Some More Safety Measures to Consider Before You Start a Steroid CycleSafety First
If you have just started bodybuilding, do not take steroids. You should train at least for a few years before you can even think about taking steroids. Before starting a steroid cycle, undergo a full body checkup, including blood tests. This can tell you if you are in the best of health and whether you have any underlying conditions, that may be exacerbated by the use of steroids. If you have such a condition that can be worsened by steroid use, make a conscious decision to stay away from them.
Keep off strong anabolic steroids like Trenbolone and Anadrol until you have undergone several cycles with milder steroids. If you take them without guidance and without conditioning your body first, they can devastate your body. These steroids are only recommended for professional body builders and even they are cautious about using such steroids.
First Time Users Are Better Off with Injectable Anabolic Steroids
If you want to use anabolic steroids, as far as possible, use injectable ones. Oral anabolic steroids can exhibit hepatotoxicity if you take them in large and consistent doses. Oral anabolic steroids are alkylated (at the methyl group attached to the 17th carbon). Alkylation gives the anabolic steroid molecules more resistance to hepatic metabolism. But the downside is, the more a substance resists action by the liver, the more strain the liver undergoes.
Through alkylation, a higher percentage of the anabolic steroid survives metabolism by the liver and is subsequently introduced into the bloodstream. This is the reason orally injested anabolic steroids show faster and better results. The toxicity of an oral anabolic steroid depends on the anabolic steroid (some are more toxic than others), how much you take of it (dosage) and for how long (cycle length).
Most of the well known injectable anabolic steroids are not alkylated and are not so stressful on the liver. Consider using an aromatase inhibitor. Aromatase inhibitors prevent androgens from being converted into Estrogen. Note that careless use of an aromatase inhibitor might lead to a drop in the level of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol).
The level of fat in your body should be below 20% before you start a steroid cycle. If you take anabolic steroids when you have a high level of body fat, you may see Estrogenic side effects like gynecomastia.
Adipose tissue is a store house of aromatase enzyme. When the Testosterone level in the blood increases beyond normal levels, the body starts converting the excess Testosterone into Estrogen with the help of the aromatase enzyme.
Steroid Cycles for Beginners
If you are thinking of starting your first steroid cycle, you might have a lot of questions. Steroid cycles can be complicated to a novice. The bigger problem is your lack of understanding of how the hormones work.
Beginner Steroid CycleThere are many steroid cycles on the internet for beginners, but it cannot be said with certainty that what worked for someone else will work for you. Beginner steroid cycles can only give you a base to start from and as you progress, often through trial and error, you will find out more about what works and what should be avoided.
Most individuals on their first cycles are not able to reach their potential because they are not sure about what they want and how to go about it. There have even been cases where people have started taking anabolic steroids randomly, with disastrous effects.
Some people, when they do not see the effects they thought they would get, get frustrated and up their dose and lengthen their cycles. This can lead to bad results. Therefore, it is very important that beginners have adequate knowledge about steroids, their side effects, the results that can be expected and the mistakes to avoid. Note that using anabolic steroids to enhance the physique is illegal in the U.S. You should also educate yourself about what kinds of anabolic steroids are available and how to use them properly, so that you can have a good experience.
The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all steroid cycle for beginners. Factors like the individual’s weight, age and height will make a difference. Every bodybuilder will need a custom cycle that is designed keeping his body features and individual goals in mind.
What Dosage of an Anabolic Steroid Should You Take on Each Cycle?
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.