Common Questions About Using Steroids
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT USING STEROIDS
WHAT ARE ANABOLIC STEROIDS?
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.
ARE ANABOLIC STEROIDS LEGAL?
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Anabolic steroid law in the United Kingdom allows body builders to possess anabolic steroids for their own personal use unlike such countries as America and Australia where it is illegal to possess these substances.
European laws differ slightly so please check your country for specific regulations.
WHAT SIZE OF SYRINGES AND NEEDLES ARE PROPER?
Injecting oil based steroids (deca durabolin, masteron, primobolan, sustanon, testosterone enathate, cypionate, equipoise) is commonly done with intramuscular needle (up to 1,5 inch long and 21 gauge), while water based steroids (Winstrol depot, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), HCG, Insulin, Testosterone suspension ) can be injected with smaller and shorter subcutaneous needles (up to 1.0 inch long and 23 gauge).
DO MOST BODY BUILDERS USE STEROIDS?
Yes most serious bodybuilders do and it is estimated that 100% of all professional body builders use steroids. It has also been said 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.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CC, A ML, AN I.U., A MG AND A MCG?
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.
HOW & WHERE TO INJECT?
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All oil based and water based anabolic steroids should be taken intramuscularly. This means the shot must penetrate the skin and subcutaneous tissue to enter the muscle itself. Intramuscular injections are used when prompt absorption is desired, when larger doses are needed than can be given cutaneously or when a drug is too irritating to be given subcutaneously.
The common sites for in tramuscular injectons include the buttock, lateral side of the thigh, and the deltoid region of the arm. Muscles in these areas, especially the gluteal muscles in the buttock, are fairly thick. Because of the large number of muscle fibers and extensive fascia, (fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds and separates muscles) the drug has a large surface area for absorption.
Absorption is further promoted by the extensive blood supply to muscles. Ideally, intramuscular injections should be given deep within the muscle and away from major nerves and blood vessels. The best site for steroid injections is in the gluteus medius muscle which is located in the upper outer quadrant of the buttock. The iliac crest serves as a landmark for this quadrant. The spot for an injection in an adult is usually to 7 1/2 centimeters (2 to 3 inches) below the iliac crest. The iliac crest is the top of the pelvic girdle on the posterior (back) side. You can find the iliac crest by feeling the uppermost bony area above each gluteal muscle.
The upper outer quadrant is chosen because the muscle in this area is quite thick and has few nerves. The probability of injecting the drug into a blood vessel is remote in this area. Injecting here reduces the chance of injury to the sciatic nerve which runs through the lower and middle area of the buttock. It controls the posterior of each thigh and the entire leg from the knee down. If an injection is too close to this nerve or actually hits it, extreme pain and temporary paralysis can be felt in these areas. This is especially undesirable and warrants staying as far away from this area as possible.
If the gluteal region cannot be injected for any reason, the second choice would be the lateral portion of the thigh. The vastus lateralis muscle is the only area of the thigh that should be injected intramuscularly. This site is determined by using the knee and the greater trochanter of the femur as landmarks. The greater trochanter is the bony area that you can feel where the femur joins the pelvic girdle. The mid portion of the muscle is located by measuring the handbreadth above the knee and the handbreadth below the greater trochanter. Injecting into the front of the thigh or inside of the thigh is extremely unwise and can be dangerous. These areas contain nerves as well as a number of blood vessels.
WHAT TO USE FOR INJECTIONS
It is important to choose the proper syringe for the administration of injectable anabolic steroids. The principle components of a syringe include a cylindrical barrel to one end of which a hollow needle is attached, and a close fitting plunger.
The most acceptable syringe for injecting anabolic steroids is a 22 gauge 1 1/2" or 23 gauge 1" apparatus with a 3 cc case. This length allows for penetration to reach deep inside the muscle tissue. Shorter needles, 5/8" or 1/2" are usually not sufficient for intramuscular injections and occasionally leave a portion of the Injection in a subcutaneous area which will cause a swell between the skin and muscle as well as impaired absorption.
The gauge size of a syringe represents the needle diameter. The lower the gauge number, the wider it is. A 27 gauge needle is very thin. An 18 gauge is quite wide; it is often referred to as a cannon. The 22 and 23 gauge needles are not so large that they are difficult to insert, yet are large enough for solutions to easily be propelled through them. The use of insulin needles is not acceptable; they are simply too small. Usually, insulin pins are 25 to 27 gauge and only a 1/2" long with a 1 cc case.
There are a number of steps that should be understood in order to complete a safe and proper intramuscular injection.
First off, before handling any needles or vials, the user should take a thorough shower.
Next, an alcohol swab should be used to clean the injection site and another alcohol swab should be used to clean the rubber stopper on top of the vial which will be drawn from.
Then, take a brand new syringe out of its wrapper, remove its plastic top, draw about 2 ccs of air into it and insert it into the vial. Inject this air into the vial; this creates pressure within the vial and makes it easier to draw out oil based preparations.
Then, turn the vial upside-down and slowly draw out the oil until you've overdrawn at least 1/4 cc. For example, if someone was going to take a shot of 1 cc, they should pull out approximately 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 ccs of liquid, then tap the side of the case to help get the air bubbles that were drawn into the syringe to come to the top. At that point, the excess 1/4 to 1/2 cc could be injected back into the vial and the needle removed.
Then, hold the syringe needle-side-up and continue to tap it to encourage all the air bubbles to come to the top of the syringe. Now, take another clean syringe, remove it from its sterile package and unscrew the needle from the syringe. Exchange the brand new needle for the one that has just been injected into the stopper. By using two needles for every injection, you can take advantage of using the full sharpness of the pin. The needle does suffer some dulling when it is pushed through the firm rubber stopper on a vial.
It is important not to touch this needle before the injection. It should not come into contact with a counter top, your fingers, nor should it be cleaned with alcohol. This needle is sterile and should not be touched.
At this point, once again swab the injection site with alcohol, then press the stopper of the syringe holding it needle-side-up, until the slight air bubbles that are at the top are pressed out. Once a bead of oil has appeared at the top of the needle, allow it run down the surface of the needle which provides lubrication.
At this time, take the syringe and hold it like a dart. Use the other hand to stretch the skin at the injection site and simply push the sharp clean needle in.
After inserting it deep into the muscle, pull back on the stopper for a few seconds to make sure it does not fill up with blood which would indicate that the needle had been injected into a blood vessel. Providing there is no blood present in the syringe, slowly press the stopper down until all the oil is injected.
Then, quickly pull the needle out and take another alcohol swab and press firmly on the injection site. This will minimize bleeding, if there is any, and by firmly pressing on the injection site and slightly massaging it, some of the soreness may be eliminated. It is important that the liquid is not injected too quickly as this causes more pain at the site during the injection and in the proceeding days.
After this procedure has been completed, return the plastic caps to shield the needles and make sure they are discarded properly. To avoid discomfort and excessive scar tissue at the injection site, it is not wise to inject more than 2 ccs of solution per shot. It is also not prudent to use the same injection site more than twice a week (once a week is preferred).
CAN I MIX TOGETHER DECA DURABOLIN, SUSTANON, PRIMOBOLAN, ENANTHATE OR CYPIONATE TOGETHER AND THAN INJECT THEM ?
You can mix all oil based steroids in syringe and inject them if you are taking higher dosages at once.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR BEFORE INJECTING?
- 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. 1) Always use a new needle and syringe for each injection. 2) Steroids are injected into a muscle - normally the buttock or thigh. Never inject steroids into a vein. 3) Never share needles, syringes or multi-use vials. 4) Don�t inject more than 2mls of fluid into one muscle area at a time. 5) Dispose of used needles and syringes in a sharps bin and return them to your needle exchange. 6) Only insert the needle three quarters (3/4) of the way into the muscle so it can be removed easier if it snaps. If you don�t insert the needle far enough into the muscle and then inject a steroid you could cause an abscess! 7) If you feel a hard lump in a muscle where you inject - use another site.
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.
Injecting - 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.
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS AND WHAT ARE BEST STEROIDS FOR WOMEN TO USE?
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
HOW MUCH OF THE WEIGHT THAT IS USUALLY GAINED ON A STEROID CYCLE IS ACTUALLY SOLID MUSCLE?
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.
What accounts for the incredible pump I get while I am using anabolic steroids? 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.
I have finally made up my mind that I am going to try them and I was just wondering what kind of results I should expect? 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.
MY DOCTOR INFORMED ME THAT USING VETERINARIAN STEROIDS IS VERY DANGEROUS. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO USE ANADROL IN A PRE-CONTEST CYCLE WITHOUT RETAINING WATER?
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.
I HAVE GOTTEN IN THE HABIT OF TAKING SMALL AMOUNTS OF PRIMOBOLAN DEPOT OR DECA OFF AND ON BETWEEN CYCLES. IS THIS A BAD PRACTICE?
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.
WHAT IS THE CORRECT WAY TO OPEN GLASS AMPULES?
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.
L HAVE HEARD THAT SEEM TO INDICATE THAT THE CALCULATED USE OF OIL BASED TESTOSTERONES WILL GO UNDETECTED BY URINALYSIS?
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.
I HAVE HEARD THAT IF AN AIR BUBBLE GETS IN THE SYRINGE AND IS INJECTED, IT CAN KILL YOU. WHAT SHOULD I DO IT?
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.
I AM STARTING A CYCLE OF DECA DURABOLIN AND SUSTANON. WHAT DRUG SHOULF I USE TO RISE UP NATURAL TESTOSTERONE AFTER THE CYCLE?
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
WHAT IS IMORTANT WHEN I WANT TO TRAIN FOR SIZE?
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.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OFF
This is the exact program I have one of my clients on. Weights are given merely to illustrate the kind of weight increases made when using progressive sets and relative static poundage. Of course, each person lifts different amounts and should set up their program accordingly. Different people also like different exercises for each body part; some are restricted by injury and obviously must avoid certain exercises.
Thus, the actual program each person follows is often very different than the one here. A program like this one follows a 5 and 2 pattern, if you like to give your workout a number. I feel it is a superior way to build muscle strength and mass. Each body part is blasted one time a week. I believe in going all out, each rep of every set. This is the fastest and best way to build muscle. Many bodybuilders feel that working each body part only once a week could not possibly be enough training to get maximum growth, in actuality it is.
Each muscle group gets full attention on the day it is trained; this allows you to get alt your energy into blasting that specific pan. This enables you to better focus mentally on that task as well. Other benefits of this program are that each muscle group fully recovery before you train it again and that you get two days off consecutively which allows your entire body to rest.
This training program should be supplemented with aerobic exercise three days a week. This could be accomplished by riding a stationary bike every other day for 30 minutes. This aerobic exercise should be of low intensity; if you are riding the bike, you should not have it on high enough tension that your legs burn. Too intense aerobic work can slow muscle growth. Just the right amount of aerobic work, will keep your heart healthy, burn body fat, and keep your metabolism high.
Many lifters will change their program around when they go on a steroid cycle. In fact, I know more than a few guys who only train seriously or at all when they are on drugs, This is unwise because studies have shown that anabolic steroids work best on what was defined as 'well trained muscles.' Lifters who train hard all the time obviously have the best conditioned muscles. Another mistake some steroid users make is that since recovery rime is improved while on a cycle, this means to train more often. That is a logical assumption, but it may very well be incorrect. When a steroid cycle is working, the lifter will store more glycogen in the muscle, lift more aggressively, and be able to lift heavier weights. All this combined would clearly overload the muscle each workout than it would in an off cycle workout. So even though steroids improve recuperation abilities, lifters must still allow ample dine between workouts in consideration that extra recovery must take place.
What conclusion I am getting at here is that I firmly believe in this schedule whether a person is on a cycle or not. A thought on steroids and training involves a theory I find quite sound. This theory ties a great deal of the muscle gains a person makes during a steroid cycle to how much strength they build during it. It is well established that steroids work best when a muscle is in a catabolic state. This catabolic state is arrived at by damaging the muscle cell by weight training. The greater the damage, the more the cell will grow after the recovery period.
It is a fact that muscles get used to the level of stress you inflict upon them so that after awhile, even the most effective workouts hardly even affect the muscle cell. What can happen on a steroid cycle, is that a lifter will often experience a sudden increase in strength; often just a few days after beginning the cycle. This is due to an increase in myofibrillar density caused by the additional fluids steroids cause the muscle cell to hold. The result is increased contractile strength. This allows for the lifting of progressively heavier weight. Since the muscle is lifting more than it is used to, it gets damaged more, thus allowing the main metabolic reactions of anabolic steroids to work even better. This is a seldom discussed advantage from taking steroids, but I feel it is the major reason why some people grow a lot while on a cycle and some don't grow at all.
There you have it; my basic views on weight training to gain muscle. Of course there are exceptions to every rule; there are some lifters who grow by lifting light weights. This is because they are deemed genetically to react to any muscle stimulation. I would venture to say that 98 out of 100 people are not that way. Clearly, the odds are you are going to have to get strong if you want to get big. Many of you out there who have been training for a while and can snap out 400 lb bench presses, know what I am talking about. Many others do not have that kind of strength and must remember to keep going for heavier lifts all the time. It does take a while to build a massive, muscular physique, but if your strength is going up, you can be assured you are on your way.
NEVER FORGET, HEAVY WEIGHTS BUILD BIG MUSCLES!
WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS?
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: * Acne * Carcinoma * Decrease in HDL to LDL (good to bad cholesterol) ratio * Depression * Edema due to fluid and electrolytes retention * Impotence * Increased or decreased libido * Insomnia * Liver cell tumors * Male pattern baldness * Nausea * Vomiting
In males: * Bladder irritability * Gynecomastia * Increased frequency of erection * Inhibition of testicular function * Testicular atrophy
In females: * Clitoral enlargement * Deepening of voice * Increase in facial and body hair * Menstrual irregularities
WHAT MISTAKES ARE MADE WHEN USING STEROIDS?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.