gym (lol ), my members will be taking an etiquette course / quiz first.

    Hope everyone had a great Wednesday
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    Bump! i will follow bro!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by raulob72 View Post
    Bump! i will follow bro!!!
    Glad to have you on board
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    239.6 lbs upon rising this morning (up 19.2 lbs in just under 6 weeks).
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    243 immediately after the gym (after bathroom and before shake).

    Hit back and biceps tonight. Wasn't feeling like that great of a workout until I finished my last lift - 2 sets of BB curls. I actually went 15lbs lighter than my new PR on it, but it was after DB curls and my entire back workout - so it's to be expected they weren't as fresh.

    I went with a bit of a wider grip and WOW it felt awesome. My arms were so swollen that it was hard not to be a D-bag and stare at myself and flex (but, I assure you, I did not...because I'm not a D-bag ).

    155x6 twice and the pump was great (only AAKG pre, along with my USP line, but no actual pre-workout).

    Bent over BB rows: 305x6 / 315x6 (PR)

    Needless to say, I was looking ridiculously wide today. It's not all perfect - there's definitely some fat storage here, but it's minimal compared to the positive mass I've put on. Can't express how excited I am to see what stays there and how I look after the cut.

    Legs in the AM.
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    234.4 this morning

    Not sure at all what that's all about. Nothing like a 9-pound drop between mid-day weight and the next morning. If only I could get those results during a cut lol . I'll chalk it up mostly to water weight, since my meals have stayed the same (minimum of 450g protein / 360g carbs) and I even ate an entire Tombstone pizza after. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but I'm not reading too much into it now.

    Heading in to hit legs within the hour.
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    Squats: 415x6 / 425x4* / 415x4 (went a lot deeper on these)
    Leg Press: 1,000x6*
    SL Deads: 365x5 / 365x5*
    Prone Leg Curl: 105x6
    Seated calf raises: 270x8 / 270x9*
    Seated solo calf extensions: 170x10


    * = PR
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    i'm in beast
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    Man great numbers bro!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carpee View Post
    i'm in beast
    Glad to see you around these parts
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    Quote Originally Posted by raulob72 View Post
    Man great numbers bro!!
    Thanks, man!
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    Okay, so I didn't end up getting the measurements taken yesterday - turned out to be a busier day than I had initially planned for. After church, I ended up over at my friend's house poolside (perfect way to spend any day as far as I'm concerned) and fell asleep in a lounge chair at one point. By the time I woke back up and hit the grocery store after, I got home later than planned and just didn't have time to squeeze it in.

    I'll plan on doing them tonight. When I was washing my hands a few minutes ago, I glanced over at a side mirror and my arms were looking much bigger. So, I hope the tape measure backs this up, because they're feeling big.

    I've been eating clean for about 80% of the day and then making up cals and macros with not-so-clean meals for the remainder since I'd been seeing the weight dropping on the scale instead of increasing. I need to keep in consideration the fact that I'm running RC with all of this and also every other USP product I've got on tap tends to promote fat loss along with muscle building, so maybe the weight going down isn't as bad as I think. Basically, though, I want to gain as much muscle as possible right now. I'm willing to gain some fat along with it to ensure this. In the future, I won't be as willing. So, we'll see how this week goes and how the measurements shape up.

    Planning on following the same lifting sets as I did last week for this week (week 7). 6-bromo will be done today and TNA will be out mid-week at some point. I have more bottles, but I think I will let it fade out for now and save those for another time.
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    im in bro
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10bathroomsO View Post
    im in bro
    Glad you're in, man.
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    hell yeah son! btw sick ass bench, you never broke 300 yet did numerous reps with 325 ? sick man
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10bathroomsO View Post
    hell yeah son! btw sick ass bench, you never broke 300 yet did numerous reps with 325 ? sick man
    Haha, thanks man. I was never one to try maxing out. I think I tried once on bench in high school like my 9 years ago and probably pushed mid-200s lol :P. But I never really saw the purpose of it and don't care about it from a bragging perspective.

    I'd been using the same split for a full year with continued success (still adding weight on a weekly basis) that had a range of 4x12 and 3x15. I'm 6 weeks into the Max-OT training which is predominantly ranges of 4-6 reps with about 5-8 total sets per muscle group per week (so much less in terms of volume).

    It's been pretty fun so far completely shifting gears.
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    hell yeah. the low rep should boost your strength pretty good if your new to it plus you already spit out high numbers so this log looks pretty promising, have you ever ran a cycle or all natty?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10bathroomsO View Post
    hell yeah. the low rep should boost your strength pretty good if your new to it plus you already spit out high numbers so this log looks pretty promising, have you ever ran a cycle or all natty?
    Yeah, my body is responding really well to the new regime. And of course I'm running SCRX because that kind of weight scares me to death with my joints; particularly my knees that are both bad.

    And I'm natural. Only thing is running E/C in the past before it wasn't a legal choice in terms of if I were to compete. Before I was introduced to USP's stuff, I actually bought a PH cycle, but it's still just sitting in a cupboard, untouched, haha.
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    yeah i was thinking about running a ph this winter, and then i was like nahhhh lol theres alot of guys running ph cycles and im neck and neck if not passed them in size and strength and i go natural, it has nothing to do with me thinking bad about them, ima just ride my natty till it runs out
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10bathroomsO View Post
    yeah i was thinking about running a ph this winter, and then i was like nahhhh lol theres alot of guys running ph cycles and im neck and neck if not passed them in size and strength and i go natural, it has nothing to do with me thinking bad about them, ima just ride my natty till it runs out
    Exactly, man. Why risk the sides and everything else. As far as I'm concerned, after I'd done further research, I'd rather just do steroids than pro-hormones if I were to jump out of the natty-category. However, I'm not planning that. I've always been able to grow pretty well on my own; the only place I struggle is shedding fat. It's not impossible, just a heck of a lot harder and more time consuming - oh well, though - just more of a challenge
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    yep
    challenge i wish i made gains easier than it was for me to cut fat, alot of ppl dont see bc the little bit of mass ive put on is hard to get lol
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    Week 6 Measurements


    Weight: 220.4 lbs (232.2 lbs / +11.8) 239 lbs / +18.6 lbs

    Measurements (unflexed):


    Forearm: 13" (13.25" / + .25") 13.5" / + .5" total
    Bicep: 15" (15.75" / + .75") 15.75" / + .75" total*
    Chest: 45" (46" / + 1") 46.25" / +1.25" total
    Shoulders: 52" (53.5" / +1.5") 54.5" / +2.5" total
    Thigh: 24.5" (26" / + 1.5") 26.5" / +2" total
    Calves: 16" (16.5" / + .5") 16.5" / +.5" total*

    Measurements (flexed):

    Forearm: 14" (14.25" / + .25") 14.5" / + .5" total
    Bicep: 17" (17.5" / + .5") 18.25" / +1.25" total
    Chest: 47" (48.75" / + 1.75") 49" / + 2" total
    Shoulders: 53.5" (55.25" / + 1.75") 56" / +2.5" total
    Thigh: 24.75" (26.75" / + 2") 27.25" / +2.5" total
    Calves: 16.25" (17" / + .75") 17" / +.75" total*

    * denotes no change from week 4 measurements to week 6

    BOLD are week 6 numbers (Week 4 numbers precede that and Day 1 numbers are the first listed).
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    Keep at it!! bro ,good numbers!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by raulob72 View Post
    Keep at it!! bro ,good numbers!!
    Thanks, man. Just trying to decide how much longer I want to keep this ride alive...definitely don't think I can take it out 12 weeks - Don't want to put on this much weight all at once before cutting again. Ah, the balancing act.
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    Got a pretty solid delts/traps workout in tonight. Nothing to really brag about (I've found that the only days I tend to find anything worth bragging about are chest and leg day lol).

    Hit 200x5 twice on Smith machine military press (bar in front / counting bar as 0, so 2 plates and a 10 on each side).

    90's x 5 twice on Arnolds

    85's x 8 and 7 on DB side lateral raises

    355x6 and 365x4 on Deadlifts

    365x9 and 10 on BB shrugs (bar in front)

    Looking mighty wide and digging it . Tomorrow should be the last day of my blue raspberry BC+EAA, which I'm thrilled about lol. I'll finally crack open the kiwi-strawberry - sure hope it's better.

    TNA will be running out I think tomorrow or the next day and I will let it be for now.

    As of now, bulk is still in progress, though I will admittedly be trying to do it even cleaner where possible and tapering cals ever so slightly. I'm thinking I may bring in fasted cardio upon waking for ~15 minutes 3 days a week or so next week. I'll update whenever I actually do make any changes.

    As always, any comments / suggestions are welcomed as well as any questions.
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    them bb shrugs are beasty homie seriously
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10bathroomsO View Post
    them bb shrugs are beasty homie seriously
    Haha, thanks bro. They're pretty easy and I really need to add more weight, but I've just been too lazy by the time I finish deads to strip/add anything from what I just did. I've been doing them with an over/under grip (switching grips between sets) because otherwise it hits forearms way too much and I can't handle near as much weight.
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    Chest / Abs workout was all around great, but just wanted to highlight:

    Bench Press: 335x6 / 335x5 / 335x5


    New PR for me. No lift off and only help came on final rep of each set (just 2 index fingers allowed onto the bar for my spot).

    I got pretty pissed off at the end of my work day, so it carried right over into the gym. I was in total destruction mode and didn't want anyone in my way. I'm usually a very nice guy, but today was different. It's lucky no one asked me any questions or tried to steal my workout station because I may have just snapped today. I was definitely walking around like I owned the place, too.

    A bunch of the guys going for the Olympia title were on SportsNation on ESPN today, so seeing them on there inspired the attitude even more.

    The BS at work was at least beneficial in influencing my workout.
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    beasty benching as usual
    fukk work, i wish i could be as lazy as music artist's
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10bathroomsO View Post
    beasty benching as usual
    fukk work, i wish i could be as lazy as music artist's
    Haha, thanks, bro And I hear you on that. Work has been miserable this week for me and I'm glad tomorrow leads up to a good weekend off!
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    Solid back / biceps workout this afternoon.

    Bent over BB rows: 315x6 / 325x6
    V-Bar pulldowns: 250x10 / 260x9
    Lat Pulldowns: 275x8 / 275x8
    Alternating DB curls: 80's x 8 / 85's x 7
    Olympic Bar Curls: 135x8 / 145x8


    Numbers for biceps struggled a bit from last week, but I also went back-to-back days between my chest and back/bi days. Last week I took Thursday off in between the two. Still felt great, intensity was up and the pump was there even despite being so far from not having Jack3d (almost 4 weeks without it). Got out of the gym from start to finish (warm-up included) in under 50 minutes

    Holding pretty strong at 240 right now upon waking. No other changes yet in anything. One more workout left til I'm through 7 weeks of this.
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    more big numbers as usual eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10bathroomsO View Post
    more big numbers as usual eh?
    I was really satisfied with things on the back portion of the workout. The biceps portion wasn't what I'd hoped for, but I still had a crazy pump afterward for at least a good hour and my biceps just felt swollen. Most of what I do is going in the right direction, so I can't complain too much.

    You actually enjoyin your off day or have you filled it with all that stuff you were talkin about? lol
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    Quite possibly my best leg day yet! I got to the gym and realized I'd forgotten my knee braces, which wasn't a good start to things at all...I thought about going back home for them (that's how important they are to me and how jacked up my left knee is), but I said screw it. The only thing I did different was switch this week's workout to lead off with 3 sets of leg press followed by 1 set of squats (of which i did the exact opposite last week).

    Leg Press: 1,000x6 / 1,010x5 / 1,025x5*
    Squats: 425x5*
    SL Deads: 375x6* / 375x5
    Prone Leg Curls: 110x6
    Seated Calf Raises: 270x10 / 280x7*
    Seated Calf Extensions (solo): 175x10

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    Cannot believe the workout went as well as it did. Warming up on the leg press, the weight felt almost too heavy at ~800, so I was nervous. Once I had 1,000 on there and started pushing it out, though, it went easier than 800! These aren't sissy reps, either - I'm talking knees all the way pressed to my chest and extended all the way to just before locking out.

    Squats felt good, too. I loaded up 315 first and did one slow rep all the way down before throwing the rest of the weight on. Got 5 good reps and got down low, too. Most surprised about this one considering my lack of knee braces (which really helps for this lift).

    Next 2 days are off
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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    I was really satisfied with things on the back portion of the workout. The biceps portion wasn't what I'd hoped for, but I still had a crazy pump afterward for at least a good hour and my biceps just felt swollen. Most of what I do is going in the right direction, so I can't complain too much.

    You actually enjoyin your off day or have you filled it with all that stuff you were talkin about? lol
    yeah i actually did some cardio and some calisthenics nothing too flashy though
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    i wish i could get behind a leg press machine with that much weight, ive got 400 for 12 reps after a work out thats my pr so far but i know i could do so much more, the machine was maxed out though = gayyyyy
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10bathroomsO View Post
    i wish i could get behind a leg press machine with that much weight, ive got 400 for 12 reps after a work out thats my pr so far but i know i could do so much more, the machine was maxed out though = gayyyyy
    I've only been training legs for a year and a half. Just 2 months ago I wasn't squatting more than 275 or pushing more than 600 or so on leg press. But I was also working around the 12 rep range most of the time and for 4 sets, so I never went as heavy as I am now. i love this style of training so much more.
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    i need a gym card man, its holding me back so much, need a new jobbbbbb ahhhhhhhhhh
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    Okay, so I didn't train yesterday. I slept on my neck wrong Sunday night and had a kink in the left hand side of my neck / upper back all yesterday. Normally, those who've followed my logs for a while know, I would just go in there and lift anyway - and I almost did. But, since I've been lifting significantly heavier weight, there is no reason at all to screw myself right now. One day off is a whole lot better than a week. I'm just pushing the workouts as Tues-Sat instead. Tonight will be Chest. I'm going back to the workout split Max-OT provided for Week 1. My neck is still not 100%, but it's a lot better. If there is any problem at all while I'm training, I'll halt immediately.

    Still holding strong around 241 lbs in the mornings. I was somewhere around 244 or so mid-day yesterday. I am pretty sure that this week will be when I start tapering cals ever so slightly and beginning to carb cycle (high days on leg/back, moderate on all other lifting days and relatively low on off days). I'm still planning on this being above maintenance for the next couple weeks, but closer to it.

    DAA was re-introduced Sunday afternoon (before a couple games of basketball, which was the first I've done in probably a month). It will be present in this (week 8) and next week (9) before being shelved again.

    I took about a week and a half to 2 weeks off of SCRX because I ran out of pills and was resorting to the bulk powder. Started it again today because of my neck issue. After I finish this tub of it, I will only buy caps lol. This stuff initiates a gag-reflex in me unlike anything else. I can stomach most powders that don't taste great or whatever, but this thing has me dry-heaving at least twice; just foul lol. But, it's a great product. So, even though it's a bit cheaper, I will refrain from this powder product in the future.

    I think that's it for now. Going for 345 on bench tonight.
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