The following review was written by BB1729 from r/steroids. The original post can be found here.
For a bit of background info, I started my first cycle when I was 19 years old and had been lifting for about 8-9 months. I blasted and cruised for 2 years before attempting to PCT and just got my blood work back. During my first year, I could be considered the poster boy for irresponsible steroid use. I never got bloods, I didn’t cruise for nearly enough time, my diet was horrible, I didn’t do cardio, and I used way higher doses than I needed, especially since I was completely DYEL when I began. My second year was much more responsible. I do daily cardio, my diet is extremely clean, and I significantly lowered the doses.
Edit: I’m not interested in talking about how I looked like shit when I started, I hopped on too early, etc. I’m well aware. I’m posting this mainly to give an example of a successful PCT after a long B&C because there are so few out there.
Note: I cruised on anywhere from 50 mg test/wk to 200 mg test/wk throughout this time.
Blast 1: My first blast was the basic beginner cycle. However, it was under dosed. I would be shocked if I was above cruise levels during that time. I ate at 500 calorie surplus and didn’t notice any faster muscle growth than when I was natural.
|Testosterone Enanthate||500 mg/wk|
Blast 2: I regret this blast the most because the doses were significantly too high for what I needed, especially since this was during the time where I ate like shit. I ate at a +1500 to +2000 calorie surplus (inspired by the dirty bulk story – and what do you know, it’s not true). As you’d guess, I got fat as fuck and went from ~172 at 6’2″ to ~235 lbs. I did get some solid gains.
|Week 1-4||Week 5-22|
|Testosterone Enanthate||650 mg/wk||650 mg/wk|
|Nandrolone Decanoate||650 mg/wk||650 mg/wk|
Blast 3: Once again, the doses higher than I needed, but they weren’t as bad as blast 2. This blast was very short because I bailed after mimicking my +1500 calorie surplus of the last blast and realizing I was going to get fat as shit again. I decided to cut down on a cruise. This is when I began being a “responsible steroid user.” I started to get bloods, do cardio, actually cruise for more than two weeks, and lowered the doses.
|Week 1-4||Week 1-8|
|Testosterone Propionate||500 mg/wk||500 mg/wk|
|Nandrolone Phenyl Propionate||500 mg/wk||500 mg/wk|
Blast 4: This was my final most successful (due to nearly perfect diet and sleep habits) and responsible blast. If I ever use steroids again, I would mimic this. The 4 weeks of Tren A in there is because I bought a single vial to try it out. This is the blast where I could confidently say I new what I was doing in all aspects of gear, training, sleeping, and diet. This is the knowledge I should have had before beginning use.
|Week 1-4||Week 4-12||Week 12-15||Week 16-22|
|Testosterone Enanthate||350 mg/wk||350 mg/wk||350 mg/wk||350 mg/wk|
|Trenbolone Acetate||0||0||350 mg/wk||0|
Here is my training split I am currently on and that I used during PCT. During blasts, I did the same exercises, but instead of 8-12 sets per muscle I would do about 20. I’ve done the nearly the same exercises during this two year period, but I used to run PPL, now I do Chest/Back Arms/Shoulders Legs/Abs. It’s the same stuff, the days are just switched around. I take Sunday off. I try to do 30 minutes of cardio per day, but I probably average about 20.
- Barbell Bench 5×5
- Incline barbell bench 5×5
- Cable flies 5×15
- Deadlift 4×5 OR Barbell row 5×12
- Row machine 5×12
- Lat pull down 3×12
- Rear delts 4×25
- Dumbbell shoulder press 5×12
- Dumbbell lateral raises 5×30
- Cable Lateral raises 5×25
- Hammer curls 4×12
- Skull crushers 4×12
- Cable curls 6×12
- Tricep push downs 6×12
- One bicep dropset, one tricep dropset
- Leg press 5×12 (I don’t like squatting)
- Leg extension 5×12
- Leg curls 5×12
- Calves (sometimes) 4×30
- Hanging leg raises 5×15
- Cable crunches 5×16
I’ve been maintaining at 3200-3300 calories per day for the last few months. My diet is the same regardless of bulk/cut/maintain, I just change the amounts.
- Meal 1: 3 cups oats + fruit + 2 cups milk OR 2 cups oats + 5 tbsp natural peanut butter + 1 cup milk
- Meal 2: Protein bar and 3 servings of peanuts or cashews
- Meal 3: Chicken + mixed vegetables + rice/sweet potato/potato/quinoa/couscous
- Meal 4: Chicken + mixed vegetables + rice/sweet potato/potato/quinoa/couscous
- Meal 5: Shake with 1 cup milk, 1 tbsp flax seed oil, banana, protein powder, and strawberries
If I need more calories, I’ll either eat some cheese/nuts or drink some milk.
Macros are about 210 grams of protein, 90-120 grams of fat, the rest are carbs. I try to hit 1 gram of protein/lb and then have 20-35% of my calories come from fat.
The Nolvadex, Clomid, and HCG were pharmacy grade.
|Week 1-6||Week 7||Week 8-15|
|Testosterone Enanthate||50 mg/wk||0||0|
|HCG||500 iu eod||500 iu eod||0|