Well after 5 months off, I pulled the trigger and started my first cycle with DECA. DECAAAAAAAAA! lol. I love the name of that one. DECAAAAAAAAA! You know, Nandrolone.
(by the way that picture has double the deca you need for this cycle, just FYI)
My first 2 cycles were just Testosterone one at 500mg, one at 250mg. The 250mg/week one was a waste of money. Learn from my mistake. If you’re going to take the plunge and do steroids, do a LEGIT dose, don’t half-ass it, thinking because it’s so much more than a natural human body produces, that it will work.
500mg/week is the standard dose for a first cycle for a reason. Because it works.
While the results at 500mg/week were awesome, they weren’t…. life changing. I got stronger, I got leaner, but I stayed at pretty much the same body-weight. Don’t get me wrong it was a noticeable difference, as evidenced by the additional attention I got from women, but I didn’t really “bulk up” like I was hoping too.
I really need a SOLID bulker where I put on 20+ pounds, quality gains muscle and water, not loads of fat. …I can get strong and fat without steroids.
Enter Deca Durabolin
Deca, Tren, Winny, all these other designer anabolic steroids, aim to emulate the muscle building properties of Testosterone, without as much of the other effects – body hair, acne, aggression, etc.
So while Test is a great first cycle, it’s just that, a baseline. See how your body responds, get used to cycling, work out the AI, how HCG plays in, get used to injecting, work out the kinks. The other steroids – BY DESIGN – are meant to be much more effective than Test. That’s the whole reason they exist!
I know there are guys that say “Test is King!” I disagree. If it was, no one would have invented other anabolics, that milligram for milligram just plain work better.
Arnold never ran Test. Neither did Lou Ferrigno. Or Serge Nubret. None of those guys from the Golden Era of Bodybuilding did. They ran designer steroids, anabolic agents DESIGNED to outperform Test in packing on Lean muscle. I’d say a lot of those guys got it right.
I’ve spent the last month and a half leaning out. I’ve motored off 10 pounds and 1.5 inches off my waist. But I’m…. STILL not as lean as I want to be. But I’m getting too light at 165 pounds. So I’ve decided to run the cycle now and continue leaning out after it’s complete.
Sadly, I lost a lot of my gains from that first very effective 500mg of Test cycle. How? By letting my diet go. Completely. I started drinking again, beer every weekend. Which weakened my diet resolve and I’d end up binging on Del Taco, and fast food, and sugary treats at 3AM.
I was completely out of control. Eat proper Monday – Friday afternoon, completely blow it Friday night and all weekend. So now I’ve had to spend a month and a half undoing that damage, with hard dieting and a big caloric deficit. It’s hard not to lose some muscle in that situation.
Lesson learned, I sobered up 4 months ago, and righted the ship. I also quit sugar because that shit is addictive and has no redeeming nutritional value, it just taste really freakin’ good.
I’m not in HORRIBLE shape, just worse than you would expect after 2 steroid cycles. However at 165, I’m roughly the same leanness I was before ever cycling at 150. So I’m still up about 15 pounds. I’d say mostly in my back, not my skinny-ass arms.
Steroids are AWESOME. But they absolutely can NOT make up for a shitty diet. You will undo all the progress you make on cycle, if you let your diet go to shit off cycle. Learn from my mistake and establish good eating patterns year round.
And if you have a problem controlling your alcohol intake – Quit! It’s not worth it, if it’s keeping you from the body you know you could have otherwise. Same goes for sugar. Your, new awesome, man-sized body even with just “sober game” is going to attract way more women, then the beer-confidence, outgoing, skinny-fat version of you ever will.
I took 20+ “before” pictures. In 3-4 moths after the cycle is over, I will post them with the after shots. I have very distinct tattoos on my arms that have kept me from posting more photos in the past. The ones I posted on the main page of this blog, I had to Photoshop my tattoos off. Huge pain in the ass.
This time, I found these little, tattoo blocking sleeves on Amazon, and put those on prior to the photos. My hope is that the before/after will be awesome and inspiring and show you what is possible.
If you guys follow along on this blog, I’ll keep you updated on the cycle and any sides.
Deca is a different animal, being a 19-Nor. I’m optimistic that I will have less sides than on a pure Test cycle. Since that’s the whole point of designer steroids – more gain, less sides. Deca is known to be pretty mild side effect wise, if you can avoid deca-dick.
I’m running it 250mg Test / 500mg Deca. I’ve got this AI to combat estrogen. 250mg Test will still aromatize enough to need an AI, and Deca aromatizes a little. I’ve got Caber to combat Prolactin sides.
Deca-dick is kind of overblown and happens to guys that run Deca without ANY test. Or who don’t have Caber on hand if needed. I’ll be fine.