ShadowJack,Jun 6 2003, 11:32 PM
My experience with Gel #3 thus far: I have 6g of 1-t dissolved in 120ml. Dosing is 3 squirts 2x per day, for a total of 200mg of 1-test per day. Every application is ~1-1/2 squirts to each upper arm. Today was the 16th day that I have applied the gel. The bottle will last ~30 days at this dosage level.
I’m getting more complete coverage of the bicep than the tricep, as I’m using a full squirt for each bicep and about ½ squirt for each tricep. Note that IMO, 2 squirts per upper arm (per application) would be just about right for complete coverage of the entire upper arm, while still spreading the gel in a very thin layer.
Initial observations: I didn’t notice much of anything the first few days. After applying the 5th day, I noted a fuller muscle appearance, particularly in the bicep. Also started to experience increased recovery in-between sets (during the workout) and less soreness after the workout at this point. I took an arm measurement at the one-week point, and it was an increase of just under ¼” for each arm.
I took another arm measurement at the two-week point, which was 2 days ago, and the increase is right at 3/8” in each arm. Also started to experience some strength increases during workouts the last two days. A bit more in the bicep exercises than the tricep exercises, as I’m getting more complete coverage of the bicep with each gel application.
I have experienced increased muscle pumps in both upper arms during this 2nd week, again more so on biceps than triceps. Pumps haven’t been the greatest I’ve ever seen on-cycle (i.e. the “painful” variety), but the increase is definite during arm workouts.
Other items of note: My weight has been stable over the 16 days, as I am eating at a maintenance level. No significant changes in other bodily measurements and no change in BF levels, using a basic 3-site caliper check each week. No noticeable strength or recovery increases, or decrease in soreness in any other muscle groups than arms. My workouts have not changed during the Gel #3 cycle; I have purposely not increased volume on any arm exercises, though I feel I easily could have, as recovery in-between sets is definitely up, particularly on bicep movements.
I have experienced no systemic side effects so far. i.e. No lethargy or workout fatigue that is typical with 1-test only dosing. No increase in blood pressure. No decrease in libido, and no testicular shrinkage. No increase in acne and no negative effect on hairline. One side effect I have started to experience is slight joint pain in the area of application (i.e. upper elbow area). This began 2 days ago during my workout, about the same time I started to notice some strength increases. It is pretty slight so far, compared to some other androgen cycles I have done, and it only lasted for the remainder of the workout and a little while afterwards. No joint pain anywhere else thus far.
I will try to chime in again with any additional observations in ~2 weeks, after the bottle of Gel #3 is completed.