Thanks, Jimmy. I appreciate candid feedback. As for the 9 months, I do know it is a pretty short time. I would agree with the shortcut, while confining the shortcut to time and not a shortcut in effort. I have been reading up on AAS for about 3 months as I was initially skeptical towards the safe application of test into a training regime. Understanding it was akin to practicing in the dark arts in the 80’s and that shady overture kind of stuck with me as I never looked seriously at it.
So, now I have read a considerable amount and deem it to be a legitimate supplementation regime based upon a person’s desired results. One of the most notable points that I have focused on is the use of AAS pre and post a person reaching their genetic limits. My understanding is that AAS can be used to reach genetic limits faster, while admittedly the more common use is to exceed genetic limits. Basically, AAS can be used to achieve a natural plateau faster and/or to progress past the natural plateau. Spending three years (example time frame) to get the most out of natural progression and then moving onto AAS to maintain a reasonable, or accelerated, growth rate is pretty much an accepted norm. And this appears to be a plan for people that are starting with the goal of developing well past their genetic limits and typically in their 20’s and 30’s.
But, I am not really looking to get past my genetic limits, rather I want to boost up to the genetic limits and maintain. The material I have read, from a few sources, indicates that gains accelerated by the use of AAS can be largely kept thru diet and exercise without cycling on/off/on/off as long as the gains are within a person genetic limits. When a person exceeds their genetic limits then cycling becomes more apparent to maintain those gains above the genetic limit.
At least that is my understanding and I certainly welcome any response on that. That is the hazard of the internet, you can find support for just about any conclusion you want to come to.
I have decided on the use of Test P as I am confident I have made a life change and that continuing working out and dieting will happen. I simply enjoy the process and the results. Do I want to get more rapid results right now? Certainly. Do I want to make less effort n achieving maximum results? No. I enjoy the workout. I feel more masculine from being able to move more weight and the size gain is simply a nice bonus. Being in the gym is the highlight of my day and I am hooked.
If I was 20 years my junior I would probably opt for taking my time to start AAS. I am 50 and I want to get to my desired physique in as little time as possible. When I get there, I might decide to keep pushing past my genetic limits or I may be happy with what I have achieved and work to hone and not gain bulk. That will be a risk vs reward evaluation at that time. Right now I have R vs R evaluated running a single cycle to boost towards genetic limits and it appears favorable.
So, what is the downside to using AAS after only 9 months of work?
And my understanding of being able to keep AAS gains without cycling if below genetic limits… is this fairly accurate?
Finally (apologies for the long post), assuming I will do the Test P cycle for 8 weeks, at 75 a day, what would be a recommended AI and dose during cycle and recommended PCT? I see these go all over on the internet which is why I ask and it looks like often they are economic based decisions.
Thanks for the feedback, nothing but respect for folks that take time out of their day to provide some guidance.