Body stats: male, 25 years old, 5'8'', 170lb, 15%bf (?).
I ran my first cycle last year May to August which consisted of T(estosterone) E(nanthate), A(nastrozole / Arimidex), and N(olvadex / Tamoxifen) planned as follows:
Weeks 1-10 TE 250.000 mg every three days injected into the glutes;
Weeks 1-11 A 0.250 mg every other day injected into the glutes;
Week 12 A 0.125 mg every other day taken as a liquid orally.
Post-cycle therapy was planned as follows:
Week 13 N 20mg twice per day taken as a pill orally;
Weeks 14-16 N 20mg once per day taken as a pill orally.
Throughout I was using alpha lipoic acid and sometimes milk thistle.
I kept my protein and calorie intake very high (probably anything from 3000-7000kcal per day and around 300-600g protein per day). I gained about 6.5 lb muscle, but about 9 lb of fat. I went from about 174 lb to 192.5 lb. I guess that I went from about 17%bf to 20+%bf. I also had a small but noticeable amount of hair loss. There was a small amount of acne on my glutes, the site of testosterone administration, but this cleared up once administration ended. These are things which I would plan to avoid in my next cycle by paying greater attention to diet, and perhaps by using something like Finasteride to counteract hair loss. The small amount of glutal acne did not bother me, and would not bother me in future as long as it did not become worse or spread. Also I could have paid more attention to being exact in following my cycle plans-- sometimes I had delayed injections by a day or two. All in all this first cycle was a useful experiment more than anything else-- it was definitely good for gaining strength as my 1RMs went as follows within weeks: bench 75kg to 102.5 kg, squat 90kg to 145 kg, and deadlift 100kg to 160kg.
I am considering starting a second cycle soon. I am unsure of my priorities as I would like to drop my bodyfat percentage to 9-10% before getting any fatter. I have been on an almost constant deficit for a number of months and the numbers for my lifts have decreased (understandably). General intake averages at 2000 kcal per day.
Ideally I would take on a cycle which would get me strength gains whilst reducing bodyfat-- if that is possible. I'm not interested in 'bulk', only strength and leanness, at the moment. I'm looking forward to using Testosterone again but am unsure of which kind is best for what goal-- all I've used before is enanthate.
Another issue: I'm unsure if the post-cycle therapy was good enough as I was pretty depressed for a while afterwards, and while my strength didn't disappear, it decreased more suddenly that I would have preferred. I may have imagined it but I felt tenderness in the pectoral area and was worried that gyno might set in, though I did not get fat deposits there, and my pecs are currently of a normal leanness for my bodyfat percentage.
I'd be grateful for your advice.