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Best Steroid Stack for Bulking?

Updated August 12, 2020
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Many gym-rats wonder, “What’s the best steroid stack for bulking?”.

The answer is…

It depends (annoying answer I know).

The reason why there’s no definitive answer to this is because one man’s best steroid stack will be different to the next guy’s. This is because we all have different goals and looks we want to achieve.

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For example, if you’re Phil Heath and you want to become as huge as possible to win Mr Olympia, you’d probably throw in HGH and insulin to help you pack on some extra size.

However, if you’re a Men’s Physique competitor, taking HGH with insulin will be a recipe for disaster as you’ll develop a steroid gut, which occurs as a result of mixing these two drugs. For guys coveting that V-Taper look, with a tiny waist, it would be almost impossible to place in Men’s Physique competitions whilst taking HGH & insulin.

Note: It is possible to avoid the ‘steroid gut’ by taking HGH without insulin. It’s the combination of both which causes this protruding stomach.

Equally, if you have a history of acne or gyno you’ll want to stay away from specific steroids which I’ll go through with you in a little while.

In this article I’m going to give you a breakdown of the best steroids on the planet and how they’ll effect your body composition. So once you’ve reached the bottom of this page, you should have a great idea on which steroid stack to take to create YOUR perfect body.


Trenbolone is a very powerful steroid that’s used during bulking and cutting cycles.

When used during a bulk, your muscles will blow up and your strength levels will sky rocket. The reason why Tren can also be used for cutting is because it binds to corticoid receptors, preventing cortisol (stress) levels from rising too high.

As you probably already know high cortisol levels can cause muscle loss and fat storage (a bodybuilder’s worst nightmare). Thus trenbolone helps burn more fat and retain muscle whilst dieting.

Tren creates that 3D-look with boulder shoulders and cobra traps. Phil Heath, Jaco De Bruyn and Chris Bumstead are just a few people who have this awesome look.

Trenbolone also has diuretic attributes meaning you’ll flush out more water than usual when taking this steroid, making you appear more dry and ripped.

Thus if your goal is to remain aesthetic whilst packing on some serious mass, trenbolone is the perfect steroid.

…Unlike other bulking steroids which can leave you looking more bloated than the Nutty Professor aka anadrol.

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Jaco De Bruyn (the tren look)

Reasons not to take Trenbolone:

  • If you’ve experienced bad acne in the past.

trenbolone may cause more outbreaks due to extra sebum production, causing oily skin. If this bothers you – stay away.

  • If you don’t want to look like your taking steroids.

Because of the capped shoulders and dry/grainy look, it’s fairly easy to tell that someone on tren is on the juice.

Steroids to stack with Trenbolone:

  • Testosterone
  • Dianabol


Dianabol is probably the most famous steroid ever, and is the compound 99% of gym rats use when trying to get HUGE.

D-Bol was thought to be used by Mr Olympia greats such as Arnold, Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbu when bulking, in an attempt to pack on as much size as possible.

Dianabol does come with some water retention, however this water weight isn’t too significant if you keep to a moderate dose.

D-Bol is very different to trenbolone in terms of water retention. Unlike Tren, your muscles will have a smooth appearance on D-Bol, as opposed to looking dry.

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Benefits to looking smooth:

  • You’ll look more natural compared to if you’re insanely dry

Drawbacks to looking smooth:

  • You’ll appear less ripped due to more water retention inbetween the skin and muscles.
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Arnold (the dianabol look)

Reasons not to take Dianabol:

  • If you’re prone to developing bad gyno, stay away from D-Bol or only use very small doses.

This steroid can cause female breast tissue to form due to its high aromatizing nature. Basically meaning estrogen levels = sky high.

Steroids to stack D-Bol with:

  • Testosterone
  • Trenbolone
  • Deca durabolin
  • Anadrol (if you’re feeling brave…*harsh steroid alert*)

Deca Durabolin

Deca Durabolin is a very unique bulking steroid because of its ability to create huge, full, round muscle belly’s.

Deca gives users an extra dimension of thickness, where they can look huge even in a relaxed position.

Here’s some bodybuilders who have this extremely thick look:

  • Arnold
  • Mike Mentzer
  • Bradley Martyn (below)
  • Chul Soon

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Don’t take deca if: 

  • You have problems with erectile dysfunction (and it bothers you).

One of the common side effects of taking Deca Durabolin is deca dick, which basically means you’ll experience erectile dysfunction for a little while (until your hormones regulate back to normal). Running testosterone alongside deca during a cycle can help with this, but if you want to keep everything working downstairs – avoid deca.

Note: Deca dick is only temporary symptom and not permanent.

Steroids to Stack Deca With:


Anadrol is a steroid people turn to when they decide they want to be as huge as humanly possible.

Unfortunately as a result of huge gains, anadrol comes with a sh*t load of water retention, making a user look bloated and puffy.

Due to this excessive fluid retention, your waist can become enlarged and your muscles will look extra full…similar to when someone takes creatine monohydrate.

Some people react to anadrol fine and others experience negative symptoms due to it being a powerful androgen.

Headaches and high blood pressure can become a reality on anadrol if your body doesn’t tolerate it well. Thus it’s important to monitor your health with regular visits to your doctor.

Stack Anadrol with:


Testosterone is a very versatile steroid. When used in a bulking stack you’ll see big increases in size and strength. When used in a cutting cycle, you’ll retain muscle and burn more fat.

Testosterone is used in many stacks as a base, preventing test levels from being suppressed during a cycle.

Test often makes a person look full and hard. Testosterone is also a steroid people can take and still look natty.

…unless you develop gyno on it.

You can stack testosterone with literally any steroid.

Conclusion: What is the Best Steroid Stack?

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The best steroid stack all depends on what kind of look you’re going for…

If I were to take steroids, I’d probably go for the Chul-Soon look and take the following stack:

This guy looks EPIC.

Taking Deca and Test will help you see BIG muscle gains and your muscles will become incredibly thick.

…Similar to Bradley Martyn and how Arnold Schwarzenegger looked like.

You can get Deca, Testosterone, Trenbolone and Dianabol in CrazyBulk’s bulking stack.

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