HA! That’s freaking hysterical, thanks for sharing that story man. Love it. [quote=“IronAndMetal, post:62, topic:221825”]
What other secrets to gains are you hiding away?
Here’s a few gems I’ll give you guys, don’t tell anyone:
-Wild Tiger Piss
-Deer Antler Velvet
-The Anabolic Hat
A few years ago I was living in California for the summer teaching, and was staying with a very sweet old lady who often housed out-of-towners who were involved with the group I was in. I would go to the gym in the mornings and get my Surge (before the days of Plazma) ready, and she would say, “what’s in there, wild tiger piss?” Secret #1. This was a great answer when my co-workers would ask what the pale yellow liquid was in my gallon jug I carried around all day. It increases protein synthesis, duh!
The first time I ever met @The_Mighty_Stu he was doing a training/nutrition seminar with @BrickHead in NY and a supplement company donated some giveaways. I won a bottle of Deer Antler Velvet, I haven’t used it because I’m pretty sure it’s banned in WNBF (and it seems ridiculous) but I still have it, I think just looking at it gives me some solid gainz.
The anabolic hat, 'nough said.
On a slightly more serious note, I’ve had some significant progress in the past few months in dialing back volume and increasing intensity. I used to do so much volume all the time for everything, thinking I had to. I also started on the Indigo Programs which are some seriously long workouts, so I just got used to it. Now I do what’s considered normal volume, 9-15 working sets per muscle group (9 for smaller muscles like arms, up to 15 for back thickness workouts). The workouts are done in 45-60 minutes. At first it felt like I wasn’t doing enough, but now I’m used to it and really enjoy being able to hit it hard for an hour and leave. Also makes it feel like I have more time for real life, always a good thing.
One of clients I recently started training is going through a similar transition, he was doing just crazy volume, so we’re dialing it down. I kept most of his exercises the same, tweaked a couple of movements and some sequencing, but he’s all “are you sure this is enough?” I told him to try it and see what he thought. After two weeks he loves it and has adapted well, strength and recovery is already better. I’ve learned that volume is one thing naturals really have to be careful of, there’s only so much one can handle before we reach the point of diminishing returns. I’m sure we can all agree that if we wanted to we could train for hours, might not feel great but we’ll be able to keep moving weight. So, it’s important to learn the volume that works for you and not be afraid to experiment with new methods.
EDIT: I’ve also recently (past couple months) lost my fear of higher GI carbs like bagels and such, I’ve been eating a bagel almost every day. I’m not eating candy and fast food and stuff, but bagels are a staple and a delicious way to get carbs in. I’ll have a bagel with breakfast or post workout.