Thursday, March 22, 2012

Second Cycle Completed

Nearly a year after my initial cycle (January 2011), I decided to run another one. This time, I decided for a re-comp (as opposed to the bulk I did first time). I ran it on a zig-zag diet. One day, a little above calorie maintenance. The other day, a little below. I decided not to log it however due to time constraints (and laziness). But I'll post feedback.

I started pre-cycle at around ~185lbs. Strength was around the same as I left off from my first cycle (January 2011) as I had a lot of time offs during the year, losing gains, then gaining it back and so on. End of Hdrol, I was sitting at around 190lbs (5lb gain for re-comp is "expected". Much different from the 20lb or so I gained from bulking), but I had dropped a nice ~1-2%BF. After PCT and water weight, I was sitting at ~188lbs. So overall cycle, gained 3lbs, dropped ~2%BF in 10 weeks. Not bad (and expected) for a recomp. cycle.

Strength wise, it also exploded (although not as much as bulking cycle). Every lift went up, and every gym session was better than the last one.

Side effects....
re-read an earlier post in here about my first cycle for sides. It was pretty much the usual, nothing new. Back pumps were a little less severe this time round however. One thing that I didn't remember from my first cyce was itchiness. I would wake up with extreme itchyness all over my body (literally all over; back, chest, thighs, arms) but that would subside as the day goes on. Wasn't sure why.

So thats it. Not as detailed as my first cycle, but just wanted a general conclusion for my second cycle and how a recomp is compared to bulking on H-drol. Comment if you have any questions.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

CONCLUSION

Alright, I know I haven't updated this in a while, so ima gonna do the "conclusion". But before that, let me just summarize the last week of PCT/cycle. Barely lifted, tons of school work, but when I did, it was fine/normal. No sides, strength still around the same (and like I said, maybe 5lbs less or 1 rep less than the peak of the cycle). Now I am officially done with the PCT and I can officially call it a cycle. Its been a ~week since I stopped nolva. I feel normal. In the gym there is no back pumps, no more "cold balls", lethargy has definitely decreases/gone away. So far so good though.

Now, the conclusion.

CONCLUSION

Possible Sides of H-Drol & How it affected me:
Loss of Libido: None
Hair Thinning: None
Sore Joints: None
Back Pumps Moderate
Most of the time they weren't that bad, but on leg and back day they sometimes kicked in quiet bad and made me sit down for a couple seconds and relax. But they're not that big of a problem.
Acne: I have mild/moderate acne already, but I didn't notice an increase. In fact I think it decreased on cycle.
Increased Aggression: None
Migrane: I had one really bad headache during the cycle that was it. It probably didn't have much to do with the cycle itself. Just stress/anxiety.
Shrunken testicles: None
Cramps: Severe
This was the worst side effect for me, even though it is not listed as a "common" side effect in tunedsports. Sometimes when I was doing standing military press my quads would crampen randomly. Sometimes when I wake up my calves cramp up randomly. When I flexed my quads, they would cramp. (Basically lower body cramps). And the cramps were very harsh. Most of the time it made me drop to the floor just holding my leg for 30 seconds until it eased up. Yeah, not sure whats up with that.

Basically, I just listed every single common side effect of hdrol above and how it affected me.

Gains:
Most lifts all exploded. Bench press went up by about 45lbs, squat went up by about 40lbs, military press went up, incline chest, flat dumbbell, shoulder press e.t.c. However, a lot of back exercises didn't. Deadlifts didn't go up a single pound, along with other stuff like lat pulldowns, pull ups e.t.c. Not sure why. Commonly deads go up by the most, then squat, then bench. But either way, I was happy with strength gains. I'm on week 6 of post h-drol and even though I'm cutting right now, I have kept most of my strength. Mass wise, traps exploded, arms got bigger, delts got bigger, quads got bigger, lats also got wider. Calves however didn't really grow. They're my weakest part, and I guess I didn't isolate them enough. But again, im happy with mass gains (and strength).

Weight:
I started the cycle weighing 172lbs. At the peak of my hdrol cycle, I reached about 192lbs I believe. I was bulking on h-drol. During PCT, it dropped to about 188lbs. And 6 weeks after h-drol, and 2 weeks after PCT, I weigh now 184lbs, although I started cutting right after PCT (so for 2 weeks now). But those numbers seem normal. 10lbs on a bulk was the average on h-drol. I'd say 90% of the weight I gained was lean. At 185lbs I look the same BF I was @ 172lbs. So I'm happy with that.

Overall:
Overall I'm very happy with the cycle. I wasn't expecting to turn into greg plitt post cycle, I just simply wanted a little "boost", and I am more than satisfied with the boost I got. I got quiet a few compliments and people did take notice that I got pretty big during those couple weeks. Feelsgoodman.jpg. I would definately recommend it, but obviously do your research. If I was to do it again, I would probably do the real thing. But for now, won't be touching anything else for a while and let my hormones balance out in the next couple months. So overall, very happy with results, especially coming from a "weak/mild prohormone".

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And i think thats about it. If anyone has any questions, ill be happy to answer them. But I think thats all I gotta say/off the top of my head. If I remember something/miss something out, I'll add it later.

Week 10 - Day 7

Flat Barbell Bench Press
135lbsx8 | 155lbsx8 | 185lbsx8 | 135lbsx5

Incline DB Bench
35lbsx8 | 50lbsx8
Was gonna go for a heavier 3rd set. Went to get drink for 2 secs came back, bench was moved and taken somewhere. Didn't want to wait. Buzzy azz gym.

Incline Barbell Bench
95lbsx8 | 115lbsx8 | 135lbsx10

Chest Flies/pec deck
80lbsx12 | 100lbsx12 | 120lbsx8

Decline Bench Press
135lbsx8

Also did traps work.
COMMENTS: Good workout. Strength has decreased a little once again. Most likely from eating at around maintenance now and not bulking anymore. But I'm still happy with it. Precycle I could do 185 2x, so 185x8 (and more to spare) isn't bad at PCT either. So i'm happy. I doubt I'm gonna have time to lift/update this log this week. 4 exams this week, gonna pull a couple of all nighters. :/

Week 10 - Day 6

Did legs, calves and abs. Did not record.

COMMENTS: Decent workout. Although leg strength might have down a tad since the peak of the cycle. Tried front squats, felt awkward/not right. Then did normal back squats of 185x5 and it felt pretty heavy still. Worked abs good though.

Week 10 - Day 5

Did arms and traps. Didn't record.

COMMENTS: Everything was smooth. No random pains today. Just did some arms and triceps. Good workout. Strength felt normal. Can't really report on increase/decrease since I didn't do any compound exercises.

Week 10 - Day 4

OFF DAY

COMMENTS:Felt perfect. Pumped to go gym and do arms. After my second set of incline dumbbell hammer curls, during the middle of my set/rep, my head just literally exploded. Some random pain (it feels different from your normal headache, it was pain, not an ache) just shoots up in my head. My jaw feels semi-numb and weird. I drop the DBs immediately and walk to get a drink. I felt like I was gonna pass out and looking @ the nearest bench to drop. Went home immediately and after an hour its just a headache now. Not sure what that was about. I was breathing right, wasn't doing anything heavy, I was hydrated, eating good, felt good, but it was pretty scary stuff. Random. I did some searching and some people say Nolva may cause headaches, but I've been taking it for nearly 3 weeks now and was fine in my workouts before. And this week the dosage was cut in half to 10mg...
I'll try again tomorrow and see (will do arms again since 2 sets is nothing today).

Week 10 - Day 3

OFF DAY

COMMENTS:Started to have a headache at noon, progressed into an unbearable one and ended up going to bed early. :/

Week 10 - Day 2

OFF DAY

COMMENTS:Got too caught up with school work. Didn't have time

Monday, March 14, 2011

Week 10 - Day 1

Barbell Military Press
95lbsx5 | 115lbsx5 | 135lbsx5

Pull Ups
BWx7 | BWx5

Side Lateral Raises DB
15lbsx12 | 20lbsx12

DB Rows on Incline Bench
35lbsx12 | 45lbsx12 | 35lbsx10

Rack Pulls
135lbsx5 | 225lbsx5 | 275lbsx5 | 315lbsx1
Idk why I did this.

Barbell Shrugs
135lbsx15 | 225lbsx10 | 225lbsx5 | 135lbsx10

EZ Bar Military Press
40lbsx10 | 60lbsx12 | 80lbsx14

Upright Rows
40lbsx10 | 60lbsx10

Wide Lat Pulldown
80lbsx12 | 100lbsx10

Reverse Flies (rear delt)
60lbsx12 | 70lbsx12

Back Extension
35lbsx12

COMMENTS: Back from week off. 3rd week into PCT now so I'll report how strength is holding up. I'd say that for the most part I have the same strength as I left off in my cycle. Maybe less by 5lbs MAX or 1 rep in some lifts, but I'd say thats positive news. I haven't weighed myself in the last couple days, but I think I'm around ~185. So I've dropped a couple pounds once I got off hdrol (most likely water retention), but I'm still same strength, so thats good. Definately look leaner now than I was during the cycle.
It's also nice to have a workout without back pumps. So far so good. No noticable sides from nolva. I've noticed that lethargy has decreased. Usually when I come back from my morning classes I'd go staright back to sleep for 3 hours, wake up, feel even more tired and force myself to get up. Wasn't an issue today at all. Also I'm eating less. Apetite has gone down significantly ever since I stopped h-drol. It used to be every 2 hours I'd feel starved. Now not so much, so calorie intake has decreased a bit too.

All in all, so far so good. Can't wait to be done with PCT and call it a cycle and begin summer cut!