BEFORE: 150 or a little below
AFTER:155 or a little above
ARMS BEFORE 15 inches flexed
ARMS AFTER 15.25 inches flexed
Legs around 22.5 inches relaxed, NO CHANGE
CHEST BEFORE around 40 inches relaxed
AFTER around 40.5 inches relaxed
Sleep - my sleep while taking HGHup was about the same as before. I had good nights, and bad nights, and I generally woke up feeling a bit tired. Most days my energy levels were solid, and I had no problems making it through my night shift. This product is meant to be taken prior to a workout as well, so it does not cause drowsiness in itself. It would be best to rely on another supplement for getting to sleep and sleep quality.
Mental Alertness/Focus - My mental ability was very good the whole time I was taking HGHup. I never had issues focusing at work, and only occasionally during my workouts if I was tired.
Energy - I'm not a morning person, and this supplement did nothing to change that. Any increase in sleep quality I may have had was not big enough to notice a difference in this area. Once I was up and going however, I was able to make it through almost all days without feeling a need to take a nap which is beneficial for me. So in some respects, it may have had an effect there. I also had reduced my caffeine intake and still had pretty good energy during my workouts.
Motivation - my motivation to train was high while taking HGHup, but I had some low days as well. I did notice a difference once I got going in the gym. It seemed like even when I wasn't as pumped up about going to the gym, I got really into it once I was there and warmed up.
Mood/Aggression - It may have been the testosterone boosting effects, but I think an increase in aggression at the gym may have actually been one of the most consistant effects of pre-workout dosing HGHup. It was odd because I didn't have the added energy of caffeine, but I still felt like I was really able to get "angry" and "beast" like in terms of tearing up the weights. It was a good feeling, and possibly one of the only "felt" effects of the product.
Stress - My stress was low the entire time taking this. I had nothing in my life stressing me, so it's hard to guage what effect the product had.
Libido - I can't say I noticed an increase in libido since it wasn't low, but I would say it was average to high the entire time. Nothing uncontrollable.
Joints - Never had issues, I give Celadrin credit for that though
Endurance - My endurance was better, but I give credit to Beta Alanine.
Strength - My strength ended up going up significantly on my strength workouts each week. I was aiming mostly for maintenance, but I set a PR in squat with an easy 315x3 ATG (I was training legs for maintenance work) when my previous best was only 2 reps with a struggle. My bench press on my last week felt like I could have hit an easy 300 without the weight slowing too much. My deadlift numbers also were at their best for sets of 3 with 365x3.
Quality of Training - I had mostly great workouts, but some workouts I was pretty tired. I think the potentially added aggression from the product is the biggest benefit in this regard.
Pump and Vascularity - I had good pumps, but since that is normal for me I can't judge this product in that area.
Muscle Hardness/Density - N/A, I guess about the same as always
Body Composition and Look - I gained a solid 5 pounds while on this product. It mostly happened during the last two weeks which makes me wonder whether there is a delay in terms of when it really starts to kick in. I think this product may be best run for 2 bottles to see the best effects as I was just starting to see some big gains. Prior to starting, I was hovering around 150 or a little below. Today I stepped on the scale at about 157 barefoot and I haven't been dropping below 155.
I wanted biggers arms and a bigger upper chest, and that's what I got. I can visually see a difference in my upper chest in the mirror and the forming of "cleavage" in my inner chest area that wasn't there before. It's most likely due to specializing in my training, but I'm glad I was able to put on the muscle.
I can also see a visual difference in my arms. Prior they were a little below or right at 15 inches as you can see in the picture, now they are at least 15.25 inches.
Appetite - My appetite was pretty strong, but not out of control. My biggest issue was getting really hungry right before bed. It's hard to dose HGHup on an empty stomach before bed when you're used to eating an hour before going to sleep. I can't sleep on an empty stomach.
Overall Sense of Feeling - Always in a pretty good mood, not angry as much. Maybe my life was just going well, but I say looking back I never really had too many bad days.
GENERAL THOUGHTS: My biggest issue with the product, and it's simply the nature of GH products, is the dosing. You have to dose on an empty stomach with minimum insulin, and that can be difficult to workout some days. Another thing I was disappointed with was that it didn't seem to have a noticable effect on my sleep quality. I didn't wake up any earlier than usual or more refreshed. I was actually pretty groggy in the mornings.
I think the visual results in the mirror, scale, and gym, started towards the 2nd half of my bottle. That means when I started to see some good progress, I ran out. I've heard GH products are best run for a couple of months, so it may be important to plan on running a couple bottle cycle. I'm very happy that I gained the weight I did as I was worried it wasn't going to happen. I was also pleasantly surprised at how much stronger I started to get.
I've read the lab results showing significant increases in GH with this prodcut, so I can only assume the increase in GH is there. I have no objective way of showing it increased my GH otherwise.
I would rate this product a 7.5 out of 10 for one bottle, with potential of being an 8-9 if I could see whether the effects are more significant run for a longer period of time.
I'd like to say thanks to AN for letting me log this product and for making another quality supplement!
BEFORE/AFTER PICS (before left, after right)
Thread: HGHup Final Review