I don’t agree with everything said here. Here’s my opinion.
Testosterone has notable disadvantages at high dosages (gyno, hair-loss, blah, blah). It is also supressive to the HPTA. However, the androgenic components of test are associated with increased strength. Test neither improves nor worsens insulin sensitivity and joint condition.
Nandrolone (the active hormone in Deca) does not have many of the androgenic problems associated with test (it’s known to be easy on the hair-line, etc). In addition Deca has a positive effect on joint condition and has an established track-record in this regard. This was theorised to have been because of increased water-retention in the joints, but it is actually because nandrolone increases collagen synthesis, and therefore stengthens the connective tissues. Deca also improves insulin sensitivity in the muscles.
Also, it’s established that both test and deca are aprroximately equal in terms of HPTA supression. Deca may feel more supressive when used alone because it isn’t as androgenic, and hence natural agression, sex-drive, erectile function, etc are blunted. But they are BOTH SUPRESSIVE!!!
Hence, to mitigate the effects of pure Test, sticking in some Deca is not a bad idea. However, if you ever plan to be tested in future, beware that because of the nandrolone (a non-human steroid hormone) and the long-life esters, you will test positive up to 2 years down the road.
Also, I agree that you should use more. Again, a dose as low as 100mg/week of test OR deca is as suppressive to the HPTA as bigger doses like 600mg/wk. So you better be growin’ while your’e nuts are snoozin’!
My suggestion for a mid-range stack (for a novice) is:
Front-Load 400mg Deca, 500mg Test (I’m assuming Cypionate here)
Thereafter 200mg Deca, 250mg Test every week. (or 400mg deca every second week, but I prefer weekly).
To come off, assuming cypionate once again, discontinue Deca the week before or the same week as the test. This will actually leave you with residual deca in your system after the test has cleared, due to the longer half-life of the deca. Then begin some regen.
Also, with both deca and test, water bloat will be a problem. I suggest Nolvadex and/or Proviron, especially when you cycle the test out.
For a bigger cycle, just double the dodes above.
It may be noted that this cycle (even with finasteride (propecia/proscar) may be hard on the hariline, since the Nandrolone is no longer de-activated by 5-alpha-reductase in the skin. I would suggest a topical stack of Regaine + Retonoid + DMSO to improve circulation and mitigate andro pattern hair-loss.
Trin hard. Grow strong.