Hi all. I’m male, mid 30’s, 5’4" 165 lb, about 12% bodyfat. Lifting consistently since around age 20, and a little here and there before that as a teen. (I’ve been reading this website since it began in the spring of 1998, and I read everything by TC and Poliquin in MM2K before that, so don’t give me shit about posting AAS questions despite being “brand new” to the forum!)
I recently got connected with some legit pharmaceutical anavar. Planning to use about 60 mg per day for 8 weeks. Experienced acquaintances have suggested slightly more, like 80 and even 100 mg daily, but due to my wariness over side effects I want to be careful and stay a bit lower; and while $ isn’t much of an object, the cycle would be pretty pricey as is. (Plus, the guys are a few inches taller and 20-30 lb heavier than me, so am I right in thinking I could get decent results with a somewhat lower dose?)
Now based on what I’ve read around here before, I know many are immediately going to look at my plan and say “useless”, “weak”, “expensive” blah blah blah…and I know that to an extent their criticisms are correct, but bear in mind
1…I DON’T want a lot of size gain, especially “really obvious” size gain. I just want some help losing bodyfat, some hardening, and some help gaining strength / plateau-busting (I’ve been Military Pressing my bodyweight for 3 reps for what seems like ten years). Please realize, at my height even a little growth looks huge.
2…I’m not “afraid” of needles, but I simply can’t afford to have them found by my housemates (and, trust me, it would be hard for me to hide them). Flat out, I also really don’t like the idea of someone other than a nurse or doctor injecting me, even if it’s myself.
3…even at my age I still get some acne, oily scalp, etc, (started balding long ago, in my late teens), so I figure that I’d be a strong candidate for side effects. I also have family members with cholesterol issues, so I want to be careful of that.
4…Nothing that aromatizes! (as it is I’m scared enough of shrinkage without having to check for breast growth).
So, most stronger and cheaper AAS are out of the question.
What I would like are suggestions on PCT. I have read conflicting advice on this, and am interested in a new discussion. One friend suggested I skip “pharma PCT” and just use TRIBEX or Alpha Male (I used TRIBEX a few times when it was offered in the original formula with Avena Sativa, and once in the current “Gold” formula; but I have never tried Alpha Male, and since this would be my first cycle, obviously I’ve never used either for PCT).
The guys I know have never bothered with PCT on anavar cycles, but they are also (occasional) recreational drug users, so let it suffice to say that I am a little more paranoid about my health, and not keen on following their example to a “T”.
Also, what about some sort of liver protectant during the cycle? I’ve seen some users recommend the usual (milk thistle), but others (Bill Roberts?) have said it’s pretty useless for this purpose (but good for general health regardless of AAS use).
Lastly, I’m wondering about the milder/cosmetic sides with anavar. Much of what I’ve read suggests acne is more likely in women, but I can’t locate a firm answer on acne in male users. Again, anyone with experience to share would be appreciated.