You should not use anabolics as a beginner. You should reach your natural potential first.
Okay, tried that. To cut the story short I spent years and hundreds of hours of gruelling, soul destroying work just to retain part of my lean mass. An undiagnosed health problem sent my thyroid hormone levels through the roof. The usual symptoms of muscle wasting and fat gain did not manifest themselves due to my heavy, consistent lifting.
I then spent a long time immobilised with major fractures caused by very low bone density - advanced osteoporosis. This was from the thyroid malfunction. It leeched all the calcium from my bones and the elevated calcium in my blood was poisoning me and it began to make me really sick - dizzy, weak, light headed, feinting / loss of consciousness, involuntary muscle spasms and then seizures and memory loss.
I got myself walking with great pain and immediately began training - hundreds of daily bodyweight squats then split squats and so on. All the while my fractured vertebrae and legs and ribs and sternum and fingers and bones in my feet had not knitted properly as I couldn't heal properly with drastically elevated thyroid hormone levels. Thyroid hormones are essential for cellular repair and bone, muscle and soft tissue growth / healing.
Got stabilised and got my hormone levels fixed. Thyroid tumours removed and I can expect an average of 10-12% bone density increase over the next few years just from the repair of thyroid function. Add weightlifting to that and I can expect significantly more bone density increases on top of that.
However, over the last six months I've upped my training intensity and added more load and volume and have made significant strength gains however all my injuries, illness and pain has made it a sissyphusian endeavour. I need to heal. That's how I began to get interested in the healing properties of anabolics - especially Deca. And the ability to grow new tissue and skeletal mass from pituitary hormone. Of course, my endo would never prescribe anything like that. I have a good source who can also provide Clomid and injectable test to protect my liver from orals and provide a better uptake.
I've read up on cycling and how to recover and restore natural test production, how to minimise side effects. I also know how important it is - especially for me - to monitor bloods regularly and to ensure I have enough estrogen so my bone density doesn't get worse.
Right now my natural test is very high(32 out of 35. Above 35 = unnatural) but my eStrogen is a little high too. Gruelling workouts produce significant strength gains but little if any mass and I'm already coming to the end of my beginner gains and reaching a plateau. I'm only doing a cycle to heal my injuries and restore some bone density but obviously I want to use the opportunity to gain mass and hold onto as much of it as I can post-cycle.
I was considering a Deca / injectable test cycle of 6 weeks followed by 4 weeks recovery then maybe the same again or 4 weeks on / 3 weeks off. It depends on how I respond and how quickly I'm able to restore natural test production.
One concern I have is losing ability to create my own test and being in a position where I have low test, high estrogen because endos won't do much to help and I could really ruin myself if I get into such a condition.
I've read about studies done on rats showing Deca's healing potential and the lean mass gains you can get from a well designed cycle but this stuff is complicated and potentially harmful so I really want to run it by some guys in the know. That means you Bill.