I am a long time follower of T-Nation, both site and forums, but this is actually my first post as I do not usually comment on stuff.
Well, I will be honest telling my background and my intentions. First thing first, I havenÃ?Â¢??t reached any type of plateau regarding my physical development. I have been practicing for about 2 years, but I have always been a keen sports guy. This last year and half, training got even more real and I started to be more immersive in my approach regarding my training and nutrition. I am currently studying but training is my passionÃ?Â¢?Ã?Â¦ I almost know more about nutrition and training than my area of expertise.
I have to say that I have been reading all there is regarding steroids, but I am quite sceptical as there is no relevant scientific data regarding most of the approaches used by experienced athletes. There are few people one must trust - there is too much information but not sufficiently reasonable as to apply it to ourselves. But what I read around here was always the best information so thank you for sharing knowledge and I hope we all contribute to steroids to be more safe and productive in the future.
Ok, so for the last month I have been doing a report about hormonal reactions that happen in our body, specifically those affected by the synthetic steroids use, and which IÃ?Â¢??ll share here. As told before, I am no doctor nor I have experience in this area, but actually my girlfriend and most of my friends are doctors so I always have someone to correct what I read along the internet. And yes, they all do not support me for my steroids intentions.
ItÃ?Â¢??s truly difficult to find a medical doctor willing to accept that fact Ã?Â¢?? and this should be a warning to everybody: steroids will potentially do more harm than good, and all that for the sake of strength and mass gains. But for us, itÃ?Â¢??s a choice we are willing to bear and we will do our best to be safe.
Another thing that turns things quite difficult is that information regarding steroids is most of the times coded. People use specific terms such as AAS, E3D, EOD and also drugs names such as Adex. Nothing that a search will not solve, but a percentage of us are not English native speakers and we are also not familiarized with the terms.
Excuse me for my long speech but now I will go directly to the main reason for starting the topic. I intend to start my first cycle in 1/2 months from now. As have said, my training is en route and my nutrition is epic. I have developed a personal excel spreadsheet to log my caloric intake with +400 items in its database, mostly Portuguese products that we eat around here. I train 6 in 7 days per week, I eat mostly clean but I have some fall-backs where I eat junk food as an animal. Nonetheless, I am extremely healthy and athletic.
So here is what I have planned a bit for a first cycle. I know there are many topics regarding first-cycles but if the recovery process depends on the person, the cycle should also be planned individually;
Testosterone Cypionate due to its long-acting ester which is best for me, as IÃ?Â¢??m not willing to inject that often. And itÃ?Â¢??s from an American pharmaceutical which produces the Testosterone in Portugal, so it is SAFE, which should always be the first priority.
The HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is quite expensive here so I will mostly draft that from my cycle. Having my testicles shut down for a while isnÃ?Â¢??t a problem (at all) for me. As long as it is temporary. So for the arguments sake, letÃ?Â¢??s say I wonÃ?Â¢??t take any of that.
Now, what I consider the most important aspect of a cycle: the recovery. So, for that purpose the conventional non-medical path is to do both and AE (Anti-Estrogen) during the cycle and as a bridge between cycle and off-cycle and a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) as the post-cycle drug. Correct?
Nolvadex being hepatotoxic is a concern but it is preferable to Clomid due to side effects. But I know this is subjective.
Regarding the AE, I still donÃ?Â¢??t know which will be the best to fully prevent some side effects and not to induce future carcinogenic potencial problems. Should one use Aromisin, Letrozolem or Arimidex? IÃ?Â¢??m willing to abdicate of some Ã?Â¢??gainsÃ?Â¢?? just to do the safer approach.
ItÃ?Â¢??s all for now. ItÃ?Â¢??s quite a message and IÃ?Â¢??m sure weÃ?Â¢??ll have a nice topic here, hopefully to help people like me and to try to debunk some steroids stuff.
Thank you all!