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Beginners Guide To Steroid Cycles

Base - Testosterone
For your first steroid cycle, most will agree it is best to got with JUST testosterone. There are many reasons for this, but mainly it is so you can feel the testosterone when its isolated. This allows you to attribute the gains, side effects, and everything you experience in during your cycle to just the test. The reason this is beneficial is because in later cycles if you stack other steroids with test, you now know what the test is doing, and what the other steroids are doing, so if a new side effects arises, its likely caused by the new steroid.

So you will run just Testosterone (typically Test Enanthate or Test Cypionate) at 500mg per week. This is split into 2 injections each week of 250mg each. This is split in 2 doses to help keep blood levels steadier, for more information on this, educate yourself on the half life of steroids. So your cycle will look as follows:

Weeks 1-10 Test @ 500mg/week
Monday - 250mg Test
Thursday - 250mg Test

Kickstart - Orals
Test Enth and Cyp take around 5-6 weeks of injections before it goes into full intensity in your system. This is to allow the hormones to pool and the blood concentration to raise to the desired levels. During this time, it is common for a kickstart steroid to be used. These are usually an oral compound such as Turanabol, Dianabol, Anadrol, etc. If you chooses to run an oral during these 5-6 weeks that is perfectly fine, and you would add the following to your cycle:

Weeks 1-5 Oral @ Dose/day

Orals are taken daily, usually in split doses over the span of the day. Most orals are taken around 30-50mg per day, so you will need to research the oral you choose to use to get the required dose. This dose can be kept steady for the whole 5 weeks, but you can raise it if you feel comfortable (say from 30mg to 40mg each day). There is no need to taper steroids on or off, the half life will do this naturally.

Mid-Cycle Safety
During your cycle, it is recommended to have certain drugs on hand to deal with any unwanted side effects that may occur. Keeping in mind that this is your first cycle, you don't know how you will react. If side effects occur, you can almost always attribute them to the testosterone converting to estrogen. This excess estrogen causes side effects like gyno that can be limited by using ancillary drugs. Do some research on side effects for a better idea of what you might encounter. There are 2 categories of these ancillary drugs that fight estrogen side effects, those that compete with it, like Novaldex (Tamoxifen Citrate), and those that inhibit it, like Arimidex (Anastrozole). Its highly recommended you research each type of ancillary drug and have some on hand during your cycle.
Using nolvadex as an example, if side effects start to occur, take 20mg ED until they begin to subside, then take 10mg ED until you feel comfortable without the nolvadex. You can take the nolvadex for the duration of the cycle, but remember that you need some estrogen in your blood, and blocking it all regardless of the ancillary drug you pick, will be counterproductive to your cycle.

Post Cycle Treatment - PCT
PCT is a crutial part of your cycle. This time of the cycle is when you start to have the synthetic testosterone flush from your system, and your natural testosterone level begin to recover. Key substances to research for PCT are the ancillary drugs mentioned above, as well as Clomid and HCG.
PCT starts when the half life of your steroids is up. For Test Enth or Test Cyp, this is around 10 to 12 days after the last injection. A good starting point for PCT for a basic cycle like the one above would be as follows:

Day 1: 200mg Clomid, 60mg Nolvadex
Next 3 days: 100mg Clomid, 40mg Nolvadex
Next 10: 50mg Clomid, 20mg Nolvadex
Next 10: 50mg Clomid OR 20mg Nolvadex

This is just a guide and WILL vary from person to person. Blood work can be done to verify test levels, otherwise you'll just have to 'feel' what works best for you.

Cycle Summary
So here is your cycle:

Weeks 1-10 Test E @ 500mg/week (250mg Mon + Thur)
Weeks 1-5 DBol @ 30mg ED

Weeks 12-15 PCT as above using Clomid and Nolvadex

Extra Nolvadex on hand for sides.

There you have it. Do your research, keep it simple, and be safe.

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