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The Use of Dianabol as a Supplement


Dianabol is one of the most commonly used oral steroids. Its chemical name is methanedienone or methandrostenolone and there are many different pharmaceutical and generic varieties including Anabol and Naposim. In this article we look at lower dose usage of dianabol as a supplement, as opposed to using pro-hormones or pro-steroids.

Dianabol has been shown to increase anaerobic glycolysis, which increases lactic acid build up in the body. This is beneficial because lactic acid is used by the muscles to form glycogen, which in turn provides energy in anaerobic metabolism. Lactic acid is also a key chemical in the disposal of dietary carbohydrates, which means you are less likely to get fat while using dianabol.

A study on osteoporosis showed that at a dosage of just 2.5mg per day for 9 months dianabol was more effective than calcium supplementation in reducing osteoporotic activity, it was also shown to increase muscle mass more effectively. Another study on osteoporosis which lasted 24 months, showed just how dianabol works on osteoporosis; dianabol increased total body calcium, and also total body potassium. This may not mean much to you as a bodybuilder, but the actions of calcium are very important to bodybuilders, as it transports large numbers of amino acids and also creatine and these two things are vital in muscle growth. Potassium is also very important, as it assists in muscle contractions, transmitting nerve signals, and insulin release; so it is also a very anabolic substance.

One very interesting study, although not significant in bodybuilding terms, showed that dianabol increases the sensitivity of laryngeal tumour cells to radiotherapy, and concluded ‘recommending this hormone to be used during radiotherapy of patients with the laryngeal cancer’.

How to Cycle Dianabol
To create a cycle for dianabol that is based around using it more as a supplement than a steroid, we first need to look at the current trend for cycling dianabol and analyse what is wrong with it. An average cycle of Dianabol is usually structured as 25-40mg split throughout each day for 4-6 weeks, either alone or stacked with other steroids.

Firstly a dose of 25mg or more commonly causes water retention. It is well known that dianabol does aromatise quite easily, and most of the water retention is usually attributed to a build up of excess estrogen. However, it is my belief that initially water retention is caused by the body holding on to water due to the effects of dianabol on the body’s mineral balance, in particular the potassium/sodium balance. This coupled with the fact that dianabol cause estrogenic side effects, leads to a lot of water build-up, and as there is little we can do about the change in the bodies mineral balance, the only other thing we can do is try to reduce aromatisation, usually with Nolvadex (tamoxifen) or other anti-estrogens. This is not the only method though, by reducing the dose, less of the drug will aromatise, which leads to less estrogen and more importantly less water retention. Reducing the drug during a cycle would lead to estrogen levels dropping slowly, so we should start the cycle with a lower dose of 10-20mg each day.

Splitting the dosage when you are using a low dose is virtually pointless, as you will get a much smaller peak of the drug. So in this case it is best to take it in a single dose in the morning (preferably with grapefruit juice). Although this will not prevent suppression of natural testosterone, it may lessen it to a certain degree, as your body will still have lengthy periods later in the day when there is little testosterone circulating, and so it may still produce some.

Now if we look at cycle duration, 4-6 weeks seems too short to have any real effect at a low dose, but how can we use dianabol for longer without placing more risk on our liver? The solution is actually quite simple; by taking weekends off from the drug we will give our livers a break from processing the drug. Due to the short half-life any active substances will be out of our system within 24 hours of your last dose, now this may seem like it will cost you gains, but in actual fact it will cost you little or no losses in the long run as even though there is no active drug in the body the effects are still present i.e. extra intramuscular water, and a more anabolic mineral balance. These effects usually taper off over several days. This method will not however, help your natural testosterone to return from its inhibited state, as this process can take considerably longer. If we take weekends off and use a lower dose, we should in theory be able to use dianabol for 10 weeks with no problems. A simple bit of mathematics can show this point best:

    6 weeks 25mg each day = 1050mg of Dianabol in total
    10 weeks with weekends off 15mg each day = 750mg of Dianabol in total

So as you can see, by using this system your liver will actually process less dianabol than in a conventional cycle, add this to the fact that you can make gains for 10 weeks instead of 6, and with fewer side effects, and you get a very solid cycle.

Trenbolone Cycles and Uses

Trenbolone is a highly androgenic steroid, with binding to the Androgen Receptor (AR) in the region of three times as high as testosterone. It does not aromatise and so is not subject to estrogenic side effects. In addition to high androgenicity, it is also extremely anabolic too, thus is very good at building muscle mass, and retaining muscle mass in a calorie deficient mode. It is also thought that trenbolone inhibits cortisol production directly through the glucocorticoid receptors. Trenbolone is often found to be a body transforming drug, and also can aid a little in fat loss. This may be due to the very strong binding of trenbolone to the AR, which has been postulated to be one mechanism that results in the activation of fat loss pathways, possible through direct binding to fat cells’ ARs. This makes trenbolone a favourite among bodybuilders for cutting, and in addition to these benefits, trenbolone usually results in large increases in strength due to its high androgenic effects.

Trenbolone although not converted to estrogen, does have progesteronic effects, which will be discussed further in the side effects section of this article.

Today trenbolone acetate is produced as 75g/ml or 100mg/ml. It is often recommended first-time users of trenbolone to use the faster acting acetate in case the side effects become too much for the user, they can then come off of the steroid very quickly and it is out of the system much quicker than, for example, the enanthate ester. For the novice user, 75mg or 100mg every other day (eod) is advised, however due to the acetate ester being even shorter than a propionate ester and the half life 1 day or less, to both reduce sides and aid gains, it is advisable that the user (if they can bear every day injections) injects trenbolone acetate every day (ed), at 37.5-50mg ed.

More advanced users may find that taking the trenbolone to amounts over 500mg per week has very desirable effects on strength and body composition, however note that the side effects will also increase with the increase in dose. Due to the negative effect that trenbolone has on libido, it is not generally recommended to take trenbolone without testosterone. However, one can take trenbolone for short periods without testosterone and introduce an aid such as Proviron (metsterolone) to help with the libido issues, along with proper extensive post cycle therapy (PCT) for recovery. A typical test-free cycle with trenbolone may include something like 600mg Primobolan per week, 400mg trenbolone enanthate per week, for 10 weeks, PCT starting 2 weeks after last injections. The enanthate ester and other similar esters of trenbolone can be injected twice per week. Below are some example cycles using trenbolone:

Novice:
Testosterone propionate 100-150mg eod, 6-8weeks
Trenbolone acetate 75-100mg eod, 6-8 weeks, PCT 4 days after last prop injection.

Intermediate:
Testosterone enanthate 750mg per week, weeks 1-12
Trenbolone enanthate 400mg per week, weeks 1-12
Winstrol 50mg ed weeks, 8-14

Primobolan 600mg per week, weeks 1-10
Testosterone propionate 200mg eod weeks 1-12
Trenbolone enanthate 400mg per week, weeks 1-10

Advanced:
Primobolan 600mg per week, weeks 1-10
Trenbolone enanthate 400mg per week, weeks 1-10
Testosterone enanthate 1000mg per week, weeks 1-12
Trenbolone enanthate 500-700mg per week, weeks 1-12
Anavar 80-100mg ed, weeks 1-14

Very advanced/pre-contest:
Testosterone propionate 100-200mg ed
Trenbolone acetate 75-100mg ed
Masteron 400-600mg per week
Winstrol 50mg ed
Primobolan 600mg per week
Halotestin 10-20mg ed

Cutting Steroids

There are many types of anabolic androgenic steroids; a full array of synthetic based hormones from which to choose. For most people there individual goals will largely dictate which ones they use and this makes sense; after all, every anabolic steroid has a primary function. In many cases each steroid is placed in one of two classes, bulking steroids or cutting steroids and while this placement can be correct it can just as often be inaccurate. Most steroids, both bulking steroids and cutting steroids can be aptly used to serve either purpose; take for example testosterone, alone this synthetic steroid can provide a boost to serve either function. Even so, there are steroids in-which to choose that will at times prove to be more suited towards one end and in this case it is cutting steroids in-which we are concerned.


Primary Cutting Steroids:

While each one of these steroids can be used successfully in a bulking or gaining cycle, most individuals will find these particular steroids to be more beneficial during a cutting phase. These particular steroids will provide four very important traits; muscle preservation, hardening qualities, low to no aromatase effect and the ability in many cases to reduce body fat. While none of these steroids will dramatically reduce body fat alone they do possess this trait; however, all steroids possess this to a degree, these just happen to possess it in conjunction with the other three necessary traits. The primary cutting steroids you will find to be:

1. Winstrol (Stanozolol)
2. Masteron (Drostanolone Propionate)
3. Anavar (Oxandrolone)
4. Primobolan (Methenolone Acetate)
5. Primobolan Depot (Methenolone Enanthate)
6. Halotestin (Fluoxymesterone)
7. Turinabol (4-Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone)

Each steroid on the list possesses the ability to bring about the four traits discussed above; however, the degree of each trait will vary from one to the next. For example, Winstrol, Masteron and Halotestin will prove to be better hardening agents than the other four; Anavar, Winstrol and Primobolan will prove to be safer for women; Turinabol and Anavar will prove to be effective but the least potent of all; the list goes on and on but each of these has a place in the cutting steroids family.


Dual-Action Cutting Steroids:

As we discussed early on, many steroids can serve both bulking and cutting purposes equally well and both Testosterone and Trenbolone easily fill this category. Both of these steroids will preserve muscle tissue better than any steroid discussed so far and Trenbolone, while fantastic for adding size during a gaining phase will also provide all of the necessary traits we want with all our cutting steroids. To be frank, not only are Trenbolone and Testosterone two excellent cutting steroids they may in-fact be the two best steroids on the planet to serve any purpose; they are both virtually perfect when we examine all the things we want out of anabolic steroids.
Bulking Steroids Made Cutting Steroids:

In truth, there is not a steroid out there that cannot be used successfully in a cutting cycle. Common steroids such as Deca-Durabolin, Anadrol and Dianabol that are normally viewed as bulkers only are successfully used as cutting steroids by many individuals. The key is understanding the function of each one, understanding how best to utilize your nutritional intake in order to reap the benefits you desire. Granted, the three steroids just mentioned all serve the primary purpose of gaining but each one has traits that can be used in leaning out as well.

Mar 5

GP Oxan Oxandrolone by Geneza Pharmaceuticals

Like many people you’ve considered supplementing with anabolic steroids but like many you’re scared to death; after all, the horror stories you hear are just that, horrific. Let’s be clear, all anabolic steroids do have possible side-effects that can manifest themselves but they are often highly exaggerated and generally avoidable when used responsibly by healthy adults; especially healthy adult men. Moreover, while side-effects do in-fact exist and even though they are by no means guaranteed, understand, all medications, steroidal and non-steroidal alike carry with them possible negative side-effects; especially when abused. All of this should be fairly easy to understand but one of the most common questions is “what’s the safest steroid I can use?” The answer is simple; GP Oxan or Oxandrolone.

Oxandrolone Safety

GP Oxan is by far the safest anabolic steroid on the market, so safe that the advent of negative side-effects is almost non-existent. Unlike many steroids GP Oxan does not aromatize, meaning, water retention, Gynecomastia and other estrogenic related side-effects are of little concern. Further, as most anabolic steroids will severely suppress natural testosterone production, while Oxandrolone will too it will only do so to a slight degree. More importantly, as an oral steroid GP Oxan (Oxandrolone) is very mild on the liver; this is of special importance because most 17-aa steroids, which it is, are very hepatotoxic but Anavar, as Oxandrolone is commonly known causes very little even in higher doses. In-fact, the liver enzymes of an individual who supplements with the steroid will more often than not find their liver values to remain the same or so close that the increase is negligible.

Oxandrolone Down-Side

Although extraordinarily safe there is one serious drawback for the male anabolic steroid user and that is simply this anabolics very mild nature. When trying to bulk and build new lean muscle tissue, for a man Oxandrolone is a pretty pathetic choice in comparison to just about every other anabolic androgenic steroid on the market. However, make no mistake, it will add lean tissue and for many perhaps all they want; we are simply speaking in relative terms as compared to other anabolic steroids. If you have any understanding of anabolic androgenic steroids you understand there is a very real risk to reward ratio set up around all aspects of this type of supplemental use. For example, the higher the doses the greater the benefit but the higher the doses the greater the risks; this not only applies to dosing but to the power and strength of many steroids as well. For example, the milder the steroid the safer it will be to use in-terms of side-effects but the more powerful the steroid often the more apt towards negative side-effects it will be; consider Oxymetholone, like Oxandrolone it is a 17-aa oral steroid but immensely more powerful and highly more susceptible to negative side-effects.

While it is not the best bulking steroid for men it can serve a fine purpose in cutting/dieting and aiding in giving athletic performance a little bit of a bump. By its nature due to its properties Oxandrolone will increase strength and is well-suited for preserving muscle tissue while on a caloric restricted diet. Unfortunately, Oxandrolone is very expensive, much more so than most anabolic steroids and all-in-all there are other choices most men will make as on a milligram potency to dollars basis it’s not the best investment in the world.

The Perfect Steroid

While there’s no argument that can say this is the perfect steroid for men, conversely, when speaking of the female athlete if there was ever a perfect steroid for her it is without a doubt GP Oxan (Oxandrolone). While only mildly anabolic, very mildly, it doesn’t take a strong anabolic effect for a woman to see massive changes and results. Further and this is where it really begins to shine for the female athlete; while most anabolic steroids cause serious virilization effects in women, GP Oxan (Oxandrolone) rarely shows any such effects in the female user when used responsibly. Responsible female use will normally fall in the 10mg to 20mg per day dosage and generally extend for 6-8 weeks of use before a break is needed.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is simple; in GP Oxan we have a very mild anabolic, one that is generally side-effect free and well-suited for the female athlete. However, there is a very important note that must not be overlooked; Oxandrolone is one of the most commonly counterfeited steroids on the market. While fake Oxandrolone is very common so is severely under-dosed; so much so that unless you’re purchasing human grade form the odds in receiving a quality product are slim to none.

Dangers of Steroid Abuse

All anabolic steroids use not prescribed by a licensed physician, is more properly defined as “steroid abuse”.  The reason for this is simple, “Steroids are very powerful hormones that can be extremely dangerous!”  They can cause a variety of health problems some of which can have lasting ramifications.  Although the twenty-three steroid related dangers listed below are not exhaustive, they certainly illustrate the risks and potentially harmful effects abusers face.

    Stunted growth.  Steroids can cause advancement and fusion of the epiphysis (growth plates in the bones).  As androgen levels rise it leads to bone age advancement.  When the bone plates are completely fused, growth is finished.  Furthermore, over-treatment with steroids can result in growth deceleration (slowing of the rate of growth).
    Steroids can cause damage to growth plates
    Increased risk of HIV and Hepatitis.  Because anabolic steroid users often do not have access to appropriate amounts of clean and sterile needles, or do not follow appropriate injection protocol, there is an increased risk of contracting HIV or other bloodborne pathogens.
    Increased risk of hair loss.  Anabolic steroids can convert to variants of Dihydrotestosterone, the recognized cause of premature hair loss.  In addition to contributing to loss, steroids can also expedite the process of male pattern baldness in predisposed users.
    Hypogonadism, the shrinking of testicles.  Because the body’s natural testosterone is no longer needed when anabolic steroids are administered, the body halts production of its own supply of testosterone results in a shrinking of the testicles.
    Increased risk of bodily hair growth.  This happens throughout the body, but not on the head, of both men and women.
    Elevated blood pressure.  Due to their ability to raise red blood cell count and Hematocrit levels, steroids can cause blood pressure to rise significantly.
    Increased amounts of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind).  This excess tends to remain on the cell walls causing conditions like atherosclerosis and heart disease.  An elevated LDL can generate a negative shift in triglycerides, which contribute to serious health problems.
    Lowered HDL cholesterol (the good kind).  HDL cholesterol is very dense, and actually helps to clear debris from arterial walls.  Lowering HDL cholesterol can increase the risk of coronary disease.
    Increased aggression.  Commonly referred to as “Roid Rage”, there is evidence that anabolic steroids contribute to increased aggressive behavior in some users.
    Addiction.  Although physical addiction to steroids is unlikely, the potential for psychological addiction is quite high.
    Enlargement of the left ventricle of the heart.  It has been well documented that coronary issues may result from the abuse of anabolic steroids, commonly beginning with the enlargement of the left ventricle.
    Liver toxicity. Orally administered anabolic steroids have been shown to increase the markers of liver function, and to cause liver toxicity.
    Edema (water retention). Elevated and imbalanced estrogen levels, coupled with increased sodium retention causes the user to retain water.
    Stroke.  Steroid use has been medically linked to an increased incidence of strokes.
    Steroids can lead to deathHeart attack.  Abusers of anabolic steroids face a variety of potential heart related complications, among which are an increased risk of heart attacks and the possibility of coronary disease.
    Prostate Enlargement.  Some steroids convert to Dihydrotestosterone and its variants, which can enlarge the prostate gland increasing the risk of urination problems and prostate cancer.
    Gynecomastia.  Certain steroids aromatize (convert to estrogen).  High levels of estrogen can cause the enlargement of mammary tissue in males, resulting in female-like breasts.
    Sexual dysfunction.  Some steroids directly cause a temporary of a loss of libido and sexual impotence.
    Infertility.  Some steroids cause a reduction in sperm count, resulting in decreased ability to reproduce.
    Deepening of the voice.  Although it occurs naturally in both men and women, steroid use can further deepen one’s voice.
    Clitoral hypertrophy.  Women who abuse steroids may experience an irreversible increase in clitoris size.
    Menstrual problems.  Female abusers may experience cycle irregularities, a hindrance or loss of menstruation, and further problems all of which contribute to a decline in reproductive ability.

Feb 4

Intermediate Dianabol Cycle

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The Dianabol cycle is one of the oldest cycles of all time, as Dianabol is the second steroid ever created, and one of the few created for the sole purpose of performance enhancement. One of the most powerful, and rapidly acting steroids we can ever supplement with, a single Dianabol cycle can yield tremendous gains in seemingly record time. It’s not uncommon for a single Dianabol cycle to yield 20 or even 30lbs in mere weeks, and as you may have already guessed, the vast majorities that supplement with Dbol as it is commonly known do so for off-season gains. That is correct; the best time to supplement with Dbol is one when bulking. Of course, you may be asking when is the best time to include it in a cycle, what doses should you use and what should you stack it with? Well, we have some fantastic news, as we will answer each of those questions here and now. If you’re looking for a successful Dianabol cycle, you’ve come to the right place.

Kick Starting

Without question, the most common time in-which most will supplement with Dbol is at the front end of a bulking cycle. The idea is simple; as the slower acting steroids are building in your system, the fast acting Dbol will yield gains from the very start, in essence you are kick starting the cycle. Once the other steroids kick in, and this can take some time depending on the anabolic steroids being used, you will have already made some nice gains. With the new gains made and with the cycle continuing, the other steroids will only enhance them, and with proper diet and training significantly solidify your work. For the beginner, and for most performance enhancing athletes, kick starting will define the Dianabol cycle.

Plateau Busting

While kick starting is an extremely important period of use, there is another period that is often left ignored, and profoundly underutilized by Dbol veterans. When we supplement with anabolic steroids, just as it is when we do not we will inevitably hit a wall. Once we hit a wall something has to give, changes must be made, or we will not make any progress. There are many ways we can make changes, many things we can do, but adding in Dianabol mid-cycle can be a fantastic choice. By its powerful nature, Dbol will help you blast through a sticking point and give your dying cycle life. Of course, this will normally only be attempted by those running exceptionally long cycles, and the only ones who will do that are those who have a lot of time in the saddle. This is not recommended for beginners and those who do not have a handle on anabolic steroids. If you want to implement this type of Dianabol cycle you need to understand how your body reacts to it, as well as the other hormones you may be taking.

The Key Factor

If you implement a Dianabol cycle, there is a crucial factor you need to understand. While Dbol is one powerful anabolic steroid, it is not a magical pill. If you supplement with Dianabol, it’s not going to automatically make you big. Granted, your strength will go up, but how big you get will be dependent on one thing and one thing only; food. If you do not eat enough to meet your growth needs, you’re not going to grow. Conversely, if you do eat enough to grow and you add in Dianabol, you will grow more than you would have otherwise. This isn’t rocket science, but for some reason, it is a concept lost on most. It is also necessary to note, if you are running a Dianabol cycle this does not mean you should eat like a pig. If you gorge and eat as if there’s no end in sight, Dbol or not you’re going to get fat. The rules of nutrition do not change just because you’re supplementing with anabolic steroids.

Cycles & Doses

For most men, 20mg-30mg per day will be the standard beginner dose, and in many cases all the Dianabol a man may need. For the more advanced performance enhancer, 50mg per day can be used safely, but you will need to keep a close eye on your blood pressure to ensure safety. You will find those who run as much as 100mg per day, and while some will get away with it, it’s not something we can recommend. Doses of this nature are extremely dangerous, as they severally open the door to adverse effects.

Intermediate Dianabol Cycle:

Week     Sustanon-250    Deca-Durabolin     Dianabol     Arimidex

1               750mg/wk           400mg/wk          50mg/ed    0.5mg/eod

2               750mg/wk           400mg/wk          50mg/ed    0.5mg/eod

3               750mg/wk           400mg/wk          50mg/ed    0.5mg/eod

4               750mg/wk           400mg/wk          50mg/ed    0.5mg/eod

5               750mg/wk           400mg/wk          50mg/ed    0.5mg/eod

6               750mg/wk           400mg/wk          50mg/ed    0.5mg/eod

7               750mg/wk           400mg/wk                            0.5mg/eod

8               750mg/wk           400mg/wk                            0.5mg/eod

9               750mg/wk           400mg/wk                            0.5mg/eod

10             750mg/wk           400mg/wk                            0.5mg/eod

11             750mg/wk           400mg/wk                            0.5mg/eod

12             750mg/wk           400mg/wk                            0.5mg/eod

13             750mg/wk           400mg/wk                            0.5mg/eod

14             750mg/wk           400mg/wk                            0.5mg/eod

15             750mg/wk                                                       0.5mg/eod

16             750mg/wk                                                       0.5mg/eod

Deca Steroids

Deca steroids are one of the most popularly used anabolic steroids of all time and have been so for generations. In most cases deca steroids refer to the drug Deca-Durabolin, formally known as Nandrolone Decanoate. While this high class of anabolic steroid is often simply called “Deca” this label isn’t entirely accurate due to “Deca” or Decanoate being an attached ester, not the actual drug. There is actually a few deca steroids available; there are even drugs of a non-anabolic steroidal nature that use this ester; several of them but it is without question Nandrolone Decanoate that carries with it the most popularity among all the deca steroids.


Understanding the Decanoate Ester in Deca Steroids:

The decanoate ester belongs to a class known as a decanoic acid, a type of fatty acid which provides a very long half-life regardless of the drug it is attached to. You guessed it, when we attach this ester to an anabolic steroid its detection time is also of a very high nature; deca steroids carry with them some of the longest lasting detection times of any anabolic steroid on the market.

Deca Steroids of the Nandrolone Form:

Like testosterone, Nandrolone is found in every human being; that is correct, our bodies naturally produce this hormone. Further and as it pertains to the interest at hand, this powerful hormone has the ability to add lean muscle tissue quite unlike many other hormones; even more exciting is this hormones ability to block the muscle wasting hormone cortisol. As it pertains to supplementation of the hormone, this drug is also available with a faster/shorter attached ester known as phenylpropionate but most will find the deca steroids to be more efficient than their counterparts.

Deca Steroids & Testosterone:

Beyond Deca-Durabolin type anabolics the decanoate ester is sometimes combined to the testosterone molecule, usually as a part of Sustanon-250 most commonly. This form of testosterone can be found alone and used as a single ester but it is not highly advised nor sought after. There are many other single estered testosterones that have been proven to be far more effective and efficient. If you desire to use deca steroids of a testosterone nature you will be best served doing so as part of a testosterone mix.

Deca Steroids & Use:

Deca steroids have proven to be some of the best anabolic steroids available but as there is as with all performance enhancing drugs there is a method you need to understand to reap the highest reward. Decanoate is a very long lasting drug as discussed meaning it remains in our system for a very long time even after use is stopped. Further, we understand the importance of proper therapy after we end any anabolic steroid cycle, commonly called PCT. To reap the most successful reward we must promote recovery after our cycle and when our cycle contained any various deca steroids we must take note. The most effective means is to end use of all deca steroids approximately 4 weeks before the cycles end and to end the final four weeks with only fast acting anabolics. By doing so we have allowed time for the deca steroids to start clearing our system, brought forth the time we can start PCT to an earlier date and highly promoted recovery. This is the name of the game, not only when it comes to anabolic steroid use but the muscle and performance game as a whole; recovery. Without recovery you’re only beating your head against the wall.

Jan 6

5 Mistakes That Are Costing You

Don’t let your muscle-growth dwindle after your initial breakthrough. These intermediate-level programming mistakes could leave you frustrated while others blossom!


The profusion of Internet fitness content gets a bad rap. Sure, there’s plenty of suspect advice and needless hating, but on the other hand, more people than ever are becoming well versed in the tried-and-true principles of muscle growth.

First and foremost, they lift—a huge step in and of itself, particularly for women. Second, they recognize the crucial roles played by nutrition and recovery. And just as important, they recognize that the key to progress for most beginners is simply following a program, consistently and faithfully, for a few months.

So is that enough? For a while, it definitely is. But then, one day, you are no longer a beginner—you are … drumroll please … an intermediate lifter. That sounds great, but in actuality, it means you have to work harder for muscle gains that previously came relatively easily.

When this happens, a rookie mistake—like not eating enough—can be the culprit. But it’s also possible that you need to bring your beginner’s programming up to speed with your new body.

Here are five intermediate-level mistakes that can hold you back.
Mistake 1 You Always Train in the Same Rep Range

The claim that muscle growth is maximized in a moderate rep range of 6-12 reps per set continues to be a source of debate in the fitness field. Although this theory is backed by research, evidence on the topic remains far from conclusive. But for argument’s sake, let’s say that moderate reps are best for gaining size. Does that mean that you should train exclusively in this narrow rep range? The answer is: “No!”
Those that understand muscle growth recognize the crucial roles played by nutrition and recovery.

Training in a lower rep range, such as 1-5 reps per set, maximizes strength development, thereby furthering your ability to use heavier weights during moderate rep training. In this way, you create greater tension in the muscles, spurring additional growth. High reps such as 15-20 per set, on the other hand, help to increase your lactate threshold.

By training your body’s ability to delay the buildup of lactic acid, you’ll help stave off fatigue when training in the 6-12 rep “hypertrophy range,” and thus increase time under tension—another important aspect of the growth process.
Your fix

Optimum muscle development is best achieved by using the full spectrum of rep ranges. Periodize your program so it is built around a moderate repetition protocol, but make sure to include training in both the lower and higher rep ranges.

Although a number of different periodization models work, I recommend a modified linear approach beginning with a strength phase (lower reps), followed by a fairly short metabolic phase (high reps) and then culminating with a hypertrophy phase (the 6-12 range).

When properly implemented, this predictably produces a “supercompensation effect” so you maximize muscular gains and see a peak at the end of the training cycle.
Mistake 2 You Use the Same Exercises Every Day

Most people have a limited number of favorite exercises that are staples in their routine. While it’s OK to prioritize these old standbys, they shouldn’t be performed to the exclusion of other movements.

Changing up your exercise selection has several important benefits from a mass-building standpoint. For one, it helps prevent the “repeated-bout effect,” whereby muscles become accustomed to the continual use of the same movements, making them increasingly resistant to trauma. Staving off such accommodation allows for greater structural perturbations to muscle fibers. This damage, like time under tension and metabolic stress, has been shown to encourage muscle growth.
Changing up your exercise selection has several important benefits from a mass-building standpoint.

What’s more, muscle fibers don’t necessarily span the entire length of a muscle and are often innervated by different nerve branches. Thus, exercise variety alters recruitment patterns in the musculature, so all the fibers get smoked.

Think of it this way: Some people like blondes, other prefers brunettes, and you have people who love redheads. Your muscles are greedy and like them all. To keep them happy and growing, you must give them what they want. Even slight variations in the exercises you employ will work the muscles somewhat differently, enhancing results.
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Employ a diverse selection of exercises over the course of your training cycle. This can be accomplished by switching around modalities, training angles, planes of movement, and even hand and foot spacing.

For instance, on dumbbell curls, say you normally think about holding the handle with your pinky against one end of the bell. To switch things up, perform them with your thumb against the bell. That slight shift will work your biceps in different ways.

The possibilities are almost endless. There is no hard rule as to how frequently exercises should be changed, but a guideline is to do so at least on a monthly basis.
Mistake 3 You Isolate Too Much or Too Little

When it comes to exercise selection, there are two schools of thought. One preaches that the only way to gain muscle is by performing the big lifts such as squats, deadlifts, presses, and rows. The other claims the key to muscle building is isolating muscles with flyes, curls, extensions, and the like.

Who’s right? Both camps!
Including a mix of both multi-joint and single-joint movements into your routine can improve both muscle size and symmetry.

This isn’t an either-or debate; the two types of movements are complementary. Multi-joint exercises involve large amounts of muscle and are therefore highly effective for packing on mass.

Alternately, single-joint exercises allow for greater targeting of individual muscles—or even portions of muscles — enhancing overall growth and symmetry. Including a mix of both types of movements into your routine can improve both muscle size and symmetry.
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Structure your routine to include a combination of multi- and single-joint exercises. As a rule, every workout should contain at least one or two “big lifts” and a single-joint move.

But even while working under those categories, recognize that for all practical purposes, you can’t “isolate” muscles. The body is designed so multiple muscles will always be active during any movement. You can only target a given muscle so it is more active in a given movement.
Mistake 4 You Always Follow the Straight and Narrow

Typical resistance training routines involve performing straight sets—where you do a set, rest, perform another set of the same exercise, rest, and then continue in this fashion throughout each exercise in your workout.

There’s nothing wrong with this basic approach; straight sets can and, many argue, should form the foundation of your routine. But once you’ve built that foundation, mix things up a bit with some specialized techniques if your goal is continued growth.
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    Supersets: Perform one exercise followed immediately by another exercise without rest.
    Dropsets: Perform a set to muscular failure with a given load and then immediately reducing the load and continuing to train until subsequent failure.
    Heavy Negatives: Perform eccentric actions at a weight greater than your concentric 1-repetition maximum.

These three variations can be excellent additions to a mass-building routine. They help to induce greater metabolic stress and structural perturbations that can take your muscle growth to new strengths.

Selectively add these techniques into your program, but do so with caution. These techniques should be considered advanced training strategies, and many people have made the mistake of pushing them too hard, too soon. Their demanding nature increases the amount of recovery you’ll need, and if you don’t get it, you can veer toward overtraining.

So train hard, but limit your use of advanced muscular-overload techniques to no more than a few microcycles over the course of a periodized program.
Mistake 5 You Do Too Much Cardio

It’s an understandable goal to increase muscle development while simultaneously reducing body-fat levels. And the way people approach this goal seems, on its face, to be logical. In an attempt to accelerate fat loss, they ramp up cardio while still performing intense resistance training. They stack intensity on top of intensity, don’t leave extra room for recovery, and then wonder why their body feels like it’s getting weaker rather than stronger.
Adding extensive cardio to an already demanding resistance-training program without factoring in adequate nutrition or rest can point you toward overtraining and bring muscle growth to grinding halt.

Don’t get me wrong: Adding some aerobic training to a muscle-building routine isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Overdoing it, however, is. The signaling pathways for resistance training and aerobic training are contradictory. Some researchers coined the term “AMPK-PKB switch” to describe the process whereby aerobic training promotes catabolic (muscle-wasting) processes and resistance training promotes anabolic (muscle-developing) processes.

In actuality, the concept of a “switch” is a bit simplistic, since most evidence points to anabolism and catabolism taking place along a continuum. However, there is little doubt that concurrent training has the potential to interfere with anabolism and undermine your ability to build muscle.

What’s more, adding extensive cardio to an already demanding resistance-training program without factoring in adequate nutrition or rest can point you toward overtraining and bring muscle growth to grinding halt.
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If your goal is to maximize muscle, keep cardio at moderate levels. How much is too much? It ultimately depends on the individual; some can tolerate more than others.

A guideline is to limit steady state cardio to no more than about 3 or 4 weekly bouts lasting 30-40 minutes. Alternatively, 2-3 high-intensity interval-training workouts per week should be fine for most lifters.

Just make sure you stay in-tune with your body and be aware of the signs of overtraining.
Overtraining Cues

    Sleep disturbances and insomnia-like symptoms.
    Dramatic changes in your mood, emotions, or energy level.
    Stomach problems.
    Consistently elevated heart rate and blood pressure.

Simultaneous muscle gain and weight loss is far more effective when you’re new to lifting and have a fair amount of weight to lose. It becomes increasingly difficult once you’ve been training for a number of years.

Once you’re no longer a beginner, the most effective route is generally to focus on one goal or the other. Buy steroids online http://www.halfpricegear.com

Peptide Hormones: CJC-1295

CJC-1295 is a derivative of human GH-releasing factor1-29 (HGRF1-29). HGRF1-29 is a naturally occurring peptide that is actually a truncated form of a larger peptide that binds to the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R) and causes the release of growth hormone. CJC-1295 has four amino acids substituted in its chain that result in strong binding to serum albumin and prolong its half-life in the body. A single subcutaneous (sc) injection results in measurable quantities of CJC-1295 in the blood for up to 13 days. Additionally, a single dose of 60 ug/kg of CJC-1295 results in elevated levels of growth hormone (125%) while the pulsatile secretion of GH is maintained. Furthermore, 60 ug/kg of CJC-1295 elevated IGF-1 levels to the upper limit of normal. A dose of 30 ug/kg of CJC-1295 given weekly maintained its response with no evidence of desensitization.

CJC-1295 is available on the black market and is currently being utilized by bodybuilders. A dose of 30 ug/kg equates to 3 mg per week for a 100 kg (220 lb) man and of course this would be doubled for a dose of 60 ug/kg. At these doses it may be cost prohibitive. Some are injecting CJC-1295 daily or even multiple times per day. There may be a danger of desensitization with frequent dosing. Many report seeing little gain with CJC-1295. This may be due to the fact that increasing plasma IGF-1 does not necessarily correlate with increased muscle mass due to changes in IGF binding proteins that may reduce the muscle-building activity of IGF-1. The “lack” of gains may also be due to users expecting AAS-like gains. Since CJC-1295 does not load water but results in lean gains as well as fat loss, large increases in scale weight should not be expected.

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