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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Boldenone as an Anabolic Steroid

The use of Boldenone has long been a popular drug for administration in various animals, such as cattle. Boldenone has been shown to improve the growth and feed conversion of cattle resulting in more efficient meat production. Structurally, boldenone differs only slightly from testosterone in that it possesses a double bond at the 1st position on the A-ring of the steroid structure. The two drugs however are very different in their effects and metabolism. Furthermore, the literature states that Boldenone is, in fact, orally available in humans despite lacking a methyl group to protect the 17-OH group. However given the chemical properties of Boldenone (as Undecylenate), namely that it is a liquid at room temperature; this would obviously pose a significant problem in producing an oral version of this hormone. The literature is not clear on the difference in potency between orally administrated versus injected Boldenone, probably again due to the lack of use of Boldenone in an oral manner.

Many see Boldenone as a relatively weak steroid, with little use in bodybuilding. In more recent years however, it has become more popular along with other steroids such as Methenolone. Many people suggest that its sole use is in increasing appetite. Certainly this mechanism is true of use in cattle and one reason why it is extensively used in the cattle and meat production industry. Most users do report that of all anabolic steroids, Boldenone is the best for increasing appetite.

However, the use of Boldenone is gradually becoming more respected by many top athletes, and more than just for its appetite-enhancing properties. I suspect that in previous years bodybuilders have not found Boldenone use as beneficial due to the preparations available to them.

Contrary to what many bodybuilders think, high mg/ml preparations of Boldenone Bndecylenate are fully feasible. As this hormone is a liquid at room temperature, even preparations of up to 500mg/ml and beyond should be pain-free when injected. As the hormone crashing in the muscle post-injection usually causes pain, and as Boldenone Undecylenate is unable to crystallise being a liquid, this will not occur. Fortunately, many ‘underground labs’ are producing preparations of Boldenone Undecylenate at a concentration of at least 200mg/ml, meaning dosages approaching 1000mg per week should not prove troublesome.

At higher doses of Boldenone, users can expect to reap better results than previously suggested cycles of 400mg/week or lower. Boldenone itself does aromatise, however this occurs at a significantly less rate than that of testosterone. Thus users should not have to worry about the onset of gynecomastia or other estrogen-related side effects, unless using very high doses and are highly sensitive to estrogen. However for the vast majority, negative estrogenic issues will not occur. It should be noted that there are benefits to estrogen presence (up regulation of androgen receptors for example), thus the small amount of aromatisation is of actual benefit, largely speaking. Boldenone possesses decent anabolic properties, however is a very mild androgen, thus those users who suffer bad side-effects of strong androgens (such as trenbolone for example) should not see such side effects with boldenone use (unless very high doses are used).

As already mentioned, one of the most appealing positive effects of Boldenone use is the dramatic increase in appetite. This makes Boldenone a useful addition in my opinion, to people who struggle to consume large amounts of calories (which are needed for muscle growth), and moreover it may be useful for combining with heavy cycles, where higher doses of other AS tend to suppress the user’s appetite. There is obviously little point in running heavy cycles if they are going to significantly inhibit your gains by suppression of your appetite whilst on a cycle, thus Boldenone may offer an advantage in this sense to the advanced bodybuilder who uses heavier cycles.

One further property of Boldenone that is most advantageous to athletes who partake in cardiovascular exercises is that boldenone directly stimulates the kidneys to produce erythropoeitin (EPO). EPO is a hormone that increases the number of red blood cells in your blood, thus increasing blood viscosity but more importantly allowing more oxygen to be carried to the cells in your body, improving performance of aerobic exercises. This may also help increase vascularity in users as well. Overall however, as Boldenone is a mild AS, the negative side effects will be at a minimum, although some androgenic effects such as acne and increased body hair may start to occur at high doses.

Suggested Use / Cycles
Given the mild nature of Boldenone, one should not expect dramatic gains. One may compare the gains from Boldenone to that of Methenolone (primobolan) for example, in that the gains are slow and steady, however generally quite retainable post-cycle. As there is little aromatisation, little water weight will be put on, so many may be disheartened at the beginning of a cycle when compared to an AS such as testosterone, which will put on several pounds of water in the first week. However one must remember that this water will be lost post-cycle, and if one can gain 1lb of muscle per week then little more can be asked of any AS. Given the relatively long half-life of the undecylenate ester (at least 8 days) and the mild nature of boldenone, it is best taken for a minimum of 10-12 weeks. Users do tend to suggest that the drug is best utilised in longer cycles. PCT should begin approximately 3-4 weeks after the last shot of Boldenone Undecylenate. Although many people claim Boldenone is useful for cutting given its low aromatisation rates and increasing vascularity, the amplification of appetite is a negative aspect for cutting. Thus it is my opinion that the best use of Boldenone is as part of a bulking cycle. This use gets the most out of Boldenone’s benefits – namely increased appetite.

Alternatively Boldenone could be stacked with other non-aromatising drugs such as Primobolan (methenolone) or Masteron (drostanolone) where the small amount of estrogen produced by Boldenone is beneficial and the resultant gains should be lean and more easily kept. Given the long undecylenate ester (11 carbons) normally attached to Boldenone, injecting the hormone twice a week is more than sufficient, although favourable for stable blood levels over injecting once per week. If one purely wants to use Boldenone for its appetite enhancing properties, lower doses of 400mg/week should suffice for this purpose, although the full benefit of Boldenone in my opinion is not achieved at these lower doses. Some example cycles are outlined below (I recommend in all cases 500IUs HCG is administered weekly from week 1 throughout the cycle as this will significantly aid recovery by helping to stop shut-down from fully occurring):

Novice Mass Cycle

  • 500mg Testosterone Enanthate/Cypionate pw, weeks 1-12
  • 600mg Boldenone Undecylenate pw, weeks 1-11
  • Dianabol 30mg ed weeks 1-4 (alternatively the injectables can be doubled in the first week for a front-load)
  • PCT – 3 weeks after last testosterone injection

Low-aromatising Mass Cycle

  • 800mg Boldenone Undecylenate pw, weeks 1-12
  • 600mg Primobolan (Methenolone Enanthate) pw, weeks 1-13
  • (Optional – Anavar 60mg ed, weeks 1-16)
  • PCT – 3 weeks after last Primobolan injection

Advanced Mass Cycle (For very experienced users – recommend regular bloodwork before, during and after such a cycle)

  • 500IUs HCG pw, weeks 1-18
  • 1000-1500mg Testosterone Enanthate/Cypionate/Sust pw, weeks 1-16
  • 500-750mg Deca (Nandrolone Decanoate) pw, weeks 1-14
  • 800-1000mg Boldenone Undecylenate pw, weeks 1-14
  • 150-200mg NPP (Nandrolone Phenylpropionate) eod, weeks 14-18
  • 150-200mg Testosterone Propionate eod, weeks 16-18
  • 100-150mg Trenbolone Acetate eod, weeks 12-18
  • (Optional kick-start with 40-50mg dianabol ed weeks 1-4)
  • PCT – 3 days after last Trenbolone Acetate injection
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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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Anabolic Steroid Use and Elevated Liver Enzyme Levels

Your liver is your life. That sounds like a grandiose statement, but it’s true. The human liver is located behind the lower ribs, right below the diaphragm on the right side of the abdomen. It averages slightly more than three pounds in weight and is six inches thick. Without a functioning liver, you’d die a miserable death. Common food elements like protein would put you into a coma, since the by-products of protein metabolism, such as ammonia, would increase in the blood. In fact, many common food elements and drugs would prove fatal if you didn’t have this organ around to render them innocuous.

The liver is a potent chemical-processing plant. It quietly performs more than 500 vital functions, including the following:

  • Manufactures bile, which is needed for complete fat absorption.
  • Converts protein, carbohydrate and fat into other elements.
  • Metabolizes drugs, including alcohol.
  • Cleanses the blood of toxins.
  • Produces blood-clotting factors, without which a minor cut could prove fatal.
  • Stores nutrients—such as fat-soluble vitamins A,D, E, and K; vitamin B12 and carbohydrate—as glycogen.
  • Maintains blood glucose levels by way of liver glycogen breakdown and release into the blood as glucose.
  • Synthesizes cholesterol and protein carriers for cholesterol in the blood.
  • Produces immune factors that protect against disease.

That’s just a partial list. Obviously, you want to maintain proper liver function for maximum health. Many things are known to harm the liver, including excessive alcohol intake and drug use. From an athletic standpoint, certain types of anabolic steroids are frequently mentioned as having bad effects on liver function. They’re usually oral drugs that are classified as 17-alpha ankylated drugs.

The designation “17-alpha ankylated” refers to a change made on position 17 of the basic steroid structure. Scientists developed the testosterone derivatives after noticing that orally taken testosterone is degraded in the liver in a process called first-pass metabolism. Drug developers circumvented that formidable problem by making testosterone available in an injectable form, which bypasses initial first-pass liver metabolism, and by manipulating the basic steroid chemical structure, as is the case with oral 17-alpha ankylated anabolic steroids.

While the structural change in oral anabolic steroids did result in a far slower rate of breakdown in the liver, it also led to an inordinate buildup of such drugs in the liver. Since the injectable versions of steroids don’t build up in the liver as much as oral versions, the injectables are considered less of a problem in terms of normal liver function.

The oral drugs adversely affect the liver through several mechanisms. For example, they interfere with the function of certain liver enzymes. Anabolic steroids are known to increase the activity of some liver enzymes while downgrading that of others. One enzyme that’s increased with oral anabolic steroid use is hepatic triglyceride lipase, which degrades high-density lipoprotein (HDL), a beneficial cholesterol carrier in the blood. A lowered HDL level is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Athletes who use oral anabolic steroids nearly always show depressed HDL levels. The buildup of 17-alpha ankylated oral anabolic steroids in the liver leads to a type of toxic or chemical hepatitis. Hepatitis, by the way, is a general word for an inflammation of the liver and can be caused by various factors, such as drug use and viruses. Oral steroids cause liver inflammation by promoting an increase in the size of liver cells, which leads to a congestion of bile flow through ducts in the liver that empty into the gallbladder, where bile is stored.

The interference with bile flow induced by the effects of anabolic steroids on liver cells is called cholestasis. It usually occurs only in people who use higher doses of oral steroids or who use such steroids for extended periods of time. Certain oral steroids are reputed to have more potent toxic effect in the liver and to promote the liver swelling that can lead to cholestasis. They include Oxymetholone (Anadrol) and Fluoxymesterone (Halotestin), although it may be that those drugs cause problems because they’re often used in higher doses than other oral steroids. Both drugs are 17-alpha ankylated, as are most oral steroids.

According to existing medical research, most cases of serious liver ailments due to oral anabolic steroid use have involved hospitalized patients who were given oral steroids such as Anadrol to combat rare blood anemias. Many stayed on oral steroids for three or more years. The consensus of medical reviews is that certain potentially adverse liver changes do occur with athletic use—with the extent of the changes again depending on the drugs used, the doses and the length of time—but the changes regress when the athletes stop using the steroids. The liver is known to have an amazing capacity for regeneration unless it’s irrevocably damaged, a scenario that rarely occurs with short-term steroid use.

Physicians often warn about elevated liver enzyme levels due to oral anabolic steroid use. While that could indicate an inflammation of the liver, the problem is that some of the measured liver enzymes aren’t specific to the liver and exist in other tissues. For example, two enzymes found in liver, ALT and AST, also exist in muscle. Any type of injury to muscle—including the kind that occurs with intense weight training—causes an elevation of those enzymes in the blood. A physician who’s not looking at the big picture—or measuring levels of other liver and muscle enzymes—may wrongly conclude that such liver enzyme increases are indicative of liver problems. Measuring enzymes such as creatine kinase and GGT would provide a more definitive picture of existing liver function, as would liver imaging tests.

One visible early sign of liver inflammation due to oral steroid use is jaundice, which is characterized by a retention of bile in the body, leading to a yellow discoloration in the skin and whites of the eyes. Anyone using oral anabolic steroids should stop using them immediately if such symptoms occur. If you ignore the symptoms, you’re at risk for a more serious liver complication.

Peliosis hepatis, as it’s called, consists of blood-filled cysts in the liver. It’s thought to be due to cholestasis; that is, the elevated pressure in liver tissue brought about by lack of proper bile flow in the liver leads to a breakdown of liver cells followed by the appearance of the cysts. The blood-filled cysts can rupture, leading to death. Most cases of peliosis have occurred in hospitalized patients on long-term steroid therapy, although the occurrence of peliosis isn’t dependent on dosage.

One published instance of peliosis involved a 27-year-old bodybuilder who was using a steroid stack consisting of oxandrolone (Anavar), methandrostenolone (Dianabol), nandrolone (Durabolin) and testosterone for five weeks. What he took before that time wasn’t disclosed in the published report. The interesting aspect is that the drug stack he used isn’t considered highly toxic to the liver. The bodybuilder may have used more toxic oral steroids over a longer period, however, or he may have taken a drug such as Nolvadex, an estrogen blocker that few bodybuilders know can also cause peliosis if used in too high a dose for too long.

The other serious liver disease often linked to oral anabolic steroid use is liver cancer. Reviews of liver cancer in various medical journals indicate that it’s of a more benign nature than other cancers. Simply put, the liver tumors that develop with steroid use usually regress if the person stops using the drugs. That’s not always the case, however.

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Steroid Preconditions and Side effects

Anabolic steroids promote strength gain, muscle synthesis, and increased metabolic capacity. Their responsible, moderate use improves athletic performance, cosmetic appearance, and perceived social opportunity and self-esteem. However, anabolics achieve their effects by perturbing the human endocrine system, a complex feedback mechanism of glands and organs that are, in healthy and youthful persons, in an exquisite state of natural balance. Compounds like anabolic steroids that alter this balance are appropriate for use only by mature, well-trained athletes who understand these drugs, their risks and their benefits. Except in the case of prospective users of clear promise for national or international ranking in a sport, realistically hopeful for the kinds of benefits such ranking confers, the following should be characteristic of anyone, of any age, prior to the addition of anabolic steroids to a training regime:

1. PHYSICAL MATURITY. Anabolic steroids can, through either direct or indirect effects, cause premature closure of the epiphyseal plates (growth plates) at the end of bone, an irreversible effect that may result in permanently shorter stature than the athlete would otherwise achieve. Therefore, the athlete should have reached full physical stature and maturity of the skeleton before contemplating anabolic use. In most cases, full stature is not reached until the very late teens and, in many cases, development of both long skeletal bones and joint assemblies (hips and shoulders) continues into the early 20’s, development of the larynx (voice box) into the mid-20’s.

2. SIGNIFICANT MATURE MUSCULARITY. Anabolic steroids have poor effect, or transitory effect, on athletes in mediocre condition; in addition, their tendency to boost muscle strength ahead of the strength of supporting tendons and ligaments can lead to debilitating injury in athletes without substantial prior training. Therefore, the athlete should have accumulated a significant amount of mature muscle mass and tendon strength through a dedicated program of resistance training prior to beginning anabolic use. Recognizing that there is substantial individual variability in training efficiency and effects, a minimum of 3 years, perhaps as many as 7, of dedicated weight training is required to achieve this necessary physical foundation, on which anabolics can be used safely and to best effect.

3. THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE. Anabolic steroids are not a substitute for proper technique or applied knowledge of the basics of exercise physiology. Therefore, the athlete considering the use of anabolics should have a very thorough and detailed knowledge of lifting technique, dietary practice, recuperative processes, and hormonal and nonhormonal supplementation, and should if possible prepare for the use of anabolics under the guidance of a trusted mentor who has mastered these issues. In particular, the athlete should have an excellent understanding of the uses, effects, and risk profiles of anabolics, and should be thoroughly conversant with the kinds of ancillary agents that minimize side-effects and speed post-cycle recovery. Recognizing that there is substantial individual variability in the pace at which this knowledge is acquired, at least a year of arduous study and reading is necessary to understand anabolics and post-cycle recovery, and at least 4 years of practice is required to establish the requisite knowledge base of lifting technique, recuperation, and diet.

4. PSYCHOLOGICAL MATURITY. Anabolic steroids can have marked effect on mood and disposition, either during the cycle of active use, or its aftermath. Therefore, the athlete considering the use of anabolics should have the psychological health and maturity that will enable him or her to use anabolics with minimal social, psychological, and legal risk to both him/herself and his/her network of partners and collaborators. In addition, the athlete should be firm enough in purpose and balanced enough in approach to understand not only how and when to initiate use of anabolics, but how and when to curtail or abandon use safely should that need arise.

The use of anabolic steroids is unwise for persons who have not satisfied these prerequisites, though exceptions may be made in cases of very unusual athletic promise. While not a function of mere calendar age per se, it is unarguable that, on average, the likelihood that these conditions will have been met increases as the age of the prospective anabolic user increases.

For the reasons adduced above, the following statement of consensus opinion is made:

Allowing for substantial individual variability, and with the exception of cases of truly outstanding athletic promise, the athlete considering the use of anabolics should be socially and physically mature, psychologically healthy, and should have completed 4 to 7 years of dedicated, mentored training in strength/endurance athletics and study in lifting technique, dietary practices, recuperation skills and supplementation. In most cases, the athlete will have reached the age of 21 before these prerequisites are in place, recognizing that many athletes will not have achieved the necessary experience, physical maturity, and psychic balance until their mid-20’s or even later.

There are many side effects, some of which are specific to teen users:

  • Acne
  • Possible increase in Male Pattern Baldness
  • Gynecomastia
  • Stunted growth (premature closing of growth plates – not only affects height, but also other long bones such as collar bone)
  • Natural testosterone production supression (not ideal at such an important time for your endocrine system)
  • Risk of injury (anabolics normally provide an increase in strength. Muscles react more quickly than tendons. This can be an issue even for veteran lifters – potentially much more of a problem for novice trainers who’s form is still likely to be poor)
  • Possible liver stress with alkylated steroids
  • Possible sexual dysfunction
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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):


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


  • 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)


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


  • 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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