Hey guys. So this is my first post, I’ve lurked for years but finally joined today. I’m going to do my first ever cycle and just want to make sure I’m doing things correctly.
38 years old
15 years lifting and exercise experience
5’11" and 170 lbs
10% body fat
Diet is very clean and on point
Goal with cycle: Not to gain mass necessarily (though a little would be fine), but to support my recovery and gain strength. My training is calisthenics/gymnastics, I can do several reps of handstand push-ups, perfect front levers, full front planches, etc. My goal is to perform more advanced moves but progress has been slow for the last year. I want to use a cycle to support a higher volume of training at greater intensity and hopefully break through my plateau.
Test e @ 250mg 2x/wk (mon and thurs)
AI (either adex .25mg, or aromasin 12.5mg) EOD for all 10 weeks
PCT starting at week 13:
From what I’ve read, this seems to be a pretty standard cycle and PCT. I do have a few questions though:
- Regarding the AI – is there a preference between adex and aromasin? I have both available to me. I’ve read somewhere that aromasin is better when Nolva is being used in PCT, but I don’t know if that’s true).
- Also regarding AI – my research tells me to go with a low dose EOD and adjust as needed, but I know other people don’t use the AI during cycle at all, they just keep it on-hand in case of gyno. Would you suggest using it throughout? Or is it better to just keep it on-hand?
- Regarding PCT – I’m a little confused about Clomid dosing. I keep seeing 40/40/20/20 for Nolva, but the Clomid recommendations vary a lot. I’ve also read that SERM dosages should be lowered if taking both together. So should I cut down on the amounts that I have planned?
- Last question: HCG – in your opinion,is it better/safer to include HCG? I’ve read that it should ideally be used during the last few weeks of the cycle and during the 2 weeks before PCT. So if I include HCG I’d probably use it weeks 8-12. Is this recommended and worth doing?
Looking forward to some advice. Thanks everyone!