There is no doubt that steroids are most effective when they are administered in a sensible and logical manner. This requires that the athlete observe certain rules. A basic requirement is that the steroid intake be divided into cycles. By a steroid cycle most mean a 10- 12 week application of a single compound or a combination of two to three different steroids, followed by an interval of discontinuance of the same length. As is often shown, such a type of administration does not make much sense for a continuous and lasting progress since a considerable part of the strength and muscle mass that was gained gets lost during the long interval of discontinuance. The reasons why athletes choose such an intake schedule are attributed to the fact that there are those who continuously emphasize that steroids are principally only effective after a period of several weeks and injections more than twice a year considerably increase the risk of damage to the organs. With regard-to the apparently limited effect it must be said that, if that was true, today’s pro bodybuilding would be at the same performance level as thirty years ago. As to the second contention, the risk of damage to the body, let us tell you that if that was true there would be no more bodybuilding pros because all would be dead. The fact is non-stop use of steroids in ambitious athletes is the norm, resulting in continuously higher performance levels as can easily be recognized when looking at the photos in the various “muscle magazines.” If, for example, an athlete becomes a world champion at the age of 24, this not only shows his perfect genetics for this sport but also a period several years long of almost non-stop steroid consumption.
By a sensible cyclic application of anabolic/androgenic steroids we mean several timed intake schedules which, on the one hand, observe the basic rules for the intake of steroids and, on the other hand, are coordinated with the goal of the individual athlete and particularly the characteristics of the relative steroids that are taken. Principally, one should begin with a relatively low dosage and gradually and evenly increase it in order to maintain the positive nitrogen balance in the muscle cell. Since oral steroids begin to show their effect within several days and result in quite a rapid saturation of the receptors, their intake is limited to 6-8 weeks. Following that, the use of steroids is discontinued or the athlete switches to another (oral) steroid. It is also shown that the combination of two to three steroids in moderate dosages is much more effective and also guarantees a longer duration of effect than when only one steroid is taken in a high dosage. With the right combinations one will be able to obtain a synergetic effect if the athlete pays attention to selecting steroids which have different influences on the factors of strength, tissue buildup, and recovery. A stack which fulfills these requirements, for example, would be Deca-Durabolin as an anabolic basic steroid with depot character, Sustanon to promote recovery and general mass buildup, and Oxandrolone to increase body strength. The stimulation of various receptor types over a limited period leads to the best results. The buildup- effect can be maintained over several months if the steroid combination is completely changed no later than every eight weeks, if the athletes alternate the stronger and mostly androgenic cycles with the weaker and predominantly anabolic cycles and when the dosages are continuously graduated. A long and even reduction of the doses at the end of the cycle helps in normalizing the body functions and preparing the organism for a suspension of the intake.