Do you have a method when designing your next cycle? Do you just use what you have lying around or do you plan it out ahead of time? When you do plan your cycle what protocol do you follow? What we’re going to discuss is a very simple and effective way to build a cycle that will result in less side effects and better results.
The image above is the “Anabolic family tree.” Why is this important? Because each drug is broken down into 3 different categories. The categories are testosterone, nandrolones and DHT. Each of the 3 categories stimulate a different anabolic pathway to produce muscular hypertrophy. Each pathway also has derivatives which means they’re similar compounds based upon one of the 3 main compounds (test, DHT and nandrolone). Each individual derivative is slightly different than the original compound, but they act within the same pathway.
For example anavar and winstrol are both DHT drugs and stimulate the DHT pathway. They act very similar but they’re not exactly the same. However, compared to dbol they’re very different because dbol is a testosterone derivative, not DHT derivative.
Why does this matter? To produce the best results with the least side effects you’re going to want a mixture of the 3 pathways. You do not want to take 3-4 compounds that all reside from the same category. Too much stimulation to a specific pathway will cause side effects, just as no stimulation to specific pathways (you need a test derivative for normal function) can cause side effects.
Here’s some examples of poorly built cycles that and why.
Too many test derivatives.
Why is this bad? Testosterone derivatives are heavily aromatized, which means testosterone is converted to estrogen. The above cycle has 2 compounds that convert to estrogen extremely easy. During this cycle your estrogen will be so high you’re going to have to take high dosage AI (aromatase inhibitors) which aren’t great for your overall health. You’re always going to be very bloated which can raise BP and probably get horrible gyno and acne and potentially ED.
Too many 19-nor
Here’s an example of high 19-nor cycle. Most people know not to do this by now because of progesterone and prolactin side effects. But overstimulation from 19-nor can cause ED even if you have testosterone added, odd sexual tendencies, lactating nipples, gyno and poor sleep. The rule of thumb here would be never exceed your 19-nor dosage beyond the totality of the testosterone in your stack. So if you’re taking 500mg test derivates don’t take more than 500mg of 19-nor.
Too many DHT derivates
DHT drugs are known for the “dry and hard look.” so they’re favorable pre contest which is the only time I would deploy this approach. However, if you’re not 4 weeks out or less you have no business using this many DHT drugs. Say goodbye to your hair, you’ll have prostate enlargement, potentially joint pain, low SHBG, low estrogen, increased thirst and urination, and constipation. Again, pre contest its common to deploy winstrol, anavar and Masteron at once but that’s for a short period of time but during that time you’ll have side effects, so make it worth it and win.
Next time you build a cycle think of each of these 3 pathways. Try to include 1 of each of them and see how your body responds. Find a few specific compounds in each pathway that works best with you and run with it. When I was younger I didn’t use this approach and I got worse performance gains and worse side effects. Now my cycles are basically side effect free which provides peace of mind.