following is my review of the new performance
enhancing supplement PR7 from Prograde
you train hard and are always looking
for peak performance, be sure and read
this whole email...it's a bit on the long
side but this is very exciting stuff.
I promise it's worth it :).
about a peformance supplement that actually
works and works EXTREMELY well.
And I promise you, this email will be
a few months back, I was asked by my partners
at Prograde Nutrition to test drive one of their
new "beta" supplements. The name was
and it's targeted goals were to increase strength/endurance
during training sessions and improve between-set
recovery, allowing you to push harder and accomplish
more during each workout.
I've tried a number of supplements that claimed
to do this in the past...even some that contained
a few similar ingredients to PR7...and never
saw results like that so even though I really
like Prograde products, I went in with no expectations
in terms of results. I figured this was a good
way of eliminating any possible placebo effect
as a factor in any results I would get with
decided to use PR7 in conjunction with my Muscle
Explosion program. I did this for several
1. It's an incredibly
challenging program. A supplement
designed to improve strength/endurance that
works with short rest periods is ideal for that
program given the nature of the training (if
you're not familiar with it, the second week
of the program entails doing one exercise for
more than 300 sets on 30 seconds rest over the
course of 5 days...it's absolutley BRUTAL. It's
literally like forcing 6 months of training
into one week). This would test the power of
this supplement like nothing else.
I had good data from a previous run-through
of the exact same program I did about a year
and a half ago, using the exact same exercise
(trap bar deadlifts) and the exact same training
weights. My starting weights were actually very
similar, too, so it was almost a perfect match
in terms of a single-subject split design experiment.
All the variables were almost identical (even
my bodyweight was within 3 pounds!), which is
something rare in supplement studies.
using the supplement for the first week of the
program, I hadn't noticed a significant difference.
Granted, the first week of the program is a
diet phase, which can impact strength/endurance
and the supplement does require a bit of loading
(1 week, to be precise) before your muscle levels
are optimal for seeing the effects.
Week 2 (the "money"
I tell you my results, I want to give you some
context into what sort of training I was doing
during that week. I call it Compound
Exercise Overload Training and it's one
of THE single most effective training styles
I've ever come up with.
won't go into the full details here (you can
read more about it at the link above)...I'll
just give you a quick rundown...
a weight you can get 6 reps with and do a set
of 3 reps with it. Then you rest 30 seconds.
Then you do another set of 3 reps. Then rest
30 seconds. Then you repeat until you can't
get 3 reps, then drop the weight 20 lbs then
you go again for 3 rep sets. You keep this pattern
of 3 reps and 20 lb drops when you can't hit
3 reps until the designated time period is up.
day 1 of that week, you do this for 20 minutes
straight. On day 2, you do 25 minutes. Day 3
is 30 minutes, day 4 is 35 minutes, and day
5 is 40 minutes. You strive to increase the
weight you start with on each day then you back
off to your original start weight on Day 5.
stay away from failure on your sets...the power
of this technique lies in the sheer volume of
near-peak lifting you're doing. As you fatigue,
you decrease the weight so you stay in that
near-peak zone through the entire session.
My results with Prograde PR7...
365 for 4 minutes
Ended at 275 for 4 minutes
365 for 10 minutes
Ended at 345 for 10 minutes
385 for 8 minutes
Ended at 325 for 10 minutes
385 for 8 minutes
Ended at 325 for 4 minutes
405 for 3 minutes
Ended at 285 for 10 minutes
405 for 7 minutes
Ended at 325 for 14 minutes
425 for 4 1/2 minutes
Ended at 225 for 5 minutes
425 lbs for 5 minutes
Ended at 305 lbs for 19 1/2 minutes
365 for 7 minutes
Ended at 245 for 22 minutes
365 lbs for 11 minutes
Ended at 285 for 16 1/2 minutes
Max - 550 lbs (tested)
Max (predicted) - 580 lbs
When you take a
close look at the numbers, you can see that
I improved my workload on EVERY SINGLE
DAY of the program, as compared to my
I was able to maintain the starting weight doing
3 reps sets for longer periods of time (except
for Day 2, which was the same)...substantially
longer...in a few cases more than double.
I finished each session at a higher training
weight on every day except for Day 2. What that
means is I was able to maintain strength longer
even while performing near-peak sets for high-volume.
I didn't have to decrease the weights as much
as I did on the previous run-through without
Even on Day 2, where the numbers look similar,
I was able to stay at a higher weight longer
until having to drop down to the same weight
I went into the detailed program and logs and
calculated and compared the overall workloads
directly, it showed me I
had a 28% increase in workload with PR7 as compared
to without PR7.
I tested my One Rep Max in the deadlift after
the first run-through and landed at 550 lbs.
I didn't test it specifically after the PR7
run-through...I tested it with reps (500 lbs
x 6 reps), which led to a predicted max of about
580 lbs. I estimate at the start of the program
my max was about 480 lbs or so, giving me an
increase of about 100 lbs in just a few weeks.
Naturally, there are other factors that come
into play here, including the fact that I've
previously been able to lift this much weight
and more (muscle memory) and the program itself
is extremely powerful for increasing strength.
All things being equal, I would be comfortable
saying the PR7 ended up giving me an extra 30
lb increase in One Rep Max results due to the
increased workload I was able to perform while
Now, with supplements, it's one thing to say
that you "feel" stronger and that
you "feel" like your recovery is faster...there
are plenty of supplements that activate your
central nervous system and/or open up your blood
vessels so you feel something.
did "feel" better while using it.
The numbers, however, don't lie.
was EXTREMELY effective for it's stated purpose...increasing
strength/endurance and recovery between sets.
It's a performance-improving supplement that
absolutely WORKS and works very well.
got two last things to tell you here...
I would only recommend PR7 if you're planning
on using it while training HARD. If you're puttering
around in the gym or just starting out in your
training, PR7 is not for you. It's a serious
supplement that will help intermediate to advanced
trainers reach new levels of physical performance.
Use it when you've got a challenging program
and a specific goal to achieve.
since Prograde has released this product as
of yesterday, supplies are VERY limited. They'll
be making more, obviously, but right now they're
releasing a "test" batch to see how
it sells. If my results are any indication,
this stuff will be flying off the proverbial
for the next few days (or until it sells out)
you can get a 15% discount on PR7 by using the
code PR15 at checkout (I guess that's three
your PR7 now for 15% off...