This question is asked all the athletes who decide to start taking anabolic steroids. How best to conduct the first course? Unambiguous recommendations can not be given, since for each person the choice should be different.
To begin with, you should definitely make sure that the use of AAS (androgen-anabolic steroids) makes sense to you.
1. That is, your growth potential without steroids should be completely or almost completely exhausted. In this case, steroids will give much better returns. Getting closer to the genetic limit in less than three years of correct, productive training is not possible.
2. Also, do not take hormones until the moment when the hormonal profile (levels of the main hormones) becomes stable. This happens after the end of puberty, and not before 19-21 years. This is necessary in order for the endocrine (hormonal) system to quickly and confidently return to its original state after discontinuation.
Before you begin the first course of steroids, you need to carry out the preparatory work.
To do this, you must pass tests for prolactin, estrogen, dihydrotestosterone, progesterone and testosterone, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormones.
These tests are your hormonal profile. And it is necessary that the body can come to this initial state if you decide to permanently or permanently stop taking steroids.
Also, based on these analyzes, you can predict in advance how steroids will act on you, and what side effects are more likely.
Prolactin and progesterone
The higher the prolactin and / or progesterone, the more severe the side effects associated with progestogenic activity will be. These side effects consist in a greater set of water, fat and muscles, decreased libido, increased irritability, and strong suppression of the production of endogenous (own) testosterone. Only three drugs have progestogenic activity: nandrolone, trenbolone, oxymetalone.
Elevated estrogen suggests a stronger aromatization. Aromatization is the process of transforming androgens into estrogens through the action of the aromatase enzyme secreted by the liver. Thus, if you have strong aromatization, the side effects of testosterone and methandienone will be stronger.
The activity of estrogen caused by such side effects as the accumulation of water and fat. With high concentration and long duration of exposure, there is a risk of breast growth of the female type (gynecomastia). However, flavoring is not always evil. Water recruitment is beneficial for joints and ligaments, small amounts of estrogen increase libido. Also, estrogen helps to build more muscles and store glycogen, increases the sensitivity of cells to androgens, is useful for the liver and skin.
The higher the dihydrotestosterone, the more significant the androgen-related side effects will be. This is primarily an increase in skin greasiness and, as a result, acne.
It is also a decrease in timbre of the voice, increased growth of hair on the body, an increase in the size of the penis or clitoris, male pattern baldness (from the forehead to the back of the head). Androgenic activity of steroids helps the body to recover faster after exercise, improves the functioning of the nervous system.
All AAS, without exception, have an androgen-related side effect, since it is impossible to separate anabolic and androgenic activity.
Before starting the first course, you need to choose a competent training program for yourself, organize the best diet and rest for yourself. It is also desirable to take a break from training 5-7 days. Or simply reduce the load so as to fully recover from the load that you had before the course. Since the first course, by definition, should not be strong, then you should not add much to the number of approaches and exercises in the training program.
All this is necessary to create conditions for the body when it can grow without steroids. Then even the minimum dosage of the lightest drugs will give a good return.