Blonyx, a supplement company from Vancouver, Canada, has created a product that combined 2 very powerful supplements: Creatine & HMB.
This has probably been the most anticipated and postponed article of all. Not so much by others, but more by myself. The product was sent to me by one of Blonyx' employees, Taryn, who was just as excited as I was to test the product, until dister striked. Twice.
The second attempt was in March this year and was cut short when I broke my hand, a non-CRI.
Through the entire time, I received many thoughtful e-mails from Taryn, asking me how my recovery was going, and how I was getting back into training. It doesn't happen often these days that companies are so attentive and personal in their contact with customers, hat off to that!
So, 6 months later, my recovery is pretty much in 90-95% range, although the more extreme movements like snatch, clean & jerk and not to mention kipping pull-ups, are still quite tricky.
During recovery, I was able to work more on overall strength, with a LOT of leg work, and this formed a good base to get back into crossfit.
At the same time, I though it would be a good idea to start with a lifting program that is
This in combination with Blonyx Creatine/HMB looked like a winning formula!
Creatine - Creatine is...Creatine. If you don't know what that is, you must have been living under a rock.
HMB - (short for Beta-Hydroxy Beta-Methylbutyrate) basically reduces muscle breakdown. We can go all scientific on this, but a lot of credible sources have already done that and then I'd be simply regurgitating what has already been written. One of those sources is Examine.com, and one of the results in their article is indeed a reduction of muscle tissue damage:
Could be me, but I have a feeling that HMB was forgotten a bit and is now making a comeback. Back in the 90's, I remember reading a lot about it (can't however remember if I used it then) Problem was that it was quite expensive. Things have changed a lot since then.
Like said before, I decided to use the product while following a 4 week cycle of Wendler 5/3/1, doing lifts on squat, bench press, OH press & deadlift. In addition, I added the Boring but Big module, with some accessory lifts as well. A screenshot:
Except for the squat (due to a hip issue), all my numbers went up, a nice progress in just 4 weeks.
Throughout the program I felt strong, recovered well and was even able to add in 2 extra crossfit sessions a week.
Very happy with the results and would highly recommend to give Blonyx a try! Buy directly from their website and get 10% off with code CATCAVE
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