I think I have finally decided that I am going to run a cycle. Here is some background: I am 23 years old, 180-185 pounds, and very low body fat (8-9%). I have been lifting consistently for about 5 years and have seen some decent gains, though certainly nothing to brag about. In the last 2 years, training has been VERY frustrating. I’ve tried everything and cannot seem to grow anymore, and strength increases happen at a snail’s pace.
Before someone decides to jump in and solve my problem by suggesting that I eat more or train differently, let me first say that I have tried almost everything. In terms of diet, I’ve been on T-Dawg 1 and 2, Massive Eating, the Anabolic Diet, custom diets using different macronutrient ratios, etc.
I’ve even tried the “Fuck this, I’m eating as much as possible of whatever I want” diet. No matter how I eat, I can’t seem to get past this 180 range. Don’t get me wrong, I can gain weight, but once I cut back down, I am back to where I started. Now on to training.
Since the very beginning, I have followed very structured and intense training programs. Again, I’ve tried it all: Max-OT, several Waterbury programs, HST, Bill Starr 5x5, Ian King’s Super Strength, Push-Pull, etc. Most recently, I’ve moved on to working out based more on intuition and feel, and less on a precise training protocol.
I think it is time for me to try a cycle. I’ve been stuck for so long and I believe it is possible that I have poor natural potential. That being said, this is my first foray into the juicing world and definitely would like some guidance from people on this forum. T-Nation has been my primary source of information for years, so I don’t see why I should look anywhere else for quality advice.
I’m considering a very standard beginner cycle.
- Test E at 500mg (split into two 250mg shots per week)
- Nolvadex on hand for possible gyno issues
I’m still tweaking this, because I’m unsure if I want to take Clomid, Nolvadex, or both.
I’m also considering tapering off the Test E after reading some posts here, but on other forums it seems that most believe tapering is useless, as even a smaller amount of injectable Test is enough to shut down natural production. Advice on this would be really appreciated.
Finally, I am still unsure how I am going to obtain the gear. I’ve looked into a couple international internet stores that have decent reputations, but I am uncomfortable ordering overseas. I’d prefer ordering from one of the many quality underground labs I?ve read about online (Syrus, Orbit, etc.), though I do not know how the process works. Do these labs have online stores, or do you have to place the order by phone? Is it impossible to get the contact info for these sources unless you?re in a bodybuilder inner circle? Unfortunately I work out at NYSC in NYC, and many of the midtown finance types do not strike me as the right people to ask?
Looking forward to your replies. Thanks guys!