I've considered AAS for quite a while now but have only recently decided to take the plunge.
I am 5'8" and weigh 220.
in addition to working out, I also box and do BJJ.
Stats are: Bench(375), Squat(425-crap I know), deadlift (450x7-unsure of 1RM)
However, while I'm not obese my bodyfat is quite high (dont ask me the % but I have love handles). This is probably due to the fact that I have consistently heavily bulked for about 1.5 years. (5-6000 cals per day). I look pretty big in clothes but when I'm "nekkid" I dont look great.
I have tried dieting (healthily, following Berardi's guidelines), and eat clean (dont ask me to detail it in this post, please just take my word for it). I took appropriate supplementation during dieting (creatine, BCAA'a etc) While I did get leaner, I also lost fairly large amounts of strength during the process. This resulted in me cutting my dieting phase short as I find losses in strength incredibly hard to deal with mentally.
Before you guys say that I whould be able to get down to 8-10% naturally without any muscle/strength losses, I have tried it several times and I ALWAYS lose unacceptable levels of muscle & strength. (say, 40Ibs on each lift - which I find unacceptable)
My question is to the vets out there. I have read differing opinions on whether your first cycle will be your best ever. Some say the first cycle should always be a bulker for the reason that you will get better strength/size/power gains from your first cycle than from any subsequent cycle.
I ask because before I embark on a good cycle I would really like to lose some fat (a good bit of fat!!) For this, I have planned strict dieting for 4-6 weeks(ie. velocity, or get shredded diet), to lose 20(+) pounds. However, I am concerned that the dieting process will reulst in unacceptable strength losses as it has done in the past. I would therefore really like to add in var at 30-40mg per day during the dieting to avoid the losses in strength and muscle which will inevitably come if I do not use it.I think var will be sufficient to offset strength/muscle loss since I have never used AAS before. I wish to get down to maybe 8-10% before I begin a proper bulking cycle. Proper PCT will, of course, follow the var cycle.
I would really like to add great strength/power and some reasonable (not massive) size gains for my boxing and BJJ, but I want to be fairly lean before I do it.
My concern is that, making my first cycle a cutting one intead of a bulker may be "sabotaging" my reults for when I do a bulker.
So, what do you guys think? Is your first cycle really your best and do you think me using a mild cutting cycle of Var will lessen the results in strength/size/power I may get in my second cycle, which will be a bulker?
thanks a million guys, all advice is welcome. (sorry this was so long!!)