So, after a long sporadic period of deliberation, I’ve decided to jump into cycling.
BF: ~18% (Note: I won’t be starting the cycle at this %, I’m still in the process of dropping all that fat I accumulated over years without training and with lots of booze and shitty food; it’s been going well, I’m down from likely 30+% but I’m waiting to start until I get into that nice 12-15% range)
Training History: around 5 years cumulatively (16-18, 21, 24 and on; technically more than this but I’m not going to count anything that doesn’t actually constitute any kind of organized strength training).
Squat (435lbs w/o wraps), Bench (245lbs), Deadlift (550lbs), Press (190lbs).
Cycle History: None
Goals: Gain as much mass and strength as possible, increase PL total for competition (don’t currently care about being in any particular weight class obv).
I’m well aware that I still have significant potential for ‘natty gains’; however, I’m currently at a point in my life where I can rigidly manage nutrition, get 7.5-9 hours of sleep damn near every night, get bloodwork done prior to cycling, on cycle and after, I have evenings available to train for up to 3-4 hrs on 5/7 days of the week and do all my training at home (I have a power rack w/ pullup bar, adjustable bench, and 705lbs in plates among other things), and I’ve been consistently in a good frame of mind with the stresses in my life being pretty predictable. So my lifestyle situation is pretty favorable for this sort of thing. That being the case…
Test E @ 500mg total EW; 250mg every Mon+Thurs (Wks 1-12)
Dbol @ 25mg ED taken preworkout (starting; potentially increasing up to 50mg ED) for 5wks, unsure as to where exactly in the cycle I’ll start, it’d either begin at wk 2 or 3 to kickstart or a bit later around wks 4-6 so I can see more clearly how my body responds to the test and get bloodwork done again before adding a second compound. (Also, should I be taking milk thistle while on this and if so, dosage/frequency?)
Aromasin: 12.5 mg EoD starting from Wk 1 seems to be the standard from what I’ve seen, is that sufficient for the above doses of Test and Dbol? And should it be run for the entire cycle?
HCG: I’ve seen a lot of conflicting reports and recommendations on this. The general consensus seems to be that it is an awful idea to take during PCT but on cycle, I’ve seen it suggested that it should be taken all throughout, that one should wait until the nuts start shrinking, or that it should only be taken near the end of a cycle for 3-4wks. I’ve seen some say it’s not necessary at all and others go as far as to say that I shouldn’t ever expect to have children if I don’t run it. What do y’all suggest on this front?
As for the PCT: I’ve also seen conflicting reports and recommendations on this; the general consensus seems to be 6 wks tapering down but I’ve seen some suggest 4. I’ve seen some suggest taking Clomid and Nolva and others suggesting to only take one, usually just the Nolva from what I’ve seen and almost everyone seems to say that Nolva has far less prominent sides. I’ve also seen some suggest continuing to take an AI during PCT. What would y’all recommend?
As I haven’t yet hit the bf% I want before starting the cycle, I don’t have a precise daily nutrition plan but I’d imagine it’ll end up being something like ~260 g protein, ~150 g fat, ~300 g carbs mostly coming from the standard sources (eggs, whole milk, salmon, steak, rice, etc…), some from whey protein of course. Off topic-ish but beyond whey, the only ‘supplements’ I take are 5 g Creatine HCl and 500 mg Magnesium malate daily.
Thanks to anyone who has read this far and looking forward to hearing your advice!