Apr 24, 2015

Improve your physique with turkish getups

Unless you have been under a rock for the past few years, you probably have heard of the Turkish Getup. Some physique and strength athletes shun them off since they don't feel that they build muscle and strength. I’ve got news for you… they do!

They may not be a true strength and muscle builder, but there is more to an exercise than just building muscle and strength. An exercise like the Turkish getup can be the perfect addition to your program to keep your core strong, shoulders safe and increase your proprioception. This highly dynamic movement has a huge carryover to lifting heavy things. It does this with it’s series of movements where you go from lying down to standing up with a kettlebell or dumbbell without breaking form and keeping the bell from falling.

Here’s a short list of everything that we can get from within a single getup:

  • Single leg hip stability during the initial roll to press and during the bridge.
  • Both closed and open chain shoulder stability.
  • Shoulder mobility.
  • Thoracic extension and rotation.
  • Hip and leg mobility and active flexibility.
  • Stability in two different leg patterns – lunge stance as well as squat stance.
  • Both rotary and linear stability.
  • The ability to link movement created in our extremities to the rest of our body.

Let’s elaborate a little more on a few of them that really help physique athletes:

It improve shoulder health 
By stabilizing a bell through multiple planes of motion, it requires stability in the anterior, lateral and overhead positions. Not to mention the other shoulder propping you up. The rotator cuff muscles are also called upon as you control the bell, making it an excellent rotator cuff strengthener. If you want to press heavy forever, you have to take care of your shoulder health.

It increase hip mobility
Squats, deadlifts and most other lower-body movements require a good amount of hip mobility if you want to achieve full range of motion. The TGU requires you to move through large ranges of motion without compromising your structural integrity. When you bridge the hips up high and sweep the leg through, you have no choice but to open up the hips. Keep your hips happy and mobile with TGU’s.

It strengthens your core
You would be surprised how many core muscles it requires to roll and get up and down off the ground. Mobility is one thing, but the amount of core strength it takes seems to be the limiting factor in the first part of the TGU. Think of these exercises as the “super sit-up” with function. Keep in mind the core also involves the muscles around the thoracic spine, not just the abs. The whole entire torso, i.e. the core is called upon during the TGU. When you start to do the TGU with a heavy bell in your hand, you will feel your abs working, trust me.

The quick how-to gide

  1. Keep in mind that there are books that describe how to do a proper Turkish Getup. Below is simply a quick guide to get you started.
  2. Start by lying on your side, for purposes of explanation we will assume you start on your L. side.
  3. With your L. hand grasp a kettlebell or dumbbell.
  4. With the weight in your hand roll onto your back and press the weight straight up like a bench press. The R. leg will go straight out in front of your while the L. knee stays bent with the foot on the ground.  Then move your right leg out slightly to the right for a wider base.
  5. Place the R. arm on the ground to stabilize your body at about a 45 degree angle and use your L. leg to help propel your body up off the ground. Do all of this while maintaining the weight up above you with the arm extended
  6. Next take your R. leg and kick it behind your body. If you can't do this part of the TGU then stop there and go back to the TGU to pelvic post. Once the R. leg is behind you from this lunge position stand up while maintaining the weight up in the air.
  7. Now reverse everything you just did and go back to the side lying position
  8. Start with no weight and then add weight as technique improves.

For heavy weight, alternate arms for 5 reps each side. For moderate weight, I like 2 sets of 3-5 reps.
Please don't perform reps with poor form. Quality over quantity on this one! You should have controlled breathing throughout the whole movement. You are not performing a max squat; so don’t act like it during the TGU.

Apr 17, 2015

Oral Steroids VS Injectable steroids and muscle gains

Q: I’ve been on and off steroids for years. I respond well to them even at pretty low doses (300-600mg/week), but always crash afterwards no matter what I do. Lately I’ve been trying something different. For the past 12 weeks I’ve been taking 100mg of orals (Winstrol, Dianabol, Anadrol) per week, and have slowly been gaining size (about 5 pounds of lean mass) and strength.

I am hoping this will produce more permanent gains; less estrogen conversion to worry about and it shouldn’t suppress my natural testosterone. Do you have any knowledge of the efficacy of low-dose long-term use of anabolics?

A: Given that most of the oral anabolics have less estrogenicity than the standard of reference (testosterone), you should find that size is better maintained at the conclusion of a cycle compared to injectable testosterones, as you are holding, and as a result will be excreting, less water weight. When all is said and done, you’ll seem to hold more of the weight you gained on oral anabolics simply because more of what you gained was quality muscle (not water bulk) in the first place.

Anadrol is an exception among your list as it is highly estrogenic. Given the doses you are using, however, I suspect you will not notice this trait much, and (in line with what you stated) should be noticing some modest but measurable gains in strength and lean muscle mass. In the end you’ll probably gain more lean mass on a formidable dose of testosterone, but again, the difference between your on-cycle bulk weight and your off-cycle retained mass weight will be more noticeable on a cycle like this too.

If my math is correct, you are taking about 15 milligrams of oral anabolics per day. I don’t want you to be mistaken into thinking this is a “very low” dose. O.K., by some of the standards of excess today it may be considered low, but in a clinical sense it most certainly is not. Winstrol is given at a dose of 6 milligrams per day or less most commonly. When Dianabol was widely prescribed in the U.S., the common application was 5 milligrams per day. Aside from Anadrol, the doses you are taking are outside of the therapeutic range, and enough to present significant gains in lean tissue, as you have noticed. In fact, during the 1960’s and ‘70s fifteen milligrams per day was a common dose for athletes and bodybuilders.

This level of use is also more than sufficient to suppress natural testosterone production, so you still going to have to deal with some type of crash at the conclusion of this cycle, even if it is less pronounced due to less water retention. As such, a proper PCT (Post-Cycle Therapy) program is probably a good idea to look at.

The main concern I have with this practice is the fact that you are applying a sufficient dose of c-17 alpha alkylated oral steroids each day, and it is continuing for a significant amount of time. The usual cutoff point is 6-8 weeks. Immediately, I would question what your serum lipids are doing. How are you HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels responding to this cycle? As you may know, oral c-17 alpha alkylated steroids present much more toxicity to the body than injectable testosterones (and related non-alkylated steroids).

They tend to greatly shift the HDL:LDL balance in an unfavorable direction (increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease), and place some strain on the liver. While I wouldn’t be go so far as to say this type of practice is outright dangerous to your immediate health, I would most certainly recommend that you take caution. With any oral cycle, especially one going on for a prolonged period of time, you should be getting periodic checks on your lipids, liver enzymes, blood pressure, and general markers of health. If you find the drugs are placing too much strain on your body, they probably aren’t worth it.

If you find such is true in your situation, you’d likely be much better off looking back at the old standby injectables liketestosterone and nandrolone, which present no significant liver stress and have a much lower negative effect on serum lipids – crash and water retention be damned.

Apr 10, 2015

IGF-1 - The Hormone: Insulin-like Growth Factor-1

IGF stands for Insulin-like Growth Factor, named so due to its structure being very similar to the hormone insulin, and is one of a group of hormones call somatomedins. Growth hormone (GH) and IGF-1 share many similarities in their modes of action, and this is in part due to the fact that binding of GH to certain GH receptors results in a signalling cascade that leads to the generation of IGF-1. It is through this route that GH exerts its proliferative (proliferation of cells basically means cell growth) effects. Like GH, IGF-I enhances protein anabolism. Individuals who are normally fed and are administered both IGF-I and GH see no enhanced protein anabolic effect over either compound alone, however in calorie-deprived subjects, GH and IGF-1 appear to work synergistically to enhance a more positive protein balance. The current trend of thought and research suggests that IGF-1 mediates the protein-anabolic actions of GH in humans. IGF-1 also has properties including the transport of amino acids into cells and inhibition of protein degradation.

IGF-1 has been shown both in vitro and in vivo that it does not possess the lipolytic (fat mobilising) effects that GH exhibits, probably because there are no functional type-1 IGF-1 receptors found in adipocytes. This may come as a surprise to many bodybuilders who seem to swear by the fat-loss properties of IGF-1 use; however it is highly unlikely that this arises through direct IGF-1 mediated lipolysis.

With regards to carbohydrate metabolism, IGF-1 acts much like insulin (no surprise there), and administration of IGF-1 tends towards a hypoglycaemic (low blood sugar) state. Surprisingly though, this does not appear to be completely via the insulin receptor, but probably in addition by way of its own IGF-1 receptor. IGF-1 is thought to be extremely important in the overall action of insulin on skeletal muscle. IGF-1 results in improved insulin sensitivity, which is an important point to bear in mind for the bodybuilder who may already use or wish to use insulin. In other words, if you do use IGF-1 and you have not previously used insulin, don't start using it. If you are experienced with insulin and start to take IGF-1, insulin dosages may wish to be lowered as well as increased carbohydrate intake especially after insulin administration.

Use of IGF-1

IGF-1 is not a substance that inexperienced bodybuilders should consider using. Several years of anabolic steroid use is recommended before starting a course of IGF-1, and of course one must be aware of the hypoglycaemic effects of IGF-1. There are other serious risks that can occur with the use of IGF-I, such as increased risk of cancer, accelerated growth of tumours and enlargement of intestinal organs. For these reasons, it should be re-emphasised that for the inexperienced and novice bodybuilder, IGF-1 should not be taken lightly.

Due to the very short half-life of normal IGF-1 (<10mins) and its highly sensitive and unstable properties, plain (wild-type) IGF-1 is rarely used. Rather, an analogue of IGF-1 referred to as Long R3IGF-1 (LONG™R3IGF-1) is the preferred substance of choice. This analogue has had a substitution for the amino acid arginine (R) at position 3 (hence 'R3') for glutamine, and has been increased in length (hence 'long') by 13 amino acids. Basically these modifications to IGF-1 result in a peptide with lowered binding affinities for proteins that regulate IGF-1, thus increasing the potency of the IGF-1. The other advantage of Long R3IGF-I is its half-life being increased from minutes to several hours. Thus the user can get away using a much smaller amount of Long R3IGF-1 and administration does not have to be as frequent.

Dosages of Long R3IGF-1

Dosages of Long R3IGF-1 range from 20mcg up to 120mcg, although I would never recommend over 80mcg. A good starting point is 20-40mcg, however most start at 40mcg. Unlike GH, users report that the effects of Long R3IGF-1 are seen in a much shorter space of time, and a typical course length would be 4 weeks on, but some users go up to 50days on, 50days off. Many people use Long R3IGF-1 in combination with the end of a steroid cycle/beginning of and throughout post cycle therapy (PCT), and see increases in LBM as well as decreases in fat throughout this time. 1-2lbs of clean LBM every 2 weeks is not uncommon.

Long R3IGF-1 should be injected ideally post workout (PWO) on training days, although a morning/PWO split is also a good option. Long R3IGF-1 is best injected intramuscularly, and users often do this in a bilateral sense PWO in the muscle group just used, e.g. after training biceps one might inject 20mcg into one bicep and 20mcgs into the other. Injecting 5 days on, 2 days off is another common method employed. Although there is no direct scientific evidence of localised muscle growth, it has been suggested that IGF-1 receptors are upregulated specifically to the surface of cells that have undergone strenuous exercise, thus the reasoning for site-specific injections. Many users claim to see site-specific growth, however this as of yet cannot be validated as Long R3IGF-1's mode of action.

Side effects of Long R3 IGF-1 include in some cases severe headaches, nausea, possible hypoglycaemia and accelerated growth of existing tumours. For this reason I would discourage usage to anyone with a personal (or family) history of tumour growth/cancer.

How long is the stock solution stable for under these storage conditions?

Liquid stability data shows that Long R3IGF-1 is stable for 3 years (-20°C to 37°C). Therefore, the stock solution should be stable at 4°C for 3 years.

Is Long R3IGF-1 stable?

Re-test date for freeze-dried peptide is 3 years. Liquid formulation stability studies have recently been completed. It is stable for 3 years (-20°C to +37°C). We have data indicating stability in media at 4°C for 1 year.

Apr 3, 2015

Post steroid cycle therapy and How to Keep Your Gains

As bodybuilders, the first thing we need to understand is what is going on with our bodies when we’re taking anabolic steroids. Exogenous anabolic hormones (or derivatives of anabolic hormones) are being brought into your system. This causes the body to take a number of responsive actions. The first and foremost (as you already know) is increased muscle mass. Unfortunately, other things are also going on that aren’t so great.

When an enzyme or hormone is brought into the system, chemical balances shift around to attain a certain equilibrium. In a nutshell, your body will increase production of estrogen, cortisol, and other hormones in response to heightened testosterone levels, while simultaneously slowing (or completely stopping) natural production of testosterone. Biologists call this negative feedback.

Natural testosterone production relies on a feedback system; when your brain detects that natural testosterone levels fall below a certain point, it signals the testes to produce more testosterone. This is called the Hypothalamic Testicular Pituitary Axis (HPTA). Natural testosterone production happens when the hypothalamus gland in the brain detects that testosterone levels in the blood go below a certain point (this point can vary with individual people). When it detects this, it sends a message to the testicles to tell them to start producing testosterone. When there is enough testosterone released into the system, the process stops until levels fall again. This process happens all the time during a normal day (assuming you have no medical condition that interferes with or prevents it).

Why is this important?

When you take anabolic steroids your body detects that your testosterone levels have risen and it switches off natural production while levels remain high. If natural production is switched off for a long time, such as a typical cycle, it can take some time before the body starts to produce it again naturally. In some cases, natural production can be extremely difficult to restore.

The longer you are on-cycle, the more likely you will have problems re-starting natural production (this is what users call “shut down”). The longer you are in this state, the more muscle mass you will likely lose and the harder it may become to restart natural testosterone production. This is the reason that it is important to recover your own natural hormonal levels quickly and lose far less of the gains you worked so hard for on the cycle. High estrogen levels play an integral part in Post Cycle therapy (PCT). That’s right, you want to welcome high estrogen with open freaking arms, but there’s a trick to it. And that trick is the almighty SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator).
SERM’s: the foundation of post cycle therapy.

Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators are the foundation for any proper post-cycle therapy plan. A post cycle therapy plan without them isn’t a PCT plan. The purpose of a SERM is to block the negative effects estrogen, while your hormone levels go back to equilibrium.

Types of Post Cycle Therapy drugs?

Typically, people will use any or all of these drugs (Tamoxifen, Clomiphene and HCG) to help restart natural testosterone production. It is not advised to start post-cycle therapy until your testosterone levels drop below your natural level.

The different SERM’s:

1)Tamoxifen (Nolvadex):

  • Reputation: Most popular SERM for post cycle therapy
  • Pros:  Effective for gyno prevention.
  • Cons: Heptatoxicity
  • Popular Dosage (for a 4-week cycle): 40/40/20/20
2) Clomiphene Citrate (clomid):

  • Reputation: Second most popular. Usually taken the first week or so to speed up Testosterone recovery with Tamoxifen being taken the whole therapy.
  • Pros: Better than Tamoxifen for HTPA regernation. Less heptatoxicity.
  • Cons: Less effective against gyno. Can cause emotional issues.
  • Popular Dosage (for a 4-week cycle): 100-200mg/100mg/50mg/50mg

3) HCG(Human Chorionic Gonadotropin):

  • Reputation: Used in conjunction with SERMS. Best results seen in medium to long cycles.
  • Pros: Used to stimulate testosterone production in men.
  • Cons: Not to be used with signs of gyno as it can worsen the situation.
  • Popular dosage(last 4 weeks of cycle): 2000 IU/week, with 500 IU 4x/week, or 250 IU/dayor 500 IU every other day (these come to 1750 IU/week)

Mar 27, 2015

GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals

GP Test Cyp 250 produced by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is an injectable steroid which contains 250 mg/ml of the hormone Testosterone Cypionate.

The Cypionate ester of this drug makes its release into slow and therefore is requires injections to be less frequent than they would be if a bodybuilder using Propionate. Athletes using GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals often find that a twice weekly injection schedule is very sufficient for maintaining steady blood levels of the hormone.

Testosterone is the most common anabolic hormone that there is and is also considered the most basic. Bodybuilders often consider Testosterone the base steroid to most all cycles. Testosterone is both anabolic and androgenic in nature. Users of GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals will notice a dramatic gain in muscle size and strength, as well as an overall sense of well being and increases libido and sex drive.

GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals Side Effects

As with all Testosterone injectables, GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals can expect a considerable gain in muscle mass and strength during a cycle. The mass gained from GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is likely to be accompanied by quite a bit of water retention. The resulting loss of definition of course makes GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals a very poor choice for dieting or cutting phases. The excess level of estrogen brought about can cause development of gynecomastia rather quickly. Should one notice an uncomfortable soreness, swelling or lump under the nipple, an ancillary drug like GP Nolva should be added immediately. This will minimize the effect of estrogen greatly, making the steroid much more tolerable to use. The powerful anti-aromatases GP Anastrozole or GP Exemestane are yet a better choice.

Since GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals consist of Testosterone, primary male androgen, we should expect to see pronounced androgenic side effects. Much intensity is related to the rate in which the body converts Testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is the devious metabolite responsible for the high prominence of androgenic side effects associated with testosterone use. This includes the development of oily skin, acne, body/facial hair growth and male pattern balding. Those worried that they may have a genetic predisposition toward male pattern baldness may wish to avoid Testosterone altogether. Others opt to add the ancillary drug GP Proviron, that prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. This can greatly reduce the chance for running into a hair loss problem, and will probably lower the intensity of other androgenic side effects.

GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals Dosage

Although active in the body for much longer time, GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is injected on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in order to maintain stable blood levels. At a dosage of 250 mg to 800 mg per week we should certainly see dramatic results. It is interesting to note that while a large number of other steroidal compounds have been made available since Testosterone injectables, they are still considered to be the dominant bulking agents among bodybuilders. There is little argument that GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is among the most powerful mass drugs. When taking dosages above 800-1000 mg per week there is little doubt that water retention will come to be the primary gain, far outweighing the new mass accumulation. The practice of "megadosing" is therefore inefficient, especially when we take into account the typical high cost of steroids today.

GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals Cycles

It is also important to remember that the use of an injectable GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals will quickly suppress endogenous Testosterone production. It is therefore mandatory to complete a proper post cycle therapy, consisting of Hugotropin and GP Clomiphene or GP Nolva at the conclusion of a cycle. This should help the user avoid a strong "crash" due to hormonal imbalance, which can strip away much of the new muscle mass and strength. This is no doubt the reason why many athletes claim to be very disappointed with the final result of steroid use, as there is often only a slight permanent gain if anabolics are discontinued incorrectly. Of course we cannot expect to retain every pound of new body-weight after a cycle. This is especially true whenever we are withdrawing a strong (aromatizing) androgen like Testosterone, as a considerable drop in weight (and strength) is to be expected as retained water is excreted. This should not be of much concern; instead the user should focus on ancillary drug therapy so as to preserve the solid mass underneath. Another way athletes have found to lessen the "crash", is to first replace the Testosterone with a milder anabolic like GP Deca 250 or GP Bold 200.

GP Test Cyp 250 by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is administered alone, at a typical dosage (200-400 mg per week), for the following month or two. In this "stepping down" procedure the user is attempting to turn the watery bulk of a strong Testosterone into the more solid muscularity we see with Nandrolone preparations. In many instances this practice proves to be very effective. Of course we must remember to still administer ancillary drugs at the conclusion, as endogenous Testosterone production will not be rebounding during the GP Deca 250 therapy.

Mar 20, 2015

Primobolan and Primobolan Depot Cycles for Lean Muscle Gains

If ever there was a steroid that can be considered “perfect” (or as perfect as can be), it would be Primobolan. It’s considered to be the safest and least suppressive anabolic steroid, has few side effects and is extremely effective. So why isn’t Primobolan used by everybody? The reasons may lie in many of the misconceptions surrounding this incredible drug.

Primobolan does not give fast gains, or more accurately, does not cause a quick increase in water retention, therefore it’s considered “weak”, yet in terms of building solid muscle, it’s one of the most effective steroids available.

All steroids are based on the testosterone molecule and all steroids provide two functions – one, of mimicking androgenic effects within the body. (Basically all “male” attributes – strength, aggression, the ability to grow muscle, etc). And there’s also the “anabolic” effect, in that they recirculate nitrogen (protein) therefore utilizing more of the necessary building blocks needed for tissue growth and repair. Unless sufficient amino acids are present muscle growth will be sub par and in the case of Primobolan this is of utmost significance. You MUST train hard and you MUST eat a lot of protein. THAT, is when you’ll see what Primobolan can do.

The concept behind Primobolan was to have a far greater anabolic to androgenic ratio. The reasoning is not far removed from the original steroid Dianabol, which was formulated to be a “kinder, gentler” form of testosterone. In this way, the athlete can get all the benefits of greater muscle growth without all the detriment and suppression of excess androgens. In the case of Dianabol, it was a good idea yet just it didn’t turn out quite as well as expected. With Primobolan, they got it right.

Primobolan also has a unique fat burning/estrogen blocking capability resulting in “lean gains.” (Leading some people to believe it’s just a “cutter” which is also ridiculous since all steroids are growth drugs). It doesn’t actually burn fat but it can prevent more fat from being formed.

Being a DHT derivative (technically it’s DHB) Primobolan blocks SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) thus preventing estrogen from forming. When using Primobolan you not only do not need to add an anti aromatase it acts as one on its own, so if you add testosterone, an anti e may not be required.

If you’re wondering if you can do a cycle solely of Primobolan without suppression you’d be mistaken. Although mild, Primobolan is a source of exogenous androgen and after a few weeks the HPTA will begin to shut down and one’s natural Testosterone production will be compromised since the androgens in the drugs will not sufficiently replace what’s been lost. Consequently, strength and libido will tank. For that reason, most bodybuilders add some testosterone into a Primobolan cycle.

Primobolan has often been compared to Deca Durabolin – most likely due to the fact that they’re both mildly androgenic. However, Deca’s “nandrolone” qualities are actually more suppressive than straight testosterone. Deca also increases progesterone that causes extreme water retention, which incidentally is often regarded, incorrectly, as muscle growth. Primobolan causes almost no water retention that is why many people feel it isn’t a good “mass” builder, which is probably its biggest misconception. Primobolan is deceptive in that the gains are so clean they aren’t overtly apparent at first - which accounts for another myth that Primobolan takes weeks to “kick in.” That, of course, is nonsense. It begins working within hours, but the results may not be noticeable for a while.

Primobolan can be an outstanding size drug on a bulking cycle, If... you consume adequate protein. That is the principal on which it is based. It repairs though increased anabolism. Without the food source, the drug has nothing to work with, so if you aren’t committed to training hard and eating a lot of protein, Primo will be a disappointment. But for more advanced trainers, and those who are used to training naturally, Primo will seem like a wonder drug. Which it kinda is.

There is also an oral form of Primobolan that is often overlooked, the reason being, they are probably the most impractical steroids available. Primobolan acetate is not 17 alpha alkylated, therefore they do not stress the liver. Sounds great, eh? The problem is, they’re only bioavailability for about 4 hours, resulting in several dosages throughout the day (and night) in order to maintain stable blood levels.

People are concerned with hair loss with the usage of Primobolan but most users claim it’s no harder on the hairline than straight testosterone.

Because of Primobolan’s mild nature some bodybuilders use it as a “bridge” between cycles though that is not recommended since it will further suppress natural testosterone production and make it more difficult to rebound.

Primobolan can be an excellent addition to HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) (200 mgs of Primo with 100mgs of testosterone weekly) but it is not available even with a prescription in most countries.


Primobolan is usually injected several times a week since a cc contains only 100 mgs. ( This is due to a heavy molecular weight. Only so much will “fit” into a ml of oil). It’s active for approximately 2 weeks. Anything under 200 mgs a week will not show a tremendous difference but once it goes to 400 mgs, that’s when the magic usually begins. Also due to the molecular weight, Primo tends to be a painful shot. Not bad going in, but the next day you can expect some soreness.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was known to love Primo and to use 100mgs a day, which by today’s standard is quite conservative for a pro but back in the 70’s it was considered outrageous! As mentioned, Primo needs a more androgenic compound to truly get the maximum benefit so an additional steroid is often used and Arnold was thought to maybe use 50 mgs of d-bol a day, which was also pushing the envelope at the time. As little as 200 mgs of test will suffice to maintain a favorable androgenic environment. (Though most people use more, which is essentially more than they need. At a certain point, the risk/benefit ratio becomes unfavorable).

Mar 4, 2015

Proviron Minimum and maximum dosages per cycle.

As Proviron is one of the most misunderstood steroids on earth, so are Proviron Doses. One reason for this misunderstanding is this steroid's ratings based on its structural nature; however, its translating action does not match up to its structural nature.

This often leads many to supplement with low Proviron doses that are honestly a waste of time, but there is a similar problem with high doses. As you have seen in the profile page, Proviron has the ability to increase free testosterone levels, but it even goes a step further. This anabolic steroid has the ability to increase Luteinizing Hormone (LH) levels. LH being one of two hormones responsible for natural testosterone production, the other being Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). While this steroid has such an ability, if the dose goes too high, natural testosterone suppression will occur; as you can see, there will be a fine line to walk when it comes to Proviron doses.

Minimum Proviron Doses:

Proviron doses of 25mg per day are enough to promote the traits held within. However, it will be minimal and often so minimal it's not going to produce anything of notable worth. Most men will need total Proviron doses of at least 50mg per day, and in many cases, this will be all they ever need. The dosing can increase, and often within the realm of safety, but you need to keep something in mind. When we increase our Proviron doses beyond the 50mg point, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) related side effects increase in risk, but we can still increase within the realm of safety.

Increasing Proviron Doses:

50mg is a great place to start, but most men will find Proviron doses of 100mg to 150mg per day to be far more efficient and effective. Such doses will ensure all the effects of this DHT compound are maximized, and if there are no underlying physical issues and no abuse of other steroids you should still be in the realm of safety. Such Proviron doses will still keep you in the realm of promoting more testosterone, and that's one of the primary reasons behind Proviron supplementation. If such doses are attempted, you will need to keep a close eye on your prostate; ensure you receive a physical on a regular basis.

Maximum Proviron Doses:

When it comes to maximum Proviron doses, 200mg per day is as far as anyone should ever take it; however, there is rarely a need for such a dosing. First and foremost, it's unlikely you'll receive a greater benefit of any worth above the 100mg to 150mg range. But you will be incurring a large DHT buildup and opening the door to side effects with a far greater risk. Further, there's a chance you may not enjoy the testosterone benefits to such a strong degree, then again you may, but Proviron doses beyond this mark is unadvisable in all cases.

As youre well aware, there are numerous types of anabolic steroids; theres no such thing as just a steroid as popular culture would have you believe. How many anabolic steroids are there; more than you could imagine, but most who supplement wont use that many; in-fact, over their life most hardcore performance enhancers wont use more than a dozen or so of the top 20 steroids. At any rate, of the more popular anabolic steroids, right in the mix is Proviron, and we can say without question this is one of the most overrated and misunderstood steroids of all time.

When speaking of overrated, theres something we need to explain; were not implying this steroid is a piece of junk, but its so misunderstood the expectations are often blown out of proportion. Brought to the market by Schering, one of the leading anabolic steroid manufacturers, Proviron has been praised for its testosterone protecting and increasing effects, and some consider it essential to their performance planning.

Further, while possessing testosterone related promotional effects, Proviron also carries an anti-estrogenic nature, and on this basis you might compare it to a SERM or AI, but we assure you its an anabolic steroid. At any rate, this is not a foundational steroid by any means, and we wouldnt put it in the same category as secondary steroids like Anadrol and Dianabol, but it serves a purpose; in that there is no doubt.

With this in mind, lets take an in-depth look at Proviron and see what we can find.

Proviron Nature and Traits:

Mesterolone is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derived anabolic steroid best known by the popular trade name Proviron given to it by Schering. On a structural basis, Proviron is similar to many other DHT compounds such as Winstrol; however, its mode of action is a closer related to Masteron. As a DHT compound, Proviron does not carry an aromatizing nature and carries a low androgenic rating as does Masteron, but its anabolic rating is much higher. Even so, Proviron displays one of the most deceiving anabolic ratings of all time. Carrying an anabolic rating of 150, 50% greater than testosterone, Proviron will display little to no anabolic properties.An oral steroid, as you know, most oral steroids are C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) and by this nature they are toxic to the liver. While an unfortunate trait, the C17-aa nature is necessary in-order for the hormone to survive ingestion or the liver will destroy it, but it means the compound carries a hepatotoxic nature. In the case of Proviron, there is no C17-aa nature and no liver toxicity; however, this means the anabolic action of the compound is diminished greatly.

At any rate, despite lacking the C17-aa nature, Proviron carries a 1-metyhl addition that allows it to be used effectively.While weak at first glance, Proviron binds strongly the androgen receptors and Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) and it is by such actions we see many of the benefits of this steroid. Through such actions, Proviron has the ability to greatly promote direct lipolysis and even promote more free testosterone by its SHBG binding nature. Further, this creates a synergetic action that makes other steroids being used more powerful than they would be otherwise. These, along with its decent anti-estrogenic effect represent the traits that can make Proviron a valuable steroid.

The Benefits of Proviron:

From the traits and nature as described above, you should already be able to see the benefits of Proviron, but well go in a little deeper and provide you with a realistic expectation. Without question, Proviron is largely dependent on other steroids in a total stack and is virtually useless on its own; simply put Proviron has the ability to make your other steroids more powerful. Further, by its nature, it also makes the some of the other steroids you may be using safer due to its anti-estrogenic nature. In-order to put this in perspective, as you know many anabolic steroids aromatize heavily and cause an estrogen buildup, but with Proviron, as is with Masteron this can be limited and many estrogenic related side effects can be avoided. While extremely valuable, just as valuable is the exogenous testosterone you will be supplementing with in most cycles will become more powerful, you will have more testosterone to pull from and utilize thereby making your total cycle more efficient.When it comes to the benefits of Proviron, the above mentioned are the most well-known and most commonly spoken of; however, this steroids promotion or metabolic efficiency is another worthy benefit.

As is with most anabolic steroids, Proviron will enhance the overall metabolic rate, but through its strong binding to the androgen receptors it takes it a step further and can actually promote direct fat loss. Even so, we wouldnt call this a cutting steroid per say but one that simply enhances or promotes all actions to a higher level of power.

The Side Effects of Proviron:

If its an anabolic steroid, its going to carry possible adverse side effects. For that matter, if we put it into our body, and this goes for all things in life even non-steroidal substances its going to carry possible adverse side effects.

When it comes to the side effects of Proviron, in many ways we have a relatively friendly anabolic steroid. As this compound does not aromatize or promote any estrogenic activity, the side effects of Proviron cannot lead to gynecomastia or water retention, and it is relatively mild on blood pressure.

Further, despite being an oral steroid, there is no toxic nature, but were not quite out of the water. As you know by now, Proviron is a DHT compound, and there are three DHT related side effects of Proviron that must be addressed.

Of such side effects, the most concerning is prostate enlargement, and if you already suffer from prostate issues you should not touch this or any anabolic steroid. Due to this steroids strong DHT nature, large buildups in DHT can lead to prostate enlargement; it will take a large buildup and shouldnt be a concern with responsible use; however, you need to keep an eye on things in case there is an underlying issue. If for any reason problems do arise, you will find Finasteride can greatly aide you, as it is an androgen suppressor.

The next often concerning side effect of Proviron is hair loss; DHT can deteriorate the hair follicles; however, this will only be a concern for those predisposed to male pattern baldness. If you are not predisposed, you will not lose any of your hair, but if you are predisposed, while the hair loss will occur no matter what you do the DHT may speed it up. If you are predisposed to male pattern baldness and concerned about your hairline, once again Finasteride can offer protection; it doesnt always work but it does for a lot of men.

The final side effect of Proviron of any note is acne, and this is by far the most common side effect as DHT compound are notorious for causing acne. Even so, once again predisposition will play a role; specifically, those who are genetically sensitive will be the first to have a problem. If this sounds like you, youll want to ensure you put in extra effort when it comes to keeping your skin clean and dry at all times, but if this doesnt work it may mean you need to avoid DHT compounds. Even so, if you put in the effort, most will be fine.

Feb 20, 2015

Masteron is the perfect anabolic androgenic steroid for everyone who wants to add muscle density and hardness in a short span of time. One of the biggest advantages of Masteron is that it dramatically promotes muscle mass and body strength when body fat is low. In other words, Masteron is the best choice for athletes who want to gain muscles and add strength without gaining weight.

Primarily considered a pre-contest drug, Masteron also has the potential of improving free testosterone circulating in the body. Moreover, Masteron can quickly enhance the bioavailability of other steroids in a cycle. This is done by preventing considerable amount of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin from binding to other anabolic steroids to render them inactive. This easily available and affordable steroid is considered to be the ideal steroid in a cycle as it takes up a big share of the aromatase enzyme and thus reduces the levels of estrogen formed by other anabolic steroids used in the cycle.

Masteron has the ability to negate the side effects of estrogens due to aromatization. Masteron is well-known in bodybuilding circles for its potential of providing an aesthetic enhancement effect or ‘hardening’ or a ‘chiseling’ effect on the physique. This Dihydrotestosterone derivative is equally beneficial to prevent loss of muscles while dieting or keeping body fat levels stable. Moreover, potent steroid Masteron can even significantly reduce the odds of any possible subcutaneous water retention that may have otherwise obscured the view of muscle mass underneath. Masteron can even improve abilities of athletes to lift heavy weight and perform more repetitions during training sessions. Masteron can potentiate the effects and activities of other anabolic androgenic steroids stacked with it.

The recommended dose of Masteron for Masteron only cycles is 500-700mg every week for male athletes and 50-200mg every week for female athletes. Masteron is usually stacked with Ephedrine, T3, Winstrol, Anadrol, Testosterone propionate, Dianabol, and Trenbolone acetate.

Post cycle therapy drugs such as Clomid or Nolvadex should always be used immediately after or just before the end of a cycle with Masteron so that Hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis (HPTA) level is restored to normal and the production of endogenous testosterone gets restored at the earliest.

Masteron is an extremely potent prescription drug and must always be purchased from a reputed steroid pharmacy or medical store, using a valid medical prescription. The decision to buy Masteron and use it should always be preceded by the recommendation of a medical practitioner following thorough evaluation of all medical reports.

Masteron-Safe Use Tips

Masteron is not recommended to girls and women, especially those who may get pregnant while using the drug or those who are already pregnant or breastfeeding. Masteron is not meant for children and those diagnosed with health conditions such as testicular atrophy, testicular cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, stroke, and respiratory problems or those with hypertension, high blood pressure, and prostate or breast cancer. In case a Masteron dose gets missed, it should be taken as early as possible and then one should continue with the regular dosing schedule. If it is almost time for the next dose of Masteron, the missed dose should be skipped and the regular dosing schedule should then be continued.

Masteron abuse can result in irregular heartbeat, breathing problems, or leg cramps or pain in the toes or fingers. Use of Masteron should be stopped and medical intervention should be sought at the earliest if side effects like weakness, tiredness, breast pain, hot flushes, dizziness, unusual sleepiness, or abdominal pain are experienced after using this steroid.

Feb 13, 2015

Anabolic Steroids. Bulking, Cutting and Post Cycle Therapy

Generally, injectable steroids are more suitable for beginners. Orals can be more toxic, which we recommend to intermmediate users, so to keep our benefit to risk ratio high, we will only discuss injectables here. Many people get freaked out when thinking about sticking a needle into their body. In reality, its a very easy and painless procedure when done properly. You may read about the basic steroid injection procedure on our site.

Testosterone is the base of our cycles. A beginner doesnt need much to see great gains. Over the last couple years on the internet, the beginner dosage has slowly increased. Once upon a time, 250mgs of testosterone a week was enough to see very good strength and muscle gains. However, today, many people will say a dosage of 500mgs a week, is the very minimal. This is not true, this is being suggested under the thinking, more is better, which is false.

A successful first cycle (assuming the diet is in check), would be 250mgs of testosterone, every 5 days. Possible testosterones for this cycle would be Sustanon (a testosterone blend), Testosterone Enanthate, or Testosterone Cypionate. These testosterones have a slow acting ester, which means they do not have to be injected frequently. With a slow acting testosterone, a user will begin to see results at approximately the 3-4 week mark. If the user has proper diet and training, a 10-20lb size increase can be expected. Other positive side effects will include increased energy, sex drive, strength, and a sense of well being.

At this dose, negative side effects should not be present. Depending on the diet there may be some water retention. Taking testosterone propionate, which should be injected every second day (minimal), would decrease the water bloat, but many people do not like frequent injections.

For added boost, or possibly for a second cycle, a user can add Equipoise (Boldenone Undecyclate) with the testosterone. Equipoise is a popular veterinary steroid, which can be used for adding mass, or while dieting. Equipoise will give a slow, steady increase in mass and strength. Another plus to equipoise is that it increase appetite, which makes it more appropriate for bulking than cutting. 150mgs every three says will yield impressive results. Equipoise is a rather safe steroids, with no major side effects. It has been my many users at 800-1000mgs a week without any noticeable side effects.

A total steroid cycle should last 8-10 weeks. This is a beginner recommendation. Some suggest doing short 2-3 week cycles, on and off, while others will suggest doing 16-20 week cycles. We believe beginners should start at the basic 8-10 week cycles.

Surprisingly, the same above steroids can be taken to lose weight, and will work effectively. Steroids arent magic, they arent going to help you lose weight. They will help you maintain your muscle, while you are dieting, and give your muscles the full look, but they dont burn fat. Testosterone Suspension or Propionate are better choices than Enanthate and Cypionate, as you wont hold as much water. The Suspenion or Propionate can be taken 50mgs everyday. They are fast acting, and you should see a lot quicker results compared to the slower acting testosterones. Although equipoise increases appetite is also great for that veiny or vascular look. Winstrol (Stanozolol) is another option, but there is the chance of increased negative side effects. There is a chance of hair thinning, acne and liver toxicity but it all depends on how the users body reacts to the drug, and if they are taking anything to minimize the side effects. Winstrol can be injected at 50mgs every other day, or taken orally at 30-50mgs a day, (30mgs/day suggested) with the dosages being split up through out the day. A non-steroid drug, Clenbuterol, can be used to aid fat loss. Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator, used in treatment for asthma. It is slightly thermogenic, and increases the bodys temperature, which in turn, increase the bodys fat loss capabilities.

Other steroids
There are a few other steroids that are also for beginners; with very little side effects. You have:
  • Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate)
  • Anavar (Oxandrolone)
  • Primobolan
The only problem with the above three is the price, it can get quite expensive. Deca Durabolin can take the place of equipoise in the above bulking cycle, but we wouldnt recommend it in the cutting cycle. Users can hold water with Deca, and you just wont get the same look and feel, as you will with equipoise. Anavar is a great overall drug, but is probably the most expensive steroid available. It is known as the safest steroid, side effects are extremely rare. It yields slow steady gains, and can be used while bulking or cutting. Primobolan, similar to Anavar, it will give slow, steady gains, with very little side effects. Primobolan and Deca are injectables, while Anavar is an oral steroid. Several years ago, Primobolan and Deca Durabolin were two of the top steroids on the market. Because of research on other drugs, availability, and changing in prices, they arent used quite as often anymore.

If you dont come off properly, you can lose your gains, have emotional problems, and your testosterone may remain shut down, just to name a few. As you can see, its very important to come off anabolic steroids the right way.

First, let us see the basics. Forget the steroids, forget the drugs, we need to really concentrate on the training, dieting, and rest part of your life. Training focus and intensity must remain high. Your mentality can change once you are off steroids, so you must keep training hard, and keep your mind focused. You must keep your protein intake high as well. Dont think once you are off you can stop eating properly. This is possibly the most important time to make sure your diet is in check. Rest, rest and rest. Make sure you get a lot of rest. While you were on steroids, your body, more specifically you muscles recovered a lot faster than they would naturally. Get a lot of rest, and make sure you dont overtrain.

On to the drugs and supplements. Over the years there have been a number of different theories of how to come off anabolic steroids. Some say take HCG, some say not to, some say take Clomid, some say dont, some say take Nolvadex, some say dont you get the point. More info on those drugs are on our main page, and there is a huge drug database in our members section.

We are going to give two basic choices, and reasons why we decided to offer two choices. Remember, there are numerous ways to come off steroids, or Post cycle therapy (PCT). This is our way, and we feel its best. However, its just our opinion, everyone can do more research and decide what is best for them. Method one, Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate) only.

Recommended dosage:
40mgs a day for 14 days, then 20mgs a day for the next 14 days. The idea to use Nolvadex post cycle came around not too long ago, and Nolvadex only, even sooner than that. Users report full recover in their testosterone product and overall feeling. No side effects noticed. Thats it for the first method, nice and simple.

Method two, Nolvadex with clomid (Clomiphene Citrate). Users report an even better recovery with this, than Nolvadex alone. On the down side, Clomid has known to cause temporary side effects. Some users will get acne and extremely emotional for 2-4 weeks. However, many believe this is due to the natural testosterone production, and the imbalance with estrogen levels. 2-4 weeks is a very short period, considering your body is once again producing its natural testosterone once again, and you shall keep almost all of your gains.

As for health supplements, some like to take tribulus territories, which helps with the libido. Protein powders are always useful, while on or off steroids. Glutamine, which some swear by, while others claim it is useless, may be used as well, which is supposed to aid in muscle recovery. Creatine can also be started, which will help you keep your strength and weight (water) up, to avoid any immediate emotional disorders ie. if you happen to lose a bit of weight or strength, you may go into a depressed state.

Feb 6, 2015

Melanotan and Melanotan II

Melanotan and Melanotan II are peptides that have recently become very popular due to their abilities to cause tanning of the skin, something much sort after by many bodybuilders and those who like to have dark and tanned skin for aesthetics. The secretion of melanin causes the tanning and darkening of the skin, and melanin is heightened by Melanotan (more melanotan equals more melanin), a peptide characteristically twinned with α-MSH. The functions are not just limited to skin pigmentation, however. Hair pigmentation, libido and appetite are also determined by Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone. The tanning effect is heightened by the exposure of UV light, although tanning of the skin has been noted in areas of the body that do not usually get expose to the light. Tanning is usually more pronounced in the facial area and arms.

Within clinical studies the main side effects noted were nausea and flushing of the face. Appetite suppression is also widely noted with Melanotan, which could either be welcomed or unwelcome for a bodybuilder depending on their dietary goals at the time! Many of users experiences with melanotan has backed this up with many users reporting a feeling of nausea after the injections. At the dosages outlined in this article it would be less common to actually vomit from the result of the administration of the Melanotan, although this side effect has been noted in clinical studies (which usually involve higher dosages). Users have noted fatigue as another side effect of the Melanotan. Tanning, headaches, nausea, flushing, itching and irritation, tiredness, dizziness, and the formation of white patches are all possible. Melanotan II has been noted to have more side effects than those just previously listed, including increased sexual arousal.

The side effects associated with Melanotan often decrease with each administration of the substance, although most will experience the most common side effects of nausea and flushing only shortly after injecting the peptide, with the effects lasting up to a few hours.

Melanotan is the peptide that is being trailed for main stream use due to its shorter list of possible side effects from its usage. Melanotan II has a greater list of side effects due to its interaction with a greater number of melanocortin receptors. This brings about more effects from the peptides usage, and also can make the outlined side effects that both Melanotan and Melanotan II share more pronounced.

Melanotan and Melanotan II are supplied in vials as powders that need to be mixed with bacteriostatic water for injection. The Melanotan and Melanotan II powder are best stored in a freezer due to their slow degradation at room temperature, and are often shipped in ice packs for this reason. The degrading process is slow, so if your Melanotan did not get shipped in ice packs it will not make your batch that less effective as long as the exposure to the higher temperature has not exceeded several days.

As previously stated, Melanotan needs to be mixed with bacteriostatic water prior to injection. To achieve a concentration of 10mg/8ml, use 8ml of bacteriostatic water in your 10mg vial of powder. From this we can have a concentration level of 0.25mg per 0.2ml. This should be enough liquid for you to accurately draw up using a 1ml marked syringe, although you could choose your own concentration level using a similar process. By using a 1ml syringe we can successfully attach and detach needles, and store the solution filled syringe in the fridge ready for the next injection.

The required dosages of Melanotan are greater than that of Melanotan II. A daily dosage of 2-3mg of Melanotan will bring about fruitful results, and a daily dosage of 1mg will do the same for Melanotan II. To restrict the undesirable side effects it is often best to start the dosages at a level of 1-1.5mg for Melanotan and 0.25mg-0.5mg for Melanotan II, and build the dosages by .25mg each day until the target dosage is reached. The injection itself is done into the sub-cutaneous layer.