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Steroids: Recovery Cycles

What?! One hundred dollars for the Hcg and Clomid that I
would need to come off of this cycle? Na, I think that I
will just tough it out."

These were the words of my good friend as he contemplated
the end of his last cycle.

I encouraged him to at least go down to GNC and buy some
Tribulus stack with DHEA by Twinlab, but he again frowned
and said that he did not believe in the herbs enough to
spend the $23.

Now don't get me wrong. I like this guy and he is a hell of
a good lifting partner. He also has a wonderful family who
has me over for Sunday dinners frequently.

His wife is beautiful as are his children. His physique is
phenomenal and he is 44 years old.

One day in the gym I heard a 25 year old guy comment to his
girlfriend about my friend. He said, "Now there is the
physique that I always wanted to have", to which his
girlfriend quipped, "Yeah, me too!".

Fortunately, the young buck had a good sense of humor.

So...the situation begs the question, "How can this guy (or
any guy) not be willing to pay the necessary money to come
off the cycle properly?".

This was his third 15 week cycle and I have seen it before
with him: Two weeks out from coming off everything the fears
of returning to midlife vitality begin to creep in, but the
remaining enanthate and cypionate keep deceiving him that
everything will be ok.

The hormones are doing the thinking for him, and this is
where the bodybuilder falls off the precipice into non-
intelligent bodybuilding and supplementation.

Problems in the bedroom, on the job, and in life in general
are just around the corner in this situation, but the
Pharma-courage of the moment makes denial of this fact easy.

I remember my first cycle before I understood that there is
a "cycle after the cycle".

I had come off of a 12 week Androgenic/Anabolic cycle
consisting of Test enanthate, Test Propionate, Proviron,
Deca, and Winstrol.

I used no testosterone recovery drugs at the conclusion of
the cycle and as a result I crashed big time.

I was depressed and lacking Libido so I resorted to an
injection of enanthate to boost things and to be able to rise
to the occasion in the bedroom.

All this did was take me into another 4 weeks of
testosterone usage in order to feel functional.

Of course, this is the pitfall that so many fall into, which
can lead to non-cycling use of anabolic steroids and a
severely dysfunctional endocrine system.

Finally, enough people who cared and knew what they were
doing got me into some Hcg and Clomid therapy. I was then
able to comfortably put down the enanthate and take a 12 week
rest from AS.


It is important for the reader to know that I typically use
only about 400-500mg/week of Testosterone during the
beginning 8 weeks of my cycle.

I will knock the Test down to 250mg/week the last four weeks
of a 12 week cycle. This is in combination with 600mg/week
Deca throughout the whole cycle, and then 200mg/week
Winstrol injection the last six weeks of the cycle.

I also use Proviron 50mg/day throughout the schedule until I
begin the recovery period.

My cycles of AAS use are usually 12-15 weeks in duration.
The significance of this cycle information is that the
reader should be aware that greater doses of Hcg and Clomid
therapy may be necessary when greater quantities of
Androgenics have been used, or when cycles have been quite

The reader will need to be the judge and adjust accordingly.

Typically, I will do the following recovery cycle:

1) One Month prior to last AAS injection I begin Twinlab
Tribulus Stack at 2500mg/day split into morning and evening
doses. I use this product up until I begin Hcg and Clomid

2) One week after my last AAS injection I begin Hcg and
Clomid therapy. I do one 2500iu injection of Hcg and begin
taking 50mg Clomid/day at mealtimes. At the same time as the
Clomid I also take 10mg nolvadex. The Clomid and nolvadex
will be done together daily for the next 30 days from this
day forward.

3) The following week I do another 2500iu Hcg while
continuing with the Clomid and nolvadex.

4) The following week I do another 2500iu Hcg while
continuing the Clomid and nolvadex.

5) The following week (fourth week) I continue with the
Clomid and nolvadex but use no Hcg.

6) The fifth week I conclude the use of Clomid but continue
to use nolvadex at 10mg/day. I also now add in the Tribulus
Stack again at the same above dosage for the next 30 days,
which would give me 8 weeks off the last cycle.

7) After the 30 days of Tribulus Stack and nolvadex, I take
2-4 weeks off everything to prepare my body's receptors for
another Anabolic cycle.

The rationale for the above recovery stack is as follows:

1) Tribulus is "herbal Clomid" in the way that it stimulates
the testes. I simply use it to prepare the way for the Hcg
and Clomid therapy. DHEA just gives it a little extra boost.

2) Hcg and Clomid both stimulate the testes to produce
testosterone. Also, the clomid is an anti-estrogen drug,
competing for estrogen receptor sites. They are added in
close proximity to the last shot in hopes of waking up the
testes well in advance of total evacuation of AS from the
system. My attempt is to overlap the startup of natural
testosterone production with the last week or two of effects
from the last AS injection.

3) nolvadex is used during the Testosterone recovery period
since it aggressively promotes the production of FSH
(follicle stimulating hormone) as well as LH (luteinizing
hormone), which in turn stimulates the Leydig's cells in the
testes to produce more testosterone.

nolvadex also works well with Clomid in regulating the
estrogen used by the body as Hcg can cause increased levels
of this hormone and the accompanying water "blow-up".

Since I began using nolvadex during the recovery cycle I
have appreciated a much harder look and continued
vascularity well after discontinuing the main cycle. My fat-
burning remains higher as well with the decreased estrogen
being recognized in the body.

4) I remain on the nolvadex even after the discontinuation
of Clomid and Hcg in order to continue to promote the Test
vs Estrogen ratio and to avoid a serious estrogen "rebound"
that may occur by pulling both the Clomid and nolvadex

5) I add in the Tribulus Stack with DHEA again as it is more
gentle on the system than Clomid, and the hopes are that it
will continue on a more subtle level to promote my natural
levels of Test to a higher level. This is another reason
that I stay on the nolvadex as DHEA has been known to show
some increases in estrogen levels in men.

6) I know longer bridge with Primobolan or Anavar since
contrary to popular belief, they have been shown to promote
some shutdown of the pituitary-axis and suppress natural
testosterone production.

Proviron is also a strong enough androgenic to effect the
same responses from the system, and will not be a good
supplement to be using at this time if one wants the maximum
recovery in their natural production.

When my situation affords it I bridge with Hgh 3iu/day and
Insulin 8iu/day split into two doses, along with the
nolvadex and Tribulus Stack. I have had nice results with
this bridge and found that it allowed for good retention of
mass and strength without affecting my testosterone recovery
period adversely.

There have been times also where I just did the Tribulus
Stack and the nolvadex. Regardless of my bridge, I have been
able to avoid impotence and depression when using the above
recovery cycle.


For the female bodybuilders, I have seen women using the
Clomid to bring their own levels of estrogen back into
alignment after a cycle. It seems to work well in that
department, whereas the Hcg promotes progesterone production
and irritability in female bodybuilders.

The other supplement that I am aware of female bodybuilders
using with regard to restoring estrogen balance is a soy
product called Estroven.

Some ladies that I know swear by it in terms of re-
establishing their own balance. It is added in at the end of
a cycle much like the Clomid therapy in men.

They are using double the doses on the box for the first
week and then they follow the dosage on the box for the
remaining 3 weeks.

The effects of the soy product are slow and gentle, and as a
result water retention due to sudden resurgence of estrogen
is rarely a problem.


There is a lot of intelligent bodybuilding going on by both
men and women and I feel so fortunate to be a part of this
era of the sport.

As we pursue our ambitions and goals though, let's not
forget about the people in our lives that are there for us
as we cycle on and off of the gear. In many cases they
encourage and support us even when it may be hard for them
to do so.

We not only owe ourselves the "cycle after the cycle", but
we also owe our partners and family this informed way of
transitioning out of a cycle in order to avoid lost
intimacy, depression, and lost vitality. I have seen many
lose their entire focus of optimism when not coming off

So, next time you plan your cycle, be generous when
purchasing these "muscle-keepers" and view them with equal
respect and importance as the Androgenics and Anabolics
that you would give your left nut for (no pun intended).
Although they may not be as dramatic in their effect, we
need to remember that sometimes the smallest strokes of the
artist's brush make all the difference in the total picture.

- by Paul
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