So we set our mind on using anabolic steroids to increases muscle mass. We know the risks we are taking, including high blood pressure, increased heart rate, bad cholesterol, an impaired HPTA axis for the duration of steroid use.
How do we start using steroids for the benefit of increased strength and hypertrophy? First off, we will do a 15 week cycle, followed by a post cycle therapy. More advanced bodybuilders do not do cycles and then go off, they simply blast a higher amount of steroids and then cruise on a lower dose to keep most of their aquired gains. This method is blasting and cruising. The described principal of doing a cycle and then a post cycle therapy followed by no drug use is called Cycling.
During all of the 15 weeks we are gonna inject 500mg of testosterone cypionate or enanthate (or sustanon, the ester really doesn’t matter much). It is optional, but recommended, to kickstart your cycle with 30mg Dianabol per week, if we are lean enough (8-12% bodyfat).
To make the best use of the cycle, we should have a low bodyfat as possible. Dieting beforehand on very low calories, possibly even low carbs to increase insulin sensitivity, will enhance the gains you will experience on the cycle drastically and reduce your need to use estrogen blocking substances.
As testosterone in the male body gets turned into estrogen, our increased dose of testosterone will need something that blocks excess estrogen. Note: a normal young male produces around 7-20mg of testosterone a day. This reference can’t directly be compared tot he amount of steroids we use, as multiple pathways and growth factors directly influence how much we can use. To block the excess estrogen in the body and prevent acne, gynecomastia (bitch tits), a red face and high blood pressure there are different drugs that can be used. The oldest generation drug used and effective to reverse steroid induced gynecomastia is nolvadex/tamoxifen. We generally won’t use this drug unless we developed gynecomastia, and then it is recommended to use 20mg per day until it subsides. This drug only prevents estrogen from binding to the estrogen receptors, it doesn’t reduce the total amount of estrogen floating in your blood. For this, we are gonna use either Aromasin or Arimidex. Both anti estrogens and pros and cons, and literature is inconclusive which one is preferable. Some bodybuilders prefer one, some others, my personal recommendation is Aromasin as it doesn’t seem to infer with IGF-1 levels and doesn’t have a rebound increase of estrogen after cessation of use.
The cycle will simply be two injections per week of 250mg testosterone, accompanied by either 25mg of aromasin on each injection day or 0,5mg aromasin per injection day. Some very lean people might get away with no anti estrogen use, some people with more bodyfat and higher Aromatase activity (the enzyme converting your Testosterone to Estrogen) might need more. This is just a proven rule of thumb. One might ask why we not simply inject 500mg per week, and while it certainly works almost as good, twice per week injections provide more stable blood levels, less fluctuation and less aromatase activitiy.
If we decide to use an oral steroid along with the cycle, the best bulking steroids available are Dianabol or Anadrol. I’m not a fan of designer steroids, as there’s not enough data available to evaluate there risks (and some, such as superdrol are proven to be vastly more hepatotoxic than others), so we stick to the basic compounds known since the 1960s. These oral steroids are harsh on your liver, and you should avoid drinking alcohol during the useage of the drugs in the first 4 weeks. A beer once in a while won’t kill you, but making gains should be your first concern on a steroid cycle and alcohol is simply not a wise choice here. Dianabol can be used at 30-50mg per day, anadrol at 50mg per day. Note that mg per mg Dianabol is a stronger drug. Both drugs will bloat you up, increasing intramuscular water retention and skyrocketing your strength. Make use of them, but only if lean and with precautions. Taking the dose 30-60 minutes before the workout is recommended, on off days dosing time doesnt matter. Again, there is little research to dosage times, but broscience supports the facts stated here.
After you did your 15 week cycle, you have to begin your post cycle therapy. The first two weeks after your last injection you do not take any drugs, as the endogenous testosterone is still disrupting your natural endocrine system.
Then, we begin a 4 week course of ancillary drugs restarting our HPTA Axis and produce our natural testosterone again. The first two weeks, we take 40mg of Nolvadex/Tamoxifen and 100mg of Clomid, the second two weeks 20mg of Nolvadex/Tamoxifen and 50mg of Clomid. No other drugs are needed, and afterwards you simply go on with your life, plan your next cycle or read about blasting and cruising. Again, post cycle therapy is only an ancillary to restart your HPTA axis faster, some people never ever heard of it and recover just fine, others take years to recover. It is a basic suggestion, and given the cheap prices of the drugs is generally recommended.
How much can we expect to cost a beginner cycle?
This depends on the county you’re living in, but you can expect 100-250 dollars to be a fair price. Anything vastly above is a scam, anything vastly under and your oils are more likely olive oil than anything else.
So, how does a tl;dr version of our beginner Cycle look like?
Week 1-15: 250mg testosterone twice per week
Week 1-15: 0,5mg Arimidex or 25mg aromasin twice per week (on injection day)
Week 1-4: 30mg Dianabol or 50mg Anadrol per day
Week 15-17: nothing
Week 17-19: 40mg Nolvadex per day, 100mg Clomid per day
Week 19-21: 20mg Nolvadex per day, 50mg Clomid per day