Thread: First cycle - comments pls.
06-22-2005, 12:37 PM #1New Member
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First cycle - comments pls.
Me and a buddy are going to do our first cycle shortly.
Me: Age 30, 6 feet, 180 pounds
Him: Age 30, 6 feet, 210 pounds
We've been working out rather seriously for a couple of years, although lifting weights on and off for last twelve or so.
We would obviously like gain some decent mass, but to avoid to much bloating. After some careful study of this great site and some others we have come up with the following:
Week 1-10 - 500mg Test enanthate (250 monday and thursday)
Week 1-4 - 10 mg Dbol ED
Week 1-10 - 0.5 mg Arimidex ED
Week 1-10 - 10 mg Nolvadex ED
Week 1-10 - 200 mg Vit B-6 ED
Week 11/12 - 20 mg Nolvadex ED
14 days after last shot:
Day 1-14 - 40 mg Nolvadex ED
Day 15-28 - 20 mg Nolvadex ED
Day 1-43 - 6 g taurin ED
Day 1-14 - 20-100 mcg Clenbuterol
Day 15-28 - ?? Ephedrine
Day 29-43 - 20-100 mcg Clenbuterol
Ok, we are thankful for any comments and suggestions to this cycle. Thanks in advance.
06-22-2005, 12:58 PM #2Associate Member
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06-22-2005, 01:02 PM #3Junior Member
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I'd post your diet in the diet forums to make sure it's good to go.
06-22-2005, 01:02 PM #4
06-22-2005, 01:34 PM #5New Member
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If you take only 10mg in form of 5mg tabs u'd be on dbol 6 hours out of 24... either break them in half and spread it out or up the dose....
However you dont need dbol on a first cycle... especially with 500mg/week test e
06-22-2005, 01:36 PM #6New Member
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Also you need to take clomid not nolvadex ... Clomid will decrease the estrogen, nolva will merely compete for its receptor sites (block it)... you want to get ur test back up so u need to lower estrogen... go with clomid...
06-22-2005, 01:36 PM #7
06-22-2005, 01:37 PM #8
you need clomid and nolva post cycle!both!
06-22-2005, 01:46 PM #9New Member
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This is why there is no Clomid in the PCT:
Clomid and Nolvadex
I am not sure how Clomid and Nolvadex became so separated in the minds of bodybuilders. They certainly should not be. Clomid and Nolvadex are both anti-estrogens belonging to the same group of triphenylethylene compounds. They are structurally related and specifically classified as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) with mixed agonistic and antagonistic properties. This means that in certain tissues they can block the effects of estrogen, by altering the binding capacity of the receptor, while in others they can act as actual estrogens, activating the receptor. In men, both of these drugs act as anti-estrogens in their capacity to oppose the negative feedback of estrogens on the hypothalamus and stimulate the heightened release of GnRH (Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone). LH output by the pituitary will be increased as a result, which in turn can increase the level of testosterone by the testes. Both drugs do this, but for some reason bodybuilders persist in thinking that Clomid is the only drug good at stimulating testosterone. What you will find with a little investigation however is that not only is Nolvadex useful for the same purpose, it should actually be the preferred agent of the two.
Studies conducted in the late 1970's at the University of Ghent in Belgium make clear the advantages of using Nolvadex instead of Clomid for increasing testosterone levels (1). Here, researchers looked the effects of Nolvadex and Clomid on the endocrine profiles of normal men, as well as those suffering from low sperm counts (oligospermia). For our purposes, the results of these drugs on hormonally normal men are obviously the most relevant. What was found, just in the early parts of the study, was quite enlightening. Nolvadex, used for 10 days at a dosage of 20mg daily, increased serum testosterone levels to 142% of baseline, which was on par with the effect of 150mg of Clomid daily for the same duration (the testosterone increase was slightly, but not significantly, better for Clomid). We must remember though that this is the effect of three 50mg tablets of Clomid. With the price of both a 50mg Clomid and 20mg Nolvadex typically very similar, we are already seeing a cost vs. results discrepancy forming that strongly favors the Nolvadex side.
Pituitary Sensitivity to GnRH
But something more interesting is happening. Researchers were also conducting GnRH stimulation tests before and after various points of treatment with Nolvadex and Clomid, and the two drugs had markedly different results. These tests involved infusing patients with 100mcg of GnRH and measuring the output of pituitary LH in response. The focus of this test is to see how sensitive the pituitary is to Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone. The more sensitive the pituitary, the more LH will be released. The tests showed that after ten days of treatment with Nolvadex, pituitary sensitivity to GnRH increased slightly compared to pre-treated values. This is contrast to 10 days of treatment with 150mg Clomid, which was shown to consistently DECREASE pituitary sensitivity to GnRH (more LH was released before treatment). As the study with Nolvadex progresses to 6 weeks, pituitary sensitivity to GnRH was significantly higher than pre-treated or 10-day levels. At this point the same 20mg dosage was also raising testosterone and LH levels to an average of 183% and 172% of base values, respectively, which again is measurably higher than what was noted 10 days into therapy. Within 10 days of treatment Clomid is already exerting an effect that is causing the pituitary to become slightly desensitized to GnRH, while prolonged use of Nolvadex serves only to increase pituitary sensitivity to this hormone. That is not to say Clomid won't increase testosterone if taken for the same 6 week time period. Quite the opposite is true. But we are, however, noticing an advantage in Nolvadex.
The Estrogen Clomid
The above discrepancies are likely explained by differences in the estrogenic nature of the two compounds. The researchers' clearly support this theory when commenting in their paper, "The difference in response might be attributable to the weak intrinsic estrogenic effect of Clomid, which in this study manifested itself by an increase in transcortin and testosterone/estradiol-binding globulin [SHBG] levels; this increase was not observed after tamoxifen treatment". In reviewing other theories later in the paper, such as interference by increased androgen or estrogen levels, they persist in noting that increases in these hormones were similar with both drug treatments, and state that," …a role of the intrinsic estrogenic activity of Clomid which is practically absent in Tamoxifen seems the most probable explanation".
Although these two are related anti-estrogens, they appear to act very differently at different sites of action. Nolvadex seems to be strongly anti-estrogenic at both the hypothalamus and pituitary, which is in contrast to Clomid, which although a strong anti-estrogen at the hypothalamus, seems to exhibit weak estrogenic activity at the pituitary. To find further support for this we can look at an in-vitro animal study published in the American Journal of Physiology in February 1981 (2). This paper looks at the effects of Clomid and Nolvadex on the GnRH stimulated release of LH from cultured rat pituitary cells. In this paper, it was noted that incubating cells with Clomid had a direct estrogenic effect on cultured pituitary cell sensitivity, exerting a weaker but still significant effect compared to estradiol. Nolvadex on the other hand did not have any significant effect on LH response. Furthermore it mildly blocked the effects of estrogen when both were incubated in the same culture.
To summarize the above research succinctly, Nolvadex is the more purely anti-estrogenic of the two drugs, at least where the HPTA (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular Axis) is concerned. This fact enables Nolvadex to offer the male bodybuilder certain advantages over Clomid. This is especially true at times when we are looking to restore a balanced HPTA, and would not want to desensitize the pituitary to GnRH. This could perhaps slow recovery to some extent, as the pituitary would require higher amounts of hypothalamic GnRH in the presence of Clomid in order to get the same level of LH stimulation.
Nolvadex also seems preferred from long-term use, for those who find anti-estrogens effective enough at raising testosterone levels to warrant using as anabolics. Here Nolvadex would seem to provide a better and more stable increase in testosterone levels, and likely will offer a similar or greater effect than Clomid for considerably less money. The potential rise in SHBG levels with Clomid, supported by other research (3), is also cause for concern, as this might work to allow for comparably less free active testosterone compared to Nolvadex as well. Ultimately both drugs are effective anti-estrogens for the prevention of gyno and elevation of endogenous testosterone, however the above research provides enough evidence for me to choose Nolvadex every time.
In next month's follow-up article I will be discussing the role anti-estrogens play in post-cycle testosterone recovery. Most specifically, I will be detailing what a proper post-cycle ancillary drug program looks like, and explain why anti-estrogens alone are not effective during this window of time.
06-22-2005, 01:52 PM #10
ok mate now go and read pheednos pct in the pct forum!
06-22-2005, 02:04 PM #11
I'd definately run the test for about 12 weeks. Everything else looks good.
06-22-2005, 02:07 PM #12
Add clomid to PCT. 30 days at 100mg.
06-22-2005, 02:07 PM #13Associate Member
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Ive done 2 cycles with Test e and dbol ...definately up dosage and spread out evenly through out the day with the dbol. Also I used clomid coming off cycle and highly recommend it......your choice tho
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