When it comes to muscle-building supplements, there are three basic types:
- One that does absolutely nothing (“boost testosterone levels by 435% with this herb!”).
- Another that supports building muscle by keeping your body and internal systems healthy (like fish oil and vitamins).
- And a third that actually builds muscle directly through hormonal pathways.
As a prohormone, 1 Andro falls into this third category.
Since the prohormone ban of 2014, 1 Andro is the most effective prohormone still available legally.
And Super Mandro is the highest dosed 1 Andro supplement on the market.
What exactly is 1 Andro?
1 Andro is a non-methylated prohormone that does not convert to DHT or estrogen.
That means you don't have to worry about excessive liver stress, hair loss, or estrogen issues with this product.
Specifically, 1 Andro converts to 1-testosterone, which is more anabolic (muscle-building) than testosterone, but doesn't carry any of the androgenic effects (hair growth, aggression, etc.).
A recent study from West Texas A&M University showed that in experienced weightlifters, 1 Andro increased fat free mass by an average of 8.8 lbs and decreased body fat by 4.4 lbs over the course of a 4-week study.
The only downsides were a decrease in participants' good cholesterol and an elevation of liver enzymes and bad cholesterol.
While those are far from desirable, they're expected and temporary side effects of taking any anabolic substance.
Altogether, this means that 1 Andro is an effective, muscle-building prohormone that's much safer than the ones that have been banned.
1 Andro has received rave reviews (with many claiming it's the closest thing to steroids you can legally obtain) and common reported benefits include:
- Lean mass gains
- Decreased body fat
- Muscle hardening effects
- Increased strength
- Improved recovery
- Results you can keep
So naturally, I was interested in this product!
This isn't my first rodeo
I'm not a seasoned vet or anything, but I do have something to which I can compare this cycle.
I tried my first prohormone last winter, which was another brand of 1 Andro.
I also took an Ostarine product in the spring, but have never used any illegal steroids or tried other prohormones.
During my previous 1 Andro cycle, I didn't experience any benefit at all, even when I ran it as high as 4x the recommended dose!
My bench press only went up 5 lbs over 7 weeks, which was actually worse than the same span of time before starting it.
I'd heard and read amazing things about 1 Andro, so I had to attribute my lack of results to an unproven delivery system.
The product I took was the rapid dissolve tablets by AMS. Since others have reported great results using this supplement, I won't bad mouth it, but I didn't see any benefit personally.
Despite experiencing such lackluster results with the sublingual tablets, I still wanted my chance at all of these reported benefits of 1 Andro.
So the obvious choice was to instead opt for the standard capsule form – and Super Mandro fit that description perfectly.
So perfectly, in fact, that it's the exact formulation and delivery system used in the West Texas A&M study mentioned above.
Each 3 capsule serving contains 330 mg of 1 Andro and 150 mg Bergamottin for enhanced absorption.
Goals on Super Mandro cycle
I know this is hard for a lot of guys to believe (myself included), but I'm roughly the size I want to ultimately be.
I've been obsessed with getting bigger and bigger in the past, but in recent months, I've realized just how happy I can be around 185 lbs.
Especially since starting Iron & Tweed, I need to have a body that fits into normal clothes, and I need to maintain a more consistent size so I don't have to keep multiple wardrobes on hand for a constantly fluctuating body weight.
For those reasons, I'm more concerned with fine tuning and anticipate putting the majority of my effort to recomposition, rather than lengthy bulking and cutting cycles.
So that was my goal with Super Mandro. Specifically, I wanted to:
- Maintain my current weight
- Increase strength and mass
- Drop a little body fat
To help with balancing proportions, I wasn't going to turn my nose up at adding a little mass to my lagging delts and triceps.
Did it happen?
Results on Super Mandro
Keep in mind when reading this, before taking Super Mandro:
- I was already training 6 days per week
- I was already diligently tracking macros
- I was eating 80% clean foods
- I didn't increase calories for this cycle
- I'd been on TRT for over a year
My dosing started at the recommended 3 caps per day, and was increased weekly by 1 cap per day until reaching 6 caps daily for the last 4 weeks.
I took my capsules over the course of the day, basically with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Week 1 (3 caps per day)
Like other DEHA products, 1 Andro is notorious for taking around 3 weeks to really “kick in” so I tried not to get too excited early on.
Even though I didn't anticipate any changes right away, I couldn't help but notice a better “connection” with my muscles during the first week.
It wasn't anything dramatic, but I just felt like I could contract my muscles harder and had more control and ability to isolate the target muscles.
Now, it took me years to develop a good mind-muscle connection with my triceps and I still have to focus intensely to really feel them working.
During my first arm workout I was hitting tricep pressdowns for a warmup and the exercise felt much better than usual.
I could feel the muscle working through the entire range of motion and it was so easy to keep the tension exactly where I wanted it.
Most other muscles followed suit and my workouts were really fun during Week 1.
Week 2 (4 caps per day)
If Week 1 was all about mind-muscle connections, Week 2 was about the most wicked pumps I've ever had!
I always get a decent pump when I'm working with reps above 5, but nothing that was as painfully awesome as when on Super Mandro.
I actually had to flip my exercise order on shoulder/arm days.
Working shoulders first left them so engorged and stretched that I was unable to hold my arms steady for curls and triceps extensions.
Even working chest and back left me with the most wicked shoulder and arm pump I've ever had!
Sorry for the blurry photo. I was too fatigued to hold my phone steady, haha.
Week 3 (5 caps per day)
Throughout Week 3, my strength started to climb steadily.
Every workout I was increasing weight and reps and feeling so good in the gym that I was tacking on extra sets and exercises.
I wasn't just eking out and extra rep on a single set.
I was consistently adding two or three reps across all sets of every exercise and shocking the hell out of myself!
During Weeks 1 and 2, I worked up to getting 3 sets of my target 8 reps on the incline press with my working weight.
But during Week 3, I was feeling particularly ambitious so I slid an extra 20 lbs on the bar, fully prepared to sacrifice a couple reps to move more weight.
But I ended up banging out 3 sets of 10 with the additional 20 lbs. They were nice, controlled reps, too.
You can't beat the feeling of lifting more weight and getting more reps, all with good form.
Week 4 (6 caps per day)
I'm always thinking about getting better and better in every aspect of life.
While I'm proud of the progress I've made with my physique, I always wanted a bit more size, a little less fat, and more aesthetically pleasing proportions.
But during the 4th week on Super Mandro, for the first time ever, I became more or less content with my physique.
Was this purely psychological? I don't think so.
While reviewing photos from a shoot, I was really pleased not only with the style component, but with the fact that I looked muscular in my clothes as well.
This isn't an easy task for a tall ectomorph like myself.
I can look muscular and ripped without clothes, but lacking the sheer size that comes with a big bone structure usually makes stretching my sleeves a difficult task.
But it wasn't just me noticing. Here are some well-timed Instagram comments.
Week 5-8 (6 caps per day)
I'm not going to differentiate between weeks here because I held the dose constant and the Super Mandro had plenty of time to kick in.
It was basically the same story from here on out.
I continued to add either reps or weight to multiple exercises every workout.
Sometimes I had to repeat a certain weight for a second workout to reach my target reps, but I never had to try more than twice.
This was the single most successful period of lifting in my life!
Summary of Super Mandro results
The biggest benefit was regaining all the strength I lost as a result of cutting 15 lbs over the course of 8 months or so. And I did it without adding any significant bodyweight or increasing calories.
- I added some mass to my lagging body parts
- My physique has a dry, hardened look and feel
- I lost a little body fat while gaining just a couple pounds (recomp!)
- I didn't get sore from a single workout after the second week
Had I eaten to support greater weight gains, I have no doubt that I could've packed on the pounds and the strength gains would've been even more impressive.
My recovery was so good that, despite consistently increasing my workload (6 days per week) for close to 8 weeks, I felt fresh and ready to go every time I walked into the gym.
So far, it's been two weeks since I took my last dose of Super Mandro. I haven't lost any strength or mass and I feel incredible!
Super Mandro Side Effects
I ran Super Mandro for a total of 8 weeks. I started at the recommended dose and tapered up weekly until I was double dosing it.
Also, one night I absentmindedly dosed myself at 2 caps, twice. That's more than the recommended daily dose in a single serving.
And what did I experience as a result of heavily dosing this prohormone?
No bitch tits.
Well, I did get stuck on the bench for the first time since I can remember the next morning, so maybe the increased confidence bit me in the ass, but I consider a little extra cockiness a good thing.
An Important Note
Now keep in mind, I'm already on TRT so I don't need to think about a testosterone base or post cycle therapy (PCT).
Unless you're also on TRT, I recommend you take a testosterone product like Andro the Giant to prevent loss of libido and lethargy.
Although Super Mandro is very mild, it can still suppress your natural testosterone production. Adding an over-the-counter PCT like Post Cycle 3X should help counter any suppression you may experience.
Who should take Super Mandro?
First things first:
I don't recommend 1 Andro for complete newbies.
I know it's extremely tempting and you want results now, but diet and training are Number 1.
Adding 1 Andro won't help much with long-term progress unless you know how your body responds to diet and training.
Before taking any hormonal products, either legal ones like Super Mandro or the illegal kind, you should be able to gain and lose weight at will.
If you don't have this control over your body, you won't be able to take full advantage of a heightened anabolic environment and any results will be short-lived.
Now that I've said my piece, who should take Super Mandro?
Anyone looking to get their feet wet
I didn't just increase my dose haphazardly.
It's well known that 1 Andro can be run up to around 1,000 mg per day without worrying about side effects.
And with results showing up at around 300 mg per day, there's a huge buffer zone.
Even before the 2014 prohormone ban, 1 Andro was the most frequently recommended prohormone for beginners.
Before I really knew anything about them, I imagined taking prohormones to be two solid months of battling gynecomastia, acne, and a raging temper.
But the fact is that this is a very mild prohormone with nice, smooth gains and no noticeable side effects.
If you need an introduction to the world of anabolics, it doesn't get much better than Super Mandro.
Anyone looking to push past their natural limit
For some, it takes a year or two for natural progress to come to a halt. For others, it will take longer than that.
But sooner or later, you'll hit a wall and be left with three options.
- You can choose to maintain you current physique/strength
- You can dial everything in perfectly and hope for small improvements
- You can run a prohormone or anabolic steroid
For most guys who've put in years at the gym to build a body they're proud of, they'll never be content with stagnation and will never accept tiny changes for the rest of their lives.
If this sounds like you, 1 Andro is a perfect next step.
It won't be as effective as real anabolic steroids, but it's safer and doesn't come with the legal risk.
Anyone wanting a dense, aesthetic physique
It's common to associate massive water weight gains, acne, and stretch marks with prohormones.
And for good reason.
These were common attributes of cycles with some of the now banned prohormones.
But not to fear, 1 Andro isn't some dirty bulking hormone that converts to estrogen and causes you to gain so much water that you end up with a bloated physique and stretch marks.
If calories are increased, most guys will gain a conservative 5-10 lbs while on Super Mandro and keep it after the cycle is over.
Provided you keep your calories at a reasonable level, you can expect the size you gain on Super Mandro to be pure, dense muscle.
The non-estrogenic nature and fat burning abilities of 1 Andro will help you build a strong, hard-looking physique.
Anyone looking for pure strength
Super Mandro is an excellent strength builder.
Hell, I didn't even increase my calories and I became strong as an ox (for me at least).
If you have your eyes set on achieving personal records in the gym, 1 Andro can be a valuable tool to use.
That's not to say that anyone exclusively interested in size shouldn't take this product as everyone can benefit greatly from increasing their strength.
The more weigh you can lift maximally, the more weight you can lift for hypertrophy sets, the greater the size gains you'll achieve.
So really, both the strength and size athlete will experience huge benefits from the strength gains on Super Mandro.
So with Super Mandro we have an extremely effective, versatile, proven, and safe prohormone that will help your body perform at the highest level possible.
It'll help you build a solid, aesthetic physique.
It'll help you become strong as an ox.
And it will do all this with minimal side effects.
And now the big question. Will I take Super Mandro again?
All the best,