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Following on from the last ezine, here's part 3 of a superb section
taken from the SE member's board, written by SE member "Acupunk" --
thanks for such an awesome post.The article covers some of the most asked and relevant questions about
steroid use.As there are a total of 21 questions/points covered. Today
we will cover the following points:
12. I have finally made up my mind that I am going to try
them and I was just wondering what kind of results I
This is really a difficult question to answer. Results
vary greatly from one individual to the next.
In general, steroid users find that their first cycle is
the most dramatic in terms of the gains that they make.
Some users claim to gain a solid thirty pounds on their
first cycle while others notice little if any gains at
Obviously, the athlete that has weight trained for a
number of years, and continues to train intensely during
the cycle and who eats a high calorie nutrient dense diet,
stands to put on a lot more muscle than the athletes who
are not disciplined enough to follow through with the
It has been substantiated that a steroid user taking
moderate dosages of Nandrolone Decanoate and Dianabol can
gain twice as much muscle mass in a two month cycle than
they could in an entire year of effective training.
It is felt that an individual can gain a maximum of 4
pounds of muscle per year for every 100 pounds of body
weight that they possess.
This would translate to a 200 pound man having a maximum
potential to gain 8 pounds of muscle per year, which
itself would be an enormous gain.
The first time steroid user can gain as much as 8 pounds
per 100 pounds of body weight in a single ten week cycle.
This means that the first time steroid user could gain 16
pounds of muscle injust 2 months.
Their maximum potential without drugs would be 8 pounds in
an entire year. It is easy to see that the steroid gains
are substantially higher.
This does not mean that if a person can gain 16 pounds of
muscle in two months on a steroid cycle that they could
gain 96 pounds of muscle if the athlete were to stay on
steroids for twelve months straight.
Certain inhibiting factors prohibit that. Evidence
suggests that the maximum gains of a steroid cycle are
reached before the eighth week.
It is rare for the first time steroid user who eats right
and trains hard not to gain at least four or five pounds
of solid muscle.
13. My doctor informed me that using veterinarian steroids
is very dangerous. What do you think?
Veterinarian steroids do not have to meet the exact same
sanitary specifications that human pharmaceuticals do;
however, they are generally made under sanitary
Legitimate veterinarian steroids are certainly a much
better choice than using any form of a counterfeit. I have
never heard from an athlete that felt they were harmed by
the use of a veterinarian steroid. Interestingly enough,
some of the most modern anabolic steroids are for animals.
However, there are numerous new veterinarian anabolic
steroid preparations being developed every year. A number
of these preparations look to be remarkably anabolic with
minimal androgenic qualities.
These agents should optimize muscle mass increases while
minimizing androgenic side effects. Australia seems to be
producing most of these new vet drugs.
14. Is it possible to use Anadrol in a pre-contest cycle
without retaining water?
The pre-contest use of Anadrol is untraditional yet
several bodybuilders claim to have done it with
outstanding results. Few, if any steroids, deliver the
type of size and strength gains seen with Anadrol.
Anadrol gives the muscles bulk and fullness that would be
extremely desirable in a bodybuilding show. The problem is
that Anadrol almost always causes water retention and it
aromatizes quite easily resulting in high estrogen levels.
Some bodybuilders have successfully managed this estrogen
and water retention problem by using Nolvadex at 10 to 20
mg per day in a stack with 50 mg of Anadrol right up to
the day before the bodybuilding contest.
Very often, a prescription diuretic such as Dyazide,
Lasix, or Aldactazide is used for three or four days
before the bodybuilding contest to eliminate what
subcutaneous water retention did exist.
Usually, it is a good idea to supplement potassium salts
such as Slow-K when using prescription diuretics. Some
athletes have been able to control the water retention
with over the counter diuretics.
Other effective methods have involved taking the Anadrol
right up until the week before the contest and then
switching to Halotestin for the last seven days.
This has worked well for some who find that the Anadrol
takes a good two or three days to get out of the system
and then they find they still have the muscle fullness yet
don't have the water retention problem. Halotestin
maintains muscle hardness without the water retention.
15. I have gotten in the habit of taking small amounts of
Primobolan Depot or Deca off and on between cycles.Is this
a bad practice?
It is common for athletes to use a small amount of a mild
anabolic steroid between cycles, but it is not a good
idea. Non-stop use can inhibit the body's natural
testosterone production and other endocrine system
functions from returning to normal.
Although such low dosages would likely not exhibit any
toxicity nor promote any significant side effects, they
would also not yield much in the way of positive effects.
Many bodybuilders continue to use small dosages of
steroids between cycles because of their insecurities with
letting go of steroids completely.
Many steroid users develop an attitude that if they are
not taking any steroids they are simply not making any
gains, and to justify even training they will use small
amounts of steroids between their cycles.
If I were to make a recommendation on the use of low
dosages of mild steroids between cycles I would not
The off cycle period is a time to train natural and let
the body fully recover from the steroid use and I believe
you can only fully recover if all steroids are eliminated
from the system.
16. What is the correct way to open glass ampules?
Glass ampules are a real pain. The proper way to open them
is to score them around the narrowest part of their neck.
To score these glass ampules it is best to use a metal
knife with small teeth.
Occasionally, these are provided with the ampule and these
knives work best. If these knives are not provided it
occasionally works to use a fingernail file, grapefruit
knife, or a type of kitchen knife with very small teeth.
This knife should be rotated around the narrow part of the
neck in a sawing motion. After a white line or "score' is
clearly evident on the neck, the ampule is ready to be
Before cracking the ampule open, it should be placed
inside a clean paper towel or a thin clean cotton towel
one hand should firmly grasp the lower portion of the
ampule, the other hand should grasp the very top.
A quick snapping motion should cleanly remove the top of
the ampule. A needle can then be inserted and the liquid
Do not try to crack open an ampule without scoring it or
by using your fingers directly against the glass ampule.
Occasionally the glass ampule can shatter and this glass
can cause a serious cut.
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