A steroid cycle is the length of time in which a person uses steroids. The time of use is referred to an ‘on cycle’ and when a person decides to take time off between steroid cycles, this period is known as an ‘off cycle’.
Typically, someone just starting out on their first steroid cycle will use just two compounds together, over a period of no more than 8 weeks. This is to ensure that they don’t use more steroids than they need to and put too much strain on their body. It’s also to help them assess whether steroids are right for them or not. The choice to use steroids should never be undertaken lightly, and so if you do decide to go ahead it’s important to prepare as much as you can.
The first and best thing you can do before you start using steroids is to read as much information as you possibly can. Look online, visit some of the popular steroid and bodybuilding websites, and talk to your friends at the gym who have steroid experience. You will need to research which compounds are best to use, the pros and cons of taking oral vs injectable steroids, and how to manage any potential side effects. You may also wish to read up on what kind of results you should expect to see and when, as this will help you to manage your expectations.
As a committed athlete you should already have a meal plan in place that’s designed to help you increase muscle mass and lower your body fat percentage, whilst providing you with all the right nutrition you need to stay healthy. If not, now’s the time to really concentrate on getting your nutrition sorted out, as you’ll need to ensure that your body is healthy enough to cope with receiving artificial testosterone. Two of the side effects of taking steroids is decreased liver function and increased water retention, so think about including some foods that will help with these two problems.
Steroids don’t work on their own so you will need to keep training in order to see results. However, you don’t want to over train as this can result in muscle tears that might take weeks – if not months – to heal and can severely impede your workout. So remember to go slow at first, but make sure you’re sticking to a regular routine. Resist the urge to increase your weights for the first week or two. You may feel ready, but it’s important you give your muscles time to catch up.