Thursday, September 22, 2011

Appetite, it isn't always there. I can fix that.

Trying to Bulk.
As someone who is lifting weights, new or old, you will come to a point where you want to add mass. Appetite can end up being a pain in the ass sometimes. Stress, hormonal imbalance, and a host of other problems can make it hard for you to eat enough to gain weight. Lean bulking is even harder because chicken gets really old really fast. I have had experiences with eating clean where my body just stopped being hungry because of clean eating, and a strange reaction to 1-test, I would eat and it wouldn't stay down for long. That is why they invented protein shakes. These are a godsend if you have trouble eating. The right protein powder blended up with a tablespoon of peanut-butter can give you a Reese's peanut-butter cup in a glass. There are so many different recipes to try with limits set only as far as you can imagine. Anabolic Gourmet has some wonderful recipes on it for protein shakes, I haven't tried the other recipes on the site though. I know the shakes are wonderful.

How much food is enough?
This question comes up with nearly every new lifter. It's an extremely easy question to answer as well. The real issue with knowing is that people eat when they are hungry usually. The problem is that people become programmed to eat at certain times based on what they are used to. You can see evidence of this by changing from your current eating habits to a schedule of six smaller meals, it makes it easier to break up the calories this way, separated by two or three hours each. Do so for a week or two and then try missing a meal. You will feel like you haven't had food for days, because your body has this wired in, so to speak, and you just messed up it's feeding time. Your metabolism sped up for the expected food, and nothing came. Now actually figuring out how much you need to eat is really easy. Simply put record your food intake for a week. If you gained weight, you are eating enough. If not then eat 500 calories more repeat until weight gain is reached. If you increase too much you will gain more fat than you want.

Training Increases Hunger.
Intense training stimulates your appetite. Your body will be craving more calories to help it recover from brutal workouts and the higher the intensity the more food you will naturally want. If you don't believe me then switch up your routine to something more intense than what you are doing right now. Try squatting three or more days per week. It will bring up your hunger. Cardio really helps with appetite increasing as well. It may not be any fun to run on a treadmill for a half hour a day, but it will help you eat more. Cardio doesn't always mean running though, I use tireflips in my workout for cardio. I know plenty of guys that swap out running for other things. Although sometimes you just aren't hungry anyway.

How can I eat if I'm not hungry?
I am going to cover three different ways to increase appetite. They are Force Feeding, Water Expansion, and Benadryl.

1.) Force Feeding, just as it sounds increases appetite by changing the body's time to expect food and the quantity of it. Basically you set a number of calories you will consume at each meal, pick a reasonable number so you don't vomit because that is kinda counter productive here, and pre-make each meal. The reason I say to pre-make them is so that you can count out the calories before hand and be ready. You can do this with up to a weeks worth of food and you will successfully reprogram your eating habits with it. The first few times will be hell because you will stuff it down until you want to vomit and then stuff a little more down. The same principle can be used for cutting as well. If you restrict calories in the same fashion with a schedule for eating times, and amounts, you will eventually set your body's response to it.

2.) Water Expansion is using volumes of water to expand the stomach to want more food. I have only used this once before and it did work, which surprised me. Technique is to take a gallon jug and fill it with water. Drink it within the course of an hour, wait an hour or two, and drink another gallon repeat for around a week on top of eating. I'm really not sure if stomach size affects appetite, but anecdotally I can say it did for me. It seems to work by stretching the stomach to allow more food inside. I have seen speed eaters use a similar technique, but using a couple pounds of lettuce. The idea behind water is that it will clear fast and allow you to maintain higher calories. The lettuce method may work, but you will be full. You can try lettuce before bed if you really don't like drinking water.

3.) Benadryl is an allergy medication. Using Benadryl to stimulate appetite is a weird suggestion that a friend told me about when I had issues eating enough to gain significant weight. I had used Benadryl before to combat allergies in the spring, but the only side effect I had was that it made me fall asleep. Within a half hour I was out cold, with deep sleep, for a good 10 hours if left alone in a comfortable place. So I always just took it before bed and it seemed to help my allergies. I told my friend this and he told me that if I can fight through the drowsiness I will get extremely hungry. So I figured, what the hell I'm only out $3 if he's full of crap. The first time using Benadryl for appetite stimulus was hard. I took it around eleven in the morning so I could use it for lunch. By the time noon came I was extremely tired and nearly just took a nap, but I fought through it and guess what? It worked. I ate three big bowls of chili, two honey and peanut-butter sandwhiches, with around six cups of milk after not wanting food all day after my meager breakfast of two eggs. I didn't believe that using Benadryl to stimulate appetite would work, but I was proved wrong. It works without fail for me daily, you eventually build up a tolerance to the sleepiness apparently. I just dose my single cap of Benadryl with 200mg of caffeine and they balance out pretty well. It's an easy method to use, but I won't promise it works with everyone. I know there are those who won't be able to stimulate appetite using Benadryl because everyone reacts differently to everything. Please refer to Benadryl's dosing protocol for proper use.

There you have it. Three methods to increase your appetite for a bulk, or if you are underweight. My posts regarding anything is purely hypothetical and a figment of my imagination. I am not liable for anything I post. Please be safe when considering these methods.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Overtraining, a Chaotic Painful approach.

Jamie Lewis, also known as Chaos and Pain, runs and one of his fans runs

He is basically nuts.. but has quite an interesting perspective on lifting, in that the style is extremely intense, and he has done his research. What he is doing works for him, and others. He really preaches into the Bulgarian lifting programs, they train 6-8 hours per day every day, and is another living example of what pushing to the extreme will do for you.

His brutal workout is listed here -> Chaos and Pain, Basics.

Summary of the workout:

"On Chaos and Pain, you're going to train a MINIMUM of 5 days a week, if you're going balls out. I've never tried to pack the volume of work I do into less, really. I've had backoff weeks because my legs were cramping like crazy, which reduced my training load for a week, but this program is all about constantly busting your ass.
The exercises:
Front Squat
Clean and Press (and all of its variations... power cleans, push press, fat bar clean and press, log clean and press, dumbbell clean and press, reverse grip/fast curl and press)
Snatches (one and two arm)
Push Presses
Push Jerks (from the back)
Military presses (one and two arm)
Deadlifts (one arm, two arm, trap bar, etc)
Bench press (close grip, reverse grip, and regular flat bench)
Pullups (weighted and unweighted)
Dips (weighted and unweighted)
High Pulls
any other heavy ass exercise you want. Stones, steel suitcases, farmers walks, throwing weights for height or distance, etc. The key is that they're heavy, not conducted on a padded seat or bench (with the exception of bench press), and require you to be a fucking man while doing it.
The basics: I typically combine one push with one pull and one squat three times per week. The exercises are basically a grab bag, from which you can grab any of the above. On those three days, you will shoot for 15-30 total reps, depending on your rep scheme. Doing triples? go with 10x3. Doubles? I rarely do them, but shoot for 10-15 sets. Singles? They're my bread and butter, and I'll do anywhere from 15 to 30 of them, depending on the workout. I love them.
The key to getting ripped and strong on this program is to use AT LEAST 85% of your 1 rep max (1RM) on everything, and I like to stay in the 87.5%-100% range. That means HEAVY. Always. Well, almost always. If you're going to squat 3 times a week, make the midweek squat workout a light one. i like to load 135 or 225 on the bar and squat for time for a couple of sets. I just put a song on my ipod that's 2:30 or 3:00 for 135, or 1:30-2:00 for 225 and squat pretty much nonstop. If you start dying, just stand there under the weight."

He starts out an article ( Eat Like a Caveman, and You'll Look Like a Caveman )

According to a study published in the journal Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology in 2003, skeletal remains show that paleolithic humans developed muscularity similar to today's superior athletes. - Eaton, SB and Eaton SB III 2003. An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Physical Activity: Implications for Health. Comp Biochem Physiol A 136, 153-159.

Today most people, athletes included don't push to the extreme. Most Americans don't because they are lazy as hell. Athletes that rely on their body solely for their sport don't push to the extreme either for fear of something that doesn't exist. This thing is Overtraining. Many of those that read this will disagree with it because they have been preached at to rest when they need it. Those people will also read the above program and believe it will yield no size, or strength, to the lifter and bash it for "overtraining.". The problem is that the body will want you to think you are pushing it too far so you stop stressing it. Resulting in you just giving up on something because you're body lied to you. When not listening would have pushed you over the edge to another level.

Jamie Lewis' statements on it are here, and in a bunch of other articles ->

Overtraining is all in your head Part 2

John Broz covers it here as well ( T-Nation Article ) -

"If you got a job as a garbage man and had to pick up heavy cans all day long, the first day would probably be very difficult, possibly almost impossible for some to complete. So what do you do, take three days off and possibly lose your job?
No, you'd take your sore, beaten self to work the next day. You'd mope around and be fatigued, much less energetic than the previous day, but you'd make yourself get through it. Then you'd get home, soak in the tub, take aspirin, etc. The next day would be even worse.
But eventually you'd be running down the street tossing cans around and joking with your coworkers. How did this happen? You forced your body to adapt to the job at hand! If you can't' squat and lift heavy every day you're not overtrained, you're undertrained! Could a random person off the street come to the gym with you and do your exact workout? Probably not, because they're undertrained. Same goes with most lifters when compared to elite athletes."
John Broz talks about the place where normal lifters stop because of the "overtraining" he calls it "dark times". His article on it is larger than this but I will post part of it and a link.

Source - (Central Nervous System Fatigue
"In the "dark times" it's just as I said, a lot like "withdrawal" from substance abuse. If you want the specifics, I’ll try to lay them out for you as best I can. Maybe this will clear up some of the misconceptions people have about what actually happens when you lift weights. Then again, maybe monkeys will fly out of my behind...
Most people think the only part of the body to adapt to lifting are the muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc. In fact, the brain also adapts to whatever stress you put on the body. It physically changes its structure and ability to deal with chemicals which directly relate to your physical activity. If you are a runner, you'll get better at making and using chemicals which deal with running. You'll also develop and affinity for extremely short shorts, politics, FOX news, granola, etc.
One thing that pissed me off about IA is his insistence that the CNS fatigues in some way. Bulls**t. People are still taught that the nervous system runs off of electrical impulses like a power cable. It doesn't. The nerve impulses (synapses) run off of chemicals (neurotransmitters). If these chemicals are not present, there is no signal between brain and muscle. The reason you can measure electrical impulses in the nervous system is because the electrical impulse is a BYPRODUCT of this chemical reaction. Its called an electrochemical reaction."
The idea that humans are fragile things is quite absurd when you really think about it outside of the gym. I can think of countless times helping my grandparents on the farm where I physically couldn't lift another bale after we finished that day and guess what, my ass was up in the hayloft 5am the next morning. When I moved away I got soft now compared to what I looked like then, but I just adapted to the situation I was in. It was pain for a long while, but eventually it stopped being pain. When the condition changed to a lax life I softened up due to lack of weights.

Both Broz and Lewis push that man has much more ability than we think. Prior to Steroids or Growth Hormone man did amazing things. If you read through Lewis' "Badest Motherfuckers Ever" series on the blog you will see how many of these guys were around prior to the isolation of testosterone. They still did crazy shit. Jack LaLanne is my favorite of the series. His most impressive feat is this:

"1984 (age 70): Once again handcuffed and shackled, he fought strong winds and currents as he swam 1.5 miles (2.4 km) while towing 70 boats with 70 people from the Queensway Bay Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary."

Some of the stuff this man did is insane to think about today. Most people would just assume the man juiced out the gills. Which is what everyone assumes to those who push the limits of the human condition further than an accepted norm. Looking through that blog you will see how many of those Badasses did insanely amazing things without the use of drugs, because there weren't any to be found yet. These people trained hard, ate like ravenous wolves, and slept like a bear. That's really all it takes to get massive, time + effort = results.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Steakdrol, Anabolic Mass Building Agent from Midgard Labs

(image credit to Maggie Smith)
The drug Steakdrol is, without a doubt The MOST POWERFULL ORAL ANABOLIC, that any user can cycle with to gain quality lean mass. Steakdrol is also the most powerful hardening agent that anyone could hope for. Steakdrol's anabolic score and androgenic ratio is 9500 which is 19x more anabolic/androgenic than Trebolone, and 95x more anabolic/androgenic than the male hormone Testosterone. This oral compound builds muscle like nothing else you can ever imagine. The effectiveness of Steakdrol on a mg to mg basis with other compounds is extremely weak, but the results from Steakdrol only increase with dosage. Dosage can be increased indefinitely. 

So what makes Steakdrol so anabolic? 

Tons of factors come into play when this compound is introduced into the body. Steakdrol increases protein synthesis via the mTOR pathway. Steakdrol also increases nitrogen retention in muscles. It also provides all the amino acids needed for Protein Synthesis. Steakdrol also provides multiple nutrients to the body that are vital for building lean mass. 

Is Steakdrol safe for teenage athletes?

Yes, Steakdrol is a safe anabolic compound for teens. Teen atheletes benefit from this compound immensely when proper dosing is incorporated. Teens should expect no adverse side effects while on Steakdrol.  It is safe for anyone because Steakdrol is Non-Suppressive. Long term usage of Steakdrol showed no decrease in male production of testosterone, or Luteneizing hormone. It can even be used in Post Cycle Therapy to help maintain gains. Estrogenic side effects are non-existent in all users. Teen users can expect gains of 10-20lb lean gains on a single cycle of Steakdrol.

What kind of dosing do I need to see gains with Steakdrol?

Recommending dosages for Steakdrol vary from user to user. As a start I recommend anywhere from 500-1000g per day. Just maintain the dosage for a week or two and if you don't see gains, up the dosage another 500g. New users should see gains with the recommend dosage within 2 weeks.