4 things that have helped me:
**I’m naturally high strung, high tested cortisol levels, fitful sleeper, etc.
- AUTOREGULATE your training!! CT has talked about this extensively…it works. Your training program is only as effective as your recovery from workout to workout. Obviously, if you suffer from elevated cortisol levels, the last thing you want to do is beat the hell out of your body and CNS day after day. [/quote]
On the first points you make. I am high strung and have high tested cortisol levels, but have ZERO problem getting to sleep. Within 20-30 minutes of getting in bed, I pass out with no interruptions for a quality 8, 9 or 10 hours when I can squeeze that in.
As for Autoregulate. Yes, absolutely. I’ve learned this on my own. I plateau fast and I have some plateau breakers(one thibs mentions in here with using fat gripz or thick grips to enhance a muscular phenemeon when going back to regular barbells). And understanding when you can’t give 100% that day.
However, I re-found my motivation, my passion and my intent to get to my goals so I am on a high. It’s been about 40 days and I have YET to plateau. The guy I’m training with does a good job at preventing them and I do am coming in with good, healthy energy. This is similar to when Girondo says new trainers can train 6 days per week for the first month or so cause they are motivated, but will need to taper off.
For now, I’m running the high. But when I see some struggles to increase weight, reps, or feel burnt out I know what to do.
[quote]2. Phoshpatidyl Serine…(Poliquin brand)…start at 360 mg both post workout and in the evening…increase up to around 400-500 mg post workout and evening over the course of a few weeks
Glycine…start with 5 grams post workout…5 grams with main evening meal…5 grams pre-bed…can increase this up to as much as 20 grams at each of those times. CT recommends a max of 20 grams per serving…start low and see how you feel. He also said not to use glycine if you workout really early in the day. I have to say, this stuff does give you a “calm” feeling after using it in a high enough dose for while
Z-12 and ELITEPREO Mineral supplement pre-bed (about 90 minutes after your last meal of the day…or at least an hour…Z-12 is suppossed to be taken on an empty stomach…ELITEPRO doesn’t matter [/quote]
PS is rather expensive, Glycine I’m not familiar with in price, but I imagine I can find in it a bulk powder at an affordable rate. Z-12 is solid, I use that for 6 weeks, off 2 days, repeat. I get great sleep whenever I’m on it and definitely feel more facial hair growth and a libido. Infact, it’s probably the most underrated supplement to me.
I’ve changed my views 180 degrees on Keto-style nutritional approaches. I’ve done everything under the sun nutritionally, and while ketogenic diets “work”, they’re simply unsustainable, and the fat lost using them, will inevitably back fire once you move away from it. Plus, I feel there’s much high chance of muscle loss eating this way.
***Most importantly, in my opinion, keto-style diets are “stressful” in nature. You spend so much damn time being worried about carb intake, and suffering from low energy levels half the time…that’s stressul in itself. Then, you compound that with the constant thought of “my cortisol/stress levels are abnormal!”, you’re bound to be stressed out all the time.
Carb Cycling is a far more optimal approach, in my opinion. It’s easier both physiologically and psychologically. No need to “fear carbs” as long as you’re implenting them in a strategic fashion and are in a modest (sometimes high, sometimes non) caloric deficit most of the time…not all the time, if fat loss is your goal. I personally save my most grueling workouts for my higher carb/calorie days, which is what a lot of people do. Works well for me.
I hope some of this helps. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. You’ll reach your goals. Don’t listen to negative comments…everyone’s a tough guy online.
All good points and all I agree with, I just still need to find that right medium. Thus, me investing in a legitimate bodybuilding nutritionist. I had to think this is that and that is this, so when you start to think you’ll overthink. I thought it’s best I invest in someone with a superior knowledge, have faith in them, not stress about at the expense of not buying supplements. In another reply, my last one, you’ll see the progress I’ve made.