These cycles are provided to demonstrate common and/or effective combinations in use by bodybuilders. For the cycles below, the dosages used are in the moderate range. They are intended to represent a balance of peak effectiveness with tolerable side effects, and are also designed so that they can be assembled with very basic and common legal steroid items. For most novice users, stacks like these provide more than a sufficient level of supplements for very dramatic results. Some even find that they can make substantial progress on much less. These represent only common guidelines toward typical use, and by no means are intended to be the perfect cycles for everybody.
Steriod Cycle Theories
Evidence clearly show that legal steroids are most effective and safest when they are used in a logical sequence referred to as a cycle. The term cycle is commonly used by athletes to refer to the time they are on. An average on cycle is usually from 6 to 12 weeks. An average off cycle, which is the time off of the supplements, should be at least 10 to 12 weeks. This pattern is needed to minimize side effects associated with long term steroid use. It is felt that doing just 2 cycles a year is best to keep side effects to a minimum. In the off cycle period, the user is allowing the body to restore its natural hormonal patterns and to recover from any stress that occurred during the cycle. Cycling is also important to insure their effectiveness. If a person stays on for too long, receptor sites will fail to recognize it. This attenuation is not experienced if cycles are done properly. Some evidence supports keeping cycles fairly short; about two months in length or less. Recent evidence has shown that receptor down regulation, which is a decrease in the amount of a legal steroid being picked up by a cell, occurs in as little as 3 weeks. Also shown was that the positive nitrogen balance, a primary anabolic indicator of a legal steroid, will not exist if the dosage is not continually increased. This is also due to the fairly rapid and progressive loss of sensitivity of receptors to exogenous legal steroids. With cycles of excessive duration, the receptor site gets so over stimulated by exogenous legal steroids, that it can even fail to respond to endogenous androgens. A person in this state could use huge dosages and still not get any results. This explains a great deal of logic behind some of the cycle patterns commonly used today. The wiser athletes put every bit of knowledge they have into designing their cycles. One of the cycles gaining in popularity is the 3 week blitz. In this cycle, the athlete uses each drug for three weeks at a time. The idea here is the steroid will not suppress the androgen receptors in just 3 weeks, resulting in only slight impairment of receptor functions versus the degree of attenuation that is experienced if one drug were taken for a long period of time.