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Reacher34
01-05-10, 3:31 pm
Hey brothers and sisters, sorry I'm a little late to the party.

I was travelling for the holidays and as a result got my trial can a bit late. But I'm here now and ready to give this bad boy its day in court.

A little bit of background. I completed an 8 week cutting diet that ended on December 31st. I dropped down to 203 lbs. Since then I've used Dorian Yates' early bulking diet (as found on this forvm) to start my bulk. I'm back to training HEAVY again and am definitely looking forward to Project Z helping with some of this soreness.

As with the others, I'll be taking Z before bed. My other supplements consist of...... protein. Thats it! The holidays drained my money so I'm reduced down to whole food and a bit of whey.

Training looks like this:
Day1: Legs
Day2: Chest
Day3: Back
Day4: Delts
Day5: Arms

--abs are done before legs and back
--calves are done before chest
--extra forearm work 1x week where it fits
--Days off vary, I try to get a day after Legs or back, and then after day 5

It's an honor to test this and I want to say thanks to Animal for choosing me. Follow along everyone and lets see what happens.

mritter3
01-05-10, 3:34 pm
hey man, you are gonna love it, im almost a week into it, give it a few days to kick in and damn thats all i can say....enjoy it.

Reacher34
01-05-10, 3:42 pm
hey man, you are gonna love it, im almost a week into it, give it a few days to kick in and damn thats all i can say....enjoy it.

I'm looking forward to it. I haven't felt this sore for a while.

Also of note: I usually wake up anywhere from 1-3x a night to piss. As well as just waking up multiple times to turn my big ass over. If this thing helps me get a full night sleep, I'll be happy.

Reacher34
01-05-10, 9:26 pm
I'm still sore as hell from legs yesterday and I just got back from destroying chest. I'll take my first pak tonight. I'm not expecting immediate results, but I'm sure looking forward to any benefits that are about to come my way.

TheGreatWhite
01-06-10, 2:59 am
I wasn't near as sore today as I normally am after I hit back on Mondays, that's teh first thing I noticed from it...

Reacher34
01-06-10, 10:33 am
From here on out, the day number corresponds to the dosage from the previous night.

Ex.) First dose was last night, so today is Day 1

Day 1: Still woke up multiple times. Legs sore as ever and with the cold weather it takes me quite a few steps to get moving well. Chest only hurts when flexed but I usually don't get the worse pain until 2 days later, so we'll see.

Wasn't expecting much after only 1 day, still pumped to see this through and start reaping the benefits.

Reacher34
01-06-10, 8:20 pm
I'm going to do my best to also have this thread serve as a training log. Hopefully that will make it easier to see any changes in my workouts that could be attributed to Z.

Today was back:

Bent over rows: 15, 12, 10, (10+10+10)-triple drop
DB rows: 3x10
Hammer Strength Low Row: 12, 12, 10
Pulldowns: 12, 12, 10, 10
Hammer Strength Pulldowns: Triple drop - 10, 10, 20

Note: I omitted DLs today due to the intense soreness in my hamstrings. I could have pulled, but I don't think I would have been at my peak. This happens occasionally when I don't have an off day after leg day. Hopefully after Z kicks in, this won't even be an issue.

Another note: I AM bulking despite the moderate-to-high reps. I use a weight that I can lift clean for 6-8 reps, then I cheat a bit to get an xtra 3-4 reps. Really pumps the muscle well. Example: Row 275 for 7 clean, then use a bit of momentum to get three more.

I think it was Arnold who said, "cheat to make it harder". Who am I to argue?

Reacher34
01-07-10, 3:45 pm
Slept ok, still woke up 2x to piss. Legs are still KILLING me, chest is slightly sore, back is kinda sore but I'm expecting more pain tomorrow (usually takes 2 days for the worst to come).

Side note: I wish my can had some graphics on it. I know its a trial can and the details are still under wraps, but nothing cheers me up like a can that says "Animal" on it!

calcaneous
01-07-10, 4:06 pm
Another note: I AM bulking despite the moderate-to-high reps. I use a weight that I can lift clean for 6-8 reps, then I cheat a bit to get an xtra 3-4 reps. Really pumps the muscle well. Example: Row 275 for 7 clean, then use a bit of momentum to get three more.

I think it was Arnold who said, "cheat to make it harder". Who am I to argue?


bro, i am bulking as well, with rep schemes like 15, 12, 10. its all about the weight you are moving, not the number of reps. you grow off anything that pushes your body to have to adapt to an external stimulus.

I hope you are enjoying "Z" as much as i am.

Reacher34
01-07-10, 4:10 pm
bro, i am bulking as well, with rep schemes like 15, 12, 10. its all about the weight you are moving, not the number of reps. you grow off anything that pushes your body to have to adapt to an external stimulus.

I hope you are enjoying "Z" as much as i am.

I just wanted to convey that I'm not using a weight that I can lift 15x. I'm using a weight that i can use 6-10, and THEN I'm pushing the envelope to get some extra. Doing my best to put my muscles in "red alert" and force them to grow.

I'm glad to hear that you're bulking on Z as well. It's sure to be a great supplement to recover from the beating we put on ourselves.

Reacher34
01-08-10, 2:31 pm
Slept much better than usual last night. I think Z is kickin in! Chest is only a bit sore, my back is pretty good. Although I know that this is what I should expect from Project Z, it makes me feel kinda guilty and I'm resolved to train even harder. I'm gonna hit shoulders later today and really KICK MY OWN ASS! haha.

calcaneous
01-08-10, 2:42 pm
I just wanted to convey that I'm not using a weight that I can lift 15x. I'm using a weight that i can use 6-10, and THEN I'm pushing the envelope to get some extra. Doing my best to put my muscles in "red alert" and force them to grow.

I'm glad to hear that you're bulking on Z as well. It's sure to be a great supplement to recover from the beating we put on ourselves.

i understood what you meant. i was just saying that going beyond the normal rep scheme "failing" reps, and pushing for high volume training is wonderful at times.

Reacher34
01-08-10, 3:52 pm
i understood what you meant. i was just saying that going beyond the normal rep scheme "failing" reps, and pushing for high volume training is wonderful at times.

Agreed.

Reacher34
01-09-10, 11:31 am
Delts:

Military Press: 2 w/u sets; then 15, 10, 8, 5 dropset to 6
Lateral raise: 4 sets; 15, 12, 10, 8
reverse pec dec: 4 sets; 15, 12, 10, 10
upright row: 3 sets of 10
superset with
lateral raise: 3 sets of 10
shrugs: 3 sets of 20

-wanted to really pound the side delts today

Reacher34
01-09-10, 11:33 am
Slept like a baby, even after watching the Cavs blow a 3 point lead with under 2 mins to play!!! I really don't have any soreness except still in my legs. My delts rarely get sore and if anything I'll feel em tomorrow, but we'll see.

Anyone else getting excited for the Arnold?

mritter3
01-09-10, 11:33 am
Delts:

Military Press: 2 w/u sets; then 15, 10, 8, 5 dropset to 6
Lateral raise: 4 sets; 15, 12, 10, 8
reverse pec dec: 4 sets; 15, 12, 10, 10
upright row: 3 sets of 10
superset with
lateral raise: 3 sets of 10
shrugs: 3 sets of 20

-wanted to really pound the side delts today

so was this todays workout....or you posting it to show how you did after a night of Z?...lot of volume there...way to go

Reacher34
01-09-10, 1:37 pm
so was this todays workout....or you posting it to show how you did after a night of Z?...lot of volume there...way to go

This was done on 1/8/10.

Reacher34
01-09-10, 4:42 pm
Arms:

I really like to superset bis and tris, but today just did straight sets. Took longer, I'm switching back to supersets next week.

Tris:
pushdowns: 2 w/us; 15,12, 10, 10
CGBP: 15, 10, 8,8
Skullcrushers: 3 sets of 10
overhead rope ext: 3 sets of 15

Bis:
DB curls: 15, 12,10
Curl Bar: 15, 10, 10
DB preacher: 3 sets of 10
Preacher machine: 1 set of 20

Forearms: 3 sets for flexors; 3 sets for extensors

SMOKED! I'm expecting a deep burn in a couple days in my bis. And my tris to still be tender come chest day. If Z can step up to the plate and handle that for me.....great!

Reacher34
01-12-10, 12:33 pm
Slept well saturday night. Here's something interesting. I work security for a club on saturday nights and don't get to go to sleep until at least 4am. I took Z and expected the usual snooze til 11 or 12. To my surprise, I woke up at 9:30ish and felt fully rested. I was able to do everything I needed to do that day without feeling like a zombie.

Reacher34
01-12-10, 12:38 pm
Sleep is getting better and better. Legs feel refreshed and painfree.....just in time to train legs!!!

Workout:
Leg ext: 3 sets of 30
Leg press: 15, 10, 10, 10
Squat: 3 sets of 10
Sitting hamstring curls: 4 sets of 10-12
DB SLDL: 3 sets of 10***
Leg ext: FST-7 sets of 12

***Fucked up here and tweaked my low back pretty bad. I did what I could and got the pain down and some mobility back (I'm a physical therapist). And then finished with the FST-7 technique on leg ext. Back is SO painful and stiff. Maybe Z can help me to heal in time for back day later this week.

Reacher34
01-12-10, 12:42 pm
Woke up this morning in pain, but considerably less. Good sign that I'll be ready soon and hopefully not miss a beat. Legs don't feel too shaky. I'm still expecting the pain, but we'll see the extent of it now that Z is working for me.

Side note: BREATHE WHILE YOU TRAIN. DO NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH! My good friend recently was doing preacher curls and was holding his breath. He collapsed a lung and is having surgery today!

Reacher34
01-13-10, 12:52 pm
Chest:

Incline BP: 10, 8, 6, 6
Incline Fly: 10,10,10,10
Hammer Strength Flat: 10, 8, 8, 8
Cable cross over: 10,10,10
Pec Dec: FST-7 sets of 12

--Got a great pump. The incline bench felt heavier than usual, disappointing. However, I made up for it on all other exercises. Thankfully, my back pain is within functional limits.

Reacher34
01-13-10, 12:53 pm
Another great night of sleep. Legs stiff and slightly sore, but not as bad as I'm used to. Chest feels good so far, just tight....which is awesome.

calcaneous
01-13-10, 1:36 pm
Another great night of sleep. Legs stiff and slightly sore, but not as bad as I'm used to. Chest feels good so far, just tight....which is awesome.

i am feeling the same way. My muscles aren't sore really, just tight feeling.

Reacher34
01-13-10, 7:55 pm
Delts:
Military Press: 10, 10, 8,8,6
Cable behind back lateral raise: 15,12,12,12 (heavy)
DB rear delt raise: 4 sets 12-15
Behind back shrug: 15, 15, 15, 10 drop 15 drop 15 drop 15
Shoulder press machine: FST-7 sets of 12

Calves:
Seated calf raise: 5 sets of 12
--only did seated because didn't want to add strain to the low back, which is healing nicely.

Reacher34
01-14-10, 11:26 am
Slight problem today. I was in such a deep sleep that apparently I turned my alarm off at 4:45 and didn't even know it. If it wasn't for my girl waking me up, I woulda been late for work.

The good part of this is....I'm getting DEEP sleep.

Reacher34
01-16-10, 2:05 pm
Slept well yet again. Soreness is close to non-existent. I'm liking this thing so far.

Reacher34
01-16-10, 2:12 pm
Back: ***Stuck to hammer strength and chest supported exercises so I didn't put any stress on the low back. Back is feeling much better, so I'll be back to full strength next week. Deadlifts, here I come.

Pulldowns: 15, 10, 8, 8, 8
DYPD: 8, 8, 6 dropset 6
Chest supported hammer row: 4 sets of 8
Underhand grip pulldown: 3 sets of 8
Low row: 3 sets of 8

Used some heavy ass weight today in an effort to make up for lack of deadlifts and BB rows.

Reacher34
01-16-10, 2:13 pm
Another good night of sleep. Haven't slept this well since....I can't remember. Hints of soreness in my back but almost not worth mentioning. More of a tight/pumped feeling.

Arm workout to come later.

Reacher34
01-16-10, 9:08 pm
Arms:
SUPERSETS.
DB curls: 15, 12, 10, 8,8
CGBP: 15, 12, 8, 8, 6 drop 8

Curl bar: 15, 10, 8, 8, 8
overhead ext: 15, 15, 10,10,10

Preacher Machine: 15, 12, 10,10,10
Skull crushers: 15, 10, 10 , 10, 10

Forearms: flexors 20, 15, 12
extensors 20, 15, 12

Reacher34
01-17-10, 7:40 pm
Had to work last night, got home at 3:30 and in bed by 4am. Took Z before hitting the sack and slept soundly for a good 7 hours. I was expecting some soreness, I destroyed my arms yesterday.... nothin!

Reacher34
01-18-10, 12:25 pm
I'm sleeping like a baby these days! Loving it. Cheers to Z. Got legs later today.

Reacher34
01-18-10, 10:12 pm
Legs:

Leg extensions: 3x 30
Squats: 5 sets of 10
Vertical Leg Press: 4 sets of 10
Seated HS curls: 4 sets of 12
supersetted with
Walking lunges: 4 sets of 20

Good leg workout tonight. Starting to feel comfortable with my knee and my back. Getting back to the heavy shit. Feels good.

J-Dawg
01-18-10, 10:53 pm
Looking good in here Reacher. Keep up the hard work. Gotta feel good to be able to train heavy again.

Reacher34
01-19-10, 8:30 pm
I'm starting to find that I'm sleeping less. But I dont think it's a bad thing. I simply wake up earlier, feeling wide awake, and stay awake. This has happened before when I've taken products with similar profiles. My theory is that your sleep is more efficient/deep and that your body simply doesn't need as much. It's like topping off at the gas pump. I like it.

Reacher34
01-19-10, 8:33 pm
Chest:

Incline DB: 12, 12, 8, 8, 8
Incline fly: 15, 15, 10, 10
Hammer flat press: 12, 10, 8, 8
Weighted Dips: 3 sets of 12
Cable x overs: 3 sets of 15

My incline size/strength has always been one of my weak points. I'm going to try to lead with incline exercises and see if I can spur some new growth there.

Reacher34
01-20-10, 7:37 pm
Not only am I waking up earlier, but I realized that I'm not sleep walking around 1 or 2pm. Usually, this is when I simply CRASH. But it hasn't happened lately, hmmm.....

Reacher34
01-20-10, 7:40 pm
Back:

DL: 10, 10, 5, 5, 1, 1
Pulldown: 12, 10, 10, 10, 10
Hammer Row: 4 sets of 10
Barbell Row: 10, 15, 8
Low Row: 12, 10, 10

SMOKED. Set some PRs today. Feeling greeeeaaaattt!

Reacher34
01-21-10, 9:02 pm
Woke up, started my day, walking out the door and down the steps..... started laughing a bit. Why.......My legs don't hurt!!!

Leg day was on Monday and I finally pushed some heavy weight around again, yet the pain is already gone.

Side note= This Dorian Yate's diet is a bitch. Who would've though I'd get sick of pasta and fruit?!?! However....this shit works. I'm up 17 lbs.

Reacher34
01-21-10, 10:39 pm
Shoulders:

DB press: 12, 10, 10, 8, 8
Lateral raise: 15, 15, 15, 10, 10
reverse pec dec: 15, 15, 12, 10, 10
Front raises: 3 sets of 10
Shrugs: 3 sets of 20
Machine press: 2 sets of 10

GOOD workout today. I'll be out of town tomorrow and won't be updating. I'll attempt to pick it back up on Saturday.

Big C
01-22-10, 12:24 am
What's up my long lost brother? LOL.......everything lookin good in here...so many Z logs to follow, seems like everyone is reaping the benefits.

You heading to the Arnold this year bro???

Reacher34
01-24-10, 2:40 pm
What's up my long lost brother? LOL.......everything lookin good in here...so many Z logs to follow, seems like everyone is reaping the benefits.

You heading to the Arnold this year bro???

Things are going well big man. I'm really digging Z right now. You're gonna love it when you can get your hands on it.

I'll be at the Arnold fo sho! Flight is booked, room is booked,....I'll be there.

Reacher34
01-25-10, 2:36 pm
So I forgot what day this is....I was out of town for a few days. I kept up the diet, and Project Z. And the week before I got all my training in. So I've had a three day break and am ready to get back in and kill some iron.

Z is still kickin ass. I'm truly gonna be sad when this can runs out. You guys will love this stuff. I'm getting antsy waiting for gym time. I'll update later after my leg workout.

Reacher34
01-25-10, 9:33 pm
Schedule was messed up today and had to train much later than usual.

5 mins on the bike
Abs
Pilates for lower back
Leg extensions: 3x 30
Squats: 12, 12, 10, 10, 10, 10
Vertical Leg press: 3 x 10
Kneeling leg curl: 10, 8,8
Leg extensions: FST-7 sets of 12
Seated leg curl: 10, 10, 8

Hard. Heavy. Nauseous....

Reacher34
01-26-10, 7:26 pm
Legs tight like I just finished a set. Not too sore though. A little bit when I stretch em.

Chest:
Incline BP: 12, 10, 10, 6, 4 drop 6
Flat DB: 10, 10, 10
Dips: 20, 10, 10, 15
Pec Dec: FST-7 sets of 12

Calves:
Leg sled: 6 sets of 20

Reacher34
01-28-10, 12:09 am
When this can is gone, its gonna suck to be sore again. I'm now a little worried that about not sleeping as well. Everything seems so good now, I guess I'll be counting down the days until Z is released to the public and I get scoop up some more.

Reacher34
01-28-10, 12:11 am
Pulldowns: 2 warmups, 10, 10, 10, 8
Bent BB rows: warmup, 10, 10, 8, 8
DYPD: 10, 10, 10 drop 6
Hammer Row: 10, 10, 10, 10
Deadlift: 10, 6, 15, 10

mritter3
01-28-10, 4:59 pm
Pulldowns: 2 warmups, 10, 10, 10, 8
Bent BB rows: warmup, 10, 10, 8, 8
DYPD: 10, 10, 10 drop 6
Hammer Row: 10, 10, 10, 10
Deadlift: 10, 6, 15, 10

good volume there bro...how you liking the Z

Reacher34
01-28-10, 7:40 pm
good volume there bro...how you liking the Z

I love Project Z!! I think I'm gonna go through withdrawl when it's all gone.

It's funny because on paper that looks like a lot of volume to me too. But when I review my workout, I stay using some heavy ass weight. I didn't notice at first, but I think Z is giving me the extra energy to stay heavy and punish it through the whole workout.

TheGreatWhite
01-29-10, 12:55 am
I love Project Z!! I think I'm gonna go through withdrawl when it's all gone.

It's funny because on paper that looks like a lot of volume to me too. But when I review my workout, I stay using some heavy ass weight. I didn't notice at first, but I think Z is giving me the extra energy to stay heavy and punish it through the whole workout.


Reacher, I've noticed the same....I can push thru my heavier workouts and sets much better with Z in my arsenal

Reacher34
02-01-10, 7:42 pm
OK...gotta play catch-up....

Shoulders last week went well. Used the Smith machine, which I don't usually use, and it went really well. Can't remember the numbers. Out of town over the weekend, car crash, extended stay....back to work....

Chest today

Flat DB press: 3 warmups, 10, 10, 7
Incline Barbell: 10, 8, 8, 8
Incline Fly: 15, 10, 10
Flat hammer machine: 3 sets of 8, then 6 drop, 6drop, 10

Been sleeping better than ever, but less hours than usual. Feel awake all day. Having great dreams. This thing just keeps going strong. I love it.

Reacher34
02-02-10, 7:29 pm
Some people are reporting increased hunger from Project Z. Unfortunately, I'm not getting that benefit. It's still a chore to shovel down the food. But I'm not complaining, I have thoroughly loved the effects of project Z.

Legs today....phew.

Leg extension: 3x20
Vert Press: 20, 20, 10, 10, 10
Squat: 5 x 10
Lunges 3 x24 with 105 on back.

Quick pace + HEAVY WEIGHT = me laying on floor in corner of gym, taking a small nap.

Reacher34
02-03-10, 2:16 pm
Woke up extra early today to get my training in. No problem, woke up and was ready to rock, no grogginess, no sleepiness in the gym.

Shoulders:
Military Press: 2 warmups, 10, 10, 8, 5 drop 7
Rear delts: 15, 15, 12, 12
Behind back cable laterals: 15,15, 10, 15
Mil. machine: FST-7 sets of 10

Again, quick and heavy. Workouts are very satisfying these days.

Reacher34
02-05-10, 5:16 pm
Woke up pretty sick today. Puked, had a protein shake, got to the gym by 6am, came home and slept until noon!!! Don't know if Z had anything to do with that long slumber, maybe it allowed me to sleep that long cause my body needs it. I don't know. Diet is gonna be a bit off today, but I'll do what I have to.

Back:
DYPD: 5 sets of 10
Jailhouse T-bar: 15, 15, 15, 10
Seated hammer row: 4 sets of 12
Pulldown: 15, 15, 12, 12

Reacher34
02-08-10, 8:19 pm
Well it seems like everyone's Project Z logs are drying up. I still have some paks remaining since I started later than everybody. However, I'm gonna let my thread fizzle out too. It's been a great product. I love it and I'll miss it, haha.

I can't wait until it's released, I'll be sure to cop me another can.

Since I'm still taking it, if anyone comes across this thread and has some questions, fire away.