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Halotestin probably isn’t on your list of top ten steroids – unless you’re a specific type of steroid user (more on that later). That doesn’t mean it’s not an excellent and useful AAS.
Halo is exceptional at what it does; it’s just quite a niche steroid that you won’t be adding to a cycle unless you really need its one or two primary benefits. And I’m going to tell you all about what they are, what the best uses for Halotestin are, and some of the negatives that can be unexpectedly harsh.
Want to know all the essential stuff about Halotestin before you consider using this steroid? Well, let’s get into it!
What is Halotestin?
Halotestin is a testosterone-derived anabolic steroid.
It’s an oral steroid that doesn’t have the same popularity as some of the other famous orals like Dianabol. The main reason for this is that Halotestin is not a powerful muscle builder, and many AAS users place a value only on steroids that build mass! But Halo does have some great benefits that make it useful for specific purposes and a niche category of users.
History and Overview
Halotestin’s development goes back to the mid-1950s, and it was quickly adopted as a medical treatment for testosterone deficiency, delayed puberty in males, and breast cancer in women.
Today, its medical use is uncommon in most countries, with the development of other safer drugs often favored above using AAS (like Halo) for conditions such as breast cancer (where women are likely to experience severe side effects).
Halotestin’s most notable performance use today is in the world of powerlifting and, increasingly, competitive fighting sports like MMA, where explosive strength and power are desired above all other benefits.
Mechanism of Action
With Halotestin being based on testosterone, we can expect it to have many similar properties and mechanisms of action to the original hormone.
However, the modifications to the chemical structure that resulted in the creation of Halotestin have given this steroid some particularly unique characteristics that have made it appealing to certain users – primarily those wanting incredible strength with no increase in body weight.
Halo’s extreme androgenic and anabolic ratings (850 and 1900, respectively) don’t reflect its actual effects on the body, with this steroid having virtually no capacity at all to build lean muscle.
So this brings us to Halotestin’s most famous benefit: It has a fantastic ability to give you massive amounts of strength. Much of this effect comes from Halo’s ability to raise hematocrit and hemoglobin levels substantially.
Halo may also help stimulate the production of erythropoietin, which is a hormone important in the production of red blood cells. This not only contributes to the incredible strength effects of Halotestin but also to its excellent ability to improve stamina, power, and endurance.
Effects of Halotestin (Benefits)
Halotestin is one of those AAS where we have to pay no attention to its anabolic and androgenic ratings. Why? Because Halotestin has an out-of-this-world anabolic rating of 1900, and this would lead you to believe that Halo is Earth’s most potent muscle builder.
Halotestin has very poor anabolic strength and is not used for gaining muscle. In this case, the anabolic rating is deceiving and doesn’t translate to real-world performance; it can be safely ignored. Thankfully, there’s a lot more to a steroid than its ratings, and Halotestin comes with some valuable benefits and effects:
Halotestin provides substantial strength gains, and you will start noticing them within the first few days. This is the primary reason powerlifters and fighters use Halotestin. Still, even if you’re not a competitive lifter, Halotestin will have you knocking off personal lifting records in the gym pretty quickly.
A quick onset of enhanced mental focus can benefit you from the first day you take Halo. This is going to pinpoint your focus on your workouts or whatever physical pursuit you’re doing. Some users even say they struggle to think about anything else besides their one goal (lifting, fighting).
Like it or not, increased aggression is a big reason many guys use Halo and a reason why it’s very popular with fighters. As long as you can keep these aggressive tendencies under control when you need to and channel the energy into your training, lifting, and competitions, then you’ll find this to be a massively positive benefit of Halotestin.
Muscle hardening and drying out are the cosmetic effects of Halotestin. This isn’t an AAS most people use for aesthetic reasons, but it can definitely improve your physique when you drop it into the end of a cutting or recomp cycle.
Increased vascularity comes along with these effects, but unless you’re particularly lean already, then you won’t necessarily find the hardening effects of Halo to be prominent.
Not often thought about are the possible fat loss effects of Halotestin due to its ability to regulate fatty acid oxidation. Just like the hardening and drying effects of Halotestin, you would need to be very lean already to see any notable fat loss benefits from this steroid. It will have little effect on burning fat from individuals carrying excess pounds.
Halotestin Dosing and Administration
Halotestin is a steroid we don’t need to be taking high doses of. Or I should say: you don’t want to be taking high doses of it! I’ve seen more than a few powerlifters talk about taking very high doses of Halo just before a comp or meet, but most users find even a moderate dose to provide out-of-this-world performance benefits.
Every 10mg increase in your Halotestin dose can risk drastically changing your experience with this AAS for better or worse, so the key is to take it slow and follow what a lot of the pros do: slowly ramp up the dose by 10mg every few days.
Regardless of how much experience you’ve already got with any other AAS, Halotestin is one that I STRONGLY recommend you test your response to over a few days only at a low dose (about 10-20mg). Because it kicks in fast, you’ll get a good idea quickly of how you feel on it and how much it’s stressing your cardio system.
Clinical doses in the treatment of androgen deficiency and breast cancer in women can be surprisingly high when we consider the side effect profile of Halotestin.
- For male hypogonadism, up to 20mg per day is given.
- Up to 40mg daily is prescribed for women with advanced breast cancer.
The doses we use for strength and aesthetic results will be very similar to those prescribed medically, even for advanced users.
Without exception, beginners should be starting at a 10mg dosage of Halo. Some might stretch to 20mg as a first-timer, but I repeat again: take it slow and gauge your response for a day or two at least. Even 10mg is going to give you some noticeable strength and aggression benefits.
30-40mg per day is a commonly used dosage; for many, it will be the maximum dosage you’ll ever want. You will get Halotestin’s full set of benefits and effects at this dosage, including strength suitable for powerlifting comps and MMA fights, motivation, aggression, and excellent muscle hardness.
Advanced users will sometimes increase the Halo dose to 50mg and beyond and reach that point after gradually increasing the dosage over two weeks (sometimes longer) in the lead-up to a meet, comp, or fight. But running a dose of 50mg for any longer than a couple of days? I would strongly recommend NOT doing that!
Females will very rarely look at using Halotestin for any reason. The lack of use of this steroid among women (likely to be very small numbers) means we have virtually no anecdotal data to base a potential dosage on.
Even though this AAS has primary medical use of breast cancer treatment in women, that is an extreme scenario where the benefits are thought to outweigh the side effects, and doses of up to 40mg/day have been prescribed for that purpose (resulting in a very high likelihood of virilization).
For the performance female user, I have to recommend against using this steroid, but those women who do wish to try it for its muscle hardening and strength effects should stick to a very low dose of just 5mg per day.
Dosing Schedule, Half-life, and Cycle Length
Halotestin has a half-life of a little over 9 hours. Now, you will find a good number of Halo users who take this steroid as a pre-workout. Is this effective?
Some will argue against it, but there’s no doubt that Halo kicks in quickly, and anyone who’s taken it before a workout (or a fight or lifting comp, for that matter) will swear that the strength boost kicks in and makes a huge difference, with some excellent pumps and added aggression. You do need to have been using it for at least a few days before you start getting a real pre-workout effect, though.
I like Halo as a pre-workout, but that doesn’t necessarily mean taking your entire daily dose at that time. Even guys taking just 20mg a day will often split it. But this is a personal preference. If your priority is the big hit before a workout or event, then the entire dose an hour or two before can hit the spot.
How comfortable are you using a liver-toxic and cardiovascular-unfriendly steroid, and for how long?
Everyone is different, but I like to stick to no more than three weeks max with Halotestin. And that’s at a dose of 30mg. The side effects are often too powerful to take it further than that. I’ve heard guys say they will only take Halo for a few DAYS, not weeks. Others will run it for four weeks or longer, but you’d need a good reason to do that. If preparing for an event, you only need to run Halo for 7-14 days maximum.
Halotestin is a niche steroid popular with powerlifters and fighters who want the benefits of extra strength and aggression, and Halo can deliver that probably better than any other AAS.
Most will take it anywhere from a few days to two weeks prior to a competition or fight. Powerlifters will take a dose of Halo just before a meet, and the combined strength and mental focus boost regularly have personal records broken.
Expect a huge increase in strength, but not like other AAS you’ve used, which normally deliver strength gains along with extra body weight. You’ll get massive strength with Halo but without gaining weight (unless you’re stacking it with a muscle builder). Guys competing in a weight class can’t afford to put on any body weight, and this is the critical reason for using Halo above other AAS.
We can see very clearly just how massive a difference a powerlifting AAS like Halotestin can make to the lifting ability of competitors. In the UK, where powerlifting competitions are split into tested and untested categories, the ability of untested (in other words, steroid users, and Halo is possibly the most popular powerlifting steroid) lifters is unmatched by those competing in the tested category.
It’s not all about strength, though: the aesthetic benefits of Halo are nothing to sneeze at. Halotestin can almost rival Winstrol in its ability to promote muscle hardness, vascularity, and even a nice grainy look.
You can also get some very nice pumps, but due to the short use of this steroid, if you want these long-term effects, you’ll obviously need to be utilizing other AAS like Trenbolone. You’ll also have to be very lean to start with to enjoy these benefits – under 10% body fat is ideal.
Halotestin has some pretty specific uses, and it won’t be a steroid you use just for the hell of it. You’ll want to be confident about WHY you’re using it and how to best slot it into a cycle. But even using Halo for competition prep still requires a Testosterone base, so running a “Halo-only” cycle is never recommended.
Halotestin Cycle for Men
It won’t come as any surprise that most reviews and comments about Halotestin results come from those in the powerlifting world, where Halo is a legendary steroid.
“Unmatched strength” with “no increase in body weight” are terms you’ll hear over and over again from male Halo users. That’s literally the reason we use this steroid: competitive powerlifters need to meet a certain weight, and last-minute weight gain can be disastrous.
No other steroid will provide the massive strength effects of Halo without the muscle or size growth that usually comes with it. This is critical if you need to stay within a weight class for a comp, and every pound can make a difference.
Men who experiment with different doses often discover an important result: Taking a higher dose does not necessarily result in more strength or other benefits. In fact, it can bring on fatigue and lack of focus.
There is often a point of diminishing returns (and we see this with most AAS), but before getting to that point, guys find there’s often a BIG difference in small dosage increments; increasing from 10mg to 20mg, for example, can significantly improve results, but seeing little benefit when it’s taken to 40mg.
Outside the performance and cosmetic results, one of the most talked about Halo benefits from men relates to increased sex drive. We get this from most steroids, but it can be especially prominent with Halo.
The mood and mental enhancements are an essential part of your Halotestin results, and tons of guys find that within an hour or so of taking your dose, you feel a sense of euphoria (this comes along with the aggression boost). Some users go as far as to say this is the best mood improver of any drug they’ve used (not just steroids).
Something not often thought about are the stamina and cardio performance improvements Halo gives you – not just strength. While this might not be of great value for powerlifters, it’s beneficial to results for fighters who need to maintain power and strength for longer.
You can’t help but notice the aesthetic results of Halo, even if it’s not your main reason for using it. Harder, dryer and some will compare the results to Winstrol. While it won’t give you that extent of graininess, it can give some nice texture, and if you want the most hardcore cosmetic results – stacking Winny and Halo takes it to a whole new level if you’re game.
There are, of course, a good number of negative experiences shared about Halo, but these all into two main categories:
- Guys who already know what to expect with Halo side effects.
- First-time users who go overboard on dosage or length of use and hit some serious side effects.
Worth noting is the fatigue or lethargy that can set in when using Halo for longer than a few weeks. Some guys find at the four-week mark or so, tiredness becomes a problem no matter how much sleep you’re getting. This is a good indicator that it’s time to stop the Halotestin cycle at that point (your performance and results will only suffer otherwise). Others find the aggression too much to handle, making it difficult to control what feels like an explosive temper and rage.
Halotestin Cycle for Women
Women rarely use Halotestin, besides a small minority who will often be powerlifters utilizing Halo for a week or two before a comp. In those cases, the results are very similar to what men experience: An increase in strength, power, and stamina will kick in from day one or two and continue to rise. A hardness, more textured, and dry physique will develop.
Females doing any weight lifting activity or comp will find a rapid and increased ability to lift heavier. Those who are combining it with testosterone (often with no ester attached just before an event) see a substantial increase in weight lifted.
Like male users, females report an excellent boost to focus and aggression, which further powers performance. For best results, women will also use Halo for one to two weeks prior to an event to let the effects build up.
This is not a steroid we see women talking about often as it’s so little used. Those females who are competitive powerlifters will typically not be sharing the fact that Halotestin is being used.
Halotestin vs. Other PEDs
Plenty of other anabolic steroids will give you a nice increase in strength, aggression, motivation, and muscle hardening, but none will do all of them quite like Halotestin can.
The strength and aggression effects of Halo are incredibly potent compared to almost any other AAS. In all likelihood, if you’re a powerlifter or a fighter, then Halo is probably you’re go-to steroid every time.
However, I have heard some guys saying they prefer Anadrol and swear they get similar results. It’s well worth comparing Anadrol and Halotestin, which will identify some clear differences.
Halotestin vs. Anadrol
Most importantly, Halo will give you temporary but unmatched strength, even compared to Anadrol.
And with Halo, your strength gains come without an increase in size. Anadrol will increase your size, but some of the gains will be water retention. Anadrol is one of the most potent bulking steroids and can cause serious bloat, which isn’t always easy to control.
Think about that for a minute.
Not only do you gain muscle with Anadrol, but the fluid retention gives you a very round and full look as opposed to the dry, hard cosmetic effects of Halo. This fact alone makes it quite different from Halo and provides a different use scenario: guys who don’t mind gaining size will probably want to use Anadrol instead because its strength effects are extremely powerful.
But all the strength in the world from Anadrol won’t have it matching Halotestin if you don’t want that size increase – and this is what makes Halo the first choice for powerlifters and fighters over Anadrol.
Halotestin vs. Superdrol
Superdrol is another amazingly powerful strength booster. Superdrol is a DHT-derived steroid, while Halo is based on testosterone.
While Superdrol is excellent at increasing strength, you will find that Halotestin is a level above. But Halotestin has some significant mental/emotional downsides; we don’t see that with Superdrol.
More importantly, if you want to choose between these two for the purpose of fight or powerlifting prep, Superdrol will also have you gaining weight and potentially a lot of it. If you need to maintain your current weight and purely want the strength gains, then it’s an easy choice between Superdrol and Halotestin: Halo will be the only option.
Despite its massive anabolic rating, which I’ve already discussed, Halotestin will never be a bulking compound in any stack. Some will call Halo a cutting steroid because of its muscle-hardening effects. This is true, but with a disclaimer: there are much better cutting steroids that are safer and easier to use for more than a few weeks.
Halotestin is more beneficial for comp prep for fighters and powerlifters and is sometimes added to the very end of a longer cycle for strength or cutting cycles. This niche use limits the number and types of stacks that Halotestin is useful for or worthwhile including (considering its high cost, you will also want a good reason to include Halo in any stack).
Halotestin + Testosterone (Strength Stack)
The most basic stack consists of Halotestin and Testosterone. You can run testosterone purely at TRT doses as a base, or you can increase the Test dose to add more strength to your results. However, testosterone can add some water retention and lean muscle, which can increase your weight. Testosterone propionate is the best ester to use here to match the quick-acting effects of Halotestin and allow for a short cycle.
- Huge strength
- Improved cardio and stamina
- More focus, aggression, and a better mood
- Increased libido
- Muscle hardness and vascularity
- Fat loss
- Muscle gains
- Halotestin: 20mg-40mg/day
- Testosterone prop: 200mg-500mg/day (depending on whether you want TRT or want to gain some muscle).
- Cycle length: 3 weeks
Possible side effects
- Testosterone suppression
- Blood pressure
- Roid rage
- Water retention
- Liver toxicity
This flexible stack can make Halotestin the dominant AAS with Test at TRT doses only (so your results will be Halo-specific and include massive strength gains with no weight). Taking higher doses of Testosterone will add to your weight, but the added strength from Halotestin can turn this into a short bulking cycle with just enough time to gain a few pounds of muscle.
Enclomiphene for four weeks: 25mg for the first three weeks, then 12.5mg for the final week.
Halotestin + Trenbolone + Testosterone + Anavar (Recomp/Cutting Stack)
This stack is much more focused on cosmetic benefits than using Halotestin for strength reasons, and we add Halo near the end of this cycle for additional hardening and drying effects on top of the very powerful aesthetic effects of Trenbolone and Anavar. Beware that combining Tren and Halo can result in serious mood, sleep, and aggression changes.
- Lean muscle gains
- Hard, dry physique
- Increased vascularity
- Joint strength and support
- Fat loss
- Fast recovery
- More focus and confidence
- Increased sex drive
- Halotestin: 30mg/day (final three weeks only)
- Testosterone prop: 200mg/week
- Trenbolone: 300mg/week
- Anavar: 50mg/day
- Cycle length: 6 weeks
Possible side effects
- Testosterone shutdown
- Cholesterol increase
- Liver toxicity
- High blood pressure
- Acne and hair loss
- Increased rage, paranoia, and other mental effects
- Excessive sweating
- Tren cough
- Increased appetite (you might find this to be a benefit depending on your goals)
This stack’s hardening, drying, and vascularity effects will be as good as possible. Since Halotestin will be used while you’re dieting on this cycle, the hardening effects will be even more prominent than usual. Anavar will build upon the cosmetic benefits plus give you some excellent pumps and joint support. Tren will boost strength into the stratosphere when combined with Halotestin.
Liver toxicity is the primary concern in this cycle, with Trenbolone being a liver-toxic injectable, so taking liver support is essential.
With Trenbolone leaving metabolites in your system for an extended length of time (many months and sometimes years), a standard PCT cycle will rarely be able to restore normal testosterone function. Instead, testosterone cruising is what I recommend, or a long-term TRT protocol.
Halotestin will be suppressive to your natural production of testosterone. Without any aromatization into estrogen, you also risk suffering the debilitating effects of low estradiol levels (which can feel similar to low testosterone), including:
- Low libido
- Low energy/fatigue
- Poor motivation and focus
- Loss of muscle mass
- Fat gain
With Halo being such a niche steroid, it can be easy to overlook that a testosterone base is still required (even though I’ve heard of some guys using without a test base at their own risk).
Halotestin is fast-acting, so an ideal testosterone base is one of the faster-working esters in Testosterone Propionate. If you use a slower ester like Test Enanthate or Cypionate, then you’ll finish your Halo cycle before you start getting any effects of the testosterone.
The PCT can typically be short if Halo is used for two or three weeks. I would still run PCT for four weeks. Any of the standard SERMs are suitable: Nolvadex, Clomid and/or Enclomiphene starting the day after your last dose.
Halotestin Side Effects
Halotestin comes with some of the more unpleasant and potentially serious side effects of any steroid. You don’t want to be using this AAS for more than four weeks max (and thankfully, there’s very little reason to do so). But keep your dosage to a sensible level, and you should be able to manage most side effects of this AAS when you use it for two weeks or less.
Halotestin can cause dangerous levels of cardiovascular side effects. Very high blood pressure can come on quickly. Your resting heart rate can increase to alarming levels: I’ve heard about many guys who find their resting rate hits 180 or even higher, and as a resting heart rate above 100 is considered dangerous, we can say that 180 is extreme and could land you in hospital in no time.
The mental effects of Halotestin will affect everyone differently. Still, in some users, it can cause terrible aggression and classic ‘roid rage symptoms that can be hard to control and can change your entire personality. Uncontrollable loss of temper is often reported, and this can impact your daily life, relationships, and job.
Halotestin will suppress your natural testosterone production. PCT will be required after running Halo. Halotestin doesn’t aromatize into estrogen, so unless you’re using a Test base (recommended), you run the risk of crashed estradiol levels and associated symptoms, which can be even more debilitating than low testosterone.
Halotestin is a liver-toxic oral steroid, but because we rarely use it for more than a few weeks, this side effect is often overstated (not that you shouldn’t be taking the risk seriously – don’t mess with the liver). I know people who’ve used Halo for two to three weeks at low to moderate doses and have not seen much movement in liver values.
As long as your liver is currently healthy and you’re adding some of the usual liver support while on cycle, then values should return to normal post-cycle (blood work is always recommended!).
Hair Loss and Acne
Halo can cause androgenic side effects in susceptible individuals. Hair loss is not often discussed, and this is likely because Halotestin is used for such short periods that the loss of hair does not become prominent. On the other hand, acne can be severe for some Halotestin users, and some find it popping up in strange places like the torso and the usual spots on the face, back, and shoulders.
Female Side Effects
I would strongly recommend against females using Halotestin as virilization, even at low doses is likely. Specific virilizing symptoms that females will experience on Halotestin include:
- Growth of facial and body hair
- Deepening of the voice
- Clitoral enlargement
- Breast size reduction
- Interruption of menstrual cycles
Where to Buy Halotestin?
Halotestin is more of a niche steroid than any other AAS, which means it’s not as in demand as the more popular AAS. This results in less availability and less pricing competition among sellers.
Yes, Halotestin is an expensive steroid wherever you get it from – there’s no doubt about that. If you have contacts within the powerlifting community, then you may find it easier than most to source Halotestin; otherwise, you’ll want to spend time searching out reputable online suppliers because this is one of the more difficult anabolic steroids to find for sale.
Availability of Halotestin
Fluoxymesterone has been sold under a number of different pharmaceutical names over the years, but most have now been discontinued in the US. The brand Halotestin is still manufactured pharmaceutically in the US, but this is in very low numbers, and locating genuine pharma-grade Halo can be difficult.
Sourcing pharma-grade Halotestin on the black market is likely to lead to dead ends, as it’s not widely available. More underground labs and large online suppliers are now stocking Halotestin, and it’s become somewhat easier to purchase in recent times. But with this not being one of the more popular and in-demand AAS, you may have to dig around more to find a good supplier.
Beware of some supplement suppliers marketing their products under the Halotestin name – these are not the AAS, and such suppliers can be misleading. Look for the word Fluoxymesterone on the label to ensure you’re getting the genuine anabolic steroid.
Is Halotestin Legal?
Halotestin is a prohibited substance in the US and some other countries. In the United States, it is listed as a Schedule III controlled substance under the Anabolic Steroids Control Act, so buying, selling, manufacturing, possessing, or using Halotestin for any purpose without a doctor’s prescription is illegal. Some other countries, like Australia, have similarly strict laws.
More lenient laws surrounding the personal use of Halotestin exist in the UK, Canada, and some EU countries. In those places, you can legally possess personal use quantities of Halotestin (however, rules still apply to competitive sports in those countries where anti-doping policies apply).
It’s no secret that Halotestin is regularly used by competitive powerlifters right up to and on competition day. Elite powerlifters who compete in comps that aren’t known to be drug tested are virtually always using Halotestin and other AAS, but this is still not considered legal in most countries.
There are some exceptions:
- With steroid use so ingrained in powerlifting, some British powerlifting competitions allow the use of PEDs, including Halotestin.
- Powerlifters who choose to compete in the untested category are not subjected to drug testing and are free to use Halotestin without consequences.
Once you track down a supplier selling real Fluoxymesterone, you’ll notice it’s not going to be the cheapest steroid you’ve ever used.
That’s quite an understatement: Halo is very expensive, and this steroid can easily break the bank. Luckily, we only use it for a short time, but even then, it can still cost you more than a much longer cycle of most other AAS!
With Halotestin being such a specialty AAS that doesn’t have the popularity of something like Dianabol or regular Testosterone, manufacturing is limited, and this drives up prices with little competition between suppliers.
Halo tablets can be found in 2mg, 5mg, and 10mg concentrations. For a box of 50 5mg tablets from an underground lab supplier, you can be looking at around $170. Considering the minimum daily dose will typically be 10mg or 20mg, you can easily be spending several hundred dollars just to run Halotestin for a short period of time at low doses, so budget accordingly!
Halotestin is a specific use AAS that you won’t feel a need to take unless you absolutely want the explosive strength boost without weight gain and the considerable aggression increase that Halo brings on. And because Halotestin is such an expensive steroid, it’s not something I see value in for the casual or amateur user.
Yes, the cosmetic effects of Halo are absolutely stunning. Would I use it purely for those effects? Perhaps every now and then to finish off a cutting cycle. But it’s an expensive way to go about it, and in my opinion, I’d still instead be using Winstrol or even Masteron for that purpose.
In short, if you’re an elite or very serious competitor in sports like powerlifting, MMA, and other fighting, then Halotestin is worth every dollar. For the rest of us, there are almost always better options.
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