For the performance enhancing athlete, there are many pieces that make up the entire puzzle; like all individuals a sound nutrition and training plan must be put into place and followed and of course a plan revolving around supplemental use of hormones. There are numerous types of hormones performance enhancers will use and although anabolic androgenic steroids make up the largest group there are many non-steroidal hormones that are used, such as the popular Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin to name a few. Even so, anabolic androgenic steroids will be our focus here.
For the performance enhancer who supplements with anabolic steroids, planning steroid cycles will be an extremely crucial aspect. Steroid cycles must be planned if we are to maximize use as well as remain safe. One does not supplement arbitrarily as is often depicted in popular culture. You've seen the movies where an athlete has a bottle of steroids conveniently labeled "Steroids" in his locker, and he simply downs a few pills from a bottle; this isn't true to real life. "Steroids" is a very broad term that describes a very large total grouping of hormones. To begin, there are numerous steroids that are not of an anabolic or androgenic nature, and within the anabolic androgenic category, there are literally hundreds of variations. The word "Steroids" as you can see is as generic as the word "Food."
With all of these things in mind, a performance enhancer must organize all his steroid cycles thoroughly and plan them in a manner that not only keeps him safe but promotes the desired goal(s) to the fullest extent possible. In most cases, the individual will frame his steroid cycles around one of two purposes, bulking or cutting, and while more specific goals can be a part of the equation, in a general sense most can be fit into the bulking or cutting category. When planning steroid cycles, we'll find many anabolic steroids are more efficiently used for one type of cycle over another. We'll also find quite commonly that many anabolic steroids display secondary traits that can well-serve the opposite type of cycle, even if their primary role is best served in the other. Further, we will also find some anabolic steroids that are so versatile in nature they can be used as effectively for any cycle. Of course, we'll also find a few anabolic steroids that do not exhibit strong secondary characteristics and are only well-suited for one type of cycle; these steroids fall in the minority. We'll break down how you can plan your various steroid cycles to maximize the hormonal use, not only in how to mix and match various steroids but in total planning regarding timing, dosing and all that it entails.
Generally, it is a good idea to plan how long your steroid cycles will last, and the easiest way to do this is to have a set period of total weeks in mind. In most cases, we will find 8 weeks of use to be the minimum time frame if a cycle is going to have any worth. Cycles that fall below the 8 week mark are very inefficient. Such cycles can produce some very substantial gains, but they are not well-served when it comes to combating homeostasis, the body's desire to remain the same, steroid cycles that exceed the 8 week point will be far more effective in this regard. This doesn't mean all of our gains will be kept; without the large influx of hormones, some gains will probably be lost in time but we can do a much better job if we surpass the 8 week mark.
While 8 weeks is our minimal time frame, the most obvious question is what's the max? There's really no cut and dry one size fits all answer to this question, as individual goals, and desires can vary so dramatically. There's no magical time frame that is absolutely perfect; however, we can aptly say 12-16 weeks is generally very effective and efficient in most cases. The 12-16 week range will normally provide solid results assuming the steroid cycle in question was properly planned and implemented. Can we go beyond this mark; absolutely, but most will not desire it, and most who do will be of the very advanced and hardcore category. For many performance enhancers, steroid cycles that extend past the 16 week mark can be a little harsh, especially if they're unaccustomed to cycling and don't quite have a grasp on total, efficient protocol.
There are hundreds of anabolic steroids from which we have to choose; for example, one of the most popular is testosterone and with testosterone alone, we have several variations. Because there are so many forms of anabolic steroids planning steroid cycles can be a daunting task for many individuals; it can at times appear to be extremely confusing especially when you have so many conflicting opinions telling you to use this or that steroid. With this in mind, we have listed the most popular anabolic androgenic steroids used; in listing them we have labeled them with their primary purpose of use, cutting or bulking and aptly labeled the ones that carry secondary traits well-suited for the opposite cycle. They are as follows:
|Steroid Name||Trade Name or Slang||Primary Purpose||Secondary Traits|
|Oxymetholone||Anadrol||Bulking||Good for filling out at the end of hard contest prep cycle|
|Oxandrolone||Anavar||Cutting||"Poor bulker for men||can add decent size to females with enough calories"|
|Nandrolone-Decanoate||Deca-Durabolin/Deca||Bulking||Well-suited for preserving size when calories are restricted|
|Methandrostenolone||Dianabol/Dbol||Bulking||Can be used to preserve strength but not suited for most in this period|
|Boldenone-Undecylenate||Equipoise/EQ||Cutting||Poor mass builder but good for strength increases|
|Nandrolone-Phenylpropionate||Libriol/NPP||Bulking||Well-suited for preserving size when calories are restricted|
|Omnadren 250||Omnadren||Cutting & Bulking||Equally effective in all cycles|
|Trenbolone-Hexahydrobenzylcarbonate||Parabolan||Cutting & Bulking||Equally effective in all cycles with slight advantage cutting|
|Methenolone-Enanthate||Primobolan Depot||Cutting||"Poor bulker for men||can add decent size to females with enough calories"|
|Mesterolone||Proviron||Cutting or Bulking||Generally more effective as a reducing agent of estrogen|
|Sustanon-250||Sust||Cutting & Bulking||Equally effective in all cycles|
|Testosterone-Cypionate||Cyp or Test-Cyp||Cutting & Bulking||Equally effective in all cycles|
|Testosterone-Enanthate||Test-E||Cutting & Bulking||Equally effective in all cycles|
|Testosterone-Propionate||Test-P||Cutting & Bulking||Equally effective in all cycles|
|Testosterone-Suspension||Suspension||Cutting & Bulking||Equally effective in all cycles|
|Trenbolone-Acetate||Tren-A||Cutting & Bulking||Equally effective in all cycles with slight advantage cutting|
|Trenbolone-Enanthate||Tren-E||Cutting & Bulking||Equally effective in all cycles with slight advantage cutting|
|Stanozolol||Winstrol||Cutting||Poor mass builder|
|Stanozolol||Winstrol Depot||Cutting||Poor mass builder|
For the first time user, there is no need to get too carried away. If you've never supplemented before, you'll find it won't take much to receive a tremendous reward, but you'll also find keeping it simple will serve you well. Many beginners will only need to supplement with testosterone of any form and possibly an oral such as Dianabol or Winstrol. A basic cycle of this nature will provide nearly every last trait the individual desires. A solid yet well-planned out cycle of this nature will serve you well and for many will be as far as they ever need to take it. Such steroid cycles of this nature will in many cases provide the individual with all they ever need; you do not have to extend past this phase of use in-order to keep making gains. We have provided specific examples in the steroid cycles samples category below.
Female anabolic steroid use can be a bit difficult to plan as these hormones can have a nasty effect that destroys her femininity. While the strong majority of anabolic steroids can have this effect, there are those that can be used safely, as they carry this potential but to a much lower degree. Women who supplement responsibly can greatly improve their physiques with little to no virilization if they keep the doses reasonable and avoid strong virilizing steroids. We have listed examples below in the sample category. It must be noted; while we will provide moderate and hardcore female steroid cycle examples, if you begin to show symptoms of virilization you are encouraged to discontinue use. If the symptoms are ignored, the odds will not be in your favor as they may become permanent.
As is the case with most anabolic steroids, there is a strong risk to reward ratio at play. In many cases, the higher the dose the greater the reward will be; however, the higher the dose goes the higher probability of adverse effects occurring becomes. When planning your steroid cycles this is an important piece of the puzzle to keep in mind; after all, if you fall prey to numerous adverse effects you're not going to find your cycle all that valuable. It must also be stated; while there are standard doses of certain steroids that seem to be well-tolerated by most, as we are all unique individuals with our own genetic response some will be able to tolerate more while others may not be able to tolerate a specific steroid at all at any dose. In the end, regardless of where your total dose falls, understand that you are responsible for yourself and the actions you take.
Both Female cycles are perfect for cutting and bulking. Total calories and exercise will determine the direction you go.
Although some cycles have included the use of SERM's and AI's, based on your personal response you may need them in all cycles.
HGH was added to some cycles but can be safely added to all cycles if desired.
Doses are approximate examples and may be adjusted to meet your specific needs.
-mg: Milligram -wk: Week -eod: Every Other Day -ed: Every Day -iu: International Unit