Introduction

With all the bullshit information on the internet I have found it necessary to write this document as a starting place for ‘newbies’ to learn from. Every time I visit a new discussion board on the internet I see the newbie making the fatal mistake of asking a question and they get flamed into the depths of hell to never be seen again. That is the sad truth unfortunately, forums are the best place for research but the moment somebody asks a ‘newbie question’ they get torn apart. Steroid information websites can be a good source of information but there is often an ulterior motive to try and sell you something, which is usually shite.

Like I said the best place for steroid research has always been message boards, they give users the ability to ask each other questions and learn from each other. They are not always the best place for the complete beginner as it is almost a scary experience posting your first question wondering what the answer is going to be. More often or not some jumped up member that thinks s/he is an expert because of their high post count will tell you to go and search for your answer or go and do some research. Such replies are not helpful and make you wonder if you can actually rely on the information given.

Most boards have ‘moderators’ who’s sole job it is to moderate posts to make sure they are not breaking the forum rules. However most message boards moderators think that they are experts in the field and get off on some power trip editing posts for no reason and giving crap advice to newbies like your self. Is this ‘moderator’ a steroid expert or is it some 17 year old geek who has never even seen a steroid in person let alone used one. This may sound harsh and is not try for some boards but you have been warned.

That’s why I have produced this information pack. I have collected information from my own personal experiences and from research that I have done and have tried to simplify things for you. This book is not promising to be the only resource book that you will need, we are simply offering an easy to understand starting point for newbies. I once to was in the same position as you, sitting at your keyboard knowing that you need to take the next step but not knowing where to start.

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In this document you will learn (hopefully) What is a steroid and how they work The different types of steroids The most popular steroids and there profiles How to take steroids and when to take them What to do after a steroid cycle is complete What the potential side effects are and how to combat them This document is not intended to replace the opinions of a medical professional or is advice written in stone its simply a collection of research for entertainment purposes only. We do not condone the use of anabolic steroids, or any other illegal substance, or legal substance used in an illegal manner.

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What is an anabolic steroid The first port of call is for us to talk about what an anabolic steroid is and how they work in the body. Ok so you have probably heard about anabolic steroids in the media etc and all about how bad they are etc.. or someone claiming that it turns athletes superhuman. These sorts of claims are by people who do not know much about the topic, let alone what an anabolic steroid is. Its not just professional athletes that use steroids in fact they are the minority, around 75% of steroid users are not competing athletes, it used to be that steroids were only used by athletes and professional bodybuilders however now ere days the average joe wanting bigger arms to impress the ladies are using them. Its these sorts of idiots that do not know what they are doing and give the usage of steroids a bad name.

So what is a steroid? Here is a brief definition:

What are anabolic steroids? Anabolic steroids -- or more precisely, anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) -are the synthetic derivatives of the naturally occurring male anabolic hormone testosterone. Both anabolic and androgenic have origins from the Greek: anabolic, meaning "to build," and androgenic, meaning "masculinizing." Testosterone's natural androgenic effects trigger the maturing of the male reproductive system in puberty, including the growth of body hair and the deepening of the voice. The hormone's anabolic effect helps the body retain dietary protein, which aids in the development of muscles.
After searching the internet I have also come across the following dictionary definitions of the word ‘anabolic steroid’.

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anabolic steroid –noun a synthetic derivative of testosterone, sometimes used by athletes to help increase weight and strength. Dictionary.com anabolic steroid n. A group of synthetic hormones that promote the storage of protein and the growth of tissue, sometimes used by athletes to increase muscle size and strength. American hertitage dictionary anabolic steroid n. A group of synthetic hormones that promote the storage of protein and the growth of tissue.

Stedmans medical dictionary
So you now have an idea of what an anabolic steroid actually is? But remember not all steroids are actually anabolic. I have included the definition of steroid as well for you.

Steroid Any of numerous naturally occurring or synthetic fat-soluble organic compounds having as a basis 17 carbon atoms arranged in four rings and including the sterols and bile acids, adrenocortical and sex hormones, certain natural drugs such as digitalis compounds, and the precursors of certain vitamins. Also called steroid hormone.

History ‘Performance enhancing substances have been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine by societies around the world, with the aim of promoting vitality and strength. In particular, the use of steroid hormones pre-dates their identification and isolation: medical use of testicle extract began in the late 19th century, and its effects on strength were also studied then. In 1889, the 72-year-old British neurologist Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard injected himself with an extract of dog and guinea pig testicles, and reported at a scientific meeting that these injections had led to a variety of beneficial effects. The development of modern pharmaceutical anabolic steroids can be traced back to 1931 when Adolf Butenandt, a chemist in Marburg, obtained 15 milligrams of the male hormone androstenone from tens of thousands of liters of urine. This hormone was synthesized in 1934 by Leopold Ruzicka, a chemist in Zurich. It was already known that the testes contained a more The Newbies Handbook 4 Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum

powerful androgen than androstenone, and three groups of scientists, funded by competing pharmaceutical companies in The Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland, raced to isolate it. This testicular hormone was first identified by Karoly Gyula David, E. Dingemanse, J. Freud and Ernst Laqueur in a May 1935 paper "On Crystalline Male Hormone from Testicles (Testosterone). They named the hormone testosterone, from the stems of testicle and sterol, and the suffix of ketone. The chemical synthesis of testosterone was achieved in August that year, when Butenandt and G. Hanisch published a paper describing "A Method for Preparing Testosterone from Cholesterol. Only a week later, the third group, Ruzicka and A. Wettstein, announced a patent application in a paper "On the Artificial Preparation of the Testicular Hormone Testosterone (Androsten-3one-17-ol). Ruzicka and Butenandt were offered the 1939 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their work, but the Nazi government forced Butenandt to decline the honor. Clinical trials on humans, involving either oral doses of methyl testosterone or injections of testosterone propionate, began as early as 1937. Testosterone propionate is mentioned in a letter to the editor of Strength and Health magazine in 1938; this is the earliest known reference to an anabolic steroid in a U.S. weightlifting or bodybuilding magazine. During the Second World War, German scientists synthesized other anabolic steroids, and experimented on concentration camp inmates and prisoners of war in an attempt to treat chronic wasting. They also experimented on German soldiers, hoping to increase their aggression. Adolf Hitler himself, according to his physician, was injected with testosterone derivatives to treat various ailments. The development of muscle-building properties of testosterone was pursued in the 1940s, in the Soviet Union and in Eastern Bloc countries such as East Germany, where steroid programs were used to enhance the performance of Olympic and amateur weight lifters. In response to the success of Russian weightlifters, the U.S. Olypmic Team physician worked with synthetic chemists to develop an anabolic steroid for American weightlifters, resulting in the production of methandrostenolone (Dianabol). Dianabol was approved for use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration in 1958. From the 1950s until the 1980s, there were doubts that anabolic steroids produced anything more than a placebo effect. In a 1972 study, participants were informed they would receive injections of anabolic steroids on a daily basis, but instead had actually been given a placebo. They reportedly could not tell the difference, and the perceived performance enhancement was similar to that of subjects taking the real anabolic compounds. According to Geraline Lin, a researcher for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, these results remained unchallenged for 18 years, even though the study used inconsistent controls and insignificant doses. In a 2001 study, the effects of high doses of anabolic steroids were examined, by injecting variable doses (up to 600 mg/week) of testosterone enanthate into muscle tissue for 20 The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 5

weeks. The results showed a clear increase in muscle mass and decrease in fat mass associated with the testosterone doses. ‘ Taken from wikpedia free encyclopaedia Are you bored yet? Its not time to move on just yet, we know have to discover what are the different types of steroids and how they work.

The effects on the body As the word Anabolic and Androgenic Steroids (AAS) suggests, you can expect effects from both in many cases. Some of these are outlined below: Anabolic Increased protein synthesis from amino acids Increased production of red blood cells from bone marrow stimulation Increase in appetite Androgenic Oil gland stimulation, can cause acne Increase in androgen sensitive hair ie pubic, chest etc.. Increased libido (sex drive)

Above are just a few of the effects. Through a combination of these effects, anabolic steroids stimulate the formation of muscles and hence cause an increase in the size of muscle fibers, leading to increased muscle mass and strength. This increase in muscle mass is mostly due to larger skeletal muscles, and is caused by both increased production of muscle proteins as well as a decline in the breakdown rate of these proteins. A high testosterone dose also decreases the amount of fat in muscle, while increasing protein content. Steroids also decrease overall fat. The effect of AAS on muscle mass comes from two main things. The first is the direct increase in protein production (muscle is made from proteins). And the second being the reduction of recovery time between workouts and sets due to the blocking of the stress hormone cortisol on muscle tissue. Anabolic steroids also affect the number of cells that develop into fat-storage cells, by favouring cellular differentiation into muscle cells instead. ‘The main way in which steroid hormones interact with cells is by binding to proteins called steroid receptors. When steroids bind to these receptors, the proteins move into the cell nucleus and either alter the expression of genes or activate processes that send signals to other parts of the cell. In the case of anabolic steroids, the receptors involved are called the androgen receptors. The mechanisms of action differ depending on the specific anabolic steroid. Different types of anabolic steroids bind to the androgen receptor with different affinities, depending on their chemical The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 6

structure. Anabolic steroids such as methandrostenolone bind weakly to this receptor and instead directly affect protein synthesis or glycogenolysis. On the other hand, steroids such as oxandrolone bind tightly to the receptor and act mostly on gene expression.’ Wikpedia online.

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The different types of AAS

AAS can roughly be classed into two types, or forms of admission. The first is in tablet form which is taken orally and often referred to as ‘orals’ and the second is via intramuscular injection, by injecting the steroid deep into the muscle tissue.

Oral Steroids Oral steroids involve modification of the parent steroid to make it harder for the liver to degrade the steroid molecules. This modification is almost always the addition of an alkyl (methyl) group at the 17 position of the steroid ring. The liver can still degrade the steroid, but not as effectively as the unmodified steroid. Therefore, oral steroids make several cycles through the bloodstream before being excreted. Most oral steroids are, to various degrees, excreted from the body unchanged. Because of this alkyl group prolonged use and high doses can be toxic on the liver.

Injectable Steroids The injectable AAS are very effectively degraded in just a single pass through the liver. If this is so, then how can the injectables be effective? The answer is called a "depot" (or reservoir), which allows a regular release of steroid into the bloodstream. As steroid is removed from the bloodstream by the liver, more steroid is being released into the bloodstream from the depot.

Once the steroid has been released from the depot (or the oral steroid has been absorbed from the intestine), it is transported throughout the body in the bloodstream. Carrier proteins (Albumin and Sex Hormone binding Globulin) bind about 98% of testosterone under natural conditions. Thus, only 2% of the hormone is free to carry out its actions. When exogenous steroid is present, the level of free steroid is much higher than 2%. Bear in mind that the hormone is not permanently bound to the some of the proteins, but is constantly binding and un-binding from the protein. At any given time, about 2% of the hormone is un-bound in the natural state. So, if the 2% unbound The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 8

hormone were to magically disappear, then the proteins would release more hormone such that 2% (of the remaining total) would come unbound. The bloodstream is the mechanism by which the hormones reach their target tissues (muscle).

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Oral Steroids Ok we are now going to look at some of the most popular oral steroids in a little more detail. Oral steroids are often used at the front of a steroid cycle because the effects often come sooner usually within the first week or two, due to the toxicity of oral steroids they are not often used for very long or on their own. We will cover more about stacking later.

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Dianabol – Methandrostenolone

C20H28O 2

Common names : Anabol, Dbol, Reforvit B, Methanabol, bol, Naposims, Naps
Dianabol is an anabolic steroid originally developed by John Ziegler and released in the US in 1958 by Ciba. It was used as an aid to muscle growth by bodybuilders until its ban by the FDA under the Controlled Substances Act. Despite this, methandrostenolone continues to be produced in countries such as Mexico under the trade name Reforvit-b, and is being manufactured in Russia, as well as Thailand, and subsequently is still seen on the United States black market. Production in most of Western Europe and the United States has ceased. Several successful athletes and professional bodybuilders have come forward and admitted long-term methandrostenolone use before the drug was banned, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva. Despite its illegality many athletes continue to use the drug for the muscle mass gains it can cause. Methandrostenolone does not react strongly with the androgen receptor, instead relying on activity not mediated by the receptor for its effects. These include dramatic increases in protein synthesis, glycogenolysis, and muscle strength over a short space of time. However, due to its mode of action, it decreases the rate of cell respiration and decreases production of red blood cells. In high doses (30 mg or more per day), side effects such as gynaecomastia, high blood pressure, acne and male pattern baldness may begin to occur. The drug causes severe masculinising effects in women even at low doses. In addition, it is metabolized into estradiol by aromatase. This means that without the administration of aromatase inhibitors such as Anastrozole or Aminoglutethimide, estrogenic effects will appear over time in men. Many users will combat the estrogenic side effects with Nolvadex or Clomid. In addition, as with other 17α -alkylated steroids, the use of methandrostenolone over extended periods of time can result in liver damage without appropriate care. The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 11

In the early 1960s, doctors commonly prescribed a tablet per day for women as a tonic. This use was quickly discontinued upon discovery of the heavily masculinising effects of methandrostenolone. However, despite the lack of any known therapeutic applications, the drug remained legal until the early 1990s. The ban by the FDA was not completely successful in eliminating its use by bodybuilders, and methandrostenolone continues to be used illegally to this day, typically being stacked (combined) with drugs that react strongly with the androgen receptor, such as Oxandrolone, in order to increase the overall effectiveness of steroid use. The 17α -methylation of the steroid does allow it to pass through the liver without being broken down (hence causing the aforementioned damage to the liver) allowing it to be taken orally. It also has the effect of decreasing the steroid's affinity for sex hormone binding globulin, a protein that de-activates steroid molecules and prevents them from further reactions with the body. As a result, methandrostenolone is significantly more active than an equivalent quantity of testosterone, resulting in rapid growth of muscle tissue. However, the concomitant elevation in estrogen levels - a result of the aromatization of methandrostenolone - results in significant water retention. This gives the appearance of great gains in mass and strength, which prove to be temporary once the steroid is discontinued and water weight drops. Because of this, it is often used by bodybuilders only at the start of a "steroid cycle", to facilitate rapid strength increases and the appearance of great size, while compounds such as testosterone or nandrolone with long acting esters build up in the body to an appreciable amount capable of supporting anabolic function on their own.

‘A weight gain of 2 - 4 pounds per week in the first six weeks is normal with Dianabol. The additional body weight consists of a true increase in tissue (hyper-trophy of muscle fibers) and, in particular, in a noticeable retention of fluids.’

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References

Death due to Liver Failure Following the Use of Methandrostenolone Edmund M. Wilder, Can Med Assoc J. 1962 October 6; 87(14): 768– 769. Some Experiences with a New Anabolic Steroid (Methandrostenolone) George L. Foss, Br Med J. 1960 April 30; 1(5182): 1300–1305.

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The Effect of Methandrostenolone on Nitrogen Excretion Following Open-Heart Surgery Walter Zingg, Can Med Assoc J, Oct.9, 1965, vol 93  Wikpedia encyclopaedia

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Anavar – Oxandrolone

C19H30O 3 Common name:

Var

Oxandrolone (Oxandrin) is an anabolic steroid created by Searle Laboratories under the trademark Anavar, and introduced into the US in 1964. It is taken orally, and unlike other steroids delivered in this manner, most of which are Class II steroids, the majority of its effects are due to reaction with the androgen receptor. In sufficient dosage, Oxandrolone is highly likely to bind well with the receptor, and is therefore a Class I steroid, while having few other side-effects. As opposed to most other anabolic steroids Oxandrolone has two major advantages: First of all it does not aromatize (convert to estrogen which causes gynecomastia - breast tissue) and it does not significantly influence on low dosages (10mg) body's normal testosterone production (HPTA axis). When dosages are high (this goes for any anabolic steroid) then your body feels that it has enough testosterone and it reduces the production of LH (luteinizing hormone) which no longer stimulates Leydig cells in testicles to produce testosterone therefore causing testicular atrophy (shrinking). Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) is of course needed for high dosages (40-50mg) of this synthetic derivative of testosterone because as the dosage increases the influence on HPTA is bigger. Lack of PCT will of course lead to protein catabolism until body's normal testosterone secretion is back to normal. The drug was prescribed for a number of medical disorders causing involuntary weight loss, in order to promote muscle regrowth. It had also been shown to be partially successful in treating cases of osteoporosis. However, in part due to bad publicity from its abuses by bodybuilders, Oxandrolone was discontinued by Searle Laboratories in 1989. It was picked up by Bio-Technology General Corporation, now Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. who, following successful clinical trials in 1995, released it under the tradename Oxandrin. It was approved for orphan drug status by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in treating alcoholic hepatitis, Turner's syndrome, and weight loss caused by HIV. In addition, the drug has shown positive results in treating anaemia and hereditary angioedema. In a randomized, double-blind study, patients with 40% total body surface area burns were selected to receive The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 14

standard burn care plus Oxandrolone, or without Oxandrolone. Those treated with Oxandrolone showed improve body composition, preserved muscle mass and reduced hospital stay time. Other studies however have shown links between prolonged use of the drug and problems of liver toxicity similar to those found with other 17α -alkylated steroids. Even in small dosages, many users reported gastro-intestinal problems such as bloating, nausea, skin rash and itching (hives), black, tarry stools or light-colored stools, depression, unusual bleeding, unusual swelling, yellowing of the eyes or skin, and diarrhoea. In rare cases, serious and even fatal cases of liver problems have developed during treatment with oxandrolone. Oxandrolone may increase the amount of low density lipoprotein (LDL; 'bad cholesterol') and decrease the amount of high density lipoprotein (HDL; 'good cholesterol') in the blood. This may increase the risk of developing heart disease. Oxandrolone may damage the liver or increase LDL without causing symptoms. It is important to have regular laboratory tests to be sure that the liver is working properly and that LDL has not increased. Oxandrolone may also decrease fertility in men. Before the Controlled Substances Act was passed to restrict the production, sale, and usage of anabolic steroids, Oxandrolone's characteristics lent itself well towards use by female athletes. Its specificity targeting the androgen receptor meant that, unlike many other steroids, it had not been reported to cause stunted growth in younger users (because it doesn't convert to estrogen, thats the reason women typically don't grow as tall as men -- they have more estrogen) and at typical dosage rarely caused noticeable masculinising effects outside of stimulating muscle growth. It is not easily metabolised into DHT or estrogen. As such, a typical dose of 20-30 mg provided elevated androgen levels for up to eight hours. To increase effectiveness, bodybuilders typically "stacked" the drug with others such as Testosterone, further enhancing body mass gain. Despite health risks (liver and coronary), Oxandrolone is often used without the supervision of a physician as a performance enhancing drug. Since Searle stopped production, biggest sellers are La Pharma Italy and British Dragon Thailand. It is considered by the medical community the safest of all steroids in terms of side effects. Bodybuilders and power lifters, in particular, like Oxandrolone for three reasons. First, Oxandrolone causes a strong strength gain by stimulating the phosphocreatine synthesis in the muscle cell without depositing liquid (water) in the joints and the muscles. Power lifters and weightlifters who do not want to end up in a higher weight class take advantage of this since it allows them to get stronger without gaining body weight at the same time. Although Oxandrolone itself does not cause a noticeable muscle growth it can clearly improve the muscle-developing effect of many steroids. DecaDurabolin, Dianabol, and the various testosterone compounds, in particular, combine well with Oxandrolone to achieve a "mass buildup" because the The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 15

strength gain caused by the intake of these highly tissue-developing and liquidretaining substances results in an additional muscle mass. A stack of 200 mg Deca-Durabolin/week, 500 mg Testosterone enanthate (e.g. Testoviron Depot 250)/week, and 25 mg Oxandrolone/day leads to a good gain in strength and mass in most athletes.

References (2006). "The Effects of Oxandrolone and Exercise on Muscle Mass and Function in Children With Severe Burns". Pediatrics 119  (2003). "Oxandrolone induced lean mass gain during recovery from severe burns is maintained after discontinuation of the anabolic steroid". Burns 8
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Anadrol - Oxymetholone

C21H32O 3 Common names:

Adrol, drol, a bombs, anapolan, A50, Anadrol50

Oxymetholone (Anadrol), is a synthetic anabolic steroid developed by Syntex in 1960. Its primary clinical applications include treatment of osteoporosis and anaemia, as well as stimulating muscle growth in undernourished or underdeveloped patients. The drug was approved for human use by the FDA. However, later non-steroidal drugs such as Epogen were developed and proven to be more effective as a treatment for anaemia and osteoporosis without the side-effects of oxymetholone. The drug remained available despite this, and eventually found a new use in treating HIV wasting syndrome. While classified as a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act, it remains available via prescription as Anadrol®-50. Anadrol®-50 is a registered trademark of Alaven™ Pharmaceutical. Presented most commonly as a 50 mg tablet, Oxymetholone is the strongest androgenic steroid available. Similarly, it also poses the greatest risk of side effects of any steroid. Despite very low binding affinity with the androgen receptor, oxymetholone is highly effective in promoting extensive gains in body mass, mostly by greatly improving protein synthesis. For this reason, it is often used illegally by bodybuilders and athletes. Many athletes also use Oxymetholone as a method of protection for the joints under heavy loads. Due to the high water retention users experience from this drug, it similarly lubricates the joints and helps protect them from injury. Oxymetholone is widely considered by bodybuilders to have the strongest anabolic effect out of any oral steroid available; weight increases of 20 pounds in 2 weeks are not unheard of with this drug. The side-effects of short-term use of the drug itself include nausea, bloating, acne, and masculinising effects such as deepening of the voice, growth of facial hair and clitoral hypertrophy . In addition, oxymetholone is readily aromatized by aromatase to form a progestagen, and unless selective estrogen receptor modulators such as tamoxifen or clomifene are taken in conjunction with the drug, there is a significant risk of the appearance of estrogenic effects such as gynaecomastia over time. Because of its 17α alkylated structure, oxymetholone is highly hepatotoxic. Long term use of the drug can cause a variety of serious ailments, including hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. It's dangerous to take oxymetholone in high dosages for The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 17

periods of time exceeding four weeks, and is commonly used by bodybuilders during the start of a steroid cycle to help gain mass and increase serum levels of androgens quickly Doses of 1 tablet a day is the norm, some body builders may push this to two but will no doubt suffer more effects. Anadrol is not often used for more then 5 weeks at a time and is not recommended for beginners. The biggest attractive of this steroid is the initial weight and strength gain however most of which will be lost post cycle.

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Winstrol – Stanozolol

C21H32N2O Common names: Winny, Winni v, Stan, Strol, Stromba Much of what has been said about the injectable Winstrol is more or less also valid for the oral Winstrol. However, in addition to the various forms of administration there are some other differences so that a separate description-as with Primobolan-seems to make sense. For a majority of its users Winstrol tablets are noticeably less effective than the injections. We are, however, unable to give you a logical explanation or scientific evidence for this fact. Since the tablets are I 7-alpha alkylated it is extremely unlikely that during the first pass in the liver a part of the substance will be deactivated, so we can exclude this possibility. One of the reasons for the lowered effectiveness of the tablets, in our opinion, is that most athletes do not take a high enough quantity of Winstrol tablets. Considering the fact that the injectable Winstrol Depot is usually taken in a dosage of 50 mg/day or at least 50 mg every second day and when comparing this with the actual daily quantity of tablets taken by many athletes, our thesis is confirmed. Since, in the meantime, most athletes only get the 2 mg Winstrol tablets by Zambon one would have to take at least 1225 tablets daily to obtain the quantity of the substance one receives when injecting. For two reasons, most athletes, however, cannot realize this. On the one hand, at a price of approximately $0.70 - $1 for one 2 mg tablet on the black market the cost for this compound is extremely high. On the other hand, after a longer intake such a high quantity of tablets can lead to gastrointestinal pain and an undesired increase in the liver values since the tablets as already mentioned are. 1 7-alpha alkylated and thus are a considerable stress on the liver. Male athletes who have access to the injectable Winstrol Depot should therefore prefer this form of administration to the tablets. Women, however, often prefer the oral Winstrol This, by all means, makes sense since female athletes have a distinctly lower daily requirement of stanozolol, usually 10-16 mg/day. Thus the daily quantity of tablets is reduced to 5-8 so that gastrointestinal pain and increased liver values occur very rarely. Another reason for the oral intake in women is that the dosage to be taken can be divided into equal doses. This has the advantage that unlike the 50 mg injections-it does not lead to a significant increase in the androgens and thus the androgenic-caused side effects (virilization symptoms) can be reduced. Athletes who have opted for the oral The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 19

administration of Winstrol usually take their daily dose in two equal amounts mornings and evenings with some liquid during their meals. This assures a good absorption of the substance and, at the same time, minimizes possible gastrointestinal pain.

Stanozolol is commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders alike to lose fat while retaining lean body mass. It is usually used in a cutting cycle, to help preserve lean body mass while metabolizing adipose, although it has not been proven conclusively that it has any special fat-burning properties.

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We should now have an idea of the main oral steroids today. As you can see from the profiles each one has different effects on the body as well as side effects, which we will cover later on in this book. Injectable Steroids We are now going to look at some of the more popular injectable steroids, there are many on the market however we are only going to talk about the most commonly used newbie ones. Injectables are used as the main part of a cycle and users often stay on them from 8-12weeks at a time at varying doses.

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Deca Durabolin – Nandrolone Decanoate

Common names: Deca, Nortest, Nandrolone Probably the most common steroid in the medias eyes and is probably responsible for more athlete drug test failings then any other anabolic due to its long halflife and length it can be detected in your system. Nandrolone binds to the androgen receptor to a greater degree than testosterone, but due to its inability to act on the muscle in ways unmediated by the receptor, has less overall effect on muscle growth. The drug is also unusual in that unlike most anabolic steroids, it is not broken down into the more reactive DHT by the enzyme 5α -reductase, but rather into a less effective product known as Dihydronandrolone. As such, some of the negative effects associated with most such drugs are somewhat mitigated. The positive effects of the drug include muscle growth, appetite stimulation and increased red blood cell production and bone density. Clinical studies have shown it to be effective in treating anaemia, osteoporosis and some forms of neoplasia including breast cancer, and also acts as a progestin-based contraceptive. For these reasons, in the United States nandrolone received FDA approval in 1983, and while sale in the U.S. is now restricted by the Controlled Substances Act, nandrolone remains available by prescription in most countries which have not adopted American-style "War on Drugs" antisteroid campaigns. In addition to legal production, Nandrolone is also extensively used by bodybuilders and other athletes seeking an edge in professional competition. Because nandrolone is not broken down into DHT, the deleterious effects common to most anabolic steroids on the scalp, skin, and prostate are lessened to a degree. The lack of alkylation on the 17α -carbon drastically reduces the drug's liver toxicity. Estrogenic effects resulting from reaction with aromatase are also mitigated as a result of the drug being a progestin, but effects such as gynaecomastia and reduced libido still occur in larger doses. Other side-effects can include erectile dysfunction (deca dick) and cardiovascular damage, as well as several ailments resulting from the drug's effect of lowering levels of luteinizing hormone through negative feedback. The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 22

The optimal dose for this purpose lies between 200 and 600 mg/week. Scientific research has shown that best results can be obtained by the intake of 2- mg/pound body weight. Those who take a dose of less than 200 mg/week will usually feel only a very light anabolic effect which, however, increases with a higher dosage. Most male athletes experience good re-sults by taking 400 mg/week. Steroid novices usually need only 200 mg/week. Deca works very well for muscle buildup when combined with Dianabol and Testosterone. The famous Dianabol/ Deca stack results in a a fast and strong gain in muscle mass.

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Sustanon 250 Common names: Sust, Omandron, 250

Sustanon is a trade name for an oil-based injectable blend of four esterized testosterone compounds: 30mg Testosterone Propionate 60mg Testosterone Phenylpropionate 60mg Testosterone Isocaproate 100mg Testosterone Decanoate Sustanon is a very popular steroid which is highly appreciated by its users since it offers several advantages when compared to other testosterone compounds. Sustanon is a mixture of four different testosterones which, based on the well-timed composition, have a synergetic effect. This special feature has two positive characteristics for the athlete. First, based on the special combination effect of the compounds, Sustanon, milligram for milligram, has a better effect than Testosterone enanthate, cypionate, and propionate alone. Second, the effect of the four testosterones is time released so that Sustanon goes rapidly into the system and remains effective in the body for several weeks. Due to the propionate also included in the steroid, Sustanon is effective after one day and, based on the mixed in decanoates, remains active for 3-4 weeks. Sustanon has a distinct androgenic effect which is coupled with a strong anabolic effect. Therefore it is well suited to build up strength and mass. A rapid increase in body strength and an even increase in body weight occur. Athletes who use Sustanon report a solid muscle growth since it results in less water retention and also aromatizes less than either testosterone enanthate or cypionate. Indeed many bodybuilders who use testosterone and fight against distinct water retention and an elevated estrogen level prefer Sustanon over other long-acting depot testosterones. It is further noticed that Sustanon is also effective when relatively low doses are given to well advanced athletes- It is interesting to note that when Sustanon is given to athletes who have already used this compound in the same or lower doses, it leads to similar good results as during the previous intake. Sustanon is usually injected at least once a week, which can be stretched up to 10 days. The dosage in bodybuilding and powerlifting ranges from 250 mg every 14 days up to 1000 mg or more per day. Since such high dosages are not recommended-and fortunately are also not taken in most cases-the rule is 250-1000 mg/week. A dosage of 500 mg/week is completely sufficient for most, and can often be reduced to 250-mg/ week by combining Sustanon with an oral steroid. Sustanon is well tolerated as a basic steroid during treatment which stimulates the regeneration, gives the athlete a sufficient "kick" for intense training units, and next to the already mentioned advantage-rapid strength increase and solid muscle gain distinguishes itself also by its compatibility. In order to gain mass fast Sustanon is often combined with Deca-Durabolin, Dianabol or Anadrol while athletes who are The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 24

more into quality prefer combining it with Parabolan, Winstrol, Oxandrolone or Primobolan. Although Sustanon does not aromatize excessively when taken in a reasonable dosage many people, in addition, also take an antiestrogen such as Nolvadex and/or Proviron to prevent possible estrogen-linked side effects. Since Sustanon suppresses the endogenous testosterone production the intake of HCG and Clomid must be considered after six weeks or at the end of treatment. It is recommended that women not take depot testosterones since the androgen level would strongly increase and virilization symptoms could result. Despite this, it is not uncommon for female competing athletes in the higher weight classes to take testosterone since it helps in remaining "competitive." Women who use "Testo" or who would like to try it should limit its use to either only testosterone propionate or inject a maximum of 250 mg Sustanon every 10-14 days over a period of no longer than six weeks. At this point we would like to emphasize once more that steroid novices should stay away from all testosterone compounds since, at this time, they simply do not need them. The side effects of Sustanon are similar to those of Testosterone enanthate (see also Testosterone enanthate) only that they are usu-ally less frequent and less severe. Depending on the predisposition and dosage, the user can experience the usual androgenic-linked side effects such as acne, aggressiveness, sexual overstimulation, oily skin, accelerated hair loss, and reduced production of the body's own hormones. Water retention and gynecomastia are usually within limits with the "Sustas" or are not as massive as with enanthate and cypionate. Liver damage is unlikely with Sustanon (see Test-osterone enanthate); however, in very high dosages, elevated liver values can occur which, after discontinuing use of the compound, usually go back to normal. The fact that the liver is a very efficient organ and able to cope well with higher quantities of testosterone is confirmed in the book Doping-verbotene Arzneimittel im Sport by Dirk Clasing and Manfred Donike. On page 54 the authors state: "The liver is able to metabolize an almost unlimited amount of testosterone (2 g of rat liver are able to break down 100 mg/day of testosterone). " Sustanon is well distributed on the black market and readily available. It is difficult to find the less frequently available original "Susta. " On the black market mostly the Russian or Indian 5ustanon 250 is sold. The Indian Sustanon 250 is manufactured in Calcutta, India, by Organon and officially destined for export to Russia. Through Czechoslovakia, however, large quantities of this original Sustanon 250 are smuggled to Europe and the U.S. The Russian Sustanon 250 comes in a plastic film; printed in blue ink on the back are the name of the compound, the manufacturer, and the included substances. This imprint is either stamped on aluminum foil or on white paper. Five ampules are combined in one strip whereas each ampule is packaged individually. Original The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 25

Sustanon 250 usually costs S 12 - 18 per ampule on the black market and is certainly worth the price. In the meantime there are also several fakes of the Russian version which, however, can be easily identified by the rounded corners of the label. The originals always have a label with sharp corners.

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Testosterone Enathate / Cypionate

Common names: Test, T, The big T, Andro, Testo Testosterone enantate is an ester of the naturally occurring andro-gen, testosterone. It is responsible for the normal development of the male sex characteristics. In the event of insufficient testosterone production an almost complete balance of the functional, anatomic, and psychic deficiency symptoms can be achieved by substituting testosterone." (Excerpt from the package insert of the German phar-maceutical group, Jenapharm GmbH for its compound Testosteron--Depot.) These lines clearly describe what an important and effective hor-mone testosterone is. One of the many testosterone substances is the testosterone enanthate. In a man it is normally used to treat hypogonadism resulting from androgen deficiency (1) and anemia (2). Surprisingly, in medical schools testosterone enanthate is also used in women and children. Boys and male youth take it as growth therapy and women take it as an "additive treatment for certain growth forms of the nipples during post-menopause". In bodybuilding, however, it is THE "mass building steroid." No matter what you think of Dianabol, Parabolan, Anadrol 50, FinaJect, and others, when it comes to strength, muscle mass, and rapid weight gains, testosterone is still the "King of theRoad." Testosterone enanthate, as most trade names already suggest, is a longacting depot steroid. Depending on the metabolism and the body's initial hormone level it has a duration of effect of two to three weeks so that theoretically very long intervals between injections are possible. Although Testosterone enanthate is effective for several weeks, it is injected at least once a week in body-building, powerlifting, and weightlifting. This, by all means, makes sense since Testosterone enanthate has a plasma half-life time in the blood of only one week. The decisive advantage of Testosterone enanthate, however, is that this substance has a very strong androgenic effect and is coupled with an intense anabolic component. This allows almost everyone, within a short time, to build up a lot of strength and mass. The, rapid and strong weight gain is combined with distinct water retention since a retention of electrolytes and The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 27

water occurs. A pleasant effect is that the enormous strength gain goes hand in hand with the water retention. An additional problem when taking Testosterone enanthate is that the conversion rate to estrogen is very high. This, on one hand, leads the body to store more fat; on the other hand, feminization symptoms (gynecomastia) are not unusual. However, it must be clearly stated that this depends on the athlete's predisposition. By all means, there are athletes who even with 1000 mg +/week do not show feminization symptoms or fat deposits and who suffer very low water retention. Others, however, develop pain in their nipples by simply looking at a Testoviron- Depot ampule. Athletes who take Testosterone enanthate report an excessively strong pump effect during training. This "steroid pump" is attributed to an increased blood volume with a higher oxygen supply and a higher quantity of red blood cells. Those who take megadoses of Testosterone enanthate will already feel an enormous pump in their upper thighs and calves when climbing stairs. The side effects of Testosterone enanthate are mostly the distinct androgenic effect and the increased water retention. This is usually the reason for the frequent occurrence of hypertony (3). Those who have a predisposition for high blood pressure or whose blood pressure is elevated when they begin taking Testosterone enanthate should have it periodically checked by a physician. If necessary the intake of an antihypertensive drug (4) such as Catapresan is advisable. Many athletes experience a strong acne vulgaris with Testosterone enanthate which manifests itself on the back, chest, shoulders, and arms more than on the face. Athletes who take large quantities of Testo can often be easily recognized because of these characteristics. It is interesting to note that in some athletes these characteristics only occur after use of the compound has been discontinued, which implies a rebound effect. In severe cases the medicine Accutane can help. The already discussed feminization symptoms, especially gynecomastia, require the intake of an antiestrogen. Sexual overstimulation with frequent erections at the beginning of intake is normal. In young athletes, "in addition to virilization,testosterone can also lead to an accelerated growth and bone maturation, to a premature epiphysial closing of the growth plates and thus a lower height" (Jenapharm GmbH, package insert for Testosteron-Depot).' Since mostly taller athletes are successful in bodybuilding, young adults should reflect carefully before taking any anabolic/andro-genic steroids, in particular, testosterone. Bottom line is Test is Best and is used as the core for steroid cycles.

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Equipoise – Boldenone

Common names: Equip, Eq Today, the substance boldenone undecylenate can only be found in steroids for veterinary medicine. The American Equipoise is for horses; the Columbian Ganabol is used for cattle; and the German Vebonol for dogs. Athletes do not care, which shows the enormous popularity and far reaching application of these steroid compounds. Boldenone undecylenate is also very effective in humans and offers the athlete interesting characteristics which other steroids simply do not have. Equipoise has a relatively high anabolic effect which is usually connected with a moderately distinct androgenic component. For this reason, Equipoise is not the steroid that will cause enormous gains in strength and muscle mass in the shortest time. Equipoise has a very favorable effect on the organism's nitrogen balance so that the main effect consists of a distinctly increased protein synthesis in the muscle cell. The resulting gain in body weight consists of a solid quality increase of the muscles which occurs slowly and evenly. The high quality is caused by low water retention of the substance. An additional advantage is that Equipoise aromatizes only slightly, thus making it an effective drug to use when preparing for competitions. Athletes who are dieting combine Equipoise with Winstrol Depot and report a dramatic increase in muscle hardness. Together with a sufficiently high supply of calories and protein this combination offers its users a large increase in strength and a rapid gain in quality muscles. Many will notice that Equipoise stimulates the appetite. The advantages achieved can usually be wellmaintained over several weeks after use of the compound is discontinued. Equipoise also stimulates the erythropoiesis which is manifested by improved development and the formation of red blood cells. Bodybuilders thus experience an improved pump effect during workout and an improved vascularity For most male athletes the weekly dosage is usually 150-300 mg. Often since only the 25 mg version can be found, frequent or very voluminous injections are necessary For most athletes 50 mg (corresponding to a 2 ml injection) taken every second day is sufficient. Advanced and ambitious bodybuilders usually take higher doses (50 mg daily) and achieve dramatic results. Women The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 29

also usually respond well to Equipoise and with 50-100 mg/week they gain good muscles with a low water retention. A dosage in this range is usually well tolerated. Higher dosages can cause virilization symptoms such as deep voice, increased production of the sebaccous gland and acne, increased libido and in some cases increased hair growth on the face and legs. Men have few problems with Equipoise. Since water and salt retentions are low, the blood pressure usually does not increase. Acne, gynecomastia, and increased aggressiveness occur only in rare instances. The feared "steroid fever," which can occur when using veterinary steroids, is rare with Equipoise since the product by Squibb is highly sterile and pure. Those who experience flu-like symptoms when they begin taking the compound should reduce the dosage for a short time Equipoise also makes a good substitute for the deca in a test/deca stack yielding similar results with less side effects.

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Testosterone Proprionate Common names:Prop Testosterone propionate, after Testosterone cypionate and enanthate, is the third injectable testosterone ester that needs to be described in detail. This makes sense because, unlike cypionate and enanthate, both of which are widely used and well-spread in Europe, proprionate is little noticed by most athletes. The reader will now certainly pose the question of why the characteristics of an apparently rarely used substance are described in detail. At a first glance this might seem a little unusual but when looking at this substance more closely, there are several reasons that become clear. Testosterone propionate is used on so few occasions in weightlifting, powerlifting, and bodybuilding not because it is ineffective. On the contrary, most do not know about propionate and its application potential. One acts according to the mottos "what you don't know won't hurt you" and "If others don't use, it can't be any good." We do not want to go this far and call propionate the most effective testosterone ester-, however, in certain applications it is superior to enanthate, cypionate, and also undecanoate because it has characteristics which the common testosterones do not have. The main difference between propionate, cypionate, and enanthate is the respective duration of effect. In contrast to the long-acting enanthate and cypionate depot steroids, propionate has a distinctly lower duration of effect. The reader learns how long this time is from the package insert of the German Jenapharm GmbH for their compound "Testosteron Jenapharm" (see list with trade 'names): "Testosterone proprionate has a duration of effect of I to 2 days." An eye-catching difference, however, is that the athlete "draws" distinctly less water with propionate and visibly lower water retention occurs. Since propionate is quickly effective, often after only one or two days, the athlete experiences an increase of his training energy, a better pump, an increased appe-tite, and a slight strength gain. As an initial dose most athletes pre-fer a 50-1 00 mg injection. This offers two options: First, because of the rapid initial effect of the propionate-ester one can initiate a several-weeklong steroid treatment with Testosterone enanthate. Those who cannot wait until the depot steroids become effective inject 250 mg of Testosterone enanthate and 50 mg of Testosterone propionate at the beginning of the treatment. After two days, when the effect of the propionates decreases, another 50 mg ampule is injected. Two days after that, the elevated testosterone level caused by the propionate begins to decrease. By that time, the effect of the enanthates in the body would be present; no further propionate injections would be necessary. Thus the athlete rapidly reaches and maintains a high testosterone level for a long time due to the depot testo. This, for example, is important for athletes who with Anadrol 50 over the six-week treatment have gained several pounds and would now like to switch to testosterone. Since Anadrol 50 begins its "breakdown" shortly The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 31

after use of the compound is discontinued, a fast and el-evated testosterone level is desirable. The second option is to take propionate during the entire period of intake. This, however, requires a periodic injection every second day. Best results can be obtained with 50-100 mg per day or every sec-ond day. The athlete, as already mentioned, will experience visibly lower water retention than with the depot testosterones so that propionate is well-liked by bodybuilders who easily draw water with enanthate. A good stack for gaining muscle mass would be, for example, 100 mg Testosterone propionate every 2 days, 5p mg Winstrol Depot every 2 days, and 30 mg Dianabol/day. Propionate is mainly used in the preparation for a competition and used by female athletes. And in this phase, dieting is often combined with, testosterone to maintain muscle mass and muscle density at their maximum. Propionate has always proven effective in this regard since it fulfills these requirements while lowering possible water retention. This water retention can be tempered by using Nolvadex and Proviron. A combination of 100 mg Testosterone propionate every 2 days, either 50 mg Winstrol Depot/day or 76 mg Parabolan every 2 days, and 25 mg Oxandrolone/day help achieve this goal and are suitable for building up "quality muscles." Women especially like propionate since, when applied properly, an-drogeniccaused side effects can be avoided more easily The trick is to increase the time intervals between the various injections so that the testosterone level can fall again and so there is an accumulation of androgens in the female organism. Women therefore take propi-onate only every 5-7 days and obtain remarkable results with it. The, androgenic effect included in the propionate allows better regeneration without virilization symptoms for hard-training women. The dosage is usually 25-50 mg/injection. Higher dosages and more frequent intervals of intake would certainly show even better re-sults but are not recommended for women. The duration of intake should not exceed 8-10 weeks and can be supplemented by taking mild and mostly anabolic steroids such as, for example, Primobolan, Durabolin, and Anadur in order to promote the synthesis of pro-tein. Men who do not fear the intake of testosterone or the possible side effects should go ahead and give propionate a try. The side ef-fects of propionate are usually less frequent and are less pronounced. The reason is that the weekly dose of propionate is usually much lower than with depot testosterones. A daily injection of 50 mg amounts to a weekly dose of 350 mg while several depot injections easily launch the milligram content of testosterone into the fourfigure range. When compared with enanthate and cypionate, propionate is also a "milder" substance and thus better tolerated in the body. Those who are convinced that they need daily testosterone injections should consider taking propionate. The key to success with propionate lies in the regular intake of relatively small quantities (50-1 00 mg every 1-2 days.) Although the side effects of propionate are similar to the ones of enanthate and cypionate these, as already mentioned, occur less frequently. However, if there is a predisposition and very high dosages are taken, the known The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 32

androgenic-linked side effects such as acne vulgaris, accelerated hair loss, and increased growth of body hair and deep voice can occur. An increased libido is common both in men and women with the use of propionate. Despite the high conversion rate of propionate into estrogen gynecomastia is less common than with other testosterones. The same is true for possible water retention since the retention of electrolytes and water is less pronounced. The administration of testosterone-stimulating compounds such as HCG and Clomid can, however, also be advised with propionate use since it has a strong influence on the hypothalamohypophysial testicular axis, suppressing the endogenous hormone production. The toxic influence on the liver is minimal so that a liver damage is unlikely (see also Testosterone enanthate). What athletes dislike most about propionate are the frequent injections that are necessary. As for frequent injections: The Testosterone Berco Suppositories by the German company Funke can help. This is quite an unusual testosterone compound since these are suppositories. The suppositories contain 40 mg Testosterone propionate and are introduced into the body through the rectum. This form of intake also has an additional advantage. The substance Testosterone propionate is reabsorbed very rapidly through the intestine.

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Detection times We have now looked at the most popular steroids which are used today in sports and bodybuilding. Now we are going to look briefly at detection times. The detection time is the rough time at which the steroid can still be detected in the blood screen if you were to get a blood test.

Boldenone Undecyclenate Clen Anavar Dbol Deca Anadrol Oral winny Injectable winny Testosterone Sustanon

4-5 months 4-5 Days 3 weeks 5 Weeks 18 months 2 months 3 weeks 2 months 3 months 3 months

There are many factors however that could effect these detection times, some of which include: Metabolism Fluid intake Dosage Potency of drug Body fat Duration of cycle Basically if you are at any risk of being tested for anabolic steroids then I suggest not using them if it means losing your job or similar.

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Stacks and cycles In the world of steroids a cycle is not some form of two wheeled transport, it is infact a term commonly used to describe the period of time an individual is ‘on’ steroids for. The average length of a cycle is typically between 6-12weeks in length. Many steroid cycles involve combining two or more drugs together, usually one being a potent androgen. Other drugs which act through more anabolic pathways can then be added as well. This combination is commonly known as a ‘Stack’. The most common stack is probably the stacking of an oral such as Dianabol with an injectable such as Testosterone. Such stacks can lead up to massive gains in mass and strength because the two steroids are working together. Because of the toxicity of oral steroids they are often used in the beginning of a cycle for the first 4 weeks. In this time the user will see mostly the benefits from the fast acting oral and then after weeks 3-4 the injectable should be taking effect. Because injectables typically take longer to ‘kick in’ some advanced users often ‘front load’ for the first 2 weeks of an injectable only cycle. Front loading is the term used when you inject more steroids at the start of the cycle to sort of flood your system with them, and start seeing the benefits sooner. Example Weeks 1-2 1000mg Test injected weekly split in 4 doses of 250mg Weeks 3-10 500mg Test injected weekly This method works well for depot only cycles and can produce some good results, it is preferred by many to use an oral steroid for the first few weeks in most cases as they work well with the injectables.

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What to expect from your first cycle The main question from the newbie is what am I going to gain from my first cycle? I can tell you now you are not going to go from a bean pole into the hulk in that short time. There is some expectation from uneducated bodybuilders that steroids will provide some sort of miracle gains from them. Truth is, they won’t. This maybe a wake up call to some disillusioned readers looked in their bedrooms with their ‘flex’ magazine dreaming up ways to be big with the hard work involved. If you are under 21 years of age, been training less then 3 years and have not reached your natural size limits then you shouldn’t even be considering taken any form of anabolic steroid. In reality more and more people are taking them, I have heard of teens as young as 16 using steroids and to be honest it’s a waste. The teenage years are the best for taking advantage of your bodies own testosterone stores and making use of them to gain naturally. Ill shut up now and stick to the topic. Typically providing all the systems which could effect your cycle re in place you should gain around 15-20lbs from your first cycle (depending on what steroids used). You are going to have an over all sense of well being whilst on a cycle particularly if you used dianabol which seems to promote this feeling further. You will be able to recover from your workouts quicker and will rarely feel soreness in the muscles the next day. When working out due to the increase in blood production you will experience an amazing ‘pump’ in your muscles. I remember my first cycle about a week into it I was training and doing cable rows. Afterwards my forearms felt so pumped I could hardly bend my arms, this feeling was tremendous and made me want to train them more and more to get this feeling. Not all effects experienced during your cycle will be good ones, and we are going to talk about the many side effects which could occur now.

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Side Effects As well as the ability to add muscle size and strength the taking of steroids dose not come without some unwanted side effects, and that is what we are going to talk about now. Not every user will experience all of or even some of the side effects and others will respond badly. Your body, cycle and personal circumstances are all factors that could effect this. Some of the side effects are listed belong. Each steroid profile will help determine what side effects you could expect.

Acne Acne is usually a tell tale sign someone is using steroids, users will often get acne on their arms chest and back as well as the face. This will vary from individual. The more andrgenic a compound is the more acne is likely to occur as the sebaceous glands are stimulated with makes the skin more oily. Taken more vitamin B6 is said to help with acne, washing regularly with oxy wash and anti oil soaps will help. Personally I tend to get a few big zits around my chest and face area during the cycle and up to 4 weeks after. Aggression High androgenic compounds can cause the user to suffer with aggression problems. This is managed through self control, and all depends on the person using them, personally i dont have a problem. Basically if your an arse hole then steroids could make you into a bigger arse hole, if you already are aggressive in nature that you should not be considering using steroids. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia BPH is simply an enlargement of the prostate, a walnut-sized gland that surrounds the urethra whose function is to squeeze fluid into the urethra as sperm move through during sexual climax. This fluid, which helps make up semen, energizes the sperm and makes the vaginal canal less acidic. This condition is now considered a normal part of aging for men, with more than half of men in their 60’s and upwards of 90% of men in their 70’s-80’s will show some symptoms. As the prostate enlarges, the layer of tissue surrounding it stops it from expanding, causing the gland to press against the urethra like a clamp on a garden hose. The bladder wall becomes thicker and irritable. The bladder begins to contract even when it contains small amounts of urine, causing more frequent urination. Eventually, the bladder weakens and loses the ability to empty itself. Urine remains in the bladder. The narrowing of the urethra and partial emptying of the bladder cause many of the problems associated with BPH. Although no conclusive medical evidence exists that long term use of testosterone will lead to an increase in BPH or an acceleration in its development, such a conclusion can readily be made by understanding the
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mechanisms through which BPH develops. DHT is a primary culprit in the development of BPH, and it is theorized that estrogen may play a role as well. Men who cannot produce DHT do not develop BPH, and the primary treatment for BPH is Proscar (Finasteride), which inhibits the 5a-reductase enzyme. It is this enzyme which is responsible for converting testosterone (along with Halotestin) into DHT. Studies done with animals have suggested that BPH may occur because the higher amount of estrogen within the gland increases the activity of substances that promote cell growth. I am still fairly young I suffer with prostrate problems a lot on cycle and find especially when using dianabol that I need to pee every hour or so and wake up constantly during the night to wee. Proscar at 2mg a day helps a lot with this.

Depression: Use of AAS can have a profound affect on an individual’s disposition. Depression is most commonly exhibited in male bodybuilders post cycle, when estrogen levels can be incredibly high and endogenous production of testosterone has been suppressed. This can leave a male bodybuilder with a hormone profile more resembling that of a woman, and this can play a profound role in their attitude and outlook on life. More than once I’ve seen incredibly muscular and normally stoic males reduced to tears over sappy television commercials and lamenting their deteriorating condition as the imbalance of estrogen/testosterone wreaks havoc on them physically and mentally. Once again, this can be avoided through use of proper ancillary medications both on and off cycle. Estrogen levels must be kept in check at all times to ensure both maximum gains and minimum side effects. Water retention Many AAS will affect the amount of will affect the amount of water that is stores in the various tissues of the body. To some degree this can be beneficial, the strength that one will gain through the retention of water in muscle and connective tissues will certainly help add additional lean body mass over time. However, the moon face of a bodybuilder on a bulking cycle suffering from extreme water retention is both physically repugnant and inherently unhealthy. One should not ignore the fact that water retention can have a negative impact on both blood pressure and renal function. Fluid retention is associated with increased levels of estrogen, and thus the culprit for it is once again the aromatizing androgens. An athlete should always prepare for this when using these steroids, through proper application of anti-aromatases like arimidex. Gynecomastia Primarily referred to as “bitch tits” or gyno, gynecomastia refers to enlargement of the male breasts. Male breast tissue is ripe with estrogen receptors, just as in that of a female. Consequently, elevated estrogen levels can cause swelling and eventual growth of this tissue, leaving a man with unsightly lumps beneath both nipples. The effect is exactly that experienced
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by a male pre-op transsexual receiving female hormones to induce the growth of the breasts, albeit on a lesser scale. Untreated, the swollen breast tissue will harden, becoming permanent fixtures underneath your nipples until removed by surgery. Nolvadex will block estrogen from reaching the receptors, so if you are on cycle and start getting itchy puffy nipples then 20mg of Nolvadex for 10 days should see these symptoms subside. These are just some of the side effects which can occur from steroid use.

Blood pressure. The occurrence of high blood pressure is often noticed in athletes taking steroids. One of the major causes is probably the increased cardiovascular strain brought about by the pronounced water and salt retention. The increased body weight of many of the athletes who cat large quantities of food and work out on heavy movements such as squats or bench presses where the breath is held, can be contributing factors. The blood pressure should be measured regularly to ensure that the value is not higher than 130/90. High blood pressure can lead to nose bleeds which I get a lot when on cycle, I have found that taking Hawthorn Berry supplement helps a lot in reducing this.

Hairloss Steroids can quicken the balding process in those with a genetic predisposition. The receptors of the scalp have a high affinity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), therefore, steroids are also considered the main cause of acne since the steroids convert largely into DHT Here also the injectable testosterone and Anadrol are in first place. Also steroids that are derivatives of DHT, e.g. Masteron or Primobolan, can promote baldness. This can result in a receding hairline or a general thinning of the hair. Females can, in rare cases, also suffer from this. One must classify these side effects as irreversible, since the chances of recurring hair growth are slim. It must, once again, be stressed that anabolic/androgenic steroids do not automatically cause baldness but can speed up this process in those with a hereditary predisposition for hair loss. Taking a drug to stop the conversion into DHT can help with this side effect Proscar (finasteride 1mg) is usually enough to stop this effect. Proscar however will not work on steroids which are already derivitives of DHT such as winstrol so if you are worried about hair loss you are better of not using it.

Kidney Damage The kidneys are under more strain during steroid intake. They are involved in the filtration and excretion of toxic by-products. A high blood pressure as well as variations in the water and electrolyte balance of the body can lead to long-term changes in the kidney's function. A Wilm's tumor, a fast-growing
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kidney tumor normally only seen in infants and children has been noticed in certain rare cases in athletes using steroids. It is doubtful if there is a direct connection between the two. It is certain though, that during steroid consumption several athletes may develop a dark-colored urine and, in extreme cases, even blood in the urine. The former Finaject and today's Parabolan, in particular, seem to have a toxic effect on the kidney function. Other possible side effects that may occur during the use of anabolic/androgenic steroids are a prolonged bleeding time, headaches, nausea, feeling poorly, increased risk of injuring muscles, joints and connective tissue, anaphylactic shock (life-threatening reaction), and abscesses secondary to injection. The occurrence of side effects is different from one athlete to another. Factors such as age, gender, constitution, the respective physical and psychic condition of the individual, as well as the dosage, the length of intake, and the selection of the steroid play an important part in the development and seriousness of side effects I think its now time to start looking at some basic cycles.

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Beginners stacks We are now going to look at 2 steroid cycles designed for the ‘Newbie’ in mind, please don’t take these as the rule, they are merely suggestions and don’t replace the advice from a medical practitioner. These cycles are not just for the newbie and more advanced bodybuilders are obtaining some great results with them.

#1 Test is Best The first cycle we are going to look at is the Testosterone only cycle. It is common knowledge that ‘test is best’ and a Test only cycle is commonly used by beginners. Test is anabolic and androgenic and words well on its own to provide some pretty good gains in size and strength. The advantage of doing a test only cycle is that you can gauge how your body reacts to the steroid, when running a stack certain side effects etc would be difficult to pin on a particular product.

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Testosterone enthanate 500mg (per week in divided doses) Start PCT but I will explain this in the next chapter

The above example has you running the cycle for 8 weeks in length using 500mg per week of Testosterone. Since the ampoules of test come in 250mg dividing the doses during the week is a good idea. For example inject 250mg every Monday and Thursday. You can expect some good gains from this cycle 10-15lbs would not be difficult to achieve. The effects from the test should start to be seen around the 3 rd week, were you should notice an increase in recovery time and a better ‘pump’ in the gym followed by weekly weight increases. When using Testosterone the user usually feels a sense of ‘manliness’.

#2 The bread and butter The Test and Dianabol (Dbol) cycle is considered to be the bread and butter cycle and is the next favourite of the newbie and advanced steroid user alike. Adding this oral to the above cycle can produce massive results, its almost like Test and Dbol should be married. The Dbol leads to a quick increase in size and strength which should be noticed in the second week of use followed by the effects from the Test. The normal protocol for this type of stack is as follows: The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 41

Weeks 1-8 Testosterone enthanate 500mg (per week in divided doses) Weeks 1-5 Dianabol 35mg (per day split into divided doses) Week 10 Start PCT but I will explain this in the next chapter
Dianabol usually comes in 5mg or 10mg tablets so it is easy to split the dose evenly throughout the day usually 10mg at a time. I love this stack because I love Dianabol and the way it works with testosterone you would think they are married. A 20lb weight increase should be achievable with this cycle.

So you now have some idea of what a cycle is and what one looks like, now we need to look at what happens after you finish a cycle.

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Dianabol only cycle Oral only cycles are generally frowned upon when you even mention one on a forum, some jumped up member who thinks he is a steroid expert posts saying that you will die if you do. Well not quite that extreme of a response but you get what im trying to say? The truth is for many newbies prefer the thought of their first cycle being an oral only cycle, and in my opinion there is nothing wrong with that if it is done correctly. The method of stacking used in this cycle is called pyramiding. This is where you start of with a low dose and work up to your required dose over a set time and then come back down to the low dose again. The idea behind this is your body gets used to the dianabol over a period of time and your steroid receptors do not get bored of having the same dose over the 8 week period. The cycle Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 25mg dianabol 30mg dianabol 30mg dianabol 40mg dianabol 40mg dianabol 30mg dianabol 30mg dianabol 25mg dianabol Start PCT cycle

The dianabol dose is in mg and should be taken daily, this dose being split throughout the day in 2 or 3 intervals due to dianabols short half-life. 8 weeks is a long time to stay on an oral for so we recommend taking a liver support supplement throughout such as milk thistle which is available at many supermarkets and also online. It is advisable to either used 20mg a day Nolvadex throughout the cycle or at least have it to hand in case you start to get itchy nipples. The last thing you want is to have to go bra shopping for yourself. Ok so how much are you going to gain? How long is a piece of string is the basic answer, as explained before it depends on you, the gear and all the other factors such as training and nutrition which determine the final outcome of the cycle. Also, the amount of weight gained and kept will depend on how close you are to your genetic potential, ie how much muscle weight your body is able to hold, everybody is different. Water retention can be an issue on dianabol and most of the rapid weight increases are due to this, to limit the water gain then taking an anti estrogen The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 43

such as arimidex should limit this so gains achieved are the ones most likely to be kept post cycle.

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Post cycle therapy (PCT) After a steroid user has finished a cycle his natural production of hormones particularly testosterone is suppressed and needs to be restore to its original state quickly to minimise some of the post cycle side effects such as depression and loss in strength and weight. Post cycle therapy is an after cycle drug regime which is designed to do this and is in my opinion more important from the cycle itself. I would rather be moderately big and my balls still work then look like the hulk and have pea sized nuts. The 2 main drugs used for PCT are Tamoxifen (nolvadex) and Clomid. There are others but these two are considered to be the best. Clomid and Nolvadex are both anti-estrogens belonging to the same group of triphenylethylene compounds. They are structurally related and specifically classified as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) with mixed agonistic and antagonistic properties. This means that in certain tissues they can block the effects of estrogen, by altering the binding capacity of the receptor, while in others they can act as actual estrogens, activating the receptor. In men, both of these drugs act as anti-estrogens in their capacity to oppose the negative feedback of estrogens on the hypothalamus and stimulate the heightened release of GnRH (Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone). LH output by the pituitary will be increased as a result, which in turn can increase the level of testosterone by the testes. Both drugs do this, but for some reason bodybuilders persist in thinking that Clomid is the only drug good at stimulating testosterone. What you will find with a little investigation however is that not only is Nolvadex useful for the same purpose, it should actually be the preferred agent of the two.

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Clomid Clomid is not an anabolic/androgenic steroid. Since it is a synthetic estrogen it belongs, however, to the group of sex hormones. In school medicine Clomid is normally used to trigger ovulation. Clomid also has a strong influence on the hypothalamohypophysial testicular axis. It stimulates the hypo-physis to release more gonadotropin so that a faster and higher release of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinising hormone) occurs. This results in an elevated endogenous (body's own) testosterone level. Clomid is especially effective when the body's own testosterone production, due to the intake of anabolic/androgenic steroids, is suppressed. In most cases Clomid can normalize the testosterone level and the spermatogenesis (sperm development) within 10- 14 days. For this reason Clomid is primarily taken after steroids are discontinued. At this time it is extremely important to bring the testosterone production to a normal level as quickly as possible so that the loss of strength and muscle mass is minimized. Even better results can be achieved if Clomid is combined with HCG or when Clomid is used after the intake of HCG. Paradoxically, although Clomid is a synthetic estrogen it also works as an antiestrogen. The reason is that Clomid has only a very low estrogenic effect and thus the stronger estrogens which, for example, form during the aromatization of steroids, are blocked at the receptors. These would include those that develop during the aromatizing of steroids. This does not prevent the steroids from aromatizing but the increased estrogen is mostly deactivated since it cannot attach to the receptors. The increased water retention and the possible signs of feminization can thus be reduced or even completely avoided. Since the antiestrogenic effect of Clomid is lower than those found in Proviron, Nolvadex, and Teslac it is mainly taken as a testosterone stimulant. Clomid is a medication that promotes the production of the body's own stimulating hormone, gonadotropin, which in turn increases the testosterone level. It is, for example, administered to women as a so-called antiestrogen to trigger ovulation ("ovulation stimulator"). Side effects of Clomid are very rare if reasonable dosages are taken. Possible side effects are climacteric hot flashes and occasional visual disturbances which can manifest themselves in blurred vision, giving flickering or flashing. Should visual disturbances occur, the manufacturer recommends discontinuing Clomid treatment. Inadequate liver functions cannot be excluded; however, they are very unlikely. In women enlargement of the ovaries and abdominal pain can occur since Clomid stimulates the ovaries. When taking Clomid multiple pregnancies are possible as well. As for the dosage, 50-100 mg/day (1 -2 tablets) seems to be sufficient. The tablets are usually taken with fluids after meals. If several tablets are taken it is recommended that they be administered in equal doses distributed through-out the day. The duration of intake has been rumoured to not be taken for longer than 10-14 days. This is incorrect. Clinical studies with male The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 46

patients have shown clomid to be used for up to a year or longer. Most athletes begin with 100 mg/day, taking one 50 mg tablet every morning and evening after meals. After the fifth day the dosage is often reduced to only one 50 mg tablet per day It is normally not necessary to take the compound for more than ten days in order to increase the endogenous testosterone production. Clomid is relatively expensive. A package with 10 tablets costs approx. $35 - 45 on the black market.

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Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) This remedy is somewhat different from others since it is not an anabolic/androgenic steroid. For male and female bodybuilders, how-ever, it is a very useful and recommended compound which is con-firmed by its widespread use and mostly positive results. Nolvadex belongs to the group of sex hormones and is a so-called antiestrogen. The normal application of Nolvadex is in the treatment of certain forms of breast cancer in female patients. With Nolvadex it is pos-sible to reverse an existing growth process of deceased tissue and prevent further growth. The growth of certain tissues is stimulated by the body's own estrogen hormone. This is especially true for the breast glands in men and women since the body has a large number of estrogen receptors at these glands which can bond with the estro-gens present in the blood. If the body's own estrogen level is unusually high an undesired growth of breast glands occurs. However, in healthy women and particularly in men this is not the case. Despite this, it is mostly male bodybuilders who use Nolvadex, and fewer women. At first sight this seems somewhat inconceivable but when taking a closer look, the reasons are clear. Bodybuilders who take Nolvadex also use anabolic steroids at the same time. Since most steroids aromatize more or less strongly, i.e. part of the substance is converted into estrogens, male bodybuilders can experience a significant elevation in the normally very low estrogen level. This can lead to feminization symptoms such as gynecomastia (growth of breast glands), increased fat deposits and higher water retention. The antiestrogen Nolvadex works against this by blocking the es-trogen receptors of the effected body tissue, thereby inhibiting a bonding of estrogens and receptor. It is, however, important to un-derstand that Nolvadex does not prevent the aromatization but only acts as an estrogen antagonist. This means that it does not prevent testosterone and its synthetic derivatives (steroids) from converting into estrogens but only fights with them in a sort of "competition" for the estrogen receptors. This characteristic has the disadvantage that after the discontinuance of Nolvadex a "rebound effect" can occur which means that the suddenly freed estrogen receptors are now able to absorb the estrogen present in the blood. For this reason the combined intake of Proviron is suggested (see Proviron.) Nolvadex is also useful during a diet since it helps in the burning of fat. Al-though Nolvadex has no direct fatburning effect its antiestrogenic effect contributes to keeping the estrogen level as low as possible. Nolvadex should especially be taken together with the strong androgenic steroids Dianabol and Anadrol 50, and the various testosterone compounds. Athletes who have a tendency to retain water and who have a mammary dysfunction should take Nolvadex as a prevention during every steroid intake. Since Nolvadex is very affective in most cases it is no wonder that several athletes can take Anadrol 50 The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 48

and Dianabol until the day of a competition, and in combination with a diuretic still appear totally ripped in the. limelight. Those who already have a low body fat content will achieve a visibly improved muscle hardness with Nolvadex. Several bodybuilders like to use Nolvadex at the end of a steroid cycle since it increases the body's own testosterone production.

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PCT Protocol The normal protocol for clomid is: day 1 300mg day 2-11 100mg ed (every day) day 12-21 50 mg ed Doses split throughout the day. This should be followed by a significant time off of steroids to allow the body to recover. The rule is that a cycle should not be started with out the PCT material as if you have to cut a cycle short for any reason you can still recover. When PCT should be started all depends on the half-life of the substance. The half-life is the time it takes the substance to break down by half. Testosterone enthanate has a halflife of about 2 weeks so it is suggested this is when the PCT should begin. If started before hand the Test will still be in your system and still suppressing your natural levels so PCT would have little effect. Dianabol on the other hand had a very short half life so PCT can be started the day after the last dose. For more information on the steroids half-life then please re read the profiles and that should answer your questions. On the next page is a table containing recommended start times for PCT after each steroid. If you are doing a stack then it is best to pick the one with the longest PCT start time before commencing with your PCT protocol.

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Anadrol50/Anapolan50: Deca durabolan: Dianabol: Equipoise: Finajet/Trenbolone: Primabolan depot: Sustanon: Testosterone Cypionate: Testosterone Enanthate/Testaviron: Testosterone Propionate: Testosterone Suspension: Winstrol

8 - 12 hours 3 weeks 4-8 hours 17 - 21 days 3 days 10 - 14 days 3 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks 3 days 4-8 hours 8 - 12 hours

For example if you were to do a Test / Dianabol cycle then you would start PCT 2 weeks after your last test injection as it is the longest acting steroid in your cycle.

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Anti Estrogens Anti Estrogens are used throughout the cycle or atleast kept to hand in case you need to use them. As it has been explained there is going to be some conversion to estrogen in the body. Estrogen loves the receptors around your breast tissue and can cause this to increase in size forming ‘bitch tits’. Now I don’t know about you but the idea of growing tits is not one I had planned so we need to look at how we can prevent this in more detail. Symptoms to look out for are itchy / puffy nipples The 2 main ways you can stop this from occurring is to either take a drug to prevent the conversion into estrogen or to take one when you start to feel symptoms to block the estrogens from attaching to the breasts. The 2 main drugs for this which are used is Nolvadex and Arimidex. We have already talked about Nolvadex so we are now going to look at Arimidex.

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Arimidex – Anastrozole Arimidex belongs to a group of drugs know as aromatase inhibiters. Aromatase inhibitors work by inhibiting the action of the enzyme aromatase, which converts androgens into estrogens by a process called aromatization.

By blocking estrogen conversion, several side effects can be minimised, Gyno and water retention being two of them.
Arimidex® (generic name is anastrozole) is a newer drug developed for the treatment of advanced breast cancer in women. It is manufactured by Zenica Pharmaceuticals and was approved for use in the United States at the end of December 1995. Specifically, Arimidex is the first in a new class of thirdgeneration selective oral aromatase inhibitors.. It acts by blocking the enzyme aromatase, subsequently blocking the production of estrogen. Since many forms of breast cancer cells are stimulated by estrogen, it is hoped that by reducing amounts of estrogen in the body the progression of such a disease can be halted. This is the basic premise behind Nolvadex, except this drug blocks the action and not production of estrogen. The effects of Arimidex can be quite dramatic to say the least. A daily dose of one tablet (1 mg) can produce estrogen suppression greater than 80 % in treated patients. With the powerful effect this drug has on hormone levels, it is only to be used (clinically) by post-menopausal women whose disease has progressed following treatment with Nolvadex (tamoxifen citrate). Side effects like hot flushes and hair thinning can be present, and would no doubt be much more severe in pre-menopausal patients. For the steroid using male athlete, Arimidex shows great potential. Up to this point, drugs like Nolvadex and Proviron have been our weapons against excess estrogen. These drugs, especially in combination, do prove quite effective. But Arimidex appears able to do the job much more efficiently, and with less hassle. A single tablet daily (1 mg), the same dose use clinically, seems to be all one needs for an exceptional effect (some even report excellent results with only 0.25 mg daily). When used with strong, readily aromatizing androgens such as Dianabol or testosterone, gynecomastia and water retention can be effectively blocked. In combination with Propecia (finasteride), we have a great advance. With the one drug halting estrogen conversion and the other blocking 5-alpha reduction , related side effects can be effectively minimized. Here the strong androgen testosterone could theoretically provide incredible muscular growth, while at the same time being as tolerable as nandrolone. Additionally the quality of the muscle should be greater, the athlete appearing harder and much more defined without holding excess water. There are some concerns with using an aromatase inhibitor such as this during prolonged steroid treatment however. While it will effectively reduce estrogenic side effects, it will also block the beneficial properties of estrogen The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 53

from becoming apparent (namely its effect on cholesterol values). Studies have clearly shown that when an aromatase inhibitor is used in conjunction with a steroid such as testosterone, suppression of HDL (good) cholesterol becomes much more pronounced. Apparently estrogen plays a role in minimizing the negative impact of steroid use. Since the estrogen receptor antagonist Nolvadex is shown not to display an anti-estrogenic effect on cholesterol values, it is certainly the preferred from of estrogen maintenance for those concerned with cardiovascular health. Arimidex has another principle drawback, namely the great price of this drug. Tablets can easily sell for $10 each, becoming quite costly with regular use. Clearly the price of an ancillary drug can be much greater than the steroids themselves, a situation destined not to be popular with recreational bodybuilders. Competitors on the other hand are likely to welcome this item. It can ward off the side effects of strong androgen therapy much better than Nolvadex and/or Proviron, making heavy cycles much more comfortable. As the number of countries manufacturing this drug increases, we may be able to look forward to a reduction in price. Privately compounded versions of "liquid Arimidex" have also been formulated "for research purposes" are also available. Generic tabs are also available and these two forms represent a very cost-effective alternative for buying the brand name drug. Which anti estrogen you have for your cycle is up to you really. Arimidex is the more expensive of the two but will help minimise several side effects from estrogens. I however just stick with Nolvadex as I don’t always need it and I quiet like the extra bulk look from a little water retention, the choice is yours but I strongly recommend using one of them.

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How to inject Taking the that needle out of the wrapper for the first time can be scary, and without the proper knowledge of injections could potentially cause you some injury. Its probably the most off putting aspect of a steroid cycle to most newbies but the truth is its not that difficult and after a few times it becomes easy. Because of the oil base in most injectables they have to be injected into a muscle, the bigger the better. Do not inject into a vein, reason being a big blob of oil will be headed for your heart which is never good. The main area bodybuilders inject is the Glute (ass) or outer thigh, some mad arse bodybuilders inject in there biceps, triceps and even lats, but I don’t recommend that.

Some tips on injecting Make sure the area for injecting is clean and so are your surroundings, injecting just after a bath is good cause the muscle is nice and warm. Snap off the top of the amp, using a towel is good just in case it disintegrates and cuts your fingers. Carefully place the needle onto the syringe and suck up the contents of the amp (avoiding any glass if any broke off). A good tip is to warm the amp before you break it in a cup of warm water, this will thin the oil making it easier to draw and easier to inject with less pain. Use a different needle to draw then to inject. Be careful not to touch the needle to ANYTHING. Think about it, you are injecting deep in to your body. Any foreign particles will be transferred deep in your tissue and you risk a nasty infection. Get all bubbles out of the needle - flick it until they rise to the top and then push them through the needle - make sure you get them completely out of the needle as well - don't worry about the juice dripping down the needle and don't even wipe it as it makes for great lubrication. In the injection spot - for glute you will look down on the 'cheek' and imagine splitting it into 4 quadrants, you would inject into the upper most outer quadrant. For the leg, if you were sitting down you will inject into the outer part of the leg (but more on top, not on the side) where you have the most 'meat' The Newbies Handbook Sponsored by All Pumped Up.org – Bodybuilding Forum 55

Clean the site with alcohol and you are ready to inject Quickly pierce the skin and steadily push the needle into the muscle. Push in smoothly until you have but a couple centimetres left of the needle (you never inject all the way in as you want to make sure some is still visible in case the needle should break off and you need to retrieve it) Aspirate the syringe - pull back slightly on the plunger - you will see one of two things. (A). You will see a couple small air bubbles that when you stop applying pressure upward on the plunger will readily go back into the muscle or (B). Droplets of blood. (A) being the obviously favourable one. If there is blood you must pull out, switch needles and start over. If all is well you may begin injecting. Push in slowly - you will come to find that you can 'listen' to your body and it will let you know how much it is willing to receive at once - when I inject myself I apply consistent pressure to the plunger but I go in only as fast or slow as my muscle wants to at that time. Going too fast will potentially result in an abscess. When you have completed this, wait a few seconds and then pull out and take your alcohol swab and firmly press down and massage the site to make sure everything stays in the muscle and the massage will also prevent soreness in the morning. You may bleed just a little bit, so it helps to tape the alcohol soaked cotton ball to your injection site.

What size needle do I need?
The smaller the gauge the larger the needle. 22 or 23 Gauge, 1.5 Inch is ideal for injections into the glutes. 25 Gauge, 1.0 inch is ideal for injections into the quads and can be used for all spot injections.

Will it hurt much?
It hurts about as much as a good pinch, but that is all. After the first couple of times you poke, you get used to it.

For a great injection site with lots of pictures and detailed information visit www.spotinjections.com

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Factors effecting a good cycle Ok we are now going to look at the factors which can affect you cycle, and believe me there are a few of them. Unfortunately you cannot grow by just taking a pill or injecting sometime its not going to happen. In order to have a good cycle and to experience the results you require you need to follow some simple guidelines. A lot of bodybuilders new and advanced make mistakes and these can affect your gains which is never good.

Always make sure that you have all the ‘gear’ you require for the whole cycle before starting, that includes syringes/needles, steroids and pct protocol, it is advisable to do this in case something happens mid cycle and you cannot obtain the rest. Know your cycle inside and out, keep a diary of what needs to be taken and when keep a log of your thoughts and feelings whilst on your cycle Take before and after pictures of yourself and measure all your body parts, this will help you keep track better then the scales will as weight will fluctuate throughout. Measure the weight every 2 weeks at the same time on a reliable set of scales. Take bodyfat measurements using a good calliper.
All of the above will help you keep track of your progress and goals and keep you motivated through out the cycle. Sleep Make sure that you get enough sleep/rest your body uses the nREM stages of sleep for your body to recovery from daily activities. Believe it or not your body grows when its in rest so it is vital to get at least 8hours minimum sleep a night to ensure this. Also you will have more energy for using in the gym which is also a good thing. Sometimes its easier said then done to get 8 hours sleep especially if you have kids but do your best some times rest is as good as sleep so take some time out in the day if you can to relax and chill out. Nutrition To grow you need to feed your body food, its simple biology really, but unfortunately often an over looked principle. Many beginners starting out bodybuilding wonder why they are not getting bigger initially and often enough it comes down to the fact that they are not consuming enough calories to grow. If you consume more calories then your body burns daily then you will put on weight its simple.

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Correct nutrition accounts for atleast 80% of bodybuilding success with or without steroids. A protein rich high calorie diet is essential to putting on weight.

How many calories do I need per day to build muscle? First you need to determine your lean body mass (LBM) you can usually do this on a scales and by using most body fat calculators they are available to use at many gyms if you don’t have your own and many shopping centres have them scattered about.
To determine your calorie needs multiply you LBM by 19. For example 168 x 19 = 3192 So the above person weighing 168 would need to consume 3192 calories a day to gain weight assuming that you are undergoing a good weight training schedule. To gain even more weight then consume even more calories, these should be mainly proteins and carbs. Take advantage of the increased protein synthesis from the steroids. Your meals should be split throughout the day ideally consuming food every 3 hours or so. What calories and proteins you cant get from food then consume a good protein drink.

Training Your training routine needs to be sound, and consisting of either high intensity training or high volume training. Your muscle will recovery quicker so its important to jack up the training. High volume training works best for me doing around 20-30 sets per muscle group, but that’s just me, you should have some idea of what routines are working for you.

Do not miss any exercise sessions if you can help it, consistency is the key to success. Never terminate a set simply because you have reach the required number of reps if you can do 1 or 2 more then do it. It often helps to have a training partner to help spot you and encourage you to lift more. Keep a training diary to keep a log of your sets and reps and the weights used, this will help you keep track of your progress in terms of strength increases.
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Alcohol Avoid alcohol. Alcohol puts stress on your liver which is not a good idea when your liver is already working hard with the AAS. It contains empty calories and destroys brain cells. In my opinion alcohol is worthless to anyone wishing to lead a healthy lifestyle. Drink plenty of water around 8+ glasses a day to keep your body hydrated. After all the body is made up of 70% water so the bigger you get the more water you need. Top tips for a good cycle Learn. Knowledge is power, do as much research into your cycle and steroids that you want to use. More is not always better. It is often tempting to keep raising the doses to see more gains, this could lead to serious health problems. Less is often more. Don’t be tempted to stay on your cycle for longer then planned, let you body recover. You are planning another cycle after then wait a few months and give your body a break. Make sure your diet is high in calories, high protein and low fat. Food = growth. Plan your cycle in advance and do not start without all your gear, PCT and precautionary supplements to hard. The last thing you want to be doing is waiting to get hold of some Nolvadex when you start growing breasts. If you are in any doubt then you’re not ready Make your goals realistic, you will not turn into superman over night. You should aim for steady gains which are manageable.

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Surviving the message boards As I explained in the beginning of this book the online bodybuilding message boards and communities are a very good resource of information. Some of them are really welcoming to new members and existing members seem to go out of their way to help newbies. Other boards tend to criticise newbies when they ask a question. What is the point in this everyone needs to start somewhere. We have put this little section together to help you survive the message boards. There are hundreds of boards to choose from, if you type ‘bodybuilding forum’ into google it will come back with pages and pages of them, but remember, just because a message board is ranked high on google that it will be any good. When it comes for members go for quality and not quantity, spend a little time reading posts etc and decided whether you want to be part of that community. Sometimes the smaller boards are the better ones as you are more likely to have you questions answered. Rule 1 Never openly ask for information of where to get anabolic steroids, no one will tell you and you are likely to get banned. Instead just kept reading posts and searching you are bound to find what you are looking for. Rule 2 Search for an answer to you question first if you can, this will save time creating duplicate threads. The search function on most boards are easy to use. Rule 3 Never give out any personal details as the forums are not secure places. Rule 4 Beware of other members sending you invites to steroid sources etc.. most of the time this will be a scam. With most reliable sources you find them and not the other way around. Rule 5 Don’t go by a members post count as an indicator of their level of experience. Most boards use a star system so members get stars under their name when they reach a certain post count, this is not a level of bodybuilding experience and merely relates to how many posts they have made. Rule 6 Follow the forums specific rules, breaking these could result in getting banned from the board and upsetting some idiot so its best to play by the rules.

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Abbreviations are used a lot in the forums just to save people time writing things out. Below is a list of the more popular ones which you may want to familiar yourself with. ALA= Alpha Lipoic Acid AAS or AS = Anabolic Steroids AR = Androgen Receptor BA = benzyl alcohol CC = cubic centimeter (one thousandth of a liter) CLEN = Clenbuterol CYP = Testosterone Cypionate DHT = Dihydrotestosterone DNP = Dinitrophenol IMO - in my opinion ED - Every day EOD - Every other day PCT - Post cycle therapy GEAR= steroids GH = Growth Hormone GHB = GAMMA HYDROXYBUTYRATE growth hormone GYNO = Gynomastica (Bitch tits) HGH = Human Growth Hormone HPTA = Hypothalamic Pituitary Testicular Axis IGF = Insulin Growth Factor LH = Leutenizing Hormone BTW = By the way LOL = Laugh out loud LMAO = Laughing my ass off WTF = What the fuck This is not every abbreviation used but the more popular ones to look out for.

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The next step

What is the next step for you? Are you ready to start your first cycle? Or has this guide put you off. Either way you have probably learned something and that’s the main bit. If you have chosen to run a cycle then good luck with it and I hope your gains are what you aim for. Remember not to expect miracles from steroids, the main factors affecting your results are in your hands, the gear just acts as a catalyst and speeds things up Thank you for reading the Newbies Guide, we have had a lot of fun putting this together and hope you have found it useful. For more information relating to the use of steroids and bodybuilding in general then please visit All Pumped Up – bodybuilding forums.

We wish you all the best in training and life.

Chris Watson

Special thanks go to the members and staff at www.AllPumpedUp.org forums for their input and comments during the writing phase which made this book possible.

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