After finishing up my first PH cycle of Hard Rock's Halo-Plex here's my review. Because this was my first experience with PH’s I’m going to try and keep my review in perspective due to the fact that the results for a more experienced individual probably wouldn’t match up with my experience.
Halo-Plex is Hard Rock’s clone of Halodrol; it’s dosed at 25mg/pill. I can’t remember the exact price but I ordered off Lockout.com for about $25-28 a bottle so total cost for the PH part of my cycle was $75-$85; I have seen similar products like CEL’s discontinued H-Drol at $60-$65 a bottle. So getting my entire cycle for close to the price of 1 bottle really improves my value rating.
Before Cycle Stats:
Hang Clean: 275lbs/4reps
(Because I focused mainly on volume increases during training for this cycle I figured showing the increases in reps with weight that I struggled with would better depict the gains I was targeting as opposed to 1RM #’s)
50/75/75/100/100/100. I was going to stick at 75mg for a longer period of time but after talking to more experienced members on this site I chose to up it to 100mg for the last 3 weeks.
Support Supps: (Pre-load for 2 weeks and run all the way through PCT)
Glucosamine (joint support)
Taurine: 5g daily, upped to 10g wk 5&6
I didn’t notice anything this week in regards to results or side effects. I maybe had a little bit more focus and intensity during my training but I’m pretty sure it was just a placebo effect of knowing what I’m on.
Dosed 50mg (25mg AM/25mg 12 hr later).
The effects of the Halo-Plex kicked in towards the end of this week. I remember a shoulder workout and I was doing dumbbell shoulder press and I grabbed the 65's and that’s normally a good weight for 8 reps and I easily completed 12reps, that was the day that it kind of hit me that this stuff was really starting to work. In terms of recovery I felt like my recovery time was beginning to decrease quite drastically while the intensity of my workouts was at an all-time high. Obvious side-effects were still not apparent this week.
Dosed 75mg (50mg am/ 25mg 12hr later).
2lbs Total Weight Gain
This was when I really began to feel the effects of the Halo-Plex. Every workout was better than the one before it and I could push myself harder than I ever had before. Because of this and the from the advice of senior members I chose to stick to volume increases to help prevent injuries and would only bump the weight up after I could perform 10-12 reps of a weight. This week was also when I began to experience the obvious sides of PH usage; the worst were the back pumps that seemed to come out of nowhere, the Taurine did help though I did notice minor lethargy but nothing that affected my daily activities significantly.
Dosed 75mg (50mg am/ 25mg 12hr later).
5lbs Total Weight Gain
The feeling of being “on” continued to become more and more apparent, my workouts continued to be some of the best I had experienced. This week was the first I began to notice a major increase in vascularity and separation in muscle groups; I was only doing minimal cardio and my diet was more in line with a lean bulk but I continued to experience a drier and harder physique. One major issue I had at this point in my cycle was lethargy or motivation because I had to do some major pumping up to go to the gym. I had no noticeable BP issues so far in the cycle so I decided to try 1 scoop of Jack3d PWO. I experienced no issues with this addition and for the remainder of the cycle I used Jacked 2-3 days a week. Back pumps were still an issue this week but maintained by the Taurine.
Dosed 100mg (50am/ 25mg PWO/ 25mg 12hr later).
9lbs Total Weight Gain
Week 5 &6:
I lumped these two weeks together because they were almost identical. The benefits of the Halo-Plex were obviously still in effect and I continued to have great results in the gym. Side effects at this point began to become bothersome but not unbearable; it was almost a guarantee that I would get really painful back pumps after my dead lift sets. I increased my daily Taurine intake to 10g and this seemed to help slightly. On my last day I finished with a Back workout that I will remember for a long time where I was just crushing weight I used to struggle with. One major issue I experienced during these weeks was a much lower sex drive, It was still there but not at the fore-front of my mind like it normally is.
14lbs Total Weight Gain
Immediately After Cycle Stats:
Hang Clean: 275lbs/8reps
Dpol: 3 caps daily W1-4
AI PCT Support W1-4
Animal Stak W3-5
Lean Extreme W3-5
All additional support supps run through cycle
I’m a week and ½ into PCT and have only lost 2lbs and have maintained all strength increases. I feel like the torem/dpol combo has really kick started my natty test production again as the minor shrinkage I did experience is gone and my sex drive is already back on the incline.
This was a great first PH run, the quality of the clone that Hard Rock made is top notch and I had great results. 14lbs of muscle in 6 weeks was great but where this product really shined for me was in the strength gains, adding 4-5 reps with weight that I was struggling to get 3-4 times before the cycle. Maybe it was just because it was my first run of this type of product but I highly recommend this clone to anyone considering a lower cost option for a Halodrol run.
- Strength Gains
- Lean Mass Gains
- Increased Vascularity
- Dry Gains
- Back Pumps
- Slightly Lower Sex-drive