Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cellucor C4 Extreme Review

Cellucor C4 Extreme Preworkout Review

Cellucor C4 Extreme ...pretty cool container!
My recent fishoil order from Bodybuilding.com unexpectedly came with a sample of the popular preworkout product, C4 by Cellucor.

I've heard a lot about the product but never looked into trying it or buying it. I think it was because I had never heard of the company so I never considered it. I have to admit though that this preworkout has been the best I have sampled thus far!

Sample of Cellucor C4 Extreme from Bodybuilding.com
It tasted good, mixed well, and provided me with one of my best workouts ever! So here's my review of the sample product I received:

The sample I received was a 2 serving packet of their Blue Raspberry flavor. It mixed very well in the blender bottle and left no floating remnants. It also had a great initial taste with a minor mediciny aftertaste that I've come to expect from preworkouts. Despite this aftertaste, I would say it's a pretty good tasting preworkout that I would have no problem sipping on if I chose to.

The energy I felt on this was awesome. 10-15 minutes after drinking the preworkout, I started getting that amped up feeling and was ready to pump some iron. I also started feeling the beta alanine tingles too...I think I actually like this feeling and it kinda gets me psyched to workout. 

I was stronger in every lift during this particular workout! This was unexpected but a very motivating feeling. I used more weight and did more reps during this workout than any other I've had with other preworkouts!

My endurance was very good during this workout. I never felt tired or exhausted and was able to put full energy and focus into my sets at the beginning of the work as well as towards the end of my workout.

The pumps were pretty amazing on this as well. If you've read my previous preworkout reviews, you know I don't have a difficult time getting a pump. But with this preworkout, I noticed my pump was even greater than normal and it felt fantastic!

I am very impressed with Cellucor C4 and would definitely buy it if I find a good sale on it. The effects in the gym were awesome with no negative side effects (unless you dislike the beta alanine tingles). I'll be keeping my eye out for any sales on this product and will let you guys know if I find any :)

Nutritional information:

30 ServingsBlue Raspberry
Serving Size:1Scoop(5.7g)
Servings Per Container:30
Amount Per Serving% DV
Total Carbohydrates1g<1%**
Vitamin C250mg417%
Niacin (As Niacinamide)30mg150%
Vitamin B1235mcg588%
Beta Alanine1500mg
Creatine Nitrate1000mg
Arginine AKG1000mg
Explosive Energy Blend718mg
Vitamin C (As Ascorbic Acid), N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Caffeine Anhydrous (135mg), Mucuna Pruriens, Niacinamide, Synephrine HCL, Folate (As Folic Acid), Pyridoxine Phosphate, Vitamin B12 (As Methylcobalamin)
** Percent Daily Values (% DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Other Ingredients:
Natural And Artificial Flavors, (Contains: FD&C Blue #1), Citric Acid, Silicon Dioxide, Malic Acid, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K)

Monday, January 9, 2012

18 Week Bulking Progress Update

It is now 18 weeks into my bulk and I sure am feeling fat now especially after the holidays.
My last "bulking" update was my 10 Week Bulking Progress Pics post where after a no carb/cardio day, I was weighing in at 172.5 lbs.

Eight weeks later, after a no carb/cardio day, I am weighing in at 178.5 lbs. This is up 6 lbs since my last update 8 weeks ago. This isn't quite the 1 lb gain per week I was shooting for, but I think that may be a good thing as I feel like I'm really starting to pack on the fat.

Can still see my abs but looking very blurry
At 14 weeks, I had finished up my 8 week run of Anabeta. So what did I think of the Anabeta?  Well, initially after the first 4 weeks I thought things were going well as I was feeling better and stronger both in and out of the gym. I also thought I looked better in the mirror. 

However, with the last 4 weeks of Anabeta, it didn't seem to make any difference. I started to gain more fat and wasn't really gaining strength like I had been. I'm pretty sure the holiday eating had lots to do with it but it seems that perhaps Anabeta is best used in 4 weeks spurts (or maybe not at all).

After my Anabeta run was done, I was not using any extraneous supplements. For the previous 4 weeks I was just taking the basics: Protein, creatine, BCAA's, fishoil, and multivitamins...preworkouts also used on chest days. I still had the T2-Xtreme left from my first 4 weeks of bulking but decided not to use it since it didn't seem to do anything.

Looking bulkier with no more xmas tree :(
Actually looks like I've lost muscle due to the fat covering it up!
After this 4 week break of not using any extraneous supplements, I will be using the Testopro and DAA stack by AI Sports Nutrition. I grabbed this stack for a great price during their Black Friday sale and decided it would be a good addition for my last 4 weeks! Both Testopro and DAA supposedly boost testosterone so I'm hoping it will help pack on some extra muscle/strength during these last 4 weeks of my bulk.

It's been almost a week since I started the stack and I feel "something" already. Strength has increased in the gym, my libido is even higher than normal now, and I just have an overall alpha-male feeling. It feels great actually! 

I'm looking forward to seeing what other results this stack will bring. But what I'm really looking forward to is being done with bulking. Being fat sure is a difficult mental barrier to get over. I don't know how the average person can do it. It's hard for me to look into the mirror looking so bulky and blurry after achieving levels of leanness I never had before. I don't know how the average person can be okay with looking seeing so much flab on their body.

Can still see abs and striated delts but I really hate looking so blurry!
Wish me luck with my next 4 weeks! Anybody else bulk up or still bulking during the winter? How are things going for you?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Make 2012 Your Best Year Ever

The new year is here and many of us will be making resolutions to improve ourselves, our lives, or possibly even the life of others. I stopped making New Year's resolutions a long time ago. I am constantly trying to improve myself so I never saw the need to wait until New Year's to make a change. So just like years past, for 2012 I don't have any resolutions.

Is your New Year Resolution list like this?
Three years ago I read a blog post that literally changed my life and I'd like to share it with you all today. It's not related to building muscle, losing fat, or looking aesthetic...but taking the message and applying it to your own life will help you enjoy your journey for aesthetics tremendously!

The article is by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits blog. Although I don't agree with his views on diet and exercise, his stuff on happiness and minimalism is great.

The specific article that changed my life is "The Single Secret to Making 2009 Your Best Year Ever". After reading this article, every year since then has been my best year ever!..the article had THAT big of an effect on my life and I hope it does on your too! 

Let's help each other make 2012 our best year ever! 

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