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Bulking Steroid Cycles

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Bulking Steroid Cycles

Bulking cycles are utilized by bodybuilders seeking immense increases in muscle hypertrophy (size).

Many of these cycles are harsh on the body and thus only suitable for intermediates and advanced users.

The only exception to this rule is a Testosterone-only cycle, which is considered a relatively safe bulking protocol.

Dianabol Cycle
Dianabol is the famous oral steroid thought to be used by the ‘Austrian Oak’, aka Arnold Schwarzenegger; helping him to become a formidable force on the Mr. Olympia stage.

Dianabol was formulated by Dr. John Bosley Ziegler, with the purpose of synthesizing a compound more anabolic than Testosterone, yet less androgenic.

Thus, Dianabol will produce similar (if not slightly superior) results to Testosterone; in regards to muscular strength and size. However, it does not mimic the androgenic effects of Testosterone, thus incidents of prostate enlargement, male pattern baldness or acne are less common.

Dianabol is sometimes taken by beginners; however, this is not recommended due to its harsh cardiovascular and hepatic effects. Thus, it is more suited for intermediates who have already taken a milder steroid previously, such as Testosterone.

Dianabol has the capacity to add 25-30lbs of lean mass in a single cycle. Strength will also reach new heights, with Dbol being regarded as one of the best steroids for raw power.

Dianabol Side Effects
Dianabol is a toxic oral steroid, thus it has a detrimental effect on AST and ALT liver values.

Thus, a liver support supplement such as TUDCA is often taken to reduce such strain.

Dianabol aromatizes and thus has high estrogenic activity. Consequently, water retention and gynecomastia are possible side effects from high levels of the female hormone.

Dianabol will have a particularly negative effect on cholesterol, potentially causing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Water retention and stimulation of the hepatic lipase enzyme in the liver are the main culprits for such cardiovascular stress on Dianabol.

Dianabol will also shut down testosterone levels, requiring an effective post-cycle therapy treatment to resurrect natural endogenous production.

Anadrol Cycle
Anadrol’s benefits largely mimic Dianabol’s; producing colossal increases in muscle hypertrophy and strength.

Anadrol is regarded as one of the most powerful bulking steroids available; typically producing slightly more weight accumulation, compared to Dianabol.

It is also an oral steroid, making it a preferable compound for those looking to avoid needles.

A first-time Anadrol cycle is likely to cause weight gain of 30+ pounds.

Advanced steroid users may also take dosages reaching as high as 100mg/day.

Anadrol Side Effects
Anadrol is not suitable for beginners, with it being one of the most toxic steroids available; causing large fluctuations in blood pressure and liver enzymes.

Anadrol is among the harshest steroids on the cardiovascular system; as well as being one of the most devastating AAS on the liver. Extreme caution must be used with this anabolic, particularly for users who regularly drink alcohol or have experienced high blood pressure in the past.

Anadrol is also a wet compound, causing noticeable amounts of extracellular fluid retention, that may temporarily obscure muscle definition; making it a common off-season drug.

Anadrol is also estrogenic; however, this is not due to the aromatase enzyme being present, but instead, direct stimulation of the estrogen receptors.

Therefore, a SERM (Selective estrogen receptor modulator) may be taken to reduce the chances of gynecomastia forming; as opposed to taking an AI (aromatase inhibitor).

Androgenic side effects are also common on Anadrol, despite its low androgenic rating of 45.

Therefore, male pattern baldness, seborrhoea (oily skin), acne vulgaris or/and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) may occur.

Anadrol will shut testosterone levels down, requiring a well-thought-out PCT to restore normal testosterone function. Failure to implement an effective post cycle therapy, may result in low testosterone levels for several months, or permanently (if abused).

Trenbolone Cycle
Trenbolone is a very unique bulking compound, as it does not convert to estrogen; and thus causes weight gain that is virtually 100% lean muscle tissue.

If bodybuilders could choose one steroid to transform their bodies as quickly as possible, many of them would choose Trenbolone.

Trenbolone doesn’t cause any water retention, creating a very dry and ripped physique; despite being used primarily as a mass-building compound.

Therefore, the weight gain on Trenbolone won’t compete with Dianabol or Anadrol, however strictly in terms of its ability to build muscle tissue; it is equally as powerful. One difference is — when users come off Trenbolone, they often maintain their weight; whereas on Dianabol or Anadrol they commonly experience water loss.

However, Trenbolone doesn’t just add muscle; it also burns fat fast, due to its high androgenicity causing atrophy of adipose tissue. This has resulted in Trenbolone also being utilized as a cutting steroid, enabling bodybuilders to accelerate fat loss, whilst retaining (or even building) muscle on fewer calories.

Trenbolone Side Effects
Trenbolone is one of the harshest steroids on the market, unsurprisingly, as it produces remarkable results in its users.

Trenbolone is an injectable steroid, therefore like Testosterone, it doesn’t pose any major risks to the liver.

However, it will cause huge surges in exogenous Testosterone, that fail to convert into estrogen; causing vast fluctuations in cholesterol and blood pressure.

Trenbolone will also shut down endogenous testosterone levels aggressively, causing male hypogonadism.

Incidents of acne vulgaris or high due to excessive stimulation of the sebaceous glands. Hair follicle loss is also likely on Trenbolone versus other anabolic steroids, due to it causing DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels to rise exponentially. To put Trenbolone’s androgenicity into perspective, its androgen rating is 500 (5x higher than Testosterone).

Trenbolone is also known to have a stimulating effect on the central nervous system, causing thermogenesis (increased body temperature). This can result in adverse effects such as insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, increased sweating and even paranoia in sensitive users.

Deca Durabolin Cycle
Deca Durabolin is another effective bulking steroid; however, it is best utilized in a stack due to its low androgenicity (usually cycled alongside Dianabol, Testosterone or Anadrol).

Deca Durabolin increases nitrogen retention uptake in the muscle cells, and enhances protein synthesis.

Deca Durabolin also causes exceptional muscle fullness, successfully shuttling more intracellular water inside the muscles.

It is difficult to assess the power of Deca Durabolin individually, as it is almost always stacked with other potent steroids. However, when users remove Deca from a stack; they quickly notice a considerable difference.

Deca and Testosterone Cycle

In comparison to other bulking stacks, this combination of testosterone and Deca Durabolin will cause the least side effects. This cycle may be administered once a user is comfortable taking Testosterone alone.

Deca Durabolin and Dianabol Cycle

This duo was one of the most popular steroid cycles from the golden era, used by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other greats from the ’70s. This steroid cycle is suitable for an intermediate steroid user.

Deca Durabolin and Anadrol Cycle

The above cycle has relatively high dosages, which is reflective of it being utilized by an experienced steroid user (based on Anadrol’s high toxicity).

Deca Durabolin Side Effects
Deca Durabolin is an FDA-approved medication for muscle-wasting ailments, albeit illegal to use for bodybuilding purposes.

Its FDA approval is indicative of the drug’s mild nature, being regarded as one of the safest anabolic steroids on the market.

Blood pressure will rise, albeit subtly and more to the level of Anavar than other bulking compounds.

Liver stress is not a concern with Deca Durabolin, being a non-hepatotoxic injectable steroid.

Deca Durabolin is notorious for causing sexual side effects, such as erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. This is referred to in the bodybuilding community as ‘Deca dick’.

Cases of ED are caused by Deca Durabolin’s weak androgenic nature, combined with high prolactin levels.

When androgens in the body are low, nitric oxide levels can plummet; which are crucial for supplying blood flow to the penis.

Low nitric oxide levels can be counteracted by stacking Deca Durabolin with an androgenic steroid, such as Anadrol, Testosterone or Trenbolone.

Deca also causes high prolactin levels in the bloodstream, which can cause low libido in men. Bodybuilders can often reverse this effect by supplementing with Cabergoline, a dopamine receptor, that has an inhibitory effect on prolactin.

Testosterone suppression is almost certainly going to be dramatic with Deca Durabolin, thus ample time will be needed to recover post-cycle. During this period, a PCT should be utilized and users should refrain from taking any other steroids; until natural testosterone levels return back to normal.

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