I am an "Average Joe". My upper arms used to measure 13 inches around; now they’re a hair over 17 inches. At 201 pounds my body is clearly leaner and more muscular than it was when I started lifting at 145 pounds. But that was 21 years ago.
|Upper Arm (circumference)||Body Weight|
|Then||13 inches||145 lbs|
|After||17 inches||201 lbs|
The Average Joe will gain slow. This has become a
truism for me. When I do manage to gain muscle, it can vanish overnight. That’s
why I’m such a fanatic about my training and my diet, and why I’m always looking
for help. I’ll try any nutritional supplement as long as it is safe, legal and
I can trust the company that makes it.
I trust Beverly
International. They don’t just make their products, they back them. A bodybuilding
buddy of mine knows the owner of Beverly. He told me that they were releasing a
new amino acid formula called Density. I quipped
Who needs it? Proteins are
just chains of amino acids. So whatever benefits I can get from Beverly’s amino acid formula, I’m already getting from my protein supplement, right?
Wrong... way wrong, my friend
said. Amino acids work differently when they’re ingested in a highly purified
form than they do when they are ingested in the form of a protein. Density is a
pharmaceutical-grade amino acid formula, so it’s totally pure. It has
beneficial effects on your muscles and your mind. Mainly it is used to build
dense muscle tissue faster.
But will it work on these
stubborn muscles? I asked my friend, pointing to myself.
Why don’t you try it
and see? he answered. While the final product wasn’t ready for the general
public yet, he thought the owner might be willing to get Beverly’s lab to mix
up some samples for me to try beforehand.
Twelve days later my lab-prepared samples arrived with instructions for use. Beverly asked that I document my experiences with Density in a journal. They made me feel like I was part of an exclusive experiment which I was! The least I could do was help them out by keeping a journal.
Day 1: No
Strength Endurance and Mood
- A Day in the Life of Patrick:
- Training Approach: I like basic free-weight movements like squats, bench presses, rows, and the like. I do something Rob Thoburn refers to as "Thirds": Each movement’s range of motion is broken down into 3 equal portions, or
thirds. The idea is to move the load through the third of the motion in which the muscle has to work the hardest. I normally perform 5-10 sets per muscle group, 10-25
I’m unconventional with my training schedule: I don’t have one. I train whichever muscle groups I feel like training, often
bouncing aroundfrom one muscle group to the next without much rhyme or reason. I take days off when I feel I need them.
- Diet: I eat 2600-2800 Calories per day. I keep my protein high and my fat and carbs low pretty much all the time. I don’t cheat.
- Sample Diet:
- Meals 1 (post-training) and 2: protein shake
- Meals 3 and 4: chicken breast, steak or fish; broccoli
- Supplements: Beverly Muscle Provider and (since having written this journal) Density
- 7:12 AM: I pull myself out of bed and struggle to unfold my stiff body to an upright position. In the kitchen I locate my Density samples. I easily swallow 5 tablets (1 serving) with ice water. My wife and I watch the news before heading to the gym.
Comments: Some supplements
give me a nasty
sour stomach sensation, but this didn’t happen with Density.
- I walk on the treadmill while reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to American Government. The incline is set to 1.5 and the speed to 4.5 mph. After 20 minutes I’m thoroughly confused about Article Two of the Constitution. I hop off the treadmill and enter the weight pit where I hit chest, triceps and hamstrings.
- Immediately following my workout I take another serving of Density with water before heading to work.
Comments: I had more
endurance during my workout. In other words, I could do more sets without
getting as tired. My mood was up, too. I even found myself smiling at people
- I have a protein shake (2 scoops Beverly Muscle Provider + ice + water) 30 minutes after my workout and another one later in the afternoon.
- At roughly 4:00 PM I notice that my energy levels and mood are still up. Normally I might feel like having a nap by now.
Summary: I had 3 servings (15
tablets) of Density today first thing in the morning, immediately after my
workout, and before bed (empty stomach). While I can’t report any changes to my
physical appearance yet, there has been a definite improvement in both my
endurance and my mood. Granted, it’s a little early to be drawing conclusions.
We’ll see how the rest of the week unfolds.
Day 2: Less Muscle Pain and Stiffness
- 7:00 AM: I get up and take 1 serving of Density with ice water.
Comments: It was easier getting out of bed today. Normally my upper back is knotted with muscle spasms. Today it feels looser. My lower back feels better, as well. I have a chronic disc injury between L4 and L5. It can make me feel very tired.
- I’m reminded of a
conversation I had with a powerlifter by the name of
Lenat a gym in the late 1980s. Len told me that amino acid supplements can help alleviate post-training soreness. I didn’t believe him. Maybe he was on to something.
- At 8:40 AM I arrive at the gym. I warm up on the treadmill and then hit legs, biceps, more legs, forearms, lats, and more biceps. After my workout I take another serving of Density with water. Thirty minutes later I have a protein shake.
Conclusion: I experienced less muscle pain and stiffness today, particularly in my upper back. My mood is good and my energy level, stable. I’m not sure that it’s due to Density, but something is working.
Days 3 and 4: Rest Days
Days 3 and 4 were rest days. I took 3 servings of Density each day (morning, noon and night).
Day 5: Density
In, Greater Muscle Fullness and Vascularity
- 7:10 AM: I get up and take 1 serving of Density with ice water.
Comments: I woke up with a lot of energy and a positive outlook. Density has definitely made an impact at a mental level. Its essential amino acids may be affecting my brain neurotransmitter levels.
Standing in front of the mirror I notice that my arms look significantly fuller and more vascular. I couldn’t have put a quarter of an inch on my biceps overnight, but it sure looks that way --which is almost as good!
- My body is sensitive to even
small amounts of sodium or carbs. Today, despite no change to my diet, I appear
to be holding less water. My muscles are
popping outmore like a bodybuilder’s. They look hard and defined.
- At 7:45 AM I head to the gym for my workout. After my workout I take 1 serving of Density with ice water. Thirty minutes later I have a protein shake.
- 3:05 PM: I am feeling so good today that I decide to go to the gym for a second workout. Before I do, I take another serving of Density just to be on the safe side. At the gym I hit a little bit of everything: side delts, lats, hamstrings, chest, calves, biceps, more side delts, more lats, triceps, and traps. I achieved solid pumps kind of surprising, being that this is my second workout of the day.
- 4:09 PM: I take 1 serving of Density followed by a protein shake 30 minutes later.
Summary: I took 4 servings
(20 tablets) of Density today. I want to make sure my blood levels of essential
amino acids don’t get too low. If they do, my muscle cells will start
amino acids. This can cause them to become catabolic, leaving me feeling weak
and small during my workouts.
As the day went on my muscles seemed to gain in hardness. I also seem to be getting better pumps at the gym. I think that Density has kicked in pretty solidly. Adding it to my daily routine is the only substantial change that I have made over the past few days.
Day 6: Rest Day
I took 3 servings of Density today.
Day 7: Conclusion... but to be continued!
Today marks the one-week point in my experiment with Density. I had another great workout. I warmed up on the treadmill for 14 minutes and then spent about 90 minutes pumping iron. Two gym members complimented me on my physique. This almost never happens to me! It felt great.
Though it’s only been a week, I am confident that my use of Density contributed to the following changes:
strength endurance: I could do more sets without getting as tired.
- Better mood: I had a more positive outlook. This may have been due to Density’s effects on serotonin levels. A low-carb diet like mine can lower serotonin levels.
- Less muscle pain and stiffness: I suffer from repetitive-strain injuries in my upper and lower back muscles. While I was using Density the pain and stiffness seemed to lessen.
- Greater muscle fullness and vascularity: I even got compliments at the gym from fellow members!
In conclusion, I plan on
continuing my use of Density. I may be an
Average Joe, but this is no average
amino acid formula! I highly recommend that you give it a shot.