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Testosterone is a hormone found in all humans. It is made in the testicles by men and in much smaller amounts in the ovaries by women. Furthermore, it is responsible for the growth and maintenance of primary and secondary sexual characteristics in males (hair growth on body, sperm production, and deepening of the voice).
When it comes to bodybuilding, most anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) are derived from Testosterone. In fact, it is a very commonly used steroid and is often the base of any steroid cycle. Usually, someone that is new to the world of AAS (newbie) may decide to run their first cycle consisting of testosterone only with SARMS.
Assuming diet is clean and consistent, and training is intense, a first time user can have great success with testosterone on its own. However, side effects may include water retention, gynecomastia, and high blood pressure. These are usually easy to control with the use of an aromatase inhibitor such as aromasin.
Dianabol (Methandrostenolone), also known as dbol, is chemically very similar to testosterone. It is an oral steroid that was developed specifically for performance enhancement. Usually, dianabol is most commonly ran as a kick start (the first 4-6 weeks) to a cycle but some choose to run it as a standalone. Mostly, bodybuilders use it on bulking cycles.
Dbol users may experience “wet gains” and have a “puffy” look due to water retention from high estrogen. As a results, it is imperative that an aromatase inhibitor (AI) like aromasin be ran alongside to reduce estrogen related side effects. Some of the side effects may include high blood pressure, liver problems, kidney problems, and gynecomastia.
Cycles and Dosages
After your first testosterone only cycle, you may decide you are ready to bulk up during your next cycle. Testosterone and Dianabol are two compounds that stack perfectly together for this goal. To do this, you will run both steroids starting on the same day. This method of stacking allows the dbol to start working rapidly to increase size and strength while the testosterone is building up to peak levels in the body.
It is critical to use an aromatase inhibitor with this stack as both testosterone and dbol convert to estrogen. I recommend aromasin at 10-12.5mg EOD to keep the side effects to a minimum. In addition, you will need a full post cycle therapy (PCT) after this cycle - try the Perfect PCT. It will give you the best chance at full recovery, and you'll be able to keep as much of the gains as possible.
This is what a typical beginner bulking cycle would look like:
- Week 1-12 Testosterone Enanthate or Cypionate 500mgs/week
- Week 1-12 Aromasin 10-12.5mgs/EOD
- Week 1-4 Dbol 30mgs/ED
- Week 1-12 N2Guard 5caps/ED
- After cycle, use the Perfect PCT for 6-8 weeks.
Testosterone and Dianabol can be a very effective bulking cycle. However, for optimal results you have to eat a caloric surplus and train consistently to see the results you are looking for. If you follow that plan plus the sample cycle above, you could expect to put on a good amount of “keepable” mass with very low side effects.
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