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Cellardweller
03-13-13, 8:20 pm
Hey guys (and gals),

For those of you who don't know me my name is Mike. I'm sitting at about 275lbs. I'm currently training 5x5 on my main lifts. I think the 5x5 is going to be a great routine for the testing. My current and typical stack is:

PAK
Flex
Shock Therapy
BCAA Stack
Torrent
Glutamine
Whey
Beef Aminos

I like to run ZMA and occasionally N1-T.

Can't wait to add in the Stak. Hopefully I'll have it soon. Time to rattle the cage boys and girls!!!

Phil800101
03-14-13, 2:41 am
Subbed.

Cellardweller
03-14-13, 1:40 pm
I moved up my weight on squats and hit 385x4 today. Looking for 5 next week with my ATP Stack.

Appollonian
03-14-13, 1:57 pm
In to see what's what.

Cellardweller
03-14-13, 2:02 pm
There'll be some what's what in here for sure LOL.

J-Dawg
03-14-13, 2:36 pm
In for this C!

Cellardweller
03-15-13, 9:30 pm
Came home from work and BOOM! Project Stak is sitting on the table. I'm holding off starting it until tomorrow. I don't want to take one now and another in 12 hours give or take. The madness begins tomorrow!!!

Cellardweller
03-15-13, 9:46 pm
I changed my mind. I'm taking a pack tonight 'cause Smoothballer takes his off day Stak at night. And he's better looking than me so I'll give it a shot.

Appollonian
03-15-13, 10:59 pm
That's WHAT I'm talking about.

Cellardweller
03-16-13, 11:58 am
Woke up today as ugly as ever LOL. I just gotta roll with it I guess.

Pre
PAK
Stak
one scoop Shock Therapy

Intra
one scoop BCCA stack + gatoraide

Standing OHP
95x5
115x5
135x5
155x5
180x5 5x5 that's what I'm talking about!!
135x10

Hammer Strength behind the neck press
2pps x8
2pps+15 x8
2pps+25 x8
2pps+25 x5

DB laterals
30 x3 sets of 8

DB front raises
20 x3 sets of 8

Alt curls
35x8
40x8
45x8
50x8
55x4

Hammer curls
35 x3 sets of 8

Rev grip EZ bar curls
70x8
80x8
80x8

post
3 scoops Torrent+extra 5mg glutamine+one scoop of whey

Done

Day one and I've already hit a rep goal. Tomorrow is deads which I seem to struggle more with than anything else.

Kowboy
03-16-13, 1:34 pm
in for the win! boom

J-Dawg
03-16-13, 4:50 pm
I changed my mind. I'm taking a pack tonight 'cause Smoothballer takes his off day Stak at night. And he's better looking than me so I'll give it a shot.

I noticed that too. It may even help with recovery during the night...

Sprint
03-17-13, 10:40 am
In

Cellardweller
03-17-13, 3:28 pm
Subbed.


In to see what's what.


In for this C!


in for the win! boom


In

The support is appreciated brothers.

Cellardweller
03-17-13, 3:34 pm
Yesterday I could not eat enough. Project Stak?

Today's buisness:

Lat pulldowns
150x10
170x10
190x10

Deads
135x5
185x5
225x5
275x5
315x5
345x3 Grrrrr... I was very tight this AM. I did some stretches and foam rolled before I left the house and stretched again after the 275 set.

Hammer Strength Hi Row
2pps+25 x10
2p+35 x8
3pps x6

DB shrugs
125's x10
125x10
125x7 left hand grip failed

Cybex back extensions
230x10
250x10
270x10

Standing leg curls
70x8 ea
80x8
90x8

Done.


Pre:
PAK
Stak
one scoop Shock Therapy

Intra:
one scoop BCCA stack + gatoraide

post:
3 scoops Torrent+extra 5mg glutamine+one scoop of whey

smoothballer
03-17-13, 3:47 pm
I changed my mind. I'm taking a pack tonight 'cause Smoothballer takes his off day Stak at night. And he's better looking than me so I'll give it a shot.

Damn straight

Cellardweller
03-17-13, 4:16 pm
Damn straight

LOL.

Cellardweller
03-20-13, 4:34 pm
Project Stak before bed last night and again about a half hour before the gym. It wasn't really on today until just about everyone in the gym flipped my kill switch. More on that in my Journey.


Bench
135x5
185x5
225x5
275x5
315x5
340x3 got my 5x5 last week and moved up 5lbs. If I was feeling better I would have got 4 easy.
225x12

Incline
205x5
225x5
245x5
265x4 one better than last week
185x10

Decline
205x5
225x5
245x5
265x5
285x5 This was 5x5 and I felt like I could keep going. Should have.

Close Grips - kept it light after all the benching. Didn't really have a choice.
185x10
185x8
185x6
185x4

V-bar pressdowns
80x10
90x10
100x10

Rev. grip EZ bar pulldowns
70x10
80x10
90x6

Supps same as usual. Too early I think to see any strength gains. I am feeling and looking more pumped though. I had 2 days off from lifting and I don't think I lost my pump at all. Growth? We'll see. I need to track my weight. I have noticed I'm hungrier since starting Project Stak.

Animal test subject Cellardweller has chewed through his cage and is unchained and unrestrained! He has been spotted in the local gym lifting heavy iron. Many locals have quit the gym and joined Planet Fitness for their own safety.

Cellardweller
03-21-13, 4:25 pm
Got a late start today. I was in a time crunch but still managed to get it in.

Squat
135x5
185x5
225x5
295x5
335x5
385x3
225x10

Pause Squats
205 x8 sets of 2 20-30 sec rest between sets. Down, counted to 4 and on 4 came up out of the hole

Hack Squats
2pps x8
2p+25 x8
3pps x8
3p+25 x8

Leg Extensions
250x10
250x10
250x6 Fried and done.

I was springing up my reps on squats pretty fast. My 385 set just wasn't happening and I didn't have my belt with me.

J-Dawg
03-21-13, 4:51 pm
Got a late start today. I was in a time crunch but still managed to get it in.

Squat
135x5
185x5
225x5
295x5
335x5
385x3
225x10

Pause Squats
205 x8 sets of 2 20-30 sec rest between sets. Down, counted to 4 and on 4 came up out of the hole

Hack Squats
2pps x8
2p+25 x8
3pps x8
3p+25 x8

Leg Extensions
250x10
250x10
250x6 Fried and done.

I was springing up my reps on squats pretty fast. My 385 set just wasn't happening and I didn't have my belt with me.

Yeah, with squats, a belt is key when you get to a certain weight. But looks like a solid session!

Cellardweller
03-21-13, 10:05 pm
Yeah, with squats, a belt is key when you get to a certain weight. But looks like a solid session!

It was. I really liked the pause squats. That was my first time doing them.

Cellardweller
03-21-13, 10:07 pm
Oops. double post.

Kowboy
03-21-13, 10:25 pm
It was. I really liked the pause squats. That was my first time doing them.

I started doing them at the beginning of this cube cycle. They are fucking brutal!

Cellardweller
03-22-13, 6:44 pm
I started doing them at the beginning of this cube cycle. They are fucking brutal!

Feeling them good today. Next week I'm going to experiment more with the weight ... so I can hurt more next week. Love it.



Hit the store and came home with:

Eggs
Vanilla almond milk -I had to try it for myself. Seems like it's talked about everywhere around here
A family pack of some kind of steaks. 6 slightly smaller than hand sized steaks = 3 meals
Mushrooms -you can't eat steak without mushrooms
A copy of Muscular Development
The Hobbit -getting my geek on
A bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs to smash while I watch for elf chicks in The Hobbit. Sorry Sprint. The chocolate and elf chicks are mine.

The vanilla almond milk with 2 scoops of vanilla whey, 5gm glutamine and 5gm creatine in a shake when I got home. The taste was pretty good. Almond milk has only one gram of protein per one cup while fat free milk has 8gm per 8oz. I think plain old milk is the winner here once you put taste aside. 8 fluid ounces is one cup which is a half pint for you partiers out there.

I am definitly hungrier on Project Stak. The Mini Eggs are bad enough but I also wanted chips and salsa, Little Debbie Zebra Cakes and Doritos. I opted out of Taco Bell on the way home in favor of the shake at least.

Weighed myself today. 274 this AM. After the mini eggs, 276 tomorrow LOL.

Cellardweller
03-23-13, 2:34 pm
Standing OHP
95x5
115x5
135x5
160x5
185x5 5x5
135x12

H.S. Behind the neck press
2pps x12
2p+15 x10
2p+25 x6
2p+25 x5

DB laterals
25x8
30x8
35x8

Machine rear delt flyes
100 x3 sets of 10

Alt Curls
35x8
45x8
50x8
35x8 held for a 2 count at top.

Hammer curls
40 x3 sets of 8

Finished off with 2 sets of 21's with 60lb BB

Hit my 5x5 on OHP easy today. On a roll with OHP. Two weeks in a row. Today I found myself wondering where the hell I get sets of 8 from. I do them alot. I also like 12,10,8,6 rep sets. I'm still getting monster pumps from Project Stak.

Phil800101
03-23-13, 6:52 pm
Strong pressing!

Cellardweller
03-24-13, 2:23 pm
Strong pressing!

Thank you sir. I hit my 5x5 on OHP 2 weeks in a row and today ...

Deads
135x5
185x5
225x5
275x5
315x5 fired them off fast again
345x5 BOOM!!! Hell yeah!!! And I fired them off just like the previous set. This is huge for me.
225x10

H.S. hi row
2pps+25 x10
2p+35 x8
3pps x6

Lat pulldown (wide)
150x10
170x10
190x8

BB Shrugs
225x10
275x10
315x10

DB row
80x10
90x8
100x6 These were easy. I haven't done them in awhile. Next week I'll move them up to the hi row spot and up the poundage some.

Only been on this about a week now and I'm sold. I'm eating like a horse, my lifts are going up and I've got this huge pump ALL THE TIME!!!! And yes, I am feeling frisky too.

Cellardweller
03-27-13, 5:16 pm
Pre
PAK
Shock Therapy
Project Stak

Intra
BCAA Stack + Gatoraide

Post
Torrent
one scoop of whey
extra 5gm glutamine


Bench
135x5
185x5
225x5
275x5
315x5 felt heavy and right shoulder felt tight
340x3 Wanted 4 for today.
225x13

Incline BB
205x5
225x5
245x5
265x5 not bad
275x3
185x12

close grips
185x5
205x5
225x5
245x4 started to tire out
245x3 didn't want to back down
185x11

rev. grip EZ bar pull downs
70x10
80x10
90x10

EZ bar press downs
80x10
90x10
100x7 cooked

Nothing sexy today. A good day though.

Noticed Antoine Vaillant got some love in Muscular Developement p224.

Cellardweller
03-28-13, 3:33 pm
Squats
185x5
225x5
295x5
335x5
385x3 just wasn't happening today.
225x10

Pause Squats
225 x8 sets of 2

Same as last week. I counted to 4 and on 4 came out of the hole. These were punishing. On back squats I could feel the soreness in my hip flexors on the 225 and 295 sets. On these it just tore me up more. I was wanting to quit but made myself keep going. These are definitly something to only do a couple times a month. They may also be what helped my deads out.

Hack Squats
2pps x8
2p+25 x8
3pps x8
3p+25 x5

Quads were on fire. People on the leg extension machines. Called it. I did my damage.

Cellardweller
03-30-13, 1:23 pm
Standing OHP
95x5
115x5
135x5
160x5
190x4
135x14 cool

Arnold press
45's x4 sets of 8

DB laterals
30's x4 sets of 8

DB rear laterals -seated
20's x4 sets of 8

Alt. Curls
35x8
40x8
45x8
50x8
55x5

Hammer curls
40x8
45x8
50x6

21's 2 sets for the finish

Cellardweller
03-31-13, 4:39 pm
Different gym today. Had to find one open on Easter.

Deads
135x5
225x5
275x5
315x5 felt heavy
355x2
225x10

DB rows
95x8
100x9
105x8

Hammer Strength low row
2pps x3 sets of 8

Lat pulldowns
150 I think. wasn't marked x3 sets of 8

Did my deads and just kept the rest simple and short. It's a holiday and being at a different gym, I didn't know the lay of the land. Still feeling strong dispite not being amazing on my deads today. Still feeling pumped. Real hungry today.

Cellardweller
04-03-13, 4:06 pm
"All of us here, were chasing after something, obsessed about it... Maniacal may be a more accurate word. We're willing to go the ends of the earth to grab hold of that thing that we want. Much of life is out of our hands, but every once in a great while, life presents itself and we can touch it... Lemme tell ya, it vibrates through the very core of our being... And those of us hungry enough, we can do more than just touch it--we can grab hold with both hands and hang on for the wildest fucking rides of our lives. See, this is why I'm in the game... For the ride... To take control of my destiny, even for a brief moment, cuz that, fellas, is the defining moment. That's the moment where we see who we truly are."



2 sets of 60 x12 tricept pressdowns warm up

Bench
135x5
185x5
225x5
275x5
315x5
340x4 One more than last week. Really felt I had 5 in me but no spoter.
225x13

Incline BB
205x5
225x5
245x5
265x5
275x3 Same as last week.
185x12

DB bench
90x10
100x8
105x6

Close grips
205x8
205x5
205x5
135x10

I was going to do sets of 8 but my tri's were done from all the benching. Today I really paid attention to controlling the bar on the decent even it I had to stop and pause at the top, and exploding up. Felt strong and had an awesome day.

Only a couple days of Project Stak left.

Cellardweller
04-04-13, 2:15 pm
squats
185x5
225x5
295x5
335x5
385x5 5x5 and a rep PR
225x5 ha ha some burn out set. I was too burned out LOL.

leg press
7pps x 4 sets of 8

I was going to pyramid the weight up and reps down but my quads are done from the last 2 weeks of pause squats and todays effort.

leg ext
190x10
210x8
230x6
250x4

Done.

Weight 282 last night.

Tomorrow is an off day and my last day on Project Stak. I'll have to post my review this weekend. Overall, I fucking loved it.

J-Dawg
04-04-13, 5:33 pm
squats
185x5
225x5
295x5
335x5
385x5 5x5 and a rep PR
225x5 ha ha some burn out set. I was too burned out LOL.

leg press
7pps x 4 sets of 8

I was going to pyramid the weight up and reps down but my quads are done from the last 2 weeks of pause squats and todays effort.

leg ext
190x10
210x8
230x6
250x4

Done.

Weight 282 last night.

Tomorrow is an off day and my last day on Project Stak. I'll have to post my review this weekend. Overall, I fucking loved it.

Looking forward to your final thoughts!

Cellardweller
04-05-13, 9:52 pm
The other night I was 282. This AM I was 276.2. BIG difference weighing in at night and AM.

Worked 12 hours, off from gym.

Pak + 6 jumbo eggs

30gm protein MRB + apple

2 turkey burgers + baked fries + FLEX

50gm whey shake + glutamine and creatine

ground beef + rice with just enough gravey to make it stick together.

My last pack of Project Stak.

Cellardweller
04-06-13, 12:03 am
Thanks to Animal and J-Dawg for letting my run this trial. Its been awesome.

This was my supp stack while on Project Stak

PAK
Flex
Shock Therapy
BCAA Stack
Torrent
Glutamine
Whey
Beef Aminos
Project Stak


--Monitor how it affects the main lifts.
Did you increase your weight in any of these lifts while on Project Stak? If training for reps, did you experience any increase in reps?

I was training 5x5 on my main lifts
.
Bench- started out 340x3 on my last set. Finished with 340x5 and am moving the weight up this week.
Squat- started out 385x4 and finished hitting 385x5. Moving weight up this week.
Deads-started out 345x3, hit 345x5 in week two and week 3 hit 355x2.
Standing OHP- started by hitting 180x5, week two hit 185x5 and finished with 190x4

Not crazy gains in strength but definitely improved. I hit my 5x5 goals in one or more lifts per week while on Project Stak.

--Take your starting weight and your finishing weight after using Animal Stak. How much did you gain while on Project Stak?

Started out 274ish and finished at 276 for a 2lb gain.

--How was your recovery while on Project Stak? Increased/Same/Less
Recovery was definitely better.

--Did you notice any increase in libido? Yes/No
Yeah, but not too crazy.

--Did you experience any reduction fatigue? Yes/No
Ive been more energetic all 3 weeks for sure.

--The first thing I experienced with Project Stak was it made me crazy hungry. Especially in the first week. I could not eat enough. That curbed down some the next week. My pumps were awesome. Im staying pumped all week long. The stretch marks on my shoulders are pink so I know I was growing. That said, I only had about a 2lb weight gain. I wish I could have tested my body fat before and after. Being 40 years old this really helped me add some weight to the bar. Strength gains were steady and my squat would have gone up more but I started doing pause squats during the run and they took some of the wind out of my sails. I only added nickles and dimes, but they add up over time. Overall Project Stak has been amazing and like others have said, I wonder what a few cycles back to back would do for me. You know Im running this again when its released.

J-Dawg
04-09-13, 5:27 pm
Thanks for your feedback C! Looks like it worked really well for ya. Like you mentioned, I'm excited to try and see how a few cycles in a row would work out!

Cellardweller
04-11-13, 3:53 pm
Yesterday

Press down warm ups
70x10
70x10

Bench
135x5
185x5
225x3
275x3
315x3
335x3 wraps on
355x3 Nice.
375x1 No spot
375x1 Spot for this one
225x16 Nice

Incline
205x5
225x5
245x3
265x3
285x3 PR
185x10

Flat DB bench
90x5
100x5
110x5
120x4 PR Hell yeah! Felt the strain in my bad elbow here

Close Grips
205 x4 sets of 5

Today

Squats
185x5
225x5
275x3
315x3
365x3 belt on
405x3 PR
425x1
425x1
225x13 I might have gone for 15 but was getting a pain in my back

Leg Press
6ppsx5
7ppsx5
8ppsx5
9ppsx5
10ppsx3 I think I hit 3 reps on this before

single leg leg ext.
140x8
160x8
180x8
200x4

both legs leg ext
260x8 stack
260x8
260x8
260x8


The week after Project Stak and still killing it!!!! PR's keep coming.