ADVANCED STEROID CYCLES

When we talk of a steroid cycle, it doesn’t mean any person can get started with any dose or adjust his frequency of intake at his own will. There are numerous parameters that one needs to consider before undertaking a particular dosage, the most important being the training stage your body is at. Thus these cycles have been divided as beginner, intermediate and advanced cycles which indeed greatly differ from each other.

Advanced cycles are mainly employed when athletes and body builders have reached a stage where their bodies have already sustained many years of training and steroid intake regime. It is a stage when they can identify the compounds which work the best for them, and dosages their bodies respond best to. It is this defining characteristic and experience of an advanced steroid user that prepares him and gives him the capability to choose an advanced steroid cycle.

To be able to employ an advanced steroid cycle, it is imperative that the person has:

  • done over 5 cycles already
  • employed stacks such as 2 steroids and one other drug such as an anti-estrogen, Clenbuterol, etc. in one cycle
  • experience in employing cycles for different reasons like cutting, bulking, gaining strength, etc.
  • done Post Cycle Therapy and kept more than 50% of gains

If you have done all of this and more, you can be called as an ideal recipient of an advanced steroid cycle. However, you must also know that no matter how many cycles you have done, if you observe yourself losing half of your gains from each cycle, it means that something is going wrong somewhere. Thus you need to figure out where is it that you are actually going wrong when you end your cycles.

It is still always recommended to administer these cycles under expert medical or professional care fro best results!

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Halotestin (Fluoxymesterone) Cycles

The information on Halotestin cycles and how it is to be utilized in cycles is very limited. This is partially due to the relatively lesser popularity of this compound among athletes and bodybuilders, and more so due to its very limited flexibility and versatility in how it can be utilized. It has been previously mentioned that Halotestin is an anabolic steroid that provides very strong androgenic effects with less pronounced anabolic effects, thereby providing an individual with a vast increase in aggression, motivation, drive, and strength gains with a lesser impact on the addition of mass. Therefore, the manner in which it is utilized is very limited and specific.

Halotestin (Fluoxymesterone) is almost never found run as a primary anabolic compound in any Halotestin cycles for the reasons stated above. For example, it is very rare and almost completely unseen for Halotestin to be utilized at a higher dose with a low TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) dose of Testosterone. This is because Halotestin cycles will normally include Halotestin for the purpose of providing an extra androgenic effect in cycles where weaker androgens are used (such as Nandrolone or Equipoise), ‘hardening’ the physique during cutting or pre-contest phases, and of course for the benefits of increased aggression and strength. This leaves very little variety in which Halotestin can be utilized. Halotestin is perhaps one of the most limited anabolic steroids in its different uses.

Halotestin cycles are also limited in their use by the fact that Halotestin can only be utilized for a matter of a handful of weeks (6 – 8 weeks, and often less). The mass and weight gain from Halotestin itself is moderate enough that it will actually not manifest until approximately 3 – 4 weeks into use, which in contrast with the majority of other oral anabolic steroids is quite a long time. This is another reason why Halotestin should not be regarded as a preferable mass-gaining compound.

Beginner Halotestin Cycles

Beginner Halotestin Cycle Example (12 weeks total cycle time)
Weeks 1 – 12:
– Testosterone Enanthate at 300 – 500mg/week
Weeks 1 – 6:
– Halotestin (Fluoxymesterone) at 20mg/day

This is a very basic and simple beginner Halotestin cycle where mass gaining is the primary concern. Testosterone Enanthate is utilized at a typical beginner dose of 300 – 500mg weekly in order to provide the beginner with a satisfying amount of mass gaining, which Halotestin is utilized in order to provide the much desired exceptional increase in strength and lean muscle mass for the first 4 – 6 weeks or so of the cycle. To any reader, this cycle is obviously an example of a bulking and/or lean mass gaining cycle.

Intermediate Halotestin Cycles

Intermediate Halotestin Cycle Example (12 weeks total cycle time)
Weeks 1 – 12:
– Testosterone Enanthate at 100mg/week
– Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate) at 400mg/week
Weeks 1 – 6:
– Halotestin (Fluoxymesterone) at 30mg/day

These types of Halotestin cycles provide intermediate users with the ability to utilize what would be considered ‘mild’ anabolic steroids (such as Deca-Durabolin or Equipoise) with the addition of Halotestin in order to provide a very satisfying anabolic effect on the user with a lack of estrogen in the body. This is because compounds such as Nandrolone or Equipoise aromatize into Estrogen at much lower rates than do other anabolic steroids such as Testosterone, and this is the reason why Testosterone is utilized at a Testosterone Replacement Therapy dose. Utilizing Testosterone at Testosterone Replacement Therapy doses eliminates or greatly reduces the ability for the body to aromatize it into Estrogen (something that normally occurs with supraphysiological doses rather than normal physiological Testosterone Replacement Therapy doses). This therefore negates the need for an aromatase inhibitor, as Estrogen is kept under control without it. When Testosterone is relegated to a support role of Testosterone Replacement Therapy at a dose of 100mg weekly, it is present only to maintain normal and proper physiological functions governed by Testosterone in the absence of natural endogenous production of Testosterone due to the use of anabolic steroids in this cycle. This allows other anabolic steroids (in this case, Deca Durabolin and Halotestin) to serve as the primary anabolic compounds).

Advanced Halotestin Cycles

Advanced Halotestin Cycle Example (10 weeks total cycle time)
Weeks 1 – 10:
– Testosterone Propionate at 100mg/week (25mg every other day)
– Trenbolone Acetate at 400mg/week (100mg every other day)
Weeks 6 – 10:
– Halotestin (Fluoxymesterone) at 40mg/day

This is the perfect example of not only an advanced Halotestin cycle, but pre-contest cycle stack with the inclusion of Halotestin in the final 6 weeks of the cycle hypothetically leading up to the contest show. This is considered an extremely androgenic cycle, perfect for individuals who wish to come out at the end of the cycle during the show with the extremely hard and defined 3D look to the physique due to the presence of two of the strongest androgens available: Trenbolone and Halotestin. Testosterone is once again utilized at a TRT dose so as to eliminate the potential for Estrogen conversion while maintaining normal function of physiological levels of Testosterone. Halotestin also provides the dramatic boost in strength during the final 6 weeks as well. Such a cycle can also easily be utilized as a mass-gaining or bulking cycle as well as a cutting cycle during fat loss phases.

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Steroid Cycles and Keeping Muscle Gains

One question potential anabolic steroid users frequently ask is, How long do muscle gains last after you get off a steroid regimen? Some people think that’s a trick question, since many scientists still believe that the majority of gains produced by steroids consist largely of water. In fact, official position statements of several sportsmedicine organizations declare that any gains following steroid use are likely more water than muscle. On the other hand, muscle is 72 percent water anyway. Solid gains would consist of protein and the connective tissue components of muscle. They’d tend to be more permanent than the ephemeral bloat characteristic of pure water gains. Exercise favors protein and connective tissue gains, although, depending on several other factors, such as diet, water may also accompany muscle gains and be reflected on the scales.

Doubts about the genuineness of steroid-induced gains arise from casual observations that many steroid-using athletes don’t appear to be as massive when they aren’t taking the drugs. That leads to the impression that the previously displayed muscle size must be temporary and can only be maintained with a constant steroid regimen.

Another frequent observation is that while the drugs appear to promote muscular gains, they also seem to favor bodyfat losses. That’s readily apparent when you compare so-called natural bodybuilding competitors to their steroid-using peers. The drug users are not only usually more massive, but they also appear to show a far greater degree of muscular definition than the naturals. The effect is so common, in fact, that some bodybuilders who swear they’re natural are often suspect due to their steroidlike degree of muscularity. The consensus is that you just can’t get super-ripped without resorting to drugs.

So the question is, How do anabolic steroid drugs actually affect body composition, and how long do you retain gains after you stop using them? Those questions and others were examined in a recently published study that featured 35 experienced male strength athletes, 19 of whom self-administered anabolic steroids, while 16 were clean.

To assess the men’s body composition, the researchers measured body circumferences at baseline, eight weeks and six weeks after steroid withdrawal (in the steroid users). Since another goal involved determining any differences between effects noted with short- vs. long-term steroid use, nine of the steroid users took the drugs for eight weeks, while 10 others took them for 12 to 16 weeks.

Of those in the study, 28 considered themselves bodybuilders, yet only seven competed in bodybuilding contests. While several of those subjects got their drugs with a physician’s prescription, most purchased the drugs on the black market. They designed their drug regimens after conversing with other athletes and experimenting on their own. The drugs consisted of typical injectable anabolic steroids, such as various types of nandrolones, testosterone and oral drugs such as Stanozolol (Winstrol). One key point is that all of the steroid users took a combination of drugs, a process known as stacking.

After eight weeks the steroid users showed a significant lean body mass increase of 4.5 kilograms, or just a tad under 10 pounds. In contrast, the nondrug users showed no significant changes in lean mass or weight gain. The percentage of fat in the steroid group dropped 1 percent, yet it wasn’t reflected in any loss of muscle mass. The gains in lean mass made by the steroid group persisted after the subjects had been off the drugs for six weeks.

The steroid users also showed size gains in the neck, upper arm, forearm, wrist, thigh and calves that were significantly greater than the nondrug group experienced; however, the measurements of chest circumference, waist and buttocks didn’t differ significantly between the groups.

The size gains made by the steroid users did decrease slightly when they stopped using the drugs but still remained greater than they’d been at the start of the study. Another interesting finding was that gains made by the long-term steroid users weren’t significantly different from those made by the short-term users. The authors think that debunks the long-held idea that a longer steroid cycle produces greater gains.

Another curious result was that the lean mass gains made in the upper arms of the steroid users were twice those of the legs or trunk areas. That wasn’t the result of any training differences, since all subjects trained with similar levels of exercise volume and intensity. It led the authors to conjecture that steroid stacks may affect specific body areas more than others. Taking that a step further, they’re saying that using certain drugs may target some muscle areas more than others. They mention a previous study that found greater gains in the legs and trunk after subjects used nandrolone drugs, such as Deca-Durabolin.

The researchers also carefully measured the composition of the lean mass gains made by the steroid group. While some of the gains did include water, the majority were clearly muscle. They also note that the usual practice of getting back on drugs several weeks after being off, when gains start to recede, appears to make sense, although they warn that the long-term health effects of such cycling remain unknown.

A study published nine years ago examined the effects of body composition changes in seven healthy young men, ages 20 to 24, none of whom were bodybuilders and only one of whom exercised, after they received injections of testosterone enanthate for 12 weeks.2 The study began with five of the subjects getting a 0.75-milligram per kilogram injection of testosterone for four days. Then all seven subjects received a three-milligram per kilogram weekly dose for 12 weeks. That amounts to about 270 milligrams weekly for a 200-pound man, not considered a hefty dose of testosterone. In contrast, a later study that proved the lean-mass-building effects of testosterone used a dose of 600 milligrams a week.

Despite the paltry dose of testosterone provided in this study, the subjects still managed to average a 16-pound gain in lean body mass, which reflected a 12 percent increase above baseline lean mass measurements. They also lost an average of 3.4 kilograms of bodyfat, or 27 percent less than starting values. So a low dose of just one steroid drug led to gains in lean mass coupled with significant fat loss’even in a group that didn’t exercise!

After the subjects stoped getting testosterone injections, the lean mass gains gradually declined to the point where half were gone in two months; however, five to six months after they stopped using the drug, they still showed more lean mass than they had at the start of the study, indicating that the muscle gains were longer lasting than most people expect.

The study concluded with the observation that anabolic steroids promote greater lean mass gains than can be achieved with exercise alone and that such gains consist nearly entirely of muscle. That’s the same conclusion arrived at by a study that used a 600-milligram dose of testosterone, four years after the initial study was published.

At the risk of belaboring the obvious, anabolic steroids do work, and the gains produced are mostly muscle coupled with a significant loss of fat, particularly subcutaneous fat. While some of the muscle increase does decline after the end of a steroid regimen, much of it remains, especially if you continue to train hard and eat correctly.

I also want to add one other observation: If you start with two people who had comparatively equal genetic bodybuilding abilities and put one of them on a steroid-stacking regimen, the drug user will nearly always defeat his or her natural counterpart in bodybuilding or another athletic competition. That’s because drugs such as anabolic steroids provide increased training recovery, as well as greater degrees of muscular size and definition. Anyone who disputes that notion is either dishonest or naive. From a health and longevity viewpoint, however, the odds are likely in favor of those who shun drug use, especially long-term use. IM

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How to Use Proviron with Steroid Cycles and PCT

Q: “How do I use Proviron (Mesterolone) during steroid cycles, during PCT (post-cycle therapy), and between cycles?”

A: Proviron has no use for anabolic or recovery purposes. It does not aid in building muscle and does not aid in recovering LH production or testosterone production.

It’s an odd fact that it doesn’t aid in building muscle. It’s the only compound I know of which activates the androgen receptor yet is valueless in this regard. The reason probably is metabolic deactivation in muscle tissue.

What’s not odd is that it’s valueless for helping recovery of natural LH or of testosterone production. No anabolic steroid is able to provide assistance in these regards: instead their effect is generally inhibitory.

There’s disagreement as to whether Proviron simply doesn’t help recover natural hormone levels or whether it actually impedes recovery. Its effect on LH is difficult to determine because any effect it may have on LH is at most moderate, but LH levels always vary greatly from moment-to-moment. So, if a measurement is a little lower when Proviron is used, is it because Proviron lowered LH, or because the blood draw happened to be at a trough value between blood peaks?

This is quite difficult to determine. One study about 40 or more years ago detected an inhibitory effect on LH levelsfrom 50 mg Proviron per day. The reduction was statistically significant, but levels still averaged in the normal range. On the other hand, a number of scientific studies since have been unable to detect effect of Proviron on LH to statistical significance.

While that probably sounds like a contradiction, not detecting effect to statistical significance is different from detecting that there is no effect. Unfortunately, authors typically write that there “was” no effect rather than put the matter accurately. It’s fair to say from the total body of scientific evidence that any inhibitory effect of Proviron on LH production is at most modest. When fully recovered from a cycle, any inhibitory effect from occasional use is of no importance.

During PCT however, I’ve found that Proviron use makes a noticeable adverse difference on recovery, and I recommend against its use. Proviron formerly had some use during cycles as a weak anti-estrogen, but today, using an anti-aromatase is a much better approach. Where Proviron can provide a use is in the feeling of having good androgen levels, and in enhancing erectile performance in some instances. In terms of physical appearance, sometimes it can enhance apparent hardness or vascularity. I’ve never known anyone to use it for a photo shoot, but if I ever did one myself and had Proviron on hand, I’d use it.

It’s fine to use Proviron occasionally between cycles, if enjoying its use for any reason. There’s no exact needed dose, but for example 50 mg is a typical dose to take occasionally. There’s no harm to taking amount such as 100 or 150 mg, but there’s not necessarily further benefit from the larger dose. I would limit use to not more than a fraction of the time.

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Cutting and Bulking Steroid Cycles

There are loads of great cycles of anabolic steroids aimed at different standards of bodybuilder or looking at different outcome. I’ve just picked out ten great ones and given a brief description for each.

Most importantly – do not even consider using anabolic steroids unless your diet is ideal for gaining muscle mass, even if you are looking to increase your definition. You should also be training very hard and regular. Make sure your natural gains have slowed down if this is to be your first time.

Gynecomastia (presence of female breast tissue) and other aromatising side effects of some anabolic steroids (for example water retention) may be more apparent in certain individuals. If this is a problem take 20mg per day of Nolvadex / Tamoxifen until symptoms disappear, then continue with 10mg per day until the end of the cycle, or Clomid. It is generally thought best not to take Nolvadex unless you have these side effects, though it is good practice to keep some in stock in case it’s required.

Clomid or HCG may be taken post cycle if a few weeks break is expected. This is in order to help kick start your own natural testosterone secretion, to minimise post-cycle side effects and, more importantly, to minimise any muscle loss after a course. There are a number of recommended ways to take Clomid, but an effective method is: 100mg per day for 7 days commencing 7-18 days post cycle depending on what is in the cycle. This is followed by a further 50mg per day for a further 2 weeks.

Some folk prefer to use HCG, and after heavy stacks both may be suggested. HCG should commence during the last week, with a jab weekly, for 3 jabs of 2500iu each.

Beginner Cycle #1

The most frequently asked question in the steroids forum is for a great effective beginners cycle:

Deca durabolin – 200-400mg per week for 8 weeks
Sustanon 250 – 500mg per week for 8 weeks

This is a standard first course recommended by most, even if the individual wishes to lose fat (as diet is the key to fat mobilisation, NOT gear). 400mg of Deca Durabolin per week is generally assumed to be the minimum amount for gains, however, many first time users do extremely well on less than this. Continue on this for the full 8 weeks, but if you are still growing well, why stop? Review gains every two weeks, and it may be continued for 10, 12 or more weeks.

Nolvadex should be on hand in case symptoms of aromatisation become apparent. Clomid should be used post cycle commencing at 10-14 days afterwards.

The testosterone and the Deca Durabolin can be split down into 2-3 shots per week: 250mg of test (1ml) plus 100mg of Deca Durabolin (1ml) mixed into the same syringe, and another of 200mg of Deca Durabolin (2ml).

Beginners Cycle #2 – The Classic Mass Builder
This is a variation on the above:

Deca Durabolin – 400mg per week for 8 weeks
Sustanon 250 – 500mg per week for 8 weeks
Dianabol – 30mg per day, six days per week for 6 weeks

This stack should produce good results for the anabolic steroid user looking for mass. Here the Deca Durabolin should be 400mg for optimum effects, and the Dianabol at the onset helps kick start the cycle while you are waiting for the longer acting Deca Durabolin and test to take effect.

Nolvadex should be on hand in case symptoms of aromatisation become apparent. Clomid should be used post cycle commencing at 10-14 days afterwards. You may hold a lot of water from this brought about by the Dianabol and the testosterone, but this can be reduced by the use of Nolvadex / Tamoxifen or Arimidex.

The dosage of Dianabol may be divided out through out the day and taken every 3-4 hrs as it has such a short half-life. Though most people take half in the morning and half in the evening. Take them with / after a protein-based meal.

The testosterone and the Deca Durabolin can be split down into 3 shots per week: 250mg of test (1ml) plus 100mg of Deca (1ml) mixed into the same syringe, and another of 200mg of Deca (2ml).

Superman’s Super Stack
This is another great lean mass builder, from a prominent member:

Trenbolone – 75mg per day
Winstrol – 50mg per day
Testosterone propionate – 100mg every other day

A six-week course and the usual precautions apply.

Phantomdh’s ‘Sus-deca-dbol-end-with-winny’ Stack
Phantomdh’s favorite cycle is the ‘Sus-deca-dbol-end-with-winny’ cycle:

Sustanon 250 – 500mg per week, weeks 1-10
Deca Durabolin – 400mg per week, weeks 1-10
Dianabol – 35mg per day, weeks 1-4
Winstrol 30mg/ed, weeks 5-10

This is another great mass builder. The usual precautions apply.

A Testosterone-Free Lean Mass Builder

This is one if you want to avoid testosterone-based steroids. It’s too often assumed that just because ‘mild’ steroids like Primobolan are not very androgenic, then they’re not very good mass builders. Remember, all steroids are anabolic, and Primobolan as part of a stack is an excellent adjunct:

Primobolan depot – 300mg per week for 8 weeks
Deca Durabolin – 400mg per week for 8 weeks
Winstrol – 150mg per week, weeks 2-7

This is not a huge stack, but is great for building quality, lean size (coupled with a sensible diet). 

Knorkop’s Frontloader

This is a great cycle from Knorkop, used as an example of frontloading Equipoise and Deca:

Week 1 – Frontloading
Equipoise – 800mg per week
Deca Durabolin – 800mg per week
Testosterone propionate – 100 mg every other day

Week 2
Equipoise – 400mg per week
Deca Durabolin – 400mg per week
Testosterone propionate – 100 mg every other day

Week 3 – 4
Equipoise – 400mg per week
Deca Durabolin – 400mg per week
Winstrol – 50mg every other day

Week 5 – 8
Equipoise – 400mg per week
Deca Durabolin – 400mg per week
Winstrol – 50mg every other day

Week 9 and 10:
Equipoise – 400mg per week
Deca Durabolin – 400mg per week
Testosterone propionate – 100mg every other day

This is a great lean mass builder again, showing how frontloading is done. The downside is a lot of jabs, due to Equipoise being just 50mg per 1ml. The usual precautions apply, and use HCG and Clomid post cycle at 7 days.

Mind Blower Stack
It is a heavy androgenic cycle, and only for use by the experienced gear-user.

Equipoise – 800mg per week, weeks 1-10
Dianabol – 50-75mg per day, weeks 1-5/6 
Testosterone suspension – 100mg per day, weeks 1-4/5
Trenbolone – 150mg per day, last 4-6 weeks
Winstrol at the last – 100mg per day, last 4-6 weeks

This is not for the faint hearted, and certainly for advanced bodybuilders only. Equipoise is used rather than Deca Durabolin so as not to overdo progesterone aromatisation.

Side effects will be high on this so take precautions. I would recommend Nolvadex use throughout at 10mg per day, or Arimidex 1mg every other day. Clomid and HCG post cycle are a must – commence the HCG in the last week of the cycle, but Clomid 14 days afterwards

Another Fave!
Nice and simple, but very effective:

Anadrol 50 – 100mg per day, 6 days per week
Deca Durabolin – 400mg per week

The usual precautions are a must here, with Clomid commencing 7 days post cycle.

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First time anabolic steroid cycles

Beginners are at the most influential stage of their anabolic steroid using journey and are perhaps the most impressionable at the pre-use stage, as well as the actual novice/beginner stage of the first few anabolic steroid cycles. This is because beginner anabolic steroid users as well as individuals who are still engaging in research in preparation to engage in their first anabolic steroid cycle are at the highest risk of being exposed to a vast amount of misinformation, false claims, myths, and dangerous instruction in regards to proper use and anabolic steroid cycling protocols.

The main issue with the world of anabolic steroid use is the fact that because the medical establishment has distanced itself with the anabolic steroid using community (for the purpose of performance and physique enhancement), the development of proper cycling protocols has for the most part been left to individuals who possess absolutely no formal education in human physiology, biochemistry, or medical education. Those few who do possess backgrounds in these fields of science have successfully steered the direction of instruction into proper and truthful pathways. However, the internet and much of the world is saturated with dangerous misinformation, personal opinion, and conflicting information and views. This particular guide to proper anabolic steroid cycles will provide real practical information on real world use, doses, and proper explanations backed by proper explanations of how various instructions pertain to the knowledge of proper human biological and biochemical functions.

Much of the proper safety protocols and guidance pertaining to the manner in which a beginner or first-time anabolic steroid user should proceed in utilizing anabolic steroids has been outlined very clearly in the introduction to this article.

The introduction of this article has been made especially clear of the following instructions and facts:

  • Why first-time users and beginners to anabolic steroid cycles should utilize Testosterone-only as their first anabolic steroid cycle, as well as several subsequent cycles afterwards.
  • Why stacking should never be done on the very first cycle.
  • Why every prospective anabolic steroid user should maximize all natural pathways prior to the decision to utilize anabolic steroids.

All of these points and more have already been covered and answered in as in-depth detail as possible, and it is therefore unnecessary to repeat every explanation here.

Anabolic steroid cycles for the beginner, as with every single practice in this world, is a learning curve. The very first cycle, as well as the subsequent 2 or 3 cycles afterwards, is performed in specific methodology so as to allow the beginner to experience, gauge, test, and explore his own body’s reactions to these hormones. As every individual’s reaction is different to different hormones in supraphysiological levels, a first-time cycle should always be treated as an explorative test-run.

This is not to say that an individual cannot gain a significant amount of muscle mass or make stellar progress, but the first few cycles for a beginner anabolic steroid user serve the purpose of allowing individuals to learn about themselves and learn about the effects of Testosterone first-hand. Some preliminary considerations must also be considered so as to ensure that a beginner’s first-time cycle is run as perfectly and as smoothly as possible:

  1. Ensure nutrition and training experience is sufficient enough so as to make meaningful and safe progress from a beginner anabolic steroid cycle.
  2. Ensure that nutrition and training methods are properly structured and as perfect as possible so as to ensure proper progress (for example, if bulking, caloric intake must be high enough in a surplus so as to allow new muscle growth, and training must also be properly tweaked and perfected prior to engaging in any anabolic steroid cycles. Failure to meet these requirements will result in less than desirable progress, gains, and often times will result in absolutely zero progress (often leaving the beginner wondering why their anabolic “steroids didn’t work” when the reality is that the problem is not with the anabolic steroids but with the individual’s inadequate/improper nutritional habits and training methods).
  3. Ensure proper monetary preparation. Individuals ill-prepared to invest the proper amounts of money required to construct into a PROPER cycle will always result in failure and possible damage due to improperly structured cycles. Ignoring this important preliminary consideration will result in regret. Anabolic steroids are very serious drugs that are not cheap, and must be utilized properly with the proper background knowledge. An individual who is not serious enough (or incapable) to invest the appropriate amounts of money is not serious enough to engage in anabolic steroid use.
  4. Very important: Ensure all appropriate drugs, ancillary drugs/compounds (such as SERMS, AIs, etc.), support supplements and all necessary components required for the cycle are within possession prior to beginning. The internet, gyms, and the whole world is full of individuals who were too impatient to begin anabolic steroid use prior to making sure that all components were in possession prior to starting. Without all components (including the full amount of anabolic steroid(s) required for a full cycle), individuals will generate a high risk of encountering side effects that cannot be dealt with due to the lack of components as a result of rushing into a cycle. Many individuals have developed full gynecomastia (breast tissue) as a result of beginning a cycle prior to holding any SERMS or AIs in possession in the event that gynecomastia becomes an issue. 

These are all basic preliminary considerations that are especially important for beginners to anabolic steroid use, but they also apply to all 3 tiers of users (beginner, intermediate, and advanced).

The Best and Worst Anabolic Steroid Choices for Beginner Steroid Cycles

It is important for every beginner to understand what is an appropriate choice for a cycle and what is not, and what choices are merely acceptable (not a stellar choice but not a horrible one either). It has already been established that a very first cycle consisting of Testosterone-only is the best and safest choice for a beginner. The reasons for such a choice have already been made very clear. With this being said, the most appropriate choices of compounds will be covered here.

One very important detail to be made clear to any and all beginners is the fact that not only should oral anabolic steroids not be used in a cycle, but that absolutely no cycle should ever consist of only oral anabolic steroids under any circumstances. The decision to run a cycle consisting of only a single anabolic steroid and no injectable compounds is most usually the very first decision of any beginner or individual looking to begin anabolic steroid use. This is usually the result of a fear of needles, but this must be overcome, and once overcome it becomes much easier afterwards. Oral anabolic steroids are not designed to be run solitarily (on their own), and instead serve to act as supplementary compounds to a solid base cycle that should always include injectable compounds, of which an essentially required injectable being Testosterone (for every single cycle). Injectable compounds are the base compounds of any cycle, and all orals are meant to be supplementary or ‘kickstarting’ compounds (this will be explained later).

With this being said, there are various injectable compounds that require very frequent injections, while there are also more beginner-friendly compounds that require infrequent administration of injections. For example, Testosterone Enanthate or Testosterone Cypionate are both known as long-estered compounds that exhibit a very slow window of release and a long half-life incomparison to other fast-acting anabolic steroids such as Testosterone Propionate. Long-estered compounds such as Testosterone Enanthate are commonly utilized by beginners and are very suitable for beginners due to the fact that beginners and first-time users are commonly shy, scared, and/or squeamish when the issue of needles and injections are concerned.

Once again, the reader must be reminded that anabolic steroids are very serious drugs, and every individual, if considering the use of anabolic steroids, must engage in proper administration protocols. If an individual is not serious enough to perform proper administration via injection of anabolic steroids, then he/she is not serious enough to engage in anabolic steroid use.

The following lists are in order of the most appropriate choice of compounds to the most inappropriate (top to bottom of the lists):

IDEAL BEGINNER COMPOUNDS FOR A FIRST-TIME ANABOLIC STEROID CYCLE:

  • Testosterone Enanthate
  • Testosterone Cypionate
  • Sustanon 250 (blend of 4 different esterified Testosterone variants)
  • Testosterone Propionate

IDEAL BEGINNER COMPOUNDS FOR USE IN SUBSEQUENT BEGINNER ANABOLIC STEROID CYCLES:

  • Testosterone Enanthate
  • Testosterone Cypionate
  • Sustanon 250 (blend of 4 different esterified Testosterone variants)
  • Testosterone Propionate
  • Equipoise (Boldenone Undecylenate)
  • Deca-Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate)
  • Injectable Winstrol (Stanozolol)

MODERATELY ACCEPTABLE BEGINNER COMPOUNDS FOR USE IN SUBSEQUENT BEGINNER ANABOLIC STEROID CYCLES (SHOULD IDEALLY BE INCLUDED LATER ON AFTER BUILDING CYCLE EXPERIENCE):

  • Nandrolone Phenylpropionate
  • Oral Winstrol (Stanozolol)
  • Dianabol (Methandrostenolone, Methandienone)
  • Anavar (Oxandrolone)
  • Injectable Primobolan (Methenolone Enanthate)
  • Oral Primobolan (Methenolone Acetate)

COMPLETELY UNNACEPTABLE COMPOUNDS FOR BEGINNERS (FOR EITHER INTERMEDIATE OR ADVANCED USERS ONLY)

  • Anadrol (Oxymetholone)
  • Masteron (Drostanolone)
  • Trenbolone

In the case of anabolic steroids such as Testosterone Enanthate, Testosterone Cypionate, Sustanon 250, Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca-Durabolin) and Equipoise (Boldenone Undecylenate), these anabolic steroids are known as long-estered compounds. As mentioned earlier, this indicates that they possess long half-lives and must be injected twice weekly where the full weekly dose is split evenly into two injections. For example, a 500mg/week Testosterone Enanthate cycle would require a 250mg injection on Monday followed by a 250mg injection on Thursday. This is so as to maintain proper stable steady peak blood plasma levels of the hormone. Although individuals can still make progress with a single weekly injection, twice weekly injections are ideal in order to maintain stable and steady peak blood plasma levels. Failure to do so will result in increased incidence and intensity of side effects due to peaks and valleys in unstable blood plasma levels.
For more specific details in regards to the half-life of individual particular anabolic steroids and for specific detailed administration instructions, please read each individual anabolic steroid profile.

Beginner Cycle Examples

The following cycle examples are in chronological order. That is to say that the following cycle examples are examples of cycles as a beginner would progress from a first-time cycle to subsequent cycles afterwards, and to a third cycle after that, and so on and so forth as a beginner slowly gains experience. As a beginner builds cycle experience, he would slowly add different compounds so as to ‘test the waters’, although it should be made clear that any beginner’s first two or three cycles should consist of Testosterone-only.

First-Time Beginner Cycle Example (12 weeks total cycle time)

Weeks 1 – 12:

  • Testosterone Enanthate at 300 – 500mg/week

Beginner Cycle Example #1 (14 weeks total cycle time)

Weeks 1 – 14:

  • Testosterone Enanthate at 300 – 500mg/week
  • Equipoise at 400mg/week

Beginner Cycle Example #2 (12 weeks total cycle time)

Weeks 1 – 12:

  • Testosterone Enanthate at 300 – 500mg/week
  • Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca Durabolin) at 400mg/week

Beginner Cycle Example #3 (12 weeks total cycle time)

Weeks 1 – 12:

  • Testosterone Enanthate at 300 – 500mg/week
  • Nandrolone Decanoate (AKA Deca Durabolin) at 400mg/week

Weeks 1 – 4:

  • Dianabol at 25mg/day

Oral Anabolic Steroids for ‘Kickstarting’

‘Kickstarting’ is a practice that should be used once a beginner has obtained a fair amount of cycle experience to the point where oral anabolic steroids are now stacked with other compounds. This is a technique whereby the user will include an oral anabolic steroid in a cycle for the first several weeks (this is usually done in tandem with a long-estered injectable anabolic steroid due to the longer kick-in period). Because the kick-in period for most injectables (especially long esters) is a matter of a few weeks into a cycle, one usually will not experience the positive effects until such time. The oral anabolic steroid utilized during these first few weeks will enable the user to experience the positive anabolic effects of the oral while the effects of the injectable compound slowly increase. By the time the oral compound is discontinued (or nearing the end of its use), the injectable compound’s anabolic effects are in full swing and a near seamless transition is made. Dianabol is one such anabolic steroid that is commonly utilized to this effect as a kickstarting compound due to its considerable anabolic strength.

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The Use of HCG Between Steroid Cycles

My most common recommendation with HCG is to use it only during cycles to avoid testicular atrophy and to maintain testicular responsiveness. When this is done, then as soon as LH production is restored with SERM use or with time, the testes are immediately responsive to produce testosterone.However, as your question suggests, HCG can also provide benefit between cycles.

I recommend avoiding HCG for at least the first two weeks after the recovery period has started. By the start of the recovery period, I mean the time point where androgen levels from anabolic steroids taken during the cycle have fallen sufficiently to allow LH production to begin to resume. HCG use during this early phase can interfere with recovery of LH. I’m not saying it’s impossible to recover LH production while using HCG, but HCG use impairs the process.

HCG use during recovery does make it impossible to determine by “feel” whether recovery of LH is occurring. LH could be near zero while testosterone is normal or high-normal.
Ideally, a blood test for LH is taken at about 2-4 weeks into the recovery to establish for a fact whether LH production has recovered. This is optional: many don’t do it but instead go simply from how they feel and perform, which can be a good basis if HCG was not used during recovery.

When confident for either of these reasons that a good recovery has occurred, then a bridging, or between cycle, use of HCG can begin. I recommend starting with a modest amount, such as about 250-275 IU 3x/week. At this usage level, a 5000 IU vial lasts 6 weeks.

If you already have been using letrozole or another aromatase inhibitor when off-cycle and have found a dosage suitable for you to maintain ideal estradiol levels (low 20′s pg/mL), then at first use the aromatase inhibitor at that same dosage while using HCG. If you don’t already have information on your estradiol levels, then at first don’t add an aromatase inhibitor. Save it for when you have blood test results.

HCG use between cycles is one time that blood work really should be taken more seriously than it commonly is. If wanting to use HCG between cycles, I strongly recommend against guesswork. If it’s gotten wrong, then LH production will be shut down not only during the cycles, but in most of the off weeks as well. For the hypothalamus and pituitary, it can become the equivalent of using steroids almost every week of the year.

In most cases when estradiol is kept at a good level, normal LH production can be maintained while using HCG at about 200-275 IU 3x/week. This can provide substantially higher testosterone levels, typically high-normal, than when HCG is not used. The benefit between cycles can be noticeable, with no adverse side effects at all.
About 2 weeks into HCG use, LH and estradiol should be tested. If estradiol is outside the low 20′s pg/mL range, aromatase use should be adjusted. If estradiol is good but LH is low, HCG use should be decreased, for example to 250 IU twice per week.

Where estradiol and LH levels are good, optionally HCG dosage may be increased. There’s no reason to go past about 1500 IU/week, as further benefit past that level is unlikely. Retesting should be performed after each adjustment of HCG dose.

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Steroid Cycles

All potential anabolic steroid users should first understand the positive and navigate effects associated with anabolic steroid use. If it’s your first time, you should probably use only one anabolic steroid. The most popular is Nandrolone decanoate, commonly known as Deca-Durabolin. It is considered to have the best result to side effect ratio. Because it is an anabolic steroid and has no significant androgenic properties, it does not convert to estrogen or DHT. When using a anabolic steroid  that has high androgenic effects, it is imperative to use an anti-estrogen toward the end of the cycle to prevent side effects associated with extremely high estrogen levels such as gynecomastia. The biggest factors leading to negative side effects is the use of a fake anabolic steroid, improper use of a anabolic steroid, or not being able to recognize the side effect when it is in its early stages. Please read over the side effects area before using any type of anabolic steroid. 

Beginners Deca-Durabolin Cycle

A common one steroid cycle for a novice would be to inject 200-400mg of Deca once per week for 8 weeks. When combined with a healthy high protein diet, a person can expect to put on a good amount of size and strength. The results a person gets are dependent on a few things like diet, exercise routine, and rest. A beginner should start with about 200mg/week, and no more than 400mg/week.

Beginners Deca-Durabolin and Dianabol Cycle

Another good beginners cycle is the Deca-Durabolin and Dianabol cycle. Which would be 200-400mg of Deca-Durabolin once per week and about 15-25mg of Dianabol each day for about 6-8 weeks. It is a good idea to spread the Dianabol out over the course of the day to allow more stable levels of the drug to enter the system (i.e. one 5mg tab every few hours during the day).

Testosterone and Deca-Durabolin Cycle

This is a good basic mass building cycle for an intermediate steroid user. An effective dosage for an intermediate would be about 500mg of Testosterone each week (i.e. Sustanon, Testosterone Cypionate, Testosterone Enanthate, etc…) and 200-300mg of Deca-Durabolin each week. It is a good idea to have 2 injections per week because of the volume of oil. For example, inject 1cc of Sustanon 250 and 1cc of Deca-Durabolin every Monday and Friday for 8 weeks.

Testosterone and Equipoise Cycle

Similar to the Testosterone and Deca Cycle listed above except use Equipoise in place of Deca-Durabolin.

Testosterone and Winstrol Cycle

This is another good cycle for an intermediate steroid user. An effective dosage for an intermediate would be about 500mg of testosterone each week (i.e. Sustanon, Testosterone Cypionate, Testosterone Enanthate, etc…) and 25-50mg of Winstrol each day.

Equipoise and Winstrol Cycle

This is a good cycle for people who are interested in losing bodyfat while maintaining muscle size and strength. An effective dosage for an intermediate would be about 400mg of Equipoise. This is way you can take all 400mg in one injection per week. Along with 50mg of Winstrol each day.

Post Cycle Therapy

After all steroid cycles men should use Clomid to help restore natural testosterone production in the body. Testosterone boosting supplements such as Tribulus Terrestris are also helpful in raising natural testosterone production. About 1-2 weeks after your last injection you should take 50mg of Clomid each day and 500mg of Tribulus Terrestris twice per day for 3 weeks.

Some people also like to load up on Creatine after a steroid cycle to help maintain their gains and prevent a post cycle crash.

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