Dear All Knowing,
(Long first post alert)
I am contemplating my first cycle, so I obviously have a few questions that the search functions couldnt answer for me. I have had a good read around and I feel that I have a good base knowledge, limited because of my lack of practical experience.
I am a member of various other boards and I do hate it when someone comes on, blurting out requests for information without reading up first, I hope I'm not repeating any common questions but if I doÃ¢Â?Â¦ IÃ¢Â?Â?ll be more than happy with a link and a light flaming.
Here is some background info on me so you guys can make more informed responses:
I have been doing various sports, seriously for the last 10 years or so. I currently practice MMA, play soccer and I lift twice a week. In the correct seasons I will replace soccer with distance running and an additional weights session. I am currently on a 2 day push/pull split to allow for the new soccer season. I would typically do a 3 day split, time and recovery allowing. I have been lifting over 2 years.
I would like to add 5 to 10 lbs of muscle with as little water retention as possible and no added fat. My body fat is currently around 14%, I want this figure down in the single figures in the end. I suffer from joint problems, my knees especially (meaning no Winstrol for me.)
I am not needle shy, an infected injection site you can see is better than a failing liver that you canÃ¢Â?Â?t do anything about but having said that I would prefer not to be injecting myself every day. The sports I do mean that I need the flexibility that any swelling could affect and I donÃ¢Â?Â?t want to get dumped on my tender depot sites every other day! Though my other half is willing to assist me with my injections, I'm lucky enough that she isn't judgmental / listened intently to my explanations.
Conditioning is more important to me than size. (At least in the short term.)
If there was ever an individual, that was paranoid about gyno and angrodenic side-effects, it is me. I am looking at a dose of 400mg of Test E per week, expecting to take 10mg of Nolvadex per day, cycling for 6-8 weeks followed by a by-the-book PCT. I intend to use this as my beginners cycle, adding new parts to the stack each time until I feel I have the best stack for me. I haven't looked into what would be next, it will hinge on how I react to my first cycle. Here are my QÃ¢Â?Â?s:
- I work in an office, it is small enough yet large enough for whispers and rumors to become serious questions in the HR office. What did you guys do, those who did anything at all, to make people less aware or to make your growth more gradual? From what I have read, even the minimum test cycle will have me stretching my shirts within 2 months.
Next to that, how did you keep it from your families? Those judgmental ones? I mean we all want to add mass right, having it our way we would have it now, tomorrow, yesterday, wheneverÃ¢Â?Â¦ But AAS are such taboo products and carry such a stigma and people who are close to you, they know how big you are, or were until last monthÃ¢Â?Â¦ then all of a sudden - Boom.
I can hardly expect Aunt Edna and Uncle Bert (examples) to sit and listen to me tell them about proper nutrition and exercises never mind AAS. An HR department would just simply look at the legality of products and because of my job they can force me to take drugs tests. (Though I donÃ¢Â?Â?t truthfully know if this applies to drugs that arenÃ¢Â?Â?t non-recreational. IÃ¢Â?Â?m assuming worse-case scenario as IÃ¢Â?Â?m hardly about to ring up and ask.)
When we take AAS, our recovery rate is increased substantially. How substantially? I understand this is subjective to the individual and the AAS taken. How long should I expect, say it would normally take me 2 days to recover from a good weights session (including one of the big 3 compound lifts) before I could go hit the weights again? This is with 8 hours sleep and 2300kcals a day. (I understand I'm clutching at straws here.)
When we lift drug free, the purpose of our diet and weight sessions is to stimulate the release of testosterone as well as stimulate muscle growth. Compound exercise is the order of the day, I just looked at my workout plans and I have 1 isolation lift in there.
Am I correct in assuming that since when taking Test, we don't need to focus our time on compound movements, instead spending most of our time creating as much trauma per muscle as possible to force mass hypertrophy? I expect this is going to be done best by isolation exercises?
Also, I was / am a believer in not training to failure when lifting drug free, CNS fatigue soon became apparent in me but with increased CNS function I can imagine that the benefits of training to failure would out-shine any negative aspects. Is this assumption correct? Finally, are these assumptions correct when we talking about other AAS (not Test?) As they effect the body in different ways.
When training during PCT and between cycles, do we revert to our old training pattern or do we continue on the schedule we used when we were drug assisted?
I clean bulk (1950Ã¢Â?Â?s style including eggs, milk, steak, fish etc.) eating 2600kcals, I cut at 1900kcals. What level am I supposed to eat at when assisted? Since protein synthesis goes up in scale with the amount of testosterone in the diet, do we increase our protein intake proportionally? If so, to what extent? Also, do we still need the same amount of fat in the diet and can we be less strict with our carbohydrate intake?
Many thanks for ready, any feedback at all will be most welcome.