Long ago were the days of cheap cycles with shit like Dbol. I know, I know, it's what all of the “golden era” bodybuilders used right?
But you have to understand that old school guys didn't use Dbol because it was the best oral available, they used stuff like Dbol because it was usually all that was available at the time.
Luckily there wasn't a fast food joint on every corner back then and bodybuilders trained and dieted their asses off, so much of the puffy look from Dbol wasn't quite as noticeable as it would be in normal circumstances with many guys today.
Dbol is cheap and there is a reason it's cheap. It'll pack on a ton of strength in a very short amount of time, but I'm here to tell you that if it's a certain look you're going for rather than just strength, Dbol is actually a pretty terrible option to turn to for steroid enhancement.
A much better compound to run that is milder on the body and actually builds more lean tissue is Anavar. Anavar used to be very expensive but because of it's popularity and demand it's just not that pricey anymore.
Sure, it costs more than most other orals but what you get out of it is much better in terms of quality results! Anavar is more of the smooth and steady game when it comes to results, rather than just a quick blast and then diminishing returns.
If there is any big con when it comes to more powerful oral steroids, it's what they do to the body and the liver. Many people experience a huge loss of appetite from more toxic oral compounds, so besides the compound just causing massive water retention in the body (which is why they promote so much strength) the compound just doesn't do a lot to build actual muscle tissue.
Not to mention, it's much harder to stay consistent on a diet and feel like you don't have the ups and downs when you're suing harsher compounds. Water retention can fuck with your appetite and it can give you a false sense of actual results, ESPECIALLY WHEN DIETING DOWN!
I never liked having a blurry physique during a diet where I felt like my results were sort of a guessing game. You can look in the mirror when you're on certain compounds and you honestly have no idea what the fuck you're looking at.
It's just so difficult to get an accurate assessment and how you're coming along when you're holding water like a mofo! Anavar isn't like that at all.
With Anavar, strength will come on a lot slower than a heavy oral but it's much smoother and it rarely messes with peoples appetites. It's one of these deals where each week you come around more and more and it's not such a shock to your body.
It's also one of the few steroids that is safe for females to use without adverse side effects when it's used in low/moderate doses. A good dosage for females would be 10 mg/day for a period of 6-8 weeks, and they could even ramp to 20 mg/day the last 2-3 weeks of the cycle and not experience any masculinizing side effects.
The muscle will be harder and denser and strength will be much higher during the cycle, meaning that they'll retain more muscle during a diet, if not even gain some muscle during a diet!
With males a minimum dosage alongside a strict diet would be 30 mg/day and a moderate dosage would be about 40-60mg/day. Now, Anavar can be ramped up to 80-100 mg/day for men without causing issues for most.
I occasionally experience some stomach discomfort around 100 mg/day and when that happens I usually scale it back down to around 50-60 mg/day for a few days and then ramp it back up again.
The big determining factor on how I dose Anavar would be how many compounds I'm using during the cycle. If I'm simply using Anavar and testosterone then my Anavar dosage is typically on the higher side, but if I'm using another compound in the mix then my Anavar will often be used at 40-60 mg/day for a period of about 8 weeks.
I feel like splitting the tabs is a better way to use it. With the compound having a relatively short half life, I find it better to dose it 2 or 3 x per day to make sure it's always active in my body. I always felt stronger splitting dosing up throughout the day with orals.
I'm not a fan of “boom dosing” or simply using an oral steroid once/day (boom dosing is when you take a compound on workout days only in higher amounts).
THE BIGGEST BENEFITS OF RUNNING ANAVAR
- Can be ran for periods of 8-12 weeks without a lot of damage on the body (it will elevate liver enzymes, but not to the same degree other orals would
- Does not cause loss of appetite for most people
- It does not convert to estrogen, no special counter-measures are needed when using Anavar
- Very good at retaining strength and muscle while dieting and in a caloric deficit
- Compliments any injectable steroid quite well
- Promotes a harder look and helps your body burn fat more efficiently by increasing your base metabolic rate
- Increased endurance so you can train longer and harder
- Reduced recovery time
THE NEGATIVES OF ANAVAR
I feel as though it's necessary to explain the negatives of Anavar, but simply being honest, most of these are only going to come with prolonged usage and super high dosing.
- Stomach discomfort/nausea
- Oily skin
- Mild hair loss if prone to it (males with a genetic predisposition)
- Risk of liver damage, although much milder in nature than other oral compounds
COST EFFECTIVE ANAVAR CYCLE FOR MEN
A good cycle for cost/benefit ratio for males would simply be testosterone/Anavar stacked together. This cycle won't break the bank and with a good diet and hard work it can provide incredible results!
- Testosterone is used for 12 weeks (or indefinitely if you're already on TRT) at 200-300 mg/week.
- Anavar is simply ran alongside the testosterone at 40-60 mg/day for a period of 8-12 weeks.
This cycle will provide great results and you won't be combating water issues during the diet. Either use Test Enanthate or Test Cypionate at 200-300 mg/week shot once/wk and take the Anavar daily (split tabs up if you can so you can take 2-3 x/day)
My recommendation for post cycle therapy would be:
- Clomid at 100 mg/day for 10 days beginning 14 days post cycle, and then 50 mg/day Clomid for another 10 days
- HCG at 1250 iu/week x 2 weeks post cycle, began 14 days post cycle (so test is already starting to get out of you and you're not wasting the PCT)
If you're on TRT like myself, there's no need for Clomid. Just run HCG at 1250 iu twice/week x 2 weeks post cycle, you can begin immediately post cycle if you're on Doc scripted test for life. All you're doing in this case with the HCG is preserving testicular size.
If not on TRT, then the HCG is used to increase LH and FSH levels and get the nuts firing again.
COST EFFECTIVE ANAVAR CYCLE FOR WOMEN
- Anavar is used at 10 mg/day for 6 weeks, then bumped to 20 mg/day for weeks 7 & 8. Split dosing into twice/day if possible!
- Ostarine is used at 12.5 mg/day for the first 5 weeks, then its bumped to 25 mg/day weeks 6,7 & 8.
The combination of Ostarine and Anavar should pack a major punch with females and the strength gains should be incredible!
In terms of PCT for females it's simply not necessary, the body will normalize with adequate time off.
Those are just 2 sample cycles that include the usage of Anavar and won't break the bank. Remember, when it comes to results (especially fat-loss) your diet is always #1. Without a clean diet and being conservative on caloric intake you're wasting your money if you're trying to get ripped up with Anavar!
(For more detailed information on the use of performance enhancement be sure to check out my e-book Straight from the Underground!
It's written from real experience and it contains a ton of information on the world of performance enhancement!)