Using Steroid’s... Really? c’mon..
Are you surprised? Steroids have been used in sports and medicine since the 1930's and have been around for decades. Originally they were used as a multi-vitamin or tonic and worked great for improving skin tone, energy, strength and stamina until women started getting virilisation symptoms they were more or less restricted to male users and people suffering with health conditions for which they were deemed as a medical drug. Testosterone was the first synthesized hormone and was used in the early days of the Olympics in both the USA and the Russian Olympic weight lifting teams to gain a competitive advantage over each other (for more about the history of steroids please watch the documentary Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008). Steroid use has been widespread and common among your average Joe, regular gym user and competitive athlete since the 1960's and using them is more common now than ever. Steroids and performance enhancing drugs are no longer just the tools of professional athletes, anyone interested in boosting performance; reducing body fat; building muscle, strength and even anti-ageing is taking them -and there is nothing wrong with that. Most people subscribe to the understanding that there's nothing wrong with using steroids morally or ethically for physique or performance enhancement no more than women taking the oestrogen pill to prevent unplanned pregnancies, or plastic surgery and breast augmentation to boost a woman’s confidence and even the fact of people smoking cannabis to relax on occasion. But in the case of steroids which are drugs; if you are using steroids in sports where you are competing against other individual who is not taking steroids this is frowned upon. If you use steroids in sports it is considered cheating as it creates an un-even playing field which is the opinion most people would subscribe to, and to which I agree. Nonetheless, many athletes take the risk of using some protocol to gain some advantage over everyone else whether it be a herbal supplement, an asthma medication, prescription medications... you name it they've tried it. It's not only these substances they have used its substances and drugs currently in development. In laboratories around the world there is always work being done inventing and testing new strains of drugs and to where their use is beneficial. Only top class athletes have the profile to get near a top chemist who's willing to give them access to the latest drug which hasn't been added to a substance control list and partly for the scientists research and curiosity as to how it reacts, this is how it works.
Bodybuilding is amassed a huge following since the early '80s and today you can't scroll your timeline or watch TV until you see an increasingly larger muscular physique than has ever been around before. Smoking cannabis nowadays is also widespread between all classes of people but yet steroids are still deemed by some to be evil and dangerous which is far from the facts... Where most bodybuilders only use steroids and do not take recreational drugs they typically take better care of their body’s than someone that abuses alcohol and tobacco but are yet frowned upon by such individuals that do. The problem is some peoples misconceptions about steroids are formed by incorrect judgements and assumptions that are based on an anti-steroid propaganda and the media who do so to boost their sales, no news like good news they say! You want to find out about the real truth just research yourself and make up your own mind before allowing other people to lead you wrong and you may be pleasantly surprised about life.

1)    You are under the age of 25
the reason is that your natural hormones are still very high and you are able to make exceptional gains in comparison with someone 20 years older than you due to your high level of natural hormones. If you decide to use steroids before then, there is a very good likelihood that you are going to end up messing up your endocrine system because you are still in a period where it is fluctuating. If you are not making good gains you need to sit down and look at any lapses in your training and nutrition. The rare exception is individuals with a lot of training experience in their teens who have already achieved a very high level of physical development (230lbs+) and is already at or near their genetic limit. If you are one of the rare individuals who has already reach a very high level of development through consistent training the absolute earliest you should consider gear is 20.                                     

2)    You are over 25 but have been training less than 5 years 
if you have not been dedicated to training in the gym for at least 5 years naturally with good nutrition and good training knowledge then you have a lot of skill yet to grow and a lot of natural potential left. It is best to exhaust as much of your natural potential possible before resorting to help from anabolics. Steroids should be the final piece of the puzzle that you need to achieve your ideal physique. By using too soon you may be short changing yourself.

3)    Your diet and training is inadequate 
believe it or not, steroids are not magical pills. They make hard work more rewarding; they don’t give results for doing nothing. All you will get is some temporary water retention which will be gone when your cycle ends. Diet and training on steroids is everything. Period. You should have a very good idea of what you are going to eat (including macronutrient breakdown) and what your training plan is going to be. If you aren't already eating properly you can make some very good gains by doing so first naturally. If you aren't already training properly you can make some very good gains naturally...make use of that then think about gear. This site has a wealth of info on both topics. If your training and diet is off you will just waste your money doing a cycle.

4)    You are an overweight guy looking to get "cut", "ripped", or "shredded" 
If you are a big overweight guy and think gear is going to make you slim and jacked it isn't going to happen. Fat loss comes from proper diet and training. If you can't cut down without the gear you will have just as much trouble on the gear. If you are looking for something to aid fat loss try a fat burner and then add on muscle once you have cut down.                                                                                   

5)    You are emotionally unstable 
Gear can mess with your emotions. If you are an unhappy/depressed person that thinks being geared up is going to make your life better chances are you are going to feel good for a little while when on and then when you come off you are going to be lower than when you started and likely downright suicidal.

6)    If you are a livewire that goes off in a rage when you drink, do drugs, or when someone pushes your buttons guess what? Gear is going to make this worse. If you have trouble controlling your anger then gear will make it more difficult. You will likely end up acting like a bit of a maniac and alienate your friends.

If you have answered yes to any of the above 5 questions you are not ready for gear.      

The biggest misconceptions that someone new to bodybuilding is that they need steroids to grow. That's not the case at all. Steroids are NOT a miracle drug and if you don't know what you are doing then serious health problems can occur. Steroids are for those who have been training for at least a few years and have hit their genetic plateau and need a boost, they're not for someone who has just started training and has never researched them. Research is the main thing when it comes to steroids and it will help keep you safe from unwanted health problems or side effects. Researching them doesn't mean looking around on the internet for a few hours and calling that knowledge, it means taking a year or more to know exactly what it is they do, how they work and how to safely cycle them. If you are thinking about starting a cycle then do yourself a favour and research all compounds and get to know them and not just the common ones. Let’s face it, if you don't know how to train, which most new guys don't, or if you don't have a good diet pan then all the steroids in the world won't help you out.

How do I research?
Here are some pointers:

  • Books– Because they are published by professionals and contain vital information; The New Encyclopaedia of Modern Bodybuilding, Anabolics, Strength Training Anatomy and many more.
  • Internet– Google obviously but be careful because not all the right information is there you need to analysis it and compare it to what you know and other truths you may find.
  • Forums– Are a great tool because when you come into situations of discussions you will understand some things others will say and think ‘hey I read that, let me correct you’.,,, and a heap more.
  • Look for Medical Studies– if you have a buddy that has the resources at school to find them then use that because nothing beats a medical study.
  • References– to studies or information you may find, even Google it to see if the reference is real you will be surprised at some being fake.

Caution when buying steroids
The most important thing that should also be discussed is the possibility of buying fake steroids or being scammed. Don't just get them from anyone who offers them to you or from any internet site claiming to have legit and quality steroids. Come on now, do you honestly think they will tell you they are selling fake or contaminated steroids? No, they won’t, they just want to scam you and take your money. Buying from a source with a good reputation is a must before buying any type of steroids, pill form or injectable. Who knows what it is you might be injecting into your body, if you're real lucky it might be legit, if you're not so lucky it might just be plain oil and if your luck really sucks then it could be contaminated oil that will leave you in the hospital with a blood infection or a nasty abscess. And I might add that if steroids are not legal in your country then you shouldn't consider buying them! The penalties can be severe if caught and especially if you use the mail system to get them.

Am I old enough?
Yes if you're over 24, No if you're under. You run the risks of premature closing of growth plates which means you won't get any taller and your shoulders won't get wider, etc. if you use them too young. Your endocrine system is also at a vital stage in your life, which should incidentally provide you with plenty of natural testosterone anyway!

Of course there are other considerations such as training experience of the individual. For example, it would be unwise for a 25 year old who has been training only a few months to want to use steroids. Their training and diet knowledge are likely to be limited (these should be 100% in check to make 'proper use' of a steroid cycle). Not only that, but there will be massive potential for natural gains, without the need to even think about steroids!

Furthermore, cycling before the age of 20, 24-25, will put you at a high risk of temporary to permanent damage to your HPTA, Andropause, TRT, erectile dysfunction, and low libido. Your hormones should not be tampered with while still in the stage of maturation. Use your already naturally high test levels to your advantage. 

You should have a significant amount of training under your belt (4-5 years at least) before any Steroids are considered. This will not only allow you to toy around with a few diet and training methods (possibly eliminating the reason for cycling in the first place) but will also you adequate time to let your CNS, bones/joints/tendons/muscles to mature so that you will have the proper foundation for when you begin your cycle. Cycling on a frame that is delicate and inexperienced runs many risks including temporary to permanent injury to any of the above mentioned. Bodybuilding isn't a sprint, and there is no rush to jump on steroids and get big. Transforming the body takes time, patience, dedication and discipline. There are no short cuts!

Diet is probably the most important and vital tool is growing and gaining muscle/shedding fat. With a strong diet as your backbone, the steroids will not live up to their hype. No matter what your doses and duration of steroids you are taking, it just won't be worth the time and money spent without the sufficient calories and macros behind it. The 2 literally go hand in hand. A lack of diet will provide a lack of results, even with anabolic support. Having this experience will make cycling in the future easier and much more enjoyable, believe us.

What are some side effects of steroids?
This is the first thing that should be looked at when thinking of starting a cycle of steroids. First off ALL drugs have side affects... Even the multi-vitamins that you subconsciously take every morning have side effects. First thing I would like to clear up is that steroids DO NOT make your penis smaller. This is a ridiculous myth that was started by uneducated people and this is the first thing you will usually hear people say when you mention steroids. Steroids however do cause your testicles to atrophy while on cycle. HCG can be taken to prevent this, and if you take proper precautions after your cycle(s) your testicles should return to their normal size assuming you didn’t abuse steroids during this cycle. Another myth that is very common is “roid rage”. Roid rage is a myth created by the media to scare people away from using steroids and to give steroids a bad name. Steroids can cause you to be more aggressive than normal and/or have a shorter fuse. Steroids do not cause people to go on mass killing spree’s or killing your family (I.e. Chris Beniot). Put it this way if you were an ass hole before you were on cycle then you will be a bigger ass hole while on cycle. If you do feel more aggressive or feel like you have a short fuse then use this energy during your training sessions. If you feel like you’re going to blow up on someone then just disengage from the situation and take a step back and realize that you’re probably blowing it out of proportion. Now other side effects can include…. Acne, Hypertension, loss of hair, aggressiveness, kidney problems, liver problems, cholesterol problems, gynocomastia, cardiovascular issues, stunting growth, sterility. Different steroids have different side effects; just make sure to really research your hormone to the fullest before starting. Most of the side effects from steroids come later on in life, so just keep that in mind when you’re thinking of using crazy amounts of steroids.

What gains should I expect?
Obviously the reason you have chosen to do steroids is because you want huge gains. This depends on many factors….. Genetics, diet, training, recovery. Genetics are the most important thing about your gains. You cannot control this obviously and some people are just blessed with better genetics. Everyone responds differently to steroids. Diet is the second most important thing to think about when on or off cycle. This is something that you can control and is the most important thing to have in check at all times to get the best results. The best advice would be to hire a nutrionist, or personal trainer, or at least make sure that the diet advice you are getting is correct. Training is obviously important, but the biggest mistake that people make while on cycle is you can train a lot more and get better gains. True that your body recovery’s faster while on cycle, but If you’re lifting 2 hours a day 6-7 days a week then your body is not getting a lot of time to recover. Recovery goes hand in hand with over training. Just make sure your getting enough sleep every night and taking your rest days when you need them. Listen to your body!

There is a difference between use and abuse
Bottom line steroids aren’t magic. The people you see in body building magazines didn’t just get that way over night. They spent hard years of diet and training to look the way they do. Do not ever think more is better, slow and steady wins the race. Yes you can hit plateaus while on cycles, but don’t start throwing everything and the kitchen sink into a cycle thinking you’re going be the incredible hulk when you wake up the next morning. If you do plateau then increase your dose gradually and/or you can add one compound at a time to see how your body reacts.
You only get one chance in a life time so take care of your body. Hopefully you get the chance to grow old one day, and you don’t want to cause harm to yourself for something you did 40 years prior. Be smart and stay safe.

What are steroids & what is the difference between Orals & Injectables?
Testosterone is the main male sex hormone which is naturally produced by the human body. Steroids are a synthetic form of testosterone or its derivatives. Bodybuilders mainly use testosterone. Testosterone is what you can thank for Strength and Size. Testosterone can also assist with fat loss according to ones diet. So get out them ideas of 'NOT BEING ABLE TO CUT' on Test. Another thing to add is...Test IS AND SHOULD BE THE BASE ON ALL STEROID CYCLES. Simply put; Don't cycle without it, you'll be shooting yourself in the foot

You've decided to take steroids, now the next thing to decide is whether you should take tablets or inject? What's the difference? Let's look at each in turn: Well the obvious difference is that one is swallowed, the other is injected. But let's be more specific; most oral steroids are hepatotoxic (i.e. toxic to the liver). As the tablet/pill travels through the body it passes through the gastrointestinal tract, then to the liver which has a mission to destroy it, thus preventing the steroid from entering the bloodstream. As a result, scientific boffins replaced the hydrogen atom with a carbon atom to the 17th position of the steroid molecule, which for the most part, will enable the steroid to survive the first pass hepatic metabolism. This process is commonly referred to as 17-alpha alkylation (17-AA or C-17).

Whilst this alkylation is desirable for the athlete in terms of improving the bio-availability of the oral steroid, it does however, place undue stress on the liver. Liver values (a set of markers which are used to assess liver function) may be elevated whilst using 17-aa steroids and as such, they are generally used sparingly to compliment an injectable cycle. Certain nutritional supplement products are often used for liver protection:
* Milk Thistle
* ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid)
* Liv-52

Injectable Steroids are not for intravenous use (into the vein). Doing this could result in serious injury or even death. They must be injected intra-muscularly (into the muscle) and therefore avoid the 'first pass' through the liver; though some the harsher steroids will place a strain on the kidneys in large doses. There are two main different types of injectable steroids: Water or oil based. Water based steroids are metabolised quickly, requiring frequent (often daily) injections. Oil based ones are released more slowly into the bloodstream and are generally injected once or twice weekly. Oral only cycles are a complete waste of time. Gain will simply not be worth the sides you'll be going through. Let alone that you're gains on oral only cycles will NOT stick as well as they should. 

Steroids & Nutrition

Protein is one of the most important nutrients for the serious weight trainer. It is essential to recovery and muscle growth. There is nothing so important as the proper intake of proteins carbohydrates and calories whilst undergoing a course of steroids.
Steroids reach their full potential only when sufficient nutrients are taken.
There are 3 key nutrient factors to your success in this respect and they are as follows.

1. Sufficient intake of high-quality protein.

Protein is the foundation of building muscle tissue and a key area. Paying attention to the combination of protein is essential.
Animal protein has a high biological value and contains essential amino acids. The body breaks this protein down into amino acids and transports
these to the muscle cells. The goal is a positive + nitrogen balance in the muscle cells which means the muscle assimilates more protein than it releases.
The best sources are : meat,fish,poultry,eggs and milk products. Your aim is to take 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day.
A body builder weighing 200lbs needs 250 g of protein per day. A gram of protein has an energy value of 4.1 kcal meaning that the body builder consumes 1000 kcal per day in the form of protein.

2. Sufficient supply of complex carbohydrates:

The importance of carbohydrates is something that needs to be emphasized. They provide a continuous source of energy and maintain the blood
sugar level. Carbohydrates also prevent the wasting of proteins that would otherwise be used to contribute to energy levels. Total intake should be 800-900 g which corresponds to an energy value of 4.1kcal per gram of daily intake of 3200to 3600 kcals. Complex carbs are found in rice, oats, whole ,meal bread, noodles, and vegetables. These should make up 85% whilst the remaining 15% is represented by simple fast acting forms of glucose which is provided by fruit

3. Sufficient supply of calories

The number 1 reason why many bodybuilders do not put on size is not a lack of protein but a lack of calories. Bodybuilders who work out daily and eat only 2000 to 3000 kcal a day should not wonder why they do not achieve any sizable gains.Both protein and carbohydrates are necessary but these will not assist you in gaining size if you do not consume enough calories. Chicken and potatoes twice a day will not do it.

Steroid FAQ

Q: I'm looking to cut bodyfat but i don't know what steroids to use?
A: Cutting bodyfat is a broad term that’s used much too commonly nowadays. Cutting bodyfat depends on your perception and what you want to achieve. Yes steroids aid bodyfat loss greatly but are not adequete if used alone for that purpose. What i mean is you must have your diet, lifestyle, attitude, determination and training in check before adding steroids to the mix. Cutting cycles are used by bodybuilders who are already at lower bodyfat then most gym users and then select cutting steroids like Masteron, Trenbolone etc. to make muscles pop out and become hard and defined when preparing for competition or for a beach body during summer. If you use cutting compounds at normal levels of bodyfat you'll get great results but not as much as a bodybuilder already carrying low bodyfat. Masteron, Trenbolone, Anavar, Stanozolol, Test Base to mention but a few are absolutely superb to get shredded.

Q: I'm using steroids for a while now, how come I’m not huge like the other guys at the gym?
A: The way i like to explain it is this. Realistically, steroids only offer a little edge of about 7%. So if you think your gonna become a muscle man after 12 weeks of using them you're in for a hell of a disappointment. If you are putting in 50% into your training and you add steroids then you'll get about 57% results. If you’re putting in 85% effort into your training and hard work, then add steroids you'll get about 92% results. What I’m trying to say is that you need to be putting in 100% effort beforehand, then add steroids to that and you'll be getting 107% results. This gives you a broad idea of what makes the difference in competition placing’s. Genetics is what governs the numbers. You have no control over that just work as hard as you can.

Q: What does it take to become huge? What does it take to become Mr Olympia?
A: What a question. Well, what does it mean to you? That question simply means what kind of goal(s) do you have? What do you want to achieve? And what are you willing to do to get there? Let’s throw ourselves in the deep end and be realistic. If you want to become the best in the world and stand on that Olympia stage then it begins at young age. For starters you have to have a couple of things on your side. Genetics - it's a broad term used to explain the most optimal traits for bodybuilding such as a natural ability to burn fat and build muscle, the right body frame etc. Determination - what are you willing to do to get there? You must commit fully to your diet and training schedule making the lifestyle choices required to get there. Coaching or assistance - Not always needed but definitely a big help in having someone with more experience to guide you or someone that has been there before. Personality - You really gotta be cut out for this game. You gotta do it for yourself and not for anybody else or for anything else other than natural hunger or you won't make it in the long run. Chemical enhancement - Aka steroids. Since the hay day of bodybuilding they've been used primarily for recovery reasons. This doesn't mean you can't become Mr Olympia without them but as long as the market for being massive and shredded continues then they're a requirement and a necessity except for natural bodybuilding for which steroids, at least on the broad scale aren't used or; are used skillfully to gain the advantage over other competitors while still doing what it takes to pass drug tests. An example of this is using new designer steroids or strategic planning around cycling. Money or Funding - This is an expensive sport no doubt about it. Food, Drugs, Gym membership supplements, the list can go on and on. If you’re a millionaire then you won't have to worry about these little things and you can sleep, train, and relax in your spare time but if you’re like the rest of us then you'll have to fund this lifestyle somehow by working. Working brings other inherent things into the mix like lack of sleep or missing meals or a session at the gym but it's a balance that you'll achieve if you are determined enough. Politics - Politics if you wanna become number 1 then politics is something you’re going to have to think about. The difference between 1st place and second place involves bringing other factors into the mix. If you could be considered to be a role model and a likeable person then you have that covered. If some of the judge’s benefit from you winning then you also have a fantastic edge! Forgive me if i leave anything out but that’s my insight off the top of my head.

Q: I want to be one of the biggest guys at the gym how do i do it?
A: Well it’s basically the same as the question above. What does it mean to you? What do you want to achieve? And what are you willing to do to get there? What it boils down is simply dedication and repetition of doing all the right things. Start by learn how to train properly and constantly be learning and researching new techniques in all aspects with regards to everything from diet to lifestyle. Get a diet plan and structure together. If you don't have the knowledge pay a professional. Same goes with your training program, then print out these two things and carry them around with you until you remember them off by heart. Set alarms do what it takes to eat at the set times and stick to it. Life isn't always predictable sometimes you may not feel like going to the gym but go in anyway and train you'll feel all the better for it afterwards. If you miss a meal or a day at the gym it's not the end of the world but don't make it a habit or it will lead you downhill to a point of no return. Get all the sleep you can, vitamins and nutrients, quit drinking and your social life, explain to your partner how much you want this and if they love you they'll support you, if they don't then it's time to kick them to the curb. Remember one thing, don't be in a rush it’s a slow and gradual process. All these things don't happen overnight like Rome wasn't built in a day. Once you have this all perfected then you can begin to add steroids to the mix. Follow these tips and watch the gains amass over time!

Q: Supplements, are they useless?
A: Supplements supplement proper diet and training. They’re to be used in addition to a clean proper diet and training schedule and not to be relied upon. In a nutshell supplements are a hype which is all about money. Selling supplements is big bucks and putting a picture of a huge steroid using guy on the label will work wonders to see a product fly off the shelves all in an effort to look like that guy. Well firstly that’s a con right there. That guy/girl isn't allowed to say it but are probably using steroids and they're not allowed to tell you that. Why? Because it's against the law in some countries to use AAS so if the athlete is using shouldn’t they be. In theory, locked up? Don't get me wrong i use supplements but I’m not the type of guy to ensure i have 4 protein shakes a day and make sure i never run out of supply of the latest and greatest supplement. Solid natural foods high in protein build muscle like red lean meat, turkey, chicken, fish, eggs and nuts. Nothing beats solid food. Have a protein shake after training and in between some meals, take your vitamins, use a pre-workout supplement. Any more than that is basically a waste of money and this is the way you should be thinking.

Q: What is PCT and what does a proper PCT plan look like?
A: PCT - post cycle therapy is what should be done after any cycle run long enough to effect sperm production and the HPTAxis which governs your natural hormone levels. In general every cycle should consist of PCT. Using steroids stops the natural production of testosterone and sperm production and it needs to be restored in order for your body to return to its normal state before steroid usage. Firstly there are many different protocols and theory’s with regards to a proper PCT some are often said to be better than others. I will give two examples one of which includes HCG which i will explain later. Theoretically speaking PCT is to begin once the esters of the steroid have left your system to the best of your knowledge. Say you run a long cycle of Testosterone Enanthate and Nandrolone Decanoate. The Enanthate ester generally lasts about 8 days in your system, while the Decanoate ester lasts about 14 days. So when you want to stop your cycle and begin PCT you must have allowed these esters to leave your system before recovery can begin. In this case you stop injecting Testosterone Enanthate and Nandrolone Decanoate two weeks before PCT start. At the two week point PCT begins. Tamoxifen and Clomiphene are used at this point to stimulate the HPTAxis creating an environment to stimulate natural hormone production. Do so as follows; Tamoxifen 80mg day 1-3, 60mg day 4-6 40mg day 7-10, 20mg day 11 to 30 or 40. Clomiphene 100mg day 1-10. Beware that Clomiphene can turn an alpha male into an emotional wreck but it sure will speed up a safe recovery. HCG use is optional in all cycles yet a beneficial inclusion to all. Your deciding factors should be, 1) Age 2) Harshness of Cycle 3) Guaranteed Recovery 4) HCG's beneficial effects such as maintenance of testicular size and ease of recovery. Regarding use there are two main strategies. One is to include HCG as part of the cycle at a low dosage of about 250iu every third day stopping once tamoxifen and clomiphene are introduced. Second is to take 5 1000iu injections 4-5 days apart right around the time you take your last 'ON' cycle injection. Then begin PCT 3-4 weeks after the last injection of HCG. Both methods are effective.

Again to recap;
A standard PCT without HCG is as follows: Tamoxifen 80mg day 1-3, 60mg day 4-6 40mg day 7-10, 20mg day 11 to 30or40. Clomiphene 100mg day 1-10.
A standard PCT with HCG is as follows: take 5 1000iu injections, one at a time 4-5 days apart right around the time you take your last 'ON' cycle injection. Three to Four weeks later, begin Tamoxifen 80mg day 1-3, 60mg day 4-6 40mg day 7-10, 20mg day 11 to 30or40. Clomiphene 100mg day 1-10.
HCG used throughout: Right at the start of the cycle inject 250iu HCG every third day stopping once tamoxifen and clomiphene are introduced as above.

Q: What does a typical bulking cycle consist of?
A: A testosterone such as Testosterone Enanthate, along with Dianabol. Other Anabolic Steroids such as Equipoise, Nandrolone, Trenbolone and Masteron are all suitable additions also. Dosages range from 500- 2000mg of Testosterone, along with about 400-1200mg of steroid such as Nandrolone along with about 40-80mg Dianabol per day-for about 4-5 weeks. Total cycle length should be about 10-14 weeks.

Q: What are the best cycles?
A: Well planned cycles ensure the most gains possible on cycle and there are a few techniques I will explain which will push muscle growth even further than normally possible giving you a fantastic edge on everyone else.

Front Loading: Is basically a technique to boost or kick-start gains at the start of a cycle and should always be used. The simplest way is by using shorter acting compounds at the beginning while waiting for the longer acting compounds to kick in. For example, if using Nandrolone Decanoate then buy an extra two bottles of the shorter acting –Nandrolone Phenylpropionate and use this along with the Nandrolone Decanoate until week four or five. Another alternate way is like this; you are about to begin a testosterone enanthate and nandrolone decanoate cycle and you have just about reached the fourth week of the cycle. This is actually the point of which the gains start to begin -when blood levels commensurate with the ongoing dosage of say 1000mg per week, well it just took four weeks to get to that point in terms of now begining to build gains, what if one could begin with blood levels of 1000mg on week one and in turn start getting these gains from day one. To do this just inject the total week dosage on day one and then maintain it from this point on. For example, you are running 1000mg of Testosterone Enanthate per week well inject 1000mg of it on day one and then maintain the normal schedule from there after.

Back Loading:
Back-loading is more about the substitution of compounds and is a fantastic strategy to maximise gains. An easy example is where you are running Testosterone Enanthate and you have to stop and wait two weeks before beginning PCT. Well instead of waiting for your testosterone levels to dwindle downwards, why not use a short acting Testosterone like Testosterone Propionate or Testosterone (Base) and blast out some more gains and still have your test levels down rapidly on time, stopping the propionate ester 3 days before PCT start and Test (Base) right up to the very same day you begin PCT magic! When you’re on cycle for just 8, 10, or 12 weeks you really will want to achieve the most gains possible and by doing this you really have your head screwed on!

Short Blast Cycles: The theory behind short blast cycles is that muscle tissue doesn't consistently grow over long periods of time with weight gain and muscular growth not continuing to increase. And that instead, weight gain seems to come in spurts or surges. The dose for a short burst cycle is a lot more than you would normally use in a standard length cycle, because of the prime and the body being in a very anabolic environment it can take on board a lot more than usual and over loading androgens will fully push the body to grow. Individual dosages are designed off your cycle history, there is no set dose it all depends on what your cycle history looks like, someone who normally uses 500mg per wk will be completely different to the guy who uses 1500mgs per wk when designing short burst cycles, but both will have the benefit of using high amounts what they normally don't run. Short burst cycling usually last for around 30 days, there is no set rule on the length of cycle and normally it can be open ended and stopped when growth slows/stops. Side effects are also less a problem because they take longer time to build up. This type of cycle would look something like this;
Test P 200mg/day
Tren A 200mg/day
Dianabol 100mg/day
Total cycle length anywhere between 2-8 weeks

Pre-Cycle Priming:
This one is very important. You must open the growth window and create a very anabolic environment for muscle tissue to grow prior to beginning a steroid cycle for optimal results. By doing this muscle receptors will get very excitable and upgrade to except more glucose which will shift the muscle to fat ratio which in turn will create muscle tissue to build very quickly. Priming involves correct dietary and training manipulations that allow an athlete to lower body fat while sparing muscle. Basically, it is essential to diet down slow enough to simply lose fat – again, no muscle or strength should be lost. Using a CKD approach, carbohydrates remain very low for three or four days – maximum – followed by a “carb up,” a period where carbohydrate intake is substantial. Remember, glycogen levels must become grossly depleted during the weekly rotation to ensure the proper response from a carbohydrate load. Be careful of total calorie intake – results gained by obtaining low carbohydrate can be diverted if total calorie intake is too high; this can negatively affect the depletion phase. After successfully depleting glycogen levels, a subsequent carb up can not only replenish glycogen depots but super compensate them. Stick to high-protein and high-carbohydrate food sources during the carbohydrate load.

Off-Cycle Therapy:
The purpose of the Off-Cycle Therapy is simple to maximize the long-term benefits from anabolic/androgenic steroid therapy. No drug products are used during our OCT program; only natural substance. We can view this phase as one part maintenance, and one part recovery. Our ideal OCT program is broken down into three distinct segments. This first focuses on testosterone support such as Vitamin D/Calcium/Zinc and D-Aspartic Acid. The next, re-sensitizing the muscle cells to training stimulation; Arachidonic Acid and Fish Oil. And the third use the natural anabolic substances that help retain muscle such as Creatine, Beta-Alanine, Branched-Chain Amino Acids. When all three aspects are in check, your muscles should be bigger and much more primed for the next cycle.

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Q. Steroid substitutes – Pro hormones
I have seen steroid substitutes offered that claim to do the same thing as steroids. Do they work?
A: Pro hormones are ineffective and thousands of body builders fall into the pro hormone trap year in and year out. The claims that are made for them are hyped to a point where expectations are bound to cause disappointment when the results are evaluated. Those who deal in pro hormones claim that they simulate steroids or that there is little difference.

Q. Lasting Results
Do anabolic steroids have a lasting effect? Are gains lost at the end of a cycle?
A: If you don’t do PCT (Post cycle therapy) you will. 20% of body mass growth will be made up intracellular water caused by a steroid induced retention of potassium. This will dissipate at the end of a cycle. The remaining 80% is increased muscle mass which can only result in attrition through lack of use. Muscle shrinkage would occur if you did no training at all. Steroid muscle is, therefore, real muscle and only inactivity will cause it to be lost. The giant size pro wrestlers and competing body builders achieve this size through constant cycling; but this continuous size and growth is genuine muscle on muscle. If you are looking at having clean hard gains you can keep do a proper PCT and consider incorporating Anavar, or Masteron into your cycle

Length of steroid cycles
Q. Is 12 weeks a fixed length cycle or can you go on longer.
A. Many pro body builders do a 20 week cycle and this is also known among pro’ wrestlers. This kind of cycle is probably best for the athlete who has been on a couple of shorter cycles.

Bridging with weaker steroids
Q. Is it possible to use weaker steroids during an off cycle period and is this advisable ?
A. Prolonged tapers of two to three months are definitely not recommended. This is known as ‘iatrogenic prolongation’ and fits the pattern of steroid dependence.

Aerobic endurance
Q. Do steroids improve your endurance capacity ?
A. Theoretically steroids have an impact on the oxygen transport mechanism. They stimulate red blood production and hemoglobin synthesis. However, a number of studies on swimmers and runners has not produced conclusive results that would prove significant aerobic benefits.

17 Alkylated anabolic steroids
Q. I have often heard the term 17 alkylated used in steroids. What does this mean exactly?
A. This means that the steroids have been pharmacologically alterered survive the breakdown in your stomach allowing them to take effect in the bloodstream. This causes temporary stress on the liver when using some oral steroids in high dosages but is temporary and reversable upon cessation of  the drug and the liver values that were slightly elevated will return to normal. In general, oral steroids should not be used for longer than 6 weeks.

Q. I suffer from cystic acne, can you help me?
A. This is a common question. First of all we need to look at what causes acne. Androgens stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin and secrete and oily substance called sebum, which is made of fats and the remants of dead skin producing cells. Excess stimulation, as with using steroids may cause a significant increase in the size of the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are found at the base of the hair follicles and if the androgen level becomes too high and the sebaceous glands become overactive the hair follicles may begin to clog with sebum and dead skin cells resulting in acne. If you acne is mild use some over the counter acne skin medications and a rigorous cleaning routine that removes the excess oil and dirt. I have had success with getting rid of acne on my back by using Dettol soap and a scrubbing brush daily and using an exfoliating glove on the rest of my body. More serious acne may develop in sensitive individuals such as cystic acne. You will have to see your GP and suggest he treats the acne with isotretinoin or antibiotics such as clindam. Acne will usually go away once you finish your cycle although the over production of sebum may persist until the sebaceous glands have had time to atrophy back to the original size. Tea tree oil is also a fantastic product we recommend you scrub into the skin and wash off if you have acne.

Q. I have developed gyno, can you help me?
A: Anabolic steroids with significant estrogenic or progestational activity might cause gyno. Gyno tends to develop in a series of stages so if caught early enough there is no need to panic. The first sign is normally pain in the nipple area and may coincide with swelling around the nipple area. This is commonly referred to as pseudo (false) gynomastia as it involves fat rather than glandular tissue. At this time you can reduce or eliminate the steroid which is causing this and if it is estrogen related, administering nolva, 20mg per day, using Letrozole at .5-1mg per day will usually stop it in its tracks. If left untreated however it may quickly progress to clear gynomastia which will involve significant fat, fibrous and glandular growth. If you are worried about getting Gyno then you may wish to look at incorporating anabolic steroids which do not aromatize into estrogen or help to reduce it such as Masteron.

EO [Ethyl Oleate] Sensitivity
Ethyl Oleate is a chemical commonly used in pharmaceutical preparations where a high degree of solubility is required, i.e in high mg/ml preperations. Most AAS users are aware that using high mg/ml dosed products can sometimes be a painful experience. This is due to a large amount of steroid powder dissolved in a small amount of liquid (or volume) including possible muscle irritation because of the chemicals used as the vehicle. Two such products that we produce "TEST B" & "TEST 400" contain EO and a slight degree of caution is to be exercised when using them. This is why we give some recommendations as to how to use these products correctly should you find yourself especially sensitive to them (and indeed any other brand of high dosed injectable)

When injecting Test 400 we recommend that users "cut" or "dilute" this compound with another compound in the cycle such as EQ, Nandro etc, at 50%/50% of each for example; 1/2 ml Test 400 + 1/2 ml EQ or 1ml Test 400 + 1ml EQ etc per injection. The reason for this is that some users are more sensitive to the potency and the added Ethyl Oleate in this product moreso than others, and infact this is an common occurance with such high dosed anabolics. Cutting the compound nearly always does the trick, so If you are one of these people then it may take the muscle tissue a short amount of time to adapt and to tolerate the product. If you choose to inject Test 400 on its own and are sensitive to it; then it is not unusual to experience some temporary injection site irritation, knotting and/or swelling which will subside within 6-8 days. Test 400 is the most potent product we manufacture in terms of dosage to volume ratio. With this in mind it is important to remember that if you havn't tried a high dosed product such as this before then we highly recommend that you begin with 1/2 ml T400 mixed with 1ml of another compound injected into the glute as a trial to see how you react. Advanced users would inject TEST 400 anywhere up to 5 times per week which gives a staggering 2000mg per week of testosterone!

As always remember to rotate injection sites allowing adequate time for the muscle tissue to heal and absorb the oil. Our advice is to avoid injecting into the same muscle site for 5-7 days when using a high dosed product, or a product containing EO.

It's always trial and error using AAS and it's always better to start off with little and see how you get on regardless of what compound or procedure you are applying. Theres always someone else out there who has the same questions or issues as you so just have a look online if your'e ever in any doubt, and preferrably contact us first for advice.