Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gaspari Myofusion Protein on Sale!

My favorite protein, Gaspari Myofusion, is on sale at for $36 for a 5 lb jug! I would stock up if I hadn't bought 4 jugs a month ago. Try my favorite flavors Banana Perfection and Strawberry Cream :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

MAN Sports Body Octane Game Day review

I recently got the chance to try some samples of another preworkout, MAN Sports Body Octane Game Day. Here are my overall impressions of this new preworkout product.

I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much  for this preworkout product. I hadn't heard anything about how it tasted and my recent experience with preworkouts left a bad taste in my mouth :P

I was actually shocked when I took my first sip and found it was actually delicious! It tasted like a mix of lemonade and mountain dew with very little aftertaste.

I would have to say it tasted better than Lit-Up and on par with the taste of Jack3d.

I didn't get a boost or feel any extra energy on this. I actually felt tired while driving to the gym. It had already been about 45 minutes since I drank the preworkout so it should have kicked in by then, but I didn't feel anything :(
I did have good energy once I started my workout but I think this was just me being able to get myself up for the workout :)

Sample packet of MAN Body Octane Game Day...I love getting samples! :)

Strength was still good during my workout and I was able to increase the weight in my lifts but I don't believe it was attributed to the preworkout. I think I was able to increase weights because I was coming off two consecutive rest days.

Endurance was also good during this workout but I didn't feel any different than normal and I definitely didn't feel the awesome endurance I experienced with White Flood.

Pumps felt great during this workout but once again, it wasn't any different than what I normally feel and didn't feel anything "extra".

My overall impression of MAN Sports Body Octane Game Day is that it tastes really great but didn't provide me with anything during my workout. I wish it did provide something as I really did enjoy the taste of it but unfortunately, I would have to say the product did not "work" for me.

Perhaps I would get a better effect if I had taken two servings instead of one? Has anyone else had experience with this preworkout product?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Aesthetic Bulking Plan

Don't bulk like this guy
Now that the warm summer days are slowly getting shorter and shorter, it's time to change my focus from looking "shredded" to gaining muscle in order to improve my "aesthetics" :)

The common term for this period of focus on muscle gain is known as "bulking". Many will use this period as an excuse to make everyday a cheat day which I believe is the wrong way to go. The argument for this is that a ton of calories is needed to support the body's process of building muscle. From my experience, this is false.

This is a mistake that I regret making in the past. I have learned that muscle can only grow so fast and that eating more and more calories will not force the body to build more muscle. Eating past the bodies caloric needs will only lead to increased fat storage which equates to being bigger but this is not the kind of "bigger" I am going after!

So during this bulk I want to do whatever I can to minimize fat gain!

Hopefully, I can stay close to this level of leanness
Aesthetic Bulking Diet

If you've been following my blog, then you know I used intermittent fasting to lose a ton a fat. In an attempt to stay fairly lean while bulking, I am going to continue intermittent fasting and basically using the same diet I followed to cut fat

The difference will be that I need to consume a higher caloric intake to build muscle so in order to do this, I will add about 75 grams of carbohydrates to my last meal of the day to start off. This carbohydrate amount will increase if I find I'm not gaining enough weight.

While I was cutting, I was taking in anywhere between 1,200 - 1,700 calories a day. I know this seems low but the average caloric intake was higher if you include my cheat days. So adding the 75 grams of carbohydrates will increase my caloric intake by 300 calories. My range will now be anywhere from 1,500 - 2,000 calories.

I want to emphasize that this is just to start off. If I find I'm not making progress, I will increase my carbohydrate intake to 100 grams (additional 100 calories) and assess progress from there. This is all about taking it slow so that I don't gain unneeded fat.

I will also no longer have scheduled cheat days and refeeds, but will allow for a more relaxed, flexible approach to eating "bad" foods. For example, my carbohydrate source won't always necessarily come from a "clean" carbohydrate source such as sweet potatoes or oatmeal. If I feel like eating a bowl of cereal or instant noodles, I won't hesitate to have some.

No more extreme refeeds!
Also, if there is a special occasion where I happen to go overboard, I will fast for the entire day the next day and do a light cardio session. This will help me quickly lose the bloat from the water weight and allow me to feel and look good again. 

I am aiming for an average weight gain of about 1 lb per week. Gaining weight at this rate will allow for my body to slowly adapt and build muscle without excessive fat gain.

Aesthetic Workout Routine

When it comes to how I will be training, my intentions are not just to get bigger everywhere, but to get bigger and develop the right places. I take a look at my body and evaluate what I need to improve on in order to obtain the most aesthetic physique I possibly can.

Right now I feel like my chest is my biggest weak point that I need to bring up in order to be more proportioned. So for this next bulking period, I plan on training my chest two times in my 8 day training split.

This is what it's about
I like to schedule my splits like this instead of a Monday through Sunday split, so that if I ever need to miss a workout for any reason I can just train what I was supposed to the train the next day. Here is how my split will go:

Day 1: Chest
Day 2: Legs
Day 3: Back Width
Day 4: Rest or cardio
Day 5: Chest
Day 6: Back Thickness
Day 7: Biceps, Shoulders (Rear delt emphasis)
Day 8: Rest or cardio

As you can see from my split, I will be working my chest twice and other body parts once during the split. I won't be working my triceps at all as I feel they get a decent stimulus from my chest workouts and already overpower my upper arm.

You'll also notice below that for my last chest exercise, I'll be doing 7 sets of 8-12 reps. These seven sets for the last exercise are from based on the FST-7 training protocol. FST stands for Fascia Stretch Training, and the seven refers to the seven sets performed for the final exercise of a target bodypart. It's an interesting concept which I've never tried before but am hopeful it will help bring up my chest. You can learn more about the training concept by clicking on my link above.

Here are the exercises, sets and reps that I'll be doing:

Chest 1 workout
Decline Dumbbell Press - 4 x 6-8 reps
Incline Dumbbell Press - 3 x 8-10 reps
Machine Flye - 3 x 8-10 reps
Low to High Cable Flye - 3 x 12 - 15 reps
Cable Crossover - 7 x 8-12 reps

Chest 2 workout
Weighted Dips - 5 sets of 3-5 reps
Incline Dumbbell Press 3 x 6-8 reps
Standing Cable Chest Press 3 x 8-12 reps 
Low to High Cable Flye 3 x 12-15 reps
Pec Deck - 7 x 8-12 reps

Smith Machine Lunge - 4 x 8-12 reps
Stiff Leg Deadlift - 3 x 8-12 reps
Pistol Squat - 3 x 8-12 reps
Single Leg Stiff Leg Deadlift 3 x 8-12 reps
Single Legged Leg Extensions 2 x 12-15 reps

Back Width

Weighted Pullups - 4 x 6-8 reps
V-Bar Lat Pulldowns - 3 x 8-12 reps
Wide grip Lat Pulldowns - 3 x 8-12 reps
Single Arm Cable Row - 2 x 12-15 reps
Kneeling J-Pulldowns - 2 x 12-15 reps

Back Thickness

Pendlay Rows - 5 x 3-5 reps
Seated Cable Row - 3 x 8-12 reps
Machine Row - 3 x 8-12 reps
One Arm Dumbbell Row - 2 x 12-15 reps
Incline Dumbbell Row - 2 x 12-15 reps

Biceps & Shoulders (Rear Delt Emphasis)
Machine Reverse Flye - 4 x 6-8 reps
DB Reverse Flye - 3 x 10-12 reps
Lateral raises - 4 x 8-12 reps (followed by machine lateral raise to failure)
Concentration curl - 3 x 8-12 reps
Dumbbell Preacher Curl 2 x 10-12 reps (followed by cable curl to failure)

Aesthetic Bulking Supplements

During this bulk I will be using two supplements I've never used before. 

The first one is T2 Xtreme. T2 (3,3'-Diiodo-L-Thyronine & 3,5-Diiodo-L-Thyronine) is normally used to burn fat but it has been shown to possibly work better to prevent fat gain during periods of caloric excess and build and restructure lean muscle. This will be my first time using T2 during a bulk so I'm interested to see if the studies translate to real world results.

I also will be using Anabeta. This a new supplement recently released by PES which has received a lot of hype. I normally wouldn't fall for the hype of new supplements but the amount of positive reviews from user logs was hard to ignore. PES is also a good company that has released other effective supplements as well.

They were able to convince me to order two bottles when they had their presale so I will be using it for 8 weeks. I'm excited to see how good this Anabeta really is :)

Here is how I will be using the T2 Xtreme and Anabeta:

Weeks 1-4: T2 Xtreme
Weeks 5-12: Anabeta
Weeks 13-16: T2 Xtreme

Here is what my daily supplement schedule will be like when using T2 Extreme:
7:30 AM - 1 gram Vitamin C and 1 T2 Xtreme 
3:00 PM - 1 T2 Xtreme
4:00 PM - 1 scoop Myofusion protein shake (plus preworkout on chest days and  if needed) 
5:30 PM - 2 scoops Myofusion protein shake, 2 softgels of Now Ultra Omega 3
6:00 PM - Multivitamin & 5,000 IU of Vitamin D with dinner
8:00 PM - 1 scoop Myofusion protein shake, 2 softgels of Now Ultra Omega 3
10:00 PM - 1 T2 Xtreme

For the weeks when I'll be using Anabeta, I'll dose it 4 times spread out evenly throughout the day taking it at 7:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 5:30 PM, and 10 PM.

By the end of this bulk, I'm hoping to add at least two or more inches to my chest. If my back, rear delts, and biceps get bigger than that would be great as well :)

I'll be bulking for 16-20 weeks so I expect to gain about 16-20 lbs. I know all of that won't be muscle but if at least half of that is, that would be awesome!

Let me know what you think of my "aesthetic" bulking plan and how you plan on bulking this fall/winter?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Low Fat Diets Suck

Just thought I'd like to share this cartoon on how bad low fat diets are for you.

Don't end up like this lady so make sure you keep a good balance of fats in your diet!
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