Hi all. I'm 42 and have been lifting for the past 10 years. At first it was for fitness and following Men's Health guides but have been taking it seriously since 2012 when I discovered Starting Strength. That led to a lot good programmes and good results but gains are slower and it's harder to keep fat off my belly. After years of thinking it over, I'd like to start my first cycle. I'm currently around 14-15% after being 9-10% this summer.
I'm 183cm 84kg and what I'm looking to get out of the cycle is more lean body mass and generally appear more muscular. I have had my bloodwork done and all is good except for high overall cholesterol, though my ratio is very good. I know there are cholesterol effects so I will be watching my diet, supplementing fish oils and getting my bloods done again around week 7 or 8.
My goals are to keep as much of the gains that I can after the PCT and minimise any risks and side effects. I know a lot of the weight gained is water weight etc, but I'm not looking to put on 25lbs of muscle on this cycle. This is typical body dysmorphia/mid-life crisis fare, no dreams of going up on stage. I'm starting at what might seem a relatively low dose but I believe it fits my goals. I have heard you can get sustainable results on 250-300mg/week and I'm hoping starting conservatively will reduce side effects.
This is my first cycle and I want to see how I react and recover before trying anything more ambitious or planning another cycle.
I had planned on doing 300mg of Test Cyp split into two weekly doses of 150mg. But I ended up buying 200mg Test Cyp ampoules. I'll take it every 5 days so it works out to roughly the same amount as 300mg/week. I'm planning 10 weeks because it seems to offer the best benefit in terms of gains balanced with the risk of not recovering. I have sufficient supplies for 12 weeks if needs be - I may make that decision around week 10.
My cycle plan is below, does this all look correct? Since my bodyfat is higher than I like to stay at, should I cut before the cycle?
- 200mg Test Cyp E5D
- Arimidex .25mg EOD
- hcg 250iu 2 x week
Weeks 11 and 12 off.
Start PCT on day 18 after last injection for next 4 weeks.
I'm including hcg in my cycle, not PCT, to hopefully speed up the recovery as I have concerns about that given my age. I have Tamoxifen and Clomid but I see some wildly different numbers for dosing/timing so I haven't settled on the regimen yet.
Have I made any mistakes or missed anything?