Every athlete always wants to be on a tip-top shape every single time. They always prefer to have more muscles, less fat and as much as possible, enhance their performance level. They also prefer to recover quickly in times of injury or after some heavy hitting games. These are some of the reasons why they turn into performance drugs. This turnover will also start their steroid cycle.
Beginners in this particular field are advised to study and does some research work first. It is important that one understands every term being used and more importantly the side effects of taking in anabolic steroids. Precautionary steps have already been provided by earlier users in order to lessen the harsh side effects of these performance drugs.
Some common terms used are steroid cycles that refer to the time frame a person uses androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS). This is in weeks or months. Some individuals also prefer several types of steroid compounds for their intake, which is called stacking.
Starting a steroid cycle means one has understood all the risk involved in consuming steroids. These include physical risk that may happen to an individual with its side effects. There are also legal issues involved.
It is strongly suggested that a beginner create a steroid chart to record their progress. With the chart, one will also be able to lay out their post cycle therapy or PCT, which is highly important. This is the time period for the body to wash away those steroids.
Novaldex, is a common PCT drug that is taken to counteract the side effects of the consumed steroids. They are normally taken after a full steroid cycle
AAS are available in two forms, injectable and oral. Injectable steroids are easily available, but cause pain. There are specific areas to inject these steroids so additional information is needed and requires a lot of reading online forums. Oral steroids, on the other hand, are easier to control, but are quite limited in numbers. Not all steroid compounds can be turned into tablet or capsule form.
As a beginner, it is also advisable to start with oral steroids. A beginner oral bulking cycle starts with the use of Dianabol, Winstrol or Anavar and would normally take five to eight weeks, depending on the dosage. Strict compliance to the cycle is needed to prevent permanent damage to the body, specifically to the liver.
Injectable steroids can also be an option for a beginner. One can obtain Sustanon 250, Trenbolone and several synthetic testosterone variants. Bulking cycles are longer with injectable and can last up to 15 weeks. Others prefer doing self-injection while others asked experienced users or colleagues to assist in administering the drug.
Risk and Side Effects of Steroid Cycle
An AAS first time user will definitely experience side effects and may even face serious danger with the use of each compound. It is then advisable for first timers to start with a single steroid in order to observe and pinpoint side effects.
Both male and female users are known to experience side effects. These are having oily skin, acne, aggressiveness, mood swings, water retention and heart problems. Men are also known to suffer testicular atrophy, infertility, breast tissue development, baldness and have a bigger risk in acquiring prostate cancer.
Female users on the other hand, are known to develop a deeper voice, facial hair growth, male-pattern baldness, clitoral enlargement and baldness. There are also cases that teenagers were able to get their hands on these steroids and suffered stunted growth, accelerated puberty and irregular skeletal formation. HIV/AIDS is related to unsterilized needle usage and other common side effects such as liver and kidney failure and heart enlargement.
There are some very experienced users who try to design their own steroid combination. However, beginners should not try it, do not even think about it yet. For the meantime, try to discover the options available for beginners. There are several excellent choices out there for beginners and is usually available on a single drug compound.
Some beginner oral bulking cycle drugs are:
Dianabol – A simple yet effective oral steroid that can give impressive results.Strength development and muscle mass are its strong points. Expected side effects are the usual oestrogenic and androgenic related to steroid intake. A typical beginner oral bulking cycle dosage is 30 mg per day and will run for five weeks. Dianabol is known to cause liver damage. One should avoid using it than the prescribed amount of time. PCT will start at the end of the cycle and will need three weeks. A 12 week down time is suggested before starting another cycle.
Winstrol –Is another form of an oral steroid and is also known for providing a steadier muscle gain compared to other steroids. A beginner oral bulking cycle starts with a 50 mg per day for five weeks. Again, prolonged usage can cause damage to the liver, so be cautious. This is to be followed by a three-week PCT and a similar 12-week recovery before the next bulking cycle.
Post Cycle Therapy Tips
Steroid users should not avoid PCT or post cycle therapy. This is mandatory before starting another bulking cycle to ensure hormonal balance for an individual’s system. A beginner should thoroughly understand the concept behind PCT. The process also uses drugs to counteract the bulking steroids and provides faster hormone normalization. Skipping PCT can affect a body for up to a year.
Nolvadex and Clomid are the normal PCT drugs taken during this period. These drugs stop the production of estrogen, which was started by the steroids. These drugs are also known to stimulate the production of the male luteinizing hormone, or LH. LH is known to trigger the testes to produce testosterone. Do take note that Nolvadex and Clomid can cause mood swings, an increase in emotional sensitivity and some visual implications.
Beginners should start their PCT with 40 mg per day of Nolvadex for the first two weeks, 20 mg on the third week, and every other day of 20 mg on the fourth week.
However, a PCT cycle can be skipped if the individual plans to immediately do another cycle after 16 weeks from the previous one.