Cycling Jack3d – Do I Need to Stop Using Jack3d?
The simple answer is yes, you should cycle off of Jack3d. USPLabs reps recommend using Jack3d for 8 weeks, then taking 4 weeks off. At worst, you should take two weeks off every three months.
While you are cycled off of Jack3d, you should NOT use any other stimulants, such as coffee, tea, or other caffeinated nitric oxide preworkout supplements. This is a great time to kick the caffeine habit. You can incorporate some rest time here too, which your body occasionally needs.
Jack3d needs to be cycled because the stimulants will lose their effect on you. Jack3d is still a safe supplement. But if you constantly find yourself needing it, you are possibly becoming addicted to the caffeine and should get unhooked from it.
As I write this, I am in my third week of a “caffeine-ban”. I had to stop because I was using Jack3d in addition to other caffeine products, and knew I was hooked. It took me TEN days before feeling normal without caffeine. I’ll admit, it wasn’t fun at first. I was craving it, needed lunchtime naps, and even had a few dreams about it!
But after a couple of weeks off, I feel great again. Those ten days made me realize that simply stopping usage for one week is not enough, nor is two. This is why three weeks off is the bare minimum when you’ve been using it for three months.
Keep Your Jack3d Gains While Cycled Off
In order to keep your gains, we recommend using two products:
- Whey Protein Isolate – Keep lean gains
- Creatine Monohydrate Powder, if you are like us and believe in long-term creatine safety.
- Rhodiola Rosea – This “adaptagen” helps you recover from stressful incidents, and sets hormone levels right. It does me wonders when cycling off stimulants.
Rhodiola is a great mood enhancer for people who are down, a testosterone boost for those who have low test, but also helps people sleep a bit too if they can’t sleep. It’s simply a REGULATOR, and I find my time off of caffeine to be much, much easier when using 2 caps/day.
- Compound 20 or TEST Powder (or Both)
Both of these stim free products are involved in the “Asteroid Stack 2.0″, which is an incredible muscle-building stack. Compound 20 is a “leaning and hardening agent” that behaves like an incredible, stimulant-free “fat burner”… except it drives more carbs to muscle, not just about burning fat.
TEST Powder, on the other hand, is just an epic testosterone booster that you can cycle on 4 weeks, off 4 weeks, and will naturally boost your test and provide epic pumps (thanks to agmatine sulfate in it) and endurance, which you’ll be missing when off of Jack3d.
With either of these, or both, you’ll do JUST FINE without stims. They’re rock solid, even though C20 is pretty complicated to understand, it works great.
As always, keep your total protein intake at a minimum of 1g of protein per pound of bodyweight every single day.
The creatine is optional. Some people cycle this too, which is probably best, but creatine safety studies have shown that long-term use is perfectly fine. If you continue to use it separately, take 5g a day, preferably first thing in the morning or immediately after your workout.
So Jack3d should not be used forever, but get right back on the Jack3d horse once you’ve done enough time off, and it’ll be ready to hit you in the balls like a bag of bricks as always!