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    (Another) Beginner First Cycle Test E Log

    Hi all

    Firstly a bit of a background on myself. I’m 27 and have been training since I was 16. I was heavily overweight my entire childhood up until the time I finally made exercise a daily thing. I’m 6’5” and 97kg (213lb).

    I don’t know exactly what it was but I recently took an interest in AAS. Being overweight through my childhood and not having wonderful genetics I have never had great confidence in myself. I’ve found over the last couple of years even with playing around with diet and training regimes I seem to have hit a bit of a plateau, or my “genetic limit” if you will. Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% sure I could have put more into my diet and training and got some results but no matter how much effort I put in it’s always going to be limited. I guess the purpose of exploring AAS is as much to get me completely focused on my training and diet again, aside from the obvious physiological effects of the substances.

    After doing a lot of research I’ve decided to go with the usual newbie cycle of 500mg Test E per week. Split into two injections per week. Aromasin 12.5mg ed and HCG 250iu twice weekly.

    The first thing I’d like to offer advice on is the injections themselves. I’m 4 pins in and I’m lucky in that I haven’t experienced any PIP at all so far. So many beginners seem to deal with hell when it comes to PIP so I’m glad. I’ve done all my pins in the glutes, alternating sides from one injection to the next. Initially I thought for sure the thigh would be easiest, apparently it is for access but doesn’t take AAS as well as the glutes. I will be continuing with glutes for the rest of the cycle, why fix it if it ain’t broke?

    Effects so far
    Now being I’m only 10 days in it’s still too early on for me to have any sign of any real effects from the Test. However there are a couple of things I’ve noticed that I’ll list below.
    - The night of my first injection I had a terrible restless sleep and had heaps of weird dreams. It felt like my body was in flux with new hormones running through it. This might’ve been in my head though as I haven’t experienced it since.
    - 2-3 days after the first injection I realised I was noticeably hungrier than I usually am, even while eating a normal amount I was still hungry.
    - Every now and then I will get a bit hot, seems to come and go and I will sweat a bit, nothing major at all it just seems like I’m running a bit hotter than usual.
    - Intensity of my workouts seem to have gone up. I first noticed what felt like a change 4 days after he first pin. Again, this could be placebo, but it felt real. Lifts haven’t improved so far but intensity is definitely up.

    So far I’ve put on about 2-3kg (3-5lb). I feel like I’m looking a bit fuller but it’s really hard to tell and I’m not someone who’s going to take progress photos every day, maybe every week or two I’ll take some for reference. I was on a keto diet before going on cycle but after a lot of feedback I’ve decided to go back to a clean eating well rounded diet including plenty of carbs around workout time.

    Things I’ve learnt so far:
    - Inject into glutes and start with Test E for first cycle, apparently Test E is one of the smoothest compounds so until you are a seasoned vet I think Test E in the glutes twice weekly is probably the go.
    - Needle choice. I went for 25G x 1” needles. I’m thinking of purchasing some 23G x 1.5” as this will make drawing easier (25G takes forever) and 1.5” length will ensure better penetration in the glutes. 1” is fine for other areas, for now I’m just making sure I inject as deep as possible with the current needle.
    - I purchased 18G blunt fill needles, hoping that would make drawing easier. However blunt fill needles are only for use with ampules, as they can’t pierce the top of a reusable vial of Test E, so I stuffed up. One of those newbie errors that I won’t make again. If I get a different 18G needle for drawing it won’t be a “blunt” needle.

    So that’s pretty much what I’ve got to offer so far. I’ll try and keep this log going to completion and at least make it semi coherent, it seems a lot of people struggle with basic English and explaining events/effects haha. I won’t post all the time, only when I think I have enough to justify an update. I’m hoping I can maybe help some newbies through the errors I make so others can avoid the same problems! There’s so many little ins and outs and details about this process that many people with no experience with needles and compounds etc can mess up, so hopefully someone gets something out of this.
    Last edited by Jerry2020; 11-25-2017 at 09:16 PM.

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    Day 13 Update
    Something I've noticed over the past few days is I seem to be recovering a lot quicker than usual. While on the cycle I've gone back to a style of training program I gave a go a year ago which I quite liked, it has crazy amounts of volume and a few supersets for intensity etc. but mostly it's focused around pretty high reps.

    Last year when I did this program naturally (without AAS) I was in a world of pain after specific days like the leg day on day 1 of the week. What I have noticed this week is with the intensity and workload I'm putting in at the gym I could usually expect to be much sorer than I am. I have been worried after a few workouts that I was going to struggle to move the next day but then I was surprisingly fine. I would attribute this to the steroids starting to take effect.

    No real improvement in lifts so far, although I haven't really tried as I'll just be following a linear progression. I have noticed that I can certainly bust out a lot more reps than usual. For example on bench press (an area I've been terribly weak with due to shoulder injuries and a few other factors) I had 80kg (about 190-200lb) on yesterday and previously I would've probably got about 5 solid reps before my weak spots would start to pull me up. Yesterday I was able to do 5 sets of 10 just starting to tire at the end, but noticeably better than a few weeks ago in terms of muscular endurance.

    Keen to see how things progress, in a week or two I should be getting in the zone where things will start to happen!

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    Day 17

    Weight is increasing significantly. Iím happy because you always have doubts as to whether the gear is real or you are administering it properly, so to see that and my strength increasing already is awesome. Iím up to 102.7kg (226lb).

    One thing I have noticed in the last couple of days is a little bit of nipple sensitivity/puffiness. I donít think itís just in my head, and the fact my weight is rising rapidly I think estrogen levels might be a bit high. Iím going to up the Aromasin to 12.5mg twice daily and see if that helps.

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    25mg of Aromasin daily seems excessive for only 500mg a week of test . if your having nipple issues perhaps throw in a SERM instead of upping your AI too high and crashing your E

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    Remember it's normal to have nip sensitivity when hormones are in flux. It doesn't automatically mean gyno.
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    Yeah Iíve just decided to go Aromasin every 16 hours which works if I do 6am, then 10pm, then 2pm the next day then back to 6am and so on so Iím not doubling the dose.

    Would Nolva be the go-to SERM and what dosage would you recommend instead of doubling the Aromasin? I donít think the estrogen is that bad itís probably just in flux as my body acclimates to everything. Some days I feel a bit sensitive and bloated and then others arenít too bad, and Iíve read all the info about decent estrogen levels being good for muscle growth so Iím keeping that in mind and donít want to crash it.

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    Day 26

    Things are still steadily kicking in with very few negative effects. Workouts have been next level, Iíve found I have more muscular endurance and recovery is still probably one of the most incredible effects Iíve noticed. I can bust out a session that wouldíve left me incredibly sore and wake up the next day with minimal soreness, I could almost work out that body part/area the next day.

    Weight on day 25 is 104.0kg which means from the start Iíve put on 7kg (15lb) which is crazy. Iíve been eating good amounts of carbs and protein and my diet has been pretty spot on, so things are looking positive. I donít look fat at all, tried to maintain some cardio so itís mostly quality weight at the moment.

    Canít wait for the next few weeks. From most accounts itís weeks 5-6 where everything takes off. Iím happy I havenít taken anything other than Test. To feel the strength and weight increase already with only Test there would be no need for anything else, this is already a massive and very quick change to my body so just being able to adapt to that is enough. I think people who resort to other add on steroids for first cycles should probably put some more effort into diet and training. Thatís what Iíve done so far and seems to be working a treat, I wouldnít want things to be progressing any quicker than they are.

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