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For a PCT to work a few areas need to be covered.

1. Restarting HPTA.

2. Preventing Catabolism as cortisol rises.

3. Preventing fat gain, but still consuming enough calories to hold on to muscle.

4. Minimizing strength loss.

5. Keeping hormones balanced to prevent nasty sides in PCT.

prolactin hptaThe HPTA

Restarting the HPTA has been covered many times, a quick evolutionary search on SERM's and you will find many articles relating to the use of both Clomid and Nolvadex, these can be combined together or used solo.

I suggest the use of Clomid and Nolvadex, its more effective in helping recovery during PCT. The main problem here is while your using your SERM to restart your HPTA, your body has gone from having supraphysiological levels of androgens to now, in all likely hood, non existent ones. During this transition, as your own Testosterone levels start to rise, your body is in a very catabolic state. The high IGF levels caused by the androgens have plummeted, and cortisol is on the rampage eating away at your hard earned muscle. To top it all off, your nitrogen retention will be near zero, so muscles will be desperate for nutrients which they wont be receiving.

Preventing Catabolism and minimizing strength loss during PCT

The first thing we will need is a non-suppressive anabolic component, and as discussed in my previous article – Ostarine (MK-2866) is the perfect supplement. A low dose of 25mg every day will prevent your hard earned muscle from being lost, help lower cortisol and increase IGF and nitrogen levels. Nitrogen retention is also very important for healthy erections, as well as increasing muscle pumps, and providing an anabolic environment for muscles. Much the same way as the popular Anabolic Steroid Primobolan works.

Now that cortisol levels are lowered, the amount of free testosterone increases as cortisol will bind to testosterone and make it inactive. The other obvious reason why Ostarine should be used is because of the psychological benefit, nobody wants to see hard earned strength and muscle disappear before their eyes, and the addition of Ostarine to your PCT will provide the edge you need as you recover.


I would also use 50mg of S-4 (Andarine), before the end of the cycle - in the last 8 weeks (closing out the cycle).  This will increase nitrogen retention and GH release, and as shown in studies its pretty potent. Administration of S-4 @ 50 mg resulted in an increase in IGF-1 levels during 6 weeks of administration. It doesn't have any adverse affect on cortisol levels either, so its a great addition to minimize muscle loss, and increase recovery during the last phases of your cycle.

Preventing Fat gain while keeping calories high

GW-501516 CardarineThis is where the Magic of Cardarine (GW-50156) comes in. Please note, the only type of GW-50 that I approve for use is the Cardarine version which is currently only sold under trademark from SARMS1.

Cardarine (GW-50156) is a PPAR modulator, which means it activates the same pathways activated through exercise, including PPARδ and AMP-activated protein kinase. GW-50156 regulates fat burning through a number of different pathways which includes exercise mimetic effects. It increases glycogen retention in skeletal muscle tissue while increasing muscle gene expression. This shift changes the body’s metabolism to allow for more fat burning and for energy instead of carbohydrates or protein as the source of fuel. This is why the main reason why it’s being looked into as a treatment for diabetes. It will allow the patients to endure an overly catabolic state; therefore, allowing energy levels and health conditions to be stable. GW-501516 clearly demonstrates that it increases muscle mass while keeping glucose from touching the adipose tissue sort of like the well known supplement Need2slin. Treatments with GW-501516 have been shown to increase HDL cholesterol by up to 79%.

GW-501516 in skeletal muscle cells induces the expression of genes involved in preferential lipid utilization, β-oxidation, cholesterol efflux, and energy uncoupling.

The real beauty of this is far more calories can be consumed, allowing muscle to be spared especially when you consider that GW-50156 actually increases glycogen retention. It also increases stamina and energy helping you get through your workouts during a tough period of hormonal recovery. At the same time, fat loss will be seen and fat gain prevented.

Keeping hormones balanced to prevent nasty sides in PCT

The main problem in PCT is as Testosterone rises, often oestrogen floods back much faster, often causing bad skin, and in worst case scenarios gynecomastia (gyno). While breasts are lovely to look at, I wouldn't want my own set, as I'm sure you don't, so an aromatase inhibitor is needed.

The best choices is the suicide AI Aromasin, it not only increase IGF levels by 28 percent, it also causes a 97.9 percent Aromatase inhibition, leaving just 2.1 percent of residual Aromatase. Aromasin wont cause oestrogen rebound either, which means that your not going to get gynecomastia after stopping it. Used at 12.5mgs ever other day (EOD) is perfect during PCT. Aromasin also helps boost testosterone by lowering oestrogen and doesn't interfere with nolvadex like Arimidex, and it's not as harsh on your lipids.

Overview of the Perfect PCT

1. Restarting HPTA

Clomid, 100mgs every day for 1 week, then 50mgs every day for 2 weeks, followed by 1 week at 25mgs every day.

Nolvadex, 40mgs every day for 1 week, then 20mgs every day for 2 weeks, followed by 1 week at 10mgs every day.

2. Preventing Catabolism as cortisol rises

Ostarine 25mg every day for 4 weeks.

3. Preventing fat gain, but still consuming enough calories to hold on to muscle.

Cardarine (GW-50156) 20mg every day for 4 weeks.

4. Minimizing strength loss

Ostarine (MK-2866) and Aromasin

5. Keeping hormones balanced to prevent nasty sides in PCT

Aromasin, 12.5mgs ever other day (EOD) for 4 weeks then taper off.

Additions, kick start your PCT with HCGenerate or, the better version, HCGenerate ES. Use N2Guard during the whole cycle to prevent toxicity and help your liver, kidneys and organs recover.

I hope you enjoy this perfect PCT. I have had a number of clients reporting back saying it is their best PCT, and they made their fastest recovery.


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Albert Wolfgang is a professional medical writer with over 20 years of experience. He hold multiple personal training certifications, including the coveted NASM and AFAA certificates. He graduated with honors with a B.S. and M.S. in biochemistry with a minor in physical studies. Albert and his team have trained over 100 IFBB professional bodybuilders, including Hollywood stars and many up and coming fitness stars.

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