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

You’re looking for the best steroid cycle right?

That’s an easy question but the answer is a little more complex, what is the best? We need to find the best cycle for YOU, and that’s a whole more difficult.

What are your cycle goals? Muscle gain, bulking or cutting?

What is your experience level novice, beginner, or advanced.

Unsure about just what to take and how to combine your dosages in the most productive but safest combinations?

What you need is no-nonsense definitive answers to the following questions . . .

  • What are the best steroid cycles for beginners, bulking, advanced, cutting, etc?
  • What dosages?
  • What stacks?
  • How long to run the cycle?
  • How can I reduce the side effects?

Thankfully, the answers to all of these questions are found in this article!

We’ve broken down the top 17 cycles, but you can find a list of all the charts below.

Best Steroids Cycle Charts

Best Steroid Stacks for Cutting

In order to develop a truly impressive physique, you need to strip as much fat as possible from your muscles. Cycling the safest, most effective cutting steroids with reduced calorie clean eating and high intensity interval training is the fastest way to get super cut.

The best steroid stack for cutting makes use of two or more of the following steroids:

  • Anavar
  • Winstrol
  • Proviron
  • Trenbolone

My favorite steroid stack for cutting combines Winstrol and Trenbolone as follows:





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Best Steroid Stacks 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

My favorite bulking cycle combines Anadrol and Deca as follows . . .





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Best Steroid Stacks for Bodybuilders

Bodybuilding is all about getting that perfect balance between muscular size and definition. To achieve that balance, you need to know how to use a range of resistances, reps and training protocols and how to manipulate your nutrition to get big and ripped at the same time. Stacking the right steroids on top of your training and nutrition can take your physique to the next level, allowing you to achieve the size and definition that would otherwise not be possible.

The best steroids for beginning bodybuilders to achieve a massive, ripped physique are the combination of testosterone and Anavar as follows . . .





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Best Steroid Stacks 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 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.

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





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Is There a Best Steroid Cycle For Beginners?

Most beginners plan their steroid cycles without knowledge of the risks or the quality of the steroids they are about to take.

If a beginner takes a compound that is excessively toxic or harsh on the body, they will experience severe side effects. Taking such steroids immediately is like jumping in the deep end when learning how to swim.

Here is a list of anabolic steroids, that most beginners take during a first cycle with a lesser risk of side effects:

Best Steroid Cycle for Muscle Gain: Anavar 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 how 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).

An example of Anavar-Only Cycle

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 increased risk of side effects in order to make bigger muscle gains. Beginners will typically gain around 25lbs from the above cycle. TUDCA if 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).

Are There Best Bulking Steroid Cycles?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Cutting Steroid Cycles

A cutting phase is when a bodybuilder’s main objectives are to burn fat, whilst maintaining muscle mass.

This is a crucial time, where bodybuilders work hard to preserve the size they gained in the off-season.

‘Cutting steroids’ will increase fat burning, whilst adding lean muscle (without any water retention). This produces a more defined/ripped look.

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.

Did Zach Efron take Winstrol for Baywatch?

zac efron winstrolHis physique was incredibly dry, vascular and ripped – all attributes of winstrol.

It’s known that Zac trained with the Rock for Baywatch. The Rock’s steroid use is well-known and with Dwayne Johnson personally training Zac for Baywatch it means Zac could be ‘guilty by association’.

Although this isn’t ‘evidence’ that Zac is on the juice, it is still a link that could increase the likelihood of him using steroids.

  • Testosterone jaw/more masculine face
  • Aged face
  • Premature aging

Zac’s face has aged dramatically between his films Bad Neighbors in 2014 to the pictures of him training for Baywatch in 2016.

Steroids have been linked with causing premature aging (1). The theory behind this is that several steroids can reduce collagen production, meaning your skin will become less elastic, thinner and more prone to wrinkling.

Zac has experienced all three of these, especially winstrol’s diuretic effect – as he’s extremely dry. Winny is also a DHT-derived steroid, explaining Zac’s steroid jaw and thinner hair.

The most obvious giveaway is that Zac’s muscles also look depleted, which is typical of winstrol. In comparison, anavar causes a dry/ripped effect like winstrol but gives the muscles a pumped up, fuller look.

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

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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 effect 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 increased 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). 

The Best Steroid Cycle I’ve Ever Done

This was written by an anonymous steroid-user who goes by the name Juice Guru. 

Common gym-rat conversation:

“Yo bro! You’re JACKED, what’s your best cycle?”

First of all, there is no ‘best steroid cycle’ as people react differently to different compounds. This is why some guys will swear by trenbolone – whereas others will avoid it like the plague (because it might give them acne for example).

However, people do have FAVOURITE steroid cycles.

It’s important to note that people also have different goals; so some people might be searching for the best steroids to get ripped, whilst others might be looking to bulk up and gain size.

The most common goal for a steroid-user is the latter – to get swole and build muscle, so we’ll start there.

Below I’ll be sharing my experience of one of the most powerful cycles I’ve used to build muscle.

My Best Steroid Cycle

These 3 steroids are the best trio I’ve cycled when it comes to building mass.

  1. Testosterone Sustanon 250
  2. Anadrol
  3. Trenbolone Acetate

These 3 used together in a cycle produced simply phenomenal results when bulking.

Testosterone Sustanon 250 Cycles

Testosterone Sustanon is made of both long and short esters, meaning it provides rapid results which do not fade early into your cycle. So you’ll keep on gaining a tonne of strength and packing on muscle long into your cycle.

Test will also burn a little bit of fat if you’re bulking; helping you stay lean-ish (depending on how aggressive your bulk is!).

An awesome steroid that is used in 90% of people’s cycles as it mixes well with pretty much every anabolic steroid.

Anadrol Cycles

Rich says that the strength gains on Anadrol or ‘unbelievable’ – even if you’re not trying to get stronger. Anadrol had a bad rep for causing water retention; however, this is often a myth.

Sure, if you’re eating Maccy D’s, shoveling in 6k calories a day and taking anadrol; you’re gonna hold more water than a buffalo. However, if you’re diets clean and your sodium intake is low and you take anadrol; not only will you build a huge amount of muscle – but you’ll look super full.

This is the good kind of water retention that fills up inside your muscles, rather than outside – hiding muscle definition. Even some guys in the last few weeks of their contest prep hop on anadrol to make themselves fill out.

Trenbolone Cycles

Trenbolone will make you build crazy amounts of muscle, get more vascular and a tight/grainy look to your muscles. This is what I call the Jaco De Bruyn look. Tren is considered quite a harsh steroid, so although many use it and get amazing results; it shouldn’t be cycled all year round to make sure you stay in good health.

Trenbolone isn’t recommended for those regularly participating in intense cardio sports; as it can have a negative effect on your endurance and breathing.

It’s as if your lungs have to work harder than usual and so the oxygen supply to your muscles is limited. Many guys who have taken trenbolone in the past will know that you may also suffer from ‘tren cough’. This cough is the result of benzyls in tren entering the lymphatic system and then the lungs; causing you to cough more than usual.

Other Steroids That Are Often Used for Bulking:

  • Dianabol
  • Deca Durabolin

Best Steroid Cycle for Cutting

So, I’ve given you my best steroid cycle for bulking, but what about for people looking to burn fat and get ripped to smithereens?

In this case; you can take your pick from the following cutting steroids:

  • Clenbuterol
  • Anavar
  • Testosterone
  • Winstrol
  • Trenbolone

The perfect cutting cycle IMO would be:

  • Clenbuterol
  • Anavar
  • Testosterone

So, with this stack, you’ll turn into a fat-burning machine, mainly because of clenbuterol. You’ll burn even more fat with Anavar. You’ll also get super-dry on Anavar, as it flushes out extracellular water and promotes intracellular retention.

Less extracellular water = More shredded

More intracellular water = Look big and full

Winstrol is similar to Anavar, but winny leaves you looking flat and deflated rather than big/full, hence why it doesn’t make the cut.

Adding testosterone to this stack means you can burn more fat, whilst building/retaining lean muscle during your cut. Boom!

Best Steroid Cycle for Beginners

As a beginner you need to ease into your use of anabolic steroids conservatively. You are going to be introducing synthetic compounds into your body that it will take time to adjust to. So think of the analogy of entering the swimming pool at the shallow end rather than diving head first into the deepest part. The most popular steroids for beginners are:

  • Anavar
  • Testosterone
  • Dianabol

For Anavar follow a six week cycle. Begin with 15 mg per day for 3 weeks and then step it up to 20mg for three weeks. Your off cycle should be the same length as your on cycle.  The best legal alternative to Anavar is Anvarol.

For Testosterone, follow a seven week on cycle, followed by a seven week off cycle. Take 200 mg per day for weeks 1-2, the 300 mg per day for weeks 3-5, stepping it up to 350 mg per day for the last two weeks. The best legal alternative to Testosterone is Testo-Max.

For Dianabol, follow a six week on cycle, followed by a six week off cycle. Take 20 mg per day for weeks 1-2, stepping it up to 25 mg per day for the last 4 weeks.

Best Steroid Cycle for Cutting

The goal of a cutting cycle is to burn off the maximum amount of fat without sacrificing lean muscle tissue. The best steroids for cutting are Anavar, Winstrol, Proviron and Trenbolone.

Your cutting cycle for Anavar should be the same as the beginner cycle mentioned in the last section; Begin with 15 mg per day for 3 weeks and then step it up to 20 mg for three weeks. Your off cycle should be the same length as your on cycle.  The best legal alternative to Anavar cutting is also Anvarol.

Your Winstrol cutting cycle should follow a six week on cycle following by six weeks off. Begin with 20 mg per day for the first two weeks, stepping it up to 25 mg per day for the final month. The best legal alternative to Winstrol is Winsole.

When taking Proviron for cutting, follow an 8 week on cycle followed by 8 weeks off. Take 20 mg per day for the first four weeks, stepping it up to 25 mg per day for the last four weeks.

When taking Trenbolone for cutting, follow an 8 week cycle, followed by 8 weeks off. Take 150 mg per day for the first four weeks, stepping it up to 225 mg for the final four weeks. The best legal alternative to Trenbolone is Trenerol.

For the most amazing fat loss results, the best steroid cycle stack for cutting combines Winstrol, Proviron and Trenbolone using the dosages listed above.

Best Steroid Cycle for Mass

The best steroids for bulking are Anadrol, Dianabol, Testosterone, Trenbolone and Deca Durabolin. For gaining mass, your Anadrol cycle should follow a six week on, six week off cycle. Take 50 mg per day for the first three weeks, followed by 75 mg per day for the final three weeks. The best legal alternative to Anadrol is Anadrole.

A Dianabol bulking cycle should cover 8 weeks. Take 10 mg per day for the first two weeks, stepping it up to 20 mg per day for the final six weeks. When taking Testosterone for bulking, follow an 8 week cycle Take 200 mg per day for the first three weeks, stepping it up to 300 mg per day for the next four weeks and then dropping back to 200 mg per day for the final week of your bulking cycle.

For greater mass gains, you can stack your mass building steroids. The best products to stack for bulk are:

  • Anadrol, Trenbolone and Testosterone
  • Dianabol and Anadrol

In this article, we have gone into detail about the best steroid cycles and steroid cycle stacks for the fastest, safest gains. To conclude, however, we reiterate that we strongly recommend going the legal steroid route in order to ensure your long term health and well-being.

12 Week Bulking Steroid Cycle

If you are after a truly power 12 week bulking stack, you should consider stacking Testosterone with Dbol. With this stack you take the Dbol in tablet form over the first five weeks in order to get you off to a powerful start. Here is how to run the cycle:

  • Weeks 1-5: Dbol Tabs – 40 mg per day
  • Week 1-2: Testosterone Enanthate injections – 500 mg per week

We recommend dividing up your weekly Testosterone Enanthate dosage into 4-5 even injections that are evenly spaced over the course of the week.

Best Steroid Cycle for Size

The more steroids you stack together in your quest to add size to your frame, the greater the risk of side effects becomes. In the end the choice is yours but we advise keeping your long term health at the forefront of your mind. That being said, here are the best steroids for size along with their recommended dosages:

  • Dianabol – 40 mg per day
  • Testosterone – 500 mg per week
  • Deca Durabolin – 400 mg per week
  • Anadrol – 50 mg per day
  • Trenbolone – 75 mg per day

You can stack any two, or at the most three, of these steroids into an effective steroid cycle for size.

Is Steroid Cycling Safe

Steroids were first created in the 1930’s. When on steroids, the body can synthesize protein more effectively resulting in rapid muscle hypertrophy. Steroid-users’ strength levels also go through the roof when on such anabolic agents.

Steroids in the media are given a very bad name. If a bodybuilder dies, it is automatically presumed that steroids are the cause. Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian, known as “Zyzz” in the bodybuilding world, suffered a heart attack in a sauna when on holiday in Bangkok (aged 22). This typically led to several newspapers pointing to steroids and other stimulants for the cause. However, a later autopsy revealed that Zyzz had an underlying heart condition. This perception of steroids in the media is partly why bodybuilding as a sport isn’t as popular as it could be.

Zyzz’s steroid transformation

Despite this negative image on steroids, millions around the world continue to cycle steroids and aren’t all dropping dead like the media often implies. Doctors also prescribe steroids for short periods of time for several reasons. One common reason is for those that experience delayed puberty. Testosterone thus can be prescribed to speed up this process.

Many users think that steroids are safe and that they are in good health, simply because they do not notice any obvious side effects. However, it is possible for health implications to develop, without any noticeable side effects. For example, almost 1/3 of people with high blood pressure won’t even know. This is because side effects of high blood pressure aren’t obvious to the average person and can seem quite mild.

Side Effects

Blood Pressure

A steroid cycle can result in spikes of blood pressure in every cycle (typically lasting up to 12 weeks). With prolonged use of steroids, several cycles can dramatically increase your chances of a heart attack.

Research has shown that a person is 150% more likely to experience a heart attack when on steroids. The reason for this blood pressure increase is because testosterone, the male hormone, raises LDL cholesterol levels. Steroids will raise testosterone levels to an unnaturally high level, thus causing high blood pressure.


The bodies natural defence mechanism for controlling this big increase in blood pressure from steroids, is to raise estrogen levels (the female sex hormone). Estrogen has the opposite effect on blood pressure by increasing HDL levels. Thus the body raises estrogen levels to control blood pressure. For the body to react like this, it is a sure sign that there is a serious need for this to happen – indicating that the body is in a dangerous hormonal imblance.

A side effect from exceptionally high estrogen levels is Gynecomastia. In simple terms, this is when breast tissue forms in males.

Mild Case of Gynecomastia


Strong Case of Gynecomastia


To avoid developing “gyno”, some take anti-estrogen supplements alongside steroids. As previously mentioned, the body elevates the estrogen hormone to control blood pressure and keep a healthy cholesterol balance. When you block estrogen, LDL levels will increase even more, exacerbating blood pressure problems.

Liver damage (oral consumption)

When you take steroids in tablet form, they have to bypass the liver. When you inject steroids, they miss out the liver and go directly into the blood stream. By taking steroids orally, you can develop a condition called cholestasis. This occurs because bile, responsible for removing toxins in the liver, cannot flow efficiently.

Prolonged steroid use can eventually lead to liver disease due to the death of multiple liver cells. cholestasis, however, is not something that occurs overnight and thus regular liver screenings should be performed by a steroid-user’s doctor to monitor the health of the liver.

Hair Loss

Taking steroids can contribute to speeding up the process of hair loss and thinning of the hair. If your genetic profile puts you more at risk of MPB (male pattern baldness), then it is likely that you will lose a fair amount of hair from anabolic steroids (those that are testosterone-based anyway).

This is due to steroids creating high levels of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Hair follicles happen to be very sensitive to DHT, and when exposed to a high amounts of this male hormone, their life span shortens. If you suffer from male pattern baldness, check out my post on the best supplements for hair growth.

Testicle shrinkage

During a steroids cycle, your testicles signal to stop producing testosterone, as there is an unnaturally high amount in the body. Thus when you finish a cycle, testosterone levels can drop very low. Testicle size is often determined by your current T level, and so testicle shrinkage is a common side effect post-cycle.

Natural Steroid Alternatives

No matter what your genetics are, it is possible to build an incredible body without steroids. It is very unlikely you will ever build 22? arms like a Mr Olympia competitor, but most people do see those types of physiques as “extreme” anyway. Through hard work and smart supplementation, it is possible for even a skinny person to get jacked.

Testosterone booster’s can elevate testosterone levels, similar to steroids.

There’s only 2 differences:

1. Natural testosterone boosters do not provoke as high T levels as steroids would. Despite this you can still make great gains with a powerful T booster.

2. Testosterone boosters do not have any side effects, due to natural ingredients being used.

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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

Bonus: How The The Rock’s Steroid Program Would Look

Dwayne, The Rock, Johnson claims he doesn’t use steroids. But, we’re not so sure. On the preponderance of the evidence, we believe its likely he cycles Anavar and Clenbuterol.

The Rock’s known for his hardcore early morning workouts. When he’s on the road, The Rock takes a complete gym, known as ‘The Iron Paradise’ with him. Over the months of lockdown during the Coronavirus lockdown, he didn’t have to travel anywhere and The Iron Paradise was right at home with him. It’s no surprise that he ramped up his training during the lockdown. With two upcoming movies – Netflix’s Red Notice and the DC movie Black Adam – to get in top condition for, he was determined to get in the best shape of his life during the enforced downtime.

Dwayne wrote the following on his Instagram page. . .

I promised myself that when we did get put on lockdown that I was going to train my ass off, harder than I’d ever trained before, and try to raise my own personal bar in terms of intensity. I have enough rage that I need to work out, anyway, so I’m working out extremely hard!

He went on to share his lockdown workout schedule on Instagram. Here is how he structured his training week. . .

• Monday: Chest, calves, abdominals – cardio
• Tuesday: Back, abdominals, neck – cardio
• Wednesday: Deltoids, abdominals – cardio
• Thursday: Arms, abdominals, calves – cardio
• Friday: Chest, back, abdominals – cardio
• Saturday – Legs, abs, calves
• Sunday: Day off

As we can see, Dwayne was dedicated to going full-on six days per week. The workouts were high volume AND high intensity. He hit the big body parts of his torso – chest and back – early in the week. Then two days focused on his smaller body parts. Friday and Saturday were huge days, with chest and back one day and legs the next. This was followed by a much-needed rest day.

Bonus: How Arnold Created His “Best” Steroid Cycle

Arnold didn’t talk a lot about his steroid use. But he did make it clear that, during the 70’s, he relied mostly on Dianabol and Deca. Arnold was a lot smaller in the off-season, so he got a lot smaller. That made sense for the health of his body.

Arnold was not always the angelic dieter that you’d imagine him to be, either. For a long period his diet was pretty crazy. In his autobiography he talks about eating an entire chicken post-workout and washing it down with a load of beer!

“Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold also may have invented the post-workout brandy and protein shake, believing that alcohol can stimulate protein synthesis (it actually does the opposite!).
He also famously smoked a cigarette (thought to be marijuana) after his Mr Olympia win in 1975 – as seen in the documentary film Pumping Iron.

However, when training for a competition, the Oak’s diet was as strict as it needed to be. Arnold would consume five to six meals per day, with most of his carbs being consumed prior to his workout. Each meal would be high in protein as well as high in healthy fats.

Arnold would eat a lot of chicken and fish, while avoiding higher fat meats such as pork. His snacks would consist of high fat foods such as nuts, whilst consuming foods such as bacon, eggs and avocado for breakfast.

His diet would be high in fats and protein for most meals, and carbohydrates would come in the form of sweet potatoes, oats, and brown rice.
Surprisingly, Arnold’s diet would reflect that of a normal person looking to have fun. Lots of beer, lots of red meat, and a hell of a lot of partying when he wasn’t trying to get shredded for a competition.








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


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