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Beginner Steroid Cycles

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Beginner Steroid Cycles
A person’s best steroid cycle is almost always their first steroid cycle.

This is because their body has not had a chance to build up any tolerance to anabolic steroids, thus resulting in rapid and dramatic changes in body composition.

However, a first cycle equally can be the most damaging or destructive cycle, as the body hasn’t had a chance to adapt to the compound.

Therefore, the best steroid for beginners is one that has mild side effects; yet is powerful enough to build significant amounts of muscle.

Note: Stacking steroids together is not a protocol generally adopted by beginners, as combining multiple compounds together often yields more severe side effects.

Testosterone Cycle
A Testosterone-only cycle is the staple protocol for many beginner weight lifters.

This is due to Testosterone producing significant muscle and strength gains, yet only causing mild side effects.

Thus, Testosterone is regarded to have one of the greatest risk/reward ratios, compared to other anabolics.

In terms of results, a cautiously dosed Testosterone cycle can add 20lbs+ of lean mass to beginners. Testosterone will also cause some fat loss, due to its androgenic nature.

Muscular strength can also increase by 50lbs or more on various compound exercises, such as squats, deadlifts and bench press.

Unfortunately, Testosterone isn’t the most convenient anabolic steroid for administration, with it being predominantly injectable. However, this method of entry means it can bypass the liver (unlike c-17 alpha-alkylated steroids), thus entering the bloodstream immediately. Consequently, Testosterone causes little to no hepatotoxic effects.

Note: Testosterone is available in oral form (known as Undecanoate or Andriol); however, this is less commonly used by bodybuilders due to its high market price.

The above cycle is commonly used by novices looking to add substantial amounts of muscle and strength. Testosterone Cypionate or Enanthate are commonly used among beginners, due to such esters not requiring overly frequent injections.

Also, the injection itself is typically less troublesome with Cypionate and Enanthate, in comparison to other variations of Testosterone.

Testosterone Side Effects
Testosterone is androgenic in nature; thus inflammation of the prostate, acne vulgaris and male pattern baldness are possible.

Testosterone will also skew HDL and LDL cholesterol ratios, causing possible hypertension. However, this negative effect on blood pressure is mild compared to harsher AAS; with testosterone perhaps being the most cardiovascular-friendly steroid.

Water retention is also probable, due to Testosterone having the aromatase enzyme present.

Therefore, when exogenous Testosterone converts to estrogen, fluid can accumulate; causing bloating and puffy muscles. It also has the potential to cause gynecomastia and thus estrogen may need to be controlled to avoid female breast tissue forming in the pectoral region.

Testosterone also causes hypogonadism i.e. a significant decline in natural testosterone production; caused by the pituitary gland signaling to the testes. This process occurs due to excessive amounts of exogenous Testosterone present in the bloodstream, and thus the body trying to maintain homeostasis.

Anavar Cycle
Anavar (Oxandrolone) is classed as a cutting steroid in the bodybuilding community, often being utilized in competition prep.

It has anabolic effects in regards to muscle-building; however, such properties are only moderate compared to bulking steroids.

Instead, Anavar is primarily coveted due to its potent fat-burning properties, in addition to its ability to shed water, increasing vascularity and muscle tone.

Anavar’s ability to add lean muscle and strength, whilst simultaneously stripping fat, makes it popular among beginners. It is also an oral steroid, thus no injections are required.

Anavar is also suitable for women, with it rarely causing virilization in low to moderate doses.

Beginners can expect to gain 15lbs of lean muscle, whilst significantly reducing their body fat percentage with Anavar.

The above cycle is dosed for a male beginner. Women may take 10mg/day for 4 weeks; however, anything higher than this may cause masculinization effects.

Anavar Side Effects
Anavar is a c-17 alpha-alkylated oral steroid, thus it is processed by the liver upon absorption into the bloodstream.

However, Anavar’s hepatic effects are relatively mild compared to other oral steroids; therefore this side effect isn’t typically worrisome for bodybuilders.

Anavar will alter a user’s cholesterol profile, causing imbalances in HDL/LDL levels. This can cause hypertension; however, BP is unlikely to rise to excessively high levels.

Anavar’s cardiovascular strain is thought to be slightly more than Testosterone. This may be due to Anavar not converting to estrogen, plus being oral; thus stimulating hepatic lipase in the liver.

Anavar will also cause testosterone suppression; however, serum levels often peak back to normal levels within several weeks. This recovery process post-cycle is relatively short with Anavar, due to testosterone production not being completely shut down.

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