Nice log brother. I don’t like to post on the subject very much (other than to bitch slap little teen boys who want to go to the dark side) but since I did sort of go through tons of school for this chemical/biological thing I want to chime in here:
You need an AI. Has to be there buddy. It will keep mood stabilized better, libido, bloating and water retention will come down, and you’ll feel better all around. I am kinda surprised that anybody would think to do something without it. It will not dismember your gains and it will make your life easier. Ironically, mood is typically related to fluctuations in E2 levels, not the “angry” one that gets the blame. [/quote]
Hey, thanks for stopping in, man! I definitely have an AI. If I were to hypothetically be taking one, it’d be Adex at .5mg EOD. Now, admittedly, I had gotten a few different recommendations from knowledgable friends about how to approach its use. One guy, who has extensive knowledge, told me to simply keep it on hand until any kind of sore nips / gyno / etc was obvious. The other, who was a total former fatty like myself, said he thinks it’s important to stick with it EOD, as guys like us are more prone to some of the E2 issues given our past. I kind of wanted to ‘wait and see’ how everything was rolling along, but I think you solidified that I should probably be taking it consistently. I had dosed once (Wednesday) and today - and I’m going to keep with it.
Actually, the thing that had been bothering me the most so far was my odd mood swings - I’m normally a fairly level-headed and happy-go-lucky dude, but the last couple days I had been experiencing a few erratic swings either WAY up or way down. So, thanks for the input - I’m going to stick with the EOD plan.
Excellent - Right now I’m shooting for about 2 gallons/day, and somewhere around 100oz during my workout so I’m not pissing five times a night since I work early - I also figure it’ll help get my peri-workout nutrients dispersed and flowing a little more consistently. Plus, I’d hypothetically also be riding “Gwen” as well (change a few letters around and I think you can figure it out,) so cramps are also bound to be occurring from that as well - and yes, I’m definitely dosing a fair amount of Taurine each day too!
[quote]And foam rolling and compression/tack work is going to be massively needed/essential with the uptick in volume and intensity you’ll be getting into. Also with more muscle tissue being added knots can get really worked in deep. Your pec is a living example of what will happen to the rest of you if you don’t heed the warning and start keeping up with mobility work and soft tissue stuff mate. Stay easy on the chest here for a bit, at least with isolation stuff that really stretches it hard. Keep it from being stretched too hard for the next week or two and you should be good to go (most dangerous part is right at the point where you feel “hey this is gonna heal up just fine now” and decide to push because you feel good. That’s how many powerlifters tear muscles too.)
All that said I don’t want to be a downer, you’re doing good work![/quote]
10-4 on that, big time. A juicy supervisor friend that I work with was preaching this as well - that my body may not be physically ready for the intensity/weights that I’ll be moving into soon here. I had usually only kept up on some of the lower-body basics: foam rolling all the leg muscles/IT, some broomstick stretches randomly and a little bit of pre-hab work every once in a while but I’m definitely going to have to start committing to this indefinitely.
I gotcha on the pec. Even now the pain has essentially disappated, but if I flex really hard I can still feel it. I’ll go in in two days and probably go nice and light with a good amount of reps just to err towards the side of safety. Because - hehe, I was just thinking “Hey, this HAS healed up just fine now.”
Thanks for the advice - anything else you may ever see or any input you have will be well-read and applied.