The dosage is very important and it will determine the benefits you receive. To see gains you will have to take a large dose (a substantial improvement over a therapeutic dose). Below the therapeutic dose, the body may suppress the endogenous Testosterone. A 100mg dose of Testosterone Cypionate or Enanthate in a week is considered a therapeutic dose. But if the dosage is increased to 250 or 500mg per week, it will start supporting muscle growth.
A Typical First Time Steroid Cycle
From week 1 to 12- Testosterone Cypionate or Enanthate (250-500mg every week).
From week 13 to 15- No anabolic steroids. This is an off period to allow the Testosterone to clear from your body.
From week 16 to 17- Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) 40mg every day.
From week 18 to 19- Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) 20mg every day.
Advanced Steroid Cycles
Advanced steroid cycles are only for those who have successfully completed several steroid cycles. At this point it is assumed that the individual has gained complete knowledge of creating and administering steroids to himself.
Advanced steroid users may use more potent compounds such as Trenbolone and Anadrol, but the Testosterone-only cycle is not ruled out either. A lot of advanced users would rather use Testosterone than any other advanced anabolic steroid. Many beginners are often surprised when they see that a senior is still using Testosterone which is thought of as a basic anabolic steroid, but they are misunderstanding the scenario. These advanced users possess a complete understanding of their body and how it reacts to different anabolic steroids, which they have gained after years of using anabolic steroids.
Apart from knowing how to procure legit anabolic steroids and possessing an extensive understanding of the administering protocol, advanced users also know what supplements they have to take to counteract side effects. There are many kinds of advanced steroid cycles. Here is more information on some of them.
The Three-Week Blitz
The three-week Blitz is a 14-week cycle and includes 5 anabolic steroids, each of which is taken for three weeks. The anabolic steroids in this cycle are Dianabol, Sustanon, Anavar, Primobolan and Deca-Durabolin. The user begins with Dianabol, which he takes for two weeks by itself. In the third week, he stacks it with Sustanon. The next week is a standalone Sustanon week. In the third Sustanon week, he stacks it with Anavar and so on. The last two weeks are recovery weeks and here the user takes Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin or HCG.
The Double Mini
The Double Mini cycle is also a 14 week cycle. Here, the user stacks two anabolic steroids for six weeks, say Deca-Durabolin and Anadrol. The next two weeks are recovery weeks, with HCG. In the seconds mini cycle (which is again for six weeks), he stacks the same compounds again. When the seconds mini cycle ends, he rests for two months.
The Inverted Pyramid
This eight week advanced cycle starts with a large dosage of three steroids- Deca-Durabolin, Testoviron Depot and Winstrol. The quantity is gradually tapered off, and by the end of the eighth week he is actually taking a very small dose of the three steroids. For this reason, the Inverted Pyramid cycle is quite popular among athletes who have to undergo drug testing. This steroid cycle should not be used by beginners for the obvious reason that it has very high initial doses.
The 14 week Diamond cycle and the Inverted Diamond cycle are opposites of each other. Here, the user begins with a small dosage of two steroids (Dianabol and Sustanon) which he increases until the eighth week. From the ninth week, he decreases the dosage, until it is back to the initial dosage. The 11th and the 12th week are recovery weeks, with HCG.
Workouts and Diet
No matter how hard a natural body builder works, he will never be able to obtain the mass and strength that a body builder taking anabolic steroids can achieve. But even the latter has to follow a dedicated exercise routine to build up his muscle mass. There is another reason why you have to workout. Sometimes, steroids can lead to excessive bloating and cause other side effects. The best way to fight these problems is to burn body fat and treat the water retention.
To shake your muscles out of homeostasis and get them into body building mode, you will need to work out intensely. Keep increasing the weights as you gain strength, so that stress is maintained on the muscles. If you are able to perform sets easily and you are not facing muscle failure, the weights are not enough and you need to add more weight.
Stressful exercises provide stimulation to the muscles, but they grow only when they are at rest. Structure your workouts in such a way that you are able to exercise all groups of muscles at least once a week. A sudden increase in mass can put stress on the heart. Perform cardiovascular exercises to keep your heart in good shape.
Consider that you are on a steroid cycle. You are religiously following an intense workout session, but your gains have started to stagnate. Most of the time, it can be attributed to poor nutrition. Many individuals do not follow proper eating habits. A good diet can make a huge difference.
Break your meals into several portions. We normally eat three meals a day- breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unfortunately, this is not enough for a body builder. You need to eat five to six small meals a day. This will force the body to release insulin on a continuous basis, which is essential for muscle building.
You should also increase your intake of calories. The average person needs about between 2000 to 3000 calories every day. But if you are a bodybuilder and you are taking anabolic steroids, you will have to take 5000 calories each day.
Normally you should take one and a half grams of protein for every pound of your weight. This level is needed to keep the nitrogen balance in your muscle cells, positive. Positive nitrogen balance can be defined as a condition where protein is synthesized at a faster rate than its broken down, leading to growth in tissue.
Carbohydrates are also an important component of a good diet because they give energy, maintain adequate levels of blood sugar and burn fat. When you are doing intense workouts, you should eat nearly 900 gm of carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates should form 85% of your carbohydrate intake. Noodles, whole grains, vegetables, rice, pasta and oats are good sources. Simple carbohydrates should form the remaining 15% of your carbohydrate intake. You can get these from fruits.
Cycling and Duration
Here are a few questions to help you know what anabolic steroids you can use.Things to consider
What physical gains are you planning to achieve
How long do you plan to run your steroid cycle
How much have you budgeted
How often can you inject
What side effects do you want to avoid
After you have chosen the anabolic steroid that you are going to use and have settled on the dosage, it is time to decide on how long you plan to continue the cycle and what pattern you are going to use. This is the time to consider your goals from the cycle.
The average body builder just wants to maintain his gains when he finally ends his cycle. To retain your gains, you will have to avoid losses. Losses occur if your body has not recovered its ability to produce natural testosterone, which is common at the end of a cycle. What happens is, your body tries to cope with the high level of exogenous testosterone in your blood by temporarily suspending its production of testosterone. Note that the longer your steroid cycle, longer the recovery time.
The length of the cycle should not be too short and neither too long. If a cycle is too short, say four weeks, you might not see the gains you want. Real gains do not start showing until you have reached the third week. While you may gain muscle mass in two weeks, this is also the time when the body is adapting to the anabolic steroids and if you continue the cycle, you might see very efficient growth in the weeks to come. Therefore short cycles are not recommended. An eight-week cycle is the minimum time prescribed.
On the other hand, if a cycle goes beyond 10 weeks, you may have to face recovery problems. Another thing is, your body would have already grown considerably and at this point, your gains might start to stagnate. So in this regard, long cycles are not efficient and you are more likely to see greater losses when you finally end the cycle.