Halodrol Liquigels & X-Factor Log

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  1. Would you say that youre loosing any bodyfat as of yet? Im getting ready to start a halo cycle in a bit and am always looking for more feedback on its re-comp ability..


  2. Quote Originally Posted by schlam_of
    Would you say that youre loosing any bodyfat as of yet? Im getting ready to start a halo cycle in a bit and am always looking for more feedback on its re-comp ability..
    I'm not losing any fat but I am not gaining any either, I just pinched myself with the calipers in order to better answer your question. Today is day 16 though, I expect it to really kick around the 30 day mark.
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  3. Day 19, Friday, November 17


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 1/ 1


    Workout: Chest/ Shoulders/ Triceps/ Back Width/ Back Thickness

    Incline Dumbbell Press: 75 X 12+7+6, 70 X 13+6+5 , Extreme Stretching

    Machine Shoulder Press: 80 X 11+6+5, 70 X 11+6+5 , Extreme Stretching

    Decline Close-Grip Bench Press: 145 X 12+6+5, 135 X 12+7+6 , Extreme Stretching

    Pulley Row High Pull: 8 X 12+7+6, 6 X 14+9+8

    Deadlift: 275 X 9, 225 X 11, 245 X 7, 225 X 10 , Extreme Stretching


    Remark: last time's weights are in dark green.



    Cardio:
    10 min LI on a bike

    Comments:

    Last nightís sleep wasnít perfect and I compensated with a 3-hour nap after work. I hit the gym immediately afterwards for what turned out to be an average and relaxed workout overall. Everything went up but I was not into the zone by any means, at least not until after the heavy set on deadlifts. Those felt good and I think I am jumping straight to three plates per side next time, which I have never done.

  4. Day 20, Saturday, November 18


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 1/ 1


    Cardio:
    45 min brisk walk upon rising


    Comments:

    Lots of sleep.

  5. Day 21, Sunday, November 19


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 1/ 1


    Comments:

    Lots of sleep and lots of cheesecake. It is amazing how recovered I feel after deadlifting, none of the usual lower back discomfort either.

  6. Day 22, Monday, November 20


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Workout: Biceps/ Forearms/ Calves/ Hams/ Quads

    Cable Preacher Curl: 7 X 11+6+5, 6 X 13+6+5

    Reverse-Grip One-Arm Cable Curl: 2.5 X 16, 2 X 20 , Extreme Stretching

    Standing Calf Raise: 170 X 12, 160 X 12

    SLDL: 165 X 19, 145 X 16

    Leg Press: 14 X 10, 10 X 22, 12 X 8, 9 X 20 , Extreme Stretching


    Remark: last time's weights are in dark green.


    Cardio:

    10 min LI on a bike


    Comments:

    Todayís workout turned out better than I expected. The first three exercises went up as planned but I was surprised at the rep increase on SLDL. I couldíve gotten 20 reps but my hams were burning at that point, I felt something on my last two reps where the hams meet the glutes so I decided to stop there. I added two plates and two reps on the heavy set of leg press and one plate and two reps on the widowmaker. I think I did a straight set of 17, I couldíve gotten 25 reps maybe, but knowing my [****ty] recovery abilities I decided not to push as early as 4 weeks into my blast.

    Tomorrow I am finishing the first box of HLG but I donít have much comment on it. Todayís workout was good but nothing out of ordinary mentally. I am recovering fine so the effects are subtle for the most part. I am sleeping a lot more but that could be due to lack of sleep last Wednesday night and not that much due to lethargy: time will tell. Also, I hopped on the scale at the gym today before my workout [a week ahead of the official weigh-in] and I am up 6lb. The best is yet to come though, this week Iím upping X-Factor to 4 a day.

  7. Day 23, Tuesday, November 21


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Cardio:
    45 min brisk walk upon rising

    Comments:

    Note to self: going heavy and deep on SLDL hurts.

  8. Day 24, Wednesday, November 22


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Workout: Chest/ Shoulders/ Triceps/ Back Width/ Back Thickness

    Incline Smith Press: 160 X 9+5+4 , 140 X 8+6+5 , Extreme Stretching

    Shoulder Smith Press: 110 X 8+5+4 , 90 X 8+5+4 , Extreme Stretching

    Floor Triceps Extension: 25 X 11+6+5 , 25 X 10+5+4 , Extreme Stretching

    Chin-Up: BW X 8+5+4 , BW X 7+4+3

    Rack Pull: 225 X 11, 295 X 8 , 225 X 10, 275 X 7 , Extreme Stretching


    Cardio:
    10 min LI on a bike

    Comments:

    Todayís workout started out great, I added 20lb on the first two exercises and only lost a rep on the first one. Next time I will put 2 plates per side on the incline press to get to the projected rep range of 11ó15 rest-paused. Floor skullcrushers felt heavy but my arms are quite weak so that is to be expected, especially after two heavy compound exercises. I barely added reps on the chin-ups, I was out of kerosene by then. I almost felt asleep doing rack pulls, something pulled in the left shoulder blade area again and I was quite disappointed. Decided to not put three plates for the heavy set and to narrow the grip somewhat. I use a very wide grip to make up for the fact that I am pulling from knee level, not below, that extends the range of motion. Fortunately, a narrower grip solved the problem and I was pain-free.

    I will be out of town until Sunday and will not update by then. I will try and squeeze in a workout although I doubt it will be complete: I donít expect to find the same equipment. Happy turkey day everyone!

  9. Day 25, Thursday, November 23


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Comments:

    Fishing.

    I gained 5lbs from a single meal, I am really proud of myself.

  10. Day 26, Friday, November 24


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Comments:

    Unfortunately, no workout today: I couldnít get out of bed all day.
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  11. Day 27, Saturday, November 25


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Comments:


    Fishing and college football.

  12. Day 28, Sunday, November 26


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Comments:


    Fishing.

  13. Day 29, Monday, November 27


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Weight: 177.3 [+4.7 lbs]


    Workout: Chest/ Shoulders/ Triceps/ Back Width/ Back Thickness

    Decline Barbell Press: 225 X 9+4+3, 215 X 8+5+4, Extreme Stretching

    Dumbbell Press: 55 X 11+5+4, 50 X 11+6+5, Extreme Stretching

    Dip: BW+35 X 11+6+4, BW+25 X 11+5+4, Extreme Stretching

    (Assisted) Pull-Up: -5 X 12+6+5, -6 X 12+6+5

    T-bar Row: 125 X 7, 90 X 12, 110 X 8, 80 X 12, Extreme Stretching


    Remark: last time's weights are in dark green.


    Cardio:
    15 min LI on a bike

    Comments:

    I had the worst workout in a long time, Iíve been dragging ass all day long and it showed but after all, itís the Monday after the holidays. Everything went up as expected but it could have been a bit better. My ears looked really big in the mirror when doing the dumbbell presses for some reason, never noticed them before. Again, I had an e****lent pump I could not feel, just see once I got home.

    People typically overeat over the holidays, I underate. I seem to have lost a lot of water because my abs are showing up nicely again and if I shaved I would be able to see the veins in the lower abs or bulge of the veins at least. Therefore, I am very happy with the weight gain so far and I look even better in the mirror. I might have lost some fat too, but I will wait until the last week to take official caliper readings. I was heavier last week but that could have been due to anything. So far so good!

  14. You are doing great buddy. Fluctuations happens. Keep it up, and you're on your way to some serious mass

  15. Quote Originally Posted by jjohn
    Keep it up, and you're on your way to some serious mass

    Undoubtedly...

  16. Day 30, Tuesday, November 28


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Cardio:
    45 min brisk walk upon rising


    Comments:

    I felt run down today and took two naps instead of the usual one. Lethargy seems to be kicking in but it could also be post-holiday laziness.

  17. Day 31, Wednesday, November 29


    Halodrol Liquigels: 1/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Workout: Biceps/ Forearms/ Calves/ Hams/ Quads

    Machine Curl: 65 X 14+8+7, 60 X 13+8+7

    Alternated Hammer Curl: 30 X 12, 25 X 20, Extreme Stretching

    Hammer Strength Calf Raise: 230 X 12, 205 X 12

    Seated Leg Curl: 80 X 12+7+6, 75 X 12+6+5

    Front Squat: 225 X 7, 145 X 20, 215 X 8, 135 X 20 , Extreme Stretching


    Remark: last time's weights are in dark green.


    Cardio:

    10 min LI on a bike


    Comments:

    I didnít quite feel it today, I was mindlessly going through the sets until I did the heavy set on front squats which was a 2-rep PR by the way. That woke me up and I hit the widowmaker hard, I completed 17 reps before pausing for some air and finishing the set. Form was perfect, no GM-ing and no difficulty with keeping the bar from choking me or from sliding down my arms on both sets.

    Everything is going fine so far but I donít feel anything. I might need to up the dose of HLG, I rarely respond to the recommended dose of products in that category, e.g. Jungle Warfare kicked in after I bumped it up to 5 caps per day: 3 caps were useless.

  18. I personnaly don't think bumping up the dosage would make a huge diff. You are doing great progress, and I suggest you finish this cycle with the appropriate dosage, measure your gains, and for next cycle, bump the caps and compare. I don't think they're useless, you just don't feel them but they are doing theyre work IMO.

    Keep us informed on your decision

  19. Quote Originally Posted by jjohn
    I personally don't think bumping up the dosage would make a huge diff.
    There is only one way to find out...If 4 gels don't make a difference there will be no next cycle of HLG.

  20. Day 32, Thursday, November 30


    Halodrol Liquigels: 2/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Comments:

    Recovery has gone south once I started hitting PRís all over the log book. I slept more than 10 hours last night, missed class and cardio, ate very little and got a very short nap. This is borderline unacceptable although I am aware that my natural recovery is below average. I am upping HLG to 4 a day for the last 9 days to see if it helps me feel Ďnormalí on my days off.

  21. Day 33, Friday, December 1


    Halodrol Liquigels: 2/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Workout: Chest/ Shoulders/ Triceps/ Back Width/ Back Thickness

    Incline Dumbbell Press: 80 X 12+5+4, 75 X 12+7+6 , Extreme Stretching

    Machine Shoulder Press: 85 X 11+6+4, 80 X 11+6+5 , Extreme Stretching

    Decline Close-Grip Bench Press: 165 X 9+5+3, 145 X 12+6+5 , Extreme Stretching

    Pulley Row High Pull: 10 X 10+5+4, 8 X 12+7+6

    Deadlift: 315 X 8, 225 X 12, 275 X 9, 225 X 11 , Extreme Stretching


    Remark: last time's weights are in dark green.



    Cardio:
    10 min LI on a bike

    Comments:

    Same thing today, 10 hours of sleep, missed class and meals. I hope 4 gels help the cause because this is hurting progress. The workout was just fine up until I hit deadlifts. I have always been afraid of putting too heavy a weight and messing up my vulnerable lower back but today I decided enough is enough. Three plates per side felt awesome, I was hoping for 4 reps and got double that. Moreover, the heavy set was easier than the back-off set where I almost injured myself on the last rep. Now letís see how my back feels tomorrow, this is immensely more important than the weight lifted in the long run.

  22. nice progress man, stay motivated!!:bb2:

  23. Quote Originally Posted by dirtydean12
    nice progress man, stay motivated!!
    Thanks

  24. Day 34, Saturday, December 2


    Halodrol Liquigels: 2/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Comments:

    Wow, I felt great today, 4 gels seem to be working much better. Spinal erectors, traps and rhomboids are viciously sore but my lower back and joints are fine Appetite was also good although calories werenít the cleanest.

  25. Day 35, Sunday, December 3


    Halodrol Liquigels: 2/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Comments:

    Another off day without cardio, itís way too cold outside and I donít really like doing cardio at the gym. All my back muscles are sore, lats get an awesome stretch from that pulley exercise, I love it.

  26. Day 36, Monday, December 4


    Halodrol Liquigels: 2/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Workout: Biceps/ Forearms/ Calves/ Hams/ Quads

    Cable Preacher Curl: 7 X 12+7+6, 7 X 11+6+5

    Reverse-Grip One-Arm Cable Curl: 3 X 12, 2.5 X 16 , Extreme Stretching

    Standing Calf Raise: 180 X 12, 170 X 12

    SLDL: 185 X 20, 165 X 19

    Leg Press: 15 X 10, 11 X 20, 14 X 10, 10 X 22 , Extreme Stretching


    Remark: last time's weights are in dark green.


    Cardio:

    10 min LI on a bike


    Comments:

    Monday workouts tend to start off slowly then pick up and this one was no exception either. Everything was off until I hit calves, the weight is too much for my back and traps and I was shaking uncontrollably during the 15-second stretches at the bottom of each rep. Unfortunately, my gym has no better calf machines and I like the stretch I get from that one. Then I started shaking after the 12th rep on SLDL, my calves and back would take none of the pressure, but I completed the set. My heartbeat must have been at least 150 for good 10 minutes after that set, during which I warmed up on the leg press. By the 4th rep on the heavy set I Ďthoughtí I wouldnít make it past 6, but I managed to get 10, my mind was playing games on me. The widowmaker was tough and that last rep was questionable.

    Overall, I am getting stronger and looking leaner. I weighed at a notch below 180 today which is up almost 3 pounds since last Monday. 4 more days on HLG and then it is all X-Factor at 5 a day.

  27. Quote Originally Posted by machinehead
    Day 36, Monday, December 4


    Halodrol Liquigels: 2/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Workout: Biceps/ Forearms/ Calves/ Hams/ Quads

    Cable Preacher Curl: 7 X 12+7+6, 7 X 11+6+5

    Reverse-Grip One-Arm Cable Curl: 3 X 12, 2.5 X 16 , Extreme Stretching

    Standing Calf Raise: 180 X 12, 170 X 12

    SLDL: 185 X 20, 165 X 19

    Leg Press: 15 X 10, 11 X 20, 14 X 10, 10 X 22 , Extreme Stretching


    Remark: last time's weights are in dark green.


    Cardio:

    10 min LI on a bike


    Comments:

    Monday workouts tend to start off slowly then pick up and this one was no exception either. Everything was off until I hit calves, the weight is too much for my back and traps and I was shaking uncontrollably during the 15-second stretches at the bottom of each rep. Unfortunately, my gym has no better calf machines and I like the stretch I get from that one. Then I started shaking after the 12th rep on SLDL, my calves and back would take none of the pressure, but I completed the set. My heartbeat must have been at least 150 for good 10 minutes after that set, during which I warmed up on the leg press. By the 4th rep on the heavy set I Ďthoughtí I wouldnít make it past 6, but I managed to get 10, my mind was playing games on me. The widowmaker was tough and that last rep was questionable.

    Overall, I am getting stronger and looking leaner. I weighed at a notch below 180 today which is up almost 3 pounds since last Monday. 4 more days on HLG and then it is all X-Factor at 5 a day.
    awesome log bro!

    congrats :bruce1:

  28. Quote Originally Posted by icanrace
    awesome log bro!

    congrats
    Thanks. How is your run of HLG going?

  29. Day 37, Tuesday, December 5


    Halodrol Liquigels: 2/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Comments:

    Feeling good today but not too good and diet suffered as a result. I felt much better as the day progressed and got in the calories later on. Lower back does not feel like it has gone through so much the last two workouts.

  30. Day 38, Wednesday, December 6


    Halodrol Liquigels: 2/ 1/ 1
    X-Factor: 1/ 2/ 1


    Workout: Chest/ Shoulders/ Triceps/ Back Width/ Back Thickness

    Incline Smith Press: 180 X 7+4+2 , 160 X 9+5+4 , Extreme Stretching

    Shoulder Smith Press: 140 X 6+3+2 , 110 X 8+5+4 , Extreme Stretching

    Floor Triceps Extension: 25 X 13+7+5 , 25 X 11+6+5 , Extreme Stretching

    Chin-Up: BW X 9+5+4 , BW X 8+5+4

    Rack Pull: 225 X 12, 315 X 7 , 225 X 11, 295 X 8 , Extreme Stretching


    Cardio:
    10 min LI on a bike

    Comments:

    I did it, finally, 4 plates on the smith incline. That felt heavy but manageable. Those 4 reps took the best of me and I couldnít complete 3 reps on the last mini-set so I was only a rep short of my goal. Shoulder pressing, however, was even better. I decided not to bother with the small plates and increased the weight by 30lbs. It seemed like a good idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, I am not a front-delt presser on chest exercises anymore so my delts had a lot left in them. Secondly, shoulders are my best and strongest part. Thirdly, I feel in the zone after that first exercise. And lastly, the smith machine provides enough safety for such endeavors. I almost got 7 reps on that first mini-set, I actually got it up an inch above my chin and held it there for 3 seconds, I couldnít complete that rep for the life of me. Iím very happy with the outcome though, and I brought those two first exercises to the projected 11ó15 rest-paused rep range.

    Again, mind-muscle connection was lacking on back pulling and I only got one extra rep. Given that I donít beat the logbook on those much better than that, it was ok. Besides, I am a few pounds heavier than the last time I did them.

    I raised the platform on rack pulls a bit and now I am pulling from knee level. Actually, the bar lies just at the bottom of the patella. This made it more difficult but also helped me feel the exercises better.

    A very relaxed workout overall and no Ďoní feeling at the gym at all. Two more days on HLG!
  

  
 

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