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Common Mistakes Made with Anabolic Steroids

Using Excessive Dosages

When taking steroids, the more you take is not always the best way to go. Taking excessive dosages has become a huge problem with steroids today. It isn’t only dangerous, but studies have shown it to be ineffective. The body can only use a limited amount of the steroid so the extra is turned into estrogen by the body.

Staying On Steroids Too Long

In several cases, steroid users avoid waring signs telling them not to go on a cycle more than 8 to 12 weeks without an off period. If an off period is not taken, there is a higher chance for the negative effects of steroids to occur. If there is no off period the body does not have a chance to recover from the steroids, so more damage is done. This also is terrible for the kidneys and liver.

Eating Poorly

Many people ignore magazines and educators that explain eating as being an important asset to growing, but the truth is, eating healthy has a big effect on the body. When on steroids the user must consume between 4000 and 7000 calories a day, not meaning eat only fat foods. The diet must be high in calories and protein, but low in fat.

Training Incorrectly

When on steroids the training must be intense and difficult. Instead of the usual weight that suits you, you must do excess weight and strenuous work for the best gains. The workout should involve the maximum weight possible, and make progress each time.

Not Getting Regular Blood Tests

Steroids are very dangerous and can cause great problems. Blood tests should be done often and regularly. When steroids are first taken many tests become elevated but will return to normal with in a few weeks. During the off period tests should also be done to make sure the body is recovering properly. If there is a problem with the Blood test, consult a doctor that you can trust.

Using The Wrong Steroids

Many athletes will increase their chances of getting negative effects when they take the wrong steroids. The strongest steroids that build more muscle mass, have the most side effects. These drugs should be avoided if possible, unless there is a reason to have an unbelievable gain. But these drugs are very toxic and I would recommend not taking them.

Testosterone Enanthate VS Cypionate

Half Life and Esters

There are several different esters associated with testosterone. The two that we will discuss are cypionate and enanthate, which are two of the most popular in TRT and bodybuilding. The half life of cypionate is 12 days, and Enanthate’s half life is 10.5 days.

The half life concept might seem a hard thing to understand, but it is very simple. Let’s take as an example the cypionate ester with a 12 day half life. It means that if you inject 500 milligrams (mgs) of the hormone, 12 days later half of this particular injection will be leftover in your blood system, which is 250mg; furthermore, in another 12 days half of that will be gone away, leaving just 125mg, and so on.

Doctors typically use testosterone cypionate when prescribing TRT because of its slightly longer half life, which allows the user do injections less frequently. It is quite logical because many patients have a hard time handling injections every day or every couple of days.

Use as a base Steroid in cycles

Many bodybuilders like to use testosterone cypionate or enanthate as a base for their cycles, and stack additional steroids on top. An example of this is stacking 500mgs of testosterone a week with trenbolone, deca durabolin, equipoise, anavar, dianabol, etc. It is important to remember that more hormones means more side effects, and that if you stack testosterone with another aromatizing compound you will experience a greater estrogen increase. Hence, it is important to use an aromatase inhibitor (AI), like Aromasin or Arimidex, to prevent any estrogen related complications. Contrary to popular opinion, you do not always need to run testosterone as your base in a cycle.

Dosages

The typical moderate testosterone dosage on a steroid cycle is 500mgs per week, with some users going up to a gram or more. Both cypionate and enanthate are usually injected every 5-6 days or so. Those on TRT will run around 150-200mgs per week because, for them, the goal is to get their testosterone levels within the normal range.

Which ester is better?

Aside from slightly different half lives, with cypionate half life being slightly longer (by 2.5days), the differences aren’t that great.

 

The Beginner’s Winstrol Cycle

When it comes to cutting cycles for beginners, Winstrol (“Stanozolol”) is a great choice. Most experts recommend pairing the steroid with Equipoise for the best results and the fewest side effects. Although you can build a Winstrol cycle in any number of ways, the following information is tailored specifically to those who want to try their first cutting cycles.

Why Winstrol?

With all of the advice out there, you might find yourself wondering why a Winstrol cycle is the go-to option for beginning cutting cycles. There are many reasons for this, actually, but the ease with which you can use it makes it a prime candidate. Unlike many other anabolic steroids, Winstrol does not aromatize. This means that you will not need to use aromatase inhibitors during your cycle, and you will likely not need post-cycle therapy. In fact, this is one of the only products that is as easy to use as it is effective – but only at the right doses and for the right cycle lengths.

The Beginner’s Winstrol Dose

The average dose of Winstrol during a cutting cycle ranges from 25mg to 50mg per day. You can take Winstrol in tablet form (it comes in 10mg tablets) or as an injectable liquid in a variety of concentrations. Although some bodybuilders claim that they use more – even up to 100mg per day – this is not recommended for beginners as most athletes report considerable joint pain and difficulty sleeping at this high dose. The average Winstrol cycle length ranges from 6 to 10 weeks in duration, and you should never use this product for more than 12 weeks.

Equipoise as a Stack

The cold, hard truth is that while Winstrol is quite powerful, you need to add another component to your Winstrol cycle if you truly want to see results. There are many from which to choose, but Equipoise is probably the best for beginners since it is well-tolerated and produces very few side effects. Like Winstrol, Equipoise does not aromatize and does not require the use of AIs or SERMs for post-cycle therapy in most cases. This makes it an easy compound for beginners to use.

The Beginner’s Equipoise Dose

Equipoise works well in cutting and bulking cycles alike by amplifying the effects of whatever steroid you pair it with. In this case, because you will add your Equipoise to a cutting cycle, you will need a dose between 300mg to 400mg of Equipoise per week, optimally divided into every-other-day doses. Equipoise is relatively safe when used for 8 to 10 weeks at a time.

Putting the Two Together

With all of this information in hand, creating the perfect Winstrol cycle for beginners is easy. Just take 25mg to 50mg of Winstrol every day along with 75mg to 100mg of Equipoise every other day for a period of 8 to 10 weeks. Not only will you shed 1% to 2% of your body fat depending on your diet and exercise plan, but you will also keep and harden your muscles, even during this calorie-deficient cycle.

Winstrol is a great product for beginners, especially when paired up with Equipoise during a cutting Winstrol cycle. The risk of side effects is relatively low when compared to other anabolic steroids, and most users seem to tolerate both products quite well.

Why Deca Steroids(Nandrolone Decanoate)Is So Popular?

#1 – It’s the “King of Strength”

When athletes want an anabolic steroid that will provide them with unsurpassed strength, they often turn to Deca steroids for this very reason. While there are some products out there that are better at building bulk and others that are better at burning fat, Deca is known primarily for its ability to promote strength. That’s why it’s a popular component in so many steroid stacks.

#2 – Low Aromatizing Properties

There are many, many compounds out there that are very similar to Deca steroids when it comes to their effects on the body. However, when you look at all of these in a side-by-side comparison, Deca stands out because of its reluctance to aromatize. This means that while similar compounds can cause unwanted estrogenic side effects like gynecomastia, these risks are significantly decreased with Deca Durabolin.

#3 – It Soothes Joint Pain

Some studies have shown that Deca steroids can help increase the amount of synovial fluid on the joints, which acts as a lubricant and keeps things moving freely. Oftentimes, athletes who work out hard will decrease this fluid, and there are certain types of anabolic steroids (namely those used for cutting, which are considered “dry” steroids) that can cause the synovial fluid to dissipate, too. Deca helps replenish this fluid, which can tremendously improve joint pain.

#4 – More Permanent Gains

Although there are many different anabolic steroids used for sheer muscle mass, the fact of the matter is that many of these cause a significant amount of water weight gain that goes away once you stop using that steroid. Dianabol is one of the biggest culprits. Although the gains realized on Deca steroids are not as pronounced, they are much easier to keep after the conclusion of a cycle because they are comprised of sheer muscle rather than fluid.

#5 – Increased Red Blood Cell Production

Deca steroids help the body produce more red blood cells, which is incredibly beneficial when it comes to fitness and exercise. The more red blood cells you have in your body, the more oxygen your blood can carry to your lungs, your brain, and even your muscles to help in the creation of new muscle tissue. In short, it makes your workouts far more productive than before.

 #6 – Low Liver Toxicity

One of the most concerning side effects of anabolic steroids is liver toxicity, and this is particularly true when it comes to injectable steroids. Deca steroids carry with them some of the lowest risk for liver damage, which makes them particularly valuable among athletes and bodybuilders who cycle with these compounds regularly.

#7 – It Stimulates the Appetite

In order to gain muscle mass and “bulk up”, bodybuilders need to consume a massive amount of calories and then exercise to convert the nutrients into muscle. Some people seem to have a hard time consuming the number of calories required to make up for strenuous exercise, and that’s precisely why Deca steroids are so valuable. They stimulate the appetite significantly, making it easier to consume the calories you need to pack on muscle weight.

Deca steroids are some of the most popular products in the world for gaining muscle mass, but its real benefit lies in its ability to create unsurpassed strength. Like all products like it, it is relatively safe as long as it is used responsibly at the right doses and for recommended cycle lengths.

The Top 5 Steroids for Bulking

If you want to gain lean muscle mass with the help of anabolic steroids, some are better suited for the job than others are. Here, you can review the top five steroids for bulking in order from the smallest to largest gains.

#5 – Testosterone

Depending on who you ask, testosterone may or may not be a favorite bulking agent. Nonetheless, scientifically speaking, bulking is only possible when you increase the amount of free testosterone in your body. Consider the fact that all anabolic steroids are nothing more than derivatives of testosterone, and you will quickly understand why so many bodybuilders turn to this powerful, potent hormone in high-dose cycles to help them bulk up. There are several options from which to choose, although Sustanon-250 and Testosterone Propionate are the most popular in testosterone-only cycles.

#4 – Deca Durabolin

Deca Durabolin is one of the most popular steroids in the world, and for good reason. People who use it properly, alongside a sensible diet and exercise plan, can gain up to 20 pounds in as few as 12 weeks. Deca enhances protein synthesis, which is the biological process responsible for building muscle. However, because Deca is more anabolic and less androgenic than testosterone, it can do so more efficiently and with fewer side effects than testosterone.

#3 – Anadrol

Anadrol is the perfect compound for those who want to add a moderate amount of weight very quickly. On average, users report gaining 10 pounds or so within the first four weeks of use before they hit a plateau. For this reason, many bodybuilders incorporate Anadrol into the front of their cycles to “kick start” their gains, and then use another steroid – or even testosterone – for the remainder of the cycle.

#2 – Trenbolone

Trenbolone is a truly remarkable compound and it is beneficial during bulking and cutting cycles alike. Tren can help fit bodybuilders with the right diet and exercise plan gain 20 to 25 pounds in a single cycle. It offers a host of benefits, including enhanced nitrogen retention, faster and more efficient protein synthesis, increased oxygenation thanks to more red blood cells, and the ability for the body to make better use of the nutrients you consume. This makes it one of the more favorite steroids for bulking options, although it’s very potent.

 #1 – Dianabol

The number one bulking agent among bodybuilders and athletes has always been (and will likely always be) Dianabol. One of the most popular steroids among big-name Hollywood stars, there is nothing like Dianabol for adding 30 pounds or more in a single cycle. It is also one of the best steroids for enhancing strength, which leads to efficient workouts, and in turn leads to better quality gains. However, because it is highly androgenic, some of these gains come in the form of water trapped between muscle cells. Fortunately, using an anti-estrogen compound can help you ward off the “bloated” look and instead enjoy high-quality muscle mass.

Although Dianabol is number one on the list and testosterone comes in at number five, it is important to remember that everyone tolerates anabolic steroids differently. What works well for one may not work quite as well for another, so be sure to consider that when you put together your steroids for bulking cycle.

Hope all of you achieve your goals soon 🙂

5 Ways to Fight Gynecomastia

Steroid induced gynecomastia (gyno )is very common in the society because usage of anabolic steroids is increasing. Many reasons could cause gyno in men, Hormonal change is the main reason for gyno during puberty. Excessive alcohol is another reason. However, the main cause for fat male boobs in bodybuilders is steroid usage.

Symptoms of Gynecomastia

Puffy or swollen nipples

Overly sensitive nipples

Itchiness around the nipples

It is normal to have a small flat pea sized lump under the nipple. This is NOT gyno.

Now, if you allow these above symptoms to progress for several weeks then you may develop gyno. So if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms then you are smart to take action before it’s too late

Gyno Hysteria

No level of gyno is “permanent”. Any level of gyno can be reversed by dietary, supplemental and/or hormonal intervention. Mammary tissue (gyno) can be catabolized like any other tissue in the body. It’s just a matter of creating the right physiological environment within your body. Therefore, as far as I’m concerned, all gyno is temporary or semi-permanent at worse.

Here are the basic levels of gyno

Level 1  A dime sized glandular lump

Which can emerge as soon as 2-3 weeks after “gyno symptoms” appear. This type of gyno can transform into a more serious level 2 gyno if left untreated for more than 4-6 weeks. In most cases, this initial level 1 gyno disappears once the hormonal environment improves, which is generally 2-3 weeks after the inflicting steroids clear the system.

Level 2  A quarter sized glandular lump

This type of gyno does not completely disappear on its own, but may gradually shrink to “Level 1” size after discontinuing the inflicting steroids. Completely reversing level 2 gyno requires aggressive dietary and supplemental intervention in conjunction with prescription grade drugs.

Generally, the levels of gyno can be referred to in the following way

level 1 = temporary

level 2 = semi-permanent

Be warned, if gyno is allowed to grow large enough, the cost of surgery may be more cost efficient than trying to battle the gyno through drug and lifestyle changes – which could otherwise take months or years of intervention.

Following the points below will help you prevent and reverse level 1 & 2 gyno

Consider all the following points. Remember, there are many factors that can contribute to gyno and performing just a handful of the points below may be the key to avoiding gyno all together.

1. Your naturally occurring 5a-reduced metabolites are your friends in preventing and reversing gyno. 5a-reduced metabolites include androsterone, androstanedione, androstanediol and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) as the most powerful 5a-reduced hormone. These hormones help prevent gyno by lowering estrogen and blocking the effect of estrogen at the hormone receptor. (1-8) Unless you have serious androgen related hair loss you want to keep your 5a-reduced metabolites relatively high to avoid gyno.

Methods for increasing 5a-reduced metabolites (DHT) are listed in preferred order

Topical testosterone applied to the scrotum will rapidly increase DHT levels with minimal estrogen conversion. (for more information on topical steroids, read this article) Use a DHT pro-hormone such as androsterone, found in AndroHard. This will raise DHT with zero risk of estrogen conversion. Injectable testosterone along with an AI to prevent excessive estrogen conversion.

High dose oral 4-DHEA or DHEA along with an AI to prevent excessive estrogen conversion.

2. If you are concerned about gyno, avoid finesteride at all costs. It lowers all 5a-reduced metabolites to undesirable levels and has an extremely long half-life which continues to suppress DHT levels long after discontinuing the drug. (9) Progesterone would be a better anti-DHT alternative if you are concerned with hair loss. Plus, progesterone can clear the system within 24hrs making a mistake in dosing much less risky.

3. Almost all sources of gyno can be linked back to having insufficient levels of 5a-reduced metabolites in the body. In theory, any amount of estrogen/progesterone can be blocked by sufficient DHT. (10-14) Also, high DHT and enlargement of the prostate is a myth, however high estrogen and high DHT can lead to an inflamed prostate, so you want to at least make an effort to keep estrogen in a normal range.

4. Trenbolone, TREN, Nandrolone can cause gyno because they lack a potent 5a-reduced metabolite (dihydronandrolone is weaker than dihydrotestosterone). (15) If you are worried about gyno from progestational steroids you should consider boosting your 5a-reduced metabolites during the cycle (mentioned above). This can avoid most if not all of the gyno problems associated with progestational hormones. I should mention here that aromatase inhibitors alone (AI’s) will not help prevent gyno from progestational compounds. It is the antagonistic action of 5a-reduced hormones that is required.

5. Nothing is going to antagonize estrogen at the estrogen receptor (ER) better than actual DHT. While DHT derivatives or analogs such as Anavar, Winstrol, Masteron, Epistane, Superdrone, ect may be 5a-reduced, they cannot convert to actual DHT and thus cannot directly inhibit gyno at the receptor level (since they lack the ultra-high binding affinity for the AR that true DHT possesses).

 

The 5 Most Popular Steroid Stacks and Cycles

The Beginner Cycle (Test/Deca)

Testoterone-Enanthate: 500mg Week 1-12
Deca Durabolan: 200mg Week 1-12

This is my recommended stack for any first time user. The Deca/Test combo is a tried and true stack that will give excellent gains with minimal side effects. In addition the slow release compounds require less injections, which is always a good place to start for beginners. Its incredibly popular particularly as a base stack which can be modified for future cycles.

Potential Side Effects And PCT (Post-Cycle treatment)

Gynecomastia, water retention, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are all potential side effects of this cycle. 10mg of nolvadex everyday may be used to combat any symptoms you have whilst on cycle.

Your PCT consist of 2 weeks off cycle to allow the hormones to clear your system. You should then take nolvadex for 3 weeks to help re-establish normal testoerone production. 40mg everyday for 2 weeks and 20mg of Nolvadex for the third week.

The Kickstart Beginner Cycle (Test/Deca/Dbol)

Testoterone-Enanthate: 500mg Week 1-12
Deca Durabolan: 200mg Week 1-12
Dianabol: 25mg per day Week 1-6

It’s the same as the beginners cycle above with Dianabol added to the stack. Dianabol is a fast working steroid that can be taken in oral form, which will make great gains in muscle and strength at the beginning of the cycle (often referred to as front loading).

Potential Side Effects And PCT

Gynecomastia, water retention, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are all potential side effects of this cycle. 10mg of nolvadex everyday may be used to combat any symptoms you have whilst on cycle. Also any oral will be have a toxic effect on the liver so a liver supplement or booster should be taken with the dianabol and its use should be no longer than 6 weeks.

Your PCT consist of 2 weeks off cycle to allow the hormones to clear your system. You should then take nolvadex for 3 weeks to help re-establish normal testosterone production. 40mg everyday for 2 weeks and 20mg of Nolvadex for the third week.

Classic Cut (Test/Tren/Winstrol)

Testoterone-Propionate 100mg EOD 1-12
Trenbolone-Acetate 75mg EOD 1-12
Winstrol 50/daily 7-12

This is the most popular cutting cycle going around. The reason is rather simple, it works and it works well. Your diet will dictate the amount of success you will have with this stack, a poor diet will still get results but a great diet will have you looking like a god. Importantly this stack will also help maintain strength whilst on a calorie-deficient (fat-loss) diet.

Potential Side Effects And PCT

Tren is a powerful hormone so if you feel adverse effects you can drop your dosage down to 50mg. You should take 0.5mg or arimidex every other day with this stack to protect yourself against oestrogen build-up.

Your PCT should begin immediately after your cycle. Take 500iu daily of HCG for 10 days. One week after your cycle you should begin taking Clomid in addition to the HCG. Take 150mg/day for the fist 2 weeks, 100mg/day for week 3 and drop down to 50mg/day for week 4.

Winnie the Pooh (Test/Winstrol)

Testoterone-Enanthate: 500mg Week 1-12
Winstrol: 50mg per day Week 7-12

Another popular variation of the test cycle is to add Winstrol to the back end of the cycle. Winstrol is popular steroid for those looking for athletic performance and a cut physique, used often by bodybuilders for contest prep and dieting athletes to maintain strength. Stacking it with test means that your body avoids sub-normal hormonal levels due to the short half-life of the Winny.

Potential Side Effects And PCT

If your taking Winstrol orally then take some liver cleansers to help protect your liver. I would also recommend some fish oil to help protect against collagen loss in the joints both of which should be taken during the cycle.

Your PCT consist of 2 weeks off cycle to allow the hormones to clear your system. You should then take nolvadex for 3 weeks to help re-establish normal testosterone production. 40mg everyday for 2 weeks and 20mg of Nolvadex for the third week.

Lonely Cycles

The last but by no means least popular cycle is the standalone cycles. Due to cost, and the ability to monitor and test for side effects single steroid only cycles are increasingly popular. Some of the most popular are:

Test

A test only cycle is very popular because it is about as safe as it gets when it comes to steroids. Most people report good gains with a test only cycle and its easy to administer as well. 500/mg week is a good starting point for 8-12 weeks although the number can change based on your goals and experience. Have some arimidex on hand in case of any aromatisation effects then after your cycle take 2 weeks off to clear your system and begin a PCT with nolvadex. 40mg everyday for 2 weeks and 20mg of Nolvadex for the third week

Sustanon

Another popular cycle with excellent bulking properties it used to be all the rage 10 years ago. Although not as popular these days the effects of the cycle are still impressive, taking 500/mg week for 8-12 weeks should give you noticeable size increase. As sustanon is a combination of four testosterone compounds the side effects and PCT are the same as a test only cycle.

Tren

Tren only cycles are used by those who want to avoid the aromatisation side effects of other steroids and are looking to cut. With the ability to burn fat, maintain strength and avoid aromatisation it should be the most popular cycle of all right? Unfortunately there is a downside, tren only cycles are often plagued by poor sleep, low libido and increased aggression (amongst other issues) but 300mg/week for 6-8 weeks will give you some amazing results if you monitor your symptoms closely. Because it is so potent a good PCT should include 1000iu of HCG for 10 days, 20/mg Nolva every day for 5 weeks and 50/mg of Clomid for 3 weeks.

You may have noticed that these stacks are all very simple. That’s because for 95% of users out there simple will be more than enough to see some great results. If you decide to follow any of these cycles make sure you take as much notice of the PCT programs that go with it. Laziness and ignorance are no excuse for wrecking your body.