Thursday, April 23, 2015

The 5-Step Muscle Mass Plan

As a bodybuilder, you want to be as big as possible. In order to do that, you need to get muscle mass. In order to get the size you want you have to follow a plan and live by it.

The Winner’s Way to Gaining Muscle Mass

1) The first step in gaining muscle mass is to EAT and EAT then EAT some more. This does not mean McDonald’s throughout the day, but you should be eating at least six times a day! Theses meals should be high in protein and calories. Let’s say you have a 10oz steak and 2 cups of rice – you’re then looking at 1,121 calories 88g of carbs and 83g of protein.  Multiply that by six (once for each meal), and you’re consuming over six thousand calories and 250g of protein a day. In theory, a 200 pound bodybuilder should be consuming about 4000 calories a day. You need to work out a plan and perhaps use a food journal to hold yourself accountable for your proper intake.

2) Lift like a champ. You cannot go into a gym and just fool around. Go in with a plan and follow it without a thought of doing something else. Use the gym to its full potential, including its free weights and machine weights. Stay away from the crazy exercises like standing on a exercise ball while doing squats. It looks stupid and its just gives you bad form. Also, lift heavy. If you can only do 250 bench presses four times then do that and do it for four to six sets. Keep increasing the weight over time, i.e. a couple weeks later, make it 255 and so on.

3) Sleep is a crucial factor for mass. During your sleep, your body regenerates and recovers. Your body releases growth hormones during deep sleep, which aids in muscle mass growth, joint repair, and fat loss. You should be getting at least eight hours of sleep a night.  Not only does sleep help with recovery, but if you’re not getting adequate sleep then you will have a hard time keeping up at the gym because your sluggish self won’t be able to push through the work out like you want.

The Other Aspects of Gaining Muscle Mass

4) Supplements are very beneficial to gaining mass. You have stimulates like caffeine, which decrease exertion and increase strength and intensity during workouts. Of course, there is also creatine, one of the most important supplements because it aids in gaining strength and muscle growth. Last but not least, whey protein. Whey protein will pack on the size in no time, and with all different kinds out there it will be easy to find one for you.

5)  Bench, deadlifts, and squats. Basic exercises will be the most beneficial when trying to get mass. In order to gain muscle you need to cause muscle damage, anabolic hormone release and strength. Bench press, deadlifts,and squats are the best exercises to do in order to achieve great gains.

Gaining Muscle Mass is a Goal

Remember these five steps to gain freaky mass. In order to achieve this, you have to stay focused and have a plan. Don’t give up!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Omnadren 250

Omnadren is a combination of 4 separate test esters. Older versions of the drug list the final two esters as isohexanoate and hexanoate. However, it should be noted that hexanoate is simply another word for caproate so the drugs esters have not actually been modified. Most commonly, people will correlate Omnadren 250 with its cousin Sustanon 250, since they are both a blend of 4 test esters. The only difference between the two lies in the last and most concentrated- ester. Whilst Omnadren contains the caproate ester, Sustanon contains the decanoate ester in the same concentration.

It is also not uncommon to hear people refer to Omnadren as a superior version of testosterone since it boasts 4 esters instead of 1 (or none). This should be taken with a grain of salt. All testosterones produce very similar effects while the ester simply delays the release of the compound into the body which has two immediate consequences. The first, being less important, is injection frequency. This has become a hotly debated issue recently& on the one side are those who advocate injections only once or twice per week. Frequently their arguments are supported with cycle results which have yielded good gains. On the other side and perhaps the more scientific side- are those who advocate injections at least every other day (EOD) or ever day (ED). One has only to glance at the ester constitution in Omnadren 250 to understand why this may be. Such small concentrations of the shorter esters (propionate and phenylpropionate) are rendered practically useless when Omnadren is injected once or twice per week. Furthermore, when injecting only a few times per week the peaks and valleys of concentration in the blood are not desirable. We want our blood concentration of the drugs to be as high as they can be relative to dose- as long as they can be. Obviously, this is not the case when fast acting esters are introduced and subsequently dissipated before another injection is given.

As the longest ester in Omnadren (caproate) is slightly faster acting than the longest ester in Sustanon (decanoate), users will notice an increase in their testosterone levels sooner with Omnadren than with Sustanon. This has a few consequences which we shall examine now. First of all, since testosterone aromatizes (converts) to estrogen, a buildup of this female hormone will occur more rapidly. With estrogen increase follows the inevitability of increased water retention. This is significant for 3 reasons: First, the users strength will increase. Secondly, the users size will increase, and finally, definition in the muscles will begin to dissipate. As an obvious result, Omnadren 250 is typically used more for bulking than cutting. The extent of these effects are highly dictated by the users diet and training habits, although it is also easily controlled with the proper use of anti-estrogen drugs such as Nolvadex, Armidex, Proviron, and a myriad of others.

Testosterone is a highly anabolic and androgenic hormone, it has an anabolic (muscle building) rating of 100, making it a good drug to use if one is in pursuit of more size and strength. And if you arent in pursuit of more size and strength, then why would you be reading this, right? Well, lets get on with it and look at exactly what makes testosterone a good mass builder. Firstly, testosterone promotes nitrogen retention in the muscle the more nitrogen the muscles holds the more protein the muscle stores. Testosterone can also increase the levels of the highly anabolic hormone, IGF-1, in muscle tissue. Even the aromatized part of testosterone that turns into estrogen may increase levels of IGF, and sensitivity to it. Testosterones actions come mostly from its binding to the androgen receptor to promote A.R dependant mechanisms for both muscle gain and fat loss. Thankfully, it also significantly increases the concentrations of the A. R in cells critical for muscle repair and growth and A.R in muscle. Testosterone induces changes in shape, size and also can change the appearance and the number of muscle fibers. Androgens like the testosterone(s) found in Omnadren can protect your hard earned muscle from the catabolic hormones, whether those hormones occur from exercise or other stress.

Omnadren Side Effects

There are strong androgenic side effects, which are pronounced with Omnadren (as with all testosterones). Oily skin, acne, increased body/facial hair, and depending on the individual an increase in aggressiveness can occur. Omnadren 250 can also be hard on the hairline. This is partly due to the conversion of the testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Test is converted to DHT via the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. While DHT is more potent than test at the androgen receptor (the double bond is removed from the carbon4-carbon5 bond and replaced with a hydrogen atom on each) and is responsible for some growth. It can also cause some negative side effects as well. Testosterone, because of this bond is actually much more anabolic, in practical terms, because it For example: DHT formation in the scalp is suspected of causing/expediting male pattern baldness. To possibly combat this, one can use finasteride. This drug will inhibit the conversion of testosterone to DHT but many users will report that since DHT is more potent at the androgen receptor than test, gains in muscle mass as well as strength will diminish. On the other hand, a lack of DHT caused by blocking 5-AR can sometimes cause gynocomastia.

Omnadren Cycles

Typically cycles which contain Omnadren 250 will be around 12-16weeks. The idea is that it will take at least 2 weeks for the compound to become fully active in the body, and most users will report an additional 1-3 weeks until the effects of Omnadren are truly felt. As a result, gains from Omnadren are not typically noticed for about 1 month after the first injection. What most people mean by this is that although the actual drug is already active, gains arent realized immediately. The majority of users will supplement a fast acting oral drug such as Dianabol or Anadrol in the first 4 weeks of a cycle which is thought of as a kickstart until the effects of the Omnadren are fully felt. As mentioned above a typical weekly dose of Omnadren can range from 500mg-1000mg per week. Those who are new to steroids and cycling should generally start with a minimal dose so as to better judge how their own bodies will react to the synthetic testosterone. Id suggest beginners stick with 2 amps per week, if theyre inclined to use this preparation.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Steroid Detection Times

Due to frequent requests concerning detection times of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, we thought it would be helpful to provide some information of the more common ones. The table indicates approximate durations where positive tests are possible. Of course times may vary between individuals, but the following serves as a guide. The times are how long after a cycle it's possible to test positive on a drug test.

  1.  Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca Durabolin) - 18 months
  2. Nandrolone Phenylpropionate - 12 months
  3. Boldenone Undecylate (Equipoise) - 5 months
  4. Methenolone Enanthate (Primobolan) - 5 months
  5. Trenbolone (Finaject) 5 months
  6. Trenbolone Acetate - 5 months
  7. Injectable Methandienone (Dianabol) 5 months
  8. Testosterone-Mix (Sustanon ) - 3 months
  9. Testosterone Enanthate (Testoviron) - 3 months
  10. Testosterone Cypionate  - 3 months
  11. Oxymetholone (Anadrol) - 2 months
  12. Fluoxymesterone (Halotestin) - 2 months
  13. Injectable Stanozolol (Winstrol) - 2 months
  14. Drostanolone Propionate (Masteron) - 2 months
  15. Oral Methandienone (Dianabol) - 5 weeks
  16. Mesterolone (Proviron) - 5 weeks
  17. Oxandrolone (Anavar) - 3 weeks
  18. Oral Stanozolol (Winstrol) - 3 weeks
  19. Testosterone Propionate  - 2 weeks
  20. Testosterone Undecanoate (Andriol) - 1 week
  21. Clenbuterol - 4 days

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cutting and Bulking Steroid Cycles

There are loads of great cycles of steroids aimed at different standards of bodybuilder or looking at different outcome. I've just picked out ten great ones and given a brief description for each. Please bear in mind that sometimes there are different names for drugs depending on where you are in the world or who makes it.

Most importantly - do not even consider using steroids unless your diet is ideal for gaining muscle mass, even if you are looking to increase your definition. You should also be training very hard and regular. Make sure your natural gains have slowed down if this is to be your first time. Read the other articles on MuscleTalk, or post questions on the board if you have any queries.

Gynecomastia (presence of female breast tissue) and other aromatising side effects of some steroids (for example water retention) may be more apparent in certain individuals. If this is a problem take 20mg per day of Nolvadex / Tamoxifen until symptoms disappear, then continue with 10mg per day until the end of the cycle, or Clomid. It is generally thought best not to take Nolvadex unless you have these side effects, though it is good practice to keep some in stock in case it's required.

Clomid or HCG may be taken post cycle if a few weeks break is expected. This is in order to help kick start your own natural testosterone secretion, to minimise post-cycle side effects and, more importantly, to minimise any muscle loss after a course. There are a number of recommended ways to take Clomid, but an effective method is: 100mg per day for 7 days commencing 7-18 days post cycle depending on what is in the cycle. This is followed by a further 50mg per day for a further 2 weeks.

Some folk prefer to use HCG, and after heavy stacks both may be suggested. HCG should commence during the last week, with a jab weekly, for 3 jabs of 2500iu each.

Also I've not mentioned beta-agonists, thyroid hormones or growth hormone in this article. These can be added to any of the stacks as appropriate.

1. Beginner Cycle #1
The most frequently asked question in the steroids forum is for a great effective beginners cycle:

Deca durabolin - 200-400mg per week for 8 weeks
Sustanon 250 -  500mg per week for 8 weeks 

This is a standard first course recommended by most, even if the individual wishes to lose fat (as diet is the key to fat mobilisation, NOT gear). Whether you opt for  Sustanon is personal choice or depends on availability; both are great drugs. 400mg of Deca Durabolin per week is generally assumed to be the minimum amount for gains, however, many first time users do extremely well on less than this.

Continue on this for the full 8 weeks, but if you are still growing well, why stop? Review gains every two weeks, and it may be continued for 10, 12 or more weeks.

Nolvadex should be on hand in case symptoms of aromatisation become apparent. Clomid should be used post cycle commencing at 10-14 days afterwards.

The testosterone and the Deca durabolin can be split down into 2-3 shots per week: 250mg of test (1ml) plus 100mg of Deca durabolin (1ml) mixed into the same syringe, and another of 200mg of Deca durabolin (2ml).

2. Beginners Cycle #2 - The Classic Mass Builder
This is a variation on the above:

Deca durabolin - 400mg per week for 8 weeks
Sustanon 250 - 500mg per week for 8 weeks
Dianabol - 30mg per day, six days per week for 6 weeks

This stack should produce good results for the steroid user looking for mass. Here the Deca durabolin should be 400mg for optimum effects, and the Dianabol at the onset helps kick start the cycle while you are waiting for the longer acting Deca durabolin and test to take effect.

Nolvadex should be on hand in case symptoms of aromatisation become apparent. Clomid should be used post cycle commencing at 10-14 days afterwards. You may hold a lot of water from this brought about by the Dianabol and the testosterone but this can be reduced by the use of Nolvadex / Tamoxifen or Arimidex.

The dosage of Dianabol may be divided out through out the day and taken every 3-4 hrs as it has such a short half-life. Though most people take half in the morning and half in the evening. Take them with / after a protein-based meal.

The testosterone and the Deca durabolin can be split down into 3 shots per week: 250mg of test (1ml) plus 100mg of Deca (1ml) mixed into the same syringe, and another of 200mg of Deca durabolin (2ml).

3. Superman's Super Stack
This is another great lean mass builder, from a prominent member:

Trenbolone - 75mg per day
Winstrol - 50mg per day
Testosterone propionate - 100mg every other day

A six-week course and the usual precautions apply.

4. Phantomdh's 'Sus-deca-dbol-end-with-winny' Stack
Phantomdh's favorite cycle is the 'Sus-deca-dbol-end-with-winny' cycle:

Sustanon 250 - 500mg per week, weeks 1-10
Deca durabolin - 400mg per week, weeks 1-10
Dianabol - 35mg per day, weeks 1-4
Winstrol 30mg/ed, weeks 5-10

This is another great mass builder. The usual precautions apply.

5. A Testosterone-Free Lean Mass Builder
This is one if you want to avoid testosterone-based steroids. It's too often assumed that just because 'mild' steroids like Primabolan are not very androgenic, then they're not very good mass builders. Remember, all steroids are anabolic, and Primabolan as part of a stack is an excellent adjunct:

Primobolan depot - 300mg per week for 8 weeks
Deca durabolin - 400mg per week for 8 weeks
Winstrol - 150mg per week, weeks 2-7

This is not a huge stack, but is great for building quality, lean size (coupled with a sensible diet). We have a number of non-bodybuilding members of MuscleTalk, e.g. athletes, footballers, etc, and this may be a great cycle for them to try.

6. Knorkop's Frontloader
This is a great cycle from Knorkop, used as an example of frontloading Equipoise and Deca:

Week 1 - Frontloading
Equipoise - 800mg per week
Deca durabolin - 800mg per week
Testosterone propionate - 100 mg every other day

Week 2
Equipoise- 400mg per week
Deca durabolin - 400mg per week
Testosterone propionate  - 100 mg every other day

Week 3 - 4
Equipoise - 400mg per week
Deca durabolin - 400mg per week
Winstrol - 50mg every other day

Week 5 - 8
Equipoise - 400mg per week
Deca durabolin - 400mg per week
Winstrol - 50mg every other day

Week 9 and 10:
Equipoise - 400mg per week
Deca durabolin - 400mg per week
Testosterone propionate  100mg every other day

This is a great lean mass builder again, showing how frontloading is done. The downside is a lot of jabs, due to Equipoise being just 50mg per 1ml. The usual precautions apply, and use HCG and Clomid post cycle at 7 days.

7. Another Fave!
Nice and simple, but very effective:

Anadrol 50 - 100mg per day, 6 days per week
Deca durabolan - 400mg per week

The usual precautions are a must here, with Clomid commencing 7 days post cycle.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Anadrol Cycle Tips for Ultimate Gains

Anadrol is a very inflexible anabolic steroid in terms of how it can be used. It’s not only inflexible but isn’t at all versatile either compared to other available anabolic steroids. When using aromatase inhibitors the person has no way to avoid retaining water, which causes bloating and added water weight. This can only be dealt with by changes in diet, which only bring limited results. Another issue that comes up with Anadrol is the estrogen effects, which happen although Anadrol doesn’t convert to estrogen. Therefore Anadrol cycles are usually saved just for gaining strength and bulking up.

Anadrol cycles are hardly ever used for anything but bulking and gaining strength cycles. It is very unusual that someone would take Anadrol for shredding and losing fat. We want to state plainly that it is possible for someone to “cut” using this steroid, as is true with any anabolic steroid, but due to the predictable and unwanted water retention that is inevitable from Anadrol, the resulting physique will appear soft and bloated.

Anadrol cycles usually have it stacked along with other compounds that are meant to add bulk, strength and a lot of mass. The usual compounds stacked with Anadrol are:
  • Testosterone,
  • Trenbolone, and
  • Nandrolone (Deca Duarbolin).
Cycling with Testosterone

Testosterone is definitely an essential part of any compound and must be taken in at minimum a Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) dosage. This is in an effort to maintain normal physical functions while the natural endogenous levels for Testosterone are being suppressed or shut down.

To promote additional anabolic strength use Trenbolone and possibly Nandrolone if you want to gain strength and bulk up. Hardly ever is Anadrol stacked with milder compounds like Primobolan or an injectable Winstrol because the tremendous strength of Anadrol would dwarf these milder compounds. Anadrol is most effective when it is stacked with other similarly powerful compounds, which are used for bulking up.

What Not to Mix in your Cycle

Another important factor to keep in mind is that an Anadrol cycle should never include another oral compound. Never use two anabolic steroids that are taken orally together or even one after the other in a cycle. This safety factor must be adhered to even more when using Anadrol due to the strong hepatotoxic properties of this anabolic steroid. Taking any other anabolic steroids orally in addition to Anadrol will greatly increase the possibility of liver damage.

Anadrol Cycle Dosages

For a 12-week Anadrol Cycle time period:
  1. For weeks 1 – 12 use 300 – 500mg a week of Testosterone Enanthate
  2. For weeks 1 – 6 use 25 – 50mg a day of Anadrol
This is a very basic Anadrol cycle for a beginner. The Testosterone is taken at a dosage just strong enough to provide the desired anabolic effects and the Anadrol is taken at the usual beginning dosage range. It is recommended that when on such a cycle to have a SERM like Nolvadex handy and possibly an aromatase inhibitor as well because of the extremely high Estrogenic character of this stack.

Testosterone taken at these recommended dosages will more than likely cause aromatization, which will increase the levels of Estrogen in the body. Combined with Anadrol, considering it’s estrogenic properties, one may be at higher risk for increases in blood pressure, bloating and gynecomastia. In spite of these risks, the cycle for beginners is an excelling starting place for someone wanting to bulk up.

Anadrol Cycles for Better Results

For a 12-week cycle length:
  1. For weeks 1 – 12 use 100mg a week of Testosterone Enanthate plus 400mg a week of Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca Durabolin)
  2. For weeks 1 – 6 use 50mg of Anadrol a day
With the intermediate recommendation for an Anadrol cycles there are a couple of changes. The first one you’ll notice is that Testosterone is taken at a TRT dose making it have a more supportive role in maintaining the normal physiological functions of the body. Testosterone is not the primary anabolic steroid in this cycle. The reason for this is to lessen the chance of further increasing Estrogenic activity in a cycle using Anadrol.

The reason for using Deca Durabolin as one of the primary compounds here, is to allow for an added amount of bulk to be gained after terminating the Anadrol. You may have noticed that the dosage for Anadrol has been reduced to only 50mg a day as opposed to a range of 50 – 100mg a day. The reason for this is because it’s really not necessary for someone to need to increase his or her dosage of Anadrol, since it’s such a powerful anabolic steroid to begin with. Just one 50mg tablet is more than enough to bulk up and become stronger, especially for intermediates.

Anadrol Cycles Log for Advanced Users

For an 8-week Anadrol Cycle time period for weeks 1 – 8:
  • Take 25mg every other day or 100mg a week of Testosterone Propionate
  • Take 100mg every other day or 400mg a week of Trenbolone Acetate
  • Take 100mg a day of Anadrol
This Anadrol cycle for advanced users has a shorter cycle time using short estered compounds like Trenbolone Acetate and Testosterone Propionate. The reason for this is to place Anadrol as a bit more of a central cycle compound rather than using it as a compound to kickstart the process. It still ends up performing this function due to its usage limit of 6 weeks due to its hepatotoxic effects.

Used this way Anadrol is stacked with Trenbolone (a stronger compound than Anadrol), but is able to be taken for the same period of time. It should be noted that using Anadrol consistently for 8 weeks is thought to be pushing the limits. It is strongly advised not to exceed this duration especially when taking such a high dose as 100mg a day. Taking 100mg a day of Anadrol is certainly enough to get some very dramatic gains in strength and bulk on a single cycle, especially when combined with Trenbolone. This cycle should only be considered for advanced users.

Tips for Maximizing your Gains

Bulking Anadrol brings about results very quickly. It acts synergistically with other steroids present to produce result quickly. Many use the Anadrol cycle during off season and the period will be at the beginning of the total cycle. For many, the cycle is began with 50mg per day. However, some experienced users may begin Anadrol with a dosage of 100mg per day. It is vital that users understand how their body react to lower doses of 50 mg before trying out larger doses such as 100mg per day. Whichever regimen chosen will still produce result as long as the issue of safety and sensitivity is put into consideration.

Experience have shown that individuals can gain as much as 20lb a month with 50 mg of Anadrol and adequate food. Anadrol effectiveness is short lived and it is necessary that breaks are taken accordingly. Using Anadrol for more than 6 weeks is not ideal. It is recommended that breaks should be observed. These breaks are necessary to prevent severe toxicity and to enhance the development of muscles. Anadrol bulking cycle should last for about 4-6. Using Anadrol above 6 weeks is considered useless as its effectiveness is short lived.

After the 4-6 weeks of using Anadrol, the use of other anabolic steroids is very useful. It helps in the consolidation of the gains that have been achieved. Using Anadrol dosage that is greater than 100mg per day reduces appetite. This also affects the bulking cycle. Anadrol can be stacked with almost all anabolic androgenic steroid. Testosterone, Trebolone or Nandrolone are commonly stacked with Anadrol and they produce great results.

Anadrol Only Cutting Cycles

Usually the cutting phase should place at the end of the cycle unlike the bulking phase. It should be placed close to the time of the completion. This is to produce muscles with fuller, harder and rounder looks at the competition. One characteristic of Anadrol that is not favorable to body builders is its ability to retain water. Therefore, it is important to understand how to control this outcome. The use of Anadrol along with a good aromatase inhibitor can help with the issue of water retention.

It is also important that users limit the intake of this compound to 4-6 weeks. It is recommended that users have regular Liver function tests and kidney function tests performed when taking an Anadrol cycle. This is aimed at monitoring the effect of the compound on their system. Water retention can as well lead to high blood pressure and this can affect the kidney and the body in general.

Friday, March 20, 2015

GP Andromix by Geneza Pharmaceuticals

GP Andromix by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is an injectable steroid which contains 50 mg of Testosterone propionate, 50 mg of Trenbolone acetate and 50 mg of Drostanolone propionate equalling a total amount of 150mg of substance per ML, and it is available in a 10 ml vial.

GP Andromix is a good choice for those looking to do a lean bulking cycle or a cutting cycle, as all three compounds that this blend is made of, are popular for their high androgenic effects, so it will give you an nice lean look while you're bulk.

Testosterone is the natural hormone that give men more power and muscles mass than women. In the same time Testosterone is the hormone that cause the hair loss, prostate enlargement and oily skin. But you have to take the risk if you want to increase your muscles. The Propionate ester of GP Test Prop from GP Andromix makes it a fast acting drug which will produce lean gains, but with less water retention than the Enanthate or Cypionate ester.

The second steroid from GP Andromix is the GP Tren Acetate in a acetate ester. Trenbolone possess very powerful anabolic effects, almost 3 times more anabolic than Testosterone. The great thing about Trenbolone is that it won't convert to estrogen thus making a great ripped look.

And finally the third steroid from GP Andromix is GP Mast 100 (Drostanolone propionate). This steroid is highly androgenic, and is used by bodybuilders and athletes in the pre-contest period for getting a more ripped look for muscles. This compound is also a good choice for increasing strength and aggression. By mixing these three anabolic/androgenic steroids, Geneza Pharmaceuticals produced one of the most powerful compound, which will give to users great results. Lots of users will add GP Stan 10 to the cycle for more pronounced results.

Average dose men: 1-2ml/day (6-8 weeks)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Half Lives of the Most Popular Anabolic Steroids

It’s common for published values to be different, because pharmacokinetic studies are often performed on only a few subjects at a time, and there can be considerable variability between subjects. Further, there ends up being a confusion between the elimination process and the distribution process, which is variable particularly in the earlier part of the process. For example, reported half-life values for nandrolone decanoate in humans range from 7 to 12 days.

For this reason, it’s best to not take any one report overly literally, but instead to get the best reading of all the data that’s available. Fortunately, for anabolic steroids the half life is very closely related to a predictable property, the partition coefficient (this is generally approximately equal to the ratio between lipid solubility and water solubility.) Where the only difference between two steroid esters is the number of carbons – arrangement being the same or similar! – then each added carbon adds about a day to the half life.

With this information, to make a best estimate for the half life of one steroid, data from similar steroids can be used as well.

For purposes of calculating recovery or for calculating frontloading, these figures have always worked well for anabolic steroid half lives:
  • Acetate esters: About 1 day
  • Propionate esters: About 2 days
  • Phenylpropionate esters: About 3 days
  • Enanthate esters: About 5 days
  • Cypionate esters: About 6 days
  • Decanoate esters: About 10 days
  • Undecanoate esters: Really not established from practice. From extrapolation, probably about 11 days. Does not appear to be over about 14 days, or much if any less than 11 days. I use 14 days for recovery calculation in the case of Equipoise, though that might be a larger number than necessary.
With regard to the parent steroid, theory would suggest adding a day for 19-nor, subtracting some small amount for 5-alpha reduction, or adding some small amount for having more than one double bond, and some unknown adjustment for drug metabolism differences. But in practice there seems no need for such adjustments. Accounting for the ester alone seems sufficient.

T3’s half life is variable between individuals but roughly speaking is about a day. There would be no use for a numeric value in practice because T3 should not be frontloaded, and calculating what day it has cleared is not important.

Clenbuterol’s half life is about a day and a half.

Clomiphene, Tamoxifen all have half lives of about 5 days. The anti-aromases Anastrozole and Letrozole have half lives of about 2 days.