Post Cycle Therapy PCT: The Ultimate Guide

Unlike anabolic steroids which are directly injected or taken orally, most SARMs are included as ingredients in supplements, usually alongside other ingredients. This can make them difficult to detect even for unsuspecting buyers who might not realize they are purchasing and consuming SARMs at all. You can run this stack as a short 6 week cycle and see good results with Ligandrol at 20mg daily and YK-11 at 10mg per day. As YK-11 is particularly potent this stack will likely require a PCT, and you should take at least a break of one month without using the compounds to aid recovery.

  • The timing of PCT is critical in ensuring that the body can recover naturally.
  • Its FDA approval is indicative of the drug’s mild nature, being regarded as one of the safest anabolic steroids on the market.
  • Not only is there no use or benefit in using HCG alone in your post cycle therapy (PCT), but doing so will bring about a reduction in leutinizing hormone.
  • You might choose to include HCG in the cycle which helps retain normal testicular function and size, but HCG also needs to be stopped when the cycle ends and not used at all during the waiting period time.
  • Hair loss is less likely compared to testosterone, due to less androgenicity, which is why many bodybuilders from the ’70s retained their hair follicles; compared to bodybuilders today, who are practically all bald.

Aggression is a real issue with this steroid, so for those men who have a tendency towards a short fuse, this is a steroid to avoid completely. Other men might be able to channel the heightened aggression and energy into workouts but this is a serious side effect that needs to be considered. Masteron is a steroid made for people who have already done considerable work in getting lean and toned, with this compound aiding in the final stages before competition where maximum hardness and detailed fat loss are required.

Which SARMs should women use?

This is where buying quality gear counts because you don’t want low-quality stuff that’s under-dosed. Whichever form you decide to use for your beginner cycle, your next step is to figure out which steroid compounds you’re going to kick things off with. The downside of Masteron also relates to cholesterol and the way this steroid decreases HDL and increases LDL, meaning your cholesterol levels must be monitored and maintained as well as possible through diet and cardio exercise. Anavar does not require injections and is taken orally as a tablet, which is another attractive benefit for those new to using steroids.

  • A common example of this could be combining Testosterone (cypionate or enanthate), Deca, Dianabol, and Anavar.
  • Beginners who do opt for Dianabol generally do so because they want huge muscle and strength gains, but don’t want to take an injectable.
  • Blind spots and reduced low light vision have shown to be a problem with some SARMs, with Andarine S4 clinical trials in humans resulting in visual changes being one of the most concerns.
  • The injectable version is considered much more powerful than the oral form and as such is more popular amongst bodybuilders and performance athletes.
  • When we see it implemented too early, harsh cardiovascular and hepatic effects often follow.

Acne and oily skin are other adverse effects we see, due to testosterone’s androgenic nature. We find users who have suffered from acne in the past are more susceptible to this, due to a genetic predisposition of increased sebum production (the oily substance) on the skin. Blood pressure is unlikely to elevate to high levels, as testosterone only has a mild effect on cholesterol values. However, beginners may want to get a check-up with their doctor before starting their first cycle, to ensure their blood pressure is not initially high. It is advised not to miss injections times, as delaying will cause testosterone in your blood to spike and then drop. In oral form, undecanoate is very fast-acting with plasma testosterone levels peaking approximately 5 hours after a dose.

Are SARMs Safe?

This can cause hypertension; however, BP is unlikely to rise to excessively high levels. Instead, Anavar is primarily coveted due to its potent fat-burning properties, in addition to its ability to shed water, increasing vascularity and muscle tone. A Testosterone-only cycle is the staple protocol for many beginner weight lifters. For example, if someone wanted to predominantly burn fat, they would take a drastically different cycle to someone who wanted to bulk up.

It is rare in our experience for Anavar users to develop any serious complications (when taken diligently in short cycles). Also, Anavar may be chosen if big muscle and strength gains aren’t needed, with the person preferring more fat loss and smaller gains in size and strength. Those taking Testosterone may want to run a PCT after their cycle, as endogenous testosterone levels will take a hit (2). Generally, natural levels can return to peak levels several months after a cycle ends.

  • One benefit is that suspension is going to produce fast gains, as it is pure testosterone and thus does not need to be broken down.
  • For example, too much use of anabolic steroids, or taking steroids with alcohol can make the substance stay in the system for a longer period.
  • These steroids include both natural and synthetic androgens which are derived from or based on testosterone.

Rather than trying to jump ahead into advanced cycles, take the time to earn an in-depth understanding of beginner and intermediate cycles, as well as more research about steroids and how to get the most from them. It’s been proven by bodybuilding greats that 8 weeks is more than enough to deliver results including lean mass maintenance pre-competition. As I mentioned, Anavar is one of the few steroids women can confidently use.

Dianabol is not excessively harsh when taken in modest doses during a first cycle. However, the side effects are likely to be more pronounced compared to the previous Testosterone and Anavar cycles. Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) is a very well-known steroid, famous for being one of the favourite steroids of the ’70s, among Arnold Schwarzenegger and classic bodybuilders. It is still widely used today with it remaining as one of the best steroids for building size and mass. Some water retention is common when using testosterone; however, this won’t be as much compared to other bulking steroids, such as Dianabol or Anadrol. However, we find it takes a long time to peak in the bloodstream, with a half-life of 34 days (1).

Anavar Cycle (For Beginners)

There are two esters available, with Propionate being more commonly used and more available than Enanthate. As you might expect from a breast cancer drug, Masteron holds some valuable anti-estrogenic properties so estrogen-related side effects are not a concern with this steroid. Without the worry about water retention, Masteron makes for an excellent cutting steroid with the ability to harden the physique. One of the downsides and reasons that this is not a widely used steroid is that compared with other oral compounds, Proviron has lower bioavailability. Proviron has relatively weak androgenic and estrogenic effects compared with other steroids, and can provide some mild anti-estrogenic benefits. It’s mainly used as a fat burner and to help increase muscle definition because of its potential to increase thermogenesis and metabolism.

With a reasonable degree of drug usage, the typical trained person winds up with an FFMI around 25.5, for a gain of 6.6 FFMI points. That’s about 20-24kg (~45-55lbs) of muscle, depending on height, gained over a training career. Unfortunately, it’s also impossible to establish a maximum degree of drug-free muscularity with modern data.

Steroid Cycles 101: Testosterone, PCT, and the KISS Rule

It is often combined with anabolic steroids during cutting cycles, thanks to its potent effects on adrenaline and metabolism. Thus, this essentially is a cutting cycle that will produce exceptional fat-burning and moderate lean muscle gains. The scales won’t increase as they will on Testosterone, but the lipolytic (fat-burning) effects will be greater. Deca Durabolin is certainly mild and suitable for beginners; however, it isn’t typically used by itself. Instead, it can be added to Testosterone or Dianabol for increased muscle gains. However, this would not typically be stacked as a first steroid cycle, but in a later cycle instead.

This cycle may not be appreciated by someone higher in body fat, as although it would stimulate considerable weight loss; the diuretic effects would be more difficult to gauge. This is why some bodybuilders only choose to cycle Clenbuterol for short periods, being as little as 2 weeks on/2 weeks off. Due to Clenbuterol displaying anabolic effects (at least in research), it is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a cutting steroid. We saw Primobolan widely used during the golden era when bodybuilders were dieting down for a show. However, more potent cutting compounds are preferred today among IFBB pros. The above cycle has relatively high dosages, which is reflective of it being utilized by an experienced steroid user (based on Anadrol’s high toxicity).