Good to have you aboard, Will! You came to a great place. Anyhow, I’m going to break your post down to make this a bit easier for my writing and your reading. I’m going to tell you that you may get ripped by a few (some guys here just have shit attitudes) as many of the things you are doing contradict what we consider a core ideology. Anyhow, let’s take a look…
I’m currently taking the following:
Daily Multivitamin (Centrum Performance) 1 pill/day
Creatine E2 Matrix 8 capsules/day
HOT-ROX - 4 capsules/day
Various Forms of Protein - 60g/day
Calorie intake: 1600-1800 (it surges daily)[/quote]
Ditch the HOT-ROX. As you mention later in the post, Spike would be a much better choice for your goals. The multi is fine. The creatine is fine, I would imagine. I’m unfamiliar with that product, but you are paying too much if you are taking creatine in capsules. Get a kilo of the ProLab stuff, and save yourself some money while getting the same effect. Oh yeah… AND EAT! You should almost be doubling your caloric intake if you are looking to add any legitimate size. If you weight 114#, you are probably going to add fat to your frame about as quickly as Jessica Simpson will prove Fermat’s Last Theorem. And for a start, double to triple your protein intake. You can work on things a bit more stringently once you take care of those things.
3 days per week (30-45 minutes per day), each exercise 8-13 times. If more than 13 possible, increasing weight:
Seated Calf Raise
Lying Shoulder Pullover
Lying Triceps Extension
Standing Biceps Curl
Seated Abdominal Crunch
2 days per week (45-75 minutes):
Martial arts (mainly cardiovascular)[/quote]
I’m not asking you to give up martial arts, as it is likely an enjoyable and productive thing for you. However, you will need to quash unneeded cardio as it will hinder hypertrophy to an extent. Secondly, you make no mention of set volume in your training. This is kind of important. Lastly, and most importantly, you aren’t picking the big (and most taxing) exercises: bent-over rows, chins, overhead presses, deadlifts, squats, and dips.
Gain healthy weight & muscle
Retain leanness (at least the look— not into excess fat)[/quote]
I doubt fat will come easily to you. Considering your beginner status, you could likely throw on a good 30 pounds, almost all lean, in 3-4 hard months of training and eating like a beast.[/quote]
Is there something else that would produce similar energy ‘gains’ to HOT-RX but not potentially harm the anabolic process? I’d like to build muscle; however, I’m REALLY liking the effects (rather they be psychological or physical) of HOT-ROX.[/quote]
Sounds like Spike is right up your alley, although I never really considered HOT-ROX to be much of an “upper.”
Are there any additional supplements I should consider (I’ve been reading about Spike, Alpha Male, etc.)?[/quote]
Save all of your regular supplement money (except for Spike, if you are really convinced that you need a boost), and buy Grow! by the truckload. A big, fat grocery bill would be suitable for you also.
Anyhow, I hope this has helped you out. Once again, welcome aboard, check out the archives, and let us know if you need direction.