Anabolic steroids – what is it? The first cycle for a beginner
anabolic steroids

For those who want to switch to powerful tools for weight gain and still do not know where to start, it is important to familiarize yourself with the principles of the work of hormonal drugs, their features, beneficial effects and dosages and methods affecting the body. First you need to understand what steroids are and why these drugs should be used under the strict control of specialists and only in case of real need.

This article is written solely for informational purposes for a general understanding, we in no way call upon the use of such drugs. And we recommend to achieve your goals in sports with the help of competent construction of the training process, observing proper nutrition of the bodybuilder and full recovery after classes.

What are steroids?

Steroids are hormones. But to understand how they work and how to use them, you need to know what hormones are and why they are needed. In short, hormones are substances produced by the glands of the body, without the slightest exaggeration, dictating to the body a model of behavior and controlling all the processes of life activity. The first steroids appeared in Germany in the late 30s. These hormonal drugs were used in medicine for the treatment of metabolic disorders.

Pro bodybuilders
Pro bodybuilders

Already in the fifties, steroids were effectively treated:

  • muscle atrophy;
  • burns;
  • anemia;
  • some forms of cancer;
  • halted the development of AIDS;
  • restored after operations;
  • rehabilitated after severe fractures;
  • impotence associated with hormonal imbalance;
  • osteoporosis.

All anabolic hormones, with the exception of some, such as insulin or growth hormone, are synthetic testosterone. Testosterone is called the king of male hormones, it is the main athlete in the arsenal.

Old school bodybuilders
Old school bodybuilders

The main properties of testosterone are:

  • an increase in muscle mass;
  • a strong reduction in catabolic processes;
  • participation of the hormone in the development of the sexual organs and secondary sexual characteristics in a certain period of life;
  • regulation of spermatogenesis and sexual behavior;
  • distribution and regulation of the amount and structure of subcutaneous adipose tissue, the acceleration of its splitting;
  • providing a powerful effect on the nitrogenous and protein metabolic process.

How do steroids work?

With the exception of Insulin, growth hormone and the drug Oxymetalon, which acts to increase red blood cells and is only indirectly associated with the production of sex hormones, all steroids have positive effects on protein-carbohydrate metabolism and absorb all the useful and necessary elements for muscle growth.

A great example of steroids is the construction site. Imagine that the human body is a multi-storey building under construction. For its construction, building materials (protein, fats, carbohydrates, trace elements and others) and builders (hormones) are needed. So, a person who does not use doping is a house under construction with a small group of builders. Due to the fact that they are few, the process is slow and the construction of the floor takes a long time, even if trucks with building materials all bring and bring bricks, four builders are not able to erect a skyscraper in a week. The same thing happens with the athlete’s body.

And now we will present on the same example of the athlete using steroids. Builders on his stand (muscle growth) becomes many times larger, and the longer the cycle, the more builders you can drive to the construction site. It remains only to bring up building materials and there should be a lot of them! This example ideally shows the work of hormonal anabolic drugs.

Bodybuilder in the gym pumping his biceps
Bodybuilder in the gym pumping his biceps

Side Effects

Like all drugs, steroids have several side effects:

  • high blood pressure;
  • excessive accumulation of water (edema);
  • masculinization; irritability, possibly pronounced aggressive behavior;
  • insomnia;
  • baldness;
  • crayfish;
  • acne;
  • testicular atrophy;
  • hypercalcemia.

Types of anabolic steroids

Steroids are in pill (oral) and injectable form:

Oral form is much more convenient, but it is considered more toxic to the body. Since the drugs pass through the liver twice. In the first round, the metabolites enter the blood, and in the second they are removed from the body. The processes of decay and excretion are accompanied by a chemical reaction that poisons the body.

Injectable drugs can be administered several times a week or even once, if used as synergists in the complex. The frequency of injections depends on the composition of the oil ester. After the injection of the drug intramuscularly, a capsule is created from the drug that is dosed into the blood. Thus, if the density of the ether is higher, as well as its composition is multicomponent, the dissolution occurs more slowly, which gives a longer effect.

Drugs differ in androgenic and anabolic activity

There is a scale of androgenic and anabolic activity – strength, which is measured as a percentage, and each drug has a special effect aimed at anabolic effects or on androgenic ones. For example: Methandienone, its anabolic activity is equal to 200% of testosterone, and androgenic – 50% of testosterone, and for stanozolol anabolic activity is equal to 320% of testosterone, and androgenic – 30% of testosterone. The higher the anabolic activity of the drug, the more effective it is for gaining high-quality muscles, and the higher the androgenic activity, the higher the risk of side effects, one of which is a rapid weight gain, due to the androgenic effect of water retention.

All drugs are focused on strength, mass, endurance, quality of muscles, but depending on their profile, aimed at androgenic or anabolic effect, and the result depends.

How to take and what are use features?

Tablets are taken 10 minutes after a meal or before taking a sports supplement. Reception before a meal is associated with a powerful assimilation of nutrients for muscle growth. A cycle of preformed preparations is taken by a “ladder” or a pyramid (gradually increasing the daily dosage) or background, when the dosage does not change during the whole administration.

It is important to know the time of excretion of a particular drug from the body so that the hormones created by synthetic hormones do not have “holes”, that is, they have an even effect. For example, the effect of methandienone does not exceed 6 hours, and with a single dose, the effect on the body completely disappears, and such a drug as stanozolol lasts nine hours.

Bodybuilder after the cutting steroid cycle
Bodybuilder after the cutting steroid cycle

The use of injectable drugs should be taken seriously. First, oily injections dissolve for a long time, and in the case of an incorrect administration they can lead to an abscess. Injections can only be done intramuscularly. The gluteal muscles, deltas and quadriceps are great for injections. Secondly, it is important to introduce the needle to the full length and use needles from 5 vat syringes, for ease of administration, the needles from 2-ek are too thin and are completely inappropriate for some esters. Thirdly, the ampoule needs to be heated before the injection, it will make the oil more liquid. Unlike oral medications, for which a daily dose is calculated, injections are calculated for a week or ten days. For example: a weekly dose of testosterone enanthate is 500 mg, which means that this dose is divided into two injections, with an equal period of time between them. Or every five days or every day of the week (Monday, Thursday).

Cycles steroids for beginners

The first cycle should consist of simple drugs, or one drug. Dosages should be used minimum, and the duration should not exceed 6 weeks.

Examples of simple steroid cycles:

  1. Methandienone. 30 mg per day, cycle duration 6 weeks. The drug should be divided into three equal doses of 10 mg. Regimen: 5 days 10 mg in the morning. 5 days 10 mg in the morning, 10 mg at lunch. 22 days 10 mg in the morning, 10 mg at lunch and 10 mg in the evening. The remaining twenty days there is a gradual decrease in dosage (5 days – 10 mg in the morning, 10 mg in the afternoon, and 5 days in the 10 mg morning).
  2. Stanozolol and Nandrolone Decanoate. Stanozolol per day takes 20 mg, and Nandrolone Decanoate 200 or 250 mg (depending on the manufacturer) with a single injection once a week. The principle of taking Stanozolol is exactly the same as the other tableted steroids. Decanoate should be prick once a week.
  3. Masteron and Oxandrolone. The daily dose of Masteron 30 mg per day, Oxandralone 400 mg per week, which must be divided into two injections with an equal period of time.

Some experienced athletes take stanozolol solo and achieve excellent results, so the steroid cycles mentioned above are just examples or some of the lighter complexes.

What drugs are additionally used on the steroid cycle?

To support the body with a long-term steroid intake, you can take cardiomagnyl to thin the blood, in dosages of 75 mg once a day after meals. You can take asparkam for the regulation of potassium, magnesium and sodium 0.5 to 1 tablet three times a day. Also, if you experience side effects associated with high blood pressure and increased heart rate, you need to connect a tandem of Enalapril for ½ tablet in the morning and Metoprolol for ½ tablet twice a day.

Diet during the steroid cycle

During the use of steroids, the athlete should increase protein intake in the amount not less than three grams per 1 kg of weight. Daily caloric content should not be below 5000 kcal. You should stick to multiple meals with certain restrictions, if they are necessary because of the special constitution of the athlete.

Between meals and before bedtime, you should take protein or carbohydrate shakes.

It is very important to monitor the amount of salt consumed, as well as products containing harmful cholesterol, such products are able to retain water and thicken the blood, which is a very dangerous effect, since steroids increase hemoglobin.

Do I need post cycle therapy after the first cycle?

Usually, after the first course of steroids, no additional funds are required to restore your own hormonal background, since the dosages and duration of hormonal means are small. If the athlete is counting on the second course of doping, then it makes sense to use any hepatoprotective agent, except Kars, due to phytoestrogenic effects.

Pct is needed after the steroid cycle
Pct is needed after the steroid cycle

Training on steroids

During the course, training gradually becomes more intense, increasing weight, the number of repetitions and the number of trainings themselves. There are no special instructions for training, they should be built on the task, whether it be endurance, strength or volume.


Steroids are very effective in gaining muscle mass, as well as in achieving other indicators and results that the king of sex hormones, testosterone, is directed to. If you approach the use of doping seriously, eat right, relax and train, an athlete is able to achieve unprecedented results that he would never have achieved without taking steroids.

Steroids are powerful drugs to make you stronger and bigger
Steroids are powerful drugs to make you stronger and bigger