Happy New Year to you, happy Halo cycle to me...

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by TheDeadlifter View Post
    The February meet is getting close. It's time to really taper off accessory movements and focus more on the core movements. I will be doing more deads and bench than usual and vary the weight during every training session. That said, it was deads again today:

    135 x 8
    135 x 6
    225 x 6
    315 x 3
    405 x 3
    455 x 1
    495 x 1
    545 x 1
    545 x 1
    575 x 1

    I went up to about 95% today. 545 (my planned opener) went up easy; I may have to increase my opener a bit. By the time I hit 575, gravity woke up and it was harder than I wanted it to be. I plan on resting my back a little and hitting 600+ late next week. I'll flip tires later this week or early next week.

    I did some strict Pendlay rows after deads. I only worked up to 235 and then foam rolled.

    I looked at a calendar today and realized that I have less than 2 weeks left on Halo-V. So far, so good...
    Your deads are crazy lol. How are the strength gains from Halo-V so far?


  2. Quote Originally Posted by jaycuda View Post
    Your deads are crazy lol. How are the strength gains from Halo-V so far?
    So far the strength gains have been great. My dead numbers aren't going up as fast as I'd like but that just may be due to my training.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson
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  3. Wow - what a great day. It was rainy and dreary most of the day. My shoulders and elbows gave me a constant reminder of the weather, but my lifts were better than ever. I did raw flat bench today. I had planned on benching with bands but decided at the last minute to just go heavy. Bands take a little time to set up and time is something I didn't have a whole lot of today. After a decent warm-up I did:

    bar x a few
    135 x 10
    135 x 8
    225 x 6
    275 x 5
    315 x 3
    365 x 1
    405 x 1 (pause)
    425 x 1 (pause PR)
    440 x 1 (new pause PR)

    I shattered my old pause PR today by 20lbs! 440 was a grinder but I maintained good form and locked out, even holding it at the top for a few moments. I was light-headed as hell when I got up but I had a grin that went from ear to ear. I'm hoping to hit that (or more) in the meet.

    To finish the day I did some dips (bodyweight only) and 4 sets of face pulls.

    My ability to press that amount of weight really surpised me today. Are the strength gains from Halo-V? Hmmmm....
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  4. You are just running the halo correct? Seems like everyone running halo-v on another PH forum all seem to be running it with other stuff like adding in m1d black, superdrol, and other crap. I mean good for them but I wanted to see how the halo does itself lol
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by CopyCat View Post
    You are just running the halo correct? Seems like everyone running halo-v on another PH forum all seem to be running it with other stuff like adding in m1d black, superdrol, and other crap. I mean good for them but I wanted to see how the halo does itself lol
    Yes, halo only. I want to run this with SD later in the year. Halo-V is legit stuff.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson
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  6. I have been ridiculously busy the past few days so I haven't updated my log. I have not, however, been too busy to train.

    I did a lot of power movements in the gym yesterday. I laid off going heavy even though I wanted to move some big weights. After warming up...:

    Hang cleans
    95 x 5
    135 x 5
    135 x 5
    185 x 5

    Power cleans
    185 x 5
    225 x 5
    225 x 3

    Afterwards I went outside and did some tire flips. We have 5 different tires ranging in size from super easy to frickin' insanely heavy. I worked up to using the 2nd largest. I've tried guessing the weight of each of the tires and it's tough to gauge. I flipped tires with some of the guys I train for about an hour. (I still have tire black on my hands and upper arms; no problem - it'll come off someday.) All of my sets were 6+ flips each. I then finished the day with a few sets of neutral-grip pull-ups (bodyweight only).

    I have not checked my weight in a while so I'll update that as soon as I can.

    My wife noticed that my arms and calves are much more vascular. I guess that's a good thing even if asthetics are really not my main goal.

    Still at 100mg/day of Halo-V and still loving life...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  7. Yesterday was another great bench day. I went heavier than I had originally planned but all was well. After getting everything warmed-up I noticed my elbows bothered me upon lockout of 135. No problem - I slipped my Rehband elbow sleeves on.

    bar x whatever
    135 x 10-ish
    135 x 8
    225 x 6
    275 x 5
    315 x 3
    385 x 1 (pause)
    415 x 1 (pause - smoked it)
    445 x 1 (pause - new PR)
    135 x 40

    I probably had another 10lbs left in me; 445 felt pretty damn good. There were a ton of people in the gym at the time and on my 445 attempt they formed a half-circle around the bench/platform. About 4 or 5 guys took video with their phones. I asked one of the guys to email the YouTube link to me once he had it posted. I'll upload it here once I have access to it.

    Some bad news to report: I now weigh 251.2lbs. Any other time I'd be totally cool with that. However, I need to get to 242 or under in two weeks. Ugh, I hate cutting for meets...

    Only 3 more days on Halo-V. During PCT, I plan to keep on keepin' on with Purus Labs' Organ Shield and AI Sports Cycle Support.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  8. Quote Originally Posted by TheDeadlifter View Post
    Happy New Year everyone. It's that time again. Another round of Halo. Here's the rundown:

    -Halo-V (Vital Labs) - 75/100/100/100/100
    -Organ Shield (Purus Labs) - 2 pills mid morning
    -Cycle Support (AI Sports Nutrition) - 1 scoop at night
    -Omega 3/6/9 complex
    -Animal Pak (Universal Nutrition)
    -Animal Flex (Universal Nutrition)

    I'll still have the basics (whey, etc) thrown in there, too.


    My diet basically consists of whatever I want to eat. I am reasonable; I don't just chow on cookies and ice cream everyday. I am a big believer in proper nutrient timing so I eat certain foods at certain times of the day.

    My main goal is strength. If I happen to gain weight while on cycle, fine, but that's not my main goal. I plan on competing in my next powerlifting meet at 242 in mid February so I will probably have to cut a few pounds by then anyway. I've had some past success with Halo cycles and strength so I'm confident this will go well.

    My training is kind of a hybrid of Westside and 5/3/1. I only train 3 days a week most of the time. I've learned (the hard way) that proper recuperation is paramount over just killing myself in the gym.

    Any constructive comments are welcome...

    Do you do deadlifts?

  9. Quote Originally Posted by T-Bone View Post
    Do you do deadlifts?
    Yep. Looking to break my own state record in two weeks.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  10. Today was my last heavy dead day (95%+) before the meet. I didn't do a whole lot of reps or anything to crazy. After a decent warm-up:

    135 x 8
    135 x 6
    225 x 6
    315 x 6
    405 x 3
    455 x 1
    495 x 1
    545 x 1
    595 x 1

    My planned 2nd attempt is 605 or 610. 595 went up pretty well today so 600+ should be fine at the meet.

    I did GHRs after deads and I was done. Nothing fancy today.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  11. Quote Originally Posted by TheDeadlifter
    Today was my last heavy dead day (95%+) before the meet. I didn't do a whole lot of reps or anything to crazy. After a decent warm-up:

    135 x 8
    135 x 6
    225 x 6
    315 x 6
    405 x 3
    455 x 1
    495 x 1
    545 x 1
    595 x 1

    My planned 2nd attempt is 605 or 610. 595 went up pretty well today so 600+ should be fine at the meet.

    I did GHRs after deads and I was done. Nothing fancy today.
    Damn, I'm hoping to break into 500+ deads sometime this year. Good luck breaking your state record.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by jaycuda View Post
    Damn, I'm hoping to break into 500+ deads sometime this year. Good luck breaking your state record.
    Getting to 500 at your weight is quite an accomplishment. Good luck; you can hit it. GHRs, heavy rows, weighted pull-ups, and Keystone deads will help immensely.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  13. Quote Originally Posted by TheDeadlifter View Post
    Getting to 500 at your weight is quite an accomplishment. Good luck; you can hit it. GHRs, heavy rows, weighted pull-ups, and Keystone deads will help immensely.
    GHRs?

  14. Quote Originally Posted by jaycuda
    GHRs?
    Glute ham raises.
    Probably one of the hardest bodyweight exercises ever. Hehe.
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by mattrag

    Glute ham raises.
    Probably one of the hardest bodyweight exercises ever. Hehe.
    I hate that I love them lol
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  16. Quote Originally Posted by CopyCat View Post
    I hate that I love them lol
    at least you can do them... Im not so agile/flexible... um strong ; ;? lol.

    OP you are DAMN strong lol.
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  17. Quote Originally Posted by mattrag

    at least you can do them... Im not so agile/flexible... um strong ; ;? lol.

    OP you are DAMN strong lol.
    I loooove glute ham sit ups the most, but they freaking hurt.
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  18. GHRs where invented by Satan. They suck to the utmost but they work - no doubt.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  19. Quote Originally Posted by mattrag View Post
    at least you can do them... Im not so agile/flexible... um strong ; ;? lol.

    OP you are DAMN strong lol.
    Thanks, man, but in my mind I'm not strong yet. Some of these guys I compete against are frickin' ridiculous. My goal: to beat them all.
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  20. Quote Originally Posted by TheDeadlifter View Post
    Thanks, man, but in my mind I'm not strong yet. Some of these guys I compete against are frickin' ridiculous. My goal: to beat them all.
    great goal man! Be the best you can be!
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  21. This is a sad day, my friends. It's over. My halo cycle is finished. Overall, this has been the most successful cycle of halo I've run. My weight is up about 9lbs and all of my strength numbers are up. Although I need to cut my weight back down for my meet, I can do that with no problem (cutting sucks but I can do it). My vascularity has noticably improved. My pause raw bench has increased from 415 to 445, possibly more. My deadlift numbers haven't seemed to improve quite as much but 595 felt better than it ever had a few days ago. All of this with no blood pressure issues.

    I'd like to run Halo-V again stacked with some sort of SD clone later this year (September or so). I'm already planning that one.

    I want to thank Vital Labs for supplying the Halo-V as a Christmas present. This is some legit stuff. With the addition of Purus Labs Organ Shield and AI Sports Cycle Support, I felt great and (hopefully) my internal organs are still healthy and happy. Now it's PCT time...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  22. 30 pound gain in bench is impressive, especially at your numbers. Nice job

  23. Had my meet yesterday, Feb 18th. I had to cut and weighed in at 236.2lbs. It was cold in the warm-up area so my joints didn't seem to work as well as they could have, but it ended up being a good day after all. I ended the day with a 440.9lb bench and a 622.7lb deadlift - both raw, both meet PRs. My total for the two lifts of 1063lbs is also a PR. Can't complain too much about the results...
    -- JB \m/
    "There is no point in being alive if you cannot do the deadlift." - Jon Pall Sigmarsson

  24. Congrats man, glad to hear it went well for ya. Very impressive!
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