Hi everyone, I am for the first time in my weightlifting/bodybuilding life, getting incredible results, and I am not sure why.
maybe you all can help me figure this out.
First a little bit of background, I usually lift weights for 6 months to a year max, then take a break. During the past several years, I have worker out as follows:
Started working out for the first time since 1985, October 1997: 235lbs 30%+ bodyfat, with a 38-39" waist, I am overweight and out of shape.
By November 1998, I am 222lbs @ 9-12% bodyfat, with a 34" waist.
I had help during this period by using low dosages of Deca and Test for 6-8 week cycles with 6-8 weeks off between cycles.
April 1999, stopped using all steroids forever, stopped working out.
By October 2002, I had ballooned up to 240lbs and once again was overweight and out of shape, with almost a 40" waist!
October 2002 - April 2003, worked out with nothing other than Protien, Creatine, Vitamins, UniLiver, and two short cycles of 1-T.
Got down to 225lbs and 15% bodyfat, with a 36" waist.
Stopped working out from May 2003 to March 2004, and worked out briefly until October 2004. Weight averaged 230lbs @ 15% - 18% body fat.
Started working out again in June 2005, but this time bumped up both the protien, carbs, and fat, but calorie intake was only about 500 above or below maintenance at any given time, also started HIT training, i.e. 30 minute, very intense, heavy and hard workout with single sets to failure.
Only suppliments, during this time period were as follows:
4 weeks of Nitrix, CellMass, NoXplode from halfway thru July to present, and 1 week of 1-T and 4AD, which I stopped this past Monday.
OK..here is where it gets interesting...while on the BSN stack, before taking the PH's for a week, I went from 235lbs @ 28% BF to 215lbs @ 14% BF.
When I added the PH's I went from 215lbs to 221lbs @ 155 BF in ONE WEEK.
During the past 5 days, in which I stopped taking the PH's, I gained an additional 5 lbs @ am now 226lbs @ 15% BF.
I was bloated very badly while on the PH's, but actually gained vascularity back during the 5 days I was off them and lost the bloat.
ok, here is the killer!
My 300lb monster of a cousin, who I mention in my thread "Conversation with a 300lb monster", told me he drinks a protein shake immediately after his workout, another an hour later, and then a STEAK dinner, an hour after that, and then another protein shake just before bed.
also, I felt better during my workouts during the periods I was OFF the PH's, and truth be told, my workout intensity sent down for the first time since taking the BSN stack, as soon as I added PH's..didnt even feel like working out.
Well, during this past week off the PH's, which I only took for 7 days (2 1-T and 2 4AD ethergels, 3x a day), not only did I lose the bloat, but gained weight, vascularity, and muscle size!
In fact, this whole time since June, my lower tri's are sticking out more than ever before, even more than while I was on gear back in 1997/1998.
In fact my arms are bout to bust 18"!
Why is this happening? I shouldnt be gaining weight, gaining vascularity, and muscle size after a short 1 week PH cycle.
Here is what has changed the most during th epast 2 weeks I have made some really nice gains, I am doing what my cousin does with a little bit of variation..remember he takes d-bol and/or sustanon and I DONT take any, none since 1997/98:
I drink my PWO shake immediately following my workout as always like him, but now, less than an hour later I eat steak and potatoes or Chicken breast and pasta, then another shake an hour after that, and another shake with only carbs and a tablespoon of peanut butter right before bed.
The next day after my workout, day 1 of my 4 HITdays off, I eat a little more carbs and a little more protein, then the last 2 daya off, the 2 days before my next workout I cut back a bit on carbs, but maintain the protein.
Unless, someone can convinve me otherwise, I feel these gains are from what I did post workout with my food...the most powerfull supplement.
If this continues, I am gonna throw my old stale PH's out, I dont want the bloat...and I feel I dont need the PH's anymore with this diet and HIT.
Or is this pure dumb luck?
If I hit 230lbs, by the end of next week, I am gonna freak out, especially if my BF stays at 15% or lower, and my waistline stays at 35".