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  1. Collagen protein

    So, what is Collagen protein? I'm seeing it with a lot of suppliers and my mate said he got some. Reading the blurb on MyProtein, they say "Collagen is a protein that’s mainly found in skin, hair, nails, and other connective tissues in the body, making it the most abundant protein in humans and mammals. It’s slightly different to whey and casein protein because it has a high level of the amino acids, glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine." OK, good. It's got a 90% protein content. It's got a different amino acid profile, presumably one that's really good for skin, hair, nails and connective tissue...... not the s**t I am looking to build in the gym but if it makes my hair grow back in, I'll be over the bloody moon. But my concern is, where do they get it? From the hair, skin and nails of animals? Not sure about that? Whadyaknow about this stuff guys?
  2. Ultimate NO2, Pump and Vasculator Stack

    So, I purchased the Glycergrow 2 and the Creatine Nitrate https://www.bodybuildingwarehouse.co.uk/pure-creatine-nitrate https://www.dolphinfitness.co.uk/en/controlled-labs-glycer-grow-2-60-servings/101385 Got a decent amount of this PWO left over (contains 3g of CM) https://www.bulkpowders.co.uk/complete-pre-workout-advanced.html And still have a decent amount of Citrulline Malate (Which I have been taking 8g on it's own before the gym recently) https://www.bulkpowders.co.uk/citrulline-malate.html My thinking was to give both of the new products a test run on their own but once I am happy with them, I was going to stack the lot. So, for dosing, I was thinking 1 normal scoop of the PWO, topping up with 5g of the CM, to take me to 8g. For the GG2, would it just be recommended I stick to the 1 x 3.9g scoop? And Creatine Nitrate, the box says 1g. Some of the comments on this thread say otherwise, should I stick to the recommended 1g or go to 2.5g (or above as one poster suggested?)
  3. Creating your own program... It's not that difficult

    Thanks for the post @swole troll I am not a beginner, been going to weights gyms fairly regularly for the last 20+ years. But I certainly wouldn't ever call myself advanced. I've only really had a good run at it twice. 4 years ago I started putting on some muscle, then injured everything before I got to the cut part, and left myself 20%+ body fat and took up hiking instead This time round I have been training over a year, 6 months fairly consistently with weights and starting to make a bit progress but this time I have basically maintained body weight, perhaps dropping 2 or 3 pounds over the last few months. 6'1", 85kg and around 18% bf and the muscle is starting to grow, albeit not as fast as I would have liked because I've been reluctant to put on too much weight before I shed some more fat. I've set the base strength and things are progressing nicely with what I'm lifting so I was going to try a cut and get a good bit leaner before attempting to bulk. But I have had a backwards idea of the order what you posted above because I have started out on body part splits and was going to eventually move to a full body split later. Too late to fix that now but I do still want to have a go at full body splits and going from what you've said I'm still novice enough to benefit from it. But reading your guide it does look a bit sparse. I'm fortunate with work/life schedule and could be in the gym 2 or 3 hours a day 6 or 7 days a week if I wanted. I was thinking of doing full body but with a combination of larger compound 5x5 type stuff along with isolation exercises. If I did bench press 5x5 on day A, I'd combine it with lateral raises 3 x 8-12 for shoulders, then day B do OHP 5x5, with crossovers or fly's 3 x 8-12. Same idea with quads and hamstrings etc. But when I started to write it down it has a lot more content than your template above. So it looked something along the lines of Day A Squat 5x5 Leg curl 3 x 8-12 Barbbell bench press 5x5 Lateral raises 3 x 8-12 Chins/pull ups 3 x 8-10 Machine curls 3 x 8-10 Ab crunch exercizes Day B Deadlift 5x5 Leg extension 3 x 8-12 OHP 5x5 Dumbell fly's 3 x 8-12 Cable rows 3 x 8-12 Tricep pushdowns 3 x 10-12 Ab twist exercizes Was thinking, for my week Monday-Sunday A, cardio, B, rest, A, Cardio, rest B, cardio, A, rest, B, Cardio, rest Thoughts? As I say, I'm wary of doing too much. My original plan had Leg press 3x8 in with squats, a seated dumbbell version of my OHP with the standing bar version and an incline dumbbell press along with the bench press, both 3x8 as well but I'm wondering if I was overloading it, particularly after reading your OP I probably spend more time in the gym than I should just now and its counter productive but I have the time and don't like rest days when I am in the swing of things, I have suffered motivation dips in the past and I always see breaks in training of more than a couple days as the times where there is potential for laziness to creep in.
  4. Omega 3 with DHA and EPA

    Well that makes sense I suppose. Obviously you can't tell from the taste due to being in capsule form but will you know? I mean I get a bit of a fishy taste when I burp afterwards and they make me a little queasy if I neck a couple on an empty stomach. But all fish has always done that. Is it easy to figure out if they are 'off'?
  5. Omega 3 with DHA and EPA

    How do you tell good quality? I just bought some off MyProtein and I've no idea whether they are quality or not.
  6. If you change your diet from a bulk or maintenance to a cut. Would you change your training? Add in cardio, go for different rep ranges or just keep trying to do what you are doing with less fuel?
  7. Citrulline Malate

    I'd been using a PWO that gave about 3-5g of CM depending on the size of scoop I took. Was decent, I always like those BA tingles, even if it's just so I have a physical indicator that something is kicking in. Add to that, the kind of psycho focus you get on taking far too much bloody caffeine. But I work offshore, so I can't bring open supps through the airport. It's policy that they must be sealed. So I brought a 250g bag of CM and after reading this thread, all I've been using is my daily Creatine and protein and pre-workout I take an 8-10g serving of CM and I'm finding that performance wise, I'm getting a better lift from it than the PWO and the pump is rather nice. PWOs I've used in the past have had more stims than effective doses of pump products, so I'm not used to that feeling and I think it does give you that little mental boost. On another note, to the IBS sufferer. I've got ulcerative colitis (an absolute joy ) I've not suffered any ill effects and it smcertainlybhasn't given me the shits.
  8. Protein Juice?

    I've tried a few bottle of this https://groceries.asda.com/product/protein-drinks/asda-sports-nutrition-protein-water-tropical-flavour/910002954804 My gym was selling a similar product a while back too. It was derived from a beef protein I'm sure. Yep, just googled it https://gymstop.co.uk/products/nxt-nutrition-beef-protein-isolate-12-x-500ml-1?variant=31593612804193&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google Shopping&gclid=Cj0KCQiAtOjyBRC0ARIsAIpJyGMvhf6xSKhoMA2OLjyOEW8dugFy6uwRHFtLANwhlEgcvClk-o7FkGAaAqNtEALw_wcB It wasn't this stuff but it was similar. I was amazed they made something that drank like a fruit juice, made out of beef protein. Both go down easier that shakes but not as hydrating/refreshing as juice/water.
  9. Omega 3 with DHA and EPA

    Just discovered I can eat tinned Mackerel. I always struggled with fish that wasn't Cod, Haddock or tinned Tuna. But it would appear my tastes are evolving as I get older. I couldn't just chuck it down like I would a tin of Tuna, it's still a bit fishy for that. But I might mix it with Tuna and fire it through pasta or rice. I've been buying Omega capsules, but I could easily make that up by getting this stuff down me every day. What kind of volumes of omega oils are in a tin of Mackerel anyway?
  10. Ultimate NO2, Pump and Vasculator Stack

    What is this stuff and what does it do? Reason I ask as I have creatine, I suppose most do. And just wanted to check it doesn't clash and I'm not taking something I don't need. My own quick read up on it, tells me it is nothing like Creatine really but just thought I'd check first.