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  2. PROTEIN! Who doesn’t want more protein in their diet? Sure, we all love our chicken, steak, eggs and such, but then how do you increase one of our favorite muscle building macronutrients? Many look at protein powders—most of which are in the form of protein shakes. While many people use shakes for post workout recovery, there are many other uses for the powder. There are so many ways to use protein powders that some of the ways are in my opinion “duh” uses that sometimes get overlooked. It goes along with the saying, “why didn’t I think of that?” Below are some of my favorite ways to use protein powder other than in a protein shake. We all have different personal tastes, so you may have to play with how much powder you add to each to suit your taste buds. Coffee Who doesn’t like to drink coffee in the morning? Many people hit up Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks and order their java just how they like it and then they’re off to work. Some of those people are loading up their coffee with unnecessary calories and sugars. If you don’t like the taste of black coffee what do you do? Add a sweetener of some sort, some milk, cream, or flavored creamer. What if you could add something that changed the flavor of your coffee as well as gave you some protein first thing in the morning? Simply throw in some protein powder and you’re off to a great start in the morning. I’d recommend a flavor that would complement the coffee. I wouldn’t throw in a strawberry or banana protein powder, rather, use a French vanilla flavor or something similar. Depending on how much liquid you use, you will want to add more powder as well to suit your taste. Hot chocolate Not a coffee fan? Or maybe you just like to change it up every now and again once the weather turns cold and you feel like staring out at the snow falling on a cold winter day with a nice cup of hot chocolate? Sure, go for it. But if you wanted to try something that wasn’t slammed with all those sugars from the packets of hot chocolate you’re trying to stay away from, then make your own. All you need is a chocolate protein powder. By warming up a mug of water or almond milk, you can then dump your chocolate protein powder into the warmed beverage. From there you can add things like vanilla extract or your favorite sweetener of choice like Stevia. Mix it all up with a spoon and you’re good to go. Oatmeal Just like with your morning coffee, oatmeal is a great place to add some protein powder. Simply make your oatmeal as you normally would and once it’s finished being prepared, throw some protein powder on top and mix it up. Unlike above, if you wanted to add a fruit flavored powder it can spruce up the flavor of your oatmeal if it isn’t one of the packaged flavored versions. If you already have the flavor you want in your oatmeal through the flavor itself or by adding nuts or a sweetener, you can add a vanilla protein powder which wouldn’t overpower the other flavors in the oatmeal. Again, you can get creative with your oatmeal depending on what flavor of protein powder you have laying around. Homemade protein bars With so many protein bars on the market that are full of junk, many people are deciding to make their own. With a few simple ingredients, one of which is protein powder, you can make a tasty protein-packed treat. There are tons of homemade protein bar recipes floating around the internet so find one that suits your needs since everyone has their own likes and dislikes in terms of ingredients (natural/organic/kosher/vegan/etc.). Most of the bar recipes will have anywhere between 5g and 20g per bar depending on what recipe you go with. Of course you can always cut the bars into smaller pieces if you wanted less protein or cut larger pieces if you wanted more protein. It’s totally personal preference but this is a great way to save money and have some control over your protein bar choices versus buying one from a retailer and having the macros not really fit your individual needs. Yogurt Greek yogurt seems to be the current craze and with Dannon’s release of their Oikos Triple Zero yogurt, they are engaging more men than ever before due to the packaging and protein callout on the label. While grabbing a cup of yogurt is definitely healthy, many people are looking for something with a little higher protein content. While Dannon Oikos Triple Zero is around 15g and is good for many, some people simply want more protein. Simple fix is to add protein powder. If you’d like to save money you can purchase a large container of plain Greek yogurt and add your favorite protein powder to it. If you’re in the mood for chocolate, you can simply add chocolate protein powder. Maybe in the mood for something fruity? Add a strawberry flavored powder or whichever flavor you prefer. Doing this not only saves money and increases your protein intake, but it also limits the amount of sugars you’re taking in by not going with a yogurt that has fruit in them or artificial flavors. Pudding/Fruit Dip For those of you who have been in the industry for some time know about “sludge”. It’s where you mix protein powder with small amounts of water in order to form a “paste-like” consistency similar to that of pudding. This comes down to trial and error with how much water you add based off of your personal preferences. The flavor you choose is also personal preference. Many enjoy flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and banana. Those who are using this mixture as protein pudding might even want to include Fat Free Cool Whip on top for added flavor and texture. This makes for an amazing dessert and treat packed with quality protein. You could also make a peanut butter flavor by adding a powdered peanut butter to vanilla protein powder or by adding it to chocolate protein powder to make a chocolate peanut butter mixture. You can then take the pudding mixture created to suit your tastes and dip your favorite fruit into as a tasty and healthy treat in the form of a dip. This opens up many possibilities in terms of getting more protein in your diet all while snacking on what seems like items you once considered “off-limits”. Ice Cream Looking for a cold treat on a hot summer night? Or maybe you’re just craving ice cream? You have three choices: fight the urge and not eat anything, get a bowl of real ice cream, or make your own healthy ice cream substitute. You can make healthy ice cream with two simple ingredients. Take a large container of Greet yogurt (which if you are using the above option, you already have sitting in your fridge) and dump it into a large square container (preferably something like Tupperware). Mix in some of your favorite protein powder (whatever flavor you are in the mood for) and stir it up, mixing it all together. Once everything is mixed throw it in the freezer for an hour. After an hour pull it out of the freezer and churn it. Try to break up any protein clumps you find. Then, throw it back in the freezer for an additional thirty minutes. Check the consistency of your ice cream after the thirty minutes and see how it’s looking. If you find it’s not quite to your liking, then simply churn the mixture again and put it back in the freezer. Repeat that process until your healthy protein ice cream is the consistency you desire. This healthy ice cream can be any flavor you desire. Unlike many of the options found in this article, this protein ice cream can be “unique”. Want a chocolate mint flavored ice cream? Go purchase that flavor protein powder. Maybe you’re in the mood for coffee flavored ice cream? Grab that flavor of protein powder. The sky is the limit with flavors you can turn into a delicious protein ice cream. Pancakes Protein pancakes are nothing new, really. But it’s something that I think many forget about. Sure you have brands who have their own protein pancake mix, but you can just as easily add protein powder to your favorite pancake batter (or make it from scratch). Who doesn’t love nice fluffy pancakes with a side of coffee (such as the protein coffee mentioned in this article) for breakfast? Heck, you can even combine the pancakes and coffee with some of the oatmeal mentioned earlier in this article or what is going to be covered following this option. But make sure you don’t use a ton of powder as if you have half of your batter being protein powder the outcome will be dry and rubbery pancakes. Cereal If you were to take your favorite cereal (such as Lucky Charms, or a healthier Kashi option), pour it into a bowl and add milk you are left with mostly the carbohydrates and sugars from the cereal (or minimal protein if you have the Kashi cereal that contains protein). In order to increase your protein intake, you could simply dump some vanilla protein powder into the bowl and mix it up. When all of your cereal is gone, you can drink the milk which more than likely is hiding all of the protein powder you dumped into the bowl. If you were eating a chocolaty cereal, you can add in chocolate protein powder rather than vanilla and make it extra chocolaty. Fruity Pebbles? Maybe you can add a strawberry flavored protein powder? You just need to think outside of the box with some of the more unique cereals. But for the most part vanilla or chocolate protein powder should suit your needs just fine. Baked goods Protein powders really aren’t fans of heat. For that reason, try and add protein powder into your baked goods that call for a temperature around 325 degrees or less. Also, make sure you don’t use a ton of protein powder in the recipe. For example, if you have half of your batter being comprised of protein powder you will end up with some dry and rubbery baked goods—forcing you to find the nearest trash can to dispose of the disaster. The same thing could happen with the pancakes mentioned earlier. So use it sparingly rather than trying to make each serving of baked good equaling 20+ grams of protein. Remember, you’re using this to add protein to a product, not necessarily making the protein content the main focus.
  3. Are Anabolic Steroids Truly Anti Aging? This is a great article I just found. As many of you know I live by the blast and cruise with steroids and been doing it this way for years with amazing progress...One thing about using gear this way is your constantly losing bf and adding lean muscle...So as you get older and you have a great bodybuilder type body, your body wont be looking your age. I'm 51 but because of my body looking the way it is, I look like Im in my 30's...At least my body does, but with alittle just for men hair color and some botox once every 3 months to get rid of facial wrinkles, I look about 10 years younger then I really am. As long as steroids dont cause any bad medical problems for me, then I am on them for life. The article below not only shows how steroids can help you look and feel younger but also help prevent aging diseases. by Josh Hodnik Aging is a process that is unavoidable, and people have been searching for that elixir or fountain of youth since the beginning of time. Let’s face it, people don’t like getting old. Rarely do you see anyone that truly embraces the aging process. The ongoing joke around my house is that no matter how old I get, my wife will always be 29. I get it, people want to look and feel young. Inspired by the increasing demand to look andf feel younger, anti-aging clinics have become very common throughout the country. These clinics often focus on hormone replacement, while prescribing testosterone to many opf their clients. The testosterone will generally lead to a leaner and more muscular appearance, which is an indicator of youth. It now appears that testosterone and other anabolic steroids may have a much greater impact on slowing or reversing the aging process than simply increasing muscle. One of the processes with aging is progressive shortening of telomeres, DNA-protecting structures at the ends of chromosomes. Telomeres are naturally lost during cell division. Over time, after we’ve lost too many telomeres, our cells lose their ability to divide into new cells. Without new cells, body tissue can’t be rebuilt, and we age. The theory is that humans are extremely efficient machines throughout their reproductive years, but afterward, because their evolutionary purpose has been accomplished, they begin to breakdown or age. Scientists believe this breakdown is triggered by a loss in hormones. The obvious solution would be to replace the missing hormones. We know that hormone replacement helps to correct low libido and vitality to a variety og age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s, osteoperosis, arthriris, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. There is another characteristic of hormone replacement, testosterone replacement in particular, that makes it truly anti-aging. Some peopl’e telomeres become shorter at a faster rate because of a hereditary genetic defect. One symptom of this defect is anaemia. The cells in the bone marrow are unable to manufacture enough blood cells because the cells age too quickly. Some doctors prescribed anabolic steroids to combat this type of anaemia. Rsearchers wondered whether the anabolic steroids had asn effect on the length of the telomeres, slowing the aging process of the cells. Researchers used two dozen patients for an experiment. All o fthem had telomeres that decreased in legth faster than normal as a result of a genetic defect, and were unable to produce enough blood cells. The test subjects were given two doses a day of 400mg of the steroid danazol. In the two years that the subjects were given the anabolic steroid, the length of their telomeres increased. A year after the administration stopped the effect had mostly disappeared. Anabolic steroids may increase life expectancy because they delay aging. Because the effects of nandrolone are less severe on the liver than those of danazol, it’s currently being tested to increase telomere length. Anti-aging doctors are confident that the progress being made with hormones could in fact result in a lifespan of 120 years one day. Thanks to the wonders of steroids, all those extra years wont be spent in a wheelchair or nursing home.
  4. It's as bad ass as it gets...I was learning it for awhile a few years ago...just amazing and nothing tougher when it comes to self defense.
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  6. Thats new to me...I havent seen anything like that in my neck of the woods yet. I did notice all the young guys growing big beards lately but thats it.
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  8. What Are the Best Carbs for Building Muscle? by Sean Nalewanyj It’s a diet trend that just won’t go away. Back in the 1980’s and 90’s, everyone was pointing the finger at dietary fats as the “bad stuff” that everyone should avoid to stay lean and healthy. From the late 90’s onward, carbs have become the new enemy. Forget the basic, fundamental cause of fat gain, which is a net calorie surplus where energy consumption consistently exceeds energy expenditure. Eat that piece of fruit, or that slice of bread, or, God forbid, those two cookies, and you’ll gain fat no matter what. It’s not just about the carbs themselves either. You’ll also hear recommendations ranging all over the map as to which types of carbohydrates you should eat and which ones to avoid. There’s the issue of simple carbs versus complex carbs… low glycemic carbs versus high glycemic carbs… “insulin spikes” and crashes… fructose… sucrose… lactose… the list goes on and on. In reality, the issue of proper carbohydrate selection for your muscle building or fat loss program is actually very straightforward, and in this post I’m going to break it all down into simple step-by-step terms for you. What ARE the best bodybuilding carbs to include in your diet? Let’s go over it. The Basics Of Carbohydrate Selection When it all comes down to it, carbs are ultimately just sugar. Whether you have a bowl of rice, a potato or a large mocha frappuccino with extra whipping cream, the vast majority of the carbohydrates that you eat are broken down into the simplest and most preferred form of glucose one way or another. (A smaller percentage also ends up as fructose which is metabolized by the liver) That glucose is then used to provide energy for your muscles and brain. Now, some people will hear this and then ask. “If a carb is a carb, why can’t I just hit my protein and fat needs for the day and then use ice cream, cake and cookies to fill up all of my carbohydrate macros?” The reason why this type of approach would be far from ideal for your bodybuilding results and overall health is pretty simple… Although the majority of carbohydrates themselves are ultimately broken down into the same end product, the foods they’re “packaged up in” are NOT the same in terms of their nutritional content. Some carbs are found in high fiber, high vitamin, high mineral, phytonutrient dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, oats, potatoes and whole grains, and some are found in less nutritionally dense, lower fiber foods… like gummy bears. It’s not the carbohydrates themselves that are the major cause for concern; it’s all the “extra stuff” they either do or don’t come with. Fiber matters. Vitamins and minerals matter. Phytonutrients matter. You can’t sit around eating processed, nutritionally void carbohydrate sources all day and expect to maximize your muscle growth, fat loss, energy and health, since you’ll miss out on all of those valuable nutrients your body needs for optimal functioning. Eat 50 grams of carbohydrate in the form of sweet potato and you’ll also be getting a good dose of vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium and fiber, whereas those same 50 grams of carbs in the form of Mountain Dew would deliver next to nothing in terms of additional nutrition. What About “Fast-Acting Carbs” Vs. “Slow-Acting Carbs”? “Wait, but what about the absorption speed of each different type of carbohydrate? Fast-acting carbs will spike your insulin and end up as stored fat.” To put it simply, this really isn’t something you need to worry about from the perspective of overall fat loss versus fat storage. This topic always reminds me of the Harvard Professor, Mark Haub, who wanted to prove this by eating nothing but Twinkies, Nutty Bars and powdered donuts for 10 weeks (and simply focused on maintaining a calorie deficit instead) and ended up losing 27 pounds in two months while improving all of his blood health markers at the same time. At the end of the day, your net gains or losses in body fat will be dictated by your overall net energy consumption versus energy expenditure; NOT by the “speed” of the carbs you consume. Even if a fast absorbing carbohydrate does end up as stored body fat at a faster rate in comparison to a slower absorbing carbohydrate (since the body won’t be able to use all of it right away), it will still eventually be broken down and released for energy later on when it’s needed. It’s important to keep in mind that fat loss is not an “on/off” switch. Fat gain and fat loss are both happening simultaneously in your body all the time. It makes no difference to your overall body fat levels if your carbs are stored now and burned later, or if they’re burned immediately without being stored at all. Instead, it’s the total energy you consume versus the total energy you expend over the course of the day as a whole that will determine your bottom line gains or losses in fat. Besides, there’s no way to determine exactly what a “fast-acting carb” or “slow-acting carb” really is anyway, since carbohydrate absorption speeds are dramatically altered when protein and fat are added into the mix. The glycemic rankings of various carbohydrate sources (which indicates how fast they raise blood sugar levels after consumption) are based on consuming them alone in a fasted state. You’ll rarely be eating carbohydrates in isolation in a fasted state, and when you consume them as part of a complete meal (or when there’s already food in your stomach), those specific glycemic rankings go straight out the window. So, we’ve established that: 1.) Regardless of where they come from, the majority of carbohydrates themselves are broken down into the simplest form of glucose. 2.) The primary difference between various carbohydrate sources is the nutritional content of the foods they’re contained in. 3.) Carbohydrate absorption speed is a non-issue assuming your overall 24 hour calorie intake remains constant. Given all of this information, what are the best bodybuilding carbs to base your diet around? The Best Carb Sources For Muscle Growth & Fat Loss Choosing the proper sources of carbs for bodybuilding diets is actually very straightforward, and these are the 3 basic steps I’d recommend following. Step #1: Aim to get at least 80-90% of your total daily carbohydrate intake from minimally processed, higher fiber sources. These foods will provide your body with the fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients needed to optimize your body composition and gym performance, while keeping your appetite under control. Here’s a good sample list of foods that fall into this category: -Vegetables -Fruits -Oats -Rice -Potatoes -Yams -Legumes -Quinoa -Whole grain bread -Whole grain cereals -Pasta -Pita Step #2: Of that 80-90%, get in at least 2 servings of vegetables and 1-2 servings of fruit per day. These are the ultimate in “healthy bodybuilding carbs” as they’re high in fiber and loaded with valuable micronutrients. Any veggies of your choice will ultimately be fine, but green fibrous vegetables like broccoli, lettuce, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, kale, green beans, spinach, zucchini and cabbage are especially nutrient dense. The same holds true for fruits, though berries such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are especially nutritious. Step #3: As long as you’re following steps 1 and 2, the remaining 10-20% of your carbohydrate intake can come from whatever foods you’d like. Since carbohydrate absorption speed isn’t something you need to worry about within the context of an overall well-balanced diet, and since your fiber and micronutrient needs will already be met by this point, you can feel free to include a bit of “treat food” to fill in the remainder of your carb intake if you’d like. These types of foods will not have any negative impact on your bottom line body composition when eaten in moderation, but just make sure you’re tracking them and that they fit into your overall calorie and carbohydrate totals for the day. The Best Bodybuilding Carbs Sources: Quick Recap We can sit around all day endlessly analyzing and over-complicating the issue of bodybuilding carbohydrate intake all we want, but for practical purposes it’s just not necessary. Just get 80-90% of your carb intake from minimally processed/high fiber sources, get in 2 servings of vegetables and 1-2 servings of fruit per day, and then fill in the remainder of your carb intake with any carbs of your preference as long as they’re being tracked. This type of approach will ensure that your nutritional needs are met in terms of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, while at the same time giving you the dietary flexibility to enjoy your favorite carb sources on a consistent basis without hindering your results.
  9. * With the GABA 3 grams of GABA prior to training has been shown to boost biologically active GH no less than 480%, and that was in young adult males. A second GH spike can be had by taking 3-5 grams on an empty stomach prior to bed, and a third if you get up in the middle of the night. * This strategy gives you 3 GH peaks during the day vs. just 1 for those not using GABA, and the increase with GABA prior to training is much more profound. NOTE: GABA can make you drowsy, as it’s an inhibitory neurotransmitter... The pre-workout dose then, should be consumed with enough caffeine to offset this... It’s calming effect is ideal though, prior to sleep and getting back to sleep if waking during the night. Keep expectations in check as even real, pharmaceutical grade GH is slow to exert its effects... Over time though, a bit more muscle, less fat and strengthened connective tissue (mostly tendons) are what I’d call, the GABA advantage. One thing that shows up right quick though is this: MUCH deeper sleep. BCAA'S--Traditional low calorie diets as well as intermittent fasting present a dilemma: Both tend to cause muscle loss... Since muscle loss or gain is a function of protein breakdown vs. synthesis, there are opportunities via nutrient intervention to skew things in our favor. Enter BCAAs.. Time and time again, BCAAs have been shown to not only stimulate protein synthesis but more importantly, protect against muscle loss – even in the face of low calorie diets. There’s even evidence that they help athletes lose fat preferentially around the mid-section. To achieve this effect, dose 5 grams of BCAAs at least 3x’s/day between meals. You’ll absolutely be leaner and retain more muscle by doing so. Thankfully, both GABA and BCAAs are inexpensive and readily available. Put this duo to work for you, and reap the performance enhancement benefits!
  10. While exercising, blood flow to the muscles is elevated at least 400%, producing the ability to raise biologically active GH 480%, the ability to positively modulate insulin/antagonize cortisol and the ability to increase protein synthesis no less than 600%... With this in mind, we want to maximize this ideal time of day to focus supplementation around... To accomplish this, consider the following: First, consider supplementing with 6 grams of Essential Amino Acids pre-workout (making sure L-Tryptophan is included)... I say this because most of the top selling EAA formulas don’t contain one of the EAA’s (usually Tryptophan)... Instead, companies often substitute non-essential amino acids such as Arginine, or L-Tyrosine (hoping you don’t notice). I've mentioned this before in several of my threads that I've been drinking Amino every day for well over a year now with great results...Just chug it down especially before and during your workouts. Next, consider consuming 50-75g of Karbolyn or a similar high molecular weight modified starch during training. These will raise insulin, thus antagonizing the rise in cortisol from the heavy weights... If desiring to do this without carbs, L-Glutamine will raise insulin..). Personally, I don’t use glutamine because higher doses of Leucine (as part of the BCAA’s) is insulinogenic in it’s own right. Finally, you want to take at least 20g of a protein blend like whey/casein post workout (inclusive of either di and tri peptides or EAA’s), to keep protein synthesis going... This is best consumed in a cup of coconut milk (keeps carbs low, to assist in fat burning) or with a high glycemic carb if further spiking insulin is your objective... Here it is again: PRE-WORKOUT 6 grams of EAA’s, including at least 3 grams of L-Leucine INTRA-WORKOUT 50-75g of a high molecular weight modified starch... If wishing to skip the carbs, I’d instead ingest another 6 grams of Essential Amino Acids... There is research showing 12g of EAA’s alone more than doubled muscle amino acid uptake, vs. 20g of “intact” proteins like caseinate or egg..). POST WORKOUT (within 30 min of terminating exercise) 1 scoop of a quality whey/casein blend, followed by your first solid food sit down meal around an hour after training As for elevating GH during training with GABA, it goes like this: 30 minutes prior to training, take 3 grams of GABA on a completely empty stomach... Once the tingles/parasthesia passes, you’re free and clear to now dose your EAA’s immediately pre-workout... Please do NOT dose your EAA’s/GABA concurrently... The other large, neutral amino acids will compete (and win) with GABA, for entry across the blood brain barrier. In English, GABA won’t work/will be “washed out” and you’ll lose it’s effect. Give this a try, I’m willing to bet you’ll notice a MAJOR difference!
  11. It's all science or should I say a science experiment...
  12. WEEK 1-4: 1) 1000mg Testosterone blend-sustanon (500mg twice per week) 2) 600mg Methenolone enanthate (300mg twice per week) 3) 400mg Parabolan (trenbolone hexa-200mg twice per week) 4) hGH 4iu AM 30′ before breakfast 5) 1000mg metformin with breakfast 6) 12.5μg T3 & 12.5μg T4 with breakfast 7) 25mg ephedrine HCL-200mg caffeine-500mg aspirin preworkout 8) 20μg clenbuterol HCL with breakfast & 20μg with lunch 9) 1mg anastrozole ED 10) 50mg mesterolone with breakfast & 50mg preworkout Week 1-4 Notes: Ιn the cutting cycle, I start with the testosterone blend (sustanon), since the propionate ester enters into the system rapidly from the first days... Methenolone enanthate (primobolan) is a relatively weak, but non toxic injectable androgen, with a slow ester... Parabolan is a faster version of trenbolone enanthate, administrated twice per week... It is the only version of trenbolone for human use. HGH is used without the combination of insulin... The use of metformin (glucophage) ensures that there is no glycemia, as a result of somatropin use. The combination of the thyroid hormones will improve fat burning process... However, decreasing the overall dosage will ensure there is no stress to myocardium and muscle wasting... Triodothyronone (T3) is more potent, but with a shorter half life... On the contrary, thyroxine (T4) is weaker, with prolonged half life, but it is essential for proper thyroid function... The combination of sympatheticomimetics (ephedrine, clenbuterol HCL) with adrenergic action, will ensure thermogenesis, supressed appetite, fat burning and high intensity workouts... The combination of anastrozole (arimidex) along with mesterolone (proviron) on a daily basis, will ensure that aromatization is low, thus definition is enhanced. WEEK 5-8: 1) 800mg testosterone propionate EOD (200mg four times per week) 2) 400mg drostanolone propionate EOD (100mg four times per week) 3) 400mg trenbolone acetate EOD (100mg four times per week) 4) hGH 4iu AM 30′ before breakfast 5) 1000mg metformin with breakfast 6) 12.5μg T3 & 12.5μg T4 with breakfast 7) 25mg ephedrine HCL-200mg caffeine-500mg aspirin preworkout 8) 20μg clenbuterol HCL with breakfast & 20μg with lunch plus 1mg ketotifen 9) 2.5mg letrozole ED 10) 50mg mesterolone with breakfast & 50mg preworkout Week 5-8 Notes: The cycle proceeds with the faster version of testosterone (propionate)... In this phase, I add the synthetic injectable version of DHT, drostanolone propionate, that also resembles the fast acting testosterone version... Masteron is also antiestrogenic activity, apart from its androgenic... Therefore, aromatization is kept low. Both AAS are administrated every other day. In this phase I also add the fast version of trenbolone, administrated on every other day. As a result, all three injectable oil solutions can get into the same syringe, which is more convenient... The rest of the cycle follows as the previous weeks schedule. The only change involves the aromatase inhibitor... I add letrozole, which is a step further in terms of potency. WEEK 9-10: 1) 600mg testosterone suspension ED (100mg MON-SAT) 2) 400mg drostanolone propionate EOD (100mg four times per week) 3) 400mg trenbolone acetate EOD (100mg four times per week) 4) 300mg stanozolol ED (50mg MON-SAT) 5) hGH 4iu AM 30′ before breakfast 6) 1000mg metformin with breakfast 7) 12.5μg T3 & 12.5μg T4 with breakfast 8) 25mg ephedrine HCL-200mg caffeine-500mg aspirin preworkout 9) 20μg clenbuterol HCL with breakfast & 20μg with lunch plus 1mg ketotifen 10.) 25 mg exemestane ED Week 9-10 Notes: This is the moment where the fastest version of testosterone enters into the game... Water based suspension is used on a daily basis, preferably pre-workout, just before leaving home on the way to the gym... Masteron will ensure there is no aromatization, plus extra androgenicity, making the body to look harder and ripped. Injectable stanozolol enters the game as well, a very strong anabolic agent... It could be easily mixed in one syringe together with testosterone suspension... Of course it requires a daily administration, preferably prior to the gym... The rest of the cycle follows, as the previous weeks. The only addition is ketotifen, a beta 2 agonist that boosts clenbuterol results. B2 adrenergic receptors usually do not respond after a couple of days, in case there is no change in dosage... In order to avoid an overdose, the addition of ketotifen will ensure effectiveness of clenbuterol. WEEK 11-12: 1) 600mg drostanolone propionate EOD (100mg MON-SAT) 2) 400mg trenbolone acetate EOD (100mg four times per week) 3) 50mg fluoxymesterone ED (10mg with breakfast,10mg with lunch,20mg preworkout sublingualy,10mg with dinner) 4) 50mg stanozolol ED (10mg with breakfast,10mg with lunch,20mg preworkout sublingualy,10mg with dinner) 5) 50mg oxandrolone ED (10mg with breakfast,10mg with lunch,20mg preworkout sublingualy,10mg with dinner) 6) 100mg mesterolone ED (25mg with breakfast,50mg preworkout,25mg with dinner) 7) 25mg exemestane ED 8) 25mg ephedrine HCL-200mg caffeine-500mg aspirin preworkout 9) 20μg clenbuterol HCL with breakfast & 20μg with lunch plus 1mg ketotifen Week 11-12 Notes: The final two weeks before the show we quit testosterone and we keep the drugs that do not aromatize. Somatropin clears the game, due to water retention and possible edema... Drostanolone (masteron), trenbolone, stanozolol per os (winstrol), oxandrolone (anavar), mesterolone (proviron) and fluoxymesterone (halotestin), will ensure there is water retention and estrogenic activity... The addition of exemestane, a suicidal aromatase inhibitor, will crush estrogens, leaving no possibility of a smooth physique. CNS stimulants remain, until the last days of carb depletion... Finally diuretics (spironolactone-furosemide) shall be used with moderation and extra caution, to give the shredded and dry look... I do not personally recommend that anybody tries this extreme cutting cycle, which is similar to what is utilized by many professional bodybuilders during contest preparation
  13. Testosterone is hot. It gets lead story status in big-name international newsmagazines like Time, and it's been making the rounds on both national and local news programs. Everybody, it seems, is suddenly intrigued by it. And moreover, everybody seems to want it. It's quite a hormonal role reversal, considering that only a year ago, wearing a Testosterone T-shirt would grant you automatic pariah status on any street you happened to walk down. Likewise, asking the average physician about it would get you a raised eyebrow and a lecture – delivered in the requisite condescending tone – about the evils of steroids. We're happy that the lay public "discovered" Testosterone and the concept of Testosterone replacement. It gives us delicious "I-told-you-so" status. The trouble is, for every favorable report you hear about our favorite hormone, the news organization delivering it feels compelled to offer the "dark side," or "the bad news" about Testosterone. Unfortunately, in almost 99% of the cases, they've got their heads up their collective asses. The goal of this article is to help dispel most of the mythology concerning Testosterone, steroids, or prohormones, just in case you're considering getting your hands on some and your loved ones or peers have been eating up some or all of the media propaganda. Myth #1. "Testosterone? Sure, that's fine, I guess. But steroids? That's a whole other subject!" Most of the bobos in the news organizations think that Testosterone is somehow distinct from steroids. They think that Testosterone, while risky, is something worth looking at, but the very mention of the word steroid is enough to make them clamp shut their minds with the rapidity of a clam that just heard the seafood chef come into the kitchen. The truth is, Testosterone is a steroid. It was first isolated in crystalline form by Laqueur in 1935 and was synthesized shortly thereafter. Once that happened, chemists around the world started synthesizing different versions of the drug. Their hope was to somehow dissociate the masculinizing properties from the anabolic, or growth promoting, properties. No one is yet sure whether that's possible because it seems that the anabolic and androgenic (masculinizing) properties work through the same receptor complex. Regardless, these synthetics, along with Testosterone, are all steroids. Myth #2. Testosterone injections will give you liver cancer. The truth is none of the Testosterone preparations currently used for Testosterone replacement in the United States have any negative effects on the liver. Why then the age-old rumor? Most of the oral steroids (those that appear in pill form) have, in chemical terms, an alkyl group in the 17-alpha position. It doesn't matter if you know what this means. What does matter is that ordinarily, regular old Testosterone, taken orally, gets metabolized and inactivated by the liver before it reaches its target organs. That means that you'd have to swallow a lot of it to have any noticeable effect at all. That's why all Testosterone esters are injectables. However, in order to protect Testosterone from being broken down, chemists have put the aforementioned alkyl group in the 17-alpha position, thus making oral steroids a viable possibility. Although this chemical juggling makes it an effective steroid, the liver suffers the consequences, sometimes leading to an increase in liver enzymes, cholestasis, and/or peliosis. Whether or not these complications will lead to liver cancer is debatable. Although one study found an association between long-term treatment with methyltestosterone (a 17-alpha alkylated steroid) and liver tumors, another study found the association to be "incidental."(1,2) Regardless, no doctors in the U.S. use any 17-alpha akylated steroids for T replacement. All use injectable versions. Myth #3. Testosterone replacement will make your testicles shrink and you'll be sterile. There's an element of truth to this "myth." If you introduce additional Testosterone into your body, your own supply is suppressed and the clearance rate increases. As a result, the testicles may take a vacation and actually shrink. Simultaneously, the production of sperm cells will slow or stop. This is why the World Health Organization was thinking about recommending the use of steroids as a male contraceptive a few years back. What the fear mongers don't tell you, however, is that these side effects are temporary and that the testicles almost always rebound within a few weeks. There are thousands of steroid users who have sired healthy babies. One more point: this shutdown of the testes, however temporary, can usually be alleviated by the concurrent use of drugs like Clomid, HCG, and in some cases, a supplement like Tribex-500. Myth #4. Testosterone replacement will make you grow lovely breasts. Estrogen is the yin to Testosterone's yang. Let me explain. The body converts some of every male's Testosterone into the "female hormone" estrogen. Without this reaction, Testosterone wouldn't exert all its effects. The trouble begins when the ratio of E to T is high. As a result, the excess estrogen binds to receptor sites on male breast tissue and initiates protein transcription; i.e. the male grows breasts. Ironically, gynecomastia may also be a result of low T levels. Men who are hypogonadal (suffer from low levels of T) may, as a result, have high E/T ratios. Often, with the initiation of Testosterone replacement, the gyno can subside. Most of the Testosterone preparations used for T replacement, with the exception of Testosterone Enanthate (and only in sensitive individuals), don't cause estrogen levels to increase too dramatically. In these "sensitive" patients, the solution is to either lower the dosage or switch to a different Testosterone preparation. Additionally, there are various prescription estrogen "blockers" on the market. One of the newest and best is called Arimidex. Some innovative doctors might be persuaded to prescribe the drug concurrently with Testosterone replacement. So yes, it's possible for Testosterone replacement to make you grow lovely breasts, but it isn't likely. Myth #5. A high level of Testosterone automatically makes you a sex machine. Taking additional T doesn't always result in automatic horniness. There's often a latency period between T administration and increase in sexual desire (at least in hypogonadal men) that takes from days to several weeks. Besides, just how much T you need to sexually function as a male is debatable. The normal physiologic range is a lot higher than you need to maintain normal sexual functions. Additionally, while extra T will presumably, sooner or later, lead to increased sexual desire, increased sexual frequency, and possibly stiffer erections, it won't cure premature ejaculation or necessarily make you a better lover. If you're currently a dud in bed, extra T will make you a hornier dud. Myth #6. Testosterone replacement will automatically turn you into a behemoth. Not necessarily true. The effect of steroids on muscles varies tremendously from individual to individual. It has a lot to do with the age of the patient, existing T levels (primarily existing levels of free Testosterone), exercise stimulus, nutritional factors, growth hormone, and various muscle growth factors. However, taking amounts of Testosterone above and beyond that which a man might need for the purposes of T replacement will generally lead to additional muscle mass, even without exercising. The landmark study of 1996 by Bashin and associates found that 600 mg of Test, given weekly over a course of several weeks, resulted in muscle mass gains that generally exceeded those of an average weight trainer who was working out regularly but who wasn't taking steroids.(3) Even so, having high levels of T generally makes it easier to put on muscle mass than for individuals with lower T. Still, even that's uncertain because men differ on how their bodies process the stuff. Some men may have more testosterone receptors, which would probably improve responsiveness. Others might have a higher clearance rate of Testosterone, which would probably decrease responsiveness. And, another group might have very high levels of bound T, but very low levels of free T (the stuff that's biologically available for growing muscle and the rest of the stuff associated with T). Myth #7. Testosterone replacement will automatically cause your hair to fall out in tufts. Take a look at almost any young boy or any woman – you'll notice that their hairlines go straight across their foreheads. However, once these boys start to produce T, their hairlines start to recede at the temples. And, if the genetic predisposition exists, they'll eventually go bald. Therefore, it is true that T replacement – taken to normal or slightly supra-normal levels – can lead to hair loss, if the patient has a genetic predisposition to androgen-related hair loss. Looking at case histories of castrates easily proves this. They don't suffer from baldness, but once you start giving them T, they can develop male pattern baldness. Why does Testosterone sometimes cause varying degrees of baldness? Well, when a portion of the testosterone produced or introduced into the body gets converted into another form of T known as Dihydrotestostesterone, or DHT. Some of this DHT binds to intracellular androgen receptors – cellular parking spots, really – and prevents hair from developing normally. DHT-bound follicles gradually produce thinner and thinner hair, along with the shortening of the anagen phase (the hair's life span) and lengthening of the telogen phase (the dormant, or rest phase). This can then culminate in the connective tissue sheath of the hair becoming chronically inflamed and long-term baldness is the result. Still, the hair-loss phenomenon varies from individual to individual. As mentioned above, the genetic predisposition for hair loss must be present. Additionally, some men may convert Testosterone to DHT at a higher rate. In any event, raising T levels to mid-range normal or high normal in itself won't necessarily cause your hair to fall out. And, if it is a potential problem, the drug finasteride will block DHT from binding to the hair follicle, thus usually preventing further hair loss. Now, some steroids don't convert to DHT (or estrogen), but because of this, they won't exhibit the full spectrum of activities associated with T, so that makes them an undesirable candidate for T replacement. As we learn more and more about steroids, scientists might soon be able to develop drugs for specific purposes. So we might eventually have steroids that don't cause hair loss. As an example the steroid 7-alpha-methyl-19-nortestosterone is experiencing a kind of renaissance because its highly androgenic but has little effect on the prostate, which brings us to Myth #8. Myth #8. Testosterone replacement causes prostate cancer. Your average physician is convinced that the main problem associated with Testosterone replacement (or steroid or prohormone use in general) is prostate growth. It is true that the prostate is a haven for DHT receptors, and elevated T generally leads to elevated DHT levels. Consequently, the DHT parks on the prostate receptor, eventually initiates protein transcription, and presumably causes the prostate to grow. Why does mere growth potentially lead to cancer? Who knows, maybe the additional cell divisions prompted by the DHT are especially prone to mutations that lead to cancer. Anyhow, the association between T and prostate cancer isn't clear at all. For the most part, T therapy hasn't caused any prostate-related problems. For instance, Testosterone therapy has been shown to increase the prostate size of hypogonadal men, but only to the size of age-matched controls. That means that low T had caused their prostates to shrink while replacement caused the prostate to "catch up" to normal. A recent study at the University of Iowa showed that men who had received T therapy for four years showed only mild increases in prostate specific antigen (PSA).(4) (PSA is generally regarded as a good indicator of prostate health.) Another study done in Poland tracked 30 men who had all received T therapy for between 1.5 and 6 years, with the average duration being 3.35 years.(5) Although the average PSA doubled from 0.65 ng/dl to 1.35 ng/dl, this level was well within desired ranges (anything under 4.0 is considered acceptable). It is true, however, that patients with existing prostate cancer should not get T replacement as it could make matters worse. (Medically speaking, this is practically the one pre-existing medical condition, along with breast cancer, where the use of steroids is contraindicated.) Interestingly enough, scientists are beginning to think that estrogen also plays a role in the hormonal regulation of the prostate.(6) If that's true, it could explain a lot. Prostate cancer is almost epidemic in this country, but so are levels of environmental and dietary estrogens. Given that the relationship – as shown by the many studies – between T therapy and prostate cancer is unclear, it makes the supposition of estrogen involvement especially interesting. Myth #9. Testosterone replacement will cause your heart to stop. Out of 30 studies looking at the relationship between coronary disease and T, 18 found an inverse relationship (meaning that low T positively correlated with heart disease), 11 found no association, and only 1 found a positive association. Another case-control study of 50 men who were matched up by age and ethnic background – but differed only by T levels – found that low levels of Testosterone were associated with a higher BMI (body mass index, i.e., they were fatter), higher waist-to-hip ratio, higher systolic blood pressure, higher fasting and 2-hour glucose and insulin levels, higher levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, in addition to a lower HDL-C (good cholesterol).(7) In other words, although these men hadn't suffered heart attacks yet, low T made them ideal candidates for coronary problems. Now, it is true that supplemental T can lead to supraphysiological levels of hemoglobin, erythrocytes, and hematocrit, which can possibly lead to stroke or a coronary event, but any conscientious doctor will monitor such parameters through routine blood tests. If indeed there's evidence of the aforementioned problems, he may actually drain some of the "excess" blood. An adjustment of dosage may also be in order. It's this reporter's humble opinion that many of the cardiac problems associated with T or steroids in general results from using either extremely high doses, or in lousy dietary habits that often come part-and-parcel with steroid use. The user, despite eating "bad" foods, sees his body fat continue to drop. With this perception of body fat invulnerability playing a role in his decision making, he begins to eat all the foods he shouldn't be eating, including those that contain large amounts of saturated fat or trans fatty acids. The end result is poor coronary health. Myth #10. Testosterone replacement will cause you to kill your parents, or any man, woman, flower or bug that gets in your way. Generally speaking, hormones don't cause personality changes per se; they only alter the probability that a particular behavior will pop up in the presence of a particular stimulus. Now it is true that violent offenders often have higher T levels, but there's some evidence to suggest that, at least in animals, previous experiences in aggression can sometimes be more important than T levels in determining aggressiveness. That means that if a kid was beaten and abused, he might well grow up to be a felon, regardless of T levels. Dr. Christina Wang of UCLA found that men with low T were more likely to be aggressive and ill humored than men who had high T. However, once these aggressive men received T replacement, their anger disappeared.(8) Another study conducted in 1992, found that high T levels correlated with emotional well being.(x) How then, do we explain the "roid rage" behavior that's part of bodybuilding legend? One explanation is that these men take enormous amounts of steroids and once a certain threshold is passed, all bets are off. Another explanation might be that the same impulses that caused them to be risk takers and aggressive might play a part in their decision to abuse steroids. Thus, the steroids only increase the probability that they're going to act aggressively. Conclusions There is no evidence that the judicious, sane use of Testosterone or steroids in general is life shortening. Of course, there's not a whole lot of evidence (yet) that T will lengthen life. There is, however, plenty of evidence that they can improve the quality of life. References: 1. Lancet 1975; (I):430-2 2. JAMA 1986; (255):906 3. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1997;(82):407-13 4. Pharmacotherapy, 1999 Aug;19(8):951-6 5. Pol Arch Med 1998 Sep;100(3):212-21 6. J Androl 1994;(15):97-99 7. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1997;(82):682-85 8. Time Magazine, 2000 April 24: p. 64 9. J Androl 1992 (13):297-304
  14. This is something I found awhile back. I always like seeing cycles that Pros have done that help them get closer to the top. Actual Custom Cycle Used To Turn Pro In 2011 I was privileged to work with a top national level bodybuilder who I had known for about 3 years. He’s a very hard working dedicated bodybuilder with a steel will and tremendous determination. I admire his machine like eating habits and hard work ethic in the gym. He’s also blessed with good genetics but frankly his nutrition and training are dialed in like few others I have ever met personally. I cannot express how immensely important nutrition, training and recovery are to be successful at a high level in bodybuilding. One thing that struck me was he was always dieting very hard in his previous preps and it seemed to me his body was at a stage where it was ready to grow. He had done relatively low dose cycles in the past and during the interview process we decided that he should use AAS doses higher than he had ever used before. I typically like to interview a bodybuilder to determine what side effects and responses they have had from any previously used compounds. Once I finish the interview process we have a clear customized plan based on the goals and experience level of the person. He knows his body better than anyone so most of the interview is listening and letting the bodybuilder do what has worked for them in the past with some tweaks. Therefore this cycle is not meant for anyone else, but it’s a custom cycle for a particular person with particular goals. I’m not advocating readers attempt this cycle and a medical doctor should be consulted before using any medications. His goals were to add as much LBM as possible in phase one then switch to a second cutting phase. He had recently come off of a prep and his body was primed for growth. Many times when a bodybuilder has dieted down and depleted their body through rigorous training and dieting they are in such a depleted state that they will make amazing gains going straight into a lean bulk. It’s almost as if the body soaks up every bit of nutrition and dramatic changes in LBM are produced. The primed bodybuilder seems ultra-sensitive to the flood of androgens and increased calories. We decided to take advantage of this condition and implement the lean mass phase right away. Phase One Week 12-week 7 900mg Test E weekly 400mg Deca weekly 300mg Tren E 50mg D-bol daily 4iu's Mon-Fri HGH 250iu's HCG Mon and Thur Week 6 and week 5 600mg Test E weekly 300mg Tren E weekly 300mg Masteron weekly 50mg Winstrol daily 50mg Proviron daily 4iu's Mon-Fri HGH 250iu's HCG Mon and Thur Phase Two Week 4 and week 3 300mg Test Prop weekly 300mg Tren A weekly 300mg Masteron weekly 50mg Winstrol daily 50mg Proviron daily 30mg Halotestin daily 4iu's Mon-Fri HGH 250iu's HCG Mon and Thur Week 2 300mg Test Prop weekly 300mg Tren A weekly 300mg Masteron weekly 50mg Winstrol daily 50mg Proviron daily 60mg halotestin daily 4iu's Mon-Fri HGH 250iu's HCG Mon and Thur Week of the show 50mg Winstrol daily 50mg Proviron daily 60mg Halotestin daily The whole time on Arimidex .5mg Mon/Wed/Fri Clenbuterol 50mcg twice a day Cytomel (T3) 25mcg twice a day (cut this on first day of carb load) This bodybuilder worked exceedingly hard during his prep. He did not cheat on his nutrition plan or his training. He remained focused all 12 weeks and his reward was victory. His pro card became a reality in 2011 and I was blessed to be a small part of his journey.
  15. We had to delist Alin as they were falling way below our standards here at iron media and to many complaints from members about Alin.