Best Steroid Cycles (Muscle Gain, Beginners, Bulking & Cutting)

Having made the decision to take anabolic steroids, you need to follow the smartest, most informed route to administration. Doing so will minimize the side effects while maximizing the results, putting the risk-benefit ratio hugely in your favor.

With so much fake news floating around about steroids, though, it’s not easy to find unbiased, science-based information that’s reliable. This mega article is designed to be your one-stop source to allow you to safely and smartly embark upon your first and subsequent steroid cycles.

Having been in the muscle building and strength industry for more than three decades, I have experience in the anabolic steroid game from every angle. I’ve got the answers you need to help you confidently progress through your first bulking, strength, or cutting cycle.

Before we get started, I need to make it clear that this article in no way endorses steroid use. The decision to take anabolic steroids is not to be taken lightly.

You should take into consideration the long-term ramifications of your decision and do as much research as possible prior to use.

TL:DR: What Are The Best Steroid Cycles?

  • Best for Beginners: Dianabol – 30mg per day for 6 weeks followed by 6 weeks PCT
  • Best for Strength: Dianabol (30mg per day) + Anadrol (50mg per day) followed by 6 weeks PCT
  • Best for Bulking: Deca Durabolin (400mg per week) + Anadrol (50-75mg per day) for 6 weeks followed by PCT
  • Best for Cutting: Winstrol (20-25mg per day) + Trenbolone (150-225mg per week) for 8 weeks
  • Best for Women: Anavar- 5-10mg per day for 6 weeks

Disclaimer: The information included in this article is intended for entertainment and informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to buying anything, check that it is compliant where you live with your current government laws.

First Steroid Cycle

A steroid cycle refers to the length of time and dosage that a steroid or combination of steroids (stack) are taken. The time that you are using the steroid is called ‘on cycle’, while the times that you are not using are called ‘off-cycle.’

When embarking upon your first steroid cycle, you should plan to keep it as basic as possible. You will be introducing a synthetic compound into your body that you have no idea how your body will react to it. Starting with a hormone that your body is already familiar with, such as testosterone, makes a lot of sense.

Over the course of your first cycle, you should be carefully monitoring how your body reacts to it. Keep a journal in which you record your physical and emotional experiences, including how strong you feel while working out and how aggressive you feel when not in the gym.

You should not stack steroids on your first cycle. If you have some type of bad reaction, you will not be able to know which of the steroids in your stack was the problem.

It is extremely important to understand that a steroid cycle will not work in isolation. Unless you are also working out very hard and eating in line with your goal, you will not achieve your goal, regardless of how many steroids you take. In other words, you can’t sit on the couch all day eating potato chips, drop some junk and expect to get swole.

If you are on a cutting cycle, you need to drop your daily caloric intake by 500 calories in order to maintain a daily caloric deficit. On a bulking cycle, increase your daily consumption by 500 calories above your maintenance level.

You should ramp up the intensity of your training while you are on a cycle, whether your goal is to cut or to bulk. You will have more energy and a greater ability to recover while you are taking steroids. Take advantage of that by stepping it up to 5 days per week, Monday through Friday, and taking the weekends off to recover.

How Long Is A Steroid Cycle?

A steroid cycle can be as short as 4 weeks, with the maximum advisable length being 12 weeks. A big reason why you need to cycle on and off with steroids rather than taking them year-round is that steroid use inhibits the body’s natural testosterone production (though there are some exceptions). So, when you are off-cycle you need to take a course of post-cycle therapy designed to bring back your natural testosterone levels.

When it comes to determining the length of your steroid cycle, you need to think about your goal. If you are on an aggressive bulking cycle, you can be off cycle for as long as you are on cycle. So, if you are on cycle for 8 weeks, you should follow it with an off-cycle of 4 weeks, during which you follow a course of post cycle therapy.

You would go on a very aggressive cycle on your very first cycle. You would want to be conservative the first time around, so you should be on cycle for double the time that you were off cycle. So, if you are on cycle for 8 weeks, you would follow it with three weeks of PCT.

How Long Between Steroid Cycles?

As a general rule of thumb, you should go off-cycle for half the length of time that you are on cycle. That will provide your body enough time to rebuild your testosterone levels.

You will find that a lot of bodybuilders will follow two months on, one-month off-cycle pattern. It also provides you with the opportunity to stay emotionally and mentally refreshed.

How Much Does A Steroid Cycle Cost?

The cost question is obviously an important factor in planning out your steroid cycle. Let’s break it down in US dollars.

A typical steroid cycle between two and three vials of the steroid that you are cycling. Injectable steroids usually cost between $50 and $100 per vial. Oral steroids will cost you between $50 and $100 for a bottle of 100 capsules.

As an example, a cycle that stacks Testosterone (500mg per week) and Dianabol (30 mg per day) over a period of 6 weeks will cost you around $350, including the cost of post-cycle therapy.

In terms of post-cycle therapy, taking one tablet of Nolvadex per day over three weeks following a 6-week cycle will suffice. That will cost you about $50.

Best Steroid Cycles

Beginner Steroid Cycles

Anavar Only Cycle

Anavar is often labeled as the safest steroid for beginners, causing significant fat loss and noticeable lean muscle gains. Side effects are rarely experienced by men or women on Anavar, hence it is FDA approved in medicine.

A noteworthy side effect with Anavar is a modest decline in endogenous testosterone production. Natural test levels will not get shut down, but they will decrease. Such declines typically shoot back up post-cycle within several weeks to a couple of months.

Muscle gains will not be overly dramatic on Anavar, compared to the other compounds on this list, however, if a huge mass isn’t the goal; an Anavar-only cycle is often chosen.

An Anavar-only cycle is common among users wary of side effects and is often administered by those who are afraid of taking steroids in general (but opt for Anavar due to its high safety profile).

anavar only cycle

This is a conservative dose for males during the first cycle. In future Anavar cycles, 20mg may be used from the 1st week onward; and the length of a cycle may be increased to 8 weeks.

PCT: Due to Anavar only being a mild steroid, a PCT is not essential, as users do not typically ‘crash’. Thus, hormones typically will regulate back to normal within several weeks.

Testosterone Cycles

Testosterone is the most popular and recommended steroid for beginners. This is due to testosterone being a potent steroid for muscle gains and strength, but at the same time is not harsh on the body.Users will typically gain 20lbs of lean mass from this steroid cycle.

However, this comes at the cost of increased risk for serious side effects in the long term. There is little hepatic strain, with testosterone being an injectable steroid but cholesterol levels can rise significantly, thus increasing the risk for cardiovascular problems.

Testosterone-Only Cycle

first test steroid cycle

Testosterone cypionate and enanthate esters are typically used during the first cycle.

This is because these are slow-acting esters, and therefore do not require frequent injections. Consequently, two injections per week are sufficient to keep peak exogenous testosterone levels in the bloodstream.

Taking less frequent injections may cause dramatic increases/decreases in testosterone, instead of keeping a steady flow. Big fluctuations in testosterone will result in even more side effects (especially for beginners).

PCT: Clomid may be used as a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) during testosterone cycles, to prevent the onset of gynecomastia. In clinical studies, 2 x 200mg doses of Clomid are used daily (1). It can also be used as a PCT to restore endogenous testosterone production.

Alternatively, 2 x 10-20mg of Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) can also be used daily, which is another popular SERM used by bodybuilders. However, it is advised not to take this during a testosterone cycle, as it may elevate blood pressure (due to its decreasing estrogen).

Dianabol Cycles

Dianabol is the most powerful of all these compounds, and will surely produce the biggest mass gains for beginners. However, it isn’t the best steroid for optimal health.

Despite some toxic side effects, Dianabol is a common beginner cycle for users who don’t want to inject themselves, yet still want big muscle gains.

Dianabol is a c-17 alpha-alkylated steroid, and thus a liver strain is to be expected. Even a bigger concern is the spike in blood pressure that will take place on Dianabol, due to additional water retention and a negative shift in HDL/LDL cholesterol levels (2).

Commonly Used Dbol-Only Cycle

dianabol cycle

This is a strong dose for beginners, leading to an increased risk of side effects in order to make bigger muscle gains. Beginners will typically gain around 25lbs from the above cycle. TUDCA is often used to help minimize damage to the liver, whilst Clomid can be taken during and after a cycle, to prevent gynecomastia and help restore testosterone production (2 x 200mg per day).

Best Steroid Cycle For Bulking

Bulking cycles are incorporated when a bodybuilder is trying to gain significant amounts of muscle size. This is generally done in one of two ways: 1) to pack on as much mass as possible. Or 2) to build lean muscle, without any water retention, keeping a ripped and lean look.

The best steroids for bulking according to most users are:

  • Anadrol
  • Dianabol
  • Testosterone
  • Trenbolone
  • Deca Durabolin

Anadrol Cycles

Anadrol is the most powerful bulking steroid on this list, giving users size and strength gains, but also packing a punch in regards to side effects.

Blood pressure and liver toxicity are the two main concerns on Anadrol, with it being an oral steroid, that has deleterious effects of cholesterol.

Anadrol certainly isn’t suitable for beginners, however if someone has taken testosterone or/and Dianabol before, and they have tolerated these compounds well, they may decide to cycle a moderate dose of Anadrol.

Anadrol can be used alone, or stacked with injectable steroids such as trenbolone, deca or testosterone. It is not advisable to stack Anadrol with other oral steroids, such as Dianabol; as the liver will become excessively strained and cholesterol levels will dramatically worsen (compared to injectables).

Anadrol-Only Cycle

anadrol only cycle

The above steroid cycle is tailored for someone who wants big gains in mass but hasn’t used Anadrol before. Therefore, the doses are fairly cautious, slowly introducing the body to this toxic compound.

Experienced users who tolerate Anadrol well may choose to cycle Anadrol for 8 weeks, with dosages increasing up to 100mg.

Anadrol and Deca Cycle

deca anadrol cycle

Once someone has cycled Anadrol before and wants to take a more potent stack, but without a lot more side effects; Deca Durabolin is a worthy addition, as it is a mild compound.

Although natural testosterone production will become more suppressed and water retention may increase, the inclusion of deca does not greatly add to the negative effects of Anadrol. Also deca Durabolin’s most famous side effect is deca dick (erectile dysfunction). This is partly caused by it reducing DHT levels, which is crucial for nitric oxide production and blood flow inside the penis. Thus, with Anadrol being a particularly androgenic steroid, this will prevent this and enhance sexual health, compared to taking deca alone.

Sexual function usually declines at around the third week on deca, thus Anadrol is added around this time, due to its androgenic attributes. Deca is a slow-acting steroid, thus is usually cycled for up to 10 weeks, allowing enough time for it to peak in the bloodstream and have an effect.

Anadrol and Test Cycles

anadrol test cycle

Anadrol and testosterone stacked together is a more powerful upgrade from Anadrol and Deca Durabolin.

Blood pressure will increase significantly, water retention will be noticeable and testosterone production will almost certainly be shut down. Liver toxicity also remains a concern with the presence of Anadrol, and gynecomastia is very likely in susceptible users (who do not run a SERM throughout the cycle).

Thus, this stack is only for advanced bodybuilders who have used Anadrol several times before with good success (in regards to managing the side effects). The muscle and strength gains with this stack will be exceptional.

The dosages in the above cycle are relatively conservative. 

Anadrol, Trenbolone and Test Cycle

best steroid cycle for mass

Anadrol, trenbolone and testosterone stacked together are arguably the best steroid cycle for bulking and simultaneously the most dangerous one. The mass gains from this trio of bulking steroids will be tremendous. However, the side effects are also going to be very harsh, even for veteran steroid-users with much experience.

High dosages are listed in this cycle, which is typical for users with more experience. This cycle should be considered highly dangerous. 

Dianabol Cycles

Dianabol is a very similar steroid to Anadrol. It is almost equal to A-drol’s ability to add muscle mass and strength when bulking. It is an oral steroid, causing notable amounts of water retention, whilst equally being estrogenic.

The main difference between dbol and Anadrol is that dbol is only mildly androgenic, whereas anadrol is highly androgenic. Thus, hair loss and acne are going to be less of an issue on Dianabol. The other significant difference is that Dianabol’s less toxic compared to Anadrol,  due to dbol being taken in much smaller dosages.

Therefore, the side effects of dbol are more tolerable than Anadrol, which is why it’s the more popular bulking steroid; despite the gains being slightly less.

It’s known that Dianabol was the number 1 steroid used by bodybuilding greats, such as: Arnold, Franco Columbu, Lou Ferrigno and more. Today it is still widely used by the top IFBB pros, giving them huge size and mass.

Dbol and Deca Cycle

deca and dianabol cycle

The above cycle will be less troublesome compared to Anadrol and testosterone stacked together, however, it will almost match the strength and size gains.

Blood pressure should be monitored and a PCT will need to be implemented to recover endogenous testosterone production; but as far as bulking stacks go, this is one of the best in regards to side effects.

This is thought to be Arnold’s favorite stack, helping him to win Mr Olympia 7 times and dominate bodybuilding. Huge, full-looking muscles are a certainty.

Dbol and Test Cycle

dbol test cycle

This is a very powerful bulking stack, combining two of the most effective steroids for adding mass.

This cycle is likely to produce better gains than the Dianabol/deca steroid cycle, due to the test being a stronger compound than deca. However, this cycle will also produce more side effects, such as: increased risk of gyno, blood pressure, testosterone suppression and water retention.

However, this is a safer combination than stacking Dianabol with other powerful orals such as: Anadrol or winstrol.

Dbol and Anadrol Cycle

dianabol anadrol cycle

This cycle quite dangerous because it contains two of the most powerful oral steroids in the same cycle. Thus, it will be incredibly toxic with blood pressure going through the roof, water retention becoming extreme, and short-term liver damage a certainty.

Thus, dbol OR Anadrol are usually used; however some people may stack these together, when coveting incredible gains in size.

If someone is to utilize this bulking cycle, they should certainly take a liver support supplement, such as TUDCA. They should also eat plenty of unsaturated fats to prevent their cholesterol levels from rising excessively high (LDL), and perform regular cardio to improve blood flow to the heart.

These dosages are high, which is tailored for highly experienced steroid-users (the only people who should ever consider running this cycle).


Testosterone is similar to Dianabol, in its ability to increase strength and muscle size. However, it is less anabolic, so Dianabol has the edge.

However, with Testosterone being an injectable steroid it poses fewer risks, and thus its side effects are more tolerable, compared to dbol.

We have already listed a test-only cycle which is suitable for beginners, and stacks with dbol and Anadrol. However, testosterone can also be effectively taken with deca Durabolin and trenbolone for enhanced gains when bulking.

We’ve created a resource on the best testosterone boosters.

Test and Deca Cycle

test deca steroid cycle

This steroid cycle should be regarded as the safest bulking stack.

Stacking deca durabolin with Testosterone will further increase strength and size, and is a very effective combination, as testosterone will alleviate some of Deca’s side effects (such as erectile dysfunction and low libido). Such adverse effects can occur due to deca lowering DHT levels. With testosterone being androgenic, it will reverse this, improving sexual health and performance during a deca cycle.

Deca also isn’t estrogenic, thus the risk of gynecomastia does not increase with this stack.

Test and Tren Cycle

test tren cycle

Testosterone and trenbolone is the best steroid cycle on this list for lean mass gains.

By lean mass, we are referring to weight gain almost being 100% lean muscle tissue, without any excess water weight.

Testosterone does aromatize and thus a small amount of fluid retention is possible on this steroid cycle. However, it won’t compare to the bloat experienced when taking wetter compounds, such as Dianabol or Anadrol.

Trenbolone does not aromatize, thus will only cause lean and dry gains. If someone is already lean and takes trenbolone, they will almost certainly get ripped. Trenbolone also has stimulative effects, enhancing fat loss when bulking. Thus, it’s very possible users will not only build large amounts of muscle on this cycle, but also shred fat. If users are eating in a big calorie surplus, tren will keep fat gains at bay.

The downside to this stack is that trenbolone is a very harsh steroid, thus blood pressure spikes and testosterone suppression can be severe. This cycle also contains high doses, making it suitable for advanced steroid-users only.

Best Steroid Cycle For Cutting

During a cutting cycle, your main objective is to strip away body fat in order to reveal your shredded lean muscle. At the same time, you need to ensure that you do not lose any of that hard-earned muscle. In order to achieve these twin objectives, many bodybuilders take a stack that consists of a cutting agent and a muscle preserving compound.

The best steroids for cutting are:


Anavar (oxandrolone), as already mentioned is a very mild steroid, which doesn’t cause any harsh side effects. It also does not aromatize (convert into estrogen), making it the ultimate cutting steroid.

Anavar will greatly speed up fat loss, flush out water, improve muscle definition and build lean muscle mass. The amount of size gained on anavar during a cut will be minimal, but it will certainly keep the body anabolic; instead of shifting into a muscle-wasting state.

Anavar is also a very effective steroid for increasing strength, which is unique for a cutting steroid. Thus, if users want to keep lifting heavy and hit new PR’s, despite eating fewer calories, anavar will make that happen.

Note: Anavar is an oral steroid.

Anavar-Only Cycle

Best Steroid Cycles (Muscle Gain, Beginners, Bulking & Cutting)

This is the safest steroid cycle users can do, and will almost certainly enhance fat loss when dieting.

Anavar can also be stacked with testosterone in cutting cycles, helping users to add more muscle, whilst simultaneously getting leaner.


Winstrol (stanozolol) is a powerful cutting steroid, that has fat burning and muscle building attributes like anavar. It is an oral steroid and does not aromatize; causing a dry and shredded look.

Winstrol is arguably the best cutting steroid, with trenbolone, in terms of raw power; for looking shredded during beach season. This is why Zac Efron is thought to have taken winstrol, in his preparation for the film Baywatch.

Muscle Size on Winstrol

Although muscle size will increase on winstrol, they can look quite flat or depleted, which is due to temporary loss of intracellular water retention. They will regain this fluid post-cycle, looking full again.

The main differences between winstrol and anavar are: winstrol is slightly superior in regards to muscle gains, and it also causes worse side effects.

Cholesterol levels will become very high (LDL) when taking winstrol, causing a noticeable rise in blood pressure. Being a C-17 alpha alkylated oral steroid, it will also cause significant hepatic strain in the liver (resulting in ALT and AST levels to rise).

Winstrol is also very androgenic, thus acne and oily skin are possible; as well as hair loss on the scalp.

Some people may also opt for winstrol over anavar, due to the high cost of anavar; and winstrol being considerably cheaper.

Winstrol-Only Cycle

winstrol cycle

This is a good dose of winstrol. Alternatively, if users would like to cycle winstrol with fewer side effects (than the above cycle), 8-10mg per day can be taken for 6 weeks.

Winstrol and Trenbolone Cycle

winstrol tren cycle

Trenbolone will add to Winstrol’s fat burning and drying out effects; creating a more shredded appearance.

Muscle gains will also be enhanced, compared to taking Winstrol alone.

However, Winstrol and Trenbolone are two of the harshest steroids you can take. Thus, side effects are going to be severe; particularly testosterone suppression and blood pressure values. Estrogen can help to regulate blood pressure, but with Winstrol and trenbolone failing to aromatize, this will not occur.

Generally, there is no need to take these two steroids together when cutting, as fat loss can be achieved through diet alone; instead of taking toxic steroids which can negatively affect your health in the long term.

Thus, if trenbolone is going to be used, it may as well be incorporated in a bulking cycle; where its effects are maximized in regards to lean muscle gains. However, users who are the exception and tolerate trenbolone well or aren’t concerned with their health may use it during cutting cycles.

Proviron Cycle

Proviron (mesterolone) is an old-school anabolic steroid, that was first used in bodybuilding’s golden era and is still utilized in steroid cycles today.

Proviron acts as a synergistic agent, enhancing the effects of other anabolic steroids; due to its ability to increase free testosterone levels.

Thus, it could be stacked with a bulking steroid like Dianabol (for example) to increase its anabolic power, resulting in more muscle gains.

However, Proviron is also used in cutting steroid cycles, because of its anti-estrogen properties; thus creating a dry and ripped look.

Proviron kicks in very fast too, flushing extracellular water out of the body – almost instantaneously.

Proviron works by binding to SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin), freeing up more testosterone and creating a more anabolic environment in the body. However, Proviron is not very anabolic, which may be attributed to it blocking the androgen receptor in muscle tissue. Therefore, Proviron will be ineffective for building muscle by itself.

However, when stacked with cutting steroids, more fat will be burned and more lean muscle mass will be built, due to more active and unbound testosterone. However, taking Proviron alone is unlikely to have much of an effect on body composition.

When Proviron is stacked with estrogenic compounds, the risk of gyno significantly decreases, because it prevents the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. However, Proviron is also known to increase blood pressure as a result, thus cardiovascular precautions should be taken.

One unique property of Proviron is that it does not decrease or shut down endogenous testosterone production in moderate doses. This is dissimilar to all other steroids, which will cause natural test levels to plummet post-cycle. Research however does show that when Proviron is taken in mega doses (300mg+ per day), it can decrease testosterone production (3).

Proviron, despite being an oral steroid, does not cause any notable strain to the liver. However, it is very androgenic, thus male pattern baldness, acne and oily skin can be an issue

Although Proviron can be stacked with any steroid to enhances its effects, it is generally stacked with powerful steroids, to maximize its use.

It isn’t stacked with Anavar often, because many people take Anavar due to its mild nature; whilst Proviron is powerful, causing great shifts in cholesterol and blood pressure.

Proviron and Winstrol Cycle

winstrol proviron cycle

These two oral steroids stacked together will create a ripped, dry physique; full of vascularity, striations, and definition.

This would be a powerful stack to take before a competition, helping to expel all water outside of the muscles and come in with paper-thin skin.

The downside to this Proviron/Winstrol stack is LDL levels will likely rise very high, creating a significant spike in blood pressure. This is due to both of these compounds being orals, and them causing a large spike in testosterone (without any estrogen increase).

For this reason, this cycle should be used sparingly (if at all). Some may save this cycle for a competition or a special occasion; rather than regular cycles which will inevitably put unnecessary strain on the heart.

Best Cutting Cycle Winstrol, Proviron, and Tren Cycle

winstrol proviron tren cycle

This trio is perhaps the most powerful cutting steroid cycle a bodybuilder can run.

Users can expect rapid fat loss, whilst building noticeable amounts of lean muscle tissue.

However, all three of these compounds will raise cholesterol levels through the roof; thus anyone with less than perfect cholesterol (or blood pressure) should avoid this cycle.

All three of these steroids will create a photo-shopped look, with incredible vascularity and muscle definition. To see the real benefits from this cycle, a person should already be lean.

A perfect time to take this cycle is during the middle or latter stages of a cut. This way the person’s blood circulation will be optimal and blood pressure is unlikely to be high (due to less fat). Also, the drying out effects of this cycle will be negated by someone who is higher in body fat; as excess fat will create a smooth look (instead of a dry one).

This cycle has the potential to transform a user from lean to shredded when following a calorie deficit diet and incorporating regular cardio.

Bodybuilders also add fat burners and thyroid medication to their cutting cycles, for further fat loss. Two popular compounds used are clenbuterol and T3 (Cytomel). 

Best Steroid Cycle For Strength

If you want to get strong, lift heavy weights, eat a lot of protein and get plenty of rest. If you want to get really strong, add SARMs to the mix. But if your goal is to blast through your strength potential and become CRAZY strong, then you need to get on the juice.

Let’s take a look at the safest, most powerful stacks out there for guys who are focused on taking their strength potential to the absolute limit.

When it comes to getting ridiculously strong, the steroid of choice has got to be Trenbolone. Using the twin mechanisms of protein synthesis and nitrogen retention, Tren will take your compound lift personal records to new heights while also helping you to get more massive. This compound also increases the levels of Insulin Growth Factor 1 in the body, which helps you to more quickly recover from a set so you go full power on the next one.

Another benefit of Trenbolone is that it has been shown to reduce the levels of glucocorticoid hormones coursing through your bloodstream. These hormones promote fat storage, so cycling with Trenbolone won’t just make you stronger, it will also make you more muscle and lean.

In terms of strength gains, Tren has been seen to be 5 times more potent than Testosterone. To create the ultimate strength stack cycle, add Dianabol to Trenbolone. Dianabol was the original strength and muscle mass steroid and remains among the best to get you big and strong.

Complete your strength stack with Anavar. This compound will help to create the ideal anabolic environment by increasing your red blood cell count to help you better recover from your workouts. Just as with muscle mass increases, strength gains don’t happen when you are in the gym – they happen afterwards. The faster you can recover, the greater those strength gains will be.

The best steroid stack for strength for beginners combines Trenbolone, Dianabol and Anadrol as follows . . .

Week Dianabol Anadrol Trenbolone
One 200mg 50mg 50mg
Two 200mg 50mg 50mg
Three 200mg 50mg 50mg
Four 200mg 50mg 50mg
Five 200mg 50mg 50mg
Six 200mg 50mg 50mg

Powerlifting Steroid Cycle

A powerlifting beginner steroid cycle should include the following two key power and strength building compounds:

  • Testosterone Enanthate
  • Dianabol


I recommend following a 12-week cycle with Testosterone being used throughout that whole time. Testosterone enanthate is an injectable that serious powerlifters will want to use consistently as their base steroid to build their power base.

Start with 250mg per week of Test, doubling it to 500mg per week after four weeks. Between weeks 8 and 12, add in the Dianabol, at a dosage of 25mg per day. Dianabol is especially beneficial if you are speaking for a powerlifting meet, with your last dose being on the day of the meet itself.

Here’s what a 12-week powerlifting cycle for powerlifters will look like …

Week Testosterone Enanthate Dianabol
One 250mg
Two 250mg
Three 250mg
Four 250mg
Five 500mg
Six 500mg
Seven 500mg
Eight 500mg 25mg
Nine 500mg 25mg
Ten 500mg 25mg
Eleven 500mg 25mg
Twelve 500mg 25mg


An intermediate powerlifting cycle can build upon the beginner stack by adding two powerful compounds to Testosterone …

  • Decadurabolin
  • Dianabol


You will increase your testosterone enanthate dosage to 750mg per week. Your Dianabol dosage will likewise, go up, from 25 to 35mg per day. Your Deca dosage will be 600mg per week.

Here’s what the cycle looks like …

Week Testosterone Enanthate Deca Dianabol
One 750mg 600mg
Two 750mg 600mg
Three 750mg 600mg
Four 750mg 600mg
Five 750mg 600mg
Six 750mg 600mg
Seven 750mg 600mg
Eight 750mg 600mg 35mg
Nine 750mg 600mg 35mg
Ten 750mg 600mg 35mg
Eleven 750mg 600mg 35mg
Twelve 750mg 600mg 35mg

If you consider yourself to be an advanced powerlifter, you are ready to pursue a more aggressive cycle. Here is a 16-week stack that has given phenomenal results for a lot of top level lifters …

  • Testosterone Enanthate – 1000 mg per week
  • Dianabol (last 6 weeks) – 50 mg per day
  • Trenbolone (weeks 6-16) – 450 mg per week


Here’s what that stack will look like …

Week Testosterone Enanthate Tren Dianabol
One 1000mg
Two 1000mg
Three 1000mg
Four 1000mg
Five 1000mg
Six 1000mg 450mg
Seven 1000mg 450mg
Eight 1000mg 450mg
Nine 1000mg 450mg
Ten 1000mg 450mg
Eleven 1000mg 450mg 50mg
Twelve 1000mg 450mg 50mg
Thirteen 1000mg 450mg 50mg
Fourteen 1000mg 450mg 50mg
Fifteen 1000mg 450mg 50mg
Sixteen 1000mg 450mg 50mg


Testosterone Cycle

Testosterone is the base compound that nearly all steroids are built around, with the majority of steroids being a derivative of it. Testosterone is the body’s primary muscle-building and strength-enhancing hormone so synthetic versions of it abound. We refer to these synthetic versions of testosterone as esters. There are different types of esters depending on how the atoms are arranged.

A mere change in the configuration of just a single atom can quite dramatically alter the properties of an ester, changing it from one form to another. The main difference between many esters is how fast or how slow it is released into the body.

The majority of testosterone esters suspend the synthetic testosterone in an oil such as sesame seed or cottonseed. Testosterone esters are more soluble than they are in water. Oil also allows for a slow release of the testosterone so that it is drip-fed into the system.

The three most popular testosterone esters are testosterone enanthate, testosterone cypionate, and testosterone propionate. All three of these esters are injectable. Testosterone enanthate and testosterone cypionate are very similar in their actions.

Testosterone Cypionate Cycle

For your first testosterone cycle, I recommend running cypionate or enanthate alone for a period of 8 weeks. You should pyramid the dosage, beginning with a low dosage, build to a mid-range dose, and then decreasing during the last third of the cycle.

Here is a sample 8-week testosterone cypionate cycle for beginners …

Week Testosterone Cypionate
One 125mg
Two 250mg
Three 375mg
Four 500mg
Five 500mg
Six 375mg
Seven 250mg
Eight 125mg

Follow this cycle with two weeks of post-cycle therapy of Clomid for 3 weeks at a dosage of 50mg per day.

Testosterone Enanthate Cycle

Here is a 12-week bulking cycle using Testosterone Enanthate …

Week Testosterone Enanthate
One 250mg
Two 250mg
Three 375mg
Four 375mg
Five 500mg
Six 500mg
Seven 500mg
Eight 500mg
Nine 375mg
Ten 375mg
Eleven 250mg
Twelve 250mg

Follow this cycle with two weeks of post-cycle therapy and Clomid for 3 weeks at a dosage of 50mg per day.

Testosterone Propionate Cycle

Testosterone Propionate has a much shorter half-life than the two previous esters I’ve covered. The half-life is around two and a half days. This means that you will need to inject more regularly with this ester than the other two. This is a faster-acting steroid than the previous two.

It is customary to inject testosterone propionate every day on a cycle.

A beginner’s 8-week cycle of testosterone propionate will pyramid between 100 and 200 mg per week, broken up into daily injections.

Here’s what that beginner cycle will look like …

Week Testosterone Propionate
One 100mg
Two 125mg
Three 150mg
Four 175mg
Five 200mg
Six 175mg
Seven 150mg
Eight 125mg

Follow this cycle with two weeks of post-cycle therapy and Clomid for 2 weeks at a dosage of 50mg per day.

First Steroid Cycle & Results

Your first steroid cycle should be a cautious one as you test out your body’s reaction to the artificial compounds that you are putting into it. You should err on the conservative side, with just a single compound and a low dosage.

Your first decision when embarking on your first cycle is whether you should go with injectable or oral steroids. The oral form is far less imposing for most people. Keep in mind, however, that oral steroids tend to be more toxic to the liver.

The following Dianabol beginner’s cycle has proven to be effective, relatively side effect free and tolerated well by most users …

Week Dianabol
One 35mg
Two 35mg
Three 35mg
Four 35mg
Five 35mg
Six 35mg
Seven 35mg
Eight 35mg

Follow this cycle with two weeks of post-cycle therapy on Clomid for 2 weeks at a dosage of 50mg per day.

The results that you can achieve on a cycle like this can range from just a few pounds of muscle to more than a dozen pounds. Typical results on a first Dianabol cycle are 7-8 pounds of lean mass increase.

SARMs vs Steroids

SARMs specifically target muscle tissue whereas steroids are not able to do so. They also have the ability to differentiate between anabolic and androgenic activity.

Thus, the well-known sexual characteristic side effects that come with steroids are not going to happen when you take SARMS. They may not give you the same muscle growth and strength enhancing results as steroids but they are much safer in general.

Unlike steroids, selective androgen receptor modulators do not convert to DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) which results in many of the unwanted side effects of using anabolics. However, SARMS will lead to a reduction in natural testosterone production.

Finally, you do not have to inject yourself with SARMs as you do with most steroids.

Are SARMs Legal?

Currently, SARMS are legal under federal law in the US. They are not a controlled substances and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

SARMS are legally classified as research chemicals and cannot be sold for human consumption. Websites or other outlets that sell SARMS must clearly state that they are for research purposes only.

SARMs Cycles

SARMS should be cycled for between 6 and 12 weeks. Beginners should go with a 10-week cycle and should use only one SARM.

You should follow your SARM cycle with a 3-week PCT cycle.

Best SARM Cycle for Cutting

Want to get ripped to the bone while staying natural? You won’t do it by sticking with your off-the-shelf fat burner.

If you’re going to get results that are anywhere near like what anabolics produce, you’re going to have go on a SARMs cutting stack. By stacking the most effective cutting SARMs with 5-6 days per week of intense training and a calorie-reduced diet, you’ll be able to get leaner than you ever thought possible.

The best SARMs stack for cutting combines Ostarine (Mk 2866), Cardarine (GW 501516) and Andarine (S4). Over an 8 week cycle, this stack should allow you to lose 12-14 pounds and get super shredded.

Best SARM Cycle for Bulking

If you want to pack on lean muscle bulk as fast as possible without resorting to anabolic steroids, then stacking with the right SARMs is the way to go. By doing so, you should be able to pack on up to 12 pounds of muscle over a 12-week bulking cycle.

To do that, you are going to have to be training 5-6 times per week and maintaining a daily caloric surplus of around 500 calories.

The best SARM stack for bulking pairs RAD 140 and Ostarine. Take 20 mg of Rad 140 daily along with 25 mg of Ostarine over the course of the 12-week bulking cycle.  

This is another stack that should be followed by a 3 week PCT supplement featuring 10mg of Clomid per day.

Best SARM Cycle for Bodybuilders

If you’re a bodybuilder who has committed to go the natural route, you need every advantage you can get. That’s especially true if you’re going to be competing with guys who are on the juice.

Stacking SARM’s is the next best thing to taking anabolics but without the side effect or legal issues. When it comes to stacking SARMs for bodybuilding, you need a combination of compounds that will get you massive and ripped at the same time.

My favorite stack for bodybuilding pairs Ostarine (MK 2866) and Ligandrol (LGD 4033). Take 35 mg of Ostarine and 15 mg of Ligandrol over an 8 week stack.

Best SARM Cycle for Strength

If you want to get as strong as %&@!, then you need to pair your hard and heavy work in the gym with premium nutrition and pharmacology. That doesn’t mean, though, that you have to go down the dark and dangerous route of anabolic steroids.

SARMs provide a much safer option. While they won’t get you quite as strong a anabolics, they’ll come damn close – and without the side effects!

When it comes to getting strong, the best SARMs to stack together are Ligandrol (LGD 4033) and a relative newcomer to the SARMs market called YK 11. This compound is a real gamechanger when it comes to getting super strong.

Take 20 mg of Ligandrol and 10 mg of YK 11 over a 6-week cycle.

SARMs Stacks

There are certain SARMS that can be safely stacked in order to achieve optimal results.

One of the most popular stacks to speed up fat loss includes the use of the following SARMs for 8-12 weeks:

  • Anadarine S4 – 25mg morning – 25mg evening
  • Ostarine MK 2866 – 25mg per day
  • Cardarine GW501516 – 20mg 30 minutes before your workout


A popular stack for building mass includes stacking the following SARMs for 8-12 weeks:

  • Ligandrol LGD-4033 – 10mg every morning
  • Myostine YK 11 – 20 mg in the morning
  • MK-667 – 25 mg before bed


Those who are looking to focus on recomposition should combine the following SARMs for 8-12 weeks:

  • LGD-4033 – 10mg every morning
  • Andarine S4 – 25mg twice per day

Best SARMs Stack

The best SARMs stack for an overall combination of fat loss and muscle gain while also being completely safe includes the following compounds used over a period of 12 weeks:

  • Ostarine MK-286 – 25 mg per day
  • Ligandrol LGD-4033 – 20mg per day
  • Cardarine – 10mg per day

Best SARM Companies to Buy SARMs

There are a few suppliers who have gained a reputation for the quality of their products. 4 of the best suppliers for SARMs include:

Take-Home Message

The question of whether to take anabolic steroids is a major ethical, legal, and health decision that I encourage you to consider deeply. Be absolutely sure that you are aware of the risks and are heading into it with your eyes wide open. If you do decide to go down the steroid route, always err on the side of conservatism, carefully monitor your results and, above all, buy your compounds from a reputable, reliable source.

Remember, too, that taking steroids in isolation will not give you the results you want. Only when you couple your cycle with intense, heavy workouts and strict, goal-specific nutrition will your efforts pay off in terms of massive, ripped muscle.

If you’re not quite ready to take on steroids or decide that those risks aren’t worth taking, we recommend that you learn more about SARMs for bodybuilding instead.


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Pairing your Cycle with German Volume Training

German Volume Training is an awesome European program for getting bigger and stronger faster. It is the ideal pairing with your bulking cycle.
The following is a recommended 5-day German Volume Training split:
• Day 1 – Chest and Back
• Day 2 – Legs and Abs
• Day 3 – Off
• Day 4 – Arms and Shoulders
• Day 5 – Off

Due to the intense recovery demands associated with this program, natural trainees may wat to consider working each body part only once per week. 

The following is a sample German Volume Training program.

Perform the above 5 day cycle 6 times.
Day 1
Chest and Back
Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Bench Press 10 10 90 sec
Chin Ups (Palms towards face) 10 10 90 sec
Pec Dec or Incline Flyes 3 10-12 60 sec
One Arm Dumbbell Rows 3 10-12 60 sec
Day 2
Legs and Abs
Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Squats 10 10 90 sec
Leg Curls 10 10 90 sec
Weighted Sit Up 3 15-20 60 sec
Calf Raises 3 15-20 60 sec
Day 4
Arms and Shoulders
Exercise Sets Reps Rest
Dips 10 10 90 sec
Dumbbell Curls 10 10 90 sec
Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3 10-12 60 sec
Bent Over Reverse Laterals 3 10-12 60 sec








Llewellyn, William (2011), Anabolics. Jupiter, FL: Molecular Nutrition. pp. 357-367, 525-533, 705-714.


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Steve Theunissen

For the past five years, I have been a full-time fitness writer.  I also love to write about history and have written more than thirty books on the great battles throughout history. I live in sunny Tauranga, New Zealand with my wife of 33 years, Shelley.

4 Responses

  1. I have found my favorite exercise for the arms is the lift and push. i.e I life the remote and push the on button. I have started switching arms because I have noticed my right bicep is getting bigger than the left making me unsymmetrical. Its not really noticeable yet because my one pack hides it but I have to consider the future yknow competition and stuff.

  2. I m beginer for cycle not in gym i want to start my fist cycle anavar i read here that anavar decreases testosterone so how much testosterone i can add in anavar cycle and what is in pct after cycle

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