End of Break and Supplement Cleanse

So on Tuesday it was my first day back at the gym and did I miss it. My body was feeling 1240053_677711735601149_885581815_nreally good after a few days off the gym and I took my pre-workout and BCAA. I was pumped and I was ready. I decided to do everybodies favorite workout, ARM DAY!

I missed the feeling of the pre-workout, once I took it again I couldn’t figure out why I decided to stop for a few days. The workout felt that much more fullfilling. I raised the weight on nearly every exercise. Was this because of the rest or the pre-workout? Who knows, all I know is that I had new PRs, felt great and was very happy with myself and in the long run, isn’t that the gym is supposed to do for us?

I set my goals and I am on the way the conquering them. Sometimes taking a break from the gym for a few days allows us to rest fully and push more when we return. I definatly had more energy and strength than usual and I was happy to expend it.

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End of Rest Week and Supplement Cleanse

Today is the final day of my rest week. I have been resting my body since the 7th and today is the 11th and I will back at the gym on the 12th. This will mark 5 full days away from the gym. I figured this would be a good idea to let my body rest and for some aches and pains to go away.

elbow-painBefore I started this week of rest I was having pain in both my elbows (leftover golf/tennis elbow?) and a few other minor pains. I was able to work through these issues but I was also
able to tell that they were slowly getting worse. After 5 days of not using the gym I feel much better. I have full plans on hitting the gym tomorrow and having a hardcore workout. Will the pains come back? Who knows, wouldn’t shock me because I push myself a lot. Part of me enjoys the pain, makes me feel like I succeeded. No pain, no gain. Is that still the saying?

Either way, I know I probaably gained a pound or 5 as I have not been the best at momnitoring my diet during this time but I will be sure to burn that off as fast as I can. Planning on a lot of gym stuff coming up.

I’ve been away from the supplements for 7 days. Typically these do not affect me unless I300 have taken them recently. I posted what it was like for me to go to the gym without the supplements (pre-workout, BCAA, protein, creatine) but it has not felt any different when I have not been at the gym, so no complaints there.

Tomorrow will be my first day back at the gym and I will be taking my supplements and I can’t wait. I miss the drive and I miss the feeling of being at the gym. Stay tuned as I post about it.
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The App That Changed My Life!

bodyspace-share-iconThese days enarly everyone has a smart phone filled with apps, but how often is it that an app comes out that actually changes your life for the better? Don’t get me wrong, Angry Birds was a great way to kill time when bored in a waiting room but than it also became a great way to procrastinate when I needed to get work done. “I’ll do it in 5 minutes, I really need to kill this green pig!”

The app that changed my life (and this is going to sound like a huge plug) is the BodySpace app by BodyBuilding.com. Before I found this app, I used to go to the gym, do the same 5-6 exercises (which had nothing to do with each other) because they were the only ones I knew how to do and went home after. Average time spent at the gym was 30-35 minutes and a good chunk of that was spent trying to figure out what to do next or waiting for someone to get off the machine I wanted to use.

With this app I was able to either pick a premade workout from a long list of them or make my own workout from a choice of over 960 exercises. Each exercise comes with both readable and video instructions on how to do it and it records and saves the sets/reps/pounds that you lifted. I feel like I am the only guy in the gym who actually uses his phone for his workout between sets instead of checking Facebook or Instagram (though I am guilty of that sometimes).

When I first started with this app after gaining weight on my honeymoon, I got myself up to 14-15 exercises for over 1.5 hours a day working out just my upper body. (had a separete leg day). This was great for me because I was learning a lot of exercises and watching as the numbers went up but along the way I started to get pains in both of my elbows. Apparently doing this massive workout (for me) 5-7 days a week was getting to be too much and I started getting a case of golfers/tennis elbow, not sure which one.

This allowed me the opportunity to figure out how to break down my workout to having one day for arms, one day for back/chest/shoulders, one day for legs and one day for power lifting. I usually will do one of the first 2 twice a week. Doing this I was able to learn more exercises and how to do bigger lifts. It also allows me to shorten my gym time during the week so I could work out each section more in less time and get home. Getting home at 730 and get by 8 to have eat dinner at 945 and get to sleep to wake up at 4am to do it all voer again takes a lot out of you so having the extra time at night to do stuff or be with my wife is just as important to me.

The next great thing about this app is that it is more than just a how to and record keeping app. It is a social network with thousands if not millions of people who started out just like me and all working towards reaching the same goal. Can post progress photos, interact with others, status updates, forums. This has added extra motivation to my workout because if they can do it, than why can’t I? Everyone on BodySpace has been great and motivating and extremly helpful.

This app has changed my life, it takes time to get into it and discipline to make it work, but if you are willing to put in the effort, it will surely help anyone who uses it.

C4 Explosive Energy Pre-Workout – Review

Up fo300r review is C4 Explosive Energy Pre-Workout by Cellucor. Of the several pre-workouts that I have tried, this is my number 1 overall pre-workout drink. There is a wide variety of flavors and sizes to choose from.

Having tried several of the flavors (fruit punch, pine apple*, sweet tea*, blue razz) I have yet to find a flavor that I did not enjoy. This is big since it is a drink that you will be taking before every workout and it needs to be something that makes you excited and puts you in the mood. Even the sweet tea* flavor got me in the mood for a workout. Was not expecting that when I made the purchase.

When it comes to mixing, it mixes very easily. The can says to take with 4-6 ounces of water which is appropriate. Any less than that and it comes out with clumps of powder (when using a blender ball mix cup) but any more and it starts to dilute the flavor and makes it very watery.

It usually takes about 15-20 for it to kick in (as it says on the can) and when it does it will affect different people in different ways. For me I get a warm feeling that brings a lot of focus and energy with it. On days I don’t want to go to the gym it makes me want to go more.¬†On days I do want to go it encourages me to drive harder. This is everything I was looking for in a pre-workout.

The downside is that it get a prickling/tingling feeling. The level of how much this affects me differs everyday but it doesn’t stop me. Some days the prickling stings more than others but it kinda feels good. In a strange way it pushes me to go harder and not stop.

Rating

Taste: 8/10, Mixability: 8/10, Effectiveness: 8/10, Value:10/10 Bodybuilding.com sells for regular price of $40 bu it is usually on sale for $30 and a lot of times has further discounts.

* – Indicates discontinued flavor