Supplement stack: Fat Burner Pro-sculpt

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I have found a product that I really like and it’s called Pro-sculpt.
Pro-sculpt is classified as a ‘fat burner’ and it is from GNC.
You can watch my video review of my fat burner stack or I will give you the key points here in this post.

Pro-sculpt is great because it contains 3 of the supplements I took in my last show prep.
It is a powder mix and you only need a tiny scoop as a serving size.  I start my day with my
vitamins and a scoop of Pro-sculpt.

What it does.
Pro-sculpt has a non stimulant fat burner. It does not make me feel jiggy. It has 200mg of caffeine which is just enough to
make me feel good and have great focus. It has green tea and white willow bark which are fat burners.

It also contains BCAA: In our studio we take Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) during our workout. BCAAs help with muscle recovery and it helps you to not be so sore.  Pro-sculpt has the amino L-Glutamine which is very important for muscle recovery. It also is an immune system boost.

Pro-sculpt also contains CLA: Conjugated Linoleic Acid is an essential fatty acid that not only reduces body fat from the mid- section region,  but also increases muscle strength and exercise endurance.  The recommendation for CLA is that you drink 100 oz of water each day to flush out the toxins. Just a heads up! CLA makes you pee a lot!  Did I just say that?  I’ll bet I get an AMEN here.

Pro-sculpt also contains Beta Alanine which is an amino acid that gets your muscles prepared to train.
It also has L-Carnatine for even more energy and fat burning. Whoo-hoo.

This product is a supplement /fat burner stack. It is not classified as my pre-workout. I use Cellucore’s C4  exactly 30 minutes prior to lifting for amazing results. I will do another blog post on pre-workout.

Because you must cycle off Pro-sculpt after 60 days, I had to use these products as a replacement for 30 days.
We cycle our supplements because, like exercise, your body somewhat adapts and it stops being as effective.  I typically do not mind switching up because this is when I find products that really work for me.

My switch up:
Fat burner: GNC Epiq Shred capsules: 1 per day.  I used this fat burner for two cycles during my first show prep. I had amazing results. I love it. It does not make me feel jiggy at all. Since I cannot take Roxy like many of the other competitors do, I felt really happy that I got such a good result with a non-stimulant product.

Ab-cuts:  AbCuts is CLA.  The AbCut company has several different versions of this product but I bought the basic mid-section formula at Wal-Mart for 17.99.  The down side is that you must take 2-3 capsules with each meal.  That made it tedious.  If you shop online or at GNC for Abcuts, be prepared to pay over 50 dollars for it.  It works.  You can also buy straight CLA from GNC.  CLA is typically not sold at Walgreens or drugstores.

Glutamine:  I purchased a container of Glutamine from Amazon. It was a very basic, generic brand. You don’t need fancy here.

I take other variations of BA and Carnatine as well but frankly, it sure is nice having everything in one product.

This product got 4 out of 5 stars on the GNC website. It retails for 49.99 for non-members and 34.99 for members. I try to get my products on a BOGO so I have two months worth ready to go.  It comes in Blue Raspberry and Fruit Punch. Both flavors are fine.

Worth noting:  Glutamine is in many products that are marketed for muscle recovery.  It is a bit powdery and hard to mix.  The same goes for Pro-sculpt. I use my Ninja Blender but if you have some good arm strength you can get it done with your blender bottle.

My recommendation is Pro-sculpt over the other 3 product stack. I am not loving my results as much with this interim replacement stack. It just doesn’t wow me. I’m preparing to begin another two month round of PS as I begin my show prep.  I will have to pull all my supplements close to the show so this will be perfect.

Not every supplement is right for everyone. One of the reps at GNC told me he thought this product was not good. I say different strokes for different folks.  This one in my book is a winner.

Christmas update : Preparing to prep

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My son gifted me this old-school hex bar for Christmas.  I love it!

Merry Christmas!
Yesterday was our family Christmas day. We had an amazing day together.
I hope your holiday is amazing!!

UPDATE:
This is a little prep update. I’m feeling pretty much like it’s two steps forward and 1 step back.
In the last several weeks, I’ve found some things have not been working.
I’m going to refer to this as a very good learning experience.

My stack:
 I made changes to my stack at the advice of my contacts at both SS2 and GNC.
I feel both of these men know their products but the disconnect is, they don’t know me.
This project is about ME figuring out what is the best stack for me.

Creatine/BA

I removed Alpha-Cre HD because I felt it was causing me quite a bit of bloat.
Alpha-Cre is a product that contains a mix of Creatine and Beta-Alanine (BA)
Pros of ALPHACre-HD
1. I felt great.
2. Noticeable strength gains
3.Noticeable increase in cardio fuction  during durations of 30-50 second blasts.  (Arch stairs, blown away)

Cons of ALPHACre-HD
1.Puffy.
Note: Creatine can cause you to hold water in the muscle. I understand that is part of it’s general function. Each rep tells me though that their product won’t bloat.

Switched to
Epiq Strength. 
I switched because this product was supposed to cause no bloating. It was to go straight into the muscle as opposed to being passed through or pooling around the kidneys causing belly fat.  There is less creatine in this product than is in Cellucore’s C4 pre-workout.
I felt like a wet noodle.  I got no BA tingle and noticed no vascularity, no creatine pump.
I’m sure all the super lifters will tell me that  I am probably misunderstanding the ins-and outs of creatine as there is so much research out there. I am still learning!

I saw great results with Krey-alkaline in my last prep. I still feel like the monohydrate  (Alpha-Cre) worked best of all.
Both products are about the same price: $45.

I’m sure I could rock some old school cheap pharm creatine and BA. Maybe next off season, we’ll test that out!

First Phorm Ignition.
Added that for one month. Pulled that back out.
I was taking less than half a scoop of Ignition pre and post workout.  It is straight up sugar. It tasted AWESOME! Whoo hoo. It’s straight up sugar! I felt great, but…apparently, even that amount of sugar is too much for me. I lost definition in my abs. I probably needed to adjust my calories and carbs elsewhere, but it was just a bust.  Here’s why I think it wasn’t right. I train at my studio for 3-5 hours
and am much better and leaner with ‘slow-carbs’.  I leaned out on lots of sweet potatoes.  Quickie sugar products like Ignition might be awesome for someone like The Rock. Apparently, despite the research on Ignition, it is not for me.

Pro-sculpt:  I was on GNC’s prosculpt for 2 months.  I love that product.
I switched out to my regular CLA caps and Epiq Shred fat burner. I used Shred last prep season with great results.
This time, I’m not totally sure. I have had terrific results on Prosculpt.
My GNC contact tells me that it’s crap. I needed to switch up anyway after using it for 2 months.  I really miss it.
I’m almost done with my month off so I will most likely start
back on it again until I have to pull my supplements. One man’s crappy product is a winner for me. My clients had great results with it too.  Go-figure.

Sleep:
What’s that? I am exhausted and fall asleep sometimes at 7pm.   I have a hard time staying asleep. My brain will not shut off. I take my ZMA before bed and have added  GNC Beyond RAW® RE-FEED – super anabolic night time recovery protein (casein). It has ingredients to help you stay asleep. So far I like it. I think if I had a solid 8 of uninterrupted sleep, I’d feel much better.  Sleep is always my challenge in this process.

De-load
 I have been training hard for the last 3 months.  The problems I am having now, may not wholly be supplement based. I really started to feel like I was over training. My gains slowed down and my energy was really low.  I did a de-load week 2 weeks ago and came back to lift heavy last week.  Still felt pretty weak.  pffft.

This last week of the year is a great time for me to listen to my body. I’ve added more pilates back into my workouts. I did some re-feeds as well.
I feel so much better.  I am still hitting the gym but taking my lifts down quite a bit.  I have 30 days before I start my actual 12 week prep. It’s a great time to reflect on  what I’ve learned in the past 3 months, and set goals going forward.

Merry Christmas!