There is no denying that steroids have a marked and inimitable effect on muscle growth. However, the key to successful and most importantly safe steroid use is understanding the supplements you are using and the proper techniques to get the most out of them.
There are several types of steroids on the market. In general terms the most common steroid is going to be the anabolic variety and that is what we will focus on here. Technically referred to as Anabolic Androgenic Steroids these are the compounds that produce masculine features. Testosterone occurs naturally in the human body and promotes tissue growth when combined with a high intensity workout regimen.
In order to get the most out of an anabolic steroid it must be combined with a steady and structured workout routine, a balanced diet and regular rest intervals. Muscles gain mass during rest periods. It is important to work each major muscle group intensely, once per week and allow adequate time for regrowth. Overstressing a muscle can cause long term damage that will counteract efforts and could lead to long recovery periods.
For beginners moderation is key to success. Your first steroid should be pure Testosterone. Steroids are used in what is referred to as cycles. A cycle is the period of time in which a steroid is used. For beginners your first several cycles should last about 12 weeks and should have an equal recovery period without use before starting again.
Stacking involves incorporating other steroids into your routine to maximize efforts and to counteract side effects. It is important to understand which steroids you’re using and what supplements to use in order to counteract the side effects. As you progress you will be able to properly plan more complex cycles and stacks.
Some popular stacks include
The Three Week Blitz: Take each steroid for three weeks. The first steroid is taken alone for two weeks, start the next compound in the cycle during the third week. Continue this cycle, followed by two weeks of rest.
The Diamond: Start off with small doses that gradually increase with the largest doses being in the middle. Towards the end of the cycle doses gradually decrease.
The Inverted Pyramid: Start with a large dose and gradually decrease the amount of intake. This method is very dangerous for beginners.
It cannot be overstated that your diet and workout will determine your level of success with steroids as much as if not more so than what supplement you are using. Eating regularly (5 or 6 times a day) will reduce your insulin levels and keep your weight gain regulated. Each meal should consist of a balance of proper nutrition. Protein provides the resources for muscle growth and carbs provide the energy necessary to make the conversion as well as keeping you pumped during your workout.
Workout is the last key to success. In order to kick your body out of stasis, a high intensity workout is necessary to get the desired results. Heavy weights at low reps are the preferred the method. It should take no more than 8 – 10 reps to reach muscle failure.Workouts should target each major muscle group one time, once a week. You should incorporate rest days to give your muscles time to recover. Every other day is a good schedule to allow for proper recovery.