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As previously stated, The Blueprint was uncovered during intensive research into how adaptogens were really used to amplify results. The beauty of The Blueprint is that it works with or without adaptogens, it’s your choice.

If you are interested in accelerating your results via supplementation though, I offer the following Blueprint Tested product suggestions:

CREATINE

The obvious choice, creatine monohydrate or kre-alkalyn/creatine hcl is what you want.

Creatine is by far the most researched supplement to put on muscle. You have to temper expectations though… some people think they’ll get steroid like muscle growth. The truth is, 10lbs is about the most anyone cane expect from creatine, and that’s chump change compared to the 50+ pounds of muscle you can put on with The Blueprint training and diet alone. Some have added closer to 100lbs..

TIP: IF you’re a creatine “non-responder” or just want to get the most out of it, consider taking 500-750mg of Fenugreek extract along with it (and food). Fenugreek has been found to benefit creatine absorption and assimilation moreso than carbs. It causes your body to hold more of the food/creatine in the small intestine, thereby improving your body’s ability to get creatine to the muscles.

Barlowe’s is a quality supplier of Fenugreek. They make a version standardized for 70% furostanolic saponins. Fenugreek also contains the compound 4-hydroxy isoleucine, which is a fantastic glucose disposal agent. Highly recommended…

As for Kre-Alkalyn/Creatine HCL, I’m not going to get into the creatine pissing wars. They are simply more efficient, and by that I mean you can use lower mg amounts. Whereas creatine monohydrate is effective at 5-10 grams/day, just 500mg to 1g of kre-alkalyn or creatine hydrocholoride are likewise effective.

You should experiment will all 3 IMO, to determine the cost/effectiveness of each..

MASS PRO SYNTHAGEN

Perhaps the best suited adaptogen for a program of this kind, its formula is tailor made to work with The Blueprint’s impact on your physiology. Feast’s success is predicated on being able to get in as many productive workouts as possible during these 30-42 days. And nothing accelerates recovery from high intensity exercise like Mass Pro Synthagen. In fact, I’m on record as it’ll give steroid like recovery. Huge claim, but I have as of yet to hear from ONE person that this wasn’t true. Not ONE…

What to expect: Take 5-10 caps immediately before exercise and 5 after. Quite frankly, you’ll wake up the next day and wonder if you even trained.

Where to get it: Synthagen.com or predatornutrition.com. 

ADAPTOGEN N: This is the other Muscle And Sports Science product found to best compliment The  Blueprint. Different than Kre-Anabolyn, Adaptogen N’s formula focuses more on protein synthesis via DNA transcription, with a stong focus on testosterone elevation. If using Adaptogen N with The Blueprint,  a simple 3 capsule dose before bed during the Feast phase is all that is needed.

Bloodwork done on the formula reveals a 55% increase in testosterone levels in 27 days. Individuals age 30 and over should look into this product as it may represent a more appropriate adaptogen to maximize results. A hefty dose of furostanolic saponins from Tribulus, quassinoids and eurypeptides from Patented Longjax Longifolia extract and various ecdysterones found in a custom 25:1 extract of Suma round out the adaptogenic blend. Again, don’t take my word for it: ZRT labs in Beaverton, OR makes a nice, non invasive home saliva test kit that can be purchased via the web.  This will leave no doubt in your mind that the product significantly elevates Testosterone.

Visit http://www.zrtlab.com/Page.aspx?nid=46 to get this kit!

Where to get it: bodybuildingsupplements.com

What to expect: Adaptogen N gives an intense, alpha male feeling, much deeper sleep and oily skin. Tremendous raw gains in strength/power will be noted as will a runaway libido. This product has over a decade long track record and the effects go way beyond the gym. Think beer goggles without the beer.

PROGENADREX

Progenadrex was formulated to accelerate muscle growth. It does so through multiple pathways, but the biggest is via a dramatic increase in appetite. It also vastly improves glycogen storage so it’s important to increase your carb intake while using it. You can expect pro-hormone type gains while using it (1lb or more of muscle/week), with NONE of it coming on in the waist.

Progenadrex leverages the use of an ecdysterone analog (Laxogenin) as well as a supporting cast of Anacyclus Pyrethrum, creatine hydrochloride, R-ALA, biotin and several other performance enhancers not found in any other product. It is the most powerful lean muscle builder you can run during the Feast phase, and if your goal is to get as big/powerful as possible, it should be your #1 choice. The Anacyclus Pyrethrum extract also boosts testosterone, contributing to max gains and a strong “alpha male” feeling.

One look at the user reviews over YEARS this product has been available tells you all you need to know. 5 star reviews across the board, and well worth the $ especially given there’s no endocrine disruption, no post cycle necessary, etc.

WHERE TO GET IT: http://www.predatornutrition.com/muscle-building-supplements/fusion-supplements/progenadrex.html#q=progenadrex&start=1

What to expect:

–  A strong “alpha male” feeling – particularly during workouts

– Ability to do more work/recover fast

– An incredible pump during your workout

– A dramatic increase in  muscle “fullness”

– Pronounced jump in libido

While it all sounds too good to be true, I encourage you to reach out to anyone that’s run it. The reviews on Predator.com speak volumes, and if you can imagine this – it actually out-sells Mass Pro Synthagen!

EPHEDRINE

Banned in 2004, but did you know you can still get it at your local pharmacy (behind the counter)? Yep, in the form of Primatine tabs. By label these have 12.5mg of ephedrine hcl. A little light on the doage, but ephedrine is far and away the most powerful fat loss drug you can use. 25mg with 200-250mg of caffeine burns fat 3x faster vs. placebo.

TAGAMET/CIMETIDINE HCL

Technically an acid reducer, it has a curious “side effect” – weight loss. Specifically, fat loss (around the waist)! Dirt cheap, 200mg with your ephedrine hcl/caffeine really adds to the fat loss. How? It suppresses your appetite. Oh btw, you can take it later in the day/close to bed. It has no stimulant effect/jitters and can be used solo at that time to keep your fat loss humming along. Which brings us to..

FORSKOLIN

By itself, I’ve found this to be nothing special. when 25mg though is added to 25mg of ephedrine/250mg caffeine, it’s truly synergistic insofar as frying off bodyfat. Take that combo twice a day (once in the AM and once before 3pm), and you’ll be burn fat faster than butter in a microwave.

BONUS: It keeps test levels elevated on a diet

EGCG

This is the “active” in Green Tea. 300mg of EGCG in addition to 25mg of ephedrine plus 250mg of caffeine is another research proven combo for fat loss.

PHOSPHATIDIC ACID (PA)

PA has been found to strongly activate mTOR, a key muscle growth mechanism. 750mg is the dose cited in most research studies, and standalone products using it are available (at highway robbery prices). Instead, your low cost alternative is Fearn Lecithin Granuals.

Lecithin granuals are a rich source of PA. Two tablespoons contain something like 1,200mg PLUS all sorts of other beneficial compounds like phosphatidylserine, which strongly controls cortisol. Latest research shows PA activates mTOR for up to 7 hours. Based on this, I’d recommend one dose immediately after training and another before bed, along with…

MICELLAR CASEIN

This is the other protein in cow’s milk, besides whey. It leads to a continuous 7 hour release of amino acids, so it’s strongly anti-catabolic. 35-40 grams mixed in a bit of heavy cream right before bed is ideal. Thriv Advanced is the protein I recommend for such purpose.

Richest source insofar as food items though is cottage cheese. You want full fat cottage cheese BTW. A cup or two prior to sleep is recommended.

MASS PRO – REGISTERED COLD PROCESS WHEY PROTEIN

Top quality protein should be tops on your list. Why? Because we know from radio-isotope studies that your entire body is re-built in a years time from the protein that you eat. Further, we know that the quality of this new body is measured from the inside out, not outside in! Linus Pauling said it on his deathbed; “host cell resistance is the key”. And indeed it is. Chief among these is glutathione, your body’s most prolific endogenous anti-oxidant. So reliable is glutathione as an indicator that the medical community uses it as a bio-marker for aging. In mice, it has extended lifespan up to 50%.

Nothing builds glutathione like undenatured, cold processed whey. When you heat a protein (any protein) it undergoes a process called “de-naturing”. This cross links the protein molecules and it renders many of its functional properties inert. In the processing of whey protein, it’s a big no-no.

You’ll see many manufacturers side-stepping this issue and representing their whey proteins as conveying all of the functional properties of cold processed whey, but don’t be fooled. They DON’T signal the same amount of IGF-1 in the liver, they DON’T increase nitrogen retention as much and they sure DON’T build as much (if any) glutathione.

MASS PRO goes a step beyond this, incorporating the use of di-tri peptides (small links of 2-3 amino acids) that have been scientifically proven to be absorbed faster than even free form amino acids. This is significant and lends itself to getting you into a positive state of nitrogen balance quickly. It also incorporates a greater % of it’s protein as whey concentrate vs. isolate, undoubtedly due to concentrate’s slightly higher fat content where the important immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and other health-boosting goodies are contained.

Yes, it’s more expensive. If so inclined, add 1-2 scoops to your peri-workout drink for your Feast phase. This should make it more economical and deliver it’s key benefits, maximizing results for your dollar.

Here’s where to find the real MASS PRO Whey powder- http://www.musclemass.com/protein_amino_acids.html

For what it’s worth, Beverly makes some good cold-processed whey proteins as well. Do take care though, to make sure you’re getting some di-tri peptides as they’re important, particularly peri-workout.

BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS: Although these protocols still have merit, they have largely been bettered given Synthagen already contains BCAA’s as part of it’s Essential Amino Acid formula. NOTE: BCAA’s stimulate protein synthesis, but can’t complete it. For that, you need all 8 EAA’s. Nevertheless, these can be used in an unconventional manner in order to accelerate results from The Blueprint. I present this option.

1.) BCAA loading for maximum muscle gain. Load 20-40 grams of a quality BCAA/L-Glutamine mixture as found in MASS PRO Amino or Glutamine Select Plus BCAAs by Beverly International during the first 72 hours of your “Feast” phase. These should be taken between meals and spread throughout the day in 5-10 gram doses. Take the next 3 days off and then repeat the 3 on/3 off cycle for the remainder of your “feast” phase.

By flooding your system with BCAA’s the brain is fooled into thinking that the rapid amino influx in the blood is the result of excessive muscle breakdown. Remember, this is on top of the alarm signal (via real tissue breakdown) you’ve created during your famine phase. Quite simply, this causes the body to accelerate its muscle growth machinery and deliver an even more pronounced message to incorporate dietary proteins into the muscle cell. The difference here being, you now have the necessary calories and nutrients with which to grow.

GAMMA GH/GABA: One element of The BluePrint that’s important is rest/sleep. Everyone knows how important this is, particularly in the Feast Phase when protein synthesis is radically elevated. The Blueprint focuses on manipulating the Big 3 in controlling your physiology, and they are as follows:

1.) Training 2.) Diet

3.) Rest

The question is, can “rest” be positively modulated by a supplement? Yes, it can. In particular I’m talking about Gamma GH.

In general, I don’t recommend isolated aminos in The Blueprint with a couple of exceptions, GABA being one of them. If your sleep is suffering, try the following trick just prior to bedtime on an empty stomach: 5 grams of Gamma GH 30 minutes before retiring.

In an impressive study conducted by Italy’s First Medical Clinic, University of Milan, 5 gram oral doses were shown to increase Human Growth Hormone (HGH) by 550% within 90 minutes. These positive findings have been repeated in numerous other studies so it was no fluke. This is one of the very few aminos that you can feel within minutes of taking it. A “tingling” sensation is present and deep relaxation follows. As an economical, simple strategy it’s worth exploring and has secondary benefits well beyond the hormone release. The empty stomach condition is key though, as GABA cannot cross the blood-brain barrier in the presence of other aminos and it’s effects will be washed out. I recommend consuming a minimum of 2 hours away from food. In fact, I take my GABA when I wake up in the middle of the night, far away from food.

As well, a recent study found that just 3g of GABA pre-workout can raise biologically active GH more than 400% (actually, 480%). It can lead to feelings of drowsiness however (it’s an inhibitor neuro-transmitter), so if you’re going to try this consider 200mg or so of caffeine along with it.

MACA: I had dismissed this stuff without even trying it. Talk about a mistake. It’s an amazing clean energy enhancer with a host of other benefits. A true adaptogen, it stacks well with other quality items or even as a standalone. Highly recommended. Here again, the new Burn It Up! utilizes this gem in the form of a custom 10:1 extract in hefty dosages. If using as a standalone or part of a formula, I find its use about 45 minutes pre-training to be optimal.

VITAMIN D: Performance enhancer, as it turns out. While perusing some old Russian research I noted the following mentioned: There are studies on sunlight, Vitamin D and subsequent performance improvements that go back to the 1930’s! For example, a group of identically trained sprinters in the 100 meter event showed dash times improved dramatically in irradiated athletes vs. non- irradiated.This was no small improvement: 7.4% vs. 1.4%.

In the 1940’s the Germans found the same leading to a 13% improvement as measured via bicycle ergometer testing for their irradiated athletes. The control group? Zero improvement. During the 1950’s the Sport College of Colgone saw such a “convincing effect” on peformance that they notified their Olympic Committee! Later in 1956, another showed improved reaction times by 17%.

Closer to home during the 1960’s college aged women were treated with a single dose of ultraviloet radiation. Improvements in endurance, strength and speed were all noted. In fact, interviews many strength athletes revealed big leaps in progress during the late summer vs. winter months. This wasn’t a surprise to me as I had previously been aware of studies showing deficient athletes supplemented with Vitamin D had increased rates of muscle gain.

And look at this! It seems that ecdy and vitamin D share some sort of hetero properties, at least in rats (most common human model). In a study titled “The effect of vitamin D3 and 20-hydroxyecdysone on the content of ATP, creatine phosphate, carnosine and Ca2+ in skeletal muscles. Kholodova IuD; Tugai VA; Zimina VP – Ukr Biokhim Zh – 1997 May-Jun; 69(3): 3-9

Abstract: The effect of vitamin D3, and extract containing 20-hydroxyecdysone on the level of basic metabolites in the skeletal muscles of rats has been studied. It was shown that development of D-hypovitaminosis is accompanied by the decrease in content of ATP, creatine phosphate, carnosine, and by the increase of Ca2+ content. Against the background of D-hypovitaminosis the 20- hydroxyecdysone promote the increase of the amount of these metabolites up to the control of one and normalize Ca2+ content in them.

Could ecdy plus Vitamin D result in greater amounts of ATP, creatine phosphate and carnosine? That’s speculation but worth looking into further, in my book. If nothing else, the combination of the two is apparently a stronger one-two punch than Vitamin D alone, as this next study suggests:

Effects of vitamin D3 and ecdysterone on free-radical lipid peroxidation: Biochemistry (Mosc) – 1997 Jun; 62(6): 609-12 Authors: Kuzmenko Al; Morozova RP; Nikolenko IA; Korniets GV;

Kholodova YuD Abstract: Free radical induced lipid peroxidation was studied in vivo by measuring chemiluminescence of tissues from Vitamin D-deficient animals before and after peroral administration of low molecular weight biological steroids vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and ecdysterone. The kinetics of lipid chemiluminescence in model systems in vitro were determined in blood serum and microsomal and mitochondrial fractions of the liver. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and ecdysterone displayed anti-radical properties; the latter was more potent in this respect. Oxidation of lipids by hydroxyl groups contained in ecdysterone can account for its antiradical effect. Ecdysterone and D3 may cause anti-radical effects through the same mechanisms.

When you add it all up, there’s a strong case for adding Vitamin D to your pillbox, especially during the winter months.

CISSUS QUADRANGULARIS

IF you have joint or tendon issues, you really need to be using this stuff. It does everything glucosamine and chondroiten is supposed to do, but instead of taking 2-3 months, it only takes about a week!

PHENIBUT

A drug originally invented in Russian, phenibut is GABA bound to a phenyl ring. This stuff is powerful enough to zonk a horse, so proceed cautiously. Best starter dose is 2 grams. Be advised it has a strong “feel good” effect – strong enough that addiction issues can present. It leads to a dramatic increase in dopamine, which explains its recreational abuse potential. As a once every so often item however, it’s dynamite.

Hard to believe it’s still legal. It’s that good, but go easy and know it can be lead to addiction.

KRATOM

As with Phenibut it’s hard to believe Kratom is still legal. IT strongly binds to the mu-opiod receptor (though it’s NOT an opiod). What this means is that Kratom leads to incredible mood elevation and it’s a fantastic analgesic (pain killer). Kratom also contains yohimbe like alkaloids, although thankfully it won’t make you all hyper and paranoid. Instead, it leads to a curious energy (both physical and mental) that lends itself well to both physical and cognitive activiities.

Check your pupils though around 40 minutes after taking a 3g dose: They’re tiny and a dead giveaway to law enforcement if you get pulled over. Tell them you chew large amounts of nicotine gum – it has a similar effect. Understand this stuff is no joke, and you’re advised to use it without operating any machinery/driving at least until such time as you know how it affects you.

Best sourced at straightupkratom.com.

YOHIMBE SUPREME – FULL SPECTRUM YOHIMBE: Yohimbe is NOT something you want to “play around” with. It’s one of the few nutraceuticals that has an unpredictable dose/response curve that varies in the general population.

Too much Yohimbe in any form is not a pleasant experience. Think shivers and waves of goosebumps accompanied  by a feeling of nausea. NO fun.y

However, done right it is a super effective thermogenic with unique fat loss and energy enhancing properties, among more personal, potential benefits.gI recently ordered some YOHIMBE SUPREME as part of a big promotion s over at lmusclemass.com. I had used this one many years ago, and wanted to re-visit.,

“ACTIVES” VARY WIDELY

To review, Yohimbe contains DOZENS of different alkaloids. I suspect this is why it is so problematic insofar as getting a consistent response in the general population. Source material for full spectrum products varies, but in general you’ll find 3 used: Pausinystalia yohimbe, Corynanthe yohimbe or variations of the Rauwolfia plant. Yohimbe bark has been reported to contain up to 6% total alkaloids, 5-15% of which is yohimbine. In effect, a small amount of actual Yohimbe HCL is found in the bark of the yohimbe tree. But there are other alkaloids present in full spectrum products.

For example, the bark of yohimbe contains about 6% yohimbine, as well the other alkaloids of ajmaline, allo-yohimbine, corynantheidine, corynantheine, dihydrocorynantheine, pseudoyohimbine, quebrachine, and tetrahydromethylcorynanthein. It also contains tannins.

The popular opinion is that “full spectrum” Yohimbe feels “dirty” and Yohimbe HCL is cleaner, with its alkaloid content narrowed. For every other single full spectrum product I’ve tried (and I’ve tried many), that has been true. Straight Yohimbe HCL did feel cleaner, but by no means does it feel especially “clean”.

YOHIMBE SUPREME lists “full spectrum” actives as a 10:1 extract of Pausinystalia Yohimbe extract in a sublingual base. “Uh oh”, I thought. “Need to be careful with this one”.

COMPARISON

I subjectively compared this product to 2 others; 1.) straight Yohimbe HCL (pure white, bulk material) and 2.) full spectrum Yohimbe Extract 2%/6% (brown powder). The 2% refers to “Yohimbe (HPLC)” and the 6% to “total alkaloids”. I was careful to use comparable mg amounts of each.

NOTES

YOHIMBE SUPREME (for me) delivers a consistent, smooth ride unlike any other full spectrum Yohimbe I’ve ever used. I honestly don’t know why. This is sheer speculation, but I suspect it has something to do with the source plant and retaining “natures fingerprint” i.e. not overly concentrating on standardizing for a certain % of yohimbe HCL vs. other actives.

It works better (and differently) than its counterparts. The label is deceiving. The only giveaway is the tag line which reads “The ONE that works like no other”.

Like all Muscle And Sports Science products, it subjectively works differently than its counterparts available elsewhere. You get the distinct feeling that somebody knows something, but on label alone its difficult to tell what that something is. That’s probably by design in this marketplace. Lots of copycats out there trying to steal winning formulas.

This product isn’t for everyone. In fact, I’d say it serves certain niche audiences.

You can certainly buy straight Yohimbe HCL and other “full spectrum” Yohimbe cheaper and “feel” it. I don’t like what I feel with those, though. IMO, the big advantage YOHIMBE SUPREME brings to the table is predictability. Very consistent from dose to dose whereas the other “full spectrum” products felt wildly different from day to day, with the same mg dose.

To be fair, straight Yohimbe HCL was more consistent than other full spectrum products, but not YOHIMBE SUPREME.

For those of you wanting to take it up a notch, you might want to consider giving it a whirl. The strength (and low dose needed to realize an effect) leads to a single purchase lasting a LONG time.

Please chime in with your experiences on our forum with this or any other Yohimbe product you’ve used. I’d be very interested in your observations.

ALKAPLEX GREEN PLUS: What’s this? Sounds “ordinary”, doesn’t it? Perhaps. It’s effects are extraordinary though, and I use this little known gem to maximize results in The Blueprint. The alkalization of your body’s PH in the feast phase is a desirable factor in generating better nitrogen retention, greater workout capacity and a more anabolic state. What I’m proposing then, is a simple strategy to up your alkaline balance either through your diet or a deep green superfood concentrate, such as  Alkaplex Green Plus caps or Supergreens powder.

Many of you reading this are in an acidic state right now. Acid forming diets are rampant in Western society. You need only look at the number of people around you popping antacid pills all day and big pharma’s push to get “the purple pill” approved for over the counter use.

As such, it’s likely this strategy is one that will benefit you. Acidic states kill performance, particularly lifting performance. Rapid acidification leads to the muscle “shutting off” and ceasing to contract under load. Quite simply, you can no longer lift the weight and the set is terminated.

Let’s take an extreme example. Repeated maximal bouts of intense exercise with very little rest can have you heaving in a hurry. You give me any athlete and I can make them puke given enough weight and  a fast enough pace when squatting. Maybe you’ve even experienced this at some point. It’s not pleasant.

That queasy feeling is the result of too many acids building up in your system too fast. Your body thinks it’s being poisoned, can’t clear the acid fast enough and instead decides to expel it through up-chucking. Again, an extreme example, but you get my point. Acid/Alkaline balance is measured on a pH scale from 1-14. A pH of 7 is neutral, halfway between very acidic (pH = 1) and very alkalyn (pH =

14). During rest, your muscle pH is around 6.9. But, as you lift, things change.

As muscle pH drops below 6.5, the energy chain fueling the workout is disrupted enough to grind things to a halt. All this acid isn’t just a problem inside muscle cells. It’s a problem in the blood too. To optimally affect the muscle you first need to lower acid concentrations in the blood. The less acidic the blood, the more it creates a favorable PH gradient between the blood and muscle, thus pulling the acid OUT of the muscle. Big implications for performance, growth and health.

Remember those MultiStix I spoke of? Well, I originally used them to test for nitrogen excretion to measure  Kre-Anabolyn’s efficacy. But they also measure your urine for ketones, blood, glucose and pH. It’s the pH  balance we’re focusing on here, and it’s research proven to make a BIG difference.

When your diet is too acidic it signals the body to release calcium from your bones and glutamine from muscle in order to “buffer” all that acid. This isn’t good, and it can work against you in the feast phase. By tilting the diet toward a more alkaline balance, we take a big step toward the entire objective of this part of The Blueprint: Accelerating anabolism via increased nitrogen retention while keeping catabolism  in check and “lagging” further behind. Glutamine loss (efflux out of the muscle) is a MAJOR signal to the  brain to start breaking down muscle tissue. We don’t want your system getting that kind of message, at least not from real muscle glutamine efflux. The result of implementing this strategy? Exactly what you’ve bought this course for….superior performance and more muscle.

Need more proof? Check out: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18326605

Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Mar;87(3):662-5.: Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults.Dawson-Hughes B, Harris SS, Ceglia L. Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA.

And yes, the study was done on older adults. However, I’ve found the same holds true in younger folks as  validated by those urinary testing strips I’m so fond of. Who would’ve thought these bathroom trips could  be so educational? To assist in beefing up your diet in this area, following is a list of alkaline foods:

ALKALIZING VEGETABLES

Alfalfa, Barley Grass, Beet Greens, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard Greens, Chlorella, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Dandelions, Dulce, Edible Flowers, Eggplant, Fermented Veggies, Garlic, Green Beans, Green Peas, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Nightshade Veggies, Onions, Parsnips (high glycemic), Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radishes, Rutabaga. Sea Veggies, Spinach, green, Spirulina, Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Watercress, Wheat Grass, Wild Greens

ALKALIZING FRUITS

Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana (high glycemic), Berries, Blackberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, sour, Coconut, fresh, Currants, Dates, dried, Figs, dried, Grapes, Grapefruit, Honeydew Melon, Lemon, Lime, Muskmelons, Nectarine, Orange, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Raisins, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tangerine, Tomato, Tropical Fruits, Umeboshi Plums, Watermelon

ALKALIZING SWEETENERS

Stevia

ALKALIZING SPICES & SEASONINGS

Chili Pepper, Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Miso, Mustard, Sea Salt, Tamari

So if an alkaline diet can pull this off, why am I recommending a supplement? Because you’ll be eating a LOT of protein rich food in the feast phase. Remember, protein is a complex string of amino acids. As such, they tilt your body’s toward an acidic state. You need a fair volume of alkaline foods to offset

So if an alkaline diet can pull this off, why am I recommending a supplement? Because you’ll be eating a LOT of protein rich food in the feast phase. Remember, protein is a complex string of amino acids. As such, they tilt your body’s toward an acidic state. You need a fair volume of alkaline foods to offset And OPTIMIZE this state. In order to hit caloric goals during this phase, you’ll need to consume lots of carbs and some fats. Getting what you need from fiberous carbs (mostly alkaline vegetables like spinach, asparagus) can prove difficult. Most just don’t feel like eating that many alkaline foods. If that’s you, I offer the following: 1 capsule of Alkaplex Green with each Kre-Anabolyn dose (total of 3-6/day). If using it solo, I very positively suggest 2 capsules with each main meal. Alkaplex Green is one of the richest sources of calcium (10x that of milk), magnesium, potassium and other commonly depleted trace minerals.

Also of note, recent trials show low calcium diets to promote fat storage, while high calcium diets lessen  fat accumulation and promote fat burning. One sports fitness physician even dubbed Alkaplex ‘The Green Steroid’ due to the naturally high Chlorophyll content which creates a strong, positive charged nitrogen boost.

As an economical, healthy and research proven strategy alkalyzing your system is a powerful new weapon. Positively modulating your pH (i.e. a macro change to your physiology) is a hugely over-looked  factor in the world of muscledom and its importance is just coming to light mainstream in the research studies. It holds great promise in amplifying the effects of adaptogens, particularly ecdysterone, which is already known to increase nitrogen retention independent of acidic/alkaline state. Pursuing this strategy gives you a far greater chance of success than shotgunning some random micro-nutrient company X is pushing this month.

BETA ALANINE, OROTIC ACID and TMG

These 3 compounds are among the most well researched and effective ingredients in sports nutrition today. BA will combine with L-histidine to form carnosine, an intracellular buffer which will allow you to get more reps with any given weight. Orotic Acid was researched and used as a non hormonal anabolic in the former Soviet Union. It replenishes ATP 3 different ways (creatine only uses 1), it improves carnosine levels AND it elevates purine nucleotide pools. Fantastic product for those engaged in resistance training.

Finally, TMG now has more than a dozen studies showing it helps in slashing cortisol, increasing GH and IGF-1 along with greater power output vs. placebo. Accordingly, all 3 are included in Mass Po Synthagen in research proven amounts, so if you’re using it you’re already getting them – you’re covered.

IN GENERAL

Ever since pro-hormones were outlawed and the laws re-written in 2005, the supplement industry has given people NOTHING insofar as new, effective muscle builders. All you’ll find are crappy pre-workouts laced with caffeine, dressed up basics like BCAA and creatine and….. little else. There is one more product on the horizon though you may be interested in, available for sale in early 2018..

Since I find the supplement industry woefully deficient in this area, I decided to make the next big thing myself…

PRIMAL STRENGTH

Primal strength is a pre-workout formulated for only one purpose: Allow you to lift heavier/generate greater overload from your workouts. Normally, pre-workouts try to accomplish this by loading up with cheap stimulants: caffeine, yohimbe etc. What they don’t tell you is this: That just jacks your cortisol levels WAY up, which prevents you from benefiting (growing) any appreciable muscle. Proof of this is that most people using these products are no bigger/ stronger than they were a year after using these product!

Primal Strength is different, WAY different. It’s formula works inside your brain to fire up nerve synapses and levels of key neuro-transmitters to make you stronger, WITHOUT frying your Central Nervous System or generating a huge whack of cortisol. You will absolutely be stronger, lift heavier and GROW FASTER as a result.