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Default Your First Cycle

So, you got interested in steroids and are now trying to figure out where to start. Beginners have one rule: KISS.

That stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. The more chemicals you toss in at once, the bigger your chances of going down in a flaming fireball. A big, bloated, gyno-y fireball. BUT most potential side effects can be avoided entirely if the cycle is followed correctly and the proper precautions are taken.

Contrary to what a lot of people say, /r/steroids does not believe that you have to have reach your full natural potential before running a cycle. What is recommend is that you have a good amount of experience and knowledge when it comes to training and nutrition and that you start off fairly lean Ė It is recommend that you are under 15% body fat and ideally closer to 10%.

This wiki page will include how to administer the steroids, recommended doses and durations, how to prevent and counteract side effects, and what you can expect to gain from your first cycle.

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Can I Just Do An Oral Only Cycle?
You can. Should you? Absolutely not. Oral steroids are going to suppress your natural Testosterone production hard.

ALL steroid cycles need to be taken together with a base of Testosterone to replace your natural production, which will be shut down.

Without a Testosterone base, you will feel weak, tired, depressed, low libido, erectile dysfunction, muscle loss and weaknessóall the symptoms of low testosterone.

As you won't have any Testosterone to support the muscles you're building, you'll lose all your newfound, hard-earned gains just after you've gotten them.

If you choose to do a orals-only cycle against all sound advice, you should look into getting a SERM (like Nolvadex/Clomid or the sorts) for a proper PCT, as well. You should consider reading through this Wiki and doing a real cycle, complete with Testosterone, as you'll find better results, as well as feeling better too.

What About A Prohormone Or Designer Steroid Cycle?
Again. You can. Should you? Probably not. Prohormones & Designer Steroids are going to suppress your natural Test pretty hard.

You need to take ANY CYCLE* together with a base of Testosterone to replace your natural production, which will be shut down. Without a testosterone base you may find you don't feel the best or you feel symptoms of low testosterone.

Prohormones & Designer Steroids are no better (or even worse in some cases) than using a traditional oral steroid. The supplemental PCT crap they sell with these Prohormones is predominantly bogus stuff and if you choose to do a Prohormone / Designer Steroid cycle, you should at least look into getting a SERM (like Nolvadex/Clomid or the sorts) for a real PCT. You should consider reading through this Wiki and doing a real cycle, complete with Testosterone, as you'll find better results, as well as feeling better overall too.

Is my gear bunk?
It's a question we see almost daily on the forum. The author's cycle isn't living up to their expectations and more often than not, the first thing they'll do is blame the gear for their underwhelming results. But are they doing everything that is required from them to make gains? Are they using the correct metrics to evaluate whether their gear is legit? And have they started the cycle with realistic expectations? In most cases, absolutely not.

I donít feel anything from it.

You wonít necessarily feel different on gear. I donít, regardless of what compound/dose Iíve used, I always feel the same, laid back and easy-going. When you read about people feeling superhuman when they start injecting a bit of Testosterone, the chances are theyíve suffered from low Test without necessarily realising for their whole lives and are finally experiencing normality, which they think feels fantastic.

But Iím not getting any side effects!

Good. Thatís what you want. You donít have to suffer from side effects for your gear to be legitimate. Consider yourself lucky. Would you prefer to be covered in acne, bloated and balding to help confirm youíre actually injecting hormones? If youíre asking this question in the first place, the chances are youíre new to using PEDs and using moderate doses of 1-2 mild compounds. Itís more common not to suffer sides at all than it is to be riddled with them with this kind of cycle.

Iíve not gained any weight/have gained very little weight!

Whatís your maintenance calorie intake? How did you reach this figure? Please donít say you used a shitty generic online calculator. How active are you day to day? How many calories do you burn during training? Are you doing cardio? Combine all of this. Thatís your maintenance calorie intake. If you want to gain weight, you need to be in a calorie surplus daily. Donít think youíre a special snowflake who will do an insane recomp at maintenance calories during your first cycle. Youíll spend the whole cycle spinning your wheels and have nothing or very little to show for it at the end.

But Iím eating roughly 2300-3300 calories every day and still not gaining

Roughly wonít cut it. It needs to be consistent. If youíre spending half of your days at -500 calories and half at +500 calories, youíre at maintenance over the course of the week and thatís why youíre gaining next to nothing. Your surplus needs to be consistent over the week if you wish to gain consistently.

My bench press hasnít suddenly shot up by 50KG..

It wonít. Sure, youíll gain strength faster than you would naturally. But youíre not going to turn superhuman overnight or even during one full cycle. You need to tailor your routine so itís focused on progression and work on adding small increments in weight, extra reps or additional time under tension to your lifts each week over the course of the cycle. The small and consistent increments will add up and itís possible to boost your numbers considerably in 15 weeks, but youíre not going to turn in to Larry Wheels. Look at the volume and frequency of your training and make sure itís right for you and youíre able to recover in between sessions. Focus on progression. Get rid of all of that junk volume where youíre lifting with little to no intensity and aimlessly trying to pump the muscle thinking itís going to explode. That kind of training might work for a select few with superb genetics, but youíre better off focusing on the bread and butter and getting stronger over low to moderate volume.

Is (random UGL that has existed for one week) Pharma legit?

Thereís countless threads on the forum already with reviews. Youíll see certain labs mentioned and praised daily. Outside of putting out a bad batch due to dodgy raws or somebody producing identical replicas, youíre more than likely going to be good to go with those labs. If theyíve put out a shit batch, youíll have probably heard about it already. If youíre buying from some obscure lab that nobody has ever heard of despite having dozens of well reviewed labs at your disposal, thatís on you.

Should I add X, Y and Z to make up for the fact that this might be bunk?

No. Youíre brand new to gear. It might not be bunk and could be a training/nutrition issue. Throwing in another compound is going to give you more potential side effects to worry about and require you to add additional ancillaries to counteract them. Youíre only just learning how you respond to Test by itself and if youíre ticking all the boxes, you can make great gains on that alone with little to no sides.
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Iím using (extremely high)mg of AI and on (relatively low)mg of Test and feel like shit, this Test must be bunk!

Youíve been using a high dose of AI from the offset and have crushed your E2. Thatís why you feel like shit. Use your AI when itís required at the lowest dose you can get away with using and ideally, have bloods done to determine when itís required or youíre going to be blindly throwing super strong medication to fix a problem which may not exist, risk crashing your E2 and ruining your whole cycle.

I don't feel extremely horny 24/7 and don't want to shag every woman in sight, this must be bunk, right?

Not necessarily, no. It's all a fine balancing act. Your Test could be sky high but your E2 or a range of other different hormones could be slightly out of whack, creating a ratio that your body doesn't like and having a negative impact on your libido. Over time, you'll learn what levels/ratios work for you and help you feel on point and you'll be able to achieve them through a proper dosing schedule/can use blood work to dial them in. Not only that, but your Test levels aren't the only thing that will impact your sex drive. Are you stressed at work? Hate your job? Anxious? Depressed? Worried about the cost of living increasing? Having trouble sleeping? Think your Mrs is having an affair with your mate? You're hardly going to want to shag every woman within a 2 mile radius while you've got dozens of issues and stress bubbling away under the surface. There's more to a healthy libido than Testosterone levels.

I haven't been able to replicate (fitness influencer)'s physique even though I've used the same cycle as them, my gear must be bunk!

There is a million things separating your physique from theirs other than your cycle. Your height, weight, frame, insertions, muscle bellies, muscularity, body fat percentage, body fat distribution, calorie/macro/fluid/mineral intake, training volume/frequency/intensity/style and countless other factors will differ from theirs. And what's to say they are being honest about their cycle and dose to begin with? It's common for somebody in the public eye to downplay their cycle/doses to pay homage to their work rate, genetics and consistency. You are naÔve if you think you will mimic somebody's exact physique by simply copying their gear protocol.

I donít feel anything, I have zero side effects, my training and nutrition is perfect and Iíve still not gained a single pound
Get a blood test from MediChecks while on cycle and post your results. If the gear is bunk or severely under dosed, your blood work will show this quite clearly and then we can all agree that the gear is indeed bunk. Iíve been blasting and cruising for upwards of 8 years and I canít ever recall using any gear that was blatantly bunk and Iíve used every lab under the sun, so I donít think itís as common as the constant bunk gear threads are suggesting. If youíre using a compound which wonít show on a blood panel, send a sample to Janoshik or a similar lab for testing. That will identify the exact contents of your gear and you'll know if it's accurately dosed, under dosed or bunk. Most of the time, itís a training/diet issue and people are blaming it on the gear before accepting they might not be ticking all the boxes. If in doubt and youíre doing everything right, get a blood test or a lab test and youíll know for sure.

Donít go in to this with your expectations too high. If your diet consists of one solid meal a day and 5 snacks that are fit for a primary school studentís lunchbox, youíre not going to look like Nick Walker any time soon. In fact, youíll probably never look like him, or even a low level IFBB Pro. Your genetics will dictate 95% of your potential and even if you do EVERYTHING perfectly, youíll finish your first cycle looking like a slightly thicker, fuller, stronger version of your natural self with slightly rounder delts, more prominent traps and a couple of extra veins running down your upper arm when youíve got a good pump. Maybe 1 in 50 of you will be a great responder and finish the cycle looking dramatically different, but youíll never need to ask this question because itíll be clear your gear is real from the offset.
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