What are steroids?
Steroids are derivatives or synthetic forms of the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone has the ability to cause increases in muscle size and strength. Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) cause anabolism via increased protein synthesis within muscle cells, and also have androgenic properties which can bring about masculine characteristics to the user. Testosterone also has the ability to aromatise via interaction with the aromatase enzyme, thus convert to the female hormone, oestrogen. Excessive oestrogen levels can bring about unwanted related side effects such as water retention, increased fat storage, and gynecomastia. The above side effects are dependant on the steroid in question. Many have different anabolic and androgenic properties, and also have different aromatising abilities, including some that do not aromatise at all.
Steroids are derivatives or synthetic forms of the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone has the ability to cause increases in muscle size and strength.
Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) cause anabolism via increased protein synthesis within muscle cells, and also have androgenic properties which can bring about masculine characteristics to the user. Testosterone also has the ability to aromatise via interaction with the aromatase enzyme, thus convert to the female hormone, oestrogen. Excessive oestrogen levels can bring about unwanted related side effects such as water retention, increased fat storage, and gynecomastia.
The above side effects are dependant on the steroid in question. Many have different anabolic and androgenic properties, and also have different aromatising abilities, including some that do not aromatise at all.
Would does ‘ester’ mean?
Esters are the chain of carbons attached to the steroid to bring about a delayed released from the injection site, into the bloodstream. Shorter chain esters will require more frequent injections then longer chained esters, such as propionate which is injected every couple of days to maintain concentrations in the blood. Longer chain esters, such as enanthate will bring about a situation where concentrations can stay elevated for a couple of weeks, however many choose to inject the compound bi-weekly, in the hope to maintain levels.
Many will choose to use the likes of testosterone enanthate for their first course, with less injections needed on a whole compared to shorter chain esters. 500mg of testosterone enanthate each week, split in two 250mg injections per week (on Monday and Thursday), will bring about very decent results for a first timer. The advantages of a shorter chain ester however is the fact concentrations will quickly drop after the compound is ceased. This can be beneficial if unwanted side effects quickly become apparent to the user, which could be the case when using a compound with you have not yet used.
Can you mix a water based and oil based steroids in the same syringe?
While some still do not like this practice it has been the experience of most of the members that this causes no problems and allows for less injections. The oil and water will never really mix making plunger control important when one goes from the oil based AAS to the water based while injecting.
I have difficulties loading my gears into the syringe?
For oil based steroids, we recommend using needles between 18-22G (Broad Needle) for drawing. Once you have load up your syringe, change the needle to 23-25G (Fine Needle) for injection. Length of needle should be between 1-1.5 inches. Before any form of injection can take place, remember to use alcohol swab to clean the area before injection to prevent any kind of nasty infection.
For water based steroids, we recommed 24-25G needle for both drawing as well as injecting.
When shall I take it?
It makes absolutely no difference what time of day you inject. Whatever suits you.
Injection frequency – Aim for Mon/Thu for longer acting esters (sustanon, enanthate, cypionate, deca). These could be injected just once per week for the needle-shy, though twice is better for even blood concentration levels.
Dianabol are to be taken daily and, as they have a short half life of just a few hours, they are split throughout the day, every 4 hours or so. Take them with meals to avoid possible gastro-intestinal discomfort.
Can I use reuse needles and syringes again?
The answer is a straight ‘NO’. Even if you boil and sterilise the needles and syringes, there’s still a good chance it will cause a serious bacteria infection if you reuse them. Needles are relatively cheap and easy to get a hold of. Why take the risk? Each time you reuse a needle, you will cause further damage to the tip which can lead to increased pain during injection.
What are spot injections and do they really work?
The term ‘spot injection’ refers to an injection directly into the muscle that you hope to improve with AAS. Long acting AAS (e.g. Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca), Testosterone Propionate, Testosterone Enanthate, etc.) are designed to break down gradually over time by passing through the liver. Once broken down and in a ‘usable’ state the blood system carries the AAS around the body and into the muscles. So the likelihood is that spot injections with most long acting steriods is pointless except perhaps to reduce scar tissue in one area. That said some claim to have had great results by spot injecting and stand by the method. Spot injections with the likes of Testosterone suspension are more likely to be effective as Testosterone suspension does not need to be broken down by the liver and is in a ‘usable’ state on entering the body.
For more information and pictures of spot injection sites, click Spot Injections
What’s a Frontload / Kickstart?
A ‘frontload’ is used to reach peak blood concentration levels much sooner than would otherwise be possible. Double your normal weekly dose will be injected in the first week or two, depending on the drug’s particular half-life (the half-life is the time taken for the body to metabolise and excrete half of the drug). So if your cycle was to use 500mg testosterone enanthate weekly, you would frontload 1,000mg during the first week.
An oral ‘kickstart’ describes the use of a fast acting oral until your injectables reach their peak, i.e. 30-50mg of Dianabol taken for the first 5 weeks.
PCT stands for Post Cycle Therapy, and is what you do when you’ve finished your cycle to restore natural testosterone production. This is essential if you want to stand a good chance of retaining gains. Nolvadex, Clomid and sometimes HCG are the drugs used for PCT.
However, it is important to realise that when you complete PCT it does not mean that recovery is fulfilled. You are simply using the PCT drugs to kickstart your body into action, with the actual recovery process takes many weeks to complete. Some like to gauge recovery from subjective factors such as libido, though ultimately for a much more accurate picture, a simple blood test will be required.
How do I use the solvent that came along with HCG or HGH?
Solvent / Injection Water that comes along with either HCG or HGH are meant to be mixed together and inject. However the Solvent / Injection Water provided are usually in 1ml ampule version which makes mixing and injecting a little difficult. I highly suggest getting your own injection water from any local pharmacy. Injection water may come in different packaging. 10ml, 20ml, 50ml, 100ml, etc.. Buying injection water does not require you to have a medical prescription and it’s fairly cheap.
What will I gain?
Almost impossible to answer, as everyone is different, and there’s a multitude of variables that will affect the amount of gains witnessed such as:
What should I use for my first Cycle?
Assuming that you are of an appropriate age and have done the necessary research, training, and nutritional manipulation the steroids most commonly advised in a first cycle are Testosterone, Dbol, and Deca. You do not have to use all of these listed but it is advisable that you include Test with every cycle.