My first PH/log... ***THE ONE***
- 03-09-2009, 02:02 PM
My first PH/log... ***THE ONE***
GOAL: To get out of the 170-175lbs range and reach my goal of hitting 185lbs, if not more. Since I started lifting, my goal has been to reach 185lbs, but I wouldn’t mind hitting 190lbs or even 195lbs
Background Info: I have been seriously lifting for about 3 years; I have made HUGE gains but over the past 6months have virtually stayed at the same level, unable to make any more significant gains (despite changes in diet, training, etc). I fear that I am reaching my maximum genetic potential for this ‘stage’ in life. Of course, I know I will ‘fill out’ more naturally as I get older, but waiting isn’t very fun now is it? I will be 23yrs old later this year; I am 5’9 and have dropped down to 170lbs. When I started lifting, almost 3 years ago, I only weighed 120-125lbs. The most I have gotten up to was 176lbs (which was in early December), once Christmas came around, I needed to take a break and ended up switching from a bodybuilding routine (due to the beginning stages of burning out) to a strength routine, in which my strength has gone up, but my weight/appetite has gone down. I just took this past week off from lifting, and starting today, I will be back on my bodybuilding routine, which I made great gains on before, except now with the help of ‘The One.’ Since I haven’t done any bodybuilding style lifting since December, I am VERY excited to get back into the game. I will DEFINITELY be using ‘The One’ as a method of bulking/weight gain.
Cycle info: Upon waking up each morning, I will be taking AN’s Triple Stack (Bio-mend, Omega-Essentials, Complete Balance) at the recommended dosage along with a half dose of CEL’s Cycle Assist with my breakfast (at around 7am). The reasoning behind only taking a half dose (2 caps) of CEL’s Cycle Assist is because of the ingredient ‘Saw Palmetto’ which could possibly hinder gains due to it interacting with the conversion of test to DHT. Roughly 2hrs later, around 9am I will be taking 3 caps of ‘The One.’ Before bed, I will take another half dose (2 caps) of CEL’s Cycle Assist (the recommended dose is 4 caps in the morning, and 4 caps at night, I will only be doing 2 in the morning and 2 at night). If Cycle Assist seems to hinder gains, I will consider lowering the dose even more.
PCT: In the last week of the cycle, I will begin my PCT stack which consists of AN’s 2nd gear, IGF-2 and Drive, along with the continuation of AN’s Triple Stack at the recommended dosage. If anyone has any tips on running the PCT, how to successfully and safely run it, etc. please feel free to chime in.
Other supplements: NutraPlanet Arginine AKG, Xtend Watermelon BCAAs, PrimaForce Beta Alanine, Controlled Labs Green Bulge, USPLabs Super Cissus Rx, NutraPlanet KWICK KARB (Waxy Maize Starch), AllTheWhey Whey Protein Isolate (Cinnamon Bun), and AllTheWhey Super Mass 600 (weight gainer).
Diet: My diet usually consists of.. eating everything in sight. Since before lifting I ran cross country/track for many years, my metabolism is beyond fast. For me to make any gains, I have to be eating around 3500-4000calories daily, so I virtually eat everything in sight. My BF% stays consistently in the range of 7-11%. Of course I will try to avoid the obvious, being Trans fats, etc, but I will be stuffing my face. Come on, I’m a college student and I don’t drink, I’m not really worried about bad carbs hah. I am used to force eating to gain weight, so I truly hope ‘The One’ boosts my appetite so I can get even more down the hatch. Between meals I will be doing my best to throw in some gainer shakes as fillers.
Pre-The One blood work: Total testosterone, Estradiol, Liver Enzymes, Cholesterol levels.. I will have the results by Thursday (3/12/09).
Pre-The One pictures: Alright, below are the pictures I took last night.. Have mercy on me, I haven't worked out in a week, I was completely soft and I've dropped some weight since my last 'bodybuilding' season a few months back. As you can see in my pictures, my legs lack growth, even though I work them hard (all the males in my family have genetically small legs). I forgot to hold a newspaper or something to prove the date, but if it really came down to it, I have the masters on my camera which all have their original creation/capture dates, so I'm not worried about it. Here it goes...
Post-The One pictures: So here are my post 'the one' pictures.. Thanks for following thus far everyone. I will post pictures when I get my final blood work, one month after the completion of PCT. You can definitely see the weight gain when comparing the before and afters, thanks AN! I am beyond stoked! And thanks everyone else for the support
So here it goes, time for my final review.. Just so everyone knows, I had my blood work done a few hours ago, so I should have the results within the next 3 days; I will post the results immediately. Also, I will have follow up blood work done a month after completing PCT. Today was my first day on PCT, I will keep the log updated with results (gains, sides, losses, weight, etc).. Now, onto the review..
P.S. Thanks Jawhawkk for the review layout
‘The One’ Review
Starting dry weight: 170lbs
Ending dry weight: 181lbs (FINALLY broke an almost yr long plateau)
Honestly, being my first (and probably only PH), I have nothing else to compare this to but.. my muscles have NEVER felt harder. It was truly ridiculous how hard my muscles felt to the touch, it was absolutely incredible. I really hope my muscles continue to stay this hard, I have faith in myself, I will keep up my training/diet/pct to the T.
As you can see in the pictures, I definitely gained muscle mass. Unfortunately I took those pictures a short time after eating, but I can assure you that I had more abs AFTER running the one, than I did before starting the one. Also, I don’t do any ab work, haha, I let compound lifts work them, I just don’t care about ‘em that much. In other words, I believe the one cut down my body fat, and promoted lean muscle mass development. As of today, I’ve gained 11lbs of dry muscle mass from the one which I am definitely thrilled about; my lean mass gains have been noticed by my family and friends.
The pumps while on the one were SUPERB. I really had some skin breaking pumps going on; I never left the gym without a pump in whatever muscle(s) I was working. The only downside to the pump was a few times when I got it REAL hard in the lower back… already having a history of minor lower back issues, I believe it was easily irritated by the pump the one provided. Fortunately, it got a bit better as time went on, I just had to warm up a little longer, stretch a bit more and take a bit longer of a rest period in between sets. But, overall, the pump on the one was awesome no doubt.
Not lifting very hard/consistently for a few months before starting the one, I was really surprised how fast my strength shot up. A few of my lifts weren’t as heavy as they were last ‘season,’ but many of them surpassed previous numbers, and I felt SOLID on every rep. That’s one of the thing I really enjoyed about the one.. even on days where I felt like I was ‘tired,’ and really had no desire to lift, I was blown away by how easy it was to rep out the weight that I was focused SO hard on pushing the week before. I made some good strong gains while on the one. Since I was doing more of a volume training routine, I could only imagine how much stronger someone could get using the one while strength training. Awesome!
Since I don’t partake in cardio anymore (just 3 years ago I was running 90 miles a week, weighing only 120-125lbs; my metabolism is still a racecar), I really couldn’t test the one in terms of cardio from running, swimming, biking, etc. But I can tell you this much, I have been off of pre-workout stimulates for over a year now, and working out on the one kept me in the zone, in the gym, just as long as when I would be ‘wired’ on a pre-workout stim, except this time I was focused and not feeling cracked out, racing heart rate, etc. So I would say that my ‘muscle endurance’ while on the one was definitely stimulated in a positive way.
The first few days I really noticed a GREAT increase in motivation and focus. As time went on, it became less apparent, but I am assuming it’s because I just got used to the effects. In the gym, my focus was through the roof. While listening to my IPOD, I could EASILY get myself pissed off and REALLY focus on my lifts, I felt REALLY strong, and VERY motivated. Thinking about it now gets me way stoked, I wanna smash some weights!
This was one of my FAVORITE changes. Prior to the one, I was feeling kinda ‘down and out,’ I was literally taking blow after blow and life pretty much seemed like it was really going down in the dumps, until.. I started the one. Honestly, I haven’t had ONE mood swing, or felt horrible AT ALL since starting the one. I’d say I’ve been more ‘on the ball,’ ready to take on the world. I don’t know if perhaps my feelings before could be in correlation with my ‘lower’ total test levels reported on my pre-cycle blood work? Perhaps. If so, I really hope my PCT helps to kick test production in big time and keep me up in the zone. It sucks feeling like a zombie! And really, I could say that I have a better overall feeling of myself now, almost like a new level of acceptance, a new level of freedom, a new level of confidence. Thank you AN!
In the first 2 weeks, my appetite was THROUGH the ROOF. It felt a easier to put away more food down the hatch most definitely. As the days went on, it seemed to level off, but every few days or so, I would be craving large amounts of food once again. The problem with me is, sometimes I don’t have time to spread my meals out, so I have to force a few LARGE meals in, instead of spreading it out into multiple meals throughout the day. Thus, I would get to the point where I would almost gag because there was so much food inside me.. talk about appetite killer! Not to mention, the more food in my stomach, the longer it takes to breakdown, so it takes longer for me to be able to recover and eat more. As far as intake, I stayed around 4000-4500 calories daily; before I was taking in around 3000-3500 daily. My average daily caloric intake I’d say was around 1k over how much I was previously taking in.
Health related/Side effects
Really, I didn’t notice anything. I had a few paranoid episodes of gyno (never had gyno before), hair loss, etc. but really, I didn’t experience any of the above (besides some minor facial acne from increased oil production). Hopefully during PCT I won’t experience any of the above (besides expected minor acne). As soon as my blood work comes back, I will compare my pre-cycle values with my post-cycle values, as well as my final values (which will be taken a month after PCT completion). Also, I noticed a few people talking about how their ‘core’ felt like it was heating up big time. I actually didn’t notice this even once while on the one, maybe mine is always heated up? Or maybe it just didn’t affect me. Other than that, I experienced some minor joint discomfort, which was taken care of by increasing my fish oil intake (along with taking joint support). Therefore, as previously stated.. Side effects were virtually non-existent.
I really didn’t have any sleep issues; I usually toss and turn for 30min to an hr before I fall asleep in bed. Once I was out, I was out for the count hah. The one didn’t seem to really interfere with my sleep at all. As far as lethargy from the one, I usually become tired in the afternoon after eating a big lunch, in which this never changed while on cycle. Therefore, I didn’t really notice any change in sleeping while on the one.
In conclusion, I am very happy with my experience using ‘the one.’ Again, this was my first prohormone (possibly the only PH I will ever run) and I was extremely satisfied with not only the science behind the product, but AN as a corporation and as a ‘supportive family.’ Being able to receive help/information from AN reps regarding the cycle really made this whole experience that much more ‘personal.’. I honestly thought I would never run a prohormone.. that is, until I found out about ‘the one.’ I’d like to send out a special thanks to Jeff from AN for talking with me about ‘the one’ at this past body fit expo for probably over an hr; Jeff is a very nice knowledgeable dude, thanks a lot man. I’d also like to send out thanks to all the rest of the AN reps/staff that helped me out (EasyEJL, Guejsn and others) and a special thanks to Dirk (rms80) for answering my seemingly never ending questions regarding the one starting back in January.
So would I recommend ‘the one’ to others? Absolutely. But do it right, prepare yourself for the cycle, make a game plan, make sure you have everything laid out and ready to go. As Dirk initially told me, once you get into the game, it’s hard to get out. In other words, be smart about it, separate yourself from the crowd and do it right. Don’t be a tool bag! Anyway, looks like I’ve come to the end of my review. PLEASE, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, please feel free to ask. I love to help out others, just as others have helped me out. Also, keep an eye out for upcoming blood results, updates, etc. Thanks!
- 03-09-2009, 02:04 PM
Training: Below is the routine I will be following (at 11am on schooldays and 5pm on workdays); I made some GREAT size gains on this routine previously, and I am very excited to finally be running this routine again. The only difference is, I upped some of the rep ranges from 4-6 to 7-8. If anyone has any tips to maximize gains, PLEASE feel free to chime in. Also, sometimes I randomly throw in extra arm exercises since my biceps/triceps like to stay the same size on occasion. Nothing wrong with an extra burn set here and there
Monday: Upper Heavy
Incline Bench (Barbell) - 2x7-8, 1x10-15 (burn set)
Bent Over Barbell Row - 2x7-8 , 1x10-15 (burn set)
Pushpress - 2x7-8, 1x10-15 (burn set)
Lat Pulldown - 2x7-8, 1x10-15 (burn set)
Cable Lateral Raise SS w/ Rear Lateral Raise - 3x10-15
(Standing Straight / Bent Over)
Tuesday: Lower Light
Squats - 2x7-8 , 1x7-8 (backoff set) , 1x10-15 (burn set)
Stiffleg Deadlifts or Glute Ham Raises - 4x8-15
Skull Crushers SS w/ Barbell Curl - 4x10-15
Dumbbell Lunges (or calf raises 3x10-15) - 4x7-8
Thursday: Upper Light
Incline Bench (Dumbbells) - 4x6-10
Hammer Pulldown/back Machine - 4x6-10
Flat or Decline Dumbbell - 4x6-10
Seated Cable Row - 4x6-10
Incline Dumbbell Fly - 3x6-10
Dumbbell Lateral Raise SS w/ Rear Deltoid Fly - 3x6-10
Friday: Heavy Lower
Deadlift - 3x3, 1x10-12 (burn set)
Front Squat or Barbell Lunge - 3x7-10
Leg Press - 3x7-8
Leg Curl - 3x7-8
Dumbbell Hammer Curl SS w/ Weighted Dip - 3x7-8
- 03-09-2009, 02:13 PM
Alright so, as stated in my initial post, I took my morning supplements with breakfast and took 'The One' around 9am. It's now 10:10am, and I suppose I am feeling a bit euphoric, hard to tell yet though, could be all in my head.
My weight this morning was exactly 170lbs (my height is 5'9). I will keep everyone updated daily with my weight, workout statistics, observations, changes physically/mentally/etc. Enjoy
03-09-2009, 02:22 PM
Good stuff. It's good you're getting the blood work too. I don't think any other logs except from AN guys have that.
03-09-2009, 02:30 PM
Sweet, planning on getting end of cycle and after PCT bloodwork too?
03-09-2009, 02:35 PM
Thanks man, and sorry for asking so many questions, I've never had to deal with getting bloodwork done before.
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03-09-2009, 02:56 PM
I might be able to at least in product partially sponsor one of those like a big block drive + a neovar recomped for instance.
03-09-2009, 03:00 PM
03-09-2009, 03:02 PM
I'm less sure about how our physical sales structure is set up than our online but I can check
03-09-2009, 03:03 PM
I'm in. Nice to see some one with a similar body weight taking the one. I just bumped my dosage up to 4, now day 6 and feel fine. To be honest, I'm not noticing any difference at all between 3 or 4 pills as of yet.
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03-09-2009, 05:06 PM
Well, it's 1pm, it's been almost 4 hours since taking my first dose of 'the one' (3 caps), on an empty stomach. I honestly don't really feel any different. Perhaps I will notice when I goto lunch in a few minutes, or perhaps later in the gym. Speaking of, on my days where I workout around 5pm, should I try splitting up the dose? Or should I stick to 3 at 9am? It seems lethargy is an issue for others currently logging. Anyone?
03-09-2009, 05:10 PM
I'd try splitting the dose. The lethargy isn't quite universal, and its not like superdrol or phera lethargy either, a bit different.
03-09-2009, 05:33 PM
03-09-2009, 06:07 PM
i'd say thats a good starting point. much later than that and you start running the chance of interfering with sleep.
03-09-2009, 06:10 PM
Alright, I just got back from lunch. I can definitely notice a stim-like effect. I seemed to be more in 'the zone' than usual. Also, I noticed that I wasn't exactly getting full. It's not that I am hungry to eat more, or have an increased appetite, it's more of a just not getting full feeling, which is fine because I'm used to eating a lot of food when I'm not exactly hungry. Except this time, as I said before, I didn't feel stuffed after the last bite. I knocked out 1700 calories and could have easily gone to the gym after. Usually after a 1700 calorie meal I want to goto sleep, hah.
03-09-2009, 06:52 PM
For what its worth I am on day 4 with no lethargy. I also didn't feel much of anything on day 1. I started with 2 am and 1 pwo, but seems like 3 all at once is better. I am guessing everyone is different so you might have to just tweak it for yourself.
03-09-2009, 07:45 PM
Keeping tabs on ya, CrownRoyal. That was a pretty detailed first few posts
CrownRoyal, every 3-4 days could you please do a post that includes the following (just so that others can have an idea of how The ONE is affecting you re these factors):
Diet - general overview re total calories, water intake, etc.
Training - specifics re time/exercises/sets/reps/recovery/weight, etc.
Body composition and Look
Quality of Training
Overall Sense of Feeling (to include mention of any shut-down or sides)
03-09-2009, 09:15 PM
03-10-2009, 02:33 AM
Overall today went well IMO. I felt great eating, and as I previously stated, I was 'IN THE ZONE' for most of the day. I also noticed increased libido, i.e. I wanted some of the girls in my gym haha. I didn't notice any lethargy during my workout, and every set felt great. The numbers I hit today weren't that bad for my first day back considering that I haven't hit many of these exercises, especially in this weight/rep range for months now, also taking into account that I took a whole week off previous to today. Below is the stats from today's routine, and also I am about to upload my before pictures, so keep an eye out up top in my first post.
Monday: Upper Heavy
Incline Bench (Barbell) - 2x8 (175lbs) ; 1x12 (155lbs)
Bent Over Barbell Row - 2x8 (185lbs) ; 1x12 (175lbs)
Pushpress - 2x8 (115lbs) ; 1x12 (105lbs)
Lat Pulldown - 2x8 (#15 plate) ; 1x12 (#14 plate)
Cable Lateral Raise SS w/ Rear Lateral Raise - 3x8(each exercise; #2 plate +5lbs)
Again, I am not too excited with these numbers, but I expect them to go up fairly quickly. First day back
03-10-2009, 03:21 AM