I’m seeing a lot of people on Tumblr who have opened the can of worms in what they see to be the wonderful world of “Ephedrine”.
I too was at this stage for a long time. I got hold of some Ephedrine from a close friend as I was told this “Pill” was a miracle or at least the closest miracle to “Fat Loss” you will get.
Sure enough, it does work…but there’s prices to pay and this “Miracle drug” which falls into the same category as “Amphetamines” even though it chemically isn’t an Amphetamine does have similar values.
Ephedrine generally is taken either on its own or with two other substances which are caffeine, usually in a white tablet form and an aspirin. The idea behind this so called “Stack” which is given to substances which are taken together in that they all work well together in giving you a desired outcome. In this example…it’s “Fat Loss”.
Ephedrine generally works by speeding up the heart (which in turn stimulates the central nervous system) to an above normal rate. So imagine you went for a gentle to mild run depending on your size and fitness, your heart rate would probably match that if you were to sat on the couch and watching T.V while doing absolutely nothing but take the Ephedrine pill.
Ephedrine was originally used for Asthma suffers as it plays wonders in opening up the airways which is also the effect of this drug and its ability to increase oxygen to the blood while undertaking strenuous cardio or performing a high intensity weight training session.
You then have the caffeine, which…oh wait is also a stimulant…and….also speeds up the heart rate thus increasing the metabolism even further….this sound great doesn’t it!?? Hmm ok…well not quite but we’ll continue.
So Ephedrine has kicked your heart rate up a notch, central nervous system is stimulated, airways are open, along with some caffeine to speed up the heart further, providing some energy for your workout and then not forgetting the Aspirin.
Aspirin is used as most people know… for headaches and more commonly as well to thin the blood for people with heart disease or for people who want to take precautions to heart disease.
So adding this to the stack now helps the blood flow more quickly around the body with less effort due to the blood being thinner, along with a faster heart rate. Some people don’t always take it with an Aspirin as they get more of a “Pump” if they leave it out.
Oh…another bonus point Ephedrine has….it’s an appetite suppressant and a pretty good one at that. So at the moment this drug isn’t sounding too bad for fat loss. However the flip side of this drug is not as good as it seems in the long run…in fact my dependence on Ephedrine just left me back to square one once I kept taking it.
Like most drugs, if you take it enough you become essentially “adapted” or “Used” to the affects that it can give you. Ephedrine is no different, and in fact when taken long enough like I did, it really gives you little effect of “Fat Loss” and more of heart Palpitations (physical heart pain), raised my blood pressure through the roof and essentially gave me nothing but what I can only assume was like being on MDMA. It left me feeling spacey, light headed and really not ready to work out on any days throughout the week.
Now when I started the cycle I kept it running for a while, and eventually my bodies “Receptors” couldn’t bind anymore to the ephedrine…it was too much of a common occurrence. It would give me the shakes, break out into random sweats (more so than normal) and give me what I’d call “Mini Heart Attacks” which is not fun whatsoever.
The dosage I was taking a day was no more than 60-90mg a day and the tablets were 30mg each. One day I took 120mg which wasn’t the smartest idea….especially seeing as I took them right before and evening workout….let’s just say….I never slept a wink.
It worries me that people on here assume these are the answer to weight and fat loss and the amount they are putting down them is scary. I saw one girls post saying she took 270mg of Ephedrine and wanted to know what was going to happen? I’ll tell you what…..a one way trip to the hospital if you keep that up.
….Well I’m giving you the honest bullshit-free truth here. Ephedrine does work for Fat Loss in the short term. It does give you more intense workouts and it does give you a strength and endurance boost in whatever training you do…I’m not saying don’t take the stuff…..I’d be a hypocrite for saying that….but if you are taking it….just think if you really need to risk your insides, to make your outsides look pretty….because even if you do….the dependencies will kick in….and that’s when it gets dangerous.
Take it with precautions, don’t exceed 90mg in a day….hell…..try not to pass 60mg if you can….and for god sake don’t be taking this for months at a time…..you can still achieve your bodily aesthetics….I’ve got the best body I’ve had ever since I’ve been training. I last took Ephedrine 3 years ago and would never want to resort to it again knowing I’ve achieved better without it….stay safe…any other questions about it holla back?
Using the Stretch Reflex to Pull Faster Off the Floor
Learning how to properly take advantage of the stretch reflex at the start of the deadlift movement will make for not only a more explosive pull overall, but one that is faster off the floor. Ultimately this should help increase your numbers in the deadlift and lead to personal records.
It is common to find that most people will start from a static position at the bottom of the movement. This meaning that they pull from the floor from the exact position that they start in without any dynamic motion. In order to take advantage of the stretch reflex, one must perform that same starting position dynamically. This involves for most people, starting from a position in which the legs are slightly extended and the body out of position, then forcibly pulling back into proper position and then executing the movement. In a sense you get a sort of momentum going rather than none at all.
This sort of dynamic pull can make a huge difference in whether the weight comes off the floor at all, or whether it passes through a sticking point. The key however, is perfecting the movement. It is not enough to just pull back in hopes that the bar will come up but instead it is about ensuring you hit the “groove” and pull back in perfect positioning. Otherwise if this is not synchronized properly; it can make for a pull from a compromised position which is unlikely to make for a strong or fast rep and may lead to injury.
In this training video it is easy to see what the stretch reflex looks like. Note how I start in front of the bar, only to come back into position and actively pull back:
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It takes some degree of practice before being able to hit it properly but once you master it, you should expect your numbers to go up. As always, any questions are welcome and until then continue to surge to new levels!
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