I'm starting this thread in the hopes that new guys will see this and use it to troubleshoot their own plan for a first cycle, or use it as a template for their first cycle.
first off, get blood work. find out where your natural testosterone production is at, so you have a baseline for down the road. you can also use it to gauge whether your HPTA recovered from your cycle or not.
secondly, here's the cycle:
Testosterone enanthate or cypionate: 300-600 mg/wk (depending on goal)
Arimidex: .25 mg/EOD (adjust as needed)
Arimidex: .25 mg/EOD
Nolvadex: 20 mg/day or Clomid: 25 mg/day
*HCG is optional. 500 IU 1-3 times a week will minimize testicular atrophy and possibly speed up HPTA recovery in PCT. this can be run weeks 1-12, but NOT in PCT.
Testosterone is used solo to gauge how your body will respond. and since it a normal hormone, the most predictable (some of the other androgens like EQ, tren, Deca and winny can cause some unique side effects).
below is a link showing the difference in effects between various doses of testosterone in men: