A good starting dose for a newbie is in the range of 750-800 mg of
testosterone per week, stacked with another steroid like methandrostenolone
(50 mg/day in divided doses), trenbolone acetate (75 mg ED), or even an old
standby like deca (600 mg/week). Use of an anti-aromatase like Arimidex is a
must. As Dogg advocates, steroid cycles are times during which your body must
be pushed to its limits. All too often you’ll see so-called bodybuilders
(bodybuilders in their own mind really) begin a cycle and maintain the same
kind of eating and training habits they adhered to pre-cycle. Will they
gain muscle? Most definitely, several double-blind medical studies have
proven that moderate dosages of testosterone will add small amounts of LBM
and cause a slight decrease in body fat without any change in diet or
exercise programs. But then again, that’s not really bodybuilding now is it?
Bodybuilding is an attempt to build yourself up to what you consider to be a
physical ideal, and for more AE readers than not, that means brutally huge
size. Brutally huge size is the result of two primary actions 1) brutal
workouts and 2) a brutal eating schedule. Steroids assist in both of these
endeavors, allowing you to train harder in the gym and increasing appetite so
one can consume more food. There is also a limit to how much of this the
psyche and body can take, regardless of how tough you are mentally or how
genetically gifted you may be. My workout partner and I have been training
balls to the wall for the past 2 months with the singular goal of my reaching
310 lbs. We agreed that once I reached this weight, we would take 5 days off
from the gym and do nothing but rest as much as our respective schedules will
allow. In all seriousness, we both breathed a sigh of relief when I stepped
on the scale Monday night and it read 312 lbs, because we were both very
nearly at our breaking point. We agreed to finish out the week as planned (I
didn’t expect to break 310 until Thursday or Friday) and then take all of
next week off. You’re seeing more and more top bodybuilding gurus advocate
training cycles in this fashion, Dogg advocates 4 week training cycles,
Trevor Smith from Nuclear advocates 6 week, and I advocate 8 week cycles.
Doggs 4 week training cycle involves cruising for 2 weeks after the initial
four weeks (as discussed above) to get the HPTA back in check and then back
on full bore again. You can either keep doing that indefinitely or stop the
4+2 regimen whenever you deem in necessary. Regardless of whether it’s
4+4, 6, or 8 weeks, at some point your body needs a break when you’re doing
everything right in and out of the gym.
As with all anabolic steroids, it is impossible for anyone to say how an individual will definitely react in terms of side effects, etc with any medicine, as individuals will always differ in their responses to medicines, with differing severities as well. But the user must be aware that the potential is there, and thus take this into consideration when planning a cycle. There are medicines available to combat side effects, such as finasteride for baldness and accutane for acne, however these medicines also have their limitations and must be researched well before use.
There are also some who complain of joint pain when using Winstrol. As a steroid that does not aromatize there will be no water retention but the “dry feeling” may not be what many think it is. Most who use the steroid will be physique athletes or gym rats during a cutting phase. They will also typically add it into a plan late in the diet once they’re already lean. Typically, when you become very lean, bodybuilding lean, this makes the joints a little uncomfortable. With or without Winstrol this discomfort could potentially exist. As for pro athletes who have nearly every last steroid at their disposal, remember, if Winstrol weren’t effective in competitive sports so many athletes wouldn’t make it a primary and favorite choice. In fact, the combo of Winstrol with low doses of Nandrolone is a very common stack among many athletes, and this stack will greatly eliminate any potential joint discomfort should it exist.