Let’s start this venture talking about first cycles. My attention has been drawn to a very common question that I’ve been asked numerous times. What to use for a first cycle? First off, I’d like to specify that the use of anabolic steroids without a medical prescription has been declared illegal in many countries throughout Europe, except a few ones like the UK, so do keep an eye on your local laws before getting to use roids. The following content is intended to be for information and entertainment purposes only. Therefore, it is highly recommended to avoid the use of steroids, as they’re strictly regulated by laws and potentially harmful for your health.
You may consider pursuing your first steroid cycle if:
- The local laws of your country allows it
- You have fully completed your growth (over 25 years old)
- You have gained enough experience with training and diet through years
- You either have reached or you’re about to reach your natural growth limit
- You have no history of cardiovascular conditions
- Your body fat is lower than 15%
If you do meet those requirements you’re more than welcome to proceed with your reading below! If you are novices, it’s strongly recommended to keep away from “pushers” whose only purpose is to sell, with no regard for their customers’ health, age or condition, often advising dangerous and ridiculous cycles.
Whoever wants to start their first cycle on their own usually end up making the worst choice: orals only cycle. Some because they’re scared of needles, some wrongly think that an oral cannot equal the damage inflicted by an injectable (indeed it doesn’t, the damage is usually higher with the oral), so they jump on using or abusing these substances in the worst way possible.
The drugs often involved in these people’s mind often happen to be Winstrol e Anavar (stanozolol and oxandrolone). Oxandrolone in particular is often seen as risk-free and harmless steroid, almost like a supplement for some… totally wrong.
Oxandrolone is still a 17 Alpha alkylated, whatever they may say or tell you. 17 alpha alkylated are hepatotoxic, and oxandrolone requires relatively high dosages to produce its effects on men, therefore high dosage means high stress on the liver, and many recommend the use of alpha alkylated like oxandrolone and stanozolol without any liver protection! Moreover, like any other androgen it has an impact on cholesterol levels, with a decrease on HDL and an increase in LDL. Neglecting such notions can definitely cause some disappointment on your first cycle.
Another common myth about oxandrolone is that it does not have an impact on the HPTA. Every steroid, DHT derivative inclusive, are suppressive for your HPTA. Sure, oxandrolone may have a lower impact compared to other androgeni compounds, but you can be assured that within a few weeks your testosterone production will be affected, even at low dosages. In some this may show up in a major way, causing a decrease in their energy levels, in their motivation and in their libido.
There’s no steroid, oral or injectable, that can be effectively run without injectable testosterone, this is what’s to be learnt by this article.
It’s disappointing to see people on Facebook and on the internet, including those gurus basing their knowledge on “broscience”, stating “win or anavar only cycles don’t need a PCT”. The use of andogenic anabolic steroids always requires a PCT.
Another reason to avoid oxandrolone is that it’s largely faked. You may often hear about kids that gained 20lbs with 4 weeks of 30mg anavar per day. The truth is that what they’ve actually taken was probably some dianabol and/or winstrol. Especially if you’re starting your first cycle, the chances of encountering unreliable sources are very high. Oxandrolone is a very expensive molecule, and very easily used to fool clueless beginners looking for oral only cycles.
The purpose of a first cycle should mainly be to test your response to anabolic steroids, as well as understanding their functioning and ways to adjust dosages and antiestrogens according to your side effects in your next cycles. Therefore everything should be kept simple and moderate. What’s more simple than the original molecule that gave birth to every other steroid, testosterone?
That’s right. It makes sense that a first cycle should only include testosterone, at moderate dosage and not over 10 weeks. In order to get more comfortable with needles, it’s recommended to use testosterone attached to a long ester like enanthate or cypionate, which only requires weekly injections(I will explain the nature and difference of esters in a later article). Keeping an aromatase inhibitor like Arimidex or aromasin handy is always a good advice, as the conversion rate of excessive testosterone to estradiol is still unknown on a first cycle. in estradiolo, sarà necessario tenere sottomano un inibitore dell’aromatasi. The idea is to use it only if needed, it’s not compulsory to use, but it should be kept in case sides from high levels of estrogen may occur (water retention, gynecomastia, decrease of libido). The use of proviron may be taken into consideration, its main purpose is to bind to the SHBG, keeping a higher amount of testosterone free from those globulins. Again, it’s recommended, but not compulsory. What’s compulsory instead is an adequate PCT, which should aim to assist a full recovery of the HPTA in the shortest time possible, allowing a great retention of the gains that have been made during the cycle.
Without a deep knowledge of your own body, training methods and a healthy diet the use of steroids can be easily nullified. Those drugs are performance enhancement drugs, not an easy way out. Being smart about it is what saves you from their side effects and their abuse.