Most beginners plan their steroid cycles without knowledge of the risks or the quality of the steroids they are about to take.
If a beginner takes a compound that is excessively toxic or harsh on the body, they will experience severe side effects. Taking such steroids immediately is like jumping in the deep end when learning how to swim.
Here is a list of anabolic steroids, that most beginners take during a first bulking cycle with a lesser risk of side effects:
Testosterone is the most popular and recommended steroid for beginners. This is due to testosterone being a potent steroid for muscle gains and strength, but at the same time is not harsh on the body.Users will typically gain 20lbs of lean mass from this steroid cycle.
However, this comes at the cost of increased risk for serious side effects in the long term. There is little hepatic strain, with testosterone being an injectable steroid but cholesterol levels can rise significantly, thus increasing the risk for cardiovascular problems.
This is because these are slow-acting esters, and therefore do not require frequent injections. Consequently, two injections per week are sufficient to keep peak exogenous testosterone levels in the bloodstream.
Taking less frequent injections may cause dramatic increases/decreases in testosterone, instead of keeping a steady flow. Big fluctuations in testosterone will result in even more side effects (especially for beginners).
PCT: Clomid may be used as a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) during testosterone cycles, to prevent the onset of gynecomastia. In clinical studies, 2 x 200mg doses of Clomid are used daily. It can also be used as a PCT to restore endogenous testosterone production.
Alternatively, 2 x 10-20mg of Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) can also be used daily, which is another popular SERM used by bodybuilders. However, it is advised not to take this during a testosterone cycle, as it may elevate blood pressure (due to its decreasing estrogen).
Anavar is often labeled as the safest steroid for beginners, causing significant fat loss and noticeable lean muscle gains. Side effects are rarely experienced by men or women on Anavar, hence how it is FDA approved in medicine.
A noteworthy side effect with Anavar is a modest decline in endogenous testosterone production. Natural test levels will not get shut down, but they will decrease. Such declines typically shoot back up post-cycle within several weeks to a couple of months.
Muscle gains will not be overly dramatic on Anavar, compared to the other compounds on this list, however, if a huge mass isn’t the goal; an Anavar-only cycle is often chosen.
An Anavar-only cycle is common among users wary of side effects and is often administered by those who are afraid of taking steroids in general (but opt for Anavar due to its high safety profile).
An example of Anavar-Only Cycle
This is a conservative dose for males during the first cycle. In future Anavar cycles, 20mg may be used from the 1st week onward; and the length of a cycle may be increased to 8 weeks.
PCT: Due to Anavar only being a mild steroid, a PCT is not essential, as users do not typically ‘crash’. Thus, hormones typically will regulate back to normal within several weeks.
Dianabol is the most powerful of all these compounds, and will surely produce the biggest mass gains for beginners. However, it isn’t the best steroid for optimal health.
Despite some toxic side effects, Dianabol is a common beginner cycle for users who don’t want to inject themselves, yet still want big muscle gains.
Dianabol is a c-17 alpha alkylated steroid, and thus a liver strain is to be expected. Even a bigger concern is the spike in blood pressure that will take place on Dianabol, due to additional water retention and a negative shift in HDL/LDL cholesterol levels.
Commonly Used Dbol-Only Cycle
This is a strong dose for beginners, leading to increased risk of side effects in order to make bigger muscle gains. Beginners will typically gain around 25lbs from the above cycle.
Dbol and Test Cycle
This is a very powerful bulking stack, combining two of the most effective steroids for adding mass.
This cycle is likely to produce better gains than the typical Dianabol/Deca steroid cycle, due to the test being a stronger compound than Deca. However, this cycle will also produce more side effects, such as: increased risk of gyno, blood pressure, testosterone suppression and water retention.
However, this is a safer combination than stacking Dianabol with other powerful orals such as Anadrol or Winstrol.