Good session today, definitely feeling the additional carbs working. Today was back, abs and calves, longest workout of the week and typically I feel pretty run down by the end, but felt good today. Ended with a nice PR in rack pulls, continuing a slow but consistent strength increase week to week. Tomorrow, Wednesday, is my off day, when I typically see my chiropractor after school, and enjoy spending time with my wife and dog. Low day tomorrow, so no carbs other than veggies, but plenty of calories, so they're very manageable.
Right now for nutrition we are doing some carb cycling, trying to take advantage of the carbs around the training window, and keeping the carbs/overall calories as high as possible before the cut begins. Having added more carbs yesterday, even though it was a small addition, I could feel them working well during my session, energy and strength were up.
Right now I'm on a 4 day split and hope to keep that going as long as possible, knowing I may need to add in some HIIT/cardio days as the contests get closer.
Current supplements include:
Plazma - By far the best possible pre-peri workout supplementation out there.
Micro-PA - I started this about a year ago when I really got more into the bodybuilding style of training, and made it a priority to add mass. Within a few weeks I started noticing I was looking a little thicker, but more encouragingly, other folks did too, which gave me more confidence. Granted my training style changed also, which of course played a role, but I'm confident Micro-PA is working well.
Indigo - When I first started in the gym a few years ago I started taking a double dose of Indigo daily, to ensure all of the new carbs I was eating would be utilized well. It helped a LOT, and eventually about a year ago I stopped taking it once my supply ran out and just used Micro-PA. I recently started taking Indigo again as we're trying to up my carbs as much as possible, and so far my conditioning has improved while my weight has remained the same. There are a multitude of things contributing to this, but after my experience with Indigo, and everyone else's, there's no doubt it's going to remain a staple. I think it'll be especially helpful as I cut to the show to keep all the LBM I can.
Flameout - Duh
Curcumin - Two daily, one in the am and one post training to help with soreness and recovery, plus the health benefits.
ElitePro Minerals - A relatively new addition as of earlier in the summer, I can't believe it took me so long. I don't take all 7 caps before bed, I tried but I think the magnesium raised my body temp a bit, I kept waking up hot. I now take 4 capsules after breakfast, and 3 with dinner after training.
Finibars - Perfect pre-workout, I have it about an hour before training tacked on to the end of my lunch.
Vitamins - Vitamin B complex, C, D (5000IU)
Z-12 - 2 caps when needed for sleep if I just don't feel tired when bed time rolls around.