Always have to give thanks to the fine reps and companies who support the AM family! I always respect companies who are willing to put their product up for close scrutiny. Especially ones like RXS Supplements who are just starting out but already making big waves! So FireTitan , TheMyth , MonteCedillo much respect!
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If you haven't heard of me yet...well, no big deal. I used to be more active around here, got married and a little busier. So I've been much more of a lurker over the past few months but I'm looking to get (mostly) back to my old ways.
So what are we doing here in this here log? I've been on the Weight Drain Train since New Year's. With wedding stuff/honeymoon and the holidays happening, I decided to use those extra calories to chase some gains. Put on a nice bit of mass (10-15lbs?) and increased my deads from 455 to 505 1RM. But that was at the cost of my waistline. My avi shows me at my tightest last year and I'm wanting to get back to that by June 1st. I'm still about 15-20lbs out. I'd really like to lose 8-10lbs over the course of this log. Keeping cals at 2100-2200 with 45C/35P/25F macros. Hitting up weights and cardio M,W,F,S and doing Daily Burn 365 with the wifey on T,Tr.
Some opening noodz
And some opening thoughts on Radiate...
I'm not going to go into the profile because if something works, it works. I admittedly don't like the prop blend. I understand why companies use them to protect their properties. I have multiple other products in my cabinet that have blends and they work. So I'm not going to judge a product on that. Props for disclosing the amount of caffeine but the rest looks a bit kitchen sink-ish to me. Elsewhere on these boards on of the reps gave a nice breakdown and explained how you can extrapolate the amounts of things with a bit of math. I'm not one to do that because again, if something works, it works.
Anyhow, the scoop is darn nigh perfect size. Normally I just throw a scoop of pre in my mouth without caring much about the flavor. Larger scoops obviously aren't as good for that. This morning I did mix Radiate up in 10oz of water and sip it thoughtfully while reflecting on the flavor. I gotta say, this is some tasty stuff! Tasty enough that I'll sip it again! The closest thing I can think to compare is Tang. This is a clean orange flavor with no extra sweetness or bitter aftertaste. I like it, I like it a lot! There was a bit of extra "sand" in the bottom of the glass, but a little water and a swish took care of that.
Let's look at this morning's workout, but first a quick explanation. I do mostly supersets with 20-30 seconds of rest between those supersets. Any other rest just comes from getting into position between sets or moving weights around.
Rowing machine for 2K and 112 cals burned (a2m [according to machine])
Neutral grip lat pulls--2x15x100lbs
Rack pulls/hanging leg raise--7x3x425,3x3x405/12
Standing 1 hand corkscrew rows--5x6x60lbs
Cable ab curl/side plank--3x10x52lbs/30 secs per side
1 hand landmine row/rock grip pull-ups--5x6x45lbs/4
Standing Face pull--48lb for 8 tabata rounds
Cybex Arc Trainer--21 minutes for 525 cals (a2m)
Woo! All that made for one sweaty boy!
I was initially surprised at how little warmth I felt while working out. The energy was very subtle but focused. I left the house about 30 minutes after drinking Radiate, but it seems like it took a little extra inner motivation to step out of the truck and into the gym. Once in there, I was able to stick to the task and hand, but never really got into beast mode. I'm going to blame that on Monday morning. I was also surprised at how long it took me to get a sweat going. It didn't seem to really start dripping until 10 minutes into the cardio. Definitely effective, but I'm still on the fence as to whether this will get a place in my "go-to" rotation. Good thing we're just getting started!