Posted By ProjectAD on May 19, 2015
After a brief hiatus, finally AD were back in the peri-workout game with an amino acid supplement. But not just any amino acid supplement; AminoTaur is a beast that packs 13grams in total, 7grams of which are Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's), with a colossal 5grams of Leucine, the grand daddy of protein synthesis. It was enough to have you all salivating about what it can do for your training and physique potential.
But it's admittedly came at some confusion. Didn't we not too long ago release Raging Full, AD's designated performance amplifier designed to be consumed intra-workout? Yes, we certainly did. So what gives?
A brief overview of both products
Raging Full serves 3 primary purposes:
- Elite glycogen replenishment through superior carbohydrate sources (Glucidex & Cluster Dextrin) to sustain performance and enhance recovery throughout.
- Drive & Pump Complex: insane muscle engorging pumps and delivery of nutrients to working muscles, in addition to power output enhancers for huge strength gains.
- Mineral Support Complex: A specific quantity of minerals to ensure consistent contractions throughout your training session and maximum performance throughout every set.
AminoTaur, on the other hand, is primarily an amino acid supplement. While it is absolutely appropriate and applicable to consume it before and during your workout, what additional benefits will it provide that Raging Full may not ensure?
Firstly, it's important to note that BCAA's themselves have been continuously proven to prevent the breakdown of lean muscle tissue and stave off catabolism during sessions. This itself make it a complimentary product to Raging Full's performance enhancing effects. Amino acids taken intra-workout will also enhance recovery times between sets and aid in overall repair throughout the session.
Also, remember that AminoTaur itself also contains Citrulline, meaning it will tot up the amount you get from Raging Full to further strengthen your workouts.
Why not just create 1 product instead of 2?
It wasn't plausible to combine this product solely into one for two reasons:
First, we would've had to compromise on the amount of each specific ingredient within the formula. If you know AD at all (and we suspect you do), you'll know that this is completely against our ethos as a company and would never even enter our minds for the briefest seconds if it meant diminishing the overall quality of the products (trust us, putting 13grams of Amino acids into a formula containing everything that Raging Full already has was a no-go).
Secondly, AminoTaur is NOT just a product you consume around training sessions. Readers of the blog will have noted recently its effectiveness in being consumed daily, interspersed between whole food meals for overcoming the refractory response of protein synthesis.
How to combine the 2 together?
We suggest continuing to mix one scoop of Raging Full with 700mls of water intra-workout in a shaker bottle, and one scoop of AminoTaur in 700mls of water intra-workout in another shaker bottle (or bottle of water, if you don't have 2 shakers!). Sip on both in between sets to maximise performance and recovery abilities, and don't forget to follow our daily protocol for maximising AminoTaur / protein synthesis usage for killer results.
Posted By ProjectAD on January 8, 2015
I know what you're thinking: “2015 HAS to be different” - and I'd with you on that boat, too.
The early part of the year was filled with tons of trial & error. I embarked on a lot of the Soviet routines, focusing predominantly on maximal efforts building strength, only to be disappointed with the amount of muscle I gained from these, despite the significant strength increases.
When Raging Full was released by Project AD towards the latter end of the year, I decided to switch strategy. I was at my strongest ever, but the gains had slowed down. I thought, “what could I do to switch the emphasis to muscle building, while retaining my impressive strength gains?”. And, low and behold, that's when I stumbled across DoggCrapp Training.
Pioneered by Dante Trudel, DC Training utilises a brutal 'Rest-pause' style training system as the mainstay of its program, as opposed to conventional sets.
The DC style of rest-pause is as follows, in Dante's words himself:
“Most of the sets are in the 11- to 15-rep range, although sometimes it’s higher or lower, depending on the bodypart, exercise, safety and health of joints. Every rest-pause set is done with three failure points. A hypothetical incline bench 11- to 15-rep set would start with eight reps to failure, rack the weight, take 15 deep breaths, unrack, two to four reps to failure, rack the weight, 15 deep breaths, unrack, and a final one or two reps to failure.”
I was immediately sold. I thought, “this is an excellent technique I can use to kick-start muscle building and coincide perfectly with Raging Full”. Indeed, it's fair to say sipping Raging Full in between each 15 breaths on this brutal program helped carry me home on most days, especially given the intensity of going all-out to failure they entail.
There are 3 primary reasons I decided that the rest-pause system would coincide perfectly with Raging Full, helping to maximise anabolism in the body:
- Instantaneous source of carbohydrates providing immediate energy to depleted muscles (Glucidex & Cluster Dextrin): I used the rest-pause system as a 'finisher' on each training day towards the end of my workouts, when I was most depleted. Without the carbs, my overall performance and intensity would've lagged.
- Killer pumps and delivery of nutrients to the muscles (L-Citrulline, Agmatine Sulfate & Glycerol Monostearate): Since I was working in the 15-20 rest-pause range (1st set 11-13 reps, 2nd set 4-5 reps, 3rd set 2-4 reps), AND it was at the end of my workouts, I figured it'd be the perfect opportunity to create a viscous muscle pump for additional hypertrophy. Fair to say, this was one of the most painful / pleasureful experiences I've had to date in my vast training life!
- Intense and maximal muscular contractions through an extensive mineral support system: I still can't believe how many of us neglect this area of intra-workout supplementation. In my opinion, it's still probably the most important, and I can't emphasise how much I believe this aspect of the formula helped support the rest-pause training protocol.
Over the course of the 6 weeks leading up to Christmas and the New Year, I added 6lbs of solid muscle. I didn't go full hedonistic-mode either this Xmas, so it's been a very substantial muscle gain for me, and one I'm absolutely delighted with.
Rest-Pause training has been a revolution in my regime. Granted, it's not officially DoggCrapp Training, but using Mr Trudell's rest-pause technique at the end of my workouts has been phenomenal for hypertrophy, and I'd fully encourage any of you guys out there to give it a blast in your future sessions alongside your Raging Full for some killer gains.
Posted By ProjectAD on October 28, 2014
When renowned strength coach Charles Stanley penned the original “Escalating Density Training (EDT)” program over 10 years ago, it was initially met with shock, confusion, and intrigue meshed with skepticism. And why wouldn't it? It remains, to this day, a very controversial training system, yet never the less it remains one of the most brutally effective ways of achieving hypertrophy known to mankind.
To re-visit the principles of EDT, it was a simple concept focused on accumulating volume over the course of a set amount of time as opposed to counting sets and reps throughout a workout. Stanley's brutal 15-minute prescriptions for EDT, known as “PR Zones” require you to power through as much weight as possible before totting up the total amount of reps to establish a baseline. Like any valid training system, Stanley employs the concept of progressive resistance which requires you to beat the load next time you enter the gym where you originally set the PR Zone.