Nutrabolics Anabolic State

In the first week of May 2013, I added a second pre-run powder mix to my supplementation :

Nutrabolics Anabolic State

Nutrabolics Anabolic State

For all intents and purposes this is a Branch-Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) supplement, in tangy-tangy Orange flavour.  Looking at the label :

Nutrabolics Anabolic State label

Nutrabolics Anabolic State label

Here is where the astute observer will ask why, exactly, I’d choose to add a [10g BCAA per 12.5g scoop] powder to the pre-run dose when the Xpand already has [5g BCAA per 20g scoop].  The only difference is the L-Lysine in the Nutrabolics – but I’m not a biochemist so it’s not like I know some secret of human chemistry.

More the reason is that (a) I wanted to boost my BCAA intake for enhanced performance in the run and better repair after…and (b) because I seem to suffer what I call “Borg Syndrome”.

“Borg Syndrome” being a damnable effect of my biology, where I seem to adapt (and quickly) to new supplements and boosts.  The first Crossfit WOD where I dosed with Purple K, I was on fire: lifting more, pushing harder, feeling stronger than ever.  The very next time, the effect was half as much.  After that, no noticeable bump.

Same with the Xpand Extreme Pump…same with N.O.-Shotgun, which was one of {SR}’s first recommendations years ago.  The first workout is a monster, the second is decent, and after that, average.  Entirely average.

So, knowing this, I started mixing Anabolic State and Xtreme Pump in [X + Y = 1] proportions.  Half-scoop of one and half-scoop of the other.  3/4 scoop of one, 1/4 scoop of the other.  Dusting of one, nearly full dose of the other.  Mix it up to confuse whatever it is in me that attunes to a boost and adapts to its effects.  It seems to work.

 

Webber Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Healthy joints are important.  To keep mine up, I take these :

Webber Glucosamine-Chondroitin

Webber Glucosamine-Chondroitin

For some the jury is out on whether glucosamine and/or chondroitin actually have any benefits.  I choose to think it does.

Webber Glucosamine-Chondroitin label

Webber Glucosamine-Chondroitin label

I take 2 capsules before going to bed, then 1 capsule the following morning.

I get these from Costco.  They’re not expensive and the bottle lasts a long time.

Wild Rose Cleanse

On February 25, 2013, {Diwali} and I started a 10-day dietary cleanse, called the Wild Rose program.

It was {Diwali}’s idea and I came along for the ride.  She wanted to do it as a kickoff to a weight-loss drive, and being as I’m always in the mood for self-improvement (after a fashion) I agreed to do it with her.

The program is simple to understand but tricky to follow.  There are three sets of tables to take daily, as well as a liquid solution added to a glass of water and drank with each meal.  The cleanse itself strictly limits the types of food one may eat.  Vinegar, refined sugars, soy, dairy, seafood, tropical fruits, bread/wheat/gluten, fungi, yeast, many carbohydrates – all these are among the “none of” list for the diet portion.

Basically it’s ten days of lots of almonds, walnuts, vegetables and domestic (but un-dried) fruits, lean grilled meats.  We ate well, if on the bland side (every sauce and topping contains a forbidden component) and by the end of it I was happy to get back the likes of mustard, BBQ sauce, and cheese.

To the question of “do you end up SOYA* all the time?” the answer was no, it doesn’t trigger an urge to “cut a LP** record” every half-hour.  That seems the first question and primary concern of many we talked to about it.

I came away from it feeling very good.  I lost the usual sugar urges that would follow a meal, especially starchy meals like pasta.  And I have stayed off wheat/bread/gluten, even to now.  That change has been significant.  I don’t think I am or was Celiac, but dropping >98% of gluten from my diet has improved my digestion to an amazing degree.  Just unfortunate that the food industry reads “gluten-free” as secret code for “charge CDN$9 for six G-free coconut cookies”.

Between this cleanse, and running, I have realized a stable 15-lb weight loss from where I was in January.  That and learning I am gluten-intolerant made it a worthwhile effort.

 

 

* Shitting Out Your Ass

** Loaf-Pinching

 

Dymatize Xpand Extreme Pump

Beside recommending Purple K to me, my friend {SR} had assisted me in selecting from among the seemingly thousands of different pre- and mid-workout supplementation powders out there.

He was a fan of this one, and now I am, too :

Dymatize Xpand Extreme Pump

Dymatize Xpand Extreme Pump

Should be noted that I’m a fan of the (very tart) ORANGE flavour.  I have not tried the “Fruit Punch” as pictured, but I have tried the BLACK CHERRY in this or a related product line, and it was…interesting.  {Diwali} says the ORANGE flavour (which tastes much like Tang), smells like the sugar drink she had to ingest for gestational-diabetes screening during her pregnancies.

Xpand’s magic ?

Dymatize Xpand Extreme Pump label

Dymatize Xpand Extreme Pump label

The keen observer will note the presence of Creatine, begging the question why I dose with Purple K if this contains…yes, I know, I know.  This will not be the last of the Little Mysteries Of Me.

Also noteworthy is that this does not contain Caffeine; some runners swear by caffeine as a boost, other people like myself question the value of spiking-up with a stimulant like that.  {SR} didn’t dig it and neither do I.  Also I’m not a big soda drinker and I don’t drink coffee at all (never have) so its effects on me would be strong and not likely beneficial.

In my Crossfit days, I would make a pre-workout shake consisting of Creatine Monohydrate powder, Branch-Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) powder, L-Glutamine powder, and Beta Alanine powder.  That’s a lot of separate tubs of powder.  Xpand Extreme Pump became my all-in-one replacement for those.

I have some strange adaptive condition where supplements have a very strong initial effect on me, then my body quickly becomes used to them and their effects are never as great.  Xpand certainly fit that bill, though it still remains a useful pre-workout drink.

 

Purple-K Creatine Tabs

I wanted to add Creatine to my supplement list, but I didn’t want a jobber one.  The main complaint one reads about Creatine is the supposed “waste” of the material through lack of absorption or solubility.

Back when I was at Crossfit and really looking to build muscle, I has sought the advice of my good friend {SR}.  {SR} isn’t the biggest of my friends in terms of bodybuilding size, but he has that solid “tough guy” build.

This was his recommendation :

Purple K Creatine

Purple K Creatine

Reasonably priced, and a box of 100 will last twenty sessions at my consumption rate of [2 pre-workout, 2 post-workout, 1 next morning].

Purple K Creatine label

Purple K Creatine label

Now, I’ll admit, I’m a price-and-availability whore.  If Popeyes Supplements has what I want at a better price (and I have their Popeyes Bucks) I’ll buy there.  If GNC has it for a better price and I have an active Gold Card, I’ll buy there.

By the same token, I discovered a similar product called Kre-Alkalyn, made by Ultimate Nutrition.  Same dose size, and guess what, same patent number on the ‘buffered Creatine Monohydrate’.  So it’s the same stuff.  So when price and availability differ, either one wins.  I play no favorites for brand.

I don’t recall when I started dosing with Purple K in the Learn To Run program; I’ll mention it when I come across it in my run notes.  I noticed a bump in performance on the first and second use, then after that, nothing unusual but improved recoveries after runs.

 

LeanFit Whey Protein powder

Good fitness and good chemistry seem a pretty decent match, to me.

This is the protein powder I use :

LeanFit Whey Protein powder

LeanFit Whey Protein powder

I get it from Costco.  Good price.  My normal post-workout drink is one scoop of the LeanFit into a Magic Bullet cup, fill halfway with water + top with chocolate almond-milk, maybe throw in some strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, raspberries.  Depends on what’s in the fridge.

The Natural Vanilla flavour actually tastes really good, and is a good base for fruit / almond-milk to build on.  As to contents :

LeanFit Whey Protein label

LeanFit Whey Protein label

If the price was good, the serving-to-protein ratio is great25g protein per 31g scoop, with 1g sugars and minimal additives.  I looked at a lot of protein powders, including a hemp protein recommended by a friend at work, but none of those broke the 50% protein (w/w) mark.