Alpha Hard for Alpha Results
It’s been a while since I’ve posted or recorded a podcast. However I did spend the past weekend at the Arnold Sports Festival working the booth for one of my favorite prohormone companies – ForeRunner Labs. As you may or may not know I have worked closely with Advanced Muscle Science, and ForeRunner Labs for some time. So it’s always a pleasure to join them for the Arnold and meet their fans, and run around like a schoolboy meeting some of my own idols. Nonetheless ForeRunner Labs also launched an entirely reformulated line of prohormones, as well as a new product called Alpha Hard. Alpha Hard is intended to be used as a “test base” for prohormone cycles. It will provide an excellent pump, as well as hardening and fat loss effects.
The formula for ForeRunner Labs Alpha Hard is actually quite simple. Here’s a breakdown:
- Agmatine (or 1-(4-aminobutyl) guanidine)
- 3b-hydroxy-5a-androstan-17-one (or Epiandrosterone, the beta isomer)
- 3a-hydroxy-5a-androstan-17-one (or Androsterone, the alpha isomer)
One full bottle contains 28 servings of 6 tabs (actual tablets, not capsules), and each serving is 1,500 mg’s. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the new FRL Alpha Hard is the addition of Androsterone, which is known as the “alpha isomer” (note the 3 alpha). While they are very similar in structure, they are fairly well known to have different effects.
Beta Isomer – The beta isomer (another name for this compound is 3-beta-hydroxyetioallocholan-17-one) is known for increasing energy levels, libido, and aggression. All good things.
Alpha Isomer – The alpha isomer (or again 3-alpha-hydroxyetioallocholan-17-one) is actually stronger in terms of it’s androgenic potential, however it has the opposite effect on energy levels. An older product made by Primordial Performance used 100% androsterone, and many users suffered from severe lethargy. At the same time many were very pleased with the hardening and fat loss effects.
FRL Alpha Hard uses both isomers. The benefit of using both isomers seems to lie in results, and side effects. With the right ratio fat loss and hardening are prominent, while lethargy is kept at bay.
Keep in mind epiandrosterone based products are not great mass builders. So they are best stacked with a prohormone that adds more significant lean body mass such as ForeRunner Labs Alpha Mass (a 1-Andro product).
Alpha Hard vs. Other “Stano” Products
Assuming this product is reasonably priced, like ForeRunner Labs products in the past, Alpha Hard stacks up extremely well vs. the competition. The cheapest forms of epiandrosterone (these include no androsterone) do not include agmatine like Alpha Hard. Agmatine is an interesting ingredient that is more common in pre-workout drinks. It’s great for a pump and vasodialation. More recently a newer study has shown that it may even aid in fat loss via cAMP elevation . Win, win.