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zenomaly
Level 10

Join date: Nov 2008
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 217

Forgot the pic.

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ChokeOnStrength
Level 4

Join date: Mar 2007
Location: Ontario, CAN
Posts: 364

Awesome stuff zen,

I've put on 20lbs in total. My strength gains have been outrageous and consistent.

My next goal is to take the month of February to do a quick and intense 3-4week cut. Then I will start back up following the I'Bodybuilder Program. Time to get this body transforming even faster!

If anyone is interested, the reason why I am leaning out for 3-4 weeks is because from my experience and from what I've heard. The leaner you are, the leaner and greater your gains will be. (increases insulin sensitivity)

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theMountainAthlete
Level 3

Join date: May 2009
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Posts: 85

Finished 2 months of 5_3_1 and the protocol. 2nd month I was learning and incorporating the 'perfect rep'.
Then:
weight fluctuated between 189-194
DeadLift 285x5
OverheadPress 150x1
FrontSquat 175x3
Bench 240x4
36" box jump

Now (only 'perfect reps' counted):
weight has been 197-200
DL 315x3
OP 160x3
FS 225x2
Bench 270x1
44" box jump (might be a bit skewed as this is the first time i've tried to 'max out' on the box jump)

Overall was happy w/ the progress especially w/ the schedule I've got to follow during race season. Felt I was held back a little on bench and OP due to some shoulder issues though. I would have liked to have done the whole 2 months w/ the perfect rep idea to see the difference there.

Got a few races coming up here so going to take a break for a month, but am planning on doing the protocol again w/ the I,Bb program starting at the end of Feb. Will get a few progress pics up when I have more time.

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ParagonA
Level 100

Join date: Feb 2008
Location:
Posts: 702

Started the Anaconda Protocol on January 4th. Before that, I used the "old protocol" (Surge Recovery, SWF, FINiBARs, Alpha-GPC) with great success.

My progress with the Anaconda Protocol - for me - is fantastic. I'm very happy.

On January 7th I bench pressed 410lbs x 1 rep (ramped up over 8 sets from 264).

Yesterday, February 1st I ramped up to 429lbs x 1 rep (again set no. 8. Dit sets of 3, had no more fuel left in 8th set).

Plus 19 pounds on my bench in just a month. Sick.

My bodyweight increased 3 pounds. Bodyfat still at 8%.

I also noticed pretty drastic strengh gains in both chins and dips. Did 2 dips yesterday (set no. 7, ramping) with bdw plus 220 pounds. 2 curl-grip chin-ups with bdw + 176 pounds.

Very, very, very happy with my supplement program and progress.

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The Mighty Stu
Level 5

Join date: Oct 2002
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 9480

ParagonA- Great gains in quite a short amount of time! I don't know if many newer trainers would even understand just how impressive a solid 3 lb gain is at your level of development.

S

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ParagonA
Level 100

Join date: Feb 2008
Location:
Posts: 702

Stu - Thank you very much. I'm totally "in the zone" right now. I love my workouts, my diet, I love writing down everything, perparing my meals every day. Just love my bodybuilding lifestyle very much right now.

I know that my progress is partly to be attributed to the new peri-workout nutrition protocol, partly to my heavy training approach I re-discoverd (perfect rep, low reps, high volumes. Did quiet opposite for year untill summer 2009), and partly to the fact, that I am a "believer". I *want* this to work. I want to believe in the Anaconda-protocol, etc. So there will be some kind of a placebo effect, too.

But I'm pretty sure that what I am currently doing is the best I've ever done regarding nutrition, supplementation, and training.

Oh yes, I didn't even think about the plus 3 pounds lean body weight could be interpreted as little. I'm very excited about that gain. After 20 years of pretty serious training this better than Christmas!
I know it won't go on and on like this forever. If I can step on stage 4-5 pounds heavier next December than last, this would be fantastic.

The 429 bench was an all-time personal best.

What shall I say? I'm just HAPPY!

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ParagonA
Level 100

Join date: Feb 2008
Location:
Posts: 702

Yesterday I did 3 activation clusters bench presses of 3 x 1 rep from pins with fat grips.

Heaviest set: 3 x 1 @ 462

After that barbell bench presses, force spectrum ramping 7 sets up to 1 double with 429. Followed by one backoff set with 330 pounds for 9 reps.

Followd by barbell floor presses. Max force sets. 7 sets of 2 reps with 385 pounds and one backoff set with 330 for 8 reps.

I love "the protocol"...

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ParagonA
Level 100

Join date: Feb 2008
Location:
Posts: 702

Thib wanted me to post this in this forum, too. And what the man orders, I do. So here you go:

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Hi Coach

I noticed something very interesting. Within the I, BB program we do very little high rep sets. None besides the occasional max rep sets after a normal ramp or a ratchet.
But it's those sets where I make almost unbelievable progress.

Example:

3 weeks ago I did a set of single-leg leg extension with 170 (pounds or whatever unit that's supposted to be on the weight stack. Doesn't matter for the example.) max rep style after a ratched. I did 7 reps.
Last week I did 11 resp with the same weight.
Yesterday I did a full 22 rep with the exact same weight on the same leg extension machine.

Same thing for bench press.
I improved from 1 rep with 407 pounds (October 6th 2009) to 2 reps with 429 pounds (this week).

But my back-of set (max reps) went from 7 x 316 after 7 sets of force spectrum ramping to 15 x 330!

I have no explanation why I progress so much on high rep work.

Can this be explained? Is it something you observed as well?

Cheers,
Para

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zraw
Level 5

Join date: Jun 2008
Location:
Posts: 4026

After about 10 weeks of use all I can say is this product did wonder on my body

Im stronger than I ever been before on literaly all my exercises, and not by just a small margin

Im carrying the most lean mass I ever did standing at 202 at about 12% (which means a lean gain of about 10 pounds)

Im looking fuller, bigger, and am slighlty more vascular

Overall, I have no reason to switch to old supplementation as the protocol is both very effective and pretty damn convenient (not having to take 3 different shakes (pre/para/post) makes me happy)

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Justin Negrete
Level 100

Join date: Jan 2008
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 960

Since starting at the launch of the protocol the beginning of December.

Starting weight: 161-162
Current Weight: 170

My diet has been carb cycling, the only thing ive really added is the protocol.

some lifting bench marks while on the protocol

deadlift: 350x8
bench 240x1
squat 280x8 (with wraps and belt)
partial squat 365x4
pin bench press: 265x1

Im also training more frequently as a result.

im a competitive powerlifter with best lifts at 413 deadlift, 230 bench, and 325 squat. This was before the protocol, my next meet is in 8 weeks and i plan on breaking the 1,000lbs total @ 165...

Im bigger and leaner than ive ever been, in fact i visited my family over christmas and my father said "wow your bigger than before" when in fact i was 6lbs lighter than when he last saw me.

i dont measure bodyfat with calipers... i just use the mirror) but the last time i was 168 i had more fat than i do now at 170


Pros: training more frequently, with better recovery. lean mass gain and even some fat loss (or at least, fat gain at a minimum while adding muscle) able to train intensely.

Cons: i would love to use this stuff all of the time, but my pocketbook wont allow that. So its going to have to be in stints, during periods of over reaching. But thats ok, because i feel i can cut every other supplement, just take the protocol, and i wouldnt need anything else.

I will be posting some before after pics this evening...

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motherofpearl2
Level 4

Join date: Jan 2010
Location: Illinois, USA
Posts: 167

I been cutting. Went from 210 to 176. Bench went from 275 for 5 reps to 185 for like 8 reps. To tell you the truth I think 5/3/1 is bad time to start to lift that light but I started the protocal 255x3 easy and thats while im still cutting. Squat was 245x8 and went to 245x6. Then 2 weeks later 275x7 reps atg. I want to get down to 165ish and I bet my money on it I maintain or even gain strength.

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motherofpearl2
Level 4

Join date: Jan 2010
Location: Illinois, USA
Posts: 167

Just to let you guys know thats with only 1 FINiBAR. 1850 calories a day too. I can't wait till I go on a bulk.

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greggio
Level 5

Join date: Aug 2008
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 449

greggio wrote:
33 years old
5'10"
185 lbs
body fat???

Finibars are a no go for me so I will be doing the SWF & Surge Recovery with Anaconda and MAG-10.


Stu, All I could think when I saw that picture is that you are a jacked Mr. Kotter.


So I figured I would give a bit of an update. Weighed in at 197 on Tuesday. That puts me at about 12 pounds so far with minimal fat gain. I have put on some belly fat, but it seems to be the only place any fat is going so I am not too concerned. My waist still fits into pants that I gave up before I started lifting because I was a fat ass. However, my legs do not fit into them. I wish it was because my legs are huge, but in reality the pants are a little on the slim side compared to other jeans I own.

I have been playing around with the protocol a bit and found I do better with SWF and recovery before and anaconda/MAG-10 during. I am also new to trying to put on weight. Up until now, my only goal has been to lose body fat since I was really fat when I started lifting. (210 lbs with no muscle. I couldn't even bench 135 to give an idea of how little muscle and strength I possessed.)

It has taken me a while to overcome my carb-phobia, and I am seeing better progress as a result. I see good things in the future, and am liking Phase 3 of IBB. Hopefully I will break through the other side of 200 soon.

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The Mighty Stu
Level 5

Join date: Oct 2002
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 9480

greggio wrote:

It has taken me a while to overcome my carb-phobia, and I am seeing better progress as a result.


I experienced this too. We just get so brainwashed by media BS that we forget how important carbs actually are.

S

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FalseARC
Level 5

Join date: Nov 2008
Location: Connecticut, USA
Posts: 3

Hey all, not much of an avid poster but I just got finished with my first round using the Anaconda protocol and just had to say something ... Wow.

In 6 weeks I went from 187 to 200 with BF staying steady at 16%, it actually looks as if I have gotten a bit more defined. Granted some of it can be attributed to muscle memory as I used to weigh 200 lbs last summer at 20% BF but the gains I've made would not have been the same without the protocol. As far as diet goes, there weren't any changes.

Anyways I am estatic about the progress and just ordered another shipment. The goal is to hit 210-215 and then drop down to a lean 10% at 190-195 by October. We'll see how Anaconda will help me out with my goal. Hopefully at that weight I will finally be satisfied at filling out my frame.

If anyone is interested I did a slightly adjusted protocol. 4 workouts a week with 2 scoop Anaconda, 1 scoop MAG10, and 3 FINiBARs. Every workout day I would consume a scoop of MAG10 before bed and another scoop the following morning. Using that method I was able to make the protocol last 6 weeks. I also wasn't able to follow the I, Bodybuilder regime; not exactly in the right gym for that. I'll have to gathering some before and afters for my next update.

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Kerley
Level 4

Join date: Nov 2008
Location: Ireland
Posts: 4753

any more updates from anyones progress?

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bylgarka
Level 1

Join date: Apr 2010
Location:
Posts: 6

before and after pics?

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DMobley1022
Level 3

Join date: Oct 2005
Location: Colorado, USA
Posts: 98

Did any of you do any cardio while on this program, and if so what did you do and were you still pleased with your results of the IBB program?

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metabolik99
Level 4

Join date: Jan 2008
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 97

Alright - I just got two months worth of Protocol 1. I am about to get this thing started, I am going with the exact recommendations. Do you think it this will be revolutionary?

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The Mighty Stu
Level 5

Join date: Oct 2002
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 9480

I think it will maximize what you can achieve, so long as your diet and training are tended to as well.

S

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zraw
Level 5

Join date: Jun 2008
Location:
Posts: 4026

The Mighty Stu wrote:
I think it will maximize what you can achieve, so long as your diet and training are tended to as well.

S


x2

it did that for me.. lol

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tuper06
Level 10

Join date: Feb 2008
Location: Tennessee, USA
Posts: 86

Just wanted to say that I have been a loyal T-Nation member for a while now and I love the wealth of information and supplements available here, but I did not see any of the "incredible effects" of I,BODYBUILDER after doing it for several months. Now, it's possible that somehow it just didn't work for ME but will, in fact, work for others. But now I am slightly inclined to be somewhat skeptical about the program and the whole MAG-10/ANACONDA Protocol. Needless to say, it's a little too expensive for me to keep doing if I'm not getting the results that were pretty much guaranteed. I do understand that quite a few people have used it with great success though, so maybe I'm just the exception somehow.

My 2 cents (well, more like hundreds and hundreds or dollars in this case)

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The Mighty Stu
Level 5

Join date: Oct 2002
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 9480

I'm curious what the rest of your diet looks like. I was pretty well covered as far as a quality training program and daily nutrient intake before I started implementing the 'new' methods CT wrote about in I,BODYBUILDER or incorporated the ANACONDA/MAG-10. This was one of the reasons I'm certain that Mod Brian would continually emphasize that the new products weren't for everyone. They're not magic, and if you look at the above posters, guys like ParagonA, ChokesonStrength, Zraw, Justin.... they've all done very well for themselves progress wise before throwing the ANACONDA Protocol into the mix.

The last thing any supplement company wants is to put out a big deal product, have people try it half assed (not digging on you, just couldn't think of a better way to word this), and then rant and rave that it's all bogus claims. I had already been training for 17 years when I first started using the ANACONDA into my daily workouts. You know what? I stepped onstage 3 lbs heavier, and noticeably tighter (so I was MORE than 3 lbs of muscle heavier, probably 5 if I were to guess), but using it from October '09 to May '10. At my level of development, that's one hell of a testimony.

One of my brothers spends a ton of money a few times a year on 'fat burners'. Unfortunately he fails to realize that you have to diet and workout intelligently for the supplements to 'magically' work. I get to hear him constantly complain about how this or that product is a waste of money. Obviously I don't take his reviews too seriously (He's hesitant about trying the ANACONDA, although I think he's close to taking the plunge. He's competing in his 1st show next year, and as skeptical as he may be, he can't ignore the progress I made.)

S

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tuper06
Level 10

Join date: Feb 2008
Location: Tennessee, USA
Posts: 86

Stu, thanks for the reply. I understand that a supplement can't be a "fix all" kind of thing. My diet at the time of doing IBB was probably not stellar, but not terrible either. I know that diet is a HUGE part of any progress that you hope to make so I have reworked my diet since then. A typical workout day BACK THEN might have been:

breakfast: 1 cup oatmeal, sugar-free syrup.
snack: apple, 1 scoop Grow!
lunch: half pound ground beef mixed with rice, salsa for flavoring.
pre/during/post workout: Anaconda protocol.
dinner: whatever my dad cooked (I was living at home at the time lol)
snack: maybe 2 scoops Grow!

A typical workout day NOW would be:
breakfast: 1 cup oatmeal, 2 eggs, handful of blueberries, sugar-free syrup.
pre-workout: 2 scoops Grow!
during workout: 2 scoops SWF and creatine.
post-workout: 2 scoops Grow!
lunch: 1 or 2 burgers (try to do lean beef or turkey), cottage cheese.
sanck: 3 scoops MD Muscle.
dinner: chicken breast, 1 potato.
sanck: 2 scoops Grow! or a burger.

I know you've made good progress on this protocol and so congrats to you (and everyone else). Perhaps I should have waited to do the Anaconda protocol after I had made a bit more progress on my own.
Keep up the good work!

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Fuzzyapple
Level 2

Join date: Nov 2008
Location:
Posts: 3649

I bought the protocol today. Can't wait to get at it. My supplies will last 6 weeks, will be sure to post progress.

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