Your decision to take steroids to increase muscle mass, strength, or capacity, whether it’s for preparation for a sporting competition or just to impress yourself or someone else, consider both the pros and the cons.
Yes, bodybuilders and athletes often scoff at the warnings regarding dangers of steroid use, but it’s important to take them seriously.
Before starting a beginner steroid cycle, it’s important to understand what steroids do.
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If this is your first steroid cycle, be aware of the risks associated with steroid use.
These risks are not to be scoffed at or ignored.
Also be aware that use of exogenous steroids may produce different effects in different people.
Your genetic makeup can have a huge impact on the effect of your first steroid cycle, as well as overall steroid use.
So too will your age, your weight, your exercise routines, the intensity and duration of those exercises, your diet, and even your levels of sleep. Are you beginning to get the picture?
You may find a variety of suggestions when it comes to steroids for beginners and what kind of drugs and milligram strength to use for your first steroid cycle.
At the same time, it pays to remember that many of these steroid injection formulas and recommendations are made by other bodybuilders and athletes who have, through trial and error, found their own “ideal” steroid cycle.
They are not medical professionals nor are they scientists. For that reason alone, proceed with caution.
Some athletes promoting steroid use for cycling, bulking, or overall strengthening efforts with the use of steroids on websites and bodybuilding forums are more educated than others regarding steroids, but that doesn’t apply to all of them.
For example, let’s take a look at testosterone enanthate, a common type of testosterone steroids designed for intramuscular (IM) injection.
It’s medically prescribed for a deficiency or complete absence of body-produced (endogenous testosterone) associated with acquired or congenital primary hypogonadism, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, or delayed puberty.
For medical use, testosterone enanthate is recommended in a range of 50 mg to 400 mg every two to four weeks.
On one bodybuilding website, a beginner steroid cycle not only employs the use of a steroid, but other drugs which are designed to reduce the estrogenic effects of testosterone.
These drugs are known as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs).
Let’s move on. This beginner steroid cycle for men recommends 500 mg of testosterone enanthate on a weekly basis, along with daily 25 mg injections of Dianabol (methandrostenolone) – a fast-acting anabolic-androgenic steroid. This routine is recommended for approximately six weeks.
After that, the 500 mg weekly doses of testosterone enanthate are continued from Week 7 through Week 12.
Some beginner steroid cycle recommendations also suggest going 17 weeks, decreasing use of Dianabol after six weeks, then picking up another drug (Nolvadex) at Week 15.
The Nolvadex (tamoxifen) is a nonsteroidal anti-estrogen often used by bodybuilders and sometimes combined with steroid use to reduce the potential for developing the female sex characteristics provided by estrogen.
Balances of estrogen and testosterone must be carefully balanced in men and women’s bodies.
Be aware that interrupting or interfering with this balance by using steroids or other drugs designed to counteract the effects of steroids, can be a dangerous proposition, especially when dosages are not adequate.
They may also affect individuals in different ways.
Any use of steroids can contribute to side effects and adverse reactions. Steroids for beginners involve the use of powerful, potent steroids.
Whether you’re a beginner or have been using steroids for a long time, they have a huge impact on metabolic, endocrine, and hormonal gland function and secretions that can affect physical, emotional, and mental health and wellness.
In fact, alterations in cholesterol levels can occur within four weeks of starting anabolic steroids without medical oversight.
The potential for anabolic steroids to affect liver function and can contribute to conditions like jaundice, knowledge that has been studied since the 1950s.
Acute kidney injury is also a potential, (“Bile acid nephropathy in a body builder of using an anabolic androgenic steroid.“)
Steroids don’t have to be used for a long time to cause damage, nor to affect psychological and mental functions. Everyone is aware of “roid rage”, and so too should an individual considering their first steroid cycle.
Before starting on a beginner steroid cycle, be aware that benefits of steroid use may be impressive, but they’re temporary in nature.
Whether it’s your first steroid cycle or not, side effects can range from headache to cardiovascular damage. Weigh the pros and the cons.
Just because it’s your first time doesn’t mean that you won’t be affected by your first steroid cycle.