CONVENTIONAL DEADLIFT: 135×10 225×8 (tore a scab off my shin with these… thats fun ) 275×6 315×5 335×1
LAT PULLDOWNS: 85×10,10,10,12
ONE-ARM DB ROW: 40×8 35×12 25×15 50×6 (wt. ea. arm)
FARMERS WALK: 80lb DBs x 20 yds x 4
BENT OVER ROW: 95×8,8,6
SEATED CLOSE GRIP CABLE ROW: 100×8,8,8
CHIN (aka STERNUM) UPS: BWx4,3,3 (sternum to bar, squeeze the lats, return to deadhang)
HAMMER CURLS: 35×10,10,10,12 (wt. ea. arm)
STANDING DB CURLS: 30×10,10,10,12 (wt. ea. arm)
INCLINE DB CURLS: 20×10,10,8,7 (wt. ea. arm)
At first upon opening the box that Origin was shipped in I was surprised to 1) find that Origin didn’t have a label so I thought that I potentially had been shipped a bottle of cocaine as Benzo had suggested but was disappointed when I unscrewed the lid and found the red crystals inside and 2) that they threw in a few SlinSane caps as well… those will certainly come in handy for the X-Mas meal my mom will cook so thank you for those!
Mixability: For this first day I jumped straight into 2 scoops right off the bat. Poured 20oz. of cold water into my shaker cup, threw in the two scoops, gave it a good shake for about 10-15 seconds and took a look at the bottle. Noted some “floaters” flying around and some foam had developed on the top akin to the head on a freshly poured mug of beer… I set my bottle down and went to put my shoes on and when I came back the foam was gone and it looked just like dark red Kool-Aid… no floaters, no foam, NO PROBLEM !
Taste/Smell: The taste was a mix between a cherry/fruit punch. Wasn’t too sweet or ‘chemical’ smelling. The taste was phenomenal. Easily drinkable. No problem chugging the whole thing down for this guy except that since this was my first go with it I let in linger in my mouth a bit so I could get a sense of the flavor. It does sort of remind me of the Red Kool-Aid except not as sweet. There is no tanginess to it at all. Kind of like a lower-in-sugar fruit punch drink. Some drinks can have a sharp blandness to them (NO-XPlod) and others can taste somewhat chalky (like Maximize v2) but this was nowhere near those. Something I’m going to look forward to drinking this month
During today’s workout I didn’t notice much at first. I’m very much used to pump product beverages especially those that incorporate beta-alanine. I always used to rely on the feeling of the “tingles” as an indicator that things were working. Origin is definitely a different animal. Last week before I was logging anything during my last BACK/BIS day I went through my sets like this: 135×10, 225×10, 275×8, 315×5, 350×1… now you may look at those #s and compare them to today and say “DJ your #s went down!” Well unfortunately with as much running as I’ve been doing this was expected… what WASN’T expected was that my rest periods in between sets went down. By A LOT. I remember last week transitioning between 275 and 315 and waiting almost 5 minutes before I finally felt ready to go again. Not today! Within one or two minutes my breathing and heartrate had come down to a point that I was ready to lift heavy **** again. Once I had moved on to my accessory moves another strange thing began to occur. I felt like I had gone into my own head and was more focused than usual… I remember doing the Lat Pulldowns and telling myself on each contraction in my head “LATS…. LATS… LATS… LATS…” making sure that I was focusing in on the muscle group that was doing the work and ensuring myself to give it my all and keep my form in good shape. The mind-muscle connection seems to be strong here !
After my workout I was in a bit of post-workout high. The endorphins were kicking. I had a few bouts of orthostatic hypertension (feeling like you are going to pass out going from a sitting to standing position) which wasn’t a bad thing… the drive into work I was super mellow and felt great. No lack of concentration. No crash. No soreness (lol yet).
This is just DAY 1…