Anabolic steroids, technically known as anabolic-androgen steroids or colloquially simply as “ anabolic steroids”, are drugs that mimic the effects of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone in the body. They increase protein synthesis within cells, which results in the buildup of cellular tissue (anabolism), especially in muscles. Anabolic steroids also have androgenic and virilizing properties, including the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics such as the growth of the vocal cords, testicles, and body hair (secondary sexual characteristics).
Anabolic steroids were first isolated, identified, and synthesized in the 1930s, and are now used therapeutically in medicine to stimulate bone growth and appetite, induce male puberty, and treat chronic wasting conditions, such as cancer and AIDS. The American College of Sports Medicine acknowledges that anabolic steroids, in the presence of adequate diet, can contribute to increases in body weight, often as lean mass increases, and that the gains in muscular strength achieved through high-intensity exercise and proper diet can be additionally increased by the use of anabolic steroids in some individuals.
Health risks can be produced by long-term use or excessive doses of anabolic steroids. These effects include harmful changes in cholesterol levels (increased low-density lipoprotein and decreased high-density lipoprotein), acne, high blood pressure, liver damage (mainly with oral anabolic steroids), dangerous changes in the structure of the left ventricle of the heart. Conditions pertaining to hormonal imbalances such as gynecomastia and testicular atrophy may also be caused by anabolic steroids.
Ergogenic uses for anabolic steroids in sports, racing, and bodybuilding are controversial because of their adverse effects and the potential to gain an advantage conventionally considered “cheating.” Their use is referred to as doping and banned by all major sporting bodies. For many years, anabolic steroids have been by far the most detected doping substances in IOC-accredited laboratories. In countries where anabolic steroids are controlled substances, there is often a black market in which smuggled, clandestinely manufactured, or even counterfeit drugs are sold to users.
1) Your off-cycle period should always be at least 6 weeks long
When you ask yourself how long should you be off steroids, there’s a simple rule of thumb that bodybuilders often use. It says that off-cycle period should be as same as the time being on anabolic steroids.However most users rather cheat sometimes and don’t stay off of the gear for the recommended time. Sometimes this is due goals forcing the users to return to anabolic steroids as soon as possible in order not to lose gains. When that’s the case, we recommend to stay off of the anabolic steroids for at least 6 weeks in order to give the pituitary-axis a chance to rest and to restore the cholesterol levels to more normal levels. During shorter rests between cycles some users take additional herbal supplements to detoxify the digestive system, for example the ESSIAC tea and Milk Thistle.
This combination can give amazing results within just 4-6 weeks. Additionally, usual anti-estrogens should be used. Clomid, Nolvadex and HCG therapy for 4 weeks is somehow a standard with steroid cycles.
Such 6 weeks therapy is done mainly to recover the natural body testosterone production and the cleansing is mostly in order to keep the liver, kidneys, spleen, etc healthy. With therapy like this one, there are many users who have had a good recovery even if still using 100-200mg of Primobolan/week (simultaneously with a recovery cycle like the on mentioned).
2) Injection sites should be rotated
Many anabolic steroid users most often find their favorite spot for injection and then use just that one for awhile. Once we’ve had a guy who had a huge skin area with scar tissue on his hip because of injecting over and over again to the same area. Injecting to the same spot can cause abscess and the excessive scar tissue which then makes it more hard to inject into that area again because of the oil dispersion.
Most oil based anabolic steroids can be drawn up in a 22 gauge needle and normally one inch of length is sufficient. With water based anabolic steroids such as Winstrol or Testosterone Suspension, the liquid can easily be injected with a 23-25 gauge needle. Winstrol which comes in multidose vials usually requires a 23 gauge.
A very important rule is also to not inject more than 2ml of a given liquid into the deltoids or other smaller muscles. For higher amounts than 2ml the glutes are more appropriate. Remember to inject at the rate of 1ml every 10 seconds and leave the syringe in for 10 seconds when finished. which will help the oil to disperse and will minimize the quantity of oil which “follows” the syringe out of the injection site when it is pulled out.
3) Do not talk around that you take anabolic steroids
Some guys in your gym may go around and talk loosely to everyone about their anabolic steroids usage. When you meet such “big mouth”, always tell him that you are off of everything and training naturally for a while. If you don’t do that, you can be almost sure that because he tells other people about his usage, he will most certantly tell them about your usage too.
Most popular destination for anabolic steroids suppliers is USA, however in recent times anabolic steroids usage is especially sensitive to illegal activity and it seems that the “ears” are out there and may be watching you, so make sure you know what you tell to whom.
4) Always remember your long-term goals
There may come times, when you will want to throw away your reasons of usage and just hit yourself with the high dose you can get. If such moment comes, remember that you have people around you who will need you for awhile, children for example, or your family. Or, you should realize that your health is very precious and fragile, and that although your body is an incredible and durable machine, it always has it’s limitations.
If you will be tempted to sacrifice everything for bodybuilding, you need to remind yourself that to really master something, you have to be in control of it rather than letting it to control you. If used with wisdom, your gear can greatly enhance your life and relationships and can serve as a springboard to other successes. Work hard to keep it that way and you will never have to suffer unmanageability as a result of lopsided values in this sport and from supplementation.
Continue to explore the world of bodybuilding and the juice as a way to life. If one of your long-term goals is to become a professional bodybuilder, then at least balance it out and keep in mind that someday you will still want to retire even if you do achieve a pro card.
5) Help the younger generation to train naturally first
The sport of bodybuilding will stay honorable only if the veteran users help the younger bodybuilders stay off of anabolic steroids until they are at least 25 years old or more.
If you will have young guys asking you if you know about anabolic steroids or if you could help them get some, you should always tell them “no” and feel somewhat sad that they feel the need at such a young age to use the gear. You should rather help them explore their natural genetics and use those first. Until someone is trully good at “instinct training” the whole world of anabolic steroids use and advanced bodybuilding which comes with it is a dangerous playground.
However, there is a large group of young people right now who don’t even want to train without a anabolic steroids cycle. These people are endangering their health and it is important that the law enforcement community sees the veterans collectively as an opposing agency to such foolishness and risk.
Anabolic steroid veterans are not just a bunch of “meat heads” with no compassion or concern for the youth. You should not be ashamed to do what is right when the time comes. We also recommend younger users to read literature and e-books available online, written by known anabolic steroid veterans. The image and sport of bodybuilding depends largely on what the seasoned veterans do with the knowledge that they have.
6) Do not skip visits to your doctor
We can spend hundreds and thousands dollars on cycles in order to look and feel great, but sometimes forget to maintain our inner health and spend some necessary money for health insurance and the required exams, especially the blood tests. It seems that many bodybuilders are just not serious in this department and leave much to chance or leave it to be discovered later when something is already becoming a serious illness.
You should use the old adage which says that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
7) Do not forget the three components of fitness
You will get the most of your anabolic steroids usage when you are balanced in the three standard components of fitness: Cardio-vascular health, muscle strength with endurance, and flexibility. Derious cardio and plenty of stretching will greatly aid you in the overall health when on steroids.
With the increased cardio, your cholesterol levels will be more manageable, and the flexibility of frequent stretching will greatly aid with circulation as well as help to prevent injury. Even when your cholesterol levels are temporarily high after doing a cycle, they are very quickly brought back to normal with right nutrition and aggressive cardio workouts. Also, you should look for lean, more expensive cuts of meat and fish at all times.
With regard to flexibility, we recommend our customers to stretch at least three times each week for 20 minutes each time. It is also important to hold your each stretch for at least 20 seconds at a time because durations less than that are only good to make the muscle contract and tighten up, thus being counterproductive to flexiblity and injury prevention. But when you hold a stretch steadily for 20 seconds or more, you will feel a slow release and stretching of the muscle begin to happen. This is correct stretching at its best and is always what you should aim for.
8) Do not become lazy or disorganized
When we seek an answer to question of getting big, looking good and feeling great, then anabolic steroids are only part of the answer.
Some guys have had incredible cycles of expensive gear but they were just not getting that look that you would expect. If we explore such cases, we would find out that they were not eating enough of the right calories or the right amount of calories. Or they were not sleeping enough. Or they were not drinking enough water (most of your muscle volume is made of water). Or they were just not training hard enough.
Such people want to make the anabolic steroids do all the work for them. Many had done little or no research at all about training with anabolic steroids (again, we recommend reading some e-books). This is lazy training and will rob you of potential gains.