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Gym and pills update [Nov. 17th, 2007|04:18 am]
Arvind Narayanan
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I've decided that my medium term weight training goal is to do a one arm chin-up. Unlike the movies, it's pretty hard in real life. I expect it'll take me about a year to work my way up. Right now I'm just focusing on building lat strength and it'll probably be 6 months before I train specifically for the one arm version.

As some of you may remember, I made a charmingly geeky pathetically nerdy attempt to analyze how coffee affects cognition and concluded I needed more pills. Seven different types, in fact. Startled that it's been six months since I wrote that, I figured I should tell y'all how it went.

I know what you're wondering, so I'll break the suspense right away -- I haven't solved any of the Clay math problems :) On the other hand, I haven't been kicked out of the Ph.D program either, so it's been a mixed bag. Let's break it down.

Nothing much to say about vitamins and omega-3 supplements. As for green tea, my goal has been to get up early in the morning and start my day with one of those, which I've found puts me in a great mood and very alert. Well, every day I've tried and every day I've failed to get up early. It's been said people are good at inductive reasoning; I apparently didn't get the memo -- I've failed to learn from the experience of the last several months that I'm going to fail to get up early tomorrow morning.

I bought piracetam online, wondering why the powder was so much cheaper than the pills. It didn't take long to find out. OH MY GOD THE BITTERNESS MAKE IT STOP PLEASE MAKE IT STOP MOMMY PLEASE I'LL BE A GOOD BOY. It took me 15 minutes to gulp down a single dose with orange juice, and the recommened amount was 4 doses a day.

So that was the end of that.

Once the bitter taste leaves my mouth though, which should be in a few months, I might give the pills a shot.

I've kept my caffeine intake to one pill before gym every evening. This has worked out great. Very effective and well below the tolerance threshold. Creatine has been awesome. My weight goes up dramatically in the first two weeks after I start taking it and goes back down again when I stop. I don't know if it increases strength; but the placebo effect and the weight gain combine to make a great motivator when I'm getting back to the gym after a break.

Apparently this excellent article -- The end of homeopathy? -- ran in the Guardian. Good to see this get the treatment it deserves, including a thorough debunking of the "but it works for me" crutch. The same author also writes about obsessing with pills. Very interesting.

[User Picture]From: mcfnord
2007-11-17 10:51 am (UTC)
oh piracetam. i take it with choline and kava to get high while working out. creatine would give me allergic reactions. hmm those empty capsules are cheap.
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