After lots of reading, contemplating and consideration I decided to try out a Super DMZ 3.0 stack. One of the reasons I chose to try this stack is because I'm a bit of a boy scout and wanted to stay in the 100% legal realm. Also IronMagLabs seems to have a good reputation. I'm doing the stack exactly as suggested by IML:
1 cap each AM & PM: Super DMX 3.0, 4-Andro, Advanced Cycle Support
Adv Cycle support, Ultra Male and E-Control as directed
This is my first time trying any kind of AAS or PH, so I'm not 100% sure what to expect, but I am 110% committed to getting the most out of it. I've been through multiple cut and bulk cycles, so I'm in tune with nutrition and how my body responds. I just finished a cut and I'm currently 190lb and around 10-12% BF. I'm 43 yo BTW. I started this cycle to coincide with switching back over to a bulk. This time around I plan on bulking to around 205lb then re-evaluating. I want to keep the bulk to .5-1lb per week if I can. That's what I've done in the past to minimize fat, but I'm not sure how the stack will effect that. I'll continue to use my 4x per week Upper/Lower split.
I'm hoping the cycle will bias more of my gains to muscle rather than fat. I'm also hoping to break through a plateau on my bench press. I've always struggled with progress on BP.
I actually started the cycle on 4/30, so this is day 3. Probably too soon to notice anything. I'm not sure if its my imagination, but I feel hungry as all hell. I've significantly increased my calories switching from cut to bulk, but I don't recall feeling this hungry on previous switches. I also slept really well the last two night. Maybe just coincidence?
4 days in and I had an amazing workout. I added a little extra volume to my normal upper workout. Overall I'm feeling great and my mood is very good. I'm sleeping like a baby at night too. It's still early in the process, but everything seems positive at the moment.
I had a good lower body workout on Sunday. Added weight to both squats and RDLs and seemed to have less DOMS the next day. I moved up in reps on most of the other exercises too. Monday was a rest day and I'll be hitting upper body tonight.
I've ramped my calories up to 3000. I was cutting on 2000 calories. My maintenance is somewhere around 2700-2800. In the first week my weight jumped 4 pounds, but I'm sure that is mostly water weight from the increased calories. My main gauge is how my pants fit, lol. If they don't tighten up, but my weight keeps going up then I know I'm doing good. I'll stick to 3k for a couple weeks then re-evaluate.
Here's the basic run down of my routine. I start at the bottom of the rep range and when I can do all sets at the top of the rep range with perfect form I add weight and drop back down to the bottom of the rep range. Pretty straight forward.
Bench Press - 3 x 8-10
DB Row - 3 x 10-12
OHP - 2 x 10-12
Reverse Flys - 2 x 12-15
Incline DB Press - 2 x 12-15
Pulldowns - 2 x 12-15
Lateral Raises - 2 x 12-15
Rev Grip Pushdowns - 2 x 12-15
Poundstone Curls - 1 x 40-70
Squat - 3 x 6-8
RDL - 2 x 10-12
Leg Extension - 2 x 12-15
Leg Curl - 2 x 12-15
Hack Squats - 2 x 10-12
Calf Raises - 3 x 15-20
Abs - 3 sets of various exercises to failure
I normally alternate chins with pulldowns and deadlifts with squat, but I just recently got over a forearm/bicep tendon strain. That's also why I'm doing the high rep poundstone curls. I should be going back to something more "normal" in a couple weeks once my forearm is closer to 100%.
One full week complete and all is going well. In fact I've felt great. My mood has been exceptionally good. That could be from the stack or it could also be feeling good about the progress in the gym. No major side effects other than seeming to be a little more tired than normal at the end of the day.
I got in my upper workout on Tuesday. I got all sets with max reps on BP so the weight will be going up next time. This will be a weight that I've stalled on previously. I have a good feeling about breaking through that sticking point. I also added weight to DB rows, incline DB press and pushdowns. Here's the routine:
BP - 3 x 10
DB Row - 3 x 10
Incline DB press - 2 x 12
Rev Flys - 2 x 15
Wide grip pulldowns - 2 x 13
Rev Grip Pushdowns - 2 x 12
Poundstone curls - 1 x 55
Also did some forearm work and rehab (pronation and supination) for my right arm issues
Did lower body last night. I worked deadlifts back in for the first time since I had hurt my arm playing softball. The physical therapist gave me the all clear for everything except unassisted pull-ups. After a warm-up I did 3 ramped sets. I was only working with about 80% of the weight I was previously using just to get back into the movement.
Deadlift 3 x 5 ramped
Hack Squats - 2 x 10
Seated leg curls - 2 x 15
Calf raises - 2 x 20
Weighted crunches - 2 x 20, 1 x failure.
Real happy with everything so far. I weight in at 195 this morning, which is quite a jump. I have to attribute most of it to water weight. I'm eating in a surplus, but certainly not enough to gain that much in true weight.
In for this bro. This is a well thought out stack, and the 4 andro makes it all smooth out. SuperDMZ 3.0 works very fast and its definatley a fun ride. Have a great cycle bro, I will be following along! KILL IT!!!
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Over the past week I've average 2900 calories. I took a day or two to step up to my bulking calories. For macros I'm shooting for 200 protein, 90 fat and 350 carbs. I'm not quite there. Over the last week I averaged: 185 protein, 108 fat and 290 carbs. Not bad, but could be better. I'll work on getting the tweaked in.
Couple other notes. I heard increased blood pressure could be a possible side effect. I check my BP today and it was 110/80. That's a typical value for me. I found a nearby place that does Bod Pod. I'm going next week to get a more accurate picture of what my BF% really is.
Had the two days of rest in my workout cycle and then hit the weights last night. I was on the road so had to use what was available in the hotel. It was actually a pretty descent workout. They had a full set of dumbbells and a pulley machine. I was able to find a suitable replacement for all the exercises in my normal upper routine. Some of the weights were on the light side so I upped reps and sets. I got a very good pump. My vascularity is through the roof. My arms and calves are always pretty vascular, but they well beyond my norm. I'm even starting to see some in my quads, which is definitely new.
I'm still very impressed with my mood and intensity in the gym. Sides are very minimal. On my two days rest I got a very little feeling of some like anxiety in my chest. Not sure how to describe it. It was the feeling I've experience the first day or two on an EC stack, that stim effect I guess. It never got bad, but worth noting.
Got in a great lower workout on Sunday night. Been doing a lot of traveling so I can't always hit the exact same routine. That didn't stop me from hitting it hard. I'm still very impressed with how feel in the gym and progress is non-stop. Legs, chest, arms all feel significantly fuller.
I'm coming up on the end of two weeks on the stack. Side effects appear to be minimal at most and tons of up side so far. I'm up 6.8 pounds and no sign of bloating or my waist increasing although I have to assume a good piece of that is water weight, food in transit, etc. Over the last 7 days I've hit 2950 calories with a target of 3000. Close, but not quite. I'll stay focused on hitting those last few calories. Macros average are 175g protein, 285g carbs and 125g fat. I need to shift some of that fat to protein. I want 200g protein.
I had a truly awesome Upper workout tonight. Everything felt so perfect. I hot top of the rep range on most of the exercises, so weights will be advancing next time around on many of them. My bench press is in new territory at this rep range.
Here's tonight's routine
Bench press - 3 x 10
DB Row - 3 x 12
OHP - 2 x 10
Pull downs - 2 x 15
Incline DB Press - 2 x 15
Reverse Flys - 2 x 13
Lateral Raises - 2 x 14
Rev Grip Pushdowns - 2 x 15
Poundstone Curls - 1 x 65
I felt supper pumped after the workout. Now I can't wait for the next workout.
Diet is looking good. Over the last week I averaged 2995 calories, shooting for 3k. Macros: 176g protein, 115g fat, 315g carbs. Very close to what I'm shooting for. Now here's the part that has me a little confused. I'm up 12lbs in a little under 3 weeks. I'm not really worried since there is no sign of piling on fat to my gut, no bloating, etc. I just can't get the math straight in my head for this. 3k should be about 300 calories over my maintenance. Under most circumstances I would expect that to have me gain between .5 and 1lb per week. I also can't believe that I've got 10lbs of water weight either. I genuinely look bigger and better in the mirror, so I guess I can't complain.
I've done a lower and an upper workout since the last log. I still can't get over how well I'm progressing and what I see in the mirror. I'm seeing veins in places I've never seen them before even though I'm gaining weight and in theory should be putting on some fat. But I don't seem to be putting on any inches at the waist and some areas are looking leaner and more pumped at the same time.
I broke through a plateau on bench press and I've continued to add weight and reps with no sign of slowing.
And as I said before nothing really going on for side effects. Blood pressure is good, good to slightly increased appetite and sleeping well at night. Libido is solidly intact too, lol.
I'm coming up on the end of 30 days, so I'll be switching over to the PCT on Friday. I'm actually sad to be coming to the end. The progress over the past month has been amazing. I'm already planning on the next cycle. At the end of PCT I'll take a full week off then do the same cycle over again. That will bring me to the end of a 4 month short bulk cycle and I will probably do a cut.
At the end of week I'll try to fully quantify the results, but as of right now I see an obvious difference in the mirror, I'm in new territory on my bench press and I've put on 14.2 pounds! Yet I've only added maybe 1/2" to my waist. It is very hard for me get wrap my mind around those numbers.