Halodrol Liquigels & X-Factor Log

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  1. 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.


  2. 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 didn’t 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 don’t 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.
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  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Day 32, Thursday, November 30


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


    Comments:

    Recovery has gone south once I started hitting PR’s 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 ‘normal’ on my days off.
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  6. 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 let’s see how my back feels tomorrow, this is immensely more important than the weight lifted in the long run.

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

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

  9. 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 weren’t the cleanest.

  10. Day 35, Sunday, December 3


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


    Comments:

    Another off day without cardio, it’s way too cold outside and I don’t 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.

  11. 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 ‘thought’ I wouldn’t 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.

  12. 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 ‘thought’ I wouldn’t 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:

  13. Quote Originally Posted by icanrace
    awesome log bro!

    congrats
    Thanks. How is your run of HLG going?

  14. 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.

  15. 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 couldn’t 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 couldn’t complete that rep for the life of me. I’m very happy with the outcome though, and I brought those two first exercises to the projected 11—15 rest-paused rep range.

    Again, mind-muscle connection was lacking on back pulling and I only got one extra rep. Given that I don’t 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 ‘on’ feeling at the gym at all. Two more days on HLG!

  16. Nice log bro! Keep up the efforts!!

  17. Day 39, Thursday, December 7


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


    Comments:

    I couldn’t fall asleep until around 4 last night and once I did I kept waking up but for some reason I felt very refreshed during the day. Appetite was missing though, I doubt I got a good amount of macros in. Delts and lats are quite sore and delts are never sore.

  18. Day 40, Friday, December 8


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


    Workout: Biceps/ Forearms/ Calves/ Hams/ Quads

    EZ Preacher Curl: 35 X 12+6+5 , 30 X 13+7+6

    EZ Reverse-Grip Curl: 20 X 15 , 20 X 12 , Extreme Stretching

    Leg Press Calf Raise: 9 X 11 , 8 X 12

    Sumo Leg Press: 6 X 20 , 4 X 20

    Squat: 265 X 7, 195 X 20 , 225 X 8, 175 X 20 , Extreme Stretching


    Cardio:

    10 min LI on a bike


    Comments:

    The last time I did that rotation was four weeks ago because I missed a workout on Black Friday. That posed the challenge of picking the ‘right’ weight for squats. On one hand, by now I should be at least matching the ending weights of my last blast, while on the other, the sumo leg press kills my hams and depletes my bottom-end squat power. So I settled for weight 10lbs lighter than my best for both sets. The heavy set was really heavy and the widowmaker was the hardest I have ever had. I barely got a straight set of 10 before blasting 10 singles, the last two of which came from a state beyond failure.

    Last day of HLG today; second round of blood testing tomorrow.

  19. Day 41, Saturday, December 9


    X-Factor: 2/ 2/ 1


    Comments:

    As I promised, another round of blood work today. The old ones are from November 7, a few days after starting HLG. I skipped cardio on purpose and I starved for 2 hours so that I can get fasted values this time. It may not make for a good comparison, but I was curious to know those values, especially the blood glucose one. Last time’s results in dark green:

    • Total Cholesterol: 182, 198 (<190)
    • HDL: 70, 68 (>40)
    • TC/ HDL ratio: 2.6 2.9 (<4.5)
    • Blood Sugar: 80, 109 (<125 non-fasting, 70—110 fasting)



    Everything is about the same. I’m really happy with the TC/ HDL ratio. I have three yolks per day and lots of red meat, but also plenty of fats from nuts, olive and coconut oil. Seems to work fine for me.

    Overall, it was a great day, I’ve never felt so good after a squat day. I did get a good nap from 6 to 9 later on. The chances are though, that tomorrow won’t be so good. Legs are mildly sore.

  20. Day 42, Sunday, December 10


    X-Factor: 2/ 2/ 1


    Cardio:

    45-min walk upon rising


    Comments:

    I guessed it right, I feel so run down today. At least appetite is up, but that could be from stress from imminent exams and morning cardio, to some extent. The soreness in my hams is debilitating, just as bad as last time I did sumo leg press, I love that exercise. It’s nice that the weather has been much warmer so that I can get some cardio in, I’m gaining more fat than I’d like to [well, anything more that none is too much].

  21. Day 43, Monday, December 11


    X-Factor: 2/ 2/ 1



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

    Decline Barbell Press: 235 X 8+4+3, 225 X 9+4+3, Extreme Stretching

    Dumbbell Press: 60 X 11+5+4, 55 X 11+5+4, Extreme Stretching

    Dip: BW+45 X 10+5+3, BW+35 X 11+6+4, Extreme Stretching

    (Assisted) Pull-Up: -4 X 13+6+5, -5 X 12+6+5

    T-bar Row: 135 X 6, 100 X 9, 125 X 7, 90 X 12, Extreme Stretching


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


    Cardio:
    20-min walk home

    Comments:

    What a day! Waking up was very tough, I knew what was waiting for me so I put off as much as I could. I studied for a few hours then took a final exam that is critical to the completion of my degree. I was so tired afterwards, I was thinking about moving my workout schedule a day [and maybe I should have, read on]. However, I ate, I took a nap, I met my team for the project and I decided I should stick to schedule and go to the gym. After all, I didn’t feel as weak, although my CNS was shot from all the studying and actual taking of the exam, I’ve been hyper for many hours prior to that point the same day, which is generally too much for me. I thought I could do it, I normally do after a nap. However, on the way to the gym I was pulled over for expired plates. I got a ticket [first in 10 years of driving] and my car was impounded. So I had to walk back home [see Cardio above] but the weather was warm so that wasn’t too bad. I know that would cost me a couple of hundred, maybe more, but that’s nothing in the grand scheme of events. Besides, it will only cost me money, right? To hell with such minuscule distractions! I’ve got a lot of other things to ‘worry’ about: such is the nature of things.

    The workout wasn’t the best but given the circumstances, it was to be expected. After all the events today, I forgot what numbers I was against, but at least I knew what weights to put on. Looking at the log book now, I did just fine. I weighed in at bloated 181.7lbs before the workout, 9lbs heavier than at the start of this log so the dip and the pull-up numbers were acceptable. Subjectively, I feel just the same after discontinuing HLG 3 days ago.

  22. Day 44, Tuesday, December 12


    X-Factor: 2/ 2/ 1


    Comments:

    I couldn’t fall asleep until about 6 this morning. I couldn’t take a nap later either. There is some mild soreness. I got my car back.

  23. Day 45, Wednesday, December 13


    X-Factor: 2/ 2/ 1


    Workout: Biceps/ Forearms/ Calves/ Hams/ Quads

    Machine Curl: 70 X 12+8+7, 65 X 14+8+7

    Alternated Hammer Curl: 30 X 14, 30 X 12, Extreme Stretching

    Hammer Strength Calf Raise: 250 X 12, 230 X 12

    Seated Leg Curl: 85 X 12+7+6, 80 X 12+7+6

    Front Squat: 235 X 6, 155 X 20, 225 X 7, 145 X 20 , Extreme Stretching


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


    Cardio:

    10 min LI on a bike


    Comments:

    I had to get up early today for work. The sleep deprivation from yesterday took a toll not only on my productivity but also on my upper back. I had to lie down just to rest it. So I did, and after a very necessary nap, I went to the gym. Numbers went up and the widowmaker was excruciating.

  24. Day 46, Thursday, December 14


    X-Factor: 2/ 2/ 1


    Cardio:

    45-min walk upon rising


    Comments:

    A very peaceful off day considering the brutality of yesterday’s workout and the stress of finals week. Surprisingly, nothing is sore today.

  25. Day 47, Friday, December 15


    X-Factor: 2/ 2/ 1


    Comments:

    I had one of the worst days ever. I had to take a day off from lifting since my mind was occupied with all kinds of negative thoughts and emotions. Fortunately, that was the end of finals. I crashed so badly after that last assignment but I felt relieved. Given all that happened today, diet was pretty good.
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