Frequently asked questions
Anabolic steroids (AS) are synthetic derivative of testosterone (the male sex hormone). Testosterone are responsible for normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for the maintenance of secondary sex characteristics which include growth and maturation of the prostate, seminal vesicles, penis, and scrotum. Furthermore, testosterone help in thickening of the vocal cord, the alteration in body musculature and fat distribution, and the retention of nitrogen, water, and electrolytes
Studies have cleary substantiated that nearly all the muscular hypertrophy experienced by bodybuilders occurs in the white (fast twitch) muscle fibers. fast twitch muscle fibers are simulated by explosive, power type exercises. Slow twitch muscle fibers (red) are worked with low intensity, aerobic type training. High repetition weight training works primarily red muscle fibers; they have little capacity for hypertrophy. Long distance runners are the extreme example of athletes who have fully developed slow twitch muscles. It is clear by looking at them that this type of work does not develop much muscularity, It has been my experience that the farther you deviate from high rep weight training, the better.
Another point related to training with heavy weights relates to muscle adaptation. The entire goal of weight training is to make muscles adapt to the stress of weight training. This adaption doesn’t occur unless the stress of each workout is beyond what the muscle can get used. Slow twitch muscle fibers adapt to stress by becoming more metabolically efficient; fast twitch muscle fibers adapt by becoming larger each time they are forced to adapt. These fast twitch fibers do not ever fully become accustomed to being blasted with heavy weights, Thus, they will continue to adapt (grow) when they are activated by the explosive lifting of heavy weights.
Another important point in building muscle size and strength is that recovery takes time. Remember that the workout is just the beginning, repair and growth follow as much as a week later. For this reason, we find lt unwise to train each body part more than once every five days. Eve part of body train once a week which is the best way to grow.
Getting down to the actual type of workout, we find it necessary to touch on our theory for sets and reps. We consider low reps in the area of 4 to 8. If you do not stimulate the bulk of the fast witch muscle fibers in the area you ere working by rep 8, believe us you are not going to hit it. As far as the number of sets per body part, it varies according to the size of that group. Legs are going to need around 20 sets; shoulders will do fine with about 12 sets. We recommend that a good 3 to 5 minutes be taken between each set. The goal is to put out maximum explosive effort on each rep of each set,’ you can’t do that if you are still breathing hard from the prior set, or if the muscle is still burning. Experienced and well trained lifters can get as much of a pump from a heavy set of 6 reps on a lift as others might get from pushing the weight 40 times. We don’t think that high rep sets do anything to build or even harden muscles. Get an excellent leg pump from riding the stationary bike, but that pump does not have anything to do with muscle overload.
At the beginning of each workout there is a warm-up of a few sets, These are high-rep sets designed to get the blood flowing in the muscle. We are training heavy, injure is certainly possible, By the time we get to the heaviest part of my bench workout for example, I have been lifting for about 25 minutes. This is very important to remember; do not rush into the heavy weights. It takes time to warm up the muscle and surrounding joints.
ALWAYS WARM UP VERY THOROUGHLY BEFORE LIFTING HEAVY !!
Also wrap my wrists and elbows for heavy upper body lifts, end my knees for squats. Perfect form cannot be maintained for all heavy lifts, but an effort should be made. A little cheating can be a good thing; total disregard for form just to lift the weight can seriously injure you. Going heavy might mean lifting 500 1bs. or 200 lbs. for you personally. What ever the weight is, heavy is determined by your strength. Always push your strength, but remember it will take time to build it up. Forced reps are a good way to get used to weight that is out of your range. Doing a few forced reps on maximum lifts can help build strength.
Anabolic Steroid Size Strength Side Effects
Baldelone Undecylenate **** **** ***
Fluoxymesterone * *** *****
Formebolone *** N/A **
Methyltestosterone ** **** *****
Nandrolone Decanoate *** *** **
Nandrolone Phenpropionate *** *** **
Methandrostenolone ***** ***** *****
Oxandrolone * * *
Oxymetholone ***** ***** *****
Primobolan * * *
Sostenon 250 (Sustanon 250) **** **** ***
Stanozolol (Oral) * ** ***
Stanozolol (injectable) * ** **
Sten *** *** ****
Testosterone **** **** ****
Injecting oil based steroids (deca durabolin, masteron, primobolan, sustanon, testosterone enathate, cypionate, equipoise) is done with intramuscular needle (1,5 inch long and 21 gauge), while water based steroids (winstrol depot, human growth hormone, Hcg, insulin, testosterone suspension ) are injection with smaller and shorter subskin needle (1.0 inch long and 23 gauge).
Yes they do. I would estimate that 100% of all professional body builders use steroids and I would go as far to say that 90% of the athletes that compete at the national amateur level use anabolic steroids. Obviously, few of these athletes are admitting to steroid use, especially at this point in time. Anabolic steroid use has never been more of an antisocial behavior than it is right now, and the stigma is getting worse all the time. Professional bodybuilders have to stand out and say that they denounce the use of the very drugs that helped them achieve their current status or they face serious consequences. The point of being a professional body builder to begin with is that they have reached a level of notoriety that is synonymous with marketability. Through seminars, posing exhibitions and endorsements, the professional athlete turns all of his hard work into financial success. All of that is in serious jeopardy if that athlete has been branded with the stigma of using illegal and banned substances to reach their position. Thus, you will see nauseating hypocrisy in athletes at that level, not only in bodybuilding but in many sports where the athletes are idolized by their fans and the general public. Many professional bodybuilders have sincere intentions when they condemn the use of anabolic steroids in athletics, as they recognize the enormous abuse potential for these drugs when placed in the hands of ignorant individuals. I would criticize their actions further if I could honestly say that I would not do the same thing placed in their position.
A cc (cubic centimeter) is equal to a ml (milliliter). They measure volume. For example if a vial contains 10 ml of liquid, that is the same as 10 ccs. A mg (milligram) measures the dose of a drug, A mg is equal to 1/1000 of a gram. A mcg (microgram) is equal to 1/1000 of milligram. An IU (International Unit) is also used to measure the dose of a preparation.
You can mix all oil based steroids in syringe and inject them if you are taking higher dosages at once.
– Check the expiry dates of every product.
– Make sure that the vial or ampoule contains the right drug in the right strength.
– During the whole preparation procedure, material should be kept sterile.
– Wash your hands before starting to prepare the injection.
– Disinfect the skin over the injection site.
– Make sure that there are no air bubbles left in the syringe.
– Once the protective cover of the needle is removed extra care is needed.
– Do not touch anything with the unprotected needle.
– Once the injection has been given take care not to prick yourself or somebody else.
Step by step for vials
– Wash your hands.
– Disinfect the top of the vial.
– Use a syringe with a volume of twice the required amount of liquid or solution and add the needle.
– Suck up as much air as the amount of solution needed to aspirate.
– Insert needle into (top of) vial and turn upside down.
– Pump air into vial (creating pressure).
– Aspirate the required amount of solution and 0.1 ml extra. Make sure the tip of the needle is below the fluid surface.
– Pull the needle out of the vial.
– Remove possible air from the syringe.
– Clean up; dispose of waste safely; wash your hands.
Step by step for ampoules
– Wash your hands.
– Put the needle on the syringe.
– Remove the liquid from the neck of the ampoule by flicking it or swinging it fast in a downward spiraling movement.
– File around the neck of the ampoule.
– Protect your fingers with gauze if ampoule is made of glass.
– Carefully break off the top of the ampoule (for a plastic ampoule twist the top).
– Aspirate the fluid from the ampoule.
– Remove any air from the syringe.
– Clean up; dispose of working needle safely; wash your hands.
– Wash your hands.
– Reassure yourself / patient’s for procedure.
– Uncover the area to be injected (lateral upper quadrant major gluteal muscle, lateral side of upper leg, deltoid muscle).
– Disinfect the skin.
– Relax the muscle.
– Insert the needle swiftly at an angle of 90 degrees (watch depth!).
– Aspirate briefly; if blood appears, withdraw needle. Replace it with a new one.
– Inject slowly (less painful).
– Withdraw needle swiftly.
– Press sterile cotton wool onto the opening. Fix with adhesive tape.
– Check yourself / patient’s reaction and give additional reassurance, if necessary.
– Clean up; dispose of waste safely; wash your hands.
Women athletes certainly do need to take a different approach to steroid use than males do. There are only a limited number of the drugs listed in this text that a woman would even want to consider. Among those are Primobolans, Proviron, Nolvadex, Nandrolones, Anavar, Winstrol, and synthetic Growth Hormone. It is important to note that even on the lowest dosages of any of these steroids, women can start to experience virilizing effects. This is because any amount of steroid introduced into the woman’s endocrine system is a serious jolt. Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of male hormones and can cause serious adverse reactions in some women. The most prudent approach to administering anabolic steroids to the female involves the use of low dosages of very low androgenic items. Women obviously do not have to worry about the Gonadotrophic suppression that men do nor do they usually encounter much of a problem with the hepatotoxicity of anabolic steroids. This is because they most often use low dosages of very clean items. Since the most androgenic items tend to be the most toxic to the liver, by avoiding these items women also avoid the liver stress that most men undergo. Women can however benefit from the use of estrogen antagonists. Many women favor the use of Nolvadex and/or Proviron while trying to attain muscularity. Anabolic steroids have been extremely effective for many women athletes who use them to obtain size, strength and endurance. Since the virilizing effects women suffer from using anabolic steroids tend to be permanent, it is prudent to use caution at all times. One of the safer ways that I have seen women use anabolic steroids is to stack two low androgenic items for a period less than six weeks and then take several weeks off of the drugs before coming back to another four or five week cycle and then taking a good two months off of the drugs. With this pattern, women can watch for adverse reactions which usually occur in proportion to the duration of use by the female. The use of Growth Hormone by women has proven to be extremely effective in some cases. Since Growth Hormone is not an androgenic drug, it does not result in any virilizing effects for women. Growth Hormone greatly increases muscularity primarily by reducing body fat stores in the woman while leaving the lean muscle mass unaltered
The majority of weight gained on a steroid cycle is from retention of cellular and extra cellular fluid. This is what many lifters will call “water bloat”. This initial water weight gain is beneficial up to a certain point. It provides extra nutrients to the muscles and increases their ability to contract by simply giving them more area to work in. The average weight gain on a steroid cycle ranges anywhere from five to twenty pounds. Let’s say a lifter has gone on a two month steroid cycle and gained a total body weight of twelve pounds. By monitoring body fat percentages, through body composition analysis, an athlete can keep an idea as to how much of what they gained is body fat. Although anabolic steroids can increase the body’s ability to mobilize and use fat stores, many athletes find that they go through an increase in body fat while on a bulking cycle. This is simply because they take in an excess amount of calories on an effective bulking program. This is actually a benefit, not a hindrance, at this time. Let’s say our subject who gained twelve pounds determined through body composition analysis that he had put on four pounds of body fat. This leaves an eight pound increase in lean body weight. Of that eight pounds, it is very likely that only two pounds are skeletal muscle. It is known that for every one pound of skeletal muscle you put on, the body brings with it three pounds of supportive cellular and extra cellular fluid. Still, an increase of two pounds of skeletal muscle mass is a substantial gain.
The “steroid pump” does have an actual physiological explanation. It is primarily due to the fact that there is more blood available in the body during a steroid cycle. One of the affects of anabolic steroid use is an increased production of RBC’s (red blood cells). That increases blood volume and greatly improves the oxygen carrying ability of blood. This increases the efficiency and endurance of skeletal muscle cells. A 200 pound lifter could carry an extra liter of blood during this time. This increased blood volume partially explains why some athletes feel “pumped” all the time while they are on a steroid cycle. It also explains the incredible pump you get while working out at this time.
This is really a difficult question to answer. Results vary greatly from one individual to the next. In general, steroid users find that their first cycle is the most dramatic in terms of the gains that they make. Some users claim to gain a solid thirty pounds on their first cycle while others notice little if any gains at all. Obviously, the athlete that has weight trained for a number of years, and continues to train intensely during the cycle and who eats a high calorie nutrient dense diet, stands to put on a lot more muscle than the athletes who are not disciplined enough to follow through with the whole program. It has been substantiated that a steroid user taking moderate dosages of Nandrolone Decanoate and Dianabol can gain twice as much muscle mass in a two month cycle than they could in an entire year of effective training. It is felt that an individual can gain a maximum of 4 pounds of muscle per year for every 100 pounds of body weight that they possess. This would translate to a 200 pound man having a maximum potential to gain 8 pounds of muscle per year, which itself would be an enormous gain. The first time steroid user can gain as much as 8 pounds per 100 pounds of body weight in a single ten week cycle. This means that the first time steroid user could gain 16 pounds of muscle injust 2 months. Their maximum potential without drugs would be 8 pounds in an entire year. It is easy to see that the steroid gains are substantially higher.
This does not mean that if a person can gain 16 pounds of muscle in two months on a steroid cycle that they could gain 96 pounds of muscle if the athlete were to stay on steroids for twelve months straight. Certain inhibiting factors prohibit that. Evidence suggests that the maximum gains of a steroid cycle are reached before the eighth week. It is rare for the first time steroid user who eats right and trains hard not to gain at least four or five pounds of solid muscle.
Veterinarian steroids do not have to meet the exact same sanitary specifications that human pharmaceuticals do; however, they are generally made under sanitary conditions. Legitimate veterinarian steroids are certainly a much better choice than using any form of a counterfeit. I have never heard from an athlete that felt they were harmed by the use of a veterinarian steroid. Interestingly enough, some of the most modern anabolic steroids are for animals. However, there are numerous new veterinarian anabolic steroid preparations being developed every year. A number of these preparations look to be remarkably anabolic with minimal androgenic qualities. These agents should optimize muscle mass increases while minimizing androgenic side effects. Australia seems to be producing most of these new vet drugs.
The pre-contest use of Anadrol is untraditional yet several bodybuilders claim to have done it with outstanding results. Few, if any steroids, deliver the type of size and strength gains seen with Anadrol. Anadrol gives the muscles bulk and fullness that would be extremely desirable in a bodybuilding show. The problem is that Anadrol almost always causes water retention and it aromatizes quite easily resulting in high estrogen levels. Some bodybuilders have successfully managed this estrogen and water retention problem by using Nolvadex at 10 to 20 mg per day in a stack with 50 mg of Anadrol right up to the day before the bodybuilding contest. Very often, a prescription diuretic such as Dyazide, Lasix, or Aldactazide is used for three or four days before the bodybuilding contest to eliminate what subcutaneous water retention did exist. Usually, it is a good idea to supplement potassium salts such as Slow-K when using prescription diuretics. Some athletes have been able to control the water retention with over the counter diuretics. Other effective methods have involved taking the Anadrol right up until the week before the contest and then switching to Halotestin for the last seven days. This has worked well for some who find that the Anadrol takes a good two or three days to get out of the system and then they find they still have the muscle fullness yet don’t have the water retention problem. Halotestin maintains muscle hardness without the water retention.
It is common for athletes to use a small amount of a mild anabolic steroid between cycles, but it is not a good idea. Non-stop use can inhibit the body’s natural testosterone production and other endocrine system functions from returning to normal. Although such low dosages would likely not exhibit any toxicity nor promote any significant side effects, they would also not yield much in the way of positive effects. Many bodybuilders continue to use small dosages of steroids between cycles because of their insecurities with letting go of steroids completely. Many steroid users develop an attitude that if they are not taking any steroids they are simply not making any gains, and to justify even training they will use small amounts of steroids between their cycles. If I were to make a recommendation on the use of low dosages of mild steroids between cycles I would not encourage it. The off cycle period is a time to train natural and let the body fully recover from the steroid use and I believe you can only fully recover if all steroids are eliminated from the system.
Glass ampules are a real pain. The proper way to open them is to score them around the narrowest part of their neck. To score these glass ampules it is best to use a metal knife with small teeth. Occasionally, these are provided with the ampule and these knives work best. If these knives are not provided it occasionally works to use a fingernail file, grapefruit knife, or a type of kitchen knife with very small teeth. This knife should be rotated around the narrow part of the neck in a sawing motion. After a white line or “score’ is clearly evident on the neck, the ampule is ready to be cracked open. Before cracking the ampule open, it should be placed inside a clean paper towel or a thin clean cotton towel one hand should firmly grasp the lower portion of the ampule, the other hand should grasp the very top. A quick snapping motion should cleanly remove the top of the ampule. A needle can then be inserted and the liquid drawn out. Do not try to crack open an ampule without scoring it or by using your fingers directly against the glass ampule. Occasionally the glass ampule can shatter and this glass can cause a serious cut.
The rumors you are hearing are repercussions of a research project last year in which a half of dozen males were given various dosages of oil based testosterone (I believe it was Cypionate) for a period of six weeks and tested to see if they would pass a urinalysis. All six subjects displayed an acceptable testosterone to epitestosterone level which would not have resulted in a positive test. Two of these subjects were using a dose of 300 mg per week, which is quite a bit of testosterone. More and more bodybuilders are using testosterones for contest prep. They must learn to manage the water retention that can accompany such use; this is often done with the use of unbanned diuretics. The use of injectable testosterones amongst college football players is reportedly very high. You might guess that the NFL has a high percentage of athletes using testosterones as well. One athlete informed me that he used a high dosage of the oral testosterone ester Andriol (testosterone undecanoate) at a drug tested bodybuilding contest in California and passed with an acceptable testosterone to epitestosterone ratio. This bodybuilder stated that he used eight capsules of Andriol per day for approximately four weeks prior to the contest and only stopped using the drug two days before the contest. His ratio was 4.5 to I (a positive ratio is 6 to I or higher in most cases). Low doses of testosterones are the prototype undetectable steroid. There are rumors of exotic European steroids which cannot be detected as of yet but the actual use of these products is very low. The actual use of testosterone, on the other hand, has always been popular.
First of all, it would likely take a full three ccs of air injected right into a vein to cause a fatality. Small air bubbles injected intramuscularly in an oil solution do not pose a hazard, yet it is a good practice to eliminate them anyway. Small air bubbles that appear in an oil solution after it is drawn into the syringe will slowly rise to the top of the syringe if held needle-side-up. This may take as long as ten minutes with some persistent tapping on the side of the case. After the air has all risen to the top of the solution, the stopper can be slightly pressed which expels the air from the syringe.
After the cycle of anabolic steroid is recommended to take HCG or Clomid or better even both. Dosage for Clomid is 50-100 mg per day, dosage for HCG is 5.000-10.000 I.U. per week.
Anabolic steroids are associated with numerous side effects. Most of the side effects are mild and reversible. However, some are permanent and life threatening.
In both sexes:
* Decrease in HDL to LDL (good to bad cholesterol) ratio
* Edema due to fluid and electrolytes retention
* Increased or decreased libido
* Liver cell tumors
* Male pattern baldness
* Bladder irritability
* Increased frequency of erection
* Inhibition of testicular function
* Testicular atrophy
* Clitoral enlargement
* Deepening of voice
* Increase in facial and body hair
* Menstrual irregularities
Counterfeit steroids are a bigger problem than you would believe, there are more counterfeit steroids in the market than you would think. These steroids offer no positive gains, and some give the side effects of real steroids. Taking counterfeit steroids is like injecting poison into your body, bad effects nothing positive.
Using Excessive Dosages When taking steroids, the more you take is not always the best way to go. Taking excessive dosages has become a huge problem with steroids today. It isn’t only dangerous, but studies have shown it to be ineffective. The body can only use a limited amount of the steroid so the extra is turned into estrogen by the body.
Staying On Steroids Too Long In several cases, steroid users avoid waring signs telling them not to go on a cycle more than 8 to 12 weeks without an off period. If an off period is not taken, there is a higher chance for the negative effects of steroids to occur. If there is no off period the body does not have a chance to recover from the steroids, so more damage is done. This also is terrible for the kidneys and liver.
Eating Poorly Many people ignore magazines and educators that explain eating as being an important asset to growing, but the truth is, eating healthy has a big effect on the body. When on steroids the user must comsume between 4000 and 7000 calories a day, not meaning eat only fat foods. The diet must be high in calories and protein, but low in fat.
Training Incorrectly When on steroids the training must be intense and difficult. Instead of the usual weight that suits you, you must do excess weight and strenuous work for the best gains. The workout should involve the maximum weight possible, and make progress each time. Not Getting Regular Blood Tests Steroids are very dangerous and can cause great problems. Blood tests should be done often and regularly. When steroids are first taken many tests become elevated but will return to normal with in a few weeks. During the off period tests should also be done to make sure the body is recovering properly. If there is a problem with the Blood test, consult a doctor that you can trust.
Using The Wrong Steroids Many athletes will increase their chances of getting negative effects when they take the wrong steroids. The strongest steroids that build more muscle mass, have the most side effects. These drugs should be avoided if possible, unless there is a reason to have an unbelievable gain. But these drugs are very toxic and we would recommend not taking them.