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AB-Normal by Dreamscore Workout/Nutrition Program: Julian #250kchallenge

 

This is a very proud moment for me.

 

I worked long and hard for you to put this plan together and just before the calendar incremented up another tick, and a New Year was upon us, I finished my brand new, cutting edge workout/nutrition program.

It is one that I have used not only to shred down for photo shoots, promos and vacations, but more importantly, to maintain a low body fat year round and to make ‘having abs’ normal.

This program was built with the intention of taking ANYONE, regardless of starting body fat percentage, and make ‘having abs‘ their new normal.

 

Hence the name of the program:

AB-Normal by Dreamscore

Now obviously the higher the body fat percentage you start with, the longer it’s going to take for one to get to that goal of making ‘having abs‘ normal. But ANYONE can do it if you are consistent and are committed to following the program. The great thing is, if you adopt this new way of approaching life, diet and training, it WILL work LONG TERM to keep the body fat down, and the abs showing year round. Just the way yours truly DREAMSCORE walks around all year long.

I’m sure some of you have your doubts. Of course I can do it you say, this is your life. Your body is your moneymaker.  The truth is, yes it is. But I too had to start from somewhere. I too had to start as an average, everyday Joe with no direction, no commitment and no real plan. I had to make the conscious decision to make a change, get some direction, change my mindset, commit to lifestyle changes and have a clear and distinct plan.

But I have your DIRECTION. I have your MOTIVATION. And I have your PLAN.

The great thing is, it doesn’t just work for me……

But before I release it to the public…..

 

I’m going to PROVE IT!!!

 

But in order to prove it I needed to find the perfect test subject.

So, I began searching for the perfect individual to give it a test run. It took me a while, but I found the perfect test subject to implement, log and review my training program.

Introducing: JULIAN

 

He is the perfect subject for a number of reasons:

1) He is pressed for time having the rigours of a full-time job, often working plenty of overtime per week.

2) He also spends his time away from work tending to his duties as a devoted husband, and a father of two young children. His time truly IS limited.

3) His DEXA body composition scan showed a body fat level of 17.9% that is very representative of a good portion of the general population that go to the gym. He is representative of those that work out, but are not getting the optimal results they are hoping for.

 

4) He is MOTIVATED to make a tangible change and is no longer satisfied with being ‘average‘.

He got so sick and tired of not getting the results he desired, and saw the positive results I have made in my physique first hand, that he enlisted me to provide the framework for his success.

Furthermore, to cement his commitment to himself, and take him out of his usual introverted comfort zone, he entered into the Bodybuilding.com $250,000 Body Transformation challenge! #250kchallenge

Here are his before pics:

I am so proud of him to step so far out of his comfort zone to make the changes required to take his physique and his life to the next level! It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there like that and to take the steps necessary to better himself. There is no doubt in my mind that if he sticks to the program, he will be a force to be reckoned with in not only the Body transformation challenge, but a force to be reckoned with IN LIFE!

The great thing is, if he can be successful with some of life’s deck stacked against him, there is NO REASON that other people in similar situations cannot achieve the same results or better.

 

I wish you the best of luck in your body transformation Julian.

Always remember Dreamscore is here for you every step of the way!

You ARE a BOSS!

You WILL achieve GREATNESS!

Stick with me kid, you’ll go places 😉

 

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Until next time

Yours Truly

Dreamscore

 

 

 

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Body of a Spartan Log: Week 3 complete

 

 

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Body of a Spartan Log: Week 3

Week 3 stats:

Week 2 weight:   210.2 lbs

Week 3 weight:  208.1 lbs

That’s a little better! Down 2.1 lbs and feeling tighter all around! much better week than week 2.

Week 3 thoughts

Diet:

This week, thank God I didn’t have the same hunger issues as I had last week. It’s never fun trying to lean up and go into a deficit, and you are hungry and your body is crying for you to feed it. I’d only wish that on my worst enemies.

Other than that, I had my 2 re-feeds this week, which I usually do when I’m in single digit body fat and running a more aggressive caloric deficit. They did their job keeping the metabolism and leptin levels up.

Much like last week, there were only three days where I was able to follow the reduced meal frequency to a tee, and four days where again I needed to add another meal in the morning due to my body absolutely NEEDING food in the morning and not taking ‘no’ for an answer. Although the extra meal is added, I still keep the cals close in check. I’m not sure how Victor does it, but his whole reduced meal frequency has been the biggest struggle for me with his program.

 

Training:

I’m still loving the training portion of Body of a Spartan straight up Vanilla Ice ‘To the extreme‘ style haha!

The squat rack has become something I actually look forward to now. I damn near crave it. My legs have always been a weakness of mine. With my wonky back always hindering their development, it’s been a breath of fresh air not to be afraid of hitting them hard again. To my delight, I’m finding I’m starting to see some further development come along form it.

Dear Diary…..jackpot!

I am grateful to Body of a Spartan for forcing me out of my comfort zone, and challenging me to overcome some mental blocks when it came to doing heavy squats. I’m not gonna lie, there is some discomfort and pain, but it is manageable and thankfully is not getting progressively worse. What this tells me is that I’m not doing any further damage to my back, which is a good thing. It’s just a matter of dealing with the pain from the damage as a result of previous injuries. My back MUST hold up this time. I’m not giving it a choice!

 

Wrap up

The Spartan is elite. The Spartan is a warrior. The Spartan is not afraid of a challenge. This is exactly what this program provides.

A challenge.

Mentally, physically, emotionally. Much like the Spartan warrior, one needs to keep these facilities in check in order for the outcome to be victory.

In this case, the enemy is ourselves.

In order to beat any man, we must first be able to conquer ourselves.

We must rise up to become better than the mean.

Better than the way we were before.

Always ‘just better‘.

Be elite.

Be a warrior.

 

Allow Body of a Spartan to take you there.

 

Until next time

Dreamscore

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Body of a Spartan Log: Week 2 complete

 

 

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Body of a Spartan Log: Week 2

 

Week 2 stats:

Week 1 weight:   208.6 lbs

Week 2 weight:  210.2  lbs

 

Well, not only did my weight go up a bit this week, but the body fat readout on the Tanita TBF-410 showed an increase in body fat from 10.7% to 10.9%. I’ve got to be honest, this week diet wise was a bit of a struggle.

 

Week 2 thoughts

 

Diet:

This week, I had a little more of an issue keeping to my caloric deficit. I felt a hell of a lot more hungry this week for some reason. I’m not sure if it’s all the squats that Body of a Spartan has got me doing or the Red Supplements PCT or what the change is. But foooooooook me I’ve been sooooo hungry this week!

There were only three days where I was able to follow the reduced meal frequency to a tee, and four days where again I needed to add another meal in the morning due to extreme hunger. I was hoping that I could improve a bit on being able to not eat as frequently but daayyyyum….I’ve been having a hard time.

BOTH reducing my meal frequency as per the program and keeping my calories in deficit territory have been a struggle, and I have a feeling that’s the reason why the weight went up a bit this week.

 

Training:

 

On the bright side………I’m still like a bad McDonalds commercial on this one…… “I’m loving it!!”

 

It hasn’t been since I was just a wet behind the ears, gym newb many moons ago that I have actually looked forward this much to the squat rack! I’ve really got to hand it to the program in that regard. It has really re-juvenated my workouts and it has been fun pushing myself everyday to higher weights and new personal bests! This has been the part of the program I have really grown to love.

 

 

Wrap up

 

Before starting this program, I didn’t realize how complacent my workouts had become. Comparatively, I was merely showing up to the gym. Just doing the usual suspects. Going through the motions. Not really pushing myself or have any real goal in mind. It’s funny how one can get caught into a routine and be satisfied with just showing up. I too realized that I had fallen victim to this complacency.

BUT…..

That is NOT how you build the physique of a champion.

That is NOT how you build the physique of a Spartan.

You need desire. You need goals. You need discipline. You need focus.

 

I can thank Body of a Spartan for snapping me back into reality and out of the realm of ‘average‘ and complacency.

 

Thank you BOAS

 

Until next time

Dreamscore

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Body of a Spartan Log: Week 1 Complete

 

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Body of a Spartan Log: Week 1

 

Week 1 stats:

 

Starting weight: 205.5 lbs

 

Week 1 weight:  208.6 lbs

 

Whoa!?!?! Up 3 lbs on a calorie deficit?!?! WTF??

 

Hold on….hold on….there IS an explanation. I had to use a different scale than the one used for my initial weight measurement.

My starting weight was done on the scale they had at Glenwood Radiology wearing nothing but their very light-weight patient gown. Because of convenience, every subsequent weekly weight measurement will be done on the Tanita TBF-410 at my friendly neighbourhood Goodlife Fitness wearing my normal gym attire (minus gym shoes/socks). For these reasons, the week to week weight change log will always have an offset until the final DEXA scan at the end of the program. I will still track it, if only for use as a general guideline to show all of you which way my weight is going.

On the bright side….although my weight seemed to jump up, the Tanita TBF-410 showed my body fat as going down from 11.7% to 10.7%. I know…I know….I harped about how inaccurate Tanita TBF-410 was in my ‘Body fat Shootout‘ article, but fook me I’m still allowed to get excited over a perceived drop in body fat….even if it may be bogus data 😉

 

Week 1 thoughts

 

Diet:

To parrot the day one log, I found that the hardest part of the program was adjusting to the change in meal frequency from what I’m used to.  I followed the program to a tee for 4 of the 7 days in week one diet-wise.  But in the 3 random, speckled days throughout the week I was too hungry in the morning, and had to add a small extra meal to kickstart the day. My caloric deficit was maintained at 500-700 for 5 days of the week and had 2 re-feeds. One on day four (Thurs), and one on day seven (Sun) in which I was in a caloric surplus of about 500-700 cals.

Counting calories and re-feeds are not part of the program, but I like to keep track of cals when I am cutting and have found success with re-feeds in the past to keep the metabolism from slowing down too much from running a deficit.

 

Training:

I’m LOVING the workout portion of this program! It is pushing me to the limits and challenging me to break through previous plateaus. Having sustained many back injuries in the past, and dealing with chronic back pain from a degenerative disc, I was a little apprehensive about Victor prescribing lifting so heavy.  Not only that but Body of a Spartan emphasizes the two movements that have caused me the most pain in the past. Squats and Deadlifts.

For ages I have stayed away from heavy squats in my training and avoid deadlifts like the plague because these have historically been the worst offenders for aggravating my back pain. It pains me that this the case, but throwing caution to the wind and for all of you…I decided to give the program an honest shot as is.

 

I must admit, when I first looked at the program, I was like “yeah….this is gonna either kill me, or make me stronger.”

 

I am happy to announce that….it hasn’t killed me yet. At least not the squats.

 

Surprisingly, the heavy squats have been quite tolerable for my back. I can definitely feel a bit of discomfort, but there is no signs of ‘pain’ during or after the training sessions. I am quite ecstatic about this revelation, and I am totally stoked to see what I can do being pushed hard by this program on the squat rack.  I can feel my body responding positively to this new style of training and it’s making it exciting to train again. I’ve already racked up more weight on the bar this week and I can’t wait to hammer out more sets and push myself to new growth and getting stronger even in a caloric deficit.

 

But in training, like life, there are ups and downs.

 

Unfortunately, the deadlifts are still an issue for my back.

 

I had to go pretty light on them, and I still found that my back was aggravated the following day from the deadlifts. So this part of the program had to be modified as I can’t afford to have any time lost due to injury. The same intensity and duration of workout was used, but it was not EXACTLY the way it is laid out in Victor’s program out of necessity. It’s basically self preservation at this point.

 

Conclusion

I was pretty disappointed to still not be able to do deadlifts. It’s also a little disappointing not staying completely true to the program, but unfortunately my back will just not allow it. At this point, it’s better to get through the program a little bit modified, than risking a major injury that could keep me out of the gym for weeks or longer.

Switching gears….I found the first week flew by SOOOO fast. It always surprises me how quickly time flies by. With a new regimen and a new style of training it’s understandable to lose track of time so easily. You’re just so damn excited to get to the gym the next day. It was a breath of fresh air and I loved every moment of it.

But with time flying by, it’s always a sobering reminder that EVERY DAY COUNTS. 

If you half-ass it one day or cheat on the diet one day, that slope can become very slippery. Cheating even a mere ONE day of the week is cheating 14.2% of the time. That robs you of 14.2% of progress you could have made that week. If my stocks went down -14.2% in a week, I would not be too happy. Don’t let that happen to you and your body. Keep those stock prices HIGH!

Leave it ALL on the table. Do not take ANY meal or workout for granted.

Stay on TRACK!

It’s the little things that add up to BIG things.

Never forget that.

I look forward to continuing to train hard and see what this program can do for me.

So far so good.

 

Until next time…

Yours truly

Dreamscore

 

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Body of a Spartan Log: Day 1

 

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Body of a Spartan Log: Day 1

 

Starting stats:

Weight: 205.5 lbs

Lean Body Mass: 178.0 lbs

Fat mass: 19.6lbs

Body Fat: 9.9 %

Caloric deficit from maintenance per day: For week 1 will be between 500-700 cals.

 

Supplements:

Fat Burner:                        Red supplements – Red Burner 2 caps in the morning. Get Red Burner here

Testosterone booster:    Red supplements – Red PCT 1 capsule in the morning, 1 capsule pre-workout.

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Whey protein:                  Mutant Iso-Surge as needed to meet macros.

 

And it begins…

 

Today was day 1 of the Body of a Spartan program and I was sooooo excited to get started! The plan is to go for 8 weeks and see how shredded I can get.

As promised, here are some before pics to reference all aesthetic changes I will go through from completing the program.  All pics were taken in a non-pumped and natural state.

 

      

     

 

I tried to get some pics in different lighting throughout the day to provide some different contexts. The top two pics are before I went into the tanning bed in the afternoon, one in the morning just after a shower (with the jeans on), and one later that evening after I changed for the first workout session (plaid trunks).

As you can see, 9.9% body fat is a decent percentage to walk around at for a year round look , but it’s nowhere near ready for an impressive fitness shoot. With a good photographer and professional lighting, decent shots could be produced, but I would expect to be in much better condition for any serious shoot I have. Without any shoots recently, I’ve definitely slacked off a bit.

But now it’s GO TIME!!

 

Day one thoughts

 

Diet:

The hardest part I found on day one was adjusting to the change-up in meal frequency. Victor prescribes eating fewer meals a day with high calories and I found that my body was not used to this new schedule and I did get hungry. But as any elite body sculptor knows, feeling hungry is a necessity when dieting, and is part of the discipline required to acquire an elite physique. You gotta train yourself to learn to ‘Love the PAIN‘!

 

Training:

This part was AWESOME! It is TOTALLY different from how I’m used to training and very unconventional. I have not tried any programs who used this unique style of reps in training. Let’s just say you go HEAVY to start the workout. Then he gets you to progress to more ‘pump-based‘ supplemental exercises.

Let me tell you, I was sweating pretty well by the end of the heavy portion and was drenched with sweat by the end of the pump-based exercises! With little rest between sets you really get that heart rate up and keep that breathing nice and heavy! I love it!

 

Conclusion

 

It was a successful first day on the Body of a Spartan program. The taking the Red Burner in the morning really helped kickstart the day and gave me some nice focussed energy.  Although I was a bit hungry during the day, I was totally satiated after my post workout meal and felt no urge to snack later that night. My caloric deficit ended up being 700 cals.

That wasn’t so hard hahaha.

But with my mindset now exactly where it should be, I am chomping at the bit to get back to the gym and get that ‘shoot‘ ready body again. If the first days heart pumping, sweat-filled workout is any indication, this program should deliver the goods I’m after.

 

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Yours truly

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Body of a Spartan: Initial Thoughts

 

Happy New Year 2017

 

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With 2016 being over and the holiday season coming to an end, it’s time once again to put the holiday mindset where it belongs (in the past) and get back to an intense, vigorous training regimen to bring my body back into ‘shoot‘ ready condition.

I am VERY excited to start a program created by Victor Pride from boldanddetermined.com
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Victor is a guy who I have been very inspired by.

His ‘take no shit‘ and ‘never settle for anything less than excellence‘ approach to life, business, training and relationships has really resonated with me over the years I have followed him.  I found that I had been naturally implementing a lot of his philosophies, and it was refreshing to hear someone who thought the same way as I, put those thoughts into written words.

 

Initial Thoughts

 

After reading through the program, I found that it is certainly different from a lot of the training programs floating around out there in cyberspace.  It is certainly VERY different from the way I have been training for the last couple years and for my last photoshoot.  While I’m not going to give away any of the content in the program in order to preserve it’s integrity, I can tell you that the different set amounts, rep/weight ranges and focus areas are very intriguing to me going forward.

 

The diet is very simple, but is also going to take some getting used to. It too is QUITE different from how I normally eat.

 

I am both excited and afraid of how my body is going to react to such a monumental change in training and diet style. Having to do more photoshoots in the near future, I NEED to get into ‘shoot ready’ condition in short order.

 

To that end, I sure hope the program works for me.

 

I will be updating my progress as I move along. It will include major thoughts/feelings, progressions/setbacks and mental/physical changes that will occur throughout the duration of the program.

It will not include things such as how much I’m lifting or what I’m eating, but it will include all supplements I’m taking , average caloric intake, and any deviations from the program (again to preserve it’s integrity). It will also include before and after pics as well as documented PROOF of body compositional changes. DEXA body composition scans will be done to document these changes.

 

All in all I’m VERY excited to start this program and turn my body into the…..

BODY OF A SPARTAN

 

Till next time

Dreamscore

 

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Body Fat Measuring Shootout: Calipers vs BIA vs DXA Scan

 

Body Fat, our nemesis. The bane of our existence.

 

As physique sculptors, body fat is something we all would like less of. It hides the beautiful granite, striations lurking below the skin. It’s the reason we choose to eat better. It’s the reason we exercise, sweat and keep active.

When we look in the mirror, we have an idea of when we are storing more or less fat, but we don’t really know where we’re at percentage wise.

You can snoop around on the net and find general pics and guidelines as to what certain body fat percentages look like, but they don’t accurately tell us what our body fat percentage is. We are left pretty much guessing. The good news is, we don’t have to.

 

We have the technology.

 

The most common ways to measure your body fat are:

 

          1) Body Fat Calipers – A hand held tool and the cheapest method to measure body fat. The good news is, you can do it at home though it has the reputation of being the least accurate method. We will soon find out.

 

          2) Bioelectrical Impedance Technology (BIA) – Two electrodes are used to send a low current through your body. The resulting resistance is then converted into a body fat percentage. It’s based on the principle that lean mass has a higher water content therefore a lower resistance than fat and bone. These can also be bought for home use and are usually in the form of a weigh scale, but are more expensive than the caliper route.

 

          3) DEXA Body Composition Scan – Low dose X-ray is used to determine lean mass, fat mass and bone density. It’s a medical grade test used on professional and olympic athletes and is the Gold Standard for body composition. This is the most expensive option, and would not be very economical to purchase one for home, unless you’ve got more money than you know what to do with.

 

I had a DEXA scan body fat percentage done and the result was 9.9% body fat.

 

 

This will be the standard to which we will compare the accuracy of the other two methods.

For accuracy purposes, all tests were done on the same day.

Let’s get to it!

 

First up…

 

Body Fat Calipers

The two types I used were:

1) Defender – It uses a mechanical pressure indicator that turns green when you have the correct fat pinch pressure.

I read the manual and measured each of the three spots (upper side pec, beside belly button, upper thigh) 3 times and came up with an average of 22, which corresponds to 7.8% body fat on the wheel chart that is included with the calipers.

Over 2% lower body fat than on the DEXA! Not very good, unless you enjoy bragging to the birds about how ripped the calipers said you are hahaha.

I tried a couple more times just to see if I was making any mistakes with the amount of pressure I was applying and skewing the result. NOPE. 7.8% was the highest BF percentage I got from the Defender. The lowest I got was 6.8%. So the readings varied by up to -1%. Not so good

 

2)  Fat Track II – This one has a digital read out and beeps when you have applied enough pressure for the fat pinch. I entered my simple profile (gender, age) into the unit, then it prompts you to go through the 3 pinch spots, then automatically calculates your body fat percentage.

Out of the 5 times I tried it, the lowest body fat it spit out was 5.8% and the highest I could get, trying hard to get closer to my ACTUAL body fat percentage was 8.0%. Not only was the closest I could get to my actual body fat 1.9% less, the range of readings varied a whopping 2.2%. Neither accurate nor repeatable. Not very good at all.

 

Second up to bat…

 

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis

For this test I used the Tanita TBF-410 at my friendly neighbourhood Goodlife Fitness. The trainer showed me how to used it for the first trial. You must go in with bare feet.

You enter these values:

  • the approximate weight of your clothes
  • gender (and body type standard or athletic)
  • height
  • age

Then you step on the scale.

Here’s what I got:

Only 201.6 lbs for the weight and 11.5% body fat.

 

Take two was not much better:

My weight magically jumped up 1 lb and the body fat got even less accurate at 11.7%. On the bright side, at least the readings for this device were more consistent than the calipers, but the error was still quite high with an overshoot of between 1.6-1.8%. Quite significant.

 

Verdict

 

Neither the calipers nor the BIA device were very accurate when compared to the DEXA scan standard. Both calipers showed significantly lower body fat than than I actually had, and varied wildly in range depending on the placement of the device and pinch technique. The BIA device showed significantly higher body fat than what was measured via the DEXA standard, though the device seemed to be a little more consistent in its erroneous readings.

In my opinion, you can’t rely on accurate measurement with anything but the DEXA scan. There are too many variables that leave room for error in both other methods I tested. I suppose one could use the other methods as a way of gauging fat loss/gain as a general trend up or down, but you can’t accurately determine your true body fat percentage with anything but the DEXA scan out of the methods I have tested.

At some point I’m going to test the water floating method against the DEXA to see how it fares, but that will be at a later date.

Bottom line

If you’re serious about wanting to gauge your fat loss progress accurately, the only sure fire way is to buck up and pay for a little bit of radiation and find out EXACTLY where you are at in your fat loss journey.

 

That’s a wrap.

Happy shredding.

 

Yours Truly

Dreamscore

 

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Review: Nutrabolics Supernova Pre-workout

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I paid for the supplement

This is an unbiased review

 

Those who know me, know that I’m a caffeine junky.

 

 

I love the shit. Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Second Cup, Xyience Cran-Razz energy drinks are pretty much a staple of my day to day existence. I have used and abused caffeine like no other substance I have ever come across…except maybe Tobasco sauce.

 

I’ve dug myself such a gigantic, cavernous stimulant hole that I pretty much require caffeine just to feel normal. I can take 24mg of ephedrine right before bed and still sleep like a baby. Not something I’m overly proud of.

 

Because my stimulant intake is already high, it takes pretty much superhuman amounts of ‘stims’ to have any sort of ‘extra‘ kick at all for me. Stimulatory ingredients are far down the list for things I look for in a pre-workout supplement. Nonetheless, if the ingredients in the supplement provide that extra kick, then bonus.

 

What I Look For:

 

I place a high value on the quality of my workouts not just the quantity. So I look for 2 major criteria when selecting a pre-workout supplement:

  1. Mental focus/concentration-  Getting to the gym with the MIND/MUSCLE connection already dialled in. I really want to be connected to my body, focus on squeezing reps, having good form, overcoming pain and trying to not let the sexy gym bunnies take my focus away from the task at hand *easier said than done* haha. If you’re not really ‘feeling it’ that day, chances are you’re not going to have a good quality workout. So having a supplement that can take you from ‘ugggghhh I gotta work out again today’ to, ‘fuck yeah I’m gonna DESTROY that iron’ is a valuable tool in the physique builders tool-belt.
  2.  Muscle fullness/pump-  I’m not convinced that ‘getting your pump on’ DIRECTLY contributes to muscle growth, but foooooooook me… does it ever increase the quality of my workouts big time! The satisfaction factor I get from feeling so hard and full is difficult to put a price tag on. For me it adds value to the quality of workout in two ways. One, the aesthetics of looking so swole, with veins popping out in places where there usually are no veins. Two, the mental aspect of not wanting to leave the gym because you look so damn good! It encourages you to work out longer and harder with more intensity. I suspect, that this is a big component as to why getting the ‘pump‘ factor from a supplement can increase performance/gains.

 

So when I went to my friendly neighborhood supplement dealer looking for a new pre-workout supplement, I requested a product that met this criteria. My supplement dealer delivered in a BIG way recommending Nutrabolics Supernova! When I finally tried it, it exceeded my expectations and MORE!

 

KEY Ingredients:

 

For Muscle fullness/Pump

 

          1) Citrulline – It has a whopping 6g of citrulline per serving!!! I am a huge citrulline fan was stoked to find a pre-workout with such a large dose per serving. Citrulline is a MUST for me in any pre-workout due to it’s propensity to dilate the blood vessels via increasing Nitric oxide.

          2) Beta-Alanine. This is the bad boy backed by science that enables you to workout harder and longer. It increases carnosine levels in your body which soak up the extra Hydrogen ions created during exercise keeping your body ph up. This results in not feeling the burn as fast and being able to squeeze out more reps before true muscle failure. This is also the ingredient that can cause that tingling/skin crawling feeling when ingested.

          3) 4:1 Cacao extract – It also contains 4:1 cacao extract which is also a proven vasodilator and contains theobromine and a small amount of caffeine. Theobromine has historically been used to treat high blood pressure via vasodilation and also doubles as a stimulant.

 

For Mental Focus/Concentration

 

          1) Dendrobium – This one is kind of a tweener, and that’s kind of why I like it. Nutrabolics markets this as a stimulant in Supernova’s pre-workout ads. But from my experiences with it, it seems to work more on the nootropic/mind focus side of things. It’s provided me with a noticeable form of clean focus and metal clarity/energy. I would describe this as increasing that Mind-Muscle connection.

          2) Theanine – Theanine is an interesting compound. It gives energy without overstimulation, calms without drowsiness and focuses without sketchiness. Seems like a cool addition to the stack. This helps take the edge of the mixture of stims in this blend, providing zen-like focus without feeling like a ‘meth-head’.

          3) Huperzine – Is known to increase acetylcholine levels. Increased cholinergenic activity is associated with increased cognitive function such as working memory capacity, the ability to adapt, learn and store new information. I’m unsure of how this may benefit workout focus, as it seems more geared toward tasks such as reading, studying and learning. Nevertheless I’m ready to give it a try!

 

Bonus: Stimulation

Caffeine – 200mg pretty standard dose per serving

Synephrine – From bitter orange, used as an ephedra alternative with similar effects

 

 

Verdict:

Nutrabolics Supernova exceeded my expectations in ALL areas. I had the Iced Raspberry flavour and I can honestly say it was the best tasting pre- workout I’ve ever had! I love a tangy, sweet/sour sort of flavour and man….Nutrabolics hit it out of the park for me! I actually crave the taste this shit! It’s like Kool-aid on steroids and I wish I could drink it all the time.

I took a scoop and a half 30mins before my workout on a near empty stomach, and I could feel the beta-alanine tingling within minutes. By the time I got to the gym I was feeling exactly the way I want to feel before a workout: sniper-like focus, ready to endure/overcome pain and a feeling of mindful connectedness to my body. I was in a state where I noticed the hotties at the gym, but I was able to allow them to motivate me as opposed to distract me from my workout. It was literally the perfect state of mind for a high quality workout.

And then there was the pump!!! My god….the pump! After warming up my shoulders, the blood was already flowing. I could see the veins starting to pop and my muscles becoming fuller by the minute. As expected, as the workout progressed, the pump got more intense. More fullness, more veins and more staring in awe in the mirror of how swole I looked! I can honestly say it was the best pump I have ever experienced from a pre-workout supplement. Nice work Nutrabolics!

And the coolest thing was, I did feel a little extra energy kick from the stimulants in it. I wasn’t like a 5 yr old who had just eaten half a bag of Halloween candy or a meth-head tweaking from a couple hits from the glass bulb. It was more like a nice clean focused energy with a mild happiness/euphoria. I happy to be at the gym, but I was also ready to kick ass! And kick ass I did!! And no stimmy crash afterward, just a gentle letdown. Perfection!

After using it for a couple weeks, I tried a few workouts without it. Instead just slamming an energy drink for a pre-workout. The difference was night and day. I did have my natural focus and mindset, but it wasn’t anything near the enhanced awareness and connection I had with my body using the Supernova. The pump was very ‘normal‘ as expected from not taking any enhancers. The bunnies still looked good, and they certainly distracted me a bit more. Overall, there was much left to be desired from working out not using the supplement.

I’m a huge fan of Nutrabolics Supernova and would never recommend something that I didn’t try myself and know works well. This supplement WILL help you get the most out of your workouts by focusing you, pumping you and yes…..even stimulating you.

I encourage you to give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Yours Truly

Dreamscore