This is my first post here on the board but I have been lurking for quite some time now.
I would like some critique on my first cycle, here are some info.
Stats: 23 years old/ 1,72cm / 75kg / 12% bf / 4 years training (I have included a picture)
1 RM: 120kg Bench, 170kg Squat, 200kg Deadlift
Diet: right now I am just ending a cutting phase and planning about going on maintenace at around 2600 Kcal per day until Easter when I plan on starting my cycle. Once my cycle starts I will go on lean bulk mode trying to maximise gains and minimize bodyfat gains by adding a small surplus and paying great attention about peri-workout nutrition (basically doing what Shadow Pro is preching for peri-wo nutrition)
Goals: I would like to go on a lean bulk and put on around 10-15 keepable lbs of lbm. Also, my long term goals would be to compete in a fitness model or muscle model competition (along the lines of Musclemania) and in powerlifting. Basically, my main goals are adding lbm and gaining a fair amount of strength.
Now, onto my proposed cycle:
Weeks 1-10: Test E @ 300mg/wk
Weeks 7-12: Anavar @ 50mg/day
Weeks 1-12: Arimidex @ 0,25mg EOD/E3D (cut to half dose on Week 12)
Weeks 1-12: HCG @ 250iu 2xWeek
Weeks 7-12: Liver and Lipid Support (due to the Anavar)
PCT: Nolvadex Starting on Week 13 @ 40/20/20/20
Now onto my questions:
I want to keep my gains as dry as possible that's why I am running a low dose Test and incorporating an AI and I am opting for the Var to get some nice strength gains without the added bloat. As you can see the dosages are pretty low but as this is my first cycle I plan on starting as low as possible in order to build up over time, plus, if you think about it, when running the compunds together, that would put me at around 700mg/week of gear which I think is enough for a first cycle. I am willing to up the dose to maybe 375mg/week of Test and 60mg daily of Var if needed but would like not to go any higher.
If hair loss is kind of a concern, would this cycle be relatively hair safe? And what's harsher on the airline beetwen all the AIs? Should I use nizoral shampoo as a precaution? I am not balding but I would like to take some countermeasures to keep my hair even while cycling. I know that hair loss may happen and I accept it but if there's something I could do to prevent it, I will.
Should blood lipids alterations be much of a concern on this cycle cause I am running and oral (even though Var is mild)? For this very reason I was wondering about using Nolva as an AI during cyle as Nolva can actually improve your lipid profile...what are your thoughts about this?
How does my ancillaries protocol look? Anything missing? Also, I have read about longer PCTs...is there something you would change there?
Ideally, I would like to follow this cycle up with a Test and Turinabol cycle this winter for a bit longer cycle focused on bulking.