FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part Two)

FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part Two)

FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part One)
FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part Two)
FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part Three)
FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part Four)

Will I lose my gains after a cycle?

Losing the gains after a cycle is one of the biggest fears enhanced bodybuilders have. The reality is that while losing a significant amount of muscle mass after a cycle is possible, you will not experience that if you follow these 3 simple rules…

Firstly, you need to eat maintenance calories or go for a slight surplus after the cycle. Failing to do so is a sure-fire way to lose muscle and make it harder for your body to recover its hormonal balance after a cycle. YOU CAN’T CUT RIGHT AFTER A CYCLE, ONLY AFTER COMPLETE RECOVERY.

Secondly, you need to keep training hard at the gym. Many people relax after a cycle because they think there is no need to train hard when they are not on anabolics. Aim to train as hard as you did during the cycle to make sure the body holds on to as much muscle as possible.

Finally, you need to do a proper PCT or cruise on Testosterone. Cruising on a TRT dose of Testosterone and following the aforementioned rules is the easiest way to maintain gains after a cycle, but not everyone is willing to commit to long-term Testosterone use. Doing a proper PCT is necessary in order to restore one’s natural Testosterone production as quickly as possible and hold on to most of the muscle that was gained during the cycle.

It is worth noting, however, that losing WEIGHT after a cycle is very common, especially if the cycle consisted of AAS that tend to cause water retention. The lost weight will not be actual muscle, but water and glycogen.

How much muscle will I gain on X AAS?

Trying to predict how much muscle/weight you will gain on a cycle of “X” AAS is foolish because the answer to that question depends on too many variables.

Your current weight, the dose at which the AAS is/are used, the length of the cycle, how much you eat, how hard you train, how well you sleep, how good your genetics are, among other variables, will determine your results.

Are AAS allowed in sports?

Most sports organizations and competitions classify AAS as doping agents, meaning that their use by athletes who compete in them is forbidden. The main exception to this rule would be bodybuilding, strongman or powerlifting competitions which are not labelled as “Natural”.

If you are a drug-tested athlete, be sure to read the list of banned substances before attempting to give yourself an unfair advantage by using AAS.

Can I travel with AAS?

I do not encourage anyone to travel with banned substances, but a lot of users do it successfully. If you must travel mid cycle, you can either front-load whatever you are cycling or switch to longer esters.

There is no way to do that with oral AAS, so you will have to take a break from those unless you are willing to break the law and bring them with you (do not do it!).

This advice only applies to users who must travel for unexpected reasons. Do not start a cycle if you know you will have to travel at some point during the cycle.

What is the safest AAS?

Testosterone at a replacement dose is the safest AAS one can use. Even at higher doses, Testosterone remains one of the safest AAS for long-term use.

Other AAS that are often described as “safe” (even though they are not entirely safe) are Primobolan, Anavar, Turinabol, Proviron, Nandrolone and Masteron.

What should I do if I get sick?

If you get sick during the first weeks or halfway through a cycle and you are unable to have a normal life while sick, your best bet is to decrease your dose of Testosterone to a TRT dose (150-200mg per week) and discontinue everything else until you feel better.

If this happens later in the cycle, just come off and do a PCT or cruise on Testosterone.

Learn more

This article is an extract from THE ANABOLIC HANDBOOK, a 430-page all-in-one guide to using AAS in which you will not only learn how every AAS on the market works and what kind of results to expect from it, but also how to mitigate their side-effects, recover effectively after a cycle, keep track of your health with bloodwork, and much more.

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William Davis

William has been studying and experimenting with bodybuilding pharmacology for over 6 years. After being an independent researcher for all these years, he has decided to share his knowledge with the bodybuilding community through his science-based articles. His approach to enhanced bodybuilding can be summed up in the saying “less is more”, as he believes that prioritizing harm mitigation and looking for ways to maximize the positives is the key to longevity in bodybuilding.

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