This review represents my first PH cycle. I decided to go with Hdrol as my first cycle due to all the recommendations that I heard. I was intending on running it as a cut (which I heard it was able to do). My macros were roughly 1700-2000 per day (I know this was a sharp deficit, but you will probably...
This review represents my first PH cycle. I decided to go with Hdrol as my first cycle due to all the recommendations that I heard. I was intending on running it as a cut (which I heard it was able to do). My macros were roughly 1700-2000 per day (I know this was a sharp deficit, but you will probably understand better as I describe what happened).
Just for a little background, I had recently finished up a 8 week cycle of DPol, Erase, and Compound 20. With hindsight being 20/20, I think I would have tried to wait about a month to allow my joints to fully recover from the Erase drying process (more to follow on this later).
I ran two bottles over a 6 week cycle, here was the layout:
day 1 – 50mg/days 2-7 75/100/100/100/100/100.
I preloaded milk thistle and hawthorn berry 2 weeks prior to starting the cycle.
My on-cycle supps were CEL Cycle Assist, GNC Multi, fish oil, CLA, Glucosamine Chondroitin, Liver juice, Modern BCAA, (Taurine –interesting story behind this one). My PCT consisted of Nolva, DPol, CEL P.C.T. Assist, Liver Juice, Green Mag (Creatine), Animal Stak (the last 2 weeks of PCT), fish/flax seed oil, CLA, and Lean Xtreme.
My stats on the first day of the cycle was:
Weight - 192.2lb
BF% - 17.8%
My lifting routine was a 5 day split (Mon-Chest & Abs/Tues-Back/Weds-Legs/Thurs-Bis,Tris, and Abs/Fri-Shoulders). I would do cardio (usually 30min of HIIT) on the weekend (and at least 2 days during the week).
Pretty much the first 3 weeks were nothing major to speak about. My weight made some immediate jumps (which isn't hard for me to do, since I'm an endomorph by nature), but I was keeping a tight eye on the BF% as it did it. The weight that I was picking up (according to the scale) was mostly fat (at first). This was the time that I decided to dial my macro down to the levels I mentioned in the beginning of this review. There were times where I honestly wondered if I real HDrol or not.
I made some slight gains in my lifts (but I mostly attribute those to being ready to move up in weight in certain exercises prior to the cycle). At this point, I was taking all my cycle supports except for the taurine.
Once I finished my first bottle, and shifted to my second, it was like a night and day difference. I got back pumps that damn near had me at a snail's pace in the gym (especially on back and leg days). After battling with it (yes, I was hard headed) I finally brought the taurine off the shelf..lol. Unfortunately, trying to get it to kick in after the back pumps had been in place that long was a big challenge (so note to self, just take the taurine from the start, whether you feel anything or not). By this point, the sore joints that I mentioned earlier (from my DPol/Erase/Compound 20 cycle) coupled with the back pumps really made things interesting.
I will admit I was glad to finally get off cycle. The next observation that I made is if you plan on taking Halo, you may want to ensure its during a time of year that you can easily stay on your clean diet (with the 4th of July and my Birthday occurring during my cycle didn't make life easy).
Final stats on Day 42
Weight - 197.8lb
BF% - 18.9%
So end of the day results, roughly a 5.5lb increase, with about half of that being muscle. Strength went up roughly 20lbs on all upper body lifts, and my leg press went up 180lb. Overall, I would say that Halo-V was decent for a lean bulk (not much on a cut). But after the night and day differences that I saw between the two bottles of Halo, I'm not likely to want to try it again.