Hi! I started my first cycle exactly 3 weeks back. 250 mg Test E every 5 days, 25 mg Proviron everyday before workout, 0.5mg Arimidex every 4-5 days (depends on how I feel), all pharma grade. I want to know whether my progress is okay and what I can do to better it. Also, I have some concerns.
Some background: I’m 22, 5’7". I’ve been lifting weights on and off for the last 2 years
(minus quarantine) in college, gained around 8 kgs and got much leaner. Been into sports and a bit of track and field. I was still progressing and I know I absolutely didn’t need to hop on gear. But I’m greedy, want fast results despite the risks and less experience. College load is way less now, want to train hard and accelerate at least to my genetic potential during this time. Even if I fail, it’ll be some experience.
Mass and size:
So far I’ve gained 3-4 kgs/6.6-8.8 lbs (went up from 67.5 to 72.5 kg and dropped a kg in 3rd week) and am a bit leaner than when I started. I’ve had noticeable size gain in quads, glutes and hams, been able to train legs more frequently. Upper body progress is okay. Traditional push pull legs split with focus on lagging parts on rest days.
I certainly felt good after the first week, was pretty noticeable. Then mood started deteriorating. Got Arimidex and it helped. Still, I feel nasty depressed at times, mostly on my rest days. Two days back I almost cried. And I snap easily now. Never felt so low in the past few months maybe. In general I’m more energetic and productive, but it’s fluctuating a lot. Had almost no effect on libido, jerk off a bit more now maybe, nothing as crazy as I’d read. I have low libido and hoped to have some positive effects.
Don’t remember the last time I slept well. I go to bed at 1 and can’t fall asleep until 4-5am. On days I fall asleep early, I wake up in like 3-4 hours, feel damn hungry, eat and go to bed again in the morning. Don’t feel much tired despite shitty sleep. If the same thing happened off cycle, I’d probably be groggy all day and skipped workouts. How much is it affecting my gains and recovery?
Haven’t noticed any significant strength gain, it’s disappointing. Not sure if it’s because I’m training way more frequently now, and to failure, otherwise I’m not sore the next day (ya I believe it’s important, in my little experience of 2 years it has worked well for me). I’m avoiding 1 rep max and mostly training for hypertrophy. Again, I want to know if poor sleep is a major cause.
I’m pretty consistent with my nutrition, minimal boiled stuff, lots of veggies and fruits with whey, calcium, multivit and fish oil supplements. Ate garbage only on 31st. Just careful about not getting a heart attack lol. I don’t think nutrition is a bottleneck.
I’d expected more tbh. Want to know about ways I can better the results. Every bit of information will help, so please reply and critique