John & Baz's British AST Challenge - Second Training Session.

Watch as John Berry coaches his training partner, Barry Snell, on how to pack on 6-8 weeks worth of lean muscle mass using only AST supplements and plenty of hardcore training! THIS WEEK: the second AST training session. Check it out!


AST Challenge: Training Session #2

Welcome to the second season of John & Baz's British Bodybuilding Show (formerly known as "The Brit Show").

This season, watch John Berry and Barry Snell (a.k.a. "Baz") take on a series of supplement challenges, starting off with the AST line of supplements.


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Baz Schools John This Week On Proper Form!

This week, watch AST training session #2, for a tough and grueling hardcore workout. Time to see if AST supps are working or not! Well, what are you waiting for - click the play button now to watch, listen, and learn!

Note: If you missed the season opener & introduction to the challenge, click here.


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Training Session #2

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John & Barry's Journal

Days 15-21:

    Barry's Comments:

      Well, we are now at the end of week three and a tough week of training it's been! John has raised the level yet again and I'm managing to keep up (not sure how some days!), but the energy is there somehow - maybe it's the AST supplements! In fact, I'm sure that's a lot to do with it, actually, as I am now feeling really good, as in stronger and more energised than before.

      I still can't stomach the Vyo-Pro Protein Bars, however, they just taste really bad to me, so I've cut them out altogether now... Great!

      All the other supplements taste great. The VP2 (which I am going through in huge amounts) tastes really nice - in fact, all of the AST shakes have none of this nasty after-taste you get with a lot of brands that I've tried.

      But sadly, no one has still ever managed to make a protein bar that don't taste like the wrapper in which it's packaged. Come on all you supplement companies out there, try and make them actually taste of something edible - that would be better!


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Who Is Lifting The Most?

      Anyway, now that my bitching is over with... But all-in-all, I am really happy with the diet now and have found nothing in any of the pills or shakes to make me worry at all, awesome really.

      Training has been major league hard though, as it's a high rep week - 15, 20, and 30 rep sets, with really tight-timed breaks again - the intensity has been mega high again and if this keeps up I'm going to be in great shape but asleep for weeks by the end!

      But on the flip side, I've had some good comments from people down the gym, and the comments coming from MySpace has been amazing - so thanks, everyone, it really helps! Roll on next week!

    John's Comments:

      Ok, week 3 is here already - wow, that was fast! This week a lot has come together: focus, energy, and a feeling of achievement. Baz is doing fantastic, but it has taken him awhile to adjust to the initial diet and training - and, yes, just as he adjusts to his new workout, I'm going to change it - ha ha! No turning back now...

      Baz is in top form this week and has continued to impress me with gym intensity and dedication to the diet! (Well done, Baz!) The only thing I think he is struggling with is with the water intake on top of the shakes as his target is 4 litres of just water alongside everything else.

      The carbs get increased by just 112 grams and the training day calories go up by 268 in the third week. This is accomplished by AST's DGC (Dextrorotatory Glucose Crystals). It's a unique glucose crystal that supplies an unmatched fuel source for fast and efficient muscle energy. This is used immediately after weight training. There is no other change made to the diet as it seems to be working fine for Baz, this can be seen by his total body weight gain so far:

Barry Snell's Weight Gain.
Week Weight
1 81.2 kg - 178.64 lbs.
2 82.6 kg - 181.72 lbs.
3 84.0 kg - 184.8 lbs.

      Weighing in times are at 4:00 p.m. every Monday after pre-liquid supplementation but before training. This allows me to measure him with roughly the same fluid in his body every week, giving me a more accurate indication.

      Like I promised all you fans last week, this week I will discuss our training routine for the past couple of weeks, so let's get to it!


AST Training Programme

    For the first 2 weeks of the AST Challenge, the emphasis was on multi-joint exercises for lower reps. "Multi-joint" means exercises that require movement from more than one joint - two or more muscles working together.

    These exercises use several muscle groups, which will help a great deal in building strength and increasing overall muscle size.

    I'm after Baz, making some small strength gains in these first 2 weeks to help him lift heavier weights in the final stage of this challenge, since it's going to be tough. I have designed a fairly basic push and pull split routine which will be followed for 2 weeks straight then the routine will be re-adjusted for week 3 and 4.


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    The workouts are divided into one day of pushing exercises and one day of pulling exercises. What happens here is that all your body parts get hit twice a week, this is great for strength, it's the kind of split I see used a lot in the powerlifting world, and it will help add a different dimension to Baz's physique.

    The reps are kept in the 6-8 range, failure should be met around 6, and your training partner should force you to 7/8. This rep range will allow for gains in both strength and muscle size.


Supplementation Update
New Product Introduced To Diet

AST's DGC

    AST DGC (Dextrorotatory Glucose Crystals) is a unique glucose crystal that supplies an unmatched fuel source for fast and efficient muscle energy. DGC requires no digestion prior to absorption into the bloodstream. This means an ultra-fast fuel supply for supporting quick and sustained muscle energy requirements and mental function.

    What AST says: 'DGC is perfect for pre-workout energy drinks and ideal for post-workout muscle recovery and growth. DGC can be added to a protein shake or simply mixed in with water, juice or any liquid for a potent, energy-rich muscle fuel source. It's 25% less sweet than table sugar so it will not overly sweeten other mixtures.'

    Dose - 1 per day, after weight training.

    For more information check out this direct link:
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/ast/dgc.html

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Next Week: Training Session #3

Ok guys, well, that's all the information you get for week 4! Next week, we'll explain a little more about the training plans, more information on the AST product line, and explain about our little techniques on hitting all your meal times, plus helpful kitchen tips!

As always, I hope you have enjoyed this week's British Bodybuilding Show and a big thanks to Bodybuilding.com for all the strong support and especially to you guys - our fans! Many thanks.

Next week, watch for another AST training video in the gym!

In the mean time, check out John Berry's BodySpace Profile and Barry Snell's BodySpace Profile.

Also, find more information on John's BodyBlog!

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For those of us that are MySpace fanatics, John and Baz also have MySpace profiles! Check 'em both out!