I would greatly appreciate some advice please. I am seriously considering a one off cycle and wanted to share my current state and goals in hopes of getting some solid advice.
I am almost 38 and my recent bloodwork (attached) has me in the low/normal range. I thought for a couple years now I may have low T but this appears not to be the case.
225lbs Weight (102kg) at a BF of approx 21%
At my heaviest 5 years ago I was 288lbs, I then cut for 2 years to 178lbs and bulked back to 235lbs for 2.5 years. 3 months ago I started cutting again. I have mild lose skin on my lower abdomen as a result of being so overweight at one point.
I have been training hard for 5 years (2 years cutting 2.5 years bulking and a few months cutting again)
In the last 3 months of cutting weight I have experienced a significant loss of strength while only dropping 10lbs and keeping a high protein intake of 1.1g per lb. In the last few weeks I reduced my calories further to 2,200 calories per day and the same protein intake and am dropping 2lbs per week. Below are the changes to my lifts as a result of my cut:
315 x 1 precut to 275 x1 during my cut
Strict Overhead Press
165x1 to 154x1
341 x 1 to 308 x 1
I lift consistently 3 times per week and do BJJ 4 times per week.
Bodyweight not to exceed 214lbs or 97kg post cut/cycle. This is because I want to compete in BJJ and this is the upper limit of the right class.
Lean and muscular while looking natural. Don’t want to look like a huge bodybuilder, more physique/genetically gifted athlete. I would be very happy with 10 to 12% body fat.
Decent Strength (bench 315x5, squat 425x3)
Do no permanent damage to my body.
Health Situation and Concerns:
I don’t want to risk serious damage to my body or reproductive system. I will be taking blood-work regularly of course.
I want to be able to keep most of my gains post cycle and want to limit things to one cycle, if possible, to minimise long term damage.
I am open to TRT/HRT to keep me in the high normal range long term, when the time is right.
I don’t know how aggressive my goals are given my age and lifting history. I am looking for the safest and least harmful option that can achieve my goals. Please assume cost is no issue and everything pharma grade is readily available.
My Preference (ANAVAR):
An 8 to 10 week cycle of Anavar. Is this doable and would I likely reach my goals during and post cycle? If so what is an ideal dosage please?
This is my preference because my research shows minimal sides with Anavar and I prefer an oral for only one cycle unless it is far inferior or I can’t get to my goal or will lose it all post cycle. I don’t like the idea of regular injections of I can avoid it, but am open to it, if necessary.
2nd Option (not preferred):
250mg Test per week for 10 weeks. I don’t want to look huge and bloated. I also don’t want to gain significant weight. I prefer not using injectables unless my goals are unachievable without it.
Lastly, I am open to running HCG or any other suggested things in tandem.
Thank you all in advance for taking the time to read this and help me out.