Hello. This is going to be the log where I maintain my progress (or lack thereof), daily swings, moods, etc. for my first steroid cycle. In order to not get flamed by hordes of bodybuilders and power-lifters, I am following the recommended cycle layout that was stickied on this forum. I’ve done a LOT (to me it’s a lot) of research over the past 9 months prior to starting this cycle, so I think I’m pretty well-informed…but I’m still a newbie.
And frankly, there’s a ton of conflicting information everywhere. So, while I feel I’m well informed, I also understand I’ve filled in a lot of gaps using common-sense, and sometimes chosen a side when conflicting information was provided, which will make my overall cycle seem…newbish and ridiculous? So, if you see that’s the case, I would appreciate input and correction.
Just understand, for newbies out there like me, the problem is not a lack of information - it’s too much information, without a definitive source. Whatever errors or misconceptions I have are not due to lack of research - I’ve spent 9 months reading up on info, the science behind it, more logs than you could imagine before taking this plunge. Hopefully this comes though.
Who am I? I am 36 year old engineering executive. I’ve been training off and on since I was in the Army 18 years ago. Until I was 25, I was pretty intense - 2 hours/day at the gym, average. I never looked like a BB or PL, but I was built like a linebacker. Well, I went into the civilian world, got married, had kids, moved into middle management…those of you who’ve been through it know when you’re focusing on your career, middle management is the grueling. 80 hours/week was nothing unusual, coupled with raising two sons, being married, etc…trips to the gym became less frequent, then they stopped altogether.
Between the ages of 29 and 33, I made it to the gym maybe twice a month; more to pretend to myself I still worked out than actually accomplishing anything. I got soft. Beer belly. Couldn’t do 100 push-ups without breaking a sweat anymore. Then I couldn’t do 100 push-ups. Then I couldn’t do 50.
3 years ago I got promoted to CTO, and my time (and outlook changed). The pressures of being an executive are INTENSE - you are ALWAYS one decision away from being fired - but the time demands are much, much less. I make my own schedule, now. I have a secretary to handle time-killing tasks. Money is no longer something I have to worry about - I can afford to hire a nanny to help with the boys, maids come twice a week to clean the house, blah blah (you didn’t come here to read about me brag about being rich, but I will say this: if you’re thinking about becoming rich, you should. It’s pretty nice.)
So, I now had time, and so I decided to wanted that linebacker body back, before my body began the long, gradual decline into old age. So I started working out intensely again. 3 days a week weights, 3 days a week kick-boxing (for cardio), 1 day rest. The individual components within change every 6 - 8 weeks, but the basic break-down has been the same: 3 days a week at the gym, 3 days a week at the dojo. I went from 260 lbs, 30% body fat, to my current stats (which will be outlined below). I look good, dammit. But I’ve been plateaued where I am for about a year, and I think TRT (or a little bit more than TRT) can help push me over the edge.
So, here are my stats (I don’t use the metric system, so you can do your own centimeter/kilo conversions. We won the goddamn war):
Weight: 225 lbs
Bodyfat: 12 - 13% - I weigh myself first thing every Monday morning, and my scale has the BF feature. Basically you can see my abs, though I’m not shredded or anything. I’m hoping this cycle helps some with my BF %.
Diet: I have been on the anabolic diet for the past two years and I love it. I’ve got it dialed in to the point where I don’t really count carbs or track my food; I know where I’m at in my head. I also know what tweaks I need to make for maintenance, weight gain, weight loss, etc.
Workout: I will be doing a 4 day at the gym, 2 day at the dojo routine. Gym is about 2 hours, dojo is about an hour. I’ve moved from dutch kickboxing to Muy Thai, which has a tremendous amount of short, high-intensity bursts. Lots of tabata series, what-have-you.
My goal is to go from 225 to 240, while bringing my bodyfat under 10%. So I’m thinking I need to gain 20 pounds of muscle and lose 5 pounds of fat. I’ll be tweaking the anabolic diet a bit to include slightly more complex carbs on weekdays (probably 35g or so) at week 8 of my cycle, under the theory that the first 8 weeks energy to build muscle will come from current fat stores. This means I need an influx of muscle mass at the start of the cycle, which leads to my cycle:
Test-E: 500mg/week; 250mg pins twice/week. weeks 1 - 12. Reason: Test is the foundation for most cycles, and Test-E is a good newbie start. 500 mg is a standard dose.
Dbol: 30mg/day, weeks 1 - 5. Reason: I need muscle-building activity engaged right at the start of the cycle to deplete fat reserves, since my daily carb intake is so low. Dbol will help me get good pumps right out of the gate, water-storage in the muscle stimulates burning the fat in the absence of carbs or other cheap energy. I’ll be taking Liv52 during this time to help liver health.
Arimidex: I could use some help here. I want to control bloat, so I’m thinking .5 adex EOD, but research here is all over the place. I was planning on .5 EOD for weeks 1 - 12, to help control sides and bloat - but what about running it straight all the way through until the end of PCT? Any advice (or better yet, links to research or successful cycle logs) is appreciated.
Weeks 13 - 14 will be empty while the test clears my system. PCT starts week 15.
Week 15 (PCT): Nolvadex 40mg/day
Week 16 (PCT): Nolvadex 40mg/day
Week 17 (PCT): Nolvadex 20mg/day
Week 18 (PCT): Nolvadex 20mg/day
And that’s it! I have Clomid on hand in case gyno or other sides raise their head despite the adex, although I think that’s a pretty low possibility given it’s a pretty basic cycle.
Everything is already in hand - GP brand, all from a very reliable source (nationally competitive over-50 bodybuilder; he used to be my first-sergeant when I served). I plan on starting my cycle next Monday (Nov 5th). I just completed an 8 week workout routine, and I always give myself 1 week of rest between routines to let muscles heal, and I want my cycle to start when I start my new routine. This will also give me time to make any modifications necessary through feedback.
OK…fire away! Where am I fucking up?