In addition to logging everything in Fitbit and Excel like I normally do, I’ll be posting here any significant updates that require words instead of numbers or values.
Without oversharing, I am a student in a medical field attending a top 10 university (US) for my field. I am very educated on drugs of all types, and will graduate with a doctoral degree in my field in a few months.
23 years old
180lbs, 12-14% BF (scale says 12.5% but I disagree. Maybe because I rarely train abs).
2.5 year serious training history (began 145 lbs at 15+% BF)
My legs are genetically a strong point, while push muscles are a weak point. They will be the focus of this cycle. I don’t do conventional deads because I think the muscle-building potential of RDLs is greater for hamstrings. Plus conventional deads seriously tax the CNS, which is not something I can afford during school. Similarly, I can squat 400lbs+ for reps but rarely go over 315 for 12 or more reps for the same reason.
Yes, I realize I am physically young, and my training age is pretty young too. This is not a place to tell me I’m messing up my endocrine system, or that I can make great gains without gear. I know it’s possible that I won’t recover entirely. I know that I can continue to make gains without PEDs. But I have made my decision - I don’t want to make trickle gains anymore and I am getting bloodwork done to monitor fertility for the future. I had bloods taken this yesterday and I am awaiting results. I will get bloods again (including lipid panel next time!) a few months after PCT to compare (and then again when trying to conceive). Any more frequently and I don’t think my insurance will cover them.
My cycle will be:
1-12 Test E 600mg/wk split into 300mg Monday and Thursday.
2-14 Arimidex 0.25mg Tuesday and Friday (when T is beginning to peak). Will adjust as necessary depending on S/Sx of high/low E2. Will taper in weeks 13-14 as Test levels reduce.
15-18 Nolvadex 40/40/20/20 mg/day.
–> First shot of Test E will be 600mg to frontload, as I am not taking any orals to kickstart… I like my liver how it is. If you like to see the pharmacokinetics like I do, roidcalc.powerbody.ru has a good calculator/graph generator.
Will basically be what I have been eating for the last year, just more of it. In general, it looks like:
Breakfast: Oats, blueberries, brown sugar. Greek yogurt. 1 eggs + 5 whites.
Lunch: Chicken, rice, mixed veggies. Apple or banana.
Afternoon snack: Almonds and sunflower seeds.
Evening snack: cottage cheese.
Dinner: 1 egg + 5 whites. Oats (1/2 of what I eat for breakfast).
Bedtime: 35g casien protein, 5g BCAA, 5g creatine.
Periworkout: Two shakes, each containing 40g protein, 40g dextrose, 5g BCAA, 5g creatine.
ZMA and Melotonin at night. 2g Fish oil at every meal.
TOTALS: 3475 kcal, 78F, 440C, 258P (or 20/30/50 ratio, respectively).
I will be limiting saturated fats and sodium, and adding low intensity cardio 3-5x/wk to manage lipids and heart health.
I expect (hope?) to gain about 20-30 lbs in the 12 weeks I am on, about half of which I expect will be actual LBM. After PCT, I hope to have kept 8-12 lbs LBM. This is my first cycle and everyone is different so I’m not sure what I should expect.
Training: Of course this will change but my first block will be:
Pull/Push/Legs/Upper/Lower. Rest will be as needed; Test will reduce need for rest days so I will listen to my body. Volume will increase, frequency will increase, but intensity will remain the same or slightly increase. When PCT starts, I will take a few rest days and then I will cut volume by ~50% and compensate with an increase the intensity/load.
Again, this is primarily a log, but I would like to hear feedback. Please do not comment on age, training age, etc. I know my risks and have made my decision. But I will always happily accept feedback on making it the most profitable decision.