Top 5 Legal Steroids to Build Muscle- Bodybuilding PillsThe second, Steroids for Strength Sports: We explored that relationship in this series:. Which Weight Class is Best for You? On its face, this seems like a pretty reasonable approach. The first critique is very straightforward.
7 Best Steroids to Build Lean Muscle
Hopefully the title explained it all, but let's make doubly sure. If you're thinking of using steroids to enhance your performance in a particular sport, be it football, track, powerlifting, or Strongman events, this article isn't directly aimed at you.
Though you'll still pick up some valuable tips, my area of expertise has been the use of steroids to enhance the physique , along the standards of top-level competitive bodybuilding. In other words, I've learned how to get as close as any of us are genetically able to approximate the appearance of the big, veiny bastards in Flex magazine.
My specialty is improving the cosmetic appearance of myself and my clients looking great naked , not making them better athletes.
I must also state for the record that my experience with some drugs is somewhat limited, at least when compared to others. I do have fairly extensive experience with a wide variety of commonly used steroids and ancillary drugs, and they've delivered excellent results for me as well as dozens I've personally coached. For the vast majority of steroid-using bodybuilders, the basics are really all you will ever need anyway.
Not many of us are going to have to worry about being compared on stage with Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler with a big cash prize at stake.
Nope, we just want to look like muscular stallions. Compared to most, I came to steroids late in the game. At 27 years old, I'd already been training consistently for 13 years, and had competed in ten contests since the age of By then I'd reached a level of size and strength considered elite for a natural bodybuilder, weighing around pounds at 5' 8" and with lifts like a pound barbell squat, seated dumbbell presses with 's, and barbell rows with Still, I wasn't satisfied with my physique at all.
At I was very smooth, and the last time I dieted down for a drug-free contest I was a mere pounds. All of them had those incredibly full, round muscles with all sorts of nasty veins, striations, and deep separations that are only possible with the assistance of anabolics. Being natural, I could be somewhat big but smooth, or ripped and stringy. Try as I might, I found that being very big and ripped at the same time was a pipe dream for me, unless I took the steroid plunge.
I knew I wouldn't be happy until I had at least a passing resemblance to the type of physique I idolized, so at the end of I began my very first cycle. Since then I've lost exact count, but I estimate I've done a total of twelve steroid cycles, most in the range of weeks, but most recently a full 15 weeks. In the beginning my weekly milligram totals were typically , though my last and best cycle to date built up from 1, mg to just over three grams during the final weeks.
Has my body changed? At my last show, where I won the Heavyweight division in an NPC National qualifier, I weighed in at pounds with shredded glutes and as much muscle density as most national-level heavyweight competitors. Only a true bodybuilding fan would know the difference between me and a pro — in fact, the average Joe in the gym usually assumes I am a pro.
I even have a pretty loyal legion of fans who chime in with an average of e-mails a day and pay for my advice, doubtless because my physique gives me a certain degree of credibility. So you could say that steroids have allowed me to make my bodybuilding dreams a reality in several ways. I can't promise that you'll make the same improvements with steroids that I have over the past few years. You may have more genetic limitations than I do, but then again you may have better genetics and are capable of much greater gains.
Equally important to genetics is drive and lifestyle. I'm intensely driven to consistently train to my utmost abilities, using the heaviest weights possible in good form, and never settling for anything less than total annihilation of a bodypart.
Being self-employed, I also have the opportunity to train and eat whenever I please, even taking the occasional afternoon nap if I so desire.
I never miss meals, and use virtually every type of legal supplement available as well. I make sure I get plenty of sleep and avoid stress. Finally, I read every book, magazine, and Web site available to glean as much information about training and nutrition as I can. In other words, I do everything possible to optimize the perfect environment for muscle growth.
You may not be willing or able to duplicate this tunnel-vision lifestyle. But if you are, the addition of steroids to your bodybuilding will make a dramatic difference in your results.
Be warned, though, steroids do not build muscle on their own. Without proper training and eating, your results will certainly be compromised. T-mag is a great place to start if you're not sure, so start reading all the back issues.
And I do mean all of them. If you're too lazy to do that, you really have no business using steroids. I consider steroids a powerful tool to compliment the hard work and dedication of the hardcore bodybuilder, not a substitute for them or a shortcut. Finally, if you're wondering how much size and strength you will gain on x amount of drugs for x amount of time, this is something you'll only find out when you try.
I know the T-mag forum is constantly barraged with posts along the lines of "How much will I gain? We all react slightly differently to steroids. Most novice steroids users are interested in one thing and one thing only — "I wanna get huuuuuge!! The majority of my cycles have had this goal in mind as well. One of the principles I believe is that anyone will gain more mass overall if they have waited until a very solid foundation of muscle has been built naturally, as I did.
I know there are rare exceptions to this rule, but my observations in watching men and women with longer and shorter training backgrounds bears this out in most cases. Part of this is most likely related to being forced to learn more about proper training and eating precisely because you're clean and have to fight for every ounce of muscle. This primes you for better results once you add drugs into the mix. That said, here's what I have learned about bulking. The best steroid cycles for piling on sheer muscle mass always include at least one of the more highly androgenic compounds, such as Testosterone, Dianabol, or Anadrol.
With them, you always want to use something that leans more toward the anabolic end of the spectrum. Deca is by far the most popular steroid to combine with an androgen for this purpose, though lately trenbolone acetate is moving in fast to take its top spot.
Equipoise and Winstrol are also used quite often. My best gains have been on these particular combinations:. There are many possible permutations to choose from, and you may very likely be limited to what is available and affordable to you. As far as the dosages, this is something that tends to fluctuate from individual to individual, though it does seem that nearly everyone needs to continually up their dosages as they do more cycles to see similar results.
For instance, I've found that in my early cycles I could make very good gains on as little as mg of Test and mg of deca a week, but now I need to use at least twice the amount of both for the same effect. The wise method is to always start out as low as possible, and only increase dosages if and when you find you need to. Most steroid novices, especially if they train and eat like champions, will be able to accrue very satisfactory gains on as little as mg total a week.
As for the training, the best thing about steroids is that they allow you to train with greater intensity and higher volume and frequency, and still make very steady progress. Before some of you drug-free guys get all huffy and say that you train just as hard or harder than any steroid user, I have to be blunt and say sorry, you don't.
Believe me, I trained like a demon when I was clean, but drugs have allowed me to take it to a whole new level of raw power, pain, rage, and mind-blowing pumps. I'm able to use techniques like forced reps, drop sets, and supersets at nearly every workout and still be able to recover and grow. How frustrating it was as a natural bodybuilder to train so hard only to experience occasional dribbles of growth every few months!
Overtraining is still a danger, but its threat isn't nearly as pronounced when you have plenty of extra hormones to repair muscle tissue damage and synthesize protein at an accelerated rate.
While I don't think many of us would do well on the twice-daily, six day a week split that some of the top amateurs and pro's follow, steroids will allow you to hit a bodypart more frequently. Doesn't it make sense that your chest will be bigger if it can recover and grow from six or seven good workouts a month as opposed to four?
That's what I've found to be true. Eating is a critical component of gaining muscle mass when you're using steroids. The two main things to keep in mind at all times are protein intake and total calories. This is especially true if you lean toward the hard-gainer, ectomorphic body type. Regardless, it's almost impossible to overdo either.
I wouldn't classify myself as a hard gainer, but even I found that making gains in muscle mass was a struggle when I tried eating only "clean" food. After watching the progress of guys like Lee Priest, who was famous for eating prodigious amounts of junk food in the off-season, I decided to try it. During a cycle last year, I visited some type of buffet-style restaurant at least once a week and would eat for a solid hour or more.
First I would make sure I took care of my protein by eating enough fried chicken, fish sticks, meatballs, or whatever to reach about grams. After this I would go for things like soup, rolls with butter, fruit, pasta, French fries, and ultimately cookies and ice cream. Once a week I would order out for pizza and put a whole large pie away by myself. Late at night, if I was hungry, I would have a protein shake of about 50 grams, and then eat several bowls of such sugary cereals as Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Honeycombs, or Multi-Grain Cheerios.
The rest of my meals were standard clean food like red meat or chicken with rice or potatoes. My protein intake was always in excess of 2 grams per pound of bodyweight each day, and carbs were twice that. My attitude was that because I was training so hard and using the drugs, everything I ate turned into muscle, and this belief proved true.
I went from at the start of the cycle to at the end, with no loss in definition. I wasn't ripped by any means, but I was in pretty hard condition with veins popping out on the chest and front delts, and the abs visible but blurry. I've also seen dozens of other bodybuilders successfully employ the "gluttonous pig strategy" while on gear. Cy Willson covered this topic very well in his article, "Steroids for Dieting," but I have a couple points to add, since I've actually gone through the adventure a couple times.
For a competitive bodybuilder, steroids offer a giant advantage during the dieting process. With them, you can lower calories, do quite a bit of intense cardiovascular training, and not have to be concerned with the danger of losing lean muscle tissue while shedding the bodyfat. Depending on how lean you want to get, you'll need to use substantially more gear to accomplish this than when you're on a mass-gaining cycle.
This is because getting down to low, single- digit body-fat levels is an assault on all the systems of the body. I'm not talking about just seeing a clear six-pack here like the Body-for-Life types would consider ripped. I'm talking about cross-striations on your pecs, triceps, serratus, quads, and traps. Don't forget enough prominent vascularity to plot a road trip to Vegas, and skin so thin that you resemble a rabbit with the fur peeled off. To get into this extreme condition, which has become the standard even at the amateur level of competitive bodybuilding, you need to use a hefty dosage of steroids to maintain your muscle size and fullness.
Here's a look at one of the later weeks in my recent pre-contest cycle:.