Lets say you are one of those guys who have a very serious approach to the gym life, you are health and you have been training for ages and the last 6-12 months you've "hit the wall" (you don't see any changes in your physique or results) but you still feel the need to to put on some muscle mass and you've probably tried all kind of natural supplements with no dramatic changes so you finally ended with the idea of running a steroids cycle.
Also before beginning you should remember that steroids are a sacrifice, you sacrifice a part of your health to achieve your goal, that's why the first 2 point you need to check before beginning a cycle is your health and your goal.
Begin with a general test of your health condition, check the functions of the main organs - your heart, liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, sexual function - If they have shown any malfunction then stay away from steroids, I hope you are smart enough to understand that your health is more important than your look; also make a general blood test and check your male hormones levels.
Finally, if your doctor made a general conclusion and it says that you are healthy you can go to the next step - formulate your goal, as this will determine the needed effect of anabolic steroids used in your cycle.
The most common goals are : bulking (gain massive muscle in a short time), cutting/lean muscle (burning fat, getting more ripped and getting more defined muscle structure).
I wouldn't like to overload your mind with scientific descriptions of effects of anabolic steroids, you can find all them on Wikipedia or any steroids site, I am giving you a short and simple description of the steroids effect and tell you at least what to expect from them.
So, functionally the effect of anabolic steroids has 2 action fields:
- anabolic effect steroids increase protein absorption in cells, which causes the buildup of tissue, especially muscular tissue.
- androgenic effect, this effect is related to the fact that steroids are synthetic hormones and taking them will develop and maintain your masculinity so your strength, hair growth, vocal cords enlargement etc.
Each steroidal product has the androgenic/anabolic ratio, it can be 50/50, 70/30, 40/60 etc. what means that the product is XX percents androgenic and YY % anabolic, what can be understood that the product is mainly supposed for strength and has more virilizating characteristics or for building muscles.
One point here should be especially mentioned - as higher the androgenic rate of a steroid as more estrogen-related side effects it has because as more androgenic is a steroid as more it suppresses your natural testosterone production.
I don't want to bore you with detailed description of all the effects of anabolic steroids because I am sure you won't that load of info and quit reading after the first 5 minutes, you are an athlete, not a swot, so I decided o list the most used anabolic steroids and their effects.
Methandienone (Dianabol) - the most famous oral steroid, it's the choice of 87% of beginners - gives massive gains in a short time, the drawbacks are the high liver toxicity, rather high water retention what results in hard-maintainable gains.
Stanozolol (Winstrol) - available in injectable and oral form - mostly has cutting/ lean muscle effect, gives strength and endurance
Turanabol (Tbol) - used for lean muscle cycles, adds muscle hardness and strength, rather inoffensive
Anapolon (oxy) - the most potent and the most anabolic oral steroid, also the most toxic, gives massive water retention, be careful with it.
Anavar (Oxan) - has one of the most inoffensive effects of anabolic steroids, promotes fat burning processes, adds muscle definition
Halotestin - has more androgenis effects and close to none anabolic, is mostly used by lifters and MMA fighters, increases strength and aggression
Primobolan (oral and injectable version) - very mild and inoffensive effects of anabolic steroids, more used in cutting cycles, adds muscle hardness and doesn;t have a pronounced androgenic effect.
Testosterone Enathate - the most used injectable steroid, it is mostly used for bulking but you should know that any testosterone may be used both for bulking and cutting, it all depends on your diet and routine.
Testosterone Cypionate - has similar effects of anabolic steroids with testosterone enanthate, a beginner wouldn't notice the difference but it is said that it retains less water.
Testosterone Blends (sustanon) - are mixes of testosterone of different esterification levels, it is mostly used for bulking, giving rather massive muscle gains in a rather short time.
Testosterone Propionate - fast acting/ short ester testosterone, used for cutting, it kicks in 24 hours after you injected (e.g. testosterone enathate or cypionate kicks in after2 weeks), but it is needed to inject it each other day.
Boldenone undecylenate - used mostly for bulking, it increases endurance, strength, vascularization and increases appetite, so it would be a good add-on to any bulking cycle.
Trenbolone Enanthate - has more androgenic effects, mostly used for cutting, increases aggression and fat burn processes, not for beginners
Trenbolone Aceate - fast acting trenbolone, also used for cutting but it has a shorter half-life so you need to inject it each other day
Masteron propionate and enanthate - adds muscle definition and muscle hardness.
Clenbuterol - it's not considered a steroid but it very often used in cutting cycles due to it's thermogenic effect, it burns the fat rather fast
I hope you've reached the end of this list and it was useful, but I am sure you can't build your cycle by yourself even after reading all this, that's why you need a real advice, so don't hesitate to contact us, trust me a ton of reading won't replace an active and real communication.
As a conclusion I would like to remind you that steroids are synthetic hormones so taking any steroids will upset the balance of your natural hormone levels and besides the effects of anabolic steroids described above you can meet some side effects of anabolic steroids such as acne, low sex drive, oily skin, gynecomastia, liver damage and so on, but if you remember at the beginning of this article I told you that steroids are a sacrifice, so you are the one who decides....