Although the modern doping products are very powerful in promoting muscle growth and body fat reduction, better think twice before starting to use them and inform yourself very well about their side effects and health risks. If you are hoping for a long and healthy life, you probably do not want to become a chemical bodybuilder. A must-see for everybody who considers starting with anabolic steroids is the documentary on steroids produced by Nat. Geogr. Chan. One of the best books with practical information on anabolic steroids is Anabolics by William Llewellyn.
I have found SD to be a far superior alternative to Anadrol, as it is not only at least equally effective for increasing muscle fullness (more so in many instances), but it does not carry with it the same risk of sub-q water retention. Pure, properly compounded SD (20-30 mg/day) results in a hard, dense, and dry appearance, which works synergistically with the other orals mentioned above to ensure you come in as full and conditioned as possible. However, as with all steroids, I suggest experimenting with it prior to the competition in order to gauge its effects on your own body, as a small percentage of individuals do not respond as well to this drug. Another option is Dimethazine. This oral is closely related to SD (it is 2 SD molecules attached by an azine bond) and provides visually identical effects at a slightly higher dosage (45 mg/day).
This subject would not be complete if we did not touch on the ability of AAS to incite fat loss. There is much speculation in this arena, as many of the drugs BB’rs utilize during prep were never clinically studied in human beings, leaving us with the sometimes job of discerning which drugs work best. While anecdotal evidence has served us well over the years, the presence of a clinical study offers further confirmation that we have been on the right rack (or not). Fortunately, two of our most commonly used pre-contest drugs have been proven capable of increasing the rate of fat loss. These are testosterone and trenbolone. Trenbolone in particular has consistently demonstrated impressive results, which is why I almost always recommend its inclusion as a core injectable. Some individuals choose shy away from tren due to its high side effect profile, but for those who can tolerate the drug, few, if any drugs will offer an equal number of benefits during contest prep.
There has also been talk of terminating the use of all injectables at 2 weeks out. Advocates of this method claim that it is necessary for achieving optimal condition. The logic used to sustain this assertion is that injectables, by way of intramuscular delivery, result in a minor degree of water retention via increased inflammation. It is true that even slightly invasive procedures, such as an injection, will produce an inflammatory effect, but the level of inflammation necessary to result in a visible response is unlikely to occur when using non-irritating, sterile steroid preparations, especially when delivered with a 25 g. syringe or smaller. If anyone is worried about this, one can simply discontinue all injections at 3-4 days out. By the time the comp rolls around, the inflammation will no longer be present.
Finally, specific advice. If you are looking to juice for the first time, don’t get too complicated! I hear of people going out the first time and running 5 different drugs.. That’s crazy; there’s simply no need to do that, you can only grow so fast and there’s not much gained (except risk) by going poly drug. A great 8-12 week cycle for most men is 500mgs/wk of testosterone and .5 to 1mg 3X a week of Arimidex (depending on how you feel). That’s it. No need to over complicate things! Also, you need to get over any fear of needles. Oral steroids are ALL DANGEROUS because they need to go through your liver, and, because of that, they all stress your body a lot more than injections. It’s not that bad, I’ve been doing it 2X a week for years, you get used to it. Not the highlight of my day, but no worse than a lot of other things! If you just want to be sterile, 250mgs/wk of testosterone with .5 Arimidex 3X a week will do it for most men. That’s a high TRT dose, and will make most steroid newbies grow pretty well; but it’s low enough that most people can stay on it indefinitely. Oh, and, one other thing.. Get some Rogaine. 😉 That’s a real negative side effect of steroids, if you’re predisposed to male pattern baldness, steroids WILL accelerate the hair loss. Rogaine (or Propecia, if you can stand the sides) helps immensely.