Hey NUTRISHOP fans,
Just over a week in from the start of my month-long program I’m supplementing with Pro7ein Synthesis, N’Fuze Krealkalyn and Vitasport BCAAs.
Over the last seven days I’ve gotten in five good workouts, using a push-pull-legs split. I’m trying to keep things fairly balanced between strength gain and muscle growth, so I’ve been alternating heavier workouts with shorter rep ranges and then going a bit lighter and upping the ranges for the next workout.
Again, I’d already seen good gains from the creatine before for a month, but this week I’m starting to really feel the changes strength-wise. I’m finding I can take a much more aggressive mindset into the gym with me when it comes to what kind of weight I think I can handle — I’m changing the limits of what I can do. Before, I’d get ready for a set of bench press and think, “I know I can do 195 10 times, so let’s stick with that and get my reps in.” My last chest workout, I put 205 on the rack to start with, told myself I’m going to get at least eight, then was able to squeeze out a ninth. It’s not a dramatic improvement, but to me it’s an encouraging step to just be handling more weight in general.
I was going to hold off on any kind of measurements until the end of the month, because that way I could see what the entire program looked like, but I was pretty pleased to be able to say I’ve put on a pound this week (up to 201) while dropping a marginal amount of body fat (down to 10.2 percent). Check out the photo comparison from just a week ago, and compare it to this week:
I actually borrowed two of the workouts of the week from the Facebook fan page, as well, and will be incorporating them throughout the month. The legs and back workouts are very tough but totally worth it when you’re all through them.
As far as the supplements go, I’ve been taking all three like clockwork: On workout days, I have a Pro7 shake an hour before I lift, then a half-hour later I’ll take the BCAA’s with the N’Fuze. Immediately after the workout, I’ll take the N’Fuze and another Pro7, and then an hour later I’ll go for the BCAA’s, on top of a healthy meal. On off days, I’ll start my day immediately with BCAAs and the N’Fuze, on an empty stomach, and I do the same thing before I go to bed. I find that I have to really be responsible about getting the water I need, which is good, because I’m probably somewhat guilty of not drinking enough of it to begin with.
Diet-wise, I’ve been pretty consistent the past week, making sure to get breakfast every day (it’s a must as far as I’m concerned), and I try to take in 200 grams of protein a day — though I admit that’s tough to do. Lots of chicken, milk, cottage cheese, Pro7, canned tuna, sliced turkey, even lean beef jerky — it all adds up. I’ve done a better job of keeping the simple sugars to only post-workout and post-waking up; usually it’s a banana in a Pro7 shake or a glass of orange juice first thing in the morning. Other than that, I stay away from the simple sugars if I can.
That’s about it for this week. Hopefully next week I’ll have more good news to share!
The Guinea Pig