Introduction to Steroid Cycles

In the world of steroids a cycle is not some form of two wheeled transport, it is infact a termcommonly used to describe the period of time an individual is ‘on’ steroids for. The average length of a cycle is typically between 6-12 weeks in length.

Many steroid cycles involve combining two or more drugs together, usually one being a potent androgen. Other drugs which act through more anabolic pathways can then be added as well. This combination is commonly known as a ‘Stack’. The most common stack is probably the stacking of an oral such as Dianabol with an injectable such as Testosterone. Such stacks can lead up to massive gains in mass and strength because the two steroids are working together.

Because of the toxicity of oral steroids they are often used in the beginning of a cycle for the first 4 weeks. In this time the user will see mostly the benefits from the fast acting oral and then after weeks 3-4 the njectable should be taking effect.

Because injectables typically take longer to ‘kick in’ some advanced users often ‘front load’ for the first 2 weeks of an injectable only cycle. Front loading is the term used when you inject more steroids at the start of the cycle to sort of flood your system with them, and start seeing the benefits sooner.

Example

Weeks 1-2 1000mg Test injected weekly split in 4 doses of 250mg
Weeks 3-10 500mg Test injected weekly

This method works well for depot only cycles and can produce some good results, it is preferred by many to use an oral steroid for the first few weeks in most cases as they work well with the injectables.