I am going to give you my old school approach to AAS.
I would never run a cycle of just testosterone. I always liked an anabolic to be the muscle adding component to my cycles. A good testosterone base is a good idea. I was somewhat successful with 200mg/wk, but I can see the case for double that.
This is a first cycle. You should respond quite well to low doses of AAS. My favorite anabolic for gaining muscle has always been Dianabol. (I ran 8 week cycles with 8 weeks off after the last testosterone or other long ester steroid injection.)
I did like Winstrol, but only used 20mg/day. I was never much of a fan of Equipoise, but many did like it. They said it was similar to Dianabol (not IMO though.)
My favorite injectable steroid is Deca at 200mg/wk.
My thought on running testosterone only to minimize side effects and knowing which one caused it, is that why bother at all if you can’t tolerate most AAS.
So, I ask. Why do you want to do a AAS cycle?
Disclaimer: All of my suggested doses apply only to pharmaceutical grade AAS. I have no idea the quality of the gear you or anyone has acquired apart from a pharmacy.
Would you say your preference for multiple compounds is more for size or strength, or both?
I’ve noticed strength gains from tbol that seemed to exceed what I was getting on testosterone. 40 mg/day of tbol seemed to ramp up strength a lot, and I was on 875 mg test a week for about 10 weeks prior.
I wouldn’t be surprised if my TRT/cruise (175 mg/wk) plus 40 mg/day tbol would be equal for strength to 875 mg test solo.
For me, I like gaining size through getting stronger across a rep range. It seems like more real size.
With experience, does this line up? Or did you find some compounds lead to size without much strength?
I don’t care for the idea of compounds that temporarily fill my muscles up. It seems more like short term rented gains. But at the same time I did lose strength off cycle. Some of that was injury related unfortunately. I think if not for the injury, I’d have kept most the strength.
My only dependable metric was strength. I never gauged strength on 1 rep max. Remember that my focus was bodybuilding. It was training rep range, most upper body was 8 reps and lower body was 10 reps. As I got stronger I could do more weight for 8 reps.
Sure the scale was important. I was trying to add muscle. The mirror I liked, but never completely trusted my eye. I felt that my mind could mislead me. My maximum weight lifted, say for 8 reps never failed. For some odd reason, I rarely had “bad” strength days. Maybe it was my focus to succeed. I don’t know.
As you know I didn’t take large quantities of AAS. I didn’t actually get water bloat of any significance. You mentioned injuries and most of my injuries occurred “off cycle” with me trying to move the same amount of weight that I could “on cycle.” If I had it to do over again, I would have worked for more of a pump, and tried less to keep my strength.
Once again I stress that I always took at least one anabolic with testosterone. But more likely two anabolics.
Ok fair snough suggestions. Slightly lower does of Test E and drop the Boldenone to begin with, maybe run that for 8 weeks?
Overall my aim is not to be a mass monster, id like a better sex drive and have a more physique look. Im not interested in pct as had kids and vasectomy years ago, notbothered about balls shrinkjng either, but if i feel like it i could look at HCG.
In time id like to add Boldenone or such, primobolon is expensive so cant do that anytime soon and i dont want to touch Tren due to its crazy sides, i got a wife n kids lol.