Due to the fact steroids are somewhat of a taboo topic within mainstream health and fitness, it can be difficult to find reliable information on where to start as a beginner. Due to the large number of drugs, various doses, and typical cycles, it can be an overwhelming process to navigate.
Additionally, some compounds will be better suited and more effective for more experienced users, having a more complex process and side effects.
Below are some of the best compounds for beginners, as well as the typical results you can expect from your first cycle.
Far and away the most popular steroid in use among bodybuilders and athletes, Testosterone is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring hormone. There are five main varieties of Testosterone commonly used, which include:
- Testosterone Acetate (Test A)
- Testosterone Enanthate (Test E)
- Testosterone Cypionate (Test C)
- Testosterone Propionate (Test P)
- Testosterone Suspension
Test Enanthate is one of the more popular go-to compounds out of the previous grouping, with a simple and relatively safe implementation. In simple terms, this will replace the normal production of testosterone within your body, replacing it with much higher levels.
The typical starting dose for Test E comes in around 500 mg per week, injected once or twice depending on your preferences. The typical cycle of solely testosterone will last around 16 weeks, although there will be more efficient cycles when mixing compounds.
You will see increased overall gym performance, including strength gains and endurance. Physically, higher levels of testosterone will help to lower body fat percentage and also increase overall muscle mass.
Some of the side effects include:
- Slight mood changes
While the above-mentioned side effects are possible, most of the downsides from Testosterone can be mitigated through responsible doses and proper post cycle therapy. Click here to learn more about the various types of Testosterone.
Dianabol, or more commonly referred to as Dbol, is a popular compound due to its ability to rapidly increase weight and muscle mass over a relatively short cycle. This is an oral steroid, meaning no injections will be required to cycle Dianabol.
Usually combined with another compound, the average starting dose comes in around 15-30 mg per day for a total of six weeks. Because oral steroids tend to carry more risk than injectables, long cycles are not recommended to avoid potential serious side effects. These side effects include:
- Extreme water retention and swelling
- Liver damage
Because Dbol is one of the most efficient compounds in terms of time invested and reward, it has become a popular drug of choice for those who are looking to kick start their first steroid experience. Giving new users the ability to put on tremendous amounts of weight in a short period of time, it is an attractive option for those looking to delve into the world of steroids.
Additionally, you will see benefits in terms of increased appetite, strength levels, and recovery rates after workouts.
A slightly different compound, Winstrol avoids many of the annoying side effects you’ll notice with many other anabolic steroids. Avoiding risks of gynecomastia, high water retention, excessive fat gain, as well as being a relatively short cycle. Although this may sound like a dream to some, it does carry significant risk with a number of alternative side effects, including:
- Decreased libido
- Nausea and vomiting
- Liver damage
- Hair and skin damage
With an average standalone cycle length around eight weeks, combined with other compounds the duration will be much shorter. With an average dose of 50 mg every other day, Winstrol can be administered via injection or taken orally. Obviously, the injection will carry less risk of liver damage, so take that into consideration if you are planning a cycle with Winstrol.
Winstrol is a great compound for maintaining aesthetics, limiting much of the bloat that comes with the previous two mentioned drugs. This means a leaner and drier look, allowing you to minimize any post-cycle cutting or intense dieting.