Blue Star Nutraceuticals PPK Power Review

Blue Star Nutraceuticals PPK Power Review
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#13

Absolutely will do. I had a few samples of the old but its been so long ago.

#14

Mesocycle #11
Week 5 Day 5
Tempo Indication: Eccentric:Pause:Concentric:Fle x (x:x:x:x)
All Rep Tempo’s are 2:1:2:2
Rest Times are 90 Seconds

Lying Leg Curl: (3:1:1:1)
100 x 8
120 x 8
140 x 8
170 x 8 + 10 Partials (2 Sets)

Leg Press: (3:1:1:1)
1 Plate/Side x 20
2 Plates/Side x 15
3 Plates/Side x 12
4 Plates/Side x 10
5 Plates/Side x 8
7 Plates/Side x 8 (2 Sets)

DB Goblet Squat:
120’s x 8 (2 Sets)

Leg Extension: (3:1:1:1)
30 Each Leg x 8 (7 Sets)

  • Go Back and Forth for 7 sets with no rest

Cable Pull through
80 x 12 (2 Sets)

Pre-Workout Meal - 90 Minutes Prior
Water Intake - 1 Gallon up to workout
Carb Amount: 60g Pre
Sodium - 1-1.5g per meal from sea salt
PPK Dosing -15 minutes prior to workout

Thoughts:
Great leg day, a similar workout to last week, but the focus is on intensity techniques and beating the log book. After the leg press, the Goblet squats were brutal as I do them with a 3 second negative and pause at the bottom of each rep. Overall endurance and performance is steady, energy is steady, but there is that slight headache crash afterward. All in all its not as bad as it was day 1, but still noticeable.

#15

Pump is present but not the strongest I have had. Given the profile it makes sense since it’s not filled with Citrulline, Nitrates, glycerol, and other Pump based ingredients

#16

Mesocycle #11
Week 6 Day 1

Tempo Indication: Eccentric:Pause:Concentric:Fle x (x:x:x:x)
All Rep Tempo’s are 2:1:2:2
Rest Times are 90 Seconds

T-Bar Row
3-25lb Plates x 15
4-25/Side x 12
5-25/Side x 4
6-25/Side x 8 --> 5-25/Side x 8 -> 4-25/Side x 12

1 Arm Supinated Lat Pulldown:
35 Each Hand x 8 (3 Sets)

DB Pullover:
70 x 12 (2 Sets)

DB Row:
110’s x 8 (2 Sets)

BB Curl 21’s
55 x 2 Sets (7 Top Partial, 7 Full, 7 Bottom Partial)

DB Hammer Curl
35’s x 8 --. 30’s x 8 --> 25’s x 12

EZ Bar Curl:
90 x 8 --> 70 x 8 --> 60 x 8

Pre-Workout Meal (90 minutes prior)
Carbs - 40g
Water - 1/2 Gallon
Sodium - 2 Meals with Sea Salt
PPK - 15 Minutes prior to Workout

Thoughts:
Recovery and Endurance is staying strong , as expected given the ingredient profile. Energy hit is not too long after ingesting the pre-workout (10-15 minutes) while some pre’s take a while to kick in. Headaches are fading which is great because it doesn’t hold me back during a workout when its annoying in the back of my head. None the less training is great, weights keep going up, and the mirror is in my favor. Win Win Win

#17

Nothing worse than a headache while you’re trying to lift. Glad to hear it’s subsiding

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#18

Glad to hear it’s subsiding as well. That should mean it is one of the nootropics as you thought it possibly was.

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#19

Mesocycle #11
Week 6 Day 2
Tempo Indication: Eccentric:Pause:Concentric:Fle x (x:x:x:x)
All Rep Tempo’s are 2:1:2:2
Rest Times are 90 Seconds

Smith Incline Bench Press:
25/Side x 10
2-25/Side x 10
3-25/Side x 12
4-25/Side x 8

Low Cable Crossover:
45 Each Hand x 15 (2 Sets)

Decline Dumbbell Fly:
45’s x 12 (2 Sets)

Tricep Assisted Dips:
BW X Failure (2 Sets)

DB Rear Delt Destroyer
30’s x 60 --> 25’s x 30 --> 20’s x 30

DB Shoulder Laterals:
30’s x 15 (2 Sets)

Lying Cable Upright Row:
90 x 8 --> 70 x 8 --> 50 x 8

V-Bar Tricep Pushdown:
140 x 12-15 (2 Sets)

Lying DB Skullcrusher:
35’s x 10-12 (2 Sets)

Pre-Workout Meal (90 minutes prior)
Carbs - 50g
Water - 3/4 Gallon
Sodium - 2 Meals with Sea Salt
PPK - 15 Minutes prior to Workout

Thoughts;
Very similar in the last few days here. The pump is still a lacking factor, but given the ingredient profile, you have to expect that. “Power” and “Performance” are the shining factors as the log book is slowly being beat week in and week out. While the pre-workout plays a small factor to that my nutrition and sleep (for the most part) is locked in. Except for days like today where I wake up at 3:30 AM for work.

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#20

Mesocycle #11
Week 6 Day 3

Tempo Indication: Eccentric:Pause:Concentric:Fle x (x:x:x:x)
All Rep Tempo’s are 2:1:2:2
Rest Times are 90 Seconds

Braced Dumbbell Rows:
50’s x 12
65’'s x 8 --> 45’s x 8 --> 35’s x 8

Seated Low Cable Rows: (2:1:2:1)
170 x 8 (2 Sets)

Cable Pullover
70 x 12 (3 Sets)

Back Extension
BW x 25 (2 Sets)

EZ Bar Curl
85 x 8 (2 Sets)

Preacher Curl: (3:1:1:1)
40 Each Hand x 8 (2 Sets)
40 Each Hand x 8 --> 30 Each Hand x 8 --> 20 Each Hand x 8 --> 10 Each Hand x 15

Pre-Workout Meal (90 minutes prior)
Carbs - 65g
Water - 1 Gallon
Sodium - 2 Meals with Sea Salt
PPK - 15 Minutes prior to Workout

A little better pump here (Hypertrophy focused day), but it doesn’t shine as much as a true pump pre-workout or a formula/ingredient profile product that reflects that aspect. None the less the performance and endurance continue to stay strong as rest times and the log book kept being beat
Energy is good, about halfway through the workout I felt great until a small headache kicked in. Energy lasted well past the workout into the 90-120 minute range. Expected with the nootropics associated with it.

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#21

You are seeing kind of what I see when I use PPK Power. It’s heavy on the endurance and great focus and energy. I would like some more pump but I don’t think I would trade an necessarily one of the other ingredients for it.

#22

Question for you and @GymGod hordenine has been added to the FDA as a product that is on the No-Go List… will you guys have to reformulate the product again?

#23

@TheSolution The FDA created something new called the “Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List”. It doesn’t appear to be a list of banned substances, but a list of ingredients that at first glance appear to be unlawful. The FDA mentions that this list will continue to evolve with additions or removals as more information is evaluated.

The FDA declares that “consumers may wish to avoid purchasing or consuming dietary supplements that include these ingredients”.

https://www.fda.gov/food/cfsan-constituent-updates/fda-implements-new-dietary-supplement-ingredient-advisory-list

We’ll make updates when needed. :+1:

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#24

Makes sense as everyone jumps quickly and may not understand what the FDA is actually stating.

#25

I sure hope hordenine doesn’t go away. At a good dose, hordenine really ups the stimulant experience for me! I loved it in Nutrex Outrage, big dose there.

#26

Mesocycle #11
Week 6 Day 5

Tempo Indication: Eccentric:Pause:Concentric:Fle x (x:x:x:x)
All Rep Tempo’s are 2:1:2:2
Rest Times are 90 Seconds

Lying Leg Curl: (3:1:1:1)
120 x 15 (3 Sets)

Hammer Strength V-Squat: (3:1:1:1)
190 x 15
230 x 12
270 x 8
310 x 4
350 x 8 --> 270 x 8 --> 230 x 8 --> 190 x 10

Smith Squat 1.5’s:
135 x 15 (2 Sets)

One Leg-LegPress:
2 Plates/Side x 10 (2 Sets)

Cable Pull through
80 x 12 (2 Sets)

Pre-Workout Meal (90 minutes prior)
Carbs - 40g
Water - 1 Gallon
Sodium - 2 Meals with Sea Salt
PPK - 15 Minutes prior to Workout

Workout Reaction:
Leg Days are always a mental battle. When the pump takes over and pushing through the pain it becomes a challenge. I felt the energy was good and lasted the entire workout, and my performance and endurance matched what I did last week. Even when I got home I took a shower, settles down and cook a meal and still felt the energy streaming. I still find the headaches to flare up, but they are getting smaller. If they fully diminish that would be great, but still something that sticks in the front of my head and then slowly migrates to the back of my head where it sits for a period of time.

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#27

Mesocycle #12
Week 1 Day 1

Tempo Indication: Eccentric:Pause:Concentric:Fle x (x:x:x:x)
All Rep Tempo’s are 2:1:2:2
Rest Times are 90 Seconds

Low Cable Rows:
80 x 20
100 x 15
120 x 10
140 x 8
160 x 6 --> 120 x 8

DB Row:
70 x 10
80 x 10
100 x 8

Chins:
BW x Failure (2 Sets)

Meadows Row:
25 Plate x 10
2-25 Plates x 12
3-25 Plates x 8

Neutral Grip Pulldown:
120 x 8 (2 Sets)

BB Curl:
45 x 10
55 x 10
65 x 12
75 x 8

DB Hammer Curl:
30’s x 20 (2 Sets)

Pre-Workout Meal (90 minutes prior)
Carbs - 50g
Water - 3/4 Gallon
Sodium - 2 Meals with Sea Salt
PPK - 15 Minutes prior to Workout

Workout:
MMC and Tension are getting better each week on training back. Have been working on using less forearm when rowing and it has helped to stimulate the muscle to a larger degree. I have been trying to find ways to minimize momentum and secondary muscles from taking over during my rows. The hardest thing is locking in my hips and keeping my torso locked in during back movements its a frequent problem a lot of people have that I have been trying to correct. Overall good workout, no real notes on the pump, focus, and endurance has not changed. Energy is present very quick and lasts up to 90 minutes. Very faint headaches into the post-workout period

#28

I’m still following Bob, mainly on the headache part and if there are any changes.

#29

Mesocycle #12
Week 1 Day 3

Tempo Indication: Eccentric:Pause:Concentric:Fle x (x:x:x:x)
All Rep Tempo’s are 2:1:2:2
Rest Times are 90 Seconds

Wide Grip Pulldown:
110 x 12 (3 Sets)

Supinated 1 Arm Pulldowns:
35 Each Hand x 10 (2 Sets)

Chest Supported Row:
3-45 Plates x 10 (3 Sets)

HyperExtensions:
BW x Failure (2 Sets)

Preacher Curls:
75 x 8 (2 Sets)

Reverse Curls:
40 x 20 (2 Sets)

Pre-Workout Meal (90 minutes prior)
Carbs - 30g
Water - 3/4 Gallon
Sodium - 2 Meals with Sea Salt
PPK - 15 Minutes prior to Workout

This is the sweet spot for my dosing. Carb timing relates to the day and my overall intake setup, but none the less I don’t see a drastic difference from 30-60g when I play around with different sources. Since the formula does not have a lot to provide with pump its hard to really compare this to a product that has a whole matrix of citrulline, agmatine, nitrates etc. The key focus here is recovery and endurance with power and performance. PPK does live up to that in its name. I felt great halfway through the workout, and the slight headaches again popped up.

I have rotated some other pre-workouts throughout this experience with no signs of headaches, so like @rodefeeh has stated I am not alone with picking them up.

#30

Mesocycle #12
Week 1 Day 5

Tempo Indication: Eccentric:Pause:Concentric:Fle x (x:x:x:x)
All Rep Tempo’s are 2:1:2:2
Rest Times are 90 Seconds

Lying Leg Curl:
100 x 8
120 x 8
140 x 8
160 x 8 + 10 Partials

HS V-Squat:
200 x 8
240 x 8
300 x 8
360 x 8 (2 Sets)

Feet High Leg Press
1 Plate/Side x 6 --> 2 Plate/Side x 6 --> 3 Plate/Side x 6 --> 4 Plate/Side x 6 --> 5 Plates/Side x 6

DB Split Squat:
40’s x 10 --> 30’s x 10 – > 20’s x 20

DB Stiff Leg Deadlifts:
150’s x 10 (2 Sets)

Pre-Workout Meal (90 minutes prior)
Carbs - 55g
Water - 1 Gallon
Sodium - 2 Meals with Sea Salt
PPK - 15 Minutes prior to Workout

Just about wrapped up with the tub, so my final thoughts are as follows

Energy - Comes on quick, lasts at least 60-90 minutes if not longer into the post-workout period for me. It gives me what I need to stay focused and complete the task at hand in the weight room

Endurance/Recovery - This was a good aspect of the product. I really pushed myself hard training, last week during legs I had to sit down for a bit to gather my breath off the rest pause and drop sets. I train in a fashion of a hybrid Mountain Dog/Matt Jansen type training with hypertrophy and one set to failure type approach. If I have a good spot around I can test the waters and try and really push my expectations.

Pump - This really was not a significant factor, I also did not expect it to be given the ingredient profile. While it was still present from properly lifting and stimulating the muscle there can be an added presence here. PPK can be stacked with bulk (agmatine, citrulline, glycerol, nitrates, hydromax) to improve this aspect.

Overall I like it besides the headaches it gave me during the run. Throughout the experience I rotated in different pre-workouts to see how it would affect the headaches and if they would diminish. When using C4 Ultimate, FullBlitz, and sample packets of other pre’s I did not experience the headaches. Therefore I may not react well to the synergy of the nootropics. I know @rodefeeh had a similar experience with the sensation he feels.

I would suggest grabbing on the 50% off sales when they pop up. There was one during my run, So keep your eyes peeled to social media and on their webpage.

Thank you again to blue star @Adidasshorts @GymGod

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#31

Thank you Bob for the time and detail you put into this. This PPK version is easily my favorite as I am a strong proponent of betaine, creatine, Ba and the peak. These compounds unlike MANY actually have proven use time and time again regardless of whether it’s acute or accumulating. So they should be included in a supplementation program before so many others.

Thank you again brother

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#32

I am the one thanking you
Much appreciated