Anybody who is anybody in the world of pro bodybuilding will know somebody who either uses steroids, sells steroids, or both.
In many gyms, androgenic anabolic steroids are as common as whey protein and creatine.
Every single day you’ll encounter amateur bodybuilders asking what the best steroids to take actually is, and why.
Steroids can provide hugely impressive increases in muscle mass, strength, and athletic performance.
All while helping to keep you lean and burn fat in the process.
The problem is that because there are so many different varieties to choose from.
People don’t know what to take.
If you walk into a hardcore bodybuilder gym and spoke to the huge jacked 280 pounders deadlifting 600 pounds like it was nothing.
And asked him what the best enhancers to take were.
His answer would likely be different from the 180-pound cyclist looking to strip fat and increase his stamina and endurance.
It all comes down to what you want to achieve and get out of your training in the first place.
There are, however, a series of steroids out there that many bodybuilders will include as part of their cycle.
Regardless of how big or small they are or want to get.
If you’re thinking of using anabolic steroids for yourself.
You need to know what each one is, how it works, and what the risks are.
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The information you are about to read is designed purely for educational purposes only.
We would never in good conscience, recommend people use anabolic steroids without prescription as they can be extremely dangerous.
These drugs are very powerful, and they have been known to claim a number of lives in the past.
One of the main issues with steroids is the fact that people are not quite sure how to use them properly.
And if you misuse steroids, you are gambling with your health and even your life.
That’s why, below, we are going to look at some of the best steroids for bulking and cutting.
And will be listing dosages, benefits, and side-effects of each one.
So, check it out.
The thing to remember about steroids is that no two varieties are entirely alike.
Steroids are synthetic drugs made in a laboratory.
Which are designed to mimic the effects of testosterone!
Basically, all steroids are created to function as a synthetic version of testosterone.
Testosterone is the dominant male sex hormone that is highly androgenic and anabolic.
Meaning it plays a critical role in the growth and repair of muscle tissue.
Steroids are known as androgenic anabolic steroids, or AAS for short.
The anabolic part is in reference to the part that they promote cellular growth and repair I.E the cells that make up the muscles.
The androgenic part refers to how they play important roles in the development of male sexual characteristics.
I.E libido, testosterone production, and so on.
Despite all being synthetic derivatives of testosterone, steroids can be modified to behave very differently from one another.
Which is why there are so many different ones out there.
Some steroids, for example, have been proven to provide HUGE increases in muscle mass and strength.
In a short period of time.
These are therefore perfect for bulking up in the off-season.
Other steroids, however, are fairly mild and do nothing more than increase the metabolism so that you burn more fat and have more energy.
These are for getting lean and ripped and work best during cutting cycles.
Take a look for yourself and see what you think:
We’re starting off with the king of all steroids, the steroid from which all others are based.
Yes, we are of course talking about testosterone.
Testosterone should almost always be used as part of any steroid cycle, no matter what you’re looking to achieve from it.
Whether you’re looking to pack on 40 pounds of solid mass, or simply cut 5 pounds of body fat.
Testosterone is the steroid you need to be utilizing.
If you imagine aromatherapy, each oil you use has to be added to the base oil.
Which is normally almond oil, to help well, form the base.
The same principle applies to steroids with testosterone.
Testosterone forms the base from which all other steroid cycles are derived.
To get the most out of your steroid cycle.
It needs to be included, no matter what you want from your body.
There are many different types of steroids or test used in steroid cycles.
Test-E is generally the most popular as it yields impressive muscle mass increases.
With the added bonus of helping to keep you nice and lean in the process.
In terms of dosages, again, this all depends on you.
Test-E is injected and, if you’re looking to boost muscle mass, a dosage of around 500mg – 600mg per week should be sufficient for the average-sized person.
If you are slightly bigger, around 600mg – 650mg will work fine.
Injections should take place twice per week, so basically split each weekly dosage in half.
So, if you’re on 600mg per week, inject 300mg twice per week.
It’s that simple.
Cycles should run between 10 and 12 weeks.
Anadrol is one of the lesser-known steroids on our list today, and we’re not quite sure why.
Anadrol is one of the best bulking steroids currently out there.
And it has been known to help bodybuilders and also fighters.
(you can find more about this on the Conor McGregor and Sage Northcutt)
Increase their muscle mass by as much as 30 pounds after just one cycle.
This is one of only a handful of steroids that is still utilized by the medical profession to help treat malnutrition and muscular atrophy.
Anadrol is primarily an oral tablet and works very well for people looking to bulk up in the off-season.
Just remember that because it is an oral steroid, it can affect the liver and can lead to liver toxicity, which could be fatal.
Always use a Milk Thistle supplement to support liver health when using oral anabolic steroids.
The steroid also aromatizes slightly, so it can lead to swelling and tenderness in the breasts of males and could result in gyno.
It has also been known to cause prolonged erections in some men, and either a steep increase or decrease in libido.
Some men have also experienced disrupted sleeping patterns.
Anadrol is an oral steroid as mentioned, and so, therefore, it should be taken in tablet form.
Now, for the first week, just one single 50mg tablet is all that is required.
For the second week, 100mg per week is often recommended, with one tablet being taken in the AM and one in the PM.
If you weigh more than 220 pounds, experts recommend consuming a third tablet, in which case you would be on 150mg.
Cycles should last 4 – 6 weeks maximum, and PCT should ALWAYS be used afterward ending any steroid cycle.
Deca-Durabolin is considered by many to be the second most popular steroid currently in existence, second only to testosterone.
It is another steroid that is absolutely fantastic for bulking up and adding lean mass to your frame.
Not only that, but it is also great for a large bodybuilder who experiences painful and stiff joints because of their heavy bodyweight.
What’s more, in terms of side-effects, it does not aromatize into Estrogen as powerfully as steroids such as testosterone, so Estrogenic side-effects such as gyno, are less severe and less common.
However, and for many guys, this is big, however, Deca does cause one very common problem.
It can cause impotence as this is known in bodybuilding circles as ‘Deca dick’.
Women should also never use this steroid as the side-effects in this instance are far too powerful and frequent.
This is where things get confusing because dosages for Deca can vary hugely from person to person.
The steroid is commonly injected, and dosages vary hugely.
Some use it purely as a booster steroid – sort of like an add-on for their existing cycle.
In this instance, a 200mg injection once per week will be used.
If you are looking for fairly impressive increases in muscle mass, one 400 – 600 mg injection per week will be carried out.
If, however, you are really looking to get a bench, as much as 1500mg per week could be administered.
Dianabol is favored by many IFBB pro bodybuilders, including former Mr. O, the Austrian Oak himself.
Dianabol is an oral steroid that works very well during bulking cycles, as it promotes increases in muscle mass.
It also provides a significant increase in energy levels and muscular performance.
Making this great for people looking for more energy in the gym.
Or those who take part in sports and athletic events.
Not only does it help to promote nitrogen retention in the muscles.
But it also boosts protein synthesis rates, meaning that people take less time to recover after workouts.
This increase in recovery means more muscle, more energy, and less DOMS after training.
It also creates the perfect anabolic environment for muscle growth and performance, so your strength will also shoot up when using Dianabol.
One downside to Dianabol is the fact that it causes severe bloating and water retention.
So it should only be used very deeply in the off-season when you are simply looking to get as big as possible, without worrying about your condition on stage.
As it aromatizes into Estrogen, the development of breast tissue in men is also a risk.
Which is why PCT should always follow a Dianabol cycle.
This will help reduce the risk of gyno, exactly like the Anabol cycle.
No matter what, your nipples will feel sensitive on the cycle.
But with PCT, hopefully, that’s all they will experience.
Now, dosages of Dianabol per day are generally low.
Those new to the drug should only take one 10mg tablet per day.
They can either take it in one go, or split it in half and have 5mg in the day, and 5mg in the evening.
For bigger guys, as much as 25mg per day can be consumed.
For really big dudes, or dudes looking for some serious mass, as much as 50mg per day can be consumed.
Though these cycles must be very short and ideally should last between 10 and 14 days max.
You will notice some impressive increases in size.
Though you will look and feel very bloated.
So just bear that in mind if you go with the 50mg option.
Finally, we’re saving the big daddy for last.
When it comes down to the best steroids to take, Trenbolone is the best when it comes to pure size and strength.
Tren is one of the most powerful steroids in the world and many consider it to be one of the best for size, strength, and condition.
Out of the huge 250 – 290pound bodybuilders you see on stage at the Arnold Classic or the Olympia.
Although we can’t prove it, we’d bet our bottom dollar that each and every single one of those guys was using Tren in the run-up to those contests.
It is highly anabolic and helps build muscle while burning body fat, so it is great for bulking and when used early on in a cutting cycle.
Tren can, however, cause hormonal imbalances and can cause night sweats.
Tren Flu, which is where you develop Flu-like symptoms, plus it can damage the heart and liver.
Tren is injected for 10-week cycles, where users inject between 35mg per day and 150mg per day if you are already a big dude and are looking to get bigger.
Beginners start with 35mg, so you could start low and gradually work your way up each week.
Experts recommend a 20-week break between Tren cycles.
ALWAYS use PCT after.
Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.