at the mid point of a 45 day cycle. i'm mostly liking the new workout routine. doing 2 days on, 1 day off, 2 on, 1 off : chest/abs, legs, off, back/traps, arms/shoulders, off. my previous workout was 4 days a week : off, chest/triceps, off, heavy legs, off, back/biceps, light legs. so my arms and shoulders are getting more attention than they are used to, and they are growing ... serious. to change up chest workouts i'm doing alot more flys. they are absolutely ripping me apart, but i'm not noticing any growth yet. back might be growing a little? the bad thing is that my legs aren't getting as much attention, so they don't seem to be doing much either. the problem with that is the lower body is where most of the meat is for upping the metabolism, so i'm still not shedding any fat. even though my upper-upper body is gaining lean muscle, that's not going to do much. going to complete this cycle as-is; but if i repeat, then i'll have to replace the arm workout with a leg workout every other week. until then, i'm going to add some light morning cardio to try and jumpstart the metabolism. an overall change is the number of reps. i'm doing a minimum of 8 to 10 reps each set (opposed to 5 for powerlifting). this was kicking my butt at 1st because i was getting seriously beat by lactic acid buildup; but the body seems to be getting used to it. strength-wise, my strength is going up. at least its getting closer to where it was last December. but the good news is the joints are holding up.
for supplements, i can't say that endothil-cr is doing anything for me. it might be working, but i'm not noticing unusual strength gain or recovery times. i can't say CellTech is doing anything for me either, although i do think i like it better than NO-Explode/CellMass (probably because the serving size is bigger). but i don't think i like it that much better for the increased price. there are only 2 pre-workout supplements that i've ever liked. 1) Andro poppers (which you can't buy anymore). those would make me an animal for 1 to 2 hours. 2) GNC Effervescent creatine (which i think is discontinued). there was something about that effervescent action which triggered my body to get ready to workout. just hearing it would trigger an endorphin release. that stuff was great. for post-workout formulas, i haven't ever found anything that i thought was great.