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    Smile Howdy people :-)

    Hi all,
    I've been reading the forum for a few weeks now. I'm from Australia. Trying to learn my stuff. I've done a few different forms of training (MMA, BB & power lifting). I've always had trouble keeping my gains.


    Current Stats:
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30
    Height: 6'1 (182 cm)
    Weight: 169.4 lbs (77kg)
    BF: 15%
    Body type: ectomorph.
    BMR:1800
    Blood test: Full investigation - all within normal ranges.
    MPB: Prone!
    Kidney function: Ok, but one side has lowish function so I can't take creatine.



    My goal is to build my weight to 190 - 200 lbs (85 - 90kgs) of good lean mass that will stick around. And keep my hair. Tall order, I know. So thats about 22 lbs (10kg) bigger than now.

    I'm considering a "juice holiday" for a few months but it all depends my employment situation. We'll see. In the mean time I'm doing my research so if I do it then it will be worth my time & effort.

    There seems to be some really good knowledge & experience around this place so I'll try not to be a pain in the butt with redundant questions!

    Cheers,
    BR.

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    Oh, BTW...hope the avatar makes my posts more readable !

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    My Training history

    Training History:

    Age 13-17:
    Mixed martial arts almost everyday for 4 years. Power training 3x week in gym (Plymetrics) for about 6 months.

    Best stats during this period: Weight 187 lbs (85kg), BF < 8%


    Age 17: Begun loosing hair.
    Begun experimenting with anti-androgens to combat MPB.

    Age 19: Had a hairline like clint eastwood has now.
    Begun taking Finasteride (proscar) 1mg ED & Minoxidil 2x ED.

    Age 21: Had all my hair back by age 21. Then Got lazy taking the hairloss stuff.


    Age 23. weight had dropped down to 151 lbs(69kg) BF 12% (due to no training, not enough food and finasteride side effects) Stopped taking finasteride & minoxidil.

    Begun body buiding as per Arnold's encyclopedia (workout level 1) To the letter. Had a great diet with a huge intake of everything good, in balanced proportions. Was getting lots of rest. Training 5 days per week as hard as I could. Didn't have a job so plenty of time to train. Started at 71kgs.

    first month + 3.5 kg
    Second month + 2.5kg
    Third month + 2kg
    Fourth month + 1.5kg (small gain didn't help moral)
    Fifth month + 0.5kg (resumed finasteride out of fear of hair loss)
    Six month + 0kg

    Best stats for period : 180 lbs (82kg), BF < 10%. (I looked fantastic)


    Age 26. Weight fallen down to 160 lbs (73kg). BF unknown% (lean though).
    Got off the finasteride again. Begun power lifting, 6 week cycles. Weight went up to 176lbs (80kg) BF 14%. Trained for 2 years with 6 time national champ. (not as a training partner but under his guidance).

    Age 27. Broke leg - stopped training.

    Age 28. - begun using Melanotan 2. Got Sick, weight dropped to 156 lbs (71 kgs). BF unknown%. Hair line receeded, but not quite as bad as at age 19. I looked like shit. (Dark shit that is).


    Age 30. Weight 165lbs (75kg), BF 13%. Begun moderate BB gym training again.

    Six weeks later (now): Weight 169lbs (77kg), BF 15%.


    Now using: Nizoral 2% (mon, wed, sat), Finasteride 1mg almost ED.
    Blood test: All normal.

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    So in general, I can make acceptable gains naturally for a while. However finasteride always seems to kill my strength and appetite and recovery. Recovery turns to shit. I've had to drop from 3 day splits to 2 days splits when on finasteride.

    Just started nizoral so maybe that will give me a leg up this time?

    When I've done a bit more reading and thinking I might post a cycle propostion (in the appropriate forum of course) and get some advice.



    Cheers,
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    So is the question weight gain or pct?

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    how the hell do you remember or even know all that crap? i know i had the flu about 2 years ago and probably dropped weight but i cant tell you how much and i definatly cant tell you how much i weighed 4, 5, 6 and 7 years ago. anyway welcome to AR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PT View Post
    how the hell do you remember or even know all that crap? i know i had the flu about 2 years ago and probably dropped weight but i cant tell you how much and i definatly cant tell you how much i weighed 4, 5, 6 and 7 years ago. anyway welcome to AR.
    I know this might sound strange, and hit me on the head with a rock if its abit over the top, but ive kept records for the last three years, they concern, health, training routine, diet and so on.

    god im not normal

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    Welcome.
    Regardless of why you are the size you are now, 6'1" and just under 170lbs at 15%bf means you are no where near ready for a cycle, with proper diet and training you could easily add 40lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PT View Post
    how the hell do you remember or even know all that crap? i know i had the flu about 2 years ago and probably dropped weight but i cant tell you how much and i definatly cant tell you how much i weighed 4, 5, 6 and 7 years ago. anyway welcome to AR.
    Ha ha ha... Yeah well I've kept a few records too. They're a bit patchy but I filled in the blanks for ya.

    I thought it would be worth mentioning all of it so maybe you could see if I would be wasting my time with AAS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussiebb View Post
    So is the question weight gain or pct?
    Well, I guess it's not a PCT question because I haven't used AAS before. Unless I should be doing some kind of SERM or AI with finasteride????

    I'm just trying to gain weight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    Welcome.
    Regardless of why you are the size you are now, 6'1" and just under 170lbs at 15%bf means you are no where near ready for a cycle, with proper diet and training you could easily add 40lbs.
    Hey,

    With proper diet and training so far all I've been able to do is about 12-15lbs max. Then I just get stuck.

    I think the finasteride has beaten my natural test levels down (aging has too, I guess). But I didn't take a test reading before I started on it years ago. So I can't be sure.

    My blood investigation shows test @ 20 (ref range: 9.5 - 35).

    Easily add 40lbs! I wish.

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